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Bank of Lisbon

to be demolished

‘After the assessment report, options of remedying the structure were considered, but it was concluded that it would be in the best interests of the environment for the building to be demolished. Any other option would have just been too expensive and risky for the environment’ Staff Reporter


ollowing a structural assessment on the Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg after the fatal fire incident that claimed the lives of three people in September last year, the Gauteng government says it has decided to demolish the building. Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the assessment revealed that the building sustained extensive structural damage from the fire incident. “After the assessment report, options of remedying

the structure were considered, but it was concluded that it would be in the best interests of the environment for the building to be demolished. Any other option would have just been too expensive and risky for the environment,” Masebe added. He said a contractor has been appointed to manage the demolition, through the Department of Infrastructure Development. “The building has been stabilised and the contractor is conducting investigations to determine the safest way of demolishing it. All regulations and city by-laws would be complied with in carrying out the

Workers assess the building in preparation for the demolition.

demolition project,” Masebe said. He added that all neighbours and affected parties had been notified of the intention to demolish the building, and would be kept informed throughout the process. “Further

public announcements would be made about the project in due course,” said Masebe. During the fire incident in September 2018, firefighters Simphiwe Moropane, 28, Mduduzi Ndlovu,

40, and Khathutshelo Muedi, 37, died trying to extinguish the fire. Moropane plunged to his death after slipping from a ledge; Ndlovu and Muedi were trapped in the building and died from lack of oxygen.


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The Boston City Campus & Business College law department was established in February of 1993. It has grown to facilitate the legal training, products and services that are currently provided to 46 branches on a national basis. Barry Schwartz, Attorney at Law and legal consultant to Boston, explains that while the LLB is the universal legal qualification required for admission as an advocate or attorney in South Africa, all legal training that forms part of a degree will create job opportunities for those who participate. The focus of the Boston legal department has been not only on legal training, but on being workplace ready as well. This means that students graduate and have the ability to peruse legal documents received by their employers, or to draw up legal documents on behalf of their employers. This assists in clarification of how two parties or two companies will interact, and draws the lines for how to proceed in the event of some type of conflict. The Boston legal training department now offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Law. Why did Boston seek accreditation for this specialisation? Says Natalie Rabson, Manager at Boston, “running and operating a business these days is a minefield in terms of what you have to know, what you can say, how you can advertise, what the implications are for opening a new business, handling competitors – a whole host of issues arise. We realised that there is a business in running a business! Hence the BCOM Law”. The Boston BCom Law can be done part time, full time as well as

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through online lectures in order to accommodate the training needs of students. Boston goes the extra mile in assisting students of the legal profession. Students are mentored in terms of academic material as well as networking and gaining legal experience. Boston also offers short-course style tuition on a number of standalone modules. This tuition is ideal for people working in industry who need to update their knowledge and skills in a specialised area, for example, criminal procedures, succession rights and media law, to name a few. Schwartz explains the different areas of specialisation, which include Company Law, Constitutional Law and Labour Law. Property Law, Cyber Law and contract are also covered in this degree. Legal careers involve hard work; lots of reading and document preparation; dedication and com-

mitment; long hours; lots of human interaction (which is both emotionally rewarding and draining); and staying up to date with changing legislation. Boston City Campus & Business College has top qualified and experienced lecturers bring practical aspects of their industries to academic material, thereby enhancing knowledge transfer. Since the law is a complicated field this is so important, as is staying up to date with changes in company law, tax law and others. It is vital to remain up to date with changes in the law in order to remain relevant. In this way you will be able to serve your company to the best of your knowledge! Boston pulls out all the stops to make it possible for each and every student to pass with great marks. Our technology based training methodology helps to overcome many student learning obstacles, most specifically timing of classes as well as speed of knowledge transfer. Law students, for example, usually find the theoretical nature of their course daunting and the legal terminology difficult to master. Boston lecturers pay additional attention to these two problematic areas by explaining course material in-depth using day-to-day language. Then comes repetition and revision, until students feel confident that they understand the theoretical concepts. Combined with work integrated learning, the degree creates a workready graduate for the corporate world of law. Contact Boston on 011 551 2000, Visit

Informal trader Mama Joyce in the Joburg CBD

Pic: Zoe Postman

City hosts informal traders seminar Braamfontein - City of Johannesburg Speaker of Council Vasco da Gama recently hosted informal traders for a roundtable discussion on issues affecting them, and ways to improve trading conditions. The session, hosted at the Metro Centre in Braamfontein, was also attended by Economic Development MMC Leah Knott and Finance MMC Funzela Ngobeni. Da Gama said the engagement session provided a platform for informal traders to contribute to the City’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the upcoming financial of year, 2019/2020. Both MMCs emphasised that the City was committed to growing the economy by at least five percent and that small businesses were at the centre of this goal. They offered advice on the support the City offers small to medium enterprises and encouraged informal traders to apply. The day-long engagement was designed to enlighten the public about opportunities the City has for young

entrepreneurs and inform them about major projects, programmes and service delivery issues. The City’s strategies and priorities towards development, poverty alleviation and SMME support were also discussed. “All views on how best to take the development of the City forward to curb poverty and unemployment will be considered when drafting the IDP,” said Da Gama. Among other issues raised by informal traders was the unavailability of trading space, delays in the delivery of promised services, lack of funding and undocumented migrants in the informal trading space. Informal trader Matron Mhlanga encouraged his peers to work together. “Informal traders that aren’t registered with the City pose a threat to small businesses,” Mhlanga said. Business owner Nqobizitha Nene advised the City to include informal traders in its plans to solve social issues. “The reason I wanted to be an entrepreneur was to come up with solutions for social ills,” he said.

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Kids suspected in murder


The two allegedly confessed how they assaulted him with stones, tied him with a rope and pushed him over the edge of the dumpsite

Primrose - A three-year-old boy was found murdered near a dumpsite at the Marathon informal settlement in Primrose on Sunday, allegedly killed by two children aged seven and eight. The two allegedly confessed to police how they assaulted him with stones, tied him up with a rope and pushed him over the edge of the dumpsite. The three-year-old was reported missing on Saturday after being given an afternoon meal. He reportedly left his bowl unattended and told his mother that he was playing outside. He was found the next day. His father rushed to the dumpsite after hearing rumours about a body being discovered there. “The wounds and blood on his body were still fresh. A lot of things were going through my mind. I had hoped it would not be him but unfortunately it was,” he said. The father suspected that there may have been a third hand in the killing. “I understand the children could have been playing and a mistake happened, but a dead person is heavy.

There is no way they would have been able to pick him up and put him inside a sack. Something doesn’t add up. There is an adult involved somehow,” he said. He however could not think of anybody who might have wanted to harm him or his family. “I don’t have enemies around. I wake up early in the morning and come back from work quite late. A lot of people don’t even know me in this area. Even if I had wronged

someone why did they have to kill my son and not me?” Anele Nyawo, who is friends with the child’s mother, said the community was reeling from shock over the incident. “We last saw him playing with the other kids, he liked playing like the other kids but he wouldn’t go far, he would not get lost,” said Nyawo. While the two children allegedly told police what had happened, leading to the death, the boy’s father

said their families had not made any contact over the issue. “As a parent when you hear that your child has done something, you go there even if you don’t admit anything, but just to acknowledge that you’re aware and sorry. Even if they were to come now, I have nothing to say to them; an apology will not bring my son back,” he said. Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said the death of the child was being investigated.

Captain Kay Makhubela




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Chief-Superintendent Wayne Minnaar

Warning on jobs scam Johannesburg - Metro Police (JMPD) has warned the public against falling victim to false job advertisements on social media. This follows an incident in which three people were arrested in the CBD for allegedly selling fake JMPD jobs on Thursday last week, according to spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. He said an investigation was launched after JMPD officers who were on duty outside the Gauteng High Court received a complaint from three youths; who said they had each paid R300 to three people for JMPD jobs, but were not given receipts. “The officers went to the suspects’ office and found them with a fake SARS document and company registration certificate. Two women and a man were arrested and charged with theft under false pretences. Their advertisement offers vacancies in the JMPD that do not exist,” he said.

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Taximen block

Joburg CBD streets Johannesburg - On Monday hundreds of minibus taxis blocked CBD streets in protest to government threats that their routes may be closed if taxi violence continues. The minibuses were parked in the middle of the road closing off all lanes of roads leading into and out of the city. The operators demanded an audience with Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi. The drivers, who rallied under the banner The Alliance for Transformation for All, are against threats by the MEC to close some routes in Soweto. Last week, Vadi said the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) routes in Soweto might be closed for three months because of the violence in the transport sector in the area. Since the beginning of the year, three people have been shot dead and six wounded by stray bullets. However, Wata has distanced itself from the street blockade that was in the CBD. Attorney Lee Binneman said: “The respective associations’

executive committees are trying to resolve the impasse as relating to the violence. We are awaiting an outcome and hopefully, an agreement can be reached.” Vadi said the protesters do not appreciate facts regarding the conflict between Nanduwe and Wata as well as intended action by him. “No decision has been taken to close any taxi rank or route as we are still considering representations made by legal representatives. The traffic havoc caused in the city centre by a handful of uninformed taxi drivers is totally unacceptable and must be condemned by all. Such reckless actions to the severe disadvantage of thousands of people in the city centre will not contribute to a speedy and peaceful resolution of the cur-

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi

rent conflict,” said Vadi. The MEC called on taxi owners not to allow their drivers to engage in illegal actions.



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Bafana head for final Afcon qualifier

Bafana need nothing less than a draw to book their spot in the continental competition Sports Reporter


s Bafana Bafana get ready for the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) final qualifier against Libya coach Stuart Baxter recently announced the squad to face the Libyans. The Afcon match is set to be played at the Stade Taieb Mhiri Sfax in neighbouring Tunisia on March 24. Bafana need to achieve nothing less than a draw to book their spot in the continental competition set to take place in Egypt. Bafana, who are unbeaten in the Afcon qualifiers, are on nine points after five matches, one point behind Nigeria who have already qualified for the continental showpiece. Baxter has included Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma as a third-choice goalkeeper,

while Bongani Zungu, Rivaldo Coetzee and Lars Veldwijk make a return to the squad. Bafana, meanwhile, will leave for the Tunisian city of Sfax on March 16, via Frankfurt. Safa said the team will not have a local camp, so their first training session will be in Tunisian city. List of the Bafana Bafana Squad Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma Defenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize

Bafana in action against Libya in the previous encounter.

Midfielders: Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Themba Zwane, Thembinkosi Lorch, Hlompho Kekana, Bongani Zungu, Tiyani

Mabunda, Thulani Serero Strikers: Keagan Dolly, Lebo Mothiba, Lebohang Maboe, Lars Veldwijk and Percy Tau

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