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“All we want now is to focus on securing the place we’ll call our own”

Chairman Ernest Ndlovu talks to the community about the status of Alex FM with the church. RAMATAMO WA MATAMONG


he 12 month eviction notice extension that the Roman Catholic Church gave Alex FM is fast running out, and this poses a problem as it is not yet clear where the station is relocating to. Speaking on behalf of the station during Alex FM’s interview last Wednesday, Chairman of the Board, Ernest Ndlovu could only say ‘Negotiations are underway and look positive’,but without pro-

viding clear timelines when will the move be finalised. He pleaded with the board to give the station time as the move involves a number of items such as finances and equipment. These are contained into a relocation plan that the station has submitted to the church for consideration. “The station has lost a lot of money to set up the current place and require even more to go to a new place. If it was easy to move, we were going to do it tomor-

row, unfortunately we are an NGO and this is not possible. If these things are not considered, we risk going off air for a while and this is not good for our licence requirements,” he says. He further said that even though the church never shown them the title deed of the place, they are no longer prepared to contest or dispute their ownership rights of Number 69, 2nd Avenue. “All we want now is to focus on securing a place we’ll call our own,” Ndlovu

added. Last year all the tenants on this property were told that as per court ruling, the area now belongs to the Roman Catholic Church since it was forcefully taken away from the church by the Apartheid government in 1960. Other tenants (Sithandiwe home of the disabled and ABET School) have since moved out leaving behind Alex FM and two backyard families. Ndlovu said Alex FM ended up at this current place from Sanko-

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pano where the station used to experience poor reception. Alex Sankopano was too deep and the signal struggled to reach other places. They then entered into a lease agreement with the Adult School as they were under the impression that the property belonged to the school. Listeners who called into the show expressed different views, others appealed to the church and Alex Fm to go back to the drawing

board to come up with a workable plan that won’t divide a community. Others were discontented with this suggestion as they feel Alex FM was given enough time to look for a new place. Meanwhile the Church requested to postpone their interview with the station and Alex Pioneer as they are busy finalising some outstanding matters with the Department of Education.



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very year on 21 March, South Africans celebrate Human Rights Day to remember the sacrifices that were made by the struggle for democracy. In Alexandra, there are mixed feelings on whether to celebrate or commemorate the day due to the current situation people are facing. “Remembering the Sharpeville massacres in which our freedom fighters were mowed down by the apartheid police in a struggle to set the country free and watching the current agonizing situation we are faced with, there is nothing to celebrate,” said Mike Makamo, a resident of Alexandra. “Nothing has changed for the better in the lives of the people. Our elders are robbed, raped and brutally killed, and nothing seemed to be done as these incidences happen more often, yet we speak of the best Constitution,” he added. Sam Mathetsa (who works in local security) agreed

Firstly, this is truly a milestone for Pioneer Community Newspapers! We always aim to do better. Alex Pioneer won’t be the only newspaper to feature in the website, but it will include its sister papers: Pioneer Express, Pioneer North and Pioneer Mirror. I would like to thank you all for your continued support through out the years and I am glad you are here to witness our progress. Resident, Mike Makamo making his point about Human Rights Day Picture: Kgadi Johanna Lamola that rights are there in the Bill of Rights, but they benefit certain individuals. He said that rights are only in paper, but in reality they are none: “We can commemorate, remembering our fallen heroes, because what they fought for is partially attained, but no reason to celebrate.” However, local entrepreneur, Thabo Mopasi encouraged people to have Constitution Booklets in their homes and read it: “No cultural tolerance. We are scared of each other because we haven’t yet found and affirmed that we are

one nation. We are celebrating our democracy, constitution and transition period, but we must first commemorate.” “I don’t believe people know of their rights. They are so ignorant, thinking that the fight is over. The current situation is no more about political fight, but for home, security and unem-

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ployment just to mention a few,” said Lindie Saunderson of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Alexandra. She said they will have a lot of training on constitution, and they will be launching the Constitutional Law Programme in April that will

help people to know what the constitution of the country entails. “We have a wonderful constitution in the world, but since 1994, people seem not to be interested in the constitution anymore,” concluded Saunderson.

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he purpose of this article is to create awareness to the Alexandra community about the process that needs to be followed before a person could erect or modify a permanent structure. A permanent structure refers to a building made of brick and mortar. Building Control Regulations apply to residential as well as business properties to ensure compliance. Building Control is situated within the Development Planning Department We spoke to Preggie Naidoo who is Deputy Director: Building Control for the City of Johannesburg, to take us through the whole process that needs to be followed. What are the processes that need to be followed prior to constructing a new /or extending a permanent structure? One needs building plans which indicate the proposed layout, and follows the steps below: Step number one Building plans must be drawn by a registered architect or draughtsperson. The drawings need to be prepared in terms of the National Building Regulations and must comprise of the following; ·A site plan drawn to scale.Floor Plan/s of each level (if applicable) ·Sections through the house. ·All effected Elevations of the proposed building work. Step number two The building plan must be submitted and the prescribed fee must be paid at the Building Control offices at the Metrolink Building, 158 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein. The building plan is submitted to Building Control office for approval. The Plans Examination section will assess the application and take decision on the plan. This office has 30 days for building area less than 500m² and 60 days for building area larger than 500m², to respond to the application. If rejected, full reasons will be provided. Step number three If the application is refused you have 12 months from the date of refusal within which to make the necessary corrections and re-submit the application at no additional cost. If you do not re-submit within 12 months from the date of refusal, the application will

lapse and you will have to re-start the process and fees will have to be repaid. If the plan is approved, you will be given a copy of the plan and an approval letter. A second copy will be sent to the Building Inspector responsible for your region/area. Step number four You must notify the Building Inspector when you commence work for him to carry out the necessary inspections. Your approval letter will inform you as to when you need to call the Building Inspector to conduct inspections during construction. Step number five Once your building work has been completed and built in accordance with the approved plans, you need to inform the Building Inspector and make a written request to him to do a final inspection after which he will issue you with an Occupancy Certificate that will entitle you to legally occupy the building. Contact: General Enquiries & Plans progress Tel: 011 407 6058 (Metro Centre) Inspections: Sandton office: 24 Fredman Drive, Ground Floor Assistant Director: Vacant for now Chief Building Inspector (CBI) Albert van der Walt or Gadi Sibeko (Acting CBI) Tel: 011 582 1572 or 011 582 1578 Cell: 082 559 3730 or 083 450 2916 E-mail: or


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u Librarian lonkulu wa River Park Melanie Murain u tinyiketerile ku dyondzisa vahlayisi va tindzumulo hi nkoka wa ku hlohlotela vana ku hlaya hi voxe va ha ri vantsongo. Ready to Read Caregivers Training a yi ngheneriwile hi vahlayisi va tindzumulo vo ringana nkombo hi siku ra ti 9 Nyenyankulu lembe reri elayiburari. “Ndzi lemukile leswaku vana lavotala lava taka laha layiburary va tikeriwa hi ku hlaya hi nkhuluko wa kahle, ngopfu vadyondzi va gireyidi 7. Leswi swi ve na nsusumeto wa leswaku ndzi sungula ndzetelo-dyondzo ku endlela ku hlohlotela vadyondzisi, vahlayisi va tindzumulo na vatswari ku endlela leswaku va va na kunavela ku langutisa mintirho ya vana ya xikolo, ku va va vapfuna ku tiva ku hlaya va ha ri vantsongo, na ku va va va yingisela loko va hlaya. Ndzetelo-dyondzo yi vile kona Migqivela ya mune hi ku landzelelana

ekusunguleni ka lembe. Lebyi hi nga ka byona vuleteri I byo hetelela” Ku vula Murgin.U engetile a vula leswaku eka vana, rirhandzu ro hlaya ri sungula hikuva vana va yingisela ku byeriwa switori swo koma loko va ha ri vantsongo. A engeta aku: “ Loko ku hlayela vana switori swo koma swo endliwa minkarhi hinkwayo naswona swi endliwa hi ndlela leyi faneleke, swi nga aka masungulo ya kahle yo hlaya eka vana. Swi aka ntsakelo wo rhandza tibuku na ku hlohlotela vana ku rhandza ku hlaya tibuku.” Melanie u vurile leswaku ku tshamela ku lulamisa, ku sandza na ku khahla vana swi yisa vu-

titwi bya vana ehansi na ku va n’wana a twa a nga ha lavi ku dyondza ku hlaya, loko hitlhelo ku tshamela ku hlaya swi endla leswaku n’wana a antswisa ku hlaya, kambe ngopfu ngopfu ku fanele ku langutisisiwa ku tshikelela vutinyungubyisi na rirhandzu ro tsakela ku hlaya, na ku endla leswaku ku hlaya ku hundzuka ntolovelo wo tsakisa eka vana. Un’wana wa vahlayisi va tindzumulo Agnes Maboko wo huma eNelly Day Care Centre ute: “Ndzi fikelele swotala eka ndzetelo-dyondzo lowu. Sweswi ndzi kota ku hlayela vana switori hi ndlela yo tsakisa, ndzi kota ku koka rinoko na ntsakelo wo hlaya wa vana.


Career Guidance If you don’t know what to study after matric, go for “career guidance”. The career counselor will check what careers are right for you. You can get career guidance (free of charge) at: The BHP Billiton Career Centre at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, in Newton (city centre) - Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm - Saturday: 9am-13pm - The Centre has also a library with information about careers, bursaries, etc. Contact Sherley: 011 639 8450, - Free psychometric assessment, conducted by a psychologist. It takes a day (from 9 am to 3 pm): ask for permission from your school principal or do it during the school holiday. Bookings at least a week in advance: contact Keke 011 639 84 34 - They also help you to fill University application - They invite professionals to advise Grade 8-12 learners during “career focus weeks” Wits university - “Career counseling” (duration : 30 min) from 9.00 and 16H00. Booking: 011 717 9140 – Information pamphlets on courses and careers. CCDU Building, West Campus, Gate 9, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Braamfontein. Email: info. Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria): call 012 382 5010 – free of charge interview - psychometric assessment and a detailed report: R 650 College Campus – Free career advice. Call 0861 25 32 76. Tour of campus included. Other universities ask for a fee: UJ: 011 559 31 06 – you can negotiate a rate for learners from underprivileged background for a full assessment (Normal rate is R2000) Vaal: (016) 950 9244 or visit us at P021•- psychometric testing (R 400) Valerie Hirsch – 083 750 77 25 –

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iving standards in South Africa are getting very expensive each an everyday. New legislations will impact the society in ways that were not anticipated and the general public will look for ways to minimise the cost of living and that will start with the way food is sourced and how transportation is utilised. A brief economic look at Gauteng... Gauteng is the most populous and economically significant province in South Africa that roughly contributes over 30% to the national gross income according to (State of the Province Address: Premier of Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane: www. Given the short introduction, what is the way forward for emerging supplies within the food and agriculture industry? Taking into account that Alexandra is deprived of space for cultivation, you might assume that farming is purely limited to the physical plantation of fruits and vegetables and waiting impatiently for a few

weeks or so before you can see the fruits of your labour. But there is an alternative approach into the agricultural industry for a wise Alexandrians who wants to make a mark and possibly become a recognisable participant within the circle of major competitors. Gauteng is geographically at an advantage, situated right in the middle of provinces that are naturally rich with fertile soil. Big companies have been using this sourcing strategy and have created amongst themselves a powerful network of suppliers. However, the rising prices of petrol, the possible impact of the introduction of e-tolling could allegedly be negative on the consumer i.e. high pricings of daily necessities.Solution... Collaboration is the way forward, it is probably the cheapest and effective way to source and distribute natural goods – in this case the distribution of farm products through the formation of a local consortium. There are two concepts at work here, collaboration and consortiums. First let us discuss what a consortium is,

how it works and how it can be applied in a society such as Alexandra. A consortium is an association or alliance or a union ( Collaboration simply means working together towards a common goal and coordinating activities between stakeholders in order to minimise administration and process redundancies – my opinion. What this implies is that, a group of small retailers in Alexandra can form an alliance with logistics providers to source products in bulks across the nearest process and only share the transportation costs. This will minimise the cost of getting fresh vegetables and distribute them at competitive prices to consumers. Remember, big businesses are “too big” to change their processes, the costs involved are high and they’ll recover those costs by introducing high prices – however a community based consortium with a common goal for growth can easily bypass the redundancies, owning a “spaza” and planning ahead of time can help your business grow

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“Running Into Debt Isn’t So Bad. It’s Running Into Your Creditors That Hurts” Sumeshan Pather, ENS “Debt is colour blind. Whether you are Black, White, Indian or Coloured, when you look at your peers and how they live, you want to live just like them.” Debt is a concept not unknown to South Africa and is one that has literally engulfed South Africans by storm. Consumers are using debt to finance living expenses and, for those who are unable to be granted access to secured loans, turn to the micro-lenders with their relaxed credit checks and requirements. The consumer, at the point of application, disregards the exorbitant figure labelled “interest rate”. Once the consumers’ phone alerts them that the money has been deposited into their bank account, all cares are thrown to the wind. Life at that point could not be better. The turn of the tide occurs however, when the first instalment is due and all the fine print from the loan contract becomes as clear as crystal. The consumer never thought that the repayments would be this much and suddenly the once disregarded interest rate becomes the centre of attention. Unsecured loan interest rates may exceed that of 32% and are generally subjected to monthly compound interest, resulting in the debtor having to pay interest almost in the amount of the original capital loan amount, if not double this amount. A general occurrence during this repayment period however, is that instalments are late or missed, resulting in interest on interest being charged. The debtor at this point sees no solution however the National Credit Act provides a solution for this particular instance.

Section 103(5) allows that whilst a debtor is in default of his contractual instalment agreement, certain statutory amounts may not accrue in aggregate above the outstanding capital amount. The statutory amounts are found within section 101 (b) to (g) of the National Credit Act, and include an initiation fee; service fee; interest; cost of any credit insurance; default administration charges; and collection costs. Once these amounts referred to accrue during the period of default, whether they are paid or not, and equate, in aggregate, to the unpaid balance of the principle debt at the time the default occurs, no further charges may be levied (Nedbank v National Credit Regulator 2011(3) SA 581 (SCA)). The principle was founded on the need to develop a mechanism for setting limits on the interest that could accrue on a debt. In essence, the interest would cease to run on a debt when the unpaid (arrear) interest equated to the outstanding capital amount. However, once the interest was partially paid, the creditor was able to charge interest until the amount once again equated to the outstanding capital amount. The mechanism has now been introduced into legislation, and may be utilised by consumers who enter into credit agreements under the amount of R 250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand Rands). For further clarification of the application of the National Credit Act, the consumer may refer to section 4. The drafters of the National Credit Act extended the original consumer protection mechanism, by stipulating the additional afore-

mentioned costs as being included when calculating the entire amount accrued during default. The provision is not perfect and should not be seen as a purely protective measure for debtors. The aim is to create a balance between creditor and debtor, and as such debtors should not simply default and hope that this provision will come to the rescue, because when the creditor does institute litigation proceedings against the debtor, the provision does not apply. Simply put, a debtor in default will be protected temporarily, but if he fails to make payments and the creditor decides to take further legal action, then this temporary aid will cease to apply. A further issue is that some debtors waive their statutory protection in the attempt to avoid litigation proceedings, but then may be left with never ending debt. For example, in the event of default where the statutory protection was waived, the debtor may not see a courtroom, but will be subjected to exorbitant compounded interest that continues to accumulate on the debt with no expiry date leaving the debtor trapped for at least the foreseeable future. In conclusion, debtors should strive as far as possible to pay their debts timeously, but in the event of default always remember that you have a protective measure in the National Credit Act under section 103(5). Finally, one should never forget that interest on debts, grow without rain and debts are like children, the smaller they are, the more noise they make.

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he flamboyant Alex FM Marketing Manager and the Breakfast show host Murendeni Ndanduleni has left the station to join the Free State Provincial Government. Last week Friday the popular disc jockey hosted his last show on Siyabavusa breakfast show amid scores of diehard fans, colleagues and friends who bode him farewell. He started his radio career two years ago working with Blackman (Lungamani Mufandilani) whom he is very grateful for taking him under his wings, together they had only one hour show in the morning(5-6am) before they went on to host 4 hour Siyabavusa which is one of the longest breakfast

show in the radio. He said he is leaving Alex Fm but will never be missed in the media fraternity. “I’ll be working as a Spokesperson for Free State MEC of Tourism and Economic Development, Mamiki Qabathe,” he said proudly. “I’ll still be around. Alex is my home. There are lot of projects underway that I’ll be doing with Alex FM.” “Murendeni came here knowing what he wanted and he has achieved exactly that. We are very proud of him. There is no better time than this one for him to move, and this is a lesson for all of us to know that working at Alex FM is a huge opportunity,” said Station Manager Trinity Mohlamme.


Free State here I come

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A Rising Radio Star Tilo Mokgopo


t’s a chilly Monday afternoon, Alex FM is broadcasting to thousands of listeners, and Alex Pioneer is scheduled to have an interview with Takalani Nemangowe who joined the station last year as a freelance newsreader. Even though he has Venda names, Takalani is quick to bring to our attention that he’s not a Venda speaking person nor was he born in Venda, in fact, he’s Pedi. We caught up with Takalani at the Alex FM newsroom. He seems to be full of energy and vibrant; and when asked to formally introduce himself, a smile is written all over his face. He drags the chair much closer to the table and murmurs “mhm!” “Well, Takalani is a simple young man who believes in God and likes socialising,” he explained with enthusiasm. “And oh, I’m a go getter as

Takalani Nemangowe is ready to face the real media world. well,” he added. Now that he’s mentioned the “go getter part”, our attention quickly shift to how he managed to get into Alex

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FM. It can’t be that he got the job on a silver platter, right? “My love for radio comes a long way since I was a kid. Because I come

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from a remote rural area with limited or no resources, I then had difficulty making my dreams a reality but I always knew I belonged

behind the mic,” he told the newspaper. When he was only 16 years old, optimistic Takalani recorded his demo which he then sent to Limpopo’s mainstream radio giant, Thobela FM, but they always gave him excuses when doing follow ups. “Because of that experience, at some point I wanted to quit radio and do something ‘realistic’ like teaching or nursing, but I’m glad I never gave up.” “After I passed my matric with flying colours, I enrolled at Boston Media house and I was lucky because I won a draw worth of R90 000 which was presented to me by DJ Mo flava and Chomee,” explained Nemangowe. About Alex FM, it was last year in February when he first heard of the station, and like a true go getter, he took initiative to go see the station’s content manager.“It was only after two months that I got a call from the station saying they are looking for journalists and I came, I auditioned and got the job fair and square. I started working here last year July and I’m enjoying it. I’m gaining both confidence and experience at the same time,” he concluded. Takalani completed his diploma in media and he is gunning for more opportunities in the world of light, camera, mic on aaaand rolling!

’m not going to waste my valuable energy by sending my condolences to Generations’ Sello Mvuyane’s family. The man saw it coming and if I were invited to his funeral, I would jump to the opportunity and to take a front seat at his funeral just to enjoy seeing the coffin go into the ground. Yesus, the man put Akhona through hell and heads must roll to all the people involved, especially Ngamla and Phenyo. Cruel Noluntu is creating chaos and she won’t be able to handle the results. The lady is concerned with power and does not care who she hurts in the process, just like S’busiso. I would not be surprised if the two share the same bloodline.And then, what’s with Rhythm City’s Japhta? Ehe! Mehlolo e tla ka di size ke ya go botša. Who could have suspected Japhta would twotime Rose? Some men never want to grow up. Fate has once again decided in favour of Khuse Jezebel, Tshidi, and her up to no good ex-lover, Maidi. You don’t need to be a psychic to predict that Tshidi’s and Maidi’s professional relationship will end up under blanket. Mamokete should better prepare her heart for yet another TshidiMaidi scandal cause this is going to end in gossip tabloid. Can someone please warn Isidingo’s Rajesh to leave the game to its players? This mining rights fixture is beyond his capacity and the outcome could harm him for good. Manoeuvring has become Benjamin’s daily hobby. Barker inculcates malevolence behaviour in him and Benjamin has lost his innocent charm, glad Kimberly sees him for who he really is. Will the baby reconcile Nikiwe and Frank? Dr McNamara is strong, helping out someone who has the potential to ruin her happiness is remarkable. Oho, Muvhango’s miss goody-two-shoes, Thandaza, should get off her high horse. Cheating mistress pretends to be holly-holly whereas she’s been finding solace in Pheko’s 4-5. You are worse than Brook, let alone Jezebel ausi Bethina. Where are your morals? Ga o sa feferiza, you excel; two Mokoena men at the same time, o strong mtwana, boss-o ke wena. Ao shame, KK ukhotha hard madzala, welele! Muvhango community should learn to never mess up with the dead man walking. Thandaza and Pheko feel the pressure of the ‘Boom Boom factor.’ Am I being paranoid or what but I can really sense some chemistry between Albert and Thuli. I swear Albert u zo shaya Tumahole nge-stina.

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LADIES MAKE HISTORY Alex FM Soccer club lost 5-0 to Sherwood Football club. Next game for the station is against SAPS

Champs-Alex squad that won Inter LFA championships Picture: supplied credited their victory to a Manamela. In the final they collective team effort and came across Eldorado and lift the trophy by 5-4 penlex ladies’ soccer squad hunger to succeed. made up of Blue Birds This is their journey: In their alty shootout. Academy made history by first game they beat Roode- “This is such a great excitebecoming the first ladies port 4-0 and the second ment and a nice feeling, essquad to win Inter-LFA game they drew 0-0 with pecially after been to many championships held recently Eldorado. In the third game Inter-LFA finals but came at Ennerdale sports grounds. they won 6-0 against Orange back with no luck. To achieve their course they Farm and they proceeded to It was through hard work passed through a mean test the semi-finals where they and early preparation for posed by their opponents played against Deep South this tournament,” said from other LFA’s (Local and won 1-0 courtesy of a Coach Katlego Malaka. Football Associations). They lovely goal by Morongwa



Alex FM Chisa Mpama- Sherwood’s Striker here is scoring the first of 5 goals that they scored against Alex FM during their friendly match last Sunday at Innes Free Park. Pictures: Ramatamo Wa Matamong

Alex Pioneer 20-03-13.pdf  

Alex Pioneer 20-03-13.pdf