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Cynthia Fundiswa Ncongwane, an elderly woman who has suffered from diabetes for more than 5 years has reached her peak with pleading for financial assistance. Cynthia, a former teacher at Alex high was forced to retire from her work amid her worsening condition- thereafter got her one leg amputated. Speaking to Alex Pioneer from her house in Alexandra, emotional stricken Cynthia explained that she learnt of her condition in 2009.
Cynthia Fundiswa Ncongwane got her leg amputated due to diabetes.
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“I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. Since then, I’ve been living a life of suffering”, she explained. Subsequent to her diagnosis, she’s been seeking assistance from various surgeries and also attending therapeutic sessions in an attempt to help her cope with her condition. Just when Cynthia was starting to come to terms of having only one leg, last year September she discovered that her situation was escalating for the worst when she started having an infection on her right foot that seems to devour the back of the foot (pictured). Cynthia told Alex Pioneer that this is the same situation she went through when her left leg w a s surgically removed and because of the unbearable pains she goes through, she has decided to have her right leg
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amputated, the decision that will leave her with no leg. With Cynthia on a wheelchair and her academic qualification amounting to no value, she said she encounters financial ordeal especially that she lives with her 70 year old husband Nadaniel Monare who is short sighted and unable to walk properly and her two grandchildren one of which is still in high school. The only source of income in the household is by Nadaniel and Cynthia’s grandchild who receive social grant and Cynthia’s monthly retirement fund of R700. “From 2009 I was receiving the monthly retirement fund of R2000 but when time progressed it started to depreciate and it’s currently sitting at R700” she said. Cynthia explained that the R700 she receives is too little when taking into account all her needs. She said she approached SASSA for social grant but they couldn’t help her citing it was not possible as she was receiving the retirement fund. STORY CONTINUES IN PAGE 4
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2014 marks exactly 20 years of a democratic South Africa. This shows how far South Africa as a country comes from. To date, the country has had at least four democratically elected Presidents, namely Nelson Mandela, the founding President of a democratic South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, respectively.
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Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile awarded bursaries to top performing learners and encouraged them to continue working hard.
TOP PERFORMERS AWARDED WITH BURSARIES. WELLINGTON NOBELE
he 2013 top performing students were awarded with bursaries from the Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust. The ceremony was held on Monday 22 January 2013 at Alex CJC. Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, who is also the chairman of the Trust Fund, was present at the even to honour the students. Motivating the class of 2013 to continue performing at their utmost best, guest speaker Mr Mavuso Msimang talked about the
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significant role education plays in ones life. “Education means you are preparing yourself for a bright and prosperous future. Without education, there is no nation,” he said. In ten years of its existence, the Education Trust has awarded more a total of 106 bursaries and from this number, thirty two graduates have emerged. “The Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust is a brand that keeps its promise,” expressed Louis Seeco who is also a trustee of the organization. In support of the Trust and what it
stands for, “each one teach one” (Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust’s motto) campaign has awarded R60 000 cash bursaries to the top matric learners and R35 000 for the runners up who have also performed exceptionally well. A total of 736 learners were seated for the 2013 matric exams in Alexandra and from this, 614 learners passed, gradually 95 distinctions were produced, a figure that certainly pleased Mr Mashatile. In his statement Minister Mashatile was proud of the improvement and progress made by the high schools in Alexandra since his last
The Independent Electoral Commissions, the body that oversees the country’s election processes, has once again opened its doors for people to register to vote in the coming elections. This is the opportunity that we should all utilize as South Africans. Even people who have registered in the past, it is still within their rights to go check with the IEC if their details still exist on the database. Remember, voting is our constitutional right. Let’s use it accordingly. The final voting registration takes place on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9 February 2014.
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visit. Mashatile paid a visit to schools in Alex along with Deputy Minister in the presidency of performance monitoring and evaluation Obed Bapela and Minister of Sports and recreation Fikile Mbalula last year to
motivate matric students to escalate from the previous 53% pass rate to any figure higher than 75%. The 2013 average pass rate for all the schools in Alexandra in sitting at 83.4%, way above the minister’s expected 75% pass rate.
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Prior to the advent of democracy in 1994, voting was a privilege not given to everyone. Simply put, only White People were allowed to vote for the country’s governing party. But today all has changed. Every South African citizen (irrespective of gender, age and race) above the age of 18 with a valid Identity Document is eligible to vote in the country’s elections.
o tsentŠhwa ga mohlagase o moswa ka Ward 105, go tsoŠitŠe go tshwarwa ga dikopano gotee le ntwa ya mahlo a mahwibidu magareng ga baagi le baŠomi ba City Power ka di karolong tŠe dingwe tŠa Alexandra.Go kopano ya bjale yeo e bego e kgatlampana magareng ga baagi le bahlankedi ba City Power gotee le Mokhanselara wa Ward 105 Joyce Ngwenya ka Eastbank Hall ka Altrek, baagi bao ba di tsebago gabotse, ba bega gore ngwenya o thupile kopano ya bona le go ipeya go ba moswara-marapo. Kopano e be e tsenetŠwe ke baagi ba Extension 9, empa
ba go tŠwa ka Tsutsumani bao ba lekilego go ipelaetŠa ka mohlagase o moswa, ba ile ba thibelwa go tŠeya karolo nakong ya dipolediŠano. ‘Baagi ba bangwe ba lla ka la gore mohlagase wa bjale ke wa theko ya godimo, e lego seo se ba hlokiŠago boroko ka ge ba le dikobjana di magetleng, ’ Gwa rialo yo ngwe wa baagi. Ngwenya o phaetŠe thoko ditatofatŠo tŠa gore o thupile kopana ya baagi. ‘Seo baagi ba se bolelago ke se seswa ditsebeng tŠa ka. Ke phatlaladitŠe dipampirir tŠa go tsebiŠa batho ka kopano ye.’Ngwenya a re baagi ba tsebiŠitŠwe kgale ka go tlo tsentŠhwa ga mohlagase. ‘Basomi ba City Power ba thomile ka go tsentŠha dipa-
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Picture archive: Residents of River Park protesting against electricity system installed in their area. The incident happened in June 2013 and the police were called in to maintain order.
la tŠe ditelele, empa baagi ba thoma go taologa ge go tsentŠhwa mapokisana a manyane ka dintlong. ‘City Power e tlo swara kopano mo nakong e sa fetsego pelo le baagi ba Extension 9 go tlo ba ruta le go
ba hlalosetŠa ka ga lenaneo le leswa. Ka lehlakoreng le lengwe, baagi ka 18th Avenue, ba lomantshitŠe meno a ka fase malebana le go tsentŠhwa ga mohlagase o moswa fao ba ilego ba Šupana le bahlankedi ba
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Back2School with MEC Mekgwe “Success in the schools is dependent on each learner and failure to achieve better results as a school must not be through you as an individual student”,this was a message by MEC Ntombi Mekgwe to the first matriculants of the newly built Noordwyk Secondary school. Accompanied by Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela and Deputy Chair of Chairpersons in the Gauteng Legislature Wally Mbatha, MEC Mekgwe officially opened the newly built school in the Midrand area.
“The principal wants 100 percent pass rate, we (the learners, parents and government) must assist him. Let us all pull our efforts to realise and achieve the 100 percent goal” MEC Mekgwe said. Mekgwe also told the leaners that the school was new and they had found it clean and it cannot be allowed to degenerate and must remain in a pristine order.
MEC Ntombi Mekgwe active in the community
Before Noodwyk, Mekgwe was in Alexandra to congratulate Alexandra High school for achieving 88 percent pass rate improving from the 51 percent it achieved in 2012. The MEC thanked the teachers for their hard work saying “all of us will not be better people if it was not for a teacher.” She said that the visit was to encourage the school community and make them aware that government knew their challenges and will work with them to ensure that the conditions improve. Mekgwe told both matriculants that they should seek help when they have challenges in their school work. The MEC and the delegation also gave away 100 uniform to students from disadvantaged homes at Bovet Primary School in Alexandra. Deputy Minister Bapela thanked the Alexandra High School class of 2013 for surpassing the target of 75 percent pass rate which was going MEC Ntombi Mekgwe to coincide with the school being 75 years. “As a class of 2014 you have to run and overtake number one in the province. We will be visiting you as we did with the class of 2013 to make sure that you keep the momentum,”he said. Bapela said that they had formed an Alumni programme that will benefit the schools around Alexandra. Bapela said that among other things Minister Paul Mashatile and MEC Lebogang Maile will donate equipment for the art classes whilst Minister Fikile
ALEX HERITAGE SITE SET FOR COMPLETION
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CYNTHIA’S EMOTIONAL PLEA FOR HELP
FROM PAGE 1
Nelson Mandela Heritage Site in Alexandra is getting a serious face-lift. WELLINGTON NOBELE
lot of residents in Alexandra are very much curious as to what is happening with the completion
of the Alexandra Heritage center “Nelson Mandela Museum” at 7th avenue. Thabo Mopasi, a volunteer who has been involved in the development and com-
pletion of the heritage center was more than proud to announce to Alex Pioneer that the completion project is quickly approaching its final stage. On 17 January, the
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Alex Heritage center hosted a sight seeing of its current condition for stakeholders who will be its benefactors in the near future. Mopasi, who is also a social history researcher, developed his love for the center in 2001 where he was part of the research team for the Nelson Mandela book. Thabo envisioned the completion of the heritage center as it would not only tell the story of the late former president Nelson Mandela, but it would also create job opportunities for the young people of Alexandra who are still tackled by unemployment. “I was hoping the project would have kicked off by now this would boost job creation” Thabo said. About a month ago, Thabo secured a meeting with the MMC Rosaline Grief to express and share his views of the heritage center’s progress that was long over due. Thabo told the newspaper that he attended the meeting on his personal capacity to seek help from the government as he had approached minister Obed Bapela and Minister Paul Mashatile
Alex Pioneer contacted Steve Mabona for assistance. Who works at SASSA Having considered Cynthia’s situation he said “I can advise her to go back to our offices to re-register for social grant.”Steve emphasized that there’s a protocol that SASSA officials need to follow like running means test. A means test is an assessment conducted to verify if a person deserves the government’s aid taking into account the worth of their assets and their monthly income. “According to (the) information at our disposal, she was declined a social grant because she failed our means test, in the event, the pension amount is reduced.“Unfortunately, currently, if an applicant
receives pension from the previous employer, that is taken into consideration during the application process,” steve told Alex Pioneer. Steven explained that for one to pass the means test and qualify for government’s assistance, the applicant should: Married applicant •Not have a total income of more than R100 680.00 per annum •Not have total assets that exceed the worth of R1 676 400 Single applicant •Not have a total income of more than R50 340 per annum •Not have total assets that exceed the worth of R838 200. If you want to help Cynthia, contact: 011 485 2018. -Additional reporting by Mokgopo Tilo.
who were also supporters of his initiative. The ministry promised Thabo a meeting with the JDA (Johannesburg Development Agency), who were more than happy to partner with him. The JDA representatives were present during the sight seeing of the center along with representatives from the city of Joburg. Project manager of the JDA Leonard Visagie reported that the department of tourism has signed
an agreement with them assuring the community that the project is certainly in its final completion phase. “The department has already drawn up a budget for the designs, repairs, structural readjustments and other various things that impact the completion of the center”. The project is set to kick off in the next six months and anticipate the completion of the project between December and January of next year.
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MATRIC TIPS If you start University
Going to University is like, in sports, making the national team directly from the school’s team. It means you take a massive step up, says Andre Van Zyl from UJ.
“It is academically TOUGHER to get a university qualification than ANYTHING you have faced up to now. But it is worth it!” What is important but not enough
• To have the potential • The right intentions (you’ll have a lot more freedom at home and will mix with wealthier kids. Girls, booze…there’ll be many temptations) • The right attitude • The right vision (where do you see yourself in 5 years?) What else is needed?
• New study methods (read them on Wits website) • Attending class and managing well your time (if you miss lectures, you won’t know what is important in the course materials) • Taking responsibility (manage well your time and create a workload planner) • Working harder • Asking for help – your parents, teachers, mentor won’t know if you get into trouble, YOU have to know and ask for help (sooner rather than later) • Getting help earlier rather than later (don’t be scared to ask for help, if you need academic, psychological or financial support which exists in each Varsity) At UJ, you’ll be kicked out in November if you pass less than 50 % of your modules. But don’t be depressed if you fail the first tests. Just keep up and know your goals ! If you have a bursary, use it for yourself – resist the pressure of your family to buy food for them. In any case, ask a second year student to help you to manage your finance. Almost one third of the students fail their first year. Don’t be one of them.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DRAFTING OF CONTRACTS Amy Wilson
into contracts for example someone married in in community of property may reIntroduction quire the consent of their spouse to enter into certain This topic is very important contracts. as we deal with contracts and commercial transactions Types of contracts on a day to day basis even if we don’t realise it. For In order to give a better unexample, if you walk into derstanding of some of the a shop and buy a coke, you contracts which someone have just entered into a con- might come into contact with tract of sale between your- on a day to day basis, a few self and the shop. examples of such contracts The drafting of contracts is have been set out below: a very broad topic and it is impossible to deal with all of • sale contract: can include the relevant points in such a for example a sale of an asshort article. This article will set (e.g. a car, a house) and therefore be only a very brief is usually the exchange of introduction into the drafting money for goods of contracts. • lease contract: for renting What is a contract? of a property for residential / commercial reasons A contract is an agreement between two or more par- • employment contract: enties which gives rise to ob- tered into between employer ligations and/or rights which and employee are enforced or recognised by law. A contract must be • shareholders’ agreement/ between willing parties as partnership agreement consent is one of the requirements to make a contract • services contract: which is valid. the exchange of money for services Parties to a contract • loan agreement: where for Not everyone can enter into example a bank lends you a a contract, you need what we certain amount of money call “contractual capacity” to enter into a contract. So for Format example you cannot enter into a contract with a three There is no set “format” for year old child (although it is a contract, as long as all of possible to enter into a con- the terms that are agreed are tract with the guardian or in the contract, the parties parent of the child acting on are clearly set out and the behalf of that child). Anoth- contract is signed, it should er example of someone who be enforceable. cannot enter into a contract by him/herself is a person However to give you an exwho has no mental capacity. ample of the basic format we would generally try to have: Companies or other business entities such as close • a “cover page” where we corporations need to act set out the full details of all through the people in the the parties (including ID and organisation so for example registration numbers) and a director would enter into the type of contract it is; a contract on behalf of the company (but he must be au- • the “basic” provisions thorised to do so). agreed between the parties (for example the goods beThere are also other restric- ing sold or the property betions on persons entering ing leased, the price, the
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• the signature page (where the parties must sign the contract). When you learn more about contract drafting you will then learn to insert certain “standard clauses”, however you should not worry about this at an early stage and it is most important to have all of the agreed terms in the contract and have it signed. Dispute of contracts It is very important to regulate what happens in the case of a dispute of the contract. You can provide for “mediation” or “arbitration” should the parties agree. It is preferable to settle the disputes out of court as it costs a lot of money to go to the court and may take a long time until the dispute is resolved. However, if necessary, the courts must be used. You can then regulate which courts to go to (for example you may want to go to Small Claims Court or the Magistrates’ Court rather than going to the High Court). Remember to be careful as to what you send in emails and other written communication as this can be used in evidence in court. Some last minute tips Negotiation skills are very important and you should always try and end on a win/ win situation for all of the parties. Preparation is very important and so is checking the contract for errors once it is drafted. Don’t forget to number your headings and paragraphs so that they can be easily crossreferenced. Most importantly, make sure you understand what you are putting in your contract and get expert advice where possible!
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Entertainment and Lifestyle
WHAT TO EXPECT IN CELEBVILLE MOKGOPO TILO
he South African celebrities are notorious for stirring up controversy. Often than not, many celebrities attract the media’s attention for all the wrong reasons. Equally, some celebrities make headlines for the positive impact they make in our society. Now that 2014 has started, Mokgopo Tilo highlights some of the events that will be happening in the celebrity circle this year and also the national events that people can look out for in 2014.
LEAVES GENERATIONS AND APPEARS IN COURT.
Generations’ starlet Maggie Benedict who plays the role of Akhona Griffith is said to be leaving the popular soapie this year. Maggie dominated the media’s headlines late last year when she was allegedly arrested for shoplifting and was later released on a warning. She is expected to appear in court soon. KELLY KHUMALO TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR ASSAULT.
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The lead vocalist of Qinisela and award winning media darling, Kelly Khumalo and her sister are set to appear in court for the assault of Mandisa Meyiwa. Kelly is said to be pregnant and tongues have been wagging that Senzo Meyiwa is responsible for the bun in the oven. Since the news of Kelly and Senzo started making headlines, the latter has been protecting the former saying Kelly should not be blamed for his marital woes with Mandisa. NKANDLA REPORT RELEASED. The public protector Thuli Madonsela and her office will release the much awaited report on the spending of President’s homestead in Nkandla. The upgrading of President’s home is calculated at R208 million and the leaked provisional report published by the Mail & Guardian last year hinted that Zuma was aware of the costs of the upgrading. OSCAR PISTORIOUS TO APPEAR IN COURT.
Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorious, who allegedly shot and killed his wife in the early hours of 14 February 2013 after mistaking her for an intruder will be going on trial in March 2014. Oscar has pleaded not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY. This
year marks exactly 20 years of a democratic South Africa. It was in 1994 that South Africa was liberated from all white government to democratic and inclusive ruling regime that saw Nelson Mandela emerging the first black democratically elected President. Since 1994, South Africa has had 4 democratically elected Presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, respectively. Under the Mbeki administration, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was elected the first female deputy President. ELECTIONS COMING SOON
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This year will also see South Africans voting in the country’s 5th democratic elections. Over and above, it will also be for the first time that born-frees take to the polls. Newly formed political parties of the likes of Mamphela Ramphela’s Agang SA, Julius Malema’s EFF and Kenny Kunene’s Patriotic Alliance will be on the ballot paper for the first time.
Shame on Generations’ Senzo! The guy waltz around thinking he’s the only Dlomo heir and because of that, he can throw his tantrum around as he wishes. Only if he knew that there’s MJ in the picture, he would stop behaving like a spoilt brat. Let’s hope S’busiso won’t disown him and focus on mentoring MJ to take over Ezweni one day. Speaking of MJ, if Akhona continues digging deep, she will one day find out that MJ has something to do with Kimberly’s disappearance. Recently I have realised that Akhona’s investigation has started to shake S’busiso up and because of that, chances are great Akhona will not live to see tomorrow. The tables are turning around and it seems Rhythm City’s Lucilla will soon taste the bitter medicine of her own doings. DH is no fool. The man knows that Lucilla is the one who betrayed her and if David continues with his plan of getting rid of DH, believe me there’s be hell to pay. Lerato and Niki are two bastard cows. Those two can roll down and fight, I don’t card, ooops! My heart becomes sad to see Isidingo’s Lerato going through that pain everyday. I wish there was something that I could but as for Sechaba offering her driving lessons, definitely I can do something about it by discouraging Sechaba against the idea. It is no secret that Lerato sometimes gets carried away and I don’t think I will be safe in the Gauteng roads knowing that chances are great Lerato might be driving, ijo! It seems Muvhango’s Mulimisi’s prediction was correct after all-Thate is on fire! If Teboho wants to get rid of Shonisani, clearly she would have to work up her tricks as thrice as hard. But hey, taking into consideration her history of cooking up miracles, Shonisani will be out of Thate in no time. But as for Kondi, she will never change. The lady is as power hungry as 10 ears ago and she will do everything in her power to make sure Shonisani becomes Mulalo’s wife. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to me if she’s the one who instigated the sexual activity between Mulalo and Shoni. Can someone please tell me what is really happening in Khomotjo’s head? Barely three weeks after the burial of her husband, ao shame! Khomotjo is preoccupied with throwing parties and showing everyone that she’s in charge.
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END OF JOURNEY FOR MBALULA’S “USELESS BUNCH OF LOSERS.” And now Fikile Mbalula lashes out at underperforming Bafana Bafana. Is his criticism justified?
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ollowing Bafana Bafana’s 3-1 defeat against Nigeria, Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, expressed how disappointment he was with the performance of the national team. Mbalula called Bafana Bafana “a bunch of losers” who have “disgraced the country”, the statement he’s adamant he won’t retract. “We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions and this tournament has proved that. The mediocrity we saw yesterday is disgraceful. Last night, we saw a bunch of losers who conceded two useless goals. We must never wake up to this situation ever again,” Mbalula was quoted as saying.
Mbalula went further to say coach Gordon Igesund cannot only take blame for Bafana Bafana’s disappointing performance. Is not for the first time Bafana Bafana fails to qualify to participate in the second round of an international soccer tournament. In 2010 during the FIFA World Cup, South Africa was the first country to be booted out of the tournament, thus making a history to be the first host country not to make it to the second round of a tournament. Equally, this year South Africa also failed to qualify for the second round of CHAN 2014. The 2014 FIFA World Cup that will see Brazil as a host country will not have South Africa participating.
In the past, South Africa has opted to outsourcing coaches from abroad in a bid to boost the national team’s performance. During the 2010 World Cup, a Brazillian coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira whose salary was estimated at R1.8 million per month was the coach of the national team. In the tournament, South Africa drew 1-1 against Mexico in the opening game, lost 3-1 to Uruguay and won 2-1 against France. But from the three games South Africa played at CHAN 2014, South Africa opened the game on a high note with a victory of 3-1 against Mozambique, then drew 1-1 with Mali and the last game saw them losing 3-1 against Nigeria.
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