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29 January 2014
TOP PERFORMERS AWARDED WITH BURSARIES
Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile awarded bursaries to top performing learners and encouraged them to continue working hard. 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 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
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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 visit. Mashatile paid a visit to schools in Alex along with Deputy Minister in the presi-
dency 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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014 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.
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.
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Kelly Khumalo and her sister, Zandile, are expected to appear in court this year on allegations of assault.
he New Year has begun and soon 2013 will be ancient history. Many things have happened in the last year, from the sentencing of Jub Jub with his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala to 25 years behind bars, the passing away of Tata Nelson Mandela, Guptagate, the formation of new political parties of the likes of Agang SA and EFF, President Zuma signing etoll bill into law and many others. Tilo Mokgopo highlights some of the events that people can look out for in 2014.
Jacob Zuma, respectively. Under the Mbeki administration, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was elected the first female deputy President.
Elections coming soon 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 Celebrating 20 years of ballot paper for the first democracy time. 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
Maggie Benedict 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.
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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.
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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”- Desmond Tutu
KREJCIR case posponed yet again
Nkandla report released The public protector Thuli Madonsela and her office will release the much waited 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 insinuated that Zuma was well aware of the costs of WELLINGTON NOBELE the upgrading.
he suspects who were ar-
Kelly Khumalo to aprested in Sandton on the pear in court for assault. 09th of January in connection 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.
with the Krejcir conspiracy case appeared at the Alexandra magistrate court after they were remanded on the 13th of this month to the 20th. “It’s not a bail application” said the national prosecuting authority, Nathi Mcube. Nathi explained that they will challenge the bail application. “We will oppose bail as this is a serious case”, he added. Two of the accused are allegedly scheduled six other criminal offenses. The accused were in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, a stolen vehicle and police lights. Suspects also had pending charges of theft. Co owner of the corado com-
pany Radovan Krejcir, was arrested with five other suspects on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. From the five suspects on trail, two applied for bail on 20 January and the bail hearing is set to take place on the 31st of January. Three of the accused, Jacob Nare, Owen Serrero and Siboniso Miya have been kept in custody pending their court appearance on 18 of February. It is said that from the five (3 males & 2 females) suspects who were attending the court proceedings on the 20th of January, one of the women (sergeant Nandi Nkosi) is a top official with the crime intelligence unit who allegedly disclosed GPS coordinates for the alleged targets, forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan and crime intelligence officer Nkosana Ximba.
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IEC: 8 & 9 FEBRUARY FINAL VOTING REGISTRATION
ith only three weeks left ahead of the second phase and final voting registration, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is encouraging people who are eligible to vote to register at their nearest voting stations. The final registration will happen on Saturday and Sunday of 8 and 9 February 2014 nationwide. “Don’t miss the final registration weekend! Register at your correct voting station. “You have until 5 PM on the day the President proclaims the election date to register. Proclamation can happen
anytime after 9/02/2014,” the IEC said on their official website. People who have registered in the past are also encouraged to visit their voting stations to check whether their details still exist in the IEC’s database. Those who have moved from their districts and would like to register to vote in their current area are encouraged to “apply for registration in their new voting districts at their new voting station during a registration weekend or at their municipal electoral office during office hours.” However, people are also alerted of the possibility of changes in voting venues.
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“Voting stations venues may change, so please doublecheck your voting station before going there to register to vote,” the IEC said. This year marks exactly 20 years since the dawn of de-
mocracy and all inclusive voting process across racial lines. Most importantly, this year is set to be the year in which all the persons born from 1994 will be taking to the polls for the first time.
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DOMESTIC ABUSE SAGA
CWP members protesting outside Alex Magistrate Court in support of their cordinator, Jack Mothapo WELLINGTON NOBELE.
On Tuesday 14 January 2014 Jack Mothapo and his former girlfriend (who’s also a mother of his two children) only identified as Debbie appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate Court on allegations
of domestic abuse. It is believed that Debbie took Jack, a coordinator at the Community Works Project (CWP), to court citing domestic abuse. Outside the courtroom, members of the CWP painted the streets of Alexandra orange, while waving placards with
messages condemning man abuse. Messages displayed on placards included: “justice must defend the abuse against men”. Speaking to Alex Pioneer, Jack put a complete different spin against the charges brought against him. He said he was “the one
Jack Mothapo is taken to court for domestic abuse but he says he is innocent.
being abused” and went further to say “if I am the bad guy, why am I not living in my own house?” Jack asked deeply. Jack explained that around July 2012 he moved out of his own home not only because he had an “unfaithful girlfriend”, but also be-
cause the mother of his two children would not have a place for her and their young ones. As a result, he decided to move out with his eldest son who is now 20 years old. The two now live with Jack’s fellow CWP employees, Mary Shongoane. Mrs Shon-
gwane who took Jack under her wings explained that “we support Jack no matter what.” Attempts to speak to Debbie to hear her side of the story failed. It is believed that she used a different exit point to dodge the CWP crowd protesting outside the court.
CYNTHIA’S EMOTIONAL CRY FOR HELP WELLINGTON NOBELE
hen Cynthia was first diagnosed with diabetes, little did she anticipate that her life would turn sour. Everything was going well and she was a high school teacher with a decent income but now all is history. 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 Pioneer Mirror from her house in Alexandra, emotional stricken Cynthia explained that she learnt of her condition in 2009. “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 assis-
tance 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 was surgically removed and because of the unbearable pains she goes through, she has decided to have her right leg 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
Cynthia Fundiswa Ncongwane got her leg amputated due to diabetes. in high school. The only source of income in the household is by Nadaniel and Cynthia’s grand-
child who receive social grant and Cynthia’s monthly retirement fund of R700. “From 2009 I was receiv-
ing 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. Pioneer Mirror contacted Steve Mabona who works at SASSA for assistance. 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 Pioneer Mirror. 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 Anyone who would like to help Cynthia, please call 011 485 2018/ 4461 -Additional reporting Mokgopo Tilo.
MATRIC TIPS What can I do if I cannot go to Varsity ?
Congratulations to all who passed their Matric. If you are not happy with your results, check as soon as possible at your school to : - register for a re-mark or a rechecking. Candidates from no-fee schools are exempt. - apply to pass again 2 subjects (in February or March) if you failend your Matric ; You can also redo your Matric (or some subjects) end of the year. You do not need to attend school on a full-time basis. To get ready, free extra classes were offered last year: 1. The Gauteng department of Education - www.gpg.education.gov.za or call 0800 00 5174 2 The Science Bono discovery centre, in Newtown. Private lessons (pricey but good) are offered by School Stars at Wits: http://www.starschools. co.za/ - O11 403-3390). The Denel Youth Foundation (Kempton park) also runs bridging programs for matric students to prepares them for Science and Engineering degrees. If you cannot go to Varsity this year, you can: Enrol in a private college/FET college – example: Enrol in a nursing college (www.sanc.co.za –012 343 54 00) ; Do a learnership ; Become a police officer (www.saps.gov.za/careers - 012 393 1000) or work in a prison (012 307 2000) or enrol in the army (012 339 53 95/012 339 4000) ; Take a gap year and do a computer course, learn a new language, pass your driving licence, volunteer in an Ngo/community organisation (www.firststep.me) ; Work part or full time (check “Students village” website) ; Start your own business (www.awethuproject.co.za) To get more info, contact Sizanani mentorship programme (www.beststudentsofalexandra@ blogspot.com)
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THE OBLIGATION TO ENSURE A SAFE WORKPLACE Celeste Coles Director of ENSafrica
ll persons are entitled to a working environment that is healthy and safe. In South Africa, occupational health and safety is regulated by statute and common law. South Africa has, like many other countries, legislated extensively on occupational health and safety. Despite the body of legislation, the common law continues to play an important role as far as it concerns contractual, delictual and criminal liability. The common law means the law of South Africa that does not originate from legislation. It is the body of law that we inherited from the Netherlands and which our courts have developed over time. In terms of the common law, an employer must take reasonable care for the safety of employees. That duty includes the provision of safe premises, safe machinery and tools, as well as safe systems of work. This obligation on the part of an employer is, however, not an absolute one but is restricted by the concept of reasonableness. There are two major statutes which regulate occupational health and safety in South Africa. The statutes are the Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993 (“the OHASA”) and the Mine Health and Safety Act, No. 29 of 1996 (“the MHSA”). The MHSA applies to mines and works as defined. The OHASA applies to other industries, but does not apply to employers in workplaces to which the MHSA applies. For the purposes of this article, we will place an emphasis on the OHASA. The provisions of the OHASA apply to a “workplace”. The aforementioned concept is defined as meaning “…any premises or place where a person performs work in the course of his employment”. Obligations are imposed on both an employer and an employee. The term “employer” is defined as meaning “…any person who employs or provides work for any person and remunerates that person or expressly or tacitly undertakes to remunerate him, but excludes a labour broker…”. The term “employee” is defined as meaning “…any person who is employed by or who works for an employer and who receives or is entitled to receive any remuneration or who works under the direction or supervision of an employer or any other person”. Section 8 of the OHASA pro-
vides a primary obligation on an employer to ensure a workplace that is safe and without risk to the health of its employees. Section 8(1) of the OHASA provides as follows: “Every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its employees”. Section 8(2) of the OHASA refers to a large number of matters which must be attended to by an employer to ensure compliance with the above obligation. These matters include, amongst others, the following: • the provision and maintenance of systems of work and plant and machinery that, as far as reasonably practicable, are safe and without risk to health; • he performance of appropriate risk assessment(s);
ployees; • safe equipment; • safe systems of work; • safety procedures; • supervision; • discipline; • maintenance procedures; and • the fact that the employee also has a duty to take reasonable care for his own health and the safety of others. Employees are also required to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that a workplace is safe. The obligations and duties of employees must be taken into account when considering the question whether the workplace was safe as far as reasonably practicable. An employee must take cognisance of his/ her own health and safety and the health and safety of other persons. In this regard, section 14 of the OHASA provides that whilst at work, every employee shall:
• take reasonable care for his/her • the provision of information, own health and safety and that instruction and training to em- of other persons who may be ployees; and affected by his/her acts or omissions; • the provision of supervision. The obligations of an “employ- • co-operate with his/her emer” are limited by the concept of ployer or any person to ensure “reasonably practicable”. The that a duty/ requirement in terms aforementioned term is defined of the OHASA is performed or as meaning: complied with; “Practicable having regard to – • carry out any lawful order given (a) the severity and scope of the to him/her, and obey the health hazard or risk concerned; and safety rules and procedures laid down by his/her employer (b) the state of knowledge rea- or by anyone authorised thereto sonably available concerning by his/her employer, in the interthat hazard or risk and of any ests of health and safety; means of removing or mitigating that hazard or risk; • if any situation which is unhealthy or unsafe comes to his/ (c) the availability and suitably her attention, report (as soon as of means to remove or mitigate practicable) such situation to his/ that hazard or risk; her employer or to the health and safety representative for his/her (d) the costs of removing or workplace; mitigating that hazard or risk in relation to the benefits deriving • if he/she is involved in any intherefrom”. The OHASA read cident which may affect his/her with the common law allows, health or which has caused an and to a great extent compels, injury to himself/herself, report the employer to adopt a holistic such incident to his/her employapproach to safety management. er or to anyone authorised thereThe employer may use a number to by the employer, or to his/her of measures, forming part of a health and safety representative safety management system, to as soon as practicable. ensure a reasonably safe working place. The employer may Both employers and employees rely on, amongst others, the fol- are responsible to maintain a lowing: culture of health and safety, to ensure, as far as reasonably prac• risk management; ticable, the health and safety of • formal and informal training of persons at the workplace. employees; • an organisational structure of experience and competent em-
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MUVHANGO SET TO PLAY FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY MOKGOPO TILO
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he SABC 2’s flagship and longest running soap opera, Muvhango, is due to air five days a week this year. “Muvhango enters its 17th season… and the SABC has decided to broadcast Muvhango from Monday to Friday,” the soapie’s creator and executive producer, Duma Ka Ndlovu said in the statement. Ka Ndlovu noted that as the soapie continues to improve its standard and develop its storylines, the fans and supporters should look forward to exciting stories that will keep them at the edge of their seats. “Just to wet your appetite, Ranthumeng comes back to reclaim his wife, Susan takes bold steps to protect the chieftaincy and Vusi grows up and his grandfathers want him to go to the mountain,” he said. However, if rumours circulating in the media are anything to go by, the return of Ranthumeng into the soapie may not be by Themba Nofemele who left the soapie last year citing unfair treatment and emotional abuse by co-workers, who, as he alleged, went to the extent of telling him that he can’t act. According to reports, singer Brian Themba will resume the role of Ranthumeng. Airing five days is not the only surprise Muvhango has for its fans in 2014. “We have embarked on an effort to change the Muvhango look. We will be launching the new look soon and introducing a few new actors in an effort to sush up the look. Recently Muvhango introduced many faces whom the majority of them are household names and the singer, Chomee of “jaiva sexy” fame was one of them. Her appearance on the soapie has since caused a stir on social media. In the 17 years of its running, Muvhango has had many exciting storylines that ordinary South Africans in rural areas, townships and informal settlements can relate to and the show’s heavyweight alerts that “our story department continues to try and break boundaries by bringing you stories that straddle the township/rural divide.” It’s still not known for sure when Muvhango will start playing five days.
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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MBALULA LASHES OUT AT BAFANA BAFANA’S “USELESS BUNCH OF LOSERS.” And now Fikile Mbalula lashes out at underperforming Bafana Bafana. Is his criticism justified?
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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