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Former soccer star Marc Batchelor shot dead

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has said it had issued a letter of demand to the City of Tshwane calling for immediate action on the substandard potable water supplied by Magalies Water to Hammanskraal residents. “We instructed an independent South African National Accreditation System - an accredited water laboratory - to conduct a random water sample in Hammanskraal.

“The results indicate the water is not fit for consumption. The sample was taken on July 5, 2019, at the Hammanskraal Metro Police regional office in Region 2,” said Outa operations executive Julius Kleynhans. Outa said the community of Hammanskraal recently approached the organisation to monitor the quality of their potable water to Magalies Water Board and the City of Tshwane because of concerns over water safety.

“The quality is worse than in December 2018 when the community raised the same concerns. We call on Tshwane to take urgent action,” said Kleynhans. Outa said the results also found a total viable count of 8720 CFU/ml, which was far higher than the accredited standard of <1000 CFU/ml for healthy water, which was an indicator of the presence of micro-organisms such as bacteria in the water, though no E. coli was found.

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Pastor feeds The Mzansi Ndlovu Youth Choir followers dog meat continue to make us proud

‘BLACK TAX’ BURDEN

There is a responsibility of pulling others

up

when

you

succeed.

We are still very afraid as young people to speak up because we think it is selfish. While others don’t mind paying black tax, the burden comes when nobody else is willing to take over the responsibility Parents should stop comparing their children’s success with others, just because their neighbour’s son manages to send money home and extend

The Ndlovu Youth Choir recently opened up about their journey on America’s Got Talent (AGT). The South African choir caught Mzansi’s attention following their stellar performance on the show that saw them receive a standing ovation. The video of their audition on the show received over five million views.

In an interview with Channel 24, the choir’s musical director, Ralf Schmitt said that the group is over the moon after they made it to the live show rounds. “We have received the most amazing messages of encouragement. One of the most beautiful ones was when someone said, ‘South Africa needs another 2010, and this is it’.”

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the house, doesn’t mean your children

Taxi drivers’ reckless driving has claimed

can also afford to do so. Black parents

numerous victims, not to mention innocent people who have been caught in the crossfire during violence in the industry. The taxi industry is the only one I know of that treats clients like trash.

should be more understanding. We have our own lives to live, we have dreams that we want to achieve and if we are constantly. Young people need to adopt a saving culture. We are the generation that can take action in stopping this cycle by starting to save. We also need to learn to say ‘no’ and develop a habit of planning our finances to combat the cycle of poverty.

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Their actions lead to the deaths of pedestrians, other motorists and themselves. They don’t follow the rules of the road. They skip red lights with impunity. If you want to observe their bad driving in all its glory, Soweto is the place. They simply disregard other road users, not forgetting they march in protest against the impounding of the wrecks they sometimes drive. It’s like people demanding to be allowed to kill others in peace. If they want to be taken seriously, they must start by respecting themselves and the passengers.

Pastor Veteran Peter from the Heaven on Earth Centre Ministries in Mahikeng, North West, fed his congregation meat from a dog he had slaughtered. The church shared disturbing photos of the incident on its Facebook page and captioned the post with Mark 16. Peter confirmed he gave his congregation dog meat and claimed that all who ate received healing. However, when asked where he found the poor canine, Peter refused to answer and claimed he had to get to a sermon. However, this has been found somehow not good by those outside the ministry and there seem to be actions to be taken over this act.

5 nabbed for stealing 30 sheep Five people were arrested for allegedly stealing 30 sheep, which were loaded into a taxi in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning. According to police spokesperson Captain Ursula Roelofse, police followed up on information that the sheep were being transported in the taxi early on Friday morning. Roelofse said the five people were allegedly part of a syndicate operating in the Eastern Cape and Free State. The men, aged 22 to 39, are expected to appear in the Aliwal North Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Deputy Cluster Commander Colonel Mpho Rabela commended the members on the excellent success as stock theft is a priority crime in the area. The arrest of the members

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of the syndicate will also make linkage to other cases possible, Rabela said. Earlier this month, Eastern Cape police rescued 25 sheep that had been stolen and stashed in a hole in the ground. Spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said the sheep were found in the hole at a farm in the Avondale policing precinct at Mt Fletcher after a tip-off. “On arrival at the scene, they indeed found about 25 livestock hidden in the dark hole,” said Kinana. The farmer had noticed them missing when he woke up but they were recovered by the unit on the same day. His livestock was handed back to him but the sheep rustlers are still at large.


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Over 3K schools to close due to dwindling numbers

By Sipho Mabena Schools haemorrhaging pupils are mainly in the rural areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape. The department of basic education is set to close thousands of primary and secondary schools throughout the country, the majority in the Eastern Cape, mainly due to the dwindling number of pupils. Provincial departments have received circulars detailing the number of schools that should either be merged or closed, a move which the department says will save money and optimise available resources. According to the department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, more than 3,000 primary schools with fewer than 135 pupils, as well as high schools with fewer than 225 pupils, will either be closed or merged. “It is also to save money because there is no reason to keep these schools open. If there are two schools that can be merged to reach the required [teacherpupil] ratio, then that will be done,” he said. Schools haemorrhaging pupils are mainly in the rural areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape, which leads the pack with more than 1,300 schools facing demise or merger in that province alone. By January 2017, 508 schools were either merged or closed down in the Eastern Cape, with multimillionrand schools built as recently as 1994 left to rot and costly stationery and equipment gathering dust. There were also reports of pupils at Junction Farm School, closed in 2004 in the Cathcart farming area, complaining that their children were unable to get to their new school, 28km away, as there was no transport. The department said the main reason for the drop in the number of pupils in rural schools was because parents moved to cities, or moved their children to live with relatives in cities. Mhlanga said the process of closing down or merging schools took at least nine months, as every step had to adhere to rules and regulations. According to a circular from the Mpumalanga department of education, the school “rationalisation is intended to reduce or eliminate the number of micro schools and merge them with other schools so as to address inefficiencies in the system and improve quality of education”.

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Man found dead after being kicked out of taxi

The unfathomable death of a 27-year-old man has flung his family into profound mourning and distress because of the circumstances around his passing away. Motorists discovered Thomas Manenzhe sprawling inert on the grass by the side of the freeway between the Tobias and Haakdooring roads in the Naboomspruit. He had bruises on the body, his left knee was swollen, and his one leg was broken. His belt was found in another spot, while his shoes were also off his feet, several metres away. Thomas was a resident at Magau village

in the Sinthumule area.

He fell down in the passage and they

answers from the taxi association and

The provincial police’s spokesperson,

allegedly continued kicking him. The

that they believed that the police would

Col Moatshe Ngoepe, said that the police

taxi eventually stopped, and the four

leave no stone unturned in probing this

were investigating a case of culpable

men were advised to get off to continue

matter.

homicide. “We request members of the

“fighting” outside the taxi.

However, the actual taxi that ferried

public to assist in providing us with

However,

that

the passengers from the Bosman Station

information that might lead to the

Thomas should be left there at that place,

taxi rank is not known at this stage,

identification and arrest of the suspect,”

because he was now talking too much.

but the police were provided with the

Ngoepe said.

The family spokesperson, Naledzani

registration number of the second taxi

However, according to the information

Mulaudzi, said that the family was

minibus that accepted passengers at

provided by the family and one female

utterly distraught about the manner in

Kranskop tollgate.

passenger who could not be named at

which the taxi driver had treated their

Thomas Manenzhe was working at

this stage, Manenzhe boarded a minibus

son.

Delmas in Mpumalanga. He is survived

taxi en route from Gauteng to Venda

“Had the driver not left him along the way,

by his mother, Mavis Manenzhe, and his

from the Bosman Station taxi rank in

our child would not have died,” she said.

wife, Dorah Mabasa.

Pretoria. The taxi broke down along the

“It’s not clear at this stage whether he

way, just around the Kranskop tollgate.

was injured by the three men or whether

“We waited for some time while the

some criminals found him alone in the

driver arranged for another taxi to come

night and killed him. But as a family we

and load us, because he could neither fix

put blame on the driver and the taxi

the vehicle nor determine the cause of

association to which he is affiliated – taxi

the problem,” said a fellow passenger. “A

associations should school their drivers

similar taxi arrived, and we all got into

in how to treat passengers and deal with

it. We drove off for some time before

any

an older man and two young men were

occur among passengers. Any driver

involved in a fracas with Thomas.”

in their right mind couldn’t kick out a

The three men allegedly started beating

passenger in the wilderness!”

Thomas right inside the moving taxi.

Mulaudzi said that the family needed

the

driver

misunderstanding

insisted

which

might

Cops found disabled teen alone and chained to chair A 30-year-old mother accused of chaining her 12-year-old disabled daughter and locking her inside the house was granted R500 bail in the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court. Limpopo police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe however said the woman was still in custody because no one turned up to pay her bail. She was arrested after concerned neighbours alerted police about a girl being ill-treated by her mother. Officers found the 12-year-old alone and chained to a chair in the house. She was rescued and taken to a place of safety. The mother was arrested and charged with child neglect and appeared in court on Thursday. Her case was postponed to August for further investigation.

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Ins and outs of starting a taxi business The taxi industry in South Africa has been given a bad reputation over the last few years, but what very few realise is that it’s a very lucrative business opportunity for taxi owners. There will always be commuters; hence there will always be a business opportunities available for taxi operators. WHO TO REGISTER WITH As with any other business, owning a fleet of taxis requires planning. Planning that involves fleet management and acquiring the necessary paperwork to operate in a certain vicinity. After the business plan and funding has been obtained, the taxi owner must register his business with the appropriate South African agencies, including the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO), the Department of Labour and the Department of Transport. Thereafter the licensed taxi driver is free to operate and can be hired for business. What you need to get started The most important certificate for a taxi operator to have is a route license. The taxi association will upload the driver and vehicle details on a database, which will then in turn show if the route is profitable or not. If there are too many taxis on the same route, then the likelihood of the driver making a profit will be reduced. The routes are also allocated and controlled by local governments, but the taxi association’s task is to be very careful in making sure that there aren’t too many drivers running the same route. They basically make sure that the routes are viable. This will also ensure that no conflict will arise between drivers, even if it may seem like the inevitable given the stigma of

South Africa’s taxi operators. START-UP CAPITAL Commonly used vehicles are Toyota or Nissan taxies. These are called the premium vehicles in the taxi industry because of their reliability. These taxies retail from about R100 000 to about R340 000, but for the overall cost that would include paying your license and taxi association fees, the total cost can amount up to R350 000 to start a taxi business. Every industry has its flaws, and every business comes with financial gains and financial losses. It’s up to the taxi operator to ensure that his business runs smoothly. Although minibus taxis are a familiar sight on South Africa’s roads, the inner workings of the business are not generally well-known. That is why before venturing bullheadedly into this industry, it’s best to do the necessary research. SPEAK TO SOMEONE IN THE KNOW Another great way to find insight into the world of taxi operators is to speak to a driver about the ins and outs of the business. You will be able to get a better feel for it and even learn a few tricks of the trade amongst the rest of the drivers. People are always willing to share if you are willing to ask.

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane surrounded by scandal

Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been accused of lying under oath and acting in bad faith. South Africa’s corruption watchdog is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Just three years into the job, there have already been two attempts to remove Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. She has faced public scrutiny, accusations of political bias and has most recently become the subject of a scathing finding by the country’s constitutional court. The latest of her controversies is a ruling by the country’s highest court that the lawyer lied under oath and acted in bad faith, and should pay a fine for her dishonesty. It follows a protracted legal battle between her office and South Africa’s reserve bank. This is not her first run-in with the courts – which is odd for someone whose very responsibility is upholding the law. A number of Ms Mkhwebane’s major investigations have recently been overruled by the courts in South Africa. They have said her findings were “invalid” and “unconstitutional”. This has raised concerns about her fitness for office and questions about whether she has somehow become a pawn in a far larger political game. The DA asked Ms Mkhwebane to investigate President Ramaphosa over concerns that he had an “improper

relationship” with a controversial local company called Bosasa. At the time, Mr Ramaphosa denied receiving a R500,000 ($36,000; £29,000) campaign donation from the company. The latest of Ms Mkhwebane’s reports has found that President Cyril Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliament about a donation to his election campaign as party president in 2017. The political and public reaction to Ms Mkhwebane’s findings has been divided. Surely taking on those in power is the sort of thing that would be celebrated in a budding democracy, so why is this not the case with Ms Mkhwebane? Chiefly, it is fuelled by accusations from some members of the ANC that she is part of a campaign to discredit Mr Ramaphosa and undermine efforts to root out corruption within the party. They believe she is loyal to the Zuma faction, which remains influential even after Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as party head in 2017, and is using her powers to settle political scores. There has been no evidence of this, but it has done enough to taint public perception of her. Ms Mkhwebane has claimed that her office is under attack by people who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. These are uncertain times in South Africa, even with a new president, the ANC is a divided house.

The factionalism within the ruling party has permeations across all sectors of society. Within the former liberation movement it has created mistrust and paranoia, which distracts from the real business of rebuilding South Africa. Ms Mkhwebane’s supporters say she is simply the collateral damage of that infighting. In her defence, she inherited a legacy she did not plan for. She took over from former corruption buster Ms Madonsela whose findings forced former Mr Zuma to pay back millions of Rands of taxpayers’ money for unduly benefitting from upgrades to his rural home in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province. The so-called “Pay Back the Money” campaign, which was one of Mr Zuma’s many headaches, came after Ms Madonsela’s damning findings. So perhaps the public and politicians alike were always going to be hard on Ms Mkhwebane, comparing her to her predecessor, who still enjoys a reputation of being impartial, fearless and fair during her seven-year tenure. And rightly so, this is an important institution. Findings by the public protector are legally binding here and not mere suggestions, as the previous administration had been treating them. So having an adverse ruling from this office is a serious matter. Many are keeping an eye on not only which cases Ms Mkhwebane gives attention to, but also their outcome. This is a woman who is not only wellversed in the laws of the country but also in its application. But her critics have accused her of overstepping the bounds of her mandate, in some cases trying to change existing laws to suit her findings and whitewashing investigations linked to those loyal to Mr Zuma. None of it bodes well for the integrity of her office. Ms Mkhwebane is not one to shy away from a fight or accept defeat, not even from the courts it seems. She is determined to clear her name and restore the public’s faith in her as their protector.

Rise in Africa inspired dolls

In the past few years, South Africa has seen a rise in Africa-inspired dolls that are brown-skinned, have kinky hair and are dressed in outfits that represent the diversity of the country’s cultures. All the founders had one thing in common when they created these dolls — the hope that young South African girls would take pride in how they look because it’s reflected in the dolls they play with. We look at four of these creations: Sibahle Collection Sibahle is a Zulu word that means “we are beautiful”. The dolls in the collection have features that resemble most African and Caribbean children’s facial and body features. “We decided to do this because we want our children to know they are beautiful the way they are. We hope the dolls’ hair will teach our children how to take care of their own natural hair from a young age and to love the skin that they’re in,” said the founders, Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu. Momppy Mpoppy “This is more than just a business, we are creating awareness that our dark skin and thick Afro hair are pretty as they are,” said founder, Maite Makgoba. “We want kids to see beauty in Mpoppy, to see themselves while playing with her.” Ntombenhle Dolls More than 10 years ago, Molemo Kgomo wanted to buy her daughter a doll that she would be able to relate to, and one that would help her little girl embrace her heritage and skin colour. “There were a few available ... but they were simply not true representations of black people,” she told Entrepreneur magazine. It is then that Ntombenhle dolls were born. Baby Thando Created by Girlz Ink, baby Thando (meaning love) has an Afro and chocolate skin tone. “This baby doll will allow little girls to appreciate their uniqueness, beauty and it will also teach them to learn the basics in our languages such as singing, counting etc.,” said the company.

Taxi boss by day, singer by night By Aaron Dube

Thembi Magubane juggles taxi business and music. ~ THEMBI Magubane (45) said being a taxi boss is not easy, but she has learnt to take the blows. The businesswoman from Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, owns nine taxis. She’s also a gospel singer with three albums under her belt. Thembi said she loved the taxi industry. The mother of two children said the taxi world is not always easy, but counting profits is always wonderful. “Some taximen find it hard to listen to a woman, even when I come up with a good idea,” she told Daily Sun. Thembi said there’s nothing that makes

her more comfortable than walking around the taxi ranks. “The taxi industry needs respect and unity. “It’s a good investment opportunity, even though there are challenges.” Her recording label is called Music is Life. “During the day I run taxis and at night I’m busy writing songs.” She’s working on a live DVD. It will be released in November. “It will be released at the same time as I’m on tour in the UK,” she told the People’s Paper. Her album Singakwazi has been nominated for this year’s Ingoma Awards in the category of Best Female Artist.

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Schoolgirls dating taxi drivers

The image of a taxi driver looking cool

do not turn to their parents and fall prey

and powerful in a taxi with the latest

to this type of situation.

music appeals to young innocent girls,

She said she had wanted to give her

who fall for their sweet talk, while

children a happy home but felt she had

parents are left hurt and disappointed

failed them.

when they realise their “little girl” is

“It is not only one sector in our community

dating an older man.

that does this to our children. The abuse

Senior lecturer at the Department of

is all over, it’s in our homes, schools and

Sociology Dr Rob Pattman, said young

everywhere.”

girls tend to fall for taxi drivers because

A teenage girl, who cannot be named,

they can provide for them materially.

said initially a driver would start by

“As older and more powerful males,

paying compliments to a young girl and

taxi drivers and conductors may be

the girl would eventually give in to the

particularly

relationship.

popular

among

some

schoolgirls because they see them every

“Being young and foolish you start to

day and also because of the status they

accept the gifts he buys for you. You forget

may attach to men driving and owning

about how old he is and enjoy that fact

vehicles. Where power is associated with

that he says he cares for you,” she said.

males, the girls may view their own status

She said that it was mostly about the free

as being enhanced through developing

rides and the money.

a relationship with such men,” said

She added that at first bunking school is

Pattman.

not an option, but when “you think of the

He

said,

however,

these

kinds

of

things the driver has done for you, you

relationships are often problematic and

will bunk when they ask you to”.

exploitative and no doubt contribute to

“Sometimes you do think about how it

the much higher incidence of HIV and

will hurt your family if they find out that

Aids among teenage girls than boys

you are dating a taxi driver, but then you

“Often it is girls, themselves who are

realise that you have gone too far and

blamed

can’t go back.”

for

being

materialistic

and

entering these relationships for access to

A nurse from Newlands, Lizette Conway

the 3 Cs - cash, cars and cellphones,” he

said some of the drivers and conductors

said.

have bad attitudes and act as if they are

A parent, who does not wish to be named,

doing the community a favour but are just

said he feels it’s the taxi drivers’ sweet talk

causing problems.

that young girls fall for. “They charm the

She feels there needs to be “some sort of

young girls and once they get what they

law that monitors these guys’ behaviour”

want, they leave them,” he said.

and doesn’t let them get off lightly when

His

two

teenage

daughters

were

they put a foot wrong.

impregnated by taxi drivers. He said he

Pattman believes the root of the problem

still felt “a lot of pain and anger towards

lies in the assumption that males are

the men”.

expected to be economically and socially

He feels that what happened with his

more powerful than their female partners.

daughters, whether it was consensual or

“If the problem of schoolgirls having

not, was rape as they were still young.

relationships with taxi drivers is to be

His wife, on the other hand, expressed

addressed, then, we need to encourage

a different opinion. She said she did not

boys and girls to develop more equal

blame anyone for what happened to her

relations with each other.

daughters. “Before I blame anyone, I

“The current state of affairs is not good

blame myself.”

for girls who are often exploited in

She

said

she

believed

dysfunctional

families produce unhappy children who

relationships with older males,” concluded Pattman.

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Former soccer star Marc Batchelor shot dead

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Robson Muchichwa says the death of former teammate Marc Batchelor is painful for him to come to terms with. Batchelor was shot several times in his car by two assailants on a motorbike and died on the scene. Recent reports have suggested the motive for the attack may have been linked to the former footballer’s role in a drug trafficking ring. The former Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows striker was sadly just 49-years-old. Muchichwa told KickOff: “He was a great guy both on and off the field.

“My greatest memories playing with him was when we won the Rothmans Cup. That was a great memory with him at Kaizer Chiefs. “He was a born winner and he hated to lose. We would always sit down to discuss combinations and how we can score goals. “I am grateful that I contributed to his career and he also contributed to my career. “He is a legend and contributed to football in South Africa. It’s a loss. It’s painful how he died. It’s sad, but death is something that as human beings we can’t control.”

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Proteas fall short of Netball World Cup

Australia has just knocked the South African Netball Team out of the Women’s World Cup. the Australian team beat SA 55-53. The game was a close call, with South Africa outscoring Australia in the third quarter. However, the Proteas’ effort was not enough to topple the strong Australian team. The South African National Netball Team can be proud of their achievement, as they played well for the duration of the World Cup and made it all the way to the semi-finals. Taxi Times understands that the Australians are the defending champions of the Netball World Cup, as well as the current world number 1 team. Supermarket giant Spar, the SA netball team’s sponsor, has announced that they would pay R1.2m bonus and the money will be shared by the squad’s 12 players.

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