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South African Photographer Sam Nzima Dies Aged 83

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“We will especially remember his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Pieterson which became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in the black schools‚“ Sam Nzima, the man behind many iconic photos of the fight against apartheid, has passed away aged 83. Nzima took the historic shot of a lifeless Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubu during the 1976 Soweto uprising. Aged 83, Sam Nzima died in a hospital on Saturday in the Mpumalanga province, north-western city of Nelspruit, said his son, Thulani Nzima. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s conveyed the following message of condolence: “Mr Sam Nzima was one of a kind‚ his

camera captured the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation’s psyche and history from the Defiance Campaign through to forced removals and the Soweto student uprisings. “We will especially remember his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Pieterson which became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in the black schools‚“ Tributes are still pouring in for the photographer who blew a whistle to the world about the ills of apartheid.

Clinic closure leaves patients stranded STORY BY: PAMELA VILAKAZI

Goba clinic in Katlehong was shut down last week Wednesday after the communities of Goba and Ncala protested against prepaid meters being installed, which resulted in the burning of a Telkom company vehicle and left the communities without electricity. The clinic has since been closed and all clinic staff moved to neighbouring clinics and the patients advised to go to others clinics for assistance. One of the local residents who complained to Taxi Times told the newspaper that her HIV positive brother was at the clinic on Wednesday to collect his treatment was told to come back when there is electricity. “My brother has been living with the virus for many years now and I have been helping

him manage his illness, with the clinic closed I am worried that my brother might fall sick and die.” Another worried sister said that her mentally ill brother left his card with the doctor and that is making it difficult for them to try other alternatives to ensure that her brother has medication. “My brother left his medical card with the doctor we can’t even go to other clinics or even a pharmacy for him to get his medication,” said the distressed sister. While Taxi Times was observing the situation at the clinic, we witnessed a lot of sick patients being referred to other clinics by the clinic’s security guards. The community of Goba dug holes in the road to prevent cars from driving to the clinic. It is alleged

that the community requested that the clinic be shut down while they strike for electricity. Ishmael Sithole from Goba clinic said that they are willing to reopen the clinic but the clashes between two communities have led them to a standstill. “As a clinic we can’t do anything if both communities cannot come to an agreement.” He continued saying that the community of Goba has allowed the clinic to reopen and use a generator whilst the people from Ncala are refusing. “We are yet to meet with the community leaders to find a way forward on these issues, for now we urge our people to go to neighbouring clinics for assistance.”


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Crop insurance firm cuts risk for South African farmers

A start-up using satellite imagery to substantially cut crop insurance costs for South African smallholder farmers is to receive a major boost from global social impact programme Expo Live, run by organisers of the next World Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai. More than 90 per cent of smallholder farmers in South Africa do not carry adequate crop insurance because of prohibitive costs, leaving them badly exposed to risks of natural disaster. Mobbisurance CEO Kudzai Kutukwa said costs were higher than necessary because traditional insurers typically bundled unnecessary coverage into packages and also required physical validation of claims. He said: “One of the biggest risks facing farmers is adverse weather that can result in total crop loss. When a farmer loses their crop, they lose not only their potential income, but also their dignity as they slide further into poverty. “While we cannot control the weather, we can control the effect it has on smallholder farmers who are responsible for producing 80 per cent of the food we consume.” Mobbisurance focuses solely on the twin main threats to most farmers: flood and drought. It uses satellite imagery and weather data supplied by the South African National Space Agency to validate insurance claims instead of physically visiting sites. The company recently launched a pilot scheme with 736 farmers.

Kutukwa continued: “Through the Expo Live grant we intend to expand the pilot to at least 5,000 farmers in South Africa, and to expand into neighbouring countries. “The grant will also enable us to pilot a smart crop insurance platform and further reduce costs.” Expo Live is Expo 2020 Dubai’s innovation and partnership programme and has an allocation of USD 100 million to back projects that offer creative solutions to pressing challenges that impact people’s lives or help preserve the world – or both. Organisers are looking for projects that would not reach their full potential without its support. Launched in January 2017, Expo Live has several programmes. The flagship global Innovation Impact Grant Programme provides up to USD 100,000 per successful initiative, to be made available incrementally as the project meets ongoing conditions. Projects are also supported with business guidance and promotion and may have the chance to showcase their work to many millions of visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai. Yousuf Caires, Vice President – Expo Live at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “This is a wonderful story of a readily available technology being used to address a pressing need. We hope Expo Live’s support of Mobbisurance will provide smallholder farmers with crop insurance that can act as a financial safety net.” He continued: “Expo Live is based on a firm belief that innovation can come

from anywhere to everyone. This is a major component of our redefinition of what a World Expo can and should do: tap into its convening power well before the event to enable problemsolvers around the globe to promote innovation and build partnerships that leave a lasting legacy not only in the UAE and the region but across the world.” Mobbisurance is the second South African company to benefit from Expo Live’s Innovation Impact Grant Programme. Munch Bowls, a Cape Town-based firm that has developed an edible bowl capable of holding food, from hot soups to salads, and thus reducing waste, received a grant during the programme’s first cycle.

Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April, 2021 and will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It will be a festival of human ingenuity that gives a glimpse into the future, guided by its three pillars: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. To date, Expo Live’s Innovation Impact Grant Programme has attracted more than 2,300 applicants from 136 countries. Following a rigorous evaluation process, which included live presentations in Dubai, 70 grantees from 44 countries have joined Expo Live’s community of Global Innovators, including these new members from the third cycle.

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You’re going to love paying for roads that used to be be free – AND HERE’S WHY

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Opponents of road tolling are certainly not stupid – we know that. Their arguments deserve serious consideration. But in the end, most concerns are self-serving in nature with few people willing to look at the greater good. I am convinced that should any person be able to look at the issue completely objectively – not from the viewpoint of how it would affect their personal wallet – then the benefits of tolling would be seen to swamp the potential costs. There’s a basic economic rule at play here: one that says when you give out something valuable — in this case, road space — for less than its true value, shortages result. This means that instead of paying with money, you may pay with the effort and time needed to acquire the good. In the case of roads, this rule materialises in the form of congestion, traffic gridlock and time spent in traffic. We all remember what driving (or crawling) on Gauteng’s provincial freeways used to be like before urban toll roads were constructed.

For a parallel, think of Soviet shoppers spending their lives in endless queues to purchase artificially low-priced but exceedingly scarce goods. Numbeo’s 2016 Traffic Index shows that South Africa is the 5th most traffic congested country in the world. On average, it found South Africans spend 43 extra minutes in traffic due to traffic (going one way). During last year’s EcoMobility World Festival and Transport Month, the economic impact that results from congestion in the whole of South Africa was estimated at over R1bn. There are 1.5 million vehicles just in Johannesburg, and at an average delay of 43 minutes each way, that’s more than 675,000 hours lost every year – without even considering multiple passengers per vehicle. With government struggling to meet even its current socio-economic obligations, how do we solve this growing burden on our nationwide transportation system and every individual who uses it? Government does not have sufficient funds to improve existing freeways in

• Free traffic flow - most toll roads employ technology that reduces delays and improves the free flow of traffic. For instance, instead of stopping to pay, drivers either pay with an electronic tag connected to a prepaid account or by having their license plate recorded and delivering monthly bills. • Saving time and money – as seen in the above example, South Africans waste 7½ hours a week in traffic congestion. When drivers take the toll road option, they reduce their own wasted time as well as that of all traffic. • Greater safety - toll roads can play an important role in alleviating congestion and accidents on the road. • Toll roads reduce pollution and fuel consumption – this is achieved as toll roads reduce hours

meaningful ways to reduce congestion. This is a problem common throughout the world - even more so in emerging countries which are experiencing rapid spikes in the number of vehicles on their roads. The solution being found in many countries is the use of toll roads. To summarise: toll roads save commuters’ time and money; reduce congestion and create safer driving environments; improve fuel efficiency and pollution; and support business growth. I would like to amplify some of these specific arguments: Toll roads are built at no cost to taxpayers - the concept of toll roads is to place the funding burden on users, rather than the over-used petrol levy. There is an argument that ‘why should we pay to use roads that we’ve already paid for?’ Many of our roads (as is the case around the world) are anything from 25 to 60 years old, at which point maintenance becomes a major cost, just as it does with older cars. So these roads are no longer ‘paid for’.

spent idling in gridlocked traffic and by enabling vehicles to move at more fuel efficient speeds. • Benefits to businesses - using toll roads help businesses save time and money by improving productivity and economic vitality, as a result of having their vehicles not sitting in traffic. On the last point above, business has raised concerns in the past, in 2010 to be precise, regarding congestion on the Ben Schoeman highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria estimated the cost to business then at R15-million an hour. Given national budgetary constraints and the ability of tolling to deliver much needed road infrastructure much quicker than the traditional way of funding roads from general taxation, the greater good of tolling is something we all should seriously take into consideration when debating road funding.

With the busy lifestyles and hectic work schedules people have, most families depend on domestic workers or housemaids to take care of their homes. The role they play gains more importance as, in most cases, the children - even new-borns - are left with them for most of the day. It is every person’s responsibility to make sure these workers are treated with respect and dignity. Compassion and appreciation shown for their work will ensure they are responsible. Treat them as family and they will remain trustworthy. They also need to have breaks and days off. It is sad that some families take advantage of their domestic workers and make them do multiple tasks simultaneously. Some people need to understand that domestic workers are human beings and need rest and sleep It is important to remember that they are working to take care of their families back home. Taking good care of them and making room for them in the family will simply ensure they consider yours their own.

New mom Thembi Seete celebrates her first Mother’s Day The musician and actress kept mum about her pregnancy when news first broke earlier this year that she was expecting her first child. She even went so far as to hide her baby bump in loose-fitting clothes at red-carpet events. The 41-year-old said that in her culture women do not share information about their babies until they

are born. Thembi revealed on Sunday that her baby is finally here. “My First Mother’s Day. I Approach this day with so much gratitude. I’m still in awe that God trusted me to carry & take care of his masterpiece… #Dakalo you were worth the wait. God truly was, and he continues to be in control,” she wrote on Instagram.

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South Africans could be jailed for up to 3 months for smoking in public The Department of Health has officially released its Draft Tobacco Bill for public comment. Among other proposals, the Draft Bill plans to ban smoking in certain public spaces and significantly clamp down on what advertising may be used to promote tobacco products.

These changes include: A ban on smoking in any motor vehicle when a child under the age of 18 years is present and there is more than one person present in that vehicle. An extension of these laws to not only cigarettes, but also any devices used in connection with tobacco products and electronic delivery systems such as pipes, water pipes and electronic devices. A ban on smoking in any enclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence. The Minister may prohibit smoking in any outdoor public place or workplace if they believe it would be in the public interest. Stricter rules on the depiction of any tobacco products – including a ban on the sale of any confectionery or toy that resembles or is intended to represent a

tobacco product. Harsh jail time or a fine depending on the severity of the offence. For example, those caught smoking in banned areas will receive a fine or prison time up to 3 months, while those found guilty of manufacturing or importing tobacco products which do not meet the new requirements and existing standards could face a fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years. Lorato Mahura of the health department’s tobacco control unit said the government expected pushback from the tobacco industry. “Our motive is to protect public health. Their mandate is to protect profits. We are going to be tampering with their profitmaking processes. Of course they are going to fight back,” Mahura said.


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‘Acting premier not facing fraud charges’ STORY BY: FARIRAYI KAHWEMBA

The North West provincial government has vehemently refuted as misleading, claims that acting premier Wendy Nelson is facing charges of fraud, corruption and maladministration. “The North West Provincial Administration has noted with concern the misleading and unfounded news reports that imply that the Acting Premier, Ms Wendy Nelson stands accused of fraud, corruption and maladministration. “This unfounded and malicious report suggests that the North West Premier and MEC for Finance face charges of corruption in relation to a Gupta linked medical service provider,” spokesperson for the office of the premier – Brian Setswambung – said. “The Provincial Administration places it on record that the Acting Premier,

Ms Wendy Nelson has never had fraud charges laid against her by the North West Health and Social Development Committee as incorrectly reported by the media. “It is therefore unfortunate that the media has decided to run with such incorrect information which casts aspersion on the character of the Acting Premier. Allegations made are malicious and seek to tarnish the work of the Acting Premier in her commitment and determination to selflessly serve the people of North West. “She is committed to serve to the best of her ability by ensuring transparent and good governance. The Provincial Administration wishes to clarify that the case that was opened by the North West Health and Social Development Committee in March

Sonqoba educators pampered for Mother’s day STORY BY: PAMELA VILAKAZI Female educators from Sonqoba Primary School got pampered on Friday in the school staff room for Mother’s day. ‘Hats and gloves’ was the theme of the day. The educators were wearing handmade Mother’s day badges made by the learners. Explaining the significance of the event Swazi Khumalo, a Grade 7 teacher, said that they felt that as mothers they were not celebrated enough. “We are here to celebrate each other as mothers and remind each other that we are special. It’s also to stretch out a helping hand to each other as we need each other since we are expected to be there for everyone and we end up neglecting our

own needs.” Guest speaker Lindiwe Khonjekwayo, Divisional head for women, children and persons with disability, was also invited to motivate the educators on their special day. “This is a revival to us mothers. We face so many challenges but we were not built to break so we press on while giving thanks to God all mighty for new strength each day.” Zodwa Nkomo and Nono Ndaba, initiators of the event told Taxi Times that they main aim of this celebration was to build team work amongst educators and help another carry the daily struggles they face both at home and school.

Sad loss for municipality...

The Speaker of Moses Kotane Local Municipality Council, Clr Sipho Vava has extended his deepest condolences on the sad passing of Councillor Tsholofelo Letswamotse

who passed away last week. The late Letswamotse joined the municipality in 2016 after the Local Government elections and was sworn in as a ward councillor until her timely death. The late Tsholofelo Letswamotse served as a councillor for ward 21 of Moses Kotane Local Municipality which is formed by Seshibitswe, Vrede and Tlokweng villages. Memorial service was expected to be held on Thursday, 17 May 2018 at the Council Chamber (Mogwase) at 10h00am She will be laid to rest on Saturday, 19 May 2018 at Tlokweng village Speaker Vava has conveyed deepest condolences to the Letswamotse family who has served Council well. “May her soul rest in peace,” he said.

2018 had nothing to do with the Acting Premier,” Setswambung added. He explained that the allegation that the Provincial Treasury has paid Mediosa as suggested by media reports “is devoid of the truth and has been confirmed in many engagements by the Department of Health and any enquiries relating to this matter must be directed to the Department of Health.” He added that a previous media release has already provided clarity and information relating to the forensic reports on Mediosa. “Allocations to Departments are done in line with government budgetary processes and appropriated accordingly by the Provincial Legislature. Government also reaffirms its commitment to ensure the implementation of PFMA by observing the responsibilities of each accounting

officer in terms of section 38. “The Provincial Administration unequivocally rejects the false reports about the Acting Premier and request that she be given space and time to execute her new responsibilities. Her track record speaks volumes having served with distinction in various portfolios in all three spheres of government,” Setswambung concluded .


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BACK TO KASIE Talent Festival STORY BY: THEMBALETHU MTSHALI

Back to Kasie is an annual talent festival aimed at providing the youth of Kathorus with a platform to express their God-given talents on stage for audiences to witness. The event was first established in the Eastern Cape and later moved to Johannesburg. This is the 8th edition of the annual event and will be held in Palmridge at Shisa Nyama in Umqandane & Centis street on Saturday, 2 June at 4pm until 6am the next day. The main event organisers, among several other members are Athi Masiso, affectionately known as T-MAN and Justice Molebatsi. The events can be attended by anyone who enjoys the arts and entertainment. The event organizers are calling on all talented individuals to come and express themselves in front of massive crowds, be it dancers, rappers, poets, singers, comedians or any other entertaining act. Among the usual participants will be artists from Dopsling Music, S3D production, Tricky Ladies Dancers, Modern Gang and Lerala Tau Records to name a few. According to Masiso the mission behind this event to erode the issue of unemployment and provide the youth with the opportunity to make a living out of their talents.

“We want to make this event big so that it gains recognition as the years go by,” he said. “We also want to attract scouts and major investors to spot and invest in young people’s talents so that they can make a living out of their God given talents, particularly because of the high rate of unemployed youth in the country.” “This will take many of our brothers and sisters of the streets and prevent them from using drugs and committing crime.” Masiso concluded by stating that this event is not a competition, it is a platform to showcase talent. “It is not a competition, there will be no prices or winners and losers. We want you to come and show us what you’ve got and who knows, maybe someone watching may invest in your talent or call to perform at events like weddings, parties and so on.’’ Masiso told Taxi Times that all those who want to participate can contact either him or Molebatsi on 061 660 8027 or 078 190 1910. Participants will be listed on the line up and will get to perform on stage.

“This will take many of our brothers and sisters of the streets and prevent them from using drugs and committing crime.”

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Balindlela leaves DA and returns to ANC Former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela has left the Democratic Alliance (DA) and re-joined the African National Congress (ANC). In a shock move‚ revealed in a statement by DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga‚ Balindlela is said to have told the DA that she “feels the need to serve the ANC”. Bhanga said Balindlela was “misguided” in her decision‚ “as ANC corruption and maladministration have robbed the poor of billions”. Said Bhanga: “We thank her for her participation in the DA’s efforts to build an alternative government in the Eastern Cape and for her kind words of how she has enjoyed her time with us.”

Community help catch armed robber

On the evening of Friday, 12 May 2018, a police official in collaboration with members of the community arrested a suspect for attempted armed robbery. According to information received, an on-duty Warrant Officer was arriving in Dipetlelwane village after attending to a complaint of stock theft in Swartboom. Upon arrival in the village (Dipetlelwane), a group of people came out of a local tavern screaming that

there was a robbery in progress next to the tuckshop. The police official noticed three males in a scuffle with a Pakistani foreign national. The suspects, one of them armed with a firearm, were allegedly trying to rob the Pakistani. The Warrant Officer then fired a warning shot and the trio ran to different directions leaving behind their getaway vehicle, a silver grey Chevrolet Spark with a North West registration number. One of the suspects also left

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16TH ANNIVERSARY

The 16th anniversary of the North West Province’s most revered single day mountain bike (MTB) race, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic, will treat MTB enthusiast of all levels (novice to elite)to an experience like no other. Taking place at theATKVBuffelspoort on Saturday, 02 June 2018 entrants can choose between a 15km Fun Ride, the 35km “Half Monster” and the 70km “Ultimate Monster (which includes the infamous 6km Monster Climb)”. “This event is ideal for all mountain bikers,” says Harry Schubert, Course Designer FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. “Last year the Fun Ride was slightly longer. This year we’ve taken out a section that passes through a citrus plantation. We’ve also taken out a section near the start and finish. The shorter route is sure to be more attractive to newcomers and less experienced riders.” “The ‘Half Monster’ and ‘Ultimate Monster’ will not share the steep technical ascent up to the plateau from the Buffelspoort Valley or the tricky descent towards the finish at ATKV,” confirms Schubert. “Once the two routes have split, the 35km routewill head up towards the top of the plateau on a steep single track climb. After a scenic stretch on top of the plateau the route will drop down a newly designed, exhilarating single trail heading towards the water point

near the tar road across from the dam entrance. There the riders will continue along a single trail that runs parallel to the tar road and links up with the 70km route before crossing the SterkstroomStream towards the finish”. “We’ve added a 4km loop to the ‘Ultimate Monster’,” continues Schubert. “The loop will be added near the top section of the Alpha Berry farm.This will give the riders some respite before the final tough climb to the top of the plateau and the tricky descent towards the finish. The FNB Magalies Monster ‘Ultimate Monster’ is one of the toughest and most demanding one day events in the country. Mountain bikers taking part in this event for the first time must be well prepared and make sure that they pace themselves. Don’t forget that the down- hills are as technical as the up-hills.” For an in-depth route description visit http://www.stillwatersports.com/ event/fnb-magalies-monster/ Trail runners are invited to share in the fun by taking on the FNB Platinum Trail Run the day after the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. Meanwhile, FALKE South Africa has teamed up with two of the North West Province’s most revered off road events, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run.

Established in 1974, FALKE SA is a subsidiary of the German textile giant, a fourth-generation family owned business that was founded in 1895. “We are excited to welcome FALKE SA as a partner to the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “FALKE boasts a wide range of sportspecific performance socks (including mountain biking and trail running) that offer ultimate functionality and wearer advantage.Both the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run are known to be challenging, yet rewarding. With the added advantage of having FALKE in their corner, mountain bikers and trail runners can look forward to a real treat at the 2018 events.” According to Keaton Quarmby, Group Marketing Executive FALKE, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run perfectly fit the FALKE brand. “Both events give us the perfect opportunity to connect with our core mountain biking and trail running consumer,” confirms Quarmby. “We have the perfect offering from our advance

and every day sports range for these consumers. This is the ideal platform for us to showcase our bike and trail offering to the right target audience. We are confident that this partnership will deliver on-point brand exposure, whilst it is also a great opportunity to showcase and increase awareness of our unique offerings. We look forward to reinforcing our positioning as one of the leading sock brands in South Africa and the world.” Mountain bikers and trail runners taking part in the 2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run are invited to visit the FALKE Foot Zone for a post ride and/or post run foot massage. FALKE South Africa currently manufactures approximately 8 million pairs of socks per year for the domestic and export market. For further information on FALKE South Africa or to browse through the FALKE online shop visit www.falke.co.za


TAXI TIMES MAY: EDITION 2

Chilling CCTV Footage Exposes Karabo Mokoena’s Murderer

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STOP KILLING OUR WOMEN!

Thembalethu Mtshali

Thembalethu Mtshali

Just days after Sandile Mantsoe was sentenced to 32 years behind bars for the murder of his former girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, a chilling video emerged where he is seen pulling a large bin which contained the lifeless body of the deceased. The CCTV footage shows how Mantsoe retrieves a wheelie bin from a room near his flat at 9.57pm. Less than 10 minutes later, he’s captured pulling the seemingly heavy bin into an elevator. The last time Mokoena was seen alive on the footage was at 2.48am that day. The footage shows Mantsoe removing the bin from his flat. He appears to return with the bin shortly after loading Mokoena into the boot of his Mercedes-Benz before driving off to

dispose and burn it in Lyndhurst. Just over a week after Acting Judge Peet Johnson described Manstoe as a devil in disguise during sentencing, prosecutor Mike Hlatshwayo described Mantsoe as heartless, arrogant and remorseless Hlatshwayo who along with his colleague Phakanyiswa Marasela successfully prosecuted Mantsoe told Sunday World that he had “never encountered an accused like this”. “Even when he was called during mitigation‚ you could listen to this selfpraise‚ how important he was‚ how hard he tried to change Karabo’s life‚ taught Karabo to stand on her own and all of that. Everything was just about himself‚” he said. Marasela‚ said she doubted that Mantsoe

would ever admit to what he did. “I don’t think Sandile will take responsibility. I don’t think he’ll ever admit and I don’t think he’ll ever be rehabilitated because he does not see that what he did was wrong.” TimesLive reported that the lead investigator in the Mokoena case was convinced Mokoena was murdered as part of a ritual killing. He revealed that 60% of her internal organs‚ including her heart‚ were missing when her burnt body was discovered. “When the body of Karabo was found, there were about 60% body parts missing. From my experience, you find such things in cases that are cult- or maybe ritualrelated matters‚” Captain Malefetsane Phillip Radebe said.

South Africa Equipped To Deal With Rabies Outbreak Late in April this year, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported a total of six laboratory confirmed human cases of rabies in South Africa in 2018. Four of these cases emerged from KwaZulu Natal while two other cases were reported from the Easter Cape Province. These reports have put many South Africans on high alert as they fear that this terrible disease may spread into their communities. Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. It affects domestic and wild animals and can be spread to people through close contact with infectious material, usually saliva, through bites or scratches. The initial symptoms of rabies are fever and often pain or an unusual tingling, pricking or burning sensation at the wound site and as the virus spreads through the central nervous system, progressive, fatal inflammation of the brain and spinal cord develops. The disease can be fatal. however, the

good news is that it is preventable. Pet owners are advised to have their cats and dogs vaccinated against rabies at three months and then receive a booster one to nine months later. Thereafter, they should receive the vaccination annually, unless your vet advises differently. In South Africa it is law that pets are vaccinated against rabies and as a pet owner it is your responsibility to ensure that this happens. However, in many cases the real danger is in stray or feral pets which put children at risk. Medical experts advise that if you suspect that you have been infected, you should immediately flush and wash the wound for a minimum of 15 minutes with warm water and disinfectant, thereafter seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or visit a hospital. If you take too long to get medical attention and the rabies symptoms set in, the disease will unfortunately be fatal and eventually result in a horrible death.

Several hours after Karabo Mokoena’s killer, Sandile Manstoe was convicted for murder, another young woman succumbed to the violent tendencies of her former lover. Zolile Khumalo, a first-year student at Mangosuthu University of Technology, was allegedly shot dead by Thabani Mzolo at a student residence in Durban on the night of Tuesday, 1 May. On May 7, Tyrone Pillay who was convicted killing his ex-girlfriend, Annelene Pillay in 2016, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Durban High Court. On May 10, the Sedibeng Ster reported that police had arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend at her residence on Tuesday, 8 May. The deceased was identified as Jabulile Nhlapo, a Vanderbijlpark student who studies at Unisa. The scourge of femicides in our country is rife and it is up to us men to reprimand each other. Let us stop this evil trend of killing women we claim to love. It is pure evil, wicked, immoral and unforgivable. Please stop killing our women.


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P A G E STARS TACKLE MARITZBURG BMW Kathorus Club gives back

NEDBANK CUP SHOWDOWN Thembalethu Mtshali

By Pamela Vilakazi

The BMW Kathorus Club has been have been living by the saying that ‘charity begins at home’. The club which was formed in November 2017 has assisted different centres around Kathorus, donating food parcels and renovating different centres according to their needs. The club’s members consist of BMW drivers who are passionate about charitable work and assisting the community. Talitha Stimulation Centre in Eden Park was the most recent institution to receive charitable deeds from the club as they repainted the centre’s kitchen area, boardroom, two offices, reception area and the hallways last

week Saturday. Rahim Mdaka, founder of the club told Taxi Times that he started doing the charity work on his own and felt it was necessary to invite his friends to join in as two hands are better than one. “Giving back as an individual had limitations on my end but as a club we can give back on a broader basis,” he said. “The idea of this club is to help our community. We identify centres and help them according to their needs.”Mdaka concluded by appealing to business people around Kathorus to also join in and help the community in order the bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots.

“The idea of this club is to help our community. We identify centres and help them according to their needs.”

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“We have a rich history as a club, we are one of the old Federation clubs still around, we have Capetonians like the coach (Fadlu Davids) and the captain (Bevan Fransman) in the squad. mother city in preparation for the final. United chairman Farouk Kadodia explained to the media why the team decided to arrive five days before the big match. “We want the Cape fans to rally behind our team,” he said. “We have a rich history as a club, we are one of the old Federation clubs still around, we have Capetonians like the coach (Fadlu Davids) and the captain (Bevan Fransman) in the squad. This is an historic visit for us and we want to market ourselves to the people of the Cape. “In addition, we have 12 buses travelling down from Maritzburg and many others flying down to the Cape to support the team.” Speaking after his side’s victory against chiefs, Stars Coach Luc Eymael said his team deserved to be in the final. “I don’t think anybody in South Africa put a R10 bet when I took over the team on us going to the final of the Nedbank Cup. But we did it,” he said. The final will take place on Saturday, 19 May at 7pm at the Cape Town Stadium.

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Free State Stars will lock horns with Maritzburg United in the 2018 edition of the Nedbank Cup Final after condemning Kaizer Chiefs to a damaging 2-0 defeat at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 22 April. ‘’Ea Lla Koto’s’’ Harris Tchilimbou opened the scoring just 42 seconds into the semi-final before securing a brace 12 minutes before half time. Stars’ victory was, however, overshadowed by acts of hooliganism committed by angry Chiefs fans. This incident prompted Steve Khomphela’s exit after three years without silverware in Naturena. Meanwhile, Maritzburg United caused an upset as they beat former African champions Mamelodi Sundowns by 3 goals to 1 after trailing by a goal to nil, ending the Brazilians’ 16 game unbeaten streak in all competitions. The Team of Choice and ‘Ea Lla Koto’ will play in the Nedbank Cup final for the first time in the history of both clubs. On Monday morning, the KZN side made an early arrival in the

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