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Gavin Watson, the head of a South African firm accused of large scale corruption, has died in a car crash close to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. “The man was driving into the airport precinct, when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete pillar holding up a highway bridge. The victim was certified dead on the scene by paramedics and a case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation,” the police said in a
statement on Monday. He was driving a company-issued Toyota Corolla because he was apparently having mechanical issues with his metallic blue BMW X5 which he left at the company premises in Krugersdorp. One strange thing is that he signed out a manual company vehicle and apparently he can only drive an automatic vehicle. Photographs of the vehicle showed that Watson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. Watson and some top managers at
his company were implicated in giving government officials money and other lavish gifts in exchange for favours. His company is alleged to have pumped millions of rands into ANC campaigns. Watson has most recently been embroiled in controversial donation to President Cyril Ramphosa’s ANC presidential campaign. R500,000 was donated to the ANC campaign, and was exposed after DA leader Mmusi Maimane asked the president about the donation in Parliament. Watson was supposed to testify at his Sars tax inquiry on Tuesday so it is unclear where he was going on Monday. There are a number of theories being bandied about. It is possible he had a heart attack or a stroke or blacked out for some reason because there appear to be no skid marks on the road. Nelson Mandela Bay ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa says he suspects foul play. “It’s part of the bigger agenda, that’s why I am saying there is foul play here. You cannot because he is supposed to appear at the Zondo Commission two days, no more. We must not keep quiet we must analyse what is called a balance of forces, analyse material condition what is at play here,” said Lungisa Watson lived 75km away with no plans to fly anywhere. So why was he on route to the airport at 5am? There is no evidence of foul play at this stage, but the Watson family is seeking an independent autopsy and report.
Minister Urges Water Boards to Service Limpopo Villages
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MAKOTI’S ARE NOT OUR HOUSE MAIDS
Teen stabs mother’s abusive boyfriend to death By Chanice Jennike
Minister Urges Water Boards to Service Limpopo Villages
A makoti automatically becomes part of her new family. She is expected
But what we really don’t understand is that times have changed with regards to modern, working-class women. How can she come home late from work, fatigued after long hours and be expected to cook for us and do all the house chores? while the house is full of unemployed siblings who just sit around lazily. Recently married makotis don’t waste time to move to their own places after the wedding to avoid all the family chaos and drama. Can we blame them? Maybe if we in-laws become more considerate, the makotis will prolong their stay.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death in Hammanskraal, Gauteng. According to reports, the teen walked in on the man who was assaulting his mother. The teen reportedly took out a knife and stabbed the man in his upper body. Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that the teen was arrested and later released into his parent’s custody. “Although this young boy must be responsible for his actions, but he also became a victim when he saw violence perpetrated against his mother,” Dlamini said. Police investigations continue.
Mind you, I am not advising them to overstay their welcome. Makotis are not slaves or housemaids. They need to feel a part of our families. They deserve dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s stand by them and support them without reservation.
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Mboweni’s economic growth strategy Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has released a policy document outlining his plan to turn the economy around. The document calls for “deliberate and concerted actions” aimed at boosting the GDP growth rate by 3% per annum. This follows a disappointing year so far for the economy, with Treasury saying the current trajectory is unsustainable. In the first quarter of the year, the economy contracted by 3.2%, according to fin24, and unemployment remained high at 29%. The economy’s projected growth-rate currently stands at a meagre 0.7%, which is far below the 5% growth-rate demanded by the National Development Plan. Mboweni’s new plan contains a number of measures aimed at addressing this. In the short term, this includes promoting tourism, improving telecommunications and boosting the agricultural sector through better marketing and exports, the Daily Maverick reports. In the mediumterm, the focus is on improving public transport. In the long-term, the paper focuses on agriculture, which it views as key to growth and job creation. Additionally, the document calls for the reduction of red tape and for the promotion of more competition between companies.If nothing else, the document is a bold statement from a finance minister who continues to face a significant uphill battle. It may be the wake-up call government needs.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Early this year I was in a taxi and I was wearing torn pants. I was sitting in the front seat and the driver made funny remarks about what I was wearing. I was just a joke in the taxi. He was telling everyone how women these days are very indecent when it comes to what they wear and they are very seductive to men. He even swore at me in Zulu though. He said I should dress more appropriately.
I’ve heard of a story of a girl in Kaalfontein who was gang raped actually. She thought the people in the taxi were also passengers, only to find out she was the only real passenger. Taxis are very bad places. When I’m not too broke I take Uber, which is also not too safe but I think it’s better than taking a taxi.
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Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has directed the Lepelle Northern Water Board (LNW) and the Department of Water and Sanitation Limpopo Water Utility to urgently provide water to over 100 villages that are currently without water. “Our people’s needs are primary. We made a promise to them 10 years ago that their lives will be better and we have no excuse but to live up to the promises we made. The people of Limpopo can no longer be denied this basic human right,” Sisulu said. Sisulu made the call during a meeting held recently in Limpopo with the water boards to get a briefing on the challenges and successes faced by the entity in the execution of its responsibility. Since July, the Minister has been meeting water boards to understand their challenges, with the intention of finding lasting solutions. Some of the challenges raised by the board included non-payment for services rendered, ageing infrastructure, deteriorating raw water quality, as
well as lack of water quantification and conservation management by municipalities. During the meeting, Sisulu raised concern that water boards were only responsible for bulk water, whilst she strongly believes that the department and its entities should also be responsible for reticulation. “The current arrangement is that the department and the boards provide bulk water, while municipalities are responsible for ensuring that there is water in the taps,” the Minister said. The boards committed to respond positively to the Minister’s directive by ensuring that they do everything possible to provide basic services to the people of Limpopo. The Minister made an undertaking to visit Limpopo before the end of the year to meet with traditional leaders, community members and the Limpopo Provincial Government. She also held a meeting with the Overberg Water Board, which is responsible for providing bulk water services to the Western Cape municipalities.
The country’s ﬁrst psychological autopsy investigator
Ms Elelwani Muthivhi, a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Limpopo, has become the first South African to be certified as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator. Muthivhi, who hails from Makwarela, was recently certified by the American Association of Suicidology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC. In 2017, Muthivhi was the only African among a group of 14 delegates to the United States of America selected to receive training. “I feel very happy and humble to be the first South African to be certified as a psychological autopsy investigator,” Muthivhi told Limpopo Mirror. Muthivhi said her PhD study focused on psychological autopsies of male perpetrators and female victims of intimate partner murder-suicides in rural communities in Limpopo Province. “This study will help the people to know why an individual sometimes decides to commit suicide, what was happening in his or her mind, and the intention of taking a decision to commit suicide,” Muthivhi
said. “There are clinical psychologists and doctors who help those people not to commit suicide, but in the end, they commit suicide. It shows us that there is an intention or motive to commit suicide.” She will attend the 53rd American Association of Suicidology annual conference in April 2020 in Portland, Oregon, in the USA.
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Buthelezi resigns after leading IFP for 44 years The leader of South Africa’s historic Zulu Inkhata party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, announced that he was resigning after 44 years in office and at nearly 91 years of age. Mangosuthu Buthelezi led the Zulu Nationalist Party Inkatha Freedom (IFP), an influential party under the apartheid regime and responsible for the country’s most significant violence during the first multiracial elections in 1994. Mr. Buthelezi was first a member of the ANC until he broke off to create the IFP in 1975. He has led the party from its inception, a reign marked by bloody
turf wars with ANC militants in the predominantly black townships during the 1980s and 1990s. Having served as Prime Minister of the “independent” territory of KwaZulu, a political creation of the apartheid government, Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been considered by some to be an ally of this racist regime, which he has always denied. IFP is supported by the Zulus, the country’s largest ethnic group. The party, which won 43 seats in the first multiracial elections after the end of apartheid in 1994, won 14 seats in the last elections in May 2019.
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Taxi Recapitalisation Programme By Buhle Lindwa
The Department of Transport has been approved by the government, to officially launch the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme; which is set to regulate the taxi industry and enforce strategies for the industry to recapitalise itself. What is the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme? The programme is rooted in the recommendations of the National Taxi Task Team, which has the strategic objectives to offset the economic boost in the industry. The taxi industry will be regulated by the government and accept economic aid and interventions. What will the programme entail? The Taxi Recapitalisation Programme will facilitate that safety regulations are met and that all vehicles are road-worthy. Furthermore, the government will give a scrapping allowance, this capital subsidy will only apply to those who surrender their vehicles to be validated and succeed in roadworthy regulations. The government has decided to increase the taxi scrapping allowance from R91 100 to R124 000 per scrapped old taxi. The department is resuming the scrapping of old taxi’s and scrapping sites will be allocated in each province. The taxi industry will directly benefit from this, as there will be a competitive bidding process for the operational management of the scrapping process facilitated by Anthus Service 84. Taxi Recapitalisation Programme: What
will the process be? A new business will be developed for the administration of this project. The taxi industry will own 60% of this joint entity with Anthus Service 84, and all the proceeds coming from this project will contribute to the Taxi Development Trust. The Department of Transport is undergoing negotiations with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), to ensure that every operator in the industry gets a piece of the pie. Applications for the scrapping of old taxi vehicles are incoming, and the department has successfully processed 1 464 applications. The process begins with the scrapping of 1 000 vehicles that have been approved, and more vehicles will be
processed as the applications continue to come in. The efforts from the government to regulate and uplift the taxi industry will aid with the industry to recapitalise itself. “The Department of Transport intends to use the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme to unify the Taxi Industry by introducing collaborative ownership and operating models, using structures such as co-operatives and corporatisation. Collaborative minibus taxi industry ownership and operating models will eliminate existing fierce competition amongst drivers, and encourage responsible driver behaviour and passenger safety.” -Department of Transport
Ayanda Ncwane opens up Taxi driver provides sanitary on battles of being a widow pads to passengers Ayanda Ncwane is speaking out against “unfair” customary laws that oppress black widows. Since losing her husband, gospel star Sfiso Ncwane in 2016, Ayanda has made it her mission to help comfort widows. She took to Instagram to talk about the struggles women face after the death of a spouse. “After 25 years of “freedom”, widowed women are still oppressed and unfairly treated by customary laws & some unbearable culture!!!!” she wrote. Ayanda added the Bill of Rights recognises women and men as equals but some cultural practises do not. “Till this day many widowed women are still forced to wear INZILO (a black mourning attire) for 12 good months, BUT widowed men can completely carry on with their lives after the burial of her wife.” She says wearing mourning attire should not be a must. “INZILO is NOT a South African culture nor tradition and this should be a choice of a widow not an obligation!!!” Her remarks started a huge debate in the comments section of her post. “Ya’ll need to know your place… stop competing with us men,” one man wrote. While many women said they respected their culture, they agreed that wearing mourning clothes should be a choice. “The process it’s not meant to oppress women, however it shouldn’t be forced on anyone. Men and women have different roles that doesn’t make us
unequal, I would rather we appreciate our differences and the roles we play,” one wrote. Another Instagram user explained how inzilo started. “Inzilo is one of the things that were introduced by missionaries to identify widows in other to assist feed them. Just like the number of cows for lobola. So, it’s entirely up to us to unlearn these customs, even the ones that were practiced by our elders. Every generation should tailor make their ways of living to suit them & off course learn from those that came before us.”
Taxi driver, Kamogelo Mampatla Betha from Lebowakgomo in Limpopo went viral for his post about the sanitary pads, and the reason he keeps them in his vehicle. “I take it upon myself to buy pads for the children that board my taxi every month, it’s only R20. Some can afford them, and some don’t. But even those who do sometimes forget them at the worst times. Be a real man and look after our women and children.” When asked how others could support his initiative, the humble South African simple said, “By telling your male friends to join in. Any contributions at Churches, schools, libraries and any other public places.” Speaking to DRUM magazine, the 31-yearold explained that the idea to stock up on pads came about after he noticed that some of the school kids he transported every day would stain the seats of the car
in the morning. “Sometimes I would even find toilet paper they had used for their menstruation and that affected me because I realised that some people cannot afford pads. It’s really sad, people are very poor and cannot afford such cheap items.” Betha wishes more men would “stand up” and look after the women and children of South Africa! His post has been shared thousands of times, and inspired everyone who has seen it. “Good job!!! South Africa needs more men like you.” – Mosa Maleka Mosa “This is my kinda initiative that I fully support. Ke sa lebelele morago.” – Mashadi Welheminah Phalane “Wow!! Leadership right there… RESPECT!” – Rofhiwa Gareth Bozza Managa Thank you Kamogelo for being a good example to all South Africans!
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Manamani reigns supreme at MOP Soccer Tournament
hard after the tournament was launched and we can say that it was not easy to emerge as winners,” said Netsianda. The other two teams that participated in the tournament were Mahematshena Young Stars and Mvelaphanda FC. During
Shufflers Ragimana, DJ Levels, Mizophyll and 30 Mrepa entertained the people who attended. The tournament was the brainchild of Mr Mulalo Madzivhandila, the managing director of the MOP Group, a company that manufactures sliding doors, does
events management and is based in Thohoyandou. Madzivhandila said he was born and raised in the village of Dzwerani and after he had established his business, he decided to plough back into his village, empowering
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playing soccer. He said the tournament The rural village of Dzwerani-Ha-
000, a trophy, soccer kit and two balls.
Madala outside Thohoyandou nearly
Ndivhuwo Netsianda, the captain of
came to a standstill on Saturday when
Manamani City, was over the moon when
four teams competed in the one-day
the referee blew the whistle that declared
MOP Soccer Tournament at the local
them the winners of the tournament. “We
want to buy soccer boots for our players
Manamani City beat Dzwerani United
with the money we won as some of our
Brothers 2-1 in the final and received R4
players wear tattered boots. We practiced
was the first of its kind, and he hoped that it can become an annual event during the month of August. “The games also served to educate the young people about alcohol and drug abuse, as they were kept busy all day of the tournament. When young people are kept busy, less crime will be reported in the communities,” added Madzivhandila.
Aphiwe Dyantyi tests positive for a banned substance
Aphiwe Dyantyi has requested the testing of a B sample after the Super Rugby Lions winger, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a South African training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent Gert van der Merwe, the soon-
to-be 25-year-old denied any wrongdoing. “I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will,” he wrote. “The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the
source of this and to prove my innocence. “As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year. “Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid. I underwent a drug test on June 15 (only two weeks prior to the July 2 test) which did not return any adverse finding. “I want to apologise in advance to my teammates and management at the Lions and Springboks, my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have. “Personally this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this. “I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus in proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrants comment from my side.”
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