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Conversations with leaders Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane explains why the issue of land is important in the South African context Profiles in leadership SA’s top cop Commissioner General Khehla Sithole is on the right track

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Women in the public sector Mishael Matonhodze is the best in her class

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Trailblazer Tandokazi Nquma-Moyo is taking medical research to the market

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In other news News you need to know when you are on the go

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Provincial focus State of the Province Addresses: Premiers set course for development

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Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary

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Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips

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International relations The African Union’s historic adoption by an Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area is a new beginning for the continent

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Financial fitness How to borrow wisely

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Drought declared a national disaster Government has declared a national state of disaster to deal with the country’s drought and water crisis

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Nelson Mandela: A legacy of freedom Former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy is closely intertwined with the ideals of freedom

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SIU fighting state corruption The Special Investigation Unit recovered more than R20.5 million on behalf of the state in 2017

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Payment of social grants a priority Government is working hard to ensure that social grants are paid with minimum disruptions

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Public servants: Become an agent of change Dedicated and selfless public servants who go the extra mile in serving South Africans are powerful tools for change

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MESSAGE FROM MINISTER

The importance of the land issue the majority of the South Africa’s

his State of the Nation Address: “We

population, Africans were confined

need to determine, collectively, how

to ownership of only seven percent

we can implement this measure in

of the country their ancestors had

a way that promotes agricultural

called home long before the arrival

production, improves food secu-

of any settlers. Africans were pro-

rity, advances rural development,

hibited from buying or hiring land

reduces poverty and strengthens

in any of the remaining 93 percent.

our economy”.

Forced to move from their farms

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

R

The first step in the process is

into reserves, their livelihoods were

underway, as a number of opposi-

shattered in the blink of an eye,

tion parties joined hands with the

and the generations that followed

governing party to adopt a motion

continue to suffer.

in Parliament to establish an ad-

In effect, the Act brutally seized

hoc committee to review Section

the asset which was central to the

25 of the Constitution to cater for

lives of African people. This was fur-

the principle of land expropriation

ecently, there has been much

ther compounded by subsequent

without compensation. It must be

debate on the complex issue

Acts such as the Urban Areas Act

made clear that this process will

of land expropriation without

(1923), Natives and Land Trust Act

be a democratic one, whereby the

(1936) and the Group Areas Act

committee will first hear submis-

(1950), the impact of which can still

sions from policy makers, academ-

be felt today.

ics, civil society and the public,

compensation in South Africa. While everyone is entitled to their

view, there should be no debate about the importance of returning the land to its rightful owners.

There can therefore be no doubt that the issue requires urgent at-

before coming to any major resolutions.

Land dispossession began long

tention as the expropriation of land

The Committee will have until 30

before the passing of the Natives

without compensation is one of the

August 2018 to complete its review

Land Act in 1913; the Dutch settlers

measures government will pursue

and report back to Parliament.

in the Cape forcibly removed land

in accelerating the redistribution of

and livestock from a number of eth-

land to black South Africans.

nic groups in the late 19th century. The Natives Land Act further

Government is approaching

It is important to stress that the work on land expropriation without compensation is in its infancy. We,

expropriation of land without

as government, urge all South

accelerated dispossession by

compensation with careful con-

Africans to exercise patience on

cementing it into law, becoming

sideration of all social, economic,

what is a complicated matter that

one of the apartheid govern-

legislative and human impacts. As

requires the utmost due

ment’s greatest evils. Despite being

President Cyril Ramaphosa said in

diligence.

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MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Happy Freedom Month! be seen solely as emancipation

urge all South Africans to join one

from an oppressive government

of the celebrations taking place

– it should mean freedom from

at local, provincial and national

the lingering legacy of poverty,

government levels.

unemployment, inequality, racism, sexism and violence. The

are intimately linked to the

values and ideals of freedom are

ideals laid out in the Freedom

integrated into the supreme law

Charter – our country’s most

of our country – the Constitution

significant declaration on

– and in the incorporated Bill

freedom. The document was

of Rights, which promote the

compiled in 1955 by the ANC,

advancement of economic

after 50 000 volunteers were

justice and social equality.

dispatched into townships

Freedom Month therefore

to collect freedom demands

affords all South Africans the

from the people oppressed by

opportunity to recognise and

apartheid government rule. Many

pledge to fight to protect these

of the demands made in the

ideals. It is important that, in

Charter are now enshrined in our

addition to the efforts being

Constitution, including nearly all

made by government, we build

demands for equality of race and

reedom Day marks arguably

an active citizenry that will do

language.

the most important date in the

whatever is within its power to

history of South Africa – the day

achieve this aim.

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

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The ideals of Freedom Month

our first democratic elections were

This year Freedom Month is

Although the charter was originally designed as a declaration against apartheid, its

held after a centuries-long history of

particularly significant because

overriding message of freedom,

oppression under colonialism and

in 2018 we also mark the

including calls for equality,

apartheid. On Wednesday, 27 April

centenary of former President

employment, education and land

1994, millions of joyful South Africans

Nelson Mandela. On 18 July,

reformation, are still evident in

were for the first time in their lives

Mandela would have turned 100

many of the plans that national

given a voice; a chance to decide

years old. As the man who stood

government is working to achieve

which political party they wanted to

at the forefront of creating our

today.

run their country.

democratic country, Mandela

So, as the Freedom Charter

was the embodying symbol of

states, let us as South Africans

Freedom Month are celebrated

freedom in South Africa, and we

pledge to “strive together, sparing

around this milestone, this should

should all seek to – in our own

neither strength nor courage”

be much more than just a time of

small ways – emulate his undying

to continue protecting our

remembrance. Freedom cannot

commitment to the cause. We

freedom.

While Freedom Day and

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

WHY CYBER SECURITY IS VITAL FOR GOVERNMENTS’ DIGITAL FUTURE by Neil Davy, Mimecast South Africa

T

he future of government and public services is digital.

to be able to get things back into an acceptable state of

In this year’s State of the Nation Address, President

operation quickly.

Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about embracing rapid

technological change and plans for the establishment of

As more organisations embrace cloud services, they should

a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission. For the first time

start implementing cyber-resilience strategies by focusing

in six years, government has appointed a permanent CIO,

on the number-one business application used by South

with Mandla Ngcobo assuming his duties on 1 February 2018.

African organisations: email. Unfortunately, email is the number-one vector used to execute cyber attacks like

Steps like these are crucial to fulfilling e-government

malware delivery, phishing and business email compromise

ambitions. But without the right security measures in place,

(BEC), and to spread internal threats.

the move towards digital transformation is risky. By adopting a cyber resilience for email strategy, INFORMATION SHARING

organisations are empowered to secure, preserve and

The cloud has been a major digital driver as it holds the

continue the flow of information via email. This is vital when

power for collaboration and information sharing. This is

delivering public services.

useful for any government service. Departments all need to work together intimately on a daily basis, while cutting costs

BEYOND CYBER SECURITY

and boosting productivity.

In today’s rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, it is not enough to rely on a single-party cloud service and it

Government departments also host vast amounts of data

is definitely not enough to focus on cyber security alone.

about South African citizens and the move to the cloud has made information sharing easier. They are able to analyse

Every government organisation should have the right

the data and make informed decisions to improve service

security services in place before an attack. Next, they

delivery for communities.

need a durability plan to keep email – and related business operations – running during an attack or failure. Finally, they

CYBER RESILIENCE

need to be able to recover data and other corporate IP

Unfortunately, having troves of confidential data hosted

after an attack.

in the cloud also makes government departments prime targets for hackers. Successful attacks can shut

As more and more organisations move to cloud services,

down

devastating

they need a third-party service provider who offers

consequences when the public is relying on an institution

organisations

entirely,

which

advanced security, ensures continuity and allows on-

to deliver crucial services. Advanced cyber security is

demand recovery of data from a secure and fully

therefore non-negotiable.

encrypted archive.

More specifically, cyber resilience should be at the heart

Government organisations are high-value targets and,

of any organisation’s IT strategy. Cyber resilience includes

because society relies on them for essential services, they

prevention measures but differs to cyber security as it also

should do everything in their power to ensure data and

helps avoid data loss and downtime. Organisations need

networks are kept safe and available.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

From the editor’s desk called Nkwalini around 40km up

data was correctly captured on

river from Empangeni in the heart

the voter’s roll and also register to

of Zululand.

vote. In recent years the percent-

We spoke to each other in isiZulu. It was only later that I realised the

slightly. This is disappointing.

full extent of our symbolic conver-

The turnout of registered vot-

sation, she a black South African,

ers in the 2014 elections was 73

me a white. Both standing to vote

percent which was a four percent

as citizens living outside South

decline on the last two elections’

Africa in a foreign country.

turnouts of 77 percent. The right to

A few months later I was back

T

age of people voting has dropped

vote is taken for granted perhaps

in South Africa. While this is a

by some who are now living in an

personal note, the national note to

era where it has always seemed to

this day remains poignant when

have been part of our democratic

we remember those who fought

landscape. It is still an emotional

for our freedom. Freedom Day is to

experience even after over a

here are two public holidays

be relished particularly by those

quarter of a century to stand with

this month – Family Day and

who recall the days before 1994

my fellow citizens and to mark my

Freedom Day. One used to

and we must not take our freedom

cross where I see fit.

be a religious holiday, the other is linked to our democratic history

for granted. 27 April 1994 was the day that

While we feel mentally emancipated, we are not free of poverty,

marking the day of our proper liber-

colonialism and oppression ended

unemployment, bigotry, racism

ation which came on 27 April 1994.

on paper with each one of us

and economic oppression. It is

I was living in the U.S.A. at the

marking our votes. We must hon-

only through a simple yet powerful

time and this was the first vote

our the memories of those who

right that we continue the process

I participated in along with the

are no longer with us and who

that our struggle heroes waited so

majority of South Africans.

gave their lives so that we can

long to experience.

Standing in front of me in the

live in a country with the world’s

queue outside San Francisco

best Constitution. The message is

City Hall along with a few thou-

simple: vote.

sand South Africans was a young

It has been a month since the

woman who hailed from Empan-

Independent Electoral Commis-

geni in KwaZulu-Natal. This was a

sion’s Voter Registration weekend

fascinating moment, because I

where South Africans had the

Head of Editorial and Production

grew up in a small farming area

opportunity to check whether their

Des Latham

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Writer: Noluthando Motswai Photographer: Ntswe Mokoena

Sowing seeds of dignity and development Historical injustices Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said the Land Audit report on private land ownership by race, gender and nationality that was released by her department earlier this year, revealed that black South Africans own only four percent of private

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land in the country. s the country marks Free-

and realising that there is no other

dom Month, government is

country that will provide solutions to

the historical injustices that resulted

forging ahead with efforts to

our problems,” said the Minister.

in skewed land ownership patterns

ensure all that South Africans enjoy

She added that it was important

She said this was a direct result of

along racial lines.

the benefits of freedom, including the

for South Africans to live peace-

ownership of land.

fully in a country where the land is

I think it’s in the interests of all South

shared.

Africans to right the wrongs of the

“Ownership of land brings dignity and South Africa belongs to all who

The issue of land came to the fore

“I think that this needs to be fixed.

past,” she pointed out.

live in it. South Africans should not

after President Cyril Ramaphosa an-

feel like second rate citizens in the

nounced in his State of the Nation

sage to those opposing the winds

land of their forefathers,” Minister

Address that government should

of change, saying government will

of Rural Development and Land

pursue expropriation of land with-

focus on that which is legal and

Reform Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

out compensation.

just, for which people sacrificed

told PSM. She added that freedom also

Following that announcement, a number of opposition parties

The Minister sent out a strong mes-

their lives for. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane

means ensuring that the grandchil-

supported the governing party to

reiterated that the expropriation

dren of South Africans inherit land.

adopt a motion in Parliament to

of land without compensation is

“Never again should South

establish an ad-hoc committee to

encapsulated in Section 25 of the

Africans be loaded onto trucks

review Section 25 of the Constitu-

Constitution, which also takes care

and taken to live in another area

tion to cater for the principle of land

of property rights.

because their homes are on land

expropriation without compensa-

that is fertile. Freedom means

tion.

choosing where you want to live and that comes with responsibility

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Public hearings on the matter are expected to start in May.

“We are working with the Land Restitution and Land Claims Commission who are looking at the acquisition of land, the allocation and

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will not be tolerated,” the Minister

Recapitalisation and Development programme

added.

“The Recapitalisation and Devel-

beneficiaries. We want this to be a

hurry to get land need to know that

constitutional process,” she said.

land grabs are not the solution and

“Government has been willing to buy the land from people who acquired it but people are also

President Ramaphosa has also

opment Programme focuses on

dragging their feet. The willing buyer,

stressed that land redistribution

human capacity development,

willing seller model did not work the

must be done sustainably and must

infrastructure development and op-

way we thought it would work.”

not be a “smash-and-grab” process

erational inputs on properties in dis-

that damages the economy. He has

tress and newly-acquired through

over R50 billion on the willing buyer,

also warned that those who seize

the land reform redistribution,

willing seller model.

land without due process will face

restitution and other programmes

arrest and prosecution.

since 1994 as well as other agricul-

Since 1994, government has spent

To date 4.8 million hectares of land have been acquired through

She urged all South Africans, inves-

tural properties in distress acquired

the Land Redistribution Programme

tors and the international commu-

without grant funding,” added the

through 5 328 projects at a cost of

nity to exercise patience and trust

Minister.

more than R12 billion. In addition,

the capabilities of Parliament to

3.4 million hectares of land have

handle this matter appropriately in

the enterprises are profitable and

been acquired through the Restitu-

the interest of all South Africans.

sustainable across the value chain

tion Programme.

“We welcome advice…We wel-

The approach is to ensure that

in line with the business plan

come support but we are product

which stipulates comprehensive de-

Land Reform Programme include

of the struggles of South Africans.

velopment requirements of targeted

groups, individuals, black emer-

We will engage with the internation-

properties over five-year recapitali-

gent farmers with grants and those

al community on the South African

sation and development cycle.

acquiring land under leasehold. Of

story.”

The 292 607 beneficiaries of the

these 67 699 are women, 34 410 youth and 689 people with disabili-

The support for the new farmers

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

ties. The Minister said the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform will continue to accelerate land reform within the current policies and legislation while the Parliamentary processes are being finalised. She also reassured South Africans that government does not believe in land grabs. “We have a Constitution in this country, which must be adhered to. Those South Africans who are in a

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS About 27 000 learners in 88 schools had been supported with tablets to improve learning and support teaching, helping close the digital divide between the rich and the poor, while preparing learners varies from production equipment,

and communication technology

to partake in the rapidly developing

infrastructure provision, machinery

infrastructure, public amenities

knowledge economy.

and implements.

and facilities in villages and small

Since 2009, 1 496 farms have become part of the Recapitalisation and Development Programme.

rural towns,” said Minister NkoanaMashabane. The aim of RID is to address basic

Equipping young people To encourage young people to en-

human needs, improve access to

ter the agricultural field, the depart-

R4 billion to secure some 651 strate-

services and enable communi-

ment introduced the National Youth

gic partnerships providing techni-

ties to engage effectively in the

Service Corps (NARYSEC) – a skills

cal, financial and infrastructure

economy.

development programme.

“This constitutes a total spend of

support to farmers across 1 421 846 million hectares,” she said. The programme has created about 7 730 jobs of which more

Since its inception in 2010, the Recapitalisation and Development Programme: 7 730 jobs created.

than 3 000 have been for women as well as training for 2 937 farm-

and hard skills training, leadership training to thousands of rural youth and then sent them back to rural

2 937 farmers trained.

ers, of which more than 1 000 were women.

NARYSEC programme provided soft

areas to undertake various rural infrastructure and other develop-

R 4 billion spent on securing 651 partnerships.

Eradicating poverty

ment projects. When the programme started, 7 000 participants were recruited;

The key drivers of the rural develop-

currently the programme has re-

ment programme include Rural En-

Since it was established in 2009,

terprise and Industrial Development

the RID programmes have delivered

(REID), Rural Infrastructure Develop-

over 3 000km of fencing, cattle

and skills development programme

ment (RID) and skills development.

handling facilities, boreholes, stock

is to equip targeted unemployed

water dams facilities and eight silos

rural youth with skills in order for

storage facilities.

them to become agents of change

REID focuses on poverty mapping, and the establishment and support of cooperatives, enterprises and industries.

“In terms of improving Information

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within their communities as well as

and Communication Technology

minimising the migration of young

(ICT) access in rural areas, three ICT

adults to cities in pursuit of job op-

access, education, financing, skills

centres were established in 2010

portunities,” noted the Minister.

development and mentorship.

and a further 26 solar-powered digi-

RID focuses on ensuring strategic

tal doorways, providing computer

rural youth from being job seekers

and deliberate investment in the

training and access, were rolled out

to become job creators in their own

revitalisation of old, and creation of

across the nine provinces,” added

right, breaking the vicious cycle of

new economic, social, information

the Minister.

social grants dependency.

“This support includes market

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The programme also transforms

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Writer: Chris Bathembu

SA’s top cop on the right track

A

s a long-distance runner who has competed in various races, South Africa’s new National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole

knows all about endurance. It is his stamina, patience and commitment to the

appointments. He rose through the police ranks after joining the force in 1986. Before his appointment as National Police Commissioner, he served as an Assistant Commissioner in his home province, Mpumalanga, and

job that has kept his career as a police officer going

until recently was the Divisional Commissioner for

for the past 30 years.

Protection and Security Services.

“I believe in fitness. I am an athlete, a long-distance

A devoted father of two, Sithole has big plans for

runner. I trained in karate and I was one of the best

the police service and is working on a turnaround

soccer players. I believe fitness has kept me focused

strategy for the 195 000 men and women in blue.

in everything I do in life,” said the soft-spoken top cop. General Sithole made history when he recently

In his ideal world, South Africa would be crime free and the SAPS would be a world-class organisation.

became the first career policeman to permanently

One of Sithole’s first tasks, following his appointment

head the South African Police Service (SAPS), since

in November last year, is to restore the SAPS’ authority

George Fivaz was appointed by President Nelson

and bring back confidence in the police and foster

Mandela in 1995. His predecessors were all political

unity.

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Public Sector Manager • April 2018


“My first priority is to stamp the authority of the state

Sithole had to confront the growing concern related

so that criminals know that there is policing in the

to police killings, the most recent of which was the

country. Our communities are entitled to safety, it is

Engcobo massacre where gunmen opened fire at a

their constitutional right,” he said.

police station, killing five policemen. The killings sent

General Sithole knows that to restore confidence in the police and to achieve his goal of reducing crime, he will first have to get his house in order and remove

shockwaves throughout the small Eastern Cape town and the country. Following this terrible incident, General Sithole has

police officers with criminal records and cases

decided to put additional measures in place to beef-

against them. He confirmed that 57 of these officers

up security at police stations across the country in

are already on their way out and more will follow.

order to prevent another tragedy of this nature. Some of the measures include a physical assess-

Strict vetting and lifestyle audits

ment of security at all police stations and ensuring

In 2013, an audit found that 1 448 high-ranking

that each has CCTV cameras installed.

police officials were on a list of officers with criminal records. General Sithole is aware of these challenges and says vetting in the police will be beefed-up under his leadership. He is also introducing lifestyle audits for all senior managers in the SAPS. “We have just presented our vetting strategy and the turnaround approach to Parliament and it spells out how we are going to deal with vetting. Under my leadership, there will be no one that will enter the

“One of the security weaknesses which enabled the attack in Engcobo was the design of the station which does not comply with safety and security standards,” he said. “There is a wall in front of the building that shields and limits the police’s view of what’s coming, that’s why they only saw the attackers when they were already firing,” he noted. General Sithole has instructed that Engcobo Police Station be redesigned immediately.

organisation without having been vetted.” strategy of the organisation. This means that there

Crime at OR Tambo International Airport

will be limited opportunities for people to enter the

Another area of concern for the general is the grow-

organisation without proper vetting. Even for promo-

ing organised crime incidents at Africa’s biggest

tions within the organisation, vetting is going to be a

airport, the OR Tambo International in Johannesburg.

“We are now linking vetting to the recruitment

requirement,” he said. With regard to lifestyle audits, every senior manager

Gauteng police revealed that there have been several cases where business people and tourists were

will be subjected to monitoring and the capacity of

stopped immediately after they left the airport or

the people to carry out this task will be increased.

were followed to their destination. They were robbed

“We are rooting out corruption and those who have

of money and possessions. These incidents were fol-

their hands dirty will be taken out of our uniform and

lowed by what was believed to be one of the biggest

given an orange uniform,” he added, referring to the

heists in the airport’s history, when robbers made off

prison uniform.

with an estimated R24 million. The heist, in particular, raised questions about the

Engcobo tragedy

capacity of the police’s intelligence division after its

Only a few months after being appointed General

failure to detect and prevent the robbery.

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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Although General Sithole is cautious about

crime detection framework and our first priority is the

putting the blame for the incident squarely at the

resourcing of detectives, including the recruitment of

SAPS’.

more detectives to increase capacity.

Crime Intelligence Division’s door, he is concerned

“The short-term approach is to re-enlist detectives

about the weaknesses in the country’s crime intel-

and those who left the detective environment for

ligence gathering capabilities.

other areas,” he added.

“I am a very open and honest person when I deal

The general also wants to see increased use of

with things. What I cannot dispute and no one else

technology to complement detectives’ capacity.

can dispute either is that we have serious challenges

“For instance, you need technology to deal with cy-

with our intelligence. The intelligence is part of the

bercrime. One of my priorities is a review of the crime

turnaround strategy I have been working on. I have

detection technology at our disposal. This is because

started by deposing the post of General Richard

when the technology is advanced, we might need

Mdluli and made it vacant.”

fewer officers,” he explained.

Mdluli was suspended as head of the Crime Intelligence Division in 2011. General Sithole was expected

Police cannot do it alone

to announce a new head of the division by 1 April.

As General Sithole forges ahead in a country with

“I will be redirecting and rebuilding and you will see a new Crime Intelligence Division and a different response altogether,” he said.

one of the world’s highest violent crime rates, he has appealed to society to walk with him. “Criminals reside in society. Society has the information. We will be formalising community policing fo-

Appointment of more detectives

rums and we will engage more with communities. We

One of the areas blamed for the backlog in police

will empower communities to fight crime and be self

investigations is the shortage of SAPS detectives.

sufficient. We cannot do anything without society and

“Within the turnaround strategy, I have designed a

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society cannot do anything without us,’’ he said.

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Writer: Noluthando Motswai

Mishael Matonhodze is the best in her class

M

ishael Matonhodze’s inter-

mathematics as an essential part

est in solving problems

of life in general,” she said.

has got her far in life. It

One of the examples that

Building a solid foundation For Matonhodze building a solid

has even led to her being crowned

Matonhodze shared is when she

foundation in mathematics is very

the best mathematics teacher in

asked her pupils to measure how

important.

the country during the recent

long it takes from the time they

National Teaching Awards.

get up in the morning until they

new concepts with each new

are ready for school.

grade, they simply add slightly

“My interests have always been in problem-solving techniques,

“When my learners made these

“Learners do not learn entirely

more information to what they

which I think is not only useful in

predictions they were incorporat-

already know. I cannot emphasise

mathematics, but essential for

ing speed, distance and time

enough the importance of a strong

any person to enhance their skills

in a manner that they could

foundation of concepts because if

in critical thinking,” she told PSM.

relate to. It was to show them

it doesn’t exist, then you have noth-

that mathematics is all around

ing to build on,” she pointed out.

Matonhodze teaches mathematics to Grade 8 learners at

them and part of their daily lives,

Witbank High School in Mpuma-

even if they don’t realise it,” she

self having to bridge the gap when

langa, where she employs her

explained.

receiving learners from primary

love for seeking solutions.

Matonhodze added that the pass rate of her learners is at

Making mathematics cool She explained that her secret

Matonhodze constantly finds her-

school. “I feel there’s a link missing in the

about 98 percent with one or two

transition from primary school to

learners needing that extra push

high school. I say so because after

to get it right.

the baseline assessment, I often

to ensuring her students pass mathematics with flying colours is making the subject come alive by including it in their daily lives, even exploring how it relates to their routines. “I try my best to link the mathematics to their everyday experiences and interactions, using examples that they can relate to and making them appreciate

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Mishael Matonhodze is Sout h Africaʼs best mat hematics teac her.

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


Mishael Matonhodze receives her award from Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and t he former Minister of Science and Tec hnology Naledi Pandor.

have to revisit and bridge gaps be-

Matonhodze advised other

fore I can even begin to introduce

teachers to continue imparting the

new work in Grade 8,” she added.

valuable knowledge they possess

Matonhodze said that she has

to the future generations of South

noted that learners improve in mathematics as they practise the

Africa. “Do this with passion and enthu-

concepts she teaches them in their

siasm. It is not easy but you can

workbooks.

make a difference; you can ensure that our future is in safe hands. We

Teaching with passion

need a future generation that will

As a youngster Matonhodze never

interrogate and analyse ideas be-

saw herself as a teacher and

fore making an informed decision,”

initially had dreams of becoming

she added.

a medical doctor. Due to circumstances, that

Excellence in teaching

dream did not materialise and she

Winning in the Excellence in Teach-

found herself teaching math-

ing Mathematics category at the

ematics instead. By then she had

awards was an “overwhelming”

obtained a Bachelor of Science

experience for Matonhodze.

degree. “I found that I really enjoyed

“It felt really great and humbling at the same time. I still cannot

teaching mathematics so I de-

believe that I won; I am in awe,”

cided to further my studies and

she said.

do a Postgraduate Certificate in

Her prizes included a car, laptop,

Education, majoring in mathemat-

printer, projector, furniture, tablet, a

ics senior phase and life sciences,”

smart phone and airtime

she recalled.

voucher.

Public Sector Manager • April 2018

Other winners at the National Teaching Awards were: • Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba for Primary School Teaching. • Jolinda Daniel for Secondary School Teaching. • Mdungaza Klaas Mahlahlani for Primary School Leadership. • Agnes Rasesemola for Secondary School Leadership. • Ntsolo Ramabodu for Excellence in Grade R Teaching. • Sandile Mdlalose for Excellence in Special Needs Teaching. • Mariette Voster for Technology-enhanced Teaching and Learning. • Thandekile Sibiya for Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences. • Andrew Taylor was the winner of the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Award. • Siegfried Josias Hlongwa was the winner of the Professor Kader Asmal Award.

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THE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF NANOTECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Nanotechnology is the branch of science concerned with the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale (a size so small that it is measured in nanometres, which is one billionth of a metre) to create materials of any size that have new properties and functions. Nanotechnology development in South Africa is coordinated at the national level by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) through its National Nanotechnology Strategy, to ensure that the country remains competitive in this fast-developing field. The strategy aims to ensure that South Africa is ready to use nanotechnology to enhance its global competitiveness and to achieve social development and economic growth targets. DST has identified the need for this strategy to be implemented in a manner that addresses the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of this technology. This crucial aspect of nanotechnology development will ensure nanotechnology-driven benefits (social and economic) are exploited safely, responsibly and sustainably. To address this need for the responsible development of nanotechnology, DST has established the Nanotechnology Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Risk Research Platform, which is led by the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH). This platform will help build the capacity to identify the impact of nanoparticles in the environment and mitigate concerns about the fate of these nanoparticles. Professor Mary Gulumian, Head of the Toxicology and Biochemistry Section at NIOH, gave us insights into the health, safety and environmental aspects of nanotechnology. What are nanomaterials? Nanomaterials can be naturally occurring, incidental (generated as an unintentional by-product of a process) or intentionally produced (manufactured). Examples of naturally occurring nanomaterials include those originating from organisms such as cellulose nanomaterials or from geologic sources such as erupting volcanoes. Examples of incidental nanomaterials include smoke created when using a wood-burning stove or car

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TRAILBLAZER

Writer: Noluthando Motswai

Taking medical

research to the market

S

cience has no impact if it

that ends up in a publication and

Moyo has brought about R20 mil-

does not protect its intellec-

on library shelves and not in the

lion in investments to research that

tual property (IP), and the

market.”

is tackling the country’s challenges.

Research and development

Nuclear energy

Tandokazi Nquma-Moyo (31), a

It is Nquma-Moyo’s job to make

a misconception about nuclear

business development manager at

sure that research and develop-

energy. It’s not all about providing

the South African Nuclear Energy

ment conducted at Necsa ad-

electricity.

Corporation (Necsa), is passionate

dresses challenges the country

about both IP protection and find-

faces and finds solutions to these

clear energy, they think of electric-

ing ways to fund scientific develop-

problems.

ity but it can also be used in the

influence of scientific endeavour is irrelevant if scientists do not have the necessary funding.

ment and learning. “The hardest part of science is not

“For example, a researcher ap-

Nquma-Moyo said that there is

“When most people think of nu-

health space. Part of my job is to

proaches me with a molecule that

raise awareness of the different

developing an idea, it’s protect-

can treat a disease. Investigate

things that nuclear energy can

ing IP and finding the funding to

the market and speak to potential

do, besides providing electricity.

take the medicine or chemical to

investors,” she added.

Nuclear energy is medicine, and it

market. “My job is to make sure that a

In some cases, researchers need about R500 million, which goes

can save lives,” said Nquma-Moyo. Necsa has two companies –

scientist’s research idea ultimately

towards protecting the research’s

Nuclear Technology Products (NTP)

ends up on pharmacies’ shelves,”

IP, conducting clinical trials and

Radioisotopes, a nuclear medicine

she said.

registering the product with health

company, and Phelindaba Chemi-

bodies.

cals, which sells chemicals like

Nquma-Moyo explained that medicines and scientific solutions

“My job is to do commercial work,

hydrogen fluoride which is used in

are conceptualised and then

talk to pharmaceutical compa-

developed in a laboratory. As the

nies, investors, doctors and even

“NTP sells to over 50 companies

process rolls out, their intellectual

patients, to educate them about

around the world and we bounce

property has to be protected and

the product so that they can ask

between being the second and

funding has to be secured to bring

their doctor for it. I also present the

third largest producer of nuclear

the idea to life.

‘business case’ for the product,

medicine. Even as a developing

showing how it will alleviate social

country, we export nuclear medi-

issues,” she says.

cine to first world countries,” she

“I want to be a business scientist and take these ideas to market, because we have beautiful science

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Since joining Necsa, Nquma-

oil refineries.

said.

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TRAILBLAZER

Coega Industrial Developmental

passionate about the business of

Necsa is for diagnosing cancer.

Zone and regional business devel-

science,” said Nqumo-Moyo.

Some people die from the dis-

opment and tech transfer officer at

She is also a published scientist

ease, because it diagnosed too

the Technology Innovation Agency.

and her research manufactured a

Most of the medicine provided by

late. Necsa has the only nuclear

“I grew up in one of the most rural

chemical product from agricultural

reactor in Africa, which produces

areas in South Africa – Centani, in

produce which influenced the

medicine that helps to identify

Lusizini in the Eastern Cape. It was

South African biofuels strategy and

cancer in its early stages.

very poverty stricken and I some-

policy development.

One of Necsa’s major research studies is with the GluCAB tool,

times had to bath in cold water in winter before school,” she recalled.

which aims to change the diagnos-

Growing up in these conditions

ing and treating of breast cancer. It

made Nquma-Moyo think about

has the ability to locate cancerous

how she could help her community

tissues and kill them.

tackle social problems. “The poverty

“Early diagnosis saves lives and Necsa’s slogan is to enhance lives. This is a project that is very close to my heart,” said Nquma-Moyo.

in my area pushed me to pursue this area of study,” she said. Whilst in high school, NqumoMoyo realised that one of the reasons that people got sick in

Motivated to succeed

her community was related to the

Nquma-Moyo holds a degree in bi-

fumes in the environment and con-

ochemistry and microbiology from

taminated river water.

the University of Forte Hare and

“I asked myself how I could work

completed her honours in microbi-

in the preventative space. I always

ology, focusing on plant medicine,

wanted to find solutions to the

This and that

at the same university. She was

problems that affect our social

What is your favourite food?

then awarded a scholarship from

health and economic lives,” she

Mphokoqo, which is maize

the Department of Science and

explained

meal and fresh milk.

Technology to pursue her master’s

She advised young people who

degree at the North West Univer-

would like to mirror her career to

What do you do for fun?

sity, which focused on renewable

work hard and go beyond the call

I like to chill with church

energy solutions. She also holds a

of duty to become a creative solu-

mates and watch movies.

diploma in business management

tion provider.

from Varsity College. Nquma-Moyo joined Necsa as

“Loving mathematics and science is very important. You must also

Who do you live for? My daughter.

an IP analyst in 2014, before being

be able to identify opportunities.

promoted to business development

In science and engineering, there

What is your favourite holi-

manager. Her previous work experi-

are more opportunities and busi-

day destination?

ence includes business develop-

ness development is one of them.

I love being in Zimbabwe.

ment and research specialist at the

A scientist can do this if they are

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The Western Cape will add another two wind projects to its existing portfolio.

provinces, mainly in rural areas: •

The Northern Cape is home to the majority of the

projects with 15 in total. These comprise six OW, eight solar PV and two CSV projects. •

The Eastern Cape will host four new OW projects.

* Data calculated by IPP Office based on BID Submission figures

Mpumalanga will have its first IPP project, a biomass project.

The Free State will add one small hydro project to its portfolio.


GOING GREEN One of the most obvious objectives of the REIPPPP is to provide clean energy that does not unduly negatively affect the environment. It represents South Africa’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, which came into force in 2016. The agreement aims to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Once they are underway, the 27 projects are expected to offset 8.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum. In addition, since the energy industry is one of the biggest consumers of water, the programme is mindful of the water scarcity in the country, specifically the droughts being experienced in the Western and Northern Cape. The projects will save 9.6 million kilolitres of water per annum, compared to similar MW hours of electricity from fossil fuels. This is equivalent to the water needs of more than 1.2 million people a year.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The REIPPPP represents both local and foreign direct investment in the economy, and a partnership between the public and private sectors. As such, it realises the objectives of the Green Economy Accord, which was signed by the South African government in 2011. Implementing these projects will create an estimated 58 000 new jobs. Most of these jobs will be created during the construction period and, so, will utilise the workforce in the vicinity of the projects. Jobs will be available across the entire value chain, including an additional 1 500 jobs in the manufacturing sector. South Africans own the majority share of 57.8% (R11.90 billion) in the project companies. Of the 57.8% South African shareholding, an average of 64.2%

“Equity investment in a project has the objective to make money. Our historically disadvantaged partners through their equity must also have such an opportunity.” Another one of the objectives of the REIPPPP is to provide sustainable energy at an affordable cost for consumers. Over time and based on similar projects in other countries, the cost of renewable energy will rapidly decrease. Already, the programme has seen the costs of renewable energy drop in every round of the bid process. The programme also involves social commitments in five categories: education and skills development, social welfare, healthcare, general administration and enterprise development. It will focus on local communities and on involving youth and women-owned small businesses.

A GLOBAL INDUSTRY The focus on renewable energy is part of a larger, international trend. Sweden, for instance, has set an ambitious goal of relying entirely on renewable energy by the end of the next decade. Similarly, the South Africa model of procuring renewable energy has become “an export product” in itself, according to Minister Radebe, as other African and international countries adopt similar processes.

(R7.64 billion) is held by black shareholders. The balance of the shareholding is mostly with institutional investors such

In particular, the department is exploring ways to lead

as PIC and Old Mutual, as well as state-owned companies.

the charge of renewable energy in the region and on

The programme has committed to employ 86% of black

the continent, by consulting with the respective energy

South Africans in top management positions.

ministers and departments in other African countries.

As Minister Radebe noted, “I would like to put this

The department’s stated aim is mobilise and optimise our

challenge to the IPP Office and our development finance

energy resources as “a key catalyst for economic growth

partners to design, together with the banks, an innovative

and the welfare of people of South Africa and the

solution that will enable more transformation through

African continent.”

access to affordable funding.


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Third from left: Minister Jeff Radebe with representatives of the 27 IPPs.

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In addition, Minister Radebe and his department have

The signing of the agreements is not the end of the

proposed the development of an Energy Transformation

process, but the beginning.

Charter that will outline the commitments of the many partners in the process.

The department’s priority is to find and adopt funding mechanisms that will enable the participation of black

In closing, Minister Radebe reiterated that: “I believe that

entrepreneurs in this growing industry. Ideally, these

energy should form the corner stone of the economy to

mechanisms will allow the development of black

facilitate and ensure the achievement of the 5% growth

industrialists and ensure the participation of black

projected in the National Development Plan.

entrepreneurs in the mainstream economy.

“TOGETHER WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.” The next step in the process is the release of the updated Integrated Resource Plan that will outline the many forms of investment required to support the renewable energy industry. This plan will outline the milestones and the energy mix for the next 20 years.

CONTACT DETAILS: Telephone: +27 12 406 8000 Website: www.energy.gov.za


IN OTHER NEWS

SA’s voters’ roll grows significantly

Africa sets own course for public service success

South Africans turned out in their

The National School of Government (NSG) has joined forces with

numbers to register to vote during

the Secretariat for the African Management Development Institutes’

the Independent Electoral Com-

Network to design a course that will see improvements to public

mission’s (IEC) latest voter registra-

service and administration.

tion drive.

The NSG, which is the South African government’s training organi-

The IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer,

sation for the public sector, recently convened a two-day workshop

Sy Mamabolo, said the majority of

with the aim to solicit inputs from experts on material for the course.

the new voters were women.

The development of the curriculum content is being done con-

“There were 490 520 voters regis-

sultatively with input from experts in the field of Public Administra-

tering for the first time. Of the new

tion. Those who do the course will gain conceptual and practical

voter registrations, over 400 000,

understanding of the African Charter for Values and Principles of

which is 82 percent of voters, were

the Public Service and Administration.

under the age of 30 and approxi-

It is expected that students will be equipped with the ability to

mately 54 percent were women,”

apply these values and principles in the workplace. Ultimately, the

said Mamabolo.

course is aimed at building effective and efficient public service

According to the IEC, about 2.76 million citizens visited their voting

institutions in Africa. “The workshop was a watershed one in the ongoing transforma-

stations on 10 and 11 March, to

tion and redevelopment of the public service into a professional,

either register as new voters or to

dependable, knowledgeable and ethically grounded force, serving

update their registration.

the people of Africa,” said Professor Itumeleng Mosala, an academ-

Of the 2.76 million voters who visited their voting stations, over

ic and a former Director-General. The workshop was the third following similar workshops in Uganda

1.3 million used the opportunity

and Senegal. Experts who contributed to the development of the

to re-register in their current voting

course during this workshop were from higher education institu-

district and 885 758 used the op-

tions, KZN Training Academy and government departments.

portunity to change their registration to a new voting district.

population based on Statistics

the voters’ roll, visit the IEC offices

South Africa’s voting age popula-

or visit the website on

who registered are said to fall in

tion estimates,” said Mamabolo.

www.elections.org.za.

the 2.8 million whose addresses

The IEC said Gauteng saw the

An estimated 300 000 voters

were not populated in the IEC’s

majority of new registrations

records ahead of the registration

at 23.69 percent, followed by

SA economy ended 2017 on strong footing

weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal with 18.78 percent

South Africa’s economy grew by

and Limpopo with 17.03 percent.

3.1 percent in the fourth quarter

“The voters’ roll now sits at 26 250 939 voters, which is

Eligible voters can still register

of 2017, ending the year on a

estimated to be approximately

to vote by visiting the nearest IEC

strong footing, according to Statis-

75 percent of the eligible voting

offices. To update an address on

tics South Africa (Stats SA).

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Stats SA’s Deputy Director-

the largest positive contributor to

decreased by 4.4 percent.

General: Economic Statistics Joe

GDP growth in the fourth quarter

de Beer announced that gross

was the agriculture, forestry and

estimated at R1 208 billion which

domestic product (GDP) in the

fishing industry which increased

is R29 billion more than in the third

fourth quarter grew by 3.1 percent

by 37.5 percent – contributing 0.8

quarter.

following a revised growth of 2.3

percent to GDP growth.

percent in the fourth quarter.

The trade, catering and accom-

In quarter four, nominal GDP was

On an annual basis, real GDP grew by 1.3 percent in 2017 fol-

Growth in the third quarter of 2017

modation industry increased by

lowing an increase of 0.6 percent

was revised upwards from an

4.8 percent and contributed 0.6

in 2016 primarily led by increased

initial two percent.

percent to GDP growth. The manu-

economic activity by the finance,

facturing industry and finance,

real estate and business services

real estate and business services

that contributed 0.4 percent.

On an annual basis GDP grew by 1.3 percent in 2017.

increased by 4.3 percent and 2.5

The 0.4 percent contribution was

as the sum of four quarters of

percent, respectively, contributing

based on growth of 1.9 percent

2017,” said De Beer.

0.5 percent to GDP growth.

in agriculture, forestry and fishing,

“That 1.3 percent is calculated

On a quarter-on-quarter basis,

However, mining and quarrying

among others.

Sign Language recognised as a home language

also encompassed understanding how deaf learn-

South African Sign Language (SASL) has officially been

materials required for assessment, including identifying

recognised as a home language in the curriculum as

potential national moderators and evaluators.

one of the examinable subjects for the National Senior Certificate. “It is a monumental step forward that SASL has now, for the very first time in South Africa, been officially recognised as a home language in our education

ers are assessed, as well as the kind of resources and

“Deaf learners in South Africa no longer need to feel like foreigners in their own land, and at last they can exercise their rights to be taught and assessed in their own language,” said Umalusi. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Umalusi

system,” said the Council for Quality Assurance in

chairperson John Volmink was upbeat. “Today we

General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi,

can say to deaf learners that the system has fully

in a statement.

embraced them, that their language is valued and

The announcement by Umalusi follows a report it

respected, and that they now have the opportunity to

released on its research study on the inclusion of SASL

learn and study and be tested through the medium of

in the curriculum.

their home language,” he said.

The aim of the study was to provide guidance to

The full details of the study are available in the report

Umalusi in its role as the quality assurer for SASL-Home

entitled, ‘Sign of the Times: The Quality of the Teaching

Language, with specific reference to school-based as-

and Assessment of South African Sign Language’.

sessment and national examinations. According to the council, the scope of the study

Public Sector Manager • April 2018

The report is available on Umalusi – website: www.umalusi.org.za

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TOGETHER WE MOVE SOUTH AFRICA FORWARD

Excellence in the public service rewarded - Deputy Minister Dr Chana Pilane-Majake The annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards took place on 2 March 2018 at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg to honour public servants that performed exceptionally during the 2017 financial year. The awards cement the values of improving service delivery, professionalising the public service space to achieve the ideal public service as envisaged in the National Development Plan. They also provide the public service with an opportunity to learn and share best practices from fellow public servants who are performing better and in some cases are more innovative. The objectives are more on avoiding public servants reinventing the wheel by learning from best practices, rewarding excellence and gauging citizen satisfaction. The awards represent a concerted effort by the Ministry for the Public Service and Administration to intensify the creation of a strong and capable state and reward the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions towards a

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more effective and responsive government. Rewarding excellent service delivery and recognising the contribution by public servants across government, adds to the drive towards service delivery improvement. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Dr Chana PilaneMajake, said it was befitting that the conceptualisation and implementation of the awards strengthen mechanisms to professionalise the public service. She congratulated the finalists in all categories including those who did not win saying they are winners in their own right by virtue of making it to the final stages. “In your own way, you have demonstrated that you are part of the public service which, through executing your responsibilities diligently and commitment to the Batho Pele Value Statement ofWe Belong, We Care, We Serve,” she said.

The Winners Best Heads of Provincial Department Category Award Mr Solly Fourie: Western Cape’s Department of Economic Development: Gold Ms Welleminah Tshablala: Social Development Gauteng: Gold Best Functioning Provincial Department Year Award Gauteng Social Development Best General Worker of the Year Award Mr PR Mngomezulu, a Tractor Driver for the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture Best Senior Management Service (SMS) Employee of the Year Award Mr Polaki Ephraim Mokatsane Chief Executive Officer at Kleskdorp /Tshepong Hospital Complex in the North West Department of Health


Best Team of the Year Category KwaZulu-Natal’s Edendale Provincial Hospital Best Frontline Service Delivery Employee of the Year Award Ms Phumzile Mgojo from the KwaZulu-Natal’s Labour Department: Gold Best Implemented Project of the Year Award Gauteng Department of Education’s Information Communication Technology in Schools The Best Operational Employee of the Year Category Ms Thembisa Mgwili of the Department of Transport and Public Safety: Gold Life Time Achievers Ms Motshabi Manong from Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr NZ Ntuli from Bizimali Secondary School in Kwazulu-Natal

Life Time Achievers This public servant has displayed a record of accomplishment of excellent service rendition and has displayed knowledge ability and proven effectiveness in executing tasks. He / she is an affirmed good public service leader, of stable demeanor and a well-grounded community person. Ms Motshabi Manong Ms Motshabi Manong was born on 15 February 1957 in Orlando West. She went to school in Orlando West and attended her matric but could not finish. She joined the struggle, was arrested in 1982, and spent two

months in prison. She joined the Save ALEX Campaign under Rev Buti where she developed an interest in people development. In the 1980s she assisted the taxi industry to expand more routes and together with Rev Buti fought for more houses for people. She joined the Community Development Worker Programme in the learnership in 2006 and became full time in 2007 where she continued her passion for people development. One of her major achievements is helping a young man who could not continue with his studies to get employment at City Power where he was ultimately offered a bursary. The young man is today a manager at City Power. She continues to assist residents with social grants, housing in the Alex housing programme and for the destitute families to get decent burials. She also helps child-headed households to access their documentations and recently assisted a child by getting a temporary court order so that she can access disability grant. She also assisted children to obtain birth certificates in a process that took three years to complete and the children are today receiving foster care grants. Other children she helped include those she assisted to regain their house after they were swindled out of it and helping to place others in foster care and get education.

Mr NZ Ntuli from Bizimali Secondary School in KwazuluNatal Mr NZ Ntuli (50) was born and raised in rural Eastern Cape. He enrolled for Secondary Teaching Diploma in the late ‘80s (Eshowe College of Education) and thereafter acquired a BA Education from Unisa with focus on history, social cultural anthropology and English. He is currently principal of Bizimali secondary school (since 1995). Some of his awards include, 2007 provincial finalist of Aggrey Klaaste Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year Award, MISA Award and the Woolworths Best Teacher of the year. Mr Ntuli played a leading role in winning an Adoption Certificate for Bizimali Secondary school from the Industrial Development Corporation (2013), as well as to win sponsorships for Bizimali School from Standard Bank and Deloitte Consulting. In 2005 Mr Ntuli founded the Godide Circuit Mathematics association. Mr Ntuli is also a preacher and motivational speaker. By mentoring development principals and school management teams, Mr Ntuli has been instrumental in the development of various schools in the region. The local feeder schools are now learning centres of high quality.

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Premiers set course for development

P

remiers of the country’s nine

nies to scale up the production of

This is aimed at stabilising the de-

provinces recently highlight-

export-oriented high-value crops.

partment and improving the quality

ed the priorities their govern-

In the 2018/19 financial year, the

of education in the province. This

ments would focus on in the year

province intends to:

programme has contributed to:

ahead when they delivered State of

• Plant 55 000 hectares of grain,

• An increase in the enrolment of

the Province Addresses. PSM takes a

which is expected to yield

Grade 1 learners who have re-

193 000 tons.

ceived Grade R early childhood

closer look at the details.

• Strengthen food security in the

development (ECD) exposure

Eastern Cape

province; over 25 000 house-

from a baseline of 67 percent to

The Premier of the Eastern Cape,

holds will be supported with

71.7 percent, which is approxi-

Phumulo Masualle, touched on the importance of farming when

agricultural products.

mately 34 000 learners.

• Support livestock farmers

• An increase in the training

delivering his recent State of the

through the provision of four

of ECD practitioners to 2 264

Province Address (SoPA).

new feedlots to supplement the

against an annual target of

“We will be engaging the private

12 that are already operational.

sector to invest in agro-processing

The Premier added that as part of

2 471. On the issue of healthcare, Premier Masualle said that by

to give incentives to manufacturing

promoting quality education and

in the sector.”

skills development, the provincial

March 2018 the province had

Department of Education was in

tested 1.4 million patients for HIV

and to create jobs, the province

the process of implementing its

and AIDS.

would be partnering with commer-

three-year Education Transforma-

cial farmers and private compa-

tion Plan.

He said to transform the sector

There was also an increase in the number of patients remaining on antiretroviral therapy, from 320 062 in 2014 to 427 170 as of September 2017.

Free State The Free State Provincial Government is making strides in improving the economic wellbeing of residents, said former Premier Ace Magashule in his recent SoPA. Unemployment in the province declined by 2.6 percent from 34.4

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pursue their dreams, regardless of the circumstances of their birth,” said the Premier. With regard to basic education, he said Gauteng runs the second largest public education system after KwaZulu-Natal, with enrolment having grown from 1.3 million in 1994 to 2.3 million in 2018. Over the past five years approximately R1 billion has been spent on higher education bursaries which percent in the third quarter of 2016

said the province will commercial-

have benefitted over 20 000 gradu-

to 31.8 percent in the third quarter

ise 50 black farmers per annum for

ates.

of 2017.

the next five years.

The Premier noted that there were

Magashule said this was made

Turning to higher education, he

approximately two million youth in

possible by the provincial govern-

said that the number of bursaries

Gauteng and many of them were

ment’s initiatives to improve the

awarded to students increased

neither employed nor studying.

lives of rural women, youth and

from 129 in 2009 to more than 8 000

people with disabilities.

this year.

In terms of land reform, the provincial government has:

This was an increase from R5.4 million in 2009 to over R330 million.

To help remedy the situation, Premier Makhura said several initiatives were underway. Since 2015, about 460 000

• Acquired about 7 500 hectares

About 500 unemployed gradu-

equating to 17 farms worth

ates will be placed in graduate in-

from the Tshepo 500 000 flagship

R60 million.

ternship programmes, and another

programme, which has been

700 vocational and occupational

upgraded to Tshepo 1 Million. It has

students will be placed in work

opened opportunities for youth in

integrated learning.

skills development, job placement

• Allocated about 6 000 hectares of land to smallholder farmers. • Allocated around 500 hectares to farm dwellers. • Allocated a farm to youth who are agriculture graduates. • Finalised 13 land restitution claims. He said an audit of all the land belonging to the state had been

young people have benefitted

and entrepreneurship.

Gauteng

The partnership between the

The Gauteng Provincial Govern-

provincial government, Harambee

ment is investing in youth empow-

Youth Employment Accelerator

erment to benefit South Africa’s

and over 40 major private sector

overall economic growth.

corporations is an example of a

Gauteng Premier David Makhura

social compact that is creating

concluded and available land will

highlighted education as the prior-

opportunities for young people. The

be allocated to emerging black

ity during his SoPA.

province has partnered with tech-

enterprises for residential, business

“Through education young

and agricultural purposes. From the

people will be empowered to play

2017/18 financial year, the Premier

a meaningful role in society and

Public Sector Manager • April 2018

nology companies to train young people in digital skills. Premier Makhura pointed out

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

ties,” Premier Mchunu said. To address the housing backlog, the province will focus on eight projects in which the building of more than 40 000 houses are to be prioritised. These projects include the: •

R3.8 billion Amaoti Greater

R1.4 billion Empangeni Inte-

Housing Project in eThekwini. grated Residential Development Project in Umhlatuze. • that townships were the heartbeat

at 38.6 percent,” said Premier Willies

of Gauteng.

Mchunu.

R457 million Hyde Park Project in iLembe.

R1.8 billion eThekwini Inner City

As such, there would be major

The KZN Provincial Government

facelifts in infrastructure and the

will launch a programme called

look and feel of townships as part

Sukuma 10 000 in the coming

bosch Cavan Project in New-

of the renewal and revitalisation

financial year.

castle.

programme. According to the Premier, be-

“This programme, which will be Premier, will cut across all depart-

procurement spend on township

ments, spheres of government,

enterprises increased from R600 mil-

private sector, tertiary institutions,

lion to R17 billion.

parastatals and other quasi-gov-

es doing business with the provin-

ernment organisations. It aims to create 10 000 new job opportuni-

R1.6 billion Johnston Blaau-

R6.3 billion KwaMashu Bridge City Urban Hub.

coordinated in the Office of the

tween 2014 and 2017 public

The number of township enterpris-

Regeneration Project.

R2.9 billion Umlazi Regeneration Project.

R4.2 billion Cornubia Phase 2, Project in eThekwini. The Premier also committed to

fighting fraud and corruption

cial government also increased from 642 in 2014 to 4 182 in 2017.

KwaZulu-Natal The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is on track to grow its economy by three percent by 2020. “We currently have 2 536 million people employed in the province and we have created over 100 000 jobs over the past year. More will have to be done to address unemployment and, in particular, youth unemployment which now stands

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and reducing unauthorised, irregular, fruitless as well as wasteful expenditure. “We will apply a zero tolerance approach in dealing with those who are found guilty of these transgressions.” He said the province will conduct lifestyle audits of officials in high-risk positions and they will be starting with the Supply Chain Management Units. This will be done in collaboration with South African Revenue Service.

Limpopo

Premier said almost 3 800 schools

employment in the third quarter of

In Limpopo, one of the focus areas

will benefit from the provision of

2017, as compared to the national

of the provincial government will

meals.

picture.

be on early childhood education

The province will contract over

About 99 000 people were em-

which plays an important role in

10 500 food handlers who will be

ployed in the provincial agriculture

the holistic development of a child.

supplemented by an additional

industry and 109 899 citizens were

145 school-based monitors.

involved in subsistence farming.

“Last year, we reported that the number of children who were en-

Another focus area for the provin-

Providing feedback on a govern-

rolled in Grade R in public schools

cial government will be strengthen-

ment nutrition programme aimed

was 123 356. This has increased

ing the capacity of municipalities

at revitalising agriculture in the

to 127 000,” said Premier Stanley

to deliver basic services. Attention

province that was introduced last

Mathabatha.

will be given to the challenges of

year, Mabuza said 305 smallholder

financial management, infrastruc-

farmers have benefited from the

the number of public Grade R

ture delivery, institutional capacity,

programme.

classes from 2 325 to 2 441 schools.

public participation and good

The province has also increased

The province is training 26 041

governance in all municipalities.

From 1 June 2018, the provincial government will expand this programme to include the pro-

ECD practitioners at NQF level 4 and 200 more practitioners will be

Mpumalanga

curement and supply of both dry

enrolled for NQF level 6 in a three-

Agriculture remains an important

products and fresh produce.

year programme at the University of

lifeline for food security and job

the North-West.

creation in Mpumalanga. Former

several health flagship projects

Mpumalanga Premier David Ma-

have commenced to improve

School Nutrition Programme plays

buza emphasised this when deliver-

health infrastructure, with a number

in ensuring the improvement of

ing his SoPA.

of hospitals currently being up-

Noting the important role the

learner attendance and contribut-

He said the agricultural sector

ing towards effective learning, the

registered a larger share of total

40

With regard to healthcare, he said

graded or built. Mabuza said these facilities will

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


transport infrastructure has ensured that Mpumalanga has a strong economy, which creates new jobs and enhances support for social change,” said the former Premier.

Northern Cape The Northern Cape government will establish a provincial growth and development advisory council to look at the best ways to grow the economy. This was announced by Premier Sylvia Lucas when she tabled the SoPA. improve accessibility to healthcare

homes. “The aim is to increase the

services and in doing so improve

number of stable chronic patients

the advisory council should be the

life expectancy. The province

registered on this system from

industrialisation of the Northern

has also introduced the Central

135 179 to 220 000.”

Cape. “We need to consolidate our

Chronic Medicine Dispensing and

On the issue of road infrastructure

She said a critical outcome of

provincial position and refuse to

projects, since 2009 the province

participate in the continued narra-

has completed 22 strategic trans-

tive that perpetuates the de-indus-

not have to stand in queues in clin-

port infrastructure projects and also

trialisation of our province,” added

ics and hospitals and can instead

given particular attention to pre-

the Premier.

collect their medication at con-

serving and maintaining its roads.

tracted pharmacies closer to their

“The investment of R7.1 billion in

Distribution system. “This will ensure that patients do

The provincial government has also committed to securing work placement opportunities for about 1 000 learners and graduates from universities, vocational colleges and community colleges and private institutions for the new financial year. Premier Lucas said this commitment is in partnership with Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). “This commitment was sealed through the signing of a pledge by skills development stakeholders during a skills development roundtable held in October last

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year,” she said. Premier Lucas said the prov-

Nama was introduced at two schools in the Northern Cape, in

ince continues to make financial

Riemvasmaak and Kuboes, where

resources available to students

the language is prevalent.

provincial departments, municipalities and state-owned entities. Early implementation steps include collaborating with the National Skills Fund to provide general

in need through the provision of

North West

security professional training to

The North West government has

about 1 000 youth and provide op-

bursaries were awarded by the

started implementing a provincial

portunities for 43 learners from rural

state, SETAs and the Premier’s Trust

action plan to help young people

areas to study artisan and aviation-

Fund, to the province’s youth.

receive an education, training and

related training.

bursaries. In the past financial year, 9 736

Through a partnership with the Mine Managers Forum, the

employment. With an estimated 300 000 young

Turning to social welfare, the Premier said that during the 2017/18

province received funding of over

people who are not employed, nor

financial year, the Department of

R1 million for students who are cur-

in the education or training system

Social Development partnered with

rently in university.

in the province, Premier Supra

non-profit organisations to improve

Mahumapelo said government was

service delivery to social grant

(a Khoisan language) as an extra-

working on getting the youth to

beneficiaries.

mural programme in the province.

contribute to the economy.

Education has introduced Nama

“The strengthening of the indig-

He said young talent is needed in

As a result of the partnership: • 852 people with disabilities had

enous languages of our province

growth sectors like agriculture, min-

access to day care services.

has been an area in which the

ing, manufacturing and Information

• 407 beneficiaries were cared for

department has played an active

Communication Technology (ICT).

role and has striven to empower communities in the Northern Cape.”

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Premier Mahumapelo said the plan will be implemented by all

in residential care facilities. • 3 858 beneficiaries received social rehabilitation services.

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


“We need enough water to see

With regard to education, she

care and support from residen-

us through next summer and into

said schools in the province have

tial care facilities and commu-

the winter rains of 2019,” she said.

been a top priority for internet

• 23 815 senior citizens received

nity-based projects.

The City of Cape Town has invest-

connectivity, as part of the prov-

The Premier added that the prov-

ed almost R6 billion in initiatives to

ince’s eLearning Game Changer.

ince’s first state-run residential care

address the water situation. These

By the end of March, the prov-

facility for people with disabilities

include aquifer extraction, water

ince was expected to have:

will be designed in the 2018/19

re-use and desalination projects.

• Installed over 6 400 smart

financial year in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District.

An aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock from which groundwater can

Western Cape

be extracted using a water well;

Drought, eLearning and job crea-

while desalination refers to the

tion were among the areas that re-

removal of salts and minerals from

ceived attention when a progress

water.

report was given on the health of

The City of Cape Town will be

classrooms. • Upgraded technology in 910 ICT labs at schools. • Delivered 28 808 learner devices. Turning to the issue of employment, the Premier said 598 000 new jobs were created in the West-

able to yield about 120 million

ern Cape since the fourth quarter

litres per day by July 2018 – mainly

of 2009. The province recorded

residents for their efforts to reduce

from aquifer extraction and

the lowest official unemployment

water consumption but advised

about 300 million litres per day by

rate, which stands at 19.5 percent,

that water saving should be con-

September 2020 from re-use and

against a national rate of

tinuous.

desalination.

26.7 percent.

the Western Cape. Premier Helen Zille commended

Public Sector Manager • April 2018

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Source: Statistics South Africa

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T

he first 1 000 days in a child’s

released by Statistics South Africa

pregnancy. Good nutrition and

life could hold the key to un-

based on the findings of the

medical care for the mother is

locking their life-long potential.

General Household Survey data,

therefore essential for her to de-

By the age of five, almost 90 percent

Early Childhood Development

liver a healthy child.

of a child’s brain will be developed.

(ECD) in South Africa 2016 there

Sixty-one percent of pregnant

These are the formative years

were close to 7.2 million children

women had their first antenatal

where factors such as adequate

from birth to six years old in South

visit before 20 weeks and the

healthcare, good nutrition, good

Africa.

antiretroviral treatment coverage for pregnant women was

quality childcare, a clean and and stimulation will influence their

Need for medical care

future as an adult.

Development of a child begins

a significant impact on ensuring

as early as the start of a woman’s

that children born to HIV-positive

safe environment, early learning

According to a new report

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93 percent in the year between 2015-16. This intervention has had

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


women stay HIV negative and

ally. The country also had a high

senses and can help improve a

healthy, according to the report

underweight-for-age incidence

child’s ability to think and com-

findings. Worryingly, close to 35

coming in at 21.3 percent in 2016.

municate.

percent of pregnant women

Children living in poor

These disorders often lead

households, where

lived in households that ran out

to child deaths and

of money to buy food for five or

in 2016, the rate of

more days in the 30 days prior to

deaths associ-

the survey.

ated with severe

time or money

acute malnutrition

to feed and

Efforts to encourage mothers to

parents are less able to spend

breastfeed have yielded posi-

among children

tive results. The report shows that

younger than five

in 2016 close to 73 percent of

was eight percent.

children aged less than one year

Inadequate prenatal

were breastfed, while 32 percent

care and poor child feed-

among the same age group were

ing practices contributed to high

household income quintile

exclusively breastfed. Breastfeed-

early-childhood-mortality levels.

revealed that close to half of the

ing remains the most nutritious, af-

Nationally, the under-five mortality

children in the lower household

fordable and safe feeding option

rate and the infant mortality rate

income quintiles did not attend

for young children.

were 44 and 34 deaths per 1 000

any educational centre, while

live births, respectively. According

40 percent of the children in the

to the World Health Organisation,

highest household income quin-

Malnutrition a challenge

educate them, may grow up in a less stimulating home environment. A breakdown by monthly

globally the under-five mortality

tile attended out-of-home early

In spite of these gains, malnutri-

rate and the infant mortality rate

learning programmes.

tion remains a serious challenge

in 2016 were 41 and 30.5 deaths

in South Africa. Approximately

per 1 000 live births, respectively.

one-third of children in were stunted as a result of malnutrition. South Af-

The environment in which

rica also has one of the highest low-birth-

families received low stimulation and 31 percent were never en-

Benefit of stimulation

Gauteng and Free State

Children in mostly black African

children grow up also plays a role in their cognitive

couraged to imitate daily activities while 35.2 percent were never given answers when they pointed at objects and asked for explanations.

weight rates in

and psychosocial

the world with

development.

may therefore start life at a dis-

Children in poor households

Activities that

advantage and can fall further

occurrence of live

involve playing, singing

behind their more advantaged

births of babies

or reading stimulate

peers throughout their

a 13.3 percent

under 2.5kg nation-

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lifecycle.

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Source: SAnews

Drought declared

a national disaster to legal prescripts. During the Budget Speech, it was

which must act in close coopera-

announced that a provisional al-

tion with the other spheres of gov-

location of R6 billion has been

ernment to deal with the disaster

set aside in the 2018/19 financial

and its consequences. The dec-

year for several purposes, includ-

laration covers a period of three

ing drought relief and to augment

months.

public infrastructure investment.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Af fairs Minister Zweli Mkhize.

disaster to the national executive,

Minister Mkhize said that three

"Measures are being put in place

provinces − Western Cape, some

to ensure that requests for funding

parts of the Northern Cape and

are being considered", the Minister

Eastern Cape − were extremely

added.

affected by the drought and were

The reclassification of the drought

not showing signs of improvement.

overnment has declared

as a national disaster was done

“At this stage there is no indica-

a national state of disas-

by the Head of the National Dis-

tion to support rainfall that is more

ter to deal with the coun-

aster Management Centre, under

than 25mm for the Western and

Government Notice 107/2017,

Northern Cape provinces, except

published in Government Gazette

perhaps a low likelihood along the

41439 on 13 February 2018.

south coastal areas,” he added.

terial Task Team on Drought and

No improvement in some provinces

Addressing underlying factors

Water Scarcity on 13 March.

G

try’s drought and water crisis. Cooperative Governance and

Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on behalf of the Inter-Minis-

54

The reclassification of drought as

The Minister said government had

He said government was ready to

a national disaster designated the

taken measures to address under-

provide financial assistance where

primary responsibility for the coor-

lying factors, including weak inter-

necessary and it would be subject

dination and management of the

governmental relations, arrange-

Public Sector Manager • April 2018


ments in development planning

tion model will be pursued

and implementation, ageing infra-

through multi-sectoral

structure, lack of operations and

engagements under the aus-

to Basics Programme to sup-

maintenance of infrastructure, and

pices of the Inter-Ministerial

port municipalities to improve

capacity constraints, particularly

Task Team on Drought and

water management. This

with regard to technical expertise.

Water Scarcity.

includes intensifying mainte-

Actions to ensure heightened

effectively to the water crisis. •

CoGTA will strengthen its Back

The country will work hard to

nance programmes to reduce

drought interventions across the

enhance the weather fore-

water losses as well as the re-

country include:

casting capacity to ensure

furbishment and replacement

The National Joint Drought

impact-based early warning

of infrastructure.

Coordination Committee

services to enhance public

(NJDCC) will meet monthly

knowledge and safety from

tivating their climate change

and continue coordinating

weather-related incidents. This

adaptation strategies and

integrated multi-sectoral inter-

will be done under the lead-

plans to support municipalities

vention measures to address

ership of the South African

the drought situation in the

Weather Services. •

The sectors will continue ac-

within the provinces. •

Government will continue with the implementation of the

All sectors will mobilise their

be constituted to carry out on-

“War on Leaks” programme

resources and implement

going research and provide

where communities report

relevant sectoral programmes

evidence-based interventions

all water leaks. Municipalities

to deal with drought in an

taking into account the pre-

must act by repairing the leak-

integrated and coordinated

vailing and emerging disaster

ing pipes.

risk scenarios.

manner to avoid a duplica-

The Inter-Ministerial Task Team will continue to regularly

The development of an

ernment will continue to work

consider reports received from

integrated water conserva-

with municipalities to respond

the NJDCC on measures

Public Sector Manager • April 2018

National and provincial gov-

tion of efforts. •

A team of research experts will

affected provinces. •

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FEATURE

being put in place to improve

in terms of drought conditions, as

the next few months. It has been

coordination and deployment

water scarcity remained a common

adopted to allow sufficient lead

of resources for response to

condition of most of the communi-

time for implementation of tempo-

and recovery from the drought

ties. He called for a change of be-

rary water collection points in the

disaster, and to provide political

haviour and the safe use of water.

event that these may be required,”

guidance.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town

he added.

said estimated Day Zero, when taps

He urged the residents of Cape

Dam levels

could run dry, has been moved to

Town not to ease up on their water-

According to a report released by

9 July 2018, due to a weekly drop of

saving efforts.

the Department of Water and Sani-

0.5 percent in dam levels.

“We cannot afford to slow down

tation on 5 March 2018, South Africa’s

Day Zero was initially planned for

when the estimated Day Zero date

dams levels went up from 63.2 per-

16 April 2018 and later moved to

moves out, simply because we can-

11 May 2018, due to a decline in

not accurately predict the volume

agricultural usage.

of rainfall still to come or when it will

cent to 63.4 percent. The report showed that the droughtstricken Western Cape maintains the

“The Groenland water transfer and

come. Last year, we had abnormally

lowest dam levels in the country at

the reduction in our weekly average

low winter rainfall, and we cannot

25.5 percent, having dropped from

demand has had a dramatic im-

assume that this year will be any

26.1 percent in the previous week.

pact on the Day Zero date, which

different.

Despite the scarcity of rain, Gaut-

is determined by assuming that

“The only way we can stretch our

eng has the highest dam levels at

the fortnightly trend of weekly dam

water supplies is to adhere to the

92.8 percent, followed by Mpuma-

storage change will continue un-

50 litres per person per day water

langa at 77.9 percent and Northern

changed,” said the City’s Executive

allocation. Our water-saving efforts

Cape at 67.9 percent.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson.

across the metro have thus far been

Minister Mkhize however warned

“This precautionary outlook as-

our greatest defence against Day

that these levels do not imply that

sumes no further rainfall and that

Zero. Now is definitely not the time to

these provinces are out of the woods

water demand may not reduce over

ease up,” the Deputy Mayor said.

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FEATURE

Writer: Dale Hes

Nelson Mandela:

A legacy of freedom There is no person, living or deceased, that embodies the spirit of freedom better than South Africa’s first democratically-elected President, Nelson Mandela. As the Nelson Mandela Centenary year moves into Freedom Month, we focus on how Tata Madiba lived, breathed and successfully fought for the freedom of each and every South African.

F

ormer President Nelson Mandela’s legacy is closely intertwined with the ideals of free-

dom. As indicated by the name of Mandela’s autobiography, his was indeed a long walk to freedom, and he dedicated his entire life to fighting for the freedom of the people of South Africa.

A fighter’s spirit There is no doubt that Mandela always had a fighter’s spirit and the courage to stand up for injustice. This was first evident in his days at the University of Fort Hare, where the young Mandela refused to take his seat on the Student Representative Council because he disagreed with the manner in which elections were run. Despite facing expulsion, Mandela was steadfast in his beliefs and de-

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Former President Nelson Mandela dedicated his entire life f ighting for t he freedom of t he people of Sout h Africa.

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cided not to return to the university

Opening paragraph of the 1955 Freedom Charter

after the student holidays in 1940.

“We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the

In 1944, Mandela joined the

world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black

ANC, becoming part of a group

and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless

of young intellectuals (including

it is based on the will of all the people; that our people have been

Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo) who fearlessly critiqued the way

robbed of their birthright to land, liberty and peace by a form of government founded on injustice and inequality; that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood,

the organisation was run and were

enjoying equal rights and opportunities; that only a democratic state,

instrumental in forming the ANC

based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birthright

Youth League. Mandela and his

without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief. And therefore, we,

comrades showed their political

the people of South Africa, black and white together − equals, coun-

savviness early on, creating the landmark Programme of Action that the ANC would adopt several

trymen and brothers − adopt this Freedom Charter. And we pledge ourselves to strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage, until the democratic changes here set out have been won.”

years later following the victory of the apartheid-instigating National

people affected by apartheid,

prompted the decision to form

Party in the 1948 elections. The

and rose to become the deputy

Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military

Programme of Action called for

national president of the ANC. He

wing of the ANC. Mandela was ap-

non-violent mass protest action,

was arrested several times and a

pointed Commander-in-Chief.

including strikes, civil disobedience

banning order against him was

and boycotts.

repeatedly reinstated.

Police raided an underground safe house at Lilliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, in 1962, and subsequently

Mandela was convinced that

But nothing could sway Man-

freedom would only come from

dela from his course. He, along

Mandela and his compatriots

creating a broad-based, non-racial

with struggle icons such as Moses

were found guilty of treason in The

alliance against white minority rule

Kotane, Joe Slovo and Dr Yusuf

Rivonia Trial and sentenced to life

and apartheid. In May 1950, the

Dadoo, played a leading role in

imprisonment in 1964. At the trial,

ANC, Communist Party and South

the creation of the 1955 Freedom

Mandela’s famous “I am prepared

African Indian Congress embarked

Charter – one of the most iconic

to die” speech travelled across

on the highly successful national

declarations in the struggle. The

the world, making Mandela the

May Day strike.

Freedom Charter contained

most iconic figure in the liberation

demands that today form much

struggle.

An icon in the struggle for freedom Mandela was now recognised as

of the backbone of South Africa’s Constitution. Mandela was acquitted during

Creating (and living) the Constitution

one of the most influential leaders

the Treason Trial which started in

Mandela played a crucial role in

of the liberation campaign. In the

1956, after which time he realised

the formation of our current Consti-

1950s, he travelled around South

that passive resistance against

tution. The work began as far back

Africa recruiting volunteers to defy

apartheid had been ineffective,

as 1960, when he and other ANC

apartheid laws, established a legal

especially when the government

leaders convened the All-In African

practice with Tambo to defend

was responding with violence. This

Conference to discuss possible

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actions after the banning of the

government to consider the ANC’s

the day of our first democratic

ANC. At the conference, Mandela

requests for talks relating to the

election (now celebrated as

called for a national convention to

establishment of a democracy,

Freedom Day) and the day which

draft a new non-racial democratic

and there was fierce international

saw South Africans vote for their

constitution for South Africa.

pressure to have Mandela and

icon of freedom, Mandela, to be

other political prisoners released.

their democratic President.

Mandela was tasked with writing a letter to Prime Minister Hendrik

On February 11, 1990, Mandela

It is fitting that the final Constitu-

Verwoerd, drawing attention to

walked out of the Victor Verster

tion of the Republic of South Africa

the resolution and calling for talks

prison in Pretoria to worldwide cel-

was signed into law two years later

to discuss the drafting of a new

ebration. The man who had fought

by Mandela, the man who had

constitution, but the letter was

tirelessly to liberate all South Afri-

played such a crucial role in its de-

ignored. However, this, in addition

cans, was eventually free, and the

velopment, and who passionately

to the Freedom Charter, firmly laid

promise of freedom in the country

lived the constitutional principles

in place the foundations for our

shone bright on the horizon.

of freedom, equality, non-racialism and social justice.

present-day constitution.

Freedom realised

Mandela’s philosophy on free-

prison, Mandela continued to fight

Formal negotiations for the

dom was perfectly summed up in

for the freedom of South Africans,

creation of a new constitution

A Long Walk to Freedom, when he

having regular correspondences

began in December 1991, and

said: “For to be free is not merely to

with ANC leaders and govern-

stretched out over two years. The

cast off one’s chains, but to live in

ment officials. In the 1980s, a surge

Interim Constitution of 1993 was

a way that respects and enhances

in violence forced the national

formally enacted on 27 April 1994,

the freedom of others.”

Even during his 27 years in

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FEATURE

Writer: Chris Bathembu

SIU fighting

state corruption

T

he Special Investigation Unit

at them and if it is satisfied, the SIU

(SIU) is one the agencies at

drafts a motivation for proclama-

the forefront of South Africa’s

tion,” said Mampuru.

efforts to fight corruption in the

Once the motivation is finalised,

public sector, recovering more than

it is sent to the Department of Jus-

R20.5 million on behalf of the state

tice and Constitutional Develop-

in 2017.

ment and then to The Presidency

Its investigations resulted in the

for a decision.

referral of 168 matters for discipli-

“The President applies his mind

nary action and six reports being

to what has been placed before

submitted to The Presidency. The

him. If he agrees that the matter

unit has also set its sights on a fur-

should be investigated by the SIU,

ther R63 million that is potentially

a proclamation is published in the

recoverable by the state.

Government Gazette,” she added.

Deputy head of t he Special Investigation Unit, Advocate Caroline Mampuru.

Established in 1996, the SIU investigates the maladministration

Reporting corruption

related to state institutions, assets

Members of the public can report

and public money.

corruption directly to the SIU.

Deputy head of the unit, Ad-

“We have offices in all provinces,

vocate Caroline Mampuru,

except the Northern Cape,

explained that although the Presi-

ials are on where officials

dent has to sign a proclamation

hand to assist the

prior to the SIU commencing with

public,” said Mam-

an investigation, it is the unit that

puru.

recommends these cases to him. “We receive complaints from a

Members of the public wishing to

number of people; we investigate

remain anonymous

and analyse them until we are

can report corruption

satisfied. A committee then looks

via email.

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SIU in numbers •168: The number of referrals made for disciplinary, executive and/or administrative action. •R20.5 million: The actual value of money and/or assets that have been recovered for the state. •39: The number of referrals made to the relevant prosecuting authority. •R63 million: The value of money and/or assets potentially recoverable. •686: The number of investigations closed under a published proclamation. •R197 million: The value of matters of which evidence was referred, including arbitration or counter civil proceedings. (These figures are from the SIU’s 2017 report.)

what information is already out

Catalyst for fighting corruption

there. After analysis, if we believe

The SIU’s interim results for 2017

of an ordinary citizen is improved,

that the matter can be investi-

indicate that the unit continues to

I am gratified. That’s what govern-

gated and if we have a mandate,

be a catalyst for fighting corrup-

ment is about. When we have

we proceed with the case,” she

tion.

corruption taking place, it takes

“We look at the allegations and

explained. While some critics argue that the

Recently the unit received nine new proclamations enabling it to

they are intended. When government spends money and the life

away what we should be doing for citizens,” she said.

discretionary powers of the Presi-

investigate matters in relation to

dent over the SIU’s investigation

fraud at the Eastern Cape Depart-

the process of taking decisions is

process could open the unit to

ment of Social Development and

effective, making sure that there

abuse and political manipulation,

corruption and maladministration

is accountability and timelines.

Mampuru said this is not the case.

at the Thabazimbi Local Munici-

I make sure that the decisions

pality in Limpopo and the Gaut-

around the matters we will and

eng Department of Health.

will not investigate are taken in a

“From experience, most of the matters that we have sent to the President for proclamation are

Mampuru’s role is to make sure

“My role is to make sure that

transparent and constituent man-

accepted. Remember, the motiva-

that the unit’s operations, within

tion would have sufficient grounds

eight divisions across the country,

so there would be very few

are efficient for it to carry out its

ing a team of investigators work-

instances when the SIU’s request is

mandate.

ing hard to save the South African

declined. In fact, I do not know of any,” she pointed out.

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“I find fulfilment when government resources are used for what

ner,” she added. A good day for Mampuru is see-

government billions that otherwise would have been misused.

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TOWARDS EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES Social commentators acknowledge there is a link between social injustice and South Africa’s triple ills of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Members of our communities who do not enjoy the same benefits as others because of their physical and mental condition, education level and geographic location are susceptible to varying social injustices. Breaking the grip of social injustice in South Africa should begin with equal access to education and economic opportunities. REDEMPTION FOR THE DEAF IN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT During the State of the Nation Address 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated government’s commitment to providing economic opportunities for people with disabilities. He specifically noted Amavulandlela Funding Scheme, established by the Small Enterprise Finance Agency to provide business finance to entrepreneurs with disabilities. He added that Sign Language will be offered as a Home Language as of 2018, to enable deaf learners to write the National Senior Certificate examination in South African Sign Language (SASL). This is a long sought-after breakthrough for the deaf community that translates into a matric certificate and access to universities. The President also acknowledged the role NGOs and community-based organisations play in addressing the triple ills. This perception aligns with that of Transport Education Training Authority (TETA). In promoting inclusive education, TETA partnered with Deaf Empowerment Firm (DEF) to provide opportunities to youth with hearing difficulties. DEF believes skills development can redeem the deaf youth from the claws of low education levels, lowincome jobs and limited participation in economic activities. The social enterprise therefore partnered with TETA to provide a learnership programme to 48 deaf young people which will result in an accredited qualification. It is difficult for people with hearing difficulties to enter the labour market because they often do not have the minimum requirements such as a matric certificate


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FEATURE

Payment of social grants a priority

SASSA Acting CEO Pearl Bhengu and SAPO CEO Mark Barnes.

A

s the South African Post Of-

an order extending the declara-

payment of social grants to grant

fice (SAPO) continues with

tion of invalidity of the contract

beneficiaries.

its preparations to facilitate

between CPS and the South Africa

Last year the Constitutional

the electronic payment of social

Social Security Agency (SASSA) a

Court ordered that SASSA and the

grants, the Constitutional Court has

further six months from 1 April 2018

Department of Social Develop-

granted an extension to Cash Pay-

in respect of the cash payments

ment find an alternative service

masters Services (CPS) in respect of

of social grants only.

provider to CPS. The contract with

cash payments. In a judgment handed down on 23 March 2018, the Court granted

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The Court also ordered that

CPS for the payment of social

SASSA and CPS have a consti-

grants was declared invalid by the

tutional obligation to ensure

Constitutional Court in 2014 bring-

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ing finality to a legal battle that

in its role for the readiness of the

existing beneficiaries will com-

began in 2012.

electronic payment option for

mence at all SAPO branches on

social grants.

16 April 2018 and at all identified

The declaration of invalidity was suspended until the end of

The preparations include a pro-

community halls and other venues

the contract period to enable

cess of swapping existing cards

from 30 April to be completed by

SASSA to “insource” the payment

with newer products.

30 September 2018,” said Barnes.

of grants. Following the Black

“As you would expect with a pro-

Sash court action in March 2017,

ject of this magnitude and scale,

SASSA cards

the Court further suspended the

we would require a phasing in

The Postbank has received the

declaration of invalidity of the CPS

and phasing out period,” Minister

first batch of 250 000 cards which

contract for another year to March

Cwele said.

have been certified by Visa. These

2018. This was to allow the DSD

He said the Postbank will be able

are currently being tested by the

and SASSA to find a permanent

to play its role in the payment of

Payment Association of SA (PASA)

solution to the payment of social

social grants even though it does

and local banks for approval. “It would take the Postbank 43

grants to all beneficiaries.

working days to deliver all the

A new system

required cards from the day of

A landmark agreement was then

certification by the PASA and local

reached between SAPO and the

banks.

SASSA to bring to life a new grants

“It is important to note that the

payment system. This new system,

current Cash Paymaster Services

while drawing on the resources

(CPS)/SASSA cards that were

and capabilities of the South

expiring last year were extended

African democratic state, will also

and are still valid until December

make allowance for the participation of other partners such as enterprises and commercial

2018 or until replaced by a new not have a banking license. SAPO CEO Mark Barnes said

card issued by SASSA and SAPO,” Barnes stressed.

banks, in the payment of social

SASSA will use its Paymaster Gen-

grants to beneficiaries.

eral (PMG) account at the South

will issue new beneficiaries with

African Reserve Bank to facilitate

Mzansi cards if the new SASSA

between SASSA and SAPO in

direct transfers into the Special

cards are not available.

December 2017 enabled SAPO to

Disbursement Account (SDA) via

partner with SASSA in the pay-

Bankserv.

The service agreement signed

ment of social grants, ushering in

“The SDA product has been cre-

As of 3 April 2018, the Postbank

These will be swopped with new cards as they become available. Minister Cwele said the Inter

a public sector-led and efficient

ated in Postbank’s core banking

Ministerial Committee (IMC) on

grants payment hybrid model.

system and is ready. Individual

Comprehensive Social Security

Recently, Postal Services Min-

accounts will be opened during

has instructed its technical team

ister Siyabonga Cwele revealed

on-boarding of new beneficiaries

to mobilise all government depart-

that the South African Post Office

commencing 3 April 2018 at all

ments necessary to ensure that

(SAPO) has met the obligations

SASSA offices and card-swop of

the social grant payments

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PMG account and is using this to manage the money for the direct transfers. This means that the money is not paid over to a private contractor in advance, but remains within the government environment until deposited into the social grant beneficiary accounts. In addition, SASSA has successfully implemented pilot projects since January 2018 by directly paying beneficiaries who receive take place peacefully and with minimum disruptions. “We are mobilising our municipalities and councillors to ensure that they also communicate the

said. He added that the IMC is working very hard to ensure that social grants beneficiaries get paid. This commitment is highlighted

grants via commercial banks, including Postbank. Direct payments were made to more than 2.3 million beneficiaries in March 2018 and this number

message that government is

by the submission of the Fourth

is expected to increase further in

ready and committed to paying

Quarterly Report to the Consti-

April 2018.

social grants,” said Minister Cwele.

tutional Court in fulfilment of the Court’s order.

The testing for direct payment for beneficiaries receiving their

Commitment to pay social grants

is trying to reduce the number of

ment card was completed for

The Minister reaffirmed govern-

beneficiaries who receive their

100 000 beneficiaries for the

ment’s commitment to ensuring

payments in cash because it is

March 2018 payment period.

that social grants are paid with

the riskiest and most expensive

minimum disruption as possible.

delivery model.

Minister Cwele said government

money through the SASSA pay-

In April, 5.7 million beneficiaries transacting through the SASSA

“Some of the public debate on

“There are currently about 2.8

this process has led to the percep-

million beneficiaries that get paid

by SASSA without the assistance

tion that Government does not

in cash at pay points. SASSA is

of CPS.

care for the poor.

communicating directly to young

SASSA also intends on deposit-

Payment Card will be paid directly

I would like to dispel such a per-

and able bodied beneficiaries to

ing money into the cards for those

ception, because our government

encourage them to opt for receiv-

beneficiaries who receive their

cares about the poor and will

ing their grants via electronic-

social grants in cash from pay

ensure that the grant recipients

means,” Minister Cwele said.

points.

will continue receiving their grants

The only support that will be re-

we implement and comply with

SASSA making progress

the court decision,” Minister Cwele

SASSA has reactivated the

without hindrance or disruption as

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quired for these approximately 2.8 million beneficiaries is the distribution of cash at the pay points.

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FEATURE

Writer: Cathy Grosvenor

Public servants: Become an agent of change

B

atho Pele are two little words that can mean a

or dispense the medicines, it is in your hands to help

world of difference to a citizen whose quality of

build a public service worthy of all those who gave

life rests in the hands of a public servant. It is what

their lives for the dream of democracy”.

stands between hopelessness and hopefulness. It is what divides great public servants from disgraceful ones. The lack of Batho Pele principles played a role in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, and an abundance of Batho Pele that drives those who give meaning to this quote by former President Nelson Mandela: “Whether you change the linen or stitch up wounds, cook the food

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Dedicated and selfless public servants who go the extra mile in serving South Africans are powerful tools for change. Their attitude can help South Africans climb mountains. The question is: Are you a catalyst for hope or despair? Mental health professionals caught up in the Life Esi-

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dimeni tragedy have been left questioning their ethics

while President Ramaphosa applauded those who

and integrity after the deaths of more than 140 psy-

serve South Africa’s people with diligence and com-

chiatric patients who were moved from Life Esidimeni

mitment, he said in too many cases, people often get

to several Gauteng non-governmental organisations,

poor service or no service at all.

some of which were not registered.

“We want our public servants to adhere to the princi-

During the subsequent arbitration hearings, it

ple of Batho Pele, of putting our people first,” he said.

emerged that some officials had acted unethically

Batho Pele, which means ‘People First’, was initially

and unlawfully in carrying out their duties. In some

launched in 1997 to transform the public service at all

cases, their actions were blamed on pressure placed

levels. The Batho Pele principles are aligned with the Con-

on them by their superiors. However, had they taken the ethical and moral route,

stitutional ideals of promoting and maintaining high standards of professional ethics;

adhered to the various codes, and held themselves accountable for

Become an agent of change:

provision of service impartially, fairly,

their actions, the horror that fol-

Set service standards.

equitably and without bias; utilising

Increase access to ser-

lowed might have been prevented. In his State of the Province Address recently, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said serious government

vices. • •

failures had compromised the quality of care for millions of people

He noted that the Life Esidimeni tragedy had brought to the fore that there are some of public health

rendering an accountable, trans-

Make information about

parent and development-oriented

services available.

public administration.

Increase openness and services.

Remedy failures and mistakes.

responding to people’s needs, and

courtesy.

transparency about

who depend on the public health system.

Strive for higher levels of

resources efficiently and effectively;

It is about establishing a caring relationship built on trust between civil servants and the citizens for whom they work. These principles make up the Pub-

Give the best possible value for money.

lic Service Charter which all public

workers and public officials who

servants are expected to sign. The

treat patients and citizens with

charter seeks to ensure an effective,

disrespect and disdain. “This is totally unacceptable,”

efficient and responsive public service by committing

he said.

public servants to:

Recommit to excellence In his State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government is determined that everyone in the public service should undertake their responsibilities with efficiency, diligence and integrity. “We want to instil a new discipline, to do things correctly, to do them completely and to do them timeously. We call on all public servants to become agents of change,” he said. The state employs one million public servants and

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■ Serve the public in an unbiased, impartial manner. ■ Provide timely services. ■ Respect and protect each person’s dignity and rights as contained in the Constitution. ■ Not engage in any action or transaction that conflicts with or infringes on the execution of their duties. ■ Act against fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration. ■ Demonstrate professionalism, competency and transparency in the performance of their duties.

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Government has programmes in place to ensure public servants know what is expected of them. Two compulsory induction programmes exist. Wamkelekile is aimed at senior management members and has been made available by the National School

The Public Service Induction programme is for nonmanagers. It outlines the attributes of a good public servant and the ethical principles they are expected to uphold. Public servants who do not uphold this code are

of Government as an e-learning course for senior

guilty of misconduct and will be dealt with in accord-

managers who cannot attend the classroom phase.

ance with the Public Service Act.

Shining examples of excellence Numerous examples of excellence in public service exist despite the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng, which highlighted what can go wrong when the ethos of a caring public service is not upheld. The Ngwathe Local Municipality in the Free State is one such example. Its partnership with the Free Market Foundation and corporate sponsors has been life-changing for scores of people who have received the title deeds to their properties. The Khaya Lam (My Home) project assists families deprived of home ownership rights by apartheid. So impactful has the project been, that is has been submitted to the United Nations Public Service Awards, which is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. The winners will be announced in June. Another inspirational story is that of mechanic Rodgers Mngomezulu, who can teach public servants a thing or two about the Batho Pele principles. Mngomezulu from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, recently beat financial managers‚ medical practitioners and other highly skilled government workers to be named the overall winner of the national Batho Pele Awards. “When you work for the community‚ you must give your all. If it costs you to go the extra mile‚ you must do it and not compare what you do with the amount of money that you earn‚” he said.

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Writer: Neo Semono

FEATURE

Mandela prison release: What you didn’t know heid government impressed on the committee to make Mandela’s safety a key priority. That statement was dismissed with a simple “you needn’t tell us that” followed by a “he’s one of us.” The day before Mandela’s release, Ngcuka remembers cutting short his speech to the Consultative Business Movement, which was a forum formed to engage white business people, to make his way to the Victor Verster prison in Paarl. After receiving the message that Mandela would be released

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from prison, Ngcuka rushed home hen the world looks back

unfolded on 11 February 1990, he

for a change of clothes. He then

on the day 28 years ago

believes they could have been bet-

briefed fellow committee members

when the world’s most

ter prepared.

and anti-apartheid activists Trevor

famous statesman clenched and

Now chairman of the board of

raised his right fist and took his first

Vuwa Investments, Ngcuka cuts a

trio drove to human rights lawyer

steps to freedom it is usually with a

different figure from his days as one

Dullah Omar’s home to plan their

sense of euphoria and nostalgia.

of the individuals who formed the

next move.

The eyes and ears of the world

Nelson Mandela Reception Com-

were focused on the African continent’s southernmost tip when for-

mittee. Sitting in the boardroom of an

Manuel and Valli Moosa before the

That Saturday evening, at Mandela’s cottage on the prison premises, the committee burnt the midnight

mer President Nelson Mandela took

investment company in Sandton,

oil strategising the events of the

his first steps to freedom, after 27

Johannesburg, in the year that

following day.

years in jail. While Bulelani Ngcuka

marks the centenary of the birth of

Ngcuka remembers how the com-

also recalls that day with joy and

Mandela, Ngcuka chuckled as he

mittee arrived at the cottage to find

pride, he adds: “I would change a

recalled the events of 11 February.

Mandela dressed in his pyjamas and preparing to go to bed. Man-

lot of things”. As one of the men who played a significant role in the events that

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He’s one of us

dela had been moved to the cot-

He reminisced how the then apart-

tage, following his discharge from a

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clinic in Cape Town after suffering a bout of Tuberculosis. With grape juice in hand Mandela listened as the committee members arranged a rally that would

Further complicating matters was

in from Port Elizabeth alongside

the question of where Madiba was

Rivonia trialist Govan Mbeki, bought

going to spend his first night as a

the committee some much-needed

free man.

time to secure cars for the Madiba

Quick thinking Ngcuka suggested

motorcade that would head to the

be held at the Grand Parade in

that Madiba overnight at the offi-

the Cape Town city centre the next

cial residence of Anglican arch-

When he saw the luxury cars that

day, following Mandela’s release

bishop Desmond Tutu at Bishops

would ferry Madiba, the committee

at 3pm. At that meeting, Madiba

Court. However, a call to Bishops

chairperson expressed dissatisfac-

offered pointers on what his speech

Court in Cape Town raised mem-

tion with the fleet of Mercedes Benz

should entail.

bers’ blood pressure as Archbishop

and BMW sedans that the commit-

Tutu was on holiday at his house in

tee had secured from the Western

Soweto.

Cape Trader’s Association.

He also insisted that he be released from the prison instead

rally on Sunday afternoon.

“No! You can’t have all these

of being transported to his house

“What were we going to do?” he

in Soweto as had been offered by

remarked before relaying another

luxury vehicles going to fetch the

then President FW De Klerk. In addi-

frantic phone call, this time to the

people’s leader. You must bring

tion he requested that his beloved

Tutu residence in Vilakazi Street.

cars that befit the status of the

wife Winnie had to be by his side as he left the prison gates.

Answering the call, the Archbishop’s wife Leah, promised to thor-

man,” said Rampahosa at the time. The cars were subsequently

oughly wring the young Ngcuka’s

changed to modest sedans. “Thus

posters and flyers and the bussing

neck after finding out that they

was Madiba transported in a well-

in of people from other areas had

urgently needed to return to Cape

worn Camry,” recalled Ngcuka.

to be organised that night but most

Town due to his plan.

Essentials such as sound systems,

places were closed for business.

When the delays were finally

With Pandora’s Box opened, the

ironed out, the delegation arrived

Archbishop struggled to find a flight

at the prison an hour late to fetch

A spanner in the works

to Cape Town as they were all fully

Mandela.

Not being able to contact Mam

booked.

Winnie, who had been attending

As fate would have it, an earlier

Welcome with a bang

a funeral in Soweto, also threw

radio interview in which Ngcuka

Following his release, throngs of

a spanner in the works for the

stated that the people’s hero would

people lined the streets from Paarl

committee at a time when mobile

spend the night at Bishops Court

to the Grand Parade hoping to

phones were a scarce and very

worked in the committee’s favour.

catch a glimpse of Madiba in the

expensive commodity.

Once the BBC heard of Tutu’s pre-

motorcade. While making their

dicament, the British broadcaster

way to the parade, a colleague

pounded by an expectation of the

offered Tutu a ride from Johannes-

stopped the motorcade informing

Mandela family that Madiba would

burg to Cape Town in their plane.

them of the large crowd.

tually the committee managed to

Choosing the right car

ficer offered to lead the motorcade

make contact with Mam Winnie

Flight delays for committee chair-

of over 15 sedans on a route that

late that night.

person Cyril Ramaphosa, who flew

gained them entry to the back

The challenges were com-

be released in Johannesburg. Even-

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of the City Hall. “He led us right into the crowd. It was the most horrifying moment because at that time all our cars could have been trampled,” said Ngcuka. “We got through and when we stopped and I moved from my car to Madiba’s car, he was as cool as a cucumber. All he said was: ‘My son, you welcome me with a bang’,” recalled Ngcuka. In the chaos, Ngcuka took the decision to drive Madiba to a friend’s house in Rondebosch where they would discuss their next move. However, they arrived to an empty Manuel and Archbishop Tutu who

Praise for centenary celebrations

ism initiated a dialogue whereby

convinced them to drive back to

While some of the committee

members of the Reception Commit-

the parade.

members have passed on over the

tee relayed their memories of that

years, the first head of the National

day to the public.

house. Hot on their heels were

“The Archbishop said that if Man-

Recently, the Department of Tour-

dela did not address the people of

Directorate of Public Prosecutions

South Africa that night, Cape Town

(NDPP) appointed under President

initiatives gave public insight into

would be in ashes so we had to go

Mandela’s administration has no

the lesser known details of what

back. We went back, this time led

doubt that they would have ap-

unfolded.

by the police,” he said.

proved of government’s decision

When big moment for the then 71-year-old Madiba to address the crowd for the first time in almost

Ngcuka remarked that such

“I have discovered that some of

to mark the centenary of Madiba’s

the things that we take for granted

birth.

many people don’t know about.

“They would absolutely approve

Such dialogues are critical in terms

three decades finally arrived, it

of this initiative. In fact, those guys

of the history and where we come

was almost complicated by one

were not just members of the

from.”

technicality.

committee, we formed lifelong

And just what are the lessons

friendships and I miss them dearly.

that one can draw from Madiba’s

his glasses at Victor Verster and so

I admire and applaud the decision

release?

Mam Winnie took off hers and gave

that has been taken. The cente-

“That day gave me a glimpse of

them to Madiba. So in that picture

nary is not just a celebration of

what a happy South Africa can be

you see of Madiba addressing the

Madiba, it is also a celebration of

like when we are united in our di-

world, he does so wearing Mam

the achievements of the people of

versity. For me that was the moment

Winnie’s glasses,” laughed Ngcuka.

South Africa,” said Ngcuka.

we became free,” said Ngcuka.

“He realised that he had forgotten

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FEATURE

Writer: More Matshediso

Young entrepreneurs fly the NDP flag high

I

n order for South Africa to achieve

Platform to share ideas

its goal of being a prosperous

Former Minister in The Presidency

programme to be a significant

society, government needs all

responsible for Planning, Monitor-

contributor towards the attain-

sectors of society to pull together to

ing and Evaluation Jeff Radebe

ment of the national imperatives

achieve Vision 2030.

said the NDP Youth Ambassador

of creating an inclusive and more

Programme is aimed at providing a

dynamic economic landscape.

Linked to this, the country’s over-

He envisions the ambassadors

arching programme called the

platform for young people to share

National Development Plan (NDP)

ideas that will take South Africa

ple to serve as the NDP Youth Brand

aims to eliminate poverty and re-

forward.

Ambassadors. These young people

duce unemployment and inequality by 2030.

The initiative is in line with govern-

“We have selected 37 young peo-

are some of the most outstanding

ment’s strategy of promoting busi-

innovators, investors, entrepreneurs

nesses in the townships and rural

and career trailblazers in our coun-

Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)

areas and serves as a platform for

try,” explained Minister Radebe.

has been entrusted with the re-

young entrepreneurs to network

sponsibility of overseeing the imple-

and interact with business leaders.

The Department of Planning,

mentation of the plan, which was

“The main idea is to mobilise

The ambassadors are achievers in their respective fields and were selected from across South

adopted by all parties represented

young South Africans to be active

Africa. One of the entrepreneurs is

in the National Assembly in 2012.

role-players in economic growth,”

featured later in this article.

In an effort to bring the youth and business on board, the department

said the Minister. Because the NDP highlights

Investing in youth

established the NDP Youth Brand

entrepreneurship as one of the key

Minister Radebe said youth are the

Ambassador programme in 2017.

interventions to create jobs and

ones who will witness the fruition

This is aimed at promoting youth

grow an inclusive and diversified

of Vision 2030 and therefore must

entrepreneurship to boost eco-

economy, the Minister saw it fit

be the key drivers of current NDP

nomic growth, increase employ-

to invite young business people

programmes.

ment, and reduce poverty and

to partner with government and

inequality.

promote the NDP.

“When we invest in youth, we invest in the future of our country.

“Let us explore ways in which government, youth and business can collaborate in creating jobs that are required to grow an inclusive economy as envisaged in the NDP.”

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Future projections indicate that an

Impeco in 2012, which supplies

estimated 65 percent of children

services in the field of information

entering primary school today will

communication technology (ICT).

most likely work in roles that do not

So far the company has perma-

the townships,” Tlhoaele said.

New opportunities He acknowledges that the ICT sec-

yet exist. We must expose the youth

nently employed seven young

tor has always been dominated

to as wide a variety of techno-

people who come from disadvan-

by white-owned companies due

logical innovations as possible,” he

taged backgrounds.

to the political and economic

stressed.

Tlhoaele said the employees are

history of the country, but said it is

highly skilled in telecommunica-

now time for young black South

skills development is key in order to

tions installations and configura-

Africans to exploit the industry.

produce young men and women

tions.

The Minister said investment in

“Back then, black people lacked

It took him about three years to

knowledge regarding how ICT re-

novators and make a meaningful

get his business up and running

ally works and how big the sector

contribution to economic growth.

and to build a solid clientele.

really is, so they showed no interest

who will become exceptional in-

“Let us explore ways in which gov-

Tlhoaele thinks that the NDP is a

in the sector. But the reality is that

ernment, youth and business can

great initiative that will help grow

the sector is big and I think that

collaborate in creating jobs that

the economy and he is looking for-

there are a lot of opportunities for

are required to grow an inclusive

ward to being empowered through

young people as it keeps revolv-

economy as envisaged in the NDP,

the ambassadors’ programme so

ing over time,” Tlhoaele said.

said the Minister.

that he can grow his business and

The main plan is to foster strong relationships related to youth entre-

have a greater impact on society. “I joined the programme be-

preneurship and encourage active

cause the NDP is a good plan for

citizenry, within the premise of the

the country. It is a vision with a set

six pillars of the NDP.

of goals that need to be achieved

The ambassadors include

hoaele and fellow ambassadors will gain more experience in business through a mentorship

by 2030, and we all need to play

entrepreneurs and academics,

our part to build a better country,”

who have projects that have the

he said.

potential to create jobs and ad-

Through the programme, Tl-

His role will be to create more job

dress many issues that could help

opportunities and employment for

grow South Africa’s economy and

young people and enhance their

advance development.

skills in the ICT field. “I would like to get more youth

A proud NDP ambassador

interested in ICT and equip them with the necessary skills that will

Mojalefa Tlhoaele of Tshwane is

enable them to

one of the entrepreneurs selected

work in the sector

for the programme.

or even become

The 32-year-old established an

entrepreneurs,

information technology solutions

especially

and marketing company called

those in

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Mojalefa Tlhoaele making a presentation to Altron representatives.

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programme, which will be facili-

grow their businesses.

tated by various businesses that

On Tlhoaele’s wish list is mentor-

have partnered with the DPME to

ships in human resource manage-

ensure that the ambassadors pro-

ment, financial management, and

gramme becomes a success.

legal services.

These companies include Cisco,

“We need such training because

Altron, Liquid Telecom, Proudly

most young entrepreneurs fail to

South African, Primedia and Multi-

handle issues such as employ-

Choice. The National Youth Devel-

ment contracts, clientele man-

opment Agency (NYDA) has also

agement and finances very well.

lent its support to the programme.

They end up failing to sustain their

Cisco has so far committed

business because they do not get

R300 000 to support entrepreneurs

the basics right so this will help us

on the programme. The company

a lot,” he explained.

has also offered seven free online

Tlhoaele plans to grow his busi-

training courses. Liquid Telecom

ness beyond just providing ICT

has donated about R200 000 to

services and venture into logistics

two of the ambassadors.

management, manufacturing and

Altron is offering free mentorship and training to all ambassadors, Proudly South African helps the

distributing the equipment that is used in the ICT sector. “I will be happy if I can create

ambassadors promote themselves

jobs close to the townships so that

while Primedia offers marketing

people do not have to travel long

and networking space for them to

kilometres to get to work. There are

industrial sites close to the townships, so I am looking at that,” he added.

The NDP has six pillars: • Mobilising all South Africans. • Actively engaging citizens in their own development. • Expanding the economy and making growth inclusive. • Building key capabilities (human, physical and institutional). • Building a capable and developmental state. • Fostering strong leadership throughout society. For more information on the NDP, go to www.nationalplanningcommission.org.za

Minister Jef f Radebe at t he launc h of t he NDP Ambassador Programme.

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FINANCIAL FEATURE FITNESS

How to borrow wisely W

e have all been there –

a consumer under credit agree-

bills are due and the lit-

ments and the consumer’s existing

tle money that is left over

financial means, prospects and

in your account can only be split so many ways.There is no other option but to borrow money. But before you sign that credit

obligations. Then the credit provider has to have signed assessments and must provide you with copies that

agreement, you need to under-

include the full names and titles

stand the cost of credit and the

of those who have conducted the

terms and conditions according to

assessments, and the dates.

CEO at the National Credit Regulator (NCR) Nomsa Motshegare. The credit provider is legally

Be honest Consumers need to be

obligated to provide consumers

truthful and honest

with a pre-agreement statement

when providing

and quotation when seeking credit.

information at

These will outline the terms and

the point of

conditions of the proposed agree-

application.

ment and all costs involved.

This includes

According to the National Credit

providing the

Act (NCA), before credit providers

correct amount

extend credit to consumers, they

for household expenses and not

are required to conduct an afford-

decreasing the amount in order to

ability assessment to evaluate the

qualify for credit. By being truthful,

consumer’s general understand-

sumers will be protected by the consumers

ing and appreciation of the risks

NCA but you will lose the protec-

and costs of the proposed credit;

tion if you provide false information.

the rights and obligations of a

Consumers should enquire what

consumer under the credit agree-

interest rates they will be pay-

ment; debt repayment history as

ing, including all other charges

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that will be added before signing

will not have control over

to pay for your new debt once

the credit agreement.

other information that can

you’ve covered all your ex-

be added after you sign.

penses? You should also plan

Card retention. Never leave

for unexpected costs such as

mainly of personal loans, the credit

your identity document,

the retrenchment of a family

provider can charge maximum

bank card, SASSA card or

member. Always keep receipts

interest of up to 27.75 percent.

PIN with the credit provider.

of your payments as you might

Cooling off period. In terms

need these in the future.

For example, when taking out ■

unsecured credit which consists

“However, as a consumer, you

can negotiate the interest when

of the NCA, a cooling off

you get the pre-agreement state-

period only relates to credit

aside at least 15 percent of

ment and quotation. You can use

agreements signed at the

your income every month in a

these to shop around for better

premises other than that

safe investment. Save for your

deals. Consumers are reminded to

of the credit provider. What

only borrow from a registered credit

this means is that if you are

provider,” said Motshegare.

contacted by a representa-

late or not paying the full instal-

tive in your home, for exam-

ment will adversely affect your

ple, and sign agreements

credit rating and possibly your

there, then the five day

ability to take out credit in the

Borrow as little money as possible.

‘cooling off’ period comes

future. If you think you cannot

Borrowing to fund your children’s

into force. Often, credit

meet your monthly instalments

education or a home loan can be

agreements are signed at

contact your credit provider im-

a good thing, but borrowing for

the credit provider’s prem-

mediately and try to re-arrange

consumables such as groceries,

ises so don’t sign until you

payments. Do not wait until you

to pay off other debt or to fund

are sure. More information

skip payments.

luxuries such as holidays or de-

on the NCA is available on

signer clothing can condemn you

the NCR website –

to a lifetime of debt. Only borrow

www.ncr.org.za

Tips for borrowing wisely

for what you really need. Plan the

Start saving consistently. Put

retirement as well. ■

Pay your debts on time. Paying

Prioritise your home loan. You don’t want to lose your home.

Check your credit report regu-

Credit insurance. If there is

larly. This way you’ll be able to

repayments before you apply for a

credit insurance familiarise

identify any errors and correct

credit card, clothing card, over-

yourself with the terms of it to

them. Under the NCA, a credit

draft, personal loan or any form of

avoid surprises when you most

bureau must provide you with

credit. Also take into consideration

need the insurance. It is advis-

one free copy of your credit

the interest and other charges

able to take out credit insur-

report each year from each of

as well as how this will affect your

ance.

the registered credit bureaus.

Create a monthly budget and

Additional copies come at a

too many months as it will cost you

stick to it. Work out how much

cost.

more in the end.

income your family earns and

ability to save. Avoid paying over

Signing. Never sign a blank

what your total expenses are

credit agreement as you

each month. Will you be able

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Source: National Credit Regulator

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HEALTH FEATUREAND WELL-BEING

Source: Western Cape Department of Health

Live smart, make healthy choices

T

o live a healthy lifestyle, we need to make smart behavioural choices about the food

we eat, how we prepare our food and physical activity. Unhealthy lifestyle choices increase the risk of developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, gout, cancers and mental health

age, body weight and height. Main-

problems.

taining a healthy weight through

Healthy eating is about the types of food we choose to eat and the methods we choose to cook and

helps to maintain a healthy weight. Regular physical activity helps

healthy eating and physical activity

when giving up smoking, manag-

is very important to stay healthy.

ing stress, sleeping better at night

Being physically active is about

and also gives you more strength

prepare our food. These choices

moving our bodies by using mus-

and energy. Everyone, including

have a direct impact on our weight.

cles and energy. Regular physical

people living with chronic diseases,

A healthy weight is what you

activity promotes and protects our

benefit from keeping physically

should weigh according to your

physical and mental wellness, and

active.

Tips for healthy lifestyle actions •

Eat less salt.

Taste your food before adding

Go for a yearly health screen (check-up) to know your

salt. •

blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol. •

Snack on fruit and vegetables

food/drink.

Remove the salt pot from the

instead of biscuits.

table.

Drink more clean tap water.

Gradually use less salt when

Flavour water by adding natural ingredients e.g. slices

add little or no fat, e.g. roast-

tives to salt such as lemon

of apple, lemon, orange, cu-

ing, grilling, baking, stir-frying,

juice, garlic, chillies, onion,

cumber.

Cut the fat off meat before Eat more fruit and vegetables

• •

ginger or herbs.

Have water with meals.

Eat less food with added

Do not drink sugar sweetened

sugar.

cold drinks often (e.g. fizzy

Gradually use less sugar in

drinks, flavoured water, energy

and home-cooked meals

tea/coffee and cooking/bak-

made with fresh foods.

ing.

Eat less fried and take-away foods.

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cooking/baking. Use alterna-

cooking. •

Never add sugar to a baby’s

Use cooking methods that

steaming and poaching. •

drinks, sweetened juice). •

Balance the amount of food

Do not add sugar to vegeta-

you eat (energy in) with physi-

bles.

cal activity (energy out).

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FOOD AND WINE FEATURE

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas xxxx

Go wild with beef D

eciding what’s for dinner

Method

can be a difficult task, es-

Stack the steaks and cut length-

pecially if you are out of op-

wise in half and then crosswise

Tenderloin steaks topped with blue cheese Ingredients:

tions and time. If all you can come

into one-inch wide strips. Combine

4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut one

up with is beef, here are three simple

the beef and lemon pepper in

inch thick (about 500g)

recipes that each take 30 minutes

medium bowl. Heat two teaspoons

1 large clove garlic, halved

to rustle up.

of oil in large non-stick pan over

1/2 tsp salt

medium-high heat until hot. Add

2 tsp chopped fresh parsley

Greek-style beef pita

1/2 of the beef and stir-fry one to

Ingredients:

three minutes or until the outside

Topping:

500g beef sirloin steaks, cut into

surface of beef is no longer pink

2 tbsp cream cheese

strips

(Do not overcook). Remove it from

4 tsps crumbled blue cheese

1 tbsp lemon pepper

the skillet and repeat the process

4 tsps plain yogurt

2 to 3 tsps vegetable oil

with the remaining beef, adding

2 tsps minced onion

3/4 cup plain or seasoned hum-

the one remaining teaspoon of oil

Dash of ground white pepper

mus

to the skillet, if necessary.

4 wholewheat pita breads, cut

Spread hummus evenly in the pita

Method

crosswise in half

pockets. Fill with equal amounts

Combine the topping ingredients

Green or black olives, pitted

of beef and toppings – the sliced

in small bowl. Rub the steaks with

Sliced cucumber

cucumbers and onions and olives

garlic. Fry the steaks in a little oil

Sliced red onion

– as desired.

until done to your preference. For

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a braaied option, grill the steaks

1/2 tsp ground coriander

indentations in beef mixture with

while covered for 10 to 14 minutes

1/2 tsp ground cumin

your fingers approximately one

for medium rare, turning occasion-

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

inch apart along the kofta. Repeat

ally.

1/4 tsp allspice

with remaining beef mixture and

One minute before steaks are

1/4 tsp dried mint leaves

three skewers. Refrigerate the beef

done, cover evenly with topping.

for at least 10 minutes. Grill or

Season with salt and sprinkle with

Method

braai the koftas. Braai the koftas in

parsley.

Combine the ground beef, onion,

the centre of the grid, uncovered,

oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cin-

for 12 to 14 minutes, turning oc-

Mediterranean kofta

namon, allspice and mint leaves

casionally. If you are cooking them

Ingredients:

in a large bowl, mixing lightly but

in the oven, preheat the oven to

550 g beef mince (93 percent lean

thoroughly.

200 °C and place the koftas on a

or leaner)

Shape quarter of the beef mixture

greased baking sheet with some

1/2 cup minced onions

around bamboo skewers leaving

olive oil. Cook for 15 minutes, turn-

1 tbsp olive oil

approximately one to two inches

ing halfway through.

1/2 tsp salt

at bottom of skewer. Make small

Cook’s tip: Kofta is a meatball or meatloaf consisting of minced or ground meat mixed with spices and/ or onions. The beef mixture can be prepared in a food processor. Add onion to the food processor and pulse until onion is minced. Then add beef, oil, salt and spices;

Serving suggestion: Serve the koftas on warmed pita bread

blend until well mixed and

with rice, hummus and tzatziki sauce.

mixture forms a ball.

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Writer: Duane Stacey xxxx Photographer: Johann Minnaar

TRAVEL FEATURE

Searching for diamonds, discovering gems

T

he Diamond Coast, wild, rugged and untouched,

ouflaged huts and colourful window frames that grabs

winds its way along the shoreline of the Northern

our attention as we are welcomed to Noup. Formerly,

Cape and until recently had evaded my personal

these huts were reserved for hardened diamond divers,

travel itinerary.

employed to scour the ocean floor when conditions

The water is cold and shipwrecks haunt the jagged

allowed or simply roll over and go back to sleep when

outcrops of rock which stand guard over one of South

the howling monster of the west wind tormented these

Africa’s richest diamond deposit regions. A sense of ee-

seas.

riness embodies the dirt roads, barbed wire fences and

Whilst the original design of these huts has not been

look-out towers that appear to be protecting nothing

lost, with an elevated double bed positioned for the

but deserted ghost lands. Yet, it is just this intrigue that

perfect view over the ocean for divers to plan their

draws us to explore a coastline with so many untold

days, the recent renovations have tastefully trans-

stories and hidden treasures.

formed them into self-catering cabins which offer a

“Follow the road along the beach, turn right at the windmill, twist the digits on a combination lock and… don’t forget to lock the gate behind you.” These were

relaxed atmosphere and set the scene for total relaxation. If it were not for the warm welcome, gift of firewood

the last instructions we received before losing cell

and firelighters from the friendly staff at Noup, it would

phone reception – directions that gave a real sense

have been easy to believe we were the only people

of the remoteness of this location which is tucked be-

enjoying the serenity of the setting sun and silence

tween the mining towns of Kleinzee and Koingnaas.

broken only by the waves crashing into rocks, just a short walk away. Perhaps it was the sea breeze or the

Revelling in simplicity

weariness from a long day in the car that put us to

However, it is the simplicity of the eight coastal-cam-

bed early, but with the door to the ocean open, it was

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not long before those sounds were incorporated into our dreams.

If all that exploration builds a bit of a hunger, the rocks are littered with mussels. A permit bought from the Post Office will allow visitors to harvest mussels from

Mysterious laziness

the rocks to enjoy a seafood feast upon their return.

Noup prides itself on being a place where ‘you can do as little as possible’. In fact, not even last night’s dinner

Magic of Noup

dishes needed to be cleaned. Before we had woken

The magic of Noup was really captured in those last

those had been collected, washed and returned

few golden hours at sunset each evening. Sitting down

without us noticing. This only added to the mysterious

to a glass of wine we looked out over the ocean while

laziness that had crept upon us as we enjoyed days

the aromas from the braai filled the fresh air and stories

which seemed longer than those we had become ac-

from the day salted our conversations.

customed to in the corporate jungle. Electricity is supplied to the huts between 7 and 10

It is a unique place that will be forever etched in our memories, less for the things we had done but more

in the morning and evening. This is enough to charge

for the time to recharge and a chance to experience

the camera each day and hopefully not enough to

that feeling of total relaxation. Whilst this mysterious

enable work of any kind to be done. Part of the allure

coastline might still deposit diamonds across its ocean

of this place is the complete ‘cut off’ from the rest of

floors, the real gems are harder to find but exist in

the world and the ability to embrace the solitude of

places like these.

these shores. For those seeking a little more adventure, the pristine coastline offers some breath-taking scenery, intricate rock pools for those keen to swim or snorkel and a look into nature at its most raw.

Hive of activity Just two kilometres into our coastal stroll, on what should have been a deserted stretch of beach, there was a hive of activity. The waters glistened, the skies flocked and the sand crawled with every living thing. It was not long before we noticed a whale carcass bobbing aimlessly, caught in a tug-of-war between land

If you go:

and sea.

Accommodation: Two-, four- and six-sleeper units are

It was obvious this feast had been around for some time as parts of the skeleton had been completely stripped of all its flesh. The lingering smell was a reminder of the harsh conditions the west coast can serve up. Further along 4x4 signboards mark enthralling trails which explore dune systems, pristine beaches, shipwrecks, archaeological ruins, historical sites and some interesting flora and fauna.

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available. Guided tours: Rodville Adams hosts guided tours along shipwrecks or dune trails for R250 per person. To book call +27 76 642 0868. Amenities: A communal kitchen area provides a fridge-freezer to store perishables and a minishop provides the basics required for a comfortable stay. Website: www.noup.co.za

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CAR REVIEWS FEATURE

Writer: Ashref Ismail

Land Cruiser Prado:

More luxury, comfort and prestige

W

ith an off-road heritage

have earned it a rock-solid reputa-

bumper and wings draw on struc-

spanning more than

tion as one of the world’s toughest

tural elements from the model’s

65 years, Land Cruiser

and most reliable 4x4s.

design heritage.

remains unique in its segment for

Having test driven the Prado 3.0

The standard convenience

an ability to combine outstanding

VX for a week, I can attest to this

specification list befits the stature of

quality, durability and reliability with

reputation. The vehicle has a more

the Land Cruiser Prado. It includes

unrivalled off-road performance

modern and robust exterior styling,

automatic dual-zone climate con-

and ever-greater levels of luxury,

sophisticated, comfortable and

trol, six-speaker touch audio system,

comfort and ownership prestige.

higher quality interior, and improve-

electrically adjustable driver’s seat,

ments to its user-friendliness, both

illuminated entry, cruise control,

on and off-road.

park distance control, keyless entry,

Land Cruiser is the most widely available model in the global Toyota product range – being sold in

three power outlets, Bluetooth con-

more than 190 countries worldwide.

Technically advanced

nectivity, USB, third row seating and

Its unmatched off-road abilities

The all-terrain support systems

reverse camera.

help even unskilled drivers make the most of Land Cruiser’s off-road

High-grade models

performance. They also add to the

High-grade models add memory

overall mix of on-board tools which

function for the driver’s seat, a

makes the Prado one of the most

14-speaker premium audio system

technically advanced, safe, pleas-

with woofer, multi-information

urable and easy-to-use 4x4 vehicles

display, power tilt-and-telescopic

in the world.

steering adjustment, rain-sensing

The Prado range has traditionally consisted of two grades, the mid-

row seats.

level TX and high-grade VX. For the

Sadly for us here in South Africa,

first time a new third grade, called

we have to make do with the ag-

VX-L, has been added to the model

ing, but proven 3.0 D-4D engine,

line-up. The VX-L model combines

offering a lethargic 120kW and

all the features of the VX whilst

400Nm available between 1 600–2

adding a power-operated tilt-and-

800 rpm. This is mated to a five-

slide moonroof and comprehensive

speed automatic transmission with

active safety assistance package

gear ratios optimised for low-speed

to the mix.

tractability and off-road use. This

New-look frontal elements such as the bonnet, grille, headlamps,

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wipers and power-fold-down third

engine, we are told, can only be replaced with the newer six-cylinder

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unit found in the Australian versions

Assist Control forms part of the

if and when the quality of our die-

standard ensemble.

sel fuel improves.

The 4.0 V6 derivatives additionally feature Drive Mode Select which offers five modes; Comfort, Sport,

Adapting to terrain

Sport +, Normal and Eco; to adapt

six-speed automatic transmission.

The Multi-Terrain Select system

vehicle dynamics according to

Maximum power is 202 kW at

(VX and VX-L only), operated by

driver preference.

5 600rpm, with peak torque of

a centrally mounted rotary knob,

381Nm delivered at 4 400rpm.

allows the driver to select the

Collision System with pedestrian

The 4.0 litre petrol engine uses a

All Prado models feature Toyota’s

The package includes a Pre-

correct mode depending on the

detection function, Adaptive Cruise

Active Traction Control system,

road ahead. The system has five

Control, Lane Departure Alert and

which actively regulates wheel-slip

pre-configured modes (mud and

Automatic High Beam. The Adaptive

by directing torque to the wheel

sand, loose rock, mogul, rock and

Cruise Control system uses radar

with the most traction. The system

dirt, and rock) to tailor the vehi-

sensors in the front grille to monitor

is capable of applying braking

cle’s traction control, transmission

the distance to the vehicle in front

pressure to wheels individually to

characteristics, power delivery and

and applies corrective action via

maximize traction. A low-range

suspension settings to the terrain

both throttle and brake inputs to

transmission with user-selectable

at hand. Downhill Assist Control is

maintain a specified gap.

rear and centre diff-locks and Hill

included on VX and VX-L models.

The Prado has quite a formidable list of rivals such as the newly launched Nissan Patrol and the pricier Land Rover Discovery. What the Prado offers is peace of mind motoring which will last long after you decide you want to sell it.

Model

Land Cruiser Prado 3.0D VX

Engine

3.0 D-4D

Power

120kW

Fuel type

Diesel

Fuel consumption

Approximately 12l/100km

Transmission

Automatic

Price

R 932 400

Warranty

Three year/100 000km

Service Plan

Five year/90 000km

Likes

More muscular design, electronic rear seven seat operation, Toyota quality, reliability and resale values.

Dislikes

Dated interior fascia design elements, beige interior colours bound to attract scruff and dirt marks and 3.0 D-4D engine now outgunned by many rivals.

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Technical information supplied by Toyota SA.

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With level 6B water restrictions in place, all citizens have been advised to limit their water usage to 50 litres per person, per day. Here is a simple guide to assist you with using 50 litres or less.

9l Flushing

One full flush = 9l Using greywater = 0l

3l Drinking

Water, tea, coffee, etc.

2l Cooking

Food preparation and cooking.

10l Shower

Take stop-start showers. No hair wash = 5l

2l Brushing Teeth and Washing Hands 19l Laundry and Dish Washing 3l House Cleaning 2l Pets

Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. Using hand sanitiser = 0l

One washing load = 70l of water One wash per week = 10l a day Wash dishes in one sink wash a day.

Cleaning your home everyday is not necessary. Small to medium sized pets. Place pet waterbowls in a cool, shaded area to avoid evaporation.

This is not a strict guide. Your actual usage will depend on your appliances, personal preferences and the amount of effort you put into saving water.


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