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Contents: December 2018 / January 2019

Regulars Conversations with leaders Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel details efforts to dismantle the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and ensure spatial justice

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Profiles in leadership Chief Operating Officer at Sport and Recreation South Africa Sumayya Khan explains the importance and benefits of sport

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Women in the public sector Linky Makgahlela makes her mark in genomics

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

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Provincial focus Despite having the highest HIV prevalence in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal has recorded a number of successes in the fight against HIV and AIDS

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International relations President Ramaphosa woos the EU

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Management and professional development SA needs active citizens who bring about positive change

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Trailblazer Young production assistant reels in success

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Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips

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Public sector appointments Who is new in government?

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

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Financial fitness Spend wisely this Christmas

Features 56

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Opinion SA needs a prevention revolution in the fight against HIV and AIDS

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New intensity in the fight against gender-based violence South Africa steps up initiatives to curb genderbased violence through the National Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide

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President Ramaphosa announces changes to Cabinet The ministries of Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services into a single Ministry of Communications

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Corruption: Getting to the belly of the beast Government has prioritised the scourge of corruption, adopting a zero-tolerance approach in both the public and private sectors

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Travel safely this festive season Tips to ensure that you safely navigate road and rail travel over the holidays

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Youth driving SA back to rail A R1 billion train manufacturing facility in Ekurhuleni is providing employment opportunities for the youth

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Artificial intelligence is changing the face of Gauteng Drones are being used to transform the delivery of services to Gauteng residents

Lifestyle 84

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Grooming and style Festive fashion

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Travel From Greyton to McGregor

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News Editor

Irene Naidoo

Contributors

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MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER FEATURE

Winning the fight against HIV and AIDS widespread efforts to address this

approve pre-exposure prophylaxis

grave threat are steadily bearing

(PrEP), the use of antiretroviral

fruit, as we strive for a society free

drugs to protect HIV-negative

from the burdens of HIV and AIDS.

people from infection.

Government budgets for HIV

year-round awareness campaigns,

increased steadily as we seek to

distribution of free contraceptives,

intensify this fight. As set out in our

the prevention of mother-to-

comprehensive National Strategic

child transmission programme

Plan, a total of R78 billion has been

and the voluntary medical male

set aside for such programmes

circumcision programme, the

between 2017 and 2022.

number of new infections has

Nationwide testing programmes

Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams.

Thanks to initiatives such as

and AIDS programmes have

dropped drastically. Over the past

have been rapidly expanding over

five years, new infections have

the years. In 2017, we reached our

dropped by 44 percent.

target of 90 percent of people living

Public servants are the face of

with HIV being aware of their status,

government and when it comes

orld AIDS Day on 1 De-

compared to 66.2 percent in 2014.

to initiatives to curb HIV and AIDS,

cember turned the fo-

It is important that all South Africans

they must be at the forefront. This

cus to one of the world’s

know their HIV status and public

requires them to both be informed

most destructive diseases. The HIV

servants should lead by example

and lead by example. I therefore

and AIDS pandemic has taken a

by regularly getting tested and

call on all public servants to

heavy toll on all aspects of society,

encouraging others to follow suit.

ensure they engage in responsible

claiming the lives of millions of men,

The number of people receiving

W

sexual behaviour, fight the stigma

life-saving antiretroviral (ARV)

attached to HIV and AIDS, and

treatment has risen from 616 000

offer comfort and encouragement

note that our country suffers from

in 2009 to 3.9 million by 2016.

to those who are fighting the

one of the highest HIV and AIDS

This makes our ARV treatment

scourge.

rates in the world. An estimated

programme the largest in the

A united effort is essential in

7.2 million South Africans (including

world – bigger than the size of

dealing with HIV and AIDS. We

around 18 percent of people

India, Zimbabwe, Kenya and

are therefore eternally grateful

between the ages of 15 and 49)

Mozambique’s programmes

to the more than 100 000 non-

are living with HIV.

combined. This essential treatment

governmental organisations in

allows millions of HIV-positive South

South Africa working towards

Africans to lead normal lives.

raising HIV awareness, providing

women and children. It has always been concerning to

Although these figures are troubling, it is encouraging to see that they are vastly improved from those of a decade ago. The

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In 2015, we became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to

support to victims and bolstering government’s many programmes.

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MESSAGE FEATURE FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Make road safety a priority responsibly, wearing seatbelts,

ing quality road safety manage-

obeying the rules of the road and

ment.

avoiding drinking and driving are

The strategy has been split into

all within the power of road users.

a number of short-, medium- and

We urge drivers to be respectful of

long-term periods. Road users will

their fellow road users and to ex-

already begin seeing the short-

ercise patience when travelling to

term interventions, which include

and from their various holiday des-

better resourcing, monitoring and

tinations. These are the key factors

institutional strengthening, being

in securing the safety of yourself

implemented. The 365 Days of

and others, and in preventing the

Road Safety Programme has seen

tragic accidents happening on our

traffic officers increasing their pres-

roads.

ence on our roads, with more road-

Over the years, government

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

T

blocks and visible traffic monitoring

has invested significantly in road

taking place. Tougher measures

infrastructure, and all of our major

are also being taken against ir-

highways are of a world-class

responsible road users who break

standard. Despite this, and the fact

the law. Meanwhile, concerted

that several road safety strategies

efforts are being made to root out

have been compiled over the past

corruption among traffic officials.

he festive season should be

20 years, we have not yet seen

about relaxation, joy and

significant improvements in road

egy aims to better vehicle safety

celebration. Sadly, for many

safety. This prompted the Depart-

standards, improve road designs

South Africans this time of year can

ment of Transport to develop the

and increase the levels of road

turn into one of mourning the lives

National Road Safety Strategy

safety research. In the long-term,

of loved ones tragically taken away

2016–2030 (NRSS). A product of

we hope to see an environment of

in road accidents.

both national and international

innovative road safety technology

policies on road safety, the strategy

and proactive management of the

we suffered a total of 1 527 deaths

outlines a number of interventions

roads from the entire spectrum of

on our roads. Although this is an

that can be implemented in order

stakeholders.

11 percent drop from the previous

to address the high number of

year, these numbers are still unac-

road accidents.

During the last festive season,

ceptably high. Road-user behaviour is seen as

In the medium-term, the strat-

However, it needs to be reasserted that road safety starts with

The NRSS promotes responsible

road users. Get to your destinations

and safe road-user behaviour, the

safely, so that the festive season

the greatest contributing factor

provision of safe road infrastructure,

can be the time of enjoyment it is

to road crashes globally. Driving

ensuring safer vehicles and deliver-

meant to be.

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Writer: Amukelani Chauke

Reversing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning

T

he legacy of apartheid spatial

hard to forget, especially for those

planning – which condemned

people who still live far away from

This is a feature of poor house-

the majority of the population

economic opportunities because

holds and when the ever-increas-

to live far away from their places of

of the enduring legacy of apart-

ing cost of living is brought into

work and other amenities – forces

heid’s unjust spatial patterns.

the fray, a huge hole is left in their

many working-class people to spend

To get to work on time, the work-

per capita on public transport.

budgets, which leads to house-

too much time and money getting

ing class and the poor spend a

holds struggling to make ends

to work and back home.

lot of their day commuting. Some

meet. This acts as an obstacle

Between laws like the Group

use two or more modes of public

to creating social cohesion and

Areas Act, the pass laws and the

transport to get to work and often

building the nation.

migrant labour system, black

leave when their loved ones are

South Africans were subjected to

still asleep. After a day’s work, they

dehumanising circumstances dur-

face the long commute home and

ing colonial and apartheid rule.

the result is that they hardly get to

Integrated Urban Development Framework

They were bulldozed out of their

see their families.

But this issue can be changed and

homes and communities, dumped

According to Statistics South Af-

is being addressed. Cooperative

on inhabitable land and their

rica, more than two-thirds of house-

Governance and Traditional Affairs

movements into places of work

holds in the lowest income quintile

(CoGTA) Deputy Minister Andries

were restricted by unjust laws.

spend more than 20 percent of

Nel says the Integrated Urban

their monthly household income

Development Framework (IUDF) is

The pain of our cruel past is

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


one of the mechanisms that the

cally, reinforced apartheid spatial

department is utilising to bring

planning. We have built over 3.5

forming our national space econ-

about spatial justice.

million houses over 25 years. There

omy is also strengthening the link-

are very, very few societies in the

ages between urban areas and

planning, and things like the

world that can claim to have

rural areas. When we talk about

Group Areas Act, the pass laws

done so much in so little time. But

urbanisation and urban develop-

and the migrant labour system,

when you look at where those

ment, what we are really saying is

have had a profound impact on

houses have been built, they are

that our urban areas and our rural

our cities and towns, which remain

very often on the peripheries of

areas are inextricably connected.

highly segregated and highly frag-

our cities and towns.”

You need strong urban areas to

“The legacy of apartheid spatial

mented,” said the Deputy Minister in an interview with PSM.

This has reinforced segregation

“And the integral part of trans-

promote rural development, but

and fragmentation, he said, ex-

you also need strong and viable

plaining that it has also stretched

rural areas to support strong and

spatially unjust because, very

the capacity of our water, sanita-

viable urban areas,” he pointed

often, it is the poorest in society

tion and transport infrastructure.

out.

who have to travel the longest

It is for these reasons that the

He said that urban areas are

The objective of the IUDF – which

National Development Plan (NDP)

was adopted by government

recognises the need to transform

in 2016 – is to transform urban

ments of our democracy at the

South Africa’s national space

spaces by reducing travel costs

level of service delivery have, ironi-

economy.

and distances, preventing

distances. “Some of the great achieve-

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

further development of housing

Spatial Planning and Land Use

in marginal places, increasing

Management Act of 2013 and

urban densities to reduce sprawl,

the IUDF that South Africa is now

not plan for urbanisation and fails

improving public transport and

approaching spatial planning

to manage it properly, “it can give

the coordination between trans-

guided by principles of social eq-

rise to a concentration of poverty.

port modes, and shifting jobs and

uity and economic efficiency.

It can give rise to huge sprawling

investment towards dense peripheral townships.

Fundamental change needed

the Deputy Minister. On the other hand, if a city does

informal settlements characterised

Fostering social cohesion

by unsanitary living conditions, by high rates of crime, huge social

Deputy Minister Nel echoed the

problems like drug addiction and

sentiments of the President, say-

gender-based violence.

During his recent reply to oral

ing addressing apartheid spatial

questions in the National Assem-

planning is a priority and can

tion properly, it can have dev-

bly, President Cyril Ramaphosa

work if the country approaches

astating consequences for the

said it was unacceptable that the

urbanisation – which has picked

environment. It can create huge

working class and poor, who are

up in South Africa and other coun-

vulnerability to natural and human

overwhelmingly black, are located

tries – at an accelerated pace.

disasters. So really, that then is

far from work opportunities and amenities. He said the urban spatial pat-

He said by 2012, when the NDP was adopted, 63 percent of South

one of our biggest national challenges.”

Africans were already living in

terns that government inherited

urban areas. By 2050, urbanisation

from apartheid, and which persist

will be up to 71 percent.

to this day, contribute to the repro-

“If you don’t manage urbanisa-

“We are looking at eight out of

Role of local government Deputy Minister Nel believes that

duction of poverty and inequal-

every 10 South Africans living in

spatial planning and efficient ur-

ity – and must be fundamentally

urban areas. On the one hand,

banisation need to be addressed

changed.

there are tremendous social and

at the municipal level, which

economic benefits to be derived

means that local government

from urbanisation.

needs to be strong and viable.

The President said government should make cities generators of wealth and reservoirs of productivity. He added there is a need to

“Cities give rise to a tremendous

“In CoGTA, our assessment is

amount of energy and creativity

that out of 250 municipalities, one-

and many people living together

third are doing well.”

eradicate the economic inefficien-

closely, and especially young

cies of transporting a workforce

people, fosters social cohesion

better performing municipalities

from dormitory townships into

because people from different

get many of their basics right, they

centres.

backgrounds come together and

face an array of challenges which,

they are forced to live together.

if not arrested, could allow them to

urban spaces is, therefore, both a

Cities can also, if urbanisation is

slide into dysfunctionality.

social and economic imperative.

managed correctly, be a lot more

The radical transformation of our

He also stressed that it was through instruments like the

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However, he said that while these

“One-third of our municipalities

resource-efficient and environmen-

– about 87 – are either dysfunc-

tally sustainable,” added

tional or in distress,” the Deputy

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Minister pointed out. He added

The Deputy Minister said as a

“Out of that, we agreed that we

that the Back to Basics initiative,

result of that call, the depart-

would work towards establishing a

aimed at improving municipali-

ment hosted the South African

national urban forum that brings

ties, is based on five pillars – it puts

Urban Conference, which allowed

together those social partners…

people first, ensures the delivery of

government, business, labour and

in an ongoing dialogue about

basic services, dictates that mu-

civil society to discuss the best

implementing the urban agenda,

nicipalities practise good govern-

way to implement the country’s

leading next year to an urban

ance, promotes sound financial

urban agenda.

summit,” he added.

management, and builds strong and resilient institutions of developmental local government. It is vital that the right people with the right qualifications are appointed to municipal positions, he emphasised.

Forging a social spatial compact The Deputy Minister said while inroads are being made in dealing with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, government needs the involvement of social partners to ensure that spatial justice is achieved. All tiers of government, and society as a whole, need to work together if South Africa is to realise the NPD’s vision of transforming the national space economy, he added. “I think it is a point that the President has emphasised over and over again – that we need to build a social compact and also to build a social spatial compact. It is something that he articulated very sharply in a reply to a question on urban land in August in Parliament.”

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Writer: More Matshediso

Khan raising the bar in SA sport S

port is not just about winning medals and trophies but is also a tool for social cohe-

sion and nation building. This is according to Sumayya Khan, who is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sport and Recreation South Africa. For most of her career, Khan has been involved in sport. She started off as a qualified physical education teacher, both in primary and high schools, and coached netball, volleyball, athletics, gymnastics and cricket for about 17 years. Khan holds a Diploma in Further Education, a Diploma in Sports Management and various certificates in leadership, sports coaching and administration, including a sports administrator course accredited by the International Olympic Committee. Through her coaching experience, Khan has realised that sport is a good distraction that prevents people from getting involved in illegal activities and other social ills. This is why the South African National School Sport Championship is one of her favourite programmes led

Chief Operating Of f icer at Spor t and

by the department. This annual

Recreation Sout h Africa Sumayya Khan.

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


programme sees top schools

held, which has meant that she

participating for national honours

often had to start everything from

mother hen who is always looking

in a series of events.

scratch, including articulating her

after everything and everyone

job description.

in the organisation, making sure

Climbing up the ranks

She said this has been both

Khan referred to herself as a

that they meet timelines and

Khan joined the department

challenging and exciting and

comply with legislative prescripts,

in 1998 as a Deputy Director

taught her and her colleagues

and putting in place business

for sport and recreation in the

many valuable lessons.

processes to streamline opera-

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Education and Culture when physical education was phased out of the school curriculum. “I really wanted to be in sport, so I started looking for new jobs and opportunities in the sporting sector. That is when I applied for the job at the department,” she said. She worked her way up the ranks to become the Director for Cultural Services in the eThekwini region of the KZN Department of Education, managing sport and recreation development and arts, culture and youth affairs both for schools and communities.

tions.

“I really wanted to be in sport so I started looking for new jobs and opportunities in the sporting sector. That is when I applied for the job at the department.”

“Our departmental structure makes provision for about 300 people, but realistically we are just above 180 warm bodies in the organisation. Given the fact that there are cost containments and budget constraints, we have to work very creatively,” she said. The majority of employees are young and are always ready to put new ideas on the table, Khan added. Major programmes and projects led by the department include

In 2004, when the stand-alone

the Andrew Mlangeni Golf Devel-

Department of Sport and Recreation in KZN was established, she

Promoting team spirit, working smart

Her current job involves support-

opment Programme, Basketball

was appointed as Chief Director

ing the Director-General (DG).

National League, Big Walk, Box-

and later as the Head of Depart-

She explained: “The DG works

ing Is Back!, Indigenous Games

ment of the new department.

at a strategic level, and I am

Festival, National Recreation

expected to take those strategies

Day, National Sports Week, Rural

years and, just as it was about

and directives from the DG and

Sport Development Programme,

to end, the national department

put them into operation. I basi-

SA National School Sport Cham-

advertised the COO post in 2010.

cally look at planning, managing

pionship, SA Sport Awards, the

I applied and got the job,” she

and coordinating the activities

SASReCon conference, Sport in

said.

of the department and, most

the Struggle Exhibition, and Youth

importantly, providing leadership

Camp.

“I was on a contract for five

Incredibly, Khan has been the first incumbent in all the man-

and mentoring to my colleagues,”

agement posts that she has

she added.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

To ensure that all these programmes are executed

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unprecedented attention in the wake of sensational

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news articles regarding foreign influence in other

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nations’ democratic processes. Hackers and hostile

digitisation of government in full swing, any exploitation

cyber forces pose not only a threat to individual

of cybersecurity vulnerabilities of the operational

citizens or businesses but entire countries, including

technologies that power our electricity generation or

South Africa.

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effectively, Khan said the depart-

However, Khan still has to play

laboratory that tests for banned

ment had to come up with an

an oversight role as the COO to

performance-enhancing drugs

innovative approach.

support the task team conveners

sometimes used by athletes.

“For instance, instead of restricting people to their directorates

and address any challenges that

“We also have the South African Institute of Drug-Free Sport, which

may arise.

and professions, we work on a

is our department’s entity.”

task team basis. In those task

Telling SA’s good story

teams, we mix people from differ-

What she loves about her job is

a capable team of sport admin-

ent directorates and give them

engaging with different sectors of

istrators and explained that it is

tasks to do whenever we have

society, not only in South Africa

because of this human resource

sports projects.

but internationally as well.

capacity that our technical of-

“The amazing thing about this

“I am quite honoured that I

Khan said that South Africa has

ficials are often called on to assist

is that some task team mem-

have been nominated by the

bers would never have had the

Minister to sit on various executive

opportunity to work outside the

committees and commissions of

bique hosted the 2011 All-Africa

office and experience working in

the African Union Sport Council

Games and asked for teams of

the field. They might have never

to engage with other countries in

people from South Africa to assist

known what their talents and skills

the region.”

the country with its various needs

are,” she added. Khan said, fortunately, everyone

She added that the department works with the Commonwealth

in other African countries. This was evident when Mozam-

just weeks before the official programme began.

shows commitment, even when

Games Federation and United

things have to be done at short

Nations Educational, Scientific

notice.

and Cultural Organisation, and

Lessons learnt from sport

explained that she uses these

The fact that no two days are the

at some stage be deployed to a

platforms to speak about some

same and that she gets to work

task team encourages everyone

of the best practices that South

with various other government

to work as a team to achieve the

Africa has in place and also to

departments, federations and

goals, mission and vision of the

learn from other countries.

many private sector companies

Knowing that all personnel will

department.

For instance, Khan lets the world

adds to the excitement of Khan’s

know that South Africa has top-

job. As someone who has worked

we forget about ranks. We are

class sport infrastructure and the

in the sport arena for the major-

all colleagues on the same level

ability to host major international

ity of her career, Khan said sport

and we all report to the task team

sport events. This, she said, is

has taught her to be dedicated,

convener, who can literally be any

thanks to the legacy of the 2010

passionate and committed to

staff member and is expected to

World Cup.

everything that she does.

“When we are out in the field,

lead and direct the team,” she added.

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She said South Africa is also the only country in Africa that has a

“Sport requires people to be ethical in their behaviour. Exer-

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


cising good governance within

• Receiving five clean audits

sport structures is important to

from the Auditor-General of

me, to ensure that everything I

South Africa.

am involved in runs effectively.” Some of the valuable life les-

• Signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Depart-

physically active in an effort to promote healthy living. • Developing a policy for women in sport. Khan said the department

sons she has taken from sport

ment of Basic Education,

is proud of the progress and

include respect, discipline and

which ensures that school

achievements that South African

how to work in a team.

sport or physical education

women in sport are realising.

becomes part of the school

Athletes and team South Africa

curriculum.

made the country proud in 2018

“It has also taught me that life is about winning and losing; when I win I do so graciously, but

• Releasing the fifth trans-

when they competed in various

when I lose, I also have to ac-

formation report, which is

international events, including

cept that it is part of the game,”

based on the Transformation

the Commonwealth Games and

Khan said.

Charter wherein the codes of

Wimbledon.

sport now have to report on

Celebrating achievements Highlighting some of the depart-

She also congratulated Ban-

achieving their targets with

yana Banyana for making history

regard to transformation.

by qualifying for the FIFA Wom-

• The I Choose to be Active

en’s World Cup 2019 and mak-

ment’s recent achievements,

Campaign, which encour-

ing it to the finals of the African

Khan said these include:

ages all South Africans to be

Women’s Cup of Nations.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

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WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Writer: More Matshediso

Linky Makgahlela makes her mark in genomics

A

s a young girl Linky Mak-

al Research Council (ARC) Animal

gahlela happily played

Production Campus in Tshwane.

among her grandfather’s

their maternal grandfather. After completing matric, Makgahlela enrolled at the University

farm animals and found herself fas-

Humble beginnings

of the North (now University of

cinated by them. Little did she know

Her grandfather was a subsist-

Limpopo) to study for a degree

that would be the beginning of a re-

ence farmer who owned pigs,

in agriculture and majored in

markable journey – one that would

goats, chickens, ducks and other

animal production.

lead to her becoming a trendsetter.

animals.

She said that in her first-year ge-

“I used to wonder why pigs are

netics class she learnt that DNA

by animals at her grandfather’s

different in colour. My grandfather

determines the characteristics of

house in Mankweng village in

had all sorts – from white to grey,

a living organism. “That is when

the east of Polokwane, went on

black and even spotted ones.

I finally got to understand why

to become the first South African

That used to baffle me a lot. Then

those pigs, cows and chickens

to hold a PhD in Animal Breeding

I noticed that it was not only pigs

were different in colour. I found

and Genetics from the University

that were different in colour but

it interesting and decided to

of Helsinki in Finland.

The little girl who was surrounded

also chickens and cows,” she rem-

choose genomics as a career,”

Makgahlela is now a Research

inisced, laughing at the memory

she explained.

Team Manager for animal breed-

that she used to milk goats with

ing and genetics at the Agricultur-

her cousins whenever they visited

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Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


and mapping of genomes, which

Genetic analysis of dairy cattle

is an organism’s complete set of

“My MSc research looked into the

that she and fellow students came

DNA.

genetic analysis of dairy cattle,

up with during their MSc research

focusing on fertility traits.”

projects was that fertility traits

the structure, function, evolution

Endless opportunities

She said her field of study was

ther into the genomic space. She said the recommendations

needed to be included in the

For her Master of Science degree,

prompted by the fact that many

genetic evaluation of dairy cattle

Makgahlela majored in animal

South African farmers have over

and that is what the country did

breeding and genetics. Because

the years worked on genetically

in 2009.

the University of Limpopo lacked

improving milk production. Over

the resources needed to properly

time, this has led to a deterioration

see that farmers were taking into

teach animal breeding at the

in the fitness of the cattle, because

consideration the recommenda-

time, it collaborated with the ARC

the genes that play a crucial role

tions that I came up with in order

to establish an exchange pro-

in improved milk production are

to improve their businesses,” she

gramme for students to do practi-

also responsible for reduced fit-

said.

cal work as part of their studies.

ness.

“That for me was rewarding: to

“The cows that produced high

Breaking new ground

opportunities for Makgahlela.

amounts of milk would start strug-

Makgahlela was not sure how to

She used to travel from Limpopo

gling with diseases and have

go about pursuing her PhD ambi-

to Tshwane during her Master’s

fertility problems,” Makgahlela

tions but her supervisors put her in

studies and would stay for about

explained.

touch with a professor from Iowa

That opened a door to endless

three weeks doing her research

“We found that many of these

State University of Science and Technology in the US.

and learning about the basic

dairy farmers were getting rid of

programme software that was

those cows that were no longer

used for breeding value evalua-

falling pregnant and it so hap-

about six months between 2008

tions.

pened that they were the high-

and 2009 to do informal training in

producing milk cows. My research

genomic technologies.

“I learned that research requires

She visited the university for

While there, Makgahlela devel-

one to work very closely with the

showed that farmers should not

industry and I did exactly that.

only look into milk production

oped her PhD proposal with the

The researchers at the ARC ob-

traits, but also look at fertility and

help of the professors from that

served my potential and took a

disease traits so that they can

university.

liking to me. I was then appointed

optimise their production levels,”

as the professional development

she added.

At that time, no one in South Africa possessed the knowledge to supervise the work that she

programme student in 2004, and

However, her challenge was

that is how I joined the ARC,” she

that there were insufficient field

wanted to pursue. That meant that

added.

recording systems and poor data

Makgahlela had to either find a

collection.

supervisor locally and another one

The ARC is an entity of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry

The literature that she was work-

from a foreign country who would

and Fisheries and its vision is ex-

ing with indicated that the best

supervise the technical side of

cellence in agricultural research

route was to use DNA information,

things, or find a suitable overseas

and development.

and that is how she ventured fur-

university that would admit her.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

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WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

She applied to the University of Helsinki in Finland and was accepted. Makgahlela moved to Finland in 2010 to pursue her dreams and came back in 2014. Her job was still waiting for her at the ARC, which also funded her studies. Upon arrival, she was appointed as a senior researcher. “It made me feel proud to realise that I was the first one in the country to have that kind of

ness and manages, develops and

closely with smallholder farmers

expertise. I was the only one with

trains people who have the skills

for her current research projects.

the skill when I came back from

needed by the ARC.

Finland, but now the ARC has

Makgahlela’s team consists of

“We keep updating them about technologies that they can use to

invested more in human capital

88 people – comprising specialist

improve how they do their busi-

development in this space and

researchers, senior researchers, re-

ness,” she said.

I see a number of newcomers to

searchers, junior researchers and

the genomics technology space,”

students. “While I am the Research

challenges and one of them is

she said.

Team Manager for animal breed-

that less money is afforded for

Her job does not come without

ing and genetics, I am also the

fundamental research, whereas

Research Team Manager, a posi-

Research Team Manager for the

more money is afforded for devel-

tion that she still occupies.

germplasm reproductive tech-

opmental research.

In 2016, she was appointed as a

Some of her responsibilities in-

nologies in Irene in Tshwane.

clude keeping up with the trends in genomic selection. Makgahlela still puts together

She said her main challenge is to overcome the odds and create

Finding solutions “One thing that I love about

a vibrant research environment. “For us to be able to make more

proposals and shops for funding

research is that you come up with

impact we need to pool resourc-

to support MSc or PhD students to

a question, you solve the ques-

es,” she said.

complete their thesis studies while

tion and come up with solutions

working on related ARC projects.

that actually change people’s

establish a research programme

The most important part of her

lives. Nothing is as satisfying as

in livestock genomics with the

job is to establish and maintain

knowing that you have developed

view to implementing genomic

a good relationship with key

something that changes lives,”

selection in the national livestock

stakeholders such as government

she said.

improvement programmes.

Her current research aims to

Two of the associations Mak-

Makgahlela is also investigating

also has to constantly engage

gahlela is currently working with

harmful/recessive genes impairing

with the agricultural industry.

are the Brahman Cattle Breeders’

fertility in beef cattle and genes

In addition, she oversees the

Society and the Afrikaner Cattle

associated with adaptation and

administration side of the busi-

Breeders’ Society. She also works

disease resistance in livestock.

departments and universities. She

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Writer: Allison Cooper

Young production

scientist reels in success In a mere 18 years, a young man from rural Limpopo has not only turned his own life around and changed his future, but he has taken his entire family along with him for the beautiful ride.

T

here’s definitely nothing fishy about successful production scientist Dr Molatelo Madibana (33), who is the first researcher

in South Africa to test Ulva seaweed, herbal products and Brewer’s yeast in the diet of Dusky kob (Argyromus japonicas), a migratory, spawning fish. He has come a long way since 2003, when he didn’t know where to get R7.50 for a taxi to go to a shopping centre in Senwabarwana, Limpopo to enquire about municipal bursaries and his sister Jaenatt suggested that he visit his former primary school teacher Betty Manamela for advice. Manamela gave him R100 for a taxi to the University of Limpopo, where he was introduced to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). “I applied and presented my grandmother’s South African Social Security Agency payslip and was soon given a registration merit award of R2 200 because of my

Dr Molatelo Madibana has overcome t he odds to make a name for himself as a production scientist.

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good matric results. “Back then we only got R6 600 from NSFAS and there was no subsidy for

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


meals, accommodation or books.

money building an eight-room

grow without hampering ocean

My mother could only send me

house for her and my siblings. I

resources,” said Dr Madibana, who

R250 from her housekeeping job in

also bought her a car, which ena-

has presented his work at local

Gauteng. From that, I had to pay

bled her to start a tent and cater-

and international conferences and

R100 a month for an off-campus

ing business and send my younger

had his research published in peer-

shack and buy food and study

sister to banking school,” he said.

reviewed journals.

guides,” he said.

“When I get to work, I first check if

Career highlight

my experimental fish are still swim-

Dr Madibana obtained his PhD

ming in the holding tanks, inspect

NSFAS paid Dr Madibana’s fees

from the North-West University

the tanks for defects that could

for three years and he passed his

this year. Under the supervision of

result in a system failure and lead

courses. “Life was in equilibrium

world-renowned animal scientist

to fish mortalities, and switch off

and the scheme set my career’s

Prof. Victor Mlambo, his PhD thesis

the aquarium light, because Dusky

foundation. As long as I passed,

was on the effect of dietary ad-

kob don’t like light. I also syphon

the NSFAS converted some of the

ditives on growth performance,

the bottom of the tanks to remove

money into a bursary.” In 2006,

gut histology, blood parameters

decomposing feed and faeces

when he graduated from the Uni-

and tissue nutrient composition of

that could produce toxic nitrog-

versity of Limpopo with a Bachelor

South African Dusky kob.

enous gases, such as ammonia.

Setting the foundation

of Science degree, he only owed

“Completing my PhD in one year

On other days I weigh the fish to

R20 000. “This I paid back in a year

and nine months, whilst juggling

assess their growth and I have

and a half, when I started working.”

work commitments, is the highlight

to sacrifice some to test fillet and

of my career,” he said.

intestine samples to quantify fatty

In 2007, Dr Madibana obtained an Honours degree in aquacul-

Dr Madibana commenced his

acid composition and histology of

ture. Soon thereafter he received

career as a production scientist

a bursary from the Department of

at DAFF in 2010, focusing on fish

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

nutrition and conducting feeding

(DAFF) and the Norwegian gov-

trials on juvenile Dusky kob. He has

Growing the aquaculture industry

ernment for a Master of Science

formulated a diet that contains

While Dr Madibana’s biggest chal-

degree in aquatic medicine at

seaweed, to test if the fish will still

lenge is getting more funding to

the Norwegian University of Life

grow optimally with less fishmeal in

improve his research, he is collabo-

Sciences. He graduated in 2010

their diet.

rating with various universities to

and returned to South Africa,

“I am trying to shift away the

the gut,” he said.

have fish samples analysed so that

when DAFF snapped him up for

dependence on fishmeal to feed

the results can be shared with fish

a two-year contract to work in its

aquaculture fish. This will sustain

farmers and the general public. “I

Aquaculture Research Directorate.

our oceans’ stock because lots of

learn new things every day and I

When the contract ended, DAFF

sardines, anchovies and mackerels

have new routines. I have the op-

employed him permanently.

are harvested daily to produce

portunity to teach and supervise

“When the bursary did eventu-

fishmeal and this is not sustainable.

other students, which I love,” he

ally come, I was able to help my

We need to incorporate more plant

said.

mother retire in 2009. I spent

proteins, such as soybeans, grape-

70 percent of my scholarship

seed and corn for aquaculture to

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

His mandate at DAFF is to help grow the aquaculture industry

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through research. Over the past

Dr Madibana believes that

few years he has formed many

children should be taught basic

This and that

collaborations and relationships

biology from a young age

What’s your favourite holiday

with role-players in the farming

because they will then realise

destination?

sector, including farmers and

that all the great minds in the

aspiring farmers, academics

world go to their offices on a full

and government officials.

stomach and someone needs

“This year I started a career

to produce that food.

guidance programme in aq-

“A career in aquaculture or

As I am reading “God sleeps

in Rwanda”, I feel that I should visit this landlocked country and see the effects of genocide and learn more about why the international

uaculture for high school kids

agriculture is what this coun-

community did nothing to

and the response from schools

try needs at a time when the

help stop the killing of one

around Cape Town has been

economy is moribund and

Rwandan by another.

phenomenal. I am supervising

we rely heavily on imported

Master's and Honours students

foods that puts a strain on poor

How do you relax and unwind

and I hope that more scientists

households. In most of the Asian

after work?

will be produced to help grow

countries, especially China,

I cook and watch recorded

South Africa’s ailing aquacul-

people produce their own food

soapies with my girlfriend.

ture sector,” he said.

and use their own produce to

While he hasn’t worked much

generate an income.

If you could fulfil one of your dreams, what would it be?

with communities, he does get

“South Africa’s youth need to

involved in small farm holdings

realise that a career in agricul-

every so often to train aspiring

ture is not a shame or taboo for

young farmers about aqua-

kids, but a step towards ensur-

culture. “I hope to do this often

ing food-secure countries. Our

pac Amaru Shakur: an African

in future. I have often been to

high crime rate comes mostly

perspective”. He is one of the

China for training and confer-

from people being poor and

greatest minds the world has

ences and I have learnt that

hungry. They commit crime to

ever had. He was killed in a

their success in producing over

feed their family. We don’t need

busy Las Vegas strip, with

50 million tons of aquaculture

more lawyers and accountants;

thousands of witnesses, but

products is mainly through gov-

we need agriculturists and en-

the Las Vegas PD still can’t

ernment sponsoring small-scale

gineers that cater for life’s basic

solve the case. Why? This is

farmers.

needs.”

what I want to explore in my

“I would like to engage more

As for the future, Dr Madibana

I am planning to do a TV documentary about my life and register for a Master’s degree with the title “The life of Tu-

research around the life of this outlaw.

with communities because

aims to educate more students

there is more that aquaculture

in aquaculture and interact

can provide. Chicken and beef

more with the Asia-Pacific Eco-

are becoming luxury items in

nomic Cooperation to learn the

South Africa and people need

ways that propelled the region

watching Formula One and

to be taught that the cheapest

to produce 85 percent of the

tennis.

protein source is fish,” he said.

world’s aquaculture products.

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What hobbies do you enjoy? My first love is football, but since 2008 I have been

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


VITAL STATS

Source: Statistics South Africa

Indigent programme a lifeline for many households

I

f South Africa was a suburb of 100 households, 22 would be beneficiaries of government’s in-

digent programme. Statistics South Africa’s recent non-financial census of municipalities provides insight into those households that struggle to afford access to basic services. In 2001, South Africa adopted a policy intended for the provision of free basic services to poor households. Under this policy, municipalities were tasked to

comprising 18 percent of the

identify indigent households that

national tally.

hold per month. Municipalities can also de-

would receive services – such as

Tshwane has the second high-

cide on the extent to which they

water and electricity – for free or

est number (474 035 households),

subsidise an indigent household.

at substantially subsidised rates.

followed by Cape Town (213 424

The general rule is that indigent

households) and Johannesburg

households are entitled to 6 kl

(178 599 households).

of free water per household per

South Africa’s 257 municipalities registered 3.51 million indigent households in 2017. That’s about

Municipalities determine their

month and 50 kWh of free elec-

one in every five or 22 percent

own criteria for identifying and

tricity per household per month.

of the country’s 16.2 million

registering indigents. To a large

The extent to which sanitation

households that are classified as

extent, this determination is

and refuse removal services are

indigent.

based on the resources available

subsidised varies from municipal-

to the municipality.

ity to municipality.

Households are required to register with municipalities to

In 2017, most municipalities (147

With over half of South Africa’s

qualify for free basic services. A

out of 257) classified an indigent

population in poverty, and the

municipality’s role is to vet every

household as a family earning a

economy in recession in the

application, selecting only those

combined income of less than

first half of 2018, the indigent

households that meet various

R3 200 per month. Eleven munici-

programme continues to be a

criteria. Successful applicants are

palities (nine local municipalities

vital lifeline for the 22 percent of

granted indigent status.

and two district municipalities)

households that would otherwise

adopted a lower income poverty

not have had access to basic

threshold of R1 600 per house-

services.

eThekwini is home to about 627 000 indigent households,

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IN OTHER NEWS

Source: SAnews

Hawks making progress on high-profile cases

laundering case involving Eskom,

Lebeya said that more than 610

Tegeta/Trillian and McKinsey. This

statements have been obtained

relates to the pre-payment by Es-

in an investigation involving the

Detectives from the Directorate for

kom to Tegeta for the purchase of

Bosasa group of companies in a

Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

Optimum Coal Holdings amount-

matter dating back to between

are making inroads on several

ing to R659 million.

2004 and 2007.

high-profile police cases – from allegations of state capture and

Investigations in this case revealed that the Bank of Baroda

This relates to tenders that were awarded by the Department of

commercial crimes, to organised

played a key role in the facilita-

Correctional Services to compa-

crime – with some probes success-

tion of the funds in the purchasing

nies within Bosasa, after services

fully concluded, while others are

of Optimum. The matter is under

were extended over a period

awaiting prosecutorial decisions.

investigation.

of time amid allegations that

This is according to Hawks head

He added that in the Estina

officials from Correctional Ser-

Advocate Godfrey Lebeya, who

and Free State Department of

vices received gratification from

briefed the Portfolio Committee on

Agriculture matter – where the

Bosasa.

Police in the Old Assembly recently.

two entered into an agreement to

The value involved in the fraud,

This update included the suc-

implement and manage a dairy

corruption and contravention of

cessful clampdown on the recent

project in Vrede for the benefit of

the Public Finance Management

spate of violent cash-in-transit

disadvantaged people in the area

Act is R1.6 billion.

robberies.

– Estina was to provide a capital

“With regard to cash-in-transit robberies, from August 2017 to 22 November 2018, 284 arrests

Lebeya said the Bosasa inves-

injection of R228 million, which

tigation has been completed. “It

never happened.

is just a matter of finalising the

“It has been established that the

charge sheet so that the individuals involved can be prosecuted.”

were effected, and 214 of these

said amount was then transferred

suspects remain in custody. The

to the Bank of Baroda and, there-

He said either an indictment

others – 31 – were released on bail

after, paid to Oakbay Investments,

or arrest would accompany the

and 52 convictions have been

other companies and individuals

securing of the forensic report.

secured.

and not the Vrede Dairy Project.”

vehicles have been recovered,”

in Bloemfontein on charges rang-

Lebeya said.

ing from fraud and corruption to

Africa Investment Forum seals deals worth $32bn

money laundering.

The inaugural African Investment

“A total of 161 firearms and 116

Lebeya also briefed members of Parliament on 22 selected cases,

The 11 accused are before court

Other cases that are still under

Forum (AIF) has culminated in

out of a case workload of 15 804,

investigation include the

45 deals worth US$32 billion in

that were being investigated by

R1.5 billion VBS Mutual Bank mat-

investment.

less than 2 600 Hawks members.

ter, where several municipalities

The deals cover sectors such as

unlawfully made deposits into the

energy, infrastructure, transport,

capture, he said 800 statements

bank against National Treasury's

utilities, education, health, water,

have been obtained in a R2.4 bil-

regulations. In this case, 71 state-

sanitation, agriculture and hous-

lion fraud, corruption and money

ments have been taken.

ing, organisers told media at the

On investigations into state

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


end of the summit.

sealed include the Gautrain ex-

is very critical for the advance-

These investments are a signifi-

pansion project worth US$3.9 bil-

ment of the African continent,” he

cant 80 percent of the target set

lion, US$240 million in investment

added.

out at the start of the summit, Afri-

for a public–private partnership

Despite the impressive agree-

can Development Bank President

towards the building of schools,

ments, Adesina said an equally

Akinwumi Adesina said recently.

as well as an investment of

important achievement of the

At the start of the summit, the

US$492 million towards the reno-

forum was the positive narrative

bank indicated that there would

vation of government buildings.

that had emerged about the

be about 28 boardroom sessions

Premier Makhura said the prov-

structured to deliberate on 61

ince is excited to be part of the

bankable projects worth US$40

investments.

billion across the continent.

“There was a stampede of

continent. The forum, Adesina said, has sent a bold statement to the rest of the world that Africa is

investors wanting to finance the

ready for investment, that Africa

lion are investments in South Af-

Gautrain. We want to increase

absorbs investments and that

rican projects, Gauteng Premier

the level of investment in the

leading African financial institu-

David Makhura said.

Gauteng and South African

tions are putting their full financial

The deals that South Africa

economy. Intra-Africa investment

weight behind the continent.

State of the Nation Address: Looking to the future

opportunity to report on the

the ceremony and the military

progress that government has

band plays South Africa’s na-

President Cyril Ramaphosa will

made since the previous SoNA.

tional anthem.

Of the US$32 billion, US$6.8 bil-

deliver his State of the Nation

The President also uses the

The SoNA is divided into three

Guard of Honour participates in

The SoNA is one of the rare

Address (SoNA) at the annual

parts. The first is the important

occasions where the three arms

opening of Parliament in Cape

public participation role in

of state, namely the Executive

Town in February.

the ceremony when the Civil

represented by the President,

Guard of Honour welcomes the

Deputy President and Ministers;

the two houses of Parliament –

He will address a joint sitting of

President and his guests as they

the Judiciary, represented by

the National Assembly and the

walk along the red carpet. This is

the country’s Chief Justice and

National Council of Provinces.

followed by a state ceremonial,

the Judge Presidents; and the

which includes a 21-gun salute

Legislature, represented by the

ers the SoNA, which provides

Every year, the President deliv-

and the South African Air Force

members of Parliament gather

an opportunity for the nation

flypast, and finally the official ad-

in one place. The provincial and

to take stock of the country’s

dress by the President.

local spheres of government are

domestic situation and foreign

Members of the South African

also represented.

relations, and for the President

National Defence Force will

to share government’s plan of

line the route that the President

as 2019, two SoNAs are deliv-

action for the year ahead.

takes to Parliament. The Military

ered.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

In a General Election year such

35


UPCOMING EVENTS

Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 22–25 January 2019

Africa Tech Week 4–6 March 2019

The 2019 World Economic Forum An-

awards for African tech professionals. Digital transformation

nual Meeting takes place under the

requires cooperation between companies, government and

theme, “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a

civil society and Africa Tech Week creates a unique platform

Global Architecture in the Age of the

for this.

Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The meeting brings together the

Africa Tech Week incorporates a conference, exhibition and

The week promotes digital transformation by connecting government, corporates and fresh talent in the tech industry.

heads and members of more than

Attendees can interact with business leaders shaping the way

100 governments, top executives of

to the future, and will receive industry training and acquire

global companies, leaders of inter-

expert knowledge. In addition, they will be able to explore

national organisations and relevant

and understand new trends, network and forge collaborations

non-governmental organisations, the

with key stakeholders and decision-makers, and contribute to

most prominent cultural, societal and

discussions around policy with government officials from all

thought leaders, among others. They

over Africa.

come together at the beginning of each year to define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas. The world is entering a Fourth Industrial Revolution shaped by advanced technologies that combine to create innovations at a speed and scale unparalleled in human history, and these transformations are changing how individuals, governments and companies relate to one another and the world at large. The world is fast approaching a new phase of global cooperation: Globalisation 4.0. The programme in Davos for 2019 will aim to foster systems leadership and global stewardship while recognising the actuality of a more complex, multi-conceptual world. The meeting takes place from 22–25 January 2019 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

For more information go to https://www.weforum.org/ events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting

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The theme for the event is “Helping Africa transform through digital innovation”. Africa Tech Week takes place from 4–6 March 2019 at Century City in Cape Town.

For more information go to https://africatechweek.co.za/

Skills Development Summit 2019 12 March 2019 The Skills Development Summit will discuss the state of our rapidly changing world. The Fourth Industrial Revolution promises to change the way that we conduct business and industry, but also threatens many jobs. The Skills Development Summit will be presenting a vision of how skills development and jobs can be retained in this shifting world, especially in the context of rural and urban development. The summit will focus on the key growth areas of agriculture and manufacturing – two industries that are facing intense disruption as technology and socio-political issues shake the industry. It will also highlight the need to empower women in various sectors, such as science, technology and tourism, as well as encourage women entrepreneurs. The summit takes place on 12 March at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane.

For more information go to http://www.skillssummit.co.za/#home

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Writer: More Matshediso

MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo visits Gelykwater Primar y Sc hool in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

Fighting HIV and TB in KZN T

he KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) De-

South Africa, more than 4.2 million

one million men. “This will go a

partment of Health is making

are receiving treatment and

long way in helping us fight HIV,”

strides in the fight against HIV

1.3 million of these are from KZN.

said the MEC.

and tuberculosis (TB).

MEC Dhlomo added that about 1 300 HIV-positive people have

Decline in TB

highest HIV prevalence in South

been placed on antiretroviral

With regard to TB, MEC Dhlomo

Africa, with over a quarter of its

treatment (ART) in the province

said KZN has recorded the highest

population living with the disease,

this year.

decline in its TB incidence rate,

Although the province has the

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo

The MEC said the department

from 511.3 per 100 000 in the

said the department has made

has reduced the rate of mother-to-

previous financial year to 481 cur-

health services more accessible

child transmissions.

rently.

to residents and the impact is

“In 2008, 20 percent of women

In addition, TB treatment out-

who were pregnant would give

comes have substantially im-

birth to an HIV-positive baby. This

proved over the years. The treat-

about the province’s strategy to

has been reduced to 1.2 percent.

ment success rate in 2009 was

combat diseases and improve ser-

It’s a wonderful achievement,” he

65 percent and, by 2017, this had

vice delivery in the health sector.

noted.

increased to 88.7 percent.

evident. MEC Dhlomo spoke to PSM

Of the estimated 7.9 million people who are living with HIV in

38

In 2018, the department also

He added that there has also

reached its goal of circumcising

been improved access to multi-

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) services. “In 2008, we only had four

drive a vigorous TB awareness

that the contracted supplier is not

campaign through distributing

able to supply the drug.

treatment initiation sites in the

information material at their

province. Now we have about 26,”

stores throughout the province.

explained the MEC.

 Targeting high-transmission

“There is no alternative supplier. Not many suppliers are involved in the manufacturing of chemother-

areas like schools, correctional

apy or cytotoxic agents. However,

of the MDR-TB treatment rate from

facilities, churches, taxi ranks

the National Department of Health

49 percent in 2008 to 60 percent

and informal settlements to

is working on finding alternative

in 2016. As a result, we have also

provide services.

suppliers for importing via a Sec-

“This has led to the improvement

seen a decline in the death

 Training nurses to initiate

rate caused by MDR-TB from

patients’ HIV and MDR-TB treat-

35 percent in 2008 to 18 percent

ment.

in 2017.”

 Setting up TB and HIV tracing

tion 21 permit,” he explained. MEC Dhlomo added that the department’s campaign to encourage the public to visit health

teams to visit households to

facilities the minute they become

the most GeneXpert machines

provide directly observed treat-

aware of worrying symptoms is

in the world, which have greatly

ment support.

bearing fruit, with 80 percent of

The MEC said South Africa has

cancer cases detected early.

assisted in the early diagnosis of TB and MDR-TB to allow for the

Fighting cancer

initiation of TB treatment within

Following reports that the provin-

a record with almost 2 000 women

24–48 hours.

cial department did not have suf-

who underwent pap smears in

Of the 289 GeneXpert machines

ficient staff and machinery to treat

April. We also had about 2 231

in the country, about 90 are in KZN

cancer patients, the MEC said the

women and 458 men who were

and are distributed across the

situation is gradually being turned

screened and tested for cancer at

districts in the province.

around.

Edendale Hospital and at Caluza

Over and above ensuring that

He said the department recently

residents receive healthcare ser-

employed new staff and it also

vices for HIV and TB, the MEC said

has a team of radiotherapists.

“Already this year, we’ve broken

in Pietermaritzburg in October,” he added.

his department always encour-

The MEC also addressed issues

ages all healthcare users to get

related to cancer treatment and,

Reduced waiting periods

screened and tested for these

in particular, the shortage of

The department acquired 15 large

ailments.

chemotherapy drugs.

loop excision of the transforma-

Some of the department’s

“It is a countrywide problem that

tion zone (LLETZ) machines earlier

interventions to fight HIV and TB

is being attended to. Chemother-

this year. LLETZ procedures remove

include:

apy has not been stopped at any

cervical tissue for examination

 A community outreach pro-

KZN public hospital. All the hospi-

and treat some precancerous

gramme called Operation

tals that render chemotherapy are

changes of the cervix. Another

Sukuma Sakhe, which is led by

providing the treatment,” the MEC

15 were distributed across the

the KZN Office of the Premier.

explained.

province as part of Health Minister

 Establishing a partnership with

He said the only challenge that

Aaron Motsoaledi’s National Can-

hardware brand Build It, which

exists concerns the chemotherapy

cer Campaign launched in KZN in

is helping the department to

medication Paclitaxel, explaining

October.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Addington Hospital ranges from

include libraries, community halls,

has seven fully functional linear

three to eight weeks, depending

tribal courts and other local

accelerators, which is more than

on the type of service required.

amenities.

any other province. These devices

He added that there are no

are most commonly used for exter-

waiting times for children who

aged and all look the same,

nal beam radiation treatments for

need to see an oncologist.

which helps eliminate stigma

The MEC said the province also

cancer patients. “The seventh machine is used as part of a public–private partner-

Before these interventions, the waiting time was between five to

because no one can tell what the medication is for. He said this has encouraged

six months.

ship at the Queen Nandi and

more KZN citizens to adhere to

Currently, there is no (extended)

Taking medication to the people

waiting time to see an oncologist

One of the programmes the MEC

at this complex,” he added.

is most proud of is the Central

Ngwelezana Hospital complex.

The medication is pre-pack-

their chronic medication and has helped alleviate congestion at hospitals and clinics. “The progress of this programme

Chronic Medicine Dispensing

is very pleasing; it means that

ment has contracted three

and Distribution system which

our fellow compatriots who are

oncologists from the Wits Health

has made it possible for

hypertensive, diabetic or have ar-

Consortium, who are based at

1.7 million people in KZN to col-

thritis, HIV and other ailments only

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hos-

lect their chronic medication

have to come to a health facility

pital, and has two oncologists at

closer to their homes. This means

once every three months.”

Addington Hospital.

they no longer need to spend

MEC Dhlomo said the depart-

The MEC said he is happy with

As a result of these measures,

money on transport or wake

the progress that the department

the waiting period to see an on-

up very early to stand in long

is making on different fronts and

cologist for the first time at Inkosi

queues at congested health-

is hopeful that greater strides will

Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and

care facilities. Collection points

be made in the new year.

A campaign enocuraging women to have pap smears at Inkosi Alber t Lut huli Hospital resulted in a record breaking 2 000 women being screened for cer vical cancer.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Source: SAnews

President Ramaphosa woos the EU

President Cyril Ramaphosa wit h t he President of t he European Parliament Antonio Tajani.

D

uring a three-nation visit

South Africa is the only African

to Europe, President Cyril

country, and one of 10 countries

Ramaphosa sought to

globally, that has a strategic part-

dressed the European Parliament

nership with the EU.

under the theme “A Partnership of

strengthen political, economic and

President Nelson Mandela. President Ramaphosa ad-

multilateral relations with the Euro-

“Our coming here has renewed

pean Union (EU), which is South

our bonds and relationships with

Africa’s single largest trade partner.

the one bloc of countries that

Ramaphosa said President

invests the most in our economy,”

Nelson Mandela remained a

said the President on his visit.

universal hero whose visionary

The visit kicked off in France, where President Ramaphosa addressed the European Parlia-

Equals Based on Shared Values”. In his address, President

leadership is revered across the

ing the South African delegation

Celebrating visionary leadership

to the 7th South Africa–European

The President said he was espe-

received during this special year

Union Summit.

cially honoured by the invitation

from leaders and people across

of the European Parliament for

Europe and the world who con-

ful; we were warmly received and

him to address members in the

demned the injustices of apart-

our interactions were very positive.

year of the centenary of former

heid and saluted the activism

ment in Strasbourg, before lead-

“Our visit has been very success-

42

world. He also acknowledged tributes

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


of struggle heroines and heroes

Ramaphosa, the summit served

and move towards lifting sanc-

who fought to build a democrat-

as fertile ground to accelerate

tions.

ic South Africa.

investment and strengthen bilat-

President Ramaphosa called for

eral relations.

South Africa made the case that Zimbabwe is on a path of

continued solidarity and collabo-

“The outcomes of this summit

ration in the fight against poverty,

support and reinforce the initia-

inequality and narrow national-

tives we have launched in South

ism and urged the strengthen-

Africa to accelerate investment,

Peace and security

ing of multilateralism to promote

create jobs and promote growth

In 2019, South Africa will take up

peace and security, human

in our economy,” he added.

its non-permanent member seat

rights, democracy, the rule of

President Ramaphosa said the

great reform and needs to be supported.

at the UN Security Council for the period 2019–2020.

law, free and fair trade, sustain-

summit was used to reinforce ties

able development and inclusive

with Europe and to obtain the

The summit agreed that this

growth.

EU’s support for South Africa’s

presents an opportunity to en-

economic and development

hance cooperation on peace,

agenda.

security, conflict prevention and

7th South AfricaEuropean Union Summit

“Together with the EU, we have committed ourselves to explor-

other global issues. “We will identify opportunities for

In Belgium, President Ramaphosa

ing opportunities for investment,

concrete operational coopera-

participated in the 7th South

technical assistance, and the

tion, dedicating special attention

Africa-European Union Summit

improvement of business and

to advancing the global women,

in Brussels in the Kingdom of

investment climates to promote

peace and security agenda,

Belgium.

sustainable development.”

especially in promoting mean-

Through the summit, South Af-

During the summit, South Africa

ingful participation of women in

rica and the EU renewed solidar-

and the EU agreed to strengthen

peace processes,” said President

ity and agreed to strengthen rela-

cooperation on investment in

Ramaphosa.

tions underpinned by increased

support of economic develop-

trade and investment.

ment, infrastructure, industrialisa-

working visit to Europe in Geneva,

tion, skills development, small

Switzerland, where he co-chaired

trading partner with the value of

business development and

the fourth meeting of the Global

trade increasing nearly four-

entrepreneurship.

Commission on the Future of

The EU is South Africa’s largest

fold from R150 billion in 2000 to

The President concluded his

Work at the headquarters of the

Zimbabwe sanctions

International Labour Organisa-

More than 2 000 EU companies

During discussions on peace and

tion.

operate in South Africa, creating

security in the respective regions,

The commission is expected

more than 500 000 direct and

the summit discussed Zimbabwe.

to release a highly anticipated

South Africa called on the EU to

report on the future of work in

R599.86 billion in 2017.

indirect jobs. According to President

review its position on Zimbabwe

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

January 2019.

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FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH The Biovac Institute was founded in 2003 through a partnership with the South African government as the Biologicals and Vaccines Institute of Southern Africa. The CEO of Biovac, Dr Morena Makhoana, has been onboard since almost the beginning as he joined the company in 2004. He is also a member of the Biovac board and the executive team. Dr Makhoana spoke with PSM about the company’s role in the region and its values.

PSM: WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR MAJOR MILESTONES AT BIOVAC? DR MORENA MAKHOANA (MM): The major achievement for Biovac has been the ability to start a vaccine company from scratch in an environment where there was virtually no biotechnology sector. We are proud to attract top scientific talent from all over South Africa, thereby creating meaningful employment and contributing to the bioeconomy. We employ just over 300 staff members, 60 percent of whom have a tertiary qualification. Our demonstrated capability and the calibre of both our people and manufacturing infrastructure have enabled

CEO of Biovac, Dr Morena Makhoana.

Biovac to attract reputable foreign investment from multinational vaccine companies and donors. Such international recognition is a significant achievement, particularly for a company like ours, located on a continent where our capabilities are often viewed as lagging behind the global biotechnology industry.

PSM: PLEASE SHARE OUR THOUGHTS ON THE VALUE OF UBUNTU AND PARTNERING WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN THE PURSUIT OF SUCCESS. MM: Biovac could not have made the achievements and progressed to where it is today without our key stakeholders: our valued and talented employees, the communities in which we operate, our suppliers, our technology transfer partners, national government and our funders. Biovac’s ability to forge partnerships across the value chain and, through this, to protect life within our communities throughout Africa, as well as in the developing world, reflects the true sense of Ubuntu.

We realise that we are more than a business – we are an enabler for human beings to live healthy lives. We just cannot exist nor be successful and sustainable without others who give us a purpose and the means to do what we do every day.

PSM: HOW DOES BIOVAC SUBSCRIBE TO THE CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE (CGMP)? MM: The cGMP is the backbone of our industry. It is a critical quality benchmark that we naturally comply with to ensure safety to vaccine end-users through good quality vaccine production and supply. The ‘c’ in the cGMP stands for ‘current’ to ensure that we remain abreast of latest quality assurance standards, guidelines and trends. In 2018 Biovac received approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to manufacture vaccines in vials. This was in addition to our existing approved operations of secondary packaging


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and distribution of vaccines. As part of the Biovac quality

PSM: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE SUCCESS?

culture we also undergo ongoing internal and external

MM: Because vaccine development and manufacturing

audits to maintain and ensure that our manufacturing

have a long, multiyear turnaround time from start to

capability and reputation remain top notch.

finish, we have recognised over the years that the

PSM: PLEASE SPEAK ABOUT “REGIONALLY RELEVANT VACCINES” AND THE IMPACT THEY ARE HAVING BEYOND OUR BORDERS.

recognition and celebration of smaller, more frequent milestone successes drives our team to stay on track, keep momentum and push onward and upward. Such recognition is given in the form of adhoc “on the spot”

MM: Since populations and diseases differ regionally, it

incentives as and when greatness is identified, as well as

is important that Biovac focuses on vaccines that are

monthly, quarterly and annual ‘bioSTAR’ individual and

relevant for the African continent, as this is the region within

team awards.

which we operate and serve. Over and above cash incentives, we also offer Africa is vulnerable to outbreaks, as evidenced by the flu

our employees long-lasting experiences, such as a

pandemic of 2009 and the recent Ebola outbreak. Without

memorable weekend away, a trip to the movies and

African vaccine manufacturing capacity, our region will

public acknowledgement in front of peers. Longer-term

struggle to respond to its own vaccine-preventable diseases

milestones are recognised through performance-based

and it will remain vulnerable. In addition to manufacturing,

bonuses and profit-sharing, where possible and depending

the local development of vaccines is critical if we are to

on overall company and financial performance.

tackle diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. At Biovac, we recognise both behaviour, in terms of how Product development continues to happen in either more

our employees display the Biovac way, and performance,

resourced countries (for example, Western countries) or

in terms of which key performance indicators were

in countries with historically large manufacturing bases

successfully achieved on time, with quality and in budget.

(for example, Asia). Africa consumes a large part of the world’s volume of vaccines, but it contributes relatively little

We regard collaborative behaviour and effective work

vaccine development and production.

performance as equally important in achieving individual, team and company success. It is a continuous process that

PSM: HOW DO YOU ENSURE THE INSTITUTE

never ends.

CONTINUES TO BE A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE? MM: We continuously reinvest in our intellectual property, our people and our assets. Biovac has developed its in-house technical knowhow and expertise in some niche areas within vaccine development and has even out-licenced some of the technologies to major partners in the USA and in Asia. We invest in our staff through continuous training and development either in South Africa or overseas. It is equally critical that we use the latest cutting-edge technology that is available globally.

PSM: HOW HAVE THE DEVELOPMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY IMPACTED BIOVAC’S WORK? MM: Any developments in technology must be embraced by companies in order to continuously be relevant and be kept up to date. The upfront challenge is the cost of acquiring those newer technologies; however, the payback comes with time as they can make our manufacturing and product

CONTACT DETAILS: Postal Address: Private Bag X3 Pinelands, Cape Town, 7430 Phone: (+27) 21 514 5000 Web: www.biovac.co.za

development processes run much smoother and with fewer costs in the long run.

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MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SA needs active citizens A

s the year slowly comes to

Simply speaking, it takes more

an end, thoughts inevitably

than abiding by the law to be a

tend school functions, and consider

turn to spending time with

good citizen. A resolution to be

offering time and energy to the

friends or family over the festive sea-

an active citizen means getting

school.

son. But this period will be over in the

involved in our communities. It

Another part of being an active

blink of an eye – and the New Year

involves constructively tackling

citizen is to familiarise yourself with

will soon be upon us.

problems, rather than complaining,

government’s public participation

and helping to bring about positive

processes. The recent public par-

change.

ticipation process on land reform

As the clock strikes midnight on 31 December 2018, many people will make resolutions or vow to

understand school processes, at-

With 2019 fast approaching, par-

received thousands of oral and

make major life changes. Many

ents and guardians will start to think

written submissions. It saw South

of these decisions are likely to be

about the new school year. Parents

Africans in their numbers stand up

inward-looking; however, the New

and guardians have a duty to be

and make their voices heard on

Year also presents an opportunity

involved from the first day of school.

issues that affect them.

to cast the net wider.

We cannot leave the future of the

One cannot help but wonder

If an issue affects you, comment

next generation to teachers alone.

on the green paper and attend

how many South Africans include a

Parents and guardians should

public hearings. Be a South African

resolution saying: “I am going to be

ensure their children are on time

who is aware and involved and

a better person in 2019”.

for school, check that the school

take part in the country’s demo-

transport is roadworthy, and assist

cratic processes.

Positive change

their children with homework and

The first step in becoming a better

learning.

person entails becoming a more

Cast your ballot

Many parents and guardians

The year 2019 will also see millions

active and involved citizen. Of

have busy working schedules,

of South Africans going to the polls

course, many people are likely to ar-

and many children are raised by

for our sixth national and provin-

gue that they are law-abiding, pay

single parents. But these impedi-

cial elections. In preparation for

taxes and work hard every day. But

ments cannot and must not stand

the 2019 General Election, ensure

is this enough, when one considers

in the way of the progress of our

you have an identity document

that millions of our fellow citizens

future generation. Wherever pos-

and are registered to vote in your

still languish in poverty and remain

sible, parents and guardians must

district. A voter registration weekend

outside of the economic and social

be involved with their children’s

has been planned for 26 and 27

mainstream?

education, monitor their progress,

January 2019 by the Independent

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


Electoral Commission. Make use of

should partner with our local

this opportunity to either register or

police stations to create safer

check your registration status.

communities. Government cannot

2019 the year when we turn the

fight the scourge of crime alone.

tide on all forms of gender-based

All South Africans, especially young and first-time voters, should

We therefore encourage South

stay away from illegal drugs. Together we can ensure we make

violence. We call on community

exercise their democratic right to

Africans to volunteer at their lo-

members who have any knowl-

vote. By casting your ballot, you

cal police stations and join their

edge of the abuse of women or

will have a say in the way in which

local Community Policing Forum.

human trafficking to report per-

the country is governed.

If you know of criminals or illegal

petrators to the police. Report all

activities in your area, report it to

cases of rape, sexual assault and

2019 the year when we stop

Crimestop or your nearest police

any form of violence to the police.

complaining about things that

station. Furthermore, do not sup-

The toll-free number is 0800 428

are wrong in our communities,

port illegal activities by buying

428. Report child abuse to Childline

roll up our sleeves and actively

pirated and counterfeit DVDs, CDs,

South Africa’s toll-free line – 0800

participate. You could start by rais-

cigarettes and clothing.

055 555.

As active citizens, let us make

In the coming year, commit to

ing community problems with a working with them to find solu-

Zero tolerance to corruption

tions.

Collectively we can also ensure

themselves to educate their

municipal councillor and actively

regularly testing your HIV status. Parents must also take it upon

that 2019 is the year when we

children about responsible sexual

when we collectively create a

stamp out corruption. Act with

behaviour and not leave it to

safer society. As active citizens, we

integrity at all times, be a respon-

teachers.

Let us also make 2019 the year

sible and honest citizen, don’t pay or take a bribe, obey the law and encourage others to do the same. When you are aware of corruption, you should act.

Breaking down barriers Together we can make 2019 the year when we break down the

Report corruption to

barriers which divide us. By reach-

the National Anti-

ing out to others, we can begin to

corruption Hotline on

break down the artificial barriers of

0800 701 701.

culture, race or religion.

Let us also make

Building the South Africa of our

2019 the year when

collective dreams will not happen

we use alcohol re-

without hard work or without every

sponsibly and ensure

person playing their part. It is up to

we never drink and

us to make 2019 the year when we

drive. In 2019, let us

begin to create a new future where

be responsible when

every person has hope for a better

we drink alcohol and

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

tomorrow.

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OPINION

Writer: Dr Sandile Buthelezi *

SA needs a prevention revolution A s the global HIV community

are all to be expected in such

marks the 30th anniversary

a large-scale programme and

of World AIDS Day in 2018,

though government is aware of

there is no better time to take stock

many of the problems, it remains

of the progress the country has

critical for civil society organisa-

made.

tions to point out weaknesses

South Africa is doing remarkably well in the provision of antiret-

and for government to respond to criticism.

roviral treatment (ART). Of the are living with HIV, over 4.2 mil-

Increase in life expectancy

lion are receiving treatment. This

The problems and dif-

makes us the country with the

ficulties within the public

largest number of people on ART

sector with regard to care-

in the world.

fully tracking each patient (weak

estimated 7.9 million people who

South Africans will survive and

patient management systems)

live longer with HIV. Yet, it also

perspective, our programme

do not take away from the stag-

means that we are seeing an

contributes almost 20 percent

gering demographic and public

ever-burgeoning epidemic of HIV

of the 21.7 million people on

health benefits that the treat-

as a result of better survival on

ART throughout the world. This

ment rollout has heralded. Life

treatment and a continuing feed

achievement is due to the un-

expectancy in South Africa has

of new HIV infections annually.

flinching commitment of National

increased from 53 years in 2006

This is unsustainable in the long-

Treasury to funding such a rapid

to 61 years in 2012 and mortality

term from many points of view.

rollout and the unique brand

has declined by about 50 per-

Financially, the growing provi-

of leadership of our Minister of

cent over a similar period. Gov-

sion of life-long ART to increasing

Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, as

ernment spends billions of rands

numbers of patients will eventual-

well as stakeholders such as civil

on treatment and the investment

ly reach a ceiling, at which point

society and the private sector.

is certainly paying off.

the competition with other needs

To put this in some sort of global

Are there problems with the im-

The success of our treatment

in the health services will limit the

plementation of the programme?

programme, however, brings us to

growth of expenditure on the ART

Of course there are. Drug stock-

a new crossroads in the epic re-

programme. The health system’s

outs, long queues, low staff

sponse to HIV. A successful treat-

capacity is already stretched to

morale and poor record-keeping

ment programme means more

the limit and there will be conse-

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


quences of an ever-increasing ill

Even in established HIV pre-

tion of a South African Prevention

population. At the individual level,

vention programmes like male

with longevity and life-long treat-

circumcision and condom

ment there will be missteps in the

promotion and provision, we

management of HIV disease that

can still do better. We need to be

Inspiring hope and building trust

will be cumulative with age and

more focused and detailed in

As SANAC, we make progress

with chronic medication.

the way we plan and implement

through dialogue, mutual respect

prevention programmes if we

and consensus. By involving

to seriously turn our attention to

are to achieve the impact we so

everyone in finding solutions, we

prevention. We have to drastically

desperately need.

inspire hope and build trust. It is

This all means that we have

reduce the number of new infections in the short to medium–term.

Focus on prevention We have a wealth of evidence

As a country, we have commit-

Roadmap.

when we are honest, account-

ted to reducing the number of

able and engage one another

new HIV infections by 75 percent

frankly that we are able to man-

by 2020.

age tensions in this HIV-prevention

The South African National

space. We will continue to col-

and experience in terms of what

AIDS Council (SANAC) is dedi-

laborate and bring in all sectors

prevention programmes work,

cated to reviving primary preven-

and constituencies to build a

what programmes are scalable

tion to close the tunnel of new

strong HIV-prevention programme

and what programmes offer the

infections. We are committed

in South Africa. We are committed

greatest value for money. We

to developing and leading a

to making this work.

boast a large basket of preven-

country-owned national preven-

tion tools and approaches which

tion agenda which is driven by

infections is not over yet. We will

are accessible to the population.

national imperatives and not by

not rest until we have aided the

It is not the lack of interventions

an international agenda, which

building of systems and structures

that is the problem; it is the lack

often fragments our efforts. We

and communities to push this HIV-

of rigour in the multi-sectoral ap-

are stepping up to take respon-

prevention agenda.

plication and implementation of

sibility for HIV prevention – for the

The responsibility is not just

these programmes at a national

planning, coordination, monitor-

SANAC’s though; every person,

scale.

ing, oversight and implementa-

family, community, government

Our journey to end new HIV

department, civil society organisation and private sector institution has a responsibility for an HIV-prevention revolution in South Africa. The responsibility requires action, accountability and a united effort. We are all together in this as South Africans.

*Dr Sandile Buthelezi is the CEO of SANAC.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

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CATALYTIC AND PRIORITY PROJECTS TO PROVIDE OVER 105 000 HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WESTERN CAPE RESIDENTS Since 2014, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements has delivered over 70 000 housing opportunities against a target of just over 80 000, translating into 95% performance. This, however, is a drop in the ocean of what is needed to meet the demands of government housing assistance in the Western Cape. THE DEPARTMENT’S VISION Migration and population growth have resulted in a backlog of over 550 000 residents in need of government housing assistance in the Western Cape. Many informal settlements were established before 1994, with their residents often lacking access to basic services, occupation rights and security of tenure. The Western Cape has an estimated population growth of 110 000 to 120 000 per year. At this rate, the province is set to have a total population of 8 million by 2030. Urbanisation, poverty and inequality cannot simply be eradicated and dealing with the results of rapid, unstructured and unplanned development has posed a grave challenge

Head of Department, Mr Thando Mguli

for all provinces and this government. This is often evident with the amount of housing-related protests across the country. The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements is committed to its vision of providing residents with liveable, accessible, safe and multi-opportunity settlements. With its annual budget of approximately R2 billion, the department can only provide around 18 000 housing opportunities per year. To eradicate the entire backlog, an estimated budget of R80 billion will be required. In its efforts to decrease the backlog and maximise the use of its budget, the Human Settlements Department has embarked on various initiatives to accelerate the delivery of housing opportunities in the Western Cape. Resources and efforts have been geared to focus on the department’s three strategic priorities: 1.

Strengthening our partnerships with the private sector to ensure and increase affordable housing for people earning above the free-subsidy threshold.

3.

infrastructure by restructuring settlements’ patterns and to change the way the department delivers on housing opportunities in the Western Cape. They are conceptualised and planned to consider the life of a project, including all components required to deliver better quality, integrated living environments with access to basic services, schools, transport, social amenities and economic opportunities. Catalytic and Priority projects are outlined for development across the Western Cape. These projects will, upon completion, yield just over 105 000 housing opportunities by 2022. All projects were submitted to national Cabinet in 2016 for final approval. While some projects are at early assessment phase, others are well into the design, planning and implementation phases.

Upgrading informal settlements in order to provide access to basic services to all Western Cape residents.

2.

are spatially targeted interventions that aim to provide

Allocating free subsidised state houses to prioritise the most vulnerable beneficiaries.

CATALYTIC AND PRIORITY PROJECTS

At a fundamental level, the Catalytic and Priority projects are geared to: • Provide settlements that offer good basic and socioeconomic services. • Offer a range of rental and ownership options that respond to the needs and incomes of households. • Consistently improve settlements through joint citizen

Key to delivering these strategic housing priorities are the

and government efforts, supported by private sector

department’s Catalytic and Priority projects. These projects

contributions.


A list of the Catalytic and Priority projects in the Western Cape and their yields are highlighted below.

CATALYTIC PROJECTS CITY OF CAPE TOWN PROJECT: SOUTHERN CORRIDOR This project seeks to improve the living conditions in informal settlements. It comprises a combination of informal settlement upgrade and greenfields development projects. It is being prioritised due to its age, size, density, poor levels of service and unsuitability of current settlement conditions. UNITS: 51 540 Southern Corridor projects include: • N2 Gateway Phase 1 • Ithemba Farms

Southern Corridor project, Forest Village

• Penhill Farm • Airport Precinct Informal Settlement and Infill • Kosovo Informal Settlement and Infill

GEORGE PROJECT: THEMBALETHU, SYFERFONTEIN AND WILDERNESS HEIGHTS UNITS: 10 281

• Forest Village • Thabo Mbeki and Tsunami

BREEDE VALLEY

DRAKENSTEIN

PROJECT: BELHAR CBD

PROJECT: TRANSHEX

PROJECT: VLAKKELAND

UNITS: 4 188

UNITS: 8 873

UNITS: 2 653

Belhar CBD project

Southern Corridor project, Forest Village

Transhex project


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PROVINCIAL PRIORITY PROJECTS CITY OF CAPE TOWN

MOSSEL BAY

PROJECT: CONRADIE HOSPITAL

PROJECT: LOUIS FOURIE

UNITS: 3 605

UNITS: 4 000

DRAKENSTEIN PROJECT: DAL JOSAFAT UNITS: 2 078

TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITS:

SALDANHA BAY PROJECT: VREDENBURG URBAN REGENERATION

105 504

UNITS: 1 400

WITZENBERG

Southern Corridor Integrated Human Settlements Programme

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FEATURE

Writer: Dale Hes

New intensity in the fight against gender-based violence

At the beginning of November, the fight against the crisis of gender-based violence reached a new level of intensity. The National Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide saw more than 1 200 people, including government officials, activists and survivors of this type of violence, meeting to discuss ways to stop the scourge once and for all.

S

adly, gender-based violence

tional attention. Despite this, South

includes emotional and psycho-

(GBV) remains deeply rooted

Africa still suffers levels of rape,

logical abuse, meaning that the

in our society, affecting mil-

abuse and femicide that are well

problem is much more widespread

lions of women and girls on a daily

above the global average. Accord-

than physical violence alone.

basis. As urgency to address the is-

ing to Statistics South Africa, the

sue increases, the National Summit

murder rate for women increased

steadily been strengthening their

against Gender-based Violence and

by 117 percent between 2015 and

resolve, showing that they are un-

Femicide was a critically important

2016/17. Over the same period,

willing to accept this situation any

intervention, representing a strong

reported sexual offences against

longer. On 1 August, more than

commitment towards ending the

women rose by 53 percent, from

100 000 women, activists and

scourge.

31 655 to 70 813.

gender non-conforming people

GBV is an issue that has received increasing national and interna-

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It is important to note that GBV extends further than this. It also

The women of South Africa have

marched to government institutions in all nine provinces, to protest

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


against GBV, under the banner of

her stomach. She showed her scars

all need to be addressed in order

#TheTotalShutdown.

to the attendees, including Presi-

to eliminate the scourge.

Other organisations, such as Sonke Gender Justice, People Op-

dent Ramaphosa. “I was not born like this. This came

“A society that does not support notions of authority and control

posing Women Abuse and many

as a result of my attackers. I have

over women, and does not tolerate

others, have also been demanding

to carry the scars,” said Ncube,

violence against women, is more

swifter and more stringent action in

calling for stiff sentences for abus-

likely to reduce gender-based

clamping down on GBV.

ers. “Our lives can’t be paroled,

violence.”

Government responded to the

Mr President. The minimum sen-

President Ramaphosa added

call by bringing forward the con-

tence for sex offenders must be at

that government is accelerating

vening of the summit, which was

least 50 years,” she urged.

a number of interventions, ranging from education at schools, to

based around 24 demands made to President Cyril Ramaphosa dur-

Responding to the crisis

ing the #TheTotalShutdown march.

President Ramaphosa took to the

in the memorandum handed over

stage to reassert government’s

Harrowing stories from survivors

stricter law enforcement and a complete change of the existing social system of patriarchy. “[Preventing GBV] requires that

commitment to responding to the

we address societal issues of

crisis of GBV.

patriarchy, economic relations

Opening the summit, Minister of So-

“Survivors of sexual violence and

cial Development Susan Shabangu

abuse – be it physical, psychologi-

said GBV had reached unbearable

cal or economic – often live with

levels in the country.

these scars for the rest of their lives.

and changing the way of thinking about gender relations.”

The physical and psychological

Renewed resolve to end GBV

passed since 1994 – why are we

effects may recede, but they very

The most important outcome of

still in this place today, in a country

rarely disappear,” noted President

the summit was a declaration that

where women continue to be

Ramaphosa.

reaffirms government’s commit-

“With all the good laws we have

“In August, I made a commit-

ment to a “united, comprehensive

newspapers of women raped and

ment that we shall convene this

and effective response to GBV and

of psychological, physical and

summit to develop a national plan

femicide”.

economic abuse? And, although

of action against gender-based

Several important commitments

we live in a democratic space, we

violence. We are agreed that we

have been made by government,

have to ask ourselves if women en-

need a multi-sectoral approach

based on strict timelines for imple-

joy the same democracy,” she said.

that responds to the demands of

mentation.

abused, with daily reports in the

The brutality of GBV was vividly

the marchers and strengthens the

exposed at the start of the summit,

broader interventions that address

council, comprising various stake-

as survivors shared their painful

the causes and effects of such

holders, will be established within

personal experiences of abuse.

violence.”

six months after the summit, to

Phindi Ncube, one of the survi-

The President said the societal

It was agreed that an interim

specifically focus on GBV issues.

vors, was raped by eight men and

issues of patriarchy, economic rela-

The council will comprise at least

had to undergo five surgeries on

tions and skewed gender relations

51 percent civil society members.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

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FEATURE

Government of f icials, activists and sur vivors of gender-based violence were among t he delegates who par ticipated in t he National Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide.

A National Strategic Plan on GBV

such as #TheTotalShutdown were

“While we must celebrate these

and femicide will be developed,

encouraged by the outcomes of

victories, it is equally important as

along with a social behaviour-

the summit, but called for words to

a civil society collective to take

change programme that address-

be converted into action.

the work forward to ensure that

es skewed gender relations in the home and society as a whole.

“Although the summit was an im-

commitments become tangible

portant accomplishment, it marks

for everyone. It is important for

Recognising the importance of

only a first, albeit important, step in

the content of the declaration to

adequate facilities for victims, the

the dialogue between government

be shared with all communities,

declaration committed to better

and civil society on GBV. However,

including in rural areas. Ongoing

resourcing of Thuthuzela Care Cen-

the occurrence of GBV-related

work on prevention must continue,”

tres, shelters and sexual offences

incidents is at a national crisis, and

said Leung.

courts.

it requires more than just dialogue

Other interventions include

but decisive and immediate action

Key definitions

strengthening education on GBV,

to protect womxn [see definition in

Gender-based violence:

fast-tracking legislation, implement-

sidebar] and children,” said Lesley

Any physical, sexual, emo-

ing recommendations made in

Ncube, National Spokesperson for

tional or psychological act

various studies and developing

#TheTotalShutdown.

perpetrated against a per-

new ethical guidelines for the media reporting on GBV.

Sonke Gender Justice Legal Man-

son’s will, stemming from

ager Kayan Leung said that the

gender norms and unequal

President Ramaphosa described

summit had yielded a number of

power relations.

the declaration as a key milestone

victories, most important of which

Patriarchy: A system of

in the fight against GBV.

was the commitment to develop

society or government in

a fully funded National Strategic

which men hold the power

Plan.

and women are largely

“We are looking to this summit to provide clear direction on a comprehensive national response to

“We are pleased and cautiously

excluded from it.

gender-based violence. I am con-

optimistic that much of the lan-

Womxn: A word developed

vinced that by working together,

guage and advocacy asks that

by feminists to stress the

by confronting difficult issues and

Sonke and civil society partners

independence of women,

by mobilising all South Africans,

have been advocating for over

by excluding the word

we shall create a society where

numerous years are included

“man or men”.

women and children feel safe

in the declaration issued by the

Femicide: The killing of a

and are safe at all times and in all

Presidency.”

woman or girl, in particular

places,” he said. Key role-players in fighting for change, civil society organisations

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Leung added that civil society would be a crucial implementing

by a man and on account of her gender.

agent.

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President Ramaphosa announces changes to Cabinet of Home Affairs and Nomvula

the context of the Fourth Industrial

Mokonyane as Minister of Environ-

Revolution.

mental Affairs. President Cyril Ramaphosa

“The two departments that will

Minister Cwele was previously the

report to the new ministry – namely,

announces t he merger of t he

Minister of Telecommunications

the Department of Communica-

ministries of Communications and

and Postal Services and Minister

tions and the Department of

Mokonyane previously headed the

Telecommunications and Postal

the Department of Communica-

Services – will remain as separate

tions.

departments until the end of the

Telecommunications and Postal Ser vices into a single ministr y of Communications.

P

resident Cyril Ramaphosa has

“In making these changes,

started the process of realign-

I remain determined that the

ing government, with the “first

Cabinet of our nation should have

that the work looking into the

wave” resulting in the merger of the

an appropriate mix of experience

realignment of government is

ministries of Communications and

and capability as well as gender

ongoing.

Telecommunications and Postal Ser-

and generational mix, and that

vices into a single ministry of Com-

it should have members who are

cratic administration we will have

munications.

committed to serve and to serve

completed this work and when we

selflessly.

have completed it, we will make a

The President announced that this single ministry will be headed

“I am mindful of the need to

fifth administration.” President Ramaphosa added

“In anticipation of the 6th demo-

more comprehensive announce-

by the new Minister of Communi-

have a resolute and stable Cabinet

ment on how we would have

cations, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

that is able to effectively lead the

realigned government,” he said.

Prior to being appointed in the

growth, renewal and transformation

position, Minister Ndabeni-Abra-

of our economy and our society,”

tions and of Telecommunications

hams was the Deputy Minister of

the President explained.

and Postal Services is the first wave,

Telecommunications and also

“The merging of Communica-

Elaborating on the decision to

but it is also to help with the rea-

previously served as the Deputy

combine the ministries of Commu-

lignment process which we need

Minister of Communications.

nications and Telecommunications

right now in order to put into effect

and Postal Services, he said it is in

the transformation that we are ef-

announced this and other chang-

line with the work undertaken in

fecting with regards to economic

es to the Cabinet, which were oc-

terms of the announcement he

management,” explained the

casioned by the passing of former

made during the State of the Na-

President.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna

tion Address, related to the realign-

Molewa and the resignation of

ing of government.

President Ramaphosa recently

former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. The new appointments include Dr Siyabonga Cwele as the Minister

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President Ramaphosa also announced the resignation of the

“This move is going to ensure that

Deputy Minister of Energy, Thembi

we have better alignment and co-

Majola, with effect from 1 January

ordination on matters that are criti-

2019, to attend to family commit-

cal to the future of our economy in

ments.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


FEATURE

Writer: Sihle Manda

getting to the belly of the beast

T

he Oxford Dictionary defines

sparked optimism that the tide will

the national and sectoral anti-

corruption as “dishonesty” or

gradually turn.

corruption hotlines.

Stopping the rot

disease,” Minister Cele lamented.

Having taken stock of this harsh

“Nobody can now deny that some

Cele’s recent dissection of the

reality, government has undertaken

of us in South Africa are corrupt

word are less flattering. However, it

a series of interventions in an effort

– very corrupt. It’s not just police

piercingly removes the scabs of the

to stop the rot.

as some of us would want us to

“illegal behaviour”. Full stop. It

ends there. The results of Police Minister Bheki

plague’s recuperating laceration.

“We have corruption as a

The Anti-corruption Inter-Ministe-

believe. [This] is one area in which

rial Committee and the Anti-cor-

the President has made a serious

of communities,” an animated

ruption Task Team have developed

call.”

Minister Cele told delegates at the

a broad framework to deal with

recent National Summit on Crime

corruption and are in the process

of Corruption Trend (ACT) Re-

and Violence Prevention in Boks-

of finalising the development of an

port says it continues to receive

burg, Gauteng. Intensely sobering

holistic Anti-corruption Strategy.

thousands of complaints from

“Corruption kills the progress

was that the statement was met

Government’s arsenal to combat

Corruption Watch’s 2018 Analysis

the public with harrowing experi-

with a deafening silence in the

corruption includes the adoption

ences. The non-profit organisation,

second or two while he caught his

of a Code of Conduct for the Pub-

working to fight corruption in South

breath.

lic Service.

Africa, received 2 500 complaints

Government has prioritised the

Additionally, government estab-

according to its 2018 report. The

scourge of corruption, adopting a

lished specialised anti-corruption

matters ranged from recruitment

zero-tolerance approach in both

units such as the SAPS Organised

to procurement in schools, police

the public and private sectors.

Crime Unit, the Directorate for Prior-

stations and municipalities, among

Corruption is deemed a societal

ity Crime Investigation (Hawks), the

others.

problem to be fought collectively.

National Prosecuting Authority’s As-

The picture is not assisted much

The pandemic of fraud and cor-

set Forfeiture Unit and the Financial

by international observers. Accord-

Intelligence Centre.

ing to Transparency International’s

ruption continues to be a source of trepidation to the country’s de-

These efforts are bolstered by

2018 Corruption Perceptions Index,

velopment prospects, but govern-

Specialised Commercial Crime

South Africa slipped from a rank of

ment’s recent interventions have

Courts as well as the creation of

64 to 71 in 180 countries.

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Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


Upping the ante

this to me, I’ll give you a cut. Just

courts, becoming really brutal

In an attempt to up the ante on

give me the tender, I’ll take 60

and making sure that structures

looting Robin Hood opposites, the

[percent], you’ll take 40 [per-

like the IPID are working.”

South African Police Service will

cent]’ – and that’s a R20 million

soon announce an anti-corruption

cut,” he said. We are not going

body to ensure police net perpe-

to go anywhere if we don’t deal

Criminal justice system reforms

trators more efficiently.

decisively with corruption. Corrup-

Justice and Violence Prevention

tion is across the board. People

head at the Institute for Security

we want eminent people to join

“We’ll soon be announcing that

are corrupt out there, especially

Studies (ISS) Gareth Newham

the anti-corruption body in the

government people.”

recently wrote on the institu-

South African Police. It will be peo-

Minister Cele heaped praise on

tion’s website that President

ple like retired judges, bishops and

President Cyril Ramaphosa for

Ramaphosa has to support

so forth. This will make sure that we

his unflinching stance on fraud

much-needed criminal justice

have all the integrity of a monitor-

and corruption, citing his recent

system reforms that could hold

ing structure,” Minister Cele said.

signing off of Special Investigation

the corrupt accountable.

“It can’t be us alone in monitor-

Unit proclamations into malad-

“An active civil society, an

ing ourselves. Cats can’t monitor

ministration at various govern-

independent judiciary and

cats not to eat the cheese; you

ment departments, state-owned

strong media are also funda-

need some other animals.”

entities and municipalities.

mental to improving the crimi-

The Minister is adamant that the

One of those was the investiga-

nal justice system and strengthening the rule of law,” he wrote.

lives of millions of South African’s

tion into the Office of the State

will continue to linger in oblivion

Attorney, which is alleged to have

should the epidemic not be halted.

fleeced the state of R80 billion in

been made with the posi-

He said some headway has

malpractice, lack of professional-

tive appointments of the new

we won’t fix the lives of the people.

ism and suspicion of abuse of

head of the Hawks, Godfrey

So, don’t look away where you see

office towards unlawful ends.

Lebeya, and the police’s Crime

“If we don’t fix this [corruption],

corrupt practices, [more] especially, don’t be part of it,” he said. The notion that only government

“[Have you ever] thought this office would be investigated by the office of the SIU? They are investi-

Intelligence Division, Anthony Jacobs. “[The] new law enforcement

officials are corrupt needs to be

gated for the abuse and stealing

agency leaders must urgently re-

stopped as this act requires collu-

of R80 billion. Eight-zero billion

place compromised or unsuitable

sion between business and govern-

– Office of the Attorney General.

individuals with capable manag-

ment, Minister Cele said, reiterating

I’ve never heard you shout about

ers, investigators and prosecutors,”

his stance during the release of the

them being corrupt,” he said.

he wrote.

2017/18 crime statistics. “I agree, some government people [are] corrupt. But who corrupts them? Did they wake up corrupt? Or did someone say: ‘If you give

The reinvigorated elite police

With the evident untangling of

unit, the Hawks, Minister Cele said,

the complicated web, it is evident

“must get their wings and fly”.

that government seems more firm

“The focus must be on strengthening all the police units, all the

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019

than ever to get to the belly of the devouring beast.

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CREATING NEW

DEMOCRATIC FRONTIERS THE WORK OF THE MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD ENSURES LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVELY REPRESENTS THE INDIVIDUALS IT SERVES.

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) is an independent authority responsible for the determination of municipal boundaries. The board’s status as a constitutional institution is protected by section 3 of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, and various precedent judgments by the High Court and Constitutional Court. The MDB’s mandate, as derived from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, is centred on the four major aspects of its core business, which are to: • Determine and re-determine municipal boundaries. • Delimit wards to facilitate local government elections. • Perform municipal capacity assessments. • Render advisory services. The introduction of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act in 1998 was an important milestone in the history of a constitutional democracy in South Africa as it facilitated the dismantling of apartheid spatial geography and constructed municipal boundaries based on democratic principles. There were 1 262 municipalities dividing communities instead of ensuring inclusivity and social integration – as envisioned by the Constitution.

Chairperson of the Municipal Demarcation Board, Jane Thupana


ADVERTORIAL

The year 2018/19 marks the end of the five-year tenure

democratic legitimacy and public participation might be

of the current board, following its appointment by the

compromised in expanded municipalities – and therefore

President of the Republic of South Africa in 2014. We

service centres would have to be established to address

spoke to Chairperson Jane Thupana about what have

the issues of proximity and access.

been the Board’s major milestones (successes and challenges) over the last five years.

“The increased demand for public participation in the decision-making process by the board is an indication

“One of our greatest challenges emanated from the

that our democracy is maturing. Citizens speak out and

apparent inability of several municipalities to deliver on

challenge the status quo, demanding not only to be

their constitutional obligations with regards to service

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into the demarcation legislative review process that is

municipalities were viable, a third in need of intervention

underway. For example, the frequent changes to municipal

while the remaining were totally dysfunctional.”

and ward boundaries are found to be disruptive to the

“Among other interventions, the minister approached

planning and service delivery efforts by municipalities.”

the board to consider amalgamating some of the

Despite the limited resources and in line with the vision

municipalities – an interesting and challenging exercise

to be the leading demarcation and knowledge hub,

that was met with excitement in some instances and

the board has, during its tenure, established a research

disapproval in others. The timing of the minister’s request,

and knowledge management unit and continues to

being too close to the local government elections, raised

enhance capabilities for research to inform demarcation

eyebrows and attracted litigation as some suspected

decisions and equip the MDB for its advisory role. Several

that the project was an abuse of the demarcation

studies were conducted, including the development

process for political gains. In the end, 10 of the 34 cases

of indicators for categorisation of municipalities into

were approved, and the board advised government

Category A or Metros to ensure consistent application

that the solution could bring its own complications –

of the demarcation criteria.


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Writers: *Simon Zwane and More Matshediso

Travel safely this festive season

T

he festive season is a time for

It has become evident over

family reunions, joy and cel-

the years that most crashes

ebrations. In South Africa, this

and fatalities take place on 16

period is characterised by high traf-

December, Christmas Day, Day

fic volumes as holidaymakers take

of Goodwill (26 December) and

long-distance trips following the

New Year’s Day. These are the

shutdown of industries and schools.

days when traffic volumes have

As a consequence of the

subsided on national routes;

increased traffic volumes and fes-

people have reached their

tivities associated with this period,

destinations and are engaging

the country usually experiences

in parties and social gatherings

Burst tyres and faulty brakes

a spike in road traffic crashes that

with associated binge drinking.

cause many road crashes.

lead to fatalities and injuries.

This festive season is going

The high levels of prevailing

to be particularly challenging

chronic non-communicable

phenomenally during this period

because these key holidays are

diseases in the country also re-

leading to an increase in instanc-

extended. With 16 December

quire that driver fitness be given

es of drunk driving. Pedestrians

falling on a Sunday, partying and

priority. Drivers with diabetes and

also throw caution to the wind

drinking will be extended into

high blood pressure, among oth-

and stagger onto the roads while

Monday. Christmas Day festivities

ers, must ensure that they take

under the influence of alcohol.

will be started earlier on 24 De-

their medication before getting

cember and extended over three

behind the steering wheel.

The abuse of alcohol increases

Fatalities over the festive season

days up to 26 December.

It is further important for drivers to have adequate sleep –

A total of 1 770 people lost their

Vigilance needed

about six to eight hours – before

lives on the country’s roads dur-

This calls for high levels of vigi-

embarking on their journey and

ing this period last year. This was

lance and responsibility from all

to take regular stops to avoid

a decrease compared to the

road users. While law enforce-

fatigue. It is advisable for a driver

2 006 lives that were claimed in

ment officers will be on the roads

to stop after every two hours or

the previous year.

to maintain order and ensure

200km of driving.

Statistics show that three provinces contribute more than

safe mobility, every individual must play their part.

Distracted driving is another factor that has become a key

50 percent of the fatalities. These

That role starts long before the

cause of road crashes. The most

are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and

trips are undertaken by ensuring

responsible thing to do is for the

Limpopo. These provinces require

that vehicles are in a roadwor-

driver to switch off their cellphone

dedicated attention to decrease

thy state. Tyres, brakes and lights

and put it away to avoid any

the number of fatalities.

must be checked ahead of time.

disturbance.

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Role of passengers and pedestrians Passengers must also be proac-

6 000 motorists were arrested for

ible to other road users. Turn on

drunken driving in the previous

headlights if necessary.

festive season.

tive and play their part. They can

• Keep to the speed limit. Speed is a major contributor in road

do this by resisting getting into

Tips for road users

fatalities and speeding can get

unsafe vehicles wherever pos-

Road users who wish to avoid

you arrested.

sible. Passengers should observe

becoming a part of the festive

• All passengers must buckle up.

the conduct of the driver and

season's statistics must consider

• Avoid overtaking when the view

ensure that he/she is not reck-

the following:

ahead is not clear or across

less and obeys the rules of the

• Be careful when travelling on

barrier lines. Many head-on col-

road at all times. More impor-

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

lisions happen because of this.

tantly, occupants must buckle up

These days are associated with

and ensure that children in the vehicle are secure and are not a distraction to the driver. Pedestrians have responsibilities

a high number of fatal crashes. • Be extremely cautious when driving between 17H00 and 23H00 as these are times when

• Maintain a safe following distance. • Plan your journey and make provision for regular stops. • Keep calm and avoid getting involved in road rage.

too. They are not mere passive

more fatal crashes occur.

participants. They must ensure

The festive season is associated

that they are visible, use pave-

with summer rainfall. Check the

Tips for train users

ments – where they are provided

weather forecast before setting

For those who prefer to use

off on a trip.

trains to reach their destinations,

– and always walk facing oncoming traffic. This will assist them

• The number of young children

Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)

to take evasive action should a

dying in crashes is increasing

spokesperson Madelein Williams

vehicle veer off the road.

at an alarming rate. Invest in a

shared some of the dos and

child-safe car seat and ensure

don’ts that railway users should

that all children are buckled up.

keep in mind.

A survey conducted by the Medical Research Council has found that alcohol is a leading

• Ensure that your vehicle is vis-

She said passengers should

cause of death on South African roads. Data from forensic mortuaries around the country has shown that 50.1 percent of people killed on the roads were three times above the legal alcohol limit and 59.8 percent of all pedestrians killed were four or five times above the legal alcohol limit. The high number of motorists who are arrested for drunken driving buttresses this point. Close to

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always wait for the train to be stationary before they board. “When boarding a train, allow passengers to exit first. Always wait behind the yellow line. Mind the gap between the train and the platform. Always use dedicated areas to cross the rail line,” Williams added. She urged passengers not to cling to the outside of a moving train for whatever reason or trespass on the rail line as it can cost them their lives. Despite the train accidents that maintained that trains are the saf-

Dealing with overcrowding

est form of land-based transport.

With regard to overcrowding on

directives to compel operators to

trains, Williams said everybody

comply with scheduling and mak-

and she advised passengers to

has a role to play in ensuring that

ing sure that delays are communi-

disembark the train immediately if

railways are safe.

cated to commuters.

have occurred in the past, Williams

However, accidents do occur

is currently addressing the challenge of overcrowding by issuing

She pointed out that vandalism

Every operator must obtain a

exacerbates the problem because

safety permit from the RSR before

trains are taken out of commission,

they can operate. The safety permit

must ensure it's safe to do so by

leaving fewer trains to transport

is issued by the RSR to the opera-

checking that there are no loose

commuters.

tor after assessing the operator’s

there is a collision between trains or a fire. “When disembarking, they

overhead wires, no spilled chemi-

The RSR has developed safety

Safety Management System Re-

cals or petroleum products in their

and security regulations which

port submission, which is a formal

path that can catch fire.

require operators to submit a plan

framework for integrating safety

on how to deal with issues such as

into day-to-day railway operations.

overcrowding.

It includes safety goals and per-

“If the accident is in a nonelectrified area, passengers must wait for instructions, from the train

“The draft regulation has been

formance targets, risk assessment,

crew, about which side of the train

made available for public com-

responsibilities and authorities,

to disembark from in case there

ment and is currently awaiting ap-

rules and procedures, monitoring

are other trains that are still utilis-

proval by the Minister of Transport.

and evaluation processes and any

ing the network. They must also

The plan requires operators to

other matter prescribed.

assist those that are injured before

state how many guards will be de-

the arrival of emergency medical

ployed on board trains and in and

services teams to the incident site,”

around stations,” she explained.

she added.

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According to Williams, the RSR

*Simon Zwane is the spokesperson at the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

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Writer: Bathandwa Mbola

President Cyril Ramaphosa, wit h Transpor t Minister Blade Nzimande and Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transpor t Ismail Vadi during a visit to a new train manufacturing facility in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

Youth driving SA back to rail L ocal youth are at the forefront

ger Rail Agency of South Africa’s

trains, over 10 years, to replace

of assembling, testing, commis-

(PRASA) rolling stock of modern

the aged current fleet for Metrorail

sioning and delivering new and

commuter trains.

and to supply technical services

modern commuter trains for South Africa. They are employed by Gibela at

Gibela – a partnership between

Alstom, a multinational world

and spares for the trains during their first 19 years in service.

leader in integrated transport sys-

The cutting-edge train produc-

the first-of-its-kind R1 billion train

tems and South Africa’s Ubumba-

tion facility was recently unveiled

manufacturing facility in Dunnot-

no Rail and New Africa Rail – was

by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It is

tar in Ekurhuleni, about 50km east

launched in 2014 to deliver on two

a critical hub for providing onsite

of Johannesburg.

major contracts for PRASA. These

maintenance and engineering

are to manufacture 580 state-of-

services, a training facility for

the-art X’Trapolis Mega commuter

railway-specific artisan skills and

It is at this new 72-hectare plant that they are building the Passen-

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an engineering centre of excellence. The construction of the factory

“The six months working here

vices. This has created more than

has changed me. It has been a

4 700 jobs which the company is

great experience since I was fresh

supporting through its activities.

commenced in January 2016 with

from college after graduating in

manufacturing activities starting

mechanical engineering at Ekhu-

10 years, the training centre is ex-

in 2017.

ruleni East College. This plant has

pected to skill over 6 700 artisans,

created a great experience for

about 2 000 engineering techni-

me and many other youth in this

cians and nearly 600 professional

area,” she said.

engineers across South Africa’s

Employment opportunities According to Gibela, currently

Another youth who is benefit-

Looking ahead over the next

rail sector.

more than 400 people are directly

ing from the project is Sibusiso

employed in the factory and it

Simelane. He is an electrical fitter

anticipates that the number will

who started working last year

A milestone for South Africa

rise to more than 1 500 once the

November after hearing about

Speaking at the unveiling of the

factory is in full production.

the project from the Department

factory to the public, President

of Labour.

Ramaphosa said it was a signifi-

Of these, more than 200 are engineers and technicians – includ-

Simelane said he had to un-

cant development for passenger

ing 80 women who have been

dergo further skills training which

rail, the economy, industrialisation

trained and deployed as full-time

was offered by the company.

and manufacturing in the country.

Gibela employees; 50 skilled and

“This is a big project for South

The President went on to

semi-skilled artisans and techni-

Africa and I'm part of making

welcome the investment com-

cians; and 65 apprentices, who

history. Even generations to follow

mitment, saying the project

began their apprenticeships at

will know about this project. It has

demonstrates the value of the

the new training centre since last

changed my life,” said Simelane.

partnership between the govern-

year.

He said the plant is helping

ment, its agencies and the private

to address the most pressing

sector, ensuring that public

(25), a semi-skilled mechanical

challenge in South Africa today:

investment in infrastructure is

filter, is one of the previously un-

unemployment, especially among

effectively leveraged to promote

employed who has benefited from

the youth.

industrialisation, localisation and

Youth such as Mapula Tsebela

the project. Responsible for the internal

The overall employment equity at the plant constitutes 49 per-

job creation. “When we talk about the expan-

installations like door trimmings,

cent female and 51 percent male,

sion of our economy, it is a place

roof arcs and seats, Tsebela from

with 635 full-time employees,

like this and people like you that

neighbouring Tsakane township,

90 percent of whom are black, ac-

we are talking about,” he added.

said the project has changed her

cording to Gibela.

life by giving her an opportunity to

To meet the demanding local

After decades of under-investment in new trains for passenger

content requirement of at least

rail transport, the President said

65 percent, Gibela has taken on

this investment signifies a new era

through a website, applied and

board 54 South African suppliers

in the modernisation of the com-

was hired in April 2018.

to supply materials, parts and ser-

muter rail network.

be employed full-time. She found out about the project

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Restoring manufacturing and creating jobs

Ramaphosa said the govern-

the factory will serve as a cata-

ment is determined to restore

lyst for the transformation of pas-

manufacturing as a growing

senger rail services and public

This factory will have a profound

sector of the economy, in large

transport more broadly.

impact not only in the sphere

because it has great potential

“It demonstrates our determi-

of public transport but also in

to create jobs, support second-

nation to develop passenger rail

developing the country’s manu-

ary industries and increase the

as a critical enabler of econom-

facturing capacity, President

country's export capacity.

ic growth and social develop-

Ramaphosa said.

“This factory will demonstrate

ment.

that South Africa has advanced

“Our railways must become

ing new trains, we have used

manufacturing capabilities that

the arteries of a growing econ-

this opportunity to invest in local

will only gain in value over time.”

omy that brings meaningful

“For instead of simply import-

industry, capabilities and skills.” After years of decline, President

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Turning to the rail sector, the President was of the view that

improvement to people’s lives,” he said.

Public Sector Manager • December 2018 / January 2019


FEATURE

Writer: Neo Semono

Artificial intelligence is changing the face of Gauteng O ften synonymous with Hol-

the provincial Department of

that through the use of drones,

lywood blockbuster mov-

Infrastructure Development (DID)

government is leveraging the use

ies and technological

and the University of Johannes-

of technology, especially that

burg.

related to the Fourth Industrial

developments of a distant future, drones have shaken off stereotypi-

The partnership has resulted in

cal thoughts that they only belong

the construction of critical infra-

on the big screen.These eyes in the

structure such as schools, clinics,

sky are fast emerging as tools that

hospitals and libraries being

largely a traditional industry,

are transforming the delivery of ser-

monitored by the use of a drone.

which one might still be forgiven

vices to Gauteng residents.

Revolution, to deliver infrastructure in a smart and efficient manner. The built environment is still

for associating with the Stone Age

came a very real part of the lives

Leveraging the use of technology

of the province’s citizens, through

Head of Department at the DID,

Development Jacob Mamabolo.

a partnership formed between

Bethuel Netshiswinzhe, believes

“Although it dates back to the

Recently, drone technology be-

era of the Flintstones. Just ask Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure

days before the building of the Egyptian pyramids, it still remains as one of the most Dark Age methods and has not yet come to where the world is today,” he said. So what do drones and construction sites have to do with each another? In May, it was announced that the DID was deploying the drone programme as a tool to monitor progress at construction sites. This essentially limited the single drone to giving the department a snapshot of the site which enabled officials to verify independently whether work is continuing, that material is on site and that the contractor adheres to

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occupational health and safety

ity to regularly monitor progress

scope variations, the shifting of

standards on site.

on site as it relates to architectural

milestones which delays service

drawings, an extremely important

delivery and leaves state coffers

ship between the DID and UJ has

feature as it empowers DID to de-

bleeding, and corruption and

been refined in recent months,

tect any variations from the plans.

fraudulent activities which have

While still in its youth, the partner-

with the department realising that

This is crucial especially in

marred the industry.

there is an opportunity to harvest

containing cost escalations and

more data than the hundreds of

guaranteeing that a project will

department to conduct quality

high images captured by drones.

be delivered in accordance with

checks during the construction

the plans.

process, as opposed to discov-

Virtual tours

The technology also helps the

Director of UJ's Centre for Ap-

ering variations only once the

Commonly known as drones,

plied Research and Innovation

project has been completed.

unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

in the Built Environment, Professor

boast top-class technologies with

Innocent Musonda, believes it is

doubt speaks to the National

simple flight controls.

now possible to process photo-

Development Plan’s outcome six

graphs taken by the “staff” com-

of an efficient, competitive and

ficials can now take a virtual tour

plement of five drones to gener-

responsive economic infrastruc-

through the construction site with-

ate both 2D and 3D models.

ture network. This infrastructure, it

out having to leave the comfort of

“We can check where infor-

Through the partnership, of-

their offices. “I can be sitting in the office and

The use of this technology no

notes, efficiently delivers essentials

mation claimed by contractors

like electricity, water and sanita-

is there or not there,” said Prof.

tion.

walk through the construction site,

Musonda, adding that pictures

without me needing to be there

from the drones are exported to

Tracking progress

and see the milestones reached

software which overlays what was

The MEC is acutely aware that, in

on site and without having to

initially imagined to be con-

past projects, it was claimed that

drive there,” remarked a clearly

structed and compares them for

activities were taking place on

chuffed MEC Mamabolo.

variations.

site when in reality very little work, if any, was taking place on the

A demonstration of how the process is carried out also shows

Measuring supplies

ground. Through the use of smart

how, through the use of technolo-

In addition to being able to ac-

technology, the department is

gy, officials can accurately meas-

curately measure supplies such

tracking progress made on a

ure quantities of materials on site

as sand on site, the technology

fortnightly basis to ensure that

– in this case at the Greenspark

makes it possible to track material

targets are reached.

Clinic, which is currently under

suppliers for maintenance pur-

construction in Fochville – with-

poses, allowing the department

tor relates to the timeous delivery

out having to physically visit the

to keep tabs of which sectors of

of infrastructure, within budget

project.

the economy are benefiting from

and with the desired quality.

Among the groundbreaking

the inputs into built projects.

A constant bugbear of the sec-

Further adding fuel to the fire in

capabilities that this collaboration

The capabilities of the pro-

an industry that continues to be

has brought to the fore is the abil-

gramme will drastically reduce

depressed are the often flawed

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tender processes where compa-

doing now is just the tip of the

ahead from a technological

nies tendering for projects submit

iceberg in terms of what we can

point of view, to bypass a number

the lowest price bids. After secur-

achieve. We are living in very ex-

of issues with other world cities

ing the tender, these companies

citing times,” said Prof. Musonda.

and to move to a new unique Af-

then introduce scope changes

Professor Murray Metcalfe of the

that will eventually drive up the

Centre for Global Engineering

cost of the project.

attests that there is a huge op-

rican form of a city to be defined by Africans.”

changing the way in which the

Benefiting communities

department is delivering on its

Acknowledging that techno-

Certainly one drone at a time is

projects, ultimately making a difference in the lives of citizens. With the help of this technology, the department is able to keep tabs on its spread of 340 projects valued at around R4.5 billion, of which R1.7 billion has been allocated for the 2018/19 financial year.

New capabilities “We are trying to improve our work and these new capabilities are an important aspect of our systematic and continued determination to root out corruption,” said MEC Mamabolo, who also spoke out against the abuse of

portunity for sub-Saharan African

“We are trying to improve our work and these new capabilities are an important aspect to our systematic and continued determination to root out corruption.”

scope changes.

logical advancements often face rejection by communities fearing a loss of jobs, these advancements can be used to the benefit of communities. “Certainly in general, people are hesitant regarding change, particularly around issues of privacy and access to personal data; we see that in Canada also. However, there is great evidence that there will be other new types of industries that will require greater human endeavour than it has in the past, while some tasks may be automated with the use of artificial intelligence. “There will be other things having to do with the advancement

Technological advancement

countries to better themselves

of human life, of research into

which was once thought to be a

through the use of technology.

healthcare and social services.

figment of movie makers, scripts

“We see this fertile combination

Certainly there are great opportu-

and imagination have come to

of the use of technology, strong

life, fundamentally changing the

engineering schools, very entre-

While the 2001 blockbuster A.I.

way the world addresses its chal-

preneurial environment and the

Artificial Intelligence was set in a

lenges.

potential growth of the economy

post-climate change era in the

given projected growth of the

future, artificial intelligence has

intelligence are not the future

populations, particularly in cities.”

arrived and is changing the world

anymore; they are the present.

“We see all those things creat-

“Digital technology and artificial

They have taken off. What we are

78

ing an opportunity to leapfrog

nities and challenges,” he said.

as we know it one drone at a time.

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APPOINTMENTS

Photographer: Esa Alexander

Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Fezeka High School in 1993

Guardian’s Top 200 Young South

and then enrolled at Technikon

Africans for Arts and Culture in

Pretoria, now Tshwane University

2009.

of Technology, to obtain her National Diploma in Ballet. Nyamza was resident dancer

one of South Africa's biggest dance festivals, the Dance

and choreographer for the

Umbrella, as its curator when it

theatre from 1997 to 2000. For the

relaunches in April 2019.

past three years she has sat on

Mamela Nyamza Deputy Artistic Director: The South African State Theatre

Nyamza will be at the helm of

Nyamza’s key role will be

the Advisory Panel in Dance for

to provide support to the

the South African National Arts

Artistic Director creatively

Council.

and administratively. She will

Nyamza is the first dance

be working closely with the

artist to be chosen as the

Education Youth and Children

The South African State

featured artist at the 2018

Theatre department, which

Theatre has appointed dancer,

National Arts Festival in

focuses on the development

choreographer and freelance

Makhanda. Other accolades

of young artists in the industry,

artist Mamela Nyamza as its

include the Standard Bank

initiating development

Deputy Artistic Director. Nyamza

Young Artist Award for Dance

programmes to support the

was born and bred in Gugulethu

in 2011, Oprah Winfrey Women

main programme and ensure

township near Cape Town.

of the Year in 2013, and

integration of the overall artistic

She completed her matric at

being among the Mail and

programme.

Simangele Ngcobo Chief Financial Officer: Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

in strategic transformation, driving

amendment of company policies

improved financial performance,

and procedures and the identifi-

corporate governance, people

cation, analysis and valuation of

management and development.

growth alternatives through acqui-

She has held senior manage-

sitions, and people management

The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) has appoint-

ment positions in a number of

ed Simangele Ngcobo as its Chief

institutions. She has served as CFO

Financial Officer (CFO).

of the KwaZulu-Natal Gambling

Ngcobo is a chartered account-

Board, Financial Manager of the

ant with more than 11 years of

Durban International Convention

financial and business experience

Centre, and Audit and Tax Special-

in the business industry.

ist at the South African Revenue

She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Honours with a Certifi-

Service. Her role at the RBIDZ will include

cate in the Theory of Accounting

financial management, budget

degree and a BCompt National

and risk control, maintaining good

Diploma in Accounting.

corporate governance, partici-

Ngcobo has a strong track record

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and development.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS Writer: Allison Cooper

Spend wisely this Christmas T

he festive season does not

budget under control and avoid

them; it puts more heart in the

have to leave a spiralling hole

expensive last-minute buys.

gift.

of debt in its wake.

“If your friends or family members

Give your precious time, instead

“Overspending is like that irritating

are driving from and to the same

debt pebble in your ‘financial shoe’.

area, consider carpooling. Using

It is best to avoid any overspending

less cars means using less fuel

this Christmas because it can have

and money. Also, avoid toll routes

big implications on your cashflow

where possible and take alterna-

and budget in the long run,” said

tive, scenic routes instead. We live in

DebtSafe’s Marketing and Sales

a beautiful country; enjoy the ride.

“save” for your obligations. Have

Manager Matthys Potgieter.

Get the best fuel consumption by

you budgeted for next year’s

“That lovely feeling of overspend-

of money, to the needy. •

Invest in money boxes as gifts for children.

Avoid buying on impulse; resist those “sale” signs.

When you see “sale”, think

driving in the highest gear pos-

school requirements – fees,

ing in November and December is

sible and maintaining a constant

stationery and uniforms?

short-lived and consumers will feel

speed,” said Potgieter.

The bottom line is that you do not

the strain of their impulsive choices

Buying gifts can eat a huge

by the end of January 2019. Do not

chunk out of your budget! “It’s

the most out of the festive season.

spend what you do not have,” said

the idea that counts. What about

Spend responsibly, keeping in mind

Potgieter.

letting the kids bake personally-de-

the commitments that await you

signed treats for your loved ones?

after the festive

says that employees often get paid

Or use available items and get

season.

early in December, making the

going with your own arts and crafts

wait for their January salary much

skills to make ornaments, coasters

longer.

or jewellery,” said Potgieter.

African Bank’s Mellony Ramalho

“January is a tough month for a

The South African Savings Institute

lot of people, with some resorting to

provides the following tips:

credit cards with reckless abandon

or taking out a loan. It is important to stay conscious of what you

Potgieter advises consumers to

If you did not budget for a festive season trip, stay at home.

spend. Rather prepare a budget to avoid overspending,” said Ramalho.

If you didn’t save, don’t borrow to spend.

Make the season’s

make sure that their pantry, fridge

gifts

and freezer are stocked with long-

instead

lasting ingredients, to keep their

of buying

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BOOK REVIEWS

Source: Jacana Media

Black Twitter, Blitz and a Boerie as Long as Your Leg (and other South African National Treasures), by Hagen Engler Black Twitter, Blitz and a Boerie as Long as Your Leg is a celebration of South Africa’s iconic people, places, situations, songs, character traits and consumer products. As a hilarious compendium of iconic South Africanness, it is a light-hearted, humorous read of multiple entries. Optimistic, topical and tongue-in-cheek, it draws on the great many things that South Africans have in common and will give us all a moment to agree on something for a change. The book celebrates the subtle aspects of South

stories on a fake pair of Ray-Bans from the robots,

African life that we all experience but don’t always

your skaftien of last night’s stew, and Zodwa Wa-

notice. Engler looks at icons of our shared South

bantu’s vosho.

Africanness that induces an excited exclamation from the reader of, “Yoh! That’s so true!” Look out for

Engler has co-written, ghost-written and edited more than 12 books.

nature writing. In the novel, A Tree for the Birds, Head captivates and enchants as he tells of the adventures of Chrisnelt, Chaminda and Pastor Kadazi as they navigate deep into the mysterious world of the Congo River, the Great Dancing Road. This story of a boy’s quest contains an urgent ecological message: a plea to break down the boundaries that humans impose on the world and to reconnect with the eternal, life-sustaining cycles of nature. Set in the heart of Africa, this powerful story at the edge of damnation bends a reflection of all of us through the eyes of a birdwatcher who sees wings fly like escaping leaves on streams of eternal water and air for all.

A Tree for the Birds, by Vernon RL Head

The book reveals Head’s deep love for nature and

In this long-awaited follow-up to his international

his penetrating and startling way of seeing birds. This

success, The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World,

story will fascinate birdwatchers, twitchers, bird-lovers

Head once again reveals his mastery of the genre of

and birders-in-training alike.

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Verwoerd. Pronounced unfit to stand trial, Tsafendas went down in history as a deranged parliamentary messenger. For 50 years, this story prevailed. However, this book now reveals the truth about Tsafendas, who was deeply political from an early age. He was arrested numerous times, starting in his birthplace, Mozambique. In Portugal, the security police opened a file on him in 1938 when he was only 20 years old. After the assassination, Tsafendas volunteered a series of incontestable political reasons for killing Verwoerd, but these, along with details of his political past, were never allowed to see the light of day.

The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The life of

Dousemetzis, who has researched the life of Tsafen-

Dimitri Tsafendas, by Harris Dousemetzis

das for 10 years, reveals the extent of the cover-up by

On 6 September 1966, in the South African House of

South Africa’s authorities and the lengths they went to

Assembly, Dimitri Tsafendas stabbed Prime Minister

to conceal the existence of Tsafendas’s opposition to

Hendrik Verwoerd to death. Afterwards, Tsafendas was

apartheid. The book exposes one of the great lies in

declared to be a schizophrenic who believed a tape-

South African history – that Verwoerd was murdered by

worm lived inside him which controlled his actions

a mad man. It also offers for the first time a complete

and that he had no political motive for assassinating

biography of this extraordinary man.

Dijo: My Food, My Journey, by Lesego Semenya Soweto-born process engineer-turned-chef Lesego Semenya, known as LesDaChef, shares his journey from the corporate world to being a chef and offers township cuisine with a twist in his debut cookbook

Dijo: My Food, My Journey. “My goal as a township-born African chef trained in fine-dining cuisine is to remove all the snobbery and showcase the important parts of our food: the stories and memories behind each dish, and the rich and beautiful heritage that comes with it,” he says. This book is an affirmation of South African cuisine, its heritage and unique flavours. Full of mouth-water-

Every dish featured in Dijo has a story of passion

ing recipes such as Cape Malay Pickled Fish, Spicy

and nostalgia. Sharing both the recipes and their

Trotters, Asian-style Oxtail, Smoorsnoek with Croutons

history will give foodies a way of getting to know

and Mint Chimichurri Crusted Lamb Rack with Mint

Lesego’s food background while growing up in

Balsamic Sauce and Sweet Potato, this book is also

Soweto, as well as the fine-dining techniques he

filled with stunning photographs and beautiful food

learn at chef school and a few hot chef secrets,

styling.

too.

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FOOD AND WINE

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Budget-beater C Christmas lunch

hristmas is all about winding down the year, families coming together, celebrat-

ing joy and, of course, food. But making a hearty Christmas dinner doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few great recipes that remain festive, but on a budget. We suggest scaling down on the main dishes and bulking up the side dishes and salads to ensure you spend less, but give your guests more variety at the table.

Main:

Roast chicken and figs Ingredients: • 8 portions bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces • 4 tbsp olive oil • 4 tsp kosher salt • 1 tsp pepper • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar • Fresh figs sliced in half Method: Heat the olive oil in a large castiron skillet over medium heat. Remove from heat and then carefully place the chicken pieces in the skillet, skin-side down. Place the skillet inside the oven. When you open the oven door, the temperature should fall quite a bit. You want the overall temperature to hover around 200 degrees. Roast chicken for 30 minutes, rotating the skillet midway through. Remove the chicken and add the figs to the skillet. Return the skillet to the oven for just four minutes so

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the figs start to caramelise. Remove the skillet and let the chicken and figs rest. Season with an extra pinch of salt and serve.

Sides: • Creamy spinach pasta • Pasta of your choice • 1 chopped onion • 4 cloves of garlic, minced • 1 tomato, finely chopped • A bag of spinach leaves • Chilli • Soy sauce • Coconut milk • Salt and pepper Method: Start by cooking the onions over a medium to low heat until they turn

salt for finishing

• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh tender herbs (such as cilantro,

translucent. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for about two

Method:

minutes before adding the coco-

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

• 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

nut milk, chilli and soy sauce. Let

In a large bowl, combine the garlic

• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pep-

it simmer for a couple of minutes

cloves, potatoes, salt and olive oil.

while the pasta is cooking.

Toss well to coat. Pour onto a bak-

• Cayenne pepper

Add the spinach and cook until

ing sheet or large casserole dish

• 8 ears corn, shucked

it is wilted and then add the pasta,

and roast for 30 minutes. Flip po-

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

mix and serve. Season with salt

tatoes only once, halfway through

and pepper to taste.

cooking. The potatoes are done

Method:

when they are golden and tender.

Prepare the grill for medium-high

Scatter with parsley, add steamed

heat (160–200 degrees) or alterna-

Ingredients:

broccoli, chopped red cabbage

tively cook on a braai. Mix butter,

• 1kg baby potatoes, washed

and salt to serve.

herbs, salt, pepper and a pinch of

Roasted potatoes and halved

chives and/or flat-leaf parsley)

per

cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

• 4 whole cloves garlic, peeled

Roasted corn with herbed butter

• 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley or

Ingredients:

five to eight minutes, turning often,

• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,

until it is tender and charred in

• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

dill • 1/2 tsp salt plus additional flaky

room temperature

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Set the herb butter aside. Brush corn with oil and grill for

spots.

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FOOD AND WINE

Transfer the corn to a large

Method:

• 3/4 cup milk

platter or bowl and spread with re-

• 1 tbsp agave

Chia Parfait

served herb butter, dividing evenly.

• 1 handful mango,

To make the chia pudding, start

chopped

by adding the chia seeds, milk

Desserts

• 1 handful raspberries

and agave to a bowl or jar and

A Christmas dessert doesn’t have

• Beetroot powder

mix well. Mix it once more about

to be loaded with sugar. Try this

• Coconut whipped

15 minutes later and let it rest

delicious but healthy and budget-

cream

overnight.

friendly option of individual des-

• 2 cans full fat coconut milk

serts.

• 1 splash maple syrup

Divide the chia pudding in half and add little cubes of mango to

or sweetener of choice

one half and beet powder and

(optional)

raspberries to the other half. Mix

Christmas chia and coconut parfait

• Chocolate bark

both puddings very well and let

Ingredients:

• 1 splash vanilla extract

them sit a bit so the colours are

• 1/4 cup chia seeds

(optional)

absorbed. To serve, add fruit of your choice to the bottom, 1/2 banana and a few big splashes of the coconut liquid left from making the coconut whipped cream. Then add the chia pudding and top it with the coco whipped cream, fruits and chocolate bark. Method:

Coconut whip To make the coconut whipped cream, you need a can of full fat coconut milk. Flip it upside down and put it in the fridge overnight. This allows the fat and water in the coconut milk to separate. The fat is what you need to make the whipped cream. Open the can, scoop out the solid part and whip it up using a hand mixer. You can serve it as is or add a splash of vanilla and maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice.

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CAR REVIEWS FEATURE

Writer: Ashref Ismail

New Ford EcoSport: a mini urban warrior S

ince its first launch back in

EcoSport, with the “off-road” look

restless and a slew of new models

2013, Ford’s EcoSport went on

spare wheel hanging out at the

to compete with the EcoBoost were

to create a new niche, that of

rear, appealed to the outdoorsy

launched by rival manufacturers.

the mini sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

folks and the introduction of the

These included the Honda BR-V,

Coming in at a time when SUVs were

one-litre, three-cylinder engine

Toyota Rush, Jeep Renegade, Opel

just beginning to make a huge im-

was an absolute blast. Excellent

Mokka, Renault Duster and Mazda

pact on vehicle sales globally, this

performance from a frugal engine

CX-3, among others.

segment quickly gained ground lo-

meant it pressed many people’s

cally too.

buttons in all the right places. The

While the size of a typical SUV

high ground clearance, a com-

Segment leader So, to continue being the seg-

was still a bit prohibitive given its

manding view of the road ahead,

ment leader, Ford unveiled a

cumbersome stance and dimen-

perceived greater space and the

new EcoSport that is even more

sions, the EcoSport gained the

macho image of a tiny SUV was an

practical, refined, safe and that

attention of many young and

unbeatable combination. It could

comfortable, while offering an ex-

trendy small families who wanted

be said that Ford may have offi-

ceptional level of standard features

the personality of a go-anywhere,

cially started the mini-SUV segment

that once again contribute to this

do-anything type of vehicle without

and sales charts were set alight

model’s unrivalled value for money.

having to fork out wads of hard-

making the EcoBoost one of the

And let’s be honest, it still remains

earned cash at the fuel pumps.

best-sellers in the segment.

one of the cutest designs, retain-

The tiny dimensions of the

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shape. So, externally, it follows a

transmission. Over and above all

rather evolutionary progress rather

the offerings of the Ambiente series,

of a remote key and keyless

than a revolutionary one.

this model gains Hill Launch Assist

push-button start, with the added

The 1.5 TDCi Ambiente is the entry

Access to the cabin is by means

and Roll Stability Control, black roof

convenience of global remote-

point into the EcoSport range, but

rails, front and rear fog lamps, LED

operated opening and closing of

it boasts an appreciably high and

daytime running lamps and sporty

the windows. The driver and pas-

very competitive level of standard

gunmetal grey and 16-inch alloy

sengers are cosseted in luxurious

equipment. On the safety front, the

wheels.

leather seats with leather trim also

specification includes Electronic

Interior appointments are also

used on the steering wheel. The

Stability Control, six airbags, ISOFIX

stepped up a notch and in addi-

cabin ambience can be adjusted

child seat mounting points, rear

tion to SYNC®3, there is a 6.5-inch

to suit the occupants’ moods, with

parking sensors and manually acti-

colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and

upmarket interior LED lighting.

vated ‘home safe’ headlamps.

voice control, as well as two USB

Electric windows are provided all

Driving convenience is enhanced

ports with charging and multime-

through the provision of an auto-

round, along with remote central

dia functionality. Safety additions

dimming rearview mirror, electronic

locking, a perimeter alarm and

include a driver’s knee airbag,

climate control, cruise control with

power side mirrors. A six-speaker

powered child door locks, a That-

adjustable speed limiter, the fully

Ford audio system is provided,

cham alarm with double dead-

featured SYNC®3 with navigation

linked to SYNC® with Bluetooth

locking and an extra 12-volt power

system incorporating a large eight-

and voice activation, plus steering

point at the rear.

inch full-colour touchscreen, and a

wheel audio controls. The instru-

In line with its range-topping

ment cluster also incorporates a

status, the EcoSport Titanium is

trip computer.

exceptionally well-appointed. Exter-

Ford audio system with seven highend speakers. With fuel prices increasing every

nally it is distinguished by striking

Award-winning engine

month, many folks would be look-

17-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails,

ing at downsizing. If you happen to

The Trend series introduces the

LED daytime running lights, plus

be looking for an affordable, trendy

multiple award-winning 1.0 Eco-

automatic headlight activation,

vehicle with an active lifestyle im-

Boost engine, with the choice of

‘home safe’ lighting and rain-sens-

age, make a turn at your local Ford

a six-speed manual or automatic

ing wipers.

dealership.

Engine

1.5 TDCi

1.0 T

Fuel

(Diesel)

(Petrol)

Power

74kW @ 3 750rpm

92kW @ 6 000rpm

Gears

5 Forward

6 Forward

0–100km/h

14.5secs

12.7secs

Fuel consumption

5.5l/100km

6.5 and 7.5l/100km

Service plan

4 year/60 000km

4 year/60 000km

Roadside assistance

Yes

Yes

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GROOMING AND STYLE

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Festive fashion I

f you are looking for some festive fashion that won’t break the bank, look no further. We have a selection of items that will be perfect for your own wardrobe or as a gift for family and friends.

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3 1 Golf shirts are perfect-smart-casual wear for summer, like this Soviet short-sleeve, slim-fit pique golfer, R279. 2 H&M has a brand-new collection which is available in store now, Moschino [tv] H&M collection t-shirt, R429. 3 Miss Maxi creates contemporary affordable accessories. This PU strap chocolate brown watch from Zando.co.za is a great gift option, R299. 4 Choose from a range of trendy tees like

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this Nike Icon Futura Carbon Heather Obsidian t-shirt, R279. 5 Keep the sun at bay with this Puma sport-style black cap, R199.

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6

Trendy tees are the way to go, Moschino [tv] H&M collection t-shirt, H&M, R329.

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This G Couture pearl-button beach top is perfect for a day at the beach, R189.

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Accessorise your smart or casual outfit with this happy floral yellow scarf, New Look, Zando.co.za, R189.

9 You can never go wrong with jewellery for that perfect Christmas stocking filler. This pack of three pearl and tassel sets from Queenspark is beautiful, R119. 10 This lightweight emerald tunic dress is just adorable and easy to wear, Utopia, Zando.co.za, R199.

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TRAVEL

Writer: Duane Stacey Photographer: Estie Anderssen

From Greyton to McGregor

W

here to start? That is the

suggest that we are not entirely

gorges and tranquil rock pools.

question in my head

sure if we are on the correct trail.

Of course, the birdlife is exquisite

as I try to unpack an

This is confirmed as our initial

and if you are quiet and lucky

incredible hike through nature’s fin-

undulating trail spits us out, near

enough, you may catch sight

est scenery. It started off ordinarily

our car but at the start of Greyton

of some wild animals like duiker,

enough, driving through the quaint

national park situated at the bot-

grey rhebuck, klipspringer, ba-

little town of Greyton, in the Western

tom of Narina street. This short up

boon, dassie, spotted genet and

Cape, looking for a place to park

and down detour would prepare

leopards.

our car and head out on an over-

us well for what lay ahead.

night adventure. After a quick coffee at one of

It certainly is not the flattest

On a hot summer’s day, the refreshing sound of a waterfall

hike and some degree of fit-

is too good to resist and even

the local restaurants and a reas-

ness is strongly encouraged as

though the legs are weary there

sessment of our departure point,

you make your way along the

seems to be a certain freshness

it is with some trepidation that we

Boesmanskloof Trail, which winds

among the group as the pace

find shade near a structure which

its way through the Riviersonder-

quickens down a staircase that

seems to resemble the start of

end Mountains that separate

has been crafted into the moun-

some hiking trails and set off on

the two villages of Greyton and

tainside. The water is cold and

quite a rapid ascent.

McGregor.

offers us the opportunity to refill

It’s not long before we reach

our low supplies of water. Some

a summit and the path turns us

Magnificent viewpoint

in the group opt to fully immerse

back in the direction from which

The early jeep track leads you up

themselves in the water as many

we came. Some out of breath

towards a magnificent viewpoint

of the aches and pains from the

mutterings among the group

called Breakfast Rock. Aptly

day’s travels cease to exist in this

named, the breakfast snacks

moment of paradise.

were passed around as we took some time to appreciate the hard work it had taken to get to this

The top pool can get very busy as many hikers make their way

point.

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Luscious paradise

It’s well worth taking a breather

down for a lunch-time stop, but

here as the uphill battle con-

this luscious paradise extends

tinues all the way to signage

further downriver into multiple

indicating the “Boesmanskloof

other pools. If you are looking for

Hiking Trail”. About 7km in

a bit more privacy, it is well worth

marks the beginning of your

making your way downstream to

decent into a world of beautiful

a place where others would not

Cape Fynbos wildflowers, steep

even know you were sitting.

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The waterfall stop marks 9km

Heaving oxygen into our lungs

many sighs of relief.

into the walk leaving just 5km to

we regroup slowly and trudge the

Starting the hike before 8am

complete the 14km trail. However,

final few steps to what would be

meant a 3pm arrival and we now

this is where the trail really begins

home for the night.

had the rest of the day to spend

to feel like you are in the middle

Die Galg is a group of huts run

of the mountains as single tracks

by Barry and his wife Ruth Ooost-

from the day. Thousands of sugar

meander along the river and

huizen. They offer all the amenities

birds jostle for position on the

through some overgrown sec-

one might need for an overnight

brightly coloured flowers which

tions.

stay. We are particularly happy

are farmed around the huts and

that we did not need to carry any

it is these sounds and the crack-

it is evident that the birdlife is

bedding or food, although on this

ling of firewood that we enjoy as

thriving as different calls echo

scorching day as we clambered

the sun sets over a beautiful day

through the valley. We reach a

up the final steps we were con-

in the mountains. Tomorrow we

small overhanging cave which

cerned that we had not ordered

would do it all again in reverse.

would offer another great rest

enough liquid refreshments. For-

point, but knowing we are close

tunately, Ruth is accommodating.

to the finish we push on, ignoring

She has been doing the shop-

the last offer of shade.

ping for hikers for many years and

In the quietness of our footsteps

spotted this flaw in our order, so

Final destination

when we opened the fridge on

In hindsight this was a mistake, as

arrival there were

suddenly the path shoots verti-

around the pool, retelling tales

For more information call 028 254 9414/9564 or email: info@greytontourism.com. You will require a hiking permit which can be bought at the Greyton Tourism office.

cally as we ascend out of the valley to the huts silhouetted into the maintain peaks. It is only 1km, but without a doubt the toughest kilometre we have faced today. As a group we are defeated just a few hundred metres from our final destination.

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NICE-TO-HAVES FEATURE

Writer: Nicholas Francis

‘Tis the season

to be gifting A

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re you scratching your head trying to figure out what gifts

to get your friends and family

this holiday season? Well, let us take the stress off your shoulders with these amazing gift options for mom, dad and

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the kids that won't break the bank.

Gifts for home 1. Jo Malone London Peony & Blush suede home candle, R565. 2. Present Time Stripes vase glass,

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R349. 3. Humble & Mash oil and vinegar pourer, R129.

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Gifts for her

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4. The Body Shop almond milk and honey gift set, R510. 5. Aldo Prianna hoop earrings, R149. 6. Nike gym tote, R499.

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Gifts for him 7. Happy Socks gift box, R499.

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8. Quicksilver vintage wallet, R299. 9. Philips aquatouch wet and dry electric shaver, R559.

Gifts for kids

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10. Paw Patrol wallet and watch set, R139.

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11. Typo shower speaker, R299.

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12. PS4 FIFA 19 game, R999.

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Public Sector Manager Aimed at all middle and senior managers in the Public Service and the Public Sector in general, Public Sector Manager...

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Public Sector Manager Aimed at all middle and senior managers in the Public Service and the Public Sector in general, Public Sector Manager...