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FIKILE’S MOTHER HAS DISSAPEARED ! ‘‘ALL BECAUSE OF FELICIA’’

DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL

RESIDENTS of Mandela, Emaphupheni (MA14) and Etwatwa gathered together to say “enough is enough”. These angry residents say they are tired of the woman they call “a witch” in their community. “Felicinade Sithole known to many as Felicia; she is just causing us trouble.” They laid their story to Vutha news like this, “It all started last year when our Fikile Khoza died on the 6th of December last year. Fikile was a friend to Felicia, who sells vegetables for a living. They used to stay and chat together,” they said. They said that the problem started when Felicia's man developed feelings for Fikile. “Fikile was not even interested in her man, but was jealous because Fikile was more beautiful than her,” they said. “That is when we realised her madness and how dangerous she was,” they told vutha news. They say on the night when Fikile was killed, “Felicia went with Francina Sithole, her friend at Fikile's house to go and tell Fikile's parents that she is having an affair with Felicia's man. Fikile's mother told them that she cannot talk to them alone. She then went to fetch her husband at the other house in the same yard.” They said that as

soon as Fikile's mother came back to the house, she found her daughter in the pool of blood on the floor. They allege that by the time Fikile's mother returned inside the house, she found Felicia alone and Francina was nowhere to be found at the time. An ambulance was called and waited upon until Fikile died.

They continued by telling Vutha news that Fikile's mother opened a case against Felicia, however she never stood long at prison. “She only stayed for a week and she was released.” They said that Felicia went out to the community and told them that she was untouchable and no one can do her anything. “We went to Etwatwa police station to query about her case but we were told that she's got money and we don't have it.” When Vutha news asked them the names of the police officers who told them that they don't have money and Felicinade has got it they said “It was kopano, Bless and the other police officer who are friends with Felicia. What boiled these residents is that it's been almost three weeks now since Fikile's mother has been missing. “Felicia wanted to Fikile's mother to ask her to drop all charges she has made against her but when

she refused she sent in people to kidnap her. The police were also asking us where is Fikile's mother, how the hell are we supposed to know.”

“The sad part is that we don't even know if she is still alive or dead.” The angry residents said when Felicia's man ran and disappeared, she found herself another boyfriend who happened to be her traditional healer, the one who they claim “has helped her be free from the police and for her to get away with everything.” Vutha news was told that this traditional healer has a wife who he stays with. “His wife came to us; the community of Ma14since she knows that there is history between Felicia and the community to help us get rid of this woman once and for all. That is when we decided to burn down the place where this healer works and her own house.” “There are people who claim to be police officers who harass us at our houses and when we ask for their search warrant they don't produce them.” The police wanted to search their houses to check all stolen goods they got from Felicia's house.

They said after Felicia's house was burned down, she moved from Maphupheni (MA14) to stay at Mandela with her brother. The reason why they gathered together was because they wanted the people who got arrested to be freed. When Vutha news asked the station Commander of Etwatwa Police station, Kennel Maoto how come police officers go to people in a case like this to search their houses and don't produce warrant of search he said, “we as the Police, we are allowed to search a house without a warrant of search. The reason is for instance, we apply for the search warrant which can take longer whilst on the other hand a thief can move the stolen goods form his/her house to another place where we can never find them.” The station commander appeal to the residents of Etwatwa to come with evidence about the kidnapping of Fikile's mother. “There was no concrete evidence on Felicia's matter, but should we get any evidence, we will be more than glad to investigate even further on this matter,” he said.

‘‘SEX CAN BE GREAT, BUT IT IS NOT A TOY! P2

13 PEOPLE ARRESTED! SEE PAGE 4


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‘‘SEX CAN BE GREAT, BUT IT IS NOT A TOY’’

The Daveyton SAPS held a youth prior seminar with youth members of different churches. The churches which were there was Tower of Strength, Glory to God and God spiritual Christian Church. Pastor Eric Ngoepe from tower of strength was the main speaker. He touched on issues of sexual myths and the churches responses. “Sex is not what you need to be happy with but if you have sex in the right place at the right time with the right person then you can be marvellously happy,” the pastor said.

He told the youth that sex is not the cure for happiness instead there is more unhappiness caused by the wring sex. He then quoted the bible on Provebs5 verse15-18. He advice the young ones that sex involve an individual, your partner and your family especially when diseases are transmitted. He also told them that sex can be great fun but it's not a toy. He told them that sex is very serious and the consequences of it. Warrant officer A lpheus Morage reminded the youth the story of June 16 in 1976 and the importance of celebrating it.

The theme of the event was to show the youth that not only can they celebrate June 16 at Soweto. “The day must be celebrated all over even in churches,” said Inspector Nakana of the Daveyton Saps. Pastor November, of Glory to God wanted the event to take place every year. He thanked the Daveyton Saps for the event they organised. The Daveyton Business forum sponsored the event with drinks and the SAPS would like to thank them.

SAPS DOOR TO DOOR CAMPAIGN

EDITOR' S NOTE We are happy to have come back to again after two lovely weeks. The reason we are here is because of you and we would like to thank all our readers who got back to us via our face book page. When Vutha news was first distributed, we saw happy faces all the way and the reason was people were happy to see our new baby being delivered. Every time I have to write stories, I meet all different people and the stories make our news paper have value. In this issue, we are celebrating youth month and father's day. It is so dear to see a father raising his kids on his own in the absence of their mother. We got a story of that precious father who is playing both roles of a mother and a father.

EDITOR Bonolo Thebe JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Winile Goodman Mdaka SALES AND MARKETING Dimakatso Banda OFFICE ADMINISTATOR Zanele Mahlangu

Again, we've got controversial story on our front page, hope you enjoyed reading about it and the stories in Vutha news.

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CAREER

TASTE OF GRAHAMSTOWN

EXPO

IN BENONI

fields represented at the expo.

The City of Ekurhuleni's annual career expo is growing bigger with more stakeholders from various fields securing exhibition spaces in earnest to be part of the 2011 career expo extravaganza in Boksburg's Birchwood Hotel between 06 and 08 July. Major companies such as G r i n a k e r LTA , A i r p o r t Company of South Africa (ACSA) Geographic Information Systems, Telkom and KPMG to name a few, have given the local authority thumbs-up and will be showcasing their career and entrepreneurial opportunities to hundreds of young people expected at the 2011 expo. Exhibitors will showcase an array of fileds ranging from media, engineerig, film and Tv productions, perfoming arts, commerce and geography industries. Government departments will also be part of the expo. The City of Ekurhuleni has invited the youth of the region to come and be equipped on issues pertaining to careers and entrepreneurship. The first day will mark the opening of the career expo and will also see the hosting of the graduate session targeting graduates with the aim of exposing them to career opportunities in the various

The second day which is aimed at Grade 10 and 12 learners, students from FET Colleges and other institutions of higher education and training will give advice on career paths and various funding assistance offered by the private sector and government institutions. On the last day the focus will shift to out of school youth and what entrepreneurial opportunities are available for this group. “In the last couple of years the Career Expo has played a key role as an information sharing platform to the youth of the region. This year we have allocated each youth category a day in order to zoom in to the specific challenges faced by that group and the interventions thereof,” explains the City's spokesperson Zweli Dlamini. “Our key focus for the 2011 Youth Development initiatives is to enable access to development, career and entrepreneurial opportunities for the unemployed and/or unskilled youth of Ekurhuleni.” Dlamini pointed out that although the expo falls in July, it forms part of the metro's commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the 1976 June uprising.

Sibikwa arts centre held “Ha re eng Grahamstown” meaning lets go to Grahamstown. The theme was bought by Sibikwa because they wanted their work and talent to be seen by people in Ekurhuleni before it can be seen by people in Grahamstown. “Last year, the Sibikwa Arts Dance Company won an Ovation Award at the Grahamstown national Festival of the Arts for their exhilarating and artistic work,” said one of the Dancers and

choreographers of the D a n c e C o m p a n y, Nkantolo Freddy Zwane who also is the SAA coordinator.

South African dance. The event took three days at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni and amongst other groups besides the Dance Company with a new inspiring piece of Contemporary dance the Sibikwa Arts African Orchestra, where tradition meets with Jazz to create something new also performed.

Their latest collaboration with Thabo Rapoo Called Public Oscillation, explores 'emotion' and 'opinion'. The Sibikwa Arts Dance Company is compressed with six dynamic male dancers who are at the forefront of exploring innovative, cutting-edge

Sibikwa has been going to Grahamstown to perform and compete for almost 20

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DO YOU NORMALLY LEAVE YOUR 5C CHANGE AT THE SHOP? WHY?

Lerato Setshwane from EXT 9

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alone?

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for my groceries.

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Kutlwano Mcflurry mogasoa from Daveyton Well i do leave my change. It only happens that I leave 5c behind at the counter. But I will now start saving them. Starting from today, I will wait for my change no matter how little it can be.

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REARRAGING YOUR THINKING Pastor Sekele Before I start with Self awareness, I want to invite you to take a journey with me. It will be a journey of self awareness and it will lead you to understand why we are behaving the way we behave in life which results to us being stagnant. It will help us to change the way we do things and guide us to fulfil our things. There are 16 Blogs of your heart or mind which contain in it things that complete life. Everyone must be filled with these things in order to be successful. The 16 blogs contain in it Love, nurturing, understanding, spiritual understanding, gender identity and trust to mention but a few. If one of these things are not found

in their blogs, it means your heart is broken and it is not complete. Most people grow up without love form parents and without being nurtured and affirmed. They do not know how the love form is their parents. These empty blog create unmet need, unhealed hurts and unresolved issues. Many turn into bad behaviour which cannot be changed by anything unless they start meditating on the word of GOD. Self awareness programme helps an individual to look at themselves and see why they behave the way they

behave, you will stop blaming others, you will stop and realise that sex, alcohol, smoking drugs will not fill anyone of these blogs. Once we have shown you what you need or what is hurting you, we will then take you to the mountain called strong hold and this is where many people start to give up. They are governed by whatever they run to or by their hiding place. Until next time when we help you to see the blogs of your heart. Remember Jesus came to heal your broken heart.

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13 People have been arrested in connection with Arson in which a house in Lucky Garden was burned down, by a group of people.

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It is alleged that on Monday 2011-06-20 Police received a complaint of arson at Lucky Garden, Mandela Section Etwatwa. The house was set alright, by of group of people. No one was injured. It is alleged that a group of people accused another women over a man.

Section. Running away from the mob. One of the suspect is Mercy who allegedly informed the mob that the complainant has stolen her husband and stay at Mandela. That is where a group went out before setting the house alight stolen Some house hold goods. Stolen goods were found in the house of some suspects. The case of theft and arson is opened. 13 suspects will appear at the Daveyton investigate on Thursday. 2011-06-23.

The complainant moved from Emaphupheni Section to Mandela

Letter’s to the editor Orphan story touched my heart Bonolo the story you published on the 17 June 2011 about those children who don't have parents touched me a lot. It reminded me of the sister I have who takes care of me. I related well to the story because my mother died and she had to take over as my mother because we were left with no one. I want to thank my sister who always makes sure that there is always food on the table for me. I know that it's hard for her because she is also young and she wants to live her

life but she has sacrificed her life for me. I would like to thank her for being the most caring and loving woman. I was twelve when my mother died, she was still at school but she has always taken the responsibility to be a mother to me. Thank you sis Maki! Vutha news Please put more so that people can relate to and know that they are not the only ones who go through pain but there are other people going through the the same thing or ever worse than them. Please put more stories about churches, rape cases, and

school news. From Twinkie Bandaras Emaphupheni. Winning letter Thank you so much twinkie for writing to us. We are sorry for your mother's loss but what you say about your sister is so profound. Please come and collect your R100 at our office. Phone Zanele on 083 817 0510. Bonolo Thebe Editor

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you. Let the paper go to people. You can always go to places like Las Ve g a s , E t h e n d e n i , Mandela, Pinki shop, Shamase, Sgodi, and Caltex. People cannot find the paper at these busy places. What's wrong with you? If you turn to work like this you will end up being like Daveyton/Etwatwa Daveyton express and we don't want that to happen to you Vutha.

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OVERALL TALK with Martin Rygaardt

Art is one of the trendiest marks everywhere. Martin Rygaardt, the founder of Bonakala Sports Arts and Culture (BSAC) that was established in 2009, has added value and flash in the youth of Etwatwa with Art. Bonolo Thebe caught up with him. Tell us about yourself! I love singing and when I grew up I had tried by all means to be in the music industry but I was wretched to get the breakthrough. I then looked for a job where I was a store manager in Boksburg. I didn't have Matric so I decided to go back to school and attend late classes at the Adult Centre whilst I was working. I furthered by studies and did my BA Commerce majoring in Business management and auditing. And…tell us more! All 50 member’s of Bana ba sefapano choir BANA ba Sefabano, a choir group from Daveyton has been running for 12 years now and it consists of fifty Youth Artist/Members. “ A s a Yo u t h C h o i r, o u r membership is recruited from our local community, most of whom are still scholars and students plus the unemployed,” said the choir master of the group, Patrick Monareng. The purposes of the choir's formation are to unite the youth, promote talents and create an enabling,non-threatening environment that the community can associate with. “Our main objectives are to contribute towards improving social responsibilities, and the Choir is in a process of community building; rather than a one-time event or a short-term development; to build a lifelong sustainable connection with local organizations and the community at large,” Patrick said. The Choir rehearses are four times a week from 18h00 to 20h00(Mondays – Thursdays; and weekends for performances or events); “ We participate in Community outreach programs like fundraising for the needy and we interact with diverse cultures in Groups/Choirs facilitations and other activities involving the youth and the community. Our activities encourage active participation and make participants see themselves as leaders and role models for intercultural social development. “We think in terms of abundance and opportunity rather than shortage and adversarial competition. “We think 'We' not 'Me' and as a team we work together towards achieving a common vision,” said Patrick. When asked what is Bana ba sefapano all about they answered by saying, “Bana Ba Sefapano Choir is dominated by the Youth and we believe we can make a difference in community and contribute towards advancing social-responsibilities in community building.”

They have been performing at various occasions and their biggest breaks was when they participated at the official opening of the Victims Empowerment Centre; held at Brakpan Police Station in 2010,Selected to perform at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ekurhuleni Fan Parks (Dries Niemandt Park in Kempton Park); performed and donated at the Bible Society of South Africa Fund Raising Gospel festival held at Stompie Hall in Etwatwa Daveyton.

‘‘We think ‘we’not ‘me’’’ Their challenge is individual choir members backgrounds form part of the disadvantaged families, poor support due to financial constraints or unemployment derails progress in reaching and advancing the objectives of our Choir like funding regarding the payment of transport to performances; “It is difficult to perform six hours on an empty stomach and getting back home still nothing on the table,” he said. There are however many expenses coupled with running the Choir, “we rely on Funding only on our own fundraising events and the support of our local Community and this only assists us on a shortterm basis, because we have to assist Artists with transportation to and from the rehearsal venue; buy or acquire uniform, Catering, and Transportation to different performances, events and occasions it still becomes an obstacle,” he added. “Our Music is on level O meaning our music is not being played on radio stations because it is not making money for them. It is not considered as an advancement tool that can be utilized in the advancement of talents and upl i f t i n g o f t h e Yo u t h , ” h e concluded. Bana Ba Sefapano Choir has recorded (3) CD's and recently recorded their first DVD.

I worked for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network (NPPHCN); I was the resource centre manager. I loved my work so much but I still had the talent to sing. I then resigned to start Bonakala Sports Arts and Culture (BSAC) in 2009. I relocated to Etwatwa to promote Arts because I wanted them to be successful in terms of arts since I didn't get that. Why Etwatwa of all places? I saw hidden talent in Etwatwa and I wanted it to be exposed. What was the main aim of starting BSAC? We are exposing and promoting hidden talents at grassroots level. We want people of Etwatwa to turn their talents into a career. We have a event coverage programme for those who are interested in TV presenting, we have a mobile website that is not only local but international and in it we have on-line Journalist trainees and we have registered them with arts for life academy. We have also again a resource centre to give young ones access information and assist them with their school projects and researches. So far, what have been your greatest achievements? I have achieved a lot. BSAC is a 2year organisation but we are very strong. We is so proud to have produced professionals. So far, we have Brain Zulu, who is currently acting as Jeffrey on Isidingo, we have Tholakele Nkosi, whom we are taking for TV presenting Course at the SABC. I believe that there is still more to be produced. We are on the right track.

Martin Rygaardt founder of Bonakala sports arts and culture. What are the challenges you come across as BSAC? We are facing a dry season of funding. I contribute my money as much as I can to these children. I have also invested my life in BSAC because I take these children as my own. I took my failure on me being not being able to succeed as a musician and turned it to an opportunity for them to become better. You never finish a sentence with out the mention of Bonakala, what about your family? As a community person, I couldn't get along with my family. They believed that as a father a husband, I must work and get up everyday. we then parted ways. Bonakala members are my family. It must have been a difficult leaving your well off paying job to start BSAC, how was the experience like. Don't you sometimes regret leaving your job? I don't regret anything. I face my life as it comes. I have always wanted to do art and that's exactly what I am doing. I am the best at what I do (art) and I am good at it. The young people whom I teach, they make me proud and they are the ones that make me want to wake up everyday and continue doing it.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO FATHERS

Healing Centre Family church (HCFC) honoured fathers and treated them special. Youth, mothers and children shared to the congregation and told fathers how special they are to them. “All the fathers in the church will not participate on the service,” said the

youth pastor Samuel Macingwana Mchunu.

HCFC was established in 1994 by two pastors Marriam and Ephraim Mchunu. The church is currently lead by Sarah Mchunu. The church has a membership of 1500 and

currently has a satellite church in Tshepo- themba. They have youth programmes in line that in it i n c l u d e s A r t s a n d c u l t u re programme, School programmes and Interact with spots clubs.

Elder Mahlangu...telling the congregation that all father’s are gifts from God.

Sunday school children celebrating father’s day and telling all the father’s at church how special they are. Church Choir singing for the father’s during the service.


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GATVOL AVANZA DRIVERS! Avanza drivers strike coming soon... Avanza and the community of Daveyton and Etwatwa will be having a strike. When asked what was reason for the strike they said it is because they are tired of being violated by the BTA. “Every time we rank on the streets is either we have to bribe the police authorised by the BTA or we lose money from our passengers,” the drivers said. Taxi industry in Daveyton and Etwatwa started with 'amaphela' meaning private cars and there were buses owned by the city council. At a later stage Benoni Taxi Association (BTA) took over from the council. These drivers say the reason why they brought Avanzas in the first place is because they are faster than taxis and they wanted to upgrade with the standard. “BTA agreed to it that we bring forth the Avanzas and rank with them,” they said. These angry drivers told Vutha news that anyone who is driving an Avanza are people

from Daveyton and Etwatwa. “Most drivers who are driving quantum taxis are not from Daveyton neither Etwatwa but are from other places. They are taking our work”, they said. They said the reason why the Quantum owned taxis are removing the Avanzas on the route is because “they know that we are making money more than them.” “We get fined R1500 every time we are caught driving from Etwatwa to Daveyton.” The drivers say every time a passenger goes from Etwatwa to Daveyton square with an Avanza it is cheaper than when you use a taxi. They alerge that the Avanzas where closed down on the 11th of April 2011. “Last year Avanzas were also closed but it only affected Etwatwa west. An agreement was made between BTA and Ekurhuleni and we got back on the route. The only problem is the chairman of BTA who makes

money out of us so he can also buy himself taxis,” Said the angry driver. They continued by saying “we want the constitution of BTA to change since they are using the 1984 one and we are now in 2011.” The drivers said they have been involving the police and the only response they get form the police is that they will not interfere with things involving the taxi drivers because they end up killing them as well. “We are only going to involve the Metro police because they do not take sides,” they added. The strike has also affected the workers and commuters will be left stranded without transport. Vutha news could not get hold of BTA to comment.

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DISMISSED The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has dismissed 78 Samwu members for illdiscipline. The workers' services were terminated with effect from 8 June 2011 following their complete disregard of a management instruction. In a letter dated the 25 th February 2011, the municipality informed 95 workers from the Springs Parks depot that they had been placed under suspension pending their submission of representations on as to why they should not be dismissed – following their role in the strike action that erupted with the dismissal of seven of their shop stewards on 11 February 2011. This was after the workers who went on strike during the strike action set two municipal trucks on fire. “The municipality had no choice but to suspend the workers and invite them to make submissions as why they should not be dismissed because we viewed the incidents that occurred during the strike in a very serious light,” explains metro spokesman Zweli Dlamini.

municipality as your employer. You have thus portrayed a total lack of respect and will to subject yourself to the directives and instructions of the municipality. This been indicative of your regarding yourself as not been subject to such directives and therefore will not respect the instructions of your employer. “The cornerstone of the employment relationship is the hierarchal arrangement that exists between an employer and employee. When an employee regards him/herself as been not subject to the directives of an employer, then the basis of the existence of the employment relationship is in question. “The municipality herewith summarily terminates your employment due to your total disregard for your employer and your participation in the activities as enunciated in the letter dated the 25th February 2011 as well as the status as reflected in the letter dated the 5th May 2011,” reads the letter of dismissal.”

Several incidents of lawlessness characterised the strike action. Among these were: intimidating and assault of non-striking workers, trashing of streets and the general vandalism of municipal property.

“The complete disregard of the municipality's directive is a clear act of severing relationships between the employer and the employees and a decision had to be taken by management that will at the end of the day benefit the people of Ekurhuleni who deserve quality services.

“The municipality also views the participation of the workers in illegal activities during the strike action as a justifiable cause to terminate their employment,” Dlamini concludes.

As a metro we also believe in very disciplined workers and therefore we cannot compromise ourselves by allowing illdisciplined workers to work for this municipality,” Dlamini points out.

Only 15 of the employees made submissions and the rest disregarded the call. “….. The municipality notes that you have wilfully and deliberately ignored or alternatively refused, by your conduct, to submit the required representations. This refusal to make the representations, on two separate occasions, points to your utter disregard for the

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JUNE 16 COMMEMORATION DAY DAY ETWATWA police station hosted an event at the Mandela sports ground in Etwatwa and featured Junior Khanye former Kaizer Chiefs player. Khanye was opening a new chapter of his life and gave back to Community. The theme of the event was to Introduce Sporting Codes (Soccer, Netball, volleyball and indigenous games) to the community and to celebrate youth day. About 300 people attended the event.

yourself and lead by example” she said. Ward Councillor Sachmo Mxabangeli of Ward 65, Mandela and Etwatwa east graced the event and encouraged the youth to partake in sports activities and most important to take education more seriously.

Julia Mbatha from Love Life explained to the youth the i m p o r t a n c e o f Etwatwa Youth Desk during commemorating youth Day introduction sporting codes. particularly June 16; because youth of 1976 died for us to get the freedom we have today. Ms Shirley Motivational Speaker from Daveyton gave words of an advice to Etwatwa youth. “If you want to be a person of integrity and be respected, start to respect Netball was also played on the day. Aerobics Marathon demonstrated by Etwatwa Hub.

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