Traditional leaders say no to illegal dumping By Kaizer Nengovhela Traditional leaders from around the province highlighted the problem of illegal dumping of especially disposable nappies in villages, during a recent two-day Natural Resources Management Capacity Building Programme that was held at the Matsila Guest House. Former Premier of KwaZuluNatal Dr Zweli Mkhize urged traditional healers not to chop down indigenous trees for herbs. He also encouraged poor communities to start community bakeries, brick making and other projects in order to create jobs. “Traditional leaders should work hand in hand with ward councillors to ensure better service delivery and people should stop vandalising properties. The burning down of more than 20 schools in the Vuwani area was a shining example of what needs to be ended in terms of vandalism. As leaders of the communities, traditional leaders should unite the people and stop tribalism, so we all work towards the development and bettering of our society,” Mkhize said. The director of the Vuvha-based Dzomo la Mupo Project, Mphatheleni Makaulule, said traditional leaders should stop the deforestation that is rife in villages. This deforestation, she explained, contributes to the communities' being left without a source of water because springs and wells dry up as a result of deforestation. “We have built a nursery of indigenous trees and we want to plant them on the banks of the rivers, schools, traditional leaders’ offices, and in townships, ” Makalule said. Chief Livhuwani Matsila said most of the rivers were polluted by disposable nappies which
then flowed down the rivers to dams, causing a health risk to all the communities. The contamination of drinking water in the dams may lead to a cholera outbreak, which is of grave concern to the traditional leaders, while mosquitoes coming from the waste may cause illness such as malaria. He said it was the responsibility of traditional leaders and the community to embark on an Adopt a River Programme, a clean-up campaign where all dumped nappies and waste should be removed from
rivers and dams. The workshop is a flagship project supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs, with a vision to inculcating a culture of responsibility and accountability for the management of natural resources among traditional leaders as primary and chief land users in rural areas. It is a three-year programme and the implementing agent appointed by the Department of Environmental Affairs is Livhuwani Matsila and Associates.
Chief Livhuwani Matsila, Dr Zweli Mkhize, Thovhele Vho-Vele Kutama and Aaron Mahuwani, photographed after the seminar .
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Hulisani Muloiwa counts among a group of excellent presenters at Phalaphala FM and her work continues to impress radio listeners. Muloiwa will soon be presenting SABC 1’s Koze Koze live. The broadcast will take place on the 5th of January 2017. The Koze Koze Radio Meets TV slot is a show that kicks off each night’s programming. In the slot a Phalaphala FM presenter will present his/her Top Ten playlist and introduce each music video. The talented, expressive Muloiwa started her radio career some nine years ago at the community radio station, Univen Radio. “My love for radio grew even stronger when a community radio station was built in my vicinity in the late 90s and brought radio so much closer to the people.” She explained that she had started her radio journey in community radio and allowed the experience to ground her as the excellent, hardworking presenter that she has become today. Muloiwa always saw a radio presenter in herself, and she always heard a radio voice each time she spoke or sang. “I used to record myself, using a cassette player and pretending to be a news reader and presenting a music show,” she said. She indicated that she had always been very much in love with radio. “And I am glad God granted my wish,” she said. She started her career as a presenter at Univen Radio, “But my dream became a
reality in 2007 when I joined PhalaPhala FM,” said the presenter, who also boasts very good singing capabilities. She has been an all-rounder since then, presenting the graveyard shift, a breakfast show, and death notices and reading news. “I present Nne na Vhone, which is a magazine and content-driven programme,” she said. “Nne na Vhone caters for men and women and focuses mainly on health, social, and educational issues. Muloiwa’s versatility has allowed her to present different programmes at the station. Today she presents Nne na Vhone between Monday and Friday from 09:00 to 12:00. According to the listeners, she is already a force to be reckoned with. “I always make sure that I do my homework by researching my topics in order to excel at my duties. I find radio work to be very interesting and challenging, especially when it comes to interacting with the listeners,” she said. Muloiwa wants to empower young women, so that they do well in business. “I love young women who have a clear vision of what they want, regardless of where they come from. I’m planning several seminars with women to help tackle issues they face every day. I want young women not to be afraid and to know how to deal with problems head-on,” she said. Muloiwa said that it was important to know God. “Follow your heart and go to church regularly.”
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