If one thing sums up the stoic nature of many South Africans, it is their ability to stand for hours in seemingly endless queues for some or other government service.
Given the chaotic nature of the vaccination queues around the country this week – as health workers rushed at the last minute to get Johnson & Johnson jabs as part of the Sisonke study project – we should all be worried, very worried, that similar scenes don’t play out from Monday next week, when the second phase of the inoculation programme is due to kick off.
In yesterday’s lines, there was little adherence to the rules of social distancing – which is not easy when you’re anxious and have been lined up for five hours or more – so the vaccination process may well have been counterproductive in that it could have been a “superspreader” event.
The reassurances from the department of health that phase two will be orderly are no real assurance at all.
That is because the government’s whole approach to vaccines and vaccinations has been contradictory and
We turned away the AstraZeneca doses because we believed they would be ineffective – while many other countries are using them.
Then, we seemingly didn’t get our orders in on time for full stocks of vaccines to be acquired. The bottom line: we are lagging behind most of the rest of the world – and by some estimates, it would take a decade, at the current rate, to vaccinate the 70% of the population which would guarantee community immunity.
There are still 40 million more people who need to get the jab. That looks like a mountain to climb.
The Covid vaccination process must not be allowed to turn into another disaster, along with the rest of the catastrophes visited upon us by our ANC rulers.
About 500 Kaizer Chiefs supporters will line up on Friday outside the club’s training base in Naturena, to voice their discontent over the way the club is being run.
The protest, which has been organised in co-ordination with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, has been planned for some time, with Amakhosi performing dreadfully this season domestically, currently sitting 10th in the DStv Premiership.
“We are concerned fans who are worried about the poor results and poor management at the club. We have support from all over the country and outside the borders. We are hoping to be taken seriously by the club and return the brand that is Chiefs to the top and its glory days,” protest organiser Thulani Nombali told SAFM on Thursday.
"We have been given permission by JMPD to have 500 people at the protest. We plead with our supporters to wear their masks and not bring any weapons, including vuvuzelas. This is a peaceful protest" – @ThulaniNombali on @SAfmRadio #SAFMSportOn #KaizerChiefsPeacefulProtest pic.twitter.com/LkA18YszRR
— Tracksuit (@ThabisoMosia) May 13, 2021
“”We are seeking transparency from the club, the chairman must avail himself also. We also want accountability, when things go wrong, someone must be held accountable. We also want quality players to be bought by the club, so that we can compete again.
“This is not about any individual at the club, not about the coach, not about the results of this season but its about the bigger picture and how things have happened at the club over the last few years”
The protest comes just a day before Chiefs take on Simba SC in a Caf Champions League quarterfinal, with their performances on the continent the one ray of light in Amakhosi’s campaign thus far under Gavin Hunt, who is rumoured to be on his way out of the club at the end of the season.
“We don’t think our march is ill-timed, because we will be there for about 30 minutes only. By 10.30am we will be done and the players and technical staff can then return to their preparations for CAF. They won’t be distracted or disrupted,” added Nombali.
The fact that ex-social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has finally paid the legal costs awarded against her in a landmark ruling which went as far as the Constitutional Court is no positive reflection on her character.
The former minister had to be dragged, metaphorically speaking, kicking and screaming, to make the R650 000 payment.
It was only after civil society organisations the Black Sash Trust and Freedom Under Law (FUL) threatened to call in the sheriff of the court to attach her assets that Dlamini eventually complied with the Constitutional Court order.
The payment is a significant victory.
First, it confirms the correctness of the Constitutional Court order that political officials who obstruct the exercise of justice through, amongst others, legal delaying tactics, need to be held personally accountable for costs incurred. So, a government minister or official cannot waste state money on personal vendettas, or defending themselves.
Secondly, the threat of seizure of assets shows that the old-fashioned justice system still has teeth. Dlamini’s eventual capitulation shows also that others who choose to fight the same sort of losing legal battles will get punished … in their pockets.
Let’s hope this principle is applied vigorously in the cases of state capture currently under investigation.
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The third wave of Covid-19 is knocking on our door and a tightening of lockdown regulations, with the commensurate economic misery, is sure to follow.
Right now, life is pretty much back to what it was before we found out just how dangerous Sars-Cov-2 was. We have short memories and we have become inured to the existence of the virus, to the point where too many of us are ignoring the dangers this virus will pose forever.
It is never going away, there is no new normal, this is life now.
Hollywood apocalypses often depict the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust with a taciturn lone hero haunted by his terrible past moving through a wasteland and finding a soul in trouble he can help and through his actions, redeem himself.
We know now an apocalypse can be far more insidious in nature and few of us have escaped it. Friends, family, colleagues, too many people have died. And like HIV/Aids, it has no respect for a person’s station in life.
We know precious little about Sars-Cov-2, the actual virus which is causing worldwide mayhem. As an ordinary human, I understand it to affect everyone differently. I understand it will find health weaknesses
in our bodies and exploit it, especially around our hearts and lungs.
I understand it kills, I understand it often has long-term effects for survivors, I understand the virus is evolving because it is liable to kill its host and it wants to survive.
I also understand it needs our help in spreading from its host to another and just because you are asymptomatic, does not mean I will be. I could be wrong but as a layperson, this is my opinion, these are my takeaways.
I worry about being infected and asymptomatic. It is this last option which checks me. The thought of unknowingly being responsible for the death of someone else is horrifying.
The idea of someone else’s recklessness around the virus because they have blindly drunk someone’s Kool-Aid on the matter passing it on to others because “it’s no more serious than flu”, is simply dangerous. Tell it to people in India.
Tell it to the families of the more than 3.3 million people who have died. See if they buy your flu story. There is little point in screaming at government. The louder we shout at our government leaders, the dimmer our voices grow.
We know this to be true, especially in South Africa, because if government listened to us, we wouldn’t have the likes of National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise admitting to the Zondo commission: “It is regrettable that the impression is parliament only woke up when things were really bad. For that we must apologise to
the South African people.”
Governments drunken stumble towards a vaccination programme means it is up to us. It is up to us to stop listening to denialists and hoping government will save us.
We can help the front-line heroes, the doctors, nurses, health workers in the mortuaries and cleaners in hospitals by doing simple things.
Wear a mask which meets World Health Organisation specifications. Sanitise. Work from home if you are fortunate enough to be able to do so. Keep at least two arm-lengths from each other. We can all be heroes in this apocalypse.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rhulani Mokwena described the scenery in Egypt like a painter with his brush and canvas, giving a detailed picture of the atmosphere in Cairo since Masandawana arrived and had their maiden training session on Wednesday night.
Egypt is observing Ramadan, a period of prayer for Muslims across the globe, and this, Mokwena says, makes it an opportune time for his Sundowns side to take on Al-Ahly in the quarterfinal, first leg of the Caf Champions League on Saturday.
“It is good to come to Cairo in a different climate, in the sense that the country is going through Ramadan and there is not as much traffic during the day and it gives us more focus to understand that we are here on a national assignment,” said Mokwena.
“At this point in time is not as noisy as you would expect Cairo to be and this allows us to have some mental stability and focus … the mental state of our team looks energised and they know what we are here for and the responsibility that we have in every game,” said Mokwena.
“The players know that they have to be tactically well-drilled and at the same time, the performances must also reflect the culture that we have at Sundowns and the driving factor of that is a relentless work ethic. You cannot do that if you don’t have a lot of mental stability and some balance between anxiety and fear and motivation,” he added.
He couldn’t help but marvel at the work that Pitso Mosimane has done with the defending champions. Even though the Red Devils are not enjoying the best run of form, Mokwena is well-aware that Sundowns will be confronted by a side that knows every detail of Masandawana’s game.
“The team is well-coached, we know coach Pitso and we know the amount of work that he puts in behind the scenes and they have a clear identity, they look to start from the back and they use their centre backs very well. They have balance on the right and on the left,” the Sundowns mentor added.
Dozens of emergency medical services (EMS) workers from the East Rand, along with security personnel yesterday, downed tools in a protest against the ongoing attacks on EMS personnel, low wages and working overtime without compensation.
The angry and frustrated workers marched from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg to the Gauteng department of health offices to hand over a memorandum of demands.
According to a representative of the EMS personnel, Bonginkosi Dlamini, they have been working 192 hours a month instead of 40 hours a week, which amounts to 160 hours as stipulated in their contracts.
“As it stands now, we are short-staffed and that is putting a lot of pressure on us. There aren’t enough people to respond to emergency cases which makes the public aggravated and leads them to attacking us,” he said.
“We need better working conditions, including an increase in our danger allowance from R472 to at least R2 500 so that if we are robbed, we can replace what we might have lost.”
EMS personnel were robbed, assaulted and shot at in the line of duty last Friday in the Dukathole informal settlement, Germiston, and others attacked by residents in Magaliesburg while responding to a distress call.
The singing in protest echoed around Johannesburg’s Newtown where the EMS personnel brought their grievances, saying that their employer was not taking them seriously.
Meanwhile, EMS worker Selby Marakalato said as a women, she was constantly in fear of what might happen when she responded to emergencies following the rape of two staffers while responding to an emergency call.
“My family calls me every hour especially when I’m working night shifts just to make sure that I’m okay,” she said.
“We no longer feel safe and worst of all, while we are risking our lives for our jobs, the government is overworking and underpaying us.”
Another worker, Mpho Sekwaila, said he was disappointed in how the government has treated them and feels that nothing is being done to protect them.
“I started working 15 years ago and nothing has changed. I love my job and love helping people but I fear for my life as our colleagues are constantly being attacked,” Sekwaila said.
“What’s even sad is the fact that we do not qualify for RDP houses, home and car loans, or paying tuition fees for our children who also do not qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.”
Sekwaila said they have been taken for granted for far too long and they need a change in the current system because there are many underlying issues that continue to demoralise them.
Acting head of the provincial department of health Arnold Malotana accepted the memorandum from the EMS workers on behalf of health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi, citing that she was too ill to meet the protesters.
Malotana and the EMS representatives agreed to meet on 26 May to discuss a way forward and get a response to the memorandum, which will decide whether or not they embark on a shutdown.
Nursing unions have raised concerns about the readiness of provinces to rollout Covid-19 vaccinations next week.
On Monday, the country will start vaccinating people aged 60 and above, using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Eleanor Roberts, Western Cape chair of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, said the long queues this week, as healthcare workers tried to get vaccinated, were worrying.
Healthcare workers have been in long queues to get the jab before the end of the Sisonke Johnson & Johnson implementation study.
“We cannot expect older people to stand in long queues,” Roberts said
“What we are seeing with the healthcare workers cannot happen with older people.”
She said the union was still trying to gauge the readiness of provincial departments for Monday’s rollout, but “at this stage, it’s a bleak situation, we think they are not ready for it”.
Chaos The Young Nurses Indaba said they expect Monday’s vaccine rollout to be chaotic. Spokesperson Rich Sicina said scenes at hospitals next week were likely to be even worse when the national rollout begins.
Sicina said vaccines for healthcare workers should have been available at all facilities, instead of a few, because of the demand.
“What they are doing is wrong. Why are they not distributing these vaccines at different facilities, instead of people going to one facility? We have nurses who have not been able to work because they stand in long lines the whole day,” said Sicina.
He said many healthcare workers have still not received the vaccine, despite registering online.
“Many of our members have still not received this vaccine. What will happen when you have nurses, who are not vaccinated now, having to vaccinate the public. It is going to be a mess. Monday, we are going to see a complete mess.”
The point was echoed by Roberts, who questioned “What is going to happen with the healthcare workers that are not vaccinated?”
Sicina said the union had warned their members of long working hours, to accommodate people who want the vaccine.
“A lot of people want to go vaccinate. They have seen so many people die, and they are scared.”
Deputy director-general for the national health department, Anban Pillay, said they were planning to go to old age homes on Monday, Fin24 reported.
“Many of them are frail. So, rather than asking them to come to our facilities, we’ve asked provincial colleagues to go to those facilities,” he said.
For the elderly not in care homes, the department was working with the South African Social Security Agency to register people at social grants pay points.
“They will register people and even make an attempt to set up vaccination sites, where feasible, in those areas, so that it can be convenient for pensioners,” Pillay was reported as saying.
We’ve all heard of the old adage, ‘A cat has nine lives’ – there may be some truth to that, thanks to a fire incident in Chicago, United States of America (USA) just recently.
The cat jumped out of a fifth-floor window to escape a fire, which had broken out at an apartment building.
Firefighters were outside the building to attend to the blaze, when they noticed the cat approaching a ledge of the window.
“It was looking out for quite a while,” Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said recalling the incident.
“After a couple of minutes the cat got closer to the edge and it looked like she was getting ready to go and she just did”
The video, posted on the Chicago Firefighters’ Twitter page, shows the cat’s almost-smooth landing on the grass, before it jolts away, prompting several gasps from onlookers, who were probably shocked it managed to survive such a jump.
“It went under my car and hid until she felt better after a couple of minutes and came out and tried to scale the wall to get back in,” Langford said.
According to the fire official, the cat managed to walk away without a single scratch from the fall and they’re currently looking for its owner, who is probably one of the occupants of the building.
The firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze and no injuries were reported. The extent of damage was not severe and residents managed to spend the night in their apartments.
Chicago Sun Times has quoted a tenant of the building who didn’t witness the miraculous moment, but had heard from fellow occupants of the building.
“I’m just glad no one got hurt. Thank god that cats do have nine lives. I hope I got nine,” the tenant said.
Manqoba Mngqithi believes that something special is brewing for Mamelodi Sundowns with the newly-found combination of strikers Peter Shalulile and Gift Motupa, who have started the last two league games for Masandawana.
Motupa scored in the DStv Premiership tie against Maritzburg United, breaking his duck in the colours of Masandawana, while Shalulile’s lone strike was enough to help Downs to three points last time out against TS Galaxy
The duo appear as though they have some level of telepathy in their play and in that, the Masandawana co-head coach is confident that their partnership could play a significant role in the success of the Chloorkop-based side as they look to wrap up the league and forge ahead to the semifinals of the Caf Champions League.
Sundowns will play Egyptian giants Al-Ahly in the first leg of. their quarterfinal on Saturday in Cairo.
“That combination is giving us a lot of direction … it gives us stability up top because now we have a proper number nine and there is a surprise fact coming from Peter … not many people cannot detect the movement when he comes from deep and we hope he can score more goals,” said Mngqithi.
Downs will only need three points from the last available dozen if they are to secure a fourth successive league crown on the trot. Nonetheless, the Sundowns mentor has expressed some greed, insisting that his side are looking to get maximum points from their remaining fixtures.
“Our focus is on our cycle and we are happy with what we have … we are still expected to get a minimum of nine points and we will be happy this but it would be nice to get maximum points,” said Mngqithi.
He adds: “We are really focused on that process more than looking at what the log table is saying to us. Our benchmark and our legacy will determined by what we get and we will see in the end where it takes us.”
Mitsubishi, in an unexpected twist, has announced that its iconic RalliArt motorsport division will be making a comeback after lying dormant for almost six years.
According to reports from Australia, the revival of the famed motorsport and parts brand founded by late former Mitsubishi factory World Rally Championship (WRC) driver and eventual team boss Andrew Cowan in 1984, was made towards the end of its 2020/2021 financial release presentation in Japan with no prior indications being mentioned or even mulled.
Even more surprising was the announcement that the re-introduction of RalliArt would pave Mitsubishi’s way back into motorsport, though the exact discipline was not revealed.
As the same time, the brand also revealed the first official teaser image of the first “new RalliArt” model in the shape of the Triton. Seemingly confirming on and off rumours dating back almost two years, the RalliArt Triton will take the fight to the Ford Ranger Raptor and incoming Toyota Hilux GR Sport despite nothing about it being known at present.
Expect more details to be revealed over the coming weeks and months.
The SA Council of Churches (SACC) has urged its member churches to practise caution at religious gatherings.
Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1951 | The South African Coloureds were removed from the voters roll by members of the cabinet.
1977 | Six people are killed when a Dan-Air Boeing 707 crashes while approaching Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia.
1991 | Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is found guilty for the kidnapping and killing of 14-year-old Stompie Moeketsi and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
1992 | Nelson Mandela was criticised for refusing to accept a Turkey peace prize named after national hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
2006 | South African cricket player, James Botten (67)
2016 | Congolese Minister of Culture, Banza Mukalay (63)
2018 | Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs, Kamel Omrane (67)
1905 | Former President of Malawi, Hastings Banda
1985 | South African singer-songwriter, Spoek Mathambo
1986 | South African sprinter, Simon Magakwe
1988 | South African actor, Gopala Davies
2020 | The 95th edition of the Comrades Marathon was cancelled due to COVID-19.
2000 | The League of Gentlemen won the Best Comedy Award at the 46th British Academy Television Awards.
2004 | Troy a historical war film featuring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Diane Kruger and Orlando Bloom is released in South Africa.
The oldest human remains were discovered in Ethiopia and are approximately 200,000-year-old.
Comrades Marathon cancelled
A general view of the running of the Comrades Marathon from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Comrades/Twitter
Black Leopards have parted ways with their coach Lehlohonolo Seema, with last week’s 3-0 loss to Orlando Pirates believed to be the last straw according to the latest media reports.
Seema has become the latest coaching casualty in the DStv Premiership with reports doing the rounds that Leopards have fired the former Lesotho International. Lidoda Duvha has endured a ratchet run of results of late, and find themselves rock bottom on the current log standings.
As things stand, Leopards are five points adrift from a 15th-placed TTM for a playoff spot, while being six points away from safety with three games to go. It now appears that the Limpopo-based efforts have run out of patience with the Seema, and according to FarPost, have decided to relieve the former Bloemfontein Celtic legend and coach of his duties.
The online football publication goes further to state that Seema will be replaced by his current assistants Morgan Shivambu and Mongezi Bobe for Leopard’s remaining games. These reports were fueled even further by the absence of Seema from the Leopards bench for their away fixture in the Eastern Cape against fellow league strugglers Chippa United.
The match highlighted an increasingly desperate looking situation at Leopards, giving off an uninspired performance. It would arguably prove even more frustrating for the clubs’ fan base, as their opponents on the day offered possibly their last remaining realistic opportunity for a crucial three points in the relegation race.
The Thoyandou-based side will now set their sights on a home fixture against an out of sorts Kaizer Chiefs side in two weeks’ time. Chiefs themselves have flattered to deceive under their new coach Gavin Hunt, who himself is a former Leopards coach. Leopards should not be expecting any favours from their former mentor either though, as Chiefs’ race for a top-eight becomes trickier with each passing game, after their 1-1 draw in their Soweto derby fixture against Swallows FC on Wednesday.
Beyond that, Leopards have fixtures against Cape Town City who, themselves are without a head coach at the moment. Their final fixture against Seema’s first club Bloemfontein Celtic could come with their fate already signed, sealed and delivered.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has admitted that the 2020-21 season has been the worst in his 27 years of coaching.
Hunt has found himself wanting as Chiefs continue to struggle for results and consistency, so much so that a section of Amakhosi fans have planned a protest to Naturena TODAY, 14 May 2021.
Asked about the planned protest by Amakhosi fans who are expected to hand over their memorandum of demands to the management, Hunt said he wasn’t aware.
“I haven’t noticed anything. I’m not on social media anyway. So, I don’t know what is going on,” said Hunt.
“Personally, results-wise, this year has been the worst year ever in 27 years but if you understand football you see that there are a lot of things we need to do,” added Hunt.
Under Hunt’s tutelage, Chiefs are likely to finish the season with their lowest tally of points in the club’s history.
As things stand, Chiefs have only collected 30 points from 27 league games, meaning they can only finish the campaign on 39 points provided they win their remaining three matches.
Amakhosi’s dream of finishing in the top eight is also in jeopardy as they currently sit 10th on the PSL log.
Their PSL status is also under microscope as they are five points above the relegation zone.
Charismatic Rhythms is opening up a world of possibilities for young people in Limpopo through the arts.
Volkswagen has taken the wraps off of the third derivative of the facelift Tiguan range in the form of the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace.
While appearing fundamentally unchanged from the standard length model revealed along with the performance R last year, the Allspace’s main difference is of course and extended overall length to 4 723 mm, a gain of 22 mm, plus a third row with two seats.
Despite the increase in length, boot space remains unchanged with 700-litres available with all seven seats up and up to 1 755-litres with the second and third rows down.
Like the standard Tiguan, the Allspace comes as standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the 10.25-inch Active Info Display instrument cluster, an optional 480-watt Harman Kardon sound system and on the safety side, the semi-autonomous Travel Assist that works in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control.
In a move similar to the refreshed Polo and unlike the Tiguan, the Allspace will, for now, not have the option of mild-hybrid assistance as all of the powerunits will be conventional TSI and TDI units.
On the TSI side, the 1.5 TSI Evo continues as the base engine with outputs of 110kW/250Nm followed by two versions of the venerable 2.0 TSI; the entry-level producing 140kW/320Nm and the flagship rated at 180kW/370Nm. A six-speed manual comes as standard on the front-wheel-drive only 1.5 with both 2.0-litre units receiving a seven-speed DSG as well as the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. No plans are in place to offer the Allspace in R guise.
In terms of diesel motivation, the familiar 2.0 TDI is again the sole option albeit in two states of tune; 110kW/340Nm and 147kW/400Nm. While equipped with the aforementioned DSG ‘box as standard, only the latter comes with the 4Motion system as the former sends its grunt to the front wheels.
Going on sale in Europe within the next few weeks, Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed availability of the Tiguan Allspace from the first of July with pricing and spec to be announced in due course.
Land Rover has continued with the roll-out with special edition models aimed at the South African market with the latest being based on the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque.
Following the unique Range Rover Sport SVR and Velar SVA derivatives launched two months ago, the special edition Discovery Sport and Evoque models are largely all about cosmetics and features with no changes underneath the bonnet.
In the case of the Discovery Sport, the Urban Edition designation has been attached with features comprising the R-Dynamic styling pack, shadow aluminium detailing, the ClearSight rear-view mirror, luxtec suede-cloth seats and six colours contrasted by a black roof; Ostuni White, Santorini Black, Hakuba Silver, Carpathian Grey, Firenze Red and Namib Orange.
Providing motivation is a choice of two 2.0-litre Ingenium engines; the 147kW/430Nm turbodiesel carrying the D200 designation and the turbo-petrol P250 that pushes out 183kW/365Nm. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with drive going to all four corners.
For the Evoque, a series of bronze accents have been applied to create the Bronze Collection Special Edition. Based on the entry-level Evoque S, the hue in question features on the side vents and on the split five-spoke dark satin grey 20-inch alloy wheels.
As well as a panoramic roof and standard LED headlights with LED daytime running diodes, the Bronze also gets the ClearSight Mirror, a natural ash grey wood veneer inside, Ebony grained leather seats and Bronze Collection branded floor mats with metal capped corners. Contrasting the Corinthian Bronze roof is a choice of three colours to round the unique touches off; Santorini Black, Carpathian Grey and Seoul Pearl Silver.
Up front, the Evoque comes with a choice of three engines; the same petrol and diesel powertrains as the Discovery Sport, as well as the plug-in hybrid P300e that combines a three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ingenium turbo-petrol with an electric motor for a total system output of 227kW/540Nm and an all-electric range of 55 km.
Arriving in the fourth quarter of this year, pricing for both variants will only be revealed closer to the launch date.
Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly made their second signing ahead of the new campaign and this is one is sure to cause some controversy amongst the Amakhosi faithful.
The Amakhosi already secured the services of former Bidvest Wits and current Stellenbosch FC midfielder Phathutshedzo Nange and they have since roped in one of the league’s top goal scorers.
32-year-old Swallows FC striker Ruzaigh Gamildien has reportedly put pen to paper at Naturena and will join the club at the end of the season according to SunSport.
Gamildien has been linked with a move to the Glamour Boys for a number of months however many fans were reluctant on him simply due to his age.
“Kaizer Chiefs have signed Ruzaigh Gamildien from Swallows FC on a two-year deal, according to information reaching SunSport.” the publication reported.
“It is understood the Soweto giants opted for a short-term contract with Gamildien due to the striker’s age, 32, and they don’t want to commit to a long-term deal.”
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Kaizer Chiefs return to CAF Champions League action this weekend when they host Tanzania’s Simba SC in the quarter-final first leg on Saturday evening at the FNB Stadium.
The Amakhosi will be looking to put their shocking domestic form behind them with a strong finish in Africa’s elite club competition.
Gamildien’s arrival at Kaizer Chiefs is expected to be but a second of many with the club set to undertake a massive renovation following their recently lapsed transfer ban.
Ruzaigh Gamildien is currently joint third on the DStv Premiership top goal scorers charts with 11 goals. He’s only behind Maritzburg United’s Thabiso Kutumela who’s on 12 goals while pace SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler leads the way on 14 goals.
Kaizer Chiefs have endured a miserable 2020/21 DStv Premiership campaign – especially in front of goal.
Mind you, things in defence haven’t been much better!
Amakhosi at the time of publishing lie 10th in the 16-team standings with 29 goals scored and an unwanted “record” of 33 conceded.
Even worse, of those 29 goals, three were own goals, leaving just 26 goals scored by just 12 players in the Kaizer Chiefs squad.
The joint Amakhosi top-scorers – with five goals – lie in a tie for 18th in the overall top goal scorer’s charts, a yawning nine goals behind the current leader, SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler.
So who has found the net for Kaizer Chiefs this season?
Check out the gallery below!
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Kaizer Chiefs v Cape Town City – FNB Stadium
Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City on the 21 April 2021 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Kaizer Chiefs v Supersport United – FNB Stadium – Johannesburg
Leonardo Castro of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 20 February 2021 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Kaizer Chiefs v Stellenbosch FC – FNB Stadium – Johannesburg
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 06 April 2021 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs – Dr Molemela Stadium
Happy Mashiane of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Dr Molemela Stadium on 1 May 2021 © Charle Lombard/BackpagePix
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila v Kaizer Chiefs – Peter Mokaba Stadium – Polokwane
Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, on 04 May 2021 ©Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix
Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka – FNB Stadium – Johannesburg
Eric Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs clears ball from Evedence Makgopa of Baroka during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 26 January 2021 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
The Free State’s former Agriculture MEC Mosebenzi Zwane has told the State Capture Commission that he had no idea that Estina, a company with links to the controversial Gupta family, had “partnered” with the provincial government for the Vrede dairy farm project.
Zwane returned to the commission on Thursday, 13 May 2021, where he faced questions pertaining to his questionable tenure in the Free State, under the leadership of former premier and current ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule.
The 2012 Vrede dairy farm project was worth a staggering R250 million and aimed at empowering emerging black farmers, however it was later discovered that the funds were funnelled to several offshore Gupta-linked accounts instead.
The project was cancelled in August 2014, however Estina continued receiving payments until 2016. Having been the province’s agriculture MEC at the time, one would think Zwane would at least know about the “flagship” project, given the hundreds of millions pumped into it. However he claims he had no idea of the Guptas’ involvement in the deal, something which the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, also found odd.
“I find it difficult to understand that on a project that is so important to the province and your department, and given that you could have been questioned about the project at any time, you didn’t know that Estina played a role in the project,” DCJ Zondo said.
Further being quizzed about the Estina dairy farm project, Mosebenzi Zwane also had to explain a trip he took to India, which he claimed was to meet agriculture ministers in that country, as well as the CEO of a company which the provincial government would be doing work with. Zwane alleged that the Free State government had footed the bill for the trip and offered to provide provide proof of this, however there were some discrepancies. The trip had occurred in October 2021, but the documents showed dates for December – two months later.
However, DCJ Zondo seemed to doubt past of what Zwane was saying.
“I’m sure, Mr Zwane, you can see the picture that emerges. You’re going all the way to India to meet with somebody that you believe is the CEO of the company that the department has an agreement with. Actually, it’s wrong. There’s no agreement, but here is Estina locally. You don’t know about them, you don’t go and do oversight there,” he said.
Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande. File photo.
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has served papers on the ANC, arguing the rule forcing him to step aside from his position is unconstitutional.
News24 has reliably learnt the papers were served on Thursday and are set to be lodged in court on Friday on a semi-urgent basis, and that advocate Dali Mpofu is acting on his behalf.
In the papers, Magashule argued the party’s Rule 25.70 in its constitution, that those who have been charged with serious crimes in a court of law should step aside, undermined the constitutional principle of innocent until proven guilty.
Rule 25.70 reads, “Where a public representative, office bearer or member has been indicted to appear in a court of law on any charge, the secretary-general or provincial secretary, acting on the authority of the NEC, the NWC, the PEC or the PWC, if satisfied that the temporary suspension of such public representative, office-bearer or member would be in the best interest of the organisation, may suspend such public representative, elected office bearer or member and impose terms and conditions to regulate their participation and conduct during the suspension.”
It is believed that Magashule, in his court papers, argued the rule was specifically added to target him.
He also argued President Cyril Ramaphosa’s letter last August, in which he drew a line in the sand on corruption in the ANC, was written to target him because Ramaphosa allegedly knew the National Prosecuting Authority would charge him in November with fraud and corruption.
Integrity Magashule was ordered at the end of March to step aside by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) after the integrity commission in December recommended this, but when he failed to do so within the 30-day-deadline he was given, he was suspended. Sources close to Magashule told News24 late on Thursday he was expected to apologise for the “letter of suspension” he wrote to Ramaphosa,
but there would be conditions attached. One of Magashule’s allies, Carl Niehaus, who is also the spokesperson for the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association, told TimesLive a number of NEC members were set to join Magashule in his court action.
The case is expected to be heard before the end of the month with a judgment expected in early June.
SA recorded more than 3,000 new Covid-19 infections in one day for the first time since early February. File picture.
As of Wednesday 12 May 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases stands at 1.6 million with 3,221 new cases recorded in a day, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
44 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 2 from Eastern Cape, 19 from Free State, 13 from Gauteng, 3 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 0 from Limpopo, 0 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 2 from Northern Cape and 5 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 55,012.
Recoveries now stand at 1,520,878.
A total of 11 million tests have been completed with 42,073 new tests conducted since the last report.
Meanwhile, the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 455,169.
As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1 605 252 the total number of deaths is 55 012 the total number of recoveries is 1 520 878 and the total number of vaccines administered is 455 169. pic.twitter.com/rP3E15mfIE
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 13, 2021
Despite an increase in Covid-19 infections in the recent weeks, South Africa still has an opportunity to prevent a third wave of the coronavirus which could likely lead to restrictions on movements, gatherings and another alcohol ban.
Covid-19 cases have increased by 46% in the past week, as opposed to the preceding seven days, with Covid-19 related deaths increasing by 18.22% in the same period.
According to the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC’s) weekly estimated excess deaths, the country had an excess of 158,499 natural deaths from 3 May 2020 to 8 May 2021, with 1,140 excess deaths recorded on 2 May 2021 as compared to 318 confirmed Covid-19 deaths that day.
While these figures are worrisome, the resurgence dashboard by the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, which is updated three times a week, shows that the country has not yet reached the third wave threshold, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
Gauteng’s Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is talking tough to parents at Laerskook Theresapark in Pretoria, after they violently attempted to chase the school’s principal away.
The principal was accused of bullying staff and having had a hand in the school’s dire financial state and on Thursday, 13 May 2021, angry parents reached their boiling point and decided to “get rid of the problem.” In a video clip taken by one of the parents, the principal is seen being carried on a chair and taken outside, before she falls off.
Reacting to the clip, Lesufi condemned the incident and has particularly taken issue with the parents’ conduct.
“The violent and disruptive behaviour of some parents at Laerskool Theresapark in Pretoria is unacceptable and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” Lesufi said.
The MEC said the parents had every right to be aggrieved if they believed that the principal was not working in the interests of the school.
“However, no amount of grievances can justify the use of violence on any of our teachers. That is simply non-negotiable. Further, there are processes and procedures, in law, that parents can take when they are having problems with the principals. We cannot condone this unacceptable behaviour”Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
It doesn’t end there, however, as Panyaza Lesufi said the Gauteng Education Department would be looking into the allegations levelled against the principal at Laerskool Theresapark.
“We are investigating the allegations that have been levelled against the principal and the School Governing Body. We will communicate the outcome thereof once the investigations are concluded,” Lesufi said.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and we are calling on parents to desist behaving in this fashion or else we will be left with no option but to take drastic steps. We urge the parents to direct the grievances to us and leave school children to learn.”
According to the department, its District Management and intervention team were dispatched to the school, to mediate the fracas between the principal and the parents.
The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been criticised for turning its restructuring process into chaos – chopping and changing, retrenching, rehiring and firing.
The broadcaster has been accused by unions of retrenching the wrong employees, giving them packages and then rehiring some and firing others. Many lost their jobs on 31 March when the SABC retrenched 625 employees.
But some were rehired after they were terminated by mistake and others fired after being rehired in error.
This annoyed the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) and Communication Workers Union (CWU), who lamented the haphazard manner the SABC implemented the section 189 retrenchments.
The unions complained about the rehiring and then dismissal of employees after they were wrongly identified for restructuring.
CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala called for the reviewing of the SABC restructuring, premised on achieving self-sustainability by generating its own revenue without relying on the state.
“The SABC should be competent and competitive on all platforms in the broadcasting space. But if you cut staff and terminate or reduce their salaries, that does not help,” he said.
According to Bemawu president Hannes du Buisson, the SABC willy-nilly withdrew employment contracts they offered to some employees they retrenched.
One of those was a Bemawu member, Janet Whitton who was retrenched along with her disabled husband.
Shortly after Whitton received her retrenchment letter early this year, she was offered a position as editor: investigations unit, which she did not a apply for.
She accepted the offer on 23 March and began serving in the post, which was a 130 scale manager post but offered to her at a 300 scale. This was far lower than that of a manager although she was managing the unit.
However, the SABC later informed her that her employment offer was being withdrawn and her employment would be terminated on 31 May. She wrote an open letter to the CEO, Madoda Mxakwe, complaining about the action.
“There is no employment letter on the table, Ms Whitton has already accepted the offer and she has rendered services in the same position,” Du Buisson said.
He said the union did not accept the withdrawal of the employment offer as it was now an employment contract.
The union was also challenging the decision to offer Whitton one of two other lower-scale positions without advertising them.
A number of employees who received retrenchment packages were informed their medical aids were being restored and their pension payouts withdrawn as they were the wrong people.
But some staff had already used their packages and were unable to pay back the money. The SABC began deducting money from their salaries. The SABC spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
The Cabinet is under pressure from within the ANC to scrap the Gauteng e-tolls in light of the upcoming local elections – and the precarious financial position of the party.
Some senior members of the governing party are pushing for the user-pay system to be scrapped as a way to entice voters. But National Treasury and some government officials fear the negative impact of such a move on future mega projects and the accompanying investments.
An ANC leader speaking on condition of anonymity said there was no better decision than to cancel e-tolls.
“We have no money to campaign as the party, we have to do something for our people. These e-tolls are burdening our people who vote for us,” he said.
The ANC is facing bankruptcy after funders withdrew when the Political Party’s Funding Act became effective on 1 April. The Act requires party donors to reveal themselves publicly.
The ANC’s acting secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, this week said funders did not see funding the party as being good for business.
Some suggested there should be a fresh start by cancelling the historic debt owed by motorists and ensuring strict payment enforcement thereafter.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gave an indication that some good news was on the way for Gauteng motorists after promising that a big decision was expected.
Mbalula, who was expected to announced a government decision at the end of March, has once more extended the pronouncement by a fortnight.
This forced the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to cancel its debate scheduled for yesterday on the matter to await the executive decision – which some hope is to stop the project on its tracks.
Mbalula promised to revert to the NCOP after his engagement with the National Treasury.
“We expect that in the next two weeks it should be back to Cabinet,” he said.
“Before we take on our budget vote speech we should have come to you (NCOP) and the public to announce the Cabinet decision on the e-tolls.”
The national government long ago received a report about the future of the e-tolls from a task team comprising Mbalula, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng premier David Makhura.
The decision on e-tolls had been awaited since 2019 after the team submitted its report. A senior Gauteng government official, who asked to remain anonymous, said while the province campaigns for the scrapping of e-tolls, it did not wish to completely do away with the user-pay system.
“We cannot build anything in future if we messed up on this one. We need to say to the national government, ‘can you relieve the burden from the poor and let the wealthy and corporates pay’.”
The payment of e-tolls was boycotted by the majority of motorists resulting in losses running into billions of rands since its implementation in December 2013.
Gauteng government spokesman Thabo Masebe declined to comment, saying the matter was in the hands of the national government.
“Remember, they have to decide and tell us, we will wait to hear from them. We made our stand loud and clear on this issue,” he said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has labelled the treatment of Palestinians by Israel as “abhorrent”.
Denel workers are suffering without their salaries. Two have taken their own lives, while others have to send their children to school in winter with clothes that are noticeably too small for them.
In a video circulating on Thursday afternoon, suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule can be seen in a boxing gym punching a bag.
Picture File: A member of the SANDF questions a pedestrian, 27 March 2020, in Johannesurg, on day one of the 21 day national lockdown, following President Cyril Ramaphosa declaration of a National Disaster as a result of Covid-19. Picture: Michel Bega
Cabinet has approved another extension of the national state of disaster on Covid-19 until 15 June 2021.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed the actions of parents at Laerskool Theresapark in Pretoria, labelling their behaviour as “unacceptable”.
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has described their Caf Champions League opponents Mamelodi Sundowns as “a monster I created that is coming to bite me” ahead of their quarter-final first leg on Saturday.
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Temperature: Morning frost in places over the eastern and southern parts where it will be cool, otherwise fine and warm.
The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.
Temperature: Fine and cool to warm.
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Temperature: Fine and warm.
Temperature: Fine and warm, but cool in the east and south.
Temperature: Morning fog patches along the coast, otherwise fine and cool to warm.
Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate southerly.
Temperature: Morning fog patches in places along the south and western coastal areas and adjacent interior, otherwise fine and cool to warm but hot and windy over the Little and Central Karoo. It will become cloudy with light rain over the extreme south-western parts from the evening.
Wind: The wind along the coast will be light and variable along the south coast and north of Cape Columbine for most part of the day; otherwise moderate to fresh north-westerly becoming strong to near Gale between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas from the afternoon.
The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.
The Western half – Temperature: Morning fog patches in places over the southern interior, otherwise fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy from the afternoon.
The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be light north westerly in the morning, otherwise light to moderate north easterly, becoming fresh westerly from the evening.
The Eastern half – Temperature: Fine and warm, but partly cloudy in the south west in the morning.
The Eastern half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north westerly, but north easterly in the afternoon.
Temperature: Fine and warm.
Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate south-westerly south of Richards Bay during the first half of the period, otherwise easterly to northeasterly.
The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.
TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
You must give time to your fellow men — even if it’s a little thing, do something for others — something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. — Albert Schweitzer
TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty. — Benjamin Franklin
TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB:
All beings eat and drink. But they are few who can distinguish flavors.
FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY:
Happy Birthday! Friends will prove to be very important in the coming months as you enthusiastically plan various adventures and push those boundaries. You will crave change and excitement and yet you will tend to rely on your friends for approval and advice, which will prove invaluable, but try not to expect too much from them: some give and take will be needed. You will feel like you want to make your mark on the world, especially towards winter time. It is possible that you become more environmentally conscious and you might even learn of a noble cause that you take up with all your fiery passion, which could open up all kinds of new possibilities for you in the future! Financially, you will need to be careful around late spring. This is because all that enthusiasm and excitement may make you bite off a little more than you can chew in terms of spending!
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY:
Famous people born on your birthday include: Tim Roth, George Lucas, Tom Cochrane, Cate Blanchett, David Byrne, Danny Wood
Patrick Dempsey is hugely popular with audiences since Grey’s Anatomy and his astrological chart indicates that Patrick is going to hugely increase his popularity in the next sixth months!
You may need to err on the side of caution, given the underlying reckless vibe in the air. It is possible that someone comes into your life, either an old acquaintance or someone you’ve not met before. Don’t let yourself be instantly charmed until you’re more certain of them!
Today’s Numbers: 5, 11, 28, 33, 43, 47
Lunar influences are likely to shift the focus towards fun and romance this afternoon. Attached Geminis may prefer the cozier atmosphere for two, but singles should plan a great day out and make the most of sociable influences. Mix and mingle; invite people over; perhaps even take trips out!
Today’s Numbers: 6, 14, 21, 30, 38, 42
A string of glorious aspects may be undermined by a couple of sneaky ones on two fronts. Emotional matters may well require kid- gloves, and purchases and transactions, which look a little iffy, may well throw up hidden costs. Look beneath the surface rather than accepting things at face value!
Today’s Numbers: 9, 12, 24, 31, 43, 47
Mixed lunar aspects are likely to be the cause of a few minor tensions, especially on the emotional front. It’s possible that you might question whether you can trust someone, but it would be best to push this doubt aside for a day or two and address it then. In the meantime, introduce the much-need fun-factor into the day!
Today’s Numbers: 7, 14, 21, 32, 40, 49
The planets may cloud personal vision with material matters, but by focusing on pleasant interests with friends you can keep yourself grounded. If you find that you’re feeling a little too charged up, then try doing a good deed for someone; a generous gesture will make all the difference for you as well!
Today’s Numbers: 4, 13, 24, 26, 33, 47
Today’s lunar influences suggest that you may need to curb a tendency to disregard other people’s feelings. Others will be inclined to forgive if you do take off and do your own thing and perhaps even backtrack on promises. However, it wouldn’t hurt to be a little more thoughtful!
Today’s Numbers: 6, 11, 16, 25, 31, 49
There’s a definite, almost palpable AM/PM split, thanks to the moon. Get those outstanding chores out of the way in the morning, which will clear your conscience enough for you to enjoy the rest of the day exactly how you want!
Today’s Numbers: 2, 7, 15, 24, 32, 47
You are likely to be all over the place, especially in terms of romance. Any problems that emerge can be easily defused, if you lower your expectations and start having some plain old fashioned fun. With a more light-hearted approach you will find you can deal with anything!
Today’s Numbers: 5, 13, 19, 27, 36, 42
A minor but negative aspect could disrupt your standard routine, whether you’re at home or at work today. In addition, it could make you a little nervous of trying new things, even though all the signs will seem to be pushing you into this particular mold. Be guided by your intuition!
Today’s Numbers: 1, 8, 17, 26, 34, 40
A whole string of mixed aspects could have you feeling as though you have hit a brick wall in the morning: maybe there’s unwelcome news; maybe work matters resurface, or perhaps there’s a hint of discord in romance. Don’t get too disheartened: by the late afternoon several of these problems will melt away!
Today’s Numbers: 2, 14, 23, 29, 36, 44
There’s a clash of energy, which could translate into a need for some uninterrupted, quality, thinking time. Perhaps a big idea is just beginning to ferment into life. If you find that you get a little irritated with advice, suggestions and interruptions, just explain gently that you need a little bit of space!
Today’s Numbers: 7, 10, 19, 26, 33, 47
You may feel the need to find yourself a new image, and you could end up seeking solace through emptying your wallet. It is likely that this will spring from a lack of confidence: perhaps a recent setback has got to you more than you realize. This is what you’ll need to address!
Today’s Numbers: 4, 12, 23, 27, 32, 41
TODAY’S LOVE HOROSCOPE FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
You should get a little more breathing space when it comes to a
lingering problem. That said, you should think up new strategies
and methods rather than trying to make old ones work!
Compatible Signs For: Love: Sagittarius | Friendship: Aquarius
Love 2 Money 3 Mood 4 Style 5
You’ll be happy to dedicate your time to other people’s causes.
However, there may be a subtle force at work here: it’s possible
that you’ll be employing avoidance tactics!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Pisces | Friendship: Sagittarius
Love 5 Money 4 Mood 4 Style 3
It is likely to be one of those mixed days, with personal
relationships and friendships going extremely well, but with a
practical responsibility taking its toll!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Taurus | Friendship: Aries
Love 3 Money 4 Mood 4 Style 3
A possible brief and minor disagreement, possibly from someone
you usually regard as a source of support and comfort, could
drag on for much longer than is necessary!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Aries | Friendship: Taurus
Love 4 Money 5 Mood 4 Style 3
There’s probably little light-relief on the work front, do try
not to draw attention to yourself. It’s perhaps a day to
maintain a slight distance when it comes to romantic antics in
the office environment!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Gemini | Friendship: Leo
Love 5 Money 3 Mood 3 Style 4
Keep reading for more on your love horoscope!
Incoming information may have an up-side and a down-side. It may
indicate an opportunity revolving around unexpected news. That
said; this may require some hefty commitment!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Sagittarius | Friendship: Capricorn
Love 4 Money 3 Mood 2 Style 3
There may be a rather subtle emphasis on incoming information;
you may feel motivated to get to the root of a particular
matter, but you’ll have a tendency to hear what you want to hear
and filter out everything else!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Gemini | Friendship: Taurus
Love 3 Money 4 Mood 3 Style 3
While you may have someone’s best interests at heart your
contributions could be misconstrued by others. It may be wise
to divert your efforts!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Libra | Friendship: Sagittarius
Love 5 Money 4 Mood 3 Style 2
It’s certainly not a good day to act on instinct alone when it
to incoming news. It is, however, a reasonably good day to take
a closer look at an ongoing or lingering issue!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Capricorn | Friendship: Virgo
Love 4 Money 4 Mood 3 Style 5
You’ll know exactly what you want, and you’ll know just what to
say to achieve it, but there’s a tendency to ignore the people
around you, which will be strongest during the morning!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Leo | Friendship: Aries
Love 4 Money 4 Mood 5 Style 3
You’re likely to enjoy a much calmer day and there may even be a
little good fortune later on in the afternoon. However, there is
a slight propensity to attach too much importance to something
that doesn’t really warrant it!
Compatible Signs For – Love: Pisces | Friendship: Capricorn
Love 3 Money 4 Mood 3 Style 5
Chilly influences in the morning will hang around for just long
enough to create some slight tension. It’s possible that in
order to get your own way you won’t be above manipulating the
situation a little!
Compatible Signs For: Love: Leo | Friendship: Scorpio
Love 4 Money 3 Mood 3 Style 2
Do you want to read more than just the love horoscope? Take a look at the daily horoscope here.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) CoGTA MEC, Sipho Hlomuka to request that his Department intervene in the uMgungundlovu District municipal billing woes, with an urgent emphasis on the fair treatment of those who are paying their bills.
The move comes after an oversight inspection by the DA to the Richmond Municipality last week, during which residents and civic bodies were consulted about the challenges facing their respective communities.
DA KZN Spokesperson on CoGTA, Chris Pappas, said the visit had formed part of an ongoing probe into the real state of local government in the province and followed the recent finding that municipal billing in is in a dismal state, with many municipalities regularly providing inaccurate bills or failing to provide good customer services to residents.
“Amongst the myriad of problems found within the Richmond Municipality was the issue of water bills from the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, with many residents and civic bodies describing endless problems with the billing system,” Pappas said.
“Incorrect bills, untrained meter readers, infrequent reading of meters, over-estimations in terms of consumption and the non-delivery of bills were just some of the problems highlighted by Richmond residents. This trend is confirmed by the DA’s province-wide survey,” he said.
In addition to the billing issues, the District Municipality had closed its local customer service centre. This means that residents with issues must either call the call centre, which is a problem in itself, or travel an hour to Pietermaritzburg to get help.
“The uMgungundlovu District has been plagued by challenges for a number of years. The billing issue is just another layer added to an already struggling district and yet another challenge for already frustrated residents,” Pappas said.
“The DA is concerned that there is neither the technical expertise or the political will to get the basics right within this district. This as years of hollowing out of skilled officials and the deployment of cadres has left the district – and many of the local councils within the district – with a severe lack of capacity,” he said.
He said the party was also concerned that the ANC was determined to implement the District Development Model (DDM) which will see greater power shifted to regional bodies with power being taken away from communities.
South Africa’s information regulator on Thursday said it was considering taking legal action over WhatsApp’s plans to share user data with Facebook, after failing to reach an agreement in talks.
The tech giant informed WhatsApp users earlier this year that they had to consent to a new data-use policy allowing it to share more private information with its parent company Facebook for advertising and e-commerce purposes.
In a statement on Thursday, the regulator said it has so far received “no agreement” from WhatsApp.
“Under the circumstances the regulator is briefing attorneys to prepare an opinion on the way forward in terms of litigation,” it said.
The messaging colossus had been set to enforce its new data-sharing policy on May 15 — already delayed in response to a user outcry.
But it recently said it would not immediately cut off users who don’t accept the new terms, although it would send reminders to those who don’t opt in.
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Following his appointment as the latest in a long line of Bafana Bafana coaches, immediate concerns were raised over the advanced age of Hugo Broos.
The Belgium mentor, who has coached no club of any real note and only one international side to date – Cameroon – before being fired, was introduced as being 69 years old.
Broos signed on the dotted line to a five-year-contract which would make him 74 in the unlikely event he sees out his full term.
However, on Thursday a quick check of his Wikipedia page (screengrab below) suggested South Africa’s newest coach is younger than originally thought.
A lot younger in fact.
Or is he? Has Wikipedia been hacked?
Chris Williams gave himself the perfect preparation for the upcoming US Senior PGA Championship at the end of May when he won the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic by a single stroke on the Sunshine Senior Tour at Humewood Golf Club on Thursday.
Williams closed with a round of 69 to win on three-under-par 213.
He finished one stroke clear of Neil Cheetham who signed for a final round of 71.
André Cruse, who battled Williams for the lead on the back nine, finished third on one-under 215 after a 71.
The timing of the victory couldn’t have been better for Williams.
At the end of this month both he and James Kingston will travel to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to play in the US Senior PGA Championship.
“It’s nice to have won like this just before you leave for a Major like that,” said Williams, who recently finished second to Kingston in the South African Senior Open.
“I won a small senior event at the beginning of the year. But this is my first big one since winning the South African Senior Open a couple of years ago. I haven’t hit the ball as well as I did for a long time. I’ve put new shafts in my irons and I was knocking the flagsticks out. And it was also great to beat such a quality field,” he said of a field that included several former Sunshine Tour campaigners who have recently joined the Sunshine Senior Tour ranks.
“We’ve got a lot of former Sunshine Tour players on the Sunshine Senior Tour now and the standard is very high. Then you look at the quality of golfers who are just about to become seniors, like a Keith Horne and an Adilson da Silva, and you realise we’re going to have a very competitive Sunshine Senior Tour in the future with so many star players coming through.”
Lee-Anne Pace’s bid for an unprecedented fourth victory in the Investec South African Women’s Open got off to the ideal start with an opening round of 70, which earned the South African a share of the lead on two-under.
Starting on the 10th hole, the Sunshine Ladies Tour’s most prolific winner was level through 15 holes at Westlake Golf Club and then soared into the lead with a timely eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.
Lydia Hall – another early morning starter – managed to get to three-under with a birdie on the par-3 15th, but a bogey on the next and two pars to finish for 70 left the Welsh golfer tied for the lead.
A number of players in the afternoon field tired to beat the clubhouse target but ultimately failed.
South African pair Nicole Garcia and former champion Tandi McCallum finished one shot adrift in joint third. Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson was four-under after nine holes, but slipped from contention with a double bogey at the 10th. A birdie finish for a round of 72 earned her a share of fifth with India’s Tvesa Malik.
Nine players tied for seventh on one-over, including Germany’s Karolin Lampert, the runner-up in 2018, and former Ladies European Tour winner Christine Wolf from Austria.
Lee-Anne Pace closed out a record three successive victories in the flagship event at San Lameer in 2014, 2015 and 2017. There was no tournament in 2016.
The nine-time Ladies European Tour winner has enjoyed 13 victories on home soil, winning every season since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014. However, the winner’s circle has eluded the 40-year-old so far this year.
She certainly does appear to be trending towards a win after runner-up finishes in her last two starts and the veteran rolled back the years with a vintage display in perfect conditions in Cape Town.
Pace reversed an early bogey at the 12th with birdie at the next, followed by a string of pars until she eagled the 456m, par-five seventh.
“It was three great shots,” said Lee-Anne Pace.
“I went with the driver so I could push it a little further down the fairway. I had 220 to the pin, 194 front, which is the perfect 3-wood for me. It bounced straight, which was nice, and I rolled in a six-foot putt.”
The Investec Order of Merit leader has a slew of goals this week – a fourth Investec SA Women’s Open title, a spot in the US Women’s Open, a fourth Investec Order of Merit win, a fast start to the Ladies European Tour season, the Investec Homegrown Award and building form for the Olympic Games.
“I have a lot on my mind, for sure, but you just try to push it back and play one shot at a time. I am just trying to hit the fairways and the greens, because it’s so important here. The greens are smaller this week, so if you hit them, you always have a birdie chance.
“I wanted a fast start, but I knew it was playing tough. I thought anything around level-par or a bit under would be good enough. So I am breaking the big goals into small goals, and I reached one of them today.”
Hall certainly didn’t regret her last minute decision to make the trip to South Africa.
“I was still undecided 30 minutes before the entries closed, but I decided to do it because I have done well here in the past,” said Hall, who offset a pair of bogeys with four birdies.
“The course is so much greener that we are used to seeing it in March. And it was a little wetter than normal. It’s playing quite a bit longer, off the back tips this year, but the set-up is good. It’s a good test.”
Hall tied for ninth in 2018 and fifth a year later – another reason she was keen to start the 2021 Race to Costa Del Sol in South Africa.
“I just really like this course. It’s tight off the tee and you have to shape a lot of shots off the tees and into the greens; that’s something I like doing,” Hall said. “And the greens here are so pure. Where you start it is where it goes. It stays on line.
“I hit a lot of fairways and greens, which is key to scoring well on this course. I had one or two errant tee shots and two bad iron shots, but I’ll head to the range to work out the kinks. With an afternoon start on Friday, I expect the course will be a lot drier and the greens will firm up, so I am pretty happy to start the week on two under.”
Round 1 scores:
All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as (a)
70 – Lee-Anne Pace, Lydia Hall (WAL)
71 – Tandi McCallum, Nicole Garcia
72 – Johanna Gustavsson (SWE), Tvesa Malik (IND)
73 – Agathe Sauzon (FRA), Jenny Haglund (SWE), Christine Wolf (AUT), Leonie Harm (GER), Pia Babnik (SVN), Karolin Lampert (GER), Elia Folch (ESP), Kim Metraux (SUI), Camille Chevalier (FRA)
74 – Maria Hernandez (ESP), Carmen Alonso (ESP), Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA), Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ), Kylie Henry (SCO), Lauren Taylor (ENG), Lora Assad, Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
75 – Rachael Taylor (SCO), Casandra Hall, Lejan Lewthwaite, Cloe Frankish (ENG), Zethu Myeki, Amy Walsh (AUS), Sanna Nuutinen (FIN), Olivia Cowan (GER), Romy Meekers (NED), Jane Turner (SCO), Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
76 – Madelene Stavnar (NOR), Stina Resen (NOR), Anne-Charlotte Mora (FRA), Karoline Lund (NOR), Linette Holmslykke (DEN), Ursula Wikstrom (FIN), Stacy Bregman, Celine Herbin (FRA), Isabella van Rooyen (a), Kim Williams, Manon De Roey (BEL), Sarah Schober (AUT), Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR), Nadia van der Westhuizen
77 – Annelie Sjoholm (SWE), Maria Beautell (ESP), Marianne Skarpnord (NOR), Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA), Ivanna Samu, Harang Lee (ESP), Pasqualle Coffa (NED), Caitlyn Macnab (a), Amelia Lewis (USA), Caroline Hedwall (SWE), Sarina Schmidt (GER), Silvia Banon (ESP), Emma Nilsson (SWE), Katja Pogacar (SVN), Eleanor Givens (ENG), Nina Pegova (RUS), Michaela Fletcher
78 – Emilie Borggen (SWE), Emie Peronnin (FRA), Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP), Luiza Altmann (BRA), Manon Gidali (FRA)
79 – Cara Gorlei, Kelsey Nicholas, Isabelle Boineau (FRA), Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER), Elina Nummenpaa (FIN), Florentyna Parker (ENG), Kristyna Napoleaova (CZE), Mireia Prat (ESP), Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
80 – Tiia Koivisto (FIN), Lindi Coetzee, Samantha Whateley (a), Anna Magnusson (SWE), Justine Dreher (FRA), Tina Mazarino (NOR), Franziska Friedrich (GER), Maha Haddioui (MAR)
81 – Karina Kukkonen (FIN), Clara Pietri (SUI), Lina Boqvist (SWE), Katerina Vlasinova (CZE), Carolin Kauffmann (GER), Nina Grey (a), Caroline Rominger (SUI)
82 – Monique Smit, Shani Brynard (a), Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP), Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGA), Katia Shaff (a) (AUT)
83 – Alexandra Bonetti (FRA), Brittney-Fay Berger, Mimmi Bergman (SWE), Michelle Leigh, Line Toft Hansen (DEN)
84 – Christina Gloor (SUI)
85 – Shawnelle de Lange, Jordan Rothman (a), Sideri Vanova (CZE)
86 – Lynette Fourie
87 – Tara Griebenow
88 – Yolanda Duma
92 – Odette Booysen (a)
97 – Cassidy Williams
DSQ – Kaylah Williams (a)
Lee-Anne Pace during round 2 of the Cape Town Ladies Open 08/04/2021
Lee-Anne Pace during round 2 of the Cape Town Ladies Open 08/04/2021
AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy has made a bold prediction as to who the goalkeeper of the season will be this term.
In his opinion, McCarthy feels Denis Onyango will walk away with the accolade, simply because of Mamelodi Sundowns’ dominance this season.
While McCarthy’s goalkeeper at AmaZulu, Veli Mothwa, has done tremendously well so far, the all-time Bafana Bafana goalscorer feels Onyango is the favourite for the award.
“I think Onyango would be a wise choice, should Sundowns win the league,” McCarthy told reporters.
“Mothwa is a top, top goalkeeper, but you have to look at the log and if you see who’s sitting at the top.
“It is Sundowns and they are at the top because they have got a formidable squad and a very good goalkeeper, Onyango,” he said.
Mothwa joined Usuthu midway through the current season from Chippa United, McCarthy is of the view that they wouldn’t have been second on the PSL log had another goalkeeper been brought in.
“I have assessed the league and I have seen teams and goalkeepers,” McCarthy continued.
“You can play for AmaZulu and cannot have the performance that this guy [Mothwa] has had. Any other goalkeeper would have come to AmaZulu, I don’t think we would have had the season that we are having, so that tells a lot about the quality of Mothwa.
Furthermore, McCarthy doesn’t think Mothwa can be disappointed in himself if he doesn’t win the Goalkeeper of the Season award, adding that the 30-year-old doesn’t need an award to earn his respect.
“If he doesn’t win the award, I don’t think he can be too disappointed because for me he’s been the best keeper this season and the most improved player.
“That alone makes him a winner. He doesn’t need to win any award to earn my respect,” concluded McCarthy.
Mothwa has kept 10 clean sheets in 24 league matches thus far while Onyango has kept 15 clean sheets from the same number of games.
In his first press conference since his appointment as the newest Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos has already made excuses for the national team in case they fail to qualify for the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar.
Hugo Broos addressed the media at the South African Football Association’s (SAFA’s) headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 12 May.
The 69-year-old, who succeeded Molefi Ntseki as coach, was already pleading for patience even before he starts his tenure.
Bafana Bafana will play two friendlies in June against unconfirmed opponents and Broos’ assistant coach Čedomir Janevski – and a yet-to-be-named South African assistant coach – will oversee the two matches.
Čedomir Janevski will arrive in the country next week as he is still coaching in Cyprus.
After Ntseki parted ways with SAFA, the identify of Broos’ second assistant remains a mystery although it has been suggested the man to be appointed will be current SA Under-23 coach David Notoane.
Ntseki was axed after he failed to lead Bafana Bafana to qualification for next year’s delayed Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Cameroon.
Qualifying for next year’s Soccer World Cup will be a lot harder.
Bafana Bafana have been drawn in Group G alongside Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
All three of those opponents successfully qualified for AFCON 2021.
In order to qualify Bafana Bafana will have to win their group and then beat one of the nine other group winners to end up as one of the five countries to represent Africa in Qatar.
SAFA – and Hugo Broos – caught a massive break when the first round of World Cup qualifiers, initially scheduled for early June, were delayed until September.
Bafana Bafana will begin their quest to qualify for Qatar against neighbours Zimbabwe.
However, Broos told Bafana Bafana supporters to forget about the World Cup qualification and to rather focus on the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast and the 2026 World Cup in the USA Canada and Mexico.
“I am pleading for patience and all that I am asking for is time for me to build a strong team like African powerhouses such as Senegal and Nigeria. To be realistic, it is going to be tough to qualify for the World Cup. We are rebuilding and there will be moments of weakness. Do not be angry if we do not qualify for the World Cup. But kill me if we do not qualify for the 2023 AFCON and the 2026 World Cup finals. Please be patient with me,” said Broos.
“Bafana will use the World Cup qualifiers experience for Afcon. It is tough to qualify for the World Cup. You have to finish first in your group and then play against a strong team from another group to qualify. It will be difficult for SA to qualify for the World Cup. They must not kill the team if they fail to qualify,” Broos urged.
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A former Orlando Pirates star midfielder has joined Tanzanian giants Simba SC in time for Saturday’s CAF Champions League match against Kaizer Chiefs.
Bernard Morrison was ommited from Simba’s traveling squad that will face Chiefs at the FNB Stadium this weekend due to paperwork.
Kick-off for the encounter is at 6PM SA time.
However, Simba made it clear, at the time, that Morrison would join his teammates in South Africa as soon as his paperwork was sorted.
Now, it has been reported that Morrison is in South Africa and will get to face Chiefs on Saturday.
This will not be the first that Morrison gets to play against Chiefs as he previously did so while he was on the books of Pirates.
Chiefs will know exactly what they are up against but whether or not they can stop the Ghana international remains to be seen.
Just a day after Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament Natasha Mazzone exploded after a fellow MP made, what she perceived as, sexist remarks. Another MP, the African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) Reverend Kenneth Meshoe threw his hat in the ring with some eyebrow-raising statements made during a live television interview on eNCA.
Both incidents follow in the wake of the news that the government is considering legalising polyandry – a form of polygamy, which allows a woman to marry two or more husbands.
At present, polygamy is reserved for men but in an attempt to promote the equality espoused by our Constitution, the Department of Home Affairs recently published a Green Paper on marriages that proposes that polyandry be recognised as a legal form of marriage because the current marriage act is not truly equal.
ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe was interviewed by eNCA’s Shahan Ramkissoon on Thursday afternoon, 13 May.
The pair were discussing polyandry and to say that they were on different sides of the fence would be an understatement.
“If a woman is shared by three men, as an example, and they all want her the same night, what’s going to happen?” said Meshoe.
“Because there will come a time when one of the men will say ‘you spend most of the time with that man and not with me’ and there will be conflict between the two men.”
Ramkissoon explained that the reason for the proposal by the government had nothing to do with sexual relations between people and everything to do with the equality of the constitutional law.
“You are trivialising a very important matter, you are talking about men fighting about when they are going to be with a woman and we’re talking about equality,” said Ramkissoon.
Meshoe, however, was fixated with the hypothetical situation he manufactured and said he had spoken to several people – both men and women – who agreed with him.
Meshoe said South Africans must not “take this issue of humans rights too far” and that citizens have to be practical.
“Now when it comes to men… imagine being told you are the third man, what’s that going to do to his confidence? This is not workable, this is definitely not workable.”
The 33-year-old soccer player signed to FC Barcelona has purchased a luxury apartment taking up the entire ninth floor in an upmarket apartment building in Florida, Miami. The four-time UCL winner has reportedly spent a phenomenal $7.5 million (about R102 million) on his latest property purchase.
According to The Sun, the property is located on Sunny Isles Beach and offers spectacular 360-degree views of the ocean. Messi’s new home comes with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a 1000-bottle wine cellar located in the 511 square metres of indoor space.
The pad, which came fully furnished, boasts all the facilities that a millionaire could wish for. As well as a private pool, Messi and his guests will have access to another six swimming pools in the building. Other facilities available to residents include a spa, a fitness centre, a yoga studio, a children’s playhouse, an on-site private chef and a champagne bar.
According to reports from Goal, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be around $400 million (R5.7 billion). Messi has also been part of prominent campaigns with Pepsi, Gillette and Turkish Airlines. He also has three hotels in Barcelona.
Having purchased a first apartment in the nearby Porsche Design Tower just two years ago, it seems as though Messi is expanding his property portfolio in Florida. It appears that the footballing legend of Argentinian descent may be planning to spend more time in the US since he is building up a property portfolio in Miami.
Messi, who has played his entire professional career at Barcelona, has previously hinted that he would like to play in the United States one day.
However, the future is not yet certain for this footballing superstar whose contract with FC Barcelona is expiring this summer. But one thing is sure, Messi will enjoy spending time in his new Florida pad!
No sooner had he arrived in the country than new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is preparing to leave.
The 69-year-old has explained why he will be flying home to Belgium less than two weeks after touching down in Mzansi.
Hugo Broos was confirmed last week as the latest in a long line of Bafana Bafana coaches and arrived in South Africa on Monday to be formally be introduced to the media – which took place on Wednesday at SAFA’s headquarters.
Hugo Broos was initially expected to hit the ground running and prepare Bafana Bafana for the first round of 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers in the first week in June against neighbours Zimbabwe.
However, SAFA and Broos caught a massive break when FIFA postponed the opening round of the all-important qualifiers until September.
Just as well as Hugo Broos won’t be in the country!
Bafana Bafana are expected to play two friendlies in June against yet-to-be-confirmed opponents which will be overseen by Broos’ newly-appointed – and little-known – assistant Čedomir Janevski as well as whoever the local assistant(s) might be who SAFA are expected to name in the coming days.
“I will be here in South Africa until the 24 May. Why? You know we’re living in a world of Covid, and I’ve already gotten my first vaccination in Belgium so I will have the second one on the 4 June,” explained Hugo Broos in his first official media briefing.
“I think and hope that you will understand why I will go back to receive my vaccination, so that I will be protected. When I see what will happen in the next months, we will have to travel a lot so I don’t want to be sick.
“This is not only for myself but for South Africa – if you have a coach that will have Covid and be out for one month, or in the worst case not even be here in this world anymore, I think you’ll understand why I want to go back to Belgium. It’s very important for me.
“What will happen then with the games we will play in June? They will be run by my Belgian and South African assistants.
“What will I do? I will monitor the games for sure, and I will analyse them and discuss it with my assistants. I don’t really need to be here for those games, because I have trust in my assistants that they will do it very well,” Hugo Broos concluded.
New Zealand’s immigration department, the INZ, is set to implement changes to the procedures which New Zealand-based employers will be subjected to when offering work permits to employees from outside the country’s borders.
According to New Zealand immigration specialists Immagine Immigration, companies in New Zealand that employ overseas employees, will have to become accredited before they can support work visa applications for foreign employees.
Many South Africans who migrate to New Zealand use the employer-sponsored route to obtain work visas which enable them to move to New Zealand.
The implementation of the new requirements for employers will certainly add to the overly bureaucratic process of securing employer-sponsored work visas in New Zealand, a process that is already known to be a challenging endeavour.
According to Immagine Immigration, the new process will involve three steps.
Foreign employees on existing sponsored work visas will not be affected by the proposed requirements. They do not have to apply for new visas and their employer does not need to become accredited before 1 November.
South Africans wishing to migrate to New Zealand via employment-sponsored visas need not be concerned about this new requirement as the responsibility for INZ accreditation falls on the employer, not the employee.
The Kaizer Chiefs supporters’ protest march to the club’s headquarters at Naturena will go ahead as planned on Friday, 14 May.
The organisers of march have promised a “legal and courteous” proceeding and confirmed that they received permission from the club and the relevant authorities‚ including the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD)‚ for the march to hand over a memorandum of their grievances.
“Kaizer Chiefs Football Club supporters have realised their constitutional right as stipulated in Section 17 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) which states that ‘everyone has the right‚ peacefully and unarmed‚ to assemble‚ to demonstrate‚ to picket and to present petitions’‚” the organisers said in a lengthy statement.
“As concerned supporters‚ looking at dismal results and the perpetual decline of our beloved football club‚ we saw it fit to exercise this constitutional right and organise a peaceful and lawful protest to Naturena to raise our grievances with relevant Kaizer Chiefs authorities.
“We have followed all correct procedures to ensure that this march is both legal and courteous. We have met with law enforcement officials from JMPD‚ Kaizer Chiefs officials and media personnel looking for advice and permission. We are pleased that we were able to reach a common consensus and understanding with the two parties and we want to announce that the peaceful march is ongoing as planned.
“We would like to thank the JMPD officials who have diligently worked with us during preparations of this historic occasion and the Kaizer Chiefs officials who accepted the call and are willing to consider our demands enacted in the memorandum‚ which will we submit to them on Friday‚ 14 May 2021 at 10:00.
“We also want to send our gratitude to various media houses that have given an opportunity to give clarity about the march and we would like to invite the media to be available on Friday for this historic occasion.
“To ensure that the march is peaceful‚ we have assigned a group of supporters who will work with law enforcement officials to become our marshals on the day of the protest.
“These group of supporters will assist in ensuring compliance with regards to Covid-19 regulations such as wearing of masks‚ social distancing and strict hygiene (if need be) and some will be there to assist in looking after vehicles of demonstrators.
The organisers added that:
* The march will be marshalled by Kaizer Chiefs supporters who volunteered for this duty‚ to work with law enforcement officials from JMPD
* No weapons‚ harmful or unlawful objects will be allowed. Everyone who will be misbehaving or does not follow the protocols will be apprehended
* Marchers can wear their Kaizer Chiefs regalia with pride
* The march has leaders who have been assigned to lead the event who will guide the marchers during proceedings. They will also be responsible for reading and handing over the memorandum
* All Covid-19 regulations will be respected‚ such as wearing of masks at all times and social distancing
* The march will start at corner of Main Road and Flora Street‚ Naturena (near Tinti’s Restaurant). Organisers plead with marchers to arrive by 08:30 to will depart for Chiefs’ Village at 09:30. The memorandum handover is scheduled for 10:00
The supporters’ protest was launched on social media and soon went viral with the hashtags #KaizerChiefsProtest and #KaizerChiefsPeacefulProtest
Amakhosi supporters have understandably been left unhappy at their team’s performances this season in the DStv Premiership.
With just three matches remaining Kaizer Chiefs are languishing in 10th place and face the very real possibility of not only their worst ever finish to a season, but missing out on an all-important top-8 finish which would see them qualify for next season’s MTN 8.
Kaizer Chiefs also conceded their 33rd goal of the season on Wednesday against Swallows which represents the greatest number of goals leaked since the league changed to 16 teams in 2002/03.
On the CAF Champions League front, however, things have gone a lot better for coach Gavin Hunt’s men.
They have reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history and will host Tanzania’s Simba SC in the first-leg at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 15 May at 18:00.
Kaizer Chiefs are AGAIN reported to have concluded a deal that will see Ruzaigh Gamildien leave Swallows FC at the end of the current season.
For months, Gamildien was reported to have finalized terms of his contract with Amakhosi even though neither party was willing to confirm the news.
Now, according to Daily Sun, Gamildien has completed his move to Naturena and he’s expected to put pen to paper on a short-term deal at the end of the campaign.
However, Swallows chairman David Mogashoa couldn’t confirm or deny the reports, only opting to say: “I can tell you now, you might see him at Swallows next season.”
Gamildien is one of the favourites to scoop the Lesley Manyathela award having already scored 11 league goals this season.
However, he hasn’t hit the back of the net since summer, and Mogashoa believes rumours that Chiefs wanted him may have gotten into his head.
“I think that maybe went to his head that he was going to Chiefs,” said Mogashoa.
Gamildien (32) has been in superb form for Swallows, especially at the start of the season, and he was awarded the Player of the Month awards for October/November and December/January.
Subsequent to that, Gamildien received his first Bafana Bafana call-up in March, and that caught the attention of several clubs, including Amakhosi.
Mari van Heerden, a black South African woman, is slowly but surely creating a racial fire storm on Twitter, all thanks to an explosive interview in which she reveals that she considers herself white.
Van Heerden is a known soap actress, having starred in shows like Villa Rosa and 7de Laan. In an exclusive sit-down with media personality Relebogile Mabotja on her YouTube show Unpacked, she spoke candidly about her upbringing in an all-Afrikaans family in the North West and how it impacted her racial identity.
In the clip, which has garnered close to 90 000 views, Van Heerden speaks of how she “never learnt” to be black.
“I don’t identify as being black. I was brought up white, so I couldn’t learn how to be black. So now, from the beginning, I was raised white… I always thought of marrying a white man. It’s not like I can’t identify with being black, it’s just that I never learnt how to and I never had the opportunity to learn from black people,” she said.
Van Heerden was brought up in Ramokokastad by her grandmother who worked for an Afrikaans family on a farm. Her grandmother had taken Van Heerden from her parents when she was just a toddler, allegedly because she was being ill-treated and was eventually adopted by the family.
Twitter has been awash with reactions to the clip. here’s what some had to say.
She has also revealed some of the social struggles which came with being a black girl in an Afrikaans school.
“It was difficult because I couldn’t fit in anywhere. I wasn’t black enough and I wasn’t white enough,” Van Heerden said.
Her adoptive father, Klasie van Heerden, featured in the interview and spoke of the change she brought into their lives.
“She was immediately taken in… There was no race discrimination among us. Our hearts were being changed as Mari grew into the family. We had to have our hearts change because it was a very difficult time. Living on a farm and living in a difficult time,” Van Heerden said.
Her full name is Mari Molefe van Heerden and said she’d decided to keep her biological father’s surname and stay connected to her roots.
You can watch the full interview here.
Former Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni says he feels for Brighton Mhlongo after a freak accident in training put the goalkeeper’s career at risk.
Brighton Mhlongo, who is a former Orlando Pirates gloveman, was struck in the face by a ball during a recent training session at TTM and now appears to be set for early retirement.
The 30-year-old paid a visit to an eye specialist after the blow left him partially blind and the medical advice was that he should retire from football sooner rather than later.
Sangweni, whose career also ended early due to a knee injury, says he feels sorry for Brighton Mhlongo but also urged him to accept his fate and do his best to move on.
“It is hard what has happened to him, and it is painful, and as someone who has experienced it, I don’t wish for anyone to go through it,” Sangweni told Sowetan.
“There are so many empty promises that are made. Mhlongo must stay focused and be clear about what he needs to do. His career is gone. He must do something else.
“He needs to get support from his family, and it will also depend on how he treated his family when he was still working.
“His situation breaks my heart. To me, it was not that easy. However, my family and wife were very supportive, and that is what matters.
“Importantly, I have a very courageous wife who supported me through thick and thin. I appreciate my wife for being there for me, and also hope that his wife will do the same.”
The Tree House Humane Society’s “Cats at Work” program is using feral cats to fight Chicago’s rodent problem. Thus far more than 1000 felines have been trapped, neutered and released (TNR) into natural outdoor colonies – if that’s not possible, they’re placed in residential or commercial spaces to hunt rats and curb the rodent population.
The Tree House Humane Society says their Cats at Work program helps save cats in every environment, adding that feral cats – especially those without safe habitats – have often been overlooked in the past.
The charity organisation traps and neuters kitties and tries to return them to their former colonies but sometimes this is not possible for a variety of reasons, for example, if the cats lived in an abandoned building or a dangerous environment.
Cats that cannot be returned to their colonies are placed in the work programme in teams of two or three where they act as “environmentally friendly rodent control” in exchange for food and a place to stay.
“Property and business owners provide food, water, shelter and wellness to the cats who work for them,” the charity.
“In most cases, our Cats at Work become beloved members of the family or team and some even have their own Instagram pages!”
Chicago, the Windy City, was ranked as America’s “rattiest city” for six years in a row by pest control giant Orkin. The city had the most – residential and commercial – rodent treatments performed in the 2020 ranking.
The pandemic also had a role to play in this. Orkin’s said the visibility of rodents increased because of a dearth of waste food, which led to the pests scavenging in new areas and exhibiting aggressive and unusual behaviour.
The charity said that while their employees do kill rats, often it is just their pheromones that drive the pests away.
Will work for food: This animal shelter is making cats earn their supper
An animal charity organisation in Chicago has found an innovative way to relocate feral cats in the city that has a major rodent problem.
“Nyamezela” means “to endure or perservere” and Zahara’s new song honours the Sama award-winning songstress’s vow to herself that she will endure hardships until she experiences a world she is delighted to be a part of.
“It is my heartfelt declaration that I’m going to endure until I see a new world, one where people are filled with love and one that hopefully brings me back to the path of my destiny. I hope it does the same to everybody listening,” Bulelwa “Zahara” Mkutukana told Music in Africa Magazine.
The 32-year-old musician has been forced to confront many hardships, including the tragic loss of her older sister, Nomonde Mkutukana, who died in a car accident in March; the death of her younger brother, Mbuyiseli Mkutukana, who was caught in a crossfire between rival gangs in 2014 and her own struggle with liver disease.
Nyamezela deals with Zahara’s struggle to persevere while dealing with immense pain and loss. By telling her story through her music, Zahara hopes to spread the message to those who are also dealing with similar hardships.
With her new single, the afro-soul singer showcases her non-traditional take on worship music which she cites as the main influence on the sound of Nyamezela.
The single was recorded by producer Mojalefa Thebe, who has worked with Zahara since her debut album, Loliwe, in 2011.
Her fifth studio album, Nqaba Yam, is set for release in June and follows the same theme as Nyamezela. In her interview with Music in Africa, Zahara explained that “nqaba yam” refers to an object which one uses as one’s pillar of strength.
According to her, Nqaba Yam will also showcase her afro-pop and kwaito influences.
Zahara shares her pain with fans through comeback single, ‘Nyamezela’
The celebrated South African musician released her new single ‘Nyamezela’ on Friday 7 May ahead of her upcoming album, 'Nqaba Yam'.
Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Thursday, 13 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.
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Recoup at the end of a long day with a refreshing gin cocktail in the hand. This L-Gin Crush Blueberry Cocktail can rejuvenate even the most tired mind.
The base ingredient of this enticing cocktail is L-Gin Crush which is a unique combination of locally grown juniper and blueberries, among other flavours.
One sip of this L-Gin Crush Blueberry Cocktail and you are on a journey of local flavours which include indigenous salvia, coriander, lemon peel, angelica root and African striped pepper, all led by juniper.
Every day is a good day to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. However, today you have more reason than usually to whip a cocktail together as it is World Cocktail Day. Surprise your partner with an invigorating cocktail and set the mood for a lovely evening.
Garnish this cocktail with a fresh sprig of rosemary and pomegranates. Or, if you would like to experiment with other flavours, add fresh mint and fresh Blueberries. Cheers!
200 g blueberries
1 tot of L-Gin Crush Gin
1 can Indian tonic
1 teaspoon fresh pomegranates
1 sprig fresh rosemary
a dash of blueberry coulis
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The Miss Universe National Costume show is a highlight for lovers of fashion, costuming and over the top concepts.
Traditionally a showcase of national dress, the competition has grown into an artistic expression of the human experience.
During this year’s Miss Universe National Costume show, viewers can vote for their favourite costume by visiting the Miss Universe website.
The Miss Universe National Costume show will stream live on the Miss Universe Youtube channel from 02:00 (SAST) on Friday 14 May. Yes, that is two in the morning, so set your alarm if you must.
Miss South Africa runner-up Natasha Joubert will carry the flag for Mzansi in a bid to become the first nation to see back-to-back entrants crowned Miss Universe
Please note: The stream will begin at 02:00 SAST on Friday 14 May.
Zozibini Tunzi was the first black woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown, she won the title on December 8, 2019. She also made history by eschewing expectations and electing to compete with her natural, short-cropped hair, reflecting a deep shift in beauty standards in the pageant industry and beyond.
Zozibini Tunzi is a passionate activist engaged in the fight against gender-based violence and a supporter of the #HeForShe social media movement, helping to evolve gender stereotypes and bring men into the fight for gender equality.
Tunzi hopes to be an example to young girls to embrace their most authentic selves.
She is using her voice as Miss Universe to encourage young women to “take up space” and hopes to bring more voices together to make change across the world. Her message for young women was echoed by everyone from Oprah to Michelle Obama following her crowning.
Before being crowned Miss Universe, Zozibini was working in public relations at a respected global firm.
The 69th Miss Universe competition will air from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on
Sunday, May 16, 2021 (02:00 SAST Monday, May 17).
Watch: The 69th MISS UNIVERSE National Costume Show | LIVE
During this year's Miss Universe National Costume show, viewers can vote for their favourite costume by visiting the Miss Universe website.
As the frenzy of Champions’ Season horseracing starts to grip the racing fraternity, fashion lovers have set their sights on the programme of competitions and shows planned for the 2021 Vodacom Durban July.
Fashion has always been an essential element of Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, and as the event paved the way for behind-closed-doors events last year, so too did the fashion programme adapt to comply with the prevailing lockdown regulations.
The 2021 fashion programme builds on the successes of the 2020 adaptations, and takes flight in the first weekend of June with the start of the important Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award, presented by Durban Fashion Fair.
Open to students at technikons and fashion design colleges across KwaZulu-Natal, the first round of judging at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Monday 7 June will require students to present their completed outfit inspired by the raceday theme “Birds of a Feather”.
Arguably the most onerous judging task of the entire fashion programme, the judges will shortlist around twenty semi-finalists to proceed to the next stage of the competition, which has over the year’s discovered many designers who have gone on to become household names in South African couture circles.
In the same vein, Durban Fashion Fair, established as a incubator for fashion design talent in the region, will profile eight emerging fashion designers, each of whom will be tasked with designing garments based on their interpretation of the theme for a range labelled the ‘DFF Rising Stars Collection’.
Always regarded as the high point of the fashion programme, the Vodacom Durban July Invited Designer Showcase this year will spotlight five iconic national designers from across the country, tasked with an unfettered role of designing a raceday ensemble based on the “Birds of a Feather” theme.
Fundamentally a non-competitive showcase event, this year’s spectacle will be driven online as the fashion programme complies with lockdown regulations, with live video and studio images set to satisfy the driving curiosity amongst fashionistas following the Invited Designer Showcase each year.
As was the case at last year’s behind-closed-doors Vodacom Durban July, the traditional raceday fashion competitions will fall away, but fashion fans proved in 2020 that their plans to watch the raceday spectacle at home was a lavishly glamorous affair, and much of the fashion programme content will be timed to contribute to that spectacle on the day of the big race.
No matter what the state of the lockdown in June and July, designers are determined to use their skills to give the nation a sensory thrill to tide them through the hard times.
“Fashion is optimistic, uplifting and hopeful, and gives people something to look forward to and dream about,” said Cape designer Lara Klawikowski, who rose to prominence through winning the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award in 2009.
“Beautiful clothing is a pick-me-up in tough times,” she added.
The 2021 Vodacom Durban July takes place at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 3 July. More information can be found at www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za
Issed by Gameplan Media, written by Dave Macleod
With ocean swimming gaining popularity in Durban, swimmers have been invited to join in a show of solidarity at the World Oceans Day Swim at Vetch’s Beach on Saturday 5 June.
The event is the brainchild of top swimmer and physiotherapist Sarah Ferguson, who champions the Breathe ocean conservation movement, and will offer swims of 800m, 1,6km, 3,2km and a full 5km swim.
“The aim of this event is to create awareness of the problem of plastic in the ocean and to encourage ocean users to be mindful of the impact that their daily choices have on the ocean,” said Ferguson.
“Breathe’s whole philosophy is to eliminate throw-away plastic pollution and all unnecessary plastic,” she explained. “We encourage people to live deeply and tread lightly.
“We want people to follow their passion, while being mindful of their environment while doing so.
“There is so much each of us can do to help, like not taking a disposal coffee cup, but rather bringing your own cup. The same with bottled water, or single use plastic straws, and just getting into the habit of picking up plastic when you find it.” she said.
“That’s all part of becoming a powerful consumer. As consumers, we dictate what producers produce,” she pointed out.
“Look at any beach around the world and you will see the amount of plastic that is washing up. The impact that that has on our environment is huge,” Ferguson added.
“World Oceans Day is an international day of recognition where we plan to create awareness of the importance of our oceans and the importance of protecting our oceans.
“As a swimmer and an ocean lover it is a fantastic chance to share our love of the ocean and create awareness of the things that are harming the ocean,” she said.
“All the funds raised from the swim will towards the projects that Breathe is running,” she explained.
“The main project is educational – going into our schools. We have given 500 copies of John McCarthy’s book ‘Swimming Easter Island’ that documents my circumnavigation of the island. One school already has it as part if it’s curriculum and another two are on standby,” she said.
“We are about to launch our slip-slop projects that involves recycling slip-slops through Lizzard and an EVA factory that recycles every part of the slip-slops.
“We run monthly beach clean-ups with Zebra Shark Adventures, which forms part of the international Blue Communities working to protect the oceans,” she added. “We snorkel the Vetch’s Reef to clean it, and we run guided walks as well.
“We have started guided walks on the Philocaly Trail, which offers guided walks with a snorkel at the end of one of the days.
“A brand new project will also be announced on World Oceans Day!” she added.
The World Oceans Day swim takes place on 5 June at the from the Point Yacht Club Beach Clubhouse.
Issued by Gameplan Media, Written by Dave Macleod
"As a swimmer and an ocean lover the World Oceans Day Swim is a fantastic chance to share our love of the ocean and create awareness of the things that are harming the ocean," said Sarah Ferguson. Photo: Supplied/ Gameplan Media
Well, this principal won’t be ‘chairing’ any meetings at Laerskool Theresapark in the near future. Enraged parents in Pretoria took matters into their own hands on Thursday, by physically removing the school’s top official from the building.
Video footage captures the bizarre moment that the principal was carried out of the front door of the secondary school, while still sat in her chair. The mob of frustrated parents can be seen dragging her outside – only for the woman to be unceremoniously dumped from her seat. A second video shows her getting back to her feet.
Now, why exactly has this happened? Scenes like this belong in soapies, or at the very least, sitcoms. But it is alleged that the principal has been ‘bullying’ other staff members at Laerskool Theresapark. There are also accusations which claim the headteacher has driven the facility into ‘financial ruin’ – but these claims have not yet been substantiated.
We have made contact with the school and the local educational authorities, and await a response. Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi is likely to be brought in to investigate the incident, as well as the circumstances leading up to it. According to one local with intimate knowledge of the situation, tensions had reached boiling point before Thursday:
@Lesufi please handle this situation at Laerskool Theresapark the Principal is terrorizing teachers and students.The parents,SGB ,traumatized teachers want her out of that school today!!#LaerskoolTheresapark— kg (@kg_motsepe) May 13, 2021
Breytenbachs have looked into the ten reasons why South Africans prefer the UK as an emigration destination.
The UK has a strongly developed international economy. There are many jobs on offer for migrants. Whether you are looking for a career in the financial sector, IT, to health care, you will be sure to find something. The UK is also wide open for new innovative ideas from South Africans and has even developed immigration routes to accommodate entrepreneurs from countries such as South Africa!
The UK has an excellent National Health Service (NHS). It is a Government-funded medical and health care service that is available to all British citizens and migrants. Residents in the UK can use the NHS free of charge. Migrants to the UK applying for visas longer than six months pay for their use of the NHS by paying an Immigration Health Surcharge when applying for their visa. As soon as a person obtain the status of Indefinite Leave to Remain, there is no longer an Immigration Health Surcharge payable.
All towns and cities in the UK have a well-developed public transport system. It is thus very easy for students and workers to safely commute from home to work. The UK boasts several railway and train operators, intercity and local bus networks and taxis, and even ferry connections.
South Africans very easily make the transition to the UK, as there is no language barrier.
The UK boasts a rich cultural heritage and history. Many of the English traditions have woven themselves into the SA way of doing things. South Africans thus find it very easy to adapt to the UK culture, as it is familiar in many ways.
There is a large diaspora of South Africans in the UK, and even South African churches, shops, and communities. Breytenbachs is also aware of large groups of South African students in many of the UK university towns. It just makes it so much easier to adapt if there are some well-known accents in town!
Travel to and from the UK to South Africa is an overnight flight away. It is thus easy to travel for business and family between the two countries. The UK also boasts several international airports, making it easy to travel to the EU and other destinations for business and leisure.
The UK is well-known for its academic excellence and ranks first in various academic comparisons of schools and universities. The UK is also reckoned to have no less than 29 of the top 200 universities in the world.
The UK always welcomes the best and brightest migrants from all over the world. It offers various very advantageous immigration routes. The Covid-pandemic has also shown that the UK government takes care of its migrants. Various concessions were made to migrants financially affected by Covid-19. Migrants could, as an example, also qualify for furlough without it affecting their immigration status.
Lastly, the British are just as fond of their Sports as South Africans! South Africans will still be able to enjoy their Cricket and Rugby. There is much to relish for South African sports fans in the UK!
If you are thinking about moving to the UK, Breytenbachs will be able to assist you. Whether you are looking to study, gain some international work experience, or take your innovative business idea to the UK, there are immigration routes to suit every need. Breytenbachs will assess your circumstances and advise on the best suitable immigration route. If you are interested, please fill out our free online assessment form. Or send an email to email@example.com to book a consultation.
Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.
With the local government elections drawing ever closer, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have confirmed that all 23 146 voting stations across the country will open up over the 17-18 July weekend.
The aim of the initiative is to ensure that as many South Africans as possible are registered to vote in the critical elections. This will be the only general voter registration opportunity, however ongoing voter registration will continue during working hours at local IEC offices until the proclamation of the elections.
The IEC said in a statement on Wednesday 12 May that the voting stations will be open from 8:00 – 17:00, and said that in the lead-up to this weekend, they will embark on a nationwide voter education and awareness campaign to encourage all eligible voters to make sure they are ready to participate in the elections scheduled to be held on 27 October 2021.
“Over this weekend all 23 146 voting stations around the country will open from 8am to 5pm to assist new voters to register and existing voters to check and, where necessary, update their registration details,” they said.
On the education campaign, the IEC said that the campaign will span a variety of multimedia platforms including television, radio, outdoor and digital media, along with targeted interventions aimed specifically at young, first-time voters.
These will include registration initiatives at schools, tertiary education campuses and other opportunities.
The IEC outlined the following guidelines to register to vote:
“Voters are reminded that they must be registered at a voting station in the ward in which they are ordinarily resident and must provide an address or detailed description of a place of residence. However, proof of address (e.g. in the form of a utilities account) is NOT required for registration,” said the IEC.
In order to find out which ward you’ll need to register at, the IEC advised that applicants check their website for more details.
Registered voters will still be able to amend their registration details through the “Click, Check, Confirm” functionality on the IEC website. Existing voters can check their current registration details on the website or by SMSing their ID number to 32810 at a cost of R1.
The IEC added that voters who have moved house since the last election, as well as those with incorrect, incomplete or missing addresses, are especially urged to update their details.
“We also call upon all political parties, candidates, civil society organisations, the media, business and labour organisations, faith-based organisations and all other stakeholders to join together to encourage voter registration and participation among their staff, clientele, customers and followers,” they said.
Laughter truly is the best medicine and if there is one thing that all South Africans need right now, it’s a laugh. Comic relief is on its way with the third season of Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar premiering on Monday 17 May at 10pm on Comedy Central (channel 122 on DStv).
When South Africa first faced a hard lockdown in 2020, Savanna decided to think outside the box to support comedic talent and so the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar was born during lockdown Level 5, originally living on Savanna’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
The show even got rewarded by the industry it supported at the 2020 South African Comedy Awards with two top awards: The Top Comedy Sponsor and Top Online Show.
Comedy Central Africa took note of this comedic initiative and picked up the show for its first season on TV in October last year. The show continued to bring audiences tuning in to watch a lineup of some of South Africa’s most beloved comedians, such as Lihle Msimang, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and Farieda Metsileng.
No topic was off the table (and will ever be) – we understand each other here – #SiyavannaSouthAfrica. So, to be safe, rather put Gogo to bed before watching. This authenticity and audacity allowed the show to laugh it’s way to a nomination for a 2021 Saftas Best Variety Show award.
“The comedy industry is very close to our heart and our brand. The wellbeing, continuous growth and development of comedic talent is our priority. With limitations still in place when it comes to public event gatherings, international travelling and many annual events being cancelled, the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar is a steady platform for comedic talent to continue to do what they love most and let’s face it, no store accepts punchlines at the tills,” said Savanna marketing manager Eugene Lenford.
The renewed season moves away from the Sunday night slot to Monday evenings and fans can expect a star-studded lineup featuring the likes of Tumi Morake, Nina Hastie, Trevor Gumbi, Tyson Ngubeni and an exclusive lineup of rising comedians handing out laughter in spades.
One thing that remains the same is digital versions every Thursday night on www.savanna.co.za for those who enjoy watching the show in their own time, on their own devices, where small animals and children won’t be scared by the ensuing raucous laughter.
Dillon Khan, vice-president for Comedy Central and creative services at ViacomCBS Networks Africa, commented: “The first season of Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar outperformed our expectations and has affirmed the love South Africans have for local comedic talent.
“We look forward to another season filled with the funniest comedians entertaining the local crowd in a way only they can, and we are proud to be associated with Savanna, a firm industry and comedic talent champion for nearly three decades.”
Comic relief: Award-winning 'Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar' is back!
The Safta-nominated 'Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar' has been renewed for another season, starring the likes of Tumi Morake, Nina Hastie, Trevor Gumbi and Tyson Ngubeni.
A suspect who was allegedly throwing rocks at vehicles from the Queen Nandi Drive bridge onto vehicles on the N2 freeway North of Durban was arrested by a local armed response officer on Thursday morning.
Marshall Security reported in a Facebook post that the firm’s Emergency Dispatch Centre had received a call from a client regarding a rock throwing incident in Queen Nandi Drive at around 9.15 am on Thursday morning.
She reported to the dispatch centre officer that her husband had been a victim of a rock throwing incident on Queen Nandi Drive. Motorists had also earlier reported on social media that the suspect was allegedly throwing rocks from the bridge onto traffic on the N2 freeway below.
“Upon arrival, our armed reaction officer noticed a suspect fitting the description that was given by the complainant, running on Queen Nandi Drive, and requested for back up,” Marshall Security said.
“Additional officers were dispatched to assist and a foot chase ensued, which subsequently led to the suspect being apprehended. After apprehending the suspect, other motorists arrived on the scene and claimed that they were also victims of rock throwing and positively identified the same suspect for damaging their vehicles,” Marshall Security said.
Greenwood Park SAPS arrived shortly thereafter and arrested the suspect who will be charged for malicious damage to property, the security company added.
Meanwhile, the act of ‘spiking’ has become an increasingly troublesome issue in some parts of South Africa, as thugs target motorists on busy highways late at night. This week, a local Community Policing Forum (CPF) published the first guide to local hot-spots – where this crime occurs most often – to help South Africans avoid a traumatic experience.
This new criminal trend sees spikes hidden in the road, with the express intention of bursting tyres and slowing cars down to rob the occupants. This behaviour is also supported by other petty crimes, such as rock-throwing and the placement of stones or ‘significant debris’ on the road. Both the N4 and N1 have been ‘significantly affected’.
N2 freeway rock throwing
A local armed response officer arrested a suspect for allegedly throwing rocks at vehicles travelling on Queen Nandi Drive and the N2 Freeway near Durban. Photograph: Marshall Security
For any Capetonians in possession of hatches, we suggest you get them battened down before Friday night: The Cape Town weather forecast has thrown out a wet and wild prediction for the weekend ahead – and, as long as your DStv signal doesn’t buckle under the strain of the rain, these are perfect conditions for a movie marathon… or two.
The latest projections from Ventusky reveal that the rainfall will begin late on Friday night, persisting through Saturday. But as that cold front subsides, another one sweeps in from the south – creating a ‘double barrage’ for those in the Cape.
On Saturday night, a second, more intense period of precipitation will occur right through until Sunday morning. Things brighten up from that point, but the flood-wary municipality in the Mother City is still coming to terms with the devastation caused by last week’s heavy storms. The SA Weather Service already has a Level 2 warning in place:
“Localised flooding of roads and settlements, as well as minor motor vehicle accidents, are likely. There is a chance for mudslides and rockfalls in susceptible areas and difficult driving conditions on dirt roads. Remain alert while driving, and be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.” | Saws / weather.co.za
From around 22:00 on Friday evening, the first drops of the downpour will be felt. Thunderstorms are also expected overnight, spreading into the north of the municipality and across to the Cape Winelands.
As showers continue throughout the bulk of Saturday, a brief evening intermission will make way for that second cold front. More rain is expected to fall, intensifying between 21:00 – 00:00. Much like the night before, the deluge will carry on through the night and into the morning, before dissipating shortly after sunrise.
Altogether, up to 70mm could land in the corridor between Paarl and Franschhoek. Cape Town is also on course for a healthy dousing, of at least 30mm within a 24-hour period. The bulk of the rain will fall in the Cape Winelands. Emergency teams are already on standby, but more disruption now seems inevitable for locals.
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UEFA announced on Thursday that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been moved from Istanbul to Porto.
The match on May 29 has been switched to the Estadio do Dragao to allow English spectators to attend. The UK government placed Turkey on a coronavirus travel red list last week.
Earlier, European football’s governing body announced up to 6 000 supporters from each club will be able to attend.
“We accept that the decision of the British Government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus but it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement.
“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.”
UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Earlier this week, newspaper reports claimed the match would be played at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea and Manchester City supporters groups had requested the game be moved to England.
UK transport secretary Grant Shapps said he would have welcomed the fixture being played in London.
“The difficulties of moving the final are great and the FA and the authorities made every effort to try to stage the match in England and I would like to thank them for their work in trying to make it happen,” Ceferin said.
UEFA said coronavirus rules in the UK made it difficult to hold the fixture in the English capital.
“UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements,” it said.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said he would have preferred Turkey as the venue for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, whose grandfather comes from Balikesir, south of Istanbul.
“I have had the pleasure to go to Istanbul but since my period as a football player in Barcelona, I never had the opportunity to go there again, not even in the Champions League,” he said at a press conference.
“For Ilkay Gundogan I wanted to go there. Unfortunately, UEFA decided to go to Portugal, but there’s no problem there.”
The final capacity for the match is still to be decided.
Last season’s Champions League matches from the quarter-finals onwards were also held in Portugal, but in Lisbon.
“Once again we have turned to our friends in Portugal to help both UEFA and the Champions League and I am, as always, very grateful to the FPF (Portuguese Football Association) and the Portuguese government for agreeing to stage the match at such short notice,” Ceferin said.
The last round of matches in the country’s top-flight Primeira Liga will see spectators return to stadia on May 19, with a limited number of people permitted, the league said on Wednesday.
Centre Burger Odendaal will lead the Lions in their third round PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA clash with the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Odendaal takes over at inside centre from Dan Kriel, who led the team in the last fortnight. The return of Willem Alberts will bring considerable experience to the side after he recovered from a niggle and has been included on the bench.
Apart from the change at inside centre, Van Rooyen made two more changes to his starting team – Jordan Hendrikse gets an opportunity at flyhalf in place of Fred Zeilinga, while Jaco Visagie will start at hooker, swapping places with PJ Botha.
Zeilinga and Botha join Alberts and Kriel on the bench, where Springbok prop Ruan Dreyer also makes a return to the Emirates Lions’ match-day squad.
Jan-Henning Campher (hooker), Stean Pienaar (wing), Sibusiso Sangweni (loose forward), Wilhelm van der Sluys (lock) and Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback) were not considered for selection due to injuries.
The match at Ellis Park, where both teams will be looking to break their competition duck, kicks off at 13:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport. It’s the Lions’ first home game of the rejigged competition.
“We look forward to playing our first home game of the competition. The players have all worked hard and we look forward to a great clash,” said Lions Coach Ivan van Rooyen ahead of this weekend’s clash.
Lions XV: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 André Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole. Replacements: 16 PJ Botha, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Dan Kriel.
Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021
Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Rasta Rashivenge, Morne Ferreira
Television Match Official: Cwengile Jadezweni
TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby channels
Veteran striker Bernard Parker could be in trouble with Kaizer Chiefs management following his unprofessional behaviour in their DStv Premiership clash against Swallows on Wednesday.
A first published by The South African website after the match finished 1-1, the Amakhosi captain was caught by television cameras swearing at team-mate Samir Nurkovic in the closing stages of the match at the FNB Stadium.
The incident took place in the dying minutes as Kaizer Chiefs were preparing to take a free-kick.
Parker’s action have angered the club’s supporters who took to social media to call for the former Bafana Bafana star’s head for his behaviour towards his fellow striker.
Kaizer Chiefs’ corporate manager Vina Maphosa confirmed he still has to hear from management if any action will be taken against Parker.
“No [comment]. Will get advice from the team management. If there’s some comment to make will let you know,” Maphosa reportedly told the Kickoff website.
Parker, now 35, last scored a league goal for Kaizer Chiefs back in 2019.
Ladies and gents, the world premiere of Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K, will be gracing the Baxter’s stage early next month. Adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, you know you are in for a spectacular performance.
Get your popcorn ready, fans! The highly anticipated co-production between The Baxter, Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, debuts from 7 to 19 June 2021, and brings together some of South Africa’s most revered, multi-award-winning artists.
Written and directed by Foot, the theatre said it is the largest and “most illustrious” undertaking by the theatre over the past decade and is the culmination of two years of planning.
According to the Baxter Theatre, it marks the first time that she will be working with the Tony award-winning Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler from the hit production War Horse-fame.
South African theatre legends Sandra Prinsloo and Andrew Buckland lead the impressive cast comprising Fansiwa Yisa, puppet master Craig Leo, Roshina Ratnam, Carlo Daniels, Marty Kintu, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe, along with German puppeteer Markus Schabbing.
“The Life and Times of Michael K, is a multi-layered theatrical staging which combines puppetry, performance, film and evocative music, bringing to life Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning novel,” the theatre said.
The beautiful story follows Michael K, a simple man, who embarks on a journey through South Africa, ravaged by civil war, to return his mother to die on the farm, where she was born.
“He finds strength in his own humanity, his profound connection to the earth and his unique path which, as it unfolds, reveals to him, his reason for living.”
Fellow South African author Nadine Gordimer said the Life and Times of Michael K was an “outstanding achievement”. The New York Times Book Review said it was “so purifying to the senses that one comes away feeling that one’s eye has been sharpened, one’s hearing vivified”.
The production was invited to debut at the Theater der Welt festival at the Düsseldorf Theatre in Germany in June last year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and travel restrictions, the festival was postponed to 2021. The organisers decided to open in South Africa at The Baxter with plans to transfer to the Theater der Welt festival when restrictions are lifted.
The creative team is made up of:
Seating is limited and all performances will be limited to 250 capacity, with COVID-19 protocols in place as regulated at Adjusted Level 1 during the national state of disaster.
The Life and Times of Michael K will run at the Baxter Theatre from 7 to 19 June at 19:00 every night, with Saturday matinees on 12 and 19 and Wednesday 16 June at 14:00.
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The Sharks team named to travel to Pretoria to take on the Bulls on Saturday shows just one change to the matchday 23 from the outfit that beat the Lions last time out.
The team from Durban are eager to continue to build momentum through continuity in playing personnel in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.
Jaden Hendrikse returns to the side in the place of Grant Williams at scrumhalf, with Sanele Nohamba playing off the bench.
Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has been able to field almost identical teams each week, with Hendrikse’s inclusion the only change to the starting line-up thus far in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA.
“Building momentum is all about continuity and being able to retain the bulk of the team week after week provides the platform for a side to grow as a unit and for the individuals to revel in the sustained opportunities they are being given,” the Sharks team release proclaimed.
“It won’t be easy against the only other unbeaten side in the tournament and these two sides have a powerful rivalry that goes back many years.”
With two bonus-point victories so far – against the Stormers and the Lions – the Sharks lead the standings, and they will want to keep that record intact in Pretoria on Saturday.
“With the freedom we’re given to play, decision-making becomes crucially important,” said Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch.
“That’s knowing when to run and when to kick and with all the hard work put in with that in mind, hopefully we can put in the perfect performance this weekend.”
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok.
Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Stuart Berry, Paul Mente
Television Match Official: Marius van der Westhuizen
TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby channels
Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic has sent a message to Amakhosi fans after being voted the recipient of the most recent DStv Premiership Goal of the Month award.
Nurkovic, 28, has failed to replicate his form from his debut season in 2019/20 when he netted 13 league goals in 26 league outings as Kaizer Chiefs agonisingly finished as league runners-up to Mamelodi Sundowns.
This campaign the Serbian star has found the back of the net on just two occasions in 19 league matches.
One of those goals – his spectacular overhead bicycle kick in the Soweto derby as Kaizer Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in March – has netted him the Goal of the Month award.
“I want to thank [Kaizer Chiefs fans] for voting for my goal for the best goal of the month,” Nurkovic told the club’s media department.
“It’s a very special goal for me because I scored in the special game, the Soweto derby. I’m happy to have contributed to that game and for the victory, Amakhosi for life.”
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Fikile is worried about Nkululeko not contacting her. Nkululeko and Zethu end up in a hotel room together.
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Thu Sheleni is not happy that Zithulele is going back to Nokuzola and feels used. Walter is a shoulder for maNdlovu to cry on.
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Imbewu: The Seed is a South African soapie that revolves around the Bhengu family, who must live in the shadow of a potent secret stemming from ancient traditional practice. It was created by Duma Ndlovu and executive producers Anant Singh and Leleti Khumalo.
Catch the latest episode every weekday at 21:30 on eTV – or check TheSouthAfrican.com for the latest episodes.
Imbewu – Update
In a video that surfaced online on Thursday, 11 May, angry members of a Hout Bay, Cape Town community can be seen beating up a man they accused of breaking into people’s homes and robbing residents in the area.
A well-known member of the Hangberg community in Hout Bay, uploaded the video to Facebook and is the one narrating the video, “reporting live” from the scene.
“It’s alleged one shot rang out in Hout Bay as one [expletive] was shot in the leg and got caught,” said the cameraman.
“They break into homes and rob people and [are] considered armed and really dangerous,” he said. “[The] Community replied with street justice.”
THE VIDEO WHICH CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
The three-minute clip starts off with the cameraman running onto the scene while several community members kick and hit the accused man.
The community circles the man and attacks him while he cowers on the floor and tries to shelter his head from the blows raining down.
One, very outnumbered, police officer can be seen in the video. However, he cannot do much too keep the angry community at bay but manages to keep things from going completely overboard.
After the first torrent of fists is over, the officer manages to get the man off the ground and moves him towards a vehicle.
Another person who appears to be some sort of security officer appears in the frame but he is not in police uniform, the vehicle the man is placed in is also not a marked police vehicle.
Next, the police officer and Hout Bay community members order the man to “lay down”, he resists and another scuffle ensues.
Eventually, the man is inserted into the back of the vehicle and the cameraman says, “If you’re just tuning in this [expletive] robbed somebody and now we kicked his body, they [expletive] his body because he robbed somebody,” to his audience.
The video ends when the police officer climbs into the vehicle.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) did not respond to The South African’s questions by the time of publication.
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Tenda has a business deal for James. Bubbles finds out that Itumeleng sabotaged her. Marang’s secret pregnancy is exposed.
The latest episode will appear here when it becomes available.
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Susan unwittingly ruins Muvhango and Shudu’s plans to deal with their problem. Bubbles resorts to some dirty maneuvers to manipulate herself into an important meeting. An unlikely alliance is formed when Gugu does some persuasive talking to James.
Read all about what’s happening in Muvhango in May over here.
Muvhango is a South African Venda soap opera that is based on the true-life story of the former Chief of Thate in Venda. It was created by Duma Ndlovu, produced by his Word of Mouth Productions company and it incorporates and reflects township and Sowetan life.
Episodes air on SABC 2 Mondays to Fridays at 21:00. If you’re unable to catch the latest episode when it airs, we’ll be publishing full episodes from the SABC.
Muvhango – Update
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As health workers around the country scrambled in a last-minute rush to get vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab before the Sisonke trial ends on Saturday, authorities pledged that the chaotic scenes would not be repeated when the second phase kicks off on Monday.
Lines of people queuing to be vaccinated on Thursday snaked around the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with minimal social distancing. The Gauteng department of health had to appeal for calm.
The Gauteng MEC for health’s spokeswoman, Kwara Kekana, said the department was doing its best for phase two vaccination roll-out preparations.
“The department prepared to the best of its ability. This vaccination was the very first of its kind,so we would improve as we went if there were any issues,” she said.
Kekana added that when the second phase begins on Monday, not all vaccination sites would start operations at the same time – they would be phased in.
“We will work with various stakeholders such as old-age homes to roll out the programme to the elderly. We urge everyone who can use the electronic vaccine data system [EVDS] to register there.”
EVDS registrations have been open since last month to people over the age of 60 – the priority group for phase two.
Many of those who have done so have reported receiving confirmation SMS messages, but have heard nothing further about when and where they will have appointments to get the jab.
The EVDS offers those who register a choice of whether they would prefer to be vaccinated at a facility close to home or to where they work, if applicable.
A choice is also offered of morning or afternoon appointments. The chaos at vaccinations sites on Thursday was because of a “last-minute rush” by health workers, according to Professor Ameena Goga, co-principal investigator for the Sisonke trial study.
“Sisonke was implemented on 17 February and demand declined. With the increasing Covid-19 daily infections, healthcare workers flocked to the vaccination centres for vaccines, which was wonderful as it indicated limited vaccine hesitancy,” she said.
Goga added: “Sisonke had always had a limited 500 000 J&J doses available for the study.”
Zanele Jange, a health worker from Sandton, said she was in the Charlotte Maxeke queue since 5am yesterday morning and was worried that it would be more chaotic on Monday, when the second phase of the roll-out started.
“My plan was to queue until I was at the front of the line although I was aware that there was a possibility of being turned away. That would mean being back here on Monday,” she said.
Nombongo Sibetho, another health worker, said although she received her vaccine, the process was disorganised.
“After I waited for four hours yesterday [on Wednesday], we were told the vaccines were finished and advised to write down our names on a list and to return today,” she said.
“I arrived at 8am and I waited in a long queue that was about half a kilometre long.”
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Health minister Zweli Mkhize.
Over the past few days, more than 10 incidents have been reported in which hazardous objects have been placed in roads in Tshwane to puncture vehicle tyres in an attempt to rob motorists.
Casper Liversage, chair for the Community Policing Forum (CPF) Sector 4 in Hammanskraal, north of Tshwane, said they believed a crime syndicate was committing armed robberies on the N1 highway.
“Similar incidents have been reported around Carousel [Casino] and further south on the N1 towards Pyramid and Walmansthal,” Liversage added.
On Tuesday, one of the latest victims was on the N1 highway towards Hammanskraal when the motorist hit a foreign object that punctured his vehicle’s front left tyre about 2km before the Boekenhoutkloof and Hammanskraal off-ramp.
“Upon investigating what caused the incident, two men approached from the bushes. After a brief confrontation, the suspects fled the scene and police were notified immediately,” Liversage said.
Liversage said a one-metre steel spike was placed in the middle of the right lane of the road.
“Interestingly, the perpetrators immediately remove the spikes from the highway once they know the car had stopped,” he said.
He said they suspect other members of the syndicate strategically position themselves a distance from where the vehicle will come to a stop.
Liverage said he was aware of two similar incidents at the same location the previous day.
He added a police patrol vehicle has since started patrolling the freeway. GAC Risk Solutions in the north of Tshwane has recorded a total of 11 spike-related incidents from last Thursday to Wednesday.
On Saturday, a female driver was allegedly pulled from her stationary vehicle by five armed men on the N4 road near Boschkop.
On Tuesday, as many as three spike incidents were reported on the R104 in a matter of minutes.
Hugo Erasmus, chair for the CPF Lyttleton Sector 1, has warned motorists to be vigilant when driving after dark and to report any incidents to the local CPF or police.
Erasmus said the hotspots included the N4 road near the Donkerhoek Plaza, the Solomon Mahlangu interchange and Proefplaas interchange.
Another hotspot included the N4 Brits road at the M17 Ga-Rankuwa bridge, the R101 known as the old Warmbad Road, and the R80 off-ramp towards Hercules.
Captain Dave Muller, spokesman for the Lyttelton Police Station in Centurion, said although no spike incidents have been reported in his area yet, he had noticed similar incidents in surrounding areas and along the N14 towards Krugersdorp.
“Looking at the photos circulating about the spikes, those spikes are designed to blow up a car’s tyres,” Muller said.
He said it was best not to panic when you drove into a spike and to remember not to stop or slow down.
“Try and keep the car straight and avoid using the brakes until the car has started losing speed.”
Muller added that was is better to damage tyre rims than stand the chance of being robbed.
“That is the goal, to stop you. If you are confronted by suspects, remember to remain calm. They are after your goods, not the car,” he explained.
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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) says most employers in the healthcare sector are concealing the test results of workers who test positive for Covid-19, out of fears that they will be understaffed.
In a statement on Thursday, the union expressed scepticism over the reported number (25) of new cases of healthcare workers who had tested positive for Covid-19.
“As Nehawu, we still believe these numbers are still very low,” said the largest public sector union in South Africa.
Nehawu lamented the recent rise in infection numbers, saying Department of Health had been closing down temporary treatment facilities and weren’t increasing the acquisition of ventilators, oxygen and extra beds “in preparation for a third wave”.
“One of the findings of our fact-finding mission report pointed to understaffing as one of the major reasons why our healthcare system is overstretched. Government still, unfortunately, insists on not filling vacant posts in order to deal with the huge workload including employing community health workers [CWHs] who can play a crucial role in the vaccination programme,” the union said.
Nehawu also expressed concern over government being behind its target for vaccination of front-line workers.
“When the programme commenced the government promised to vaccinate more than 1.25 million workers as part of the first phase of the vaccination programme. However, as of yesterday [Wednesday] only 430,730 front-line workers had received the vaccine.”
On Wednesday at an International Nurses’ Day event, Deputy Health Hinister Joe Phaahla said the vaccination of health workers would be completed in the next two weeks.
“We are well aware that not all nurses managed to visit vaccination sites to receive the Covid-19 jab during the Sisonke programme due to their hectic work schedules characterised by long queues and overcrowded health facilities in some areas,” Phaahla said.
The second phase of the vaccination programme is due to start on Monday – prioritising people over the age of 60 – and Nehawu is worried that the first phase has not been completed.
“This has created panic amongst workers and led to the horrific scenes that played out at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital vaccination centre this morning where workers were standing in long queues and jostling to enter the hospital premises,” the union said.
Nehawu has reiterates its call for the government to consider the procuring vaccines from Cuba, China and Russia.
In March, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the government was also negotiating with the manufacturers of other vaccines such as Sinovac and Sinopharm from China, and Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
“Some of these manufacturers are in the final stages of the approval process for use of the vaccines in South Africa,” he said at the time.
Additional reporting by Thapelo Lekabe
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Washington – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday announced it was lifting mask-wearing requirements for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
The decision follows accumulating data showing the extremely high efficacy of vaccines, not just to prevent symptomatic Covid-19 but also infection.
In the rare case that someone who is fully vaccinated becomes infected, research has shown they are unlikely to have a high viral load in their nose and therefore very unlikely to transmit the disease onward.
According to the CDC’s website, masks may still be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in US transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States still need to get tested within three days of their flight, or show documentation of recovery from Covid-19 in the past three months.
Walensky said people who are immune compromised should talk to their doctor before giving up their mask.
It has been shown immune compromised people do not respond as well to the vaccines.
Finally, she added, the guidance was subject to change if the situation gets worse.
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Former Free State MEC for agriculture Mosebenzi Zwane’s oblivion to developments around him and his office on Thursday stunned Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
From the R200 million Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project and a controversial 2012 trip to India, to questions about who funded the Umsingizane choir, Zwane portrayed ignorance throughout cross examination at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
In what he described as an “oversight role”, Zwane travelled to India in 2012 to meet the Paras dairy chief executive after wrongly assuming the company had a contract with his department on the Estina project in Vrede.
When the Paras chief executive could not meet him “because he had an emergency to attend to”, Zwane found himself with four free days in India, two of which he spent watching the choir perform.
While he refused to concede his trip constituted oversight “gone horribly wrong”, Zwane – who, a year later, was promoted minerals minister during the Jacob Zuma presidency – said he was under the impression Paras was “a contracted service provider to help with the dairy project”.
Conceding during questioning by Zondo and evidence leader Pule Seleka that no agreement had been concluded with Paras, Zwane said he relied on reports by his former head of department Peter Thabethe.
Zondo probed: “You wanted to meet the CEO of Paras in India to play the oversight role. How do you play oversight when you have no of idea whether there is a signed contract or partnership? Did you ask?”
Responded Zwane: “We don’t normally ask officials on things like contracts… I only knew that there was no contract after I left the department in March 2013.
Said Zondo: “When you go through the contract, you may not have to see every clause, but the main features.
“You went to India to meet the CEO of Paras and could have been embarrassed talking about a contract which did not exist – meeting an entity which you had no contract with. This amounted to wasteful and fruitless expenditure.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa has labelled the treatment of Palestinians by Israel as “abhorrent”.
Extending “good wishes” to Muslims ahead of Eid-al-Fitr, Ramaphosa said many Muslims across the world could not enjoy the day as it was “marred by hardship, deprivation and violence”.
Eid al-Fitr, commonly known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark then end of the month-long Ramadan.
“On behalf of all the people of South Africa, I wish our Muslim brethren well on this auspicious day of family, community and collegiality.
“We express our collective abhorrence of the violence being perpetrated against the Palestinian people, and reaffirm our solidarity with their struggle for nationhood and self-determination,” Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday.
Long-held tensions between Israel and Palestinian groups have flared up recently, resulting in many casualties, including children.
Ramaphosa also thanked the Muslim community for their contributions to the fight against Covid-19
“Muslims in South Africa, like people of other faiths, have had to curtail aspects of their worship such as praying in congregation, appreciating this was for the common good,” the president said.
On Wednesday, South African political parties and civil society groups lambasted the “brutal violence” and “atrocities” allegedly committed by Israel authorities against Palestinians and the groups called for South Africa to end trade with Israel.
Former ANC Cabinet minister Ronnie Kasrils expressed anger at what he termed “ethnic cleansing” and “criminal action” by Israel against the Palestinians in east Jerusalem.
And on Monday, the ANC national executive committee (NEC) expressed support for the Palestinian people.
In an address after the weekend’s NEC meeting, Ramaphosa condemned that evictions of Palestinians from their homes.
“The NEC reaffirms its support for the people of Palestine and their struggle for freedom and self-determination. And we repeat our condemnation in the strongest terms of the unlawful evictions of the Palestinians from their homes and the brutal attacks on the Palestinian protestors at al-Aqsa mosque,” he said.
Additional reporting by Eric Naki
Lions coach Cash van Rooyen sprung a big surprise on Thursday when he handed a starting debut to flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse for Saturday’s Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Stormers at Ellis Park.
The 20-year-old has been chosen in the place of Fred Zeilinga who has struggled in the first two games.
“Jordan is an exciting choice and we hope to see his great talent coming through with Burger next to him to guide him,” said Van Rooyen.
“Fred is struggling with a small groin injury, but that’s not the reason why we selected Jordan. He is a big flyhalf and has a massive boot on him and we wanted to give him a chance.”
The Burger Van Rooyen is referring to is inside centre Burger Odendaal, who’ll return to his position in the No 12 jersey and take over the captaincy of the side from Dan Kriel, who shifts to the bench.
Van Rooyen said the Lions were far from despondent after losing both their opening games, with this weekend being the first time in this competition that they will be at home.
“We did enough to beat the Sharks last week but our error-rate was expensive,” said Van Rooyen.
He also stated they had a good review this week and the guys understood what they were doing wrong and how much it cost them.
“This weekend is an opportunity for us to change that and I think both teams will be desperate for their first win.”
“It’s up to us as a team to make sure we bring it to the game,” added the Lions coach.
Van Rooyen also admitted he was stuck in two minds about whether to rush abrasive lock Willem Alberts straight back into the starting line-up. Instead Alberts will play from off the bench.
“It’s great to have Willem back (following his calf injury), but we thought it best to start him on the bench,” said Van Rooyen.
“Willem will bring calm and leadership to the team in the second half.”
While the Stormers might be without star Bok flank Pieter-Steph du Toit, Van Rooyen said it wouldn’t play any role in how they approach the game.
“Pieter-Steph is a current Bok and a great player and it will be significant for them and it could be a big loss if he doesn’t play,” said the Lions coach.
“But we have also had some telling injuries and the Stormers will still field a formidable side.”
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is livid after parents threw a principal out of her office.
Multiple reports from India have raised the alarm that a spate of mucormycosis, a rare black fungal infection, has been linked to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Recently reported infections have left several patients worse for wear, even leading to major disfigurement and death in some cases.
This has led to South African experts warning about the increased risk of infection some people face which is compounded by Covid-19, especially considering the variant ravaging India, and which has been classified as a variant of concern in South Africa.
According to the Global Action Fund for Global Infections, high numbers of cases have been seen in the Indian provinces of Gujrat, Maharastra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh and Punjab. The country is also in the midst of a ravaging third wave of Covid-19 infections spurred on by the new variant B.1.617.
Though no reported cases exist in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says at least 80 cases of COVID-related mucormycosis have been detected overseas. The illness, which is caused by inhaling black mould, has been reported in medical literature to date.
According to Professor Nelesh Govender, the Head of the NICD’s Center For Health-Care Associated Infections, Anti-microbial Resistance, and Mycoses, the two outbreaks are correlated.
Mucormycosis is caused by several different fungi found in the environment. The fungal spores are inhaled and lodge in the nasal passages, sinuses and lungs.
In healthy people, black mould causes no ill effects, but in people with weakened immune systems, this can develop a serious fungal illness. Immuno-compromised people at risk of contracting mucormycosis include:
According to Prof Carlien Pohl-Albertyn, Associate Professor in Microbiology at the University of the Free State, severe Covid-19 causes changes in the immune system, such as increased release of cytokines (molecules involved in inflammation) and a decrease in certain white blood cells (which help to fight other infections).
These changes could make patients more susceptible to invasive fungal infections.
“Severe SARS CoV-2 infection also damages the lung tissue, making it easier for inhaled fungi (such as Aspergillus species, Cryptococus neoformans, and mucoralean fungi) to cause invasive infections,” she explains.
People with mucormycosis may complain of a headache on one side, a blocked or stuffy nose and sinuses on the same side, and/or a swollen eye on the same side and areas of skin blackening on the face.
Black areas may also form on the palate in the mouth. Govender warns that this is a medical emergency that needs very urgent surgical and antifungal treatment. It is also essential to control the underlying problem, such as controlling the high blood sugar and acid levels, if the person has uncontrolled diabetes.
Professor Pohl-Albertyn says the fungal infection has mostly been associated with hospitals, particularly intensive care cnits (ICUs) in cases where inadequate hygiene has been practised.
Prevention protocols include sanitising, washing hands and cleaning surfaces properly with the correct disinfectant including bleach.
“It depends on how well these measures are put in place. It is similar to how certain bacterial infections are prevented in hospitals as well. If your sanitation protocols are in place and done properly, it shouldn’t be a problem, but that is not always the case unfortunately,” she says.
Pohl-Albertyn and Dr Obinna Ezeokoli who are researchers at the University of Free State’s school of microbiology say studies conducted before the current Covid-19 pandemic have shown that fungal infections are highly prevalent in the South African population, partly owing to the high incidence of HIV.
Co-infections with opportunistic fungal species may be affecting the current Covid-19 disease statistics in South Africa, say the researchers.
This is because of the high prevalence of HIV/Aids in South Africa as well as the high number of persons undergoing immunosuppressive therapies for other illnesses.
It was observed that the Candida carrier rate is higher in the South African population than elsewhere and that HIV-positive patients carry more, and a greater variety of pathogenic yeasts compared to HIV-negative subjects.
Another fungal infection called cryptococcal meningitis is one of the leading causes of HIV-related deaths in South Africa, with more than 135,900 deaths estimated for sub-Saharan Africa in 2014.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed the actions of parents at Laerskool Theresapark in Pretoria, labelling their behaviour as “unacceptable”.
His rebuke comes after parents at the primary school violently threw the principal out of a chair (and the school) head first.
The parents were aggrieved over the school’s management, accusing the principal of driving the institution to financial ruin.
Lesufi said parents had a right to express their discontent but said the use of violence would not be tolerated.
“No amount of grievances can justify the use of violence on any of our teachers. That is simply non-negotiable.
“Further, there are processes and procedures, in law, that parents can take when they are having problems with the principals. We cannot condone this unacceptable behaviour.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and we are calling on parents to desist behaving in this fashion or else we will be left with no option but to take drastic steps,” Lesufi said in a statement.
The MEC said the allegations levelled against the principal and the school governing body (SGB) were being investigated, and urged parents to direct their complaints to the province’s department of education.
Parents chased away a school principal at Laerskool Theresapark this morning for allegedly abusing other educators who quit their jobs and running the school into financial ruin @DBE_SA #Theresapark @CityTshwane #School #backtoschool pic.twitter.com/MtH7atMhSc
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Hato Corozal – On the plains of eastern Colombia, an age-old conflict between man and beast plays out near-daily. Jaguars attack cattle. Farmers retaliate with shotguns.
But rancher Jorge Barragan has declared a unilateral truce with the carnivorous cats.
He has taken a liking to the largest feline of the Americas, and says he does not mind sacrificing a few head of cattle to do his part to conserve the deadly hunters that have captured his imagination.
About ten years ago, Barragan decided to sacrifice part of his family farm, La Aurora, to the savanna that provides shelter and food for jaguars he says are “worth more alive than dead.”
The family has long banned hunting of wild animals — jaguar food — on the property.
Now 61, Barragan seeks the cats out rather than dreading a sighting.
He spends a large part of his day combing through footage on hidden cameras dotted across the farm, which has also become a nature reserve, in Colombia’s eastern Casanare department.
In the pictures, he encounters old feline friends and discovers new ones.
But it is not always a happy coexistence.
The cats, which can weigh 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and measure some two meters (six feet) in length, frequently cross Barragan’s property.
And sometimes the cattle fall victim — as many as 100 per year at a loss of some $300 per head.
Barragan says he makes up the losses, at least partly, through visits by scientists and tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the majestic spotted cats.
In 2018, the farm drew some 160 visitors per month, at $30 per person per night, but this revenue stream has all but run dry during the coronavirus pandemic.
The jaguar is listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Population numbers are decreasing, with farming, residential and commercial development among the main threats.
“Jaguar-livestock conflict is a serious threat to jaguar survival,” states the IUCN. “There are few areas within Jaguar range that can be considered safe” for the cats.
For Barragan, “a culture was created of killing the feline to stop the problem” of livestock losses.
“But we are doing the opposite,” he told AFP, proudly.
The rancher said he inherited a deep respect for Nature from his father.
But his love affair with the jaguar began when he saw a photo of one of the majestic predators in 2009, taken on a hidden camera a student had left on the farm.
“We knew that we had (jaguars) in the savanna, but I was very moved when I saw that first photo.”
Twelve years later, Barragan has given names to many of the animals that visit the farm, each sporting their own unique coat pattern.
“He has managed to identify 54 individual jaguars,” said Samantha Rincon, of the Panthera foundation dedicated to feline conservation.
According to Panthera, about 55 other Colombian farms are now following in La Aurora’s footsteps, seeking to better coexist with the jaguars they used to regard as the enemy.
Measures include introducing more spirited steers to defend the rest of the herd in the event of an attack, halting deforestation and putting a stop to hunting jaguar prey such as capybaras.
“By taking away the jaguar’s habitat, by eliminating its prey, obviously it will go in search of domestic animals” for food, Rincon told AFP.
Outside the confines of La Aurora, the picture is very different, with vast plantations of rice and oil palm competing with jaguars for territory.
Panthera says there are some 15,000 of the cats left in Colombia, and about 170,000 in the Americas as a whole.
The species once stretched from the southern United States to northern Argentina, but its range has since been halved, and it is extinct in several countries.
Climate change is taking its toll, too.
In 2016, a strong drought killed off large numbers of capybara, giant rodents that form a large part of the jaguar diet.
Barragan said he would love to see more farmers commit to protecting the felines.
“Finding a cat on a cattle farm always produces a certain fear… but our experience shows that we can coexist with the jaguar,” he said.
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Continuing with his testimony after lunch hour at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, former minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane could not answer why the department of agriculture in the Free State made Gupta-linked company Estina a R30 million prepayment before the company started work on the Vrede farm dairy project.
In 2012, Estina was identified as the company that would partner with the Free State government in the dairy project.
At the time, the plan was for Estina and the department to inject R500 million into the project.
The department then kickstarted the project with R30 million to Estina, but money continued to flow into Estina’s coffers, it was previously reported.
While the contract was cancelled in August 2014, Zwane stands accused of initiating the failed Vrede farming project in the first place.
Earlier during his testimony, the former minister said he only knew of Estina’s contract with the department after he left his position in March.
Zwane, who was MEC of agriculture at the time, told the commission that he was under the impression the department had a contract agreement with Indian-based company Paras Dairy instead of Estina.
Evidence leader Pule Seleka revealed that the department paid R30 million to Estina three days after Exco Services approved the project, despite Paras reportedly committing to invest R228 million.
Responding, Zwane told the commission he was not able to explain why the prepayment was made, adding that he was not privy to the details.
“The nitty-gritties in terms of how this was arranged should actually be the work of officials like the CFO, which I have indicated earlier on that I have not seen the contract and those details would have been in that contract,” he said.
Zwane said when it came to payments and issues relating to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), he did not get involved unless there were problems raised.
“You will not find me as an MEC being involved in issues of payments. Issues regarding the PFMA are not my purview. I was on the ball,” he said.
Seleka then told the former minister that the procurement and appointment of Estina was not non-complaint with the supply chain management processes, as advised by the state law advisors.
The evidence leader said the contract between Estina and the department was already signed when the state law advisor saw the documents, to which Zwane agreed upon.
“I have saw that during this process as I was forwarded with the documentation. Yes I saw it,” Zwane said.
Asked if he was aware that Sahara Computer’s former sales manager, who was inexperienced in farming, had been sent to oversee the Vrede farm, Zwane said he was not and again that he did not know Estina was overseeing the project and thought Paras was involved.
The former minister said the process of the Estina contract should have been corrected and those responsible should have been held accountable.
On why the Vrede project failed, Zwane said he believed the reason it did not succeed was because of poor management by people responsible for the project.
Watch the live coverage, courtesy of SABC News, below:
Former minister and Free State MEC Mosebenzi Zwane told the state capture inquiry he learnt of Estina's involvement in the Vrede dairy project only after he had left the department. File photo.
City of Johannesburg mayor, Geoff Makhubo, has warned the board of the city’s property company against compromising the city’s fight against corruption, saying the city could not have “boards of directors acting in ways which undermine our commitment to clean governance and accountability”.
This comes after the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) asked for the suspensions of chief executive officer (CEO) Helen Botes and chief financial officer (CFO) Imraan Bhamjee to be lifted, despite the two being fingered in a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into financial misconduct and corruption at the company.
The probe stems from the awarding of Covid-19 deep-cleaning contracts worth nearly R19 million to four service providers, apparently at inflated prices.
The companies that benefited from the contracts were KM Mashigo Trading cc, Omphile Turnkey & Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Mizana Trading and Triple SL Tech cc.
On Thursday, Makhubo took exception with the JPC’s board “acting in a manner that sought to portray the city as hypocritical in its commitment to the fight against malfeasance”.
“Such actions are a direct challenge to the authority of the shareholder [City of Johannesburg] and may trigger action from the shareholder in defence of the assets and institutions of the people of Johannesburg” said Makhubo.
Makhubo said he had previously written a letter to the JPC’s board chairperson, Moeketsi Rabodila, asking for the rationale behind reinstating Botes and Bhamjee.
Among the points Makhubo’s sought clarity on was whether the board had considered the judgment against former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku, who was flagged by the SIU over Covid-19 procurement regularities and eventually removed by Premier David Makhura.
“The board’s stance and actions in this regard go against our commitment as the shareholder of the JPC and as such, we have directed that the member of the mayoral committee [MMC] for economic development, under whom the JPC falls, engages the board and expresses our concerns and dissatisfaction as the mayoral committee,” Makhubo said.
Additional reporting by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Despite an increase in Covid-19 infections in the recent weeks, South Africa still has an opportunity to prevent a third wave of the coronavirus which could likely lead to restrictions on movements, gatherings and another alcohol ban.
Covid-19 cases have increased by 46% in the past week, as opposed to the preceding seven days, with Covid-19 related deaths increasing by 18.22% in the same period.
According to the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC’s) weekly estimated excess deaths, the country had an excess of 158,499 natural deaths from 3 May 2020 to 8 May 2021, with 1,140 excess deaths recorded on 2 May 2021 as compared to 318 confirmed Covid-19 deaths that day.
While these figures are worrisome, the resurgence dashboard by the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, which is updated three times a week, shows that the country has not yet reached the third wave threshold, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
“We want to assure South Africans that we have not yet hit the third wave. However, we are at risk and we hence need to be on heightened vigilance as a country,” Mkhize said.
The country does, however, have a chance to prevent a third wave by paying attention to safety protocols, said Professor Ian Sanne. member of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC).
“The only way to prevent that is if people pay attention to social distancing and masking, and pay attention to having diagnostics made when they appear to have symptoms of Covid-19. I think that South Africa has an opportunity to respond and prevent a third wave.”
Once the resurgence hits, the first thing to be imposed would be restrictions on gatherings, including religious and sports events, Sanne said.
“Those restrictions depend on the severity of the third wave and I believe it would be a progressive increase in movement restrictions, alcohol and increase in surveillance of travellers returning to South Africa.”
“One of the first things we would do is increase restrictions on gatherings in total, not just religious, but also night clubs and sports events.”
These restrictions are likely to see pushback from the economic and religious sectors, which could lead to the government being hesitant to impose them, Stellenbosch University epidemiologist Dr Jo Barnes said.
“I have a feeling they will call it on a day-to-day basis, but the total enormous lockdown is over. I am worried the economy and religious gatherings will weigh heavily on the government, that the third wave will come and the government will be hesitant to put restrictions in place,” Barnes said.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize addressed the National Assembly on Thursday during a debate on the annual budget for his department. File photo.
The early childhood development sector embarked on a three-day national protest on Wednesday over what they say is the “appalling and virtually non-existent roll out of the employment stimulus relief fund”.
GroundUp reported in February that the Department of Social Development (DSD) had urged early childhood development (ECD) centres in economic distress to apply for the Covid-19 ECD employment stimulus relief fund. The DSD received R496 million to assist ECD centres.
The application process had to be done online through a government portal and ECDs had to be part of government’s central supplier database, which was also done online. Some ECD centres found the application process very difficult.
According to the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CEDC) the department promised to pay over 100,000 workers R4,186 each. But “DSD missed the deadline to pay ECD principals, managers, teachers, cooks and other staff by 31 March 2021”, the centre said in a statement.
“ECD workers have spent money to get this financial support from DSD, but over 80,000 ECD workers are still waiting for this money and are in desperate need of immediate payment. It is now a month and a half late. This is unacceptable,” said the statement.
But the department has said that the payment delay was largely due to a number of errors where applicants either incorrectly captured the identity numbers of their staff or provided incorrect banking information.
Department spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said, “When the DSD introduced the ESRF [employment stimulus relief fund], we noted with great concern at how informal the sector really was, wherein most had no banking details, and no proper records of staff … especially given the number of non-profit organisations that work with and support the ECD sector.”
“The Department made a number of concessions to accommodate the ECD sector and introduced a number of initiatives to provide support.”
“The Department cannot disburse funds to ECD services without being able to verify that the ECD service exists; the staff employed have valid identity numbers; and the bank account … is not a private bank account and is verified to exist in the name of the service,” said Oliphant.
But Colleen Horswell-Daniels, from the C-19 People’s Coalition ECD and Basic Education Working Group, slammed the department’s response.
“This status update is in direct response to the current nationwide protests. It is packed with half-truths. Why did they (DSD) not communicate this information prior? They are trying to save face and it carries no value to the fact that thousands of vulnerable women are waiting for the money.
“They (DSD) lacked planning in paying this money earmarked in October 2020,” said Horsewell-Daniels.
Oliphant said, “The Department issued eight media statements and the Minister had a press briefing in Cape Town on the 29 March 2021 to further ensure that we constantly provide status updates and guidance to the ECD sector, the last being issued on the 16 April 2021.”
With regards to missing the 31 March deadline for payments, Oliphant said that when the financial year ended on 31 March, no further payments could be made.
However, all ECD services that had applied and met the criteria for the fund prior to the closing date would start to receive their payments within the next few weeks.
This story first appeared on GroundUp and has been republished with permission.
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Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has described their Caf Champions League opponents Mamelodi Sundowns as “a monster I created that is coming to bite me” ahead of their quarter-final first leg on Saturday.
Mosimane turned ndowns into the dominant South African club and guided them to the 2016 Champions League title before becoming the first sub-Saharan African to coach Egyptian giants Ahly last year.
This will be the third consecutive season in which the clubs meet at the last-eight stage with honours even as Sundowns triumphed in 2019 and record nine-time champions Ahly gained revenge last season.
Here, AFP Sport looks ahead to the first legs with Ahly, Sundowns, Esperance of Tunisia, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Mouloudia Alger of Algeria all winners of the marquee African club competition.
This will be the ninth clash between the Egyptian and South African clubs with Ahly winning four, drawing three and losing one of the previous tussles.
But despite the overall superiority of the Cairo Red Devils, the humiliating 5-0 loss to Sundowns in Pretoria two seasons ago still rankles with their supporters.
It is hard to imagine such a one-sided scoreline in either match this month with well-organised Ahly slight favourites to triumph on aggregate, especially if they keep a first-leg clean sheet.
Mouloudia, who won the competition at the first attempt in 1976 and reached the quarter-finals twice in the following four years, are back in the last eight after a 41-year absence.
They were seeded third in the so-called ‘group of death’, but finished above 2020 runners-up Zamalek of Egypt after travelling to Esperance and forcing a 1-1 draw.
Twice title-holders and favourites Wydad boast a top-class forward in Ayoub el Kaabi and veteran Tunisian coach Faouzi Benzarti has won five CAF titles, more than any other African.
Algiers outfit Belouizdad are first-time quarter-finalists thanks to a strong finish in Group B that brought wins over five-time champions TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sundowns.
They boast the Champions League leading scorer this season in Amir Sayoud, whose seven goals include a hat-trick against Gor Mahia of Kenya in a qualifier.
Esperance have been effective rather than eye catching with only one of the other seven contenders scoring fewer than their 12 goals, and they have the leakiest defence with eight conceded.
Quarter-finals debutants Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa have kept eight clean sheets in 10 qualifiers and group matches, but failed to score in five of them.
So it is doubly troubling for coach Gavin Hunt that first and second choice goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Nigerian Daniel Akpeyi are battling to be fit while star Zimbabwean forward Khama Billiat is injured.
Simba of Tanzania have been the surprise side of this edition with six victories including one over Ahly and a multi-national squad coached by France-born Didier Gomes da Rosa are expected to progress.
Scores of healthcare workers queue up outside St Augustine's Hospital in Durban on Thursday for vaccinations.
The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, on Thursday heard how Indian-based company Paras Dairy was not contracted to the Department of Agriculture in the Free State to work on the Vrede farm dairy project.
Former minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane testifying at the commission in relation to his trip to India in October 2012, where his travel itinerary required for him to meet with Paras’s CEO.
Zwane stands accused of initiating the failed Vrede farming project, which involved Gupta-linked company Estina.
During the proceedings on Thursday, evidence leader Pule Seleka had revealed that Paras denied its involvement in the Vrede farming project.
Addressing the matter, Zwane, who was MEC of agriculture at the time, told the commission that he was under the impression that the department had a contract agreement with Paras.
“Chair, maybe let me say before we get to that point. It is a fact that my HOD [Head of the Department, Peter Thabethe], together with Ashok Narayan went to India and this is a fact in terms of the report we got. That necessitated me when I was going to India… to go and verify what was in the report.
“So for the longest time I was under the impression that Paras in the one that’s doing work in Vrede. Until there were issues that were raised by the auditor-general in mid-2013 I had been operating under that impression,” he said.
When asked by Zondo on what action he took after finding out that there was no contract, the former minister indicated that he had already left the department in March 2013.
“The report of the auditor-general was [released] after when I had left and there was subsequently a report by [National] Treasury which came at a later stage when I was no longer there,” he said.
Zwane said his trip to India was only for him to play an oversight role as the MEC at the Paras dairy farm, although the oversight did not happen.
“My impression was based on the fact that it was a common cause that there should be processes that are followed in identifying a service provider and those processes are being under taken by the HOD and other officials. Once the HOD had taken those processes we are ready to move.
“We don’t get to a point where we are shown contracts or being told that contracts are ready… in the report normally what comes as we are going to work with Paras, which in case was when I told. That is why in October I wanted to go play my oversight when I was in India,” he said.
The former minister conceded that he never asked Thabethe about the agreement the department had with either Paras.
He went on to say that he did not have to check if there was a contract because there was nothing suspicious, adding that the there were many project contracts at the department he did not see.
Zondo pointed out that Estina was the company that actually had a contract with the department instead of Paras, to which Zwane said he did not know about Estina being involved.
Zwane reiterated again that he was long gone when he found out Estina was working on the project.
Estina was identified in early 2012 as the company that would partner with the Free State government in a dairy project.
At the time, the plan was for Estina and the Department of Agri