A fourth suspect in the Rhodes Park double murder case has been arrested and detained in Zimbabwe.
This emerged on Monday before the trial of three men – Thabo Nkala‚ Edmor Ndlovu and Mduduzi Mathibela – began at the South Gauteng High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Prosecutor Monde Mbhaqa told the court that the fourth suspect was recently apprehended by Zimbabwean police and was currently in custody.
“The state wants to first verify the identity of that person and to see if he is indeed the person we have been looking for. The state would propose that the trial be postponed until the verification process has been finalised‚” Mbhaqa said.
He assured the court that verification would be completed by Monday afternoon.
The three men‚ who are all Zimbabwean nationals‚ are on trial for the murder of Zukisa Kela and his friend Sizwe Tyele‚ who were killed at Johannesburg’s Rhodes Park in Kensington on October 17‚ 2015.
They had been walking with their partners when a group of men robbed and drowned Kela and Tyela in a nearby lake. They then proceeded to sexually assault their partners.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
Siyabulela Mandla Carwash business branches into string of entities
When Siyabulela Mandla launched his carwash business in 2012, little did he know that he would soon make a clean sweep of business development competitions and ultimately soak up a number of business enterprises in Port Elizabeth’s Motherwell area.
The 34-year-old businessman, whose personal experience of growing up in the township sparked a passion for the growth and development of the township economy, now owns a chain of enterprises, grouped under his flourishing company, 469 Enterprises.
Named after Telkom’s telephone prefix code for Motherwell, 469, the company’s unique business model for the carwash business in NU3 in Motherwell came out tops in the South African Breweries (SAB) KickStart competition, which earned Mandla a much-needed cash injection in 2012 .
He later won another competition – the Seda Small Business Stars competition – which, according to the energetic entrepreneur, gave him invaluable exposure.
“I see myself as a township economy fanatic and, having grown up in Motherwell, I have seen the disadvantages and am aware of the social ills in the township,” Mandla said.
“But that’s when the question of what contribution I could personally make to creating jobs and getting the youth off the streets arose.”
The company now comprises entities which include 469 Lifestyle and Property, 469 Bar and Lounge, a 469 butchery which includes a braai area, 469 Media and Events, and a transport offering – all of which serve the Motherwell area.
Mandla also recently made headlines after a partnership with Dockside Brewery saw the birth of his latest addition to the business, the Kasi Craft Beer.
“The Kasi Craft Beer initially received a negative reaction, with many people saying it would not work as it was not a premium product,” Mandla said.
“However, the response has been humbling with interest being shown by individuals from as far as Mozambique.”
He said his long-term plan was to use the beer as a launchpad for future expansion and growth, with a national distribution arm also being on the cards for 469.
“We are not just trying to start a business where it does not make any business sense; our goal is to bring to the township what people can normally find in sophisticated urban areas,” Mandla said.
“With 469 Lifestyle and Property, which is currently looking at commercial property, we want to build spaces that trigger ideas and leave people inspired rather than promote consumerism.”
The enterprise employs 25 people permanently, while it also creates some casual jobs when required for the company’s social events.
While his staff deals primarily with logistics and ensuring the enterprise functions like a well-oiled machine, Mandla handles the company’s administration, strategy, innovation and development drives.
He said while his business journey – which he believes has delivered futuristic ideas – has been educational, “like any business, 469 has encountered challenges of its own”.
“The challenges that have come with this business have included access to funds, a lack of understanding of the township business model and not being taken seriously.”
He advised aspiring entrepreneurs to start businesses based on things they were passionate about while continuing to educate themselves in both formal and informal business models.
Mandla, who highlighted the value of education, holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Mo & Phindi are cast members of MNET’s Power Couple SA, radio contributors and co-authors of the book: Love isn’t for Cowards
One of our favourite pastimes as Mo & Phindi is to watch a movie together, whether in a cinema or warmly cuddling in our abode for a late night or simply a rented movie.
Phindi has this “thing” about chick flicks and romantic movies. The other night we hired Bond. Yes, James Bond.
It was the 2012 release of Skyfall that stars Daniel Craig.
Of particular interest for the purposes of this piece is a scene played by Bérénice Marlohe, who brilliantly portrays the enigmatic Severine – the ultimate French femme fatale.
They are in a yacht. He walks in on her while she’s taking a steamy shower.
He decides to join her, literally walking into a shower that is as large as the entire bathroom in the main bedroom of our home.
He gently kisses her neck and then softly whispers romantic words in her ears. Acknowledging him, she slowly turns around with her eyes half-closed and replies with words we can’t write in this piece. They kiss and then blah blah blah! At that very moment, Phindi looked at Mo and almost sarcastically said: “How come you never do that to me?”
It was sarcastic because she knew that it’s all scripted, fictional and unauthentic. It has less to do with romance, and more to do with selling a fantasy.
The worst part is that these films portray the fantasy like it could actually happen – to me.
And that’s where the trouble begins. You wait for it to happen.
And then, you are disappointed when on your birthday, instead of a romantic trip to Hawaii, you are treated to a dreary: “Oh, happy birthday, honey” and a kiss on the cheek.
In our counselling room and, certainly in some of the questions we get either in our seminars or our social media platforms, we always get a sense that young couples – especially ladies – have some romantic movie scene like the one above in mind when they talk of love and marriage.
The R&B kind of romantic love, playing your favourite songs together on some vintage record player in your bedroom every night, having a pillow “fight” every Saturday morning, sweet text messaging umpteen times every day, kissing on a fire escape, going on regular adventures together, writing: “I love you” every now and then on the sand at the beach and on the steamy bathroom mirror, and sending each other love text messages and emojis from separate rooms of the house. Wouldn’t that be nice!
While Mo was still in Port Elizabeth, his church pastor George Georgiou used to teach that “you want to have your eyes wide open before the wedding so you can afford to have them half closed after the wedding”.
The point to this is that marriage is much more real than it’s often romanticised to be.
There’s unselfishness, unceasing forgiveness and acceptance that you have to continually learn.
There are debts, household chores, the lazy husband and the wife who simply can’t cook, issues you have to continually deal with.
Perhaps later there’s nappies to change, screaming toddlers, sleepless nights, doctors’ calls to answer, school headmasters to see, monthly instalments that bounce every now and then, an overweight wife and a husband with a beer belly.
And then there’s the possibility of deep disappointment from your partner who may break your trust through unfaithfulness, who may later develop a habit of being with everyone else but you – whether social media or friends. Furthermore, you may have to cope with that irritating in-law you feel like throttling every now and then, or the step-child who simply refuses to afford you the courtesy of respect.
More often than not, this is what you actually sign up for when you say “for better or worse”.
All the stuff you see in the movies, or believe to be true of your married Facebook friends, is a smoke screen.
Being married to another fully grown human being, means you have to exercise true love.
True love, while it may cause emotions, it is free of emotions. It is a daily choice you make to express it to your partner regardless of your feelings. It is based on a commitment through a vow you’ve made to each other, for better or worse.
Love is giving your partner the power to painfully destroy your life but trusting that they won’t. If they do, and you decide to forgive and reconcile, you have to completely trust all over again that they won’t do it again. And that’s substance you won’t find in the movies.
The R20 million prize money for winning the Caf Champions League will be divided amongst Mamelodi Sundowns’ players‚ the club’s president Patrice Motsepe said after his side lifted the trophy at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria‚ Egypt on Sunday night.
Sundowns showed guts to concede just the one goal‚ by Stanley Ohawuchi in the 65th minute‚ against Zamalek to lose the second leg of the final 1-0 and win 3-1 on aggregate. In so doing‚ they realised Motsepe’s dream since buying the club in 2003 of becoming champions of Africa.
The club’s president said the $ 1‚5 million prize money will be shared by the players. “All of the $ 1.5 million – it’s all theirs. They must now sit down and start thinking about how they are going to divide that money amongst themselves‚” Motsepe said.
“I just said to them‚ ‘Guys‚ don’t waste the money now. Take some of that money and invest it.
“It will benefit you when your football days are over’.” Mosimane praised Downs coach Pitso Mosimane for putting together a team capable of conquering Africa. “You know the irony is I had coaches from all over the world‚ and I had to wait for a young man from South Africa to show us something that we always knew – that we have got so much talent in South Africa‚” the president said.
“We must just give our coaches a chance and also invest in our youth. The future for South African football looks bright. “I’m very proud of him.
And I’m also proud of [assistant coaches] Manqoba [Mngqithi] and Rhulani [Mokoena]. “And I also want to take this opportunity to thank those who’ve been part of South African football for many years. I was a little boy and these people inspired me.
“They are my heroes‚ and we also want to dedicate this to them. “This is a humble contribution from Mamelodi Sundowns for South Africa. It’s a great‚ great honour to represent your country. “And we are so honoured that we can bring this trophy back for all South Africans.”
Sundowns have raised the bar with their Champions League title‚ the first by a South African club since Orlando Pirates in 1995.
Motsepe said he believes other clubs in SA will follow Downs’ lead. “I think there are at least five clubs in South Africa who I have no doubt can win the Champions League. And those five clubs exclude Mamelodi Sundowns‚” he said.
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A French-chartered plane monitoring trafficking activity in the Mediterranean crashed in a ball of flames at Malta’s international airport on Monday, killing all five people on board, officials said.
The plane, which had been chartered by French customs, plummeted into the ground shortly after take-off for the surveillance flight, the Maltese government said in a statement.
It added that all the victims were French nationals and that there was no indication of an explosion on board prior to the crash.
The French defence ministry confirmed the deaths, describing the plane as having been involved in “reconnaissance missions in the Mediterranean”.
The Maltese government said the aircraft was a Fairchild Metroliner Mark III registered in the United States and leased to a Luxembourg company.
It took off around 7.20 am (0520 GMT). Shortly afterwards it was seen plunging nose-first towards the ground and exploding into a ball of flames.
“Official information, footage and eyewitnesses, including three members of the Armed Forces of Malta at the nearby barracks, and two commercial airline pilots, clearly indicate that there was no explosion prior to impact,” a government statement said, adding that an investigation was under way.
Remains of all five victims had been recovered.
“The flight was part of a French customs surveillance operation which has been taking place for the past five months, with the aim of tracing routes of illicit trafficking of all sorts, including human and drug trafficking amongst others,” the government said.
“The flight was registered with the Malta Air Traffic Services as a local flight and was to return to Malta within hours without landing in third countries.”
Man returns from Cape Town to hand himself in after detective seeks family’s help
The man sought in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old woman at the Pine Lodge Resort in Port Elizabeth last week has been arrested, after he had earlier fled the city. The 25-year-old suspect, who will appear in court today, had worked as a casual staff member at the resort.
He handed himself in to police in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Police top brass yesterday hailed the work of Detective Constable John Leppan, who had worked “48 hours straight” to ensure the arrest.
While the motive for the murder remains unclear, police detectives and forensic experts found used condoms in the staff quarters where the woman was believed to have been killed.
Until the postmortem results are received, it also remains unclear whether she was raped and exactly what caused her death.
CCTV footage at the resort showed a man in blue overalls running with the partly naked woman over his shoulders at about 4.10am on Thursday.
He had allegedly run out of the staff room and placed the body under bushes bordering the Cape Recife nature reserve before fleeing.
The woman’s identity has since been established.
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An expert witness has told how a tracker fitted in the Toyota Etios allegedly used to kidnap Jayde Panayiotou on April 21 last year, circled her Stellen Glen complex in Kabega Park – going no faster than 25km/h – before suddenly stopping, then speeding off again.
Later, the vehicle allegedly stopped on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, where Jayde, 29, was shot dead.
Lorenz Stoger of Cartrack PTY Ltd told the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday morning that on April 13, just days before the murder, the rental vehicle could be traced to Ruth Street in Glen Hurd, where the school teacher’s colleague, Cherise Swanepoel, lived at the time.
The state claims that on the days leading up to the murder, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, Sinethemba Nemembe and on occasion, Zolani Sibeko, circled Jayde’s route to work in Uitenhage, which included Swanepoel’s residence, as the two would car pool.
Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, is accused of orchestrating the murder.
Earlier on Monday, defence advocate Terry Price SC, told Christopher Panayiotou’s former employee, Mawonga Ndedwa, that cellphone plotting and billing disproved a lot of his evidence in chief.
Ndedwa, who returned to the stand for the third day on Monday, claimed Panayiotou made use of his phone to contact middleman Luthando Siyoni, who has admitted to arranging the hit.
He said after Jayde’s body was found, Panayiotou paid him to get rid of the handset.
But Price said cellphone evidence contradicted Ndedwa’s version that Panayiotou sometimes kept Ndedwa’s phone overnight.
While Price was insistent that the phone “slept over” at Ndedwa’s home in Zwide every night, state advocate Marius Stander said the billing showed that on April 9, it was most definitely not in Zwide.
Price said it was also strange that Panayiotou would use Ndedwa’s phone to contact Siyoni, as well as his own phone.
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Cutting operational costs in Nelson Mandela Bay did not mean the metro’s new leadership would make employees’ lives miserable.
This was the message budget and treasury head Retief Odendaal relayed to union bosses last week during a meeting at the Wool Board Exchange in Port Elizabeth, where the city’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) was discussed.
The meeting was one in a series of IDP meetings held over the past few weeks under the Bay’s new administration.
The meetings are directed at engaging with residents to discuss the metro’s budget and what they would like to see it spent on.
During last Monday’s meeting, metro officials engaged with union representatives over a number of issues which ranged from administrative concerns, job opportunities, service delivery and cost-cutting mechanisms to general operations.
Talks about the reduction of operational costs produced some anxiety among some unions, who feared there would be job losses. Municipal officials, however, managed to ease concerns.
Terri Cox, of the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union, told the gathering she had been looking forward to the meeting with her bosses, but became worried when the issue of cost-cutting arose.
“We have no toilet paper and the hand dryers in the toilets are not working. Now you still say you are going to cut costs on general expenses. We as females in the institution are suffering,” she said.
In response, Odendaal explained that reducing costs did not necessarily mean job losses.
He cited the 200 unused Telkom telephones lines the municipality pays for every month as an example.
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A pair of Port Elizabeth “fogeys”, as they call themselves, have ventured far off the beaten track to honour the humble “windpomp” – and this time they’ve imagined the songs these iconic machines might be singing when no one’s listening!
Whether it’s to Jordan or Joubertina, Bulgaria or Barkly East, with every trip Sue and Max Hoppe undertake, they make a point of looking beyond the mundane.
In 2014, this couple from Richmond Hill – she’s an artist and he’s involved in business administration – self-published a cheeky photographic book on what windmills might get up to when no one is watching.
The book was such a hit that it has just been reprinted for a third time. And now they’ve followed it up with a second book based on the songs these often battered machines might be singing on the sly.
The Hoppes, who have been married for 40 years, launched their new book and website at a function at Savages in Park Drive last week, where it was a savvy choice for guests eager to send Christmas gifts to South African family abroad.
The soundtrack playing in the background also included some of the songs the pair had chosen to illustrate The Climax Collection 2: The Secret Life of Windmills.
Many of the pictures, and their accompanying titles, have interesting back stories.
“We came across this one (a windmill picture they have titled Power of Love) in the Northern Cape, between Britstown and Richmond, on our way home from Kgalagadi,” Sue said.
“At that stage we were still compulsively photographing windmills, but hadn’t yet decided on the angle the new book would take.
“We were still thinking in terms of naughty captions, like the first book. I have a thing for power lines, they look to me like music in the sky, so initially we stopped so I could go nuts capturing the sweeping curves.
“It was only when I zoomed in that I saw the distant windmill, perfectly positioned.
“We whooped with delight, and thought in terms of ‘a powerful climax’ but, when we decided to do song titles for the new book, it was a no-brainer . . . Jennifer Rush’s Power of Love was a perfect fit!”
Then there’s the picture titled Romeo and Juliet, after the song by Dire Straits: “We were visiting a farm in the Klein Karoo with friends when we found that one of the windmills had collapsed next to the other.
“By this time, we knew we were going to be doing song titles, and we were all having a good laugh, tossing around possibilities for captions, when our friend came up with Romeo and Juliet.”
Their two windmill books are by no means the couple’s only forays into publishing. Much of their wanderings across Southern Africa were undertaken in Koos, Max’s less-than-reliable Hyundai Terracan, whose frequent misdemeanours sparked a book of its own. Travels/Troubles with Koos was released in February, also under the Hoppes’ label, El Gecko Publishing – a clever play on the artist El Greco, whose work Sue admires.
Interestingly, it was their fresh and humorous take on life that sparked their decision to go it alone on the South African publishing scene.
Having done the layout and editing of the first The Climax Collection book themselves, they soon realised, given its slightly naughty premise, that the book was perhaps a little “too edgy and alternative to be picked up by a conventional publisher”.
“So we sold a kidney or two and printed it ourselves,” Sue quipped.
Following this baptism of fire Travels/Troubles with Koos emerged and, just like The Climax Collection 1, is doing well around the countr y.
In addition the couple have added 10 e-books, in PDF format, to their ever-growing stable.
One of these is an Afrikaans version of Travels/Troubles with Koos, translated for the couple by Mignonne van Heerden and available as Padlangs/Probleme met Koos, and a follow-up titled More Travels/Troubles with Koos. Travels Abroad looks at Max and Sue’s journeys further afield, to Turkey, Bulgaria, the Emirates and Jordan, through the lenses of South African travellers, and they have also done four companion books, with black-and-white photos, titled Postcards from Turkey, Postcards from Bulgaria, Postcards from the UAE and Postcards from Jordan.
The print- and e-books are sold from their new site, designed by their daughter, Karen Vollaire, who also lives in Port Elizabeth.
Karen had no previous web design experience, yet has managed to pull off an attractive and user-friendly site that also has a section for other merchandise, such as windmill and Koos gift cards and calendars, as well as the Karoo Poppies – ragdolls hand-made in Graaff-Reinet as part of a community project.
Karen clearly takes after her resourceful and apparently fearless parents who, up until two years ago, had never ventured into publishing.
The bug has sunk its teeth in deep: Max has written a series of children’s books, about African wildlife, which are being illustrated by Bay artist and architect Theresa Hardman, and should be ready for print in a fortnight’s time.
Then the big task of self-marketing the new travel titles begins . . . and no doubt, Koos is relishing the prospect of another sure-to-be-eventful road trip!
It is the Hoppes’ can-do attitude and their always optimistic outlook that draws readers to this pair and their madcap adventures.
“Ever since we met we’ve shared a passion for travel and photography, and we both love to see the world with open eyes and minds,” Sue said.
“The result of all this has been so positive – that one small idea, and some windmill photos, has turned into a growing indie-publishing enterprise and a story with a happy ending!” she said.
The Climax Collection 2: The Secret Life of Windmills is published by El Gecko Publishing and available online at elgeckopublishing.co.za, as well as at Fogarty’s at Walmer Park and other outlets.
The recommended retail price is R220.
Grade 12 learners started with their national senior certificate examinations on Monday.
Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said learners who sit for their exams on Monday will be writing unofficial languages‚ like Greek‚ Arabic‚ Spanish‚ Portuguese and Itali
Mhlanga said just over 500,000 learners will on Wednesday write an English paper.
He urged learners not to be affected by the possibility of university students not writing their examinations.
“We hope that the current impasse will be resolved and examinations at universities will be written to open space for matric learners‚” he said.
Mhlanga said all systems were in place to ensure quality and secure examinations.
He said teachers in areas where there had been protests should use any available time for revision.
“Learners will not be writing every day and on those days when they are not writing‚ we hope teachers will use those days for revision.”
Quality assurance council Umalusi said in a statement that it was satisfied with the preparations for the end-of-year exams‚ and is confident that the general education system was adequately prepared to run these assessments successfully.
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