UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has been defeated by the ANC in his home area‚ Ward 22‚ in Mqanduli, Transkei.
Holomisa‚ conceding defeat. said: “That ward is Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa’s land‚ so they beat me at home.
“If a political party does not deliver‚ people look for service delivery.”
The UDM leader accused the ANC of starving people in that area to give them an edge in campaigning.
“The people who voted in that ward are from the areas without water and electricity and the ANC was supposed to deliver.
“[The ANC] has a tendency of starving people who do not vote for them.
“I did not even campaign in that area and that might be one of the reasons we lost‚ but we have no qualms about it‚” Holomisa said.
Asked about the party’s progress nationally‚ Holomisa said he had not spent more than R4million on campaigning.
This could not be compared with the ANC’s R1-billion spend.
“The DA spent more than R1billion to compete with the ANC – that’s why they are doing better.
“We must not push the buttons [yet], because not all results are counted and when they [are] we will see the difference.
“I can tell you that we will have councillors at the OR Tambo district municipality and KD Matanzima.”
When asked why he had not heeded Nelson Mandela’s call in 2001 asking him to return to the ANC, he said: “I told Mandela: ‘Tata‚ I can only help in issues of national importance.’
“Mbeki knows that they approached me to help in 2004 in terms of cooperation. I don’t depend on the ANC.”
Elections in Ward 22 over the years have seen power swing between the UDM and ANC.
At 4.53pm yesterday, the ANC was leading there with 62.54% of the vote. The UDM had 38.57% and the DA 2.9%.
This week the big news has been the local government elections but the party for the people that took my vote was meant to be the Mandela Bay Music Festival last Saturday.
I went to the St George’s Park stadium on Saturday afternoon and it was extremely cold, perhaps that was why there were not many people there.
The VIP area had levels, there was VVIP and VIP which was a glorified general area. Unfortunately your skinners was in the VIP area and I could not see the performance from inside so I was forced to sit outside.
Last week, your favourite socialite also hit up the FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show held at the Boardwalk.
I must say, the event was beautiful and well planned. There were different cheeses to choose from, there was biltong and also a wide variety of chocolate.
Anyway, back to Saturday where the artists gave their best and for me, PE kwaito duo Sdudla and Mathousand had the performance of the night.
Those guys are just on another level. Their performance became too hot in so much that Mathousand took off his T-shirt showing his belly (which needs some toning).
And then there was Freshlyground singer Zolani Mahola who had a big afro hairstyle and then – booom – she took it off, well, that was my OMG moment.
Must say I was disappointed when they decided to close the cash bar at 11pm an hour before the end of the show.
I hear the festival did better on some of the other days.
Gospel artist Sisanda belted it out on Vuyisile Mini square outside City Hall.
Before that, police spokeswoman Ndumi Phohleli had a surprise birthday party at Georgiou’s restaurant in Cape Road.
Her friends came dressed more for a tea party but the birthday girl looked beautiful in a navy suit and red T-shirt.
Now there’s something about partying on a Sunday that feels absolutely amazing, and I did just that.
I went to the Hats and Coats Winter Soul Sundays theme party held at Kwano’s Meat Corner in KwaNobuhle and everything: the vibe, people and the music were all absolutely on point.
After that, your girl hit KwaLhu’s Place also in KwaNobuhle, where the street was closed with a stage right in the middle turned into a dance floor.
Though it might have been chilly elsewhere in KwaNobuhle, Lhu’s Place was on fire and I danced until I couldn’t walk anymore.
What can you say about the parties this week after the elections?
Even before the results were out the DA’s mayoral candidate Athol Trollip was smiling.
A colleague spotted him at Vovo Telo in Richmond Hill, having a cosy cup of coffee with his fiancee Janine Handley before he went off to vote at the Westbourne Oval. The ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan also smiled for the cameras at the voting stations.
Bet the politicians are tired this weekend, shem, they worked round the clock this week and that wind was hectic. I am hoping for a quiet weekend to recover, let’s catch up next Friday!
Excited supporters wake new councillor Mfama at 4am with news
They woke up their new ward councillor, Phakamisa Mfama, at 4am, chanting and singing outside his home, after word spread that he had snatched Ward 42 (KwaNobuhle) away from independent councillor Andile Gqabi.
ANC volunteers in Ward 42 could not contain their excitement after they had campaigned vigorously in the runup to the elections, trying to wrest power from Gqabi.
Gqabi received 17.4% of the vote in Ward 42, with the ANC receiving a massive 66%
Dressed in ANC-branded clothes, they chanted up and down the streets of KwaNobuhle and outside the ward office from the early hours of yesterday.
They wanted residents to know the new leadership was “in the house”.
Thembisa Jassi, 34, of KwaNobuhle was overwhelmed by the outcome.
“I am too happy. There was no peace in this ward,” Jassi said.
“For you to survive you had to do what he [Gqabi] wanted.”
A thrilled Mfama, who was exhausted, said he was happy all the hard work had paid off.
“It was about 4am when party agents came to my house with ANC volunteers,” he said.
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MTN yesterday provided a breakdown of the interim headline loss it expects to report today.
The cellphone network operator said it expected to report a fall into a headline loss per share for the six months to end-June of between R2.55 and R2.85 from the matching period’s headline earnings of R6.54.
The biggest contributor to its loss for the reporting period‚ at R4.74 per share‚ was the portion of its Nigerian fine paid during the period, it said.
On June 10‚ MTN said it had reached a settlement with the Nigerian government‚ reducing its $ 5.2billion (R71.1-billion) fine to about $ 1.7-billion (R23.2- billion), to be paid over three years.
MTN paid an initial 50-billion naira (R2.1-billion) on February 24 and 30-billion naira (R1.2-billion) was due by July 8.
Among other factors the company indicated as contributing to its loss for the reporting period was the rand’s depreciation against the dollar, which cost it a further R1.35 per share in foreign exchange losses.
The weaker rand cost it an additional R1.36 per share in servicing foreign-denominated loans made to cellphone tower operators. – BDlive
The volatile political and economic conditions in South Africa demand that business leaders take a revised approach to scenario planning and consider multiple futures if their concerns are to survive.
In fact, many leading companies will not exist 20 years from now, because they are not geared for the change.
This is according to Professor Chris Adendorff, one of the leading minds behind the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Futures Summit, which takes place at the NMMU Business School on August 15 and 16.
The Herald is the official media partner of the summit.
At the summit, a first for the Bay, international and South African futurists will pose their opinions on the possible, probable, plausible and preferred futures facing South Africa.
Professor Luke van der Laan, now at Australia’s University of Southern Queensland, world No 1 futurist Professor Sohail Inayatullah and Professor Andre Roux, of Stellenbosch University’s Institute of Futures Research, will be among the speakers.
Adendorff said the most common mistake made by key decision makers was disregarding the pace of change and the importance of becoming future-orientated in developing and implementing strategies.
“For South Africa, and businesses, it is becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate future conditions with any degree of confidence,” he said.
“It is because existing theories and practices often become obsolete under hyperturbulent circumstances.”
Adendorff, lead author of the scenrio-planning handbook, An Umbrella for the Rainbow Nation, said long-term strategies needed to embrace “what if?” questions, with flexible and imaginative solutions if businesses were to operate successfully in an ever-changing future.
Many made the fundamental error of selecting future options based on past experience.
“Traditional planning usually takes a linear approach, assuming that tomorrow will be similar to today,” he said.
“This approach works in a stable environment, but fails when discontinuous events thrust existing long-term plans into disarray.”
Adendorff pointed to rapid technological advancement as a major factor, saying many leading firms would not exist 20 years on, because they were not prepared for the change.
“Consider that an estimated 30% of the jobs we now take for granted will not exist in 2030.
“Since gainful employment, especially for young people, is crucial to a prosperous future, estimates of such large-scale job losses should be of great concern to the government, employers, employees and young jobseekers alike, not to mention the people with jobs that are likely to disappear,” Adendorff said.
But the fast technology-driven future also presented many opportunities.
Serena Williams has insisted that retirement is not on her agenda as the 34-year-old American superstar targets a sixth Olympic gold medal.
World No 1 Williams arrives in Rio with a seventh Wimbledon title wrapped up, which allowed her to pull level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 majors.
But even if she secures a second successive Olympics singles gold and fourth in doubles with sister Venus, she still has no intention of hanging up her racquet.
“I love what I do every day and enjoy being on the court.
“I enjoy competing,” Williams, whose career is comfortably into its third decade, said on Wednesday.
“I just don’t see a time when I say I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Williams won her first Olympic singles gold in London four years ago and then doubled up with Venus.
The sisters had also won doubles gold in Sydney in 2000 and Beijing eight years later.
The only blot on her Games record was having to miss the 2004 Olympics in Athens with a left knee injury.
Williams said she still remembered her maiden gold medal alongside her older sister in 2000, when she was 18.
“We all dream of the grand slams and winning them, but the Olympics are different,” she said.
“The first gold medal I won was something I appreciated more than a lot of my trophies.
“It’s great to have another opportunity to win the title.”
The Olympic tennis tournament which starts tomorrow has been hit by a number of high-profile pull-outs.
Five of the top 10 in the men’s rankings, including Roger Federer, as well as leading women’s stars like Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic, are missing.
Also out are Williams’s fellow Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey as well as defending men’s doubles champions Mike and Bob Bryan.
However, 36-year-old Venus said missing the Olympics was never an option.
“We wanted to be here,” she said.
About 100 members of the South African Chemical Workers Union (Sacwu) have been locked out of pharmaceutical giant Aspen Pharmacare’s premises in Port Elizabeth as a national, protected strike by workers in the chemical industry entered its second week.
Aspen, Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, remained tight-lipped about the strike yesterday.
The company is a leading supplier of generic anti-retroviral medication and exports products to more than 150 countries.
The Port Elizabeth-headquartered company, did not respond to questions around the impact of industrial action on the available stock and supply of critical treatments, such as the anti-retrovirals which are vital to address South Africa’s HIV and Aids pandemic.
It also experienced strike action at its facilities in East London late last week.
The JSE-listed manufacturer would also not comment on the union’s demands or reveal whether the company’s export programmes had been affected as a result of the workers’ actions.
The striking workers, part a workforce of about 1 200 hourly-paid workers, including members of the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu), are demanding an increase of 10%, a minimum salaried wage of R8 000 a month and a yearly wage-and-conditions negotiating cycle as opposed to the current two-year cycle.
Ceppwawu, whose members include petroleum refinery workers and drivers based at fuel depots, is behind the national strike which has affected fuel supplies in areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria, where some fuel stations have run dry.
The Ceppwawu strike, which had a minor disruptive effect in East London last week, has not materialised in Nelson Mandela Bay at all, with fuel continuing to be readily available throughout the metro and surrounding areas.
According to Sacwu, only some of the striking workers were protesting outside Aspen in Kensington yesterday, with the rest of the employees having stayed away.
Members of the union yesterday expressed disgust at their treatment by management, which according to the union, “did not have the dignity” to invite union representatives on site to discuss the negotiations and demands.
The representatives included Sacwu national general secretary Tumedisho Moise, who was in Port Elizabeth from Johannesburg to address workers and meet with Aspen management.
Banyana Banyana may have lost their opening match of the Olympic Games, but their confidence has been boosted by their brave display.
Banyana lost 1-0 to powerhouse Sweden on Wednesday afternoon, but the South African women defended like Amazonian warriors against a tactically superior outfit.
A draw seemed on the cards in Rio, until Swedish defender Nilla Fischer pounced on a rare error by goalkeeper Roxanne Barker in the 75th minute.
“I do not think Sweden deserved their goal at all‚” South African captain Janine van Wyk said of the Group E encounter.
“We played so well. We are just not scoring goals in the last third,” Van Wyk said.
“This has given us a lot of confidence‚ having put on such a great performance.
“We created chances and it shows nothing can stand in our way. If we carry on playing like that, we can get to the next round‚” the skipper said.
Van Wyk will lead her team against China‚ beaten 3-0 by hosts Brazil, tomorrow.
South Africa‚ No 52 in the world‚ punched well above their weight against a team ranked No 6.
In the same fixture at the London 2012 Games‚ Sweden blew Banyana Banyana away 4-1.
On Wednesday, the Swedes dominated again with 15 shots at goal to South Africa’s four – four on target to Banyana’s two – and enjoyed 12 corner kicks to two for Banyana.
Sweden controlled possession for 57% of the match.
This time the Swedes struggled to convert that superiority into goals, and the reason for that – not available on a stats sheet – South Africa’s guts and determination.
Coach Vera Pauw said: “It was heart-breaking‚ but I hope South Africa will be proud of this team’s performance.”
The Swedes hit the bar in the fifth minute of the game‚ but thanks to some solid keeping by Barker‚ they struggled to break through.
When they did score‚ it was after Barker failed to secure a cross – fumbling the ball to the ground – and Fischer pounced from short range.
“I’m not blaming Roxanne, because she has done so well for us‚” Pauw said.
“All the players make a mistake‚ but when a goalkeeper does‚ it usually costs you a goal.”
Van Wyk teamwork been crucial.
“We worked together as a unit and I think that was the main part of us keeping the Swedes out of our goal.
“We conceded one really silly goal from a silly mistake‚ but I guess it’s tough because any silly mistake is going to cost you. We have to learn from it.
“We have to keep our concentration ahead for China‚ but I’m absolutely happy with our performance,” Van Wyk said. said had “We played with heart and can only move up from here on.”
Barker said the key in the next matches would be sticking to their strategy.
Striker Jermaine Seoposenwe was chuffed with her team’s overall performance.
“We knew we had to stop them getting set pieces.
“We nearly accomplished it‚ but there was one little lapse‚ one little mistake,” she said.
“We did well as a team. We played together‚ not individually‚ and we have to be confident going to the next match. “I am a bit disappointed.” Banyana never really looked like scoring‚ though, and one statistic that showed just how South Africa’s attacks were muted was the offsides count – 10-0 in Sweden’s favour.
Perhaps the best praise for Banyana Banyana came from their opponents.
“South Africa defended really well‚” Swedish player Kosovare Asllani said.
Sweden and Brazil play tomorrow night‚ with the final group E matches scheduled for Tuesday night (3am, Wednesday morning SA time).
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Keen mountain bike riders in Port Elizabeth will have another chance to qualify for the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League finals tomorrow at the Fat Tracks Norm-Hudlin Trails.
The Spur MTB League consists of 11 South African regions and neighbouring countries Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho, who compete for a spot in the season-ending national final in Magaliesburg in October.
Going into the second event of the season, Daniel Pienaar are leading the log with 276 points, followed by Pearson High (199) and Grey High (92).
In the junior section, Lorraine Primary have earned an impressive 326 points to secure a comfortable lead over Woodridge (152) and Grey (93).
Registration is open from noon to 2.30pm, with course practice from noon to 1.30pm.
The nipper and sub-nipper boys and girls will kick off the day at 1.30pm with two laps around the 2km short track, followed by the sprogs boys and girls at 1.50pm.
The high school riders will take on the 3km track, with the sub-junior boys and girls setting off at 3pm, the U15 and U16 boys and girls at 3.30pm, and the juniors at 3.35pm.
The primary schools prizegiving will take place at 2.45pm, with the high schools prize-giving at 5pm.
League director Meurant Botha, of Amarider, said participation at local events had been growing at a steady pace.
He said although many children were finding their competitive edge on their bicycles, the league’s focus was still to encourage more children and schools to take part.
“It is important for all children to enjoy participating, whether only starting out or having participated for a couple seasons,” he said.
“We also urge the regions to support local cycling development programmes and assist more kids to get out and ride.”
What happens in the next week or two can determine whether your children and grandchildren will have respectable universities to go to in the future, or any university at all.
The higher education minister is widely expected to announce the fee increase for next year that would apply to all 26 public universities. In the heat of the student protests last year, the president announced a 0% fee increase for this year and since then, no university has dared to declare its fee structures for next year for fear of unleashing another round of student protests with the instability that would unhinge the rest of the academic year.
The public universities are in serious crisis and the public served by these institutions of higher learning better take note. If, as widely expected, the minister makes an announcement of a fee increase somewhere between 6 and 8%, already far below the actual costs of higher education expenditure in each university, the public higher education institutions will hobble their way into the next academic year.
If, as also expected, students protest in response to the announcement and, as some have promised, “shut down the universities” and further “make 2017 a gap year”, then it is over. As one vice-chancellor put it, “we might well have universal access to poor quality higher education”.
Student leaders speak for students. Unions speak for workers. Staff associations speak for academics.
But, asked another vice-chancellor, “Who speaks for the university?” While some student groups have threatened Armageddon upon our universities, I cannot recall the general public taking a stand against the destruction of these increasingly fragile national assets.
Institutions that were built up over decades, sometimes over a century, are faltering before our eyes without a whimper from the public voice.
You are much more likely to see anxious public reaction to mountain fires threatening homes on the False Bay coastline than to get any response to the imminent demise of our universities. A university is not a company or a house which you can rebuild in months.
Maybe it is because the general citizenry does not grasp the indispensable role of a university in public life.
It is, after all, the premier site for the production of high level expertise for a 21st century economy; it is the prized arena for producing well-equipped leaders across all sectors of society from business and industry to education and the media to medicine and law; it is the place from which a first-generation student emerging with a degree can change the fate of whole families and communities; it is where future leaders learn (or should learn) the habits of democracy, as John Samuel likes to put it; and it is the engine of development in a competitive world, the pride of a nation, the guarantor of future wealth and well-being, and of civilisation itself.
When a country loses its universities, it loses self-respect.
This does not mean that there are no buildings collectively called the university. I once posed the question starkly, “When does a university cease to exist?”
You can have buildings and students and lecturers and even timetables, but that does not make a place of higher learning. If there is no money to pay staff or upgrade facilities or hire the best professors or invest in research and development or generate innovations in quality teaching that are transforming opportunities for all students, then the mere shuffling around of people inside buildings hardly counts as a university.
While a building with a sign that says “university” might signal ambitious intent, it fails to exist under conditions of under-resourcing by the government, the unplanned massification of the student body and chronic instability that so often destroys the very facilities required for teaching and learning.
How do we address the immediate crisis? Three things can and must be done.
One, there must be free education for the poor. Two, the middle classes must pay for their own education.
And three, the government must ensure that whatever scheme it devises to fund indigent students, including the so-called “missing middle”, it must be sustainable – such as recouping investments in low-interest student loans through a highly efficient revenue collection system when the graduate obtains a job.
Simple, right? True, but not when you ask politicians to do the job.
All I know is that another 0% fee increase will mean the beginning of the end for public universities worthy of that name in South Africa. As the silent public watching this coming train wreck, you cannot say that you were not warned.
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