Who pays for all this stuff? On Monday last week, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) ordered the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to withdraw its decision to ban the showing of violent protests and the destruction of property during protests on its news bulletins.
It gave the SABC five days to comply and institute the order “retrospectively”.
Even before Icasa had published its full finding, Hlaudi Motsoeneng – the SABC’s de facto leader, and the man who apparently our president “loves so much” – was declaring that the public broadcaster would approach the highest court in the land if necessary to challenge the Icasa decision.
There is not a single legal opinion – except those paid for by the SABC when and if the SABC does actually consult them – that indicates that the Icasa ruling can be challenged.
What makes me ponder this, though, is: who pays for these frivolous challenges to every single ruling made by institutions of accountability, such as the public protector?
Let me just say outright that the right to seek recourse from a higher court, is one that every Tom, Dick and Hlaudi should exercise.
That is how our democracy becomes stronger.
Yet, it seems to me that even cases that do not have any hope whatsoever of success are now being taken to higher courts.
And why? Because the people who are making these decisions do not have to pay a single cent for this wastage.
On Friday, it was reported that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had applied to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal against a high court ruling to restore fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma has said on numerous occasions that he wants his day in court, but, boy, the man is fighting hard – using state institutions like the NPA – not to see the dawn of that day.
Here is the question: who pays for these endless appeals that every first-year legal student knows have no hope of success whatsoever? It is you, dear reader. The money that is supposed to go to the poor, to education, to roads and other pressing societal problems is being wasted daily to protect Zuma and his close cronies such as Motsoeneng. Think of the Nkandla matter, for example. After various frivolous inquiries led by the hapless ministers Nathi Nhleko, Thulas Nxesi and various others after the public protector had said Zuma should pay for undue benefits, the president has now finally been ordered by the Constitutional Court to pay for the Nkandla house in KwaZulu-Natal
The price tag is something like R7.8-million. It should be a lot more. It should be a lot more, because the past seven years have seen wasteful expenditure on a massive scale by Zuma and his cronies to ensure that he does not pay his fair share.
Nhleko should pay. Nxesi should pay. Zuma should pay.
Zuma should pay because he is the one who led us on this merry dance. Then, when push came to shove, he rushed to the Constitutional Court with his tail between his legs begging to pay up after all.
He should have personally been burdened with all the legal bills for that monstrosity. Instead, you the taxpayer are paying for it. There have been so many other appalling examples of this sort of wastage where it is absolutely clear that the challenge by government ministers and officials to court and other rulings against them have absolutely no chance of success.
Think of the shameful events of last year, when the Pretoria High Court ordered the state to keep Sudanese dictator and fugitive from the law Omar al Bashir here.
Not only did the government challenge the ruling in court, it brazenly and illegally defied the courts of our own country by aiding and abetting that criminal to leave our shores instead of being handed over to the International criminal Court. This is the story of our state officials. They can spend wantonly against all sane advice because the state’s coffers are a piggybank for them.
If they lose, then the attorneys and advocates get rich.
And the politicians and functionaries just keep going without any consequence while happily drawing their salaries. It is outrageous.
Now think of what the NPA is doing by going to the Constitutional Court.
Last month, the full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed the same NPA’s application for leave to appeal against the ruling setting aside Zuma’s prosecution.
The court said the appeal had no reasonable prospects of success.
So what’s going to happen with the Constitutional Court challenge by the NPA?
It is going to be thrown out because it’s laughable.
Zuma’s protectors at the NPA won’t feel the pain of that decision at all.
You, dear taxpayer, will pay for it all.
The founder of the Imbumba Foundation has described the final moments of Gugu Zulu’s life‚ saying his wife Letshego “did everything for him” in his final moments.
“She was constantly checking on him and making sure he was okay. When his breathing became very heavy‚ she alerted the medical teams.”
Speaking to TMG Entertainment from Tanzania‚ Richard Mabaso said the team has been left devastated by the death of Zulu‚ describing his last moments. In a tender recollection of Zulu’s final moments with his wife‚ Mabaso said she kept a constant eye on him.
“She was with him all the time. She also put a pillow under his head to make sure that he was more comfortable. It’s been devastating. We are all shocked.”
Mabaso‚ who is also project leader for the expedition‚ says Zulu was beyond excited to start the climb.
“He was so excited. Before we left he said that he has a young daughter and he wanted to take action and create awareness.”
Mabaso was on the Trek4Mandela expedition that this year aimed to raise enough funds to ensure that 350 000 girl children would not miss a day of school due to menstrual challenges.
He said Zulu had been complaining of flu-like symptoms for the past two days.
“I would check on every member of the group and after Gugu complained again of feeling flu-ish‚ the team doctor examined him.”
The rally car driver was put on a drip and rushed to a hospital where he died.
Meanwhile sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is among those who was shocked and saddened by Zulu’s death.
Mbalula extended his condolences on behalf of government in a post on his Facebook page.
“The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa‚ Fikile Mbalula has learnt with shock and sadness the passing of Gugu Zulu‚” said the post.
“Gugu Zulu lost his life in the early hours of Monday morning on summit to Kilimanjaro.
“It is with a heavy heart to hear of the passing of Gugu Zulu. South Africans know him as a great talented motor sport athlete who excelled on the race course. I also know him as a friend who was warm and kind. His family knows him as a loving husband and father‚” he said.
Mbalula said that Zulu‚ who was part of the Trek4Mandela team climbing the mountain in support of young girls from disadvantaged communities‚ had perished while on a mission to help others.
“That made him a selfless South African many should emulate. Gugu was young and still had a lot to offer our country. South Africa is poorer without him‚” he said.
“On behalf of government‚ Minister Fikile Mbalula extends words of condolences to the family and friends of Gugu and to all sport loving South Africans.”
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The SA Booksellers Association has announced the shortlisted finalists for the 2016 Nielsen Book Booksellers’ Choice Award Choice Awards, in alphabetical order they are:
- Death By Carbs by Paige Nick (published by Bookstorm);
- Ikarus by Deon Meyer (published by Human & Rousseau);
- Immer Wes by Irma Joubert (published by Lapa Publishers);
- Little Suns by Zakes Mda (published by Random House South Africa);
- Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew (published by Random House South Africa); and
- Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi (published by Jacana Media).
The overall winner will be announced at the Sefika gala event in Cape Town on Tuesday, August 30.
“Thanks to the members of the South African Booksellers Association, we have had an amazing number of submissions for this year’s award – in the region of 150 nominations were received which is extraordinary,” said Nielsen Books spokesman Mo Siewcharran. “The shortlist consists of fiction titles including romance and crime – always a good mix.”
Last year’s winner Marguerite Poland said on hearing the news in 2015: “Last night I got a message that thrilled and uplifted me incredibly! Penguin sent a message to let me know that my novel, The Keeper, had won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award.
“I am absolutely delighted and it is the highlight of my career. I so wish I had been at the dinner but you can imagine how wonderful it is to have this acknowledgement of my work.”
Death by Carbs by Paige Nick at first glance would appear a non-fiction title but it is not, it’s based on South Africa’s biggest craze – dieting – and Paige pokes a little fun and sheds a little light on this phenomenon.
Deon Meyer’s Ikarus looks at the disappearance of an infamous internet entrepreneur and the ensuing investigation, while Immer Wes by Irma Joubert is a romance that looks at fading beauty and the impact of war on people and relationships.
Zakes Mda’s title Little Suns, weaves the true events of the death of Magistrate Hope into his story of love and perseverance.
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew is a mix of romance, mystery, crime and cooking – what a combination! The last title in the short list is Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi which looks at a modern young woman with values and spirituality who discovers that sometimes life is a compromise.
One of the authors – Zakes Mda – has been shortlisted before in 2001 and 2003, but sadly not yet won this prestigious award, could this be third time lucky?
Deon Meyer on the other hand won in 2012 and is again on the shortlist.
“We wish all the authors the very best of luck. With such overwhelming submissions in the first round, we are now entering the second round of votes from booksellers – all votes must be in by Tuesday July 19,” said Siewcharran.
Food scientists have invented a chocolate sandwich spread crammed with vegetables – the ultimate “stealth health” ingredient for school lunchboxes.
S’coolBeans is being developed as a low-cost chocolate and hazelnut-flavoured spread made from fermented sugar beans and sweet potato.
It is the brainchild of food scientists at Stellenbosch University who are hoping to develop the concept and get it onto the market.
While parents face the challenge of having to pack appealing lunchboxes‚ the chocolate spread could one day become the ideal way to sneak vegetables onto the menu.
Cenette Bezuidenhout‚ one of the developers of S’coolBeans‚ said the spread was more than just a way of incorporating vegetables into a tasty sandwich spread for children.
“It is high in protein and contains the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to ensure the development and growth of children‚ especially those from low-income environments‚” she said.
Bezuidenhout believes the spread could be well suited to use in school feeding schemes.
“S’coolBeans not only provides an affordable solution to fighting hunger but it also incorporates three of the current global food trends‚ such as new uses for fruit and vegetables‚ more prominence to protein and good fats‚ as well as carbohydrates‚” she said in a statement released by the university.
The team‚ which includes Bezuidenhout‚ Carin-Marie Engelbrecht‚ Nicholas Grobbelaar‚ Taryn Harding‚ Shannon Howell and Megan Kleyn‚ said on the S’coolBeans Facebook page that the name was coined while attempting to make the spread appealing to school children.
“So basically when we were creating our product‚ under the theme ‘Stealth Health’‚ we decided to aim our product at school children – as they would benefit most from the spread‚” said the team.
“So we came up with a few names such as ‘Choconut’‚ ‘Chocospread’ and ‘Beannut’‚ but none of them sounded right or stuck in our heads. Then we thought of slang that school children uses and one that really stood out was ‘cool beans’.
“So one of us pipes up and says‚ ‘Well our product is aimed at “school” kids‚ and it contains ‘beans’‚ so why not ‘SchoolBeans’?
“So we did a little tweak with the ‘School’ and removed the ‘h’ to make it sound cool and there you have it… S’coolBeans was formed‚” the post read.
The team is currently working with Innovus‚ the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University‚ to develop the concept further in the hope of attracting a manufacturer interested in putting S’coolBeans on the market and making it available to school feeding schemes.
It has also been named as a finalist in the International Union of Food Science and Technology’s (IUFoST) Food Science Students Fighting Hunger product development competition.
The winners will be announced at the IUFoST 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology in Dublin‚ Ireland‚ from August 21 to 25. – TMG Digital
The case against Warona Mark Zinde‚ arrested a month ago for allegedly murdering his mother‚ Hope Zinde‚ has been postponed to August 10.
Zinde did not appear at the Brits Regional Court‚ in the North West‚ as expected on Monday.
A court official said Zinde‚ 23‚ was still undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. A report on his mental state will be availed to court next month too.
On June 18‚ magistrate Lourens Mattiah postponed the case to Monday following a submission by Zinde’s lawyer‚ Mogorosi Molusi‚ to have him admitted at Weskoppies.
He has been at the institution since then. The Zinde family supported his admission to Weskoppies.
Molusi could not be reached for comment on Monday morning. His phone went straight to voicemail.
Hope Zinde‚ who was 50 years old‚ was laid to rest in Pretoria East last month.
She was found dead in the boot of her car at the Pecanwood Estate near Hartbeespoort Dam.
Warona‚ a student at a Pretoria college‚ was arrested soon after the discovery of her body. Police charged him with one count of murder and another of possession of illegal drugs.
Hope started off as a broadcast journalist at the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 1991. Parliament appointed her to the board of the public broadcaster in 2013.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi fired her along with colleagues Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi for allegedly not supporting the appointment of the controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng as chief operations officer.
– TMG Digital/Sowetan
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Race car driver Gugu Zulu has died while trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday morning.
Zulu was part of a group of people‚ including his wife Letshego Zulu who were part of the Trek4Mandela expedition.
“Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu experienced problems breathing. The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mountain with him. We are informed that the medical teams tried everything possible to save his life‚” the foundation said in its statement.
Zulu and his wife apparently both descended the mountain together with Richard Mabaso‚ the project leader and the medical teams. The team was led by experienced mountaineer‚ Sibusiso Vilane.
Sello Hatang‚ CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation said‚ “I am devastated. I knew him well. I recruited him to climb Kilimanjaro. The last thing he said to me at the airport before he left last week was that he wanted to speak about doing other Mandela Day projects. I feel a huge sense of loss.”
Zulu is a celebrated and well-established racing driver for Volkswagen. He leaves behind his wife and baby girl who turned one in June.
The climbers were due to summit Kilimanjaro today‚ for Mandela Day. This year’s Trek4Mandela expedition aimed to raise enough funds to ensure that 350 000 girl children will not miss a day of school due to menstrual challenges.
Just two days before his death‚ Zulu posted several images of himself and his wife on their trip.
Looking back at Gugu Zulu in pictures:
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Schauderville dancer and B-boy Cheslyn Meyer has one of those infectious personalities where you cannot help but smile when you are around him, only because he has a permanent smile plastered on his own face.
At just 10 years old, Meyer knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up, and, after coming across a dance crew in his neighbourhood, he soon ventured on a path that would lead him to compete in international competitions – and dance alongside his childhood dance heroes.
“I started taking dance seriously in the late 2000s but I’ve been dancing since I was just a child, and, even when I watch old videos of myself, I’m moving around to whatever is playing on the radio,” Meyer said.
Meyer, 27, who goes by the nickname, Rhythm, said his first encounter with the B-boy genre, that incorporates complex dance routines danced to hip-hop, funk and breakbeats, came when he saw an older crowd of dancers in his neighbourhood doing tricks on cardboard boxes in a nearby schoolyard.
“The guys were a much older, more mature crew and I liked them because I liked being/dancing on my hands and it was a different style of dance,” he said.
“It caught my eye and I wanted to learn more, and, when I got some of the tricks right and was able to control my hands, my interest grew even more,” Meyer added.
Meyer said his passion for dancing was influenced by his family, especially his uncles, who were very much into hip-hop and rapping, adding that he also leaned on his grandmother, who was very spiritual.
Meyer said by the time he got to high school, the dance scene in Port Elizabeth had reached fever-pitch with dance crews taking root almost all over the city, and, caught up in the movement, he later joined a dance crew called Execution Style.
“I’ve done a couple of competitions, events and even competed in internationals shows, with my previous crew called Deja Vu, with whom I went to Las Vegas and competed in the Vegas Prelim,” he said.
The star-struck Meyer said the Las Vegas competition was one of the major highlights of his dance career because he competed and danced alongside some of his dance idols and people he had seen on television.
“I was the only B-boy from South Africa and not only did I dance with my crew, but I also danced with other B-boys, different dancers from Argentina and the US in the breakdancing category,” he said.
His previous experiences have shown that he is able to withstand the pressure throughout any battle, while giving his best at all times.
Meyer was recently one of 20 dancers from around the country who were selected to participate in the Red Bull BC One Camp that took place in Cape Town.
Set in a remote location away from the city, the dancers immersed themselves in lectures by prominent names on the local and international dance scene, among them, Rynan Pagui, who is a member of the award winning international hip-hop crew, Jabbawockeez.
They also had the opportunity of listening to a talk by choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, alongside Lorcia Cooper.
Meyer said he had no idea what to expect at the camp and thought they would only be doing breakdancing and hip-hop, but was pleasantly surprised when he interacted with dancers involved in a wide range of other dance genres such as lyrical, pantsula and contemporary.
“The camp was educational in the sense that we were coached across various topics including business, nutrition, sports psychology, media training as well as how to grow our brands and business as dancers,” Meyer said.
Red Bull’s Deborah Siyaya said the main reason for the camp was to equip dancers with knowledge that went beyond their craft, to create a broader understanding of career growth and wellbeing.
Meyer said his neighbourhood did not have the best reputation in Nelson Mandela Bay, but just as he had done, he hoped children growing up in Schauderville could look up to him and stay on the right path.
“I see the struggle out here and sometimes the gang violence gets hectic. There are people trying to make a change in the community but you get those who always look at the negative.
“The responsibility lies in the whole community to make it a safer place, but I try and keep my path straight because there are a lot of kids who approach me and congratulate me and it keeps me motivated to move forward,” he said.
Meyer said he hoped to get children off the streets and have them look up to dancers, even though their lifestyle might not be as flashy as that of a gangster. “I just want to inspire and make a living from my passion,” he said..
Meyer also teaches dance every Saturday at the Natasha Tait dance studio in Lorraine.
The rand was a little stronger on Monday morning‚ bouncing back from the weakness that was triggered by the failed coup attempt in Turkey on Friday.
The rand‚ considered a risk currency‚ fell hard in sympathy with the Turkish lira in the immediate aftermath of a standoff that left scores of civilians in the country dead.
“Turkish President Recep Erdogan is trying his level best to placate investors whilst at the same time trying to crush his opposition and maintain control of power in a country that is becoming increasingly relevant in both Europe and the world‚” Standard Bank trader Warrick Butler said.
The lira recovered 2.95% to 2.9725 against the dollar in early trade — an outcome that also reflected positively on the rand.
The rand’s recovery will be welcome news for the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee‚ which meets on Tuesday for the three-day meeting on interest rates.
The dominant market view is that the committee will leave interest rates on hold on Thursday in light of a stronger rand and relatively benign consumer inflation.
At 8.58am‚ the rand was at R14.3127 to the dollar from R14.4076 at the previous close.
It was at R15.8233 against the euro from R15.9282 previously‚ and at R18.9233 against the pound from R19.0180 previously.
The euro was at 1.1056‚ from 1.1050 at the previous close.
– TMG Digital/BDlive
Councillor Retief Odendaal wrote that there was “harsh reality” that the municipality had money in its bank account because “nothing is being spent on service delivery” and “all indigent households in the DA-led City of Cape Town have access to water, sanitation, electricity and solid waste management” (“Metro will move forward with change in local govt”, June 28). Athol Trollip has on many occasions explained that this model (Cape Town) will be repeated here in the Bay by spending money on “improving service delivery and not simply celebrating it being in the municipality’s bank account”.
Trollip goes one better in the Sunday Times of July 3, with “Danny Jordaan cut the municipal infrastructure budget by half” and “our councillors tell us this [money in the bank] is all smoke-andmirrors government . . . There’s no proof they have the money in the bank”. Mr Trollip, please consult Odendaal and get your act together.
On June 30 2012 the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s cash holdings were down to R400-million – not enough to pay both salaries and Eskom together at month-end. It was a situation not to be repeated.
When mayor Jordaan asked me to take on my present position, his instructions were clear: the metro was to improve its credit rating, its audit reports, its cash holdings and its financial ratios – not just to put 2012 behind us, but, as he insisted, investors would pass Nelson Mandela Bay by if they believed its municipality was not financially sound. I agreed with his opinion and took on the job.
A municipality holds cash for many reasons, but possibly the most important are:
ý Some money in its bank account is not its own money – electricity deposits, conditional grants not fully expended, etc. You can’t spend what is not yours and these items must be fully cash-backed;
ý All institutions need an adequate provision of working capital – essentially cash to meet expenses as and when they arrive.
My calculations on the above two figures are that we need working capital for two months of cash expenditure (excluding depreciation, etc) and of course for the entrusted monies – this adds up to about R1.7-billion to R1.8-billion. Our cash holding on June 30 last year was about R1.4-billion, which we improved over this year to about R1.6-billion. So we still have some way to go. Over the year to June 30 this year Nelson Mandela Bay’s credit rating jumped three grades to the second highest grade (AA1za), our cash holding improved by R150-million and our audit qualifications (as of June last year) dropped to one, which hopefully we will now put behind us. In all of this I have Jordaan’s full backing, but apparently not Odendaal’s nor Trollip’s.
However, Volkswagen is investing R4.5-billion, Aspen R1.8-billion, Goodyear R700-million, Prasa R1.4-billion, Transnet more than R8-billion and the biggest investment ever in Nelson Mandela Bay is pending.
If Trollip does not believe we have money in the bank that our audited financials say we have, he is alone in this opinion. If he believes spending our bank balances will help investment, he should stay on the side of a road waving his placard.
All households in Nelson Mandela Bay have access to water, sanitation, etc, and infrastructure investment increased from R1.4-billion to R1.6-billion in this last year.
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In the 19th century naturalist and activist Henry D Thoreau said: “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation”. How true, even today, especially in our own metro where the bulk of our people are frantically trying to survive . . . in quiet desperation!
Between Scylla and Charybdis, the devil and the deep blue sea, the dilemma facing the bulk of our electorate is: whether, on the one hand, to continue a blind allegiance to a corrupt, incestuous regime or, on the other hand, there’s the fear of the unknown when voting for change. Scared to vote for your best interests and not your misguided values, as someone recently said.
The ANC was the proud liberation party that led this country out of the dark apartheid abyss, the party of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and others who stood for high moral principles and integrity. Now it is a caricature of a once great organisation, infested with politicians and hangers-on who toady to an amoral president with the sole aim of gratifying their personal ambitions.
It is a hollow shadow of its illustrious history, hijacked by President Jacob Zuma and his lackeys. And one can understand the frustration among the people, the “quiet desperation” as Thoreau said a hundred years ago!
If our mayor and his entourage are really serious about our metro, they will put their pride in their pockets and visit Cape Town to see how a metro should be managed. Comparisons are odious, but in this case relevant.
Cape Town, as a metro, is certainly not perfect but on visiting one cannot help but notice the following:
- The visible traffic officials ensuring an orderly flow of traffic. No speeding, no speaking on cellphones, seatbelts are worn, etc;
- Absence of potholes and robots that work;
- Passing through the townships there is no overt litter, and certainly no cattle and domestic animals roaming unchecked on the busy thoroughfares!
- Clean, safe parks and ablution facilities. One can walk mostly anywhere and, in particular the city centre, without fear;
- The tourist facilities: the Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Table Mountain and so on are well managed and tourist orientated. The hop-on and -off bus service is a fine example of a well-managed tourist attraction, with clean and well-managed buses.
Headphones provide some 10 language translations, all under the control of friendly, efficient and articulate guides;
ý The on-going development of highly efficient bus and train services that run on time! ý Functional schools; ý While still high, the unemployment figures in Cape Town are way less on average than any other metro and one is not faced with hordes of men thronging the pavements looking for an odd job to survive.
But the most important observation is the lack of racial tension which can be palpably felt. People have a growing respect for each other and there is an obviously relaxed interaction between folk of all colours and persuasions that collectively are making it happen!
There is an indefinable sense of purpose in the demeanour of Capetonians, auguring well for a city getting to grips with its many issues and its future.
I love Port Elizabeth and its people, and want to live nowhere else than here in the friendly, windy city. Perhaps our people, too, will see how they have been taken for a ride over the past years and, at last, break free from “quiet desperation” and a party that has lost its morals and its soul, and vote for change!
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