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                                                          premier makwetla’s
                                                          last state of the
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  a MESSaGE FrOM MEC FISH MaHLaLELa
  “Our	province	has	been	hit	by	Cholera	Outbreak	
   since	 the	 first	 week	 of	 January	 2009.	 Our	
   Health	Officials	noticed	an	increase	of	people	
   reporting	 with	 diarrhea	 in	 many	 health	
   facilities	especially	in	the	Bushbuckridge	Local	
   Municipality,	and	it	later	spread	in	other	areas	
   in	 Mbombela;	 Thaba	 Chweu,	 Nkomazi	 and	
   Umjindi	Municipalities.”


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                                                             Coming into our own
                                                             Having done this for what seems like forever,
                                                             we’re celebrating our 50th edition which is a
                                                             milestone in independent newspaper land. In
                                                             hindsight, the challenges that one encountered
                                                             made other hard work such as building roads
                                                             in a scorching sun look like a holiday and quite
                                                             frankly anything would have been better but then
                                                             the growth and the invaluable experience that
                                                             came with the work has been so enriching and
                                                             really worth it. Because of the nature of things,
                                                             the one coping mechanism that one has learned
                                                             is to focus on the positive and just take it one
                                                             day at a time. One can’t help it but be grateful
                                                             for everything, the good and the bad and I have
                                                             the feeling that we truly have come into our own.
                                                             We’ve evolved and continue to. Understanding
                                                             that life is about doing your part and you can
                                                                                                                                   WHERE IT all sTaRTED: The first edition of
                                                             only do so much is truly liberating. That’s what
                                                                                                                                   Ziwaphi hit the streets on Friday the 13th april
                                                             we’ll continue to do…our part.                                        2007. Our 50th edition appears on Friday the
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Nompumelelo Nkosi                                                                                                 13th February 2009.



                                                             ex bank employee siphoned                                                            Domestic worker
                                                             money from trusts                                                                    held up with broken
                                                             NELSPRUIT                                  She said their child had also reached     beer bottles
    ESTablished ON                                           By Thobile Mlangeni                        school-going age, which added
                                                                                                        further strain on the family finances.
                                                                                                                                                 KOMATIPOORT

     April 13 2007                                           A former bank employee pleaded                                                      By Thabisile Khoza
                                                             guilty on Friday to fraud amounting        Between April 2001 and September         Two men have been accused of using
                                                             to R1,2 million.                           2008 Hauenga was given access to         broken beer bottles to threaten a
  Ziwaphi is published by Uxhumano Communications.           Mariska Havenga (38), who used to          the two Trust accounts and given the     domestic worker and rob her while
                                                             work for ABSA, told the Nelspruit          responsibility of paying the Trust’s     she was on her way home from
  EDITOR In chIEf: nOMPUMELELO nKOSI                                                                    expenses via online banking.             work.
                                                             regional court on Friday that she was
                                                             forced to commit fraud to make ends        “I was tempted to buy my grocery and     Nelson Sithole (20) and Bongani
  3 Sneezewood Street
  Nelspruit,
                                                             meet.                                                                               Mahlalela (22) of Orlando compound
                                                                                                        pay expenses,” she said.
  Mpumalanga Province                                                                                                                            near Komatipoort were remanded
                                                             “We suffered due to the high cost of
  P.O. Box 15564 Nelspruit, 1200.                                                                       She said she continued to do so          in custody when they appeared in
                                                             living in Nelspruit and I ran up debts,”
                                                                                                        because “nobody questioned my            the Komatipoort periodical court
                                                             reads her plea statement.
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                                                                                                                                                 Komatipoort police spokesperson
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  Advertising and circulation:                                                                                                                   Constable Zwakele Mashele said the
                                                             Malope Trust into her savings and          done and said she wanted to apologise
  Fax: 086 607 8529                                                                                                                              woman was robbed of her handbag
                                                             credit card accounts between April         to the complainants, but that the bank   on Monday while walking near the
  Distribution:                                              26, 2001 and September 29, 2008.           wouldn’t allow her to do so.             Nkomazi River at about 4.30pm.
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                                                             Some of the money was            also      She said she was also sorry for          She alerted police who arrived at the
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                                                                                                        children.
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                                                             Nelspruit and they moved to the city       money.
                                                                                                                                                 recovered and returned to her.
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James Nkambule defects to cope
NElsPRUIT (EHlaNZENI DIsTRICT)                                                             Mohlala was also planning to recommend        by unnamed politicians into making the
                                                                                           that fraud charges be laid against Lefika     allegations against Ramaphosa, Sexwale
By sydney Masinga
                                                                                           Emerging Equity and its boss, Bobby           and Phosa. The allegations led to a
The man who publicly accused                                                               Motaung. Lefika appears to have sent          security probe within the ANC and all
                                                                                           a fraudulent letter on a Mbombela             three men eventually quit politics. Phosa
Mathews Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale
                                                                                           letterhead, dated 22 December 2008,           has since returned and is now the ANC’s
and Cyril Ramaphosa of                                                                     to First National Bank as surety for an       treasurer general.
plotting to oust former state                                                              overdraft facility.                           Nkambule’s suspension was reviewed
president Thabo Mbeki in 2001,                                                             The letter bears the name of acting           in 2004 when he re-entered public life
has defected from the African                                                              municipal manager, Sigananda Siboza,          as a South African Civic Organisation
National Congress (ANC) to                                                                 but Mohlala and Siboza both claimed           (Sanco) office bearer and reapplied for
join the Congress of the People                                                            the letter was fraudulent.                    ANC membership.
(Cope).                                                                                    “Anyone who can think knows that              The party granted him membership on
                                                                                           comrade Jimmy’s murder was a political        condition that he never again brought
James Nkambule, former secretary of
                                                                                           assassination, but the leadership of the      the party or its elected leadership into
the ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga,
                                                                                           ANC says it was not political. Maybe          disrepute.
announced his defection at a Cope
meeting in Barberton on Sunday, saying                                                     they know who is behind comrade               Provincial Cope secretary, Buks
that the ANC he loved and supported                                                        Jimmy’s murder,” said Nkambule.               Mahlangu, said Nkambule had been
had died at the 52nd ANC Congress                                                          In March 2001, Nkambule publicly              welcomed into the party and that his
in Polokwane in December 2007 when                                                         accused former Mpumalanga Premier             political experience was expected to
Mbeki was unceremoniously removed                                                          Mathews Phosa, former Gauteng                 play a major role in bettering the lives of
from office.                                                                               premier Tokyo Sexwale and former              all South Africans.
                                            Former aNCYl Provincial secretary
“Yes, I have joined Cope,” he confirmed.    James Nkambule headed for COPE                 ANC secretary general Cyril Ramaphosa         “We all know that James is very influential
“How can I remain a member of the ANC                                                      of plotting to oust Mbeki. He also            and experienced politically and we hope
                                            Nkambule said he was also disappointed         implied that Mbeki was involved in the
when the movement has lost the plot                                                                                                      that he will be an asset to Cope. We also
                                            with the leadership of the ANC                 1993 assassination of South African
and is allowing radicals like (ANCYL                                                                                                     know James’s history with the ANC and
                                            in Mpumalanga for denying that                 Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris
president) Julius Malema to shoot their                                                                                                  hope he will be transformed for the
                                            the assassination of the speaker of            Hani.
mouths off.”                                                                                                                             better in Cope,” said Mahlangu.
                                            the Mbombela local municipality
                                            in Nelspruit, Jimmy Mohlala, was               The ANC called Nkambule before a              ANCYL spokesperson in Mpumalanga,
Referring to ANC President Jacob
                                            politically motivated.                         disciplinary hearing and he was found         Hamza Ngwenya, said Nkambule’s
Zuma’s years-long legal battle against
                                                                                           guilty on two counts of bringing the          deflection was long expected and
corruption allegations, Nkambule said       Mohlala was gunned down outside his
                                                                                           ANC into disrepute, as well as violating      would not give the ANCYL or the ANC
the ANC he joined would never have          house in front of his 19-year-old son
                                                                                           the party’s constitution. The ANCYL           “sleepless nights”.
allowed one man’s problems to become        on January 4 just a week before he was
                                                                                           then suspended Nkambule from public
the nation’s problems.                      scheduled to testify about suspended                                                         He said Nkambule          was    “finished
                                                                                           office or active participation for a
                                            municipal manager Jacob Dladla’s                                                             politically”.
“The other reason I have left the ANC                                                      minimum of five years.
                                            refusal to implement 361 council
is because it has been taken over by                                                                                                     “Nkambule was a factory fault and a
                                            resolutions, as well as Dladla’s role in the   He opted to resign from the ANC in
communists who currently act as                                                                                                          loose canon. His deflection to Cope is
                                            poor management of the stadium 2010            2001.
spokespeople for the movement,” he                                                                                                       not a surprise. We wish him well,” said
                                            Mbombela World Cup Stadium project.
said.                                                                                      Nkambule later said he was manipulated        Ngwenya last week.




aNcYL wants to use bug spray on cope
NElsPRUIT                                                                                  Mpumalanga, said they will not blow           plotting to oust former state president
                                            Why can’t they make noise                      their own whistle, but will surprise the      Thabo Mbeki in 2001, defected from the
By sydney Masinga
                                             about other opposition                        ANC and its youth league in terms of          ANC to join Cope.
The Congress of the People (Cope) in                                                       seats won in the provincial legislature.
Mpumalanga will be “sprayed with Doom
                                             parties, not only Cope.                                                                     Nkambule, former secretary of the
                                                                                           “Let the youth league spread its              ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga,
until it perishes”, said provincial ANC                                                    propaganda, but the people will decide if     announced his defection at a Cope
Youth League secretary in Mpumalanga,       “However, not one of those mad dogs            we have a seat or not. We have branches       meeting in Barberton on February
Isaac Mahlangu, on Wednesday.               who defected from the ANC and formed           in almost all the villages in this province   1, saying that the ANC he loved and
Addressing a press conference in            the Assembly of Polokwane Losers               and there is a possibility that we might      supported had “died at the 52nd ANC
Nelspruit, Mahlangu said the ANCYL          should get anything. We will spray these       surprise them and take more than half         Congress in Polokwane in December
would everything in its power to make       insects with Doom,” said Mahlangu.             of the seats in the legislature,” said        2007 when Mbeki was unceremoniously
sure that Cope does not get any seats                                                      Mahlangu on Wednesday.                        removed from office”.
                                            Mahlangu said "everyone knows that
in the provincial legislature in the        Cope was formed by insects that are            He said he does not understand why the        “Yes, I have joined Cope," he confirmed.
forthcoming general elections.              hell-bent on holding onto power".              ANCYL is “making noise” about a party         "How can I remain a member of the ANC
There are only 30 seats in the                                                             that was only launched recently, “unless      when the movement has lost the plot
                                            He said the ANCYL would mobilise               they are threatened by it”.
Mpumalanga legislature and Mahlangu         thorough door-to-door campaigns                                                              and is allowing radicals like (ANCYL
insisted that the ANC would get 29 of       across the province to ensure no one           “We are not threatened by the ANC.            president) Julius Malema to shoot their
those seats.                                                                               Why can't they make noise about other         mouths off.”
                                            votes for Cope.
“The other seat will go to any opposition                                                  opposition parties, not only Cope.            Referring to ANC President Jacob Zuma's
                                            "This way they will not get a seat in          Maybe this means they are the ones who
party, but not Cope. We will surrender                                                                                                   long legal battle against corruption
                                            the legislature and will perish like           feel threatened,” he said.
this seat only because the Independent                                                                                                   charges, Nkambule said the ANC he
                                            Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic
Electoral Commission’s (IEC) method                                                        Recently James Nkambule, the man              joined would never have allowed one
                                            Movement (UDM),” he said.
of counting votes has a thing called                                                       who publicly accused Mathews Phosa,           man's problems to become the nation's
fractions.                                  Buks Mahlangu, Cope spokesperson in            Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa of          problems.
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News

mashishing municipality alters post
requirements to suite “a comrade”
“Initially they wanted matric, but they readvertised the post without matric as a reuirement
MasHIsHING                                   in either development studies or            labour practice”.                           “Your source is crazy and misinformed.
                                             communication. Five candidates were                                                     I take this as a smear campaign against
By sydney Masinga                                                                        “It is common knowledge that
                                             shortlisted and interviewed in August.                                                  the ANC. You know that we are going to
                                                                                         Mashego and Moshoadiba instructed
An Mpumalanga municipality has               The post was then frozen without            the municipality’s HR department to         win the elections,” said Mashego.
been accused of appointing a high            explanation and re-advertised in            freeze and re-advertise the post to         Mogane refused        to    discuss   his
school drop-out as a community               October. This time, a matric certificate    accommodate Mogane. Is it going to          qualifications.
liaison officer (CLO) because of his         and tertiary qualification were no longer   help service delivery to employ a man
                                             required.                                   without qualifications because he is an     “Look, I am not going to discuss my
political connections in the African                                                     ANC comrade, while leaving out people       educational qualifications with the
National Congress (ANC).                     Mogane was hired and started on                                                         media. All I know is that I saw an advert
                                                                                         who are qualified?” asked Thumbu.
                                             Monday. That day, about 200 residents                                                   in the newspaper and I applied for the
The Thaba Chweu municipality in              marched in protest to the municipal         Moshoadiba insisted he only appointed       post, so it is not my problem that some
Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) is           offices and handed over a memorandum        Mogane upon the recommendations of
accused of hiring Mzwakhe Mogane at                                                                                                  people do not feel comfortable about
                                             calling for Mogane to be dismissed, for     the interview panel.
R115 000 a year even though the CLO                                                                                                  that,” said Mogane.
                                             the post be re-advertised and for an
post requires a matric and a degree or                                                   “Yes, the post was re-advertised because
                                             end to corruption in the municipality,                                                  Ishmael Mandane is one of the five
diploma.                                                                                 the interviewing panel indicated that
                                             which has previously been placed under                                                  candidates interviewed for the post in
                                                                                         they could not find a suitable candidate
“I don’t care anymore what happens to        curatorship.                                                                            August.
                                                                                         out of the first interviewees. If the
me, but someone has to stand up against      “We have given the municipality until       community members want to protest           “They wanted someone with a matric in
this kind of corruption. The guy doesn’t     tomorrow (Tuesday), to respond to the       or march, they can do so, but they must     the first advertisement and we applied
have a matric and I complained about         memorandum, or else we are going to the     bring facts (to prove) that the post was    and were interviewed. All of a sudden
this,” said frustrated head of human         Public Protector,” said march organiser     re-advertised to accommodate a certain      they re-advertise the post without a
resources at the municipality, George        Raymond Thumbu, on Monday.                  individual,” said Moshoadiba.               matric as a requirement because they
Maphanga.                                                                                                                            wanted to accommodate their comrade.
                                             Thumbu accuses Gillion Mashego, ANC         Mashego said the allegations were
The CLO post was advertised early            deputy chairperson in the Bohlabela         “madness” and that he would not             Is this fair to us ordinary citizens who
in 2008 for candidates with a matric         region, and municipal manager Isaac         “interfere with the administration of the   does not belong to any political party?”
certificate and a tertiary qualification     Moshoadiba for “interference and unfair     municipality”.                              asked Mandane.




Only 16% Moutse residents register to vote
GROBlERsDal                                  their choice.                                                                           in March 2006. The forum took the
                                             Forum spokesperson and local secretary                                                  government to the Constitutional Court
By sydney Masinga
                                             of the South African Communist                                                          in November last year, complaining that
Residents of the troubled Moutse             Party (SACP) Seun Mogotji denied                                                        residents weren’t properly consulted.
area of Limpopo boycotted the final          any intimidation, but confirmed that                                                    They also claim that local service
round of voter registration over the         residents had been asked to boycott                                                     standards dropped significantly and
                                             the election process until the area was
weekend in protest against not being                                                                                                 that infrastructure has crumbled since
                                             redemarcated to fall into Mpumalanga.
incorporated into Mpumalanga.                                                                                                        Limpopo took over administrative
                                             He said the forum would meet with ANC                                                   responsibility for the area.
Only 16% of residents registered to vote,    secretary general Gwede Mantashe on
said provincial electoral commissioner                                                                                               The Constitutional Court ordered the
                                             Saturday to discuss the issue.
for    the    Independent      Electoral                                                                                             government to consult properly with
Commission (IEC) in Limpopo, Nkaru           Last week, the forum reported that it                                                   the residents.
Mateta, on Wednesday.                        would not meet Mantashe because the
                                             initial meeting date of 5 February was                                                  On December 17, a high-level
“All our 45 stations were open until late.   changed without consultation with the                                                   delegation from the office of Sicelo
We expected a 45% turn out, but only         forum.                                      aNC General secretary - Gwede               Shiceka, the minister of provincial and
16% came to register,” she said.                                                         Mantashe going to Moutse                    local government visited Moutse, but
                                             The forum has, however, since changed
She said some IEC officials reported that                                                                                            were forced to take cover behind police
                                             its mind in the hopes that the outcome
some locals had been intimidated into                                                                                                bodyguards when residents began
                                             will result in Moutse being returned to     “We will meet him as a collective and
not registering and that the matter had      Mpumalanga.                                                                             fighting each other over whether the
                                                                                         not, as suggested, have stakeholders
been referred to the police.                                                             present their submissions,” he said.        region should be re-incorporated into
                                             “We sincerely hope Mantashe will take                                                   Mpumalanga or not.
“We hope the Moutse is resolved before       the opportunity to, once and for all,       He said it was important that the
the elections,” she added.                   consider the plight of the people and       meeting was open to all stakeholders        On February 5, the community clashed
                                             address the concern of the masses,” said    and transparent to allow no room for        with the police.
The boycott was led by the Moutse
                                             Mogotji.                                    manipulation and misrepresentation.         Mogotji said that on Saturday, residents
Demarcation Forum who argue that
residents cannot be asked to vote in         He said all stakeholders would meet         Moutse was incorporated into Limpopo        would assemble peacefully for the
Limpopo when it is not the province of       with Mantashe.                              following the municipal elections           meeting with Mantashe.




                  LET YOUr VOICE bE HEarD - VOTE 22 aPrIL 2009
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social security agency Growth fund to
assists poverty        be launched
stricken families
                                                                                                              NElsPRUIT,
                                                                                                              By Tshwarelo eseng Mogakane
                                                                                                              Small businesses in Mpumalanga are set to benefit from a
                                                                                                              R200-million provincial growth fund which will be launched in
                                                                                                              Nelspruit next week.
NElsPRUIT, south africa                              has been sent to prison for less than six months
                                                     or if they are unable to get maintenance from a          The Mpumalanga Growth Fund (MGF) will involve the private
By Vinni Dlamini                                                                                              sector in the development of small business ventures to help
                                                     parent of a child or children.                           facilitate public-private partnerships.
The Mpumalanga branch of the
                                                     Even if people don't qualify for a grant, but are in a   “The provincial government has invested R200-million in the fund
South African Social Security                        desperate situation, they can still apply for grants.    and discussions with private sector investors and development
Agency (SASSA) is stepping up its                                                                             finance institutions are believed to be in progress,” said Samantha
                                                     The grants are issued in cash or as food parcels, and    Beresford, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Economic Growth
efforts to register households in                    is given for a short period of up to six months.         Agency (MEGA) on Wednesday.
need of Social Relief of Distress                                                                             The MGF will be administered by the provincial department of
                                                     People who want to apply need to visit their nearest
(SRD) grants.                                        social security office and submit their application      economic development and planning through MEGA, which is
The grants give temporary assistance to people                                                                its investment parastatal.
                                                     with a certified copy of their ID and their childrens'
unable to meet their families’ most basic needs.     birth certificates.                                      Beresford said the fund will assist small businesses to get involved
                                                                                                              in sustainable projects which have a high impact on sustainable
“We are intensifying our campaign to make sure
                                                     They also need to get an affidavit from a police         growth, job creation and capacity building.
that the money allocated for this financial year
is spent,” said SASSA spokesperson, Senzeni          station, chief councillor, or religious leader in        She said the proposed projects include the provision of bulk water
Ngubeni. “We want to assist all poverty-stricken     which they state that they have either applied for       and infrastructure, and the development of telecommunications,
people around the province.”                         a grant, have had an emergency, have tried to get        sanitation, forestry, tourism, transportation and logistics.
SASSA and the Mpumalanga department of social        maintenance, have no other support, have a short-        An independent management company has been appointed to
development were allocated R36 million for the       term disability, are married, divorced or single, or     interact with the private sector and facilitate the fund, which has
financial year of 2008/9.                            have no income.                                          been registered as a trust, said Beresford.
In order to qualify for the grant, applicants must                                                            JSE-listed subsidiary Vunani Capital (PTY) Ltd and Vutsela
                                                     Information about the venues, times and dates of
have experienced a crisis or disaster, like their                                                             Investment (PTY) Ltd, a Mpumalanga based BEE company, have
                                                     registration can be obtained from SASSA local            formed a consortium to manage the fund.
house burning down or the breadwinner passing
away.                                                offices, home-based care givers, community
                                                                                                              Beresford believes that with the seed funding provided by
                                                     development workers, or by phoning SASSA                 government, the fund will attract private sector involvement as
They may be unable to work because they are
medically unfit or are waiting for child support     tollfree on 0800 60 10 11.                               well.
grants to be processed by government.                The closing date for the registration of grants is       The MGF will be officially launched at the Emnotweni Arena in
People can also apply if the family breadwinner      February 20.                                             Nelspruit today.




Mpumalanga funnyman comes second in competition
EMalaHlENI                                                                                                                              It may look easy but it takes a creative
                                                                                                                                        mind to come up with a funny joke,” said
By siphiwe Nyathi
                                                                                                                                        Matlakala.
Mpumalanga comedian Tsietsi                                                                                                             Matlakala competed against Nene, from
Matlakala will be laughing and                                                                                                          Durban, and Thabang Monyelo, from
learning alongside the famous                                                                                                           Polokwane.
comedian David Kau for a                                                                                                                “This is just a starting point for me. I
whole year after coming second                                                                                                          want to encourage other comedians
                                                                                                                                        in the province to take making people
in the finals of the So You Think                                                                                                       laugh seriously,” he said.
You Are Funny contest held in                                                                                                           “I am proud that I have come this far and
Johannesburg on Tuesday.                                                                                                                won the opportunity of working around
David Kau will tour South African with                                                                                                  the country with Kau and getting to
the winner, Sifiso Nene, and Matlakala                                                                                                  learn from other comedians,” he said.
and perform at venues around the                                                                                                        The competition was aimed at unearthing
country.                                                                                                                                comic talent in the country, and with
Matlakala (25), from Emalahleni, was the                                                                                                David Kau, Moshidi Motshegwa and
only representative from Mpumalanga                                                                                                     Ntosh Madlingozi as judges, the show
                                            Mpumalanga comedian Tsietsi Matlakala on audition day for the so You                        traveled to all the main cities in South
to make the top three in the in the 13-
                                            Think You are Funny contest. He came second in the competition and will                     Africa to gauge the ability of South
part comedy series broadcast on SABC1
                                            tour alongside David Kau for a whole year                                                   Africans to laugh at themselves.
every Tuesday.
                                            working alongside my role model,” said        already celebrating knowing that he was       “I will always be grateful to the people
“I am very glad that I managed to reach
                                            Matlakala.                                    going to win something.                       from my area for being so supportive.
the finals and, even though I didn’t
walk away with the R100 000 grand           He said that when he saw one of the           “It was a fantastic experience for me         I believe that I made them proud by
prize, I am very proud that I will be       three finalists being eliminated, he was      as I never thought I would get this far.      coming second,” said Matlakala.
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News

mohlala murder: police start tracing
sms death threats
    rEV. MICaH NTHaLI IS aPPOINTED aS THE NEW SPEaKEr OF MbOMbELa LOCaL MUNICIPaLITY

NElsPRUIT                                                                                     resources into the investigation,” said     and tender awards.
                                                                                              Chiwayo.
By sydney        Masinga      &   Justin                                                                                                  The former mayor, Justice Nsibande, was
arenstein                                                                                     Chiwayo said he remained convinced          replaced by Chiwayo.
                                                                                              Mohlala was murdered because of his
A high-level police team has                                                                  outspoken position within government.       Micah was, in fact, meant to replace
begun tracing a series of SMS                                                                 “I still believe that people who viewed     Mohlala in April last year after the
death threats that were sent                                                                  him as a threat, and who wanted to          ANC confirmed that the former mayor
to colleagues of the murdered                                                                 silence him, were somehow involved.         and Mohlala had agreed to resign at
speaker     of   Mpumalanga’s                                                                 A murder like this cannot be allowed to     the end of April to make way for new
                                                                                              happen again,” he said.
capital city, Jimmy Mohlala.                                                                                                              leadership.
                                                                                              The Mbombela council has meanwhile
Mohlala was murdered on January 4                                                                                                         Mohlala, who had been raising
                                                                                              appointed a new speaker to fill Mohlala’s
after objecting to perceived fraud and
                                                                                              shoes. The council announced at a           concerns about corruption surrounding
corruption in contracts for the city’s R1
                                                                                              special sitting on Tuesday night that       the stadium project, denied ever
billion 2010 soccer stadium.
                                                                                              Reverend Micah Nthali would be the          volunteering to resign.
Mbombela municipal mayor Lassy                                                                new speaker.
Chiwayo confirmed on Wednesday that                                                                                                       He refused to leave office, saying the
                                                                                                         “Knowing the history of that
four weeks after the murder a three-man                                                                    municipality, we thought it    ANC was trying to force him to resign
police team had begun interviewing                                                                         best to bring in someone of    because they were protecting suspended
municipal managers and had requested                                                                       Reverend Nthali’s caliber,”    municipal manager Jacob Dladla, whom
copies of the SMS death threats.                                                                            said ANC provincial           Mohlala had implicated in corruption at
“Our municipal speaker, Sigananda                                                                            secretary Lucky Ndinisa
                                                                                                                                          the stadium project.
Siboza, received SMS threats at the                                                                           on last week.
same time that Mohlala complained                                                                                                         Mohlala continued to serve as speaker
about being threatened. We therefore                                                                                                      until his murder on January 4.
suggested to the provincial police
commissioner that investigators should                                                                                                    He was killed a week before he was
perhaps interview officials at the                                                                                                        scheduled to testify about Dladla’s
council,” explains Chiwayo.                                                                                                               refusal to implement 361 council
“The police have taken us into their                                                                                                      resolutions, as well as Dladla’s role in
confidence, and in return we shared some                                                                                                  the poor administration of the stadium
of the political context about the serious   Mbombela Executive Mayor, Chiwayo - satisfied with police investigation                      project. No one has been charged with
tensions that may have contributed                                                                                                        his murder yet.
towards a motive for Mohlala’s murder,”      financial payments,          and      related
he added.                                                                                                                                 The municipality has yet to announced
                                             “processes”.                                     The municipality was recently placed
                                                                                                                                          when Reverend Nthali’s appointment
Although Chiwayo declined to say who         “After the investigators left, I was satisfied   under curatorship for poorly managing
police had interviewed, he confirmed                                                          the R1 billion 2010 Soccer World Cup        will take effect. He currently works for
                                             that the police are being extremely
they included officials involved in          thorough and are putting the necessary           stadium project. The council bungled        Mpumalanga’s department of sports,
managing 2010 and related contracts,                                                          the land purchase, financial management     recreation, arts and culture.




Trial date set for deputy mayor's suspected assassins
sECUNDa, south africa                        hitmen, Themba Ntombela (30),                    The four remaining accused were denied      warn him about the assassination plot.
                                             Sikhosiphe Gwala (42) and Neo Moloi              bail and have been in custody since their
By sydney Masinga                                                                                                                         He also claimed that Mtsweni and
                                             (36) will appear in the same court on            arrest.
                                                                                                                                          Lukhele used muthi on his car so that
A trial date has been set for four           March 30.
                                                                                              Nkosi was implicated when Lukhele told      he would have an accident and die. He
suspects arrested in connection              Mtsweni was gunned down in front                 the Evander magistrate's court in August    was involved in an accident in 2006, but
with the assassination of a                  of her husband and son at their home             2007 that he had given her R30 000 to       survived.
deputy mayor in Mpumalanga.                  in Leslie outside Leandra on June 27,            kill Mtsweni.
                                             2007. She was investigating tender                                                           Nkosi said Mtsweni then planted a
The Secunda circuit of the Pretoria High                                                      Nkosi, who was sitting in the public        poisonous snake in his office, but the
                                             irregularities in council at the time of
Court set the date on Monday, when                                                            gallery at the time, was immediately        snake was captured before it had a
                                             her assassination.
four suspects appeared in connection                                                          arrested and later released on R10 000      chance to strike him.
                                             Municipal mayor Sipho Nkosi was also             bail.
with the murder of Thandy Mtsweni,                                                                                                        The African National Congress (ANC)
                                             implicated in assassinating Mtsweni,
slain deputy mayor of the Govan Mbeki                                                         In a dramatic twist, Nkosi then testified
                                             but the case against him and another                                                         in Mpumalanga suspended Nkosi as
local municipality.                                                                           that Mtsweni had hired a hitman to kill
                                             suspected hitman, Madoda Nkambule,                                                           mayor and then re-instated him in May
                                                                                              him for R100 000 in 2006.
Suspected    mastermind, Florence            were later dropped because of                                                                last year when he was cleared of any
Lukhele (32), and three suspected            insufficient evidence.                           He said the hitman had called him to        involvement Mtsweni's assassination.



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                                                                               COMMeNTs AND OPINIONs

                                                                    state of the province
                                                                    ... from the man who became Premier by default - BY cde sGUBhU
Another Friday the 13th                                             Next week Friday, Thabang Mkwetla will give his final
                                                                    state of the province address which will signal his
Today’s generation is living in very exciting times.                long awaited departure from the political landscape of
Hardly a day passes by without a history-making event.              Mpumalanga Province.
We are living history!                                              Makwetla landed in the province as part of an
Ziwaphi predicts that in our lifetime, the current events           intervention by the National Executive Committee
                                                                    to stabilise what was seemingly a deteriorating
of the day will make it to the history annals to be studied
                                                                    organisation as a result of power struggles.
by future generations. This week marks the 50th edition
of Ziwaphi, a small feat in the global scheme of things,            I remember vividly on the day he was being sworn as a
but certainly worth celebrating.                                    Member of the Provincial Legislature. Even though he
                                                                    had been a Member of Parliament, on the day he wore
Ziwaphi would like to thank the newsmakers who dorn                 a visibly worn out and faded suit whose colour was no
our pages every week. Wittingly or unwittingly (crooked             longer clear whether it was grey or black.
or straight) as these are people who make important
ingredients to the success of every news courier.                   His credentials, however, far outweighed         his
                                                                    appearance. He was one of the most respected leaders
We would also like to thank readers for their relentless            of the ANC Youth League and many comrades had
support and lastly our gratitude goes to our journalists,           placed their hopes on him.
columnists and guest writers, whose contribution keep
                                                                    Mpumalanga province, however, has its own unique way
our pages pregnant with newsworthy information. We
                                                                    of doing things, and if you are not grounded, you end up
also thank the advertisers and funders of this project,             being part of the problem instead of the solution. After
without whom it would not be the success that it is.                all, it was in Mpumalanga that the feared Scorpions
Our first edition hit the streets on Friday the 13th April          were bribed successfully.
2007 and incidentally, our50th edition is published                 On the other hand, while it was clear from the start
on yet another Friday the 13th. While the day is                    that former President Thabo Mbeki had grand plans
associated with misfortune, it looks like to us it’s just           for Makwetla, to the people of the province, he will be
the opposite.                                                       remembered as the man who was sent to fix things in
While we celebrate our 50th edition, we are also                    the province, but ended up being part of the problem.
                                                                                                                                  It is our intention to enroll a further 1,000 young people
saddened by the short lifespan of black-owned media                 While Makwetla is not in the same league as his               into this programme in the 2008/09 financial year.
in the province. We believe that the collapse of                    predecessor, Ndaweni Mahlangu, it is still unclear how
                                                                    he got entangled into the cliques that he had come to         agriculture
black-owned media in the province is caused by the
discrimination against black-owned media by both the                help sort out.                                                •	   During this year, soil analysis was done to identify
private sector and the public sector as it pertains to ad-          Regardless of how his Premiorship came to being, he                suitable soil for soya bean production. In addition,
placements.                                                         was to be in that position for the next five years.                a farmer outreach programme was started and
                                                                                                                                       private sector support for the programme was
The privatisation of government communications to                   Last year, as he had been doing in the previous four years,        secured. In 2008/09, we will allocate R20 million
Johannesburg-based communication agencies has not                   he made certain promises to the people of the province.            to initiate a pilot project on 8,000 hectares of land,
helped the situation either, as these agencies perpetuate           Ziwaphi published people’s expectations of the state of            with a view to expanding the scale in the 2009/10
the discrimination against black-owned media.                       the province. It turned out that the Premier’s priorities,         financial year.
                                                                    however, were different from those of the people.
We can only hope that our leaders, particularly those                                                                             •	   In the 2008/09 financial year, R35 million will be
that will be taking over the government administration              In this edition, we have, instead, chosen to publish the           allocated to scale up support to deliver 83 tractors,
after the elections will appreciate that the ideological            promises that he made last year so that the readers can            plough and plant 15,000 hectares of land, thereby
struggles will never be won as long as media control                judge for themselves how he has performed.                         reaching 5,916 new beneficiaries.
and ownership is in the hands of white monopolies.                  In our next edition, we will provide our own analysis of      •	   In 2008/09 we intend to provide a further 1,200
                                                                    the performance of the Premier and also provide tips               indigent households with agriculture starter
Angie Motshekga puts foot down...                                   for the next Premier.                                              packs.
Ziwaphi has heard that Angie Motshekga’s visit to                   Provincial Growth and Development strategy                    Growth Fund
Mpumalanga triggered the resignation of high-ranking
                                                                    •	   In June this year, we will finalise the process of       In 2008/2009, we intend to allocate R200 million as
ANC officials (no defections to COPE), but it seems
                                                                         reviewing and enhancing the PGDS as a planning           seed capital and invite private sector contributions to
the ANC Women’s League President asked her fellow
                                                                         tool by infusing an integrated spatial framework         the Fund.
ANCWL members to reduce the number of positions                          alongside a more focused economic development
that they hold in organisations.                                         strategy.                                                Education
Unconfirmed reports are that she was incensed by Dina               •	   Over the next five years, we will spend R3 billion       •	   In the 2008/2009 financial year, we will allocate an
Pule who is in the ANC National Working Committee                        to reconstruct the network and we are currently               additional R20 million to increase the number of
(NWC), NEC, ANCWL, MEC, Provincial Secretary of                          exploring various funding models to address these             ‘no fee schools’ to 1440, representing 75% of our
the ANCWL, Sub-Committees etc. All we can say is                         challenges.                                                   public schooling system, a significant performance
that the ANCWL in the province is almost dead and as                                                                                   above the national target of 60%.
                                                                    Coal haulage
the secretary, she needed to do something.                                                                                        •	   In the 2008/2009 financial year, the province will
                                                                    The past ten years was the most traumatic period,                  spend R91 million to increase the number of
The other person is one by the name of Violet Siwela
                                                                    particularly for those who formed the provincial                   children who access the Grade R programme from
who is also in the Legislature, Deputy Chairperson of               government in 1994, as they witnessed their hard work              42 729 to 52 000, with a progressive increase to 72
the Women’s League, ANC PEC, ANCWL NEC, SACP                        being dismantled by both Makwetla and his predecessor              000 children by 2010.
PEC, ANCWL Regional Chairperson etc.                                Ndaweni Mahlangu.
                                                                                                                                  •	   ABET: This coming financial year, we will recruit 28
We hope that other comrades and structures could                    Unemployment and job creation                                      000 learners and support them particularly in those
learn from Angie.                                                                                                                      areas that would enable them to be economically
                                                                    During the 2008/09 financial year, our target is to create
                                                                    50,000 more jobs.                                                  active. Through the EPWP programme, adult
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on these pages do not                                                                                  learners will be developed in skills programmes
necessarily reflect those of the publishers of Ziwaphi nor the      In this financial year, we committed ourselves to
advertisers, but they are published in the interest of promoting    enrolling 500 young people in this programme as
freedom of thought and expression. If you feel strongly about any   Mpumalanga’s contribution to the targeted 5,000
subject, please write to us at info@uxhumano.co.za                                                                                                PlEasE GO TO PaGE 9
                                                                    enrolments announced by the President in 2007.
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ReADeRs’ OPINIONs AND vIews

of lies concocted plots, factions and more lies
                                   a rESPONSE TO JaMES NKaMbULE bY COMraDE TSEKO TaabE
James Nkambule’s broadside against                                                                                                     If branches of the ANC and indeed
the Chairperson of the ANC in                                                                                                          leadership elect to elevate Comrade D.D
the Province of Mpumalanga,                                                                                                            Mabuza premier certainly we should
Comrade D.D Mabuza and other                                                                                                           applaud such a move. Remember the
comrades in his article: The ANC,                                                                                                      kind of protestations from our structures
                                                                                                                                       when the current and immediate past
In The Belly of the Beast: Ziwaphi,
                                                                                                                                       premiers were announced, we said they
December 2008, betrays a bitter
                                                                                                                                       were imposed on us because we had
and vindictive comrade who                                                                                                             not engaged with leadership on these
chooses vilification, name-calling,                                                                                                    possibilities. We have an opportunity
demonisation and castigation                                                                                                           now to directly influence the selection
over fact.                                                                                                                             process as provinces and dishonest
While he claims to be the arch-                                                                                                        characters come with all manner of
defender of ANC values, traditions and                                                                                                 distractions.
principles, I will honestly demonstrate                                                                                                We will stay the course and will not
how he has consciously, deliberately and                                                                                               waiver. What lessons, if any, should be
systematically undermined these lofty                                                                                                  drawn from Cde Nkambule’s experiences
principles of the movement throughout                                                                                                  in the ANC. I submit respectfully that
his political life, albeit controversial.                                                                                              the ANC should allow generally its best
Selective amnesia has never made a                                                                                                     of cadres to make mistakes. But the onus
man honourable, and cannot make the                                                                                                    for self correction rests on the shoulders
comrade seem anymore intelligent in this     Maphisa commission.                          ANC Youth League did the same years          of its cadres.
instance. If anything, this comrade has                                                   earlier. This myopic plot and worst form
                                             The henchman of this ill-conceived and                                                    Cde Nkambule, the ANC has offered
single-handedly taken this organisation                                                   of political thuggery, (Revolutionary
                                             vindictive commission which led to the                                                    you in particular too many chances,
in this province to its most dangerous                                                    thuggery in his own words) almost
                                             wholesale purge of comrades, who played                                                   and these have turned into missed
and most perilous moments in its                                                          plunged our county into anarchy,
                                             a pivotal and central role in its mission                                                 opportunities to correct your wayward
history since unbanning. The abrasive                                                     instability and lawlessness.
                                             was none other than comrade Nkambule.                                                     behavior, and you have squandered this
and often unprovoked attacks on the          Provincial leaders were played against       Allow me to clarify and outline a few        by commission. By the same token, and
ANC leasdership is consistent with the       national leadership, plots concocted,        policy positions of the movement to you      very recently, the Gang of Three through
Group of Eight who took the decision to      lies fabricated and spread against           Cde James, for it appears to me there        Terror Lekota gave a vivid account of
break away from the ANC in 1975 and          comrades and factional battles fought        are momentary lapses on your part in         where their old lover, the ANC has gone.
were subsequently summarily expelled         in the province. The unity and cohesion      respect of the ANC’s internal workings.      If you think the love is fading and you
from the ANC.                                of the ANC was severely tested. What         Our conference at Polokwane, whose           notice a dramatic difference on the other
This continued factional activity on the     followed were painful and disastrous ten     outcomes you abhor and detest with           partner, surely the relationship is bound
part of the comrade has the potential        years for the Province. Political careers    all your heart, on leadership and policy     to break down. Partners will blame
to undermine the unity and the               were destroyed. Talented comrades were       positions made specific pronouncements       each other and my advice to you will
cohesiveness of the ANC in the province.     identified to be isolated, humiliated and    on the selection Premiers. Conference        be to serve divorce papers on the ANC
We should allow these sustained attacks      decimated. The comrades whose names          resolved that Provinces will canvass         without working within it to undermine
on the leadership to continue unabated       Nkambule’s conveniently singles out for      and discuss three names which will be        its unity and cohesion.
especially during this difficult moment      praise today and perhaps for reasons I       forwarded to National and presentations
confronting the Movement.                    will explain later, were removed from        will be made by Provincial structures and    In the current Chairperson of the
                                             their positions, including Cde, Matthews     or delegations in their order of priority,   province you have an accessible
Readers of this newspaper, estimated at      Phosa, Lassy Chiwayo, the list is endless.                                                leader with incisive and cultivated
                                                                                          and on the basis of their presentations
40 000 monthly, ought to be reminded         I’m quite certain that they are not proud                                                 leadership, calm control, and dedicated
                                                                                          as they would have been made, can
that no sooner had the Movement              that Nkambule is mentioning them in                                                       commitment that should undoubtedly
                                                                                          top officials pronounce on who would
been unbanned, that Nkambule ran             this way, for he’s being thoroughly and                                                   lead to highly priced qualities which
                                                                                          be best placed to lead each Province.
vicious campaigns against his own            unashamedly opportunistic.                                                                all of us should aspire to. By the way
                                                                                          Period.
comrades, labeling them as double                                                                                                      ours is not a Movement of angels. Like
agents, effectively suggesting they were     The most bizarre and preposterous            Your personal and intense hatred for the
                                             political circus of our times were                                                        everyone else, comrade D.D Mabuza
on the payroll of the erstwhile apartheid                                                 Chairperson of the ANC in the Province,
                                             still to come, since our democratic                                                       has his own shortcomings. Through
regime, their cardinal sin being to                                                       it seems to me, knows no boundaries.
                                             breakthrough. Cde. Nkambule had                                                           constructive criticism and engagement
express differing views and opinions on                                                   Play the ball and not the man. I urge
                                             made allegations that Cdes Matthews                                                       can he become a better and able cadre.
matters political.                                                                        you to respect and accept the outcome
                                             Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo                                                          This cannot be eventful, but rather part
Ask anyone in his home town about                                                         of internal democratic processes in the      of an ongoing process.
                                             Sexwale were plotting to overthrow the       ANC, that is if you understand them,
these, to verify and confirm this painful    then Presindent of the Country Thabo         and possibly have minimal grasp of its       Our glorious Movement has over the
reality. We exposed this lie to the          Mbeki. Cde Nkambule had alleged,             policies. The name calling that you have     years, taught us the critically important
chagrin of comrade Nkambule and in           through a stage-managed video tape of        resorted to effectively reduces one to       obligation to understand the task of
that particular instance hell hath no fury   himself, that the three Cdes and indeed      levels of political gutter. Accept that we   leadership, including the necessity never
like a liar exposed.                         very senior respected leaders of the         had different views on leadership prior      to tell lies, camouflaged as concerns
Again towards the late 90’s Barberton        movement, had concocted evidence             to our Provincial Conference. But once       that should ultimately undermine the
was plunged into its worst political         that Mbeki had been behind Cde Chris         leadership is elected all lobbying groups    credibility of our Movement. That the
crisis, political mayhem engulfed our        Hani’s murder.                               disband. Leadership in the ANC is            Movement of our people can be in the
peaceful town and governance almost          The trio challenged then Safety and          not domain or preserve of a particular       so-called “Belly of the beast” is probably
ground to halt, which crisis we are yet      Security Minister, the late Steve Tswete     factional grouping as you allege. Not a      a figment of your imagination and
to recover from. At the center of this                                                    single branch of the Movement objected       wishful thinking at its best. We have
                                             to backup the claims or retract the
carefully orchestrated political storm                                                    to the election of the Chairperson (Cde      work to do and are determined to win
                                             allegations and apologise publicly to the
and upheaval was none other than the                                                      D.D Mabuza) and the entire leadership        the forthcoming election with an even
                                             alleged plotters which he subsequently
self-styled arch-defender of ANC values,                                                  collective. Failure to challenge the         bigger majority. Engaging in political
                                             did. The alliance partners were enraged.
traditions, principles and unity.                                                         tendencies you are displaying would be       trivialities is a luxury we can ill-afford
                                             Cde Nkambule’s plot backfired horribly.
Around the same period the ANC in            He went into political obscurity and         an abrogation of our responsibility as       at this critical juncture. Wishing you a
Mpumalanga went through one of its           oblivion for a number of years and his       members and we will be complicit to          speedy recovery.
painful, trying and difficult periods        membership of the African National           and guilty of the worst form of political    Comrade Tseko Taabe - aNC member: Umjindi
culminating in the infamous internal         Congress suspended. By the way the           hara-kiri.                                   Ward 06. He writes in his personal capacity.
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Makwetla’s last State of the Province address...
                                                                  particular attention on the development of the film      efficiency guidelines to households and businesses, as
                     FROM PaGE 7                                  industry. We are allocating R12.9 million over the       well as installing solar power to back up traffic lights
     such as basic electricity, carpentry, plumbing,              next three years towards stimulating the growth of       in their areas, and to minimise traffic inconveniences
     plastering and tiling. The EPWP-linked training              the film industry.                                       among others.
     will offer a full qualification to 280 learners in      •	   We will, in this year, upgrade the Nomoya Masilela       Crime
     different trades.                                            Museum in Bethal to include substantive exhibitions
                                                                                                                           In the 2008/2009 financial year, we will recruit and
                                                                  on Gert Sibande, Govan Mbeki, Slim Dick Mtsweni
Health                                                                                                                     deploy 1000 security volunteers, who would, during the
                                                                  and other patriots
                                                                                                                           2010 World Cup and beyond, complement the work of
•	   Our administration will undertake a rigorous
                                                             Housing                                                       the police and security agencies in crime prevention
     scrutiny of the management and performance of
                                                                                                                           initiatives.
     the Department of Health with a view to cure the        •	   By the end of this financial year, this (housing
     malady which has plagued this Department for                 backlog) will have been reduced to 18 000. We plan       Traditional councils
     some time now.                                               to finish 10 000 more of the incomplete units in the
                                                                                                                           For the 40% of the traditional council that is directly
                                                                  2008/09 financial year. The remaining balance of 8
•	   Our medium term strategic goal of a compassionate                                                                     elected by communities, the elections will be held not
                                                                  000 will be completed in the year 2009/2010.
     government service will find resonance in the                                                                         later than April this year.
     implementation of the Masupa-Tsela youth                •	   Settlements have been bought and zoned in Thaba
                                                                                                                           Filling of vacant posts
     development programme that we are planning to                Chweu, Dipaliseng, Govan Mbeki and Mbombela
     roll out in the 2008/09 financial year.                      municipalities. Construction of 500 units will           The Province with the regular monitoring by Cabinet,
                                                                  commence soon in the Thaba Chweu municipality.           will ensure that in the next six months, all vacant funded
Heritage                                                                                                                   posts, as the President directed, are filled by the end of
                                                             •	   We have finalised the planning and prioritisation of
•	   An abridged version, and its translation into Siswati                                                                 June.
                                                                  projects for implementation in the three Districts to
     and isiNdebele, will be published this year.                 ensure that we meet the target of providing access       structures
•	   This year, we will spend R15 million on our land care        to safe water to all citizens by 2010.
                                                                                                                           This year we established the Mpumalanga Children’s
     programme to continue to address land degradation       Energy                                                        Rights Advisory Council, the Provincial Gender
     and environmental rehabilitation using the EPWP                                                                       Machinery Steering Committee and the Mpumalanga
                                                             The municipalities in this province have also undertaken
     job creation guidelines.                                                                                              Disability Advisory Council.
                                                             to play their part fully in this regard. Theirs include the
•	   In the coming financial year, we intend to pay          critical role of promoting and enforcing the new energy       Don’t Miss Our Next Edition.
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 ARTs, CULTURe, eTC

No one’s arc breaking into the big-time
NELSPRUIT

By Vinni Dlamini


Anyone's who's ever heard Nelspruit
band No One's Arc perform has known
they're destined for bigger things.
So it's no surprise that their groovy
afro-jazz cool funk has interested the
organisers of the alternative music
festival Up the Creek, which takes place
next weekend.
“As a band we are very excited about the
festival. It’s always a bonus to share the
stage with some of the big names in the
music industry,” says trombonist Bongani
Mavundla.
Since 2001, No Ones Arc has been
rocking the Lowveld with the talents
of lead singer Dylan Bolton, backing
vocalist Millicent “Mimi” Mthethwa,
percussionist and trumpeter Robby
Johns, bass guitarist Lee Nicholls and
keyboardist Phinda “Goofy” Magagula
who, like Mavundla, also plays the
trombone.
“We started out as a school band and since
then the band has gone through many
different musicians,” says Bolton. "We
finally have the perfect combination!"
                                               band to perform this year.                     said Mavundla.                              “In terms of our lyrical content, you
They're strongly influenced by the Dave                                                                                                   could say that we are part political,
                                               The bulk of the band has been together         Bolton says a growing number of South
Matthews Band, Pink Floyd and Freshly
                                               since they were at school together at          African bands are becoming culturally       part commentary and part day-to-day
Ground.
                                               Lowveld High School in Nelspruit.              mixed and are choosing a more upbeat        stuff,” he said. “That’s part of our appeal,
One of the Up the Creek organisers,                                                           sound.
                                               Being a racially mixed band in the                                                         because we all still have our day jobs and
Anthony Bumstead, is a partner at one of
the biggest music venues in the Lowveld,       traditionally conservative Lowveld areas       “We are moving from that whole depro        can relate to the average Joe day-to-day
Blue Moon, and submitted a demo of             has been "interesting", says Mavundla.         sound to an upbeat happy sound, because     stuff.”
the band's music to the Up the Creek                                                          we are happy to be alive at such a time,”
                                               “To be honest with you we haven’t had
selection committee.                                                                          he said.                                    In 2007, the band released a CD called
                                               any really bad experiences, but in some
                                               instances, people get uncomfortable            The band writes and performs its own        “A shot in the dark” as a promotional
They were impressed and invited the
                                               when they see the whole band on stage,”        music.                                      exercise.




Sistas doing it for themselves, with beads
NELSPRUIT                                       with the business on weekends.
 By Thandy Ndlovu                               They have been producing and selling
                                                traditional outfits and accessories for six
A debilitating illness turned out to be a       years.
blessing for Dolly Sithole.
                                                ”I want women who take pride in doing
For the two years she was ill with              things for themselves to join me so we can
tuberculosis, Sithole (55) did bead work to     conquer poverty in our area,” said Sithole.
pass time.
                                                Goodness Nkosi (30) said she learned how
"After recovering from my illness I released    to make traditional outfits when she joined
that I would never be able to do hard work      Sithole in 2004.
again, so I carried on beading," she said.
                                                She said that friends thought working with
Her hobby has become a profitable               beads was only for older women and that
business that supports her family and six       it was a waste of time.
other bead workers in Zwelisha near White
                                                ”I realised that when someone does
River, Mpumalanga.
                                                something to empower themselves, not
"I have been supporting my family with          everyone is supportive. I want to do things
the little amount I make from beading           for myself and not wait around for people
and sewing traditional clothing,” she           to employ me so that I can make an honest
explained.                                      living,” said Nkosi.
She had so much work she took on six            Nkosi said she would like to start a              Dolly sithole sells her artwork on the roadside in
unemployed women from the village and           business where she can sell her traditional
trained them. Even her daughter helps out       clothing.                                         Kamagugu.
VOL 3 NO 3                                                                                                                       13	-	26	FeBRUARy	2009         |                      11


                                                                                                           COMMUNITy News

 Nhleko keeps them glued to the radio
 NELSPRUIT,                                                                                                                                 When she auditioned for radio in 1985,
                                                                                                                                            one of many candidates vying for the
  By Siphiwe Nyathi                                                                                                                         position, the producer stopped her before
                                                                                                                                            she could finish her script.
                                                                                                                                            “He shouted ‘STOP’, and I thought I had
 For almost 25 years, Emelina
                                                                                                                                            failed the audition because of my Zulu
 Nhleko’s scintillating voice has                                                                                                           background,” said Nhleko. However, to
 come through the speakers, keeping                                                                                                         her amazement, he went on to say that
 young and old glued to their radios,                                                                                                       there was no need for her to carry on
 listening to one of the many dramas                                                                                                        auditioning, because she was “the right
 she has acted out on Ligwalagwala                                                                                                          tool” for the main character.
 FM .                                                                                                                                       She is known to her fans as La Mabuza,
 Despite competition from TV, Nhleko                                                                                                        after one of the most famous characters
 still manages to pull in nearly a million                                                                                                  she played.
 listeners every night at 7:45pm, the drama                                                                                                 Nhleko will also appear in a Siswati film
 slot, even attracting listeners who are not                                                                                                that is being shot this month.
 Siswati-speaking.
                                                                                                                                            “My biggest dream is to have a drama
 Everything comes to a standstill when the      The face behind the voice - Emelina Nhleko has acted in more than 50 dramas                 agency that will help young people to
 show comes on - even the children are          since she started her career in 1985.                                                       become professional actors,” she said.
 sent out the room so as not to disturb the
 older folk who want to listen to the 15-                                                                                                   One of her biggest fans, taxi driver Mike
 minute show.                                   ads and promotions as well, just one of        who shot to fame in the 30-episode hit
                                                                                                                                            Nkambule, believes Nhleko is partly
                                                the many successful women at the station       drama, Ngalutfota lolumanti (I got what
 “To me acting comes naturally, and I don’t                                                                                                 responsible for increasing the number
                                                who juggle a variety of responsibilities.      I bargained for) in which she played the
 regret not getting paid for all the dramas I                                                                                               of Ligwalagwala FM listeners, and that is
                                                To crown it all, she is also raising her       main character.                              was her that got him to love radio.
 have done,” said the 43-year-old diva who
 was born in Barberton, Mpumalanga.             daughter and four adopted children.            “I am always touched and even cry            “When I am on the road I make sure that
 Despite her busy radio career, Nhleko still    “Acting is not just a career to me. It is my   sometimes when I see people travel from      I tune in before the drama starts. It helps
 finds time to volunteer at an orphanage        life. When I was a little girl, I was always   far away to come to Nelspruit just to meet   me unwind after a long day transporting
 during the day. She also takes on public       acting and people would laugh and be           me and tell me how I make difference in      passengers. I love her accent and her
 speaking engagements and does radio            educated at the same time,” said Nhleko,       their lives,” said Nhleko.                   creativity,” he said.




 Hair-stylist to defend his national title
 WHITE RIVER                                                                                                                                 the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
                                                                                                                                             “People will look at the funny hair cuts
  By Siphiwe Nyathi
                                                                                                                                             that the soccer stars have and come
                                                                                                                                             running to me to do the same thing to
                                                                                                                                             them,” he said.
 Mpumalanga hair-stylist and
 winner of the 2008 WAHL                                                                                                                     Mthimkhulu is looking forward to the
                                                                                                                                             show in Cape Town.
 national    champions     cup
 open for gents street fashion,                                                                                                              "Last year, the judges scored us
 Sikelela Mthimkhulu, will                                                                                                                   on creativity, proficiency and time
                                                                                                                                             management. This time I have got a
 defend his title in Cape Town
                                                                                                                                             surprise package for them. My creativity
 on Thursday.                                                                                                                                has reached new heights and my time
 Sikelela (28) from KaBokweni near                                                                                                           will be faster than last year. I want to
 White River in Mpumalanga, out-cut                                                                                                          break last year's record," he said.
 the competition with his fizzy and
                                                                                                                                             His model, Rodney Perumal, said that
 funky hairstyles at the hair-dressing
                                                                                                                                             Mthimkhulu is the best hairdresser he
 competition last year. The competition,
 which is organised by the Employers                                                                                                         has ever had and is confident that they
                                                competition in a magazine and his              around with people's hair, cutting styles     will make it again this year.
 Organisation      for     Hairdressing,
 Cosmetology and Beauty (EOHCB)                                                                                                              "This young man can transform you
                                                The face behind the voice - Emelina Nhleko has acted in more than 50 dramas
 of Southern Gauteng, has been held                                                                                                          from a boring old-fashioned man to a
                                                since she started her career in 1985.
 annually since 2007 and is sponsored                                                                                                        charming, handsome man. I always get
 by international clipper manufacturer                                                                                                       the attention that I want with his styles,”
 WAHL in conjunction with Hair and                                                                                                           said Perumal, admiring his most recent
                                                colleagues encouraged him to try his           that were made famous by actors like
 Beauty Africa.                                                                                                                              hair cut.
                                                luck because his customers always              Mr T.
 “I never thought that I could bring home       complimented him.
                                                                                               "People would watch me and be                 He believes Mthimkhulu has a bright
 the trophy, but I entered the competition
                                                He said his passion for cutting hair           surprised, not believing that I could         future and could easily find a job in the
 so that I could learn from other barbers.
                                                started when he was at secondary               finish the killer hair-style within 15        film industry.
 Tears rolled down my face and I couldn't
                                                school and cut hair for pocket money.          minutes. Some people even say I have
 even speak when I was named number                                                                                                          “He has brought hope to so many barber-
                                                When he left school, he went to study          magic hands,” he said.
 one,” said the soft-spoken Mthimkhulu.                                                                                                      shop owners by representing them and
                                                hairdressing in Swaziland.
                                                                                               Mthimkhulu shares a salon in Nelspruit        showing them that they can make their
 He had seen the entry form for the
                                                He said that he was always played              and hopes to boost his business during        own mark in this industry,”
12                       |   ZIWAPHI	•13	-	26	February	2009                                                                                          VOL 3 NO 3


 ARTs, CULRTURe AND sPORTs PAGe

Selati Super Cup 2009 is here and bigger
The 2009 Selati Super Cup                place on 21 February at different
2009 is here and is even                 venues to be announced on
                                         Monday, 16th February, while
bigger, with a staggering
                                         the finals will be played on 23
179 teams registered to                  May 2009.
participate in this year’s
                                         The tournament was started as
tournament.                              part of Tsb Sugar’s corporate
The tournament was launched              social investment programme,
in 2005 and is, unofficially,            but has grown to be one of
the biggest amateur soccer               the major sporting event in
tournament in the country. It            the Nkomazi region and is
has become the hunting ground            recognised by both the South
for the Premier Soccer League            African Football Association
scouts.                                  (SAFA) and the Nkomazi
                                         Local Football Association
Last year’s tournament was               (NKLFA). Other sponsors, such
won by Barcelona Footbal Club            as Standard Bank and Sneakers
from Jeppes Reef who defeated            Edition have since become part
the inaugural winners Junior             of the tournament.
Pirates from Langeloop to take
                                         No team has ever been able to
the R40 000 prize money and
                                         defend the lucrative trophy since
other non-monetary prizes.
                                         the inception of the tournament           FlasHBaCK: Barcelona (in Blue jersey) against Junior Pirates during last year’s
This year’s tournament will take         four years ago.                           finals played at KaMhlushwa stadium




Zapiro inspires young
mpumalanga artist
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Mbonani (21), who is in Grade
12 at Entokozweni High School
in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga,
drew a picture of his mother
laughing while she breastfed his
younger sister.
Since then, Mbonani, known
as Torch in his community,
has drawn many pictures,            struggle icon Hector Peterson      I can obtain good matric results
including cartoons, Ndebele         on the entrance walls at           next year and qualify for a
images, pictures depicting          Somtshongweni        Primary       bursary,” he said.
abuse of women and children         School.
and pictures of Apartheid hero                                         He knows his mother will never
                                    Mbonani has produced so            be able to afford to pay for his
Hector Peterson.
                                    many paintings he has run out      tertiary education – she only
”I started drawing pictures         of space at home. His bedroom      works part-time, sometimes
at primary school with two          filled with art, where the walls   only three days a week.
other friends, but they are no      are also his canvas.
longer interested in drawing or                                        Mbonani’s inspiration comes
painting,” he said.                 “I am good at mixing paints and,   from    cartoonist    Jonathan
                                    as a proud Ndebele, I include      Shapiro, otherwise known as
Mbonani has continued with art      colours traditionally used in
at high school and local business                                      Zapiro. Mbonani studies every
                                    Ndebele paintings,” he said.       Zapiro cartoon he can get his
people have commissioned him
to do signs for their shops. He’s   He dreams of furthering his        hands on to learn new skills.
also been asked to do advertising   art studies at Johannesburg        ”I can draw anything and I know
billboards.                         University next year.
                                                                       that God has given me this talent
He even painted pictures of         ”I’m studying very hard so that    for a good reason,” he said.

				
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