Only 16% MOutse residents register tO vOte • PAge 4 ZIW PHI UNCOLONISED Ziwaphi •13 - 26 February 2009 • R1-50 • VOL 3 NO 3 rt STOP e i Ns James NKamBULe CHOLEra defects to cope 3 premier makwetla’s last state of the province address 7 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.” TOGETHEr WE CaN PrEVENT CHOLEra aND LEaD HEaLTHY LIFE. the face behind the voice. emelina Nhleko 11 aCT NOW ISSN 1993-8209 sUper cUp is BacK 12 9 771993 820050 2 | ZIWAPHI •13 - 26 February 2009 VOL 3 NO 3 News 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. Editorial: actions.” on Wednesday. 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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. 4 | ZIWAPHI •13 - 26 February 2009 VOL 3 NO 3 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 VOL 3 NO 3 Ziwaphi •13 - 26 February 2009 | 5 News 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. 6 | ZIWAPHI •13 - 26 February 2009 VOL 3 NO 3 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. rEV. MICaH NTHaLI IS aPPOINTED aS THE NEW SPEaKEr OF MbOMbELa LOCaL MUNICIPaLITY VOL 3 NO 3 Ziwaphi •13 - 26 February 2009 | 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org PlEasE GO TO PaGE 9 enrolments announced by the President in 2007. 8 | ZIWAPHI •13 - 26 February 2009 VOL 3 NO 3 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. VOL 3 NO 3 ZIWAPHI •13 - 26 February 2009 | 9 COMMeNTs AND OPINIONs 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. 10 | Ziwaphi •13 - 26 FeBRUARy 2009 VOL 3 NO 3 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 KWaGGaFONTEIN By Thabisile Khoza & Ernest Get your news and shabangu views to the people Thabo Mbonani’s first work of art was a crayon drawing TO aDVERTIsE he did for his mother as a Mother’s Day gift when he Call: 072 181 1554 was seven years old. 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.