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My last one
A trend that I’ve noticed is that just about example MEC Fish Mahlalela (whom I’ve never
everyone, particularly those in the public eye, met) came across as one of the hardest working
who when they’re leaving their job, willingly public servants. My departure coincides with
or otherwise, cannot seem to help it but give the in coming of the new Administration, led by
themselves a pat on the back for a job well
our country’s president, Mr Jacob Zuma and in
done yet I always wonder, if one highlights
our province, Premier Mr David Mabuza and I
their successes, surely it’s only honourable
to mention your failures as well, so I’ve would like to wish them well. I am grateful for
decided to be the exception to that rule as I the opportunity and the invaluable experience
write my last column as Ziwaphi editor. I will I’ve gained over the years and I’m particularly
however, especially as it’s not so much about humbled by our reader’s support.
me as it is about the Ziwaphi team and the On behalf of the Ziwaphi management, we
contributors congratulate Ziwaphi on being
wish to thank the outgoing editor all the
consistent and mostly objective (it is a work
in progress), I am proud to have been a part best in her new endevours and we believe
of it since it’s inception three years ago. I must we could not have had a better leader to
say that I believe my innate lack of interest in take this publication from its infancy to the
personalities made my job a hell-of-a-lot easier influential medium it has become. Fare well -
as I had only the people’s work to go on, for Publishers.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Nompumelelo Nkosi
NEWS IN BrIeF
COmmUNITy NAbS THREE said she dropped her friend off outside her house in
KaNyamazane so that she could collect a cellphone
BUSHBUCKRIDGE While sitting in the car, she was approached by two men
in the 20s, one of whom pulled out a gun.
By Oris Mnisi & Thandy Ndlovu
Established ON April 13 2007 Three men who had to be rescued from an angry
He pointed the gun at her and forced her to the floor of
community who accused them of robbing two
Ziwaphi is published by Uxhumano Communications. Mpumalanga businessmen have appeared in court. “He threatened me, telling me I must stay quiet if I want
to live,” she said.
Thapelo Mahlo (21), Humphrey Ubisi (19) and Sibusiso
EDITOR In chIEf: nOMPUMELELO nKOSI
Mabaso (19) appeared in the Mhala magistrateÅfs court The man grabbed her keys and when her friend returned
on Thursday on charges of robbing Habetl Muchufmo to the car, she was forced to lie on the ground.
3 Sneezewood Street (21) and Sunawer Iqbal (31) in Songeni village near
Nelspruit, The owner of the car was then forced out the vehicle and
Thulamahashe in separate incidents.
the gunman drove down the road where he picked up his
Three men robbed Muchufmo of cash as he was walking accomplice.
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across a bridge on March 18.
Both men then drove off in her black Toyota Run-X,
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Community members who witnessed the robbery gave
chase and were shot at, but were able to catch three Frustrated, the women eventually arranged for a lift to
Distribution: the police station where they opened a case of hijacking.
suspects, said Mhala police spokesperson Constable
Robert Makhuvele. KaNyamazane detective commander Superintendent
Two of suspects were beaten with sticks and stones. The Dawie Pieterse said the matter was under investigation.
This newspaper subscribes to the press code of
third man ran and hid in a toilet in the Thulamahashe “We had a report of a hijacking over the weekend and the
professional practice which requires the press to
graveyard until police rescued him. matter is under investigation,” said Pieterse.
report news truthfully, accurately and fairly and to
comment upon or criticise actions or events of public The men were arrested and police recovered stolen goods He appealed to anyone with information to contact
importance in a fair and honest way.
and a firearm. investigating officer Constable Brian Lekhuleni on 013
Ubisi was released on R2 500 bail at a previous 794 9759.
Readers who believe that the publication has not met appearance, while Mabaso and Mahlo were remanded in
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HIjACKING VICTIMS SAyS COPS A man who butchered a farmworker with a panga was
This newspaper is funded by Uxhumano jailed for 15 years with no option of a fine on Monday.
Communications and the Media Development and ARE TOO SLOW
David Lubisi (42) of Athole farm near Amsterdam in
Diversity Agency (MDDA) By Thobile Mlangeni Mpumalanga was found guilty of murdering Magazini
A Mpumalanga woman has criticised police for their Nkosi (35) on May 24 last year after accusing him of
slow response after she and a friend were hijacked at sleeping with Lubisi’s wife.
gunpoint on Sunday afternoon.
Lubisi pleaded guilty in the Amsterdam magistrate’s
The 40-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, court.
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HOD awards himself r140 000 bursary
mEET THE HOD THAT BrEAKS HIS OWN ruLES TO PAy FOr AN MBA quALIFICATION
When former premier Thabang Makwetla qualify for a bursary. His probation only
took charge of government following the ends in July this year.
2004 elections, he was quick to point out
that the people of Mpumalanga do not The departmental policy also requires
have the capacity to lead the government. the Department to establish a Skills
Development Committee that must
This policy statement led to the screen all bursary applications. The Skills
implementation of a recruitment strategy
Development Committee must be headed
that attracted managers, who are highly
by the Head of Corporate Services,
decorated, educationally, from other
provinces and disregarded local talent. however Mazibuko suspended the Head of
Ironically, it is those highly decorated Corporate Services, Ms Winnie Rambau,
managers who leave the province in before he awarded himself the bursary.
disgrace due to strings of scandals. Her crime was allowing staff to leave their
offices early to attend the memorial and
It has now become a norm that once a
funeral services of one of their colleagues,
while some HOD would be involved is
the former CFO, George Msiza.
some scandal of sort. This year was no
exception, when yet another Head of Two other senior managers, Lemi Mdluli
Department, Mandla Mazibuko, approved (Chief Director for Integrated Economic
himself a bursary worth R140 000 for Development Services) and Maphefo
a Master of Business Administration Makgamatha (Director for Research
(MBA), which is almost half of the and Development) have also been on
entire department’s Human Resources
suspension for the same matter.
Ziwaphi forwarded a list of questions to
According to information in Ziwaphi’s
possession, Mazibuko’s application to the Department’s communication manager
Henley Management College was accepted more than three weeks ago. After receiving
in February 2009 and he immediately the questions he stopped answering all
issued an instruction to the Acting Chief telephone calls until the office of the MEC
Director of Corporate Services, Mr TN took up the matter.
Chabedi to make the payment “as soon as
At the time of going to press, the MEC’s
office was organising a meeting between
Mazibuko’s directive to Chabedi meant Ziwaphi and the HOD to provide a
that his [Mazibuko] application would not comprehensive response to our questions.
be subjected to due screening processes
as required by the departmental bursary Meanwhile the Department of Economic
policy. Development and Planning has yet to
recover money that the department lost as
According to the policy which was,
a result of some of Sekgobelas’s irregular
ironically, approved by another disgraced
transactions worth over half million rand.
former HOD, Smangele Sekgobela, “No
bursary shall be awarded to an official The Integrity unit in the Office of
whose probationary appointment is not the Premier, which is charged with
confirmed.” investigating cases brought to it either by
Mazibuko, who was appointed as the departments or through whistle blowing
Head of Department last in July last year, did not have sufficient political support, Mazibuko, seen here with former MEC for Economic Development,
is still on probation and therefore does not resulting in many unresolved cases. Craig Padayachee
Top education department officials fired
NELSPRUIT, nominated by the bid evaluation committee and “This is an unfair and unjust dismissal. The dismissal
replacing them with service providers he chose,” said was unwarranted because the department continued
By TShwaRELO ESENg MOgakaNE
Zwane. with their hearing and its outcomes without our
Mpumalanga’s education head Raymond Tywakadi this
He said Tshoba was also charged with forging lawyers present. We have already asked our lawyers to
week confirmed the dismissal of two senior officials
Tywakadi’s signature and falsely acting as the file for a review in the labour court,” said Tshoba.
who faced charges relating to fraud of R1 million,
department’s accounting officer in order to adjust
negligence and mismanagement of state funds. He said the department had rushed to charge and
Department spokesperson Jasper Zwane said on dismiss them without even giving their lawyers a
“His acts caused the department to lose R1 076 445. He
Wednesday that letters of dismissal were handed to chance to defend them.
was charged with dishonesty and misrepresentation,”
corporate services chief director, Jerry Tshoba, and
he said. “Our attorney was sick at the time that he was
chief financial officer (CFO), Michael Mogorosi, on
April 14. Zwane said, in addition, that Tshoba was charged with supposed to represent us, but the department went
fraud and corruption in connection with contravening ahead without him. I believe (Tywakadi) did this just
“The two employees were both senior managers
the Public Finance Management Act of 1999. to save face. We will fight this,” said Tshoba.
employed by the department. Their dismissal came as
a result of an investigation conducted by the Integrity He said Mogorosi was charged with willfully neglecting Mogorosi confirmed he was taking the matter to the
Unit in the premier’s office into allegations of financial and mismanaging state finances as CFO.
misconduct in the department,” said Zwane.
On Wednesday, Tshoba said the dismissals were a
“I am an honest man with a good track record. I was
He said the department put the two on precautionary “face-saving tactic” by Tywakadi in a bid to save his job
suspension in August last year before charging them. before the new administration takes over. employed by banks and I don’t have a criminal record,”
“Tshoba was charged with flouting the rules and He said he and Mogorosi would fight their dismissals
regulations by rejecting the 16 service providers in the labour court. Meanwhile, the Department
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“at last” DD is Premier DD IN bRIEf
Mabuza’s political career can be traced
he swearing-in back to the mid 1980s when he was
ceremony of members elected as the Secretary for the Azanian
of the Mpumalanga Students Organisation (AZASO), when
Provincial Legislature he was a student at Mgwenya College in
as well as the election KaNyamazane.
of African National Congress AZASO, which had been started as part
(ANC) leader, David Mabuza as the of the black consciousness movement
Premier of Mpumalanga Province in the late 1970s, had just changed its
on Wednesday was undoubtedly one ideological orientation to align itself with
of the most emotional reunion of old the progressive movement as espoused in
comrades who once engaged in a the Freedom Charter. It later changed its
fierce struggle against the apartheid name to South African National Students
regime. Congress (SANSCO) and later, after it
merged with other progressive student
The swearing-in ceremony happened,
organisations, it changed its name to
almost exactly on the same date as
the historic installation of Mathews
Phosa as the Premier of Mpumalanga He continued his activism in the mid
Province on 7 May 1994 at the eighties as a teacher under the National
Mbombela Civic centre. Education Union of South Africa
Taking the oath, Premier David Mabuza (left) being sworn in by the (NEUSA).
The significance of Mabuza’s Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo.
inauguration, however, is that it Mabuza was part of the Mpumalanga
was presided over by a black judge, Commission’s Steve Ngwenya. made its own history by appointing, delegation that participated in the launch
Phineas Mojapelo, who as a lawyer Ngwenya was once a partner in for the first time since its inception, a of the militant youth organisation, the
represented Mabuza during one of Mojapelo’s law practice in Nelspruit. black face. South African Youth Congress (SAYCO)
the apartheid trials in the 1980s. under the presidency of the late militant
The swearing-in of members was The public gallery got a taste of youth leader, Peter Mokaba in Cape Town
Mojapelo, who is now the Deputy also a celebration of South Africa’s things to come over the next five in 1987.
Judge President (DJP), could not hide diverse cultures as members chose years, as the COPE leader fired his
his elation after he had presided over their mother tongues to take the oath first pot shots at the ruling party for His involvement in education matters saw
the inauguration of the Premier. of office. not providing water and electricity in him appointed to co-ordinate the National
Sheba Siding near Barberton. Education Co-ordinating Committee
“I regard [Mpumalanga Province] Following the Premier’s election, (NECC).
as my home,” he said, responding to then it was the turn for the election ANC MPL, Madala Masuku hit
Mabuza and new Speaker, Jackson of the Legislature’s Speaker, Jackson back with venom when he told the One of the mandates of the NECC was to
Mthembu’s speeches. “Yours is not Mthembu – the former MEC for legislature that the very community develop a new education curriculum, when
a light responsibility,” he cautioned Roads and Transport. never had a right of tenure and was black students were threatening a year-long
the newly sworn-in members of the assisted by the ruling party to secure boycott of classes against Bantu Education
The ANC is the only political party in 1986.
Legislature. which has women representatives, those rights.
thanks to the organsation’s policy Mabuza’s ascension to the helm In 1994, when former Premier, Mathews
Mabuza had earlier congratulated
which enforces fifty percent women of government follows a nerve- Phosa appointed his cabinet, DD Mabuza
Mojapelo on his advancement to be
representation in all its structures. was appointed to head the Department of
one of the country’s DJP. Mojapelo wrecking wait for the ANC’s National
Education, because of his keen interest in
jokingly said afterwards, “DD The Congress of the People (COPE), Executive Committee decision on
said mine is an advancement, his was expected to make history by who would be the next Premier of
advancement far outweighs mine. He being the first opposition party to the Province between Mabuza, ANC He also served as MEC for, Local
has advanced from being someone have a woman representative in the provincial treasurer, Clifford Mkasi Government & Housing, Member of
who was accused of throwing stones Mpumalanga legislature, however, and former Executive Mayor of Parliament in the National Assembly, MEC
to being the Premier of the province.” that opportunity faded when the Mbombela, Regina Mhaule. for Roads and Transport and MEC for
organisation opted for Sizile Ndlovu Agriculture.
Among those who were there to The anxiety was probably summed
instead of its Premier candidate, Zali Mabuza was the only MEC who was not
witness the occasion were ANC up by a lone voice in the public
Madonsela. a member of the Provincial Executive
Youth League President, Julius gallery when Mabuza was sworn in,
Malema and Independent Electoral The Democratic Alliance, however, “AT LAST!” Committee (PEC) of the ANC.
He is seen by many as the king-maker
who helped Ndaweni Mahlangu, Thabang
Makwetla and Fish Mahlalela elected as
provincial chairpersons of the ANC.
His election as the member of the National
Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC
and organisation’s Provincial Chairperson
and ultimately Premier of Mpumalanga is
seen by many as long overdue.
LEFT: The newly elected members of the
Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and
the National Council of Provinces.
The MPLs were sworn in on Wednesday at
the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature
chamber by Deputy Judge President,
In this picture, DPJ Mojapelo is flanked
by the Speaker, Jackson Mthambu and
Premier, David Mabuza.
Members of the public will be able to
see all the newly elected members at a
function that will be held at Kanyamaze
Stadium on 11 May 2009. See more
information in and advertisement in this
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COPE fights over Legislature position
By SyDNEy MaSINga
A rogue member of the Congress of the
People (Cope) in Mpumalanga has
protested against Zali Madonsela
being elected to Cope’s one and only
seat in the provincial legislature.
Cope convener in the Umjindi sub
region in Barberton, Welcome Nkosi,
said the only reason Zali was elected as
a premier candidate was because she
was a woman and it was hoped she’d
draw female votes.
“But it did not work because she was
not even visible during our campaigns,”
He insisted that provincial Cope
chairperson Sizile Ndlovu get the post.
Flashback: COPE members announcing their defection to the ANC before the elections. The organisation is divided on
He went on to accuse both Zali and who should represent it at the Legislature and (right) James Nkambule.
provincial deputy chair John Nkuna
of not supporting Ndlovu on tribal disciplinary action to be taken against “I am also Shangaan and Zali is Zulu, “I am the chairperson of that region
grounds. and I can tell you on record that there
Nkuna. so it really makes me sad that there
“Nkuna and Zali are tribalists who are people who still raise the issue of is no in fighting at Cope. The CNC
don’t like Ndlovu because he is Nkuna was adamant on Monday that took a resolution to have comrade Zali
tribalism in this era,” he said.
Shangaan. They don’t want to be lead Zali would go to the legislature as as our representative in the provincial
by a Shangaan because they are Swazi,” decided by the CNC. Zali was not available for comment on legislature and we will support that.
claimed Nkosi. Monday as she was attending a Cope Period. I really don’t have an idea what
“I am telling you, come Wednesday, national executive committee (NEC) that Mickey Mouse (Nkosi) is talking
He further accused Nkuna of being comrade Zali will be sworn in as Cope meeting in Cape Town. about,” said Nkambule.
an agent of the African National representative in the Mpumalanga
Congress (ANC) and claimed that a Cope chairperson for Umjindi, James Zali eventually lost to Sizile Ndlovu, who
legislature,” said Nkuna. was sworn-in as COPE’s first member of
letter had been written to the Congress Nkambule, said Nkosi was a “Mickey
National Committee (CNC) calling for He denied the claims of tribalism. Mouse” politician. the legislature in the province.
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COmmENTS AND opInIons
we’ve been here before
Cde Spikiri looks at Mpumalanga administration’s past, present and future
iwaphi looks into the expenditure was done in pursuance of
meaning of the recently any approved Plan of Action. The new
held general elections Executive might need to consider the
and after extended course outlined hereunder:
periods of engaging
with ordinary people in
Mpumalanga who without fail filled Performance Audit
all the arenas wherein the ANC and During the first 100 days in office
alliance partners staged rallies. every MEC must conduct an audit of
Mpumalanga’s vote results were performance versus planned targets.
closer to the three thirds (3/3) than There are strong indications that some
they were to the two thirds (2/3) that departments made the year of elections
many people vied for. One would have a free fall for corrupt elements within
thought the Mpumalanga Legislature their fold.
would have been allocated more seats
to the 30 that they have due to the
increase of population that came as The Department of Education spent
a results of the re-demarcation of all their infrastructure budget on ill
provincial boundaries. It is envisaged conceived projects at Bushbuckridge.
that Bushbuckridge could have injected The storm damaged schools in
about a million additional people Bushbuckridge provided officials in the
department with a golden opportunity Premier-Elect, David Dabede “DD” Mabuza. BELOW: Makwetla and
into Mpumalanga while Mpumalanga some of his dismally performing imports, (from left: Raymond Tywakadi
shed a very small number of people to to fleece public coffers and to milk the
department dry. It is argued that work (Education HOD), Solly Mosidi (MTPA CEO), Lebona Mosia (Chief Director
Gauteng. Communication), Confidence Moloko (Health HOD), Phillip Dexter (MEGA
that was estimated at around R20million
David Dabede Mabuza, is the Premier ended up costing the department five Chairperson), Nosizwe Nokwe (MEGA CEO). Their interest is their province
-Elect of Mpumalanga and Ziwaphi times more. and not Mpumalanga.
takes this time to welcome him and
This expenditure was taken from other Department of Public Works an agent Department has been failing on simple
whoever he will appoint in his Members
projects that were supposed to be that implements infrastructure projects but important functions such as the
of the Executive Council (MEC’s).
implemented by the Department of for the Departments of Government. school feeding scheme and scholar
There are serious issues that the Public Works. As a result, all services transport.
While the Department is posting
incoming Executive will need to deal providers appointed by Public Works
declining exam results year-in-year,
with before the 100 day report is out. suffered severe bouts of non-payment.
they have the temerity to take on the Service delivery deficit
Some departments finished their Many small black owned construction
function of construction of schools and
respective budgets at the end of the first companies went bankrupt in the The incoming provincial executive
related infrastructure. It is amazing
quarter of 2008/09 financial year. process. should be under no illusion that they
why they would want to attempt such
The thing of beauty about the gross The Department of Education a specialized function when they can will hit the tarmac running, because the
over-expenditure is that it cannot be tried without success to change a hardly coordinate a decent scholar reality is that their predecessors have
explained nor does it seem like the Cabinet Resolution which makes the transportation programme. The created a service delivery backlog that
would take more than half the five year
tenure to mow down to respectable
It would be therefore in the interest
of the new executive to conduct a
thorough investigation of the prevailing
status quo and more importantly to
keep the public informed. The days of
the rallies and mass meetings should
continue with the same intensity
as has been witnessed during the
People by nature are less
tolerant and even less
understanding when they
are kept in the dark. They
days of martyrdom are over
and the sooner the new
cabinet embraces the culture
of transparency, the culture
of calling it the way it is and
the culture of treating ordinary
people as partners in development
Ziwaphi therefore strongly advises the
new cabinet to take stock of the mess
that has been caused in particular in the
last financial year. Ziwaphi and other
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Mpumalanga’s time has come
DD Mabuza is inheriting an administration that was not designed to serve Mpumalanga province
self-respecting individuals and organisations strongly would build an International Convention Centre (ICC) recycle a tired phrase, A Pioneering Spirit, as a catch-
question the motive of the erstwhile premier of forcing before the 2010 World Cup. But the ICC has become a phrase for marketing the province.
an ill-conceived cabinet reshuffle on the suspecting mirage and a dream deferred.
people of the province. We can without a shadow of a The outgoing Premier has a reputation of recruiting
The people of the province have been promised a all Heads of Departments from other provinces and
doubt say that the reshuffle has caused untold damage
Growth Fund which until a couple of months ago has
to service delivery in the province. purging everybody from Mpumalanga province. The
been as dry as a bone. The parastatal has been afflicted
only known HOD from Mpumalanga Province was
While the former premier, TSP Makwetla was self- with untold infighting which has effectively rendered
congratulatory in his State of the Province address it completely useless. Ziwaphi’s assertion is supported employed in 2007. These HODs have the tendency to
when he told the world that for the first time in the by the recently released findings of the Fivaz Report, appoint senior managers and service providers from
history of Mpumalanga has the province posted a R1 wherein the forensic auditors are unflattering about the provinces they originate, e,g. the Department of
billion over-expenditure. He failed to tell the province the CEO’s strategic management prowess and skills. Sports, Culture and Recreation. The HOD recruited
what it benefitted out of that over expenditure. almost her entire senior management from Kwa Zulu
There are also unconfirmed reports that MEGA was
The truth of the matter is that after the Cabinet involved in supporting financially the campaign of an Natal, issued a R30 million tender to a KwaZulu Natal
Reshuffle, looting of the public funds went over unnamed politician during the run up to the provincial service provider and issued a R22 million contract to
drive. With MECs and a number of HODs living on conference of the ANC last August. a KwaZulu Natal based artist, Mbongeni Ngema, to
borrowed time due to general elections and three conceptualise a play on struggle hero, Gert Sibande.
Ziwaphi has forwarded questions to the Board and the
year contracts coming to an end respectively, the The problem is that there is not a single theatre to
CEO of the beleaguered MEGA and if half of what we
MECs and HODs were under tremendous pressure have proves to be true about MEGA, then our readers stage the play in all black areas in Mpumalanga.
caused in the main by uncertainties that lay ahead. In should brace themselves up for a shock of their lives. Mpumalanga artists on the other hand are left high
the department of Education for instance, the HOD’s and dry.
contract was left with only a few months to lapse at the
beginning of the financial year 2008-09. Over the next couple of weeks, Ziwaphi will
Desperate times calls for desperate measures. While be featuring pointed exposes about a number Sports, recreation, arts and culture
Ziwaphi is not accusing either the HOD or the MEC of government organs that have unashamedly,
of anything, but it also begs the question why their systematically been robbing beneficiaries of This department is extremely interesting. It has some
department ran out of budget as early as August 2008. government programmes for self benefit. of the most creative people. It is known more for
Now it is beginning to dawn that there was something generating character assassinating leaks to the media
Subject to confirmation, Ziwaphi is investigating
very wrong in that department. The fact that two very awarding of tenders and loans to foreigners coming than its core business of developing the province’s
senior officials have been sacked from the Department from as far as Mozambique, while the intended cultural industries.
attest to the fact that there was wholesome corruption beneficiaries are consistently having the MEGA door
taking place under the noses of both the MEC and the Mabuza himself was part of the outgoing
being slammed in their faces. administration and some of the abuses happened
We trust that the new administration will investigate under his nose and we trust that if action needs to be
Ziwaphi, like many, suspect that there is still more to these issues and keep the public informed not only taken against wrongdoing by officials in his former
be investigated in that department. In fact the two about the findings, but the various courses of actions department (Agriculture and Land Administration),
officials (CFO and Chief Director) are just a small fry to address any wrongdoing.
in the big scheme of things in that department. The big he will not hesitate to do so.
fish has not been caught in the dragnet. Without fear, the new cabinet should be able to apply
These two officials were not involved in the Economic development and planning punitive measures against anyone who will be found to
unaccounted for missing hundreds of millions of the The department of economic development is also have been enriching himself or herself at the expense
infrastructure budget, therefore, somebody still needs in tatters with about 50% of senior managers on of true beneficiaries.
to account. It is interesting that even national treasury suspension. Serious allegations about the HOD have
has started asking questions to the Department In conclusion, Ziwaphi would like to, once again,
also been leaked to Ziwaphi.
of Education about the whereabouts of their congratulate all the men and women who, within
infrastructure budget. Therefore it would be in the Office of the Premier a matter of days, will be taking an oath and thus
interest of the incoming cabinet to get to the bottom The office of the Premier itself, which Mabuza will be effectively becoming the representatives of the
of this highly suspicious expenditure. in charge of, privatised the communication function to aspirations and ideals of the hungry communities out
a Johannesburg-based company, Global Interface, to there.
Take for instance the performance of the Mpumalanga
Economic Growth Agency (MEGA). Since its
establishment this institution has dismally failed to ZIWAPHI’S FIrST 100 DAy PrOPOSAL TO THE NEW PrEMIEr
make a dent towards creation of small and medium
enterprises and co-operatives. They have failed to bring Ziwaphi would like to advise the new executive as well as the new legislature to conduct a thorough study of
any investment of note into the province. They have past performance of the institutions they will be governing.
become consumerist in nature. They have a bloated
structure which accounts for no less than 50% of their
yearly budget going into salaries, and board members DEPArTMENT AuDITS
running the agency from their houses and paying
themselves claims that are extremely ridiculous and
also engaging in a host of other self-serving causes. INVESTIGATE SERVICE DELIVERy bACKLOGS
quantify cost of eliminating backlogs
Of course this parastatal is grossly underfunded by the INVESTIGATE SERVICE DELIVERy bACKLOGS
provincial government and maybe that is not such a
bad idea, in that since its establishment the parastatal
has failed to show any initiative. It sees itself as a
COmmUNICATE, COmmUNICATE AND bE ACCESSIbLE
beneficiary of government rather than the driver of
enterprise development and resource mobilization.
The parastatal has become a huge liability because of In so doing, the new cabinet will be buying themselves valuable time and space to try and correct what many
self-serving officials and board members who are in it of us believe would be a morass of corruption, graft and acute lack of delivery of services. The rationale is
for what they can personally get. simple, when people understand, what problems the cabinet is facing, they are more likely going to take a
supportive stance rather than a confrontational one.
Makwetla has told the people of Mpumalanga on
many of his state province addresses that the parastatal
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Testy Nelspruit residents to
create ratepayers’ association
NELSPRUIT, SOUTh aFRIca She said the association would be She said although municipalities have a ratepayers’ association made it difficult
formally established in two separate negative attitude towards the formation for lawyers to represent people in
By TShwaRELO ESENg MOgakaNE
meetings to be held in White River and of ratepayers’ associations, she was court, because it is better for lawyers
Angry residents in Mpumalanga’s Nelspruit on Tuesday and Wednesday. hoping Mbombela would be in favour to represent popular associations or
capital have joined a growing national of the association. property bodies. He said it took lawyers
“Since first proposing the establishment
ratepayer revolt against shoddy She said the municipality was required a lot of time and money to try and get
of the association we have received
municipal services. by Municipal Property Rates Act to dissatisfied ratepayers to be party to
many e-mails and faxes from people
Residents in Nelspruit and its sister who say they have been waiting for an consult with ratepayers about the rates their legal battles with municipalities.
towns administered by the umbrella association like this,” she said. they have to pay. Nationally established associations in
Mbombela local municipality will plan Smit van der Merwe said the new “It is only through an established body Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and North
to establish the Mbombela Ratepayers’ Municipal Property Rates Act, due that ratepayers’ voices are heard during West province have threatened to
Association (MRA) this week, mainly to be implemented before the end of these discussions,” she said. withhold their rates and taxes and
to challenge inflated valuations on July, would create many problems for deposit them in a trust fund until their
Nelspruit property brokerage
suburban properties. ratepayers. municipalities improve services.
auctioneer and broker Brian Jones
“We decided to come together to face She said “astronomic” calculations welcomed the idea to establish a local Mbombela municipality spokesperson
issues emanating from property rates of property rates in suburban areas ratepayers’ association, saying it would Joseph Ngala said, however, that the
together. As individuals you grow tired had even prompted people to think of benefit residents. municipality would cut electricity and
of fighting a lonely fight, so we decided selling their businesses or homes. “We mainly deal with commercial water supply and halt refuse collection
to come together as one voice,” said and industrial property, but it is good to ratepayers should members of any
“The problem is the bigger your
MRA coordinator Adrie Smit van der when residents come together to form ratepayers’ association try to withhold
business or agricultural property, the
Merwe. such an association. The problem is their rates and taxes.
more rates you pay. Just having more
Smit van der Merwe said the association that municipalities are always trying to “But (the MRA) has opted to involve
property can make you poor. Some
would target ratepayers living or come up with ways to get their hands us, so we will sit with them when they
people are even afraid to improve their
on (ratepayers’) money,” said Jones.
running businesses in the municipal homes because they fear the increased voice their concerns. We are ready to
area. rates,” she said. Jones warned that not having a listen,” he said.
Plans to pay social grants Municipal official shot in
via banks put on hold hijacking
NELSPRUIT Sassa and the banks. Currently, the
BUSHBUCKRIDGE, South Africa that they don’t even respect politicians
beneficiaries will receive their money
By SyDNEy MaSINga and the elders,” said Malatji.
through the pay points that they usually By Oris Mnisi & Sydney Masinga
Social grant beneficiaries in use,Åh he said. According to Acornhoek police
A Mpumalanga municipal official is
Mpumalanga will have to wait a little spokesman Inspector Themba
Mthunywa said Empilweni was in a stable condition in a Nelspruit
longer before they can access their Twala, Mapaile was driving home to
prepared to teach people how to use hospital after car hijackers shot him.
grants at automatic teller machines Mkholuline near Greenvalley at about
ATMs. Corporate manager at the
(ATMs) following concerns that the 11pm when two armed men attacked
elderly may battle with the technology. ÅgThe ATM option is not compulsory, Bushbuckridge local municipality, him at an intersection and took his
but is available to all beneficiaries who Andries Mapaile (40), was admitted
Early this month the South African Toyota Fortune.
voluntarily want to change the way in to the Nelspruit Medi-clinic on Friday
Social Security Agency (Sassa) and
which they receive their grants,” added evening after hijackers shot him in the “Apparently the two pointed a firearm
Nelspruit-based Empilweni Payment
Mthunywa. thigh. at him and ordered him out of the car.
Services (EPS) announced that from
Mapaile is also a senior official of the Out of the blue they opened fire as
May 1 social grant recipients in the Simon Siboza (66) from Entokozweni
African National Congress (ANC) in they forced him out and shot him in
province would be able to draw their township outside Nelspruit, said he
the Bohlabela region. the thigh before fleeing with his car,”
grants at ATMs instead of at pension is planning to change to the banking
pay-points. system because he already knows how said Themba.
Bushbuckridge municipal spokesperson
to use an ATM. Matume Malatji said deputy safety and Mapaile was rushed to hospital.
ÅgUnfortunately, after further
consultation we have found out that ÅgI was excited about this new method security minister Suzan Shabangu was On Sunday, police detained two
it would be difficult for many old of payment, but I know that a lot of old right when she said police had to shoot suspects aged 27 for questioning.
people to use ATMs,” said Empilweni people would have found it difficult to to kill.
spokesperson, Andy Mthunywa. use ATMs, so I understand the reasons “They are still in our custody,” said
“She was right. Crime is very high and
they postponed it,Åh said Siboza. Twala on Tuesday.
“We also realised that we would be getting out of hand in this country. The
paying more for bank administration Two weeks ago there were reports that thugs have taken over the country in Twala said the car is still missing.
fees and that beneficiaries may also be seven million social grant beneficiaries
negatively affected by bank charges, so, would not receive their money at the
in consultation with Sassa, we decided end of this month because Sassa and
to postpone the process until further three service providers, including
notice,Åh he added. Empilweni, had not agreed on a new
He said Empilweni was planning to
negotiate with the commercial banks to Last week Sassa signed a new 12-month
not charge beneficiaries bank charges. contract with the service providers.
ÅgWe will revisit or launch this process Provincial Sassa spokesperson, Senzeni
as soon as we have negotiated and Ngubeni, assured the public that they
found a solution with stakeholders like will receive their payments on time.-
POLITICS ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009 | 9
Isolate Mswati at Zuma’s inauguration - activists
By SyDNEy MaSINga
Liberation fighters in Swaziland have demanded
that absolute monarch King Mswati III stay at home
instead of attending the inauguration of incoming
South African president Jacob Zuma on Saturday.
They complain that Mswati already spends too much
money on luxuries while his people go hungry.
“Jacob Zuma has never spent R100 million on his
personal birthday and another R50 million on 20
luxury Mercedes Benzes fitted with plasma screens
and fridges while his own people go hungry,” said
spokesperson for the Swaziland Solidarity Network
(SSN), Lucky Lukhele.
He said that unlike Mswati III, Zuma was a seasoned
democrat with mass support. He said Mswati’s
presence would “diminish the integrity of Zuma’s
Lukhele also called on members of the ANC and its
alliance partners, the South African Communist Party
(SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions
(Cosatu), not to assist Mswati, whether it be with
catering, driving or providing him with security should
he attend the inauguration.
“Should he insist on coming, he should cook for Mario Masuku, President of the People’s United Democratic Movement, the banned political
himself or buy take-aways, clean his own room and organisation in Swaziland. This picture was taken during an underground meeting held in South Africa
drive himself to the Union buildings,” he said. last year, just before he was incarcerated by King Mswati’s illegitimate regime
He also urged “democratically-elected and dignified
presidents” to refuse to sit next to Mswati. Department of foreign affairs spokesperson Ronnie “Our position as Cosatu is very clear. If the people of
Mamoepa said for security reasons he would not be Swaziland take a stand against Mswati, we will support
“Mswati must be isolated,” added Lukhele.
drawn into confirming the names of any heads of states them. I can’t say for now what kind of support we will
Members of the SSN will hold a demonstration outside who will be attending the inauguration.
give them, but we understand their call and we are
the Swaziland embassy in Pretoria on Friday morning,
“Only 21 heads of state have so far confirmed they will willing to help,” said Mnguni.
as part of ongoing demonstrations that have been held
every Friday since January. be attending Zuma’s inauguration and the other 20
countries will be represented mostly by their foreign Lukhele expressed hope that the Zuma administration
They are demanding that the king unban political ministers and special envoys,” said Mamoepa. will mobilise South Africans to end the “backward
parties and release president of the People’s United
Cosatu chairperson in Mpumalanga, Raymond authoritarian system” of governance in Swaziland
Democratic Movement (Pudemo) Mario Masuku, who
has been in jail since November last year for his efforts Mnguni, said he fully supported SSN’s call to not help and lobby for the release of political prisoners and
to bring democratic change. Mswati if he attends Zuma’s inauguration. introduction of democracy.
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Six Mpumalanga filmmakers
get shot at the big time
NELSPRUIT, South Africa writers from a particular region are she has cancer and can’t support her
brought together to brainstorm story anymore.
By Tshwarelo eseng Mogakane
ideas and produce a script together.
Six Mpumalanga filmmakers will get She was also invited to write a script for
Rauch said it was only in the third a feature film and submit it to the SABC
the chance to produce their very own
phase that successful writers would for consideration.
movies that will be aired on TV by the
be expected to produce the 30-minute
South African Broadcasting Corporation The feature, titled You Are Mine
movie for SABC.
(SABC). Forever, explores the interaction
The 30-minute movies will be produced
“I am quite impressed with the writers.
They are among the best I have ever
between a Mpumalanga widow and Ziwaphi
her in-laws. The widow challenges the
by participants of the joint South seen since the institute started in 2007.
African Scriptwriting Institute and tradition of wearing mourning clothes
They are very developed and we can all
SABC training programme, which has and observing a period of silence for a
been training 21 local script writers over
expect good, culture-rich movies from
them,” she said. year. accredited
the past two months.
She said the writers are faced with many Provincial SABC spokesperson Moya
“The writers are very impressive and in challenges, include having to travel from Lesia said the SABC embarked on the
August this year we expect to submit six as far away as Wakkerstroom to attend project to increase its local content.
scripts for the SABC to produce,” said training in Nelspruit.
the institute’s project manager, Nicola
“We have always sourced material
from producers in cities while trying
One of the writers, Mpe Matela, said
she was happy she was being trained to to tell local stories that can only be advertisement
Rauch said the first phase of the become a professional writer.
Mpumalanga Film and TV Script
“I think it has to do with the fact that I
told by locals. The problem has always
been with the lack of skills, and today really work for
Writers project focused on developing
the writers individually.
am a passionate and determined writer,” the SABC is giving these writers that you.
said Matela. platform,” said Lesia.
She said 21 of the 25 students each
The 10-minute script she has already She said the SABC would produce the Call Mpumi at
produced a ten to twelve-minute script. movies that come out of the project in
The second phase of the project focuses
produced is called Hlengiwe. It tells
the story of a young woman forced into an attempt to encourage Mpumalanga 072 181 1554
on enhancing group writing, in which prostitution when her mother discovers writers to believe in their own stories.
Elsi to let women wear her wedding dress for free rural school
By ThOBILE MLaNgENI
An Mpumalanga woman has decided to
help other women who can't afford to
buy a wedding dress in these hard times.
acORNhOEk, SOUTh aFRIca
Elsi Mndawe (42), a member of the
Alliance Church in Daantjie outside BONgEkILE MhLaNga
Nelspruit, will let members of her A rural Mpumalanga high school has
congregation wear her wedding dress, decided to hold an awards ceremony
free of charge. each term to encourage pupils to strive
"I will freely lend the gown to needy for excellence.
couples from my church, as a way of The awards kicked off this term when
showing appreciation for the gift that class teachers at Shobiyana High School
my husband gave me," she explains. in Acornhoek chose their top five pupils
Her dress is brand new because her from grades 10 to 12.
husband, Solomon (47), gave it to her so We realised that there are students who
they could renew their vows and have work hard at their studies, so we decided
their dream white wedding on April 25. to recognise them,” said school principal
When they first got married in 1986, Judy Mbokota. "We hope by doing this,
they couldn't afford a big wedding, so we will improve the pass rate for grade
they held a simple marriage ceremony in 12s."
front of their parents and pastor. She said certificates will be awarded each
term to encourage excellence amongst
"We had no money at the time and got
married in the best clothes we had," said HAPPY TIMES: Elsi and Solomon Mndawe with Elsi’s sister Beauty Mabuza
Elsi. on the couple’s wedding day. Elsi is willing to let other women from her “We want to plant a spirit of competition
congregation get married in her wedding dress. so that those who didn't do well, will pull
Elsi said their undying love for each
up their socks,” she said.
other had sustained them through many
challenges. praying together. hold back tears of joy as she walked in. One mother, Lydia Ngomane, whose son,
When they renewed their vows, "I felt like I was a 20-year-old woman," Matimba Ngobeni, won a certificate, was
"Love matters the most. Ceremonies can
hundreds of community and church she said. very happy.
follow later on in life," said Elsie.
members, as well as relatives, were “I never thought he was brilliant because
She said she and Solomon are each jubilant. Some even blew whistles. Mndawe's children, 12-year-old
he's not the kind who likes studying, but
other's best friend and deal with the Event and six year-old Perfect, also
Elsi said she was so happy she couldn't when he brought back the certificate, I
challenges by communicating and participated in the wedding ceremony.
was so overwhelmed with emotion that I
cried,” she said.
Ngobeni says he wants to be an electrical
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Tarred road to bring School gets free
relief to rural village bicycles from govt
NELSPRUIT and the mud anymore,” said Brown.
Thobile Mlangeni He also hoped that the contractor would
employ local residents to work on the
Residents from a rural settlement outside
Mpumalanga’s capital won’t have to wait as
long anymore for ambulances that struggle The road, which links Luphisi to the
to negotiate the dirt road to their village. existing road to Daantjie, is also the access
route to the 8 000ha Mthethomusha
The dirt road from Daantjie to Luphisi, community game reserve that borders the
outside Nelspruit, will be tarred once a Kruger National Park.
contractor has been appointed.
The park is home to the popular Bongani
“We have had to wait for hours for Mountain Lodge, where Sibusiso Vilane
ambulances to arrive because of the worked before becoming the first black
bad condition of the road,” said Luphisi man to conquer Mount Everest.
resident Phineas Nkosi (56).
The tender process is being coordinated
He said transporting patients from the by G11 Construction, the company that is
local clinic to hospital in Nelspruit will also responsible for project design.
also be easier once the road is tarred.
G11 director Phaskani Msiska said the
He also hoped that the tarring of the road tarring of the road would probably begin
would also improve service delivery to the in July and would take up to 18 months to
Leah Mndawe (60), who walks her seven- He said tender documents are available
year-old grandson Sipho to the bus stop from the Department of Roads and
to catch his taxi to school in Msogwaba, is Transport offices in Tonga, Elukwatini
relieved that the road will be tarred. sub-regional offices, the department Siligane High school, in Thulane made sure that parents signed
“I am happy because we won’t have to walk of social services in Piet Retief, the Trust, has officially handed an agreement committing
through the mud to get to the taxi rank in department of finance building in the over 22 bicycles donated to themselves and the learners to
the rainy season,” said Mndawe.
KwaMhlanga government complex, the them by the Department of specific conditions and rules on
department of health in Evander, the Roads and Transport under the the usage of the bicycles.
Luphisi Community Policing Forum Bushbuckridge advice centre, the Riverside “Shova Kalula Bicycle Project”.
member Isaac Brown said the tarring of government complex in Nelspruit, the old ABOVE: Some of the
Beneficiaries were students who
the road was “a dream come true” for his TPA building in Middelburg and the TLC beneficiaries of the “Shova
often had to walk on foot for
community. satellite office in Mmamethlake. Kalula Bicycle Project”, with their
kilometers to get to school.
newly acquired possessions.
“We will be so happy the road is tarred. The closing date for tenders is noon on Deputy Principal Carol Mustaff Their delighted parents appear
We won’t have to struggle with the dust May 26. who facilitated the handover, in the background.
Sculptors encouraged to use concrete
PRETORIa The company will also run
workshops around the country
By SIPhIwE NyaThI
to equip young artists with the
A national cement company skills and techniques necessary for
together with the Association of working with cement.
Arts in Pretoria is inviting entries
“Last year’s competition resulted
for a competition to produce the
in an incredibly diverse range of
best cement sculpture.
entries, from traditional portraits
The annual PPC Young Concrete to minimalist sculptures. All the
Awards competition forms part material we received was thought-
of PPC’s commitment to enhance provoking and challenging,” she
South Africa’s arts, culture and
heritage for the benefit of future
The winner of the 2007 competition
Prize money for the best sculpture
was Phanuel Mabaso, whose
sculpture “The Reptile and
is R85 000 and competition entries
close on September 15 when judging
Amphibian Collector” impressed
the judges. Last year’s winners
will begin. were Ruhan Janse van Vuuren
(best sculpture on exhibition) and
“Artists new in the art of sculpting
Dorothea Nortjé (best technical
will get national recognition for
excellence in concrete sculpture).
their contributions,”said PPC public
relations manager Nomzamo Basson added that the competition
Basson. is open to all artists, whether they advertisement
have formal training or not, as long
The competition focuses on
the artists’ technical ability
as they use concrete as a medium. really work for
and creativity, combined with Entry forms can be found on PPC’s you.
outstanding conceptual design and website, www.ppc.co.za.
Phanuel Mabaso’s sculpture “The Reptile and thinking.
Anyone with queries can contact Call Mpumi at
Amphibian Collector” won the PPC Young “The competition encourages the Nandi Hilliard at the Association
Concrete Awards competition in 2007 in the use of concrete in the creation of of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100 or 072 181 1554
category Best Sculpture on Exhibition. durable sculptures,” said Basson. email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARTS, CUltUre, sports
The hand of god
ALL THE SELATI CuP FIXTurES
DATE: SATurDAy 09 MAy 2009 VENuE: NTuNDA SOCCEr FIELD-MAIN rOAD
The heat is on
This weekend is billed to be another exciting struggled against KaMhlushwa Vultures who
12:00 Naas All Stars vs. Black Bees soccer bout as teams battle it out for a spot fought to the bitter end and eventually lost
14:00 Mbokodo Wanderous vs. Jeppes Saints in the semi finals of the lucrative Selati Super by 2-1. Vultures were lucky when they were
Cup soccer tournament. awarded a goal which looked like the striker
Soccer pundits are already beginning to place had scored using a hand, to level the scores,
DATE: SuNDAy 10 MAy 2009 VENuE: NTuNDA SOCCEr FIELD - MAIN rOAD
their bets on teams that are expected to win after Chiefs had taken an early lead. Chiefs,
09:00 Young Tigers LTD vs. Real Aces this year’s first prize. however, took the lead once more and the
11:00 Junior Aces vs. Block C Intermillan score ended in a 2-all draw.
Blue Birds which, last week thumped Young
13:00 Shongwe Chiefs vs. Young Waves Stars with an emphatic 4-1 margin seems to
There are, however, those who believe that
15:00 Saints/ Wanderous vs. Blue Birds be on top form at this critical stage of the
game. They are expected to easily sail through there is no weak team that can reach this
to the Semi-finals, while Junior Aces is posed stage of the game and that complacency
LADIES to make history by being the first team to be can cost the fancier clubs a spot in the semi
DATE: SuNDAy 10 MAy 2009 VENuE: NTuNDA - HOME KILLErS SOCCErFIELD the first team to win the tournament twice finals.
when they face Block C Inter Milan.
09:00 Rhino Scanner vs. Young Cosmos This year’s final, to be held on 23 May, will be
11:00 Magogeni Ladies vs. Mzinti Ladies Shongwe Chiefs is another strong contender played at the newly renovated Driekoppies
for the title. The team is constituted of players Stadium, and for the first time, on a green
13:00 Real Gunners vs. Phinville Ladies who ply their trade in the SAB league and it
15:00 Naas A Stars/ B/ Bees vs. Makoti Ladies could be seen through their style of play that
they are the team to beat this year. The team The heat is on.
SADC to supply electricity to SA for 2010
NELSPRUIT, South Africa on Monday. and Electricity Supply Commission of our continent will be able to look
Malawi. forward to an unforgettable African
By Tshwarelo eseng Mogakane Eskom Project 2010 unit managing
World Cup,” said SAPP chairman
director Johnny Dladla said the SAPP In Mozambique there’s Electricidade de
The Southern African Development Rhodnie Sisala.
commitment indicated that the 2010 Mozambique, Hydro Cahora Bassa and
Community (SADC) has joined hands
Soccer World Cup was not only for Mozambique Transmission Company. Sisala said major pre-event maintenance
to ensure that South Africa has enough
electricity during the 2010 Soccer South Africa’s benefit, but the rest of In Zambia there is the Copperbelt will be undertaken to ensure that
World Cup. Africa. Energy Corporation and Zambia maximum generating facilities will
Electricity Supply Corporation Limited. be continuously available to ensure
Under the Southern African Power “We are delighted with the level of co-
reliability of supply.
Pool (SAPP) banner, the countries have operation we are receiving from our NamPower in Namibia, Swaziland
pledged to support South Africa in SAPP counterparts. This initiative Electricity Company in Swaziland, He said SAPP members will also be
areas of power generation, transmission, confirms that the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tanzania Electric Supply Company concentrating on examining their
customer contributions and demand is truly and indeed an African event,” Limited in Tanzania, Zimbabwe present situations and returning specific
side management. said Dladla. Electricity Supply Authority in regional generation facilities to service
Zimbabwe and Eskom in South Africa it will be required.
“This initiative is part of Eskom’s plans The SAPP members include Empresa
National de Electricidade in Angola, are also SAPP members. “Other initiatives include bringing co-
to ensure the reliability of electricity
supply for the 2009 Confederations Botswana Power Cooperation, “We are confident that South Africans, generation plants into the SAPP grid
Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” Societe National d’Electricite in the the region and football fans from and making more use of renewable
said Eskom spokesperson, Fani Zulu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) around the world who will be visiting energy sources,” said Sisala.