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   COPE fights over
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                                                                                                                                       EDITOR’S letter
                                                                  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
                                                                  SuSPECTS                                                       charger.
                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                 the car.
                                                                  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
                                                                  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
    Mpumalanga Province
                                                                  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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                                                                  Two of suspects were beaten with sticks and stones. The        Dawie Pieterse said the matter was under investigation.
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                                                                  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.
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                                                                  HIjACKING VICTIMS SAyS COPS                                    A man who butchered a farmworker with a panga was
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    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
                                        Uxhumano Communications
                                                                  The 40-year-old woman, who did not want to be named,           court.

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HOD awards himself r140 000 bursary
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.
Management budget.
                                                  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
                                                              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.
                                                                                                                          labour court.
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,”
                                                                                                                          said Mogorosi.
“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
4      |   ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009

“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,
                                                                                                                              Phineas Mojapelo.
                                                                                                                              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
 POLITICS                                                                                      ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009                      |         5

COPE fights over Legislature position
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 said.
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

Déjà vu
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
                                                                                                                                           election period.
                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                    the better.
                                                                                                                                   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
COmmENTS AND opInIons                                                                                ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009                       |           7

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
8       |   ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009
                                                                                                                                       HARD NEWS

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
                                             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
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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                                                                                                                                          GOOD news

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
                                                                                                                                                   is ABC
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
                                                                                                                                                  Make your
                                             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
NELSPRUIT                                                                                                                                awards
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
                                                                                                                                       the pupils.
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
area.                                          complete.
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 ABC
                                                           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
                                                                                                                                                 Make your
                                                           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,
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
12 |       ZIWAPHI • VOL 3 NO 9 • 8 - 21 MAy 2009
                                                                                               ARTS, CUltUre, sports

     The hand of god

                                                                                 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,
                                                                                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.

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