Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

The city of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday (24May2017) handed out 300 title deeds to the residents of Etwatwa Ext 9 and 10.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile addressed Etwatwa residents, where he urged commuters to not sell their houses, even though they have title deeds and then blame the government.

“I plead with you not to sell your RDP houses and move back to shacks. We are today giving you title deeds which are confirmations that you are now home owners. Do not sell your houses and then blame the ANC for not giving you houses,” said Mashatile.

He then pleaded with the residents to report anyone who is trying to sell his/her RDP house, as this is a setback to the city.

Gogo Thamaria Mdlalose who was the first person to receive her title deed said she was ecstatic that after 20 years of being an Etwatwa resident, she is finally a home owner, with a title deed.

“I am pleased to know that even if I die, my five daughters and grandchildren will always have a roof over their heads,” said Mdlalose.

Even though a number of commuters where happy the number of title deeds being handed out, a few questioned when they will be receiving their own. However Mashatile assured them that they will receive them as the city was processing over 39 000 title deeds.

Mashatile also said the government has allocated and approved six “mega projects” for the city of Ekurhuleni.

He then called on all councillors around Etwatwa to keep in touch with community members and inform them about the progress of building houses in the area.

“I have a letter here with me and I will hand this letter to the councillors because I want them to inform you commuters about the number of houses which will be built in certain extensions around Etwatwa,” said Mashatile.

“And another thing will also be allocating land, service sites to individuals who are able to build their own houses. In those stands we will make sure that there is electricity and running tap water,” added Mashatile.

Mashatile then touched on the issue of women violence and pleaded with commuters to communicate with the police and report women and child violence.

Mthandeni ‘Igcokama Elisha’ releases his 8th Album

Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is set to release his brand new 15 tracks album this weekend titled “I-Thousand”. The official release for this long awaited album is this coming Saturday, 3rd June.

This album is Igcokama Elisha’s 8th album since he started his solo career in 2013 and it comes with songs like “My Toffoluxe” for the lovebirds and “Hello Hello” to revive the hashtag: #UnyakaWamaBhinca, hence it is without doubt that this new album will also be well received by a number of Africans.

Manqele is a 29 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, has promised that his new album is focused on growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre.

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha fans hope that the hit maker continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently.

Manqele has taken the Maskandi genre to greater heights as he has made history by being the first Maskandi artist to be an Ambassador for a clothing brand called Cutty. In 2016 he was also the first Maskandi artist to be featured in an urban magazine called True Love Magazine

DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

DA lashes out at Zuma for setting an Inter-Ministerial Committee to probe Melefe’s return

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for setting up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to “gather facts” about the return of Brian Molefe to Eskom.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone said Zuma has proven that he undermines the Parliament by setting up a Ministerial Task Team that consists of “all Ministers firmly behind Zuma, and many with their own reputations of being captured”.

“Zuma’s announcement that an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be established to investigate the very serious problems at Eskom, rather than Parliament, as the body mandated to oversee and ensure the smooth running of the entity, has flatly undermined Parliament,” said Mazzone.

“The President is clearly deathly scared of the evidence which will emerge from a full-scale and transparent Parliamentary Inquiry,” added Mazzone.

Zuma on Thursday decided to set up an inter-ministerial committee to “gather facts” about Brian Molefe’s return to Eskom.

Zuma on Thursday announced that he will set up an IMC to assist in gathering facts about the return of Molefe to the parastatal.

In a statement released by the presidency, Zuma said the presidency together with his cabinet is concerned by what is happening at Eskom.

“Cabinet is concerned about the recent developments at Eskom. Cabinet appreciates that the matter regarding the re-employment of Mr Brian Molefe as the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom is before courts and in Parliament, and shall therefore respect these processes,” said the Presidency.

The IMC set by the president is made up of: Ministers of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Finance, Malusi Gigaba, and Justice and Correctional services, Michael Masutha.

Two weeks ago, Molefe resigned as an ANC MP and returned to the power utility as CEO. He had resigned in November 2016 after he was named in the public protector’s State of Capture report.

Earlier on Thursday, Brown announced an inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom. It would likely be conducted the Special Investigating Unit and overseen by a judge.

Briefing reporters before her budget debate, Brown said since South Africa first experienced rolling blackouts in 2007, there had been at least seven investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption at the utility. Several of these were commissioned by Eskom’s board and they culminated in the State of Capture report, which was released in November last year.

By Senzile Kubheka

Motheo Institute celebrates 78 ECD graduates

Motheo Training Institute Trust on Friday held a graduation ceremony where 78 Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduates received their FET Certificates.

The Event was graced by various guest speakers including Dr Thabi Molete who attended on behalf of Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi and a representative from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Pauline Ngakane.

Molete during her address commended the Director of Motheo Meshack (Rex) Molefe and said she was impressed that a male was involved in promoting the importance of early childhood development and giving women the opportunity to be employable.

“I am impressed that I see a man being involved promoting and showing the importance of ECD and proving that ECD can be promoted by any individual in any gender,” said Molete.

Ngakane, a representative from Ekurhuleni stressed the importance of being an ECD practitioner and how the municipality being a practitioner would benefit both the city and the country.

“As Ekurhuleni we hold your work in high importance and high esteem and we have also created platforms of rewarding the work that you are doing through some of the ECD awards,” said Ngakane.

“Graduates and also practitioners your success in ECD is equally a success for us as Ekurhuleni. What you have achieved today makes a positive contribution to the larger early learning development environment and also towards our economic growth as a country,” she added.

The day was filled with great speakers; however the children from Sabelo Day-care and South African Red Cross Day-care warmed hearts of ceremony attendees as they demonstrated what their ECD teachers are teaching them and how it benefits them as learners

Two graduates Nomvula Mohlala and Nomvula Shongwe expressed their excitement and said they can’t wait to go out there and be with children, teaching them rhymes, shapes and dancing

 “I mark this day as a great day, since it is the beginning of my career as an ECD practitioner. I know that with this certificate I will be able to contribute positively to the lives of the foundation phase learners, which is why I am also volunteering at Bhekimfundo Primary School,” said Mohlala.

“I am so excited that I have finally received my qualification because now I can register for a day-care centre with my qualification and if that doesn’t work I can also get permanent employment dealing with children because I honestly love dealing with children,” said Shongwe.

Molefe during his speech also expressed his gratitude towards the whole event and said the qualification which the graduates hold will contribute positively towards the economic growth of this country,as they will have employment and in turn reduce the high number of poverty in the country.

He then reminded the graduates the importance of being an ECD practitioner and said they must love and enjoy their career paths because they will be assisting in laying a great and steady foundation for children, which will in turn ensure that reach Matric and study further.

 

 

Springs Mall Shoppers welcomed by gun shots

Shoppers on Thursday during Springs Mall opening were greeted by gruesome sounds as gun shots rang out, leaving four individuals injured.

Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, a number of shots were fired at the mall’s second (2nd) entrance. It was alleged that the individuals who fired the shots were attempting to rob the Fidelity cash-in-transit vehicle headed to Nedbank.

A reliable source from Netcare 911 confirmed that there had apparently been a cash-in-transit robbery, which left four people injured and one of the victims being airlifted to the nearest hospitals due to their critical condition.

Despite the whole event, shoppers were not discouraged as they enthusiastically continued with their browsing and shopping.

Two shoppers Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott were spotted dancing at Jet Store, saying they will not allow the matter to overwhelm them, or discourage them from enjoying their shopping.

“What happened out there was tragic, but that will not halt us from continuing with our shopping because we are always a happy bunch no matter the situation,” said Willis.

Lindiwe Nkosi a shopper said that she is happy with the new mall because its closer to her house, however she made it clear that she was not pleased with tragic event that took place at the mall, because this was supposed to be all fun and enjoyable; she went on to say that the great thing about the new mall is that it will open job opportunities.

Mahlatse Ndlovu from Bakerton,Springs said she is very happy with the new mall because it is big, has all the necessary shops and closer to her house.

Then Prince Ndlovu , Mahlatse’s husband, said he was also happy with the mall because he won’t have to drive far for shopping anymore, as it’s just a five minute drive.  On the tragic that transpired outside, Ndlovu said it was alarming for him because he bunked off work so that he could witness the opening.

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Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott dancing at Jet store

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Molefe’s swearing in is bad for SA- DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its disapproval of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s swearing-in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).

DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier, said Molefe’s swearing-in was a disgrace and is a major escalation in the civil war within the ANC and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma

“We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long before Brain Molefe is appointed to the finance committee to serve time before being appointed as the deputy-minister of finance with a view to controlling the R1.8 trillion managed by the Public Investment Corporation,” said Maynier.

Maynier also said they fear the predicament which will follow in South Africa if Molefe gets a position in the finance family.

This follows after speculations that ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was redeployed from the Finance Committee to make way for Molefe.

“The fact is that appointing Brian Molefe to any position in the ‘finance family’ presents a clear-and-present danger to the institutional independence of National Treasury and will be bad for South Africa,” he said.

“The Guptas will be delighted because, if the State of Capture report is anything to go by, and Brian Molefe is eventually appointed to a position in the ‘finance family’, they will finally have National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation and South African Airways on ‘speed dial’,” Maynier added.

Molefe was on Thursday morning in the Speakers office, sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament

Molefe was said to be nominated by the ANC in North West, however it has been controversial as branch leaders in Hartbeespoort have questioned whether he is a member or not.

The official announcement is expected to be made when the National Assembly sits on Thursday afternoon.

ANC KZN wary conference will result in another splinter organisation

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has requested national delegates to ensure that the Party’s National Police and Elective Conference in December doesn’t result in a splinter organisation.

ANC KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party has to forge unity as he recalled the birth of the Congress of the People(COPE) in 2007 and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF)  in 2012

 “There have been challenges of unity and cohesion of the movement which led to the formation of COPE and later the EFF, both of these organisations were formed and established by former ANC leaders and the ANC Youth League Leaders,” said Zikalala.

The Party on Sunday met with its branches and leaders in Durban, to prepare its members for the year end conference.

Zikalala then warned those who will be representing the party during the conference not to go there just to vote for their preferred candidate.

He also said the province will take a zero tolerance approach to members being used by individuals seeking to advance their careers.

“Those who will attend as delegates will need to pay serious attention to issues of the ANC as a liberation movement and the future of the people of South Africa than being narrow and focus on individual agendas,” said Zikalala.

 

UDM’s Kwankwa displays great leadership skills during SONA2017

United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa displayed exceptional leadership skills during the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

 
Kwankwa on Thursday made way to people’s hearts by standing up to the two speakers of the National Assembly and National Council of provinces (NCOP).

 
Kwankwa questioned the type of leadership which was displayed in Parliament saying their political differences shouldn’t affect the proceedings of the house.

 
He went on to question the manner in which Congress of the People (COPE)’s Willie Madisha was chased out of the chamber.

 
Madisha was chased out of the chamber for speaking without being recognised by the speaker.

“We need to be treated fairly here, you were extremely harsh on honourable Madisha, there are members of Parliament who stood up fifty times and he said something once or twice and was told to leave the house,” said Kwankwa.

Following this great display of leadership, Kwankwa stole the hearts of Parliament fans and became their crush, threatening to take Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s title of being the “People’s Bae”.

“We were the first victims of the ‘war room’”-Cope

The Congress of the People says it was the first opposition party to fall victim of the African National Congress (ANC)’s alleged smear campaign.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said they were not surprised when Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani, revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.

“COPE is not at all shocked or surprised by the scandalous dealings that were exposed by the PR practitioner Sihle Bolani. COPE believes every word of Bolani,” said Bloem.

He went to say the ANC began their smear campaign during the 2009 national elections, in a bid to discredit the party from acquiring votes.

“The unethical and immoral ANC started its war room immediately after the formation of COPE. It was in full operation during the 2009 National Elections; COPE was the first victim of the war room and the ANC spent millions of rands in dirty tricks against COPE,” said Bloem.

On Tuesday Bolani said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.

Bonani also revealed that she worked with ANC Stalwart and icon Walter Sisulu’s grandson Shaka Sisulu, who was the individual that the ANC paid.

Sisulu admitted to briefly working with Bolani but denied he was paid by the ANC nor took part in the covert operation

Bloem slammed both the ANC and Sisulu for denying being part of the covert operation to discredit opposition parties.

“No amount of denials can convince the public that Shaka Sisulu and his other comrades were not involved in these immoral and unethical dirty tricks. Bolani has exposed all of them. It’s a screaming shame that the ANC used R50 million of tax-payers to fight its opponents,” said Bloem.

On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are set to report the ANC to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and consider other legal options.

 

ANCYL accuses Gordhan and Ramaphosa of exploiting SAA

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of plotting to collapse the South African Airways (SAA) and creating space for private business.

ANCYL Spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said Ramaphosa and Gordhan are directly influencing the airline to benefit companies they have interests in.

Mkhize also said when SAA was moved from the Public Enterprises Department to Treasury, Gordhan appointed a consultant which instructed the airline to take everything to Bidvest.

“The first he does, he tell SAA that it must take every other thing to a company called Bidvest, who is at Bidvest,?” questioned Mkhize.

“Amongst those that we know is at Bidvest is the deputy president of the ANC and that of our government, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa. But who else is there? It is the minister himself, Pravin Gordhan,” added Mkhize.

Mkhize then touched on the issue that the airline has resolved to close its lucrative, saying this call was made to benefit other airlines.

“You are told that SAA must close some of its routes and among those routes are the most lucrative routes which include the London route, and who must take over these routes? We are safely aware that it is Comair,” said Mkhize

“Who owns Comair? Who are the stakeholders at Comair? It is Bidvest and Comrade Pravin who owns nothing less than 20% of Comair,” added the Spokesperson.

ANCYL President Collen Maine said it should be known that they are not accusing Gordhan and Ramphosa of corruption.

“We’ve never said anybody is corrupt, but we are saying that people are conflicted, hence we are saying that SAA should go back to the Public Enterprises Department,” said Maine

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe reacted to the allegation said he won’t “get into the mud with people that use silly season to throw mud at each other”.

On the other hand, Ramaphosa’s office denied the allegations and said the Deputy President doesn’t have any share at Bidvests.