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Hellen Zille speaks to DASO followers about Heritage

By: Sidima Mfeku

Port Elizabeth – Western Cape premier Hellen Zille said every student should be able to celebrate each other’s heritage and freedoms without hurting one another and making the other less of a person.

Cheering the youthful crowd, Zille said “In any country there is an individual heritage, and you decide which bits are important to you and which bits are not important to you, no body decides that”.

Speaking at a DASO election campaign event held at a PSA residence in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Zille clarified that her heritage is not German as speculated, but purely South African.

She added by saying, “My heritage is found in this coat”, referring to a coat she was wearing that demonstrated the South African colours and a scarf she had over her shoulders that resembled the South African flag.

Furthermore, the former Democratic Alliance president said that in order for any country to succeed there needs to be a collective heritage, and that collective heritage will be the values in our constitution.


By: Charmaine Blose

The Nelson Mandela Youth Convention, a youth development initiative presented by the department of student Governance and development a division of student affairs, started from the 30th of July-01 August 2018; a full three days at Madibaz Indoor Sports Center. 

Throughout the past 2 days, the convention has been engaged in vigorous engagements and topics, with guest speakers who are well knowledged and versed in their academic specifics. Day three was the final day for the convention. The first speaker was Ms Insaaf Isaacs from Cape Town University. Her topic was on The Essence of Good Governance in the context of Deepening Democracy and Reflections from theory and practice. During her speech she challenged the crowd to find an unusual thing they had discovered about someone who was no longer friends with them. A microphone went around the room while people were discussing what they had in common. At the end of the discussion, people found out that they in fact had a lot in common rather than what meets the eye.

So, what is good governance as per Insaaf speech?

This were some of the important points she made in terms of decolonization:

  1. Rule of law
  2. Transparency opens to public scrutiny
  3. Responsiveness the quality of reacting quickly and positively
  4. Consensus oriented decision-making process in which group members develop and agree to support

Opening democracy:

  • Deepening  democracy is contingent on the organisation of collective actors who are affected by the following factors
  • Economic /Market
  • Social
  • Political

The audience was appoiointed to do a poll live online based on political questions and democracy with the youth. She ended her speech with a question and food of  thought which questioned “ What will you do knowing what you have in common with others around you”?.

There  was a panel discussion on  Africanisation and decolonisation of higher education: why and what needs to be on done? by Misheck Mugabe: SAUS President Mbulelo Mandlana, Prince Mashele and Prof Andre’ Keet. “ More government intervention in the decolonization of the institutions of the south Africa”, said SAUS President  Misheck Mugabe.

The panel discussion centered itself on the question and theory of Africanisation and decolonization of South African universities, as well as its complexes and proximity.

There had been a highly accomplished list of guest speakers such as Prof Sibongile Muthwa NMU Vice Chancellor Mcebisi Jonas former Deputy minister of Finance, Athol Trollip Mayor of Port Elizabeth in the last three days,  just to name a few. 


By: Esethu Matetu

Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Bay was brought to a standstill on Wednesday, as the much anticipated march against gender-based violence #TheTotalShutdown took to the streets.

Women and men from the city gathered in hundreds from NewLaw Magistrate Court and marched along Goven Mbeki Avenue towards the City Hall, to hand over a memorandum of demands to Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. 

The Municipality’s Nontsikelelo Antoni indicated her concern in the number of women within leadership that did not show up at the march.

“There are a lot of women who were supposed to be in the march who are within the council and the women’s league, the ones that are here are not even 10 percent.” said Nontsikelelo.

Nonstikelelo further challenged Mayor Athol Trollip to take initiative and work tirelessly in uplifting women to be the majority within the city’s leadership structure.

“While in other cities women take charge of their own coccus. The Nelson Mandela Bay is the only city where even the mayor does not want women to take charge of their own coccus”, described Nontsikelelo. 

Meanwhile in Gauteng, thousands of women who took part in the march to the Union Buildings said they were disappointed that President Cyril Ramaphosa was a no-show.

The group waited for President Cyril Ramaphosa to receive and sign the memorandum‚ but he was a no show. According to reports from TimesLive, one of the organisers‚ Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile‚ Ramaphosa sent Minister Ayando Dlodlo‚ who also apparently did not show up.




By: Lwando Nomoyi

Port Elizabeth – Disgraced Nigerian Televangelist and senior pastor of Jesus Dominion International [JDI] church, Timothy Omotoso, briefly appeared before the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.

Omotoso, 60, wearing his flamboyant suit and carrying his Bible, stood in the dock alongside co-accused Zukiswa Sitho, 28, and Lusanda Solani, 36.

Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Dalayin Chetty, who currently presides over the case has postponed it for trial and is set to commence on the 8th of October 2018.

Judge Chetty further indicated that, if the trial is not concluded by December 14th 2018, it would resume on the first working term of 2019.

Omotoso faces over 60 charges relating to sexual exploitation, racketeering and human trafficking. He is alleged to have sexually abused several young women at his church in Umhlanga, Durban, under the pretext of healing them.

Omotoso has been in custody, awaiting trial, for more than a year. He was arrested in dramatic fashion at Port Elizabeth International Airport by the SAPS Tactical Response Team on April 20, 2017.

Omotoso and the co-accused are facing multiple charges and a number of witnesses are expected to be called.

Regional spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority [NPA], Tsepo Ndwalaza, said they are confident and ready for trial to begin.

“This has been a long case and even took longer than we expected but as the NPA we stand fit and ready for the trial to commence”. Described Ndwazala.

Trial is set to begin on the October 8th 2018.


Mfesane High School in Motherwell Gets a Visit From Deputy Minister Thomson Barbara.

By Simamkele Mazondwa.

Port Elizabeth- Deputy minister Thomson Barbara paid Mfesane high school in Motherwell a visit yesterday. Barbara was accompanied by a number of ANC members as she donated 100 school tables at Mfesane high school.

“As the deputy minister of Environmental Affairs it is my job to see to it that learners are studying comfortably and that the environment is safe for learning”,said Barbara.

There were a number of activities that took place on the day other than the give away of tables, the activities included people of various stakeholders such as fire fighters, teachers and community members who also contributed by cleaning the school and surrounding areas within Motherwell.

One of those community members were Ayanda Ntsiki, 33, who expressed how the day was for her and how special the visit from deputy minister Barbara is for them.

“We woke up in the early hours today just to assist the students and clean our community. The teachers were also assisting in cleaning around the school because an environment that is clean means our children will be able to think clearly too. Too much dirt can affect our health including our children that is why it is important to keep our areas clean,” said Ntsiki.

Anezwa Belu, 17, who is currently doing her matric also added saying this visit means a lot to them. “I am very happy that the deputy minister came to visit us and I am also happy that she donated 100 tables,” Belu said.

This visit comes at a very critical time as learners are approaching third term exams including those doing matric are about to write their trial exams.

Barbara concluded saying if learners, teachers and parents could work together a lot could be achieved in township schools.



By: Sidima Mfeku

Port Elizabeth– Nelson Mandela Bay’s ward 4 ANC Councillor, Mr Ayanda Tyokwana expressed his gratitude and honour towards the various stakeholders that gave back to  Walmer township community during the course of Mandela month [July].

Councillor Tyokwana applauded the efforts taken by different private organisations that took the initiative in helping to eradicate poverty in Walmer township.

“As walmer community we are grateful to have benefited from Nelson Mandela’s 67 minutes and the entire month in general”. Tyokwana said.

Tyokwana said as a collective they hope the sponsorships will change the lives of the impoverished Walmer township residents.

The community of Walmer township received various donations from numerous organisations, including the re-painting of Walmer Primary School.

The community also saw visits from Dameline College students who donated snacks to John Masiza Primary School pupils as part of the 67 minutes’ initiative in celebration of the Nelson Mandela legacy.

A variety of free services were provided to the community including: Feeding schemes, cleaning initiatives, blanket donations and home of safety food donations.

Councillor Tyokwana described that, since he took office in 2017, he realized a lot of work had to be done to improve the community, including youth building and development.

“when I was elected as a Councillor in this community I had the opportunity to correct some of the issues that I deemed challenging and done incorrectly, therefore i established a youth forum called Gqebera Youth Movement (GYM)”

The Councillor alluded the exceptional work done by GYM as they take matters of social development upon themselves and not solely depend on government.

“Drugs and alcohol abuse is a rife challenge because there is a lack in sustainable activities involving the youth and through the Gqeberha Youth Movement [GYM] the future is bright, we will have sustainable programmes through music, arts, entertainment, sports, and education”. Described ANC Councillor Tyokwana.

The issue of drugs, alcohol abuse and crime is one of the overarching challenges the community comes across on a daily basis.


By: Esethu Matetu

Port Elizabeth-  The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality invited various schools around the city to showcase and recite poetry in honour of late former President Nelson Mandela, as part of commemorating and celebrating what would’ve been his 100th birthday. 

The schools came in numbers and gathered outside City Hall to each recite a 3 minute poem and various stage performances, under the theme, “Be The Legacy”.

The Municipality’s Nabil Hendricks stated that, this initiative taken by the Municipality was to inspire and en-craft artistic creativity through education.

“We are here to pay respect to the legacy of Tata Nelson Mandela and pledge our commitment as a Municipality to follow in his footsteps” Hendricks said. 

According to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, education plays a very pivotal role in our society and forms as a cornerstone to nation building.

“As the Nelson Mandela Bay we are privileged to be named after such a globally renowned legend”,described Trollip.

The Mayor  further stated that, the Municipality has to practice Nelson Mandela day everyday and take initiative in empowering the youth through education.

Trollip concluded the event by handing over five framed quotes of Nelson Mandela to each school.


 The Mayor also embarked on an early morning cycle through the townships of Port Elizabeth around 04:30 am. The cycle commenced from City Hall and proceeded towards the various townships such as, NewBrighton, Kwazakhele, Veeplass and Missionvale. .

Trollip cycled with young kids from the Imveli Cycling Academy based in Kwzakhele. 

“When I cycled earlier this morning I saw some shocking areas in the townships. I saw a lot of things that needs the attention of the Municipality in some locations”,the Mayor added.

He vowed to continue working tirelessly in the fight against poverty in the city.

“While poverty persists, there is no true freedom,  as the Municipality we strive to eradicate poverty and crime in our beautiful city”. He said.