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Local leader fears community retribution

By Sidima Mfeku

Port Elizabeth – Vuka Youth Empowerment Movement leader Sicelo Jantjies fears that people from his area might label him as a criminal and scammer. This comes after a voice note circulated on social media accusing his organisation of collecting money from local spaza shops in Walmer with the impression that the money would be used to employ the youth.

The sound clip was spiked by rumours around the community that various foreign spaza shops were to close down as this organisation was collecting money from them (foreign spaza shops).

In the voice note a lady can be heard saying “Foreign shops are closing down because there is a youth group called Vuka that is collecting R1500 monthly so they (foreign spaza shop owners) are now feeling abused because they don’t know where the money is going, and the owners said they spoke to the group and told the group that they do not want to hire black people in their shops, so they are now closing until they find a solution to this”

The youth movement had proposed to the municipality that young people from Walmer should conduct food inspection raids at various shops in the community and be compensated R1500 monthly, the money would have been collected from the various shop owners in the area.

Jantjies said none of this money was collected and “no item on the proposal has been attempted, it all was a plan in paper”.

The proposal comes after public health and environmental health departments in the Nelson Mandela Bay failed to carry out the food inspection raids at local spaza shops in the area.

The plan was disapproved and scrapped by the municipality and the various stakeholders it has been proposed to on the basis that only qualified practitioners can conduct food inspections.

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(source: Rnews) food inspections conducted in Kostern

“with regards to the food safety industry, a person cannot just go and inspect food establishments, it is a technical field that requires training and a qualification and therefore qualified practitioners can be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa” Director of the Environmental health in Nelson Mandela Bay Dr Patrick Nodwele, said.

However, the decisions not to take up the youth movement’s proposal had not been communicated with the community and resulted in the misinformation shared among the Walmer community.

Dr Nodwele further maintained that food inspections have been carried out in Walmer on routine basis by environmental health practitioner Dirk Styn, and that the deployment of the general youth is unnecessary for this particular project.

He said, “Food inspections in walmer facilities are happening we have never suspended our services in Walmer and councillor Tyokwana is fully aware that we have a health practitioner in that Walmer”.

Responding to the misinformation in his community, councillor Tyokwana said “I am fully aware of the proposal, but I am sure that there is a misunderstanding in terms of the shops paying out 1500 to the organisation. The organisation did away with the R1500 in the proposal, no one has collected any cent from anyone.”

He said the proposal was scrapped because the shops did not agree with the financial recommendations of the proposal, and they could not conclude on the employment aspect of the proposal due to the inability of the shops to meet the standards of the newly passed wage bill.

Moreover, Tyokwana refuted claims by the Environmental practitioner Dr Nodwele that any inspections had been conducted in his ward.

“They have never conducted them (shop inspections) in Walmer as the municipality, because everything the municipality does goes through the councillor’s office”

He said in the two years he’s been serving as councillor in ward 4 he has never heard from municipality about inspections in his area.

“it is only the new political head councillor Pali who has done it in Kostern and other shops that have been mentioned in The Herald other than that we know nothing of inspections here”

He said “He is lying, if the directorate is doing inspections, it should be done in conjunction with the councillors office as well as the committee of the shops and also the general ward committee. We are supposed to know as the people who are around here, they never conducted inspections in my term, maybe they did 10 years ago.”

Furthermore, Tyokwana said he hopes that the municipality fast tracks everything and conduct these inspections soon, so that the community can live a clean and healthy life.

Informal dwellers disrupt Council progression

By: Sidima Mfeku

Seven informal dwellers of various areas around Motherwell, Port Elizabeth have staged protest action outside the chamber of council against the negligent governance imposed to them by the executive Mayor and MMC for Human settlements in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

The angry residents accused Mayor Mongameli Bobani and Andile Lungisa of not attending to their issues, making empty promises and leaving them (dwellers) to suffer the consequences of ill governance by some of their ward councillors.

Speaking directly to Lungisa, leader of this group Siphokazi Hlalu said “as you are seating here at this council meeting you are a leader to many other leaders, but at our communities we have councillors that are not doing their job well, that we would call out should you be visiting the areas as you should”.

Hlalu said “we have water problems and garbage collection bags that were promised to us long time ago have still not been delivered. Do you want us to protest in order for you to erect electricity poles in our areas?”

These angry residents said their current ward councillor Becinga Mbuqu referred them to the Mayor and Lungisa to express they dissatisfaction of their living conditions. They said he urged them to seek attention in a form of a protest and even “burn tyres” if needs be.

Bantu Tyamzashe speaks to mayor and human settlements MMC

Meanwhile, ward 54 resident Bantu Tyamzashe revealed another life threatening problem of living directly next to bushes that bear dangerous reptiles that could take their lives.

Tyamzashe said “we beg that these Ndluvu (informal dwellings) be taken care of, there are no toilets no water, behind our shacks are bushes with many snakes”

He said “Some of us are living near the farms and farmers behind our shacks are claiming that we are occupying their land, we have a problem there”

These residents delivered their memorandum of demands and Bobani promised the residents a visit in seven days in response to their grievances.

“Before we come to these areas, we need to meet with various stakeholders in governance so as to speak on the financial impact of the development that needs to be done in the areas” Bobani said.

He said people should continue working together and leave their personal party politics when dealing with matters that concern the well-being of the entire society.

 

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.

YOUTH CONVENTION

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. 

#TotalShutdown MARCHERS TAKE OVER BAY CITY STREETS

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.

 

PE HIGH COURT CONFIRMS OMOTOSO TRIAL DATE.

omotoso 

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.