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TREASURY DG BIG PHARMA’S INTERNATIONAL EMBROILED IN FAILED BID TO JAZZ DAY BLOCK NATURAL 5NAC FUNDS SAGA START LINE-UP page 4HERBS page 8page Friday 22 April 2022 D E Q L MIRRORWEEKLY SA Insight to connect the dots... STOP GOVERNMENT WARNED: Drop proposed draconian 2health regulations - or face court action see page

2 WEEKLY SA MIRROR NEWS Friday 22 April 2022 This is not about black or white or mandatory vaccines, this is about everyone losing their freedom under the guise of a health act… By Len Maseko and Thuli Zungu ABANDON urgency. The Government risks a spate of court chal- NEW COVID “Should our client’s demand not be adhered to REGULATIONS lenges from civil groups if it goes ahead with in- by 29 April 2022, our client reserves its rights to corporating the controversial Covid regulations – GOVT obtain appropriate relief, including approaching a into National Health Act. WARNED competent Court for declaratory and interdictory relief,” concludes Eloff’s letter. Opposition is growing against the Department ACTION: Ministers of health and of Health’s proposed health amendments geared to labour threatened with court action if they On its website, Dear SA says: “This is not about replace the country’s state of disaster Covid regu- proceed to implement controversial health black or white or mandatory vaccines, this is about lations that were terminated by President Cyril amendments… everyone losing their freedom under the guise of a Ramaphosa recently. health act. They intend on passing these acts de- the matter to court. criminate against those South Africans who were spite the fact that SA has reached an estimated 80% Civil society entity, DearSA, has given La- Initially, the Department of Health had given unvaccinated. immunity - it is thus obvious that this is not about bour and Employment Minister Thulasi Nxesi until health but about control, it reads. Thursday (April 29) to drop plans to introduce “the the public until today to comment on the proposed In the letter to the Minister, Eloff adds: “Our Code of Practice (that) effectively coerces employ- amendments to the National Health Act and Regu- client submits that the Code of Practice is ill-ad- Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann has been quoted ers into enforcing mandatory vaccination policies lations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control vised, ultravires, irrational and unconstitutional. as warning that if the government proceeded with in the workplace” – or face a court challenge. of Notifiable Medical Conditions. But yesterday, Our client’s primary concern is that the Code of the regulations, “we will test them in court”. amid growing public protestations against the pro- Practice effectively coerces employers into enforc- Already several organisations, including the posed amendments, the Health Minister extended ing mandatory vaccination policies in the work- SOME OF THE PROPOSED Western Cape government and religious bodies, the deadline to this Sunday (April 24), reiterating place and that it employs OHS regulations, and the REGULATIONS have expressed outrage at the proposed regulations, his earlier pronouncements that the regulations criminal sanctions contained therein, to do so. Our saying they make no sense, particularly concern- were not meant to control South Africans. client also considers, from what has been stated al- • Mandatory medical examinations, ing other communicable diseases like tuberculosis ready, that the proposed OHS regulations will rein- isolation, and treatments for people or measles. Particularly of great public concern is Regula- force this objective. with notifiable medical conditions, with tion 15(1)(c)(iii), which states that “A person who an option to self-isolate for those with For his part, Health Minister Joe Phaahla has has been in contact with a person who is a carrier “Our client’s view is that this objective is the Internet access; denied that the amendments were meant to control of a notifiable medical condition… may not refuse antithesis of the government’s stated aim of in- the public. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde an- to submit to mandatory prophylaxis, treatment, iso- creasing employment in South Africa and actively • Employers to encourage work-from-home nounced recently that the provincial government lation or quarantine…” An individual refusing to works to undermine rights that South Africans have where necessary and restrict face-to- did not support the proposed amendments. undergo a medical examination, be admitted to a not be compelled to be vaccinated against SARS- face meetings; healthcare facility, undergo treatment, or quaran- CoV-2 or Covid-19. It is also directly contrary to The Department of Health has indicated that tine, may be subject to a warrant by a court. There the President’s promise. In light thereof we request • Travellers entering and leaving South the new regulations would be implemented with- were fears that these regulations were aimed at put- that the Minister withdraws and reconsiders the en- Africa must have a vaccine certificate, out being tabled in Parliament, since it they were ting pressure on companies and businesses to dis- tirety of Code of Practice, as a matter of extreme or a negative PCR test no older than 72 subordinate legislation already delegated to the hours; minister. • Restrictions on funeral attendance — Meanwhile, public participation platform Dear During Covid–19, funerals are limited to SA announced that it had filed court papers to chal- 100 people; lenge the regulations, “to make sure that no one can abuse the tyrannical powers afforded by the Disas- • Restrictions on night vigils and after- ter Management Act ever again”. The platform said funeral gatherings — Banned during it was hoping to draw 1 000 000 public objections Covid–19; against the amendments, but they had relayed to government close on 280 000 objections by mem- • Restrictions on attendance at other bers of the public by yesterday. gatherings — 50% of venue capacity, if attendees have vaccine certificates. Dear SA has issued an ultimatum to Employ- Without proof of vaccination, attendance ment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to set aside is limited to 1 000 indoors and Covid workplace regulations “that could be used to force employers to impose mandatory vaccine 2 000 outdoors; policies at the risk of incurring criminal sanction”. • The regulations also allow further The platform boasts to have run many successful campaigns, through which it amassed an active par- restrictions to be implemented through ticipant network of over 900,000 individuals across other government departments; and, South Africa. • The Department of Health may give advice relating to curfews, a national In a letter addressed to the minister, Dear SA lockdown, sports, economic activity, legal representative, Daniël Eloff, warned unless public transportation, religious and the regulations were withdrawn and reconsidered cultural practices, and the sale of in their entirety, Dear SA reserved the right to take alcohol.

Friday 22 April 2022 NEWS 3WEEKLY SA MIRROR DIAMONDS & DOLLS SWAGGERS INTO SEASON 2 OF GLAM AND DRAMA Photos: Sipho Maluka Tebogo Ramokgadi with Melo Mthethwa. Jenilee Whittkerrita Velisa Ncana with Oyama Dyosibarita Busisiwe Jili,Siceleo Buthelezi,Nthabi Ndlovu Diamonds and Dolls announced of it’s Sea- and Palesa Madisakwane son 2 at Monarch in Sandton this week. BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK FANFARE OPENING: Designers SPLENDOUR: The three- Viktor&Rolf have un- day event presents 34 veiled the first world fashion show of their designers and collections bridal line, showcased of 320 brands from 27 by a model above. countries… BARCELONA, Spain -- The Barcelona Bridal are also following the fashion shows on the BBFW Cymbeline (France). Enzoani, Randy Fenoli, Allure or Amsale, and the Fashion Week (BBFW) catwalk today unveiled Digital Experience app. The first firms to take to In addition, Spanish companies such as Atel- Italians Nicole Milano, Peter Langner, Bluma- creations designed by major national and in- the catwalk have been Jesús Peiró, Marchesa for rine, Andrea Sedici, Elisabetta Polignano, Poesie ternational bridal wear designers. Pronovias, Yolancris and, for the first time, Peter ier Pronovias; Rosa Clará; Sophie et Voilà; Isabel Sposa, Simone Marulli, Valentini, Amelia Casa- Langner and Viktor&Rolf. The designer couple Sanchis; Marco & María; Ramón Sanjurjo and blanca, Bellantuono, Maison Signore, as well as A total of 34 top-level firms and emerging from The Netherlands has starred the first world Nicole Milano are participating in the show. Madi Lane (Australia), Katy Corso (Ukraine), brands are taking part in the fashion shows of the fashion show of their bridal line, Viktor&Rolf Vestal (South Korea), Julie Vino (Israel), Cym- industry’s international benchmark event, show- Mariage at the Barcelona Bridal Night. The BBFW fair runs at the same time with beline (France), or Daalarna (Hungary), The ing off their new products, as are 320 firms repre- the catwalk today and tomorrow, and will remain Atelier by Jimmy Choo (Malaysia), Tony Ward sented in the fair. Other international brands making their debut open until Sunday, with more than 320 firms, 75% (Lebanon), Otilia Brailoiu (Romania), and Penny at the BBFW are Vestal (South Korea); Agnieska of them being international, and visiting from 27 Peckam (United Kingdom), which is participating The BBFW catwalk is the setting for the Swialty (Poland); and Modeca (Netherlands). countries. for the first time, among many others, will pre- launch of national and international firms, who are Other participating again, are Marylise & Rembo sent their 2023 collections. – Fira de Barcelona/ presenting their 2023 collection of bride gowns, Styling (Belgium); Demetrios (USA); Julia Kon- Among the global brands, the renowned Leb- CisionPRNewswire groom wear and evening wear to buyers, commu- togruni (Bulgaria); Carlo Pignatelli (Italy) and anese firms Zuhair Murad and Tony Ward partici- nication media, wedding planners and guests, who pating for the first time, stand out. The Americans Demetrios, Justin Alexander,

4 WEEKLY SA MIRROR NEWS Friday 22 April 2022 OLD MUTUAL UNVEILS R2,8BN MIRROBRriefs B-BBEE SHARE BONANZA TWO NABBED AFTER FATAL WINDFALL: rican employees allocated more shares, Old mutual behalf of black community beneficiaries. SHOOTING Financial services statement said. According to the financial services giant, the group opens gigantic Two men arrested in connection with a fatal shoot- wealth tap to woo Under the new BEE scheme, black members of shares in the RetailCo, which will be tilted towards ing of a Soweto resident this week are expected to black shareholders… the public will be allocated 63.6 million shares, and qualifying black women and other broad-based cri- appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday black communities will also benefit from the share teria still to be determined, would not be tradeable to face charges that include murder. Kgomotso Di- By Isaac Moledi scheme. until they are listed on a broad-based black eco- ale, 34, was shot dead on Monday while he and other Financial services giant Old Mutual a broad- nomic empowerment exchange within five years. Pimville residents were following up on a cable theft based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) According to the statement, qualifying partici- complaint in the neighbourhood. He was killed alleg- share scheme worth R2.8 billion to boost its pants can buy a minimum of 200 shares for R2 000, Although the ESOP scheme will be opened to edly by gunmen living in the a nearby Chicken Farm black ownership from 25 to 30 percent. payable upfront. If qualifying participants do not all company employees, Old Mutual said a dis- informal settlement near Kliptown. have the money, they can still buy 100 shares for proportionate allocation would be made towards In a statement yesterday (Thursday), the coun- R1 000, which can be settled over 12 months, said achieving the company’s transformation objectives Police said that two men, whose identities have try’s third largest insurer said it will issue about Old Mutual. which include the black South African employees not been established, were arrested in an operation 205.3 million new Old Mutual shares worth R2.8 at lower job grade levels. after police received information about their wherea- billion in the new B-BBEE scheme called Bula Following the announcement, Old Mutual’s bouts. A third man was shot dead by police during Tsela (a seTswana wording translated as “open or share price traded 1.54% lower at R12.14 on the Old Mutual said vesting will entitle employees the operation after he allegedly pointed a firearm as pave the way”). JSE, meaning that potential black public sharehold- to take transfer of the ESOP Old Mutual shares af- police entered the suspects’ hideout. The men had no ers will be buying the company shares already at a ter a 10-year lock-in period. proof of identity when they were arrested. Gauteng The new transaction, still to receive the nod 17.6% discount to the current market price, traders provincial spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili from the regulatory authorities in South Africa, will said yesterday. said after receiving a tipoff about the armed men be- equal about 4.36% increase in the B-BBEE share- ing in a house in either Dlamini or Chaiwelo, police holding in Old Mutual, according to the financial Old Mutual believes its announcement is in went to the address where on arrival, the suspect who services giant. line with a commitment it made to the Department was shot dead had allegedly pointed a firearm at the of Trade, Industry and Competition in 2018 after police before his two accomplices were arrested. The scheme will benefit Old Mutual employees it separated from its managed relationship with its who will, through a trust, get 78.1 million shares former UK-base where it committed to achieve a B- Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lieu- — or 1.66% of the insurer’s issued share capital. BBEE ownership percentage in the company which tenant-General Elias Mawela commended the arrests All employees, regardless of race, will be allowed is over 30%. of the suspects.The suspects will face charges of to participate in the scheme - with black South Af- murder, attempted murder and possession of unli- According to Old Mutual statement, the 4.36% censed firearms and ammunition. - Vusi Xaba of the share capital it will be issuing is going to be financed by notional and actual funding from the WIFE TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER group and its subsidiaries. ‘PLOT’ TO KILL LAWYER HUBB The company further said that the employee The wife of a prominent lawyer arrested together share ownership trust (ESOP) will hold the 1.6% with two men for allegedly plotting to kill her hus- of Old Mutual’s share capital after the transaction band, is expected appear in court soon. In a state- while another special purpose vehicle called Retail- ment, police said their arrest followed a foiled Co will be created where ordinary black members plot to kill Johannesburg-based Advocate William of the public can subscribe for ordinary shares. This Mokhare, SC, after which the lawyer’s wife, Mrs vehicle, to be called a community trust, will in turn Boitumelo Joyce Mokhare, and two other suspects hold about 1.29% of Old Mutual’s share capital on were scheduled to appear in the Alexandra Magis- trate’s Court, charged with conspiracy to murder. APPEAL COURT She was arrested on Wednesday while the two al- SPURNS BID TO SHUT leged hitmen were nabbed on April 14. At the centre of the plot is reportedly the multi-million-rand es- DOWN NATURAL tate of Mokhare, chairperson of both the Limpopo Society of Advocates and Mpumalanga Society of Advocates. Police allegedly retrieved a firearm and ammunition supposed to be used in the planned hit, at the home of one of the suspects during a search at the suspect’s premises. – Frank Maponya HEALTH INDUSTRY STANDARD BULLISH AFTER RECORD EARNINGS DRUGS: Natural health products are not medicines Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank, says it expects RESPONDENT: Health Minister Joe and cannot be regulated because they are not drugs to record earnings above 2019 levels by the end of this year. In 2021, the group’s headline earnings rose Phaahla by 57% to R25 billion although this was still 11% lower than the R28. 2 billion it recorded in 2019. By Thuli Zungu It is only when manufacturers sell natural be regulated in the public interest. That, in the The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed health products and made claims that they can main, was the purpose of the replacement of the Meanwhile CEO Sim Tshabala believes South with costs an appeal by the South African cure a disease, that they could potentially become previous General Regulations under the Act, with Africa was potentially on the brink of a potential in- Health Products Regulatory Authority against subject to regulation, she said. This reinforces the the current ones. The regulations therefore intro- vestment boom, thanks to the country’s progress in a High Court decision which prohibited the provisions of the Medicines and Related Sub- duced a new category. The Alliance sought de- structural reforms. The bank was bullish about the publication of regulations that would have stances Act of 1965 since its inception over half claratory orders as well as the review and setting continent’s ability to rise above the Russian-Ukraine shut-down the entire natural health product a century ago. She found the definitions of com- aside of these regulations, in whole or in part, in war. – WSAM Business Reporter. industry. plementary medicines and health supplements the High Court. gazetted in the 2017 General Regulations were LOOTERS RUB SALT INTO The regulations would have resulted in the inconsistent with the definition of medicines in The THA contended that the Minister of FLOOD TRAGEDY WOUND natural products being uneasily available to the the principle of the Act, and declared them ul- Health (Joe Phaahla) was only empowered to reg- public. In its recent judgment, the Supreme Court tra vires, and therefore beyond the Minister of ulate medicines and scheduled substances within Two weeks into the KwaZulu-Natal persistent heavy of Appeal declared that natural health products Health’s legal power or authority. the meaning of the Act. They submitted that the rains and deadly floods, the province was this week were not medicines and therefore could not be regulations purported to regulate substances that still experiencing a logistics nightmare as stranded described as drugs. This matter was taken on appeal to the Su- were neither medicines nor scheduled substances trucks and food delivery vehicles continued to be preme Court of Appeal by the Traditional and and, to that extent, they were ultra vires. The looted because of damaged road networks. Last year the pharmaceutical industry target- Health Alliance (THA), but the High Court ruling High Court partly upheld the challenge to the ed all natural health products, including vitamin as upheld. On Monday last week, the Supreme regulations. Road Freight Association said in a statement this C and Vitamin D and wanted them to be uneas- Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down judgment week that the deadly flooding in the province has be- ily available to the public. These products were dismissing, with costs, the appeal and cross-ap- It considered that the partial declaration of devilled road freight logistics with congestion, lead- being used by the public to boost their immune peal against the decision of the Gauteng Division invalidity in respect of the regulations should be ing to the closure of the access roads around the Port system in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic and of the High Court in Pretoria. suspended for a period of 12 months. of Durban. The association said while the flooding were not distributed to cure a disease. has caused considerable damage, it did not expect The issue in this appeal was whether any re- The THA then cross-appealed against the fuel or food shortage. – WSAM Business Reporter This meant classifying them as pharmaceuti- view ground of the THA was legal. According to suspension of the declaration of invalidity. The cals would stifle the natural health product indus- the facts of this case, after a public consultative SCA held that the regulations purported to regu- BANK FORECASTS DISPOSABLE try to the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry. process that had stretched over several years and late substantial numbers of substances that were HOUSEHOLD INCOME DIP in consultation with the relevant authorities, the not medicines under the Act. The SCA ruled that In her ruling in the Gauteng Division of the Minister of Health, acting in terms of Section 35 the high court correctly concluded that the regu- Real household disposable income is expected to de- High Court in Pretoria, Judge Elizabeth Kubushi of the Act, made the regulations that are the sub- lations were ultra vires and invalid. crease considerably in 2022, with South Africans ex- found that not all complementary medicines and ject of this appeal. These are the General Regula- pected to have even less money available for discre- health supplements were necessarily medicines tions published on 25 August 2017. It appeared The SCA, therefore, held that the appeal must tionary spending in the coming months. requiring pre-approval (registration) by the SAH- from the evidence that there was a substantial fail on the ultra vires ground and that it was un- PRA, and by extension companies selling such market worldwide and in South Africa for com- necessary to make a final determination of the This is according to FNB group, which predicts products would not be required to be licensed plementary medicines and health supplements. other review grounds. that disposable income growth for ordinary South Af- as pharmaceutical importers, wholesalers or dis- ricans would slow to 2.1% from 5.9% this year – due tributors. There was no dispute that this market should In respect of the cross-appeal, the SCA held partly to higher inflation forecast and gradually rising that there was no reason in principle to interfere interest rates this year. The higher income base effect in 2021 is also partly to blame, says the group. It expects with the suspension order. disposable income growth in 2022 to also become un- der pressure due to what it calls a fragile employment situation in the country. – WSAM Business Reporter.

Friday 22 April 2022 NEWS 5WEEKLY SA MIRROR DID TREASURY DG FLOUT RULES OVER NAC FUNDS SAGA? PROBITY: The National Arts Council was questionably given permission to retain R59 million in surplus funds to dispense on discretionary basis…SUSPENDED: Rosemary Mangope DG: Dondo Mogajane AFUSOTTRUYMLHENISM FASONCSBCAAERCREK By Ali Mphaki page Outgoing National Treasury director-gen- page eral Dondo Mogajane may have flouted the state financial regulations when he 16 10and may not accumulate surpluses unless the WDEEEKQLYL SA gave greenlight to the National Arts Coun- cil to retain about R59-million in surplus prior written approval of the National Treas- funds – instead of invoking the regulations requiring state entities to return unused 3ury has been obtained. budgets to the treasury at the end of a fi- “That calculation amounted to R59.1 nancial year. million and was approved for retention by the entity. The funds were to be used by the In a letter dated and signed by Mogajane alarm after learning from faorwshuicshtlef-ubnlodws eartCURTHYBEORRDOUIOELSSET on August 21, 2015 when he was deputy that Mangope had applied director-general, and which Weekly SA Mir- MIRRORNational Arts Council for projects already to the Public Protector’s attention ror has seen, he controversially approved an the NAC, allegedly using the SARA’s name page application by the NAC for it to retain sur- and without the association’s plus funds at the end of the 2014/15 financial knowledge. This prompted the Friday 01 April 2022 year. The approval was a departure from the organisation to bring the matter norm since budgets unused by state entities Insight to connect the dots... at the end of the financial year are routinely contracted but not completed, for projects au- to investigate. returned to the Treasury. thorised by the Council but not yet contracted The NAC had earlier rejected as well as outstanding payables and accruals. an application for funds by SARA In this case, by giving the NAC permis- CHECKMATEcy is an internal NAC policy document and is quently, the association took a resolu- sion to retain the R59 million, Mogajane “The Expired Projects and Surplus Poli- when the incident occurred. Subse- opened the way for the council to use the funds on a questionable discretionary basis only used by them. It plays no role in the NT tion to never apply for funding from under a controversial surplus policy with no granting or not granting the retention of the the council again. oversight mechanism, and in contradiction Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwe- with the Public Management Finance Act surplus as explained above,” the statement &SSAGO‘RCCAOKMSFFMFEOYER’’S (PMFA) regulations. read. page In a letter addressed to Mr Makoto Mat- The treasury response seems to be in lala, then chief financial officer of the Depart- ment of Arts and Culture, Mogajane wrote FOR 10contrast with Section 53 (3) of the Public Fi- that: “Treasury approval in terms of Section M8 ANG1O3 PEnance Management Act, which stipulates that 53 (3) is granted for the NAC to retain ac- cumulated surpluses of the R59 125 428 as at such letter of approval should not and could the end of the 2014/15 financial year”. bane also found that the way the NAC LECAHRANTMOHPPOOOWPPO applied the policy “amounts to improper page This was in clear contravention of the conduct in state affairs as envisaged in National Treasury regulations, which stipu- Section 182(1))a) of the Constitution and SP‘ADL’ISASNATONSWTINENRG’ lated that permission to retain surplus funds constitute maladministration as envisaged must first be sought and obtained from Par- not have been granted. WDEEEKQLYL SA liament. The funds had to be returned to the More damning is that the surplus amount Treasury if they were not used during the par- ESMSUATBPSPAAUPPLTBELLTLNSILCIEDCHADEETPDIRRONONRATEAECVGCICEATEOWIONRSITnsight ticular financial year. was not for one year and approval was sought after the fact, not prior as required by Section Asked by Weekly SA Mirror to clarify his letter this week and if his actions were MIRROR53 (3) – or any Treasury Regulations/Notes. not in contravention of the PFMA, Mogajane appeared to avoid the question, instead gave As DDG at the time, Mogajane had neither a written explanation via the National Treas- the power or the capacity to override the law ury’s media desk. to the extent that the grant of approval was unlawful. A review by Weekly SA Mirror of The Treasury statement read: “A public in Section 6(4)(a)1 of the Public Protector page entity ……… may not budget for a deficit Act”. Chair of the Portfolio Com- mittee on Sports, Arts and Friday 08 April 2022 Culture Beauty Dlulane, did not respond to questions from Weekly SA Mirror. connect the dots... As per their mandate to to maintain oversight, we had in- quired what the committee had See 2the NAC financials 2010/2011 to 2018/2019 done to hold the NAC accountable p reveals the existence of surplus funds each regarding the discredited Expired year without approval and without the exist- Projects and Surplus Policy as per ence of any policy at NAC until 2015, which the remedial action ordered by the begs the question as to how the clean audits Public Protector. Dlulane was also passed by the Auditor General SA, AGSA. asked for an update on the pending Weekly SA Mirror approached the AGSA disciplinary process against Mangope, spokesman Mandla Radebe as to why they who was suspended on September 27, give the NAC ‘clean audits in spite of the 2021. existence of the council’s contentious “Ex- Weekly SA Mirror had tried to as- ETNHDE ORFOAD? 2LRaowsteimghatreynMsasncrgeowpse National Arts Council boss pired Projects and Surplus Policy”. Ques- see page tions sent last Friday, followed by several certain if Mangope had been suspended suspended reminders during the week, had not elicited with full pay and/or whether she is still around any response by the time of going to press. in possession of the NAC equipment like The controversy surrounding the NAC and cellphones, laptops etc. its suspended CEO Rosemary Mangope fol- lows the Public Protector findings over their Mogajane, whose contract comes to an contravention of the PFMA and Treasury end in two weeks’ time on June 7, has served regulations in their application of the Expired the Treasury for 23 years, of which the last Projects and Surplus Policy. five years had been as the DG. This is after a small NGO, South Afri- Minister of Finance Enoch Gondogwane has elected not to extend his contract. A process to recruit a new DG of the National can Roadies Association, SARA, raised the Treasury has already commenced.

6 WEEKLY SA MIRROR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Friday 22 April 2022 IKUSASA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CAREER GUIDE DIGITALLY TRANSFORMED PUBLIC SECTOR CAN IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES LACK: About 62 percent of municipal councillors lacked basic computer skills to pass budgets in 2021 Greg Gatherer, account manager at Liferay Africa By Isaac Moledi digitally empowered. Quoting the research from not conduct digital skills audits at all. approach for common service parts by utilising A digitally transformed public sector is not only the Industrial Development (IDC), he says organi- “Given South Africa’s stated fourth industrial opensource platforms. This allows them to fit to- more accessible and crucial, it can also be less sations that invest in digital transformation (DX) gether the pieces which suit their needs and sim- of a burden on the fiscus, allowing the State to technologies in 2020 enjoyed a 20% increase in revolution (4IR) ambitions, the government should ply develop the extra elements required. Such an allocate more resources to service delivery and employee productivity. be a leader in digital transformation.” approach also means that organizations can re-use development issues. work already carried out by others and that govern- He said there was no doubt that the public sec- According to Gatherer, digital transformation ment departments can pool resources to carry out But achieving this scenario simply isn’t possi- tor could benefit from such an increase as much as Is not really about massive overhauls and radical pieces of work and offer them back to the rest of the ble if employees in the sector are not digitally em- any other industry. skills development. It is an ongoing process where public sector for re-use and recycling. powered themselves, according to Greg Gatherer, ONE BITE AT A TIME technologies and skills are built on top of each Account Manager at Liferay Africa. other. “It’s also critical, however, that public sector On the face of it, he says digitally empowering employees aren’t just empowered with regards to “Mention digital transformation in the public public sector employees can seem like a massive “Building up basic, relevant skills among pub- the technologies they use on a daily basis. They sector and most people’s minds will go straight to challenge. In South Africa, for example, the State lic sector employees can go a long way to improv- also need to regularly interact with the technologies consumer-facing digital products and services,” is the biggest employer with more than a million ing their ability to do their jobs.” that ordinary citizens use to access government ser- says Gatherer, whose company makes software people working in the public sector ranging from USING THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY vices. In doing so, they put themselves in a much that helps companies to create digital experiences elected officials and civil servants to teachers, po- better position to understand the frustrations faced on the web, mobile and connected devices. lice officers and healthcare professionals. And while digital transformation is obviously by citizens and to make suggestions for improve- about more than adopting technology, Gatherer ments to IT and management teams.” According to Gatherer, most people’s frustra- “As such, getting an overall sense of how digi- says it can play a crucial role in ensuring that pub- A CRITICAL SHIFT IN MINDSET tions with the parts of the public sector they deal tally empowered they are, is all but impossible. lic sector employees feel digitally empowered. with directly – vehicle licensing, identity docu- We do, however, know that there are some glaring “A protected, customised intranet, for example, But in order for this empowerment to happen, ments and passport renewal, for example – could weak points.” can enable employees to find the information they Gatherer believes that there clearly needs to be a be solved with effective digital transformation. need when they need it. Secure, modern intranets shift in mindset, particularly at management level. Gatherer says in 2021, for example, it was re- help employees better manage their benefits and “It’s critical that it happens too.” While he is under “But real digital transformation that results in vealed that 62% of municipal councillors lacked career planning, allowing for higher satisfaction no illusions that digital transformation and empow- effective service delivery is far more complex than the basic computer skills needed to pass munici- and better employee retention.” The same is true erment is a cure-all for South Africa’s service de- simply implementing customer-facing technolo- pal budgets. It was also concerning that research for self-service portals. “A digital experience plat- livery issues, it will make a difference, especially gies. It requires the adoption of digital technologies from the National Electronic Media Institute of SA form (DXP) can make delivering both intranets and in a country where the perceived quality of service and processes across the organisation and, critical- published at the end of 2020 showed that managers self-service portals simpler by connecting together delivery is even lower than expectations which ly, a mindset that embraces these changes.” in government were quite sceptical about the need previously disparate backend systems.” were at five-year low in 2021. for future digital technologies in government com- Gatherer believes that in order for that to hap- pared with other sectors and that most managers do According to Gatherer, public sector organiza- pen in any organisation, employees need to feel tions can also use a shared solution development By WSAM Reporter THE CV THAT WILL use of the page space, font and graphics. Life skills helps in dealing with daily tasks in HELP YOU LAND Cover letter all areas of life while professional skills allowed THAT PLUM JOB for the performance of specific work duties. A great cover letter alone can get you the job. SKILLS: Relevant skills, including leadership A cover letter is a great opportunity to tell your The question then is what skills are needed for and team work, are needed for most jobs story and convince the person reading that you a particular job and which are not? If for instance, are worth working with. It should be personalised ten people apply for the same job and coinciden- studies have shown that important things to put on know the role requirements for the job you are for the job you are applying for, rather than go- tally happen to be from a similar background of a CV for entry-level candidates are all soft skills applying for, then you are better equipped to un- ing the generic route. The purpose of the cover education and work experience, how do you dif- and they are problem solving (83% of employers), derstand what proficiencies to focus on. This may letter is to introduce yourself to an organization, ferentiate and choose the best person? teamwork (83%), written communication (80%) mean tailoring your CV for each of the different demonstrate your interest in the company or the and leadership (72%). roles you apply for. Skills you may deem unim- specific vacancy, draw attention to your resume This unfortunately is very common when it portant to mention may be just the skills that will and motivate the reader to interview you. Often comes to talent and skills acquisition. When a They however list the following as effective help your CV rate high when scanned. Include the this letter is the first contact you have with a pro- hiring manager sends out a clear and precise job secrets to getting chosen for a job: relevant keywords needed to qualify you for that spective employer. specification, they usually end up with similar ap- Applicant Tracking System or ATS position. Content plicants. However, after short listing candidates, Layout and formatting only a few will be contacted for an interview. An applicant tracking system (ATS) helps Your CV content should reflect a professional How come? What makes other candidates more companies organize candidates for hiring and The appearance of your document is impor- tone throughout the document and convey a mes- appealing to the hiring manager even though they recruitment purposes. These systems allow busi- tant, especially how the information is formatted. sage about your competency level. Do not neglect have not yet met him? nesses to collect information, organize prospects It is important to highlight crucial information grammar and spelling. How you articulate your- based on experience and skill set and filter appli- first, such as your key competencies and what self speaks volumes about you and the type of According to recent reports 75% of HR pro- cants. Because each job attracts numerous appli- makes you the perfect candidate. How you design candidate you are. Your CV needs to be concise fessionals admit there is a shortage of skills in cants, it has become necessary to bring in com- your CV demonstrates the type of person you are and precise; it should not be longer than four pag- candidates for job openings. What do they mean puter programmes that will shortlist the relevant and showcases your level of professionalism. At a es. It is always recommended to consult with pro- by “skills” though? HR professionals define skills candidates to save precious human time that can glance, your CV has to attract the hiring manager fessional CV writers, especially when you have a as natural talents and the expertise you develop to be used to look at worthy candidates. So, when or recruiter and gain their interest to actually pay lot of content and accomplishments. perform a task or a job. Life skills help you deal writing your CV, keep ATS in mind because it attention to every detail of your CV. Make good Length with daily tasks in all areas of life while profes- might very well be your first gatekeeper. If you sional skills allow you to perform specific work Yes some of us are well accomplished and duties. HR professionals list types of skills as soft have a lot to put down on our CVs, however, it is skills, hard skills, domain-general and domain- recommended you do your best to minimize the specific skills. length of your CV. You need to learn how to say more in fewer words. An ideal CV is two pages But how does one list skills on a CV to land long. If you struggle to summarise your key com- that interview and what are those simple yet ef- petencies and relevant accomplishments in two fective secrets to getting chosen for that job? HR pages, then a four page CV is the recommended managers and career experts list a variety of top maximum. The primary purpose of a CV is to skills for a resume which they say are universal market yourself professionally and show why you and not associated with a particular job or indus- are a candidate of choice. So do take extra care try. They include creativity, public speaking, criti- when preparing your document.-Additional infor- cal thinking and team work skills. But they say mation by Elite-CV

Friday 22 April 2022 PERSONAL FINANCE/BUSINESS 7WEEKLY SA MIRROR CRYPTO CURRENCY EXCHANGES PRONE TO HACKS – EXPERTS WARN LOSS: Potential risks resulted in financial consumers suffering huge losses early this year By Isaac Moledi Ethereum, but did you know that there could be as lar because of the low fees associated with it, the and will have no recourse against anyone. If there is one thing that the Covid- 19 pan- many as 10 000 different types of cryptocurren- ease of trading, the fact that they are not related Here are some of the measures FSCA say can cies traded globally? to any government or country and the perception demic has probably changed forever, it is how that using cryptocurrency to pay for things may be help protect you: people make monetary payments or deal with The topic of cryptocurrency has occupied a lot safer than traditional payment options. 1. Dont trade without a plan. Having a strong money in general - making less popular the tra- the minds of many financial regulators and other ditional ways of making payments with physical industry stakeholders and has become one of the But why can cryptocurrency be risky? Market and well-thought-out trading plan is essential. cash or debit or credit cards at the till. many topics to be unpacked around conference analysts say that cryptocurrency exchanges have Most people who fail in the crypto market begin tables to unpack its value and risks. been prone to hacks and other criminal activity. trading without a plan. Having a well thought out With many people who are now working re- strategy gives you direction because you will be motely, cryptocurrencies have become the newest The Financial Sector Conduct Authority For this reason, crypto is considered to be a able to decide what to trade, as well as when and and to some people, the most exciting application (FSCA), South Africa’s market conduct regulator risk, as these security breaches have led to sizable how much to invest. to the electronic payment market, with many peo- to banks, insurers, retirement funds and adminis- losses for investors who have had their digital cur- ple jumping at opportunities to trade these curren- trators as well as market infrastructures, has also rencies stolen, never to be seen again. They say 2. Dont select cryptocurrencies without re- cies for profit. been involved in some of these round-table dis- fraud and scams are also rampant inthe crypto search. If you decide to start cryptocurrency trad- cussions with the aim to offer consumers some industry. ing, it can be easy to follow the trend and not think But the main question and some concerns re- important warning when it comes to cryptocur- things through. You need to know exactly what main: Are we aware of the many potential risks rency. The FSCA issued a warning recently, stat- you are getting into, which means researching be- that come with these currencies? Are our eyes ing that it had noted with concern the increasing fore selecting the crypto in which to trade. wide open enough when we trade in these curren- But another question to ask is why is cryp- volume of crypto asset-related losses suffered by cies or are we following those in the midst of it tocurrency popular? Market analysts believe that financial consumers earlier this year. These risks 3. Dont be greedy. The biggest enemy of eve- all? these currencies have already made inroads into are further compounded by unregulated firms tar- ry crypto trader is greed. You should follow the the area of fintech, specifically because of its geting consumers with marketing material that limits you have set for yourself, whether it is re- Yes, cryptocurrencies, according to Money Blockchain Technology, a system of recording highlight the rewards, but not the potential down- lated to profits or to losses. If you dont take prof- Smart Week SA, a financial education drive to information in a way that makes it difficult or im- side and possible risks when it comes to investing its or follow what is called a stop-loss, you could motivate and empower consumers to become fi- possible to change, hack or cheat the system. in cryptocurrency. end up worsening your own financial situation. A nancially savvy, are digital currencies that can be stop-loss is an advance order put in place to sell used to buy goods and services especially now “Fintech products and services are increasing- Cryptocurrency is also considered an ex- an asset when it reaches a particular price point. that hybrid working has become another way of ly starting to attract new customers and this stems tremely risky investment as there is a higher life and that online shopping has also become a from the fact that fintech products generally offer chance that you may lose more than you gain. 4. Do not let your emotions take control. One popular method of shopping. Whether it is our lower costs and tend to be easy and fast to use,” of the biggest mistakes that every crypto trader daily groceries, transportation or entertainment, according to Kagiso Mothobi, Department Head Often, newcomers to this type of trading can needs to avoid when trading is to let their emo- the app now helps those who trade in these cur- for the Fintech Unit at the FSCA. suffer major losses with their first investments, tions get in the way. rencies to make payments to whoever they want until more experience and knowledge is acquired. to and in the currency they prefer. According to him, the products also tend to Due to the volatility of the crypto market, the have features that are not typically seen within Experts advise that it is important to do your fluctuations in price can be sudden and drastic, Nowadays, cryptocurrency can also be used the realm of traditional products and use data research and to only invest money that you can which makes it easy for anyone to panic. How- for investments and even to raise capital for that personalize features which become specific afford to lose. Start investing with a realistic ex- ever, this is where you need to control your emo- companies who want to avoid traditional fund- to consumers. This, he says, result in many con- pectation and that it may also be helpful to set in- tions and stay calm. Rather than making decisions ing routes. Crypto assets, as they are called, are sumers becoming attracted to this type of finan- vesting limits for yourself. in a panic, you should think carefully, assess the traded, transferred and stored electronically. You cial transaction, leading these products to grow in situation and then decide what to do. may have come across or have heard of Bitcoin or prominence. Experts warn that because crypto-related in- vestments are not regulated by the FSCA or any FSCA says it is for all of these reasons and Cryptocurrency itself has also become popu- other body in South Africa, if something goes risks that South Africa will soon officially imple- wrong, you are not likely to get your money back ment cryptocurrency trade and investment laws. CRIMINALS TARGET 1, 2020, is a data protection law to protect people last year to counteract the financial effects of lock- CONSUMERS PAYING from harm by protecting their personal informa- down. This information is important for these types tion. In our edition, last week, Weekly SA Mirror of small businesses embarking on payment solu- ELECTRONICALLY covered POPI Act in detail. tions for their clients. WARN: Consumers warned to be vigilant about But what is screen scraping all about and how These are some of the warning individuals or the scam to avoid losing a lot of money can consumers avoid being caught in the scam? businesses need to heed: Screen scraping, according to MSWSA, occurs • Read carefully through the terms and condi- By Isaac Moledi experts say individuals run the risk of losing their when someone makes an online purchase and is Financial advisers have cautioned consumers hard-earned cash if they are not vigilant enough. prompted to provide his or her internet banking tions on any website before clicking “accept”. login details to process the payment. • Use a security testing tool before accepting the about the latest various scams that have emerged “In fact, most people may be unaware of what following the increase in the use of electronic pay- screen scraping actually is, and that they may al- Instead of being directed to their banking site, terms and conditions, and make sure that no ments and online shopping around the world. ready have been subjected to it. By simply giving you are re-directed and taken to a fraudulent web- high risks are identified. If anything is higlight- a third-party or software programme access to your site where the criminal third-party can then log into ed, immediately let the website host know so Most consumers may be giving out banking de- financial information, consumers are potentially your banking account, using the details provided. that they can make the necessary adjustments. tails to someone without knowing or realizing the being exposed to the risk of screen scraping and the • If using cloud-based software, use both testing implications or the dangers involved, according to potential of a significant financial loss,” according The criminals are then able to make a payment and sandbox technology to acquire a real-world advisers. With the increase in the use of electronic to the Money Smart Week SA (MSWSA), a finan- to a store or merchant on your behalf. analysis of security gaps, (Sandboxing technol- payments and online shopping around the world cial education campaign to motivate and empower ogy uses virtual servers to test software in an and the growing role played by financial technol- South Africans to become financially savvy. In 2020, the South African Reserve Bank isolated environment). ogy (fintech) when it comes to payments, the mo- (SARB), the Payment Association of South Africa • Inquire if your third-party software vendors use dus operandi of criminals is unfortunately also con- While this scenario is more relevant for retail (PASA) and the Financial Sector Conduct Author- open-source tools in their products. stantly changing and advancing. Financial advisers consumers, MSWSA says the risks are also sig- ity (FSCA) issued a joint statement warning con- • Find out how third-parties deal with open have warned consumers to be up to speed with vari- nificant for businesses that sign over authority to a sumers about the risks associated with instant on- source, and what precautions they have taken ous scams involved so that they do not fall victims. third-party to access their banking and client infor- line EFT (electronic fund transaction) payments, to avoid risks. mation. The recent Protection of Personal Informa- particularly in relation to screen scraping. • Make sure that the third-party has a way to With the increasing issueing of screen scraping, tion Act (POPIA), which came into effect on July track and identify open-source codes, so that The statement reiterated the importance of con- they can develop patches quickly if their prod- sumers educating themselves about the risks and uct is identified as vulnerable. benefits of making payments online and acknowl- • Individuals should not share their login creden- edged that it is becoming exceptionally difficult for tials with any third-parties other than their own regulators and the financial industry alike to con- bank’s legitimate platforms. tain these types of crimes before vast amounts of • If there is suspicion of any fraudulent activities, money are lost. reset login credentials immediately. MSWSA says screen scraping can be hugely Businesses have also been experiencing mas- beneficial if used legitimately, but can also be sive repercussions of screen scraping as third-par- used by criminals to steal data. MSWSA advises ties can gain access to the company’s data which consumers and businesses to arm themselves with often includes secure information about their cli- as much information as possible to distinguish be- ents. Experts say businesses and individuals need tween a legitimate scraping transaction and a crimi- to become extra vigilant in protecting themselves nal one. and take the necessary precautions to avoid screen scraping. This is especially relevant for entrepre- neurs who have started small businesses over the

8 WEEKLY SA MIRROR OPINION/ANALYSIS Friday 22 April 2022 Comment HEED THE VOICE OF REASON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY: South Africa must ruled by a democratic govern- ment respectful of the freedoms enshrined our Con- A CALL FOR GLOBAL stitution – at all times. Thus, it is disturbing that the PEACE AND UNITY government is now planning to incorporate contro- versial Covid regulations into the National Health REPERTOIRE: Global Concert line-up to include Marcus Miller, Gregory Act that could impinge on those very cherished freedoms – now that our nation has failed to reach Porter, David Sanborn, Hiromi, Pedrito Martínez, Ravi Coltrane, José James, the envisaged 80 percent herd immunity to stave off the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda Oh, Shemekia Copeland, Lizz Wright… Just as perturbing is that our government ap- Paris and New York––UNESCO Director-Gen- Jazz carries a universal Union (EBU), the concert will be distributed by its pears to be acting with undue haste to rush through eral Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill message with the power members and will be promoted through its sister these contentious regulations – without giving the Ambassador Jazz legend Herbie Hancock yes- to strengthen dialogue, our broadcasting unions in Africa and other regions of public only sufficient time to examine its inten- terday announced the programme for the 2022 the world. Excerpts of JazzWomenAfrica will be tions. Therefore, in spite of the extended April 24 celebration of International Jazz Day (April 30), understanding of each broadcast on April 30 during the All-Star Global deadline to comment on the proposed amendments, with events taking place in more than 180 coun- other, and our mutual Concert produced by the Herbie Hancock Institute this does not remove the fact that we have been tries. for Jazz. given a short time. respect… Hancock jointly made the announcement in The worldwide programme for International And, there is no denying that the consequences his capacity as the goodwill ambassador of United Herbie Hancock, who co-chairs International Jazz Jazz Day 2022 also includes an extraordinary ar- of these proposals hold the serious implications on Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or- Day with the Director-General of UNESCO. ray of programming in more than 180 countries, the rights of the citizens. Eerily, some seem to target ganization (UNESCO) and All-Star Global Concert with concerts and performance-based initiatives unvaccinated employees through veiled legislative host, together with UNESCO director-general. The In the lead-up to the 2022 All-Star Global Con- complemented by diverse social outreach and edu- coercion. Needless to say, the whole saga is stark flagship Jazz Day event will be staged in the UN cert, a series of free, online education programs cational activities. In Central Africa, the organizers contrast with previous pronouncements by Presi- General Assembly Hall, in New York, emphasis- will be presented via,, and and partners behind the Biennale of Luanda/Pan- dent Cyril Ramaphosa, that no one would ever be ing the importance of jazz as a means of achieving the official International Jazz Day YouTube and African Forum for the Culture of Peace will present forced to vaccinate. Instead, we now behold a gov- unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy. Facebook pages. World-renowned jazz artists, in- an extensive series of virtual roundtables, concerts, ernment pushing for regulations that give employ- With Herbie Hancock serving as Host and Artistic cluding multiple Grammy Award winners Arturo exhibits and other events highlighting the contribu- ers the power to discriminate against unvaccinated Director and John Beasley as Musical Director, the O’Farrill and Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, tion of jazz in promoting peace, uniting people and workers, who face dismissal for non-compliance. programme is set to feature performances by some Danny Grissett, Dan Tepfer and others, will lead fostering cooperation around the world. At best, these regulations will create divisions and of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists, in- master classes and presentations. A complete list- promote discrimination at the workplace. cluding vocalists Shemekia Copeland, José James, ing and schedule of education programmes will be In the Republic of Korea, the Korean Jazz As- Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea), Gregory Por- available at The 2022 edu- sociation and other partners are planning six days of Ours should not be a government that seeks to ter, Alune Wade (Senegal) and Lizz Wright; pianists cation programs are presented in collaboration with concerts themed around freedom. A “National Jazz control people under the guise of protecting them Joey Alexander (Indonesia), Helio Alves (Brazil), the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, the Week,” culminating on International Jazz Day, will against illness. It should be a government that re- Laurent de Wilde (France), Hiromi (Japan), Ray JAM Music Lab University (Vienna) and JZ Music began yesterday across Chile, with participation spects and upholds freedoms and human rights that Lema (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Tarek Group (Shanghai), among others. from UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez. made this country a beacon to the world. It should Yamani (Lebanon); drummers Terri Lyne Car- never be the one to even remotely contemplate laws rington and Brian Blade; bassists James Genus, Shortly before the Global Concert, UNESCO Meanwhile on April 29 in the United States, that seek to trample on people’s rights to appease Marcus Miller and Linda Oh (Australia); saxo- will celebrate the musical talent of women from Newark, New Jersey public radio station WGBO the world. phonists Ravi Coltrane, David Sanborn and Erena across Africa with a second edition of its JazzWom- will celebrate the renaming of the street on which it Terakubo (Japan); guitarist Mark Whitfield and enAfrica concert series. Organised in collaboration resides in honour of legendary jazz musician, com- That said, it is not surprising therefore that trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jeremy Pelt, among with the cultural agency ANYA Music (Morocco), poser and Newark native Wayne Shorter. strong opposition from the public, buttressed by others. JazzWomenAfrica helps counter the under repre- several civil groups, might lead to the courts to sentation and insufficient recognition of women in Major support for International Jazz Day is pro- challenge the amendments. Still, small wonder Em- Also joining the global ensemble will be harmo- the music industry. A discussion with women artists vided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Air ployment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, has nicist Grégoire Maret (Switzerland), harpist Edmar and music producers on this theme will take place transportation and additional support for artists and already been served with a letter of demand by the Castañeda (Colombia), percussionist Pedrito Mar- on April 29. educators is provided by United Airlines, the air- public participation platform, Dear SA, over the tínez (Cuba) and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Syria). line partner of International Jazz Day. Established proposed mandatory vaccine policies earmarked This unique concert is the result of a residency by UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO for the workplace. DearSA has asked Nxesi to re- Further information on the 2022 cast is avail- organised by Anya Music that brought together Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recog- consider and withdraw the proposed regulations or able on “Jazz carries a universal mes- Jazz Women from across Africa including: Abigail nised by the United Nations General Assembly, In- face court action – and so too Health Minister Joe sage with the power to strengthen dialogue, our un- Narkie Teye (percussionist, Ghana), Laura Prince ternational Jazz Day brings together countries and Phaahla. Both have been given until April 29 to re- derstanding of each other, and our mutual respect. (performer, Togo), Maah Keita (bassist, Senegal), communities worldwide every April 30. The Her- spond or face a barrage of court challenges. Yet, all As the world is affected by multiple crises and con- Mariaa Sigaa (composer and performer, Senegal), bie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s partner that would help resolve the impending stand-off is flicts, this international day highlights how much Mounaissa (guitarist, Mali), Nelida Karr (guitarist, in the organisation and promotion of International for the government to live up to its boast of being a music and culture can contribute to peace,” said Equatorial Guinea), and Senny Camara (composer Jazz Day. listening and caring government. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. and kora player, Senegal). Th main concert will be webcast worldwide Already, the nation is reeling from the dev- “With conflict and division in many parts of the In partnership with the European Broadcasting on April 30 at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT/11 pm CET astating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which world, it is my hope that, through the universal lan- on,,, have caused untold suffering. Thousands have died; guage of jazz, our celebration this year can inspire the International Jazz Day YouTube and Facebook scores are battling mental health issues; families people of all nations to heal, to hope and to work channels, UN Web TV and US State Department have been torn apart, with scores of breadwinners together to foster peace,” said Institute Chairman outlets. – SOURCE Herbie Hancock Institute of losing jobs. To introduce another ominous dynamic Jazz in addition to the already ghastly situation would be utterly insensitive and impervious to pain and suffering. Worse, many companies have since shut down as a result of declining economy and crippling lockdowns foisted by the pandemic. The least the government can do now is create conditions for the populace to pick up the pieces, without further hindrances to their freedom or denying them their right to make important choices about their lives. We hope government will heed the call to withdraw these inhumane regulations. In a democratic coun- try, freedom should be about allowing individuals to be who they are without permission from anyone – not least from government. v 060 936 2673 [email protected] Weekly SA Mirror is published by Weekly SA Mirror Pty Ltd. Correspondence to be directed to: PostNet Suite 230, Private Bag X 9, Melville 2109. Website: Contact: 060 936 2673 Letters to be sent to: [email protected] MIRRORWEEKLY SA Insight to connect the dots... Weekly SA Mirror subscribes to the Press Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media. As a subscriber publication and member of the Press Council of SA, the publication is thus subject to the Press Code and to the jurisdiction of the PCSA’s com- plaints procedures.

Friday 22 April 2022 OPINION/ANALYSIS 9WEEKLY SA MIRROR YOUNG WOMEN Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy, global IN TECHNOLOGY Head at Zoho TO BRIDGE THE GENDER DIGITAL DIVIDE DOMINATE: Technology industry dominated it’s well reported that many don’t feel confident by men while women lag far behind enough in a class with other young boys, to put up their hands to answer questions.” By Isaac Moledi ed industries is technology,” says Kuppulakshmi Aisha Pandor, CEO of SweepSouth Friday, April 22, was International Day of Girls Krishnamoorthy, global Head at Zoho for Startups. Pandor says as a society we need to be aware in the information and communication tech- 3. Be present, bring your own chair to the table, of any gender biases our children grow up with, and nology or ICT and industry leaders are urging According to Seugnet van den Berg, a found- and be a lighthouse of a mentor. consciously untrain them; otherwise they occur at countries around the world to support gender ing partner at Bizmod, if there’s a sector that can such a formative stage of development that they equality in the technology industry, equipping claim the least damage from the pressures of the 4. Invest time and money on training to overcome become entrenched and difficult to undo. young females with the necessary skills to pur- last eighteen months, the technology sector is at the conscious and unconscious bias … to find and sue fair opportunities in the future. top of that list. bring together more people who are truly in- Educate, mentor and guide, says Dori-Jo Bon- tentional and are willing to pass the baton of ner, Strategist at Striata Africa. Girls in ICT is a global movement observed by “The COVID-19 pandemic has been touted as knowledge on. the United Nations and the day is celebrated annu- the most effective catalyst for digital transforma- ‘’As strange as it may sound, the gender divide ally on the fourth Thursday in April. To mark the tion and the technology sector has reaped the re- 5. Create and make available a marketplace of in our technology business begins even before girls day of International Girls in ICT on April 22, the wards,” says van den Berg. tech tools for learning and development like ro- enter the workforce. As is the case with many other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plus botics kits, sandbox developer platforms, etc., professions, technology still carries many outdated UN Women including a host of other international Other industry experts say while the IT sector that help in proving that technology can be a stereotypes and research indicates that girls are sig- women bodies host virtual high-level panel ses- in South Africa often talks about inclusion and di- leveller. nificantly less likely to study technology with the sions. The sessions aim to encourage more girls versity, much more work remains to be done. intention of considering a career in the sector.” and young women to actively pursue careers in 6. Empower young girls by helping them enhance Science, Technology, English and Mathematics or “And, more significantly, talk must rapidly be- their innate emotional quotient (EQ), keeping According to Bonner, what young girls do not STEM to bridge the gender digital divide. come action. Both education and inspiration are re- in mind the intersectionality. learn about are the job prospects available in the quired to close the gender divide in technology. We “On this International Girls in ICT Day, aswe technology industry and the important need for With technology playing a role in all kinds of must provide South African young females with the women to be acknowledged and make a difference careers, from art and history to law, primary teach- required skills to seek equal opportunities in the fu- act with more focus and passion, and as we reach in this space. ing and graphic design, women activists say learn- ture,” says van den Berg. for the stars, let’s also promise to the poster- ing technology skills at a young age will set girls up ity that the magnificent future will be built on a “It is crucial that we educate, mentor, and for economic independence. According to Krishnamoorthy, “knowing the strong foundation of equality and inclusivity,” says guide young girls about these options because only importance of equal gender representation in tech Krishnamoorthy. Society must be aware of gender through this type of mentoring and guidance can According to a PwC report, women presently is one thing, and doing what it takes to support, to biases children grow up with. we begin to open doors to so many people whose hold only 19% of tech-related roles at the world’s become an ally, is an entirely different thing. To abilities and talents are so sorely needed right top ten technology corporations, compared to men support gender equality in tech, the key players Aisha Pandor, CEO of home services com- now,” adds Bonner. who hold 81 percent. Women have 28% of leader- who have the power to propel this movement and pany, SweepSouth, says when it comes to getting ship roles at major worldwide technology organiza- those that can translate mere words into actions, more women into tech or other spaces where they According to van den Berg, women make up tions, while men hold 72%. have to have infinite compassion and courage (born are underrepresented, language and representation just more than half of the population on earth and a out of empathy and kindness) to constantly work on matter. “We often hear that when females are as- lack of their representation in the technology sector While the PwC report asserts that South Af- changing the stereotypes.” sertive they’re seen as aggressive, but when males is affecting the world in two definitive ways: The rica might achieve greater economic development are assertive, they’re confident. That kind of lan- first is the requirement to use technology to shape by narrowing the gender gap in representation and With the assumption that the people in the guage and those kinds of stereotypes start being our world and secondly, that the lack of representa- compensation by just 10%, the Women in Tech ZA driver’s seat of future innovation and policymak- entrenched when kids are young and impression- tion is not only affecting the design of technology Initiative says however that just 23% of jobs in the ing already recognize the critical nature of gender able. For example, as early as at primary school, but also the data used. country are held by women and out of 236 000 ICT equality in technology, Krishnamoorthy makes sev- when girls are studying Mathematics and Science, roles, women occupy 56 000 of them. eral recommendations for amplifying their support: “If women don’t get involved in emerging tech- 1. Support equality from early on—early educa- nology, they will constantly, as we are shown by “In all businesses, there is undeniably a gender history, find themselves captured in a world built divide, and one of these historically male-dominat- tion on diversity and inclusion. by men and mostly to suit the needs of men.” 2. Don’t just stop with being an ally; create more So how do we rectify this so as to ensure that allies whose words match perfectly with their we can make a difference? Van den Berg says it actions. starts with the recruiting process. Organizations need to recruit based on potential and performance, not on gender, which means selection practices should be designed to incorporate a portfolio or body of evidence. “By making these changes over time we will see a higher female representation helping to chip away at longstanding stereotypes.’’

10 WEEKLY SA MIRROR EXHIBITION Friday 22 April 2022 WALTER SISULU – A UNIQUE HERITAGE MEMORY: Visitors to the Sisulu exhibition can hear his original testimony as audio recordings of the Rivonia Trial have been digitised and restored… By Jacob Mawela in the title of the exhibition. vonia Trial have since been digitised and restored, SON: Max Sisulu After an almost two-year pandemic-induced Walter Sisulu, born on May 18 1912 was a life- and some of the content is now being presented in Department of the Cape Colony from 1903 to 1909 hiatus, the Nelson Mandela Foundation once this exhibition, along with animated virtual reality. and was transferred to the Office of the Chief Mag- again welcomed guests through its doors for the long friend, confidante and mentor to Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation has hailed digiti- istrate in Umtata in 1910. opening of a new virtual reality exhibition in key ANC figure, having been the one who brought sation of the sound archives as a unique heritage honour of the late ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu the former president to the movement during the present to the South African public, who have pre- Sisulu’s mother was related to Evelyn Mase, last week. 1940s. The two were imprisoned together with oth- viously not been able to access the recordings due Nelson Mandela’s first wife. Dickinson did not play er ANC leaders on the Robben Island, where Water to their obsolete audio format. a part in his son’s upbringing, and the boy and his Titled “Reality Check: Walter Sisulu - Accused Sisulu was incarcerated for 25 years. sister, Rosabella, were raised by his mother’s fam- #2”, the exhibition premiered on April 13 at the Present at last week’s event were the late anti- ily, who were descended from the Thembu clan. Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Sisulu was released from Robben Island at apartheid activist’s children, including Max Sisulu, Dickinson later went on to become the Attorney Johannesburg – an apt choice of venue, given the the age of 77 in 1989, later becoming involved in a former Speaker of the National Assembly, and General of the Transvaal. ANC veteran lifelong bond between him and Nel- negotiations between the South African liberation adopted daughter and South African Ambassador son Mandela in and outside prison. Sisulu was sen- movements and the incumbent Nationalist Party to the Hellenic Republic, Beryl Rose Sisulu, as Educated at a local missionary school, Sisulu tenced to life imprisonment on 12 June 1964 at the government between 1990 and 1993. In 1990, he well as daughter-in-law and Max’s wife, Elinor, the left to find work in Johannesburg in 1928 and did a conclusion of Rivonia Trial, in which he was Ac- was elected the deputy president of the ANC at the publisher of the Noma Award-winning biography, wide range of manual jobs. In 1939, he founded Si- cused No 2, behind Mandela, hence “Accused #2” African National Congress (ANC) Conference held Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime. tha Investments, which was situated at Barclay Ar- in Durban. He passed on in 2003. cade between West Street and Commissioner Street The opening of the exhibition was accompa- in Johannesburg city. Its objective was to help Over 250 hours of audio recordings of the Ri- nied by a conversation between the Foundation’s blacks and Indians buy houses in Apartheid South Head of Leadership Development, Professor Verne Africa. During its operations, Sitha was the only TRIBUTE: Walter Sisulu’s adopted daughter and South African Ambassador to the Hellenic Harris, and anthropology lecturer at the Univer- black-owned real estate agency in South Africa. Republic, Beryl Rose Sisulu (right), speaks at the exhibition opening while the late ANC sity of Witwatersrand, Dr Kholeka Shange, who veteran’s daughter-in-law, Elinor, looks on. explored Prof Harris’ book, Ghosts of Archive, as He married Albertina in 1944. Mandela was well as Dr Shange’s work on photographic archiv- his best man at their wedding.The couple had five ing of Princess Magogo. children, and adopted four more. Sisulu’s wife and children were also active in the struggle against Razia Saleh, director of Archive and Research apartheid. at Nelson Mandela Foundation, explained: “Since EXHIBITION VISITING TIMES the launch of the Archive at the Centre of Memory (ACoM) earlier in the year, we are excited that the The exhibition is open to the public. However, archival aspect of the Centre of Memory at the Nel- visits are by bookings only. A reservation would son Mandela Foundation is coming alive and wid- need to be made through the contact form on the ening access”. website page/contact. Select the Exhibition enquiries / The Foundation’s chief executive, Sello Ha- Bookings / Centre visits option and submit their tang, said that access to the archives remained details. Exhibition coordinator, Ann Young would important to efforts to protect and preserve of the then advise on possible dates to visit, dependent on legacy of Mandela and the other Rivonia trialists. the activity at the NMF at the time. In terms of ac- “Walter Sisulu was a lifelong friend, confidante, cessing the centre, a vaccine certificate and ID are and mentor to Nelson Mandela. We invite the pub- required, in order to be granted access. Or a nega- lic to come and watch a 52-year-old Walter Sisulu tive PCR or antigen test no older than 36 hours. when he was giving his original testimony at the Rivonia Trial,” he said. Sisulu was born in Ngcobo in the Union of South Africa. His mother, Alice Mase Sisulu, was a domestic worker and his father, Albert Victor Dick- inson, was white. Dickinson worked in the Railway

Friday 22 April 2022 FASHION/LIFESTYLE 11WEEKLY SA MIRROR PLAYWRIGHT PAINTS WORRISOME RACISM SPECTRE CORE: Convinced that “Black lives don’t matter”, Motshabi was moved to pen a play to conscientise the black man about the scourge of racism... By Gugu Sibiya der case of Coligny in the North West province. A young man lost his life at the hands of a white Play: The Red On The Rainbow. farmer’s son and his friends. As usual it wasn’t sur- Writer and Director: Monageng Vice Motshabi. prising when the justice system once again failed Cast: Barileng Thato Malebye. the family, living up to the perception and narrative PORTRAYAL: Riveting scenes from Dambuza Nqumashe. that white lives matter far more than our peoples’ The Red on the Rainbow. Thapelo Mohapi. do. who provide the great sounds. Tshireletso Nkoane. Writer and director of this hard-hitting play Xolile Gama. That case is a constant reminder of the vio- Monageng Vice Motshabi, is the Standard Bank Musicians: Sydney Mavundla. lence that is characteristic of life on the farms or At a time where people are fed up at the man- Young Artist Award Winner for Theatre in 2017. Volley Nchabeleng the small racist towns of our country. The barbaric ner in which injustices are tackled, the play encour- The Red on the Rainbow was adapted into a short Following a spectacular success at the Sowe- acts of violence and murders that routinely surface ages them to mobilise against racism, racial dis- film by Label Noir which was shown at the Maxim to, State, Performing Arts College (Botshabelo), tell the story of the yoke hanging around the Black crimination or any form of injustice. Gorky theatre in Berlin, Germany, in 2020. The Northern Cape and Maxim Gorky (Germany) thea- men’s neck. How much more of these gruesome screening featured excerpts that were read from the tres, The Red on the Rainbow has finally made its attacks must happen for the powers that be to ap- The play reminds all and sundry of a new de- play. Literariches Colloquium of Berlin supported way to the Market theatre, the home of theatre in preciate that our people are under siege as much as mocracy born of the shaky and painful foundation the writing of the work. Newtown, Johannesburg, albeit for a short season. they were during apartheid. Yet, after 1994, people of racial segregation under the apartheid regime. For its part, the Market theatre has claimed the Running at the Mannie Manim Theatre un- expected different outcomes. Up to now, South Africa had failed to make a tran- bragging rights for being at the forefront of theatre til May 1, The Red on the Rainbow is a play that sition to become the dream of the much-punted in this country. In the same breath, it has commit- questions how far have we come in recognising the The Red on the Rainbow puts the audience in rainbow nation. ted itself to delivering productions that make it to humanity of Black people since the dawn of de- the shoes of people from small towns. Time seems international stages and provide thought-provoking mocracy in 1994. to be standing still as the racist farmers ride rough Barileng Thato Malebye, Dambuza Nqumashe, dialogue with substance. This poignant question is asked against the shod over their marginalised lives. No matter how Thapelo Mohapi, Tshireletso Nkoane and Xolile backdrop of the much-publicised sunflower mur- many atrocities are exposed, farmers continue their Gama make up the vibrant, eloquent amd captivat- inhumane treatment of blacks, that’s the refrain in ing cast that bring this heart-wrenching history of the play. our country to life. Completing the ensemble are musos Sydney Mavuso and Volley Nchabeleng, OF MEN By Gugu Sibiya has become a sought-after chore- AND After a two-year break from ographer for a variety of projects. He raised the flag higher when he LIFE’S dance movement, Moving into was asked to be choreographer for UNDULATING Dance (MID) which has build a The Color Purple in 2019. He won reputation for producing top, bril- a Naledi Award for the endeavour. TERRAINS liant, globe-trotting contemporary TO CONQUER dancers, is back on the saddle. Sunnyboy Motau and Israel- based Rachel Erdos’ Fight, Flight, HIATUS: MID Excited to reclaim their perfor- Feathers & F**kers was commis- Contemporary dancers and mance space on the country’ stages, sioned by Dance Umbrella in 2015. they will kick off their long-awaited It was nominated among the top masters of Afrofusion are reopening with a triple-bill Ingress five works presented at the Festival. getting back on performing at The Lesedi in the Joburg Theatre Exploring the politics, psychology for three days, from April 29, 30 to and physicality of masculinity. It stages with a vengeance. May 1. delves into the fight or flight prin- ciple relating this theory to modern- Through Ingress, which means day male society. Fusing cultural entrance or giving access to, MID is differences and male reactions to set to honour dance, dance-makers varying life situations, could result and their ability to transform, sur- with where their masculinity is ei- vive and return after the ravages of ther challenged or validated. Grow- Covid-19. On the triple-bill menu ing up in the rough and dangerous are Road, Oscar Buthelezi’s Kurt streets of Gomora, better known Jos international award-winning as Alexandra, Motau is commit- choreography piece in Essen and ted to developing his hood through the Hanover 33 choreography dance he’s convinced brings hope. award in 2019, which premiered in He joined MID in 2008. These days 2014. It explores the journey taken he is a highly commissioned chore- by human beings and routes trav- ographer and facilitator locally and elled towards enlightenment and abroad, with an ImpAct Award for life learnings, through an intimate Choreography in 2016 under his duet performed by Buthelezi and belt. Better still he was among the S’busiso Gumede. Mail and Guardian’s Top 100 young people to watch. The meeting points we share and the experiences we come Lesego Dihemo’s Despot is across. It shows the unity among a play on the fight to stand up for men when challenges plague their oneself or to churn the waters. The paths. It is also about the undulating question is, at what point, do you terrain that we conquer. It’s about step up and take back your power? the sense of achievement in the end. Her passion is training autistic chil- dren in dance. Alongside Motau, Buthelezi, who is MIB associate artistic di- His teaching skills were ad- rector, began his own training and vanced at an Integrated Dance development in 2010 as a MID Colloquium in Durban in 2018. student. He was mentored by MID Dihemo is also MID’s wardrobe founder Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser. co-ordinator and facilitator. Tickets Embodying the strong physical- cost R80. ity and Afro-fusion technique, he

12 WEEKLY SA MIRROR TOURISM Friday 22 April 2022 IMPOSING: The Soutpansberg Mountains offer an unforgettable backdrop to Mount Azimbo Lodge MOUNT AZIMBO - A PLACE OF BEAUTY AND LEISURE TRANQUIL: Self-catering cottages with breathtaking views of the Soutpansberg Mountains are just what the doctor had ordered... WELCOME; Cocktails to quench your thirst GOOD NIGHT; The lodge has comfortable rooms with double-sized beds POOL PARTY: The sparkling blue pool is in- when you arrive viting what with temperature degrees usu- By Ali Mphaki bakkie. Thohoyandou. ally in the early 30s. There were some interesting name places Names like Mbokota, Dzingidzingi (I chuck- Like a naughty kid, one of the first things I And just when you begin to absord the lush do after checking in at a lodge or hotel, obviously when we off-ramped to the R578, that stretch of led when I read that name), Nwamatatana, Bokisi, scenery dotted with state-of-the-art houses, dou- after first conducting an inspection in loco of the road which is a pandemic of potholes leading to Njhakanjhaka, greet you along the way. ble-storeyed mansions dwarfing tatchroofed mud- bar fridge, is to sit my bum on the mattress, bump brick rondavels, you cannot escape the reality that a bit, a dry run whether the bed emits screeching there is indeed “progress” in what is traditionally sounds ,is it hard, soft enough, or whatever. known as Venda. My late grandpa used to say all mattresses are As to be expected, it was baking hot in Lim- not created equal, a truth I will always be eternally popo with temperatures hovering around 32 de- grateful for, which is why I somehow engage in grees. Arriving at Mount Azimbo was a refreshing this ritual almost instinctively. experience with the reception staff in tow. Following on my gyration prank, I then en- I was pleasantly surprised to find my room gage in a touch and feel with the pillows. This ticked all the boxes aforementioned. After a warm to ascertain if these would be forgiving enough shower, it was time for a sundowner and a light for me to lay my heavy-burdened king-size head dinner at the cosy wooden bar nearby the recep- throughout the night. tion area. Whether out of habit or of being a binneplas I’m told some of the guests danced the night (one who seldom takes vacation or is always in away, retiring to their beds early hours. his hometown), I struggle to catch sleep when the pillow is not right. For me it was a well-deserved rest when I woke up in the morning for a sumptuous buffet Whenever there is a need to go vacation, I al- of a breakfast. ways promise myself to carry my pillows with me, a wish I never seem to fulfill. I then lift the duvet I also had pap and masonja! A splash in the covers, and with my open arms begin to feel the Olympic-size pool (is mandatory) rounded up silky sheets (if they silky and clean), just in case. what was certainly a short, but worthwhile one- night stay for me at Mount Azimbo. Satisfied, it is time to move on to the bath- room. If there is a working shower, a seemingly All this happening under the imposing gaze of unused toilet roll, fresh towels, complimentary the Soutpansberg nearby, where I ogled some few face soap and lotion, and an air freshner, my smile eagles gliding from their nest in the morning dew widens like the Umgeni River during the recent covering the mountains, giving a backdrop that KZN floods. remains forever etched in your mind. Truth be told, I ve never heard of Mount This is a bird paradise with more than 200 Azimbo. Neither was I aware of its warmth that different bird species. What you leave with from awaited us. awaited us. We had left Joburg using Mount Azimbo is that location, coupled with great the NI in a 2021 single cab Mahindra 2.2 M-hawk service, makes for a great getaway. Mount Aziimbo, a three-start lodge, can never be a one-night stand. Prices range from R990.

Friday 22 April 2022 TOURISM 13WEEKLY SA MIRROR AFRICA’S TRAVEL INDABA SET FOR eTHEKWINI SPRINGBOARD: A golden opportunity BIG FIVE: Tourists can look forward to a rare meeting with animals like the cheetah in to showcase authentic African experiences picture above. and products while bringing much needed economic injection for the city By WSAM Reporter tion Bureau, said that there is a lot to look forward to CULTURE: Travellers from across the world seeking new experiences has seen to the It is all systems go for Africa’s premier travel at this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba. empowerment of smaller and lesser known businesses in the tourism sector trade show which is set to take place at the Inkosi “As always, the programme for Africa’s Travel Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in the city of Dur- Indaba is packed with opportunities to ensure that ban from May 2 to 5. both our exhibitors and buyers extract maximum value from the trade show. Our internationally The theme, Africa’s stories, your success reaf- benchmarked diary system that pairs global vetted firms the fact that Africa is reclaiming its own nar- buyers with quality exhibitors will ensure seamless rative and is ready to share with the world inspiring booking of meetings ahead of the show,” said Kotze- stories of resilience shown throughout the pandemic. Nhlapo. South African Tourism’s Acting Chief Execu- With travellers from across the world seeking tive Officer, Themba Khumalo, invited players in new experiences, Africa’s Travel Indaba continues the tourism industry (both local, regional and inter- its commitment to empowering small and lesser national) to come and attend Africa’s Travel Indaba. known businesses in the tourism sector. The trade He emphasised that Africa’s Travel Indaba is an Af- show will feature SMMEs from all of South Africa’s rican trade show specifically tailored to advancing nine provinces. the continent’s tourism sector needs, with a clear outlook towards recovery. While Africa’s Travel Indaba is about doing business and connecting, the trade show will also “We believe that this platform will showcase feature Bond Day sessions which will address vari- authentic African experiences and products. Buy- ous topics, for delegates to share insights and ideas, ers from across the globe will have access to only contributing to the growth of the broader global the best and uniquely African products and experi- tourism industry. ences.” At the last edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba in Kwa Zulu-Natal (KZN), the host province for 2019, the show attracted about 6200 delegates from Africa’s Travel Indaba, is ready to once again wel- all over the world, with 1033 exhibiting businesses come the continent and the world to its shores. from 19 countries on the continent, showcasing an Tourism Kwa Zulu-Natal’s Pinky Radebe, Senior array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1177 Manager: PR and Communications said as hosts, local, regional and international buyers. her organisation will go all out at this years’Africa’s Travel Indaba to reposition KZN to its global mar- Furthermore, almost 452 local, regional and kets and will highlight key tourism developments international media representatives participated at that have emerged in the province in the past two Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, pointing to the stature years. and global profile of the African continent’s tourism industry. “Africa’s Travel Indaba will be a phenomenal springboard to relaunch KZN back to the global To date, there are currently just over 400 African arena to start regaining the international travel mar- exhibitors and 454 buyers, from 47 countries around kets back to the province. This is an opportunity to the world confirmed to attend Africa’s Travel Indaba showcase the destination’s hosting capabilities and 2022 and ready to do business. These countries in- hospitality. clude South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Ger- many, Switzerland and the Netherlands, to name a We will also offer buyers a first-hand experience few. through pre and post tours, reinforcing the destina- tion brand in the minds of the participants,” added Africa’s Travel Indaba is set to bring much Radebe. needed economic injection into the city of Durban and the KZN province at large as international del- Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, the Chief Conventions egates will be hosted on pre and post tours to fa- Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Conven- miliarise them with the province’s tourism offerings By WSAM Reporter INTREPID he was a young boy and his grandmother told original stories to the beat of a drum as they sat Look up with stellar tales from an intrep- STORYTELLER around a bonfire. Now, with the entire universe id Storyteller, Mlindeni Sitole, a local villager AT THE FOOT OF at his fingertips and the Milky Way clearly vis- from the foothills of the Drakensberg who will ible, Mlindeni invariably begins by explaining tell you things about the night skies – and the how the sun and moon came to be in the sky, stars – that you never imagined, not in your why the sky is so far away and how hunters are wildest dreams. guided home by a maiden who created the Part of a broader socially-responsible tour- Milky Way. And, of course, how the Milky ism programme in the Drakensberg near Gi- Way was created. He will point out major con- ant’s Castle, Antbear Lodge, has helped foster DRAKENSBRG stellations while weaving in marvellous Zulu Mlindeni’s storytelling skills into an experience myths and legends. His knack for storytell- unlike any other. ing will not leave you unmoved as Mlindeni’s He has set up a stargazing Hammock Camp Hammock Camp is set up near to Antbear Eco Lodge, where a variety of community-oriented FOLKTALES: Weaves marvelous isiZulu myths– with blankets and hot-water bottles – where projects are fostered. the heavens are a canvas from where he shares Bookings at R200.00 per person, is paid di- and legends as part of tourism programmeAfrican folktales about the night skies.Mlin- rectly to him.- Bojanala. deni says his interest in the stars began when

14 WEEKLY SA MIRROR FASHION/LIFESTYLE Friday 22 April 2022 SELF-CONFIDENCE GOOD FOR BODY & SOUL ZESTY: When we are happier, we have more self-confidence and feel better about any challenges we may be facing… By Mpumi Brown into your morning routine will help to keep you Confidence is not something we are born with, confident and fresh while choosing a different it’s something that we learn to express and feel scent for each mood and moment. throughout our lives. But how do we build our • Take the time to write your thoughts down confidence and furthermore, help others to build – good and bad. If they’re bottled up in your theirs? mind, they’re likely draining your positive en- ergy. Try journaling, making lists or just writ- Claire Bowen from deodorant brand Shower to ing everything down and then tearing it up, Shower says that today more than ever, Beyonce’s whatever you need to feel better. words, “the most alluring thing a woman can have • Food is closely linked to how we feel. If you’re is confidence,” ring true. eating right, you’re probably feeling far better- than if you’ve indulged in treats all day. Eat- She says that by incorporating a few elements ing a balanced diet keeps blood sugar levels in into our lives and starting off slowly, we can build a healthy range and contributes to a healthier, up our confidence and face the world head-on. Also stronger body – all of which aid in making you linked to confidence is the concept of self-care, feel confident. which Kelsey Patel, a Los Angeles-based well-ness • It is okay to not be okay! Life has us on a con- consultant and author, says is a critical part of the stant roller coaster, multi-tasking, coping with solution to coping with the challenges that life pre- everything we need to do, trying to achieve our sents us. very best and being happy while doing it all. This is just not feasible! Sometimes we are not Bowen has the following self-care tips to work going to feel like doing it all, putting on a brave on and improve confidence: face or we may just feel sad, and this is okay. • An increase in serotonin is a well-known ben- • Set social media boundaries, there is ample proof that shows we need to be disconnecting. efit of exercise and when we are happier, we Limit your screen time, unfollow those individ- have more self-confidence and feel better about uals who are not good for your mental health any challenges we may be facing. and if the comments don’t make you feel good, • Never to be overrated are the benefits of a good don’t read them. night’s sleep. Make a concerted effort to turn in • Be kind to yourself, we are definitely our harsh- and enjoy seven to eight hours of high-quality est critics and if we would not say it to a friend, sleep and reap the emotional and physical re- why do we think it is okay to say negative wards. things to ourselves. • Choose a scent that can see you through the en- tire day and create positive emotions and a con- fident stride in your step. Including deodorants

Friday 22 April 2022 SOCIALS 15WEEKLY SA MIRROR Toasting: Ntshwareng Pinkie Bapela Martha Phanyane Friend: Keaitomela Nkwe The Lady of the moment: Moyahabo Anna Seema celebrating her 50 th birthday Director Pheli Wines: Evelyn Mokwena at the Pretoria Country Club. MOYAHABO GREETS 50 WITH WINE, SONG AND DANCE Pretoria feted its irrepressible, fireball daughter, Moyahabo Anna Seemola, founder of burgeoning Pheli Wines, for the latest of her umpteenth milestones – her 50th birthday with a ritzy private affair at the Pretoria Country Club. Family and friend huddled around her to give her warm love and encouragement for a journey filled with both trials and triumphs, while building her wine brand into a growing force in the male-dominated world of wine. Indeed, it has been a long and winding road for the feisty Atteridgeville socialite who dared to enter the business of wine back in 2014, armed only with drive and passion to carve a name for herself. Since then, her biggest coup has been to secure the rights to distribute, Opulence, including opening Atteridgeville’s first wine tasting room. Photos: Robert Magwaza A toast to the celebrant: Claudio Uccello, Moyahabo Seema Big Hug: Moyahabo with friend Claudio Uccello Flanked: Son Ofentse and Daughter Oratile Grace and Felix Erken Matshepo Shifura and Edith Ramafoko Celebrating with friends Thanks to a friend: Confidence Matshivha

16 WEEKLY SA MIRROR FOOD AND WINE Friday 22 April 2022 EVENTS IN BRIEF GOURMETS POISED FOR pork accompanied by sumptuous delicacies – all to The dinner will be headlined by the exclusive Two of the country’s own creations will feature GASTRONOMICAL WHOOPEE be paired with a prime selection of local and French tasting of the 31-year-old Stellenryck Cabernet prominently at the annual Pinotage & Biltong Fes- A posse of South African gastronomes will con- wines. Sauvignon 1991, which is no longer on the market. tival 2022 taking place Perdeberg Winery in Paarl verge on Rosebank’s Clico Boutique Hotel, Res- tomorrow and Sunday. The event returns after a taurant & Conferencing this Sunday, for an ornate, RARE WINE TO BE TOAST However, Lehodey says guests will be able to two-hiatus – sadly without co-founder Cobie van white-themed luncheon to celebrate their common OF UPCOMING DINNER taste this rare wine to the accompaniment of ex- Oort, but her hubby and organiser Bjorn van Oort passion for culinary arts. Preeminent connoisseur Germain Lahodey has an quisite dinner at a cost R650 per person. An auc- is keeping her legacy alive by continuing with the As a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Clico ace up his sleeve for next Thursday’s special dinner tion will be held after the dinner. Contact Wine@ festival. Van Oort promises plenty of Pinotage in has been selected to host a prestigious lunch of the at Ivory Manor Hotel in Pretoria. a range of fizz, white, red, rosé, and sweet styles, local chapter. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (which means each paired with a different variety of biltong from ‘brotherhood of roasters’) is a global community SA’S FINEST FARE TO BE ON SHOW Namaqualand Biltong.Burgers, pizzas and quick whose focus is brotherhood, friendship, camarade- and easy meals. rie and sharing a passion for the culinary arts. With headquarters based in France, the Chaîne Guy Feldman will take care of live entertain- has active members in 80 countries with local gas- ment with groovy covers from bands such as Dire tronomes who started their own branch in 1981. Straits, Pink Floyd, The Police and much, much The lunch will commemorate World Chaine more. Day, for which a menu has been created exclusively by Executive Chef Davies Moagi Tickets range between R300 and R550, and in- and wine pairings by the boutique hotel’s resident clude a branded crystal wine glass, a biltong cup sommelier, Sandile Mavuso. Non-members are and a pairing card for the curated Pinotage and bil- welcome to book their place at R950 a person and tong pairings, all Pinotage and biltong pairings, and members R870 per person. Live music will be pro- live music entertainment. vided by Viwe and Thomas. For the day, Moagi has lined up a decadent CAPE TOWN’S PICK-AND-TASTE AFFAIR menu comprising Springbok carpaccio, prawns, The annual Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival will be packed with two days fun when it sets up at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town on April 30 and May 1. Visitors to event will taste through a vast selection of Cape Winelands award-winning wines while indulging their taste buds with simply sumptuous food at the Pick n Pay Food Lane. Lo- cal bands will provide live music amid chic envi- ronment set against some of South Africa’s most picturesque backdrops. Pre-book a 30-minute wine and canape pairing in our tasting room, where chefs and winemak- ers will demonstrate how it’s done with personal picks from their estates, perfectly paired with melt- in-your-mouth canapes. Day pass costs R200, in- cludes a wine glass. SPIER’S WEEKEND FIESTA TOPS HARVEST CALENDAR It’s harvest time, and Spier is lining up a weekend of feasting for wine lovers keen to join in the fun activities linked to the annual event, billed for to- day, tomorrow and on Sunday. From R3 650 per person sharing, guests attending the festivity can take advantage of a weekend package includes two nights’ accommodation at the Spier Hotel, includ- ing breakfast, as well two dinners, wine tasting with Spier’s winemakers and wine-blending experience. Children’s activities are part of the mix, with a grape juice station to be lined up for their own fun tasting exercise, including live music and succulent spit roasts. SHISANYAMA BECKONS AT SANDTON’S MASLOW HOTEL South Africa’s favourite pastime – the braai – is something of a ubiquitous ritual that brings fam- ily and friends together everywhere amid a carnival cheer. To keep the braai spirit alive, The Maslow Hotel Sandton is introducing a new offering, the Shisanyamas, among its attractions, to be held last Friday of every month, with the first one starting April 29. The braai can be enjoyed at the Lacuna Bar or alternatively guests can grab a picnic blan- ket and chill on the hotel’s famous gardens. Bomas will also be stationed for the cooler Johannesburg nights for you to warm up around. The braai plate is R250 per person and includes Pap, Chakalaka, Potato salad, Greek salad, Mini beef steak, Chicken breast and Boerewors. ELGIN SHOWCASES COOL-CLIMATE WINES The much-loved annual Elgin Cool Wine Festival is back and will be held at various local venues dur- ing the weekend of April 30 - May 1. Visitors to the valley can settle in for a weekend in the southern Cape valley with a two-day pass for entry to the festival. Tickets cost R250 a person, and include a tasting glass and free tastings at the participating wine estates you visit. Participating wine estates include Almenkerk, Elgin Vintners, Iona, Highlands Road, Lothian Vineyards, Oak Valley, Paul Cluver and Paul Wallace. Live entertainment, outdoor activities, and kid- dies fun events will be part of the weekend’s fes- tivities. COMPILED BY LEN MASEKO ([email protected])

Friday 22 April 2022 MOTORING 17WEEKLY SA MIRROR MOTORING:Briefs EVERYONE FOR THE OPEL MOKKA SUV STELLANTIS APPLIES BRAKES WHILE CONTI AC- MAMBA GREEN; The third generation Opel Mokka CELERATES RUSSIAN PRO- DUCTION FUNKY: Two models of the compact SUV The ongoing special operation by Russia have landed in Mzansi in Ukraine has resulted in more automotive manufacturers leaving the country, with Stel- By Ali Mphaki lantis announcing its suspension of Russian operations. In rich sePedi language, the word moka would CLEAN LINES: Even from its side profile the Opel Mooka is a looker ordinarily mean “all” or “everyone”. Ke le rata Stellantis, which owns Peugeot, Citroёn, ka moka (I love you all), are words of affection gate-crasher intend to snatch them babes from other MODERN; The interior is cosy and with state of Jeep, Fiat and Opel, is pausing production a man in those areas of Bolubedu, Mahweler- rivals, read brands. With its handsome looks and the art functions and sales of each brand in Russia, a country in eng, and Bochum, in Limpopo would normally swag, this “special op” would not be too onerous BOOT SPACE; Extra luggage could prove daunting for its size which it holds just a one per cent stake of the articulate to his family when he leaves for Jozi to perform. new car market. “Stellantis condemns violence or wherever. and supports all actions capable of restoring In its cheaper guise, the Elegance derivative peace,” the manufacturer said. You just got to love African languages, Take comes in 17-inch rims and is equipped with has be- a word like Polo. for instance, Pronounced in pure come standard features like lane assist, blind spot Meanwhile, tyre manufacturer Continental Setswana (not in a Model C twang), the word could detection, forward brake assist and cruise control. has restarted production in Russia, with Au- mean something nowhere resembling anything on tomotive News Europe reporting the German four wheels. The high-specked GS Line also boast simi- brand is claiming the decision is to protect its lar, but comes with a 10-inch infotainment system local workers. “Our employees and managers With this week’s addition of a new word in our with onboard navigation, a 12-inch digital driver’s in Russia face severe criminal consequences car lexicography, thanks to the launch of the new cluster, as well as leather seats.that have massage should we refrain from serving local demand,” Opel Mokka, one wonders if guys in Sekhukhune, capability. Continental told the publication. who held steadfastly to the mistaken belief the Kia Shuma (I am busy in Sepedi) was strictly and ex- Both models are offered in a 1.2 petrol engine HYUNDAI STARIA RECEIVES clusively for their kith and kin, will warm up to this paired to an 8-speed auto transmission. CAMPER TREATMENT newcomer from Opel. Pricing starts from R469 900 and both come Hyundai’s futuristic-looking Staria was beg- Re sepela ka moka (we all going), I could hear with a 4 year / 60 000 km service plan and 3 year / ging for the camper treatment, and the compa- them say as they open the doors of this cool SUV 120 000 km warranty. ny has finally indulged adventurers by building to their families and extended ones, [AA1] which is a factory pop-top version of the Korea-market offered in two guises for the South African market. REAR: A decent package all-round van. It’s called the Staria Lounge Camper and will be offered with up to eleven-passenger ca- Caution, however, the Opel Mooka cannot lit- pacity and a variety of modifications. erally take everyone on board despite what its Se- pedi meaning purports. The most obvious change is the electrically operated pop-top roof, which creates space Five adults are easily ensconced into this Corsa for a two-person mattress—included with the based SUV, offered in Elegance and top-of-the- camper version—to fit up there. There’s also range GS Line. Not much differentiates both deriv- an extendable awning with built-in LED lights. atives from the outside, but what is clear is that the The seats inside the cabin can also lay flat to Opel Mooka has a pleasant looking facade provide more sleeping space. Face to face with the new Opel Mooka, coming A water tank is included for the sink, and into SA in its third generation, it looks funky with- there’s a built-in refrigerator that runs off an out being finicky. external power supply. Could be on its way to South Africa soon. Most remarkably, the new Opel Mokka with its ‘vizor’ front end and sharply creased flanks rep- WORLD LONGEST LIMO resents a new face of all the new Opel (Vauxhall) COMES BACK TO LIFE range of cars going forwards. To most car freaks, knowing more about un- Now under the Stellantis umbrella, noticeable common cars is what they look forward to and is some French chic in its design, an inevitable de- the recently revived customised Cadillac Limo velopment since Peugeot-Citroen bought Opel in fits into what they are looking for. 2019. This restored Cadillac Limo does not have Entering a highly competitive compact SUV a part two in the world. It is the longest car that market, the Opel Mokka is what one may term a has everything you can hardly imagine: swim- ming pool, helipad, just name it. The limo which holds the record as the longest car in the world since 1990 was re- measured by the Genesis Book to recognise its status as the world’s longest car (100 feet and 1.5 inches long) with 24 tyres. The new owner, via auction, Manning teamed with Mike Dezer, owner of Florida base car Museum and tourist attraction Dezer land are considering convert- ing the limo into a battery-electric vehicle in future. This no doubt will crown the limo as world’s longest Electric vehicle. The story goes thus: Michael Manning, the president and director of Autoseum in Mineola, New York bought the limo about eight years ago after he found it rotting away behind a building some- where in New Jersey. Dubbed the ‘American Dream’ by the earlier customiser, the new own- ers put the vehicle back to life using six differ- ent Cadillac Eldorado. HYUNDAI COULD DITCH CAR KEYS FOR EYE SCANNERS Hyundai and its subsidiaries could ditch tra- ditional car keys for futuristic eye scanners, newly published patents suggest. Since 2016 the Korean car giant has filed to protect at least five designs in the USA referencing an “appa- ratus for recognition iris.” The documents suggest the feature would be used to verify the identity of a driver before the vehicle could be switched on. This would be the first time biometric devices have been incorporated into vehicle design by the auto- motive industry. According to designers, the technology would comprise a “camera config- ured to acquire eyeball image data’ and a “com- puter program to extract (this) information.” In the 200s Audi developed fingerprint scanners to unlock doors, however disable the feature amid fears that thieves may attempt to cut off owners hands to game the system.

18 WEEKLY SA MIRROR SPORT Friday 22 April 2022 WIMBLEDON FINALIST: Khothatso Montjane will be part of the clinics to unearth fresh talent THIRD SERVE FOR BNP PARIBAS RISING TENNIS STAR DEVELOPMENT: Over three thousand children reached across country last year By WSAM Reporter YOUTH; Rising star Kholo Montsi primary school, high school and wheelchair tennis This year’s campaign will support 24 schools BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis will be to plough back his knowledge of players this year, the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star around the country, including Baikagetse Primary expanded even further this season, after such a the game Tennis series will target 1 200 schools as it contin- School in Daveyton, with the sponsors having successful series last year. This will extend the ues to grow the sport of tennis through grassroots committed to providing equipment to create more reach to more children and schools to make a development, taking the game to the youth around opportunities for the youth in these communities. bigger difference through social development the country, including disadvantaged communities. initiatives as the programme returns for a high- In addition, Baikagetse Primary School’s ten- ly anticipated third edition in 2022. More than just a development competition, the nis court facility was upgraded. Tennis was intro- BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis will again duced at the school in 2019, with their team finish- The news comes as BNP Paribas, and their reach out beyond the court to grow the game ho- ing sixth at the Benoni leg of the inaugural BNP wholly owned consumer finance subsidiary listically – from talent to infrastructure. This year’s Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis competition. Since RCS, announced their continued commitment on focus will address the shortage of equipment and then they have struggled to grow the sport due to a Wednesday to the partnership with Tennis South playing surfaces by including multiple tennis ac- lack of proper facilities and resources. In response Africa (TSA) and a third edition of the programme tivations, with a focus on Namakwa (Northern to this, Tennis SA has ensured the court at the to grow the game across the country. Cape), Mafikeng (North-West). school has been revamped and that the pupils have received all the tools they need to develop their tal- Launched in 2019, the Tennis SA development Ehlanzeni (Mpumalanga) and Central Karoo ent and compete at their best. project involved over 2 000 children and nearly (Western Cape) where tennis equipment will be 400 primary schools. After a break in 2020 due to donated to schools in these communities to help Entries for the 2022 BNP Paribas RCS Rising the COVID-19 lockdown, the series returned with them prepare for the series. There will also be ten- Star Tennis series opened April 13 and close on a bang last year, reaching over 3 000 children from nis clinics, featuring live and virtual sessions with May 31. nearly 800 schools in 40 districts around SA after the BNP Paribas Rising Stars Tennis ambassadors, the campaign was expanded to include high school including Wimbledon finalist Kgothatso Montjane, This year’s district and provincial events will and wheelchair tennis divisions. Again, catering for rising star Kholo Montsi, and award-winning be held across South Africa between June and Oc- sports presenter Carol Tshabalala. tober, and the Finals will be played between No- vember 4-6 in Gauteng. Own Sports Reporter KLAASEN TO South Africa ‘A’ T20 Squad Heinrich Klaasen Heinrich Klaasen will lead the South Africa A CAPTAIN SA (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Ryan teams that will take on Zimbabwe XI in eight A SQUADS TO Rickelton (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks matches from 25 April to 10 May. It will be ZIMBABWE (Imperial Lions), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets powerhouse teams that will take on the hosts Dolphins), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywood- in the three One-Dayers and five T20s in Ha- bets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), rare. Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Daryn Dupavil- lon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lizaad Williams The squads are bursting with South Africa’s (Momentum Multiply Titans), Prenelan Subrayen brightest domestic provincial stars such as Khaya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jason Smith (Six Gun Zondo, Theunis de Bruyn, Prenelan Subrayen, Grill Western Province), Lesiba Ngoepe (Gbets Tony de Zorzi, Gerald Coetzee and Tristan Warriors), Gerald Coetzee (ITEC Knights), Stubbs, with the biggest drawcard being several Tristan Stubbs (Gbets Warriors), Wihan Lubbe members and regulars of the Proteas team like (Gbets Warriors). Andile Phehlukwayo, Reeza Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Lutho Sipamla, Lizaad Williams and ZIMBABWE XI VERSUS SOUTH AFRICA Ryan Rickelton. ‘A’ ITINERARY First One-Dayer 25 April 2022 CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang EIGHT MATCHES: Powerhouse teams Harare Sports Club said: “It’s going to be an exciting few weeks in will take on the hosts in three One Dayers Second One-Dayer 27 April 2022 Harare, the National Selection Panel and I select- and five T20s in Harare Harare Sports Club ed our best up and coming players and balanced Third One-Dayer 29 April 2022 them with the experience of some of our Proteas Harare Sports Club to show just how seriously we take this tour. First T20 2 May 2022 Harare Sports Club “The CSA High Performance program is an Second T20 4 May 2022 important part of the organisation’s pipeline and Harare Sports Club game time is vital for this program to succeed. Third T20 6 May 2022 Klaasen (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Lions), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Daryn Harare Sports Club “We are really looking forward to watching Ryan Rickelton (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hen- Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lizaad Fourth T20 9 May 2022 these matches and seeing what this team of tal- dricks (Imperial Lions), Tony de Zorzi (Six Gun Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans), Prenel- Harare Sports Club ented players under the leadership of Heinrich Grill Western Province), Theunis de Bruyn (Mo- an Subrayen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jason Fifth T20 10 May 2022 Klaasen will bring to the table. “On behalf of the mentum Multiply Titans), Khaya Zondo (Holly- Smith (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lesiba Harare Sports Club Selectors, I would like to wish Heinrich (Klaas- woodbets Dolphins), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hol- Ngoepe (Gbets Warriors), Gerald Coetzee (ITEC -CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA en) and coach, Malibongwe Maketa, all the best lywoodbets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Knights). for the tour.” South Africa ‘A’ One-Day Squad. Heinrich

Friday 22 April 2022 SPORT 19WEEKLY SA MIRROR SPORTS: Briefs BULLDOG RIN GSIDE V READY TO BARE IEW GRIEVING RONALDO THANKS LIVERPOOL FANS ITS TEETH Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo CONSCIENTIOUS: Mhlongo to dedicate win PULE has thanked Liverpool fans after the Anfield to all the KZN flood victims MOKHINE crowd paid tribute to him in the seventh minute of Tuesday’s clash between the two rivals. Ear- By Pule Mokhine lier this week, Ronaldo announced the saddening news that his and partner Georgina Rodriguez’s No boxer is showing such a great deal of inter- BOB AND WEAVE; Nkululeko “ Bulldog” Mhlongo, right, evades a jab from Walter “Black newborn son had passed away. est ahead of his upcoming fight than one Nku- Mamba” in their fight in Pretoria last year. luleko Bulldog” Mhlongo. Liverpool thrashed United 4-0 in their lat- his home town province. nine defeats and one draw out of 33 paid bouts. est grudge match on Merseyside, but the big- To that effect, he will be dedicating his win to “ I owe it to my people down in KZN to win His last contest was a spirited stoppage win gest headline featured the fan-led applause for victims of floods that ravaged his home province Ronaldo and his family in the seventh minute. KwaZulu-Natal two a fortnight ago, leaving a trail this fight for them because they are facing the most over Lukas Ndafoluma in Windhoek last year De- The game fell just 24 hours after he broke the of destruction and more than 400 people dead and difficult period of hardship because of what has cember. heartbreaking news on his social media channels. scores missing. happened there,” said Mhlongo. After the emotional show of support, Ronaldo’s Both are trading punches in a rematch with Madeira-based sister, Elma explained that the Fresh from getting outright ownership of the “I am undisputed champion and cannot afford Bopape having won the previous non-title encoun- family would ‘never forget’ the moment. She national middleweight championship belt from to surrender my title to Bopape. I know he will ter by a split points decision in Durban in February said: “Thank you for this Liverpool. We will Boxing SA for making an unprecedented six suc- be here to come and give me a good match, but I last year. He has compiled a record of 10 wins and never forget what you did today.” cessful defenses of his national middleweight title, will knock him out and show him who is the best eight defeats from 18 outings. Mhlongo who was born in Eshowe in KZN, wants fighter between both of us,” says Mhlongo who is And on Thursday, Ronaldo took to Instagram to celebrate his feat by defeating challenger John now based in Bloemfontein. The main bout on the undercard will be the to send a message to the Anfield crowd that of- Bopape next week Sunday. eight-round junior-middleweight clash featuring fered the gesture. He wrote: “One world… One Mhlongo, who also spent the most part of his Jackson Kaptein and Junior Makhondo. sport… One global family… Thanks, Anfield. Their bout which tops the bill of Dream adult life in Thokoza in Gauteng has a great deal Me and my family will never forget this moment Team, will be held in Mangaung Indoor Cen- of respect for Bopape. The bill will also feature women boxers with of respect and compassion.” tre in Bloemfontein, Free State. The tournament the first ladies match featuring Matshidiso Moke- will form part of Freedom Day celebrations in “ He is a tricky fighter who comes forwards bsi who will duck the rope to take on Cecelia SERENA AND HAMILTON TO the province. Mhlongo is quite a special kind of all the time , but I won’t accord him the respect Pitiseni. Their fight will be over six rounds in the BUY CHELSEA a fighter by virtue of having been an undisputed to dominate me with his awkward style,” said the lightweight class. national kingpin for the past ten years. champ, whose professional record reads 23 wins, Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton have Eight more bouts will be featured on the bill. agreed to invest an estimated £20m into a con- And he is out show his prowess by upstaging sortium to buy Chelsea. The 23-time Grand Slam the mandatory challenger Bopape, who is hellbent winner and the seven-time Formula One champi- to relieve him of his prized championship belt. on are part of a group of investors who are back- But Mhlongo is determined to have none of that ing Chelsea’s takeover offer spearheaded by Sir by handing out his prized possession on a silver Martin Broughton. platter. The former Liverpool and British Airways Mhlongo has earned the nickname “Bulldog” chairman has the backing of the two global sport by virtue of the manner in which he usually charg- stars who have each pledged £10m to the bid. es at opponents with great aplomb, a gesture that Lord Coe is also part of the British-led consor- has made him a hit in the ring and a favorite to the tium. throngs of his fans for the past 10 years that he has been contesting in the professional ranks. Serena Ventures, the tennis star’s venture capital fund, invested in Opensponsorship - a The 36- year-old fighter who also previously British-based sports technology start-up - this held the SA junior-middleweight title, is deter- week while Hamilton has recently backed the mined to give a good account of himself by beat- London-based rapid grocery delivery app Zapp. ing the challenger Bopape, who is oozing confi- Sky News report the reason for Hamilton and dence to dethrone the champion. Williams’ inclusion in the consortium was be- cause of their experience at building global With KZN being declared a state of disaster sports brands, because of devastating floods that ravaged the province two weeks ago , Mhlongo who was born The pair currently have shares in Crystal Pal- in Eshowe in that province but is now based in ace and would be required to sell them if they Gauteng, says he would love tp dedicate his win to were to take over Chelsea. PSL ANNOUNCES ALL ATHLETES IN CAPE TOWN DATES FOR OUTSTANDING Green Point Stadium is the place to be from CHIEFS GAMES Thursday as South Africa’s biggest stars will de- scend in Cape Town for the three-day ASA Track MiXED FEELINGS; Kaizer Chiefs di- COVID: Matches were postponed when and Field Senior Championships. rector of sports Kaizer Motaung Jnr Amakhosi staff caught the virus in December The 100m showdown sees SA record holder By WSAM Reporter postponed from 4 December 2021 – will now take League would recognise the ruling as final and Akani Simbine, representing the Central Gauteng Following months of uncertainty and legal place on April 30 at FNB Stadium. binding and not appealable – which is in line with Athletics (CGA), take on Clarence Munyai of wrangles between the Premier Soccer League the NSL/PSL and SAFA rules. Athletics Gauteng North (AGN), sub-10 athletes (PSL) and Kaizer Chiefs, the League has writ- Chiefs wrote to the League on 1 December last Gift Leotlela and Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Er- ten to the Club to confirm dates and kick-off year to alert them of the disastrous situation that The Arbitrator, Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC, asmus and rising prospect Benjamin Richardson. times for the two fixtures that Kaizer Chiefs had befallen the Club, requesting that the matches ruled that the games should be rescheduled and or- were unable to fulfil in December due to a mas- be postponed in an effort to protect the lives of dered Chiefs to cover the travel costs of the other National record holder, Carina Horn looks to sive Covid-19 outbreak at the Club’s Naturena everyone involved, including opponents. Clubs, a decision that was welcomed by all at the carry her dominance in the women’s 100m event headquarters. Kaizer Chiefs Village. but will have to be at her best to beat the coun- The plea was rejected even though the law of try’s latest sprint sensation, 17-year-old Viwe The away match against Lamontville Golden the country required that Chiefs players and staff In an unprecedented move, the League an- Jingqi. Arrows, which was originally scheduled for 8 go into isolation and quarantine under such cir- nounced that they would submit the arbitration December 2021 will now be played in Durban on cumstances. ruling by Advocate Cassim for review outside of Jingqi, who recently broke the national jun- Freedom Day, 27 April 2022. the football framework by taking the matter to the ior 100m record (11.22 seconds) at the ASA U20 The League decided to charge Amakhosi for High Court. The matter will only be heard after Championships in Potchefstroom, will aim to The other match – against Cape Town City, not honouring the fixtures. The Club took the the games have been played as it is set for 10 May upstage Horn, the country’s only sub-11 sprinter. matter to Arbitration under SAFA. Mr. Zola Ma- 2022. All athletes will be hoping to secure a qualifi- javu, who is the PSL prosecutor affirmed that the cation for this year’s Commonwealth Games, scheduled from 28 July to 8 August. BAXTER SHOWN THE DOOR AT NATURENA Stuart Baxter’s second stint as Kaizer Chiefs coach has come to an abrupt end. The announce- ment was made to the technical team by sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr and it is thought as- sistant coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillion Shep- pard will be in charge for the remainder of the season. Baxter had signed a contract until 2023 with an option to have it renewed for a further two years, but Chiefs will now begin their search for his replacement. The Englishman arrived at Naturena for a second spell on the back of one that was quite successful between 2012 and 2015 – Baxter won two league titles and two domestic cups in that period, before resigning with a year left on his deal. Baxter managed 11 wins from 26 matches and nine defeats, leaving the Glamour Boys in fourth place in the DStv Premiership with seven matches to go.

MIRROR SPORTWEEKLY SA Insight to connect the dots... DOWNS SET TO PLAY HIGH OCTANE GAME SECOND LEG: MASANDAWANA OUT TO REDEEM THEMSELVES AGAINST ATLETICO PETROLEOS OF ANGOLA HIGH PRESSING: Sundowns coach Manqoba Mnqithi believes in By Ali Mphaki haps it’s something we have to adapt ment in strengthening the connection dominating play We will stick to our playing concept to. We’ve seen in [European football] between the fans and the players with – dominate, play a high octane game when there is something dubious, you this initiative: and we want to see our team giving expect the referee to go to the screen, us what we are used to. “It’s no dif- however it seems in Africa they choose “To be honest I think its the best ferent to a game that starts at nil-nil, when they go check the screen.” decision, I’ve seen it with many Eu- we always want to score, we always ropean teams. I think it brings a sense want to win.” But far from dwelling on the past, of ownership for the spectators when Manqoba says what is important is they see the preparations, they don’t “We want to play a high octane that with his two co-coaches Rulani take things for granted. [When the fans game, where we have strong elements Mokoena and Steve Kompela, they try have this sense of ownership] at times of high pressing and strong quick short and instill in the mind of the players they will get disappointed, at times passing.” that they must give the fans a reason they will get satisfied, so it’s very im- to want to come watch them for in the portant.” These were the words of Ma- next match. melodi Sundowns Co-Coach Man- Ahead of kickoff the club will qoba Mngqithi when asked what the “This means they should put on be creating a sensational vibe at the fans can expect from the team in their a spectacle, regardless of the result, if stadium in its first-ever Supporter Ap- second leg second leg of their CAF you show that you have left a piece of preciation Day, to prepare the fans to Champions League quarter-final en- your skin on the pitch, you are saying support the team counter with Angolan outfit Athletico ‘we have done our best’ and at times Petroleos at the FNB Stadium on Sat- it’s not the result that will bring people Meanwhile a second-half penalty urday. back,” he says. proved to be the downfall for Orlando Pirates, who succumbed to a 1-0 de- Sundowns come into this match Masandawana have been activat- feat against Tanzanian giants, Simba trailing 2-1, in a game they could have ing support structures across Gauteng in the first leg of their CAF Confedera- snatched a draw, after their goal in the in order to build excitement ahead of tion Cup in Dar es Salaam last Sunday. dying minutes was ruled out by the the weekend’s crunch clash. Thursday Video Assistant Referee (VAR). morning saw the club open its doors The all-too-crucial goal contin- to let spectators attend the first team’s ued to elude the Buccaneers, who will Reflecting on the decision and the training session at the clubs headquar- have a bit of a mountain to climb as use of VAR as a whole, Manqoba said: ters in Chloorkop.. they try to wrestle back the advantage “It’s a little bit of a challenge, but per- when the two sides meet at Orlando Manqoba expressed his excite- Stadium on Sunday.

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