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IN MEMORY OF CEO RIDDLE FAREWELL TO FEES-MUST-FALL DOGS ARTS COMRADE NTSOAKI 9UPHEAVALS COUNCIL page 10page 5page Friday 13 May 2022 D E Q L MIRRORWEEKLY SA Insight to connect the dots... GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! Public Protector Joburg mayor Busi Mkhwebane Mpho Phalatse Public Protector calls out Joburg municipality over 2long-standing headache of exorbitant bills see page

2 WEEKLY SA MIRROR NEWS Friday 13 May 2022 MUNICIPALITY MIRROBRriefs ON THE ROPES OVER SHOCK REPO RATE HIKE ON CARDS – POLL R500 000 LIGHTS South Africa’s Reserve Bank is set to make its first BILL 50 basis point hike to its repo rate in more than six BACK TO SCHOOL; Jo’burg Mayor Mpho years next week, taking it to 4.75%, to prevent po- Phalatse and city manager to ensure staff tential second-round effects from higher consumer is retrained in prescripts of the consumer prices, a Reuters poll revealed today (Friday). protection Act, MFMA as well as the PAJA. Despite a cost-of-living crisis expected to have WANTING: The capacity to train and develop their technical and charges SARA was complaining about had been a severe impact on growth and consumer spend- conduct of the production skill. corrected but, according to Nyathela that was not ing, 16 of 24 economists in the May 9-12 survey Ombudsman in the case because the charges that were the cause concluded the central bank would raise its repo rate the circumstances The association relies on government and pri- of his complaint in 2005 have not been considered by 50 basis points (bps) on May 19. The remaining constitutes improper vate sector grants and donations for its upkeep, but when arriving at his conclusion. eight opted for a 25 basis point ease. conduct, says Public this did not deter the City from billing them as a Protector business and not an NGO.. When Mkhwebane demanded more data “We expect the SARB to step up the pace of about the SARA account from the COJ, she was policy normalisation in its May MPC meeting, de- By Ali Mphaki Their billing problems started in 2005, says informed they cannot retrieve the data beyond the livering a 50 basis points (bps) rate hike to 4.75%,” The shock half-a-million rand electricity bill president Freddie Nyathela, relating to the charges period of December 2009 because they have mi- said Jeffrey Schultz, economist at BNP Paribas. for water and electricity consumption. grated from the old IT Venus billing system to the Schultz added there were growing concerns over which landed end of February 2010, has been new integrated SAP system. materialising upside risks to inflation – both core an albatross on a small NGO operating in down- Situated around the prime location within and non-core – a weaker currency and what was town Jo’burg, South African Roadies Association, the Newtown district, Nyathela is adamant there Mkhwebane says the dispute remains a bone likely to be a faster frontloading of US Federal Re- SARA. was an ulterior motive to dispossess SARA of the of contention because there are still charges for the serve hikes over coming months. ownership of the property. Nyathela says he first period that the COJ has not taken into account in Since then it has been a struggle for SARA to escalated the complaint to the previous executive reviewing the SARA account on the basis that it The poll suggested inflation would average resolve the matter with the City of Joburg, until mayors Amos Masondo and Parks Tau, Herman would be too costly to retrieve this data from the 5.9% this year and slow to 4.7% next year, slightly they escalated it to the Public Protector in 2019. Mashaba, as well as the late Geoff Makhubo re- old system. higher than last month’s 5.7% and 4.6% respective questing their intervention, but to no avail. forecasts. Any further upward revision could breach But not before the matter was taken to the for- “In so doing, COJ has conceded to the fact that the SARB’s 3-6% upper comfort level for 2022, the mer city’s Ombudsman Advocate Ernest Chipu “There was an attempt by the COJ to ensure there is information that was omitted in the recal- statement said. – WSAM Reporter and with SARA’s electricity cut off by City Power that SARA ends up being closed down and owner- culation of the Complainant’s indebtedness for ser- for close to two months in 2010. ship of the property being taken out of his hands by vices provided which may have an impact on the COVID: NEW PUBLIC certain officials within or connected to the COJ,” Complainant’s account. COMMENT DEADLINE The 12-year R500 000 billing saga for SARA he says. formed part of, the Public Protector Busisiwe Notably, the reconsideration of the Complain- The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has extended Mkhwebane’s report last week, where she found In her report Mkhwebane says the Joburg Om- ant’s account at the insistence of the Office of the the period for public comments on the contentious the City and its Ombud wanting on a number of is- budsman had produced a report stating that the Joburg Ombudsman resulted in a favourable ad- health regulations by three months with effect from sues, which includes their provision and promoting AGGRIEVED: SARA president Freddie justment of the Complainant’s account, therefore, May 5, 2022. of its objectives towards the social and economic Nyathela is adamant there was a ploy to a reasonable inference can be drawn that further development of its community members and the have them loose their building probe into this matter, including the period omitted The new closing date for submission of com- needy. in the recalculation may identify further incongrui- ments is July 5, 2022, and this extension is in line Among Mkhwebane’s findings were: ties,” said Mkhwebane. with statutory requirements and will afford the de- • The allegation that the COJ had irregularly partment sufficient time to go through and consider In her closing remarks, Mkhwebane said the all comments and representations on the regulations. billed SARA is substantiated; investigation has established that SARA has suf- The department said comments must be sent only to • The allegation that the Office of the Joburg fered prejudice because the Office of the Joburg this e-mail: [email protected](link sends Ombudsman did not properly investigate the core e-mail) on or before the expiry of three (3) months Ombudsman failed to properly investigate the of the complaint from the date on which the state- period from the date of publication. All members of complaint, that they did not assist the Com- ment of account based on estimates was issued. the public who submitted comments in the initial plainant/SARA effectively is substantiated; public consultation process do not need to resubmit and In addition, the undue delay by the COJ’s So- these comments as all comments already submitted • The allegation whether the COJ’s undue delay cial Services Department in processing the SARA will be considered as part of this process. In order in submitting SARA’s registration as a non- submission has also had a negative effect on the to ensure that there is no gap in terms of legal in- profit organisation to COJ’s Revenue Shared conduct of the municipality. struments to contain the spread of COVID-19 and Services Centre (RSSC) had an impact on future notifiable medical conditions, the department the billing of his account and thus prejudiced The failure by the Office of the Joburg Om- has gazetted the limited regulations for implemen- SARA is substantiated. budsman to investigate the basis for the complaint, tation with effect from May 5 2022. SARA was established 20 years ago with the being the demand for payment whereas there was sole purpose of empowering and providing ac- a lack of information to justify the claim was also For any indoor and outdoor gatherings, a maxi- cess for the South African youth into the technical prejudicial to Mr Nyathela. mum of 50% of the venue capacity may be occupied and production sector, and to develop sustainable provided that every attendee must be vaccinated Mkhwebane’s remedial action stipulates that against COVID-19 and produce a valid vaccination within 30 working days after issuing of the re- certificate. Alternatively, attendees must produce a port, the City Manager should reconcile and adjust valid negative COVID-19 test result not older than SARA’s statement of account from date of occupa- 72 hours prior to the date of the gathering. – WSAM tion, but more importantly, ensure that COJ staff is Reporter retrained in the following acts and prescripts: Con- sumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, Municipal Fi- NIHAUS SUPPORT GROUP nance Management Act 56 of 2003, Local Govern- SETS UP CAMP ment Municipal Systems Act 31 of 2000 and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act of 2000. Supporters of Carl Niehaus, the erstwhile Umk- honto we Sizwe Military Veteran Association (MK- The Public Protector’s report was sent tp Pre- MVA) national spokesperson, have rallied behind mier of Gauteng Province, David Makhura, the the embattled former MKMVA spokesperson and Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban his family by establishing what they call The Carl Planning and Cooperative Governance and Tradi- Niehaus Support Group. And the support group is tional Affairs, Lebogang Maile, Executive Mayor already arranging to gather at the Estcourt Magis- of COJ, Cllr Mpho Phalatse, the Acting City Man- trate Court in KwaZulu-Natal on May 16 and 17, ager, Mr Floyd Brink, and the current Ombudsman 2022 in protest against what they call “Carl Nie- for the City Of Johannesburg, Advocate Sdu Nde- haus’ ongoing persecution”. bele. The #HandsOffCarlNiehaus, as the group’s slo- gan goes, is also calling on other Niehaus’ support- ers to avail themselves on the said two days which will culminate in the embattled ANC member’s re- appearance in the Estcourt Magistrate Court in what the group calls “the farcical dragged out Covid- 19 trial that is continuing after many postponement”. Niehaus was arrested national television in front of the Estcourt prison last year where for- mer president Jacob Zuma was imprisoned for 15 months by the Constitutional Court for failing to appear at the Zondo Commission of Enquiry. Zuma has since been released on parole after serving less than five months of the sentence. “Comrade Carl’s arrest was never about the contravention of COVID-19 regulations. It was a shameless act of political intimidation, and his on- going prosecution is in fact persecution and this is a political trial. The Carl Niehaus Support Group has been established to support Comrade Carl Niehaus and his family,” the group’s statement, authored by Nkosentsha Shezi and Meshack Malaza said. – Isaac Moledi.

Friday 13 May 2022 NEWS 3WEEKLY SA MIRROR MBOKODO MUSIC & ART FAIR GLAMOUR: When jazz music mixes with art you can be sure of good company. Sipho Maluka was in Fourways to capture the moments Spha Mdlalose Nothende and Dianne Naidoo Khaya Mahlangu Khanyi Chibi,Babalwa Mgoduka and Mpumi Ndayi Nduduzo with his wife Omagugu Makhathini Organizers of the Concert, Mantwa Mutshinya, Nothemba Madumo, Helga and Wanda Baloi

4 WEEKLY SA MIRROR NEWS Friday 13 May 2022 RETAILER COMMITS R500 000 TO AID KWAZULU-NATAL FLOOD VICTIMS The recent floods in Kwa Zulu-Natal have been the worst in South Africa’s history, causing unprecedented devastation. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, with thousands having lost their homes and livelihoods. Now, the Cotton On Foundation, is stepping in to help with R 500 000 in support, in partnership with UNICEF South Africa. The fundraising campaign kicks off in South African stores on Friday 29 April. During the campaign period, 100 percent of proceeds from Cotton On Foundation product sales and donations online and in-store will be channeled to this cause. The purchase of items such as masks, cans of water and tote bags in Cotton On Group stores, provide an easy way for the public to contribute. UNICEF and partners will provide approximately 200 families affected, including children with disabilities, with food vouchers, emergency water and hygiene supplies. In addition, the organisation’s psychosocial support and counselling services will help to improve the emotional wellbeing of children in the community. ZULU UNVEILS R257 BILLION SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET SAFETY NET: Relief grants will be paid out to more than 10 million every month... GRANTS: Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu By Isaac Moledi allocation in the current financial year,” said the Government would start dispensing the R350 Minister. social relief grant by June this year, Social De- velopment Minister Lindiwe Zulu said during She said SASSA will distribute R248 billion her 2022/2023 Budget in Parliament today. directly to more than 18 million beneficiaries monthly. These include old age, child support, dis- This comes after the relief grant beneficiar- ability and foster care grant beneficiaries. Added to ies were told to reapply online after the current this is an amount of R44 billion that has been al- requirements were tightened. “As announced by located for the extension of the Special Covid- 19 President Cyril Ramaphosa, it (the reapplication) Social Relief of Distress grant for one year. This opened on 23rd April 2022 and by 30 April 2022 will be distributed to 10.5 million eligible persons in excess of 8.1 million applications had already monthly. been received. I assure all qualified applicants that they will be in receipt of their payment for this it- An amount of R7 499 billion is allocated to- eration of the grant by June,” the Minister said in wards SASSA’s operations and grant payment a statement. fees. This operational budget enables SASSA to continue to meaningfully contribute toward reduc- According to the minister, R44 billion has ing poverty among South Africans who are unable been allocated for the relief grant and this will be to support themselves. paid out to more than 10 million South Africans every month. This number is in addition to the 18 In addition, SASSA will continue to provide million people that are already on other types of temporary reprieve to individuals and families grants, including old age and child support. Social who are experiencing temporary distress — such grants accounted for 99.6% of the department’s to- as those they assisted during the recent floods in tal budget of R257 billion, said Zulu. the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces — in order to meet their basics needs whilst they are According to Zulu, Vote 19 of the Department addressing their temporary challenges. of Social Development is government’s third- largest budget for the 2022/23 financial year, and “Most relevant to our commitment to social it constitutes 13.1% of government’s overall esti- and economic reconstruction and recovery, hence- mated budget of R1.957 trillion. forth SASSA will be supporting initiatives through which Covid- 19 SRD grant beneficiaries as well “Our budget allocation for the 2022/23 finan- as child support grant caregivers can access em- cial year is a total of R257 billion, of which R248 ployment opportunities,” Zulu said. billion is allocated to cover more than 18 million social grants beneficiaries. This social grant in- A number of legislative programmes will be processed and tabled for consideration. These vestment constitutes 99.6% of include the Older Persons Amendment Bill, the the Department’s total budget Non-Profit Organisation Amendment Bill and the Social Service Professionals Bill.

Friday 13 May 2022 NEWS 5WEEKLY SA MIRROR CEO POSITION RIDDLE DOGS ARTS COUNCIL STAGNATING: Ghost of Madiba funeral funds scandal hover over interim CEO TAINTED: Interim CEO SIDELINED: Former acting CEO Julie Marion Mbina-Mthembu not Diphofo moved to another position so squeeky clean By Ali Mphaki the memorial and funeral service of the late former Why did the board/council not The controversy-wracked National Arts Council president Nelson Mandela, Mbina-Mthembu seems appoint someone from operations or is the subject of another intrigue – over the posi- to court controversy wherever she goes. re-appoint Diphofo? Diphofo has more tion of acting chief executive, recently left vacant than a decade experience work within following the resignation by the incumbent Rose- Seemingly, not one used to be second-guessed, the NAC. Why allow an Exco member mary Mangope. Mbina-Mthembu the former DG of the eastern Cape, hold dual positions? Is Mbina-Mthembu holds the dubious distinction of once referring to paid for both her roles as Exco member This time, it pertains to the game of musical chairs Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane as and interim CEO? and; How long will she played at the agency in relation to the CEO position. an “idiot”. continue as interim CEO? Shortly after Mangope’s suspension in January 2021, Julie Diphofo was temporarily appointed to act in that This was when she waged a fight to have the Pub- position, only to be “inexplicably” removed when she lic Protectors 330-page scathing report and re-medial was away on medical leave. In her place was appoint- action set aside, taking the matter to the High Court, ed instead Ms Marion Mbina-Mthembu, who had but lost with costs It was through her advice, the PP been nominated among four new board members of found and confirmed by the High Court, among oth- the National Arts Council (NAC) in December 2020 ers, that the eastern Cape provincial government had ‘improperly diverted public funds amounting to R300 Diphofo is now senior manager for arts develop- 000 000 placed in the custody of the ECDC, funds ment. Her removal has raised questions about what already allocated for purpose of providing social in- prompted the rapid change of acting CEOs; why a frastructure for the Eastern Cape province. Instead board member was preferred instead for the acting of following proper tender processes, the funds went position when there was already someone acting in on buying from, among others, fried chicken outlets the position? Again, why was someone in operations like MacDonalds (R334 3500), KFC (R441 600) in not appointed instead? Is Mbina-Mthembu currently Mthata, which were not on the pro-vincial supplier being remunerated as both board member and acting database etc. CEO or for one of the positions? It is shocking that after her mishandling of the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mandela funeral funds, Mbina-Mthembu was moved Mthethwa and his Director-General Vusimuzi Mkh- from her position of HOD of the province’s treas- ize are still to respond to these inquiries from Weekly ury to then Premier Phumollo Masualle’s office and SA Mirror (sent two weeks ago and with hardly an “deployed” to be DG of the eastern Cape pro-vincial acknowledgement of receipt). government. Apparently chaffed by her decision to BATHO PELE challenge the PP’s remedial action on her own, the ANC pro- vincial leadership had become uneasy The tragi-drama at the NAC, last week saw the about her and started noises first calling for her to parting of ways with former CEO Rosemary Man- take voluntary leave. gope following a disastrous handling of Presidential Employment Stimulus Package, PESP, .meant to as- She wouldn’t leave without a fight, as was seen sist struggling and starving artists during the strin- when she apparently stormed the ANC‘s provincial gent Covid-19 lockdown, offices demanding to meet with the leadership with- out appointment hurling insults and some imprinta- A forensic investigation instituted by Mthethwa bles in her wake,. found that Mangope, acted improperly in how she handled the funds, resulting in disciplinary pro- It was not long when she had to part ways with ceedings against her. What has set tongue wagging, the provincial government under new premier Oscar however, is news that she had since parted ways Mabuyane, and her name was to resurface among the “amicably” with the NAC, and signed a confiden-tial list of people short-listed for the four vacant board sweetheart settlement with her former employer. positions at the NAC at the end of December 2020. Chairperson of the portfolio committee Beauty With only a few months into her new role as has not been helpful either, deciding to ignore ques- board member, the NAC would once more hog the tions from Weekly SA Mirror. headlines when a group of artists staged an indefi- nite sit-in in protest at the chaotic disbursement of We had asked Beauty to clarify the “confiden-tial’ Covid relief funds at their headquarters in Johannes- settlement;: burg. It’s going for almost a year since she assumed • How much has Mangope been paid so far since her interim CEO post at the NAC, taking over an em- battled organisation with highly controversial repu- her suspension and whether she was still in pos- tational issues. It may be a long road back to when session off NAC equipment like cellphone, lap- Ms Mbina-Mthembu started her career as a finance top etc. as well as to confirm her confidential graduate trainee with Unilever, those many years ago. package; • Will the NAC continue to pay Mangope, includ- With her dogged determination, she moved ing medical aid until she is 65 years, as per ru- through the ranks, ending up being a Category Ac- mours. and countant - before joining Coca-Cola, as a financial • Is the confidential settlement in line with PFMA analyst. She then proceeded to National Brands, as and the NAC Act and Treasury Regulations? a supply chain analyst before joining the Public Sec- Whilst the Ministry is mum, a barrage of ques- tor. Judging from her experience she looks likely to tions has also surfaced about interim CEO Mbina- be appointed permanently to the CEO position. Mthembu’s appointment at the NAC. Found wanting in 2017 by the Public Protec- What is not in dispute is that the NAC is a poi- tor for misappropriation of public funds meant for soned chalice, and there is cautious optimism if she will be able to steer the council into calmer seas, or merely continue the rot.

6 WEEKLY SA MIRROR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Friday 13 May 2022 IKUSASA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CAREER GUIDE MORE CAREER Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks GOALS IN Sport Instructors are required to complete. SPORTS Explaining and teaching the basic principles, fundamentals, rules, safety procedures and the BROAD SPECTRUM: Not everyone can be technical language of a sport: an athlete, others must teach • Demonstrating the proper use of equipment; By WSAM Reporter your job duties are to coach the team, instill a spirit and SUCCESS; Originally from Soweto coach It was the late president Nelson Mandela who of healthy competition, and give team members • providing examples of techniques performed in Piso Mosimane is now in Egypt mentoring said: ”Sport has the power to change the world. pointers on how to improve their playing skills. one of the best teams in Africa Al Ahly. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power You can work at various levels of education, even a competition. to unite people in a way that little else does. It up to the university level. Providing training and proper instruction on speaks to youth in a language they understand. the sport: The higher you go, the more extensive and • Providing encouragement, motivation, and “Sport can create hope where once there was thorough the requirements for your qualifications only despair. It is more powerful than government and experience. preparation; in breaking down racial barriers.” What Madiba How to Become a Sports Instructor • planning and organizing training sessions; did not add, which is also indisputable,is that no • conducting physical conditioning sessions to everyone can be an Usain Bolt, Mohamad Salah, First, you need extensive experience playing or Sadio Manne. the sport you wish to instruct. If you have a proven maximize performance; track record, more organizations are likely to hire • sharing tips to improve performance (e.g. ways As the old age goes, those who can do, must you as an instructor. Then, you need to get a bach- teach! One satisfying career is that of being a elor’s degree in athletic coaching or sports science to move hands, feet, or body); Sports Instructor. Take a career like being a Sports if you plan to teach at the high school or university • adjusting coaching techniques to better fit ath- Instructor, for instance. level. In lower levels, certification is often suffi- cient. letes and students; Ample examples abound of individuals who • evaluating students and athletes’ performance; wouldn’t kick a ball but ended up being football A sports coaching certification course includes • assessing and dealing with injuries; and coaches, former Chelsea and now Napoli coach such study material as principles of strength train- • monitoring the proper use of equipment. Jose Mourinho a perfect example. ing, injury prevention, CPR and first aid, coaching Planning and developing strategies: What Is a Sports Instructor? methodology, and administration. If you intend to • Analyzing the opposing team’s performance so move up in your career, you need to become skilled A sports instructor works as a coach for a in administration. as to find ways to counter their strengths and to school or extracurricular organization to teach par- Primary Responsibilities take advantage of their weaknesses; and ticipants the rules of a given sport. In this position, • explaining said strategies to athletes. Inspecting the proper functioning and mainte- nance of equipment: • Checking equipment for any malfunction; • repairing equipment when possible; and • acquiring new equipment when necessary. Organizing and planning competitions and oth- er activities: • Making transportation arrangements when nec- essary; • requesting parents’ permission to travel; and • arranging other sport related activities (e.g. fundraisers, clinics, and tryouts). Recruiting new and promising athletes and pro- moting their services. Daily Tasks for a sports instructor would in- clude Inspecting equipment to ensure proper functioning. Planning and conducting teaching and training sessions, scouting for new players etc.. CLASSROOM namic experience as learners can actively partici- TRAINING, WORK pate by asking questions and getting their queries EXPERIENCE MORE resolved. EFFECTIVE THAN ONLINE LEARNING “Our facilitators find that in a traditional class- room they are also able to cater to the strengths and DEVICES: : Most youths are weaknesses of each learner, especially those who unemployed and cannot afford may be struggling.” electronic devices to learn. Development of soft skills. By Isaac Moledi more effective for learnerships. According to him, tion and data along with a quiet learning environ- “In-person training encourages discussion and The Covid- 19 pandemic changed the world and virtual learning served its purpose during the worst ment. “In South Africa, most of our youth on learn- critical thinking, not to mention the enhancement the training landscape that had prevailed ear- of the pandemic but inperson learnerships cannot erships were previously unemployed and simply of social skills – all of which are essential for a lier. Distance learnerships and online learning be beaten. “Considering the alternative of no edu- don’t have access to these tools, cannot afford the learner’s future work readiness and employabil- proliferated through necessity in the past two cation, eLearning proved to be an important tool ongoing data costs and their living environments ity. Our learnerships are run as regular jobs so our years, but now that life and learning are return- to sustain our learnerships during lockdown. But often do not support home-based study. We found learners are expected to attend the Academy five ing to some semblance of normality, does this it is no substitute for face-toface instruction, espe- that the shift to virtual education for many of our days a week and work normal office hours.” This, form of training and learning still have a place cially in the absence of universal access to infra- learners was therefore, difficult and they have been says Sharp, teaches them responsibility as it takes in skills development? structure,” says Sharp. He explains why he believes more than happy to return to work at the Academy,” discipline to arrive on time every day, properly classroom training and in-person work experience says Sharp. dressed and with the right attitude. According to Sean Sharp, Executive Head of are critical to the delivery of learnerships. Learner/Facilitator Interaction. Peer-to-peer interaction. Sales at EduPower Skills Academy, online learning Accessibility. can never replace classroom training as faceto-face Sharp is of the opinion that classroom training Sharp says as EduPower learners interact with classroom training and work experience are far According to him, online learning requires a offers face-to-face interaction of a longer duration their peers, the Academy sees so much personal reliable electronic device, a stable internet connec- between learners and facilitators. It provides a dy- and professional growth and regular face-to-face conversations also allow them to further develop their social skills. “It gives them the opportunity to learn to work collaboratively, where they build on each other’s ideas and produce better performance and results than they would achieve on their own.” Practice while you learn. With a combination of theoretical learning and work experience, Sharp says learnerships allow their candidates to immediately practice new con- cepts learnt in the classroom as they can apply this knowledge whilst they work. “Our work experi- ence is hosted in a contact centre where learners work on real campaigns and their development is encouraged and validated by direct interaction with a mentor or coach – an experience that simply can- not be duplicated in an online environment. Sharp says that though eLearning has many benefits, it is not a replacement for the traditional classroom, especially in South Africa. “While on- line and classroom training both have advantages and disadvantages, the convenience of virtual learning will never be able to replace the experi- ential learning of human values and the character development that is an essential part of the class- room setting’’.

Friday 13 May 2022 PERSONAL FINANCE/BUSINESS 7WEEKLY SA MIRROR By Isaac Moledi GENERATION ALPHA While not physically holding their own bank DEMONSTRATE card or hitting the purchase button at the tills, GROWING the Generation Alpha - believed to be those PURCHASING born after 2010 - are said to be making several POWER behind-thescenes buying decisions for their par- ents, and are said to be generating revenue on ACTIVE: They are the most digitally active Mark McCrindle, social media platforms. and economically able cohort in the world Australian consulting Experts say those who continue to disregard agency this generation as too young and are still not con- vinced that they are in behind-the-scenes control of modern world where the ability to purchase and pants planned to open a savings account. And they already search, shop and pay for their travel accom- their parents’ purses should consider this: 87 per- deliver products has never been more convenient, weren’t the only ones opening accounts. Parents, modation and experiences online - a trend that will cent of parents report that their children have an means that Generation Alpha might truly make the influenced by their children, were also actively only grow as tech-savvy Alphas become economi- effect on their shopping habits. difference between success and failure in certain looking to save. “Generation Alpha has been ex- cally active. industries,” explains Haumann. posed to not only screens, but also to social issues Although the oldest Generation Alpha in the such as diversity, equality, and mental health is- “In just a few years, people have gone from us- group is only 12 years old, marketers have been According to Haumann, this enables businesses sues,” says Tshepo Matlou, Head of Marketing and ing travel agents and pamphlets at tourist boards to warned that before they declare victory in their to benefit from the Alpha Generation Effect, which Communications at online travel platform, Jurni. find holiday accommodation, to exploring proper- marketing plans, it’s important to note that this is the capacity to build purposely inclusive mar- ties in virtual reality. Imagine the dramatic shifts Generation Alpha, has arrived and is demonstrat- keting experiences that consider both parents and “In short, Generation Alpha’s influence extends to come with Alpha customers, who will probably ing incredible purchasing power. But who are these children. This creates potential for tourism, retail, far beyond which cereal brand ends up in the trol- prefer to interact completely virtually instead of in- Generation Alpha exactly and in which way are banking, and not-for-profit organisations. Market- ley; their true power is as a force for good, influ- person. If your product or service offering has no they influencing the behindthe-scenes control of ers may use the Generation Alpha Effect by devel- encing their parents to learn more, to make better online presence, you’ll be invisible to consumers their parents’ purses? Experts says Generation Al- oping digital experiences targeting the parent (they financial choices, and to take better care of their for whom technology is intrinsic.” pha (or Gen Alpha for short), is the demographic can determine the parent’s profile, travel context, health and the environment.” cohort succeeding Generation Z, colloquially also and channel preferences, for example), but they de- Generation Alpha, according to Andrew known as zoomers. On the other hand, Generation sign the content to appeal to the child. As a digital-first market age group, Matlou says Bourne, Regional Manager at Zoho Africa, will Z (or Gen Z in short) is the demographic cohort Gen Alphas’ buying habits will be centered on tech, place an even larger focus on the expectations that succeeding Millennials, most members of these be- “Gen Alpha, born in the same year as the iPad, from the moment they first hear about your product Generation Z now has. He says by focusing on de- ing the children of Generation X. has had such unfettered access to screens, the in- or service to when they purchase it. livering an exceptional customer experience that ternet and social media, that their influence on pur- exceeds your consumers’ expectations, you can Researchers and popular media use the mid to chasing decisions has multiplied,” explains Amy “As a business, you have to recognise the shifts earn Generation Alpha’s loyalty. late 1990s as the starting birth years and the 2010s Duncan, Client Service Manager at Sea Monster. happening in social behaviour and divert from tra- as the ending birth years. The name Generation Al- ditional strategies by timeously adapting your con- These experts say brands that continue to pha is said to have originated from a 2008 survey However, their influence can, and should, be sumer-interfacing strategies to survive,” he adds. downplay Generation Alpha’s importance in their conducted by the Australian consulting agency Mc- leveraged for the greater good. Duncan adds that marketing efforts are playing a dangerous game. Crindle Research, according to founder Mark Mc- data from Lemonade Day, an educational, entre- Matlou also urges anyone in the tourism sector Crindle who is credited with the term. preneurial programme aimed at children between to do all they can to grow their digital footprint to Early engagement with this younger population the ages of 7 and 13, indicated that 20% of partici- meet the modern travellers of both today, and to- will result in a long-lasting brand connection, leav- According to research conducted in the United morrow. As the parents of Gen Alphas, Millennials ing competitors States, four out of every five Gen Alpha children have a substantial influence on family purchases, and children under the age of 12 impact about R7.5 trillion (or $500 billion) in purchases each year. Experts warn that marketers who continue to disregard Generation Alpha as too young should also consider the fact that they are already gener- ating revenue on social media platforms. “And, if you’re still not convinced, consider this: 87 percent of parents report that their children have an effect on their shopping habits,” says Brent Haumann, Managing Director of Striata Africa. According to Haumann, Generation Alpha is significantly more informed about what is available in the world than previous generations, and simply need to tug on their parents’ heartstrings - or, more precisely, wallet strings - to get what they desire. “Typically, Alpha generation children have parents who are between the ages of 20 and 50. These are the most digitally active and economi- cally able cohort on earth. This, combined with a CONSUMERS URGED Edwin Theron, CEO at digital insurer, San- a big impact in the long-term. TO STICK TO BUDGET lam Indie, says it is time people start taking a Update your insurance. look at where their money is going. “When we TO ELIMINATE take an honest look at our financial habits, many Protect your finances by having the right in- UNNECESSARY of us might not like what we see, which, under- surance policies in place. “Insurance is all about standably, can make managing our money intimi- managing risk,” says Theron. From homeowner’s EXPENSES dating. insurance and medical aid to life insurance and income protection, all of this cover is designed to FUND : An emergency fund is a great ‘’But when you really unpack the numbers, help you handle unexpected expenses. saving strategy that helps in case of a crisis you’ll identify spending trends that can help you to improve your current financial situation.” While you may be tempted to skimp on in- By Isaac Moledi surance, you’ll be glad you have it if things go If you’ve ever trained for an athletic event, Theron cautions however that one should not wrong because it is designed to ensure that a cri- You will know that getting fit can be a chal- be discouraged by what one uncovers when one sis does not ruin you financially. lenge. For most of the people, it is tough, time- takes a closer look at his or her financial situa- Prioritise savings. consuming and demands that athletes be quite tion. In fact, he believes that this knowledge strict in order to get to where they want to be. should motivate a consumer to make better deci- If you tend to spend more than you should, Some days will be easier than others, so they sions going forward. Theron says consider automating your savings need to constantly remind themselves that and making sure that your savings go off at the each workout is a step in the right direction. Theron gives the following five financial tips beginning of the month, not the end of the month to help take control of your finances: when funds are usually running low. This will Improving financial fitness is much the same. Create a budget… and stick to it . help you maintain financial discipline. As part Sure, it is less sweaty but it also requires a fair of your saving strategy, it is a great idea to have amount of time and calls for commitment to Coming up with a monthly budget is essen- an emergency fund that you can dip into if/when improving financial behaviour so that you can tial if you want to reach your short- and longterm any unexpected expenses arise. achieve financial goals. Every spending decision financial goals. Start out by calculating your Get financial advice. an athlete makes has an effect on the overall fi- monthly income and then tally up your monthly nancial wellbeing, which is why it is so important expenses, both fixed and variable. Many of us do not have the time, knowledge to flex your money management muscles every or the inclination to manage our finances. For- single day. It is a good idea to spend a few months track- tunately there are a host of tools, products and ing these numbers so that you can get an average content available these days that help to demys- of how much money you are spending on differ- tify personal finance and many of them are very ent things like food, entertainment and petrol, easy to follow. for example. But just creating a budget is not enough. Armed with this spending information, “If you are not a DIY type when it comes to you need to keep track of your financial activ- finances, enlistng the help of a financial adviser ity so that you can actually stick to the budget is a great idea. These people have the understand- you’ve created. ing and expertise to offer advice and help you Identify and eliminate unnecessary expenses. reach your financial goals.” While reviewing your income and expenses Achieving financial wellbeing is less about to create a monthly budget, you’ll probably spot how much you earn and more about what you do a few areas where you are spending more than with your money daily, monthly and yearly. you would like to. “When you are trying to improve your finan- While it is unlikely that you will be able to cial situation the trick is always to remember that cut down on certain fixed expenses like rent or your current financial behaviour has a really big car insurance, there will probably be some room impact on your future financial health, so start to reduce your variable expenses. Something as with that budget.” simple as buying takeaways less often can make

8 WEEKLY SA MIRROR OPINION/ANALYSIS Friday 13 May 2022 Comment MORE NURSES NEEDED, AFRICA KEY FRONTIER URGENTLY TO GLOBAL FIRMS’ GROWTH At no time in recent history has the role of the world’s health workforce been more vital and EXPANSION: The The Economic Growth and Africa Continent • Low offer of localised spare parts manufactur- proved indispensable than now, when global continent’s automotive Free Trade (AfCFTA) holds the capacity to reshape ing health services are constantly tested to extremi- aftermarket industry set markets and economies within Africa and acceler- ties by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ongoing to experience massive ate growth across more than 50 countries within • Skill scarcity of mechanics, as well as mobility wars in Ukraine and Tigray in Ethiopia. expansion in the the Continent. It can also play a major role in un- user awareness (e.g. total cost of ownership) coming years… locking the continent’s automotive aftermarket po- As the world celebrated the International tential. • Fragmented and undeveloped distribution net- Nurses Day on May 12, the worldwide need for By Des Rikhotso work making affordable logistics challenging more health workers has never been more urgent. The global aftermarket industry is expected to Africa remains an incredible and important grow at a rate of three percent per annum by business frontier for global companies’ growth and • Lack of transparency in regard to imported Buckling under unprecedented workload 2030. Moreover, the emerging markets (like expansion. Of the 12 fastest economically growing used and new vehicles (e.g. origin data miss- from wars and unyielding pandemic, nurses are Sub-Sahara Africa) will create new needs and countries in the world, seven are perfectly located ing) barely coping today under the most stressful opportunities for the global automotive after- in Africa. conditions for paltry pay and amid serious staff, market industry expansion and growth. Road Infrastructure • Small volume of qualified repair or mainte- hospital bed and medicine shortages. Hence the nance workshops clarion call by the International Council of Nurs- The automotive aftermarket industry is the Over the last 15 years the road sector in Africa es (ICN) to “invest in nursing and respect rights market for replacement motor vehicle parts, acces- is the one where most progress has been made in • Volatile trade barriers affecting imports to secure global health”. In essence, the ICN’s sories, components and tools, after a vehicle has both institutional and financing terms, in particular Despite all these challenges several opportuni- call resonates with the goals outlined in the State been sold to a consumer. It includes the repair ser- with the creation of road agencies and road funds of World’s Nursing 2020 report for massive ac- vices and maintenance that Franchised Dealers and financed, in many countries, from fuel levies, so ties exist, as the demand for quality, affordable au- celeration of nursing education to address global Independent Distributors sell to consumers. Today, that 80 per cent of the main road network in Africa tomotive spare parts and maintenance services will needs and meet domestic demand. there are approximately 60 million vehicles in op- is now deemed to be in either good or fair condi- steadily increase through rapid urbanisation and eration on the African continent, with an automo- tion. Given the non-existent public transportation the emerging middle class. This growing demand In addition, the report urged for creation at tive aftermarket size estimated in excess of R505 infrastructure and systems in Sub-Sahara Africa, will in certain cases justify the need for the local least 6 million new nursing jobs by 2030, pri- billion. the progress made in the improvement of road in- manufacturing of vehicle components, in order to marily in low- and-middle income countries, to frastructure will continue to result in the increase in remain competitive. offset the projected shortages and redress the in- The aftermarket is the part of the automotive the demand for used vehicles throughout the conti- equitable distribution of nurses across the world. industry sector comprising the automotive services nent. This will create a conducive environment for In addition, the ongoing mega trends, such as and parts businesses. The service business (main- the demand for automotive aftermarket parts and e-commerce, connectivity, electrification and dig- In 2020, the global nursing workforce to- tenance and repair of vehicles) generates about 45 accessories to support this growing Used vehicles itisation, could become a game-changer for the talled 27.9 million, of which 19.3 million were percent of total aftermarket revenues, while retail Carparc. development of the automotive aftermarket in Af- professional nurses, according to the World and wholesale of vehicle parts make up the remain- rica. For automotive suppliers and independent dis- Health Organisation (WHO). Nursing comprised ing around 55 percent. Together, the two business- The automotive aftermarket industry is an im- tributors in particular, six top trends are expected the largest occupational group in the health sec- es are an important part of the overall automotive portant contributor for countries in Africa, helping to change the way the aftermarket game is played tor, accounting for approximately 59 percent of aftermarket industry as they deliver substantial rev- to build economies, to improve road safety and to within the Sub-Sahara African market. the health professions. The 27.9 million nursing enue globally or around 20 percent of total automo- enrich the quality of life for all Africans. While it is personnel included 19.3 million (69%) profes- tive revenues and higher profitability than most of undergoing an essential transformation, this indus- These include: consolidation among parts dis- sional nurses, six million (22%) associate pro- the industry’s other subsectors. try sector also faces many challenges. tributors; aggressive expansion of OEMs into af- fessional nurses and 2.6 million (9%) not classi- These include but are not limited to: termarket activities; digitisation of channels and fied either way. Pointing to prevailing iniquities, When it comes to the stakeholders, the after- • Counterfeit or second-hand spare parts from interfaces; access to car-generated data; Increasing the WHO report said more than 80 percent of market is generally split into the OEM network influence of (digital) intermediaries; and higher the world’s nurses were found in countries that and the independent aftermarket (IAM). Along the scrap yards used as a cheaper alternative to price transparency and greater diversity of supply account for half of the world’s population. The value chain, multiple types of stakeholders inter- buying genuine reliable parts for customers global shortage of nurses, estimated to be 6.6 act with each other. Market structure and the de- million in 2016, had decreased slightly to 5.9 gree of consolidation vary across regions globally. Africa has one of the world’s fastest-growing million nurses in 2018. And, while players’ levels of power along the value populations. Early 2021 the United Nations esti- chain also vary by geography, five distinct stake- mates that the continent has 1.38 billion inhabit- “An estimated 5.3 million (89%) of that holder groups consistently make up the automotive ants, which will grow to 2.5 billion by 2050. It is shortage was concentrated in low- and lower aftermarket. also the world’s youngest continent, with almost 60 middle-income countries, where the growth percent of the population under the age of 25. in the number of nurses is barely keeping pace with population growth, improving only margin- In the next decade, Africa is expected to ac- ally the nurse-to-population density levels,” said count for nearly 53 percent of the total growth in the WHO report. Tabling a R65,4-billion health the global working-age population. More people budget, Health Minister Joe Phaahla conveyed are entering the labour force, which drives the the nation’s gratitude “to our gallant health work- growth of an emerging middle class. Young popu- ers who have been and still remain the frontline lations, together with rising incomes and increased warriors against the Covid-19 pandemic, just as purchasing power, provide huge opportunities for they have done so against HIV and Aids, TB and the continent’s auto industry. Non-Communicable Diseases”. Progress had been made with regards to the stability in the Consumers with more cash in their pockets employment of more than 47 000 Community will look for safe, convenient, reliable and environ- Health Workers, he added. Yet, this intervention mentally friendly forms of transport, and will be represents a woeful drop in the ocean, and bound more prepared to pay for after-purchase services. to further demoralise an overworked health * Rikhotso is an automotive sales and market- workforce – facing a crippling nursing brain drain to overseas countries. No consolation too ing executive and consulting academic lec- that Phaahla hardly prioritised this issue as press- turer. He writes in his personal capacity ing, in keeping with the International Nurses Day theme. Could the Minister be burying his head in the sand in the middle of a deepening crisis? 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 Af- rican Print and Online Media. As a sub- scriber 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 complaints pro- cedures.

Friday 13 May 2022 OPINION/ANALYSIS 9WEEKLY SA MIRROR THE FEES MUST FALL: LEST WE FORGET AFTERMATH: The Aftermath Exhibition, dedicated to the 2015 student campaigns, opened at the University of Cape Town last week and is set to travel to other SA varsities… STORY: Helen Swingler PHOTO: Jean Claude Nsabimana The travelling photovoice exhibition tells ban University of Technology. These are campuses health issues. sequent mental health challenges among students the stories of students who were caught up in that were not at the forefront of media attention In her opening address Professor Harrison not- who were part of the Must Fall campaigns, whether the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall (Must during students’ protests. as observers, victims or perpetrators. Fall) campaigns of during the period of 2015 ed the conflicting juxtaposition of “violence” and and 16, either as observers, victims or perpetra- As one speaker at the opening noted, UCT, “well-being”. Implicit is a call for more dialogue and much tors. University of the Witwatersrand and University stronger partnerships between university adminis- of Johannesburg Must Fall stories have been told. “It may sound strange, but it is an apt descrip- trations and students. The exhibition is a curation of 34 powerful However, the stories of students at the five partici- tion of the nature of those turbulent and disruptive images and accompanying story captions and was pating institutions have not. years, the issues that were raised by the protest “[These are] partnerships that work towards the hosted by the university’s department of student af- movements and their effects on students and staff prevention of violence and the creation of condi- fairs (DSA) in the Molly Blackburn Foyer from 3 The exhibition thus offers a compelling view of members in higher education. We know that, for tions that foster well-being, even as we negotiate to 5 May. The opening was followed by a panel the lived experiences of many black students across many, aspects of these issues live on. and respond to necessary change. Partnerships that discussion, “Restoring Wellbeing After Protests: South Africa and raises awareness about unhealthy don’t need violence as a trigger to action. Respon- Lessons from #FeesMustFall”, on 4 May. levels of violence and trauma on university cam- She continued, “The central role that univer- sive partnerships of caring and mutual respect.” puses and the impact on student well-being, spe- sities play in shaping society, in generating new Harrison alluded to the importance of the larger Curated by Carl Collison, the curation is the cifically during the Must Fall campaigns. These are research and innovation, in training new scholars, body of HSRC research that the exhibition is part culmination of a broader 2019/20 research project the “wounds” Mgolombane referred to. and in producing leaders, makes ongoing reflection of. by Professor Thierry M Luescher, the research di- and debate about our institutions essential. This is rector of the Human Sciences Research Council The significance of bringing the exhibition to even more important when the subject matter is dif- “This seeks to study the new student movement (HSRC), Dr Keamogetse Morwe of the Depart- UCT is that the Must Fall campaigns started here ficult and painful, as the sub-title of the exhibition in South Africa, within several thematic areas in- ment of Gender and Youth Studies at the Univer- in 2015. The travelling exhibition will visit several suggests.” cluding the nature of protest action and higher edu- sity of Venda, and students from the photovoice campuses during 2022. UCT, the starting centre for cation policymaking. This is important work, and movement. the Must Fall campaigns, hosted the exhibition in “So often harsh enemy lines are drawn between we look forward to further engagement with this the Molly Blackburn Foyer. these constituencies when, deep down, the sides Photovoice is described as a “participatory ac- Message seek the same final solution.” The exhibition also Lest we forget, tion research method through which members of a highlights the importance of the multi-faceted rela- there are wounds… community come together in a facilitated process The exhibition aims to bring violence on cam- tionship between the leadership of universities and to produce stories of change in and about commu- puses to the forefront at government level and the students they serve. new scholarship as it emerges.” nities. These stories are based on photographs ac- among higher education policymakers and univer- Reflections companied by captions or longer narratives created sity leaders. Inherent is a clear message for higher “So often harsh enemy lines are drawn between by participants”. education institutions: expand student counselling these constituencies when, deep down, the sides Wrapping up, Mgolombane added, “The exhi- to better support students who struggle with mental seek the same final solution – their path, process bition calls upon us to reflect on our humanity. It At the opening, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for and narration apparently deeply opposed.” invites us to care about the well-being of students Research and Internationalisation Professor Sue in general but with specific focus on those students Harrison welcomed the speakers and guests on Trauma emerged as a significant cause of sub- who experienced violence, like those who were behalf of Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi part of Fees Must Fall [FMF].” Phakeng, who was abroad. Speakers included members of the UCT Students’ Representative He added, “It challenges us to be kind to one Council, Rhodes Must Fall and universities that another and to have compassion enough to avoid participated in the photovoice project. and even prevent exposing each other to the ex- treme levels of violence we witnessed during the “Lest we forget, there are wounds,” Pura FMF. For UCT DSA as a contribution to the ‘af- Mgolombane, the executive director of the DSA, termath’, we say we need to put all our efforts to reminded the audience at last week’s opening of ‘liberate the soul’ for the well-being and flourish- The Aftermath Exhibition: violence and wellbeing ing of our students (and staff) in order to be able in the context of the student movement. to unleash the human potential for a fair and just society.” Mental health and well-being were key themes of the exhibition, responses to the trauma and vio- The exhibition will travel to universities across lence students experienced during the Must Fall South Africa, having been shown at the University campaigns. of Botswana and the University of Stellenbosch. The project was funded by the National Research The visuals were selected and curated from Foundation and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. more than 100 images produced as part of a the HSRC’s 2019/20 research project. The themes that emerged during the curation process were primar- ily protest and violence, oppressive spaces, safe spaces, patriarchy (and the defiance of it), fear, es- cape, trauma, unity and well-being. Participants included 26 student leaders and ac- tivists on five campuses that had experienced high levels of violence during the 2015/16 #FeesMust- Fall student movement. These are the University of the Western Cape, University of Venda, University of the Free State, University of Fort Hare and Dur-

10 WEEKLY SA MIRROR OBITUARY Friday 13 May 2022 EX-MK against Afriforum which, the statement alleges, SOLDIER is resisting transformation by “blocking promo- tions and rank reviewal of the liberation ex- MASEDI combatants in the SAPS”. She is understood to DLAMINI TO BE have been playing a critical role in this process. LAID TO REST Chiyi described Dhlamini as dedicated to OPERATION: ANC cadre injured in Minister’s struggle for liberation, adding that she was a hostage drama dies of her injuries… courageous and principled leader of the Libera- tion Struggle War Veterans of South Africa, who FALLEN: Ex-Mk soldier Nonhlanhla Masedi Dhlamini. demonstrated a worthy cause in fighting first for Photo: LSWV-SA liberation and democratic order and recently for By Isaac Moledi the plight of all struggle war veterans in South The Liberation Struggle War Veterans of Africa. South Africa (LSWV-SA) announced the death and funeral of Nonhlanhla Masedi “Liberation Struggle War Veterans of South Dhlamini, who was one of the 53 military Africa is deeply saddened by her death and con- veterans arrested for allegedly holding vey its deep and heartfelt condolences to her cabinet ministers hostage last year. family, friends and comrades in the Mass Demo- LSWV-SA is an ex-combatants’ outfit cratic Movement (MDM), fraternal organisa- comprising military veterans from the non- tions and other liberation movements. We wish statutory forces of the ANC’s Umkhonto her family strength and courage during this dif- we Sizwe (MK), PAC’s APLA and Azapo’s ficult moment,” the LSWV statement said. Azanla, that have been in the forefront in the fight for their members’ benefits, including Chiyi say other accused ex-combatants will, reparations and their pensions. in the absence of Dhlamini, return to Pretoria The passing of Dhlamini (55), affection- Magistrate’s Court on May 17, in what he de- ately known as Comrade Ntsoaki, followed scribes as “a fabricated kidnapping case that spells of “being in and out of coma in dif- wanted to hide the real reasons behind the pov- ferent hospitals”, according to LSWV-SA na- erty of veterans in South Africa. tional spokesperson Mduduzi Chiyi. According to Chiyi, Dhlamini, who was “This is the state case against the poor veter- a member of the LSWV national task team, ans. Freedom or death, we shall not be moved, died after she “sustained complications due the death of Cde Ntsoaki is our inspiration and to stun grenades attack” when the police “in- motivation. As the LSWV-SA we strongly say vaded” the barricaded Saint Georges Hotel that her death is not in vain,” says the ex-com- in Pretoria following a hostage situation in- batants’ statement. volving defence and military veterans Min- ister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Writing in an article first published by The Makwetla and the Minister in the Presidency Conversation, Lindy Heinecken, who chairs Mondli Gungubele. the sociology and social anthropology depart- “Cde Ntsoaki is a victim of the attack ment at Stellenbosch University, wrote that the at Saint Georges Hotel by the SAPS Task anger among ex-combatants had been the result Force that was unleashed by the system. She of “empty promises”, and a consequence of a was arrested with her other 52 comrades and department that was supposed to look after the sustained complications due to stun grenades military veterans’ welfare, “but does not”. attack. This led to other complications in her health which led to her death,” the LSWV-SA Heinecken cautioned against the ill-treat- said in a statement. ment of the military veterans who, she said, con- Chiyi says this premeditated attack was stitute “a small but vocal constituency” in the unleashed on the LSWV members who de- ANC “… manded better life for all liberation ex-com- batants of South Africa. “She is a victim of It’s neither sensible nor desirable that the the brutality of people in power who forgot maladministration that’s affected their lives is the role she played in the struggle for libera- allowed to continue, as a recent report by the tion. She died fighting; she does not know the public protector points out,” Heinecken was democracy that is spoken about. She never quoted as saying. tasted the fruits of the revolution that she fought for,” said Chiyi. In Dhlamini’s honour, Chiyi said the LSWV Dhlamini, who was a captain in the will intensify the struggle for liberation and the SAPS’ Crime Intelligence since around 1999, plight of the struggling war veterans. “We will was also part of the team that was fighting for dip our banners at the passing of our National integration, transformation and rank reviewal Task Team member. We will strive to ensure that for the ex-combatants in the SAPS. Those we and our generations do not depend on hand- who knew her in the liberation circles said outs but are part of economic mainstreams. Gen- she joined the ANC’s MK at a very young erational wealth must not be for a few, selected age and was trained in Angola and later did ex-combatants in the post-1994 era. We shall not Special Forces courses in Cuba. In 1994, she be moved. was among those ex-combatants who were integrated into the SAPS’ Crime Intelligence. Dhlamini’s funeral service takes place on According to the LSWV’s statement, Sunday, from 8 am at 2 Nala Street, Duduza Re- Dhlamini died at a critical time when the source Centre. SAPS and the department of Crime Intelli- gence in particular were busy fighting a case

Friday 13 May 2022 ENTERTAINMENT 11WEEKLY SA MIRROR JAZZYING IT UP WITH GLORIA TOUR: Fans can also look forward to Bosman’s new live album UNLEASHED: Gloria Bosman is coming out guns blazing By Gugu Sibiya Cheering up, Bosman says she’s Jazz singer Gloria Bosman is com- chaffed about her upcoming offering. ing out of covid-19 restrictions guns ”I’m excited to be dropping my first live blazing as she embarks on her exciting recorded album entitled Gloria Bosman tour, serenading her fans at hip and Live. I’ll be unleashing seven brand new happening venues across the country, songs that I worked on during lockdown. reminding them why they fell in love The other three are from my Nature with her and the catchy, captivating Dances CD. I was hoping to release it repertoire. before my gig at the Grahamstown Arts Festival” she says of her 10-track offer- She kicks off her charm and woo- ing that’s coming out in July. ing offensive rendezvous with a Jazz in the Garden Concert performance, at the “I’ve done things differently on the All Saints church in Fourways, Johan- album. Love and family is what I’ve fo- nesburg, today (Saturday, April 30), at cused on. Although the pandemic was 12noon. part of our lives for the past two years, I’ve resisted singing about it for now. “Marcus Wyatt and I will headline The aspect I’m running with from that the show. He’s bringing his big band, the period is the importance of love and our Bomb Shelter Beast. Joining the party families, how people relate to each other. are DJs. Jazz music guru Nothemba Ma- I’ll be going back to doing gigs, hit the dumo will be the elegant MC. small venues to promote the album. Glowing and looking young, the Unbelievable but true, Bosman is drop dead gorgeous Bos- celebrating 30-years in the industry. man wouldn’t say “I’ve been through ups and downs eve- much about the rybody can’t avoid. The important thing make-over ex- is what you do with those moments. One cept that she thing I’ve come to understand is that mu- attributes it to sic lovers thrive on seeing their favour- genes thanks to ite artists constantly reinventing them- her mom. Ex- selves. That’s why I’ve taken to playing citedly chatted the guitar and piano on stage. It makes away about the it interesting. Besides, the industry is show at the All changing all the time and knowing how to do your own thing, is great. New art- Saints church’s magnificent garden, she ists pop up every day so you need to be says “The thrill of the lifted restrictions on your toes, bring you’re A-gane all the in the entertainment industry, is highly time. You become famous but after that appreciated. people want to know what more tricks you have up your sleeve. “Lockdown was difficult especially for showbiz. In 2020 the Grahamstown To date the globe-trotting Bosman Arts Festival went Online which was a with pipes to die for, has released six al- great effort, but the lukewarm response bums. She attracted Nedbaml’s attention wasn’t encouraging. Such shows are as a youngster of 19-years. They singled challenging from selling tickets to at- her out as a talented rising star to look tracting an audience. They want to be at out for. a live event, dancing and singing along. Promoters tried hard to create work for She didn’t disappoint when she de- both themselves and artists but it was buted in a performance at the Market rough. theatre alongside legends like the late Thokozile Sophie Mgcina, powerhouse “The restricted number of fans al- Jennifer Ferguson and Felicia Marion lowed in at events, meant that they among others. Gauteng was bowled weren’t making money, therefor pay- over and that marked the beginning of a ing lower fees. Sponsors are numbers dream career. driven. They won’t invest in a show that doesn’t visibly show their support for the Bosman’s star is shining bright, but arts. We were just thankful to get some- her fans are going to be dazzled on thing to keep the wolf at bay. Even more Sunday, May 1, when she performs at impressive were the innovative concepts Chafzer Lifestyle in Mpumalanga, in the they came up with like Joy of Jazz’s fest afternoon. She’s sharing the stage with at a drive-in set up” recalls an impressed the phenomenal guitarist and singer, Se- Bosman. laelo Selota. He’s dropped a couple of award-winning albums. “We are hoping that we are over the worst of covid-19 so that we can move Spontaneously she invites aficio- towards working and rebuilding. The nados to an afternoon of musical bliss country and this government was new to while exploring the province of the ris- the pandemic and disaster management, ing sun. “Let’s convoy to Mpumalanga but we must commend the president for an unforgettable jazzy afternoon and for doing well. Our condolences go to eclectic sounds from my favourite artist, all those who lost loved ones” she says Selaelo and some local acts. We’re look- of the dark time in our country and the ing forward to having a blast with the world. crowd.”

12 WEEKLY SA MIRROR MOTORING Friday 13 May 2022 MOTORING:Briefs THE EPITOME EXQUISITE: NEW CHERY TIGGO 7 IS HERE LUXURY A stealth-like front The new Chery Tiggo 7 Pro has arrived in SA. grille and digital Slotting in between its Tiggo 4 Pro and Tiggo 8 LED lighting units Pro siblings, this stylish SUV is yet another high- value proposition from the Chinese marque that creates greater offers cash-strapped motorists maximum bang visual width en- for their hard-earned buck. hanced by black Easy on the eye, the Tiggo 7 Pro hits the as- detailing phalt wearing the firm’s aggressive hexagonal radiator grille and a pair of ultra slim LED head- OF lamps. Standard across all Tiggo 7 Pro deriva- tives, these units are complemented by striking REDEFINED: The LED daytime running lights mounted on either new Range Rover Sport side of the front bumper. At the time of writing will be available in the new Tiggo 7 Pro is available only with the South Africa toward the firm’s 1.5l four-cylinder turbocharged petrol end of 2022 engine tuned to deliver 108kW and 210Nm of torque to the front wheels via a CVT transmis- By Ali Mphaki sion equipped with nine preprogrammed virtual gears. The latter effectively simulate the ratio South Africa’s roads are vibrating in anticipa- CLEAN LINES; A characteristic shoulder line runs the length of the vehicle accentuated steps of a conventional automatic gearbox. tion of the third generation Range Rover Sport by lower fender details and the longest spoiler ever fitted to a Range Rover headed for our shores towards year-end. Pricing? The Tiggo 7 Pro Distinctive comes CRISP; Perfectly honed design elements are echoed at the rear, incorporating a sculpt- in at R409,900 while the range-topping Distinc- Eighteen years into its production, the newcom- ed tailgate with uninterrupted LED light graphics tive model will set you back R444,900. Both er is dramatic in its outlook, yet its design is more include a five-year/60,000km service plan, five- evolutionary than revolutionary, so you cannot mis- out 390kW and sprints from 0-100km/h in a blister- position creates a cockpit like experience, year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance taken it for anything else. ing 4.5 seconds. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both wire- programme, five-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and comprehensive 10-year/million- An alternative to the BMW X5 and Mercedes An electric version is expected in 2024. The less, are standard, and there’s even 15-watt wireless kilometre engine warranty. GLE, the new Range Sport no doubt ups the ante in exquisite styling continues into the interior, where charging. Sound comes from Meridian, with the this special SUV segment, and its all up to the op- you would be welcomed by a 13.1-inch touchscreen top-of-the-line Meridian Signature Sound System WILL THE REAL FERRARI position to respond to the challenge. infotainment system dominating the dashboard. boasting 29 speakers. PLEASE STAND UP? You may not believe in love at first sight, but While in the rear seats there are now two more All Range Rover Sport models exclusively uti- Those shopping at the very top of the perfor- with its blunt nose, tall bonnet line, slim new LED 11.4 inch screens, in front there is the added digital lise an eight-speed gearbox from ZF, with power mance SUV pyramid—say, for a Lamborghini headlights and more aggressive air intakes, you can- display which controls functions on the car using going through all four-wheels via a full time all- Urus or an Aston Martin DBX 707—might want not help it but be smitten by its looks. voice commands. wheel drive system. to wait to see what Ferrari has wrought. It may look a bit similar to the model it replaces, A smaller steering wheel and a lower seating Pricing will be announced towards launch. So, too, will the legions of prancing-horse but on closer inspection you will find the newcom- fans, whether they’re excited or ready to storm er’s wheelbase has been increased by about 75mm, the factory gates at the prospect of a Ferrari SUV. which can only mean more legroom for rear pas- The wait is nearly over: Ferrari has said the Puro- sengers. sangue (Italian for “thoroughbred”) will go into production later this year with deliveries set to Stealing most of its design cues from the regular start in 2023. Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport is unique from all sides. While the front is pleasing to the eye, Ferrari has strongly hinted that it will use a the rear with its clean design is equally impressive. new V-12 engine, and a twin-turbo V-8 is likely too. Rumors are swirling about rear-hinged rear I can already picture some uninhibited lasses doors—suicide doors or coach doors, as Rolls- screaming “bhuti ng’hambanawe” as it swooshes Royce calls them—and a B-pillarless green- past the famed Vilakazi Street in Soweto, house. To drive home that this is a Ferrari SUV, there’s a badge on the hood and a prancing horse Before I get carried away, the derivatives com- in the grille. A Purosangue spied at the factory ing our way will include the entry-level P400 petrol wore a Scuderia crest on its fender. Get that ex- and D350 diesel models that both feature 3.0; six- tra badge and all the owner will need is a red cylinder engines satin jacket with a prancing horse on the back.- CARANDDRIVER Land Rover SA announced that also on the line- up is the P510e plug-in-hybrid that marries a 3.0; VW WILL HAVE A SCOUT AS six-cylinder Ingenium engine to a 105kW electric AN EV BRAND motor and 338.2l Wh lithium-iron battery-pack pro- ducing a total system output of 375kW. Volkswagen announces it will resurrect the Scout name for a new EV-only brand of sport utility The latter completes the mandatory 0-100 km/h models, dusting off a name made famous in the sprint in 5.4 seconds and a claimed electric driving US by International Harvester. The Wolfsburg- range of up to 113km. based automaker had been mulling the step for about a year in what could be the latest return of Top of the range is the P530 under whose bon- a vintage name for a planned EV brand, reported net is a 4.4l twin-turbocharged V8 engine churning TechCrunch before official confirmation came from Germany. The decision was approved this week by the automaker’s supervisory board at its annual meeting. VW brand design head Klaus Zyciora posted a teaser image on his Instagram account this week giving a glimpse of two vehicle sketch- es including a Scout-shaped SUV and pickup truck, both featuring the classic C-pillar shape of the original Scout. The sketch could indeed fore- shadow the first two models from the relaunched brand, with an SUV and pickup duo planned for 2026, VW says.-AUTOWEEK PROS AND CONS OF DRIVERLESS CARS Proposed changes to the Highway Code would mean that users of self-driving cars would not be held responsible for vehicle crashes. The Depart- ment for Transport (DfT) has said that insurance companies would instead be liable for collision claims. The updated code, which is expected to come into effect in the summer, will also allow people to watch TV on built-in screens, but driv- ers will need to be ready to take back control of their vehicles if prompted. Using a mobile phone while driving will remain illegal. Driverless cars have “remained tantalisingly just beyond the horizon” for some years, but “the technology appears poised for a leap for- ward in 2022”, said GreenBiz. No cars are yet approved to self-drive on UK roads, but the DfT has said the first could be ready for use this year. THEWEEK

Friday 13 May 2022 FOOD AND WINE 13WEEKLY SA MIRROR Wine-ly SHIRAZ OR regions, they may display hints herbaceous- SYRAH? ness, smoked meat and spice (black pepper). In Yours MAGIC’S hot regions, there are more sweet spice notes (liquorice). (WSET) By Len Maseko THE SAME • Shiraz gets its typical peppery, spicy aromas Like in any other contest, wine competition re- and flavours from a chemical compound called sults are always eagerly awaited by both wine VARIETAL: Shiraz and Syrah are simply Rotundone. sector personalities and consumers looking for two names for the same grape variety… • Syrah originates in the Rhône Valley of France, the next exciting nectar to drink or collect. Simi- where it is called Syrah. Syrah is the most larly, the annual Prescient wine reports – which 6. Diemersdal 2021 (94) FUN FACTS ABOUT SHIRAZ (SYRAH) planted grape of Australia, where they call it select Top 10 wines in various categories every 7. Du Toitksloof 2019 (94) • Syrah wines are deeply coloured, with medium Shiraz. (Wine Folly) year – generate just as much excitement on their 8. Gentis Badlands 2021 (Thor Vintners) (94) • Shiraz and Syrah are simply two names for the release. Conceived by, they are 9. Groote Post 2020 (94) or high levels of tannins and medium acidity. same grape variety, the former (Shiraz) sup- sponsored multinational financial services com- 10. Sunkloof Reserve 2019 (Stellenview Premium The wines are usually full-bodied and gener- posedly denoting wines of power and the latter pany Prescient. ally have a black fruit (blackberry) and dark (Syrah) wines of restraint but, in reality, it is Wines) (94) chocolate character. In wines from moderate not possible to make such a clear-cut distinc- Wine categories assessed for their excellence tion (Prescient Report). and finesse are Chenin Blanc, Cape White Blends • The grape broadly falls into two styles: the and Shiraz, whose Top 10 winners were released first the overtly aromatic, medium-bodied but this week. Grape categories due next for release densely structured wines typical of France’s are Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Rhône, and the second being the darkly col- Blends, in June. And the next category due for re- oured, full-fruited wines most famously asso- lease will be Cape Bordeaux Red Blends in August ciated with South Australia’s Barossa Valley. while winning wines in the Chardonnay and Cab- (Prescient Report) ernet Sauvignon genres in November. While the • Syrah makes some of the darkest red wine in Prescient Top 10 list of high-scoring wines in the the world. three categories – Chenin Blanc, Cape White Blend SHIRAZ AND FOOD and Shiraz – were released this week, we have Shiraz SA, an association of Shiraz produc- chosen rather to focus on the Shiraz results today ers, naturally pairs with equally boisterous types of and exclude Chenin Blanc and Cape White Blend food. South Africa’s gastronomic guru Katinka van categories – well, for no particular reason, except Niekerk advises that food that can be paired with constraints of space. Shiraz broadly falls into four quadrants. Food with strong, powerful flavours Surprisingly, the Top 10 list of winning Shiraz Hearty stews, casseroles and South Africa’s wines was dominated not-too-familiar labels, all very own “potjies” fall into this category. Slow- produced by what appeared to be smaller wineries. cooked dishes, usually made with less tender cuts of meat, are full-flavoured and work ex- Notably, Shiraz is one of South Africa’s most tremely well with Shiraz. Herb-roasted and popular red grapes and the second most widely spiced meats and vegetables are also good planted red wine cultivar in the country after caber- matches for this variety. net sauvignon. There were 99 Shiraz entries from All forms of game 82 producers tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a From venison pie to kudu or ostrich steak, roast three-person panel, scoring done according to the duck, rabbit or springbok, Shiraz with its inher- 100-point quality scale. ent gaminess, is an excellent partner. TOP 10 SA SHIRAZ WINES Grilled, braaied or barbequed food as well as 1. Eenzaamheid 2020 (96 points) charcuterie 2. Wildeberg 2021 (96) One of Shiraz’s well-known characteristics is 3. Great Five Reserve 2019 (Stellenview Premi- its smokiness. Foods prepared in this way are paired with Shiraz with huge success. um Wines) (95 points) Sweet sauces, jellies and relishes 4. Harry Harman Somesay 2021 (95) These sauces, often sweet and made from full- 5. Org de Rac 2020 (95) ripe berries or other fruit that traditionally ac- company dishes such as roasted meats, simply call for Shiraz. Pairing Shiraz with Cheese The principle of teaming up the strong flavours of Shiraz with the equally strong flavours of a cheese may not necessarily turn out to be a match made in heaven! However, there are some that go very well with Shiraz (for ex- ample) certain hard cow’s milk cheeses, blue cheese, aged Cheddar, Gruyere, Manchego and slightly aged goat’s cheese. – Shiraz SA EVENTS BEST OF CONSTANTIA TO UPCOMING WINE ACADEMY Kleinkaap’s event tickets are ONLY sold through (www. SIZZLE JOBURG PALATES TASTINGS or via the official Plankton website ( htt- ps:// The Constantia Showcase comes to Joburg on a charm Two Cape Wine Academy Wine Club tastings are sched- VINTAGE AND WINE MARKET offensive, happening at the Southern Sun Hyde Park on Wednesday. uled for this week and end of the month. Upcoming tastings will take place at Chaplin’s Grill Res- The Cullinan Vintage and Wine Market is hosting a day of Presented by preeminent wine connoisseur Wade Bales, the event features best of Cape Winelands’ Constantia taurant in Parktown North, Johannesburg. family fun in the heart of the town, situated north eastern wineries. Nine of the region’s winemakers will be in at- Taste Pinotage - May 17; Taste Rhône Blends - May 31. side of Pretoria. tendance, to field questions from guests. Entrance is R20 per person (Includes a Mc Hardy Mu- Cost is R350 per person, including tasting and a light din- seum tour); wine or gin tasting R80 per person (includes The ticket price includes a complimentary glass, all ner. Non-members welcome. entrance & Mc Hardy museum tour) and wine and gin wine tastings and a selection of gourmet cheese, antipasti tasting R150 per person (includes entrance & Mc Hardy deli and artisanal breads. Established in 1685 as one of EXPERIENCE KLEINKAAP for 2 @ R350). The Cullinan Vintage & Wine Market will the original Cape farms, the wine route is now divided CHARM host another event on May 21 in Bronkhorstspruit. into just nine, premium estates – Beau Constantia, Buiten- verwachting, Constantia Glen, Constantia Royale, Eagles FIESTA FOR G & T FANS Nest, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Silvermist and A wine tasting in the countryside beckons as the Kleinkaap Steenberg. Uncorked Wine Festival gears up to showcase local wines Joburg Gin & Tonic Experience takes place at Casalinga on May 28. Discover new favourite wine among the more than 15 Organic Farm in Honeydew, Johannesburg, on Sunday wine stalls while savouring mouth-watering eats at our (12noon). numerous food stalls. Live entertainment with music from The Joburg G&T Experience, supported by Hall and both local & upcoming artists will add to a colourful am- Bramley mixers, pampers Gin lovers with food, local mu- bience. sic, salivating garnishes and the best Gins. Tickets include Overnight Package includes two tickets to the event, over- entry into the event as well as a complimentary festival night stay at the Kleinkaap Hotel and a buffet breakfast Gin glass. the next morning. Gates open at 12noon and the event ends at 6pm. Tickets Some of our Wine Stalls who will be showcasing Baby- available, through Webtickets, are limited to 500. Early lonstoren, Bonnievale Wines, Spier Wine Farm, Paul Wal- bird tickets cost R180 and general admission R200. lace Wines, Lourensford Estate, Montpellier de Tulbagh, Covid-19 protocols will be in place to make the event a De Krans Wines, Niel Joubert Wines, Landskroon Wines, safe environment for all in attendance with plenty of space Jakkalsvlei, Rickety Bridge Winery and McGregor Wine for social distancing and sanitising stations. Don’t forget Meander. your face masks and personal sanitizer

14 WEEKLY SA MIRROR SPORT Friday 13 May 2022 SUNDOWNS LADIES AND JVW RETAIN CLEAN RECORDS TWO-HORSE RACE: So far so good for both teams who are level on points BALL JUGGLER: Thalea Smidt of Sundowns Ladiess is a thorn to the opposition By Ali Mphaki FIXTURES and continues to impress with her work rate The Hollywoodbets Super League table is start- ing to take shape now following the latest round SUNDAY 15 MAY 2022 of fixtures, and it seems as if it’ll be a two-way showdown between Sundowns and JVW if the City Lads Ladies vs JVW FC (13:00) early evidence is anything to go by. Durban Ladies vs First Touch FC (13:00) Bloem Celtic vs Tsunami Queens (15:00) Sundowns, unbelievably, have scored 26 times TUT FC vs Thunderbirds Ladies (15:00) in their four matches so far, with eight of those UJ FC vs Richmond United (15:00) coming in their midweek win against City Lads UWC vs Sundowns Ladies (15:00) Ladies. Vasco da Gama vs Ma-Indies Ladies (15:00) Coal City Wizards vs Golden Ladies (15:00) JVW remain level on points with Masandawa- na following their 3-0 home win over Durban La- they host winless Tsunami Queens. dies. TUT FC and Bloem Celtic played out to a Durban ladies will be looking to get their sea- goalless draw while Richmond United bagged their second win of the campaign with a 4-1 over Vasco son off of the ground when they play host to First da Gama. Touch FC in eThekwini. Two games that’ll defi- nitely be worth keeping an eye on will be Thunder- Tsunami Queens remain in deep trouble after birds’ trip to TUT FC and UJ FC’s home tie against their spirited 2-1 defeat at the hands of a very good Richmond United. UJ FC side. Elsewhere in the league, Ma-Indies La- dies beat Coal City Wizards 2-0 in Limpopo while Elsewhere, Coal City Wizards host Golden La- UWC won 1-0 away at a very good Thunderbirds dies in Mpumalanga and Ma-Indies Ladies make side. the long trip to the Western Cape to face off against Vasco da Gama. Sundowns face first big test this weekend The clash of the weekend will no doubt be Sundowns Ladies’ trip to the Western Cape to face off against UWC. The Cape side have been up and down a bit this season, but have had to endure a very tough start to the season in terms of opposi- tion strength. City Lads Ladies will have their work cut out for them when they play host to JVW FC. Bloem Celtic will be expected to bag all three points when RONALDINHO SCORES BIG IN MAJOR SOCCER LEAGUE CO-OWNER: Goal is to help improve high level of playing and to bring joy to all fans especially children By WSAM Reporter by many to be one of the most exciting styles age prodigy playing in Brazil. I have followed FIVE-A-SIDE: Considered one of the best in his gen- Major Arena Soccer League today announced of soccer and play. MASL games are high scor- his spectacular career since that day. We are hon- eration Ronaldinho geared to give fans a last hur- that Brazilian global football legend Ronaldo ing, with fast paced play and incredible skill. ored to have Ronaldinho join our league and we rah of his skills in America de Assis Moreira, affectionately known as The arena league features 14 teams that span have great expectations for his continued contri- Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, the United States and Mexico, and play 5 a side. butions to the sport, both here and abroad.” is joining the world’s best indoor league as a With the recent launch of MASL Properties, and Co-Owner of an expansion team. the addition of new commercial partnerships, the The global icon partners with Co-Owner league is poised to bring the captivating game to Robert Striar in the new franchise. Striar, who The soccer icon brings worldwide attention a global audience. has been a leading figure in sports and media to the Major Arena Soccer League, as his own- with his firm M Style, has worked with countless ership reflects his love of the indoor game and “I am happy to join the best indoor soccer leagues, teams and entertainment companies, as pays tribute to his roots in futsal. league in the world. As everyone knows, I am well as investments across the sports & media passionate about the game and about life, and I landscape. Considered one of the best players of his look forward to having fun with this venture. As generation and regarded by many as one of the an MASL team owner, my goals are to use my “We are excited to partner in this new team greatest players of all time, Ronaldinho won two position to further increase the League’s popu- with such a beloved legend. Ronaldinho’s pas- FIFA World Player of the Year awards and is larity in the USA and around the world, to help sion for the Arena game and his involvement considered a global icon of the sport. In 2004, improve the already high level of playing and to confirms the upward trajectory of Major Arena he was named by Pelé to the FIFA 100 list of the bring joy and happiness to all fans, especially the Soccer League and its growth. I’m thrilled to world’s greatest living players. In 2006, Ronald- children,” said Ronaldinho. have such a wonderful co-owner of our team and inho was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador partner in our group,” said Robert Striar. of the United Nations Office of Sport for Devel- Shep Messing, Chairman of Major Arena opment and Peace. Soccer League said, “Pelé, my friend and former The team location, team name and addi- teammate from the New York Cosmos, brought tional details will be released shortly, however, Major Arena Soccer League is considered Ronaldinho to my attention when he was a teen- inquires can be sent to: info@mstylemarketing. com

Friday 13 May 2022 SPORT 15WEEKLY SA MIRROR SPORTS: Briefs NADAL SERVES AN ACE ON MAKING WAVES: Nhlanhla Tyirha BANNED RUSSIAN PLAYERS will test the experienced Filipono Esneth Domingo end of May A defiant Rafael Nadal proclaimed it was his “job” to defend banned Russian and Belarusian players NEW-KID-ON-THE-BLOCK after the ATP Player Council called for Wimble- TYIRHA SET TO don to be stripped of ranking points. The record 21-time grand slam champion intervention comes SHINE IN THE RING amid an increasingly-toxic row between players, the All England Club and politicians over the de- By Pule Mokhine KEYWORD: SA’s rienced foe in Domingo who comes into the ring cision to ban Russians and Belarusians from this Will Nhlanhla Tyirha continue to make waves youngest champion having fought 17 foe and registered 16 victories summer’s Wimbledon, in the wake of the invasion on the professional boxing scene? This will be to prove his mettle (eight by way of knockout) and one defeat. of Ukraine. proven when he takes on the experienced Fili- pino Esneth Domingo in their international reflecting in his professional resume But Tyirha, who is a southpaw says, is unfazed Nadal, who last week said it was “unfair” to bar light flyweight d at the ICC in East London on After annexing the SA crown, Tyirha also had by his foe’s credentials by saying he himself will the likes of Daniil Medvedev, refused to disclose May 28. be up to the task of wining. “Look, Filipinos are re- details of “private conversations” between him and an attempt at annexing the World Boxing Organi- nowned for being skillful boxers as the great Man- his colleagues or reveal whether he backed strip- Tyirha has punched his way into the history sation light flyweight title, but lost to Nkosinathi ny Pacquaio can attest. So I will not take chances ping Wimbledon of ranking points. But he added: books by holding an enviable record of being the Joyi by a unanimous decision at Orient Theatre in against Domingo who will be here to fight. I will “[The] only thing we can do is be in touch with youngest South African champion at the age of 18. East London light in 2019. He last laced gloves by win by knockout and prove once more that I am Wimbledon and the rest of the ATP management This feat, he accomplished by dethroning home- beating Jaysever Abcede, also from the Philippines worth it in the ring,” says Tyirha. to do the things that work better to protect every boy Bongani Silila in his own neighborhood of on points to win the vacant WBO global light fly- single player in the ATP. Mdantsane in East London in 2018. weight title in East London in October. That was He says being the country’s youngest national another notable achievement. champion was a remarkable feat. “I will compli- “At the end, that’s our job: to protect the play- By the way, this national championship victory ment my fame as the youngest national champ ers and to work [to] the benefit of every single happened when Tyirha, who is now 22 years age, Against Domingo, Tyirha will prove that he is with beating a top-class opponent like Domingo .” player that we are representing.”- The Telegraph was going into his fourth bout as a professional the best in the weight class and can take the ring boxer since campaigning in the paid ranks in 2018. against some of the best foes on offer The main fight on the undercard of the Xaba GREG NORMAN IN BUNKER No local boxers has ever set that record. Boxing Academy bill will be the local Mdantsane OVER KASHOGGI MURDER He says he will prove to the Filipino that hav- derby between Asanda” Dynamite” Gingci and It is not easy for any fighter to win the national ing few bouts will not detract him against an expe- Zolisa “ 16 B;lows”: Batyi in a national feather- Greg Norman has risked further backlash to the championship belt with a mere half-a- dozen fights weight title. Bpth train together in the same stable controversial Saudi rebel golf circuit by saying under his belt as a pro. But Tyirha made a mark in under the banner of the same promotions entity. “we’ve all made mistakes” in relation to the state- the sport of pugilism by having the elusive SA belt sponsored murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. strapped around his waist with a mere four bouts At stake will be Gingci’s championship belt which he will defend. There will be six more bouts Australian Norman was at the Centurion Club on promoter Linda Saliwa’s bill. in St Albans on Wednesday to promote the first $25m event in the $255million eight-tournament USUTHU GEARED I have been waiting for this chance to come and LIV Golf Series that kicks off at the venue in four UP FOR CITIZENS I’m just praying that I can grab this chance with weeks’ time. Inevitably, Norman - who is chief ex- both hands,” he added. “Whatever the situation, ecutive of LIV Golf, the entity set up to run the READY: Second placed Cape Town City won’t I am ready to fight for my position in the team.” Saudi bid to revolutionise the top of the profes- be easy meat for Amazulu who are undefeated sional game - was asked about the country’s hu- in their last five games A win for seventh-placed AmaZulu over man rights record, including the 2018 murder of City will elevate Usuthu to the fourth spot on Khashoggi, the 59-year-old journalist and US citi- By WSAM Reporter ready to go there and fight. the league standings if other results go their zen. AmaZulu FC left-sided player Mxolisi Kunene “We have to show the hunger and desire on way. AmaZulu FC have shown improvement in says they need to show their hunger and desire the business end of the current 2021-22 DStv “From what I heard and what you guys report- when they face Cape Town City on Saturday. the day.” Kunene joined Usuthu from Maritzburg Premiership current season. This is according ed,” Norman said. “Just take ownership of what United in July 2021 after recovering from a long- to coach Brandon Truter who was appointed as it is. Take ownership no matter what it is. Look, Usuthu will be away to the Citizens at the term injury, but he found game time hard to come Usuthu’s new interim head coach for the remain- we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn DHL Stadium in Cape Town in their penultimate by under coach Benni McCarthy. der of the campaign on March 27. from those mistakes and how you can correct them match of the 2021-22 DStv Premiership season. going forward.” Pushed later on whether he really Kick-off is at 15h00. The KwaZulu-Natal giants However, the 30-year-old has played in four The Cape Town-born tactician remains unde- believed that dismembering a journalist’s body are undefeated in their last five league games and of the five competitive matches since coach feated having taken charge of five league match- with a saw was “just a mistake”, Norman respond- Kunene, who can operate as a left-back and left- Brandon Truter took over the reins at Usuthu two es winning three and drawing two. “There has ed: “I’m not going down this road guys. Let’s just winger, is eyeing a win over City. months ago. “It was not easy for me at all be- been huge progress from our last two games until stay focused on the golf. That’s all I’m going to cause I was out for too long. I was out for almost now,” Truter said with the team yet to concede do.”- The Telegraph “The upcoming game against City is a very two years without playing,” he continued. under the guidance. “There has been progressing important game to us, even though we are play- in terms of where we come from with regards to DLOMO THE PRINCE OF ing away from home,” Kunene said. “But I think “But I am really happy to be back now and ball retention and structure. WELTERWEIGHTS it is possible that we can come back with maxi- doing what I love the most and I would like to mum points because I think we are more than thank God. I am happy with the support which I “Putting the ball in the back of the net at the Prince Dlomo from Mzimhlophe in Soweto re- get from my teammates and coaching staff. “I am end of the day is what counts for us.” Truter was tained the South African junior welterweight title happy now because they are giving me a chance. impressed with the type of football played by his on a 12-round unanimous points decision against charges in Usuthu’s 0-0 draw with Sekhukhune Xolani Mcotheli from the Eastern Cape on Sunday United on Saturday evening. afternoon at the Booysens Boxing Club in Johan- nesburg. “We played some good football. Our pressing and counter-pressing and structure was good,” The scores were Simo Mokadi 117-111, Jaap the experienced tactician added. “They could not van Niewenhuizen 117-111 and Phumeza Zinakile get out. The only trouble that they gave us was 116-113. Dlomo improved his record to 15-11-1; from set-pieces and one or two counterattacks.” 5 and Mcotheli’s record dropped to 19-7; 12. On the undercard Siphosethu Mvula won on points (8) AmaZulu are set to wrap up the current cam- against Prince Ndlovu. - SuperSport paign agaust Lamontville Golden Arrows next weekend SHAPA SUNDOWNS LADIES, SHAPA! Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, the reigning cham- pions of the Hollywoodbets Super League, contin- ued their rich vein of form in week 4 of the new season after they hammered newly promoted City Lads Ladies 8-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday. In other matches UWC got their groove back after the setback against Tshwane University of Technology when they beat Thunderbirds Ladies 1-0 in East London. The University of Johannesburg travelled to the Free State and earned a 2-1 victory over Tsu- nami Queens, while Richmond United managed a 4-1 win over CR Vasco Da Gama in De Aar, North- ern Cape. Ma-Indies Ladies made full use of their home ground advantage as they put away two goals past Coal City Wizards in in a 2-0 win in Giyani, while First Touch Academy failed to take advantage of bottom-of-the-log Golden Ladies as they shared the spoiled in a goalless draw in Mahikeng. Drama preceded the match between Durban Ladies and JVW Ladies when the game failed to start at 18h30 as scheduled at Sturrock Park due to the late arrival of match officials. Play eventually got underway at 19h30 and JVW Ladies walked away with all the points with a 3-0 win over the KwaZulu-Natal visitors. -

MIRROR SPORTWEEKLY SA Insight to connect the dots... BUCS A FEW GOOD MEN: Goodman Mosele has brought much ONE FOOT needed stability in the Pirates’ IN FINAL midfield SECOND LEG: NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY By Sports Reporter cross one into the box before a deflection All indications are that Orlando Pirates fell luckily for Goodman Mosele, who AHEAD OF SUNDAY AL AHLI TRIPOLI CLASH will win their second leg encounter with gathered the ball from just inside the pen- Al Ahli of Tripoli when they meet at alty area before making it 2-0 in the 29th Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening. minute. Mohamed El Fakih got close via a set piece on the stroke of halftime, but Barring a miracle, or at the expense of the South African side would not concede some juju concoction, Orlando Pirates are heading into the tunnel. Half chances in good stead after beating their Libyan greeted the Buccaneers early in the sec- counterparts 2-0 in the first leg of their ond half, with Peprah and Thembinkosi semifinal tie played at Martyrs of Febru- Lorch both getting some shots in, before ary Stadium on Sunday. Deon Hotto got in on the act with a shot that forced a save off Nashnush one min- With pressure applied on the home ute from the hour-mark. side’s defence early on, it did not take long for the visitors to get themselves Issues with the floodlights threatened on the scoresheet, as Innocent Maela po- to curtail the game as a spectacle, with sitioned himself perfectly to pick up the two unplanned intervals seemingly play- ricochet from a save made by Mohamed ing in favour of the hosts, who emerged Nashnush before guiding it into the back from the restarts with guns blazing, but of the net for the game’s opener eight there was no way through a disciplined minutes in. Bucs defence. The pendulum swung in favour of A vital victory was soon registered by the hosts in terms of possession, as they the Buccaneers, who will head into Sun- launched a few attacks in the Bucs half, day’s second leg fixture with the upper- but without much success as the visitors hand, following a straightforward perfor- maintained their shape on defence. mance away from home. Pirates Possible XI: Ofori, Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Shand, There was a more clinical showing at Motshwari, Mosele, Mabaso, Lorch, Hot- the other end, with Kwame Peprah doing to, Peprah. well from the flank to free himself up to

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