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Ekurhuleni’s Palm Ridge community benefits from Mandela Day
18 July 2019, 9:31 PM

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Gauteng Department of Human Settlements honoured their 67 minutes of Mandela Day at Palm Ridge where they assisted in bricklaying of community houses and holding a handing-over ceremony of the houses.

This took place under the Habitat 4 Humanity banner and the Nelson Mandela International Day Build project, of which the City of Ekurhuleni and the community at large were the beneficiaries.

The theme of 2019’s Mandela Day event is “The eradication of poverty”.

The community was out in numbers to experience the event. But amidst the jubilation, some community members were frustrated about the housing backlog.

Speaking to SABC News, a representative from Brand SA says this initiative seeks to bring various stakeholders together in efforts to ensure that everyone plays a part in uplifting those in need, whilst urging the community to get involved and take action against Poverty.

Watch video below for more on the story:

10 years into #MandelaDay, the Foundation looks to the next 10 with new goals
18 July 2019, 9:07 PM

A decade ago when the concept of ‘ Nelson Mandela Day’ was introduced to the public, the central focus was on two cities – namely Johannesburg and New York City. 10 years later, not only has July 18th become recognized by the United Nations (UN), but more than 160 countries now celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has, over the years, urged various communities around the World to use Mandela Day as a reminder for all of us to make the world a better place.

The spirit of Mandela Day is one to which the foundation hopes that people can ‘make everyday a Mandela Day’ – this through celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

Whilst celebrating the successes of the past 10 years, the Nelson Mandela Foundation led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sello Hatang, has now set out new focus areas and goals for Mandela Day for the next decade.

Speaking to SABC News, Hatang says they are now shifting the approach for Mandela Day and the strategy to reduce reliance on governments.

Watch Video below, as Hatang explains the plan for the next 10 years:

Eskom Group Treasurer Andre Pillay quits
15 July 2019, 1:49 PM

Eskom’s Group Treasurer Andre Pillay has become the latest high-profile resignation from the struggling power utility. Eskom has confirmed his resignation, saying he will be leaving at the end of next month. Pillay’s departure follows less than two months after the resignation of Eskom CEO, Phakamani Hadebe.

Pillay was appointed Senior Manager for Funding Execution in the Eskom Treasury Department in 2011 and was promoted to his current position in 2016.

No reason for his resignation has been provided but Eskom has thanked him for the role that he had played in ensuring that the power utility’s funding plans were successfully executed.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently told Parliament that he plans to introduce a Special Appropriation Bill on additional funding for Eskom on the 23rd of this month.

However, he was mum on the amount that he’s considering to give the power utility.

Reports on SABC job cuts aim to destroy broadcaster: Union
14 July 2019, 9:40 PM

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says reports that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) plans to cut a third of its staff are an effort to destroy the Public Broadcaster.

CWU Secretary-General Aubrey Tshabalala says the union is continuing to interact with the SABC and all stakeholders. He says there is no indication of any possible retrenchments at the SABC for now.

“ There’s concerted efforts to talk bad about the SABC to reduce it to an institution that will never work so that those who stand to gain, particularly in the private sector, can start now to buy some assets at the SABC and improve their lifelines. I’d be very happy to see the journalists or editors that have written this story. What has been read at Parliament, what we have interacted with the minister, what we are discussing with the executive management including the meeting that is coming on Wednesday, has no indication of any reduction of staff.”

The CWU emphasized that in their meeting with the SABC and the Communications Minister, they will further give input on a turnaround strategy for the Public Broadcaster.

National Treasury rejected the SABC’s initial turnaround strategy.  The Pubic Broadcaster is now working on a new plan with the support of Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The CWU’s  Tshabalala says the current funding model for the SABC is not effective.

“ This coming week on Wednesday we are going to meet at what we call a turn around strategy workshop where we as labour, we wanted to make significant inputs. Amongst those is job retention but also create jobs. We look at the SABC not as a platform to be a champion of retrenchment but to be a platform of creating quality sustainable jobs. The funding model of the SABC is not working. We need to look at new ways.”

The SABC earlier dismissed the claims made by a Sunday newspaper that it plans to retrench a third of its staff and close five provincial offices. The SABC has assured its staff and the public that there are no plans to retrench employees at the Public Broadcaster. The SABC says the corporation announced earlier this year that it had aborted the process of implementing Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act which would have facilitated the retrenchment of  981 permanent employees and the non-renewal of the contracts of 1 200 freelancers.

Meanwhile, the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (BEMAWU) at the SABC has vowed to fight any plans by the Public Broadcaster to cut staff. The president of the union Hannes du Buisson says the SABC must take the staff in its confidence regarding what the newspaper article has revealed.

“We will be prepared to protect jobs at the SABC. We believe there are plans, the SABC can turn around without losing any staff if it had to improve its revenue and that is currently not happening and that is of course what we want to see. There needs to be assurances from the SABC that people will not lose their jobs. Of course, the SABC cannot continue plans outside section 189. This, in particular, is going to affect employees’ terms and conditions of employment.”


Proteas beat Jamaica in an end to end Netball World Cup match
14 July 2019, 9:28 PM

South Africa beat Jamaica by 55 goals to 52 in the ongoing Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. The Proteas were all over the Jamaicans in the first two quarters but they nearly succumbed to pressure in the last quarter, blowing an eleven goal lead.

The two sides came into this match having already qualified for the next round of the event.  They won their first two matches against Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji respectively to book their spots in the second round.

The Proteas beat Trinidad and Tobago 76-45, before walloping Fiji by 90 goals to 35.

There is no doubt that the 5th ranked Norma Plummer-led side has already made their mark in the World Cup.  So the battle against the Jamaicans, who are ranked 3rd in the world, was expected to an interesting one.

In the first quarter, the Proteas were all over the Jamaicans. At the first break, the South Africans were enjoying a seven-goal lead.  In the second quarter, the Jamaicans were keen to reduce the deficit.  But the Proteas were not resting on their laurels either.  They kept on pushing for more goals, determined to enjoy a healthy lead over the Jamaicans.

At halftime, South Africa was leading by 32 goals to 21.   In the third quarter, the Jamaicans were slowly but surely closing the gap, to Norma Plummer’s frustration.

The South Africans were under immense pressure.  Jamaica won the quarter 17-10.  The fourth and last quarter was so intense, with Jamaica pushing for the equaliser.

The South Africans engaged another gear as they won the match by 55 goals to 52.

There’s no doubt that the Proteas are improving every time they take to the court.

They will face Uganda in their next match.



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