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Limpopo seeks ways to curb violence against women and children
10 December 2019, 4:07 PM

Increasing incidents of violence towards women and children, has prompted the Limpopo legislature to convene a summit in Polokwane to seek solutions to the problem.

Delegates include members of civil society, non-profit and faith-based organisations.

There have been numerous incidents in which women and children were raped or killed in the province during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Deputy Speaker of the provincial legislature Jerry Ndou, “The scourge of violence against women and children have gone out of hand and we have got to work with everyone to find a way in which we can be able to tighten loopholes where they are and make sure that those who commit such acts are really punished heavily. We are grateful that there are several measures that have already been taken, the sexual courts, the training of police, in particular, the issue of sexual violence act. To us, that indicates that we are moving in the right direction.”

In the latest incident, a two-year-old toddler was allegedly snatched from her home and raped in Lulekwani township outside Phalaborwa in Limpopo.

Police say the incident allegedly happened while the mother of the toddler was asleep.

Sharon Makhale from Child Welfare South Africa says they have realised that there’s no focus on how boys are being raised.

“We must make sure that when it comes to this issue of women and child abuse, we don’t only do it on 16 days of activism or on Women’s Day. This must be a continuous thing, which is done daily. So this must start with the father figures, who respect and value women. We must make sure that we do different campaigns, which involve young boys, to be able to respect young girls. We will be able to reduce violence.”

Loadshedding forces mining sector to cut production
10 December 2019, 2:53 PM

Operations have resumed at the Sibanye Stillwater mine in Theunissen in the Free State. Operations were initially halted Monday after Eskom implemented Stage 6 loadshedding.

Meanwhile, Eskom has conceded that there’s no end to loadshedding for the foreseeable future.

Power blackouts in the country caused by flash flooding have led to the shutting down of mining operations across the country.

Harmony Gold, Impala Platinum, and Sibanye-Stillwater say they have been forced to cut production owing to power shortages.

Heavy rains across parts of South Africa have submerged whole neighbourhoods, leading to mass evacuations.

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Tshwane on high alert as heavy rain continues
9 December 2019, 6:01 PM

The persistent rain in parts of Gauteng has left areas in the City of Tshwane flooded. Parts of Centurion, south of Pretoria, and Mamelodi are submerged as water levels rise in low lying areas.

An SANDF chopper has rescued 30 people who were trapped on a hotel’s upper floor in Centurion. Scores of people in Pretoria have continued to seek refuge at municipal facilities.

Residents have been posting videos and pictures on social media.

The area around Centurion Hotel is one of the hardest hit.  A Twitter user @Mr_Leps posted a video of a vehicle being swept away by water.

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Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso says most low-lying areas are still flooded.

Shack dwellers left homeless

Meanwhile, some shack dwellers have been left homeless as heavy rains continue in parts of Gauteng. Heavy downpours have seen some shacks in Mamelodi being flooded on Monday afternoon.

The shacks have been built near a river bank.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, shacks built near the Eerste Fabriek Station train station can be seen severely affected by the heavy rains.

Tshwane Emergency Services have warned people to avoid areas which been flooded.

Dam levels 

The Water and Sanitation Department last week said it will take up to about 15 days of good rainfall to replenish water in the Vaal River system.

Additional reporting by Tshepiso Moche

Thousands come out in Joburg and Soweto to celebrate Springboks’ World Cup victory
7 November 2019, 8:03 PM

Vilakazi Street was packed to the rafters as thousands – young and old – came out to show their support for the world champion national rugby team, the Springboks.

A young man waited patiently with a drink in his hand saying, “I am here to see Siya.”

Sam Maluleke from Soweto says he appreciates what the national team has managed to accomplish, but he came to Vilakazi Street to see the captain.

“I am more in interested in seeing Siya Kolisi. He is the first black Springbok captain. He is an inspiration.”

The Johannesburg parade started in the CBD, where Siyamthanda Kolisi addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support.

One of those gathered in downtown Johannesburg was Lwandleluhle (originally from Matatiele Eastern Cape), who had traveled with his friends from Protea Glen, Soweto to “see Siya Kolisi face to face.”

He says he is proud of Siya as they both hail from the same province.

Lwandleluhle came from Protea Glen in Soweto to see the Springboks.

After Siya addressed the Joburg masses, the people started shouting “Beast, Beast, Beast”. The veteran Springbok prop, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, who retired from his international duties on Wednesday, came out to a loud applause and waved to the spectators gathered at the FNB Bank City in Simmons Street Johannesburg.

Disappointment in Riverlea

The Bok motorcade was supposed to go past the community of Riverlea just outside Soweto, but those gathered could only see the Bok bus from a distance and many were left disappointed.

A young lady in the crowd at Riverlea was looking forward to seeing Cheslin Kolbe, but to her disappointment it was not to be.

Crowds line the street of Riverlea to welcome the Boks, but were left disappointment, when they skipped the area.

The trophy tour will continue for the next five days with Durban up next on Friday, then East London and Port Elizabeth over the weekend and Cape Town on Monday.

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Debate continues around actress Ndara’s open letter on the TV industry
8 October 2019, 9:20 PM

Veteran actress Vatiswa Ndara has reiterated that actors should not be dying in poverty – after she made allegations of performers being abused and unfairly treated by South African production houses.

On Monday, Ndara posted an open letter on social media, addressed to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, stating her grievances on what she calls exploitation of actors in the television production industry.

She has since come out on mainstream media, elaborating more on the issues she raised in the letter.

Responding on behalf of Minister Mthethwa, spokesperson Asanda Magaqa says this is the first time the minister has been addressed in such a manner, but the minister engages regularly with stakeholders.

In Ndara’s letter, which has led to widespread engagement on social media, the actress specifically mentions “Ferguson Films”, which she worked for as an actress on a TV series – iGazi. Ndara mentions that she was offered R110 000 for a five week period in the series. She declined the offer and labels the owners of Ferguson Films as “slave masters.”

The Fergusons are yet to come out publicly on the matter.

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