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ANC turns 108
8 January 2020, 8:20 AM

Several events have been organised to mark the African National Congress’ (ANC) 108th anniversary in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of the ANC’s first Secretary-General Sol Plaatjie.

He will do the same at struggle veteran Mittah Seperepere’s graveside, before cutting the cake at the Galeshewe Multi-Purpose Centre to mark the governing party’s 108th birthday.

Walkabouts, town hall meetings and sectional engagements are some of the activities planned for the week to mark the anniversary.

Ramaphosa will deliver the party’s annual January 8 statement on Saturday, which ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has said will be about reviving the hopes of South Africans who are unemployed and living in poverty.

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Dr Richard Maponya
Richard Maponya’s memorial service moved to Friday
8 January 2020, 7:59 AM

South African entrepreneur and property developer Dr Richard Maponya’s memorial service has been moved to Friday.

It was supposed to take place on Wednesday at the Rosebank Union Church in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.

Family spokesperson Mandla Sibeko says the business mogul will be laid to rest on Tuesday, the 14th of January.

The exact details and location of the funeral service is expected to be announced soon.

Dr Maponya died in hospital on Monday after a short illness at the age of 99.

He has been hailed as a pioneering entrepreneur, who defied apartheid’s oppressive laws to establish and grow his businesses.

The business icon started small grocery stores in Soweto in the early 1950s, which led to various businesses including a butchery, a car dealership and filling station.

His R65 million Maponya Mall in Soweto is one of the achievements, some believe, he will be best remembered for.

Maponya’s career highlights include being a trustee of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as well as the Founder and first President of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc).

 

North West farmers count their livestock losses in drought aftermath
23 December 2019, 8:32 PM

Communal farmers at Tseoge village in the North West Province are counting their losses in the aftermath of a crippling dry spell.

They say they are disappointed the North West government hasn’t come to their rescue after losing hundreds of their cattle, sheep and goats, as a result of drought.

They claim that government has not visited their areas to see the extent of their losses or offered any assistance.

Tseoge village is one of the 12 local areas which experienced unprecedented livestock deaths.

Locals gathered at the community hall to take stock of their losses. 149 of those present, had lost almost 3 400, livestock.

Although government was criticised for not intervening, those affected are still hoping for assistance.

Farmer’s spokesperson, Joseph Ngakanyane says, “We will be grateful as local farmers if the government can assist us with feed for our livestock.”

Tseoge and other surrounding villages are in the grip of drought and the absence of proper feed for animals. Some resorted to eating vermeerbos, and died.

At De Aar, another village, not more than 10 kilometres from Tseoge is also hit by the draught.

Losses in De Aar village, run into thousands.

Most of communal farmers, are now pinning their hopes on government assistance.

They have no means to fight this killer plant, which is also devastating their small livestock.

The North West government says it will send officials to affected areas to investigate.

Dr Thabo Mphuthi from the North West Veterinary Services says, “After confirmation that the animals are dying from Sekanama, we will be asking our officials in the district to start giving the owners what we call ‘activated charcoal’. The activated charcoal absorbs these poisons that are in the system and it will assist the animals.”

While this intervention will be welcomed by farmers, for many it will be too little too late, given their already big losses.

Drowning incidents on the rise
23 December 2019, 7:59 PM

Police have opened an inquest docket following the drowning of a 23-year-old woman at the Nahoon beach in East London in the Eastern Cape.

The victim who is believed to be from Queenstown was caught by a rip current while swimming on Monday morning.

This brings the number of drowning’s in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality to 11 during this festive season.

The National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson is Craig Lambinon says, “On arrival on the scene a female aged 23 from Queenstown was found already on the beach. Sadly she was deceased following a fatal accident. Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased female.”

Meanwhile, in Limpopo Emergency Medical Services workers say some of the most common calls they respond to during the festive season include road accidents and drownings.

The Health Department in Limpopo says most of its emergency medical workers, including doctors and pathologists across public facilities, will be on duty over the festive season.

“We have not been able to issue any leave for most of our emergency medical personnel they are on duty including our forensic pathologists. The fact that we are very busy has caused us not to even allow them to go on leave during this particular period,” says Limpopo Health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba.

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Person sleeping on the streets.
Don’t give homeless people money: Ncumisa Mahangu
23 December 2019, 7:29 PM

The City of Cape Town is appealing to the public not to give money to destitute people begging on the streets.

Instead, they ask that donations of tinned food and clothes be made at public libraries across the city as part of their Give Dignity campaign. This in an effort to get people off the streets, back home and reintegrated into society.

The Safe Space project is a transitional shelter that provides a place to sleep, meals and supportive programmes to get destitute people back on their feet.

Cecilia Jenniker has been destitute for most of her 47 years. Her mother and eldest son died on the streets.

In 2018, she was one of the first people to arrive at the Safe Space.

Making full use of the programmes and support she found at Safe Space, Jenniker is working hard to turn her life around.

She became sober and is now employed at the shelter.

“At Safe Space, there are always people that will help. I was in need of assistance and there were people who were able to assist me,” says Jenniker.

The City of Cape Town says like Jenniker, anyone in need can find support. However, the public should assist by donating to shelters and projects, rather than giving hand outs.

Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Homeless Agency Committee, Ncumisa Mahangu says, “Give responsibly, give to the shelters and give to the Safe Place. We have libraries all over the City of Cape Town, where you can go and donate. Please do not give on the street money because if you give money on the street, you are encouraging people to sit on the street and then you are not breaking the cycle of homelessness.”

33-year-old Gershwin Johnson who is also homeless says shelters are restrictive and have too many rules. Johnson makes an income by selling stickers at traffic lights and says he would rather do this than go back to the life of gangsterism he was once part of.

“I’m not working. I’m on the streets and I’m hustling. That’s how I survive. It’s sometimes dangerous and scary, but you just have to stand your ground because it comes with the package,” says Johnson.

After 31 years together, Jenniker married her life partner, Llewellyn, in 2018. The pair is working on their dream to one day be able to provide a home for their remaining son and they build on this dream one day at a time.

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