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Matlare was a pillar of strength and consummate professional, says family
7 March 2021, 9:14 PM

Peter Matlare’s relatives have described the late Deputy CEO of Absa as a pillar of strength around whom the family connected.

Matlare succumbed to COVID19-related complications on Sunday.

“Family was a cornerstone of Peter’s life. He used his talent and passion for cooking to regularly gather the family for Sunday lunches, and maintain deep connections in the family.  His support for family, friends and colleagues has left a lasting legacy,” his family says in a statement confirming his passing.

The Matlares describe the 61-year-old as a consummate professional, who made an immense contribution to business in South Africa and across the African continent.

BUSA CEO Cas Coovadia pays tribute to Peter Matlare:

The family says he believed deeply in the potential of Africa and was passionate about transforming businesses.

“He also created opportunities for dozens of young managers and professionals to expand their horizons in the businesses he led,” the family says.

Matlare has held senior positions in the corporate world, including at the SABC, Tiger Brands and Vodacom.

Former SABC Executive, Thami Ntenteni, describes him as a leader who left an indelible mark on all companies he led.

“The period at which Matlare was the group CEO of the SABC, that was a time when the SABC was at its highest level of performance. He did not demand of others that which he did not put himself through. Peter occupied a number of senior positions in various companies and I think those companies still hold him in high esteem because of the quality of leadership that Peter brought in every organisation that he worked for,” says Ntenteni.

Ntenteni’s tribute in the video below:

Other South Africans have also taken to social media to pay tribute to the late business executive.

Tshakhuma FC deny Swallows maximum points, score late penalty
7 March 2021, 8:21 PM

Tshakhuma FC scored a late penalty to deny Swallows FC maximum points, as the sides played to a one-all draw in a DSTV Premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium, in Soweto, this afternoon.

The Dube Birds have now recorded 10 league draws this season and have dropped to fifth on the log standings after a promising start to the campaign.

The two teams had contrasting results leading to this encounter. Swallows had gone four matches without a win, while TTM had recently picked up form that saw them claim four successive victories.

It was the visitors who had better chances to take a good lead in the first half, but it was the Dube Birds who had an advantage at halftime. In the 16th minute, Virgil Vries denied Rhulani Manzini twice at close range when his defence was caught napping.

And 14 minutes later, Swallows broke the deadlock through Zaphaniah Mbokoma. Moments later the hosts had another chance at goal, but Ruzaigh Gamildien’s attempt took a deflection to deny him his 11th goal of the season.

TTM were not to let the goal get the better of them as they pushed hard for an equalizer. On two occasions – Faraih Madhanaga struck from long range but both his attempts were unsuccessful.

TTM continued with their efforts to get an equaliser in the second half and Vries was called to make a save from a Celimpilo Ngema shot in the 49th minute. On the other end, Washington Arubi denied Swallows an opportunity to extend their lead when he saved a Gamaldien attempt.

The upright came to Swallows’ rescue following a corner kick, with 20 minutes remaining. But the equaliser eventually came when TTM were awarded a late penalty. Alfred Ndegane converted to salvage a point, one-all was how it ended.

In another match, Golden Arrows claimed a three-one win over relegation-threatened Black Leopards.

Swiss agree to outlaw facial coverings in ‘burqa ban’ vote
7 March 2021, 8:00 PM

A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland won a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday instigated by the same group that organised a 2009 ban on new minarets.

The measure to amend the Swiss constitution passed by a 51.2-48.8% margin, provisional official results showed.

The proposal under the Swiss system of direct democracy does not mention Islam directly and also aims to stop violent street protesters from wearing masks, yet local politicians, media and campaigners have dubbed it the burqa ban.

“In Switzerland, our tradition is that you show your face. That is a sign of our basic freedoms,” Walter Wobmann, chairman of the referendum committee and a member of parliament for the Swiss People’s Party, had said before the vote.

He called facial covering “a symbol for this extreme, political Islam which has become increasingly prominent in Europe and which has no place in Switzerland”.

The Central Council of Muslims in Switzerland called the vote a dark day for the community.

“Today’s decision opens old wounds, further expands the principle of legal inequality, and sends a clear signal of exclusion to the Muslim minority,” it said.

It promised legal challenges to laws implementing the ban and a fundraising drive to help women who are fined.

The proposal predated the COVID-19 pandemic, which has required adults to wear masks in many settings to prevent the spread of infection.

Two cantons (districts) already have local bans on face coverings.

France banned wearing a full-face veil in public in 2011 and Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Bulgaria have full or partial bans on wearing face coverings in public.

Practically no one in Switzerland wears a burqa and only around 30 women wear the niqab, the University of Lucerne estimates. Muslims make up 5% of the Swiss population of 8.6 million people, most with roots in Turkey, Bosnia and Kosovo.

The government had urged people to vote against a ban.

“After the ban on minarets, a majority of Swiss voters has once again backed an initiative that discriminates against a single religious community and needlessly stirs up fears and division,” Amnesty International said.

“The veiling ban is not a measure for women’s liberation, but a dangerous symbolic policy that violates freedom of expression and religion.”

 

Holistic gender equality needed to realise future hopes for SA: Prof Lenkabula
7 March 2021, 7:20 PM

Unisa’s first female principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Puleng Lenkabula, says South Africa as a society must tackle gender inequalities in spaces of work and in family relations to realise the future the country hopes for.

Professor Lenkabula made the remarks while addressing the virtual 12th Annual International Women’s Day Event, organised by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Unisa.

“We are reminded that as we imagine hope that it cannot be realised without inclusive futures where we foreground holistic gender equality and against gender-based violence which in South Africa which we have named as the second pandemic. It has reared its ugliness within these contending challenges of COVID-19,” says the professor.

“It is indisputable fact that both locally and globally the victims who are hardest hit by the huge devastation and trauma caused by COVID-19 are in the main women, especially African women,” she elaborates.

Professor Lenkabula’s address below:

The Motsepe Foundation will observe the day looking at the role women are playing in pandemic recovery as the country continues to battle the coronavirus.

The panel discussions will focus on health, women in leadership as well as youth perspectives.

Dr Precious Moloi – Motsepe shares more about the event:

Summit to discuss women’s COVID-19 experience

To mark International Women’s Day, here in South Africa, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit will take on a guiding role, hinging the conversation on this year’s theme – Africa Reloaded: The Power of The Collective.

The COVID-19 experience has brought to light some harsh realities – the deepening inequalities that continue to be experienced by Africa’s women and the continent within the global economy.

It has also lit a fire in many.

Renuka Methil, Managing Editor at Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa and Phiwokuhle Nyanda, renowned South African rugby player share more about the event:

Former SABC GCEO Peter Matlare passes on
7 March 2021, 6:27 PM

Former SABC GCEO, Peter Matlare, has passed on due to COVID-19-related complications.

At the time of his passing, Matlare had been working as the Deputy CEO and Executive Director at Absa Group, tasked with overseeing the company’s business on the continent.

Matlare joined the SABC from another media house, Primedia, in 2001 and resigned from the public broadcaster in 2005.

When the public broadcaster was under turmoil in 2016, some hailed him as having been the last decent SABC GCEO.

Messages of condolences have already started pouring in.

Former executive at the SABC Thami Ntenteni shares some fond memories of working with Matlare:

Matlare began his corporate career with the Urban Foundation and Citibank and gained international experience in the US and Europe.

The founding Director of the National Electronic Media Institute of SA (Nemisa) has held executive positions in the Chamber of Mines and served as the Chairman at the National Association of Broadcasters.

He was a member of the task team, which worked on the Green Paper for the new Broadcasting Act.

Matlare’s education included a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

He studied at the University of Plymouth and the University of York in Canada.

Below are some of the companies the 61-year-old served as an executive:

  • GCEO at the SABC – 2001
  • Executive Director at Vodacom – 2005
  • Non-Executive Director of Kumba Iron Ore – 2006
  • CEO of Tiger Brands – 2008
  • Non-Executive Director of Oceana Group – 2008
  • Deputy CEO & Executive Director at Absa Group – current

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