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Gqeberha manufactures lifesaving sanitary kit
6 August 2021, 9:01 PM

A first-of-its-kind sanitary kit manufactured in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, is giving pupils not only sanitary towels but also important health information.

Today, many high school pupils have been given an educational experience about the kit. It includes an educational brochure about feminine health and hygiene, as well as other essential products to improve their experience of their menstrual cycle.

The kit has a two-year life cycle, making it perfect for learners who struggle to afford sanitary pads.

Director and founder of Sisterhood SA Shaan Keegan says a lot more education needs to be done in schools on the menstrual cycle and everything associated with it.

“I think the conversation needs to be part of your LOL and I really believe that boys should be learning too because I think when girls and boys don’t have both sexes in the home, it becomes a lost subject. For me, I would like to see this as a subject in LOL, and also the boys need to be educated too. And if you have to split them to have that conversation so that you actually have a good conversation then I think that should be the aim to do that.”

Inam Nojilani and Zenande Phindani from Walmer High School in Gqeberha, who both received the kit are elated and say it’s been a life-changing experience.

“This product is very helpful, because it improves our hygiene and well being because our body as girls is very sensitive to a lot of things, so it improves our hygiene and well being,” says Nojilana.

“What I have loved about it is that it is so different from other sanitary pads that we are using and it’s also hygienic for our bodies because our bodies are very sensitive so it’s going to help us a lot,” says Phindani.

Video: Girls from Gqeberha receive sanitary goods from Sisterhood SA

Springboks take on British, Irish Lions on Saturday
6 August 2021, 8:33 PM

One of Rugby’s trickiest tours from a logistical and biological stand-point, culminates tomorrow in Cape Town, when the world champion Springboks take on the British and Irish Lions in the third and deciding test match of the 2021 series.

It’s a match that for most will only come around once in a Springbok rugby player’s career.

Captain Siya Kolisi says his team cannot wait for this match, and are entirely focused on matters on the field of play.

The Springboks maintain they play a winning brand that suits their rugby DNA.

Kolisi says he won’t be pressured into changing a single thing.

We have not changed our plans. We are still playing the same way. That’s who we are. We can’t run away from it. We are South Africans. It works for us. It’s like us going and looking at another team winning while we are complaining about how they are playing.

Backline coach, Mzwandile Stick, went on to elaborate that this Boks team won’t be getting a complex anytime soon about how they play.

 “If we want to slow the ball down and make it boring, we will do that as other people are saying we are playing boring rugby. But from our side, we don’t go to a game intentionally saying we want to slow things down and if the British and Irish Lions want to play touch rugby that would be nice for us. So, they are more than welcome to do so. We are not going to decide what they must do and also they are not going to tell us how to play the game.

Staying focused about what happens on the pitch as opposed to off it, is half the trick to getting through a Lions series with a winning record intact.

can’t worry too much about what is happening off the field. We are focused as the players. We play rugby on the field and that’s all we can do and we know things happen off the field. We can’t control that,” says Kolisi.

The facts remains, the Springboks fluffed their lines in the first test match and recovered in the second to force the decider. They’ve scored more tries, shut out the Lions and lived up to their World Champion credentials as the series has progressed.

They’ve also had to endure same heinous off-the-ball incidents, from a knee to the throat to more than one instance of biting, and through it all, the players have remained relatively calm thanks in no small part to the leadership of Kolisi.

We know this is the one that counts. Everything that we have done before doesn’t count. So, we have worked as hard as we can to make sure we fix what he had to fix. We had a good training week. We prepared a lot off the field. Guys are still preparing, looking at the clips to see how we can get better. This is our final and it does give us confidence. By the way, we played last week to take our last game into confidence, but this one is what matters the most. We want to remember this one more than anything else,” adds Kolisi. 

A Lions tour was never going to go off without a few talking points, manufactured by a few role players to deflect attention.

Both sides have been tightly locked down due to prevailing circumstances beyond their control, on Saturday they get to leave it all on the field, there’s no second chance.

Colleagues, friends remember actor Shona Ferguson
6 August 2021, 5:17 PM

Veteran actress, Connie Ferguson, has vowed to keep the legacy of her late husband Shona Ferguson alive. She spoke at a memorial service in honour of the actor, executive producer and media mogul on Friday.

Ferguson was laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg on Wednesday. He has been remembered as a giant who loved his family and craft.

The memorial was a celebration of the life of the versatile actor and executive producer ,who starred as Jerry Maake in The Queen, Jackson Bogatsu in Rockville, and one of the Masire brothers in Kings of Joburg among many other roles.

Childhood friend from Gaborone in Botswana, Thato “Dj Fresh” Sikwane, says from the time they were little boys, Ferguson always left an unforgettable impression.

“He has always been that guy. He has always been the man. Shona was a hunk even when we were 10. We rode our bikes carefree, we roller-skated, went bird hunting even. My fondest memory of Shona was in 1983. I was 11. He was 9. After tearing through the neighborhood in our bicycles, we would go to mama Fergie’s house. Ma Fergie made the best Magwinya, in the whole of Gaborone.”

Enhle Mbali, acted alongside Ferguson in the drama series, Rockville. She says she regards the Fergusons as her parents.

“Connie and Shona were a match made in heaven. It breaks my heart. When I prayed, I prayed for a break and I walked into an office of my two parents who auditioned me. It was a time in my life when I needed saving. Mr Sho was the most prayerful, giving person I had ever met.”

Gail Mabalane, who also acted in Rockville as well as The Wild, says, “When your death has such an impact, you know that you lived well. He wore God so well. And I remember when I met Mr Sho and sis Connie 10 years ago in the bush for the pre-production for The Wild. I was a small-town girl with zero experience. He was super confident yet so humble to make the next person feel they are worthy.”

Connie Ferguson wiped away her tears as she took to the podium.

She says she will do everything in her power to honour the man she loved and built the Ferguson Films legacy with.

“I have been loved by God more than I thought it was possible because God gave me an angel. I’m not crying now. I will cry later because today I’m celebrating my husband. I choose to celebrate a giant. My husband was a show man. You walked into a room and felt his presence. But here is what I have been grateful for, I can feel that that this angel was loved by many. If you think that Ferguson Films was great – because that’s my husband’s legacy – it’s going to grow from strength to strengths.”

Connie Ferguson has vowed that the show will go on in honour of her husband’s memory.

 Shona Ferguson memorial service


Concerns over growing SAPS DNA backlog
6 August 2021, 3:46 PM
The DNA backlog in the Forensics Division of the SAPS continues to grow, despite Police Minister Bheki Cele making a commitment to Parliament earlier this year that the matter is receiving urgent attention.
During the debate, Police Minister, Bheki Cele said the backlog was due to poor contract management. He said the number had stood at more than 200 000 cases.

“Not out of woods, on path moving to improvement. We are  fully aware of significant severe impact of delays. However, (we are) confident in our measures that are aimed at regaining public confidence and equally restore organisational reputation and image.”

DA MP on Police, Andrew Whitfield, says this means that more than a million samples must be analysed.

“I heard reliably that the backlog in cases now exceeds 300 000 cases. That means it is more than 1.2 million pieces of evidence waiting to be analysed. This is unacceptable delay creates backlog in criminal justice system. Criminals are allowed to roam free. We’ll write to police portfolio chairperson to ask that minister and National Commissioner Khehla Sitole, appear before the committee to explain their utter failure and even possibly misleading parliament during debate where minister said we would see turnaround in DNA case exhibits.”

Advocacy group Action Society, has called for Cele’s head to roll due to poor performance.

Spokesperson Elani van der Walt says the ever growing crisis is not getting the necessary attention from government.

“The country’s DNA backlog is estimated at over 300 000 cases. Minister Bheki Cele seems to be ignoring this crisis which is robbing victims of violent crimes and GBV (of) their day in court and ultimately, robbing them (of) justice. Without sufficient DNA evidence, cases are being struck from the roll and perpetrators walk free to rape and murder again. In a country where 116 women are raped daily, this is an outrage. There is no urgency from government to sort out this crisis.”

Attempts to get reaction from the police on what is being done to fix the Forensic Division, have been unsuccessful.

In the video below, Cele apologises for DNA Testing Backlog 

Enoch Godongwana sworn-in as Finance Minister
6 August 2021, 3:44 PM

Newly-appointed Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, has been sworn-in today at the Union Buildings in Pretoria by acting Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo.

Godongwana replaces Tito Mboweni who asked to be excused from this position.

I, Enoch Godongwana, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, respect and uphold the constitution and all other laws of the republic and undertake to hold my office as minister with honour and dignity to be a true and faithful councillor.”

Parliament says President Cyril Ramaphosa used his prerogative accorded by the constitution to appoint two ministers and deputies who are not members of parliament. Godongwana is not a member of parliament.

The Cabinet reshuffle has created vacancies in some of the positions of committee chairpersons including that of health and social development.

Spokesperson for Parliament, Moloto Mothapo, explaining the procedure to be followed until the new chairpersons are elected, says, “In committees where vacancies have arisen, committees will elect amongst their members acting chairpersons to preside over the  meetings until election of the new chairpersons.

One of the big upcoming tasks that the new finance minister will deal with is the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement later this year.

He also has a mammoth task of steering the ailing economy out of the devastating impact of COVID-19 and high unemployment levels.

Economists welcome appointment of new Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Economists have welcomed the appointment of Enoch Godongwana as the new Finance minister.

Economist Isaac Matshego says he expects continuity with Godongwane at the helm of National Treasury.

“The rand came under some pressure on the announcement that Tito Mboweni had asked the president to release him from his position. I do believe that Godongwana is a great appointment – someone who understands the challenges faced by the fiscus. He will continue on a path to reduce debt stock and improve efficiency of government spending,” says Matshego.

Video: SA Cabinet reshuffle




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