Eskom workers protest against cameras in their cars, earlier (Pic. Yuri Madonsela)

JOHANNESBURG – The NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS in SOUTH AFRICA says there will not be a total shutdown at the national power utility, ESKOM, tomorrow (THURSDAY).

However, the group says its members will still march in a mass demonstration to the company headquarters in the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, to hand over a memorandum.

SABC News says the Union and the NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA will hold a ONE-day-long strike against ESKOM’s refusal to increase salaries this year.

The national broadcaster says ESKOM has also appealed to its employees to return to work while the company tries to find a solution to the salary crisis.

ESKOM Chief Executive Officer PHAKAMANI HADEBE says his organisation will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its workers.

He says they have activated their emergencies and currently all power stations are operating to ensure they continue to keep the lights on.

Furthermore, they will also consider a court interdict if necessary to protect the interests of the employees and assets, as well as to further ensure the security of supply.

Mr HADEBE says he is humbly appealing to the organised labour, to ESKOM employees to return to work while the company tries to find an amicable solution to the challenge.

Meanwhile, SABC News says ESKOM cannot guarantee the lights are going to stay on in the country.

The groups representing mine workers and metal workers at ESKOM this TUESDAY said they were preparing to go the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for arbitration on the ZERO percent wage impasse with ESKOM.

The SOUTH AFRICAN public power utility, set up in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission by the apartheid government, was by 2016 employing some 47-THOUSAND-978 workers./Sabanews/cam



Mbuyisa Makhubu, just 18 years old during the Soweto uprising, famously photographed carrying 12-year-old Hector Pieterson (Pic. Sam Nzima)

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA is this year joining the rest of the world to mark the 42ND International Day of the AFRICAN Child amid reports of increased criminal acts against in the country.

The day has been celebrated every 16 JUNE since 1991 when it was FIRST initiated by the Organisation of AFRICAN Unity; to honour the children who took part in the 1976 SOWETO Uprising in SOUTH AFRICA on the date.

Health Deputy Minister FAUSTINE NDUGULILE has addressed the media in ARUSHA City.

He says the authorities recorded more than 41-THOUSAND domestic violence cases between JANUARY and DECEMBER 2017 in the country, with 13-THOUSAND-500 of them involving cruelty against and molestation of children.

Deputy Minister NDUGULILE says the government has responded by setting up a ONE-Stop Centre across the nation, with gender desks at local police stations.

He says the facilities will deal specifically with such cases, including providing psychological advice, medical treatment, and refuge to children who are victims of domestic violence and other forms of cruelty in society.

At least 500 gender and children desks are already in place nationwide, manned by specially trained police officers, medical personnel and other child and gender health experts, to deal with such cases.

Deputy Minister NDUGULILE has revealed the information during a sensitisation workshop organised by PLAN INTERNATIONAL for media practitioners in the country.

The DAILY NEWS says the gathering aimed to empower the local scribes in investigating, covering, as well as reporting issues of gender and children.

It says the UN Child Right Act defines any person under the age of 18 to be a child, which means TANZANIA has at least 25-MILLION persons, or 50 percent of the population, under the bracket.

Delegates to the sensitisation workshop organised by PLAN INTERNATIONAL have also included community workers and members of the Police Force.

The PLAN INTERNATIONAL Head of Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health says the community is still harsh against children and women.

SIMWANZA KATANTA says many will continue to suffer in silence unless the media act to bring such matters to the light.

The training workshop in ARUSHA has covered the UN Child Rights, Children Protection, Gender Equality, and how to cover and report the issues.

Ministry of Health, Children Department Director MARGARET MSAI says the Toll-Free Child Help Hotline Number in her country is still 116.

The official says TANZANIA is observing the International Day of the AFRICAN Child on 13 JUNE, instead of the 16TH because the date falls on the MOSLEM EID-EL-FITR Holiday this week.

The well-known 16 JUNE 1976 uprising began in SOWETO high density township of SOWETO and spread throughout SOUTH AFRICA, profoundly changing the socio-political landscape in the country.

The events that triggered the revolution date back to policies of the apartheid SOUTH AFRICAN BANTU Education Act of 1953, and more 20-THOUSAND students took part in the protests, amid fierce police brutality./Sabanews/cam



South Africa to legalise non-formal mining (Pic. SABC News)

JOHANNESBURG – The authorities in SOUTH AFRICA are working on a new law aimed to legalise the currently non-formal mining in the country.

Minerals and Resources Deputy Minister GODFREY OLIPHANT says they are confident they will finalise the new charter before the end of this year, despite challenges.

SABC News says he has addressed delegates to the Junior Indaba, a TWO-day-long conference meant to address challenges of small-scale companies in the country.

Deputy Minister OLIPHANT says the government has heard the voices of the non-formal miners and the authorities are looking to formalise illegal mining where it is safe to do so.

He says consultations with all stakeholders for the latest version of the Mining Charter THREE are now complete and that they are confident all challenges have been dealt with.

On the other hand, the Department of Minerals and Resources says it will continue to intensify support to junior miners and others entering the industry for the FIRST time.

Deputy Minister OLIPHANT says they do not seem to be having any other engagements with junior miners.

However, he says investment in the sector is vital for such producers, as most struggle to grow and be sustainable due to challenges like limited to no funding as well as lack of mentorship.

Deputy Minister OLIPHANT says his department has launched a junior mining program to provide opportunities for new entrants identified through the new mining chains.

The Minerals Council of SOUTH AFRICA says about 14-THOUSAND people are involved in illegal mining in the country./Sabanews/cam



Tsakane Taxi Rank to remain closed indefinitely (Pic. SABC News)

JOHANNESBURG – The GAUTENG Transport Department in SOUTH AFRICA has ordered immediate closure of a taxi rank in the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, following deadly shootings.

The authorities have shut down TSAKANE Taxi Rank after the murder of FOUR taxi drivers and the injury of SEVEN others early WEDNESDAY.

SABC News says the police have arrested EIGHT security guards in connection with the shooting, and they have seized about 10 firearms.

Police say the drivers came under fire from security guards allegedly hired by officials of the GREATER BRAKPAN TAXI ASSOCIATION, with whom they had scheduled to meet and discuss taxi routes.

The law-enforcement agents also say THREE drivers were killed at the scene and another one died on arrival at the hospital.

GAUTENG Transport Department Spokesperson MELITA MADIBA says no taxis will operate from the TSAKANE Rank, which will remain closed until the security situation stabilises.

The SOUTH AFRICAN municipal official says the authorities will further deploy more police officers to monitor the taxi rank./Sabanews/cam



Kraaifontein residents are up in arms demanding houses (Pic. Agencies)

CAPE TOWN – Violent protests for accommodation have blocked some roads around SCOTTSDENE Housing Offices in KRAAIFONTEIN outside CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.

SABC News says the ferocious demonstrations broke out earlier this week due to the illegal occupation of newly completed houses in the area.

It quotes CAPE TOWN Traffic Spokesperson RICHARD COLEMAN as saying the protestors have been pelting motorists with stones and burning rubble in the roadway.

He says roads are closed due to stone throwing and burning rubble, so they ask motorists just to be cautious in the area; and where officers are on duty, they will divert traffic where necessary.

The latest development comes after a group of KRAAIFONTEIN residents protested outside the WESTERN CAPE High Court last month, calling for more low-income houses in their area.

Media reports say the protestors approached the Court for an interdict against private property developers who have built housing units in SCOTTSDENE.

They say the group of about 100 residents marched from the CAPE TOWN Train Station to the High Court, saying they are tired of being ignored when it comes to housing chances in KRAAIFONTEIN.

Residents says private property developers CALGRO M-THREE Consortium hired a security firm to evict them from a SCOTTSDENE development they had been occupying illegally.

However, they sought an interdict against the developers; claiming the security guards used unnecessary force and injured many people, including children.

EYEWITNESS NEWS says the developers also approached the Court for an interdict to get the residents off their property.

It says KRAAIFONTEIN Ward Councillor GRANT TWIGG received a memorandum of grievances from the group.

The SOUTH AFRICAN developers want the property to build housing units for middle-income earners, in SCOTTSDENE, with residents demanding the land be used for low-income housing./Sabanews/cam



Ajay Gupta captured on video (Pic. Mail & Guardian)

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH AFRICA wants the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES to hand over TWO rich INDIAN-born men who are wanted on a variety of crimes.

SOUTH AFRICAN Justice Minister MICHAEL MASUTHA says he has started talks with the UAE to establish a treaty to allow extradition of the GUPTA brothers.

The GUPTAS are a wealthy INDIAN-born SOUTH AFRICAN family, with most notable members being the brothers AJAY, ATUL, RAJESH, and nephews VARUN as well as UNITED STATES-based ASHISH and AMOL.

Their business empire covers computer equipment, media, and mining, but they have been the focus of widespread scrutiny due to their close ties to former President JACOB ZUMA when he was in power.

Justice Minister MASUTHA says he has met with the UAE Ambassador to SOUTH AFRICA to discuss the need to establish a mutual legal assistance and extradition deal between the TWO countries.

The GUPTAS are wanted for alleged involvement in State Capture, a systemic political corruption where private interests influence government decisions to their own advantage.

Records show the World Bank FIRST used the term to describe the situation in Central ASIAN countries making the transition from SOVIET communism.

Minister MASUTHA says recent reports indicate the suspects are hiding in DUBAI, UAE, and the Ambassador has expressed desire to facilitate the speeding up of the extradition.

He says a number of SOUTH AFRICANS are in the UAE for different purposes; which is why stronger relations are vital, to ensure legal systems work in a mutually supportive manner.

The crime the GUPTA brothers are facing, State Capture, seeks to influence the formation of laws to promote influential private interests: unlike most other corruption forms that instead seek selective enforcement of existing laws.

Media reports say SOUTH AFRICA and the UAE do not have an agreement, but it does not mean SOUTH AFRICA cannot apply to the UAE to have suspects extradited./Sabanews/cam



Swazi future leaders struggle at South African Embassy (Pic. Times of Swaziland)

MBABANE – SWAZI students studying in different countries of the SADC Region have accused their government of neglect due to unpaid college fees and accommodation rentals.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the situation remains a nightmare for the undergraduates, as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has still not paid some of them their allowances.

It says the affected are mainly FIRST Year individuals enrolled at the different universities; who have to stress about the allowances as landlords also demand rent.

Some of the children studying in SOUTH AFRICAN colleges moved into flats at the end of JANUARY, and have been struggling to pay their rentals since then.

The TIMES says parents have found themselves in a difficult situation as their children are complaining about home owners who are threatening to evict them if they do not pay up.

It says just a few months ago, SWAZI students were going through the headache of failing to get study permits from the SOUTH AFRICAN High Commission.

The situation was so serious they had to spend nights sleeping on the floor at the NEW MALL in the capital, MBABANE, because the Commission closed early and only attended to a specific number of students per day.

The situation at the foreign mission has been blamed partly on government negligence, since some students needed to present proof of payment before getting the permits.

Interviewed SWAZI students have told the media they are disappointed with the authorities in the Kingdom, who they feel does not care about their welfare./Sabanews/cam



Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, SA (Pic. eNCA)

SIYENDLE – A number of people attending the funeral of a young man in the SIYENDLE area of SWAZILAND have escaped death after a petrol bomb exploded in their packed house.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says unknown assailants attacked the mourners in the early hours of this SATURDAY.

It says the device went off and left JOYCE MASILELA, 58, a neighbour, and 12 other family members chocking in smoke.

The family say they suspect the attack was an attempt to kill them by people who may have had a hand in the death of 21-year-old NHLANHLA KUNENE, the son of Ms MASILELA.

Ms MASILELA says they found NHLANHLA lying dead on his bed, and suspected he had been poisoned during a night out with unknown people.

She says although his body still had a pulse, he could not provide answers to many questions because he had lost his speech by the time he was discovered.

Ms MASILELA has been reluctant to discuss the suspects or the discord between them and her son; saying the family members have a slight idea but they have left everything to the police.

She also says the petrol bombers attacked as the family were mourning and making preparations for the burial of the deceased, which is scheduled for this SUNDAY.

In another development, the case of the murdered prominent businessman, VICTOR GAMEDZE, has taken a new twist.

The TIMES says the TWO SOUTH AFRICANS suspected of the killing are now challenging the jurisdiction of the magistrate presiding over their extradition from the neighbouring country.

It says the accused, MBUSI ‘NCAZA’ NKOSI and SIMPHIWE NGUBANE, are currently detained in SOUTH AFRICA following their arrest almost TWO months ago.

They made their SECOND appearance at the JOHANNESBURG Magistrates Court last THURSDAY, when they argued they should appear before a SOWETO-based magistrate instead.

Advocate DEON VAN VYK from the National Prosecuting Authority of SOUTH AFRICA is representing the SWAZI authorities, while a lawyer from Legal Aid SOUTH AFRICA stands for the suspects.

The accused SOUTH AFRICANS argue their matter should be heard in SOWETO, where they were arrested in connection with the murder of the SWAZI businessman and football administrator.

The SWAZI delegation now has to prove why the suspects should be extradited, and whether the JOHANNESBURG Magistrate does have jurisdiction to preside over the matter./Sabanews/cam



They will remain icons of South African politics and liberation struggle

QUNU – Praises continue to pour in for the late struggle icon, WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA, with people who were close to her describing the liberation fighter as a brilliant, generous, and kind mother.

SABC News says WINNIE came from humble beginnings in the town of BIZANA in EASTERN CAPE Province, to become a global icon.

It says people in the small village of QUNU, in the same region, knew the late WINNIE as a politician and mother, after her connection to them through her marriage to the late Statesman NELSON MANDELA.

SABC News says the MADIBA Clan of the late former President describes her as being true to the character of a decent wife, so respectful, always wearing long dresses, and always with a doek on her head.

It quotes EVELYN MANDELA, MADIBA’s FIRST wife and a cousin of his political mentor, WALTER SISULU, says WINNIE mourned her former husband even when they were no longer married.

She says WINNIE never questioned any instruction by men who are leaders of this family, always respected what they told her to do and made sure she kept all the rules of being a decent and respected rural woman.

MANDELA family neighbour LUCCRITIA NGCEBETSHANA says WINNIE would take her mother-in-law to the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, from where she would bring all nice things the late woman bought her.

SABC News says in MPUMALANGA, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SOUTH AFRICA has also remembered MADIKIZELA-MANDELA as a true leader who also fought for the recognition of customary heads.

The national broadcaster says WINNIE also served as Treasurer of the grouping for SEVEN years, from 1989 to 1995.

It quotes a member of the Congress, KGOSHI LAMARCK MOKOENA, as saying he personally worked with WINNIE for many years in the organisation and in Parliament.

Mr MOKOENA says she was a leader who did a lot to ensure recognition of traditional leaders and their role in society; but he has condemned people who now sing praises for WINNIE after making sure in the past that she was isolated.

WINNIE’s friend and comrade, DR BRIGALIA BAM recalls her fond memories of a young NOMZAMO MADIKIZELA-MANDELA; who she befriended in the 1950s at JAN HOFMEYR School of Social Work in JOHANNESBURG.

DR BAM has described her as brilliant, generous, and kind; saying WINNIE’s contribution in the liberation struggle has been documented by a number of film makers.

Renowned Producer ANANT SINGH has reflected on his personal encounters with the late WINNIE, with who he spent a lot of time in 2013 when producing the film MANDELA: Long Walk to Freedom.

They became close friends for more than 30 years, after being introduced to each other by late the ANC heavyweight FATIMA MEER.

Mr SINGH says WINNIE was a unique individual with a strong presence, and her character in the movie required a special actress.

However, SABC News says ONE of the darkest moments in Mama WINNIE’s marriage must surely have been her divorce from the late former President MANDELA, who went on to marry GRACA, the widow of the late President SAMORA MACHEL of MOZAMBIQUE.

The late SOUTH AFRICAN political and liberation struggle icon will get an official burial on 14 APRIL, after 10 days of activities meant to honour her./Sabanews/cam



Ban on South African processed meats lifted

LUSAKA – ZAMBIA has, with immediate effect lifted the embargo on ready-to-eat meats imported from SOUTH AFRICA.

However, Health Minister CHITALU CHILUFYA says foods from the SOUTH AFRICAN companies, ENTERPRISE FOODS and RAINBOW CHICKEN, remain banned from entering ZAMBIA.

He has told ZNBC News in the capital, LUSAKA, the new move comes after laboratory tests on risky foods from SOUTH AFRICA and ZAMBIA have shown no signs of listeriosis.

Minister CHILUFYA says his Ministry will continue to monitor risky foods, but encourages people to seek immediate medical attention should they experience symptoms of listeriosis.

Medical experts say signs of the listeria disease include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhoea, and in severe cases, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsion.

The SOUTH AFRICAN Ministry of Health declared listeriosis outbreak on the FRIST of this JANUARY after the death of 183 people out of a total 967 confirmed cases in the SADC country./Sabanews/cam