Comrade Gilbert fought the people…

*WINTERFELDT IS keeping on losing its` icons in the struggle against apartheid…a few years ago we lost Ntate Sunnyboy Motshepi, Kehla Nyamakazi, Sugar Monyane, Moses Ndamane to name few on the list. Now Gilbert Mahlangu one of the pioneers about students’ rights in 1976, community rights from the ’80s until his death after a long illness. He fought for the people of Winterveldt and he never compromises when coming to making sure that this country is liberated.

Mahlangu played his role in Winterveldt, that is why a history of this township will not be complete if his name is not mentioned. When Bop regime tried to evict all Winterveldt tenants in early 90’s Comrade Gilbert was there and he stopped the mass eviction.

When more than 11 people were brutally killed, Comrade Gilbert was there and he survived the massacre to the story to the present generation. Comrade Gilbert was there in every minute when residents need him and he did not compromise when coming to defending the human rights and fighting for a better life for all.

He will be missed for his contribution to the liberation of the people of South Africa…Hamba Kahle, Mkhonto weSizwe…For comment email editor@citypost.co.za

Ke nako, vote ANC…

City Post reporter SIZWE ZWANE writes from Durban 

THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa told more than 100 000 people who attended annual January 8th Statement in Durban which was also the launch party’s elections manifesto that the ANC with deal with corruption and state capture.

The ANC president also honoured cadres who contributed to the liberation of South Africa with Isithwalandwe.

“During the course of our struggle for freedom, the African National Congress has bestowed its highest order, Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe, on cadres who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle,” said Ramaphosa.

Those who were honoured with Isithwalandwe are Mama Winnie, Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, Almond Tomor, Dennis Goldberg, John Nkadimeng, Sophie De Bruin and others. 

He continues to by declaring 2019 as the year of United Action….”We will implement reforms in economic sectors that have the greatest potential to grow and create jobs.”  

“Today, we are issuing a call to all the people of South Africa, to join us as we strive to accelerate change in our country, as we strive to build an inclusive economy that creates decent jobs and as we work towards a better future for our children,” added Ramaphosa.

He concluded by saying, “Ke nako, Vote ANC”. For comment email sizwe@citypost.co.za

 

 

 

WOMEN AND YOUTH BIASED MANIFESTO MUST BE A PREREQUISITE FOR A PARTY TO BE ELECTED IN 2019 ELECTIONS.

 

By SEDIKO RAKOLOTE

STATISTICS INDICATE THAT South Africa is young and female.  According to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) mid-year population estimate report as at July 23, 2018, there were 57.7 million people in South Africa and more than half of the population (51%) being female. The report also stated that women live, on average, six years longer than men, with a life expectancy of 67.3 years compared to 61.1 years for males. Young people between the ages of 15 to 34 years old were 20.6 million.

The post-apartheid South Africa is facing challenges of legacies of inequalities, unemployment, and poverty which most of its victims are women and youth. Around the end of 2018, the national unemployment rate was at around 27.2%.  There are different statistics on youth unemployment in South Africa. The statistics revealed in Pocket World put the country’s youth unemployment rate at 57.4% whilst the according to Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter of 2018, youth unemployment was 38.8% compared to the 17.9% rate for adults.

Despite the difference in statistics of youth unemployment, the fact remains that youth unemployment has a negative impact on the economic growth of the country. There are also other risks associated with youth unemployment which includes, but not limited to: a risk of loss of talent and skills as the young graduates are unable to find a job and put their knowledge and capabilities into contributing to economic growth; increase in social spending of the country; low income tax collection by the government etc. Youth unemployment can destabilize the safety and security of a country.

Women and girls also face social and economic marginalization in South Africa. This is caused by an entrenched system of patriarchal domination and also perpetuated by some cultural and religious beliefs. Women and girls suffer multiple forms of violence perpetrated by men in South Africa. Stats SA reported that femicide is on the rise in South Africa. According to Stats SA, the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17 and the number of women who experienced sexual offences also jumped from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17, which is an increase of 53%.

In South Africa, workplaces as a microcosm of societies are not immune from patriarchal domination. The employment equity report 2017/2018 indicates that across males occupy 77.1% of the top management positions and females only 22.9%. In senior management, males occupy 66.2% of the positions and females only 33.8%. Notwithstanding the achievements of the post-apartheid South African government, the statistics show that more still needs to be done to address the legacies of apartheid, colonialism, and patriarchy. The country cannot move forward whilst the majority which is women and young people are marginalized.

The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights in South Africa. Elections are platforms for the citizens to exercise their right to choose those who must represent them in National assembly/Provincial legislatures/Municipal councils. Around May 2019, South African registered voters will descend to over 22 000 independent electoral commission voting stations throughout the country to participate in the National and Provincial elections. It is a norm that before the elections, political parties will develop and launch their election manifestos and crisscross the country to lure voters. Political parties will present their manifestos to voters and plead for their votes.

Whilst it is the sole prerogative of political parties to decide on what to put in their manifestos, I think it is vital for political parties to strongly consider having gender and youth biased manifestos with practical an implementable plans to eradicate challenges faced by women and youth of our country. Challenges facing women and youth in South Africa cannot be overemphasized.

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the City Post. For comment email editor@citypost.co.za.

DOES THIRD POSTPONEMENT OF LIST CONFERENCE AFFIRM OUR AFFECTION TO REGRESSIVE FACTIONS?

By VANGUARD MOKWENA

*THERE IS no escaping fact that North West will not meet the deadline meant for list configuration at their expected branch confederation. To take this far, is it the fault of Provincial Task Team?

Well, one is not convinced; without another presumption, it is quite clear that in efforts to move forward, we still have few comrades who continue to ferment political chaos for obvious reasons because they believe that they are above ANC and nothing should happen without attaching their names to the peak of the process. If not so the process should be worse than useless since this should be seen as a problem that exposes PTT as lacking capacity to manage the politics of this province.

This phenomenon takes precedence from domestic interventions to affected VBS involved municipalities, not forgetting long stand marathon of court confrontations to yield the legitimacy of the PTT. However what has been a strength to all this known factional warring, strands of ANC membership by association and convictions they bolster to have connections of senior leadership across various upper structures. There will be sustained election anxiety even when North West continues to register large numbers compared to some few other provinces which benefit from this stirred chaos.

At which point are we going to define our character, positively to benefit this province? How do we get the comfort of being micromanaged by cadres from other provinces to point that even deployment doesn’t benefit NW inhabitants but those who stay in the cross borders on NW jurisdictions? At some point leaders should reignite towards one agenda of growing this province that to continue pointing fingers amongst ourselves.

Young comrades and ANCYL should not believe that they will be liberated through factional participation, with current demands of forth industrial revolution there’s much needed to be done outside parameters of dominating factions. If we are to place barometer and gauge crop of leadership surely we can boldly agree that it is a membership that fails the movement. We lack political depth, many NEC deployed make their leadership internship in this province and even empowered with resources that could be shared amongst ourselves but because we have blurred vision we fail to realize this systematic agenda.

Hey Comrades and so said leaders wake up and work in union to put the interest of this province before anything else. If not you will prefer to emerge through an ill process like what is currently happening. Surely this is a blow for our province but victorious for individuals since there will be leadership arrangements and many will be forced to dance to King Monada summer song even when they don’t like the song. I submit!

For comment email editor@citypost.co.za

 

Nothing but truth…

 

*WE ARE starting a new year and City Post has been defending the hard-earned revolution for the past 3 years and we will continue to tell the truth. Delivering news that helps to reveal nothing but the truth as our motto stated, “Telling the truth”.

This year more things will be happening in this country, we will be voting for both provincial and national governments to make sure that our country remains in good hands. We expect the intervention from the Gauteng Provincial Government in the City of Tshwane because that city is a Mickey Mouse set up. Nothing is happening especially in the townships except looting of state coffers.

The is only one organization that can make sure that our hard earned revolution is defended, by all means, the African National Congress.

 Last year the ANC won the majority of the ward by-elections around the country including in so-called democrats or DA strongholds in the Western Cape. Even Mbuzi Maimane the DA national poster boy knows that his masters’ party doesn’t stand a chance against the African National Congress.

Voting for other parties especially the DA is like pulling us back to apartheid-era years where a black man was regarded as subhuman. Voting for other parties it is like creating spoil ballot papers because they don’t stand a chance to win elections.

The City Post is endorsing the African National Congress because it is the only former liberation movement and political party that is capable of running this country and we recognize other liberation movements such as the PAC and Azapo for their contribution in our liberation.

Let’s make sure the ANC remains in power because it is delivered more than any government. National Party with the help of PFP (later DP now DA) has been in power for more than four decades but they have failed to deliver services to black people.

People of Langa, Gugulethu and other black townships in Western Cape are still living in shacks because the DA doesn’t care about a black man. The city of Tshwane is now the City of Kaka because of sewage that flows like Nile River since the DA took over.

Five kids were killed by a high mast like in Soshanguve because the DA-led administration failed to maintain them.

Other five kids were burnt inside a shack in Mamelodi because the DA-led administration in the City of Tshwane failed to provide RDP houses to the residents. We still have dusty and muddy roads because of the DA administration which is not capable of running the city.

In Gauteng, Ekurhuleni is the best performing Metropolitan municipality under the ANC administration and the City of Tshwane under the DA administration is the worst performing metropolitan city in the country.

Let’s make South Africa a better place for all by voting ANC.ANC is the only party that has managed to deliver its promises and it will keep on making this country the better place for all. Vote ANC for a better life for all. For any comment email africa@citypost.co.za

 

 

ANC retain Ward19

 

The new ANC ward 19 councilor Mfanafuthi Hlatswayo casting his vote.

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress has retained Tshwane Ward 19 by-elections with 64 percent three small parties that tried their luck in their stronghold. The by-elections in Winterveldt were contested by four political parties which are the African National Congress with 64 percent voting followed by EFF with 22%16 %, DA 8 %, and AEC  5 %.

 The ANC has done a lot of work in Ward 19 since 1994; before the ANC took over people in that area were having no water, electricity, tar roads, parks, RDP houses, and other services. The ANC has provided more than 10 000 RDP houses, more than 50 000 houses were electrified, more schools were built; more roads were tarred to count just a few in services that have been provided by the ANC. In last local government elections, the ANC won the won ward with about 15 000 voters with by 89 percent.

 The ANC’s Mfanafuthi Hlatswayo well known as Nkakha is the new councilor of Ward 19 in Winterveldt.

In an interview with City Post, Mfanafuthi Hlatswayo said the people have made their say by voting for him and he is prepared to work hard to make sure people in his ward get services.

“My job will be starting with the sewage to make sure we don’t have blocked sewage in our area that is my first challenge. We have also a problem of streets light and high mast light that are not functioning this are just a few on my list.

“I will also make sure that job opportunities are created for local people. I will be working with the community in my ward to make sure they get proper services and I would like to thank them for making sure the ANC retain the ward,” said Hlatshwayo.

Sunnyboy Masemola the ANC Deputy Regional Secretary in Tshwane said the people of Winterveldt have trust on the ANC and that is why they will retain the ward because of service that has been provided to the residents since 1994.

“Voters have confidence in the ANC because they see what we have done in terms of providing services to the people and we will keep working hard to make sure there are more services to the people.

“The ANC is that only party that fulfills its election promises to the masses. We have few incidents of intimidation but that did not stop the ANC winning this by-election,” said Masemola.africa@citypost.co.za

 

 

Tshwane may be put under administration

Premier David Makhura speaking to the media next to the high mast light that killed 5 kids.

By AFRICAKA MAHAMBA

*“THE CITY OF Tshwane is the worst performing metropolitan city in the whole Gauteng”, these are the words of Gauteng Premier, David Makhura during the memorial service of the Sosh5. The Sosh5 are the five kids which were killed by the high mast light in Soshanguve after the City of Tshwane failed to service it.

A family member crying at the memorial service…

“It is painful because I saw families crying again, it is a commemoration but it feels like a funeral. There are answers and accountability; you can’t heal if you don’t know the answers. If there are no answers they will not.

“As we came to remember them we have no answer. I brief the mayor that families want the apollo to be removed. It is the responsibility of the municipality to remove the high mast light and I am very disappointed with the mayor Solly Msimango, who run to the media before the investigation starts said the cause is cable theft. If the incident happened in suburbs’ he would be here every day,” said Makhura.

Premier David Makhura greeting family members at the commemoration service.

He continues by asking, “Why he can’t come to Soshanguve and apologies to families”.

Makhura said Msimango went to Sebokeng, Alexander and other places in the province promising people better services because he wants to be premier of Gauteng but he is failing to fix a mess as the mayor of Tshwane.

“I came to the families for the third time but the mayor failed to visit families. I will be with you until there are answers. I will tell the mayor that there are still waiting for him in Soshanguve. I think you don’t have a mayor, maybe I just came to be your mayor, even mayor of Soshanguve. That light must fall.

“Sad news City of Tshwane is the worst performing municipality in Gauteng, things has stopped happening. That report is coming soon, he can’t run the city but think he can run Gauteng. If the municipality is failing they need to know that the red light is flicking, we will be there. If the municipality is not performing we put Section 139, we have done that at Emfuleni south of Gauteng by putting them under administration according to the constitution and start doing things that they were not doing but I do that under very very careful consideration,” said Makhura.

Some of more than 2 000 people who attended the event …

The five kids who died in that incident are Kearabile Baloyi (12 years old), Boitsoko Pobape (11 years old), Maikano Mmenu (9 years old), Lethabo Matibako (9 years old) and Dimpho Bopape (5 years old) The traumatic incident took place while children were playing in concrete slaps underneath the apollo high mast light about a year ago.

The high mass light ring fell down, instantly killing 4 children, with another one declared dead later at Dr. George Mukhari hospital in Ga-Rankuwa. Two survived, one escaped the incident, and another sustained severe injuries. africa@citypost.co.za

 

Premier Makhura to speak at the Sosh5 memorial

 

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

*GAUTENG PREMIER DAVID Makhura will be the main speaker at the Memorial service for Soshanguve 5 kids who were killed by the high mast light last year.

The “Soshanguve5children” is an initiative dedicated to commemorating the life of Soshanguve 5 children that were killed in an accident involving a high mast light in Soshanguve Block X in Tshwane.

The five kids who died in that incident are Kearabile Baloyi (12 years old), Boitsoko Pobape (11 years old), Maikano Mmenu (9 years old), Lethabo Matibako (9 years old) and Dimpho Bopape (5 years old) The traumatic incident took place while children were playing in concrete slaps underneath the apollo high mast light about a year ago.

According to councillor Phumzile Hlatswayo, the event will be held at 42 Block X Soshanguve next to the scene where the incident happened.

“Their passing is not in vain but serves as a remembrance of our commitment to serve the community better and protect the future of South Africa, our children.

 “We have a series of activities planned to ensure their story is told is never forgotten, help heal the bereaved families, friends, and members of the community.

 “We also need help to bring closure by advocating for social justice to prevail to the affected families and ensure the community’s safety by calling for better service delivery from the City of Tshwane, focusing on high mast light maintenance and other services,” said Hlatswayo.

The event will start from 10 am include prayer service, messages,  speeches and performance by various artists. africa@citypost.co.za

Country security comprised because of the Oppenheimers

 

By GUNDO MUNYAI

*THE Oppenheimer’s VIP Terminal at OR Tambo operates on a National Key Point on which Denel – a strategic state asset that operates within the defense systems, weaponry, and military – is based. The Oppenheimers want a hassle-free gateway that puts this country’s security at risk of illicit diamonds, drug, and human trafficking. For Denel, the risk to personnel, material, information, secrets, and espionage is real. But who cares? These are the Oppenheimers…

MISSING from the debate and sadly from yesterday’s Parliament’s engagement with the Oppenheimers on their VIP terminal at Oliver Tambo International Airport is the fundamental question of national sovereignty – what it means and who has ultimate control over borders and immigration. Missing too from the “Oppenheimers briefing Parliament” session were policy frameworks that guide government in its partnerships with private contractors in migration control, not to mention the absence of operational agreements which include who pays for what service, how much and how those amounts were derived.

Sovereignty is the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies.

Sovereignty is the most extensive form of jurisdiction under international law. In general terms, it denotes full and unchallengeable power over a piece of territory and all the persons from time to time therein.

Immigration control has traditionally been viewed as an inalienable sovereign function of the state and the question that arises is why South Africa would want to outsource its duty to control and safeguard its borders to private consultants, the Oppenheimers no less.

The Oppenheimers are South Africa’s wealthiest family having made their ill-gotten money off the blood of Africans here and surrounding countries in diamond mines. They have benefited from apartheid policy of land dispossession, segregation and exploitation….Watch this video for a view into the Oppenheimer Empire

But they want more…an international entry point into South Africa for the rich that puts this country at risk of illicit diamonds, human trafficking, armaments, drugs and much more…And guess what? They are operating on a National Key Point but they are Oppenheimers you see, they can capture a country’s borders and there’s no uproar from the media or any of our modern-day moralists and anti-state capture activists.

After a legal battle between Fireblade (the Oppenheimer business), Denel and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), a judge gave the VIP terminal the go-ahead earlier this year. Denel, from whom Fireblade leases space for its 7-star operation, had consistently objected to the application on the basis that the terminal was on a National Key Point and had not complied with the security measures stipulated for National Key Point.

Denel had argued that as a strategic state asset that operates within the defense systems, weaponry, and military-related projects, both nationally and internationally, Fireblade’s non-compliance to security measures posed a “security risk to personnel, material, information, secrets, and espionage are real and serious”.

At issue for Denel was Fireblade’s noncompliance with security measures stipulated for a National Key Point. It objected to the application on the basis of “security concerns” which it said included the risk of drug and human trafficking and illicit smuggling of material such as money, precious metals, and weaponry.

The Oppenheimers claim, and the courts agreed with them, that Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba approved the operation and later reneged. What remains unspoken of is the issue of sovereignty and the ambit of the state as the sole manager of immigration and border control and how this ANC government has outsourced that to the Oppenheimers as it has with all the other basic services that it has commodified and put in the hands of private contractors.

As it turns out, there are major problems with the Fireblade/SA government partnership.

For starters, there has been no legal framework on which it is governed despite the many years Fireblade has operated on the domestic level and the court ruling that extended the service to an international port of entry at the beginning of the year
There are several government departments providing services for the Oppenheimer operation but none have a formal agreement and with the exception of DHA, are not being paid. These include State Security, Department of Home Affairs, South African Revenue Services (SARS), and others and it emerged that the DHA is paid a pitiful amount of R117,000
Line departments currently have to divert staff from OR Tambo International Airport to the private terminal when required. This happens despite the shortage of human capital to service high volumes at OR Tambo. news@citypost.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANC won Tshwane Ward 9 by elections

Tshwane Ward 9 councilor Barbara Baloyi and ANC Tshwane Regional Secretary Eugene Bonzo Modise celebrating after ANC took the ward.

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

*AS THE City Post has predicted the ANC has won the Ward 9 by-elections in Winterveldt with about 70 percent beating all the parties that tried to use residents as their voting cows. The ANC has earlier said the people of Winterveldt still want it to continue with their good work of providing services to them.

The residents has rejected the DAEFF which rented a crowd from around Tshwane and other areas of Gauteng to assist them with elections because people don’t want to associate themselves with soft counter revolutionary parties. Small parties like the African Christian Democratic Party, Al Jama-Ah; Arusha Economic Coalition, Forum 4 Service Delivery; and South African First did a great job by taking 3 percent of the DAEFF votes.

The ANC has yet again won by elections with two thirds  after getting 68 percent of the votes followed by the DA by 17 percent, EFF got 10 percent small parties shared the 3 percent and 2 percent were spoilt ballot papers.

The DA tried by all means to get the votes by bringing their poster boy Solly Msimanga, including the Mickey Mouse MMC’s but voters, choose to ignore the DA and the London boy’s party the EFF.  They tried to bride residents with blankets, food parcels and money for wearing DA t-shirts. Residents took the food parcels, blankets and money…continue to vote for ANC.

The ANC Regional Secretary , Eugene Bonzo Modise said the branches and volunteers have worked hard to make sure that the ward remain in the hands of the ANC.

“We are focused and determined. It is the second successive and comprehensive victory in Tshwane’s by elections for the ANC, our glorious revolutionary movement. From here we are going to ward 19 and we will win it without any doubt because the ANC is the only organisation that deliver services to the people.

The ANC incoming ward councilor Barbara Baloyi casting vote at Old Assemblies of God of Africa.

“Comrade Barbara Baloyi has been tried and tested in the organisation; she will deliver the ANC mandate by making sure the people are getting services as our councillors are doing. She is ready to attend the next council meeting to represent the residents of ward 9.

“Congratulations to the RET (Regional Elections Team) and volunteers of the ANC in Tshwane, who came from all zones in the City. The struggle for a better life for all continues and victory is certain,” said Modise. 

*Candidate who took part in by elections are Baloyi of the African National Congress; Thabiso Joseph Sikhosana from Al Jama-Ah; Jerry Phuti Tuuba from Arusha Economic Coalition; Themba Nelson Peter Donacabe from the Democratic Alliance; Mamane Lina Khoza from the Economic Freedom Fighters; Cornelius Lebogang Maponya from Forum 4 Service Delivery; Evelyn Modibaof the African Christian Democratic Party; Matshidiso Barbara; and Leseja Philemon Makgoka from South African First. africa@citypost.co.za

 

 

 

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