ANC to win Ward 9 about 4 hours

 

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

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

*DESPITE ALLEGE INTIMIDATIONS by EFF hooligans the ANC is expecting to win the ward by 60 to 70 percent. The ANC is contesting against 7 small opportunistic parties that pop up during election time. The by-elections did not start well in Ward 9 Winterveldt. The Refalotse and Old Assemblies of God of Africa voting stations open late. In another incident, people wearing ANC regalia were intimidated by EFF members at the Refalotse voting station and some people wearing ANC regalia were assaulted and told not to set foot at Maluleke Stand in Winterveldt.

Voters waiting to cast their votes at City Rock voting station

The ANC incoming ward councillor Barbara Baloyi voted at Old Assemblies of God of Africa voting station accompanied by ANC Tshwane Regional Secretary Eugene Bonzo Modise.

“We won this ward by 96.8 percent which is nearly 97 percent and despite some challenges that we came across as the African National Congress we will keep this ward. We expect between 60 to 70 percent win.

“We have challenges which are voting stations opening late and in one voting station presiding officer disappearing for about 4 hours. People wearing ANC regalia were assaulted and one sjamboked by EFF members. We will be opening a case of intimidation against those involved,” said Modise. The election results are expected in less than 4 hours today at around 9 pm.

Captain Samuel Sebola of Loate Police Station said no case of intimidation was reported to them.

“No case of intimidation has been reported up to so far if it has happened, it has happened outside the voting stations,” said Sebola. africa@citypost.co.za

ANC ready to win Tshwane Ward 9 again

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

*THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress is working hard around the clock to trump down small opportunistic parties that are only visible during election time.

The by-elections come after the previous councillor Emmanuel Moselane’s membership was terminated by the ANC.

The Tshwane Ward 9 by-elections are highly contested by the ANC which remain the biggest party in the ward against small parties that stand no chance to take the ward from the ruling party.

The candidates that are contesting are season local politician Barbara Baloyi of the ANC (African National Congress) , Mamane Khoza of the EFF( Economic Freedom Fighters), Cornelius Maponya of the F4SD (Forum for Service Delivery), Thabiso Sikhosana of Aljama ,Jerry Tuuba of (Areco) Arusha Economic Coalion and Themba Donacabe of the Democratic Alliance.

The by-elections will be on the 31 October around Winterveldt from 8 am in the morning.

In the previous local government elections, the ANC obtained about 97 percent in Ward 9 which was the highest in the whole Gauteng.

The voting stations for this by-elections are Refalotse Primary School, City Rocks ground, Galeboe Middle School, Montsho Primary school, Rev Makunyane Church, Jesus Christ Our Rest Ministries and Old Assemblies of God of Africa.  

The ward remains an ANC stronghold because the party has not received less than 70 percent votes since 1995.

Kate Bapela of the IEC confirmed that by-elections for Tshwane Ward 9 will take place on the 31 October starting with Special votes on the 30 October from 8h00 in the morning to 5h00 in the afternoon.

Bafuzi Yabo the ANC Regional spokesperson in Tshwane said more groundwork has been done.

“We are very prepared to continue winning the ward despite a number of parties contesting in the ward. The ward is our stronghold, in previous elections is was the highest in Gauteng with about 97 percent of the people voting for the ANC.

“The ward has close to 16 000 voters and the majority of them wanted the ANC to continue with its work of delivering services to them,” said Yabo.

Councillor Nkele Molapo of the DA said they are well prepared to take the ward from the ANC.

“We are prepared to take the ward and we have been speaking to people and they are very positive to vote for our party,” said Molapo.

Thapelo Makgale the spokesperson for F4SD said they are ready to win the ward and they have managed to convince those who did not want to vote to vote for their party.

“As F4SD we are ready and we are visible on the ground and the community is happy and wants us to represent them. We have a young candidate because youth a not represented in the council,” said Makgale.

Our predictions place ANC on top

Predictions by City Post  Reporter Sizwe Zwane

*The ANC has a lot of chance to win the Tshwane Ward 9 by 70 to 80 percent due to small parties that pop up during election time. Remember this is no number one ANC ward in Gauteng there is no ways that it can lose this ward after it has place Barbara Baloyi well known ANC Women’s league activist in the ward.

*EFF is a danger to the ANC in the Ward by placing Mamane Khoza season local politician and the former political prisoner as their ward candidate. EFF will manage to steal more votes from the DA but will also not manage just a small position of ANC votes. The ANC needs to make sure that people like Mamane Khoza are recruited by to the party because they have followers and good credential. The EFF will manage to get about 20 to 35 percent of the votes.

*The DA candidate Themba Donacabe is an unknown person who is known by few individuals in the community he doesn’t stand a chance in this by-elections. The DA will be embarrassed because they stood not to get more than 10 percent of the votes.

*Cornelius Maponya of the new kid on the block the F4SD (Forum for Service Delivery) has a good track record in community work and he will manage to steal more votes from the ANC, EFF, and DA voters. He will surprise many by getting between 10 and 15 percent event his party doesn’t have enough budget to push elections campaign.

*Jerry Tuuba of (Areco) Arusha Economic Coalition is another unknown politician from an unknown party, I don’t think he stood a chance of getting 5 percent of the votes. This one will get about 1 percent or less.

* Thabiso Sikhosana of Aljama is also not known in the community but he will get more votes from the Moslem community which are less than a percent. He will also get 1 percent or less. news@citypost.co.za

Comrade Stalin is no more

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

*THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has lost of the greatest revolutionaries, communist, unionist, chief mobilize, and who is one of the founders of Umkhonto we Sizwe Comrade Eric “Stalin” Mtshali.

Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu the provincial ANC spokesperson told City Post that although they were aware of his ill-health, they were nursing hopes that he would recover and be with them once again.

“As the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Mtshali family and the South African Communist Party – the party that he served until his last days. What saddens us is that his departure is a depletion of solid leaders who are the custodians of the culture and values of the Alliance. He had a rare ability to analyze the political environment under which we operate and assess the balance of forces and their influence in the success of our programmes.

“In all meetings, he offered analysis on the challenges experienced by the ANC in implementing programmes aimed at driving the transformation of society and offered solutions on how to turn things around. Cde Stalin was known within the ANC and the Alliance as a solution-driven leader. 

“He represented a long list of trade unionists and SAPC leaders who became pillars of the National Democratic Revolution. He spent more than 30 years in exile and represented the South African Congress of Trade Unions at the World Federation of Trade Unions in Prague, Czechoslovakia,” said Simelane-Zulu.

She said Mtshali was a Chief Mobiliser and a disciplined Commissar of the MK, he was a leader whose conviction that our cause would triumph never for one moment flagged.

“The military and political training that he received in Tanzania and Russia strengthened his resolve to ensure the total defeat of the apartheid system. He remains credited for mobilizing urban and rural communities to join the ANC and ultimately the struggle against apartheid in the 40s, 50s and 60s. 

“His bravery was unmatched and it is for these reasons that the former President of the Republic of South Africa, his Excellency J.G Zuma awarded him the National Order of Mendi for Bravery in Silver.

“Importantly, Comrade Stalin used every opportunity in parliament as an MP to advance the interests of ordinary members of society. He was a fearless debater who also prioritized education and the acquisition of knowledge required to achieve the total economic emancipation of the marginalized. His passion for education resulted in a school being named after him,” added Simelane-Zulu.

She concluded by saying as the ANC we are hopeful that during this difficult period, the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the whole country will be comforted knowing that the Eric Stalin Mtshali Secondary School will remain a symbol of hope for many years to come. africa@citypost.co.za

Who exactly is Pik Botha?

 

By VELI MBELE

*“Mr Botha would be remembered for his support for South Africa’s transition to democracy and for his service in the first democratic administration.”-Ntate President Matamela Ramaphosa.

“As the ANC, although Botha was a former minister of the Nationalist Party administration, we acknowledge and are appreciative of his positive contribution towards building a new and better South Africa.”-Ntate Pule Mabe.

“Perhaps his most important contribution was the manner in which he and his colleagues in the department of foreign affairs held the line against growing international pressure until the collapse of international communism in 1989 opened the way to the negotiations that led to the establishment of our non-racial constitutional democracy,” De Klerk.

Roelof Frederik Botha or ‘Pik’ as he was known within the apartheid inner-circle, was one of the most senior leaders of the National Party’s illegitimate-white-racist-criminal-violent-anti-Black settler-colonial regime.

He loyally served the settler-colonial regime for over 40 years of his life. Between 1953 and 1994, he served the settler-colonial regime as legal adviser, ambassador, foreign minister and member of parliament.

He also contested for the leadership of the National Party in 1978. Between 1966 and 1994 he served under three illegitimate-white supremacist heads of the settler-colonial regime, B.J Vorster (1966-78), P.W Botha (1984-89) and F. W. de Klerk (1989-94).

During this period, he was part of the apartheid securocracy that decided on and defended the deaths of thousands of Black people, within apartheid South Africa and neighbouring states, especially South West Africa(later Nambia). This, as you know, was an occupied territory of apartheid South Africa.

In his role as foreign minister, he was a fierce and effective defender of the system of apartheid. Essentially apartheid’s most effective brand manager. Some of the decisions that Pik was part of include the following:

*The assassination of BC leader Onkgopotse Ramothibi Tiro in 1974;

*The massacre of Black students in Soweto in 1976, killing 176 Blacks;

*The assassination of BC leader Mapetla Mohapi in 1976;

*The assassination of BC leader Bantu Biko in 1977;

*The assassination of SWAPO leader, Clemens Kapuuo in 1978;

*The assassination of MK cadre, Solomon Mahlangu in 1979;

*The assassination of ANC leader, Mlungisi Mxenge in 1981;

*The assassination of ANC activist, Vernon Nkadimeng in 1985;

*The assassination of Thamsanqa Mnyele in 1985;

*The Uitenhage (Langa) massacre, where 35 Black people were killed in 1985;

*The Boipatong massacre, where 45 Black people were killed in 1992; and

*The murders of Sadat and Samora Mpendulo (16 years old), Mzwandile Mfeya (12 years old), Sandiso Yose (12 years old) and Thando Mthembu (17), in a SADF cross-border raid in 1993.

They were sleeping when the South African National Defence Force (authorised by the Nobel Peace Laureate De Klerk), pounced on them and without warning, sprayed them with bullets.

Because of his shrewdness (coming from brokering deals on the Afrikan continent, including Zimbabwe’s problematic Lancaster House agreement)-Pik was also part of the delegation of the apartheid inner-circle that co-authored the 90’s CODESA elite pact and all that came with it such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

For his successful role in prolonging the life of white capital at CODESA, he was rewarded with a ministerial post in the Mandela administration. After leaving the Mandela administration, he publicly endorsed President Mbeki and reportedly joined the ANC in the 2000s.

All these stunts were a mark of Pik’s shrewdness. Inspite of all that Pik has done in defence of the brutal-violent-anti-Black system of apartheid, he (like De Klerk) continues to get respectable treatment from the ANC.

This is evident in the number of invitations De Klerk got from ANC state presidents to be a guest at the State of The Nation Address. And the glowing tributes that Pik is now receiving from the ANC.

Pik like P.W Botha, F.W De Klerk and all the other key decision-makers in the apartheid machinery, have never been held accountable (in the true sense) for the atrocities they committed against Black people.

And it doesn’t seem like any of them will ever be held accountable. Instead, it is possible that not only is Pik likely to receive a eulogy from President Ramaphosa, but he is also likely to receive an official funeral. Burn in hell Pik!

MEANWHILE, Harrison Zama wrote that some out of ignorance will criticize Holomisa when he says that Pik Botha was a good minister in a bad government. Holomisa is right. We know Pik Botha. We were old enough in the 80’s. We grew up in the apartheid era. In the mid 80’s, 1986 to be more specific, Pik publicly said that one day SA is gonna have a black president. Prime Minister PW Botha scolded him and nearly fired him for that. Besides that, Pik was different for sure. His apartheid was very dilute. And he was easier to approach than other apartheid animals. He was a listener. But he could do nothing on his own to change the situation. Maybe the reason why he was so good is, that as a Foreign Affairs Minister of that time, he is the one who faced anger and grilling by international countries which hated apartheid. So, Holomisa is right. I second him. Those who do not know Pik must rather shut up. Yeah. And you will hear newborn saying that I am supporting apartheid. And I would call those cheap politics due to an ignoramus. news@citypost.co.za

Ubhuti ka Brian act “innocent”

By SIZWE ZWANE

*AFTER BEING SILENCE for days uBhuti Ka Brian has issued a media statement dismissing allegations that he is was given part of billions from VBS heist. But he failed to prove it but the Hawks might6 not be fooled by the cheap pr exercise. In a statement, he also failed to give a reason why his brother’s name is on the list of people who looted the VBS bank.

Floyd Shivambu said ever since the VBS Heist Report was released, I see weapons of mass deception and propaganda machines hard at work to mislead our people with their fake news.

“For the record, I have never received R10 million from VBS or anyone in my personal account. Faceless sources reportedly to be from South African Reserve Bank, who have ulterior motives, have been misleading journalists and radio presenters with their malicious narrative.

“I have no dealings with VBS and any attempt to link the EFF to the bank for cheap political points is a clear sign of desperation and soon enough people will see through it. The so-called well-placed sources in the SARB is a coward and a liar who misled journalists and can’t even reveal their identity,” said Floyd in a statement.

He added by saying their position on VBS has never changed even when the Bank is under curatorship, that is why we exposed the appointment of Nedbank to take over the accounts of VBS Depositors without due process despite the fact that there are fewer Nedbank branches and Nedbank is the most expensive.

“If our interest was on siphoning money from the dissolved Board Members of VBS, we would have disengaged when the bank was placed under curatorship. We, however, continue to closely monitor how Depositors monies, made an endless call to the Reserve Bank to give people their money and motivated why the Bank should be saved,” added the statement. sizwe@citypost.co.za

 

 

Never dig a grave for someone

NEVER DIG a grave for someone because you might end up in the same grave. Some called it karma and in Sesotho bare ho bohloko ha molamu o kgutlela sefateng.

Those who called for former President Jacob Zuma to step down are not feeling the heat. It started with Nhlanhla Nene the former Finance Minister, now uBhuti ka Brian has been exposed too.

Some will start to see that there was a smear campaign against former President Jacob Zuma as I have stated previously. More inve4stigations need to be done, digging deeper we can find more skeletons into the VBS bank scandal.

*I would like to congratulate Comrade Tito Mboweni for being appointed into Ministry of Finance. The state president has appointed a good candidate with experience but in future, we have to consider the youth.

Youth are not taken seriously and the youth are doing more groundwork and they are always on the ground.

It is time for South Africa to do always with cabinet ministers who are over the age of 70 years because they are old and they must be given a chance to rest.

I don’t have a problem for 70 years old being a member of parliament but being appointed as a cabinet minister or premier I see a problem.

We have experience youth who can contribute political ideas that can help to grow our economy. We must not forget that the youth was in the forefront of the struggle against apartheid and we can give the present generation to proof that youth can make things happen. Amandla!!! 

 

EFF’s uBhuti ka Brian in VBS scandal

 

By CITY POST REPORTER

*JULIUS MALEMA’s EFF and its Deputy President Floyd Shivambu aka uBhuti ka Brian has contributed to the liquidation of a black-owned bank the VBS.

According to reliable sources Shivambu, who is said to have received about 10 million VBS-rand through his younger brother Brian, has for months tried to suppress the investigation into VBS by casting darkness over the integrity of officials in National Treasury and the Reserve Bank.

 Since the VBS report, titled ‘The Great Bank Heist’, was released on Wednesday, the EFF has retracted into a rocky silence.

A tame media statement on Wednesday evening, released just at around 9 pm, repeated the party’s position ‘that all who are responsible and illegally benefited from the fraud must be criminally prosecuted immediately’.

The EFF has allegedly received R1.3-million illegally flowing from VBS Mutual Bank into the party’s bank account, three sources told Scorpio.

Floyd Shivambu’s younger brother, Brian, allegedly funneled around R10-million through a company called Sgameka Projects into Floyd’s personal bank account, the same sources said. Brian is the sole director of Sgameka Projects.

The damning investigative report into VBS, commissioned by the Reserve Bank and released on Wednesday, found that Brian received R16,148,569 in “gratuitous payments” emanating from the bank. The evidence detailing the Shivambu brothers’ nefarious activities consists of bank statements of the relevant entities – it was not included in the report to SARB because of the investigators’ mandate related specifically to VBS.

The evidence is however kept under “lockdown”, sources said. It is now up to law enforcement to initiate and investigate criminal charges.

“We don’t exclude the fact that there was more money flows from VBS through other fronts to the EFF and Shivambu,” a well-informed source said.

The VBS Mutual Bank report, titled “The Great Bank Heist” and investigated by Adv. Terry Motau SC and law firm Werksmans is a tale of the elderly, the poor and several municipalities duped into banking with what started off in the late ‘80’s as the Venda Building Society.

Motau and Werksmans’ damning report into fraud, probable money laundering, and reckless business practices found that around 53 people unjustifiably and illegally received R1.89-billion between 2015 and 2018.

It is against the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) for municipalities to the bank with VBS. The Reserve Bank got wind of these contraventions of the MFMA as well as serious allegations of corruption at VBS and put the bank under curatorship amid a liquidity crisis in March 2018. (More about the liquidity crisis later.)

The MFMA was written by Treasury official Ismail Momoniat – the longest serving Deputy Director General at National Treasury. Momoniat was a driving force behind finding out what was happening behind the opaque veil at VBS. As part of his portfolio, Momoniat often reported to Parliament on the matter. The Shivambu brothers’ secret involvement in the VBS scandal pitted Floyd, in his role as Member of Parliament and Deputy President of the EFF, against Momoniat, National Treasury and SARB.

Shivambu’s panicky and vitriolic reaction to the probe culminated into racist remarks about Momoniat’s non-Africanness; a debacle that left the EFF smarting from an unexpected public retaliation in June 2018.

Shivambu, Malema and the EFF have since maintained that the party is only concerned for the black-owned bank’s clients. On Wednesday night, just before 21:00, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi released a tame press release devoid of its usual punchiness. (He was unreachable after news of Brian Shivambu’s VBS windfall broke, and after releasing his press release, Ndlozi remained unattainable.) Where Ndlozi’s Tuesday press release – relating to Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as minister of finance – referred to Nene being “party to the most unpatriotic state capture by a family of foreign nationals”, his Wednesday press release had no such resolute color.

Said Ndlozi: “The EFF reiterates its position that all who are responsible and illegally benefited from the fraud must be criminally prosecuted immediately.”

Ndlozi did not answer Scorpio’s specific emailed questions, nor did he respond to a tweet sent to him about the emailed questions.

“The law enforcement agency must do all they can to ensure that all the money that can be recovered must be paid back in full including attaching properties of the individuals who benefited from the defrauding of VBS.

“The EFF is concerned by the findings that the bank cannot be saved. Shutting down the bank will not help efforts to increase black participation in the financial sector… it is concerning that such looting has been allowed to happen since 2015”, said Ndlozi.

According to report by Motau and Werksmans the liquidity crisis is, in simple terms, blamed on the fact that VBS managers, politicians, and tenderpreneurs – like the Shivambu brothers and EFF – gutted the bank into implosion. To avert a crisis of skeletons spilling out of the closet, the bank managers tried to solicit big payments from state entities such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). General Manager of Treasury at VBS Phophi Mukhodobwane, a key witness in the investigation, testified that VBS had attempted to solicit R1-billion from Prasa in late 2017.

Mukhodobwane testified that a “commission” – read “bribe” – of R1.5-million was paid to a group of union officials from Satawu (South African Transport and Allied Workers Union) who claimed to be able to facilitate such a large deposit from Prasa, the report found.

Motau and Werksmans continue, stated, “VBS paid that amount to the Satawu officials, through a front, in anticipation of the deposit being made. According to Mukhodobwane’s understanding, the successful facilitation of the deposit from Prasa would be dependent upon ‘NDZ’ succeeding to the Presidency of the ANC at the party’s elective conference held in December 2017. Mukhodobwane testified that after the ‘unexpected’ outcome of the ANC elective conference, a renewed attempt was made… to solicit the R1-billion from Prasa. The plan was stymied thanks to an unrelated (yet connected) investigation into Prasa.

Mukhodobwane himself stole R30-million from the bank, Motau and Werksmans found. He further testified against Danny Msiza, Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in Limpopo. He described Msiza as a “kingpin” in the scheme where municipalities were connected with VBS while the middleman would be paid a “commission” – a fee that classifies as a “bribe” and is illegal under South African law. Motau and Werksmans said Mukhodobwane was “extremely reluctant to reveal [Msiza’s name] and he expressed fear about his personal safety as a result of making this disclosure.”

Hours before SARB released its investigation into the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, the EFF ramped up significant public pressure against ANC stalwart Nhlanhla Nene. He lied about meeting the Gupta family and evidence implicates his son, Siyabonga Nene, as possibly having benefited from a dodgy PIC deal. 

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Tuesday that Nene’s “continued stay as a Minister of Finance is not in the interest of South Africa. Treasury cannot be presided over by a person without integrity, Nene lied on numerous occasions about his role in Cabinet and government… He also facilitated the capture of the state by the criminal Gupta syndicate. He was party to the most unpatriotic state capture by a family of foreign nationals.”

The EFF ultimately contributed to forcing the resignation of Nene as minister of finance.

With clever sloganeering, the EFF has, since inception, also created a campaign around the involvement of former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane with the Gupta clan. Parliament was disrupted on several occasions, often turning into violent outbursts. Ndlozi’s famous “uBaba ka Duduzane” was turned into a popular song.

Now the red berets have been caught in a trap of their own making: Their top structures are deeply implicated in the VBS scandal. Brian Shivambu allegedly funneled around R10-million of his stolen R16.1-million to his older brother Floyd through a company of which Brian is the sole director, sources claimed, and the party itself allegedly benefited to the tune of R1.3-million.

It is now a situation, clever Twitter commentators said, where “uBaba ka Duduzane” will be measured against “uBhuti ka Brian”.

On Wednesday evening the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) denied VBS official Phophi Mukhodobwane’s testimony that its CEO Dan Matjila may have received R5-million in cash from the VBS loot.

Motau and Werksmans did state that “… Mukhodobwane is unaware of whether or not the R5-million was indeed paid to ‘Bra Dan’.

The PIC also announced that it has taken important steps against its two delegated Directors on the Board of VBS Bank, Ernest Nesane and Paul Magula. Motau and Werksmans found Nesane received R16.6-million and Magula received R14.8-million in incongruous payments from VBS.

Magula was dismissed for incompetence in April 2018 and Nesane resigned two days after testifying before Motau, the PIC statement said. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority also granted the PIC’s application to debar both officials. The PIC has also applied for Nesane to be struck from the roll of attorneys. Criminal charges will also be laid against Nesane and Magula.

The financial Sector Conduct Authority also granted the PIC’s application to debar both officials. The PIC has also applied for Nesane to be struck from the roll of attorneys. Criminal charges will also be laid against Nesane and Magula.

Motau and Werksmans further found that former KPMG partner Sipho Malaba knew about a nearly R1-billion cash shortage at the bank, but signed off on VBS’ financials anyway. He was gifted about R28-million for being a team player. KPMG must be held liable for damages incurred by the VBS curator, National Treasury and the Prudential Authority, Motau and Werksmans found.

Because Malaba defrauded the Reserve Bank, he should also be criminally charged. Malaba and another KPMG partner Dumi Tshuma had resigned in April 2018 when their part in VBS’ failure became known.

New power plug for South Africa

 

*All future buildings in South Africa must incorporate electrical sockets that conform to South Africa’s new plug and socket standard.

This is according to Gianfranco Campett, Chairperson of the SA Bureau of Standards SC23B Mirror Committee, who was speaking to 702 Bongani Bingwa on Tuesday

Campett noted that while the standard was first introduced in 2014, few buildings and homes in the country have migrated to the socket.

“South Africa adopted this international standard but ultimately only two countries adopted it, so unfortunately again, South Africa has got another unique standard,” he said.

SANS 164–2, also known as ZA Plug, has the same hexagonal profile as the Europlug seen on cellphone chargers, but includes an earth pin, MyBroadband reported.

It is substantially more compact than South Africa’s three-prong plug standard and has much thinner pins.

With the wiring code amendment taking effect in January 2018, each plug point in a new building must have at least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug.

Speaking to MyBroadband Cecil Lancaster, a regional director for the Electrical Contractors’ Association of South Africa ECA(SA), said that from the installer’s side there was initially some confusion about the wiring code requirements.

There was also some initial resistance due to the price difference between installing an outlet with at least one ZA Plug socket in it, and outlets that only support the older standard.

The price has since reduced to the point where it is no longer a factor, said Lancaster.

“There was some consumer resistance due to existing appliances bearing the old type plug, but it is mostly satisfied by offering combination socket outlets containing both types,” he said.