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Anger as eThekwini to spend more money on empty, vandalised Umlazi flats

Durban – A dispute over who should be the beneficiaries of a multimillion-rand housing project in uMlazi’s T-Section led to eThekwini Municipality incurring unnecessary expenditure.

It has been five years since the family-unit flats were built, but they were not allocated to anyone.

The dispute is said to be between the nearby hostel dwellers and uMkhonto we Sizwe veterans, who demanded the flats be given to them.

While the city council was still deciding, the flats were vandalised. Now the municipality has set aside another – undisclosed – amount for repairs.

City council spokesperson Msa-wakhe Mayisela confirmed the flats were vandalised. He could not give a reason or say who was meant to benefit when the project started.

He said after the vandalism, the municipality decided to start repairs before they were occupied.

“The supply chain management process of appointing a service provider to do the repairs is under way and it is anticipated occupation will happen by the end of December,” he said.

There were about 12 blocks of triple-storey flats which stood a few metres from the hostel.

Despite security guards at the entrance, windows, doors and water pipes in most blocks were broken. The grass was also overgrown.

eThekwini Municipality has delayed the handover of flats to the rightful beneficiaries while a dispute is underway. Picture: BONGANI MBATHA/African News Agency (ANA)

When the project started it was meant to benefit families who were living in the hostel for more than 20 years.

Hostel dwellers who spoke to the Sunday Tribune said they were shocked to see houses standing empty while they needed them desperately.

They maintained they would not allow the flats to be handed over until the beneficiary list was resolved.

“This is a mess created by the municipality because they want to sidelines us to benefit those with political connections.

“We were told there was a parallel list, which we were not aware of. It is sad because there are people who have been waiting more than 20 years in the hostel, but they might find themselves waiting longer if it is given to the wrong people.

“We want answers from the municipality as to why people who registered for houses a long time ago have been left out of the project,” said a hostel dweller who identified himself as Zondi.

Opposition parties said the municipality was negligent.

IFP ward councillor Mbangeni Mjadu said there was a list submitted to the city council before the project began.

“The city council should have used the same list when the project was completed. The money being spent on security since 2015, when the houses were completed, is ridiculous.

“There is no budget for repairs because the project was completed.

“The budget they now intend using for repairs was for another phase of the project. The municipality has the list and houses must be allocated accordingly, to avoid a backlash,” Mjadu said.

DA spokesperson on housing Sthembiso Ngema said the saga was a sign of poor planning and management by the city council.

“It is sad that this is happening within the municipality. It stinks of corruption,” he said.

Sunday Tribune

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Grealish must play in Premier League: Southgate

Jack Grealish

England manager, Gareth Southgate, said Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who plays in the second-tier Championship, needs to prove himself in the Premier League to make his senior national team debut.

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NYDA commends Pandor’s NSFAS decision

Protest

The National Youth Development Agency ( NYDA ) has commended Higher Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, for allocating close to one-billion-rand to the students’ historical debt.

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PICS: Thais vote in first election since 2014 coup

Bangkok – After five years of repressive military rule, Thais finally got to decide on their own leadership as voters went to the polls on Sunday for the first general elections since the 2014 coup.

But many political analysts and activists believe that the stage has been set for elections that are neither fully free nor fair.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha – who led the coup and has been in charge of the country ever since – is running for prime minister with a high chance of victory. After the elections, a rubber-stamp Senate will choose the prime minister alongside the lower house.

This is the first time in the country’s history that parties have had to identify a prime ministerial candidate ahead of an election.

A week and a half ago, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said it would not be difficult for his military-backed party to form a government because the Senate was "controllable."

People line up for voting in general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand. Picture: Sakchai Lalit/AP

"This election is a military staged and managed spectacle in which the odds almost entirely favour the junta," said Paul Chambers, a political science lecturer at Naresuan University in northern Thailand.

Excitement was nevertheless rife among the electorate, with long lines of people enduring the summer heat of 35 degrees Celsius and high levels of air pollution in some areas to cast their ballots.

"I already voted. Hang in there guys. It’s kinda hot but all of you can do it," tweeted a social media user under the account @zhihuiminp.

Many voters in the northern city of Chiang Mai were also spotted with protective masks as the Air Quality Index (AQI) reached the "hazardous" level of 396 points before mid-day.

Queues have been formed even before the polling stations opened.

"I came early to avoid my family," first-time voter Chulee Kobwittayawong told dpa at a Bangkok polling station minutes after it opened.

Thai voters stand in a line as others check a list of eligible voters at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, March 24, 2019, during the nation’s first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup. Picture: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

"My parents will vote for the junta but I’m voting for the democratic camp," said the 25-year-old graphic designer, signaling a widening generation gap where young people mostly look for change while older voters opt for the peace and stability offered by the military.

Bangkok’s main railway station was full late Saturday with those returning to their hometowns to vote, according to local TV station ThaiPBS, while a massive turnout was reported by the Election Commission during last week’s advance voting.

A hashtag "I am old enough to choose for myself" is trending on social media in defiance of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s unexpected and cryptic statement on the eve of the election asking people to choose a good leader.

Analysts see the last-minute statement as another intervention in politics by the 66-year-old king.

Most recently, the king blocked his elder sister former princess Ubolratana from running for prime minister, calling the unprecedented move "unconstitutional and highly inappropriate."

"Despite all attempts from the elites to control and dictate the outcomes of the 2019 elections, Thai people are defiant and determined to make their voice heard and shape their own future," said Prajak Kongkirati, a political science professor at Thammasat University in Bangkok. 

According to opinion polls, the junta’s popularity has suffered a decline over the years due to repeated election delays, suppression of free speech and corruption allegations.

About 51.2 million Thais, from a population of 69 million, are eligible voters. Seven million of them are first-time voters. 

Election Commission President Ittiporn Boonpracong told reporters that the election went smoothly. 

A poll conducted on Saturday by think tank Super Poll predicted Pheu Thai Party to win most seats at 163 which falls short to form a government, followed by pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party at 96 seats.

Preliminary results are expected to be announced at 8 pm (GMT 1300).

dpa

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Streisand apologises for remarks on Michael Jackson documentary

United States (US) singer and actress, Barbra Streisand, has apologised for her remarks regarding the documentary ‘ Finding Neverland’ about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse.

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Toddler dies in car, bakkie crash on N7 near Malmesbury

Malmesbury – A two-year-old child died and two other people were injured when a car and a bakkie collided on the N7 near Malmesbury, north of Cape Town on Saturday, paramedics said. 

Netcare 911 paramedics responded to reports of a car crash on the N7 just past Malmesbury, Netcare 911 spokesman Shawn Herbst said.

Reports from the scene indicated that a car and a bakkie were involved in a collision. "A two-year-old child was assessed on [the] scene by paramedics and found to have no signs of life and tragically declared deceased on the scene.

"The parents of the child, an adult female sustained moderate injuries and an adult male sustained minor injuries."

A two-year-old child died and two other people were injured when a car and a bakkie collided on the N7 near Malmesbury, north of Cape Town on Saturday. Photo: Netcare 911

Once stabilised the patients were transported by ambulance to hospital for further treatment. The circumstances leading up to the collision would be investigated by police who were on the scene, Herbst said.

African News Agency (ANA)

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PICS: Almost 400 people plucked from stricken cruise liner off Norway

Oslo – Rescue services had airlifted 397 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and began towing the vessel to a nearby port.

The Viking Sky, with 1,373 passengers and crew on board, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted towards land in the Norwegian Sea.

The airlift of passengers from the ship by helicopter was suspended on Sunday morning as two tugboats started steering the vessel towards the port of Molde.

The tugboats, one in front of the ship and the other behind it, were towing at a speed of 7 knots (13 kilometres per hour). The ship is currently about 80 kms from Molde, which is on Norway’s west coast, Norway’s maritime rescue service said.

The helicopters, which have been hoisting the passengers from the ship’s deck one by one, remained on standby in case the captain decides to restart the airlift, the rescue service said.

Passengers on board the Viking Sky, waiting to be evacuated, off the coast of Norway on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Picture: Alexus Sheppard via AP

"The captain says he considers the situation for passengers on board to be safe," a spokesman for the rescue service said.

The ship was carrying 915 passengers, of whom "a large number" were from the United States and Britain, according to the rescue services.

Some 17 injured passengers had been taken to hospital, a local rescue coordinator told a news conference early on Sunday, while others suffered minor cuts and bruises.

One was taken to St. Olav’s Hospital in the town of Trondheim, which is central Norway’s most advanced medical facility. Others were taken to local hospitals in the region.

"Many have also been traumatised by the experience and need care when they arrive on shore," the Norwegian Red Cross said in a statement.

The airlift had gone on through the night. The ship has been able to restart three of its four engines on Sunday morning but still needed assistance.

The cruise ship Viking Sky lays at anchor in heavy seas, after it sent out a Mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions, near Hustadvika, off the west coast of Norway. Picture: Frank Einar Vatne / NTB scanpix via AP

BROKEN WINDOWS

Stormy weather conditions had improved in the early hours of Sunday, with winds blowing at 14 metres per second, down from 24 metres per second previously, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The wind speeds are expected to fall further during Sunday.

Images and film posted by passengers on social media showed furniture sliding around as the vessel drifted in waves of up to eight metres (26 feet), and passengers earlier described the ordeal.

Passengers rescued from the Viking Sky cruise ship are helped from a helicopter in Hustadvika, Norway. Picture: Odd Roar Lange/NTB Scanpix via AP

"We were having lunch when it began to shake. Window panes were broken and water came in. It was just chaos. The trip on the helicopter, I would rather forget. It was not fun," American passenger John Curry told public broadcaster NRK on Saturday.

The stretch of water known as Hustadvika and surrounding areas are known for fierce weather and shallow waters dotted with reefs.

Built in 2017, the Viking Sky is 227 metres long (745 feet) and 29 metres wide, according to the Viking Ocean Cruises website.

Viking Cruises, which owns the ship, on Saturday said the safety of passengers was its top priority. The company was not immediately available for further comment on Sunday. 

Reuters

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Girl, 12, dies after being hit by car in Durban multi-vehicle crash

Durban – A 12-year-old girl was killed when she was hit on the pavement by one of three cars that collided on Soldiers Way in Durban Central at about noon on Saturday, paramedics said.

"Rescue Care paramedics arrived on the scene to find chaos. Three vehicles had collided before one vehicle mounted the pavement and [hit] the little girl," Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said.

"The little girl was assessed on the scene. However, she had sustained major injuries and there was nothing more paramedics could do for her and she was declared deceased on the scene."

Four other people sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate and they were stabilised on the scene before being transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required. At this stage the events leading up to the crash were unknown, Jamieson said.

A 12-year-old girl was killed when she was hit on the pavement by one of three cars that collided on Soldiers Way in Durban Central at about noon on Saturday. Photo: Rescue Care

African News Agency (ANA)

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Tax collection workers hold wage talks with SARS

Workers in the tax collecting agency are set to meet with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Monday and Tuesday after their wage talks deadlocked.

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SAUS welcomes Higher Education’s NSFAS allocation

The South African Union of Students (SAUS) has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Higher Education and training for allocating more than R900 million to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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#WorldTBDay2019: Turn spotlight on neglected groups, says SA medical body

Johannesburg – The South African Medical Association (SAMA) said government should focus on neglected groups such as healthcare and mine workers as the world commemorates World Tuberculosis Day on Sunday.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “It’s Time”, a reference to the urgent need for governments around the world to act on commitments to eradicate TB as set out in the Global 2020 milestones.

Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. To accelerate the TB response in countries to reach targets, heads of state made strong commitments to end TB at the first-ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting in September 2018. 

"More urgent action to deal with TB is needed. High-risk groups such as healthcare and mine workers have all but been forgotten in the fight against TB and we believe there is a need to refocus attention on them as vulnerable groups," said Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of SAMA.

Coetzee said the 2019 World TB Day theme was aimed at, among other things, scaling up access to TB treatment, ensuring sufficient and sustainable financing for TB research, promoting an end to stigma and discrimination associated with TB, and promoting an equitable, rights-based and people-centred TB response.

In 2017, South Africa reported 22,000 deaths from TB. This number, however, excluded those who suffered from both TB and HIV infection as these deaths were attributed to HIV.

“Make no mistake, TB is a serious issue in South Africa and, unless something drastic is done to deal with it, it will only get worse,” said Coetzee.

Graphic: African News Agency (ANA)

She said being responsible for providing healthcare does not make healthcare workers immune from contracting TB. In fact, she points out, healthcare workers were more likely to spread the disease to other uninfected patients within healthcare facilities which makes intervention in this group particularly important.

"The other high-risk group – mineworkers – work in enclosed environments and are forced to breathe the same air due to the lack of ventilation. It is critical that they, and healthcare workers, are tested at least once a year for TB,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee said anyone who presents with any symptoms associated with TB must be tested immediately and that treatment begins as soon as possible. Some common symptoms present as coughing, fever, night sweats, or weight loss, which may present as mild for months, leading to delays in seeking care.

"This delay can result in the transmission of the bacteria to between 10 to 15 other people in one year so it is critical that any signs are checked quickly. If there is any suspicion of TB, patients must consult their doctors for their own, and others’ safety," said Coetzee.

African News Agency (ANA)

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Zimbabwean company donates laptops to needy SA varsity students

Johannesburg – Economically disadvantaged first-year students from various South African universities walked away with expensive laptops on Friday as Zimbabwean company Zororo-Phumulani donated the computers for the second consecutive year.

South African-based Zororo-Phumulani, a funeral insurance products and repatriation service provider, runs an annual programme to assist needy students selected according to stringent criteria. This year, 40 students from institutions, including Wits and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, received brand-new Mecer laptops.

"As a company, we believe that acquiring knowledge through education is able to make a person overcome the past. When you acquire education you are able to change your own situation, you are able to face and fight obstacles in your life. When you have education you are able to make a situation better," Zororo-Phumulani founder and chief executive Edwin Anderson said at an event attended by the students, universities representatives, and diplomats from the Zimbabwean embassy.

"Laptops on their own will not make you pass exams. We believe the laptop is a basic tool that can make the process of acquiring knowledge very easy. As we hand over these laptops, we would like to urge other players to do all they can to empower the future generation through educational support. Knowledge is power," he said.

Zororo-Phumulani brand ambassador, charismatic Zimbabwean football legend Peter Ndlovu, said plans were afoot to make the awards ceremony bigger, reaching more needy students.

This year, 40 students from institutions, including Wits and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, received brand-new Mecer laptops.

The Zimbabwe Migrants Support Network (ZIMSN) applauded Anderson’s initiative, after Nelson Mandela University analytical chemistry student Ethel Mavaivai, who relies on her Port Elizabeth-based mother for support, also received a laptop at the glamorous event hosted in Johannesburg on Friday night.

"We are humbled with the work that Zororo-Phumulani has done. Ethel and her mother visited our office in January. They had lost hope. She had passed [matric], coming from a township school. She told me that she thought she doesn’t qualify to be in university. She wanted to take a gap year and do some work, saving for her education. We have gone out and lobbied for funds and she got registered at university," said ZIMSN secretary general Shelton Chiyangwa.

On behalf of Zimbabwean ambassador in South Africa David Hamadziripi, Zimbabwean consul general Henry Mukonoweshuro said despite being struck by grief in the aftermath of the disaster and tragedy brought about by Cyclone Idai, the people of Zimbabwe had been displaying "their best qualities".

"Yes, we may have been shaken by grief, the loss of life and property was dear, but our belief in the exhorted virtues of love, unity, and good neighbourliness continue to shine and be strengthened. It is the best of these qualities, in the spirit of Ubuntu, that has gathered us here. The Zororo-Phumulani annual laptop giveaway function is an exhibition of the best that humanity has to offer," said Mukonoweshuro.

Media entities, including The Star newspaper and the South African Broadcasting Corporation, have also partnered with Zororo-Phumulani in the laptop giveaway programme.

"We don’t only partner with corporates like Zororo-Phumulani who are helping the less privileged… we also have our own programmes. Annually, we run internships open to all students, where we take students, about eight to 10 of them. At least half of those, we take them up full-time," said veteran journalist Phathisani Moyo, news editor of The Star.

African News Agency (ANA)

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Pandor allocates R967 million to settle students’ historic debt

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor has allocated R967 million to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to settle the historic debt owed to universities.

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First major Tintoretto retrospective outside Europe to open in Washington

When he was just a teenager, Tintoretto was sent to Italian Renaissance painter Titian’s studio, only to be kicked out within days because the older master got jealous. Or so goes the legend.

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A white house of hope and sorrow in Coligny

Coligny – A newly built white house on the borders of Coligny and Scotland informal settlement in the sleepy maize producing town is set to bring a ray of hope.

Coligny made news headlines in 2017 when teenager Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu was killed and his death heightened racial tension in the town.

Matlhomola, 16, which translates into sorrow, was killed by Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte on 20 April 2017. The pair was sentenced to 18 years and 23 years imprisonment respectively on 6 March 2019. 

They claimed they caught Matlhomola stealing sunflower heads worth R80 from their employer’s field. They loaded him onto a van and drove off intending to hand him  over to the police in Coligny about 3km away but, he jumped off the moving vehicle in an attempt to flee. 

But the North West High Court found that Schutte pushed him off the van while it was moving. Doorewaard was the driver.

For the North West provincial government, the house built by the Gift of the Givers is a beacon of reconciliation for the community of Coligny. "This is a partnership that is exemplary of what can happen if government and its social partners work together towards a common cause. 

"Matlhomola’s life will never be replaced but this house will stand as a memory to try and heal our brutal and divided past as a people – co-existing on both sides of the divide as black and white communities," North West Premier Job Mokgoro said.

Mokgoro said the provincial government and its partners saw it befitting to hand over the house on Human Rights Day, saying that Matlhomola’s death reminds many people of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, and that his death was viewed as a continuous battle for freedom and human rights.

The house is a fully furnished two-bedroom with an open plan kitchen and lounge – a far cry from the dilapidated mokhukhu (shack) the family occupied at Scotland informal settlement. 

The house was a donation from  non-governmental organisation (NGO), Gift of the Givers, and the Ditsobotla local municipality donated the land and installed all services. 

The family has access to running water, electricity and the street is tarred compared to the dusty streets of Scotland. It has a car port and the yard is larger than yards at Scotland informal settlement. 

It is located at Gerdoren Park, not far from the spot where Matlhomola was killed and close to the graveyard where he was laid to rest. 

Murdered Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu’s mother Agnes Mosweu (far right with a baby) with family members at a ceremony to hand over a four-roomed house to her on Human Rights Day. Picture: Molaole Montsho

For Agnes Mosweu, the house brings joy and sorrow: joy that it is better than the shack she occupied in Scotland and sorrow in that she would see the graveyard where her son is buried and the dusty road where he died. 

Matlhomola suffered neck injuries and died on his way to hospital in Lichtenburg about 30km away. 

Emily Thomas, the project co-ordinator of Gift of the Givers Foundation, said they were hopeful that house would be turned into a home. "With this house, we want to say to the Mosweu family that as a country, we were crying with them at the time of their son’s death, and that we hope that house will bring them joy and special memories," she said.

"We are giving this house to you mama Mosweu and hope you will turn it into a home."

Matlhomola’s father Sakkie Dingake expressed displeasure at how the house issue was handled. He was a reluctant participant in the handing over ceremony. 

On arrival he occupied the back seat in the VIP tent, and refuse to join other family members in front, stating he was not invited to the ceremony. 

Dingake felt he was not consulted and was also not formally invited to the handing over of the house. Dingake and Mosweu do not live in the same house in Scotland.

He felt the house should have been built in Scotland not in town near white people, whom he said would still accuse his children of stealing from them.

Murdered Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu’s father Sakkie Dingake was a reluctant participant at the handing over ceremony of a house to his family. Picture: Photo: Molaole Montsho

According to the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Coligny was originally named Treurfontein  an Afrikaans word for spring of sadness or sorrow. It was renamed Coligny when it became a town on July 23 1923, after Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot leader who died in the Massacre of St Bartholomew in 1572.

It was a sad day for the black community when Matlhomola died and a sad day for the white community when Doorewaard and Schutter were sentenced to a lengthy jail term for his murder. 

Despite the sadness both communities experienced, there is a house to bring hope and unity,  a beacon of reconciliation.

School principal Stan Mynakama told the North West High Court that the black and white communities of Coligny need each other and all must play a role towards unity. 

He said Coligny was like a piano, to hear a harmonised melody you must play both black and white keys. " We alll have a role to play. I will bring my part and you should bring your part too. South Africa needs everyone. 

"It is like a piano when you play the black pieces only, you will not hear the melody; when you play the white pieces only, you do not hear the melody; but when you play the black and white pieces together you will hear the melody,"  he testified in court during mitigation and aggravation of sentence. 

African News Agency/ANA

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Naomi Osaka crashes out of WTA, ATP Miami Open

Naomi Osaka crashed out of the third round of the WTA and ATP Miami Open on Saturday as Hsieh Su-Wei exacted revenge for a painful Australian Open defeat with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory.

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Apple to take on streaming rivals Netflix, Amazon

Apple is expected to take on streaming rivals like Netflix and Amazon as Hollywood giants Disney and Warner Media also move into the space.

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Giving entrepreneurs wings

DURBAN – Durban couple Fatima and Mthokozisi Cele, owners of The Franchise Group, have rolled out a string of successful shisa nyama franchises and are now about to launch a new niche business, Shisa Nkukhu-Everyone Loves Chicken, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Fatima quit a high-powered government job in marketing and communications to join her husband in the food industry in 2007.

“My husband has always been in business and in the food space. He had the opportunity to travel and at an early age he worked for an airline and travelled overseas, and that’s where his passion for food came from,” she said.

The couple opened their first business, Shisa Nyama A Time to Braai, in Midrand in Johannesburg and later opened a restaurant, Taste Lounge, in the suburb.

“The concept was to bring a township experience into an urban area because a lot of people used to travel to the township on the weekends for it,” she said.

The business expanded in 2012 with the opening of the first franchised outlet in Swaziland followed by a number across the country and in Namibia and Lesotho. Malawi and Zambia are in the pipeline.

Mthokozisi said the brand’s chicken recipes proved popular, leading to a new business concept focused on chicken, Shisa Nkukhu-Everyone Loves Chicken, in 2018.

Mthokozisi Cele, below, and his wife Fatima Cele are launching a new Shisa Nkukhu-Everyone Loves Chicken franchise in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We’ve had a good response in the KZN region and believe there’s a lot of potential on the outskirts of smaller towns and townships where many people go home during the holidays and where there isn’t a food offering.”

He added that the team was planning to open the first Shisa Nkukhu outlet in Mandini, north of Durban, next month followed by a further two franchises in small KZN towns.

The franchise will employ about eight people which will double if the outlet is in a shopping mall and open for long hours, requiring shift work.

“We are a small growing company and we give our franchisees access to support. As entrepreneurs we’ve been in this space for 10 years and know the challenges they face.”

Mthokozisi said the pair planned to create about 100 franchise outlets, which could then branch out and expand with multiple outlets.

“We want to recruit sustainable franchisees who see the vision with us. We are hoping to create a lot of entrepreneurs, especially the youth, women and those with disabilities, especially the deaf.”

He said a long-term dream was to open a cooking training centre in the city CBD which will offer mentorship programmes for those interested in the food and hospitality industry.

THE MERCURY 

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Britain’s May reportedly on the brink amid Brexit crisis

Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch bid this weekend to win support among British MPs for her EU divorce deal ahead of another pivotal week in the Brexit process — but faced reports her leadership is under imminent threat. After securing a short delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union beyond March, […]

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Masutha dismisses COPE’s call for his resignation as having no basis

Michael Masutha

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha, says the Congress of the People’s (COPE) call for his resignation has absolutely no basis.

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Eskom unlikely to implement load shedding on Sunday

Eskom

Eskom says it is not likely to implement load-shedding on Sunday. It says its maintenance teams are working around the clock, to return generation units to the electricity system.

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New-look Germany face first big test against Holland

Marco Reus

Marco Reus has called on Germany to win back the trust of their fans when they launch their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands on Sunday.

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HRC to release findings on Malema’s hate speech case

EFF leader, Julius Malema

The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) says it has consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech against EFF leader, Julius Malema and other members of the party.

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9 toxic relationship habits we mistake as healthy

Relationships are difficult to navigate. Especially these days, when the world tends to feel – more than ever – like it’s falling apart at the seams. 

But, while romantic relationships and partnerships are certainly a great way to find comfort, grounding, and stability, it’s important to ensure that you aren’t unwittingly nurturing toxic habits with your partner.

Here are 9 such habits that, while we often consider ‘healthy,’ are actually pretty toxic:

Calling your partner your “everything”

A friend of mine, after dating someone for about six months, texted me and said, “she means everything to me.” Six months after that, he proposed, and now they’re married.

While I’m sure they’ll stay “happily-ever-after” married forever, sometimes I still think about that text and feel a little like: uh. k. When you make your partner your “everything,” you are kind of saying that everything else – yourself included – is nothing.

That’s not romantic. It’s not cute. And it’s definitely not healthy.

Constant communication

Look, communication is good. Great. A real pillar of a strong relationship right there – good job. Constant communication, however, is not okay. 

One of my friends started dating this girl, and I don’t know if it was her or him or both of them (my money’s on both) but those two would talk on the phone a dozen times a day.

And it would happen multiple times a day. Always.

Asking your Partner to *fix* your emotional issues

Your partner is not responsible for your emotional well-being. Nobody can fix your emotional issues but you. 

Your partner “not being there for you,” or being “unsympathetic to your crappy day,” or being “distant” during a hug, or going out with friends instead of comforting you are all examples of you expecting them to take care of you, instead of you taking care of yourself.

Take responsibility for your own emotions and expect your partner to be responsible for theirs.

Being responsible for each other’s happiness

Really just the “positive upside” of being responsible for each other’s emotional well-being. Because, folks, it’s not good even when it’s “good.”

I once dated a guy who won me over by asking, early on, “how do I make you happy?”

I thought this was like the creme de la creme of #relationshipgoals. And maybe it is, somewhere, with two healthy people with strong senses of self-sufficiency.

Doing everything together, never apart

Holy codependence, Batman. There’s a trend here.

Seeking “balance” by keeping score

I know some people who tally up chores like they’re still earning star stickers in first grade. Or going through their picks for playground soccer – “I’ll take the laundry if you do the floors.”

I refuse to fight about chores. Or splitting tabs. Or who gives whom more oral sex. I actually refuse to fight about a lot of shit, but I definitely refuse to fight about any tit-for-tat bullsh*t.

Sugar-coating and never hurting the other person’s feelings

We already do so much of this in our everyday lives as it is, I can’t imagine having to tiptoe around my partner like he was 8 years old – that’s exhausting.

But at the end of the day, if your partner can’t tell you that you have something on your face or they need a day alone, that’s your deal and not theirs.

Fairytales

And trying to buy your way into love. Holidays abroad, status symbols, a kid  and then another. Romantic gestures, mixing it up, public displays of affection…  it’s all for show and might be all for naught.

You may buy yourself some time, but you’re also putting some substantial lipstick on an increasingly bloated pig.

Sticking it out even when you are miserable

I know our grandparents did this, but you know a lot of folks of that time were – and still are miserable, right?


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Francis accepts archbishop of Santiago’s resignation

Francis and Ezzati

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up.

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Govt to continue working to ensure land reform: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will continue to work hard to ensure sustainable land reform in South Africa. He was speaking in Ebenhaeser, on the Cape West Coast, where he handed over title deeds to more than 50 households.

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Bafana needs a point to qualify for AFCON

Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana will carry the nation’s weight of expectations on their shoulders as they head into their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya.

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Eskom implements stage two load shedding

Stage two load shedding is currently under way and will continue until eleven o’clock on Saturday night. Eskom has implemented nationwide electricity cuts for eight consecutive days to prevent the national grid from collapsing.

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Jhb Transport MCC expresses disapproval over HOD’s alleged misconduct

The City of Johannesburg’s MCC for Transport, Nonhlanhla Makhuba, has expressed disappointment over misconduct allegations levelled against the Johannesburg Roads Agency’s Head of Department for Planning.

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WATCH: Mmusi Maimane vows ANC will be defeated like apartheid

Potchefstroom – The Democratic Alliance (DA) will defeat the African National Congress (ANC) just as apartheid was defeated, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.

"President [Cyril] Ramaphosa said load shedding will be defeated like apartheid. We are saying the ANC will be defeated like apartheid," he told thousands of applauding DA supporters at the launch of the DA’s North West 2019 elections manifesto in Potchefstroom.

"Our real problem is that apartheid happened in South Africa, and instead of addressing the injustice of apartheid a few of his fellow comrades got together and stole from the people of South Africa. We voted out the apartheid government; we are here to vote out the government of the ANC. We are here to bring change," he said.

Maimane was in Potchefstroom to drum up support for DA North West premier candidate Joe McGluwa and rally support for the party ahead of the May 8 general elections.

Maimane also took a swipe at the Freedom Front Plus, saying it wanted to divide people into racial groupings. However, the DA was the only party that represented all South Africans. "The DA must succeed because we stand for all South Africans," he said.

DA supporters at the launch of the DA North West elections manifesto in Potchefstroom. Picture: DA Twitter

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said there was no need to "fight back", and South Africans had to stand together. "Who can you fight back when there are no people in your meetings? Do not fight back, but stand together," he said in Afrikaans.

McGluwa said the DA was confident it would make gains in the North West on May 8. "It is possible for us to reach 24 percent of the vote. Before it was 13 and 14 percent, it was very low, but we are very positive this time around of what is happening in the province. It is possible for us to reach 22 or 24 percent," he said.






DA leader Mmusi Maimane at the launch of the DA’s North West 2019 elections manifesto in Potchefstroom. Video: ANA






DA leader Mmusi Maimane at the launch of the DA’s North West 2019 elections manifesto in Potchefstroom. Video: ANA

The intention was to bring the ANC to below 50 percent of the vote.

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Zille booed, as Ramaphosa hands over title deeds

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has been booed at a ceremony at Vredendal on the West Coast where President Cyril Ramaphosa is handing over title deeds to fifty families.

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Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

Manny Pacquiao boxing

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao took to social media to poll millions of fans on who they think should be his next opponent, having brushed off calls to hang up his gloves after turning 40.

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Signature desserts from around South Africa

South Africans love sweet things  – we sweeten veggie dishes, we love  barbecue sauce on meat and at least  one of our puddings has its own day.

While we’re completely okay with  celebrating milk tart on February 27  each year, we can’t help feeling  that our multicultural country might  be hiding more dessert gems.

Dietitian and food anthropologist  Mpho Tshukudu says: "there  aren’t a lot of desserts in indigenous  South African food genres – mostly  in township cuisine what you find  are lovely retro Eurocentric things  like Queen cakes, rice puddings and  trifle.”

Cape Town 

Capetonians love dessert so much  that we sometimes have it as part of  a meal – or even as a meal on it own.
A perfect example of this is a  warm koesister in the morning (very  different to a koeksister), which is a  Cape Town staple.
Similarly, many other sweet  treats are quintessential Cape Town  desserts – think trifle, milk tart and  even fridge tart.
As the colder months draw near,  other staples like malva pudding,  bread pudding, fritters, sago pudding  and banana loaves mixed with  custard will become more popular.

Koesister Pictures: Fatima Sydow

Author and television chef,  Fatima Sydow says: “our taste in  Cape Town is so varied because we  have so many different cultures. E clairs are a top favourite, (as well as)  Romany Creams, biscuits, and simple  plain cakes. Banana loaf, lemon  loaf, vanilla loaf are also favourites  because it’s an easy one-mix-wonder
that you put in the oven.”
“My favourite dessert of all time  is jelly and ideal milk with canned  fruit.”
In conclusion, Sydow adds:  “Many restaurants do their own  takes and there’s nothing wrong  with that, as long as you respect  the story behind it. Many people  make something and change it  completely. It’s not so much that  you’re changing the recipe but you  are changing our story.”

Durban 

Speaking to the Chilli Chocolate  Chefs, Zainub and Faatimah Paruk,  about Durban’s signature dessert,  they said from chocolate bars to  ice cream,  Durban is truly spoilt with such a  vast myriad of gourmet flavours and  cuisines.
“Our diverse cultures reflect  in our food and this means that  we have a selection of the most  delectable pastries and desserts. If  there was one dish that Durban has  added to the dessert scene, it has  got to be Caramel Peppermint Crisp d essert,” said Zainub.

“All you need are four ingredients  and 20 minutes, and you have a  drool-worthy dessert.  Also, the great thing about this  dessert is that it can be adaptable
in so many different ways. You can  make individual servings in little  mason jars or even make it into a  stunning large tart,” she said. 

Stewed pears with custard.

Joburg 
South African desserts, particularly  in the melting pot of cultures that  is Gauteng, take on many forms,  names and versions.

Don Pedro 

Don Pedro is an adult milkshake,  usually served in a wine glass and  made from either a whisky or liqueur  like Amarula, Kahlua, or Frangelico  and ice cream and a tot of cream.

Isijingi 
Isijingi (as it’s called in Zulu) or  setjetsa (in Sotho) is a comforting  dish made with cooked maize and  pumpkin. 

It’s traditionally served as  a savoury main, but more recently  has been converted into a dessert by  chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu.

Chocolate 

Marnus Scholly, executive head  chef at Clico Boutique Hotel, in  Rosebank, said chocolate is the  quintessential Johannesburg dessert.