South Africa: Humble mechanic beats top professionals to scoop government prize

image In 1988‚ Rodgers Mngomezulu took a job that many people take for granted. But decades later he has beaten some of the best and the brightest in the land and been rewarded for his efforts. On Friday‚ Mngomezulu was announced as the overall winner in the fifth edition of the Batho Pele Awards in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni. He also scooped another prize for being the general worker of the year. As the best public servant of the year‚ Mngomezulu beat financial managers‚ medical practitioners and other highly skilled government workers. He received his award from the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Chana Pilane-Majake. Mngomezulu‚ 60‚ of Bushbuckridge‚ is a general worker in the Mpumalanga department of agriculture‚ ru

South Africa: They threatened to kill me for doing a good job‚ says top...

image One of the country’s top public servants says excelling in her job put her life in danger‚ even forcing her to leave her position in order to stay alive. Phumzile Mgojo‚ 45‚ is a client service officer in the Department of Labour in Port Shepstone‚ KwaZulu-Natal. On Friday Mgojo was honoured for being the best front-line service delivery employee of the year in the fifth edition of the Batho Pele awards‚ in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni. The awards were hosted by the Department of Public Service and Administration. Mgojo’s current job entails receiving labour law complaints from workers. These include being allowed to have annual leave‚ registration with the Unemployment Insurance Fund‚ registration for workmen’s compensation and in even get

South Africa: Here are 7 things you need to know about the listeriosis outbreak

image The source of the unique strain of listeria that has caused the world’s biggest documented listeriosis outbreak has finally been revealed. Here are seven things you need to know about Listeria and the outbreak: 1. Enterprise Foods Polokwane factory has a serious problem with food safety Inspectors from the municipality‚ department of health and agriculture and three experts from the World Health Organisation went to this factory on February 2 and took over 300 samples from it. Sixteen of the 300 samples at the factory tested positive for the ST6-type strain - that has caused 91% of cases of illness in this outbreak. But about 100 samples‚ or 30%‚ tested positive for others strain of listeria monocytogenes: a bacteria that

South Africa: Sandile Mantsoe due in court for Karabo Mokoena’s murder

image Sandile Mantsoe is expected to appear in the Johannesburg High Court on Monday in connection with the murder of his girlfriend‚ Karabo Mokoena‚ whose charred remains were found in a shallow ditch in Lyndhurst in April 2017. Mantsoe‚ 28‚ has been behind bars since he was denied bail last year. During his bail application‚ the married father of three‚ who is estranged from his wife‚ denied killing Mokoena‚ saying he had come home from a business meeting on April 28 and found that she had committed suicide in his Sandton apartment. The pair had been together earlier in the day. He did not specify how she had died. Mantsoe claimed that‚ out of fear and panic that he would be blamed for the death of his on-and-off girlfriend‚ he ha

South Africa: Hope that Boitumelo will soon be able to smile like other little...

image Boitumelo Moretsele would often stand in front of the mirror trying to “fix” her lopsided smile with her fingers. The Grade 2 Brakpan North pupil could not understand why other children ridiculed her because she appeared different to them. For most children at Boitumelo’s age pulling a funny face‚ smiling and frowning happen without a thought. Not so for the seven-year-old‚ who was born with a complex congenital neurological disorder‚ Moebius Syndrome‚ which has robbed her of her ability to smile. The disorder can affect multiple cranial nerves including the facial nerve‚ which results in paralysis of the muscles that bring about facial movements. The condition is so rare‚ that there are no statistics available in South Africa. Now thanks to

South Africa: SA’s energy future at stake

image Environmental activists have urged newly appointed Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to take swift action to ensure the country eradicates air pollution and coal-fired power stations‚ including the multi-billion rand under-construction Kusile power station. In a letter written to Radebe last week‚ environmental groups Earth Life Africa‚ groundWork and the Centre for Environmental Rights [CER]‚ urged him to agree to a meeting regarding South Africa's energy future. The three groups are running the Life After Coal campaign which discourages investment in new coal-fired power stations and mines‚ and encourages the acceleration of the retirement of South Africa's coal infrastructure and swap-over to renewable energy sources. In the letter‚ the group

South Africa: Friends appeal to ‘kidnappers’: Please return Rod and Rachel to us

image Friends of missing Cape Town couple Rod and Rachel Saunders‚ alleged to have been kidnapped by people linked to the Islamic State‚ have issued a desperate plea for their safe return. The Saunders‚ both prominent botanists‚ were last seen on February 10 near Bivane Dam on the outskirts of Vryheid. Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio‚ 38‚ Fatima Patel‚ 27 and Themba Xulu‚ 19‚ have been arrested in connection with their disappearance. In a statement issued on Friday‚ those close to the couple expressed their shock and dismay. “We appeal to the kidnappers to behave with restraint and return them to us quickly and in good health‚” they wrote. “We trust that the authorities are doing all that they can to ensure that Rod and Rachel c

South Africa: How two Guptas managed to escape

image The fight between the Hawks and the NPA over state capture investigations has blown the lid on how the Hawks were forced not to announce a warrant of arrest for Atul Gupta and his brother Rajesh in a bid to lure them back into the country. Times Select has it on good authority that a warrant of arrest was issued for Atul and Rajesh‚ specifically in relation to the Estina Dairy Project in the Free State‚ alongside a Chinese businesswoman. But‚ because of the NPA’s delay in giving the arrests the go-ahead‚ the pair had already left the country for Dubai and India‚ sources said. kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lovablevibes On whatsapp:- 08065200003 or 07086935083 For Negotiable & Promotion Of Your Song On Many Blogs, Also F

South Africa: Suspect arrested in connection with robberies at Wolfgat nature reserve

image Western Cape police have made a breakthrough in two robbery cases that have taken place in the Wolfgat nature reserve over the past month with the arrest of a 35-year-old man. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said on Sunday that more arrests were expected. The suspect is expected to appear in Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s court on Monday. He faces charges of robbery. “Police are still urging the visitors to the nature reserve to remain vigilant and exercise caution at all times‚” Van Wyk said. In one of the cases‚ on February 23‚ while taking photographs‚ a visitor to the Wolfgat nature reserve was robbed of her bag containing a cellphone‚ cash and bag valued at about R8‚100. In another incident on February 26‚ a v

South Africa: No need to panic over parliamentary process on land reform – Sisulu

image Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has urged the international community not to panic over the parliamentary process on land reform. In a statement on Sunday‚ Sisulu said she had noted a number of international organisations and individuals commenting on the parliamentary processes in South Africa in relation to land distribution. “There is no need to panic or be alarmist‚” she said. “The President has already said in Parliament and in a number of public platforms whilst addressing various stakeholders that there is no need to panic; that the matter is being handled properly for the benefit of all South Africans; that views and concerns of all South African stakeholders will be considered during the Parliamentary proces

South Africa: No need to panic over parliamentary process on land reform – Sisulu

image Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has urged the international community not to panic over the parliamentary process on land reform. In a statement on Sunday‚ Sisulu said she had noted a number of international organisations and individuals commenting on the parliamentary processes in South Africa in relation to land distribution. “There is no need to panic or be alarmist‚” she said. “The President has already said in Parliament and in a number of public platforms whilst addressing various stakeholders that there is no need to panic; that the matter is being handled properly for the benefit of all South Africans; that views and concerns of all South African stakeholders will be considered during the Parliamentary proces

South Africa: Sources confirm arrest warrants for Atul and Rajesh Gupta

image Well-placed sources in the Hawks confirmed last week that there are arrest warrants for Atul Gupta and his brother Rajesh in connection with the Estina Dairy project. The revelations come as a fight between the NPA and the Hawks over the handling of the Estina investigation has reached tipping point with Parliament now stepping in to intervene. The source told TimesLIVE that the Hawks have until now only confirmed that Ajay Gupta is wanted on different charges - in a bid to lure Atul and Rajesh back to South Africa. Ajay is a known fugitive and is wanted in relation to his alleged bribery offer to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas in 2015. The source said the Hawks had to for the last two weeks rely on their planned modus operandi of o

South Africa: No need to panic over parliamentary process on land reform – Sisulu

image Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has urged the international community not to panic over the parliamentary process on land reform. In a statement on Sunday‚ Sisulu said she had noted a number of international organisations and individuals commenting on the parliamentary processes in South Africa in relation to land distribution. “There is no need to panic or be alarmist‚” she said. “The President has already said in Parliament and in a number of public platforms whilst addressing various stakeholders that there is no need to panic; that the matter is being handled properly for the benefit of all South Africans; that views and concerns of all South African stakeholders will be considered during the Parliament

Football: Brighton add to Wenger’s woes as Arsenal lose again

image Arsene Wenger’s problems deepened as Arsenal lost 2-1 away to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday — the Gunners’ fourth successive loss in all competitions. The future of Arsenal manager Wenger has been the subject of fierce debate amid reports of players’ meetings and of a weakening in boardroom support for the Frenchman And Arsenal’s eighth loss since the turn of the year and one that leaves them 13 points adrift of fourth place – will do nothing to strengthen the position of the veteran manager, who has reigned largely unchallenged since taking over at north London club Arsenal in 1996. First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured the win that moved south coast club Brighton seven points clear of the bott

Saudi Arabia: hosts first marathon for women

image Saudi Arabia hosted its first marathon for women at the weekend, local media said, as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost female sports in a far-reaching modernisation drive. Hundreds of women runners, many of them dressed in traditional Islamic attire, raced in eastern Al-Ahsa region on Saturday. “The aim of the marathon is to promote running and introduce the concept of sports for all, for a healthier way of life,” Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News quoted the marathon’s supervisor, Malek al-Mousa, as saying. The event came after Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon in late February, which prompted complaints from some Saudis on social media about the notable absence of women. Sports authorities are

South Africa: listeriosis outbreak toll hits 180

image South African health officials said on Sunday that listeriosis has killed 180 people since the start of last year and originated at a food factory in the country’s northeast. Listeriosis is caused by a bacteria found in soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces, and can contaminate food, especially fresh meat, dairy, seafood. It is prevented by basic hygiene and washing food. “The source of the present outbreak can be confirmed to be the Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane,” said health minister Aaron Motsoaledi in a statement. Products made at the plant would be subject to safety recalls, he added. Enterprise could not immediately be reached for comment. “We advise members of the public to avoid all pro

Metro: FG spends N771 million to build 80 houses in Plateau

image The Federal Government is sinking N771 million into building 80 houses in Plateau under the Federal Housing Programmed (FHP), according to Mr Julius Olurinola, FHP Zonal Coordinator (North-Central). Olurinola, who inspected work on the housing project located at Laminga village in Jos on Sunday, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was “very impressed” with the quality of work at the site. He commended the Plateau government for donating the 5.04 hectares of land for the project, and particularly lauded its collaboration with the federal government to execute the project. Olurinola urged the handle

Metro: Arik Air, presidential air fleet sign MoU on capacity building

image Nigerian carrier, Arik Air and Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on capacity building to assist in imparting proficiency and line training for PAF’s pilots. Arik Air in a statement signed by its Media Consultant, Mr Simon Tumba on Sunday in Lagos, said the agreement was signed by the Commander of PAF, Hassan Abubakar and the Airline in Lagos. According to the terms of the agreement, Arik Air will provide pilots of PAF rated on the aircraft Line Training and hour building to maintain proficiency on the aircraft. It also includes undertaking regular commercial flight under supervision, as per the standards approved for the airline. Arik Air’s Chief Executive Office

National: Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill only for the best – Omishore

image With the adoption of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill by 25 state houses of assembly, Nigerian youths have been cautioned that the bill was not open to persons without substance. Mr Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant to the President of the Senate on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that young Nigerian without substance should not run, adding youths must present qualified candidates to any elective position in spite of the bill. He said that if Nigerian youths failed to utilize their opportunity in 2019 by presenting their ‘best eleven’, they may still lose out in spite of the law. He said that he was very passion

Europe: Ukraine says gas shortage fully covered

image Ukraine on Sunday said it had resolved its gas shortage caused by the refusal of Russia’s Gazprom to restart natural gas deliveries. “We have a sharp increase in gas supplies from the EU, from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posted on Twitter. “The entire shortage is completely covered.” Poroshenko underlined that Ukraine had a stable gas supply and has “enough gas in storage facilities, its own gas and imports.” New tensions between Moscow and Kiev flared Thursday after Russia’s Gazprom said it would not restart gas supplies to Ukraine, leading Ukrainian state provider Naftogaz to accuse it of violati

Football: Italy international footballer Davide Astori found dead

image Italy international defender Davide Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday. “Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness,” the Serie A club said on Twitter. The 31-year-old, who leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, was in Udine to prepare for Sunday’s match against Udinese, who announced the game has been postponed. A club spokesman told AFP that he could not give a cause of death ahead of an autopsy. Italian media reported that Astori died of a heart attack during the night. In addition to the Fiorentina game, Sunday’s match between Genoa and Cagliari, one of his former clubs, was called of

Europe: Merkel vows to work for the ‘good of Germany’ as SPD paves way...

image Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday vowed to work with the Social Democrats for the “good of Germany” as the centre-left party agreed to join her new coalition, but the veteran leader will go into her fourth term with weaker cards than before. Two in three of the SPD’s rank and file voting in a crunch referendum backed a new partnership with Merkel’s conservatives, heralding an end to the political stalemate that has plagued Europe’s biggest economy since September’s inconclusive elections. But the chancellor, in power for 12 years, has had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party (SPD) back into another loveless “grand coalition”. Congratulating the SPD for its “clear result”, Merkel

South Africa: Sources confirm arrest warrants for Atul and Rajesh Gupta

image Well-placed sources in the Hawks confirmed last week that there are arrest warrants for Atul Gupta and his brother Rajesh in connection with the Estina Dairy project. The revelations come as a fight between the NPA and the Hawks over the handling of the Estina investigation has reached tipping point with Parliament now stepping in to intervene. The source told TimesLIVE that the Hawks have until now only confirmed that Ajay Gupta is wanted on different charges - in a bid to lure Atul and Rajesh back to South Africa. Ajay is a known fugitive and is wanted in relation to his alleged bribery offer to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas in 2015. The source said the Hawks had to for the last two weeks rely on their planned modus operandi of o

South Africa: Mbeki not invited to ANC election workshop

image The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says that neither it nor the office of former president Thabo Mbeki have received invitations to attend ANC events leading up to the 2019 national elections. The foundation was responding to a statement by ANC spokesman Pule Mabe to the effect that “former presidents will start attending party events leading up to the 2019 elections”. Mabe is reported to have said this during the ANC election workshop held at a hotel near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday which was attended by former president Jacob Zuma. “The Thabo Mbeki Foundation would like to advise members [of] the press that at this present moment‚ neither the Office of Former President Mbeki nor the Thabo Mbeki Foundation have receive

South Africa: Motorcyclist killed in accident with SUV

image A motorcyclist‚ believed to be in his 60s‚ was killed in a collision with SUV on Main Road in Irene‚ Centurion‚ on Saturday afternoon. “ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the SUV parked in a residence driveway. A wrecked motorbike was found lying behind the SUV. “Paramedics assessed the driver of the motorbike and found that the man had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life. "Unfortunately‚ nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead‚” said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring. “The driver of the SUV was assessed and found to have escaped injury‚” he added. kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lovablevibes On whatsapp:- 08065200003 or 07086935083 For Negotiable & Promotion

South Africa: Woman killed‚ seven people injured in Fochville accident

image A woman was killed and seven other people injured on Saturday night in a collision between two light motor vehicles on the R500 in Fochville in Gauteng. “ER24 paramedics‚ along with other services‚ arrived on the scene to find one vehicle in the middle of the road while the second was found approximately 100 metres away in the veld‚” said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring. “Upon closer inspection‚ paramedics discovered several people seated around the vehicles while a woman‚ believed to be 22 years old‚ was found lying 20 metres away from her vehicle. “Paramedics assessed the patients and found that seven people had sustained moderate injuries while the 22-year-old woman had sustained critical injuries‚” Meiring said. He said

South Africa: Listeria source found – to be announced

image The source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeriosis has been found and will be announced later on Sunday. There have been almost 1‚000 patients and at least 176 deaths from the bacteria transmitted through food since January 2017. As the outcomes of 18% of patients who were hospitalised for listeriosis are unknown‚ there might have been more deaths‚ according to the last update on the outbreak by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Listeria monocytogenes bacteria is ubiquitous and can be found in food‚ water and soil. Trying to find which food was infected once took five years in the USA. This outbreak has been caused by a particularly virulent strain of listeria known as ST6 – that seems to be very inf

South Africa: Three killed in collision between two bakkies in Meyerton

image Three people‚ including a child‚ were killed when two bakkies collided near the Kareekloof crossing in Meyerton‚ south of Johannesburg‚ on Saturday night. ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said when paramedics from ER24 and local services arrived on the scene shortly before 7pm they found both vehicles in a veld next to the road. “It is understood that one of the vehicles that landed on its side carried two men and two women. One of the women was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. Sadly‚ there was nothing that paramedics could do for her and she was declared dead on scene. The other woman and two men sustained serious injuries and were later transported to nearby hospitals. “It is understood that the second vehicle had a woman‚ m

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