Archive for December, 2013

Socialite Iris Nthebe hosted an all white party to celebrate her 40-year birthday and announced engagement to Businessman Warden Moeti.

Socialite Iris Nthebe hosted an all white party to celebrate her 40-year birthday and announced engagement to Businessman Warden Moeti.

Leaders, cadres and residents of Sedibeng region converged to commemorate the late Former President Nelson Mandela.

Leaders, cadres and residents of Sedibeng region converged to commemorate the late Former President Nelson Mandela.

The African National Congress Sedibeng Region hosted a Regional Memorial Service at Saul Tsotetsi Complex on Monday to celebrate the life and contribution made by the democratically elected Former President Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday 05th December.

The service which was attended by the regional, provincial and national executive committee members of the ANC, NGO sectors and members of the public was used to remember the 10th December 2012 which marked the 17th Anniversary of the signing of the South African Constitution into law by the then President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville in 1996.

This historic event, which heralded the end of the minority rule and the dawn of the democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa was concluded on the hallowed grounds of the George Thabe Stadium, a stone throw from the Sharpeville Police Station where the barrage of bullets from the police of the then apartheid government mowed down the 69 heroes and heroines of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960.

The regional secretary of the ANC, Bob Mthembu said, “Mandela stood for reconciliation, happiness and joy. As we moan Mandela, we must internalise what he stood for so that when we celebrate his lasting legacy we be conciliatory, united and be ambassador of peace in our areas. In celebrating the life of Mandela it must also be a re-birth of the ruling party, the ANC must go back to God and we must not be apologetic about it.”

“I remember vividly when we welcomed Walter Sisulu’s corpse home, Mandela looked very sad at the sight of Sisulu’s coffin but he soldiered on and vowed to help this country reach promised land and it happened. Unfortunately things in this country has become a reality, challenge that we are faced with now that he’s no more is to keep hope alive. Mandela is no more and the sequence of passing the baton is now final,” added Reverend Gift Moerane.

A number of places namely Wilberforce College, Saul Tsotetsi Complex, Sedibeng and Sharpeville Constitutional Square are identified as places to lay wreaths and condolences message cards.

The long walk to heaven

Posted: 30/12/2013 in Politics
HOUSEBOY: David Motsamai by night, Nelson Mandela by day. Additional Archive by Jonathan Shapiro.

HOUSEBOY: David Motsamai by night, Nelson Mandela by day. Additional Archive by Jonathan Shapiro.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.

The man who was to become one of the world’s greatest icons was born in Mvezo, Transkei on 18 July 1918, to Nongaphi Nosekeni and Henry Gadla Mandela. His father was the key counsellor/advisor to the Thembu royal house. After his father’s death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became the ward of Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting re¬gent of the Thembu nation. It was at the Thembu royal homestead that his personality, values and political views were shaped. There can be no doubt that the young man went on to bring about some of the most significant and remarkable changes in South African history and politics.

It is through Mandela that the world cast its eyes on South Africa and took notice of the severe and organized repression of black South Africans. Yet it was also through Man¬dela that the world would learn the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness and the beauty of reconciliation. Indeed, the story of Nelson Mandela is so much the story of South Africa.

When he was only 25 years old, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Con¬gress. His political career would span decades more – as he himself said: “The struggle is my life.” The young Mandela also qualified and practiced as a lawyer. Together with Oliver Tambo he opened the first black legal practice in Johannesburg.

Mandela married Evelyn Nomathamsanqa Mase in 1945. They were married for four¬teen years and had four children: Thembekile (1946), Makaziwe (1947), who died at nine months, Makgatho (1951) and Makaziwe (1954). The couple divorced in 1958.

He was instrumental in the formation of the radical African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the 1940s which was determined to change the face of politics. Mandela was elected the league’s National Secretary in 1948 and President in 1952.

Much of the years that followed saw Mandela deeply involved in activism, rallying for political change against the increasingly aggressive apartheid government. He was a key player in the ANC’s Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952 and the Treason Trial in 1961. During this time he was incarcerated several times under the apartheid laws and banned from political activity. Realising that the ANC needed to prepare for more intensive struggle, he became an instrumental force behind the formation of a new section of the liberation movement, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), as an armed nucleus with a view to preparing for armed struggle. Mandela was commander in chief of MK.

On 14 June 1958 Nelson and Winnie Madikizela were married at a local Bizana church. They had two children, Zenani (1958) Zindziswa (1960). In April 1992 they were separated and finally divorced in 1996.

He left the country in 1962 and traveled abroad to arrange guerilla training for members of Umkhonto weSizwe. On his return to South Africa he was arrested for illegal exiting the country and incitement to strike. Mandela decided to represent himself in court. While on trial, Mandela was charged with sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. This is his famous statement from the dock made in 1964: “I have fought against White domination, and I have fought against Black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

In the same year Mandela and the other accused were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial and sent to Robben Island, near Cape Town. While in prison, Mandela rejected offers made by his jailers to be released on condition that he renounced violence. “Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Only free men can negotiate,” he said. He served a total of 27 years in prison for his conviction to fight apartheid and its injustices.

Released on 11 February 1990, Mandela plunged wholeheartedly into his life’s work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after being banned for decades, Nelson Mandela was elected President of the ANC while his lifelong friend and colleague, Oliver Tambo, became the organisation’s National Chairperson.

In a life that symbolises the triumph of the human spirit, Nelson Mandela accepted the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize (along with FW de Klerk) on behalf of all South Africans who suffered and sacrificed so much to bring peace to our land.

The era of apartheid formally came to an end on the April 27, 1994, when Nelson Mandela voted for the first time in his life – along with his people. However, long before that date it had become clear, even before the start of negotiations at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, that the ANC was increasingly charting the future of South Africa.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated as President of a democratic South Africa on 10 May 1994.

This world icon worked tirelessly even after the achievement of democracy in South Africa to continue improving lives. Even as he retired from politics, his attention shifted to social issues such as HIV and AIDS and the well-being of the nation’s children. As a testimony to his sharp political intellect, wisdom and unrelenting commitment to make the world a better place, Mandela formed the prestigious group of called The Elders – an independent group of eminent global leaders, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Mandela is survived by his wife Graça, three daughters, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

From Left to Right: Vanessa Masilo(Brand Ambassador), Dima Thaele (So Bling Owner) and Model Lerato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied.

From Left to Right: Vanessa Masilo(Brand Ambassador), Dima Thaele (So Bling Owner) and Model Lerato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied.

By Khutsahalo Matlhare

Beautiful people across Vaal and far afield came together on Sunday to witness the revolution of the beauty industry when So Bling hair health and beauty Spa re-launched its brand. The event was attended by socialites, business people and those who consider themselves as trendsetters.

Former Miss Emfuleni and Miss SA runner-up Lerato Mokoena oversaw the event as master of ceremony (MC). Among the distinguished guests were the likes of Free-State Businesswoman of the year Mpho Molete-Matlanyane and So Bling brand ambassador Vanessa Masilo.

Guests were treated to a mini hair show where the latest in hair trends were showcased. This was after they were treated to Spa tour where they were given insight about the new services and products that are now being offered at So Bling hair health and beauty Spa. This includes medical ear piercing, teeth whitening and body polishing. Some guests also got the chance to test the Bling shower that does everything while you just sit, listen to music and get your massage or pedicure.

The re-launch of So Bling hair health and beauty Spa comes three years since the business first opened its doors in Vanderbijlpark, by owner Dima Thaele who is a qualified beautician.

*A new branch was opened in Vereeniging as part of the brand re-launch.

CONVICTED ROBBER: Mahlomola Yende

CONVICTED ROBBER: Mahlomola Yende

30-year old Mahlomola Yende from Tshepong, De Deur learned the hard way that crime does not pay when he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by Sebokeng Magistrate Court for crimes he committed earlier this year.

According to Sebokeng SAPS spokesperson, W/O Mzimkhulu Mthimkhulu, “The convicted robber approached the victim who was selling; he then drew a firearm and pointed the victim before demanding money.

The victim took few steps backward and while doing that another male came on his right side with a firearm pointed at the victim’s head. They took the undisclosed amount of money and ran away. The police were notified and case docked was registered.”

On June 29 Yende was arrested and charged with armed robbery. The investigation went till 19 November where he was sentenced and declared unfit to possess the firearm and ammunition.

MATRIMONIAL UNION: From Left to Right – Tieho Mofokeng, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala, Gcina Mbongo and Mzwakhe Tshabalala.

MATRIMONIAL UNION: From Left to Right – Tieho Mofokeng, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala, Gcina Mbongo and Mzwakhe Tshabalala.

Historical institution Wilberforce College has joined forces with Sebokeng-based soccer club Sailor FC.

The college adopted the team and the merger is said to have been signed and sealed late last month.
The merger will see the team being housed at the institution premises and the players will benefit through educational courses offered by the college.

Tieho Mofokeng representing Wilberforce College said, “Sailor FC approached us about a possible merger and since we didn’t have a soccer team at the college we thought it would be wise to accept their proposal. We love sports and this is a blessing for both parties”

The name Sailor FC will cease to exist and will be known as Wilberforce FC.

“We have set over 200 beds which will accommodate teams that are travelling from far, and Sports Management and Information Technology (IT) courses would be made available for the development of the players as we believe education and sport will guarantee them a better future,” Mofokeng added.

Article: As published on The View News (October 2013)

Mo-Faya FC and Sailor FC players tussle for a ball in a match that ended 6-0

Mo-Faya FC and Sailor FC players tussle for a ball in a match that ended 6-0

Sailor Football Club trounced Mo-Faya FC in a thrilling football encounter that ended 6-0 at Conti Grounds on Sunday.

Former Orlando Pirates player, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala team looked the better of the two sides as they attacked their opponent mercilessly from the first whistle. It came as no surprise when Sailor’s striker Martin Mochosa broke the deadlock in the 20th minutes to give his side a 1-nil lead.

Ten minutes to interval Mochosa intercepted a pass and caught Mofaya’s defence napping and managed to put the ball in the back of the net to increase his tally.

In the second half Sailor FC continued where they left off, and took the game to the visibly dispirited opponent. Mofaya’s defence failed to clear the ball and Zachariah Khasa capitalised on the mistake and headed home a sitter to put his side 3-nil up.

Mofaya tried in vain to find the elusive goal and thought they have decreased the deficit but their goal was disallowed as the referee ruled it offside.

In the closing minutes of the game Tshepo Mpshe put a finally nail into Mofaya’s coffin when he outran the defence with the goalie to beat but saw his first shot parried away and bounced back to him and netted home the second time.

In a post match interview Sailor FC captain Mzwakhe Tshabalala who picked an injury earlier in the game said, “Tactically we were good; we played according to the coach’s instruction and let’s give credit to the guys.”