Archive for October, 2015

MEDIA 101: AIP’s Louise Vale induct Gauteng Premier David Makhura about community print media.

MEDIA 101: AIP’s Louise Vale induct Gauteng
Premier David Makhura about community print media.

The Association of Inde¬pendent Publishers under the tutelage of Executive Director, Louise Vale re¬cently held a conference for Gauteng-based publishers under the theme “Bridging The Local Information Di¬vide” where value and im¬portance of media diversity became the order of the day.

Giving a keynote address, Gauteng Premier, David Makhura emphasised that by reporting on is-sues close to the hearts and minds of community members, grass root me¬dia has become a trusted partner in advancing com¬munity development.

“You are providing an important platform for community members to deliberate on and shape their own future.

Many of you have built intimate relationships with your readership and the communities you serve.

You have become their num¬ber one and trusted source of local news and information,” said Makhura.

This conference took place when all indications are that print media readership con¬tinues to decline especially among the upper-to-middle-classes in South Africa and also at a time when a national debate is raging in the coun¬try about the extent to which the media has transformed as well as the extent of the di¬versity of our media.

“Readiness to report on sto¬ries considered as insignifi¬cant or not news worthy by the main-stream media has cemented your place as an important alternative voice that enriches our media land¬scape.

You are our partner as we strive towards the target we have set for ourselves in the National Development Plan of ensuring 100% access to reliable information by 2030.

To us independent grass roots media is the life blood of our democracy. It is also a key feature of the informa¬tion age we find ourselves in,” Makhura expressed.

According to the South Af¬rican Audit of Circulation, of the 29 commercial newspapers we have in the country, only a hand-full are written in lan¬guages other than English.

In addition most of those writ¬ten in languages other than English are regionally based.

Makhura said, “We are en¬couraged that no less than 87 AIP member publications pub¬lish in indigenous languages or publish in a combination of an indigenous as well as English or Afrikaans.”

Equally and as pointed out in 2013 by the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team, the media industry has failed to transform itself suf¬ficiently according to Broad Based Black Economic Em¬powerment guidelines, particu¬larly in the areas of ownership, management and control as well as skills development and employment equity.

“On this important occasion we wish to make a commitment that as part of our programme to revitalize township economies – where we are transforming our townships into sustainable nodes of economic activity as well as vibrant cultural and intellectual spaces, we will strengthen sup¬port to township based publica¬tions and media outlets.

We will also continue to en¬courage provincial departments and government agencies to in¬vest a substantial amount of their advertising spend on grassroots independent publications.

All of this is part of our on-going commitment to deepening media diversity and pluralism.
We look forward to working with you as we make our me¬dia more reflective of the many views and perspectives that make up our society,” Makhura concluded.

Established in 2004, with over 250 members nationally the AIP is an organisation for advancing the interests of the independent grassroots print media sector in South Africa. 70% of publica¬tions are black owned with 20% owned by women.

Juventus player (red) shields the ball from Celta Vigo (blue) opponent in a league encounter.

Juventus player (red) shields the ball from Celta Vigo (blue) opponent in a league encounter.

A goal in each half helped Juventus secure a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo in an exciting clash played in Eatonside on Sunday.

The weekend fixture was part of the Vaal Milling Promo¬tional League and was played under windy conditions which often gave players from both sides a tough time.

After a defender was sighted for handling the ball in the danger box, Juventus were awarded a penalty which was converted.

When the two teams came back from the interval, Celta Vigo’s defense was caught napping and Juven¬tus went 2-0 to the good¬Before kick-off, Celta Vigo and Juventus occupied sec¬ond and third positions on the log respectively.

Players from both sides failed to make use of the wide pitch and instead opt¬ed for short passes in the center of the ground which led to congestion and un¬necessary injuries.

Juventus held on for the win which sees the team go second on the league standings. Emfuleni Local Football Association’s Chairman Mondli Nkosi told this scribe there are four streams in the league.

“These games are part of our 2014/5 sea¬son and we’re work¬ing around the clock to wrap up the league in preparation of our new season,” he said.

LIGHTS ON: Jake Lehoko gives a live demonstration of how the electricity meter box will work during the Smart Meter launch.

LIGHTS ON: Jake Lehoko gives a live demonstration
of how the electricity meter box will
work during the Smart Meter launch.

Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) is in the process of entering a new chapter with the roll-out of smart meters for both electricity and water to residential households and busi¬nesses in Emfuleni.

The Project which is estimated in the region of a billion rand which was made possible by the Public Pri¬vate Partnership between the ELM, Chinese based BFC company and BXC SA was launched on Thursday at Lapa on Vaal, Three Rivers.

The implementation of the Smart Meters throughout Emfuleni is said to assist the municipality in improving its infrastructure, overcoming challenges associated with estimat¬ed meter readings, inaccurate bill¬ing and loss of revenue.

Addressing the media, Municipal Manager, Sam Shabalala said tech world has been moving very fast and that goes hand-in-hand with urbanisation.

“The system is a mechanism to regulate and not to cut consumption for basic services and the residents can rest assured knowing that the municipality didn’t spent a cent on the 10-year contract as such there is no way in the future we will hike the tariff to compensate the debt in-curred,” Shabalala added.

The 60-page performance based contract which was negotiated for four (4) years has a clause which gives the municipality the right to step-in without the service provid¬er interdicting.

“We didn’t want to risk resi¬dent’s money and negotiated with the private sector to bear the risk instead, residents will be able to view their consumption patterns and make informed decisions around managing and reducing their consumption.

The benefits of the installation mean that there will be no more estimated bills and will reduce theft of water and electricity as the smart meters will have anti-tampering technology and tamper alarms linked to the municipality’s system,” Shabalala concluded.

GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

The Transnet SAFA School of Excel¬lence under-19 soccer team won the Gauteng provincial title in the Kay Mot¬sepe Schools Cup competition beating Clapham High School 1-0 in the final.

They will be going to the National finals in October, hoping to emulate the school’s 2012 side, who went one further, winning the national title that year and getting the R1 million first prize.

Gavin Silango, the team’s coach, said it’s great to be back at the top of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup.

“Since 2012 we have been working towards building a very strong team and I can safely say this is our strongest team by far,” he said.

“The boys have been doing exceptional¬ly well since the cluster games began. The majority of the team is in grade 12 and as this is their exit year they want to leave behind a legacy – which is to win money for the school.” Good preparation is the key to success, Silango believes, and this team started early.

“We knew what our goal was and still is, and we worked very hard towards achiev¬ing that goal,” he said.

The School of Excellence has always focused on individual development. “It’s a tradition at the school and I think that’s what got me interested in working here,” Silango said.

“Our style of football is different to other teams, it’s exciting, interesting to watch and has a South African flair to it.”

“We believe in fully developing a player individually and making sure that they understand themselves and their roles within a team,” Silango added.

At the provincial finals, the team was very high in spirits and confidence.

“Our plan as the technical team was not to put any pressure on the players and to leave them to showcase what we have taught them. It also gives us insight into how they have understood instruction as well as playing under pressure,” said Silango.

October seems far away, but prepa¬rations for the nationals start im¬mediately, we will continue training like we have been, playing in local leagues and arranging a few friendly games just to prepare the team.

Silango started coaching at the school in 2010 and is the first goal keeper to coach at the school. He played as a ‘keeper for Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns before in¬jury cut his career short and since then has done a first year course in goalkeeper coaching and has been goalkeeper coach for Ban¬yan Banyana and the Mamelodi Sundowns development team.

LAND ISSUE: Lakeside residents joined by members of the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance’s up arms marching for housing.

LAND ISSUE: Lakeside residents joined by members of the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance’s up arms marching for housing.

What was said to be a ‘peace¬ful’ march undertaken by the residents of Lakeside extensions, Orange Farm ended in a cul-de-sac when two political parties locked horns.

The march which was to seek solu¬tion following eviction of certain Re¬construction and Development Pro¬gramme (RDP) houses occupiers and to address a number of issues relating to housing in the area which has been a predicament for over two decades proved futile when members of the Af¬rican National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) tussled over each other resulting to the disappear¬ance of a memorandum that was meant to be handed over to Gauteng Human Set¬tlements, MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

It is alleged that some home occupiers are not the rightful owners while major¬ity are without title deeds.

Dressed in yellow t-shirts, ANC mem¬bers argued that the DA hijacked the march and made it their own and that they won’t sit in their laurels and watch as the opposition party influence mem¬bers of the community.

In a spare of the moment Ward 02 Councillor Siphiwe Mshayisa and fellow comrades barricaded the entry to local government offices; this act saw DA PR councillor Sizwe Mnguni leading his flock to the nearest police station in an attempt to open a case of violation of rights against the ruling party.

Mshayisa said, “The opposition want to politicise this march, as members of the ANC, we won’t allow this to hap¬pen. We are heading to 2016 elections, now everyone wants to be visible in the community. This march was organ¬ised by South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) leaders, col¬lectively with the DA decided to give them support. But we were so shocked when we see them hijacking it.”

He added by saying the march was supposed to be guided by community leaders.

“They have intimidated us when we are about to hand over the memoran¬dum. Now we are planning to open a case of intimidation against them” ex¬plained Mnguni.

He said despite the disruption of ANC, they would find a way to meet with Mamabolo’s office.
Mnguni fumed: “The community must know that this is not over. We will fight for what we believe is right.”

Orange Farm acting station com¬mander, Mxolisi Nama confirmed that DA members came lay a complaint and tried to open a case against ANC mem¬bers.

“We can’t open a case of intimidation if they were just stopped from the entrance. Our officials will go and investigate whether that took place, then we will take it from there” concluded Nama.
Tshepo Ndlalane, a representa¬tive from SANCO said they are disappointed by the leadership of DA because the memorandum was supposed to be handed by them.

According to him, their organisa¬tion is the one which was mandat¬ed to lead all community marches.

DEATH BE NOT PROUD: Coffins of Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nkululeko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

DEATH BE NOT PROUD: Coffins of Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nkululeko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

Reports are coming through that Police were able to call the fire engines and two trucks tried to dose off the fire but could not suc¬ceed therefore Gauteng Public Safety office is investigating allegations that fire station did not respond on time.
These are the words of Gauteng Social De¬velopment, MEC Faith Mazibuko as she came to offer condolences to Magagula family in Orange Farm, extension 6.

Lillian, 17, Busisiwe, 8, Tshepo, 7, Nku¬luleko, 6 and Mduduzi, 4 – who died when the shack they were sleeping in was engulfed in flames were laid to rest at Lenasia cemetery over the weekend.

Two other Magagula boys, Siphiwe, 14, and Gift 10, managed to escape from the fire and woke their grandfather Simon Maponya in the main house.

The incident which is the fourth in the area within a period of a month has not only sent shockwaves but raised eyebrows and doubts on the response time the fire-fighter team take to arrive at the scene when called.

“As government we have been assisting the family where it’s necessary together with the community we yearn to see them comforted.

There are still minor challenges though; as it stands we’re still in negotiations with Eskom to reconnect electricity at this home because that’s where the fault emerged.

We want to emphasise that disaster manage¬ment must be able to play their part and do their work.

The municipality is even promising to im¬prove on the services that they’re providing to the communities so that they don’t feel ne¬glected yet we’ve got all the facilities in the area,” Mazibuko added.

The departed siblings leave behind their granny, granddad, 3 aunts, uncle and their brothers and sisters.

NYIKKAAA: Mojalefa Chuchi Radebe

NYIKKAAA: Mojalefa Chuchi Radebe

A disc jockey (DJ) since the late 90s, Chuchi Mudyasoul Radebe has had a lengthy career associated with house music; this long association has led him be¬ing not just your regular house dj but a house music experience itself.

Mudyasoul can effortlessly play 5 house genres ranging from Deep Tech, Deep Soulful, Afro Soulful, and Soulful to Jazzy House Music.

Inspired by the love he has for good house music and music broadly, he feel that people are not exposed to as much as they should be.

MudyaSoul is all about edutain¬ment, entertain¬ing party go¬ers while ed¬ucat¬ing them about good house music.

Playing his first set in the East¬ern Free State, Mudyasoul says it was nerve wrecking, excitement coupled with an overwhelming fear of making mistakes, more especially looking at the massive crowd and spot a few of the vet¬eran dj one looks up to.

“Though I had enough prac¬tise and felt that I was ready, the nerves eventually got to me and spoilt my entire set, that’s when I realised that no amount of practice in my backroom can prepare one for the massive crowd of party go¬ers out to have a good time.

Like the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I learned a lot from the experience and never looked back since” Mudyasoul lamented.

His first ever gig was at Lejw-eng Nightclub in Vanderbijlpark, which exposed him to a number of Vaal DJ’s legends such as Nation Mahlatsi, Boy Legend, Jay T and Baba Mzwakhe who took him un¬der their wing and mentored him.

Through their guidance, Mudya¬soul started getting gigs at various places ranging from varsity res gigs in the Vaal, Sasolburg and Meyerton.

Later on in his DJ journey back in 2010, he met a much younger than he is disc jockey by the name of Paseka Dee¬prootz Exclusive Tshabalala who then introduced him to being a resident dj at one of the best places in the Vaal, Lefelong Café.

He then co-residented there for 3 years but all good things come to an end and moved on as a team to much greener pastures. With a list of guest slots on local radio stations such as Lekoa FM, Sedibeng FM and VUT FM Chuchi Mudyasoul is now a resident dj at Thetha FM’s 100.6 Mhz Dance Flo Lockdown show that airs every Saturday from 7pm to 10pm.

He is also a full time resident disc spinner at Ebuhleni Up¬stairs in Tshirela for a good 2 years since 2014 thus display¬ing his notable presence in the Vaal Dj Industry.