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Benedict Vilakazi who is now head coach of Orange Vaal Professionals.

Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi who has joined Orange Vaal Professionals as head coach. Picture: Sourced

Former Orlando Pirates star midfielder, Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi, has made his way back to professional football by accepting a role of head coach at Orange Vaal Professionals in the ABC Motsepe League.

Vilakazi, 33, whose soccer career came to a demise following a short stint in Denmark and last kicked the ball in Botswana was helping out as a coach at Education Through Soccer Academy (ETSA) last year.

Orange Vaal Professionals owned by business-man, Solly Mkhabela, is campaigning in the third tier of South African football and has Vilakazi’s former teammate, Steve Lekoelea, in their books.

The club’s Brand Manager Lerato Majoro said, “We have appointed Vilakazi as the head coach.

The team has played two games under him now. He is doing well.

In the first game under him, we played 1-1 against African All Stars. That’s the team that will be playing against Polokwane City in this year’s Nedbank Cup.

In his second game in charge, we drew 1-1 again, against AmaBEE.

We have also appointed former Moroka Swallows players, Pitso Lekone as his assistant.”

Orange Vaal Professionals lie 10th place on the log will lock horns with VuT FC over the weekend at Isak Steyl stadium in what is termed Vaal Derby with the winner walking away with the three points and bragging rights.

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Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation against FF+

A case of intimidation has been filed by the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi, at the Meyerton Police Station.

According to the Democratic Alliance, a community meeting for Ward 13 in the NG Kerk Oos, Riversdal where mayor Baloyi was to address the community regarding progress in Midvaal achieved so far, and share the vision for Midvaal for the next five years was violently interrupted by members of Freedom Front Plus.

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey said, “These FF+ members came to intimidate mayor Baloyi and fellow DA members from delivering our message to the community. The DA condemns these desperate antics by the FF+ as symptomatic of the proverbial ‘dying horse’.

“We will write to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate this political intolerance to prevent another incident like this in Midvaal.”

“I will not allow anyone to intimidate and threaten me because of my political association, views on AA and BBBEE and most importantly because of the colour of my skin,” Baloyi said.

Rubbles from the blown rooftop landed on top of cars

Rubble of the rooftop that landed on top of vehicles. Picture: Sourced

The roof top of a popular restaurant chain store in Vanderbijlpark CBD was blown off on Thursday afternoon.

SAPS confirmed the incident at Wimpy in President Kruger Street and that the roof landed on four vehicles.

Police spokesperson, Gertrude Makhale, says this was due to severe weather that has been experienced in the area.

Makhale said the traffic department and Fire and Rescue Services were on scene and closed the roads to clear the rubble from the road.

“The SAPS was on scene, but they withdrew after realising it was a natural disaster to give the other departments space to finish their work,” Makhale concluded.

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls Emfuleni to account for negligence

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls for Emfuleni to account. Picture: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Sedibeng has blamed Emfuleni Local Municipality following the drowning of two learners from a special need school.

The incident which occurred in the Emfuleni Municipal Swimming pool in Sharpeville saw two learners, aged 14 & 17; from the Thabo Vuyo Special School drown due to negligence.

DA Caucus Leader, Simon Mollo said, “The DA went to inspect the Municipal Swimming pool on Friday and is concerned about our findings. There is no access-control to the swimming pool whatsoever. This leaves it open to anyone from the public to access the premises even when no supervision is available.”

“Municipal staff members are letting people in when the pool is supposed to be closed and no lifeguards are on duty. This means the amounts to neglect. It is tragic how the most vulnerable have to suffer the consequences of the ANC-governments neglect.”

Mollo further cited that the DA calls on the SAPS for a swift and thorough investigation into the matter.

“I will be writing to MMC Shaka Radebe for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Library Information Systems to find out why staff members are by-passing the safety protocols and for them to be suspended pending an investigation,” Mollo concluded.

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned in

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned. Picture Credit: DA 

Two school children lost their lives in a government swimming pool.

The 17 and 14 year-old boys from Thabo Vuyo Special School drowned on the morning of February 16.

The two pupils were amongst a group of other learners who visited the Emfuleni Swimming Pool. It is alleged they were guided by their female teacher.

According to Emfuleni Local Municipality, the group entered the facilities unauthorised, “unfortunately” the event ended up in tragic death of two learners.

“Whilst there is an arrangement runs only between Tuesdays and Fridays,” said municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba in a statement.

“During this time, swimming instructors and lifeguards are available to supervise safety and rescue swimmers when the need arise.”

Every Monday of the week, the facilities are closed for maintenance.

According to him, the reasons for yesterday’s unauthorised entry are unknown.

The matter is currently under investigation with the SAPS.

Vaal LGBTI's making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum

Vaal LGBTI’s members making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum. Picture by Reginald Nhlapo

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

Enough is enough, End heterosexual privilege equal rights for all and Love women who love women; these and more were messages displayed on placards as members of the Vaal LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Trans-gender & Intersex) made their way to Mafatsane police station in Evaton to tone their cry and seek justice on hate crime and racism on Tuesday morning.

The well attended march was supported by the ANCYL, Young Communist League (YCL), COSATU and members of the community.

LGBTI Project Manager, Lindiwe Nhlapo said they want police and residents to know that bisexuals do exist.

This comes after a member of the LGBTI was raped and found killed.

The mutilated body of Matshidiso Melamu was found dumped in an open ground next to Mopholosi Secondary school.

During the terror, Melamu’s breasts were cut off and body burnt with acid while her friend who was also raped managed to escape.

“We want justice to take its cause. Residents must know that we do exist and they must stop killing us. We are human beings too; we are also tired of having our sexuality questioned whenever we try to open cases with police. People must accept and respect our rights,” Nhlapo said.

It is alleged that three cases of rape have been reported but none of those were attended to or taken seriously by the cops.

“When we do follow up’s we are often told the investigating officer is on leave or the dockets are missing. Some of the cases go unreported because queers are afraid to be discriminated against,” fumes Nhlapo.

Sello Maetso, Vaal SACP General Secretary said christians must acknowledge that gays and lesbians exist in the country.

“We must not wait for someone to be killed so we can march. We must work in unity,” Maetso concluded.

nhlapor@vmex.co.za

Joburg’s Environment and Infrastructure Services, MMC Matshediso Mfikoe cuts the ribbon marking the opening of Orange Farm Depot while Councillor Simon Motha looks on.

Joburg’s Environment and Infrastructure Services, MMC Matshediso Mfikoe cuts the ribbon marking the opening of Orange Farm Depot while Councillor Simon Motha looks on.

City of Joburg’s Member of the Mayoral Commit¬tee (MMC) for Environ¬ment and Infrastructure Services, Matshediso Mfikoe officially opened Pikitup Depot in Orange Farm on Monday.

The depot which cost R16million to built boost a Buy-Back centre where community can bring un¬wanted garbage like plastic, bottles magazines and newspapers in ex¬change for cash.

It is also said that it is solar system equipped in terms of load-shed¬ding, that it is rain harvest and is deemed energy efficient.

Addressing Pikitup’s employees, MMC Mfikoe said, “The depot took two years to finish and thanks to the contractors but I won’t dwell much on the challenges in relation to that, furthermore I don’t want what happened at Zondi Depot to be emulated here. This project is a collective effort and Or¬ange Farm is far more developed than it was.”

Mfikoe also stressed the importance of the community’s role in looking after the premises.

“We pledge to our community to take pride on such project and premises built for them more especially since it is man¬aged and run by people from around this area and that they should commit to keep¬ing the environment clean at all times.

Instead of dumping everything, some stuff can actually be recycled and re-used,” Mfikoe expressed.

Orange Farm Depot – Fact Sheet
Total Households: 58, 804
* Formal – 44926 units 240Lt Bin
* Informal – 10,878 units 240Lt Bin
* Informal – 3000 units Bags

Monthly Tonnages removed:
* RCR – 1718, 947
* Illegal Dumping – 1427, 600
* Street Cleaning – 234, 916
* SOS – 234, 916