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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections. Nelson More »

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook say the onset of a new political leadership in SA has reduced policy uncertainty The IMF has given SA a vote of confidence, revising its growth projections, but also warned that More »

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Mark Lamberti has resigned as Imperial CEO‚ following an adverse judgment in the case brought by fired employee Adila Chowan‚ whom he called a “female employment equity candidate”. Imperial has promoted its chief financial officer‚ Osman Arbee‚ More »

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

PAMELLA Mabini, the woman who is one of the key witnesses in the case against a Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and the rape of young girls, was threatened and shot More »

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

IDP and Public Participation meetings currently under-way continues to draw crowds hungry for accelerated service delivery, job creation and crime reduction. The meeting held recently held in the Chatty Community Hall was no different. Hundreds of residents More »


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Mantashe: ‘There are people in the ANC who loot the state’

Corruption within the African National Congress is so rife that it can no longer be regarded as a perception says party secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Speaking to party supporters in Evaton‚ south of Johannesburg on Tuesday‚ Mantashe warned that corruption cannot be allowed to continue as it hampers government’s ability to deliver services.

“The ANC should not be corrupt and if the ANC is corrupt‚ then something has gone wrong. At this stage‚ we cannot say that it (corruption) is a perception. There are people in the ANC who loot the state and when you loot‚ you destroy the ability of the state to deliver services‚” Mantashe said to loud applause from community members and party supporters.

Mantashe was in the area to drum-up support ahead of the party’s 105th birthday celebrations to be held at Orlando Stadium.

His frank admission struck a cord with the audience‚ with some shouting that they had been reduced to living like farm-dwellers without services.

However‚ it was not the first time that Mantashe has spoken out against corruption within his own party. He previously blamed the party’s misfortunes in the August local government elections on corruption.

Mantashe acknowledged that not much had been done by government to develop Evaton.
“We can’t leave Evaton as it is much longer‚ with no streets. We can’t complain that there is no money because there is money but the problem is ‘how do we use it’‚” he said.

Millions in development funds under the auspices of the Evaton Renewal Project were allocated during the administrations of former Gauteng premiers Mbhazima Shilowa and Nomvula Mokonyane. But this does not appear to have resulted in much change.
The project was intended to abolish bucket toilets in the area as well as build houses‚ streets and a proper sewerage system.

Sunday’s celebrations at Orlando Stadium will also serve to celebrate the 100 year birthday of former ANC president Oliver Tambo.

Mantashe warned that persistent corruption within the party could not be allowed to continue any longer because it posed a risk to the legacy of Tambo.

“When we celebrate Oliver Tambo‚ we celebrate ANC values. You can’t associate Oliver Tambo with corruption because Oliver Tambo exemplified ethics and revolutionary morality of the ANC‚” said Mantashe.


ANC wants mayor fired for ‘racist remarks’

The ANC wants Saldanha Bay mayor Marius Koen fired and taken to the SA Human Rights Commission.

At the weekend‚ the municipality sparked outrage after it blocked access roads to the Saldanha Bay beachfront and gave access cards to residents in the area.

But Koen said the issue revolved around parking and complaints from residents, and had been blown out of proportion.

Koen said the move was to maintain law and order as visitors sometimes arrived by the taxi-load, resulting in noise‚ vandalism and drunkenness.

The remarks infuriated ANC spokesman Sammy Claassen‚ who called the statement racist and called for the mayor to face the consequences.

Koen said yesterday that residents had complained of bad behaviour and lawlessness outside their homes.

They had been issued with access cards for the street‚ he said‚ but the beach was open as usual for everyone to use.

Claassen said: “The ANC intends to lay a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against Koen for his remarks against the people of Saldanha Bay.

“We will [leave] no stone unturned to call him to account and apologise for his utterances.” He said the ANC wanted Koen’s immediate removal from office.

Koen was not fit to hold his position or able to defend and respect basic human rights,” he said.

“This shows the mayor’s racist attitude and outlook towards coloured and African people at beaches.”

Koen denied making any racist remarks on the matter‚ saying his statement was taken out of context.

“Last year, exactly the same thing happened, but no brouhaha was made about it at all. I don’t understand why it is being done now.

“Maybe because I am a white mayor and last time it wasn’t a white mayor. Is that the case?”

He said the municipality was responding to complaints from residents about bad behaviour‚ lawlessness‚ noise and vandalism over the festive period.

“I was informed by my law enforcement that it is mostly taxi people that come in.

“I didn’t stipulate what race it was. I didn’t stipulate who was riding . . . I never mentioned which race it was.”


Tumultous start for the new City Manager

The newly appointed Municipal Manager Mr Johann Mettler has expressed his happiness at being given the opportunity to serve the City on permanent basis. This follows municipality`s decision to reverse their decision of offering the job to Mr Vuyo Mlokothi. Mayor Trollip  revealed that there has been a breakdown of trust between him and Mr Mlokothi which arose as a results of his failure to disclose information relating to his alleged suspension by the State Information and Technology Agency.

It emerged that the Mayor received an anonymous tip-off that Mr Mlokothi might have been suspended at Sita and that this may have permeated his early departure from his job. Upon hearing this the Mayor asked him to come clean regarding the nature of the allegations levelled against him to which he answered that the separation was amicable. Oceana HR who were tasked with the responsibility of recruiting on behalf of the Muncipality failed to uncover the fact that Mr Mlokothi had been at some point suspended by Sita, this despite being paid a hefty some of R534 090 for their services.” We paid Oceana to find candidates and they did, accordingly we shortlisted and Mr Mlokothis scored the highest”. Six candidates were shortlisted with number two and three tied and Mr Mettler coming in at number four.Trollip said it was Mettler`s experience which gave him the nod over those who scored above him and that his decision to appoint him was protected by law.

ANC chief whip Litho Suka  said they were very worried that the process could result in litigation as they were not convinced that due processes were followed. He also opined and lamented DA`s failure to share information pertaining the recruitment process before the council meeting. In what can only be described as an eventful beginning of his tenure Mr Mettler has already committed himself to working towards getting clean audits for the municipality and making the city a destination of choice for investors.

Teflon President survives another bruising battle

President Jacob Zuma has survived the most serious challenge to his leadership yet, after a contingent of top officials tried to force him from office during a meeting of the ruling party’s National Executive Committee.

Zuma’s seven-year tenure as president has been marred by a succession of scandals and policy missteps that have weighed on the rand and put the nation’s investment-grade credit rating at risk. While Zuma, 74, has survived several previous challenges to his leadership, the fact that members of his own cabinet have openly turned against him is the clearest sign yet that his grip on power is slipping. He’s scheduled to step down as the ANC’s leader in December next year and his second term as president ends in 2019.

Addressing a media briefing on the outcomes of the NEC meeting held recently Mantashe said” The NEC never voted on any issue, instead members were afforded an opportunity to debate the matter to a point of consensus”.

He also expressed the party`s confidence and support for the President to remain in office until his end of his term of office. “We affirm him as a President of both the ANC and the country”.

Supporters of ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa conceded that removing Zuma could damage their bid against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who is favoured by some sections of the ANC to succeed Zuma as president at next year’s party conference.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom is said to have proposed the motion of no confidence in Zuma. Those also calling for him to step down reportedly were Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, and Jackson Mthembu, the ANC’s chief whip in Parliament.

The rebellion within the ANC comes almost a month after former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report indicating that Zuma may have allowed members of a wealthy family, who are his friends and in business with his son, to influence cabinet appointments and the awarding of state contracts.

In March, the Constitutional Court ruled that he violated his oath of office by refusing to repay taxpayer funds spent on upgrading his private home. In August, the ANC suffered its worst electoral performance in a local government vote, losing control of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

South Africa moved closer to a junk credit rating after Fitch Ratings changed the outlook on its assessment to negative from stable and said that continued political instability could result in a downgrade. Political risks to the standards of governance and policy making have increased and will remain high at least until the ANC leadership election in December next year.