Daily Archives: August 18, 2016

Africa: Jozi Businessman’s Miss Africa Continent Concept Hijacked

Business Reporter A DISPUTE has erupted about the rights of who should host the Miss Africa Beauty Pageant, between Johannesburg based businessman, Neo Mashishi, and Batswana and Egyptian businesspeople, with the latter claiming that he is the one who initially came up with the idea.

“They are trying to discredit and destroy my four years of hard work, they are propagating and fabricating lies, to the extent that they are spreading unfounded lies about me on social media he spread on social media a ut me and my pageant,” says Mashishi.

The Miss Africa Pageant is mean’t to pit women from the African continent who would have won their countries’s national titles, against each other on the catwalk.

Mashishi says he has about 10 Miss Africa Continent Trademark certificates, which show that not only is the concept his brainchild but that he is licenced to hold the annual event.

Mashishi says he has launched the event in countries like Swaziland, Tanzania, and attended by ministries for their Arts and Culture Ministries.

“Last year with the support of the Gaborone mayor, went to Lesotho to launch this project in Maseru where we were received by the Lesotho Royal House. We did the same in with Zimbabwe where the deputy minister of Arts in Zimbabwe graced the Miss Africa Zimbabwe launch in Bulawayo,” explains Mashishi.

Gauteng Guardian, has copies of the trademark certificates, in Mashish’s name from countries like Cameroon, Zambia, Lesotho, Rwanda, Zambia and other African countries, in its possession.

In addition to this Mashishi hosted the Miss Africa Continent in April 2016 in Johannesburg, which was won by Ghana’s Rebecca Asamoah.

“Its clear the two copied Miss Africa Continent, it should be revealed they are fakes or copy cats.

They just want to cause confusion,” adds Mashishi, who says Pageant organisers from several African countries are asking him what is going and thus discrediting the Pageant and the concept of promoting women from the African continent.

Also purporting to be hosting the same pageant is one Mostafa Yehia from Egypt .

Botswana based businessperson, Bruce Nkgakile, who is also claiming to have rights to host the pageant were unsuccessful, says in a FaceBook message that it is in fact Mashishi who is trying to steal his concept.

“We wish to state that Miss Africa is duly registered with and a product of Botswana and has a footprint in 44 African countries as licensed by us with recognized and registered organisations that host national pageants in those respective countries,” he claims.

However Mashishi scoffs at these allegations saying that he has sought legal advice over the issue and when Nkgakile was asked to present his credentials he has failed.

“I am challenging him to make those documents public, than just writing on FaceBook,” says Mashishi.

“We want to unite Africa but with people like these guys, who are confusing people and creating Division, the continent will never be one,” says Mashishi.

“I also send my lawyers letter, send to Bruce Nkgakile in 2015 requesting his credentials which he failed to produce to date. Media publications in Botswana and Swaziland also ask for the documents, he failed to produce. I send Miss Africa confidential documents in Egypt, he pretended to work

with me then turnaround and organize Miss Africa Egypt, he literally stole my intellectual property under false pretense.

Source: CAJ News Agency.

South Africa: What Is At Stake for New Councils in South Africa?

The 8% decline in the voters’ support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics.

Much has been written on the implications for the ANC and the country, but a significant and underreported short-term impact relates to the implications for budget expenditure and service delivery at a local level.

Few know that depending on the outcome of coalition negotiations, there could be significant changes to who is responsible for the governance of a very large portion of the R287 billion local government operating budget, and the R57 billion capital budget. Who will be responsible for overseeing the management of key municipal services such as water, electricity and roads? Who will be directing future investments in city infrastructure? These areas are both critical to the development of the economy, the creation of jobs and the ability of the country to alleviate poverty.

Following the 2011 local government elections, there were 35 hung councils (where no single party achieved a majority). These were mostly small or smaller councils located in KwaZulu-Natal (18 councils), the Western Cape (12) and Northern Cape (five).

Based on the 2015/16 municipal budgets published by National Treasury, we have calculated that the 35 hung councils in 2011 collectively only affected 2.63% of the total consolidated operating expenditure budgets of local government; and 3.03% of the total consolidated capital expenditure budgets. So although there were more hung councils in 2011 than there are in 2016, this was a political side show for small-town politicians. If there were stasis in the functioning of these hung councils, it would not have affected the core functioning of the South African economy.

But since 3 August 2016, things have changed – and drastically so. There are now 27 hung councils, and although fewer in number, they are now a big issue – affecting the metros Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as large city municipalities like Rustenburg and Mogale City.

After 2011, the ANC had control over 82.1% of the R287 billion local government operating expenditure budgets, but this has now been reduced to 41.73%. The Democratic Alliance has expanded its outright control of operating budgets very marginally, from 14.95% in 2011 to 15.63% in 2016. The percentage of operating budget in municipalities with hung councils, however, has increased from just 2.63% in 2011 to a massive 41.31% in 2016.

Operating budgets are used to pay the salaries of councillors and municipal staff, buy bulk water and electricity for distribution to households and businesses, and pay for the operating costs of the actual provision of local government services. They are also used for items such as sponsorships for golf tournaments and overseas travel for councillors.

A similar picture emerges if one looks at who controls municipal capital budgets. In 2015/16, the local government capital expenditure budgets totalled about R57 billion. These budgets are critical for putting in place the roads, electricity and water infrastructure essential to sustaining and growing the economy. They also support the building of houses, installing electricity and water connections and the creation of sustainable settlements. Budgeted medium-term revenue and expenditure framework figures show these capital budgets increasing to R64 billion in 2017/18 – although it is expected that they will, in fact, grow faster as national government seeks to boost economic growth by investing in city infrastructure.

In summary, as far as capital expenditure budgets are concerned, the situation is that firstly, the ANC’s outright control of local government capital budgets has declined from nearly 83% in 2011 to about 45% in 2016. Second, the DA has expanded its outright control of municipal capital budgets very marginally, from 13.90% in 2011 to 14.22% in 2016. And lastly, the percentage of local government capital budgets in municipalities with hung councils has increased from just 3.03% in 2011 to over 39% in 2016.

In other words, the ANC has lost outright control of about half the local government operating and capital budgets it controlled in 2011. Some R118 billion in operating budgets and R22 billion in capital budget is now located in councils that will be governed by coalitions. A great deal is thus at stake – for the political parties, for households and businesses, and indeed for the national economy, job creation and poverty alleviation.

What the above figures don’t show is the full extent of the impact of the 2016 local government election outcomes on Gauteng specifically.

After the elections in 2011, the ANC controlled all the metro and municipal councils in Gauteng, with the exception of Midvaal. This meant that between 2011 and 2016, the DA controlled just 0.9% and 0.5% of the local government operating and capital budgets in Gauteng.

Since the August elections, the DA still controls Midvaal, while the ANC now only has full control of the municipal councils of Emfuleni, Lesedi, new Randfontein and Merafong City. Together, these four municipalities control just 7.6% and 4.3% of the respective local government operating and capital budgets in Gauteng.

This means the ANC has lost outright control of the remaining 91.5% and 95.3% of the local government operating and capital budgets respectively in the province – which are now located in the four hung councils, but primarily in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. The actual numbers at stake are as follows:

See table.

The budgets of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane are very large and very important for the smooth functioning of the economy of Gauteng and of South Africa generally. The country needs the governance of these metros to improve: they are critical to driving economic growth and job creation in the country.

This should be the primary concern of the political parties currently negotiating coalition deals, and should inform the behaviour of all parties taking up the responsibilities of governance and of opposition in the new councils.

Source: Institute for Security Studies