Daily Archives: August 7, 2018

Two missing persons sought by Motherwell Cluster

Motherwell: Police in the Motherwell and Kwadwesi policing areas are searching for two missing persons.

In Motherwell police are searching for 15-year-old Siyamthanda Skeyi who went missing on 28 July 2018. He was last seen in NU30 at about 15:00 while he was busy helping his family build a shack. He was wearing a striped blue, white and orange t-shirt, grey shorts and red and white flops. He is 1,3 metres tall and chubby with dark complexion. He also has a lisp.

Any person that could assist police with information can contact the Motherwell Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit investigator Sergeant Simphiwe Siyolo at 079 896 7335.

In Kwadwesi police are searching for 73-year-old Sotume Willie Somya who went missing on 17 May 2018 at about 13:00. He was last seen sitting in the sun outside his home at 26 Mgwali Street, Kwadwesi.

Source: South African Police Service


PRETORIA– South African Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga has called on women in the country to take advantage of opportunities in the aviation sector, saying the government has done a lot since 1994 to ensure the empowerment of women in the industry through policy transformation.

Speaking to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) radio unit ahead of the first ever Global Aviation Gender Global Aviation Gender Summit to be hosted by South Africa this week, she said here Monday: Globally there are also gender transformation policies that support women empowerment in the sector. There are many opportunities available now that I encourage women to take up in the aviation industry.”

The Deputy Minister said the aviation industry in South Africa is white and male dominated but progress is being made in some areas to transform the sector.

The summit, which is being hosted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in co-operation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will be held from Aug 8 to 10.

It will see nearly 500 top-ranking representatives of governments and the aviation industry from across the world, including airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers gathered in Cape Town to jointly chart a new flight-path that will bring about meaningful gender transformation and equality in aviation.

SACAA head Poppy Khoza said South Africa’s safety record ranks extremely high. We are extremely excited to have a supportive government and responsive government …. as the government wants to ensure there is excellence in this sector. Untransformed as it is, it is one of the sectors that is doing extremely well in our country, she said.

Khoza said she expects the debates during the summit to be robust, and most importantly, the solutions to be pragmatic.

The line-up of speakers is noteworthy and the topics are pointed, making it impossible for the summit to turn into a banal talk shop. Most importantly, if we do not emerge from this gathering with concrete goals, and start walking the talk, we would have failed the next generation of female aviators, she said.

The summit is also being held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and through the contribution of among others, the SACAA, South African Airways (SAA), Transport Canada, Air Traffic Navigation (ATNS), Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), and Qatar Airways.


Missing person sought by Zwelitsha SAPS

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN – Police are seeking assistance from the public to find a 27-year-old female, Sibusiso Solven who resides in Phakamisa Township outside King Williams Town, she went missing from her home on Friday, 03 August 2018. She was last seen visiting her boyfriend in King Williams Town using public transport and it is alleged that she did not reached her destination.

At the time of her disappearance Solven was wearing a blue & orange dress, pink shoes and a lumber jacket (jean). She is described as short in height and dark in complexion with a bonding hairstyle. A preliminary investigation was done with no success.

Police would like to make an appeal to the members of the community to assist them in locating Sibusiso Solven, anyone with information can contact the investigating officer D/Sgt Dyantyi on 040 655 1925 or 0827985886

Source: South African Police Service

MEC Sihle Zikalala hands over house to Makhathini family, 8 Aug

Joint effort rescues poverty-stricken family from undignified conditions

In a fine display of effective intergovernmental relations between the Province, the Municipality and a water entity, an indigent family headed by a 90-year grandmother in northern KwaZulu-Natal will have its dignity restored.

The ten member Makhathini family, including a severely disabled adult and children, had been sharing a poorly ventilated, sparsely furnished single room mud dwelling in Port Dunford, near Esikhawini.

It was a living arrangement that not only stripped the family of its dignity and privacy but also left them susceptible to communicable diseases.

After the family’s plight reached the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Sihle Zikalala earlier this week, and noting the direness of the situation, he immediately sprang into action and appealed to the Mayor of the uMhlathuze Municipality, Mr. Mduduzi Mhlongo and the Chief Executive of Mhlathuze Water, Mr. Mthokozisi Duze to come to the family’s aid.

The partnership has culminated in the provision of a temporary yet decent housing structure which will be erected for the family tomorrow. They will also be given groceries and blankets. A benefactor has made a firm commitment to start building the family a new home.

Source: Government of South Africa

Wits and NWU in the driving seat in Round Three

NWU will host UL on Thursday at the NWU-Mafikeng Stadium in a game the home side will want to use to solidify their position as one of the competition leaders.

Monde Hlatshwayo’s men are returning home from a 2-0 victory over UKZN making it two-from-two after their 2-1 win over UWC in Round One. A victory over the newly promoted UL would put NWU in the driving seat ahead of their home clash against TUT in Mahikeng the next week.

UL will have a lift in confidence going into the game. The recently promoted UL took a heavy 7-1 defeat against UJ in their fixture but seemed to shake off the cobwebs and held a vivacious TUT side to a 1-1 all draw. UL will hope they can replicate their strong defensive effort against NWU.

NWU take on UL at 16:00 on 9 August at the NWU-Mafikeng Stadium. Live on SS4 and SS10.

Bragging rights at stake in Johannesburg Derby

Valuable points, but more importantly, bragging rights will be on the table when UJ and Wits play their hands at the UJ Soweto Campus on Thursday.

UJ will arrive at their home stadium with a massive 7-1 victory over UL and 1-1 draw against UP-Tuks under their belt after two home games. Wits on the other hand are coming two successive victories after defeating UKZN in a 3-2 thriller in Durban and then taking a 1-0 victory over UWC in Johannesburg.

UJ captain Potoko Mametja believes the bragging rights on offer will definitely add spice to an already momentous fixture, while his side are keen to impress their home crowd.

Playing Wits is always an exciting game, it’s not just the Johannesburg Derby, it’s definitely also about fighting for bragging rights to see who’s the best in Jo’burg. I think they are going to try and avenge themselves after we beat them 4-1 at their home ground last season. We are ready for anything.

As for my team, it’s going to be a big one, we are playing at home, the pressure is on us. We never want to disappoint the home crowd, I think we are going to manage the game well.

Wits captain Mahle Mtabane explained the level of competition between the two sides is close to the PSL, while echoing Mametja’s sentiment on being the best in Johannesburg.

Playing UJ is always going to be difficult since it’s a derby. The atmosphere at the stadium for both teams and players is probably the closest we feel to being part of a PSL (Premier Soccer League) match in my opinion.

We also would like to be considered the best team in Jo’burg. It’s also a grudge match considering the result of last year.

UJ will host Wits at the UJ Soweto Campus Stadium at 18:15 on Thursday, 9 August. Live on SS4 and SS10.

Tuks search for first win

Current Varsity Football champions Tuks, hope to claim vital points as they take on UKZN in Tshwane on Thursday.

Defending champions, Tuks, who are known for slow beginnings, will hope to grab all three points and continue their record of following up slow starts with breath-taking football as the tournament progresses. In their first match, they lost to their city rivals TUT by 2-1 and thereafter drew one-all with UJ.

Debutantes UKZN on the other hand, will be looking to revive some sort of hope in the tournament as they will be playing their first away match ever, following their 3-2 and 2-0 home defeats to Wits and NWU respectively. At the moment they sit rock bottom of the table with no points. UKZN also have a history of coming strong towards the end of the game and will be looking to continue with that record.

The points will be crucial for both teams in the match as the two teams are separated by just a single point between them, and both have not yet tasted victory in the tournament.

The match will take place at the Tuks Stadium on Thursday and the kick-off is at 18:30pm.

UWC determined to turn season around

UWC captain Clinton Herwel believes his side can change their fortunes after two successive losses on the road.

The men from Belville have lost two games in a row, after being defeated 2-1 in Mahikeng by NWU, they then lost 1-0 to Wits after holding the Braamfontein side goalless for most of the game with substitute Waylan Rooi giving Wits the advantage on the 80-minute mark.

Herwel conceded two defeats on the trot is not how UWC wanted to start the season.

It’s been a tough start to the Varsity Football 2018 campaign as we lost two consecutive games. It’s never easy playing away because there are certain factors which are out of our hands, but we need to focus on ourselves and what we good at.

The experienced skipper is adamant that his side has what it takes to make it to the business end of the competition.

UWC is known for their character and fighting spirit, and this needs to be active for the remainder of the season. Our next game is against TUT, at home which is our fortress, Herwel said.

I still believe we can go all the way, but our fate is in our own hands. We need to get positive results going forward, by all means try our best to win every game but taking one game at a time and take each game as a final. We are a talented group of guys, but we need execute it on the field of play. We need to bounce back and get our confidence up again and hopefully it can happen Thursday.

UWC will host TUT at 18:30 at the UWC Sports Stadium on 9 August.

Source: South African Football Association