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Free of The Mould, Abuse Of Taxpayers’ Money At Transnet, Saray Khumalo First
Black African Woman To Summit Mount Everest, WC ANC and Iqbal Survé Donation and
Something To Ponder
Free of The Mould
We are as strong as our weakest thought
is something Saray N’kusi Khumalo has this week reminded us. We as South
Africans and Africans as a whole are proud of our girl who has proven that
determination and dedication work hand in hand with a strong sense of purpose
and conviction to attain whatever goal we care to set ourselves.
After conquering Mount Kilimanjaro in
2012, Mount Elbrus in 2014 and Mount Aconcagua in 2015, Saray set her eyes on
the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. It was not victory at the
first or second attempt. It took four such attempts for her to finally stand
tall and raise the South African flag on top of the world literary!
On Thursday morning, South Africa woke to the exciting news of a fellow South African woman who had summited Mount Everest. eNCA reported that Saray had on the early hours of Thursday reached the top of the mountain having climbed to the top of the world’s highest peak, is 8,848 metres above sea level. With this conquest, she became not only the first South African woman to do so, but, the first black woman to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Her motivation? Helping others. Saray
uses her mountaineering career to help raise funds for others who need help. In
2012 when she summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the money she raised was for the
Lunch Box Fund. As a Nelson Mandela Libraries ambassador, she raised almost
1million Rands for school libraries through mountain climbing. The Mount
Everest climb is set to raise funds in support of the Dr. Thandi Ndlovu
Mount Everest was not going to give
Saray victory on a platter. The obstacles she encountered were enough to
discourage even the most seasoned of climbers, but not this South African lady.
In 2014, she was stopped when an avalanche hit Nepal and her second attempt in
2015 was cut short by an earthquake. Not one to give up easily, Saray went back
in 2017 only to fall when she was within 100 vertical metres of the summit. The
exposure resulted in frostbite and she had to be airlifted to hospital. 2018,
she was back again and this time, even the tallest mountain in the world could
not stop her.
South Africans, old and young have a lot
to learn from this lady. First of all, she is not idle that she takes on
mountain climbing to kill time. No, she is a business executive, who has
decided that she can do more to help others and at great cost to herself, she
has set goals and gone out and done whatever it takes to achieve them. Saray is
reported to have set herself the goal of summiting the tallest mountain in each
continent. Having just conquered the most formidable of all, is there one that
she cannot climb?
Well done Saray, you have made us proud!
NEWS THIS WEEK
‘Horrified’ Over Abuse Of Taxpayers’ Money At Transnet
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has described the flagrant abuse and waste of taxpayers’ money at Transnet as “horrifying”. Zondo was responding to evidence by the parastatal’s acting group chief executive, Mohammed Mahomedy, who wrapped up his testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry on Thursday.
Manager Takes Stand At Zondo Inquiry
Former Transnet strategy manager Francis Callard is giving evidence at the Zondo Commission on Friday after days of shocking evidence of corruption and maladministration by the company’s acting group chief executive.
EFF Accepts Election Results Despite Alleged Irregularities
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson Dali Mpofu said that the party accepts the outcome of the general election despite an investigation into alleged voter fraud finding potential irregularities. At least 20 people were arrested, most of them for allegedly trying to vote at more than one station.
Premier-Elect Winde Vows New Cabinet Will Address Voters’ Biggest Concerns
Western Cape premier-elect Alan Winde said his new Cabinet would tackle some of the province’s most pressing issues. Winde will be sworn in as the premier next week. He said the concerns raised by citizens on the election campaign would be addressed.
Zuma Trial: Phumzile Dube’s Family Struggling To Deal With Her Death
The family of Phumzile Dube, who died when former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane’s Porsche collided with a taxi in 2014, says her mother still can’t come to terms with how she died. Members of the family said that images of her daughter hanging from the taxi still brings her to tears.
Municipality Reaches Out To Gift Of The Givers To Resolve Payment Row
The Makhanda Municipality is trying to resolve a dispute over funding for relief efforts after the Gift of the Givers withdrew from the drought-stricken area. The NGO helped the municipality in the Eastern Cape for the past three months. But after learning that funding would go to private companies for work done by Gift of the Givers, the organisation pulled out.
Considers Public Protector’s Intervention In Robben Island Museum Case
The Ex-Political Prisoners Association is considering approaching the Public Protector to intervene in an investigation at Robben Island Museum. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa ordered the probe to look into claims of corruption, poor management and nepotism made by the group.
Ukwazi: CoCT Ignoring National Legislation If Foreshore Project Approved
Land and housing activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi claims the City of Cape Town is ignoring national legislation if it allows a new development on the Foreshore to go ahead. The Harbour Arch is a 5.8-hectare development which will include six towers comprising apartments and shops.
Arrives At Court For District Six Land Restitution Case
The Rural Development and Land Reform Minister has arrived at court on Friday in a restitution case involving hundreds of land claimants. Last month, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was ordered to appear in the Western Cape High Court in the matter.
ANC Clears The Air On ‘Divisions’ Over Iqbal Survé Donation
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape on Thursday refuted claims by some members that it was deeply divided. This after the provincial working committee suspended treasurer Maurencia Gillion pending an investigation into a donation from controversial businessman Iqbal Survé.
Khumalo’s Everest Joy Tempered By Team Member’s Fall
Saray Khumalo, the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest, is now making her way back to base camp, with her victory dampened by the disappearance of one of her team members. Irish professor, Seamus Lawless, reportedly fell on Thursday after also reaching the top.
To Appeal CAS Ruling On Caster Semenya
Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa has confirmed that Athletics South Africa (ASA) will appeal the judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and lodge its papers within the prescribed and stipulated period. ASA, alongside Caster Semenya, lost in their appeal to uphold the IAAF’s regulations on forcing female athletes with higher testosterone levels to take suppressants to compete.B
Buthelezi: SA Has Never Had a Free, Fair Election
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the country has never had a free and fair election, even after the country became a democracy. The IFP told journalists during a post-election briefing in KwaZulu-Natal that it had always been open about the credibility of the country’s elections.
For ANC NEC To Not Discuss Magashule Comments, Warns Analyst
Political analysts said that the African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) may not be able to avoid discussing its secretary-general Ace Magashule’s latest utterances. This as the NEC was on Monday expected to hold its first post-2019 election NEC in Irene just outside Pretoria.
Leak Prompts Evacuation At SABC’s Radio Park
Staff at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Radio Park in Auckland Park were evacuated after a diesel leak in the multi-storey building. “The SABC, as a precautionary measure, ensured that employees from the Radio Park building were safely evacuated as we take the health and safety of our staff seriously,” said SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu.
Call For Zandile Gumede To Resign Not An Attack On Her
The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the eThekwini region says Zandile Gumede should be given space to deal with charges of corruption, racketeering and fraud leveled against her. The league said that Gumude, who was released on R50,000 bail, should resign from her mayoral position and deal with the charges.
Mayor Gumede Must Be Given Time To Clear Name
The KwaZulu-Natal government said that eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused must be given time to clear their names. Gumede handed herself over to the Hawks on Tuesday, along with African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) regional deputy secretary Mondli Mthembu, over their alleged involvement in tender fraud amounting to R208 million.
Interest Rate Swap Cost Transnet R1Billion But Regiments Gained Commissions
The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how an ill-advised interest rate swap on loans has costs Transnet more than R1 billion but scored Regiments Capital more than R200 million in so-called commissions. Acting group chief executive Mohammed Mahomedy has testified about how the terms of loans worth about R23-billion were changed, against the advice of junior treasury officials. The loans were changed from linked interest rate to high, fixed interest rates.
THINGS WE LIKED
Africa’s Saray Khumalo First Black African Woman To Summit Mount Everest
South Africa’s Saray Khumalo has reached the top of the world, becoming the first black African woman to summit Mount Everest. It was fourth time lucky for Khumalo, whose three previous attempts failed due to external factors, including in 2015 when an earthquake struck Nepal. But she finally conquered the mountain on Thursday morning, managing to ascend nearly 9,000m above sea level.
Father Gets Double Life Sentence For Repeatedly Raping Daughter
The Grahamstown High Court sentenced a 48-year-old father to double life imprisonment for raping his own daughter over a period of time. He was slapped with the sentence this week. Police said he repeatedly raped the young girl in 2017 on a farm where they lived.
Praises SAPS For Ensuring SA’s Safety During Polls
Police Minister Bheki Cele said a number of arrests had been made in connection with various crimes during last week’s elections. The justice, crime prevention, and security cluster held a briefing reflecting on security matters during the sixth general elections.
Parliament Will Be Represented By 14 Parties
Parliament will see a record number of 14 parties represented when the National Assembly convenes next week for the first time after the election. Until now, 13 parties have held seats in Parliament, but some failed to attract enough votes to secure their return.
Mzwanele Manyi Says He’s Not Going To Parliament
Leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) Mzwanele Manyi said he would not be representing the party in Parliament. ATM president Vuyolwethu Zungula and Thandiswa Marawu, a former Eastern Cape African National Congress MEC, will represent the party in the National Assembly. “This has never been about me, it’s been about ATM. I’m not with the party to try and be in Parliament, this was because I believe in what the party stands for.”
Committee Open To Discussing Restitution Matters With Land Reform Dept
The Rural Development and Land Reform Minister will have much to answer to in a District Six land claim case before the courts this week. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has been ordered to appear before the Western Cape High Court on Friday. In the meantime, there have been two court submissions, one from the minister and the other from representatives for the land claimants.
Women Involved In Fake Resurrection To Appear In Court
Two women accused of fraud in the case relating to the resurrection of a man are set to return to the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning. Brighton Moyo made headlines in February after a video was widely shared where he emerged from a coffin with many congregants believing he had been brought back to life.
Of Conmen Posing As Prophets, Joburg Police Warn Residents
Johannesburg residents are being warned to look out for people posing as prophets who are robbing their victims of their valuables. A woman was robbed of her cellphone in the Johannesburg CBD after a conman claimed her device was possessed by demons. She was then asked to hand over her cellphone so that it could be prayed for.