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Following the announcement on Tuesday that its chief executive office (CEO), Nazir Alli, resigned on Monday, SANRAL has announced that it has appointed a new CEO to take over from Alli as he vacates his position on 3 June.
SANRAL announced through its board chairperson, Tembakazi Mnyaka, that it has appointed Koos Smit to the position of acting-CEO until it has finished its recruitment process. “Smit, who is currently Engineering Executive, is a long-standing member of SANRAL’s executive management team. He is an engineer of great experience and is widely known in the industry for his contributions to the agency’s successful development and maintenance of South Africa’s national road network,” said Mnyaka in a statement.
Mnyaka said SANRAL has “taken note of speculation around the reason for the resignation of Nazir Alli as chief executive officer. In his letter of resignation, Mr Alli did not elaborate on factors that influenced his decision” .
“We can be certain, however, that this was Mr Alli’s own choice”.
The chief executive officer (CEO) of South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), Nazir Alli, has handed a letter of resignation to the SANRAL board at a meeting yesterday (7 May).
The board of SANRAL through its chairperson, Tembakazi Mnyaka, made an pronouncement today confirming that they received a the letter and have accepted Alli’s resignation.
Alli, who joined SANRAL in 1998, has decided to hand in his resignation yesterday – 9 days after the North Gauteng High Court applied brakes the roads agency’s implementation of
e-tolling. The reasons for Alli’s departure are unkwown.
Mnyaka said the SANRAL board thank Alli for his years of service, adding that “as announced in recent weeks, processes have been initiated at national government
level to address the variety of issues involved in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolling. The Board will ensure that SANRAL contributes to
and cooperates with the deliberations now underway”.
The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in Limpopo has distanced itself from the comments made in the Sowetan newspaper accusing senior managers of appointing managers on a tribal background.
“[SAMWU] in the Limpopo Province wishes to distance itself from the comment made to the Sowetan newspaper by one of our branch leaders in Mopani District Municipality,” spokesperson Tahir Sema in a statement.
According to newspaper report, Steven Mashabane, Mopani District Municipality chairman, said his union had embarked on a strike because of the imbalances of staff absorption in the municipality. “More often than not Maake overlooks Tsonga- and Venda-speaking people in favour of Pedis,” Mashabane was quoted as saying.
“It is wrong that the municipality is now run by a Pedi-speaking municipal manager and a Pedi-speaking mayor. It is also painful that the same municipality had a chief financial officer, technical director and corporate services director who are all Pedi-speaking,” Mashabane said.
Mashabane accused municipal manager Timothy Maake of tribalism and nepotism in the appointment of employees at the municipality.
“SAMWU is a municipal trade union representing members from all walks of life. The union would therefore want to distance itself from any comment or statement that seeks to characterise our society on the basis of colour, gender and/or of a tribal background,” Sema said.
The report alleged that “the union wants the municipality to appoint a Tsonga-speaking person to the position of municipal manager”.
“It should therefore be put on record that the comments made to the Sowetan do not constitute our policy,” Sema further explained.
Despite facing stiff opposition from the union, the ANC in Limpopo has ignored the union’s demands and renewed Maake’s contract for another five years, the newspaper reported.
Minister Roy Padayachie passed on in Addis Abbaba, says presidency
Roy Padayachie (real full name: Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie) – who was the minister of public service and administration – has died in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told SABC News. Padayachie died three days after celebrating his 62nd birthday.
The details and causes of his death are not yet known. “All what I was told is that he collapsed in his hotel room,” Padayachie’s deputy, Ayanda Dlodlo, said.
Dlodlo said that the department was shocked by the passing on of minister.
He was attending the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Focal Point Select Committee meeting. Padayachie was South Africa’s “Focal Point” (a minister who report directly to the head of state or government) on the APRM Focal Point select committee.
He was described as energetic, dedicated and resourceful minister by Maharaj.
Maharaj said the government is doing everything in its power to establish the causes of his death. Padayachie was minister of communications before being moved to his last assignment at public service and administration.
Western Cape local government MEC Anton Bredell said the Democratic Alliances has launched an internal investigation into the allegations that a senior DA councillor in Swellendam was viewing explicit pornographic material on council property during office hours, reports Eyewitness News.
“We are getting a full report from the IT department and if he is found guilty, the DA will discipline him accordingly,” he said.
But the African National Congress (ANC) said the effort to report the matter to the authorities remain fruitless. According to reports, the party claims that even though the matter was reported to the speaker, mayor and municipal manager, nothing had yet been done.
The party’s Songezo Mjongile said correct disciplinary measures should be taken against the council. “He’s a senior councillor who needs to be using his time to serve the community, and not viewing pornographic material on council property.”
In an effort to put an end to police brutality, cabinet has approved the Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill which, if enacted, will classify torture as a criminal offensive. The bill has been sent to the speaker of the national assembly for tabling where it will be referred to the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development.
The penalty for torture proposed in the bill is imprisonment without the option of a fine. Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros said, at a provincial crime briefing, police brutality has nothing to do with training but everything to do with the violent situations in which the police find themselves, the Times newspaper reported.
Petros added that police brutality could not be blamed on training. “It is the situation police find themselves in, including public abuse, which leads to you getting angry,” he said.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said that the move was long overdue. Debbie Schafer, DA spokesperson on justice and constitutional development, said: “In light of the on-going allegations of torture by the police and correctional services, it is clear that South Africa needs strong regulations on this issue.”
“Though torture will be criminalised, a free, efficient and independent criminal justice system is required to detect crimes and prosecute them.”
South African police were described by the media as “predators”. Innocent people allegedly lost their lives after their shot by the police.
"The spies are listening"
The media has come under real threat from new legislative proposals and hostile political rhetoric, the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) said on Thursday.
While the press celebrate the role of the media in sustaining democracy, fighting tyranny and enriching public life around the world, SANEF remembers many ways in which this role has imperiled. “South Africa remains a beacon of press freedom on the African continent, but that status has come under real threat from new legislative proposals and from hostile political rhetoric, and from the conduct of some senior state officials”.
Under the theme “Media Freedom has The Power to Transform Societies” pioneered by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2012, media practitioners and civil groups are expected to further advocate for media freedom.
According to UNESCO, free media transform societies by enlightening the decision-making process with information, and thus empowering individuals to take control of their destinies.
Sanef said journalists, civil society groups, and trades unions are united in opposition to important aspects of the Protection of State Information Bill.
“Without the insertion of a clause protecting from prosecution those who publish such secrets in the public interest … the bill is a danger not just to press freedom, but to democracy,” Sanef said.
It said that press freedom requires more than good laws. It can only flourish in an environment where openness is cherished, where journalists work free from harassment, and diverse voices are able to be heard. “we are pleased to be able to point to a growing body of South African jurisprudence that not only asserts the constitutional protection accorded media freedom, but that is building on that foundation a legal architecture that secures us against pre-publication censorship, recognizes the need to protect sources, and lends enforceability to laws guaranteeing freedom of information”.
Despite their three crucial loses in a row, Kaizer Chiefs are still confident of clinching the league title and upsetting the on-form Mamelodi Sundown in the ABSA Premier match tonight. Doctor Khumalo, one of Kaizer Chiefs’ new coaching triumvirates, believes that it is not over until it is over – refusing to give up the chances of winning the league – no matter how slim the chances may be.
“Amakhosi will continue to fight until the last game of the season. The league has not been won yet. We have four games to [play] and the most important thing for us to win our next game,” he told the club’s website.
The Glamour Boys face a cumbersome task of playing against the second placed Sundown tonight at Soccer City and Khumalo says the calculator this time assures the chances of winning the league.
“We can do better against Sundowns. We experienced few hiccups before the game against SuperSport United with few players carrying injuries but once again we knew what we were up against”.
Khumalo knows the dire repercussion of dropping points against Sundowns, and he says they will continue to do their best to turn their precarious situation around.
As much as Chiefs has the mathematical chance of winning the trophy, if anything bad happens they could find themselves reeling out of the top eight.
Despite their 3 – 1 win over Santos on Sunday, Sundowns are slightly under pressure after Orlando Pirates defeated Supersport United 2 – 1 last night. And if they are to resuscitate their hopes in the title race, they have to beat Chiefs. They should maintain their comprehensive win against Santos, after they picked up only their second win from their last six league matches.
The Brazilians also have the good away record in the league this season – having won eight, drawn five and lost just one of their 14 away games. Chiefs have won seven, drawn one and lost four and are in sixth spot.
National Freedom Party (NFP) national secretary-general Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa said Bongani Shelembe, a businessman and NFP constituency chairperson from Msinga, and youth secretary Zamo Zondi were shot dead while a woman – identified as Thulephi Mbatha, a party member – was critically injured, The Witness reported on Wednesday.
KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday that two people were killed and a woman was critically injured when their car was shot at in Msinga, south of Dundee. The victims were attacked by four people on their way back from a constituency meeting. “The vehicle was ambushed while en route to Keate’s Drift,” Colonel Jay Naicker said.
“We are appealing to anyone with information to please contact the police,” he said.The shooting happened around 17:00 on Tuesday. The injured woman was rushed to the hospital.
The police have launched an investigation and the motive for the killing is not yet known.
NFP is a breakaway party from Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) launched on 25 January 2011 by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, IFP former chairperson, along with other former IFP members.
Late Sicelo Shiceka. File/ Source: GCIS
Former minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, passed away this morning (Monday, 30 April 2012) at Umtata General Hospital in his home province of Eastern Cape.
The African National Congress (ANC) said it was saddened by his death. “The African National Congress is saddened by the passing on of Comrade Sicelo Shiceka this morning at Umtata General Hospital in the Eastern Cape following a long illness that saw him take extended leave from his work as a Minister,” said ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
Born on June 8, 1966, Shiceka was introduced to politics during his student days during which he joined the Azanian Student Organisation (ASO). He was elected as its leader in 1987. Shiceka took part in the liberation struggle against apartheid under the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). Shiceka became the provincial secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1991 and was elected to a similar position in Cosatu in 1992.
In 1994 Shiceka was appointed as Gauteng MEC for Development Planning and Local Government – a position which he occupied until 1999.
Since 1994, Sicelo Shiceka served on the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee and National Executive Committee of the ANC. He also served as minister of provincial and local government (which was later changed to “co-operative governance and traditional affairs”) from September 2008 until October 2011 when President Zuma relieved him of his duties following a report compiled by the Public Protector which found that Shiceka had abused public funds. At the time of his death Shiceka was serving as an ANC member of parliament.
The details of Shiceka’s funeral arrangements were not immediately available at the time of publishing.