Mandela widow urges end to violence against SA women
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Graça Machel, the activist, campaigner and widow of Nelson Mandela, has urged South Africans to break the cycle of violence that women and girls are subjected to.
She was giving a speech to mark the 90th birthday of Nobel peace prize winner and South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu.
"Violence is the breast milk we feed our young," she said in a message to South Africans and urged them to honour and cherish Archbishop Tutu's legacy by ensuring relationships are based on respect and equity.
She spoke of the high incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.
She said more needed to be done to identify and punish incidents of rape, sexual coercion and abuse as well as incest.
She said children were growing up experiencing hostility and exploitation and it was time for South Africans to stop passing on their trauma to the next generation.
South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has accused the largest opposition party of inflaming racial tension with its choice of election posters in an area where more than 30 people were killed during unrest in July.
Earlier this week, the Democratic Alliance put up posters around the town of Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal province which read: "The ANC called you racists - the DA calls you heroes".
The opposition party defended the move, saying it wanted to honour those who had stood up to protect their properties from looters.
Many of those who took up arms in the Phoenix area were South Africans of Indian descent, whilst most victims of the killings there were black.
North West Community Safety and Transport Management says Mr Schalk was an advocate of road safety, according to IOL news.
“In the many joint law enforcement operations that we held in Vryburg, Mayor Schalk was always there. He would actively participate, imploring road users to obey the rules of the road," Sello Lehari told IOL.
"I am saddened by his untimely death, especially at the time we are preparing for local government elections."
On 18 September Johannesburg's mayor, Jolidee Matongo, was also killed in a car crash.
SA chemical spill an environmental disaster - minister
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South Africa’s Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, says the spill from a chemical plant attacked by rioters in July in the port city of Durban has caused an environmental disaster.
She said it could several years for the local coastline to recover.
Giving details of a preliminary investigation, the minister said a criminal case had been opened against the chemical company, UPL, which was found not to have obtained environmental permits to run the plant.
UPL has not admitted liability.
Its warehouse was torched during the widespread riots sparked by the prison sentence given to South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma.
DBN Gogo - a pioneering woman at the heart of amapiano
South Africa's amapiano sound is phenomenally successful. I’ve played amapiano
tracks on my show from Morocco, Zambia, Nigeria, Botswana, The Gambia (the list
goes on). And it’s not just in Africa - Jorja Smith from the UK has an amapiano
There’s debate about where amapiano started in South Africa
and who is responsible for the genre, but one thing is certain: in the early
days, amapiano was a heavily male-dominated scene.
All the more impressive that DBN Gogo is now one of the most
respected figures on the amapiano landscape. She’s multi-talented: a DJ,
producer and a versatile singer.
DBN Gogo, who seems to be able to turn her hand to
anything, told me about the origins of her stage name and how she started out.
Quote Message: DBN because I’m originally from Durban, and your 'gogo' is your grandmother. That’s the direct translation but in African culture your gogo is also your spirit guide, your ancestor, so I am your ancestor in music.
DBN because I’m originally from Durban, and your 'gogo' is your grandmother. That’s the direct translation but in African culture your gogo is also your spirit guide, your ancestor, so I am your ancestor in music.
Quote Message: I’d been wanting to DJ for quite some time but I didn’t have anyone to teach me, then eventually my friend DJ Venom was like just pull up, come early and every Friday I’ll show you the ropes, you can practise and take it from there. So I had four lessons then I ended up being a resident at that club and I started gigging."
I’d been wanting to DJ for quite some time but I didn’t have anyone to teach me, then eventually my friend DJ Venom was like just pull up, come early and every Friday I’ll show you the ropes, you can practise and take it from there. So I had four lessons then I ended up being a resident at that club and I started gigging."
Amapiano is a derivative of house music, but it also draws on all the genres of South African music, for example kwaito, gqom and breakbeats.
DBN Gogo says it has been hard at times - but she is OK with that.
Quote Message: I really appreciate the support I’ve received, and obviously being one of the first few females, especially DJ-ing and really pushing the sound has helped me become a household name in the genre. I just really let the work speak for itself.
I really appreciate the support I’ve received, and obviously being one of the first few females, especially DJ-ing and really pushing the sound has helped me become a household name in the genre. I just really let the work speak for itself.
Quote Message: I used to be exclusively an old school house DJ, I felt at that time that people were neglecting that nostalgic sound that made people fall in love with house music."
I used to be exclusively an old school house DJ, I felt at that time that people were neglecting that nostalgic sound that made people fall in love with house music."
It just so happens that DBN Gogo has a very famous father. He is Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s longest-serving cabinet minister, in office from 1994 until just a couple of years ago.
But DBN Gogo does not take kindly to the suggestion that her father’s power may have eased her path to success.
Quote Message: My parents didn’t actually know to what extent this whole thing was going until they saw me perform last September, so it’s literally just been a year since they’ve known me properly to be doing this. I hid it from them for a while.
My parents didn’t actually know to what extent this whole thing was going until they saw me perform last September, so it’s literally just been a year since they’ve known me properly to be doing this. I hid it from them for a while.
Quote Message: I don’t like to talk about those guys much, they did their thing, I am doing my own thing. I wouldn’t have been hustling and fighting for people to pay me if I was being helped in any sort of way. I work and that’s all I care about."
I don’t like to talk about those guys much, they did their thing, I am doing my own thing. I wouldn’t have been hustling and fighting for people to pay me if I was being helped in any sort of way. I work and that’s all I care about."
You can hear DJ Edu’s conversation with DBN Gogo on the BBC World Service's This is Africa.
South African priest cleared of raping colleague
A South African priest accused of sexually assaulting his female colleague at a seminary has been cleared for lack of evidence.
Reverend June Major had accused fellow South African cleric Melvin Booysen of attacking her in 2002.
She said the priest entered the room where they were being hosted by one of the families at the seminary and attacked her.
But a tribunal of the Anglican church of Southern Africa has found "no evidence of the complainant laying allegations
or informing her Bishop prior to 2016, and no corroboration of them".
"We do not find her account consistent with a series
of circumstantial factors in the story," it said.
But it found Reverend Booysen guilty of "invading the complainant’s private space
in their lodgings".
It recommended that he undergoes therapy and retraining.
Mr Matongo was in office for just one month, replacing a predecessor who had died from Covid-19 complications.
Mr Matongo died in September after his vehicle collided with a van while trying to avoid a pedestrian who had run on to the road, local media reported.
He was a member of the governing African National Congress (ANC), and the party has now endorsed Mpho Moerane as its candidate.
Mr Moerane was formerly in charge of environment and infrastructure services in the city.
South Africa to roll out Covid vaccine certificates
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new Covid-19 vaccination certificate, which he said would make it easier to travel and access events that require proof of vaccination.
"Streamlining and standardising proof of vaccination will also go a long way towards getting a number of international travel restrictions both from and into our country eased," he said, but gave no timelines of the roll out.
In a televised speech, he said he pressed Britain to relax travel restrictions imposed on his country after discussing the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"We both agreed that decisions of this nature should be informed by science, and we are both hopeful of a positive outcome when the issue comes up for review in the coming days by their scientists."
A Downing Street spokesperson is quoted by AFP news agency as saying the leaders acknowledged the challenges posed by the travel restrictions.
Mr Ramaphosa also eased local pandemic restrictions, including reducing the hours of a nationwide curfew, now in place from midnight to 04:00. He ended a ban on weekend alcohol sales and allowed larger public gatherings.
He said the government aims to administer 250,000 first dose vaccinations every single weekday until mid-December.
"Yoh! those animals can run fast, and they make so much noise. When I hooted at it, it stuck its tongue out at me and started running," Ashraf Plaatjies said.
"When I started shouting at it to get out of the way, he made an annoying screeching sound and ran towards the M5 (highway)," he continued.
There are conflicting media reports about whether one or two ostriches were present - but an animal welfare charity confirmed to news24 it had only been informed of one.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA told the same website the ostrich was unharmed.
It is not clear where the ostrich came from.
Ramaphosa backs ex-minister implicated over graft
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended former Health Minister
Zweli Mkhize despite corruption allegations against him - which he has denied.
Mr Ramaphosa said the ex-minister had "served the nation
well" citing his contribution to the health sector especially his role in
addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also asked South Africans to be more considerate.
“Much as we want to be gung-ho and send people to the
gallows and all that… we also need to recognise some of the things they have
done. Dr Mkhize has served the nation well,” he said at a press briefing late on Wednesday.