Uitenhage’s name changed to “Qhagqiwa” or “Garden Town”?

Is it really worth changing a name when that name is internationally known for various aspects, one of them being home to the largest car factory on the African continent?

Is it worth spending millions of Rands on changing a name when “insufficient funds” are so often named as the reason or excuse for lack of maintenance on basic services?

These are but two of the hundreds of comments, outbursts and reactions from the public on social platforms after the Eastern Cape government announced that it is considering changing Uitenhage’s name to “Qhagqiwa” or “Garden Town”.

Comments like: “if the name Uitenhage can’t even be spelled correctly on nameboards, imagine the new name”, “We will be totally lost, not knowing where the heck it is. Poor tourists … not a good idea”, “Is a name change really necessary? This is a political stunt to gain votes”, “Absurd. There are far more important things to spend tax money on”, “What will be the benefits of it? Surely the money could be much better spent on service delivery?”

There were, however, a few people who felt positive about Uitenhage being named “Qhagqiwa”.

Deshun Deysel
Mountaineer Deshun Deysel was born in Uitenhage

The Eastern Cape Geographical Names Committee also announced that public participation hearings would be held after to the local government elections on August 3.

The other name changes include Port Elizabeth (to be changed to Gqeberha) and the Port Elizabeth airport (to be named Sipho Hashe Airport).

Zukile Jodwana, a member of the Eastern Cape geographical names committee said “This is a lengthy process and can take up to six months.

“We have received the applications, but now we have to hold public meetings in the communities where residents can voice their opinions and air their grievances.

“Then we must make a recommendation to the national geographical names committee, which in turn must submit its recommendations to the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.”

There are various notable persons linked to Uitenhage. Saying that Enoch Sontonga, Allan Hendrickse, Smuts Ngonyama, Sean Burke, Ton Vosloo, Linky Boshoff, Garth Wright, Deshun Deysel and Loyiso Bala hail from Qhagqiwa, simply lacks any significance.

  • Uitenhage was founded on 25 April 1804 and named in honour of General Jacob Abraham Uitenhage De Mist.

source: UD News/News24

New Central Suppliers Database Registration

All existing and prospective service providers/creditors to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are hereby notified that, with effect from 1 July 2016, the municipal (NMBM) suppliers’ database, on which they may already be registered, will cease to be operative and an electronic Central Suppliers Database (CSD), developed by National Treasury, will be implemented. Accordingly, to be able to do business with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality from 1 July 2016, all existing or prospective suppliers or creditors of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are required to register on this Central Suppliers Database (Note: Only providers registered on the National Treasury CSD will be regarded as verified providers by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality).

The implementation of this Central Suppliers Database is motivated on the desire to reduce duplication of effort and cost for both business and government. Registering is to be done through self-registering on the CSD website. In the self-registering process, the National Treasury CSD will verify the following information from suppliers/creditors: (1) Business registration (including details of directorship); (2) Bank account holder information; (3) Employees in the service of the state (National and Provincial); (4) Tax compliance status (5); Directors’/Members’ identity details (6) Tender defaulting and restriction status.

Note, however, that the following cannot yet be automatically verified by the National Treasury CSD and must therefore be sent to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Compliance Office for verification purposes (the Municipality will receive daily updates on all successful applications for registration on the CSD website):

* Municipal Billing Clearance Certificate * National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) Certificate * Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Construction Registers Service (CSR) status and * Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Certificate
The above must either be hand delivered or couriered to the following offices (note that this documentation must be accompanied by a completed NMBM Suppliers Verification Form, obtainable from the NMBM website (www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za – go to “Public Notices”) or from the offices below):

The Supply Chain Management Compliance Office, Harrower Road Depot, corner of Buxton Avenue and Harrower Road, North End, Port Elizabeth

OR

The Supply Chain Management Compliance Office, Budget and Treasury Customer Care office, ground floor, Town Hall Building, Market Street, Uitenhage

For more details, please contact the NMBM Database Administrator, tel. 041 506 3274/3266; Fax: 0865144305 ; email: scmdatabase@mandelametro.gov.za

Sovereign Foods: No Signs of Takeover

UITENHAGE-BASED poultry group Sovereign has ruled out a predatory swoop by a larger rival following the publication of a cautionary announcement last week. Consider buying this local company on the JSE using EasyEquities trading platform.

Poultry food business ChickenThe cautionary spurred widespread speculation that a larger competitor — most likely Astral Foods or recently delisted Country Bird Holdings — might be engaging Sovereign about a takeover.

Sovereign, despite a marked improvement in operating performance, continues to be modestly rated by the market. The share has traded at a discount to tangible net asset value, and on an earnings multiple of 8,5 times. About five years ago Sovereign was subject to well documented takeover bids — first by Country Bird Holdings and then by agribusiness conglomerate Afgri.

However, Sovereign — under fire recently for generous performance fees paid to its top executives — said it was “not aware of a ‘competitor transaction’ and the board is not engaged in any discussions in this regard.”

But Sovereign did say it is considering implementing a number of potential strategic initiatives — including the conclusion of a black economic empowerment transaction. The company said this was at an advanced stage.

source: Financial Mail


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College students protest bursary cuts, evictions

by Binwe Adebayo

Eastcape Midlands College, UitenhageStudents of the Eastcape Midlands College are currently protesting after certain students were denied full bursaries by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). As a result, local landlords have threatened to evict those affected.

After some students were evicted on Monday night 24 February, a large crowd of students gathered to protest at around 11pm, many wearing pyjamas. The students moved up along Hill Street and up along Milner Road in Uitenhage.

Some protesters jumped over the College’s fence, before three police vehicles arrived at the scene. The crowd dispersed at around 12.30pm but the protest resumed early this morning and is set to continue until their demands are met.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is adamant that this is an issue which requires resolution, especially because the deduction from the promised R1 600 to R550 has been enacted across all eight campuses of the Eastcape Midlands College.

Students carrying placards are protesting outside the school, which has deployed HiTec guards to protect staff and the premises. Police vehicles have also driven past the site of the protest during the course of the morning.

Despite cold weather and rain over last night and this morning, the crowd of protesting students has grown. Even those who are not on bursaries have pledged their solidarity.

“If one of our students is affected, we are all affected. People must be angry, this is not fair treatment,” said Office Administration student, Anathi Gongqa.

“We will stay here all day and even tomorrow if needs be. The College needs to help defend our rights. We are their students,” said one student, who declined to be named.

Many of the students with whom Grocott’s Mail spoke refused to give their names as they had been told by officials of the College that this could result in immediate expulsion.

The students, along with Student Liaison Officer Lithemba Busakwe, hope to meet the Department of Higher Education at the Eastcape Midlands College’s head office in Uitenhage.

Despite calls to the College there has been no public response so far.

source: Grocotts Mail

Is the Citrix Virtualization Learning Path Right for Your Certification Needs?

If you are interested in earning the CCEE for Virtualization certification, you may wish to pursue the Design Phase of the Citrix Virtualization Learning Path. This phase requires you to take the CVE-401 Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution course. You can also use ExamTrace to learn the skills you’ll need in order to pass the certification exam. Some of the skills you’ll need to successfully earn the CCEE for Virtualization certification include building a virtual infrastructure for desktop and application delivery, building farm to deliver servers and desktops, integrating XenApp and XenDesktop, and integrating XenServer with third party storage solutions. This path is best for you if you are interesting in working as a systems engineer.

If your goal includes being a systems administrator, you may wish to pursue the system deploy phase. For this phase, you’ll need to be responsible for knowing how to create, manage and deliver virtual desktops. You’ll also be responsible for managing applications in the datacenter. Installing and configuring storage and provisioning concepts are additional essential skills.

The maintain phase is targeted towards those individuals hoping to work as a system analyst. The primary tasks you’ll be responsible for include monitoring, maintaining, and optimizing virtualized environments.

For both the deploy and maintain phases of the learning path, you are required to take four training courses. After successfully completing the phases, you are eligible to receive any of the following certifications: CCA for XenDesktop 5, CCA for XenApp 6, CCA for XenServer 6, and CCAA for XenApp 6.

Learn to Be Thankful for What You Already Have

7 Strategies for Wealth by business philosopher Jim RohnIs thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you would respond with, “No, thankfulness is not a key to survival,” and I would tend to agree with you. Most of us have probably already solved the necessary problems of survival, gone beyond that and are now working to achieve our desires. But let me give you this key phrase, “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons we can learn in life is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished.

Both the years and the experiences have brought me to where I am today, but it is the thankfulness that opened the windows of opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way. My gratitude starts with my parents who raised me, gave me an incredible foundation that has lasted me all of these years and continues with the mentors that I’ve met along the way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my life, my income, my bank account, my future. I am also very thankful for the people, the associations, the ideas, the chance to work and labor, and to produce results; all of that has brought me to this day, to this weekend. I’m grateful for it all.

What a unique opportunity each one of you has, to appreciate the uniqueness of our own experiences that has brought us all together, to learn new skills and sharpen old ones. For the countries, towns and cultures we represent, we have freedom and liberty. These are extraordinary times. Just a few years ago the walls came tumbling down in Germany and the peoples of South Africa were set free from the bondages of Apartheid. It started a wave of democracy and freedom like the world has never seen. We as a country and as a world have so much to be thankful for. Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and see the miracles that come from this one simple act.

Now thankfulness is just the beginning; next, you’ve got to challenge yourself to produce. Produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share and give your ideas away. That is called fruitfulness and abundance. Here’s what I think fruitfulness and abundance mean: to go to work on producing more than you need for yourself so you can begin blessing others, blessing your nation and blessing your enterprise. Once abundance starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it’s amazing what the numbers turn out to be. But to begin this incredible process of blessing, it often starts with the act of thanksgiving and gratitude, being thankful for what you already have and for what you’ve already done. Begin the act of thanksgiving today, and watch the miracles flow your way.

via Anthony Larter in Port Elizabeth

written by Jim Rohn R.I.P., business philosopher

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo nutured by the ANC turns on Jacob Zuma

AS A proud African traditionalist who has just built his own Great Place at Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma should be deeply concerned that the traditional leader of one of South Africa’s biggest tribes has become critical of him.

Most black traditional leaders in South Africa are meekly deferential to the government, as indeed they were to the old apartheid regime, which they served as paid administrators of the Bantustan system.

Since liberation, they have dutifully herded their subjects to the polls to vote for the African National Congress (ANC), in return for which the government has rewarded them by keeping traditional powers in their hands. For one of them to step out of line now must come as a shock to Zuma and the ANC.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo - Zwelibanzi, is a king of the abaThembu Of course, the individual concerned, Paramount Chief Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the Tembu, has some clouds of his own hanging over his head.

He is well known to be a heavy dagga smoker, although that is more a tradition than a crime in our country. More seriously, he has a conviction of culpable homicide involving the death of a villager in his area awaiting the hearing of an appeal.

But that aside, Dalindyebo’s sudden emergence as an outspoken critic of Zuma’s leadership and the ANC in general poses a significant threat to the ruling alliance.

He is an influential figure as the king of the largest tribe among the Xhosa-speaking people of the Eastern Cape, which is the traditional heartland of the ANC, but where its support is now on the decline after years of maladministration and deepening poverty.

Depending on how Dalindyebo plays his cards — he has said he may vote and perhaps even campaign for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in next year’s elections — he could conceivably turn the Eastern Cape into a marginal province.

At the very least, his support would surely be enough to enable the opposition to win the province’s main metropolitan centre, the emblematically named Nelson Mandela Bay Council, which encompasses the city of Port Elizabeth, the nearby towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, as well as surrounding rural areas in the next local government elections in 2016. In 2011, the DA came within a hair’s-breadth of winning the council, gaining 49% of the votes to the ANC’s 51%.

Such a coup would be a huge psychological blow for the ANC

read the full article on Business Day website

Top English honour for Uitenhage girl

 Micaela White Uitenhage English student
GOING BY THE BOOK: Micaela White and her English teacher, Anne Peltason, wait in anticipation for the De Beers English Olympiad award ceremony in Grahamstown next month

A THIRST for knowledge and a love of books have resulted in 17- year-old Uitenhage pupil Micaela White being selected as one of the top 15 contestants out of 7500 entries in the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad.

Her success means she gets a place at Rhodes University to study in a faculty of her choice and receives a book prize sponsored by the South African Council of English Education in the Eastern Cape.

There is also a sponsorship by De Beers for Micaela to be a guest of the Grahamstown Foundation to attend the National Schools’ Festival in July and to take part in the final of the Olympiad.

The clever teen says learning is just something she enjoys.

“I’m not into sports, and most of my time is spent reading or debating at home and at school. I love learning and researching subjects. I feel quite lucky to have made it this far,” the Grade 11 pupil said.

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source: The Herald newspaper

Traumatised mother gets R1.2 million

Police violence in South AfricaNEW LIABILITY: A mother who suffered severe trauma after observing police she had called killing her son has won damages against them in court.

An Eastern Cape supermarket worker was awarded R1.2m in a lawsuit against the police for trauma she suffered after the death of her son at the hands of the police.

The 38-year-old Uitenhage woman had sued for damages in respect of emotional shock and trauma and future loss of income she suffered as a result of the killing of her teenage son in 2010.

Angelo Marconi was shot in the head by a police reservist while resisting arrest. The police had been called on him by his mother after he had threatened her.

According to court documents, Marconi was drunk and had two knives on him with which he threatened to stab the police. He ran, police chased him around the neighbourhood.

Grahamstown judge Glenn Goosen said it was not clear what happened just before the teenager was shot. The judge said that there was evidence that Marconi was shot at close range.

“The shooting occurred in full view of the plaintiff. As a result of observing her son’s death at the hands of the policemen summoned by her, the plaintiff suffered severe trauma.

“It is this shock and emotional trauma which forms the basis of her claim for damages,” oosen said.

Although the police accepted liability and paid for the funeral costs and medical expenses, she eventually lost her job and was deemed by medical experts unemployable for the remainder of her life. She had worked as a clerk at a wholesale outlet for 13 years in Uitenhage. She was forced to take time off on numerous occasions after the incident until she was retrenched in 2011.

“I accept that the plaintiff has established that the likelihood that she will recover sufficiently to re-enter the open labour market and obtain and retain employment for the remainder of her working life is poor.

“I accept therefore that in determining the value of her future loss of earnings it will be appropriate to assume that she will, in consequence of the damage suffered, remain unemployable for the remainder of her life,” the judge said.

In her claim for general damages, the judge found that it was apparent that the injury suffered continued to have a profound effect upon her.

“The pervasive effect of the psychological trauma and its ongoing severely debilitating effect on the plaintiff are undoubtedly related to the particular circumstances giving rise to her loss,” Judge Goosen said.

The police were also ordered to pay for the woman’s legal costs.

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  • 2009-10 (7004 lawsuits)
  • 2011-12 (3004 lawsuits)
  • 2009-10 (R89.6m paid in costs)
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source: Dudu Dube / The New Age

Education charter schools pupils on their rights

Sinothando Booi, MV Kwinana High, Uitenhage, Eastern CapeThe new charter is the third such, following the example of Ireland and the UK. The Charter of Children’s Basic Education Rights is intended to inform pupils of their basic rights. Rastafarian pupil Sinothando Booi, 14, who was recently booted out of MV Kwinana High, in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, for wearing dreadlocks, celebrates going back to school.

Legal Resources Centre attorney Cameron McConnachie said the charter will ensure that all stakeholders, including pupils and parents, will be aware of the government’s legal duties to provide a decent education.

“It’s very clear what needs to be done and what the main issues are. As more and more people become aware, they will use the charter to ensure that education is improved the way government envisioned it.”

The 36-page charter outlines the government’s obligations to ensure that education is available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable.

The charter subscribes to the principles of the constitution and highlights the challenges facing education in terms of culture, safety, discrimination, infrastructure and society’s changing needs.

Human Rights Commission member Lindiwe Mokate said the charter would ensure that communities were fully informed of the government’s legal obligations – internationally, nationally and regionally – in terms of basic education .

“There has been progress in education but huge challenges, which negatively affect the poor and vulnerable, remain.”

Though it is not a legally binding document, the charter provides a list of the benefits that children and parents can reasonably expect of the education system, and a means by which principals and teachers can formulate strategies for their schools and measure performance.

The charter is also intended to be a source of information for members of parliament.

source: Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI / Times Live