Traumatised mother gets R1.2 million

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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.


  • 2009-10 (7004 lawsuits)
  • 2011-12 (3004 lawsuits)
  • 2009-10 (R89.6m paid in costs)
  • 2011-12 (R135.3m paid in costa)

source: Dudu Dube / The New Age

Education charter schools pupils on their rights

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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

Adam Small awarded Hertzog prize

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Adam Small Afrikaanse digter poetThe Hertzog prize is the greatest literary honour the Academy for Arts and Science can bestow on Afrikaans writers. Its list of previous winners include great names like André P Brink (twice), NP van Wyk Louw, Elisabeth Eybers, Antjie Krog and Breyten Breytenbach (three times).

It was in fact Breytenbach who voiced a commonly held view in 2009 when he publicly asked: “Waar is Adam Small se Hertzogprys?” (Where is Adam Small’s Hertzog prize?). Small is the first non-white writer to be awarded the prize. Having done his most important work in the 60s and 70s, the award is seen to be a corrective on the exclusion of the past.

Authoritative literary historian and critic JC Kannemeyer considered him worthy of a place among the best international playwrights, based mainly on his drama Kanna hy kô hystoe (Kanna comes home). Small often wrote phonetically in the dialect known as Kaaps, especially spoken by the coloured population of Cape Town. Besides his work as playwright, he is also a prominent poet, professor of philosophy and leader on various cultural and social terrains. This year he celebrates his 75th birthday.

The Tydskrif vir Letterkunde published a special Adam Small edition.

source: Poland, we congratulate Adam Small.

Xhosa chief to be honoured

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COLONIAL TIMES: Chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

The Albany Museum will honour chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele through a public lecture scheduled to take place in Tshabo village in Berlin near East London tomorrow.

Makhanda kaNxele was born in Uitenhage 192 years ago. Tshabo is where the descendants of Makana still reside under the leadership of chief Zwelivuziwe Makinana who is a direct descendant of Ndlambe.

Nxele was Ndlambe’s counsellor. He was a Xhosa warrior and prophet who fought against the colonial regime in Grahamstown.

He promised his people that he would return after his arrest following the Battle of Grahamstown in 1819.

However he never returned as he drowned off the coast of Robben Island in 1820 while trying to escape.

The Makana local municipality in Grahamstown is named after Nxele and so is Makana street in Langa, Cape Town.

“The ukuza kukaNxele public lecture is part of a broader provincial and national government initiative to transform museums and is also a contribution to the Liberation Heritage Route initiative,” said Albany Museum communications officer, Zongezile Matshoba.

The project is funded by the National Heritage Council, a body responsible for heritage conservation at national level.”

Matshoba said the public lecture will be delivered by Prof Julia Wells, who is a councillor in the Makana municipality and a history professor at Rhodes University.

Wells is also a board member of the Albany Museum and an author of a recently launched book, The Return of Makhanda: Exploring the Legend.

The lecture will mark 192 years of Nxele’s death and will also be a celebration of the bravery displayed by heroes of the wars of dispossession.

The public lecture will be followed by an exhibition which is planned for next year at the museum.

Sithandiwe Velaphi

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Mashatile launches National Book Week

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Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile(SABC)

Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile launches the National Book Week at the Babs Madlakane Hall in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape today. This is an initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture in association with the South African Book Development Council to encourage South Africans to read.

The event, which runs until Saturday, includes a number of activities such as puppet shows, story telling and creative workshops led by prominent authors. Mashatile says this week is to encourage people to read books written in indigenous languages.

He says the important thing is to get people to be interested in reading. “We come from a history where particularly in African communities libraries have not been very important. So people in general, did not see reading as an important thing.”

The minister says people should make reading a hobby, which is why he says: “I like this thing of book clubs, because in the next few years we must get rid of illiteracy in our country, to ensure that everybody can read and write.”

Last week Mashatile noted that a culture of learning and teaching in schools should be underpinned by government’s responsibility to ensure conducive conditions. He said this includes delivering learning material on time. Mashatile, who is also the ANC’s Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, was delivering the Dr John Dube memorial lecture hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

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Despatch and Motherwell : restoration of water supply

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The water supply to most areas of Despatch and Motherwell is currently interrupted. The Municipality wishes to assure affected residents that it is hard at work at restoring the supply. Motherwell residents can expect their supply to be restored around lunchtime, while supply to the residents of Despatch will be restored later this afternoon. Water tankers have been provided at strategic points.
For more information, please contact Ms Marthie Nel at  082 780 3108, or  0800 20 5050. Residents of Despatch may also contact the Despatch Councillor, Cllr Francois Greyling, at  041 933 1469.
The Municipality regrets the inconvenience caused to consumers.


Issued on behalf of the Municipality by the Acting Communications Director, Ms Marthie Nel, at  0827803108

Market on Penford – 1st of September

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Looking to get out of the house and over the winter blues?

Market-on-Penford is a vibrant family market happening in Uitenhage on Saturday 4th August, with plenty to see, eat and buy. 

Market-on-Penford is primarily an outdoor market, and specializes in “Home-made, Home-baked, Home-grown” by hosting hand-picked stalls that sell a variety of arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, dried fruits, preserves, and plants to name but a few.

The market’s vision is to support the local community without compromising on quality products. 

There will be plenty of freshly prepared food to eat for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

You can also treat yourself to an early dessert and cappuccino.

Seating is provided for those who wish to enjoy a meal or just take a break from browsing through the stalls.

The venue is child-friendly with a jungle-gym for children to play and enjoy as well as a number of activities for children. 

The market started in February of this year, and has been running successfully ever since, proving to be a popular community event. 

So make your way to Philadelphia hall, 31 Penford Ave, Uitenhage.

The market starts at 8:00 until 14:00.

Market-on-Penford will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

For more information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Estelle at 084-651-1865 or

You can also search for “Market-on-Penford” on Facebook.

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R195M Shopping Mall to be Built in iBhayi area Eastern Cape

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An illustration of Kinako Mall

Port Elizabeth’s iBhayi area will become a major urban retail hub with the development of the R195 million Kinako Mall at the intersection of the R75 Uitenhage Road and Spondo Road.The development of the mall, which opens in April next year is seen as long overdue to serve a prospective catchment area of 340 000 customers with a total estimated retail potential of R1.22 billion.

The 20 000m2 mall is a 50/50 joint venture development between the Shoprite Group and African Dune Investment. It has, say the developers, a potential to expand up to 30 000m2 and a total of 82 shops. Anchored by a 4000m2 Shoprite store, the mall has also already attracted major retailers that include Clicks, Truworths, Jet, Edgars Active, Ackermans, Pep, Mr Price, Identity, Legit, OK Furniture, Morkels, Capitec, Cashbuild, Home Express, Torga, Franco Ceccato, Rage, Roland’s, Hungry Lion, and Chingo. There will be 995 parking bays and a taxi area to accommodate 37 vehicles.  
Kinako Mall is strategically located to serve the areas of Bethelsdorp; Algoa Park; Kwazekele; Soweto-on-Sea; Zwide; Kwadwesi, Kwamagxaki; Masibulele; New Brighton; Kwaford and Struandale.  The site has high visibility from the surrounding highways and arterial roads and is close to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Missionvale Campus, the Eastern Cape Training Centre and the Dora Nginza Hospital.

A spokeperson of Shoprite Group said his company was committed to bringing shopping closer to the community and was gratified that most of South Africa’s leading retailers had joined them in providing a wide selection of food and fashion retail to a community that had been neglected for years. 

 Gerhardt Jooste,  of Prosperito, the 100% shareholder in African Dune, said the mall would have ‘all the important elements – a great location, fantastic exposure, with 27 000 vehicles passing the site daily and 340 000 people living in the catchment area’. 

Architect Garth Hamilton of Stauch Vorster, said the architecture was an example of successful design ‘that responds to the specific of site and functionality.’

The layout comprises a combination of an exterior strip mall on an external walkway, leading into a covered internal mall  The materials used would be combined to further enhance the design and are functional, robust and beautiful. ‘The natural clay and polished concrete will create an unencumbered backdrop for the display of the tenants’ merchandise.

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Wessels joins Glacier Junior Series finalists

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Brian Wessels © Glacier Junior Series

Port Elizabeth junior golfer Brian Wessels held off a spirited challenge from Southern Cape’s Jack Duthie and Ronald Baxter from the Eastern Province to claim the 22nd Glacier Junior Series title at St Francis Links on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Newton Park navigated his way around the tough Jack Nicklaus layout in one-under-par 71 to edge out Baxter and Duthie by two shots for the title.

Wessels was delighted to pull through in the last Eastern Cape event and earn the chance to tee it up alongside the other 24 finalists in this year’s series at the national final in October.

The finalists will compete for what is arguably the biggest prize in South African junior golf – an all-expenses paid trip from Glacier by Sanlam to tee it up in the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Invitational later this year.

A slew of top Southern Cape juniors made the trip to St Francis Bay to tee it up in the last Eastern Province event, but Wessels said he only worried about his own game.

“It was my first Glacier Junior Series tournament, so I didn’t have time to worry about the other players; I just focussed on the job at hand,” the grade 12 Grey High School learner said.

“I played really nicely and I made all the pars that counted. I dropped two shots but I made up for that with three birdies that helped me to a two shot lead.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of teeing it up at the final. I won a 36-hole Junior Tournament in really windy conditions at Humewood earlier this year, so I’m quietly confident that my skills in the wind and at the coast will help me in the final. “

The 22nd tournament on the popular Glacier by Sanlam sponsored series drew a field of 57 players, including four-handicap golfer Imkeleen Meyer, who looked a shoe-in to win after turning in one-under. Although she struggled over the back nine, Meyer still came home in 71 to win Best Nett in the A-Division.

“I struggled a little in the wind over the closing holes and I had some bad luck when my ball spun off the green into a water hazard at one hole, but overall, I was thrilled with my performance,” said the 16-year-old from Dispatch.

“This was my first really big tournament, so I was a little apprehensive but I’m really happy with my performance, especially because I was able to play to my handicap. It was a big stage for me and I feel that I handled my first proper tournament really well.”

Meanwhile 16-year-old Mieke de Ridder carded an 80 off her eight handicap to win the B-Division, while Pieter Zietsman beat former SAGDB learner, Jamie Lee Daniels from Uitenhage for second place by in a count-out on 84.

De Ridder was thrilled to win, although she felt her score could have been even better.

“My putter just went stone cold,” lamented the 16-year-old from Lovemore Heights in Port Elizabeth.

“I was solid tee to green; every tee shot hit the fairways and I hit almost every green in regulation, but I couldn’t sink a putt to save my life. That’s golf, I suppose, but I was still thrilled to finish first.”

De Ridder said the tournament was a great experience.

“You really felt like a professional player out there because the tournament was so well organised,” said De Ridder, who was rewarded with a Cleveland lob-wedge for her first place finish.

“It’s a great pity we don’t have more of these Glacier events in the Eastern Province. Hopefully I can get my handicap down to six so I can challenge in the A-Division next year.”

The series heads into the home straight this August and the country’s leading junior golfers have just three more opportunities to qualify for the national final and earn the chance to challenge for the grand prize.

On August 5th, Thomas Aiken hosts his event at Wanderers Golf Club while Richard Sterne has his tournament at Erinvale Country Club, European Tour winner James Kingston hosts the final event on this year’s schedule on Monday, 19 August at Rustenburg Golf Club. The venue for the national final from 3-5 October will be announced shortly.


A-Division (1-6 Handicap) 
1. Brian Wessels 71 gross
2. Ronald Baxter 73 gross (on count out) 
3. Jack Duthie 73 gross
Best Nett – Imkeleen Meyer 71

B-Division (7-18 Handicap) 1. Mieke de Ridder 80 gross
2. Pieter Zietsman 84 gross (on count out) 
3. Jamie Lee Daniels 84 gross
Best Nett – Andrew Jeffrey 76

C-Division (19-36 Handicap) 
1. Hendrik Brown 38 points
2. Desmond Goeda 33 points
3. Reece Coleman 32 points

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