So long stranger….

…..he shuffles rhythmically from one car to the next as soon as the traffic light turns red. His dark brown grazed hand holds up what seems to be an advert of some sort. I try to squint my eyes. Fixing them on the black words typed on yellow paper. Mid way I find my eyes examining his yellowish nails filled with dirt at its tips. He smiles and walks past the polished VW Polo I’m in. His loose black trousers with front razor sharp creases move swiftly along with his rhythmic steps. His pot belly bangs aggressively against his light blue tucked in shirt. His green ZCC badge sits proudly on his chest, complimenting his ZCC hat. Just as I start to wonder how he is managing in the afternoon heat with his winter puff jacket and construction boots, my Uber driver drives off….I turn around to catch the last glimpse of his smile but…….

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S.Africa denies paying bribes to secure 2010 FIFA World Cup

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula after a press briefing on FIFA Corruption allegations at the Olympic House in Melrose.                                                                                                                                                            Photo: Nqobile Dludla

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula after a press briefing on FIFA Corruption allegations at the Olympic House in Melrose. Photo: Nqobile Dludla

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, writing by Peroshni Govender

JOHANNESBURG May 28 (Reuters) – All 2010 Soccer World Cup funds were accounted for and audited, South Africa’s sports minister said on Thursday, and the government was yet to receive an indictment from U.S. prosecutors involving South Africans.

“Our financial records and books for the 2010/2011 financial year and those before and after the World Cup have been audited by the Auditor General of South Africa and no such amount has been found,” Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula told journalists.

Mbalula was speaking a day after the game was plunged into turmoil following the arrest of senior officials – although not FIFA President Sepp Blatter – on U.S. corruption charges.

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Living life with a different voice

Nqobile Dludla :-)

Nqobile Dludla in 2nd year at the University of the Witwatersrand 🙂

I remember  watching The King’s Speech in second year, a movie recommended to me by my friend Kundai. Of all scenes, I specifically remember the dialogue between King George IV and Lionel Rogue his speech therapist.

Upon realising that Lionel is sitting on “St Edward’s chair, a seat on which every King, every queen, sat”, he breaks into a tantrum and says: “Listen to me, LISTEN TO ME!” When Lionel challenges the King on why he should be listened to, the King finally exclaims “Because I have the right to be heard, I HAVE A VOICE!”

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South Africa delays deportation of 200 foreigners after protests

Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in downtown Johannesburg, April 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in downtown Johannesburg, April 23, 2015.                                                                                                                                                                                  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

By Nqobile Dludla, Reuters United Kingdom, May 13, 2015

JOHANNESBURG- South Africa temporarily halted the deportation of 200 foreigners on Tuesday after a legal challenge by a human rights group, which said authorities were unfairly targeting them following anti-migrant riots in which seven people were killed.

More than 800 undocumented migrants have been arrested across South Africa in the past three weeks under “Operation Fiela”, a series of raids launched after last month’s violence which was centred on the province of KwaZulu Natal.

But the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) group filed a petition in court on Tuesday seeking legal access to detainees arrested last week, and asked the Home Affairs Ministry to halt their deportations which were due to start on Wednesday.

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Xenophobia row exposes rivalry between South Africa and Nigeria

A family flees xenophobic attacks in Ramaphosa squatter camp. Photo:  Jon Hrusa

A family flees xenophobic attacks in Ramaphosa squatter camp.                                      Photo: Jon Hrusa

By Joe Brock and Nqobile Dludla, Reuters Africa, April 28, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The recall of Nigeria’s top diplomat after a spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa follows several similar spats that expose the two countries’ deep rivalry for economic and political dominance in Africa.

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner to South Africa Martin Cobham said on Saturday he had been “invited” to Abuja to discuss this month’s anti-immigrant attacks in South Africa, which have killed at least seven people.

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Wits 1st team women suffer a 6-1 defeat to UJ

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: Wits coach (kneeling down) Pietie Coetzee strategizing a new plan after the third quarter of the game. UJ was leading with 3-0.                                                        Photo: Nqobile Dludla

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: Wits coach (kneeling down) Pietie Coetzee strategizing a new plan after the third quarter of the game. UJ was leading with 3-0.         Photo: Nqobile Dludla

The Wits first team women’s side faced an unfortunate 6-1 defeat to University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Saturday in the UJ vs Wits Hockey Derby at UJ Hockey Astro.

The friendly match was aimed at assessing the team’s pre-season performance ahead of the much anticipated Varsity Sport Hockey tournament and Southern Gauteng Hockey premier league.

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Varsity Hockey champs UJ beat Wits 5-2

MEN IN THE BOX: Wits first team men’s side prepares for a short corner taken by UJ in the first half.                                                                                                                                                          Photo: Nqobile Dludla

MEN IN THE BOX: Wits first team men’s side prepares for a short corner taken by UJ in the first half.                                                                                                          Photo: Nqobile Dludla

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) 1st team men came up top in the UJ vs Wits Hockey Derby friendly tournament with a clinical 5-2 victory over Wits on Saturday at UJ Hockey Astro.

UJ wasted no time when the first half began as they showed Wits why they clinched the 2014 Varsity Hockey title.

UJ’s midfield ace Taylor Dart threatened to take UJ into the lead just 2 minutes into the game when his square cross from Brandon Panther was deflected by Wits’ goalkeeper Xander van Biljoen.

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