…..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…….
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.
First appeared in: Reuters Africa
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wits Football Club (FC) Women’s side coach Dennis Tshabalala emphasised the need to play attacking football against University of Johannesburg (UJ) Women’s side when the two sides meet at the Bidvest Wits Stadium on Tuesday night.
Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela, Tshabalala said: “The way we attack will be different tomorrow as it has (sic) been the area which we had to solve and I am confident we will score 1 or 2 goals tomorrow.”
The Wits Fencing Club was shocked late last year when they were notified that they will no longer receive their yearly budget due to changes rolled out by Wits Sports this year.
Wits Fencing Club chairperson Natalija Cerimaj was told that all recreational clubs have to be either financially independent or merge with an outside club.
The Wits Fencing Club is one of many recreational clubs who will no longer receive financial support from Wits Sport unlike the top five clubs (rugby, hockey, cricket, football and basketball) categorised as high performance.
The two clubs that have their roots from institutions of higher learning, Bidvest Wits and University of Pretoria will kick-off the last 16 stages of the 2014/15 Nedbank Cup on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.
This was confirmed by the Premier Soccer League today following a meeting of the Organising Committee this morning. The opening fixture of the last 16 will kick-off at 19h30 at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.