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South Africa coach Dludlu born to be a leader

  • South Africa return to FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup for first time since 2010
  • Head coach Simphiwe Dludlu contextualises their achievement
  • "We want to give hope to those that do not believe in themselves"

When South Africa secured their place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 one of the first people to embrace Sibulele Holweni down past the corner flag after she scored a spectacular 40-yard volley was coach Simphiwe Dludlu. As soon as Holweni's wonderful shot rippled the net, Dludlu was already running at pace down the touchline to congratulate her and to participate in a choreographed dance.

South Africa are returning to the U-17 Women’s World Cup for the first time since their inaugural participation at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, when they lost all three group-stage games.

In head coach Dludlu, they have someone who was born to motivate. caught up with her ahead of the tournament to contextualise South Africa's achievement and to understand her coaching philosophy. What does this opportunity mean for the country and the women's programme?
Simphiwe Dludlu: The opportunity to go and compete in the World Cup after seven years and only the second time in history of women’s football in our country is unbelievable. This milestone is a pat on the back to all stakeholders involved in the development of the women’s game in this country. This is motivation for us as a country to keep working hard and to keep raising the bar higher by demanding more from ourselves. It simply means we are on the right track, though there is still room for improvement.

You are the first South Africa senior women's team player (63 caps) to coach a t eam to a World Cup for your country. What are your objectives as a coach at Uruguay 2018?
I want to go out there and learn as much as I can, take in the experience and mix it with my own expertise to be a better coach and individual. I want to challenge myself to grasp the standard of world coaching trends and the behaviour of coaches at high-level competitions. I want to display the best of me and to showcase my qualities in representing each player on my team with confidence.

You are a motivational speaker, a dancer and are clearly a huge source of energy for the team. How do you motivate the teams you coach? Can you give us some insight into some of your strategies and philosophies?
The most important thing for me is always to state clearly that giving up is never an option, and I always promise to give them hard work and full commitment. I am old school, so hard work is the only thing I know. I motivate them by being part of them. We pla y together on and off the field. I always strive for them to see the best and worst of me so that they are able to separate the two and understand the journey of greatness and hunger to adapt and rise to different occasions. They know they have a mentor, friend, sister and advisor in me.

How can this South Africa team go on to inspire a whole new generation of players in the country?
We have proved that it is all possible to go fight to get a chance to compete at the highest level, that it is possible to come from disadvantaged backgrounds and still have dreams come true. We want to inspire every young girl out there that has the dream to play, we want to give hope to those that do not believe in themselves. We want to validate that we are talented as a nation. Hard work, dedication and discipline are key areas that will always influence our success. We might not be one of the leading countries in women’s football, but we have the ability to rise and r ealise our greatness.

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WATCH: The rise of codeine abuse in South Africa


Checkpoint investigates the rise of codeine abuse in South Africa.


JOHANNESBURG â€" Codeine, which used to treat mild to moderate pain is the most abused over the counter drug in South Africa.

One of the reasons is that it does not need a prescription and another could be it because it appears to be encouraged by some of those society looks up to.

American hip hop artist DJ Screw died after overdosing from it while rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalised with seizures caused by high levels of it.


Checkpoint investigates the rise of codeine abuse in South Africa

Being a schedule 2 drug, codeine can be sold over the counter. Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa president Johann Kruger says pharmacists are meant to keep a record of purchases each time a codeine product is being sold.

Griffith Molewa from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority says that it might be a deterrent to codeine consumers if pharmacists are keeping records.


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Award-winning app boosts farmers in South Africa

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Khula, an award-winning mobile application in South Africa is helping emerging small-scale farmers connect with supermarkets by making it easier for them to market, sell and transport their produce.

African solutions to African problems

Created by young entrepreneurs Karidas Tshintsholo and Matthew Piper, Khula allows businesses to order fresh, organic vegetables straight from the ground. Its founders say they created the app to find ‘African solutions to African problems’.

“We thought if we could find a way to commercialise all those emerging farmers it will have huge implications on e mployment and basically huge implications on the economic growth of the continent as a whole,” Tshintsholo said.

We thought if we could find a way to commercialise all those emerging farmers it will have huge implications on employment and basically huge implications on the economic growth of the continent as a whole.

Over six hundred farmers use the app and notable clients include Pick n’ Pay, the Michelangelo Hotel and the Sandton Convention Centre.

One of the farmers benefitting from using Khula is 29-year-old Owen Mulaudzi, who says he’s seen significant growth in his produce. He says the app has taken away a lot of the stress about how to get his goods to market.

“Khula app, I no longer worry about the transport, I no longer worry about the acces s to market and then with Khula app, I also, I am in a position to track my records more accurately,” he said.

Plans to extend to India and Brazil

Through charging a small percentage on each transaction as well as a fee for managing the logistics, Khula has generated half a million rands in its first three months, proving the value of the business.

The co-founders plan to expand in parts of the continent and introduce the app to other emerging markets such as Brazil and India.

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If you have cash to spare, take it out of South Africa: Dawie Roodt

Late 2017, at the height of political tensions in the country, economist Dawie Roodt advised South Africans to take their money out of the country amid looming downgrades which would send the economy into another recession.

While much has changed since then (including the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa as president), Roodt still believes that many South Africans should be taking their money out of the country.

Speaking to BusinessTech, he noted that the circumstances are different for each individual South African â€" but broadly speaking, he advises his clients to be overweight abroad.

“There are many reasons for this viewpoint,” Roodt said. “The first major point is that the South African economy is not doing well.

“The second major issue is that of politics and uncertainty. For example, we have the i ssue of confiscation â€" although government calls it by the fancy name of ‘expropriation’ â€" which is the sort of thing that worries investors.

“Very importantly as well (from an asset management viewpoint), there are just more opportunities and a bigger variety outside South Africa â€" it’s as simple as that.”

Personal circumstances

While Roodt emphasised that the factors will differ for individual investors, he provided a number of example scenarios of how and when to look at investing out of country.

“For example, if someone came to me and said that she has R1 million and is 90-years-old, my advice would be to put it into a money market and leave it in South Africa,” he said.

“If someone comes to me and they are a young guy that has inherited the same R1 million from his grandmother, my advice would be to take everything out.

“Even if the same guy inherited R100 million, I would advise him to take everything out.”

Not getting better

Roodt also confirmed that he did not expect the picture to change in South Africa over the medium-term.

“I think the difficult times are still ahead of South Africa,” he said.

“As an economist who does analysis on things likes fiscal accounts and the South African economy, and I can tell you that there will be very difficult decisions that will have to be made over the next couple of years.”

He added that he was unsure as to whether the country’s political leaders have the will to make these changes â€" citing President Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that SAA won’t be shut down as an example.

“For the medium-term at least I don’t foresee me advising clients to bring money back to South Africa,” he said.

Should everyone take their money out?

Despite this negative environment, Roodt said that it really does depend on what you want to do with money in South Africa.

“It’s important to remember that South Africa is a high-risk environment and that also implies that there is a potential for high profits and high returns to be made,” he said,

“I have many clients who are business-owners and my advice to them is to leave the business in South Africa.

“Don’t liquidate and go and compete internationally, keep it here and make your money here. You may even want to invest in South Africa if you are capable of identifying risks and managing those risks,” he said.

“But if you have any spare cash â€" take it out â€" that’s my advice.”

Read: Rand moves below R14 vs the dollar

Source: Google News South Africa | Netizen 24 South Africa


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Watch: Brawl breaks out in South African Parliament

Fisticuffs in South Africa’s parliament aren’t new, but a brawl during president Cyril Ramaphosa’s question time may give some telling signs about the state of the opposition.

Until a year ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters would hurl insults at the ruling African National Congress members and battle the security officers ordered to evict them. Fellow opposition parties would walk out of the chamber in solidarity. The common enemy was then-President Jacob Zuma.

On Tuesday, scuffles and accusations of racism by the two biggest opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance and the EFF, were followed by a fistfight between lawmakers from the EFF and a smaller group, Agang. As the drama unfolded, the ANC and Ramaphosa looked on bemused.

While the opposition appears focused on maligning each other, the ANC could capitalize in next year’s election on Ramaphosa’s personal favorable rating that research company Ipsos put at about 70% in July. With the ruling party replacing Zuma in February, it may have taken away the opposition parties’ biggest weapon and set them against each other.

Read: Parliament sets out the new procedures for removing the president

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Forward ever, backwards never â€" tribalism has no place in modern South Africa

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We have fought long and hard for the equality of all South Africans. We have fought against homelands and traditional authorities with their backward sexist and racist practices over the years. A reversal of any of these gains over the last 24 years would be a crying shame.

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Tribalism is on the rise and, unless we curb it, we will soon find ourselves yet again in a society where we are contending with outdated traditions and cultures. How did this happen, and can we blame our beloved liberation movement, the ANC? Or is this the making of our government and the National Legislature, passing laws that are draconian and oppressive?

A cursory look at the recent Constitutional Court judgment and the wonderful summary thereof by Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC) suggest that:

“The Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill (TKLB) builds on previous bills such as the Communal Land Rights Bill of 2003, and the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) of 2008 to re-entrench the power of traditional leaders throughout the former homelands. It gives traditional leaders and councils sole decision-making authority over the 17 million South Africans living within the trib al boundaries that make up the former homelands. These tribal boundaries were re-imposed by the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act (TLGFA) of 2003.”

Why are we allowing this? What are our legislators thinking and do they fully appreciate that they are in some way going back in history? These traditional authorities were after all the result of colonial conquest and apartheid policy to divide and rule our people. They were used and abused as extensions of those abhorrent systems. And now we find ourselves having to entertain laws and bills that take us back towards those days. We must stop this immediately.

The ones yet again to suffer the most are women. Not only are they nowhere in the discussion around the land question, they are being subjected to exploitative and discriminatory practices yet again. If the ANC is true to its non-sexist principle then this cannot be allowed. I mean, one only has to ask how women will benefit from redress of the lan d to realise that they simply do not feature. They were not allowed in 1913 to own land, let alone to vote, and so the land question becomes a male affair.

Now we are again in a direct manner wanting to exclude them and subject them to the backward practices of sexism, chauvinistic and gender violence.

The document goes further to state:

“The Traditional Courts Bill of 2012 was rejected by the National Council of Provinces, but the current Justice Portfolio Committee is arguing for its reinstatement. It would make it impossible for anyone living in a former homeland to ‘opt-out’ of being summonsed and tried by a traditional leader. The 2012 TCB would also have empowered traditional leaders to strip anyone living within their ‘tribal’ boundaries of customary rights, including land rights, but this is similarly now being proposed in the TKLB.”

This speaks directly to the arrogance we have observed displayed by King Zwelithini, even when our high est court in the land declares that a certain portion of land must be returned to their rightful owners after a successful land restitution challenge, the King declares that actually it does not belong to that family, but himself. I mean, really, where does this guy get the balls?

Similarly with his Ingonyama Trust, if he thinks his threats are going to scare us and his threats of civil war will deter us, he’d better think again. The law of the land will prevail. We cannot have a different set of laws apply to the peoples of KZN and the rest of the country, regardless of what President Ramaphosa might have promised and committed.

“The TKLB purports to be about the recognition of Khoi and San communities, which is long overdue. But it also repeals and replaces the legislation dealing with all traditional leaders in South Africa. It treats Khoi and San leaders differently from the traditional leaders associated with the former homelands. Khoi and San leaders get juri sdiction only over the people who choose to affiliate with them. They do not get jurisdiction over specific areas of land. But all other traditional leaders get jurisdiction over the tribal areas delineated in terms of the Native Administration Act of 1927 and the much-resisted Bantu Authorities Act of 1951. These tribal boundaries exist ‘wall-to-wall’ within the former homelands and are deeply disputed in many instances.”

In other words, legislators are attempting to smuggle some other issues into this bill in order to give further credence to traditional leaders. I am acutely aware that we have a general election coming up but this is not the way we must appease certain groupings in our country.

“Clause 24 of the TKLB provides that traditional councils, headed by traditional leaders, can sign deals binding all the people within their apartheid-era tribal jurisdictions without obtaining the consent of those whose land rights are undermined or dispossessed by such deals. The deals may be with mining companies, property developers, tourism ventures, agricultural companies, municipalities or anybody else.”

It also states that “mining houses have allegedly been encouraged by the Department of Mineral Resources to sign multibillion deals with traditional leaders. These deals are legally precarious on a number of grounds.”

In short, our people in and around those affected areas in mining settlements again are at the receiving end and not getting anything worthwhile out of these deals.

I need not remind the ANC that simple observation and indeed exile experience tells us that the two major dark spots on the African Continent are Tribalism and a distant second, corruption. It is rather apparent that we are tackling the latter challenge, but it does seem that we are falling into the trap of allowing the sprouts of tribalism in Mzansi. This is a very dangerous path we are on. So, what is at stake?

“This is a f undamental betrayal of rural struggles against the Bantustans and autocratic forms of chieftains’ power. Inkosi Albert Luthuli and ZK Matthews had a vision of customary law feeding into, and becoming part of, South African law. But legislation such as the TCB and TKLB takes us back to segregated legal systems and segregated systems of property rights applying only in the former homelands. Citizenship and property rights are no longer denied on the basis of race but instead by geographical boundaries that are deeply racially inscribed. It is a return to tribalism and contrary to everything that people fought for in the struggles against colonialism and apartheid.”

Mining and the Bantustans have been the key drivers of structural inequality. This bill reinforces the modus operandi of both. It pre-empts an inclusive vision of mining that could benefit rural communities and lead to stability. The mining industry and government appear to consider it more important to cut polit ically connected elites into profits generated by mining than to set up a regulatory system that provides protections and oversight for the vulnerable.

So what does LARC propose is to be done?

Spread this information far and wide. Push for debates on radio stations, particular vernacular radio stations. Political parties seem to believe that traditional leaders will deliver the rural vote. Let rural voters tell them what they think about measures such as the TKLB and the Traditional Courts Bill.

Support the struggles of rural people affected by mining. Reach out to rural community groups who are waging lonely life-and-death struggles to hold on to their land. Break the divide between urban and rural spaces. Show rural people that urban people understand and support their struggles.

Reach out to those in business and in the mining industry. Challenge them to explain why they negotiate with traditional leaders rather than with the people directly affected b y mining on their land. Challenge them to explain why they prefer to cut politically connected elites into mining, rather than compensate the people directly affected for their lost livelihoods and the environmental devastation that many mining projects leave in their wake.

Challenge politicians to explain why they have resorted to the same stereotypes used during colonialism and apartheid to deny black property and citizenship rights. Then and now we are told that customary systems do not deliver property rights to families and individuals. This makes their land “free for the taking”.

Then and now we are told that rural people are primarily rural subjects as opposed to “equal citizens” of South Africa.

We have fought long and hard for the equality of all South Africans. We have fought against homelands and traditional authorities with their backward sexist and racist practices over the years.

A reversal of any of these gains over the last 24 ye ars would be a crying shame and, dare I say, to the ANC have devastating consequences for the party over time.

Forward ever, backwards never. We will not stand idly by while our gains are eroded by ill-informed parliamentarians or hidden traditionalists. This is not what the ANC is known for, or stands for. DM


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Oscar van Heerden is a scholar of International Relations (IR), where he focuses on International Political Economy, with an emphasis on Africa, and SADC in particular. He completed his PhD and Masters studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). His undergraduate studies were at Turfloop and Wits. He is an active fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflections (MISTRA) and is a trustee for the Kgalema Mothlante Foundation

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