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ANC condemns airport faeces dumping

June 26, 2013 in Cape Town, Gender Violence, South Africa, uncategorized

ANC condemns airport faeces dumping


Well yes, and so it should but not without seriously considering the related factors that need attention.

In particular here are the issues of women and children.

We could explore the latest WHO report on violence against women but for my purposes here, it does not go far enough.

It focuses on domestic and social violence and Africa emerges as the worst place for women to live: 46% of women experiencing this violence against 37% in the rest of the world. .. like the chances of having my head chopped off in Riyadh being less than being violated at home…

See the report below.

For now I want to ask about government violence against women and children and why I am about it, I really do not care too much for this women and children thing that we have going here in South Africa. Never did, and opposed the proposal when it came to our discussion tables one year as we prepared for the Woman’s Day-Woman’s Month programs.

Both children and women need their own space hey. One of the serious problems that women face is being burdened with the responsibility of children and then we go and dilute the space to highlight women with the needs of children.

I think that dialogue should have made the necessary links but that women, South African women, should have been granted their own activism space uncluttered by the needs of children.

Anyway Here we are- and the RDP still drives transformation programs and the RDP lists women as a national development priority…

and the women do not get decent and safe toilets?

From Helen I can get it- she has her all male cabinet being the only enabled Cape Town woman in South Africa

From Patricia I get it- she grants the Freedom of the City of Cape Town to Obama who has never done anything at all for Cape Town- it will just look good on her CV – and she reduced the accomplishments of MADIBA and TUTU, the two men who have been granted the Freedom of the CIty, by adding Obama.

But the ANC can reference anarchy disguised as politics but it has not sufficiently responded to the Triple Oppression of Women.

We want decent toilets: enclosed, able to flush and safe.

We want greater access to the economy.

We want decent schooling- for ourselves and not only for our children.

We want economic development and education to be concurrent streams.

We want these things and more, not because of a sense of entitlement, but because they are protected HR and constitutional rights and because they have been manifesto promises.

Women delayed gender activism, which would have brought them in direct conflict with men, in order to advance the struggle for democracy.

It is time to deliver.


African National Congress (Johannesburg)



South Africa: Statement On Anarchy Disguised As Genuine Political Grievances


press release


The African National Congress has noted recent media reports that a grouping of people has dumped human faeces at the Cape Town International Airport. This anarchic behaviour started a few weeks ago in the City of Cape Town and was rightly condemned by the African National Congress Youth League as at the time members of our youth wing were said to be implicated.It was our belief that such behaviour would have been halted and those individuals, whomever they may be, would have desisted from such. Clearly this has not been the case.

In the harshest possible terms, the ANC condemns such behaviour and calls for a halt for such atrocious displays of dissatisfaction, whatever the cause. Such makes a mockery of the right to protest and diminishes the stature of the grievance and the genuine issues that may be raised. Immediately, if there are many members of the ANC or the ANCYL involved in such action, they must desist from this behaviour or face investigation and disciplinary action by the organisation.

The African National Congress respects and continues to promote the rights of community members to peaceful demonstration, however if there are any grievances against the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government or any other organ of the state, these must raised within the proper channels created by our constitutional and legal framework. These actions paint a negative picture of our country and make a mockery of South Africa in the eyes of the international community. Further, these actions pose a health hazard to the people involved and upon the people they target. It boggles the mind that these individuals have the audacity to transport human waste in public and private vehicles, negligent and dismissive of the dangers posed.

In the same way as we have condemned the burning and looting of private and public property during protests, we equally and unreservedly condemn the littering of property with human waste as a form of demonstration and protest.



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WHO report highlights violence against women as a ‘global health problem of epidemic proportions’


New clinical and policy guidelines launched to guide health sector response


News release


20 June 2013 | Geneva - Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council.


The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Some 35% of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30% of women worldwide.


The study highlights the need for all sectors to engage in eliminating tolerance for violence against women and better support for women who experience it. New WHO guidelines, launched with the report, aim to help countries improve their health sector’s capacity to respond to violence against women.


Impact on physical and mental health


The report details the impact of violence on the physical and mental health of women and girls. This can range from broken bones to pregnancy-related complications, mental problems and impaired social functioning.


“These findings send a powerful message that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO. “We also see that the world’s health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence.”


The report’s key findings on the health impacts of violence by an intimate partner were:


  • Death and injury – The study found that globally, 38% of all women who were murdered were murdered by their intimate partners, and 42% of women who have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a partner had experienced injuries as a result.
  • Depression – Partner violence is a major contributor to women’s mental health problems, with women who have experienced partner violence being almost twice as likely to experience depression compared to women who have not experienced any violence.
  • Alcohol use problems – Women experiencing intimate partner violence are almost twice as likely as other women to have alcohol-use problems.
  • Sexually transmitted infections – Women who experience physical and/or sexual partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire syphilis infection, chlamydia, or gonorrhoea. In some regions (including sub-Saharan Africa), they are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV.
  • Unwanted pregnancy and abortion – Both partner violence and non-partner sexual violence are associated with unwanted pregnancy; the report found that women experiencing physical and/or sexual partner violence are twice as likely to have an abortion than women who do not experience this violence.
  • Low birth-weight babies – Women who experience partner violence have a 16% greater chance of having a low birth-weight baby.


“This new data shows that violence against women is extremely common. We urgently need to invest in prevention to address the underlying causes of this global women’s health problem.” said Professor Charlotte Watts, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


Need for better reporting and more attention to prevention


Fear of stigma prevents many women from reporting non-partner sexual violence. Other barriers to data collection include the fact that fewer countries collect this data than information about intimate partner violence, and that many surveys of this type of violence employ less sophisticated measurement approaches than those used in monitoring intimate partner violence.


“The review brings to light the lack of data on sexual violence by perpetrators other than partners, including in conflict-affected settings,” said Dr Naeemah Abrahams from the SAMRC. “We need more countries to measure sexual violence and to use the best survey instruments available.”


In spite of these obstacles, the review found that 7.2% of women globally had reported non-partner sexual violence. As a result of this violence, they were 2.3 times more likely to have alcohol disorders and 2.6 times more likely to suffer depression or anxiety – slightly more than women experiencing intimate partner violence.


The report calls for a major scaling up of global efforts to prevent all kinds of violence against women by addressing the social and cultural factors behind it.


Recommendations to the health sector


The report also emphasizes the urgent need for better care for women who have experienced violence. These women often seek health-care, without necessarily disclosing the cause of their injuries or ill-health.


“The report findings show that violence greatly increases women’s vulnerability to a range of short- and long-term health problems; it highlights the need for the health sector to take violence against women more seriously,” said Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno of WHO. “In many cases this is because health workers simply do not know how to respond.”


New WHO clinical and policy guidelines released today aim to address this lack of knowledge. They stress the importance of training all levels of health workers to recognize when women may be at risk of partner violence and to know how to provide an appropriate response.


They also point out that some health-care settings, such as antenatal services and HIV testing, may provide opportunities to support survivors of violence, provided certain minimum requirements are met.


  • Health providers have been trained how to ask about violence.
  • Standard operating procedures are in place.
  • Consultation takes place in a private setting.
  • Confidentiality is guaranteed.
  • A referral system is in place to ensure that women can access related services.
  • In the case of sexual assault, health care settings must be equipped to provide the comprehensive response women need – to address both physical and mental health consequences.


The report’s authors stress the importance of using these guidelines to incorporate issues of violence into the medical and nursing curricula as well as during in-service training.


WHO will begin to work with countries in South-East Asia to implement the new recommendations at the end of June. The Organization will partner with ministries of health, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and sister United Nations agencies to disseminate the guidelines, and support their adaptation and use.


Notes to Editors:


In March 2013, Dr Chan joined the UN Secretary General and the heads of other UN entities in a call for zero tolerance for violence against women at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. During the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly in May 2013, seven governments – Belgium, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, United States of America, and Zambia – declared violence against women and girls “a major global public health, gender equality and human rights challenge, touching every country and every part of society” and proposed the issue should appear on the agenda of the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly.


For more information please contact:


Fadéla Chaib
Telephone: +41 22 791 3228
Mobile: +41 79 475 5556


Jenny Orton/Katie Steels
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7927 2802


Keletso Ratsela
South African Medical Research Council
Telephone: +27 12 339 8500, +27 82 804 8883


About the report


The report was developed by WHO, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. It is the first systematic review and synthesis of the body of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women – violence by an intimate partner and sexual violence by someone other than an intimate partner. It shows for the first time, aggregated global and regional prevalence estimates of these two forms of violence, generated using population data from all over the world that have been compiled in a systematic way. The report documents the effects of violence on women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. This was based on systematic reviews looking at data on the association between the different forms of violence considered and specific health outcomes.


Regional data


The report represents data regionally according to WHO regions*.


For intimate partner violence, the type of violence against women for which more data were available, the worst affected regions were:


  • South-East Asia – 37.7% prevalence. Based on aggregated data from Bangladesh, Timor-Leste (East Timor), India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand.
  • Eastern Mediterranean – 37% prevalence. Based on aggregated data from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine.
  • Africa – 36.6% prevalence. Based on aggregated data from Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


For combined intimate partner and non-partner sexual violence or both among all women of 15 years or older, prevalence rates were as follows:


  • Africa – 45.6%
  • Americas – 36.1%
  • Eastern Mediterranean – 36.4%* (No data were available for non-partner sexual violence in this region)
  • Europe – 27.2%
  • South-East Asia – 40.2%
  • Western Pacific – 27.9%
  • High income countries – 32.7%
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June 24, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Saturday night’s pics of the SUPER MOON with its halo.

              22 June 2013 Super Moon with halo over Mitchells Plain Cape Town South Africa                       Jeanihess Blog South Africa






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Salt River child rapes case

June 20, 2013 in Cape Town, Gender Violence, South Africa, uncategorized

The mother of two of the girls called in to Radio 567 Cape Talk to chat with John Maythem about the case  and said that they were unable to get intensive rehabilitation counselling for the girls. John said that he had been in contact with one of the Social Services departments and that a counsellor would be in contact within the next 48 hours.

The two girls were friends with the daughters of Riedewaan and lived just three houses away. The other two girls also lived just around the corner from him.


Salt River rapes case may be heard by judge

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Riedwaan George. Picture: Cindy Waxa

Cape Town – The case against a Salt River man facing several charges of rape has been sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a decision on whether he will be tried in the Western Cape High Court or the Cape Town Regional Court.

Riedwaan George, 49, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday in connection with the rape of four girls ranging in age from eight to 11 between April and August last year.

George knew all four of the girls.

While it is not clear how many counts of rape George will face, the charge sheet says one of the girls was raped “over a long period”.

George was arrested in September and was released on R5 000 bail two months later. He is prohibited from contacting the girls, has to live at an alternative address in Crawford, and may not return to his Salt River home without notifying the investigating officer.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Melanie Wells told the court she had been instructed to ask for a postponement so that the docket could be referred to the DPP.

George’s lawyer, Asghar Mia, objected, saying the docket should have been sent to the DPP months ago.

“There are more than substantial delays in this case. The case has been postponed for two to three months at a time. For the case to be sent to the DPP’s office at this late stage is alarming, if not shocking,” Mia said.

Later, control prosecutor Carmen Daniels said arrangements had been made for consultations with the girls and their parents. She said the docket had to be sent away because of the number of girls involved and the seriousness of the charges against George.

After hearing the arguments, magistrate Alfreda Lewis found that the State was not unnecessarily delaying the investigation, and postponed the case to August 14.

Cape Argus

Note: Comments are not really impressive!

No real concern for the girls or their families or the community!

Castrate the paedophile…and let him slowly bleed….

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On Politics, Service Delivery, Protests and Voting in South Africa

June 12, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

The recent events regarding dumping human waste at the DA offices in Cape Town by known ANC members and by local community leaders  have led to radio hosts on Radio 567 Cape Talk to ask some of them whether they would do the same in an ANC led province or municipality.

I always find this kind of question inane. According to the radio host it is about establishing the political integrity of the protester; about determining whether the protester is genuinely concerned about service delivery or in fact simply nailing the DA.

At the same time some of these hosts and callers to the radio station have raised that those people (always black / coloured / Muslim) that oppose the Obama visit to South Africa, his Freedom to the City of Cape Town and expressed a demand for his arrest for Human Rights Abuses, should then also demand the arrest of other such leaders that have committed Human Right Abuse.



Who decides on the criteria for judgment? Are there rules that we have agreed on together?

A bit simplistic hey … and radio talk show hosts and such being products of South Africa and its racist  and narrow worldview history from which we only emerge with dedicated effort, are perhaps like many callers, simply giving expression to our decades and even centuries long colonial and Apartheid indoctrination and conditioning.  How could 18 years of democracy compete? The courts and all the learned people there are still coming to terms with our National Constitution and the Bill of Human Rights …

I live in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town in the Western Province. This is where I vote for service delivery. The winning political party becomes my provincial government and / or my municipal local government depending on the kind of election we had. That winning party becomes MY government irrespective of my vote.

I need to address all my concerns to MY provincial and / or local government (municipal) because they hold the purse and the decision-making for service delivery there where I live both in my immediate surroundings and neighbourhoods and within the borders of the province that they govern.

I am affected by each and every decision that they make. If they choose to plant trees in a well maintained park but the parks in Mitchells Plain remain neglected (as they are), then I am disadvantaged and so are all other local residents here.

If Philippe, which borders Mitchells Plain, has sewage and other human waste problems, then I am affected because I can not travel anywhere out of Mitchells Plain in the direction of the City or Hanover Park, Lansdowne and other areas without passing through Philippe and when the wind blows then it brings with it the dust and germs from Philippe…

So too do I have to pass Nyanga and other similar areas.

What happens in the Eastern Cape or in any other provinces in South Africa, are matters of concern to me and there is a space and a time to comment and protest with regard to National Government intervention or the lack thereof when things go wrong in other places

… but such action on my part might amongst other things, be to question local residents and leaders there about their commitment to transformation and service delivery and keeping the ANC accountable…

just like some action on my part within Cape Town and /or the Western province broadly, might be to distance myself or to speak out against from some protest actions.

However, people’s patience can run out; with both the DA and the ANC.

The DA are serial non-consulters with local communities. This is why the closure of local schools are in court.

They decide in their closed offices what is best and who is best to deliver the service and then may hold a few isolated meetings to inform communities. These meetings are also not public meetings open to everyone. They are ward-based and preclude consultation processes amongst all the residents of Cape Town and  /or the province and follows the divide and rule strategy.

It is natural that as elections approach, that ordinary people begin to talk about such elections, political parties in the running and service delivery. This will happen without such political parties first approaching potential voters.

People that are actually involved in community work or politics on the ground, will know that citizens that approach them with problems talk about political parties and service delivery all the time and will make reference to the absence of the ruling party (DA or ANC) between elections and how such party has not lived up to elections promises locally.

There is a tendency to ascribe any protest action by communities to political party (ANC) interference. This is to say that particularly black (and coloured) people can not think and choose to act.

I recall how people would approach me and demand that known leaders, not only the ANC, but also COSATU, the local church leaders and others, must be approached to participate in action motivated by ordinary residents. Government by the people for the people- and those that would be in various positions of governance had to come wave their flags.

Perhaps this is still the difference between the DA and the ANC that through ANC branch structures (as inactive as they may be said to be by some) and community consultations and public meetings whether these are street or broader meetings, people still do have a voice and some decision-making power as opposed to their relationship with the DA.

I am still waiting for the DA to answer me about whether the Canadian UTI company that packages and delivers medication for the Day Hospitals, are training local people as an empowerment aspect to their contract so that we will eventually have a South African company and South Africans (previously disadvantaged) that can run such services adequately. When I first asked about this service, I was asked which media company I represented.

It is my experience that in many townships the residents will demand ANC councillors and /or MPs to come to a meeting, to listen to and discuss problems. They will be told without reservation that the ANC is in governance and that they were elected by the people to serve the people and that they have to help the people come up with solutions.

Now, it might be the opinion of some that the ANC SENT these representatives to the people because of the general opinion that township people do not have brains in their heads or will in their souls, but as I said earlier, this is such an insult to the very people that brought Apartheid down and democracy to South Africa.

Then of course, they were called terrorists and other names …

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Cape Town Toilet Saga

June 10, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Patricia De Lille, mayor of Cape Town Municipality, won an interdict against (ANCYL) youth leaders to stop them from dumping more human feces from the mobile toilets used in informal settlements, at the municipality, the provincial administration and on any of their vehicles, or to interfere with workers involved with these hygiene services. Andile and others were arrested but they will continue their protests until the people get decent services.

Barely an hour after these leaders were arrested, the Human Rights Commission announced that their investigation has found these toilets to be a health risk in the Nyanga area.

One can conclude that similar toilets in similar areas will also constitute a health risk.


In the meantime workers have pitched up at the sewage manholes in my street again. Their machinery was also delivered and placed at the manhole but no actual work was done yet.

It is quite possible that in some ANC run municipalities similar problems still exist and I hope that id it is so that the people are making their concerns and dissatisfaction felt in meaningful ways.

… but I am not here batting for every other municipality or province… I am concerned for my street and immediate environment. I am concerned for the areas that I have to live in, pass through and from where bacteria travel on the wings of the wind, on the soles of shoes and car tyres and other means to my home; and contaminate the waterways and lakes and eventually the ocean where we play in summer.

Let those that think that these toilet and sewage problems are “their” problems and that “they” should sort things out remember that Philippe, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Mitchell Plain and other such areas border on the leafy suburbs.

Bacteria is awfully mobile. We have wind and water to carry them far afield. And of course- people need to travel and go shopping in all the places that all of us do and if they do not have adequate water supply and hygienic toilets and proper waste removal services and are overcrowded because no land can be found to build proper houses, then everywhere that they walk and touch they leave those nasties that they are forced to live with hey.

Only they have developed some immunity … did everyone else? With all that water and Dettol hygiene soap and other protective measures one can end up pretty vulnerable…

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There is often a call to bring the army to the townships…

June 8, 2013 in Cape Town, Gender Violence, South Africa, uncategorized

The army will stop all crime on the Cape Flats or some such thing. The drug trade will cease and the gangsters will fade away…

Oh yes?

  Army In The Township

Dark falls and the Caspers begin to roll

Along narrow crowded streets .

Defiant faces raised to meet the eyes

Behind the armoured glass

While rifles peep and trigger fingers

Lightly stay the spray of death

‘Dare come!’ the voices whisper

‘Dare come within our space’

Dare come and touch our things

In search of guns and drugs.’

The Casper rolls on slowly

The night has long to go

And before the sunrise

Paints the sky with pinks

It’ll drive the gangsters

To their lairs:

Tonight they will not

Splash the pavements red;

Nor count spent shells.

They will not courier drugs

And they will not guard

Their turf from corner spots

Nor openly trade on streets.

Tonight young girls will step out

Smartly and go to church,

And come home escorted by their beaus.

They’ll pass the drugs as they kiss and hold

Slipping the cash into bras and clothes.

They’ll blow a kiss at the Caspers laughing loud

And still later spread themselves

Across a bed at the behest of those

That control their lives and deaths.


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Mamphela Ramphele- How could you not have known?

June 8, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Here then the new would be saviour of South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele

Some say that she should simply join the DA. I think perhaps not because obviously the DA can’t have two leaders and Helen will not stand back for another woman. We see how she fills her closest inner circle with men- can’t find other women that are good enough…

Anyway there is the story of:

Petrol station cleaner, finally free of debt, gets UCT degree 17 years later

A Western Cape petrol station cleaner will attend his graduation ceremony at UCT after completing a social sciences degree 17 years ago, it was reported on Friday.

Joseph Khohlokoane, 44, finished his degree with around R30 000 of study debt in 1996, reported Beeld.

He started working as a petrol attendant at a Shell Ultra City in Worcester to try and pay his debt, as the University of Cape Town would not formally give him his degree until he had settled his account.

“I wanted to pay it off at R100 a month, but they said it wasn’t enough,” Khohlokoane was quoted as saying.

He spent the next ten years working as a petrol attendant, and then another seven as a cleaner.

There is no way that Mamphela could not have known that there were such cases on the books of UCT.

She did nothing to facilitate a more developmental and transformative solution.

She did not even bring the issues to light.

We should believe that Mamphela will facilitate transformative development of the masses?


Seems to me she sings in the Equal Opportunity Band when the playing fields are unequal and artificially staged.

She came from a relatively advantaged family for her time.

She accepted 18 honourary awards and degrees: that is people thought that she achieved something and recognized her for that.

She could not recognize that many UCT students, black / coloured, poor and historically disadvantaged and less privileged than she ever was, achieved their degrees and with the piece of paper in hand that says so, could get better paying jobs and thus even be in a better position and in a legally binding position through the courts, to pay UCT.

Yes Mamphela, I do so believe in citizenry activism and involvement. I so do!

But you know, every institution and organization is a citizen too and both you and UCT failed people like Joseph Khohlokoane.

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Mamphela Ramphele
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Born December 28, 1947 (age 65)
Kranspoort, Transvaal
Nationality South African
Known for anti-apartheid activist
Former Managing Director of the World Bank
Greatest South African (55th)

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a South African former activist against apartheid, a medical doctor, an academic and a successful businesswoman. She was a close friend of Steve Biko, with whom she had two children. She is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank.[1] In February 2013, she announced the formation of a new political party, named Agang (Sotho for “Build”), intended to challenge the African National Congress.[2]


Early life

Ramphele was born in Kranspoort, near Pietersburg (now Polokwane), in what is now Limpopo province.[3] She completed her schooling at Setotolwane High School in 1966 and subsequently enrolled for pre-medical courses at the University of the North. Her mother, Rangoato Rahab, and her father, Pitsi Eliphaz Ramphele were primary school teachers. In 1944, her father was promoted as headmaster of Stephanus Hofmeyer School. Ramphele contracted severe whooping cough at the age of three months. The wife of the local reverend, Dominee Lukas van der Merwe, gave her mother medical advice and bought medicines for the sick child that saved her life.

In 1955, Ramphele witnessed a conflict between a racist Dominee (Reverend) and the people of the village of Kranspoort that also contributed to her political awakening. The dispute centred on whether the mother of a villager could be buried in the mission graveyard. The Dominee refused to allow the burial since he considered the woman to be a heathen who had not converted to Christianity. In defiance, local villagers took control of the church grounds and buried the woman. In revenge, the furious Dominee enlisted the police and banished all of the villagers who were involved in the burial and those known to be sympathetic to their cause. Two thirds of the villagers were cast out, losing their property in their rush to escape the violent police. Black Christians had previously routinely been buried there, so the cause of the conflict was clearly religious intolerance regarding the use of private mission grounds, it was followed by lawlessness on the side of both the attackers and the police, Ramphele interpreted this as her first experience of Blacks’ defiance to the apartheid system.


Ramphele’s political awakening came at a very young age. Her sister Mashadi was expelled from high school after she demonstrated against the celebrations of South Africa’s becoming a Republic in 1961. Ramphele also remembers her parents discussing the detention of her uncle under the 90-day detention clause.

She attended the G. H. Frantz Secondary School but in January 1962 she left for Bethesda Normal School, a boarding school which was part of the Bethesda teachers training college. In 1964, she moved to Setotolwane High School for her matriculation where she was one of only two girls in her class. On completion of her schooling in 1966, in 1967, Mamphela enrolled for pre-medical courses at the University of the North. In 1968, she was accepted into the University of Natal’s Medical School, then the only institution that allowed Black students to enrol without prior permission from the government. Her meagre financial resources meant that she was forced to borrow money to travel to the Natal Medical School (now the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Medical School). Ramphele won the 1968 South African Jewish Women’s Association Scholarship and the Sir Ernes Oppenheimer Bursary worth about R150 annually for the rest of her years at Medical School.


While at university she had become increasingly involved in student politics and anti-apartheid activism and was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), along with Steve Biko. As a member of the BCM, she was especially involved in organizing and working with community development programmes. She and Biko had a long, passionate relationship. Though Biko was married at the time, he and Ramphele had two children. The first, a girl, Lerato Biko (1974), died of pneumonia at two months.[4] Their son, Hlumelo Biko, was born in 1978, after Biko’s death.[5]

Due to her political activities, she was internally banished by the apartheid government to the town of Tzaneen from 1977 to 1984. She worked with the South African Students Association (SASO), a breakaway from the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) that operated on English speaking white campuses. NUSAS had Black and White students as members. SASO was formed in 1969, under the leadership of Steve Biko, with whom she later had a child.

From 1970 onwards, Ramphele became increasingly drawn into political activism with Biko, Barney Pityana and other student activists at the Medical School. She was elected the Chairperson of the local SASO branch. Between managing a hectic schedule of political activism and her studies, Ramphele qualified as a doctor in 1972. She began her medical internship at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital and later transferred to Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

In 1974, Ramphele was charged under the Suppression of Communism Act for being in possession of banned literature. In 1975, she founded the Zanempilo Community Health Centre in Zinyoka, a village outside King William’s Town. It was one of the first primary health care initiatives outside the public sector in South Africa. During this time, she was also the manager of the Eastern Cape branch of the Black Community Health Programme. She travelled extensively in the Eastern Cape organising people to be drawn into community projects. In addition to her medical duties, Ramphele also became the Director of the Black Community Programmes (BCP) in the Eastern Cape when Biko was banned. In August 1976, Ramphele was detained under section 10 of the Terrorism Act, one of the first persons to be detained under this newly promulgated law.

In April 1977, Ramphele was issued with banning orders and banished to Tzaneen, Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo), a place she was unfamiliar with. Alone in a strange place, she turned to the church for help. A Father Mooney arranged for her to live with two African nuns at a place called Tickeyline, a village of poor people. She later set up home in Lenyenye Township in Tzaneen where she was under constant security police surveillance. She continued her work with the rural poor, and formed the Isutheng Community Health Programme with money from the BCP. Here she set about empowering women, encouraging them to establish vegetable gardens among other initiatives.

A Father Duane became a close friend, risking arrest by taking her on trips to escape the boredom a banned person experiences. Helen Suzman, the Progressive Party MP, also visited Ramphele. She assisted her in securing a passport when Ramphele had to travel abroad. Father Timothy Stanton, an Anglican priest would visit her and celebrate Eucharist with her.

In 1983, she completed the Commerce degree, which she had registered with UNISA in 1975. She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Hygiene and a Diploma in Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand. For this, she had to apply for a special dispensation to travel to Johannesburg where she had to report at the John Vorster Square Police Station upon her arrival and departure.

Ramphele left Lenyenye in 1984 to go to Port Elizabeth where she was offered a job at Livingstone Hospital. However, she left to take up an appointment at the University of Cape Town (UCT) which Francis Wilson, a Professor of Economics had arranged. She was to work with him here at the South African Development Research Unit (SALDRU)) as a research fellow.


Continuing her academic studies, Ramphele received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Administration from the University of South Africa as well as diplomas in Tropical Health & Hygiene and Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand. Ramphele has also authored and edited a number of books.

Ramphele joined the University of Cape Town as a research fellow in 1986 and was appointed as one of its Deputy Vice-Chancellors in 1991. She was appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor of the university in September 1996, thereby becoming the first black woman to hold such a position at a South African university. Part of her executive job roles was to take charge of the University’s Equal Opportunity Policy Portfolio, with the aim of changing the culture of the institution. In 1994, Ramphele was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government in the United States of America (USA).

In 2000, Ramphele became one of the four Managing Directors of the World Bank. She was tasked with overseeing the strategic positioning and operations of the World Bank Institute as well as the Vice-Presidency of External Affairs. She is the first South African to hold this position.

Ramphele has served as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, as the director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA) and as a board member of the Anglo-American Corporation and Transnet.

Ramphele also serves as a trustee for The Link SA fund, a charitable organization that raises money to subsidise the tertiary education of South Africa’s brightest underprivileged students. She also sits on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organisation which supports good governance and great leadership in Africa.

She was voted 55th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004, a survey portrayed as mired in controversy.


In 2013, she expressed interest in returning to South African politics and resigned as the Chair person of Gold Fields.[1] On 18 February 2013, she announced the formation of a new political party, named Agang (Sotho for “Build”), intended to challenge the African National Congress.[2]

Ramphele’s entry into politics has been met with significant criticism from a range of commentators and social organisations. Because of changes in her own philosophy, her use of Steve Biko’s legacy for self-promotion has been questioned.[6][7][8]

Honorary degrees and awards

Ramphele has received eighteen honorary degrees and numerous awards, including:


  1. ^ a b Mamphela Ramphele to the rescue? Daily Maverick
  2. ^ a b “Anti-Apartheid Leader Forms New Party in South Africa.” New York Times. 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ Harlan, Judith (2000). Mamphela Ramphele: Challenging Apartheid in South Africa. CUNY Press, New York.
  4. ^ Mothibeli, Tefo. “Mamphela Ramphele: Academic Giant and Ray of Hope”, Financial Mail, Johannesburg, July 7, 2006.
  5. ^ Daley, Suzanne. “The Standards Bearer”, NY Times, New York, April 13, 1997.
  6. ^ Biko would not vote for Ramphele
  7. ^ WWBD: What Would Biko Do?
  8. ^ Ramphele more Mazibuko than Biko on questions of race

•Campbell, C. et al. (2004) Great South Africans. Johannesburg. pp. 162–3 •Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele[online] Available [Accessed 24 July 2009] •South Africa Democracy Education Trust (SADET) (2006)The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Vol. 2 [1970-1980] Pretoria. pp. 135–6 •SADET (2006).The Road to Democracy in South Africa Volume 2 [1960 – 1970]. Unisa Press, Pretoria •Ramphele M. (1995).Mamphela Ramphele: A Life. David Philips, Cape Town •Mothibeli T. (2006) Mamphela Ramphele Academic Giant And Ray Of Hope from the Financial Mail, [online] Available at Accessed on 15 November 2011 •Leib B., Mamphela Ramphele, a Biography [online] Available at Accessed on 19 November 2011 •Biography Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, [online] Available at Accessed on 19 November 2011 •World Bank, (2003). Dr. Mamphela Ramphele Managing Director from the The World Bank Group, [online] Available at Accessed on 19 November 2011


  • Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge, 1989, Co-author. This book draws together research conducted by the second Carnegie inquiry into poverty and development in South Africa and received the 1990 Noma Award, an annual prize given to African writers and scholars whose work is published in Africa.
  • Bounds of Possibility: The Legacy of Steve Biko, 1991, Co-editor.
  • Restoring the Land, 1992, Editor This publication deals with the ecological challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa.
  • A Bed called Home, 1993, Author. This book was based on Ramphele’s PhD thesis in Social Anthropology, The Politics of Space, and deals with life in the migrant labour hostels of Cape Town.
  • Mamphela Ramphele – A Life, 1995, Author.
  • Across Boundaries: The Journey of a South African Woman Leader, 1996, Author.

“Steering by the Stars: Being young in South Africa”, 2004, Author.

  • Laying Ghosts to Rest: Dilemmas of the transformation in South Africa, 2008, Author.
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Benni Retired…

June 6, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Benni retired.

Benedict Saul “Benni” McCarthy (born 12 November 1977) is a retired South African footballer who was last contracted to Orlando Pirates in South Africa.

McCarthy holds the record of international goals for a South African. He is the Bafana Bafana’s all-time top-scorer with 31 goals.[3]

Benni McCarthy was born in Cape Town and grew up in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats,[4] an area notorious for its high unemployment rate and gang violence. He is the son of Dudley and Dora McCarthy and has two brothers and a sister.[5] His older brother is Jerome McCarthy, a former professional footballer who played for Kaizer Chiefs and Manning Rangers among other clubs,while his younger brother Mark played football at Franklin Pierce University in the United States.[5]

McCarthy started playing at a local side called Young Pirates which was managed by his uncles. He then joined the youth structures of a local amateur club called Crusaders. At age 17, he was signed by 1st division club Seven Stars.[6] He is managed by ExtraTime S.L.

Shibobo” is a successful 1998 South African single by South African kwaito music group TKZee and features South African football player Benni McCarthy. It is also the title song from TKZee’s second album Shibobo.

The song released in the run-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France samples greatly on “The Final Countdown” by Europe and features the vocals of Benni McCarthy. He also appears in the football-themed music video for the song.[1]

Sales of the single topped the 100,000 mark in just over a month in South Africa, making “Shibobo” the fastest and biggest selling CD single by TKZee or any other South African recording artist. The song was also a hit in other African music charts.

The song enjoyed a comeback in a re-release in 2010-2011.

Benni McCarthy
McCarthy at West Ham, May 2010
Personal information
Full name Benedict Saul McCarthy[1]
Date of birth 11 December 1977 (age 35)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Orlando Pirates
Number 17
Youth career
Young Pirates
Senior career*
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About: Portable Toilets in the Townships

June 6, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Some readers might not be informed about the details and importance of the sanitation / portable toilets issues in Cape Town and elsewhere in South Africa.

The arrticle below, from Cape Chameleon- changing faces changing places: published 2008 is still relevant because little has changed.

In one instance flushed toilets were provided but residents had to erect walls for them. Some toilets are little more than a glorified version of the old long drop which service providers are supposed to suction clean every week, but fail to do. Others are chemical toilets. Recently the portable flush toilet was introduced but I have no idea at this point how a portable flush toilet is supposed to work. Where does it flush too?

You will understand my fascination with toilets and sanitation since the sewerage drains in my street have been overflowing since February…

OK: sanitation has been an age old interest because I used to do a lot of volunteer work in squatter camps and informal settlements. The women used to report how dangerous it was for them and children and use these portable toilets where men often assaulted and raped them, these toilets always being always situated to the edge of the site and frequently quite close to bushes and isolated areas.

If anyone still use the race card in relation to services delivery, I believe that this generally justified. In protection and sustaining the advanced and luxury provision in the formerly and historic white and advantaged areas, the City has not developed the historic black (coloured) areas to the same extent that it has protected those old white areas and the established white owned economy.
The City has not taken the hard line against communities such as withdrawing sanitation services because of militant action against poor black sanitation workers, but when Helen Zille’s entourage and head quarters (WP Legislature) steps were dumped with human waste by emptying the portable loos on them, such action was taken.
The workers, and by the same token, motorists, that were victim to similar type action in the past are of lesser dignity and importance?

Water & Sanitation


Issue No.72011

Words: Melissa Leiter

According to the South African Constitution, signed into law 10 December 1996, ‘Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well being.’ However, just over 14 years later, many South Africans’ health is in danger due to the poor water and sanitation conditions in the overly populated townships of Cape Town.


Lyndon Metembo, Social Justice Coordinator for the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) has overseen several field studies of the townships’ water and sanitation conditions. There are two main problems these people face. ‘One is the access to water,’ said Metembo. ‘The second is the high risk of waste water not being dealt with properly.’

Background to township conditions

What is a township? In Cape Town townships are settlements in which many people live on little land. The Group Areas Act of 1950 made possible the assigning of different racial groups, specifically blacks, coloureds and Indians, to different areas in Cape Town. This continued through apartheid and was responsible for the creation of the still active, underdeveloped urban townships.

Furthermore, the townships continue to grow today due to the arrival of refugees from areas such as the Eastern Cape looking for work, even though Cape Town has a national unemployment rate of 28%, according to Metembo. Khayelitsha, located in the Western Cape, is Cape Town’s largest township. While it is impossible to know how many people live in Khayelitsha, it is rumoured and generally accepted to be roughly 0.5 million in Khayelitsha alone.

In 1994 when the African National Congress took control of the government, a reconstruction and development programme aimed to help the infrastructure in the townships was created. ‘These houses are being subsidised or given by the government to poor communities commonly known as RDP houses,’ said Thando Siwasa, sub-council 10 manager.

These RDP houses have improved over time, though the small size and block structure are still common characteristics, some now have running water and toilets. However, according to Metembo, the government still has not reached their promised quota of sufficient houses for everyone. ‘Every year, (the townships) grow by 200,000,’ said Metembo. ‘The government at best can produce 6,000 houses, at best.’

The townships are a mix of these government houses and informal dwellings, or ‘shanties.’ While RDP houses have become a common sight in some areas of Khayelitsha, the majority of township residents live in shanties.

Municipal involvement

The informal dwellings that are created out of colourful slabs of tin do not have running water or toilets like some of the government houses. The city then attempts to plan for these facilities by placing communal water pumps and toilets for the residents. In order to help maintain the upkeep of these facilities and other municipal services, the city of Cape Town delegates sub-councils to work directly with residents of these areas. Siwisa, represents the Khayelitsha township. ‘My duty is to manage sub-council 10,’ says Siwisa. ‘It is to, kind of, in essence to bring governments to the citizens in Khayelitsha in many ways.’

Siwisa is responsible for helping to identify projects, such as road construction, provision of water and other service, as well as attending to the complaints and queries of the community. ‘When we receive a complaint we create a notification form, where for example, we will take down your name, surname, contact number or details, your address, nature of complaint and forward that to the central system,’ said Siwisa.

The sub-councillors are then given a number that they can use to look up the status of the complaint on a computer system and determine whether it’s been read and attended to. According to Siwisa, sanitation or water issues are ‘easy stuff’ to deal with. He gives a typical example.

‘I was phoned on Sunday morning by a councillor to say there was no water in Site C. All I did was to phone the guy that I know is the area manager. I phone back again and the water is fixed,’ Siwisa explains. ‘Temporarily put in another pump.’ These ‘temporary fix’ pumps are often plastic and not as durable. According to the September PAHRO study, the more sturdy copper taps are often stolen for their value.

Water conditions

The government planning of water taps and toilets varies depending on the amount of people that live in the area, though the true population of most townships is impossible to know. In Khayelitsha, ‘There is a water tap provided for every one to five families,’ said Siwisa. As the majority of people live in informal dwellings, the majority use public water taps. PAHRO has conducted several field studies on water access and sanitation conditions in Military Heights in Lavender Hill where it was discovered that there too, the majority of the residents used public water taps.

In a survey PAHRO conducted in June 2009, just a little more than half the 45 residents surveyed had water nearby. Other complaints included, ‘not enough taps, taps remain broken, the taps shut off for part of the day, long lines, poor water flow, streets in the back of the informal settlement are missing taps completely.’

Though those residents who live in government housing in the Lavender Hill area have running water, there were still water access issues. Residents complained that some of the pipes were leaking, causing their water bill to be outrageously high and unaffordable. Those who couldn’t afford to pay their bill had their water turned off indefinitely. Both those who lived in informal and government housing had their water turned off at periods throughout the day in the city’s attempt to help control the water. As for the government houses in Khayelitsha, most have a crude cement toilet in their yard with a connected tap. These taps are used to fill buckets of water for washing. Residents in townships often bathe and wash their dishes in buckets of water like this. When finished, the waste water is simply dumped on the streets often creating large pools of stand-still water, which is a health risk.

Sanitation conditions

“Today 2.5 billion people, including almost 1 billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.
Source: Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council”

‘Water and sanitation is provided by the city of Cape Town,’ said Siwasa. ‘In informal settlement areas, where the city cannot put or build cement toilets, provides the mobile plastic toilets. They get cleaned once a week.’

The PAHRO survey that was conducted in Lavender Hill also examined the sanitation conditions. There were approximately 150 households with five to ten people living in each, half adults, half children. PAHRO estimated this to be about 1,000 habitants in the area. The PAHRO surveyors examined an area where they counted just ’12 (chemical) portable toilets outside the settlement.’

Residents complain that once a week is not frequently enough to clean the toilets. Some residents also noted that these toilets were too close to their homes and public water taps creating a constant smell. Due to the lack of toilets communities often divvy up the toilets and then lock their designated toilet giving keys only to those allowed to use it. ‘This makes for a limited number of toilets for the general public,’ explained Lyndon. ‘These are completely desecrated.’

The PAHRO study explains that because of the ‘atrocious’ conditions of the toilets, people often use buckets in their homes. They then throw the waste from the buckets at the toilet.

The study also found that the majority of the 45 residents surveyed used a hole for a toilet. Area residents complained that the rain often revealed these holes and the waste from the holes ran in the streets and into their homes.

Health risks

Clearly, given these water and sanitation conditions, health risks are everywhere. ‘Water supply, sanitation and health are closely related,’ states the World Bank website. ‘Poor hygiene, inadequate quantities and quality of drinking water, and lack of sanitation facilities cause millions of the world’s poorest people to die from preventable diseases each year. Women and children are the main victims.’

In the September 2009 Lavender Hill survey PAHRO conducted, some women in the settlement recalled a ‘real epidemic’ where it was estimated that half of the households in the area contracted diarrhoea. According to the World Bank website, ‘Diarrhoeal diseases account for 4.3% of the total global disease burden (62.5 million DALYs1). An estimated 88% of this burden is attributable to unsafe drinking water supply, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. These risk factors are second, after malnutrition, in contributing to the global burden of disease.’

A possible contribution to the cases of diarrhoea could also be due to the condition of some of the water taps that the PAHRO field study came across. In Lavender Hill, dogs drink from the same taps that children play with and the community uses as their main source of water. The World Bank website explains that contaminated water can result in a variety of diseases that cause diarrhoea, but also diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid, to name a few. As mentioned before, in Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill, waste water that is dumped on to the streets stands still and creates an ideal bacteria breeding ground that children can be seen playing in.

In the most of extreme instances, due to the lack of privacy and space in some of the informal dwellings, community members in Lavender Hill reported that the youth often uses the toilets for sexual activity and substance abuse. Given the condition some of these toilets are in, the health issues are astounding.

In summary

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, safe disposal of faeces, safe use of latrines, hand washing with soap or another aid after stool disposal, and water handling and storage are key for hygienic behaviour and that must be upheld in order to improve public health. While the government of Cape Town is doing what they can to help regulate townships and create new houses with running water and toilets, the PAHRO field studies show that community members are not pleased. Further, it is clear that the conditions and health risks of water and toilet facilities could use extreme improvement in some instances.

While the health risks are entirely evident given some of the water and sanitation conditions in the townships, Cape Town’s entire water supply may be affected due to the inadequate treatment of waste water in the townships. Back in 2008 March, Gareth Morgan MP, released a statement with other Members of Parliament expressing their concerns that the city water supply may be ‘under serious threat.’ ‘A further problem relates to the poor management of informal settlements,’ said Morgan. ‘With inadequate sewerage systems in place, and little provision for the removal of waste, large quantities of waste are washed into rivers, where they make their way to overburdened water purification plants.’ The water and sanitation conditions in the townships are obviously a risk to the vast amount of people living there, but as Morgan states, the conditions could also be a part of a bigger problem for Cape Town.

1 DALYs means ‘Disability Adjusted Life Years’, which is the sum of years of potential life lost due to premature mortality and the years of productive life lost due to disability (taken from the WHO website)

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News Snippets

June 6, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, uncategorized

Today two senior SAPS officers appear in court for planning and executing heists. They are suspected of being part of a syndicate.They effectively wiped out the progress SAPS made between 2008 and 2011 in dealing with this crime. Three more suspects will appear with them but at this time no information is available about the three.

Cape Town mayor, Patricia De Lille, has withdrawn sanitation teams and services from some informal townships after sewage was thrown on Helen Zille’s car, those of her entourage and on the steps of the provincial administration. For as long as such attacks happen, sanitation services will be withdrawn.

How will it be determined that attacks have ceased? Is it not up to SAPS and the Municipal Police to intervene when protest action turns criminal? Seems to me that the common people are being penalized for the lack of yet another service – ah, but the SAPS officers are too busy planning heists and brutalizing those that they are sworn to protect?

Micheal Jackson’s daughter, Paris, is in hospital after attempting suicide. She tweeted Yesterday (all my troubles seemed do far away) before the attempt.

Beautiful People apparently have employment advantage and employers are using a website, beautiful people, to recruit new employees. Members of the site vote whether new applicants are beautiful enough to be featured on the site.

A new dog poop mail service has reduced the dog poop problem up to 60%. The poop is mailed back to the dog owner.

Now there’s a plan…

perhaps Patricia could mail back all the feces spilled onto the cars and steps  to the people of the informal settlements:)

Meanwhile the ANCYL distance themselves from the feces spills – It was not them that orchestrated this action. The cops did nothing to stop it but did arrest a few people afterwards; against one there was no evidence and one will appear in court.

Oh yes, and Glynis Breytenbach has served notice on her NPA bosses. They have until close of business today to give her back her old assignments. They want to redeploy her although she was cleared of all the accusations against her. Way to go Glynis: nail them!

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