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AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma

AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma

AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma
AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma
AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma
AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma
AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma
AfriForum rig simboliese monument op vir 783 korrupsieklagtes teen Zuma

AfriForum en die burgerregte-organisasie se jeugvleuel het vandag ’n simboliese monument met 783 moere vir elke korrupsieklag teen pres. Jacob Zuma by Groot Marico in Noordwes opgerig.

Dié optrede kom nadat die provinsiale regering in Noordwes onlangs met bouwerk aan ’n monument vir Zuma begin het wat sowat R1,7 miljoen gaan kos.

Die Noordwes-regering het op dié kleiner monument besluit nadat sy planne vir ’n 6 meter hoë standbeeld ter waarde van R6 miljoen vroeër weerstand van opposisiepartye en die gemeenskap ontlok het.

AfriForum het vroeër na die aankondiging van die aanvanklike groot beeld ingegryp en ’n PAIA-aansoek ingedien om sekere inligting aan te vra rakende die oprigting van die beeld.

Tiaan Oosthuizen, AfriForum se distrikskoördineerder vir Noordwes, meen die organisasie se ingryping het direk daartoe gelei dat die projek gestaak is.

“Ons is vandag weer hier om kapsie te maak teen Noordwes se planne om steeds ’n monument vir Zuma op te rig. Zuma het nog niks goed vir land beteken nie en die geld wat op ’n standbeeld vir hom gemors gaan word, kon eerder gebruik geword het om infrastruktuur in die dorp te herstel en dienste aan die gemeenskap te lewer.”

Verteenwoordigers van AfriForum en AfriForum Jeug is kort nadat hulle die simboliese monument aanmekaar gesit het deur omstanders gedreig dat hulle aangerand en hul toerusting gebreek sal word. Die plakkate en banier is daarna verbrand.

Wat die nuwe monument vir Zuma en 45 ander rekrute van Umkhonto weSizwe betref, is die platform reeds gebou.

’n Woordvoerder van die departement kuns, kultuur en tradisionele sake in Noordwes, het vroeër gesê die monument sal die vorm van ’n staalstruktuur met ’n vuurbal wees waarop die gesig van Zuma is.

Die idee om ’n monument vir Zuma op te rig, is klaarblyklik dié van Supra Mahumapelo, premier van Noordwes, wat ’n stoere ondersteuner van die president is.

Terwyl inwoners van Groot Marico nie veel dink van die beoogde monument nie, meen die departement dit moet toerisme bevorder.

Oosthuizen meen die oprigting van ’n standbeeld is totaal onvanpas gegewe die hoë vlakke van korrupsie en armoede in die land.

“’n Standbeeld van pres. Zuma kan nie opgerig word nie omdat hy onder meer 783 klagtes van bedrog en korrupsie teen hom het, in ’n Nkandla-skandaal betrek is waar miljoene rand onregmatig aan sy huis bestee is en hy verantwoordelik is vir ’n enorme hoë werkloosheidsyfer wat tot haglike omstandighede en armoede bydra.”

Benewens Mahumapelo se steun vir Zuma, lê die rede waarom die standbeeld juis by Groot Marico opgerig word, waarskynlik ook in die geskiedenis.

Die verbanning van die ANC in 1960 het tot die stigting van uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), die gewapende vleuel van die ANC, gelei. Zuma het aan sabotasie-aksies van MK in Natal deelgeneem en beplan om Suid-Afrika vir militêre opleiding in die buiteland te verlaat. MK het in 1963 beplan om 45 nuwe rekrute vir opleiding te stuur waarvan Zuma een was. Die plan was dat hulle die sogenaamde “Vryheidstrein” na Zambië sou neem. Die veiligheidspolisie het egter van die plan te hore gekom en ’n operasie beplan om hulle in hegtenis te neem. In Junie 1963 , toe die groep waarvan Zuma deel was na Botswana op pad was, is hulle in Groot Marico naby Zeerust gearresteer. Zuma is 90 dae alleen by die polisiestasie in Hercules aangehou.

 

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Nuwe boek werp lig op SA se ryk monumente-erfenis

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Die bewaring en beskerming van monumente in Suid-Afrika is ’n kwessie wat die burgerregte-organisasie AfriForum na aan die hart lê.

In dié boek is dit duidelik dat Grobler geen moeite ontsien het om by bekende en minder bekende monumente uit te kom nie. Dit vertel van groot geskiedkundige gebeurtenisse en keerpunte in die land se geskiedenis.

Grobler het onder meer gereis op die spoor van die Voortrekker Carel Trichardt deur Mpumalanga en in KwaZulu-Natal het hy die slagvelde van die Anglo-Zoeloeoorlog besoek. In die Vrystaat maak hy ’n draai by die oorblyfsels van twee konsentrasiekampe en in Limpopo kom hy op die Long Tom-oorlogskanon af. Hy werp ook meer lig op monumente wat opgerig is vir mense soos Nelson Mandela, Jan Smuts, Steve Biko en die Portugese ontdekkingsreisigers.

Die boek bevat ook kaarte van elke provinsie in die land en watter monumente waar te vind is.

Hierdie is sonder twyfel ’n boek wat byval sal vind by reisgeesdriftiges sowel as liefhebbers van geskiedenis en erfenis.

Die bekendstelling is Saterdag 8 Julie van 10:30 tot 12:00 by die gemeenskapsaal van die Renaissance Aftreeoord in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

Belangstellendes wat dit wil bywoon, kan Elize bel by 082 413 3799.

 

 

 

 

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Munisipaliteite se wanbesteding astronomies

Kimi Makwetu (ouditeur-generaal) en Andries Nel (adjunkminister van samewerkende regering en tradisionele sake

Kimi Makwetu (ouditeur-generaal) en Andries Nel (adjunkminister van samewerkende regering en tradisionele sake

Deur: Natasha Venter

Die ouditeur-genereaal (OG), Kimi Makwetu, het pas die regeringsoudit-uitkomsteverslag vir 2015/2016 vrygestel wat bevestig dat munisipaliteite landwyd byna R30,5 miljard aan vrugtelose, verkwistende, onreëlmatige en ongemagtigde uitgawes in hierdie oudittydperk bestee het.

Dít is 50% meer as die vorige oudittydperk. 

Die OG het bevind dat ’n gebrek aan verantwoordbaarheid en swak interne beheer en toesig, sleutelprobleme is wat gelei het tot dié astronomiese vlakke van wanbesteding.

“Dit is ironies dat hierdie bedrag byna dubbeld soveel is as die munisipale skuld wat aan Eskom verskuldig is. En steeds bly dít net groei,” sê Morné Mostert, AfriForum se hoof van plaaslike regering.

Luidens die verslag het slegs 19% van munisipaliteite ongekwalifiseerde oudits met geen bevindings gekry. 57% se oudits was ongekwalifiseerd met bevindings, 14% was gekwalifiseerd met bevindings, 1% was ongunstig met bevindings, 4% was misken met bevindings en 5% het nie eers finansiële state ingedien nie.

Die provinsie met die hoogste persentasie (80%) skoon ouditopinies is die Wes-Kaap, gevolg deur KwaZulu-Natal met slegs 18%. Alhoewel Gauteng die enigste provinsie is waar 100% van munisipaliteite ongekwalifiseerde ouditopinies behaal het, kon slegs die Midvaal Munisipaliteit sy skoon ouditstatus behou.

Die OG het ook die swak gehalte van die finansiële state wat sommige munisipaliteite ingehandig het, uitgewys. Dít het die tydsduur en koste van die oudit vergroot.

Makwetu het gesê dat indien die OG nié die foute in die state geïdentifiseer en reggemaak het nie, net 31% (en nie 62%) van munisipaliteite ongekwalifiseerde ouditopinies sou gekry het.

Makwetu het munisipaliteite ook gewaarsku om konsultante op ’n oordeelkundige wyse aan te wend. “Ons het bevind dat die state van 130 munisipaliteite (57%), wat deur konsultante gedoen is, foute bevat het. Dít teen die agtergrond van konsultasiefooie vir finansiële verslagdoeningsdienste wat landwyd R838 miljoen beloop het. Dit laat mens wonder of die munisipaliteite die toepaslike basiese sisteme van interne beheer in plek het om akkurate en relevante jaarlikse rekeningkundige verslagdoening te doen,” het Makwetu gesê.

Mostert het gesê AfriForum sal die verslag bestudeer en daarna met die minister van samewerkende regering en tradisionele sake skakel om te verseker dat prosesse in plek gesit word om hierdie tipe wanbestuur en -besteding hok te slaan.

Mostert meen die OG se verslag kan nie as ’n diensleweringsmaatstaf gebruik word nie, maar is eerder aanduidend of munisipaliteite hul besteding rekenkundig korrek opskryf.

 

 

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Chaka’s Rock Chalets – Good value for couples!

This property is a 8-minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool, a tennis court, and a wellness area, Chaka’s Rock Chalets is located in Shaka’s Rock, 500 m from the sandy beaches. Free on-site parking is available.

Each holiday home is characterised by a mix of modern and African-style décor. They come with a fully equipped kitchenette, a living area with a sofa bed and a satellite TV, and a bathroom with free toiletries.

Facilities include an outdoor summer pool communal BBQ facilities and tennis court. There is a wellness centre and treatments and massages can be booked.

Tongaat is 19 km away. Rock Chalets is a 20-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Ballito! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Facilities available:
– Sun Deck
– Terrace
– Outdoor Pool
– Shops (on site)

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La Montagne – One of our top picks in Ballito.

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. La Montagne is located in Ballito and is situated along Compensation Beach. It boasts an outdoor swimming pool with a modern design and offers views of the Indian Ocean. WiFi is available at a surcharge.

All rooms offer views of the Indian Ocean and are equipped with a satellite TV and a kitchenette. They also come with a fan, safe and a balcony. The studios have a small seating area and the apartments offer a lounge area.

Overlooking the swimming pool, the Palm Terrace restaurant serves pizza, breakfast and lunches, whilst the B-bar serves snacks and drinks alongside the pool. Other facilities include a spa, hot tub and a games room.

There is a 24-hour front desk and kids’ club available on site. The resort is within 4.5 km from the Umhlali Country Club and 22 km from King Shaka International Airport.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Ballito, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 for a two-person trip.

Facilities available:
– Free Parking
– Beachfront
– Family Rooms
– Spa
– WiFi
– Restaurant

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St. Lucia Safari Lodge – One of our best sellers in St. Lucia!

Just 1 km from iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St. Lucia Safari Lodge features barbecue facilities, a restaurant and an outdoor pool with a bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas.

All units have air conditioning, a TV and a patio. Bathrooms are en suite and come with a shower. Some units feature a dining area and kitchenette.

St. Lucia Safari Lodge has a shared lounge and TV area and a terrace with sun loungers. Staff at the tour desk can arrange activities such as game drives to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, or fishing on the lake.

This is our guests’ favorite part of St. Lucia, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8 for a two-person trip.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Outdoor Pool
– Non-Smoking Rooms

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7-Day KwaZulu-Natal Uncovered Tour from Durban: including a trip to uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains

This seven day KwaZulu Natal Highlights tour is a combination of the magnificent Drakensberg, Isandlwana and Battlefields as well as the historical Rorkes Drift.

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Highlights
See native wildlife in their natural environment
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Multi-Day Trip
Small-group tour by minibus
This 7 day tour will take you on a journey where you will be able to explore the Midlands and KwaZulu-Natal region extensively from battlefields tours to the historical museum of Seige, Mahatma Ghandi Statue and even the city of Howick where our late former president Nelson Mandela was captured. Experience the history of the battlefields and the other exciting activities KwaZulu-Natal has to offer including a Hluhluwe Safari Experience and the iSimangaliso Wetlands and the UNESCO World Heritage Site – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains. This tour includes 6 nights accommodation, meals as specified, registered THETA tour guide and transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle.

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Phezulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park Tour from Durban: perched on the Valley of a 1000 Hills

This 4-hour guided tour is a chance to see and learn about the Zulu culture and it’s ancient beliefs and rituals. It also gives you a chance to see crocodiles and snakes at the Reptile Park.

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Highlights
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Family friendly
All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Be picked up from your Durban hotel in the morning and head out to the Phezulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park, perched on the rolling stones of KwaZulu Natal on the Valley of a 1000 Hills. While there you will get a chance to see and experience a bit of Zulu Culture and Zulu dancing as well as meet a sangoma, a traditional healer.

The tour will then go to the Reptile Park which is an educational tour where park guides will intrigue you with interesting facts about the resident Nile crocodiles and snakes of the park.

Sylke L, March 2016
reliable organizer, friendly staff, trip to Phezulu from Duban on scenic route, nice location, got a good Impression on Zulu culture in a short space of time, very interesting Information on crodiles an snakes, crocodile feeding very impressive

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Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine Tour and Botanic Gardens Day Tour from Durban

Experience the best of what Durban has to offer with a guided tour of Durban’s Highlights. Visit famous and unique locations such as Durban’s Golden Mile, Markets of Warwick, Botanic Gardens, Moses Mabhida Stadium and the uShaka Marine World and see dolphin, seal and penguin shows. Great fun for both families and friends alike.

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Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Great overview and orientation of the city
A must do tour for anyone who wants to see the major site of this historic and important coastal city. You will see the historical buildings and cultural diversity, We start along the famous Golden Mile, before heading off to the newly upgraded Point Waterfront.

The City Hall is next, and then view the 8th largest harbour in the world, as well as Africa’s busiest. Continue on to the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, from where you will have amazing views over the city. The hustle and bustle of the markets in Warwick triangle is next, which is also the gathering point of commuters traveling throughout the region during the day. The historic and peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens is next. The Gardens date back to 1849, housing exotic plants from all over the world.

Durban’s newest attraction is next – the now iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium. Here you will be offered the option of taking the cable car above the stadium (not included) – a new and exciting addition to the Durban skyline.

End your day at Ushaka Marine World, with its huge and towering aquariums mixed with the light-hearted entertainment of the dolphin and seal shows.

You will then be dropped back at your hotel after this incredible day in South Africa’s playground of Durban.

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Durban City Half Day Private Tour: including a visit to Ushaka Marine World

A tour dedicated to the discovery of the cultural and historical contrasts of this cosmopolitan city where east meets west. The drive will be along Durban’s distinctive beachfront, the Golden Mile, past the art deco buildings and Ushaka Marine World to The Point at the harbor entrance.

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Highlights
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Small group ensures personal service
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour by minibus
A tour dedicated to the discovery of the cultural and historical contrasts of this cosmopolitan city where east meets west. The drive will be along Durban’s distinctive beachfront, the Golden Mile, past the art deco buildings and Ushaka Marine World to The Point at the harbor entrance.

Drive along Victoria Embankment and through the city past buildings of historical significance, such as the Natal Museum, City Hall and the Play House Theater. Visit the colorful and lively Victoria Street Market, filled with the aromas of Indian spices.

The tour ends with a 15 minute walk through the Botanic Gardens (time permitting) before returning to your hotel.

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