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South Africa:Why Does the Govt Hold On to the National Carrier?


It is a truism that governments have no business running an airline. The airline industry is notoriously capital and skills intensive and yet has hair-thin margins. By GUY LEITCH.

Richard Branson famously said that the airline business has made more millionaires – out of billionaires – than any other industry. So why does the South African government persist in throwing billions at the now terminally afflicted SAA and its stunted sibling, SA Express? There is no reason to believe that this time around SAA will magically become profitable.

What happened to the intention to privatise SAA in the late 1990s? One of the reasons the state claims it won’t consider privatising SAA is the “development agenda”.

I have on my desk a copy of SAA’s latest turnaround strategy – “Corporate Plan April 2017 to March 2022”. Like the countless turnaround plans before it, this plan claims that SAA fulfils a “developmental agenda”. However, what this agenda entails is not defined, other than to state in sweeping terms that SAA’s role is to “support South Africa’s National Developmental Agenda through: transformation, job creation and connecting RSA to trade and tourism partners”.

Notably though, the National Development Plan makes no reference to…

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Zuma Fires Critical Communist Leader From Cabinet

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South Africa:KZN Storm Damage to Public Buildings Over 16 Million – Public Works

Preliminary costs for repairs on several public buildings that were damaged during last week’s storm in KwaZulu-Natal will cost over R16m to repair, Minister of Public Works Nkosinathi Nhleko has said.

Nhleko said that the final costs were being quantified, but at least 30 public properties in the province needed repairs.

According to Nhleko, some repairs were already underway in 17 state-owned facilities occupied by police, the Departments of Labour, Justice and Defence as well as 13 leased facilities.

He said that contractors were “expected to be on site by the end of this week” after emergency procurement procedures and appointment of contractors were finalised.

Nhleko commended the citizens of KZN on their work done during the storm.

“The heroic action of ordinary citizens and humanitarian organisations has demonstrated Ubuntu,” he said.

A massive storm swept through the province on Tuesday causing extensive damage to large parts of Durban.

Cars were swept away, major highways were blocked and the death toll, which is expected to rise, is currently sitting at 8 people.

Government has yet to account for the missing, including an infant.

Last week the department of public works in the province said that damage to hospitals could run into hundreds of millions of rands.

Source: News24

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Zuma Fires Critical Communist Leader From Cabinet

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Mob Disrupts IEBC Training at Awasi in Kisumu

By Victor Raballa

A mob on Tuesday disrupted a planned training session for electoral officials in Kisumu County at Awasi, Muhoroni Constituency.

The morning incident happened as clerks hired to conduct upcoming elections gathered at the Awasi Multicultural Christian Centre for a four-day training.


Kisumu Returning Officer John Ngutahi said the session was to prepare 399 presiding and deputy presiding officers when the mob struck.

The attackers, according to Mr Ngutahi, claimed the training was an illegal activity.

“We were just assembling and not all the officers had checked in when the incident happened. The police intervened and we had to relocated to a safer venue,” he said.

The training was moved to Awasi Sub-County office, where police were deployed.

Police were also forced to guard another training session at the Ahero Multipurpose Hall after youths attempted to disrupt the preparations for October 26 repeat presidential election.


Awasi-Onjiko Ward Representative Otieno Ongeta praised the locals for taking swift action, arguing IEBC officials would not be allowed to work there.

“I thank my people for standing with the position of the coalition (Nasa),” he said.

“Today was meant to mourn the people who were killed in the anti-IEBC protests. People should be on the lookout and ready to flush out any illegal activity.”

He reiterated National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga’s call that: “There will be no elections without reforms .”


Mr Odinga, who has since pulled out of the repeat election, wants systems and personnel changes made at the IEBC, among other reforms.

They include removal of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and 10 other senior officials accused of bungling August 8 General Election, a proposal the ruling Jubilee Party has opposed.

The opposition also wants changes to elections laws, as passed by Jubilee Party-dominated National Assembly and Senate, stopped until after repeat poll.

President Kenyatta received Election Laws (Amendment) Bill and Election Offences (Amendment) Bill and he has 14 days to make a decision.


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Raila Has Choice to Stay Away or Take Part in Poll – IEBC

By Nelcon Odhiambo and Patrick Lang’at

It is up to Nasa leader Raila Odinga to choose whether to participate in next Thursday’s repeat presidential election or not, the polls agency has said.

Dr Roselyn Akombe, a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said it is a personal decision for any candidate to participate or pull out of an election.

“The issue about Mr Odinga’s withdrawal from the repeat poll cannot be solved by the electoral commission,” she said.

“It would be impossible for us to solve the political mess created by the politicians. We can only offer technical solutions and not political ones.”


She added that the withdrawal from the race is “purely a political issue” that can only be solved by politicians.

Dr Akombe urged the politicians to engage in dialogue in solving the political stalemate, instead of dragging the name of the IEBC into their issues.

She spoke on Sunday at a hotel in Bondo town after assessing the progress of the ongoing training of IEBC staff ahead of the repeat poll.

At the same time, a local poll observation group has asked the IEBC to seek the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Mr Odinga’s withdrawal from the presidential race.


The Elections Observation Group (Elog) said the IEBC should take the first step in clearing uncertainties after Mr Odinga pulled out of the election and demanded a new election 90 days after fresh nominations.

At the same time, the group wants the IEBC to ask the Supreme Court to give its view on a High Court ruling in a case filed by Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot, which the commission has interpreted to mean the inclusion of all the eight candidates who vied in the August 8 presidential election that was eventually nullified.

“Amid the emerging constitutional and legal confusion, the IEBC should at once petition the courts to give meaning, clarity and certainty to a myriad of legal intricacies that now surround the holding of the fresh presidential election,” Elog steering committee chairperson Regina Opondo said in a statement.


The group also called for an inclusive engagement between the IEBC and the political actors.

The team asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to shelve proposed changes to the election laws that were passed by Jubilee Party members in Parliament.

“Don’t change laws very close to the election,” Elog national coordinator Mule Musau said.

President Kenyatta has said he is still going through the laws with his deputy William Ruto.


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Party Condemns Killing of Over 250 People in Somalia

By Gadiosa Lamtey

Dar es Salaam — ACT-Wazalendo has said is saddened by the killing of more than 250 people in Mogadishu on Saturday October 14 and condemns the perpetrators.

In the incident said to have been engineered by the terrorist group, Al-Shabab, more than 400 people were wounded.

In a statement released on Monday October 16 by party’s chairman for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Venance Msebo, ACT-Wazalendo has been shocked by fatal bombings at a time many countries strive for restoring peace and harmony in the world.

“We send our condolences to the government and the people of Somalia. We pray to God so that he gives them strength and patience during this difficult moment especially for the loss of their beloved ones,” he said in a statement.

He said ACT-Wazalendo called on Somalia, the East African Community (EAC), member states of the African Union (AU) and the international community to continue with efforts to restore peace in Somalia.

The party official said further that deliberate efforts should be taken to avoid similar incidents in the future, as they were a threat to the peace and harmony of society.

“If Somalia is not be safe, then Africa and the world will be unsafe as well,” noted Mr Msebo.


Maputo Envoy in Court On U.S.$133,000 Theft Charges

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Ocampo Revelations Exposing Hypocrisy of ICC, Opponents

By Rasna Warah

Revelations that Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, was compromised by people who were suspected to be war criminals, should interest Kenyans because they do raise the question of whether the Kenyan cases at the ICC were similarly undermined.

Documents leaked by Mediapart, a French investigative website, and the German magazine Der Spiegel suggest that Ocampo may have been bribed by a Libyan billionaire who was involved in their civil war and that he may have interfered with the court’s investigations by revealing confidential information about Muammar Gaddafi to the French Government.

The revelations expose a dark, devious and egotistical side to this Argentinian lawyer who had promised to “make an example of Kenya” when he was pursuing cases again the so-called Ocampo Six, who were charged with post-election violence, and whose cases were bungled so badly by the ICC that the six suspects ended up “making an example” of the ICC instead.


It appears that the Kenyan cases did not move forward not just because of lack of sufficient evidence but also because Ocampo – after initially pushing hard for the cases to be heard – nudged his former colleagues to give Uhuru Kenyatta an “honourable exit” after he became president, and even advised a Kenyan diplomat about how the case could be closed without damaging the ICC’s reputation.

Yet had it not been for Ocampo’s determination to hear the Kenyan cases, Mr Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto might not have won the 2013 elections. His obsessive zeal to take the duo to the ICC polarised the country ethnically.

It appeared that the international court was unfairly targeting the numerically and politically significant Kikuyu-Kalenjin bloc. The UhuRuto campaign exploited this victimisation narrative to garner votes in 2013 (though the jury of public opinion is still out on whether that election was free and fair.)


Meanwhile, arguments by the Ugandan political scientist Mahmoud Mamdani that a post-conflict political reconciliation between warring factions was preferable to a judicial process in an international court were met with fury and disdain. The ICC and some prominent Kenyan activists would hear none of it.

The revelations also lay bare the hypocrisy of some African leaders who vilify the ICC as “racist”, yet use it when it suits them. When Jubilee won the 2013 elections, President Yoweri Museveni described its victory as “a rejection of the blackmail by the ICC and those who seek to abuse this institution for their own agenda”. Yet the Ugandan president has no problem with the ICC prosecuting the Lord’s Resistance Army’s Dominic Ongwen, who as a child soldier was himself a victim of the LRA.

The Ocampo revelations have exposed the hypocrisy of both the ICC and its opponents.


Dear Hassan Omar,

They say that there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies in politics, but your defection to the Jubilee Party last week indicates that is it not friendship or enmity that is at stake here but integrity.


There are few politicians in this country, both in the ruling party and in the opposition, who display high levels of moral uprightness.

The majority of our leaders have sold their souls to the devil so many times that it is hard to tell what side of the political divide they are on.

I truly believed that you were different. You stood out as a person who believed in truth and human dignity. But your actions suggest that you were never interested in promoting human rights or social justice; you only crave power and wealth.


Nobody is saying that you do not have the right to switch political allegiances; but changing political alliances is not the same as changing one’s beliefs. If what you claim to have stood for in the past can be so easily be forgotten, then I shudder to think what you may say – and not mean – next.

Power is not always obtained through the ballot box or the bullet. Some of the most powerful people in this world hold no political office nor do they commandeer armies. However, their influence will be felt even after their death because their ideas, convictions or inventions are so life-affirming or revolutionary that they have changed the world for the better. You might have been such a person. Alas, you have lost that opportunity!

Jubilee’s 290 Lawyers to Guard Uhuru Kenyatta’s Votes

By Patrick Lang’at

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party will hire 290 lawyers and deploy them to constituency tallying centres in an elaborate plan they say will right the wrongs identified by the Supreme Court.

The lawyers will be required to follow through the results transmission process in the October 26 repeat presidential election, after the August 8 poll was annulled by the apex court on what it said were irregularities and illegalities.


“We are putting our systems right to ensure that the mistakes the Supreme Court said happened do not recur, and having lawyers at the constituencies will help us arrest the problem before it occurs,” Jubilee Party Executive Director Winnie Guchu told the Nation in an interview.

The lawyers will report to an elected Jubilee Party MP or one who was a candidate and lost the August 8 polls and who will act as President Kenyatta’s chief agent at the constituencies.

The chief agent will also be in charge of an information technology expert and an elections expert.

“We are not taking anything to chance,” said Ms Guchu, who is also President Kenyatta’s deputy chief agent.


The IT professional, Ms Guchu said, will work with the lawyer in ensuring that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) transmission of results is above board.

By the end of today, 1,160 trainers of trainers will have been trained at the Multimedia University.

The 1,160 will tutor 3,000 trainers who will in turn train the party’s 40,883 agents for each of Kenya’s polling stations.

At the polling station, Jubilee Party has set up a checklist for the agents to tick as the statutory results declaration Form 34A is being filled by the presiding officer.


“We want to have our agents know that they have the power to question and query: That the process depends on them not letting any irregularity or illegality happen as they watch,” said Ms Guchu.

“We are teaching our agents to know what a Form 34A looks like, what it should have, where it should be stamped, what security features should be there and who should sign it.”

The party has also asked all its agents to ensure they get a legible carbon copy of the form before it leaves the polling station.

President Kenyatta has insisted that he was robbed of victory “on the basis of process, rather than the will of the people – the ballot” and has said that the apex court should have ordered a recount of the ballot papers.


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Nasa Leader Odinga to Address Rally After Retreat

By Mohamed Ahmed

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga is expected to address his first major rally in Mombasa on Sunday after he withdrew from the presidential race.

Mr Odinga, who was on a tour in the United Kingdom, is expected to address the highly publicised rally at Mama Ngina Drive grounds.

Speaking after inspecting the venue on Saturday, Mombasa deputy governor William Kingi said all the four Nasa principals will attend the rally.

“Our preparations are going on well and tomorrow we will be given directions on the way forward by our four principals together with their host the governor.

“We have been asking for reforms, which have not been addressed and tomorrow we will get to know what stand we are taking,” Dr Kingi said.


The other co-principals are Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi.

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said the leaders will also address police brutality during Nasa demonstrations pushing for electoral reforms.

The rally comes hot on heels of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s last weekend visit to the county where Jubilee harvested big, following defection of opposition leaders.

Among the defectors, who also lost in the August 8 elections, are former senator Hassan Omar, former Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu and former Likoni MP Suleiman Shakombo.


The ruling party also received a boost after Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja and Nyali MP Mohammed Ali indicated that they will work with Jubilee administration to enhance growth in their areas.

Mr Ali, a former journalist, said he will work with the Jubilee “to serve his constituents”.

This has left Nasa fighting to consolidate it’s backing at the Coast following the defections.

The Nasa rally, which is organised by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, comes at a time when calls for Mr Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi to be made Nasa principals owing to their huge popularity in the region, pile up.


Mr Kingi and Mr Joho have also announced that either of them will run for the presidency in 2022.

Complaints have also been rife following failure by Nasa to name Coast lawmakers to top parliamentary committees.

During his defection last week, Mr Omar mocked the opposition leaders, saying they could not be given top positions due to their academic backgrounds.

Jubilee has been campaigning in the region hoping to take away a huge slice of the opposition’s support.


The opposition received more votes than the ruling administration both in the 2013 and August elections.

The Coast is regarded as a Nasa fandom.

However, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party won the Kwale and Lamu gubernatorial seats.

Governor Salim Mvurya (Kwale), who defected from ODM, beat Wiper candidate Chirau Mwakwere and ODM’s Issa Chipera.

Mr Fahim Twaha won the Lamu top seat that was previously held by Issa Timamy, who was a member of Amani National Congress.

Just like in 2013, Jubilee lost all the top seats in Mombasa with a majority of the MPs, ward representatives and the senatorial seats going to ODM.

Kenyatta, Ruto Take Campaigns to Karatina and Nyahururu

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday took their campaigns for the October 26 fresh poll to their strongholds of Karatina (Nyeri County) and Nyahururu (Laikipia County).

A statement from the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit reading: “President Kenyatta will re-emphasise that the only path to the presidency is through the ballot and the Kenyan Constitution does not provide for a negotiated government.”

The President and the Deputy President’s meet-the-people tour of Karatina and Nyahururu comes on the heels of a similar tour Saturday when they addressed rallies at Kenol in Murang’a County and Ndumberi in Kiambu County.

Mobilising voters to turn up in large numbers to reaffirm their supreme will in the October 26 fresh presidential election.


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South Africa:Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu – 14th National Oral History Conference


Speech by Deputy Minister Makhotso Maggie Sotyu, at the 14th National Oral History Conference , Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province

Programme Director,

MECs/Mayors/Councillors Present,

Traditional Leadership present,

Senior Management & Officials of the DAC, its Agencies, and other Sister Departments,

Academic and NGO Fraternities present,


Ladies and gentlemen,

This year marks the 14th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA), the National Archives of South Africa and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in Eastern Cape.

Importantly, the conference is taking place when South Africans and the international community are celebrating and commemorating the 100th year of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo, affectionately known as OR.

This conference is thus aptly titled ‘Oliver Reginald Tambo in memoriam: Reminiscing on a centenary of struggle, True Leadership and Leadership values of a liberation stalwart’.

OR is, without doubt, best known for his sterling and unwavering leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) when the ANC was banned and operated from exile. There he endevoured to keep the movement united under very trying times.

We have learned of the moment when his leadership was challenged by comrades who came to be colloquially referred to as the ‘Gang of Eight’ in the 1970s.

The ‘Gang of Eight’, led by Tennyson Xola Makiwane (or TX, as he was known within the ANC), strongly objected to the opening of the ANC membership to non-Africans and the acceptance of the Strategy and Tactics document presented at the Morogoro consultative conference in 1969.

OR, always thinking about keeping the movement intact and on cause in the struggle for liberation, was at pains to maintain the unity of the ANC; he advocated for the continued counselling of the group.

This was even after the group had decided to break-away from the ANC in 1975. OR’s love and commitment to the ANC was evident when, despite his personal view on the matter, abided and respected the decision of the movement’s national executive committee to expel the group from the ANC.

Luli Callinicos, in her book Beyond the Engeli Mountains, reminds us that in the 1940s, prior to the whites-only elections which catapulted the National Party into power, OR’s dedication and commitment to the well-being and independence of the ANC was clear.

At the time members of the radical ANC Youth League were suspicious of the broad organisations such as the Indian Congress and Communist Party. They believed that their intention was to substitute the ANC.

After the Indian Congress and the Communist Party had announced the ‘Votes for All’ campaign and invited the ANC to participate, the Transvaal Executive of the ANC decided to turn down the invitation “on the grounds that it was a communist initiative”.

At the meeting to communicate this view, OR and his life-long comrade Nelson Mandela kept to the resolution by the Transvaal Executive. Walter Sisulu, another member of the ANCYL and close comrade of OR and Mandela, was persuaded to view the campaign favourably.

Callinicos writes that OR and Mandela were angry with Sisulu that after the meeting they left him behind and would not talk to him. That is the measure of OR’s respect and commitment to the decisions taken by the ANC’s collective leadership.

Tambo possessed another characteristic, which is regrettably less known and/or appreciated. And this is closely connected to this conference.

He valued the role oral history played in helping him to understand the deep-seated bitterness among the Africans towards the South African white government.

In 1940 Tambo attended a meeting in Qumbu called by the Native Commissioner to recruit African able-bodied men to participate in World War II on the side of the Smuts’ government.

He recalled that Africans used their collective memory, drawn from narratives about unfulfilled promises made by the government during World War I, to collectively refuse to volunteer to fight on the side of the Smuts’ government.

This demonstrates the significance of oral history in understanding present realities. I am delighted to observe that the presenters, including some of the learners, in this conference will be talking to some of OR’s leadership values and qualities.

As we celebrate Tambo’s centenary, we should also pause to remember the tragic deaths of Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli and Bantu Stephen Biko 50 and 40 years ago, respectively.

Luthuli played a crucial role in the 1950s leading the ANC during the defiance campaign and the adoption of the Freedom Charter, and in the process helping to turn the ANC into a mass-based organization, which it is today.

Biko, on the other hand, was at the forefront of galvanizing black students across the country through the philosophy of black consciousness. His teachings spurred the student uprisings in 1976.

I am filled with pride and joy to observe that OHASA is making strides in attracting fellow Africans from different countries in Southern Africa to share their countries’ historical experiences with us in South Africa.

It is through such connections and dialogues that we can all learn to appreciate each other and the contribution made by all Africans in the fight against colonialism and apartheid.

This oral history conference serves as a platform for exchange of ideas, for sharing of research findings and an opportunity for skilling new oral history practitioners.

It is encouraging to observe the growing number of learners participating in this conference. This year, for instance, 10 out of the 25 learners from Mthatha presented their papers in the conference.

Other learners who participated in the conference include those who presented at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History competition.

I would like to commend the staff from the national Archives for training some of the learners on oral history methodology, recitation of their clan names and capturing their family history.

This conference is also unique in that it provides interactive space for organic intellectuals who are invited to deliver keynote addresses. Their contribution to the conference is very important because they are the custodians of oral history in their different communities.

As the Deputy Minister, I wish to express my excitement in the Department of Arts and Culture and its provincial subsidiaries that we have, over the years, relentlessly supported oral history and related projects in the country.

Through this support oral history as a discipline has, gradually developed and it is rapidly gaining the recognition it deserves.

This is evident in the number of research projects – academic and non-academic – produced annually in the country based on oral history. More importantly, some of the oral history projects are published in the Oral History Journal of South Africa.

I say this mindful of the fact that oral history on its own is not, and cannot be, a panacea for documenting and re-documenting our histories.

Although oral history has its limitations, it is nonetheless a capable methodology to discover ‘hidden histories’ of the less known.

I implore you all to take cue from John Tosh, a leading oral historian, when he cautions that “problems in oral history should not be grounds for having nothing to do with oral history”.

Similarly, you should adopt Monique Marks’ attitude that in spite of the challenges and limitations associated with this methodology, “oral history is a satisfactory source”.

As I conclude, I want to hope that you have had a successful 2017 conference. Let your deliberations taken here be impactful and be successful. I am already looking forward to reading the Conference Report with some of the papers, which you had presented already during the conference in the Oral History Journal of South Africa and the Conference Proceedings publications.

I thank you all.

Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture

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