|ANC presidential candidate urges Mpumalanga Ray Phiri musical theatre|
|The late musician has already been accorded a provincial funeral and will be buried in Mpumalanga this weekend|
|PRETORIA, South Africa, July 18, 2017/ -- FORMER Mpumalanga premier and Africa National Congress (ANC) Presidential candidate Mattews Phosa has urged the government of his province to build a musical theatre in honour of late jazz maestro Ray Phiri, who died last week.
The late musician has already been accorded a provincial funeral and will be buried in Mpumalanga this weekend.
Phosa, who was the first Premier of Mpumalanga, from 1994 to 1999, said the Ray Phiri musical theatre is worth an investment by the government.
He said: “During my time as the Premier of Mpumalanga, there was a discussion to build a Musical theatre, which I still believe that the Mpumalanga government should do that in the honour of this giant.”
Phosa, a freedom fighter, one of the first four members of the ANC to enter South Africa from exile in 1990 in order to start the process of the negotiations with the National Party government, said Phiri played a significant role in liberating South Africa.
“It was in the dark days of our struggle as commanders and freedom fighters, we could draw inspiration from Ray and Stimela through their music. As it gave us hope and courage to continue with the fight for the struggle of our people and the country,” said Phosa.
He urged young South Africans to draw lessons from the late jazz musician.
Phosa said: “The lessons we need to learn from the life of this great legend is for us to rally our young people behind the art, education and technology……….. our young people cannot afford to be disenfranchised when they grow up with such rich legacies left by the great legends like Ray Phiri.”
The ANC has also paid tribute to the musician saying: “Ray was able to use his music to contribute in the struggle for liberation of this country, together with his group Stimela they had many of their songs banned by the apartheid regime; Ray Phiri holds the order of the Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheid.”
Ray Phiri will be buried in his home province on Saturday.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Mathews Phosa.
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On Thursday, 06 July 2017, the Gauteng Department of Social Development was contacted by the Commission for Cultural, Religion and Linguistic Communities Chairperson Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva and Ugogo Maliyavuza from the Community Councils of Traditional Healers – Ubuhlebengcice to alert them that a 17 year old girl was staying with a 42 year old traditional healer from Debonaire Park in the Vaal. This has been going since March 2017 after he paid a R25 000 lobola to the family.
When confronted his only defense is that the child’s mother and family misled him to believing that the child was over the age of 18yrs.
The immediately removed the child from the man’s house to a place of safety. The matter has been reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS)’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences Unit (FCS) for abduction and statutory rape.
The young girl is in a good mental state, emotionally sound and clean. Social workers noted that the child expressed an intention to continue to stay with the traditional healer and that she was happy with this arranged union. The Department suspects that the child who turns 18yrs in a month’s time is indeed likely to go back to this man as soon as she reaches 18year.
At the time of her removal the child it was discovered that she was not schooling and plans are afoot to ensure that she is assisted to continue with her schooling.
People of Gauteng are argued to be vigilant and report such cases to Gauteng Department Of Social Development Offices or call the Gauteng Hotline at 0860 428 8354 or Call Social Development Gender Based Violence Command Centre 0800 428 428. National Human Trafficking Resource Line 0800 222 777.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe launched a multi-million rand Black Industrialist firm, Microfinish Automotive in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal today. Microfinish, an automotive valve guide and valve seat manufacturer, was co-funded by the dti Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS) and KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister Magwanishe said Microfinish is evidence that the Black Industrialist (BI) Programme is succeeding and transforming the economic landscape of the country.
“Being one of the beneficiaries, Microfinish alongside 16 other black industrialists manufacturers will inject R1 billion and create 2400 direct jobs and 1700 indirect jobs in the KwaZulu-Natal region. It also contributes to improved production efficiency, job creation and global competiveness,” said Magwanishe.
Magwanishe also said that the project strengthens the capability of components manufactured to support the automotive sector. He congratulated Toyota for giving market access to Microfinish as one of their suppliers.
“We are confident that KwaZulu-Natal provincial initiatives, such as Operation Vula will continue to pay a positive role in providing procurement opportunities to other Black Industrialists. Therefore, in our BI projects lies a renewed affirmation in job creation and social economic transformation,” added Magwanishe
Speaking at the same event, the Managing Director of Microfinish, Mr Brian Naidoo said as a company, their social objective is to invest in the development of our staff, increase employment in South Africa and support the localisation and empowerment initiatives that have been mandated by government.
“Hard work, dedication, commitment and financial support are what it has taken to get this facility up to the world class standard that is today. The international exposure received through interventions and collaboration with the dti is indicative of the expanding footprint South Africa has in the global market. Microfinish is grateful for this as most of our business is export,” said Naidoo.
He added that the company is eager and have an appetite to service national business partners and they are happy to report that collaboration in this regard is on-going.
“We hope to report on securing partnerships in the not too distant future and strengthen relations in the local market,” he said.
The BIS is a grant programme of the Black Industrialists Policy that aims to unlock the potential within black industrialists operating in South African economy through deliberate, targeted and well-defined financial and non-financial interventions.
Caption: From left, MD of Microfinish, Mr Brian Naidoo, the dti DDG, Ms Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe and acting CEO of KZN Growth Fund Mr Aubrey Shabane.
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