Zimbabwe’s next leader says post-Mugabe era is ‘full democracy’

Zimbabwe's former vice President Emmerson Mangwagwa,who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as president addresses reporters in Harare(Reuters)

by Susan NjanjiReagan Mashavave

Zimbabwe’s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare on Wednesday that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy” as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power.

It was his first public speech since Mugabe fired him on November 6 over a succession tussle with the former first lady, a move that prompted the military’s intervention to force Mugabe from power, leading to his resignation on Tuesday.

Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security establishment, will be sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony on Friday, officials said.

“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding full democracy in our country,” he said in front of hundreds of supporters, some wearing shirts emblazoned with images of the 75-year-old leader.

“We want to grow our economy, we want jobs… all patriotic Zimbabweans (should) come together, work together,” he said.

He was surrounded by a large security detail and arrived at the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party in a presidential-style motorcade.

Two young men held a stuffed crocodile above their heads, a reference to Mnangagwas’s nickname, earned for his reputation for stealth and ruthlessness.

‘All I want is job creation’

He had flown in earlier to Harare’s Manyame airbase from South Africa, and met key ZANU-PF officials before heading to the State House, the nerve centre of Zimbabwe’s political establishment, for a briefing.

“Great speech all round, can’t describe how I felt seeing him after what he went through. All I want is job creation,” said Remigio Mutero, 30, an unemployed IT graduate.

Zimbabwe's next leader says post-Mugabe era is 'full democracy'

Source:Mail & Guardian

Komphela confirms Chiefs’ hunt for a striker

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says the club are in the market for a striker following the club's 1-0 Telkom Knockout semi-final defeat to Bidvest Wits. Amakhosi missed a number of good chances, with Dumisani Zuma and Gustavo Paez particularly guilty of spurning a number of openings in the loss at Milpark on Saturday.

Thus far this season, Paez is the club's leading scorer with just three goals to his name as Amakhosi's struggles in front of goal have been well documented.

As such, Komphela expressed his frustration with the situation and admitted that his side has to find a prolific goal scorer in attack.

He told reporters: "Listen‚ strikers are strikers. We could have had the best striker on the day‚ but if it's not your day‚ it's not. Missing chances like these (the ones missed by Paez and Zuma)‚ happens.

"But if you ask me 'if there is an opportunity for us to get another striker'‚ yes there is.

"With Zuma and Paez I thought we could at least have got an equaliser. Zuma had a one-on-one twice. Peaz as well had his fair share. All these are excuses and excuses. But if you ask 'did we have an opportunity to equalise'‚ yes we did." Said Komphela.

Outsourced from sports24

November Diabetes Month

November is not only regarded as disability month but also Diabetes. Diabetes has been regarded as fast growing in South Africa, "The diabetes tsunami is here. And we in South Africa are in trouble." This is the stark warning of Dr Larry Distiller, founder and managing director of the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Johannesburg, over the ever-increasing diabetes numbers in South Africa.
"Three-and-a-half million South Africans (about 6% of the population) suffer from diabetes and there are many more who are undiagnosed". It is vitally important that we have more people testing for diabetes. In this installment of “Stokkie le Jojo” they tackle Diabetes where they are building awareness in that watching ones sugar and salt levels are important regardless of one’s skin colour or background anyone is vulnerable to diabetes.

Eskom Foundation

The Eskom Development Foundation’s charity fundraiser, Joy & Jewels, took place on Friday, 17 November at The Polo Room in Inanda, Johannesburg. It was glitz and glamour all-round as the exquisitely dressed guests took some time out to enjoy some delicious food and great entertainment while raising funds for a worthy cause.

On every occasion of this event, the Eskom Foundation selects a national charity as a beneficiary and for this one; the focus was on women abuse, with People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) as the chosen beneficiary. In recent times, there have been many reports of women being violated not just in South Africa but in other parts of the world.

According to a 2012 Gender Links study, 77% of women in Limpopo, 51% in Gauteng, 45% in the Western Cape and 36% in KwaZulu-Natal had experienced some form of gender based violence. Furthermore, Statistics SA’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey revealed that on average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence and four in 10 divorced or separated women reported physical violence.

The Joy & Jewels guest list also included women and men from different sectors of society. Also in attendance were senior Eskom officials including Interim Board Chairman Zethembe Khoza. Popular media personality Somizi Mhlongo, who was the master of ceremonies, also added his voice to the condemnation of women abuse.

POWA, which will receive all the funds generated by the event, is dedicated to the realisation of women’s rights and improving their quality of life. In the last financial year, POWA reached and assisted 5659 women through their centres and outreach projects, offering them psychosocial and legal support. POWA’s Executive Director, Nonhlanhla Mokwena said.

An auction was held with awesome items and experiences on offer and all the proceeds were also donated to POWA. With so many reported incidents of abuse and violence against women in our communities, Joy & Jewels presented a welcome and pleasant getaway for women, who few can dispute are responsible for holding families and communities together.

Eskom Development Foundation CEO, Cecil Ramonotsi said the reason for Eskom’s involvement in such initiatives is because the organisation sees itself as more than just an electricity provider.

“We are committed to helping build our country and that extends to protecting and empowering vulnerable members of our society. By helping organisations like POWA, we are taking a stand and contributing to the eradication of injustices against women. Through this event, we wanted to provide women from all walks of life with a chance to take some time out and be celebrated and show them that we are committed to ending this cycle of abuse,” said Ramonotsi.


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