Johannesburg – Bungeni Fri, 04 Jun 2021 22:19:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Johannesburg – Bungeni 32 32 South African tourism welcomes United’s nonstop service to Johannesburg Fri, 04 Jun 2021 19:20:20 +0000

On June 3, South African Tourism (SAT) and United Airlines celebrated the airline’s launch of a new daily non-stop service between New York / Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB). The new flight will depart Newark daily at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in South Africa at 5:45 p.m. the next day. With the addition of this new route, United now operates more flights to South Africa than any other US carrier.

Yesterday’s Gate event, held at Newark Liberty Airport, featured a performance of the age-old indlamu dance by Zulu dancers who donned full traditional attire and were accompanied by live drums. Special guests at the ceremony included Dr Motumisi Tawana, Consul General of South Africa; Jerry Mpufane President, South African Tourism North America Hub; and Tom Kozlowski, head of international network planning, United Airlines.


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“We promised our travelers that South Africa will be waiting for them once travel can safely resume and in partnership with United Airlines, we are not just keeping that promise, but making the trip to Africa South easier and more accessible than ever. Mpufane said. “South Africa is a vibrant destination with astonishing diversity. With its bustling cities, natural space for outdoor experiences, cultures and stories rich to learn and discover, we are confident that it will exceed the wildest imagination of visitors and provide unforgettable memories.

The new Newark-Johannesburg flights will be operated aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which includes 48 United Polaris business class seats, 88 United Economy Plus and 116 United Economy seats.

South Africa reopened to tourism in November 2020 with the requirement that international travelers provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Among the high health and safety protocols that remain in place is the mandate that residents and visitors wear masks when occupying public spaces.

Zulu dancers at United Airlines Newark-Johannesburg New Route Launch Event.
Zulu dancers at United Airlines Newark-Johannesburg New Route Launch Event. (photo courtesy of South African Tourism)

South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, is also one of the country’s main cultural hubs and is home to many landmarks, as well as prominent institutions, museums, theaters, galleries and libraries. It’s also a great base for exploring the rest of the country’s varied and vibrant landscapes, ranging from lush coastlines to grassy plains, mountains and deserts. The bustling provinces of South Africa provide plenty of opportunities to explore the region’s unique history and culture, observe local wildlife, and enjoy world-class accommodation and dining experiences along the way. .

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District semi-finals matches are set | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 04 Jun 2021 05:32:31 +0000

Now that the brackets have been set, the quest for playoff success begins in earnest today for the Michigan State baseball and softball teams.

This includes more than a dozen local baseball and softball teams that will make the playoffs for the first time since 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season last April.

Alpena will look to win the District Championships on their grounds today. The Wildcats are home to Traverse City West, Traverse City Central and Mt. Pleasant in a Division 1 neighborhood.

The Alpena softball team will start against West in a district semifinal at 10 a.m. and the Alpena baseball team will play against West at noon. District championships in both sports will follow at 2 p.m.

The Alcona softball team will also be in action today at Au Gres. The Tigers will face Au Gres at noon in the second of two semi-finals in a Division 4 district that also includes Mio and Hale.

In Gaylord, Onaway baseball only needs a win to claim a district title.

The Cardinals are already eligible for a Division 4 District Championship game pass and will face Gaylord St. Mary or Wolverine at 2:30 p.m. today.

The district playoffs continue on Saturday with the local districts of Rogers City and Johannesburg-Lewiston.

The Rogers City softball team will face Posen and Inland Lakes will face Onaway in the second of the two semi-finals.

The Hurons baseball team will also face Posen in the semi-final and Hillman will face Johannesburg-Lewiston in the other semi-final.

Johannesburg will host a softball district on Saturday with Atlanta and Hillman vying for a district final with the host Cardinals.

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Covid-19 vaccination program discriminates against the poor – research Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:21:48 +0000

A research project from the University of Johannesburg found that the Covid-19 vaccination program discriminates against the poor. (SAgovnews via Twitter)

  • A research project from the University of Johannesburg found that the Covid-19 vaccination program discriminates against the poor.
  • Research has revealed that residents of informal settlements do not have the money to travel to be vaccinated or adequate access to register for the vaccination.
  • The research project took place at Protea Sud.

The way the Covid-19 vaccination program for the elderly is administered in South Africa discriminates against the poor.

This was part of the findings of the University of Johannesburg‘s Social Change Unit, which led a research project at Protea South, Johannesburg.

Discussing the results in a webinar Thursday, Professor Kate Alexander, South Africa’s research chair in social change at the university, said the immunization system in its current form disadvantages poor people and should be addressed immediately .

According to the research, the Electronic Immunization Data System (EVDS), in principle, was a good idea because it should have reduced inequalities by vaccinating people in the order they signed up.

However, the government’s implementation shortcomings undermined this.

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People with cars and money for gasoline can walk around vaccination sites until they find a relatively short line for “walk-in”. This is not possible for the poor who, as this case study shows, do not have the funds to reach their nearest site, let alone switch between them.

Alexander explained that impoverished people should decide to spend what little money they have, for food, on transport to get to vaccination sites.

Researcher Bongani Xezwi said there must be an official plan to get people to vaccination sites if they needed a lift, as an R44 round trip to the clinic was too much for most people who lived in the study area.

“Further, EVDS has been touted as a technocratic solution to a social problem. First, many people do not have the information they need to make an informed decision about vaccination.”

“People with smartphones and computers read posters online in English. Those without such gadgets and language skills need posters on the walls and leaflets in hand, preferably in their own language. , and they need a lot more radio and television coverage. “

“Second, although it is free and relatively easy to register over the phone, the steps are not sufficiently communicated and, again, the messaging system has favored an online process. People without access to any type telephone numbers, and there are still many, should not be excluded from information and registration. “

It was further argued that delivery issues with EVDS were partly related to efficiency. The program had been administered in a chaotic fashion, government communication had been chronically weak, and vaccination sites and staff were insufficient.

READ | Government awaits US FDA announcement on J&J vaccine delay

“However, it is mostly equity. Older people who are most in need of protection from the virus, those who live in overcrowded informal settlements where poverty is deep and pervasive, have more difficulty getting vaccinated. Impoverishment and its implications for deployment are reported in many ways, including prioritizing fighting hunger over protecting health, complaints that R10 for Panados is a large expense, volunteers in need of food and lack of access to information and registration. “

The case study also noticed widespread reluctance to take the vaccine, with people complaining about a lack of information from the government.

One of those people was Emily Mohapi, born in 1921.

During a webinar on the research project, Mohapi said she didn’t want to get the shot, but was later convinced after receiving more information.

Now one of those who had been vaccinated, Mohapi was grateful and felt more alive than ever. She also encouraged other elderly people to get vaccinated.

The following recommendations were made:

– Assist the CHWs [Community Health Workers] recruiting local youth who can help with education and registration; provide them all with smartphones and data; and draw on the mobilizing skills of experienced community activists.

– People must be brought to vaccines, or vaccines must be brought to people. Subways and local municipalities should second or recruit staff to coordinate transport for the poorest people to reach vaccination sites. Transportation can be taxis, volunteer cars, private taxis or buses. In addition, there should be a move towards the use of mobile vaccination units.

– When people are vaccinated, they should be offered Panados and free masks; and free masks should be available in clinics, schools and other public places.

– The government should provide emergency financial assistance in the form of improved pensions and the reinstatement of the distress social assistance allowance.

Meanwhile, the C19 Popular Coalition’s (COWG) community organizing working group, which collaborated on the research project, strongly opposed the Ministry of Health’s immunization process.

READ | Covid-19 deaths in SA could be three times higher than reported – researchers

“The registration system as it is currently in use faithfully reflects the fact that the South African government prioritizes profits over people’s lives. It is clear that accessibility to EVDS by the working class and the poor was not a consideration when the system was created. . “

“There is a looming crisis with the safety of our seniors even though, thanks to vaccines, we now have the means to do it. They don’t know how to use the technology, they don’t have the money to buy data. expensive, and worse yet, their public pensions are not enough to allow them to make ends meet. “

As of June 2, the number of people over the age of 60 vaccinated with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine stood at 637,801.

The total number of health workers vaccinated under the Sisonke program was 479,768.

The country had so far recorded a total of 1,675,013 confirmed SARS-CoV2 infections, which have caused Covid-19.

The death toll from Covid-19 as of June 2 stood at 56,711.

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Helen Joseph Hospital management calls for sustainable solutions to water crisis Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:25:21 +0000

Hospital officials met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Rand Water and Joburg Water Management to assess the impact of continuous water disruptions on clinical services.

Donation from donors to drill water at Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital on June 1, 2021 following a water shortage crisis in the region. Photo: @ GiftoftheGivers / Twitter,

JOHANNESBURG – The management of the Helen Joseph Hospital calls on Wednesday for lasting solutions to address the ongoing water crisis at the facility.

Hospital officials met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Rand Water and Joburg Water Management to assess the impact of continuous water disruptions on clinical services.

Residents suffered water cuts due to a power outage at the Eikenhof pumping station, forcing hospitals, including Helen Joseph, to operate in extremely difficult conditions.

Debilitating water shortages have forced the Gauteng government to bring water tankers to Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa hospitals as patients and communities bear the brunt of drying taps.

Helen Joseph CEO Relebohile Ncha said they were in talks with Joburg Water and Rand Water to find short and medium term solutions.

“We were given some technical information on the challenges currently occurring at Rand Water and Joburg Water. But what was important was that they understood our need to quickly deliver tankers to the hospital. “

Johannesburg residents have received a double blow in the form of power cuts and now water shortages as power cuts continue.

Meanwhile, the NGO Gift of the Givers has started drilling water at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital following disruptions in the water supply in parts of Joburg.

Gift of the Gives founder Imtiaz Sooliman said the crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“We thought – we don’t know how long it’s going to take – every hospital in South Africa should have a borehole, just like they should all have generators in the event of a power failure. “

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Johannesburg’s R73.3 billion budget focuses on people Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:58:05 +0000

Johannesburg’s people-centered budget – to the tune of Rand 73.3 billion – is designed to jump-start the delivery of quality services in the aftermath of the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic to the city’s coffers.

Municipal Committee (MMC) member for finance Cllr Jolidee Matongo said the approved budget for 2021/22 is anchored on residents’ pleas for affordability, the increased need for expedited service delivery and reconfiguration of the spatial design of the city.

Mr. MC Matongo added that the budget is also designed to stimulate the socio-economic development of Johannesburg.

“A difficult balance in our budget has allowed the City to take into account residents’ calls for minimum rate increases in finalizing the rates and rates proposed for 2021/22 amid the economic impact of Covid-19 on livelihood of residents, ”he explains.

The City has kept the new annual rate increases as small as possible, with real estate rates only expected to increase by 2%, which is lower than the current land charge of 4%.

Water and sanitation increases by 6.8%, which is equivalent to the passed on cost of Rand Water. The City will continue to provide all residents with 6 kl of free water each month.

Garbage collection increased by 4.3%, which is lower than the increase of 5.2% for the current year. Electricity tariffs increase by 14.59%, a lower projection than the 15.09% that Nersa granted to Eskom.

Cllr Matongo says the rate increases come after the city has already implemented several relief measures to help taxpayers who are struggling to pay their municipal bills while extending the benefit period for residents who are on the social package. expanded from the hard lock.

“Aid measures also include the expansion of retiree rebates and, more recently, the enhanced Debt Rehabilitation Program to cover more beneficiaries, including churches, nonprofits and small businesses,” did he declare.

Mr MC Matongo notes that the budget is also designed to support the local unity government’s reconstruction program to transform Johannesburg into a prosperous city after the Covid-19 pandemic – through accelerated service delivery, and also the reintroduction of co-production of municipal services with residents. .

“This is a people-focused budget, which is engaged in several infrastructure projects across the city with the aim of reviving our local economy and changing the face of our communities,” he said, adding that the budget will operationalize community service facilities, including shelters for people, especially children, affected by gender-based violence and addressing homelessness.

The 2021/2022 budget includes operational expenditure of R65.1 billion, with capital expenditure of R8.2 billion and a three-year investment budget of R25.5 billion to enable the municipality to maintain itself. focus on turnkey priority strategic infrastructure projects in poor regions. regions, including Orange Farm, Ivory Park and Kliptown.

“These projects are essential to increase the economic nodes of the City in accordance with our GDS 2040 strategy on socio-economic and spatial transformation”, explains Matongo.

The MMC describes the budget as a balancing act between the interests of Johannesburg’s residents, the city’s ability to continue to provide quality basic services, and the institution’s financial viability.

“The City faces multiple challenges related to youth unemployment and spatial design issues that continue to block access to opportunities for disadvantaged communities. We had to prioritize investments in poor areas which also include Eldorado Park, Alexandra, as well as Zandspruit and Meriting, ”explains MMC Matongo.

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Reunert launches IT services company + OneX, led by Rob Godlonton Tue, 01 Jun 2021 13:22:34 +0000

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Rob Godlonton, a former senior manager of EOH Holdings, leads the development of a new IT services business in the Reunert stable, listed on the JSE.

Called + OneX, the systems integrator will compete with other IT service companies in South Africa and fill a gap in Reunert’s ICT portfolio.

Godlonton left EOH in 2019, shortly after revelations of widespread corruption within the group began to grab headlines. He had been tasked with building EOH’s IT capacity, then creating and running iOCO, its IT services business. He was not involved in the corruption that took place at EOH.

EOH CEO Stephen van Coller even released a statement to TechCentral upon release, claiming that Godlonton had resigned on his own and was in no way involved in the fault.

After spending 10 years at EOH, Godlonton plans to start a new IT systems integration company, with the help of the electrical, electronics and ICT group Reunert.

‘New-age systems integrator’

Godlonton, who previously worked for Dimension Data and U.S. enterprise software publisher PeopleSoft (now part of Oracle), said in an exclusive interview with TechCentral this week that he wanted to integrate + OneX into what ‘he calls a’ new-age systems integrator ‘.

He was preparing the company for launch when he ran into Reunert CEO Alan Dickson at the airport. He told Dickson about his capital raising plans and Dickson asked, “Why don’t you come and do it with us?”

After discussions, Reunert agreed to invest in the company and take a majority stake. Reunert Connect, a small IT company, was then integrated with + OneX. Reunert’s larger Nashua Communications business, which focuses on unified communications solutions, was also subsequently integrated, giving + OneX access to a range of corporate clients and enabling it to scale. quickly. Reunert’s ICT segment now includes automation, connectivity and IT services (the latter being via + OneX).

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+ OneX has been capitalized by its shareholders, which allows it to grow both organically and through acquisition. And Godlonton is already pursuing several agreements.

TechCentral may report that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase DataCore Media, a Johannesburg-based digital media and data consultancy. An acquisition in the DevOps space is next, Godlonton said. He also wants to expand the reach of + OneX in the area of ​​IT security.

A deal with a black investor in the field of economic empowerment is also expected to be concluded soon. “Our goal is to be over 50% black owned, 30% black women and a BEE Level 2 contributor,” Godlonton said. The company is already empowered to some extent thanks to Reunert’s shareholding, he added. “We have identified a BEE partner and we are following the process.”

Asked which companies + OneX will compete with, Godlonton said he will focus on customers, not the competition. However, he said the company aspires to be like Accenture, a multinational consulting and service company. – © 2021 NewsCentral Media

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Academic Program Manager – Johannesburg at Mancosa Mon, 31 May 2021 18:33:42 +0000

MANCOSA, a DHET-registered, CHE-accredited private higher education provider offering both undergraduate and postgraduate business qualifications, has the following vacant position: Academic Program Manager – Johannesburg


The MANCOSA Academic Officer should be a highly qualified member of the management team. Under the direction of the academic direction, the academic director should have the ability to lead the various departments with a particular emphasis on academic delivery, maintain records and serve as a liaison when necessary. The academic leader must work with all stakeholders to achieve the vision and mission of MANCOSA.

BASIC FUNCTIONS Oversees the implementation and management of the study program Creates report templates in functional areas Facilitates all academic planning and develops academic calendars Liaison between headquarters and academic staff in the regions Work closely together with Headquarters Academic Directors on governance, assessments and support Understands and is able to navigate using a student LMS Periodic supervision of academic quality assessment, Ability to benchmark against other providers and make recommendations on Best Practices Monitors student performance, identifies at-risk students and provides retention plans for student success in the region Create bi-monthly reports for academic leadership Monitor academic performance, conduct exams and conduct reviews recommendations on improvements Supervise observe vation and evaluations of all staff within his / her management area Coordinates the accreditation process and ensures that all audit requirements are met Record-keeping capacity, ability to interpret statistics and take informed decisions Create a repository for educational policies, procedures, committee activities and documentation Ability to chair meetings, document and report on decisions Ability to process and support student requests Provide leadership to all other staff on a daily basis Perform all other assigned tasks.


Minimum Masters degree or equivalent Preferably specialization in one of the following areas: 1. Retail and hospitality 2. Supply chain management 3. Local government and public administration 4. Entrepreneurship 5. Legal studies 6. Risk management


At least 3 years of experience and a proven track record in university monitoring, planning and administration. Fluency in English and any other language is an advantage Professional experience in creating online programs Excellent communication skills: written and oral Strong working knowledge of Google Docs / Forms, Microsoft Office Suite, moodle, client-oriented approach High degree of flexibility


High level of written and verbal communication skills, Ability to encourage teamwork and solicit ideas from academics, Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and advanced knowledge in implementing plans to respond to problems academic,

REPORTS To Regional Director Submit semi-annual reports to Academic Exco

GENERAL Must be able to work overtime if necessary.

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South Africa returns to tighter lockdown, virus ‘invades’ Cape Town Johannesburg Cyril Ramaphosa Pretoria Experts Sun, 30 May 2021 18:55:35 +0000

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that his country would revert to more stringent lockdown measures amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases which indicate the virus is “rebounding” in Africa’s worst-hit country.

Positive cases in South Africa in the past seven days were 31% higher than the week before and 66% higher than the week before, Ramaphosa said in a live televised speech. He said parts of the country, including the Johannesburg shopping center and the capital Pretoria, were now in “a third wave”.

“We don’t yet know how serious this wave will be or how long it will last,” Ramaphosa said.

In response, Ramaphosa said that from Monday the nighttime curfew would be extended by one hour to start at 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. A maximum of 100 people would be allowed at indoor social gatherings and no more than 250 at an outdoor meeting. The number of people attending the funeral will be limited to 100 and gatherings after the funeral have been banned altogether, Ramaphosa said. Non-essential businesses must close by 10 p.m.

“We have tended to get complacent,” Ramaphosa said, warning that viral infections “were on the rise again” as the country entered its winter months and people were more likely to congregate in the country. indoors, probably further increasing infections.

South Africa‘s decision to return to a tighter lockdown reinforces – as the crisis in India has already done so cruelly – how far from over the global pandemic is.

“We have seen in other countries the tragic consequences of letting the virus spread unchecked,” Ramaphosa said. “We cannot let our guard down.”

South Africa has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 56,000 deaths, more than 30% of cases and 40% of deaths recorded by all 54 countries in Africa, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa has registered 4,515 new cases in the past 24 hours and Ramaphosa said the “positivity rate” among tests performed was now “a cause for concern”.

South Africa was at lockdown level one, the lowest of its five levels, but was now reverting to “adjusted level two,” Ramaphosa said. Authorities stopped before reimposing tough measures such as limits on the movement of people during the day and a ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products that were sometimes in effect last year.

South Africa has already seen two outbreaks of infections, the first in the middle of last year and a much worse second wave in December and January, when the emergence of a variant pushed infections and deaths to higher levels than the first. The virus was currently following “the same trajectory” as these waves, Ramaphosa said.

Experts have warned that this wave, arriving with the southern hemisphere winter, could be even worse.

The surge in cases has also drawn more attention to the delay in vaccine deployment in South Africa. Only about 1.5% of the country’s 60 million people have received a vaccine. Health workers were the number one priority, but less than 500,000 of the 1.2 million health workers were vaccinated with the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. South Africa started vaccinating its elderly citizens just two weeks ago. A total of 963,000 South Africans had received a vaccine on Sunday, the government said, although half of them received only the first of two required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

South Africa has “secured” more than 50 million vaccines, Ramaphosa said, but currently only has 1.3 million in the country. More doses of Pfizer-BioNTech are expected to arrive next week, and every week after that, he said. South Africa hopes to vaccinate around 40 million people by the end of the year, a goal that seems increasingly unlikely.


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Johannesburg section of M1 motorway closed after tanker crash Sat, 29 May 2021 10:40:34 +0000

A section of the M1 motorway north in Johannesburg was closed due to a diesel spill following an accident involving a tanker truck and five light motor vehicles on Saturday.

The traffic is strongly safeguarded on the highway. No injuries were reported.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the diesel tanker was leaking diesel on all tracks.

“There is a major obstacle to exiting the M1 north of Oxford due to an accident involving five cars and a tanker. The diesel tanker is now leaking diesel on all lanes and all lanes are now blocked. Motorists can exit the freeway at Empire Road and enter Jan Smits Avenue, then Athol Oakland, where they can again merge onto M1 north. “

Oil tanker catches fire in KZN

Meanwhile, recovery operations are still ongoing on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal after a diesel tanker overturned and caught fire.

Provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesman Zinhle Mali said the road was closed and traffic was diverted.

“An oil tanker loaded with diesel overturned and caught fire on the N2 between Empangeni and Umthunzini. It is alleged that the driver lost control. The road is currently closed to traffic for recovery. Traffic is diverted to the R102 Umthunzini. No injuries at the scene. “

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Shoba’s lawyers have 4 months to prepare for trial Sat, 29 May 2021 06:20:59 +0000

Shoba has been charged with premeditated murder after the man who confessed to killing a pregnant Tshegofatso Pule became a state witness.

The alleged mastermind behind the murder of Tshegofatso Pule and her boyfriend, Ntuthuko Shoba, appeared in Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on February 22, 2021. Photo: @ NPA_Prosecutes / Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – The defense in the Tshegofatso Pule murder case has had four months to prepare for trial.

The alleged mastermind behind Pule’s murder, Ntuthuko Shoba, made a brief appearance in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Shoba has been charged with premeditated murder after the man who confessed to killing Pule became a state witness.

The trial is due to begin in October.

READ: NPA ready to continue Tshegofatso Pule murder trial

Phindi Mjonodwane, of the National Prosecution Authority, said she has already disclosed the contents of the file to the defense.

“The trial against Ntuthuko Shoba is due to begin on October 4, 2021, after a brief appearance before the High Court in Johannesburg. We are ready to proceed with the trial as a state. “

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