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Ndhlovu lists paths for peaceful life in South Africa

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A South Africa born Nigerian, Mr Xolane Ndhlovu, has advised Nigerians living in South Africa to stay away from any form of illegality.

Ndhlovu said in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos that staying away from illegality was one of the ways Nigerians could live peacefully in the former apartheid enclave.

The 33-year-old business and media mogul was born of a Nigerian father and South African mother

He listed certain reasons why some Nigerians get murdered in South Africa to include their involvement in a crime.

According to him, 70 per cent of Nigerians killed in South Africa is directly or indirectly involved in illegal activities, while the killings are often masterminded by fellow Nigerians.

“Enormous battles are being fought among Nigerians in South Africa, such as the battle of power, territorial control, deals that went wrong and gang-related battles.

“South Africans are being paid by Nigerians to kill Nigerians.

“Some corrupt South African police are being paid and used by Nigerians to fight their battles against fellow Nigerians,’’ he said.

“We have had many occurrences where Nigerian nationals were suffocated and killed by the police during interrogation.

“Some undeniable factors that may somewhat lead to such events, for instance, police cannot walk into my offices and suffocate me to death.

“When you decide to involve yourself in shenanigan and dishonest activities you become inclined to police harassment and barbarities,’’ he stated.

He said South Africa has a high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes, compared to most countries.

Ndhlovu explained that this affects everyone in South Africa, including citizens and non-citizens.

He added that other Nigerians also get caught in the crossfire, being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“For an example, a few years ago there was an incident in Limpopo where a Nigerian visited a friend, whose house was marked by South African Police Service as a drug house.

“The house was raided and this visiting guy was caught on the wrong side at the wrong time.

“For as long as you are a Nigerian and in that marked house you are a suspect.’’

He said the Nigerian was tortured and masked with a plastic bag in the quest to pursue him to reveal where the alleged drug consignment was being kept.

“Unfortunately, he collapsed and died on the scene.

Ndhlovu, however, alleged that the vast majority of South Africans naturally hate foreigners, except the Whites.

He explained that that was where the barbaric xenophobic rhetoric came from and fuelled by some political leaders.

Ndlohlovu advised Nigerians to be wary of misguided information designed to pad the real truth about what is happening among the Nigerian community in South Africa.

Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde

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Young Blitzboks know all about patience and determination

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Branco du Preez will play in his 74th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, Cecil Afrika his 63rd and Werner Kok his 50th, so it is fair to say that the Blitzboks will rock up at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles with some serious experience for the HSBC LA Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

On the other end of the Springbok Sevens scale you will find the likes of Sako Makata (seven tournaments) and Mfundo Ndhlovu (four tournaments), but both return to the USA leg of the circuit clear on what they need to do to add value to the Blitzboks’ effort on the weekend.

Makata is back in the tournament squad for the first time since June last year and Ndhlovu, the official reserve, also last played in Paris in 2019.

Makata made his World Series debut in Las Vegas a year ago and his second visit to the USA brings calm and determination to comply with his role and responsibility in the squad.

According to the former Sterling High School winger, now playing as a prop in the sevens code, getting back into the match day squad is a relief as well as a blessing.

He missed the start of the season due to an ankle injury and only made his return to the World Series last month, when he travelled to New Zealand and Australia as the official reserve. Makata was called into the squad in Sydney when Impi Visser was ruled out and played in the final against Fiji, which South Africa lost 12-10.

“I am excited to be back and that comes from some hard work behind the scenes, doing rehab and getting back to match fitness. I am pretty keen to contribute on the field now and give it my best shot,” the 22-year-old confessed.

The time off the field – excluding when he did rehabilitation and conditioning – was also spent watching the team play and learning from that, although only mentally.

“I watched the guys in my position in particular and what they were doing and what I would have done if I was in that situation,” said Makata.

“I am learning all the time and that worked for me, trying to put myself in their boots. There is often a different perspective from the outside and being in that match situation yourself and combining the two makes you better, I believe.”

Makata has now played in 26 matches and he is patiently adding to that tally: “I would have loved to have played more, but we have a big squad with a lot of quality players and coupled with my injury, I missed out.

“The importance though is grabbing this opportunity and showing that I can contribute to the squad and the system this weekend,” he said, adding that he welcomes the competition in the squad, as it improves his development as a player.

“It brings the best out in everyone and I can learn from some very experienced guys in the squad as well. It certainly improved me as a player and now I have the opportunity to convert that in the tournament.”

Ndhlovu, named as 13th player for this trip after being in the starting team last year, is also on a comeback trail after being sidelined for two months due to a hamstring injury. The laid-back Standerton-born outside back said his return to the squad is food for the soul.

“I am a religious person and believe that God will determine my destiny,” said Ndhlovu.

“I had some setbacks along the line with injury, but that made me stronger and more determined. It is great being back and I am taking in all of the experience and expertise from the senior guys.”

Ndhlovu made his debut in Hong Kong in 2018 and again featured in Paris in the same season. Last year, he played in Las Vegas and Paris and hopes for a longer run this time around.

“I certainly missed out on valuable game time in the last two years, but that was God's plan for me, and I accept that. I am blessed to still be here and would like to make the most of the opportunities that will still come my way,” he said.

The Blitzboks are second seeds in the tournament and will play alongside Ireland, Canada and Kenya in Pool B.

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Blitzboks change three as Kok hits 50

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Werner Kok will play in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team next weekend in Los Angeles, where Ryan Oosthuizen, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Mfundo Ndhlovu will return to action in the green and gold.

Blitzbok coach Neil Powell made three changes to the side that lost in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens early this month, with Justin Geduld, Chris Dry and Zain Davids being rested after featuring in all four tournaments of the series in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney so far.

Oosthuizen (in for Dry) and Arendse (in for Geduld) both played in the opening two tournaments of the season, while Ndhlovu last played in Paris last year when the 2018/19 World Series concluded.

Ndhlovu will travel west at official reserve, with Sako Makata elevated into the starting team to take over from Davids.

Stedman Gans will again captain the side in the absence of Siviwe Soyizwapi, who just missed the return to play deadline for this trip.

The Blitzboks, currently second on the overall log, have been drawn in the same pool as Kenya, Canada and Ireland at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles.

The South Africans will face Ireland and Canada for the first time in the current series, but will find familiar foes in Kenya, with their match against fellow Africans their fourth of the season. The East Africans outplayed the Blitzboks in their previous meeting in Hamilton.

Powell said they needed to adjust their plans with the news that the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the series have been rescheduled, but some rest for players were always on the cards.

“Justin, Chris and Zain played a lot of rugby so far and were always going to get a rest this trip,” said Powell.

“Ryan is very keen to get back into the action, Kurt-Lee has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the previous trip and Sako deserves his chance after travelling as the extra player to New Zealand and Australia.

“Mfundo is also back to full fitness and with Angelo Davids also able to play in the forwards, we called on his skills out wide for this trip. We want to give all players a fair opportunity to stake a claim for the Olympic Games.”

Kok will follow in the footsteps of Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Kyle Brown, Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika, Philip Snyman and Justin Geduld when he takes the field in his 250th match for his country.

The inclusion of Du Preez means that he will extend the SA record for tournament appearances in the World Series to 74. Afrika will also could extend his career point’s record for the Blitzboks (1445 points).

The players and management depart for the USA on Saturday.

The Springbok Sevens squad for the HSBC LA Sevens is:
1. Angelo Davids (four tournaments, 20 matches; 65 points, 13 tries)
2. Ryan Oosthuizen (19 tournaments, 95 matches; 95 points, 19 tries)
3. Impi Visser (13 tournaments, 64 matches; 65 points, 13 tries)
4. Sako Makata (seven tournaments, 26 matches; 10 points, two tries)
5. Werner Kok (49 tournaments, 249 matches; 530 points, 106 tries)
6. JC Pretorius (nine tournaments, 48 matches, 110 points, 22 tries)
7. Branco du Preez (73 tournaments, 369 matches; 1316 points, 94 tries, 420 conversions, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal)
8. Selvyn Davids (18 tournaments, 90 matches; 372 points, 39 tries, 87 conversions, 1 penalty)
9. Kurt-Lee Arendse (six tournaments, 25 matches; 55 points, 11 tries)
10. Cecil Afrika (64 tournaments, 333 matches; 1445 points, 176 tries, 281 conversions, 1 penalty)
11. Muller du Plessis (12 tournaments, 51 matches; 170 points, 34 tries)
12. Stedman Gans (captain; 20 tournaments, 94 matches; 140 points, 28 tries)
13. Mfundo Ndhlovu (four tournaments, 17 matches; 25 points, five tries) – official reserve

The Pools for the HSBC LA Sevens are:
Pool A: Fiji, Argentina, France, Korea
Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Canada, Kenya
Poo C: USA, Australia, Scotland, Samoa
Pool D: England, New Zealand, Wales, Spain

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Oliver Mutikudzi, ministers, expected at AFRIMA 2017

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Zimbabwean music icon, Oliver Mtukudzi, the Minister of Tourism, South Africa, Ms Tokozile Xasa, minister of Culture and Creative Arts, Ghana, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare and other dignitaries are expected at the 2017 AFRIMA event.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that AFRIMA is a world-class event that holds annually with live performances from star-studded artistes and television broadcast to 84 countries around the world.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism of Zimbabwe, Hon. Anastacia Ndhlovu MP is expected to attend the show, Femi Morgan, a spokesperson of the event, said in a statement on Friday.

They would among others grace the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony red carpet and main awards ceremony holding on Nov. 12, 2017, at the Eko Hotels and Suites by 4 PM.

“Oliver Mutikudzi is regarded as one of Southern Africa’s legends and Zimbabwe’s cultural icon of all time.

“The Afro-Jazz musician began performing deep traditional rhythms in 1977, his single, Dzandiimomotera went gold and the first album was a huge success shortly.

“Mutikudzi husky voice and his Tuku music spotlighted Zimbabweans and struggles and triumphs of Africans.

Mutikudzi has to his credit 58 albums and has contributed to music documentaries, film and drama productions in Africa.

“Mutikudzi has also won several home and international awards and has performed in Holland, Germany, South Africa, UK, US, Canada,” the statement said.

It said Ms Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa had been a Member of Parliament since May 2009 would be on hand at the event.

“She was the first female mayor of the Kei District Council, a district municipality in the local government in the Eastern Cape Province from 1997-2000.

“She also served as provincial treasurer of the African National Congress in the Eastern Cape, and as a member of the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape from 2001 till 2009.

“She also served as Deputy Minister of Tourism in 2009-2014 before she assumed her new office as minister, the statement said.

It also said that the Minister of Tourism, Ghana, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare is in charge of the realigned Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.

“Since she assumed office, she has successfully launched the Explore Ghana to stimulate and drive tourism which had achieved wide media coverage and patronage from organisations.

“She has also devised means to enhance capacity building, funding, and participation in international fairs and tourism projects in the country,” the spokesperson said.

it  said that the deputy Minister of Tourism, Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndhlovu is the youngest Member of Parliament who has been working with the minister to enhance the tourism sector.

“Meanwhile, Africans in the continent and in the diaspora are in eager anticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA Music.

“A Music Village scheduled to hold on Nov. 10.

“The Music Village is an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances from African stars and nominees, with an estimated audience of 40,000 people.

“It will also be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experiential marketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro, the statement said.

It added “The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa.

“It is spiced up by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artiste and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.

“The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, in association with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be a colorful, performance-packed event.

“It will be graced by music stars, industry legends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, music lovers across the continent.

“The event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12  (Red Carpet).

The event will be broadcast live across 84 countries in Africa, the statement said.

Also lined up for this weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music Business Roundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme, Digital Takeover:

“Shaping the Future of African Music Nov. 10

“AMBR is a platform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media and evolving global business practices as they affect the creative industries in Africa.

Edited by: Mike Mbonye
(NAN)

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