Beauty pageants and modelling contest competitions are now targets for human
trafficking, kidnappings and life losses of women all over South Africa. This is because
of the scarcity of jobs in the country. Now young and old women of South Africa rush
into any offer they get about modelling jobs, without doing background checks of
the agencies that hired them or provide modelling jobs whether their legitimate or
not. In recent reported cases a missing persons docket was opened by organizers of the Miss Earth South Africa beauty pageant‚ who were worried about the whereabouts of one
of their regional semi-finalists. Georgina Cost‚ operations manager at Miss Earth SA‚
told reporters that she last spoke to Claudi Pieterse‚ 22‚ on June 22 and has not heard
from her since then. They were scheduled to meet in East London on Sunday June 25.
She says Claudi Pieterse requested that she must book her a room for an extra day as she
would be arriving in East London. That was the last time she spoke to her. After failing
to get through to her‚ Cost began contacting Pieterse’s “emergency numbers” which the
organisation had in their books. And the Miss SA pageant confirmed that the beauty queen was held up by three armed men on Jan Smuts Avenue in Hyde Park, Johannesburg in the month of June . The organization mentioned in a statement that she managed to exit the vehicle and a good Samaritan came to her aid and drove her away from the scene. Her car and handbag were later recovered at the scene by a security company. Since its women’s month more emphasis and awareness should be made in South Africa for the safety and protection of beautiful talented women of this country.
A 10-page memo that went viral inside Google and has been obtained by Gizmodo sees a Google software engineer arguing that women are underrepresented in tech not due to bias, but rather because of inherent psychological differences from men. The memo has been shared repeatedly on the internal network and Google+. Motherboard first reported that the memo existed, and Gizmodo published it in its entirety. The memo titled ‘Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber’ is essentially the personal opinion of a male software engineer working for Google. In the document, the employee argues that he “values diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.” However, some topics, he adds, now involve “shaming into silence.” “This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed,” and the lack of
discussion brings about “the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology,” the
memo says. The software engineer goes on to claim that the reason why women don’t have a
50-percent representation in tech may be the “differences in distributions of traits between
men and women,” and “discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.” The traits in question include “biological differences” that are “universal across human cultures” and are “highly heritable.” Women in general have more “openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,”“a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men,” so they end up working for front desk rather than coding, the memo’s author argues. Women also have “extraversion expressed as gregariousness rather than
assertiveness,” hence, “higher agreeableness,” and consequently, “women generally have a
harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading,” according to the memo. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” the document says. Feminists on Twitter have reacted with outrage and four-letter expletives. Another issue the author highlights is that “feminism has made great progress in freeing women from the female gender role, but men are still very much tied to the male gender role.” “If we, as a society, allow men to be more ‘feminine,’ then the gender gap will shrink, although probably because men will leave tech and leadership for traditionally feminine roles.” The author concludes that “despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture
and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.” Following the heated debate that surrounded the memo both inside and outside Google, the company’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown, issued a statement saying, “Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google. And like many of you, I found that it advanced
incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint
that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.”
Don’t Let Your Family Suffer
Did you know that if you die without a will, your family could struggle to settle your estate?
That means they could be pushed into difficult times because you didn’t have a will.
However, having a will ensures your family need not suffer if something happened to you. Always ensure your family prospers.
Last month on Saturday 19th/08/2017 the Under17 boys from Brits soccer academy, Brits united FC from Oukasie and Milan FC from Bapong played in a top 3
game at Brits sports ground, it was a very good display of soccer talent that Madibeng
has got in abundance. The first game was between Brits soccer academy and Brits
United FC which was a derby, this two teams are the best teams around Brits and when
they meet its like Kaizer chiefs vs Orlando pirates and the young lads from both teams
did not disappoint the crowd. The game was very tactical for players on both teams. The
game ended with Brits soccer academy 2-0 Brits United FC. The second game was between Brits
United FC and Milan FC again we saw a beautiful performance from both teams, the game ended with draw of 1-1. The third game was between Milan FC against Brits Soccer Academy and it was even more exciting as players from both teams went to same schools and wanted to have bragging rights over others and it ended with a draw of 4-4. Brits Soccer Academy played these games wanting to win them first, to honor the memory of Mr Molokoane the father
of their team’s manager Thabo Molokoane who passed away last week Friday and also
to thank one of the player’s parent miss Gadifela Pheto who donated a new soccer jersey to the team. We call upon the leaders to take initiative in supporting youth in sports
so that we could see youth staying away from social ills, drugs and alcohol.
The so called soccer A team of Madibeng visited the legendary Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy at Mpumalanga Witbank on Sunday the 3rd of September 2017. The
boys from Brits Soccer Academy lost 2-1 against Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy, although they lost the match the boys came filling like winners, after the game Augusto Palacios
decided to sit down with them and gave them a recipe for successful soccer careers. The boys
are now welcomed for trials at the Apprentice Academy and they will be playing against Orlando Pirates under 19 in the next coming months. Augusto Palacios is a Peruvian football
coach and a former football player. He’s been recently coaching South African club Orlando
Pirates in the Premier Soccer League. He was Born December 23, 1951 (age 65).
He was more humbled to be interviewed by one of Madibeng Times reporters and he said
“with great pleasure I present, ′my experiences in football′ with satisfaction of 58 years.
“I was trained as an athlete and especially as a person. My experiences in soccer have gone
through five stages” “I. As student II. Aalis junior and amateur player II. As Professional soccer player in Peru IV.As a professional footballer abroad V. As a coach, professional. In my country and abroad”. “I lived in different cultures, what made me more analytical, more cautious on and off the field, though it never was easy, it allowed me greater sensitivity, patience and humility in my putter sports”.
Negligent police management, poor training, disrespect for law and order, criminal members within police ranks and blatant disregard for internal disciplinary procedures are the chief causes behind the scourge of police brutality gripping South Africa. With 2 462 criminal complaints laid against the police in the 2016/17 administration year and the coming
under increased pressure following the murder of service delivery protesters across South Africa, criminologists and the ICD report that urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the crisis. Of the deaths through police action, 22 percent occurred during the commission of crimes, four percent during escapes, 10 percent during investigations, 46 percent during arrests while 2 percent of those killed were innocent bystanders. According to Alex Ramothole (29) from Damonsville who is a victim of police brutality, it is clear that police management does not know what is going on. Alex appearred at Brits Magistrates court on the 24th of August 2017, for malicious damage to property and trespassing. He says on the night of the 10th of July 2017 he was arrested & assaulted by the police who left him with serious injuries on his right cheeck and the back of his shoulders and that proofs there is a clear absence of understanding from police leadership on how to deal with the use of force. Ranked officials has to take responsibility for the negligence of their employees. Alex alleged and questioned if “the police’s solution for dealing with crime was the use of violence such as extra-judicial executions of alleged cop killers”? This leads to serious fatal police violence with reports of torture and assaults on the
increase, even as police killings are on the decrease. The number of people killed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) is recorded in the annual report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). There are questions about accuracy. It’s not clear if this includes lethal force used by Metro cops. Also, the killings are divided between deaths in police custody and deaths as a result of police action.
In South Africa, sentencing is considered the primary prerogative of trial courts and they enjoy
wide discretion to determine the type and severity of a sentence on a case-by-case basis. In doing so, they follow judge-made, broad sentencing principles, which require that when making sentencing determinations, judges consider three things: the gravity of the offense,
the circumstances of the offender, and public interest. Vusi Ndlovu (27) appeared at Brits Magistrates Court on the 24th August 2017 for stealing aircons and pipes worth R3500 at Jan Big’s tavern on the 02nd of August 2017. Vusi entered the premises of Jan Big tarven without permission and noticed the aircon not attached to the wall. He used a trolly to carry the aircon and its pipes to a nearby scrapyard and sold them for a R150. He was reported to the police by the staff at the tavern the following day as he tried again to steal another aircon. Now Vusi will be spending 6 months in prison for his unlawfull acts. The sentencing is based on facts that theft cases in Madibeng continue to be on high percentages and thieves don’t want to
change their ways of criminal life of stealing and robbing in the community. Over 50 per cent of all crimes experienced by households in South Africa in 2015/16 were housebreakings. Home burglaries (11,9 per cent) was the second most common type of crime experienced by South African households. Whites had the highest rates of victimization compared to other groups both in 2011 and 2015/16. However, whites experienced the sharpest decline of household related crimes during the five years, from 17 per cent to 12 per cent of households.Housebreaking and home robbery peaked during the months of March and June in both 2014/15 and 2015/16. The months during which these crimes were
least likely to occur were January, May and November. As found in previous Victims of Crime Surveys, nighttime is still the most preferred time for crime incidents. Stealing can occur in a variety of different ways. It may involve violence (commonly known as ‘robbery’)
or it may be non-violent (commonly known as ‘larceny’). It may also involve stealing the identity of another person rather than stealing tangible physical property. To deal with these various situations, South Australia has a number of stealing offences which are distinguished from one another based on what property was stolen, and the way in which it was stole. The maximum penalty for theft is 10 years imprisonment. However, the maximum penalty is extended to 15 years imprisonment if you commit this offence in aggravating circumstances (e.g. you steal from a child under 12 years old or a person over 60 years old).
The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Wednesday urged government to redouble efforts towards integrated development to harness the country’s demographic dividend. This follows the release of statistics from the Poverty Trends in South Africa report revealing that 30 million South Africans are living in poverty. “Employment, education, skills management, health and well-being and good governance are wheels of development that need to roll if the country is to achieve the targets set in the National Development Plan by 2030,” commented SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu to the report released by Statistician General,Pali Lehohla on Tuesday. Mahlangu said that the country’s economic recovery is critical to address grinding poverty affecting households, youth unemployment and inequality. There must be a sense of urgency to address the dire situation affecting the unemployed, the majority of whom are young people, he said. He cautioned that further retrenchments in the mining and delayed development of other growth sectors will deepen the crisis and create political instability unless the private sector makes its contribution towards meeting national goals.
South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is an organization for young artists in South Africa. The organization aims to raise awareness for the support of up and coming artists in the country and advocate for youth in the cultural and creative sector. The Forum has noted with concern the lack of development of up and coming artists & the creative sector in the country. The Forum seeks to create a space for young people in the sector so that their work & talent is able to be recognized and create job opportunities for young cultural and creative people.
CHALLENGES SAACYF IDENTIFIED WITH ARTISTS Lack of Information on various opportunities, lack of having registered Companies & NPO’s, lack of Arts & Culture Infrastructures in rural areas, lack of National organization availability in other provinces. We must make sure that
we are able to put food on the table with our crafts which is God given talents. The South African Arts and Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is in the process of developing the alternative creative sector that will cater for everyone. The current creative sector is designed to make Western and European cultures dominant and superior over our own African Cultures and to promote western cultural imperialism on our people. That is why today we still have South
Africans who don’t value and love local products and services because they believe that
everything that is foreign is superior and better than everything that is South African. We
have been made to believe that Foreign Music, Movies, Food, Clothing, Cars, House Designs,
Cultures and way of Living is the best thing ever. On the 4th May 2017 (African month), more
than 3000 artists and civil society members Marched to the SABC head office to defend
and support the SABC Local Content Policy. On this day people saw unity of Artists from
various provinces coming together in numbers. They marched because they understood that
South Africa as a country belonging to South Africans. The youth of South African will have to
start supporting each other soon in our own communities as well across the country. Let us
be united and always defeat problems together. We should never run away from problems and
challenges. We don’t want you to remember us; we want us to make history together. We live to
die but our contributions will live forever for the future of Africa.
Sello Mabusa sentenced for rape has been postponed to the 8th September, the Brits magistrate’s court said. Sello was convicted of rape two weeks ago. He
was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl from Jericho. The rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world. Sexual violence is the use of force or manipulation to get someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity without their consent,. An estimated of 100,000 rape cases take place in the country every year. Sexual violence in South Africa (SA) has reached epidemic proportions. Clinicians need to be fortified with knowledge and skills to meet the challenge of caring for those who have suffered or are at risk of gender-based violence (GBV). This issue of CME focuses on sexual violence as the second of three special editions on violence against women and children in SA. Sexual violence involves a continuum that is far
broader than sexual assault, mirroring the complex phenomenon of sexuality itself.
Our recent human rights review identified entrenched stigma against persons based on their
sexual or gender orientation, gender identity or bodily diversity, highlighting such persons’ ongoing experience of harassment, discrimination and sexual and physical
violence. In addition, irregular migrants, trafficked and refugee women, orphans and other vulnerable girls such as those living with disabilities, face increased risk of
GBV. Health professionals need to remain mindful of the inherent dignity of each patient, particularly those marginalized and neglected by mainstream society.
Rape statistics in South Africa Coverage of rape in South Africa has been controversial
and notoriously misinformed for many years. This is because of the aforementioned low reporting of rape cases, and poor record keeping and reporting of rape statistics. Simply put, beyond the official number of cases reported to the SAPS, we do not know the true extent of
rape and sexual assault in South Africa. An infamous – and debunked – statistic quoted by South African actress Charlize Theron, and widely cited in media across the world, was that a woman or child is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. This statistic would imply that over 1.2 million women and children are raped every year. The source of the claim was a 1998 estimate from a Cape Town Rape Crisis centre, based on the understanding that only one in 20
rapes are reported.