The conclusion of the Zondo report has been handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa and made public.

This is the last of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture‘s reports and is spread over two volumes, six parts (chapters), and nearly 6000 pages.

In these two volumes the following findings were made: 

  • Duduzane Zuma should be investigated for potentially facilitating acts of corruption, or failing to report corruption, by allegedly being present when Tony Gupta offered bribes to Mcebisi Jonas, Mxolisi Dukwana, and Vusi Kona.
  • President Zuma enabled, indirectly, the members of the Gupta family as businesspeople to occupy a place of prominence over other businessmen, to the detriment of the empowerment legislative imperative of the Republic of South Africa.
  • The [ANC] Top Six, which directed the ANC to engage with the banks at the behest of [the Gupta company] Oakbay included President Zuma and Deputy President Ramaphosa [and] furthermore, the ANC, in this case, was acting knowingly in concert with Cabinet in this unlawful intervention into the affairs of the banks
  • President Ramaphosa had to tread carefully as he was in the minority, or at least did not have enough power to prevail. The natural conclusion is that, during this period, the most dominant political faction – the ANC under President Zuma – permitted, supported, and enabled corruption and state capture…Considering the dire straits we find ourselves in, the effectiveness of President Ramaphosa’s decision to remain within the state and party is not a given.
  • Jacob Zuma and former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele halted an investigation by the Hawks into Arthur Fraser (former spy boss) enabling him to later be appointed director-general of the State Security Agency and correctional services commissioner.
  • In light of the evidence and the background surveyed, it was difficult to accept that President Jacob Zuma did not know about the Waterkloof landing before it happened.
  • The evidence has revealed, quite clearly, that neither the ANC leadership, the National Executive, nor the Portfolio Committee on Transport wanted to assist this board in its fight against corruption at Prasa.
  • Money-laundering networks became more sophisticated over time. To begin with, the Gupta enterprise externalised its state capture profits with extremely simple money-laundering devices: domestic Gupta companies that received irregular contracts with the South African State would transfer the benefits of those contracts directly into Gupta companies in the UAE, whereafter they would circulate through offshore Gupta enterprise accounts before being reintroduced to Gupta companies in South Africa.
  • Despite these obvious signs of money laundering which were present from December 2014, HSBC Hong Kong allowed the Tequesta and Regiments Asia accounts to continue operating until well into 2017, long after all of the payments from the Chinese locomotive companies had been dissipated in full and the HSBC accounts had become empty shells with the Gupta Enterprise having redirected kickbacks from the Chinese.
  • Chief Justice Zondo recommended that the Hawks reconsider a resumption of the criminal investigations involving Arthur Fraser relating to the controversial covert Principal Agent Network project.

This is how the State Capture Report is divided:

VOLUME 1

VOLUME 2

VOLUME 3

VOLUME 4

VOLUME 5

VOLUME 6

Cipla Medpro has recalled batches of its Coryx Throat Spray. The company confirmed that the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has been notified.

In a statement, the company says: “The reason for the Class I Type A product recall is due to the possibility of the spray nozzle detaching from the spray mechanism during use resulting in the spray nozzle being ingested or getting stuck in the throat after detaching.”

People who purchased any of these batches of Coryx Throat Spray are requested to return it to their pharmacy, and they will be refunded the purchase price.

The Chief Executive Officer of Cipla South Africa, Paul Miller said: “The safety and well-being of our patients is our utmost priority. Therefore, after liaising with SAHPRA, it was deemed necessary to recall specific batches of this product from the market. We are working closely with spray mechanism manufacturers to ensure there is no margin for error in future.”

Coryx Throat Spray is used for discomfort and pain in throats caused by colds. It can also be used for minor irritations in the mouth.

The product comes in an amber glass bottle with a screw cap. Cipla said the spray mechanism is co-packed separately in the box.

These are the affected batch numbers of Coryx Throat Spray that has been recalled: 

Batch Number Expiry Date
ZB000156 10.2022
ZB000157 10.2022
ZB000158 10.2022
ZB000159 10.2022
ZB000160 10.2022
ZB100105 02.2023
ZB100107 02.2023
ZB100172 03.2023
ZB100173 03.2023

 

The winter rains are yet to arrive in Cape Town, and the people and some residents in Entembeni, Khayelitsha have received a donation that will assist them to keep warm

The donation includes clothes and shoes from the Anant and Vaneshree Singh Foundation, the International Olympic Committee, and in partnership with Smile 90.4 FM.

The community leaders and residents in Khayelitsha received the donation from Quinton Adams, the founder of The Shack Builder NGO. Adams and his team help families in informal settlements build better structures, that are more durable, insulated, and built on solid foundations.

 

Adams said the roots of his NGO started 20 years ago when he was assisting a boy who had been diagnosed with ADHD. Adams is a qualified psychologist and it was while he was visiting the boy in an informal settlement, he realised he wanted to do more.

The donations from the Anant and Vaneshree Singh Foundation are part of his ongoing work in informal settlements where he assists residents with their immediate needs. Adams works with community leaders and resident committees to ensure that they motivate who needs assistance and based on that he builds or rebuilds homes in informal settlements.

 

Two Cape Town schools  have cracked  the Top Ten list for Best School in The World. West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain and Pinelands North Primary School have both been nominated in the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity.

This is an intiative by T4 Education in partnership with Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture and American Express.

The schools have cracked the Top Ten list and if they win the category, they will receive $50 000 in prize money.

According to it’s website: “The World’s Best School Prizes identify, recognise, and celebrate schools’ leading and innovative practices that have had a real impact on the lives of their students and of their community.”

West End Primary is situated in Lentegeur Mitchells Plain and has nearly 2000 learners in attendance. Premier Alan Winde praised the teachers, pupils and the community as he noted that for the past decade there has not been a break-in or burglary at the school.

If West End Primary were to win the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, it would use the money to improve and expand initiatives they already have in place as well as implement and initiate new projects. They would also use the prize funds and donations to invest in improving the athletics track, purchasing arts and craft equipment, investing in a sound system for the school hall and improving resources for teaching and learning. The school has also been identified as a pilot school in the community that will introduce Coding and Robotics to the learners who will be able to be skilled for the 4th industrial revolution. World’s Best School Prize website

Pinelands North Primary School has nearly 500 pupils and is “recognised as one of the country’s leading institutions when it comes to fostering inclusivity in education.”

If Pinelands North were to win the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity it would use the funds to expand its online school and buy a property close to the school’s premises so it can create a hybrid programme. This would allow an additional 100 students from across all communities to have a vibrant school experience, participating in sporting activities and other extra curriculars. World’s Best School Prize website

The schools will be wittled down to a Top 3 and the winners will be confirmed in October 2022.

Renowned actor Jamie Bartlett has died. The 55-year-old was a multi-award-winning performer and will be fondly recalled for his role as David Genaro in the soapie Rhythm City. He also played the popular character Mike O’Reilly in Isidingo.

Bartlett recently starred in the show The Republic and had also been a judge on the talent search show, SA’s Got Talent.

Bartlett was born in 1966. His mother was South African mother and his father was British. He grew up in Cape Town and Johannesburg and attended school in both cities but it was after High School that his love for the stage flourished. Bartlett studied speech and drama at the University of Cape Town.

He was married to actress Camilla Waldman, and the couple divorced but had a son together.

Tributes have been paid to the actor as news of his death was confirmed. Renowned film producer Anant Singh said: “Jamie was a master of his craft and was known for the powerful performances he delivered in iconic roles he played in films and television shows.” He added: “I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie over three decades, starting with the Iraqi war themed film, BRAVO TWO ZERO; followed by the TRC film, RED DUST in which he played an apartheid-era security policeman; the thriller PREY and MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM.”

Singh said he had fond memories of Bartlett: “In December 2004, Jamie traveled with me and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the Dubai Film Festival where RED DUST was honoured with a gala screening as the closing night film. In MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, Jamie did an amazing job of playing Madiba’s prison warder, James Gregory. He researched the role intensely and gave a brilliant and authentic performance.”