Weekend Wrap: Division on call for #BlackMonday unity, fatal trampling in Kruger and all the CT Jazz

2017-04-02 20:00 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - It's been one heck of a weekend from the lows of the cabinet reshuffle as South Africans try to make sense of it all, to the highs of some of the finest jazz musicians doing what they do best in Cape Town.

Here are the key developments you need to know about. 

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SA’s Tourism minister Hanekom axed as Zuma’s #cabinetreshuffle sees massive outcry

It’s been a tumultuous weekend as South Africans paid tribute to fallen anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, amidst a shock cabinet reshuffle on Thursday evening by President Jacob Zuma. 

Twitter Reacts: Well-wishes for former Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom

Zuma announced changes to the National Executive in order to “improve efficiency and effectiveness”,  with then Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom - who served as the minister of Tourism for nearly three years - being replaced by his deputy minister of tourism, Tokozile Xasa. 

Xasa is one of 20 ANC members to receive new executive posts in the dramatic Cabinet reshuffle.

"South Africa must give the incoming Cabinet ministers a chance to do good work in their portfolios," says Xasa, who refused to comment on the political implications of Zuma's decision, but said she was "very happy" that Zuma had given so many young MPs and women MPs a chance to run departments.

Division on #BlackMonday unity

But as National Assembly Speaker Balete Mbete is expected to deal with requests from opposition parties for a sitting to process a proposal for a motion of no confidence in President Zuma, a movement called #BlackMonday is stirring.

The single page website states, #BlackMonday was created by ordinary concerned citizens of this nation. We wish to present a united voice for all South Africans to stand behind. We do not share any political affiliation."

Who exactly is behind the creation of #BlackMonday is unclear at this point but the petition reads, "Our souls are not for sale,"

It says, "Fellow South Africans, the actions of the Executive over the past 48 hours have had an immense effect on all of us. We, as fellow participants in civil society, civil service, NGO's, business, and the youth of South Africa, do not condone these actions."

Added to this it states, “A sign of our discontentment, we invite all disapproving South Africans to stand together behind the #BlackMonday movement. This coming Monday (3rd April 2017) we will all wear black in solidarity and use the tag to further the cause.”

“We can no longer be passive. Let us start the change we wish to see in our beloved country, and save the legacy that Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and liberation leaders fought for.”

But South Africans on twitter seem mixed in their response with many racialising the protest and referencing the issue of land restitution and Helen Zille's colonialist remarks, as well the call for a vote of no confidence in President Zuma.

Kruger guided bush walks continue after fatal elephant stampede 

Guided walks in the Kruger National Park continued over this weekend, despite the trampling to death of a SANParks employee by an elephant on Thursday, 30 March. Another SANParks employee sustained serious injuries. 

According to an official statement by SANParks on Friday, "A group of employees were attacked by a herd of elephants at the Mooiplaas Section near Mopani Camp." Circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated, SANParks says. 

SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa expressed his condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased on behalf of the SANParks Management and Staff. 

Mopani rest camp offers a variety of activities for guests, including Guided Bush Walks in which rangers accompany visitors in tracking rhino, elephant and lion on foot, teaching fascinating facts and lessons about the African bush. 

According to SANParks, "The walking safari are still continuing."

New Zealand launches visa info campaign warning travel agents of required certification 

The New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) has launched a campaign to inform South African travel agents about what immigration assistance they can legally provide in response to New Zealand’s visitor visa change for South African nationals.

New travel regulations for both South African and New Zealand travellers came into effect in November 2016, with South African visitors to New Zealand now requiring a visitor visa.

Shortly after, in a move labelled by the Department of Home Affairs as 'reciprocity', SA changed its visa regulations for Kiwi visitors, who now also need visas to enter SA. 

SEE: New Zealand travellers now need visas to enter SA - DHA

Now Travel agents are being advised they need the proper licence to dispense advice.

“Travel agents may receive an increase in requests for immigration help from those wishing to come to New Zealand,” warns Registrar of the IAA Catherine Albiston.

“Agents may not be aware they can only provide very basic assistance, such as sharing Immigration New Zealand’s forms and website, and putting clients in touch with a licensed immigration adviser or exempt person if they do not hold a licence themselves.” 

SEE: New Zealand visa requirements 101: What Saffas and Kiwis need to know  

The IAA is responsible for issuing licences to immigration advisers worldwide and handles complaints about poor immigration advice. The IAA does not provide immigration advice. Added to this, a person’s immigration application or status will not be affected by contacting the IAA.  More information on the IAA can be found at www.iaa.govt.nz or by emailing info@iaa.govt.nz.

WATCH: Cape Town Jazz Fest hits all the right notes

The Mother City was awash with jazz fundis and funky soul masters as the 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) kicked off in Cape Town from Wednesday, 29 March until Sunday, 2 April 2017.

And the organisers pulled out all the stops as the music ranged from puritan jazz to jazzy sounds infused with ancestral roots and urban beats - including acts such as saxophonist, producer and composer Kamasi Washington, Grammy-nominated songstress Andra Day of Rise Up  fame, as well as vocalist, pianist, composer and music educator, and two-time Metro Music Award winner Nomfundo Xaluva for SA.

WATCH: Cape Town Jazz Fest hits all the right notes

Take a look.

 

Find Your Limpopo Escape

Limpopo as a local holiday spot isn’t necessarily top of mind. Yet it's a magically wild destination, with a treasure chest of myths and legend. Turns out, SA’s border province with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique is an untapped, easy escape for South Africans

Rising along the interior flow of the second largest river in SA, Limpopo is known for a more reclusive bushveld experience, as it is home to the northernmost parts of Kruger and forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Let yourself be swept-up in a special connection with your surroundings, as Limpopo's untamed essence is inextricably linked to unique experiences - all the way from its food to its cultural attractions.  Here you’ll find adventures that allow you to fly over treetops, salute the sun from aboard a barge or simply admire antelope really close up, all the while listening for ghostly drum beats at sacred pools. 

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