Zulu Wedding by Dudu Busani-Dube

Dudu Busani- Dube’s Zulu Wedding  tells the story of a choreographer named Lungile. She lived a content life, up until the day she discovered a letter detailing how her parent’s relationship was never approved from her mother’s side of the family.

The families made a deal with the ancestors that Lungile would be betrothed to a Zulu king. Lungile, however ran away from home (South Africa) shortly after her parents died in a car accident. She never knew that her life was meant to be paid back to ancestors, in order for the families to live peacefully together.

On her 21st birthday, her uncle Phineas sent her on an overseas on a trip and she used that opportunity to deal with her loss and find ways to get in the dancing industry.

The author shows the reader that the current generation does not believe in forced marriages. The older generation learnt to love their partners, unlike the current generation who refuse to do thing according to older traditions.

The writer also offers a glimpse of the Royal house (the Mzimelas) that Lungile was meant to marry into. People from that village were worried about their future as a drought came upon them. They are caught between selling the land and find means of survival because the land is a legacy to them.

Conflict arises when the King try to convince his people to sell the land. Most of them refuse to sell their legacy – the land.

The author is well-known for the Hlomu The Wife story series that follows the lives of 7 Zulu brothers from KwaZulu Natal and came to Johannesburg to being feared taxi owners. In all Busani-Dube’s writing, she uses a relatable subject surrounding African tradition.

The author once said that she is a creator and none of the books are based on her life.

By Ntsiki Ntsibande



OPINION: Youth Day: South Africa’s Optimistic Future

June 16, a day that marks a turbulent past of youth protest and violence, but I believe it has a bright future. Despite challenges such as unemployment, drug abuse, crime and debt, great strive may bring out the best in the young people of South Africa.

Creative solutions that only the young mind can imagine, it has to be by the hand of youth, for the youth or we will lose all the gains made from the Soweto uprisings. History has shown when humanity is put to the test we always find a solution.

South Africa is no different, learning from our history and finding your own meaning for youth day is the first step. The second is taking control of your future, and the last is to never stop dreaming. I challenge all readers to keep striving, keep building never stop evolving and also never forget to give back, lending a helping hand to others.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Report: India has one decade to become a developed nation

India’s largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI), released a report stating that India needs to become a developed nation in one decade, or suffer the negative consequences of having a huge demographic dividend.

The report also states that India may never enter into a state of development if it doesn’t act immediately. They calculate that India has a 10 year time span to move into the developed country label or it may be trapped as developing nation in perpetuity.

It further goes on to state that more focus on youth and education investment by the government will help to achieve this goal. Currently, India’s demographic surplus is the main reason for economic growth, but there are already warning signs that by the year 2030 it may lead to problematic issues. For instance, the sluggishness of the population growth in last 20 years, as well as the unpredictability of the fertility rate across India.

The coastal state of Karnataka is one of these cases of low birth rate, resulting in an increase of people over the age of 60 to 9.5 percent in 2011. A lower population growth, increase the wealth of certain demographics of the population who then move from government services to private services, like government schools to private schools, which has an adverse effect of lowering the quality of government schools due to lack of funding. For this reason, calls for more educational funding is need in India for the population that cannot afford to migrate services.

Source: moneycontrol.com

The BRICS Institute has officially launched

The BRICS Institute was launched at Regenesys Business School on the 14th of June 2018. The Institute is set to be a vehicle that will foster economic growth and prosperity amongst the BRICS nations, through education, research, consulting and business matchmaking initiatives. The launch event was attended by the board of the Regenesys Business School, the board of the BRICS Institute, government officials, academics, the media and the public.

Director of the BRICS Institute, Dr. Julian Naidoo said that the Institute speaks the BRICS mandate and will be a gateway for the rest of the BRICS businesses to enter the African Market. The BRICS Institute introduced the BRICS Executive Leadership Development (BELD) programme, which is the first practical executive management initiative aimed at developing world-class leaders and fostering economic growth and shared prosperity between nations.

Dr. Naidoo highlighted that the purpose of the programme is to develop senior leaders from the private sector, state-owned enterprises and the government, in order to stimulate business development among BRICS member countries.

The Department of Trade and Industry showed their support to the BRICS Institute. Director to the office of the Deputy Minister, Mr. Phill Mbanyana has confirmed that “the government is ready to align their work to meet the mandate of the BRICS Institute.”

The event was also a platform to honour Professor Mervyn King SC for his contribution to Corporate Governance. Dr. King received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Regenesys Business School for his commendable and lasting leadership. He is a former Supreme Court of South Africa judge who is recognised internationally as an expert on corporate governance and sustainability. He is best known for chairing the King Committee on Corporate Governance, which issued three comprehensive reports in 1994, 2002 and 2009 endorsing an integrated and inclusive approach to corporate governance in South Africa.


For more information on the BELD Programme, go to www.thebricsinstitute.com


By Ntsikelelo Kuse


The rise of Chinese plug-in vehicle market is unstoppable

The demand for electric vehicles in China has gained more momentum as the country aims to sharpen its edge by taking fossil fuel powered vehicles off the road.

Sales have increased as more cities joined the electric vehicles era to find a solution to traffic jams and reduce carbon emissions. 

Last year, the total of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) sales in China were 2.8 times above that of the Unite States.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), China sold about 555,300 vehicles compared to just below 200,000 in the US.

Chinese electric vehicle brands like Weltmeister and Byton have expertise and insight into the industry, previously holding top positions within established car companies Fiat and BMW.

Weltmeister aims to make its cars affordable to Chinese consumers, while Byton targets the high-end market by taking electric vehicles of BMW, Benz and Tesla as their rivals.

According to China news, it is not an easy job to set a brand and make it stand out.

Investors have offered financial support for these ventures and are patiently awaiting more turnovers. 

Source: ecns.cn

President Ramaphosa announces new panel review on states security agency

Pretoria – President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level review panel to assess the mandate, capacity and organisational integrity of the State Security Agency (SSA).

The appointment of the panel follows the President’s statement in the National Assembly on 08 May 2018 of his intention to set up a review panel to assess the structure of the SSA relative to its mandate and enquire into its systems and capacity.

The panel, which is expected to undertake and conclude its work within three months, is composed of:

• Dr Sydney Mufamadi as Chairperson
• Mr Barry Gilder
• Mr Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk
• Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo
• Mr Murray Michell
• Ms Basetsana Molebatsi
• Ms Siphokazi Magadla
• Mr Andre Pruis
• Prof Jane Duncan
• Mr Silumko Sokupa

President Ramaphosa has further appointed former Minister of Defence, Mr Charles Nqakula, as his National Security Adviser.

President Ramaphosa has said that the panel must seek to identify all material factors that allowed for some of the current challenges within the Agency so that appropriate measures are instituted to prevent a recurrence. The main objective of the review panel is to assist in ensuring a responsible and accountable national intelligence capability for the country in line with the Constitution and relevant legislation.

Press Release Issued by: The Presidency

SARB honours Mandela centenary by launching limited banknote

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will be launching its first commemorative banknote series, in celebration of the first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela’s birth centenary.

The bank issued a statement stating that these notes will cover all denominations namely R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

“As part of the celebrations, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, will also be issuing a new commemorative circulation R5 coin. As part of the preparations for the launch, test packs of the commemorative banknotes were made available to members of the broader cash industry to allow them to make adequate preparations in relation to issues such as adaptions of cash processing and cash dispensing machines, ticketing machines and so forth.” The statement reads.

All the notes are scheduled to be launched by 18 July 2018.

The bank added that these commemorative banknotes and R5 coin will co-circulate for a limited time, together with the current Mandela banknote series and the existing R5 coin, and both sets will remain legal tender.

New study revealed substantial economic cost of crime to Brazil

Brazil’s Special Secretariat for the Strategic Affairs have revealed the economic cost of crime to Brazil. It is estimated to be about R$285 billion, or over 4% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The study pointed out that the economic impact of crime has risen from R$113 billion in 1996, to R$285 billion in 2015, this amount is set to an average increase of about 4.5 % per year.

The increase in crime shows that policy initiatives meant to reduce crime cannot be based solely on expanding resources. The report recommends a thorough examination of existing policies to discontinue those with diminishing returns.

The report also stated that despite a significant increase in public security spending over the last 20 years, “the social return of such increases has been limited” as homicide rates have climbed from 35,000 to 54,000 over that period.

Today, most federal agencies have limited financial resources which reinforce the idea that public policy crime-reducing initiatives cannot be based on simply expanding public spending.

The special secretary at the Palácio do Planalto, Hussein Kalout said that the country needs to make public policies more efficient with fewer resources and innovation.

“It is no longer possible to make security policy by increasing economic spending for the State whose social return will continue to be small while crime continues to increase.”

Source: riotimesonline.com

#FashionFindsWednesday: Ulyana Sergeenko built her antique and vintage empire

From graduating in the Faculty of Philology to becoming Russia’s big deal in the fashion industry.

Ulyana Sergeenko is a Russian-based fashion designer, who has worked with many celebrities, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Natalia Vodianova.

The Ulyana Sergeenko brand was launched in Moscow in April 2011 with a first collection designed for autumn-winter 2011/12.

Her debut collection featured clingy knit tops, quilted skirts, floor-sweeping greatcoats, and enough sable to swaddle the Russian army.

Today, the designer has the Moscow-based company that has ready-to-wear women clothing, bags, jewellery and headpieces.

Sergeenko has always love fashion.

With all the love she is receiving, Sergeenko has built a fashion empire that consists of a a collection of antique and vintage clothes and accessories, ranging from the rare ancient jewellery to Soviet school uniform.

The designer frequently visits flea-markets and vintage boutiques as her way of inventing new styles, whereas all her fabrics and trimmings are bought in France, Italy and Japan.

Sergeenko collaborates with highly-skilled ateliers from Russia, along with numerous craftsmen from former Soviets republics. She did that to help them preserve their precious knowledge in the process.

In her 2018 collection called Haute Couture Spring Summer, she designed gowns with long bell-shaped skirts and puffed sleeves with vivid colours. She said that her collection was inspired by the 40s and 50s styles codes.






Indian youth develop a device aiding women’s safety

A group of Indian youngsters have won a 1 million-U.S. dollar prize for designing and developing a device ensuring women’s safety.

Safer Pro is a panic-alert device women can use in an unsafe circumstance. The device includes a “Red Button”, that will alert the female owner’s five guardians whose phone are integrated with the safety device.

The device costs around 30 U.S. dollars and could be worn as a wrist watch or put in a pocket or a bag.

The team of developers consists of six members, including a woman named Neiharika Rajiv.

“All these five are smart intelligent boys from a woman’s perspective, so I joined them all around four years back. I got to know about them through newspaper reports while they were still under-graduates,” said Neiharika.

Neiharika said the device is also very helpful for the young kids, teenagers to be specific, who move out frequently in areas nearby their homes.

“Normally, parents of such kids are a worried lot and concerned about their safety. This device helps parents know about their kids’ minute-to-minute location. The other best part is that it has the facility of sending Voice-Notes to the guardians.” She said.

The team aims is to bring down the cost and make it available to women across India and the world.

In India, 79% of women have been victims of harassment or violence in public. As per official figures released by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, in the year 2016 as many as 39 crimes against women were reported every hour, up from 21 in 2007. The rate of crimes per 100,000 female population was 55.2 during the year, up from 41.7 in 2012.

The team plans to integrate the device with the nearest police station to the victim in case of an emergency the police can reach out to the victim.

Source: xinhuanet.com