As 2016 comes to an end, your favourite newspaper for Zimbabweans living in South Africa, skynewszimbabwe.com looks back at this year with a lot of mixed feelings.
After a few false starts we managed to consolidate the publication of this – your newspaper – to become the most talked about publication among Zimbabweans in every corner of South Africa, in all of Zimbabwe, in Europe, Asia, in the Americas. Infact we now have happy readers and subscribers who read skynewszimbabwe.com all over the world.
We have reached the milestone figure of 100 000 website hits since our momentous relaunch in the middle of 2016, and we can say without doubt that your newspaper has become a newspaper of choice among progressive people, even those who are remotely interested in Zimbabwe, its people and affairs, in South Africa and the news in South Africa, among African communities and for those who seek information, education and entertainment.
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While skynewszimbabwe.com cannot possibly write about, and cover everyone in these columns, last week we selected, and awarded the following individuals as the top newsmakers among the Zimbabwean community in the Western Cape:
Julius Shamu, Godfrey Madanhire, Jackson Mukahanana, Sam Gumbojena, Rumbi Boriwondo, Delphino Machikicho, Joel Guy Chabata, Victor Mugobo, Bright Chimutashu, Jimmy Jimalo, Jonathan Taderera, Stuart Mugabe, Moreboys Munetsi, Melody Kanguru, Weston Hussein, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Edmore Mazungunye, Albert Zanganembo and Tafadzwa Mbofana.
This week we honour – for your reading pleasure – some of the most enterprising newsmakers and influential people among Zimbabweans living in Gauteng for 2016:
1: Angela Mudukuti
Our skynewszimbabwe.com Newsmaker of the Year in Gauteng is Angela Mudukuti
Few people will dispute our choice of 2016 skynewszimbabwe.com newsmaker of the year. One of Africa’s strongman Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir had been ducking and diving a warrant for his arrest for some time and despite the warrant President Bashir evaded the limelight several times – until he decided to land in South Africa for the African Union meeting in Johannesburg.
At the time Zimbabwean President Mugabe was the Chairman of the AU, and he had assured South African President Jacob Zuma that the ICC had no jurisdiction to order the arrest of Bashir in South Africa.
The Southern African Litigation Centre approached the North Gauteng High Court on an urgent basis seeking the implementation of the arrest warrants.
The High Court issued an interim order to ensure President Bashir remained in the country pending the finalisation of the legal proceedings and later ordered that he be immediately arrested. He flew out of South Africa under cover of the darkness.
The South African government allowed President Bashir to leave despite the court order. South Africa took the matter on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal where the SCA also ruled that failure to arrest Bashir was unlawful. Convinced that another court would arrive at a different conclusion, the state took the matter on a further appeal to the Constitutional Court.
At the time President Zuma’s government announced its intention to withdraw South Africa from the International Criminal Court, a decision which continues to cause much controversy from The Hague to New York.
Many have pointed out that South Africa would probably still be a member of the ICC had it not been for the drama that played itself out in the issue of President Bashir, and had it not been for the Southern African Litigation Centre, and in particular lawyer Angela Mudukuti who was leading the team that instituted the legal proceedings, things would be different.
And on those grounds we award our 2016 newsmaker of the year to: Angela Mudukuti.
2: Pfungwa Serima
Pfungwa Gore Serima is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Metrofile Holdings Limited since April 2016. Serima serves as the Executive Chairman of SAP Africa. He served as Managing Director at SAP Africa since July 2008 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He oversaw SAP’s business interests in Sub Saharan Africa. From 2004 to June 2008, he worked at Microsoft, where he started as Director:Services Group and then assumed the Managing
3: July Ndlovu
Ndlovu was in the news after Anglo American Platinum Limited announced that he had been appointed CEO of Anglo American’s South African coal business, with effect September 2016.
Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, addressing the media, said: “I would like to thank July Ndlovu for his significant contributions to our Platinum business since 2001 and particularly in his current role leading our portfolio of world class metal processing operations. I wish him every success as he takes up the CEO role of Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa.”
4: Dr Blessing Mudavanhu
Dr. Blessing Mudavanhu has been in the news lately as Chief Executive Officer of ABC Holdings Limited since 2015. Dr Mudavanhu served as the Group Chief Risk Officer of ABC Holdings Limited since 2009 and its Acting Group Chief Executive Officer since January 2015. He spent 8 years working on Wall Street in New York, where he was a Director in Global Risk Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.
5: Joseph Busha
JM Busha Investment Group manages both institutional and private individual clients funds. It offers a range of investment products in absolute return, relative return and structured investments categories. JM BUSHA Investment Group (Pty) Ltd (“JM BUSHA”) is a social enterprise focusing on solution-driven investment management, investment banking, long-term insurance; financial risk management solutions and general financial advisory services group of companies.
6: Adv Kevin Malunga
Advocate Malunga was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as Deputy Public Protector on 10 December 2012 for a seven year term. Adv Malunga was appointed after the National Assembly on 22 November 2012 agreed unanimously, with 253 members in support, to adopt a report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development which recommended his appointment. He was in the news when he was interviewed as a candidate to replace Advocate Thuli Madonsela as South Africa’s Public Protector.
7: Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Mpumelelo “Pommie” Mbangwa is a former Zimbabwean test cricketer. A right arm fast bowler, he played 15 tests for Zimbabwe, 29 one day internationals. He is now a cricket commentator, and is never far away from sports news in general, and cricket news and analysis in particular.
8: Japhet Mathanda Ncube
Japhet Mathanda Ncube was this year appointed editor of The Star newspaper, one of the most influential newspapers in South Africa. He is former Deputy Editor of African Independent, The Sunday Independent and City Press. He writes love poems with the barrel of his gun, and as Editor of one of the biggest newspapers in SA, he (the newspaper that he leads, as well the the Independent Media group of newspapers in general) is never far away from news, as it happens.
9: Professor Tawana Kupe
Professor Tawana Kupe is deputy Vice Chancellor at Wits University. He was in the news this year for dealing with the “fees-must-fall” protests, and his opinion and analysis is frequently sought after in the media on local and international issues.
10: Professor Arthur Mutambara
FORMER Zimbabwean deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara was in the news after he was appointed president of Africa’s syndicated multimedia news service, the African News Agency (ANA). Mutambara, a chartered engineer and fellow of the UK-based Institute of Engineering and Technology, was tasked with driving ANA’s media technology innovation and the development of strategic relationships and partnerships across the African continent. See link: http://skynewszimbabwe.com/2016/09/15/president-arthur-mutambara-leader-of-african-news-agency/
11: Peter Ndoro
Peter Ndoro needs no introduction as he is always on prime time television almost everyday, flying the Zimbabwe flag high, on SABC, anchoring the main news bulletins. Not only is he a newsmaker on his numerous public engagements, but he is also a newsreader of note.
12: Yvonne Katsande
The phenomenal woman. Katsande is a media personality of note, is rated among the top actresses to emerge from Zimbabwe. She is smart, determined, unapologetic, and apart from cameo appearances on Generations, she is behind a couple of documentaries that have aired on public television. In a few words: Mother, Founder CEO Phenomenal Woman Foundation, Actress, Political Journalist, Film Producer, Creative designer and Philanthropist. She is Deputy President of the Zim-SA Forum is never far away from local and international news.
13: Adv Gabriel Shumba
Advocate Gabriel Shumba holds a 2002 Masters of Law Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria. He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2000. In Zimbabwe, he was a Legal Practitioner of note, and was entitled to practice up to the Supreme Court.
Advocate Shumba’s passion for human rights led him to fall foul of the government as most of his cases involve suing the army, police and other security forces for personal injury and unlawful arrest. As leader of the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, he is never far away from the news concerning Zimbabweans in South Africa.
14: Chiedza Mhende
Is she a man or a woman? Chiedza Mhende (also known as Chi Mhende) is a Zimbabwean actress best known for her role as Wandile on SABC1 soapie drama Generations. She made the news throughout 2016 and on social media by portraying, controversially, the role of a man while on set on Generations as Zola’s son.
15: Peter Moyo
Peter Moyo is a Group CEO and shareholder of the Amabubesi Group. He holds directorships in various Amabubesi Group companies. Peter is also chairman of Willis South Africa, CSC South Africa and BACSA (Business Against Crime South Africa). In addition, he is non-executive director of Liberty Holdings, Liberty Group, Business Leadership SA and Right to Care & Right to Care Health Services. Peter is the chairman of the Audit Committee of the Auditor-General’s office and serves on the Advisory Council of the Stellenbosch Business School.
16: Willard Katsande
The Zimbabwe national team captain plays for South African glamour side Kaizer Chiefs. A few words are used to describe his gamemanship: workhorse, hardman, linkman, destroyer, anchorman. At one point he was the Chiefs Players’ Player of the Season, Fan Player of the Season and Online Player of the Season and Club Player of the Season. As Zimbabwe national captain he will be in the limelight at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, leading the Zimbabwe Warriors.
17: Anele Ndlovu
Businessman and community leader Anele Ndlovu is leading efforts to re-define the theory of investments into Zimbabwe from the diaspora. He is President of the Zim-SA Forum, his efforts in uniting Zimbabweans in the diaspora have received high-level recognition by both the Zimbabwean and South Africa governments. See link: http://skynewszimbabwe.com/2016/09/30/plenty-of-interest-in-zimbabwe-but-also-plenty-of-suspicion/
18: Khama Billiat
FOR a man who was almost lost to football when he plunged into the world of selling clothes at a shop in Harare some years ago, Khama Billiat’s rapid transformation into one of the best Zimbabwean footballers of his generation has been one of the game’s beautiful success stories, according to The Herald Newspaper. Billiat is the reigning South African Footballer of the Year. He plays for Mamelodi Sundwowns, the reigning Africa Club Champions, and is a newsmaker of note – on the football field, and sometimes off the field.
19: Tendai Ndoro
“I think what sets Zimbabwean strikers apart is that they know how to put the ball in the back of the net,” Tendai Ndoro once said during an interview with newspapers. After a few months during which he struggled to secure a starting spot in the Orlando Pirates first eleven, the diminutive poacher is now Pirates’ main striker, banging them in at will in the PSL.
20: Diana Washe
She was in the news after she made Ankara print pumps and posted them on Facebook. She received a lot of positive reviews. The rest is history. She started a fashion brand called Shaina for African inspired accessories, bags, belts, journals. As an accessories junkie. Her accessories are all handmade, with love. “I have seen a lot of women who always blame their situations for their circumstances, on the contrary, one should be able to do what they can with what they have,” she says.
She dreams of one day becoming a power player in the African fashion scene, and wants to be an icon for women empowerment.
21: Melgin Tafirenyika
Melgin Tafirenyika is a model, actor, carpenter, script writer, film producer and bass guitarist – all in one. Multi award winning performer in a number of fields, read his story here: http://skynewszimbabwe.com/2016/05/31/the-melgin-tafirenyika-diaries-zimbabwes-own-denzel-washington/
22: Peter Ndlovu
Peter Ndlovu is a former professional footballer who played for Highlanders in Zimbabwe, for Coventry City in the British Premier League and in the Football League for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United. In South Africa he played for Mamelodi Sundowns, Tanda Royal Zulu, Highfield United and Black Mambas. He was capped 100 times by his country, scoring 38 international goals. He is current is currently the team manager at African Club champions Mamelodi Sundowns and is by far one of the most recognisable figures among the Zimbabwean football fratenity.
23: Jah Seed Mupemhi
Jah Seed has been raising the Zimbabwe ragga flag in South Africa for years and has won multiple awards, from the Samas, Best Reggae Album, and with his mates at Bongo Muffin (Thandiswa and Stoan) which hit the charts some years ago with tracks like Thath’ isgubhu and Kura Uone as well as his combination with The Admiral Andy Kasrils. A newsmaker of note.
24: Ngqabutho Mabhena
Ngqabutho Mabhena is leader of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa. He was in the news recently after he led efforts to rescue Zimbabweans who were trapped underground in South Africa’s disused mines, and led efforts to negotiate with South Africa’s Home Affairs Department in granting Zimbabweans the Zimbabwe Special Dispensation permits. He is frequently in the news commenting about issues that affect the Zimbabwean community in South Africa.
25: Janet Munakamwe
Janet Munakamwe is Chairperson of the African Diaspora Workers network. She is an academic and community leader and is noted for her work in gender activism, as well as fighting for the rights of the disadvantaged communities, migrant workers, trade unions and civil society and working with the International Labour Organisation.
26: Ben Magara
At Lonmin Mr Magara is at the forefront of the mining industry’s battle against plummeting commodity prices. Not only that, he is also working in one of the most fractious of labour environments. He assumed the reins at Lonmin within a year of the notorious Marikana shootings in 2012, when 34 striking workers were killed by South African police in an event that traumatised South Africa. The deadly event at Marikana continues to haunt the platinum belt, and Magara is frequently in the news, dealing with matters that relate to Lonmin on a daily basis.
27: Gladys Mawoneke
Gladys Mawoneke was a journalist before studying law at Rhodes University. She is an admitted attorney and has a Masters in Business and Leadership from Unisa School of Business and Leadership. She is now making her mark in the beverage business. After trying her hand at a couple of ventures, from baking chocolate to selling unpasteurised amasi, she has finally hit the sweet spot with a non-alcoholic malt drink called Breva which is currently making waves at major retail outlets, and on ENCA.
28: Luthuli Dlamini
Luthuli Dlamini is Zimbabwean-born actor best known for his lead role as Stan Nyathi on the e.tv soapie Scandal, from its inception in January 2005 until he left the show in 2007. In 2013 he joined the SABC1 soapie Generations in the role of Scott Nomvete. He made his debut on 24 July, 2013. He made numerous television appearances in shows such as Drum, Snitch, Generations, Isidingo, Justice For All and The Res, before landing the lead role in Scandal. He is never far from the news, sometimes the tabloids, and on numerous television commercials.
29: Alexander Maseko
Alexander “Cool Ruler” Maseko is a former Zimbabwean footballer who used to play for Highlanders and the senior national team the Warriors as a defender. Maseko owns Focus Sports Management, is now a community leader and runs several business ventures.
30: Bonnie Chimanikire
Food, Fashion & Literature Lover. Voice-Over artist. Founder of TheHighTea. Fingered Farm girl conquering in the City of Gold. As a newsmaker of the High Tea society she describes her passion as: “We make beautiful cakes which taste good too! We are renowned for our seriously chocolate and chocolate truffle cakes and pride ourselves in the look and the taste. These are popular for weddings, birthdays or celebrations.