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Wendy Mothata

WENDY MOTHATA attended and completed her BA in Media Studies at the University of Limpopo, where she was awarded Most Promising Student in Media Studies. She is a recent graduate from the Honors Program in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. She is also a Fellow in the Duke University Menell Media Exchange, Student Newsroom and resides in Johannesburg. E: wendy@sapeople.com

South Africa’s Local Artists to be Honoured with Awards

By Wendy Mothata 02-06-18 17:46

It is South African Music Awards (SAMAs) weekend – with local artists and fans gathered at Sun City, in the North West, to celebrate and honour those who have worked hard in the previous year. This is the 24th year of recognising talent in the local music industry. The first night of the SAMA’s took […]

Motsoaledi: “The World is Tired of Tobacco”

By Wendy Mothata 31-05-18 13:15

As the world celebrates ‘World No Tobacco Day’ today, 31 May 2018, the South African Department of Health is calling for public comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill. Speaking on Morning Live on Thursday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the department wants to implement firmer smoking laws, which would include […]

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Sundown’s Player Percy Tau Wins Footballer of the Season

By Wendy Mothata 30-05-18 17:17

South African footballer Percy Tau, attacker at Mamelodi Sundowns, was named the footballer of the season on Tuesday night during the PSL (Premier Soccer League) awards. Tau shared the top goal scorer’s award with Polokwane City player, Rodney Ramagalela. They both scored 11 goals during the season. Sundowns’ head coach, Pitso Mosimane also walked away […]

Twitter Reacts to Minimum Wage Salary in South Africa

By Wendy Mothata 30-05-18 13:38

The South African Parliament has on Tuesday passed the national minimum wage bill. The National minimum wage Bill has set out the minimum wage of R20 per hour which makes R3,500 a month. This excludes farmworkers and domestic workers. The law was passed by an overwhelming majority, gaining 202 votes. Three amended labour bills were […]

Suspect Arrested After 2 Schoolgirls Found Strangled in South Africa

By Wendy Mothata 27-05-18 17:54

The North West (NW) police confirmed that the lifeless bodies of two South African teenage girls were discovered Sunday morning, strangled in a school hostel in the NW province. The two Grade 11 learners from Stella High School were aged 16 and 17. According to the South African Police Services (SAPS), the matron found the […]

Danny Jordaan Re-elected as SAFA Head

By Wendy Mothata 26-05-18 17:52

The South African Football Association (SAFA) Elective Congress took place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday where Dr Danny Jordaan was re-elected as the president for SAFA. SAFA has officially confirmed that Jordaan went into the ballot box unopposed following the withdrawal of former referee Ace Ncobo. SAFA says Jordaan received 234 […]

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South Africa Joins the World to Celebrate Africa Day

By Wendy Mothata 25-05-18 13:17

President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africans in celebrating Africa Day today, a day which is celebrated annually on 25 May on the African continent. Africa Day marks the creation of the organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, and of the African Union in 2002. It celebrates the growth and the union of […]

Pravin Gordhan Appoints Phakamani Hadebe as New Head of Eskom

By Wendy Mothata 24-05-18 12:55

The South African Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has officially announced the appointment of Phakamani Hadebe as new chief executive of Eskom, on Thursday. “Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr Phakamani Hadebe as the new group chief executive of Eskom,” said Gordhan. In making the announcement, the minister pointed out that state owned entities […]

WATCH Trevor Noah on the Royal Wedding

By Wendy Mothata 04-07-18 12:47

Watch South African comedian Trevor Noah‘s brilliant take on the royal wedding… which happened to fall on the same day (Saturday 19 May 2018) as Trevor’s first ever UK arena show, at the O2 in London. One South African who was at the show, Warren Wood, said in a Facebook message to Trevor: “Absolutely brilliant. […]

DRC Launches Ebola Vaccination Programme

By Wendy Mothata 22-05-18 09:12

The UN’s health Agency has joined forces with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to launch an Ebola vaccination programme in a quest to decrease the spread of the most recent outbreak in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organisation (WHO) will attempt to vaccinate high-risk populations with close to 8,000 doses […]

Free State Province Elect New Leadership

By Wendy Mothata 20-05-18 15:54

The Free State province of South Africa has officially elected the new leadership. The elections took place at the provincial conference on Saturday and ended in the early hours on Sunday. This election could see Mashinini taking over as the Premier of the province after next year’s general elections if the party follows its principle of […]

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Jazz Legendary Phillip Tabane Passes Away at 84

By Wendy Mothata 18-05-18 22:03

The Department of Arts and Culture announced Friday that South African Jazz legendary musician, Phillip Tabane, has passed away at the age of 84. The musician died at Mamelodi Hospital in Pretoria on Friday morning. Tabane was born in Pretoria and formed a group called The Malombo Jazz Men. During his career he was well known for […]

Ramaphosa Launching Thuma Mina Campaign – Then to Uganda for Son’s Lobola Negotiations

By Wendy Mothata 18-05-18 10:17

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa will officially launch the African National Congress  (ANC) Thuma Mina campaign in Tembisa, Johannesburg on Friday. The Thuma Mina (which means ‘Send Me’) campaign hopes to address various issues and frustrations for the people of South Africa. The intention is to restore dignity and the ANC’s credibility among communities. “Thuma […]

Trevor Manuel: Zuma’s Presidency Was A Disaster

By Wendy Mothata 17-05-18 23:37

South African former Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel has described the presidency of Jacob Zuma as a ‘total disaster’. Manuel was addressing the gathered audience at the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Public Lecture at the University of Western Cape on Wednesday night. “I make no apologies, Archbishop, for my views that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was […]

Murder Accused Thabani Mzolo Flicks Middle Finger in Court

By Wendy Mothata 17-05-18 23:17

The man who is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend – Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) student Zolile Khumalo – three weeks ago in KwaZulu-Natal, flicked his middle finger at journalists on Thursday. Thabani Mzolo was appearing for the third time at the Durban Regional Court, for the murder of Khumalo (21). Mzolo (23) is accused […]

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Former Top Cop Arno Lamoer Sentenced to 6 Years for Corruption

By Wendy Mothata 11-05-18 12:23

Former South African Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has been sentenced to six years in prison for corruption. Lamoer appeared in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Thursday where he was handed an eight year sentence, two of which were suspended. The police commissioner was found guilty of corruption in February […]

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