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New mayor speaks on plans for the Bay 

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann last week we spoke to DA councillor Retief Odendaal on his plans for the Bay should he become mayor. During a council meeting early on Thursday morning Odendaal was elected as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

What’s to be done about Nelson Mandela Bay’s no-go areas?

Criminals are making it hard for public servants to operate in certain parts of Nelson Mandela Bay, with several suburbs flagged as no-go areas.

Paramedics, social workers and municipal officials find themselves constantly under attack by criminals and some are forced to dodge bullets while on duty. 

One electricity department official was robbed 14 times over a period of a year while trying to restore power.

The man was lucky to survive after being shot at in three of the incidents.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to electricity and energy political head Luxolo Namette and social development MEC Bukiwe Fanta’s spokesperson, Busi Jemsana-Mantashe.

Businessman, expert express concern about toxic dust

“There will be nothing left of Markman if this continues.”

So says  Precast concrete manufacturer Algoa Cement co-owner Chris Collett, who is one of several Nelson Mandela Bay businessmen expressing concern about the transport of manganese through Markman and the potential health and environmental hazard it poses.

Some businessmen in the area are already describing widespread respiratory problems among staff, resulting in calls for urgent testing to check for manganism, a debilitating nervous system disease caused by inhaling the toxic dust.

Much of the area has been reduced to a mangled ore-dust-laden mess since the manganese freight industry exploded in Markman during the first Covid-19 lockdown, which started in March 2020.

And, businesses in Markman say, the manganese operators seem to act with impunity and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality seems to have forgotten it is there to represent the residents and businesses of the Bay.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Collett and environmental chemist Ronelle Friend. 

How does metro plan to clean up filthy Korsten? 

Frustrated by empty promises from the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Korsten business owners have taken matters into their own hands and employed residents to clean up the filthy business precinct.

In August, the Korsten Traders Forum wrote a scathing  letter to the metro expressing concern about the deteriorating state of the business hub and requesting officials to enforce the city’s bylaws.

The forum has called for the regulation of informal traders in Korsten through the establishment of an informal traders’ association.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to the metro’s economic development portfolio head, Mkhuseli Jack, about how they intend to tackle the issue. 

We also speak to forum member Ashraf Limbada, an attorney with offices in the area, who said they were fed up with empty promises.

Activists’ reaction to Shell ruling

The Makhanda high court has set aside Shell’s oil and gas exploration right which gave the multinational company licence to seismically blast the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast.

Environmental groups and Wild Coast communities which took on the oil and gas multinational are already celebrating their victory.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Gary Koekemoer of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa and Dean Knox of Save The Wild Coast for their reaction to the high court ruling. 

Where next for bus used as a classroom?

A rickety old bus where snakes and monkeys find shelter serves as a classroom for about 15 pupils at Sindawonye Primary School on a farm near Kariega.
The pupils are also cramped together on one side, as damaged desks and chairs fill up half the converted vehicle.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to education department spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima on what the department is going to do about the school. 

We also speak to Khula Community Development Project chair Petros Majola who did an inspection of the school on Monday after it was contacted by parents and the Uitenhage District Taxi Association.

Gift of the Givers  celebrate 30 years of humanitarian work 

For 30 years Gift of the Givers has served humanity unconditionally, contributing in a positive way to communities.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we catch up with Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers to share with us how the past 30 years have been like for the organisation. 

Security at  Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals in spotlight

All services at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital in Kariega have been restored after a nurse was attacked and death threats were made against staff at the weekend.

The nurse was assaulted when three men brought a man with multiple gunshot wounds to the hospital shortly after 6am on Sunday.

According to the Eastern Cape health department, the men arrived in a black Ford Fiesta and demanded that the nurses on duty take the wounded man from their car for treatment.

When the nurses told them there were only women on duty and asked them to help carry the wounded man into the trauma unit, one of the men punched the nurse in the face and then kicked her.

Security guards at the trauma unit had to call security staff at the main gate for assistance.

Before speeding off, the men allegedly threatened the lives of the hospital staff should the patient die.

He was, however, declared dead on arrival.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Mkhululi Ndamase about measures to improve security at all health facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay.

We also speak to police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu, who said a gang-related shooting before the hospital incident was being investigated.

She said police had interviewed the nurse who, at that stage, declined to open a case as she was still recovering and undergoing counselling. 

Prof Jansen unravels education policy pronouncement farce

Governments develop policy for two reasons: one to implement them but most often to show off — for symbolism and to create the impression something is going to be done, to make the government look good.

That is the opinion of Prof Jonathan Jansen, speaking on announcements regarding a restructuring proposal for higher education and that school subjects will be taught in the African languages from Grade 4 upwards.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, Jansen speaks about his interpretation of what this means. 

Can you help track down Nelson Mandela Bay robbery gang?

A R10,000 reward has been offered for information relating to a spate of robberies by a gang in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The robbers are armed, well-organised and using the environment to their advantage to prey on people when they are at their most vulnerable.

And it seems they have shifted focus to secluded homes, many of them in high-end property developments, making the reward well worth the risk.

But Tac Net Security Services owner Abri Pienaar has had enough of the robbers who have been “a thorn in my side for the last four years” and he is now offering a reward for help in tracking down the culprits.

“It’s just become a cat-and-mouse game and I don’t like to lose, so we need everybody out there to help us catch these guys,” he said.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann, we delve a bit more into the robberies with Pienaar and Atlas Security community development manager Bernadette Nel-Naude.

They also offer some tips to improve security in the home. 

Tribute to former international umpire Rudi Koertzen

Known as “Slow Death” for the measured way he raised his left forefinger to signal a batter was out, former international umpire Rudi Koertzen died in a car crash on Tuesday.

The highly respected Koertzen, from Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay, was part of the ICC's elite panel from 2002 until he retired in 2010.
He officiated in 331 international matches, which was a record until his retirement, during his illustrious career.
In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann, we pay tribute to Koertzen.

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