Friday, September 30, 2016
By Subry Govender While groups of university students in South Africa continue their robust protests in support of “free tertiary education”, the vast majority of their compatriots it seems are strongly against the violence, burnings and arson that have accompanied the protests. They want to concentrate on their studies and attain their degrees so that they could play constructive roles in the socio-economic development of the country. This is the view I gathered when I interviewed university students in the coastal city of Durban on Monday, September 26. I had approached the students after some students went on the rampage at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the weekend of September 24 and 25. In this instance, the students set alight a student residence at the campus and caused other damage. These incidents follow the burning down of a library and a number of cars at the Durban campus of the same university recently. Students also went on the rampage at the University of Zululand, near the town of Empangeni, setting alight a number of vehicles and burning tyres. Similar incidents took place at the University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, University of Mpumulanga and the University of Limpopo – north of Pretoria. These universities suspended their academic activities after the violent actions of the students. The University of Johannesburg was also engulfed by protesting students who wanted to disrupt a university function. The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town had also shut down indefinitely following violent protests. Later on Wednesday, September 28, the University of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape region of the country was also affected with students openly clashing with security guards and members of the police. Ordinary rank and file students, I had spoken to, while supporting the call for free tertiary education, had expressed their total rejection of all forms of violence.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
IF YOU ARE A SMALL, MEDIUM AND MICRO BUSINESS PERSON BEWARE OF EMAIL FRAUDSTERS I was nearly taken for a ride by a fraudster who had hacked the email of a Tongaat business person who specialises in awnings. I want some work to be done at my place in Ottawa and I invited this business person to give me a quotation. After visiting the home, the business person sent me a quote by email. I wrote back to him and said I will make a deposit as soon as possible. Then, the next thing I received the following message: “Hi Good morning,I receive a message from my bank. that my banking details is currently undergoing update,Please you can make payment to my other banking details below Fnb Account name : Gianne general Trading Account Number : 62599117142 Branch code : 250655 Pleas send proof of payment.I really appreciate doing business with you . Regards Thanks”. I was a bit puzzled but I wrote back to the business person and wanted to know what has gone wrong. I don’t know whether he received this message because he did not respond. Then on Monday (Sept 19 2016), I visited a branch of FNB at La Lucia Mall to include the business person’s account details in my account as a beneficiary. I gave the clerk the second bank details that were sent to me. The clerk looked at me and said: “You know what there is something wrong with this account. There is an hold on this account.” I immediately telephoned the Tongaat business person and informed him that there was something wrong with second account details that he had given me. “What second account details?”, he asked. I informed him that he had sent me the account details in a second email and that I had queried this but he did not respond. “I did not send any second account details,” he said. “I only have one account and that I sent you in the first email.” I then informed him that it seemed that a fraudster had hacked his email and that I nearly became a victim. He responded by saying that he would have to change his email address. The FNB clerk then informed me that he had included the first account details of the business person and there was nothing wrong with it. But, he warned, that because people are allowed to open bank accounts via the internet, there are a lot of people who can easily hack emails of business persons and take their customers for a ride. “You must always be on guard and don’t answer any suspicious emails. Immediately delete them,” he said. I am always careful but this was the first time that I was nearly robbed by an email fraudster. I AM NOW EXTRA CAREFUL. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I HOPE THESE FRAUDSTERS WILL BE CAUGHT AND THEY ARE DUMPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN FOR WHITE SHARKS TO DEVOUR THEM.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR INDIAN SPIRITUAL LEADER AT WITS GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRANS, JOHANNESBURG ON SATURDAY, SEPT 24
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
PROMINENT INDIA SPIRITIAL LEADER SALUTED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITY AT THE SAME TIME THAT MOTHER THERESA HAS BEEN DECLARED A SAINT
Monday, September 5, 2016
The ruling ANC in South Africa – which is just trying to recover from the poor showing in the recent local government elections – on Monday faced another crisis outside its headquarters – Luthuli House – in Johannesburg. One faction of the ANC was prevented to march to the headquarters to handover a memorandum demanding the removal of President Jacob Zuma amidst chaotic scenes. The faction was prevented by the ANC’s military veterans, the ANC Youth League and the ANC Womens’ League members. The latest crisis comes against the background of deep divisions within the leadership of the ANC over Zuma’s leadership. Subry Govender FILED THIS RADIO STORY FOR RADIO DEUTSCHE WELLE ON SEPTEMBER 5 2016 …….. .