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South Africa’s Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina Denies Any Personal Relationship with LTE’s Mr. Thulani Majola in Relation to City Contracts

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In a conversation with Ekurhuleni Mayor, Councillor Zwandile Masina about a tender that was jointly awarded to LTE Consulting and Setheo Engineering, the Mayor categorically denied any personal knowledge of the dynamics of this project and any personal relationship with Mr. Majola.

LTE Pty Limited, which is linked to Mr. Thulani Majola, and another company called Setheo Engineering were jointly awarded a tender to refurbish the Saambou Building in Germiston but LTE is said to have hijacked the entire project.

A progress report that is in the possession of this publication shows that work is already underway but the other part to the contract expressed shock on the fact that the project is being carried out without its participation.

“Notwithstanding, it is astounding that Setheo is still reflected as party to the project,” said a Setheo representative.

He also said: “I can also confirm that it was a mandatory requirement that the provider of contracting services needed to have the correct CIDB grading which LTE does not possess. It is, therefore, that LTE can purport to be the principal driver of what is a refurbishment project as a consulting company.”

The comments by the other contracting party shows that LTE is now solely providing both consulting and contracting services with parties who were not part of the bidding process.

When asked whether he was aware of the fact that although the contract was awarded to a joint venture arrangement involving two legal entities and yet the implementation of the project has been done under the sole direction of LTE, Mayor Masina said:

“If you want to ask anything about projects in the City, you call the City Manager. I run politics in Ekurhuleni and not projects, so I don’t know anything about projects. Contact the City Manager.

I am not involved in anything and I don’t understand what are personal relationships has to do with Ekurhuleni. If you want to know anything about projects of the City, the City Manager is there, the CFO is there.”

Mr. Majola is widely known as a donor to ANC, the ruling party but the Mayor boldly distanced himself from such knowledge by saying: “Secondly I’m not elected as Treasurer, you can call the ANC person responsible for fundraising to check if they have donation from Mr Majola and LTE.”

This paper then clarified to Mayor Masina that the point of seeking a comment on his personal relationship with Mr Majola is based on various media reports of Mr Majola’s use of political connectedness to win tenders in exchange for donations to political parties.

With respect to the investigations on whether LTE managed to hijack the contract through any close personal relationship with Ekurhuleni politicians, the Mayor said “I have no personal relationship with Mr Majola nor I have any knowledge of his contracts in the city.  All other stories abt his dealing I advise you to talk to him directly as I’m not involved.”

LTE is said to have been paid a substantial amount estimated at over R100 million on this project by the City of Erkhuruleni.

Against a backdrop of state capture allegations in which politicians have been fingered for actively interfering with public procurement processes, he said: “I’ve told you categorically that no politician including myself is involved in tenders hence I told you to speak to CM or CFO.”

He further highlighted that LTE started working with the City since 2010 and questioned whether this paper had asked previous mayors to respond on such relationships as well.

According to the Ekurhuleni website, “the Executive Mayor is at the centre of the system of governance since executive powers are vested in him by the council to manage the daily affairs of the city.

This means that he has overarching strategic and political responsibility. The legislative arm of the council has oversight over business of the executive.

The Executive Mayor has the responsibility of appointing a Leader of Government business and to sub delegate powers and responsibilities to the MMCs who are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the heads of departments for which they are responsible.

Over and above these responsibilities, the Executive Mayor also establishes Mayoral Committee Clusters”https://www.ekurhuleni.gov.za/council/council.html

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Picture Moments: Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame and The Re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s Book, When Minds Meet

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Mr Mutumwa Mawere, Mr Jagjit Singh and Dr Ladislas Agbesi

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Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021

04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021. Music and belly dancing kept attendees in the good mood.

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Pan Africa Business Forum President, Dr Ladislas Agbesi to Grace the Banking on Africa’s Future Induction Ceremony and Mutumwa Mawere’s Book Launch at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton

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Dr Ladislas Agbesi, Pan Africa Business Forum President

Brian Kazungu, 03/05/2021

Pan Africa Business Forum President (PABF) and Lash Consult Investments Chairman, Dr Ladislas Agbesi will be the Guest of Honour at the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, today.

The event, a collaborative initiative between Banking on Africa’s Future, Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society will be held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in this evening.

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In his pre-event statement, Dr Agbesi said “I am very humbled to join in the journey of greatness of people in the African Continent. When we are together and God is with us, no one will be against us”.

His organisation, the Pan Africa Business Forum is a multi-lateral, private sector driven organisation founded by a group of statesmen and new generation of entrepreneurs from several African countries who share a vision of Africa’s renaissance.

It operations are premised on the acceleration of socio-economic development of the African continent through a combination of carefully considered programmes and projects developed by Africans locally in collaboration with development partners outside the continent.

Banking on Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points of Light project resonates with the Pan Africa Business Forum’s Mission Statement which is “to empower current and future African generations through policy reforms and skills development with funding support from the business community by way of growth initiatives and social responsibility”.

The 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony which coincides with the re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s book ‘When Minds Meet’ is dedicated to celebrate and honor individuals who are recognized as shining examples since their efforts are helping to raise the African continent’s flag high.

Among the people to be inducted as light bearers because their work strategically positions Africa to reclaim its long lost glory are entertainment industry business mogul, Mr Frank Mohapi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink Studios situated in the Johannesburg CBD.

Cake Hier, Founding CEO, Ms. Neethu Lutchman, Siyazama Commodities and African Union Logistics Founding Director, Mr. Ravi Nadesan and Induction Foundry Technologies, Managing Director, Mr. Shaniel will also be inducted for the great work they are doing in their respective industries.

At the same event, businessman and author Mutumwa Mawere will be re-launching his book, , When Minds Meet, a literary masterpiece which touches on critical issues that must be considered for the African continent to deliver the promise of a better life to its citizens.

His book is a collection of articles that he wrote for various news publications on issues that are meant to form part of the conversations among Africans towards a better continent is a mind opening piece of literature on the realities that are prevailing in the continent.

Event host, The Royal India Restaurant is a high-end hospitality establishment located in what is known as the richest square mile in Africa – Sandton, Johannesburg.

It is a popular venue for special events because of its executive ambience and special Northern Indian cuisines plus it is also a favorite spot for movie productions, with SABC1 telenova, Family Secret being among some entertainment shows that are done in this elegant environment.

Oriental Fire Group Belly Dancers will provide the entertainment.

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JJ Singh Appreciation Day Videos and Pictures

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JJ (second from left) with friends

Brian Kazungu 19/04/2021

Recently, Africa Heritage Society declared the 4th of April as the JJ Singh Appreciation Day in honor of Mr Jagjit Singh, the ‘Punjab Boy’, a South African businessman, humanitarian and socialite who has been described as a royal man with a heart of gold.

The day which coincides with his birthday was an emotional encounter filled with pomp, funfair, civility, diversity and excellence.

Clad in elegant fashions, people from different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds including family, friends and business associates gathered at The Royal India Restaurant to celebrate Singh’s life of purpose which is characterized by tenacity, determination and courage.

Good music and some belly dancing spiced the mood in the serene Sandton area of Johannesburg which is regarded as the richest square mile in Africa.

Singh was showered with messages of honour and appreciation by notable and prominent figures in South Africa.

The event was organised by the fun loving and creative team called Birthday Club South Africa (BCLUBSA) in partnership with BMW Fast Track Racing, C2C and MTown Sherriff.

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