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Pretoria — The search for a 13-year-old girl, who had been reported missing, has been found alive at Park Station at the weekend, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS).
"A search for a 13-year-old girl, reported missing at the Johannesburg Central police station, has been discontinued after she was found by her cousin at Park Station yesterday afternoon [Saturday]. At this stage it is unknown as to what was her state of health when she was found but it is believed that social workers will deal with the matter," the SAPS said on Sunday.
It was reported that teenager's stepfather phoned into a radio station saying police had ignored calls to find her. The stepfather has allegedly claimed that his pleas had been ignored at the Johannesburg Central police station when he reported her missing.
On Sunday, police said all available resources had been used to search for her.
The SAPS said allegations made against the police that they were reluctant to assist when her parents reported the matter are part of an internal investigation that is continuing to establish the conduct of its members when dealing with the members of the community.
The SAPS provincial Commissioner of Gauteng Lieutenant General Deliwe De Lange has expressed concern about the attitude of members who fail to abide by the police's Code of Conduct.
"Police members must render a responsible and effective service of a high quality which is accessible to every person," said Commissioner De Lange.
Meanwhile, police and other law enforcement agencies in co-operation with the City of Johannesburg will continue with operations aimed at rooting out criminal elements in the inner city, especially in abandoned buildings claimed to be hiding places for criminals.
"Any information received from the members of the community will be followed up without any delay," said police, who also thanked law-abiding members of the community who continue to co-operate with the police.
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Name: Genevieve Fernandes
Height: 1,54 m
Competition weight: 45-50 kgs
Current weight: 56 kgs
Current city: Gauteng, South Africa
Occupation: Personal Trainer at Bodytec/ Personal Assistant / Online Training and Diets
What made you get started with training? Has it always been a part of your life?
I have trained most of my life, just to keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, nothing as serious as competing, but I have always enjoyed it.
I found it to be a great stress reliever and a place to just be me and have my own time.
How long was it from when you started training in the gym to competing in your first show?
About 6/7 years of training before I decided that I wanted to step on stage.
What made you enter?
I had always admired fitness athletes, but I was seriously shy and never thought I was capable. Eventually someone convinced me, and me being who I am, not giving up on a challenge, decided it was time. The bug has bitten and I love being on stage.
What do you most enjoy about preparing for a competition and about the competition itself?
The journey to stage is amazing. I love seeing my body change from strength to strength, and as the show gets closer, the daily changes. I also love the challenges that come while preparing, and the motivation you find in overcoming them.
The competition itself for me is the most exciting part, I love the tan, the make up, the bikini as well as the lovely people you get to meet backstage. I love being on stage, it truly satisfies my soul.
They say if it sets your soul on fire, you have found where you belong. It took me a while but I finally found it.
Do you ever have to deal with negativity from other women in the gym regarding the ‘fitness’ sport and your involvement in it?
Never ever, which I am really happy about. I have gotten the odd look here and there, but I pay no attention.
Do you have any techniques or specific habits that you do in order to keep focused and motivated?
Truly speaking, I just envision the end goal and ask myself if my competition would be slacking or straying from their diets and that puts a lot into perspective for me.
I also surround myself with like mined people who are able to give me a pep talk when I need it or just give me that extra push. I find it easier to keep focused around people who share the same goals.
Is it difficult being motivated some times?
YES! There are times where you want to sleep in or just eat the wrong food, or just have lunches with friends like others do. At the end of the day I am only human. That being said I have fallen one too many times to lose track of my motivation.
What are your future plans?
Fitness being my passion, I would like for the company I am partnered in called Studio Pink to take off.
Helping people achieve their goals and change their lives as mine was once changed is my ultimate goal.
The platform in which we are working on is one that can do that and I am very excited for that growth.
On the competition side, my goal ultimately is to make IFBB Worlds and I don’t plan on stopping until I have accomplished all that I have set out to accomplish… Yes yes, it’s a BIG dream, but they say you gotta dream big …. Right?
Take us through an average day of yours:
- I wake up at 4.30/5 am, eat breakfast and go to work at Bodytec.
- I finish work at 10/11 am and come home and do some work and some studies.
- I train at 3 pm to about 4.30 pm.
- Twice a week I have boxing so that takes place at 5 pm.
- I come home eat and get some rest, or do some more studies.
- I am normally asleep at about 9 pm.
What are your top Nutrition tips for losing fat?
Fat loss is all diet based. You can train all you like, but if you are over eating / under eating or loving the sweet aisle it will never happen.
- So, I would say eat 6 small HEALTHY and BALANCED meals a day.
- Stay away from sugar, bad carbs like bread, pasta etc.
- Avoid gassy drinks.
- Lastly, get a diet that’s suited for your body type and goals.
What supplements do you use and think are necessary for a beginner?
Vitamins, Omega 3, CLA. I use Prosupps L Carnitine, Hydro BCAA and Whey Protein which I think are very important for any beginner.
What are your top tips for the ladies looking to actually gain some quality muscle? Is it a hard process?
Eat carbs! Carbs are not the enemy.
Don’t be afraid to lift heavy, you are not going to end up looking like a man, as I know this is what most women fear.
I have never really battled in gaining muscle but if it is not done right it can be a task.
Give us a brief description of your philosophy on your training?
My current training schedule is a lot of volume training working up to max reps, as well as some HIIT training. I workout for about 1 hr 30 minutes a day.
What are your essentials that are always in your gym bag?
Earphones, shaker, Prosupps HydroBCAA, training gloves, lip ice, my gym card and a towel.
Do you have any fit fashion tips for the ladies or any specific gym fashion trends that you love?
And for the guys?
Yesss! Nothing better then a guy in shape in tights and a vest… jusssstt saying.
What are your 3 favourite exercises?
1. Hip Thrusts
Great to build the booty, which I love trying to do.
I love the burn. Great for capping the shoulders.
Another great one to build the booty.
Which body part is your favourite to train and what are some of your trips to training it?
Legs by far… I love love legs.
- Go heavy, do not be scared of the weight.
- Use some explosive training in between heavy weights.
- Don’t be afraid of the burn, learn to embrace it.
- Do more then one leg session a week. Legs are normally a weak point for women. WORK THEM!
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What other forms of exercise do you enjoy and incorporate if any?
Favorite female fitness icon(s):
- Anita Herbert
- Paige Hatheway
- Michelle Lewin
- Andreia Brazier
- Bella Falconi
“Your only limit is you!”
What is the most common question you get asked?
- Q: What do I get if you win a show?
- A: Self gratitude, confidence, pure joy knowing that I am doing what I love for nobody else but me, and even with no win, no trophy can ever explain the rush of happiness this journey brings me every single day.
What competitions have you competed in?
2015 | ALL IFBB
- SSN Team Universe
- Gauteng Central Provincials | Fitness Bikini u163 | 1st
- SA Champs | Top 10
2016 | ALL IFBB
- Millenium Gold Plate | Top 10
- Arnold Classic Africa
- Super Summer Bodies | Top 10
- Elite Athlete Extravaganza
Where can people get hold of you?
- Instagram: genevievefernandes
- Facebook: Genevieve Fernandes
- Email: genevieve[at]studiopink.co.za
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analysisBy Liesl Louw-Vaudran
South Africa has been accused of 'sabotaging' Morocco's commercial interests in Africa by seizing a vessel carrying phosphate mined by Morocco in Western Sahara.
According to Moroccan media reports the legal action against the 'NM Cherry Blossom', seized on its way to New Zealand with 55 000 tons of phosphate on board earlier this month, is seen as a reaction to Morocco's recent economic and diplomatic successes on the continent. Morocco was re-admitted to the African Union (AU) in January this year and has concluded business deals with several countries on the continent - notably involving fertiliser plants using Moroccan phosphate.
However, despite the fact that South Africa is one of the staunchest supporters of Western Sahara and has vowed to fight for independence for the territory, the case may have very little to do with any concerted anti-Morocco diplomacy on the part of South Africa.
Instead, it is the culmination of a long global campaign by the Polisario Front, the independence movement for Western Sahara, to declare exports from the disputed territory illegal. The court case on the matter, to be heard on 18 May, could set a legal precedent that would have an important impact on the status of Western Sahara.
The NM Cherry Blossom was seized in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape following a maritime court order obtained by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Polisario Front on 1 May. Legal experts say the case is the first of its kind in South Africa.
The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation is cited as a respondent in the case since South Africa has recognised the SADR that claims the Western Sahara. The argument before the court is that the cargo is illegal since it was not authorised by the SADR. A Daily Maverick article by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane calling for an end to the exploitation of the resources of Western Sahara is also cited in the court documents.
The case follows an earlier judgment by the European Court of Justice in December last year declaring that Moroccan exports to the European Union (EU) from Western Sahara could not benefit from the trade agreements signed by Morocco and the EU.
In court documents the SADR says the 'exploitation of natural resources perpetuates the occupation of Western Sahara and thereby delays its people's self-determination'. Phosphate is a non-renewable resource and will be crucial to ensure the viability of the territory once it gets its independence, argues the SADR.
Supporters of the Sahrawi cause have in fact been campaigning for some time against the trade in phosphate coming from Western Sahara and have repeatedly alerted the New Zealand-based fertiliser company that these exports are questionable under international law.
In the past, these exports were mostly transported through the Suez Canal and not around the southern tip of Africa. This time though, the vessel was nabbed as it docked in Port Elizabeth with its cargo from the Bou Craa mine in Laayoune, in the northern part of Western Sahara.
In a 91-page document before the court, the ambassador of the SADR in South Africa sets out the historical claim to the former Spanish colony that was taken over by Morocco in the 1970s. Mauritania also claimed a part of southern Western Sahara. At the time, the United Nations (UN) declared it a non-self-governing territory - a status it still holds.
Morocco, however, says it is legally occupying Western Sahara, which it says is historically part of Morocco, dating back to before the period of European colonisation. In reaction to the seizing of the NM Cherry Blossom, Moroccan government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said the mining of the resources of Western Sahara were perfectly legal. He said they were 'exploited in the framework of international law and national sovereignty'.
El Khalfi said the financial benefits of mining the resources of Western Sahara were minimal compared to the investments Morocco had made to promote development in the territory. He said the government was doing everything in its power to promote strong regional development. Morocco has put forward a plan that would ensure a large measure of autonomy for the inhabitants of Western Sahara.
Morocco has also launched a campaign to convince more and more African states of its case against the SADR. In the past few weeks Rabat hosted ministers from Zambia and Malawi - the latest two countries to withdraw recognition of the SADR. If two-thirds of the 55 member states of the AU side with Morocco, it could force a change of the AU Constitutive Act that would allow for the expulsion of the SADR from the AU.
So far, the Polisario Front has rejected Morocco's offer for a federal arrangement.
However, hope has flared up for renewed negotiations to resolve the conflict that has lasted over four decades. The entry of Morocco into the AU and the appointment of new UN Secretary-General António Guterres could be factors that contribute to finding a settlement.
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CAPE TOWN – The reappointment of Brian Molefe to Eskom has drawn censure from multiple sources after its announcement on Friday
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said the appointment was a “joke” and would add to Eskom's leadership woes.
In a media release, the union said Molefe was returning to Eskom “under a cloud” after the State of Capture report by the Public Protector implicated him.
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“This situation is contributing towards making Eskom one of the weakest organisations in terms of leadership. We will await a proper invitation from Eskom so that we can comment appropriately on this joke,” the statement said.
“The NUM would like Eskom to extend its new HR [human resources] policy to its members and other employees who can exercise their right to resign or take early pension voluntarily and later return to their previous position without loss of benefits.”
Last month, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown objected to Eskom’s R30 million pension payout to Molefe.
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The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has called for the sacking of the Eskom board for taking the decision.
In a statement Saftu “demands that the decision to reinstate Molefe must be immediately reversed and that the entire Eskom board be dismissed and that a new democratically accountable board be appointed with representatives from the Eskom workers and communities”.
The board decided to rescind Molefe's application for early retirement because it could not agree with him on “a mutually beneficial pension proposal”.
Saftu said it was “outrageous” that someone facing serious allegations in the report of the former Public Protector can continue to head a vital national enterprise.
Saftu added that it was particularly alarming that Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane, said Molefe’s skills set would assist the power utility as none of its applications for coal purchases had been approved by the Treasury.
“Does this mean that he hopes Molefe will be able to persuade the new Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, to hand over the money for these purchases, which has predecessor did not approve?”
The federation said Molefe’s reinstatement confirmed assertions by the General Secretary of the National Union of Metal Workers Union (Numsa) Irvin Jim, that the problem of cronyism and corruption is even worse.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it wants a full-scale parliamentary inquiry to probe the circumstances leading to, and the reasoning for, the decision.
DA Spokesperson on Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone, said in a statement that the return of Molefe to Eskom would see the Gupta family reclaim their influence over the power utility, and most likely the country’s planned nuclear procurement deal.
“The return of Brian Molefe to Eskom is a monumental disaster for the power utility, which is currently in a dire state of affairs and is surrounded by a swirling cloud of Gupta-linked corruption allegations as a result of Molefe’s tenure,” Mazzone said.
“As such, the DA will write to the Chair of Chairs Cederic Frolick, to ask that the Public Enterprises committee launch a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into Eskom."
“It was clear in the Public Protector’s damning State of Capture Report that Molefe was seriously compromised in his position at Eskom. He, himself, on leaving Eskom cited the interests of corporate good governance as requiring him to leave,” Mazzone said.
“Importantly, the criminal charges that I laid against Molefe still stand and I trust are being actively investigated by the South African Police Service.”
Mazzone said South Africa deserves to know the truth behind the many scandals currently engulfing Eskom.
“It is imperative that Parliament conducts an inquiry as a matter of urgency to ensure that those who are responsible for abuses are held to account – not least, Brian Molefe,” Mazzone said.
“Our lawyers have also been instructed to investigate every angle possible to review this ridiculous and irrational decision.”
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