Township wars — the myth and mayhem
CARWASH owner Nathi Mbatha says it is a “sad thing” that both government and fellow South Africans are “quick to refer to us as cry babies and incompetent business people” outclassed by foreigners who are simply working harder.
Mr Mbatha, who works in Merebank, a low-income area in KwaZulu-Natal, was speaking to Business Times in the grim aftermath of the looting spree that rippled through Soweto and other townships, devastating a number of foreign-run shops and leaving five people dead — including a baby.
The authorities have focused on this key question: was this the first wave of a new round of xenophobic attacks, or simply criminal opportunism?
NASVI to host Street Food Festival in 2015
After the success of the National Street Food festival in 2014, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) will be hosting another Street Food Festival this year. This will take place on February 27, 28 up until the 1st of March 2015 at Baba Kharak Singh Marg.
NASVI recently hosted workshops to train street food vendors on hygiene. Their training also included various aspects of food preservation techniques. Feedback from vendors, were that the workshops helped them a lot, as it also attracts customers who see them serving food with gloves and aprons as it is about quality and service.
Flash Floods continue to create havoc in Malawi
Government statistics show that 176 people have died (with an unknown number still missing). There are over six hundred thousand people affected by the floods in the country because of the week - long torrential rains. The death count is expected to rise as more bodies are found.
Those affected are devastated as they lost their homes. Phalombe, a southern district and one of the worst affected had more than 20,000 houses destroyed, and some areas were submerged beneath 2.5m of water. There is a concern for Cholera because of lack of clean water supplies. It was also noted the increasing number of mosquitoes being attracted to the still water and the worry of malaria as people are forced to sleep outside due to limited shelters.