Bob’s Weekend Paper Wrap – 15 November 2015
All newspapers covered the Paris tragedy as content extensively. The city of love was turned into the city of blood by those consumed by hate and vengeance. Also in the papers was a somewhat damning report on the performance of former MTN CEO Sfiso Dabengwa, as seen in the Business section of The Sunday Times, filling Phuthuma Nhleko’s shoes was reportedly his Achilles heels. Also making weekend papers – the ANC KZN fallout; Oscar seen for the first time since his release; Riah Phiyega cruising for a bruising and a sad, shocking story of abuse bruises in the case of Graca Machel’s daughter. The Bafana win made the sports pages and what a good and convincing win it was – I have never seen Bra Shakes with such a broad smile; more often than not, his critics and the Bafana performance have him shaking in his boots.
Today’s newspaper wrap though has a bit of hope and positivity – two stories to be more exact, and the first one is in the Business section of the Sunday Times. Two Executive Directors of building material group Distribution and Warehousing Network, or Dawn, have made corporate history by agreeing to; wait for it…pay back some of the multimillion rand bonuses they were given. Delve deeper into the story, and you will realize that indeed there has been a 2.4% decline in profit margin in the past 12 months at the company but still, this is a sober and unprecedented move from CEO Derek Tod and CFO Dries Ferreira – Bravo to both of them, they should have a chat with SAFA officials – if you know what I mean.
And finally, a good story coming out of Mitchells Plain on the Cape flats. The City Press tells the story of Zulpha Bredeveldt and Sharifa Fisher. We all know the gang violence, squalor, poverty and unemployment that is rampant in that part of the DA run province of the Western Cape but all that hasn’t deterred these Super heroes who amongst many good and Godly deeds, go door to door every morning to wake children, in their neighbourhood, feed them breakfast and help them wash and dress. Their organisation is called “Women For Change” and they have had the likes of Marc Lottering donating to the tune of R30 000 for their cause. it almost always takes a woman or a mother doesn’t it?!