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Poloko Tau

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About Poloko
Poloko Tau is a journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has worked for The Star(Johannesburg-based national daily newspaper), City Press(Johannesburg-based Sunday newspaper) as well as the Sunday Times(also a national Sunday newspaper) in the past 15 years of his career as a journalist  covering beats from crime, politics, labour, investigations and very strong in feature writing.
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Power struggle to rule the Bakgatla

23 Jan 2022  |  www.news24.com
A legal challenge has been launched against the recognition of Chief Kgafela Kgafela II as the senior traditional leader of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela tribe, which spans Botswana and South Africa. This follows the Baloyi commission of inquiry's report, which affirmed Chief Kgafela II's authority to appoint the chief in Moruleng.

Ian Khama ‘fears for life’

27 Nov 2021  |  news24.com
Former Botswana President Ian Khama, currently in South Africa, expresses fear for his life, alleging that powerful individuals in Botswana plan to incarcerate him and orchestrate his mysterious death in jail. He claims the recent raids on his properties by Botswana's Directorate of Intelligence and Security are part of ongoing harassment.

SA will not rush into new debt

06 Nov 2021  |  news24.com
At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, South Africa's Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy stated that the country will not rush into new debt, emphasizing the importance of justice for workers in the coal sector and mining communities.

North West municipality allegedly replaced highly qualified employees with matriculants

26 Oct 2021  |  news24.com
A North West municipality in South Africa is accused of replacing highly qualified employees with individuals who only have a grade 11 or 12 certificate and lack relevant experience or skills. The union claims to have documents proving these allegations.

COP26: SA to call for developed countries to financially help with climate crisis

24 Oct 2021  |  www.news24.com
COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, will gather countries worldwide for two weeks to discuss strategies to mitigate the climate emergency, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. South Africa plans to advocate for financial assistance from developed countries to address the climate crisis.

The Rustenburg blame game: Residents complain of poor service delivery, mayor blames community

16 Oct 2021  |  www.news24.com
Rustenburg faces service delivery challenges, including a non-operational R3.3 billion Rustenburg Rapid Transport system and aging water and sanitation infrastructure. Residents of Tlhabane township experience water-logged potholes and illegal dumping sites. Outgoing Mayor Mpho Khunou acknowledges the issues but blames the community for not cooperating and maintaining public infrastructure. The RRT project is delayed due to compensation disputes with taxi operators. The municipality has invested in infrastructure, but problems persist, with residents like Margaret Lebese struggling with repeated pipe bursts.

Get ready for unusual weather and extreme heat

03 Oct 2021  |  news24.com
The Centre for Environmental Rights has commissioned two reports on the climate crisis, indicating that future generations will face severe impacts from climate change, including unusual weather and extreme heat.

Twice suspended HPCSA CEO Motau preparing to challenge health minister in court

27 Aug 2021  |  news24.com
Dr David Motau, the CEO and registrar of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), is preparing to file an urgent court application to contest his second suspension by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla. The suspension comes shortly after the reversal of Motau's initial suspension.

SA must do something now to avoid the looming water crisis, which could be its worst ever

05 Jun 2021  |  news24.com
On Environment Day, there were calls for interventions to prevent South Africa from facing a severe water crisis due to increasing demand and decreasing supply. The event aimed to raise awareness and promote actions to address ecosystem challenges and prevent a catastrophe.

Sakeliga fights to control municipal funds

05 Jun 2021  |  www.news24.com
Sakeliga, a nonprofit public interest group, is engaged in a legal battle with Eskom to prevent the power utility from cutting electricity in the Musina Local Municipality, arguing that paying customers should not suffer due to the municipality's failure to settle its debts.

Zulu throne succession and testamentary will disputes escalate to the courts

21 May 2021  |  www.news24.com
The succession to the Zulu throne has become a legal matter with Princesses Ntandoyenkosi Zulu and Ntombizosuthu Zulu-Duma challenging the recognition of Prince Misuzulu Zulu as heir. They seek to interdict KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala from recognizing Misuzulu and to prevent President Cyril Ramaphosa from issuing a certificate of recognition. The dispute involves the validity of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's will and the powers of the late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, who named Misuzulu as the next king. The Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to hear the urgent application, with the princesses arguing that the process was not legally compliant and suspecting the will to be fraudulent.

Mokgoro saga: those who want North West premier out now want his job

09 May 2021  |  news24.com
The ongoing bid to remove North West Premier Job Mokgoro has led to those involved in the effort now expressing interest in his position. As Mokgoro navigates the situation to maintain his role, the internal conflicts are inadvertently providing him with time to stay in office.

Mom tells of tragic death of son, 6, who protected her from attacker

27 Mar 2019  |  News24
The article recounts the tragic story of 6-year-old Kutlwano Garesape who was killed while defending his mother, Segomotsi Garesape, from an attempted rape and stabbing by Teselo Dikole in Jan Kempdorp, Northern Cape. Kutlwano fought bravely against the attacker but was ultimately thrown into the air, throttled, and disemboweled. Segomotsi and her older son Thabiso witnessed the horrific event. The family is still grieving the loss of Kutlwano, who is remembered as a loving and protective brother. Thabiso is dealing with trauma and is expected to testify in court. The article ends with a call to action, asking the nation to remember Kutlwano's bravery and suggesting a public response through SMS.

Guptas fleeced the poor for luxury Dubai hospital

27 Mar 2019  |  News24
The article reports on a scheme by the Gupta family to siphon money from South African healthcare funds to finance a luxury hospital in Dubai. The healthcare provider Mediosa, allegedly a front for the Guptas, charged the North West and Free State provinces for patient screening, with a significant portion of the fee going to subcontracted companies in Dubai. These funds were intended to support the Guptas' Dubai Healthcare City project. The plan involved high-ranking officials, including North West health department head Thabo Lekalakala and Premier Supra Mahumapelo. The Hawks are investigating the contracts, and there are allegations of Mediosa receiving tenders without competitive bidding. The article also touches on Mediosa's ties to other companies and individuals linked to the Guptas, including Eskom and the controversial coal supply contract with Gupta-owned Tegeta.

The day the man in the green blanket was killed

17 Aug 2012  |  www.iol.co.za
The article is a personal account by The Star reporter Poloko Tau, reflecting on the events following the police shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August 2012, which resulted in the death of 34 striking mineworkers. The reporter recounts his interaction with one of the miners, identifiable by a green blanket, who was his contact among the strikers. The miner had ominously stated they would rather die than return to work under current conditions. Shortly after, the miner was shot dead by police during a confrontation. The reporter describes the chilling moment of recognizing the lifeless body of his contact and reflects on the miner's role as a leader and spokesperson for the striking workers.

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