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About Wandiswa
Wandiswa Ntengento is a seasoned journalist based in South Africa. Ntengento has extensive experience in working as a broadcast journalist and producer in over 15 African countries. Over the 12 years in the field, she has built up expertise in broadcast, print and online journalism. She has worked at BBC World News across Africa and parts of the US as well as India as a Senior Producer for an Africa business TV programme. She works as a freelance TV Correspondent for Euronews, an France based TV news channel that broadcasts in Africa and Europe. She also works with Agence France-Press as a freelance text reporter covering South Africa. Ntengento has on-air TV reporting experience from one of South Africa's television news channels. Her passion is telling innovative, vibrant and under-reported stories from across Africa.
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English
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Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries
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Business Finance Politics
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21 teenagers die at South African tavern

27 Jun 2023  |  The Mail & Guardian
Over the weekend, 21 teenagers tragically died at the Eyobeni tavern in Scenery Park, East London. The victims, including eight girls and 13 boys, were believed to be celebrating the end of their high school exams. Officials found no visible wounds on the bodies, and autopsies are pending to determine the cause of death, with poisoning being a possibility. Police Minister Bheki Cele and other senior officials visited the scene, expressing deep sorrow. The tavern, located in a residential area, is under scrutiny for not enforcing safety regulations and drinking-age laws. President Cyril Ramaphosa sent condolences and raised concerns about underage access to such venues. The regional liquor licensing agency is considering revoking the tavern's license and possibly pressing criminal charges against the owner for selling alcohol to minors. The incident has sparked a debate on the regulation of liquor licenses in the area.

South Africa: Ex-Convicts face joblessness

19 May 2023  |  www.africanews.com
In South Africa, ex-offenders struggle to find employment due to their criminal records, despite acquiring skills such as artisanry. Criminologist Africa Monyai suggests that the government should incentivize companies to hire ex-offenders by offering tax breaks, similar to the model in the US. Former inmate Robert Molefe, who found employment after release, highlights the difficulty of waiting ten years to clear one's criminal record. Professor Victor Chikadzi's study indicates a high reoffending rate of 80% to 94% among released prisoners, partly due to job market ostracization.

Durban espère que sa nouvelle infrastructure portuaire attirera davantage de touristes dans la ville sud-africaine

06 Apr 2023  |  euronews
Durban, a city in South Africa, is aiming to attract more tourists through its new international terminal and a $5 billion port expansion plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The expansion, which includes the development of Durban Bay waterfront with luxury hotels and other attractions, is expected to boost the local economy and strengthen the South African rand. Durban Tourism and KwaZulu Natal’s tourism department anticipate an increase in tourist arrivals, with 1.2 million visitors expected in April and three cruises bringing over 2,000 visitors each. The region saw significant economic benefits from tourism in December 2022, and the new infrastructure is hoped to further capitalize on the growing global cruise tourism market.

South Africa's energy crisis hits funeral homes hard

25 Jan 2023  |  www.africanews.com
South Africa's funeral parlour industry is under strain from the country's electricity blackouts, with mortuaries incurring additional costs to maintain cold room temperatures. The South African Chamber of Undertakers reports that parlours are spending about $40 per day on generator power, and the chairman, Nhlanhla Bembe, suggests government subsidies are needed for diesel costs. Leon Matshiza, founder of Ndoda Funeral Services in Johannesburg, notes increased spending on embalming services to prevent decomposition during long blackouts. Citizens express concerns over decaying remains and suggest shortening the burial process. The industry standard of keeping remains below minus five degrees Celsius is becoming unattainable for parlours lacking generators.

South African innovator manufactures off-road wheelchairs

12 Dec 2022  |  Africanews
Ernest Mongezi Majenge, also known as the wheelchair doctor, is an entrepreneur in South Africa who has developed an innovative wheelchair that is stair-friendly and suitable for off-road use. By refurbishing old wheelchairs and modifying the wheels, Majenge has created a mobility product that can switch between star wheels for stairs and normal wheels for flat surfaces. His invention has gained international attention, with orders already coming in from France. Majenge's company, 911 The Wheelchair Doctor, aims to manufacture 10,000 wheelchairs within a year. Despite the progress, the cost of wheelchairs remains a concern for both manufacturers and consumers, as expressed by Ari Seirlis of the QuadPara Association. Majenge believes there is a significant market for affordable, high-quality wheelchairs.

Lowering prosthetic costs through 3D technology

25 Nov 2022  |  www.africanews.com
Globally, 65 million people live with limb amputations, with prosthetics often being unaffordable in South Africa. Sibongile Mongadi founded Ukuhamba Prosthetics to create low-cost prosthetic limbs using 3D technology and recycled materials. Despite challenges like South Africa's energy crisis, there is optimism for the future of prosthetics with high-tech features. A McKinsey report suggests that prosthetic innovation will significantly improve global health by 2040.

South Africa seeks clues after 21 teens die in packed bar

27 Jun 2022  |  modernghana.com
In East London, South Africa, 21 teenagers died under mysterious circumstances at Enyobeni Tavern, with officials ruling out a stampede. The victims, some as young as 13, showed no visible signs of injury, leading to speculation of possible poisoning through ingestion or inhalation. Survivors reported a suffocating smell and difficulty breathing. Autopsies and forensic analysis are underway, and special investigators from Pretoria have been dispatched. Safety regulations and drinking-age laws are often unenforced in township taverns. President Cyril Ramaphosa and others have expressed concern, and a prayer service was held for the victims.

South African police search bar for clues after 21 teens die

27 Jun 2022  |  Modern Ghana
South African police are investigating a tavern in East London township after 21 teenagers, some as young as 13, died under mysterious circumstances. The victims, thought to be students celebrating their high-school exams, showed no visible signs of injury, leading to speculation of poisoning. Survivor Sinovuyo Monyane described a suffocating smell and difficulty escaping the crowded venue. Autopsies and forensic tests are underway, with President Cyril Ramaphosa and African Union Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat expressing concern and condolences.

The police are looking for clues while waiting for autopsies

27 Jun 2022  |  www.lapresse.ca
South Africa faces an unprecedented tragedy with the mysterious deaths of 21 youths at a bar in East London. The causes remain unknown pending autopsy and toxicology results. The incident has sparked criticism over minors' access to alcohol, with authorities investigating potential causes such as alcohol overconsumption or inhalation of toxic substances. Survivors describe a chaotic scene with a strong odor resembling pepper spray. The tragedy has led to emotional reactions from officials and calls for stricter enforcement of alcohol laws in informal bars.

Police Investigate Deaths Of 21 Teenagers At S. African Tavern

26 Jun 2022  |  ibtimes.com
Twenty-one teenagers died at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, after a night out, with officials fearing underage drinking as a possible cause. The victims, including eight girls and 13 boys, were thought to be celebrating the end of high-school exams. No visible wounds were found, and autopsies are pending to determine if poisoning occurred. Police Minister Bheki Cele and other officials responded to the scene, while President Cyril Ramaphosa sent condolences from the G7 summit. The tavern's owner, Siyakhangela Ndevu, described the event as unexpected, and the regional liquor licensing agency is considering revoking the tavern's license for selling alcohol to minors.

20 people die in South African pub, cause unclear

26 Jun 2022  |  modernghana.com
At least 20 young people died at Enyobeni Tavern, a pub in East London, South Africa, with the cause of death still unclear. Provincial government officials, including Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe and Oscar Mabuyane, have responded to the scene. Safety regulations in such township pubs are rarely enforced. The victims were aged between 18 and 20, with some possibly as young as 15. A stampede has been ruled out, and forensic investigators are testing for possible poisoning. The pub was overcrowded, and many victims were students celebrating after exams. Parents and onlookers gathered outside, seeking information about their children.

Police Investigate Deaths Of 21 Teenagers At S. African Tavern

26 Jun 2022  |  International Business Times
At least 21 teenagers died at a tavern in Scenery Park, South Africa, with the cause of death still unclear. Officials suspect under-age drinking may be involved. The provincial government reported that 17 died at the scene and the rest in hospital. Police Minister Bheki Cele and President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed their grief and concern. The authorities are considering revising liquor licensing regulations. The tavern's owner, Siyakhangela Ndevu, mentioned overcrowding issues, while safety officials ruled out a stampede. The regional liquor licensing agency is contemplating revoking the tavern's license and pressing charges.

South Africa concerned over sale of bogus auto parts

12 Jun 2022  |  www.africanews.com
South Africa's automotive industry is grappling with an influx of counterfeit auto parts, primarily from China, posing significant economic and safety risks. The South African police recently seized fake vehicle bearings worth nearly 200 million USD. Experts warn that these bogus parts can be life-threatening. Fixxr, a mobile mechanic repair start-up, aims to guide consumers towards accredited parts suppliers. The Tyre Equipment and Parts Association is working on a whistle-blower hotline to report illicit activities. Despite efforts, the counterfeit market persists due to economic challenges and consumer affordability issues.

South Africans rely on Wifi hotspots amid high cost of data

30 Nov 2021  |  www.africanews.com
South Africa's high cost of mobile services, including data and voice calls, is among the highest in the world, indicating a distorted and uncompetitive market. The country has four major players in the mobile telecommunications industry. Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa of the Alliance for Affordable Internet advocates for affordable internet as a basic human right. Despite the 'data must fall' campaign and the Competition Commission's ruling to slash data prices by up to 50%, South Africans still find internet access expensive and rely on Wifi hotspots, such as those provided by local schools. The World Bank estimates that Africa will need an investment of 100 billion US dollars to provide internet access to every citizen by 2030.

South Africans rely on Wifi hotspots amid high cost of data

30 Nov 2021  |  www.africanews.com
South Africa's high cost of mobile services, including data and voice calls, is among the highest in the world, indicating a distorted and uncompetitive market. The country has four major players in the mobile telecommunications industry. Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa of the Alliance for Affordable Internet advocates for affordable internet as a basic human right. Despite the 'data must fall' campaign and the Competition Commission's ruling to slash data prices by up to 50%, South Africans still find internet access expensive and rely on Wifi hotspots, such as those provided by local schools. The World Bank estimates that Africa will need an investment of 100 billion US dollars to provide internet access to every citizen by 2030.

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