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The angry municipal employees to their protest to a level compared to destruction as spoiled East London with garbage exchange and burn’s bins. As of half past four earlier this evening, metro employees warm down from Quigney up to Oxford Street in pursuit of their salaries back-paid two levels up from May 2011 from the date the municipality assumed the metro status.

Over the few weeks, things have been so difficult for the metro just after reeling from a water crisis that affected businesses and households in the city. Commuters are faced with traffic jams and road blocks from main entrants and exits while authorities tried to maintain the issue. We are hoping that this disrepute between the union and the municipality can be resolved soon. More information will be released as soon as we get an update from the unions. If you happen to get a tip-off you can send us information to: editor@beatmagazinesa.co.za

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They say time promotes, upholds, and most importantly tells who was in it for popularity, long haul or who in actual fact responded to his calling and purpose in life. The work that Bandile Magibili has engaged himself in all these years (spanning over a decade) proves beyond a shadow of a doubt his work is purely vocational.

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Born in the hills and valleys of Sterkspruit on the fringes of the Eastern Cape Bandile has proven to be a rose rising and growing from a rock. He is counted amongst the giants in the province who continually redefines the outlook of the province visual (art) and otherwise. He is a complete artist whose work most notable spreads from visual communication, a self-published author, a poet and an event co-coordinator.

Through his efforts and platforms he has provided a stage for the likes of Zahara, Yahkeem, Lebo Mashile, Mak Manaka, Ntsiki Mazwai and other notable South African uncontainable talents. Through the work that he has begun with 2 B Black a highly critical and sharp book-artwork that seeks to articulate a life of a marginalized art practitioner who has his work displayed everywhere yet remains an ostracized layman by the name of Hastings Mqhayi, he continues to engage with the diaspora.

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Magibili presented lectures in England and now he just represented the Eastern Cape in Amsterdam at the Annual Festival Voor Het Afrikaans which took place on the 8 April – 10 April. His accommodation and flights were respectively sponsored by the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC) and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality with Joe Gqabi District Municipality funding in country expenses such as meals and transportation in Amsterdam.

Magibili expressed himself by saying – “now, that so many government institutions have supported me on my trip. I know that they are aware of my exceptional talents and skills as a result I am sure that my artistic image will be able to assist growth and development particularly in youth”. He further explain that Dutch welcomed with warm arms during his stay in Netherlands.

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By the time we had the conversation with Mr Magibili he was on his way back to the country expected to land in South Africa this coming weekend. It is never too late to support local artists by buying their merchandise, music and most importantly purchasing tickets to their shows. Make your contribution today.

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South Africa will be celebrating the 22nd Freedom day next month on the 27th. According to the Bill of Rights, everyone is entitled to education, shelter amongst others. As today the country is celebrating Human Rights Day do you feel free after 22 years of democracy?

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What are your views towards freedom as well as the democracy? Do you foresee any change?

Share your views with us at: editor@beatmagazinesa.co.za or via our social media pages.

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South Africa is a developing country and many citizens depend on public transport to get around every day. South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) confirmed in 2013 that approximately 15-million people rely on taxis for daily transport.

It can be safely said that transportation plays a huge role in our everyday lives and whether you do have your own car or you do not, you still need transport because most of our daily activities need to take place outside our homes and thus; you need to use transport. In the Eastern Cape alone transportation affects private businesses, educational institutions, and health care services. Unfortunately, not everyone has a car of their own, so public transport is the only way to go.

It is impossible to walk from Mdantsane and go to work to Beacon Bay, East London; you’re expected to make it on time at work and without transportation that will never be possible. However, like any other existing thing, public transport also has its own advantages and disadvantages; BEATMagazineSA researches.

According to street interviews conducted by the BEATMagazineSA, 3 out of 10 commuters think public transport is efficient; they place emphasis on the low costs they pay, saying that it is cheaper than owning your own vehicle. People explain that you can go to town and back with only R20 around East London; they say it is helpful because it wouldn’t be possible to get to work, school or even run their businesses without the help of public transport.

“I think public transport is efficient, I get to pay less costs”, said one of the interviewees. Meanwhile the other 7 individuals believe public transport is not efficient, arguing that it is time consuming and there are many road deaths reported that include reckless driving by public transport drivers. These individuals also stress the issue of amaphela (meter taxis), saying they don’t respect passengers’ time; they go round and round before they take you to our destination.

It is argued that public transport is not good when you’re in a hurry because you might just spend the whole day touring the city while sitting in a taxi. “Public transport uses its own pace, you can sit in a taxi the whole day waiting for it to get full”, another interviewee said.

An article by Mail & Gurdian published in 2013 highlights that, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations report released in 2012, the minibus taxi death rate was 27 deaths per 10 000 vehicles and three times higher than the nine deaths per 10 000 for motor cars. It continued and said 59% of drivers killed in road accidents were under the influence of alcohol.

“Public transport makes it difficult to get to school, work on time and many road accidents are caused by reckless taxi drivers”, another source expressed.

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South Africa is a developing country and many citizens depend on public transport to get around every day. South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) confirmed in 2013 that approximately 15-million people rely on taxis for daily transport. It can be safely said that transportation plays a huge role in our everyday lives and whether you do have your own car or you do not, you still need transport because most of our daily activities need to take place outside our homes and thus; you need to use transport.

In the Eastern Cape alone transportation affects private businesses, educational institutions, and health care services. Unfortunately, not everyone has a car of their own, so public transport is the only way to go.

In your own city, town or location how is the transportation system?

Please help us understand the situation by sending us your views on public transport by doing the following:

Tweet us @BEATMagazineSA use the hashtag #PublicTransport then your views.

Write on our Facebook Page: BEATMagazine – The Heartbeat of the Eastern Cape and use the hashtag #PublicTransport then your comment.

Also write to us at: editor@beatmagazinesa.co.za and write #PublicTransport as your subject.

The full article will be featured next week Thursday with all views discussed and analysed to gauge better understanding of the state of public transportation systems.

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The ever increasing unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape has taken a hike once again.

A report compiled by the Eastern Cape Socio Economic Council (ECSECC) in quarter one of 2015 shows an increase in unemployment with 43.2% as compared to last year and more than 425 00 discouraged job seekers who gave up in finding employment. ECSECC shows exactly that most of the population is employed in the public sector as compared to private with about 28.4% of the population contributing to community services.

  This opens a call for entrepreneurship and alternative ways of employment to create more jobs such as the emergence of agriculture, events and tourism among other means of creating opportunities. The situation is getting worse as graduates are unemployed within the province or work long hours and receive an amount next to nothing. This is a condition that stresses Eastern Cape citizens as a result they leave the province to find opportunities in other provinces to earn a living.

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The province of the Eastern Cape is rated number three with 43.2% of unemployment rate according to the expanded definition in South Africa and about 2 168 000 people are not actively involved in economic development of the province of which a high percentage of those employed work for the public sector if not in the informal sector.

Unemployment in the Eastern Cape has become a sad reality to many frustrated graduates who end-up contributing to the high employment rate every year with their skills and knowledge.

Does this mean the Eastern Cape government cannot take care of its people or people are too comfortable or scared to start their own businesses?