Prime Time: Gauteng MECs visit family of femicide victim in White City

Prime Time: Gauteng MECs visit family of femicide victim in White City

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Cape Town officials battle effects of severe weather

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The City of Cape Town‘s Disaster Management says technicians are still working to restore electricity in a number of areas across the Cape Metro affected by heavy downpours and flooding.

Trees have been uprooted and power lines damaged in areas including Langa, Parow Valley, Mfuleni and Constantia.

Officials have cleared most roadways and unblocked drains.

The highest recorded rainfall in the City was in Kirstenbosch at 72 millimetres.

The City’s Charlotte Powell says they are still assessing the extent of the damage.

“At this stage, roadways have been cleared and trees have been removed. Community day centres in Ravensmead and Belhar have been flooded and have been referred to nearby communities, electricity has not yet been restored in some areas and technicians are on site.”

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KZN premier lambastes racial attack on Indians

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Willies Mchunu

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has condemned the racial comment making rounds on Facebook, in which the user is inciting violence against the Indian community.

In his comment, the user says Indians should go back to India, or suffer the consequences – making inferences to the recent death of a young girl in a botched hijacking in Chatsworth, south of Durban.

The subsequent outbursts on Facebook have created much racial tensions, to which a local businessman has laid charges.

Mchunu says he will be instructing a team to investigate, so that the user responsible will be charged accordingly.

“Why they are made a soft target I do not know. No Indians who are living in KZN or SA legally can be evicted by a single SMS. We plead with every member of society, ‘let us not bow down to this racial hatred that is displayed by some people. Let us not target the Indian community and make them a soft target for these attacks.’”

Chairperson of the Grey Street Mosque, Ahmed Valley Mohammed, says the Indian community is tired of being the soft target, when it comes to crime. He says he believes prayer is greatly needed in South Africa.

“I cannot justify if this is a trouble or criminal element, but it is on social media, and a message of this nature can turn a wrong signal and message. It will be difficult for our people who are going through a traumatic time of being hijacked, assaulted and robbed… I will pray, because it’s not only a threat, but a racist allegation and something must be done.”

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Zimbabwe’s first-time voters will decide election results

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Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s youth and more specifically the first time voters aged between 18 and 25 are viewed by many analysts as the major deciding factors of who will claim victory on July the 30th.

That’s when the Southern African nation heads to the polls.

The country’s electoral commission says more than a million out of the five and half million registered voters fall in this bracket.

The main opposition MDC, led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa appears to be appealing more and more to this group and has been drawing huge crowds.

Incumbent leader and Zanu PF candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa was quick to target this key constituency as well.

The battle lines for the July 30th polls have been drawn. And it’s now down to serious business for the incumbent.

The President took his campaign to his home province and made it clear that unlike his predecessor he is not taking the country’s youth for granted.

“You are the future. Now, if you are the future, you must be empowered now. For you, to be good leaders of tomorrow you have to be empowered.”

Mnangagwa said his administration aims to be a middle-income country by 2030, prioritising business and economics as well.

It aims to create economic opportunities to empower the youths in all sectors reducing the unemployment rate.

Mnangagwa says, “Within the last five to six months, we have attracted in this country around 16 billion dollars in terms of projects alone and this must go towards the creation of employment, the bringing into the country of technology.”

He further called on the nation to remain patient as his administration rebuilds the country and charts the way forward for the country.

Mnangangwa has promised that his government will ensure free and fair elections.

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Brazilian pair ruled out of Sunday warm-up vs Croatia

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Renato Augusto

Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa will miss Brazil’s World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia in England this weekend due to injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.

Costa will travel with the squad to Liverpool, but will not play in Sunday’s match due to a thigh strain.

However, Renato Augusto, the Beijing Guoan midfielder who has been a regular starter under coach Tite, will stay in London to have physiotherapy on an injured left knee.

Brazil play Croatia at Anfield on Sunday in what will be their penultimate warm-up before heading to Russia.

The five-time World Cup winners also face Austria in Vienna on June 10.

Striker and talisman Neymar, who has not played since injuring his foot in a league match for Paris St Germain back in February, is expected to feature in both games, although reports said he will start on the bench against Croatia.

Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 and also play Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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SABC to rebrand programs

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says South Africans can, from Monday, look forward to reworked and rebranded programming across its television, radio and online platforms.

The public broadcaster says the changes are designed to keep up with the modern broadcast environment and emerging digital opportunities.

The SABC says this includes providing a premium source of news in South Africa and the continent.

The changes will start being implemented from Monday, including a faster paced Morning Live programme on SABC 2.

SABC News on all radio platforms will have a distinct signature tune for news bulletins that will reflect the identity of their premium news source.

Commenting on the repositioning journey, Group Executive of News and Current Affairs, Phathiswa Magopeni stated, “SABC News is the largest news brand in the country, and there is no better way to affirm our role and impact on South Africans than to reimagine and transform our brand to speak to the soul of the nation in a way that is balanced and unrestrained.”

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Sassa warns beneficiaries of fake SMSes

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has expressed concern over an increasing number of fake SMSes that have been circulated to beneficiaries. This follows reports of a recent SMS instructing beneficiaries to re-register their social grants because cash pay points will be fully phased-out by August 2018. Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said that the
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ousted in no-confidence vote

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Spain’s parliament on Friday ousted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote sparked by fury over his party’s corruption woes, with his Socialist arch-rival Pedro Sanchez automatically taking over. An absolute majority of 180 lawmakers voted for the motion to loud applause and shouts of “Yes we can,” converting Rajoy into the first prime
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Minister Jeff Radebe addresses Energy Sector round-table

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SA’s grid infrastructure requires strengthening: Radebe

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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said South Africa’s grid infrastructure requires further strengthening. “The department is implementing non-grid solutions such as solar, especially for rural areas and informal settlements. In order to advance to the economic transformation, we need to give effect to the national development plan.” Radebe was addressing the energy dialogue in Gallagher Estate,
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