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King Zwelithini urges males to undergo circumcision

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has reiterated his call for all males to undergo medical male circumcision. He was addressing hundreds of people gathered at MaMaqadini in Inanda north of Durban during the launch of the millionth man to be circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal.

Television actor Melusi Yeni became the millionth man. The procedure was performed by Health MEC Sbonginseni Dhlomo  at the Sivananda Clinic in the Ohlange area north of Durban.

King Zwelithini started a campaign with the aim that all men in the province should be circumcised to help prevent HIV transmission.

41-year old Malusi Yeni has become an ambassador for the campaign, and is planning to visit various communities. “We are here in Inanda, it is a proud moment for myself to be the one millionth man. The initiative is to say to men let’s get into the clinic, hospitals and circumcise. It’s for our health benefit, 60 percent chance of getting STIs reduced and all other diseases , lets chase this two million,  together we can.”

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sbongiseni Dhlomo, who performed the surgery on Yeni, says all men should be circumcised even those who are HIV positive. Dhlomo says the campaign is targeting males between the ages of 13 and 75, which research has shown to be sexually active.

“What we are excited about is that he is number 1 million to be circumcised and there are no deaths in this province since the circumcision started. His task as a celebrity is that he must go out there and motivate other million people to circumcise. It’s not just a practice of circumcision that is an issue but it’s the consequences and the benefit.”

In 2009 Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini made an appeal for all males to get circumcised. Zwelithini has thanked traditional leaders for ensuring they encourage people to circumcise.

“As the Zulu-King I would like to thank Amakhosi who have taken this campaign to their areas. Let’s not stop but get more males to be circumcised. People should listen to the advices given by the adults, the traditional leaders and medical practitioners to live long. Let’s continue with this campaign.”

According to medical research circumcision reduces chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases by up to sixty percent.

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Suspect charged in France over Kardashian gunpoint robbery

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A French court charged an eleventh suspect Friday over the gunpoint robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris in 2016, a source involved in the investigation told AFP.

The 28-year-old man has been charged with armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and holding Kardashian against her will, the source said.

Ten people had already been charged over the October 2, 2016 robbery at a luxury residence where Kardashian was staying during Paris Fashion Week.

Five men tied her up, gagged her and locked her in a bathroom before making off with jewels worth $10.6 million, including her engagement ring.

The robbery was the biggest of an individual in France in the past 20 years.

One of the robbers fleeing the scene on a bicycle dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30 000 euros, which was found by a passer-by a few hours later.

It remains the only piece to be recovered from the heist.

The suspected ringleader, 60-year-old Aomar Ait Khedache, told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for Kardashian’s 18.88-carat ring, which she had flaunted on Instagram.

Ait Khedache said it was “too recognisable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.

The police believe part of the loot was sold in Belgium.

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S African designer gets global recognition

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Up-cycling used Rooibos tea bags into handbags has put Gracious Dube on an unexpected career path.

Gracious Dube from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay has been catapulated to the fashion capital of the world, Paris.

Dube says her bags have now become a sought after item in Europe. “Especially what’s happening now after being interviewed by radios and stuff, it’s like wow! Really, it’s something big. When I started I was just doing it for the sake of OK. I’m going to get extra money but at the end I noticed that OK, by making nice quality things people will buy more. So it’s all about maintaining good quality, people they buy more.”

Dube is one of the 16 people that works at a social responsibility project to help impoverished women from the township on the Cape Peninsula.

Her products were spotted by a French designer and before long became a sought after item in Europe.

33 year old Gracious Dube is a little overwhelmed by her success. “Especially what’s happening now after being interviewed by radios and stuff it’s like wow, really, it’s something big,” she said.

She started working at Original T-Bag Designs in 2006. They produced all kinds of artistic and practical items made from tea bags.

Founder of the project, Jill Heyes trains and encourages the women to hone their business skills. Besides the products made at the workshop, they can also design and make products at home.

Dube did just that and created a bag that is a popular item in the store.

“This is immensely exciting and you know Gracious works very hard and we are buying several hundred of those bags every month from her, now that’s alongside working from 9 till 5. Some days she’s at our shop at the watershed so she’s putting in many hours and that’s the only way you’re going to get a business to work,” said Heyes.

French designer and upcycle store owner, Carine Khalil saw Dube’s design. She approached the store and they worked together to adjust the design for the French market.

The bag is now sold at Khalil’s store in Paris.

“When I started  I was just doing it for the sake of ok, I’m going to get extra money but at the end i noticed that ok, by making nice quality people will buy more so ja it’s all about maintaining good quality, people they buy more,” said Dube.

Hundreds of Dube’s bags have been sold. The silk-lined handbags are made up of 50 Rooibos tea bags.

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Black women dominate the newsroom: Report

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Young, black women are more likely to be employed as journalists than any other demographic in South African newsrooms.

This is according to the latest Wits Journalism report which looks at the state of South Africa’s newsrooms.

State of the Newsroom 2017Fakers and Makers, also looks at job placement in the newsroom, fake news, fact checking and threats to media freedom.

According to the report, there is a disturbing culture of harassment and intimidation of journalists, a “worryingly permanent feature of our media landscape”.

 

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Miss universe returns to SA since lifting crown

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Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will be met by a high-profile delegation when she returns home to South Africa on Wednesday morning.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu will be at O.R.Tambo International Airport to greet her as well as her parents and Sun International representatives.

Demi-Leigh has been based in New York City since November after claiming the tiara in Las Vegas.

She’ll embark on charity work for the duration of her stay.

Demi-Leigh is scheduled to visit Cape Town, Johannesburg and her home town of Sedgefield near George in the Western Cape.

One of her stops will also include revisiting victims of the Knysna fire which engulfed the coastal town last June.

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SABC remembers Bra Hugh Masekela

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The South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) on Tuesday joined the nation in sending condolences to Bra Hugh Masekela’s family.

The world acclaimed Jazz veteran passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with prostate cancer. The public broadcaster has acknowledged the role played by Bra Hugh in making South Africa a better country.

“At home, Bra Hugh, as he was affectionately known, assisted the SABC to achieve its public service mandate which is to educate and entertain the people of South Africa. His has left an indelible footprint for upcoming musicians to draw inspiration from. His immense contribution to the music industry and to humanity will never be for gotten,” read the statement.

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S.Africa’s working class remembers Hugh Masekela’s coal train

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Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela’s train came to a stop for good on Tuesday, but his song Stimela (The Coal Train) will forever be remembered by the working class for shining a spotlight on the injustice and brutality of migrant labour across the African continent.

Masekela died on Tuesday following a long battle with prostate cancer.

The lyrics to Stimela, released as part of Masekela’s “I am not afraid” album in 1974 , spoke to unionists and exploited black workers: “There is a train that comes from Namibia and Malawi there is a train that comes from Zambia and Zimbabwe, There is a train that comes from Angola and Mozambique, from Lesotho, from Botswana, from Swaziland, from all the hinterland of Southern and Central Africa.

“This train carries young and old, African men Who are conscripted to come and work on contract In the golden mineral mines of Johannesburg And its surrounding metropolis, sixteen hours or more a day for almost no pay,” were the lyrics of the song released as part of Masekela’s.”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) recalled his performance before union members at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) event almost 15 years ago.

“No-one who attended his concert at the Cosatu 8th National Congress in 2003 will ever forget his electrifying performance of his biggest hits, like the Stimela (the Coal Train), which dramatically brought back to life the experiences of South Africa’s migrant workers,” Saftu said in a statement.

“He wrote about this song that ‘For me songs come like a tidal wave … At this low point, for some reason, the tidal wave that whooshed in on me came all the way from the other side of the Atlantic: from Africa; from home’. And, typical of the struggle hero that he was, he did not ask for a cent for this performance.”

The union federation said Masekela’s legend transcended being one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, and that he was “an inspiring leader of the struggle for national liberation”.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) described Masekela as a champion of the cultural revolution, a soldier of the revolution and a cultural leader of the movement against apartheid rule.

“Bra Hugh knew that it was workers from the length and breadth of the African Continent who produced the wealth in our country, whose wealth was used to build proper infrastructure for white communities whilst Africans remained packed like sardines in inferior infrastructure of the townships,” a statement from Numsa said.

“He knew that trains in Africa came with industrialization and the breaking up of African families as they took workers into economic centers to be exploited.”

Both Saftu and Numsa extended condolences to Bra Hugh’s family, friends and music lovers across the world, adding that the music legend was an example of how music could be used to spread consciousness.

“Bra Hugh was produced by the dusty town of Sophiatown. He used his trumpet both as a musical tool to entertain and as a weapon to fight injustice. Through his skillful beautiful and creative music, he used his trumpet as a tool to advance the struggle against the apartheid police and regime.”

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Poet Kgositsile was brave and committed: Ramaphosa

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South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid homage to poet and political activist William Keorapetse Kgositsile on Tuesday, describing him as committed, brave and never deterred by the brutal apartheid regime.

After the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, activists streamed out of the country to wage a fierce fight against apartheid from abroad.

In 1961, the year in which the African National Congress (ANC) established its military wing uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK), he was one of the young cadres sent into exile.

“The ANC leadership recognised his potential to be the envoy that would amplify the voice of the liberation movement throughout the world,” Ramaphosa said as he delivered a eulogy at the official funeral of the revered poet laureate in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“He associated himself with people’s resistance struggle at an early age, dating back to the 1950s when he became a member of the ANC.

He was not discouraged and forever remained committed and brave.”

Kgositsile was one of the trusted ANC cadres, and one of the foremost intellectuals, Ramaphosa added.

Kgositsile died after a short illness on January 3, aged 79. He left South Africa aged 23 and returned after the unbanning of political parties when he was in his 50s. Kgositsile was popularly known by his pen name Bra Willie.

He was inaugurated in 2006 as South Africa’s second national poet laureate after the first national poet laureate Mazisi Kunene.

He was also a recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to literature.

Kgositsile was an internationalist of note who touched the lives of many through his poetry and political activism, and his death has reverberated across the globe.

In his three decades of exile, Kgositsile fought injustices through his poetry, teachings and publications.

He lived in several countries, including the United States, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya.

Upon his return to South Africa following the jettisoning of the apartheid regime in 1994, Kgositsile worked with several academic and government institutions.

In his lifetime, he mentored countless cultural practitioners, academics and political activists.

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Let’s keep Bra Willie’s legacy alive: Moagi

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The late Professor Keorapste Kgositsile has been described as a loving, caring human, and a poet who had an appreciation for language and literature.

These were the words of family friend Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane, who delivered a message at Bra Willie’s, as he was commonly known as,  funeral proceedings.

Mokone- Matabane has told mourners here that Bra Willie’s death is a great loss to South Africa and the literature space

As visuals of professor Kgositsile’s life was  played on the big screen, friends such as ANC member Barbara Masekela was seen overcome with emotion as she wiped her tears away.

Kgositsile not only played a significant role in the fight against apartheid, he is also remembered for the mark he has left in the literature industry, through poetry and jazz music.

Meanwhile his sister Tshidi Moagi spoke about Kgositsile’s last days and keeping his legacy alive.

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Gauteng premier David Makhura shares Kgositsile’s life as a politician and his contribution to South Africa’s freedom.

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His nephew Lerothodi Moagi also shared his memories of his uncle

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Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

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Two large shareholders urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health.

“There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences” on their health, said Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (Calstrs) in a letter sent to Apple dated January 6 and made public Monday.

The “growing societal unease” over the intensive use of smartphones by children is “at some point is likely to impact even Apple,” they warned.

The two shareholders, which between them own about $2 billion in Apple shares, urged the company to develop additional means for parents to restrict the use of mobile phones by their children.

“We specifically ask that Apple form a committee of experts and specialists to research and study this issue and monitor ongoing developments in technology,” the letter said.

“Additionally, we encourage Apple to offer parents more tools by enhancing mobile device software to enable age-appropriate setup options including limiting screen time, setting up parental monitoring, etc.”

The investors said confronting this issue now would enhance the value of the firm in the long term for all shareholders.

Apple has not commented on the letter, but it provides parental controls on iPhones that allow restricting access to certain apps and content.

Although Apple was singled out in the letter, the question of technology and screen time for children has long been debated.

The investors cited a recent study by the Center on Media and Child Health and the University of Alberta, according to which teachers observed that students are negatively distracted by digital technologies in the classroom.

In the study, three fourths of teachers said students’ ability to focus on educational tasks has decreased.

While it is not clear how many children use these devices, surveys indicate more than one billion smartphones are being sold each year.

The letter represents a new source of pressure on Apple, after being forced to apologize last month for slowing down the performance of older iPhone models.

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