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

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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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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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Higher education centre manager to appear in court for corruption

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A 56-year-old Department of Higher Education Centre Manager was on Thursday served with a summons to appear at the Modimolle Regional Court on the June 7 for alleged corruption. This comes after the suspect allegedly claimed to be a recruitment officer and fraudulently took R2500 from a job seeker in exchange for a job which
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Task team to review size and shape of government established

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Friday confirmed that a technical task team charged with reviewing the size of the cabinet has been formed and is reviewing the configuration of the national government. Ramaphosa confirmed in a written response to a question posed by Democratic Alliance MP, David Maynier that the task team comprising of officials
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Violence leading cause of death

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VIOLENCE is one of the leading causes of death and injury in South Africa, with 18 people on average killed by guns each day, Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) said. Several studies have also suggested that the youth who grow up in violent families and communities are more likely to become violent in adolescence and
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Andile Lungisa denied leave to appeal assault sentence

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ANC councillor, Andile Lungisa‘s application for leave to appeal both his conviction and sentence have been dismissed by Port Elizabeth magistrate, Morne Cannon.

Lungisa was sentenced to three years imprisonment with one year suspended for the attack on DA councillor, Rano Kayser during a heated council meeting in 2016.

Lungisa pleaded not guilty to the charges during the trial. Video footage of Lungisa as the attacker was admitted as evidence. The court found there was no reason for him to hit Kayser.

The magistrate labelled Lungisa’s version of events as evasive, with inconsistencies and contradictions.

In handing down sentence, magistrate Cannon said it was evident that Lungisa showed no remorse for his actions.

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Found: lone asteroid expelled from early Solar System

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An asteroid ejected from our infant Solar System found refuge billions of kilometres away, beyond the orbit of Neptune, where it has now been spotted, astronomers said Wednesday.

The curious loner is the first carbon-rich asteroid ever observed in the far-flung region called the Kuiper belt, which is filled with frozen objects, a team reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Its composition suggests the asteroid must have been formed in the inner Solar System, likely in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, before migrating to its outer reaches, said the team.

This makes it “a relic of the primordial Solar System”, they added.

Theoretical models of our early Solar System describe a tempestuous time with gas giant planets on the rampage, ejecting small rocky bodies from its the system’s centre to far-flung orbits.

Such models suggest the Kuiper Belt should contain a small number of rocky bodies, perhaps also carbon-rich asteroids.

The new observation, using telescopes of the European Southern Observatory in Chile, provides “strong support for these theoretical models of our Solar System’s troubled youth,” said an ESO statement.

The asteroid was spotted partly because it reflects light differently than other objects in the Kuiper Belt, which are icy while asteroids are rocky.

“It looked enough of a weirdo for us to take a closer look,” said study lead author Tom Seccull of Queen’s University Belfast.

It is, nevertheless, very difficult to study.

The 300 kilometre-wide (186 mile) space rock is four billion kilometres from Earth, and dark.

“It’s like observing a giant mountain of coal against the pitch-black canvas of the night sky,” said co-author Thomas Puzia of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Dubbed 2004 EW95, the asteroid is moving, and feint.

“We had to use a pretty advanced data processing technique to get as much out of the data as possible,” said Seccull.

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ICC seeks UN help in arresting 3 Libyan fugitives

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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor requested help from the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to arrest three fugitives in Libya, including military strongman Khalifa Haftar and a son of the late leader Moamer Kadhafi.

During a UN Security Council meeting, Fatou Bensouda noted that ICC investigators had traveled to Libya in March for the first time since June 2012 to help advance investigations on alleged war crimes.

“I repeat my call to this council to engage with my office and lend your support in assisting with strategies for the arrest and surrender of ICC fugitives in Libya,” she said about the fugitives.

“Greater deterrence can only be assured through the arrest and surrender of suspects to the ICC so that they may answer the charges against them.”

The prosecutor warned she “will not hesitate” to request new arrest warrants to hold the suspects responsible.

Among those targeted is Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, whose whereabouts have been unknown since June 2014. Bensouda said she was unsure whether he was being held.

Warrants are also out for the arrests of former security chief Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, accused of war crimes committed in 2011, and Busayf Al-Werfalli, a commander of the Al-Saiqa brigade wanted for the cold-blooded execution of 33 people and other war crimes.

Werfalli has been accused of more crimes since an August 2017 arrest warrant against him, according to Bensouda.
Bensouda has appealed directly to Haftar to ensure Werfalli’s arrest.

Libya has been wracked by chaos since a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed its longtime dictator Kadhafi, with two rival authorities vying for control.

Haftar supports an administration based in the east of the country. A UN-backed unity government based in the capital has struggled to assert its authority outside the west.

Werfalli’s “immediate arrest and surrender is now more important than ever,” Bensouda said.

In addition to accountability, his arrest would “send a clear message to would-be perpetrators that such reprehensible crimes will not be tolerated and that there will be real consequences for the commission of such crimes,” the prosecutor added.

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ANC NW PEC briefs media on Supra Mahumapelo’s future

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