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Sona blow for showbiz

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THE Cape Town party scene was dealt a hard blow after the postponement of the state of the nation address (Sona). A number of celebrities along with some of country’s top fashion designers lamented the decision as they were forced to count their losses after forking out hefty prices on hotel fees and high-end designer
Source: The New Age

UP bans private accommodation

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THE University of Pretoria (UP) banned a private owned student accommodation from its list of residences due to lack of transformation and won’t be participating in its upcoming events. The Sonop residence apparently doesn’t meet the university’s transformation quota, accommodating black students in only six out of 160 residences of Sonop remains predominantly Afrikaans and
Source: The New Age

New interim rulers to be announced

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THE new temporary leadership of the ANC in the Free State may be announced today when the national executive committee (NEC) visits the province. This follows after the recently elected NEC said on the weekend that the ANC provincial executive committees (PEC) in the Free State had been suspended and interim structure aimed at uniting
Source: The New Age

I’m a crossfire victim – Koko

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FORMER Eskom acting chief executive Matshela Koko claims to have been a “crossfire” victim in a war of attrition at the power utility in an affidavit he will submit today before Parliament’s inquiry into corporate governance at the state-owned enterprise. In his explosive submission, Koko outlines how corruption allegations against him have had a negative
Source: The New Age

Manyi denies links between ANN7, New Age and the Guptas

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Jimmy Manyi continues to deny any existing links between the TV news channel ANN7 and the New Age newspaper and the Guptas.

This despite the fact that the two media entities are still listed on the Guptas’ holding company Oakbay’s official website as part of its group of companies.

Manyi acquired ANN7 and the New Age from the Guptas six months ago for R450 million by way of vendor financing- which means the Guptas lent him the money to buy their assets from them.

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Tony Leon gets tongue lashing for calls to support Ramaphosa

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has lashed out at its former leader Tony Leon for calling on the party to support the newly elected ANC leadership.

Leon told DA supporters in Chatsworth that Ramaphosa’s election is a game changer. He says the party needs to be open and generous to Ramaphosa for making the fight against state capture and corruption his primary job.

“We have got to start off by recognising that there has been a big change in the political weather. When a hurricane comes your way you must change tactics from when there was a drought and I think Ramaphosa has actually renewed people’s hopes,” said Leon.

KwaZulu-Natal DA leaders have hit out at Leon and say his statement does not represent the views of the party. They say it is not the time to confuse and demotivate supporters as they are on the cusp of taking over the government of the country.

“As the leadership of KZN there is no way we can allow a situation where a former leader of this party to come to our province, engage our members and tells them things will be changing just because Ramaphosa is in power. We do not believe Ramaphosa will do anything for our country,” said KZN leader, Zakele Mncwango.

Leon also used the platform to call on President Jacob Zuma to vacate office and to make it easier to start rebuilding the economy.

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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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Eskom Group Capital head Prish Govender resigns

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Eskom’s acting head of Group Capital Prish Govender has resigned with immediate effect. Govender’s resignation comes a day after Chief Financial Officer Anoj Singh handed in his resignation letter. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed Govender’s resignation.   ALERT: Eskom’s acting head of Group Capital, Mr Prish Govender tendered his resignation today. He resigned with immediate
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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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Nigerian men appear in Rustenburg court for public violence

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Fourteen Nigerian men, accused of public violence, appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Their case was postponed to January 26, for the lawyers representing two men to be present in court. The men told the court they would hire private attorneys to represent them.

Two opted for legal aid while nine others would conduct taxi rank was shut down on Tuesday.

The court ordered that their photographs or identity must not be published because there is still an identity parade to be conducted.

The men allegedly attacked people in Rustenburg Noord on Sunday night in what was suspected to be a revenge attack after houses occupied by Nigerians were set alight two weeks ago.

Eight guest houses were suspected of being drug dens and brothels were torched.

Alfred Motabogi who survived the attacked in Waterval on Sunday, said about 38 cars with Gauteng registration numbers, arrived with heavy armed Nigerian men.

They only shouted: “South Africans must die today”, before they smashed windows of three cars and beat up two men.

“I hide in the second floor and watched them as they damaged two of my cars.”

He went to the Rustenburg police station to open a charge of malicious damage to property and found the same group of Nigerians at the police.

“I learnt they were arrested for attacking people in Noord.”

He said he knew some of the men who damaged his cars as the live in the same area.

Another survivor George Nduli said the men asked the two men the found outside who was the taxi operators’ informer.

“Before they could respond they were kicked and beaten with knobkerries. One took a charge and smashed all of my cars windows.”

The State intends to oppose the bail application.

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