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News24.com | SA condemns attack on Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque

May 8th 2021 at 16:14
The South African government has condemned the attack on Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli soldiers.

News24.com | ANC NEC meeting characterised by deep 'hate' between members

May 8th 2021 at 15:34
There appeared to be little hope of reconciliation between the two squabbling lobbies within the governing ANC at the start of a national executive committee (NEC) meeting earlier described by one leader as a "watershed moment".

News24.com | Zwelithini's siblings pledge loyalty to new Zulu king Misuzulu

May 8th 2021 at 15:02
The late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s siblings have pledged their loyalty to the new king, Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Stormers edge Bulls in tense Rainbow Cup battle

May 8th 2021 at 14:58

With a brace of tries by Bulls wing Madosh Tambwe proving the biggest difference in a game contested by small margins, the Bulls edged the Stormers 20-16 in a tense Rainbow Cup SA clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

With the game reaching Test match proportions, the result was dependent on fierce defence and strong kicking.

As expected, a huge physical contest ensued and while the Stormers started with great energy, the Bulls weathered the storm and through the boot of flyhalf Morne Steyn transferred the pressure back in Stormers territory.

The hosts bossed the Bulls at scrum time, but at the lineouts the visitors put massive heat on the Stormers ball, while the breakdown battle was evenly contested.

Scorers

Stormers – Tries: Evan Roos. Conversions: Abner van Reenen (1). Penalties: Van Reenen (3).

Bulls – Tries: Madosh Tambwe (2). Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Penalties: Steyn, Chris Smith.

Ramos injured again amid doubts over Real Madrid future

May 8th 2021 at 14:56

Sergio Ramos has suffered a hamstring injury, Real Madrid announced on Saturday, raising the possibility the defender has played his last game for the club.

Ramos will not be available now for Madrid’s game against Sevilla on Sunday, which could prove crucial to La Liga’s title race, with Atletico Madrid also facing Barcelona later on Saturday.

And with only four matches left of the season, Ramos might not play again for Real Madrid given he is yet to renew his contract, which expires this summer.

Spain coach Luis Enrique may also be concerned about the 35-year-old’s fitness ahead of the start of Euro 2020 next month.

“Following the tests carried out on Sergio Ramos by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with tendenitis in his left hamstring,” a club statement read.

It is the third injury this year for Ramos, who went straight into the starting line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League defeat by Chelsea after a month out with a calf problem.

Ramos’ 21 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions is his lowest in 15 seasons playing for the club.

The Spaniard joined Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and is one of the club’s most successful ever players, having won five La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.

Nedbank Cup final player ratings: TTM's Ndlondlo a cut above again

Player ratings of the Nedbank Cup final, where Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) defeated Chippa United 1-0 at Free State Stadium on Saturday night, with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo scoring the winning long range strike in the 27th minute.

Tshakhuma FC celebrates lifting the trophy during the Nedbank Cup final matvh between Tshakhuma FC and Chippa United at Free State Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Mexico City to pay damages to victims of deadly metro accident

May 8th 2021 at 14:37

Mexico City will pay the equivalent of $2,000 to the families of 26 people killed when an elevated metro line collapsed, city hall’s official gazette said Saturday.

Around $500 will be paid to the approximately 80 people injured in the accident, the publication added.

The cash is meant as short term compensation to help cover food, transportation and other expenses, the gazette said.

It did not specify if more in damages will be paid to the families or this disbursement is definitive.

Demands for justice have mounted as relatives have buried the victims of Monday’s disaster, when a section of elevated track collapsed, bringing a train crashing down.

 

 

 

That metro line is the city’s newest and has been plagued by problems since it opened in 2012.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the city Friday as blame focused on two proteges of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum faces questions about whether the metro network has been properly maintained since she took office in 2018.

Her predecessor and current Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard oversaw the development and inauguration of the line.

Lopez Obrador has promised an in-depth investigation, while urging people not to speculate about who is to blame.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila edge Chippa United to win Nedbank Cup

May 8th 2021 at 14:35

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila edged Chippa United 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday to win their first major trophy on Saturday.

A first half goal by Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo was enough to earn Vhadau Vha Damani their first silverware since they bought the status of Bidvest Wits last season.

A poor clearance at the back by Chippa in the 27th minute led to what was to be the opening goal and the winner for TTM at the Free State Stadium.

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams having a go at each other, but there were no clear-cut chances earlier on.

Ndlondlo then tried his luck from just outside the 18 yard box after the Chippa defence failed to clear the ball and the ball deflected off Frederic Nsabiyumva and into the back of the net.

TTM managed to hang on to the slender lead until the half-time break.

Chippa coach Vladislav Heric introduced a couple of substitutes in the second half to try and change the complexion of the game.

One of those substitutes Anthony Laffor found himself unmarked just outside the penalty box, but his shot was saved by Washington Arubi in the 77th minute.

Four minutes later, Chippa saw their penalty appeal turned down by the referee after Alfred Ndengane looked to have kicked Ayabulela Konqobe in the face while trying to clear the ball. The referee gave a corner kick instead.

Brandon Theron wasted a good chance to put the game beyond Chippa’s reach in the 84th minute when he found himself through on goals, but shot wide, but TTM went on to win the game in the end.

Malgas still cut off due to floods due to Western Cape storm

May 8th 2021 at 14:32

Malgas is still cut off and unreachable as relief teams try to reach the flooded area.

The storm that brought persistent rainfall has battered some areas in the Cape Winelands and Overberg.

The head of provincial disaster management, Colin Deiner, said Malgas was difficult to reach due to the heavy rain that flooded and swept away roads.

SEE PICS: Western Cape roads flooded as more rain expected

“Although everything seems to be under control and the adverse weather has been downgraded, we are trying to reach Malgas, which is very difficult to reach. We will request assistance from the Air Force should efforts to reach the area fail,” he added on Saturday.

Residents, who had to be evacuated received blankets, food and water from Gift of the Givers and other organisations.

Deaths

Two people, who went missing, were found dead in Riversonderend and Stormsvlei, while two more deaths were recorded in Bonnievale.

The estimated number of displaced and affected residents reached more than 1,000 as of Friday. They came from areas such as Caledon, Potberg, Klipdale, Napier, Bredasdorp and Struisbaai.

The Overberg District Municipality on Friday said various farm roads were damaged, with no access to certain areas.

“Damage to agricultural fields and loss of livestock are expected to be significant. Heavy rainfall is predicted and will continue until Sunday morning. Several roads are either closed or affected. with the N2 temporarily closed at the Soutrivier bridge.”

READ MORE: Western Cape storm death toll climbs to four

Meanwhile in Struisbaai, the Catch Cook restaurant at the Struisbaai Harbour was turned into a relief centre for families affected by the storm. Warm meals were prepared at the restaurant by volunteers from Friday, thanks to donors who gave food, clothes and blankets.

“The relief efforts are ongoing as rain continues to fall in the region. The Catch Cook restaurant will continue to offer warm meals during the immediate crisis period and any pledges of support and donations are welcome. Donations can be directed to Linette Ameels of the Catch Cook restaurant via 027 81 805 9999,” the restaurant management said.

Bulls call on poise and precision to edge out Stormers

May 8th 2021 at 14:30
The Bulls, this time a little lighter in their application of bulk and brawn called on matador-like poise and precision to draw the sting from the Stormers in their 20-16 Rainbow Cup win on Saturday.

Pieter-Steph du Toit of the Stormers during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Pakistan show Zimbabwe ‘how to play cricket’

May 8th 2021 at 14:17

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor paid tribute to Pakistan after the tourists took total control on the second day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, outclassing the home side with both bat and ball to take a huge step towards sealing a 2-0 series victory.

Zimbabwe were 52 for four at the close in reply to Pakistan’s 510 for eight declared, 458 runs behind.

After remaining reasonably competitive until lunch on Saturday, Zimbabwe’s bowlers took a hammering during the afternoon.

Opening batsman Abid Ali made 215 not out and Nauman Ali slammed 97 before being stumped off a wide.

The pair plundered 169 runs off 199 balls for the eighth wicket.

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“They’re showing us how to play Test cricket at the moment,” admitted Taylor, acknowledging that the afternoon run feast was the culmination of hours of disciplined batting.

“We can learn a lot from their batsmen, the way they apply themselves. They just try and wear you down. At the end of the day your bowlers are almost at the brink. That’s what Test cricket is all about.”

Abid said scoring a maiden Test double century was a career highlight.

“It’s a big achievement for me. I wanted to bat for two sessions to take the total to 500. Although we lost a few early wickets Nauman gave me good company and we managed to take the total to where we wanted,” he said.

Taylor admitted Pakistan’s batting took its toll ahead of Zimbabwe’s reply.

“You’re 150 overs out there fielding and it’s never easy getting your mindset around to batting.”

The Zimbabwe innings got off to a bad start when 36-year-old debutant Tabish Khan struck in his first over before a run had been scored.

Three more wickets fell before the close and Zimbabwe looked in desperate trouble with Roy Kaia not coming out to bat after being struck a heavy blow on his left knee while fielding at short leg on Friday.

Kaia was Zimbabwe’s top-scorer with 48 when Zimbabwe were routed by an innings and 116 runs in the first Test of the two-match series.

“I think he’s ruled out for the first innings but he’s looking a bit more mobile and hopefully he can come out in the second innings,” said Taylor.

Zimbabwe went into the match without three leading batsmen because of injury and Kaia’s absence was a further blow.

Even so, Taylor said his side’s batting was disappointing.

“We believe we’re a far better unit than that. Yes, we’re missing some senior players but we’ve got some young quality there that’s certainly capable.”

Pakistan’s innings ended in bizarre circumstances.

Nauman was 93 not out at tea. He hit the first ball after the interval for four but lifted his back foot after left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro bowled a wide with his next delivery.

Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva reacted quickly and took off the bails. He hit 97 off 104 balls with five sixes and nine fours.

Having scored most of his runs behind or square of the wicket in scoring his first 150, Abid blossomed with some handsome drives during the afternoon.

He faced 407 balls and hit 29 fours in beating his previous highest score in Tests of 174 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2019/20.

Tabish, a veteran of 598 wickets in 137 first-class matches, shared the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi, who started with a maiden over.

Tabish set up Tarisai Masakanda with a series of deliveries outside the off stump then trapped the batsman leg before wicket with a full delivery which snaked back.

Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and off-spinner Sajid Khan all took wickets as only Regis Chakabva, on 28 not out, was able to reach double figures.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila produce fiery display to lift the Nedbank Cup

May 8th 2021 at 14:11
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) will not exist by that name past the 2020-21 season, but before that title disappears the Limpopo side have lifted a trophy.

TTM are the Nedbank Cup final winners after beating Chippa United 1-0 on Saturday’s night.

The Zulu king has been named insists Mangosuthu Buthelezi

May 8th 2021 at 13:58

The AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has insisted that the new king of the Zulu nation has already been named amid divisions within the royal family over how the succession battle should be handled.

Buthelezi was addressing the media on Saturday evening after then-prince MisuZulu KaZwelithini was named king the day before.

“As far as the family and the Zulu nation is concern, the king is already on the throne, but of course you know that there are formalities that should be followed from the side of the government,” Buthelezi told eNCA.

King MisuZulu

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela, Prince Misuzulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

Mantfombi passed away last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 65.

She was laid to rest at a private burial on Thursday, while the will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma on Friday evening.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

The occasion turned into chaos, with heckling and commotion between Buthelezi and Prince Thokozani Zulu.

Prince Thokozani, late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son with another queen, was trying to address the gathering.

It was then reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that King MisuZulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Throne battles

While it was revealed that Princess Thembi and Prince Mbonisi had pledged their loyalty and support for King MisuZulu to lead the Zulu nation following the royal family meeting, tensions are brewing.

This comes as the late King Zwelithini’s first wife will head to court to interdict the coronation of a new ruler of the AmaZulu nation.

ALSO READ: Zulu royal family rocked by claims king’s will may have been forged – reports

Queen Sibongile Dlamini is challenging the king’s will in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the basis that they were married under civil law, which prohibits polygamous marriages.

Queen Mantfombi was appointed regent of the Zulu nation in March, following the death of Zwelithini.

sked with appointing a new ruler after the death of king Goodwill Zwelithini.

Additional reporting from Neo Thale and Siyanda Ndlovu

News24.com | UPDATE | Ace Magashule decries removal from virtual NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 13:19
Speaking to News24, Magashule said when the ANC's NEC meeting began, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte informed it he had appealed his suspension.

Eastern Cape abaThembu royal sentenced to life for rape

May 8th 2021 at 12:50

An AbaThembu royal family member was sentenced to life behind bars for the repeated rape of two teenagers.

The 32-year-old’s traditional authority covers the Khonqeni and Xhongorha areas, near Mthatha.

The Bityi Regional Court in the Eastern Cape jailed Avelile Sakhisizwe Mtirara, who raped two of his relatives between 2016 and 2017.

The court heard that he called each teen to his rondavel, which was not far from the main house, and raped them. He threatened to kill them if they told anyone.

However, they told their aunt about their ordeals.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said the chief denied raping the girls and claimed that they were part of a conspiracy to dethrone him.

“The court found him guilty as charged and agreed with the prosecutor’s submission that Mtirara had abused his position of trust, both as an older relative and a traditional leader to whom the community looks up,” Tyali added.

The court sentenced Mtirara to life imprisonment on Thursday for the rape of the younger teen and eight years for the rape of the other one.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

News24.com | A record-setting run! Lewis Hamilton takes 100th pole of his F1 career in Spain

May 8th 2021 at 12:42
Lewis Hamilton made history at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday as he came from behind to clinch his 100th pole position in Formula 1.

Bongani Bongo also given the boot from ANC NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 12:32

The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) has now also removed its MP and former state security minister Bongani Bongo from the party’s special virtual meeting.

This comes after ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was also kicked out of the meeting earlier on Saturday.

The special meeting – which is taking place virtually from Saturday to Monday – will see the NEC discussing matters relating to the 2017 Nasrec conference step aside resolution, Covid-19, the upcoming local government elections and the integrity commission’s reports.

ALSO READ: Ace Magashule removed from from ANC’s special NEC meeting

While several news outlets are reporting that corruption-accused Bongo was given the boot from the meeting, it is unclear at this stage what the removal from the meeting means.

However, it seems likely that Bongo was removed from the meeting after he signalled his intention to appeal the NEC’s decision forcing him to step aside following in the footsteps of Magashule.

Speaking to the EWN, Magashule explained that he was removed from the meeting, which “he had convened” and attended for over an hour, after which the NEC noted his intention to appeal his suspension.

‘I’m not corrupt and never will be’

In March, Bongo claimed that he was not corrupt and would never be corrupt.

The MP, who was cleared of bribery and corruption by the Western Cape High Court in February, is currently facing charges of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering for his alleged role linked to dubious land deals in Mpumalanga amounting to almost R124 million.

ALSO READ: Corruption case against Bongani Bongo dismissed

The case dates back to the time when he was an official in the Mpumalanga provincial government.

Asked on whether he was ready to step aside, the MP said that a court of law would decide his fate if it came to him being suspended.

“I have to this extent appealed this decision that was taken by the NEC. I am sure my appeal will be entertained,” Bongo told eNCA.

Step aside rule

On Tuesday, ANC’s national working committiee (NWC) reaffirmed a decision of the national executive committee (NEC) in March 2021 that all members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step

The NEC had resolved to implement the party’s 2017 Nasrec conference resolution.

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Sharks hold off fighting Lions to stay unbeaten

May 8th 2021 at 12:25

The Sharks cemented their position at the top of the Rainbow Cup SA log with a bonus point 34-26 win over the Lions in Durban on Saturday.

It was far from a flawless performance by the Sharks, with both teams scoring four tries, but the Lions were handed their second straight defeat.

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The Lions did, however, manage to score a losing bonus point and some tries to restore some belief.

After a nervous start by the Lions they seemed to find some rhythm to cancel out an early Sharks try, but their performance was hamstrung by poor decision-making in a disjointed showing.

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Being down 24-12 at the break the Lions fought back bravely after the Sharks received two yellow cards in quick succession, closing the gap to 27-19 after their third try by No 8 Francke Horn.

But the Sharks retained their composure to secure a hard-fought victory as they remained unbeaten after two rounds in the competition.

Scorers

Sharks – Tries: Jeremy Ward, Grant Williams, Thomas du Toit, Kerron van Vuuren. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4). Penalties: Bosch (2)

Lions – Tries: PJ Botha, Andre Warner, Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka. Conversions: Fred Zeilinge (2), Jordan Hendrikse.

Sharks claim victory over Lions at Jonsson King's Park

The Sharks have found their footing in this Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA while the Lions are worryingly stuttering out of the blocks.

Jeremy Ward of the Cell C Sharks gets past Courtnall Skosan of the Emirates Lions with Siya Kolisi of the Cell C Sharks close in support during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Cell C Sharks and Emirates Lions at Jonsson Kings Park on May 08, 2021 in Durban, South Africa.

Businessinsider.co.za | Aircraft will soon be voice-controlled in the next step towards self-flying planes

May 8th 2021 at 12:12
Aviation is moving away from buttons and dials in cockpits by introducing touchscreens and now voice-controlled systems.

Ramaphosa faction dividing Limpopo — NEC hears

May 8th 2021 at 12:09
A vote for the ANC

In a leaked recording during Saturday’s ANC national executive committee meeting, Mathabatha said he has observed ‘comrades who run around purporting to be the defenders of our president’.

The post Ramaphosa faction dividing Limpopo — NEC hears appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Magashule ‘will be active in ANC’ as he awaits appeal outcome

May 8th 2021 at 11:44

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has reiterated his claim that he will remain active in his position despite his suspension from the party.

This comes after reports emerged that Magashule was kicked out of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) special meeting earlier on Saturday, 8 May.

The special meeting – which is taking place virtually from Saturday to Monday – will see the NEC discussing matters relating to the 2017 Nasrec conference resolution, Covid-19, the upcoming local government elections and the integrity commission’s reports.

ALSO READ: Bongani Bongo also given the boot from ANC NEC meeting

Speaking to the EWN, Magashule explained that he was removed from the meeting, which “he had convened” and attended for over an hour, after which the NEC noted his intention to appeal his suspension.

“There was a discussion and the NEC noted my appeal. [The NEC] felt that now I have appealed there are certain processes which must still take place and therefore for all viewers on Zoom I was then taken out of the meeting, but my appeal was noted so I am still the secretary-general of the ANC,” Magashule said.

Magashule said he would be active in the ANC while he awaits the outcome of his appeal.

“Let’s leave the organisation to take whatever decision that they take. I have appealed and therefore I will still be active in the African National Congress, that’s what our branches, our regions and provinces and the general public of South Africa must understand,” he added.

Step aside rule

In March, the NEC decided that all members facing serious criminal charges have 30 days to step aside or face disciplinary action after it resolved to implement the party’s 2017 Nasrec conference resolution, which was supported by the party’s national working committee (NWC).

Magashule was among several ANC leaders affected by the resolution, but he was then suspended this week after he failed to step down from his position.

The secretary-general faces 21 charges of fraud and corruption related to his tenure as Free State premier over a R250 million Free State asbestos contract.

He is out on R200,000 bail. The case was postponed to 11 August 2020 for pre-trial hearings in the Free State high court.

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News24.com | North West man kills girlfriend hours before he is found dead

May 8th 2021 at 11:36
Police are investigating a case in which a man killed his girlfriend in the North West, hours before his body was found in nearby bushes.

4 changes complexes and estates in South Africa will have to make before July

May 8th 2021 at 11:30
Property management company Trafalgar says that community housing schemes (CHS) in South AFrica will need to make a number of changes to prepare for the implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) before the 1 July 2021 deadline.

Businessinsider.co.za | Elon Musk is only the second billionaire CEO to host Saturday Night Live – after Donald Trump

May 8th 2021 at 11:25
The only other billionaire CEO to host the show in its 46-year history was former president Donald Trump, who hosted in 2004 and 2015.

News24.com | Western Cape storm: Malgas still cut off due to floods

May 8th 2021 at 11:12
The storm that brought persistent rainfall battered some of areas in the Cape Winelands and Overberg.

Hamilton secures 100th pole at Spanish Grand Prix

May 8th 2021 at 10:59

World champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 100th pole on Saturday after setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver’s latest milestone puts him 32 clear of Michael Schumacher in the all-time pole chart and leaves him in prime position to secure a record-extending 98th win in Sunday’s race.

“I’ll always remember that one,” he beamed.

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Alongside the 36-year-old Briton on the front row in Barcelona will be his Red Bull title rival Max Verstappen.

Hamilton reached his century 14 years after securing his maiden pole in the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007, which he went on to win to take the first step on the road to becoming Formula One’s most successful driver.

He drew level and overtook Schumacher’s record haul of 91 wins last season and leads the drivers’ standings this season as he goes for an unprecedented eighth world crown.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by his Mercedes teammates. Picture: Getty Images

Verstappen, eight points behind Hamilton in the nip and tuck battle for the drivers’ crown after the first three races, at last has a car up to the job of mounting a serious title challenge.

The Dutch driver got to within 0.036sec to Hamilton’s fastest lap on Saturday to join him at the head of the Montmelo circuit grid, with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Charles Leclerc for Ferrari on the second row.

Hamilton has a superb record in Catalonia, winning the race in each of the last four years with five wins altogether.

In the all-time polesetter’s league, Hamilton’s childhood hero, the late Ayrton Senna, is in third place with 65, then comes Sebastian Vettel on 57 with Jim Clark and Alain Prost on 33 apiece.

News24.com | Copper, iron ore hit records as demand surges

May 8th 2021 at 10:58
Copper and iron ore prices hit record highs Friday as demand for the key commodities surges on the back of a powerful recovery in the global economy, though Asian equity markets struggled to maintain an early rally.

Ecstatic Hamilton celebrates his 100th pole in Spain

May 8th 2021 at 10:56
Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to take 100 pole positions after lapping fastest in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 07, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.

News24.com | Pollard still playing rugby is 'a near-miracle' - former Cheetahs centre

May 8th 2021 at 10:55
Former Cheetahs centre William Small-Smith says he is amazed at the bounce-back ability of Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard.

Lindani Myeni was a 'victim of a racist-inspired war' — KZN MEC Nkonyeni

"I keep asking God if he is OK." - Lindani Myeni's widow Lindsay

KZN transport, community safety and liaison Peggy Nkonyeni conveyed her condolences to Lindani Myeni's wife, Lindsay, at the funeral on Saturday.

Seven policemen killed by gunmen in southeast Nigeria

May 8th 2021 at 10:45

Seven policemen were killed in a series of attacks on security installations in Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers state, police said Saturday.

Southeast Nigeria has seen a surge in attacks by gunmen targeting police and other security forces in the past few months in a region where separatist tensions are on the rise.

“The incident which led to death of seven policemen occurred last night at about 2030hrs (19:30 GMT),” Nnamdi Omoni, police spokesperson in Rivers state said in a statement about the three attacks Friday.

“Unknown gunmen driven in two branded Hilux vans attacked the special check point at Choba bridge, (and) in a surprise attack killed two policemen on duty.”

He said the same gunmen attacked Rumuji police station, killing two officers and burning a police patrol vehicle.

“Two of the attackers were fatally wounded and died on the spot,” he added.

A third attack took place at Elimgbu Police station, Omoni said, where gunmen killed three officers.

The police spokesperson said a manhunt was underway to find the perpetrators who escaped.

Security was “strengthened in all the police formations in the State, including other critical public and private infrastructure” he added, without giving further details.

Earlier on Thursday, gunmen stormed Obosi police station in nearby Anambra state, killing two policemen.

Also on Thursday, police and soldiers repelled an attack on Orlu police station in neighbouring Imo state.

“After the gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullets wounds,” Imo state police commissioner Abutu Yaro said in a statement.

He added that four security operatives were injured.

The army issued a higher death toll and said 11 gunmen were killed.

Nigeria’s army blamed the assault on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), an outlawed separatist movement seeking independence for the Igbo people – a claim the group has not yet responded to.

News24.com | Reds clinch Super Rugby AU title after last-gasp try sinks Brumbies

May 8th 2021 at 10:44
Flyhalf James O'Connor scored a try after the hooter to enable the Reds to beat the Brumbies in the Super Rugby AU final in Brisbane.

Cyril Ramaphosa defends Duarte over Ace Magashule's ANC suspension letter

President Cyril Ramaphosa has come to the defence of ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, saying she was mandated by the party’s national working committee to issue a suspension letter against Ace Magashule.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with ANC suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule. File photo.

Businessinsider.co.za | Chess legend Garry Kasparov is making fun of Ace Magashule’s game

May 8th 2021 at 10:36
Asked about the (disputedly) suspended ANC secretary general's strategy, one of the most famous chess players in the world was not complimentary.

World Run ambassador Edwina Makgamatha fights for people with disabilities

Wheelchair-bound Edwina Makgamatha, who will participate in the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday, has become an activist for disabled people.

Edwina Makgamatha poses for a portrait at home in Johannesburg. She will participate in the Wings for Life World Run on May 9.

Bomb attack on former Maldives president linked to Islamic extremists, police say

May 8th 2021 at 10:26
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is conscious after life-saving surgery, his family said on Saturday, as police made two arrests in connection with a blast they said was being treated as a terror attack.

Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed.

News24.com | Eastern Cape abaThembu royal sentenced to life for raping of teen family members

May 8th 2021 at 10:22
AbaThembu royal family member Avelile Sakhisizwe Mtirara has been jailed for life for raping two teen relatives.

EU seals deal for extra 1.8 billion BioNTech/Pfizer doses

May 8th 2021 at 10:19

The EU has concluded a deal with BioNTech/Pfizer for up to 1.8 billion extra doses of their Covid-19 vaccine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday.

“Happy to announce that the EU Commission has just approved a contract for guaranteed 900 million doses (+900 million options) with BioNTech/Pfizer for 2021-2023,” she tweeted from an EU summit in Portugal.

“Other contracts and other vaccine technologies will follow,” she promised.

The contract, on top of the 600 million BioNTech/Pfizer doses the commission has already secured, aims to supply the bloc – population 450 million – with enough jabs for booster shots, the EU said.

 

 

 

They could also expand vaccination to minors and for exports to lower-income countries outside the EU, it added.

Von der Leyen has said that the mRNA technology used by BioNTech/Pfizer and other vaccine-makers has proven safe and effective.

BioNTech of Germany and Pfizer of the United States have stepped up supply Europe with their jointly produced doses, and their vaccine is currently the main one being used in the EU.

EU rollout accelerating

Others in the EU vaccine portfolio include those from AstraZeneca — which delivered far below the quantities it had promised, and whose jab has been tarnished by a link to very rare blood clots — as well as from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

After a slow start, the EU’s vaccination rollout has greatly picked up speed, with more than a quarter of its population having received at least one jab.

The 27-nation bloc is on track to have 70 percent of adults fully vaccinated by late July, and is already cautiously reopening ahead of its vital summer vacation period.

Von der Leyen has stood by the EU strategy of her Commission being responsible for negotiating vaccine contracts for all member countries, despite early criticism that rollout was too slow.

 

 

 

Europe is now debating with the United States over whether lifting patents on Covid vaccines could boost supplies to poorer countries.

The EU has so far sent more than 200 million doses to non-EU countries, while the United States has dispatched just 2.7 million to Mexico in what it describes as a “loan”.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, tweeted that “Europe’s role in the world is more critical today than ever as we fight Covid-19,” adding that it “shows when we collaborate on common causes we are stronger together”.

The European Union is major contributor to Covax, a WHO-backed facility designed to get doses to mainly lower-income countries.

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Deployment of officials to wards within the city of Johannesburg aims to improve crime prevention as well as observance of bylaws and resolution of service delivery issues.

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Virus deaths top 4,000 in India as pope calls for patent waivers

May 8th 2021 at 10:14

New Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks, as the pope called for patent waivers to “allow universal access to the vaccine.”

The call for waivers has gained momentum after the United States announced its surprise support for such a scheme to enable adequate vaccine supplies to fight the raging pandemic.

India now accounts for nearly half of the world’s new known cases according to an AFP database, and it reported a national record 4,187 new deaths Saturday.

New Delhi has struggled to contain the outbreak, which has overwhelmed its healthcare system and sparked public anger over mismanagement.

“The government says that there is ample supply of medicines and oxygen,” said Brijesh Pandey, who spends hours every day jostling with others to try to secure oxygen for his brother-in-law.

“But look how hundreds of desperate people are struggling to save their brothers, sisters and parents.”

 

 

 

India reported more than 400,000 new infections on Saturday, but many experts suspect the official death and case numbers are a gross underestimate.

The surge has spilled into next-door Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Its eastern neighbour Pakistan began a nine-day shutdown targeting travel and tourist hot spots to try to stop its outbreak from snowballing during the upcoming Eid celebrations at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Eid holidays usually see a mass movement of people across the nation of 220 million, and the government has mobilised the military to help enforce the restrictions.

‘Closed nationalism’

But mosques, which have been packed each night throughout Ramadan, will remain open despite the virus threat.

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his backing for “universal access to the vaccine and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights”, condemning the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.

“A variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents, for example, an internationalism of vaccines,” he said.

“Another variant is when we put the laws of the market or intellectual property above the laws of love and the health of humanity.”

The global arsenal against the coronavirus expanded as the vaccine from China’s Sinopharm became the first fully non-Western shot to get the green light from the World Health Organization.

 

 

 

The WHO has already given emergency use authorisation to vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca, a status that paves the way for countries to quickly approve and import shots.

Sinopharm is already in use in 42 territories around the world, including Pakistan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Serbia.

The European Union meanwhile said it had sealed a deal with BioNTech/Pfizer for up to 1.8 billion extra doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.

“Other contracts and other vaccine technologies will follow,” EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said.

The United States this week backed a push led by the WHO, India and South Africa to waive Covid-19 vaccine patent protections to boost supply to poorer nations.

The European Union on Saturday pressed the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs.

Worries about Tokyo Olympics

Rapid vaccine rollouts worldwide are considered critical in the fight against the virus, which has killed 3.26 million people so far, and some countries with high immunisation rates such as Britain are already easing restrictions and testing events with large gatherings again.

But concerns are swirling about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with Japan’s vaccination programme moving slowly.

A coronavirus state of emergency in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, was extended on Friday with authorities warning of some hospitals being overwhelmed.

The pandemic has already disrupted test events for the Olympics, with several postponed, cancelled or moved abroad.

But International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates was adamant Saturday that the Games will go ahead despite the risks.

Asked by AFP if there was any scenario in which the event, due to start on July 23, could be cancelled or postponed again, he replied: “No, there’s not.”

Neymar extends PSG contract to 2025

May 8th 2021 at 10:12

Neymar has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the 2024-2025 season, the reigning French champions announced on Saturday.

The Brazilian has claimed three Ligue 1 titles with PSG since arriving in 2017 from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($270 million) in what remains the most expensive transfer in history.

“I’m really pleased to continue my adventure at Paris Saint-Germain,” the 29-year-old said in a club statement after signing a contract extension until June 20, 2025.

“I’m very happy in Paris, and proud to be part of this squad, to work with these players, a great coach and to be part of the history of this club.”

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said in a press conference: “Everyone in the PSG family is happy that a player of Neymar’s talent has extended his contract.”

Neymar has also won two French Cups with PSG, but the major honour that he was bought by the Qatari-owned club to win, the Champions League, continues to prove elusive.

He helped PSG to reach last season’s Champions League final where they were beaten by Bayern Munich but the club’s chances of reaching the final again were crushed by Manchester City on Tuesday — and Neymar was ineffectual in the 2-0 semi-final second-leg defeat in England.

There has frequently been speculation in Spain that Barcelona wanted to re-sign him, but Neymar’s decision to extend his deal in the French capital is not a surprise as he has looked increasingly settled at PSG in recent months.

Lionel Messi said in September 2019 he would have “loved” Neymar to return to the club.

“I would have loved for Neymar to come. I don’t know if Barca did everything possible to bring him back but it’s true that negotiating with PSG is not easy,” he said at the time.

PSG will now turn their attention to persuading forward Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club.

The French World Cup-winning forward is coveted by a host of Europe’s top clubs.

Two men sentenced to life in prison for deadly R1m heist

May 8th 2021 at 10:07

Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for robbing a Protea Coin vehicle of about R1 million a week before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The robbery resulted in the death of a policeman on the N1 south in June 2010.

Hosia Modiko Dipale and Percy Segoe were sentenced in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday.

The two were aided by accomplices during the robbery.

“A week before the 2010 World Cup, the two and their accomplices attacked a Protea Coin vehicle with rifles, and took about R1 million. During the robbery, two Protea Coin officials were shot and were subsequently treated in hospital,” said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

The men were arrested following a shootout with police in Soweto, which left a policeman, Gert du Toit, dead.

Theft

They were found guilty of four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, nine counts of attempted murder, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, murder, as well as three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Senior prosecutor Gertrude Market said it was clear the men had serious intent.

“It was clear that the accused came prepared for war on the day of the commission of these offences. This is evident in the number of firearms recovered by police at various crime scenes. They shot at everything and everyone that moved on the day in question.

“They blatantly put innocent road users and citizens’ safety at risk. It was aggravating that these heinous offences were perpetrated against the security officials employed by Protea Coin, police officials and members of the public in broad daylight,” said Market.

Dipale was effectively sentenced to life and 130 years imprisonment, while Segoe got life and 132 years imprisonment.

“Segoe was further sentenced to two years for housebreaking with the intent to commit a crime, following his entry without permission, into a shack in Soweto during the police’s search for the robbers,” said Mjonondwane.

Peugeot 3008 is cute, but just too costly

May 8th 2021 at 10:00

There is no arguing that Peugeot make good looking cars these days. Following shortly after the launch of the smaller 2008, we now have the bigger 3008. And I got to spend some time getting to know this family orientated guy from Sochaux in France.

Car styling, just like looks, are completely subjective, and for me the 3008 works as eye candy. The most noticeable attributes in the bling department are the full LED head lamps, tail lamps, sequential indicators and 19-inch alloy wheels on this GT.

The futuristic theme continues on the inside, where bigger is better it would seem. The Peugeot i-Cockpit features a 12.3-inch fully customisable and configurable instrument cluster right in front of you, along with a new ten-inch central touchscreen.

There are also seven elegant piano key toggle switches that allow you easy access to the main comfort functions: radio, air conditioning, navigation with voice command, vehicle settings, telephone, mobile applications, and hazard warning lights.

What you will also find close at hand is a driving mode selector, and this allows for you to choose between Normal, Sport and Eco mode. Did I use it? Yes. Once to test it, and I feel many owners will do the same and then just drive the 3008 in Normal mode.

For this kind of mommy, family car, the 121kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox is adequate. Its not fast, but it is comfortable and smooth, and that’s the part I liked most about the drive.

I am not even going to pretend that I knew all of this, or how most of it works, but it well worth noting that the 3008 GT includes all the latest generation driving aids and driving assistance equipment you could want in a car.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, Lane Keep assist that helps keep you in your lane, automatic emergency braking that detects the likes of pedestrians and cyclists and stops the car if you are not paying attention, extended recognition of traffic signs, 360° front and rear cameras, Park Assist, Driver Warning Alert, to detect driver alertness over long driving times, automatic switching to and from high beam, active blind spot monitoring system, hands-free tailgate, dual-pane sunroof, and a multi-point massage driver’s seat.

And a smartphone is an integral part of any girl’s life and the 3008 GT is well equipped in this department once again by offering screen mirroring for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless charging to go with multiple USB sockets.

There is literally nothing that this Peugeot 3008 GT does not come with as standard. I must admit that I was massively impressed. But and it is a big but, I almost fell off my chair when I saw that the price of owning the handsome Frenchy is R644 900. This is simply out of my league!

No misconduct found in Bellville Sassa water cannon incident

May 8th 2021 at 10:00

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) could not find fault with the police’s actions when they used a water cannon to disperse frustrated Sassa grant recipients in Bellville on 15 January.

IPID found that the police used minimum force to get the grant recipients to practise social distancing in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

They were within their operational rights to enforce Covid-19 regulations.

According to the IPID report, the manager of the Bellville Sassa office said officials called the police for help earlier that day after they battled for days to get the grant recipients to comply with the regulations.

The police arrived but apparently, the crowd still didn’t heed warnings.

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It was escalated to the Public Order Police (POP), who warned the people again.

After not heeding that call, an officer in the water cannon vehicle was ordered to take action.

The police told IPID that the options of using a pepper or capsicum spray, firearms, rubber bullets and teargas were at their disposal but would have been inappropriate.

The report noted: “The above measures would not have been appropriate to manage the crowd at the Bellville [Sassa] on the day in question, hence less forceful measures were applied.”

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz asked IPID to investigate the incident.

On the day in question, alarmed that people were not applying the 1.5m social distancing rule during the Covid-19 pandemic, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu climbed into an armoured vehicle and used the public address system to ask people to spread out.

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Later in the day, while she was in discussions with Sassa officials inside the building, jets of water from the water cannon were sprayed on people to force them to stand apart, eliciting outrage over the treatment of vulnerable people.

Before going into the findings, IPID explained that the acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Mpumuelo Manci, did not give the “substantive details” that Fritz requested.

It was also not clear why Sassa officials could not ensure compliance themselves or why there were such long queues.

This is what IPID pieced together:

  • Sassa officials called the police because their security could not cope with the large groups of people who were not social distancing.
  • Bellville police attended to the complaint.
  • Due to a lack of cooperation, the POP were asked for help.
  • The POP scene commander warned the group of people to practise social distancing and disperse.
  • When they failed to do so, a constable in the water cannon vehicle was ordered to spray water in the air to get people to social distance in line with the Disaster Management Act.
  • The constable aimed the water in the air and sprayed it for two seconds.
  • The POP scene commander said disabled applicants had already been attended to when the water cannon was used and were not part of the “disorderly group” that refused to disperse.

The documents IPID used included:

  • A copy of Use of Force and Torture: Guidelines on the implementation and enforcement of regulations and directives issued in terms of Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act (DMA): Containment and management of Covid-19 National Commissioner Circular dated 19 May 2020;
  • Riot Control Vehicle, Water Cannon operation and maintenance manual; SAPS Crime Combating Forum Supplementary Instruction on Containment and Management of Covid-19 in terms of the DMA that confirms the duties of law enforcement officers;
  • National Instruction 4 of 2014 (Crowd Control Prescript) on National Commissioner circular, dated 15 May 2020 which confirms that SA Police Service Officers can enforce compliance with Covid-19 regulations “to ensure that lives are saved”.

IPID noted that DMA protocols made it compulsory for people to wear masks in public places compulsory or when queueing inside or outside, and for people have to ensure that they keep 1.5m away from others.

It found there was nothing wrong with Sassa to ask another SAPS for assistance, especially if the situation posed a risk to lives.

The directorate also found that the police officers fulfilled their duties in terms of the law, that they did not commit misconduct and that the police used their resources to disperse people, to ensure social distancing and to prevent the blocking of traffic in the road.

It said there were no reported injuries and that no member of the public lodged a complaint with them.

“In the premise, there is no misconduct committed by any member of SAPS who responded and attended the SAPS complaint on 15 January 2020. SAPS acted within the prescripts of the law,” the report stated.

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In response, Fritz issued a statement saying he was disappointed by the finding.

“We all saw the videos. Water cannons were used on Sassa beneficiaries waiting in a queue outside. We also see protests on a daily basis in our country where crowds are far more unruly than the crowd outside of Sassa on that day, and water cannons are not used on the unruly crowds. So there is the question of inconsistency,” he said.

“On a more fundamental level, though, what kind of society uses state resources to treat vulnerable people; Sassa beneficiaries, like this? The IPID report seems to show that our state institutions allow for this. Is this the kind of society we are?”

Hazard apologised to me, the players and the club – Zidane

May 8th 2021 at 09:58

Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday Eden Hazard had apologised to him, the players and the club for laughing with Chelsea players after Real Madrid’s Champions League exit earlier this week.

Hazard joked with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy after the full-time whistle on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, where Madrid had lost 2-0, and 3-1 on aggregate, to go out in the semi-finals.

It prompted an angry reaction from sections of the media in Spain, with Madrid newspaper Marca claiming Hazard’s “popularity is now at rock bottom”.

The Belgium attacker issued a public apology to Madrid fans on Thursday and Zidane said in a press conference that Hazard also said sorry to his teammates.

“Eden has apologised and he did it well, it was not his intention to hurt anyone, that is the most important thing,” Zidane said on Saturday, ahead of Real Madrid’s crucial La Liga game against Sevilla on Sunday.

“He knows what he has to do on the pitch and he’s going to do it. We spoke the other day, after the match, but to say that. He was apologising for his reaction – to me, to the club, to the players – and that’s it.”

Hazard has endured an injury-ravaged two years in Spain since joining from Chelsea in 2019.

Zidane would not address speculation that Madrid will listen to offers for him this summer but disagreed the 30-year-old is not committed to the club.

“All the players have their hearts in the club but for now it hasn’t been possible to see the Eden Hazard we want to see,” Zidane said.

“But I believe he is going to get there. It’s a difficult moment with everything that’s happened but he has a contract and what he wants is to succeed here.”

Sergio Ramos’ future is also uncertain, with another injury ruling the defender out of the game against Sevilla and raising the possibility he has played his last game for Madrid.

Ramos, whose contract expires this summer, has sustained a hamstring injury after making his first appearance in just over a month against Chelsea.

“It wasn’t hasty, the other day he played because he was 100 per cent,” said Zidane.

“He trained perfectly but after the 90 minutes, he felt something. He is gutted because he can’t be with the team for this final stretch of the season.”

Real Madrid are two points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga and level on points with Barcelona, with four games left to play. Barca host Atletico at Camp Nou later on Saturday.

Spurs top-four hopes hang by a thread after Leeds defeat

May 8th 2021 at 09:51

Leeds beat managerless Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday to put a huge dent in Spurs’ ambitions of securing a coveted Premier League top-four spot.

Son Heung-min cancelled out Stuart Dallas’s early goal for Leeds midway the first half but Patrick Bamford restored the home side’s lead shortly before the break and substitute Rodrigo struck late on.

Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho last month, remain five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but now have just three games left – one fewer than their London rivals.

It means Tottenham, beaten Champions League finalists in 2019, are almost certain to miss out on playing in Europe’s elite club competition for a second consecutive season.

Leeds, who climbed above Arsenal into ninth place with the win, took an early lead when Dallas smashed home after Spurs failed to deal with a teasing cross from Jack Harrison.

Harrison fizzed the ball across the box from the left and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did well to keep the ball out after Sergio Regilon nearly put through his own goal.

But Lloris could nothing to prevent Dallas from smashing home from close range at the back post.

Tottenham were level in the 25th minute when Son Heung-min steered home Dele Alli’s clever through ball.

But Leeds regained the lead in the 42nd minute as Bamford finished from close range for his 15th goal of the season following Ezgjan Alioski’s cut-back.

Harry Kane had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half as Spurs pushed for an equaliser and then rattled the bar from a free kick with less than 20 minutes to go.

But it was Leeds who struck again to seal the three points, with Rodrigo finishing after a cross from fellow substitute Raphinha with just six minutes left.

Ex-Premier League goalkeeper slams ‘troublemaker’ Bongani Zungu

May 8th 2021 at 09:40

Former Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has slammed Bafana Bafana star Bongani Zungu, saying Rangers “will be glad to see the troublemaker go back to Amiens”.

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This comes after Amiens manager Oswald Tanchot that Zungu would return to the French club next season after his loan spell at Scottish champions.

Zungu was among the five Rangers players who were slapped with a six-game ban by the Scottish Football Association after they broke the Covid rules by attending a house party in March.

“They’ll definitely be glad to see the back of him (Bongani Zungu). He’s a trouble maker, I think,” Kenny told Football Insider.

“They have done so well this season under Steven Gerrard with the discipline they’ve got there.

“After all that happened earlier in the year, it’s best to start afresh, in my opinion.

“When you’ve just won the league, why would you want someone like him at the club anyway?

“He’s not even their player and he’s only on loan. So you may as well send him back, cut your losses and move on,” he added.

Zungu made 20 Rangers appearances in all competitions for Rangers since the club in October last year.

Rangers had an option-to-buy clause in his contract, but it looks like they will not exercise it.

Zulu royal family set to address the media

May 8th 2021 at 09:19

The AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is set to address the media.

This comes after Prince MisuZulu KaZwelithini was named as the new king of the Zulu nation on Friday evening.

Initially, the address was set for 4pm on Saturday, 8 May, but this is yet to take place.

A statement released by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) reads: “Following yesterday’s memorial service for the late Regent, Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, the senior matriarch of the Zulu Royal Family, Queen Mayvis MaZungu, gathered members of the family this morning to support one another and express sympathies.

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“During this meeting, Princess Thembi and Prince Mbonisi pledged their loyalty and support to His Majesty King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. The family appreciates this indication that stability and unity have been restored under His Majesty the King.

“A press conference in this regard will be held at KwaKhangela Palace at 16:00 this afternoon, where the media is welcomed to raise any questions they may have.”

#KingMisuZulu Another delegation from the Kingdom of Eswatini arrives KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace. AmaZulu Traditional Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi set to address the media around 16h00. He is meeting with the new King MisuZulu KaZwelithini. #eNCA pic.twitter.com/8inlEKoOZ9

— Siphamandla Goge (@SiphamandlaGoge) May 8, 2021

‘King MisuZulu’

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela, the then-prince MisuZulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

The will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma.

It was then reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that King Misuzulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Queen Mantfombi funeral

Mantfombi passed away last week at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 65. She was laid to rest at a private burial on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Prince MisuZulu made his first public appearance since the death of Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

The prince was accompanied by Zulu regiments marching into the marquee where the official memorial of the queen was taking place with prayer in session.

King MisuZulu is the eldest son of the late regent Queen who was tasked with appointing a new ruler after the death of king Goodwill Zwelithini.

Additional reporting from Neo Thale and Siyanda Ndlovu

O’Connor carries Reds to Super Rugby AU title

May 8th 2021 at 09:12

James O’Connor snatched a try after the buzzer against the ACT Brumbies as the Queensland Reds toppled the defending champions 19-16 in a frantic finish to the Super Rugby AU final Saturday.

Brad Thorn’s men have been the standout team this year, winning seven of eight games ahead of the decider, and they didn’t disappoint a bumper 42,000-strong crowd in a pulsating game at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

They went to the break 13-6 down but came back in emphatic fashion, with O’Connor crossing in the 84th minute then converting after a sustained period of pressure with two Brumbies players yellow-carded in the final few minutes.

It was only their second Super Rugby title. Their first came in 2011, when the competition also featured top teams from New Zealand and South Africa.

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“It was a tough contest, it always is against the Brumbies. That was like a Test match,” said skipper O’Connor, who scored all 19 points.

“Super proud of my boys, they came home strong. We started a little bit slow, but we got there.”

It was the third match in a row against the Brumbies in which they had been down at half time and rallied to win.

“I want to congratulate the Reds, not only on tonight but a great season,” said Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa, whose side made the final after six wins from eight this season.

“I said to my boys, you’ve got to be proud of that effort.”

The Reds narrowly lost last year’s final to the Brumbies 28-23 and admitted before the game they were still smarting.

But it was all the Canberra team in the first half.

O’Connor nailed an early penalty to get the scoreboard ticking over in a fast and furious opening 10 minutes that the visitors dominated.

Their pressure paid off when Tom Banks crossed for the opening try after a deft offload from Noah Lolesio, who converted to put them 7-3 in front.

The Brumbies had all the possession and territory, but against the run of play O’Connor’s boot pulled the Reds back to within a point.

But the mini comeback didn’t last, with two more Lolesio penalties stretching the Brumbies advantage to 13-6 at half-time.

Wallaby winger Jordan Petaia was unfortunate to have a try disallowed soon after the restart as the Reds started fast.

But O’Connor bagged a third penalty to keep them in touch and then a fourth to take them within a point at 12-13 with 16 minutes left.

A composed Lolesio eased the pressure with his third successful penalty to restore a four point advantage going into the final 10 minutes, before two yellow cards for the Brumbies.

Organisers of #KaizerChiefsProtest: ‘Chiefs fans are the laughing stock of SA’

May 8th 2021 at 09:03
Organisers of a fan protest planned to march to Kaizer Chiefs’ Village headquarters in Naturena on Friday say supporters of the club are fed up with being a laughing stock.

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung and manger Bobby Motaung during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium on April 15, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

News24.com | IPID finds no misconduct in Sassa water cannon incident

May 8th 2021 at 09:00
IPID has found that police officers fulfilled their duties in terms of the law when they used a water cannon to disperse a crowd of Sassa beneficiaries who failed to practise social distancing.

Government is looking at the ‘next frontier’ of BEE in South Africa – what you should know

May 8th 2021 at 09:00
On Saturday (1 May), Trade, Industry and Competition minister Ebrahim Patel hosted a media briefing on worker empowerment in South Africa.

NPA ‘on brink of making progress’ on state capture investigations

May 8th 2021 at 08:55

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate (ID) is “on the brink of making significant progress” on state capture investigations, said the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi.

Addressing the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on Friday, regarding the NPA’s annual performance plan and budget, Batohi described the ID as a “game-changer”.

However, ID head Hermione Cronje was cautious about providing information on the Guptas and their associates, notably Salim Essa’s extradition to South Africa.

ACDP MP Steve Swart said it is “disgraceful” that they are sitting overseas.

“We can confirm that they are not yet in South Africa,” Cronje said. “We’ve certainly not relented.”

She said they are getting cooperation from a number of other countries in this regard.

Batohi said the ID is working very well with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, and that the ID brings a whole new methodology.

“The really big cases, that people want to come to court, have not yet come to court,” Batohi said.

However, she believes the hard work of the past two years has laid a solid foundation.

She said the change in the Zondo Commission’s regulations, to allow law enforcement agencies to access evidence presented at the commission, has made a big impact.

They are, however, wary of bringing cases to court, where evidence is still going to be led at the commission.

She said: “The ID is, in fact, poised to make significant progress on priority matters.”

She added that they are “on the brink of making significant inroads”.

The ID is also working with the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) to regain money stolen through formal partnerships.

In March, Cronje told the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that they are close to “pulling together the strands” in Transnet’s alleged corrupt purchase of 1 064 locomotives, involving Essa. She also provided details of the intricate case.

She said they were drafting an indictment in the case of Eskom and the then Gupta-owned Tageta, planning to have it before court later this year.

In the 2019–2020 financial year, the NPA had a 92.3% conviction rate for complex corruption cases, convicting 233 people from the private sector on corruption, and 183 from the government.

The following year, the conviction rate was 93%, in which 150 people from the private sector and 220 government officials were convicted. These numbers are unaudited.

The NPA plans to maintain this conviction rate in the current financial year.

Batohi’s presentation to the committee was generally well-received.

Aleck Skhosana ousted at Athletics SA vote

May 8th 2021 at 08:48
Athletics SA (ASA) has seen a changing of guard‚ with James Moloi ousting Aleck Skhosana as president at the sports body's elections in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Richard Stander (CEO) of ASA, Aleck Skhosana (former president of ASA) and James Moloi (National Marathon Championships) of ASA during the ASA press briefing about its president Aleck Skhosana's SASCOC presidency candidacy at Athletics House, Houghton Estate on March 11, 2020 in Johannesburg.

Eastern Cape ANC suspends three leaders for violating party’s constitution

May 8th 2021 at 08:45

The ANC in the Eastern Cape announced that it had suspended three leaders for violating the party’s constitution.

The members are OR Tambo municipality council speaker, Xolile Nkompela, the deputy mayor, Robert Nogumla, and the municipality’s former chief whip, William Ngozi.

Nkompela and Nogumla have been suspended from the ANC for five years, and Ngozi for one year.

Nogumla has been suspended for defying the provincial executive committee (PEC) after he refused to accept its 12 October 2020 decision to recall him as deputy mayor and redeployed him to the position of mayoral executive committee member.

Nkompela is suspended for defying a decision of the PEC, which called for him to resign as speaker of the municipality.

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Ngozi was charged for failing or refusing to resign as chief whip of the municipality, despite being advised of the decision of the PEC that he be recalled.

He has since resigned and tendered his apology to the organisation.

Meanwhile, Raymond Mhlaba municipality chief whip, Lindelwa Penisi, was sanctioned to a three-year membership suspension, wholly suspended for three years, on condition that she doesn’t break the ANC’s constitution during the period.

She was caught on camera launching a verbal tirade at Fort Beaufort residents, who were pleading for water.

ANC provincial disciplinary committee chairperson, Sisisi Tolashe, said Penisi’s remorse weighed in her favour.

The suspended ANC members could not be immediately reached for comment. Their responses will be added once received.

101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

May 8th 2021 at 08:30
The largest diamond ever cut in Russia — a 100.94 carat stone called the Alrosa Spectacle — will be auctioned in Geneva later this month.

A staff holds a D colour, internally flawless rectangular step-cut diamond of 100.94 carats during a preview at Christie's before its auction sale in Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2021.

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May 8th 2021 at 08:11
While developed nations are well advanced with their rollouts, most African countries are almost out of initial supplies and Africa accounts for 2% of global administered shots

Hawks nab transport museum cleaner for theft of copper from locomotives

May 8th 2021 at 07:48
Stolen copper pipes weighing a total of 2,8kg were seized from the suspect. The damage to the steam locomotives is estimated at about R215,000.

Stolen copper pipes weighing a total of 2,8kg were seized from the suspect, a cleaner working at the transport museum. The damage to the steam locomotives is estimated at about R215,000. File photo.

WATCH: Leo Prinsloo gets hilarious Ozzy Man makeover

May 8th 2021 at 07:48

Basically everyone in South Africa has seen the nail biting video of South Africa’s own Chuck Norris, Leo Prinsloo, giving some would-be robbers a run for their money.

Prinsloo and partner Lloyd Mtombeni’s viral video has now gone global. And, it has received a hilarious Ozzy Man makeover.

Ozzy Man creates side splitting commentary on viral videos and has millions of fans across the globe. As with Prinsloo, he does not disappoint.

Perth local Ethan Marrell is the voice behind the online phenomenon and the Prinsloo video has garnered over 661,000 views on YouTube in a day and 1.4 million on Facebook.

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The Aussie and co-host Mozza reckon that Leo might need to see an “occupational therapist, psychiatrist, (get) some aromatherapy candles, a good herbal tea… and a pay rise” after the high-speed chase.

That might be a step to far for the Saffers and the hate mail is sure to flood his inbox soon.

However, Ozzy Man wants to make up for the slight: “If anyone in South Africa reckons they can get Leo and Lloyd some free Destination F#%Ked shirts from me, email me. They deserve ‘em I reckon.”

And just for the record Mr Marrell, Leo is no-one’s Uber driver.

Warning: The video below contains strong language.

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May 8th 2021 at 07:46
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Crusaders claim New Zealand Super Rugby crown

May 8th 2021 at 07:31

A Richie Mo’unga masterclass saw the Canterbury Crusaders overcome two yellow cards to defend their Super Rugby Aotearoa crown with a 24-13 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in Christchurch on Saturday.

For a period in the second half when the Crusaders were defending a narrow 15-13 lead, they were down to 13 men, with All Blacks Codie Taylor and Sevu Reece in the sin-bin.

But flyhalf Mo’unga, whose footwork had baffled the Chiefs through much of the match, refused to be flustered as he produced raking touch finders to force them back and extended the scoreline with a drop goal and a penalty.

By the time the Crusaders were back to a full complement of 15 they were 21-13 ahead with 12 minutes to play and Mo’unga added a further penalty to settle the score.

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“I was as nervous as I’ve ever been in the box, it was very tight,” said coach Scott Robertson as his Crusaders produced their fifth consecutive Super title under his reign.

“Thirteen men, they (the Chiefs) had all the momentum, they were winning the air battles, we just couldn’t get territory and we had a couple of big scrums, a couple of really big moments and Richie Mo’unga.”

Captain Scott Barrett described the victory as “awesome” and credited the defence for shutting out the Chiefs.

“This group of boys don’t need much  motivation. They’re so driven and keep striving to be better. Richie and the backs put us in the right area of the field and we let our defence do the rest,” he said.

In a clash of Test match intensity before a sold-out crowd of 17,400, Mo’unga scored 14 of the Crusaders’ points, while Damian McKenzie was the sole scorer for the Chiefs.

It is the Crusaders’ second crown in two seasons of the New Zealand competition, to go with their 10 titles in 24 years in the multi-national tournament.

For the Chiefs it was a disappointing end to what had been a stunning turn-around to make the final after losing their first two matches and captain Brad Weber said he had dreamed of claiming the title.

Mo’unga “is the linchpin of that team and he’s been in outstanding form all year and obviously I’m devastated,” Weber said.

“We threw everything at it and just weren’t good enough. The Crusaders were incredibly clinical, even with guys in the bin, and their set piece was too good.”

An intercept by Ethan Blackadder rescued the Crusaders when they were defending desperately and sparked a counter attack which paved the way for the Crusaders’ first try by Reece six minutes into the game.

After a McKenzie penalty for the Chiefs, a David Havili chip kick produced their second try to Will Jordan.

The Chiefs were down 12-3 when McKenzie scored from an innovative lineout drive which most of the backs joined before the ball went wide for the elusive fullback to score in the opposite corner.

A McKenzie penalty after 59 minutes narrowed the gap to two points before Mo’unga’s boot wrapped up the game for the Crusaders.

It is time for Eskom to be run like a business

May 8th 2021 at 07:12

It will not surprise most South Africans to hear we possibly face a colder and darker winter than normal, thanks to the prospect of more load shedding if Eskom’s workers declare a wage dispute and strike.

These workers – already, on average, some of the highest paid in the country – have the power to hold us to ransom. If they’re not happy, suddenly power stations will fall off the grid … sad coincidence and plausible deniability combining nicely for the unions.

The workforce at Eskom has ballooned out of all proportion to the growth in the national power supply over the past two decades … much as the civil service has swelled because it has become a place to “deploy” cadres.

Whether new broom, sweep clean chief executive Andre de Ruyter will be able to head off the powerful unions or whether he will be attacked, yet again, remains to be seen.

But what is apparent is that Eskom must been run on a strictly business footing if this country is to have a reliable supply into the future.

The time is long past where the corporation was the piggy bank for everyone, from corrupt ANC apparatchiks to unionists.

It’s a national asset and must be treated as such.

What is causing WiFi dead spots in your home – and how to fix it

May 8th 2021 at 07:00
We tend to take WiFi for granted at times, expecting it to miraculously work 24/7 and in every room of our homes – even on that remote patio that doesn’t quite reach the wireless router’s signal. As wireless connectivity runs on radio waves, obstructions and interferences come with the territory, resulting in WiFi dead spots where wireless signals can’t penetrate, says Matthew Campbell, head of SME and FTTH at ICT and high-speed data network provider Seacom.

Another taxi boss gunned down in Mpumalanga

May 8th 2021 at 06:59

Armed men gunned down a 62-year-old taxi owner in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

According to police, the taxi owner and his friend were walking a few meters away from his home when “a group of four armed men driving a white BMW drove by and fired shots”, provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Friday.

The attackers made a u-turn and returned to the scene to ensure that the taxi owner was dead, Hlathi added.

“They reportedly fired more shots at the victim who was already lying on the ground, and fled the scene thereafter.”

A manhunt for the killers is under way.

The shooting is believed to the eighth taxi-related attack in recent weeks.

Last month, a taxi boss was killed while he was sitting in his car near to the Miliva taxi rank.

In March, taxi marshall Frans Oupa Manamela and taxi driver Sipho Mahlangu were shot dead.

Provincial police commissioner General Thulani Phahla said: “Although we made some strides as we continue fighting to curb the trend, taxi owners, drivers, queue marshals as well as taxi patrollers continue to be hunted down and killed. This situation has prompted us as police management in the province to dig deep in our investigation. However, we still urge members of the public to come on board and assist with information so that those who are responsible are swiftly brought to book to prevent loss of life.”

Hlathi appealed to members of the public to come forward if they have information about the killing. They can contact Lieutenant Colonel Difaga John Malope on 082 441 7591.

Severe storm claims four lives in the Western Cape

May 8th 2021 at 06:57
A severe storm that battered parts of the Western Cape this week claimed four lives.

Western Cape legislature speaker Masizole Mnqasela helped with the distribution of food and blankets to Overberg residents displaced by floods.

Strategic Dialogue Group wants Ace Magashule charged for suspending Ramaphosa

“As a matter of principle, those who make themselves available for leadership have an obligation to lead by example – what the auditing profession refers to as the 'tone at the top' – and to safeguard the integrity and image of the institutions they lead,” the group said.

Ace Magashule, the suspended ANC secretary general. File image

Your WhatsApp might not properly work after 15 May deadline

May 8th 2021 at 06:51

You must have noticed the new WhatApp terms and privacy policy update popping up on your phone for some time now. And, like most users, you probably just closed the window to get to that new meme.

However, WhatsApp has again thrown down the gauntlet to users, saying they either accept the new terms and privacy policy from the platform, or face the consequences…

In January this year, the messaging giant wanted to roll out new terms, which included changes to how it collected and shared user data. A global backlash from users saw the Facebook-owned platform eventually back down.

WhatsApp terms

WhatApp terms and privacy policy update.

Now, they are at it again and have given users a pretty significant ultimatum: Accept or you will not have full access to the platform.

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If users do not accept by 15 May, WhatsApp says on their website:

  • Users will not be able to access chats. You will still be able to read messages if you have notifications enables on your phone, but you will not be able to respond.
  • Users will be able to answer incoming voice calls, but the tech giant was mum on the ability to make calls.
  • After a few weeks, it said, you will no longer be able to receive calls or notifications of new messages.

WhatsApp said that it will not delete a user’s account if they do not accept. But, you will still not be able to send messages.

What’s changing in the terms:

The tech giant said that the update to the terms is mostly focussed on how businesses and their customers interact on the messaging platform.

“We are also providing more information about how we collect, share, and use data,” it added.

“Our commitment to your privacy isn’t changing. Your personal conversations are still protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, can read or listen to them.”

The application requires certain information from users in order to provide certain functionality. For example, if you wish to share your location with contacts, the app needs to be able to access location services.

You can read the full privacy policy here.

Vermeulen returns as Bulls look to maul Stormers

May 8th 2021 at 06:46

Will the Stormers be able to answer all the questions the Bulls are set to throw at them at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday?

In another chapter of the traditional north-south derby, the two teams clash in round two of the Rainbow Cup SA, with the Capetonians the marginal underdogs despite their home-ground status.

With a huge physical confrontation on the menu for the 6.15pm fixture, the announcement of the British and Irish Lions tour squad this week will raise the bar, with several players on display in line for Springbok duty in the series.

Top of the list no doubt include the return of Bulls captain Duane Vermeulen and the continued comeback of Stormers flank Pieter-Steph du Toit.

Pieter-Steph du Toit of the Stormers

Pieter-Steph du Toit during a Stormers training session. Picture: Gallo Images

Vermeulen has been out with a knee injury since the Currie Cup final, while Du Toit enjoyed his first game back last week after a year-long absence from the game due to a leg injury.

Bulls director of rugby Jake White expressed his delight with the return of Vermeulen, who together with the inclusion of veteran Bok flyhalf Morne Steyn will play a major in the Bulls’ plans.

Known to suffocate teams on defence, and with inclement weather on the cards, Steyn is expected to keep the Stormers pinned back with his tactical kicking.

The inclusion of lock and lineout maestro Walt Steenkamp could also be an indication that the Bulls intend to maul the Stormers into submission in the wet weather.

The Bulls enjoyed a winning start last week, but their stuttering 22-9 win over the Lions didn’t go down well with White.

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The Stormers started out with a defeat to the Sharks, while they also faced a disrupted week marred by injury setbacks and red card hearings.

After losing flyhalf Kade Wolhuter for the season, they will also be without scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and lock JD Schickerling, while they released centre Ruhan Nel to the SA Sevens side.

Wing Seabelo Senatla had been banned for four weeks and is replaced by Sergeal Petersen, but No 8 Willie Engelbrecht is back on the bench after it was ruled that his second yellow card last week was unlawful.

The hosts have also lost their talented openside flank Nama Xaba for six weeks to an ankle injury, but his replacement Marcel Theunissen is as competent and will be expected to keep Bulls star Marco van Staden at bay.

The Stormers’ biggest threat is their all-out Bok front-row of captain Steven Kitshoff, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and tighthead Frans Malherbe.

But while it’s a big weapon to have, the Bulls have shown the scrums are not the be-all and end-all and will be keen to at least create parity.

Ace Magashule kicked out of heated ANC NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 06:28
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was booted out of the party's virtual national executive committee [NEC] meeting which started on Saturday morning.

Ace Magashule

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May 8th 2021 at 06:24
The ANC Women's League has issued a statement, distancing itself from ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule after a league meeting on Friday night descended into chaos.

Cape Flats health staff besieged by criminals

May 8th 2021 at 06:21
Staff at various Cape Flats clinics have been robbed at gunpoint. Computers and personal protection equipment have been stolen in other clinics. Another one has no electricity after cables were stolen.

A clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, was ransacked in July 2020, according to the city.

ANC Women's League ditches suspended Ace Magashule

“The ANCWL chooses the ANC above all divisions in the movement. We refuse to be drawn in the differences of ANC men who don’t care about the future of the liberation movement.”

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule removed from from ANC’s special NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 06:04

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has removed suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule from it’s special virtual meeting.

Magashule vowed to attend the special meeting during an interview with SABC on Friday. He insists that his suspension is invalid and that he still holds the office of secretary-general.

Several news outlets are reporting that the corruption-accused politician was given the boot from the meeting. It is unclear at this stage what the removal from the meeting means. However, expulsion from the party has been said to be on the cards.

On the agenda for the special meeting is the party’s step aside resolution, the appeals process for implicated members, and of course, Magashule’s defiance to adhere to the policy.

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During Magashule’s suspension, he has been barred from:

  • Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his office as secretary-general,
  • Representing  the organisation publicly  and or in any other form,
  • Making public pronouncements  on matters  related to the organisation, and
  • Engaging in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations  or individuals, including  on your stepping aside and matters related thereto.

As a result, he was not allowed to attend the meeting at all and his removal is in line with the suspension protocols.

Asked if he expects to be expelled from the ANC at the weekend’s NEC meeting, he told the SABC the NEC could not be a judge and jury.

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“There are processes which one will argue when I appear before the appeals body. The NEC has been conflicted in this matter. They have been the judge, prosecutor, investigator and jury.

Expulsion from the ANC

There is a real chance that Magashule could be expelled from the party following his actions this week.

After the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) said that it supports the NEC’s decision on the step aside resolution, Magashule was officially suspended from duty.

The organisation had decided that all members implicated in serious criminal offences need to step aside within 30 days or be suspended. Magashule was the first test for the resolution after repeatedly refusing to step aside.

Also this week, he penned a letter stating that he was in turn summarily suspending party leader Cyril Ramaphosa over allegations that his CR17 campaign fund received irregular contributions. Ramaphosa has not been charged in a court of law with any crimes.

This move has lead many commentators and analysts to believe that the NEC, and Ramaphosa as party head, have little choice but to eventually expel Magashule from the party.

‘Rogue elements’

The Citizen’s Brian Sokutu reports that political analysts expect the NEC to stamp its authority against its rogue elements within the party.

Independent political analyst, Dr Ralph Mathekga, said the NEC should “assert itself on its party resolution to suspend Ace Magashule – failure to do so will spell a disaster”.

“There is no more runway for more excuses on this one.

“The NEC has been pushed to a corner to do the right thing and we expect the ANC’s decision-making body to come out resolute,” said Mathekga.

Concurring with Mathekga, University of South Africa political science, professor Dirk Kotze, said: “While it may be difficult to predict the nature of discussions at the NEC meeting, what is clear is that the issue of stepping aside has been finalised, with no different decision expected to come out of the NEC.

“What may possibly become a matter for discussion is what action to be taken against Magashule for trying to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“The response from most leaders in the ANC has ranged from perceiving that as a disgraceful conduct, some not taking it seriously.

“They have taken this as not being a valid step because he was himself suspended at the time.

“In terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC’s constitution says the secretary-general can suspend a public representative, but with the authority of the ANC – meaning he cannot do it on his own.

“Even if he was not suspended, he did not take such a decision on behalf of the NEC.

“No such NEC instruction was given to him, making his ‘suspending the president’ not being in line with the ANC constitution.”

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Additional reporting by Brian Sokutu, Neo Thale and News24 Wire.

Four ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in George Floyd killing

May 8th 2021 at 05:47
Four former Minneapolis police officers face federal civil rights charges for their role in the arrest and murder of George Floyd, according to court documents unsealed on Friday, showing the Justice Department's tougher stance in such cases.

Former Minneapolis police officers (clockwise from top left) Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng poses in a combination of booking photographs from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

PSL assistant referee Shaun Olive passes away after a car accident

May 8th 2021 at 05:31

The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced the untimely passing of assistant referee Shaun Olive.

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In a statement, Safa said Olive sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor this week and died on Saturday morning.

“It is with profound sadness and deep grief that we inform the South African football family of the passing of Shaun Olive, SAFA and FIFA Assistant Referee.

“Shaun sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor on Thursday and passed on this morning,” read the Safa statement.

Safa president Danny Jordaan described Olive’s death as not a huge blow for the country, but for the continent and the world at large.

“We are gutted as the Association. Here was a young man, taken away at the prime of his career. Shaun was among the rising young officials and his passing on is a huge blow to the country, the continent and world,” said Jordaan.

Chairperson of the Safa Referees Committee, Natasha Tsichlas said she could still not believe Shaun was no more.

“We extend our most sincere condolences to Shaun’s family, his fiancé, friends and the refereeing family as we come to terms with his tragic passing. We pray that they will be comforted and experience deep peace today, and the days hereafter.

“Shaun’s bubbly presence and amiable character will be sorely missed among us. He showed so much promise and was at the cusp of a flourishing career,” added Tsichlas.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League has also paid tribute to Olive.

“The Premier Soccer League is saddened by the passing of 2019/20 PSL assistant referee of the season, Shaun Olive.

“The league sends heartfelt condolences to the Olive family, South African Football Association (SAFA) and the football fraternity at large.

“The PSL will observe a moment of silence in honour of Shaun Olive ahead of this weekend’s Nedbank Cup, DStv Premiership, Diski Challenge and GladAfrica Championship fixtures.

“May his soul repose peacefull,” read the League statement.

Phakaaathi sends our sincere condolences to the Olive family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

May Shaun Olive’s soul rest in peace.

Is the ANC a political party or a criminal mafia?

May 8th 2021 at 05:20

At the risk of being flippant at a time of grave crisis within the ranks of our ruling party, we cannot help but see the similarities between this weekend’s online meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee and episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Starring role yesterday went to the organisation’s national spokesman, Pule Mabe. Never very forthcoming at the best of times, Mabe did an insane egg dance in front of journalists when they tried to pin him down about whether suspended secretary general Ace Magashule would be in attendance at the meeting.

“Well everyone, all members of the NEC who are expected to attend the NEC will attend this NEC…”

He kept repeating that refrain, much like the Dead Parrot Sketch by Monty Python, no matter how many times he was asked the question.

It would have been amusing, in a bizarre sort of way, if there was not, clearly, so much at stake in this weekend’s meeting.

Magashule, effectively, attempted a coup against the ANC leadership on Wednesday night by declaring himself still secretary-general, in the face of an official ANC suspension letter and, then, going further, by proclaiming that he, Magashule, was going to suspend president Cyril Ramaphosa.

His mutinous conduct was one of the most egregious cases of ill-discipline within the ranks of the ANC since it was unbanned and its leadership returned to the country in the early 1990s.

It was a gauntlet thrown down to Ramaphosa for the very soul – and future – of the ANC.

If Ramaphosa and his supporters do not immediately clamp down on Magashule – going as far as to expel him from the organisation – they will prove they are not serious about tackling corruption. They will confirm, in the minds of many, that they are not a political party but a criminal mafia.

Zimbabweans rally to #ResistDictatorship

May 8th 2021 at 05:19
There are fears that Zanu-PF could also push for an increase in the minimum age limit of presidential election candidates from 40 to 52. If this goes ahead, it would effectively disqualify MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from challenging for the top job in 2023.

There are fears that Zanu PF could also push for an increase in the minimum age limit of presidential election candidates from 40 to 52. If this goes ahead, it would effectively disqualify MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from challenging for the top job in 2023.

WATCH: Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque

May 8th 2021 at 05:13

More than 160 people were wounded when Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound late Friday, capping a week of violence in the Holy City and the occupied West Bank.

Stones, bottles and fireworks were hurled at officers who fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at the crowds at Islam’s third-holiest site, also revered by Jews as the location of two biblical-era temples.

At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli officers were reported wounded at Al-Aqsa and elsewhere in east Jerusalem, as the Palestinian Red Crescent said it had opened a field hospital because emergency rooms were full.

Police said officers had restored order because of the “rioting of thousands of worshippers” after evening prayers.

Tensions in Jerusalem have soared in recent weeks as Palestinians have protested against Israel’s restrictions on access to parts of the Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and after authorities ordered several Palestinian families to leave their homes to make way for Israeli settlers.

The United States called for “de-escalation”, later adding that the violence was “especially disturbing now, coming as it does on the last days of Ramadan”.

Earlier they had said the threatened evictions could worsen the situation in east Jerusalem, as the United Nations warned the forced evictions could amount to “war crimes”.

Friday’s unrest came on Al-Quds Day, an annual day of pro-Palestinian rallies held by Israel’s arch-enemy Iran, which also saw many thousands march in majority-Muslim countries across the region and as far as Pakistan.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he held the Israeli government “responsible” for the unrest and voiced “full support for our heroes in Aqsa”.

International observers urged calm, with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Vennesland tweeting his concern, and urging all parties to “respect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City in the interest of peace & stability”.

The clashes erupted as Muslims packed the Al-Aqsa compound to pray on the last Friday of Ramadan.

In 2000, the compound was where the second Palestinian intifada broke out after a visit there by former opposition and right-wing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, seen as a painful provocation by Palestinians.

Week of violence

Earlier on Friday, Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians and wounded a third after the trio opened fire on the Salem base in the occupied West Bank, police said, with the incident following days of bloody clashes and killings.

On Sunday, a 19-year-old Israeli was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting at the West Bank Tapuah junction bus stop.

Israeli security forces said they had arrested Montasser Shalabi, 44, near Ramallah, on suspicion of carrying out the attack. Palestinian sources said Shalabi is a dual US national.

On Wednesday, Israeli troops killed a 16-year-old Palestinian when they opened fire on protesters throwing petrol bombs, also in the West Bank.

And clashes have broken out between police and demonstrators in the east Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood — fuelled by a years-long land dispute between Palestinian refugees and Jewish settlers.

AFP correspondents said around 100 protesters again rallied Friday night in the neighbourhood, with officers using stun grenades and water cannon to disperse them.

The incidents in Sheikh Jarrah and around Damascus Gate — a key entry point to the Old City — left many wounded, the Red Crescent said, adding to the toll of around 22 wounded in confrontations earlier in the week.

Israeli police also said they made 26 arrests between Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile in Jordan — home to a large Palestinian population — hundreds rallied Friday, chanting “we will die for Sheikh Jarrah”.

The nation administered the West Bank, including mostly Arab east Jerusalem, until the 1967 Six-Day War and remains the custodian of Muslim holy sites in the city.

Earlier this year, a district court ruled four Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah legally belonged to Jewish families.

The Jewish plaintiffs claimed their families lost the land during the war that accompanied Israel’s creation in 1948, a conflict that also saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced.

The Sheikh Jarrah families have provided evidence that their homes were acquired from Jordanian authorities, who controlled east Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.

Israel’s Supreme Court is to hold a new hearing in the case on Monday.

Glen Kotzen takes a Good Traveller to Scottsville

May 8th 2021 at 05:09

Scottsville on Sunday is the weekend’s racing highlight, with four highly competitive sprints providing an appetiser for the big speed meeting at the same course in a few weeks’ time.

Trainer Glen Kotzen could land a noteworthy double in the juvenile features, which are effectively trials for the Grade 1 Gold Medallion and Alan Robertson Championship – long regarded as the acme of two-year-old achievement in South Africa.

What catches the eye about Kotzen’s runner Good Traveller in the Grade 3 Godolphin Barb over 1100m is the gelding’s career debut over this course and distance in February, when he trotted up by more than four lengths.

Good Traveller won again next time out, at Greyville over 1200m, though a lot less easily after being pushed forward in the early stages to overcome a wide draw.

A two-month break will have freshened up the chestnut nicely and the services of Grant van Niekerk, coming in for injured Anton Marcus, will do no harm at all.

The opposition is tough. Dean Kannemeyer-trained Cosmic Highway is also unbeaten in two runs, though his form is from Cape Town and Scottsville is notorious for catching out horses visiting for the first time.

Uncomplicated, Paris Rix, Edgartown and Chief Executive all have good Scottsville experience to their names. Social Image, Safe Return and Irfaans Boy have good credentials but have yet to enjoy a day in Maritzburg.

As compelling a contest is the companion-piece for females, the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes.

Kotzen and Van Niekerk team up with Casa Inverno who has no Scottsville experience, being freshly arrived from Cape Town, but who looks the fast, powerful sort that can cope with the tough uphill finishing stretch. She led from the front to land her maiden at Kenilworth after a similarly gutsy effort on debut.

High Hosanna and Sound Of Warning are Drakenstein Stud-retained fillies from the high-riding Justin Snaith and Sean Tarry yards in the Cape and on the Highveld respectively. With a win apiece to their credit they will be well supported in the betting and they might well justify that faith.

Michael Roberts knows all about Scottsville, having ridden his first winner here more than 50 years ago. He saddles Danse Milord, the runner with the most racing experience with six runs under the belt.

Her last effort was an overdue win over 1200m on this turf. Her rider that day was reigning national champion Warren Kennedy, who has sought out the job again.

Saturday’s racing is a double-header at Turffontein and Kenilworth. The action at both venues is run-of-the-mill – but that has never stopped anyone winning money.

SELECTIONS

Turffontein Saturday

Best bet: Race 3 No 5 Miss Magician
Value bet: Race 8 No 6 Muleta

Kenilworth Saturday

Best bet: Race 2 No 1 Royal Flush
Value bet: Race 5 No 6 Icon Princess

Scottsville Sunday

Race 1: Many first-timers; watch betting

Race 2: Many first-timers; watch betting

Race 3: 5 Indigo Man, 1 Fateful Mistress, 8 Global Appeal, 10 Meghan

Race 4: 13 Speed Machine, 2 No Laying Up, 11 Tempting Fate, 15 Traces

Race 5: 3 Casa Inverno, 8 High Hosanna, 1 Danse Milord, 6 Sound Of Warning

Race 6: 7 Good Traveller, 1 Cosmic Highway, 2 Uncomplicated, 9 Chief Executive

Race 7: 3 Zimbaba, 2 Keep The Lights On, 4 Love Bomb, 1 Singforafa

Race 8: 8 Princess Anastasia (best bet), 5 Star Vega, 4 Cherry Road, 2 Admire Me

Race 9: 9 Cleto (value bet), 7 Deorsa, 11 Pistol Shot, 14 Patronage

Pick 6:

2,11,13 x 1,3,6,8 x 1,2,3,7,9,10 x 2,3,4 x 8 x 5,6,7,9,11,14 (R1296)

PA:

1,5,8 x 2,11,13 x 3,8 x 7 x 3 x 8 x 7,9,11 (R54)

SA football mourns tragic death of assistant referee Shaun Olive

May 8th 2021 at 05:04
South African football has been left mourning the death in tragic circumstances of match official Shaun Olive following a car accident.

SAFA mourns late Assistant Referee Shaun Olive.

Free State now officially in third wave, says health dept

May 8th 2021 at 05:01

The Free State health department says the province is officially in a third wave of Covid-19.

“We are now in the third wave of the outbreak and have today [Friday] seen a shocking rise of infections, to 427 new cases, with 60 yet to be allocated to appropriate districts,” said spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.

Mvambi said Mangaung recorded 200 new cases, Lejweleputswa, 95, Thabo Mofutsanyana, 53, Fezile Dabi, 49, and Xhariep, 21.

The department appealed to communities to remain cautious, to avoid the spread of the virus.

It encouraged residents to play their role to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed.

“Our current ability to treat people may not last if unnecessarily stretched to the limit by non-adherence to Covid-19 measures.

“We can see that, all over the world, there is no health system able to withstand the high numbers of demand for high flow oxygen, high care and intensive care units,” Mvambi said.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the department “noticed a worrying trend of increasing numbers of detected cases in a number of districts”.

As of Friday, 7 May, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases was 1,592,626 with 2,256 new cases identified

Except for the Eastern Cape, every province had at least one district of concern, Mkhize said on Thursday.

The Free State province has encouraged 60-year-olds to register for vaccination.

Gauteng is also anticipating a potential third wave, after a notable doubling of cases.

The provincial government estimated the wave to hit in the next three weeks.

Bad news for car buyers in South Africa

May 8th 2021 at 05:00
New data from consumer credit reporting agency, TransUnion shows that new vehicle prices rose by almost three times the current inflation rate in the first quarter of 2021, and is expected to continue to increase in the coming months, spelling bad news for prospective car buyers.

Mushroom stuffing recipes three ways

May 8th 2021 at 05:00

Mushrooms are very versatile vegetable that are great for anytime meals. They cook fast and mushroom recipes can be dull, but add bacon, avocado, cheese stuffing’s and you can make magic.

Boerewors Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves 4-6 as a snack

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp coconut oil
  • 250g boerewors, removed from casings
  • 12 Portabellini mushrooms, cleaned, stalks removed and reserved
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 150g full-fat cream cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200°C.
  2. In the meantime, heat coconut oil in a pan and brown the wors mince, stirring often, about 7 minutes.
  3. Finely chop the mushroom stalks and add to the pan with the chilli. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  4. Stir in the cream cheese and parsley and taste for seasoning.
  5. Pack into the 12 mushroom caps, place into oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned and bubbling.

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Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado

Mushroom stuffings bacon

Mushroom and Bacon salsa stuffed avocado Image Credit The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Serves 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

100g streaky bacon, cut into cubes
½ red pepper, diced
150g fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 fresh tomato, diced
2 spring onions, sliced
small handful fresh coriander, chopped
1 large ripe avocado, halved

Method

  1. Fry the bacon in a pan over medium heat until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the bacon fat, cook the red pepper and mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine mushroom mixture with the bacon, fresh tomato, spring onion and coriander. Spoon into the avo halves and serve with lime wedges.

Mushroom & Cheese Soufflé Toasts

Mushroom stuffings

Mushroom & Cheese Soufflé Toasts. Image Credit_The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

Makes 4 toasts

Ingredients 

  • 15ml oil
  • 150g button or portabellini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 30ml butter
  • 25ml cake flour
  • 80ml milk, hot
  • 5ml Dijon mustard
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and milled black pepper
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 slices white bread, lightly toasted
  • 5ml parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms for 4 – 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spring onions and cook for another minute. Set aside and reserve one third for garnish.
  4. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, mixing well.
  5. Add the hot milk and stirring continuously, keep stirring, for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard and cheese
  7.  Allow to cool slightly and stir in the egg yolks and reserved mushroom mixture. Season well with salt and pepper.
  8. In a spotlessly clean bowl, whisk the egg whites, using an electric whisk, until soft peaks form.
  9. Carefully fold the egg whites into the mushroom mixture.
  10. Arrange the toast slices onto a baking sheet and spoon the mixture onto the toasts.
  11. Bake for 5 – 6 minutes or until golden and puffy. Serve at once topped with the reserved mushrooms and some parsley.

Lille win derby at Lens to tighten grip on Ligue 1 lead

May 8th 2021 at 05:00

Ligue 1 leaders Lille held their nerve to win 3-0 at local rivals Lens on Friday and put the pressure back on their pursuers who play later in the weekend.

Lille took early control when veteran Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz converted a second-minute penalty.

They cruised to victory after Lens defender Clement Michelin was sent off for the second time in the Derby du Nord this season.

Lille have two matches left and the victory puts them four points ahead of reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain, who visit Rennes on Sunday evening.

Third-place Monaco are eight points behind with three games to play.

Lens, meanwhile, surrendered their hold on a guaranteed Europa League place, dropping below Marseille on goal difference.

“The fewer games left, the closer we get to the title, obviously,” said Lille striker Jonathan David who scored his team’s third goal.

“We have certainly taken a big step, now we will look at the other results.”

However, he cautioned: “The hardest part is to come, all the matches are difficult and we have seen it this season by losing points in matches where we were favourites.

“You have to stay focused until the end if you want to win the title.”

Lille pressed from the start and won a penalty after 62 seconds as both Seko Fofana and Jonathan Clauss lunged into a challenge on Jonathan Bamba.

The 35-year old Yilmaz smashed the spot kick in off the inside of the post.

Michelin, who was one of two Lens players sent off as Lens lost 4-0 at Lille in October, received his first yellow card for a tackle from behind on Yilmaz after 29 minutes.

He collected he second for jumping into Mehmet Zeki Celik rather than contest a header after 35 minutes.

Yilmaz punished the home team five minutes later with a ferocious, curling long-range drive that left goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca flat-footed as it flew into the top corner.

Lille added a third after 60 minutes. Leca parried a Bamba shot straight to David who scored.

While the normally passionate derby was played in an empty stadium, fans of both clubs showed their support before the game.

Thousands of Lille fans gave their team bus a noisy send off on its 35 kilometre drive to Lens, while a crowd of home fans gathered outside the stadium.

Newcastle dent Leicester’s Champions League bid with shock win

May 8th 2021 at 04:43

Newcastle United derailed Leicester City’s bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League with a 4-2 win on Friday that all but secured their place in the Premier League.

Defeat left Leicester third, two points in front of Chelsea and five ahead of West Ham, with both London clubs having a game in hand over the Foxes. Only the top four at the end of the Premier League season qualify for the Champions League.

Joe Willock, on loan from Arsenal, fired Newcastle in front in the 22nd minute at the King Power Stadium as he scored in his fourth successive top-flight game for the Magpies.

And the visitors doubled their lead before half-time with a rare goal from Paul Dummett.

Callum Wilson appeared to put the result beyond doubt with two second-half goals for Newcastle.

Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho however, both scored inside the final 10 minutes for Leicester before Newcastle saw out the game.

Leicester, who face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend, are now in danger of fresh Champions League heartache after they missed out on the top four of the final day of last season.

– ‘Lacked concentration’ –

Their three remaining league games are all against teams currently in the top six, with Brendan Rodgers’ men travelling to Manchester United on Tuesday before they face Chelsea and Tottenham after their Wembley clash with the Blues.

“We lacked concentration and if you do that against good teams and good players they punish you,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

Leicester suffered a setback shortly before kick-off when experienced defender Jonny Evans pulled out after being injured in the warm-up, with Rodgers saying: “He is the brain in our defensive line…It was big blow for us.”

Rodgers, however, insisted: “We are still in a really good position and everything is still in our hands.”

Newcastle’s win, which took place a day after UK tax authorities dropped their criminal investigation into the club, saw them move 12 points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play.

They will be assured of top-flight survival without kicking a ball if Fulham fail to beat Burnley on Monday.

“Some of the counter-attacking was excellent, delighted with the win,” said Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.

“We made it a bit hairy towards the end. We are not safe, for the Premier League you can’t take it for granted.”

Newcastle made the early running and got the goal they deserved when Willock capitalised on a mistake by Caglar Soyuncu to beat Kasper Schmeichel from 10 yards.

Dummett made it 2-0 in the 34th minute when he powered in a header from Matt Ritchie’s corner.

Midway through the second half, Newcastle were 3-0 in front when Ritchie’s pass down the left evaded Timothy Castagne and allowed Wilson to round Wilson to round Schmeichel before scoring.

Wilson had his second goal and Newcastle’s fourth in the 73rd minute firing in the rebound from a tight angle, after his initial shot hit the post, to crown a counter-attack.

Newcastle were cruising at 4-0 ahead only to suffer a nervous finish following late goals from Albrighton and Iheanacho.

Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had to make a brilliant stop to preserve his side’s two-goal lead when he denied Ayoze Perez from point-blank range.

Vaccine tourism: South Africans cross border to Zimbabwe for Covid-19 jab

May 8th 2021 at 04:37
With a slow vaccine rollout in several African countries, travellers keen for the jab are visiting Zimbabwe where private clinics can administer it, at a 'reasonable' cost.

With a slow vaccine rollout in several African countries, travellers keen for the jab are visiting Zimbabwe where private clinics can administer it, at a 'reasonable' cost. The initiative has the approval of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. File photo.

Western Cape couple found dead in bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads

May 8th 2021 at 04:31
Western Cape police are investigating the death of a couple found dead in their bedroom with bullet wounds to their heads.

Police are investigating the death of a George, Western Cape, couple found with bullet wounds to their heads.

Neymar to extend PSG contract on Saturday - report

May 8th 2021 at 04:20
Brazil forward Neymar will extend his contract on Saturday with Paris St Germain by four years until 2026, French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday.

Paris St Germain's Neymar.

WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline

May 8th 2021 at 04:14
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved for emergency use a COVID-19 vaccine from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on Friday, bolstering Beijing's push for a bigger role in inoculating the world.

Doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

Heric – Chippa only have cup finals left

May 8th 2021 at 04:11

 

Chippa United coach Vladislav Heric says the club have told their players the Nedbank Cup is not the only final they are going to be playing in this season.

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Chippa face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Saturday at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung, with both sides possibly a little conflicted, as they are also in serious danger of being relegated from the DStv Premiership.

“We have a cup final on Saturday, and another cup final, and another. We did explain to the players that one by one it is cup finals here,” said Heric this week.

With four games left to play in the league, Chippa are currently 15th in the league, which would see them in the relegation/promotion play-offs come the end of the campaign. TTM are only a point further ahead, though both have found some form of late, with Chippa winning their last two matches and TTM two of their last three.

“We expect a very tough game,” said Heric of Saturday’s encounter.

“It might not be attractive … but I believe people will enjoy some good football and a couple of good moves. We must also take into consideration that both sides are fighting to avoid relegation. I don’t know how many weapons they will leave out (for the final) but I know that for me we will pull out all our weapons to try and win.”

Heric also lauded the fact that Chippa are the first side from the Eastern Cape to play in a major cup final in the PSL era.

“I like the fact that the Eastern Cape has never had a representative in a cup final before. It is a great opportunity to give them a cup and make a celebration for the people (of the Eastern Cape).”

Victory would also put Chippa in next season’s Caf Confederation Cup.

“Bringing Caf football here will be vital for football in the Eastern Cape. It is an area that we all know is not that developed from a football point. There is barely a Premiership or NFD side here, there are very good teams in the Vodacom League, and a lot of good facilities, but for some reason football has lost popularity. God willing we can win the cup and bring a huge boost to the area. I do think people here will then start thinking differently about football,” added Heric.

The magnetic allure of White Collar boxing

May 8th 2021 at 04:10

Prior to the Covid-19 scourge and associated hard lockdown, White Collar boxing in large urban centres was growing in popularity.

With the recent relaxation of local Covid-19 restrictions, “Seconds Out” hosted their maiden White Collar event last weekend, a project put together by Akira Solomon, daughter of boxing trainer Jodi Solomon.

The well-matched five-fight programme, which included an exhibition fight and entertainment by well-known musician Majozi, was staged on a mild autumn afternoon at an outdoor venue in Parktown North, Johannesburg, under strict Covid-19 compliance.

Jodi Solomon and Akira

Organisers of the “Seconds Out” White Collar Boxing event, well-known boxing trainer Jodi Solomon (left) and her daughter Akira. Picture: Brian Wysoke

Social responsibility was a high priority and a large portion of the proceeds generated from ticket sales are being donated to Sonke Gender Justice and the Frieda Hartley Foundation, who both assist victims of gender based violence (GBV) and child abuse

Barring the exhibition bout, which featured 52-year-old, 44-fight white collar veteran James Sey and former amateur Leo Rothman, competitors were predominantly run-of-the-mill gym clients who took up boxing as a form of fitness.

These are ordinary people with no real professional boxing aspirations who simply want to hone the skills they have learnt in the gym and experience the adrenaline rush of walking to the ring and actually facing an opponent in a real fight scenario, with a reduced risk factor.

Overseen by the keen eye of former heavyweight kingpin Flo Simba, competitors all wearing reinforced 16-ounce gloves and headgear, slugged it out for three two-minute rounds, with a one-minute break between rounds, more in the name of fun, than winning or losing.

But the logical question to ask surely is what attracts your average Joe to step between the ropes at the risk of taking a beating?“Once you get involved in boxing in any form, curiosity takes over. It takes a lot of courage to get into a ring and you tend to start asking yourself whether you can do it in a combat fight situation, but you have to be confident in your abilities and who you are,” explained Jodi, co-owner of Roy Jones Jr & Jodi Solomon Boxing in Johannesburg.

“The big attraction is to see how far they can push their own limits. It’s human nature to see how far you can actually go. It’s about people who expect more from themselves, people who are competitive. It has huge appeal to so many levels of people. Once it bites, you want to explore it further.”

White collar boxers

John Meyer (red dyed hair) and opponent Michael Egner with their respective cornermen after a tough three-round battle. Picture: Brian Wysoke

For many of the combatants, explained Jodi, who also has a growing professional stable under her wing, it’s not only about getting the better of the adversary standing in front of you in a ring.

“I’m a firm believer – and have always said it to my professional boxers – when you get into the ring, you are not only facing your opponent, you are facing your own demons, your biggest insecurities and hurdles in life.”

Being a combat sport, one cannot expect competitors to slug it out based on nothing more than pent-up aggression, and a minimum standard of skill and ability is paramount.

Akira and her team visited a whole host of Gauteng gyms to personally see all the contestants, assess previous white collar records and match them evenly on that basis.

As Jodi points out though, one should never forget that it is a combative sport with strict rules and regulations but the concept has the potential to grow boxing from another level.

“By introducing people to a white collar level, we get people to understand that it’s not just the violent sport it’s portrayed to be, but takes a lot of skill, science, movement and talent.”

Judging by the ‘house full’ sign being up a week in advance, there is clearly potential for a post-Covid growth spurt.

Nine clubs sanctioned by UEFA over Super League project as three hold out

May 8th 2021 at 04:09

UEFA on Friday announced sanctions, including financial punishments, against nine of the 12 clubs behind the aborted Super League project, after the clubs “apologised” and acknowledged “a mistake”.

The governing body of European football said that “in a spirit of reconciliation” the nine clubs had agreed to a “Club Commitment Declaration” and accepted a five percent cut in their European revenue for one season.

However, three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, did not sign the declaration.

UEFA said it “reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League’.

“The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies,” the statement concluded.

Some media have reported that UEFA is contemplating a two-year ban from European competition for the three holdouts, the maximum its rules allow.

However, their options are clouded by a ruling from a commercial court in Madrid on April 20.

The court banned UEFA and FIFA from making any moves to block a Super League or taking any disciplinary measures against the clubs, players or officials involved.

It is also unclear what penalties the clubs that have withdrawn may owe to the remaining clubs for breaking their agreement to join the Super league.

The nine clubs that opted out of the project — Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and, the last to withdraw, AC Milan — have agreed to a series of “reintegration measures”.

“These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called ‘Super League’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently.”

The nine have agreed to forego five percent of their revenue from UEFA competitions for one season and pay, between them, a 15-million-euro ($18.25 million) donation to support grassroots and youth football in Europe.

– ‘Sincere apology’ –

A spokesperson for Manchester United confirmed the Glazer family, which owns the club, would cover their club’s share of both sums.

They also committed to participating in UEFA competitions for which they qualify and agreed to pay fines of 100m euros if they ever seek to play in an “unauthorised” competition.

“It takes a strong organisation to admit making a mistake especially in these days of trial by social media. These clubs have done just that,” said Ceferin.

“In accepting their commitments and willingness to repair the disruption they caused, UEFA wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit.”

The English Football Association said in a statement that it was “delighted” that the six English clubs had committed to UEFA’s competitions and suggested that it too might punish the clubs.

“The FA has an ongoing inquiry into the involved of the six English clubs and we have formally requested all relevant information and evidence regarding their participation,” the statement.

“Once we have the required information, we will consider what appropriate steps to take.”

Earlier on Friday, Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer wrote to his club’s fans saying he was “personally humbled” by their reactions and understood “why our initial support for the European Super League left you feeling angry and let down.”

“I would like to reiterate my sincere apology for the mistakes that were made,” he said.

Road to Nedbank Cup final and key players ahead of TTM and Chippa clash

May 8th 2021 at 03:50

Phakaaathi takes a look at this year’s historic Nedbank Cup final road to the final and key players for the clash, where Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila will battle it out with Chippa United for the Ke Yona trophy at Free State Stadium on Saturday.

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TTM, who are on their first season in top flight football have managed to pull out some shocking results along the way, with no one giving the club any chance of making it to the final, especially looking at how the club has been performing in the DStv Premiership.

Chippa, as well, weren’t one of the favourites to go on to reach this stage of the competition. The Chilli Boys have been struggling in the league campaign too and winning the final of the Ke Yona Cup might just be a morale booster looking ahead to the rest of their league fixtures with the club yet to be safe from relegation.

Looking at the standings in the league, TTM are in 14th spot with 25 points, one point higher than Chippa, who are placed in 15th place.

Despite their unconvincing performances in the league, both clubs have managed to grind out results in the tournament and deservingly reached the final, with the winner of this competition set to compete in the Caf Confederation Cup next season.

Here is a look at the two club’s journey to the final:

Tshakuma’s road to the final.

4 February 2021

Last 32

TTM 1, SuperSport United 0

26 February 2021

Last 16

TTM 2, Swallows FC 2 (TTM won 4-3 on penalties)

14 March 2021

Quarter-finals

TTM 2, Black Leopards 0

18 April 2021

Semi-finals

TTM 0, Mamelodi Sundowns 0 (TTM won 6-5 on penalties).

Chippa’s road to the final

7 February 2021

Last 32

Chippa 2, Free State Stars 2 (Chippa won 4-3 on penalties)

28 February 2021

Last 16

Chippa 2, Cape Town City 1

13 March 2021

Quarter-finals

Chippa 2, Richards Bay FC 1

17 April 2021

Semi-finals

Chippa 1, Pretoria Callies 0

Key players:

TTM

Thabo Rakhale

The former Orlando Pirates midfielder has been instrumental in the TTM games. He scored the winning goal against Kaizer Chiefs in their last league game proving his worth for the club.

Thabo Mnyamane

Mnyamane has played four games in the tournament scoring two goals in the process. He will certainly be looking to add more goals to his tally.

Chippa United

Augustine Kwem

The Chilli Boys Nigerian born striker has five goals in all competitions for the club this season, including one in the Nedbank Cup. He has proven to be very troublesome for defenders and uses his body structure to beat them.

Anthony Laffor

Laffor has brought in a vast of experience in the Chippa United squad having played for many years at Mamelodi Sundowns and winning a number of trophies. His understanding and knowledge of winning cup finals will come very handy for t he Port Elizabeth outfit.

The kickoff of the game is set for 6pm.

Trump welcomes end of probe into Stormy Daniels ‘hush money’ payments

May 8th 2021 at 03:46

Former US president Donald Trump on Friday welcomed the decision by federal election authorities to end their investigation into “hush money” payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

“The Federal Election Commission in Washington DC has totally dropped the phony case against me concerning payments to women relative to the 2016 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement.

“I thank the Commission for their decision, ending this chapter of Fake News.”

The FEC had been investigating whether a $130,000 payment to Daniels by Trump’s then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen was a violation of campaign finance laws.

The payment, two weeks ahead of the November 2016 election, was allegedly intended to stop Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from disclosing that she had had an affair with Trump years earlier.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to violating campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress and was sentenced to three years in prison.

But Trump has not been charged in the case and the FEC — which is split equally between Republicans and Democrats — said Thursday that it was deadlocked and ending its inquiry into the payment to Daniels.

Two Democrats on the commission voted to pursue the case while two Republicans voted to drop it.

Cohen, who has broken ties with Trump and become an outspoken critic of his former boss, expressed disbelief at the FEC decision and so did Daniels.

“The hush money payment was done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump,” Cohen said on Twitter. “Like me, #Trump should have been found guilty.

“How the FEC committee could rule any other way is confounding.”

In a tweet, Daniels said “our legal system is a joke but I’ll keep fighting & speaking my truth.

“I was assaulted, threatened, bullied, attacked daily, falsely arrested & had fake charges put on my record because I refused to back down,” she said. “Never thought I’d see the day @MichaelCohen212 & I’d be on the same side.”

In his statement, Trump lashed out at his former lawyer.

“It was a case built on lies from Michael Cohen, a corrupt and convicted lawyer,” Trump said.

Sharks desperate to hang on to the ball against Lions

May 8th 2021 at 03:42

Turnovers spread through the Sharks’ performance like the bubonic plague last weekend, and if there was one area where the Lions excelled in their opening Rainbow Cup fixture, it was the breakdowns.

So not turning over possession is going to be the key focus of the KwaZulu-Natal side as they host the Gautengers at Kings Park at 4pm on Saturday.

Sharks coach Sean Everitt produced the astounding figure of 29 turnovers that his team conceded against the Stormers in Cape Town, and given that they enjoy playing a fluent game based on momentum, that extent of profligacy is clearly untenable for them.

And the Lions made life very difficult for the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, throwing everything at the rucks and cleaning up in that department.

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“The biggest factor is going to be the number of turnovers conceded so we’ve looked to tighten up there,” Everitt said this week.

“We’ve worked hard at our breakdown because what we did last weekend is not going to be good enough against the Lions, who have two guys going very hard on the ball.

“The Lions contended at Loftus until the 70th minute and they are tough to play against. They come hard at the breakdown so it’s difficult to get continuity.”

ALSO READ: Rookie Lions backrow picked to front formidable Sharks

While the Lions loose trio of MJ Pelser, Vincent Tshituka and Franck Horne combined well to obstruct much of what the Bulls were trying to do in their previous clash, the Sharks arguably play with more flair and, if they sort out their breakdown work, they could be harder to stop.

They scored a couple of fantastic tries against the Stormers, with hat-trick scoring lock Reniel Hugo showing the sort of mobility and handling skills that Everitt is looking for from the forwards.

“We want to speed the game up, so Reniel scoring one of his tries from a quick tap was good game awareness,” Everitt said.

“But the Lions also have young backs full of energy and Wandisile Simelane is a great player who was a thorn in our side in the Preparation Series match.

“So we need to be on top of our game and keep our foot on the pedal.”

Coates says 'safe and successful' Tokyo Games will go ahead

May 8th 2021 at 03:42
International Olympic committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates said on Saturday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in July and August because organisers have designed a "custom-made Olympic bubble" to protect athletes and the Japanese people.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (R) and chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coordination committee John Coates (L) attend a joint press conference between the IOC and Tokyo 2020 on November 16, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Mr Bach is making a three-day visit to Tokyo to discuss the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were postponed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Veteran tax practitioner fined for failing to submit tax returns

May 8th 2021 at 03:36
A seasoned Western Cape tax practitioner has been fined R16,000 for failing to submit tax turns.

A seasoned tax practitioner has been fined R16,000 for failing to submit tax returns for four years.

WATCH: Safa must not play us for fools – Hugo Broos was not first choice

May 8th 2021 at 03:36

The South African Football Association will tell you that Hugo Broos was their first choice to coach Bafana Bafana, but Phakaaathi would suggest some wool is being pulled over our eyes.

The Belgian was announced this week as Bafana Bafana. head coach, and is expected to arrive in the country next week to iron out the finer details of his contract and begin his work.

Broos, however, not the main name linked to the Bafana job when Molefi Ntseki was sacked at the end of March. That was Carloto s Queiroz, believed to be the number one candidate on the list of the Safa technical committee set up to find a new coach.

ALSO READ: Five challenges for new Bafana boss Broos

Safa even called a press conference to announce their new man, but then cancelled it, citing Covid-19 issues. Queiroz is said to have turned down Safa, because he didn’t feel he had enough time with the side ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, which were at that stage scheduled to begin in June.

Attempts to get Pitso Mosimane are said to have been simply met with a straight defensive bat by the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana head coach, now in the top job at Al Ahly, and apparently not willing to return to coach Bafana.

There was also Herve Renard, but the Frenchman was also said to be happy in his current job with Saudi Arabia.

That left Benni McCarthy as seemingly the main man on Bafana’s radar, but as talks of his deal collapsing emerged, it became clear that Broos, whose name was discussed by the technical committee,  was now the leading candidate.

He has continental pedigree too, having won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2017. And hopefully he can build a similarly strong Bafana team. However, we should not kid ourselves that Broos was Safa’s first choice – after all, Phakaaathi understands that he was not even on the initial five-man list handed to the Safa National Executive by the technical committee.

Hugo Broos was at least the fifth-choice candidate to coach Bafana, if not the sixth, with Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt also on Safa’s list.

It’s ok, ibuprofen doesn’t make Covid symptoms worse – study

May 8th 2021 at 03:25

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen does not increase the risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19 or of dying from it, according to a new study, the largest so far on this class of medicines.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic there was concern over the potential effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are used to treat everything from minor pain to chronic arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

But observational research published Saturday in the medical journal Lancet Rheumatology, based on 72,000 hospitalised patients, found that the drugs “do not increase the mortality or severity” of Covid-19.

The authors recommended that doctors should continue to prescribe NSAIDs as they have in the past.

“When the pandemic began over a year ago, we needed to be sure that these common medications would not lead to worse outcomes in people with Covid-19,” lead author Ewen Harrison, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, said in a press release.

ALSO READ: Daily Covid-19 update: Over 2000 new cases while two provinces record zero deaths

“We now have clear evidence that NSAIDs are safe to use in patients with Covid-19, which should provide reassurance to both clinicians and patients that they can continue to be used in the same way as before the pandemic began.”

The NSAID family of anti-inflammatory drugs includes those widely used by the general public like ibuprofen — an active substance in common drugs, such as Nurofen or Advil — or ketoprofen.

Death rates the same

Concerns over the drugs emerged at the start of the Covid pandemic and centred on suspicions that they can worsen infections, especially bacterial.

In March 2020, for example, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that people suffering Covid-19 symptoms avoid self-medicating with ibuprofen, after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus.

The new research examined data on 72,000 Covid patients admitted to 255 health centres in England, Scotland and Wales between January and August 2020.

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Of these, 4,211 had taken NSAIDs before hospitalisation.

The study found that the proportion of death was similar regardless of whether patients had taken the drugs or not — 30.4 percent for those who had and 31.3 percent for those who had not.

It also found that those who took NSAIDs were “no more likely to be admitted to critical care, need invasive or non-invasive ventilation, or require oxygen”.

There were some limitations to the research, however, including that in the UK ibuprofen is the most commonly used NSAID, so it is unclear whether the results could be as applicable to other countries where different NSAIDs are used.

They also did not know how long patients had taken the drugs and whether they were taking them for a serious chronic condition or temporary symptoms.

Chinese rocket debris set for re-entry by early Sunday - U.S. R&D centre

May 8th 2021 at 03:25
Remnants of China's largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday, a U.S. federally funded space-focused research and development centre said.

The debris is expected to land on Saturday night or Sunday.

Premier Winde's diabetes does a 180 thanks to work with wellness NPO

In just 21 days, Western Cape premier Alan Winde, 56, has managed to turn his 12-year history of type 2 diabetes around with the help of a wellness NPO in Cape Town.

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has managed to reset his diabetes using the Ubuntu Wellness centre's supervised 21-day plant-based eating programme.

Trump administration had spied on journalists: Washington Post

May 8th 2021 at 03:14

The Trump administration secretly obtained the phone records of Washington Post journalists who reported on allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the newspaper reported Friday, prompting concerns over freedom of speech.

The Justice Department sent letters to three reporters — Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, and former Post reporter Adam Entous — saying that it had received work, cell or home phone records “for the period from April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017,” according to the Post.

The newspaper was “deeply troubled by this use of government power to seek access to the communications of journalist,” Post acting executive editor Cameron Barr was quoted as saying.

“The Department of Justice should immediately make clear its reasons for this intrusion into the activities of reporters doing their jobs, an activity protected under the First Amendment,” he continued.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Justice Department had been “spying” on the journalists “at the whims of an administration.”

“This should never have happened,” the ACLU tweeted. “When the government spies on journalists and their sources, it jeopardises freedom of the press.”

The Justice Department said it had followed “established procedures” with the requests, the Post reported, citing a department spokesman.

The letters did not specify why the records were seized.

But, near the end of that period, the three wrote a story about US intelligence which suggested that Jeff Sessions, who later became attorney general under Donald Trump, had discussed the Trump campaign with the Russian ambassador.

They also wrote a story on the Obama administration’s efforts to counter Russian interference in the 2016 election.

US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia hacked into the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during Trump’s campaign against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump has played down Russia’s involvement in the DNC leak, famously appearing to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agency’s assessment.

Virus deaths top 4,000 in India on one day

May 8th 2021 at 03:08

New Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday as it struggled with one of the world’s worst outbreaks, but the global immunisation effort was boosted with WHO approval for Chinese firm Sinopharm’s vaccine.

And while many Western countries have started easing restrictions thanks to rapid vaccinations, the head of the World Health Organisation warned that more countries could suffer the kind of deadly outbreaks currently raging in India, Brazil and Nepal.

India now accounts for nearly half of the world’s new known cases according to an AFP database, and it reported a national record 4,187 new deaths Saturday.

The Indian government has struggled to contain the outbreak, which has overwhelmed its healthcare system and sparked anger and frustration among the public.

“The government says that there is ample supply of medicines and oxygen,” said Brijesh Pandey, who spends hours every day jostling with others to try to secure oxygen for his brother-in-law.

“But look how hundreds of desperate people are struggling to save their brothers, sisters and parents.”

India reported more than 400,000 new infections on Saturday, but many experts suspect the official death and case numbers are a gross underestimate.

The surge has spilled into next-door Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Its eastern neighbour Pakistan on Saturday began a nine-day shutdown targeting travel and tourist hot spots to try to stop its outbreak from snowballing during the upcoming Eid celebrations at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Eid holidays usually see a mass movement of people across the nation of 220 million, and the government has mobilised the military to help enforce the restrictions.

But mosques, which have been packed each night throughout Ramadan, will remain open despite the virus threat.

‘Unacceptable’ vaccine inequality

The global arsenal against the coronavirus expanded Friday as the vaccine from China’s Sinopharm became the first fully non-Western shot to get the green light from the WHO.

The WHO has already given emergency use authorisation to vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca, a status that paves the way for countries to quickly approve and import shots.

Sinopharm is already in use in 42 territories around the world, including Pakistan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Serbia.

The approval came as the WHO reiterated its warning about worsening outbreaks in many countries, with more cases reported in the past two weeks than during the first six months of the pandemic.

“We’re deeply concerned that many more countries will continue to be affected,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday, imploring wealthier nations to help end the “unacceptable” inequality in global vaccine access.

“We will see serious situations like what we see now in India, in Brazil.”

The United States this week backed a push led by the WHO, India and South Africa to waive Covid-19 vaccine patent protections to boost supply to poorer nations.

But the European Union on Friday voiced scepticism, saying such an intellectual property waiver will not help.

“An IP waiver will not solve the problems, will not bring a single dose of vaccine in the short- and medium-term,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.

EU officials briefing journalists in Brussels on the issue said the hoarding of vaccine inputs by other countries was a larger obstacle.

Worries about Tokyo Olympics

Rapid vaccine rollouts worldwide are considered critical in the fight against the virus, which has killed 3.26 million people so far, and some countries with high immunisation rates such as Britain are already easing restrictions and testing events with large gatherings again.

But concerns are swirling about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with Japan’s vaccination programme moving slowly.

A coronavirus state of emergency in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, was extended on Friday with authorities warning of some hospitals being overwhelmed.

The pandemic has already disrupted test events for the Olympics, with several postponed, cancelled or moved abroad.

But International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates was adamant Saturday that the Games will go ahead despite the risks.

Asked by AFP if there was any scenario in which the event, due to start on July 23, could be cancelled or postponed again, he replied: “No, there’s not.

Prominent Durban attorney Theasen Pillay stabbed to death

May 8th 2021 at 02:56

A prominent Durban attorney was found dead, with stab wounds to his chest and hands, police said on Friday.

Theasen Pillay, 47, of Theasen Pillay and Associates, was found in his Umhlanga apartment on Friday.

“An inquest docket was opened for investigation by Durban North SAPS. The Durban North police received a complaint of a man who was found with stab wounds on Solstice Drive in Umhlanga Ridge,” police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

She said he was certified dead at the scene and his death would be investigated.

“They proceeded to the scene, where a body of a 47-year-old man was found inside the bedroom, with two stab wounds to the chest and on the left hand. He was certified dead by paramedics. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”

Private security company Reaction Unit SA head, Prem Balram, in a statement, said they received a call around 11:34 from a relative of Pillay’s, who had discovered the body.

Balram said Pillay’s brother had discovered the body after gaining access to the apartment by means of a set of spare keys.

“Reaction officers and paramedics were dispatched to the scene and, on arrival, found Pillay in his bedroom. He suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest.”

Pillay spearheaded a number of controversial matters in Durban, including a case in which a man was suing the health department after maggots were found in his father’s mouth during a hospital stay.

He also once represented the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, in his plan to sue MiWay over a leaked conversation between one of the insurance company’s sales reps and Zwelithini.

Beastly BMW M5 Competition proper Mercedes-AMG E63 S slayer

May 8th 2021 at 02:39

BMW’s M5 has always been the brand’s high performance offering for the slightly more mature hooligan in terms of customer profile.

The man with a family, that wants space and sedan type styling, while still being able to call on that much needed adrenalin rush at will. For him there is the BMW M5 Competition on test here!

The aforementioned adrenalin is courtesy of a brutal sounding, bespoke sports exhaust equipped, 4.4-litre twin turbocharged V8 that produces a full 460 kW of power and 750 Nm of torque. And just like on the M8, at the press of the M Mode button, you can instantly toggle between the Road and Sport settings and transform the car’s personality to match your mood.

BMW M5 Competition

Ready for blast-off

Because this is the Competition version, if you keep the M button pressed down, you will activate Track mode. Doing this deactivates all the comfort and safety functions of the driver assistance systems, and the business suit façade is discarded in an instant and replaced by a race suit.

Be warned though, this is an extremely fast car, and it will demand respect and skill to extract the best out of it should you be brave enough to tackle the twisties with the safety systems off.

You see, the M5 Competition offers you the ability to switch off the all-wheel drive system and force all the power and torque to the rear wheels only. But in doing this, and as fun as it is, you are only testing your guardian angel’s sense of humour and creating plenty very uncivilised and expensive tyre smoke.

BMW M5 Competition

The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 monster under the bonnet.

The car’s default mode sees the power and torque channelled to all four wheels courtesy of BMW’s xDrive system, and through a super smooth shifting eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. I would normally call this civilised, but to be honest, as fast as the M5 Competition sounds, is as fast as it is, and this means it hits like a sledgehammer on a mission to destroy the average super car.

Activate launch control and this 1 850 kg full house luxury sedan bolts to 100 km/h in a mere 3.28 seconds, which makes it quicker than the likes of Ferrari’s 488 GTB or Mercedes-AMG’s GT-R, but maybe more importantly, it is quicker than its direct competitor, the recently refreshed Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Just a few months ago, the Merc clocked 3.52 sec.

The performance bludgeoning of all comers continues with a 11sec quarter mile at over 200 km/h and a 1 km speed of over 260 km/h. Of a somewhat more academic nature, but still important in terms of bragging rights, the top speed of the M5 Competition is electronically limited to 305 km/h.

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Sticking with quick changing personality of the car, the handling is refined and easy when required, and then as sharp as you would expect from an M sedan thanks to the likes of 20-inch wheels as standard, stiffer engine mounts, Active M Differential, adjustable M Servotronic steering, 7mm lower ride height, M8 Gran Coupe shocks and other suspension tweaks.

My guess is that you will want to enjoy this car the way it was intended, then I suggest you go for the optional M carbon ceramic brakes that are lighter and better suited to hardcore driving, and you just might have the ultimate fast family car in your garage.

Take a trip with the family to the magical Tiger Canyon

May 8th 2021 at 02:30

There is a place so magical that no thesaurus has enough synonyms or concepts to appropriately describe what it is like at Tiger Canyon, a private game reserve, about 90 minutes southwest of Bloemfontein.

Created more than a decade ago by conservationist John Varty, the reserve is one of the few places in the world where tigers are conserved and bred, and the only reserve where a white tiger can be seen roaming and hunting.  It is an experience like no other and should rank at the top end of anyone’s bucket list.

Tiger Canyon

Tiger Canyon private game reserve. Picture: Hein Kaiser

“While tigers are endangered there is not enough effort globally to protect them,” says Tiger Canyon field guide Nick Kleer.

The habitat at the edge of the Karoo is near-perfect for these cats and is a close match to their natural habitat in Asia.

“Tigers don’t only occur in rainforests,” says Kleer, “there are some very arid areas where these  majestic animals occur naturally.”

He adds that the cats have adapted exceptionally well to their African environment, hunting and breeding. “After all, tigers did evolve from lions millions of years ago when African lions migrated to Asia.”

Presently there are eight tigers in the reserve, including Mischke, meaning gift of love in Russian, the only white tiger in the wild in the world.

White tigers lack the recognisable orange-hued coats. “It is the consequence of a rare recessive gene that only impacts offspring when both parents pass it on to their young,” says Kleer.

“White tigers are not albino tigers like, for example, white lions are. They still have the black vertical stripes.” On a game drive at Tiger Canyon the reserve’s highly skilled guides easily locates the tigers for viewing and experiencing a breathtaking moment with these giant predators. While we were there, we watched the mother of two young  cubs in the process of introducing them to meat.

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White tiger. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Mom ambled off and returned with a small warthog that she had stored in what was likely an aardvark burrow. “Tigers often store a  kill,” notes Kleer. In this instance mom was hiding the kill from dad, who apparently makes a habit of stealing the family lunch. Odour-wise it must have been fermenting for at least a few days.

Standing next to a coalition of cheetahs feasting on a fresh kill is one of life’s moments that feels surreal. Again, Kleer spotted a commotion in the distance and raced us toward it. What happened next was simply out of this world.

Slap bang in the middle of the veld cheetahs were feasting on a fresh kill – a small blesbok. We were invited to exit the vehicle  and slowly approach the dining cats. Greedy chunking and chewing sounds greeted us with the scent of fresh meat and the partly digested last meal of the buck.

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Cheetah feasting on it’s kill. Picture: Hein Kaiser

We literally stood half a metre from the wild cheetahs. It was a bit gory, but then again, where else in the universe could anyone expect to experience something so incredibly dramatic, and savagely beautiful.

The cheetahs are by no means tame pets. But, says Kleer, they are alright with humans. He says that it had taken around six years to make the animals accepting of a human presence near them and
he has personally spent many days communing with the cheetahs in the wild, engaging and getting to know them.

“There are only 12 gene pools of cheetah left in the world, so careful breeding to protect the species is critical. Here, at Tiger Canyon, we work closely with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and its greater efforts to  conserve our natural heritage.”

Beyond the cats, Tiger Canyon is birdwatching heaven. There are 17 species endemic to the area while visitors are also having the opportunity to see another rarity, secretary birds on the hunt.

The flatness of the southwestern Free State landscape allows for great birding and recently Cape Vultures, previously extinct in the area, have also been reintroduced.

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Bird watching. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Other wildlife includes blesbok, hartebeest, springbok, eland, kudu and at night, if you are lucky, spotting the elusive aardwolf is an absolute treat. It is a semi-arid area, but life teems between every rock and on every blade of grass.

What city-dweller could ever have guessed that we have vampire-like tick flies that drink your blood like mosquitos do?

Of course, accommodation and sating the tummy are important too, and the three-roomed lodge at Tiger Canyon is built into the side of an actual canyon. Slang probably affords the best expression and saying that it is flipping beautiful is likely still not enough.

The rooms offer a view of the dolerite rock canyon, incidentally  the same rocks found in Antarctica, and it is super quiet. Daisies bake in the sun beneath your veranda. The service is exceptional, personalised and the food delicious.

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Rooms at the Tiger Canyon private game reserve. Picture: Hein Kaiser

Try the fish wors, made on site with de-mudded barbel, pork and spice. Dine inside overlooking the canyon or at the lapa, adjacent to a splash pool perfect for hot days. In winter, the mercury can drop to -8°C while summers are hot.

After dinner, step outside and turn your gaze upward. Orion’s belt has never been this clear and our place in the universe really comes into perspective on a clear night. Also ask the guides to share their lookout point, about 500m high, overlooking South Africa’s second largest dam by volume, the Van der Kloof dam.

Perfect for a sundowner, and a Kodak moment of note. Visiting Tiger Canyon is really on another level. All-round. Not enough can be written or said about the incredible conservation efforts of the reserve, the emotion and wonder that accompanies close encounters with the big cats or the quality of the accommodation, hospitality and meals. In one word…. Wow!

Is there any way for Cyril and Ace to save this toxic relationship?

May 8th 2021 at 02:14

As I watched the embarrassing spectacle of Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule firing each other, I was struck by the similarity to certain shambolic romantic relationships – notably my own!

I think I sympathise with Ace, because no one likes to be dumped. I, too, prefer to do the dumping when it comes to such things.

If you cast your mind back to your undoubtedly illustrious years on the dating scene, I’m sure even you have fallen prey to this syndrome. “Breaking up with me? You can’t break up with me, ‘cos I’m breaking up with you!”

Okay, maybe your break-ups are not quite as childish as that, but mine certainly are. I’m not proud of it, but ja…

I remember once getting dumped, then wooing my partner back, only to then break up with her as soon as we were together again. By way of revenge, she immediately won me back and then ghosted me completely.

This left me floating in limbo and unable to do any further breaking up or reuniting. It’s impossible to end or rekindle a relationship when your texts are being blue-ticked. For all I know, I may still technically be dating a mysterious economist from Cape Town, although I doubt it.

One wonders whether Ace and Cyril could try that approach, because things really are getting a bit toxic between them. After all, some relationships really can benefit when you just cool it for a bit and give each other space.

There is also the “open-minded” approach, where you allow each other to see other people to test the waters before contemplating the eternal choice of either breaking up, or getting married on a beach in the Eastern Cape.

In our political scenario, perhaps Ace should be allowed to join the EFF for a few weeks, just to get a taste for opposition politics. Perhaps he could don a red overall and beret, be seen at a press conference spilling tea.
Or maybe he could have a cameo in a DA ad as a zombie flag waver on a city-bowl rooftop.

If my romantic experiments in this space are any indication, the experience will leave him chastened and regretful. The dating pool is shallow and of dubious quality, much like our party-political options.

After a few weeks, Ace may realise that he belongs back in the warm bosom of his main love interest. He may return, suddenly willing to accept onerous terms. In his case, that means sitting out a paid suspension while his corruption trial wends its way through the courts.

This is the political equivalent of hanging up more washing and watching less rugby until your partner’s mood improves. He may even have to commit to counselling and watching the whole six seasons of Glee together, though I hope for his sake it doesn’t come to that.

We sometimes take long-term relationships for granted. We start taking liberties, doing things that are disrespectful to our partners. When called out for them, our first response can be indignant outrage. But this is just our pride speaking. No one likes to be scolded – particularly for a good reason.

Once we have acted out our childish hubris, come home drunk or caused a scene in the parking lot outside a restaurant, we usually wake up in the cold light of day on the couch at our sister’s house and realise it was our fault.

It becomes time to type up a remorseful text and to set up a rather chilly meeting at a neutral venue. Not your place of residence – Luthuli House, as it were – but maybe at that coffee shop in Birdhaven there near the Wanderers.

Perhaps we agree to “give it another chance” and we serve out a period of penance before the cycle begins again. If we’re grown up about it, we may accept that, actually, we’re not really compatible and the whole thing is actually a bit toxic.

We bid each other farewell and we begin negotiating the allocation of property. Like the Tupperwares, the Johnny Clegg T-shirt we both like and our constituency of friends and supporters, who must now decide which one of us they were really friends with in the first place…

Hagen Engler.

The day the cops met me… A mother and a banshee

May 8th 2021 at 02:13

Eight cops arrived at my gate tonight to arrest a man. Eight. At least a murder…

But his crime? He violated a protection order, apparently: a missed call to his “mother-in-law”.

But I said no to the cops. In fact, screamed no like a banshee woman while two cops rattled my palisade gate and two others tried to enter my property through my fabulous yellow wood brush that not even a hardened criminal can get through.

My request was simple: Show me the warrant. It’s my right.

They couldn’t. Oh, I saw some paper work flashed in the headlight in one of the three cars cordoning off my property – “but you can’t touch it, Ma’am”.

“Just show me the date,” I screamed like Jerry McGuire.

I never saw it.

They’ll be back in the morning, I’m sure with the right paper work because this ole mother-in-law blocked them tonight – and the neighbourhood knows and recorded it, I’m also sure.

But I’ve been there, done that.

I’m wiser. Last time seven of you pitched up at my gate I surrendered the boy, peacefully. And it cost me thousands.

Because, see, sympathetic as you were and as civil as I was, you seven cops all told me you are just “taking him away for questioning” and will bring him back.

I believed you. I even phoned you at 2am – I’m a mother – only to hear he is there for the weekend. And the fat front office woman took the meals we dropped off daily – he never saw them.

In fact, mommy of his child, he slept for three days on a cold cement floor with common criminals. No blanket, no food, no legal representation until the Monday – and that is when my credit card must kick in because the court simply demands he must have representation.

I have resigned myself to the fact that 10 policemen will cordon off my property in the morning and probably have the right paper work to “lock him up again”.

But I ask: we instigated family court and at least can see our little redhead again. You, mommy, have not bothered to pitch up for the last three court appearances.

No consequences, I see.

But dare I send a cordon of 10 cops to your house?

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Carine Hartman. Picture: Michel Bega

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‘I’ll be there’ – Magashule to attend do or die NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 02:02

Ace Magashule has defied his suspension and promised to attend the weekend’s crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

Speaking exclusively to the SABC, Magashule reiterated his claim that he has appealed his suspension.

Magashule said he remains the ANC secretary-general and has assured branches that he is going nowhere.

“There are processes which one will argue when I appear before the appeals body. The NEC has been conflicted in this matter. They have been the judge, prosecutor, investigator and jury.

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“You can’t be charged, like it is a kangaroo court. The step-aside resolution is designed to remove Bongani Bongo and me. We have collected many names (of those who are implicated),” he said.

Magashule claimed that he was a disciplined member, who had fought against apartheid.

Magashule said there were many senior ANC members and MECs, who have criminal cases against them, but have not been ordered to step aside.

I haven’t done anything wrong. There are no processes that were followed. I am attending the NEC meeting this weekend. I am also attending the officials meeting before the NEC.

“We all have rights as South Africans. We are accorded the same rights by the Constitution of the country and that of the ANC.”

Magashule said he has written to the NPA, to ask them to reveal what criminal charges he faces.

“I am a simple, humble leader of the ANC. I am going to die in the ANC. Some people think they are ANC. I will never allow people to take the ANC away from me.

“I joined the movement voluntarily. I won’t be the first to be removed,” Magashule said.

The Bulls are strengthening their grip on local rugby

May 8th 2021 at 02:00

Are the Bulls in the process of widening the gap they already hold on the other top South African rugby teams?

It certainly seems to be the case, with the Bulls signing a new big-name player almost on a weekly basis.

It may be an ominous signs for other Pro16 teams locally – the Sharks, Stormers and Lions – but eventually it could turn out to the benefit of SA Rugby.

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After the announcement of the British and Irish Lions touring squad for their July tour to SA, it brought new energy and enthusiasm that the tour might actually become a real event.

And in the meantime Bulls director of rugby Jake White is building a ‘super team’, being true to his word after earlier promises of more big things to come.

There have been questions about White exceeding his 45-man player cap and the limited budget of R60 million, but he has been shrewd enough to stay within those limits.

His latest big-name signing was highly-rated former Lions centre Harold Vorster, adding to their midfield depth.

Harold Vorster

Former Lions player Harold Vorster has penned a deal with the Bulls. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

This comes shortly in the wake of securing the likes of Bok flanker Marcel Coetzee from Ulster, Montpellier flank Jacques du Plessis and former Cheetahs and Bok pivot Johan Goosen, who White believes can become a top Bok again.

In contrast, the other teams have been quiet except for the odd signing by the Sharks who have gained the services of flank Siya Kolisi and maybe hooker Bongi Mbonambi as well.

The Stormers, who roped in lock Marvin Orie from the Lions, have indicated that they might be in talks with Bok hardman and hooker Malcolm Marx and former Stormers and Bok centre Juan de Jongh, but it remains unconfirmed.

The Lions, however, haven’t signed any more new big names despite losing Orie and Elton Jantjies.

They have instead preferred to invest in their younger generation like No 8 Francke Horn, cenre Manny Rass, lock Reinhard Nothnagel and the now injured duo of fullback Tiaan Swanepoel and flyhalf Gianni Lombard.

But while the other three franchises are content to develop their own resources, the Bulls are creating an empire under White and their young talent will develop under the tutelage of the experienced crop which is growing by the week.

Having already won two local competitions since emerging from the lockdown hiatus, the Bulls are setting their sights on a hattrick with the Rainbow Cup SA, and who is going to stop them?

No local team, by the looks of it.

New Zealand’s Seifert positive for coronavirus in India

May 8th 2021 at 01:51

New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert was forced to stay in India after testing positive for the coronavirus as his fellow Kiwi cricketers fled the Covid-19 crisis in India for the Maldives, officials said Saturday.

Seifert, who was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), failed his pre-departure tests and has been placed in quarantine.

Test players involved in the IPL — Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner and Kyle Jamieson — had planned to stay in New Delhi before travelling to England for their upcoming Test series but have now decided to move to the Maldives.

ALSO READ: Smith praises BCCI for getting SA IPL players out of India

The IPL, the world’s richest Twenty20 cricket tournament, was suspended for safety reasons on Tuesday as infections in India surged.

One of two charter flights taking the remainder of New Zealand’s IPL contingent home has departed India and the other will leave later Saturday.

Seifert is to be treated at the same Chennai hospital where former Australian player Michael Hussey has been staying since testing positive earlier in the week.

“It’s really unfortunate for Tim and we’ll do everything for him that we can from this end, and hopefully he will be able to test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as he’s well again,” New Zealand Cricket boss David White said.

The Test players opted to leave India after learning their entry to England, initially expected to be next Tuesday, was likely to be delayed a further week.

Black Caps bowling spearhead Trent Boult is also among the 16 IPL players, officials and media returning to New Zealand and will spend time with his family before joining the Test squad in England.

Fat cats show their true colours with IPL hypocrisy

May 8th 2021 at 01:30

The players of Australia, England and India are probably the fat cats of the cricketing world, given the riches of their respective boards and the hefty contracts they enjoy.

While I have no problem with top international sportsmen being handsomely paid, it would be nice now and then to see them display some perspective and gratitude for living the dream.

The Indian Premier League of course offers the biggest payday of them all, which is why player power has ensured no major international cricket is staged during that tournament. Again, that is the economics of the game and I don’t mind that.

But the players should just be honest about the fact that the IPL is their biggest priority and, as the players of Australia and England have shown, the riches on offer there are often more important to them than any ethical considerations or obligations to grow the game as a whole.

ALSO READ: Smith praises BCCI for getting SA IPL players out of India

The self-same Australian and England players who turned their noses up at playing in South Africa and possibly coming into contact with the Covid-19 pandemic that was recording about 3,000 cases a day in December and 1,000 in March were happy to go to India for the IPL when cases were already at more than 80,000 a day.

It was a staggering display of hypocrisy and double standards.

And it got worse because as soon as the IPL itself was put under threat, it was the Australian players who began bleating about the government having an obligation to organise special flights out of India for them and change the law that applied to everyone else that the borders were closed for people who had recently been to India.

It’s ironic, but these are people who have been living in a bubble since way before Covid-19 arrived. They live in their own mollycoddled world where everything is taken care of for them, they are treated as demi-gods and too many of them seem totally out of touch with the common person.

It’s why things like Sandpapergate happened because pampered stars like Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are out of touch with reality.

ALSO READ: Hosting IPL not a mistake, insists India cricket chief

It was absolutely infuriating the way the Australian players dumped the South African tour at the last moment as soon as it meant they might have some difficulties getting to India thereafter for the IPL, which was always going to be a much harder bubble to manage than the one here.

Likewise the English players, who used a couple of positive tests outside of their squad to hightail it home, doing great damage to Cricket South Africa’s reputation and coffers.

No wonder cricket fans around the world get so angry when talk of the Big Three dictating the game comes up.

The bad vibrations of karma will no doubt follow these selfish cricketers and it was hard to feel any sympathy for the Aussie players who were stuck in India for a while; they did after all land up slumming it in the Maldives.

Even the England players have now shown their true colours and they have not only been criticised by former captains like Mike Atherton and Michael Vaughan for what they did in South Africa, but their own England and Wales Cricket Board CEO Tom Harrison, who has been very helpful to CSA, now knows what they are like when it comes to negotiating new contracts.

To end on a positive note though: Cricket South Africa, chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra and his doctors, and the compliance officers, all deserve enormous credit for how well-run our bubbles were last summer. There were only negligible issues and they have proven how safe it will be for any touring teams to come here.

The R4 million sexual harassment case South African workers should know about

May 8th 2021 at 01:00
Almost 12 years after being sexually assaulted by a superior in the workplace, a former employee who was forced to resign was awarded R3.9 million in damages, which will be paid jointly by her former employer and perpetrator.

Nothing can stop Olympics from going ahead: IOC’s Coates

May 8th 2021 at 00:42

International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates was adamant Saturday that nothing could stop the Tokyo Olympics from going ahead, despite ongoing risks from Covid-19.

Asked by AFP if there was any scenario in which the Games, which are due to start in July, could be cancelled or postponed again at this late stage, he replied: “No, there’s not.

“The prime minister of Japan said that to the president of the United States two or three weeks ago, he continues to say that to the IOC.

“We’re working with him (Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga) on all of the safety measures. It’s going ahead.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa poses with a display of the Olympic symbol. Picture: Getty Images

Suga held talks with US leader Joe Biden in April and stressed the Asian nation was doing everything possible to contain Covid-19 infections and hold a “safe and secure” Olympics.

But questions continue to be raised about the viability of the Games, given the ongoing pandemic and a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan being extended on Friday.

Coates, who heads the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, said a huge amount of work had been done to ensure the safety of athletes and the Japanese public.

“We spent the first half of last year identifying all the worst-case scenarios,” he told reporters in Sydney on the sidelines of the Australian Olympic Committee’s annual general meeting.

“We spent the next six months looking at the countermeasures that are necessary.

“We’re implementing those countermeasures, predicated on there being no vaccine, so that situation has improved. The Games will go ahead.”

ALSO READ: 100 days to Tokyo: SA’s five best medal hopes

US drugs giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday announced a deal with the IOC to provide vaccines to competitors and staff at the Games, which Coates said it was a major step.

“All of the precautions that we have been taking are aimed at the health of the athletes and the health of the people of Japan,” he said.

“We’ve put an amazing amount of work into the procedures that ensure the safety of the athletes through testing … boosted now by all athletes around the world now having access to the vaccine.”

Three share lead after second round at Quail Hollow

May 8th 2021 at 00:03

Former US Open champion Gary Woodland headlined a leading trio at Quail Hollow on Friday, where two-time winner Rory McIlroy was in the mix along with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson.

Woodland, the 2019 US Open winner who has struggled of late, carded a two-under-par 69 for a six-under total of 136, where he was joined by England’s Matt Wallace and American Patrick Rodgers.

Wallace, a four-time European Tour winner who is gunning for a first US tour title, had five birdies in his four-under 67 while Rodgers posted a 68 highlighted by a 13-foot eagle putt at the seventh.

The three were one stroke in front of Kramer Hickock, who posted a 69 for 137.

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McIlroy, who was outside the projected cutline after a first-round 72, grabbed six birdies in a five-under-par 66 to head a group on four-under 138 — just two shots off the lead.

Mickelson, who held the overnight lead after a sparkling seven-under 64, was 11 shots worse in the second round, but his four-over 75 left him in a group only three strokes off the pace on three-under 139.

Woodland, who said his missed cut at Innisbrook last week marked the “rock bottom” of a downward trend that all started with a left hip injury and his attempt to play through pain, said a phone consultation with coach Butch Harmon and in-person work with Pete Cowen had helped him start to get back to what he was doing “when I was hitting it well.”

“I’ve seen some shots this week that I just haven’t seen in a long time,” Woodland said. “The golf swing feels so much better. Confidence has gone way up, which I did not have really in the last year.”

Wallace, meanwhile, thinks he’s trending toward a first US title, after a third-place finish at the Texas Open last month.

“I’m on a nice run of form and this is where you want to be in golf, trying to win big tournaments,” he said.

Former world number one McIlroy, meanwhile, is headed to the weekend for the first time in four starts, having missed the cut at the Players Championship, failing to reach the weekend at the WGC Match Play, and missing the cut at the Masters.

The Northern Ireland star hit just five fairways but found 14 of 18 greens.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is still in the hunt at Quail Hollow. Picture: Getty Images

“I felt like I found something with my iron play last week. I didn’t get a chance to show it yesterday because I wasn’t finding the fairway much. But having some more opportunities today, I was able to show it a bit and it was nice.

“I played some really good shots into the par-threes and that’s something that I haven’t been doing for the last few months, so that was nice.”

Mickelson’s four-over 75 included two balls in the water, including his tee shot at the par-three 17th that led to a double-bogey and, he said, epitomized his recent troubles maintaining focus.

“I think kind of an example of what I’ve been talking about is like on 17 we’re standing over the ball and I’m changing my mind and I’m changing the shot, moving the clubhead a little bit … instead of backing away and kind of refocusing, I just kind of hit it and I’m not really kind of aware of what I’m doing,” Mickelson said.

7 Mother’s Day spa packages that won’t break the bank

May 8th 2021 at 00:00

 

A day at the spa is close to perfect for any mom on Mother’s Day, but we all know that spa packages aren’t always affordable.

We’ve done the work for you and researched Mother’s Day massage specials that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

So, go ahead and spoil the special lady in your life this weekend.  

Here are some great Mother’s Day massage specials to help mom unwind this Mother’s Day. 

Gauteng 

Revive Wellness, Highlands North 

Revive Wellness Spa in Joburg prides itself on being “your sanctuary in the city.”

A quick drive through Johannesburg will lead you to the entrance of what will feel like an escape from the buzz of the city. The spa not only has a beautiful aesthetic that calls for calm and relaxation, but the facilities are meant to guarantee tranquility.

Flotation pools, steam rooms, and a hydro poll are among the many facilities moms can use when they book a spa date or receive one as a gift.

Revive Wellness is running a Mother’s Day promotion that includes a full body massage, head, foot and a foot ritual. 

Mangwanani Spa, River Valley 

For those looking to escape the buzz of the busy city, take a shot left to Mangwanani Spa right after Hennops River. They have a variety of packages to choose from, including half and full-day packages.

For full-day patrons, bus service is available from Montecasino if self-driving is not an option. The packages range from R1099 to R1799. The outdoor experience is a worthwhile one for those looking to being out in nature. 

Zan Garden, Soweto

In the heart of Soweto lies what customers are calling heaven on earth.

Zan Garden, a bespoke skin and beauty service runs a well-known establishment in one of the oldest townships in South Africa.

The acclaimed spa offers its clients a serene and relaxed experience while maintaining the highest standard of service. Their selection of treatments promises an experience like no other – perfect for Mother’s Day.

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Cape Town 

Bakwena Day Spa, Kuils River 

Pure indulgence is the name of the game with Bakwena Day Spa.

Indulge yourself, or the mom in your life by booking a package suitable to her needs and your budget. The Bakwena Day Spa has spa packages just for Mother’s Day.

They are offering three packages – half-day (AM or PM) and full-day deals. The price ranges from R849 to R1649. 

Tranquila Spa, Cape Town 

For those looking for relaxation and experience, the newly-opened Tranquila Spa on Aquila Private Game Reserve is just the thing.

Guests can book other tours either before or after a spa treatment. The lodge is home to the majestic Big 5 legends: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and rhino. Game and horse riding options are available to more adventurous moms.

If not, their spa facilities will leave you energised and ready for a new chapter of motherhood! 

Durban

Mangwanani Elangeni, Durban 

A warm welcome and professional service will make a half or full-day spa treatment a worthwhile trip for the Durban moms.

Mangwanani Elangeni is known for its good service, and clients keep going back for more. If a full-body massage and a gin experience sound appealing to you, then their Mother’s Day voucher will be just the thing.

For R899, mom can have a full body massage Musgrave Rose Gin Water, Gin Botanicals, and Gin infusion. 

The Oyster Box Spa, Umhlanga 

The Oyster Box Spa is well known for being a great spot for a romantic getaway, but will equally be dreamy for moms on a getaway, even just for a day.

The ocean view is a relaxing sight for tired eyes to take your mind off life for a brief moment. Their spa facilities are aimed at three things; rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Click here to book a session for a well-deserving Durban mom.

Has the current ANC been infiltrated by apartheid spies?

May 7th 2021 at 23:30

Rebellious retired former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) defence intelligence chief Maomela “Mojo” Motau claims the ANC has been infiltrated by apartheid and foreign spies, hell-bent on destabilising and destroying the governing party.

Motau said the ANC needed to get rid of the spooks within its ranks if it is to survive.

The allegations were also contained in a document titled “Tshwane Declaration” which, he claimed, was adopted at the ANC Cadre Summit 2, held in Pretoria on 30 April.

ALSO READ: OP-ED: ‘We don’t know this General Motau,’ says MK National Council

He said the ANC was infested with apartheid agents, foreign intelligence and security agencies who were directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of many people during the fight against the apartheid regime.

They were now either blackmailed or deliberately willing to work against the movement and its people. They had consciously and deliberately elected to continue serving its erstwhile enemies.

Motau said the current and past ANC leadership knew about these spies – a list was compiled during the Nelson Mandela administration and handed over to him.

But the government and ANC itself failed to act on it. The agents had infiltrated the ANC and had campaigned for party positions with the intention to destroy the party.

“These people are found throughout the movement and society. They occupy positions of leadership and influence in the ANC and society in general.

“This is one of the greatest challenges we are facing today.

“Without addressing this challenge the ANC can only proceed to die,” Motau said. Motau said he had trained as an uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cadre at Emagojeni camp in Zambia after joining in 1974, was later in the MK high command and retired from the SANDF in 2009.

Now, he is part of a campaign, along with other former MK cadres, to cleanse, reclaim and refocus the ANC. He said they wanted to reclaim it from the clutches of neocolonialism and strive to maintain the party as the main agent of change.

Motau suggested the current ANC national executive committee (NEC) must be dissolved immediately because it was “highly compromised”.

He said it was well known that the Nasrec NEC was not democratically elected, but bought. “This leadership constitutes the most serious threat against the survival of the ANC.

“Comrades Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe [all former presidents] are appropriate comrades to comprise a team to confront the listed enemy agents, starting from those who are serving in the NEC and other leadership structures.”

The three former leaders will “give confidence to our people that all agents will be treated equally without favour”.

According to Motau, this was in line with the vision of Mandela, who gave Mbeki and the late former defence minister Joe Modise the task of getting rid of enemy agents.

He said the list of agents was compiled from the records of Military Intelligence, the special branch of the apartheid South African Police and the National Intelligence Service.

“The task was not completed as Modise passed away suddenly after confronting a few enemy agents in the Military Intelligence list,” the document said.

At the first Cadre Summit, last year, former cadres had adopted a turn-around strategy 2025 to reclaim the ANC, including replacing the NEC with an interim national task team.

Motau refuted criticism from the MK national council that he was a loose cannon with no support.

The council claimed Motau had begun to show his true colours as the “enemy of the revolution” and the ANC while the MK Military Veterans Association said he was a member but not mandated by it, nor spoke on its behalf.

“Let them say what they want, we are the cadres of the ANC and we have been defending the ANC. “I don’t think the people you are talking about did anything serious or substantial in MK. I don’t know them,” Motau said.

Attempts yesterday to get comment from the ANC on the group failed.

ericn@citizen.co.za

Long, dark winter ahead if Eskom-Numsa wage talks stall

May 7th 2021 at 23:10

A long and dark winter, with a devastating effect on the economy, is what South Africans could expect, should there be a breakdown in the marathon wage negotiations ending next month between Eskom and labour, according to leading economists.

Economist Mike Schussler said the economy was losing R12 million for every 1 000 megawatts lost per hour during stage 1 load shedding – with R48 million lost in stage 4.

In a bleak scenario of a breakdown in talks, Schussler warned of a gloomy economic picture – forcing the cash-strapped power utility to ask for another bailout from government.

ALSO READ: ‘R178 billion just the tip of Eskom corruption iceberg’

“The big thing now is whether Eskom can keep the lights on, because if they go off, it is going to cost the economy dearly,” he said.

“Any strike at Eskom will have an impact on the economy and a likelihood of more power outages. Eskom employees should be told that Eskom is effectively bust and cannot afford to pay more.

“Unions must not have such a narrow outlook and must consider how many members in other sectors could lose jobs.”

University of Johannesburg associate professor of economics Peter Baur said it was “possibly in the best interest of everyone” to try avoiding a wage negotiation failure.

“With an already tight fiscal budget, a possible threat of a third wave of Covid-19 and funding needed in other sectors of the economy, may put public spending under additional pressure, with the poor receiving the brunt of the impact.”

Load shedding has serious consequences for investor confidence.

“While emerging markets have seen increased investor interest over the past few months, if load shedding continues, this level of interest could be partially derailed,” said Baur.

“Investor resources will be attracted to economies which will minimise risk pressure. Due to Eskom’s aging infrastructure, we will possibly experience growing concerns – as seen in the attitudes of business and consumers – which, in turn, will have a far-reaching effect.”

With the wage talks having begun this week, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola described the negotiations as being “a long way from a breakdown”.

She said: “Whether we face a cold dark winter is dependent on Eskom management under group CEO Andre De Ruyter. We remain hopeful that we’ll find each other, as long as there is political will on the side of the executive management to engage meaningfully.”

Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the utility was approaching the talks in good faith, “with the best interests of the company, its employees and SA at heart”.

He added: “Wage talks may be unpredictable and, depending on the positions taken by the parties, could result in tensions arising.

“Eskom would like to assure the public it will do everything possible to attempt to reach consensus that is financially sustainable and in the best interest of its employees, the public and the country at large.

brians@citizen.co.za

Daily news update: Zulu nation has a new king, Magashule talks tough and more

May 7th 2021 at 23:00

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Prince Misuzulu Zulu named in queen’s will as new king

Prince Misuzulu Zulu

Prince Misuzulu Zulu, centre. Picture: Screenshot

Prince Misuzulu Zulu has been announced as the new king of the Zulu nation.

Magashule: My suspension is a ‘banishment order’ similar to apartheid

Ace Magashule

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Picture: Gallo Images.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the conditions of his suspension are draconian and akin to apartheid.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

Mantfombi

The memorial service for AmaZulu regent queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu is being held this morning at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter

The eldest son of the late regent of the Zulu nation, prince Misuzulu Zulu, made his first public appearance since the death of his mother Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

SA’s new drivers’ licences – no more queues and available on your phone

License renewal

Picture: Nigel Sibanda

In about two years’ time, motorists will be able to have their drivers’ licence card delivered to their homes within seven days and stored digitally on their cellphones.

WATCH: I’m done protecting Black Coffee, says a teary Enhle Mbali

Mbali

Enhle Mbali is bitter. Picture: Instagram

South African actress, TV personality and recent divorcee Enhle Mbali has taken to social media to express her hurt at not being granted the protection order she filed against her ex husband, DJ Black Coffee.

Troublesome Masibusane Zongo chased out at Chiefs

Masibusane Zongo

Masibusane Zongo is said to have been chased out of Bizana Pondo Chiefs after breaking the club’s Covid restrictions. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Masibusane Zongo has been chased out of Bizana Pondo Chiefs where he was given another chance to resuscitate his career.

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10 sustainability terms every investor should understand

May 7th 2021 at 18:32
Our commitment to responsible investing is growing and we would all do well to brush up on our sustainability jargon.

Indwe’s R11m stadium unfinished and abandoned

May 7th 2021 at 18:31
Municipality says the construction company has refused to return to work.

How Covid-19 is likely to slow down a decade of youth development in Africa

May 7th 2021 at 18:18
There are fears that the pandemic will result in a lockdown generation, characterised by structurally higher youth poverty and unemployment.

Quarantine boredom drives demand for renting microwaves, big tvs

May 7th 2021 at 18:15
A look at another way the pandemic has changed the world.

News24.com | Protecting mental health will be key for Gatland's Lions in South Africa

May 7th 2021 at 18:14
Warren Gatland says looking after the mental health of his British and Irish Lions players could be his toughest challenge as they prepare for up to 10 weeks in a coronavirus bubble.

Newsletters: I have a picture for you! 2 – 8 May 2021

May 7th 2021 at 17:25
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News24.com | Fuming Kaizer Chiefs fans planning 'peaceful' protest after dreadful league form

May 7th 2021 at 17:13
The fans of Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are planning a protest and will march to the clubs famous Naturena headquarters on Friday, 14 May.

News24.com | Suspended, but defiant: Ace Magashule vows to attend NEC meeting

May 7th 2021 at 17:10
Ace Magashule says he remains the secretary-general of the ANC and has assured branches that he is going nowhere.

Daily Covid-19 update: Over 2000 new cases while two provinces record zero deaths

May 7th 2021 at 16:35

As of Friday, 7 May, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,592,626 with 2256 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

67 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 1 from Eastern Cape, 0 from Free State, 13 from Gauteng, 5 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 26 from Limpopo, 2 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 10 from Northern Cape and 10 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54,687.

Recoveries now stand at 1,513,202 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,831,738 tests have been completed with 25,934 new tests conducted since the last report, while the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 381,171.

#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 07 May.

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— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 7, 2021

Gauteng readiness for third wave

The Gauteng government has made 4564 bed spaces available for Covid-19 patients amid concerns about rising infections.

This comes after Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province was in the early phases of a third wave.

The premier, however, said the province was prepared and the focus had fallen on flattening the infection curve.

“We have also added additional staff – 4,000 professionals – to the staff complement of the department of health,” he said on Thursday.

Addtional reporting by Molefe Seeletsa

News24.com | Prince Misuzulu Zulu named as the preferred new Zulu king

May 7th 2021 at 16:25
The announcement was made on Friday evening when the will of the late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu was read out by her lawyer after her memorial service.

Chief justice Mogoeng set to miss notable cases while on leave

May 7th 2021 at 16:12

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was at the centre of a string of controversies in recent months and this week continued raising eyebrows with the news he was taking a lengthy leave of absence.

Judges get 3½ months’ leave for every four years’ service and in a statement on Thursday, the office of the chief justice announced Mogoeng had taken his “long leave” – as the judiciary calls it – with effect from 1 May.

With Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s hands full at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Judge Sisi Khampepe has been named acting chief justice.

ALSO READ: Mogoeng takes long leave before JCC’s Israel appeal decision

But with the courts going into the third recess for the year in September this looks, in effect, to be his bowing out.

The announcement came hot on the heels of the news that Mogoeng was appealing the Judicial Conduct Committee’s (JCC) findings against him over comments he made about Israel last year and with a ruling from the Constitutional Court, which the chief justice heads, on the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture’s attempt to have former president Jacob Zuma held in contempt, expected any day now.

His office has offered a less controversial explanation for the timing, though. It said Mogoeng had been due to take his long leave since July 2018, but had been too busy.

However, judges’ leave is not cumulative and Mogoeng had to take his or risk forfeiting it.

“It is a normal practice in the judiciary for judges to take their leave whenever it is due. The chief justice’s long leave was due and he has duly taken it,” it read.

Mogoeng is now not expected to be sitting as chief justice when the Constitutional Court hands down its judgment in the commission’s contempt case against Zuma.

He was, however, not on the bench that heard the case originally, so would not have been involved in adjudicating it.

But there are also a number of other important cases on the court’s roll over the next few months, which Mogoeng now won’t be presiding over.

ALSO READ: Chief justice Mogoeng nearing end of his term. Who will replace him?

Another case involving Zuma, in which he is fighting a personal costs order made against him in his attempt to challenge the establishment of the state capture commission, is due to come before the Constitutional Court justices, as are cases involving the constitutionality of the University of South Africa’s 2016 decision to do away with Afrikaans as a language of instruction and a challenge to the broad-based black economic empowerment rules for government tenderers.

Mogoeng’s appeal before the JCC is due to be considered next month. In March, the JCC found Mogoeng had breached the code of judicial conduct by becoming involved in political controversy at a webinar hosted by The Jerusalem Post last year, as well as at a subsequent prayer meeting where he refused to apologise for his comments.

It gave him 10 days to issue an unconditional apology. During the webinar, he was asked to comment on the diplomatic relationship between SA and Israel and whether he agreed with the former’s foreign policy in relation to the other.

His remarks prompted complaints from three local organisations: Africa 4 Palestine, SA Boycott Disinvestments and Sanctions Coalition and Women’s Cultural Group.

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News24.com | Joburg Metrobus strike rolls on with intimidation, suppression claims abound

May 7th 2021 at 16:00
While Metrobus accuses the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers' Union of SA of strike violence and intimidation, the union says it is being suppressed.

Black Coffee thanks supporters as court denies Enhle a protection order

May 7th 2021 at 15:51

DJ Black Coffee feels vindicated after the Randburg Magistrate’s Court denied his ex-wife Enhle Mbali a protection order against him.

In a tweet on Friday evening, Black Coffee – real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo – reiterated that he did not assault Mbali as she has claimed.

He said after initially trying to “correct the narrative”, he chose to keep mum about the issue because he had faith in South Africa’s judicial system.

Following the proceedings, the Court has ruled in my favour. The interim Protection order was set aside and her case dismissed.
Thank you all who stood by my side.

— Black Coffee (@RealBlackCoffee) May 7, 2021

Earlier on Friday, Mbali took to social media to express her hurt at not being granted the protection order she filed against her ex-husband.

In a teary Instagram video, she begins by telling her followers how she had been protecting Black Coffee for far too long and had been physically abused by the DJ in their marital home.

“I have been protecting this man for far too long…this man lied in the court of law saying he went under my arm as tall as he is, knowing very well that he hit me, struck my hand twice and then pushed me of our marital home,” she said in the video.

ALSO READ: Black Coffee protection order ruling postponed

Mbali said she would be holding a press conference where she would bring evidence to prove her statements and to prove that the father of her children had lied in court.

Additional reporting by Lerato Maimela

News24.com | Covid-19: 'We are now in the third wave' - Free State health dept

May 7th 2021 at 15:47
The Free State health department appealed to communities to remain cautious, to avoid the spread of the virus.

News24.com | Eastern Cape ANC suspends 3 leaders for violating party's constitution

May 7th 2021 at 15:47
The members are OR Tambo municipality council speaker, Xolile Nkompela, the deputy mayor, Robert Nogumla, and the municipality's former chief whip, William Ngozi.

Joburg teacher suspended after allegedly calling pupil k-word

May 7th 2021 at 15:26

An Afrikaans teacher was suspended with immediate effect after allegedly calling a 14-year-old pupil from the Northriding Secondary School the k-word and spraying the pupil with sanitiser.

The parents of the Grade 8 pupil described the incident as a traumatic matter for them, their child and the other children exposed to racial slurs and attacks.

“We are really angry about it,” the father of the pupil said. The father said he never thought his child would have to experience in 2021 what they had experienced when they were young in “that era”.

ALSO READ: ‘Racist’ Agrizzi opposed BEE, controlled Watson’s emails, Zondo told

“There is a lot that needs to change in the school’s culture and management,” he said.

The pupil’s mother said they would be taking further steps against the teacher and the parents have already laid a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of South Africa (HRCSA).

“We have also pressed charges against the teacher. We are taking it very seriously,” the mother said.

“The thing that upsets me the most is we heard it from our son. Nobody contacted us from the school. It is unfortunate and a failure,” the mother said.

Earlier on Friday, Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi visited the school following the allegations.

“As a department, we are extremely disappointed about this incident.

“Racism will never be tolerated in our schools. Teachers must always teach and guide pupils; not fight them,” Lesufi said.

Lesufi welcomed the immediate suspension of the teacher.

Gauteng department for education spokesman Steve Mabona said during a media briefing at the school that initial investigations indicated an altercation over the making of noise occurred on Thursday between the pupils and an Afrikaans teacher.

“The teacher then allegedly sprayed the pupil with sanitiser when he left the classroom to report the matter to another teacher in the neighbouring class,” Mabona said.

“The teacher allegedly followed and started to engage violently with the pupil, further spraying the pupil with sanitiser all over his body and allegedly calling him a k****r,” Mabona added.

Other teachers had to intervene.

“Reports state that the same teacher then had another altercation, in the next period, with other pupils, where she started swearing at pupils, allegedly calling them baboons, drug dealers and k****rs,” Mabona said.

The education department’s psychosocial team visited the school to provide support for all affected by the incident.

School headmaster Francois Oosthuizen said a teaching agency had been contacted to replace the teacher.

He said he himself would stand in if necessary because he is a qualified Afrikaans teacher. Meanwhile, in the smoking section of the school, two teachers casually sat, puffing away.

The teachers said they were having a very quiet day because the pupils left the classes to protest on the sports field, where they sat down and refused to return to class.

In front of the school’s office, a small group of angry parents gathered to voice their grievances about the incident. The parents wanted to know what processes will be put in place to ensure the school does not become a breeding ground for racism.

SATURDAY PROFILE: Mission Impossible is Thina Mananyetso’s motto

May 7th 2021 at 15:21
Many people have been inspired by Witbank mother of three Thina Mananyetso’s courage at taking on and conquering the daunting Outsurance Torpedo SwimRun Moon.

PHOTOGRAPHY : Our World in Pictures: Week 18 of 2021

May 7th 2021 at 15:17
Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of this week’s events around the world.

News24.com | Victory for pilots as SAA ordered to cough up for 6 months' salaries and meals

May 7th 2021 at 15:01
SAA is liable not only to pay certain outstanding salaries of members of the SAA Pilots' Association, but also claims for meal allowances.

Shanduka shade over Free State education

May 7th 2021 at 15:00

Audit firm PwC said R500-million irregular expenditure incurred by the Free State education department is related to an unsolicited bid by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust to improve schools

The post Shanduka shade over Free State education appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Good news for WhatsApp users in South Africa

May 7th 2021 at 15:00
WhatsApp has provided an update on its privacy policy deadline.

PowerBall results: Friday, 7 May 2021

May 7th 2021 at 15:00

Get the PowerBall and PowerBall Plus results as soon as they are drawn on The Citizen, so you can rest easy and check your tickets with confidence.

While great care has been taken to ensure accuracy, The Citizen cannot take responsibility for any error in the PowerBall or PowerBall Plus results. We suggest verifying the numbers on the National Lottery website.

Here are the winning PowerBall results for Friday, 7 May 2021:

PowerBall: 4, 7, 19, 20, 49 Powerball: 19

Here are the winning PowerBall Plus results for Friday, 7 May 2021:

PowerBall Plus: 1, 8, 13, 39, 44 Powerball: 5

For more details and to verify the PowerBall results, visit the National Lottery website.

When do South African national Lottery ticket sales close? 

Lottery outlets close at 8.30pm on the day of a draw, which happens at 9pm. The terms and conditions may differ from other service outlets. Visit www.nationallottery.co.za for more information.

Click here for previous winning numbers.

How much does it cost to play PowerBall?

PowerBall entries cost R5 per board including VAT. PowerBall Plus costs an additional R2.50 per board. You can also play PowerBall on selected banking apps (T’s & C’s apply).

Visit www.nationallottery.co.za and go to the How to Play section to find out more.

Of Cubans and other Amigos

May 7th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

A new Bafana coach and Mabuyakhulu’s Zondo testimony leaves our columnist feeling Broos-ed and battered

The post Of Cubans and other Amigos appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Colombians topple ‘rapist’ conquistador’s statue in capital

May 7th 2021 at 14:52

Bogota – Indigenous people in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who founded the capital Bogota, as protests against the government continued.

Photos shared on social media showed members of the Misak indigenous community standing on the empty pedestal in the centre of Bogota with the statue lying on the ground with a broken arm.

At least 26 people have died in clashes between demonstrators and security forces since protests against President Ivan Duque’s government began on April 28, originally against a now abandoned tax reform.

ALSO READ: Fresh protests called after deadly Colombia tax reform clashes

Indigenous people have joined unions, students and other groups in demanding change to the government’s policies on health, education and inequality.

Demonstrators from the Misak — also called Guambiano — community, originally from the south of the country, arrived at dawn at the statue, erected in 1960, waving their indigenous flags.

“Historically he was the biggest slaughterer, torturer, thief and rapist of our women and our children,” the group said in a statement.

The statement said the “elitist families descended” from De Quesada had “reproduced the great problems” of the country such as the recently abandoned tax reform.

Indigenous people in Colombia’s southwest have knocked down at least three statues to conquistadors since September 2020.

They are waging a historic dispute over land rights but have often been the victims of Colombia’s multi-faceted conflict pitting left-wing guerrillas, drug-traffickers, right-wing paramilitaries and the armed forces against each other.

News24.com | NPA 'on the brink' of significant inroads into state capture cases - Batohi

May 7th 2021 at 14:40
The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, addressed the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on Friday.

Western Cape storm death toll climbs to four

May 7th 2021 at 14:32

This week’s massive storm in the Southern Cape has claimed two more lives.

It brings the number of deaths, as a result of the storm, to four.

The two bodies were people who had been missing since Wednesday. The bodies were found in the Riviersonderend/Stormsvlei area.

ALSO READ: Storms continue to batter Western Cape, more rain expected

The first two deaths were recorded in the Bonnievale area. Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell expressed his condolences.

“Every casualty is a tragedy and we are deeply saddened by each loss. Emergency responders continue to work non-stop across the affected regions to ensure people are kept as safe as possible. These efforts will not stop until the danger has passed.”

The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to monitor the rising level of rivers in the region.

Several roads in the Southern Cape are either closed or affected by localised flooding.

All evacuations of affected persons have been completed successfully.

Various farm roads have been damaged, with limited or no access to certain areas.

Bredell said travelling in the Overberg region remains extremely unsafe, as well as impossible in places.”The South African Weather Service has warned that further disruptive rainfall can be expected across most parts of the Overberg throughout today and tonight.

“In addition, rainfall can be expected in Bitou, Breede Valley, Cape Agulhas, George, Hessequa, Kannaland, Knysna, Langeberg, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and Swellendam until tomorrow evening, with up to 50mm predicted for the Garden Route district.

“People are urged to limit travelling and to remain indoors as far as possible,” Bredell said.The Emergency Services manager for the Overberg district, Reinard Geldenhuys, said the situation is worsening and heavy rainfall is predicted until Sunday morning.

“An increase of flooding reports of low-lying homes is being reported. Damage to agricultural fields and loss of livestock are expected to be significant.

“Damage determination is limited by the continuous rain. Local municipalities have been able to cope with the prevention and recovery of flooding of homes and managing the pressure on the stormwater systems.

“It is expected that, with the increased extent and duration of the low cutoff system, additional assistance will be required,” Geldenhuys said.

Marvin Charles

Tales from a hospital bed: I might be going home soon

May 7th 2021 at 14:14

Friday, 7 May

Day 15

Of the 10 elevators on our floor, seven work most of the time.

But one of them makes an alarming beeping noise when it moves and another makes an ominous snapping sound.

If I go missing, please ask them to check the elevators

I was having a smoke downstairs and it was going well until my brain temporarily stalled.

ALSO READ: Tales from a hospital bed: A lesson in patience and real equality

After taking a drag, I put my mask on, and then I breathed out.

The smoke got trapped and I breathed it back in, leaving me doubled over while coughing and spluttering.

One of the security guards thought it was very funny.

Gareth popped past for a visit.

It was great to see him, and we had a good laugh about something silly.

He dropped off a whole bag of food, sweets and smokes. I shared some of it with Frans.

Turns out Bongani was quiet because someone knocked him against the back of his head with a brick.

But he was feeling better, so he’s gone home.

His replacement, Rennie, was also assaulted. A group of five men broke his shoulder, and possibly his wrist.

‘Wrong place, wrong time,” he says, taking it in his stride.

Sikhumbuzo is recovering from his second op and the doctors say he’s doing well.

I also got some good news from the doctors 🙂

The tissue and skin in my toe is regrowing and the bones have been realigned.

They’ve also taken me off my drip, which means no more antibiotics.

They want to keep me under observation for a bit, but I think I might be home free soon.

News24.com | Rand rockets to best level in 16 months ahead of Moody’s review

May 7th 2021 at 13:59
The local currency received support from rallying commodity prices, the weaker dollar and the better-than-expected state of SA government finances.

Koerierbedryf wil SA se Poskantoor in die hof aanvat

May 7th 2021 at 13:53
Ahmore Burger-Smidt - direkteur en mededingingsregspesialis, Werksmans Prokureurs

Defiant Magashule says he will attend this weekend's ANC NEC meeting

May 7th 2021 at 13:53
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule remains defiant, saying he remains in his position and will attend this weekend's crucial national executive committee meeting.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

RSG se Geldsake met Moneyweb – Vrydag 7 Mei 2021

May 7th 2021 at 13:52
Ryk van Niekerk – Moneyweb

Markoorsig

May 7th 2021 at 13:52
Amelia Morgenrood – portefeuljebestuurder, PSG Faerie Glen

Kenners beantwoord luisteraars se vrae

May 7th 2021 at 13:52
Amelia Morgenrood – portefeuljebestuurder, PSG Faerie Glen & Jean Pierre Verster – uitvoerende hoof, Protea Capital Management

News24.com | Western Cape storm claims 2 more lives

May 7th 2021 at 13:50
This week's massive storm in the Southern Cape has claimed two more lives. It brings the number of deaths, as a result of the storm, to four.

News24.com | UPDATE | Eskom suspends senior manager after SIU freezes R11 million in bank account

May 7th 2021 at 13:47
The Special Investigating Unit has been granted an interim order to freeze R11 million held in a bank account linked to a senior Eskom manager.

Chaos erupts as Prince Misuzulu Zulu is named as new king

May 7th 2021 at 13:30

Prince Misuzulu Zulu has been announced as the new king of the Zulu nation.

In a reading of the late regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will by royal house lawyer advocate Griffiths Madonsela on Friday evening, Prince Misuzulu was named as his late mother’s preferred candidate to ascend to the throne.

The will reading took place at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in Nongoma.

Immediately after the announcement, the occasion turned into chaos, with heckling and commotion, after Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi – the traditional prime minister of the Zulu nation – instructed Prince Thokozani Zulu to sit down.

WATCH: Prince disrupts prayer service at Zulu queen’s funeral

Prince Thokozani, late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son with another queen, was trying to address the gathering.

#sabcnews #sabckzn Chaos has erupted at Kwakhethomthandayo ending the meeting where Regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu nominated her son Prince Misuzulu Zulu. There was a hand from someone who called Thulani was about to ask a question, hauling started pic.twitter.com/NMROu4AYCD

— Nonkululeko Hlophe (@Leko3) May 7, 2021

SABC News reported that gunshots were heard amid the commotion and that Prince Misuzulu and his siblings were whisked away to safety.

Earlier on Friday, Prince Misuzulu made his first public appearance since the death of Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Zulu last week and disrupted memorial proceedings.

The prince was accompanied by Zulu regiments marching into the marquee where the official memorial of the queen was taking place with prayer in session.

This is a developing story.

News24.com | Cape storms: City of Cape Town assessing measures to curb flooding, mudslides

May 7th 2021 at 13:29
The City of Cape will be implementing measures to prevent mudslides, flooding, and debris landing up on roads as winter approaches.

News24.com | Mabuyane threatens university with court action after failing to get into master's programme

May 7th 2021 at 13:29
The University of Fort Hare said it is prepared to defend its decision to exclude and deregister Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane in a court of law.

BREAKING | Prince Misuzulu Zulu named new Zulu King

May 7th 2021 at 13:23
In her will, the late regent of the Zulu kingdom Queen Mantfombi Dlamini bequeathed the monarchy to her first son, Prince Misuzulu Zulu.

Prince Misuzulu, the eldest son of the late Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, has been named as the new Zulu King.

OP-ED: ‘We don’t know this General Motau,’ says MK National Council

May 7th 2021 at 13:17

General Mojo Motau, former chief of military intelligence, has recently received attention from the media and, interestingly, from within the ANC leadership circles as well.

This is ostensibly because he is a former cadre of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) and a former member of MK Military Headquarters (MHQ), who is on a solitary mission to save the ANC from its demise. This is the weirdest and most recklessly opportunistic development ever since the ANC was unbanned in 1990.

While it is historically correct that during the struggle the majority of the ANC’s tested cadres were members of Umkhonto weSizwe, it is politically incorrect and naïve to suggest that ANC cadres are only those who were in the military wing as insinuated by Motau.

ALSO READ: Former SANDF spy ‘an enemy of the ANC’

The ANC fought the struggle on many fronts, as defined broadly by the four pillars of its strategy to overcome apartheid rule. In all these fronts cadres were honed and developed by the ANC to advance the struggle. This work equally produced sterling cadres of the ANC.

Motau may well be among those ANC members who were assigned important responsibilities by the ANC in exile. In that regard, he is better placed to speak for himself. However, the MK National Council (MKNC) wishes to place it on record that Motau was never a member of MK-MHQ before the suspension of the armed struggle in 1990.

In this regard, the ANC submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) provides all the relevant details of cadres who were deployed in its underground command structures in all countries where they were established.

In keeping with the principle of the National Council to insist that all MK members provide details of their backgrounds in order to curb cases of fraud, MK National Council publicly challenges Motau to provide information about where he underwent his military training, with who and under whose command, the detachment he belongs to, if he was trained internally, to indicate which machinery trained him and when.

Lastly, General Motau must provide us with his nom de guerre, i.e. his MK name.

As a matter of principle, and not a demand which seeks to single out Motau, the MKNC believes that the above protocol is the only way to ascertain the bona fides of all former members of Umkhonto weSizwe.

Motau did well to join the military after the unbanning of the ANC and the suspension of the armed struggle in 1990. He is a peace-time general, he must stay in his lane and not meddle in endeavours he evidently knows little about. He must enjoy his good pension and not destroy whatever credibility he may have by bringing the new democratic people’s defence establishment into disrepute.

The touchstone of the transformation of our defence establishment since 1994 is the civil-military relations doctrine, which the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) top brass is schooled in – to place South Africa’s military establishment under the political will and desires of South Africans.

Our country is at crossroads, this is crystallised by the titanic battles in our organisation, the ANC. This comes as no surprise to many who understand the challenges of transforming a society fraught with contradictions such as our country have.

ALSO READ: Army Chief’s ‘soldiers not activists’ stance welcomed

The pronounced fault lines of greed and corruption in the ANC today speaks to new challenges in our society. That Motau believes he can find solutions to ideological questions, policies, strategies and operational modalities which are so involved and wide ranging, over one sunny, Friday afternoon in Pretoria is blatantly arrogant and an insult.

Whereas Motau pretends to be inspired by the desire to see the preservation of the ANC, a careful reading of his declaration points to a nefarious plot to decimate the ANC. Two specific demands stands out in this respect.

The first is the suggestion that the most senior body or authority of the ANC between conferences must be dissolved without any suggestion on how that authority should be re-established. The second is the proposal that the organisation must plunge itself into internecine wars, confusion and anarchy by pointing out apartheid spies within the ANC.

Unassailable ANC leaders are spoken about in patronising terms and in a manner that isolates them from the broad membership, while those who are influential and serve to connect the organisation to the grassroots are vilified and demonised.

The perspective on how to deal with the national conjecture confronting us, as propagated by Motau, exposes the lack of the fundamental understanding that the masses are the makers of history.

The people must understand for themselves why things are wrong, and why we must all fight hard to change our way of doing business both in government and in the ANC for posterity. His commandist mentality, typical of militarism, unfortunately believes that you can effect societal solutions through orders from above.

This further corroborates our submission that Motau has no experience of Umkhonto wesizwe politico-military training, otherwise he would have had sight of the correct azimuth on this matter.

It has been our observation that since our democracy was ushered in 1994, moments of political uncertainty, anxiety and agitation have always been precipitated by documents churned out by the intelligence structures in government. Motau and those he is in cahoots with must not undermine our people’s intelligence and patience.

The MKNC calls on all our people, workers, youth and students, professionals, the churches, political parties, business leaders and civil society in general to step up to the plate, and exercise maximum vigilance.

Our constitutional order must be defended at all costs. No generals, quislings or benevolent militaries must be allowed to usurp our inalienable right to self-determination.

In our many political and social formations we must reclaim the right to develop our constitutional democracy and our country for posterity. The National Council can always be counted among those who occupy the front trenches.

We will not let them pass, victory or death!

Gregory Nthatisi is the acting general secretary of the MK National Council

Nadal defeat casts cloud over Roland Garros bid

May 7th 2021 at 12:39

Rafael Nadal lost 6-4, 6-4 to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Friday, casting doubts over the Spaniard’s form ahead of this month’s French Open.

Even in Barcelona, however, Nadal needed to save a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

World number two Nadal is hoping to clinch a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st major in the French capital.

Zverev’s impressive straights-set win at the Caja Magica earns him a meeting with Dominic Thiem in the Madrid semis, in what will be a repeat of last year’s US Open final, which was won by Thiem.

After losing to world number eight Andrey Rublev in Monaco, Nadal was convincingly beaten by Zverev and the spotlight will be on the 34-year-old now in Rome next week, his last tournament before heading to Paris.

ALSO READ: Osaka, Nadal win top Laureus sports awards

It started well for Nadal when he broke Zverev to love to lead 4-2 in the first set, Zverev serving a double fault to give away the first advantage.

But the world number five immediately hit back and then pulled away, four straight games clinching him the set.

A whipping forehand down the line put Zverev up another break midway through the second and while Nadal resisted more pressure in the seventh game to hold, Zverev served out an impressive victory after an hour and 44 minutes.

Thiem had earlier come from a set down to beat John Isner 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the last four.

The 36-year-old Isner has never been at his most comfortable on clay but he caught Thiem cold by breaking early to claim the opening set.

But Thiem ripped a forehand pass to open up a break opporunity at 3-2 in the second, which the Austrian took when Isner hit the net with a volley.

Thiem was reading Isner’s serve better by the time the match went to a decider but it was not until 4-4 that he struck again, when he chased down three Isner volleys to serve for victory. He closed out the win in just under two hours.

“He’s one of the best servers in history, especially here in the altitude, it bounces high and it’s so difficult to return,” said Thiem after reaching the semi-finals for the fourth successive time.

“To start with a break down is almost like losing the first set but I stayed focused, kept a good fighting spirit. Very few points decide that kind of game and that’s how I turned things around in the second set.”

News24.com | Gauteng expecting third Covid-19 wave in three weeks

May 7th 2021 at 12:38
The Gauteng province warns the third Covid-19 wave might start in three weeks, as cases in Emfuleni rise.

What to do this Mother’s Day

May 7th 2021 at 12:30

Don’t know what to do on Mother’s Day to spoil the special lady in your life? She’ll love a road trip to one of these fun destinations.

Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp

An artist’s paradise coupled with a picnic spot, Nirox Sculpture Park has well-manicured and cultivated lawns, arbores, turfs, streams and marshes.

It is placed on the grassy banks of the Blaauwbankspruit River adjoining the Kkatlhamphi Private Nature Reserve and inhabited by assorted local game and birdlife.

The park is home to many implanted artistic sculptures and installations that give plenty of great selfie opportunities. It’s a great place to spend a day enjoying mother nature.

Open to the public on weekends and public holidays. Hours: 10am-4pm, or by special arrangements during the week

Maropeng Cradle of Humankind

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Just 21 minutes drive from Nirox is Maropeng, also known as the Cradle of Humankind. This award-winning exhibition, focusing is a lesson on the origins of mankind, giving numerous experiences and lessons on the origins of humans over millions of years.

From the creation of planets to the world we live in, it’s a lesson in fossils such as Homo naledi to the tools mankind used in the Stone Age and real-life views of what life would have looked like.

Operating times: Days: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Maropeng 9am-4.30pm (final tour at 4.20pm)

The Upside Down House

Located at Hartbeespoort Dam, a fascinating one-of-a-kind house that has to be experienced to be understood. Even then it will be slightly confusing, a mind-blowing house built upside down.

All the furniture inside, which would usually be on the floor, is upside down, making for amazing photo opportunities and popular with all members of the family. This is one of 10 upside-down houses all over the world.

It’s said that those who visit the house tend to stay for a few hours trying to understand the mind-defying illusion that it is.

Contacts : Address: R3 Hartbeeshoek Road, Hartbeespoort, 0216, Opens 9am Thu · More hours Phone: 063 100 9858

Howick Falls

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A place through which the Umngeni River flows north of Pietermaritzburg and to the east of the N3 is Howick Falls gorge walk, Start at the bottom of Harvard Street in Howick, KZN.

The falls are a popular tourist attraction simply because they showcase the true beauty of mother nature in South Africa. Places to stay are close by in the Howick area with an array of B&Bs, apartments and villas to rent.

Kruger National Park: Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

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If you’re looking for something different, this is the perfect place for you. Nestled along the banks of the perennial Sabie River, with breathtaking views which are all the better appreciated from the comfort of African contemporary luxury.

Exclusive accommodation, sensory comforts, intuitive service, good food and fine South African wine come together to promise a safari in style; a Lion Sands Original.

Contact: Address: Sabi Sand Reserve, Kruger National Park, 1260 Phone: 011 880 9992

The Botshabelo Mission Station and Historical Village

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A culturally enjoyable and educational experience in the Mpumulanga province, Middleburg village is popular for lessons in South African history and visually arresting historic buildings.

Botshabelo Mission Station is placed within a small game reserve, with an open-air museum Ndebele village with arts and crafts stores. The Ndebele tribe are known for their bright and colourful beadwork, murals and jewellery.

Enquiries can be made: 27 (0) 13 243 2253/4

Cherry Glamping

Fancy a few nights of glamping?  Cherry Glamping at Elgin in the Western Cape is just the spot.

Elgin is a large, area of land surrounded by mountains in the Overberg region of South Africa about 70 km southeast of Cape Town.

The deluxe tents are 12 fully-furnished enclosures, outfitted with a kitchen, communal lounge area, fireplace and dining table. For those who enjoy a good steak, there’s a braai area with a lapa.

Contacts: Address: N2 N2 Elgin, 7180, Phone: 082 788 9837

Compiled by Thami Kwazi 

News24.com | Gauteng teacher suspended for allegedly using 'k-word'

May 7th 2021 at 12:20
The teacher accused of racism at Northriding Secondary School has been suspended, the Gauteng education department said on Friday.

Businessinsider.co.za | Govt just published new draft rules on fracking with 5km exclusion zones for springs and towns

May 7th 2021 at 12:15
All kinds of water sources, including at-risk dams, will get protection under the unwieldily-named Regulations for the Use of Water for Exploration and Production of Onshore Naturally Occurring Hydrocarbons that Require Stimulation Including Hydraulic Fracturing and Underground Coal Gasification to Extract and any Activity Incidental Thereto that may Impact Detrimentally on the Water Resource.

News24.com | Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will to be read on Friday afternoon

May 7th 2021 at 12:15
The Zulu royal family is due to meet on Friday afternoon to discuss the will of the regent of the Zulu nation, Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, who died last week.

Justice department on its way to turning around performance, DG says

May 7th 2021 at 12:11
The justice and constitutional development department is well on its way to turning around its performance, director-general advocate Doctor Mashabane said on Friday.

The justice department says its turnaround plan will improve its performance. Stock photo.

Magashule: My suspension is a ‘banishment order’ similar to apartheid

May 7th 2021 at 12:04

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the conditions of his suspension are draconian and akin to apartheid.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with the SABC News’ Samkele Maseko and Bulelani Phillip, the beleaguered Magashule reiterated that the step-aside guidelines were being implemented hypocritically remove him.

During Magashule’s suspension, he has been barred from:

  • Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his office as secretary-general
  • Representing  the organisation publicly  and or in any other form
  • Making public pronouncements  on matters  related to the organisation
  • Engaging in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations  or individuals, including  on your stepping aside and matters related thereto

He added that the criminal charges against, where he is implicated in corruption related to the Free State asbestos audit, were bogus because he was being charged with “oversight and negligence”.

Magashule: I’m saying the ANC is acting in an unfair manner, I have not committed any crime, I’ve been charged with oversight, what is that? #sabcnews

— Natasha Nokuthula Phiri (@NatashaN_Phiri) May 7, 2021

“I’m being follow. I’m bugged. I can’t believe I’m still living in apartheid. They arrest you and the next thing you are poisoned in prison,” Magashule said.

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Asked about his relationship with his deputy, Jessie Duarte, who served him with his suspension letter, Magashule said he was “dismayed” but he continued to have a “wonderful” relationship with her.

“I know comrade Jessie. We have been in the trenches together,” said Magashule.

Magashule reiterated his commitment to the ANC, saying he would stay in the ANC until he dies.

“I will never allow any individual to take the ANC away from me,” he said.

Asked if he expects to be expelled from the ANC at the weekend’s special national executive committee (NEC) meeting, he said the NEC could not be a judge and jury.

Magashule also said he respected every leader of the ANC, when quizzed by Maseko about “hating President Cyril Ramaphosa”.

Magashule said he would attend the weekend’s special NEC) meeting, despite his suspension letter written on Monday and leaked on Wednesday, clearly indicating he would not be allowed to participate in any party duties while he is suspended.

Watch the interview below, courtesy of the SABC News.

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10 sweet Mother’s Day quotes to add to your card this year

May 7th 2021 at 12:00

It’s easy for words to fail you when it’s time to use them for something important.

When it comes to expressing how grateful you are about the mother in your life, finding the words might be harder than usual when writing your Mother’s Day card. Mother’s Day gifts are complete when accompanied with a heartfelt message.

Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of some powerful messages from famous and non-famous people about their mothers. This list can guide you in what to say and can even inspire an even sweeter message from you.

Here are a few that you can use this Mother’s Day:

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colours of a rainbow.” Maya Angelou

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Unknown

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take” Cardinal Mermillod

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother” Abraham Lincoln

“To the whole world, you are a caring and loving mother. To me, you are the whole world.” Unknown

“Mother is the heartbeat of the home and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” Leroy Brownlow

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” Unknown

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” St Therese of Lisieux

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” Princess Diana

Mother’s Day is about reminding moms how special they are to us, whether it’s your wife, sister, mother or grandmother. Your words will mean the world to them, and the gratitude will be felt long after Mother’s Day. Don’t forget the gift to go with that as well.

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Cryptic crossword 279 – May 7

May 7th 2021 at 12:00

26 Across: Exchange car then Jozi suburb (11)

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Free agents must show full commitment to Proteas – Smith

May 7th 2021 at 11:51

Doing well in the Indian Premier League will obviously help, but CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith says free agents will need to prove their total commitment to the Proteas if they are to earn a recall to the national side.

Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir all put in noteworthy performances before the IPL was suspended earlier this week, one match away from the halfway stage, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many fans would want all four of them to be back in India in October, representing South Africa at the T20 World Cup.

Smith said that while the door was not closed for them to be selected, there were certain conditions that needed to be met first.

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Asked specifically about all-rounder Morris, he said: “I notice Chris said there have not been discussions with him, but he joined the high performance programme in lockdown last year.

“No-one has a definitive right to play for the Proteas, it’s up to the selectors and the player’s performance on the field. Lately Chris’s performances have been really good, both in the IPL and in our T20.

“But we can’t choose someone who is going to go in half-arsed, who is 50/50 about it,” Smith said this week. “We need to know that the player is fully committed and will do everything required and everything for the team.

“It’s a question that applies to all of the free agents, who are technically still always available for the Proteas. AB de Villiers has officially retired so that’s a different discussion that is ongoing.”

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The West Indies have won two of the last three T20 World Cups despite many of their top players being scattered around the globe, and free agents like Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell did the business for them in the last tournament, held in 2016 in India.

“The free agents are generally more experienced in the format than most players and we’ve seen the success the West Indies have had using them, so it’s definitely something we would consider,” Smith said. “But the selectors also have to consider team dynamics and the type of players we have in our own system.

“Right now the focus is on trying to get the best squad together in the build-up. We have 15-17 T20s lined up, including plenty of sub-continent preparation, so the squad will have plenty of time together. It should be a nice build-up for October.”

Health services suffer as budget is prioritised to deal with Covid-19

Basic health services were severely hampered in the last financial year as the national health department shifted its resources towards fighting Covid-19, parliament heard on Friday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the health department to redirect funds away from essential maintenance and health services, including the fight against TB and HIV/Aids. Stock photo.

Third wave is likely to be less severe, says Gauteng command council

The third wave of Covid-19 infections is likely to be less severe than previous waves, provided there are no significant virus mutations and if super-spreader events are avoided, the Gauteng command council says.

Gauteng premier David Makhura called on people to adhere to the restrictions and health protocols in all public places and at all times to avoid a third wave of Covid-19 infections. File photo.

News24.com | Charlotte Maxeke fire: Hospital poised to reopen on Monday

May 7th 2021 at 11:24
Two units will reopen at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital from Monday.

Father of high school pupil 'called the k-word' wants teacher fired

The teacher, who allegedly sprayed the pupil with sanitiser and called him the k-word, has been suspended.

The father of a Gauteng high school pupil who was allegedly called the k-word by his teacher wants her fired. Stock photo.

ALERT: What to do when you spot missing cheetah in Tshwane

May 7th 2021 at 11:03

Residents of Tshwane have been warned to be on the lookout for a cheetah that escaped from Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Tuesday.

The city said on Friday the cheetah was still missing and was yet to be captured.

According to a statement by the reserve, the cheetah was introduced by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) as part of the reserve’s conservation project to enhance cheetah numbers in the country.

“It is not clear how the animal escaped, but it is believed that it may have made use of a hole underneath the fence perimeter,” reads the statement.

The reserve said its fences were electrified, patrolled daily and repaired regularly to prevent these kind of incidents.

It said that the first sighting of the cheetah outside the reserve was reported to reserve management by an adjacent landowner.

“The nature reserve management immediately launched action to confirm the escape. Tracks and the animal sighting were confirmed on Tuesday,” reads the statement.

 

SARS is coming after these 3 tax streams

May 7th 2021 at 11:01
Along with the rest of the world, South Africans have shown an appetite for cryptocurrencies. While the size of the market remains unclear, Coinmarketcap gives a figure of $210 billion for the global market, and approximately R6.5 billion for the South African market.

How to celebrate your late mom this Mother’s Day

May 7th 2021 at 11:00

Losing your mother is the single hardest thing any person can experience in their childhood or adult life. This is regardless of the nature of the relationship between a child and his mother.

The fact that the human you were born and birthed by is no longer in this world can change the trajectory of your life.

Grieving for your mother can therefore be a complicated journey that takes many years to navigate and get used to. Mother’s Day can be a triggering day for some, but even moms who are not here can still be celebrated.

When dealing with loss and grief, the symbolism of certain activities can contribute significantly to the process.

Here’s what you can get up to celebrate your late mother this Mother’s Day:

Write her a letter

Nothing can be quite as cathartic as writing a letter through pen and page. This exercise could allow an experience of truly feeling like you are communicating with her. If she were here today, what would you tell her? What would you talk about? It might be hard to have an actual conversation with your mother in her absence, so a letter can help you do that. Tell her how much she means to you and how much you miss her. The experience could leave you much lighter.

Take her flowers

Not everyone believes in going to the graveyard to visit their late family members. That physical closeness, however, can be just what every child needs on Mother’s Day, even adults. Let it be a little visit to her final home. Drop off her favourite colour flowers on her grave. It will feel like you did something super special for her.

Cook her favourite/secret recipe

Not every mom left a secret recipe in the family cookbook, but we know which meals they loved more. In commemoration of her beautiful life, cook this meal and enjoy making it like she would enjoy eating it. If she had a recipe, then this might be a lot more fun for you. Invite people she was close to, or the other mothers in your life and make a true celebration out of it.

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Plant flowers in memory of her

This might be a fun activity the whole family can be a part of. The kids will love the idea of being part of a symbolic act they know will make you happy. If you have a backyard, plant a couple of seeds at one spot of the garden and watch them grow over time. You can also get a flower pot and plant some flowers in memory of her. This will be a beautiful reminder of how things grow even after death. Just remember to water them.

Get involved in her favourite hobby

If mom was obsessed with cleaning the house, then happy cleaning! Talk about killing two birds with one stone; a clean house and a connection with your mom. The experience might spark some good memories that will brighten up your day. Share some of these stories with your family as you get into your mother’s mode.

 

Financial Risk Explained for Dummies

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Financial Risk Explained

Financial Risk Explained

What is financial risk?

Financial risk is a category of risk that involves the possibility of financial losses and is applicable to businesses, governments, individuals, and financial markets.

Put differently, financial risk is a type of risk that indicates the possibility that parties (investors, shareholders, entrepreneurs, owners, and other financial stakeholders) involved in investments and business endeavours will lose money.

 

Types of financial risk

Financial risk can be categorised into various types of risks as described below.

 

Credit risk

Credit risk refers, inter alia, to the possibility that one of the parties involved in a financial transaction or contract may fail to fulfill their obligations towards their counterparties. For instance, a creditor default on payables or a borrower on the repayment of a loan. This type of financial risk is referred to as settlement risk.

Sovereign risk, also called country risk, is also classified under credit risk. Sovereign risk refers to the risk that a government could default on its debt obligations (sovereign debt) like government bonds. It can also describe the possibility that the treasury or central bank of a government will enact difficult exchange policies that will significantly lower or nullify the value of its forex contracts.

 

Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk, also called funding risk, refers to a situation when you are hindered or unable to raise cash fast, for example selling assets when you need the cash to execute a financial transaction.

Liquidity risk can be categorised into different sub-categories, namely:

  • Asset liquidity risk also referred to as market liquidity risk refers to the risk that a business or individual wants to sell an asset, but is not able to do so, unless the asset is sold below its market value, incurring a loss.
  • Funding liquidity risk is the risk that an entity or individual will not be able to honour their short-term financial obligations when due. Put in other words, funding liquidity risk occurs due to the lack of funds.
  • Currency risk, also called exchange-rate risk or FX risk, is the possibility of losing money due to unfavourable and unpredictable changes in the value of one currency to another currency. Businesses that trade across different countries or investors who invest in financial markets in foreign countries are exposed to currency risk.
  • Interest rate risk refers to the probability of an unexpected fluctuation in interest rates caused by announcements of a country’s central bank, related to changes in a government’s monetary policy, triggering investment losses. Fixed-income assets, such as bonds, are especially vulnerable to interest rate risk.

Many analysts see currency risk and interest rate risk as part of market risk.

 

Market risk

Market risk, also called systematic risk, is the risk of losses on financial instruments caused by unanticipated fluctuations in factors that affect the performance of an entire financial market. Price volatility often occurs due to factors such as inflation, exchange rates, recessions, fiscal deficits, geopolitical events, and interest rates.

The most common types of market risks are currency risk, commodity risk, interest rate risk, and equity risk.

  • Currency risk

See description above under liquidity risk.

  • Commodity risk refers to the adverse effect of changes to a commodity’s price, causing a negative effect on future market value and income of commodities such as grains, crude oil, metals, and gold, to name but a few.
  • Interest rate risk

Refer to description above under liquidity risk.

  • Equity risk is the risk that an investor will incur losses on investments in equity (shares in a company) when the shares of a company are subjected to swift price changes.

 

Legal risk

Legal risk is the risk of potential loss that a business or individual could encounter due to legal issues, such as lawsuits or other legal proceedings.

The risk to face legal action could arise from a number of causes regarding the products, services, actions, inaction, compliance, and other events of an individual or business.

Regarding a company, legal action can be initiated by its suppliers, customers, other businesses, employees, or shareholders.

Legal risk includes the risk that a counterparty in a contract or financial transaction will not be liable to keep to its obligations under the law. One of the most common reasons for the occurrence of such a situation is that transactions are not adequately well-documented to be legally enforceable.

 

Political risk

Political risk refers to the risk of financial losses that may occur because of uncertainty about government decisions and actions, unstable political conditions, political disruptions, or any new legislation. This type of risk is also called geopolitical risk.

Individuals, businesses, economic sectors, the overall economy, and financial markets may all be affected by political risk.

Factors that can contribute to financial risk are:

  • Political decisions by governments about currency valuation, taxes, trade tariffs, regulations with regard to investments, labour laws such as a minimum wage, and environmental regulations.
  • Political disruptions such as riots, acts of terrorism, coups, wars (civil or regional), and even political elections.

 

Operational risk

Operational risk comprises all the risks and uncertainties a business faces and may encounter in its day-to-day operations. Operational risk can be caused by mismanagement or technical failures.

Examples of operational risk are theft, fraud (internal and external), staff turnover, computer hacking, failure to follow internal policies, unrealistic marketing plans, inaccurate budgeting, unrealistic financial projections.

Even catastrophic events such as hurricanes, floods, and pandemics (Covid-19) are contributors to operational risk.

 

Reputational risk

Reputational risk, also known as reputation risk, is the threat to the good name, profitability, or sustainability of a business, caused by unfavourable, disapproving, and negative public perceptions of the products and services of a business.

It is a type of risk that can occur as a result of:

  • the actions and decisions of the company itself, or
  • the actions of an employee or employees.

Financial Risk Explained

Foodie ‘party’ to save our pasta dishes

May 7th 2021 at 10:53

It is okay to play with your food. This rarely goes wrong when having fun in the kitchen, one of the ways to get out of your mundane daily meals.

One of these is the favoured starch, pasta. Pasta dishes are family favourites, they are comfort meals and known for their quick and easy recipes. Iconic South African pasta brand Fatti’s & Moni’s is taking an exciting leap and concept of a parody political party called Freedom Party to inspire people to cook delicious new pasta meals.

The hilarious launch happened in the beautiful Houghton Hotel, attended by the party’s influencers, media personalities and chefs on Wednesday evening, 5 May.

Just like political parties, the brand’s “cabinet” was carefully selected to deliver the foodie needs of the republic. The party president is Metro FM host, singer and Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi who will be steering the ship of helping create magic with pasta.

It was announced that Minister of Lifestyle is Lesego Semenya known as LesDaChef.  The chef said he will be delivering South African flavours infused with other cuisines, on brand to his style of cooking.

“Thinking out of the box when it comes to pasta, you don’t have to do bolognese or a lasagna. You actually can go crazy with them.”

And this was the case with the idea of the manifesto launch menu by himself. Starters were farfalle chicken, with bacon and Caesar salad, very similar to a pasta salad, quick and easy to make. “People always assume that making pasta must be heavy, that is not the case,” Semenya says.

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If you didn’t know, Caesar salad was created by an Italian immigrant working in Mexican and American restaurants. Semenya has built a strong online community of home cooks and was more than happy to continue sharing his tips.

The second starter of the night was a creamy elbow macaroni with amasi (cultured buttermilk) and exotic mushrooms. As in the mains the pastas were cooked al dente, still firm to the a bite.

One of the mains was butternut and baby spinach gnocchi. The gnocchi was not the traditional potato pasta, rather the shape of it and dried. The dish’s sauce with onion was melt in the mouth and the vegetable perfectly cooked, with a finishing of parmesan cheese.

A pasta dessert? Well, of course. Pasta is never associated with any sweetness, but LesdaChef cleverly incorporated the spaghetti in the custard pudding really well. It was well balanced, not too sweet, with the spaghetti adding a necessary texture. The pudding was topped with strawberry sauce, caramelised honeycomb and a chocolate sauce.

The cabinet also includes celebrity chef and fine dining restauranteur David Higgs. He was were given the matching portfolio of Minister of Fine Dining, as he is the former executive chef of The Saxon, owner of Marble and Saint restaurants.

He said: “The whole idea is to give fine dining ideas, five-star dishes that you can make in the comfort of your home.”

His go-to pasta recipe with cocktail tomatoes: Cut them into half, drizzle olive oil, put them in the oven at 180°C. When they are soft and juicy, add them into fresh pasta and more olive oil and enjoy.

Lastly, the Minister of Health is Phuti Moabelo, the mother of twin boys aged one who will be dishing out recipes that please the taste buds but won’t affect the waistline.

It’s going to be pasta galore on Fatti’s & Moni’s social media pages every Wednesday as the ministers share their weekly recipes.

Does this still matter? Ayanda Ncwane accused of bleaching skin

May 7th 2021 at 10:42

Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD)  star, businesswoman and artist manager Ayanda Ncwane’s name has risen over the past months.

Ncwane’s husband is the late gospel singer, Sifiso Ncwane. She has continued to carry on his legacy since his death in December 2016. Ncwane has built a strong career in her own right and her appearance on Showmax’s RHOD cemented that for her.

Viewers were divided about some of her actions in the first season but what also caught the attention was her fashion sense and beauty looks. When a Twitter user compared how Ayanda looked years ago to now, the difference in skin complexion was noticeable.

Look what money did to Ayanda Ncwane????
Before and After pic.twitter.com/0GGy3cRkQz

— Sharon Shaz (@KabzShaz) May 6, 2021

But whether this still matters or not is debatable, as some publications picked up on the discussion. Many people who commented on the picture didn’t think it was a big deal. Times have changed, people are less judgmental.

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These is so me once I become monied???? pic.twitter.com/xZmhIlfn2W

— C-na (@Cna09506650) May 6, 2021

I think it’s camera quality we all have our darker photos abo ma 2007

— Sammie Dube (@dube_sammie) May 7, 2021

Khanyi Mbau has been open about her skin lightening. In July 2020, she gave advice to people looking at skin lightening. explaining that it doesn’t make her “less black”.

“Being black doesn’t mean you have to look black. Being black is a state of being, being black is a sense of spirit. Being black is how you think and how you see yourself. It doesn’t mean you need to look indigenous. Why are we living in a world that won’t let us explore and be who we want to be? Period.”

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She added that skin lightening had evolved and was less dangerous.

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