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Bubblegum icon Condry Ziqubu returns

April 9th 2021 at 21:49
By: Eyaaz

Several of the South African music industry veteran’s classic tracks have been re-issued by Afrosynth Records

The post Bubblegum icon Condry Ziqubu returns appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

The Portfolio: Breeze Yoko

April 9th 2021 at 21:39
By: Eyaaz

Breeze Yoko’s poster for Denderah Rising finds new life as the cover for Georgia Anne Muldrow’s VWETO III

The post The Portfolio: Breeze Yoko appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

Exceptional conditions create opportunities for patient stock pickers

April 9th 2021 at 18:59
Simply put: winners continue to win and losers are often punished into extremely low valuations.

Hyundai powers EV race with car that can cook dinner

April 9th 2021 at 18:56
Pitching its new Ioniq 5 as being able to do more than the average EV.

You schmooze, you lose

April 9th 2021 at 18:44
Inducing someone into a contract can render it null and void.

100 days of Brexit

Was it as bad as ‘Project Fear’ warned?

Your checklist a year before retirement

April 9th 2021 at 18:11
Even if you are looking forward to the end of your working life, the idea of retirement can be daunting. | Daily Lotto: Two players win jackpot

April 9th 2021 at 18:03
Two Daily Lotto players won Friday's jackpot of R245 644.

Next victim of chip shortage will be your home internet router

Lockdowns and huge increase in people working from home globally have exacerbated shortages. | State Capture: Mahlobo to finish testimony at a later date

April 9th 2021 at 17:26
After a gruelling day of denials, former Minister of State Security David Mahlobo will still need to appear before the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture at a later date. | WATCH | Jeffrey the lone baboon finds new home and family in Limpopo

April 9th 2021 at 17:16
After weeks of roaming in suburban Johannesburg, Jeffrey the baboon was safely relocated in the mountains of Polokwane on Tuesday. | Here are the Powerball and Powerball Plus results

April 9th 2021 at 17:02
Here are the winning Powerball and Powerball Plus numbers from the Friday, 9 April, draw. | Security minister says transgressors within the SSA are being dealt with

April 9th 2021 at 16:21
State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says no stone will be left unturned in rooting out corruption at the State Security Agency. | State Capture: Deputy Chief Justice Zondo says he won't protect 'rogue' judges

April 9th 2021 at 16:18
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will not protect members of the judiciary implicated in corruption. | Victory for illegal Bompas Road occupants as Gauteng court rules eviction unlawful

April 9th 2021 at 16:11
The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled the eviction of a group illegally occupying a property in Dunkeld was unlawful.

Daily Covid-19 update: 1267 new cases as two provinces record zero deaths

April 9th 2021 at 16:02


As of Friday 9 April 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,556,242 with 1267 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

53 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 0 from Eastern Cape, 12 from Free State, 11 from Gauteng, 2 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 2 from Limpopo, 0 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 10 from Northern Cape and 16 from Western Cape.

ALSO READ: How Covid-19 fuelled science-media distrust

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 53,226.

Recoveries now stand at 1,481,637 representing a recovery rate of 95%.

A total of 10,086,459 tests have been completed with 30,560 new tests conducted since the last report.

Meanwhile, the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 288,368.

#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 30 560 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 1 267 new cases, which represents a 4% positivity rate. A further 53 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 53 226 to date. Read more here:

— NICD (@nicd_sa) April 9, 2021

‘Age is most important factor in administering Covid-19 vaccines’

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday said lessons learned from the vaccine rollout to healthcare workers showed that age is the most important factor determining adverse outcomes such as death, hospitalisation and moderate to severe illness from the virus.

Mkhize said some of the key findings from the Sisonke Protocol using Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine have necessitated some revisions to the country’s rollout plan. He was speaking at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital during his visit to assess the readiness of Gauteng’s Covid-19 vaccination centres.

South Africa is preparing to administer vaccines to vulnerable groups in the second phase of the government’s vaccination plan expected to kick off from 17 May 2021 and running until 17 October 2021. So far, 283,629 health workers have been vaccinated and the government has secured a combined 51 million doses of vaccines – 31 million from J&J’s one-dose vaccine and 20 million from Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine. | City of Cape Town withdraws services in Samora Michel, closes clinic temporarily

April 9th 2021 at 15:50
The City of Cape Town has withdrawn its workers in Samora Michel in Cape Town after community members turned on City officials, and vowed only to return its services once the violence in the area has calmed down. | Western Cape government vows to fight TB 'epidemic emergency'

April 9th 2021 at 15:30
The Western Cape government believes TB is an epidemic emergency that must be fought with the same determination as the response to Covid-19.

Dlodlo dealing with ‘corrupt activities’ at spy agency

April 9th 2021 at 15:29

State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said she was “encouraged” that intelligence officials involved in wrongdoing were being prosecuted.

She also said a new “service provider” was appointed after News24 this week reported that law firm Bowmans had pulled out of investigating wrongdoing in the State Security Agency (SSA). This after what was said to have been internal fighting, jostling over access to documents, and uncertainty over their terms of reference.

Dlodlo, in a statement on Friday, said all reported transgressions are being pursued and all wrongdoing, even by those not mentioned in the testimonies at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, are being investigated and will be prosecuted without fail.

ALSO READ: Mahlobo slams ‘political animals’ who said he got spy money

The three suspects who’ve since been arrested include Thuso Leonard Oesi, 39, who worked in the IT department, and Kgaogelo Bopape, 52, a secretary. They face charges of forgery, fraud, corruption, and theft to the tune of around R1.1 million.

Both suspects have since appeared before the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court.

Dlodlo said despite the withdrawal of Bowmans, her office was determined to root out corruption within the State Security Agency.

“I am pleased that we on our own have been able to successfully investigate and report some of these corrupt activities in the agency,” she said.

She said: “The process to appoint a new service provider to conduct these forensic investigations will be expedited so that we do not lose the momentum in our collaboration with law enforcement agencies such as the Hawks in these investigations.”

The SSA has come under the spotlight at the state capture inquiry with damning testimonies from employees within the agency, revealing how political interference and corruption infiltrated the security agency.

The SSA was recently plagued by yet another scandal that saw about over a million being stolen from the department’s coffers.

News24 Wire

THE SUGAR SAGA (Part Four of Four): Sugar tax and the slow crawl out of a health crisis

April 9th 2021 at 15:28
‘A new fight has been afoot on the global sugar stage. Its key players are the sugar industry, governments, as well as researchers and health-oriented organisations; and its consequences will no doubt affect billions.’

PHOTOGRAPHY : Our World in pictures: Week 14 of 2021

April 9th 2021 at 15:27
Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of this week’s events around the world. | Mogoeng asks Zuma to provide 'appropriate sanction' if he's found guilty of contempt

April 9th 2021 at 15:23
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has asked former president Jacob Zuma to provide evidence to the Constitutional Court on what sanction he thinks he should face if he is found guilty of contempt. | Beast hails Kolisi as 'final piece' of Sharks puzzle: 'I'm so proud of a bold move'

April 9th 2021 at 15:07
Sharks and Springbok legend Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira has hailed Siya Kolisi's signing at King's Park and believes the Bok skipper is final piece of the franchise's "puzzle".

PowerBall results: Friday, 9 April 2021

April 9th 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, 9 April 2021:

PowerBall: 18, 31, 39, 45, 46 Powerball: 17

Here are the winning PowerBall Plus results for Friday, 9 April 2021:

PowerBall Plus: 2, 7, 10, 23, 39  Powerball: 3

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 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 and go to the How to Play section to find out more.

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Barred neonatal visits hurt infants

April 9th 2021 at 15:00
By: Eyaaz

Some nurses chose to ignore the no-visit rule, and now the health department has allowed mothers to feed their premature infants

The post Barred neonatal visits hurt infants appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

New cyber scam targets property sales

April 9th 2021 at 15:00

Suspects appear in court on charges of fraud and forgery to intercept payments for title deed transfers and associated legal fees

The post New cyber scam targets property sales appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

12 people found headless after Mozambique jihadist attack

April 9th 2021 at 14:53

Maputo – Twelve decapitated bodies were found after a jihadist raid on the northern Mozambique town of Palma last month, strewn in front of a hotel where dozens had sought safety, an army and a private security source said.

“There were 12 bodies, they were all beheaded, one of my officers was there,” Lionel Dyck, the owner of private security company Dyck Advisory Group, contracted to help Mozambique fight the insurgency, told AFP on Friday.

Islamic State-linked militants launched coordinated attacks on Palma on March 24, ransacking buildings and murdering residents as thousands fled into surrounding bush.

Close to 200 people, mainly civil servants and foreigners working on a nearby gas project, sheltered in the beachfront Amarula Palma Hotel for several days.

The grim finding, first reported by Mozambican state television TVM on Wednesday, was later also verified by military commander Chongo Vidigal.

ALSO READ: SADC summit talks tough to quell troubled Mozambique

Vidigal, head of operations to regain control of Palma, told TVM on Thursday that a forensic team would be sent to disinter and identify the victims.

“Work is being done on this, but I don’t know when the forensic team will arrive,” Chongo said.

Palma’s attack escalated a violent insurgency that has wreaked havoc across Mozambique’s gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017.

The violence has claimed over 2,600 lives and forced over 750,000 from their homes, according to estimates.

Dozens more were killed in the latest assault, according to provisional government reports, including a British and a South African national.


ALSO READ: Don’t get involved in Mozambique, Isis warns SA | Rapper DMX, 50, dies

April 9th 2021 at 14:50
American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died on Friday, People magazine said. | Danny Jordaan rape accuser demands justice from President Ramaphosa

April 9th 2021 at 14:40
Jennifer Ferguson has for the past three years fought for justice after allegedly being raped by South African Football Association (SAFA) boss Danny Jordaan.

Schoenmaker fires a warning ahead of Tokyo Olympics

April 9th 2021 at 14:40


Tatjana Schoenmaker stuck up her hand in spectacular fashion on Friday night, blowing her opponents out the water to smash her own national 200m breaststroke record at the SA Swimming Championships in Gqeberha.

The 23-year-old swimmer touched the wall in 2:20.27, ripping a massive chunk off the previous mark of 2:21.79 which she set in the semifinals at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju where she went on to earn a historic silver medal.

ALSO READ: Schoenmaker opens Olympic campaign with a bang

So impressive was her solo effort that she finished more than six seconds clear of her nearest opponent.

Her time was the fastest in the world this year, and just over a second outside the world record of 2:19.11 held by Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark.

ALSO READ: Chad le Clos tips Tatjana Schoenmaker to reach podium on Olympic debut

It also placed her in firm contention for the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in July.

It was Schoenmaker’s second record of the week after she clocked 30.32 in the 50m breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, two days earlier.

She will have another chance to shine when she turns out in the 100m event over the weekend, with the heats being held on Saturday and the final on Sunday. – Wesley Botton

Taboo tattoos: Vietnamese women find healing through ink

April 9th 2021 at 14:08

In her tiny Hanoi apartment, tattoo artist Ngoc inks middle-aged women whose lives have been upended by divorce or illness, each of them searching for healing through an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam.

Although attitudes are changing, tattoos remain associated with gangsters, prostitution, and the criminal underground in the communist, broadly conservative country.

“I met many women who told me they loved tattoos but they were born at a time when no one supported them,” Ngoc, who goes by the name “Ngoc Like”, told AFP.

But some are choosing to push back against those old ideas, seeing body art as emancipation from some of the rigid societal norms they have lived by.

ALSO READ: Tattoo artist David Allen turns mastectomy scars into art

Getting inked is often a landmark moment in these women’s lives, Ngoc, 28, says.

“They have overcome that fear of social prejudice and have a personal wish to renew themselves… to open a new chapter in life.”

Educated and business-savvy, Ngoc was ridiculed when she started out as a tattoo artist less than a decade ago — with many assuming she did not go into the industry out of choice.

But she has since built up a solid, mostly female clientele.

“Being a tattoo artist, I have had to accept the fact that people dismiss my skill, my studies, my personality… They say: ‘You do this because you did not get good grades’.”

Strength and confidence

Just four percent of Vietnamese have tattoos, according to a small survey in 2015 by Vietnam market research firm Q&Me, the most recent data available.

It also suggested that 25 percent of people “feel scared” when seeing body art.

But for Tran Ha Nguyen, a high school teacher, getting a tattoo was an act of celebration following a divorce from her “conservative and rigid” husband.

“My ex strongly opposed any tattoo on my body,” she recalled. “I on the other hand had been afraid I would lose my job if I had something visible.”

After the separation, the 41-year-old told AFP she wanted a clean break from her old self and to do things she would never have dared do in her previous life.

She chose a daisy design for her thigh, high enough that no-one can see it unless she is in a bikini.

“It’s just one small tattoo but I feel I have found my true self,” Nguyen said.

Also recovering from trauma, 46-year-old Nguyen Hong Thai chose a rose tattoo over a scar on her stomach, and the words “forever in my heart” on her arm, months after her husband died of lung cancer.

He had always wanted her to get inked.

“Now he’s gone, I think he would have wanted me to be strong, to be the person I had always been with him.”

“The tattoos have given me strength and confidence (to do that)”, said Thai, with a huge smile.

‘I live for myself’

Ngoc has decided to focus her tattooing work on women with scars, both physical and mental.

Demand is growing — her schedule is completely full, she says.

Her clients in Hanoi, where average monthly income per capita is less than $500, are often willing to spend double that amount on their body art.

One of them, 33-year-old office worker Huong — not her real name — has felt ashamed of her body since appendicitis surgery 14 years ago left her with an “ugly” vertical scar.

“I considered going to a clinic to see if they could get rid of the scar.

“But then I thought: why can’t I have a tattoo to hide it?”

Her eyes shut tight in anxiety, Huong lies on the chair, waiting for the needle to begin its march across her midriff.

This “is not just about beautification… The beauty here is giving a woman the chance to be herself,” says Ngoc.

“I was afraid if (my family) saw this big tattoo, they would think I was a party woman.

“But the most important thing is I live for myself. If I can lose the shame around my scar, life gets more interesting.”

AFP | State Capture: 'I never gave an instruction that a judge must be bought' - David Mahlobo

April 9th 2021 at 14:00
The former Minister of State Security also denied allegations levelled against him by witnesses who had already appeared before the commission, saying there was no shred of evidence of this.

Zidane hopes there will be more Clasicos for Messi and Ramos

April 9th 2021 at 13:54

Zinedine Zidane on Friday said that he hoped Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos won’t have played their last Clasicos come the end of the season, with doubts over the futures of the Barcelona and Real Madrid captains ahead of a huge La Liga encounter.

Zinedine Zidane on Friday said that he hoped Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos won’t have played their last Clasicos come the end of the season, with doubts over the futures of the Barcelona and Real Madrid captains ahead of a huge La Liga encounter.

Both players’ contracts are up at the end of the campaign and Messi is yet to commit to a new deal with Barca after trying to force an exit last summer.

When asked if Saturday’s clash in the Spanish capital would be the last of the pair’s careers at Spain’s top two clubs, Madrid coach Zidane said: “I hope not”.

“Sergio is not going to play tomorrow. It’s sad, but I really hope that he will stay here,” the Frenchman added of the injured 35-year-old.

Zidane also said he hoped Messi would remain at Barca for the good of Spanish football, joking “let him stay at Barcelona — he’s doing very well there!”

Barca and reigning champions Madrid are both trying to chase down league leaders Atletico Madrid, whose defeat at Sevilla last Sunday allowed their rivals to move within touching distance of the summit.

Madrid are three points behind their city rivals in third, while second-placed Barca are a point closer, meaning whoever wins at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium will knock Atletico off the top for the first time since December after ruthlessly chipping away at what was a 10-point lead in February.

Zidane, whose team impressed in a 3-1 Champions League win over Liverpool this week, appeared confident ahead of a crucial fixture in his attempt to retain his team’s league title.

“We have been very good recently, consistent,” he said.

“And not just with the ball, we have improved defensively too. We know that regardless of what we have done up to now, we will have to play well tomorrow.”

– ‘The best Messi’ –

Barca boss Ronald Koeman also wants Messi and Ramos to both stay, telling reporters “the best thing for La Liga is that the best players keep playing until the last possible moment”.

The 58-year-old said he was hoping for “the best Messi” as his team hope to extend a six-match league winning run which has come thanks in large part to the Argentine playmaker’s sparkling recent form.

The 33-year-old has scored 23 La Liga goals — 10 of those coming in his last eight appearances — and set up eight more this term to give Barca a fighting chance of finishing top of the pile after a troubled start to the season dominated by his efforts to leave and the club’s serious financial difficulties.

“We need the best Barca to win. We will have to do everything perfectly, the attack, our movement, our passing game, and for that you need Leo,” said the Dutch coach, whose team haven’t lost in La Liga since early December.

Koeman will be boosted by the return from injury of Spain defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

“They are two important players, not only for their quality on the field but also for their personalities,” said Koeman.

“They lack a bit of rhythm, but they are strong physically and are keen to help the team.” | State Capture: Norma Mngoma's evidence to be heard on Tuesday due to time constraints

April 9th 2021 at 13:41
City Press previously reported that Mngoma jumped at the opportunity to give testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

'Vaccine grabbing' seen fueling risk of fake Covid-19 jabs in Africa

April 9th 2021 at 13:36
The unequal global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines could spur the trade in fake doses in Africa - a hotspot for counterfeit medicines, analysts warned on Friday, citing the seizure of falsified vaccination shots in South Africa.

In Kenya last week, the government reversed a decision to let private healthcare firms import vaccines - saying such shipments were potentially dangerous because the shots could be counterfeit. | State Capture: Mahlobo says he read about PAN1 programme within SSA in the media

April 9th 2021 at 13:31
Former Minister of State Security David Mahlobo appeared before the Zondo Commission. He told the inquiry he wanted to assist it to the best of his ability.

ConCourt asks Jacob Zuma to pick his punishment

April 9th 2021 at 13:29


The Constitutional Court (ConCourt), led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has reportedly instructed former president Jacob Zuma to make presentations to the apex court outlining how he should be punished should he be found guilty of contempt.

Zuma has to file an affidavit by Wednesday 14 April 2021. The affidavit is Zuma’s last chance to persuade the ConCourt not to send him to prison if it finds that he is in contempt of court.

If Zuma files the affidavit, the commission and other parties can respond to it by Friday 16 April, according to TimesLive.

The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, wants Zuma imprisoned for a term of two years for defying a ConCourt order that he appear before the commission and provide evidence. It sought relief from the ConCourt

Zuma has previously said that he doesn’t fear being arrested for his defiant stance.

Arguments for jailtime

Last month, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi – for the commission – made arguments to the ConCourt that Zuma should be jailed for contempt of court.

Ngcukaitobi said “we are dealing with an ongoing attack on the court” referring to Zuma’s “ongoing failure to comply” and that allowing Zuma to continue attacking the Constitutional Court without consequence would have damaging social consequences.

The proceedings were heard unopposed after Zuma made no submissions to the court in response.

After the proceedings, Zuma appeared to resign himself to the possibility of going to prison, saying in lengthy statement that the ConCourt could “put my physical body behind prison doors”.

He also expressed a lack of faith in South Africa’s courts.

“My experience is that many South African judges, including those of the Constitutional Court, can no longer bring an open mind to cases involving me,” he said in the statement.

Neo Thale. Additional reporting by Bernadette Wicks

Cavani undecided over future at Man Utd says Solskjaer

April 9th 2021 at 13:25

Edinson Cavani remains unsure about his Manchester United future beyond the end of the Premier League season, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

Edinson Cavani remains unsure about his Manchester United future beyond the end of the Premier League season, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

The 34-year-old Uruguay international arrived at Old Trafford as a free agent in October on a deal until the end of the campaign with the option of a further year.

Unlike most extension clauses it has to be agreed by both parties before it can be triggered and there is speculation that Cavani could move to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Solskjaer said he had discussed the matter with the former Paris Saint-Germain forward.

“I’ve kept in touch with Edi, of course, and we keep an open dialogue,” said Solskjaer. “He’s still unsure what he wants to do next season, which I find fine.

“It’s not been an easy year either for him or the rest of the world this season, so he still wants time to make his mind up.”

Cavani came off the bench in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first-leg win at Granada, making his 28th appearance of a season marred by injuries.

He also served a three-match Football Association ban for using a racial term in a social media post. The striker apologised for any unintentional offence caused.

Solskjaer believes Cavani, who has scored seven times for United, will finish the season strongly despite the potential distractions.

“I’m very sure that we’ll get a good version of Edinson for the rest of the season,” said the Norwegian.

“He knows that this is the business end of the season, where we fight for the Europa League trophy and we can see the end line in the league.

“He’s been so positive in and around the place, he’s been great to have.”

Second-placed United face Tottenham on Sunday, eager to atone for a 6-1 hammering earlier in the season in a match in which Anthony Martial was sent off.

“I think the players will remember that game with a lot of pain and their pride has been hurt, our professional pride’s been hurt,” said Solskjaer.

“The way and the manner we lost is not ourselves and we know that. We gave ourselves a difficult game by having 10 men.

“Pre-season was short and we weren’t up to the standard required, but we were so poor and I’m pretty, pretty sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove that we’re better than that.” | Britain asks public not to gather at palace as people with flowers flock to honour Prince Philip

April 9th 2021 at 13:19
Crowds of well-wishers flocked to Queen Elizabeth II's central London residence, Buckingham Palace, on Friday after news of her husband Prince Philip's death was announced.

Zuma must tell ConCourt what penalty should be imposed if he is found guilty of contempt of court

April 9th 2021 at 13:12
The Constitutional Court has issued directions that former president Jacob Zuma must file an affidavit addressing what penalty the court should impose if it were to find him in contempt of court.

Former president Jacob Zuma feels he has become a 'target and a scapegoat' in the aftermath of his refusal to appear before the Zondo commission.

Arteta says Aubameyang is ‘totally’ committed to Arsenal

April 9th 2021 at 12:54

Mikel Arteta says striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “totally” committed to Arsenal even though he has been in and out of the team and he played down comparisons with the Mesut Ozil situation.

Mikel Arteta says striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “totally” committed to Arsenal even though he has been in and out of the team and he played down comparisons with the Mesut Ozil situation.

Club captain Aubameyang signed a lucrative new three-year contract last year but has struggled for form this season and was dropped for last month’s north London derby after arriving late.

The Gabon international, 31, has scored just nine goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season compared with 22 goals last term.

His situation at the Emirates has been compared with that of Ozil, who under-performed despite being on huge wages before eventually being exiled by Arteta.

The Arsenal boss, though, said he did not see the merits of comparing the two cases.

“I’m always positive about the future but once you think about things that happen in the past or compare different situations and personalities, I won’t do that,” he said.

Asked whether Aubameyang was committed to the Gunners’ cause, Arteta, whose side are languishing in mid-table in the English top-flight, added: “Totally.”

The forward came on as a late second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash on Thursday, setting up Nicolas Pepe’s goal.

Arteta was pleased with Aubameyang’s impact off the bench.

“In the Europa League everyone has contributed in different ways, the whole squad has been involved and yesterday’s role for him (was) he was sat on the bench and to make an impact and he made an impact,” said the Spaniard.

“He assisted Nico and should have scored a tap-in with his left foot and that’s what the players have to do when they come in.” | Boris Johnson hails Prince Philip's 'extraordinary life', as world leaders pay tribute

April 9th 2021 at 12:52
Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.

Rapper DMX has died at age 50

April 9th 2021 at 12:49
American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died on Friday, People magazine said, after suffering a heart attack during what media reports said was a drug overdose.

Earl Simmons (C), also known as the rapper DMX has passed away at age 50. | Prince Philip will not have a state funeral or lie in state

April 9th 2021 at 12:22
Britain's Prince Philip will not have a state funeral nor lie in state for the public to pay their respects ahead of the funeral.

No flowers or state funeral for Prince Philip

April 9th 2021 at 12:10
The late royal's funeral arrangements have been 'revised to meet Covid-19 restrictions'.

Floral tributes to the late Prince Philip are seen at Buckingham Palace in London on April 9 2021. The British government has asked the public not to gather or leave tributes at royal residences in light of Covid-19.

DAYS OF ZONDO: ANALYSIS: The world according to David Mahlobo: everyone is a spy, everyone/everything is being watched, including the State Capture Commission 

April 9th 2021 at 12:01
Former minister of state security David Mahlobo ducked and dived under the cloak of his 'oath of office'  and 'state security' while testifying at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on Friday, 9 March 2020. 

How to cancel your TV licence in South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 12:00
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is facing an uphill battle in collecting TV licence fees, as it has seen a decline in both business and domestic licence payments over the last year.

Biden admin pressed by lawmaker to label white supremacists overseas as terrorists

April 9th 2021 at 11:57
US President Joe Biden's administration is being pressed by a key Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, to consider designating white supremacist groups overseas as foreign terrorists subject to US government actions.

The Biden administration has signaled it is prepared to take a stronger approach to combating violent domestic extremists - specifically white supremacists, which the FBI sees as the top threat within that group.

Newsletters: I have a picture for you! 4 -10 April 2021

April 9th 2021 at 11:53
The First Thing newsletter's Ever-lasting Subscriber Photo Gallery.

They’re all lying about me, David Mahlobo tells state capture inquiry

Former state security minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday told the state capture inquiry that everyone who has implicated him in testimony was lying.

Former minister of state security David Mahlobo told the state capture inquiry he was never involved in operational matters during his time as minister.

Battle lines drawn in fight for Adapt IT

April 9th 2021 at 11:30
Huge Group, whose bid for Adapt IT is in grave doubt following a rival, all-cash offer from Volaris Group, has accused Adapt IT management of “looking after themselves and not their shareholders”. | Duduzane Zuma seems to be enjoying Dubai – but he could be in trouble if authorities notice

April 9th 2021 at 11:13
The self-documented exploits of the once Gupta-connected businessperson shows a marked lack of respect for Dubai's coronavirus rules.

How To Become A Social Media Influencer In Nigeria

April 9th 2021 at 11:09

How To Become A Social Media Influencer In Nigeria

The term ‘social media influencer’ is being used nowadays more often not. And this is proof of the growing presence of the profession in the economic world.

Undoubtedly, the innovation known today as social media is a bedrock of diverse job opportunities.

Tapping into this available goldmine is, therefore, right and timely.

If you have been searching for a simple guide on how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria – and earn an income while at it – then, this is where you can begin your journey.

By the time you are done reading this, you would have gained a lot of insight into the terrains of social media influencing.

Types of Influencers

Arming yourself with the knowledge of the different types of social media influencers is necessary to make the most suitable decision for yourself as you start your journey.

Hence, there are four main types of social media influencers.

  • Celebrities

These are artistes, actors, reality TV stars, sportsmen and sportswomen who have attained the peak of popularity and superstardom. Examples include Wizkid, Burna Boy.

  • Industry experts/Thought Leaders 

These are those who dominate a specific field or industry owing to their wide knowledge and experience. An example is Dimma Umeh.

  • Micro-influencers

These are the ones who have captured the attention of social media users in a unique way and maintain their visibility by promoting their unique content. An example is Bobrisky.

  • Bloggers/Content Creators

Their brand has been built around providing information and content people are most likely to be interested in. An example is Linda Ikeji.

Having learnt the main categories of social media influencers, it’s time to fully go into how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria.

Find your niche

Excelling as a social media influencer requires you to find a niche that you are comfortable in. Trying to dabble into almost all niches at once will only succeed in holding you back from becoming a professional social media influencer that can be taken seriously by brands and social media users. Remember that the goal is to do what works for you and be consistent at it.

Pick a social media platform

This is equally vital. It is unrealistic to dominate all social media channels at the same time. Your target audience might be on Twitter, which would mean that your time on Instagram is unnecessary. There are very good social media influencers who understand that it is wise to stay on a platform and utilize it to your maximum benefit. If you really want to give them a run for their money, then stay on a particular platform and build your base to the strongest of your abilities – watch yourself succeed as you do this.

Work on your content strategy

This is perhaps the most important tip you need to become a social media influencer. Your content has to be unique and also conform to the expectations of your target audience. Good content ideas can come from doing your research on Google and other platforms like Quora and Nairaland. Simply make sure you sound unique as you deliver high quality content that develops your brand as an influencer.

Use hashtags

Hashtags are the spice needed to take your social media influencing to the next level. Hashtag generators such as Kicksta, Ingramer, All-Hashtag can also aid you. Hashtags get you discovered on your preferred social media platform. Don’t underestimate the power of using a popular hashtag to boost your outreach.

Collaborate with other influencers

This is needed to boost your brand. While working on becoming a bonafide social media influencer, you need to engage established influencers with a huge following on your preferred social media platform. Doing so involves sharing and commenting on their posts and reaching out to them via email instead of the regular direct messages on social media.

Always Reply Comments

Don’t make the mistake of not replying comments on your posts. Remember that you are engaging with human beings and people like to feel important. Hence, as you work on gaining their attention, don’t leave them to their assumptions when the comments start rolling in. Reply the comments; engage with them. This is a good way to attain and also retain your status.

When you hit about 5,000 or 10,000 followers, then you can congratulate yourself on the journey that you have started. Always remember to be consistent.




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Easter road statistics don’t add up, says AA

April 9th 2021 at 11:07
Official numbers give false view of road safety in SA, says the association

The AA says official Easter road death toll numbers from previous years don’t reconcile with each other, and therefore any meaningful insights cannot be drawn.

Belouizdad scupper Sundowns' 28-match unbeaten run and Champions League home record

Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-0 to CR Belouizdad of Algeria in their uninspiring Caf Champions League‚ group stages clash at Loftus on Friday afternoon.

Amir Sayoud Belouizdad celebrates during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Belouizdad at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on April 09, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa.

These are the most expensive places in the world for the wealthy – and how South Africa compares

April 9th 2021 at 11:00
Wealth management group Julius Baer has published its Lifestyle Index, highlighting the cost of luxury goods around the world.

Fan who sat next to DMX on a flight shares heartfelt memory

April 9th 2021 at 10:42
'DMX was very gracious', says woman who sat next to him on a flight to San Diego.

American rapper Earl “DMX” Simmons is on life support after suffering a cardiac arrest last week Friday.

Road Accident Fund runs to court to avoid financial 'implosion'

April 9th 2021 at 10:14
The fund “is experiencing severe financial difficulties that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic”, CEO Collins Letsoalo told the high court in Pretoria.

The Road Accident Fund has made an "extraordinary" application to the high court. Stock photo.

Artists staging sit-in at National Arts Council vow to defy court order

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ordered the group of artists and creatives who have been staging a sit-in at the National Arts Council offices in Newtown, Johannesburg, to vacate the premises.

March 01 2021 Sibongile Mngoma protesting inside National Arts Council, among other demands, she wants to know when are payments being finalized for all those who have signed their contracts, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The bullet-resistant bakkie – South African pricing and details

April 9th 2021 at 10:00
Mechanical engineering firm SVI says it will now offer a bullet-resistant Volkswagen Amarok in South Africa.

What to watch on Netflix, Showmax, and Video Play this weekend

April 9th 2021 at 10:00
There are plenty of great movies and TV shows to catch this weekend on Netflix, Showmax, and Video Play. 

Five state ‘security threats’ that worried the Zuma administration

''Not everybody is a friend to SA. We do have enemies and that is how intelligence works,'' former state security minister David Mahlobo told the state capture inquiry on Friday.

Former minister of state security David Mahlobo said under former president Jacob Zuma 'there was concern about the activities in SA of foreign intelligence services advancing their interests'. File photo.

CAMPUS STRIFE : ‘Struggle continues’ despite end to national shutdown, while further student protests erupt

April 9th 2021 at 09:43
Just over a week ago, the national shutdown was called off by the South African Union of Students after several demands were met by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation. But there are outstanding issues, says the union. At the same time, student protests were held at some campuses in KwaZulu-Natal this week.

DJ Sbu Leope's new Homegrown Radio goes live online

DJ Sbu Leope and his team have launched another online radio station called Homegrown Radio in an effort to open up the radio broadcasting industry.

Champions League the last place for Kaizer Chiefs to chase glory in dismal 2020-21 season

April 9th 2021 at 09:40
Kaizer Chiefs want to stay in the Caf Champions League with a win against Horoya in Conakry on Saturday because they know they are not doing well in the league‚ midfielder Kearyn Baccus has said.

Anthony Akumu Agay and Lazarous Kambole of Kaizer Chiefs warm up before a Premiership match against SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on February 20 2021 in Johannesburg.

Lenovo unveils new gaming smartphone with built-in fans

April 9th 2021 at 09:17
Lenovo has unveiled its new flagship gaming smartphone - the Legion Phone Duel 2.

ISS TODAY: Biden lifts Trump’s financial veto on developing nations

April 9th 2021 at 09:13
The US now supports IMF credit to help countries counter the Covid-19 pandemic fallout. 

Tatjana Schoenmaker also swims to Tokyo qualifying time at SA champs

April 9th 2021 at 09:07
Gauteng’s Tatjana Schoenmaker continued her fine form in the Newton Park Swimming Pool‚ notching an Olympic qualification time in the women’s 200m breaststroke on day three of the SA Invitational Aquatics Championships on Friday.

Tatjana Schoenmaker.

REFLECTION: Pietermaritzburg: My city, my shame

April 9th 2021 at 09:01
It was once a beautiful, bustling city, but poor performance by the Msunduzi municipality has left it in decline.

Here’s when international travel will likely restart in South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 09:00
South African Tourism has published its road to recovery report, detailing how the sector is expected to progress after the Covid-19 lockdown, and when international travel is likely to resume.

Eskom CEO De Ruyter hits out racism accuser

April 9th 2021 at 09:00
A fallout between top executives at Eskom took a new turn, with the utility’s CEO accusing its now-suspended chief procurement officer of facilitating R8-billion of deals with a company suspected of fraud.

SMALL SCREEN: This weekend we’re watching: Thunder Force with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer

April 9th 2021 at 08:52
Thunder Force is a new Netflix action-comedy featuring super-powered, middle-aged, overweight crime-fighters. We spoke to actresses Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, as well as director Ben Falcone about the film.

OBITUARY: Tributes pour in for Graeme Bloch – an educationist and activist with an ‘insatiable curiosity’

April 9th 2021 at 08:51
Education activist and democratic movement stalwart Graeme Bloch has died at the age of 65 following his battle with an illness, his family announced on Friday morning. 

World: Crossed Out – 10 April 2021

April 9th 2021 at 08:42
Welcome to Daily Maverick's crossword. The crossword itself is interactive, meaning you can fill it in on your screen. The blue highlight indicates whether you are typing in across or down. Click on the "i" to remove error checking as you go. We hope you enjoy it! Found a bug? Let us know by emailing Please bear with us while we test out various tech platforms for your crossword. We are getting there! NOTE: You cannot save your progress, so please grab your coffee and don't close this tab before you're done! We hope to have a new system up and running soon that will fix this (and then some).

J&J Covid vaccine reviewed by EU regulator after clots

April 9th 2021 at 08:42
Though J&J’s shot is approved in the EU, its rollout in the bloc isn’t expected to start until later this month.

Newsdeck: Boeing Grounds Some 737 Max Just Months After Jet’s Return

April 9th 2021 at 08:41
(Bloomberg) --Boeing Co. grounded dozens of 737 Max aircraft to repair a new electrical issue that emerged just months after the jets were cleared to return to the skies.

Orlando Pirates starting to believe that another continental final may be in the offing

April 9th 2021 at 08:40
The current Orlando Pirates have a growing confidence from their performances in the 2020-21 Caf Confederation Cup that they are “capable of going to the final” again‚ as they did in 2015‚ veteran captain Happy Jele has said.

Orlando Pirates during their match against Enyimba at Orlando Stadium on March 17 2021.

Boy attacks another at Parktown school, Lesufi announces suspensions

A video recording of the incident, which is believed to have occurred on Thursday afternoon at the school’s tuck shop, shows one pupil violently attacking another before being stopped by a group of pupils.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi denounced violence at schools after a grade 12 pupil allegedly attacked another pupil. File photo.

CRICKET: Another blow for Proteas as Temba Bavuma is ruled out of T20I series against Pakistan

April 9th 2021 at 08:25
Bavuma’s tenure as Proteas white-ball captain has suffered a setback as the team tries to salvage something from the Pakistan contests.

Product warranties, cashier finger-slip and medical scheme waiting periods

If you have a warranty claim - on a geyser, an appliance or even a pair of shoes - and the manufacturer replaces the defective item with a new one, you may assume that the replacement carries another full warranty, but you’d be wrong.

Your original spend on a product such as a geyser or hair iron entitles you to defect-free use of it for the period of the warranty. If they need to replace it during the warranty period because it became defective, they kept up their end of the bargain by giving that replacement item the balance of the warranty on the original one. Stock photo.

Newsdeck: Kenyan judge rules against closure of two refugee camps

April 9th 2021 at 08:18
NAIROBI, April 8 (Reuters) - A Kenyan judge ruled on Thursday against the closure of two refugee camps hosting hundreds of thousands of people mainly from neighbouring Somalia, according to a copy of the court order seen by Reuters.

Synology DiskStation review – I wish I had got a NAS sooner

April 9th 2021 at 08:16
When Synology sent through a DiskStation DS220+ to the office for a review, I begged the editor to let me take it home.

New push for a fuel price cap in South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 08:12
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says that government should relook at the introduction of a fuel price cap, as petrol prices reach record highs in South Africa.

City of Joburg back to square one as fire and rescue vehicle tender is set aside

The high court in Johannesburg this week set aside a tender worth more than R500m awarded to TFM Industries to supply the city with 92 fire and rescue vehicles.

Mozambique working to identify beheaded victims of militant attack

April 9th 2021 at 08:08
Mozambique is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma.

Women sit inside a displacement centre after fleeing an attack claimed by Islamic State-linked insurgents on the town of Palma, in Pemba, Mozambique, on April 2 2021.

R120m facelift to restore Pretoria’s famous Caledonian Stadium

Famous Caledonian Stadium in the city centre of Pretoria is to be restored to its former glory.

MMC for community and social development Thabisile Vilakazi (left), Tshwane Executive Mayor Randall Williams (centre) and ex-Arcadia Shepherds and Bafana Bafana star Mark Fish attend the sod-turning for the R120-million facelift to Caledonian Stadium.

GROUNDUP : Workers given cold shoulder by CCMA and forced to pay for services that were once free

April 9th 2021 at 08:05
CCMA in Benoni ‘has outsourced to the internet cafe next door’ according to the Open CCMA Campaign, leading to applicants’ time and money being squandered.

Op-ed: Community Health Worker Day: Celebrating our frontline heroes

April 9th 2021 at 07:52
One thing that most of us can agree on is that the past year has shown us how critical our healthcare workforce is. The heroism that healthcare workers have demonstrated during this period has inspired many. The World Health Organization sets aside a week in April every year to celebrate the crucial work our healthcare workers do. This year World Health Worker Week will be celebrated from 5-9 April.

FOOTBALL: It’s do or die for Kaizer Chiefs in CAF Champions League final fixture

April 9th 2021 at 07:45
The Champions League has been a welcome buffer for Amakhosi amid their domestic woes, and they’ll be hoping to make it to the next round of the tournament against a tricky Horoya side.

CORONAVIRUS WEEKLY DIGEST #27: SA fixes a date to register for vaccination, municipal election delay debated and unpaid rent relief probed

April 9th 2021 at 07:45
This week, a date was set for registration for Covid-19 vaccination in South Africa. Meanwhile, the IFP has called for a delay to the 2021 municipal election because of the pandemic. And civil society has demanded an explanation as to why millions of rands in Covid-19 rent relief is yet to be paid out.

Prince Philip was the gruff figure at heart of Britain's monarchy

April 9th 2021 at 07:39
A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth's dutiful consort helped modernise the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth waits to read the Queen's Speech to lawmakers in the House of Lords, next to Prince Philip, during the State Opening of Parliament in central London May 9, 2012.

Newsdeck: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s Activist Husband, Dies at 99

April 9th 2021 at 07:32
(Bloomberg) --Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband and confidant of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II since 1947, has died. He was 99.

LinkedIn says some user data extracted and posted for sale

April 9th 2021 at 07:31
Some LinkedIn data, including publicly viewable member profiles, has been extracted and posted for sale, Microsoft's professional networking site said based on an investigation.

51 million Covid-19 vaccines coming soon

The country is still on track with its vaccination strategy, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

SA has sold a million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the AU.

Britain’s Prince Philip dies

April 9th 2021 at 07:19
Queen Elizabeth's husband was 99 years old.

Eskom CEO hits back at racism accuser

De Ruyter accuses suspended exec of facilitating R8bn in deals with company suspected of fraud.

Britain's Prince Philip has died

April 9th 2021 at 07:18
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

Prince Philip has died aged 99. File photo.

Covid-19 means cricket ombud Ntsebedza will hold discrimination hearings virtually

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza has said he had hoped to crisscross the country to conduct hearings as he sets about his mission to investigate racial discrimination‚ past and present‚ in cricket but Covid-19 will restrict him to virtual proceedings.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza says he is excited to lead the project and hit the ground running hard.

ANC mourns death of activist and education expert Graeme Bloch

April 9th 2021 at 07:06
Mass democratic movement stalwart Graeme Bloch passed away on Friday.

Chad makes arrests over alleged pre-election bomb and murder plot

April 9th 2021 at 07:03
Chad's interior ministry says it has arrested several people after uncovering a plot to assassinate prominent political figures and bomb polling stations and the electoral commission headquarters ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

Chad's President Idriss Deby

Make business continuity part of your DNA with Logicalis Secure Data

April 9th 2021 at 06:56
By: Partner
The Logicalis Secure Data business continuity solution provides comprehensive resiliency to South African businesses.

GROUNDUP : Report shows spiralling toxic pollution levels turning Cape Town’s waterways into no-go areas

April 9th 2021 at 06:51
The quality of inland and coastal water bodies has notably declined over the past years, leading to the destruction of precious ecosystems and threatening human health.

South Africa to get new voting machines for 2021 elections

April 9th 2021 at 06:49
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will introduce new voting management devices for the 2021 municipal elections.

UN awaits 'proof of life' for Dubai princess - spokesperson

April 9th 2021 at 06:46
The UN human rights office has asked the United Arab Emirates for "proof of life" for Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, but has not received one, a spokesperson said on Friday.

United Arab Emirates' Sheikha Latifa al-Maktoum receives the winner's trophy after the Dubai Grand Prix Show Jumping Championship on February 2 2013.

Mustek and Huawei power the 2021 MyBroadband Online Conference

April 9th 2021 at 06:26
Mustek and Huawei have joined the 2021 MyBroadband Online Conference as main event partners.

Mbalula on the state of the ANC: 'We can’t become a force within the ANC, there is only one ANC'

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says ANC policy applies to every member, and no exception can be made for one person just because they were in the struggle longer than others.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula reminded party members about 'one ANC'. File photo.

Mokwena happy to have a 'new signing' at Sundowns at this stage of the season

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has described the return to action of experienced attacking midfielder Sibusiso “Vila” Vilakazi as a signing in the middle of the season.

Mamelodi Sundowns player Sibusiso Vilakazi and teammates during the Mamelodi Sundowns training session at Chloorkop on April 08, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It’s about competence, not about race – Andre De Ruyter

April 9th 2021 at 05:59
Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has hit back at accusations of racism and abuse of power by suspended Eskom CPO Solly Tshitangano, labelling them as “spurious” and “defamatory”.  

Nigerian banks deny owing MTN Nigeria and other telcos

April 9th 2021 at 05:54
Nigerian banks are not indebted to MTN Nigeria and other phone companies for using telecommunication platforms to provide payment services, a bank chief executive said.

How Uber and Bolt fees are calculated in South Africa – and what drivers can earn for a short trip

April 9th 2021 at 05:48
The Competition Commission has published its report on metred taxis and e-hailing drivers, showing that the introduction of services such as Uber and Bolt has caused disruption in South Africa's transport sector.

QUEEN OF HERBS: Stirrings at Stirlings: New ways in Nieu-Bethesda

April 9th 2021 at 05:47
Tony Jackman returns to one of the most remarkable and smallest of South African restaurants, in Nieu-Bethesda, while Bianca Coleman discovers herb queen Barbara Weitz’s original cuisine for the first time.

THE SUGAR SAGA (PART THREE OF FOUR): You’re not addicted to sugar, you’re addicted to an emotional state

April 9th 2021 at 05:43
Although the concept of sugar addiction may have begun in the public imagination, researchers are increasingly taking a closer look and asking: Is sugar addiction a thing?

MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Judgment Date with Judge Dennis Davis, Episode 53: Redi Tlhabi

April 9th 2021 at 05:33
In this episode of Judgment Date, Judge Dennis Davis had an exceptional interview with Redi Tlhabi. Journalist, author and former radio presenter. This episode is extra-long and there is a good reason for it. Enjoy it.

Warning over Gautrain’s expansion plans

April 9th 2021 at 05:23
The Competition Commission has raised concerns that the  'two-tier' rail system between the Gautrain and Metrorail in Gauteng could further deepen inequalities.

Newsflash: Covid-19: Registration for vaccines to open for all on 16 April, although supply will be ‘somewhat constrained’

April 9th 2021 at 04:58
The Health Department has revealed details of the phased roll-out, including to the elderly, workers over 40 and those in congregate settings such as old-age homes and prisons.

How Micro Focus is helping South African SMMEs

April 9th 2021 at 04:55
By: Partner
Micro Focus is committed to helping South African SMMEs develop into successful contributors to the national economy.

JAW: Jorge Piata: Treating the fish softly, like a baby

April 9th 2021 at 04:46
Fishmonger Jorge Piata keeps his customers satisfied by knowing his way around a fish, and a knife.

A JOZI CHINA: Chillies from outer space and ancient eggs

April 9th 2021 at 04:36
Cold pearls, chillies from outer space, seriously vintage eggs. They all taste surprisingly good in the Chinatown of Cyrildene.

DECLASSIFIED UK: While media focuses on Russian money, UK ministers allow Gulf tyrannies to invest £140bn in Britain

April 9th 2021 at 04:12
Five highly repressive Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates — have been able to invest at least £140bn in Britain. The figure is more than five times larger than Russian investments in the UK, which have, by contrast, received sustained criticism in the media and government.

Update COVID-19 08 April 2021

April 9th 2021 at 03:50
Update COVID-19 08 April 2021
COVID_19 Update Rwanda Fri, 09/04/2021 - 08:50

SARS signs heavy-hitter to help take on wealthy South Africans

April 9th 2021 at 03:50
SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter has announced Judge Dennis Davis will be joining the tax collector on a more permanent basis, as it increasingly focuses on wealthy South Africans.

Dark side of Apple’s Independent Repair programme coming to South Africa

April 9th 2021 at 03:29
iPhone and Mac repairers should carefully consider whether they would benefit from joining Apple’s Independent Repair Provider (IRP) programme, which will be launching in South Africa soon.

South Africa at risk of losing pilots and other valuable skills overseas: minister

April 9th 2021 at 03:13
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has warned that aviation skills are in short supply across the world - and that South Africans will be in high demand once international lockdown restrictions lift.

The best HBO series and documentaries to stream now

April 9th 2021 at 03:11
By: Partner
Looking for something really good to watch? Here are the top-rated shows to stream from that harbinger of quality viewing, HBO

CHALLENGE, MET: Parusha Naidoo: Thinking outside the veggie box

April 9th 2021 at 02:30
Parusha Naidoo sets herself a challenge to spend no more than R250 a week on fresh food and finds there’s more than enough to share with friends and family.

Masters news | Tommy Fleetwood aces par-3 16th – watch

April 9th 2021 at 02:14

Tommy Fleetwood hailed a “very special” moment after making a hole-in-one during the first round of the 85th Masters.


Tommy Fleetwood holed his tee shot on the par-three 16th on his way to an opening 74 at Augusta National, a fortnight after also making an ace during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.


“It was a lovely looking shot,” Tommy Fleetwood said.

“It was in between clubs. I was sort of verging on a smooth eight, then I said hard nine. That kind of fit the shot a bit more.

“Hit it, slight pull. It wasn’t going straight at the pin, but it was still a great shot, and a couple of bounces and in.

“It’s really nice to have one at Masters. I think that’s two in two competitive weeks as well. I’m racking them up all of a sudden quickly. I’ll try to keep it going.

“It’s very special. Doing it at a major is great, doing it competitively is great, but at Augusta is probably just another edge,” the Englishman said.


Straight into the hole! Tommy Fleetwood aces No. 16. #themasters

— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2021

Cosatu on upcoming elections: ‘We are not abandoning the ANC yet’

April 9th 2021 at 02:14

It turns out the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will again not be living up to its threat to withdraw its support from the African National Congress (ANC), this time in the upcoming local government elections.

Cosatu, one-third of the tripartite alliance (ANC and the South African Communist Party), held a media briefing on Thursday, 8 April 2021, following its two-day special executive committee.

The trade federation had said on several occasions that it would potentially back out of the alliance, citing the party’s handling of corruption. However, Cosatu has decided against such a move and said it would first evaluate several matters.

“We are not abandoning the ANC yet because as part of the Alliance, we do not want to open a political vacuum that will see the organisation hijacked by the reactionary and criminal elements who have been attempting to capture it since the 1994 democratic breakthrough. The Central Committee will continue to assess the state of the Alliance and its reconfiguration, taking into consideration the offensive against the working class,” Cosatu said in a statement.

Just recently, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) threatened to not support the ANC during the upcoming local government elections, particularly due to the stalemate surrounding public sector wages.

Cosatu says there cannot be two ANCs

Cosatu’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali further bemoaned the level of factionalism that has plagued the ruling party, especially in recent days. He said the ANC cannot live in two worlds.

“We don’t understand how the ANC become two ANCs, the ANC in government and ANC in conference resolution. If you take a decision in a conference to implement this, we don’t understand why then government employees will do differently,” Ntshalintshali said.

“We said it must be the ANC that is instructing the government, not the government that now says to the ANC you were crazy taking these resolutions, it’s not implementable, which is in relation to the government policies for example. Within the ANC officials, some of them said no the decision that was taken to step aside which they were part of it they seem to say now, no it’s not implementable”

Cosatu’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali

Cosatu further expressed support for the step aside resolution and the 30 days given for members to temporarily vacate their posts in the party. However it further said they were not convinced it was enough time for the resolution to be implemented.

5 important things happening in South Africa today

April 9th 2021 at 02:13
Government says that it's ready for the next phase of the vaccine rollout; Eskom's plan B for the Oracle situation is to procure a different software provider; Mbalula says South African airlines should adopt a new mobile travel pass that's gaining international traction; and the Please Call Me saga continues, with another court date set for May.

Second phase of South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccinations to begin on 17 May

April 9th 2021 at 02:04
By: SA News
Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the second phase of the country’s vaccination rollout will begin on 17 May.

TGIFOOD: What’s cooking today: Rustic pumpkin tart

April 9th 2021 at 01:59
Here’s a pumpkin tart with all the sweetness that comes from caramelisation, but without the need to add sugar to it.

MAIN INGREDIENT: Pumpkin and spice, always nice

April 9th 2021 at 01:57
It’s worth getting sweet, and a little savoury, with pumpkin.

South Africa to set up new land court – which will allow ‘hearsay’ evidence on land claims

April 9th 2021 at 01:55
A draft copy of the new Land Court Bill has been published, detailing the government's plans to establish a specialist Land Court as well as a Land Court of Appeal.

The world’s wealthiest countries are getting vaccinated 25 times faster

April 9th 2021 at 01:54
Enough vaccines have now been administered to fully vaccinate about 5% of the global population — but the distribution has been lopsided. Most vaccines are going to the wealthiest countries.

How to fix a water-damaged phone (no rice needed)

April 9th 2021 at 01:45
If you’ve ever got your phone wet in the rain, dropped it in water or spilt liquid over it, you’re not alone. But it's a myth that putting in rice will dry it out. These tips may, however, help.

OPINIONISTA: Shona speakers’ complicity in Gukurahundi and the lingering unresolved pain of its victims (Part One)

April 9th 2021 at 01:34
The impact of Zimbabwe’s Gukurahundi massacres on different generations of Matabeleland residents. This series of three articles explores the cultural tensions between Shona and isiNdebele speakers and how, 40 years later, continued discrimination is giving rise to talk of Mthakwazi secession. 

Netflix scores big deal to stream Sony movies

April 9th 2021 at 01:32
Netflix Inc. secured exclusive U.S. rights to new movies from Sony Pictures after they leave theaters, in a multiyear agreement giving the streaming giant upcoming films in the popular “Jumanji” and “Spider-Man” franchises.

US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputing firms

April 9th 2021 at 01:15
The US added seven Chinese supercomputing firms to a list of entities banned from receiving exports from American companies, citing activities contrary to the national security interests of the US.

Everyshop launch specials – Big price cuts on smartphones, TVs, and laptops

April 9th 2021 at 01:14
Takealot is facing competition from Everyshop which has official launched and is offering users R100 discount codes towards their first purchases.

Second phase of mass vaccination to begin on 17 May

April 9th 2021 at 01:07
By: SANews
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the second phase of the country’s vaccination roll-out will begin on 17 May.

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April 9th 2021 at 01:04
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On This Day: What happened on 09 April?

April 9th 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 09 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1960 | David Pratt attempted assassination at South African Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd at the Rand Easter Show in Johannesburg failed.

1999 | Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, Niger president, was assassinated at an airport in Niamey, Niger by his own presidential guard while he was attempting to flee the country.

2005 | The New National Party (NNP) federal council decided to dissolve the party and to join the ANC. 

2010 | A high court in Guangdong Province, China sentenced Janice Bronwyn Linden, from Wentworth in Durban to death for smuggling drugs.

2015 | Cecil John Rhodes statue was removed at the University of Cape Town.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 8 April?


2006 | Gabonese president of the Senate and former foreign minister, Georges Rawiri (74) 

2008 | Tunisian singer, Choubeila Rached (75) 

2017 | Lebanese former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Naffah (92) 

2019 | South African academic and negotiator, Pieter de Lange (93)


1942 | South African actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni

1972 | South African Television program host, James Currie

1980 | Former Swazi-South African Parliamentary Leader for the opposition Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko

1982 | South African footballer, Gert Schalkwyk


2000 | Masters Tournament: South African golfer Ernie Els finish as runner-up, he lost the championship to a Fijian golfer Vijay Singh by three strokes. 

2017 | Kenyan marathon runners, Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo who are also husband and wife won the 41st Paris marathon.



2009 | Parks and Recreation a mockumentary sitcom television series starring Amy Poehler is released.

2012 | The Lion King becomes highest-grossing Broadway show


There are five ancient Precambrian cratons in Africa; Kaapvaal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Congo, and West African. These were formed more than 2 billion years ago.

2011 Presidents Cup – Preview Day 2

Interview: MySky Networks founders on building a successful MSP

April 9th 2021 at 00:46
Promoted | Two brothers, Dean and Dylan Horsten, decided to take a gap in the managed service provider market six years ago and have not looked back since. Find out how the company is making waves in the market in this podcast interview.

Device financing: How NuovoPay solves challenges for operators

April 9th 2021 at 00:30
Promoted | In this article, we discuss the hesitation operators have in device financing for end-user consumers and how NuovoPay can help.

SOCCER QUIZ | Answer these 5 easy questions and win R1 000 in cash!

April 9th 2021 at 00:30

How much of a soccer fanatic are you? Answer the 5 soccer multiple-choice questions and stand a chance to win R1 000 in cash and a cap.

One lucky reader who answers all 5 questions correctly will stand a chance to win the money and a The South African cap. All entrants who score 5 out of 5 will go into a draw where a winner will be chosen and contacted by email.

It’s easy, all the answers can be found on The South African website. This quiz closes on Thursday, 15 April 2021.

Don’t delay, enter TODAY.

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EUCafrica, leader on Citrix on Azure, achieves Citrix platinum status

April 9th 2021 at 00:26
Promoted | EUCafrica, South Africa’s leading Citrix on Azure solutions provider, has achieved Citrix Platinum Solution Advisor Status.

Scopa gives Eskom deadline to finalise Andre de Ruyter racism probe

April 9th 2021 at 00:24

Parliament’s watchdog, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is taking a tough approach towards Eskom, particularly as it investigates allegations of racism levelled against the utility’s CEO Andre de Ruyter.

Scopa has given the utility a total of 90 days to conclude the probe and with the clock ticking, there are about two months left before the deadline lapses. In light of the Eskom investigation, Scopa has opted to pump the brakes on its own probe.

“What we were avoiding was duplication which would have amounted to wasteful expenditure, waste of taxpayers’ money. And we believe that because Eskom is not necessarily investigating itself here, but has appointed a special counsel in the name of advocate Ishmael Semenya, we are quite confident that that is sufficient at this point in time,” Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said in an interview with Newzroom Afrika.

The racism allegations were made by Eskom’s suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano, who accused de Ruyter of disregarding company guidelines and purging black suppliers in favour of their white counterparts.

Did Eskom drag its feet in launching Andre de Ruyter investigation?

Scopa also said it took a dim view of the fact that Eskom took a while before actually launching the investigation into Andre de Ruyter. Hlengwa said the board’s chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, would be summoned to Parliament to explain why.

“They are on a short leash. But also, we had begun doing our own work as a committee and we are in receipt and in possession of information which we are going to use when we assess how this process has gone,” Hlengwa said.

He added that the pressure they have placed on Eskom, forces the troubled entity to confront its difficult issues and prove its credibility.

“This is a litmus test for Eskom. They are in the dock as well. Eskom is in fact on trial here, so that they can actually step up to the plate and do the things that they want to do. We do encourage government departments and entities to actually understand that this is their responsibility”

Scopa Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa

De Ruyter was appointed to head the struggling power utility in January 2020, after Phakamani Hadebe resigned in 2019.

Before yesterdayYour RSS feeds | Vodacom says R47 million offer to 'Please Call Me' inventor is 'overly generous'

April 9th 2021 at 01:30
Locked in a 13-year legal tussle with Vodacom over compensation for the creation of the "Please Call Me" concept, Nkosana Makate will meet the network in court again next month.

Business Maverick: Nike Settles Suit Over Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ That Had Human Blood

April 8th 2021 at 23:43
Nike Inc. and MSCHF Product Studio agreed to settle a lawsuit over “Satan Shoes” -- MSCHF’s customized sneakers with a satanic theme, complete with human blood -- that were based on the athleticwear giant’s Air Max 97 line.

Business Maverick: Tencent-Backed Linklogis Rises 9.9% in Hong Kong Debut

April 8th 2021 at 23:37
Chinese fintech firm Linklogis Inc. rose on its debut in Hong Kong after pricing its $1 billion initial public offering near the midpoint of an indicative range.

Business Maverick: China’s Factory Inflation Jumps as Officials Warn of Risks

April 8th 2021 at 23:34
China’s producer prices climbed the most since July 2018 as commodity costs surged, a worrying sign for policy makers seeking stable inflation and adding to global risks.

Business Maverick: Panasonic Bets on Tesla ‘Beer Can’ Battery to Unlock $25,000 EVs

April 8th 2021 at 23:28
Panasonic Corp. is betting that close to a century of experience making car batteries has prepared it to manufacture a difficult-to-produce next-generation battery championed by Tesla Inc. as the key to unlocking cheaper and more ubiquitous electric vehicles. | Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne impress but will their Proteas stay be permanent?

April 8th 2021 at 19:00
Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne impressed Proteas head coach Mark Boucher with their gritty half-centuries in the loss to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Read it now: Your daily Love Horoscope for 09 April 2021

April 8th 2021 at 19:00


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You are likely to be feeling more sensitive than usual and you
could appear as though you’re switching from one option to
another. It’s possible that you’ll be slightly rattled!

Compatible Signs For: Love: Scorpio | Friendship: Scorpio

Star Rating:

♥   Love 4  Money 3  Mood 5  Style 3


A curious mix of warmth and assertiveness is likely to filter
through in your dealings with people in general. You may feel a
little more emboldened than usual. That said; holding back a
little may be required!

Compatible Signs For: Love: Capricorn | Friendship: Cancer

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 4  Mood 4  Style 3


Since communications have the capacity to be both efficient and
warm, you should find that you’re in a particularly strong
position when it comes to one particular matter or issue!

Compatible Signs ForLove: Taurus  | Friendship: Aquarius

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 5  Mood 4  Style 3


Know when to stop and know which lines not to cross. All that
said; there’s a slight possibility that someone will push their
luck with you. It’s a day to try and maintain certain boundaries!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Gemini  | Friendship: Aries

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 3


It’ll be a struggle, but if you can resist ever-so-slightly self-
involved vibes, you can really make some progress. Don’t be put
off by other people’s plain-talking responses

Compatible Signs For – Love: Aries | Friendship: Gemini

Star Rating:

♥  Love 3  Money 4  Mood 5  Style 3


It’s possible that you will stumble across something which is
going to have a beneficial impact on the medium future. All that
is needed is the ability to recognize good news when you hear it!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Libra  | Friendship: Libra

Star Rating:

♥   Love 3  Money 3  Mood 4  Style 4

Keep reading for more on your love horoscope!


Be careful that you don’t bite off more than you can chew, since
it’s a day where your energies are likely to be somewhat
scattered. Flitting from one thing to the next could prove

Compatible Signs For – Love: Scorpio | Friendship: Pisces

Star Rating:

♥ Love 4  Money 3  Mood 4  Style 4


The morning influences could impact on your mood. What you may
need to look out for is an inclination to give in or settle for
half measures, especially if you feel that someone is applying
indirect or subtle pressure

Compatible Signs ForLove: Pisces | Friendship: Taurus

Star Rating:

♥ Love 4  Money 5  Mood 3  Style 3


Balance is what will be missing at the start of the day.
Slightly distracting influences may divert your attention from
where it is really needed. Certain matters may benefit from a
speedier approach

Compatible Signs For – Love: Sagittarius | Friendship: Capricorn

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 5  Mood 4  Style 3


You will find that you need to control your temper when things
don’t run as smoothly as they should, otherwise you could find
that your overreactions will drain your energy even more

Compatible Signs ForLove: Gemini | Friendship: Libra

Star Rating:

♥  Love 3  Money 4  Mood 5  Style 5


Flitting planetary influences could increase the sense of
pressure at the start of the day, but hang in there, because
help from unexpected quarters or a chance comment is likely to
make all the difference

Compatible Signs For Love: Capricorn  | Friendship: Aries

Star Rating:

♥ Love 5  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 4


A string of minor influences may create a rather mellow mood
when, in fact, you need to be quite proactive. This is good news
for any emotional hiccups, but less good for current schedules

Compatible Signs For – Love: Taurus | Friendship: Virgo

Star Rating:

♥ Love 4  Money 3  Mood 4  Style 3

Do you want to read more than just the love horoscope? Take a look at the daily horoscope here.













Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 09 April 2021

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts


  1. Nil


  1. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over Beaufort West Municipality in the Western Cape.


  1. Nil


Temperature: Fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate


Temperature: Morning fog patches on the eastern Highveld, otherwise partly cloudy and warm.


Temperature: Fine in the west at first, otherwise partly cloudy and warm.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy.

Free State:

Temperature: Fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy in the northeast.

Northern Cape:

Temperature: Fine and warm, but hot in the north.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong south-easterly.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Partly cloudy and cool along the coast otherwise fine and warm.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light and variable east of Cape Agulhas, otherwise fresh to strong south-easterly but light to moderate south of Betty’s Bay by mid-morning.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.

Eastern Cape:

The Western halfTemperature: Cloudy with fog in the south in the morning and evening, otherwise fine and warm, but cool in the south-east.

The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate south-westerly, becoming light and variable in the west at night.

The Eastern halfTemperature: Cloudy with fog in places south of the escarpment in the morning and evening, otherwise fine and warm, but partly cloudy along the coast and adjacent interior during the afternoon.

The Eastern halfWind: The wind along the coast will be light and variable early morning, otherwise light to moderate south-westerly, becoming north-easterly from late afternoon.


Temperature: Fine to partly cloudy and warm.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate south-easterly becoming north-easterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.

Mystery solved: why Africa's tallest building was lit to the nines

April 8th 2021 at 18:58
The giant silhouette mystery solved.

Want to start investing? Here’s what to consider

April 8th 2021 at 18:29
Venturing into investments can be intimidating. Elke Brink of PSG Wealth discusses what to consider, outlines various investment vehicles, and shares some advice on how to build a share portfolio.

Estate planning is not the preserve of the very rich

April 8th 2021 at 18:07
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Chambers reject Nersa guideline for municipal electricity tariffs

April 8th 2021 at 18:05
Will be devastating, say some of the biggest business chambers in the country.

The rand as we know it will eventually disappear

April 8th 2021 at 18:01
Economist Dawie Roodt on the argument for private currencies replacing failing fiat currencies.

Basil Read’s construction business resumes bidding for contracts

April 8th 2021 at 18:01
Has been in business rescue since June 2018 after reporting a net loss after tax of R1bn. | Mentally ill Soweto woman accused of witchcraft dies after being set alight

April 8th 2021 at 17:46
The police have appealed for information to catch the people who attacked Jostina Sangweni. | More lefties, Magala entry? Boucher seeks answers to improve Proteas

April 8th 2021 at 17:46
The Proteas are licking their wounds after another series defeat to Pakistan, with head coach Mark Boucher seeking ways to improve the team.

MUKURUKURU MEDIA: Overcoming mountains: The challenges of initiation in a time of Covid-19

April 8th 2021 at 17:45
Parents express desire to let their children undergo rite of passage despite looming threat of Covid-19 that has killed over 52,000 people in SA.

CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: New York City shifts school rules; South Africa registers 1,366 new cases

April 8th 2021 at 17:39
South Africa registered 1,366 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,554,975. A further 62 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total deaths to 53,173. | Sanef appeals for safety of journalists after attack on eNCA crew

April 8th 2021 at 17:35
Four gunmen robbed Monique Mortlock and Asanda Javu after they finished a television crossing on the poor state of the roads in Khayelitsha.

PARLIAMENTARY NOTEBOOK: IFP calls for resolution to delay 2021 municipal poll while, recess or not, Parliament remains on the go

April 8th 2021 at 17:07
Everyone’s busy prepping for a local government election in a pandemic characterised by a lagging inoculation programme. The IFP wants Parliament to postpone the poll to May 2022 to allow for enough people to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

OPINIONISTA: Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s removal from office should be based on cold, hard facts — not political partisanship

April 8th 2021 at 17:02
Vesting the removal of heads of chapter 9 institutions in the National Assembly has now outlived its time. Rather than leaving impeachment to sometimes heavily compromised politicians and partisan members of Parliament, we need a Chapter 9 Institutions Tribunal, just as we have the Judicial Service Tribunal for judges.

OPINIONISTA: Demanding accountability from our elected representatives would help reshape our democracy

April 8th 2021 at 17:01
The work of demanding more from those in high office is critical, especially where that incompetence continues to hobble South Africa’s ability to serve the needs, interest and aspirations of its people. The efforts to build coalitions of concerned citizenry will be crucial to confronting the flaws of the system.

ANC Youth League to make a comeback, task team appointed

April 8th 2021 at 16:59

The African National Congress (ANC) has released the names of the ANCYL National Youth Task Team. The team has essentially been tasked with resuscitating the ANC Youth League – by means of strengthening and consolidating existing structures of the youth league and to build new ones in consultation with regions and provinces.

The appointments were announced on Thursday, 08 April 2021.

“The ANCYL NYTT will primarily serve as a National Congress Preparatory Committee charged with the responsibility to prepare the ANCYL for conference… It is also charged with the responsibility to develop and roll out a programme of action, bringing together young people from different facets as a build-up to the envisaged elective conference,” the party said.

Some of the appointments to the ANC Youth League Task Team include Nomceba Mhlauli, currently a spokesperson in the Ministry of the Presidency, Fasiha Hassan, member of the Gauteng legislature, Joy Maimela and Thuthukile Zuma, the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule introduced Mhlauli as the convener of the newly established team, while Maimela will be its coordinator.

The ANC Youth League leadership was dissolved in 2019 after members embarked on demonstrations, claiming the ANCYL NEC was too old and way beyond the age limit required to serve.

ANC determined to rebuild the Youth League

The ANC Youth League has long been considered a breeding ground for future leaders of the ANC. The movement, dubbed the “Young Lions” has produced a number of political bigwigs in the ruling party, including Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba.

“The ANC is determined to rebuild the ANCYL and restore its vibrancy so that it can continue to fulfill its historic mission. In the 1940s, the ANC was revitalized and became more militant in its actions and articulations. A key reason for this was the influence of the ANC Youth League whose leadership included giants such as Anton Lembede, its first president, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu,” the ANC further said.

“Today, as we seek to consolidate the gains of our liberation struggle, the ANC continues to look up to its youth to once again play a leading role in the national effort to confront the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality”

The African National Congress (ANC)

The ANC said its national officials have already met with the leadership of the NYTT and expressed overall support in their work of rebuilding and restoring the ANCYL.

COVID-19: Phase Two of vaccination roll-out begins on 17 May, says Zweli Mkhize, reveals no logistics

April 8th 2021 at 16:59
Quality assurance requirements mean some vaccine delivery dates cannot be confirmed, leading to difficulties with the procurement and logistics of the vaccine programme.

OPINIONISTA: If inflation is kept in check, there’s a good chance the economic boom will last

April 8th 2021 at 16:55
For much of the past year, I have argued that a cyclical economic recovery from the Covid-19 disruption would be stronger than most people expected. In offering that outlook, my emphasis was on the cyclical (rather than structural) nature of the crisis: the lockdowns were always going to be only temporary; safe and effective vaccines have been brought to market with unprecedented speed; and governments have duly responded to the shock with massive levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus. | Thoriso Themane: Homeowner says youth in his yard bayed for blood over stolen cellphone

April 8th 2021 at 16:47
The Polokwane High Court in Limpopo this week continued to hear chilling evidence of the last hours in the life of aspiring musician Thoriso Themane who was brutally attacked by a group of minors more than a year ago.

CABO DELGADO: Islamist insurgents: SADC moves closer to intervention in Mozambique

April 8th 2021 at 16:43
Regional leaders moved closer to military intervention in Mozambique on Thursday, deciding to deploy a technical mission immediately to assess what neighbouring countries could do to help Maputo counter a growing Islamist insurgency.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Powder keg at Gauteng’s Blyvoor mine: Management and union ask for state intervention

April 8th 2021 at 16:40
The fuse linked to the Blyvoor mine’s powder keg is getting shorter. The gold mine in western Gauteng remains shut amid a standoff between management and the National Union of Mineworkers, amid new but unverifiable reports of violence. Both sides have appealed to the government to intervene, but the state seems to be on mute.

Market Watcher

April 8th 2021 at 16:39
John Cairns – Client Strategist, RMB

OP-ED: South Africa’s vaccine roll-out failings expose the hollowing out of the state

April 8th 2021 at 16:37
A lot rests on leadership to bridge the yawning gap between political rhetoric and real roll-out – to address the government’s pathological, systemic failure to walk the talk.

Manufacturing outut shrinks further y/y in February

April 8th 2021 at 16:37
Elna Moolman – Senior economist, Standard Bank

Ibrahimovic scores acting debut as ‘Antivirus’ in next ‘Asterix’ film

April 8th 2021 at 16:34

The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic posted the word “Antivirus”, the name of his character, on his Instagram account using the typeset and colours associated with the Goscinny/Uderzo heroes. 

Ibrahimovic to play role of Caius Antivirus

Ibrahimovic, who was recently recalled to the Swedish national team and is likely to feature in this year’s delayed Euro 2020, will play a Roman called Caius Antivirus in Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Empire, the fifth film in the live action series. 

The film, which will be directed by Guillaume Canet who also plays Asterix the Gaul, will also star Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as Cleopatra and Gilles Lellouche as Obelix. 

Let it be known that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to appear in the new #Asterix movie. Yes. That Zlatan. @Ibra_official and @asterixofficiel – arguably the two most indomitable characters in history, together at last, by Toutatis!

— David Friend (@David_Friend01) April 8, 2021

Pandemic delay for ‘Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Empire’

Production of the film was due to take place last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic. 

With a budget of over €60 million (about R1 billion), it is already shaping up to be one of the biggest French productions.

By © Agence France-Presse

BUSINESS MAVERICK: South Africa’s manufacturing sector still in the doldrums for February

April 8th 2021 at 16:32
It’s become a depressing chorus in the symphony that is the South African economy: manufacturing sector disappointments. South Africa’s manufacturing production fell by 2.1% year on year in February 2021, StatsSA announced yesterday. And to rub salt in the wound, expectations were for a 0.4% fall.

AGE OF THE ASSASSIN: Nafiz Modack arranged 2019 hand grenade hit on Charl Kinnear, State claims

April 8th 2021 at 16:31
The State dropped a bombshell in the Parow Regional Court when it claimed that alleged underworld boss Nafiz Modack ordered a hit on the late Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) section commander Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear.

GEOPOLITICS: How to clear Suez Canal blockage – an action plan for tightening maritime choke points security

April 8th 2021 at 16:31
Although the massive container ship, the Ever Given, has now been freed from blocking the Suez Canal, imagine the damage to global commerce if five of the world’s most critical maritime choke points — the Suez and Panama Canals, and the Gibraltar, Malacca, and Hormuz Straits — were ALL blocked simultaneously by hostile forces or terror groups.

Covid-19’s forgotten victims – pregnant women

April 8th 2021 at 16:21
  • The Covid-19 pandemic caused a rise in the number of stillbirths, maternal deaths and maternal depression, a new study shows.
  • The review of data from 40 countries found stillbirth and maternal mortality increased by about a third.
  • Outcomes were worse in poorer countries.
  • A South African study showed similar findings, with an increase of 30% in maternal deaths during the lockdown from April to September, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Stillbirths, maternal deaths, depression: the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the health of pregnant women and their babies, a new study shows.

In a review of data from 40 studies from 17 countries, published in the peer reviewed journal The Lancet Global Health, researchers found significant increases in the incidence of stillbirth, maternal death, and ruptured ectopic pregnancy, and in maternal depression scores during the pandemic. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency in which a fertilised egg implants itself outside the uterus.

Findings varied by country, but analysis of pooled data showed stillbirth and maternal mortality rates increased by almost a third during the pandemic compared to before Covid-19. The odds of having a stillbirth increased by 28% during the pandemic, the researchers said.

Outcomes were worse in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. The researchers said: “There is an urgent need to prioritise safe, accessible, and equitable maternity care within the strategic response to this pandemic and in future health crises.”

Professor Asma Khalil, lead author of the study, of St George’s University of London, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on health care systems around the world. Disruption to services, nationwide lockdowns, and fear of attending health care facilities mean that the adverse effects of Covid-19 are expected to have health consequences that extend beyond the deaths and disease caused by the virus itself.”

The increases in stillbirths and other problems might be driven mostly by the inefficiency of health-care systems and their inability to cope with the pandemic, the researchers said. “During its peak prevalence, maternity staff have been redeployed to support critical care and medical teams, reducing the staffing available for maternity care.”

Nationwide lockdowns, disruption of health-care services, and fear of attending health-care facilities might also have affected the wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies, they said.

Intimate-partner violence, already a leading cause of maternal death, increased during the pandemic. Women were more likely to become unemployed and also more likely to take on more childcare during closures of creches and schools.

The authors said: “It is clear that pregnant individuals and babies have been subjected to harm during the pandemic, and the onus is on the academic community, health-care providers, and policy-makers to learn from it. Women’s health-care is often adversely affected in humanitarian disasters and our findings highlight the central importance of planning for robust maternity services in any emergency response.”

South African data also shows greater risk

Professor Priya Soma-Pillay, the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital, said that data about the effect of the pandemic on pregnant women during the first wave, published in December, had shown an increase of 30% (132 women) in maternal deaths in South Africa during the lockdown from April to September, compared to the same period in 2019. According to the paper published in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Forum 2020, this increase is significant.

The increase in maternal deaths was noted across all areas, the researchers wrote.

The researchers found a sharp decline in the use of contraception and termination of pregnancy services during lockdown. But use of maternity services (antenatal care and births) was relatively stable. The number of births in public health facilities was greater each month than in 2019, except in KwaZulu-Natal, where there was a decrease.

There was a marked movement of pregnant women to the more rural provinces, especially Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The South African researchers said: “It is very unlikely that the increased mortality is due to undiagnosed Covid-19 and much more likely the deaths are due to the indirect effects of Covid-19 on maternal and reproductive health services.”

This article first appeared on GroundUp

At Least 45 Died At Magufuli’s Burial, Says Tanzanian Police

April 8th 2021 at 16:20

The Tanzanian police have said that at least 45 people died in a stampede that took place on March 21 when citizens paid their last respects to the country’s late President John Pombe Magufuli.

According to the statement made by Dar es Salaam regional police commander, Lazaro Mambosasa on Tuesday, there had been a lot of people who wanted to get in the stadium and some were not patient.

“They tried to force their way in and that resulted in a stampede. Forty-five died in the accident,” Dar es Salaam regional police commander, Lazaro Mambosasa told AFP.

Five of the deceased were from the same family.

A woman and four children were earlier reported crushed in the accident at Uhuru Stadium, though the true toll of the stampede was not announced at the time.

The stampede that took place on March 21 also injured 37 people. According to Mambosasa, the 37 mourners who were injured in the March 21 stampede have all been discharged from hospital after treatment.

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered  in the streets of Dar es Salaam this month to bid farewell to Magufuli, whose sudden death from a short mysterious illness was announced by the government.

The stampede happened on the second day of tributes at Uhuru Stadium.

Tanzania’s late President Magufuli, who died on March 17 at the age of 61, was laid to rest in his hometown Chato on March 26.


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18 Dead As Building Collapses In Cairo, Egypt

April 8th 2021 at 16:20

A nine-storey apartment building has collapsed in Egypt’s capital, Cairo on Saturday morning, killing at least 18 people and injuring about two dozen others, an official said.

Rescue workers were searching for any survivors trapped under the rubble of the building in the el-Salam neighbourhood, said Khalid Abdel-Al, the administrative head of the Cairo governorate.

At least 24 others were injured and taken to hospitals, he said in a statement.

Police sealed off the area, keeping back the curious and people apparently looking for relatives in the building. Workers were seen using bulldozers to clear away debris.

It was not immediately clear what caused the building’s collapse.

An engineering committee was formed to examine the structural integrity of neighbouring buildings, Abdel-Al said.

Building collapses are fast becoming a common occurrence in Egypt, where low-grade construction is prevalent in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas.


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Kenyatta Tightens Restrictions As Virus Cases Rise

April 8th 2021 at 16:20

The rise in Kenya’s COVID-19 cases and deaths has led President Uhuru Kenyatta to announce tightened restrictions in five of the most affected counties.

These new restrictions have been imposed in the country’s capital, Nairobi and the three urban counties surrounding it, including Nakuru, a major transit city.

“Our rate of infection has gone up 10 times between January and March of 2021,” Kenyatta said in a nationally televised address.

The country, with a population of 53 million people, has a cumulative total of 126,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 2,000 deaths.

Kenya’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 1.02 new cases per 100,000 people on March 11 to 2.29 new cases per 100,000 people on March 25, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The country’s rate of deaths has quadrupled, with the 7-day rolling average of daily deaths surging from 0.01 deaths per 100,000 people on March 11 to 0.04 deaths per 100,000 people on March 25.

Kenyatta has also urged those eligible for the first round of vaccinations to go and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

On March 3, Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

It was the first batch from the global COVAX initiative that was created to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have fair access to vaccines.

The government said the vaccines will be administered to some 400,000 medical workers and the rest will go to other frontline workers such as teachers and police officers.

However, medical workers and other Kenyans have not been getting the vaccinations in large numbers, according to health experts.

In recent weeks, many Kenyans have shown signs of relaxing the safety measures by not wearing masks in their neighborhoods. Also, some bars and nightclubs have been operating past the curfew hours.

But the deaths of three media personalities have highlighted the dangers of the disease.

In the five affected counties, Kenyatta has ordered a curfew to start two hours earlier from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

“All movement into out of the counties must stop immediately until further notice,” he said.

Kenyatta has also banned all public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature in the counties.

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Barack Obama Mourns Kenyan Grandmother

April 8th 2021 at 16:20

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama has mourned the passing of his grandmother, Sarah in Kenya via his official Twitter account.

Sarah, aged 99, was the second wife of President Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, a herbalist and a village elder who fought for the British in Burma, now called Myanmar.

She helped raise the former president’s father.

“Although not his birth mother, Granny would raise my father as her own, and it was in part thanks to her love and encouragement that he was able to defy the odds and do well enough in school to get a scholarship to attend an American university. When our family had difficulties, her homestead was a refuge for her children and grandchildren, and her presence was a constant, stabilizing force,” Obama wrote.

President Obama was often affectionate towards her and referred to her as “Granny” in his memoir, “Dreams from My Father.” He described meeting her during his 1988 trip to his father’s homeland, adding that things were initially awkward between them until they slowly got along and managed to develop a warm bond.

For decades, Sarah Obama has helped orphans, raising some in her home. The Mama Sara Obama Foundation helped provide food and education to children who lost their parents — providing school supplies, uniforms, basic medical needs, and school fees.

In a 2014 interview, she said that even as an adult, letters would arrive but she couldn’t read them. She said she didn’t want her children to be illiterate, so she saw that all her family’s children went to school.

She recalled pedaling the president’s father six miles (nine kilometers) to school on the back of her bicycle every day from the family’s home village of Kogelo to the bigger town of Ngiya to make sure he got the education that she never had.

“I love education,” Sarah Obama said, because children “learn they can be self-sufficient,” especially girls who too often had no opportunity to go to school.

“If a woman gets an education she will not only educate her family but educate the entire village,” she said.

In recognition of her work to support education, she was honored by the United Nations in 2014, receiving the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Education Pioneer Award.

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World: Russian force on Ukraine border larger than any time since 2014, U.S. says

April 8th 2021 at 16:15
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Russia has more troops on Ukraine's eastern border than at any time since 2014, when it annexed Crimea and backed separatist territory seizures, and the United States is concerned by growing "Russian aggressions," the White House said on Thursday.