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WATCH: No more “secret meetings” between ANC leaders
3 November 2018, 9:58 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) NEC meeting underway in Irene, Pretoria this weekend has resolved that there will no longer be “secret meetings” between the party leaders.

ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule was referring to the meeting he held with former President Jacob Zuma and other leaders in Durban.

Magashule says: “We have agreed that moving forward, people must meet and have proper ANC meetings. Provinces must be able to invite each other and conduct proper meetings and not in corners or corridors. I think that’s basically what we have agreed on and the NEC has accepted that this is how we are actually going to work moving forward.”

The NEC meeting is yet to discuss the issue of VBS Mutual bank in Limpopo.

 

Women killed in Florida yoga class identified as student, faculty member
3 November 2018, 9:01 PM

Two women killed by a gunman who burst into a yoga class at a Florida shopping center were named on Saturday as a student and faculty member from Florida State University.

Police who rushed to the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee on Friday afternoon after reports of gunfire found four other people with bullet wounds and the body of the 40-year-old assailant, Scott Beierle, who had apparently shot himself.

The bloodshed prompted the city’s mayor, Andrew Gillum, who is also Florida’s Democratic candidate for governor, to temporarily halt his campaign and return to Tallahassee.

Authorities said there were signs members of the class had confronted Beierle after he opened fire inside the studio and then pistol-whipped one of them.

“There were indications that several people not only fought back but tried to save other people,” Tallahassee Police Chief Michael De Leo said at a news conference.

Detectives were looking for any links between the gunman and the victims, he said.

Two of the wounded remained in the hospital on Saturday in stable condition, police said.

One of the women killed was identified as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, a doctor specializing in internal medicine who was a member of the faculty at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee.

The other was named as Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old student at FSU.

Their deaths were “just devastating to the FSU family,” said the university’s president, John Thrasher.

The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper said Van Vessem alsoworked as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan, which in a statement described her as a “guiding, visionary force” and”one of the most respected, inspiring, and accomplished medical professionals in the state and country.”

According to the Miami Herald newspaper, Binkley had attended Dunwoody High School in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and was a senior at FSU with an English and German double major.

Gillum said on Twitter that no act of gun violence was acceptable.

Tallahassee’s murder rate has been an issue in the governor’s race ahead of Tuesday’s election, with Gillum’sopponent, Republican former US Representative Ron De Santis, accusing him of being weak on crime.

De Santis said the shooting was heartbreaking, and that he and his wife were praying for the victims.

Citing court records, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Beierle had a history of arrests for grabbing women.

Among officials who went to the studio after the shooting was city commissioner Scott Maddox.

“In my public service career, I have had to be on some bad scenes. This is the worst. Please pray,” Maddox posted on Facebook.

Dozens of yoga practitioners gathered on Saturday morning for an open-air session in front of the State Capitol, local media reported.

Alex Redding, a patron at bar near Hot Yoga, told the Democrat that people came inside seeking assistance, saying a man had started shooting after acting strangely inside the yoga studio.

Other victims, barefoot from their class, came into the bar in shock and barely able to speak, except to say “shooter,” the newspaper reported.

Gold Fields mineworkers strike over retrenchments
3 November 2018, 7:07 PM

Mineworkers at Gold Fields South Deep mine have embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike, which started on Friday night, is led by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

It follows the company’s decision to retrench 1100 of its 5000 workforce due to financial losses. Four hundred and twenty contractors will also be affected.

The mine has already issued letters of termination to the workers. However, NUM says it’s having none of it.

NUM’s South Deep branch Chair, Kanetso Matabane says: “Gold Fields has been retrenching workers since 2008. They have also been changing management over the past 10 years. Management is claiming that they are not making a profit and have been forced to cut staff. However, we don’t agree with this, retrenchments will just create more problems. We believe poor management is at the heart of the company’s headaches.”

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Li takes three-shot lead into Turkish Airlines Open final round
3 November 2018, 5:49 PM

China’s Li Haotong fired five birdies on the front nine to grab a three-stroke advantage over holder Justin Rose and Alexander Levy on day three at the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday.

Starting the third round three shots off the pace, Li turned in 29 before sinking a spectacular eagle at the 10th hole to claim a two-shot lead.

Another birdie at the 12th saw the 23-year-old Li, who won the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season, sign for a 63 to set the clubhouse target at 17 under par.

“It’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to going against Rosey,” Li said of his British rival.

“I definitely got a lot of confidence from Dubai and since then I’ve been playing a lot of big events.”

Overnight leader Rose, who would go back to the top of the world rankings with a victory on Sunday, turned in 31 but struggled to carry the momentum on the back nine.

The Englishman bogeyed the 10th after finding the water for the second day in a row but birdied the 11th and 12th where he sank a 15-foot putt to get back within one shot of the lead.

He saved par on the par-five 15th after again finding water but failed to repeat the feat on the final hole which he bogeyed to hand Li a cushion heading into Sunday’s final round.

Frenchman Levy made the most of the low-scoring conditions at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort to card a 66 and share second spot with Rose, one shot clear of the 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

E Cape residents evacuated due to veld fires
3 November 2018, 4:31 PM

Residents of Clarkson, a small town in the Tsitsikama region in the Eastern Cape have been evacuated due to a veld fire that flared up on Saturday morning.

Nine people have already died and thousands have been displaced since the veld fires started on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape earlier this week.

The N2 between Tsitsikama and Humansdorp is also being monitored by traffic officials and may be closed due to low visibility cause by the smoke from the fire.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Eastern Cape head of Co-operative Governance,  Gabisile Gumb-Masilela, says they are closely monitoring the situation.

“It was not completely put out by the wind. The winds are still quite high here so, we will be monitoring all areas for the rest of the day and into the night. We cannot take any chances, these type of fires can flare up again at any given time.”

Meanwhile, residents of Jonkersberg, between George and Great Brak River, as well as Buffelsnek and Diepwalle near Knysna are also being evacuated, due to veld fires burning close to their communities.

The Garden Route District Municipality says residents from Jonkersberg will be accommodated at Van der Hoven Primary School in Sinksabrug and the Outeniqualand NG Church Hall.

Those from Buffelsnek will be taken to the Wittedrift High School Hall.

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