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Chaos erupts at KZN SOPA
28 June 2019, 9:24 PM

Chaos erupted during the KwaZulu-Natal State of the Province Address (SOPA) in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

Members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) staged a walkout.

They are accusing the African National Congress (ANC) for not consulting them about non-members being invited to the sitting.

Former President Jacob Zuma and AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini were among the guests.

Objections were raised even before the business of the day began. The DA and the EFF accused the ANC of undermining the rules of the house by allowing those who are not members of the legislature to attend the event without consultation with the opposition.

It resulted in members of the EFF and the DA to storm out of the legislature.

KZN DA leader Zwakele Mncwango  says they cannot allow a situation where by they make the rules and on the other hand break them.

The main opposition, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), condemned the incident, calling it shameful.

After much delay proceedings continued.

Premier Sihle Zikalala called for tough action against lawlessness. He promised a skills audit would be conducted on all civil servants.

The premier further announced that the plight of residents of the recent floods, that claimed 71 lives, was being addressed.

Opposition parties were critical of the speech.

The IFP’s Velenkosi Hlabisa says that the speech was long and boring and did not provide any tangible plans of addressing the issues facing the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

The premier committed to dealing with problems facing the province’s municipalities.

He also promised that his government will ensure the full implementation of the Moerane Commission recommendations. The Commission probed political killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Daniel Mahlangu
“Personal advisor of Myeni ran the show at BNP Capital”
28 June 2019, 2:10 PM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has heard how a personal advisor of former South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni ran the show at BNP Capital – a company that won an advisory tender with the airline.

Masotsha Mngadi’s company In-Line Trading entered into a joint consortium with BNP Capital while Mngadi was still Myeni’s advisor. Mngadi did the sourcing of funds for BNP Capital, assisted with proposals, wrote letters and provided input to the BNP Capital team in the transactional advisory proposal to SAA.

On Thursday, BNP Capital director Daniel Mahlangu explained how he received a Request For Information document before he met meet with Mngadi, who did not want his name to appear in the bid documents, despite being part of the consortium.

Mahlangu continues to testify before the commission in Parktown, Johannesburg .

Zondo: “He made an input that was used in the proposal? yes

Zondo:”But the proposal was prepared by your team ?  “yes.”

Zondo: “Not by him?”  “Yes chair.”


Young artists
National Arts Festival officially opens
27 June 2019, 12:50 PM

The National Arts Festival has officially opened its gates to thousands of locals and tourists who are flocking to Makhanda to be a part of it.

This year, the festival celebrates its 45th anniversary and scores of local artists will have a chance to give the expected large audience a variety of performances.

CEO of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Tony Lankester says this year’s mission is to encourage young artists to start exploring art within technology.

“There are a whole lot of tools out there now that just make it so easy for artists to get their stories out there in an entertaining way. So what we wanted to do is create the space that explores the areas where technology and creativity converge. Make those tools available to artists teach them how to use them and inspire them to find new ways to tell their stories.  So this is a combination of exhibition tools, workshops and productions.”

People who have come to the festival say they are excited about what this year might bring. Some say they are looking forward to the launch of the Art program.

“I am very excited because this is my first time to be in South Africa and I wanted to study a PhD. I’m excited about the Arts program, we are very excited about the festival,” says a participant.

“I’m excited about the Arts launch and the exhibition between land and the fruits by Tanya Peterson,” adds another festival goer.

“For me everything about it is quite exciting, I like the vibe. Grahamstown is normally quiet,” says another festival goer.


Air India
Air India plane escorted by fighters lands in London after bomb threat
27 June 2019, 12:31 PM

An Air India passenger plane flying to the United States was escorted by British fighter jets to land in London on Thursday after a bomb threat. Air India said flight AI 191 from Mumbai to Newark had made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport “due to a bomb threat.”

Britain scrambled Typhoon fighters at supersonic speed to intercept the Boeing 777-337 and safely escorted it to Stansted which briefly closed its runway.

The Air India plane was directed to an isolated stand with police in attendance. “An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stansted Airport at approximately 1015 and landed safely with Essex Police in attendance. It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations,” the airport said.

“Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight,” it said. British police said officers were making enquiries. An Air India spokesperson was not immediately reachable.

Fuel in a car
July to bring good news for motorists
27 June 2019, 11:46 AM

The Automobile Association (AA) is predicting that July brings with it good news for motorists.

The AA expects that lower international oil prices have set up a substantial reduction in the fuel price. The price of petrol is expected to decrease by 86 cents a litre, diesel by 68 cents and illuminating paraffin by 58 cents.

The AA says the prices could have decreased further if the rand fared better on the markets.



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