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ID document.
Home Affairs Minister calls for the collection of ID documents
20 January 2019, 12:29 PM

Home Affairs Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, has appealed to people who haven’t yet collected their identity documents to do so as soon as possible.

He was briefing the media in Pretoria on the festive season’s travellers statistics and Home Affairs Department matters.

Cwele says the majority of uncollected IDs are in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

“I appeal to those who have applied for their ID documents to come and collect them at our Home Affairs offices. We have about 300 000 documents which are uncollected. Most of them were applied for in 2018. Most of the uncollected IDs are from Gauteng, KZN, EC and WC – but it goes across all provinces. The largest numbers are in Gauteng, mainly in Soweto and northern PTA.”

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Prince Philip
Prince Philip gets warning after driving without a seat belt
20 January 2019, 11:53 AM

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has received a warning from police – after he was photographed apparently driving without a seat belt.

It comes just two days after he was involved in a crash while at the wheel. Prince Philip escaped without injury when his car flipped over following a crash with another vehicle close to Sandringham residence in Norfolk.

The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.

Newspapers now show pictures of Philip driving a Land Rover at the royals’ Sandringham residence – and it appear that he’s not using a seat belt.

 

DA president Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane defends Mphithi’s statement on Schweizer-Reneke school
20 January 2019, 10:11 AM

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has defended the party’s federal youth leader, Luyolo Mphithi’s statement following the photograph of black and white learners seated separately in a class at the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West.

DA youth leader Luyolo Mphithi

DA youth leader Luyolo Mphithi

Last week, trade union Solidarity’s CEO Dirk Hermann called on Maimane to reprimand Mphithi for allegedly defaming Elana Barkhuizen – the teacher who was suspended for taking the photographs.

Hermann accused Mphithi of revealing Barkhuizen’s identity despite threats of violent protests and implying that a single photo taken at one moment during the day was racist regardless of other photo’s showing the children interacting with each other.


The youth leader later condemned the posting of the photograph after visiting the school.

Maimane says Mphithi has been unfairly targeted for populist gain.

 

 

N3 Toll
Motorists warned of road works on Van Reenen’s Pass
20 January 2019, 8:57 AM

N3 Toll Concession Commercial Manager Con Roux has asked road users to exercise caution when travelling on Van Reenen’s Pass in the Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. This is due to road rehabilitation work that commenced this month.

Roux says the safety of the road workers should be prioritised by the drivers at all times, throughout the duration of the road works.

“For the next 20 months or so, there would be construction work taking place on Van Reenen pass. We are asking motorists to please exercise caution in that area and to pay particular regard to the safety of construction workers but also there would be one lane at least available on each direction. So no stop and go or something of that nature but to the motorists please be aware of those construction works and to ensure that speed is reduced in order to protect the safety of the construction workers.”

IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Buthelezi to lead IFP in this year’s general election campaign
20 January 2019, 8:30 AM

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he’s accepted the party’s request for him to lead the IFP in this year’s general election campaign.

Buthelezi reiterated that he would step down as party president after the elections.

The party says it will hold its elective conference no later than July.

Buthelezi says the party has once again endorsed Velenkosi Hlabisa – the mayor of the Big Five Hlabisa Municipality – to take over the reigns when he steps down.

“The unanimous decision taken today (Saturday) by our extended national council to engage this election campaign first, before holding conference, carries heavy consequences for me and my family. I have been asked to lead the campaign as the party’s president. It’s not easy to accept what is being asked of me. In consultation with my family, and cognisant of the fact that I remain a servant of my people, I have agreed for one simple reason. The elections are little more than 100 days away, and if this is in the best interest of our party and of our country’s future.”

The party is yet to announce its election manifesto day.

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