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Ndara’s allegations misleading: Fergusons
9 October 2019, 12:04 PM

The Fergusons have responded to the allegations made in the media by Veteran actress Vatiswa Ndara.

They say the allegations made against Ferguson Films are misguided, misdirected and misleading and can be seen as a ploy to defame and tarnish the company’s name and reputation.

On Monday, Ndara posted an open letter on social media, addressed to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, stating her grievances on what she calls exploitation of actors in the television production industry.

In the letter, which has led to widespread engagement on social media, the actress specifically mentions “Ferguson Films”, which she worked for as an actress on a TV series – iGazi.

Ndara mentions that she was offered R110 000 for a five week period in the series. She declined the offer and labels the owners of Ferguson Films as “slave masters.”

She says actors are subject to unfair labour practices, poor remuneration and working conditions.

Responding to the allegations, the Fergusons say: “We pride ourselves in producing quality shows, providing much needed employment to new and old talent and contributing to the growth of the industry. We will remain steadfast in our endevour to treat everyone who works with us fairly and with the utmost respect.

New IMF chief says trade tensions could cut global GDP by $700 billion
9 October 2019, 11:52 AM

Trade disputes are taking a toll on the global economy, substantially weakening manufacturing activity and invest and holding back economic potential, Kristalina Georgieva, new chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said on Tuesday.

For the global economy, the cumulative effect of trade conflicts could mean a loss of around $700 billion by 2020, or about 0.8% of GDP, the IMF managing director said at an event at the global lender’s headquarters ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank next week.

As a reference, that is approximately the size of Switzerland’s entire economy, said the Bulgarian economist, who succeeded France’s Christine Lagarde and took office on October 1.

The US-China trade conflict has not only increased direct costs on businesses and consumers, but also caused secondary effects, such as the loss of confidence and market reactions, said Georgieva, who is the former chief executive officer of the World Bank.

It is obvious that everyone loses in a trade war, said Georgieva, calling on all countries to work together and find a lasting solution on trade.

Noting that the global economy is in a “synchronized slowdown,” the new IMF chief called for a “synchronized policy action” to accelerate growth and build more resilient economies.

Policy priorities, she said, include using monetary policy wisely and enhancing financial stability, deploying fiscal tools to meet current challenges, implementing structural reforms for future growth, and embracing international cooperation.

Georgieva, who has been a champion in the global fight against climate change, also said one of the priorities of the IMF is to assist countries as they reduce carbon emissions and become more climate resilient, urging countries to adopt “a significantly higher carbon price.”

New research at the IMF confirms that carbon taxes can be one of the most powerful and efficient tools, Georgieva said. But the key is to change tax systems, not simply add a new tax, she added.

Mass immunisation against measles in Rustenburg
9 October 2019, 11:11 AM

The North West Health Department has started to roll out the mass immunisation of children around Rustenburg, following three cases of measles in three different locations in the area.

Given the highly contagious nature of the disease, the three children have been admitted to hospital in isolation wards.

The immunisation campaign at local clinics, creches and primary schools is targeting children aged between six-months and 59-months as well as five years and 15-years in and around the Luka, Kroondal and Boitekong areas.

Parents have come out in numbers to have their children immunised.

A parent says: “I brought my son to be vaccinated because I heard that measles is a very dangerous infection so I brought him to be vaccinated so that his health can be ok.”

Gabaiphiwe Ramadiro of a local creche, has urged parents to have their children immunized. She says; “This disease is a very dangerous disease. It can paralyze and even kill a child. So, we urge parents to work with creches and avail their children’s clinic cards when requested to do so.”

According to the World Health Organisation, measles caused an estimated 109 000 deaths in 2017.

Provincial Health spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane has cautioned parents about the dangers of not having their children immunised.

He says: “Measles is a viral infection and it can be fatal if not attended to. We urge our communities around that area to speed up the campaigns but to the parents we urge them to come to our facilities to immunize the children.”

OUTA to oppose Myeni’s application for case postponement
9 October 2019, 9:32 AM

Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni has been given until Wednesday to file an application for the postponement of her delinquent director court case. Myeni failed to appear in court on Tuesday and on Monday citing financial reasons.

According to information presented before court, Myeni sits on the boards of 13 companies. However, she claims that she is unable to afford legal representation.

The case against her has again been moved to Thursday citing financial reasons.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the SAA Pilots’ Association want the court to declare Myeni a delinquent director, based on her leadership during the period 2012 and 2017.

OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage says they will oppose the application for a postponement.

He says if you can’t afford you need to apply for legal aid. “I am not sure she will qualify for that since she is a property owner. If you own vehicles and you can get around you need to get to court.”

“You cannot not show up, she has got a lot of answering to do. If she’s going to ask for postponement we are going to object to that. She has had ample time, she knew very well that she was not going to have the financial support of the SAA and she has left this far too late.”

“She has to have an extremely strong reason. We hope we will not allow another postponement but if it does happen this will not be postponed for years,” says Duvenage.

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Giuliani says he “would love to testify” before Senate
9 October 2019, 8:02 AM

The lawyer for US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on Fox New’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday after the Republican chairperson of the US Senate Judiciary Committee opened the door to a Senate investigation into unproven allegations regarding Ukraine raised by Giuliani and inviting the attorney to testify.

“I have to weigh that with my client and the other lawyers involved. It’s it’s not a unitary decision. What decision I make may affect the other decisions. I mean, I would love to testify and give me a half hour to point out Biden Inc. four decades of crime. I’d love to do it,” said Giuliani.

Giuliani and his unsubstantiated allegations are central to the Democratic impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, which followed a July 25 phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Judiciary Committee chairperson Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, did not give specific dates for a potential Giuliani appearance or any other public hearings on the matter.

Giuliani also commented on the eight-page letter the White House sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rejecting an impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats in the House as “constitutionally invalid” and saying it would refuse to cooperate with the probe absent a vote of the full House.

“People should read the letter for themselves. It’s a very well written, legal letter. It’s supported by precedent,” said Giuliani.

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