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Indoni festival celebrates cultural diversity
14 December 2018, 5:00 PM

The seventh annual Indoni Miss Cultural South Africa festival has hosted over 2000 young individuals at its parade in Durban.

The cultural pageant celebrates the authenticity of the different cultures across the country.

Twelve different cultural groups represented their respective tribes for this one of its kind cultural festival.

Founder of non-profit organisation Indoni SA, Dr Nomcebo Mthembu, says the festival is aimed at embracing South Africa’s cultural diversity.

“Many of us speak very negatively about South Africa but a day like today just reminds you of how beautiful South Africa is, and if we could sing in one voice and just unite all the different cultures, South Africa will be even bigger. The whole world will also envy us if we can do that. Today is really about celebrating South Africa as a whole, not talking about negativity or anything like that but just look at the beautiful rainbow nation that we are and celebrate that. Step by step we will grow. Any child at the age of 25, you are graduating out of varsity, you are going to start your own thing. If for South Africa we want to be able to do that and maybe your own, first looking at yourself, who are you, so that you can know where you are going,” says Mthembu.

The Indoni Miss Cultural pageant will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre this weekend.

A tractor on a farm
Farm murder suspects arrested in Limpopo
14 December 2018, 4:50 PM

Police have arrested two suspects after a farmer was killed on his farm in Limpopo.

Fifty seven-year-old Johan Kruger was shot and killed at Sambouburg near Lephalale early on Friday morning. Police spokesperson, Moatshe Ngoepe, says officers have launched a manhunt for the third suspect.

“The South African Police Service in Alldays outside Makhado arrested two suspects in their 20’s, following a shooting incident which took place along the Alldays and Vivo road this morning. It is alleged that in the early hours of 14 December, three suspects who were allegedly involved in the murder of Johan Kruger, aged 57, which occurred during a farm attack incident in a farm under the Samboubrug Policing area near Lephalale, were intercepted by the Alldays Farm Watch Patrol who alerted the police and a joint operation ensued until this achievement was made,” says Ngoepe.

Michelle Bachelet
UN’s Bachelet urges DRC to control violence ahead of elections
14 December 2018, 2:44 PM

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief on Friday called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to halt violence and inflammatory speech ahead of the country’s long-delayed December 23 presidential election.

Michelle Bachelet‘s comments came a day after a fire at a warehouse in the capital of Kinshasa destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes meant for a vote that could mark Congo’s first peaceful transfer of power.

Candidates for President Joseph Kabila‘s ruling coalition and the opposition blamed each other for the incident. Violence has flared on the campaign trail this week, with security forces killing at least two people at opposition gatherings.

“In an already tense electoral environment, I urge the government to send a clear signal that threats and violence against political opponents will not be tolerated. I am deeply worried about the reports of excessive use of force, including live ammunition, by security forces against opposition rallies,” says Bachelet.

Congo’s forensic police are investigating Thursday’s blaze and the national electoral commission said the vote would go ahead as scheduled.

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Mildred Oliphant
Labour Minister launches fund for unemployment and small businesses
14 December 2018, 2:08 PM

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, says the newly launched Project Development Partnership Fund is aimed at addressing unemployment and ensuring that small businesses access funding.

The R2 billion fund was launched in Pretoria earlier on Friday. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will manage the project in partnership with the Labour Department and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Unemployment and access to business funding is still a challenge for many people in South Africa. According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), the unemployment rate stands at the 27.5%.

Oliphant says the fund will also seek to ensure that retrenched people are re-trained to make them employable again.

“Offering funding to create and grow small businesses therefore creating new companies. Create companies in specific sectors such as Agri business and bio-science, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing and Information Communication TechnoIogy (ICT), social infrastructure, water and related services. Financial services and youth innovation. The fund will also be investing in PIC youth fund.”

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Russian soldiers honoured on wall of remembrance
13 December 2018, 9:19 PM

The relationship between Russia and South Africa was celebrated during the unveiling of 67 names of Soviet/Russian soldiers who died during the liberation struggle in South Africa.

The Soviet soldiers fought side by side with liberation armies, not only in South Africa but also in Angola and Mozambique. The former Soviet Union also provided financial aid and military expertise and assisted with personnel training.

The incorporation of the names of 67 Russian/Soviet soldiers who died during the Freedom Struggle in South Africa, is an indication that South Africa remembers and cares, according to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Mikhail Petrakov.

The 67 join more than 139 000 names on the wall, which honours the people who fought and died in the eight liberation struggles that shaped a freed South Africa.

The Defence Attache of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa, Vyacheslav Osipov, says by commemorating the fallen heroes, ensure they will live for ever.

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, says Russia should be honoured for the role they played, not only in the liberation of South Africa but that of Southern Africa.

Petrakov empathised that the youth is the key to ensure the names and history of the fallen heroes are remembered.



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