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‘I voted this year, the mark is slowly fading’
6 August 2019, 6:49 PM

Among the millions of South Africans who voted for the first time in 1994, was Sarah Mahlangu. She was incredibly excited to exercise this right.

The 84 year-old, from Vezubuhle in Mpumalanga, hasn’t been able to walk in the last four years. This disability makes it difficult as she takes care of her grandchildren.

Sarah Mahlangu gets a grant from the government. She says she has access to water, even if it’s not everyday as well as tar roads.

“It is just that I can’t walk anymore. I also can’t stand. I’m scared I’ll fall if I attempt to stand. It’s better if I just sit the whole day. But then I am not feeling any pain. My knees are just not working anymore. So, I am scared I’ll fall. I don’t remember everything, but I remember people were happy when we went to vote for Mandela. We used to see him in newspapers. I voted this year. The mark is slowly fading. Transport was organized to pick me up and ferry me to the voting station.”

Mahlangu says she wants crime to end.

“I pick the yellow flag because we have water and we have roads. I don’t work, but I get grant.”

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Apple, Goldman Sachs start issuing Apple Cards to consumers
6 August 2019, 4:33 PM

Apple Inc rolled out its virtual credit card on Tuesday, working with bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc on the new iPhone add-on that may help Apple diversify from device sales and build out the Wall Street bank’s new consumer business.

Apple announced the card in March, aiming to draw in iPhone owners by offering a card with 2% cash back on purchases with the Apple Pay service, no fees, an app to manage related finances and a focus on data privacy.

For Goldman, the issuing bank, the card builds on a foray into its Marcus consumer banking brand, started in 2015.

Apple said a limited number of consumers who expressed interest in the card will start to receive sign-up invitations on Tuesday.

The card is designed to work with the iPhone, where users sign up for the card and can start using it immediately if approved via the Apple Wallet app and Apple Pay system.

Apple offers an option for a physical card made of titanium, but the physical card has no visible number. Instead, the card’s number is stored on a secure chip inside the iPhone, which generates virtual numbers for online or over-the-phone purchases requiring a number.

Apple has focused on privacy, saying that purchase information is stored on the user’s iPhone and that it cannot see the information. Goldman will not be allowed to use data for marketing purposes, even for selling other Goldman products.

Gene Munster, managing partner with Loup Ventures and a longtime Apple watcher, said Apple Card adoption is likely to be low in the first year but that Apple Card could generate about $1.4 billion of high-margin revenue by 2023, adding about 1.8% to Apple’s overall earnings and complementing the much larger Apple Pay business for total payments revenue of $5.38 billion by 2023.

Apple has roughly 50 million United States (US) Apple Pay users now. However, at Apple’s size, $265.6 billion in sales for fiscal 2018, the revenue matters less than the effect on keeping Apple customers tied to its brand, analysts said, said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

“If it works, it’s one more thing that causes you to stay deeply loyal and entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, even if something better comes along,” he said.

Makhura under pressure to implement gender-balanced cabinet
6 August 2019, 3:10 PM

The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura will have to drop one male MEC in his provincial executive. However, the question is who will be the casualty in Makhura’s move?

The African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League has always been vocal about gender parity in the party and all government structures.

Now, the matter has been escalated to the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and Makhura will have to adhere to the requirements.

However, the ANC in Gauteng says the issue of deployment is an internal matter and it will inform the public at a later date.

At its previous NEC meeting, the ANC’s highest decision-making body deliberated on the structure of the Gauteng cabinet.

The ANC Women’s League president, Bathabile Dlamini had raised concerns over the lack of female representation in the province.

It would seem this has now received resonance in the party.

Last week, ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte told a media briefing that this will be addressed in due course.

Du Plessis to continue in Proteas captain role
6 August 2019, 2:05 PM

Faf du Plessis will continue to captain the South African team in test cricket, but there could be a new captain in the shorter formats of the game in near future.

According to the acting Director of Cricket at Cricket South Africa, Corrie van Zyl, the decision on who should be captain for the shorter formats will be shaped by what the plans future plans are and in particular for the 2023 World Cup in India.

Van Zyl will head up a stand-in selection committee that will meet in the coming days to select the squads for the tour of India.

He says he is also in advanced negotiations on appointing an interim team director for the tour.

The tour to India starts on the 15th of September and will consist of three T20 internationals and three test matches.

Vlakfontein community protests over woman’s murder
6 August 2019, 11:34 AM

The community of Vlakfontein south of Johannesburg is protesting outside the Protea Magistrates’ Court in Soweto as a 28-year-old man arrested for the murder of his 41-year-old girlfriend appears in court.

The suspect allegedly buried the girlfriend’s body in a shallow grave inside a shack. The victim was reported missing in June.

The boyfriend allegedly confessed to the murder and led police to the spot where the girlfriend’s body was buried.

Last year, seven bodies of the Khoza family were found buried under a heap of sand inside a house also in Vlakfontein.

The disgruntled Vlakfontein community is chanting struggle songs ahead of the start of the court case.

They are holding placards written “Enough with murders in Vlakfontein” and others saying “No bail, life sentence”.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko, is also present and has told SABC News that the suspect allegedly confessed to there being more bodies.

However police could not confirm this.

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