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Mourners hail rugby legend Chester Williams as a hero
14 September 2019, 8:45 PM

Mourners have hailed rugby legend Chester Williams as a hero, a gentleman and a unifier.

An official funeral service was held for him at Newlands rugby stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

The former Springbok wing died last week at the age of 49 from a suspected heart attack.

Flags flew at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in honour of the legendary player and rugby coach.

The rugby fraternity, family and friends paid homage to the late star.

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SARS to review its policies on gender-based violence
14 September 2019, 5:24 PM

The South African Revenue Service says it will initiate a process of reviewing its policies on gender based violence – in solidarity with women in the country.

The call was made by SARS Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter.

In a statement Kieswetter writes to SARS staff saying SARS is a microcosm of society and is also accountable to society.

Head of Communications in SARS, Siphithi Sibeko says:”We will choose a day next week where we will open an hour late, just as a demonstration of solidarity with our women colleagues and counterparts.”

“We would look at all our practices and our policies to see whether or not we could make the necessary adjustments and adaptation of those policies to conform to a more egalitarian society that takes care and deals with discrimination against women.”

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UK’s Duchess Meghan returns to work to launch new charity fashion range
14 September 2019, 4:19 PM

Britain’s Duchess Meghan returned to work on Thursday for the first time following the birth of her first child with husband Prince Harry to launch a new fashion range whose sales will help a charity supporting unemployed women.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made a handful of public appearances since son Archie was born in May but the launch of the fashion collection, created in collaboration with well-known British stores and fashion designers, marks her first official engagement.

The sale of the “Smart Set Capsule Collection” will last for at least two weeks and is designed to help Smart Works, a charity that provides quality clothes and training for unemployed women for job interviews.

For every item bought, one will be donated to the charity which Meghan became the patron of earlier in 2019.

The items include a blazer and trousers from fashion chain Jigsaw; a tote bag from department store John Lewis; a classic dress from Marks & Spencer and a white shirt from fashion designer Misha Nonoo, a friend of the US-born Duchess.

Ramaphosa calls joint sitting of Parliament to address scourge of gender-based violence
14 September 2019, 3:55 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called an extraordinary Joint Sitting of Parliament to discuss the scourge of gender based violence on Wednesday.

Parliament’s spokesperson Manelisi Wolela says the President invoked section 84 of the constitution and the Joint Rules of Parliament to address members of the NCOP and National Assembly on special business.

Wolela says both National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and NCOP Chairperson Amos Masondo have received Ramaphosa’s letters regarding the calling for the joint sitting.

The President has articulated very clearly the matters to be discussed – incidences of violence that have engulfed South Africa – particularly in the past few weeks.

In his letter he says it has to be a responsibility of every individual  in South Africa and every institution to come together and use the recent spate of violence against women and children as a fundamental turning point in fighting and defeating the scourge of gender-based violence.

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VW CEO shifts strategy from empire building to efficiency
14 September 2019, 3:00 PM

Volkswagen  has abandoned its decades-old obsession with empire building and no-expense-spared engineering to free up resources for the development and mass production of electric cars, its CEO Herbert Diess told Reuters.

A global clampdown on toxic exhaust fumes has triggered a new wave of consolidation in the auto industry as car-makers look for ways to slash development costs for low-emission and self-driving technologies.

While rivals such as FiatChrysler and Renault explore a $35 billion deal to bulk up, Volkswagen is taking the opposite approach: slimming down.

“We don’t need more brands. With very few exceptions we can tap the world’s large profit segments with our existing brands,” Chief Executive Herbert Diess told Reuters at the Frankfurt auto show.

VW is spending $88.55 billion to buy battery cells and develop electric cars and has struck a broad alliance with Ford to help share development and manufacturing costs.

Volkswagen grew into a multi-brand empire under the leadership of Ferdinand Piech, the company’s chief executive and chairman between 1993 and 2015, whose aggressive expansion resulted in the acquisition of Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini in a single year.

Today the German company has 660 000 employees and owns the Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati and Audi brands in addition Scania, MAN and VW.

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