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SABC met most preconditions set by National Treasury to receive bailout
17 September 2019, 12:35 PM

The SABC says it has met almost all the preconditions set by the National Treasury for it to receive the R3 billion injection it has requested.

The Broadcaster says the only condition it has not met, is the selling of non-core assets.

Board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini was briefing the Communications Committee in Parliament on the public broadcaster’s Turnaround Plan and updates on various reports.

He says the only reason this precondition has not been met is because they are assessing the assets to determine which ones can be sold off.

“Understanding the mandate of the SABC and how big the mandate is. For instance we have to broadcast in 14 languages.”

“It is not possible and it would be reckless and irresponsible for board to wake up and say we going to sell radio station without doing analysis to understand how it’s going to affect your mandate.”

“It may not be performing well but it’s helping us achieve our mandate.”

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Nzimande defends Ramaphosa, calls on African leaders to account for their mistakes
17 September 2019, 8:11 AM

South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande, says President Cyril Ramaphosa should not be the only one apologising for the violence that has been gripping the country over the past weeks.

Ramaphosa was booed by the mourners who were attending the funeral for former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Ramaphosa apologised to Zimbabweans and their families who were injured and killed in the violent protests in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Nzimande says African leaders should also apologise.

“My perspective is that the President should not be the only apologising, some of our neighbouring countries they too should apologise because if you look, some of these countries are experiencing tough economic situation based on the mistakes committed by their governments or presidents.”

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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.

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