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Ndamase on designing the original Mandela shirt
29 September 2019, 7:07 PM

Sonwabile Ndamase is the Executive President of the South African Fashion Designers Agency, as well as the head of the Vukani Range Creations fashion house, and founder of the annual Vukani Fashion Awards.

His extensive experience in various fields within the fashion industry have seen the cementing of his commercial and personal brands in the hearts and minds of the fashion community, and in the history and future of South African fashion.

Ndamase is the designer of the original Madiba shirt;  he is the man who designed the colourful shirts that Madiba loved to wear.

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Mpumalanga crash claims four lives
29 September 2019, 6:40 PM

Four people have been killed and four others injured when a bakkie collided with a bus on the N4 toll road between Hectorspruit and Malalane in Mpumalanga.

All the deceased were passengers of the bakkie, including the driver.

Department of Safety spokesperson Moeti Mmusi says the bakkie was travelling from Hectorspruit towards Malalane while the bus was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mmusi says one lane is open for traffic and has urged motorists to drive with caution.

He says an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

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Maimane says there is a smear campaign against him
29 September 2019, 5:11 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says there is a smear campaign against him. Maimane tweeted that there were individuals that were spreading lies about him and his family.

This-following reports that Maimane drove around in a car that was a gift from Markus Jooste.

Disgraced former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste was the alleged mastermind behind the biggest corporate scandal in the country.

Maimane took to Twitter to say that there are those who are trying to tarnish him and his family’s reputation.

This comes after reports that Maimane drove a white Toyota Fortuner that was paid for by former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste before the 2016 June Elections.

It is further alleged that Maimane continued to drive the car after the Steinhoff scandal.

Jooste came under the spotlight after it was alleged that he was behind the biggest accounting scandal in the history of the country.

He is said to be largely responsible for wiping off tens of billions of the company’s value and to pension holders.

But the DA says Maimane returned the car after revelations of the Steinhoff matter.

DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi says:”Stienhoff had made a donation to the DA not Mmusi Maimane. The vehicle was to help with campaigning in the Western Cape. At that time there was no risk with that. But as events unfolded and the revelations of Steinhoff became of public matter, the party had a discussion about this issue.”

Malatsi is of the view that there are efforts to taint Maimane in a bad light.

“It is quite clear by the stories driven in the media that there seems to be a campaign to taint his name in the public front.”

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Alliance partners have raised concerns about Mboweni’s economic plan: Mabe
29 September 2019, 3:13 PM

Sunday is the deadline for the African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, the SA Communist Party (SACP), South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and SA National Civic Organisation (SANCO) to discuss the Economic Strategy Plan proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

The ANC National Executive Committee is holding a special meeting in Benoni – east of Johannesburg on the issue of economic development in South Africa.

ANC National Spokesperson, Pule Mabe has confirmed that there are concerns raised by the alliance partners about the plan, but says a media briefing will be next Wednesday, where details of the NEC meeting will be communicated.

“I think it’s important that we allow the meeting to take place and conclude, once the meeting has concluded, we know there are issues of contracting economy, jobless young people and all of that, we have with quite a number of issues.”

“So stakeholders are here, alliance partners are here, so out of this on Wednesday you will get a detailed brief on the outcomes of this meeting.”

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More than 1000 bodies remain unidentified in govt mortuaries: DA
29 September 2019, 3:06 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has called on the provincial health department to establish an internet site where families can identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The party says more than 1000 bodies remain unidentified in government mortuaries.

The DA says the largest number of unidentified bodies are at the Johannesburg mortuary followed by Germiston.

The DA’s Jack Bloom says: “One possible solution is an internet identification site. The Gauteng Health Department has promised this for a long time.”

“I think they should set it up. Relatives instead of going from mortuary to mortuary they can get access to this site and hopefully they can identify their loved ones.”




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