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Nzimande lauds diplomatic relations between S Africa and China
25 September 2019, 7:40 PM

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande says diplomatic relations between South Africa and China are beneficial to both nations, not just China.

Nzimande says the relations are grounded in the respect both countries have for one another.

He says they will also play an integral role in improving the country’s weakened state-owned enterprises.

Nzimande was speaking during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, at the Chinese embassy in Pretoria.

“So, our interaction with China is based on total respect of the sovereignty of each country, as well as the sovereignty in the decisions that we are making. So, the cooperation is mutually beneficial. We cannot enter into relations that take South African back to some kind of colonial dependence and so on.”

Sibanye-Stillwater to retrench more than 5 000 workers
25 September 2019, 6:18 PM

Sibanye-Stillwater has announced its intention to retrench more than 5 000 workers at its Marikana mine in the North West.

Sibanye-Stillwater says that it will enter into consultation with the relevant stakeholders in terms of the Section 189 process.

Spokesperson for Sibanye, James Wellsted says the retrenchment process follows a detailed three-month review of the Marikana operation and that the unfortunate job losses are necessary in order to ensure the sustainability of the mine’s operation.

“This follows ongoing financial losses experienced at these operations with certain shafts having reached the end of their economic reserve lives. The company and affected stakeholders will together consider other measures to avoid and mitigate further retrenchments and seek alternatives to the potential closing or downscaling of operations.”

“The restructuring will result in a more sustainable business, which is able to secure employment for the majority of the Marikana workforce of approximately 22 000 people and benefit other stakeholders in the area for a much longer period.”

Kliptown community threatens court action against Gauteng govt
25 September 2019, 5:34 PM

The community of Kliptown Township in Soweto has threatened court action against the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID). This follows the DID’s plans to spend R7 billion on the Kopanong Precinct Development project, which the community say smacks of poor planning on the part of the Gauteng government and undermines their needs.

Formerly known as the Gauteng Provincial Government Precinct, the project was launched in 2003 to accommodate all government officials in 21 buildings in downtown Johannesburg.

At the heart of the Kliptown residents’ grievances is the Gauteng government’s housing backlog, which they say should take priority over office space refurbishment.

“While the government has for many years neglected this community without providing housing, despite numerous unfulfilled promises to build houses, they find it shocking that they want to commit R7 billion to rearrange buildings for office space,” reads in part a statement released earlier on Wednesday by the Kliptown Community Forum.

“The housing backlog in the province is above 1 million mark, (200 000 in the City of Johannesburg) yet the government is still prioritising offices over housing for the people.”

According to the statement, the community is calling upon government, which it accuses of poor planning, to halt the project.

“… particularly Premier David Makhura to straightaway instruct the DID to stop Kopanong Precinct Development plans immediately.”

 

Chiefs, Sundowns hope for improved Shell-Helix Ultra Cup support
25 September 2019, 3:31 PM

Organisers of the Shell-Helix Ultra Cup between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns hope for more ticket sales than 2018’s 50 000, for the second installment of the competition.

Chiefs’ improved form has seen their fans attend matches in large numbers and ticket sales for the match to be played at the FNB Stadium next week Saturday are expected to pick-up.

Sail Group CEO, Jaco Beukes says Sundowns and Chiefs have a large following.

“Chiefs are particularly playing well on the back of a poor season. So, I think their supporters vote hugely with their feet and Sundowns has been doing well over the seasons and we hope ticket sales are going to pick up.”

With Sundowns’ tight schedule and Chiefs playing in the Macufe Cup a day after the Helix Cup, fringe players who are returning from injury hope to get the chance to impress.

Kabelo Mahlasela who got injured last season, says he is also hoping for a chance.

“It’s every player’s dream to play. So, if I get a chance to play in this game I will work hard, play to the best of my ability and grab the chance and see what happens next.”

Tanzania summons World Health Organization rep over Ebola complaint
25 September 2019, 3:16 PM

Tanzania on Tuesday summoned the World Health Organization’s local representative over its assertion that the government refused to share information on suspected Ebola cases, signalling displeasure at the agency’s rare public rebuke.

Transparency and speed are key to combating the deadly hemorrhagic fever because it can spread rapidly.

Anyone deemed to have been in contact with potentially infected people must be quarantined and the public warned to step up precautions such as hand washing.

WHO said late on Saturday it was made aware on September 10 of the death of a patient in Dar es Salaam, and was unofficially told the next day that the person had tested positive for Ebola.

The woman had died on September 8.

On Tuesday, government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said on Twitter that WHO country representative Tigest Ketsela Mengestu was summoned by deputy foreign affairs minister Damas Ndumbaro, in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“The representative insisted that the WHO has not declared that there is Ebola in Tanzania, nor does it have any evidence on that and pledged to cooperate with the government,” Abbasi said.

“During the talks, the WHO agreed to strictly follow guidelines outlined by the agency itself and ratified by the government if it wants to get any additional information from the Tanzanian government.”

In its weekend statement, WHO said it was unofficially told that Tanzania had two other possible Ebola cases. One had tested negative and there was no information on the other.

Officially, the Tanzanian government had said in the previous week it had no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola.

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