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PP issue will not derail efforts to fix government: President Ramaphosa
18 August 2019, 6:24 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the current developments around the Public Protector and his decision to take her reports on judicial review will not derail his efforts to fix government and the economy.

The President has been on a drive to counter rampant corruption and state capture as well as grow the economy and create jobs.

However, there are concerns that he is being distracted by findings by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and claims around the CR17 campaign.

The President was speaking before his departure from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where he attended the SADC heads of state summit.

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AARTO demerit system will help reduce road carnage: Mbalula
18 August 2019, 4:52 PM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says government is determined to win the battle against disobedient motorists and persistent road fatalities.

Mbalula has addressed the media on the AARTO demerit system recently signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The system allows for the suspension of a driver’s licence if he or she obtains 12 demerit points for traffic offences.

Mbalula says he’s optimistic the AARTO demerit system will help reduce road carnage.

He addressed members of the media on the N1 outside Pretoria.

“The AARTO is not just about punishment but intentions to ensure compliance and change of road users’ behaviour, assessing law enforcement in Johannesburg and Tshwane where AARTO is being implemented.”

“We look forward to engaging with officials at all spheres of government as we work together to put in place the necessary regulations for the roll out.”

“We’ve won an important battle but the war against road fatalities is not yet over, as we look at many victories ahead of ensuring safer roads.”

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‘Easy Rider’ actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79
18 August 2019, 4:01 PM

Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda, who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film “Easy Rider” that captured the spirit of the era’s counterculture movement, died on Friday at age 79, his family said in a statement.

Fonda, the son of Hollywood leading man Henry Fonda and the brother of Jane Fonda, died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning of respiratory failure from lung cancer, the statement said.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” it said, adding: “In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

“While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the family said.

Fonda played the wanderer Wyatt in “Easy Rider,” opposite the late Dennis Hopper who co-starred as fellow biker Billy and directed the film.

In the movie, Wyatt and Billy set out on their motorbikes to discover America and have a number of misadventures, befriending an attorney played by Jack Nicholson, before meeting violent deaths.

Sombre mood as another maiden buried following fatal KZN crash
18 August 2019, 3:50 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela have urged road users to exercise caution on the roads.

She was speaking at the funeral service of one of the six maidens, Nonjabulo Jabu Dludla, who perished last weekend, when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed and caught alight.

The young women were attending an event in the lead-up to the annual reed dance. It was a sombre mood at the funeral service of 18 year-old Dludla.

Friends, family and community members are still in shock following her untimely death. Dludla was one of the six maidens who died in a fatal crash last weekend.

Her father Khethonjani Dludla says he is heartbroken.

“I am very sad and heartbroken about the passing of my daughter. She was everything to me. I expected a lot from her, I had big dreams.”

Dludla was a matriculant at Dundee Secondary School. Her fellow classmates described her as a humble soul who loved laughter.

“I’ve known her for a short time and all I know is that she was an amazing person. She was a joy to have around, good listener and loved school.”

The Provincial MEC for Arts and Culture has promised to work with the family to help them get through this difficult time.

She says stringent measures have been put in place to help reduce these fatal crashes as the department prepares for the main event in September.

“I just want to send my deepest condolences to the families. The department will assist all affected families. I would also like to encourage other maidens not to be afraid to attend the Reed Dance.”

As the department working with the  Transport Department and the Zulu Royal house, we have programmes in place to ensure safety on our roads, especially during this time.”

Three of the six girls have now been laid to rest.

The three remaining bodies were burnt beyond recognition and the families are awaiting DNA results.

Dlamini calls on ANC to treat women and men equally
13 August 2019, 9:33 PM

ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini has urged the ruling party to be consistent and treat women and men equally.

This comes in the wake of the recall of eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede following allegations of corruption.

Speaking at the league’s dialogue with President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Umoyeni Conference Centre at Parktown in Johannesburg, Dlamini said men are not recalled when they face the same allegations.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa says his administration is determined to fix the major economic challenges that are currently facing the country. The President was addressing the dialogue.

President Ramaphosa says government also plans to address the challenges that are crippling state owned enterprises.

“We are going through a very challenging economic cycle at the moment that is also being made worse by our woes in Eskom and other state owned enterprises. What I can say comrades is that we will turn our economy around. We are going to turn it around whether people like it or not, we are going to do it because we have it within us to be able to focus more closely to what needs to be done. Watch this space.”

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