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Cosatu is going through a renewal process: Dlamini
20 July 2018, 9:23 PM

President of the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Sdumo Dlamini says the federation is going through a process of renewal after years of turbulence.

Dlamini was speaking during the first day of the federation’s elective congress in Mpumalanga.

More than 700 delegates from 17 affiliates unions are participating in the two-day conference.

Cosatu’s position before 2019’s general elections, reconfiguration of the alliance, national minimum wage, provincial economic outlook, labour brokers and unemployment are on the agenda. Issues of fuel hikes and the land issue are being discussed.

According to Dlamini, the federation’s priority is to forge unity among its affiliates. He says the conference also needs to come out with strategies to advance the interest of the working class.

“Cosatu is going through a phase. I call it a transitional period from the era of turbulence deciding the way forward. After the four years of serious problems, they must look into the next 10 years; they must evaluate 2003, 2015 on the basis of and get a way forward.”

Meanwhile, Provincial Cosatu Chairperson Life Monini has expressed confidence in the new administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa fighting corruption. He says many municipalities, provincial government departments and state-owned entities collapsed because of corruption.

“Corruption is not only in the private sector; it is also in the public sector and I know this corruption has been there including in the period prior to the new dispensation. But all that we are saying, we changed the government because we want the government that will serve the interest of the people.”

Acting Chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga, Mandla Ndlovu has warned the alliance partners against contesting state power.

According to Ndlovu, such a move will disadvantage the alliance as it shares the same support base.

“It might happen that it might assist, but we are sharing the same constituency, the same base. If you are going to get the votes from the right it was going to assist us because after the election we were going to form a coalition. But what is going to happen is that we are just going to divide our own support from the historical base of the African National Congress.”

Infighting within Cosatu affiliates and poaching of members was cited as a serious problem facing the federation in Mpumalanga.

Delegates are expected to vote for a new provincial leadership.

The federation will hold its national elective conference in September.


Mixed reactions at land public hearings in Pietermaritzburg
20 July 2018, 9:22 PM

Like in most other areas of the country, there have been mixed reactions expressed by the public in Pietermaritzburg with regards to the on-going hearings on whether to expropriate land without compensation or not.

The country’s wide public hearing hosted by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Constitutional Review held its fourth hearing in the province on Friday.

Some believe land expropriation without compensation will address and correct the injustices of the past while others believe it will reverse some of the gains the country has made since the beginning of the democratic dispensation

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Constitutional Review was in Pietermaritzburg to listen to various public views on the possible amendment of the country’s constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.

Some who addressed the committee believe the land should be confiscated without compensation to address the injustices of the past. They want the land to be redistributed immediately.

“Whites have huge hectares of land. Let’s start afresh to distribute land equally. There should be a yardstick used for equal distribution. We won’t fail to use our land. Farmers use blacks to till the land. The land should be brought back to the people.”

A farmer from Mpofana Municipality, James Keans, says recently many farms were transferred to ownership of ordinary citizens and today, very few of them are operational.

He believes that people should be trained on how to work the land before any consideration of a constitutional amendment on land.

“We live in an area where agriculture output has declined dramatically. 67 farms were purchased from commercial farmers by government. Today, approximately 2 000 farmers have no employment and the unemployment rate in the region of Mpofana is 70%. Let’s create opportunities and two of these farms are operational. Many are no longer commercial farms.”

Meanwhile, a community member Nicki Butler feels the constitutional amendment suggestion could open the way for more corruption and crime. She called on people not to be emotional about the land issue, but to look for genuine solutions.

“Please don’t get caught up in an emotional aspect at the risk of the future of SA because if people take things and there is no compensation for it, where do we draw the line? Are we then not encouraging crime and saying that crime is acceptable. If somebody has a cellphone that I like is it acceptable for me to take it, though they paid for it. We just need to be very careful and government has a serious responsibility and I don’t envy the task of trying to find a solution.”

The final hearing in the province will take place at Kokstad in the southern part of the province this weekend.

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Moseneke to visit Lesotho next week
20 July 2018, 8:46 PM

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has expressed optimism as he takes over the task of helping Lesotho to find peace.

Moseneke has recently been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead a mediation team to resolve the political situation in Lesotho.

Ramaphosa was appointed by Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state as a Facilitator in Lesotho following the country’s security and political challenges dating back to 2014.

Moseneke says he will be visiting the Mountain Kingdom next week Friday.

“I’m humbled by the appointment. I’m making no promises at this stage. But we have to find peace, stability, proper governance and hopefully, constitutional changes that Basotho themselves would like to see happening. The first assignment is a courtesy call on Friday to see the King; to see the Prime Minister; alternatively the Deputy Prime Minister; governance structures; civil society. SADC representatives who are there present, and a small military presence and its leadership there.”

Ramaphosa urges Gauteng to rebuild ANC
20 July 2018, 7:32 PM

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on Gauteng members of the party to work harder in order for the ANC to regain its former glory.

He officially opened the 13th provincial conference at St. Georges Hotel in Irene, east of Pretoria.

Ramaphosa says ANC members must seriously reflect on what went wrong in the party leading to the decline in electoral support in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

He did not mince his words and appealed to the 1600 delegates from across Gauteng to make sure that they work harder to rebuild the ANC.

The ANC in the province will this weekend elect a new leadership, which will see Acting Provincial Chairperson, David Makhura elected as Chair unopposed.

Lebohang Maile, Parks Tau and Panyaza Lesufi are contesting the Deputy Chairperson position of the ANC.

Now, Ramaphosa says in the run-up to 2019’s general elections, the ANC must find ways to correct its wrongs. He says the ANC need to make sure that they perform during 2019’s elections.

Ramaphosa says they are still bleeding from losing major metro municipalities during the Local Government Elections in 2016. He told the delegates that it is in the hands of a collective of comrades who have prospects of a united ANC to make sure that unity is the order of the day

Ramaphosa appealed to delegates to delegates to make sure that they group themselves together for the betterment of the party.

However, the build up to the 13th Gauteng Provincial Elective conference in the province has been marred by court interdicts from branches and regions in the province – demanding that it be postponed to some disputes.


ANC KZN elective conference starts

In KwaZulu-Natal, courts earlier rejected attempts by aggrieved members to interdict the one taking place in Durban.

Verification of delegates attending the ANC KZN elective conference has started at the Durban University of Technology.

According to NEC member Nocawe Mafu the process is to ensure that only the correct and legitimate delegates are allowed to participate in the voting process.

Mafu says the process will be followed by the adoption of credentials and there nomination process will then follow.

Voting for all positions is expected later in the evening and results will be released Saturday morning.

All systems go for Shell Helix Ultra Cup match
20 July 2018, 6:28 PM

It is all systems go for Saturday’s inaugural Shell Helix Ultra Cup match at the FNB Stadium, featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Having been in pre-season for the past three weeks, the teams will test themselves in a competitive match before the new league season starts in August.

Matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns often produce fireworks and there are never friendly matches between these two sides.

There is a lot at stake for both camps and their fans will also want the bragging rights over their rivals. It will be Khama Billiat’s first match for Chiefs and he says he cannot wait to face his former club.

“I have emotions for my team. We have to win. That’s all what I’m feeling right now. I have to do what I have to do to help the team to win and the rest it’s just football. At the end of the day people move, people stay and we are not in football for long. So, we have to do what we have to do”

Sundowns come into this match at the back off a loss in the Caf Champions League. They will head into this encounter with one eye on the second leg against AS Togo Port.

Coach Pitso Mosimane says that he does not understand how they lost that match.

“We missed a lot of chances. For me, it was one of the easiest games in the past five years. Probably, the players were complacent because they see it was so easy but that’s football for you. Ball possession doesn’t win you games but we have to win at home. Now, we are on the edge. We’ve got to win all the games at home.”

With only a few hours left before kick-off, ticket sales have picked up and SAIL’s Jaco Beukes expects a decent crowd.

“We certainly still do expect sales to climb up another 15-20% on the current numbers and we welcome and accept all the football fans here. So, come one come all. We are ready.”

Fans are urged to get to the stadium early and enjoy all the entertainment before kick-off which  is at 3pm.



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