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Mendi Msimang funeral on Saturday: He will be cremated
7 December 2018, 9:51 PM

Former African National Congress Treasurer-General Mendi Msimang will be cremated at the Pretoria West crematorium on Saturday morning.

His ashes will be handed to the family after an official funeral service to be held at the Revival Christian Church in Lynwood in Pretoria East.

Mendi Msimang was this week remembered by different speakers at various memorial services held in Pretoria and Johannesburg for the selfless role he played to enhance the work of the party during his tenure.

Some described him as an “honest man” who put the governing party’s financial systems in order. He was one of the country’s first ambassadors to the United Kingdom in 1994.

Msimang, the husband to the late health Minister Manto Msimang passed away earlier this week after suffering from cancer. He was 89.

The Presidency has accorded him category one special official funeral.

In recognition of his contribution President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that he would be buried with the honours of a Special Official Funeral which will take place on Saturday.

On Wednesday the Department of International relations paid tribute to its envoy that had served in London from 1995 to 1988.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said, “I would like to extract the key lessons what we can learn from his life of service to the ANC the people of South Africa and to humanity he served our people and the ANC with profound loyalty he served our people with sincerity and singular determination he served our people and the ANC with utter humility he served our people and the ANC with love, passion and compassion and he had enough love for all of us.”

The ANC also paid homage to the man who had served as its Treasurer general in a memorial held on Thursday. Former President Kgalema Montlanthe said ”Uncle Mendi will take all the tickets for the day and keep them over the weekend and then Madiba says on Monday he will bring all the monies to the last penny. And so Madiba felt that uncle Mendi was most trustworthy when it came to the finances of the organisation.”


SACP blames state capture for crisis at SABC
7 December 2018, 9:21 PM

The Secretary General of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Blade Nzimande blames state capture and a lack of decisive leadership for the crisis at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Nzimande was speaking at the fifth national conference of the Young Communist League at Fort Hare’s Alice campus in the Eastern Cape.

The public broadcaster is in financial crisis. To add to its misery, four board members resigned this week. The SACP lambasted the board for considering retrenchments.

“What is unacceptable is innocent workers who are paying the price for problems that were created politically as a result of state capture,” says SACP Secretary General Blade Nzimande.

He also criticised the Young Communist League for failing to represent the youth.

“It could be much stronger than it is and therefore it has to pick up on issues important to young people, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse violence against women.”

Secretary of the Young Communist League Mluleki Dlilanga says, “We’re expecting the newly elected leadership to take forward the resolution of the conference, and advance the movement and also be actively involved in youth development.”

The SACP has come out in support of land expropriation without compensation. The conference ends on Sunday.

“Manage SABC in the best interests of the country”

Meanwhile Parliament’s Communications portfolio committee chair, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has urged the SABC’s executive to manage the public broadcaster in the best interests of the country as it moves with haste to find and appoint eight new board members.

The DA’s Phumzile Van Damme has tweeted that she interprets Mkhize’s statement as meaning that the eight SABC board vacancies will be filled next month.

The committee says in a statement it has received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa that he has accepted the resignation of the four non-executive board members of the cash strapped public broadcaster.

Khanyisile Kweyama, John Matisonn, Krish Naidoo and Mathatha Tsedu – resigned during the course of this week.

The latest spate of resignations have collapsed the board, meaning that it doesn’t have a quorum and can’t make binding decisions.

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Tsogo Sun invests R1.6 billion in KwaZulu-Natal Golden Mile
7 December 2018, 9:14 PM

One of South Africa’s largest corporate investors, Tsogo Sun, has invested R1.6 billion in the KwaZulu-Natal Golden Mile.

The redevelopment of Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Entertainment signifies a collaborative effort by Durban’s public and private sector towards creating a globally competitive beachfront.

The completely redeveloped Suncoast is now the equivalent of five rugby fields. This is Tsogo’s single largest investment into a property in the history of the group.

The benefits are job creation, tourism and growth in Gross Domestic Product for the region.

It is an investment the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry regards as strategic.

The Ethikwini municipality sees the redevelopment as a boost for the city’s economy.

Tsogo says the investment reflects the confidence it has in Durban, and will help to position the beachfront as a place to experience the very best in world-class entertainment. The redevelopment saw the creation of more jobs and opportunities for local talent in the industry.

Tsogo Sun’s interests on the Golden Mile span 3,3 kilometres and represent a total investment of more than R370 million into the refurbishment of the properties in the last five years.

Originally constructed at a cost of R1.4 billion in 2002, Suncoast has an annual footfall of around 6 and a half million entertainment-seekers. Hasina Kathrada 

New water project for drought-stricken Giyani
7 December 2018, 7:44 PM

Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, wants to implement a new water project in the drought-stricken Giyani area of Limpopo.  This comes on top of billions of rands spent on other incomplete projects.

The multi-billion rand Nandoni project to supply water to Nsami dam in Giyani has stalled and is subject to court processes.

Millions of rands have also been spent on drilling more than 150 boreholes which are also not functioning. Now, Minister Nkwinti wants to start a project to draw water from the dry streams under the sand.

The Giyani area has been declared a disaster area by the former Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Millions of rands were poured to arrest the problem but it still prevails.

A mega project to draw water from the Nandoni dam was started more than five years ago but remains incomplete. Boreholes were drilled and still there is no water.

The Nandoni project is subject to court processes. Minister Nkwinti says investigations into the alleged corruption in the project are at an advanced stage.

“The matter of this project you’re talking about is under investigation by the SIU. I have already signed four proclamations for investigations I have not even finished a year here including Khathu Civils, including LTE South Zambesi; they’re under investigations. If there’s something wrong that is found by the SIU,  we might have to ask them to pay the money back. They’re not guilty yet but there’s a cause for investigation.”

Minister Nkwinti says there are companies willing to test if there’s water under the sand in the dry streams in the Giyani areas. He says there are similar projects elsewhere in the country.

“We want those who said we can test water from under the sand, they said there’re sand rivers here you can draw water from that in Free State this is what we’re doing in Ficksburg for example in Eastern Cape they said they’re doing it in Sterkspruit, we would like to test this in Limpopo in Giyani , we want that to be done as soon as yesterday because people don’t have water.”

The companies will also use solar energy to pump water from the 154 boreholes which have been drilled in the area. “This hydro foam one is a low hanging fruit because there’re 154 boreholes that have been done here of course they have been vandalized. We want them to test if they can use solar technology to test if water is available underground. If the water is there we can draw the water and distribute it to the people now,  it doesn’t stop the big projects which is going on and stall now going on stall where there’re investigations I referred to earlier on,” says Minister Nkwinti.

Meanwhile, Mopani District Executive Mayor, Nkakareng Rakgoale says the plans to draw water from the Blyde River are almost complete. “We’re ready to draw water from Blyde River as far as we’re concerned although there touch ups particularly in terms of the technical aspects in terms of the project itself Mametja Sekororo but I can tell you sitting here that it is 90 percent complete which means at any time we can be able to draw water.”

Minister Nkwinti has promised to visit the area in the next two weeks to check the progress made.

Cele takes fight against crime to rural areas
7 December 2018, 7:41 PM

Taking the fight to criminals in rural areas, the police and traditional authorities are joining forces to rid villages of contact crime. The traditional policing concept was launched in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape.

Rape, domestic violence, stock theft and murder are crimes that are prevalent in rural areas. Traditional leaders have been battling to get a handle on it. But, it is hoped that the new crime fighting partnership will help them restore their dignity and authority.

“It is for the restoration of traditional leadership that we stand to express our gratitude to the ANC led government in SA that we can help government to make people safe,” says Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane.

The practice of Ukuthwala and botched circumcisions will also be addressed through this partnership. “We have huge problems about death of initiates. There is an initiate that died here and we don’t know what killed him but we want to get to the bottom of what killed him,” says Amaxhosa King, Zwelonke Sgcawu.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele says, “Criminals have no space in our society, solving crime starts with you and me.”

Community volunteers will also assist the police in fighting crime. Each of the six kingdoms will get a vehicle for patrols and to make arrests.



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