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Alexandra residents march to police station after fatal shooting of woman
16 January 2020, 7:11 PM

Alexandra residents, north of Johannesburg, are marching to the local police station to demand answers following the fatal shooting of a woman on Wednesday night. It is alleged that the woman was shot and killed in crossfire between police and suspects.

Another bystander was shot and wounded during the crossfire.  Alexandra community member Thandi Mthombeni says they blame one of the police officers as it is not the first time he is said to be involved in the killing of innocent civilians.

“He has been killing innocent people. Yesterday (Wednesday) there was a crime scene where there was a hijacking at the Gautrain (station) but when they were by Alex mall, they shot an innocent lady by mistake and she is dead. So we are saying we are tired and we have been complaining about the same guy and nothing has happened. So we are marching to the police station.”

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting.

IPID spokesperson Sontaga Siesa, “It is alleged that the woman that was killed was actually a bystander and another bystander was actually shot and injured and taken to hospital. IPID’s investigation is actually focusing on the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. At this point in time, we cannot say who actually killed the woman, whether it’s the firearm that belongs to the police or the firearm that belongs to the civilian. Nobody is arrested at this point in time.”

No comprehensive agreement reached over Nile River dam project
16 January 2020, 5:42 PM

A meeting in Washington DC between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Nile River has ended without a comprehensive agreement. The parties are due to meet again later this month to finalise an agreement.

Egypt has opposed the Grand Renaissance Dam over concerns about its water supply. The United States and the World Bank have been attending the meeting as observers.

Ethiopia says the Washington meeting has produced important results. The parties have not yet agreed to a binding plan for operating the 600MW Ayago hydro -power plant that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.

For now they have just agreed that the filling of the dam will be between July and September, which is the wet season in Ethiopia.  Ethiopia’s Minister for Water says the agreements are yet to be translated into legal rules and guidelines.

Ethiopian citizens maintain that they have a right to operate the dam on the Nile since it is on their soil. Some are using the hash tag ” #ItsmyDam” on their social media handles to show their solidarity with their country on the matter.

However, Egypt has raised concern that any uncoordinated activity on the dam will reduce the water that flows downstream into its territory.

For now, the three countries have avoided invoking a mediation process.  Ethiopia hopes, if it comes to that, the mediator will be from Africa.

Repo rate cut by 25 basis points
16 January 2020, 4:17 PM

The Reserve Bank‘s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25%. This means the prime lending rate will reduce to from 10% to 9.75%.

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyango made the announcement in Pretoria a short while ago.  Kganyago told the media that there were risks to rising inflation as well as electricity and water tariffs.

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ANC claims victory in 8 wards in Mamusa , IEC yet to release final results
16 January 2020, 3:43 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) says it has reclaimed eight of the nine wards in Wednesday’s by-elections in Mamusa in the North West. The Schweizer Reneke-based municipality was dissolved in October last year because of financial mismanagement and failure to deliver basic services.

The ANC’s Hlomane Chauke says they are happy that they have managed to retain those wards. Erns Kleynhans of the Freedom Front Plus says they have won one ward.

Eight political parties and one independent candidate contested the by-elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission  is yet to release the final results.

Almost 3000 University of Limpopo first year applicants registered
16 January 2020, 2:41 PM

The University of Limpopo has filled about 3000 of the 5000 available spaces for first-year students. The University’s Registrar Professor Kwena Masha says they have completed registering applicants who were granted acceptance letters before the university opened.

He says they are currently registering applicants whose names are on the waiting list.

Masha also says that most of the 20 000 applicants who qualify to study at the university will be turned back as space is limited.

“By the end of yesterday (Wednesday) we had already crossed 55% of our overall registration. We were almost 3000 of the expected 5000 registrations processed. But there were lot of people on the waiting list and also waiting outside the registration hall. We are now phoning students who are on the waiting list in the various programmes on ‘first come first served basis’.”

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