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Lupita Nyong’o named Madiba’s Centenary Ambassador
23 April 2018, 9:13 PM

Lupita Nyong’o’s success in Hollywood may well be the story of many African children who sometimes fear that their dream are too big and their abilities too limited.

Thirty-four-year-old academy award winner, Lupita Nyong’o, is the daughter of a Kenyan politician and the current governor of Kisumu County, Peter Anyang Nyong’o and Dorothy Nyong’o, a philanthropist.

Her use of her talent to change how African children view themselves just is one of the reasons the Nelson Mandela foundation picked her as an ambassador for the late President Madiba’s Centenary celebrations.

She rose to fame in 2014 after winning an Oscar award for best supporting actress in the feature film “12 Years a Slave.”

On her return to Kenya after the award, Nyong’o was appointed the Global Elephant Ambassador for conservation group Wild Aid. She pledged to use her star power to campaign against illegal poaching and illegal trade in elephant tusks.

Nyong’o has also taken the fashion world by storm  she has used her fame to encourage young black women not to be ashamed of their looks.

She is due to publish a book titled “Sulwe” which she says will examine the prejudice in favour of light skin.

At the beginning of this year, she played as a special forces warrior alongside a nearly all black cast in the film “Black Panther”.  She has also announced that she will star in “Born a Crime” the film adaption of South African comedian Trevor Noah’s autobiography.

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ANC KZN gets green light to hold conference
23 April 2018, 9:09 PM

The ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) says KwaZulu-Natal is ready to hold its regional and provincial conferences.

The NWC has been on a two-day visit to the province to assess the state of readiness for the regions and province to hold conferences.

On Monday, the leadership met with party structures in the province and after lengthy engagements with the branches and regions, party leaders say KZN is ready.

This, despite some tensions on the ground. In Pietermaritzburg disgruntled party members protested outside the venue where the leadership was meeting with branches.

ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule says while challenges exist, they will be dealt with through ongoing engagements.

A Provincial Task Team, with a term of nine months will replace the Interim Committee that was established in January.

Magashule says he believes the province is united.

PE man gets bail for throwing toddler off roof
23 April 2018, 8:03 PM

A Port Elizabeth man that flung his toddler from the roof of his informal dwelling has been released from custody. He appeared briefly in the New Brighton Magistrate’s court on Tuesday and the case was postponed to May 29.

The man climbed onto the roof of his shack with the child to prevent his home from being demolished. When confronted by police, he tossed the child off the roof.

A small group of residents including the mother were in court to support him. It’s alleged the man tossed the child off the roof to the mother.

The child was caught by a metro policeman who was trying to get the man off the shack. Mthobeki Katali was released after his lawyer argued his client was homeless, could not afford bail and that it was a schedule 1 offence.

Katali was initially charged with attempted murder but that was changed to child abuse.

“I threw the child to the mother. The reason why I did that because the shack was falling apart and I did not want the child to get hurt with me. I was not doing this because I wanted to kill the child.”

The mother of the child says the incident was blown out of proportion.

“I feel relived because I know for a fact that he was not trying to kill the child, the way the media has been interpreting the incident is not the right way they must interpret it, the way it happened,” says the mother, Vuyokazi Katali.

The child and her mother are in the care of social services.

“We knew it was going to be a bit tough to say its attempted murder when we didn’t have proof for that that’s why we decided that the case should be child abuse instead of attempted murder because nobody could prove that he wanted to throw the child anyway so these are the processes that are in motion and the court is trying to deal with this matter,” says Tsepo Ndwalaza, regional National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson.

Close to 100 structures were demolished at Joe Slovo near Kwadwesi.

The community of Joe Slovo say they will continue to support Mthobeki Katali because they believe in his innocence.

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Motsoaledi visits N. West amid devastating health strike
23 April 2018, 6:29 PM

Nehawu in the North West says it will strike across all spheres of the public sector, if they do not reach an agreement with the Department of Health soon.

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi visited the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital on Monday. He was assessing the collapse of North West’s public health care sector.

Several clinics in the area have closed and  most of the hospital’s nurses abandoned duty. Nehawu members down tools over alleged corruption and unmet salary demands.

Military officials were deployed on Saturday, resuscitating care at the hospital. Contingency plans are yet to be made, after receiving reports that other hospitals, have followed suit.

“We need to develop a plan, which we will discuss with the army, what we’ll do… because the army said their mandate was only the depot and Mahikeng hospital,” said Motsoaledi.

The strike’s end seems far as Nehawu says mediation has collapsed. If there’s no progress, Nehawu says it will ask other public sectors to strike.

Motsoaledi says some issues fall outside his scope such as recalling North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo.

“The manner in which our laws have been inacted… the situation is that… the way our laws have been constructed… both MEC and me won’t have the powers to remove the HoD.”

Meanwhile,  premier Mahumapelo finally suspended provincial health HoD, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, last week. He was allegedly involved in corruption related to Gupta-linked company, Mediosa.

Motsoaledi said the SANDF would send 17 more nurses and nine additional doctors to assist at Mahikeng’s hospital.

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Le Clos launches swimming academy
23 April 2018, 5:24 PM

Multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalist, Chad le Clos, has launched his new swimming academy in Cape Town. The Chad le Clos Academy aims to transform the way swimming is taught in South Africa from beginner to elite level.

Le Clos aims to open other academies around the country and revolutionise swimming and produce the next generation of champions.

The programme will focus on stroke development and fitness for swimmers aged five to adults. Kathryn Nurse, a director of the Academy, will be heavily involved with her team of trainers.

“This has been a dream come true in the making for five years now especially in the last 18 months. We put in a lot of hard work. We finally made it a dream come true.”

“Obviously it was a very important Commonwealth games not just for me, for South Africa too. The launch was at the back of my mind, lots of pressure of course but today was a great success. I’m just very proud, humbled to be here to see my name on the wall and the family name,” says Le Clos.

Future venues will also implement elite and learn to swim programmes, while under privileged areas such as Gugulethu will also be involved to cater for all communities.

Le Clos became the most decorated Commonwealth Games swimmer when he bagged five medals including three gold at the 2018 Games and wants more.

“I’m very hungry after Rio. Something lit a fire in my belly. I believe Tokyo 2020 will be the highlight of my life I’m working very hard towards that,” he says.

Some of the main aims of the Academy are for swimmers to enjoy, participate and to have longevity in the sport.

“Today is not just a big day for swimming SA it’s a big day for sport in SA because we  are going to revolutionise swimming and create the next generation.”

Chad le Clos has achieved great success for South Africa and his legacy will be even stronger if helps produce the next generation of champions.

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