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Mmusi Maimane
DA wants parliament to reconvene over Eskom woes
25 March 2019, 9:21 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, has written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete requesting that Parliament reconvenes urgently to deal with Eskom. He says establishing an Ad-Hoc Committee could be the answer.

Last week, the country was plunged into hours of darkness as the power utility implemented Stage 4 load shedding.

It attributed the problem to power imports from Mozambique strained by Cyclone Idai hitting the Cahora Bassa dam.

The power utility says although it remains optimistic that there won’t be power cuts this week, but load shedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.

The DA believes it has solutions that could help Eskom deal with the national crisis. The DA is to march to the Union Buildings on Friday, demanding that President Cyril Ramaphosa also provide solutions to the power crisis.

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Apple
Apple enters video streaming, updates news, game and payment apps
25 March 2019, 9:16 PM

Apple lifted the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets worldwide to stream television shows and movies, both Apple originals and those from other creators, in a first step to challenge streaming video leaders Netflix and Amazon.

The launch was the centerpiece of an event at Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters that focused on the technology company’s services, not its hardware, as it deals with declining sales of its iPhone.

Apple also introduced updates to its payment system,launched a games arcade, and added magazines to its news app.

Hollywood celebrities trekked to Apple’s home to help debut a revamped Apple TV digital storefront, called Apple TV+.

Apple has commissioned programming from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Apple’s jump into original entertainment signals a fundamental shift in its business as sales of hardware money-makers drop off.

Without another category-defining new gadget announced to the public, Apple is looking to rely more on selling subscriptions and services like video, music and hardware insurance.

Throughout their presentation, Apple executives stressed privacy protections for consumers as they shop and consume content across a range of Apple phones, iPads or other hardware. They also emphasized content that would appeal to young audiences, potentially setting the stage for a rivalry with Walt Disney Co.

The company led off the event with an announcement that its free news app will now come in a paid-subscription version, called Apple News+, which curates a range of news articles and will include 300 magazines including National Geographic, People, Popular Science, Billboard and the New Yorker.

Apple said it would cost $9.99 a month. Apple also introduced a titanium, laser-etched Apple Card backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Mastercard Inc that can track spending across devices and pay daily cashback on purchases.

Cook also said Apple Pay, its digital wallet, will soon be usable on public transit systems in Portland, Oregon, Chicago and New York City. Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of the year.

With its new media push, Apple joins a crowded field where rivals such as Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Netflix Inc have spent heavily to capture viewer attention and dollars with award-winning series and films.

The big tech war for viewers ignited a consolidation wave among traditional media companies preparing to join the fray. Walt Disney Co, which bought 21st Century Fox, and AT&T Inc, which purchased Time Warner Inc, plan to launch or test new streaming video services this year.

Revenue from its “services” segment – which includes the App Store, iCloud and content businesses such as Apple Music – grew 24 to $37.1 billion in fiscal 2018.

The segment accounted for only about 14 % of Apple’s overall $265.6billion in revenue, but investors have pinned their hopes for growth on the segment.

The company also introduced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will work on phones, tablets and desktop computers and include games from a range of developers.

Apple shares were down about 1% after about an hour of presentations at the event, which was broadcast online.

Sihle Zikalala
Digital change come with new job opportunities: Zikalala
25 March 2019, 8:23 PM

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, says the Fourth Industrial Revolution summit is mainly focusing on technological innovations and how it can improve the lives of the ordinary people.

 

Zikalala has called on the youth to take advantage of the opportunities that come with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was one of the speakers at the Fourth Industrial Revolution Summit in Durban.

Zikalala says digital change come with new skills and job opportunities, adding that more collaboration between government and the private sector is needed to maximise benefits from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“We need more collaboration between government and the private sector, globisation demands that countries collaborate better to achieve inclusive development apart from skills deficiency. The main challenge brought about by artificial intelligence is the reorganisation of work and loss of jobs. This has been a concern of many institutions and our government as well. We either sit and mourn about disruption that is brought about by the new ways of doing things or take the lead in producing these technologies.”

Meanwhile Moses Kotane Institute Chairperson Zakhele Ngcobo says the summit is also aimed at bringing together the private and public sector and come up with solutions facing the world.

 

Communities urged not to damage rock art sites
25 March 2019, 8:14 PM

Archeologists and researchers have called on communities and visitors of rock art sites not to damage the age old art.

There have been reports of vandalism at some sites. A New book ‘Visionary Animal’ featuring images of rock art from several countries has been launched.

The book is a collection of essays on rock art, illustrations and photos. Researchers say it’s a comprehensive collection that will keep them busy for years.

The history behind San people’s ancient paintings and carvings remains intact. This form of communication is now celebrated art and it’s still getting attention from researchers.


The San people left their trail through their interactions with the spirit world littered across several African countries as they trekked in search for food and water.

“The fact is that the paintings are not just passive things they are not just illustrative things, they are living agents and they were designed in order to act in reality maybe to connect to different things and different beings but also spiritual forces in order to improve the living situation of the people,” says the author, Renaud Ego.

The new book features images from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and now also Zimbabwe. A new insight for researchers.

“For a long time he has spoken about how we need to go back to the rock face to appreciate the paintings and engravings and the events of their production… How they were made, how they have relationships with the rock face and people and how they endure into the present and how do they speak to us now,” says Archeologist, Prof. David Morris.

The book was first published in France to introduce that country to Africa’s hidden gems and it has more images and more research.

Princess Irene Thandekile.
Condolences pour in for Princess Irene Thandekile Buthelezi
25 March 2019, 6:22 PM

IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has paid a moving tribute to his late wife Princess Irene Buthelezi.

Princess Buthelezi died on Monday morning at KwaPhindangene in Emahlabathini, outside Ulundi, after a long illness.

She was 89.

The family have requested privacy. Last year she was hospitalised for a long period, with reports that she suffered from diabetes. Buthelezi’s son Prince Zuzifa Buthelezi‚ says his mother had a big heart and dearly loved his father.

“It’s extremely painful for all of us. It’s even more difficult for my father and we know that my father was on the brink of retiring – they looked forward to enjoy each other’s company. My heart goes out to my father for having lost a companion of 67 years.”

The IFP has expressed sadness at the death of the wife of the party’s leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. IFP spokesperson – Mkhuleko Hlengwa – says the party regarded her as mother.

“The IFP has received these news with a great sense of sadness and shock and we want to express our deepest condolences to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the family during this difficult and trying time. We as the IFP mourn our Mother who was a selfless woman of integrity and a woman who had worked tirelessly throughout her life for the betterment of others, and had stood on the side of her husband for over 67 years. And we thank her for her selfless contribution in the IFP and to the people of South Africa.”

KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, has passed the party’s condolences on to the family of IFP leader.

“As the ANC we woke up to the sad news this morning of the passing of the wife of prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi we do wish to pass our sincere condolences to the family we know that she has been unwell for a few months now no amount of consoling them at this point will make a difference we are aware of that. However, we hope that they will be consoled by the fact that she is now at peace we know that she has played a big role in supporting the prince throughout his long service of the people. We hope the prince will be able to get beyond this matter and be able to be comforted.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal says it will support the Buthelezi family during this difficult time.  DA provincial leader – Zwakele Mncwango praised Princess Irene for supporting the IFP leader’s political career.

“On behalf of the DA I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Buthelezi family following the passing of the IFP leaders wife Thandekile Buthelezi we would like to be with the family under this difficult time we are saying God will be with them we know the role she had played to really support chief Buthelezi in his years in politics and our country we saying our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

The National Freedom Party  (NFP) has also expressed its sadness at the passing of the wife of Princess Irene.

“We are saddened by the news. The National Freedom Party wishes to pass condolences to the family of Buthelezi and Buthelezi himself regarding what has just transpired. president of the National Freedom Party Zanele Kamagwaza Msibi also passes her condolences to the family and to Umntwana Uphindangene,” says NFP spokesperson, Simo Mkhwanazi.

 

Buthelezi and Irene Thandekile MaMzila Buthelezi got married in 1952 and were blessed with eight children – five daughters and three sons.

In a statement, the family says MaMzila leaves behind her husband of almost 67 years, their children – Prince Ntuthukoyezwe Zuzifa, Princess Phumzile, Princess Sibuyiselwa and grandchildren.

The family says it is devastated by the loss and requested privacy as they are busy with funeral arrangements.

 

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