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Missing hospital millions will be investigated: Mkhize
14 September 2019, 9:35 PM

Corruption will be investigated in the construction of the Nessie Knight hospital in the Eastern Cape; that’s according to Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Millions earmarked for the building have gone missing.

Mkhize was addressing villagers in Zimbane village at the official opening of two National Health Insurance (NHI) clinics in Maxwele and Lotana in the O.R. Tambo region in the Eastern Cape.

The clinics are among eight National Health Insurance clinics to be opened in the district, with president Cyril Ramaphosa opening one at Lusikisiki next week.

Mkhize says this is meant to address challenges faced by villagers such as overcrowding and medicine shortages. He empathised that the NHI will ensure rural communities have access to quality health care services.

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Hamza bin Laden
Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is dead: White House
14 September 2019, 9:16 PM

 Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, the White House said on Saturday.

A White House statement said the operation took place in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the statement said.

Hamza, believed to be about 30 years old, was at his father’s side in Afghanistan before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

He also spent time with his father in Pakistan after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan pushed much of al Qaeda’s senior leadership there, according to the Brookings Institution.

The U.S. State Department designated Hamza a global terrorist in 2017 after he called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals and threatened to take revenge against the United States for killing his father.

Reuters reported on July 31 that Hamza had been killed, citing a U.S. official with knowledge of the matter.

But Saturday’s statement represents the first time the U.S.government has confirmed the operation.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Mnangagwa praises Mugabe, calls for sanctions to be lifted
14 September 2019, 7:22 PM

Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has praised his predecessor, Robert Mugabe  for his vision and fortitude.

Mnangagwa was speaking on Saturday at the state funeral of Mugabe at the National Stadium in Harare.

He told his African counterparts and the world about the new path he said Zimbabwe was embarking on and demanded the lifting of sanctions.

“There is no place in our modern world for punitive unilateral sanctions imposed in pursuit of selfish interests, undue influence in colonial time expansionism. As we mourn our icon we call for the unconditional and immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on us. We invite the world to work and walk with us in the brighter future for our people. A Zimbabwe free of the albatross of sanctions is indeed a better Zimbabwe for the world.”

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Cancer walk
Mpumalanga fun walk raises funds for children suffering from cancer
14 September 2019, 5:52 PM

A fun walk to raise funds to help children suffering from cancer has been held at Mbombela in Mpumalanga.

Over 200 people participated in the 5 kilometre walk.

Event organiser, Tebogo Moya says they want to raise at least R20 000 for the children.

Moya has urged all the people of the province to take part in such initiatives.

“We have this year about 60 kids that are receiving treatment in Mpumalanga who are going to Pretoria. We know that money finishes quickly so we put together toiletries, we put together snacks, we put together warm clothes for these children. Last year we helped kids in Mkhuhlu and Lekazi. We have received information of kids in the townships that is our main target – we are helping kids from our townships because we know that there’s more needs there, there’s no money, there’s no food.”

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Bavelile Hlongwa
Condolences continue to pour in for Bavelile Hlongwa
14 September 2019, 5:20 PM

National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise, and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, Amos Masondo, say they are shocked and saddened by the passing of MP and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Bavelile Hlongwa.

They say Hlongwa is one of the new MPs and member of the National Executive who brought great energy and remarkable enthusiasm to the new administration’s plan to radically change the quality of lives of South Africans.

Hlongwa died in a car accident on the N1 highway near Carousel outside Pretoria.

“As a qualified and experienced leader who rose through the political, public and corporate ranks, she fitted like a glove in the portfolio in the Mineral Resources and Energy Department. And she infused necessary youthful energy in driving this important sector of our economy. The presiding officers have said that the passing of such a young talented and vibrant leader with incredible sharp mind and clarity of thought, who was genuinely dedicated to the cause of social and economic transformation of the people, is a devastating loss not only to Parliament and government, but the entire nation. The Presiding officers on behalf of the leadership of Parliament, extend their heartfelt sympathies to Deputy Minister Hlongwa’s family, friends and her comrades in the African National Congress,” says Parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo.

The African National Congress (ANC) through its General Secretary, Ace Magashule, has added its voice to many tributes following the passing of Hlongwa.

“In her we saw a real potential, real capacity a person passionate about matters affecting young people, affecting women, affecting children. Well grounded, qualified she was an engineer and I think we’re actually passing condolences to her family, to the ANC membership, to her friends, to the society, to the people of the continent; and we bow our heads and say we’ll pick up the spear and aluta continua.”

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