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Police intervene at N West ANC conference
21 July 2018, 9:38 PM

Police have used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members from various branches in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Region.

They attempted to force their way into the regional conference in Christiana. They say legitimate delegates from various branches, have been left out, and those aligned to former premier Supra Mahumapelo are invited as delegates.

“I never received a call from the provincial office or an sms. I came to the venue of the conference yesterday. The doors were closed even today, I am here, I am still outside. I am asking myself: how did they replace me,” says one of the delegates.

“We are coming from the branches, all of these branches sat in BGM’s and nominated branch delegates to the same regional conference but today we are wondering other delegates are denied access to participate in the conference,” adds another delegate.”

ANC NEC member deployed in the North West, who presided over the conference, Sylvia Lucas has dismissed allegations that preparations for the conference were flawed.

“We were satisfied that attention was given to the issue they raised from the dispute that was there. And the ANC disputes resolution committee at the national level did not have any other disputes again. There is a bigger political issue here, that I can see because there are also leaders that are not necessary in the province and the region that got interest.”

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Veteran musician Ali Katt laid to rest
21 July 2018, 8:48 PM

Legendary musician Ali Katt was laid to rest on Saturday in Tembisa. Friends and family paid their last respects to Albert Moroatshehla who died at age 60.

He has been described as a legend in the industry. Ali Katt is best remembered for his hit single “Let The Good Times Roll”.

Many came to mourn the loss of a musical giant, brother, a father and musical genius. Known for his kindness and loving heart, Ali Katt’s memory lives on.

“Ali’s death has left us heart broken when we received news of his passing, we were in a state of shock,” says family member, Johannes Legodi.

Fellow artists are still reeling over his death.

 

“As musicians we are so sad to hear of the death of such a legend, because he was one of our idols when we were younger,” says musician, Bheki Ngcobo.

Ali Katt leaves behind his two daughters and his sister.

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Land grabs dominate W. Cape land summit
21 July 2018, 8:13 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) says populism and emotions are at the centre of sporadic land grabbing that is taking place across the townships around the Western Cape.

The party is holding a land summit in Stellenbosch, ahead of next week’s parliamentary hearings on land expropriation without compensation.

Since the ruling party’s adoption of a resolution to expropriate land without compensation during its December conference, there has been a flare up of land grabs in the Western Cape, some turning violent.

The latest being at a popular tourists town of Hermanus outside Cape Town.

“There is a piece of land that was allocated for housing and the local government sold the land, to prevent the kind of populist instincts that have risen. If that does not happen, people will want to do what they are doing and it’s unfortunate,” says Western Cape ANC Election Organiser, Ebrahim Rasool.

The party says the situation in Hermanus might present a case for the implementation of its resolution on land expropriation without compensation.

“We need to see if for instance the Hermanus situation, if the violence continues, if the government of the DA in Hermanus does not reverse the sale. And that is the reality of the situation on the ground,” adds Ebrahim Rasool.

The ANC will present its resolutions to parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on Land Expropriation next week.

 

An elderly man testing eyes.
Elderly in Mpumalanga receive free medical care
21 July 2018, 4:27 PM

Over 1000 elderly people received free medical health care  services in Mbombela Mpumalanga on Saturday. Thanks to an initiative by a group of medical doctors operating in the province, aimed at taking the Madiba legacy forward.

Services provided to the elderly ranged from eye testing, checking of sugar and blood pressure levels.

“I came here because I have got a problem. I cannot see properly and I know that I will get help here,” says one of the beneficiaries.

“I am very happy today. They checked my eyes and did almost everything for free. I now have spectacles for free,” adds another one.

All services were provided free in the spirit of former President Nelson Mandela.

“We are very passionate about our people. We said we must come together to help out especially the elderly in celebration of the centenary of Madiba. We are ploughing back to the community,” says Medical Practitioner, Dr. Bongile Baloi.”

“The need for help is huge you can see, so we must do something to help out,” says Optometrist, Dr Abraham Varghese.”

For beneficiaries, this will remain a memorable day.They are going back home, having received much needed assistance. A service some could not have been able to afford.

The medical practitioners who have been giving out help  say they will be taking the initiative to other provinces. They have urged others to contribute in changing lives, which something that was very close to Madiba’s heart.

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Labour Dept tackles Compensation Fund inefficiencies
21 July 2018, 4:03 PM

The Labour Department‘s Compensation Fund says great strides have been made in its turnaround strategy.

The strategy aims to provide compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries and disease sustained by workers.  The fund has in the past been plagued by inefficiencies.

This was due to huge backlogs in the payment of claims leaving hundreds of claimants in the country destitute.

Thirty six-year-old Kenosi Leboya of Mangaung is an unemployed contract worker. He is one of the many, who were allegedly not paid by the Compensation Fund.

“I got injured at work twice. The first injury was on my left eye and the second injury I twisted my finger while I was operating a short ledger. I then submitted documents for compensation but I did not receive the money,” he says.

As part of its turnaround strategy, the Labour department’s unit signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with stakeholders to streamline employer’s contributions to the fund.

The department says it is confident that service delivery has improved.

The Department of Labour says changes to the policy and legislative environment had been negotiated with all National Economic Development and Labour Council social partners.

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