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Telkom
Numsa says Telkom is unable to justify its retrenchment plans
9 February 2020, 9:01 PM

Metalworkers union Numsa says Telkom has been unable to justify why it plans to retrench 3 000 workers. Following a two-day consultative meeting facilitated by the CCMA, the union says it is not convinced that cutting down on the workforce will address stiff competition that Telkom management has cited.

This comes after Telkom, in which the government holds a stake of about 39%, has over R11 billion worth of debt and is struggling with declining performance in fixed voice and fixed data services.

Numsa Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says the Telkom management has also failed to substantiate the reasons the company is losing so much revenue.

She says Telkom is operating on both fixed line and mobile data and its competitors only focus on mobile data.

“Furthermore, the presentation failed to address how Telkom intended to attract new customers or increase revenue. They were unable to say exactly what steps had been taken to mitigate against this. We remain unconvinced that the cutting of so many jobs will improve Telkom’s core issues. A smaller workforce will not make it more competitive. If anything, it will mean it is unable to service the public and its customers, something which it is already struggling to do with the current workforce which it has,” says Hlubi-Majola.

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Zozibini Tunzi
Tunzi hints of SA hosting Miss Universe
9 February 2020, 8:21 PM

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi says there’s a possibility that South Africa will play host of the next Miss Universe competition. She was addressing thousands of people, mainly young women at Mthatha stadium in the Eastern Cape.

Tunzi, who is affectionately called ‘Zozo, believes that if government and the private sector could work together to uplift young talent, South Africa would be respected globally.

“There is a possibility that we might have Miss Universe coming to South Africa. Yes, there is huge possibility and I am saying it right here right now because I am wanting all of us to compete for it. I am wanting all of us to fight for it so that I can hand over my crown while I am back home, so that young girls are able to look at it up close and personal and see that it’s possible for all of us,” says Tunzi.

Meanwhile Arts and Culture Minister Nocawe Mafu has encouraged young people to pursue their dreams.

“I just want to say to you, young people, dream and dream big and make sure that nobody actually tells you that your dreams are not real because once you are able to do that you will be able to reach where nobody would have thought you would. Nobody would have thought in a million years that you would have Miss Universe from Esidwadweni in Tsolo,” says Mafu.

Tunzi says, “We are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity and that is what we should be teaching these young girls to take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.”

Zozibini says these messages are significant and relevant in the modern world…

“What I can say definitely is that I will continue with the messages that I am trying to spread and hopefully, someone will listen and contribute towards it.”

She is confident that South Africa can be a better country if public and private sector can come together and help the youth.

“I am looking forward to work with the youth of South Africa, and see what we can do to make better our communities and hopefully, with the help of private entities, with the help of government, everybody listening, altogether we can do this because really it is only my part to play, but I think we, as South Africans, can just come together and try to help as much as we can. (If) each person offers a helping hand, we will finally get where we want to be.”

Expression of happiness at her home village by elderly people was extraordinary as they seated her on a grass mat and presented her with a grass bowl with gifts as a token of welcoming her back home.

Zozibini’s mother, Philiswa Tunzi, says the family has been longing for her.

“This is an awesome moment. I am so grateful to God; first because He is always, and was always the pillar of my strength. So, I am so grateful to God. I am very happy that she is back home, because we have been waiting for her. We have been longing to see her. So, we are very happy.”

Zozibini will continue crisscrossing the world with charity responsibilities and all the duties bestowed to her as the Miss Universe.

South Africa and Africa are proud to have Zozibini as the pillar of hope for young girls on the continent.

Antonio Guterres
UN ready to work with South Africa as chair of the AU
9 February 2020, 8:10 PM

The United Nations (UN) stands ready to work with South Africa as the Chair of the African Union (AU). Speaking to the SABC on the margins of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa Ethiopia the UN Chief Antonio Guterres has also lambasted foreign countries for taking sides in Libyan conflict.

Since his arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the UN Secretary General held talks with different leaders on the Continent. He is confident that South Africa will continue to be committed to global peace.

He noted that the chaos in Libya is worsening.

Gutteres had harsh words for those who are fueling conflict in Libya, but reiterated the UN’s commitment to working with all parties to secure peace. He also went on to send a warning to South Sudan leader who are delaying the implementation of peace agreement.

The UN Chief also sent out a warning against the stigmatisation of the countries that have expressed the outbreak of the corona virus.

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South Africa vs England
England takes third ODI
9 February 2020, 8:01 PM

Hosts South Africa and England have shared the spoils in the One Day International (ODI) series between the two countries. England won the third and final match in Johannesburg by two wickets on Sunday to level the series at 1-1.

The Proteas set a target of 257 for victory, England hit the winning runs in the 44th over.

The Proteas won the first match in Cape Town by 7 wickets, while the second match in Durban was abandoned due to rain.

England won the toss and sent the Proteas in to bat first. Opener, Reeza Hendricks lost his wicket for 11 runs but captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma stead the ship. Together, they added 66 runs for the 2nd wicket before Bavuma was trapped leg before wicket by Adil Rashid for 29.

De Kock eventually departed for 69 becoming Rashid’s second victim and with the score on 140 for 4. South Africa again struggled against spin and did themselves no favours with the run-outs of Jon-Jon Smuts and Beuran Hendricks. In the end, David Miller and Lutho Sipamla gave some respectability to the Proteas’ score.

They managed an unbroken, 8th-wicket partnership of 52 runs. Miller finished not out on 69 from 53 deliveries, while Sipamla was unbeaten on 10. South Africa had 256 runs for 7 in their 50 overs.

In reply, England had a whirlwind start. Johnny Bairstow, particularly, threw caution to the wind but Sipamla joined forces with Andile Phehlukwayo and brought an end to his reign, Bairstow out for 43 off just 23 deliveries.

Captain Eion Morgan followed soon thereafter. Brilliantly caught and bowled by Beuran Hendricks for just 9 and England on 86 for 3 in the 12th over. Joe Root and Joe Denly stubbornly resisted. They hit 74 runs for the 4th wicket, before Tabraiz Shamzi struck to get rid of Root for 49.

Ngidi then joined forces with Phehlukwayo and together they got rid of Denly for 66. The wickets of Tom Banton, Tom Curran and Adil Rashid fell in quick succession but the damage was already done.

England hit the winnings runs in the 44th over and won the match by just two wickets to draw the series 1-1. The focus now shifts to the T20 series, which gets underway in East London on Wednesday.

Kanya Cekeshe and Chriselda Lewis
Fees-Must-Fall activist Cekeshe has no regrets
9 February 2020, 8:00 PM

Convicted Fees-Must-Fall activist, Kanya Cekeshe, says he has no regrets. He was part of a group of people that President Cyril Ramaphosa granted a remission of sentence in December in 2020.

Cekeshe was convicted of public violence and malicious damage to property when he tried to set a police van alight during university protests in 2016.

Eight weeks after being let out on parole, the episode has sparked his interest in legal matter and he’s now studying law.

Cekeshe explains why he has no regrets.

“You don’t get into such a movement, with such ideologies at the forefront, with such a profound meaning, only for you to have regrets afterwards because then that would mean that you, yourself as a person, are literally questioning the very core values that you actually stand up for, and so, no I do not have any regrets,” says Cekeshe.

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