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Cyril Ramaphosa
AU chairperson says African is no global pit-stop
9 February 2020, 3:08 PM

African Union (AU) Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the era in which Africa was a pit-stop in the global assembly line has passed. In his inaugural speech in Addis Ababa, Ramaphosa referred to his vision of a prosperous and peaceful Africa.

He says that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) must be implemented in a way that will benefit Africans.

“We must all ensure that the AFCTA must not become a conduit for products with little or no African value addition to enter and penetrate our local markets under the guise of continental integration. There must be a reasonable standard of what constitutes a product proudly made in Africa. We have to level the playing fields for African business so that they are able to operate in a large scale market unfettered by regulatory fragmentation,” says Ramaphosa.

Watch the video below as Ramaphosa takes up AU chair below:

Ramaphosa has also proposed that the 2020 to 2030 be declared the Decade of Women’s Economic Inclusion. He has outlined Gender empowerment as one of the priorities of South Africa’s tenure at the helm of the continental body.

Ramaphosa says more practical and sustainable ways must be found to promote the economic well-being of the continent’s women.

“Agenda 2063 calls for the allocation at least 25% of public procurement to be for women owned businesses, yet women owned businesses are given less than 1% of public procurement. We need to change this, it is not unreasonable to advocate for preferential public procurement legislation to advantage women owned businesses and for the establishment for preferential trade and customs regimes for women,” says Ramaphosa.

David Miller
England needs 257 to win pink ODI
9 February 2020, 2:25 PM

The Proteas have set a target of 257 for England to chase after batting first in the 3rd One Day International (ODI) fixture at Wanderers, Johannesburg. Captain Quinton de Kock was the first batsman to reach to a half century before being bowled out by spinner Adil Rashid, with 69 runs.

David Miller later in the innings also managed to secure a half century and going all the way to end the Proteas innings with 69 runs not out, leaving his side with 256 runs in their 50 overs.

Proteas lead the ODI series with a 1-0 lead after having the second international rained out in Durban.

Delivery Services
In China’s locked-down corona virus city, grocery delivery is a lifeline
8 February 2020, 9:35 PM

Reluctant to go outside for fear of catching the new corona virus sweeping the Chinese city of Wuhan, Edward Wang found a lifeline, grocery delivery services provided by local retailers.

With hundreds of thousands of other people in Wuhan also stuck inside their homes doing the same thing, and retailers struggling to get hold of their staff, the service became overloaded.

So for Wang, now in Canada after flying out of Wuhan on an evacuation flight, a daily ritual developed during his days on virtual lock down in the city.

At the turn of midnight, grocery stores would open up their order book for the day’s deliveries, and he would pounce to place his order before all the delivery slots were taken by other customers.

“You have to be very quick,” he told Reuters by phone.

“Usually, if they release their inventory at midnight, the day before, you basically have to finish by 12:02 or 12:03, so within 2 or 3 minutes, otherwise, all the delivery schedules are booked up.”

“There are basically no delivery people working right now. Basically, for those stores, it is just the store manager driving their own private car around the neighbourhood trying to deliver groceries.”

Wang grew up in Canada, and has family in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the corona virus outbreak. He was in Wuhan when the corona virus outbreak hit.

Eventually, he left Wuhan on board a US, chartered evacuation flight, and then, with other evacuees, he transferred to another plane that landed on Friday at a Canadian military base in Trenton, Ontario.

He recorded video footage on the plane after it landed, showing a Canadian immigration official, dressed in a face mask and goggles, addressing passengers.

The official said that on disembarking, they would go through a sanitary footbath, and would have to hand over their used face masks and be given fresh ones.

“Welcome home,” he said to the passengers.

The evacuees will now stay in quarantine in the Trenton military base for 14 days.

Wang said once he had been cleared as free of the virus by Canadian medical authorities, he planned to head to Vancouver, where his family has a home.

“I have not been in this kind of situation before, where I had to be evacuated from somewhere. You imagine things like this happening in war zones,” he said.

He said he had weighed his options before deciding to fly to Canada. In Wuhan, he could limit the chance of infection by avoiding contact with other people. By boarding a plane, he would potentially put himself in contact with people who were infected.

On balance, though, he decided to leave because he believed China’s healthcare services were struggling to cope.

“On the off chance that we do get sick, I’d rather get sick in Canada,” he said.

Vish Naidoo
Police confiscate drugs worth more than R20 million at OR airport
8 February 2020, 9:32 PM

Police have confiscated drugs worth more than R20 million from three travellers at OR Tambo International Airport east of Johannesburg. Two suspects arriving from South America were arrested after drugs were found in their check-in luggage.

A third suspect, a South African, was arrested after he attempted to leave the country with drugs in his possession. National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo says all the suspects will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Monday and will be charged with being found in possession of drugs.

“The female was carrying about 21 kilos of what is suspected to be cocaine in a check-in luggage and a male was carrying just over three kilos of cocaine that was tightly wrapped around his waist. Both suspects were profiled then they were searched and drugs were found on them. They are currently in police custody. A 50-year-old South African man attempted to smuggle drugs out of South Africa to Hong Kong. He too was profiled and eventually searched and drugs found wrapped around his belly,” explains Naidoo.

SA weather service warns of more rains
8 February 2020, 8:42 PM

The South African Weather Service has warned Johannesburg residents to brace themselves for more rains on Saturday night after severe flooding hit large parts of the metro due to overnight downpour.

Several rivers and streams burst their banks and scores of homes were flooded.

Meanwhile, some residents of Kliptown in Soweto have nowhere to sleep tonight after their houses were flooded.

The residents that have been affected in Kliptown live near the banks of the Klipriver.

Several houses have been flooded in Kliptown, leaving residents without shelter. Some say all their belongings were swept away and all they have left is the clothes they are wearing. Their furniture has also been damaged as some houses are half-filled with water.

The plastic toilets that have been provided by the municipality are floating in the water.

They have appealed to the government to move them to a safe area as they say they experience these problems every time there are heavy rains, adding that a toddler was swept away by floods in the area two years ago.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metro Police Department senior Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar has advised motorists to be cautious on wet roads.

“We’re likely to see some more flooding on roads around Jukskei River, Rabie Road in Randburg. Those are the roads that at likely to flood again should it rain. We encourage drivers not to drive through water, where there’s river water over a road, either turn around or take an alternative route,” explains Minnaar.



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