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Leopards vs Stellenbosch FC
Amazulu and Black Leopards ease relegation woes with victories
2 February 2020, 9:00 PM

Amazulu and Black Leopards eased their relegation woes after scoring important wins in their respective home matches on Sunday afternoon. Leopards are still 14th on the log, but are now on 20 points after beating rookies Stellenbosch F.C 2-1 in Venda.

Meanwhile, Amazulu are now 15th on the log also with 20 points after beating another relegation threatened side Polokwane City 1-0 in Durban. City are now bottom of the log with just 17 points after 21 matches.

Relegation threatened Black Leopards were looking for their first win at home since they defeated Golden Arrows in November last year. Leopards officially parted ways with coach Cavin Johnson last week after a string of poor results.

Allan Clark was appointed as caretaker coach in an attempt to steer the team out of the relegation zone. Before the match against Stellenbosch FC, Leopards were 14th on the log with just four wins after 19 matches.

They came up against Stellies, a side which is high in confidence after registering three wins in a row after a difficult start to the season. Leopards were awarded a penalty after a handball by a Stellenbosch FC player from a Mogakolodi Ngele’s free kick.

Zambian Mwape Musonda made no mistake from the spot to put the home side in the lead. A penalty appeal by the visitors a few minutes later was turned down by referee Eugene Mdluli.

Lesedi Kapinga fluffed an opportunity to increase Lepards’ lead 20 minutes into the second half. Three minutes later the visitors also wasted an opportunity to equalise. Leopards keeper Jonas Mendes kept his side in the game with some excellent saves.

Stellenbosch kept on probing and they were eventually rewarded when Ryan Moon found the equaliser 11 minutes from time. Leopards captain Thabo Matlaba saved the day for his team five minutes from time scoring the winning goal.

The visitors fought hard however they were denied by the crossbar late in injury time.

In the SAFA Women’s National League encounter the Tshwane University of Technology Ladies hosted Golden Lions. TUT came from a goal down to defeat Golden Ladies 2-1.

The visitors took the lead as early as the fourth minute but the goal was cancelled by Gabonneilwe Kekana who found the equaliser for TUT in the 22nd minute.

The home side started playing with more purpose as the game progressed, as they enjoyed over sixty percent ball possession.

It came as no surprise then Rhofiwa Dzivhani gave TUT the lead seven minutes before half-time, to earn her side maximum points.

Andre de Ruyter
Eskom load shedding continues
2 February 2020, 8:08 PM

The embattled state-owned power utility Eskom says stage 2 load shedding will continue until Monday morning. This due to a shortage of generation capacity the utility says.

Eskom has depleted its emergency reserves which had been used extensively to supplement the capacity over the past few days.

The power utility claims out-played outages are at about 11 150 megawatts but the company is monitoring the system closely and will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system.

On Friday Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter warned South Africans that they should expect increased load shedding over the next 18 months as this will be the time it will take for Eskom to complete the maintenance program including to fix its generation infrastructure.

Economist Lumkile Mondi says the announcement by Eskom CEO was not a shock at all.

“The lack of maintenance has really led to unreliability of the energy availability factor that is just available to be distributed across South Africa. So therefore he is basically bringing predictability and certainty to the market,” explains Mondi.

Citizens
Poor governance, corruption root of poor Limpopo service delivery
2 February 2020, 8:01 PM

Corruption and poor governance are major causes of service delivery deficiencies in Limpopo. This emerged during the Limpopo African National Congress (ANC) PEC Lekgotla under way in Bela-Bela.

For years, the province has been grappling with a lack of water, housing and roads, leading to countless service delivery protests.

“We have seen very serious deficiencies, very bad unacceptable practices in the administration of the state which constituted a very serious setback to where we are now. It is a reality. It is not something we can theorise about. We have seen what corruption, mismanagement and bad governance can do,” says Soviet Lekganyane who is the ANC Provincial Secretary.

Meanwhile, with reports of suspected Coronavirus cases in Botswana, Limpopo is on high alert.

The PEC lekgotla will end on Monday.

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Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
ANC condemns EFF’s exploitation of Mpianzi’s funeral to encourage lawlessness
2 February 2020, 7:59 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned remarks made by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, at Enock Mpianzi’s funeral on Saturday, accusing him of attempting to incite lawlessness.

Speaking at the funeral of  the 13-year old Parktown Boys High pupil, Mbuyiseni said that foreign nationals living in South Africa should not be asked to provide documentation to prove their immigration status.

In a statement the ANC says Ndlozi’s comments is damaging to the cause of social cohesion and to government’s efforts to clamp down on illegal immigration.

The statement accuses Ndlozi of using the funeral to drive his own political agenda.

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Dr Malaki Tshipayagae
Botswana Health authorities reviewing all incoming passengers
2 February 2020, 6:38 PM

The health authorities in Botswana say they are reviewing screening procedures in order to screen all passengers arriving from China and not just those exhibiting flu-like symptoms associated with the Coronavirus.

Five people are being quarantined in the country, of which four were identified only after they started exhibiting flu-like symptoms associated with the virus.

Authorities are in the process of identifying and locating people that may have been in contact with the four patients.

Dr Malaki Tshipayagae from Botswana’s Ministry of Health says although it has not been confirmed that the virus can be transmitted via asymptomatic patients, they want to ensure all passengers are screened appropriately in order to stem the spread of the virus.

“We are reviewing our surveillance approach to see what may be the most ideal, because we may be thinking that passengers coming from China may not have the Coronavirus while indeed they have. So we are in the process of reviewing our surveillance in line with what the international community is doing,” explains Dr Tshipayagae.

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