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Tsai Ing-Wen
Taiwan president does not accept ‘one country two systems’ arrangement with China
2 January 2019, 11:32 AM

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen said on Wednesday the island would not accept a “one country, two systems” political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government to government basis.

Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”.

Tsai also urged China to understand Taiwanese people’s thinking and needs.

In a new year’s speech earlier this week, Tsai said China must use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect its democratic values.

Dr Sethulego Matebesi
Political analysts believe 2019 will be a tough economic year
2 January 2019, 10:56 AM

Some political analysts say South Africans can brace themselves for a tough year ahead as far as the economy is concerned. They believe the government will be under heavy pressure to ensure the country’s economy doesn’t slump into another recession.

They further predict general elections as one of the major highlights of 2019. One of the political analysts from the University of the Free State Dr Sethulego Matebesi, “I foresee a situation where there will be pressure on the government to try and improve economy. Secondly another highlight is general elections of 2019 where for the first time political parties have problems of their own,” says Matebesi.

Denis Bloem
COPE urges police to arrest those involved in murdering Metro employee
2 January 2019, 10:02 AM

The Congress of the People (COPE) has urged South African Police Services (SAPS) to arrest those who are involved in the murder of Mangaung Metro employee Seipati Lechoano.

Lechoano’s body was found inside the boot of her vehicle following her disappearance days earlier.

She was an anti-fraud and corruption officer at the municipality.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at the Kagisanong Hall in Rocklands, Bloemfontein.  Dennis Bloem COPE’s spokesperson says:

“The death of Seipati Lechaono must not be another statistic of unknown murder in the country. We want police to arrest murderers who murder people and walk the street. We are serious to say that people must be arrested for this murder,” says Bloem.

Weather Forecast graphic
More rainfall expected
2 January 2019, 7:42 AM

More rainfall is predicted across most parts of the country for the rest of the week. The South African Weather Service is forecasting between 60 and 80% of showers for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo from on Wednesday.

Cloudy conditions are forecasted for Free State and Kwazulu-Natal. Forecaster Bransby Bulo says such a huge amount of rainfall is normal at this period.

“What’s happening is that there’s a lot of moist tropical air that is coming in down from the north.  That is the furthest parts of Africa into our country.  Usually at this time of the year this is the kind of weather condition that one can expect,” says Bulo

Emergency services personnel are on high alert. EMS spokesperson Synock Matobako says they have not been called out to any flood related emergencies so far.

However, they are monitoring some of the flood prone hot spots including the Jukskei river that passes through Alexandra’s informal settlements and the Klipvalley river in Soweto.

Matobako has appealed to residents to be vigilant.

“For people that are living in low-lying areas like Setjwetla and Jukskei to monitor their water level.  As soon as they see the water level rising they should vacate their houses and inform the emergency services and for motorists we are just appealing that they shouldn’t cross flooded roads because that might cause problems for them,” explains Matobako.


Ravichandran Ashwin
India wary on Ashwin availability for final test
2 January 2019, 7:04 AM

India have reversed an earlier decision about the availability of Ravichandran Ashwin for the fourth and final test against Australia and named the off spinner in a 13-man match squad on Wednesday.

With a 2-1 lead, India need to only draw the test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to secure their first series triumph in Australia. Something of a standoff on team-naming appeared to develop on the eve of the match.

India’s captain Virat Kohli’s press conference was prefaced by an announcement from a team spokesperson that Ashwin was not 100% fit and would not be considered for selection.

Australia’s Tim Paine followed and said the hosts were waiting to finalise their team. One of their considerations being whether the Indians played two spinners at a ground that traditionally offers something for the slow bowlers.

Half an hour later the Indian team sent out a message saying Ashwin was in the squad and a decision on whether he played would not be made until the first morning of the match on Thursday.

Kannanur Lokesh Rahul, who was dropped after the Perth defeat, was recalled to the squad and looks set to open with Hanuma Vihari dropping down the order to bat at number six in place of Rohit Sharma, who has returned home to be at the birth of his first child.

Ishant Sharma, one of the disciplined pace trio that have done so much to put India in such a strong position was not included in the squad.

Ashwin took six wickets for 149 as India won the series opener in Adelaide but was forced to sit out the second test defeat in Perth and the win in Melbourne because of a side strain.

He underwent fitness tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, Paine says he had been surprised to hear that he was not available for the match.

Kohli spoke at length about his disappointment that Ashwin was not fit for such an important match.

“It’s quite unfortunate that he’s had two niggles that are quite similar on the last couple of away tours. He’s very important in test cricket, he’s a vital part of this team and we want him to be 100 percent fit so he can contribute,” says Kohli.



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