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Julius Malema
Malema apologises to President Ramaphosa
20 February 2020, 9:29 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has apologised to President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the gender-based violence comments he made in Parliament. Malema’s apology follows that of President Ramaphosa during his reply to the SONA debate.

The President apologised to Malema, his wife Mantoa Matlala and family for the humiliation he suffered after the claims by ANC MP Boy Mamabolo, that he abused his wife. In a statement, Malema says after Ramaphosa’s apology he had a long discussion with his wife.

They then decided to accept it and subsequently apologise themselves to the President.

Read Malema’s statement below:

Watch President Ramaphosa offering an apology to Malema below:

Ramaphosa reiterates government’s commitment to stabilise Eskom
20 February 2020, 8:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that government will make sure that Eskom returns to operational and financial stability. The President was replying to the debate on his State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

He’s also said that they’re working towards removing blockages for businesses to operate in South Africa. President Ramaphosa says government will not switch off the lights at the power utility.

“We are firmly committed to the path of economic reform that we have embarked upon. We are removing red tape to reposition our economy, working with private sector and labour to address the specific blockages that hamper the growth of companies and be reckless and we refuse to be reckless and simply switch off Eskom’s life support. To do so will be to plunge our economy and our country into chaos,” says Ramaphosa.

Watch President Ramaphosa discuss various issues during his response to the SONA Debate:

On Wednesday, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said that Eskom faces two years of load shedding.

This in contrast to Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha saying that load shedding can be expected for the next 18 months as it catches up on maintenance.

Mantashe was speaking on the second day of the debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament.

The minister says unreliable electricity supplier is the biggest threat to economic growth in the country.

“Eskom demands above 31000 megawatts. According to the power utility we face at least two years minimum of potential load shedding,” Mantashe warned.

“The President mentioned the following measures we will implement to address energy shortage, procurement of emergency power, the easing of requirements and process for generation for all use and enabling municipalities in good financial standing to buy their own power,” he added.

Rabada and Faf du Plessis
Proteas shift focus to T20 series against Australia
20 February 2020, 6:25 PM

Less than a week after concluding their three-match T20 series against England, the South African cricket team will be back in action at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday for the first of three T20 internationals against Australia. This time though, the Proteas are strengthened by the return of former captain, Faf du Plessis as well as fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.

Proteas fans would have felt hard done by losing opener Themba Bavuma to a hamstring injury for this series opener against the Aussies. Bavuma, together with his captain Quinton de Kock, scored 224 runs between them in the three opening partnerships against England.

The good news for local fans, however, is that South Africa’s campaign will be boosted by the return of two senior players, Du Plessis and Rabada.

“Obviously it brings a lot of experience to our team and obviously they can help guide the younger players in the team. It’s great to have them back obviously, they bring in fresh energy,” says De Kock.

This series will see Australian opener David Warner back on South African soil for the first time since he and De Kock had an altercation on the stairwell leading to the players dressing rooms, during lunch on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban in March 2018.

According to the Proteas skipper, both players have moved on and put the incident behind them.

“We haven’t had any real conversations, me and him have moved on from there. Any way we look to just play cricket, we both love to play really hard but I don’t think anything will happen. We will carry on with the way we need to go about things and we won’t worry too much about it,” says De Kock.

The match at the Wanderers is a night game and will get under way at 6pm.

Land
EFF describes Pompeo’s utterances on land expropriation as senseless
20 February 2020, 5:50 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s comments on South Africa’s land expropriation debate as senseless. Pompeo said expropriation of private property without compensation would be disastrous for SA’s economy and its people.

He was speaking at a UN Economic Commission for Africa event in Ethiopia. The EFF says Pompeo’s position is in line with the imperialist logic that seeks to maintain the US grip as a superpower.

The party’s Delisiwe Ngwenya says they aren’t shocked that the US would be against what they call justice and restoration of the dignity of the country’s black people.

“Pompeo’s utterances are consistent with the imperialistic logic that seeks to parent the world so as to maintain its firm grip as a superpower that holds policy direction for all nations subservient to it. The expropriation of land in South Africa seeks to undo a fundamental sin against African people. It is legislation that will address the racist, special planning of the country as well as to collapse the monopoly the white minority has over the agricultural and mineral economy. To expropriate land without compensation is to reverse the gains and prosperity of crime, something that the United States is too guilty to comprehend,” says Ngwenya.

Watch Pompeo explain his views:

Joseph Shabalala
Shabalala honoured at memorial service
20 February 2020, 5:04 PM

The late Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala has been described as an outstanding musician, a peacemaker and an amazing man of song. The internationally acclaimed singer died last week in Pretoria after a long illness.

The Chairperson of the National Heritage Council, Thulani Mbuli has been paying tribute to him at a memorial service at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg.

“We come together today to celebrate the life of an outstanding musician, prophet, a lyric scientist, manager, educator,  preacher and peacemaker. In his realm of culture, music, especially isicathamiya, Professor Shabalala served the country locally and internationally with distinction.”

Earlier this week, learners from the Joseph Shabalala Secondary School in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, called for Shabalala’s legacy to be included in next year’s school syllabus.

The school, which was named after the icon in 2016, held a memorial service for him on Tuesday morning.

Grade 12 learners Aphelihle Magasela and Ndabezinhle Zulu say unless his life and contributions to the country are taught to the younger generation, his legacy will disappear.

Watch Magasela and Zulu as they pay their tributes to Shabalala:

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2 in honour of late Joseph Shabalala.

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