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Parents urged not to leave kids unattended
18 September 2018, 4:13 PM

Johannesburg Emergency Services have warned communities not to leave children unattended, especially in conditions where there is a fire risk.

Six children died in two separate fires in Johannesburg in recent days.

On Sunday four children aged three to seven burnt to death after their mothers allegedly locked them in a house in Alexandra to go partying.

On Monday, two children aged eight months and two years died when their shack caught fire while the mother was out doing laundry.

Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says these types of fire tragedies are preventable.

“We just want to urge parents not to leave young children unattended because in most cases these young children are tempted to play around with heating devices like candles and paraffin stoves. They are also tempted to prepare food for themselves and this makes them vulnerable to fire incidents like we have seen lately where young children are losing their lives when they are left unattended.”

Maimane will not stand for W Cape Premier position
18 September 2018, 2:41 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has informed that party’s federal executive that he will not stand as Premier candidate for the Western Cape.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Maimane has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Premier of the Western Cape.

Maimane was expected to announce the candidate for the position of premier on Sunday in Cape Town, but the media briefing was postponed to Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, Western Cape Community Safety Minister, Dan Plato, has been nominated by the DA to be Cape Town’s next mayor.

Plato is set to take over from the current Mayor Patricia de Lille, who resigned in August following protracted differences with the party.

The other candidates for the Mayoral position were provincial Parliament speaker Sharna Fernandez, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson and Mayco Member for Urban Development, Brett Herron.

Plato’s nomination follows a protracted Fedex meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday.

SA gears up for ITU Telecom World 2018
6 September 2018, 9:15 PM

The (International Telecommunication Union) ITU Telecom World 2018 forum gets underway in a few days’ time in Durban.

The event attracts various role-players including representatives from government and the industry. This year’s event is being hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

They will all be discussing a central theme of innovation for smarter digital development.

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Zama zamas
Zama Zamas get licences to mine
6 September 2018, 8:20 PM

Former Zama Zamas who have now become artisanal miners are making huge profits in the mining industry.

Earlier this year, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Olifant, handed thousands of miners in the Kimberley area, mining permits.

Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) also availed 600 hectares for artisanal diamond miners to work.

It’s been a long journey for these artisanal miners, after several marches to the Hawks, government and police.

Their operations were finally legitimised three months ago.

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Informal settlement north of Johannesburg by Dinilohlanga Mekuto.
More calls to amend section 25
6 September 2018, 6:20 PM

The Foundation for Human Rights says section 25 of the Constitution must be amended to address the slow pace of land reform, social inequalities, racial and gender discrimination to access land.

The Foundation made an oral presentation to Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee on a possible amendment to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

Section 25 (1) stipulates that “no one may be deprived of property except in term of law of general application” and also that “no law may permit arbitrary deprivation of property”.

The Foundation’s Dumisa Ntsebeza  says a balance has to be struck.

“What are the key concerns: slow pace of land reform; the racial and gender inequality in land ownership which continues to exist; control of land by individuals especially women in communal areas is still a challenge; access of land in urban areas; high levels of hunger and the high failure rate of land reform projects. Our submission is that section 25 (1) of the constitution should be amended to make it less ambiguous in its attempt to balance the existing property owners and the vast majority of those who were dispossessed of the property.”

Meanwhile, Afriforum CEO, Ernst Roets told the Constitutional Review Committee that  white people never stole land when they arrived in South Africa.

“It is regularly argued and especially in this house that Whites stole the land. This is the single biggest historical fallacy of our time. There are three ways white people acquired land, namely- the settlement on empty land, the purchase of land through treaties, co-operation and agreements, and most controversial but least significant by conquest. Then of course there was legislation such as the native land act of 1913 and the Group areas act of 1950. These injustices must be dealt with but they must be dealt with  specifically and not  to use to construct grand false narrative.”

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