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Gwala’s family to establish foundation for cancer awareness
6 November 2019, 4:20 PM

Veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala’s wife Peggy-Sue Khumalo says the family will be launching the Xolani Gwala Foundation to focus on issues around cancer.

Khumalo announced this at her husband’s memorial held in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Gwala died on Friday aged 44 after losing his battle with colon cancer. He will be buried at his home village of Impendle in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Khumalo’s letter was read by a friend. “With the focus on cancer awareness, access to testing for early detection and funding for treatment. We will also pursue funding for young aspiring broadcasters and journalists it is also our wish as a family that Primedia 702 considers keeping the show as part of our legacy but also provide a platform to educate about cancer awareness and the need for early detection.”

Gwala’s children paid tribute to father 

Gwala’s children paid a moving tribute to their father. Gwala’s last born child Siphosethu told of her love for her father at his memorial in Sandton.

3 years old Siphosethu said a few words about her father. “I love him with my heart, all the time. He’s my favourite, I love him so much. I really love him. I love him so much, like a lot.”

Her sisters Siphosihle, Ngwali and Nobuhle on the other hand opted for a letter to be read.

 

 

MyBroadbrand warns of personal data leaks
14 October 2019, 2:42 PM

Technology publication ‘MyBroadband’ claims that the personal information of South Africans who applied for home loans through major banks in the last ten years, was exposed through a security flaw.

MyBroadband says the exposed data includes identity documents, home loan application information and the property valuation.

However the company in charge of storing and securing the data on behalf of the banks, ‘E4’ says the personal information of applicants has not been breached.

Senior journalist at MyBroadband, Jan Vermeulen says, “We got information from a source that this was happening and so we investigated a bit more. We were shown evidence the security flaw in action and then you we were able to follow up with the company. They confirmed that there were security flaws in the application programming interface but said that there’s been no leak and no unauthorised person has gained access to the data to the best of their knowledge. I can’t just connect to the API and look for myself if they’ve fixed the issue but we will certainly follow up. The latest information we had received was in fact evidence that the API was still exposed.”

Voting materials dispatched ahead of Mozambique elections
10 October 2019, 8:34 AM

The Mozambique Election Commission says all voter materials have been dispatched to various regions of the country ahead of the general elections on Tuesday, October 15th.

The Commission says 26 political parties are campaigning for elections.

It says it is confident that it will administer free and fair elections in which RENAMO will for the first time contest power without opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama.

The Commission’s spokesperson Paul Cuinica says for the first time ten governors will be chosen from the competing parties.

“The political parties are campaigning until the 12, we have had some incidents, like that one of propaganda materials destruction and we also have some clashes here and over there, but we would say that so far this has let us say a smooth campaign in spite of this incident. But we think that the problems that are happening here and over there have been controlled by the police.”

 

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Parliament returns to work following Spring recess
8 October 2019, 8:05 AM

Members of Parliament will on Tuesday return to work after the Spring recess.

A total of 43 committees will be sitting this week, as well as the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) where President Cyril Ramaphosa will answer oral questions on Thursday.

They include border control and security, challenges facing Eskom and government’s plans to fight gender based violence.

The various portfolio committees will be dealing mainly with annual and Budget Review and Recommendations(BRR) reports of government departments and entities.

The BRR reports must be finalised before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tables the Mini Budget later this month.

These reports help Parliament to evaluate service delivery commitments of government plans and budgets.

Two arrested following Milnerton public violence
28 September 2019, 11:02 AM

Cape Town police say two men have been arrested for public violence in Milnerton.

Incidents of stone-throwing and vandalism started earlier this week, in retaliation to the City’s clampdown on traffic offences and taxi operators.

A truck and the Phoenix MyCiti Station were set alight on Friday morning and roads blockaded with burning tyres and rubble.

A kiosk at a bus station was also raided.

On Saturday morning, there have been sporadic flare-ups of public violence in Du Noon and Joe Slovo.

Potsdam Road between Sati/Killarney Road and Malibongwe has again been closed due to incidents of stone-throwing.

Police say their deployments will remain in the area until they are satisfied that the situation has been stabilised.

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