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SANEF responds to journalist Piet Rampedi’s allegations
21 July 2019, 12:34 PM

The South African National Editors’ Forum has responded to allegations of it being the so-called foot soldiers of billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, saying they are not being controlled by Soros after receiving funds from him.

This after former Sunday Times journalist Piet Rampedi took to Twitter to make damning allegations against a number of journalists who he claims plotted to silence him and his colleagues.

Rampedi resigned after the publication retracted its reports on the so-called SARS Rogue Unit in 2015. He has composed over 40 tweets in which he labelled journalists, amongst others, who he claims were attempting to destroy him.

SANEF Executive Director Kate Skinner has urged Rampedi to address his concerns via the appropriate channels.

“We do get funding from George Soros, we got a specific amount of money to look at election issues and we ran a whole lot of election training workshops. Obviously, we get money from a whole lot of different sources including our own members and from the media companies. To say that we are getting from Soros and therefore being controlled by him is not correct.”

“We need to look at what Rampedi is saying and of course he can be critical, but he needs to go through the correct channels such as the Press Council, the BCCSA and it is very interesting that he is not taking them through the correct channels.”

NMF urges South Africans to play role in eradicating poverty
18 July 2019, 10:37 AM

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has urged all South Africans to play their role in eradicating poverty. The theme of this year’s Mandela Day event is: “The eradication of poverty”. The foundation is hosting its annual Mandela Day event at the Germiston Civic Centre in Ekurhurleni.

This year, the foundation is working with the City of Ekurhuleni to support four local causes that represent – shelter, education, food and nutrition and active citizenship.

The foundation’s CEO Sello Hatang says, “On this Mandela Day, we are saying take action against poverty. Each one of us must play our part in terms of ensuring we break the back of intergenerational poverty and to all the listeners out there, we are saying go out of your way to help build a country of our dreams. Madiba said the world remains with so much poverty, human suffering and inequality and it’s in your hands to have the country of your dreams. It’s about dreaming, you go out and act on that dream.”

The day will also include a moment to honour senior citizens and tracking Madiba’s footprints in the City of Ekurhuleni.

Meanwhile, over the weekend the foundation in partnership with the Imbumba Foundation sent off the 2019 Trek4Mandela Expedition team at OR Tambo International Airport. The expedition team aims to summit Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate Mandela Day.

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WATCH: The State Capture Inquiry
11 July 2019, 10:02 AM

Former Transnet Electrical Engineer Francis Callard continues with his testimony at the State Capture Inquiry on Thursday morning in Johannesburg.

On Wednesday, Callard agreed that former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and Chief Financial Officer Anoj Singh unjustifiably decided on an inflated purchase price for China South Rail locomotives.

 

Case against Malema postponed to September
8 July 2019, 9:59 AM

The case against EFF leader Julius Malema has been postponed to September 9 by the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Malema did not appear in court in person. However he was represented by his legal team.

Malema is facing a charge of violating the Riotous Assembly’s Act after he told his party members to occupy vacant land in Newcastle and Bloemfontein.

Last week, the Pretoria High Court dismissed Malema’s application to have the act declared unconstitutional.

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WATCH: PIC Commission of Inquiry
8 July 2019, 9:41 AM

The Commission of Inquiry hearing into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) resumes on Monday in Pretoria. Former PIC CEO Dan Matjila is expected to take the stand.

Matjila’s testimony is scheduled to go on until Thursday. Matjila has been accused of misuse of funds and careless investment decisions at the PIC. He has denied the allegations.

Matjila resigned in November 2018 amid allegations of corruption and nepotism. He has also been implicated in the testimony of numerous witnesses, including that of former CFO Matshepo More.

The PIC manages pension funds on behalf of public sector employees.

 

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