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Zambia’s former President Kaunda admitted to hospital
14 June 2021, 1:05 PM

Zambia’s former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to a hospital in Lusaka. A statement from his office says Kaunda has asked for prayers for his recovery.

It goes on to say that the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure the elderly statesman gets well.

Kaunda was the first democratic President of Zambia post-independence in 1964.

The 97-year-old stepped down in 1991 after 27 years in the Presidency.

Last year, former President Thabo Mbeki paid tribute to Kaunda on his birthday saying that Africa’s current leadership should look to the legacy of Zambia’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda, when dealing with challenges.

In the video below is former President Thabo Mbeki:

Mourners pay tribute to Reverend Tselapedi
11 June 2021, 7:06 PM

Mourners at the funeral service of former North West Education MEC, Reverend Johannes Tselapedi, have described him as a man who believed in truth and loved education.

Tselapedi died at the age of 65 after a short illness, last Sunday. His funeral was held in Mahikeng on Friday.

In the video below his daughter, Grace Khoza, pays tribute to him

Tselapedi was accorded a special official provincial funeral by the North West province. Among those in attendance was the Premier of the North West Job Mokgoro, members of parliament and the provincial legislature, leaders of different church denominations and members of the African National Congress (ANC), mayors and councillors.

Tselapedi held three government portfolios that included transport, education, and agriculture. He later became the Speaker of the provincial legislature.

Prior to his passing, he was a councillor in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. He has been praised as a person who believed in honesty and truth.

His son is Thapelo Tselapedi says: “He was a very engaging person. That is quite important for him, be expressive and be honourable to truth, always seek justice and do right unto others. Given that he was a person of the cloth, he loved the bible and church. So he instilled particularly Christian values in all of us.”

His former colleague says he was instrumental in the municipality’s turnaround strategy. Justice Makolomakwa is the executive mayor for Ngaka Modiri Molema.

“We were able to implement projects of R100 million. Presently we were able to pay all our creditors. We are only left with Sedibeng that we still have a dispute with but we are still working on it.”

Tselapedi was also a member of the ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee in the North West. Hlomane Chauke, Co-ordinator for ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee says, in order to honour him, it will try to improve the state of municipalities in the province.

“In honouring Tselapedi it is for the people of the North West and the membership of the ANC in the province to embrace what comrade Tselapedi stood for. Because when we do that we will be really honouring his commitment to bring about development. He loved his people. I think that’s one thing that we want to see, municipalities where we deployed him, we want to see development in Ngaka Modiri Molema. We want to see the development of water, roads and job creation. We want to see the municipality intensifying developments in our people.”

However, the provincial government says if communities can invest in education, it will assist to transform their lives. Premier Job Mokgoro elaborates

“There are two things that are missing in our government and in broader society. The one is valuing education and the other is valuing values that have been bequeathed to us by our forebears. If we could do those two things we will go very far.”

Tselapedi’s name was among three submitted to lead the North West, following Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation as Premier. He leaves behind his wife and six children.

For more on the funeral watch video below:

UK PM Johnson expresses support for Tokyo Olympics
11 June 2021, 3:32 PM

British PrimeMinister Boris Johnson on Friday expressed support for the Tokyo Olympics at a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely, his Downing Street office said.

“The prime minister expressed his support for the Tokyo Olympics, and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely,” a Downing Street spokesperson said after the meeting in the British seaside resort of Carbis Bay.

The Japanese government and Olympic organisers have said the Games will go ahead – barring “Armageddon”, as one International Olympic Committee (IOC) member put it.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed once due to the global spread of the coronavirus, are scheduled to start on July 23.

Tokyo 2020 would be “grateful” if Group of Seven countries could support the Summer Games going ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday.

 

Germany’s Merkel to visit Biden at White House on July 15
11 June 2021, 3:21 PM

US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on July 15 to affirm “the deep bilateral ties”, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

The announcement was made on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in England. Biden has hosted two other world leaders since taking office, Japan and South Korea.

Psaki said Biden and Merkel “will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.”

A standoff over the completion of the $11 billion NordStream 2 pipeline piping Russian gas to Europe has strained ties at a time when Berlin and Washington are eager to rebuild relations after former U.S. President Donald Trump’s term.

The United States waived sanctions last month on the company behind the pipeline, Russian state energy firm Gazprom, giving Berlin and Washington three more months to resolve the dispute.

Guptas’ bank records will help with investigation: Batohi
11 June 2021, 2:32 PM

The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi says they require financial evidence from the United Arab Emirates of members of the Gupta family who are wanted in South Africa on charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud.

The NPA’s Investigating Directorate issued warrants of arrests for the Guptas last week and asked Interpol for assistance to get them deported to South Africa.

The Guptas are believed to have fled to the UAE in early 2018 as criminal investigations for alleged corruption accelerated.

Batohi says the suspects’ bank records will help them with their investigation into the corruption they committed in South Africa. She says there will be legal processes with regards to the extradition.

“Hopefully once that happens there would be legal processes with regard to the extradition of those persons. To put it very very simply that is essentially what it means. It means Interpol working to assisting and tracing these persons and the whereabouts have been established work with the local authority to effect the arrest.”

The Gupta name has become synonymous with accusations of state capture in SA. The family faces allegations of corruption at parastatals and provincial governments, to the tune of around R49 billion.

Ratification of treaties

Earlier on Friday, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said the UAE is not cooperating with South Africa, in accordance with the extradition treaty ratified by the two countries.

The agreement between South Africa and the UAE on extradition and legal assistance in criminal matters was signed in 2018.

Lamola says South Africa will continue to pursue this matter until justice is served.

“Irrespective of the fact that both South Africa and the UAE ratified this convention, regrettably we have to date not experienced a level of appreciation and cooperation which is required in terms of the convention in the fight against corruption from the UAE. However, we will continue to pursue our counterparts through diplomatic channels in order to reach the desired levels of cooperation to enable our law enforcement agencies to bring to justice persons of interest of any investigations they are pursuing.”

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