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Chad rebels ready to observe ceasefire, discuss settlement: rebel spokesperson
25 April 2021, 9:52 AM

Rebels in northern Chad are ready to observe a ceasefire and to discuss a “political settlement” after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby last week and the fighting that followed, a rebel spokesperson said on Sunday.

On Saturday, the rebels were preparing to advance on the capital N’Djamena, a spokesperson said, following the funeral of Deby.

Deby’s death on Monday, just after he won an election to extend his 30-year rule, shocked the Central African country which has long been a Western ally against militants.

A military council headed by Deby’s son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, seized power after his death, saying it intends to oversee an 18-month transition to elections.

The rebels, known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), came over the border from northern neighbour Libya on April 11 in their thousands, according to analysts’ estimates.

Unpacking the political crisis in Chad and Somalia:

Morgan hopes change of venue will change Kolkata’s fortune
25 April 2021, 9:08 AM

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan hopes a change of venue will bring change in fortune for his side who slumped to the bottom of the points table after Saturday’s six-wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Two-time champions Kolkata suffered their fourth defeat in five matches after yet another insipid batting display in Mumbai where they managed 133-9 which Rajasthan chased down with seven balls to spare.

“We were sort of behind the eight ball probably from the get-go,” England’s World Cup-winning captain Morgan told reporters after the loss.

“Rajasthan adapted to the wicket really well and we didn’t…(Kolkata were) about 40 runs short, which is a lot in a T20 game. Too much for our bowlers.”

Kolkata will play their next four games in Ahmedabad and Morgan is optimistic the two-time champions could stage a turnaround.

“Moving forward, and changing venue – we look to Ahmedabad where we have a number of games. Hopefully, a better venue that suits us.”

Morgan’s own form mirrors his team’s batting struggles and the 34-year-old said Kolkata were keen to play their natural attacking game.

“I think the clearer the mind, the easier it is,” says Morgan who was run out for a duck.

“We know the capabilities of our side. There is an element of playing smart cricket and building partnerships within that, but ultimately we want guys to play some free-flowing cricket.”

Investigations continuing into the murder of a KZN farmer
25 April 2021, 7:31 AM

Police investigations are continuing following the murder of farmer Trevor Murphy earlier this week on his Wendover Farm in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Murphy was allegedly attacked by three unknown suspects during a robbery and stabbed several times.

He died on the way to the hospital. Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says the assailants made off with several valuable items, including Murphy’s vehicle.

“Howick police is investigating charges of murder and robbery following an incident where a 50-year-old man was at his farm in Howick when he was attacked by 3 unknown suspects. The suspects stabbed him multiple times on the body and he was rushed to hospital where he later died. The suspects also took valuable items such as cell phones, a firearm, and tv as well as laptops before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. The matter is still under investigation.”

Meanwhile, police officers have been lauded for their swift response following a robbery on a farm in Mooi River.

A musical theatre production put together to commemorate 1976 Soweto Uprisings
25 April 2021, 7:02 AM

In commemoration of the Soweto Uprising, renowned theatre creator Jerry Pooe and music director Mondli Ngcobo, are putting together ‘1976 The Musical’. This will form part of the 45th anniversary of the June 16th commemorations.

Lead actors include Dawn King, Baby Cele, Khaya Dladla, and Wiseman Mncube.

The theatre production company has made a call for auditions.

They will take place on Monday at the Durban Music School.

Jerry Pooe who is the Director for ‘1976 The Musical’ says, “It will be different because we are going to be mordenizing it. It’s going to be happening at this period of time but of course with the reflections of 1976 and it’s going to be also having a lot of videos and images, lots of images. So, it’s really going to be a big production with the support of multimedia in it.”

Jerry Pooe discusses the theatre production below:

SAHPRA denies allegations that black people are not granted medicinal cannabis licenses
24 April 2021, 12:52 PM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has denied allegations that black people are being excluded from being granted medicinal cannabis licenses.

This after the Black Farmers’ Association of South Africa (BFASA) claimed that SAHPRA’s management has been granting licenses to white people and foreign-owned companies without considering indigenous people – including traditional healers and Rastafarians.

SAHPRA’s CEO Dr. Boitumelo Semete Makokotlela says, “That is completely untrue. We operate under the Medicines Act and the last amendment of the Act was in 2017. There are three key things that we look at as our criteria, so demographics are nowhere in our application form as a request.”

 

BFASA president Dr. Lennox Mtshagi says they are being discriminated against.

Below is the full interview with Dr Lennox Mtshagi:

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