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Chef and media personality Lesego Semenya has died
12 July 2021, 5:47 PM

Chef and media personality Lesego Semenya has passed on. His manager Miz Marcee broke the news on Twitter a short while ago.

While the cause of his death is unknown, Lesego tested positive for  COVID-19 earlier this month and had been posting constant updates about his progress on social media.

Semenya who was also known as LesDaChef was cast on SABC3’s Top Chef in 2016.

He also co-hosted and judged Celebrity Masterchef, for which he won an SA Film and Television Award.

His book, Dijo, became a best-seller and was due for another print run.

Fans have taken to social media to express their sadness at his passing.

Cold front expected in some parts of SA
12 July 2021, 4:50 PM

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned that wet, windy and cold conditions are expected in some parts of the country this week. This is the result of a cold front.

Following this warning, Eskom has appealed to the public to continue using electricity sparingly.

Eskom has not implemented load shedding since the 13th of June 2021 due to some improvement in the performance of the generation fleet.

However, the cold front will increase the demand for electricity and put additional pressure on the power system.

Strong South Africa A side to take on touring Lions
12 July 2021, 3:54 PM

A strong South Africa A team has been named to take on the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday as the Springboks seek to accelerate their readiness for the three-test series, which starts next weekend,

The side includes 18 players from the World Cup-winning squad two years ago and five who started the Springboks’ warm-up test against Georgia earlier this month and is a dress rehearsal for the tests.

Also in the side is veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn, who played against the Lions 12 years ago, and the team is captained by Lukanyo Am.

South Africa spent the last week in self-isolation after an outbreak of COVID cases and had to cancel the second of two warm-up tests against Georgia. They only resumed training on Sunday although are still without several players who are still self-isolating.

“We’re pleased to be able to name a quality team with a number of experienced players despite the challenges in the last week, which included the entire squad being confined to their rooms as part of the team’s preventative self-isolation measures,” said coach Jacques Nienaber in a statement.

Nienaber will not be at the game, however, as he recovers from a COVID-19 infection.


15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 13-Lukhanyo Am (capt), 12-Damian de Allende, 11–S’bu Nkosi, 10-Mornée Steyn, 9-Faf de Klerk, 8-Jasper Wiese, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Marco van Staden, 5-Franco Mostert, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Trevor Nyakane, 2-Joseph Dweba, 1-Steven Kitshoff


16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Coenie Oosthuizen, 18-Vincent Koch, 19-Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20-Rynhardt Elstadt, 21-Herschel Jantjies, 22-Jesse Kriel, 23-Damian Willemse, 24-Kwagga Smith, 25-Elton Jantjies.

Presiding Officers of Parliament call for an end to acts of violence
12 July 2021, 3:45 PM

The Presiding Officers of Parliament have called for an end to acts of violence and criminality in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. They have also appealed for calm and adherence to the rule of law.

Crowds of people have been looting shops and malls in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

There has also been torching of trucks, stoning of cars, and the destruction of other key infrastructure.

National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise, and NCOP chairperson Amos Masondo say the right to peaceful protests is enshrined in the Constitution. However, violence, criminality, and incitement go against the country’s constitutional democracy.

They say while they are sympathetic to the personal difficulties facing former President Jacob Zuma, the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution must prevail and be observed by all.

Volatile situation in Jabulani Mall in Soweto as looters take on law enforcement:

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently intervene to control ongoing violent protests.

The DA leader says authorities need to act in a coordinated manner.

“What we are seeing now from law enforcement is a frantic and uncoordinated response to the violence, as opposed to a focused approach based on intelligence. It is critical that government and law enforcement get ahead of this curve, and that President Ramaphosa takes immediate steps to quell the violence and looting.”

Deployment of SANDF 

The SANDF says it’s currently busy with pre-deployment processes and procedures. The number of soldiers deployed will be determined based on an assessment of the situation on the ground.

SANDF says its objective is to provide a safe working environment for members of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies while they carry out their duties.

Members of SANDF stationed at national key points: 

Naledi Pandor conveys her condolences to the family of Ben Ngubane
12 July 2021, 2:05 PM

The International Relations minister, Dr. Naledi Pandor, has conveyed her condolences to the family of former KwaZulu-Natal Premier and former Eskom board Chairperson Dr. Ben Ngubane.

Ngubane passed on in the early hours of Monday morning from COVID-19 complications after two weeks at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital.

Pandor says Ngubane, who became the first Arts and Culture minister in 1994 played a pivotal role in the construction of South Africa’s science and technology firm foundation.

Spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, says her thoughts and prayers are with Ngubane’s family during the bereavement.

“When I become Minister of Science and Technology in 2009, I had the pleasure of benefitting from the solid foundation that Dr. Ngubane and my other predecessors had put in place.  It made it easy for us to focus on speeding up the implementation of the projects they had started. South Africa owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Ngubane for pioneering our science and technology. Minister Pandor said her thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Ben Ngubane’s family during this time of bereavement.”



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