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President Cyril Ramaphosa and Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zim govt thanks SA for its support
12 March 2019, 5:27 AM

The Zimbabwean government has thanked South Africa for its steadfast opposition to target sanctions at the country.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has also acknowledged South Africa for being a sanctuary for many Zimbabweans during his country’s economic hardships.

He was speaking during a gala dinner in honour of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation at the State House in the capital Harare on Monday night.

Ramaphosa has been consistent in his call to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa thanked Pretoria for all the support they have been receiving.

Ramaphosa says with 45 bilateral agreements signed between South Africa and Zimbabwe, both governments should prioritise the implementation of these agreements.

He cited lack of progress in the operationalisation of the One Stop Border Post project at Beit Bridge which seeks to increase trade between the two countries.

Ramaphosa arrived in Harare on Monday night for the third session of the Bi-National Commission starting in the capital Harare later Tuesday morning.

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State Capture Inquiry's Raymond Zondo
Koko instructed Opperman to accept coal from Tegeta
11 March 2019, 1:05 PM

Eskom Contract Manager, Gert Opperman, says former Acting Eskom Chief Executive Matshela Koko instructed him to convince Majuba Power Station to accept coal from Tegeta that did not meet quality specification.

Opperman says Koko’s request was not in accordance with the contract, and the coal should have been rejected.

He says he expected his manager to engage Koko on the matter because he was too junior to say ‘no’ to Koko.

Opperman is responding to Judge Raymond Zondo at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown Johannesburg.

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Tour operator escapes death after nearly being swallowed by a whale
11 March 2019, 12:18 PM

A Port Elizabeth Tour operator who escaped death after nearly being swallowed by a whale has made international headlines.

Rainer Schimpf, who takes tourists whale watching in Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape, was filmed with his legs dangling from a Bryde’s whale’s mouth.

It occurred while Schimpf was in the water filming the sardine run last month.

Schimpf says, “Well it happened extremely fast, I mean I was busy concentrating on the sharks and suddenly it got dark and as it got dark I was moved forward and I felt some pressure in my hip, so I realised instantly that a whale had grabbed me and there’s no time for fear or any thoughts in your head. The only thing I thought of was that the whale can’t swallow me because its throat is too small.”

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Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
“Never again will the agency be used for personal or political interest”
11 March 2019, 11:34 AM

State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba says never again will the agency be used for personal or political interests.

This after a High-Level Review Panel on the State Security Agency found that former President Jacob Zuma used the country’s intelligence services for his political and personal interests.

SSA has already begun implementing the recommendations made in the report, which assessed its mandate, capacity and organisational integrity.

Letsatsi-Duba has called on lawmakers to enact a law that would make it a criminal offence to abuse the intelligence services.

“I think the legislators must help us in this case to enact a law which will make it a criminal offence for anybody to abuse the intelligence work for political reasons. What we emphasise in the department is that abstain from meddling with politics of the country, yours is to make sure you do your work which is stipulated in the numerous Acts of the department to protect and also to safeguard the sovereignty of the country. I can confirm there’s no way we will allow what happened in the past to happen now.”


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Durban floods.
KZN disaster management teams assist flood hit communities
11 March 2019, 11:03 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-Operative Governance and disaster response teams are working together to assist communities that have been affected by overnight floods.

Heavy rains wreaked havoc in areas north of Durban.

Disaster management teams have been dispatched to areas including Phoenix, Amaoti, Verulam and KwaMashu north of Durban.

Department of Co-Operative Governance spokesperson Lennox Mabaso says, “Last night, we had furious storms that left several homes flooded. The downfall started in the afternoon and triggered a lot of floods which led to water entering people’s houses.”

He adds: “We are currently on the ground working with the community to ensure that we are able to provide support; but government is going to provide the coordinated support response and making sure that people are able to he provided support.”

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