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Gabon’s President Ali Bongo
Gabon’s leader to deliver speech on New Year’s Days after stroke
27 December 2018, 10:04 AM

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo will deliver a speech on New Year’s Day in what will be the leader’s first public address since he had a stroke in October.

The 59-year-old leader has not been back to Gabon since he fell ill in Saudi Arabia on October 24.

He will address his nation from Morocco’s capital Rabat, where he is recovering.

A lack of official news on the leader’s health after he first fell ill sparked speculation that he was incapacitated or even dead.

It was only revealed earlier this month that he had suffered a stroke.

A single photograph of Bongo and two videos without sound are all that has been published in the two months since his stroke, further fueling rumours about his health.

President Petro Poroshenko having a meeting with members of the army.
Martial law expires in Ukraine
27 December 2018, 7:20 AM

Ukraine has lifted martial law in the ten regions where it was imposed 30 days ago in response to Russia‘s seizure of three Kiev’s Naval ships in the Kerch Strait.

President Petro Poroshenko told the country’s Security Council earlier this month that he did not plan to extend the martial law beyond one month, initially foreseen unless there was a large scale attack from Russia.

24 Ukranian crew members, arrested by the Russians, remain in custody – pending trial.

The Ukrainian navy ships were captured in the Kerch Strait, between Russian-annexed Crimea and southern Russia, which controls access to the Sea of Azov, where there are both Russian and Ukrainian ports.

Moscow said the ships entered Russian waters while trying to cross the strait without prior notice, ignoring orders to stop.

Kiev said its ships needed no Russian permission to cross the strait.

Under the martial law, Ukraine banned Russian men of combatage from entering the country and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.

Ukraine’s military chief said this month Russia had been ramping up its forces near the border since August and now poses the greatest military threat since 2014, the year it annexed Crimea.

Man pouring water over his face during a heat wave.
Heat wave to ease by Friday
27 December 2018, 6:31 AM

The heat wave conditions in large parts of the country’s interior will persist on Thursday and are only expected to ease on Friday.

Johannesburg and Pretoria residents face temperatures between 35 and 37 degrees celsius. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 30’s in all inland provinces, and even pass 40 in parts of Limpopo like Phalaborwa and Thohoyandou.

People are urged to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

The high temperatures are worsening the drought conditions in central farming areas, leading to fears of poor harvests.

Many farmers have not yet planted their crops in the North West and the Free State.

In contrast to the rest of the country, severe thunderstorms are expected in parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Edgars clothing store
Edcon approves restructuring and recapitalisation plan
21 December 2018, 1:23 PM

The board of South Africa’s largest clothing retailer, Edcon has approved the company’s restructuring and recapitalisation plan.

Edcon CEO, Grant Pattison, says Edcon lenders have also extended payback periods based on the new plan.

Edcon – which owns CNA, Edgars and Jet – was on the brink of collapse and had warned of possibly shedding 40 000 direct and 100 000 indirect jobs.

The retailer was also seeking R2 billion in emergency funding from its owners and the state-owned Public Investment Corporation.

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General Khehla Sitole speaks at graduation ceremony.
General Sitole confident about training given to police officers
21 December 2018, 12:34 PM

The National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, says he has confidence in the training provided to police officers.

He was speaking at the graduation ceremony of more than 3500 police officers.

Police trainees from Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are on parade after having successfully completing their training.

Speaking at the Passing Out Parade at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Academy in Tshwane, Sitole urged the officers to use the legal framework provided to them when confronting criminals.

“We go through the training and development research. We come up with new forms of training. As we are moving forward with the training, we will be improving the tactical awareness and resilience of our police. I want to say, if any of you are against a criminal, someone will fall and it is not going to be you because we have trained you and given you the best training we can. Apply the law that you’ve been taught, but don’t die with your guns.”

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