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Samsung extends Olympics sponsorship to 2028
4 December 2018, 9:56 AM

South Korea’s Samsung has extended its sponsorship contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by eight years and will remain a top sponsor until the 2028 Los Angeles Games, the world governing body said on Tuesday.

Samsung, who first signed up as a top sponsor with the IOC in 1998 and was a local sponsor at the 1988 Seoul Olympics as well, will support all Games up until and including the Los Angeles summer Olympics.

“I am delighted that we will be building on two decades of partnership with Samsung for another 10 years,” said IOC President Thomas Bach at the signing ceremony in Seoul.

“Together, we are able to connect with and inspire Olympic athletes and fans around the world, and we look forward to working with Samsung to build the digital future of the Olympic Games.”

Samsung is one of 14 top sponsors of the Olympics that also includes Coca-Cola, Intel and Panasonic.

Many of them have signed on till 2028 or beyond. In September, German insurer Allianz became the latest addition to the group, signing up to 2028.

No financial details of the deal were released but media reports have said the IOC has been seeking around $50 million per year for similar deals.

The 2022 winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, while the 2024 summer Games will be staged in Paris. The hosts of the 2026 winter Games will be announced next year.


Robert Mugabe
Mugabe back in Harare after medical check-ups
4 December 2018, 9:30 AM

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is back in Harare, after spending the last two months in Singapore for medical check-ups.

His successor Emmerson Mnangagwa last week shed light about his health condition, saying the former veteran leader can no longer walk.

Mnangagwa also made a commitment that his Government will continue to support him.

The two seem to have made peace after relations became frosty when Mnangagwa was fired and later became instrumental in the removal of Mugabe in office.

He is expected to spend the holidays at his Blue Roof home in Harare.

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California deadliest wildfire
Number of dead, missing in California’s deadliest wildfire drops
4 December 2018, 9:24 AM

The death toll in California’s deadliest wildfire was revised downward to 85 and the number of people believed missing dropped again to 11, down from a high of more than 1,200 about two weeks ago, officials said Monday.

The number of dead was revised from 88 after DNA tests on remains by the coroner’s office, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said late Monday in a televised press conference.

Of the remains of the dead found, 43 people have been positively identified, the sheriff’s department said in are lease.

No new human remains have been found since last week, Honea said, but the search for remains is expected to continue Tuesday, he said.

If residents find remains, they are asked to call the sheriff’s department.

The so-called Camp Fire, which started Nov. 8, has all but obliterated the mountain community of Paradise, home to more than 27,000 people about 175 miles north of San Francisco.

The fire was fully contained Nov 25, but the cause is still being investigated.

The electric utility PG&E Corpreported equipment problems near the origin of the fire around the time it began.


Eskom power station
Battle continues between contractor and Eskom in Limpopo
4 December 2018, 7:53 AM

A multi-million rand project to electrify thousands of households in the Fetakgomo-Tubatse municipality in Burgersfort, Limpopo, remains a dream as a legal battle between the contractor and Eskom continues.

Mphaphuli Consulting will apply for an urgent interdict in the High Court in Polokwane to stop the municipality from appointing Eskom to complete the electrification of more than 20 villages outside Burgersfort on Tuesday.

The R240 million project – Operation Mabone – was stopped two years due to running court battles.

Some residents have expressed concerns about the delays.

“We’ve got a huge backlog of electricity maybe I can say 30 percent of the municipality is not having electricity. It was good idea but the purpose was never achieved, it’s because the municipality as the big elephant and the service provider as the big elephant. They’re fighting, it’s the grass that’s getting hurt.”

The contractor had been given a three year contract to electrify 28 villages in 2014.

Municipal spokesperson Kubane Tolo says they’ll oppose the interdict.

“We’re going to oppose that he has put in front of us whereby Eskom has to come and finish that project on the basis that the project still belongs to him we’ve got 13 thousand households that should’ve been electrified. Unfortunately when the contractor left the site he only finished around over four thousand households. As a municipality we try to appoint Eskom to come and finish the project that he was supposed to have finished then, plus or minus two years ago.”


16 Days of Activism
Govt urged to prioritise women in land expropriation
4 December 2018, 6:31 AM

Women have urged government to prioritise them in the distribution of land when it implements its land expropriation without compensation plans.

They were speaking during the Women Dialogue, organised by the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa in Durban, as part of 16 days of activism.

Women discussed various topics including land, women in food security, gender-based violence and social ills.

The National Convenor of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa, Hlengiwe Mkhize says to address food security, government needs to allow women to have access to land.

“Now there is clarity into the direction the country is taking in terms of ensuring that those who were dispossessed as far back as 1913 they have access to land. In a country like ours majority of people are women so we do not want gender neutral policies, if its gender neutral then it means women will not benefit. We want the gender responsive distribution of land and assistance and empowerment to make sure that those women are in production immediately.”

A female commercial farmer, Maureen Magubane has urged the people to refrain from protesting for basic services such as toilets and houses but instead unite and fight for the distribution of land to women in order to benefit the next generation.

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