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Government to engage with Clover management in efforts to save jobs
11 June 2021, 11:20 AM

The North West government has tasked a delegation of MECs to engage with Clover management in an effort to persuade the company to reconsider its decision to relocate its plant from  Lichtenburg to eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal.

The plant is the biggest cheese producer in the country.

Its relocation could result in more than 330 job losses.

Clover cited lack of water provision, recurring power outages and damaged roads as part of the reasons for its decision:

While the North West government acknowledges that poor provision of services by the Ditsobotla Local Municipality may well be some of the reasons for the decision, it says it is prepared to do all it can to save jobs.

“Our responsibility as government, at any sphere, remains to create a conducive environment for business to flourish. I must say in this instance, we may have neglected this key responsibility and hence Clover intends to close shop in the municipality,” Premier Job Mokgoro told journalists at a media briefing on the provincial government’s plan to try and convince the company to reconsider its decision.

However, the provincial government says the decision to shutdown the plant is seemingly not only due to services.

“This could be just purely a business decision. We have reached the leadership of Clover in the form of the CEO, in the form of a legal secretariat, requesting engagement. We’re continuing to seek to have an audience and engagement with Clover for many reasons,” the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Mmoloki Cwaile, added.

Taking over the plant is another option, should the company not be convinced to stay.

“We must have plan B. In case they have made their mind, they are not changing, they are closing down, what is it that we will do as government. Because we are a caring government, we want to make sure that we save jobs,” says the North West MEC for Agriculture, Desbo Mohono.

Clover employs about 380 permanent employees and about 40 temporary employees.

Funeral service of Johannes Tselapedi underway
11 June 2021, 10:38 AM

The special official provincial funeral service of former MEC for Education, Johannes Tselapedi is underway in the Civic Centre in Mahikeng in the North West.

Tselapedi died on Sunday following a short illness. He was 65-years-old.

Tselapedi was a former member of the executive of the North West Provincial Government.

At the time of his death, he was a councillor at Ngaka Modiri Molema District municipality as well as a member of the ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee in the North West.

Tselapedi also served as MEC for Transport and Agriculture.
He is a former speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature.
Amongst those in attendance are the Premier of the North West Job Mokgoro, members of the provincial legislature, leaders of different church denominations, and members of the ANC.
The ANC says Tselapedi’s name was among three names submitted to lead the North West, following Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation as Premier of the North West in 2018.
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Sascoc unveils official kit for team SA ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games
11 June 2021, 8:31 AM

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has unveiled the official kit for Team South Africa ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Japan.

The games will start on July 23 after an initial postponement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kit sponsor Mr. Price Sport has partnered with four young, emerging local designers from KwaZulu-Natal to design bold on and off-the-field wear for the Olympic and Paralympic teams.

A toned-down kit revealed due to COVID-19 restrictions could not dull the electric excitement among the small group of Olympians and Paralympians who put on Team SA’s kit for the first time.

So far 64 elite athletes have qualified to compete in Tokyo. This is expected to grow to 200 in the next few weeks.

South Africa’s history with its Olympic kit has not been positive. At the 2016 Rio Olympics athletes complained about the quality from a Chinese manufacturer, labelling it as ill-fitting. Now 5 years later, a collaboration between a leading local sportswear giant and 4 young KwaZulu-Natal fashion designers, has hit the spot.

Head of marketing for Mr Price Sport, Dylan Cherry says, “To support our athletes with a kit that will make them proud to be part of team SA. We’ve been pushed to innovate the athletes’ performance and medal ceremony kit for our athletes from locally produced super lightweight running vests with laser-cut edges and durable rugby sevens kits. An iconic team kit graphic in the form of the protea icon.”

Donning the new kit with a huge grin, 2016 Rio bronze medalist in the shot put, Paralympian Tyrone Pillay, says he plans on giving the Games his all despite the setback of COVID-19.

“You’ve always got to believe in yourself and back yourself, aim for higher. Not being able to train for nearly 6 months. Not being able to go to the gym, throw technically. That’s a real back burner. But I think with the mental aspect of the game you have to prepare yourself and work forward.”

South African sprint canoeist Bridgitte Hartley, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, will this year be playing a special role as a candidate for the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission.

“When you wear the South African kit you always wear it with pride. The feel of walking into the stadium and the introduction of your Olympic Games is such a special moment.”

Long jump and triple jump Olympian, Khotso Mokoena, showed off the classic white tracksuit with green cuffs. Standing tall and proud, he says he’s expecting a few surprises.

“Athletes are always hungry to go to the games and they didn’t want to miss this one so they stayed ready although the circumstances didn’t allow them at the beginning of the pandemic they worked hard at home and now they are competing and doing well. In the European league and also the diamond league so they hungry to do well and I think it’s going to be a big surprise in Tokyo.”

Sascoc CEO, Ravi Govender, says the athletes have risen above the challenges of the pandemic and are keen to get out the starting gates at Tokyo.

“These games will be very special as our national pride that is team SA will be able to showcase a proudly South African look. Well done and thank you to the designers for offering exclusive and original designs which our athletes are ready to wear with pride as we prepare to descend on Tokyo.”

The Tokyo Olympics kicks off at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on July 23 as the IOC finalises a stringent set of rules to keep athletes safe amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign spectators will not be allowed.

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Kim Kardashian has no regrets as ‘Keeping Up’ reality series ends
11 June 2021, 7:39 AM

After 14 years of drama, fashion and family, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the television series that made Kim Kardashian and her siblings household names, took its final bow on Thursday with hugs, tears and gratitude.

“I have no regrets. This was, like, the best decade and a half of my life,” Kim Kardashian says in the finale.

“I feel like the luckiest girl in the entire world that I get to work with my family every single day,” she added. “This is who I am. This show made who we are, and I’ll never take that for granted.”

The series ended with hugs for the TV crew that has followed the wealthy family in its most intimate moments, and the burial of a time capsule.

Matriarch Kris Jenner buried the certificate she got when she trademarked the word “momager” in 2017 for managing the family’s interests, while her daughter Kylie Jenner, 23, contributed the lip gloss kits that made her a billionaire.

However, the extended family from California has no plans to step back. They will return for a two-part reunion on June 17 and 20, and have a deal for a new series on streaming platform Hulu that is expected to launch later in 2021.

Details are scarce but Kris Jenner has described it as “the next chapter” for the family.

Over the years, the show chronicled the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, including Kim Kardashian’s marriage to rapper Kanye West, sister Khloe Kardashian’s split with basketball player Lamar Odom, and the gender transition of patriarch Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner.

It also launched the beauty and fashion empires of Kim Kardashian and her half sister Kylie, Kendall Jenner’s modeling career, spinoff shows for Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and a social media presence in which Kim now counts some 227 million Instagram followers.

West and Caitlyn Jenner did not appear in the final episode, which was filmed last winter, before Kim Kardashian filed for divorce and Jenner announced she was running for election as California governor.

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” made its debut on NBC Universal’s E! Network in 2007, airs in some 90 nations in 20 languages, and spawned multiple spinoff shows.

Audiences in the United States have declined in the past year to under 1 million from about 4 million at the height of the show’s fame.

The family announced last September that they would end the show but gave no reasons for the decision.
Man to appear in court after a hostage drama in Durban
11 June 2021, 7:19 AM

A man is expected to appear in court soon in connection with Thursday’s hostage drama in the Durban CBD.

The man who is believed to be a retired security force member allegedly threatened a manager in the Government Employee Pension Fund office on the 13th floor of a building in Anton Lembede Street.

A firearm was visible on the man’s body during the two-hour standoff, but according to police, the suspect did not draw the firearm.

Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says the situation was defused by members of the police task force.

“The police were called to the scene and the situation was defused. And the hostage was taken by the police for further interview.”

Emer-G-med paramedic spokesperson Kyle van Reenen says, “To report back from the scene on Anton Lembede Street a short while ago a male suspect was escorted out of the building by members of the South African police services. Emer-G-med paramedics can confirm that there were no injuries and no fatalities were sustained. And the South African Police Services are to be commended for their swift action.”

Update on the Durban CBD drama: Jayed-Leigh Paulse

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