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ANC North West IPC says it’s ready to convene elective conferences
21 March 2021, 9:42 PM

The ANC Interim Provincial Committee (IPC ), in the North West, says it is ready to convene both the regional and provincial elective conferences. The IPC leadership made the announcement during a press conference in Rustenburg.

The interim committee was established in 2019 following the disbandment of the then provincial executive committee led by former premier, Supra Mahumapelo.

Its main mandate was to forge unity and rebuild party structures in the province following reports that the party was characterised by infightings, divisions and factionalism. Parallel structures were also reported to be in existence, something which made the work of the party dysfunctional.

Alliance partners call for the ANC national office to intervene in North West:

The IPC says out of the 407 branches in the province, they have successfully established over 340.

“The ANC in the North West is ready to convene both the regional and provincial conferences. The IPC is confident that we are on the correct path of realising a more united African National Congress that is renewed and that has the political apatite to can take forward the program of improving quality of life of our majority of our people in the North West province,” says IPC Coordinator, Hlomane Chauke.

Chauke says the provincial conference will be convened in June.

“With the lockdown restriction slightly relaxed we can plan to convene the ANC North West provincial conference on the 25th until the 27th of June that we have set up for ourselves in our road map. This has been in fact the key mandate of the IPC part of our work was to make sure that we rebuild structures. But again to make sure that we take all the regions including branches and the provincial conference to a conference where membership of the ANC can then elect their leadership of their choice,” he explains.

Political analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage, describes the announcement as good news.

“That is good news because we need stability within the ANC. We need decision-making within the structures of the ANC. At this point both the ANC and the province is falling apart, and we need stability in that environment. I must, however ,warn that it is not going to be an easy task,” adds Professor Duvenhage.

The IPC says it hopes that all branches will be launched in the next two weeks, setting the scene for the regional conferences, which should precede the provincial congress in June.

Lynne Brown returns to the State Capture Commission on Monday
21 March 2021, 9:19 PM

Former Minister of Department of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, returns to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry on Monday morning.

Proceedings are scheduled to start at 09h00.

Brown will continue testifying about her role at Eskom when she was still the Public Enterprises Minister.

On Friday, she denied allegations of wrongdoing at the power utility, while rejecting claims that

the Guptas influenced her decision in choosing board members at Eskom.

Below is the former Minister’s testimony:

While admitting to have known Ajay Gupta, Brown said she had no idea at the time that some of the board members appointed at the parastatal in 2014 had links to the family that’s said to have wielded enormous political influence in South Africa, with some alleging that it even tried to capture the state to advance its business interests.

Corruption Watch’s David Lewis dissects Brown’s Friday testimony:

SA clocks 1 051 COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths amid warning of a possible third wave
21 March 2021, 8:05 PM

South Africa has reported 1 051 new COVID-19 cases and 29 more deaths.

This takes the number of infections in the country to 537 852 and the death toll to 52 111.

The Western Cape has reported more deaths, followed by KwaZulu-Natal.

“Eastern Cape 1, Free State 1, Gauteng 5, Kwa-Zulu Natal 7, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 3, North West 0, Northern Cape 0 and Western Cape 12,” says Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Healthcare workers have conducted 9 635 287 COVID-19 tests nationwide since the outbreak of the pandemic was first reported in the country, with 24 025 tests completed since the last report.

Recoveries stand at 1 463 089, which translates to a 95% recovery rate.

The latest numbers come amid a warning of a possible third wave. Senior Researcher at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, says the cases are increasing by two-percent week on week, with major rises in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

Suliman says some localised outbreaks and COVID fatigue are responsible for the surge.

Catch the full discussion in the video below:

Authorities are urging South Africans to continue observing COVID-19 protocols to slow down the spread of the virus that has the world in a spin.

 

 

Amakhosi finally beat Pirates to win the Soweto Derby
21 March 2021, 6:59 PM

Kaizer Chiefs have finally got the better of their crosstown rivals Orlando Pirates. The Glomour Boys beat the Sea Robbers 1-0 in the DSTV Soweto Derby played at the FNB Stadium.

Kaizer Chiefs came into this match as the underdogs. Lebohang Manyama and Itumeleng Khune were not available for Chiefs, while Pirates were without Richard Ofori and Thembinkosi Lorch for this crucial match.

Amakhosi have lost to Pirates on three consecutive occasions since head coach, Gavin Hunt, joined the club. The losses have caused some club supporters to lose confidence on the Glamour Boys.

So Chiefs were under immense pressure to redeem themselves against Pirates, who are still in the title race.

Amakhosi adopted an attacking style from the onset. However, Pirates absorbed the pressure well and into the half-time break on level pegging.

In the second half, Amakhosi continued to attack and their plan came together. Striker Samir Nurkovic, who missed a penalty in the last derby, scored with an overhead kick.

Pirates forward, Fortune Makaringe, had an opportunity to equalise but his shot went wide.

Nurkovic received a through pass and with only the keeper to beat, also shot wide.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi saved Chiefs blushes when he stopped Kabelo Dlamini’s shot.

The win means Amakhosi have moved into the top 10 on the log.

N Cape education authorities devise catch-up plan amid COVID-19 surge
21 March 2021, 4:24 PM

The Northern Cape Education department says it is forced to come with a catch-up plan as schools continue to lose more school days due to COVID-19 infections. Most of the schools that are affected are in Namakwa District Municipality.

While the Northern Cape is still the province with the least infections and deaths, in recent days, it has been recording over 100 infections daily.

The province has recorded a cumulative number of 362 infections over the past three days. Four schools were forced to close in Calvinia in the past two weeks, when 36 positive cases were reported in those schools. The department recorded a further 23 positive cases in the same district this past week.

The department spokesperson, Lehuma Ntuane, says: “We are now forced to develop catch-up plan to ensure that once all the mass testing and verification has been done and we have obtained the results of all those who are tested, particularly the teachers, our learners and support staff, we will begin now to zoom into how we recover the lost teaching and learning time while the affected schools remain closed. The department will also monitor the situation very closely. We urge all parents to remain calm and keep all learners in isolation.”

Northern Cape sees a spike in COVID-19 cases:

While infections in the province are continuing to rise, most people are still roaming the streets without observing COVID-19 protocols like social distancing and wearing face masks. SABC News caught up with some of those who were roaming the streets without their face masks and this is what they had to say.

“I don’t have a reason, I don’t want to lie but I regret not wearing it. Without it in some places, I can’t get through,” said one resident.

“I’ve got no excuse. I only put mask on when I’m in public space where there’s many people,” added another resident.

“Because of Aids is no more famous, COVID is now famous. Let them stop this condom budget and or let’s change condom budget to the mask one,” said another community member.

The health department in the province says vaccination of health workers is proceeding well, with 4 556 of them having inoculated to date. Report by Motlalepule Morake

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