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Guinea declares end to Ebola outbreak that killed 12
19 June 2021, 3:18 PM

An Ebola outbreak, which started in Guinea in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the health ministry and the World Health Organisation said on Saturday.

Health authorities were able to move swiftly to tackle the resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids, after lessons learned from previous outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Based on the lessons learned from the 2014-2016 outbreak and through rapid, coordinated response efforts… Guinea managed to control the outbreak and prevent its spread beyond its borders,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

The Ebola outbreak in 2014-2016 killed 11 300 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Registration of delegates under way for ANC Mopani regional elective conference
19 June 2021, 3:18 PM

The ANC Mopani regional elective conference is expected to start at four separate venues in Tzaneen in Limpopo later on Saturday.

Scores of delegates have gathered at the different venues that will be linked virtually to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

ANC provincial chairperson, Stan Mathabatha, is expected to give a virtual address. Spokesperson Donald Selamolela says the registration of delegates has started.

“The registration is currently taking place of the conference, which will be starting later in the afternoon. I must also indicate that in adherence to COVID protocols the conference is taking place in about four venues across the town of Tzaneen. We will be linking virtually the four venues to the main venue which is Karibu hotel. I must indicate that even at the registration point now even as we are speaking everything is all systems go the registration is under going, social distancing is being observed,” he says.

The conference was postponed at the last minute last weekend to make way for the finalisation of the adjudication of an appeal process and to clear a verification report.

Zulu Royal Family declares mourning period over, turns focus to succession matter
19 June 2021, 2:01 PM

The daughter of the late amaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, Princess Nombuso Zulu, says the cleansing ceremony was a success and royal houses have been cleansed.

During the media briefing, the royal family thanked the nation for its support during their mourning period for the King. Princess Nombuso says the Queens and the Zulu nation are now free from mourning.

“We have been cleansed as a family now all the king’s wives and the Zulu nation as a whole they are now free from mourning they can resume their duties. Everything went well during the cleansing and the hunting they came back with game meat as the tradition dictates. All tradition and rules have been followed accordingly,” she says.

The late King Goodwill Zwelithini’s sister, Princess Thembi Ndlovu, says the royal family will now discuss who will succeed the King.

“We were waiting for the end of the mourning period and for the cleansing to be done before we can discuss or talk about who will succeed to the throne. We will now sit down as a family and discuss this. I won’t say who’s wrong and who’s right but we are guided by the South African law and our tradition on the right way to the installation of the new king and how the king will be installed by whom and when and how it is not done,” she told journalists.

This is despite the Zulu monarch’s Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, having confirmed Misuzulu kaZwelithini as a King, who is already sitting on the throne.

Prince Buthelezi was not present at Saturday’s briefing.

Below is video of the royal family’s briefing:

 

Kaunda’s legacy lies in his dedication to humanism: Son
17 June 2021, 9:59 PM

Tributes are pouring in for the late former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda. The elderly statesman died aged 97 at a hospital in Lusaka.

Kaunda was Zambia’s first democratically elected president post independence from Britain. His family has expressed thanks for the prayers and support since his hospitalisation last week.

His son, Kachewe, says while others will remember his father for his role in liberating his own country as well as others – his legacy lies in his dedication to humanism.

He says Kaunda was not a materialistic person but a servant of the people.

“If you really wanted to upset him, give him money or or something for doing something that he felt like it was his duty as a human being to do. He never ever looked at what he did as something that at the end of the day should give him material rewards,” says Kachewe.

Kachewe’s interview with SABC News in the video below:

The government of Zimbabwe has expressed shock and deep sorrow at the statesman’s passing.

In a statement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his passing has robbed the Kaunda family, the Zambian people and Africa of an exemplary father, an astute politician and leader, “whose immense contribution to the liberation of Southern African countries from colonial rule is well documented by the international community.”

SA political parties weigh in

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has described Kaunda’s passing as a sad moment for South Africa and the African continent.

Describing him as the giant of the country’s liberation struggle from the apartheid regime and the continent, the ANC says: “Dr Kaunda holds a special place in the hearts of our movement, our country and the South African people. He opened up Zambia and made it home and headquarters of the ANC for over 30 years. This was a demonstration of his belief that Zambia would not be free until sister countries in the continent that were still under the yoke of colonial oppression were free.”

Reactions to the passing of Dr Kaunda:

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has also described his passing as a loss to the continent.

Conveying the party’s condolences to the Kaunda family and the people of Zambia, IFP President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, says: “President Kaunda served not only his country but the cause of freedom and democracy in our country and across the continent. During apartheid, Zambia.”

Buthelezi says the late statesman will always be honoured for his unwavering courage and commitment to the cause of freedom.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have lauded the role that Dr Kaunda played in educating his people. Party Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu, says Zambia opened its doors of learning to all Africans.

The party is said to have had just 100 graduates at the time of independence in 1964, which was accelerated rapidly with the building of many institutions.

“He played a very important role in educating his nation because he understood that in the world that he was leading he needed as many people as possible who have education who understand the dynamics of the world and to understand how to develop their communities. Also the education that Zambia was providing was not just for Zambia but so many people went to the University of Zambia so many professors in South Africa had relationship with the University of Zambia it was a home for all Africans,” says Shivambu.

Kaunda’s biography:

Retail trade sales contract for a second consecutive month
17 June 2021, 8:38 PM

Consumers have continued to struggle as a result of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stats SA data shows retail trade sales contracted for a second consecutive month – from 4.5% in March to 0.8 in April.

When compared to the same time last year, retail trade sales increased by 95.8%. This is as a result of a low base in April last year when the country was under stringent lockdown level 5 at the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest contributors were from retailers in textiles, clothing and footwear as well as retailers in hardware, paint and glass. Consumers’ abilities to spend have been negatively impacted by the high unemployment levels, lower salaries and strict credit extension by lenders.

Economists expect the continued low interest rate environment, the vaccine rollout and improved economic prospects to help boost the sector.

However on the downside, they say, the stringent lockdown imposed as a result of the third wave of increased COVID infections will slow the pace of recovery.

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