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VIDEO: Africa CDC briefs the media on the continent’s latest COVID-19 statistics
9 July 2020, 10:17 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention briefs the media on the continent’s latest COVID-19 statistics.



Tesla ‘very close’ to level 5 autonomous driving technology, Musk says
9 July 2020, 10:13 AM

United States (US) electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is “very close” to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday, referring to the capability to navigate roads without any driver input.

“I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly,” Musk said in remarks made via a video message at the opening of Shanghai’s annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC).

“I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year.”

Automakers and tech companies including Alphabet Inc Waymo and Uber Technologies are investing billions in the autonomous driving industry.

However industry insiders have said it would take time for the technology to get ready and public to trust autonomous vehicles fully.

The California-based automaker currently builds cars with an Autopilot driver-assistance system.

Tesla is also developing new heat-projection or cooling systems to enable more advanced computers in cars, Musk said.

Industry data showed Tesla sold nearly 15 000 China-made Model 3 sedans last month.

Tesla has become the highest-valued automaker as its shares surged to record highs and its market capitalisation overtook that of former front-runner Toyota Motors Corp.


North West MEC Kegakilwe to be given state funeral on Friday
9 July 2020, 8:49 AM

The MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs in the North West, Gordon Kegakilwe, will be given a state funeral on Friday.

Kegakilwe will be laid to rest at his hometown of Vryburg. He succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus last week.

“We will observe as much as possible to the latter COVID-19 regulations and we will do whatever we can not to transgress them. So we will hear what the mortuary will do and we will follow what they say. Hence we are saying it must be as private as possible and be virtual so that people can attend the virtual way,” says Dr Godisamang Kegakilwe, Family spokesperson.

Kegakilwe was appointed as CoGTA MEC, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC in 2019 following the National and Provincial Elections.

In a statement, CoGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says Kegakilwe understood the importance of the portfolio and carried out its responsibilities with dignity and that they had established a good working relationship in this past year that they have worked together.

“MEC Kegakilwe was passionate about the issues affecting the poor and the most vulnerable section of the population. He was a committed activist who has served the province in various roles before his appointment as the MEC role,” says Dlamini-Zuma.

In this video, the passing of North West COGTA MEC Gordon Kegakilwe is confirmed


De Lille appoints law firm over alleged fraud in Public Works department
9 July 2020, 6:06 AM

Public Works Minister, Patricia De Lille, says she has appointed a law firm to advise her on disciplinary action to be taken against several officials implicated in alleged fraud in her department.

The officials, who include the department’s Director General Sam Vukela, are implicated in the alleged fraud related to the funerals of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and ambassadors Zola Skweyiya and Billy Modise.

A forensic investigation report by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers implicated Vukela and several others in fraudulent contract management and irregular payments in the three state funerals.

The committee has directed the Minister to give the report to Vukela, who says he has not seen it even though it was commissioned by him.

“On the 11th of June this year I engaged with state attorney to appoint after a look at several law firms we agreed to appoint Cheadle, Thomson and Haysom and the firm has already commenced with the process and have provided me with a draft of preliminary charges which I received on the 2 July,” says De Lille.

Northern Cape man arrested for allegedly raping 5-year-old
5 July 2020, 1:34 PM

Northern Cape police have arrested a 20-year-old man for the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl at Mataleng village near Barkly West.

Reports state that the suspect has been raping the little girl since February until late March this year.

Police say the parents of the five-year-old work outside Barkly West and she was in the care of her grandmother when the incidents happened.

“The incident was reportedly committed at Mataleng in Barkley West between February and March. The suspect will be appearing before the local magistrate’s court soon and the members of the Family Violence and Child Protection Sexual Offenses unit will be opposing bail,” says Mohale Ramatsheba, Police Spokesperson.

Meanwhile, on Monday, two uncles and a step-father of a seven-year-old girl appeared in the Kimberley Magistrates’ Court for her alleged rape.



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