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Lesotho joins Amajita in final Cosafa Cup tournament
15 December 2017, 5:23 PM

Lesotho coach Lesley Nots’i says he studied South Africa’s form and way of play in the Under 20 2017 Cosafa Cup tournament in Zambia carefully.

Nots’i says he intends to come up with a plan that will end South Africa’s unbeaten run in the tournament.

Lesotho joined Amajita in the final after beating Uganda in the semi-final.

South Africa’s five wins out of five matches is surely a five star performance.

Amajita are solid in every department, the defence, midfield as well as the striking department.

They scored five goals and only conceded one. This is a cause for concern for Lesotho’s coach.

Lesley Nots’I says:”We have been studying them fortunately enough a few weeks back we played them in a friendly in Lesotho, so we have done a lot of home work on them like i said they are a very good team that needs to be given respect.”

Lesotho has nothing to lose in this tournament and that’s what makes them dangerous. It will be the young Likoena’s third final after they were runners up in 2005 and 2011.

They were also knocked out five times in the first round, since 2009.

Amajita coach Thabo Senong says:”You can see that our team is becoming better and better and then of course the cup final will be a different match we need to improve ourselves and  analyse ours opponents.”

South Africa will be determined to win the title a sixth time.

 

 

ANC ‘too sick’ to go to conference : MK Council
15 December 2017, 3:23 PM

With the African National Congress (ANC) leadership having boycotted a consultative conference to deal with continued infighting, the party’s 54th national conference faced a risk of disintegration, the uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) National Council said on Friday.

MK council executive committee member Len Rasegatla said the governing party was “too sick” to go to conference. “We have been on record saying that something had to be done to quell the sickness grappling the ANC.

The party is too sick to go to conference ,the issue of conference collapsing is not far fetched, but we also want to appeal to delegates to make sure that does not happen,” Rasegatla told reporters in Johannesburg.

He would not say which of the two frontrunners’ slates, that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would pose problems at the conference.

The ANC military wing consisting of former MK soldiers said it would not name its preferred leader to take over from President Jacob Zuma. Its secretary Thabang Makwetla said time was of the essence for Africa’s oldest liberation movement to unite.

“We have in our hands an athlete [ANC] that is sick and unfit for the race he must compete in. Time is of the essence and we as former members of the uMkhonto We Sizwe through our struggle, will do everything to ensure that we strengthen the historical relationship the ANC must have with our people through this conference and beyond.”

The council will field 20 delegates to the Nasrec conference, same number accorded to the rival MK structure, the MK Military Veterans (MKMVA) led by Kebby Maphatsoe.

The two warring organisations claim to represent the interests of the former MK soldiers, but are yet to form a united front. The MKMVA is backing Dlamini-Zuma to lead the ANC.

The council has criticised Zuma for his support of the MKMVA, and accused him of sowing divisions by choosing which MK conference to attend after he snubbed the council’s June conference. Ramaphosa addressed the council members at the conference.

The conference, labelled as the most important in the ANC’s history, will see delegates voting for their preferred top six leaders and NEC members. The conference will also examine and come up with new policies ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Seven presidential hopefuls have out up their hands to take over from Zuma, but the Deputy president Ramaphosa and the former African Union (AU) chairwoman Dlamini-Zuma have emerged as front runners for the ANC top job. Voting for the new ANC president takes place on Sunday.

 

UNSC calls for human rights abusers to be held accountable
15 December 2017, 3:11 PM

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called for the perpetrators of violations of international humanitarian law and the abusers of human rights in South Sudan to be held accountable in order to break the prevailing cycle of impunity in the war ravaged country.

In a statement on Thursday, the 15-member council said it was deeply concerned about the actions of all parties to the conflict that were perpetuating human rights abuses, noting that 7.6 million people are now in need of aid, four million are displaced, and six million lack sufficient food to feed themselves.

The international organisation further noted the continuing obstacles that hinder the delivery of vital lifesaving assistance to the South Sudanese people and condemned the attacks on national and international humanitarian personnel and compounds as they attempted to assist the victims.

The UNSC meeting on the brutal conflict in South Sudan, as it enters its fifth year, comes ahead of the December Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) High-Level Revitalisation Forum which is taking place in an attempt to salvage the 2015 South Sudan peace deal.

IGAD, a regional mechanism in Eastern Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, was established to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) which was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has spent much of its short life mired in conflict, driven by a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar that erupted into full-blown war late in 2013.

In September a mid-term report of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for South Sudan found that the parties to the conflict had failed to implement substantive elements of the 2015 peace agreement, which sought to end the fighting that broke out in December 2013.

SACP calls on SABC workers to unite
15 December 2017, 3:08 PM

SABC management, labour unions Bemawu and Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) are currently locked in a meeting being facilitated by the CCMA, in an attempt to resolve the wage dispute.

SABC workers are in the second-day of their nationwide strike action. They are demanding a 10% salary increase while the SABC is offering 4.5% backdated to October.

The South African Communist Party is the latest organisation to throw its weight behind the workers strike.

SACP’s Mhlekwa Nxumalo says:”We want to make a call to all workers of the SABC those that are organised and those that are unorganised to be united behind the call that is being made by the striking workers.”

“It is important to unite and make sure that the SABC responds to the demands that have been placed to the table for wage increases as well as addressing some of the working conditions that they are working under.”

On Thursday Cosatu called on Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and the SABC board to intervene and ensure that worker’ demands are met.

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ANC has done its best in the past 5 years: Ramaphosa
14 December 2017, 9:34 PM

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC has done its best to keep its promises and deliver in the past five years. He says, however, there is still room for improvement.

Speaking to the SABC ahead of the party’s elective conference starting on Saturday, Ramaphosa says some matters could have been handled better.

 

“The ANC has done all in its power and capability very much to deliver. The life expectancy on our country was in the 50 years or so… it’s now moved to 64 and now we are on the cusp of introducing the national health insurance. Next year we are going to have the national minimum wage and yet there are areas where we could have done better and other areas where we could have done better and other areas where we have not done so well. So we are not going to kid anyone including ourselves and think that we smelling of all roses.”

 

 

Ramaphosa say so far they have met with the people  and they have engaged with the structure of the ruling party. He says African National Congress branches have a mandate to go and vote and all now is in the hands of the delegates.

Ramaphosa has the majority of nominations to become the next leader of  the ruling party, but the complexity of the  leadership race means it’s far from certain.

Ramaphosa won around 55% of nominations from the party branches that will send delegates to the ANC conference in December.

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Asked about the many challenges at the various parastatal entities,  the ANC presidential hopeful says all the issues surrounding state owned enterprises, mainly Eskom and South African Airways (SAA) will be put right.

 

“All these things are fixable. Now it’s all spilled out into the open. We now know what the ailments are on all these state owned enterprises; and now we know what needs to be done because we’ve had systemic problems and challenges. We’re now going to put all that right.”

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