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Ramaphosa commits to fighting corruption in SA
18 November 2017, 5:33 PM

African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa has committed himself to fighting corruption, transforming the economy and ensuring that people enjoy their freedom.

Addressing, the SACP’s Red October rally in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, Ramaphosa reiterated that recouping money stolen from government will be one of his priorities.

Ramaphosa received a warm welcome from the thousands who filled the stadium to capacity.

Supporters chanted pro-Ramaphosa songs, endorsing him for the party’s top position, to be elected in December at the national elective conference.

Ramaphosa believes the economy is still in the hands of a few and is not creating enough jobs.

He listed corruption, the capture of state-owned entities, and the looting of state resources as factors contributing to the slow growth of the economy.

He added that should he be elected to the party’s top position, his priority will be to recoup money stolen from government.

Ramaphosa has called on delegates attending the December conference to make the right decisions to rebuild the party. He has also urged those vying for positions to accept the outcome of elections.

Meanwhile, SACP Deputy President Thulasi Nxesi spoke about the importance of reconfiguring the tripartite alliance.

Nxesi said delegates to the conference should vote for a leadership that will take the party forward. He says delegates should not sell the movement for money.

Ramaphosa also met with the local taxi association, traditional leaders and business people.

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Praise for Zimbabwe military at anti-Mugabe gathering in Pretoria
18 November 2017, 4:37 PM

Zimbabweans gathered in Pretoria on Saturday to demand the removal of President Robert Mugabe praised their country’s military led by General Constantino Chiwenga for this week’s intervention which has shaken the 93-year-old’s 37-year rule.

“We could not have removed Mugabe without the army. Opposition parties tried, but they failed. The SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) tried, but they failed dismally. It is only now that Mugabe has met his match in General Chiwenga,” said university student Martha Marimo.

Event organiser Lawrence Mavhaire said the SADC, and specifically South Africa, should stay away from internal Zimbabwean politics.

“Independence for Zimbabwe has arrived. As Zimbabweans who are outside the country as a result of Mugabe’s repressive regime, this is our chance to add our voice. To SADC, we are saying, when we wanted you to tell Mugabe to run the economy properly, you didn’t. When our people were butchered in 2008, you didn’t intervene,” said Mavhaire.

Speakers voiced their disagreement when newly-formed African Democrats leader Marcho Machona said the Zimbabwean military was the architect of the suffering of the masses.

“We need to tell each other the truth. It is the Zimbabwean army which has ensured that we are we are today,” said Machona before his voice was drowned out by the disapproving crowd.

Zimbabwean national Mario Waragu Moyo was one of those who raised strong objections against Machona.

“We cannot allow people to come here and denounce the army. If the military had not intervened, was he [Machona] going to liberate the nation? This is not the platform for those who want to push their agenda by criticising the army,” Moyo said.

Another speaker, Zimbabwe Communist Party General Secretary Nicholas Mabhena showered praise on the military.

“We are saying to General Chiwenga, ‘We salute you. We salute you General Chiwenga and your colleagues. But as we salute you, General Chiwenga, we as Zimbabweans, we want to tell you that socialism cannot be realised in an undemocratic society’,” Mabhena said.

“The first task of the interim government [after Mugabe] would be to organise a clear political roadmap to elections,” he said.

Thulani Ndebele of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Vote Coalition said the event in Pretoria had been hugely successful considering it was organised at the “last minute”.

“We have different organisations, around 20 of them, which are political parties and civic organisations who came here to join us,” he said.

The crowd of Zimbabweans then left the Union Buildings area and headed to their embassy on the eastern side of Pretoria.

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SKA project continues to bring opportunities to communities
18 November 2017, 3:35 PM

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor held an Imbizo with the communities in Carnavon in the Northern Cape, to discuss numerous benefits of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

The R3.7 billion astronomy project continues to bring opportunities to surrounding communities such as attracting researchers from all corners of the world.

It is said that the SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope once it’s completed.

The SKA project continues to provide ample opportunities to the surrounding communities and Carnavon.

The initiative has been beneficial to 31-year-old Priscilla Malgas of Carnavon, who started as a general worker in 2011. Malgas recently qualified as an artisan after obtaining a bursary from SKA project.

“I started in 2011 and applied for a bursary which I received, after that I worked for two years as an assistant and we were given an opportunity to further our studies and today, I am a qualified artisan after all of the studies and training.”

The project also changed the future of Samuel Wanga. He says the SKA had given him opportunity to pursue a career in engineering.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor says the SKA project puts Africa on the Global Scientific map.

“Major research initiatives are undertaken in Europe or the United States or other parts of the world rarely do you see research of global importance done on the African continent. We now have the capability for researchers to come from all over the world to our country to actually carry out significant research.”

The SKA will take another decade to build and will need maintenance for another 50 years.

The SKA will explore the deepest darkest secret of the final frontier and it will also attract international investments.

 

 

SA opposition warns against giving Mugabe asylum
17 November 2017, 9:15 PM

DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Friday said the government would be breaking the law if it were to grant embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe asylum.

Maimane urged President Jacob Zuma to make a public announcement to rule out the prospect.

The call came as Zimbabwean military leaders said Mugabe would be deposed if he did not heed an ultimatum to resign on Saturday.

Maimane said South Africa’s Refugees Act expressly barred anybody who had committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, or any crime that would constitute a prisonable offense under South African law.

“Robert Mugabe has, like many other leaders on the continent, turned from liberator to dictator, with human rights abuses and crimes against peace being committed under his watch. As such, he ought to be denied refugee status as per the law,” Maimane said.

“As long as Mugabe would not face torture or death penalty in Zimbabwe, the South African government must exclude him from asylum.”

Maimane said Mugabe must step down immediately and Zimbabwe should go to the polls to elect a new government.

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Nzimande appeals for capable leaders
17 November 2017, 7:16 PM

SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, has appealed to ANC delegates heading to the much anticipated ANC Elective Conference, to ensure that they elect a leadership capable of taking the party out of the crisis it is currently facing.

Speaking at the Communist Party’s eighth Provincial Elective Conference in Stillfontein near Klerksdorp in North West, Nzimande stressed that it was in the best interest of the alliance, that the leadership that emerges out of the December Conference, prioritise bridging disparities and strengthening unity within the tripartite alliance.

SACP delegates will spend the entire weekend, discussing and mapping up a way forward in ensuring the strengthening of its alliance with the ANC and Cosatu.

Delegates will also be expected to elect the new provincial leadership.

With the ANC elective conference around the corner, and the battle lines drawn for the top positions, the SACP General Secretary, who gave a keynote address, cautioned delegates going to the party’s national elective conference in December, to think critically about who  they will be voting for.

“We want to say to those delegates, you must remember your decision it will have implications not only for our alliance but for our country.”

On the current state of affairs in Zimbabwe, the SACP General Secretary also commented.

“One of the things we realised comrades is that ZANU-PF have become bureaucratic and therefore a distance has been created between itself and the people which is the phenomenon that is happening here at home.”

“We wish that this path that the Zimbabweans are travelling plays a basis for success rather than the continuation of the old practices under the different leadership.”

Meanwhile, SACP Provincial Secretary in the North West, Madoda Sambatha, during his political report to the congress, mentioned that the North West province is leading in the manifestation of problems the ANC is currently facing.

He was referring to divisions and factionalism believed to be characterising the party.

The SACP provincial congress is expected to end on Sunday when the new provincial leadership will be announced.

 

 

 

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