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France mourns “immortal” Belmondo, will pay national tribute on Thursday
7 September 2021, 5:27 PM

Fans and stars paid tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo on Tuesday, saying the charismatic French actor, who died on Monday aged 88, would live on forever in people’s minds and on screen.

Belmondo, who shot to international fame as a star of New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-Luc Godard’s “A bout de souffle” (“Breathless”) in 1959, had, for decades, been one of France’s most popular actors.

“He’s immortal,” fan Bruno Fougeroux said. “It’s the magic of cinema, you can keep on watching his movies forever. For me, Jean-Paul Belmondo will always be alive.”

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Monday that the actor, who switched in the 1960s to mainstream films and became one of France’s leading comedy and action heroes, was a “national treasure”.

Alain Delon, also one of the greats of France’s cinema, told Europe 1 radio he was devastated.

“We have made French cinema, the two of us, he and I, we are two icons of French cinema, you can’t speak of one without the other. We are the same age, it won’t be long before it happens to me too,” he said, visibly moved.

An official ceremony will be organised on Thursday at the Hotel National des Invalides on Sept 9, the French presidency said.

On the streets of Paris, fans said he would be dearly missed. “He’s our Clint Eastwood, he’s a big man,” taxi driver Koffi Blimoli said.

A few years ago, another US movie director, Quentin Tarantino, paid a tribute to Belmondo which circulated widely on social media on Tuesday.
South Africa’s economy grew by 1.2% in Q2:2021
7 September 2021, 4:02 PM

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has released the gross domestic product (GDP) figure for the second quarter, which shows economic growth of 1.2% quarter-on-quarter and 19.3% year-on-year, compared with minus 2.6% year-on-year in the first quarter.

However, the GDP figure must be seen in the context of Statistics South Africa having recently rebased GDP to ensure that it remains reflective of the South African economy, given structural changes that occur in the economy over time.

Despite 4 consecutive quarters of growth, the #economy is 1,4% smaller than it was before the #COVID19 pandemic. Join DDG: Econ Stats Joe de Beer on @radio786online at 12h12 as he unpacks the latest #GDP figures.

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— Stats SA (@StatsSA) September 7, 2021

This means that Stats SA is using 2015 as the new base year for GDP.

In August, Statistics South Africa said the revised level of GDP at current prices shows that the South African economy was 11% larger in 2020 than previously estimated.

The upward GDP level revision came after Stats SA finalised an overhaul of its national accounts through a rebasing and benchmarking exercise.

Stats SA said the rebasing exercises ensure that the tools used to measure GDP takes into account the changing face of the economy and Industries.

Chief Director at Stats SA, Micheal Manamela says rebasing exercise still shows the severe impact of COVID-19 in 2020 –  which resulted in a now revised 6,4% contraction of the economy.

“If you look at the different years, we’ve revised for many years. So I was giving you the 9,2% which was for the base year which is 2015.  In 2011 indeed it was up by 11%. So our survey program we’ve got our monthly survey which is there to assist you to measure quarterly growth, they’re not very comprehensive. For example, all you have is to say maybe for this type of retailer what was their sales? But it doesn’t give you the correct measure or accurate measure of the concept of GDP which is basically value-added.”

ANC vows to resolve disputes regarding LGE candidate list by Saturday
7 September 2021, 3:02 PM

The ANC has vowed to have all disputes regarding its candidate list will be resolved by Saturday. The governing party is preparing to re-submit some of its candidates who failed to meet the 23rd August registration deadline.

This follows the IEC’s decision to re-open the voter and candidate registration process. The IFP has criticised the move – saying it was not afforded such a concession by the IEC in a previous election. Currently, the ANC Electoral Committee led by former President Kgalema Motlanthe is dealing with all disputes relating to candidates. ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte says they won’t entertain any dispute beyond their Saturday deadline.

ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte briefing members of the media

Extraordinary measures need to be taken to rebuild, transform SA economy: ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte says the party has agreed that extraordinary measures need to be taken to rebuild and transform the economy.

The ANC NEC held a virtual Lekgotla over the weekend. Duarte was speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday.

The economy was already in recession when the COVID-19  pandemic hit.

Many economists are calling on the governing ANC to make it easier for small and medium businesses to operate in South Africa – among other things

“We affirm that our central task is to create jobs and reduce poverty and also we are cognisant of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically deepened poverty and inequality in our country. Indeed, our unemployment rate is extremely high at the moment. Crime, corruption and the erosion of state capacity has also contributed to a sense of insecurity among South Africans and have weakened our ability to respond to the challenges facing our country. We agree that we need to take extraordinary measures to rebuild and transform our economy and to improve the capacity of the state,” says Duarte.

 

COVID-19 vaccines

Duarte also says the party is intensifying government’s campaign to encourage all eligible South Africans to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccinating most adults is a crucial component to the success of our economic recovery and the ANC government and various other sections of society are intensifying the campaign to urge more and every eligible South African to be vaccinated,” says Duarte .

 

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s NEC closing speech

The briefing on Tuesday follows the ANC NEC’s recent virtual Lekgotla. In his speech on Monday, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said the party remains committed to creating jobs in the country.

More than a third of South Africans are without jobs, youth and women are the worst affected.

Ramaphosa was speaking on Monday after the governing party’s weekend NEC Lekgotla. The ANC leader says the country also faces the challenges of crime and corruption.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers NEC Lekgotla closing address:

The ANC leader says the country also faces the challenges of crime and corruption.

The Ramaphosa says these challenges can be addressed with hard work and focused action. He said the fast-tracking of the digital economy is an important part of reviving the country.

Ramaphosa stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the challenges facing the governing party and the country.

He added that the governing party is looking at expanding and extending the Social Relief of Distress grant to cushion the poor and unemployed from the devastation caused by COVID-19.

The grant is scheduled to end in March next year. Ramaphosa says the extension will depend on the affordability.

COVID-19 testing
SA records 4 118 new COVID-19 cases, 83 617 deaths
6 September 2021, 8:56 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 4 118 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 824 063.

This increase represents a 14.0% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 198 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 83 617 to date.

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About 16 779 074 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors

The majority of new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal 28%, followed by the Eastern Cape 24%.

Free State accounted for 12%; Western Cape accounted for 11%; Northern Cape accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%, Gauteng Province accounted for 6%, North West accounted for 4% and Limpopo Province accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

Scientific research findings around the COVID-19 vaccination rollout:

Masibuyele Ku Jehova lead singer Anna Fifi Mabuza laid to rest
3 September 2021, 9:02 PM

Masibuyele Ku Jehova lead singer, Anna Fifi Mabuza has been buried at the Rocky Drift Cemetery, near White River in Mpumalanga.

Mabuza died last Friday at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, after losing a battle to cancer.

She was described by several speakers as a God-fearing woman. She led the group for more than three decades.

An emotional send-off for a legendary gospel artist, Mabuza, as her coffin was lowered into the ground.

Gospel singer Anna Fifi Mabuza laid to rest:

Mabuza was hailed as a loving person. The group’s manager, Thamsanqa Nkosi says Mabuza led the band with distinction.

“She was actually a brand of Masibuyele Ku Jehova because she was one leading the most songs, the plan going forward they are old now and the oldest is 83 but we are happy to say they are many initiatives where Masibuyele Ku Jehova to help the younger generation.”

The group’s first album attained gold. Members rendered a farewell song for their leader during the service.

The family spokesperson, Jenneath Thabethe, says Mabuza played her part of mothering everyone. Thabethe says they are shattered as a family.

“We are very sad as the Mabuza family because we were not thinking that she can leave us so soon and we were not aware that she has got this cancer and we thought it was just a minor illness. So while she going up and down to Steve Biko, Themba Hospital and ended up passing away so we are very sad.”

International Relations Deputy Minister, Candith Mashego-Dlamini called on young people to continue the legacy of the Masibuyele Ku Jehova gospel group.

She addressed mourners at the funeral service held at KaNyamazane.

Mabuza left behind four sisters, a son, and one grandchild.

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