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WATCH: Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
31 August 2018, 10:05 AM

The Government Communication and Information System, or GCIS remains in the spotlight of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture when its acting CEO of the Phumla Williams testifies as the fifth witness.

On Thursday, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard the testimony of the former CEO Themba Maseko, who told the commission how the Gupta family tried to redirect the budget for communication in government departments, to the Gupta owned newspaper The New Age.

WATCH: SARS commission of inquiry
31 August 2018, 9:10 AM

The SARS inquiry is in its 11th round of public hearings since it started earlier this year.

It has emerged that Bain, the consulting agency responsible for introducing the restructuring project at SARS, followed an irregular tender process which saw it paid R164-million for what was initially a R2-million tender.

During the bidding processes, Bain initially offered SARS a 50% discount on the tender which saw them securing it for R2-million.

However, on receiving the work Bain continued to charge double rates for the rest of the project, bringing their final bill to R164-million.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric holding the trophy.
Modric voted UEFA’s Player of the Year
31 August 2018, 6:53 AM

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was voted Player of the Year for last season by European soccer body UEFA on Thursday, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah with Lionel Messi fifth.

The 32-year-old helped Real Madrid win the Champions League for a third season running and then led Croatia to the World Cup final.

Ronaldo, who was his Real Madrid team mate last season and has now joined Juventus was second, with Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah third.

French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann of France was fourth, followed by Messi of Barcelona and Argentina.

Modric is only the third player other than Ronaldo and Messi to win the award since it was introduced in 2011.

UEFA said the award recognises the best players who play for a European club, regardless of nationality.

WATCH: Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
30 August 2018, 9:32 AM

Former Government Communication and Information System head Themba Maseko is back in the witness stand at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

He is expected to reveal further crucial evidence in his meeting with Ajay Gupta back in 2010 in Saxonwold.

Maseko is the fourth witness to appear before the commission in Parktown, Johannesburg, after former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor.

Serena Williams playing a shot.
Serena sees off Witthoeft to set up Venus clash
30 August 2018, 5:43 AM

Serena Williams overpowered German Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with big sister Venus at the US Open on Wednesday.

Williams sent down 13 aces and 30 winners to record her second consecutive straight sets victory at Flushing Meadows as the 36-year-old, who is hunting a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, wrapped up the win in one hour and seven minutes.

“It’s always such a great crowd at night. It’s just amazing to play in front of this crowd,” she said courtside after her victory. “I was happy with a lot of things.”

Next up is a 30th career meeting with Venus, who beat her younger sibling in their most recent encounter at Indian Wells earlier this year.

The last time the two sisters met at a Grand Slam was in the 2017 Australian Open final, where Serena prevailed in straight sets.

“It’s obviously a tough match,” Serena added.

“It’s so young in the tournament, but it is what it is. It’s not the end of the world. We would rather have met later. We’re both going to come out per usual and play our best in front of you guys.

“Normally, I would say cheer for me. But, whoever you feeling me or Venus will work.”



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