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Black Leopards give reasons for sacking coach
20 December 2017, 4:51 PM

Black Leopards Club Director Tshifhiwa Thidiela says Ivan Manniert’s failure to get along with players is among the reasons they parted ways with him.

Manniert has been sacked, just two months after his appointment. He had replaced Jean Francis Luscioto.

Thidiela says they will appoint a new coach soon.

“Players were beginning to revolt. They were not taking instructions from the coach. They were also not coping with the methods that he was utilising and also from the office. He was obviously to give us reports of an overview of what is happening in the field of play. In no uncertain terms, he mentioned he will be not be able to do that and felt that for us, if we don’t know what is happening on the field, we are working blind.”

More initiates die in E Cape
20 December 2017, 4:06 PM

The deaths of initiates in the Eastern Cape have risen to 15 since the start of this summer initiation season in the province. There are reports that some deaths have been caused by the negligence of traditional nurses.

The Eastern Cape Health Department says it is concerned about the rising deaths of initiates in the province.

Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says dehydration, asthma attacks and botched circumcisions are among the causes of the deaths.

“We urge parents and other role players to stop being negligent because all this incidents tell us that these initiates died unnecessarily and they have got to seek medical help as soon the boys start to present signs of illnesses. Let us not kill innocent lives unnecessarily.”

Kupelo says, so far, police have managed to arrest four bogus traditional surgeons in the province.

“These deaths will be stopped if the community works together and respects the traditional leaders who are inspecting these initiates. And those who continue to disregard the law should face the law.”

Eastern Cape Department of Traditional Affairs says it will hold a media conference on the latest developments around deaths of initiates on Friday.

Ratings agencies cautiously optimistic about economic future of SA
20 December 2017, 3:12 PM

Ratings agencies are cautiously optimistic about the future of South Africa following the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as African National Congress (ANC) president. However, they point to the closeness of the Nasrec voting and likely challenges in agreeing and implementing changes to economic and fiscal policy.

In a statement Fitch says the full repercussions of Ramaphosa’s victory will be far-reaching, but they are likely to remain unpredictable ahead of the 2019 elections.

Fitch says political uncertainty in the country is likely to continue following Ramaphosa’s election. The ratings agency says economic and fiscal policy uncertainty could remain high in 2018.

Ratings agency Moody’s says Ramaphosa’s election opens up the tentative possibility of a positive shift in the country’s economic policy and an increase in business confidence.

It says this could reverse the gradual deterioration of the country’s credit fundamentals. In November Moody’s placed South Africa’s sovereign debt, which has a Baa3 rating, on review for downgrade.

ANC conference experiences further delays
19 December 2017, 9:27 PM

The African National Congress National Conference is experiencing further delays with reports that voting for the additional members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) has temporarily been halted. This is seemingly due to mistakes on the ballot paper where a number of candidates are not reflected with others reflected twice.

The ANC’s newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa has urged delegates at the governing party’s 54 national congress to elect committed and credible individuals into the national executive committee.

Delegates are expected to elect eighty strong NEC members. NEC is the highest decision making body between conferences.

Meanwhile, a plenary session of the conference is expected to convene where the issue of 68 unaccounted for votes related to the secretary general position is to be finalised.

Discussions in the various commissions on the policy documents are proceeding.

The NEC results were expected to be finalised by Wednesday morning with the conference expected to wrap up with the inaugural address by newly-elected resident Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Sars files criminal charges against Pauw
19 December 2017, 8:42 PM

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has confirmed that it has filed papers in the High Court in Cape Town against investigative journalist, Jacques Pauw. This follows the publishing of his book- ‘The President’s Keepers’.

In the book, Pauw makes allegations of an allegedly corrupt relationship between SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane and President Jacob Zuma.

Sars says Pauw published confidential information about a tax payer’s affairs, which was in contravention of the Tax Administration Act in his controversial book, “The President’s Keepers”.

“In the popular book the author clearly contravenes the law because he goes into detail and provides information pertaining to a specific tax payer’s affairs. Then of course he goes on to make allegations that the commissioner of Sars is in collusion with a specific tax payer to advise and urge them to avoid their tax obligations. The matter is now in the hands of the police who presumably will be busy investigating it further,” says Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela.

But the book’s author says he is not concerned by the South African Revenue Service filing court papers. Pauw says he had been served with court papers last week which contained an affidavit by Moyane. He says he’s yet to consult with his lawyer, but stands by his book.

“He mentions among others, the illegal payment to Jacob Zuma by Roy Moodley. He mentions his son Edward Zuma and then Mr Moyane says in these instances you have contravened an Administration Act. What is very important here is I could not have contravened the Tax Administration Act. If what I had published is not true, if I had published false information it would be fiction. I could not have contravened any Act; so in any essence Tom Moyane is confirming what I have published in my book.”

Neither parties could confirm when the matter will be heard in the High Court in Cape Town. Pauw’s has been sold out for several months in book shops.

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