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‘Phosa has overlooked ANC procedure by going to court’
7 December 2017, 8:47 PM

Chairperson of the African National Congress’ Subcommittee on Organisational Development Fikile Mbalula says the party’s presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa has overlooked ANC procedure by taking the legal route over the results of the Mpumalanga Provincial General Council.

Phosa filed an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court to nullify the council’s results.  He alleges that the nomination guidelines were violated by allowing a ‘unity vote’.

Mbalula says Phosa has the freedom to do as he pleases. However, the ANC will defend itself where necessary.

“The ANC process starts with the branch. It is the branch that must lodge a complaint. To jump to the court and overlook the ANC process, I don’t see how it will work to his advantage. People have got money. They’ve got lawyers to pay to go to courts and then overlook organisational processes. Court to me should be the last resort. We are a democratic organisation, but not to the detriment of the organisation. The organisation will defend itself.”

Zuma calls for transformation in energy sector
7 December 2017, 6:11 PM

President Jacob Zuma says transformation in the energy sector is paramount to ensuring sustainability in future. He was delivering the keynote address at the Energy Indaba in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

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ANC wins Northern Cape ward
7 December 2017, 4:53 PM

The Northern Cape African National Congress (ANC) says it is satisfied with the results of a by-election held in the Siyathemba Municipal area, despite an 8% drop in votes for the party.

The provincial ANC received 45% of the votes with the Democratic Alliance receiving 29% of the vote, up by 4%.

“Although we dropped by a slight margin, we still see this as our people once again reaffirming (sic) their confidence in the ANC. The slight drop in our margin was because of our votes taken by an independent candidate. The independent candidate was from our ranks and as the ANC, we believe that we are able to unite the community in Siyathemba and we will be in talks with the candidate,” says ANC Provincial Spokesperson, Naledi Gaosekwe.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA warns pet owners of heat strokes
7 December 2017, 3:58 PM

The Cape of Good Hope Speak, Protect and Care for Animals (SPCA) has warned pet owners to be vigilant of the dangers of heat strokes when leaving their pets exposed to hot temperatures.

The Western Cape is currently in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures reaching the 40’s in places.

SPCA Spokesperson Belinda Abraham says when dogs and Persian cats are exposed to this harsh temperatures they are more susceptible to heat strokes. She says an overweight pet with heart and lung conditions should be kept indoors in an air-conditioned room.

“We must give them plenty of fresh clean water when it is hot outdoors and make sure that they have a shady space outside to keep out of the sun. It is also good to know what the symptoms of overheating in pets are. Also, never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. It can lead to fatal heat stroke.”

Govt won’t abandon plans to other sources of energy: Mahlobo
7 December 2017, 3:53 PM

Energy Minister David Mahlobo says government will not be coerced into abandoning plans to consider other sources of energy to diversify supply of electricity.

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