Mabuza takes leave to seek medical attention in Russia
26 June 2021, 10:12 PM
Deputy President David Mabuza has taken leave as he will undertake a visit to Russia for a medical consultation.
In a statement, his department says the trip is a follow-up to previous medical consultations that Mabuza received from Russia.
It’s not the first time Mabuza has visited Russia for medical treatment. Late last year, he missed two Parliamentary sessions due to ill health.
The Presidency says he will continue with all his responsibilities upon the completion of the leave request.
Thousands march in Paris’ first LGBT pride since lockdown
26 June 2021, 9:38 PM
An LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, with many using the first event of its kind since the coronavirus pandemic to denounce the situation in Hungary.
Marchers, who chanted slogans such as “Gay rights are human rights!”, made their way in a joyful atmosphere from Pantin on the outskirts of Paris to Place de la Republique on the city’s n Right Bank, amid rainbow flags and colorful placards.
Asked about the situation in Hungary, where a new law bans the distribution of material in schools deemed to promote homosexuality or gender change, one marcher said it was unacceptable.
“No country in the world, no part of the world should criminalise homosexuality. Its representation shouldn’t be banned, it’s absurd,” Marc Pauli, 58, told Reuters TV.
More than 200 LGBT rights marches were postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic last year, according to the European Pride Organisers Association.
Mbeki pays tribute to Sisulu on the 66th Freedom Charter anniversary
#sabcnews Fmr Pres. Mbeki says Walter Sisulu was a true revolutionary who would never betray his comrades and said he would go to the gallows singing to give inspiration to others in the struggle. Mbeki speaks at Walter Sisulu University
The renewal of the African National Congress (ANC) and the transformation of South Africa’s society were the two themes that dominated former President Thabo Mbeki’s lecture on the 66th anniversary of the Freedom Charter.
Former President Thabo Mbeki delivers Walter Sisulu Memorial Lecture:
Under the banner of the Congress of the People in Kliptown, Soweto, thousands of people signed the Charter which was a vision for a democratic, united and non-racial South Africa.
Sisulu played a key role in the campaign towards its signing and was a delegate at the 1955 event.
Today’s lecture was organised by the Walter Sisulu University Convocation to celebrate the life of the struggle stalwart. Spokesperson for the University’s Convocation, Simthandile Ford says they are not only celebrating the life of Walter Sisulu but also of the people who were in Kliptown in 1955.
“Today is a day that we feel we are not just celebrating just a life that contributed to the democratic society, but we are also celebrating the people that were in Kliptown in 1955 to go and shape the vision of the society that they wanted to see. The university is also taking a new shape as it takes itself into a position of becoming an African university that seeks to pursue excellence in its programs.”
History of Freedom Charter:
The former President has questioned if the country’s institutions of higher learning are up to the task of producing people who can solve South Africa’s socio-economic challenges. He has painted a bleak picture of the economy, referring to Eskom as a ticking time bomb and highlighting the decay in other SOEs and the ten percent in state revenue lost to corruption.
Mbeki says capable individuals are required to turn things around. “Our society including its political formations will have to generate within its ranks the cadre who would also have the mastery of the complex strategy and tactics which must result in the successful eradication of the legacy of colonialism and apartheid and therefore our country’s fundamental socio-economic transformation I think it is obvious that if we fail to develop this cadre we will not accomplish the fundamental transformation that our country desperately needs”
Mbeki says the African National Congress took a resolution to renew itself at its National Conference in December 2017 because it acknowledged the corruption, factionalism and distance from the people that were causing it to lose support. He however says the ANC National Executive Committee’s progress in this regard is dismal.
“The ANC NEC has done nothing both to honour the 2017 National Conference directive and its own 2021 commitment obviously and naturally the question arises is the ANC NEC willing and able to discharge its responsibilities with regard to the absolute and urgent priority of the renewal of the ANC I pose this question during this lecture because this is not a matter of concern only to the ANC and its members, the ANC remains the dominant political formation in this country and is likely to sustain its position for the foreseeable future”
He adds that the ANC’s leadership must not be found wanting, in dealing with the negative issues plaguing the party.
The “step aside” rule which has resulted in ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule’s suspension by the party forms part of efforts by the party to renew itself.
Sisulu’s contribution to struggle
Former President Mbeki reminds those in attendance at the lecture of Walter Sisulu’s contribution to the struggle, which the latter emphasised was not about the vote but about improving people’s lives.
He says Sisulu, who died in May 2003, must serve as a reminder of what a true revolutionary is – one that never betrays his comrades or his country.
Gauteng residents urged to pause on social gatherings amid spiking COVID-19 infections
26 June 2021, 8:31 PM
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has appealed to Gauteng residents to refrain from social gatherings to help curb the COVID-19 infections in the province.
She has also urged mourners not to visit families who have bereavements, as gatherings have been proven to be super spreaders.
The minister has once again expressed concerns about the rising numbers of infections in Gauteng, saying the health system in the province is under strain.
“We do understand and know that Gauteng is under pressure and because it is weekend, those who are going to be drinking alcohol, being irresponsible, please can you stay at home? Just for once, take a decision that I’m going stay at home. The visits to families in and out daily are also causing a problem. We are pleading with you Guatengers. We are pleading with you to really respond to our call. We can increase the restrictions, but without your response we will not be able to beat this pandemic.”
Kubayi-Ngubane gives update on COVID-19:
Mogale City second most affected region
With Gauteng hit hardest by the Delta variant of COVID-19, Mogale City is the second most affected region in the province. The MECs for Health and Transport visited the area to investigate the cause of the rising numbers.
SA reports 17 958 new cases
Gauteng remains the epicentre of the third wave with 11 303 new cases followed by the Western Cape with 1 854.
South Africa on Saturday has reported over 152 000 active COVID-19 cases after 17 958 new infections were recorded in the last reporting period, representing a 25.6% positivity rate.
Another 157 people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the total death toll in the country to 59 778.
Latest SA stats:
Gqeberha farmers decry drought as dam water levels hit all-time low
26 June 2021, 7:35 PM
Dry July! A term coined by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape is becoming a frightening reality for the people of Gqeberha.
The average dam water levels have hit an all-time low of 11% and no significant rain is expected any time soon.
The SABC News spoke to subsistence farmers in Motherwell, who fear they may lose the little they have.
Proactive in his efforts, the Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Nqaba Bhanga announced that they would supply free water for non-human consumption.
This would provide some relief for those who can afford to transport it. But for subsistence farmers who can barely afford to feed their livestock, it’s not much of a help.
“I would not be able to afford to hire a bakkie or a truck to fetch water because I’m a pensioner and I have to eat and do everything from the pension money,” says one concerned farmer.
“We are situated here very far from the provided water. It would be good if we were to get assistance with bringing water closer and putting water tanks here,” adds another concerned farmer.
The municipality says it has made provision for farmers who can’t afford to transport the water themselves.
“The municipality has plans for urban farmers within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. If there are farmers who seek assistance from the municipality they must approach our Department of Urban Agriculture where they will be assisted. But there are criteria that they will have to follow, where we will vet them just to check if they are legit urban farmers within the metro. We do have borehole drilling among other plans,” says spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki.
The municipality has again urged residents to use water sparingly, saying it is one of the few factors that can be controlled.
Calls for intervention as Kouga dam water levels drop: