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Peter Rabali
Former PSL club boss Peter Rabali to be laid to rest on Sunday
10 July 2020, 4:12 PM

The former chairman of Limpopo PSL club and founder of the defunct NSL club, Rabali Blackpool FC, Peter Rabali will be buried on Sunday at Ha-Rabali village in Nzhelele, outside Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo.

Rabali died on Thursday  after a short illness. 

The 73-year-old Rabali was a well-known businessman who also has interests in the transport industry. He then ventured into football and bought the D’Alberton Callies franchise in 1994.

He relocated the club to Thohoyandou and renamed it Rabali Blackpool FC during the National Soccer League era.

The now defunct Rabali Blackpool, which was famously called “Matari Aya Fhambana”  translated as “leaves are different”,  was relegated to the lower division in 1995.

Four years later, Rabali was part of group of businessmen in the Vhembe District Municipality that managed Dynamos FC, which was promoted to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Rabali’s stint in football was, however, brief. He was later banned from football for life due to alleged corruption related to match fixing.

Mulimisi Muneri worked closely with Rabali as the team manager of Dynamos FC. He says Rabali made an enormous contribution to football.

“He was one man who was down to earth he could interact with almost everybody his lost honestly it is our loss he was part of the group that has interest in football his contribution will be always be seen above the rest because he always had this business plan that he came with it became very very easy to promote Dynamos his contribution will always remembered.”

Nathaniel Phasha and Magic Ratshivhadelo played for both Rabali Blackpool and Dynamos FC. They say the late Rabali played a father figure role to players during his short stint in football.

Rabali founded the new African Apostolic United Church, which has branches in five provinces with more than 300 000 members.

Family spokesperson Takalani Rabali says COVID-19 funeral regulations will be followed on Sunday.

“The old man was having problem with his health and the government has already give us the rules concerning COVID-19 burial. We will obey  the rules of 50 attendance and we are going to be strict on that.  If you are not part of the 50 please understand this Sunday we will have burial services and Saturday we will have a memorial service.”

Snow
Storm wreaks havoc in Western Cape rural town of Greyton
10 July 2020, 2:58 PM

Snow has fallen over the mountains in the small town of Greyton near Caledon, in the Western Cape. The rural town has been hit hard by the storm and its residents are feeling the effects of an intense cold front.

Greyton Tourism Manager, Roslyn Petersen, says 13 millimetres of rain has been recorded overnight.

“Lots of damage has been done, roofs were blown, electric poles fell over much assistance was needed in the community and every hand was helping to restore electricity and tree felling, Greyton today is back some visitors coming in more severe weather to be expected by Monday,” says Petersen.

More Western Cape areas  record damages

In Cape Town, several informal settlements are experiencing flooding and power outages.

The first of a series of cold fronts made landfall on Thursday, accompanied by heavy rain, strong winds and high seas.

In Masiphumelele near Kommetjie, residents of Z section are battling to keep dry and warm. They say a canal nearby constantly overflows, and floods their shacks with sewerage.

Strong winds uprooted trees in areas such as Camps Bay and caused power outages in Mitchells Plain, Claremont, Philippi, Lotus River and Retreat.

Many roads across the city have been flooded.

Meanwhile, the search for two people who went missing after they fell into a canal at Belgravia in Athlone, has resumed.

The operation was called off on Thursday afternoon due to bad weather.

Below is an in depth report on the Western Cape cold front:

VIDEO: Motshekga updates the nation on schools’ re-opening progress
5 July 2020, 4:25 PM

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is updating the nation on the progress of her department since the reopening of schools in the COVID-19 environment. On Monday, a second batch of learners is scheduled to return to class.

Below is link to the address:

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa congratulates newly-elected Malawi President
28 June 2020, 6:32 PM

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has congratulated the newly elected President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Ramaphosa commended Malawi for holding peaceful elections.

The statement reads: “President Ramaphosa has furthermore congratulated all stakeholders for the success of this historic election which followed a Malawi Constitutional Court judgement on 03 January 2020 which called for new elections to be held. Malawians returned to the polls on 23 June 2020.”

 

Ramaphosa has also recommitted the AU’s continued closer working ties with the government of Malawi to enhance cooperation strengthening economic development and integration.

Below is the full statement:

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Jobs bloodbath is upon South Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic
19 June 2020, 10:17 PM

The jobs bloodbath is upon South Africa as the economy tanks under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Job losses are not only in the private sector, state-owned enterprises like SAA, SA Express and the SABC are considering retrenchments and the youth are expected to suffer the most.

Political Analyst Somadoda Fikeni says South Africa lacks the political will to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment.

“There seems not to be no political conviction in terms of its intensity, but again as young indicated, we are a divided society. Therefore, others will always have different perspectives in terms of how to tackle the same and others may even have a lip service into ending inequality, but without tempering with the very deep structural and institutional hurdles.”

On the video below, Fikeni discusses the impact of COVID-19 on South Africans:

Massive job losses 

The public broadcaster has announced possible staff retrenchments on Thursday, saying it will consult with its more than 3 000 employees about their intention to cut jobs.

The SABC says due to the dire financial position of the corporation, it would simply not be financially viable for it to continue in the current form. Approximately 600 permanent employees will be affected, including senior management.

The SABC plans to conclude its restructuring process by September this year.

ArcelorMittal, Sasol to cut jobs

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has announced plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of a restructuring process to cut costs.

The company, which is Africa’s biggest steel producer says it expects crude steel production to take some time to return to historical or planned levels for 2020.

Energy and chemical company, Sasol, has issued unions with a Section 189 retrenchment notice to cut an unspecified number of jobs as well.

Sasol’s global workforce is over 31 000 with the bulk of employees based in South Africa.

The move is likely due to a drop in oil prices and production as economies around the world came to a halt due to the pandemic.

The economic impact of retrenchments with Thabi Leoka:

22 000 jobs are reportedly on the line at the retail group Edcon. Edcon which owns Edgars and Jet has blamed the lockdown for a collapse in sales and its inability to pay suppliers.

The 90-year-old company has been placed in business rescue and it looking for buyers to avoid being liquidated.

Cell C has started a retrenchment process that may result in 960 people losing their jobs. As the cellular operator is set to retrench 40% of its workforce.

Indlulamithi Scenarios paints a bleak future for South Africa

Research organisation Indlulamithi Scenarios painted a bleak future for South Africa, as a result of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdown.

The organisation is projecting unemployment to skyrocket to 40%, while the economy is expected to continue shrinking.

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