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Anderson says England players accepted Robinson’s apology
8 June 2021, 7:34 PM

England players have accepted Ollie Robinson’s apology for racist and sexist comments he posted on social media as a teenager, fast bowler James Anderson said on Tuesday.

Robinson has been ruled out of England’s second test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday after historic tweets came to light last week when he made his test debut at Lord’s.

The 27-year-old fast bowler had apologised “unreservedly” in the dressing room for the 2012-13 Twitter posts and Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, told reporters that was accepted.

‘The language and things talked about are obviously not acceptable,” he added.

“He stood up in front of the group and apologised, and you could see how sincere he was and how upset he was.
“As a group, we appreciate that he’s a different person now. He has done a lot of maturing and growing since then and he’s got the full support of the team.”

Culture Minister Oliver Dowden said on Monday that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had gone “over the top” by suspending Robinson.

Retired Jamaican fast bowler Michael Holding told Sky Sports television on Tuesday, however, that he felt the ECB had taken the right course of action.

“I think the ECB are correct to suspend him and investigate the matter,” he said. “I am not too sure they should be suspending him for a very long time.”

The ECB is also investigating a second England cricketer for historical “offensive” social media posts, cricket website Wisden.com reported on Monday.

Wisden said it had uncovered a racist tweet but chosen not to disclose the identity of the player because he was under 16 when it was posted.

“It has been brought to our attention that an England player has posted historic offensive material on their social media account,” a spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

“We are looking into it and will make a further comment in due course.”

SA to benefit from G7 agreement on global tax reform
8 June 2021, 7:30 PM

South Africa is in line to rake in billions in tax revenue from big multinational companies. This comes after a ground-breaking agreement reached by G7 Finance Ministers in London last week.

The agreement on global tax reform, reached by Finance Ministers from the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan is aimed at making multi-national companies such as Google and Facebook, pay their fair share of taxes in countries where they generate their huge profits.

It’s been hailed as the biggest shake-up of the global tax system in the past century.

Video: SABC speaks to tax expert, Alex Gwala, from Deloitte SA

Under the G7 agreement, multi-national companies will from now on, be required to pay a minimum tax rate of 15%  in countries where they operate.

South Africa already has a 28% corporate tax rate which all companies operating in the country are subjected to. But analysts say the G7 agreement will still have an indirect benefit for the country.

Experts say SARS stands to collect tens of billions of rands in additional tax revenue, if and when the G7 agreement comes to fruition.

The G7 agreement will now be referred to the G20 Heads of State Summit for final ratification later this year.

Numsa members down tools at Reagetswe Mining over union affiliation issues
8 June 2021, 7:22 PM

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa ) are on strike, to force their employer, Reagetswe Mining Services, which is contracted to Impala Platinum mine at Rustenburg in the North West, to recognise their union.

Reagetswe Mining Services, has allegedly refused to deduct union affiliation fees and pay them to Numsa, as per the wish of the majority of the employees.

The striking workers are also accusing the company of dismissing their elected interim committee members.

“Our demands are section 21 recognition of Numsa, salary adjustment, medical aid, living-out allowance,” says Numsa’s Workers’ Representative, Hendrick Mokgethi.

Workers are also complaining about the low wages, and non-provision of medical aid, which they say, compounds issues.

“We came here to make money, so we can support our families. Some of us cannot even visit our families back home, because our salaries are too low,” says a disgruntled employee.

“We want the reinstatement of interim committee members and for member contributions to be deducted for Numsa. As we speak, we have taken Reagetswe to the high court. We want to hear the view of the court, because workers have to join a union of their choice, without any intimidation,” says Numsa Organiser in Rustenburg, Malibongwe Mdazo.

Meanwhile, Amcu Secretary-General  in Rustenburg, Phuthuma Manyathi, has disputed reports that they have failed the workers.

“We are servicing all members equally because we all contribute 1%t to the organisation. We’re servicing them to the best of our ability. Of course, primary employees will not be the same as contractors, not because of our failure, but the structure in itself of the contractor modelling is the one that is creating that difference. But, we are fighting very hard.”

Reagetswe Mining Services refused to comment, saying the matter is in court.

Meanwhile, Impala Platinum mine, says although it takes the matter seriously, it has to be resolved by Reagetswe Mining Services and its employees.

IFP expels councilors over alleged community protests instigation
8 June 2021, 4:45 PM

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has accused expelled party councillors from the Mthonjaneni municipality, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, of having instigated community protests which resulted in violent clashes at the weekend.

A 33-year old man was one of the three people who sustained gunshot wounds during the clashes at Thubalethu township.

Protestors allegedly threw stones at the vehicle of bodyguards who were safeguarding party leaders attending an IFP meeting in the area.

The protestors were demanding the reinstatement of the former mayor and four councillors expelled by the IFP for allegedly working with the ANC.

Those protests were instigated by those councillors whom we have dismissed. If they want to appeal they know what to do, but there is no appeal through a protest. So we condemn the violence that has taken place because it is quite selfish to go and instigate the community,” says IFP National Spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

Hlengwa says the South African Police Service (SAPS) were informed of the meeting.

“Now some of the leaders that were there may also be office bearers in certain places and they are entitled to protections and they are legitimate and legal protection found themselves having to protect and defend. The SAPS having been informed that there will be a meeting,[they] sent one officer there in a situation that has been volatile and people who have been protesting,” says Hlengwa.

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Carey Mulligan to star in first feature film on Harvey Weinstein scandal
8 June 2021, 3:00 PM

The first Hollywood feature film to focus directly on the Harvey Weinstein scandal is due to start production in the summer, Universal Pictures said on Monday.
“She Said” is based on the 2019 book of the same name about the New York Times investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are in final negotiations to play the two journalists – Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor – who wrote the book and who won Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting in October 2017 on the story.

Some 100 women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, then one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, after the initial stories broke in the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Weinstein, who has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone, was sentenced in New York, in March 2020, to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault involving two women. He has appealed the conviction and is seeking a new trial, while also facing extradition to Los Angeles to face further charges of rape.

The “She Said” book focuses on the months of behind the scenes investigations and legal obstacles that Twohey and Kantor faced in order to publish their reports.

Although the Weinstein scandal has been the subject of several documentaries and has inspired films and TV shows such as “The Assistant” and “The Morning Show,” “She Said” is the first feature film based on the claims against the producer himself.

It will be directed by German filmmaker Maria Schrader. No expected release date was announced.

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