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Government withdraws support for Miss SA Pageant
14 November 2021, 6:01 PM

The South African Government has withdrawn its support for the Miss South Africa Pageant.

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture released a statement announcing the decision. This follows what the department called intransigence and disregard of advice against partaking in the Miss Universe Pageant scheduled to be held in Israel next month.

In the statement,  Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that whilst it appreciate the likely impact on the individual interest of the current Miss South Africa, reasons for withdrawal, far outweigh individual interest.

SA government withdraws support for the Miss South Africa pageant

Statement from the Department of  Sports, Arts and Culture:

Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 during the competition’s finale at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town in mid-October.

She beat nine other finalists from around the country to clinch the title. The 24-year-old is from KwaSokhulu near Richards Bay KwaZulu-Natal.

She is a model and dancer that also holds a Bachelor of Law qualification from the University of Pretoria.


De Klerk’s funeral to take place on 21 November
14 November 2021, 4:13 PM

The FW de Klerk Foundation has announced that a private cremation and funeral will take place next Sunday for the former statesman. De Klerk died in Cape Town on Thursday at the age of 85 following a battle with cancer.

The foundation did not provide further details but said the funeral will be a private ceremony for family members and will not be open to the media.

Mixed tributes for De Klerk

Stellenbosch historian, Prof Hermann Giliomee, has paid tribute to the last apartheid President FW De Klerk.

Giliomee says De Klerk tried his best during difficult times.

“A man with such momentous responsibility, you know. He tried his very best. He did what he thought was the right thing to do. He didn’t fully understand his opposition. If someone is to be blamed for the shortcomings of the settlements, then the ANC must carry as much as blame for that as he does,” says Giliomee.

Anti-apartheid struggle veteran and former Robben Island prisoner Mac Maharaj says De Klerk was a prisoner of his own past.

Maharaj, however, says De Klerk wrote himself into South African history, with unbanning of the ANC and the release of political prisoners.

He says he has mixed feelings about de Klerk’s legacy because he did not admit that apartheid was a crime against humanity.

“He has left this video as part of his apology, but he did not acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity. It was that understanding that was necessary for him to make, to really be committed to transformation. Let us be generous. He has sought to make an apology. Let us treat it as given. Let us be open-minded and have all the facts on the table when we make our assessment of the historic role that individuals have made. Because at the end of the day, none of those individuals, on their own, take credit. The real credit in our country goes to the masses of our people,” says Maharaj.

Malema hopeful coalition deal with ActionSA still possible
13 November 2021, 9:12 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he is hopeful that a coalition deal with ActionSA is still possible.

Malema was speaking at AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s welcoming ceremony, at Enkululekweni Palace in the Eastern Cape.

Malema made the remark after ActionSA released a statement announcing that it has rejected the EFF’s proposal for a coalition government in the Gauteng Metros.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said the main reason for the rejection is that they don’t want to be dependent on support from the ANC.

Mashaba shares more on rejecting the EFF’s proposal:

The EFF proposed that it should run Tshwane, the ANC Ekurhuleni while ActionSA governs Johannesburg.

Malema explains, ” We don’t co-govern, we all govern alone, we are an executive here and Mashaba is an executive there, everywhere where we are you are an executive. One of us is your opposition in the legislature, meaning the speaker and all of that belongs to opposition to monitor you and hold you accountable, such a proposal, Mashaba says no it’s not going to happen. Let’s hope that the leadership, in its wisdom, because the land is here, it can be able to persuade him to do the right thing.”

Malema gifted the AbaThembu King a Mercedes GLE earlier today.

During the ceremony, he spoke about the coalition issue:

Soweto man arrested after body parts discovered in fridge
13 November 2021, 7:45 PM

Human body parts have been found in a refrigerator in a Soweto home. Police say a young woman made the discovery at her partner’s flat after he left the premises to go to the supermarket today.

She discovered the body parts in a fridge. The twenty-six-year-old man has since been arrested. It’s believed when police approached him, he stabbed himself with a knife.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili says, “An off duty police officer staying in Protea Glen responded to a crime scene at a house where human body parts were discovered. A man, aged 26, was arrested for murder. It is reported that the man, who is a tenant at the back rooms in that yard, his partner discovered the body parts after he had left to go to the shops. The body parts will be sent to the forensic science laboratory for identification. The suspect will be appearing in court soon on a charge of murder.”

Brigadier Brenda Muridili speaks to SABC News about the incident:



South Africa forwards lay platform for 30-15 win over Scotland
13 November 2021, 5:09 PM

South Africa wing Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries but it was the tourists’ forward dominance that laid the platform for a resounding 30-15 victory over Scotland in the autumn international series match at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Springbok pack put in a powerful performance at the set-piece and breakdown in an impressive show of brute force. Elton Jantjies (3), Handre Pollard (2) and Frans Steyn all kicked penalties as the Scots were forced into frequent infringements.

Home captain Stuart Hogg scored two excellent tries to become the country’s joint-top all-time try-scorer, while flyhalf Finn Russell added a penalty and a conversion but also missed a number of simple shots at goal.

The world champion Boks, who trailed 10-8 at halftime, made it back-to-back wins in the autumn series after defeating Wales last weekend and finish against England at Twickenham next weekend, while Scotland will host Japan.



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