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Ramaphosa issues stern warning to ANC councillors
10 October 2021, 9:06 PM

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party will act decisively to remove councillors who tarnish its image. He also urged residents to call out incompetent councillors, without fear. Ramaphosa met ANC supporters in KwaNdengezi, Umlazi and KwaNyusa in the eThekwini Municipality.

Earlier in the weekend, he engaged with party members on the province’s South Coast on concerns around the selection of candidates.

Ramaphosa was well-received on the second day on the campaign trail in KwaZulu-Natal. The escalating crime rate, unemployment and incompetent councillors are among the many concerns raised by Umlazi residents.

The latest quarterly crime statistics reveal that the Umlazi police station ranks third in the country for the most cases of murder.

Resident Thulani Khumalo shares some of the main concerns that he wants to be addressed.

“Since growing up we have been promised things now we’re adults but we don’t see any change because even where we are standing we were promised a mall up until now there is no indication it will be built. There are no police stations in Umlazi, we all go to one police station. So we’re asking Ramaphosa to change things including this issue of councillors even the monies that have been misused. Our wish is for Ramaphosa to change our lives as he’s coming here, he should see what we’re complaining about.”

Resident Nkazimulo Mvuna had similar concerns around the conduct of councillors, the provision of water and the collection of refuse.

“The community is not happy, the first thing we’re not happy about is our houses. The councillors do not respect the people. Secondly, these councillors no longer live in this area so we don’t know if we need help where we’ll find it because when you go to the councillor’s house there are other people staying there. We end up not getting help. Another thing is the dirt in the streets and the refuse not being collected and they’re always fighting. We have a problem with this on and off water and electricity supply in our area. We need a change in this area.”

In KwaNdengezi, Ward 12 in the eThekwini Municipality, in the 2016 local government election, the ANC secured just over 61% of the vote. Over 17 000 people are registered to vote here. Just 32% of people in this community are employed. Residents here called on Ramaphosa to unite the party by resolving issues within pockets of disunity.

“I ask for unity with this party. It is because of the ANC that we are free today, they must make sure that they don’t destroy the party. The only thing that will help this party perform better is unity.”

Throughout his visit to the province, Ramaphosa reiterated that the party was committed to a government free of corruption, urging residents to call out such government officials.

“That comrades these people have chosen you because they have trust and confidence in you and they believe that you are going to work for them and not for yourselves and not to line your own pockets and not to go and advance your own interests.”

ANC vows to remove corrupt councillors:

Earlier in the weekend, at Folweni south of Durban, Ramaphosa responded to calls from aggrieved ANC members over the candidate selection process, saying that the party would look into this after the local government elections.

Ramaphosa will continue with his election campaign trail on Monday in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

He will conduct door to door campaign and address the residents of Greenpoint and Galeshewe. Residents are frustrated with their continuous squalor conditions. They say getting basic services like water, sanitation and houses are a daily struggle and the Sol Plaatje municipality officials are nowhere to be found.

They say it’s a matter of out of sight and out of mind.

SA records 648 new COVID-19 cases, 25 related deaths
10 October 2021, 7:36 PM

South Africa has reported 648 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 912 145. This increase represents a 2.9% positivity rate.

A further 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 317 to date.

Latest COVID-19 stats:

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Third wave

Senior Researcher at the CSIR, Ridhwaan Suliman says the current low numbers of coronavirus positive cases in South Africa is more likely linked to some level of herd immunity that has developed after the devastating third wave.

Around a quarter of adults have been fully vaccinated in South Africa. The third wave was driven by the highly infectious Delta variant.

The test positivity rate remains low at this stage and the death toll from COVID 19 continues to decline.

Dr Suliman has cautioned that a fourth wave of coronavirus is very likely towards the end of the year.

Dr Suliman’s weekly COVID-19 update:

Nigeria’s state owned oil firm warns of fuel supply disruption if tanker drivers strike
10 October 2021, 6:37 PM

Nigeria’s state-owned oil firm NNPC has urged petroleum tanker drivers to call off a planned nationwide strike due to start on Monday, saying the action would disrupt fuel supplies in Africa’s biggest economy.

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has said drivers want to protest what they say is the poor state of roads in the country that endangers their lives.

NNPC said it was willing to provide funding for the construction of some roads, even though this was not its business. It did not say how much money would be made available.

“Any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products to different parts of Nigeria will adversely affect the business of the NNPC and endanger energy security,” NNPC said in a statement.

NNPC was last week incorporated into a limited liability company. President Muhammadu Buhari said in August that the company had made its first profit in its 44-year history.

The company, which operates joint production ventures with Western oil majors and is also involved in refining and marketing petroleum products, has released few details of its finances for most of its history.

“The thrust of the NNPC’s intervention is to make considerable funds available for the reconstruction of roads through its future tax liability,” NNPC said.

Bottas wins in Turkey as Verstappen retakes F1 lead
10 October 2021, 4:08 PM

Valtteri Bottas won a wet Turkish Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second to take back the Formula One world championship lead and move six points clear of Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes’ seven times world champion Hamilton went from 11th on the grid to fifth but was unhappy that a late pitstop denied him a possible podium place.

He had been two points ahead of Verstappen going into the race.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished third at the Istanbul Park circuit. Bottas, who had not won for more than a year, also took a bonus point for the fastest lap.

Hamilton was quickest in qualifying at Istanbul Park but a 10-place penalty for exceeding his season’s engine allocation, a strategic move, left the Briton with plenty to do in the race.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth, Hamilton fifth, Pierre Gasly in the Alpha Tauri sixth, Lando Norris in the Mclaren seventh, Carlos Sainz Jr. in the other Ferrari eight, Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin ninth and Esteban Ocon in the Alpine rounding off the points finishers.

 

Ramaphosa promises Umlazi residents a corruption free ANC government
10 October 2021, 4:00 PM

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised Umlazi residents a dedicated and corruption free government.

Ramaphosa headed up the ANC’s local government campaign this weekend in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ramaphosa addresses supporters in Umlazi:

South Africa goes to the polls in local government elections on the first of November. Yesterday at Folweni on the province’s south coast, ANC supporters voiced their unhappiness over how the candidate process has played out in some wards.

Ramaphosa urged residents to call out incompetent councillors, without fear.

Ramaphosa says the ANC wants a well functioning local government structure. He says the party will no longer tolerate corrupt or incompetent councillors. He says ANC candidates have taken an oath to lead with integrity. He reassured Umlazi residents that ANC councillors would not steal funds that are meant to improve the lives of citizens.

Ramaphosa says the ANC wants to retain control of the eThekwini Metro.

He also encouraged residents to turn out in their numbers to vote.

He says on election day it must be clear that the ANC has taken over.

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