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Bhanga considering legal action over NMB towns’ name changes
21 June 2021, 5:52 AM

The Democratic Alliance’s Nelson Mandela Metro mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, says the municipality is considering all options, including legal action, to prevent the new names of towns in the metro of becoming permanent.

Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, earlier decided to set aside all objections that were submitted against the name changes.

Port Elizabeth was changed to Gqeberha and Uitenhage to Kariega in February. Mthethwa says the South African Geographical Names Council reviewed the objections and advised him accordingly.

Bhanga says the metro needs names that unify people.

“More than 65 000 people took a decision to object on the name and what the Minister has just done was only to recognise the 391 people who participated in those meetings. Out of 1.3 million people in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. We are not opposed to the name change, but we are opposed to is that we need names that unify people. Therefore, we are considering taking a legal recourse to oppose this in court as part of our democratic right.”

Bhanga requests a reversal of the new name for Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the Airport:

Other towns that have been renamed are Berlin and Maclear, which have been changed to Ntabozuko and Nqanqarhu, respectively.

In March this year, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality submitted its objections to the name changes of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the Port Elizabeth Airport to Minister Mthethwa, saying the process was not inclusive.

Bhanga says the names do not represent the rainbow nation the country is striving to become.

Scientists to release report on stones found near Ladysmith
20 June 2021, 2:11 PM

Scientists analysing stones that attracted scores of people at KwaHlathi near Ladysmith will on Sunday report on their findings whether the stones are really precious.

Thousands of people flocked to the area in the past few weeks digging the stones they believed to be diamonds.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says scientists and relevant government departments decided to analyse the stones.

“We welcome the deployment of the delegation made up of geoscientists, government officials and other interested parties to KwaHlathi early this week. Today, a delegation from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will engage with stakeholders and will together pronounce on the outcome today at 16h00 pm. This will bring certainty for the people on whether this is indeed precious stones or something else.”

Retired geologist from Durban, Manqoba Msimango, says he can not rule out the authenticity of the recent discovery of what some believe to be diamonds.

People flocked to the area, some even from other provinces, to mine the stones.

The provincial government had earlier expressed concerns about the activities and has asked the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to refer the matter to the national Department of Minerals and Energy to do inspections at the site.


VIDEO: KwaZulu-Natal Premier briefs media on COVID-19 statistics, vaccination efforts
20 June 2021, 12:00 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala briefs media on the latest statistics and vaccination progress in the province.

ANC’s Mopani district elective conference to resume on Sunday
20 June 2021, 11:24 AM

The African National Congress’ Mopani district elective conference is expected to resume on Sunday at Tzaneen in Limpopo.

The conference was delayed on Saturday due to issues around COVID-19 regulations, including the curfew.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Donald Selamolela says delegates will vote for the new regional executive leadership on Sunday.

It is being hosted at four venues to comply with COVID-19 regulations. Selamolela says the conference will end on Monday.

“The Mopani conference will resume this morning, after the failed ability to start last night. We spent the better part of yesterday dealing with registration under the circumstances of covid-19 things are not easy especially around ensuring that we register observing social distance and so forth so that warranted a particular delay for all of us. The conference will open this morning and it will proceed until tomorrow whereby this afternoon, today, the leadership will be elected.”

Scores of delegates have gathered at the different venues that will be linked virtually to comply with COVID-19 regulations.



LIVE: Dialogue on the rights, roles of fathers
20 June 2021, 10:27 AM

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu hosts a dialogue on the rights and roles of fathers.

Zulu will celebrate Father’s Day with children and fathers to hear the challenges that prevent fathers from being in the lives of their children while celebrating those who are successfully raising their children.

Below is the live stream of the dialogue:




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