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H&M stores stormed in Gauteng
13 January 2018, 1:21 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters members have allegedly stormed shops of retail store H&M in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Police have confirmed that one of the shops has been trashed in Menlyn, east of Pretoria.

In Johannesburg a number of stores have been targeted in malls including BrightWater.

The party members are protesting against inscriptions on H&M clothes which include “coolest monkey in the jungle” in which a black boy modeled. This caused outrage on social media.

The police’s Lungelo Dlamini says they are monitoring the protests: “There are protests in all the stores, south of Johannesburg, in the north, and also in Pretoria and the east rand. At this stage I am still trying find out the situation on the ground what’s happening.”

Ramaphosa pays tribute to ANC stalwarts
13 January 2018, 12:20 PM

African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to former party leaders saying they sacrificed their lives to ensure that South Africa attained its freedom.

He was delivering the January 8 statement in celebration of the party’s 106th anniversary at the Buffalo stadium in East London. January 8 marks the day the ANC was formed.

The first statement was issued in 1972 while many members of the ANC were in exile. The objective of the statement is to outline the party’s programme for the year.

“As we take this ANC into an era of unity an era of renewal, an era of service to the people our country we take this opportunity to reaffirm the ANC ‘s commitment t0 the values and the principles to which so many of our legends dedicated their lives. Our organisation belongs to you the people of SA. The ANC is the Parliament of the people.”



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2018 brings hope for unity in the tripartite alliance: Sanco president
13 January 2018, 12:06 PM

Sanco president Richard Mdakane says this is the beginning of the renewal of the ANC.

Mdakane says the ANC belongs to the people of South Africa.

Mdakane says 2018 brings hope for unity in the tripartite alliance as the stakes are high in the 2019 presidential elections.

“This celebration should encourage to reconnect with the masses of our people to reconnect. Sanco recognises the achievement of the ANC in bringing out better lives. Sanco calls upon our people to unite behind the ANC vision of advancing people’s power and to be part of the renewal programmes and to ensure that the ANC remains responsive and to the needs of our people.”

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta are in attendance at the Buffalo stadium in East London where the ANC is celebrating its 106th anniversary.

Business booms for vendors at ANC celebrations
13 January 2018, 11:20 AM

With hot summer weather and the high humidity expected at a coastal town, summer items like flip flops, t-shirts and caps have been flying off the shelves at the 106th anniversary celebrations of the African National Congress(ANC) in East London.

Luvo Duda from eKomani, formerly known as Queenstown, says the most common item at his stall is a cap costing R300. He says people love the OR Tambo centenary celebration cap. “We have sold many caps with president Tambo, as part of the celebration of a 100 years since tata Tambo’s birth.”

He says party leaders are often their top customers.

Duda says he arrived in East London on Monday. “Our leaders have been supportive. The provincial chairperson, Oscar Mabuyane is one of our biggest customers. He buys from us regularly.”

Duda says they have also received support from leaders from other regions counting Mondli Gugubele and National Secretary General Jessie Duarte among people who have supported his business.

Another merchandiser, Mbali Mdluli has come from Johannesburg to capitalise on the occasion. She says sales could be better. “We have been selling a lot of t-shirts, they are definitely the most popular item in our store.” Mdluli says their most popular t-shirt retails for R300.

Lee Mostert of Jay Promotions has also travelled from Johannesburg. It is neck ties that have been selling off her shelves. “I sell a range of promotional material, but ties are by far the most loved item.”

The merchandisers are excited about the prospects of the New Year. With celebrations focused on Albertina Sisulu and former ANC and State president Nelson Mandela, they expect 2018 to be a good year.

Duda says “In February we are introducing the Mandela centenary celebrations stuff, we expect those to do very well.”

He says they will be selling in East London until Sunday.

ANC seeks to restore public confidence: Radebe
13 January 2018, 11:15 AM

African National Congress National Executive Committee member, Jeff Radebe says as the party celebrates its 106th anniversary it’s also seeking to restore public confidence in it.

The celebrations are taking place at the Buffalo City stadium where party president Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the January 8 statement.

Radebe has reiterated the importance of fast-tracking inclusive economic growth.

“As you can see the mood is electric, people are very passionate you can see that there us a rejuvenation of the ANC to rekindle to that we return to our former glory of being spearhead of the struggle for total emancipation of the people of South Africa in a nutshell to drive the program of radical socio economic transformation to ensure that the economy is shared not only buy the few but by the majority of the people.”

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