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Samro challenged to resolve royalty issues
12 April 2018, 9:10 AM

Gospel musician, Hlengiwe Mhlaba has called on South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) to come on the table so that the issue of royalties affecting musicians can be resolved.

This comes after media reports revealed that the organisation was allegedly unlawfully deducting royalties from some artists going back to 1963.

According to the investigation that was done by City Press, Mhlaba is being owed about R16 million.

Recently, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa announced that the department will establish a Commission of Inquiry into the work being done by the Samro on royalties and copyright issues.

Mhlaba says Samro has only paid her R100 000 since she started singing back in 2004.

“There are people that are getting paid and I don’t know why they are getting paid. There are many musician that are dying poor and we have got orphans that their fathers were artist, musicians who have money that is not paid to them. I don’t want anybody’s money, I only want my money,” says Mhlaba.

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AfriForum files criminal charges against Abrahams
11 April 2018, 4:09 PM

Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Wednesday filed criminal charges of corruption, fraud, theft, extortion and forgery against National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams and six other senior members of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

“This follows after AfriForum received an anonymous letter that elaborates on allegations of serious criminal conduct. In this letter is a plea for AfriForum to ensure that the rot within the NPA is not allowed to continue,” said Monique Taute, head of AfriForum’s anti-corruption unit.

“One allegation refers to a covertly-funded fraudulent travel claim from four members of the NPA. The claims, submitted for authorisation to travel to Zeerust, misrepresent the fact that they actually travelled to Cape Town and spent R97 000 of these covert funds,” says Taute.

Additionally, it is also alleged that a witness protection vehicle was allocated to the NDPP, who then used the vehicle for personal benefit.

“I believe the suggestion here is that all government assets are strictly governed and that the logbooks, etc must at all times even under covert circumstances reflect the factual use of the asset, but in this case the NDPP has corruptly ensured a personal and/or gratuitous official benefit to which he is not entitled,” adds Taute.

She said AfriForum believes the allegations are of an alarming nature, and therefore requested the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate the allegations.

Taute said the allegations “should now be enough reason for President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Abrahams from office, as it is clear that he is not a fit and proper person to hold office”.

NPA dismisses AfriForum’s charges

The NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku, dismissed as baseless AfriForum’s charges. “They are so baseless. I think AfriForum is really desperate. I think they are desperate to tarnish the name of the NDPP and the image of the NPA.

“Those charges have no basis whatsoever. You have to look at the affidavit and the charges that they have attached. They are completely baseless. We have given an explanation that the NDPP was never involved and does not get involves with issues of security. Assessments are done by our security division. If they say let’s enhance the security of the NDPP, he has got no role to play. Due to cost containment and budget constraints we could not go and procure a new car or a specialised vehicle within the office of the witness protection which is a unit of the NPA,” Mfaku explained.

Soweto road closures on Mama Winnie’s funeral day
11 April 2018, 3:17 PM


The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structures (NatJOINTS) have announced the road closures on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral day around Orlando Stadium, in Soweto.

The funeral service will be held at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, April 14. There are number of streets that are going to be closed off and motorists have been asked to use alternatives routes to reach their destinations.

Attendees have also been encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement officers and exercise patience so that all participants can mourn in a safe and secure environment.

The community of Fourways, particularly people in close proximity to the Fourways Memorial Park, are also reminded that during the Special Official Category 1 Funeral, there will be a 19 Gun Salute.

This means that extremely loud bangs will be heard in that vicinity that may have an effect on people. Special care should be given to people suffering ill-health, the elderly and little children.

Owners of pets are also advised that these loud bangs are likely to severely agitate animals and therefore, special provisions should be made for them for the duration of the funeral ceremony.

Residents who have no alternate access routes to their homes are also advised to obtain access permits at Orlando Police Station.

No mourners will be allowed to drive through the cordoned off areas. Cars will be parked at Nasrec Expo Centre, and from there attendees will be transported by bus to the stadium.

Below are the names of the streets that are going closed on the day:

N17 traffic circle and Klipspruit Valley

Soweto Highway and Mooki Street

Sofasonke and Mooki Street

Adams Street and Masopha Street

Adams Street and Ballenden Street

Adams Street and Rathebe Street

Adams Street and Martha Louw Street

Adams Street and Mofokeng Street

Adams Street and Nkomoyahlaba

Adams Street and Mooki Street

Hlatswayo Street and Mogoye

Mjongwe Street and Mooki Street

Mooki Street and Mofokeng Street

Mooki Street and Martha Louw Street

Mooki Street and slipway at Orlando court

Martha Louw and Klipspruit Valley road

Nkwanca Street and Martha Louw Street

Masupa Street and Mooki Street.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
‘No-one suffered for SA’s liberation more than Winnie’
11 April 2018, 12:32 PM

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he knows no-one who suffered for South Africa’s liberation more than Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Buthelezi is one of the many dignitaries who have converged on Soweto’s Orlando Stadium to honour the struggle stalwart.

The opposition leader who knew Madikizela Mandela and her late husband Nelson Mandela for many years reflects on their relationship.

“When she was still a very young bride… I mean I had many happy moments in the house, I could never come to Johannesburg without Madiba inviting me to dinner at the house in that way, we then happened to know each other very closely. And even when Madiba was incarcerated, some of the messages that Madiba sent to me were actually sent through her and sometimes when Zinzi, her daughter had seen her father she would pass messages to me,” says Buthelezi.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has described the significance of government decision to stage both Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial and official funeral ceremony in Soweto.

The service is also attended by foreign diplomats and will be addressed by Deputy President David Mabuza.

Madikizela-Mandela has been lauded for making Soweto township her home and base of resistance at the height of the anti-Apartheid struggle.


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Australia’s ball-tampering trio lose national contracts
11 April 2018, 10:44 AM

Tim Paine, Australia’s 46th Test captain, returned to Cricket Australia’s national contract list for the 2018-19 season after missing out on the initial list last year, while five players were awarded contracts for the first time in a new-look list of 20 announced on Wednesday.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all currently serving bans for their roles in the ball-tampering incident during the Cape Town Test last month, did not feature in the list comprising men’s players to represent Australia across formats next year.

Paine missed out initially in 2017-18 but was upgraded to a national contract later in the year. He might not feature regularly in the limited-overs formats, though, given the inclusion of Alex Carey, the wicket-keeper who is one of the five new faces.

Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson, the fast bowlers, and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis are the other new names in the squad.

“This is an exciting opportunity for these players, who all deserve to be on this list. Andrew is an experienced bowler, who has been able to translate strong domestic performances onto the international stage in white-ball cricket. Alex is the second wicket-keeper in this squad, alongside Tim Paine. He is a promising young player who has had a strong domestic summer and performed well in his international opportunities to date with bat and gloves. Richardson has been a regular in limited-overs matches Kane Richardson has been a regular in limited-overs matches,” says Trevor Hohns, the national selector.

Hohns says Kane has been rewarded for strong performances in the Sheffield Shield and his efforts when selected for Australia in limited-overs cricket, where he continues to impress.

“Jhye is a young fast bowler who has been on the fringe of selection in all three forms of the game. He’s an exciting prospect who has played ODI and T20 cricket for Australia this summer, and was in the Test squad for the recent tour of South Africa. Marcus is a player who has featured regularly for Australia in limited-overs cricket over the last 12 months, and is a player of promise who has impressed with his all-round capabilities on the international stage,” adds Hohns.

Chadd Sayers made his Test debut in Johannesburg against South Africa Chadd Sayers made his Test debut in Johannesburg against South Africa

Jackson Bird, who played the Boxing Day Ashes Test in Melbourne in December, and Chadd Sayers, who made his Test debut in Johannesburg recently, both missed out, as did the injured duo of James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn were the others to be excluded from the list.

However, as per Cricket Australia’s system, players not awarded contracts as part of the initial squad of 20 can earn upgrades throughout the year by accruing 12 upgrade points.

Players receive five points for a Test, two for an ODI and one for a T20I.

Australia’s next assignment is in England in June, for a limited-overs tour comprising five ODIs and a one-off T20I.



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