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SA Netball team trashes Barbados at Commonwealth Games
11 April 2018, 10:25 AM

The South African netball team has thrashed Barbados 85-25 at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday morning.

Goal shooters Ine-Marie Burger and Sigrid Burger, who played half the match each, were both in fine form. It’s too little too late though, as Australia play New Zealand, and Jamaica meet England in the semi-finals.

South Africa will play Uganda in the semi-finals of the 5th place play-off.

Phumza Maweni says they’re happy with their performance.

On Wednesday South Africa will be up for medals. Sunette Viljoen in the javelin and Luvo Manyonga and Rushwaal Samaai in the long jump all have high hopes.

The visually impaired lawn bowls pair is guaranteed a medal. They play Australia in the Mixed B2 and B3 Pairs gold medal match on Wednesday morning.

Northern Cape has fastest-growing monthly rental rates: IRR
11 April 2018, 10:06 AM

The residential rental market is booming in the Northern Cape.

A survey conducted by the South African Institute for Race Relations (IRR) revealed that the province has the fastest-growing monthly rental rates.

The average monthly residential rate is just over R7 000, compared to R4 000 in 2010.

IRR’s Kerwin Lebone says the most plausible reason could be the construction of the Square Kilometre Array (Ska) in the province.

“This is not the case with the Northern Cape, which is why we were surprised by this fast-growth in rentals, and so we tried to explain it by doing an explanation in some of the reasons why this might be so, and the most possible one was the construction of the Ska in the province, and we know that there are a lot of people who are already arriving in the area to help with the construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and we think that is one of the reasons why rental might be going up at such a vast rate.”

WATCH: Mama Winnie special official memorial service
11 April 2018, 10:02 AM

Government is holding a special official memorial service for anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

This is part of the twelve day mourning period planned for Mama Winnie. Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to deliver the keynote address.

It’s day eight of the 10 day mourning period for the late struggle veteran.



Zola Skweyiya
ANC mourns passing of struggle veteran Zola Skweyiya
11 April 2018, 9:57 AM

African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Gwede Mantashe says the party is losing credible cadres of the movement.

This comes after news of the passing of ANC stalwart Zola Skweyiya at the age of 75 years on Wednesday morning.

Skweyiya served as Public Service and Administration during the Nelson Mandela administration, and was also a Social Development Minister between 1999 and 2009 during the Thabo Mbeki administration.

He was appointed as South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK in 2009.

“I think we are losing generations of cadres and stalwarts of our movement who have made a difference as we come out of a very difficult period and witness a new dawn that is emerging. Bhut’Zola has been in the ANC for a very long time.”

“We send our condolences to the family, in-laws and to his maternal side of the family. He was quite a strong person. He gave up his professional future for the freedom of many others and undermined his own freedom,” says Mantashe.


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Makashule Gana
Gana raises hand for DA’s Gauteng premiership
11 April 2018, 8:51 AM

Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) Makashule Gana has put his hand up to challenge for the Gauteng premiership at the next elections.

Announcing the move on Tuesday, Gana says: “I’ve invited you here today to announce that I will be putting my name forward as the DA candidate for Gauteng Premier, and to trigger the country’s most important election campaign.”

“The 2019 election will be a pivotal moment for the country. As our DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday, we must win Gauteng. Mmusi’s call was that we must win, not because we are ambitious for office, but for its potential to make South Africa more equal, more inclusive, more prosperous and more responsive to the challenges of the changed global order,” says Gana.

“I believe that we can and know that we must win Gauteng, which is why I am availing myself to be the Gauteng Premier Candidate for the DA. This is not a decision I have taken lightly. It has been 16 years in the making. I have been a member and activist at the community level for the DA.”

Gana also invoked the name of African National Congress struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s name as a reason to be voted for.

“Mama Winnie’s sacrifice reminds us that the world which so many now take for granted was won by struggle. It is a great source of pride to us that her struggle is so entwined with the story of this province.

“And today we must reignite Ma’s struggle for freedom with the ‘fierce urgency of now’. We cannot wait, we dare not sit idly by and miss the opportunity for powerful change. Yes, we must continue to work against the forces that would gobble up the precious progress that we made.”

“We must be vigilant and steadfast. The dream of a non-racial South Africa still lives on despite the storms that often threaten to overwhelm us. I know this, you know this and together we can work towards this,” concludes Gana.

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