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Sihle Zikalala
Zikalala calls for urgent action to stop political killings in KZN
12 May 2018, 1:42 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says urgent action should be taken to curb the recurring assassinations of political leaders in the province.

This after former ANC youth league leader, Maqatha Mchunu was gunned down at his home in Hammarsdale, in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade, Samkelo Dlamini was also killed in an ambush at Ulundi in the north of the province.

Almost thirty provincial ANC leaders have been killed in less than thirty six months in KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC Provincial Task Team Co-ordinator, Sihle Zikalala wants the situation dealt with.

“As the ANC, we are shocked and saddened by the passing on of comrade Qashana, who was murdered in a very brutal way. The ANC feels that the situation that is happening where our leaders are killed, especially at regional level and various municipalities, is a serious cause for concern, that needs urgent action… As the ANC we send our deepest condolences to the family and relatives…” says Zikalala.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has joined the African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in mourning the deaths of the two leaders, who were killed on Friday night.

In a statement, the DA in the province says it’s concerned that the killings will escalate as the country approaches the 2019 elections.

The party has urged police to work around the clock to find the culprits who are determined to bring political instability to the province.


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Modiko Mothupi
Motsweding FM presenter laid to rest
12 May 2018, 1:30 PM

Modiko Christian Mothupi, a long serving SABC radio presenter, has been laid to rest at Mmabatho cemetery in the North West.

Mothupi who died after a long illness, was described speakers at his funeral service as a humble and God fearing traditionalist.

He was a technical producer, presenter and deejay at Motsweding FM, a Setswana language station, at the time of his death.

Hundreds of mourners came to pay their last respects to the 56-year-old Mothupi.

News Editor, Winston Mphahlele says Mothupi was a giant in the information, entertainment industry…

“Indeed we have lost a very strong man. We have lost a committed broadcaster, an experienced man in broadcasting, with his 30 year-experience in broadcasting – I am not sure if we will get a substitute. Mothupi was not only passionate about broadcasting, he was also participating in promoting traditional music, in particular Setswana music. He represented not only the province but the whole country in the SATMA awards,” says Mphahlele.

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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Government is committed in successful land restitution: Nkoana-Mashabane
12 May 2018, 12:53 PM

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says government is committed to working with beneficiaries of land restitution to ensure they succeed.

She was speaking at Richwood outside Cape Town where an industrial park is being jointly developed by the Richmond Communal Property Association and the private sector.

It is envisaged as a landmark business park and mixed-use precinct consisting of retail, light industrial, commercial and warehousing property development.

Nkoana-Mashabane has encouraged the community to stick together to ensure the success of the project.

 

 

“What we have picked up is that we were handing over land and walk away… Now we want to work with them. We don’t want them to wait for us,” says Nkoana-Mashabane.

The land was handed back to 401 families who were forcibly removed from the land during apartheid, then resettled in Atlantis on the west coast.

Chairperson of the Richmond Communal Property Association, Daniel September says one of their aims is to provide skills for the community.

“We’ve got an educational trust and other beneficiaries can benefit got to colleges and stuff and we also have a skill development where people can be trained to become a bricklayer a plumber or something like that,” says September.

 



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Phumulo Masualle
Masualle lauds role played by nurses in society
12 May 2018, 12:07 PM

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has hailed the role played by the nurses in society.

Masualle has been delivering the keynote address at the celebration of International Nurses Day at Quthubeni village near Ngcobo.

He says it’s also critical to listen to and deal with the challenges they are facing such shortage equipment and staff in some health facilities in rural areas.

Masualle says, “We are in this village to mark the role the role and contributions that nurses in the conditions they work in are contributing continuously.”

 

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Crusaders go top with stunning comeback, Sunwolves bag historic win
12 May 2018, 11:46 AM

The Canterbury Crusaders regained the Super Rugby lead with a powerful rally to go from four tries down to beat the NSW Waratahs 31-29 while the Sunwolves stunned the Queensland Reds to record their first win on Saturday.

The Crusaders conceded 29 points inside the first half hour in the clash between the top New Zealand and Australian sides before they worked out how to cut Israel Folau out of the game and from there they produced five tries to snatch a narrow victory.

The bottom-of-the-table Sunwolves also trailed early against the Reds before finding their rhythm with “Tongan Godzilla” Hosea Saumaki scoring a hat-trick in a historic 63-28 victory.

Folau was exceptional for the Waratahs in the opening stages of their match, whether beating the Crusaders in the air or creating space, and scored two of their first four tries.

But once the defending champions learned how to starve Folau of possession they came back with three tries in the closing eight minutes of the first half.

They added two more in the second spell while the Waratahs were punished for ill-discipline and spent nearly 20 minutes down a man with Nick Phipps and Taqele Naiyaravoro serving time in the sin bin.

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said it was obvious their opening game plan did not work and they were not panicked by the Waratahs’ strong start.

“We gave them the ball back early and they really punished us because of it. Once we chopped that it started to turn in our favour,” Whitelock said.

“But we were nice and calm out there. We stuck to what we knew would work and came over the top at the end.”

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said his side had only themselves to blame.

“Probably our discipline hurt us. Two yellow cards. It’s hard to beat these guys with 14 men,” he said.

The Crusaders, who have not lost at home to the Waratahs since 2004, extended New Zealand’s winning streak over Australian sides to 39 matches.

While they celebrated their ongoing dominance and registered their ninth win from 11 matches, Japan’s Sunwolves were celebrating their first win of the season.

Saumaki scored a hat-trick of tries while flyhalf Hayden Parker had a perfect day off the tee with 12 from 12 for 36 points in Tokyo as they thrashed the Reds by a 35-point margin.

“You have to take the good with the bad, and we have had our fair share of bad,” admitted Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph after the Tokyo-based team racked up their highest-ever points total and first victory over Australian opposition.

“For me, as the coach of this team, this result wasn’t a surprise.”

After losing the first nine matches of their third season, there was little hint of what was to follow when the Sunwolves trailed 14-9 after 20 minutes.

But giant lock Grant Hattingh restored parity before Parker skipped over for his try, book-ended by two more penalties, to send the Sunwolves into the break leading 29-14.Winger Saumaki went on the rampage in the second half, crashing over three times to set up the historic victory that had loyal Sunwolves fans weeping with joy.

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