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David Makhura
Makhura to address Eldorado Park residents over housing demands
12 May 2018, 11:21 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Human Settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa are expected to address the residents of several townships in the south of Johannesburg over their housing demands.

The meeting is set to take place at the Eldorado Park stadium.

Residents of Eldorado Park, Freedom Park and other nearby communities went on strike two weeks ago demanding 48 000 stands – which they say they were promised by former human settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile – in 2017.

Hundreds of residents in the south of Johannesburg went on the rampage two week ago, blockading roads with rocks and burning types, demanding houses.

A subsequent meeting between community leaders and Moiloa did not end well.

Community leaders walked out, saying the MEC was making the same promises that were made when they embarked on a similar protest last year.

On Saturday residents expect to hear clear plans from the MEC and Premier Makhura on how their concerns will be addressed.


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Another ANC member killed in KwaZulu-Natal
12 May 2018, 11:02 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed shock at the brutal killing of another leader Maqatha Mchunu at his home in Hammarsdale, in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Mchunu’s death comes after several murders of political leaders in the province.

Last week, ANC member Sifiso Cele was also killed at oShabeni Ward 4 on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in the Lower South Coast region.

Also last on Friday night, a prominent Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader from Zululand was gunned down in Ulundi, in north KwaZulu-Natal.

Samkelo Dlamini, an IFP Youth Brigade chairperson, was ambushed while driving on the main road and died on the scene. Close to thirty provincial ANC leaders have been killed in less than thirty six months.

Mchunu was allegedly ambushed when he arrived at the gate of his home on Friday night.

The ANC’s Sithembiso Mshengu says party delegation is currently visiting the family of the slain leader.

“We were disturbed and shocked last night when we heard the message that that comrade Mchunu was murdered at the gate of his house on Friday night. We are on our way to visit the family right now. We are on our way to visit the family right now.”

“We will issues a full statement later on Saturday. We wish to convey our condolences to the family, his friend and members of the ANC who love peace. We are disturbed by this well-coordinated campaign to ambush and kill some of us in the province. We hope police will do their work,” says Mshengu.

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Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa says he will meet Mahumapelo soon
12 May 2018, 10:29 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he will be meeting with embattled North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo soon.

Ramaphosa is in Mpumalanga where he will attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Mpumalanga as Vice Chancellor.

Addressing the residents and the media after a 4 kilometre walk, Ramaphosa says they are aiming at resolving all the challenges in the North West Province as soon as possible.

“The North West issue is being managed – and it is being handled. We are going to be meeting with our comrades there, and we going to have deep discussions about this whole process… and in the coming week we will address the challenges and we will resolve the issue of the North West – and we are going to have a discussion with Supra Mahumapelo,” says Ramaphosa.


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Zimbabwean mines gain growth in 2018
12 May 2018, 9:42 AM

Zimbabwe’s mining sector has experienced growth in most minerals in the first quarter of 2018.

According to the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, lithium output grew by 54%, Gold 53%, Coal 46%, Nickel 18% copper 3%.

The chamber says it is now lobbying the government to remove the indigenisation cap on the diamond and platinum sectors.

CEO of the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, Isaac Kwesu says “If you take all minerals including the new kid lithium, it was up 54% output, so the general performance is encouraging… this, compounded also by the firming up prices… I think the viability has improved, and we anticipate that the coming year end, we are going to record significant increases in the performance of the sector.”

Man nabbed for raping 29 boys in Soweto
12 May 2018, 9:19 AM

The Commission for Gender Equality says it’s outraged and disgusted at allegations that twenty-nine boys have been abused by their coach in Protea Glen, Soweto.

The 34-year-old coach was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the rape of a nine- year-old boy at the academy. It’s alleged the boys aged between nine and eighteen were abused for months.

The Commission’s spokesperson, Javu Baloyi says the rape and abuse of boys is often not spoken about as it should be.

“We believe it’s time that as parents, we treat the boy child as a normal child, who has got emotions, whom we can interact with. And condemn the coach and whoever is associated with the academy and call for the immediate closure of that academy. And we are also appealing to society, to engage with the boy children and also seek other remedies in dealing with the issues that affect them,” says Baloyi.

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