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Muslim community to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday
13 May 2021, 10:02 AM

The Muslim community will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday. Worshippers gathered in Sea Point in Cape Town  on Wednesday for the sighting of the moon, which heralds the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

It is a period of approximately thirty days of fasting from dawn until dusk. The new moon was not sighted.

“We wish to announce on behalf of our Maan Kykers, the Haakim and the President of the MJC, that the moon has not been sighted and Eid ul Fitr will be on Friday,” says Deputy President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie.

Muslims gathered to observe the moon

Sports field
NGO MasiSports says sports field in Ukhanyo School to help young learners
13 May 2021, 9:31 AM

Non-governmental organisations, MasiSports, says a new sports field which is currently under construction at the Ukhanyo Primary School, in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek, in the Southern Peninsula, will help create an environment for young learners to build a better life for themselves.

Coaches will use the new facility to train the youth and develop their life skills.

MasiSports Founder, Vince van der Bijl, says their aim is to create a model that can be replicated at other schools across South Africa.

“We work with staff and with the headmaster and what we try to do is to produce better people to make better choices. to become fantastic South African citizens. So life skills, gender based violence, social cohesion, the discipline, the respect all that wrapped in sport, we want to make this a replica table model that can be taken by any school in the country.”

Siyabonga Gama
Gama does not recall signing memorandum to increase price of locomotives contracts
13 May 2021, 9:06 AM

Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has told the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg that he does not remember signing a memorandum which requested the Transnet board to approve an increase in the price of the 1 064 locomotives contract from R38 billion to R49 billion.

Other Transnet officials who have appeared before the commission said the price increase was unjustifiable as the contract already included Forex hedging and any escalation of costs, which were stated as the reason for the increase.

Gama says the authors of the memorandum may have been referring to a possible increase in borrowing costs as foreign exchange assumptions were already included in the original business case.

State Capture Inquiry | The Commission hears TRANSNET-related evidence: Siyabonga Gama

Court
Two accused of murder of Roux to appear in Senekal magistrate court
13 May 2021, 8:33 AM

Two men accused of the murder of 21-year-old Paul Roux farm manager Brandin Horner are expected to appear in the Senekal magistrate court later on Friday morning.

32-year-old Sekwetje Mahlamba and a 44-year-old Sekola Matlaletsa allegedly strangled and stabbed Horner and left his body tied to the bottom of a pole in October 2020.

The court is expecting to hear the results of DNA tests after blood stains were found on the clothes of the accused. The court wants to determine if the blood matches that of Horner.

The incident at the time raised racial tensions in the Senekal area.

The first appearance of the accused saw scores of farmers from across the country converge in the farming town to show their support to the victim’s family.

They called for the death penalty and stormed into the court building demanding that the accused be handed over to them.

The situation turned ugly when a police van was overturned and set alight by angry farmers. Every court appearance has seen heavy police deployment.

 

 

Apple
‘Chaos Monkeys’ author no longer with Apple Inc following petition on sexist and racist views
13 May 2021, 8:25 AM

Apple Inc on Wednesday said Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook Inc product manager who joined Apple recently to work in its advertising business, is no longer with the company.

García Martínez, who came to Silicon Valley after a stint on Wall Street, wrote the 2016 book “Chaos Monkeys” about his time in the technology industry. He joined Apple as a product engineer in Apple’s advertising platform business in April, according to his LinkedIn page.

Technology news publication, The Verge, reported on Wednesday that more than 2,000 Apple employees had signed an internal petition sent to the company’s leaders with concerns about what the petition writers described as sexist and racist views in the book and whether Apple had followed its own rules in hiring García Martínez.

Apple said García Martínez is no longer at the company but gave no further details.

“At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here,” the company said in a statement.

García Martínez did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside normal business hours.

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