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Zwakele Mncwango
Parties welcome resignations of ANC office bearers in eThekwini, uMsunduzi municipalities
27 August 2019, 5:43 PM

Opposition parties have welcomed the resignation of African National Congress (ANC) office bearers in both the eThekwini Metro and uMsunduzi municipalities. Both municipalities will hold council meetings on Thursday, when new office bearers, including mayors, will be elected.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda is expected to replace Zandile Gumede as mayor of the eThekwini Metro, while in uMsunduzi Municipality the ANC wants Mzimkhulu Thobela to replace Themba Njilo.

However, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) KZN Provincial Chairperson Thamsanqa Ntuli believes other senior municipal officials must also be removed.

“We welcome the new leadership announced for uMsunduzi and eThekwini. However, we are concerned that they are introduced to a toxic environment. Since the administration, senior managers are still there, who led to the collapse of the two municipalities. We are not certain whether they will be able to make it under the circumstances. However, we expect to restore good governance and ensure quality service delivery,” says Ntuli.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province has raised concerns about the ANC’s decision to remove all office bearers in eThekwini Metro.

DA leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Zwakele Mncwango believes the ANC ought to have removed Mayor Zandile Gumede but retained others.

“If we look at eThekwini for example, the elephant in the room was the mayor. It is then a concern that the ANC then decided to beat around the bush by removing everyone on the Executive committee. That is why we are saying we are concerned about the overhaul change. For example, the Speaker is not a member of Exco. He is just an ex-officio. The Speaker doesn’t even vote on the Exco. Why then you remove the speaker (sic)?,” asks Mncwango.

Munich airport
German airport forced to cancel flights
27 August 2019, 4:26 PM

Munich Airport was forced to cancel around 130 flights on Tuesday after police halted check-in and evacuated the building to search for a passenger who mistakenly went through an emergency exit.

Police said they had to order all people out of the airport, including passengers who had already passed through security, to ensure no dangerous items had been left behind.

The missing passenger, a Spanish man who opened an emergency door in terminal 2, was later found in terminal 1. Check-in resumed after a four-hour shutdown which would lead to significant delays for the rest of the day, the airport said.

The airport handed out water bottles to waiting passengers on a hot, sunny day in Munich.

Eskom
Scopa to conduct meeting with Eskom
27 August 2019, 1:07 PM

Parliament’s public accounts committee (Scopa) is meeting with Eskom management at the Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo. The committee members are conducting an oversight at the multi billion rand power station.

The completion of the coal fired power station has been affected by amongst others, concerns about poor design and budget overruns which have escalated to over R300 billion. The committee members will on Wednesday conduct an oversight role at Kusile power station in Mpumalanga.

Siya Kolisi
Kolisi the hope of the Nation
27 August 2019, 10:37 AM

Springboks captain Siyamthanda Kolisi carries not only the weight of an expectant nation as he leads South Africa into the Rugby World Cup in Japan but also the hopes of millions of youngsters who dream of using sport to break the cycle of poverty.

Kolisi was last year named South Africa’s first black test captain, reward for his all-action style on the flank coupled with a level head and passion for the game that he hopes to pass on to a new generation of players in the country’s townships.

Kolisi, 28, grew up in the impoverished Zwide township in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where wearing the Springboks jersey seemed an impossible dream.

After impressing in a youth tournament he won a scholarship to attend Grey high school in Port Elizabeth, an established rugby school, and set out on his current path.

He believes there are many other Siya Kolisi’s out there around the country, if they can develop the same kind of passion for the game.

“Before, not a lot of us could dream of opportunities like this, but as you can see now it is becoming more normal. It’s possible. Every day I make sure I work as hard as I can so that kids who came from the same area as me can say, If he can do it, so can I. That is the ultimate goal, I want those kids to believe they can make it if they work as hard as they can,” Kolisi, who missed most of the 2019 international season with a knee injury, told reporters on Monday.

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has played a key role in Kolisi’s rise and was coach of Western Province when the back rower earned a first professional contract.

“I’ve known the coach for quite a long time, he gave me my first contract out of school. He knows where I come from, that these types of opportunities, we did not really dream about,” Kolisi said.

The knowledge that he has unwavering support from other senior players in the team is also a big plus, and will help him settle back into the role having not captained the side since 2018 due to his injury.

“I’m excited, but I’m also very nervous, I’m not going to lie about it. I have confidence in my team mates, that they will support me. There are a lot of guys who have led before and can lead again, so that is something I am counting on. Whenever I need help I go to my team mates, I am not the kind of guy who wants to be seen to be in charge. I am always looking for help from others and to allow others to lead in ways that I cannot do,” says Kolisi.

Two-time winners South Africa open their World Cup campaign against New Zealand in Yokohama on September 21. They have also been pooled with Italy, Namibia and Canada.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero bags a brace as City cruise past Bournemouth
25 August 2019, 6:14 PM

Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City moved into second place in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool, with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday.

Aguero, who has scored in all three games this season, gave City a 15th-minute lead, slotting home after left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross had been miss-hit by Kevin De Bruyne only to fall kindly for the Argentine.

Adam Smith then missed a great chance to level for the Cherries, firing high over the bar from a good position after some poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi.

Moments later Raheem Sterling doubled City’s lead with a confident finish after David Silva concluded a sweeping move with a perfectly angled pass to the England striker.

Bournemouth got back into the game in magnificent fashion, just before the interval, thanks to an unstoppable curling free-kick from substitute Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool.

Wilson went close to a leveller after the interval but Ederson was out quickly to foil his effort and City then made sure of the win when Aguero poked home his second goal in the 63rd minute, following in for the scraps after David Silva had surged into the box.

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