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President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa arrives in France ahead of G7 Summit
25 August 2019, 1:19 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Biarritz, France, to participate in the G7 Summit that is focused on the elimination of inequalities of various kinds globally. 

He is accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor and Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The G7 is a forum of the seven countries with the world’s most industrialised and developed economies – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada – whose government leaders meet annually to discuss important global economic, political, social and security issues.

South Africa will utilise the Summit to promote its economic agenda and particularly to promote itself as a major investment destination. 

DA
SA’s economy ‘on verge of collapse’: DA
25 August 2019, 1:08 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned that the state is on the verge of collapse because of what it says is government’s inability to control wasteful expenditure, pay service providers and prevent corruption.

The party says the government’s responses to a series of Parliamentary questions over the past few weeks reveal its failure to manage the country’s public sector.

According to the DA, this is undermining any hopes that South Africans might have about the possible recovery of the economy.

DA’s shadow Public Service and Administration minister Dr Leon Schreiber says the party is deeply disturbed.

“The DA is deeply disturbed by this latest information showing that national and provincial government departments currently owe South African businesses over R7.1 billion in outstanding payments. We are in the midst of a profound economic crisis in this country. And we have a government that talks about reviving the economy, but then, when we see the facts we realise that this kind of gross financial mismanagement is exactly one of the reasons why we are in this economic crisis in the first place,” explains Schreiber.

Cape to Cairo project teenagers due to fly back home on Sunday
25 August 2019, 11:43 AM

The teenagers, who were part of the Cape to Cairo challenge, are expected to arrive at Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg on Sunday.

The group of 20 teenagers built a four-seater Sling 4 plane which took off from Cape Town and made it all the way to Cairo in Egypt.

Six young pilots were part of the journey which aimed to inspire youth across the world to chase their dreams and not to allow their past to limit them.

However, two support pilots in a different plane died when their aircraft crashed in Tanzania earlier this month.

Des Werner and Werner Froneman, the project directors, were in a support plane following the teenagers that went down in Tabora region in Tanzania.

It was owned by U Dream Global, an organisation founded by 17-year-old Megan Werner, Des Werner’s daughter.

Megan and the team are expected back in Lanseria on Sunday to talk about their journey.

 

Aphiwe Dyantyi
Springbok Flyer Dyantyi tests positive for a banned substance
24 August 2019, 5:20 PM

Springbok and Golden Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance following a test during a national team training camp last month. Dyantyi, the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year winner, denies that he took a banned substance and has requested a B sample to clear his name.

“I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play,” Dyantyi said in a statement

The Lions flyer’s rise to the top has been nothing short of spectacular. From Varsity Cup to scoring a brace for the Springboks against the All Blacks, Dyantyi enjoyed a fantastic rookie season for the Boks in 2018 and won the World Rugby award for Breakthrough Player of the Year.

2019 has been disappointing for the speedster. Dyantyi picked up a hamstring injury ahead of the Test against Australia at Ellis Park, which has messed up his World Cup plans.

Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore
Mankuroane encourages women to do daunting jobs
24 August 2019, 2:37 PM

Tsholofelo Mankuroane, a truck operator at Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore in the Northern Cape, views her career of being a woman in the mining industry as living a bold, courageous and flexible life.

Mankuroane has been working at the mines for over a decade, doing various jobs.

Five years ago the 40-year-old started driving heavy duty trucks moving soil from the dumping site to the crusher.

Mankuroane says she joined the mining industry to prove that she was capable of doing the same job as men. She says women should be treated and paid the same as men.

“I’m very proud of my job because I can do the work that other men cannot do. Most men are afraid of this dump truck. So they’re afraid to operate this big machine. We must not depend on men, we must depend on ourselves. We suffer because we’re working 13 hours every day,” says Mankuroane.

Supervisor of the mine Tshiamo Modise says at this mine there’s equal treatment.

“There’s no difference between women and men. We’re working with sister Tsholo and I have been supervising her for such a long time now. Operating a truck is not such a big deal for them,” says Modise.

Mankuroane wants women to draw strength from her story and not be intimidated by daunting jobs, previously reserved for men.

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