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Migrants
Italy and Spain agree on dealing with migrants
19 August 2019, 11:08 AM

Spain and Italy appear to have struck a deal that will see the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days disembark at the Spanish port of Mallorca, Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said on Monday.

Open Arms described the decision as “incomprehensible,” given the deteriorating conditions on the ship and their proximity to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

For more than two weeks, the migrants have been left floating off the Italian coast, caught between a tug of war between Italy’s far-right interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough line on immigration and the EUA’s initial reluctance to find a solution.

Open Arms said on Monday that disembarking in Mallorca would add another three days what has been a trying situation.

“If an agreement has indeed been reached, it’s essential for Italy and Spain to take responsibility for ensuring, by providing the necessary means that these people finally disembark at a safe harbour,” the organisation said in a statement.

When contacted by Reuters on Monday, a senior official with the Spanish government declined to comment.

Ebola
Ebola cases being reported across different towns
19 August 2019, 10:58 AM

Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled town of Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight.

Walikale lies about 200 km (125 miles) west of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic and much further away from the epicentre of the epidemic in Butembo and Beni.

The ministry also confirmed a third case in South Kivuregion, more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the first case was detected.

Krish Naidoo
Another former SABC Board member disputes SIU report
19 August 2019, 10:50 AM

Yet another former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board member, Krish Naidoo, has disputed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on the SABC security tender. Naidoo says the report is fatally flawed and filled with various factual errors.

Earlier, former acting Group CEO at the time, Tseliso Ralitabo also maintained that there was no wrongdoing in the awarding of the R185 million security tender to Mafoko Security in 2017. Mafoko’s competitor, MJAYELI is reported to have been a bidder scoring high in pricing, but the Board overruled its own supply chain processes and awarded the contract to Mafoko.

Naidoo says there is something fishy about this report.

“What is a matter of serious concern is the way this report is being treated and the only person that can see an SIU report is the President. As far as I understand this report has never been made public by the President, so how it got to the public space, somebody either at the SABC or at the SIU needs to explain. The question I’m asking myself is there an ulterior motive here, and if there is those of us that are fighting, standing for good governance must deal with that and root out this rogue elements that are dealing with this report in the manner that it has been dealt with,” says Naidoo.

Philippe Coutinho
Bayern Munich sign Coutinho on loan deal
19 August 2019, 10:49 AM

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday.

Bayern will pay a loan fee of 8.5 million euros ($9.44 million) and pay his wages. They have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of 120 million euros.

Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January last year for approximately 142 million pounds ($172.25 million), was the third most expensive transfer in history but he failed to hit the same heights at the Camp Nou as he did with Liverpool.

“FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career.”

Coutinho will wear the number 10 shirt previously worn by Dutchman Arjen Robben, who retired at the end of last season.

“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

“Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”

Bayern, who drew their first league game 2-2 with Hertha Berlin last weekend, play away at Schalke on Saturday.

Lydia Nemafhohoni
Limpopo group enjoys the fruits of freedom (LM)
16 August 2019, 6:30 PM

Today we feature the Konanani Disabled People Primary Agricultural Co-Operative.

The group runs a poultry project, vegetable garden and a store where they sell their produce to local residents.

Its leader, Lydia Nemafhohoni, is wheelchair-bound and says she is enjoying the fruits of democracy.

“As you can see I am a disabled person who uses a wheelchair, this is our site this is our community project this project started at 2004 our main aim to start this project was to develop people with disabilities. As you can see we have different kinds of people with disabilities. Some of them use wheelchair, some are mentally challenged and some of them are people who live with epilepsy. Some of them are those who can’t do anything – they stay at home,” says Nemafhohoni.

The organisation registered in 2009 and received R289 000 from the Department of Social Development in 2010.

The money was for the construction of structures, fencing, production and electricity.

It also received chicken feeds and chickens from the Department of Agriculture.

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