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Zamani Saul
Northern Cape Premier aims to cut costs for the province
9 June 2019, 6:17 PM

Northern Cape’s new Premier is ruffling some feathers. Dr Zamani Saul first opted to have his inauguration in a township.

Now he wants to eliminate state tenders and establish a state-owned construction company but there’s mixed reaction to that. Businesses fear this may lead to their demise.

From stationery, to toilet paper to roads and hospitals government has virtually everything on tender. Saul wants to change this. He says it’s cumbersome, expensive and open to corruption. He also wants a State Owned Construction company to build houses, roads and other infrastructure.

The Business Community is conflicted.

Saul says the state-owned Construction company will train especially young people and absorb them but he’s nevertheless expected to consult widely.

It’s envisaged the construction company will provide youth employment and upskill them.

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Zandile Gumede
ANC asks Gumede to take leave of absence
9 June 2019, 4:14 PM

A source inside the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says the party’s provincial executive committee meeting that started on Friday has asked eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to take leave of absence.

She was earlier granted R50 000 bail by the Durban commercial crimes court.

Gumede who is also the ANC chairperson in eThekwini region along with some senior officials from eThekwini metro are alleged to have defrauded the municipality of millions of rands in a waste removal tender.

The party’s provincial leadership meeting is also said to have taken a decision to disband the eThekwini Regional Executive committee and to appoint a Regional Task Team that will prepare for the regional conference.

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Sizwe Kupelo
Patient assaults nurse at a Medical Centre in PE
9 June 2019, 3:22 PM

A nurse at the Motherwell Medical Centre in Port Elizabeth has been assaulted allegedly by a patient. She was attending to the man who came in with a stab wound.

The man also allegedly assaulted two security guards.

The Eastern Cape health department has condemned the incident and has laid a criminal charge against the patient. Department spokesperson, Sizwe Kupelo, says the police must take the case seriously.

“People will understand that we provide a health service and there are policies that guide us. So there is no way that we can deploy security officials inside the wards because we are guided by the confidentiality policies. So what has happened yesterday does not suggest a security breach on our side. We have got adequate security in all our facilities but we are going to deal decisively with anyone who violates the safety of our medical staff,” says Kupelo.

James Corden
Tony Awards to honour best Broadway theatre
9 June 2019, 2:52 PM

Race, sexual politics and a trip to the underworld are poised to take center stage on Sunday in New York at the annual Tony awards honouring the best of Broadway theatre.

Hosted by late night television personality James Corden, the Tonys cap a record season for Broadway, both in ticket sales and box office receipts, which exceeded $1.8 billion.

With attendance topping that of the 10 professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined, Broadway is booming, never so much as when it takes on topical issues.

“We’re more in synch with the cross currents of the times. You can see it in the themes of almost every show,” said Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing which presents the Tonys with The Broadway League.

League President Charlotte St. Martin said that topical issues and average ticket prices under $100 are drawing in younger fans.

Anais Mitchell’s “Hades-town,” a dark folk opera about young lovers trapped in the underworld, is poised to collect the prize for best musical, after receiving a leading 14 nominations but “The Prom,” a musical about a group of ego centric Broadway actors invading a Midwestern town to support a lesbian who wants to bring her girlfriend to her prom, has its cheerleaders, as does “Tootsie,” a hit show based on the 1982film about a struggling actor who finds stardom by passing himself off as a woman.

“Tootsie” is expected to bring a Tony for lead actor Santino Fontana, while Bryan Cranston, favoured as the unhinged TV news anchor in the play “Network,” faces competition from Jeff Daniels as noble white lawyer Atticus Finch in the racial drama “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Sexuality is at the center of best play revival nominees “Torch Song” and “Boys in the Band,” but Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” or “The Waverly Gallery” may prevail.

Award watchers say Elaine May, the veteran writer and director, is expected to win best actress in a play for her moving turn in “The Waverly Gallery” as an Alzheimer’s patient.

Best play front-runner is British playwright Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman,” a wrenching examination of a family during the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in the1980s that garnered nine nods.

Sexual politics get an airing in Heidi Schreck’s one-woman show “What the Constitution Means to Me,” while Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008 is revisited in “Hillary and Clinton.”

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from New York on CBS starting at 8 pm EDT.

Zandile Gumede
KZN ANC Executive meeting under way
9 June 2019, 2:35 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) KwaZulu-Natal provincial Executive Committee meeting is under way in Mpangeni on the north coast.

Among issues on the agenda is the fate of eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede who is out on R50 000 bail.

Gumede together with some senior officials from the municipality are facing fraud and corruption charges in connection with the refuse collection tender worth millions of Rand.

The meeting is also believed to have discussed dates for regional conferences that were postponed leading up to this year’s general elections. These include the troubled Moses Mabhida region.

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