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Elections 2019: African Christian Democratic Party
15 April 2019, 4:22 PM

Abbreviation: ACDP

On 8 May 2019, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) will be participating in the National and Provincial elections in all nine provinces

The African Christian Democratic Party was founded by Kenneth Meshoe in 1993, who leads the party to this day.

ACDP Election Manifesto 2019:

The party has participated in every national, provincial and local government election since 1994.

In the 1994 national assembly the party won 2 seats out of 400. In 2014, the ACDP managed to secure 3 out of 400 seats in Parliament.

In most provinces, the ACDP has secured either 1 or 2 seats in the Provincial Legislatures. It has entered into coalitions with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other parties in provinces and local governments where the ANC had not secured a majority in 2009, 2014 and 2016.


Ahl Alhly fans
Al Ahly’s hated referee to officiate in the match against Sundowns
12 April 2019, 9:16 PM

Ahead of Mamelodi Sundown‘s second quarterfinal clash with Egyptian giants Al Ahly in Cairo Saturday night, the appointment of referee Bakary Papa Gassama has some tongues wagging in Egypt.

However, Sundowns are hopeful and South Africans at large will be comforted by his inclusion, since the Gambian referee is not admired by the host team.

Papa Gassama officiated Al Ahly’s last appearance at the finals two years ago, when they lost out to Tunisia’s Wydad Casablanca.

“Here is a man whom I understand is one of the most disliked match officials by the Al Ahly fans. They are hard to please – the ultras of Al Ahly fans. You will recall that back in 2017 Bakary Papa Gassama was in charge of the Caf Champions League second leg final, which Al Ahly lost to Casablanca. So, since then Al Ahly fans have never forgiven him,” says SABC soccer journalist    Velile Mbuli.

Sundowns won the first leg of the quarterfinal 5-0 in Tshwane last week.

Besty Diaz Velazquez
Cuban retail sales fell through during March
12 April 2019, 9:00 PM

Cuban retail sales fell sharply through March, state media said on Friday, reflecting short ages of basic goods and threatening the overall growth of the economy.

Internal Trade Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez told a closed-door session of the National Assembly on Thursday that sales in the first quarter totalled 92.5% of the government’s target, short around 500 million pesos, which are officially equal to the dollar.

The government’s goal was only a few points above that of 2018. Diaz explained that food shortages in 2019, ranging from cooking oil and eggs to bread and chicken and which have sent residents scampering in search of basics, were largely due to fewer imports of spare parts, feed and food, the report said.

“These numbers reflect the reduction in the availability of several products, many of them in high demand, and this includes imported goods and others of domestic production that use imported raw materials,” said a local economist, who asked not to be identified due to restrictions on talking with foreign journalists.

Communist-run Cuba relies on imports directly or indirectly for much of what it consumes and the Caribbean island purchases those supplies with foreign currency it earns from exports, as the peso has no value outside its borders.

Foreign trade fell 25 percent from 2013 through 2017, with imports dropping to $11.3 billion from $15.6 billion, largely due to the crisis in Venezuela, from which Cuba receives oil and cash in exchange for health and other technical assistance.

Trade declined again last year, according to the government. More recently, the advent of a far-right government in Brazil led to the scrapping of a doctors-for-cash deal.

The tightening of United States (US) sanctions also has hurt tourism and other foreign exchange earnings.

The fall in revenue has led to cuts in fuel and energy consumption by state companies and service providers.

Communist Party leader Raul Castro on Wednesday warned that the economic situation could worsen in coming months.

Cuba forecast growth this year at 1.5 percent, slightly above its 2018 performance of 1.2 percent but local economists said that was now in doubt, in part because retail sales account for 20 percent of gross domestic product.

“Trade is a key component of GDP. Unfortunately, the only way to change the landscape is an increase in imports, given the restrictions on domestic supply, and that seems unlikely this.

Wayne Arendse
PSL to set new date to deliberate on Arendse case
12 April 2019, 7:31 PM

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed that a new date will be set to deliver a sanction on the Mamelodi Sundowns and defender Wayne Arendse case.

In a brief statement on Friday afternoon, the league said the Brazilians, who are currently in Egypt for their Caf Champions League quarterfinal return leg on Saturday, have asked for a postponement.

Sundowns were last week found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Arendse, during their Absa Premiership fixture against Bidvest Wits on October 7. The game ended in a 1-1 draw at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Arendse had initially been left out of the match day squad that was submitted to the match commissioner before kick-off, but was recalled when Thapelo Morena suffered an injury during the warm-up.

Article 16.3.3 of the PSL rules prohibit such a charge, hence Downs were eventually charged and found guilty by the league, though the entire process took nearly six months before a verdict could be handed down.

Earlier this week, the club’s general manager Yogesh Singh refuted remarks made by PSL prosecutor Nande Becker that Downs’ busy schedule this season had led to the delay on the case.

David Makhura
Joburg City tenants demand ownership of properties
12 April 2019, 3:49 PM

Members of the Social Housing Tenants Uprising Movement have threatened to bring Gauteng province to a standstill if Premier David Makhura doesn’t respond to their demands within seven days.

Tenants of City of Johannesburg, who occupied flats in communities such as Alexandra, north of the city, Kliptown and Jabulani in Soweto and Fleurhof, west of Johannesburg, staged a protest at Makhura’s offices in Newtown, on Friday. They’ve handed over a memorandum demanding ownership of the properties they are currently renting.

The tenants no longer want to pay rent, saying they can’t afford it. They, however, say they’re prepared to pay for water, electricity and other services.

One of their leaders, Boy Motsoeneng, says if Makhura doesn’t respond they are going to close down the city.

“We’re going to shut down Gauteng province. We’re clear and we’re not afraid. We say it in front of the officials, in front of the cops. You know our intentions. We know that in order for them to listen to us someone must die for the struggle. Either it’s us or them. We know that blood must be spilled in order for history to be rewritten,” says Motsoeneng.

Premier promises to meet with members

The Office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to meet with members of the Social Housing Tenants Uprising movement by Thursday next week to discuss their demands.

Margarent Tleane, from the Premier’s Office, says: “I’m going to make sure that by close of business today, the premier has received this memorandum. We’re going to convene meetings with all relevant stakeholders, including housing. My team which is working on service delivery is going to be contacting all the relevant people stated in this memorandum to ask for meetings.

“On Thursday, we shall call a meeting with your leadership. If it happens that we shall have gathered all the stakeholders before Thursday, then the meeting with your leadership will be before Thursday.”




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