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Marta Lucia Ramirez
Colombian nun held hostage in Mali is freed
10 October 2021, 7:48 AM

A Colombian nun, who was kidnapped in 2017 by militants in Mali, was freed on Saturday.

Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was kidnapped by an al Qaeda-linked group called the Macina Liberation Front in February 2017 near the border with Burkina Faso.

She was freed after petitions for help from France, said Colombia’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez.

Narvaez was seen smiling as she met with Mali’s interim President Assimi Goïta shortly after her release.

Kidnapping has been a lucrative source of cash for groups in West Africa’s Sahel region, where they are waging war against national armies, French forces and UN peacekeepers.

The presidency did not say whether any ransom had been paid for Narvaez’s release.

Phokwane Service Delivery Forum promises change for Phokwane Municipality residents
10 October 2021, 7:22 AM

The Phokwane Service Delivery Forum in the Northern Cape says it is ready to bring change to residents in the Phokwane Municipality area. The forum is expected to contest eight wards in the Municipality in the Local Government Elections on November 1.

In recent months, residents in Pampierstad and surrounding areas have been faced with water shortages, power cuts and overflowing sewage.

Leader Michael Sethlogomi says poor service delivery will not be accepted under their watch.

“Councillors from political parties take a mandate from their leadership, not from the communities. As Phokwane Service Delivery Forum we decided to start it on the basis that we wanted our communities to be able to give a mandate to their councillors so that they are able to render services to them.”

Phokwane Service Delivery Forum vows to bring change to Pampierstad in the Northern Cape:

Shosholoza Progressive Party

The leader of the Shosholoza Progressive Party, Raynauld Russon, says his party will ensure that Soweto’s electricity bill is scrapped if his party succeeds in the November 1 elections.

However, Eskom earlier reiterated that the R7.5 billion Soweto electricity bill has to be paid.

Russon was speaking at the party’s manifesto launch in White City, Soweto, where a few people showed up for the event.

“We were the first in 2017 that said write off the Soweto debt. Write it off and start from a clean slate. Speak to the community and tell them that it is important to receive services and be responsible in the utilisation of services and pay for services when they have to. But we got to start from a clean slate.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa also told residents in Soweto during a door-to-door campaign a few weeks ago that their electricity problems will be the thing of the past.

Shosholoza Progressive Party accuses government of changing its tune on vaccination issues:

African Restoration Alliance

The Africa Restoration Alliance has appealed to South Africans disgruntled by lack of service delivery to use their vote to effect a positive change.

The party was established in December last year by former African Christian Democratic Party chair Jerome Swartz. The Johannesburg and Tshwane Mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria.

Johannesburg Mayoral candidate Darryn Smith says voters need to know there are alternatives.

“They have an option to what they are currently receiving from the other parties as such. And they deserve better,” says Smith.

Tshwane Mayoral candidate Agnes Nkuna says they will bring back colleges.

“Especially nursing colleges, teacher’s colleges, police colleges. The reason is we need quality,” says Nkuna.

The party will be contesting the coming elections in all nine provinces.

The Africa Restoration Alliance has urged residents to use their vote to effect change:

Spectrum National Party

The Spectrum National Party has promised to improve service delivery, fight crime and reduce high unemployment levels once it wins municipalities it is contesting.

The party launched its election manifesto in Kuilsriver, in Cape Town. It’s contesting elections for the first time and its manifesto promises to improve the lives of poor people through the delivery of basic services, crime prevention and fighting corruption.

The Spectrum National Party promises better service delivery:

Limpopo police launch a manhunt for suspects who killed a officer during a robbery
10 October 2021, 6:43 AM

Limpopo police have launched a manhunt for suspects who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during a business robbery at Vuwani outside Thohoyandou.

Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says it’s alleged that the suspects gunned down 58-year-old officer, Tshitereke Masuvhelele, on Friday night.

Mojapelo says the suspects allegedly stole cash and a cell phone from a shop belonging to Masuvhelele.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, two suspects aged 32 and 52 years old have been arrested for dealing in drugs in Vredendal on the West Coast.

Police received information that drugs were being stored at two premises.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk says a large amount of drugs was seized when K9 dog Bessie pointed out a liquor box containing mandrax at one of the addresses and a pink suitcase with tik at another.

The estimated street value of the drugs is more than R160 000. The suspects are expected to appear in the Vredendal Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Pieter Groenewald
FF Plus launches its manifesto in Pretoria, wants an end to BEE and Affirmative Action
9 October 2021, 11:39 AM

The Freedom Front Plus says that Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has been used to advance corruption. Its leader Pieter Groenewald said this while delivering the party’s 2021 Municipal Elections Manifesto under the slogan “stop the decay”.

Several hundred people gathered in Parkview, Pretoria for the manifesto launch. The party, South Africa’s fifth largest, is seeking to grow its support at the coming Local Government Elections.

“We will not tolerate Black Economic Empowerment. What we want is the best product at the best price to serve the taxpayers of the municipality. They always say BEE stands for Black Economic Empowerment, I say you are wrong. It stands for black elite enrichment.”

VF+ launches its 2021 Municipal Elections manifesto:

The FF+ says it will also put an end to Affirmative Action in municipalities and do an audit to ensure that all employees are qualified for their jobs.

Party MP Wouter Wessels says they want to appoint on merit.

“Our main focus areas are the appointment of officials on merit, to get service delivery going, sound financial management and economic growth and lastly keeping Local Government local, because currently, we are not devolving power to the people. Communities should have decision-making power about what affects them and that is the main focus areas of our manifesto.”

Andy Flower
Andy Flower named Afghanistan team consultant for T20 World Cup
9 October 2021, 10:32 AM

Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower has been named the Afghanistan team’s consultant for the Twenty20 World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said.

Flower played 63 tests and 213 one-day international matches for Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2003, then coached England from 2009 to 2014, helping them win the T20 World Cup in 2010.

He has also coached in T20 leagues across the world, including the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

“Andy has worked with a number of our players in various franchise completions and his vast experience will be very beneficial and useful to help the team in the World Cup,” said Azizullah Fazli, the ACB’s new chairman.

The T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17.

Afghanistan are in Group 2 alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers. They will be led by Mohammad Nabi at the World Cup after star player Rashid Khan stepped down from captaincy.

The Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan in August, have said they would not interfere with men’s cricket, but the fate of the women’s programme remains unclear.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss Afghanistan and women’s cricket at its next board meeting during the World Cup.

Last month, Cricket Australia threatened to scrap a test match against the men’s team if the Taliban did not allow women to play the sport.



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