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Rwandan troops cannot stay in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado forever: Kagame
25 September 2021, 12:44 PM

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame says the country cannot stay forever in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, where allied Rwandan and Mozambican troops have been recapturing areas from militants since July.

“As much as we cannot be here forever, I think the problem we are dealing with our friends in Mozambique cannot stay here forever too,” Kagame said at a joint media conference with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday.

“Every time, every step, we are assessing what needs to be done. The need to stay and for how long, that comes out naturally as progress is made.”

In the video below from July, Independent counter-terrorism and organised crime expert David Otto unpacks the situation in Mozambique:

DA’s Meyer officially opens Manifesto launch
25 September 2021, 12:29 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Chairperson Ivan Meyer has officially opened the DA’s virtual Manifesto launch ahead of the November 1 Local Government Elections.

Meyer says the manifesto is an evidence-based document reflecting what matters to people in local communities.

He says it represents a social contract with South Africans about how the DA will rebuild municipalities through a culture and servant leadership.

“Our manifesto is not a promise but a commitment to serve the voters in every ward across South Africa. We in the DA will secure your future and the future of your loved ones and family. Where we govern we get things done, while some parties talk about things we in the DA get things done.”

DA launches its 2021 Municipal Elections manifesto


Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize hailed for servanthood
25 September 2021, 11:16 AM

The late Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, has been hailed for her servanthood and not using her positions within Government for personal gain.

Addressing mourners at her funeral at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg, the Andrew and June Mlangeni Foundation’s Malose Kekana said Mkhize was committed and understood the plight of poor families.

Mkhize was the Chairperson of the Foundation. She died last week at the age of 69.

Her family has confirmed that the late Deputy Minister had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

Kekana says Mkhize served with integrity.

“To my surprise and delight, Professor Mkhize dedicated extraordinary effort to the foundation and to Ntate Mlangeni despite her busy schedule. As a social worker, she understood the plight of these poor families. Indeed she was a grounded academic and an organic intellectual who could relate to these families and their practical daily challenges. What I came to appreciate about Sis Hlengiwe, she had no quest for personal accolades, she had no vested selfish interest for higher positions and accumulation of wealth using her positions. All she wanted was to serve her people earnestly and with integrity.”

Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize’s Official funeral service:

England players had no role in Pakistan pullout decision
25 September 2021, 10:09 AM

England cricketers had no role in the team’s decision to abandon their tour of Pakistan next month, the players’ union has said.

New Zealand returned home from Pakistan after abruptly abandoning their tour minutes before the opening fixture in Rawalpindi, citing a security alert from their government.

England followed suit this week, calling off their men’s and women’s teams’ tour of Pakistan, citing players’ “mental and physical well-being”.

Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), which represents England’s international players, said the cricketers were not asked for input.

“At no stage did TEPP inform the ECB that the players would not be touring,” TEPP chair Richard Bevan told website ESPNcricinfo in an article published on Friday.

“At no stage has the ECB ever asked TEPP or the teams, men and women, whether the tour should go ahead or whether players were prepared to tour Pakistan.

“It is 100% incorrect to suggest TEPP intervened to say the players would not tour.”

Pakistan was shunned by other cricketing nations for almost a decade after the deadly 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in

Lahore but has recently been wooing back top international sides.

The England teams were each scheduled to play two Twenty20 international matches on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi, with the women’s side due to stay on for a three-match one-day international series from October 17-21.

Former players have criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision.

“English cricket, the governing body and players, had a chance to do the right thing this week,” former England captain Michael Atherton wrote in The Times.

“They had a chance to repay a debt, uphold their honour and side with a cricketing nation that has undergone the kind of challenges others cannot even begin to contemplate.

“Instead, citing a mealy-mouthed statement, they did the wrong thing.”

Two separate accidents in Gauteng claim 6 lives on Heritage Day
25 September 2021, 7:55 AM

Six people have died following two separate car crashes in Gauteng on Heritage Day.

One accident occurred on the N12 south of Johannesburg and the other in Randfontein west of Johannesburg.

Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Sello Maremane has urged road users to exercise care and caution this long weekend.

“A heavy motor vehicle overturned next to Klip Rivier offramp where four people have died. In a separate incident in Randfontein, two bakkies collided leaving two people dead. We are concerned about the attitude of our road users. Many of these roads fatalities are happening as a result of unsafe overtaking, overspeeding, reckless and negligent driving.”



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