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Ramaphosa says Free Trade agreement is a game-changer
11 November 2019, 1:05 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the second Africa Investment Forum in Sandton, called on investors to invest on the African continent

Ramaphosa says the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AFTCA) will be a game changer for investment and business opportunities in the next 10 years for Africa.

The President says the agreement, which has been signed by 44 African countries, will in the next 15 years increase intra-Africa trade by more than 20 percent.

He said when fully running, it will create a tariff free continent and will help in job creation.

“Consumers will benefit from the removal of trade barriers, business costs will be removed but by far the most significant potential of the AFTCA will be to increase the value of intra-Africa trade which by some estimates in to increase between 15 to 20 percent by the year 2040 by doing so the free trade area will create greater reliance.”


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Tsholomnqa residents excited about welcoming their hero, Mapimpi
8 November 2019, 8:36 PM

Residents of Tsholomnqa, a village outside East London, are excited by the performance displayed by Makazole Mapimpi, during the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Many of them say they can’t wait to cheer the World Champion Boks when they visit the area on Saturday.

Mapimpi, who hails from the area, was the first South African to score a try in a World Cup Final.

He’s become an inspiration to locals in the Eastern Cape.

Mapimpi made it to the Springbok team despite not going to traditional rugby playing schools.

Residents say he is proof that one’s background does not determine one’s future. “I know how Makazole was brought up, it was difficult and tough like me.”

Another says, “This has brought hope to the village because this is not a big village, it is very small but Makazole has put it on the map.”

SABC wins big at regional journalism awards
8 November 2019, 6:20 PM

SABC News Eastern Cape and Television Current Affairs show Expressions’ producer Mziyanda Mbedla, have won various awards in the Eastern Cape and Free State Vodacom Journalist of the year Regional awards respectively.

The Eastern Cape team won in the Breaking News;  Sport; Lifestyle; CSI and Opinion categories.

Mbedla scooped his award in the politics category in the Free State and Northern Cape regions.

Through his story, Mbedla has afforded the most marginalised youth, living in a painfully, poverty stricken community in De Aar an opportunity to have a voice.

He managed to shed a glimmer of light and hope and avail a platform to the most forgotten, giving them a voice and a new purpose in life.

Eastern Cape Categories and Winners:

Breaking News Category: Jayed Leigh Paulse, and her crew; Markus Brenner, Natasha Magquntulu for Pastor Omotoso shared with Iviwe Poti and her cameraman “Sledge” Slengile and Gcobani Blom for the N2 fires.

Sport Category: Kim Daniels and cameraperson Tash Magquntulu for the World Iron man Championships.

Lifestyle Category: Radio journalist Nkululeko Nyembezi who made it a double with a poverty story winning the CSI category.

Opinion Category: Democracy Gauge – Deidre Uren and Olwetu Matsipane for the Eastern Cape stories.

DA calls out Mabuza’s diplomacy on LGBTQI rights
8 November 2019, 5:02 PM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) parliamentary leader, John Steenhuisen has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to condemn what he says is Deputy President David Mabuza’s failure to condemn the gross human rights abuses of members of the LGBTQI community in Uganda.

Mabuza had on Thursday responded to a question from a DA MP on whether he would condemn human rights abuses across Africa by saying South Africa cannot impose its values on other countries.

He added that the decent thing would be to keep our mouths shut.

Steenhuisen says as a leader on the continent, South Africa should be a vocal champion of human rights.

“It is not acceptable for the 2nd in charge of our country to so fundamentally fail the test of constitutional requirements to uphold human rights and human dignity. This is especially made worse by the fact that the president has tasked DD Mabuza with advising him on how to ensure greater democracy on the African continent as the leader of government business. What the president needs to do now is unequivocally condemn the failure of his deputy to speak out against these human rights abuses.”


‘Beast’ eyes business interests after rugby career
8 November 2019, 4:36 PM

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok legend Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira says he is grateful for the opportunity he had during his rugby career.

Mtawarira announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday.

The squad is in Durban for their victory tour.

They started at Umhlanga, made a quick stop at KwaMashu Towship, and made their way through to the City Hall where they were welcomed by hundreds of fans.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Mtawarira says he will now focus on making it big in business.

“I am also grateful for the journey that I’ve had. I have also had an opportunity with the security Fidelity group in the last years. So I have managed to have one foot in the business world so that is my plan after rugby. I am one of the directors in the Fidelity group.”

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