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Ramaphosa promises to fast-track Eskom revamp
6 November 2019, 2:47 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured potential investors that plans are in place to support Eskom. He says a new Eskom CEO will be appointed in the next few days while the power utility is expected to be revamped soon.

Eskom owes its creditors over R400 billion and does not generate enough cash to even pay the interest on its debt. It will be split into three subsidiaries namely – generation, transmission and distribution.

Listen to President Ramaphosa:

Earlier the President said the ease of doing business in South Africa had significantly been improved. He says it’s now faster and easier to register a business than was the case in the past.

Ramaphosa says progress has been made in improving the visa regime to support tourism and the Integrated Resource Plan has been approved to provide certainty around government’s preferred energy mix.

However, some experts have warned that this could lead to increased inefficiencies, especially if competition is allowed.

The investment conference calls on potential investors to engage with government and business representative on new investment opportunities.

Vicki Momberg hands herself over to police
6 November 2019, 2:12 PM

Convicted racist Vicki Momberg has handed herself over to the police in Douglasdale, north of Johannesburg.

Momberg has been on the run for weeks after she failed to hand herself over to police in August to start her prison service. Her bid to appeal her conviction and two-year prison sentence failed.

She was found guilty for using the K-word 48 times while referring to a black police officer in 2016.

Police Spokesperson Mmathapelo Peters says, “Police can confirm that Ms Vicki Momberg on Wednesday 06 November 2019, handed herself over to the investigators at Douglasdale SAPS after a brief consultation between the police and her legal representatives. Police have processed Ms Momberg and she will be handed over to the prosecuting authorities at Randburg Magistrate’s Court.”

Senzo Meyiwa
AfriForum to assist Meyiwa family in investigating goalie’s death
6 November 2019, 9:52 AM

Members of the family of the slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa (27) believe that AfriForum will be able to crack the murder case of their loved one.

They say they decided to approach Afriforum for help since the police have been dragging their investigations.

Meyiwa was shot and killed in an alleged botched robbery five years ago at a house in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg. The goalie was gunned down in the presence of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, and her family members.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has yet to make any prosecutions in the matter and Meyiwa’s brother Sifiso says the police know the suspect, but a third force is trying to block the prosecution of the person.

Sifiso said, “We are the ones as a family who approached them. I went on behalf of the family to ask for help since the NPA failed to deliver. Afriforum is going to work with police investigators who were appointed by Minister Bheki Cele and continue where they ended…”

“The suspect is known by the police, they know who did this. They finalised everything but the NPA doesn’t want to prosecute, we think someone is involved behind this,” added Sifiso.

Mongameli Bobani sitting down.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor survives motion of no confidence
4 November 2019, 9:19 PM

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani is getting to live another day, after the special council meeting set to discuss a motion of no confidence against him was adjourned on Monday. Speaker Buyelwa Mafaya adjourned the meeting after it degenerated into chaotic scenes with councillors singing struggle songs inside the council chambers.

Earlier Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members walked out of the meeting, while African Independent Congress (AIC) and African National Congress (ANC) retracted their signatures on a petition sent to the speaker to have the special council.

Bobani had replaced the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Athol Trollip as mayor after Trollip was forced out by the EFF and others.

After the adjournment Bobani told SABC News that he will finish his term as the Mayor of the Metro. He says he’s not distracted by the motion of no confidence.

“We know that in the next council meeting they are going to bring a motion of no confidence, every council meeting there is not a single council meeting the DA didn’t bring the motion of no confidence. We will defeat them, we already defeated them. They are not going to comeback to power until 2021.”

DA Caucus leader, Athol Trollip says it will debate the motion in the council meeting and it won’t rest until Bobani is removed as the Mayor.

Eben Etzebeth
SAHRC press on with case against Springbok’s Etzebeth
4 November 2019, 6:05 PM

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will press on with its hate speech complain against Springbok lock, Eben Etzebeth over an alleged racial slur.  This is despite his lawyers’ attempt to get the matter withdrawn, alleging that commission is biased.

The Khoisan Defiance Campaign lodged a hate speech complaint with the HRC following an alleged racial slur made by Etzebeth outside a pub in Langebaan in August.

The commission, however, says it is filing papers in the South Gauteng High Court.

Legal opinion on the matter was presented to commissioners on Monday.

Etzebeth wants the court to review and set aside the commission’s decision to institute proceedings against him in the Equality Court on behalf of four people.

They are suing him for over a million rand.

He has denied the allegations.

Andre Gaum says legal opinion on the matter has been presented to them.

“In terms of the rule of court we need to file a record of proceedings today, after that Mr Etzebeth will have an opportunity, the applicant in the matter will have the opportunity to look at the record and decide whether or not to supplement is court papers , and after that we will have an opportunity within 15 days to decide”

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