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First district-based coordination model unveiled in E Cape
17 September 2019, 3:02 PM
President Cyril Ramaphosa officially launched the first pilot site of the district-based coordination model dubbed “Khawuleza” at a Presidential Imbizo in OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province on Tuesday.
The aim of the model is to drastically improve service delivery at the district level by creating alignment and synergy between the various developmental plans across the three spheres of government.
In other words, local, provincial and national government will outline a five year consolidated plan for the OR Tambo District.
“The occasion will also provide opportunity for the community to engage government, as a whole, on societal challenges and further opportunities for development and partnership,” according to the Presidency’s statement.
Old Mutual attempts to set Moyo record straight
13 September 2019, 1:41 PM
Old Mutual chairperson Trevor Manuel has conceded that the Peter Moyo court judgement has created a huge headache for the insurer and for the entire corporate space in the country.
Manuel, flanked by two Board directors, addressed the media on Friday about the insurer’s ongoing furore with its CEO.
Manuel chided the media about reports regarding the ongoing disagreement between Moyo and insurer saying, “What that affidavit does is to explain in some detail how the breakdown of trust and confidence developed. It wasn’t something that happened on a single day. There was a process, it was pretty detailed. It was a process whereby we listened to each other.”
He further added that on May 2, “The Board on that day put together a committee of four people… to try and meet with Peter because there were conflicting reports of where we were.”
The embattled CEO, returned to work on Monday, September 9 to discover that he was not allowed into the building by the insurer’s head of security.
It was meant to be his first day back after he was reinstated by the South Gauteng High Court the Friday earlier.
The insurance giant fired Moyo – who was suspended in June and later fired again a second time – over an alleged conflict of interest regarding his company NMT Capital, in which Old Mutual also owned 20% shares.
“He was either untruthful when he attested to the pre-listing statement or he was untruthful when he submitted an affidavit to the court about the triple conflict that had never been raised before,” Manual said as he addressed journalists and explained how the company arrived at this point.
“From April, intensively, he (Peter Moyo) was engaged in the process. The Board was very concerned when it came across certain information that hadn’t been given to it,” he elaborated.
Old Mutual says the breakdown in relationship is a result of NMT’s failure to timeously pay out the preferred dividend.
In a statement on the company website dated 13 September, Old Mutual said: “Old Mutual confirms it sent a legal letter to former CEO Peter Moyo’s attorneys yesterday to provide clarity that it would not be seeking further court intervention relating to Mr Moyo’s second letter of termination, but has certainly not “backed down” from its ongoing appeal process against an earlier judgement handed down in the High Court in the matter.”
It further stated that it has not, by letter or other means, “said it is not pursuing its appeal against the judgment handed down by Judge Mashile on July 30. Old Mutual was granted leave to appeal by the High Court a week ago and is indeed in the process of filing the requisite papers relating to that appeal.”
“Old Mutual maintains that its second letter of termination to Mr Moyo remains valid and hence he is not permitted nor required to return to work in the interim,” the statement concluded.
Slain student’s family demands justice for her murder
3 September 2019, 10:37 PM
The family of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a University of Cape Town student who was murdered in a brutal attack has urged the justice system to take punitive measures against her alleged killer.
The family of the 19 year-old woman from East London said they’re still struggling to come to terms with the loss.
Her body was found in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats on Monday last week after she went missing for more than a week. A 42-year-old Post Office employee confessed to the murder.
Family member, Nosipho Luvuno says they’re still hurting, “We were looking forward for her to go forward and further her studies. She was so humble and we are very sad about what happened and we don’t wish this to happen to anybody’s child. I would like the perpetrator to rot in jail because what he did to the child was very cruel.”
ANCWL speaks out in defence of Zandile Gumede
3 September 2019, 9:56 PM
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has put its support behind former Mayor of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, Zandile Gumede.
The league’s President, Bathabile Dlamini said it’s disappointing that women continue to be pushed back in the African National Congress (ANC) and greater society, just for being women.
At a media briefing held Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, Dlamini said, “We think there’s a very strong push-back against women who stand up for themselves. We are not going to stop what the Secretary of UN said this year in March, that we must push back the push-back. Secondly, we still believe that we all remain innocent until proven guilty. ”
The party’s Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, confirmed on Tuesday, at another media briefing, that the embattled Gumede had agreed to step down as mayor at the request of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC.