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Mahikeng marketsquare. Mahikeng, formerly, and still commonly known as Mafikeng, is the capital city of the North-West Province of South Africa. Located close to South Africa's border with Botswana, Mahikeng is 1,400 km northeast of Cape Town and 260 km west of Johannesburg. Photo: Flickr via #flickr2commons

‘It’s Just Realising That Anything Is Possible’ – Saray Khumalo

South African mountain climber Saray Khumalo on Monday said she hoped she could inspire African children to reach their own personal summit and conquer their own challenges. “It’s just realising that anything is possible and that finally it’s been done; and that a child that’s sitting somewhere, maybe in the dark, can have hope to actually conquer their own Everest,” she said. Khumalo arrived on home soil on Monday morning and received a hero’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport after her historic climb of Mount Everest.

Zondo Questions Hawks Failure To Act On Fraudulent Transnet Payment

The Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture has asked the national police commissioner for clarity on why nothing was done about a fraudulent payment by Transnet. On Friday, chairperson deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo instructed his team to ask the commissioner of police did not pursue the matter when whistleblowers opened a case about the fraudulent payment of R647 million to a fake supplier in 2017.

Police To Launch Probe Into Benoni Double Roadside Murder

A team of detectives has been set up to investigate a double murder in Benoni. A 19-year-old man and a woman in her 20s were attacked by at least three gunmen near a bridge above the N12 on Sunday. It’s understood the car they were travelling in ran out of fuel and two other passengers went to go look for help.

Nothing Untoward In Gordhan Approving Ivan Pillay’s Retirement: Lawyer

It remains to be seen whether Pravin Gordhan will make President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet as he prepares to square off with the Public Protector. On Friday, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found Gordhan unlawfully signed off an early retirement payout for former South African Revenue Services Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay.

WC ANC’s Alliance Partners Call For Overhaul Of PEC

African National Congress (ANC) alliance partners in the Western Cape have called for a complete overhaul of the main party’s provincial executive committee. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South African Communist Party (SACP) and South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said they were fed up with the in-fighting that has cursed the party. The ANC’s election performance in the 8 May polls was the worst in democracy.

Ramaphosa’s Cabinet, ANC Poll Performance On Agenda At Cosatu CEC Meeting

 Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it was waiting for President Cyril Ramaphosa to consult with its leaders on the composition of his new Cabinet. The federation’s ordinary executive committee is sitting from Monday morning with the president’s much-awaited Cabinet announcement one of the issues on its agenda. Cosatu is in an alliance with the African National Congress (ANC).

Eskom’s Hadebe Resigned Due To Immense Pressure: Analyst

With Eskom due to advertise for the position of CEO after Phakamani Hadebe announced his resignation an analysts said he may not have won the confidence of the people. Hadebe announced he was stepping down on Friday, saying the job had taken a toll on his health. He said that the role came with unimaginable demands and he decided it was in the best interests of the company and his family to resign.

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If Handled Properly, Hadebe Resignation Won’t Affect Eskom: Economist

All eyes are on Eskom as speculation grows about who will take over from Eskom’s outgoing CEO Phakamani Hadebe. Hadebe announced his resignation on Friday, saying it was for health reasons. Eskom is set to deliver its report for the past financial year to the board on Tuesday and is expected to announce a loss of over R20 billion.

Cape Town Residents Have Until Thursday To Register Solar Power Systems

Cape Town property owners with solar power systems have until Thursday to register their installation with the city. The initial deadline was the end of February, but the city extended the grace period to Thursday. In July 2018, the city announced that a R6,425.90 service fee would be charged to residents who failed to register their systems.