Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
Richards Bay, North Coast. photo credit: travelground.com

Ndlovu Youth Choir Performs on America’s Got Talent Stage

Ndlovu Youth Choir’s rendition of ‘My African Dream’, conducted by choir director Ralf Schmitt and composed by South African-born Alan Lazar, aired on US TV on Tuesday night. The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s beautiful performance on America’s Got Talent (AGT) got four nods from all the judges, including Simon Cowell and has thanked fans for supporting their dream. AGT is one of the biggest talent shows in the world and the winning act receives a $1 million prize and global recognition.

Ramaphosa: My New City Plans Are Not A Dream, They’re My Desired Reality

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday a new city in South Africa was not a dream but a desired reality. Ramaphosa on Tuesday afternoon responded to debate on his State of the Nation Address. The president was criticised by the opposition over his ambitious dreams to build a new city and a high-speed bullet train network. He was also criticised over a lack of detail in last Thursday’s speech. Ramaphosa said he was advised by officials to put his desire to create a new city under the section on dreams.

Numsa: 2 More Workers Collapse Underground After Being Denied Food

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said two more workers collapsed underground after being denied food by Lanxess Management. The union said 12 workers had been hospitalised since a strike began last week. At least 290 mineworkers participated in a sit-in underground over sexual harassment and the dismissal of 56 workers. The union said it sent a truck full of food on Tuesday, but management refused to hand it to striking workers.

Employment Growing At Steady Pace In SA Since 2015 – Stats SA

Stats SA said employment has been growing at a steady pace since 2015. This was on the back of the agency’s announcement that the country’s non-agricultural formal sector employment grew by 22,000 jobs in the first quarter of this year. Director for the quarterly employment survey Matlapane Masupye said there was a 9.2% increase in jobs between June 2015 and March 2019.

Sibanye-Stillwater To Sell 51% Stake In Canadian PGM-Copper Project

Sibanye-Stillwater is to sell a 51% stake in its PGM-copper project in northern Ontario to Generation Mining Ltd in a deal to further develop the asset, the previous miner said on Wednesday. Sibanye-Stillwater will receive 3.0 million Canadian dollars ($2.28 million) in upfront proceeds and 11 million shares at 0.2714 Canadian dollars per share in Generation Mining, equating to a 12.9% equity stake. In exchange, the Canadian miner will have a 51% stake in the project adjacent to Lake Superior and form a joint venture with Sibanye-Stillwater Canada.

Exxaro Says Eskom Woes To Hit Coal Production

South African miner Exxaro Resources expects its coal production to fall by 5% by volume in the first half of 2019, mainly due to reduced demand from struggling state-owned power utility Eskom, it said on Wednesday. It added it expects domestic coal demand and pricing to remain stable for the remainder of the year, but does not see a recovery from the international price/ demand situation. The supply-demand tandem is likely to keep prices for coal used in power plants under pressure in coming months.

Eskom Calls For An End To Illegal Connections In Diepsloot Amid Power Cuts

Eskom has been accused of refusing to repair a power transformer that exploded in Diepsloot, leaving residents without electricity for over five weeks. Community members said they have lost businesses and couldn’t keep warm because of the prolonged power outage. Eskom has reportedly said it wouldn’t repair the damaged transformers in areas where people don’t pay for their electricity usage. Community leader Papi Sathekge has admitted there were a lot of people who did not pay electricity.

Call For Probe After Contracts Renewed For Companies Implicated In Tender Fraud

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini said it would head to the offices of the Auditor-General and Public Protector to have the state of affairs at the eThekwini Municipality investigated. This comes after executive council members were told on Tuesday that companies implicated in tender fraud, together with embattled Mayor Zandile Gumede, had their contracts renewed, despite criminal charges laid against their directors.

JHB Officials Close 2 Early Childhood Development Centres In Blitz

The Johannesburg Department of Health and Social Development issued two notices of closure to two early childhood development centres on Tuesday. Several departments have been raiding preschools in Sophiatown, west of the city. The blitz comes on the back of the rat poisoning deaths of two children at an unregistered crèche in the area.

Denel CEO Blames Cash Flow Problems On State Capture

Denel’s group CEO Daniel du Toit said a large portion of their cash flow problems were directly linked to state capture. On Tuesday, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that workers would be paid the remaining 15% of their salaries. This announcement came after the company had told workers that they would only receive 85% of their salaries for June due to liquidity issues.

Marcus Says More Equally To Blame For PIC Mess

Former Reserve Bank Governor and commissioner at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) inquiry Gill Marcus has highlighted that former Chief Financial Officer Matshepo More failed to concede that she and former CEO Dan Matjila bore greater overall responsibility for what happened at the PIC because of the positions they held. More spent a second day on the stand at the PIC inquiry on Tuesday which has been looking into alleged impropriety at the corporation.

Gang Violence, Crime To Take Centre State As Top Officials Meet In WC

Police and government leaders were expected to meet on Wednesday to plan measures to curb gang violence and crime in the Western Cape. Acting provincial police commissioner Mpumelelo Manci, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz and Safety and Security Mayco Member JP Smith would discuss the province’s high crime rate. The meeting came amid internal divisions within the police service in the Western Cape.

What To Look Out For

Capetonians Warned Of Possible Gale Force Winds, Localised Flooding

Another punishing cold front is predicted to make its way towards the south-western parts of Cape Town on Thursday night. Gale force winds and localised flooding can be expected.

Numsa Calls On Govt To Intervene In Lanxess Mine Stalemate

Wednesday marked exactly one week since workers at Lanxess Chrome Mine in Rustenburg staged an underground protest against a mine captain who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and victimised a female employee. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on the government to intervene and assist in negotiating a peaceful end to the standoff. The union has also accused mine management of not allowing food to be taken down to the striking workers underground.