Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Mthethwa Joins South Africans In Mourning Nonhle Nkonyeni’s Death

Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has joined South Africans in expressing condolences to the family of veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni. Earlier this year, Nkonyeni was among recipients of the order Ikhamanga which recognises South Africans who excel in the fields of arts and culture, among others. Some of her screen credits include starring alongside Hilary Swank in Red Dust and Zulu opposite Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker.

Rugby Legend James Small Dies

Former Springbok winger James Small has died at the age of 50. It’s understood he suffered a heart attack and died at a Johannesburg hospital on Wednesday. Small played 47 Tests for the Springboks between 1992 and 1997 and was part of the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

Dan Matjila: Emails Were Used To Engineer My Demise

Former Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Dr Dan Matjila has told the commission investigating the corporation that the aim of certain emails was to engineer his demise. On Wednesday was Matjila’s third day on the stand and he gave further insight into the deals that were struck at the PIC and the series of events at the time. Matjila cited political interference making the environment difficult to work in. He was the CEO of the PIC for four years but resigned after numerous allegations of corruption.

Mining In SA Is Not Dying, Says Mantashe

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said mining was a sunrise, rather than a sunset industry with significant untapped resources. Mantashe was speaking in support of his department’s R2 billion budget at Parliament. He said investments totalling R45 billion poured into the sector in the past year, which created about 4,000 jobs in a sector that has shed 75,000 jobs in the past five years. Mantashe said mining would revive the economy, boost growth and development.

Khayelitsha’s Quadruplets Turn 1

For most parents it feels as if times flies when raising their kids. A Cape Town mother of quadruplets is no exception. Her bundles of joy turned one on Saturday. And KFM hosted a birthday party for them on Wednesday morning. Their mom, Inga Mafenuka, says she can’t believe they’re already one. “It’s been a rollercoaster, especially when they got sick. I was not used to being a parent, but I’ve adapted.”

Nehawu: State Employees Being Intimidated Over Early Retirement Offer

While some public sector unions are discouraging their members from taking up government’s tax exempted early retirement offers, others have warned of intimidation by managers.  The government has opened applications to state employees who wish to go on early retirement as one of the measures being carried out to curb the wage bill. Government’s plans have not enjoyed the support of unions, with the organisations declaring a dispute at the Public Service Bargaining Council over the matter.

ArcelorMittal SA To Cut More Than 2,000 Jobs

The South African arm of steelmaker ArcelorMittal expects to plunge to a first-half loss and cut more than 2,000 jobs as it struggles with cheap imports, rising costs and a flagging local economy, it warned on Wednesday.  Shares in the company, majority-owned by ArcelorMittal, dropped more than 10% after it said previous initiatives to reduce costs had proved insufficient and so it was contemplating a “large-scale” restructuring.

Koloane: I wanted To Impress India’s High Commissioner With Gupta Landing

Former head of State Protocol Bruce Koloane said that he wanted to impress the Indian High Commissioner, which is why he put pressure on SA National Defence Force officials to authorise the Guptas landing a privately chartered aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base. Koloane was testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry where he admitted to so-called name dropping but only after recordings of his conversations were submitted as evidence.

Gas Tanker Explosion Rattles Worcester

More than 30 firefighters are battling a fire after a gas tanker exploded in Worcester’s industrial area. The Breede Valley Municipality said that the gas tanker went up in flames early on Wednesday morning. The fire spread to a nearby building. The explosion led to a number of road closures. No injuries have been reported.

Tender For Chemical Toilets Above Board, Says Masina

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina said a tender for chemical toilets was above board. Masina was on Wednesday responding to an amaBhungane investigation.  It reported how the city spent R1.1 billion to install toilets in a number of informal settlements, with tenders awarded to politically connected individuals who delivered shoddy work. The mayor has disputed all the allegations contained in the amaBhungane report.

What To Look Out For

Mbalula Vows To Prioritize Two Major Rail Projects

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised to prioritize two major rail projects that have been in the pipeline for the last four years. Mbalula gave his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday.  He told MPs that the finalisation of feasibility studies into the Moloto Rail Corridor and the high-speed rail network between Johannesburg and Durban would be prioritized.

SAHRC Takes Adam Catzavelos Racism Case To Equality Court

The South African Human Rights Commission on Wednesday announced it would take Adam Catzavelos’ case to the Equality Court. His crimen injuria case was briefly heard in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where it was postponed to August.  A video of the businessman using the K-word while on holiday in Greece went viral last year, prompting the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to lay a criminal complaint.