Weekly News Brief

Weekly News Brief
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HEADLINE NEWS THIS WEEK

The heart warming story of a South African petrol attendant Nkosikno Mbele who assisted a customer Monet van Deventer  pay for R100 petrol after she realised she didn’t have her bank card with her had many smiling and doing much more. Van Deventer in a reciprocating gesture to show her gratitude started a crowdfunding campaign  for her ‘saviour’ to raise money towards the education of his children. Many responded positively and over R360,000 had been raised by Monday morning for the kind-hearted petrol pump attendant.

The former President Jacob Zuma’s involvement in the running of ANN7 station emerged very strongly. The former station’s news editor Rajesh Sundarama painted a picture of the former President being more involved in the day to day running of the station and using his position as head of state to expedite matters on behalf of the station as well as hand over jobs to Indians who were relatives of the Guptas without  following  laid down procedures. The channel was owned by the Guptas but former President Zuma had interest and his son Duduzane Zuma was one of the directors.

South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced the appointment of Zuks Ramasia as the new interim CEO. The news comes after OUTA’s  call on the Government to install experienced leaders to head SAA earlier in the week.  Zuks Ramasia comes in as a replacement to the outgoing CEO Vuyani Jarana. Jarana tendered his resignation last week and is set to leave the state-owned entity by the end of August this year. His resignation comes just a few days after Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe also ended his term at the parastatal.

There was good news for South Africa’s gold medalist Casper Semenya as the IAAF Gender Rule that had been passed requiring her and other women runners who had the “differences of sex development” DSD condition to take medications or surgery to reduce the level of testosterone in their blood was suspended. The  Swiss Federal Supreme Court has suspended the implementation of the IAAF’s regulations  pending Semenya’s appeal against the rules.  

Wednesday saw the price of fuel increase again by 9 cents a litre for both grades of petrol, 13 cents more for a litre of diesel and 8 cents more for a litre of paraffin. Earlier this year the National Assembly passed the long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill which came into effect and the weakened Rand also has contributed to the rise in fuel costs. South Africans will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for transportation and other necessary services that are expected to cost more as a result.

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OTHER THINGS WE LIKED

Sibanye-Stillwater has reduced the initial estimated number of jobs to be lost in its job cut plan. In February, the company had forecasted a staggering 5,870 employees and 800 contractors to be laid off. On Wednesday, the number was reduced to 3,450 employees who would be laid off during the proposed restructuring of the company’s gold mining operations. The company has been making losses at some of its mines since 2017.

Alexandra residents are said to be planning another shutdown of the township. This comes after the Red Ants demolished 80 illegally built houses in the area on Wednesday, leaving hundreds homeless.  Johannesburg city manager Ndivhoniswa Lukhwareni said on Wednesday he took full responsibility for the demolition of homes in Alexandra last week. Lukhwareni has been giving evidence at the South African Human Rights Commission inquiry looking into problems in Alexandra. The Alexandra Total Shutdown movement’s Sandile Mavundla didn’t want to reveal exactly when they planned  to shut down the township.

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has treated over 270 children who were victims of child abuse, neglect or violence this year. The hospital said it has seen an increase in the numbers and severity of child abuse and neglect cases over the past 25 years. These issues have been thrust into the spotlight as the country marks National Child Protection Week.

Meanwhile, about 700 structures have been affected by flooding as heavy rains continue to batter Cape Town. Residents have been affected in areas including Khayelitsha, Strand and Gugulethu following days of downpours. The city’s Charlotte Powell said, “No evacuation or emergency sheltering has been activated. Various city departments will continue with mop-up operations.”  Seventy-two people were killed in the floods that hit parts of the province in April.

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg dismissed Timol murder accused Joao Rodriguez’s application not to face charges for the death of Timol in 1971. The ruling comes after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria overturned the result of the original inquest which found that Timol’s death was a suicide. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Louw Mjonondwane said Monday. She said the judgment in the Ahmed Timol matter would set the tone for similar apartheid-era cases, and that the the verdict affirmed the rule of law. The ruling she said, showed that people could not avoid prosecution on the basis of age or the number of years since the crime happened.  If Rodrigues’ legal team does not appeal the judgment he will stand trial next month.

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ICYMI

The 9th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition (ZIMEC 2019) will take place from 13– 14 June 2019, in Lusaka, Zambia.  The event is organised by AME Trade Ltd, United Kingdom with the support of The Zambian Ministries of Mines and Energy and Zambia Chamber of Mines.