ANC NEC member and deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele says it is too late for an uncontested race at Nasrec this weekend, Eyewitness News (EWN) reported. He said President Jacob Zuma did not have the respect required to form a "unity" slate that would bring an end to the fierce competition between the two main contenders, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Cele has reportedly been campaigning for Ramaphosa. He told EWN: "It [a unity deal] hasn't happened and I guess it's too late now, so looking at present candidates we think Cyril can give us the best outcomes when it comes to the ANC going forward." He said Zuma should take some of the blame for this. "I don't think many people
Outgoing ANC national chairperson and presidential hopeful Baleka Mbete says it is regrettable and sad that former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled almost a decade ago without concluding the remaining nine months of his second term in office. However, Mbete says Mbeki’s removal by the ANC’s highest decision-making body between national conferences - the national executive committee (NEC) - could not be avoided. “I think it was a sad decision. It was a very sad decision that we all participated in moving towards, but it had to happen because of what had preceded that meeting where the NEC ended up taking that decision,” Mbete said in an interview with SABC News on Wednesday. Mbete said people
Cape Town - France has offered the Western Cape assistance with the drought afflicting the region, French Consul-General Laurent Amar said on Wednesday. "It is too early to give details but we could absolutely engage on this and help to avoid disaster and also to find long-term solutions, first by providing finance and investment," Amar said at a meeting with editors from Independent Media. He said the finance would likely come from the French Development Agency, adding that it was ready to work with municipalities in the province. "We could also provide technological solutions through our companies. We have strong experience in the field of water treatment," Amar added. He said there had been
The party included a speech by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. There is no doubt that the EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s graduation party was a night to remember. The People’s Bae star-studded celebration was held in Orange Farm and guests included Mam’Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who attended despite her ill-health, EFF’s top brass and local celebs. Julius Malema, leader of the party and close friend of Ndlozi appears to have been the resident DJ and entertained guests with local hits. Wow @Julius_S_Malema has got skills on those wheels, MARADDONA TO THE WORLD… South Africa I see U…D Love Is Amazing xoxo pic.twitter.com/bxRsfaMqEC - Niniola #ThisIsMe (@OfficialNiniola) December 12, 2017 -Additional
An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, says the Department of Mineral Resources. The resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory Science Council reporting to the Minister of Mineral Resources, while conducting research on the development of shale gas. The preliminary results indicate that the water is of good quality for drinking and other uses. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said the much-needed water resource brings about a huge relief to the drought-stricken Beaufort West and the Western Cape Province. Minister Zwane had directed the CGS to conduct a baseline study to enable government
The Government will this month meet its salary obligations to civil servants on time, the first time the administration has achieved the feat in years. Over the past three years, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has staggered civil service wages, pleading poor revenues flows to the State treasury. He was sacked from the job by former president Robert Mugabe in October but bounced back after the latter was toppled by a military coup the following month and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. And he has returned with some Christmas cheer for government workers. Unions representing the previously demoralised government employees immediately cheered the announcement after years of rows with the government
NAMIBIAN insurance companies and pension funds that invested in South African retail giant Steinhoff could lose billions of dollars in the wake of the unfolding accounting scandal that has rocked financial markets. Steinhoff's share price fell 87% over the past few days following an announcement on 4 December that the company would release unaudited statements because the Steinhoff supervisory board had not yet finalised its review of matters relating to a tax investigation in Germany. According to economist and co-founder of Cirrus Capital, Rowland Brown, the share price collapse has wiped out over N$200 billion in market value for the company and its shareholders. "Unfortunately, Namibia will be exposed to this collapse, as many pension and long-term insurance funds, as well as discretionary investors, will have had sizeable exposure to the company and related companies (that have also experienced declines as a result of the Steinhoff fallout)," he said.