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No one is born a leader, says Mac Maharaj – Citizen

Nation – Google News – Citizen No one is born a leader, says Mac MaharajCitizenNo one is born a leader or has a special biological disposition that determines leadership, according to former presidential spokesman and cabinet minister Mac Maharaj. “No one is born a leader. There is no gene that …

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Mbalula opens new police station in Lusikisiki – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 Mbalula opens new police station in LusikisikiNews24Lusikisiki – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula officially launched a new police station in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. The newly built police station is situated on the R61, which is the main road that runs through …

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Danny Jordaan mum on rape allegations – African Independent

South African Football Association (Safa) boss Danny Jordaan has yet to respond to rape allegations levelled against him by singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson.

Ferguson broke her silence about the alleged sexual assault after 24 years on Wednesday, claiming that the former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor violated her at a Holiday Inn in Port Elizabeth back in 1993.

Independent Media tried contacting Jordaan numerous times yesterday but without any luck. Text messages also went unanswered. Ferguson told media this week that her decision to come out about her ordeal after all these years was prompted by the recent #MeToo campaign which was sparked by sexual assault allegations made by various women against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

The 56-year-old says she was not planning to name her abuser but it was after the overwhelming response to her Facebook post that she changed her mind.

In a Facebook post and a subsequent blog entry, Ferguson recounted a chilling tale. Almost 24 years ago, in a Port Elizabeth hotel, she alleges that a “pleasant and entertaining” Jordaan asked her to join him for a drink after a performance she had given at a sports dinner.

“I accepted his invitation to join him for a drink at the bar, but said I needed to go up to my suite and change from my performance dress,” she wrote. “He joined me in the lift and said he would wait for me. I felt a little uneasy as he entered my suite, but beckoned him into the lounge and asked him to wait there while I changed.”

Ferguson alleges: “I entered my bedroom, closed the door and began to change. A few minutes later the door opened and he entered and without a word grabbed me and forced me onto the bed from behind. He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt like a lifetime. He left immediately without saying a word.”

Meanwhile, another woman is said to have accused Jordaan of raping her, according to Ferguson.

“Just yesterday (Wednesday) I got a message from somebody who experienced the same thing with him,” Ferguson told HeraldLIVE from Sweden on Thursday.

“I don’t know if she will be ready to disclose a relative of somebody in a very high position. It’s a big step to step out,” she said.

Ferguson said she wouldn’t be pressing any charges against Jordaan following the allegations.

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#DurbanStorm: Now our beaches are littered with plastic pellets – Independent Online

Durban - Thousands of volunteers are needed to save Durban’s beaches after last week’s storm and extremely rough seas. This is the call from marine biologists after billions of small plastic pellets, known as nurdles, washed up on the beaches.

These are a potential health hazard, warns uShaka Sea World’s Jone Porter. According to a release by the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), the infestation is a potential environmental hazard that has to be cleaned up.

“Thousands of hands are needed to collect these along the drift line over the next few days. So, take nets, sieves, colanders, spades and buckets, go down at low tide and try to clear as much of it as you can while it's still new. It makes for a little workout, but will go a long way towards minimising the long-term damage to our marine environment.

“If we all work together, we can help clean these nurdles off our beaches,” Porter said.

These plastic pellets landed on the beaches as a consequence of last week's storm and the extremely rough seas.

Each small granule is half-moon shaped. The specific particles that have washed up on Durban beaches are actually an industrial raw material. They are re-melted and moulded in factories to make plastic products. In themselves, they are not harmful.

But SAAMBR points out “the bad news is that these plastic pellets or nurdles do absorb pollutants such as PCBs and organochlorine pesticides which are extremely harmful to marine life and humans if consumed.

“Nurdles never disintegrate but merely break down into smaller and smaller fragments. The nurdles and the toxins they have absorbed can enter the food chain as they are eaten by fish and other marine animals.”

In light of this serious threat, uShaka Sea World is not only asking residents to help clean these harmful nurdles off our beaches, but is also providing clearly labelled bins at collection points into which beach-goers can deposit any nurdles collected.

A regular beachgoer, Fred Turck of eManzimtoti, wrote a letter to The Independent on Saturday to describe the ecological disaster he had witnessed unfolding.

He said he was part of a group that walked on the beachfront last Sunday.

“We came across plenty of plastic pellets on the beach – smooth, round, white, like flattened balls about 4mm in diameter and 2mm thick. There must have been millions, or tons of them, lining the surf zone.

“These pellets were quite possibly washed up after the storm of Tuesday, October 10. I took a few home and placed them in a strong solution of hydrochloric acid, hoping to simulate the stomach of a marine animal. The pellets did not dissolve, so this means they will probably end up as solids in the digestive systems of these animals. Some will remain there and clog the internals of the animals, while some will be excreted to end up elsewhere in the food chain.

“This is very worrying. The beads may have been washed accidentally into the rivers and/or the sea during a storm, but the original owners (shall we call them the ‘polluters’?) should be penalised nonetheless, for not protecting us and our planet from this mess.”

uShaka said drop-off points had been created where the public could hand over the collected nurdles.Independent on Saturday

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ANC caucus redeploys 10 senior MPs in Parliament – News24

Nation – Google News – News24 ANC caucus redeploys 10 senior MPs in ParliamentNews24Cape Town – The African National Congress has announced a number of new deployments to senior parliamentary posts, with the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee due to get a new chairperson in the middle of its inquiry. ANC …

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Cabinet will not abandon or privatise SAA, Mmamoloko Kubayi says – Business Day

The Cabinet is not ready to cut its losses with the embattled South African Airways (SAA)‚ with Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi saying the Cabinet was not considering privatising the national airline.

Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting‚ Kubayi said the Cabinet did not discuss Dudu Myeni’s tenure as the board chairperson of the ailing SAA.

"We looked at issues‚ we do not look at people‚ we look at issues about the state entity because otherwise we will be distracted‚" she said.

Announcing the changes to the SAA board on Thursday‚ Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza would replace Myeni as chairperson.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) welcomed Myeni’s departure‚ saying that she was at the core of SAA’s problems.

The organisation said that since her appointment as chairperson in 2008‚ the government had bailed out the national carrier to the tune of a staggering R23.8bn.

"This year alone‚ SAA received R2.2bn to repay Citibank. Gigaba has announced that a further R3bn will be made available from the fiscus for SAA‚" Rudie Heyneke‚ Outa’s portfolio manager for transport‚ said.

He said Myeni‚ who is said to be President Jacob Zuma’s ally‚ had no ability as a director and should not be on any board.

In March, Outa issued a summons against Myeni to have her declared a delinquent director. Outa said this court action was continuing and was at an advanced stage, despite Myeni’s departure.

"If Myeni is declared a delinquent director‚ she will not be able to act as a director or serve on any board in any company for up to seven years. Such a sanction will send a message to the government that competent‚ skilled and experienced individuals should be appointed to lead our state-owned enterprises‚" Heyneke said.

The DA‚ meanwhile‚ took issue with the date the changes to the board would take effect — November 3‚ at which date the minister would have a special meeting with the new board.

"This effectively means that the removal of Dudu Myeni and other changes to the SAA board will only be effective from November 3 2017 and that Myeni remains as the chair of the SAA board for another 14 days‚" the DA’s deputy finance spokesperson‚ Alf Lees‚ said.

He added that Gigaba seemed to think that by removing Myeni‚ SAA would be saved.

"This is not the case. The airline is bankrupt and requires R10bn to continue to limp along. It is time to face up to the fact that SAA can only be saved if it is put into business rescue‚ stabilised and sold‚" Lees said.

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Gigaba adviser asked former Eskom chief to meet Guptas – Business Day

Observers have pointed out that the current status quo in which Eskom deals with both the generation of power and its transmission was undesirable and stifled the growth of independent power producers.

The inquiry’s scope includes the reappointment of Brian Molefe as group CEO of Eskom; the power utility’s role in the purchase of Optimum Coal by the then Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources; the award of about R11.7bn worth of coal supply contracts — at inflated prices — to Tegeta; the R43m contract with the Guptas’ The New Age media firm; payments of more than R400m to Trillian Capital Partners for consulting and advisory services; and allegations of impropriety made against former acting CEO Matshela Koko, who is
on suspension.

On Wednesday, the inquiry also heard damning testimony from Ted Blom, an energy director at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and a former Eskom employee.

Blom told the inquiry that a "fixer team" set up by President Jacob Zuma, made up of "pre-eminent" persons including doctors and lawyers had attempted to loot Eskom in 2009. He said he had attempted to alert Zuma in his capacity as the head of the ANC about the mess at Eskom. He had even submitted a detailed report on corruption and governance lapses to the president during one evening meeting.

Blom left Eskom in 2008.

He told the committee that Zuma then set up the fixer team, ostensibly to deal with issues he had raised. A meeting was organised with the team by former JSE chairman Norman Lowenthal. "I was informed to meet the fixer team in Midrand … during the meeting the ‘fixer team’ [indicated] that they wanted to ‘join the gravy train
at Eskom’." Blom said he was angry when he realised that the fixer team actually wanted to use his expertise and knowledge of Eskom to loot the power utility. He left the meeting and later received a call from Lowenthal expressing his dismay that he had insulted and walked out of the meeting with "pre-eminent persons".

"Instead of fighting corruption, they wanted me to help them eat at Eskom, because I have so much experience, and I would have been able to guide them [to loot]," Blom said in response to questions from EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu.


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Woman dies after her throat is slit – Independent Online

A woman – allegedly attacked by her ex-boyfriend at a mall on the North Coast – has died from her injuries.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele confirmed the incident at the Ballito Junction Mall and said that the man had been arrested and taken into custody.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said that the woman – believed to be in her mid- to late 20s and from the area – had been declared dead at the scene.

“We arrived to find that the woman’s throat had been slit. It was too late, so she was declared deceased.”

Reports from the scene indicate that the woman had been the victim of a domestic dispute.

It is believed that her ex-boyfriend visited her at her place of employment.

The pair then allegedly went to a restaurant, where she left to go to the bathroom, with the man following her in.

Two shoppers – believed to be students – were in the bathroom stalls when they heard the woman scream.

They then allegedly found her with her throat slit and bleeding profusely.

The students and cleaner began screaming as the suspect ran out of the bathroom.

Two other shoppers intervened and caught the suspect, managing to subdue him until mall security and police arrived.

The Mercury

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