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Climate to ravage Kenya's tea production

Tea is the world's most consumed drink after water and disruption in supply from the east african nation is predicted to have a global impact.

may 10 2021 11:32am
lifestyle News : Mixed
LISTEN: Magashule explains why he was booted from ANC NEC meeting

Suspended african National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule explains why he was kicked out of the party's national executive committee (NEC)...

may 9 2021 11:34am
politics News : Mixed
Eastern Cape ANC blasts Magashule, backs Ramaphosa in suspension drama

The corruption accused secretary-general Ace Magashule has been suspended by the african National Congress (ANC) for failing to step aside after he was given 30 days as per the party's resolution.

may 7 2021 6:52pm
politics News : Mixed
Belgian Hugo Broos appointed as new Bafana Bafana coach

Hugo Broos replaces Molefi Ntseki, who was shown the door on 31 March after the national team failed to qualify for the 2022 africa cup of nations.

may 6 2021 7:07pm
sports News : Mixed
Hugo Broos named Bafana coach

Broos (69) arrives with an impressive CV, most notably having won league titles in Belgium Club Brugge twice and once with Anderlecht, and led Cameroon to the 2017 africa cup of nations title.

may 5 2021 6:39pm
sports News : Mixed
Portugal extends travel ban on South african nationals

While several countries in Europe are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the peak summer tourism, Portugal has extended its entry ban on countries with high infection rates.

may 5 2021 11:01am
travel News : Mixed
SANParks welcomes report on wildlife management

The South african National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the report of a High Level Panel into the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. The panel was appointed by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy to review policies, regulatory measures, practices and policy positions that are related to the hunting, trade, captive keeping, management and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. SANParks Chief Executive officer Fundisile Mketeni said as the body tasked with the conservation of the countrys natural heritage, SANParks sees the release of the report as a historic moment that will assist in enforcing responsible management of wildlife in the country. This report will assist in building capacity for key decision-makers to understand wildlife legislation and to support responsible wildlife management and environmental sustainability, Mketeni said. Creecy released the report on Sunday. The panel recommended that South africa halt the captive breeding of lions, keeping lions in captivity, and using captive lions or their derivatives commercially. SANParks welcomed the prohibition set on canned-lion hunting. This paves a positive trajectory for South africa considering the damaging view many tourists and conservation bodies held against these kinds of activities. However, SANParks hopes that the anticipated resultant growth in tourism will not only save jobs but will create new opportunities for those who depended on values chains linked to canned-lion hunting, said Mketeni. He said the country had found itself on a collision course with many partners in conservation including environmental non-governmental organisations, other member states in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and nature lovers who found activities such as captive breeding, of wild animals problematic in various ways. I have no doubt that this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, we will work hard as a collective to achieve the recommendations of the High Level Panel report, he said. In addition, SANParks will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of the recommendations for the protection of iconic species which were the focus of the report such as rhino, elephant, leopard, and lion. SANParks will do everything within its power to support the transformation of the wildlife sector. The wildlife economy can play an important role in community development, particularly those communities living adjacent national parks. If we are to hand over a better future to our next generation, it is imperative to enhance the responsible management of our protected areas and the conservation of these four iconic species. We take note of the great work done by the panel and we support the key recommendations which, in our view, will go a long way towards aligning our countrys protected areas with international best practice by giving effect to our national legislation, Mketeni said. The appointment of the Panel by the Minister in October 2019 came after the hosting of a colloquium on captive lion breeding in August 2018, which recommended an end to lion breeding in South africa. It was also in response to a number of emotive and complex conservation and sustainable use issues being raised by the public, particularly those involving keystone species.

may 5 2021 11:01am
ANC MP Bongo to appeal NEC decision forcing him to step aside

The african National Congress (ANC) had given party members affected by the step aside resolution 30 days to do so or face suspension, but many like Bongo and secretary-general Ace Magashule were defiant and hanging on to their positions.

may 5 2021 11:01am
politics News : Mixed
ANC leaders shouldn't pretend they don't know Watson, Gomez - Montana

Former Passenger Rail Agency of South africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana said that the african National Congress (ANC) could not distance itself from the fundraising efforts of Maria Gomez or donations from Bosasa's Gavin Watson.

may 5 2021 11:01am
politics News : Mixed
Remembering Charlotte Mannya Maxeke

With South africa commemorating The Year of Charlotte Maxeke, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has paid tribute to thestrugglestalwart, describing her as a trailblazer who chose to walk in many an uncharted territories. Some have even tended to refer to her as a woman of many firsts. Until her remarkable feat at Wilberforce University in Ohio, the United States, no black woman had obtained a degree on our shores, Mthethwa said on Friday. He was addressing the media launch of The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke, in Tshwane, which was also attended by Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu. Maxeke will become the second woman to be memorialised and honoured in this way since 2018, when struggle icon Albertina Sisulu was honoured. This year marks 150 years since the birth of the struggle icon. Maxeke made an indelible impact in many areas, including education, faith and politics. When the african intelligentsia, faith and traditional leaders met to form what was later to be known as the african National Congress (ANC) way back in 1912, uMama Maxeke was the lone brave female voice in that conference. She held her head high and made a contribution, undeterred by perceptions and societal norms that sought to relegate women to subservient roles in society, Mthethwa said. The Minister said she is counted as one of the first women to ever establish a school which later became a formidable educational institution, offering the highest standards of education, much to the chagrin of the racist colonial rulers of the time. Since the declaration by Cabinet that 2021 be dedicated to Mama Maxeke, we have been engaging each other as various role players in government, with very specific mandates, he said. The Minister announced the following interventions and activations as part of the annual Programme of Action by government: The Department of Women will erect a bust in honour of Maxeke and plans are underway to have this bust unveiled at the local AME Church in Botlokwa, Limpopo. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, as the custodian of the nations heritage estate, will remain available to offer technical assistance, as may be required from time to time. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, through its Heritage Promotion and Preservation branch, has already started exploratory work that would culminate in the mounting of the giant statue of this phenomenal woman. The actual location of the giant statue would be part of the consultation with the Institute, the family and heritage authorities. The national days programme is one of the strategic interventions that promote social cohesion and nation building. To that end, Cabinet has decided that the entire national days programme will be anchored around uMama Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke. There is ongoing work on promotion of african filmmaking through the National Film and Video Foundation (the NFVF). For this year in particular, the project will be dedicated to uMama Maxeke, as part of preserving her legacy, and in highlighting the role of women in this industry, which remains male dominated. This work is envisaged to extend well beyond 2021 since work on Maxekes legacy need not be confined to one calendar year if it is to make the much-needed impact. Zulu said her department will work together with the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute on some of the planned activities, with specific focus on raising awareness on gender-based violence and femicide in the 30 hotspot areas. The liberation of our country cannot be complete when the majority of our national population, which is women, is still confined to the margins of mainstream society because of disempowerment, violence, poverty, and lack of access to indispensable resources. We cannot claim to be free from oppression when we read daily in the media harrowing accounts about the killing of women and children in our communities, the Minister said.

apr 30 2021 8:09pm