News in brief

By Drum Digital
31 October 2013

President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the family of Dr Leepile Taunyane who passed away yesterday.

Duduza township violence

Police are closely monitoring the situation in the township of Duduza on the West Rand following the eruption of violent.

More than 10 foreign-owned shops were looted and 10 people were injured in the violence

Foreign nationals who owned business in the area say they've lost thousands of Rands worth of stock and other belongings.

The People Seeking Justice Action (PSJA) group, which represents displaced businesspeople in Duduza, has accused police of not doing enough to protect them and their businesses.

President Zuma's condolences to Dr Leepile Taunyane's family

Taunyane (85), a remarkable and highly respected citizen of Alexandra Township, where he began his career as a football administrator in the 1960s, Dr Taunyane's compassion for football in particular and community development in general was unsurpassed. He was also a Principal of Alexandra Secondary School for many years.

“Even in his twilight years, Dr Taunyane still found time for PSL work. South Africa will sorely miss his steadfast commitment and dedication. We wish to express our deepest condolences to his family, the community of Alexandra and the football fraternity at large. May his soul rest in peace,” said  Zuma.

 Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth on the rise

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is expected to increase to six percent in 2014, from five percent this year, supported by investment in infrastructure and production capacity.

The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014.

It said the slight downward revisions were due mainly to weaker global economic conditions, while budget delays in oil producer Angola and oil theft in Africa's top crude exporter Nigeria also hurt growth.

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