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City Press | November 8 2020
City Press | November 8 2020

Here’s what you can look forward to in today’s paper:

Crack cops fight for Senzo Meyiwa case

The “crack team” appointed by Police Minister Bheki Cele to investigate the murder of footballer Senzo Meyiwa six years ago are being torn apart by bitter rivalries and back-stabbing, with two of the investigators now accused of kidnapping and assaulting a key witness.

Director’s wife gets top job meant for the disabled

As South Africa entered November – a month recognised globally as Disability Awareness Month – its custodian for the promotion and protection of disability rights, the department of women, youth and persons with disabilities, has found itself mired in controversy for allegedly overlooking qualified disabled candidates for a senior position, instead opting to appoint the able-bodied wife of a director in the department.

Steenhuisen has no time for detractors

It has been just a week since the DA elected John Steenhuisen as its leader and he is determined to carry out the vision of the party, instead of focusing on his detractors, some of whom have questioned its race relations, while others have decided to seek alternative political homes.

Read: DA continues to lose members to Mashaba’s ActionSA

Death before the unbanning

An underage initiate has died at an illegal initiation school – just as the Eastern Cape provincial government is trying to convince its national counterparts to unban traditional initiation.

Ngcaba fights for his R430 million

In what is set to be a battle of corporate titans, prominent businessperson Andile Ngcaba and Dimension Data co-founder Jeremy Ord will go head-to-head in the Johannesburg High Court over the former’s claims that white directors were paid more than he was.

SA Qualifications Authority’s budget cut: Retrenchments are looming

The entity mandated to register qualifications is in the process of retrenching almost one-third of its employees to keep itself afloat.

Disgruntled employees told City Press this week that the SA Qualifications Authority, which receives budget allocations from the department of higher education, science and innovation, led by Blade Nzimande, is set to retrench 71 workers, allegedly without consulting them.

They too are humans

Having done research for her masters’ degree and gained insight into the spine-chilling challenges people with albinism face amid the myths, stereotypes and misconceptions attached to the rare genetic condition, Zandile Ngubane now wants to do more to alleviate their suffering.

A shadow of North West’s former glory

At least two clinics, a residential project of 2 400 units, a state-owned lodge and two nursing colleges, all worth about R1 billion, are among many abandoned or incomplete infrastructure projects in North West.

Fossil tooth sparks a deep interest in archaeology

A few years ago, Khethi Nkosi would not have paid attention to anything about archaeology. But then he discovered a molar tooth that turned out to be a clue that led to a 2 million-year-old fossil that was later named after him.

‘Not wanted’ – doctors trained in Cuba are neglected

Intimidated, stigmatised and carrying an ever-present fear of rejection from the very environments in which they were trained to be of value. These are the feelings new research has unveiled as being prevalent among South African medical students who were trained in Cuba.

Baby Mnqobi goes on the journey of a lifetime

What began as a journey of faith has taken a giant leap, spurred on by the unwavering dedication of two parents and aided by the kindness of South Africans. In May last year, City Press reported on the story of seven-month-old Mnqobi, who was born with a rare congenital lower limb deficiency known as tibial hemimelia, which manifests as a shortened leg with knee and ankle deformities that force his legs to turn inwards. He’s now in the US getting ready for surgery

An ‘awe walk’ a week will boost positivity

Going on a 15-minute “awe walk” each week, where we stop to appreciate the world around us, can help boost positive emotions and reduce stress, a new study has shown. It’s well known that getting out of the house to take a short walk every day can dramatically improve our mood.

ANC pushes hard to win by-elections

Emerging from the Covid-19-related lockdown during which the ANC brand was tainted by corruption, the governing party is now eyeing 96 wards that will be up for grabs in by-elections taking place across the country this week.

Desperately needed old age home still empty

Wilfred Pule lives alone in his three-room house. He sits on a couch, watching TV. It has been on the same channel since the morning because he cannot easily move around. A catheter hangs at his left leg. He suffers from cancer and has been waiting to be placed at a nearby old age home.

Chaos as pupils with Covid-19 allowed to write

Confusion reigned this week due to a last-minute decision by the department of education that allowed matric pupils with Covid-19 to write their final exams. As late as last week, the official position had been that no matrics with Covid-19, or with a temperature above 38°C, would be permitted to write.

Time to walk as Mbau loses her bling cars

TV star Khanyi Mbau missed an opportunity to defend a motion to have her two luxury German cars repossessed when she failed to file responding court papers on time.

Pro- and anti-Magashule battle in Free State takes turn for the worse

The battle for and against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in the Free State has taken an interesting turn, with his critics marching to Luthuli House on Wednesday to protest against him, and others who previously marched against him begging for his forgiveness.

Retired army chief to ‘save’ ANC

Retired SA Army intelligence chief General Mojo Motau says the authors of an ANC turnaround strategy document, which he drafted with other unknown people, are ready to defend its contents because “central to our motive is saving this country”.

Zulu King’s eldest son mourned

The Zulu monarchy and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature are mourning the deaths of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s eldest son, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, and legislature deputy speaker Mluleki Ndobe.

Musos fail to support museum honouring them

One of the pioneers of the local hip-hop industry, veteran rapper and producer Amukelani “Amu” Tshawane, sharply criticised the local hip-hop fraternity for not showing support to a wounded institution that had practically helped carry the culture administratively in the country, and had even paid frequently for performances.

Bhovamania falls flat

The always controversial AKA unveiled his latest album, titled Bhovamania, in Sandton, Johannesburg, this past week. The project was met with much disdain as a result of his tendency to use autotune.


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