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What's in City Press, January 22 2023
What's in City Press, January 22 2023

Ramaphosa’s team guns for Gwede

Members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inner circle are demanding Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe not be given carte blanche over Eskom when the president announces changes to his executive next month.

Inkabi threat in SABC battle

The multimillion-rand fight between the SABC and one of its former sportscasters, Owen Ndlovu, has taken an ugly turn, with the broadcaster’s lawyer Mthuthuzeli Vanara allegedly threatening Ndlovu that inkabi (hitmen) would be hired to deal with him.

Mashatile ‘armed to the teeth’ after SAPS tip

ANC deputy president Paul Mashatile has been prompted to beef up his security following a security risk assessment by the SA Police Service after his election as the party’s second in command at its national conference last month.

AfriForum starts power company

AfriForum is fed up with the “decay of the state” and is going to start its own electricity generation company. Kallie Kriel, CEO of the organisation, says they are already engaged in formal discussions with South Africa-born businessperson André Pienaar – the founder and CEO of C5 Capital, a specialist venture capital firm that invests in cybersecurity, space and nuclear energy.

How home affairs officials ‘brokered’ dodgy tender

Explosive details have emerged that may link officials in the department of home affairs to a dodgy tender that allegedly led to the assassination of businessperson Marumo Phenya.

Eskom to be grilled by Scopa

Eskom is expected to tell Parliament how it intends to prevent the country from being plunged into total darkness in the face of worsening and crippling power cuts that are costing the South African economy billions of rands.

More matriculants, less varsity space

Close to 200 000 spaces are available at the country’s 26 universities for first-year students, according to data released on Friday by Universities SA, an umbrella body representing these institutions.

This followed the release of the 2022 National Senior Certificate matric results by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday.

Church distances itself from Tau and his new party

Factions in the International Pentecost Holy Church have rejected allegations that it was behind the formation of the political party established by former ActionSA provincial secretary and Tshwane councillor Abel Tau this week.

LGBTIQ+ distress – ‘God is against you guys’

‘You know God is against you guys.” This was what a nurse allegedly told a nonbinary person at Stanza Bopape Clinic in Mamelodi East, outside Tshwane. The person said they had approached the clinic after being repeatedly raped and also stabbed in the back.

Ramaphosa faces a few reshuffle headaches

With the consultation process said to have been concluded ahead of the much-anticipated Cabinet reshuffle, President Cyril Ramaphosa is faced with a big dilemma regarding the future of his close allies and alliance partners, and mounting pressure from the private sector and NGOs.

Daily 36km trek pays off: Zinhle Jiane matriculates with bachelor’s pass

Waking up at 4am to walk 16km to school (and then 16km home in the afternoon) has paid off for Zinhle Jiane, who achieved a bachelor’s matric pass. The 18-year-old Jiane, who lives with her 78-year-old grandmother in Waaikraal on the outskirts of Delmas, Mpumalanga, was one of the 71 582 Grade 12 pupils who sat for their matric exams in the province.

Discipline is what keeps 2020 top achiever flying high

Simamkele Bongo, a national matric top achiever from the class of 2020, has advised first-year students to surround themselves with the right company when they get to institutions of higher learning.

The 20-year-old, who is in his third year of medical school at the University of Cape Town, was one of the national top achievers in his matric class.

Ayanda Ncwane’s massive tax troubles

Celebrated late musician Sfiso Ncwane’s record label Ncwane Communications owes the SA Revenue Service more than R2 million. It appears that Ncwane’s widow and The Real Housewives of Durban star Ayanda, who took over the reins at the company when her husband passed away in 2016, has been struggling to keep his business afloat, as it has owed the taxman the staggering amount since at least 2020.

‘Matric results are not a fluke,’ says MEC

Eastern Cape Education MEC Fundile Gade could not hide his excitement when his province was announced as the third most improved in the country – it achieved a 77.3% pass rate and recorded a 4.2% improvement.

Beware: SA has run out of snake bite serum

“The bugger, I went on a proper rant about him afterwards! But he couldn’t outwit me. Here I am, still.” For most people, being bitten by a Cape cobra, rushed to hospital and wondering for days whether they will return home with all their fingers intact would be a traumatic experience.

Have DBN Gogo and Foca split?

Amapiano hitmakers Focalistic and DBN Gogo have allegedly broken up. They publicly announced their relationship on Valentine’s Day last year, but now Focalistic might be heading into the month of love without his equally famous girlfriend.

DA leader candidates play down the need for large-scale change

As the DA gears up for its federal congress in early April, those eyeing key positions in provinces have played down the need for the leadership of the party to change, instead emphasising the need for stability ahead of next year’s crucial general election.

Chaos at ANC provincial conference

The chaotic scenes that characterised the ANC provincial conference in the Free State on Friday reflected deep tensions and division within the party. While police had to use rubber bullets to prevent delegates from entering the conference venue, some delegates were overturning chairs at the registration centre at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Sheba’s owner heartbroken

For him, it was as if he had to shoot his own child, says Rassie Erasmus, owner of the tigress that escaped from her camp in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, this week.

Erasmus had to shoot dead the tiger, Sheba, after he and another man finally found her in the early hours of Wednesday after a four-day search. Sheba was about 700m from where she had escaped.

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