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# Anton Harber, Thandeka Gqubule drag EFF to court over Stratcom comments
# North West premier shakes up provincial cabinet
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# The EFF is on the receiving end of two senior journalists’ court bid to compel the party to retract its claims that they were apartheid-era Stratcom spies.
Veteran journalist Thandeka Gqubule, one of the “SABC 8”, and Professor Anton Harber have taken the matter to the High Court in Johannesburg.
On April 4, 2018, HuffPost SA posted a video clip of an interview conducted with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in June 2017.
The interview was arranged after the screening of the documentary Winnie.
# The troubled North West government has made several changes to its Provincial Executive Council (PEC), with four MECs being fired as premier Job Mokgoro aims to stabilise the province.
Giving an update on Thursday on the outcomes of the assessment of his provincial performance since his election on June 22, Mokgoro said that great progress had been made, but more work had to be done.
In his sweeping changes, Mokgoro retained four members of the executive and introduced four new heads of portfolios.
# It’s all hands on deck at Eskom as the power utility tries to save South Africa from a black Christmas and lower the stages of load shedding currently underway.
With the short-term goal of reducing load shedding to a minimum of stage one, as opposed to the stage two currently underway, all senior managers have been asked to cancel their festive leave as Eskom works around the clock to keep the lights on.
At a briefing at Megawatt Park on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan assured the public that his department and Eskom are hard at work to put a plan in place that will ensure stability.
Poor management and poor maintenance of old power stations was highlighted by the Minister as some of the reasons for the load shedding, which Gordhan termed a “crisis.”
# Government has noted rating agency Fitch’s decision to affirm South Africa’s long term foreign and local currency debt ratings at ‘BB+’ and maintain the stable outlook.
Fitch’s outlook assessment this week kept South Africa’s foreign and local currency credit ratings below investment grade.
According to Fitch, the ratings affirmation and stable outlook are based on the following factors: low growth potential, sizeable government debt and contingent liabilities and the risk of rising social tensions due to extremely high inequality.’
# A paralysed 87-year-old woman was assaulted during a house robbery at her Rula Street home in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, on Tuesday.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the victim’s care giver left the house to go buy a few things at the shop.
On her return she discovered the 88 year old victim severely assaulted in her face and body in her bed.
It is alleged that the security gate was closed but not locked and that an unknown amount of suspects gained entry into the house and assaulted the victim demanding money.
Beetge says her purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash and bank cards was then taken by the suspects before fleeing from the house.
# Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, was detained at Vancouver airport on a US extradition request.
China has demanded her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation.
The charges have not been made public. Huawei said it was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”.
# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-238-dollars-70 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 59-dollars-84 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 14-Rand-09 one British Pound is 17-Rand-98 and the Euro is currently trading at 16-Rand-01.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 3-thousand-432-dollars-92.
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