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Ramaphosa Promises big Changes for the Economy Ahead of Election
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Ramaphosa Promises big Changes for the Economy Ahead of Election

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced six priorities for the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the 2024 elections, including job creation, the nation’s re-industrialization, investing in people and tackling the high cost of living.1 The president delivered the ANC manifesto at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to a packed crowd on Saturday, saying the ANC has been addressing some of the socio-economic challenges, but they were going to ramp up some of their initiatives.2 Ramaphosa and the ANC, who have the tough task of trying to steer the party to an outright win in the elections, promised to crack down on crime and corruption in the country.3 This is also one of the government’s urgent priorities.4 (dfa on MSN)Ramaphosa said the government would deploy resources to...
War in Gaza escalates to Lebanon as Israel Launches Retaliatory Air Strikes against Hezbollah
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War in Gaza escalates to Lebanon as Israel Launches Retaliatory Air Strikes against Hezbollah

Israeli forces have carried out at least two air strikes on the coastal town of Ghaziyeh in southern Lebanon, according to the Zionist regime’s military and Lebanese state media.1 The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Israel have been exchanging near-daily fire across the border since Israel launched its assault on Gaza in response to a Hamas-led attack on October 7.2 “Israeli warplanes carried out… strikes on the town of Ghaziyeh,” the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported on Monday, saying that a vehicle was targeted and ambulances rushed to the scene, without providing further details.3 It was not immediately clear if their were casualties.4  The town is about 5km (3 miles) away from the southern port city of Sidon, and about 60km (37 miles) north of the bord...
Elections are set to take place on 29 May 2024
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Elections are set to take place on 29 May 2024

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially announced that the general national and provincial elections are set to take place on 29 May 2024. The announcement was made in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Electoral Act of 1998.Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya stated that the election date was determined following consultations with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and a meeting with all nine provincial premiers to discuss the state of readiness for the upcoming elections. Magwenya highlighted that the 2024 elections would coincide with South Africa's 30 years of freedom and democracy.President Ramaphosa, addressing the nation, emphasized the significance of these elections, not only as a constitutional obl...
International Court of Justice to Hold Hearings on Israeli Occupation of Palestine
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International Court of Justice to Hold Hearings on Israeli Occupation of Palestine

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) known as the United Nations’ highest court is set to open historic hearings into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of the Palestinian territories.1 The week-long proceedings, which begin at the ICJ in the Hague on Monday, come as Israel continues its devastating war on Gaza.2 The assault has killed more than 29,000 Palestinians since October 7.3 The case is separate from the genocide complaint South Africa filed at the ICJ against Israel for its alleged violations in the ongoing war.4 It focuses instead on Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since 1967.5 The Palestinians desire all three areas for an independent state.6 (Al Jazeera)Palestinian representatives, who speak first on Monday, will argue ...
WANTED CRIMINALS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE
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WANTED CRIMINALS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE

Two individuals wanted in connection with cash-in-transit robberies were killed in a shootout with police in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday. One suspect managed to escape. Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda stated, "After the shootout, two suspects were found to have sustained fatal gunshot wounds. One suspect narrowly evaded arrest and fled from the scene in possession of a rifle. A manhunt in search for him is already under way." These individuals were also linked to house robberies and farm attacks.Colonel Netshiunda further revealed that the deceased suspects were part of a group that attempted to kill Tactical Response Team members during a foiled cash-in-transit robbery in Nkandla in August 2019. "The very same suspects were later arrested but absconde...
Ashburton residents mark nine days without water
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Ashburton residents mark nine days without water

Some sections of Ashburton have been experiencing a water shortage for nine days now, but there were reports last night that water had started flowing again.Since February 9, large areas of Ashburton have been without water due to a truck knocking over the pipes on the Lower Mpushini bridge.To find a more permanent solution, workers from the Msunduzi Municipality have been busy over the past week fixing burst pipes and replacing the PVC pipes with steel pipes. Councillor Edith Elliot stated on Sunday evening that water had still not been restored to certain parts of the suburb. “They are still trying to restore water in Greenpoint Road, Restdene Road, Sarah Lane, Hillview and Lynnfield Park,” said Elliot. Elliot also mentioned that municipal tankers, as well as the generous...
The Verulam Community Seeks Intervention from the UN Regarding the Water Crisis
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The Verulam Community Seeks Intervention from the UN Regarding the Water Crisis

According to Roshan Lil-Ruthan, a social activist and spokesperson for the Verulam Water Crisis Committee, the people of Verulam have officially contacted the United Nations (UN) for aid in the midst of a dire water supply emergency. Lil-Ruthan described the situation as a violation of basic human rights.According to the government, the community was assured that water would be reinstated by last Thursday. However, the authorities reneged on their promise, causing the community to draft a letter to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).According to the letter, the current crisis is a breach of human rights due to the limited access to water, which has negatively impacted healthcare facilities. Hospitals and clinics are facing challenges...
Water supply recovery efforts ongoing in eThekwini
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Water supply recovery efforts ongoing in eThekwini

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has stated that his department is currently evaluating the progress made to address the water crisis in the northern regions of Durban. This evaluation comes as eThekwini failed to meet its deadline for fully restoring water to the affected areas.Locations such as Verulam, Phoenix, Mount Edgecombe, uMhlanga, and Durban North have been experiencing prolonged water shortages for several years, but the situation worsened after recent floods. On Sunday, Minister Mchunu personally assessed the current water supply situation in Phoenix and Verulam.Earlier this month, the minister held meetings with the communities of Phoenix, Verulam, and Tongaat, where he made a commitment to resolve the severe water challenges in their respective areas...
Yemen: The Country Divided Could See Escalation
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Yemen: The Country Divided Could See Escalation

United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundburg has called for immediate action to end the “dangerous escalatory cycle” in the war-plagued nation, as Houthi rebels continue their attacks in the Red Sae and the western powers retaliate with strikes on the Arabian Peninsula Nation.1 “I am engaging the Yemeni parties and relevant regional actors to support de-escalation in the Red Sae to protect the mediation space in Yemen,” Hans Grundburg informed the UN Security Council on Wednesday.2 “Three things need to happen in the immediate term to create an off-ramp to this dangerous escalatory,” Grundberg said, calling for regional de-escalation; for all parties to refrain from “military opportunism” and for progress towards a mediated agreement to be protected.3 (Al Jazeera) ...
Ramaphosa says He Will give Assent to NHI Bill 
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Ramaphosa says He Will give Assent to NHI Bill 

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced to the country on Thursday last week in the State of the Nation Address that he planned to sign in to law the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that aims to provide universal health coverage to South Africans.1 However the President did not give a time frame for when he would put his signature to the bill.2 The bill, which will be implemented in stages at a cost of billions of dollars, is wating for Ramaphosa’s approval after it was passed by lawmakers last year.3 “It is a matter of time,” he told journalists in Cape Town, without providing further details.4 The law aims to provide healthcare to millions of poorer citizens in a major overhaul of a two-tier system, which still reflects deep racial and social inequalities three decades a...