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KZN government to assist with funerals following deadly church wall collapse

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government would assist with funerals for congregants who died when a church wall collapsed during an Easter service outside Empangeni on Thursday, it has said.

Premier Willies Mchunu made the announcement from his Durban-based office on Monday following a special sitting of the provincial executive council, which was convened to decide on "a way forward" following the tragedy. Mchunu was joined by his MECs at the press briefing. 

Twelve women and a 10-year-old boy were killed when a brick wall at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dlangubo collapsed during a Passover service. Sixteen other congregants were injured.

The premier said the number of deceased and injured, and the “timing” of the incident (Easter weekend), ranked it as “unprecedented” for the province.

“The front wall of the church collapsed at around 10.15pm as a result of a severe thunderstorm which was accompanied by strong winds in the area that had undermined the structural foundations of the building,” said Mchunu.

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Twelve female congregants and one young boy died in the incident. About 16 others were injured. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency(ANA)

A number of the injured who were still at Ngwelezane Hospital, just outside Empangeni, were being treated for various fractures, he said. 

Police have said an inquest docket had been opened. This will presumably include scrutinising adherence to building requirements. A forensic engineering team was also conducting an investigation to determine if the collapse was due to structural defects.  

“We are advised that forensic teams are still busy with their investigative reports on this horrific accident and we will communicate the outcomes once all processes are concluded,” said Mchunu.

Government and church representatives would be in attendance on Tuesday as family members gathered at a mortuary in the Richards Bay area to identify the dead, the premier said.

A prayer service would take place at 9am before the bodies were viewed, he said.  

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency(ANA)

A memorial service would be held on Thursday and funeral details – set for the weekend – would be conveyed at a later stage.

“This is a time to come together to pray, grieve and to extend a helping hand. Let us all join these efforts to ensure that life in this devastated community returns to normality as soon as possible,” said Mchunu.

In a statement issued on Monday, the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department said an operations’ centre had been pitched to assist those who would be identifying the corpses of their loved ones. "An additional team of doctors will be brought in to assist." 

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency (ANA)

In a statement issued on Sunday, bishop Moses Sibiya of the Pentecostal Holiness Church said: “We have been assured by government that a formal report of the investigation into this tragedy will be presented to the church once all investigating processes have been finalised.”

African News Agency (ANA)

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Not respecting rules of the road a major cause of crashes: Nzimande

Blade Nzimande

Transport minister, Blade Nzimande says the big problem on the country’s roads is people not respecting the rules of the road leading to car crashes.

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Three children drown while swimming at old mine hole

Johannesburg – Three boys drowned in an abandoned mine hole used by illegal miners in Mecklenburg, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson, Captain Mamphaswa Seabi, said the three, two siblings Itumeleng and Machaba Ramabala aged eight and nine, and their seven-year-old friend Pabalelo Mokgethwa went out to play in the area on Sunday morning but never came back.

”The parents became suspicious when, at about 5pm, the children had not returned and were nowhere to be found. They searched in the area and proceeded to the illegal mine hole which was filled with water due to the recent rainfall in the area. On arrival, they were met by the sight of their children’s clothes next to the water-filled hole and started anticipating that the worst might have happened.”

The water-filled hole from which bodies of three boys who drowned were retrieved. Photo: Supplied by SA Police Service (SAPS).

Rescue teams retrieved the bodies after a search operation. The Ramabala siblings were Grade 4 learners at Ramoko Primary School. Mokgwethwa was a Grade 2 learner at Mmalegaswi Primary School.

An inquest docket has been opened.

African News Agency (ANA

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18 people dead, over 50 drivers arrested on Limpopo roads

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More than 50 drivers have been arrested for alleged reckless and drunken driving during the Easter period in Limpopo.

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#Elections2019: The only province in SA not run by the ANC is up for grabs

Cape Town – Analysts are slightly divided about who will take control of the Western Cape provincial government following the May 8 polls, with some saying the Democratic Alliance (DA) will retain the province with a lower majority, while others insist this might not be a foregone conclusion.

The DA won the Western Cape, the only province in South Africa not controlled by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), in the last provincial elections in 2014 quite comfortably with a highly improved showing, garnering 59 percent of the vote, up from the 51 percent five years before – the first time a party had won an outright majority since 1999. 

Alliances forged with other parties over the years have seen the DA increase its footprint across the province. While these relationships with other parties have soured dramatically and have subsequently fallen apart, the party managed to hold on to voters and even attract more voters over the years.

This time around, it might not be that easy. University of Stellenbosch political analyst, Professor Amanda Gouws, told the African News Agency (ANA), believes the DA will hold on to the province, but by a smaller margin.

The DA currently governs the Western Cape, the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces not under the control of the ANC. PHOTO: Tracey Adams / African News Agency (ANA)

She said the internal battles in the DA which played itself out over the past year or so had hurt the party, singling out the axing of popular Patricia De Lille as mayor of Cape Town. 

"I think through their own internal politics, they really shot themselves in the foot," Gouws said.

"The issue around Helen Zille and her tweets and just the issue around De Lille was so appalling in the sense that we still don’t know what she did that made the DA treat her in the way they did. A lot of people feel the internal factions of the DA are becoming similar to that of the ANC."

De Lille has not taking her sacking as mayor lying down. She started a new political party, GOOD, and is fighting back. Gouws indicated she might be a thorn in the side of the DA come May 8. 

"I think also maybe the Coloured voters who voted for the DA felt really unhappy with the way she (De Lille) was treated. It’s those votes the DA will lose."

University of the Western Cape Professor Cherrel Africa agreed the "fractious public battle" with De Lille will change the dynamics and hurt the DA at polling stations.

Former DA Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille left to form her new political party called GOOD and will contest the upcoming general elections. PHOTO: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)

"Patricia de Lille is a nationally recognisable leader, having played a prominent role in South African politics since 1994," said Africa.

"While Patricia de Lille could face questions about her changing allegiances, and the party will most likely face questions about its track record and depth of organisational structures, she does have a support base in the Western Cape."

While the ANC has dominated at the national polls, the Western Cape was unique, said Africa, in that electoral trends shifted drastically since 1994.

"Outcomes in the Western Cape have been far less predictable than at national level. This has resulted in three different political parties assuming power in the province," she said, adding the DA was not guaranteed an outright majority despite its past growing popularity among voters, especially in the metropole.

"While not comparable to that of the ANC, the party [DA] has faced a number of problems. On a governance level, the DA has been severely criticised for its management of the drought.

ANC supporters on the campaign trail in Philippi in Cape Town recently. PHOTO: Phando Jikelo / African News Agency (ANA)

"The party has also been facing various leadership challenges. These challenges are exacerbated by its negative campaign approach, evident in its campaign against small parties and appeals to block an EFF/ANC coalition which ring hollow given its own alliance with the EFF."

The DA currently has 26 seats in the Western Cape legislature while the ANC has 14. Only two other parties managed to get seats – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) – with one each. 

While analysts don’t believe the EFF will make a major impact in its second contestation at provincial polls, EFF leader Julius Malema was in Cape Town at the end of March, rallying the youth to knock on doors and get votes. 

The party believes it will do well, given its student command taking control of two universities’ student representative councils last year.

EFF supporters at the provincial manifesto launch in Philippi. PHOTO: Brendan Magaar / African News Agency (ANA)

However, the 47 percent drop in voters between the ages of 18 and 19 registering for these elections compared to the previous elections could also impact the EFF.

It is also targetting African and Coloured townships after the internal DA battles left some in those areas disgruntled, according to the EFF provincial leadership. 

The ACDP garnered just over 21,696 votes in 2014. Its support in the province has seen a continued decline at the polling stations since 2004.

There will 34 parties on the provincial ballot paper come May 8. While many of them are new and promise much, analysts don’t believe they are likely to have a significant impact. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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Djokovic extends lead as world number 1

Novak Djokovic stretched his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, after the Spaniard’s failed bid to win a 12 Monte Carlo Masters title.

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African players in Europe: ‘Diving’ Salah under fire

PARIS Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah was compared to British Olympic diver Tom Daley at the weekend after winning the penalty that sealed a 2-0 victory for title-chasing Liverpool at lowly Cardiff.

The exaggerated fall by the reigning African Footballer of the Year angered Cardiff manager Neil Warnock as the Reds took a two-point lead over Manchester City.

Salah and attack partner Sadio Mane from Senegal failed to score, but Ivorian Wilfried Zaha and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted as Crystal Palace upset Arsenal 3-2.

ENGLAND

MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

The striker found himself being compared to British diver Tom Daley by the frustrated Cardiff manager after earning the penalty converted by James Milner that secured the Premier League title-chasing Reds a 2-0 win in the Welsh capital. The forward was clearly grappled inside the area by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison but the exaggerated fall left Warnock bemoaning how he had made the most of the opportunity the Bluebirds had given him.  "I think the end of it was a 9.9 Tom Daley job. I don’t think he could have got much higher off the diving board at the end of it," said the veteran manager.

WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)

Going from Crystal Palace straight to the Champions League may seem like a big leap but it is one the forward has said he wants to make at the end of the season. The Eagles star gave a glimpse of his class in a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal, providing a fine cross which Christian Benteke ballooned over the crossbar. He then scored their second goal after making the most of a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)

The former African Footballer of the Year gave his side hope of rescuing a point against Palace when he scored their second goal  his 24th of the season in the 77th minute but that incisive burst was as good as it got for the Gunners.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on as Crystal Palace players celebrate after Wilfried Zaha scoried his side’s second goal at the Emirates Stadium in London. Photo: Tim Ireland/AP Photo

SPAIN

SOFIANE BOUFAL (Celta Vigo) 

Moroccan striker Boufal scored a stunning winner as Celta beat Girona 2-1 in La Liga. Boufal dribbled in from the left and curled the ball into the corner for his third goal of the season to give Celta what could prove a crucial victory against one of their rivals in the battle against relegation.

KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)/NABIL EL ZHAR (Leganes)

Cameroon forward Ekambi scored his 17th goal of the season to help Villarreal beat Leganes 2-1. Toko Ekambi guided a shot into the far corner to give Villarreal a two-goal lead before Moroccan El Zhar converted a late penalty to give Leganes brief hope of a comeback. Victory sends Villarreal up to 14th, four points clear of the relegation places.

ITALY

HAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Empoli)

Ivorian Traore scored his first senior goal in Italy for relegation-threatened Empoli in a 4-2 defeat by SPAL. On loan from Fiorentina to Empoli, where he has played since 2017, the 19-year-old collected a Levan Mchedlidze pass to fire in from just outside the box on 47 minutes.

GERMANY

ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)

Hoffenheim’s towering Algerian midfielder continued his superb form in 2019, scoring twice in a 5-2 win over Schalke. Belfodil scored either side of half-time to make it seven goals in his last four games and take his tally to 11 this year.

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)

The Ivorian veteran missed several chances as Hertha laboured to a 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-table Hanover. The result ended a five-game losing streak for Hertha, but keeps them in the doldrums after it was announced that coach Pal Dardai would step down at the end of the season.

FRANCE

KALIFA COULIBALY (Nantes)

Malian Coulibaly took his tally to four goals in the last five games as Nantes beat struggling Amiens 3-2 to pull well clear of the relegation battle. The 1.97m striker has had the tough task of filling the void left by the late Emiliano Sala but his recent form suggests he is growing in confidence. With the scores level, Coulibaly turned the game his team’s way with two goals in six minutes early in the second half. He scored the first with a low strike after he was put through by Ghanaian team-mate Majeed Waris. The second was a header from a corner.

BRICE SAMBA (Caen)

Congo Brazzaville-born goalkeeper Samba, who started the season by making costly mistakes in a loss at Paris Saint-Germain, was the hero as Caen climbed off the bottom of the table, and gave themselves hope of escaping the automatic relegation places, with a 1-0 win at Patrick Vieira’s Nice. The scores were level when Alexander Djiku handled a free-kick from Malang Sarr. But Samba stretched to save the spot-kick by Remi Walter. Djiku made amends by scoring Caen’s second-half winner.


AFP

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KZN government to assist with funerals following deadly church wall collapse

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government would assist with funerals for congregants who died when a church wall collapsed during an Easter service outside Empangeni on Thursday, it has said.

Premier Willies Mchunu made the announcement from his Durban-based office on Monday following a special sitting of the provincial executive council, which was convened to decide on "a way forward" following the tragedy. Mchunu was joined by his MECs at the press briefing. 

Twelve women and a 10-year-old boy were killed when a brick wall at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dlangubo collapsed during a Passover service. Sixteen other congregants were injured.

The premier said the number of deceased and injured, and the “timing” of the incident (Easter weekend), ranked it as “unprecedented” for the province.

“The front wall of the church collapsed at around 10.15pm as a result of a severe thunderstorm which was accompanied by strong winds in the area that had undermined the structural foundations of the building,” said Mchunu.

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Twelve female congregants and one young boy died in the incident. About 16 others were injured. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency(ANA)

A number of the injured who were still at Ngwelezane Hospital, just outside Empangeni, were being treated for various fractures, he said. 

Police have said an inquest docket had been opened. This will presumably include scrutinising adherence to building requirements. A forensic engineering team was also conducting an investigation to determine if the collapse was due to structural defects.  

“We are advised that forensic teams are still busy with their investigative reports on this horrific accident and we will communicate the outcomes once all processes are concluded,” said Mchunu.

Government and church representatives would be in attendance on Tuesday as family members gathered at a mortuary in the Richards Bay area to identify the dead, the premier said.

A prayer service would take place at 9am before the bodies were viewed, he said.  

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency(ANA)

A memorial service would be held on Thursday and funeral details – set for the weekend – would be conveyed at a later stage.

“This is a time to come together to pray, grieve and to extend a helping hand. Let us all join these efforts to ensure that life in this devastated community returns to normality as soon as possible,” said Mchunu.

In a statement issued on Monday, the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department said an operations’ centre had been pitched to assist those who would be identifying the corpses of their loved ones. "An additional team of doctors will be brought in to assist." 

The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, just outside Empangeni, collapsed on Thursday night during a Passover service. Photo by Leon Lestrade/African News Agency (ANA)

In a statement issued on Sunday, bishop Moses Sibiya of the Pentecostal Holiness Church said: “We have been assured by government that a formal report of the investigation into this tragedy will be presented to the church once all investigating processes have been finalised.”

African News Agency (ANA)

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Chiefs to meet TS Galaxy in Nedbank Cup final

Kaizer Chiefs will meet National First Division (NFD) side TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban next month.

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Not respecting rules of the road a major cause of crashes: Nzimande

Blade Nzimande

Transport minister, Blade Nzimande says the big problem on the country’s roads is people not respecting the rules of the road leading to car crashes.

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Three children drown while swimming at old mine hole

Johannesburg – Three boys drowned in an abandoned mine hole used by illegal miners in Mecklenburg, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson, Captain Mamphaswa Seabi, said the three, two siblings Itumeleng and Machaba Ramabala aged eight and nine, and their seven-year-old friend Pabalelo Mokgethwa went out to play in the area on Sunday morning but never came back.

”The parents became suspicious when, at about 5pm, the children had not returned and were nowhere to be found. They searched in the area and proceeded to the illegal mine hole which was filled with water due to the recent rainfall in the area. On arrival, they were met by the sight of their children’s clothes next to the water-filled hole and started anticipating that the worst might have happened.”

The water-filled hole from which bodies of three boys who drowned were retrieved. Photo: Supplied by SA Police Service (SAPS).

Rescue teams retrieved the bodies after a search operation. The Ramabala siblings were Grade 4 learners at Ramoko Primary School. Mokgwethwa was a Grade 2 learner at Mmalegaswi Primary School.

An inquest docket has been opened.

African News Agency (ANA

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Philanthropist, model Noella Coursaris Musunka on mission to educate, empower DRC women

The Congo, as it is portrayed in author Joseph Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" published in 1899, is desolate. 

It’s a difficult read, especially for those of us who live on the continent. And while there have been many other works by African writers about Africa in response, it took a model to help me lift the defeated feeling that literature of that nature lets linger.

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is lithe. Her personality bubbles over her petite frame.


Musunka’s non-profit organisation consists of a school providing quality education to 314 girls; a community centre with a range of programmes for 7 000 people; and a clean water programme that provides more than 30 000 people a year with fresh water. 

If she carries her past it surely manifests as inner strength.

Musunka was born in the Congo. At the age of 5, when her father died, her mother sent her gave her to relatives in Europe.

She longed for her mother and vowed to one day return home.

When she eventually did, she found numerous siblings. The pang of hurt was quickly followed by the realisation that her mother, living in poverty, didn’t know any better.

“From that moment I was determined to help educate Congolese girls,” Musunka said.


Musunka has featured in numerous beauty campaigns but her inner beauty is most evident in the village of Kalebuka, where is uplifting a community through education.

“However, when you want to build a school in these parts, you have to first build a well. It’s not just about putting up classrooms. There is no infrastructure in the rural areas. There is no water.

“Women and girls are tasked making the trip to fetch water – an exhausting dangerous chore that robs them of a chance to learn or work.”
When we meet, Musunka shows me pictures of the school she set up in the village of Kalebuka in 2011 situated in the south-eastern region of the Congo. To date, 314 girls have received an education.

There are more than 17 wells there now and the community thrives – thanks to the school.

In Belgium, Musunka studied business management, but her unique features garnered her a career in photographic modelling. She has appeared in Vanity Fair and Vogue.

She most recently collaborated with fashion designer, Roksanda, and The Outnet, to launch an exclusive clothing collection with proceeds supporting Malaika.

Musunka, a mother of two, was named one of the BBC’s 100 most Influential and Inspirational Women of 2017 and is an award-recipient from the House of Mandela at the Nelson Mandela centenary celebration; and she is an advocate for female education and empowerment within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Since 2017, she has served as ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Her international profile was what helped her set up the Malaika foundation – which has offices in New York –  and Although she continues to model, her focus is on the young girls – any one of which could have been her.

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I feel proud and honoured, says delighted TS Galaxy coach

TS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela says he felt proud and honoured after striking third time lucky by guiding his National First Division underdogs to the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.

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18 people dead, over 50 drivers arrested on Limpopo roads

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More than 50 drivers have been arrested for alleged reckless and drunken driving during the Easter period in Limpopo.

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#Elections2019: The only province in SA not run by the ANC is up for grabs

Cape Town – Analysts are slightly divided about who will take control of the Western Cape provincial government following the May 8 polls, with some saying the Democratic Alliance (DA) will retain the province with a lower majority, while others insist this might not be a foregone conclusion.

The DA won the Western Cape, the only province in South Africa not controlled by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), in the last provincial elections in 2014 quite comfortably with a highly improved showing, garnering 59 percent of the vote, up from the 51 percent five years before – the first time a party had won an outright majority since 1999. 

Alliances forged with other parties over the years have seen the DA increase its footprint across the province. While these relationships with other parties have soured dramatically and have subsequently fallen apart, the party managed to hold on to voters and even attract more voters over the years.

This time around, it might not be that easy. University of Stellenbosch political analyst, Professor Amanda Gouws, told the African News Agency (ANA), believes the DA will hold on to the province, but by a smaller margin.

The DA currently governs the Western Cape, the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces not under the control of the ANC. PHOTO: Tracey Adams / African News Agency (ANA)

She said the internal battles in the DA which played itself out over the past year or so had hurt the party, singling out the axing of popular Patricia De Lille as mayor of Cape Town. 

"I think through their own internal politics, they really shot themselves in the foot," Gouws said.

"The issue around Helen Zille and her tweets and just the issue around De Lille was so appalling in the sense that we still don’t know what she did that made the DA treat her in the way they did. A lot of people feel the internal factions of the DA are becoming similar to that of the ANC."

De Lille has not taking her sacking as mayor lying down. She started a new political party, GOOD, and is fighting back. Gouws indicated she might be a thorn in the side of the DA come May 8. 

"I think also maybe the Coloured voters who voted for the DA felt really unhappy with the way she (De Lille) was treated. It’s those votes the DA will lose."

University of the Western Cape Professor Cherrel Africa agreed the "fractious public battle" with De Lille will change the dynamics and hurt the DA at polling stations.

Former DA Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille left to form her new political party called GOOD and will contest the upcoming general elections. PHOTO: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)

"Patricia de Lille is a nationally recognisable leader, having played a prominent role in South African politics since 1994," said Africa.

"While Patricia de Lille could face questions about her changing allegiances, and the party will most likely face questions about its track record and depth of organisational structures, she does have a support base in the Western Cape."

While the ANC has dominated at the national polls, the Western Cape was unique, said Africa, in that electoral trends shifted drastically since 1994.

"Outcomes in the Western Cape have been far less predictable than at national level. This has resulted in three different political parties assuming power in the province," she said, adding the DA was not guaranteed an outright majority despite its past growing popularity among voters, especially in the metropole.

"While not comparable to that of the ANC, the party [DA] has faced a number of problems. On a governance level, the DA has been severely criticised for its management of the drought.

ANC supporters on the campaign trail in Philippi in Cape Town recently. PHOTO: Phando Jikelo / African News Agency (ANA)

"The party has also been facing various leadership challenges. These challenges are exacerbated by its negative campaign approach, evident in its campaign against small parties and appeals to block an EFF/ANC coalition which ring hollow given its own alliance with the EFF."

The DA currently has 26 seats in the Western Cape legislature while the ANC has 14. Only two other parties managed to get seats – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) – with one each. 

While analysts don’t believe the EFF will make a major impact in its second contestation at provincial polls, EFF leader Julius Malema was in Cape Town at the end of March, rallying the youth to knock on doors and get votes. 

The party believes it will do well, given its student command taking control of two universities’ student representative councils last year.

EFF supporters at the provincial manifesto launch in Philippi. PHOTO: Brendan Magaar / African News Agency (ANA)

However, the 47 percent drop in voters between the ages of 18 and 19 registering for these elections compared to the previous elections could also impact the EFF.

It is also targetting African and Coloured townships after the internal DA battles left some in those areas disgruntled, according to the EFF provincial leadership. 

The ACDP garnered just over 21,696 votes in 2014. Its support in the province has seen a continued decline at the polling stations since 2004.

There will 34 parties on the provincial ballot paper come May 8. While many of them are new and promise much, analysts don’t believe they are likely to have a significant impact. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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Fun things to do at home with the kids

South African creative, stylist and author Sam Scarborough is one of my favourite people.

Her ideas – be it interior decor or fun and games – don’t require going out of your way to live well or have a good time. She understands moms who want to adhere to a budget. She also understands us moms who want to raise our kids to value relationships before they value things.

Outings are great fun, but home and it’s special sanctity is hard to match. Sam’s latest book 01 of the best ideas and her project 365 Creative Ideas to do with your kids include many activities you may already know but have surely forgotten about.


Patience is something you have to demonstrate to teach it to your children.

She says, "The daily ideas range from very easy craft projects to indoor and outdoor activities and kiddies games. All the ideas are quick and easy to follow and fun to do. 


Amuse your children by transforming this household item into a fun play thing.

 "Some ideas may be reminiscent of your own childhood and others are simple family-time activities such as spending a few minutes cloud gazing with your kids."

If it sounds simple – try it anyway: you may be surprised at how rewarding life’s simple pleasures can be.


Cloud gazing presents the perfect opportunity to let little ones imaginations run wild.

For more ideas watch https://www.youtube.com/user/kidsdecor.

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Eskom must attract people with appropriate skills: Analyst

The expertise of the retired Absa Group Chief Executive, Maria Ramos might be brought in to lead the process of unbundling Eskom into three components.

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#EarthDay: The link between colonialism and over-exploitation of natural resources

We are currently experiencing the worst environmental crisis in human history, including a “biological annihilation” of wildlife and dire risks for the future of human civilization.

The scale of that environmental devastation has increased drastically in recent years. Mostly to blame are anthropogenic, or human-generated factors, including the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil.

Other industries like gem and mineral mining also destroy the world’s ecological sustainability, leading to deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats. Much of this traumatic exploitation of natural resources traces its origins to early colonialism.

Colonialists saw “new” territories as places with unlimited resources to exploit, with little consideration for the long-term impacts. They exploited what they considered to be an “unending frontier” at the service of early modern state-making and capitalist development.

To understand our current ecological catastrophe, described as “a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040,” we need to look at the role of colonialism at its roots.

This exploration is not a debate over whether colonialism was “good” or “bad”. Instead, it is about understanding how this global process helped create the world we currently inhabit.

Clear-cutting rainforests for industrial rubber

Since the 15th century, the Indian Ocean has been the site of global trade. Colonialism built upon local economic systems but also profoundly built up and shaped many of the massive industries and processes that are currently at play in the region.

For example, British colonialists transformed the Malay peninsula into a plantation economy to meet the needs of industrial Britain and America. This included the expanding demand for cheap rubber during the industrial revolution.

Thousands of Indians were brought in as indentured (contract) workers to work in various Malayan rubber plantations. Picture: Janakey Raman Manickam/The Malaysian Indian Dilemma

Exploitative colonial policies in Singapore and the peninsula limited the economic options of poor Malays, Indians and Chinese. These workers were increasingly forced to clear cut vast swathes of rainforest to literally carve out a living for themselves at the expense of local ecosystems.

Meanwhile, more than half a century after the end of colonial rule in the Malay peninsula, the over-exploitation of local resources through extensive logging continues apace. Once numerous, Malayan tigers are now classified as a critically endangered species due, in part, to habitat loss from logging and road development.

Deforestation in Malaysian Borneo also continues to accelerate, mainly due to the ongoing global demand for palm oil and lumber.

Exporting for global markets

In Myanmar (formerly Burma), trade in raw commodities goes back centuries. Under colonial rule, the export of minerals, timber and opium expanded enormously, placing unprecedented strain on local resources.

The integration of regions north of the Irrawaddy River basin into the Burmese colonial state drastically increased economic integration between upland areas rich in natural resources and larger flows of European and Chinese capital.

Today, despite generating billions of dollars in revenue, these regions are some of the poorest in the country and are home to widespread human rights abuses and environmental disasters.

Extracting Africa’s gemstones and minerals

The human cost of the diamond trade in West and South Africa is relatively well-known. Less known are the devastating effects on Africa’s environment that the stripping of natural resources such as diamonds, ivory, bauxite, oil, timber and minerals has produced. This mining serves a global demand for these minerals and gems.

The intensive mining operations required to deliver diamonds and other precious stones or minerals to world markets degrades the land, reduces air quality and pollutes local water sources. The result is an overall loss of biodiversity and significant environmental impacts on human health.

African gold miners in a tunnel following a vein of ore, in the Crown Mine, in the greatest gold-bearing region of the world, near Johannesburg, South Africa, 1935. Picture: Shutterstock

From 1867 to 1871, exploratory digging along the Vaal, Harts and Orange rivers in South Africa prompted a large-scale diamond rush that saw a massive influx of miners and speculators pour into the region in search of riches. By 1888, the diamond industry in South Africa had transformed into a monopoly, with De Beers Consolidated Minesbecoming the sole producer.

Around the same time, miners in nearby Witwatersrand discovered the world’s largest gold fields, fuelling the spread of lucrative new mining industries. As European powers carved up the continent in the so-called “scramble for Africa” during the late 19th century, commercial exportscame to replace slavery as the primary economic motivation for direct colonial occupation.

New transportation technologies and economic growth fuelled by the industrial revolution created a global demand for African exports, including gemstones and minerals that required extensive mining operations to extract.

From 1930 to 1961, the diamond industry in Sierra Leone played a crucial role in shaping and defining colonial governmental strategies and scientific expertise throughout the region.

Nearby Liberia was never formally colonized and was established as a homeland for freed African-American slaves. But American slaveholders and politicians saw the republic primarily as a solution to limit the “corrupting influence” of freed slaves on American society.

To “help” Liberia get out of debt to Britain, the U.S.-based Firestone Tire and Rubber Company extended a $5-million loan in 1926 in exchange for a 99-year lease on a million acres of land to be used for rubber plantations. This loan was the beginning of direct economic control over Liberian affairs.

Unequal power relations

A report suggests that Africa is on the verge of a fresh mining boom driven by demand in North America, India, and China that will only worsen existing ecological crises. Consumer demand for minerals such as tantalum, a key component for the production of electronics, lies at the heart of current mining operations.

Photograph from 1892 of a pile of American bison skulls waiting to be ground for fertilizer. Picture: Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Our understanding of colonialism is often limited to simple ideas about what we think colonialism looked like in the past. These ideas impede our ability to identify the complex ways that colonialism shaped and continues to shape the uneven power structures of the 21st century, as anthropologist and historian Ann Laura Stoler argues in her book, Duress.

Unequal power relations between and within developed and developing countries continue to define the causes and consequences of climate change. A clearer understanding of where these problems came from is a necessary first step towards solving them.

People in prosperous countries are often unaware that the garbage they throw out every day often gets shipped around the world to become somebody else’s problem.

While people debate whether climate change should be taken seriously from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes, hundreds of thousands of people are already suffering the consequences.

* Joseph McQuade is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.

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Conference to share ideas, expertise amongst Black Muslims

Black Muslim Conference poster.

The gathering was exclusive to only black Muslims and part of the aim for this conference was to outline the status of Black Muslims in South Africa.

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#Elections2019: ANC, EFF and DA in pitched battle to win North West

Rustenburg – Arguably one of the country’s most hotly contested provinces, the North West has been claimed as the home of the African National Congress  (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the lead up to next month’s 8 May general election.  

Both Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the ANC and Julius Malema of the EFF have crisscrossed the platinum province to drum up support for their parties ahead of the election day. 

Ramaphosa held an election blitz in most of the major towns and Malema held closed meetings with party members in all four regions of the North West before the party manifesto launch.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of his party manifesto in Rustenburg on March 2, said the North West was the home of the ANC, while Julius Malema, told party supporters in Lethabong that the "EFF is North West and North West is the EFF". 

"If you do not bring a new government on May 8 people of North West,  you will have yourselves to be blamed because in North West the government of the day is rotten to the core," Malema told party members at the North West manifesto launch in Lethobong, Rustenburg on March 31. 

Political parties election posters decorate a street light pole in Coligny, North West. Picture: Molaole Montsho

However, Ramaphosa assured ANC members that the party would win North West. " We are not going to lose this province [North West], it is the home of the ANC, We are going to increase our majority. North West is the home of the ANC," he said. 

The ANC goes into the May election limping. In North West it was rocked by factions that nearly cost it the Rustenburg local municipality in the 2016 municipal election. 

Rustenburg is the only hung municipality in North West, which the ANC controls through a coalition with Botho Community Movement (BCM), African Independent Congress (AIC) and Freedom Front Plus. 

Disgruntled ANC councillors voted with the opposition to unseat mayors in some municipalities, including in Matlosana where mayor Maetu Kgaile was voted out only to be reinstated after the ANC intervened.

Recently the mayor of Mamusa Aaron Motswana was voted out after six ANC councillor voted with the opposition to unseat him.

Another set back for the oldest liberation movement in Africa, was the mass rebellion against Supra Mahumapelo, the premier of the North West and provincial chair of the ANC.






DA premier candidate in North West, Joe McGluwa says the ANC can be beaten. Video: Molaole Montsho

He resigned in May 2018 as the premier of North West after people called for him to vacate office in mass protests in the North West. Job Mokgoro replaced him in June as premier.

The provincial executive committtee (PEC) was dissolved and Aaron Motswana supported by Mahumapelo went to court arguing that the ANC erred in disbanding the PEC.

The North West or Bokone Bophirima also struggled with its candidate lists, forcing the once formidable ANC to postpone its submission to just days before the January 8 statement.

Despite all the problems facing the ANC in North West, Ramaphosa assured members the party was attending to the problems and called for unity. 

"The steps that we have taken and are continuing to take in this province, both at the level of the organisation and the government, are informed precisely by the seriousness with which we are self-correcting." 

The ANC scored 73.84 percent of the votes in the 2009 general election, this was before the formation of the EFF. In the 2014 election the ANC was reduced to 67.39 percent while the newly EFF managed to obtained 13.21 percent of the votes in North West on their first attempt. 

Opposition parties have seen the challenges the ANC faces as an opportunity to raise their own profiles and take voters from the ruling party. Democratic Alliance (DA) premier candidate Joe McGluwa said they wanted to reduce the ANC to below 50 percent of the votes. 

He said the DA would do better in the May 8 general election with an increased margin. "It is possible for us to reach 24 percent of the votes," McGluwa said. 

"Before it was 13 and 14 percent it was very low but, we are very positive this time around of what is happening in the province it is possible for us to reach 22 or 24 percent." 

In the 2014 election the DA ranked third in North West with 12.73 percent of the votes compared to 8.70 percent it obtained in the 2009 election. But the DA faces its own threats from Patricia de Lille’s Good party.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members wish their party buries the ANC at the May 8 general election. Picture: ANA

The former mayor of Cape Town formed the Good party after she resigned from the DA in a lengthy public spat that captured media headlines, doing much damage to the image of the DA as a nonracial party.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and party’s chief whip John Steenhuisen also visited North West, to charm voters. Maimane focused on the white votes, playing down the impact of Good on the DA.

He described the DA as a party for all races, but Steenhuisen made it clear when he blasted the Freedom Front Plus for its " slaan terug" (fight back) stance.
He said there was no need to fight back, but to stand together.

"Hoe kan jy terug slaan as daar nie mense in vergadering (is nie)? Moenie terug slaan maar staan saam," he said in Afrikaaans which loosely translates to "how can you fight back when there are no people in your meetings? Do not fight back but stand together".

A good chunk of DA voters left with De Lille eating away at the gains the party made when De Lille gave it voters on a platter with the incorporation of her party, the Independent Democrats, into the DA.

Although the ANC, EFF and DA are seen as the main contenders in the North West, smaller parties such as the African Transformation Movement (ATM), Woman Forward  (WF) and African Content Movement (ACM), led by charsmatic former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, pose a threat to their  traditional votes.

The ANC is in a pole position to retain control of the province but, it will be with a reduced margin. In this election the ANC’s challenge is not a splinter group, but rather a rebellion within its ranks. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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Zidane hails hat-trick hero Benzema as world’s best nine

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Karim Benzema as the best number nine in world football after the French striker hit a hat-trick in the 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

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Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll from attacks rises to 290

Colombo – Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about 500, but there were warnings more attacks could come.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the South Asian nation’s northeast coast.

Four of the bombs went off at roughly the same time, at 8.45 a.m., with the other two coming within 20 minutes.

Sri Lankans accounted for the bulk of the dead and wounded although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council early on Monday, a government source said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.

The Sri Lankan military, who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for Sirisena’s return, found a crude bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.

They destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.

Relatives of victims of the explosion at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade church react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Picture: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.

Sri Lanka was at war for decades with ethnic minority Tamil separatists but violence had largely ended since the government victory in the civil war, 10 years ago.

Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include Christian, Muslim and Hindu populations of between about eight and 12 percent.

Security forces raided a house in Colombo on Sunday afternoon, several hours after the attack. Police reported an explosion at the house and said three officers were killed.

Police said on Monday 24 people had been arrested, all of whom were Sri Lankan.

The U.S. State Department issued a revised travel warning that said terrorist groups were continuing to plot.

"Terrorists may attack with little or no warning," it said in the warning, which was set at two on a scale on which four means do not travel.

Possible targets included tourist spots, transport hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas, it said.

A foreigner checks his mobile phone while waiting outside a mortuary of a hospital, a day after series of blasts, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP

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The island-wide curfew was lifted early on Monday, although there was uncharacteristically thin traffic in the normally bustling capital.

Soldiers with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Centre in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted on Sunday, according to a Reuters witness.

Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.

The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.

Wickremsinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known Islamist group but said ministers had not been told.

Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter in Negambo. Picture: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

A British mother and son eating breakfast at the luxury Shangri-La hotel were among those killed, British media reported.

An Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of "absolute carnage".

He said he and a travel partner were also having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.

"There were people screaming and dead bodies all around," he said. "Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy."

There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.

Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.

Reuters

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SPOILER ALERT: Sound the horns. Winter is REALLY here #GameofThrones

The thing about following a TV series, especially one as complex as Game of Thrones is that we know almost everything about the characters. We know their secrets, the reasons why they have done some things and whether they are changed people or not. 

As viewers, we have seen their story Arch’s and character development (or lack of) and so we sometimes have a better understanding of them. 

Which is why seeing the trailer for the second episode of Game of Thrones’s final season made me think that Jaime Lannister will be beheaded by the end of the episode. 


But it was not to be. 

It struck me as ironic that Daenerys Targaryen would want to make Jaime pay for killing her father, the Mad King. Here was Dany once again being the victim and recounting the ways she and her brother, Viserys, would have liked to kill the man who robbed them off their father. 

T he biggest irony? She coldly informed Samwell Tarly that she burnt both his father and brother because they didn’t bend the knee. Has she forgotten that her father was mad? That he wanted to burn half the population of King’s Landing with wildfire, ala Cersei in season 6? 

Jamie Lannister being grilled by Daenerys Targaryen PICTURE: Helen Sloan/HBO
The reason Jaime is in Winterfell? Well, he’s here to fight for the living. He reveals to everyone that Cersei lied and that she’s getting ready to fight whoever wins the Battle of Winterfell. 

Even though Sansa at first is wary of Jaime but she is convinced by Brienne of Tarth, who boldly speaks up for her friend and that she would trust him with her life. And since Sansa trusts Brienne with hers, it makes it OK for Jaime to stay. 

Once again, Dany’s power is slowly being usurped and I don’t think she’s taking it well. 


She’s angry at Tyrion for trusting Cersei and for all his wise counsel that has led her to many mistakes. She still has concerns over whether he would choose her or his family. 

Later, Jaime’s surprised that Bran didn’t tell anyone exactly what happened and who pushed him off the tower. The all knowing Three Eyed Raven basically says he’s of more use alive and helping them fight the undead. 

Speaking of Bran, he finally reveals what the Night King really wants. "He wants to erase this world, and I am its memory,” Bran says. 


And since Bran has the Night King’s mark, after he touched him in the episode where Hodor died, he will come for him. So they all bank on killing the Night King as he created the White Walkers and White Walkers create wights. Kill him and everything disappears. Everyone thinks this is an OK strategy. I’m so confused. 
Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy’s reunion PICTURE: Helen Sloan/HBO

Anyway Theon, whose arrival made Sansa so happy, offers to stand guard and protect Bran. His redemption has been great to follow.

I was hopeful for Sansa and Dany to have a heart-to-heart and they finally did. Sizing each other up, it’s Sansa who is in control. 


Dany, as usual, wants to rule the Seven Kingdoms, but Sansa won’t have it. She then tells Dany how stupid it was of her to trust Cersei. I do feel like they should like each other better and while Sansa is all for Jon and Dany’s love, she doesn’t want Winterfell to be a casualty of their affair. 

As always, Sansa has her thinking cap on. I guess being in King’s Landing for all those years and being exposed to Cersei, Littlefinger and Olenna Tyrell has made her question everything. 
Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen’s heart-to-heart PICTURE: Helen Sloan/HBO
And now for the fun parts. The reunions continue this week with Tormund Giantsbane, Dolorous Edd and Beric Dondarion making their way to Winterfell. Did you notice how the guards sounded their arrival, with one horn blast? That’s the Night’s Watch way of recognizing a returning ranger. 


Of course Tormund is still obsessed with Brienne, who refuses his advances.  Tyrion and Jaime also catch up the best way the Lannisters know- by drinking wine. 

Later on, Brienne, Tormund, Davos and Podrick join them. Brienne gets knighted by Jaime, making her Ser Brienne, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a touching moment, one we have waited so long to see. And seeing Jaime once again pledge his loyalty to her and being willing to fight at her command, is heartwarmingly sad. 

The gathering is like a final get together before the battle. And Podrick (who I hope doesn’t die) sings a beautiful song. 


Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon finally consumating their relationship. One last kiss before death? PICTURE: Helen Sloan/HBO

Speaking of get togethers, Arya and Gendry get together in the most sensual way. She didn’t want to die a virgin. 


Jon finally tells Daenerys of his true identity and she responds with disbelief. She realises what this means. AS she processed this, three horns blasts are heard through the castle. The White Walkers have arrived and winter is truly here. 

Where to watch "Game of Thrones" 

Watch it on Mondays at 3am on  (repeat at 10pm) on M-Net, or straight after with the   DStv Now app  . 

You can also binge-watch all previous seasons of "Game of Thrones" on Showmax. Sign up for a 14-day free trial at Showmax.com

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Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, before he ascends the throne

Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito is set to become the next Emperor of Japan on May 1, a day after the abdication of his 85-year-old father, Emperor Akihito.

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Fun things to do at home this Easter with the kids

South African creative, stylist and author Sam Scarborough is one of my favourite people.

Her ideas – be it interior decor or fun and games – don’t require going out of your way to live well or have a good time. She understands moms who want to adhere to a budget. She also understands us moms who want to raise our kids to value relationships before they value things.

Outings are great fun, but home and it’s special sanctity is hard to match. Sam’s latest book 01 of the best ideas and her project 365 Creative Ideas to do with your kids include many activities you may already know but have surely forgotten about.


Patience is something you have to demonstrate to teach it to your children.

She says, "The daily ideas range from very easy craft projects to indoor and outdoor activities and kiddies games. All the ideas are quick and easy to follow and fun to do. 


Amuse your children by transforming this household item into a fun play thing.

 "Some ideas may be reminiscent of your own childhood and others are simple family-time activities such as spending a few minutes cloud gazing with your kids."

If it sounds simple – try it anyway: you may be surprised at how rewarding life’s simple pleasures can be.


Cloud gazing presents the perfect opportunity to let little ones imaginations run wild.

For more ideas watch https://www.youtube.com/user/kidsdecor.
To win a book, 101 of the best ideas, follow, comment and share on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/365creativeideas/

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Motorists warned to exercise caution as traffic volumes increase

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s Wayne Minnaar has advised motorists to exercise caution on the roads as the Easter period ends.

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Road authorities on high alert as traffic volumes increase on N1

Police are expected to maintain presence on roads across the country as holiday makers make their way home.

Traffic volume has started to increase on the N1 between Polokwane and Pretoria as holiday makers and Zion Christian Church pilgrims are returning to various destinations after spending the Easter weekend in Limpopo.

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Liverpool lead again as Man Utd, Arsenal falter in top four chase

Liverpool moved back top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Cardiff, but Manchester United and Arsenal did little for their chances of Champions League qualification for next season in shock defeats to Everton and Crystal Palace respectively on Sunday.

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Mboweni denies reports on Ramos’ Eskom appointment

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says no one has been appointed so far but that Maria Ramos is among those being considered.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has denied reports that Maria Ramos has been appointed to take charge of Eskom’s unbundling.

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Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

A mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year… 

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Man united slowly slipping away from Champions league football

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League football next season suffered another huge blow as Everton romped to a 4-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

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Giantkiller Fognini the master of Monte Carlo

Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win a Monte Carlo title in more than half a century as he beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

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Police arrest 8 suspects found with stolen gadgets

Arrests

Eight people have been arrested after being found in possession of stolen gadgets, including cellphones and laptops at Mayville in Durban.

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There’s no quit in Khan insists McGuigan

Former world champion Barry McGuigan has insisted there are no doubts over the courage of Amir Khan following his defeat by Terence Crawford.

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I want Africa to be united, says philanthropist Olfa Terras

Cape Town – A grassroots citizen movement with political ambitions has been quietly garnering support as Tunisia prepares for elections later in 2019.

Its founder, Olfa Terras, has been driving its people-first philosophy, hearing from Tunisians themselves about what’s wrong with their country and how they would like to go about fixing it. The movement, 3ich Tounsi – which in Tunisian Arabic translates roughly as "Tunisians dreaming and striving towards a brighter future" – has interviewed 400 000 citizens, something which has never been done in the country before. 

"After Arab Spring in 2011, we emerged as a democracy," Terras said. "But a lot has changed. Our people are frustrated with the corruption within the government, they are tired of being worried about walking down the street in constant fear of being mugged. They want to send their children to school without being worried that the roof will collapse on their children. These are the challenges we are facing. The cost of living has also become unbearable for most Tunisians." 

Terras is a philanthropist who heads up the Rambourg Foundation, and her philanthropic nature shines through in everything she says and does. The people first, and all else after.

As the northernmost country in Africa, Tunisia has always traditionally looked north for its inspiration and help, she said.

Picture: Wesley Kemp/African News Agency (ANA)

"Being on the Mediterranean, we assume we are more part of Europe; we identify with Greece, or Italy, and of course there’s the colonial French connection. But we are African. I would like for us to look towards our African brothers and sisters. We must stand together. We are part of this continent and we need to unite and learn from each other, and trade with each other," Terras said. 

"Together, we are strong. We need to stand together. Stand together as citizens, but also as Africans. My detractors want to exploit the fact that my husband is French, and they say I am an agent wanting to re-institute colonialism by the French, that I am an agent of (French president Emmanuel) Macron. This couldn’t be further from the truth," Terras said. 

Picture: Wesley Kemp/African News Agency (ANA)

It is for this reason that she visited South Africa, to connect Africa’s northernmost country, Tunisia, and its southernmost.

"There is more that unites us than divides us," Terras said. 

Standing atop Table Mountain, Terras said the next item on her movement’s agenda is to go back to Tunisians with 3ich Tounsi’s 12-point plan to address the major challenges her country faces.

"Now I’m here on top of Table Mountain, and it’s so indicative of this idea that as Africans we must all see each other as on the same level. I want Africa to be united. I want Tunisia to take up its place among Africans because the time for Africa is now," Terras said.

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Anna Wintour loves Duchess Meghan’s pregnancy style

Anna Wintour has been impressed by Duchess Meghan’s pregnancy style and the way she walks daily in "tall" heels.

The Vogue editor-in-chief has praised the former ‘Suits’ actress – who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in the coming weeks – for attending engagements in "tall" heels and having "incredible" maternity style that "flaunts" her baby bump.

She told Vogue’s YouTube video series, Go Ask Anna: "I’ve been very taken by how Meghan Markle has been dressing, the Duchess of Sussex has been dressing throughout her pregnancy. Her heels actually seem to be getting taller every time I look at a picture of her! 

Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

"When pregnant I think it is very important to continue wearing your own personal style. I never understand why women suddenly decide they want to hide their pregnancy. Why not celebrate it. It is an incredibly joyful time in a woman’s life. It is nothing to be hidden and be ashamed of. It is much better to flaunt it, so go for it."

The 68-year-old fashionista – who is know for her big sunglasses and fitted dresses – also praised the Duchess of Sussex for making her want to wear "suits" again. 

Speaking at the 10th Anniversary Women In The World Summit in New York City, Anna said: "I think [wearing Wintour’s signature look] that’s an entirely personal decision … It’s probably an easier decision to wear the same thing every day and not have to be concerned.

"Maybe it’s a little bit boring and time to change. I’ve been thinking a lot about suits recently so … thank you to the Duchess of Sussex!

"Obviously, her style is fantastic. When she went on that trip to Australia and New Zealand, she was very respectful in choosing a lot of unknown Australian designers to wear, which was great. But I think, more importantly, she’s really bringing modernity to the royal family in a way that is inspiring."

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Carpet manufacturers consolidate operations

DURBAN – Durban-based Van Dyck Floors, South Africa’s oldest carpet manufacturer, and Harrismith-based Nouwens Carpets have announced that they will consolidate their operations to streamline and optimise their manufacturing and supply chains.

Dr Mehran Zarrebini, chief executive of PFE International, the family- owned British investment company that acquired what was then Van Dyck Carpets in 2004, said that the consolidation was still subject to Competition Board approval. However, in a challenging market where carpet manufacturers had to contend not only with rocketing input costs, an unreliable electrical supply and shrinking disposable income for home improvements, but also competition from other flooring solutions, it made sense for the two companies to consolidate.

Although specific details of the restructuring are not yet available, both Zarrebini and Nouwens Carpets chairman, Oscar Grobler, said that this would impact some of the 400-plus employees at the two manufacturing plants in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nouwens, launched in 1962, employs close to 200 people while PFE International has about 600 employees across the group in South Africa and 205 within its carpeting division.

The multibrand strategy that the combined companies intend continuing to apply going forward will allow each of them to retain their own independent brands, products, and sales and marketing teams.

Zarrebini and Van Dyck Floors, whose longer-term vision encompasses sustainability rather than short-term profit, has weathered two economic recessions – the global meltdown in 2008 and the current difficulties that manifested in 2017.

Dr Mehran Zarrebini and Oscar Grobler.

“Due to the economic turmoil in the construction and manufacturing industries over the past few years and added economic pressures, a fresh approach to doing business is needed,” said Grobler. “At Nouwens, we believe this consolidation with Van Dyck Floors will be a game-changer, not only for our respective businesses but also for our customers and the industry as a whole. We feel that it will add value to both of our customer bases and enable both companies to leverage each other’s strengths.”

Zarrrebini said the consolidation of Van Dyck Floors and Nouwens Carpets would also enhance the impact of future investment. “This will ensure that efficiencies are gained from both manufacturing operations and will enhance our ability to innovate.”

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Huawei will roll out 5G phone network for the first time during this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt’s minister of communications and information technology said on Sunday.

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