TEXTBOOK COMPANY LINKED TO ANC
Controversial textbook company EduSolutions has been linked to the ANC. EduSolutions was awarded a contract procuring stationery and office material to the ANC’s Parliament office. Former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe signed off on the deal, City Press reported. The contract apparently had no actual value attached to it and it was unclear how much money EduSolutions received from it. Goniwe told the paper the deal had been “recommended to him”. EduSolutions has come under fire for its failure to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools, more than halfway through the school year.
DLAMINI-ZUMA WANTS TO MAKE CONTRIBUTION TO AU
Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she would like to make a contribution to the African Union (AU). “I think we [South Africa] can make a contribution to the African Union as our pan-African organisation and this is really what we would like to do – to make our humble contribution to the African Union,” Dlamini-Zuma said during an interview with e.tv’s 360. “No one person makes a contribution in an organisation.” Dlamini-Zuma was talking about what contribution she would make if she was elected as chair of the AU commission. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has nominated Dlamini-Zuma for the position.
TWO FREEZE TO DEATH IN EASTERN CAPE
Two people have frozen to death in Mqanduli and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. It’s believed they are the first victims of the severe weather that has hit the country. One was a 44-year-old woman from the Ikhwezi area, who was returning home from a traditional ceremony. The other was a 69-year-old man. Over 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of flooding, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said on Sunday. Areas such as Kleinskool, Salt Lake, Missionvale, Nooitgedacht (Booysen Park), Motherwell, Kuyga and Wells Estate were the worst affected and many places are still without electricity.
MASSIVE FIRE IN HOUT BAY SETTLEMENT
A candle was the cause of the massive fire that wreaked havoc at the Mandela informal settlement in Hout Bay on Sunday, killing one man, the city’s disaster management unit said. “The deceased, Monwabisi Nguze, 39, was intoxicated at the time of the incident and went to bed without extinguishing a candle,” said Cape Town head of disaster management, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes. He said 80 shacks were destroyed, leaving 400 people homeless. The fire destroyed most of the residents’ belongings. Humanitarian relief in the form of food, blankets and clothes were being provided for the victims, he said.
TOURISM SHOWS GROWTH
Tourist arrivals showed exceptional growth in the first quarter, with overall arrivals growing by 10.5%, said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk’s office on Sunday. A total of 2,267,807 tourists arrived in South Africa in January, February and March, and overseas tourist arrivals grew by 17.8%. Van Schalkwyk described the figures as “wonderful”. Emerging markets had continued their robust growth while traditional markets had bounced back. Arrivals from Europe grew by 11.9% (394,716 tourists). The United States also returned excellent growth of 16.1% (70,095 tourists). “South Africa continued to enjoy fantastic growth from the emerging markets during the first quarter of this year.”
SEXWALE: ‘I WANT TO SERVE’
Tokyo Sexwale cautiously declared his intentions to challenge President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung in December when he said, “I want to serve”, according to a report on Sunday. “It would be an honour to serve, but the branches must decide,” he told the Sunday Independent. He stopped shy of saying he was going to run for the presidency of the African National Congress. “We are already being approached,” he was quoted as saying. Sexwale, who is an ANC national executive committee member, told the newspaper he had been approached by branch members and leaders who he said wanted him and others to step up to the leadership.
TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED WITH 25 COUNTS OF MURDER
The driver of a farm truck that was ripped in half by a coal train at a level crossing in Mpumalanga as he took fruit-pickers to work has been charged with 25 counts of murder. Police said that its investigation suggested the driver ignored clear signage, taking his vehicle into the path of the train that dragged the truck 200 metres down the track, dismembering its occupants. “He was negligent,” Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said. Last year a Cape Town minibus taxi driver was sentenced to 20 years in jail for killing 10 children in his vehicle when it was hit by a train as he drove over railway lines while taking a shortcut on the way to school.
ROBBERS HOLD UP MAKRO
It was chaos at a Makro store in Ottery, Cape Town, on Saturday after armed robbers stormed into the store and held up staff. Eyewitness News reported that panicky customers ran out of the store as soon as the shots were fired. Paramedics were called in to treat a cashier who had been shot twice. It was not clear if the robbers had gotten away with any money. Police were investigating the incident.
‘OTHERS’ USING THE MANDELA LEGACY, SAYS NZIMANDE
Others were laying claim to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and using it against the SA Communist Party and its allies, party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Sunday. In his closing address to the SACP’s 13th National Congress held at the University of Zululand, Nzimande said: “Our revolution is not for sale.” Without making a direct reference to the Democratic Alliance, but referring to “those in the Western Cape”, he warned that the former president’s legacy was being used against the party to discredit it. In a speech the long-serving party member again repeated calls for “tenderpreneurs” to be flushed out of the party. DM
Photo: Tokyo Sexwale (REUTERS)