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The City of Johannesburg bids Mayor Herman Mashaba farewell,
will further north, in Tshwane, a fierce political battle threatens to disrupt
the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) provincial inroads. In sports news, Proteas
legend Gary Kirsten has denied reports that he will fill the role of Director
Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Wednesday 27 November
Mashaba’s last day as
Mayor of Joburg
After announcing his resignation in October, Herman Mashaba’s tenure as Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg will come to an end today. Mashaba, who stood as a pillion of the Democratic Alliance’s popularity in Joburg following the municipal election of 2016, leaves the powerful position amid political turbulence, amplified by Helen Zille’s return to the DA.
Mashaba confirmed his resignation mere days after Zille re-entered
the party’s power structure. The two political heavy-weights went on to throw
jabs at one another via social media, revealing the pervasive sense of discontentment
amongst DA members.
Mashaba, who managed to forge a powerful, yet controversial,
alliance with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in order to retain control of
the City, said of his resignation:
“Running a multi-party government was just brutal, but rewarding at the end.”
Along with Mashaba’s exit comes the contest to fill the
mayoral void, one which will feature competition between the DA, EFF and
African National Congress (ANC). Find out more about the candidates, here.
placed on special leave following numerous controversies
The DA’s problems in Gauteng are set to worsen, following the scandal and criticism which has beset Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa. John Moodey, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, announced that Mokgalapa would be placed on special leave while an internal investigation, centred on allegations of sexual misconduct involving Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport, Sheila Senkubuge.
Leaked audio, purporting to reveal a sordid affair between
the two DA members, made waves across the country over the weekend. Moodey
“The DA has instituted a Federal Legal Commission investigation where Mayor Mokgalapa and MMC Sheila Senkubuge will be given the opportunity to present their version of events.
Mayor Mokgapala will be placed on Special leave while these investigations are underway.”
In addition to the ‘sex scandal’, Mokgapala is likely to face a motion of no confidence, after the EFF noted:
“The administration he leads has proven incapable of
resolving the problems faced by the citizens of Tshwane.”
Public Protector Mkhwebane
faces an uncertain future
The future of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane hangs in the balance, following a National Assembly sitting tasked with drafting rules for the removal of a Chapter 9 institution head finalised its preliminary report on Tuesday.
This comes in the wake of calls to have Mkhwebane removed
from office, following several courtroom defeats and allegations of political
bias. Both the DA, and some members of the ruling ANC, have supported the
motion to have Mkhwebane replaced.
The draft rules will be heard before the National Assembly
before being officially implemented, meaning that Mkhwebane will only find out
her fate in early 2020.
talks of Eskom privatisation
President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that government’s
attempts to reconfigure and split Eskom into three divisions is not aimed at privatising
the embattled power utility.
These measures, he said, are rather aimed at stabilising the
utility and getting it back on its feet.
“We are not going to privatise Eskom,” he said, comparing the move to auctioning one’s family for silver.
“Eskom is going to continue being owned by our government.”
To reverse the entity’s current predicament, government has
announced drastic interventions, ranging from addressing debt to operational
The President made the remarks while addressing Eskom workers and contractors at the Medupi Power Plant in Lephalale in Limpopo today. He is in the area for the launch of the third leg of the District Development Model.
In his State of the Nation Address early this year,
President Ramaphosa announced that Eskom would in the near future be split into
three entities focusing operations, distribution and transmission.
On Tuesday, he reiterated that there were no sinister
motives behind the move. (Source: SAnews)
Kolbe wants to win
Olympic gold with Blitzboks in 2020
Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe has declared his desire to be part of the Blitzboks bid to win Olympic gold in Tokyo next year.
Kolbe enjoyed a phenomenal 2019 with Toulouse before linking
up with the Springboks, and was rewarded with the Top 14’s player of the year
The winger has enjoyed a stellar season achieving a string
of career goals but his short term future is in France as he seeks to have a
hand in European Cup success for Toulouse.
Gary Kirsten not
interested in Director of Cricket role
Former Proteas opener and World Cup-winning coach of India Gary Kirsten says he has not been approached to fill the vacant Director of Cricket role for the Proteas.
Kirsten has rejected high-profile coaching jobs recently
citing his desire to spend more time with his young family. A Director role
also represents a move away from Kirsten’s passion, which is coaching.
The former India and Proteas coach is currently employed in
the Mzansi Super League as coach of the Durban Heat and also runs a High
Performance cricket academy in Cape Town that carries his name.
Kirsten has the most impressive credentials for any coach
currently active in South African cricket but it is clear that he does not have
the desire to take up a demanding position like that of DOC.
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