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Breaking down racial barriers

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has encouraged South Africans to rededicate themselves to eradicate the legacy of colonialism and restore the dignity of those who were denied human rights during apartheid.

Sanco’s spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said issues, such as land restitution, racism and the treatment of the poor and vulnerable, need to be addressed.

MTN, Vodacom charging more for out-of-bundle data

Amid reports of South Africa’s top two networks charging up to 2 639% more for out-of-bundle data, Vodacom has said it is normal business practice to offer discounts to customers that make longer term commitments. 

Despite a push by government and the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (Icasa), out-of-bundle data rates are much more expensive than in-bundle.

Illegal land occupiers - Olievenhoutbosch

"Tell the police, government and the people here, we are not going anywhere. This is our land and we are here to say."

Land invaders in Olievenhoutbosch in Midrand were adamant on Monday afternoon that they would not be forcibly removed by the government or the police. 

To read the article titled, "'We are not going anywhere, Olievenhoutbosch is our home' - illegal land occupiers" click here

Tough anti-smoking measures

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is widely expected to announce new measures against smoking when he opens an international tobacco control conference on Wednesday, including a ban on smoking in all public places, plain cigarette packages and gory pictorial health warnings on packs.

Over 2000 tobacco control experts from 100 countries are in Cape Town for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, the first time that the global conference is being held in Africa.

Tons of meat recalled

The recall of millions of tons of possible listeria infected cold meat is set to create another crisis – when it is dumped at hundreds of public landfill sites scattered across the country.

And disposing of the cold meats in public landfill sites could spell "disaster", said Pieter Kruger from the Waste Group.

The City of Cape Town and Tshwane confirmed to Business Insider South Africa that public landfill sites are being prepared to accommodate the recalled meat. 

Woman killed by a Lion

A 22-year-old woman was on Tuesday attacked and mauled to death by a lion at a game reserve in Hammanskraal, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said at around 11:05 paramedics were called to the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

To read the article titled, "Woman, 22, mauled to death by lion at game reserve" click here

Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle

 President Cyril Ramphosa announced significant changes to his Cabinet on Monday. 

He also appointed Mpumalanga Premier and ANC deputy president David "DD" Mabuza as deputy president of the country. Mabuza will be sworn in as an MP on Tuesday.

Here follows a list of new ministers, those that have been fired and those who were moved.

To read the article titled, "Who is in and who is out: Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle" click here

Scopa seeking NPA Collaboration

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is hoping to bring the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on board in the new year to improve the committee's work in holding state entities to account.

On its last working day of the year on Thursday, Scopa met with State Security Minister Bongani Bongo and the State Security Agency (SSA) on vetting at state institutions, a first for the committee.

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