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Bosasa CEO's R500K donation to Ramaphosa's campaign

28 March 2019

Multiple reports stemming from testimony before the Zondo commission into state capture this week have claimed that R500 000 was paid by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson through a front company to the "Andile Ramaphosa Foundation".

This testimony by Peet Venter, Bosasa's former auditor, has proven to be false, News24 found.

Venter's testimony relies on his personal knowledge – he was told by Watson this payment into an ABSA account named "EFG2" was for the Andile Ramaphosa Foundation.

Sanral suspends process of pursuing e-toll debt

The South African National Roads Agency has announced that it is suspending the process of pursuing e-toll debt. 

This after Sanral's board passed an urgent resolution on the matter on Tuesday. 

"It resolved that given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment impasse, Sanral will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. This includes historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015. No new summonses will be applied for," Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said in a statement issued on Wednesday. 

Ramaphosa responds to reports about his son and Bosasa

27 March 2019 

President Cyril Ramaphosa's office has responded to testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry and as well as report published by News24 relating to his son, Andile.

In a lengthy statement issued on Wednesday, the president sought to clarify that an issue surrounding a R500 000 donation to his ANC presidential campaign by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson held no correlation with a R2-million business deal Andile Ramaphosa had with Bosasa.
 

7 trucks set alight on N3 by unknown suspects

28 March 2019

Seven trucks were set alight by unknown suspects in the early hours of Thursday morning on the N3 between Mooi River and Estcourt. 

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24 that it happened just after midnight. 

"The trucks were set alight by unknown people who were threatening the drivers. They told the drivers to get out before, and then they set alight the trucks."

Clean water and sanitation: Why it matters

What’s the goal here?

To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all.

Why?

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right, yet billions are still faced with daily challenges accessing even the most basic of services.

Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.

Some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. Water

New app takes African short stories to the world

Anew local app hopes to give African writers global exposure by connecting them with literature fanatics in SA, US and the UK.

Storytelling app BookBeak says it is the first African app-based platform to aggregate African short stories from published, unpublished and self-published writers and serve them to a global audience.

The app, available on Android and iOS app stores, was founded by three young South Africans, Kamo Sesing, Cam Naidoo and Louis Enslin, and registered under their business Atheneum.

Facebook works to reduce fake news as SA elections near

15 March 2019

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is gearing up to tackle fake news and misinformation ahead of the South African elections.

General elections will be held in SA on 8 May to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.

Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks

22 march 2019 

Vulnerable: The IEC was the first electoral body in the world to introduce digital nominations, but as the voting process becomes ever more high-tech, so does the risk of fraud and cyberattacks increase. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP and Delwyn Verasamy)

To read the article titled"Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks" Click here

Life, death & cure

22 March 2019

For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.

Dalene von Delft poured a glass of water and steadied herself. She could do this, she told herself, looking at the three yellow pills in her hand that she was preparing to swallow. 

If I just throw them back hard enough and chase them down with some water fast enough, she thought, they’d miss her tongue completely, sparing her their gag-inducing metalic taste. 

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