Midday Live

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Breaking news of the day.
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MAY
The IFP has reclaimed the municipality of Nquthu in KwaZulu Natal following a hotly contested by-election. The party won 14 of the 17 ward in a voter turn out that improved from last year's. Political Analyst Lukhona Mnguni has warned that this shift by voters could be a sign of what is to come in 2019.
25
MAY
In celebration of Africa Day today, we are looking at the Economic Outlook According to a report, titled EY's Attractiveness Program Africa 2017, overall economic growth in Africa is likely to remain robust, relative to most other regions over the next decade. On the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) front, the report found that South Africa retained its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent, with North African countries making inroads in attracting foreign investment. The report also found that during 2016, capital investment into Africa rose 31.9percent. South Africa is leading with and increase of 6.9% in FDI or 139 projects. Morocco was second, with 81 projects led by its automotive sector, and Egypt was the third beneficiary with 79 projects, followed by Nigeria with 51 projects and Kenya with 40 projects. Meanwhile, the 27th World Economic Forum, which was held in Durban, highlighted both opportunities and challenges facing the continent. Francious Conradie from NKC Africa Economics to gave us more insight into Africa's economy.
25
MAY
Our reporter Horisani Sithole has exposed a world of forced prostitution and drugs trading in Springs on Gauteng's east rand. Sithole recently went undercover. The people behind this continues to operate even though a man believed to be the owner of the house where these activities are happening was arrested. Young girls are said to be parading along the streets.
24
MAY
Dozens of Ethiopian nationals have protested outside the Kwaaiman periodic court in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, demanding seven armed robbery suspects not be granted bail. They allege that one of their countryman is the mastermind behind the robberies and the killing of a number of foreign nationals owning shops during the past four years. The case has been postponed to the first of next month. Nkululeko Nyembezi was there and filed this report…..
24
MAY
The atmosphere in Nquthu in KwaZulu Natal is calm and political parties are displaying an air of tolerance. The municipality is holding much contested by-elections. 14 political parties are contesting 33 seats in the council, which were left vacant when the MEC for Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), dissolved the council because infighting prevented the council from electing representatives. This meant that services were not being provided to residents. Our reporters Nonkululeko Hlophe and Khalesakhe Mbhense are in the area of Maduladula and Emaqhudeni respectively. They spoke to Stephen Kirker.
18
MAY
A group of inmates from Leeuwkop prison in Johannesburg took the department of correctional services to court over their due transfer to Kgosi Mampuru in central Pretoria. The case was thrown off court at the Johannesburg high court this afternoon. Stephen Kirker chatted to reporter Angela Bolowana and spokesperson for the inmates Daniel Mabetoa.
18
MAY
SACP's national Imbizo was held in Boksburg east of johannesburg today. The imbizo seeked solutions to challenges the country is currently facing. Its also expected to discuss interventions from sectors of society such as Alliance partners, religious and civil society movements who were in attendence. SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande addressed the masses.
18
MAY
Four more bodies believed to be those of illegal miners have been retrieved at the disused Harmony Gold mine in Welkom, Free State. This brings to a total of 29 bodies recovered from the same mine since last week Thursday. Meanwhile, mine rescue services are currently busy with their search for more bodies believed to be still trapped underground. Stephen Kirker chatted to Major General Lerato Molale of the Welkom police.
18
MAY
Non-profit organisation Women and Men against Child Abuse approached the High Court in Johannesburg in an effort to change the law to ensure that the legal system acknowledges the seriousness of all sexual violence cases, regardless of the elapsed time since the offence. At present the law provides a statute of limitations of 20 years for some crimes. Stephen Kirker chatted to The organisation's Founding Director Miranda Jordan-Friedmann.
18
MAY
The City of Cape Town has reportedly sent in divers to clean dam floors so that the last 10 percent of usable water may be used. Dam levels are at 21 percent with only eleven percent usable. Stephen Kirker chatted to Sputnik Ratau, spokesperson for the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.
18
MAY
About 538 schools in Limpopo province, reporterdly, still do not have text books five months into the new academic year. The Portfolio Committee on Education mentioned in its presentation last week that grades 10 and 11 learners are still without maths and science textbooks. The Mopani and Vhembe Districts are said to be the ones most affected by the shortage. Limpopo Education department Spokesperson Dr Naledzani Rasila says they were let down by service providers.....