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June 20, 2019

Another Sona? Here’s what you need to know

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver the first state of the nation address (Sona) of the 6th Parliament on Thursday in Cape Town.

This is the second Sona in just over four months. It marks the start of the 6th  democratic Parliament after the country’s general election in May.

Ramaphosa will deliver the address under the theme “Let’s grow South Africa together as we celebrate 25 years of freedom”, since the country commemorates 25 years of freedom and democracy after the historic 1994 elections.

The celebration is said to reflect on the country’s successes and challenges, as well as find ways to improve the lives of people.

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June 11, 2019

Port Elizabeth’s dancing Ivanah impresses US actor Will Smith

Nine million.

That is how many people have watched a Port Elizabeth child’s dancing video after Hollywood heavyweights Jada Pinkett-Smith and hubby Will Smith reposted a video to Instagram of the little girl busting a move in the street.

The video of six-year-old dancing sensation Ivanah Campbell jiving to Paga A Bebida Da Bela by DjBBoy has been shared by other verified Instagrammers such as the Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter Yemi Alade, and by Okay Africa, a digital media platform dedicated to African culture, music and politics.

Pinkett-Smith was delighted to come across the little girl, captioning her post: “This girl has life figured out! [...]

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June 10, 2019

Triumph and tears: Pics from #ComradesMarathon2019

Durban – Breaking a 13-year-old Comrades Marathon record was a dream come true for Gerda Steyn especially as she had not planned on it, even though she knew it was a possibility.

The 2019 female Comrades winner crossed the finish line in the “up run” in a time of 5:58:53, shaving 10 minutes off the 13-year record of 6:09:23 held by Russia’s Elena Nurgalieva.

“It was only in the last kilometres that fatigue began to start but I could smell the finish line so I gave it my all,” she said at the finish line.

“I promised myself I was going to decide halfway on breaking the record and at halfway I knew I was on record,” she [...]

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May 30, 2019

Ramaphosa announces cabinet: Mabuza, Gordhan, Mboweni – and De Lille

President Cyril Ramaphosa has brought in a member of the opposition, Patricia de Lille, to head the ministry of public works.

The president announced his executive on Wednesday evening, reducing the size of cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers.

Ramaphosa’s executive had few surprises as he got rid of all those implicated in state capture while bringing in young blood.

“In appointing a new national executive, I have taken a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity,” he said.

Ramaphosa said that those who were appointed must realise that the expectations of [...]

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