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13
JUL
7am

SABC "Kili Conquerers" speak to Mrs SA about her climbing journey

Conquering a famed summit is on many people's bucket lists. For some, it's all about the physical and mental challenge. For others, it's for personal reasons and causes. Gillian Pillay and Thabo Madilola, who are summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania again this weekend, have spoken to Mrs South Africa, Nicole Capper, about her trials and tribulations. Capper was airlifted from Mount Everest in Nepal about three months ago after having reached base camp in Kathmandu.
13
JUL
7am

The largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere is launched

The largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere has been launched in the Northern Cape today. The 4.4 billion telescope will enable scientists to have a clearer view and deeper understanding of the Milky Way Galaxies. This instrument will later form part of the Square Kilometre Array, which will be the largest scientific instrument ever. Deputy President David Mabuza says this will change the course of history.
13
JUL
7am

BLSA dismisses Intellidex report

Business leadership South Africa has dismissed claims by Viceroy Research that a damning report by Intellidex into short-selling in South Africa, was sponsored by a third party. Short selling is defined as the sale of an asset in the belief that the asset's price will decline. This enables it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit. Viceroy has over the past year published negative reports on prominent South African companies, including Steinhoff and Capitec bank. BLSA CEO, Bonang Mohale says this is not an anti-short selling research project.
13
JUL
7am

SA Express ready for take-off again

SA Express is readying itself for take-off. In its statement, the airline, says the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has reinstated its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certification. In May, the CAA announced the suspension of the company's operating licence. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SA express'
Acting CEO Matsietsi Mokholo.
13
JUL
7am

Total shutdown in KImberely and surrounding townships

Kimberley in the Nothern Cape is still under under a tota shutdown this afternoon. Hundreds of residents from surrounding areas have taken to the streets again today to protest against alleged corruption on the part of the Sol Plaatjie Municipality's Chief Financial Officer and the Municipal Manager. They are accused of irregularly granting a 1.2 million rand tender to a PR company. Some people were stranded this morning and could not go to work. Our reporter Neo Bodumela is monitoring the situation in Galeshewe.
12
JUL
8am

Ramaphosa hopes for improved relations with Nigeria

President Cyril Ramaphosa says meeting his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, has opened up a new page of improved relations between the two countries. Frosty relations between South Africa and Nigeria have been blamed for lack of full implementation of more than 30 bilateral agreements signed between the two countries. President Ramaphosa undertook a one-day working trip to Abuja to rekindle relations dating back to the early 1960s when Nigeria supported liberation movements to end apartheid. Political Reporter Ntebo Mokobo elaborates.
12
JUL
8am

Motlanthe defends his statements on land expropriation

Former president, Kgalema Motlanthe says those opposed to the expropriation of land without compensation are driven by their class interests. Montlanthe was speaking on our sister programme, Morning Live where he also addressed criticisms labelled against him and the recommendations made by the high-level panel on land reform. Meanwhile, IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, also weighed in on the debate during an interview on the SAFM Sunrise breakfast show. This is what Montlanthe says on the issue...
12
JUL
7am

Net1 denies that it is trying to frustrate process of migrating SASSA payments

Net1, which is the parent company of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), has denied that it is doing all it can to ensure that it continues to benefit from the distribution of social grants. CEO Herman Kotze says they are in fact looking forward to cutting ties with SASSA in September this year, when the contract comes to an end. This was in response to statements made by the Inter-ministerial Committee on Social Security Services, during a media briefing earlier today. Communication Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has also revealed that legal action is being taken against some CPS employees for allegedly trying to persuade grant beneficiaries to continue using its services. She says the South African Post office has so far migrated more than one point eight million beneficiaries to the new gold SASSA card and plans to migrate all of them by the end of August.
12
JUL
7am

Violence breaks out at Sol Plaatjie Municipality in Kimberley

There is a strong police presence in the Kimberley CBD as residents protest against two Sol Plaatjie Municipality employees. Chief Financial Officer Lydia Mahloko and Municipal Manager Goolam Akhawaray, are accused of paying a communications company 1.2 million rand for a campaign that was notifying residents that tariff hikes would be implemented this month. Violence broke out earlier and police fired rubber bullets. Our reporter Neo Bodumela is on the story.
11
JUL
8am

Ramaphosa applauds Nigeria for signing the African Free Trade agreement

President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded the Nigerian government for consulting widely before signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. Currently, 49 countries including South Africa have signed the agreement which seeks to allow the free movement of goods and people across the continent. It was adopted at the recent African Union Summit. This is seen as an important step to realise regional economic integration and increased intra-Africa trade. Ramaphosa says Nigeria joining other countries will help realise Africa's potential.
11
JUL
8am

A VBS shareholder takes to court over SARB curatorship decision

One of the founding members and minority shareholder of the VBS, Mr Madambi Muvhulawa say they are going to court to challenge what they call "A likely intention" to shut the mutual bank down. This after the South African Reserve Bank announced that it will prioritise the bank's retail depositors as the Venda-based mutual bank faces an uncertain future. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Madambi Muvhulawa.
11
JUL
8am

Second person injured in Pretoria plane crash dies in hospital

One of the people injured in yesterday's plane crash at Kameeldrift outside Pretoria has died in hospital. This brings to two the number of deceased. The Civil Aviation Authority is in the meantime continuing with investigations into the crash. The passengers are said to be foreigners from Australia and the Netherlands. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Peter Mashaba who is Executive: Accident and Inident Investigations at the Civil Aviation Authority.

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