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Zozibini Tunzi message to SA after being crowned Miss Universe

There was jubilation, tears, shouts of joy and excitement as Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe at the Tyler Perry Studios is
Atlanta last night.

It’s a huge leap for the humble girl from Tsolo who grew up amid great poverty in a rural part of the Eastern Cape.

NPA is confident it will get a conviction against Julius Malema for firearm incident

EFF leader Julius Malema allegedly discharged a firearm in public during his party's fifth anniversary celebrations in July last year.
The incident took place at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the Eastern Cape.The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement that Malema faced five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in a built-up area or public place and reckless endangerment to people or property.
The regional spokesperson of the NPA, Luxolo Tyali, told TimesLIVE that the prosecuting authority was confident it would achieve a conviction in February next year, when the case is due to be heard in court.

Extreme weather could put SA's food and water security at risk, says climatologist

The Wits Global Change Institute’s Prof Francois Engelbrecht warns that global warming is having a visibly devastating affect on the African continent. He stresses that, as carbon dioxide concentrations increase globally, SA will need to prepare for more frequent and intense droughts that may put the country's food and water security at risk. Engelbrecht says at the rate at which these concentrations are climbing, the African continent is likely to experience devastating and unusual climate anomalies within the next two decades.

The SA Weather Service (Saws) raised similar concerns earlier this month. Saws researcher Cobus Olivier says the organisation wants the country to be prepared should this summer be marked by below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.


"It's a waste of time" - Julius Malema on assault charges

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday that a common assault case against him and party spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was “useless” and a waste of time. Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in April 2018.

Global banks were 'complicit' in aiding state capture - Peter Hain

International banks were "complicit" in helping the state capture project by the Gupta family.

And they cannot claim ignorance of their role in enabling state capture under former president Jacob Zuma.

This is according to Lord Peter Hain who on Monday testified at the commission of inquiry into state capture at Parktown in Johannesburg.

Sunday Times politics reporter, Amil Umraw, tell us exactly what we need to know about the outcome of the day's testimony.

AfriForum to help catch Senzo Meyiwa's killer

Private prosecutor Gerrie Nel has agreed to assist in the unsolved murder case of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana player, Senzo Meyiwa.

The renowned advocate's involvement was announced on Tuesday by AfriForum's Kallie Kriel, who said they took on the case following a request from the Meyiwa family.

Speaking alongside Senzo's brother, Sifiso, Kriel said they had the best investigators working on the case.

“We cannot promise that we will solve this but we will do our very best to see that justice is done,” said Kriel.

2019 Medium-term budget policy statement highlights

The medium-term budget policy statement delivered in parliament by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, shows consolidated government expenditure will reach R6.3-trillion over the next three years.

A staggering R796bn of this will be going towards servicing the country’s debt, which is now at R3-trillion and will balloon to R4.5-trillion in the next three years.

Minister Mboweni set out steps as to how he planned to quell the rapidly ballooning debt.

He also took a firm stand towards Eskom bailouts, stating that money given to the SOE will take the form of a loan and will be expected to be paid back, while emphasising that the South African public needs to adopt a culture of payment.

He concluded that the budget should not be politicised, but should rather be used to bolster the economy for the good of all South Africans.

Police battle refugees during eviction of protesters in Cape Town

Police have arrested about 100 people in an altercation flowing from a court-ordered eviction to remove a group involved in a sit-in protest in Cape Town.

About 300 refugees and asylum seekers have been occupying the Waldorf Arcade in St George's Mall, outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since October 9. They want the UN agency to move them to a different country, for fear of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Excessive social media use is having an adverse effect on teen mental health

According to research published by American psychiatry journal, Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to develop mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem.

In light of the research, Fourways-based non-profit Witkoppen Clinic has raised concerns about the impact of social media on mental health in South African teens.

Dr. Tamsyn Nash, specialist medical officer at Witkoppen Clinic says that, seeing people constantly on holiday or buying expensive things can make young people feel like they are missing out while others are enjoying life.

She says these feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude, which leads teens to search for ways to make their lives more ‘insta-worthy’.

BOOK REVIEW | Yellow & Confused

Food blogger and activist Ming-Cheau Lin talks to Michele Magwood about her memoir Yellow & Confused, about growing up Chinese in Bloemfontein, and coming to terms with being a “Third Culture Kid”.

Dros rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

Convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow's lawyer pleaded with the Pretoria high court to impose a lesser sentence than life imprisonment on Thursday.

However, judge Papi Mosopa was not convinced by the mitigating circumstances that Ninow's defense presented, and found it fit to charge him to with life imprisonment.

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