Aussies Finally Strike, Proteas Remain in Control

[News24Wire] JP Duminy and Dean Elgar both scored the fifth centuries of their respective Test careers as they left Australia with the prospect of having to make a record runs chase for victory at the end of the third day of the first Test at the WACA.

[News24Wire] JP Duminy and Dean Elgar both scored the fifth centuries of their respective Test careers as they left Australia with the prospect of having to make a record runs chase for victory at the end of the third day of the first Test at the WACA.

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Firefighters Evacuated From Burning Fishing Vessel

[News24Wire] Fire fighters trying to douse a fire on a fishing vessel in Cape Town harbour had to evacuate the vessel on Saturday after it became unstable, the city’s fire services said.

[News24Wire] Fire fighters trying to douse a fire on a fishing vessel in Cape Town harbour had to evacuate the vessel on Saturday after it became unstable, the city's fire services said.

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Local Woman Brings Coding Skills to Marginalised Communities

[News24Wire] A local woman trained over 1 000 young people in basic coding skills in and around Cape Town in nine days, as part of this year’s Africa Code Week (ACW) initiative.

[News24Wire] A local woman trained over 1 000 young people in basic coding skills in and around Cape Town in nine days, as part of this year's Africa Code Week (ACW) initiative.

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Opinion: Stop Presidential Term Limit Talk; No Need To Extend To 7 Years

By Munshya Wa Munshya The values of our democracy demand upon us to react against vile when it exhibits itself. The values of our democracy expect us to foresee evil ahead of time and retort against it before it manifests … Continued

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By Munshya Wa Munshya The values of our democracy demand upon us to react against vile when it exhibits itself. The values of our democracy expect us to foresee evil ahead of time and retort against it before it manifests itself. Recently, there have been some calls among the ruling party cadres to request President Lungu to extend his rule to 7 years, or something to that effect. Sometimes these requests do not seem to make sense at all. Some have interpreted them to mean that parliament must amend the constitution to extend presidential terms from 5 years to 7 years. Zambians have the freedom to express themselves and it is no wonder that a low ranking ruling party official can call the press to order and blurb any stuff. But if some people have the freedom to call for an extension of terms, we all must exercise the same power to respond in kind to those machinations. There can never be anything more serious than to ensure that cadres hear it from all well-meaning Zambians: debates about eroding our constitutional liberties will not be allowed, it will not be tolerated. Not now, not ever. President Lungu received overwhelming mandates from the Zambian people: twice. This is a feat that very few people will ever meet. Mr. Lungu’s election in both 2015 and 2016 shows the faith that Zambians have in this leader. But this leader must not allow people to deceive him into thinking that the past elections are a blank cheque for him to come up with all sorts of stories about extending the mandates. I appeal to the President to show direction in this matter and curtail all manner of debate that have the potential to inflame tensions. It is absolutely ridiculous for this head of state to think that Zambians would ever think of creating a wamuyaya in him. Zambians fought Kaunda’s dictatorship and they came together en masse to demand for democratic reform in 1991. What Zambians did in 1991, they did again in 2001 when cadres started advocating for a third term. The same spirit of democracy among Zambians resident in them since 1964, is the same spirit they will use now and in future to fight ridiculous Patriotic Front supporters beginning to push for a third term or is it to push a 7-year extension of President Lungu’s tenure. Winning elections in Zambia is not a licence for confusion, it is instead a call to service, to do faithful service. It is not the time to begin grandiose plans that betray democracy and the rule of law. Many people in Zambia wish they had even a day to rule Zambia. If a person has the opportunity to rule from 2015 to 2021, they had better be very grateful for all that free “manone†they are enjoying. Such a person should not give into the human temptation to overstay their welcome. Zambians are quite ruthless against dictatorships, and if this president begins showing undemocratic and dictatorial tendencies, Zambians will not take that sort of thing very kindly. That being said, I do trust the able leadership of President Lungu will see through senseless flattery and adhere to sound constitutional doctrines. President Lungu will do right to stop concentrating on what happens after 2021, and concentrate on what are the needs of the people in 2016, and the coming 2017. We need to put our brains together to do all we can to reduce the price of petrol, to have enough maize, and reduce the trade deficit. Advocacy for senseless constitution changes takes so much energy such that there will be very little oomph left in President Lungu if he were to begin entertaining little men in the PF who want to show their strength by exaggerating the level of flattery. We must end here today and wish this great republic more peace, grace and harmony. To make it very clear: Zambians will not allow any manipulation of constitutional limits. Just in case you thought cadres will get away with this, well they won’t, and the Zambians stay awake to these realities. The post Opinion: Stop Presidential Term Limit Talk; No Need To Extend To 7 Years appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Funds to Cope With Disasters Not Yet Sufficient

[AIM] Maputo -The money the Mozambican government currently has available is insufficient to deal with possible natural disasters that may strike the country during the 2016/2017 rainy season, the Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashulua,…

[AIM] Maputo -The money the Mozambican government currently has available is insufficient to deal with possible natural disasters that may strike the country during the 2016/2017 rainy season, the Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashulua, warned on Thursday.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Angola Seeks Smooth Exit For Kabila

Angola said Wednesday that a date must be set for presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will allow a smooth handover of power from President Joseph Kabila. Angola and France will be leading a Security Council visit … Continued

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Angola said Wednesday that a date must be set for presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will allow a smooth handover of power from President Joseph Kabila. Angola and France will be leading a Security Council visit to the DR Congo next week to meet with Kabila, opposition leaders and civil society in a bid to ease tensions over the holding of the vote. “I want the elections to be set, to be done orderly and then let someone else continue to run the country,” Angola’s Ambassador Ismael Gaspar Martins told reporters. There have been growing fears that the DR Congo, one of Africa’s biggest and resource-rich countries, could descend into chaos after some 49 people were kill… “I think that is doable,” said the ambassador. Angola is an influential player in the DR Congo and a key backer of the Kinshasa government dating back to the two wars of the 1990s and early 2000s when Luanda provided crucial military support. The 15 council envoys will visit Kinshasa, Goma and Beni from November 10 to 14 for meetings that the French ambassador said were an “important exercise in preventative diplomacy.” They will also travel to Luanda to meet with President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. There have been growing fears that the DR Congo, one of Africa’s biggest and resource-rich countries, could descend into chaos after some 49 people were killed in anti-Kabila demonstrations in September. Last month, a political deal was reached between Kabila’s party, its allies and some smaller opposition groups to delay the presidential election — due to have been held this year — until April 2018. But the main opposition Rassemblement (Gathering) coalition rejected it, branding it a ploy by Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term. The Catholic Church, which has a strong voice in the country, has criticized the deal and called for more dialogue. – A ‘good’ date for elections – The Angolan envoy said the council can demand that a date be set for the vote but he stressed that this must be a “good date… so that we do not have elections and then confusion.” Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, “should end his term and let someone else be elected, but he cannot sit aside and let the country in a vacuum do elections and stay stable,” added the ambassador. “We want the Congolese to agree on something which is orderly, which guarantees stability in the country and we in the region should be able to support whatever is selected by the Congolese,” he said. The UN envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, told the council on Wednesday that the government must reach out to the opposition that rejected the political deal to try to build an “inclusive process.” During its visit, the council will talk to all sides to “ensure that they fully realize the responsibility that they have in preserving peace in the country,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre. Congolese politicians must show they are willing to compromise to prepare the elections as soon as possible, he added. US Ambassador Samantha Power has said elections should be held in 2017. The DR Congo has been ruled by Kabila since his father Laurent was assassinated in 2001. Kabila was elected in 2006 to his first five-year term under a constitution that sets a two-term limit for presidents. Source: Daily Mail, UK The post Angola Seeks Smooth Exit For Kabila appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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