Daily news update: next ANC candidate for mayor of Joburg and spotlight on Nkandla consultants


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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 05: MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Cllr Mpho Moerane visited a project in Glenvista as part of the city’s celebration of World Environment Day on June 05, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The visit is part of the World Environment Week celebrations, which the city has chosen to celebrate under the theme of biodiversity, to encourage awareness and global action to protect the environment. The project involves cutting down exotic trees and planting native trees. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sydney Seshibedi)

The regional executive committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg has reportedly approved municipal committee member for environment and infrastructure services, Mpho Moerane, as a candidate for mayor.

Moerane will replace the late Johannesburg mayor, Jolidee Matongo, who recently died in a traffic accident two months after taking office. Before his death, he had spent an entire day in Soweto with President Cyril Ramaphosa on the campaign trail.

South Africa administered 16,999,722 doses of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday evening, the Ministry of Health announced today.

The count includes the two-dose Pfizer vaccine as well as the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the latest data, 159,732 vaccines have been distributed in the past 24 hours.

The number of fully vaccinated adults has now risen to 8,501,712, while 12,268,451 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

architect nkandla
A general view of former President Jacob Zuma’s farm in Nkandla. Photo: Gallo Images / Volksblad / Mlungisi Louw

A forensic investigator from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) said all 14 consultants who worked on improvements to former President Jacob Zuma’s property in Nkandla had “fraudulent certificates”.

The investigator testified before the High Court of Pietermaritzburg in the context of the civil recovery proceedings against the architect of Nkandla Minenhle Makhanya.

The witness cannot be named because the hearing takes place in camera. This is to ensure that confidential security information on Zuma property is not revealed.

Elon Musk, the richest person in the world
Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla. Photo: Britta Pedersen / AFP

South Africa-born Elon Musk is once again the richest person in the world after becoming only the third person to be worth $ 200 billion.

The other two people to hit the $ 200 billion mark are Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and luxury mogul Bernard Arnault.

Musk passed the milestone on Monday after shares in his electric car company Tesla continued their four-month rally, according to Forbes.

Musk got $ 3.8 billion richer on Monday and at market close was worth $ 203.4 billion. Bezos, who was the richest person in the world on Monday morning, saw his fortune drop $ 1 billion due to a 0.6% drop in Amazon shares.

Musk is the co-founder of Tesla and the aerospace company SpaceX.

Former ANC MP Vincent Smith's corruption case postponed
File photo: Angelo Agrizzi, former chief operating officer of Bosasa, and Vincent Smith, former member of the ANC, at the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg. Photo: Twitter / @samkelemaseko

The commercial crime court sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday postponed the corruption case of former ANC MP Vincent Smith to November 2.

The postponement was due to the appointment of new lawyers by Smith, as well as the state’s disclosure of the final indictment.

Smith faces bribery charges for alleged gratuities he received from the Bosasa company accused of bribery in the form of improvements to the security of his home in Gauteng and for accepting money transfers to his account personal banking through the bank account of his company, Euroblitz.

Donations from the Solidarity Fund
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The Solidarity Fund has received a total of Rand 3.44 billion in donations since its inception in March 2020.

The non-profit organization (NPO) on Tuesday released its fully audited annual financial statements covering the period March 25, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The fund was established to mobilize and coordinate donor financial contributions to respond to the pandemic of Covid-19.

He revealed that he had received 3.44 billion rand in pledges and paid 2.59 billion rand to his three pillars focused on behavior change (social campaigns on Covid-19), humanitarian aid ( support to the most vulnerable communities) and the health response (support and protect frontline workers).

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