South Africa: Sihle Zikhalala Resigns as KwaZulu-Natal Premier – South African News Briefs – August 5, 2022

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Sihle Zikalala Resigns as KwaZulu-Natal Premier

Zihle Zikalala has tended his resignation as premier of the province – a highly anticipated move since his defeat as KZN chairperson of the party, at the ANC provincial elective conference last week.
A search for his successor has begun and three candidates Finance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Members in the Provincial Legislature Amanda Bani and Mbali Fraizer – have thrown their hats in the ring for the job, with interviews on August 6, 2022 SABC News reports.

Cape Town Residents Warned to Boil Water Before Drinking

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The City of Cape Town has advised residents in the eastern, central and southern suburbs to boil water before drinking or using it, as water in its Faure water treatment plant is currently discoloured. Affected areas include: south of the N2 reaching from Strand in the East through Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Philippi to Plumstead and down into the southern suburbs as far as about Muizenberg. The City is investigating.

SA Men's Hockey Team Makes First Commonwealth Semi-Final Since 2002

South Africa's men's hockey team – Amastokkie – ended a two-decade drought by reaching the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games 2022. It was an amazing feat against New Zealand's Black Sticks that saw them win 4-3. They are now a step closer to a medal standing but will first need to get past Australia in their next outing.

Motor Sector Strike Looms

A strike may be looming in the motor sector that employs 306,000 workers nationally – after a breakdown in talks between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco) dispute resolution committee. Numsa has demanded a 20% increase for its members, while employers in the automotive sector have proposed an inflation-linked three-year agreement. Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said the union will be organising national shop stewards council meetings in the coming weeks to mobilise its members, SABC News reports.

Man In Court For Impersonating Police Minister

A man has appeared in court in Mpumalanga for impersonating Police Minister Bheki Cele, EWN reports. Zakhele Nkosi was charged with fraud, for creating fake social media accounts discovered by the Hawks investigative unit at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. In April 2020, fake social media posts stated that Cele would lift the booze ban which had been in place at the time.

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