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Africa by reviewing all major headlines on Tuesday 12 November.
After a full week of victory celebrations, it’s back to
business for the World Cup-winning Springbok squad. As South Africa’s water
crisis deepens, relief in the form of rainfall is expected to quench the Karoo’s
thirst. In Parliament, the Department of Water and Sanitation faces a grilling
over its financial and operational performance.
Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Tuesday 12 November
Celebrations come to
an end, what’s next for the Springboks?
The Rugby World Cup winning Springbok squad is likely to spend the next month resting up after an incredibly demanding year. In addition to an outstanding World Cup performance, which culminated in a final victory of England, the Springboks played eight matches since November 2018 under the tutelage of coach Rassie Erasmus.
With the Webb Ellis trophy safely back on South African
soil, what does the future hold for the Springbok squad of 2019?
Many players will return to club rugby, both locally and internationally,
in the new year. The Super Rugby tournament kicks off in January, with European
leagues starting a bit earlier.
Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Damian de Allende, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager will ply their trade overseas.
Erasmus, who stepped down as Springboks coach shortly after
their World Cup victory, will still continue in his role as Director of South
The next time the class of ’19 is likely to reunite under
the South African flag will be in July 2020, when the mid-year test window
Rain set to relieve
Rainfall forecast for various parts of the country will be welcomed with open eyes amid South Africa’s looming national water crisis. The dry Karoo landscape surrounding Oudtshoorn is expected to get a spattering, while heavy rainfall warnings have been issued for the Garden Route, particularly between Plettenberg Bay and Cape St Francis.
Further north, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng are due to
get a fair dose of rain and thunderstorms. Even Kimberley stands a chance of
While downpours will be welcomed by thirsty citizens, it’s
unlikely that this week’s weather will break any significant droughts which are
currently embattling the country. The relief, however, is likely to raise dam
levels, thereby keeping the crisis at bay, at least momentarily.
Forum continues in Sandton
The investments concluded during last year’s Africa Investment Forum and which have since been realised, are the clearest indication that the continent is open for business.
This was emphasised by President of the African Development
Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, during his address on Monday at the first day of the
second Africa Investment Forum, taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg.
“Africa is ready to absorb more investments,” he said. “The risk perceptions from the continent, while high, are often exaggerated. And they do not often match what data shows and return performance on investment.”
A Moody’s investment service report on project bank loans
financed between 1983 and 2016, shows that Africa has one of the lowest project
default rates in the whole world.
“This is much, much lower than Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, North America and Oceania. Yet, investments are tilted to regions with much higher default rates. So it’s not about real risks or other passive risks,” he said.
During last year’s gathering, the forum secured investment
interests for deals valued at $37 billion in less than 72 hours. (Source: SAnews)
Home Affairs relaxes
travel requirements for child tourists
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has signed a waiver that allows foreign children to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters.
The waiver has been applicable since 8 November 2019 – after
the Minister’s signature.
“This improvement in our admissions policy builds on the work the department has been doing to contribute to economic growth and investment.
“As of [8 November 2019], foreign children can enter and depart the country without being required to provide birth certificates, consent letters and other supporting documents relating to proof of parentage,” Motsoaledi said.
The Department of Home Affairs has communicated the changes
to immigration officials at all ports of entry and to the airline and maritime
industries. (Source: SAnews)
Kolisi thanks SA for
unbelievable support on Trophy Tour
Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi thanked the South Africans from all walks of life who came out in their hundreds of thousands to congratulate the Boks on winning the Rugby World Cup in the last week.
The Springboks arrived home from Japan on Tuesday and
visited Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and
Cape Town with a Trophy Tour victory parade in the last five days.
An exhausted but immensely proud Kolisi thanked his fellow
South Africans for the amazing support shown to the Springboks since they were
crowned RWC champions in Tokyo on Saturday, 2 November.
MSL T20: Morris magic
helps NMB Giants tame Jozi Stars
Chris Morris starred with bat and ball as the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants inflicted a second successive loss on defending champions the Jozi Stars in their opening match of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) season in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The SA all-rounder first blasted a valuable 20 off 11 balls,
before sending down some key overs at the death to finish with one for 20 as
the hosts won by 24 runs at St George’s Park.
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