WATCH: Letting ‘constitutional delinquent’ Gordhan speak is a ‘middle finger’ to PP – Malema

In parliament on Tuesday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema took exception to Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan’s inclusion on the list of speakers who replied to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s third state of the nation (Sona) address, which took place on June 20.

“I don’t think it would be advisable for Mr Gordhan to address us,” Malema said, citing the public protector’s report finding that found Gordhan had irregularly approved the early retirement of Ivan Pillay from the South African Revenue Service (Sars) while finance minister.

“This is not a point of order,” deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli replied.

“And you allow a consitutional delinquent to speak,” Malema continued, before Tsenoli cut him short, telling him that he was making a “political statement” rather than rising on a genuine point of order.

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“But listen, Mabena,” Malema continued in a comment that was met with laughter, and compared Tsenoli to a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) who became famous after a video portraying him as “lazy and disappointing” went viral.

“I am going to switch off the mic if you proceed,” Tsenoli responded.

Undeterred, Malema continued: “You are doing the same mistake you did even with the previous president, where the government has been accused of not taking responsibility of the actions …”

At this point Tsenoli once gain cuts him off: “Honorable Malema, you read the rules and it says what a point of order is.”

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Malema kept going, saying “you can not show the middle finger to a chapter 9 institution”, which earned him the threat that his mic would soon be turned off.

Tsenoli then tells Malema to wait outside while the “constitutional delinquent” speaks, at which point the entire EFF caucus leaves chambers.

An ANC MP then raises a point of order, saying her party “will not allow a situation where a minister is being embarrassed” by the opposition.

Following this, Gordhan began his reply to the president while the EFF caucus continued to shuffle out, and was interrupted by an MP who asked if his speech could wait until the EFF members had finished walking out, to which Tsenoli replied, telling him he was being “contemptuous”.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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How Google can help entrepreneurs kickstart their tech start-ups

Entrepreneurs from Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe can now send applications for the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme.

Announced in 2017 and launched in 2018, Google has committed to training 60 African startups over three years. Successful applicants will receive equity-free support, access to Google engineers, intensive mentoring, PR training, and global media exposure.

Google seeks to partner with successful applicants who are building a technology-based product for Africa, in Africa, and help them build their business.

With the fourth class scheduled to kick off later this year, applications can now be accessed on the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa website.

The closing date is July 26.

Also read: 17 tips on starting a successful tech start-up

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Ramaphosa administration replaces Mbeki-era ministerial handbook

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has confirmed, in a letter addressed to other members of the executive, premiers and MECs, that President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved a new 33-page guide for members of the executive.

The new guide went into effect on June 8 2019 and will replace a ministerial handbook approved during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency in 2007.

The original guide has reportedly been subject to scrutiny and efforts to amend it were initiated by Jacob Zuma’s administration in 2011.

According to Independent Media, the new guide book is full of perks for members as it allows for things such as a larger support staff compliment and increased funding for security at their private homes.

Under the old guide, ministers were entitled to ten core support staff while deputies and MEC’s got a maximum of six but the new guide has raised these numbers to between 11 and 15.

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Private residences designated as official residences will now be afforded more security at a cost of R250,000 up from R100,000, which will be subject to annual inflation-linked increases to be determined or sanctioned by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Mboweni does, however, reserve the right to curb spending on luxury cars and other perks according to the guide and in-line with overall austerity measures from the government.

Read the full guide below:

Guide for Members of the Executive on Scribd

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WATCH: Blushing Brakpan bride takes sustainable wedding to a new level

Every bride wants her wedding day to be a signature event.

This was no exception for 48-year-old Brakpan resident Jenny Hanley, whose big day on Friday stood out and will certainly be one to remember.

Brakpan Herald was there to watch Jenny turn heads as she made her way to the Brakpan department of home affairs to say I do to her partner of several months, 61-year-old Alf Biddulph.

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While she looked every inch the blushing bride, it was Jenny’s unusual mode of transport to her wedding that received the most looks.

Jenny, a friendly woman with an outgoing personality, arrived at the venue on a recycling trolley – those used by informal recyclers to collect recyclable materials.

While it is not uncommon for brides these days to shy away from the traditional and to create wedding items using recycled goods, Jenny took it to a whole new level.

Her bouquet was made from newspaper and other recyclable items and a large colourful paper flower pinned to her white wedding dress complemented the look.

Jenny Hanley, 48, wanted to incorporate her passion for recycling into her special day. She arrived at her wedding on Friday on a recycling trolley.

Refuse bags were also featured and Jenny wore one draped over her shoulders, and as a hair accessory.

Her bridesmaid, 4-year-old granddaughter Nevaeh Wessels, looked adorable in a dress made from the black plastic.

Dressed in a refuse bag for her grandmother Jenny Hanley’s wedding is four-year-old Nevaeh Wessels.

The unconventional wedding theme is a result of Jenny’s passion for recycling and stems from her days living on the street.

Following the death of her spouse two years ago, Jenny found herself without a roof over her head and she was destitute for months.

She told the Brakpan Herald she never begged and would earn money by washing cars, cleaning swimming pools and washing and ironing clothes.

“It’s just so tough you know and you can never make that extra little bit you need to get yourself out of it,” she said.

Gerda Spinner (left) and Susan de Lange were among the wedding guests.

Jenny would get meals from local soup kitchens and would sleep in doorways and other places that offered some sort of shelter.

“You have to sleep with one eye open or you get robbed,” she said.

She remembered a time her pillow was stolen and another time she woke up to find someone had defecated in her shoes.

“I wish they had rather stolen them,” she recalled with a laugh.

It was during these hard times, however, that Jenny’s love of recycling started.

“I would just walk around and pick up litter,” she said.

“People waste so much and throw so much away and I just wanted to create awareness about that.”

After meeting future husband Alf, Jenny’s fortune changed and she managed to get back on her feet with his help.

Blessed to have found each other, it wasn’t long before the pair became a couple and headed down the aisle.

Following the nuptials, the newlyweds hosted a recycled-themed reception, complete with recycled decor and other creations, for friends and family at their Northdene Avenue home.

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