Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
4 minute read
12 Sep 2021
7:30 am

Daily news update: ‘Change your vote’ -Malema, Steenhuisen wants majority in Joburg and Pfizer given go-ahead for kids over 12

Sandisiwe Mbhele

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EFF leader Julius Malema in Diepsloot, 11 September 2021. Picture: Twitter @EFFSouthAfrica

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‘Are you well in the head? Malema asks people who still vote ANC

During a campaign to have people register in the upcoming local elections, EFF leader Julius Malema speaking in Diepsloot, Johannesburg asked people if they are “well in the head” for continuing to vote for the ANC.

In his address during a community meeting in Diepsloot Park on Saturday, Malema tackled many issues such as formalising Eskom to fix electricity problems faced in the township, land, registering to vote and how voting for the ANC won’t bring change.

“Now, you stay in a shack. You applied for a house since 1994. But you continue to vote for the ANC. Are you well in the head?” he said.

Sahpra approves Pfizer vaccine for kids above 12 years old

Saphra approves Pfizer vaccine for kids above 12 years old
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After Sinovac said they will start clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines for children under 18 on Friday, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has boosted efforts to vaccinate children.

Sahpra announced they have approved the use of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine in terms of Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965 (The Medicines Act) to include individuals 12 years and older, the statement read.

Saphra CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete said the decision was based on a review of the updated safety and efficacy
information submitted as conditions of Section 21 initially authorised in March.

EFF calls on IEC to release comprehensive report on party funding disclosures

Julius Malema on EFF donations
EFF leader Julius Malema address media at Alexandra township in Johannesburg on 10 August 2021, after putting EFF local government manifesto launch posters along Alfred Nzo Street. Pictures: Nigel Sibanda

The EFF on Saturday maintained that it did not receive any donations above R100,000, between April and June this year, that needed to be declared to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The IEC released on Thursday its first quarterly report on political parties’ donations received from donors, in accordance with the new Political Party Funding Act (PPFA) that came into effect on 1 April.

The Red Berets were among 502 political parties that did not disclose any donations, while the ANC, DA and ActionSA declared donations totalling more than R30 million. 

Steenhuisen pleads with Joburg residents to give DA outright majority in local elections

dr mpho phalatse
Democratic Alliance (DA) Johannesburg mayoral candidate Dr Mpho Phalatse is seen with DA Leader John Steenhuisen at the launch of her election campaign, 11 September 2021, at the Johannesburg City Council in Braamfontein. Picture: Michel Bega

DA leader John Steenhuisen has called on Joburg residents to give his party an outright majority to govern the City of Johannesburg ahead of the local government elections.

Speaking at the launch of the DA’s election campaign in Braamfontein on Saturday, Steenhuisen appealed to voters to get behind the party’s mayoral candidate for the metro, Dr Mpho Phalatse.

Steenhuisen said Phalatse ticked every box to be the city’s next mayor because she would run an efficient and hands-on administration.

Queen says 9/11 victims in her prayers

Queen says 9/11 victims in her prayers
Diane and Kurt Horning, who lost their son Matthew Horning in the September 11, 2001, attacks, look at their sons name at the Empty Sky Memorial on June 15, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. – Twenty years later and they still talk regularly: survivors and relatives of 9/11 have formed strong friendships through support groups that have proved effective antidotes to their trauma. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II, in a message to US President Joe Biden, said the victims and survivors of 9/11 were in her prayers on Saturday’s anniversary of the attacks.

The 95-year-old monarch said: “My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected.”

She also paid tribute to the first responders and rescue workers at the scene and the “resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild”.

Bulls crowned Currie Cup champions for 2021

Bulls beat Sharks
Bulls centre Lionel Mapoe goes over for a try in the Currie Cup final against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Picture: Gordon Arons/Gallo Images

They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog, but the Currie Cup final was like Alsatians versus Poodles as the Bulls simply bullied and battered the Sharks into submission, winning 44-10, the biggest winning margin in the history of South Africa’s premier domestic final.

The Bulls only really bared their teeth in the second half, but their snarling, immense defence was the stand-out feature of the first half. Despite the Sharks dominating territory and possession, the Bulls scored tries on three of their four visits to the visitors’ 22, to enjoy a handsome 19-3 lead at halftime.

‘Purpose bigger than yourself’: Connie Ferguson is back on set

The Queen actress Connie Ferguson received a beautiful welcome back from the Ferguson Films team on set.

The actress is returning after the passing of her husband Shona Ferguson at the end of July. Her room was filled with balloons, flowers and gifts as Connie captured the moment on camera.