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19 October 2017 10:51 AM Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid

Barcelona - Spain's government on Thursday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia's leader to explicitly declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's warning came in a letter to Spanish 15

19 October 2017 8:59 AM 4 British nationals kidnapped in Nigeria's delta region

Lagos - Nigerian police say gunmen have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region. Police spokesperson Andrew Aniamaka said on Wednesday the four were abducted around 02:00 in Enukorowa community in the Burutu local government area. He says they include a doctor, his wife and two other men who were involved in preaching and providing 18

19 October 2017 7:11 AM Will new SAA board under Magwaza manage to salvage ailing airline?

There are some big names in the new South African Airways board announced this morning by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Gigaba appointed six new members to the board, as well as a full slate of non-executive board members. News broke last night that President Jacob Zuma’s ally Dudu Myeni had been axed. Joining the board is Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza 20

19 October 2017 7:07 AM South Africans In Tanzania Arrested For 'Promoting Homosexuality'

They could face 30 years to life imprisonment. Tanzanian police said on Wednesday they had arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown on gay people. "We arrested the criminals at (the hotel) Peacock — they were promoting homosexuality. Two are South Africans, one Ugandan and nine Tanzanians 17

19 October 2017 5:07 AM Sassa gives the Post Office an offer to pay social grants

Cape Town - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has given an offer to the South African Post Office (SAPO) to take over the payment of social grants. The offer follows talks between the two entities in what has been described as a "closed procurement process", the department of social development announced late on Thursday. "Sassa has been hard at work under 16

19 October 2017 4:59 AM Family member of Esidimeni victim calls on govt to do better

An emotional Sandra de Villiers has pleaded with government never to take for granted the lives of the people they serve. JOHANNESBURG - A woman whose brother died after being moved from a Pretoria facility to make way for patients coming from Life Esidimeni, has told the arbitration hearings that the Gauteng Health Department should have taken warnings 15

19 October 2017 4:24 AM Here's how Spain could suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Madrid - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 08:00GMT on Thursday to tell Madrid whether or not he is declaring independence from Spain. If he does not give a clear response, the central government says it will take the unprecedented step of seeking to suspend Catalonia's autonomy. This would involve triggering the never before used Article 155 of Spain's 16

19 October 2017 4:11 AM DRC, CAR crises under debate at 'Great Lakes' summit

Brazzaville- The crises in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi and South Sudan are expected to come under the microscope at a 12-nation summit in Brazzaville on on Thursday, officials say. The summit will gather heads of state or government from Angola, Burundi, CAR, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya 18

18 October 2017 7:07 PM BREAKING: SAA chair Dudu Myeni out

Cape Town - Controversial SAA chair Dudu Myeni has been axed as the chairperson of the the airline's board, according to reports on Wednesday evening. ENCA reported that Mnyeni had been replaced with JB Magwaza by Cabinet, while the new deputy chair is Nora Fakude-Nkuna. Approached for comment, SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali said he had “no information 16

18 October 2017 6:43 PM Dudu Myeni fired as SAA chair

Dudu Myeni has been removed from the board of South African Airways in what could be a range of changes made to the leadership of the embattled airline. The Mail & Guardian understands that Myeni will be replaced by businessperson JB Magwaza who has been appointed as the new board chairperson. It appears that members of the existing board have not been notified 26