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South Africa agrees to privatise troubled SAA airline

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South Africa’s government announced Friday it would sell a majority stake in cash-strapped flag carrier SAA to a consortium that includes the operator of a local budget airline.

The airline, which is emerging from a rescue plan, will effectively be privatised as investors will hold a majority stake.

“Having evaluated the current environment, government has agreed to the (strategic equity partner) owning of 51 per cent of the shareholding and government 49 per cent,” Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said in an online media conference.

The consortium includes Harith General Partners, an investor in African infrastructure and airports, and airline management firm Global Airways, an aircraft leasing firm which recently launched local budget airline LIFT.

“With this partnership, we believe we are closer to achieving the important objective of having a sustainable national airline,” he added.

“The new SAA will not be dependent on ” the government.

SAA, one of the continent’s largest airlines, was placed under a state-approved rescue plan in December 2019 in an effort to save it from collapse.

The airline, Africa’s second-largest after Ethiopian Airlines, had not posted a profit since 2011 and survived for years on state bailouts.

A symbol of the mismanagement of state-owned enterprises that characterised ex-president Jacob Zuma’s reign, the airline was forced to abandon many routes even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

(AFP)

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“Doing Music In Ghana Is The 2ND Most Dangerous Job Ever”-Reggie Zippy Tells Upcoming Artistes

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International Ghanaian artiste, Reggie Zippy has advised upcoming Ghanaian artistes to quit doing music and look for other ventures for survival.

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According to her, it will be advisable for upcoming artistes to heed his advice and focus on other things than music, adding that they will thank him in ten years’ time.

In a Facebook post, Reggie asserted that the government and other organizations responsible for the welfare of musicians are not able to perform their required duties because they are also lacking the needed assistance to do so.

He wrote;

“If you’re an upcoming Ghanaian music artist reading this post right now, I WANT YOU TO QUIT DOING MUSIC IN GHANA and go and learn a trade, go get some new vocational skills like Carpentry, Masonry, Hairdressing, Tailoring, or further your education in law, account ing, Engineering., Marketing or in Science.

Take my advice today and you will thank me in 10years time cuz apart from ARMED ROBBERY, doing music in Ghana is the 2nd most dangerous job you can ever do.

The GOVERNMENT doesn’t give a SHIT about you, GHAMRO will never work for YOU, Musigha is just for decoration and 99% of event organizers cannot pay you the thousands of dollars you expect now cuz they’re all bleeding especially after the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Please take my advice and go and find a proper job to do because most of your favorite celebrities are surviving by crazy means and unconventional strategies that you may not have the heart to endure.”

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Almost 4,000 fully vaccinated people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19

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Nearly 4,000 fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts, US, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new data from the state Department of Public Health.

The number of breakthrough cases in the state has accounted for approximately one in 1,000 vaccinated people.

According to the state Department of Public Health, as of June 12, there were 3,791 coronavirus cases among the more than 3.7 million fully vaccinated individuals in Massachusetts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, large-scale clinical studies have found that COVID-19 vaccination prevented most people from getting the virus. Still, no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing the disease and there will be “a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”

“We’re learning that many of the breakthrough infections are asymptomatic or they’re very mild and brief in duration,” said Boston University infectious diseases specialist Davidson Hamer, according to the Boston Herald.

“The viral load is not very high.”

“Breakthroughs are expected, and we need to better understand who’s at risk and whether people who have a breakthrough can transmit the virus to others,” he continued.

“In some cases, they’ll be shedding such low levels of the virus and won’t be transmitting to others.”

“Testing to identify current infection remains critical to control of COVID-19,” a DPH spokeswoman said.

“People with current infection can spread the virus to others and isolation of cases and identification of close contacts (individuals who may have been exposed) is a foundation of public health response.”

A new study from the CDC showed that Pfizer and Moderna are about 90% effective against infection two weeks after the last dose has passed while the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is about 72% effective against moderate to severe disease.

 

 

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Kemi Afolabi Cries Out Of Frustration After What Her Mechanic Did To Her

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Kemi Afolabi revealed on her Instagram page that she filled her tank with fuel amounting to N12,000, however, unfortunately for her the fuel ran out after a few hours and when he sought out to find the problem, she was told that part of the car called the catalyst was non-existent.

She said that according to the mechanic, the absence of catalyst caused the fast consumption of the fuel and she spoke about frustrated she is because of this

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Reacting to this;

@shafarmoriam wrote;

A spare part dealer once told me that all artisans will add money to goods they want to buy, no saint among them! If only they will even buy original n we all pray to God n say problem continue in Nigeria, no humanity at all.as well not been good or sincere to one another.

@mumcy_seun wrote;

Not only mechanic oooo, the new car i just bought, we discovered dey have removed the catalyst too, it is well

@dazzlesdeluxe wrote;

All mechanics does that, the person that dictated used a slogans for me then say Mama wonti jakara motor yi meaning (the catalyst has been removed) so if you take your car to them watch them closely tell them ” NOTHING MUST HAPPEN TO MY CATALYST OO” so they will know u know what’s up. Awon ika

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Nigerian National Assembly flooded following leaking roof (video)

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The lobby of the Nigerian national assembly was flooded today June 22, following a leaking roof. 

 

It was learnt that heavy downpour in the early hours of Tuesday, left the lobby of the National Assembly which was built 27 years ago flooded.

 

The plenary was delayed for few hours as cleaners had a hectic time scooping out the water. This is coming after lawmakers resumed on Tuesday, after a one-week break to mark the end of their second legislative year.

 

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Iwo Road: Police arrest suspects, gunmen kill three in Ibadan

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Oyo State Police Command on Monday paraded three suspects arrested in connection with last Wednesday’s mayhem at Iwo Road, Ibadan, the state capital.

The suspects are officials of Park Management System, which runs the affairs of motor parks in the state since Governor Seyi Makinde proscribed the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and established the PMS.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, while briefing journalists, said the suspects were arrested because of their alleged involvement in the mayhem.

The CP said, ‘Investigation is still ongoing, I will continue to update you about what we get from the investigation.”

Speaking on the increasing insecurity in the state capital, the CP stated that the police were working round the clock to curb this. She also appealed to members of the public to support security agencies to achieve this.

One of the suspects, Omoniyi Elemo, told journalists that he did not attack anybody but claimed that he was attacked and injured by some of the phone dealers.

He stated that the police arrested him at the hospital where he was taken to for treatment, saying he knew nothing about the clash.

He said he was working at Iwo Road as an official of the PMS and on the fateful day, he approached a motorist who wanted to park on the road. He said he told him not to obstruct the way but the driver said he had no right to instruct him where to or not to park.

Elemo said as he was trying to explain to the driver, some boys came out from the Iwo Road Shopping Complex and started beating him. He added that one of the boys injured him on the face with a stone and he was taken to hospital from where he was arrested by the police.

Meanwhile, gunmen on a motorcycle reportedly invaded Iyana Court, Ile Titun area in Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of Ibadan and killed three persons.

Our correspondent gathered that a physically challenged man identified as Sodiq was the target of the hoodlums.

Sodiq, who was said to have a hunch on his back, was shot dead. An unidentified roadside trader and her daughter were also killed.

The incident reportedly happened at about 10:30 pm on Sunday.

It was gathered that the gunmen made sure that Sodiq was dead before they escaped through Olomi.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State, Adewale Osifeso, was yet to get back to our correspondent.

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