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LEAGOO Announces the Official Partnership with Tottenham Hotspur ...

LONDON, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — LEAGOO signs a five-year Official Partnership contract with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London starting from 2017 to 2022. Thus, LEAGOO becomes the first and exclusive mobile phone brand that sponsors Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

LEAGOO Announces the Official Partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 2017 to 2022

Football is a game highly challenging in power, skill, and team work, and it always brings audiences excitement and surprise. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is the rising star club won the 2nd place in 2016/2017 EPL matches. According to footballdatabase.com on Aug 17th, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club ranks No.6 by points in all world football clubs considering all scores, standing and statistics.

As the exclusive Global Mobile Phone Partner of Tottenham Hotspur F.C., LEAGOO will sponsor the club for consecutively five years. The rights LEAGOO enjoys from these millions pounds contract including the field advertising boards in the home matches the club engages. LEAGOO will appear nearly everywhere Tottenham Hotspur goes. LEAGOO is already in the official website and Facebook of Spurs.

Through the cooperation of the two teams, LEAGOO will be under tremendous exposure to global football lovers. And Spurs will get the attention of the whole mobile industry as well as over tens of millions mobile phone users across the globe.

In the announcement event, LEAGOO introduces an exclusive edition of its new flagship mobile phone T5 for Spurs. T5 features the navy blue of Spurs logo color on the full metal body and dual rear Camera to shoot the moment, the software also is tailor made to match Spurs. After about one month, Spurs fans will get this version of the device.

It takes LEAGOO International 3 years to build the brand in global mobile phone market, from APAC to EMEA, and from CIS to EU. From now on, in the following 5 years, LEAGOO will take the root in consumers’ mind with the spirit of football, together with cutting edge technology to bring more magic to the fans.

This announcement clearly expresses LEAGOO’s ambition and dedication to be an influential communication brand in the world mobile phone marketplace.

About LEAGOO

A young global mobile phone brand that is focused on providing its users with perfect cutting-edge technology, LEAGOO develops affordable and stylish products for passionate young people. The company ranks among the top 10 smartphone brands in Malaysia according to Talking Data 2016 Q2 report. Its target for the next 5 years is to be an influential international communication brand.

About Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Founded in 1882, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, making them the only non-League club to do so since the formation of the Football League in 1888. They won the 2nd place in 2016/2017 season’s EPL games, and currently is among TOP10 world football club according to footballdatabase.com 20170817.

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Minister Tokozile Xasa welcomes approval of Coastal and Marine ...

Cabinet approves Coastal and Marine Tourism Implementation Plan

The Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa welcomes the Cabinet approval of the Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT) as it will advance the Nine-Point Plan through Operation Phakisa's Oceans Economy. The Implementation Plan led by the Department of Tourism was developed in partnership with various tourism stakeholders. The vision is to grow a world class and sustainable coastal and marine tourism destination that leverages South Africa's competitive advantage in nature, culture, and heritage.

The coastal and marine tourism sector will contribute about R21.4 billion to the GDP and create about 116 000 direct jobs by 2026, thus reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment, while contributing to sustainable livelihoods and development. These estimates are conservative as they are growing off a low 2015 base of R 11.9 billion direct contribution to GDP and 64 400 direct jobs, said Minister Xasa.

The Coastal and Marine Tourism Plan will be implemented in a nodal or cluster approach which will prioritise destinations rather than individual tourism projects or products. The identified nodes/clusters in the First Phase (0 - 5 years) encompass the following geographic areas:

Node 1: Durban and surrounds (KwaZulu-Natal);

Node 2: Umkhanyakude District including Umhlabuyalingana and surrounds (KwaZulu-Natal);

Node 3: Port St Johns to Coffee Bay (Eastern Cape);

Node 4: East London, Port Elizabeth and surrounds (Eastern Cape);

Node 5: Cape Town and surrounds (Western Cape); and

Node 6: West Coast and surrounds (Northern Cape).

Initiatives in all of these nodes cover six thematic areas namely: i) marketing, events and routes ii) regulations and permitting iii) research and spatial planning iv) beach precinct development, tourism infrastructure and tourism safety v) maritime tourism and vi) skills development.

Over the last year, three initiatives, namely Blue Flag Beaches Programme, Boat Based Whale Watching and Shark Cage Diving and Off Road Vehicle 4X4 Beach Driving have commenced. These initiatives will continue to be taken forward in the First Phase Implementation Plan.

I would like to convey my gratitude to the relevant public and private stakeholders who took part in the development of detailed plans for Coastal and Marine Tourism Implementation Plan. I can say without a doubt that it is only through these kind of partnership that we can successfully implement this plan, together We Do Tourism concluded Minister Xasa.

Source: Government of South Africa

Free entry during SANParks week

South Africans can look forward to entering most national parks for free when SA National Parks (SANParks) launches its annual week on 17 September.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will officially launch the week at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) in the eastern Free State.

Since its inception in 2006, National Parks week has seen an influx of over 220 000 day visitors in all participating National Parks.

The concept of National Parks Week was established in a bid to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa's natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the National Parks system.

After the official opening, people can start making their way to a national park of their choice including Mapungubwe, Marakele and Kruger in the Limpopo Province.

GGHNP, Mapungubwe and Marakele will extend the week to Sunday, 24th September, while Kruger will allow free visits only until Friday, 22 September.

We are hoping to see an influx of people at all our parks especially because Sunday the 24th is Heritage Day which is all about celebrating our heritage and culture and what a better way to celebrate that if not spending a day in a national park, said Lombard Shirindzi, General Manager of the Northern Region Parks.

Our theme for this year is still 'Know your national parks' and we encourage one and all to visit these parks that are full of rich history and heritage, Shirindzi said.

All people from school groups, community members and higher education institutions are encouraged to use this opportunity that will give them a wealth of knowledge about the deep heritage entrenched in the country's national parks.

All that is required is for individuals to produce their green bar-coded South African identity document.

A detailed programme on the activities lined up for the week will be posted on the SANParks website soon.

Large groups such as schools and communities are encouraged to call the parks and pre-book to avoid waiting for too long.

Parks contacts are as follows: Mapungubwe (015) 534 7923/4, Marakele (014) 777- 6929 and Golden Gate (058) 255 0937.

Source: South African Government News Agency

TRANSPORT PROJECTS FINANCED BY AFDB IN 1967-2017 BENEFITTED 450 ...

ABIDJAN, Aug 18 (NNN-AfDB) -- Over its 50-year history, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has financed over 450 transport projects, changing the lives of close to 450 million people across Africa.

Roads, port, airport, and railway projects are all included on a map published as part of the 50th anniversary of the first project financed by the Bank, a road project in Kenya, in 1967.

This document shows the location of all of these projects and the financing provided in each country. In total, the Bank has loaned and granted more than 30 billion US dollars to improve transport systems in Africa.

While almost all AfDB member countries have benefited from financing, the map shows the countries that have accessed the Bank's financing most often. Morocco and Tunisia, the countries with the most financing for transport over the past 50 years, received US $2.7 billion and US $2 billion, respectively.

At the subregional level, the map shows the significance of East African project financing. More than a billion dollars of transport project financing was provided to Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. West Africa ranks next, with CAte d'Ivoire leading the way with the recent urban transport megaprojects.

The map also differentiates between the various types of transport that received funding. Roads projects are the most numerous. Some help open up remote regions and stimulate economic development, particularly in agriculture, such as the Koumra-Sarh road in southern Chad (see the impact study).

Others consolidate existing transport patterns, connecting African capitals and linking principal ports, facilitating trade.

This was the goal of the first project financed by the AfDB, in 1967, for paving two sections of road in Kenya. The first section of road linking the Kenyan cities of Eldoret to the Timborora region of Uganda, laid the foundation for a road system that is now essential to commerce between the countries of the Great Lakes and Indian Ocean regions.

The second connected Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, to the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. It has become a major trunk road for commerce and tourism in both countries.

In total, more than 40,000 kilometres of roads have been paved with the Bank's financing, or four times the distance between Tunis, the continent's northernmost capital, and Cape Town, the southernmost.

African ports have also received significant financing. As entry points for international trade, ports are important for African countries' economic competitiveness.

Sixteen ports have been created, expanded or modernized through financing provided by the Bank, particularly in West Africa: Cotonou (1979), Banjul (1982), Conakry (1983), Dakar (2009), and Lome (2011). These ports also handle trade from landlocked countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The Bank also supported shipyard development in Cape Verde, Cameroon and Burundi.

Rail transport plays a fundamental role in the economies and national cohesiveness of many African countries by facilitating the transport of goods and people over long distances.

The map demonstrates the relatively advanced state of southern and northern African rail systems: these two regions include nine of the 14 African countries requesting AfDB funding for rail projects. Tunisia (1975) and Zambia (1979) led the way, while the most recent projects concern Transnet in South Africa (2010 and 2014) and a multinational Mozambique-Malawi project (2015).

These two projects are supported by the Bank's private sector branch, since rail projects are good opportunities to create public-private partnerships.

In the air transport sector, the Bank has supported investment in some 30web airports across the continent. In large countries such as Nigeria or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, both assisted by the AfDB, air transport provides national cohesion and the ability to deal with emergency situations, delivering food and medical supplies, for example.

In financing airports for island nations such as Cape Verde or the Seychelles, the AfDB assists in bringing them into the global flow of trade and tourism.

In addition to financing terminal construction, the AfDB has been involved in air security improvement over the past ten years through the establishment of training programs and provision of equipment through regional economic communities, the most recent of which concerns 25 Central and West African countries.

Transport projects have changed over the past 50 years, moving beyond infrastructure construction. "To reach their full potential, transport projects must be supplemented by investments in other economic sectors," according to the evaluators of the first transport project financed by the AfDB.

They set the stage for what has become the Bank's holistic approach: support local economic players and associations and strengthen health and education services. Adapted to the local context, such projects help maximize the projects' impacts on people's daily lives of the Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Department).

Started under the leadership of the East African Community, the first project financed by the Bank recalls the importance of the Bank's work as a coordinating body in close collaboration with regional economic communities.

Encouraging discussions between political decision-makers, building capacity in public institutions, standardising regulatory environments or simplifying customs procedures are important tasks that cannot be shown on the map, but that play a key role in facilitating the movement of people and goods around the continent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete: Injongo Primary School media classroom ...

Keynote address at Injongo Primary School Media Classroom handover by Deputy Minister, Ms Pamela Tshwete, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Programme Director,

MTN Foundation South Africa

The School Principal and Educators

School Governing Body Members

Local Councillors

Religious and Political Leaders

Parents and Learners

Regional Director (Mr Khan) and all Government Officials

Ladies and gentlemen

Molweni. Let me take this opportunity and greet you all in the name of the Department of Water and Sanitation and MTN Foundation our Baswa Le Meetse sponsor.

Ndicela nokunamkela egameni labazali, abafundi nootitshala bonke besikolo Injongo Primary School.

Mandilithathe kwakhona elithuba ndamkele kakhule abahlali ngokubanzi iindwendwe zethu eziphuma kwezinye izikolo.

Ndiyathemba ukuba nabo bazakufunda kulomzekelo wanamhlanje umhlekangakanana.

In recognition of the Women's Month in the calendar of our country let me also recognise the women who are together with us especially those women who in the bringing up of their children sang with their babies.

The Injongo Primary School are the 2016 winners of the Music Category of Baswa Le Meetse. These are the children growing up sang with their parents. I today salute all those mothers.

The MTN Foundation support to and association with schools under the Baswa Le Meetse programme has gone a long way in empowering our schools through the use of technology.

You are today joining many schools who got this award before and your situation will also improve. Society rewards winners and the people follow winners and hence MTN Foundation and the Department of Water and Sanitation are here.

Congratulations to all in the Injongo Primary School family on their Award winning of the Media Classroom by MTN Foundation.

I must highlight that the Media Classroom is the first prize following the excellent performance in Music Category which saw them being position number one in this category.

The school also came into the second position in Drama Category in which my Department has awarded them cash amounting to R11, 000.00.

The first Western Cape Media Classroom Award under the Poetry category was given to Hibernia Primary School in 2011. This is a school from George.

The second Western Cape Media Classroom Award was under the Poster category was given to Amstelhof Primary School in 2015. Amstelhof Primary is a school from Paarl.

In order to improve our living conditions we must always work harder and position ourselves ahead of others in any race or competition.

Smart people and successful organisations set targets for themselves in order to achieve their goals and objectives in life within time and with good results.

Voluntarily you selected to be counted in the struggle against water loses, against degradation of the environment, against pollution of the water resource.

Your struggle has been a struggle for a responsible water resource management, a struggle about ensuring sustainability of water supply and about provision of water to all.

The Baswa Le MeetseAwards (Youth in Water Awards) is aimed at recognizing the role of learners in awareness campaigns related to water security, promotion of health and hygiene, stimulation of youth interest in water and sanitation related careers and promotion of cultural diversity by all South African national groups.

We are here today to celebrate with you because this is your own achievement and in recognition of your hard work it has been donated to you by the Department of Water and Sanitation and MTN Foundation, but please remember that it is your hard work Award.

No other school anywhere in this country will achieve a Media Classroom Award unless that school selects the route to participate in this struggle you have selected for yourselves.

Ladies and gentlemen you will also remember that the Department of Basic Education allocates Learner Support Material to all schools in the country.

The Department of Basic Education allocates books, stationary and desks to all South Africa schools.

We do not celebrate for these allocations because they are not achievements but given to all schools as a standard practice. We only celebrate with the winners.

This Media Classroom must ensure that your lives are improved. Through this Media Classroom you must learn more about the water and sanitation situation in the country and in particular here in the Western Cape and share that information with your communities and otherschools.

Your teachers, through this Media Classroom must improve the teaching content and research capability of the school to improve the level of quality teaching and learning.

All learners in this school must through this Media Classroom do research to present better school projects and improve their academic achievements and provide better clarity in the course content of the subjects they do.

The community must use this Media Classroom and assist the school to communicate with all parents and other stakeholders of the school.

Most importantly is that, the municipalityand government departments can also email messages to the school and those messages could be relayed through learners to reach the community.

What I have explained above means that this facility should remain very important to this community because it has a potential to benefit the entire community.

I will also from time to time sendmessages from parliament to all of you through this Media Classroom facility.

This facility is an important asset of this community and therefore, it must be protected from criminals and vandals.

It must be protected from cyber thieves and it must be protected from jealouse people.

In this community like other communities there are people who do not like progress and development. For example, when they want a clinic built in their community, or they want a community meeting with the local Councillor they burn and destroy an existing school.

We must teach them to communicate and forward their demands through proper channels and to the relevant authorities without destroying infrastructure.

We must cause them to appreciate good and modern innovations we are making as part of transforming our country.

You must allow those who want to learn from your best practices and experienceslearn without any obstacles. You must be careful of those who may want to destroy what you have achieved.

Although we celebrate here today you will recall that the whole of the Western Cape is still going through serious water shortages caused by the severe drought conditions.

The water and sanitation infrastructure requires the Western Cape Water Supply System to accommodate large volumes of storage particularly developing communities such as Khayelitsha.

We need more technical people to manage and maintain the water and sanitation infrastructure. This community must also produce plumbers, water agents, electricians and technicians who would assist in the maintenance of the water and sanitation infrastructure.

Water must be used sparingly. We cannot afford leaking taps in our homes, schools, clinics and other public or private facilities.

Here in Khayelitsha, the department has in 2015/2016 recruited 96 young people to be trained as artisans and water agents as part of the War on Leaks Programme.

These young people have completed the theoretical training and have now been placed on experiential training within the City of Cape Town Metro, Transnet and in the Non Governmental Organisation called ZEST.

We want more young people to join the War on Leaks Programme which is another attempt to save water through public education and maintenance of the old infrastructure.

The water and sanitation infrastructure in most municipalities is old and dilapidated.

We still need additional technology that will help us provide water more efficiently.

We do not have better technology to easily dispose human waste in our waste water treatment works.

Our funding resources are also limited to rollout water and sanitation services to all communities.

We need more qualified engineers to develop and maintain the current infrastructure.

I want to call upon you our children of this country to take education very seriously in order to change our country and the world and build a better life for all.

We must all ensure that we never lose a single academic year in our education and training careers because the more we lose a year, the more resources are wasted by both our parents and government.

This is a loss of our ability as a nation to produce the so much needed technical careers that has the potential to create new jobs.

These delays will result in poor service delivery, loss of more water through lack of poor maintenance and loss of financial resources through exorbitant rates by private service providers.

To all parents present here today I want to say education is the greatest investment most needed by our country and it is a life time gift for your child.

Chairperson, allow me to once again thank MTN Foundation our sponsor for being so kind and generous to the cause to save water.

Without them we would not have covered so many schools with these technological innovations in our Media Classrooms.

You must all remember that the MTN Foundation Media Classroom Award means that twenty (21) computers are donated to one school and they are all loaded with educational software, an interactive white board, data-bundles for a 24 months contract, computer lab desks and chairs.

The Media Classroom we have handed over today is also fitted with a security system and a plaque giving a brief history of this Award.

As I have said before we must all look after this facility in the name of the Department of Water and Sanitation, MTN Foundation, the learners and all the educators who made this day possible.

We must support this one initiative in order to encourage our educators and our parents to plan more projects and activities that will develop the school to greater heights and compete and participate equally with schools in the suburbs and private schools.

Please enjoy this facility and ensure that it makes a difference in this school in particular and the Khayelitsha community in general.

Source: Government of South Africa

BRICS REGIONAL CENTRE CAN HELP SOUTH AFRICA REACH DEVELOPMENT ...

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 18 (NNN-SA NEWS) -- The newly launched African Regional Centre (ARC) set up by the BRICS New Deevelopment Bank in Sandton, Johannesburg, is expected to help South Africa implement its infrastructure objectives and meet other funding needs, says Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Speaking after President Jacob Zuma launched the centre Thursday, he said the process of establishing the ARC had been in the making for many years. We did not rush this process; what we have done now is to expedite the process since April 2017 so that we are on par with other founding members of BRICS.

Minister Gigaba also welcomed comments by New Development Bank (NDB) President Kundapur Kamath that the bank, which is a multilateral development bank, would will issue Rand-denominated loans. The NDB is an initiative of the BRICS group of leading emerging nations comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

We quite appreciate the commitment by the bank to issue Rand-denominated loans because it will assist a great deal in terms of the structure and quality of our debt and our ability to meet our debt requirements. We need to address structural weaknesses in the economy, he added.

Speaking earlier during the launch of the ARC earlier, Kamath said the centre would be the face of the NDB in Africa. The objective of the bank is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies.

The bank, which started operations in July 2015, had by the end of 2016 approved seven project loans in area of sustainable infrastructure totalling 1.5 billion US dollars to all BRICS member countries. In 2017, the bank expects to approve loans aggregating 2.5 billion USD to 3.0 billion USD for about ten projects.

In 2018 we expect total lending of about 4.0 billion USD. The target is to end 2018 with a loan book of about 8.0 billion USD for projects, said Kamath, who added that the bank wanted to identify a strong project pipeline it could support.

Kamath said the bank expected the ARC to play a major role in project identification.

Working with the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC), South Africa is in the process of finalising its project pipeline. We are hoping that we should by the time we go to the BRICS Summit (to be held in China in September) have developed a semblance of the project pipeline that we will finalise and start accepting funding, loans from the bank," said Gigaba.

"The 1.5 billion USD more or less that has been promised by the bank as the President of the NDB was saying will go a long way towards assisting us to strengthen the balance sheets of state owned companies in order to implement critical infrastructure in the areas we agreed to."

Gigaba said the government was working closely with the NDB in terms of ensuring that the projects are bankable. They are critical projects in terms of our priorities. In so doing we would also assist the South African economy because at the present moment an environment of slow growth and high unemployment we do need infrastructure investments in order to reignite growth in the economy to get employment, he added.

Meanwhile, the NDB's founding documents makes provision that the bank would be open to new members other than the current BRICS members. NDB Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Leslie Maasdorp said it was part of the bank's vision that it grows beyond the five BRICS countries.

The articles of the bank make provision that new membership of the bank will be comprised of three categories -- first, the BRICS countries will dilute their shareholding to a minimum of 55 per cent at some moment in the future, 25 per cent will be set aside to developing countries in that way 50 per cent of the bank will always in the future be controlled by emerging markets. That underscores the narrative stated by President Zuma and President Kamath that this bank is the voice of emerging markets within the multilateral space. The final 20 per cent will be set aside for advanced industrialised countries, said Maasdorp.

However, the bank is not yet able to admit new members. There's no application process where a member can apply to join tomorrow. The detailed process is still being defined, the essential key point is that it will be dominated by emerging markets, African countries, said the CFO.

One of the key aspects of multilateral banks that makes them unique is that they are very highly rated. The NDB, which has its headquarters in Shanghai, has an AAA rating in Chinese capital markets.

The bank is in the process to obtain an international rating, that is an ongoing process. We have started our engagements. The rating is important in that it allows the bank to raise funding in the debt market at a cheaper rate that allows us to lend. The bank is rated now but only in China and we are in the process of obtaining an international rating, said Maasdorp.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals Establishes its First Subsidiary in Rwanda

L.E.A.F. Rwanda Ltd. to focus on establishing Kigali as a biotechnology hub in Africa

VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals LLC, a global pharmaceutical company located in the historic area of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA, with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer, today announced the establishment of L.E.A.F. Rwanda Ltd. (L.E.A.F. Rwanda), a biotechnology company, headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

L.E.A.F. Rwanda, a fully owned subsidiary of L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, will focus on establishing Rwanda as a hub for biotechnology Research and Development (R&D) as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa. This Kigali headquartered company will work to attract and retain highly skilled biotechnology scientists and clinical researchers from Africa and beyond, in a quest to discover and develop innovative medicines against diseases that predominantly afflict the health of the African population. L.E.A.F. Rwanda will partner with L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals to facilitate advanced skills transfer to the continent, for long term sustainability of a robust biotechnology industry in Africa.

“Historically, innovative lifesaving medicines have taken too long to reach the African population, if at all. A key component of L.E.A.F. Rwanda’s mission is to focus on expeditiously making available such medicines to the African population,” says Founder, President, and CEO of L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Clet Niyikiza.

Since L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals began operations in August 2014, the company has filed nearly a dozen patent applications to protect its intellectual property. L.E.A.F. Rwanda, in partnership with L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, anticipates making available its first anticancer medicine in Africa starting in 2019.

For more information, please visit www.leafpharmaceuticals.com.

About L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer. L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals also harnesses scientific advances and breakthroughs in molecular biology and biochemistry, and re-engineers failed or non-effective yet promising molecules, with the goal to discover new, safer and more effective medicines.

Media Contact: Dr. Navreet Dhindsa
Corporate Communications
ndhindsa@leafpharmaceuticals.com
Mobile: 617 803 7404

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PRINCE AZENATHI CONFIRMED AS ACTING KING OF THE ABATHEMBU BY PREMIER ...

BHISHO, SOUTH AFRICA, The office of the Premier of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, Phumulo Masualle, has confirmed that the acting king of the Abathembu nation, Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo, will remain acting king until the Abathembu Royal Family makes a review and submits a name to the provincial government.

The acting period for the Abathembu acting king is six months according to the law and Prince Azenathi's acting period came to an end in July.

Prince Mthandeni, the brother of the jailed King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, is challenging the appointment of King Buyelekhaya's son, Azenathi, as the acting king in the Grahamstown High Court and the matter will be heard on the 12th of October.

The spokesperson at the Office of the Premier, Sonwabo Mbananga, said Wednesday: It does not mean in the interim, (Prince Azenathi) ceases to be the Acting King. Until such time that the process has been followed, and that process included the family submission to the premier, in terms of the legislative process for the premier to consider whether Azenathi should continue or another name would be submitted."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK