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DA: from leadership races, sex scandals and Daso's Fort Hare take over

DA: from leadership races, sex scandals and Daso's Fort Hare take over

While the DA denies claims of a sex scandal based on an anonymous email, the two main candidates for the leadership election – Dr Wilmot James and Mmusi Maimane – are preparing for a live television debate tonight. It’s being broadcast by Kyknet and the host of that event is Waldimar Pelser, the Editor of Rapport newspaper:

Because there isn't a set format in the South African political landscape, we'll give each candidate a minute for opening statements justfying why they think they're the best candidate to grow the DA. They will be able to engage each other directly, but it won't be allowed to develop into a bunfight. It has to be tightly controlled because it's only going to be on for a half-an-hour.

Meanwhile, news from the Eastern Cape over the weekend is that the DA Students Organisation (Daso) has won the SRC elections at the University of Fort Hare. DA Youth National Leader, Yusuf Cassim:

This election itself was a litmus test for students - particularly those from working class backgrounds - would put their trust in the DA to drive their issues. This is quite relevant for the rest of the province and the rest of the country as well. The issues particularly around Higher Education and Training - the DA has been very progressive in that area. The ANC during the lead up to the elections were panicked - they brought in their big guns, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Eastern Cape Premier (Phumullo Masualle) all making appearances.

Panayiotou murder case underway

At the Magistrates Court in Brighton Hill, Port Elizabeth is where Christopher Panayiotou has appeared in court on charges of abducting and killing his wife Jayde Panayiotou. He was arrested at the end of last week after Jayde Panayiotou went missing and was then found dead in Uitenhage. EWN's Siyabonga Sesant:

It was a very short court appearance today and Christopher didn't speak. The charges are kidnapping, robbery and murder. Two other men have been arrested with regards to this case. A third suspect was arrested last night in New Brighton and he will be in court tomorrow; he's alleged to be the hitman that was hired to kill Jayne. Police could not be drawn on the motive for this at all, but they have ruled out robbery as a motive.

Double Metrobus crash - update

In Joburg, Metrobus has confirmed that that driver in a crash between two Metrobusses on Jan Smuts Avenue ten days ago was driving in the wrong lane and was breaking the speed limit. EWN's Thando Kubheka:

What Metrobus has revealed is that the driver was coming from the northern direction, hit a barrier rail and then the other bus. The people who were hospitalised including the bus driver have been discharged from the hospital. Details from the investigation are yet to be revealed. Metrobus say they now want to introduce governors so that drivers don't drive over the speed limit. These and more measures will be revealed over the next few days.

Amstel Lite vs Castle Lite

A claim from SAB over the weekend is that Brandhouse is trying to steal some of its market share by selling the beer Amstel Lite in packing that is very similar to Castle Lite. Founder and CEO of the Brand School, Nicky Graham:

This is an issue about product differentiation that's been put down to colour. We await the outcome of the appeal.

Durban's harbour turns into a sand pit

A report in the Business Day notes that the sand is beginning to pile up at the entrance to the Durban harbour. This means that some ships have actually touched the bottom. Cape Times Shipping Writer, Brian Ingram:

Durban has always been a port where dredging is absolutely essentially and the shipping channels have always been kept very clear of sand, so this is unusual. Those that are fed by rivers (need to be dredged more frequently): if one gets any shipping delayed because of a sand intrusion, then that delay can be very expensive and if a vessel does touch bottom, it can mean expensive delays and repairs. Dredges are quite complex vessels, they have to be maintained and they cost a bit to build and the crew would have to be paid.

Mala mala land claim benefits yet to be seen

A report on the front page of the Times newspaper this morning is that the community that was given the land around the Mala Mala Game Reserve has not actually benefitted from the project in any way (Mala Mala is a game reserve located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga). Associate Professor at UWC's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agragrian Studies (Plaas), Professor Ruth Hall:

The Mala Mala claim was the biggest claim ever in post-94 South Africa, coming in at just under R1 bil. and this community of about 15 000 people was given this land and there were questions around whether the community would be able to use the land and so this family has leased the land back from the community at a cost R700 000/month.

How Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight shows a turn for Pay Per View TV

In the aftermath of Sunday morning’s huge fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is a suggestion that by using Twitter and live streaming apps on Twitter, the Pay Per View broadcasting model may be over. CEO of Strategy Worx Consulting, Steve Ambrose:

These apps allow people to do a lot around the stream: after paying their $100 Pay Per View - switched on Telescope - and they used this to stream the show to many people. HBO and all of these other people have a huge problem on their hands; the Pay Per View industry has been turned on their heads. More and more people are watching video on their phones, tablets - their mobile devices.

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