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In today’s #MiddayReport (among other things):

Tributes continue to pour in following the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa over the weekend. SAPS National Commissioner Rhia Piyega announced there would be a special task team assigned to this case, as well as top investigators. SAPS Ballistics Expert Chris Mangena - who impressed during the #OscarTrial with his evidence - was spotted at the crime scene today.

But there has been no sign of Meyiwa’s girlfriend Kelly Khumalo today.

Police are expected to release an indentikit of the men responsible for Meyiwa’s murder… which Khumalo has been helping compile. Police are adamant this was not a hit.

EWN's Gia Nicholaides, outside Kelly Khumalo's home

*** The identikit has JUST been made public by SAPS...

The announcement of a R250 000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the suspects has created a stir. Some have asked why a reward should be offered for a high profile person's killers when crime affects everyone. Others, have indicated it could be the perfect remedy...

Meanwhile EWN’s Vumani Mkhize at the family home in Umlazi where Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula is expected to pay his respects, as is Pirates player Itumeleng Khune… He had a chance to speak to Senzo's cousin Siyabonga...

The country should celebrate Senzo’s achievements.

Siyabonga Meyiwa, Senzo’s cousin

But for now the predominant mood is still one of mourning. Siyabonga announced that Senzo's funeral will be held at a local KZN stadium on Saturday. And back in Vosloorus - some of Kelly Khumalo's neighbours are holding a vigil at a nearby church.

Hear the EWN reports here...

On the front page of today’s Business Day a report that the Department of Transport has tried to stop the airline Emirates from carrying on with its fourth daily flight from Joburg to Dubai. #MiddayReport understands that there is a bilateral agreement between South Africa and the UAE that permits Emirates to introduce this forth flight…

The current agreement with the UAE, dates back to 2007 and it was premised primarily around the FIFA World Cup in 2010 – in light of demand we were expecting, so far as visitors coming to the World Cup were concerned. That speaks to a review of the agreement from time to time – as we would with any other airline.

Tiyani Rakhotso, Communications Head at Department of Transport

Emirates announced earlier this year that they would be introducing the fourth flight, but that was blocked by the Department of Transport. According to Business Day - on Friday last week, Emirates won an urgent interdict permitting it to proceed, only three days before the first flight was scheduled to take place.

What we are doing currently as a Department, while being respectful to the legal decision, is to engage on a Government to Government level – is for them to understand why we want to assess the market demands.

The fact that they went to court doesn’t mean we had done something wrong.

The Department of Transport have denied allegations that it is blocking the expansion of other airlines in order to protect national airline SAA...

We do not act in the interest of SAA, we act in the interest of the aviation industry in general. We need to treat all airline companies operating within SA or into SA equally. They are an investor in South Africa one way or another.

Tiyani Rakhotso, Communications Head at Department of Transport

Tiyani Rakhotso's full interview is below..

Elon Musk has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could be one of the biggest threats to mankind. Click here to hear Stephen's chat with Arthur Goldstuck, MD of the World Wide Worx about whether we need to worry..


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