The 2nd National Peoples Assembly of the Economic Freedom Fighters South Africa held at the NASREC expo centre in Soweto elected new leadership with only President Julius Malema and Deputy president Floyd Shivambu returning to their previous position.
The top six executive position and elected members are;
President: Julius Malema
Deputy President: Floyd Shivambu
National Chairperson: Veronica Mente
Secretary General: Marshall Dlamini
Deputy Secretary General: Poppy Mailola
Treasurer General: Omphile Maotwe
The Economic Freedom Fighters is the fastest growing political party in South Africa since it got into parliament in the 2014 National Elections.
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The republicans issued a forty eight hours ultimatum to the British forces with the conditions not to interfere in its internal affairs, resolution of any dispute only by arbitration, withdrawal of troops from borders and embargo on all reinforcement at land and sea anywhere in South Africa. October 9th 1899
Eight hundred men led by General De la Ray advanced south from Mafeking reaching Kraaipan station. The objective was to push back one thousand British soldiers said to have been deployed but there were none on arrival, hence the destruction of the railway line on both sides and the disconnection of the telegraph line.
While the officers were resting, sentries on lookout realized a moving train coming towards the broken rail line and alerted General De la Ray just before it derailed. They took positions and cut off the railway line on the other end to prevent the British soldiers from retreating. Before the initial Exchange of Gunfire ensued, the first shot was fired by Field Cornet J.C. Coetzee which served as a signal for the rest of the soldiers to engage. 12th October 1899
The British soldiers surrendered as this marks the first victory for the republican army. Forty prisoners and an armoured train were taken alongside a huge cache of weapons and ammunitions barely two days into the declaration of war with the British after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Researched and compiled by Abiodun Abidoye, Member Southern African Freelancers Association
Rwanda’s Mara Group launched two smartphones on Monday, describing them as the first “Made in Africa” models and giving a boost to the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub.
The Mara X and Mara Z will use Google’s Android operating system and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.
They will compete with Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37). Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.
“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa,” Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, he said.
“We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said. “There are over 1,000 pieces per phone.”
Thakkar said the plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day.
Mara Group hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa, Thakkar said.
The agreement is due to begin trading in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc. But it is still in the very early stages and no timelines have been agreed for abolishing tariffs.
Kagame said he hoped the phone would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.
“Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,” Kagame said.