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8 IN OTHER NEWS Friday, September 1 2017 | NEW ERA This day in history... 1 st September 2000: Construction on the 9-metre SALT telescope at Sutherland, the largest single telescope in the southern hemisphere, starts officially with a groundbreaking ceremony. 2002: Tony Blair flies into the Mozambique capital, Maputo, warning fellow world leaders there could be “no backsliding” at the Earth Summit. 2004: Bloodshed, looting and destruction ensue when thousands of street hawkers, marching through central Johannesburg protesting against council regulations which they say are impeding their trade, encounter mainly foreigners who are continuing to trade. Police are unable to prevent the violence. In Arts, Entertainment, and Sports … 2000: South African boxing champion Dingaan Thobela ‘The Rose of Soweto,’ wins the middleweight world champion title of the World Boxing Council (WBC). 1853: The first adhesive postage stamp in Africa was issued in the Cape of Good Hope, a British colony at the time. The triangular shaped stamp became known as the ‘Cape Triangular’. The first adhesive stamp ever to be issued in the world was the British “Penny Black” in 1840, which depicted Queen Victoria’s head against a black background and had a denomination of one penny. 1859: The Wesleyan Mission Press completes the printing of the Xhosa Bible. 1969: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seizes power in Libya after a coup d’état, deposing King Idris and exiling him to Egypt. 1973: Libya nationalises 51 percent of nine other oil companies’ concessions. 1981: A bloodless coup under General André Kolingba ousts President David Dacko of the Central African Republic. 2000: The implementation phase of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is launched. SA student receives N million by mistake Staff Reporter Windhoek 1870: Cecil John Rhodes arrives in Durban on doctor’s advice to move to a warmer climate. He would evolve into one of the ultimate ruthless imperialist who, besides fiercely and successfully pushing for the acquisition of diamond mining, believed in the superiority of the British rule and that it was his duty to rule over all areas “inhabited by the most despicable specimen of human being.” Those areas stretched from the Atlantic coast of what is now Walvis Bay in Namibia, the entire of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt. His ultimate imperial dream was to have a railway from Cape Town to Cairo. 1952: South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist, politician, Afrikaans poet and lawyer Nakedi Mathews Phosa is born in Mbombela township, Nelspruit. Post South Africa’s independence he would become the premier of Mpumalanga. Nun bank robbers… Police in the USA were hunting for two nuns wanted for an attempted bank robbery. Two armed women stormed into a branch of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, around midday on Monday dressed in nuns’ habits. One suspect, who appeared to be carrying a black handgun, demanded money from the teller, while the other waited by the door, police said. Police released the images from a surveillance video in the bank showing the ‘nuns’ brandishing pistols while trying to rob the bank. They fled empty-handed and are now being sought by the FBI. The suspects are described as two Hispanic females, both approximately 5’ to 5’2” tall and of medium build. Each woman was wearing a black nun’s habit and veil, with a white wimple covering her hair and part of her face. One woman also had on dark sunglasses. Both are considered armed and dangerous. – Mirror A South African student at the Walter Sisulu University in Eastern Cape province was surprised to find N.1 million wrongly deposited in into her student account. The South African National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the equivalent of the Namibia students financial assistance fund (NSFAF), wrongly deposited the money. And it took more than two months for NSFAS accountants to realise they are missing N.1 million dollars. Which they only noticed after the friends of the student – Sibongile Mani – posted bank balance receipt on Facebook. Apparently Mani was spending large, splashing out on her close friends and hosting lavish parties. The friends, who are not close friends, got jealous and reported her. By that time, she had spent N8,000. To make things worse, the 27-year old Mani is also a student leader and branch secretary of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania, a wing of the Pan African Congress. She is studying accounting. Her comrades in the umbrella student body, South African Students Congress (Sasco) reported on her after seeing her arrive at meetings in fancy clothes and sporting new wigs. Oh, and she was now using the latest iPhone 7. “She used to sport neat cornrows, but she had recently started wearing a R3,000 Peruvian weave,” Samkelo Sibongile Mani Mqhayi, deputy branch secretary of Sasco and SRC student support officer, told the South African media, admitting that it was him who reported Mani to the authorities. “She also bought an iPhone 7 for herself and all her friends. She suddenly appeared at lectures wearing designer clothes. She threw surprise birthday parties for her friends and used some of the money to fly to events like the Durban July,” said Mqhayi. “Suspicions grew after a receipt from Spar was leaked showing a balance of just over R13.6-million. I called NSFAS offices to check if this was true and NSFAS confirmed that the initial amount was R14 million.” “Obviously, after the slip was trending on social networks students started connecting the dots on how she has been living a luxurious life in the past few months.” Mani, who now has to pay back all the money, including the N8,000 she s already spent, told TimesLive: “It’s difficult, very difficult but I will get through [it].” Asked to tell her side of the story, Mani said: “I am not ready.”

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