BUSINESS: A Russian monument in honour of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be taken down after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last week that he is gay. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the monument, which was erected at a St Petersburg university campus and was the shape of an oversized iPhone, will be removed on Friday. The statue was erected in 2013 by a company called ZEFS, which last week announced that as result of Cook’s revelation, it had decided to remove the statue. “Russian legislation prohibits propaganda of homosexuality and other sexual perversions among minors,” ZEFS wrote in a statement. “After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was dismantled pursuant to Russian federal law on the protection of children from information that promotes the denial of traditional family values.”
MEYIWA: Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe will reportedly pledge more than R1 million to the family of murdered Bafana Bafana Captain and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. According The New Age, the mining magnate was so moved by the senseless killing that he decided to contribute the money through the Motsepe Foundation. Sundowns’ spokesperson Joe Letakgomo could not immediately confirm the report, but Motsepe is scheduled to hold a press conference in Johannesburg thus afternoon.
BUSINESS: South African Airways (SAA) Chairwoman Dudu Myeni has reportedly defied an instruction by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to reinstate Group Chief Executive Officer Monwabisi Kalawe, whom Myeni suspended last week after accusing him of corruption and because he refused to sign a performance contract. Business Day quoted an interview by The Sunday Times with the Brown where the minister said that even though she could not instruct the SAA board on how to carry out its duties, she would fire anyone who created further instability at the airline or did not cooperate with her. “I am conscious that I shouldn’t be involved in the operational functioning of the airline, and [should] not, as a politician, give instructions on how the board does its job, but I’m desperate to get the airline working. That accounts for the instruction to the chairman,” she added. Two weeks ago, Brown removed six non-executive directors who had allegedly been at loggerheads with Miyeni, accusing her of mismanagement and who had written to the previous minister, Malusi Gigaba, asking him to conduct a forensic audit at SAA.
ESKOM: Trade union Solidarity on Monday accused Eskom of negligence with regard to the collapse of a coal storage silo at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga on Saturday that has plunged the country back into the dark days of load shedding. In a statement, reported on by Business Day, the union claims Eskom was aware of deteriorating structural vibrations since January, and ignored evaluations in June and October – just three weeks before Saturday’s collapse. “Vibration of a concrete structure is extremely problematic,” said Solidarity’s head of the energy industry, Deon Reyneke. “The vibration caused or worsened weaknesses in the silo and as the vibration increased, it eventually led to the collapse.” On Monday, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said the silo was inspected in September 2013 and showed no signs that it might fail in the future.
ZAMBIA: Zambia’s acting president Guy Scott on Monday fired the governing party’s secretary general who had been at the centre of a succession battle following the death of president Michael Sata last week. Scott, who will lead the copper-rich country into elections within 90 days – sacked Edgar Lungu from his party functions, according to state radio. Lungu, who is also justice and defence minister, had been tapped by Sata as caretaker leader when the late 77-year-old left the country for medical treatment last month. Sata died in London of an unspecified ailment and will be buried on 11 November. In a cabinet meeting after Sata’s death, Scott, then vice president, was named acting president, making him Africa’s first white head of state since apartheid. In a letter dated 3 November, Scott sacked Lungu who had earlier said he gave up power to promote peace and party unity.
Additional reporting by Sapa