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Daily News Update – May 1

WATCH: Ramaphosa confident ANC will win more than 50% in election

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed thousands of supporters at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday. Photo: X/@MYANC

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed confidence that his party, the African National Congress (ANC), will win more than 50% of the vote in the upcoming national and provincial elections and can even win in the Western Cape.

South Africans will go to the polls on May 29 in what is expected to be the closest election since the dawn of democracy thirty years ago.

Addressing thousands of supporters at Cape Town’s Athlone Stadium on Wednesday, Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC leader, emphasized the ruling party’s goal of achieving a decisive victory in the elections, saying that the people are determined to ensure that the party does not fall below 50%. brand.

“There are those who are out there, various political parties that are out there and they are our opponents. They run all over the country like little brakes, running and saying all kinds of things saying nweh, nweh, nweh (sic).

The ANC president also took the opportunity to take some jabs at the Democratic Alliance (DA), predicting that the ANC could take control of the Western Cape province.

WATCH: City Power suspects fire on M1 motorway in Johannesburg CBD was caused by vandals

Authorities are working to contain a fire on the M1 in Johannesburg. (Screenshot/@Abramjee/X)

In other news, City Power said it suspects the fire on the M1 motorway in Johannesburg may have been started by vandals.

Parts of Johannesburg’s city center filled with smoke on Wednesday morning after underground cables caught fire.

The fire caused power outages in several parts of the city, including Braamfontein, Page View, Parktown, Melville, Amalgam, Vrededop, Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

According to authorities, no victims or injuries have been reported.

‘The liberation army cannot be robbed’: Solly Mapaila shoots at MK party

SACP general secretary Solly Mapaila overshadowed the MK party. Photo: Nigel Sibanda/The Citizen

South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Solly Mapaila has again attacked the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, claiming it had “stolen” the identity of the ANC liberation army and would not allow it.

The ANC has taken the MK party to court for using the name and logo linked to its armed wing ahead of this year’s elections. The matter was dismissed by the Durban High Court last week, but the ANC said it intends to appeal.

Speaking at a Labor Day rally in Cape Town on Wednesday, Mapaila shaded the MK party and said its actions would not be tolerated.

“I trust in the quality of the players”: Walter defends the teams for the World Cup

All-rounder Marco Jansen in action for the Warriors during a CSA T20 Challenge match in March. Image: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

While bowler Anrich Nortje and all-rounder Marco Jansen have failed to show their form in recent weeks, Proteas coach Rob Walter has defended his selections for next month’s T20 World Cup.

Nortje, one of the world’s fastest bowlers, has struggled to recover after returning from a long-term back injury. He has taken just six wickets in seven games for Delhi Capitals during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, with an average of 42.00 and an economy rate of 13.36.

Meanwhile, Jansen has not been given the chance to prove himself after playing just one match in the last seven weeks for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Confirmed: Adrian Newey will leave Red Bull at the beginning of 2025

Adrian Newey will leave Red Bull after 19 years at the beginning of 2025. (Photo by ERWIN SCHERIAU / AFP)

Red Bull confirmed on Wednesday that celebrated technical director Adrian Newey will leave the Formula One team in early 2025 after 19 years.

It was widely reported last week that the designer was on the verge of resigning following a controversy involving allegations about team principal Christian Horner.

The announcement will spark a bidding war for Newey’s services, with Ferrari, soon to be joined by Lewis Hamilton, in pole position to sign him.

Newey, widely regarded as F1’s greatest designer and one of the main architects of Red Bull’s dominance, will end his stay in the “first quarter” of next year, according to a Red Bull statement.

24 hours in pictures, May 1, 2024

Our image editors select the best news photographs from South Africa and around the world to give you a visual snapshot of the day’s events.

The aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force, the Frecce Tricolori, leaves multicolored vapor trails as they perform during an air show organized on the occasion of the 64th aerobatic season of the Frecce Tricolori, at the Rivolto Air Base, near Udine, northeast from Italy, on May 1st. 2024. The 64th aerobatic season will officially open on May 5 in Caorle (Venice) with several flyovers in numerous Italian locations. Additionally, this year, thirty years after the last mission, the Frecce Tricolori will return to North America with a tour that will kick off on June 22 with a performance in the skies of Bagotville, Canada. Photo: EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI