Acclaimed local designer David Tlale who has made a name for himself on international stage, has partnered with beauty brand Avon.
The items that are on the #DavidTlaleXAvon collection which drops in March. Picture: Supplied.
Acclaimed local designer David Tlale who has made a name for himself on international stage, has partnered with beauty brand Avon.
The items that are on the #DavidTlaleXAvon collection which drops in March. Picture: Supplied.
Online content should be regulated with a system somewhere between the existing rules used for the telecoms and media industries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told global leaders and security chiefs on Saturday.
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DURBAN – During the 2020 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa made special mention of the great strides being made by the Youth Employment Service (YES).
Since the official launch of YES in November 2018, more than 550 companies have partnered with YES to create over 32000 quality work experiences. These are expected to inject more than R1.3 billion back into local economies through youth salaries.
This result makes YES one of the highest-impact, jobs initiatives in the country that is not funded by government, but leverages an innovative dti policy on the Codes of Good Practice to reward companies. The reward is a B-BBEE level up for an investment in youth jobs.
Research by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) indicates that the cost to the country of lifetime unemployment is R1.2 million per person.
The 32,000 YES jobs equate to an investment of R1.3 billion in youth salaries for a year, which already breaks the scaring effects of unemployment, by derisking a youth and giving them the experience needed to launch into further work opportunities. We could then argue that YES is potentially saving taxpayers some R38 billion that it would have cost the country had those youth remained unemployed.
"Additionally, the 32,000 youth salaries have a significant implication on the socio-economic outcomes for youth, their families, and local communities especially considering the multiplier effect of this additional income for households and businesses," said Ismail-Saville.
YES Chief Executive Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville stated that this achievement is testament to the dedication and efforts of not only the YES team but of the many partners who have come together to help build a better future for the country’s youth. Large corporates and multinationals, small businesses as well as ordinary South Africans have all played a role.
"It is enormously encouraging to see the number of businesses and ordinary citizens that recognise the untapped talent and massive potential of our country’s youth and have consequently become a part of building new economic pathways for under-35s to join the working world," said the YES Chief Executive.
The types of jobs YES is creating with partners are strategic and innovative, they have great potential for scale, social impact and longer term career pathways where youth are placed in rhino protection and game ranging opportunities, in green and blue economy jobs, as community health workers changing the health outcomes of their villages and towns and in a range of other high multiplier jobs. The benefits go way beyond just the job.
In another noteworthy achievement for YES, more than 101 corporates have achieved level-ups on the B-BBEE scorecards through partnering with YES and investing in youth job. Some companies have even achieved two level-ups by doubling the investment in youth jobs.
The state-of-the-art YES digitally delivered, soft skills and entrepreneurial training programmes on the YES apps also contribute to life-changing benefits for youth by greatly enhancing their readiness for the next career move and furnishing them with a credible CV and reference letter.
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DURBAN – Momentum Metropolitan Holdings has completed its acquisition of the Alexander Forbes short-term Insurance business (AFI) following regulatory approval.
The deal was first announced in July last year, pending regulatory approval, with Momentum Metropolitan acquiring AFI for a reported R1.94billion after Alexander Forbes revised its strategy in March and identified AFI as a non-core business.
Momentum Metropolitan said on Friday that this strategic acquisition marked continued progress on its overall reset and grow strategy, and specifically aims to fast-track growth of the short-term insurance interests of the group.
Herman Schoeman, the chief executive of Momentum Metropolitan’s non-life insurance portfolio, said an acquisition of this nature and quality strengthened Momentum short-term insurance’s (MSTI’s) distribution capabilities and complemented its customer value proposition.
“We are excited to harness the areas of expertise that will be brought together by the combined entity to deliver an enhanced customer experience and a broader range of differentiated products for policy holders to choose from,” Schoeman said.
AFI generated a profit after of R135million for the year to end March 2019 while its net asset value was R322m.
AFI targets the middle- to high-income market, offering personal and commercial short-term insurance products.
Hillie Meyer, chief executive of Momentum Metropolitan, said their portfolio of businesses already commanded substantial market share in the life insurance, investments, corporate and health product and advice arenas.
“This transaction more than doubles our client base to 150000 policyholders and positions the combined short-term insurance business of Guardrisk, Momentum Short-term Insurance and AFI within the top three players in the short-term insurance market in South Africa,” Meyer said.
Momentum Metropolitan has identified short-term insurance as an industry segment into which the group will invest capital to support its growth aspirations.
Both Guardrisk and MSTI have shown strong performance in recent years.
The group said this transaction accelerates and broadens the sustainable growth plans for this market segment.
Alexander Forbes chief executive Dawie de Villiers said the firm was pleased with the successful completion of the transaction and that, critically, the clients would continue to receive the premium benefits and service offering that they have enjoyed with AFI.
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says some lectures were disrupted on Monday morning by students demanding the scrapping of historical debt.
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First World War drama “1917” was the big winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, picking up seven awards including best picture and director for Sam Mendes, at a glittering ceremony that made headlines for a glaring lack of diversity among nominees.
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Cape Town – Making a name for yourself on the Cape Town comedy scene is no joke, but one comedian is doing that while flying the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) flag.
Eugene Mathews, 36, started out as a taxi driver and it was behind the wheel that he honed his comedic skills. Passengers would laugh at the one-liners he shared as he drove them to their destinations, but it was one regular passenger who pushed Mathews on to the stage.
“One day, a customer from Hout Bay went to a comedy show in Long Street at the old Zula Bar and he invited me along. I picked him up to take him to the show and he said, why don’t you just park your cab and come and check it out,” says Mathews.
And the comedy bug bit. So began his new career, which included being part of the ensemble of Soli Philander’s online radio offering, Taxi Radio, and the show of the same name which broadcast on Cape Town TV.
“Nine years later, I’m still in the game,” said Mathews, who is part of the line-up for this year’s Mother City Comedy Festival at the Baxter Theatre.
Mathews is an accidental LGBTQIA+ comedy ambassador and says he was merely focused on giving this new career a go and making audiences chuckle.
“I never put any thought into it, until one day a friend told me that what I am doing is really important because there is no other openly gay comedian in Cape Town or South Africa that talks about gay life. I was just on stage talking about me.”
He quickly added: “My time on stage is like therapy, I get to talk about myself the whole time.”
A comedian’s worst nightmare is pulling the punchline and getting no reaction, but when you tread on sensitive toes such as sexuality, that risk of a joke falling flat increases.
Mathews felt his only aim was to keep people entertained.
“A lot of the characters that I talk about and the situations that I go through, it’s things that they, the audience, have been through themselves or they know somebody who’s been through something like that.”
He is a natural storyteller; leaning on his own experiences and sexuality as a gay man is an extension of his work on stage. “I always knew I was going to be telling stories because I studied journalism at one stage I remember, many years ago, someone asked me what I wanted to become. and I said, an actor – now, today, I’m a comedian.”
He wears his heart on his sleeve and is humble about the fact that he is broadening representation just by doing his job:
“The older I get, the more I I realise how important it is that I do tell the story and make LGBTQIA stories, issues and life to normalise because we all have similarities in our lives.”
Mathews will perform on February 25 at 9.15pm at the comedy festival.
JOHANNESBURG – Transnet on Friday moved to stabilise its leadership, appointing its first post-state capture group chief executive, Portia Derby, to take the utility forward.
The group said it chose Derby, the ex-wife of former Transnet boss Brian Molefe, to steer the state-owned freight-rail and logistics giant into a new direction.
It said Derby, whose tenure began on Saturday, would bring certainty to its operations and play a key role in leading the revival of the parastatal.
Transnet chairperson Popo Molefe said Derby was appointed on the recommendation of the board with the support of the Cabinet.
Molefe said Derby would bring insights, experience and competence to lead Transnet.
“Her appointment comes after a rigorous and extensive search.”
Derby’s appointment comes six months after the board finished interviews for Transnet’s group chief executive. She is understood to have pipped Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive Patric Dlamini and former Transnet executive Simo Lushaba for the post.
Transnet has had two acting chief executives since Siyabonga Gama was fired nearly two years ago.
Gama, who succeeded Molefe, was axed after reports from law firms Werksmans and MNS implicating him in alleged breaches of procurement rules on a R54billion contract to buy 1064 new locomotives.
He tried unsuccessfully to challenge his dismissal through the Labour Court.
The group featured prominently in Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Last year Judge Zondo heard how the utility paid hundreds of millions of rands to Gupta-linked companies Regiments and Trillian for services which could have been provided internally.
Transnet said it had shunted the days of under-performance brought about by corruption to allay investor fears.
In the year to end March, Transnet reported a 24.7percent increase in profit to R6bn and a 1.6percent rise in revenue to R74.1bn.
However, the group recorded R49bn in irregular expenditure due to irregular locomotive contracts. In 2018, irregular expenditure amounted to R8bn, leaving the utility with a qualified audit opinion due to the lack of implementation of controls.
Derby is a former director-general in the Department of Public Enterprises.
She holds an honours degree in economics from the University of KZN and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.
The department described Derby as an independent and dynamic leader with vast experience in both the public and private sectors.
Spokesperson Sam Mkokeli said Derby would work with the board and other stakeholders to rebuild an institution that was severely affected by state capture and large-scale corruption.
“Transnet is one of the central entities in our efforts to revive the economy and simultaneously effect deep and meaningful reforms that will be felt by ordinary citizens and businesses as well,” Mkokeli said.
“The company is critical in making South Africa commercially competitive by providing and maintaining key economic infrastructure through our ports, rail and pipeline networks that facilitate the efficient movement of goods from where they are produced,” Mkokeli said.
Transnet said former acting group chief executive Mohammed Mohamedy has been asked to return to the position of acting chief financial officer and Mark Greg-MacDonald will serve as the acting group treasurer.
The University of South Africa (Unisa) has sourced the services of an independent negotiator to reach a settlement with over 4 000 staff members who downed tool amid salary negotiations.
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MIAMI GARDENS – Katie Sowers made history Sunday night, becoming the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl.
The first woman coach to help win a Lombardi Trophy remains up for grabs.
Sowers came in as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers who just happened to be the first woman ever to coach in this game. She also is the first openly gay coach.
But she missed out on
The latest Super Bowl featured women in many roles.
Norma Hunt, widow of Chiefs’ founder Lamar, is the only woman to have attended all 54 Super Bowls and also is part of the ownership group that brought Kansas City its first Super Bowl title since 1970. The 49ers have Denise DeBartolo York as co-chairman.
Then there’s Virginia McCaskey, 97 and the owner of the Chicago Bears.
The NFL announced the results of fan voting on Sunday before the Super Bowl, choosing the pass from Terry Bradshaw that Franco Harris scooped up at Three Rivers Stadium and took for a 60-yard touchdown in a 13-7 win over the Raiders in an AFC divisional game in December 1972.
Voting started in July with fans picking the best moment for each team, and the 32 moments were pared down before fans finally ranked the final four as part of the league’s centennial celebration.
The victory by the Immaculate Reception beat out the Helmet Catch by David Tyree off a pass from Eli Manning in the 2008 Super Bowl as the Giants denied New England both perfection at 19-0 and the Lombardi Trophy. Dwight Clark’s reception in the final minute of the 1981 NFC championship game at Candlestick Park best known as “The Catch” ranked third with Miami’s perfect season in 1972 fourth.
To celebrate the Immaculate Reception’s victory, Bradshaw and Harris, now both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teamed up Sunday to
“We put the ball in Terry’s hands, and the rest is history,” Harris said.
Bradshaw quipped: “You got to know how to make it bounce baby!”
Not only is the NFL celebrating 100 years of football, the league also invited four veterans of World War II who are all 100 years old to take part in the coin toss.
Charles McGee, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, flew 136 combat missions in World War II. He became a colonel who later flew in wars in Korea and Vietnam. He walked out with referee Bill Vinovich who handled the toss of the actual coin.
Sheryll Thomas of Bates City, Missouri, had one of the best deals possible for the Super Bowl: Free tickets.
She won her pair in a drawing at a 5k walk at Arrowhead Stadium in early October. So she knew for weeks she’d be inside Hard Rock Stadium for this game.
Then her favorite team, the Chiefs, won the AFC championship to earn Kansas City’s first Super Bowl trip since 1970. She and her husband, Jack, arrived at the stadium decked out in Chiefs’ jerseys and turned down lots of money for the opportunity to walk inside the Hard Rock Stadium.
“It’s been overwhelming,” Sheryll Thomas said. “I’ve had so many people offer to buy them. I was offered $10,000 a while ago in the parking lot.”
Now the Thomases have one more wish.
“The only thing that’s going to make it better is to take home a win,” Sheryll Thomas said.
StubHub said the average ticket price was $6,513 hours before kickoff, 53% higher than a year ago when the Super Bowl was in Atlanta. Getting inside the gates cost $5,270.
Tony Leogrande of Fontana, California, also got his tickets for free. The Detroit fan and his wife have traveled to every home and away game since 2013, and the Lions rewarded Leogrande with a
“I’ve been looking for tickets for months and months and months and flew down here without a ticket,” Bray said.
“Walked on, asked a thousand people, ‘Who’s got a ticket? Who’s got a ticket?’ Someone said, ‘Find the Lions’ guy.’ Not a lot of Lions’ fans. … Got a ticket. It worked out great. I paid $4,000, which is fair to me, and it works out great. So I’m thrilled to be here.”
Leogrande chimed in: “He knows more about me than my wife does already.”
Bray has lots of company. StubHub says Pennsylvania, Nebraska and New Jersey were among the states with the highest jump in ticket sales over the past two days with Pennsylvania ticket sales jumping 118% in that time.
Make-A-Wish brought 19 wish kids and their families from 12 different states and Canada to the Super Bowl, and their seats couldn’t have been much better.
“Ooooh! I love it!” said Terry, an 18-year-old from Michigan dealing with kidney disease. Normally a Lions’ fan, Terry planned to cheer for San Francisco in this game.
Told his seat would be in the first row right behind the Niners’ bench, 16-year-old Chris from Hawaii celebrated with a bit of a dance after a stunned response: “One?”
Make-A-Wish, founded in 1980 to help critically ill children, started teaming with the NFL in 1982 with the league helping grant the wish of John Paul Serna, a 12-year-old boy from Arizona who attended that year’s Super Bowl. That was the ninth wish in Make-A-Wish history, and the organization has had at least one wish kid at every Super Bowl for 38 years with more than 250 wishes granted at this game.
South Africa’s energy crisis has many dimensions, from political and economic to technical and environmental. Recently, the country’s power utility, Eskom, has been generating only about 60% of its capacity and has had to restrict usage to prevent a regional blackout.
Eskom’s new chief executive officer has affirmed the importance of demand management to handle the crisis. But his approach of merely “subsidising energy-efficient lightbulbs” won’t cut it. The country needs drastic interventions – and the elements of the fourth industrial revolution are available to make this possible. These are: wireless connectivity, the internet of things, big data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and intelligent centralised control.
One of the biggest consumers of energy in South Africa is the electric water heater, or “geyser”. The estimated 5.4 million electric water heaters in South African homes and public buildings use around 40 GWh of energy per day, draining more than 4 GW, 12% of operational capacity from the electricity grid at peak times.
What tends to be overlooked is that these water heaters are perfect for storing thermal energy. They absorb electrical energy when heating water, and discharge thermal energy later when the hot water is used, with little loss in between. This makes them well suited for flattening the grid’s morning and evening demand peaks. Centrally switching them on during off-peak times would distribute demand for electricity more evenly through the day.
The benefits of scheduling heaters don’t stop there though. Our research has shown that the energy they guzzle, and the resulting emissions, can be significantly reduced too by applying optimal scheduling – also see our helpful online calculator.
Two thorny issues compete with demand and energy management in water heating. One is customer satisfaction. The most energy-efficient and demand-optimal water heater is one that is never turned on, but who wants a cold shower?
The other is customer safety. A water heater running at a low temperature can promote the growth of harmful bacteria. We have detected potentially lethal Legionella bacteria in water heaters and downstream pipes, and even in heaters that are set to high temperatures.
The bulk switching off of water heaters, called “ripple control”, has been used to do demand management for decades. But this unidirectional approach is not enough to ensure energy savings, and could lead to unhappy users.
The problem can be overcome using the tools of the fourth industrial revolution. They can reduce the amount of energy that customers use to heat water, and thus the aggregate load on the grid, without sacrificing user satisfaction or encouraging disease. We have demonstrated this in our recently published paper on comfort, peak load and energy.
A network of smart water heaters is required to realise the full benefits of scheduling water heaters. These measure and report water and energy usage, remotely control the heating schedule and temperature of each water heater and can learn the user’s behavioural patterns.
Individual water heaters could be switched on and off centrally at times that would distribute demand for electricity more evenly through the day while ensuring optimal energy savings for all. We developed and used such a network in our research and demonstrated the efficacy of such a solution.
By introducing individualised optimal temperature-schedule control, we showed that energy savings ranging from 8% to 18% are realistic. This is without taking into account the additional savings that’ll result because unintentional hot water use will be at lower temperatures.
It also excludes the savings achieved through high-resolution smart-meter information leading to behavioural change. Taking these extras into account we observed energy savings of 29%, albeit in a small sample.
This technology has the potential to curb South Africa’s costly diesel habit, reduce the country’s CO₂ footprint and reduce the triggering threshold for rolling blackouts by at least 2 GW.
Also, with the increased introduction of and dependence on unpredictable solar and wind power, a network of delay-tolerant smart water heaters could help stabilise the grid.
Insurers are likely to play intermediaries between the user and the utility, since smart water heaters limit damage that results from mechanical failures. With thousands of heaters under their control, they could then sell large-scale demand management as a service to the struggling utility, while providing a value-add service to customers. What’s more, retrofitting existing water heaters will create jobs for installers and stimulate local manufacturing. Given the multidimensional impact of blackouts, all new water heaters should be smart from the outset.
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JOHANNESBURG – Sasol share price slumped by 13percent on the JSE on Friday morning after the integrated energy and chemicals company warned about a fall in earnings, negatively impacted by Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) in the US.
LCCP is now expected to contribute only between $50million (R748.56m) and $100m in the group’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) as a result of fire and an explosion at one of its projects in the US about two weeks ago.
Sasol said the LCCP was 99percent complete and the fire only caused damage to a low-density polyethylene unit. LCCP’s capital expenditure on the overall project is estimated at $12.5billion.
Sasol had already lowered contribution from LCCP for the year on August 26 to between $150m and $300m, which was already down from earlier projections of $300m to $350m, citing technical issues and delays.
“Earnings are further impacted by approximately R1.7bn in additional depreciation charges and approximately R2bn in finance charges for financial half year 2020 as the LCCP units reach beneficial operation,” the group said.
The group added that as the LCCP units progress through the sequential beneficial operation schedule, the costs associated with the relevant units were expensed, while the gross margin contribution follows the planned volume ramp-up profile and inventory build.
The LCCP has resulted in the group expecting its adjusted Ebitda to decline by between 22 and 32percent for the six months to the end of December, down from R26.8bn reported last year.
The group said the expected fall in earnings was also caused by a 9percent decline in the rand per barrel price of Brent crude oil, softer global chemical and refining margins.
The share price declined to its lowest level on Friday to R226.02 a share. It closed the day on the JSE at R239.17.
The group also expects its earnings per share (Eps) for the six months to be between R5.37 a share and R7.76, reflecting a decline of between 68 and 78percent compared with the Eps of R23.92 reported last year.
Its headline earnings per share (Heps) are expected to be between R4.79 and R7.11, reflecting a decline of between 69 and 79percent, compared to the Heps of R23.25 in the previous year.
Core headline earnings per share are expected to decline by between 53 and 63percent, to be between R7.90 and R10.04 compared to the core Heps of R21.45 reported last year.
Sentencing proceedings in the case of former crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli and his co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi, is expected to get underway on Monday at the High Court in Johannesburg.
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Anti-apartheid activist and former ANC Chief Whip in Johannesburg Prema Naidoo continues his testimony at the inquest into the death of the trade unionist Dr Neil Aggett in Johannesburg.
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Washington — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon witnesses.
There’s still plenty of drama to unfold before Wednesday’s vote.
The vote is expected to cap a months-long investigation spurred by a whistleblower complaint that Trump improperly withheld U.S. military aid from Ukraine in a bid to pressure it to launch investigations into 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden.
In the Senate, Republicans hold a 53-47 advantage and there’s nowhere near the two-thirds needed for conviction and removal. On Friday, Republicans blocked consideration of new witnesses and documents, setting up the speedy acquittal vote for the coming week.
It will be a frenetic next few days.
On Monday, House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team return to the Senate floor to make closing arguments in the trial, the same day the 2020 presidential election kicks off with the first votes cast in the Iowa caucuses.
On Tuesday, Trump will deliver his State of the Union address.
Will some Democratic senators join Republicans to acquit Trump, allowing him to claim a bipartisan “exoneration”? Will Trump gloat or express any regret over the Ukraine matter after key GOP senators during the trial criticized his actions as improper, but ultimately not impeachable? Will Wednesday’s Senate vote be the final say in the matter?
What to watch as the third impeachment trial in US history heads to a close:
The trial resumes at 11 a.m. EST Monday for closing arguments by the two legal teams, with each side getting two hours. After the arguments, the Senate goes back into normal session to allow lawmakers to give speeches about impeachment on the floor from late Monday into Wednesday, before they reconvene as the impeachment court at 4 p.m. Wednesday and vote.
With Trump’s acquittal all but assured, one of the biggest questions may be whether any Democrats join with Republicans to clear him of charges. There is strong political significance.
Three Democratic senators hailing from states where Trump remains popular — Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — remained quiet over the weekend about their intentions.
They were among the 47 Democratic and independent senators who voted unsuccessfully to extend Trump’s trial by summoning additional witnesses.
If one or more of the Democratic senators votes to acquit Trump — even voting against one article of impeachment while supporting the other — it could alienate some Democratic voters, mark their legacies and let Trump spend his reelection campaign asserting that he was cleared by a bipartisan vote.
Manchin indicated to reporters Friday he probably won’t decide his vote “until walking in” to the chamber on Wednesday.
Jones has said he will announce his decision prior to Wednesday’s vote, making sure he gets it “right.” Sinema hasn’t indicated when she will signal her intentions.
WHAT WILL TRUMP SAY?
Trump gives his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., perched behind him during his prime-time address, the White House has been coy as to whether Trump will reference the impeachment trial.
Trump “is gratified the Senate will set a schedule for his acquittal as quickly as possible. We do not believe that schedule interferes with his ability to deliver a strong, confident State of the Union,” White House aide Eric Ueland said Friday.
A year ago, Trump made no direct reference to his shutdown of government spurred by a dispute with Democrats over border wall funding in the speech he eventually delivered to Congress. He used his address to call for a “new era of cooperation.”
Still, there were plenty of subtle digs at the time, including when Trump warned those gathered against pursuing “foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
THE FINAL VOTE
It’s similarly unclear whether Trump could express regret or remorse over his Ukraine actions, though senators aren’t holding their breath.
The vote to convict or acquit Trump is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST Wednesday.
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was among several Republicans last Friday who voted to block additional witnesses and draw the trial to a close, even though he and others described Trump’s actions as “inappropriate” and “wrong.” Asked Sunday if he would want to hear Trump express regret, as President Bill Clinton did after his impeachment trial, Alexander said he doesn’t need to hear it.
“What I hope he would do is when he makes his State of the Union address, that he puts this completely behind him, never mentions it, and talks about what he thinks he’s done for the country and where we’re headed,” Alexander told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Alexander and other Republicans said that even if Trump committed offenses charged by the House, they are not impeachable — especially in an election year. They say voters should make that determination in November.
That leaves Trump’s fate still hanging in the balance.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found majorities of American voters believe that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, but split largely among party lines over whether he should be removed from office.
The poll, conducted Jan. 26-29, found 46% of registered voters believed Trump should be removed from office as a result of the trial, vs. 49% who said he should remain — basically unchanged from a 48-48 split in December.
NOT OVER YET?
An acquittal for Trump on Wednesday wouldn’t mean the end of the Ukraine matter in other respects.
Both Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, haven’t ruled out the possibility of compelling former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the House should Trump be acquitted.
In an unpublished manuscript, Bolton has written that the president asked him during an Oval Office meeting in early May to bolster his effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to a person who read the passage and told The Associated Press; Trump denies that. Bolton also wrote that Trump said he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided the political investigations. His book is due out in March. Senators ultimately voted against hearing his testimony.
“This is in the Senate now,” Pelosi told reporters last week. “We’ll see what happens after that.”
Republicans, for their part, aren’t pledging to fully close the case, either. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he planned to call Joe Biden as part of the congressional oversight process into possible corruption in Ukraine.