Global ride-sharing firm, Uber, on Friday faced another legal bump on the road to its blockbuster initial public offering, with taxi drivers launching a class action lawsuit in Australia.
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Africa Regional Manager for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Mpume Sibiya says, while South African Tourism has pulled out all the stops for this year’s Travel Indaba – they want to see large numbers of people visiting.
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Cape Town City hosts league leaders Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon in the penultimate round of the Absa Premiership, hoping to keep their mathematical hopes of winning the title alive, and also spoil Pirates’ more likely chances.
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Following a month of superb results by his side as he chases his first League title, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic was named Coach of the Month for April at a press conference held at the PSL offices this afternoon.
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South Africa’s golf prodigy Simthandile “SimTiger” Tshabalala is looking forward to the one day Local Golf Tour, set to take place at Reading Country Club, Johannesburg on Sunday.
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Bafana Bafana have secured an international friendly match against Ghana and are working on getting another match against Algeria or Tunisia as part of their preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt next month.
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A newly modernised Home Affairs office has officially been opened in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape which aims to improve services.
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Itumeleng Khune is highly unlikely to be part of the Bafana Bafana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, and coach Stuart Baxter is also worried about the progress of Keagan Dolly.
In addition, former stalwart defender Mark Fish may also play a role as part of the set-up at the Afcon and beyond.
Dolly was out of action for months with a broken leg, but was part of the Bafana squad for the decision Afcon qualifier against Libya in March.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns star, though, was withdrawn just a few days before the match with a stiff hamstring.
He has been mainly part of his French club Montpellier’s reserve team lately, so Baxter is concerned about whether he will have the necessary sharpness to compete at international level.
The same goes for Bongani Zungu at Amiens, although he was part of the first team in Ligue 1 again last month following a knee ligament injury.
“Keegan has played, Bongani (Zungu) has been on the bench, after playing for an hour. They’ve got to be fit – but whether they are razor-sharp, we’ll have to assess that,” Baxter said at a press conference on Thursday.
“Keegan’s injury was such a severe one, and Bongani is doing very well.
“Keegan’s one is a difficult one for us, as he went back with a new injury (hamstring). It’s not something we are taking lightly.”
But while both former Masandawana stars are likely to be included in the squad for Egypt, Khune is set to continue his recovery from a shoulder injury at home.
“I was at Naturena this week and spoke to Ernst (Middendorp, Chiefs coach) and the staff there. They said his training is going very slowly, and it’s not in the realm of possibility that he is going to be anywhere near fit,” Baxter revealed.
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With regards to Fish, the Bafana mentor envisages a role outside of coaching, especially considering Quinton Fortune is not available for the Afcon.
“In terms of the actual coaching, we can manage that.
“The more important part is to get somebody who can partly be with the squad – let’s call it player support: be around the players, ask them how are you feeling, is the food okay, family, and be a scout,” Baxter said.
“Quinton (Fortune) would’ve been okay… Quinton can’t do it. We are contemplating someone like Mark Fish, who is very well known.
“So that afterwards, after Afcon, they will know Mark Fish if he has to visit someone. He’s considering his availability, and we will take it from there.”
The Bafana boss added that a pre-Afcon friendly against Ghana has been confirmed, while the SA Football Association were still in discussions with Algeria and Tunisia for two extra matches before the tournament.
DURBAN – A mobile app developed for the Reserve Bank has won an International Association of Currency Affairs Award.
Shortlisted amongst digital banking platforms from the Bank of Canada and the Reserve Bank of Australia, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) currency mobile app was named the Best Banknote Public Education program, website, or app.
Developed and launched alongside the introduction of the commemorative Madiba banknotes series in 2018, the mobile app was developed to drive awareness and education on the various features of the South African banknotes, demonstrating the design, security, technical and quality elements using augmented reality technology.
The app was created for SARB by local animation, gaming, and augmented reality studio Sea Monster, which worked with SARB to develop the app over a three-month period following a rigorous tender and evaluation process.
Sea Monster Chief Executive Glenn Gillis said, "We’re thrilled that SARB elected to go with a local gaming and animation studio, not assuming that only international companies can deliver at this level. SARB used its procurement rules and budget to foster local innovation and creativity. So often we see local corporates and government using procurement processes as an excuse not to innovate and this wasn’t the case here at all. SARB’s confidence in the abilities of the Sea Monster team has clearly been validated through this award.".
The mobile app features augmented reality, video, audio of Nelson Mandela’s voice, and a game designed to teach cash handlers how to identify genuine banknotes.
"The app showcases the full gamut of what can be done using different types of media, augmented reality, animation and games to deliver on a single business outcome," said Lebo Lekoma, Sea Monster head of client services.
The International Association of Currency Affairs is a non-profit association of central banks, finance ministries, mints and suppliers dedicated to making cash the best that it can be.
IACA’s Excellence in Currency Awards are designed to promote and reward excellence in the industry. Nominations are voted on by member delegates/companies and handed out at the Currency Conference.
Residents of Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape have mixed reactions following the official opening a new Magistrate’s Court in the area.
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Durban – Informal settlements and their thousands of marginalised citizens in South Africa’s major metros will be key battlegrounds in next week’s general election, despite being considered voting blocs for the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
According to polling analyst Dawie Scholtz, informal settlements are “enormously important to the ANC”.
“These are typically the areas that vote ANC by the largest margin. The contest between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC in these areas in urban KZN will be critical to the [election] outcome,” Scholtz told the African News Agency (ANA).
But one of the country’s most visible and vocal shack dweller movements, Durban-based Abahlali baseMjondolo, is adamant that it will not be urging its members to vote for any particular party, as it had done in the past. Instead, any vote but one for the ANC would be encouraged.
S’bu Zikode, founder and president of the movement, told ANA he had received “daily” telephone calls and emails from political parties “asking for appointments to lobby us to vote for them and nothing else”.
Abahlali is also active in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Western Cape, where it – often violently – defends the occupation rights of shack dwellers.
It is also highly litigious, considering its impoverished membership. In KZN, it has about six pending court cases. “They have to do with evictions, damages claims for violence committed against Abahlali members and for political violence, including intimidation,” said Zikode.
He said parties trying to woo the shack dwellers included new kids on the block such as the African Transformation Movement – a coalition of African messianic churches – and the GOOD party, founded by former Democratic Alliance (DA) member and Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille.
“Political parties see shack dwellers as voting banks and nothing else. They think we will just easily donate our power to them so that they can exploit and kill us, just like the ANC councillors are doing here in Durban,” said Zikode.
In 2014, the organisation’s KwaNdengezi chairperson, Thuli Ndlovu, was gunned down in her home after blowing the whistle on corrupt ANC eThekwini councillors Mduduzi Ngcobo and Velile Lutsheku. They were found to be allocating houses to people who were not from the area. The councillors hired a hitman to deal with Ndlovu. All three were eventually sentenced to life although charges had initially been dropped.
Abahlali made headlines during the 2014 general election when it openly supported the Democratic Alliance in that national election, but urged its members not to join the party.
This time round, said Zikode, members were being encouraged to vote for any party but the ANC. The movement also no longer claims apolitical status. Instead, Zikode calls it “a political social movement”.
“The challenges facing South Africa are as a result of the current dominant economic system of capitalism. However we are independent from any political party. We want to keep our autonomy.
“Yes, a strategic move to endorse the DA in 2014 came from the history of repression by the ANC and therefore the move was tactical to strengthen the opposition with an aim to [oust] the ANC or weaken it. This has worked for us and we do not regret having taken that decision, although we were widely criticised by those who never liked us in the first place,” said Zikode.
“We have also agreed that Abahlali will not vote for [our] graves or a party that kills us like that of the ruling ANC, whose councillors are threatening us and found guilty by the court of law. So, voting for them is like digging our own grave.
“We are not surprised that [the ANC] are ashamed to campaign in our communities. They have never in the first place represented the interests of the poor, other than successfully lying and breaking promises,” said Zikode.
Abahlali has been involved in several violent clashes with eThekwini’s land invasion unit and police in the past months, and has openly criticised sitting mayor Zandile Gumede, labelling her a “murderer” and “criminal”. This follows the death of some of its members during “violent and forced evictions” at illegally erected informal settlements on municipal land.
The groups largest settlements in the city area are eKukhanyeni (Ward 15) and New City (Ward 14). “Both settlements are 100% Abahlali affiliated. At least 8 000 people live in each of these settlements,” said Zikode. The group claims overall membership of above 35,000 in KwaZulu-Natal alone.
eThekwini Municipality has over 569 informal settlements (about 238 000 households), and according to the province’s human settlements department, it would take more than R42 billion “excluding inflation, and excluding any improvements to the current housing typology” to provide shelter for the households.
Vets often grapple with the moral dilemma of when a client wants to kill an inconvenient pet. Clients might, for instance, hint that caring for the pet has become too much trouble, or that it interferes with their lifestyle or living situation. This is called “convenience euthanasia”.
Most vets have no qualms about euthanasia and believe it’s necessary for animals suffering severely or threatening public safety because of uncontrollable aggression.
But vets may also feel strongly that killing animals for insufficient reasons is, though legal, contrary to their professional role.
A 2018 study focusing on small animal practice found 83% of vets did not agree that euthanasia was always ethical.
I argue in a recent journal article vets should be strong advocates for their patients. A veterinary professional who is a strong patient advocate works diligently on behalf of animal patients to promote their interests.
As health care professionals, vets are powerfully guided by a duty to protect their patients from harm, including premature death.
Veterinary boards and associations say euthanasia is sometimes morally necessary and should occur when suffering cannot be relieved. Vets often have to persuade clients it’s time to “let go”.
It’s true some medical and behavioural conditions cannot be adequately treated. But sadly, some owners cannot afford veterinary treatment for treatable problems. This can lead to agonising moral decisions for both pet owners and veterinarians.
Some owners assume vets must administer a lethal injection to their pet on request.
But vets are free to conscientiously decline “inappropriate euthanasias”. The Guidelines of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria make this professional freedom explicit:
Veterinary practitioners may refuse to euthanise animals where it is not necessary on humane grounds if they have a moral objection but must give the client the option of seeking the service elsewhere.
Euthanising treatable animals
What if the animal presented for euthanasia is healthy, or has a problem that is treatable and affordable? What if the client has overestimated the severity of the condition, refuses to explore other options, or is mistaken about the animal’s quality of life?
Even when requests for euthanasia go beyond mere “convenience”, they can still be deeply morally troubling for vets. This can cause moral distress to veterinarians.
Moral distress is thought to be one reason why veterinarians suffer professional burnout and compassion fatigue. In fact, vets have a higher suicide rate than the general population.
Of course, vets should not ignore clients’ genuine interests and should foster the bond between humans and animals. Vets should be prepared to sympathetically explore with clients why they are struggling to care for their pets, and to suggest other options where appropriate.
The problem with refusing euthanasia
Some vets worry that euthanasia refusals risk owners illegally mistreating or killing the animal themselves. This assumption may sometimes be true, but it often lacks evidence.
Owners absolutely intent on killing their healthy or treatable pets can still attend a willing vet clinic or animal shelter. But it is possible that in light of the vet’s clear moral stance, some owners will reconsider their decision to end their pets’ lives – now and in the future. And at least some owners will be persuaded to surrender their pet to another home.
Another concern is that conscientious objection unfairly shifts responsibility from one vet to another. But declining to kill animals for inadequate reasons should be prioritised over any notion of being “unfair” to other vets.
What’s more, many clients who love their pets may be reassured that their vet is a strong patient advocate who does not kill animals for frivolous or inadequate reasons.
So, when your pet is suffering irremediably, your veterinarian is very likely to recommend euthanasia. But when a companion animal is not ready to die, you may or may not find that your vet will, for ethical and professional reasons, decline a request to end the animal’s life. And often it will be their moral imperative to do so.
ABU DHABI – When a falcon in the Gulf Arab countries falls sick, the owners of these much-loved and expensive hunting birds know where to take them: to the world’s largest falcon hospital which is in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s their baby, they want the best for it,” said hospital director Margit Muller, a German veterinarian who has more than 25 years of experience in treating falcons.
“Sometimes when the falcons have an accident at night, the owners will sit there for hours into the early morning.”
The birds are more than pets and the practice is more than a sport.
Falconry is an important part of the cultural desert heritage of Arabs of the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia.
“The Bedouin used falcons to hunt meat so the falcon was essential to ensure the survival of the Bedouin’s family,” said Muller. “(The birds) have always been considered like children of the family and this remains until today.”
With flights exceeding 300km/* , falcons can suffer serious injuries as they collide with prey or ingest infected meat. The government-supported Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s main centre for falcon medicine. Its subsidised prices means people of all income levels can access falcon care, Muller said.
“Nowadays falconry is one of the very few opportunities for the former Bedouin to reconnect to their past,” she added.
Falcons are recognised internationally as endangered and only captive-bred birds can be legally owned in the UAE.
DURBAN – Due to the overwhelming sales success of Lush, the development has broken ground and construction has now officially commenced just 11 months since launch.
Situated within Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate in Sheffield Beach, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Lush offers condo-style living in modern apartments and Villas.
As an entry point into the gated Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate, Lush has attracted both first-time home buyers looking for the peaceful life within a secure family estate as well as smart investors looking to earn a strong rental return and capitalise on the market’s demand for secure estate living.
For many first-time home buyers the uptake at Lush is spurred due to Lush benefitting from robust estate security by virtue of being within Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate, but also due to having unrestricted access to all the facilities contained within Elaleni which includes two Clubhouses, natural dams, an endemic fig forest and a 1.3km forest boardwalk.
Based on the capital appreciation earned by the homes with Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate, Investors are likely to see a similar growth trajectory in a relatively short period.
The National Association of South African Workers (NASA) says it will continue to down tools at train stations if PRASA refuses to meet its demands.
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Johannesburg – Up to 11 000 prisoners have registered to vote next week with the most being in Gauteng followed by KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.
In January, the Electoral Commission had appealed to family members of prisoners to take their ID documents to correctional service facilities in order for them to register.
Chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo at the time had said that most offenders do not keep their ID documents with them and they are often kept at home by family members and this had hampered the ability of those incarcerated to register.
According to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), there are about 160 000 offenders including remand detainees in South Africa’s 240 prisons.
For the last 20 years, the IEC said it has worked with the DCS to afford inmates an opportunity to vote in line with their Constitutional Rights.
Meanwhile, May 6 and 7 over 770 000 people are expected to cast their ballots at the voting stations.
The IEC this week announced that the number of registrations for special votes had increased by 30 000 compared to 2009 and a large percentage of applications was via online.
The Eastern Cape is said to be the province with the highest number of home visits while Gauteng has the highest number of voting station visits.
Kenya’s Olympic 800m bronze medal winner Margaret Nyairera Wambui, who has herself faced questions over her testosterone levels, on Thursday slammed an IAAF ruling against her rival Caster Semenya.
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IAAF president Sebastian Coe says he’s grateful for the CAS ruling in the Caster Semenya case.
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