The National Prosecuting Authority has told SABC News that former African National Congress Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman will appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s court.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government will ensure that people with disabilities receive first preference from government activities, including employment opportunities.
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Dorothy Masuku (Masuka was her stage name) has died at the age of 83. She was an African musician of note, but also much more.
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PRETORIA – It took some harsh words during halftime to get the University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) players going, but once they did, they ran amok in the second half, scoring five tries to clinch a 46-12 victory against Wits in the Varsity Cup encounter Pretoria on Monday.
The victory means Tuks remains second on the log. If they can continue to stick to the plan as the players like to call it, there is no reason why they can’t secure a home semifinal.
That has been coach’s Nollis Marais goal right from the start as he reasons that once in a semifinal nothing is impossible.
The University of Stellenbosch (Maties) still top the log with 19 points after four games. Tuks have 15 points, followed by North West University (Pukke) with 14 and the University of the Free State (Shimlas 10).
In Bloemfontein, North West University (NWU) surprised the University of the Free State, (Shimlas 26-13) in the fourth round of their clash, winning 26-13 to end Shimlas’ unbeaten run.
Both teams started off with exciting running rugby and displayed solid defence.
Shimlas played attacking rugby and dominated territory up to the strategy break but could not break the strong defence of NWU.
Shimlas dominated ball possession and territory but scrappy play and handling errors cost them the game.
In Cape Town, the University of Cape Town (UCT) redeemed themselves as they beat the University of Johannesburg 42-23 in a well-fought match at the Green Mile.
UCT showed what they are capable of after securing six tries against fellow rivals UJ. Ikey Tigers captain Josh Moon could not have led by a better example than getting proceedings underway with his sixth-minute try.
Although the search for UJ’s first win continues, their gutsy performance at the Green Mile did not translate into points.
Despite a 19-point loss the match, at certain moments in the game, it was far tighter than what the scoreboard reflected – with UJ holding a two-point lead over the hosts for some time before the end of the first half.
In Bloemfontein, it took Maties more than an hour, but they eventually ran in eight tries to the two of Central University of Technology (CUT), scoring a convincing win of 50-15 against the home side.
Maties fullback, Anton du Toit, with a personal tally of 22 points, scored an amazing four tries and one conversion.
This win sees Maties consolidating their lead at the top of the Varsity Cup log, taking home a valuable bonus point in an away match.
During the final 17 minutes, the emotive home crowd were stunned into shocked silence, as the Maroon Machine ran in four of their tries, of which one was a seven-pointer from inside their own 22.
CAPE TOWN – Nobody would have blamed you for thinking Eddie Jones was just engaging in his favourite past time again – mind games – when he talked Wales up ahead of their Six Nations brawl.
Maybe he wanted to take some pressure off of his team and make Wales feel the heat. Maybe he wanted to deflect some attention.
It didn’t work, though. Wales didn’t crack. In fact, they went on to produce a record-breaking, inspiring victory at the Principality Stadium.
Wales’ stunning victory over England at the weekend matters. It matters a lot, and not only with regards to the Six Nations standings.
Warren Gatland’s team produced a brilliant second-half performance to crush England’s grand slam hopes – and keep theirs alive – in front of 60 000 fans on Saturday.
The 21-13 coup was their 12th consecutive win. And while that alone is seriously impressive, it’s what went down between kickoff and fulltime, and also what the win meant, that’s even more significant.
In their first two matches, particularly against France, it was England’s tactical kicking that helped them lay down the marker, and their clever attacking kicks helped them run in seven tries in two games (they scored 10 in the first two in total; seven of those from attacking kicks).
But in the first half at the cauldron especially, Wales neutralised their kicking game and piled the pressure on their halfbacks. England didn’t let down on the kicking, even though Wales’ back three, fullback Liam Williams in particular, should have made them realise it wasn’t working.
Jones’ men had led 10-3 at the break, then on came Dan Biggar.
The replacement flyhalf played scrumhalf after Wales had strung together 34 phases – yes, 34 – before George North flicked a short pass to lock Cory Hill to smash over.
And just when you thought the emotion from the crowd couldn’t get any more ear-splitting, Biggar – who replaced Gareth Anscombe at the hour mark when Wales were 10-9 behind – made sure that everything he touched turned to gold and allowed Josh Adams to seal it at the death with the last try.
Biggar sent an accurate cross-kick, one that found space in almost magnetic style, to the right-hand corner, where Adams showed ridiculous control and skill to gather and finish.
That golden moment certainly took Wales closer to the sterling silver Six Nations trophy, but it also made their chances of securing their first grand slam since 2012 look sparklingly promising. If they manage to beat Scotland in Edinburgh in two weeks’ time, only the defending champions, Ireland, will stand in their way in Cardiff.
The bigger picture here, though, is the World Cup. England will go to Japan without a win over their rivals, who they could meet in the knock-out stages. And they’ll feel that. Wales, on the other hand, will feel, and know first hand, that England are beatable.
Only Wales now stand a chance of winning the grand slam, and a win in Cardiff wouldn’t only have given Jones & Co that chance, but it would also have bumped up their confidence…you know, that “we reigned supreme in the north, now we just have to deal with the guys from the south to win the World Cup” kind of confidence.
But that didn’t happen.
The last, and only, time England won rugby’s biggest prize was in 2003. Coincidently, they also won the Six Nations in that year, secured the grand slam, and of course bagged the Triple Crown, Calcutta Cup and the Millennium Trophy before the spectacle in Australia. Following the epic Test, former World Cup-winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward said he was “in shock” at the result and that “every team raises their game against England”.
No surprises there – if you listen to rugby talks, England lead the northern-hemisphere pack when it comes to the southern hemisphere teams’ World Cup competition. But this loss might have changed that. And if Wales manage to go all the way, even more so.
Wales will perhaps now feel like they’ve got England’s number, and they’ll want to do anything and everything to hold onto those digits (hello grand slam). And they just might be right.
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I’m not saying Wales now have the best chance out of all the northern teams to lift the Webb Ellis Cup but, should they take the Six Nations trophy and secure that grand slam, they sure will have the confidence and bragging rights to feel they sure do.
Their emphatic win in Cardiff and chance at Six Nations and grand slam success should have done enough to show England that early form is nothing if not consistent. It should also have done enough to show the traditional big dogs just how open this World Cup race is.
And, ultimately, that it’s not just the Red Rose who pose a serious northern-hemisphere threat.
Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service is ramping up Operation Reclaim.
The increase in frequency of warrant operations aims to clear a backlog and persuade more motorists to settle their affairs with the Traffic Service.
Operation Reclaim is dedicated to tracking down motorists with outstanding warrants and securing payment.
From today, and for the rest of the year, the warrant section will be assisted by general traffic enforcement staff for special operations to execute warrants across the metropole.
"We appeal to the public to settle their outstanding warrants to avoid arrest and unnecessary delays during traffic warrant enforcement roadblocks. This is also a call to businesses or proxies to enquire about the traffic history of their employees to ensure driver fitness.
"This exercise is about reducing deaths in our roads. It is not only about arresting motorists, but rather to ensure compliance with the law. There are far too many motorists on our roads who have outstanding traffic fines that have progressed to warrant stage. Inaction on our part will simply perpetuate the perception that there are no consequences for bad behaviour and harm our efforts to make our roads safer," said Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.
Below is a comparative summary of warrant executions over a six-month period:
"Many people are concerned about being arrested at a roadblock for outstanding warrants. If one looks at the statistics, it’s evident that we arrested a smaller percentage of motorists in the most recent six-month period. This is an indication that we are acting in good faith and giving motorists an opportunity to pay these warrants or appear in court on a new date.
"That said, we do have a serious problem with people who deliberately rack up fines and refuse to pay these, as our ‘most wanted’ list attests. Just a few days ago, the Ghost Squad arrested a motorist with seventeen outstanding warrants totalling thirty-five thousand rand. That is not an oversight, but blatant disregard for the law. So we will throw the book at serial offenders," added Smith.
Officers will track down scofflaws using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, roaming patrols, roadblocks and by going door-to-door.
The National Road Traffic Act also allows the City to put an administration mark against an applicant’s identity number where a warrant of arrest has been authorised. This prevents them from performing certain transactions with regard to vehicle registration and licensing and prevents them renewing their driver’s licence.
"Avoiding fines is simple. Just obey the rules of the road. However, where a fine is issued, motorists have options. We need to move away from the perception that fines are a revenue generator, because they’re not. If a fine has been issued in error, motorists have recourse. To simply avoid payment as some form of protest is not the answer. So, I appeal to motorists to register on an online platform like PayCity to track whether they have any fines, or visit their nearest walk-in centre and to pay outstanding fines," added Smith.
Motorists can check the status of fines or warrants by registering on www.paycity.co.za and pay these online if they choose. Alternatively, the City offers a number of payment options, outlined here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Fines/Pay-your-traffic-fine
The Council of African Independent Churches says it is contemplating laying criminal charges against a Johannesburg-based pastor who claimed to have raised a man from the dead on Sunday.
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Parliament’s Police committee is continuing with deliberations on the renewal of the contract of the IPID head Robert McBride.
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MANCHESTER – Manchester City bagged the first silverware of the season by winning the League Cup final against Chelsea but manager Pep Guardiola will be cautious about the midweek league encounter with his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini.
Mid-table West Ham are the visitors to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday as City return to league action following their penalty shootout win at Wembley.
But celebrations after a highly satisfactory Sunday afternoon for Guardiola, with title rivals Liverpool only managing to pick up a point in a draw at Manchester United, were muted by the post-match news from the City dressing room.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (groin) and central defender Aymeric Laporte (hamstring) both collected injuries at Wembley that Guardiola said would sideline them for several weeks.
Even allowing for the depth of a City squad assembled for vast sums, it would be hard to pick two less replaceable performers for the manager to lose at such a pivotal stage of the campaign, with his side chasing an unprecedented quadruple.
Fernandinho, in particular, has become one of Guardiola’s most dependable lieutenants at the Etihad, one of the few players whose name is guaranteed to be in City’s starting XI every week.
Since his arrival in 2013, City have won more than 70 percent of the games in which he has played, a percentage that drops below 60 in his absence.
Most recently, when City suffered shock consecutive defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester, Fernandinho, 33, was absent.
Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph are logical potential replacements in the defensive midfield role but, despite their status as international players, they cannot match Fernandinho’s poise and tackling ability.
Danilo played in that role with Real Madrid and is another potential replacement while Guardiola has even spoken about playmaker Kevin De Bruyne playing in a deeper position.
Fernandinho’s all-round excellence even saw him selected at centre-half by Guardiola for the recent home win over Arsenal and the loss of Laporte adds to the manager’s concerns in that department.
Veteran Vincent Kompany has struggled for fitness and form for much of the season although John Stones is close to returning from his own injury lay-off.
The fixture list before the international break in mid-March looks benign, with City facing Bournemouth, Watford and German side Schalke after Wednesday’s visit of West Ham.
Yet, with City still active in so many high-stakes games at this stage of the season, Guardiola can scarcely afford any more injury concerns. De Bruyne described the relentless demands on the players.
"I feel all right, you know. It’s tough but it’s tough for everybody with the amount of games coming up," said the Belgian.
"It’s unbelievable. They say the winter period is tough but from the moment we started in September in Europe it hasn’t stopped for us.
"The schedule this week doesn’t help us in a way but we’ll take it as it goes. In the end we don’t decide when we’re playing, we just go and play and do the best possible."
DURBAN – Life is rosy in the Shark Tank after two unbeaten rounds of Super Rugby but assistant coach Jaco Pienaar cautions that the competition is a marathon, not a sprint, and that continued growth is the focus for the Sharks.
“We are feeling great. We are happy with where we are but there is plenty of room for improvement and that is what we will be trying to do this week against the Stormers” (at Kings Park on Saturday, 5.15pm kick-off).
So far this season, the Sharks have been impressive for one and a half games of rugby – the Sunwolves game and the first half against the Blues. The way the Sharks fell away in the second half against the Blues is surely cause for concern, even if it is fact that the Blues fought back bravely.
The losing of concentration in the second half of games is nothing new to the Sharks. They have been dogged by this problem for years, and they would do well to note how well the Stormers played in the second half of their match against the Lions at the weekend after the visiting Lions had dominated the first half.
If the Sharks want to develop into serious championship contenders, they need to learn how to close out games. At the weekend, the Blues should have been put away by half time but were kept in the game by the Sharks’ lack of killer instinct.
And the Stormers are highly unlikely to disappear in the second half on Saturday. They will be coming to Kings Park on a mission.
Of the Sharks’ falling away after half time against the Blues, Pienaar said: “It is about the players’ understanding what we are trying to and executing the plan for the full 80 minutes.”
The reassuring thing for the Sharks is that they are laying the platform for winning games by dominating up front, and for that Pienaar as forwards coach should take a bow.
The Sharks backs have scored some sensational tries from the space provided by a pack in the ascendency.
“Rugby will always stay the same .When the platform is laid up front by the forwards, the backs have the opportunity to shine. So far, our backs have been getting quality ball and they have done well with it,” Pienaar said.
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“One of our focuses at the Sharks is being powerful on all fronts,” Pienaar continued. “I think we have that with our dominant pack and the backs are also pretty powerful. We have shown that with good ball from the forwards, we can score from anywhere.
But then the same thing for the Stormers. They have a Springbok pack and plenty of gamebreakers at the back. This makes the forward battle all the more significant.”
Johannesburg – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has banned all unlicensed public gatherings and given sweeping powers to Sudan’s security forces in a series of emergency decrees as he battles to douse mass protests which continue to engulf the country.
The decrees were issued on Monday as the most sustained anti-government street protests continued in various parts of the capital Khartoum with police using tear gas against hundreds of female university students at Sudan’s oldest women’s university, the Middle East Monitor (Memo) reported on Tuesday.
Security forces now have the power to search any building, restrict movement of people and public transport, arrest individuals suspected of a crime related to the state of emergency and seize assets or property during investigations.
Prosecutors will now be able to strip people, including lawmakers and military officials, of immunity allowing them to set up special emergency courts.
Furthermore, any news that is deemed “to harm the state or citizens” will be punishable with up to 10 years in jail. Trading or hoarding fuel products and subsidised goods, leaving Sudan with more than $3,000 or 150 grammes of gold is now banned.
Daily protests, which erupted in December over perceived government economic and political incompetence, have cost the lives of over 50 protesters during clashes with security forces according to human rights groups. Thousands of people have also been arrested.
CAPE TOWN – Mecer, a South African assembler and distributor of information and communications technology (ICT) products owned by JSE-Listed Mustek has confused social media users with its latest advertisement.
On social media, South Africans have asked what the point of the advert is, if it is focused on the whole South Africa Branding "local is lekker", a government message or a company or product?
In the advert, people dressed in Mecer uniforms are seen dancing around the warehouse, sitting on a conveyor belt that is moving, standing on top of forklifts, throwing equipment such as laptops around while someone is rapping about South African culture.
You can see the ad here:
This is what South Africans had to say on Twitter:
I’m not one to diss ads, but wow! What’s going on here? Released in 2019. 2019 people. pic.twitter.com/cgk0Mb97Bw
— Drew Soglo (@DrewSoglo) February 25, 2019
— Zazi. Zithande. Zithembe (@Just_Shoki) February 25, 2019
I couldn’t finish this video to even see what the Advert is about. The music is also just horrible! Hai ngeke pic.twitter.com/k35jQSE2ta
— Thembelihle (@LeeMagagz) February 26, 2019
I refuse to believe that this ad was conceptualized by an actual South African. We might suck at a few things but never creative arts. No. 🙅♀️
— Kgosatsana ya Tloung 👑 (@larnieboo) February 26, 2019
When marketing budgets are spent on nothing. The creator does not understand the genre, nor the target audience.
— Louis Seeco (@Louisseeco) February 26, 2019
Lol who knew meccer was made in sa. The delivery tho pic.twitter.com/VCdDvagdEM
— Marshall Zhanje (@britney_sa) February 26, 2019
This is embarrassing for our industry, the level of creativity our country has and just plain wrong! What was the objective here?, who approved the concept? The creative direction? 🤔Even pre 2010 it would have STILL been a bad idea executed poorly too. I have so many questions🙊
— Empress Kay ✨ (@MissKgali) February 26, 2019
tooooo much! pic.twitter.com/UdC9pEFoUt
— Issa Mess™️ (@Ngubenil) February 26, 2019
On YouTube, The advert has received over 26,944 views and in the comment section, certain South Africans believe that the advert is great and should be on television.
Here are some of the comments on the Youtube video:
The PIC Commission of Inquiry resumes. The commission has heard evidence that the PIC senior management went ahead and invested in the Ayo deal despite the advice that the valuations were too high and the decision to invest was not a prudent one.
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In a small fishing village on South Africa’s rugged west coast, restaurateur Kobus van der Merwe is struggling to process his meteoric rise to gastronomic stardom.
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AUCKLAND – The Blues’ hopes of a revival under new head coach Leon MacDonald are fast diminishing, with the New Zealand strugglers winless after two rounds of Super Rugby and facing a daunting trip to Argentina to take on the resurgent Jaguares.
The Blues have failed to reach the playoffs since 2011, but the three-time champions were optimistic about the year ahead after reshuffling their coaching set-up in the off-season. Yet after winning praise in a brave 24-22 home defeat to defending champions the Crusaders, the Blues crashed to a 26-7 loss to the Sharks at Kings Park, reviving grim memories of their insipid four-win season under Tana Umaga last year.
The Durban defeat left the Blues equal bottom in the New Zealand Conference with the Chiefs and MacDonald said they only had themselves to blame.
“You can handle being beaten by a team that does exceptionally well, but when you play a big part in the loss through individual errors or structural errors it is hard to swallow,” he added.
MacDonald was originally appointed as an assistant to Umaga last year but the Blues changed their mind after a post-season review and made him Umaga’s boss, while demoting the former All Black captain to defence coach. While MacDonald was a highly-respected assistant coach at the Crusaders, he was given the top Blues job despite lacking any experience at the highest level in Super Rugby.
The shake-up was welcomed by frustrated fans but also appeared a reactive decision by a board that has long been pilloried for its handling of coaches.
MacDonald has already raised eyebrows with his selections. After picking the returned Ma’a Nonu for the opener against the Crusaders, the former All Black midfielder was dropped for the tour of South Africa and Argentina.
Despite bringing the 33-year-old Williams back as starting inside centre, there was little intelligent play coming from the to the Blues’ attack in Durban as they went to the halftime break 19-0 down.
They rallied in the second period, with replacement wing Tanielu Tele’a scoring their sole try and their backs belatedly testing the Sharks defence when passes finally went to hand.
They will grasp at those positives on the long-haul flight to Buenos Aires before meeting a Jaguares side buoyant after beating the Bulls 27-12.
LONDON – South Africa’s WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete has finally been told when he will be fighting his World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) semifinal against the Filipino Nonito Donaire.
Latest news is that Zete will be battling it out against Donaire on April 27 at a venue still to be determined in the United States.
Tete is a professional boxer based in the United Kingdom though he hails from Mdantsane in East London in the Eastern Cape
Due to various reasons, Tete has had a long wait to find out details of his fight against Donaire.
Tete, who fights for well-known British promoter Frank Warren, is still largely untested against the top-ranked fighters.
The 30-year-old southpaw beat Mikhael Aloyan on a unanimous 12-round points decision in October last year to move into the WBSS semifinal but then came rumours that the WBSS tournament was going to be abandoned.
Tete has been in outstanding form against lesser opponents over the past two years with wins over Arthur Villaneuva, Siboniso Gonya (world record 11-second KO in the first round), Omar Andres Narvaez and Aloyan.
But in Donaire, Tete faces his most experienced opponent to date.
He has won world titles at four different weights and won numerous awards, which include being a two-time winner of The Ring’s Knockout of the Year award. He was also named Fighter of the Year in 2012 by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
However, Donaire has moved down to the bantamweight division for this tournament after fighting as a featherweight for the last two years and that could favour the South African.
We all know how hard it can be to eat healthy, and you don’t have to give up snacking.
We spoke to registered dietitian, Mbali Mapholi of Mbali Mapholi Inc. about wholesome snacks you can try if you want to eat healthy.
Mapholi says a snack is a small portion of food eaten between meals and a healthy snack is filling and has lots of beneficial nutrients. She says a treat is defined as ‘an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure’ and that treats are therefore occasional foods, usually very appealing and delicious but sadly often rating poorly on the nutrition scale, being high in fat, salt and sugar.
Great as the on the go snacks, high in vitamin and minerals, fibre. In their natural form fruit are not high sugar as we eat them with the skin and all the natural fibres that help slow down the natural sugar (fructose) in them.
Low fat or fat free plain yoghurt
Filling, low sugar and low in saturated fat. Provides nutrients such as calcium that we need for the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth.
Seed and nuts
You can add these in plain yoghurt or eaten as is especially nuts (easy to eat as there are), high in monounsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol, contribute to health heart, also fibre which is food for good bacteria and help keep our gut healthy and their high in other essential vitamins and minerals.
Low energy snack that is also filling – help curb the urge for crisps. Homemade popcorn is better, the corn kernels are kept in their natural state, high fibre and vitamins and minerals. Fantastic as part of a weight loss diet.
Variety of raw vegetables with a low-fat dip (hummus or low fat plain yoghurt or cottage cheese)
These dips are high in good quality proteins, vegetables are packed with all plant nutrients as well vitamins and minerals with are essential to protect ourselves from diseases.
The 61-year-old director turned heads as he walked the red carpet at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre on Sunday (24.02.19) in a vivid purple suit, which he accessorised with gold sneakers and a custom-made gold, diamond and opal necklace, which featured the trademark symbol of the ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ hitmaker – who died from an accidental overdose in April 2016.
Discussing his outfit on E!’s ‘Live From the Red Carpet’, he explained: "This is an Ozwald Boateng suit and Michael Jordan commissioned the greatest sneaker designer ever to makes these gold Jordan 3’s.
"One last thing. My brother Prince. The end credit for this film, Prince is singing ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’."
While Spike lost out on Best Director to ‘Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron at the awards, he admitted he felt he should have been shortlisted long before his work on ‘BlacKkKlansman’.
He said: "It should have happened before but…"
When host Ryan Seacrest asked if that water under the bridge, he laughed: "Let’s not go too far. Maybe a trickle, maybe a tear drop."
And even though he didn’t win, the director – who did scoop Best Adapted Screenplay – is confident his movie will be remembered.
He said: "I think this film is on the right side of history, so I don’t need an Oscar to validate it.
"That would be nice but for example, this coming year will be the 30th anniversary of ‘Do the Right Thing’. The fact that that film did not win an Oscar has not hurt that film so I think it will be the same case with this film."