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Talks between South Africa’s major political parties on coalitions have not yet yielded any breakthroughs. None of the political parties had anticipated that the 2016 local government elections would result in such a medley of outcomes, with no outright winner in four of the eight metros. It has been difficult to switch from aggressive campaign mode to negotiations mode, which naturally involves bargaining and compromise. Smaller parties appear to have big demands, including the “removal” of the president, which make for tricky negotiations. The situation requires political maturity and some out-of-the-box thinking.

If there is anyone who knows how hard it is to serve in a coalition government it is President Jacob Zuma. The ANC was a minority partner in the KwaZulu-Natal government between 1994 and 1999, the first term of the democratic order. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won 10.5% of the vote nationally and just over 50% in KwaZulu-Natal in the first election. With the IFP serving in the Government of National Unity nationally, the ANC, which received 32% of the vote in KwaZulu-Natal, had three MECs serving in the provincial government. Zuma was one of the three ANC MECs who served under successive IFP premiers, Frank Mdlalose, Ben Ngubane and Lionel Mtshali.

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Pic by Dominic Chimhavi ‏@DChimhavi on Twitter

Pic by Dominic Chimhavi ‏@DChimhavi on Twitter

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The South African U23 side began their Olympic campaign with a 0-0 draw against Brazil on Thursday evening.

South Africa were presented with a chance after just three minutes, when Keagan Dolly played Lebo Mothiba through on goal, however Weverton rushed off his line to thwart the striker.

After an impressive opening spell by Owen Da Gama’s side, Brazil started to enjoy most of the possession after the 10-minute mark but struggled to carve out chances.

Itumeleng Khune was called into action after 28 minutes, as the South African shot-stopper produced a fine save to keep out Neymar’s strike from 20-yards out.

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The first batch of 150 cellphones impounded from motorists in terms of the Traffic By-law were donated to neighbourhood watch members today, 2 August 2016. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate today donated 150 cellphones to members of neighbourhood watch organisations from across the metropole.

The cellphones had been impounded from motorists in terms of Section 38 of the Traffic By-law, which prohibits the use of a communication device while driving. As the devices were never collected by the owners, they became City property in terms of the Impoundment Policy which means they can be disposed of in a manner deemed fit by the Directorate.

‘We have impounded thousands of phones since this section of the By-law came into effect in 2012. What we didn’t realise at the time was how much red tape we would have to cut through to clear personal data from phones that were never claimed. We initially planned to auction the devices, but then last year we had a brainwave to donate the phones to non-governmental and community organisations instead who could put them to good use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

A rape suspect was one of dozens arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested an alleged gang member in Manenberg for rape on Saturday 30 July 2016 – just hours after the alleged incident.

Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team were on patrol in Scheldt Walk when they were approached by community members who informed them that the suspect had raped a woman at gunpoint earlier that morning. Officers arrested the suspect after the victim identified him.

Later, the same unit executed a search warrant at a house in Aletta court after receiving a tip-off about drug sales from the premises. They arrested the 23-year-old son of a local gang leader for possession of drugs after finding a 20-litre paint container filled with dagga on the premises. Continue reading

The Eastern Province Kings will play in the Currie Cup First Division, if a proposal by SA Rugby is approved by members of the General Council.

The proposal has been circulated to the 13 provincial unions. They have until close of business on Tuesday to provide their response.

If it is approved the Leopards – who finished fourth in the qualifying competition – will replace the EP Kings and join the other qualifiers (Griquas, Boland and the Steval Pumas) in the Currie Cup Premier Division this season.

Eastern Province would join the Down Touch Griffons, South Western Districts, Border, Hino Valke and Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in the First Division.

“We realise the situation is not ideal but unfortunately we had little other option than to make this proposal,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“The Currie Cup remains a massively important part of the local rugby landscape and the solution for this year is the best for the competition while allowing the EP Kings to continue their participation.”

The change – if approved – would mean the Currie Cup Premier Division would be contested by the Xerox Golden Lions, DHL Western Province, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Griquas, Boland, the Steval Pumas and the Leopards.

SA Rugby confirmed that following the Emirates Lions’ qualification for the Vodacom Super Rugby final on Saturday, their provisional Currie Cup schedule has been revised and the Xerox Golden Lions will have a bye this weekend.

At midday today, Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services Responded to Kuilsriver Railway Station, direction Blackheath, where an adult male died gruesomely when he was struck by a train. Emergency Services are currently unable to specify the age of the deceased due to the mangled condition of the body as a result of the severe impact.

At 11h15 today Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a block of flats alight on the corner of Klipfontein and Jupiter Street in Surrey Estate, near Athlone.three children and one adult male was treated for smoke inhalation and rushed to Heideveld Community Health Centre in stable conditions.

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Ivor Price‚ TV news anchor on SABC2 and presenter and producer with Afrikaans radio station RSG‚ has gone public with his resignation from the SABC.

This is a second resignation at the SABC following the clampdown on dissent at the broadcaster. Head of news Jimi Matthews resigned last month.

Price announced on Twitter that he has resigned from the public broadcaster and said he would not do any interviews on the matter.

Price shared a timeline of events at the SABC that led to his resignation with Netwerk24.

In May this year‚ Price said‚ he did not enjoy going to work any more‚ because “dark clouds were starting to gather”.

Since then he’s seen his colleagues being suspended and fired.

By the end of June‚ he said‚ “more and more SABC journalists started saying they didn’t want to touch SABC-related stories any more‚ because they had too much to lose”‚ though RSG was trying to report news about events at the SABC without fear or favour.

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Just before 01h00 this morning, 18 July , a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service paramedic crew was ambushed, assaulted and robbed in the Happy Valley informal settlement in Blackheath. Four men carrying knives and broken bottles forced their way into an EMS ambulance as the crew was busy loading a patient.

The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables including wallets, mobile phones and handbags after which they stabbed the female paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife, but fortunately not harmed. Further to this the attackers damaged the EMS Ambulance by ripping the mobile data terminal from the vehicles’ dashboard, effectively rendering the vehicle out of service for several weeks.

The crew received medical attention and were offered trauma counseling after the attack. Fortunately they were not seriously injured, but they are currently off-duty and the area is an emergency medical resource poorer. This attack will not diminish our commitment to continue providing emergency medical care, but the public should note that the safety of our emergency care workers throughout the department is our first priority.

An attack on an EMS ambulance and crew, is an attack on your own community.

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