This from theguardian.com:
This is how the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the nation amid a military coup this evening:
The Foreign office has advised British citizens in Turkey to avoid public places and remain vigilant until the situation there becomes clearer. A statement read: “we are concerned by events unfolding in Ankara and Istanbul.”
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Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will resurface the Ottery Road off-ramp onto the M5 southbound carriageway on Sunday 17 July 2016, weather permitting.
In order to accommodate the roadworks, the off-ramp onto the M5 southbound will be closed to traffic between 07:00 and 18:00. Road users are advised to please make use of alternative routes to get access to the M5 southbound.
TCT apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Road users are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre for more information on 0800 65 64 63 or to follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.
This from dailymaverick.co.za:
US President Barack Obama on Thursday strongly condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.
Offering assistance to investigate the attack which left at least 80 people dead, Obama vowed to help France “bring those responsible to justice.”
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement.
A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French Riviera resort town after a Bastille Day fireworks display, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies, including those of children, authorities said.
The driver of the truck was shot dead after traveling more than a mile (two kilometers) through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.
“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack,” Obama said.
“We know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life,” Obama added.
“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”
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At 11h00 this morning, three teenage boys suffered gun shot injuries outside 80 Netreg Road in Bonteheuwel. Two were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital in critical conditions while the third boy fled the scene having sustained less severe injuries.
DA Press Release:
14 July 2016
This afternoon close to a hundred metered taxi cars, allegedly from the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, blocked several streets in Cape Town CBD. This was an illegal protest action, where an Uber driver had to escape from attacks and had to abandon his vehicle badly damaged.
I call for all relevant parties to remain calm as violence will not satisfy any concerns, and refrain from illegal protest action. The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution, but it must remain within the law, with permission, and not turn violent.
Metered taxi drivers are facing tough competition, but they must meet this competition with innovation not violence. We are also very supportive of the Uber innovation, they must however work within legislation and regulations and we must apply the law equally to all operators.
The DA are supportive of all on-demand transport services, to supplement public transport, creating jobs and growing our economy.
The City of Cape Town has noticed how frequently its residents turn to its website for information on convenient recycling options and has taken steps to support and enable this interest. With its new recycling web portal, the City is now making it that much easier for residents to practise responsible waste management. Read more below:
When members of the public search the City’s website for information on recycling, the most popular information requested includes:
· whether the City will collect recyclables, in other words, whether they are part of a City-sponsored kerbside recyclable collection programme
· the location of their closest drop-off site or buy-back centre for my recyclables
· the particulars of the recycling collectors in their area
The City has therefore developed the recycling web portal which pre-empts the most common questions asked and information requested and guides residents to the information that they seek.
Residents are advised to follow these steps when using the web portal:
Step 1: Upon visiting the following link, users will be guided on how to navigate the portal. Users will be invited to check to see whether their home falls within one of the areas serviced by the City-sponsored kerbside recycling collection service Think Twice by typing in their address. Continue reading
This from timeslive.co.za:
A prototype battery-electrical car designed by students from the University of Johannesburg finished 15th in the recent Shell Eco-Marathon on a custom-built track in London.
Driven by female UJ engineering student Shalaka Thomas‚ the vehicle – dubbed “Nightfury” and which achieved a best racing result of 309 km/kWh – finished ahead of teams from France‚ the Netherlands‚ Ireland‚ Turkey and Spain.
The UJ team‚ the only African one to race officially and which consisted of eight engineering students‚ was one of 50 teams that registered in the category Prototype. Of those‚ 45 teams passed technical inspection and 30 teams registered valid racing results in London. Teams from Tunisia‚ Morocca and Nigeria registered for the Eco marathon. These teams did not post valid racing results or did not pass technical inspection by Shell. Continue reading
The Problem Building Unit, tasked with enforcing the City’s Problem Building By-law, has spent more than R150 000 in the last year securing problem properties. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Problem Building Unit has spent just shy of R158 000 in the last year to secure, clean and erect problem building sign boards at 42 properties across the city.
Section 7 of the Problem Building By-law allows the unit to repair, renovate, repaint, alter, close, demolish and remove all refuse or secure any problem building, at the cost of the owner, should the owner fail to comply with instructions to do so themselves within a specific period.
The Unit has been implementing this section of the by-law since the budget became available to do so in mid-2015. It is also finalising plans for its first demolition of a private property in Somerset West that has been on the Problem Building list for a number of years. Continue reading
Assisting children in the early stages of life is one of the most effective interventions government can make to ensure they grow up healthy and prosperous citizens, and an important part of DA’s Social Development priorities.
In a reply to parliamentary questions, the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, revealed that his Department, in collaboration with other government departments and partnerships with the NPO sector, have a range of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. To date, 76492 children have been able to access registered and funded ECD programmes and services and 7753 children access funded After School Care programmes. Continue reading
The RMI notes with concern the state of non-roadworthy and unlicensed heavy vehicles in operation on South Africa’s roads, highlighted by a recent report of four trucks and trailers being impounded in Mpumalanga.
The vehicles were taken off the road following an inspection by traffic authorities who found the rigs to be non-roadworthy and operating with fraudulent documentation, including invalid licenses.
The RMI’s concern is further exacerbated by the fact that RTMC data shows that that there have been 131 major crashes involving trucks in which 791 people have been killed and 726 injured between January, 2013 and May, 2016. The fatal crashes have taken place in KZN, Gauteng, the Free State, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.
Commenting on the issue, RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says vehicle-related factors have been identified as the second most common contributing factor to the accidents, with human error or behaviour the lead cause. Continue reading