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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the MyCiTi Dunoon station late yesterday afternoon, 20 March 2016.

A group of protesters linked to an illegal land grab in Dunoon, attacked and vandalised the MyCiTi Dunoon station in Potsdam Road yesterday at about 16:30. Commuters and a security guard fled the scene when the protesters threw rocks and objects at the station building, causing damage to the glass panels and exterior of the building. Continue reading

With the extended Easter holiday break kicking off today, the City’s Safety and Security Directorate is replicating many of its festive season interventions to keep locals and visitors safe. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies are squaring up for a busy period, with schools closing today and back-to-back long weekends, including Easter.

The agencies will implement some of the aspects of the festive season enforcement plan, which includes a sharpened focus on drunk driving and other traffic transgressions, patrols along major routes like the N2, safeguarding beaches and other public areas, and doing duty at the many events that take place over this period. Continue reading

This from bdlive.co.za:

THE key question in our national debate seems to be shifting from whether President Jacob Zuma should go, to who should succeed him when he does.

In my previous column, I suggested the issue appeared to have boiled down to a choice between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

But now the name of Kgalema Motlanthe has resurfaced, apparently favoured by the Gauteng branch of the African National Congress (ANC).

It is an intriguing development, for three years ago, Motlanthe ran against Zuma for the ANC presidency. Had the ANC voted for him then, he would have been president of the country now and we wouldn’t be in the mess we find ourselves.

By the time that choice was made, Zuma had already revealed his incompetence and his corruption, while Motlanthe had shown himself capable of healing the country as stand-in president after the clumsy recalling of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Full story here:

http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2016/03/16/at-home-and-abroad-what-should-happen-when-jacob-zuma-takes-a-walk

Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical and Rescue Services have safely and successfully retrieved the female hang glider from where she was suspended by her hang gliding gear close to Platteklip Gorge on Table Mounted. The rescue took four hours and several rescue crews who abseiled from higher up the mountain to reach the patient. Apart from being severely dehydrated she has no serious injuries. Emergency Medical Services urges all adventure seekers to remain very well hydrated by drinking enough water irrespective of the activity you participate in be it hiking, climbing or simply hanging from a cliff for several hours.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the opening of the R78 million Kuyasa Regional Library in Khayelitsha with donors, the Carnegie Corporation, today 17 March 2016. Read more below:

Good afternoon, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to address you all on this wonderful occasion for the City of Cape Town, our generous donors, and most importantly for the community. Continue reading

An adult female hang glider is suspended from a cliff 150 meters to the left of Platteklip Gorge since 11:30 this morning. Exactly how she got into her predicament is yet unknown, but she appears to be in good health without any serious injuries. Several rescue unit from Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical services are currently absailing down from a higher position to reach the patient who appears to have become entagled in her own base jumping gear.

 

The Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Table View turned into a maternity ward for a few minutes on Monday 14 March 2016, when MyCiTi personnel assisted a pregnant commuter to deliver a healthy baby boy. Read more below:

The hero on the day was Xolani Stofile, a MyCiTi station manager (pictured above) with first-aid experience, who was visiting personnel at the Omuramba station. Continue reading

This from ewn.co.za:

Mentor says she has proof that Zuma was in the same house when the Guptas offered her a ministerial job.

CAPE TOWN – Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vytjie Mentor has dropped another Gupta bomb.

She took to Facebook this morning saying she has proof that President Jacob Zuma was in the same house when the Gupta family offered her a job.

Full story here:

http://ewn.co.za/2016/03/17/Vytjie-Mentor

This form news24.com:

MEDIA STATEMENT STATEMENT BY DEPUTY MINISTER OF FINANCE MR. MCEBISI JONAS (MP)

1. I have decided to respond to and clarify certain questions that have been in the public domain recently. I do so in accordance with my conscience, my political values and the best traditions of my organisation, the ANC, of which I have been a member since my early teens.

2. I regard our Constitution as being sacrosanct and it embraces the values that South Africans struggled for, and what we live by. I was appointed Deputy Minister in terms of the Constitution by the President of the Republic. Any practice that conflicts with the prescripts of the constitution must be challenged in the interest of our democracy and the accountability we have to our people. The ANC that we have been and continue to be proud members of, has offered us the opportunity to serve our country, an honour that I do not take for granted. My historical commitment to the liberation of our people has not waned.

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Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/full-text-mcebisi-jonas-statement-20160316

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the violent protest by illegal minibus-taxi operators and the damage caused to City property in the early hours of this morning, 15 March 2016. Read more below:

A group of illegal minibus-taxi operators attacked the MyCiTi Phoenix station in Omuramba Road this morning at about 02:00. They placed burning tyres in front of the station entrance, causing damage to the station roller shutter doors and the front entrance. Furthermore, the cash office window was cracked, the lights under the canopy damaged, and the entrance canopy sheets damaged. Continue reading

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