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While the City of Cape Town’s tuberculosis caseload has dropped, it’s not necessarily a reason to celebrate ahead of World TB Day. Read more below:

Tuberculosis (TB) remains an epidemic in many parts of the world, resulting in 1,5 million deaths every year – mostly in developing countries. In the run-up to World TB Day on 24 March 2016, the City’s Health Directorate wants to raise awareness about the importance of regular TB tests as a means of reducing the public health burden.

The City of Cape Town urges residents to get tested for tuberculosis if they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with TB. Continue reading

Of the 207 suspects arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies, 175 ended up behind bars for drunk driving. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service and Metro Police arrested 207 suspects in the last five days during a series of operations across the city.

The City’s Traffic Service held roadblocks at a number of locations and arrested 155 suspects in total – 138 of them for driving under the influence of alcohol. This included 35 arrests in Atlantis, 32 arrests in Delft, 26 arrests in Durbanville, 21 arrests in Philippi and 16 arrests in Bothasig. Continue reading

Caged hens at egg facility owned by Mr. Jain.

Caged hens at egg facility owned by Mr. Jain.

THOUSANDS SUPPORT PETITION AGAINST MCDONALD’S SA TO STOP SUFFERING OF HENS AND COMMIT TO CAGE-FREE EGGS!

An online petition supported by thousands and additional pressure from four local animal protection groups might just get McDonald’s South Africa’s attention to source eggs from cage-free hens in South Africa, despite the popular franchise’s refusal to commit when appeals were made earlier this year. To date, more than 8,000 people have signed the petition within a week.

During September 2015, McDonald’s internationally committed to phasing out battery cages from their supply chain in Canada and the United States within 10 years (following previous animal welfare commitments in Europe, North America and South America). However, corresponding commitments have not been made by McDonald’s South Africa. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today, 15 March 2016, recommended that Council approve the amended Informal Trading Plan for Subcouncil 16. If approved, the number of informal trading opportunities will be increased from 430 to 599. Read more below:

The Good Hope Subcouncil (Subcouncil 16) is made up of Ward 77, which is the CBD, and immediate surrounding areas. Continue reading

A driving licence applicant has been arrested after trying to buy his way through his test. R

A driving licence applicant is facing charges of bribery and corruption after trying to convince a City of Cape Town official to help him get his licence. On Tuesday 8 March 2016, the applicant offered his licensing examiner R2 000 for a pass at the New Ottery Driving Licence Testing Centre. The examiner raised the alarm and the applicant was soon arrested. The cash was handed over to the South African Police Service as evidence.

‘Reports of bribery and corruption are common in South Africa and this is not the first instance where someone has tried to effectively buy their licence. It still continues to shock me how brazen some people are. I am very proud of the examiner for the way he handled this case,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

It is hoped that the arrest of two suspected muggers will serve as a warning to would-be thieves that the City and other enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on the Company’s Garden to ensure the safety of visitors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Parks Department has been notified that two suspects were arrested in the Company’s Garden precinct today, 8 March 2016.

One suspect was arrested inside the Company’s Garden for possession of an imitation firearm. The South African Police Service (SAPS) suspects that the individual has been involved in a number of muggings in the area and has detained him for further investigation. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town reminds residents that due to hot weather, an extended billing period, and the Level 2 water restriction tariffs, many may notice a spike in their water bills this month. We would also like to assure all residential customers that the Accounts Department has made allowance for the longer billing period. Residents are not being penalised in terms of the higher steps of the tariff, which are being applied correctly. 

In light of the recent enquiries and social media posts on the subject, the City of Cape Town would like to remind residents that increased water and sanitation tariffs have been implemented since 1 January 2016 as part of water restrictions.

For an average domestic customer, the differences in price are as follows: Continue reading

Ex Stormers coach Allister Coetzee now coaching in Japan may be the new Bok coach with only 9 weeks.

Ex Stormers coach Allister Coetzee now coaching in Japan may be the new Bok coach with only 9 weeks.

This from timeslive.co.za:

Allister Coetzee is set to be named as the 13th post-isolation Springbok coach on April 1, just nine weeks before the team’s first assignment of 2016, giving him hardly any time to prepare.

After months of wrangling at the South African Rugby Union (Saru), the issue of the Bok coach will finally come to a head at its next general council gathering, scheduled for that date.

Normally, at this time of year, the Bok coach would have attended several Six Nations matches to have a close look at June’s opposition (in this case Ireland) and also held several one-on-one conversations and interactions with players he deems vital to his vision.

Formal meetings with players about their shortcomings and what the national coach is looking for them to improve or persist with would be the norm. None of that is currently happening and none will for another three weeks at least.

Saru’s employees have been distracted over the past two months due to constant media scrutiny of chief executive Jurie Roux over alleged financial irregularities when he was chairman of the Maties Rugby Club from 2002-2010. He is awaiting a court date to defend a R37-million civil action against him.

 

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/sport/rugby/2016/03/06/Saru-cuts-it-fine-with-Coetzee-appointment

Pic: Mabuti Kali. Sundayworld.co.za

Pic: Mabuti Kali. Sundayworld.co.za

This from sundayworld.co.za:

Sexy TV and radio presenter Pearl Thusi has allegedly been fired by SABC’s Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for showing him a zap sign.

The SABC boss allegedly instructed Metro FM management to order Thusi not to set foot in the station’s studios .

Thusi was supposed to co-host the station’s popular The Real Phat Joe show with motormouth DJ Phat Joe yesterday. But Phat Joe presented the show alone.

The order also stretched to Thusi being banned from her show The Blackout, airing on the biggest commercial radio station in South Africa on Sundays.

The model is also on the verge of losing her job on Isidingo.

That’s because Motsoeneng is said to be planning her removal from the SABC3 soapie.

Two SABC employees said Thusi’s dismissal came after her resignation from SABC1’s Live AMP music show to sign up as a presenter on an international show to be aired on SABC’s rival channels MTV, MTV Base and e.tv.

The model did this without seeking permission from the public broadcaster.

 

Full story here:

http://www.sundayworld.co.za/news/2016/03/06/angry-hlaudi-motsoeneng-shows-pearl-thusi-the-door

This from algoafm.co.za:

The case against two circus owners and an employee from the well known Brian Boswell Circus has been postponed in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court.

Jane Boswell, her daughter Georgina and elephant handler David Marais are facing a string of charges for allegedly beating, chaining, confining and not providing sufficient water and shade to elephants between December 2012 and January 2013.

For the second time, the three accused did not appear in court due to prior work commitments in Pretoria and Magistrate Esti Petzer warned all three to be present at their next court date.

The three are facing charges which relate to the contravention of the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.

In 2013, the National Council of SPCA laid criminal charges against the Boswell Circus for the alleged abuse of elephants at Walmer West Primary School in Port Elizabeth.

http://www.algoafm.co.za/article.aspx?id=15112

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