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City Health is counting the cost of yet more burglaries and vandalism at its clinics – a seemingly never-ending cycle. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate has submitted insurance claims valued at more than R750 000 over a nine-month period for losses incurred as a result of theft and burglary.

In two of the most recent incidents last week, criminals damaged the roof and stole pipes and taps at the Newfields Satellite Clinic in Hanover Park, leaving the facility without water and electricity.

In Khayelitsha, criminals made off with three computers from the Zakhele Clinic on Monday 2 May 2016. The following night, thieves stole 50 white plastic chairs from the clinic and damaged the front door and burglar gate. Other clinics in Khayelitsha have also been targeted in recent weeks, including two incidents at the Town 2, Nolungile and Kuyasa clinics. Continue reading

Apart from SnapScan, motorists can now also use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

Street Parking Solutions manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. Since the beginning of this month, the parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions have been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards.

‘The marshals with the handheld POS devices are wearing badges indicating that they can accept card payments. The POS devices make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking as motorists do not always have cash on hand and then have to search for an ATM to withdraw money,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In October 2014 Street Parking Solutions also adopted SnapScan technology – an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application. Continue reading

A drunk driver with nine passengers in his vehicle was among scores of suspects arrested this past weekend. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested 18 motorists for reckless and negligent driving during weekend operations.

In one incident on Friday 6 May 2016, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad chased down a VW Citi Golf and eventually got the driver to pull over along old Strandfontein Road near Pelican Park. The officer was shocked to find 10 people squeezed into the vehicle. When the driver’s blood alcohol level was taken, he was found to be four times over the legal limit.

‘This is the type of idiotic behaviour that our officers have to deal with on an all too regular basis. What’s even more astounding is how the nine passengers in the car allowed themselves to be in this situation at all. It’s a pity the law doesn’t allow us to arrest them for being party to a clearly drunk driver getting behind the wheel,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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Pretoria – Rugby legend Naas Botha’s estate was provisionally sequestrated by the high court in Pretoria on Thursday, after a bank claimed he owed it more than R1.1 million on a mortgage bond for a property in Mooikloof, east of the city.

Hendrik Egnatius Botha – popularly known as Naas – was not at court, nor did he oppose the provisional sequestration application, although the papers were served on him by the sheriff.

He also did not submit an affidavit to the court setting out his possible defence.

Judge Peter Mabuse gave the retired Springbok fly-half until June 15, to oppose the application and give reasons as to why he should not be finally sequestrated.

Botha, a four-time Rugby Player of the Year winner, has been involved in a six-year financial battle with Nedbank.

In December 2009, the bank turned to court for the first time to demand that Botha and his wife, Karen, pay back the money they owed in terms of the mortgage.

His wife had obtained a bond from Nedbank in January 2006 to buy the property, and Botha signed surety for it.

As the couple defended the bank’s action, Nedbank decided to settle after the Bothas undertook to make certain payments.

Dana van Zyl, a legal adviser for Nedbank, said in court documents, that shortly after the settlement, Karen sold the property for an amount which was not enough to repay the full loan amount.

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A R50 donation that snowballed into a social media fundraising campaign for a Cape Town waitress has delivered R44,777 to the woman who was humiliated by #RhodesMustFall activist Ntokozo Qwabe.

Sihle Ngobese handed R50 to Ashleigh Schultz‚ 23‚ when he tracked her down at Obz Cafe in Observatory‚ after hearing how Qwabe and a friend‚ Wandile Dlamini‚ had reduced her to tears last week.

Instead of leaving her a tip‚ Dlamini wrote on their bill:”We will give tip when you return the land.”

Ngobese‚ who is the spokesperson for Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz but made the gesture in his personal capacity‚ and a friend Roman Cabanac‚ who hosts a CliffCentral podcast‚ launched a Twitter fundraising campaign for Schultz.

He confirmed on Tuesday that the funds were on their way to Schultz‚ whose mother has cancer.

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The City of Cape Town has started renovations on a historic cottage in the Bo-Kaap which will enable the elderly tenant to take ownership of the property, as the law requires. The City hopes that this could lead the way for the resolution of similar cases which the City has been investigating. Read more below:

The property, one of some 20-odd similar properties in the area, was expropriated by the then Council under the Slums Act of 1934. The owners were ‘permitted’ to stay and were charged a very minimal rental in exchange for losing ownership of their homes.

An agreement was reached with the National Monuments Council (NMC) at the time that ‘tenants’ could buy back their homes at a minimal selling price on condition that tenants restored the properties to standards stipulated by the NMC. Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian has said OPENLY that her idol is Elizabeth Taylor – a woman known for marrying EIght TIMES, and cheating on ALL her husbands.

That didn’t stop Kanye West from marrying Kim, and putting two babies inside her. Well he may be realizing his worst nightmare. According to the NY Daily News, Kanye caught Kim flirting with her security guard. Kanye reportedly flew “into a rage” and fired the guard on the spot.

The security guard – who is happily married – denies that there was anything inappropriate with the conversation. But here’s what the NY Daily News has to say about it:

“Something happened at the Waldorf Astoria where Kanye just lost it,” said a source who was on the 36th floor of the hotel Monday afternoon when West allegedly got upset.

His rage was aimed at Steve Stanulis — a bodyguard well-known to entertainment industry insiders, thanks to a gig that’s seen him looking after stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alanis Morissette.

According to a second source, an assistant from Kim Kardashian and West’s camp called down to the pair’s security detail, asking that one of them bring up a package that was slated to arrive from a local store around 1:30 p.m. When Stanulis volunteered for the task, West, who was in an adjacent room in the same hallway, was heard asking loudly why the muscle for hire was chatting with his wife outside her door and saying, “This isn’t right!”

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Rory Steyn, former chief bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, believes betting syndicates were behind the poisoning of the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup final.

The Springboks claimed a historic victory over the All Blacks in a thrilling final at Ellis Park, but Steyn told the New Zealand Herald that he believed players had been poisoned by betting syndicates.

‘On the Thursday [22 June] before the final, which was on Saturday [24 June], they were poisoned. About two-thirds of the squad got very sick, properly sick,’ he said. ‘I believe it was the water that was got at, because the food that was served at lunch time … was chicken burgers and hamburgers. I don’t think it was the food, I think it was the coffee and the tea, and possibly even the drinking water.’

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