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
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.
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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.
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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.
The City is investigating after one of its Law Enforcement officers was arrested along with four other motorists during an operation to tackle illegal street racing. Read more below:
A City of Cape Town Law Enforcement officer is facing disciplinary and criminal charges after being arrested for reckless and negligent driving.
The officer was one of five motorists arrested on charges of reckless and negligent driving during an operation focusing on illegal street racing on Wednesday 2 March 2016. He and three others were arrested along Koeberg Road in Milnerton (which was the busiest spot for the evening) and one other was collared in Blue Downs. Officers also issued 78 fines for various other offences.
‘The operation was surprising for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don’t think the Ghost Squad expected to catch one of their own colleagues behaving badly and breaking the law, but secondly, officers were surprised at the fact that Koeberg Road appears to be a new favourite among illegal drag-racers. The fact is we cannot tolerate such behaviour from staff who are paid to uphold the law. It is not only embarrassing to the City, but it is also a smack in the face of the public who look to our staff to set an example,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
This from sacricketmag.com:
Gulam Bodi’s downfall as match-fixer was orchestrated by a carefully planned trap set by Cricket South Africa’s anti-corruption unit and his former teammate, Alviro Petersen.
Petersen, the latest and most high-profile player to be linked with the match-fixing scandal in the Ram Slam tournament that rocked South African cricket, revealed this in an interview with Rapport newspaper.
His Lions teammates Thami Tsolekile and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who haven’t played cricket since the scandal came to light, have also been linked with the investigation into the matter.
Bodi was banned in January from cricket for 20 years after admitting guilt to a charge of corruption. CSA have subsequently refused to make public any more details of what transpired until the investigation has been concluded.
Petersen told Rapport how he came to be involved in the scandal, despite being asked by CSA not to divulge any information for now, but Petersen told the newspaper he feels his reputation and future are on the line.
– See more at: http://www.sacricketmag.com/bodis-downfall-planned/#sthash.vmXUWHW3.dpuf
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City of Cape Town staff are collecting thousands of dead carp in one section of Zeekoevlei. The City warns residents not to eat the fish and urges members of the public to stay clear of the area while the fish are being collected. Read more below:
It is estimated that approximately 5 000 individual fish or 6 to 7 tons of fish have died of suspected natural causes. More bodies are being discovered as the fish bloat and rise to the surface.
Fish kills, which refer to a localised die-off of fish populations, often occur at this time of the year with the change of seasons when water levels are low and temperatures are high. Fish sometimes become stressed during breeding and they may pass on infectious disease due to the grouping of large numbers of adult fish together.
The City’s Open Data Portal is gaining momentum, with a further 11 data sets having been approved last month alone. With International Open Data Day taking place today, the City encourages more residents to get involved and make use of this innovative system. Read more below:
Through the Open Data Portal, the City of Cape Town’s data is incrementally released to the public in a useable format. It is available to all for free to enhance transparency and promote the use of the City’s data for broader social and economic benefit.
‘On International Open Data Day, the City would like to hear from any of our residents who have ideas for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, or are currently developing online platforms which leverage off the data which has been made available by the City. As a well-run, opportunity city we are always encouraging developers to work with us in helping the global open data community to grow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
International Open Data Day sees residents in cities around the world gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations and publish analyses using open public data. It seeks to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The City is doing just that.