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In a dramatic turn of events, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has thrown in the towel and will leave the power utility on January 1.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the Eskom boss attacked former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State of Capture’ report, which had sketched a damning picture of his suspected close ties with the Gupta family.

Molefe said he had to step down in the interests of the utility and the pulblic.

Read the full statement below:

“On Wednesday 2 November 2016, a report entitled ’State of Capture’ prepared by the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, was released.

“The report did not make any findings. Instead it made what were termed “observations”, based, (the report acknowledged), on an investigation not completed. It deferred a proper investigation to a commission of inquiry to be established at a future date. The outgoing Public Protector has directed the President — in whom the Constitution vests the power to appoint commissions of inquiry – to appoint one, and further directed the Chief Justice to designate a particular judge to head it.

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Donald Trump’s team has removed the statement on his website to ban all Muslims from the US.

On the same night that millions of votes were pouring in for the real estate mogul turned politician, the page linking to his December statement regarding a temporary and complete Muslim has been removed.

The page now redirects to his a page encouraging voters to donate to his campaign.

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Note to editors: below are extracts from speeches by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and the City’s Director for Trade and Investment, Lance Greyling, at the launch of Invest Cape Town held at the Cape Town Stadium today, 10 November 2016. Invest Cape Town will provide stakeholders and economic role players with a platform and tools that speak to the City’s commitment to boosting its profile as a leading investment destination.

Remarks by Mayor Patricia de Lille
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris
Wesgro Board Chairperson, Professor Brian Figaji
Accelerate Cape Town CEO, Ryan Ravens
Robbie Stammers and Kyle Villet from Fast Company
City officials
Members of the media

Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It truly gives me great pleasure to be launching this initiative today as it is something that I feel extremely passionate about. Continue reading

The City reminds motorists that the National Department of Transport’s requirement of providing proof of address when applying for a motor vehicle licence disc renewal, is a yearly obligation. Read more below:

Residents are reminded to bring along proof of address when renewing their motor vehicle licence. Proof of address includes, among others, a utility bill issued by the municipality, a telephone account, and retail shop account (provided that it is not older than three months).

For a full list of acceptable documents that constitute proof of address, residents may visit:

Vehicle fleet owners are required to provide proof of address only with a first transaction or service as per the Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System (eNaTIS) that they apply for.

Motorists are required to scan their proof of address and identity documentation and to send it as an attachment if they choose to make an online application for a vehicle licence disc renewal. Continue reading

Pic: Mark Jennings on Facebook.

Pic: Mark Jennings on Facebook.

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, confirms that a full-scale investigation is under way into an accident involving three MyCiTi buses. The incident happened at the Civic Centre station in Hertzog Boulevard at approximately 08:20 this morning, 8 November 2016. Read more below:

Following the accident, 37 passengers and one bus driver were taken to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital and Somerset Hospital for medical check-ups. Two passengers are being treated for spinal and head injuries. Preliminary indications are that the other passengers sustained minor injuries and are suffering from shock.

‘I was notified of the accident at around 08:30 this morning and I immediately called for a full-scale investigation into the causes of the incident. I can confirm that the bus driver who allegedly caused the pile-up at the Civic Centre station has been suspended, pending the accident investigation and a disciplinary inquiry.

‘In addition, the City will ensure that the vehicle operating company (VOC) that operates the D04 route between Mitchells Plain West and the Civic Centre compiles a comprehensive accident report. This report must be submitted to myself and the Commissioner of Transport for Cape Town before the close of business on Friday 11 November 2016.

‘The safety of our passengers is non-negotiable. As such, we will use the findings of the VOC’s investigation, as well as the outcome of the investigation conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS), to take further action against the VOC if warranted. We will use the outcome of these investigations to determine how such incidents can be prevented in future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The pile-up happened at about 08:20 this morning when the D04 bus from Kapteinsklip in Michells Plain drove into a stationary bus at the Civic Centre station in Hertzog Boulevard. Due to the impact from behind, the T01 bus that operates between Dunoon, Table View, and the city, hit another stationary bus – the A01 bus operating on the airport route. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town will participate in the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) nuclear safety regulatory emergency exercise tomorrow, 9 November 2016.

The purpose of the exercise is to test the effectiveness of the Radiological Release Hazard Disaster Risk Management Plan. During the exercise, the NNR will evaluate and assess the integration and response arrangements of the various role players to a simulated emergency scenario.

The exercise is planned to ensure that public safety arrangements are in place in the case of a nuclear emergency and that residents are not endangered. It will include the relevant role players from, among others, the Western Cape Government, National Government and Eskom.

The scenario will examine the different stages of emergency, including evacuation plans, mass care centres, transport arrangements, decontamination, and the distribution of potassium iodate tablets.

This could also include potential road closures as the NNR requires that a roadblock be held on one of the following roads:
· R27 West Coast Road and Silverstream Road
· R27 West Coast Road and M14 Melkbosstrand Road
· R304 and Philadelphia Road
· N7 and Melkbosstrand Road Continue reading

The Western Province Rugby Football Union confirmed today that it had applied for, and obtained, an order for the provisional liquidation of Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd, in which it is a 75% shareholder.

President Thelo Wakefield and Group CEO Paul Zacks said that the Union had retained expert legal and accounting advice and had fully explored all options before applying for liquidation of its commercial trading entity.

The Union wishes to provide the following assurances:

(1) Although Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd is being placed into liquidation, the Union will not be affected by the liquidation – the Union is a voluntary association which is independent of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd;

(2) As a member of SARU the Union is the ultimate custodian of both amateur and professional rugby in the Western Province. The Union will ensure that the various Western Province teams continue to function as they normally do and that the contracts of players remain secure;

(3) All sponsorship agreements will continue to be honoured; and

(4) All Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd’s current liabilities as at end October 2016 have been settled in the ordinary course of business.

Explaining the reasons behind the decision, Western Province Rugby Football Union President Thelo Wakefield said: Continue reading

Though nearly 30 000 people visited designated fireworks sites to partake in Guy Fawkes ‘celebrations’ this weekend, the City’s Safety and Security Directorate experienced no major incidents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate is satisfied with the execution of safety plans at the various designated fireworks sites on Guy Fawkes Day.

Just under 30 000 people visited the sites and the City’s Fire and Rescue Service recorded 32 injuries. Table View and Maiden’s Cove were the busiest sites, with 15 000 and 10 000 estimated revellers respectively. As a result, the two sites also accounted for the highest number of injuries.

The most severe injury was in Table View, where a 14-year-old boy lost part of three fingers on his left hand while handling an exploding fireworks device. He was treated by medical staff on scene before being transported to hospital.

The City’s Law Enforcement Department received 528 complaints about the illegal sale of fireworks on Saturday 5 November 2016. Overall, officers confiscated 1 250 boxes of fireworks and 10 distress flares and issued 23 fines totalling R34 500 for the illegal sale of fireworks. Continue reading


Leading travel publication, Lonely Planet, which looks at the best destinations and travel trends, has ranked Cape Town at the number two spot in the top cities for the ‘Best in Travel 2017’.

Cape Town’s unique offering, against the backdrop of a beautiful natural landscape and cosmopolitan features, has once again top earned the city a top position among other leading city destinations across the world.

Cape Town came second to Bordeaux in France and was followed by Los Angeles in the United States in third position and Mérida in Mexico at fourth place. Continue reading

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