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The City is intensifying its 1 000 Days Campaign amid concern from UNICEF that 69 million children under the age of five are likely to die in the next 14 years from preventable diseases. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate, in conjunction with the Western Cape Government Health Department, has embarked on a 1 000 Days Campaign focusing on the health and well-being of children from the time of conception until the age of two years.

New knowledge in the field of neuroscience shows that what happens during the first 1 000 days of the life of a child largely determines the future of that child. A safe environment in which to grow and develop, good nutrition, good parenting and early stimulation are critical during this phase of rapid growth, when the wiring of the brain takes place, establishing connections that will enable them to develop to their full potential. Continue reading

Motorists with outstanding fines will soon be able to ‘pay as they go’, courtesy of new technology.

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The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service is adding another technological advancement to its arsenal with the roll-out of smart SMS technology that will allow motorists to pay fines via their cellphones, tablets or personal computers.

The technology has been brought on stream by the City’s service provider who is responsible for generating and sending fine notices.

For the past few months, the service provider has been testing the SMS service. A message containing a link to a secure webpage is delivered to a motorist’s cellphone. They are then able to view the fine by inputting their identification number, with additional options to download or e-mail the fine or even pay it directly from the link. Continue reading

This from timeslive.co.za:

Cape Town City FC will make their bow in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season after the new franchise out of the ashes of Mpumalanga Black Aces was launched on Wednesday.

The club‚ owned by John Comitis‚ will make their professional debut with a high-profile MTN8 meeting against Kaizer Chiefs at their Cape Town Stadium base on a date yet to be determined by the PSL.

The club is an ambitious project that seeks to unify 100 grassroots teams that play in the SAFA leagues to feed into their academy that is potentially to be based in Nyanga.

Discussions over the project started with SAFA Western Cape president Norman Arendse last November‚ and culminated in the purchase of Black Aces’ franchise to form a professional team for the grassroots sides to feed into.

“It was clear‚ if you don’t tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you cannot succeed at the top. This is a club for the people‚” Comitis said. Continue reading

This from ewn.co.za:

MEC Sihle Zikalala laid the charges against Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade earlier today.

JOHANNESBURG – Charges of illegal operation, crimen injuria and tax evasion have been laid against the owner of a KwaZulu-Natal guest house, who said his establishment was not taking bookings from black people and government employees.

The province’s Economic Development and Tourism MEC Sihle Zikalala opened the case today against Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade.

Full story here:

http://ewn.co.za/2016/06/29/Racist-KZN-guest-house-owner-charged-with-crimen-injuria-tax-evasion

Alleged dagga dealers were among at least 278 suspects arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last seven days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 81 suspects in the last week – 40 of them for drug-related offences.

In an operation in Delft on Thursday 23 June 2016, officers rounded up 12 suspects for possession of dagga and confiscated large quantities of the drug, including 36 plastic bags and nearly 150 parcels. Other arrests included possession of illegal ammunition and dangerous weapons and drunk driving – one of them a motorist who was collared in Delft after colliding with a Metro Police vehicle. Continue reading

This from moneyweb.co.za:

Loni Prinsloo and Siddharth Philip, Bloomberg

Liquid Telecom, majority owned by Econet Wireless Global, agreed to pay R6.55 billion ($428 million) to Tata Communications for South African internet-service provider Neotel, creating the continent’s largest broadband network and business-to-business phone carrier. Shares of Tata Communications, which is selling the stake, surged.

The buyer is partnering with Royal Bafokeng Holdings, a South African empowerment investment group, which has committed to taking a 30% stake in Neotel, according to a statement from Mumbai-based Tata Communications, which acquired a controlling stake in Neotel in 2009.

The deal gives Econet wireless spectrum and broadband access to South African businesses and homes and gives businesses across the continent access to 40 000 kilometers (25 000 miles) of cross-border fiber networks, according to an e-mailed statement from Liquid Telecom. Econet, founded and run by Strive Masiyiwa, controls Africa-focused Internet provider Liquid Telecom and mobile-phone company Econet Wireless Zimbabwe.

“We’ll also be increasing investments into Neotel to cater for rapidly accelerating mobile and enterprise traffic,” Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom chief executive officer, said in the statement.

Full story here:
http://today.moneyweb.co.za/article?id=599819&acid=TUU%2BIbozCWkeZeuwhd4cWQ%3D%3D&adid=sH%2F3tnEm1cU8WkHj2%2BXORA%3D%3D&date=2016-06-29#.V3NM5tJ97IU

The City of Cape Town would like to inform residents to be on the lookout for a scam artist posing as a City of Cape Town employee.

The City has received at least three reports from Milnerton, Claremont and Rondebosch of residents being fleeced of thousands of rands by a person claiming to represent the City as part of an electricity and/or water meter upgrade project. The person further indicates that pensioners are being prioritised for the upgrades and makes them part with significant amounts of cash on the premise that his colleagues will arrive the following day to complete the work.

The City can assure the public that the modus operandi described does not conform with our processes. Our field staff do not handle cash – all such transactions are done at the City’s customer centres or via the appropriate electronic channels.

While the City is currently rolling out an electricity meter replacement programme, the planned replacements are free. Each replacement has a notification number on our internal systems which the City call centre can verify should a resident enquire. In addition, we do targeted marketing and mailbox drops of any planned work to be carried out in an area. Continue reading

This from dailymaverick.co.za:

by Sébastien BLANC The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law restricting access to abortion, handing a major victory to the “pro-choice” camp in the country’s most important ruling on the divisive issue in a generation.

Crowds of passionate activists from both sides of the debate shed tears of joy and dismay outside the court over the closely-watched decision, which has far-reaching implications for millions of women across the United States.

The black-robed justices ruled by 5-3 to strike down the Texas measures which activists say have forced more than half of abortion clinics to close in the second most-populous US state, with the conservative-leaning Anthony Kennedy siding with his four liberal colleagues on the bench.

President Barack Obama joined civil rights activists and women’s health providers in hailing a milestone for abortion rights, with the issue now set to be thrust center stage in the White House race.

“Every woman has a constitutional right to make her own reproductive choices. I’m pleased to see the Supreme Court reaffirm that fact today,” Obama tweeted.

Outside the court, pro-choice activists breathed a collective sigh of relief.

“I’m all about life and love and babies,” said Nita Amar, a 63-year-old labor and delivery nurse. “But if women lose access to abortion rights, they’re going to go back to the alleys and use coat hangers again.”

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-06-28-supreme-court-delivers-major-victory-for-us-abortion-rights

This from moneyweb.co.za:

JOHANNESBURG – We’re in uncharted territory. Friday’s jaw-dropping news – that the British public had a day earlier voted to leave the European Union (EU) by a 1.9% margin – sent markets into an immediate tailspin, as analysts from across the globe offered educated guesses as to what the longer-term implications of this monumental decision will be for the world economy.

The truth, however, is that nobody knows.

“The problem is, we don’t know what it means, we don’t really know. We’re all stabbing at things…,” deputy chairman at Sasfin Securities, David Shapiro, was honest enough to admit.

Dozens of media reports quote experts warning that Britain will almost certainly slip into recession off the back of its decision, particularly if it loses, among others, the easy access to European markets that it has enjoyed for the past 43 years.

London losing its status as a global financial centre, and the decline in income, jobs and property prices that will follow; sustained pound weakness; and a response by the Bank of England to slash interest rates to zero while introducing quantitative easing, are some of the other suggested outcomes of this vote.

Full story here:

http://today.moneyweb.co.za/article?id=598521&acid=TUU%2BIbozCWkeZeuwhd4cWQ%3D%3D&adid=1vsq2M%2Basxw8WkHj2%2BXORA%3D%3D&date=2016-06-27#.V3DnJ9J97IU

Letter via Jimi Matthew's Twitter account.

Letter via Jimi Matthew’s Twitter account.

This from news24.com:

Cape Town – Acting CEO Jimi Matthews has resigned from the SABC, saying recent changes at the broadcaster are “wrong” and he has compromised his values under the current leadership.

Matthews posted a picture of his resignation letter on Twitter on Monday morning, indicating his decision to leave following widespread changes under COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the side-lines.”

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sabc-ceo-jimi-matthews-quits-20160627

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