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The City of Cape Town has implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol after the carcass of a young southern right whale has come ashore just south of Melkbosstrand. Read more below:

The City was notified of the carcass this morning, 4 March 2016.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the agencies on site the space to remove the whale carcass.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

City Health has urged spaza shops to put their customers first and abide by the laws governing them, especially around hygiene and the quality of produce changing hands. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate calls on the public to report health-related concerns about services and goods acquired from businesses and retailers, including spaza shops.

Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, visited a number of spaza shops in Manenberg to ensure compliance and raise awareness about the regulations and legislation that shop owners have to abide by. City Health has in the past received reports of unhygienic conditions and concerns have been raised about the sale of expired goods. Continue reading

Two adult males were shot dead and two others, an adult male and female were rushed to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The shooting incident occurred in Grindal Avenue, Lavender Hill at 17:30 on Tuesday afternoon. Both the deceased sustained gunshot wounds to the head.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch of Phase 2 of the Inclusive City Campaign at the Civic Centre today, 29 February 2016.

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

I would like to thank you for joining me for the launch of the second phase of our Inclusive City Campaign. Continue reading

A group of burglary suspects couldn’t break out of trouble when they drove into a City of Cape Town Traffic Services roadblock in Bothasig on Friday 26 February 2016.

Officers stopped them after noticing that their van had no number plates. A search of the vehicle revealed an array of housebreaking tools including balaclavas, gloves and battery-operated grinders. It has since been determined that two of the five suspects have criminal records for housebreaking and other crimes.

The City’s Traffic Service arrested 29 motorists for drunk driving in Bothasig and 11 others during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Eerste River on Sunday 28 February 2016. One of them had a breath-alcohol content of 1,71 mg per 1 000 ml, which is seven times the legal limit. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN

The City condemns in the strongest possible terms the petrol bombing of 16 City housing units in its Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Incremental Development Area (IDA). Read more below:

The units, all of which have been earmarked for vulnerable beneficiaries, have been damaged beyond repair. In addition, a further approximately 100 units were damaged when the doors were kicked in and the windows broken.

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This from iol.co.za:

Cape Town – One woman was shot dead and another wounded in Dunoon when police allegedly opened fire on a taxi carrying Nando’s staff home on Wednesday night.

Nando’s chief executive officer Geoff Whyte on Thursday expressed his shock at the shooting of two staff from the franchise’s Sunningdale store late Wednesday night. He said he was told they were shot by police.

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana on Thursday morning confirmed that cases of murder and attempted murder were under investigation but would give no further details, referring reporters to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

The woman who died, Phumeza Fudumele, was a mother of two children. It is understood her colleague was shot in the leg and is undergoing treatment in hospital.

Whyte said his company was investigating the shooting. “We are looking into it with urgency. The police told us officers opened fire on the taxi carrying the people home,” he said from London on Thursday morning.

“Apparently, the police believed the taxi was one that was involved in a robbery at an automatic teller machine earlier in the day. We have no confirmation except what the police told us, so we are investigating further,” Whyte said. “We are also doing what we can to support the families of the two victims and to get to the bottom of this incident.”

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/nandos-workers-shot-by-police-1989716

This from iol.co.za:

Johannesburg – The rand slipped sharply after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan cut his 2016 growth forecast on Wednesday to 0.9 percent, down from a previous forecast of 1.7 percent, citing a recent drought.

At 1220 GMT (2.20pm) the rand was 1.6 percent weaker to 15.420 per dollar from 15.3350 before the budget began.

Reuters

Honourable Speaker Mister President

Mr Deputy President

Cabinet Colleagues and Deputy Ministers Governor of the Reserve Bank

MECs of Finance Fellow South Africans

I have the honour to present the 2016 Budget of President Zuma’s second administration.

We do so in a spirit of frankness, both about our challenges and the opportunity to turn our economy’s direction towards hope, confidence and a better future for all.

Low growth, high unemployment, extreme inequality and hurtful fractures in our society – these are unacceptable to all of us.

I  have  a simple message.    We are strong enough, resilient enough     and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges. Continue reading

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