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This from sarugbymag.co.za:

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.’

Full story here:

http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/abs-poisoned-at-1995-world-cup

This from mg.co.za:

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille condemned Theunissen’s comments, saying ‘there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book’.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has vowed to investigate the utterances by Matthew Theunissen who caused an uproar on social media when he made racist slurs directed at the South African government following Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula’s action against a number of sporting codes over a lack of transformation.

De Lille said on Tuesday that she condemned Theunissen’s “despicable racial slurs” and has referred the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission for further investigation.

She said the remarks were unacceptable and “there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book”.

Theunissen, who lives in Cape Town, made the comment on his Facebook account as he vented his frustration over the ban by Mbalula on several South African sporting codes from hosting international events.

His comments provoked the ire of many South Africans.

Full story here:

http://mg.co.za/article/2016-05-03-de-lille-refers-matthew-theunissens-racist-slurs-to-the-human-rights-commission

At 12h30 today, a 30 year old man suffered severe seizures while hiking up Table Mountain. Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services airlifted him by AMS helicopter to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition.

The malicious damage to community facilities during protest action has reached unacceptable proportions. While the City counts the cost to continually fix these much-needed facilities, we cannot put a price tag on the loss experienced by residents in these communities. 

 

In the past three years, the vandalism of three City of Cape Town community facilities due to protest action has added up to over R12 million. This money could have been better spent on providing additional recreational facilities, spray parks, smart parks, or synthetic soccer pitches in communities where these facilities are sorely needed.  Continue reading

Following today’s judgment by Judge Aubrey Ledwaba in the spy tapes matter, we can once again celebrate the independence of our judiciary.

The judiciary has proven time and time again that where there are wrongdoings or excesses that they will act.

The De Lille Dossier which I tabled in Parliament led to two convictions of Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni and these very charges being laid against President Zuma.

Today’s judgment further vindicates the fact that the Seriti Commission was nothing but an instrument used by the ANC to investigate itself and to find the ANC not guilty.

His comrade in arms, Schabir Shaik who has already been found guilty must find solace in the fact that charges have been reinstated against President Zuma and Zuma must face an open court of law.

President Zuma must accept that he is not above the law.

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

Today, 28 April 2016, the City of Cape Town Council voted in favour of a motion which defends our Constitution.

Section 2 of our Constitution reads:

‘This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled’.

While it is the duty of each and every South African to defend the Constitution and for each of us to work together to build on the sacrifices made before us, this responsibility is heightened for those who have the honour of working as public servants.

According to the Constitution in Section 83, the President ‘must uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic’. On 31 March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed in that very important duty. Continue reading

This from sport24.co.za:

Lloyd Burnard – Sport24

Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.

Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.

There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.

Even the end goal itself is unclear.

Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?

Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?

It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.

At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.

According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.

What is their secret?

Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/fleck-colour-not-a-factor-at-stormers-20160428

The positive upward trend of the Cape Town economy amid the uncertainty and volatility that prevails in the national economy is reason to be optimistic. Read more below:

According to the Economic Performance Indicators for Cape Town (EPIC) report for the fourth quarter of 2015, there are a number of reasons to be upbeat about the local economy.

The following are some of the highlights for the city: Continue reading

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