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This from nbc.com:

Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

Full story here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/muhammad-ali-greatest-all-time-dead-74-n584776

The recruitment, training and employment of nearly 400 rental stock monitors is meant to help improve the standard of living in City rental units as these monitors become the eyes and ears of their communities. 

The City of Cape Town has launched a new programme aimed at uplifting rental stock areas and addressing socio-economic challenges by empowering female tenants.

In the last month, 380 women have been recruited in nine rental stock areas with the assistance of local ward councillors. Candidates had to be legal rental stock tenants, older than 21, and upstanding members of their community who are willing to participate for the duration of the programme. Continue reading

Democratic Alliance press release by
Lorraine Botha MPP
Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Development
DA Constituency Head Cederberg and Bergrivier
 
1 June 2016
Release: immediately
 
The DA in the Western Cape is alarmed that Easy Pay and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), both subsidiaries of Net1, will continue to disburse social grants to millions of beneficiaries despite reports of unlawful deductions taking place under their tenure, which has led to an R 800m loss to SASSA of which a mere R1,5m has been recovered.
                                                                           
In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Standing committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP), I will call a joint committee meeting, along with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) where SASSA must explain the impact of the R 800m loss in grant money. I will also call on the entity to report on all matters relating to its financial management. 

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN

1 JUNE 2016

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

Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 inaugural #YouthStartCT awards ceremony that will be held at the Cape Town City Hall at 17:00 today

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

I could think of no better way to kick off Youth Month than all of us gathering for this wonderful occasion.

We have some of the best young entrepreneurial minds with us today.

We are here to celebrate the big dreams of the top 12 and the top three winners of the inaugural #YouthStartCT Challenge.

We also celebrate the very bright futures which lie ahead for all of them, because everyone here tonight is a winner.

As the City of Cape Town, we know that an investment in the youth is an investment into actively building and creating the kind of society that we want to live in. Continue reading

Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain after the Vodacom Bulls hooker was named to lead South Africa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, which starts on 11 June in Cape Town.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the Boks are preparing for the first Test.

The popular Strauss hooker follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.

Coetzee said he decided to appoint the captain before the first training session.

“Adriaan’s leadership qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

“He enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures. Continue reading


This from abc.net.au:

The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old boy tumbled into its enclosure has triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision “tough” but necessary.

Thousands of people signed a petition on Change.org that sharply criticised the Cincinnati Police Department and the zoo for putting down the animal and called for the child’s parents to be “held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child”.

Cincinnati police said the parents had not been charged, but that charges could eventually be sought by the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, although a spokeswoman for the prosecutor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities did not identify the child or his parents and the family could not be contacted.

Full story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-30/killing-of-gorilla-to-save-boy-at-ohio-zoo-sparks-outrage/7457842

A drunk driver is the latest suspect to send City officers on a Hollywood-style chase, but ended up behind bars with dozens of others. Read more below:

A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.

The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest. Continue reading

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

The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 Mayoral Awards held at the Cape Town Stadium last night, 28 May 2016.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as salaam alaikum, shalom.

We take great pride in the determination and commitment of our staff.

The City of Cape Town is not some lifeless and cold concept.

It is a living, breathing organisation brought to life by the work of 27 000 people. Continue reading

This from dailymaverick.co.za:

A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday.

The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin.

“It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I call nightmare bacteria,” a family of germs known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), said Thomas Frieden, chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and Europe.

Its emergence in the United States for the first time “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria,” said a report on the finding, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The report gave no details about the outcome of the Pennsylvania woman’s case. Superbugs can be deadly, but not in all cases.

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-05-27-nightmare-infection-found-in-us-for-first-time#.V0gdN_l95pg

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The Western Cape High Court, on Wednesday 25 May 2016, granted the City of Cape Town a final and permanent interdict against violent protesters, among them the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civic Organisation and members of their executive, preventing them from disrupting the MyCiTi service or conducting any protest action at the MyCiTi stations along the T04 trunk route. Read more below:

I am very relieved and grateful for this final order by the Western Cape High Court.

The City cannot allow protesters to vandalise and damage our infrastructure, inconvenience our commuters, and disrupt the MyCiTi service which is providing a vital and important service to the communities of Dunoon and Joe Slovo. Vandalism and the destruction of City property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law-abiding citizens, is unacceptable. Continue reading

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