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On the day that Des van Rooyen’s legal team were bringing a high court application to interdict a Public Protector report because it could damage his reputation, opposition MPs showed exactly how they perceived Van Rooyen’s reputation: A two-minute noodle, the Guptas’ most loyal servant and intellectually unsettled.

The National Assembly’s discussion of the portfolio committee of cooperative governance and traditional affairs’ report on the department’s budget turned into a “roast” of Van Rooyen, who is minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.

Van Rooyen was minister of finance for four days in December after President Jacob Zuma controversially fired Nhlanhla Nene.

Under pressure from within and outside the ANC as the rand went into free-fall, Zuma swapped Van Rooyen and Pravin Gordhan’s portfolios.

DA member of Parliament Kevin Mileham pointed out that the department’s audit opinion had deteriorated.

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Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the World Energy Cities Partnership annual general meeting in the City Council Chamber today, 2 November 2016.

Mayor of Halifax and World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) President, Mike Savage
Mayor of Houston and Secretary-General of the WECP, Sylvester Turner
Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø
My fellow WECP mayors
Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson
Members of the City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee
WECP delegates
Members of the media
Ladies and gentleman

Good morning. Continue reading

CAPE TOWN. – Alan Dawson, whose longevity and excellence as a Western Province and Cape Cobras swing bowler was only matched by his whole-hearted commitment, has stepped down as the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ convenor of selectors.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my cricketing career,” Dawson, who presented the Proteas at test and One Day International level, admitted.

“Yet I feel it is the right decision in terms of the situation and the circumstances at present.

“I feel at this stage as a convenor, I cannot make any difference to the performance of the team,” he said. Dawson said he will remain a die-hard and loyal ex Cape Cobras’ cricketer and supporter.

“We are disappointed to lose a man of Dawson’s ilk and character,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of Western Cape Cricket (WCC). “We wish Alan well with his future endeavours. Our best wishes accompany him.” Continue reading

At 08H 00 this morning, Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a certification of death at Galway Court in Hanover Park. The EMS crew was caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs and damage was sustained to the EMS Ambulance. The EMS crew was fortunately not injured, but they did receive trauma counseling. Hanover Park has been identified as a red danger zone for EMS personnel and no EMS medical resources will be entering the area without a police escort. Please note that this will affect EMS response times considerably, but as per the department’s Kuseleka Staff Safety Campaign, the safety of our personnel is our first priority.

Thanks in part to automatic number plate recognition technology, the City of Cape Town served over 67 000 warrants in nine months this year. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service is pleased to report that a total of 67 051 warrants have been served between 1 January and 30 September 2016. These warrants have a total value of R75 541 415.

A large number of these executed warrants have come as a result of the City’s gradual investment in automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, with 20 438 warrants being served this year so far due to this initiative. The remaining warrants were either served via the vehicle licensing process (whereby licences cannot be renewed if there are outstanding warrants against the licence-holder) or during door-to-door operations. ANPR technology has also led to the arrest of 2 841 motorists.

‘The execution of warrants is an essential component of traffic enforcement. There are still a significant number of motorists who believe that they can simply ignore their fines and that they will be able to escape the consequences of their illegal behaviour. Unless these residents feel it in their pockets and are forced to appear in front of a magistrate, it is likely that their wilful disregard of traffic regulations and reckless endangerment of other motorists will continue. Continue reading


Today, 1 November 2016, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee recommended to Council that certain by-laws be repealed as we continue to streamline our governance model. This is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce red tape. These repealed by-laws were promulgated by former municipalities which were incorporated into the City of Cape Town in 2000, in order to standardise the job of enforcing laws across the city.

Before the creation of the uni-city, the City consisted of 30 smaller municipalities which all had their own municipal councils and which were all able to create their own by-laws. We undertook to research 306 by-laws which we found to be outdated.

These former municipalities no longer exist, making these by-laws redundant. They have never been repealed, which technically means that they are still in existence and in force within the areas of the municipal courts which adopted them. Some of the by-laws date back to as early as 1950. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested a number of suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol this weekend, including two drunk motorists who were caught driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Officers also intercepted an attempted hijacking and recovered stolen vehicles. Read more below:

On Saturday 29 October 2016, a member of the Integrated Roadblock Unit was on the way home after an operation in Pinelands when he spotted a BMW on the N2 outgoing (between the R300 and Borcherds Quarry) driving on the wrong side of the roadway. The driver was arrested for drunk driving as well as reckless and negligent driving. She was detained at the Delft police station. In another incident that same day in the Pinelands area, officers arrested another drunk driver for driving on the wrong side of the roadway. She was arrested on the same charges. Continue reading

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The EFF has written a letter to the General Council of the Bar as it seeks to remove the name of National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams from the roll of advocates.

The party made this demand on Monday‚ the day Abrahams reviewed and set aside the decision to charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two others with fraud.

The action by the EFF follows ANC heavyweight Mathews Phosa threatening two weeks ago to write to the General Council of the Bar to investigate Abrahams, saying “The NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] cannot be a lapdog of the Presidency as is currently the case.”

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