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Pretoria – A group of Fees Must Fall protesters has started marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria calling for free tertiary education.

The group had gathered at Church Square on Thursday morning, waiting for more students to join them.

Less than 500 people were marching along Madiba Street.

The group sang struggle songs and danced as they marched to the Union Buildings. Police were keeping a close watch on the protest.

They held placards, some of which read “Blade must fall” and “Free education for all”. Pupils wearing their school uniforms had also joined the march.
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Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, applauds the parking marshals who intervened in several incidents the past month where thieves broke into motor vehicles parked in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in broad daylight. Read more below:

The parking marshals are employed by Street Parking Solutions (SPS) who is contracted to manage on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town.

‘It is no easy job being a parking marshal in Cape Town. These men and women have to endure abuse from motorists who refuse to pay for parking on a daily basis. Some take out their frustration on the marshals who are simply doing what they are paid to do: to collect parking fees. Given the difficult work environment, I want to commend them for not hesitating to intervene on several occasions when thieves broke into vehicles parked in the CBD,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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South Africa has begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court by notifying the United Nations on Thursday that it intended to revoke its ratification of the Rome Statute, which established the court, as a result of the court’s perceived biases against African nations. However, without parliamentary approval, it’s unclear if the government has the authority to unilaterally withdraw. By SIMON ALLISON.

South Africa has begun the process of exiting the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Daily Maverick has learned. In New York on Thursday, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute to the United Nations. This is the formal beginning of a year-long process to complete withdrawal.

In the notice, seen by Daily Maverick, South Africa outlined the court’s perceived biases against African states, and highlighted the dilemma it faced when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – wanted for war crimes by the ICC – attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg last year. At the time, the government argued diplomatic conventions around immunity for heads of state trumped its legal obligation to arrest Bashir.

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“I have found a sweetener for you‚ Hlaudi has found an extra R10 000 for you.”

That’s what the Democratic Alliance said it had been “reliably informed” that the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Hlaudi Motsoeneng “announced to staff at the bargaining unit” on Wednesday.

The party’s Phumzile Van Damme said on Thursday that the “payment of R10 000 will be to all staff excluding middle‚ senior and top management…and is said to amount to R32-million‚ and would require board approval”.

“It is quite clear that this ‘sweetener deal’ is nothing but an attempt for Motsoeneng to get SABC staff on his side as a last-ditch attempt to save his hide‚” she said.

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Parliament – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has the full backing of the cabinet, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Gordhan is expected in court on November 2 to answer to fraud charges laid against him by the National Prosecuting Authority.

The charges say that while running the South African Revenue Service, Gordhan fraudulently approved early retirement for a deputy.

Gordhan is “innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law,” Radebe told reporters.

Gordhan has also been added to a inter-ministerial task team analysing university fees following protests by students over the cost of higher education, Radebe said.
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Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will commence with the Kommetjie Road Project in Kommetjie in the far south on Monday 24 October 2016, if all goes as planned. Read more below:

The City will spend approximately R171 million on this project which is intended to relieve congestion on the main traffic routes and at key intersections in the Kommetjie area.

The Kommetjie Road Project is part of the City’s Congestion Management Programme which has prioritised Kommetjie as one of the areas in need of intervention. The project will commence on Monday 24 October 2016 if all goes as planned and is set to take place over a period of 30 months, pending any unforeseen challenges.

‘The peak-hour period on roads leading to and from Kommetjie, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Imhoff’s Gift, and Ocean View exceeds three hours. We have therefore committed to spend R171 million on new road infrastructure, including dual carriageways, to alleviate the congestion along sections of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg. We will also provide infrastructure for the high number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area as well as queue-jump lanes for public transport vehicles such as minibus-taxis and buses, to benefit public transport users,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

The City’s Law Enforcement Department maintained a heavy presence on popular beaches on the day of matric valedictory celebrations last week. Officers issued numerous fines and confiscated alcohol and drugs. Read more below:

On Friday 14 October 2016, the City of Cape Town deployed 16 Law Enforcement officers to the Clifton 1 – 4 beaches, the Camps Bay beach area, and Maiden’s Cove to monitor the matric valedictory celebrations. The officers were deployed from 14:30 – 22:30.

There were more than 6 000 visitors on the beaches and officers sought to ensure that they were celebrating safely and legally.

Officers issued 12 fines to the value of R12 000 for introducing alcohol on the beach, two fines in terms of the Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisance By-law to the value of R1 000, and one fine for contravening the Seashore Act to the value of R1 000.

A total of 43 notices were issued for traffic violations and officers confiscated 250 bottles of alcohol, 16 small packets of dagga, and two dagga cigarettes. Continue reading

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Late on Wednesday afternoon, news broke that the University of the Western Cape (UWC) was suspending its academic year, although students would still be writing exams. The university also responded, in detail, to the current list of student demands. Judging by developments on campus through the day, though, the drama was nowhere near over. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.

When news broke on Wednesday afternoon that UWC would be suspending its academic year, there was an initial outcry. However, it was campus classes that were being suspended, and students will be able to write exams in November 2016 or January 2017. More specific details, university management said, would be down to individual departments and disciplines.

The Executive issued a statement following its Senate meeting, saying: “All face-to-face classes are suspended. The exact mode of the completion of the academic programme, where needed, will be faculty and discipline-specific and managed by deans and heads of departments.

“Students are given a choice of writing their main examinations either in November 2016 or January 2017… Students who qualify for Supplementary Examinations will be given the opportunity to write those in January 2017.”

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On average, the City’s housing database is growing by more than 1 000 applications per month. Protecting its integrity as well as enhancing the accuracy of the database through technology and innovation is therefore increasingly vital to ensure a fair and systematic way of delivering housing opportunities. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is about to further its drive to increase efficiencies in the way that it manages its housing database through technology. There are approximately 300 000 applicants registered on the database who have expressed their need for a housing opportunity. As the need is pronounced, the database must be protected and managed properly to ensure that potential beneficiaries stand a fair chance at receiving a housing opportunity.

Shortly, the City’s housing database will be linked to its property database which will enable City data administration staff to immediately see whether an applicant already owns a property within the metro. This would halt the capturing of data for such applications and prevent time and resources from being wasted on non-qualifying applications. According to the criteria for receiving a State-subsidised housing opportunity, applicants who have previously owned property do not qualify for an opportunity which involves ownership. Continue reading


Note to editors: The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch of the 2016 Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability at the Civic Centre today, 19 October 2016.

Good afternoon, goeie middag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today as we launch the second edition of the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability.

I remember the excitement and passion that was injected in this organisation two years ago when we celebrated our year as the World Design Capital 2014 and launched the first edition of the portfolio.

It was the beginning of a new chapter where we would no longer cling to the old ways of doing things and instead we interrogated the way we worked and started to think creatively about how to put our city on a sustainable and progressive trajectory. Continue reading

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