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The City of Cape Town’s Council approved a Freight Management Strategy to ensure that freight transport within Cape Town is safe, efficient and serves the needs of the economy without compromising the access and mobility of other road users, and that freight operators comply with weight regulations. Read more below:

‘Our local and regional economy is firmly vested in global trade and depends largely on road-based transport of cargo to and from the port, airport and between cities and towns. However, as much as the City is responsible for the provision of an efficient and reliable road network, we cannot ignore the impact of road-based freight on Cape Town’s roads and the urban environment. Counting among the effects are carbon emissions, congestion and road accidents. Furthermore, the City spends approximately R1 billion per annum on road maintenance,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Indications are that many motorists are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law for misunderstanding fines known as Section 56 notices. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town would like to caution motorists against an increase in warrants of arrest being generated for failure to appear in court – in large part because some motorists appear not to understand the difference between the types of fines issued.

As a result, unsuspecting motorists run the risk of being arrested for unpaid traffic fines.

Traffic enforcement agencies generally issue two types of fines – the Section 341 notice and the Section 56 notice.

A Section 341 notice is issued in circumstances where it is not evident who the driver is, for instance, a parking ticket or an offence captured by means of a camera. For such offences, vehicle owners receive fines in the post. If the fine is not paid, a summons follows with a date to appear in court. Continue reading

Pic: sarugbmag.co.za

Pic: sarugbymag.co.za

Mr Oregan Hoskins announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as president of the South African Rugby Union after a decade of service and achievement.

Mr Hoskins advised the membership of SA Rugby at a meeting of the General Council in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“I have enjoyed a remarkable ten and a half years in one of the most high-profile roles in South African sport and have enjoyed some incredible highs,” said Mr Hoskins. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege and I want to thank everyone involved in South African rugby for the fantastic journey we have shared.

“There have also been plenty of challenges to confront but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way – it’s an indication of how much our sport matters in this country. Continue reading

The 73 arrests during the past few days included seven suspects apprehended for possession of illegal firearms and 55 for drunk driving. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police and Traffic Services Departments arrested 73 suspects during operations in the last few days.

The Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team’s K9 Unit reacted to a shooting incident recorded by the Shotspotter system in Matilda Road, Manenberg in the early hours of Thursday 11 August 2016. Upon investigation, they spotted two suspects who ran when they saw the officers. One of the suspects was arrested at a house in the area. Further investigation revealed a 9 mm firearm on the premises, 64 rounds of ammunition and one firearm magazine. Officers took a further six suspects into custody, aged between 19 and 36.

A few hours later, the same unit arrested another suspect in Manenberg after confiscating a firearm found in his possession. Continue reading

From Wayde van Niekerk's Facebook page

Pic: reuters.com

There is no amounts to measure the pride I am feeling right now. I could no longer wait for 3am to watch it and went to bed by midnight telling my friends I will wake up to the news. And what good news it was indeed! Local boy Wayde van Niekerk not only bagged gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics but smashed the world record in the process. And if you watch footage it looks like nearly 10 metres ahead of the silver medalist! Continue reading

This from dailymaverick.co.za:

Talks between South Africa’s major political parties on coalitions have not yet yielded any breakthroughs. None of the political parties had anticipated that the 2016 local government elections would result in such a medley of outcomes, with no outright winner in four of the eight metros. It has been difficult to switch from aggressive campaign mode to negotiations mode, which naturally involves bargaining and compromise. Smaller parties appear to have big demands, including the “removal” of the president, which make for tricky negotiations. The situation requires political maturity and some out-of-the-box thinking.

If there is anyone who knows how hard it is to serve in a coalition government it is President Jacob Zuma. The ANC was a minority partner in the KwaZulu-Natal government between 1994 and 1999, the first term of the democratic order. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won 10.5% of the vote nationally and just over 50% in KwaZulu-Natal in the first election. With the IFP serving in the Government of National Unity nationally, the ANC, which received 32% of the vote in KwaZulu-Natal, had three MECs serving in the provincial government. Zuma was one of the three ANC MECs who served under successive IFP premiers, Frank Mdlalose, Ben Ngubane and Lionel Mtshali.

Full story here:

http://firstthing.dailymaverick.co.za/article.php?id=79700&cid=2016-08-10#.V6rYifl95pg

Pic by Dominic Chimhavi ‏@DChimhavi on Twitter

Pic by Dominic Chimhavi ‏@DChimhavi on Twitter

This from soccerladuma.co.za:

The South African U23 side began their Olympic campaign with a 0-0 draw against Brazil on Thursday evening.

South Africa were presented with a chance after just three minutes, when Keagan Dolly played Lebo Mothiba through on goal, however Weverton rushed off his line to thwart the striker.

After an impressive opening spell by Owen Da Gama’s side, Brazil started to enjoy most of the possession after the 10-minute mark but struggled to carve out chances.

Itumeleng Khune was called into action after 28 minutes, as the South African shot-stopper produced a fine save to keep out Neymar’s strike from 20-yards out.

Full story here:

http://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/categories/bafana/olympics-report-brazil-u23-v-south-africa-u23/234779

The first batch of 150 cellphones impounded from motorists in terms of the Traffic By-law were donated to neighbourhood watch members today, 2 August 2016. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate today donated 150 cellphones to members of neighbourhood watch organisations from across the metropole.

The cellphones had been impounded from motorists in terms of Section 38 of the Traffic By-law, which prohibits the use of a communication device while driving. As the devices were never collected by the owners, they became City property in terms of the Impoundment Policy which means they can be disposed of in a manner deemed fit by the Directorate.

‘We have impounded thousands of phones since this section of the By-law came into effect in 2012. What we didn’t realise at the time was how much red tape we would have to cut through to clear personal data from phones that were never claimed. We initially planned to auction the devices, but then last year we had a brainwave to donate the phones to non-governmental and community organisations instead who could put them to good use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

A rape suspect was one of dozens arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested an alleged gang member in Manenberg for rape on Saturday 30 July 2016 – just hours after the alleged incident.

Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team were on patrol in Scheldt Walk when they were approached by community members who informed them that the suspect had raped a woman at gunpoint earlier that morning. Officers arrested the suspect after the victim identified him.

Later, the same unit executed a search warrant at a house in Aletta court after receiving a tip-off about drug sales from the premises. They arrested the 23-year-old son of a local gang leader for possession of drugs after finding a 20-litre paint container filled with dagga on the premises. Continue reading

The Eastern Province Kings will play in the Currie Cup First Division, if a proposal by SA Rugby is approved by members of the General Council.

The proposal has been circulated to the 13 provincial unions. They have until close of business on Tuesday to provide their response.

If it is approved the Leopards – who finished fourth in the qualifying competition – will replace the EP Kings and join the other qualifiers (Griquas, Boland and the Steval Pumas) in the Currie Cup Premier Division this season.

Eastern Province would join the Down Touch Griffons, South Western Districts, Border, Hino Valke and Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in the First Division.

“We realise the situation is not ideal but unfortunately we had little other option than to make this proposal,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“The Currie Cup remains a massively important part of the local rugby landscape and the solution for this year is the best for the competition while allowing the EP Kings to continue their participation.”

The change – if approved – would mean the Currie Cup Premier Division would be contested by the Xerox Golden Lions, DHL Western Province, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Griquas, Boland, the Steval Pumas and the Leopards.

SA Rugby confirmed that following the Emirates Lions’ qualification for the Vodacom Super Rugby final on Saturday, their provisional Currie Cup schedule has been revised and the Xerox Golden Lions will have a bye this weekend.

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