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SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux confirmed on Monday that Rassie Erasmus (GM: Rugby) has accepted a new position as director of rugby at Munster in Ireland. He will take up his new position following the Springboks’ home series against Ireland in June.

Erasmus, a former Springbok captain, has led the Rugby Department for the past four years, introducing a number of new structures and innovations.

“I’d like to thank Rassie for the massive contribution he has made in establishing the Rugby Department and ensuring SA Rugby remain leaders on and off the field,” said Roux.

“It will be difficult to replace Rassie, but we’ll make an appointment in due course. The Rugby Department is functioning extremely well with experts at all levels ensuring the department runs smoothly on a daily basis. Continue reading

This from billboard.com:

Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for his 1972 single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died on Sunday (April 24), according to a message posted on his website. He was 81 years old.

Gone But Not Forgotten: In Memoriam 2016

“We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition,” the statement reads.

“We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered todays R&B music. Billy will be truly missed. Please share you thought [sic], messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend,” it continues.

Paul’s manager, Beverly Gay, confirmed his passing to NBC10. She stated that Paul (born Paul Williams) died at his home in in Blackwood, N.J., after being diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized a week ago at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Full story here:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7341815/billy-paul-dead

This from pitchfork.com:

The iconic musician was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Prince Rogers Nelson, the icon known to the world simply as Prince, has died, TMZ reports. He was found this morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but last week, Prince had been on a flight home from Atlanta when his pilot was forced to make anemergency landing to take Prince to the hospital. A representative said he had the flu.

Born in Minneapolis, the iconic musician released 39 studio albums throughout his prolific career, including two in 2015: HITNRUN Phase One and Two. His most iconic release may be 1984’s Purple Rain, as well as the film of the same name. Pitchfork named the title track the best song of the 1980s.

http://pitchfork.com/news/64848-prince-dead-at-57/

This from wheels24.co.za:

Cape Town – As inconvenient as they may seem, roadblocks exist to ensure the safety and well-being of all road users, especially during peak traffic hours, holiday periods and over weekends.

Knowing your rights as a road user as well as the best approach to dealing with the situation is critical in SA.

Arrive Alive editor Johan Jonck said: “It is important that road users reduce the anger caused by delays as a result of roadblocks through a better understanding of why they are necessary. Roadblocks should not be seen as merely a fine collection or a money-generating exercise, but as something that is important for the safety of all road users.”

Two types of roadblocks

Full story here:

http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Guides_and_Lists/8-things-you-should-know-when-dealing-with-roadblocks-in-sa-20160419

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

Last night I met with the real leaders of Dunoon, including the elected ANC ward councillor, Councillor Lubabalo Makeleni.

This meeting follows the high level of violence which has occurred in the area since Sunday evening. Major roads have been blocked with burning tyres, public infrastructure has been vandalised, shops belonging to foreigners have been looted, and people’s lives are being threatened.

Collectively, we condemn what these EFF thugs and gangsters are doing. It is increasing the suffering of all the people of Dunoon. Children are being prevented from going to school, and parents are being prevented from going to work to provide for their families.

We call on the Economic Freedom Fighters not to start their campaign with violence and destruction. They cannot try to gain votes at the expense of the poor through the destruction of public and private property. Continue reading

This from rnews.co.za:

The Presidency has remained mum on weekend media reports that “senior African National Congress (ANC) members” are working on an alleged bold plan to oust President Jacob Zuma after the local government elections on August third.

According to the Sunday Times, the officials, some based at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters, have been discussing details and communicating with party branches across the country opposed to Zuma, to remove him after the elections.

This involved easing the imminent calls for Zuma to leave in favour of ramping up pressure only after the elections had taken place, as some have feared that his early removal could have a negative impact come voting time.

“We need to buy time and act only after the elections. We are giving [Zuma] a long rope to hang himself,” he said,” one official allegedly told the paper at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Addressing the media after conducting a walkabout of the Greenacres Shopping Centre a day before, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the party remains confidant it would retake control of the Metro after the elections, as only positive feedback from residents had been heard during visits in and around the area.

Full story here:

http://www.rnews.co.za/article/8646/report-officials-planning-to-remove-zuma-as-opposition-reacts-to-low-manifesto-turnout

Pic: capegrace.com

Pic: capegrace.com

If all goes according to plan, residents and visitors to Cape Town will soon be able to make use of tuk-tuk vehicles to travel short distances within the city and surrounding suburbs. Read more below:

The tender for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services was issued on Friday 15 April 2016 by Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority.

‘We want to use this tender process to appoint public transport operators who will operate 80 tuk-tuk vehicles across eight areas in Cape Town and the far south. The tuk-tuk vehicles are intended for those wanting to travel short distances of 3 km or less to local destinations. The people who will make use of the tuk-tuk vehicles are those who do not necessarily want to make use of a metered taxi service, but also do not want to walk 2 or 3 km to their destination,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The eight initial areas where the tuk-tuk vehicles will be allowed to operate are as follows: Continue reading

This from iol.co.za

Johannesburg – Allan Gray has reportedly appointed former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to its board.

According to a Bloomberg report, the investment company has hired Nene, who was unceremoniously fired by President Jacob Zuma last December, as a non-executive director of money management.

Read: Nene joins the private sector

Nene was fired and replaced by little known David (Des) van Rooyen briefly last year before Zuma made a u-turn and put Pravin Gordhan back as head of SA’s finances.

At the time, Zuma said Nene would be South Africa’s nominee to the Brics Bank.

Last week, Nene told eNCA he had taken up a job in a private company.

According to the interview conducted from his home in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal, Nene said he would soon be ending his “garden leave” and joining the private sector.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/business/news/nene-joins-allan-gray-2010985

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

I am perturbed by the increase in the number of attacks on City of Cape Town firefighters and infrastructure in the last six months.

We witnessed one of the most blatant instances when residents of Siqalo attacked firefighters responding to an incident in November last year. The delay resulted in 15 structures being destroyed by fire instead of the four that were alight when the Fire and Rescue Service teams arrived.

What appeared to be an isolated incident at the time has subsequently escalated into an untenable situation. Between 1 January and 4 April 2016, we recorded at least 17 incidents in Klipheuwel, Khayelitsha, Retreat, Vrygrond, Dunoon, Elsies River, Manenberg and Nyanga where Fire and Rescue vehicles were stoned, forcing staff to retreat from the areas in question and robbing residents of a potentially lifesaving service. Continue reading

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