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Cape Town – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could soon be arrested after the Hawks reportedly handed a docket over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for his involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.

The Sunday Times reported that the top police investigating unit wanted Gordhan and eight others to be prosecuted for espionage for the unit allegedly spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.

Sources at both the Hawks and NPA claim authorities are waiting for “political go-ahead” before going through with the arrest. However, the NPA officially denied the claims.

In April, Gordhan said Sars had a legal mandate to perform enforcement and criminal investigations, Fin24 reported.

The finance minister said according to information provided to him by Sars there are 1 599 enforcement auditors who conduct enforcement investigations, and 381 criminal investigators.

Gordhan told the Hawks in March that the unit was an essential part of Sars’ enforcement strategy “as it is with most tax and customs administrations globally”.

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From 29 April – 2 May, 5FM were in Polokwane for their first annual Small Town Live Loud takeover weekend. The station, along with the entire complement of DJs, was in the city for four days of non-stop partying. The weekend offered up a party every night and live broadcasts as well as a CSi initiative at the Samaritan Children’s Home.

The weekend kicked off with an Instawalk on Friday, 29 April, with media and Instagrammers from Polokwane, where the station showed off the city on their social media platforms. Later that evening the station hosted the Live Loud Club Night party at Jembe Tavern at Meropa Casino. On Saturday, 30 April, the station hosted a DJ seminar in partnership with Bridges for Music with DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Rob Forbes, Roger Goode and Fix speaking to youngsters about the various aspects of DJ-ing as a career. Continue reading

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At 14:15 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a shooting incident in Oasis Street, Athlone. A 72 year old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her arm and head. She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but details surrounding the incident remain unknown.

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The filming and events industries are exceeding expectations in the Mother City, with the City issuing nearly 3 000 permits in just three months. This boom could potentially create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination. In addition, the conclusion of multi-year agreements to anchor six big events will bring a guaranteed boost to the economy for the next few years. 

The City of Cape Town issued 2 870 permits for various film shoots in one quarter alone (January to March 2016). Year-to-date numbers are equally impressive, with the number of permits issued increasing from 3 943 in 2014/15 to 6 173 in 2015/16 (over the three quarters in total).

Collectively, the 2 870 film shoots in the first quarter of 2016 contributed upwards of R3,58 million to the City’s coffers for services rendered. The bulk of the filming permits were issued for the following: Continue reading

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Johannesburg, 13 May 2016: MTV (DStv channel 130) is messing with everyday tech devices – with hilarious results – in its new international prank show Bugging Out. Watch as smart phones, apps, fitness trackers, car GPS systems, ATMs and more turn on their unsuspecting users in this hidden camera show for the digital generation.
Bugging Out is hosted by YouTube personality and prankster Rob Anderson, who will be joined by entertainment presenter and stand-up comedian Traci Stumpf, MTV’s BuggingOut airs on MTV every Wednesday night at 22:00 CAT.

Commented Monde Twala, VP, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa, “We know MTV viewers are going to big fans of“Bugging Out” – our viewers love to laugh, and clip shows like Ridiculousness and prank shows like #YouGotGot are regularly the highest rated shows on the channel. The latest season of Ridiculousness had over 90,000 viewers tuning in per episode. Over 96,000 viewers tuned in per episode during Season 1 of #YouGotGot, while the premiere episode for Season 2 on Monday 9 May was watched by over 179,000 viewers.” Continue reading

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The Junior Springboks kicked off their warm-up phase for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship on a solid note on Friday with an encouraging 60-19 victory against a Xerox Golden Lions Under-20 Invitational side at Wits University in Johannesburg.

The Junior Springboks scored 10 tries – four in the first half and six in the second half. Toyota Free State wing Mosolwa Mafuma scored four tries for the SA U20s, while the hosts scored three.

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron was satisfied with the result, but he said there was hard work ahead to improve the areas of their game that were lacking before the international spectacle.

“I am pleased with certain aspects of our game and I think we can take several positives into our matches against Maties and SWD,” said Theron. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Thursday named his team to face a combined Xerox Golden Lions Under-19 and Under-21 team in their first warm-up match.

The match will take place on Friday at Wits University and is the Junior Boks’ first fully-fledged encounter in the lead-up to the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 to 25 June.

The starting line-up features the Vodacom Blue Bulls halfback combination of flyhalf Manie Libbok and scrumhalf Embrose Papier, while DHL Western Province locks Eduard Zandberg and Ruben de Villiers will join forces in the engine room. Continue reading

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The ratings agency Moody’s has announced that the City of Cape Town has received a long- and short-term Global Scale Rating of Baa2 and Prime -2 respectively and a long- and short-term national scale rating of Aaa.za and Prime -1.za respectively following a change in their ratings methodology. The City now has the highest possible level of credit quality within the national context. Read more below:

This means that going forward, there should be less volatility in the City’s national scale rating, even when the global scale rating is moved either up or down and is thus more reflective of the City’s own credit quality within the local environment. The inclusion of a global credit rating makes it more comparable with other entities on the international market.

‘In a sense, the City will be less constrained by the country’s rating. This is especially advantageous for the City as it plans to approach the external bond market in the future,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Moody’s cites as a reason for its decision the ‘City’s good budgetary performance, strong liquidity position and moderate debt levels. The financial position is supported by the administration’s prudent financial policies and its relatively large and diversified economic base’.

This latest signal of confidence in the financial management of the City comes on the heels of the recent announcement by Ratings Afrika, which awarded the City the highest Municipal Financial Stability Index (MFSI) among the metros.

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