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Following today’s judgment by Judge Aubrey Ledwaba in the spy tapes matter, we can once again celebrate the independence of our judiciary.

The judiciary has proven time and time again that where there are wrongdoings or excesses that they will act.

The De Lille Dossier which I tabled in Parliament led to two convictions of Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni and these very charges being laid against President Zuma.

Today’s judgment further vindicates the fact that the Seriti Commission was nothing but an instrument used by the ANC to investigate itself and to find the ANC not guilty.

His comrade in arms, Schabir Shaik who has already been found guilty must find solace in the fact that charges have been reinstated against President Zuma and Zuma must face an open court of law.

President Zuma must accept that he is not above the law.

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

Today, 28 April 2016, the City of Cape Town Council voted in favour of a motion which defends our Constitution.

Section 2 of our Constitution reads:

‘This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled’.

While it is the duty of each and every South African to defend the Constitution and for each of us to work together to build on the sacrifices made before us, this responsibility is heightened for those who have the honour of working as public servants.

According to the Constitution in Section 83, the President ‘must uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic’. On 31 March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed in that very important duty. Continue reading

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This from sport24.co.za:

Lloyd Burnard – Sport24

Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.

Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.

There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.

Even the end goal itself is unclear.

Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?

Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?

It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.

At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.

According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.

What is their secret?

Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/fleck-colour-not-a-factor-at-stormers-20160428

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Offering a wide range of top quality dairy products, Woolworths’ selection process is carefully considered, with many of the products exclusive to stores. These efforts have been recognised with no less than 65 awards, including 10 Agri-Expo Qualité Awards at the 2016 South African Dairy Championships, which were announced at a gala dinner in Cape Town on Wednesday 27th April.

Following great success in last year, 2016 saw Woolworths take home 36 first prize awards out of a total of 97 product categories. Of the 23 Qualité Awards given, Woolworths dairy products received 10 of these, nine of which for products exclusive to Woolworths stores. Continue reading

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· Five SA franchise teams involved in overseas matches this weekend

· Southern Kings clash with Jaguares on maiden Argentine visit

The two leading teams on the Africa conference standings, the DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions, will be eyeing home wins this weekend, while the rest of the South African franchises are all playing away matches in Round 10 of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

For the first time in Vodacom Super Rugby history, six SA teams will be in action this weekend against overseas foes in a single round. This weekend’s action sees no less than five South African franchise teams playing overseas.

On Friday morning (SA time) the Cell C Sharks continue their tour of New Zealand against the Chiefs in New Plymouth, with the two teams getting this weekend’s action underway in another exciting round of fixtures. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers co-captains Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe both return for the Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

De Jongh takes his place at outside centre after missing the 40-22 victory over the Reds last week with concussion, and will partner Damian de Allende in midfield, while Malherbe returns at tighthead prop after being ruled out last week due to illness.

The only other changes to the starting line-up are rotational switches to the forward pack as Schalk Burger takes his place at No.8 with Nizaam Carr shifting to the flank and Siya Kolisi moving to the replacements bench, whilst in the front row JC Janse van Rensburg starts at loosehead prop.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team are intent on raising the bar once again at DHL Newlands.

“We are determined to keep on progressing along the path we have embarked on this season, and the Waratahs will provide another serious challenge this weekend.

“The team has really bought into what we are trying to do, and I am excited to see what they can produce in front of our faithful fans on Saturday,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser

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28 April 2016
Release: Immediately
 
The DA-led Western Cape Government (WCG) has spent R56 387 047 on fighting substance abuse in the Western Cape, during the 2015/16 financial year.
 
I will write to the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to inquire about the extent to which the WCG’s alcohol game changer will impact on the funding of existing programmes associated with substance abuse.

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The City of Cape Town’s resorts offer affordable getaways for families this winter. Rates are lower during winter and with 13 resorts across the peninsula, residents are spoiled for choice.

This year the winter holidays don’t have to be cold and dreary, as the City of Cape Town’s resorts are an affordable option to chase away the winter cold.

‘With winter upon us, the City’s resorts offer an affordable getaway for families to enjoy, with low-season rates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.

The City of Cape Town manages 13 resorts across Cape Town, with eight of these resorts offering fully equipped chalets and braai areas. Continue reading

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