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Troupes dancing at the street parade
Cape Town minstrels ready for a day of song, dance and colour
4 January 2020, 11:45 AM

Thousands of Cape Town minstrels are gathering to celebrate the city’s culture and history at the annual Cape Town Street Parade.

The Tweede Nuwe Jaar procession, which is usually held on the 2nd, is being held on Saturday.

It was shelved to Saturday out of respect for the Islamic Jum’ah observation, which coincided with the sunset on the traditional date.

Thousands of people are expected to line up along the parade route from the District Six to the city centre.

A flurry of colour, song and dance is the hallmark of the street party.

The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association Director Muneeb Gambeno is promising a fun-filled day.

“This is really what life is about, smiles, laughter, fun-filled family and the real, right spirit to usher in the New Year in a true Cape Town fashion. We remember our ancestors. We are not remembering their perils and difficulties; we understand our history and the sacrifices that they made so we can understand our future and ourselves.”

The annual New Year’s festival celebrates the heritage and history of the people of Cape Town – dating back to the colonial era when Dutch colonialists used to give slaves a day off on the 2nd of January to celebrate the New Year in their own way.

It became a celebration of freedom in 1838 after the end of a four-year slave apprenticeship that had followed the abolishment of  slavery in 1834.

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Saracens chairman Wray retires with immediate effect
2 January 2020, 1:42 PM

Nigel Wray has retired as chairman of Saracens with immediate effect, the English Premiership side announced on Thursday.

The move comes two months after the club was punished for breaching salary cap regulations.

European and English champions Saracens were docked 35 points and also fined 5.36 million pounds ($7.08 million) by the Premiership in November after some players were found guilty of entering into business partnerships with Wray.

“As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time for the club to make a fresh start,” Wray said in a statement.

“I’m not getting any younger and feel this is the right moment for me to stand down as chairman and just enjoy being a fan of this incredible rugby club.”

Flashback to 2019 “miracles”
25 December 2019, 12:32 PM

2019 like other years wasn’t short of scandals – from politics to the religious sector.

Allelua Ministries International is one of the faith organisations whose credibility has come under scrutiny.

From a purported resurrection to fresh allegations questioning the discredited ministry, claims of actors faking illnesses and disability were detailed in SABC’s Cutting Edge story, which raked over a million views on YouTube.

Our reporter Maageketla Mohlabe takes us back.

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The homeless excited about Christmas despite lack of sumptuous dishes
25 December 2019, 11:39 AM

It’s a time for sharing and giving.

But many across the world are excluded from this generosity.

For the homeless, Christmas is just another reminder of their plight.

Reporter Jayed-Leigh Paulse visited some of the familiar faces on the streets of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

She spoke to Joleen Finnis, who is raising her sister’s four children.

The family is squatting in a dilapidated building in the city. Although they don’t know where their next meal will come from, Joleen still she feels gratitude.

“I don’t know how I will be celebrating Christmas because we have nothing, but I am still alive and I  thank the Lord above for this and the days I see, and I will always say thank you and will always be thankful to him that’s what Christmas means to me.”

Joleen and her nephews is spending Christmas Day hoping for food handouts.

So will Noel Williams, who has been living on the streets for 19 years.

He celebrated his 68th birthday on Christmas Eve, reading his favourite book.

Noel makes and sells trinkets, work he says, keeps his idle hands busy.

“Often people see your situation that you need help and then they bring food and cool drink and money so I am looking forward to a happy Christmas,” says Noel.

Noel says Christmas reminds him of the importance of family.

“My daughter committed suicide; my son is stinking rich in Joburg. We don’t see eye to eye, but I say happy Christmas to everybody.”

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Another initiate dies at an illegal initiation school in Johannesburg
25 December 2019, 9:31 AM

Another young life has been lost at an illegal initiation school in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The 23-year-old man died on Christmas Eve at a school near Crown Mines in Johannesburg.

The owner of the school has been arrested.

Gauteng Controlesa’s Prince Manene Tabane says a post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

“The initiate he is from Sedibeng. The post mortem has not yet been conducted, but from what we got from the people around the initiation school was that he started to lose appetite on the 22nd then he passed on the 24th at 3am in the morning in the initiation school. The police have been informed I got a call last night from the NPC of the SAPS inquiring about the death of the initiate. When the police went there the school owner was arrested yesterday night,” Tabane says.

This is a second death at an illegal initiation school in Gauteng this week.

A few days ago 16-year-old Mpho Mothupi died after sustaining injuries at an illegal initiation school in Lenasia.

23 initiates were taken to hospital after another bogus school in Vanderbijlpark was shut down.

The CRL Commission has previously urged community stakeholders to do all they can to protect the lives of initiates.

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