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WATCH: Discussion on SABC turnaround strategy
25 September 2018, 10:17 AM

Parliament’s Communications Committee is meeting to discuss the turnaround strategy of the SABC and to shortlist about 12 candidates for the four vacant non-executive board positions.

Committee Chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says one of the weaknesses in the current SABC Board is the lack of  financial and human resources expertise.

WATCH: SARS Commission of Inquiry
25 September 2018, 9:42 AM

The SARS Commission of Inquiry has started in Pretoria.

Former partner of Bain & Company, Vittorio Massone is taking the witness stand.

Massone was recently relieved from his position following his testimony which revealed that the agency followed an irregular tender process to win the restructuring work at SARS.

Bain’s operating model is alleged to have dismantled key units and destroyed efficiencies at the revenue collector, which has led to the loss of skilled staff.

Police fire teargas at Cape Town protesters
25 September 2018, 8:11 AM

Police have fired teargas at one of the protest gatherings in Cape Town’s townships.

The city of Cape Town has confirmed that the various gatherings in the city’s townships are illegal as organisers did not seek application as required by the law.

Residents from areas of Manenberg, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Langa, Gugulethu and Kesington gathered from five o’clock Tuesday morning to protest against rising poverty, crime and high unemployment levels.

Protesters have vowed to shut down all major roads leading the city. The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, JP Smith has confirmed that teargas has been fired at Voortrekker Road …

“The fact is the organisers did not apply in terms of the national legislation and this means that the road closures this morn are unlawful, so the protesters organised by Cosatu who is part of national government and therefore part of keeping the regulation of the national gatherings act, are being teargassed and shot at one location by Saps which is controlled by national government due to protest about poor state of policing which is competency of national government. So its really a very difficult situation for the city.”

Tiger’s back on the prowl with Ryder Cup in his sights
25 September 2018, 6:03 AM

The spiralling interest in the Ryder Cup means the biennial golf showpiece hardly needs hyping up but the stunning return to form of Tiger Woods, culminating in his first tournament victory for five years on Sunday, has undoubtedly added some extra French frisson to the event starting in Paris on Friday.

Europe’s top player Justin Rose finished in a share of fourth at the PGA Tour Championship to scoop the $10 million FedEx prize but all eyes were on Woods, who has overcome four back surgeries and very public personal drama to return to the top of the game.

A year ago he could barely walk, let along swing a club and few if any thought he would ever get close to the form that saw him bestride the game for so long.

Yet here he is, if not quite back to his best, then certainly back to a level capable of going toe to toe with anyone else in the game.

“My body was a wreck, I was beyond playing. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg,” Woods said on Sunday looking back to his situation before he underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.

“It’s been an unbelievable season from beginning to end and I appreciate it much more now than 20 years ago.”

He now heads to Paris as part of a US team seeking to win overseas for the first time since 1993.

Although his ranking was so low he needed a captain’s pick to make the team, his recent surge in form and confidence means that he will undoubtedly be one of the focal points of Jim Furyk’s team and the man the fans at the Le Golf National will want to follow.

Poor record

The irony, however, is that Woods’ Ryder Cup record is awful.

In seven appearances he has been on the winning team once, and that was back in 1999. Though his singles record is strong, in foursomes and fourballs he has won nine, lost 16 and halved one.

When it is taken into account that most of these matches took place when he was far and away the best golfer in the game and winning majors for fun, it is a shocking, but not that perplexing record.

During his prime years Woods was a focused, solitary figure, able to communicate with fellow players or the media only through a fixed-smile veneer that gave nothing away and invited nobody in.

Now 42 and having hit rock bottom in his personal and professional life, he is said to be a different person than when he won his 14th and last major 10 years ago.

 

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WATCH: DA launches 2019 election campaign
22 September 2018, 11:47 AM

The Democratic Alliance is launching its 2019 election campaign at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane is accompanied by an election team.

The DA’s election campaign is focusing on several provinces including Gauteng and the Northern Cape. The party says it wants to retain the Western Cape with an increased majority.

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