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Kaizer Chiefs maintain the top position in Absa Premiership log
12 January 2020, 8:15 PM

Kaizer Chiefs have opened a healthy 9 points lead at the top of the ABSA Premiership log after a 3-0 win over Cape Town City in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

Chiefs have now collected 41 points after 17 matches.

Leonardo Castro scored the opening goal in the 11th minute.

Samir Nurkovic, who missed the midweek match against Highlands Park due to suspension, marked his return with a goal in the 63rd minute.

It was soon 3-0 after another header from defender Mulomowandau Mathoho, this time from a George Maluleka corner.

Meanwhile SuperSport United are still third on the log after a 2-nil win over the struggling AmaZulu in Durban.

Bloemfontein Celtic climbed to the fifth spot on the log table after a 4-2 win over Black Leopards.

More arrests expected after tourists robbed in Khayelitsha
12 January 2020, 6:54 PM

Cape Town police say the possibility of more arrests in connection to the robbery of 11 tourists in Khayelitsha cannot be ruled out.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and two suspects have been taken in for questioning regarding the incident.

The tourists, from the USA and Russia, were visiting a school in the area with a local tour guide when five armed men robbed them of their valuables.

Police spokesperson, Novella Potelwa says “The arrested suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday on a robbery charge. As the investigation unfolds, the possibility of more arrests being effected cannot be ruled out.”

Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, has condemned the robbery.  “Mayor Plato rejects the selfish nature of this act as each instance of crime has a negative impact on job creation opportunities and limits communities who need employment. The South African Police Service remains the primary law enforcement body but we all need to play our part to keep residents and visitors safe. Mayor Plato calls on SAPS to arrest those responsible as soon as possible,” says Mayoral spokesperson, Lyndon Khan.

Competition Commission confident prices of school uniforms will drop
12 January 2020, 5:21 PM

The Competition Commission says it is still pursuing retailers that do not comply with guidelines of the Competition Act regarding prices of school uniforms. It says it is confident that the price of school uniforms will drop over the years.

As parents prepare for school opening this week, they have had to dig deeper into their pockets to ensure that their kids are ready for school.

The Competition Commission says guidelines on school uniforms have been issued to schools. They instruct that uniforms must be generic, each school must have more than one supplier, have shorter contracts and an open bidding process for contracts. It says exclusive items on the uniform must be limited.

Competition Commission’s Sipho Ngwema is confident that this process will yield good results, eventually.

“It is going to be a process, but we are hoping and we are monitoring what is happening. We are hoping that gradually the school uniform must get cheaper because there should be involvement of more suppliers who are then going to come with alternative prices and better quality and that we hope is going to lead to uniform prices gradually coming down.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA, Paul Colditz, says they are monitoring schools to follow the guidelines.

“A lot of advocacy needs to be done, is being done to inform schools and parent communities of the fact that long term exclusive contracts which may lead to higher prices may be unlawful according to the Competition Act. We are seeing according to those reports that prices are declining.”

Chairperson of the National Association of Parents in School Governance, Mahlomola Kekana has appealed for an immediate reduction in the prices of uniforms.

“The issue of costs with this dying economy in our country is really a serious concern but we are appealing to schools not to expect too much. Some schools are asking for the impossible, three different types of school uniforms but in the main let us appeal to the manufacturers and suppliers of school uniforms to really reconsider their pricing.”

Parents say they spend thousands of rands on school uniforms. They are now looking at alternative ways to reduce the financial impact.

“You plan; I think after the first few years, you know how much it costs for each season; so you plan. You can spend anything between R3000 and R4000 on buying uniform for a new school,” says one of the parents.”

Another parent adds: “I’ve bought uniforms for the last 10 years, it’s a lot of money. I’m over it.” This week marks the start of a school year for thousands of learners who are part of the class of 2020.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo set to develop isicathamiya music
12 January 2020, 4:04 PM

World-renowned Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo says it is prepared to develop and nurture local isicathamiya music.

The group is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and held a landmark concert at Pietermaritzburg to mark the occasion.

Isicathamiya is traditional Zulu music. The group has recorded other isicathamiya groups to preserve the music genre in the country through its Ladysmith Mobile Academy.

The group also introduced other isicathamiya groups under the programme called LBM Music Mobile Academy.

Singer and son of Joseph Shabalala, Sbongiseni Shabalala, says they are happy to be part of the celebration in South Africa as this is where they initially got support.

“This year, we are celebrating sixty years since the group was formed. As part of our celebration, we are launching new isicathamiya groups that we found when we were going around the country through our programme called LBM Mobile Academy. We go to the schools and to the communities and we found school choirs and we have recorded them and we ask the community to support them.”

The acapella group, founded by Joseph Shabalala in the 1960s, shot to international fame after being featured in a Paul Simon album called Graceland in 1986.

The following year, Ladysmith Black Mambazo hit the global stage with tours internationally.

 

8 political parties, independent candidate to contest Mamusa by-elections
12 January 2020, 3:22 PM

Campaigning is in full swing in the Schweizer Reneke based Mamusa Local Municipality in North West.

The African National Congress and Economic Freedom Fighters are to hold their rallies on Sunday afternoon in the Ipelegeng township, to garner support for Wednesday’s by-elections.

Eight political parties and an independent candidate will be contesting the elections in 9 wards.

The ANC-run municipality was dissolved by the provincial government last year due to the collapse of service delivery and financial mismanagement.

ANC NEC members including Fikile Mbalula, Obed Bapela, and Malusi Gigaba are among speakers that will be addressing the mass.

The rally is part of the party’s campaign to win votes in the upcoming by-elections expected to be held on the 14th and 15th January.

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