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Patricia de Lille
De Lille won’t campaign for DA
17 October 2018, 3:50 PM

Outgoing Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, says she will not be campaigning for the DA ahead of next year’s general elections. De Lille will leave her position at the end of the month following protracted battles with the DA.

De Lille says she remains a member of the party.

“Politics is about the heart and is about the head, and you need to find that combination, I mean my love for politics is about heart stories , and honestly I wont be able to go and stand and campaign after what has happened to me. It will be very very difficult for me, and so no I wont be able to do it.”

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Coligny judgement still underway
17 October 2018, 3:11 PM

Judgment in the Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard case is still underway in the North West High Court in Mahikeng. SABC News earlier incorrectly reported that Schutte and Doorewaard were found guilty of culpable homicide in the North West High Court in Mahikeng, following the death of 15-year-old Mathlomola Mosweu in Coligny on 20 April last year.

The duo maintained their innocence, saying the teenager had jumped off their bakkie on their way to the police station, after apprehending him for having allegedly stolen sunflowers.

Consequently dubbed the sunflower case, the trial commenced in March this year.

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KFC Mini Cricket programme supports cricket development
17 October 2018, 3:01 PM

The KFC Mini Cricket programme has continued to be the largest national grassroots cricket development programme in South Africa.

Former Proteas bowler, Robin Peterson, recently accompanied the children to visit the national team during the series against Zimbabwe.

Three winning schools from Port Elizabeth had an opportunity of a lifetime for young aspiring cricket players – a chance to not only shake hands, but also join their Proteas heroes while on national duty, domestically.

Peterson says the focus is to develop cricket players at primary school level.

”Seeing how the Proteas interact and prepare for games was great for them. A lot of those guys are the heroes and it just gives the kids an opportunity to dream and to see how humble the Proteas are, and how willing they are to interact with the kids. Yes, we watch them on TV and perform every week, but actually normal people.”

But it’s not only about cricket, but also about helping the kids to set goals, make the right choices, take advantage of opportunities and get them to dream.

Proteas fast bowler and rising star, Andile Phehlukwayo, remembers his days as a kid growing up. He knows he is fortunate to be able to give back to youngsters.

”I didn’t have the privilege to meet some of the professional players. So, I  thought what a wonderful thing if I can  contribute to a kids career or kids growing up in terms of meeting a future leader and a future person that day.”

Lots of kids enjoyed the beautiful game of cricket.

 

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Inquiry into data prices underway
17 October 2018, 2:32 PM

The Competition Commission in Pretoria is holding an inquiry into data services in South Africa.

South Africa’s cheapest price for 1 gigabyte of data is about seven times higher than the cheapest price in Africa, which is Egypt at just over 1 US dollars for 1 gigabyte.

Doctor Onkokame Mothobi of Research ICT Africa, says the rand dollar exchange rate, input costs like electricity and high demand are the cost drivers.

He says MTN and Vodacom dominate the market in South Africa, although Telkom is much cheaper. Mothabi says only about 50% of South Africans can afford data.

“Our survey shows that the cost of communications and especially, data is taking a significant amount of low income earners and in most cases it is unaffordable for people on the lower piramid. Our survey shows of the 53% of the 47% that are not connected are from lower income brackets.”

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Kimberley residents complain of flowing sewage
14 October 2018, 7:03 PM

Residents of Homevale in Kimberley are outraged over the constant stench of sewage flowing in the area. They complain they have been living under such dire circumstances for more than a year. Earlier this year, an angry community took to the streets calling on the Sol Plaatje municipality to fix the leaking pipes.

John Baadjies doesn’t remember the last time he opened his windows for fresh air. The 46-year-old’s street has turned into a pool of sewage.

“We open our windows about seven months ago, because of the bugs and the mosquitoes and even the smell is unbearable, even during the night, you can’t sleep,” says  Baadjies.

Residents say the stench has become part of their daily lives and  they’re worried about their health.

“The stench is so thick that is going into everyone’s houses. There are children here, they are children playing around the sewage and we keep telling them not to do it. This is affecting all of us,” added another resident, Dimitri Booysen.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality admits the city has sewerage network problems.

“The situation is quite bad in that particular area… We have been going there several times but quite frankly, I think it needs more attention. We will definitely be upping our game in terms of really ensuring that the community there really gets better treatment,” says municipality spokesperson, Sello Matsie.

The municipality says they upgraded the Homevale Sewage Treatment Works in the past and will have to upgrade again.

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