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City of Cape Town to install 159 CCTV cameras at public transport interchanges
13 April 2019, 3:33 PM

The City of Cape Town will be installing 159 CCTV cameras at various public transport interchanges and MyCiTi stations across Cape Town to monitor its various transport facilities.

The cameras have now been installed in Claremont, Wynberg and the Cape Town Station Deck.

The investment at nine of the City’s minibus-taxi ranks, comes at a cost of more than R11 million.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Felicity Purchase says Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Bellville will have their cameras by the end of June.

“Apart from the safety aspect, the cameras also boast technology that will provide the Transport Directorate with information about the lengths of queues and waiting times at the PTIs with lane-designated destinations, commuter counting and Internet-of-Things (IOT) sensors to provide traffic data,” explains Purchase.

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PBI launches its manifesto in East London
13 April 2019, 2:31 PM

The Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners (PBI) political party has launched its manifesto in East London.

The party is contesting in the Eastern Cape and in the Western Cape in the upcoming general elections.

It has promised to provide housing for the destitute, jobs for the unemployed, amongst other things, should it be elected to power.

PBI President Virgil Gericke says, “We will heavily concentrate on the issue of empowerment because in this country, in these two provinces, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape we have not seen radical economic transformation as yet.

“In order to bring about radical economic transformation, it is imperative that we have representation on those platforms of government that we serve and provincial governments, so that we influence policy. It is not just about making noise, it is about influencing policy,” adds Gericke.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends world’s most powerful rocket on first commercial flight
13 April 2019, 1:58 PM

The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts.

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload.

“T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space,” SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a live stream.

Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company’s Hawthorne, California headquarters.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned nearly 10 minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX’s seafaring drone ship 400 miles (645 km) off the Florida coast. In the 2018 test mission, Heavy’s core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

“The Falcons have landed” Musk wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force.

Liftoff with Heavy’s new military-certified Falcon 9 engines was crucial in the race with Boeing-Lockheed venture United Launch Alliance and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin as Musk’s SpaceX, working to flight-prove its rocket fleet one mission at a time, aims to clinch a third of all U.S. National Security Space missions – coveted military contracts worth billions.

The US Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for $130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a $297 million contract.

SpaceX and Boeing Co are vying to send humans to space from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, cleared its first unmanned test flight in March ahead of its crewed mission planned for July, while the first unmanned test for Boeing’s Starliner capsule is slated for August on ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket.

Falcon Heavy carried a communications satellite for Saudi-based telecom firm Arabsat, which will beam internet and television services over Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Privately owned SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, was founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also a co-founder of electric car maker Tesla Inc.

UK parliament very likely to consider new Brexit referendum
13 April 2019, 1:38 PM

The idea of a second Brexit referendum is very likely to be put before Britain’s parliament again although the government remains opposed to any new plebiscite, the British finance minister said on Friday.

Philip Hammond said he hoped parliament would break the Brexit impasse by passing a deal by the end of June, potentially ending the calls for a new referendum, and there was a “good chance” of a breakthrough in talks with the opposition Labour Party.

“I remain optimistic that over the next couple of months we will get a deal done,” he told reporters in Washington where he is attending meetings at the International Monetary Fund.

But a second referendum could not be ruled out.

“It’s a proposition that could and, on all the evidence, is very likely to be put to parliament at some stage,” Hammond said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has so far failed to get her own Conservative Party behind the Brexit divorce deal she agreed with other European Union leaders last year, forcing her to ask the bloc for a delay and to start talks with Labour about how to break the impasse in parliament.

Many Labour lawmakers are pressing their leader Jeremy Corbyn to demand a new referendum in talks with the government.

Hammond said that while the government was opposed to a new public vote, other Labour demands – such as a customs union with the EU – were up for debate.

Hammond said about six months would be needed to hold a referendum, so if parliament voted in a couple of months’ time to make one a condition of approving a Brexit deal, there would be no time before Britain is due to leave the EU on October 31.

One of May’s most pro-EU ministers, Hammond has faced criticism from Brexit supporters for saying Britain should stay close to the bloc. He angered them again recently by describing another Brexit referendum as a “perfectly credible proposition”.

“(A second referendum) in the end is an issue about parliament and parliamentary numbers, and where the Labour Party ends up on this, as the Labour Party itself is deeply divided on this issue and at some point will have to decide on where it stands,” Hammond said.

Parliament has previously rejected the idea of a new referendum and other possible solutions the Brexit impasse.

Hammond said the risk of a no-deal Brexit had been reduced but not averted by this week’s delay of Britain’s exit and such an outcome would be felt in the global economy.

Ending the uncertainty would “unleash the very large stock of potential investment that is hanging over the UK economy in suspended animation,” he said.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday that Brexit had pushed business uncertainty “through the roof”.

Carney is due to step down at the end of January, having delayed his departure twice to help Brexit preparations.

Hammond said Brexit could put off some qualified candidates in the search for the next BoE governor which was now underway.

“There may be some candidates who might be deterred from an application because of the political debate around Brexit, which inevitably the governor of the Bank of England can’t avoid being part of,” he said.

Supporters of Brexit have often accused Carney of giving over-gloomy assessments of the costs of leaving the EU.

Hammond also said the Brexit delay was hampering government efforts to improve economic productivity and could throw off course a planned multi-year budget for government departments due late this year.

Chippa drops into PSL relegation zone
13 April 2019, 12:37 PM

Chippa United have been dropped into the Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) relegation zone after losing 1-0 against Bidvest Wits at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.

Wits midfielder, Deon Hotto, scored the only goal of the match.

 

This was a disappointing result for the Port Elizabeth side who are one point ahead of 15th placed Free State Stars, but they have played extra two games.

They are left with four games; three of them are against strong teams.

Despite this setback, United coach Clinton Larsen is still hopeful.

“We played a quality team tonight; they deserve to be in that championship race. They have good players like [Lehlohonolo] Majoro, [Elias] Pelembe, and [Terrence] Dzvukamanja.

“There is a lot of experience in defence.  There are seven or eight Bafana players in this team. We knew it was not going to be easy … like I have said we played well tonight. We did not get anything out of it, we have nine points to play for,” adds Larsen.

 

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