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Home Affairs launch new digital identification system
16 May 2018, 9:17 AM

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba has launched a new digital identification system as part of the Department’s modernisation program at a breakfast meeting in Cape Town.

The automated biometric identification system (ABIS) replaces Home Affairs’ national identification system which is manually operated and out-dated.

Gigaba says the new system will improve the way the identities of South Africans and foreign nationals are authenticated.

“It relies not only on the fingerprint scan and facial recognition; it goes a step forward in scanning the DNA, relying on iris scan and footprint identification, especially for minor children. It’s going to form the backbone of government’s identification and will enable not only other government departments, but also the private sector to authenticate the identity of their clients,” says Gigaba.

 

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Thandani Ntshumayelo given lifeline to get back career
15 May 2018, 2:02 PM

The South African Football Players Union (Safpu) has reiterated that it firmly stands with suspended former Orlando Pirates player, Thandani Ntshumayelo.

The union has come out in support of the midfielder, saying they are willing to assist Ntshumayelo to save his career.

Ntshumayelo was banned from playing football for four years after he tested positive of cocaine in 2016.

Safpu’s Secretary General, Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe says they approached Ntshumayelo when the news of being involved in drugs surfaced.

“The last time, we spoke to, it is when we offered our services to say we can help you, and then he said he still needs to meet with the chairman. But I am saying that, should he say “I need some assistance”, surely we will be willing to seat down with him and see how best we can do with this matter,” adds Gaoshubelwe.

Bibo showed remorse and has admitted of his wrongdoing. He said he takes full responsibly during the time when he was interviewed by Thomas Mlambo on Metro FM and Sport@10.

Gaoshubelwe went on to warn players of doping, and saying they need to take care of their career.

Maimane laments ‘delays’ in De Lille matter
15 May 2018, 9:30 AM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane says it is regrettable that the dispute over Patricia De Lille’s position as Cape Town mayor has become a protracted affair.

The DA’s disciplinary Fedex has terminated De Lille’s party membership. This after the DA caucus in the Cape Town city council passed a vote of no confidence in her.

Maimane says when a caucus tells a leader that it has lost confidence in them, that leader must do the right thing and resign.

“But at the end of the day we should all recognise nobody in the DA is above the party. We all serve the DA and when we lose confidence, we should do the right thing. We as a party believe, we have taken steps to ensure that everybody is held accountable.”

“It doesn’t matter whether you are vote winner or a vote loser. We are all equal before the law. And if we didn’t do that our principles would not mean anything to us and we must uphold them,” says Maimane.

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Downs’ Morena relishes opportunity to learn from Barcelona
15 May 2018, 9:00 AM

Mamelodi Sundowns‘ right-back, Thapelo Morena says the Wednesday night clash against Spanish giants Barcelona will serve as a learning curve.

The Absa Premiership champions Sundowns will face the Barca side as part of the late Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations.

Morena says they have also picked some valuable lessons in the CAF Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup in 2016.

“It’s going to be something that we going to learn from. We going to do what we have to do and learn what we have to learn and Percy Tau likes to watch Messi, so he’s going to learn from him, looking at him from the other side.”

Tau and company are still on cloud nine after reclaiming the Absa Premiership title. Tau, the league’s joint top goal scorer with Polokwane City striker, Rodney Ramagalela on 11 strikes says they will do everything in their power top surprise the Catalonia side.

Sundowns coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane says they will use the much-anticipated clash against Spanish title-winners Barcelona to test their tactical acumen.

Barcelona return to face the Brazilians 11 years after the sides first met. Barca ran out 2-1 winners against the Pretoria-based outfit.

Renowned global football icons, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, will form part of the contingent heading to Johannesburg.

The match will start at 18h00 at the FNB Stadium in the evening, and tickets have been sold out.

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North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo
Government to put North West under administration
13 May 2018, 4:13 PM

Parliament spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo has confirmed to media that the national government is to take over the administration of the North West province under Section 100 of the Constitution.

This follows reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has written to the National Council of Provinces to notify them of his decision to intervene in the troubled province.

The National Council of Provinces will now begin a process, lasting not more than six months, to implement cabinet’s decision to take over the administration of the trouble-torn North West province.

Parliament has confirmed that President Ramaphosa wrote to NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise on Friday to inform her of the decision.  Mothapo explains the processes which will follow the President’s letter to the NCOP.

“The House must initiate a process that should not exceed 180-days which will entail referring the matter to a committee or committees of the House to begin a work that will entail making an independent assessment of the conditions in the North West province, and the circumstances under which this decision was taken, whether such an intervention is warranted or not.”

Premier Supra Mahumapelo went on leave in the past week after stating that he would resign, following widespread unrest in the province by protesters demanding his removal.

He appointed MEC Wendy Nelson as acting premier, but critics have said the move was illegal and unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the Inter-ministerial Task Team on the North West province, led by Minister in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will meet in Pretoria on Monday to discuss its report on the state of governance in the province.

 

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