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Baroka FC
Baroka FC CEO parts ways with the club
8 January 2019, 10:29 AM

The Telkom Knockout champions Baroka Football Club have parted ways with several players and club CEO Morgan Mammila. Mammila resigned prior to the Limpopo derby which saw Baroka lose 2-1 against Black Leopard at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Sunday.

Amongst the players whose contract were terminated are first team players Mpho Kgashane and Thabo Moseki while Emmanual Letlotlo returned back to Kaizer Chiefs.

The team spokesperson Richard Mashabane says Mammila left to pursue other opportunities.

“It is very difficult to lose someone like Mr Mammila in the team but unfortunately he got a good offer somewhere whereby he needs to go and fix the problems for another team he can come back anytime if he feels he can come back,” explains Mashabane.

Soldiers
Palestinian accused of killing two soldiers arrested
8 January 2019, 9:33 AM

Israeli forces have arrested a Palestinian accused of killing two soldiers last month in the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s domestic security service, the Shin Beth has also implicated the suspect in the killing of a third Israeli, although it has not given details.

Israeli media have reported that the third victim was a baby, who was born prematurely after a shooting attack on the ninth of December and died a few days later.

AMCU
15 houses and 6 cars burnt during AMCU strike
8 January 2019, 8:46 AM

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has condemned the escalation of attacks on its members by alleged striking AMCU members in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

Since the strike started at Sibanye-Stillwater gold mine in November last year, 15 houses and 6 vehicles have reportedly been burnt at the Blybank Township in Carletonville.

AMCU employees embarked on strike after a deadlock in negotiations over workers’ wages and safety investment.

“We can confirm on record that since the AMCU strike started last year November, there have been killings and attacks on our members. As we speak at Blybank Township in Carletonville, 15 houses and 6 cars belonging to our members have been burnt since the strike started and as the NUM the law enforcement agencies don’t seem to do anything to arrest the perpetrators,” says Livhuwani Mammburu who is the NUM National Spokesperson.

Steve Smith and David Warner
Smith, Warner return no cure for Australia: Vaughan
8 January 2019, 6:45 AM

Australia are “kidding themselves” if they think the return of Steve Smith and David Warner is the answer to all their problems and a serious overhaul is needed if they are to win the Ashes this year, former England captain Michael Vaughan has said.

Australia lost their first test series at home to India on Monday, a draw in Sydney giving Virat Kohli’s side a 2-1 series victory and the hosts failed to muster a single century over the four matches.

Former captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner are serving a 12-months ban for their role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and are not available for selection until the end of March.

While Australia have undoubtedly struggled in the pair’s absence, Vaughan said the team’s problems ran much deeper and the Ashes series in England would highlight their deficiencies unless big changes were made.

“I cannot see Australia beating England this summer unless they assess themselves brutally. Batting techniques have to be better and they need to be more consistent with the ball.

Every facet of their test team has to improve. They are kidding themselves if they think everything will be rosy when Smith and Warner come back,” Vaughan wrote in his column for London’s Telegraph newspaper.

Australia have passed 300 runs just three times in 14 innings since Warner and Smith were banned last March, with a highest score of 362 for eight and Vaughan said the team were not producing enough runs to make them competitive.

“On flat, good batting pitches, Australia really struggled as it is on those tracks that weaknesses are highlighted. A batting unit’s defences are tested because it is necessary to bat for long periods. Australia are unable to play long innings.

They look like a team who can score 250-300, and that is good enough on sporting pitches, but not when it is flat,” says Vaughan of their performances during the India series.

Australia’s trio of pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were also criticised by Vaughan, who said they did not offer enough variety or consistency to exploit pitch conditions in England.

The Australians had just one lbw dismissal in the entire India series, he said. Indicating there were not enough deliveries directed at the stumps.

“The bowling is not as good as they think. To beat England in England, they have to bowl more intelligently.

It is not often that quick bowlers come to England and blast batsmen out. It may happen in one test but not over the course of a five-match series.

You need consistent line and length, and skilful manipulation of the conditions.

At the moment, I do not see Australia having those attributes,” wrote Vaughan.

University Walk-ins
Universities inundated with prospective students
8 January 2019, 6:02 AM

Some institutions of higher learning were inundated with prospective and returning students on the first day of registration on Monday. This is despite pleas by institutions for students to use online processes for inquiries and checking the status of their applications. Wits University says it will only accept over five-thousand students. However, it says it has put in place plans for those who could not register online.

“Next week, for those students who can’t register online, we have got face-to-face registration, for those particular students, who are having difficulty with online registration,” explained Wits spokesperson.

At University of South Africa (UNISA), emotions among students have reached boiling point because the institution is not yet offering some programmes due to a systems error.

“I’m so disappointed. I wanted to register but if there’s no space, there’s nothing I can do. So UNISA must resolve this, so that we can all register,” says a disappointed student.

The CEO of Universities SA, Ahmed Bawa, has advised students who did not apply on time to get in touch with the Higher Education Department which will then find ways of how to place them at available institutions. Thousands of young people have flocked to institutions of higher learning with some trying to apply for the first time. Bawa says he believes institutions are much better prepared this year compared to last year.

“We would like to advise students should apply to the Cas system run by the department of higher and education and training which is a facility that will allow the department to work with universities to place students where there are places available,” explains Bawa.

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