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President Cyril Ramaphosa in Park Station
Commuters surprised by Ramaphosa’s visit in Park Station
11 March 2019, 10:37 AM

Johannesburg Park Station was abuzz as commuters were surprised by the presence of African National Congress (ANC) President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa arrived at Johannesburg Park Station on Monday morning, on a campaign trail ahead of the May 8 elections. He was interacting with hundreds of commuters who were travelling to and from work.

Ramaphosa was accompanied by David Makhura, ANC Gauteng provincial chairperson.

Commuters wasted no time in raising their concerns about buses and train services.

Ramaphosa’s visit to park station comes as the battle to win the Gauteng province intensifies among political parties.

Other ANC leaders are making their presence felt in other parts of the province.


Ramaphosa assures hawkers at Johannesburg Park Station that an ANC government will ensure an economically developed country to benefit all.

 

Two rhinos
Three suspects to appear in court for rhino horn dealings
11 March 2019, 9:46 AM

Three suspects are expected to appear at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday for dealing in rhino horns as well as contravening the endangered species regulations.

The three suspects were arrested during a three day operation targeting the trafficking of rhino horns.

The arrests were made on Saturday in Randburg where the team managed to seize five rhino horns, 14 pieces of abalone, three seahorses, two sea cucumbers, vehicles and weighing and processing equipment worth a substantial amount was seized.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Muladzi says, “It was a joint effort between ourselves as the Hawks, tracker and other entities. These people we have been tracking them for a while and on Saturday it was at the culmination of that investigation where we managed to arrest three suspects. There were rhino horns and other endangered species that were also confiscated. There are also possibilities that we could add more charges.”

Taxi commuters at a taxi rank
Taxi’s will continue to operate on Monday
11 March 2019, 9:23 AM

Taxi commuters in Soweto can rest assured that taxis from both Dube West and the Witwatersrand taxi associations will continue operating on Monday.

Last week, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, threatened to shut down their routes and ranks, following the on-going violence between the two associations.

Discussions between the two associations are still underway, and a resolution to stop the violence between them is expected to be made later on Monday.

Last week, six people were wounded and 10 vehicles damaged following a shootout between members of the two associations over control of the routes.

National Taxi Alliance spokesperson Theo Malele says, “Both operators are still on the ground and with regards to a solution, parties have been engaging throughout the weekend and we are hopeful that perhaps by midday or somewhere around then, we should have something tangible to put before the MEC and give him reason not to close the routes and we are hopeful parties will find each other by today (Monday).”

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Tennis star Serena Williams.
Illness ends Serena’s Indian Wells bid
11 March 2019, 8:29 AM

Serena Williams‘s first tournament since the Australian Open came to an abrupt end on Sunday as the ailing 23-time Grand Slam champion retired from her third-round WTA match against Garbine Muguruza at Indian Wells.

Muguruza was leading 6-3, 1-0 when Williams called it a day in the battle of former world number ones because of a viral illness.

“Before the match, I did not feel great, and then it just got worse with every second; extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue,” Williams said in comments released via tournament organizers.

The 10th-seeded American, continuing to work her way back up the rankings in the wake of time off to have a baby, had made a strong start, winning the first three games.

But she called for the trainer after dropping six straight.

After a long talk with medical personnel Williams took the court for the second set, but after Muguruza held serve at love Williams called a halt.

“By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at all well physically,” Williams said. “I will focus on getting better and start preparing for Miami.”

It was the sixth meeting between Muguruza and Williams, all five prior coming in Grand Slams.

The last two of those were in finals, with Williams beating the Spaniard for the Wimbledon title in 2015 and Muguruza taking the 2016 French Open crown.

It was a tough draw for Williams, who defeated former world number one Victoria Azarenka in her second-round opener.

Muguruza was sorry to see it end the way it did.

“We’ve played many times and it’s always super-tough, super-exciting,” Muguruza said.

“I wish I’m going to see her soon and feeling better,” added the Spaniard, who advanced to a fourth-round clash with seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, a  7-6 (12/10), 6-4 winner over Britain’s Johanna Konta.

Serving for the match, Bertens saved one break point and let two match points slide by before she reached the round of 16 for the first time at Indian Wells when Konta sent a forehand wide.

World number two Simona Halep had her hands full with Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova but emerged with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 victory in her first meeting with the 114th-ranked player.

“It was really difficult against her because I never played against her — it was a bit difficult to get a rhythm,” Halep said.

There were service breaks aplenty as Halep and Kozlova traded four on the way to the first-set tiebreaker and four more to open the second set.

Halep’s two holds — sandwiched around another break of Kozlova’s serve – put the Romanian up 5-2 but she was broken serving for the match and needed one last break of Kozlova’s serve in the final game to clinch it with a backhand up the line.

“When I was leading the match, she played without fear, I felt like she was playing much better in those games,” Halep said.

“It was difficult for me to close those sets, but I’m actually proud that I could do that,” added the Romanian.

Halep next faces 61st-ranked Czech Marketa Vondrousova, who followed up her win over 2018 finalist Daria Kasatkina with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over 22nd seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina also advanced, holding of Australian Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4.

Former President Jacob Zuma
Save SA founder condemns Zuma’s latest violations
11 March 2019, 7:58 AM

The founder of the Save South Africa campaign, Sipho Pityana, has condemned former President Jacob Zuma’s latest violations of the Constitution. It has been revealed that the violations involve the State Security Agency’s (SSA) apparent illegal spying on civil society organisations such as Fees Must Fall, Right2Know and Save SA.

“It’s something that we’ve always expected, instead of focussing on nations security the former President used this to focus on law abiding citizens, organisations etc. In some of our meetings there were attempts to disrupt them, some of the leaders of these were intimidated and in some instances they were assaulted.”

Pityana says that political accountability should be given to those responsible for the violations.

“Ultimately there must be political accountability. President Zuma is now out of the way, he still must answer because this was nothing short of criminal activities so he must be one among those that are held responsible including the political executives of the time, but we must identify the agents that were directly involved in the activities… they must be removed from the system and be taken to our courts of law.”

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