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Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day
30 November 2018, 9:09 AM

Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Launched in 1988, the annual observance highlights worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is also an occasion to show support for those living with HIV and to remember those who have died from the infection.

Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign Sbo Thabalalala describes the significant change around HIV and people living with HIV now, compared to 15-years ago.

“The situation around HIV and people living with HIV has changed dramatically and remember at that time we had less people that were on ARV’s and today we are talking about 50 present of people living with HIV on ARVs which is a great achievement. We are happy that the government came to party and they provided ARVs and they continue to provide ARVs to people who are living with HIV.”

Although life expectancy and stigma has improved, ARV availability is still a challenge for many people living with HIV.

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Same sex couple getting married.
State officials cannot refuse to officiate same sex marriages
30 November 2018, 8:31 AM

The Private Members Bill was adopted by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on Wednesday to removing section 6 of the Civil Union Act, aimed at the refusal to marry same sex marriages.

Previously state marriage officials could refuse to marry same sex couples if it conflicted with their religious beliefs. Congress of the People (COPE) Member of Parliament (MP), Deidre Carter says that couples would sometimes have to travel to different provinces to find an official to solemnise their marriage.

More than half state marriage officials were unwilling to marry same sex couples says Carter.

“At first in 2017, I actually directed a question to the minister to ask her how many designated marriage officers were exempted from solemnising same sex couple marriages. They then came back to say that 421 out of 1130 designated officers were exempted.”

Carter says that the state – people employed by the state, cannot discriminate, however this will not force churches to marry same sex couples, “This does not affect religious leaders… but it’s absolutely only state employees.”

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Collan Rex
Sexual offender Collan Rex gets 23 year sentence
30 November 2018, 6:57 AM

Police management has applauded a team of detectives for their sterling work after convicted sex offender Collan Rex was jailed to effective 23 years.

The former Parktown Boys High assistant water polo coach was found guilty on 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 of common assault.

In handing down sentence – High Court Judge, Peet Johnson also ordered that Rex be included in the National Sex Offenders’ register as he is a danger to society.

South African Police Services (SAPS) national spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe says no one should force another person to performing sexual acts.

“No one can force you to have sex or touch you in a sexual way without your consent. Members of the public are encouraged to report any form of abuse to their nearest police station or call SAPS hotline on 0800 10111 and callers can remain anonymous.”

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Cape Town water restrictions reduced
30 November 2018, 6:53 AM

The City of Cape Town says the newly-reduced water restriction from Level 5 to Level 3 will come into effect Saturday.

The lowered restrictions mean that residents can now use 105 litres of water per person, per day compared to the previous 70 litres.

Mayor Dan Plato told a media briefing in Cape Town that this also meant residents could now enjoy lowered tariffs for their water consumption up to 35 and half per cent less while the 40% restriction on business usage had been completely scrapped.

“The City of Cape Town water users can expect a considerable reduction in the cost of water to be reflected in their invoices during next month. This is due to the lowering of water restrictions from level 5 to level 3, recovery restrictions from Saturday, December 1, 2018.”

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Gigaba was obsessed with Johannesburg-Mumbai route: Carolus
30 November 2018, 6:29 AM

Former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson, Cheryl Carolus, says when Malusi Gigaba was Public Enterprises Minister, he was obsessed with SAA’s Johannesburg-Mumbai route which the Gupta-linked India’s Jet Airways was determined to take over.

Carolus was testifying before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Thursday.

She served as SAA board chairperson from 2009 until 2012.

Carolus says Gigaba once set up a meeting with SAA board members, which she didn’t attend.

She says the president of Jet Airways attended the meeting and interrogated board members but Gigaba did not intervene.

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