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Bus driver shot on N2 in Cape Town amid taxi route feud
30 July 2021, 12:21 PM

A bus driver has been shot and wounded while travelling on the N2 highway near Nyanga on the Cape Flats. Police Spokesperson, FC Van Wyk says they are probing the possibility that the incident is linked to the ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape.

More than 80 people have been killed in the province during the feud since the beginning of the year.

Several routes have been affected by the unrest with limited services operating in certain areas.

Van Wyk says no arrests have been made as yet in connection with the latest shooting incident.

Taxi violence continues in Cape Town

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on warring taxi associations in the province to resolve their differences peacefully.

Police are calling on communities in areas that have been affected by ongoing taxi violence to come forward with any information that would assist them with their investigations.

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Albert Fritz earlier urged police to conduct comprehensive investigations into all taxi-related incidents of violence which have been reported in the province this year.

Sporadic incidents of taxi violence continue in Western Cape

 

Patriotic Alliance mayoral candidate in West Rand released on R3 000 bail
30 July 2021, 11:53 AM

Bruce Nimmerhoudt, one of the alleged instigators of the violent unrest that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal earlier this month, has been released on bail by the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court, west of Johannesburg.

Nimmerhoudt, who is a mayoral candidate for the Patriotic Alliance (PA) in the West Rand municipality, was arrested on the 16th of July in Witpoortjie, following a voice note that was circulated on social media platforms, wherein a male person could be heard inciting members of society in and around Krugersdorp, Randfontein and Roodepoort to commit acts of public violence.

He has been charged with incitement to commit public violence and terrorism. After spending almost 2 weeks behind bars, Nimmerhoudt returns home to his family after being released on bail on Friday.

He was granted bail of R3 000 after the court ruled that it would not be in the interest of justice to keep him behind bars. As part of his bail conditions, Nimmerhoudt won’t be allowed to leave Gauteng until the conclusion of his case.

A large group of members from the PA gathered outside the court to show support to Nimmerhoudt.

His case will resume on the 4th of August.

Health department aims to vaccinate over 300 000 people per day: Kubayi
30 July 2021, 9:42 AM

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says the sector is still working towards vaccinating over 300 000 people per day. South Africa has administered over 7.2 million vaccines so far – with the department aiming to increase vaccinations in August. Currently, at least 215 000 vaccines are being administered daily.

Kubayi has reiterated the need for people to get inoculated against the coronavirus – saying this would help reduce the number of COVID-19 related deaths.

“With expected vaccine batches from J&J and Pfizer in the coming days, we are expecting that the vaccination programme will pick up the momentum, such that we will be able to reach 300 000. Some of the colleagues in the private sector are saying we should be able to reach around 400 000 vaccinations per day. As we observe, we will see which ones we need capacity to enable the fast-tracking of the vaccine and ensuring that the vaccine reaches as many people as possible so we are able to intervene,” says Kubayi.

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi briefing on COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan

Kubayi says the rise in new COVID-19 cases in the Western Cape is concerning. Kubayi says while the country has reached its third wave peak with the overall numbers having decreased, the Western Cape is experiencing an increase in new infections with more than 3 400 people hospitalised. 29% of new infections in the past 24 hours were recorded in the province.

Kubayi says they are closely monitoring the infection rate in that province as well as KwaZulu-Natal which is also showing an increase in new infections.

“The majority of new cases in the last 24 hours are from Western Cape with followed by Gauteng which is still a bit higher with 27 new cases. We’ll be keenly watching the situation so that if the numbers continue to rise we can ask the NCCC and cabinet to take the necessary interventions,” says Kubayi.

 

Western Cape Liquor Authority to conduct safety operations to prevent trauma cases
30 July 2021, 8:37 AM

The Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz says the province’s Liquor Authority and the Compliance and Enforcement units are going to be conducting a number of operations this weekend in an effort to prevent trauma cases.

Fritz has urged residents to not drink and drive as public hospitals are under severe pressure due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections.

He says extra policing will be deployed to monitor compliance and ensure that citizens observe the regulations.

“It’s the end of the month and the outright ban on the purchase and transport of alcohol has been eased. Please consume alcohol responsibly. Please observe and comply with the provisions pertaining to alcohol in the Disaster Management Act,” says Ministerial Spokesperson Wade Seale.

Seale says they have seen a spike in cases and cannot afford for hospital beds to be occupied by patients presenting in trauma units with alcohol-related injuries.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban on alcohol sales would be lifted, with restrictions.

Alcohol sales are currently permitted from Monday to Thursday, as the country moved from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3.

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Americans eye up Semenya-free women’s 800m
30 July 2021, 7:29 AM

The women’s 800 metres, right in the spotlight of the “intersex athlete” debate, looks as if it could be a great race in Tokyo as the main contenders advanced from Friday’s opening round in the absence of all three banned Rio medallists.

There was a very different feel to the race this time with the Rio three, including double champion Caster Semenya, all ruled ineligible due to heightened testosterone levels.

Without them, the top six performers this season have less than a second between them and the United States look well equipped to challenge for only their country’s second gold in the event after Madeline Manning’s triumph in 1968 and their first medal since 1988.

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Athing Mu, the 19-year-old world leader with 1:56.07, Ajee Wilson and world championship 800 metre silver medallist Raevyn Rogers all looked good and advanced from the opening heats on a humid, overcast morning.

Britain also have a strong chance in the shape of Jemma Reekie, one of only two athletes to go under two minutes on Friday, Alex Bell and 19-year-old Keely Hodgkinson, who were all safely through.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule looked very relaxed winning her heat with the fastest time of the morning – 1:59.83.

Rose Mary Almanza of Cuba, who has knocked more than a second off her personal best this year at the age of 29, and Ugandan world champion Halimah Nakaayi also progressed.

The semi-finals are on Saturday and the final on Tuesday.

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