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De Lille vows to create pro-poor policies through affordable housing, city resources
12 September 2021, 1:35 PM

GOOD party leader, Patricia de Lille, has vowed to create pro-poor policies by providing affordable housing and city resources skewed towards the needs of the poor. She’s further promised to close the poverty gap in the country.

She was launching her party’s election manifesto in Johannesburg.

De Lille has also announced the party’s mayoral candidates ahead of the Local Government Elections on November 1.

GOOD aims to compete in 46 municipalities and five metros. It’s the party’s first time to contest in the Local Government Elections since it was formed in 2018.

De Lille says the party is committed to justice.

2021 LGE | GOOD party launches its election manifesto in Sandton:

The Constitutional Court dismissed the IEC’s request for the elections to be postponed to February next year.

This after former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke released a report in which he recommended the postponement saying the elections would not be free and fair in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

LGE 2021 | What the Constitution Court’s election ruling means: Lebohang Pheko

GOOD Party to launch manifesto in Johannesburg on Sunday
12 September 2021, 12:01 PM

The GOOD Party is expected to launch its manifesto in Johannesburg on Sunday ahead of the Local Government Elections. Political parties are gearing up for elections on November 1.

This follows a Constitutional Court judgment that dismissed the IEC’s request for the elections to be postponed to February next year.

This after former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke released a report in which he recommended the postponement saying the elections would not be free and fair in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the party’s first contestation in the Local Government Elections since its birth in 2018.

The party’s leader Patricia de Lille has announced the party’s Brett Herron as Mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town and is expected to announce the municipalities and other metros the party is expected to contest in.

In the 2019 national elections, the party received over 70 000 votes, giving it two seats in Parliament. It’s expected to have an impact in Cape Town after De Lille served as its Mayor from 2011 until resigning in 2018.

SABC News reporter Zoleka Qodashe is in Sandton for the GOOD party’s manifesto launch:

Chelsea’s Kerr keen to return to Australia once restrictions are lifted
12 September 2021, 9:48 AM

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has said she will look to return to Australia at the first opportunity as she struggles with homesickness amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kerr has been in stellar form in the Women’s Super League since making her debut for the London club in January 2020, helping Chelsea to back-to-back titles and finishing as the league’s top scorer last season.

But while Kerr has flourished on the field, restrictions put in place due to the pandemic severely limiting travel to and from Australia have left her feeling increasingly isolated.

“Being away from home is the biggest struggle I am having at the moment,” Kerr told News Corp.

“My coach Emma (Hayes) knows that…the problem for me and a lot of the Aussie girls is we just don’t know the next time we will see our families. We don’t know when we’ll get home and that’s really tough. I’ve said to Emma that when the border opens, I am on the first flight home.”

Australia has imposed some of the tightest restrictions in the world, with the number of arrivals into the country limited and those who are granted approval to travel are required to undergo compulsory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

As a result, Kerr has not been able to return to Australia since joining Chelsea, with games for her national team also being played overseas as a result of the pandemic.

“It’s hard when in the UK it is such an open life…they have learned to live with Covid but in Australia…it seems a slower process to get to this point,” she said.

“I’ve been here for two years now and no one has come and seen a game, not one of my family members…and I haven’t been home to see my Nan, who is in her 80s.”

New agricultural innovation at Motheo TVET College could address food security challenges
12 September 2021, 8:53 AM

Officials at the Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein say they are confident that a new agricultural innovation will go a long way in addressing food security challenges.

They use a greenhouse tunnel to grow the crops while protecting them from extreme weather conditions such as intense heat, wind and excessive rain, as well as hailstones.

The project is an initiative of the Orange Knowledge Programme funded by the Netherlands, with Stellenbosch University as the catalyst of the project.

Motheo College has six staff members enrolled in the Farming Management programme. The training also entails the operation and maintenance of the greenhouse.

Mokgadi Ncube, one of the participating lecturers, says: “It’s also quite interesting for us, it helps us know what we didn’t know before, and it also helps us to be in touch with reality, because in books it’s a green environment, it’s a different environment as well.”

One of the students involved in the project is Tholo Molelekeng says, “When you get there you get to experience more practically, you get to touch the soil, you get to touch the plant, you get to be involved in everything that happens and it’s a different environment, so you learn different things. As much as they can be explained in books but then you do then practical and become more clearer,” says Molelekeng.

Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire: military
12 September 2021, 7:41 AM

Israel carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory, the Israeli military said.

Tension between Israel and the Palestinians has risen over the past week after six Palestinian militants escaped from a maximum-security Israeli jail on Monday. Israeli forces have since captured four of the inmates.

Drawing Israeli airstrikes, Gaza militants fired a rocket into Israel on Friday when two of the prisoners were apprehended and then again on Saturday after two more escaped inmates were caught.

Discussion on the Israel-Palestine conflict

The Israeli military said it struck targets belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that rules Gaza. There were no reports of casualties.

A fragile truce between Israel and Hamas ended 11 days of fierce fighting in May in which at least 250 Palestinians and 13 in Israel were killed.

Middle East Conflict | Arab ambassadors weigh in on Palestine, Israel fighting

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