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Cape Town City mentor Benni McCarthy
Cape Town City players ready to shine against Sundowns
25 August 2018, 9:29 AM

The MTN8 first leg semi-finals take place this weekend. Cape Town City are at home against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

New kid on the block as far as coaching is concerned, Cape Town City mentor Benni McCarthy cannot be taken for granted.

McCarthy has earned a lot of respect in his first stint as head coach and would want to stamp his authority on the domestic football scene with a win over the former African champions.

He says it’s time for his players to shine against the best.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane has conceded that failing to win the MTN8 has put him under pressure.

Despite having won the cup while it was the SAA Cup as then coach of SuperSport United in 2004, the MTN8 remains elusive for Mosimane.

Mosimane has won almost every title on offer in Africa, including the CAF Champions League and the Super Cup. And the MTN8 is the only one missing from his resume.

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WATCH: Mama Sobukwe funeral service
25 August 2018, 8:09 AM

Struggle stalwart, Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe funeral service is underway in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

The widow of the late PAC founder, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, has been afforded a special official funeral category 2.

Mama Sobukwe as she was affectionately known, will be buried next to her husband, whose grave is a national heritage site.

 

WATCH: Health Ombud briefing
23 August 2018, 10:31 AM

The Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba is briefing members of the media about the “Report on an Investigation into Allegations of Patient Mismanagement and Patient Rights Violations at the Tower Psychiatric Hospital and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre (TPHPRC)”.

The briefing will be attended by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi; Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla; the Director-General of the Department of Health, Ms. Malebona Matsoso and OHSC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Siphiwe Mndaweni.

Mabuza opens Landbou Weekblad, Agri-SA Land Summit
23 August 2018, 10:24 AM

Deputy President David Mabuza opened the Landbou Weekblad/Agri SA Summit on land solution at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Thursday.

Mabuza told the attending farmers land expropriation without compensation will start with land owned by government. He added that government will act harshly towards land grabs and land invasions.

Mabuza discouraged organisations, without naming them, that use the land discussions to divide South Africans by distorting the land reform measures in the international community and spreading falsehoods that white farmers are facing and onslaught from government.

He said the ANC admits that land reform is not taking place at the desired pace and added that if farmers and government don’t work together for land reform, it may cause instability in South Africa.

Mabuza said state-owned land and land belonging to State Owned Enterprises will be at the top of the list to be expropriated.

ANC has undertaken not to allow land grabs and to treat property rights as a key priority in agrarian development.

This follows mounting concern over the ANC’s intention to allow land expropriation without compensation.

Agri SA says other policy commitments made by the ANC leaders were – that the protection of productive agricultural land will remain a priority – optimising the use of fallow land in deep rural areas.

Government is finalising an audit of state land for transfer to black farmers – and initiating production on 4 000 farms currently in government possession to unlock commercial value and create farming opportunities.

 

Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns
23 August 2018, 6:57 AM

Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared.

Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used,” vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong said in a blog post.

Apps put on hold at the social network were being scrutinized more closely, according to Archibong.

The app unit launched in March by Facebook stemmed from the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, which was working for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Archibong said that a myPersonality app was banned by the social network for not agreeing to an audit and “because it’s clear that they shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place.”

Facebook planned to notify the approximately four million members of the social network who shared information with myPersonality, which was active mostly prior to 2012, according to Archibong.

Facebook has modified app data sharing policies since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

“We will continue to investigate apps and make the changes needed to our platform to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect people’s information,” Archibong said.

Britain’s data regulator said last month that it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum.

The Information Commissioner’s Office began investigating the social media giant earlier this year due to the Cambridge Analytica data mishandling.

Cambridge Analytica has denied accusations and has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Britain.

Silicon Valley-based Facebook last month acknowledged it faces multiple inquiries from regulators about the Cambridge Analytica user data scandal.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologized to the European Parliament in May and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent such a breach from happening again.

Zuckerberg was grilled about the breach in US Congress in April.

 

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