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Chippa United prepare for Absa Premiership
13 December 2017, 7:00 PM

Chippa United Coach, Teboho Moloi, says they have put their loss against Ajax Cape Town over the weekend, behind them, as they focus on preparations for the Absa Premiership.

Chippa will face Polokwane City at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. This was the Chilli Boyz’ first loss in the league after 10 matches, placing them in fifth position on the log.

Moloi believes that it is important to end the year on a high note.

However, the Chippa United Coach is not underestimating Polokwane City who are third from the bottom of the table.

“They are a difficult team to play either at home or away, but they have their own flaws defensively. If they can catch you while still napping they can punish you. We have a game plan in place and we know what is expected of us.”

 

Judgment on State capture welcomed
13 December 2017, 6:26 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the judgment of the North Gauteng High Court in relation to the Public Protector’s Remedial Action on the State of Capture Report; specifically the remedial action relating to the appointment of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

This judgment brings the matter a step closer to the implementation of the ANC NEC resolution which directed that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture be established without delay.

The ANC further said that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry is the only recourse in verifying the very serious allegations of state capture which threatens the integrity of South Africa’s democratically elected government.

The statement further reads, “The Judicial Commission of Inquiry will provide everybody with an opportunity to tell their side of the story. We therefore trust President Jacob Zuma will act in accordance with this judgment without delay in the interest of our country.”

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CPI slows down to 4.6%
13 December 2017, 5:38 PM

Consumer inflation slowed down more than markets expectations in November.

Statistics South Africa data shows the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 4.6 % in the month, down from 4.8% in October. Economists say the decline in the CPI was due to a decrease in the fuel inflation rate in November.

The petrol price increase at the beginning of November was less than the increase recorded in at the same period last year. Food price inflation, another key driver of inflation has continued to moderate on the back of the dissipating drought in most parts of the country.

Inflation remains within the Reserve Bank targeted 3 to 6%. However, Nedbank’s Economist Busisiwe Radebe is concerned about the looming threats to inflation outlook. “CPI slowed down to 4.6 % market expected 4.7 % that slowdown was mainly due to transport.”

Economists say another risk is the depreciation of the rand which is expected to be impacted by the outcome of the African National Congress conference. “What is going to happen with the rand we don’t know, the SARB is taking the wait and see approach.”

Given the risks to inflation outlook, economists say the Reserve Bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged in the coming months.

NSRI urges holidaymakers to be responsible at beaches
13 December 2017, 4:32 PM

The National Sea Rescue Institute says about 1000 sea rescue volunteers will be on duty this festive season. They will be working various shifts, including throughout the night. It says it is preparing for an incredibly busy period with scores of more people expected to flock to beaches as many public swimming pools have been closed due to the on-going drought in the Western Cape.

It is that time of year, where holiday- makers escape the summer heat for the cool waters of the coastline. However, the National Sea Rescue Institute is urging the public not to be reckless.

The institute’s Craig Lambinon says it is important that beachgoers adhere to safety rules. With public swimming pools being closed due to the drought, he says locals and tourists will have to head instead to the seaside for some surf and sand.

“The biggest concern at the moment is with the Western Cape public swimming pools are closed so we know that the inland water ways like rivers, lakes, dams and home swimming pools and a lot more people are going to be down at the beach, so we are urging everyone to have a safety conscious mind set, make sure to go to beaches only when lifeguards are on duty.”

Lambinon has also raised concerns about drownings over the festive season. He gives some advice on what to do when witnessing somebody in danger of drowning.

“We urge people not to try and rescue people themselves. Too often people get into the water to rescue someone and they end up getting into trouble , we ask if you can throw a floating object at the person that is in trouble and call the emergency services,  national sea rescue emergency numbers is 112 from your cell phone.”

Meanwhile, beachgoers say they hope officials are well prepared for the busy season. Some have raised concerns about child safety and sharks. “I see a lot of kids but very little security maybe just with family, look around but you know they are busy doing other things,” says one of the beach goers.

Lambinon has also warned the public to be aware of the next spring tide this coming Monday.

UNEA commits to ending amount of lead in paints
13 December 2017, 4:06 PM

Environment ministers who attended the just-ended United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) have committed to ending the amount of lead in paints.

Statistics from the UN Environment indicate that nearly half a million people around the world died from exposure to lead. Every year more than 600 000 children suffer brain damage due to exposure to lead.

A typical day at a garage in Nairobi’s Kariokor area is a hive of activity and everyone has a role to play in ensuring that vehicles are back on the road looking as good as new. Peter Oketch has been painting cars for more than a decade now. It is a job he has mastered going by how he easily mixes his paints and the look of the final product.

Across from him t,wo men in their 20s are scrubbing a vehicle before it is handed over to Oketch for a fresh coat of paint. Close to 1000 people work there every day.  The SABC visited the garage for more than three hours and saw no one wearing protective clothing.

As experts begin the process of testing for lead levels in those who work in the garage – they open up about health issues that they have suffered.

“Mostly it is chest pains, and when you come from a paint job, you find you will be feeling dizzy,” says Oketch.

Experts point a finger at the high amounts of lead in paints used

Garage owner in Nairobi Francis Matheka says: “A lot of our colleagues have died, and when they go to hospital doctors tell them their liver, lungs or kidneys have been affected. We believe it has something to do with the elements in the paints that they use.”

Experts point a finger at the high amounts of lead in the paints that they use for their work daily.  “There are several sources of lead, one of them is the paints that we are dealing with,” says environmentalist Francis Kariuki.

Toxicologist Dr Kimani Njoroge says: “Lead is a cumulative toxin and it brings in a lot of issues in the human body, people may not be able to realise it.”

Only 36%, that is about 62 out of 192 countries have legal limits on lead and yet the world has set itself an ambitious target of ending lead in paints by 2020.

“We want to really also influence policy, to go to the policy makers and ask them to remove lead from paints,” says Njoroge.

At the just concluded UNEA, Kenya was among countries that committed to ending lead in paints.

“All the stakeholders should not sit back and pass resolutions without action,” says Njoroge.

If events at Jua Kali Kariokor are anything to go by, then urgent action is needed.

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