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Nolan Hoffman wins Cape Town Cycle Tour for the fourth time
10 October 2021, 1:06 PM

South African road and track cyclist, Nolan Hoffman, has won his fourth Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Hoffman finished in a time of two hours and 37-minutes.

In the women’s category, Kim Le Court secured a first-place finish with a time of two hours and 12-minutes.

Hoffman, who previously won the Cycle Tour in 2014, 2015 and 2018, says this win is one for the books.

“This one is definitely the best one of all of them. We are still battling this pandemic and it’s been tough. I’ve lost a lot of family members. This was sort of my last shot to show what I’m capable of. To still be at the top step at this tender age, I’m really grateful for good health.”

This is Le Court’s second Cape Town Cycle Tour victory.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the biggest timed bicycle race in the world. It was scheduled to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19.

18 000 cyclists take part in the race, which is approximately half the amount normally allowed. Due to the lockdown regulations, no spectators were allowed.

 

Automated Number Plate Recognition technology used to track down motorists with outstanding warrants
10 October 2021, 12:56 PM

The City of Cape Town says its Automated Number Plate Recognition technology has assisted traffic officers in tracking motorists with outstanding warrants and identifying duplicate or cloned licence plates.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the devices can also scan a licence plate or the vehicle disc to indicate whether there are fines linked to the licence plate.

Smith says they’ve received 445 complaints of duplicated number plates in recent months.

“These vehicles equipped with Automated Number Plate Recognition mean fewer traffic stops and focussing instead on those vehicles that are flagged by the system. It also helps with identifying cloned or duplicate licence plates, which are a growing concern, outstanding summonses and outstanding warrants. Many motorists have had the unfortunate experience of an administrative headache, because someone else is using the same licence plate and racking up fines or committing crime.”
 The video below is a discussion held in May this year on ganglands and the rising crime rate in the Western Cape:
‘Blood, sweat, no beers’: Sydney set to ease COVID-19 curbs
10 October 2021, 11:19 AM

Sydney was set to reopen after months in lockdown, officials said on Sunday, with businesses readying themselves to welcome fully vaccinated residents from Monday.

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 477 new coronavirus cases and six deaths on Sunday, in an outbreak that has kept 5 million people in state capital Sydney in a lockdown for 100 days.

But as the state has met the threshold of 70% of its people fully vaccinated, New South Wales was ready to ease some restrictions and reopen many businesses, said state Premier Dominic Perrottet.

“It’s a big day for our state, and to everyone across the New South Wales: you’ve earned it,” Perrottet said. “It’s been a hundred days of blood, sweat, no beers, but we’ve got it back in action tomorrow.”

When asked what would be the first thing he does on Monday, Perrottet said, “I am going to get a haircut.”

Local media reported that hair and beauty salons have been fully booked for weeks to come.

“We have stretched their days and have opened up extra times in their diaries so that we can book our clients in as soon as we possibly can,” Joseph Hkeik, who runs several All Saints skin clinics in Sydney, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Many social distancing restrictions, however, and limits on public gathering will remain for weeks, Perrottet said.

The New South Wales government is also working out details to resume international travel as of the beginning of November, two weeks ahead of the mid-November date envisaged by the federal government.

According to a national plan, once 80% of eligible Australians are fully vaccinated, the borders, which have been closed since March 2020, will gradually reopen. Nearly 62% of all Australians 16 and older have received two vaccine doses.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was backing New South Wales’ plans to “accelerate” the reopening of the borders.

“Australia, it’s been a battle of our generation. It’s been long, it’s been tough, there have been so many sacrifices, but we are well and truly getting there,” Morrison said in a video he posted on his Facebook page.

Victoria, with its capital Melbourne in lockdown since early August, reported 1,890 new cases and five deaths on Sunday. The state is expected to reopen late in October, once 70% of its residents are fully inoculated.

The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most famous horse race, will go ahead on November 2 with crowds of up to 10 000 people, the state government said.

“We’re going to normalise this virus,” said Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews. “We’re going to open up and we’re going to be back doing what we do best.”

Australia’s COVID-19 cases, however, remain far lower than many comparable countries, with just over 127 500 infections and 1 432 deaths in a country of just under 26 million.

Neighbouring New Zealand, which was largely virus-free until a Delta outbreak in mid-August, reported 60 new local cases on Sunday, up from 34 the day before.
NFP to launch election manifesto in KwaZulu-Natal
10 October 2021, 10:10 AM

The National Freedom Party is expected to launch the party’s manifesto at eMabhanoyinin in Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

This is the party’s first manifesto launch without its founder and leader Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi. She died last month from cardiac arrest.

The NFP was formed by the late KaMagwaza-Msibi in 2011 after she left the IFP. The party contested its first elections in 2011, securing two councils.

In 2014, contesting its first general election, the NFP secured six seats in the National Assembly.

In 2016, the party was unable to participate in the Local Government Elections after missing the deadline to pay the registration fee to the IEC.

At KaMagwaza-Msibi’s funeral, party members said that the best way to honour her was to ensure that the party grows.

In September the NFP launched its campaign in Umlazi, south of Durban:

“Resignation of NFP KZN Chair will not have a negative effect on the party”

In August, the party’s KwaZulu-Natal Chair Vikizitha Mlotshwa resigned from the NFP. However, some NFP members said the resignation will not have a negative impact on their party.

Mlotshwa took the party to court in 2019 when the NFP wanted to remove him from the legislature. NFP leaders in the province say they were shocked by Mlotshwa’s resignation.

The party has faced instability since 2014 after its President KaMagwaza-Msibi fell ill.

Internal fighting also resulted in some leaders leaving the party. Mlotshwa was also expelled by the party in 2019, a move he challenged successfully in Pietermaritzburg High Court. He maintains he was not pushed out of the party, but his decision was voluntary.

 

Seven people killed in separate accidents in Mpumalanga
10 October 2021, 8:10 AM

Seven people have been killed in two separate road crashes in Mpumalanga on Saturday night.

Four people were killed when a vehicle overturned on the R540 road between Belfast and Dullstroom. The victims include two men and two women.

They were all declared dead on the scene.

In the other accident, a head-on collision claimed the lives of three people on the R580 road between Secunda and Embalenhle.

The provincial Community Safety, Security and Liaison Department is investigating both crashes.

 

 

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