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Traffic volumes increase ahead of Christmas weekend
22 December 2017, 9:11 AM

The N1 and the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Limpopo have started experiencing high traffic volumes.

Heavily loaded vehicles and towing trailers could be seen travelling towards the border. Traffic police have been deployed at all identified strategic intersections.

Limpopo’s Transport MEC Makoma Makhurupetje has advised motorists to drive carefully.

“Traffic is expected to increase during the day and over the weekend. Traffic officers have been deployed on a 24 hour basis. Customs and immigration officers have been added at the border. The number of Zimbabweans going home is also expected to increase following last month’s political leadership reforms in Harare which saw the demise of Robert Mugabe who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years. One of the major challenges on the N1 is over speeding and over loading.”

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is expected to be part of roadblock operations along the N1 during the day.

Meanwhile, more than 1500 vehicles an hour have been recorded leaving Gauteng on Friday morning, ahead of the Christmas Day weekend. The road traffic management corporation (RTMC) says traffic officials will be out in their numbers and will be decisively dealing with any traffic offenders. Motorists have also been advised to drive with caution and keep a safe travelling distance as they make their way to their various holiday destinations across the country.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says, “We are urging motorists to drive with caution. There’s rain predicted in some areas so put on those lights so you are visible, increase following distance, and avoid speed. We hope people have had enough sleep as they embark on their trips and they must plan stops. There are traffic officers on all the major routes.”

Shoprite workers to embark on a national strike
22 December 2017, 9:02 AM

Workers at Shoprite Checkers outlets across the country are expected to embark on a one-day strike on Friday.

The South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) says the strike arises out of a dispute they have with management over changes in working conditions.

They also want the employer to provide transport for workers and the immediate reinstatement of 23 workers who were dismissed at the Shoprite Checkers store in Sandton north of Johannesburg.

“You are in terms of the law and Sectorial Determination Act supposed to be working 45 hours per week. The company now wants them to work 45 hours per week spread through seven days. Which means you might not have a Sunday. Your Sunday can become a Monday. You might also be required to work on a public holiday, but they want to convert that to make it a working normal day,” says SACCAWU’s Mike Tau.

Shoprite Checkers has informed SABC News that they will respond later this morning.

ABSA seeks to liquidate former Steinhoff CEO assets
22 December 2017, 8:19 AM

An application by a leading bank group to have one of the companies of former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste liquidated is expected to be heard in the High Court in Cape Town on Friday.

ABSA has filed papers to have Mayfair Speculators Property Limited (MSPL) liquidated in an effort to recover debt of more than 220 million rand.

MSPL’s main asset is its shares in Steinhoff International Holdings. Other assets include race horses.

Jooste resigned from Steinhoff at the beginning of the month amid allegations of accounting irregularities.

Steinhoff International is Europe’s second-largest furniture retailer by sales.

Petition to remove Matt Damon in “Oceans 8” movie reaches goal
22 December 2017, 7:40 AM

An online petition demanding the dumping of Oscar-winner Matt Damon’s cameo in 2018 heist movie “Ocean’s 8” has nearly reached its goal of 17 000 signatures.

This after Damon alienated friends with remarks over the sexual misconduct firestorm blazing through Hollywood.

Critics say his inclusion would be galling given its status as an all female reboot of the popular franchise.

The petition alleges that Damon “enabled” Harvey Weinstein’s conduct by trying to squash a New York Times report in 2004 that detailed instances where the now fallen Hollywood mogul exploited his status as a studio executive to harass and assault women.

Damon denied trying to bury the story and claimed he had no idea of the allegations against Weinstein, who helped catapult him into an international household name.

Apple confesses to slowing older iPhones performance
22 December 2017, 7:29 AM

Apple has confirmed what some conspiracy theorists suspected, that it intentionally slows performance of older iPhones as batteries weaken from age.

The admission played into concerns that Apple was stealthily nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing and not just a matter of getting new batteries.

Apple says Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.



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