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Caster gains more support from international athletes
4 May 2018, 9:29 AM

Caster Semenya is getting support from international athletes, as South African athletics authorities prepare to take her fight to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The sports world body has instituted new rules that will limit the testosterone levels for female athletes in certain events.

South African fans have been outraged, and now support is coming in from the rest of the world.

Greek pole vaulted Katerina Stefanidi agrees that it’s unfair to target only certain events, but also asked how far the efforts to level the playing fields should go.

She asks when those efforts will stop as a short athlete; she wonders whether they should set limits on the length of the arms of her fellow vaulters.

The Canadian Athetics Federation has asked that the rules be reviewed, because they don’t seem fair, respectful or healthy.

Athletics South Africa (Asa) has confirmed it will challenge the IAAF decision, and take it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if necessary.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) says it will support Asa’s efforts.

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ASA to challenge IAAF’s “anti-Caster Clause”
3 May 2018, 4:35 PM

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has confirmed it will challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s new regulations, which are fast becoming known as the “Caster Clause”.

ASA says it has consulted with the Sports Minister, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) expert institutions and other relevant organisations, and reached the conclusion that the new rules are skewed.

The rules, scheduled to come into force on November 1, limit the testosterone levels for female athletes in five disciplines, covering all of Semenya’s specialty distances.

ASA says they will first engage with the IAAF itself, and if they don’t succeed there, they are prepared to challenge the rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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ANC officials instructed to resolve North West crisis
3 May 2018, 2:13 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee has mandated the party’s national officials to urgently meet with North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo in a bid to resolve the political unrest in that province.

North West has been rocked by widespread, often violent, protests over calls for Mahumapelo to step down.

Leaders of  the Revolutionary Council, which is behind the protests, met with ANC leadership at Luthuli House last week and agreed to give the governing party space to deal with their demands.

Following its ordinary meeting on Wednesday, the NWC recommended that the national officials meet with Mahumapelo to discuss all available constructive options to resolve the on-going impasse in the interest of the people of that province.

Three people have already lost their lives since the protests began, two weeks ago.

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Sandile Mantsoe
32 years in prison for Sandile Mantsoe
3 May 2018, 1:24 PM

Acting Judge Peet Johnson has sentenced Sandile Mantsoe to a total of 32 years in prison for the murder of Karabo Mokoena.

Mantsoe was on Wednesday found guilty of murdering his ex-lover Mokena whose charred remains were found in an open veld in the eastern suburb of Lyndhurst in April last year.

He was also found guilty of assault and defeating the ends of justice for disposing of Mokoena’s body.

Mantsoe apologised to the Mokoena family, his family and society. Earlier, he insisted that he did not kill his ex-girlfriend.

 

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Zulu Royal budget increased
3 May 2018, 12:58 PM

Budget allocation for the Zulu Royal Households has increased from R58.9 to R65.8 million, a R6.9 million increase from last financial year.

The allocation is mainly used for the maintenance of the King Goodwill’s Royal Palaces, transportation and medical care of the royal family.

Tabling the KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s office, Premier Willis Mchunu says plans are also on the cards to ensure that the Zulu Royal Household generate its own revenue to reduce its dependence in government allocation.

“We are committed in ensuring that there will be a much sharper focus on revenue generating activities of the Royal Household Trust in the current financial year. A revenue generating plan has been developed to pursue public-private partnerships in exploring opportunities to utilise the Zulu Royal Household brand as a potential source of income to relieve the trust’s dependency on the provincial fiscus,” says Mchunu.

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