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Saftu urged to strike peacefully
25 April 2018, 10:11 AM

Cape Town police have advised the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) members who will embark on a nationwide strike to do so peacefully.

The City of Cape Town has granted permission for 2 000 workers to march from Kaizergracht to the Civic Centre and Parliament.

Police spokesperson, Andre Traut says, “SAPS in the Western Cape are ready to police the march today, and deal with any occurrence that may arise. We make an appeal to those participating in the strike to respect the rights of those who choose not to participate in such actions, and to refrain from intimidation or any other form of criminal behaviour.”

Meanwhile, there is a heavy police presence in and around the Johannesburg city centre especially at the Newtown precinct.

Many roads have been blocked off. Saftu members keep arriving at the meeting point from where they will march to the mayor’s office in the CBD.

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Saftu’s action is against the R20 minimum wage and amendments to the labour law.

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Arrows add to Chiefs’ woes
25 April 2018, 9:02 AM

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach, Patrick Mabedi says they just need to remain positive. This is after Chiefs loss 3-1 to Golden Arrows during their Absa Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu, Durban.

Lerato Lamola netted a brace and Velemseni Ndwandwe added a third towards the end. Chiefs’ consolation goal came from Bernard Parker who scored his 50th goal since joined the Glamour Boys in 2011.

The security was very tight on this match following pitch invasion by club fans this past Saturday during a 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Mabedi was in charge of Amakhosi, following Steve Khompela’s resignation in the wake of Saturday’s events.

“It happened quickly and I think we just need to adapt and go on. But I think it was a trauma to the players, I think the players were affected. Overall I think we just need to accept what happened. Overall we are professional, we need to just keep going, and though it affected us we just need to be positive,” says Mabedi.

This win moved Arrows to the 9th position on the log with 34 points, while Amakhosi remained fourth with 42 points.

Clinton Larsen men will look to book their top eight spot when hosting bottom-rooted Platinum Stars on Saturday at Princess Magogo stadium.

Nhlanhla Khubisa
NFP Gauteng wants Khubisa out
24 April 2018, 7:48 PM

The National Freedom Party (NFP) in Gauteng says the only way to overcome the challenges within the party is for Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa to resign as MP and quit the party.

Provincial Chairperson, Muziwendoda Majola says Kubisa can’t be in the leadership of the NFP because he had initially resigned as the party’s Secretary General.

Majola says the last thing they want is to underperform during the 2019 national elections due to the continuing divisions within the party.

“We are concerned with the way the party is being run here – for instance, professor Khubisa was the Secretary-General of the party and he resigned. So we cannot compromise the constitution of the NFP – we can talk and engage each other, but compromising the constitution of the NFP will mess up the party. We are saying even if Khubisa still wants to be part of the NFP, he must just wait for the processes of the NFP,” says Majola.

Italy bosses confirm Ancelotti talks, insist no front-runner
24 April 2018, 4:20 PM

Italian football federation (FIGC) chiefs on Tuesday confirmed talks had taken place with Carlo Ancelotti concerning the vacant Italy coaching job but insisted there was no front-runner yet.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday.

It was reported the 58-year-old has been offered a two-year contract, with the only sticking point financial terms which would be less lucrative than his previous deal with the German champions.

But Fabbricini insisted the meeting was not an official one. Ancelotti has a fairly serious family problem, and that’s why he was in Rome. Costacurta, having a strong friendship with Ancelotti, met him and I also took part in that meeting,” Fabbricini told Italian radio.

“We talked about a future scenario though, but we still have a coach (Luigi Di Biagio) under contract. I don’t think a coach can a priori rule out a prestigious job like leading Italy. The Azzurri bench is always an objective for any coach,” he adds.

– May 20 deadline –

“But of course there are other factors which affect the decision – the desire to work every day for example. No-one is in pole, we want to respect the date of May 20 because the national team will play on May 28 (friendly against Saudi Arabia).”

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November.

Costacurta, who was coached by Ancelotti at AC Milan in the 1980s, was appointed to find a successor to Ventura and insisted the deadline remained May 20.

Among the other names being touted are Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes.

“Carlo was in Rome for personal reasons, the chosen hotel was the one where I always stay myself and we found ourselves there at the same time.We didn’t talk about the Italy bench, we only joked about the opportunity, we could not talk about the programme and the financial part. We are loyal to the rules. If there will be an official meeting? Yes, but I still do not know when. We need people to make themselves available, we can’t get close to contracted coaches,” Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia

Ancelotti, who has also managed Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain, has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach. He has also won the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.

The FIGC budget for a new coach and his staff is five million euros ($6.1 million) per year, which would be a big drop from the reported 12 million euros plus bonuses that Ancelotti earned at Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti joined Bayern in 2016 and won the Bundesliga title in his first season but was sacked following a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Costacurta was reported to have offered Ancelotti, who has also been linked with former club Chelsea and the soon-to-be-vacant manager’s job at Arsenal, a free hand in choosing his staff.

Ancelotti’s son Davide, who was his assistant at Bayern, could play a role as well as former stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Paolo Maldini.

Italy’s under-21 coach Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis.

Bryan Habana
Bok legend Habana to end career at the end of French season
24 April 2018, 3:25 PM

South African rugby superstar, Bryan Hanana has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

Habana is currently playing for French club Toulon. He made this announcement on Instagram.

The wing played 124 test matches for South Africa between 2004 and 2016, scoring 67 tries.

The 34-year-old was the 2007 World Rugby Player after the Year, the year the Springboks won their second World Cup in France.

Habana scored eight tries in that World Cup, equaling the record of All Blacks wing, Jonah Lomu.

Domestically, he represented the Lions, Bulls and Stormers.

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