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Free State Cheetahs’ players reflect on COVID-19 impact on the game
30 August 2021, 11:32 AM

Free State Cheetahs’ players say COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their games in the past. They believe the Currie Cup log could have been different if they were not affected by COVID-19 infections that led to them losing points.

Players are taking vaccines at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein where the department of health has set up a pop-up vaccination site and drive-through.

Deputy Minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Thembi Siweya are expected to monitor the vaccination process at the Free State Rugby Stadium and thereafter undertake a frontline service delivery monitoring visit at Pelonomi Hospital.

“I think as a player there’s a lot of factors that come to play like travel, which is very important to be able to travel to get your vaccine and the playing of games and just knowing that you have you have that extra line of defence.”

“It is very significant because it has been tough the past year in South Africa people dying all over the world actually. So I’m here to play my part.”

“I can tell you that a lot of teams especially in the Currie Cup league that we played right now. Games were cancelled because of COVID-19, I think it took a toll on the point system which was very unfortunate,” say some of the players.

Snow Park
Temperatures in KZN expected to start picking up after intense cold
30 August 2021, 10:46 AM

Temperatures in KwaZulu-Natal are expected to start picking up today after the intense cold front of the weekend that saw snow falling on the Drakensberg.

Snow also fell in towns like Underberg and Nottingham Road in the foothills of mountains.

South African Weather Service forecaster Julius Mahlangu says today’s minimum temperatures in Underberg and Kokstad are 1 degree and 4 degrees Celsius respectively.

The maximum temperatures will return to the ’20s again later today. Mahlangu says rain is however expected on Wednesday.

“So we are expecting an improvement in terms of the temperatures across the province in the coming week. However, on Wednesday there is a possibility of light rain and showers along the coastal areas extending into the Midlands.”

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SACP leadership facing attacks at their homes
30 August 2021, 10:30 AM

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says its leadership is under attack. This after the leadership’s homes were robbed in recent days. It is alleged that these attacks could be politically motivated.

It says attackers when getting into the leadership’s houses they demand electronics items like laptops, computers, memory sticks and other communication devices.

SACP spokesperson Dr Alex Mashilo explains, “These people will get into our houses with guns while we are sitting and relaxed. Some will stand by the gates, some wait in the drive-by in cars so that we do not see them. When they get into the house they demand electronic items like computers, external hard-drives, clothes and take everything. There are about four to five SACP leadership homes that have been attacked as we speak.”

The attacked SACP leadership include General Secretary Dr Blade Nzimande’s house in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, First Deputy Secretary-General Solly Mapaile’s house in Johannesburg, National Treasurer Joyce Moloi-Moropa’s house in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, SACP spokesperson Dr Alex Mashilo’s house in Johannesburg and National Organiser Moshopa Nxumalo’s house.

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Corruption Watch calls for centralised body to protect whistle-blowers
30 August 2021, 9:04 AM

Corruption Watch says there’s an urgent need for a centralised body to protect whistle-blowers. This after the murder of Gauteng Health Department official, Babita Deokaran, a witness in the SIU investigation into the Gauteng Health Department’s Personal Protective Equipment scandal.

Deokaran was gunned down last week outside her home. Seven suspects are expected to appear at the Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg today in connection with Deokaran’s murder.

Corruption Watch’s head of investigations Karam Singh says a whistle-blower protection system is definitely something the NPA is meant to guard.

“We definitely have a whistle-blower protection system it is something which the NPA is meant to be the guardian of but is it extensive, is it functioning well? The sense that we get is that the witness protection system doesn’t work well, that it’s not sufficiently funded that it’s not extensive to them having that type of protection from the state is not a seamless well-running process. One of the base things that a lot of people are talking about is the need for this thing to be properly resourced.”

Importance of protecting whistle-blowers: Karam Singh

Family calls for suspects in Deokaran’s murder to remain behind bars

The family of slain senior official of the Gauteng Health Department says it wants the seven people who have been arrested in connection with her death to remain behind bars until the mastermind is identified.

Deokaran’s family spokesperson Tony Haripersadh says they want to see justice being served.

“Well the family is not going to leave this we are going to appear at the court appearances and we are going to see to it that justice is done. We are expecting bail to be refused. And for the suspects to be held until the thorough investigation has been completed and the mastermind that ordered this hit, that person is identified and brought to book.”

Aston Villa, Argentina on collision course over World Cup qualifiers
30 August 2021, 7:22 AM

Argentina said on Sunday Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were available for all three of their September World Cup qualifiers, despite the Premier League club saying the players had agreed to only take part in the first two.

Goalkeeper Martinez and winger Buendia have been called up for Argentina’s triple header against Venezuela (September 2), Brazil (September 5) and Bolivia (September 9) in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Premier League had said clubs would not release players if matches were in a country on the UK’s red list, but Martinez and Buendia flew out to join their team mates in Buenos Aires after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Aston Villa said on their website that the two players had agreed to make themselves available for the first two qualifiers but would not take part in the third.

“These arrangements mean that Martinez and Buendia will only miss our Premier League match with Chelsea before being available for the visit of Everton to Villa Park on Sept. 18th in order to comply with the UK’s COVID quarantine regulations.

However, a spokesperson for the Argentine Football Association said both players would be available for all three games and cited an earlier Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling against La Liga  on a similar issue.

“Our players are scheduled for three knockout dates and that’s it,” said the spokesperson.

Football’s world governing body FIFA said it expected players to be allowed to play for their countries.

We now expect the release of players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America to occur in accordance with the recent FIFA decision, the legality and legitimacy of which has today been recognised in today’s CAS ruling, it said.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who saw Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero called up by Argentina, wanted clarity on the issue with more international breaks looming over the coming months.

“We have to obey the government law,” he told reporters. “We will try to do so but at the same time we don’t have any kind of help from FIFA, the government or the Premier League in support in this situation.

“What we are trying to do is anticipate the situations. So expecting that not only for the next international break but also there will be a couple more, so we need to be clear.”

Two more international breaks are scheduled in October and November.



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