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Tshwane Metro Police
Tshwane Shutdown protesters reject presidency official, demand Ramaphosa personally
29 April 2019, 5:50 PM

Tshwane Shutdown protesters have refused to hand over their memorandum of demands to a presidency official at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The group is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to personally receive their grievances.

The march, however, had a poor turnout despite widespread social media campaigns.

A storm in a tea cup – that’s the best description for what was supposed to be a shutdown of the capital city. It was business as usual for many Pretoria residents.

Tshwane shutdown organisers had promised a 12 000-strong crowd to march to Union Buildings, but it was a different picture on the ground.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Tshwane and taxi association, Santacom distanced themselves from the march.

Organisers cried foul, blaming the poor turnout on sabotage.

“Things are operating, but the hawkers, Street traders, are not selling. Taxi drivers will be coming. The problem is we got an issue of sabotage probably because of government,” says Makgoka Lekganyane, the Shutdown Tshwane organiser.

The few people that showed up raised their service delivery concerns.

“We want houses, government is failing us. They promised us houses and work but they are failing. The rate of unemployment is high, I don’t see why we voting. My vote is to help them get into positions,” the people says.

Meanwhile,, the City of Tshwane has called the march illegal, arguing the organisers failed to meet requirements.

“Anybody by law is permitted able to march and protest, but they should do that peacefully. They are not supposed to infringe the rights of other people. That’s one; two, if they come to us … there are processes that you have to meet. If you don’t meet them we are not going to approve your march,” says Senior Superintendent of the Tshwane Metro Police, Isaac Mahamba.

Despite not having permission, the march went ahead to the Union Buildings. A presidency official was rejected and the organisers demanded a response directly from the President.

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Caster Semenya
Semenya to hear outcomes of her case against IAAF on Wednesday
29 April 2019, 4:35 PM

South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic and World champion, Caster Semenya, will hear the outcome of her appeal against the IAAF’s new regulations to limit her testosterone levels on the 1st of May.

It will be done via a media release on the Court of Arbitration for Sport website at 1PM South African time.

Semenya and ASA are fighting a highly-publicised case against the IAAF, which seeks to limit natural levels of testosterone in female athletes in the distances that Semenya excels at.

The IAAF believes their case is based on science, and they brought forth expert opinion. This was, however, countered by expert opinion brought by Semenya’s council.

Semenya excelled at the ASA Senior Championships, which ended on Saturday, where she scooped two individual titles.

Electoral Court rules against deregistration of BLF
29 April 2019, 3:39 PM

The Freedom Front Plus’s (FF+) attempt to have the Black First Land First (BLF) party deregistered for the upcoming elections has been denied by the Electoral Court.

The court found that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had failed to publish BLF’s registration in the government gazette. This means that the FF Plus could object to the BLF until the registration was gazetted.

The FF Plus’s attempt fell outside the allocated time frame for objections of registered parties.

Elections 2019: Good Party
29 April 2019, 3:34 PM

Abbreviation: Good

In the 2019 elections the Good Party will be contesting the national and provincial elections in all nine provinces.

The party was formed in 2018.

The party leader is Patricia de Lille

These upcoming elections will be the party’s first election participation. Patricia de Lille was elected to Parliament as a member of the PAC in 1994, from which she broke away in 2003 and formed the Independent Democrats. In 2010 the ID merged with the Democratic Alliance (DA). She served as Mayor of Cape Town in the DA controlled local government in the Western Cape until October 2018, when she resigned from the DA and formed the Good Party.

Motorists to pay more at the pump
29 April 2019, 2:35 PM

The price of petrol is expected to hit the second highest increase level on record when it rises by 54 cents per litre on Wednesday.

The Energy Department has announced that the increase is mainly due to the sharp rise in global oil prices and a weakening rand.

Analysts say while the rising petrol price is not expected to result in higher inflation and interest rates in the short-term, it will erode the consumer’s disposable income.

An economist at Econometrix, Laura Campbell explains, “Although you’re not seeing the fuel inflation rising sharply because fuel prices were rising this time last year, undoubtedly there will be an effect on the consumer; in that their disposable income will be eroded somewhat by the higher fuel prices. So if you take into account that the effects on inflation need not be dramatic, we continue to expect that interest rates will remain unchanged,” says Campbell.



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