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ACDP aims for a majority win in W Cape
20 April 2019, 6:14 PM

The youth leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in the Western Cape, Cheslyn Swartz, has called on young people to vote for the party in the May elections.

Swartz was speaking at an ACDP rally in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats. He says their manifesto has a strong focus on youth and women empowerment.

“Because they need their voice to be heard the youth number two the youth needs a place or a party that can come alongside them that can support them that can push their dreams and visions, currently in Cape Town we are not seeing that where youth are allowed to portray their dreams and goals and the youth in Cape Town we need the youth to invest in their gifts they must say this is our home,” says Swartz.

Swartz maintains that the youth is their focus, ” they need their voice to be heard, number one. Number two, the youth need a place or a party that come along with them, that can push their dreams and their vision. Currently in Cape Town we’re not seeing where youth are allowed to portray their gifts and their goals in their country.”

The ACDP says its campaign kicked off two years ago and it will bear fruit at the ballot box.

ACDP Western Cape Premier candidate, Ferlon Christians says the party is aiming for a majority win in the province.

“People want change, people have voted in 1994 and they’ve voted and there was no change. And we had to go look for those voters that do not want to vote and we encourage them to come back and vote because we need a change and we need a difference do those people we’re targeting those ones who do not want to vote so they are filling up our halls,” says Christians.

KwaMashu community lives in fear amid police station break-ins
20 April 2019, 5:05 PM

Police in KwaZulu-Natal have remained mum on the spade of robberies and break-ins at the KwaMashu Police Station, north of Durban.

The township is notorious for serious crimes such as armed robberies and killings.

Now the local police station has been a victim of strings of crime in the past two years targeting dockets and fire-arms.

Community members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, say they feel unsafe. The community has called on authorities to intervene.

“It is sad that we are never told what happens to our police station even though we live next to it. We are living in constant fear now, if our own police station can be continuously robbed.  Our safety has been compromised and the break-in also makes one wonder how possible it is for the thieves to have access information like case dockets. It’s strange and I think the answers should come from the station itself,” said a community member.

KwaZulu-Natal Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele refused to comment.

Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva
Man City gain Spurs revenge to remain in control of title race
20 April 2019, 3:57 PM

Manchester City exacted some measure of revenge on Tottenham for their Champions League exit as Phil Foden’s first Premier League goal earned a 1-0 win to move them back top of the table on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men edge one point ahead of Liverpool once more with four games of a titanic title race left for both sides.

For all their Champions League heroics to get to the semi-finals this season, Tottenham still have much to do to qualify for the competition next season as they could easily end the Easter weekend outside the top four should Arsenal and Chelsea beat Crystal Palace and Burnley at home respectively.

City’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies was ended by defeat on away goals to Spurs on Wednesday, despite winning a thrilling quarter-final, second leg 4-3.

However, they remain on course for a first ever treble of domestic trophies in England as they survived a nervy finale thanks to another blistering start.

City have made a habit of firing out of the blocks this season and just like in midweek to kickstart a kamikaze encounter, they struck within five minutes.

Foden was making just his second Premier League start and immediately justified Guardiola’s faith in the 19-year-old by heading home Sergio Aguero’s nodded pass across goal from Bernardo Silva’s cross.

However, history could easily have repeated itself as after four goals were shared in the opening 11 minutes on Wednesday, Spurs had numerous chances to strike back.

Son Heung-min had already forced Ederson in a smart save from a narrow angle before City scored and the Brazilian goalkeeper had to rush from his goal once more to deny Christian Eriksen an equaliser on 15 minutes.

Two minutes later the Dane played provider with a glorious ball to free Son in behind the City defence.

However, the South Korean, who scored twice in midweek to end City’s European dreams for another season, was caught up just in time by Aymeric Laporte, who made a perfectly timed last-ditch tackle.

Despite Tottenham’s chances on the break, it was the hosts who were still dominating territory and possession with Bernardo Silva a constant threat.

The Portuguese’s outstanding season was rewarded as he was named alongside teammates Aguero and Raheem Sterling in the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award and Jan Vertonghen was fortunate to escape without conceding a penalty when he appeared to trip Silva inside the area.

Spurs were without captain Hugo Lloris through injury and his understudy Paulo Gazzaniga looked nervous early on, but the Argentine goalkeeper got down to save Silva’s next effort.
Guardiola’s decision to leave Kevin de Bruyne out for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between the sides was doubly questioned after the Belgian bagged a brilliant hat-trick of assists in midweek.

However, Guardiola’s reasoning for being cautious with his playmaker after an injury-plagued season was understandable as De Bruyne limped off again just before the break and may well now miss the rest of the campaign.

Both sides suffered from their midweek exertions and the blazing sun as the second-half meandered along at a much more subdued pace.

Spurs had a big penalty appeal of their own turned down when Kyle Walker handled inside the area against his former club.

Sterling briefly thought he had completed a hat-trick in stoppage time on Wednesday with the goal that would have sent City through to the Champions League last four until VAR ruled the goal out for offside.

And the England international could not believe his misfortune once more when Gazzaniga stuck out an outstretched leg to prevent Sterling sealing a vital three points from Leroy Sane’s cut-back.
Instead, City had to suffer through the closing stages knowing one mistake could cost them the title.

But they held on as Spurs suffered an eighth straight away defeat to English opposition.

Ramaphosa emphasises importance of honouring living legends
20 April 2019, 3:50 PM

The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala is in high spirits. That’s according to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

He visited the ailing 77 year old musician at his home in Ladysmith on Saturday morning.

The former leader of the multi-award winning Isicamithaya group has been ill for sometime. He retired in 2017 and withdrew from public engagements.

Paying Shabalala a courtesy visit, president Ramaphosa said it was important to honour the country’s music icons.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed on the global stage and collaborated with musicians such as Dolly Parton and Paul Simon.

Next year it will be 60 years since the Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed.

Ramaphosa says the singer is in good health and that he was happy to he hosted by the legend.

“And for South Africa, we honour this group, we applaud them and we feel proud that they are one of our own and South African made products that travels all over the world. Well, our visit here adds to the honour and respect that we give in South Africa to legends like baba uShabalala and he sang for us and it also sang for him. So we as South Africans have to keep on applauding people like ubaba uShabalala and the group as well. This is the longest group performing in the whole world,” explains Ramaphosa.

The family says Shabalala was honoured by the visit.

Family member, Sbongiseni Shabalala says their father is overjoyed by the visit and had been anticipating it. He says his father’s health is also improving.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is soon leaving for Europe for a series of concerts.

The group still has the world at its feet.

Petrol
Inflation to stay within Reserve Bank’s target band
16 April 2019, 9:28 PM

Consumer price inflation is expected to stay within the South African Reserve bank’s 3 to 6% target band, while retail sales are expected remain subdued as consumers grapple with the rising cost of living.

Senior Economist at NKC African Economics, Elize Krugar, says the Consumer Price Inflation rate has been below the Reserve bank’s 6% upper-target level for 24 consecutive month.

But she warns that Nersa’s decision to approve additional electricity tariffs hikes will result in higher inflationary pressures.

ETM Analytics economist, Jana Van Deventer says CPI is expected to rise on the back of rising fuel prices.

Van Deventer outlined that retail sales growth is under pressure due to the high unemployment. She has also explained that the consumer’s disposable income has been eroded by higher transport and electricity tariff costs.

The retail sector is likely to struggle for the next 6 to 8 month. She says this because consumers are under pressure and do not have significant buying power.

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