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Knee injury forces Australia captain Finch to return home
25 July 2021, 8:02 AM

Captain Aaron Finch will return to Australia to try to be fit for the Twenty20 World Cup after a knee injury ended his involvement in the current tour of the West Indies and the up-coming series in Bangladesh.

Finch missed the first two meetings with the West Indies in the three-match one-day international series and is likely to undergo surgery after completing 14 days of quarantine upon his arrival in Australia.

“I’m extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said in a statement released by Cricket Australia.

“This was considered the best course of action rather than travelling to Bangladesh, not being able to play and losing that recovery time.

“I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup.”

The T20 World Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, and is scheduled to begin in mid-October.

Alex Carey will continue to captain Australia in the current one-day series after taking over from Finch, who initially sustained the injury ahead of the opening T20 meeting with the West Indies in St Lucia this month.

The Australians won the first one-day meeting with the West Indies by 133 runs but lost on Saturday by four wickets to leave the series tied ahead of Monday’s decider.

Cricket Australia said selectors have yet to determine who will captain the T20 team in their five-game series against Bangladesh in Dhaka, which starts on Aug. 3.

Major water leak results in water interruptions in Shallcross, Klaarwater and Pinetown
24 July 2021, 1:48 PM

A major water leak has led to water interruptions in  Shallcross, Klaarwater and Pinetown, in eThekwini  Municipality. The municipality says the water interruptions will take a week to repair.

Ethekwini Municipality Communications Mandla Nsele says water tankers will be dispatched to areas affected by the short supply of water while repairs are being conducted.

“As a result of this leak the Shallcross reservoir is battling to fill up –  causing a strain on downstream reservoirs.  For this reason, a number of areas downstream Shallcross reservoir are already experiencing major outages. Preparations to affect repairs are underway in this major leak. Due to complexity of the site conditions, it is projected that these repairs will take up to a week to effect, hence our water supply will be fully restored on the 30th of July.”

Cost of SANDF deployment is over R600 million: Ramaphosa
24 July 2021, 1:06 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament that the cost of the deployment of 25 000 South African National Defence Force members is over R600-million.

The SANDF personnel have been deployed to areas that were affected by the recent and mass looting in the country.

The unrest was centred around KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Parliamentary notification is a legal obligation on the head of state when he deploys the defence force on a mission. The deployment is from  12 July to the 12th of August.

Parliament’s internal publication published the President’s notification on Thursday night.

President Ramaphosa deploys army after looting sprees:

AfriForum’s legal team to investigate merits of IEC’s application to postpone municipal elections
24 July 2021, 1:05 PM

Lobby group AfriForum has instructed its legal team to investigate the merits of an application that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will launch to postpone the 2021 municipal elections.

This follows IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini’s announcement, that the commission will follow the recommendations of former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to approach the court to postpone the elections.

IEC accepts findings of the Moseneke’s report to postpone elections


AfriForum’s Manager of local government affairs Morné Mostert says in a statement that it is considering presenting legal arguments if the case goes to court.

Mostert says according to the Constitution and the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, the municipal councillors’ terms cannot extend longer than five years.

He says the case could have far-reaching implications on the country’s constitution.

Political parties react to IEC’s adoption of the Moseneke report

Samoa’s new Prime Minister seeks to install cabinet on Tuesday
24 July 2021, 10:20 AM

Samoa’s first female Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, said on Saturday her government would formally take office next week, a day after the country’s Court of Appeal affirmed her government was legal.

In her first comments to the media following the court’s decision, Mataafa said parliament would meet at the earliest opportunity next week to pass a temporary budget to keep the government running, giving her and her cabinet time to review the country’s financial and economic circumstances.

“Cabinet will formally take office on Tuesday next week on an expected smooth transition with the outgoing caretaker government,” Mataafa told reporters after meeting with key officials.

Samoa, which relies on subsistence farming along with tourism and fish and coconut product exports, has had to depend on foreign aid and is heavily indebted to China, which offered to back a port development by the previous government.

Fiame told Reuters in May she would shelve the Beijing-backed port development, calling the $100 million project excessive for a small country already deep in debt.

The Pacific country’s politics descended into crisis this year after the incumbent, China-friendly Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, refused to give way after losing a parliamentary election in April that ended his 22 years in power.

“My administration is committed to returning this country to the special place dreamt of by our forefathers when they grabbed the mantle of independence almost 60 years ago,” Mataafa said.



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