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Fishing rods
Over 360 anglers flock to the North West ahead of annual Barberspan Bonanza
26 September 2021, 12:23 PM

Over 360 anglers flocked to Barberspan near Delareyville in North West for the annual Barberspan Bonanza. Anglers from across the country welcomed the return to fishing waters after almost a year of limited angling opportunities under strict lockdown conditions.

Professional anglers, Marius Wheeler and Tinus Taljaard welcomed the bonanza as a great come-back to the season.

“I’ve been out of the game for a year or a season at least, all the COVID-19 regulations. There is much that needed to be done for us to be able to be back in a competitive scenario.”

“It’s not just coming to the water and sit here for the whole day trying to catch a fish and then go home. The town, the businesses here next to the water everything is getting supported by all the people attending to this.”

Organisers say participants are competing in categories, including biggest catfish, moggel and carp caught.

Organiser Johan Schickerling says the competition is not only hailed for its contribution to local tourism but also as a major fundraising event for the local church.

“The Barberspan Bonanza is an old angling competition that has been running for some 24 years. This year, we have 367 participants. It’s going great and our prize money is also great. There are 580 prizes to be won. It’s a very unique fishing competition.”

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa forced to quell tense situation between party factions in Tembisa
26 September 2021, 11:22 AM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to quell a tense situation between warring ANC factions outside the venue where he was getting a briefing before he starts his election campaign in Ward 6 in Tembisa east of Johannesburg on Sunday.

He is leading the ANC campaign trail in Ekurhuleni with door-to-door and community meetings planned for the day.

The two factions are fighting over their councillor election process. Some of them say the selected councillor Patrick Giyane who also disrupted the SABC live crossing during their clash was imposed on them.

Ramaphosa urged them to focus on their campaign saying their dispute will be resolved after the elections.

Ekurhuleni is the only key metro in Gauteng where the governing party has governed since 2016 through a coalition after failing to secure the required majority votes to form government.

Since 2016, the ANC has been leading a coalition government in the city of five other political parties including the PAC, the AIC, the IFP, the Patriotic Alliance and the Independent Ratepayers Association – IRASA.


Traffic officers
Gauteng law enforcement out in their numbers as holidaymakers return to the province
26 September 2021, 9:05 AM

Gauteng Traffic Police say law enforcement agencies will be out in full force as holidaymakers return to the province as the heritage weekend draws to an end.

They say major roads leading into the province are expected to be congested. These include the N1 from Polokwane, N3 from Durban, N12 from Potchefstroom, as well as N4 from Rustenburg and Mpumalanga.

The Gauteng Traffic Spokesperson Sello Maremane says so far, eight people have lost their lives on the province’s roads.

“These accidents were as a result of many road users not adhering to the rules of the road. It is against this backdrop that Gauteng police will remain on high alert to ensure the safety of road users. Gauteng traffic police would like to issue a stern warning to road users who continue to disregard the rules of the road that lawlessness will not be tolerated.”

Nzimande hails schemes that support students to obtain digital devices and data
26 September 2021, 7:22 AM

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has hailed the implementation of different schemes across the university and TVET system that support students to obtain digital devices and data to support learning and teaching.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) implemented a central scheme to provide laptops to funded students while several universities implemented their own schemes to support students to obtain a device.

Department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says a pre-order has been made of laptops.

“Minister Nzimande said that NSFAS pre-ordered the first batch of 170 000 laptops for NSFAS funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college and university students in February and March 2021.”

Mnisi says, “It is projected that approximately 160 000 of these devices will go to TVET students, whereas the balance is earmarked for universities. The demand for universities is based on applications from students. NSFAS has prioritised TVET returning students who are confirmed as funded for the current active cycles which include the annual National Certificate (Vocational), Trimester 2 and Semester 2 programmes.”

The July 2021 COVID-19 monitoring reports received from universities show that data bundle provision to students remains high across the system,” he added.

EFF to launch what it calls ‘a people’s manifesto’ in the Joburg CBD
26 September 2021, 7:02 AM

The country’s third-biggest political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), will be launching what it calls a people-centred manifesto on Sunday at Gandhi Square in the Johannesburg CBD.

2021 is the second time the party, established in 2013, contests the Local Government Elections and this time, they say they are in it to win as they will be contesting elections in all the wards.

EFF Chairperson Veronica Mente says the manifesto is centred around the party’s founding seven pillars as well as consultations with communities.

“As much as we know what we stand for we also believe that going to our people and getting to understand the depth of their problems currently because 2016 was another era. That was five years ago, there were issues existing issues, however, we want to understand the depth of those problems right now. How deep they are? What other issues have been adding on over the years and what they want from a government to service them? And therefore our manifesto was then drafted and crafted on what our people are telling us and what we know.”

EFF says that it will not be dictated to by government on how to conduct its election programme, despite the national disaster regulations which currently place the country on Alert Level 2.

COVID-19 has killed over 87 000 people in South Africa.

Mente says, “We can’t win Johannesburg by speaking to 500 people, it is not possible and I do not understand the science of applying 500 when on voting day thousands and thousands will be queuing at voting districts. Those people, they are not going to have crowd control and they will be going into small voting stations so how do you then on that day say there is no science. So the moment you say it’s election your science is stepping aside. We are talking to the people now and we are working and there is no way that we can control the crowds as people want to listen to the EFF.”

I The video below, the EFF says its manifesto is people-centred:



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