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Vaccination
Nearly 1 million people registered for COVID-19 vaccinations in Western Cape
19 July 2021, 7:49 AM

Nearly one-million people have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine in the Western Cape. More than 770 000 vaccines have been administered across the province.

Premier, Alan Winde, says they are trying to manage the limited number of vaccines available for each site.

He says while walk-ins are welcome, a priority system is in place based on age.

“We must also within that system have a fair and equitable mechanism that makes sure that we protect our elderly citizens. We’ve got a prioritisation system in place. Those people who are 60 and older and have not managed to register, we really want to make them a priority. So, if they walk in – we will register and vaccinate them at the same time on site. We also have a priority system that gives favour to people who are coming in the over 60 bracket for their second dose.”

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Marikana
Trial of former North West Police Commissioner, co-accused resumes
19 July 2021, 7:04 AM

The trial of former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe, retired Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye, Warrant Officer Masilo Mogale, Warrant Officer Katlego Joseph Sekgweleya and Khazamola Phillip Makhubela, will continue in the High Court in Mahikeng on Monday

This relates to their involvement in the deaths of three mineworkers and two police officials near a railway line in Marikana in August 2012.

The state is arguing that Mpembe who was the overall commander on the day confronted a group of mine workers and told them to put down their weapons.

Stun grenades were then fired into the crowd and mine workers turned on police, killing two of them and seriously injuring another.

The commander of the Public Order Police unit in Rustenburg Lieutenant Colonel Omphile Merafe earlier testified that there was no need to fire stun grenade or tear gas as mine workers were walking peacefully while they were escorted by police.

The others accused allegedly shot at mine workers who had taken a police firearm and radio.

The effects of the Marikana labour unrests years on

Nelson Mandela
Eldorado Park residents say everyday should be Nelson Mandela Day
19 July 2021, 5:48 AM

Residents of Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, say every day should be a Mandela Day and that people should strive to constantly help their fellow South Africans. The country marked Nelson Mandela International Day on Sunday.

Cheryl Pillay is a community leader and organises the Eldorado Park COVID Response team, that assists COVID-positive households with medical and psycho-social support. They also assist with care packs, food and basic medication.

She says in Eldorado Park, community members often wait up to six hours for an ambulance to arrive. Pillay says this initiative, operating under the Comeback Mission NGO, needs donations and medically trained volunteers.

“The moment they find out that they are positive, they don’t know what to do – so we go and do those packs also with breathing exercises. On average, we’re doing 12 to 15 callouts a day on a medical response – with regards to the COVID packs are between 20 to 25 packs a day that we’re delivering.”

Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

SANDF
SANDF deployed in Soweto to quell clashes between protestors and police
13 July 2021, 1:00 PM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed to Soweto, Gauteng, to quell clashes between police and protestors. Violent protests continued on Tuesday morning, with some police officers sustaining injuries after being pelted with stones.

Protestors took to the streets at the weekend, demanding the release of former president, Jacob Zuma, after his incarceration last week. The demonstrations have morphed into mass looting and vandalism, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Members of the SANDF have been deployed to the area to try and guard it following looting this morning.

There also arrests of both men and women who were caught in the act.

On Monday night, president Cyril Ramaphosa said he had authorised the SANDF’s deployment to provide support to the police as the riots rage on.

President Ramaphosa deploys army after looting sprees:

Images of looting

 

Judo
SA’s Michaela Whitebooi hopes to win a gold medal in Tokyo
13 July 2021, 11:45 AM

Michaela Whitebooi (25) is about to reach one of her life goals as she is headed to Tokyo to represent South Africa in the Judo competition in the Olympics.

Whitebooi is from the gang-ridden northern areas of Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape.

She has risen above her circumstances, excelling in Judo. Whitebooi won a silver medal during the 2019 African Games and two gold medals at the African Judo Championships.

She will be South Africa’s only representative in the Judo competition.

The 27-year-old started winning on the Judo mat from an early age. Her proud mother Minnie is still in disbelief at the heights her daughter reached. But staying on top requires constant work.

Whitebooi recently underwent training in Slovakia and Croatia to sharpen her skills. Now the goal is an Olympic medal, preferably gold.

“With the anticipation of judo international federation having to announce the final list for the Olympic, it was daunting, it was terrifying it was scary they were delayed process, when they officially announced the list for under 48 category I saw my name I couldn’t believe that I was shocked you know what you want you can see it and you manifest it your life I am able to represent my country,” she says.

Her mother says the 27-year-old always grew up having a small body.

“She says, she grew up having a small body, but that did have a negative impact but we are saddened the fact that we are no longer going to japan, we are proud of her, she has done well for her community and she continues to rise, she has uplifted the Whitebooi’s name and we are confident that she will raise the country’s flag high internationally,” she says.

Whitbooi wants to inspire the youth from her area through her success.

She also advocates education and is a graduate from the University of Pretoria.

“I receive beautiful messages everyday I receive motivational messages every day from young and old people. I never thought I would be given an opportunity standing here as Michaele Whitebooi the ambassador for judo, an amazing feeling to be able to push other people into the right direction, you have to push yourself. I can stay motivated then that wouldn’t give me happiness and joy in whatever I want to achieve.”

Sensei Rodney Clemence from the Booysens Park Judo Club played a central role in her development.

He says he met her in 2006 and the rest is history.

“She comes from our club and she showed signs of dedication at an early age and I am not surprised by her achievement, she is very dedicated and she is still going very far in Judo. She is the ambassador of the sport,” says Clemence.

Whitebooi’s legacy is already evident as the young judokas from the northern areas aim to follow in her footsteps. There will be no spectators at the Olympics due to the COVID pandemic. But that is of no concern for Whitebooi, who says even if there was no pandemic, her family would have been unable to travel to Tokyo due to financial challenges.

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