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Centurion floods claim one life
10 December 2019, 2:30 PM

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the body of the person that was swept by floodwaters in Centurion south of Pretoria, has washed up. She added that another person has been electrocuted.

The Minister and Gauteng Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebogang Maile visited Mamelodi east of Pretoria earlier on Tuesday and addressed the media.

Over 900 displaced people have been accommodated in various community halls and churches as hundreds of shacks in the Eerste Fabrieke informal settlement were swept away.

Dlamini-Zuma says government will assist with blankets, healthcare, and try to relocate those who remain in flooded areas.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service has forecast more wet weather conditions, compounded by thunderstorms in some parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Forecaster Mkhushulwa Msimanga says the rain is expected to subside on Thursday.

β€œ I must indicate that we’ve issued a severe thunderstorm warning over the central part of North West, going to the central and western part of the Free State during the course of this afternoon and evening. I must also indicate that the situation might start improving tomorrow where we are expecting only isolated thunderstorms in parts of Limpopo and Gauteng, Mpumalanga as well as KwaZulu-Natal but with scattered showers are possible mainly along the coast. But the situation will start improving from tomorrow.”


Orlando Pirates appoints new coach
10 December 2019, 2:00 PM

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates have appointment German Josef Zinnbauer as the club’s new head coach on a three-year deal.

He replaces Milutin Sredojevic who left the club to go to Egypt but has since been fired by Zamalek. Zinnbauer’s last stint as coach was at Swiss Super League side, FC St. Gallen between 2015 and 2017. Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza said he has high hopes for the club’s new appointment after a disastrous start to the 2019/2020 ABSA Premiership season.

Rulani Mokwena will continue as interim coach until Zinnbauer’s work permit is granted.

Mokwena will then return to his position as assistant coach alongside Fadlu Davids.

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COGTA EC warns traditional leaders amidst initiate deaths
9 December 2019, 5:25 PM

Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Xolile Nqata has warned that the continuing rise in the deaths of initiates in the province will force them to cut salaries of traditional authorities.

Nqata says traditional leaders are the custodians of the custom.

He visited initiation schools in the Chris Hani District, where seven of the 17 initiates who died in the province come from.

Nqatha says they will have no option but to take drastic measures. β€œWe are going to get into a process to review the legislation as a provincial government so that there are consequences for traditional leaders, the custodians of the traditions and customs. We cannot find tragedies such as these we are facing in the province. There must be an impact in your salary because you must work for what you are earning. They cannot continue to be paid without that.”

Cape Town offers free vehicle inspection to motorists ahead of holidays
9 December 2019, 3:44 PM

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service is offering free vehicle checks to motorists before they hit the road this holiday.

This includes the checking of tyres, brakes, lights and wipers.

The free service will be available at most vehicle testing centres daily until this Friday.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says: β€œRoad safety isn’t about enforcement only, but also education and awareness. By offering the free vehicle safety checks, our staff are able to help motorists identify issues that they were not even aware of, so I encourage the public to make use of the opportunity. While the checks are offered with long distance trips in mind, anyone can take their vehicle in. I’d actually encourage that, even if you’re just spending time around Cape Town this festive season.”

Aaron Motsoaledi
Home affairs to get clarity on auctioning off of Lindela Repatriation Centre
8 December 2019, 9:25 PM

The Department of Home Affairs says it was left reeling by news of the sale by auction of the Lindela Repatriation Centre on Thursday. The centre, which houses undocumented migrants, was auctioned for R60 million, with a starting bid of R30 million.

The Krugersdorp-based centre, was run by African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa.

The auctioneer stated that there was currently a lease of one million rand a month with public works.

Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille was with her counterpart at home affairs when news of the auction broke.

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi says”… but the contract of ownership, we still have 11 months to make sure that this property is disposed of. Then we will get the first right of refusal that there was going to be an auction. I and minister Patricia De Lille only heard it on Wednesday when we were in parliament in Cape Town and we started phoning around to find out what was happening. So that’s the part that we don’t understand, that we are trying to find out what has happened.”



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