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It's early on Saturday night, and volunteers are topping up their cellphone airtime before setting out to patrol Khayelitsha's toughest areas.Together with a handful of police officers and reservists, the volunteers will weave their way on foot from around 7pm to 1am through the tightly packed shacklands of Nkanini, Kuyasa and Harare, Site B and Site C.
Western Cape local government minister Richard Dyantyi has ordered Cape Town mayor Helen Zille to reconstitute her mayoral committee to include her African Christian Democratic Party deputy mayor as one of the 10 committee members, not as an additional post.
Intervention in Cape Townâ€™s affairs by the African National Congress-led Western Cape government would trigger a constitutional crisis, lawyers have advised the cityâ€™s Democratic Alliance mayor, Helen Zille. Zille sought legal advice in the wake of ANC councillorsâ€™ plea to the province to appoint an administrator on the grounds that the acrimonious wrangle over Zilleâ€™s dismissal of city manager Wallace Mgoqi had crippled the council.
South Africaâ€™s ability to fight coastal oil spills has been compromised by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourismâ€™s failure to renew a marine pollution-fighting contract before its expiry. No private pollution-abatement vessels are currently under contract to the department.
<img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/262374/vote-box_blue.gif" align=left>Deal-making on Cape Town's future became reality early on Thursday evening as available results showed neither the African National Congress nor the Democratic Alliance emerging as outright winners. With less than five percent of the vote outstanding, the DA was leading with 42,45% over the African National Congress's 37,3%.
<img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/262374/vote-box_blue.gif" align=left>The African National Congress is fighting its toughest election yet. The ruling partyâ€™s monolithic hold on power is showing distinct cracks, as strongholds have splintered from Khutsong in Gauteng, where residents have staged running battles with authorities, to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, where a feisty group of independents has challenged for power and Matatiele in KwaZulu-Natal where the former ANC mayor has formed a breakaway party.
The government is making an extra R9,6-billion available to the provinces this year, but at the same time is cracking the whip on accountability and better service delivery. A nationally applicable performance assessment system for top municipal officials will be in force by the start of the new municipal financial year, from July 1.
Because of Covid-19, the newly formed South Africa Satanic Church will not emerge from the shadows under new lockdown rules
The high court ruling will delight gatvol South Africans but is unlikely to stand the test of time
The National Health Laboratory Services finally admitted to a bottleneck last week, after denying there were any issues since April. According to the service, the backlog of 80 000 tests started in the first week of May
Thuthuka Bursary recipient Tennyson Botes decided to make a difference in his community — and he's doing exactly that
SANRAL to professionalise its finance division with world-class professional accounting designations
'It is about how I can get my staff to acquire more skills and sharpen those skills that they already have,' says SANRAL CFO Inge Mulder
If your company has these qualified professionals it will help improve efficiencies and accelerate progress by assisting your organisation to perform better
Itec Direct technology provides instant temperature screening of staff returniing to the workplace with no human contact
The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers