City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:35:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 El Clásico: No joy for Suárez as Real beat Barca http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/el-clasico-joy-suarez-real-beat-barca/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=el-clasico-joy-suarez-real-beat-barca http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/el-clasico-joy-suarez-real-beat-barca/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:17:20 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136542 Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’.

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Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’.

There was no dream return for Luis Suárez today, making his Barca debut after a four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

The Uruguay forward looked reasonably sharp and had a hand in Neymar’s opening goal but did not come close to scoring himself before being replaced by Pedro midway through the second half.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb  fourth-minute effort before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.

Pepe made it 2-1 to the European champions five minutes into the second half and a misunderstanding between Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano led to Real’s third after the hour when Karim Benzema finished off a swift break with a clinical strike.

“The team was incredible across the board,” Real defender Sergio Ramos told Spanish television.

“We had very clear ideas, we dominated and we not only controlled possession of the ball but we were very good on the counter attack,” added the Spain international.

“Football is about phases of a match and you have to know how to read them. We fought for the ball and they are not used to that and we did them damage.”

Barca are top with 22 points and Real, who had an early-season wobble but have been in scintillating form in recent weeks, second on 21. Sevilla, who host Villarreal tomorrow, are third with 19.

Four-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi had a quiet night for Barca and remains one goal short of the league scoring record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago.

“We played a very good first half,” said Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

“We had some good chances to unbalance them but the 3-1 caused us a lot of damage and we struggled,” added the former Barca and Spain goalkeeper.

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Banyana’s World Cup dream is over http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/banyanas-world-cup-dream/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=banyanas-world-cup-dream http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/banyanas-world-cup-dream/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:54:45 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136536 Banyana Banyana lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast in their CAF African Women’s Championship third-place playoff.

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Banyana Banyana lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast in their CAF African Women’s Championship third-place playoff.

With a place in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada up for grabs for the winner, it took an 85th minute goal from Guehai Ida Rebecca to separate the sides at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Namibia, today.

Despite a strong first half showing where Banyana dominated proceedings, Ivory Coast came into the match in the second period and produced relentless waves of attack which ultimately paid off with the crucial goal.

In the ninth minute, Amanda Dlamini produced a fierce strike from way out which required a fingertip save from Thiamale Ange Marie Dominique in the Ivory Coast goal.

Sanah Mollo for Banyana was left one-on-one with the goalkeeper but blasted her shot wide in the 18th minute.

In the 22nd minute, Mollo clashed with Dominique for the ball but could only watch as the ball drifted wide yet again.

Dlamini, a minute later, put in a similar challenge with the keeper and the ball looked to be heading for the back of the net but missed by millimetres.

Just before the interval, Janine van Wyk took a dip at goal from a free kick 35 metres out, which required the attention of Dominique who tipped the ball over for a corner.

Ines Tia for Ivory Coast failed to convert the best chance for her team up until that point in the 62nd minute.

Tia made a run into the box, and met the cross from a teammate, but without a Banyana defender nearby, her shot was launched way over the target.

With five minutes remaining in regulation time, Rebecca pounced on a loose ball in the Banyana box from a corner, and with time and space picked her spot as she drove the ball home to take a 1-0 lead for Ivory Coast.

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Telkom Knockout: Sundowns through to last 4 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/telkom-knockout-sundowns-last-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=telkom-knockout-sundowns-last-4 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/telkom-knockout-sundowns-last-4/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:40:12 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136522 Hlompho Kekana scored in extra-time as Mamelodi Sundowns booked their spot in the Telkom Knockout semifinals with a 2-1 win over AmaZulu.

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Hlompho Kekana scored in extra-time as Mamelodi Sundowns booked their spot in the Telkom Knockout semifinals with a 2-1 win over AmaZulu.

Level after 106 minutes of action at Loftus Versfeld today, Kekana rounded off from close range to wrap up a thrilling contest that really only came to life at the end of 90 minutes.

Cuthbert Malajila had put Sundowns ahead after 15 minutes, before AmaZulu left to it the last minute of second-half added time, Bongani Ndulula leveling in dramatic fashion to send the pair into extra-time.

But up-stepped Kekana’s thunderous boot to kill off the last of the AmaZulu threat, sealing a second successive 2-1, extra-time victory for Sundowns, who had the same result against the University of Pretoria in the previous round.

Sundowns wasted little time and surged ahead thanks to Malajila’s simple header, after some slack marking inside the area allowed the Zimbabwean international to nod home his header from dead in front.

The goal reflected much of Sundowns’ dominance of the opening half, though the hosts were unable to create a second, leaving AmaZulu in with a shout in the second period.

Sundowns had their chances to double the lead in the second half. Ejike Uzoenyi, virtually with his first touch of the ball after replacing Khama Billiat, flashed wide of the target after some stunning interplay in the build-up.

Hlompho Kekana smacked one of his trademark long-range efforts just high of the target after the half-hour mark, while Uzoenyi remained a threat in the final third.

The Nigerian international was making a nuisance of himself in the final minutes but Sundowns were a team on the retreat.

AmaZulu found their rhythm as the clock wound down, Bongani Ndulula going down inside the area in what looked to be a clumsy tackle that should have seen a penalty awarded.

But Ndulula would eventually have the decisive say when he netted in the 94th minute to halt Sundowns’ celebrations and extend the tie by an extra 30 minutes of additional time, much to the disgust of the vocal home fans.

Level after the first half of 15 minutes, it took Kekana less than 60 seconds to regain the lead for the hosts.

But this time Sundowns held on and saw out the 2-1 scoreline to safely throw their names in the hat ahead of tomorrow’s semifinal draw at the FNB Stadium.

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Details emerge of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s accident http://www.citypress.co.za/news/details-emerge-mbulaeni-mulaudzis-accident/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=details-emerge-mbulaeni-mulaudzis-accident http://www.citypress.co.za/news/details-emerge-mbulaeni-mulaudzis-accident/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:57:15 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136384 The Mpumalanga community safety department has provided more details regarding the accident that killed Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

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The Mpumalanga community safety department has provided more details regarding the accident that killed Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said the 800m star died in the early hours of yesterday morning when his car overturned on the R555 road in the province.

“He was travelling from the direction of Ogies towards Emalahleni on the R555,” he said.

“Towards Emalahleni, there is a curve and he lost control of the vehicle which overturned and he unfortunately died. The 34-year-old was the only occupant in the car.

Tributes continued pouring in today as people came to terms with Mulaudzi’s death.

Democratic Alliance MP Solly Malatsi said his death had robbed the country of a mentor.

“Mulaudzi’s passing, just a year after his retirement from professional athletics, has robbed our country of an excellent mentor whose contribution to nurturing young athletes could have helped revive SA’s prestige in athletics,” he said.

Malatsi said South Africans would never forget how he overcame an injury and won a gold medal in the 800 metre race at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

“We hope that his achievements will spur current and upcoming athletes to reach the apex of excellence in athletics,” he said.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation said Mulaudzi’s death brought to the fore the futile loss of youth to road crashes.

“It is a major loss to the nation and Athletics South Africa. This was a young man who excelled in his sport and brought us much pride and joy,” it said.

“He was one of South Africa’s decorated athletes and had made a conscious effort to invest in the development of young people to become better athletes.”

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57 arrested for Woolies protest http://www.citypress.co.za/news/57-arrested-woolies-protest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=57-arrested-woolies-protest http://www.citypress.co.za/news/57-arrested-woolies-protest/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:52:32 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136379 A total of 57 people who protested in a Woolworths store in Killarney Mall have been arrested.

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A total of 57 people who protested in a Woolworths store in Killarney Mall have been arrested.

The group was charged with public disturbance, Johannesburg police Constable Thabo Malatji said today.

“They went to Woolies and started disturbing customers inside the shop,” said Malatji.

The protests are linked to continued calls to boycott Woolworths as it continues to trade with Israel following the deadly war in Gaza.

Tasneem Essop from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, who organised the protest, said some of those arrested were minors.

“It is completely ridiculous and it goes against the values we wish to uphold,” she said.

She said the protest was completely peaceful and demonstrators simply walked into the shop and lay on the ground with their placards.

Essop explained that the activists were not arrested inside Woolworths but were already outside the mall doors when they were approached by police.

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UIF benefits set to increase http://www.citypress.co.za/business/uif-benefits-set-increase/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uif-benefits-set-increase http://www.citypress.co.za/business/uif-benefits-set-increase/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:50:41 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136374 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits are set to increase, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has said.

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Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits are set to increase, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has said.

“The prudent investment of your funds by the UIF management and the board means that government is now in a position to increase unemployment insurance benefits from the current eight months to a year,” she said today.

This was subject to legislative amendment approval.

Oliphant was speaking at a domestic workers’ imbizo in Bloemfontein.

She said other changes to the UIF benefit would be the maternity benefit. It would be increased from the current 121 days to a period of four months based on a flat income replacement rate of 66%.

The maternity benefits would also be applicable to domestic workers.

“In future, we will also be amending legislation on compensation to also include domestic workers. There is no reason why you should be treated any differently from other workers,” she said.

Currently, employees on learnerships, those who work for less than 24 hours a week and public servants are not covered in UIF benefits.

“In future all these workers will be eligible for UIF coverage,” said Oliphant.

She called for domestic workers to ensure that their employers complied with UIF laws and registered them.

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Sex worker accuses Tim Osrin of assault http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sex-worker-accuses-tim-osrin-assault/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sex-worker-accuses-tim-osrin-assault http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sex-worker-accuses-tim-osrin-assault/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:44:24 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136291 Western Cape police confirmed that more charges have been laid against swimming coach Tim Osrin, already accused of assaulting a domestic worker.

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Western Cape police confirmed that more charges have been laid against swimming coach Tim Osrin, already accused of assaulting a domestic worker.

“Yes, another case has been opened against him,” said Colonel Andre Traut today.

He could not provide further details on the case.

According to the Saturday Star, Osrin appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court last week for allegedly assaulting domestic worker Cynthia Joni, who he claimed he had mistaken for a prostitute.

The paper reported that a Kenilworth, Cape Town prostitute had now come forward to say she had been assaulted by Osrin.

The 32-year-old said Osrin first confronted her in December last year. He told her to “get out of his street”. She ran into him in January again this year.

“This time he was on his bicycle. He screamed at me: ‘Are you still here?’,” the woman was quoted as saying.

“Then he put his bicycle on the side of the street and came up to me and started beating me. He grabbed my breasts and squeezed them hard and hit them. He kept hitting me and saying ‘f*ck off out of my street.’

“He kicked and beat me so hard that he knocked the tooth out of my mouth. I fell down and he carried on beating me.”

The woman laid a complaint against him earlier this week.

Osrin declined to speak to the Saturday Star’s sister paper, the Weekend Argus but explained his behaviour in an interview last week by saying he had thought Joni was a prostitute and that his neighbourhood was “full of prostitutes.”

“It has never even crossed my mind to hit a prostitute,” Osrin said, describing himself as a “clean-living guy who loves sport and who is completely involved in my community.”

Meanwhile, Traut said Osrin had not been re-arrested after the new charges.

“Investigations are still underway,” said Traut.

Osrin is expected back in court on November 27.

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WHO: Number of Ebola cases passes 10 000 http://www.citypress.co.za/news/number-ebola-cases-passes-10-000/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=number-ebola-cases-passes-10-000 http://www.citypress.co.za/news/number-ebola-cases-passes-10-000/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:36:12 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136289 The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to be suffering from Ebola has risen above 10 000.

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Dakar – The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to be suffering from Ebola has risen above 10 000.

The UN health agency said today that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10 141. Of those, 4 922 people have died.

WHO has repeatedly said that even those very high figures are likely to be underestimated as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease. It has particularly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States. Mali recorded its first case of Ebola on Thursday.

Mali authorities today scrambled to calm fears over Ebola after the disease claimed its first victim in the country, a contagious toddler who took a 1 000km journey on public buses before seeking treatment.

WHO warned that the situation in Mali was an “emergency”.

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita aimed to ease fears after the death of the two-year-old girl, who travelled from neighbouring Guinea.

“We are doing everything to prevent panic and psychosis,” he said in an interview with French radio.

“Since the start of this epidemic, we in Mali took all measures to be safe, but we never hermetically sealed ourselves from this,” he said.

 

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Botswana’s ruling party leads in early election results http://www.citypress.co.za/news/botswanas-ruling-party-leads-early-election-results/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=botswanas-ruling-party-leads-early-election-results http://www.citypress.co.za/news/botswanas-ruling-party-leads-early-election-results/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:44:58 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136273 Botswana’s ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in today, but opposition parties had made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said.

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Gaborone – Botswana’s ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in today, but opposition parties had made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said.

There were delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, the Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson Osupile Maroba said.

“We are hoping to start receiving parliamentary results from 57 poling districts by mid-morning.”

Parliamentary results will also determine who will be president for the next five years, with incumbent Ian Khama of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) expected to win a second term.

“We are still on track for the release of final results by the end of the day,” said Maroba.

The IEC had verified results from 200 of the 490 local council voting districts, with the BDP winning six of the 13 wards in the capital, Gaborone.

The newly formed Umbrella for Democratic Change, a coalition of parties contesting the elections for the first time, took four wards while the Botswana Congress Party won three.

The election is seen as the most competitive for the BDP, which has ruled Botswana since independence from Britain in 1966, after a split in the party in 2010.

The landlocked, diamond-rich southern African country of two million people is seen as one of the continent’s strongest democracies, and electoral authorities said yesterday’s vote saw a high turnout of the 800 000 registered voters.

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Vusi Pikoli to become first provincial police ombudsman http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/vusi-pikoli-become-first-provincial-police-ombudsman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vusi-pikoli-become-first-provincial-police-ombudsman http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/vusi-pikoli-become-first-provincial-police-ombudsman/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:39:18 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136271 Former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli is set to become the police ombudsman for the Western Cape.

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Former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli is set to become the police ombudsman for the Western Cape.

The Saturday Star reported that the appointment of a provincial police ombudsman would be a first for the country.

Pikoli, who also headed the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry which looked into complaints related to allegations of police inefficiency, was reportedly recommended by Premier Helen Zille for the post.

Zille’s choice was unanimously backed by the provincial legislature’s standing committee on community safety, the newspaper reported.

Committee chairwoman Mireille Wenger said Pikoli would bring confidence to the office.

In a letter to the legislature’s Speaker, Sharna Fernandez, Zille was quoted as saying: “It is my belief Pikoli is suitably qualified for this post based on his experience.”

The provincial legislature’s Community Safety Act, promulgated in April last year, paved the way to create the police ombudsman post.

The ombudsman’s duties would be to adjudicate public complaints about police inefficiency or problems that arose from a breakdown in relations between the police and the community.

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