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Shakes takes on Bafana posers

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

Yesterday’s anointment of Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba as the new Bafana Bafana coach was expected, but his ascent to the hot seat has created more questions.

Well done!: Sri Lanka’s Dilruwan Perera (centre) celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of SA’s Quinton de Kock during the third day of the second Test in Colombo on Saturday (July 26 2014).

Picture: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

New champ Tete set to defend IBF crown

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

Negotiations are afoot for Zolani Tete to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) superflyweight title in October.

Medals spring from pool

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

Cameron van der Burgh took Team South Africa’s medal tally to 12 as he stopped the clock at 59.28 to win a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland last night.

Hands off my players, says Irvin Khoza

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza will not get involved in what he calls bidding wars for players. Instead, the Iron Duke has warned his players to “guard against psychological warfare”.

Hot or Not

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    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.

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    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

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    Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
    9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.

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    After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.

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    New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.

  • Previous Weeks

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    After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the ­Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable ­schoolgirls without paying the penalty. ­Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.

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    The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!

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    He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but ­maybe he deserves more.

Moroka Swallows captain on Igesund, 250 matches and the coming season

27 July 2014 8:45

After struggling for the better part of last season and ending up in the 13th spot, Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa is optimistic about the season ahead.

Bucs edge through on penalties

@City_Press 27 July 2014 0:02

The two guest coaches – Tebogo Molekwa (Kaizer Chiefs) and Cornelius Motsepe (Orlando Pirates) – who were in charge of the duo of Soweto giants yesterday, got a taste of what it feels like to occupy arguably the hottest coaching seats in domestic football.

We’re on track – Vladimir Vermezović after Pirates beat Chiefs on penalties

Orlando Pirates grabbed a dramatic 6-5 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on penalties to win the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium.

Proteas in trouble despite Hashim Amla ton

26 July 2014 15:24

SA captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd test hundred, but off-spinner Dilruwan Perera’s career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second Test on Saturday.

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Ministers are already beginning to comply on the purchase of vehicles.
Brent Simons, spokesperson for Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane, on ministers adhering to changes in the Ministerial Handbook

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