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The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service, along with various other agencies, continues to actively manage a fire in the South Peninsula, with particular focus on the upper reaches of Tokai Forest, Muizenberg, Clovelly and Noordhoek. Helicopters continue to water-bomb the hot spots. At this stage, no lives or properties are in danger.

Chapman’s Peak Drive and Boyes Drive, between Old Boyes Drive and the golf course, remain closed to traffic. Ou Kaapse Weg is open, as well as Main Road, and motorists are advised to proceed with caution and to please be patient in these areas.

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This from news24.com:

Polokwane – Foreigners in Ga-Sekgopo, east of Polokwane in Limpopo, have abandoned their shops after protesting villagers allegedly looted them during violence in the area.

The violence erupted after a foreign shop owner was found in possession of a cellphone belonging to a local man who was killed three weeks ago.

The discovery triggered violence as villagers demanded answers on how the shop owner got the man’s phone.

Police said one of the alleged killers took the phone to the foreigner but they did not know whether it was sold to him or was brought there to be fixed.

One suspect was arrested for the murder and another handed himself to police on Sunday.

Violent protests erupted on Sunday with villagers sending all the foreigners packing and pushing them out of 11 villages in Sekgopo.

Somalian shop owners said they lived in fear as villagers issued threats to burn them alive.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Limpopo-foreign-shop-owners-abandon-shops-after-looting-20150303

images (4)A fresh approach to their preparations for their next two tournaments will hopefully rejuvenate the Springbok Sevens rugby squad as they look to regain their tournament-winning form in the Far East.

The next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place from 27 to 29 March in Hong Kong and then in Tokyo from 4 to 5 April.

The Springbok Sevens are still searching for their first tournament win in Hong Kong. However, Powell stressed they will not be weighed down by previous results in Hong Kong. South Africa lost out to England in the quarterfinals last year but went on to win the Plate Final against Wales.

According to the Powell it is important to keep things in perspective: “Each of the remaining four tournaments are equally important, so we will view this (HK) as another World Series tournament, instead of heaping too much pressure on ourselves.”

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Pic: Mark HarleyThe City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service continues to lead the charge with the assistance of a host of other agencies in bringing a massive fire in the South Peninsula under control.

A helicopter reconnaissance was carried out this morning and currently the fire has to be contained in three sectors: Chapman’s Peak on the Hout Bay side, Tokai Forest, and Noordhoek. The fire is high up on the mountain slopes and ground crews are dealing with sporadic flare-ups. They are also monitoring the situation in Clovelly near Kalk Bay, but there is no threat to lives or property in that area at this stage.

Two helicopters are water-bombing parts of Hout Bay to safeguard properties along Military Road, Hugo Street, and Avenue Suzanne. A few properties along the Noordhoek side of Chapman’s Peak are also under threat at this stage. There has, however, been no damage to any other properties since yesterday.

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This from bbc.com:

Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back.

Mukesh Singh

In 2012 an Indian student was violently raped on a moving bus in Delhi and died of horrific internal injuries. Leslee Udwin spoke to one of the rapists on death row while spending two years making a film about the case. She came away shocked by India’s treatment of women – but inspired by those seeking change.

The horrifying details of the rape had led me to expect deranged monsters. Psychopaths. The truth was far more chilling. These were ordinary, apparently normal and certainly unremarkable men.

On 16 December 2012, the 23-year-old woman had been to see a film, the Life of Pi, with a male friend. At 8.30pm they boarded an off-duty bus, with six men on board, five adults and a juvenile. The men beat the friend and each raped the woman in turn, before assaulting her viciously with an iron instrument.

Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus, described to me every detail of what happened during and after the incident. While prosecutors say the men took turns to drive the bus, and all took part in the rape, Singh says he stayed at the wheel throughout.

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Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel has included former South African Olympic athlete Janice Josephs in his training squad on a trial basis as he looks to increase the depth in his squad.

Josephs, a former heptathlon athlete, who specialised in long-jump, high-jump and 200m sprints, participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won several medals competing for SA during her athletics career.

Cape-based teacher Zaandre Theron, who represented South Africa at Under-19 and Under-21 level in netball and softball and also boasts two Women’s World Sevens Series appearances, has also been training with the squad. Theron participated in the 2012 Houston and Amsterdam Sevens tournaments. She was also recently selected to represent South Africa in touch rugby and was named in the Southern Stings netball interprovincial team.

Josephs and Theron have been training with the squad in Stellenbosch for the last two weeks.

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