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July 16, 2018

PERMISSION GRANTED FOR CEO SLEEPOUT IN MANDELAS CELL

The bid would allow a wealthy funder to spend a night in Madiba’s prison cell on Robben Island at a minimum cost of $250‚000 (about R3.4-million).

The Robben Island Museum this week joined in criticism of the auction‚ saying they were shocked to hear of it. The Nelson Mandela Foundation also distanced itself from it.

In a statement‚ the CEO SleepOut said it had not intended any offence.

The trustees extended their “sincere apologies if they have offended anyone in their quest to raise funds for worthy causes‚ as this is certainly not its intent”.

The initiative was not unauthorised‚ the trustees stated.

“The CEO SleepOut [...]

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July 9, 2018

DESMOND AND LEAH TUTU SPEND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CARING FOR SICK CHILDREN

The Tutus have been active patrons of the hospital for the past 18 years.

Apart from being regular visitors to the wards‚ their fundraising efforts have contributed to the hospital being able to acquire equipment to screen high-risk infants’ eyes and prevent blindness‚ and equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for which there was no public funding.

The teaching hospital of Stellenbosch University‚ Tygerberg hospital is responsible for providing tertiary medical care to approximately half of the Western Cape’s children in need‚ as well as some children from further afield. A spokesperson for the Tutus explained have a special relationship with the medical [...]

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July 5, 2018

WHO GETS THE LAND?

The first day of public hearings on whether or not land should be expropriated without compensation, has yielded mixed reactions from those who came to make submissions.

The hearings kicked off in the Northern Cape town of Springbok on Tuesday and will also start in Limpopo on Wednesday.

Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee has been tasked to determine whether or not Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended.

According to Section 25 of the Constitution, property may be expropriated for a public purpose or in the public interest.

It also states that subject to compensation, the amount, time it takes and manner of payment, should [...]

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July 4, 2018

CITY OF JOBURG TO RELEASE 600 NEW TITLE DEEDS

Over the next two weeks, the City of Johannesburg will be releasing more than 600 new title deeds to Joburg residents, Randburg Sun has reported.

New housing MMC Meshack van Wyk said in the coming 2018/19 financial year, the City aimed to release some 3 500 title deeds. This, he said, would empower the poorest residents, who would be able to give their families the security of permanent tenure.

“It is estimated that some 30 000 accommodation units are required in the short term to address the needs of the most vulnerable households.”

Van Wyk explained that, therefore, the current administration wants to speed up the delivery of title deeds. The City has, over the [...]

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