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Rain brings some relief to Western Cape farmers

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Agri Western Cape says good rains and heavy snow has placed the industry in the province in a much better position than last year.

CEO of the organisation, Carl Opperman says although dams are filling up in the province, the drought is far from over.

Ground water was used extensively as a result of the drought, and needs to recharged.

The area from Bredasdorp to Mossel Bay and inland to the Karoo is still in a dire situation.

Opperman says as a result of the drought, many farmers are still in financial dire straits and many face cash flow problems.

Opperman says there is an urgent need for all stakeholders, including government to look at setting up an insurance plan or programme to assist farmers when serious crises hit.

“We’ve got assistance on the live stock side, but there’s no assistance for your horticulture and viticulture, people or your grain farmers at this point in time. We got to really look at it.”

“The upcoming farmers are still in dire straits because there is no capital or balance sheet to back them up. So we must also look at ways and means to assist up and coming farmers. We need to find ways to sustain them and take them further when we face crisis like this,” adds Opperman.


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PrimeTime: ANC speaks on DA’s axing of Patricia de Lille

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Supra Mahumapelo addresses his supporters after PEC meeting

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DA accuses De Lille of spreading alternative facts on her disciplinary hearing

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The DA has accused Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille as determined to misrepresent and spread alternative facts relating to her disciplinary hearing. Following De Lille’s statement that explains her side of the story relating to the disciplinary hearing, the party said she is trying to garner public sympathy. DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe
Source: The New Age

‘Arrogant’ Mamelodi Sundowns stay on course for treble

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“Arrogant” Mamelodi Sundowns stayed on course for a treble by overcoming hosts Cape Town City 2-1 on Sunday in a South African FA Cup quarter-final.

Percy Tau and Hlompho Kekana scored within eight minutes during the second half at Cape Town Stadium before Bradley Ralani halved the deficit to set up a tense climax.

Sundowns will be away to Maritzburg United in the semi-finals while Kaizer Chiefs host Free State Stars.

“We want to win the South African league and cup double and the CAF Champions League this year,” Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said before the quarter-final.

“I would rather say that than appear to be lacking confidence and ambition. Many may view us as being arrogant — but we have won trebles before.”

After eliminating Cape Town City, Mosimane added: “Experience counted for a lot today in a tough, close, exciting cup tie.

“While delighted to be in the semi-finals, we need to be more clinical. The boys should have scored several goals during the first half and the woodwork foiled us twice.”

Cape Town coach Benni McCarthy, part of the 2004 UEFA Champions League-winning Porto squad managed by Jose Mourinho, said he was hurting but proud.

“No coach wants to lose at this stage of the competition, but I can only salute the efforts of my players. They did not lie down when two goals behind.

“Our only failing was finishing and if you do not take your chances against a team stacked with stars like Sundowns, defeat is inevitable.”

On Saturday, Chiefs edged Baroka 1-0, Maritzburg defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 and Free State eliminated second-division outfit Ubuntu Cape Town 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

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One killed, two injured in Western Cape collision

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A man has been killed and two others injured when two taxis and a light motor vehicle collided in Belhar, Western Cape. The other two men sustained minor to moderate injuries and other several occupants from both taxis were found walking around on the scene. “The patients were treated and thereafter transported to nearby hospitals
Source: The New Age

WC Cosatu condemns appointment of Tony Leon’s company

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Cosatu in the Western Cape has criticised former provincial premier Tony Leon for receiving money for only telling Cape Town residents whether it had or had not rained. On Friday, the city of Cape Town’s media team announced that public relations (PR) firm Resolve Communication, owned by Leon and former DA communications director Nick Clelland, was
Source: The New Age

All systems go for Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Organisers of the popular Cape Town Cycle Tour say this year’s event is going ahead, despite the critical water shortage in the Cape.

Director David Bellairs says a well thought-out plan is in place with all suppliers and service providers.

This will ensure that they reduce their reliance and impact on the municipal water supply to as close as possible to 0 percent.

Bellairs says they are positive that they’ll be able to meet this goal.

Participants will also be provided with practical tips on how to do their part to save water while staying in the Mother City for the event on 11 March.

Bellairs says no shower facilities will be provided this year. Chemical toilets and hand sanitisers will be used instead.

Spring water will be brought in while grey water and desalinated water will be used to further save water.


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WC DA, ANC welcome Achmat Ebrahim’s resignation

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The DA and ANC in the Western Cape have welcomed the resignation of city manager Achmat Ebrahim with the DA calling it “the right thing to do” in the context of various investigations related to his, the mayor and other senior officials’ conduct. The DA said Ebrahim committed to providing evidence to these investigations and it
Source: The New Age

Four die in head-on collision

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A head-on collision on Tuesday evening between a bakkie and light motor vehicle that occured in N1 Highway outside Worcester, Western Cape has claimed four lives. “ER24 paramedics, along with Metro, Breda Fire, and other services, arrived on the scene to find both wrecked vehicles on the side of the road, the bakkie lying on
Source: The New Age

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