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Pretoria News Weekend

Pretoria News Weekend

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pretoria News is a local newspaper circulating in the Tshwane Metropolitan area. Pretoria News covers a range of local news, as well as national and international news, comment and analysis by experts, sport, entertainment and lifestyle.

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in this issue

1 min.
pretoria zoo welcomes baby giraffe

THE National Zoological Garden in Pretoria has welcomed the birth of a male Southern giraffe calf. The calf was born in the giraffe enclosure last month, but was moved to a boma area as it was not getting sufficient feed from its mother. A stomach intubation was conducted to allow the calf to obtain colostrum from farm-fresh cow’s milk, before the calf was reintroduced into the enclosure under close supervision of zoo staff. The calf has grown quickly and weights over 106kg and drinks between 10-14 litres of milk per day.…

1 min.
officers will have no choice but to perform same-sex marriages

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law. This means that state officials will have no choice but to solemnise same-sex marriages. Under the new 2020 Civil Union Amendment Act gazetted yesterday, marriage officers cannot object to performing a same-sex ceremony. Same-sex marriage in South Africa has been legal since the Civil Union Act came into force on November 30, 2006. Legal advisor of Freedom of Religion South Africa Daniela Ellerbeck said FOR SA had petitioned Ramaphosa to exercise his constitutional prerogative and refrain from signing the bill into law and refer it back to Parliament. “FOR SA pointed out that the bill is in direct conflict with Justice Sachs’s recommendation in the Fourie case which legalised same-sex marriage. In this judgment, he recommended that state-employed marriage officers who have…

3 min.
tv licences for satellite subscribers?

NETFLIX and MultiChoice subscribers may soon have to pay for a TV licence if the government adopts new legislation to help the SABC with the collection of TV licence fees. A draft White Paper on Audio and Visual Content Services was released by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies last month and paves the way for the SABC to “delegate the collection of the payment of television licence fees to other persons”. Director at Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird, said MultiChoice has a footprint in 50% of households across South Africa and many of those subscribers do not have a valid TV licence. “MultiChoice definitely has the infrastructure. They can do it. As it stands, you could interpret it that the SABC can demand Netflix and Multi-Choice or another entity to help…

3 min.
attitudes harden as lockdown eases: poll

LEVELS of awareness about Covid-19 are widespread among South Africans, pointing to widespread policy and media coverage and uptake by the public. However, attitudes towards the handling of the pandemic have changed as lockdown has been extended. At least three-quarters of respondents in the second UJ-HSRC Covid-19 democracy survey reported a high level of knowledge, with the dominant channel for information being television (72%), followed by radio (45%) and news sites, both print and online (41%), with a third of respondents relying on social media for their information. Researchers from the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council said it was disconcerting after five months of the pandemic (at the time of the survey), that one-fifth of respondents claimed they knew little and 2% claimed not to know anything about…

1 min.
hazel food market finds a new home

ONE of Pretoria’s most popular food and craft markets is to move to a bigger home. After 11 years, the Hazel Food Market is relocating from Greenlyn Village in Menlo Park to Phobians (Old Boys’ club) in Lynnwood, on November 7. The new venue will have about 120 stalls selling organic produce, deli meats, cheese, breads, light meals and confectionery along with the arts, crafts and culture market specialising in handmade goods. One things the Hazel Food Market is known for is its international flavour and this, the organisers say, will not be lost. Visitors can expect to see many popular vendors, along with some new ones. Another drawcard is that the market is a place to meet friends and share a meal under the trees. There will be a beer garden and children’s…

2 min.
agrizzi thrown to the wolves, say family

THE family of former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi, who is accused of corruption, are upset about how he is being treated, claiming the state has thrown him to the wolves despite his testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry which provided overwhelming evidence of corruption. Agrizzi’s lawyer, Daniel Witz, said yesterday that his client was under heavy security guard in the intensive care unit of a Joburg hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. “There’re about nine armed guards, including three stationed physically in his intensive care room, for whatever reason, we’re not certain why. “He’s also restrained to the bed by his legs. The man is sedated, he’s on a ventilator which is down his throat, he’s on dialysis, he’s on drips, I’m not really sure where they think…