Cabinet has urged South African parents to teach their children to reject racism and embrace diversity as part of the country’s drive to promote nation-building and social cohesion.

Minister in The Presidency Mondli Gungubele addressed a post-Cabinet briefing this week and said Cabinet strongly condemned the recent incidents of racism reported at two Western Cape educational institutions.

Gungubele says the incidents, at the University of Stellenbosch and the Good Hope Seminary High School, have no place in an independent and democratic South Africa.

Watch Gungubele’s full address here.

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Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that the City has started fast-tracking social housing projects to provide urgent much-need housing opportunities to Mother City residents.

As part of this drive up to 6,500 social housing units are being built which would soon be made available in central Cape Town, the Voortrekker Road Corridor, and Pine Road and Dillion Lane in Woodstock.

Hill-Lewis says these different housing developments are in various stages of completion.

Read Hill-Lewis’ complete statement here.

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Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says he has written to Minister Fikile Mbalula asking that a Working Committee be set up to spearhead and manage the rail devolution process.

Hill-Lewis says the task team would be comprised of officials from the City of Cape Town, the Department of Transport, and PRASA.

The Mayor says the Committee would be tasked with setting in action the details of the rail devolution process, which was outlined in the National Rail Policy White Paper gazetted by Mbalula in April this year.

Read Hill-Lewis’ complete statement here.

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Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell says authorities are still working to find an amicable solution that would allow for the reopening of the B97 taxi route.

The taxi route, running between Paarl and Bellville, was closed on 26 July after the flare-up of violence between competing taxi associations CATA & CODETA.

Mitchell says an extension of the route suspension was published last week.

He says he understands that taxi operators are losing money because of this closure but adds that the safety of commuters is now of main concern.

The Western Cape branch of SANTACO has meanwhile also called on the CATA & CODETA taxi associations to continue engaging with authorities.

SANTACO Western Cape spokesperson Mandla Hermanus says the safety of taxi commuters should enjoy priority should the B97 route be reopened.

Hermanus says further engagement between role-players is of great importance.

Read more on this story here.

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The Social Security Agency of South Africa (SASSA) has advised all grant beneficiaries to make use of all the other alternatives through which to receive their monthly grant payments.

This follows a recent announcement that the South African Post Office has stopped payments to beneficiaries at its branches.

SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says clients must make use of their SASSA cards to withdraw grant payments at supermarkets.

Letsatsi says clients can also withdraw their grants at national Banks.

Follow the SASSA Twitter page for the latest updates.

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