Three Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) officers were arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a motorist in Pretoria West on Friday.
The motorist reported the three female officers after they stopped him for driving towards oncoming traffic.
“Instead of issuing a fine, the three officers allegedly demanded money from the motorist,” said a statement from the Tshwane metro police communication unit.
“The motorist alleges that he gave them the money and took down their vehicle registration as they left. He then went to the TMPD offices to report the incident where he was immediately assisted.”
The officers were arrested for bribery and corruption upon further investigation and questioning.
They are currently detained at a local police station and will appear in court in due course.
“The Tshwane Metro Police Department promotes zero tolerance to corruption and we will not hesitate to arrest and oust officers who are corrupt,” the statement said.
“Regardless of the outcome in court, further steps will be taken internally where the accused officers will face disciplinary action.
“We applaud the motorist for reporting the matter to us and we encourage all motorists to refrain from offering money to the officers and to report officers who demand money.”
Cape Town – A hat-trick of tries by SWD Eagles No 8 Wayne Wilschut paved the way for the team from George to win the Currie Cup First Division title for the first time in more than a decade in a thrilling final against the Valke at Outeniqua Park on Friday night.
The Valke laid a good foundation in the first half as they ran in three tries to two by the hosts thanks to their enterprising attack, but the hosts staged a spirited second-half fightback to the delight of their passionate fans to seal the victory, by 36-27, to clinch the title for the first time since 2007.
SWD Eagles captain Jacques Vermaak praised his team’s commitment to secure the victory in the competition.
“I am exceptionally proud of the players,” said Vermaak.
“We were a little rusty in the first half and we allowed them to break through the defence. But we got together half time and decided as a group that we have 40 minutes to win the title, and backed ourselves and did it.”
The Eagles struck first in the fifth minute with a try Wilschut, who gathered the ball from a scrum and powered his way through the defence to hand the team a 5-0 lead.
This was cancelled out almost immediately by Valke scrumhalf Anrich Richter, who stepped his way to through to the tryline, with his successful conversion pushing them 7-5 ahead.
The hosts hit back minutes later as Wilschut touched down for his second five-pointer, which Divan Nel converted before adding a penalty goal to nudge them into a 15-7 lead.
This, however, was short-lived as the Valke’s Etienne Taljaard scored back-to-back tries thanks to a spell of strong running and support play by the visitors, which Richter followed up with a penalty goal on the stroke of halftime for an encouraging 27-15 lead.
The SWD Eagles fought back with intent in the second half using their strong forwards, and this paid off as Wilschut dived over for his hat-trick in the 13th minute after several minutes of camping in the opposition’s half.
They continued to show patience on attack as the half progressed and the rewards followed as Marlo Weich and Wynand Grassmann touching down within minutes of one another, while Nel slotted both conversions over to push them into a 36-27 lead with a little over 10 minutes to play.
The dying minutes were tightly contested, but the SWD held their nerve to seal the victory.
SWD Eagles – Tries: Wayne Wilschut (3), Marlo Weich, Wynand Grassmann. Conversions: Divan Nel (4). Penalty Goal: Nel.
Valke – Tries: Anrich Richter, Etienne Taljaard (2). Conversions: Richter (3). Penalty Goals: Richter (2).
When Adam Zeldis was 16, Howard Stern changed his mind about his penis forever. On his show, Stern was talking about how circumcision changes sexual sensations for men, and Zeldis’s curiosity was piqued. He had been circumcised as a baby, and he hadn’t ever thought about whether it had reduced sexual sensation for him before. In fact, up to that point, he had no idea that there were even men who weren’t circumcised.
So Zeldis decided to do some research. And when he learnt what a circumcision procedure actually entailed – the surgical removal of the foreskin of the tip of the penis – he was outraged.
“I felt a loss for a sex life that I could never have,” Zeldis told Men’s Health. “Basically, if you’re circumcised you can never experience sex the way nature intended it.”
Today, Zeldis is a senior strategy advisor for Intact America, an activist organisation designed to educate people against circumcision, which it views as a medically unnecessary and cruel practice. Intact America isn’t the only organisation that harbours this view: In fact, there is an entire movement – “Intactivism” – devoted to propagating the idea that male circumcision is a cruel and barbaric practice.
But what are the cold, hard facts about circumcision? Are there actually health benefits, or is it a cruel, outdated practice that permanently reduces male sexual sensation? We asked doctors and sexuality experts to weigh in.
Does circumcision have health benefits?
For decades, circumcision has been something of a given in the United States. It was considered a standard procedure for baby boys, regardless of their cultural or religious background, with doctors citing its health and hygiene benefits. For this reason, approximately 75% of men in the United States are circumcised, according to the World Health Organization.
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The potential health benefits aside, “parents who choose circumcision often do so based on religious beliefs, common myths about hygiene, or cultural or social reasons, such as the wish to have their child resemble his father,” says sex therapist Kimberly Jackson, LCSW.
“The cited health benefits included [a decreased risk of] STIs, especially HIV and HPV; penile cancer; paraphimosis (when foreskin gets trapped behind the glans, which can cut off blood supply to the tip of the penis) and balanitis, or infection of the glans,” says sexual health counsellor Aleece Fosnight, MSPAS, PA-C, CSC, CSE.
Are the benefits of circumcision legit?
To a degree, the consensus in the medical community is still that circumcision does slightly reduce the risks of certain UTIs and STIs. In 2012, the American Academy of Paediatrics issued a statement saying that notwithstanding the potential rare complications of circumcision, including bleeding, infection and (shudder) penile necrosis, “the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks”.
But over the years, emerging research has thrown some of the stated benefits of circumcision into question. For instance, while some studies of African men indicated that circumcision could reduce the risk of HIV transmission by as much as 60%, “the research design was inherently flawed – [they] only examined the health behaviours of heterosexual men, and the results cannot be generalised across cultures,” says Jackson.
That’s why more and more parents are choosing to forego the procedure. Circumcision is on something of a decline, with the number of newborns who are circumcised dropping from 84% in the 1960s to about 77% in 2010. Some doctors are also refusing to perform the procedure.
“I have not performed a circumcision since 1994,” says Dr Steven Dorfman, a paediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. “It is a cruel, unnecessary and… substandard practice which belongs in the history books, not in the hospital or the clinic.”
As to the question of whether circumcision is more hygienic than being uncut, it is true that guys who are uncut do have to contend with smegma, an odourless (and harmless) cheese-like substance underneath the foreskin. But washing underneath the foreskin daily and rinsing the head of the penis can easily remedy that issue.
Does being circumcised reduce sexual sensation?
For many guys, this is the million-dollar question: Does circumcision reduce penile sensitivity?
Some health experts claim that circumcision can reduce sexual sensation, as the procedure removes thousands of nerve endings in the penis. In fact, a 2007 study found that the glans of the uncircumcised penis was more sensitive to light touch than the glans of a circumcised penis.
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“It is also thought that the extra skin adds more friction and stimulation to the clitoris during penetration (both get extra pleasure!), and causes increased sensation to the glans as well,” says Fosnight.
That said, “studies show that there is no significant change in sensation in adult men who undergo circumcision,” says Dr Alex Shteynshlyuger, director of urology at New York Urology Specialists. A 2016 study confirmed this, finding that men who were circumcised experienced the same level of sexual pleasure as men who were not.
Do people prefer uncircumcised penises?
Although the research on the health and sexual benefits of circumcision is mixed, some parents still would prefer to circumcise their kids for aesthetic reasons – i.e., because they don’t want their sons to feel weird next to the other kids in the locker room. And some guys still do think that their sexual partners prefer circumcised penises to uncircumcised ones.
But when it comes down to it, that’s probably not the case. While there are few surveys indicating what people’s preferences are, a lot of people really don’t care if their sexual partners are circumcised or not – especially as more and more parents choose not to circumcise their kids.
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“I don’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter to me. Plus, I’m not everyone’s idea of ‘perfect’ down there, either,” says Maria*, 38. Karina*, 26, agrees: “I don’t care one way or the other so long as it’s clean and disease-free. Cut, uncut, whatever, it’s the guy that matters. Not how his penis looks.”
*Names changed to protect privacy
This article was originally published on www.mh.co.za
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Two children are among the 27 people who died in a horror multi-vehicle collision on the N1 in Mookgopong outside Modimolle, Limpopo, on Friday.
Four people survived the crash and were taken to various hospitals for medical treatment, said police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
“At about 14:30, a truck that was carrying cement was travelling along the N1 South when it lost control [and veered into] the other lane facing the oncoming traffic [and] collided with four motor vehicles,” she said.
“A 22-seater Mercedes Benz and Nissan NP200 caught fire on impact.”
Police are as yet unable to determine the exact cause of the accident; however, Limpopo department of transport spokesperson Matome Moremi Taueatsoala told News24 that the truck driver lost control after the vehicle’s front tyre burst.
A case of culpable homicide is being investigated.
The process of identifying the deceased is still underway.
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A very well-known outdoor retail outlet has a fantastic position available for a store manager for their branch in La Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal.
If you do not fit the specification with the minimum requirements your application will not be accepted for this position. Shortlisted candidates may be required to complete an assessment or test to demonstrate your knowledge of this position.
- Matric/grade 12 certificate
- Must be computer Literate (experience on a point of sale system)
- Minimum two years of branch management experience in the retail industry
- Successful track record in achieving turnover targets
- Must have the financial understanding of retail profit factors to effectively control branch expenses
- Ability to manage all aspects of the store
- Excellent leadership skills and ability to develop and motivate staff
- Excellent customer relations skills
- The ability to manage, train and develop staff
- The ability to apply company policies and principles strictly and consistently
- Controlling the expenses of the branch
- Understanding stock control to ensure stock levels are always on the correct levels and allocated correctly and minimize stock losses
- Excellent administrative skills
- Customer service orientated
- Attention to detail coupled with strong planning skills
- Ideal incumbent must be a well-spoken, friendly, people’s person, as Staff and client liaison, dispute resolution and training would form part of this position
Applicants must reside in La Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal or surrounding area.
Only South African citizens, who are suitably qualified, live in the applicable area and meet the requirements of the position are eligible to apply for this vacancy.
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Ballito North, KwaZulu Natal, North Coast. An excellent career opportunity exists for a plant manager with four-year degree/diploma in mechanical engineering and five to ten years of experience in a senior maintenance management role with production management experience in continuous operations and a heavy industrial environment.
Be responsible for providing strategic input into the production, engineering and health and safety functions and ensuring the achievement of the related objectives.
- Ensure that production quality standards and objectives are met.
- Oversee the performance of the production managers.
- Chair daily production/ engineering meetings and report back to the MD.
- Monitor production efficiencies and investigate shortcomings.
- Monitor Labour usages as per budgeted requirements.
- Identify and implement Production improvement programs.
- Set annual Production budgets and ensure the achievement thereof.
- Ensure that plant housekeeping standards are maintained.
- Reponsible for maintaining budgeted efficiencies and objectives.
- Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair to equipment.
- Oversee the engineering team performance.
- Execution of maintenance shuts.
- Optimise utilities consumption (gas, water and electricity).
- Identify, plan and execute DFM’s Capital Expenditure program.
- Identify potential, external business (services), interruption risks and provide contingency plans.
- Responsible for DFM’s OHS Act compliance.
- Set annual Engineering budgets and ensure the achievement thereof.
- Ensure budgeted uptime and budgeted maintenance costs are achieved.
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The easiest way to squash excuses for skipping a workout? Find a routine that requires zero equipment, knocks out two training techniques in one (aka strength and cardio), and perhaps most importantly, makes sweating it out seriously fun. Check off all three with this quick bodyweight-only calisthenics workout, featuring moves from Daily Burn’s DB10 program. By moving up, down and side-to-side you’ll work your body in new, exciting ways. Plus, you’ll keep your mind focused, your muscles working efficiently and your heart rate revved. All you have to do is channel the energy of a school kid at recess. Then jump right in to a workout you’ll want to keep repeating.
Your Fast, Calorie-Blasting Calisthenics Workout
Get on your feet — it’s time for some fitness-boosting fun. These six exercises will put your speed, strength and coordination to the test. Perform each move for 30 to 45 seconds each, resting for a max 30 seconds between moves. At the end of the circuit, rest for 30 to 60 seconds and repeat for as many rounds as possible.
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1. Quick Feet 180 Jump
How to: Stand with feet a little wider than hip width apart and start quickly stepping your feet (a). After about three seconds, push your hips back and drop your butt down for a squat. Touch the floor with your hand when you reach the bottom (b). As you explode up for a jump, do a 180-degree turn in the air (c). Land softly back on your feet, knees bent and lower into another squat, touching the floor with your opposite hand (d). Explode back up, performing another 180-degree jump back to the front (e). Land softly and immediately start buzzing your feet again (f). Repeat.
2. Push-Up Punch
How to: Start in an extended arm plank position, with feet a little wider than your hips to broaden your base of support (a). Perform one push-up (b). When you reach the top, punch your left arm straight out in front of you, bicep by your ear (c). Place your hand back down and perform another push-up (d). Then perform the punch with your right arm (e). Continue alternating punches, with one push-up between each punch.
3. Lunge Switch
How to: Start standing. Step your right foot forward and bend both knees to 90 degrees to perform a lunge (a). Push off your right front foot, bring your knee up toward your chest and then step it back behind you. Drop down to perform a reverse lunge (b). Then, push off your feet to explode up in the air, switching your stance and landing back down in a lunge with your right foot forward (c). Step your left foot up, in front of your right, to perform a forward lunge (d). Repeat the reverse lunge and plyo lunge on the opposite site (e). Continue alternating lunges, doing one forward, then backward and then a plyo.
4. Plank-Up Diagonal Hop
How to: Start in an extended arm plank position (a). Bend your right elbow to place your forearm on the mat, then your left to hit a forearm plank (b). Next, straighten your right elbow and then your left to get back into a high plank (c). Jump both feet to the outside of your right hand, then back to plank position (d). Jump both feet to the outside of your left hand, then back to plank position (e). Repeat the high-low plank, then the diagonal hops.
5. Burpee Skater
How to: Start standing with feet about hip-width apart (a). Perform one burpee by placing your hands on the ground and jumping your feet back to a plank. Then, quickly jump them back up to your hands and explode up at the top to perform another hop (b). Next, hop your left foot out to the side and bring your right foot behind your left leg (c). Push of your left foot and hop to the right side, bringing your left foot behind your right leg (d). Perform another skater to each side, then repeat the burpee (e). Continue alternating between one burpee and two skaters.
6. Rolling Squat Jump
How to: Start standing with feet about hip-width apart (a). Drop down into a squat all the way to the ground so your butt touches the mat (b). Place your hands straight down by your sides and roll on your back so your feet come overhead (c). Roll back up coming up to a squat and jump up at the top (d). Repeat the roll and squat jump.
Cape Town – It may not have been by design, but Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) ‘decision’ to give the broadcasting rights for the upcoming Mzansi Premier League to the SABC is one that is going down well.
Things are moving along at a rapid pace, and in the blink of an eye we now have six franchises and 96 players signed up to South African cricket’s latest product.
It hasn’t always been plain sailing.
The T20 Global League, due to be launched at the end of last year, flopped in the absence of a title sponsor and a broadcast deal.
It was a failure that left CSA embarrassed, but it was ultimately then-CEO Haroon Lorgat who was made the scapegoat.
In 2018, under the new leadership of Thabang Moroe, CSA are trying again.
But, up until a couple of weeks ago, the tournament looked destined for the same miserable fate as the Global League.
In June this year, CSA announced that it had joined forces with SuperSport in an equity deal that would see the broadcaster own a healthy chunk of the league.
Just two months later, SuperSport pulled the plug on that partnership and that was when CSA looked dead and buried.
Attempts at a broadcast deal with SuperSport in the weeks that followed did not bear any fruit, and it was only at the end of September that CSA announced a deal with the cash-strapped SABC.
Details of that deal are still unclear, and it has been reported that no money can change hands due to SABC’s financial situation, but CSA has since secured help from Global Sports Commerce – the Singapore-based technology service company that works with the IPL.
That is good news for the SABC, who will now have assistance in producing a world class product.
The most important piece of information, though, is that the tournament will be available to all South Africans from November 16 – December 16.
It is a development that Cape Blitz coach Ashwell Prince describes as “groundbreaking” in South Africa.
“Everybody around the country will be able to see the game and see their heroes out there on the field. I think it’s brilliant,” Prince told Sport24 at Newlands on Thursday.
“It’s vitally important … it’s groundbreaking,”
Broadcast deals aside, the tournament organisers must now do what they can to generate as much interest in the product as they possibly can.
They have less than a month.
Fixtures have been announced and Prince is hopeful that the South African cricket public will buy in.
“I think it is new, exciting and there are some international players,” Prince said.
“I’m hoping they will make the tickets really affordable. It would be brilliant for a whole family of four to be able to come in for R100 or whatever the case may be.
“A lot of the money is made through TV rights and it being sold around the world, so it would be nice if the ticket prices are affordable.”