NewsWrap: COCT concerned about attacks on waste services personnel 

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COCT concerned about attacks on waste services personnel 

The City of Cape Town has voiced concern over the rising incidents of attacks on its waste services personnel. In Gugulethu and other areas like Philippi East/Lower Crossroads and Nyanga, refuse collection staff have been forced to withdraw due to threats of violence unless protection fees are paid. Additionally, a surge in gang-related violence in Manenberg has led to the temporary suspension of services in the area until a state of relative calm is restored, highlighting the significant challenges faced by waste management personnel in these communities.

Western Cape focuses on after school programmes for learners 

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has announced the launch of the Lights on After School initiative for the month of October. The project aims to raise awareness about the crucial role that its After School Programmes play. The main message of the campaign is that millions more children need access to high-quality after-school programmes.

More than 28k DNA reports related to sexual offences processed since last year – Lamola

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola has disclosed that over 28,000 DNA reports related to sexual offences have been processed since October last year. This information was presented in the department’s report for the 2022-2023 financial year, which has been submitted to Parliament. Lamola emphasized that sexual violence, gender-based violence, and femicide in South Africa are intolerable and highlighted the positive impact of the DNA Project’s collaboration with the police in expediting the resolution of sexual offence cases.

Stage Shakespeare may have performed on uncovered in the UK 

A theatre in Norfolk believes it has discovered a stage on which William Shakespeare would have performed.
St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn is the oldest working theatre in the UK, dating back to 1445.
During recent renovations, floorboards were found under the existing auditorium, and they have been dated back to the 15th Century. The theatre claims documents show that Shakespeare acted at the venue in 1592 or 1593.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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