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# A mother gets four life terms for killing her children
# The first World Cup to be staged in Asia has kicked off
# And, unique shopping bags are launched on National Recycling Day

# The Middelburg High Court in Mpumalanga has sentenced Zinhle Maditla to four life terms for the murder of her four children. Maditla fed the children rat poison in December last year when she discovered that their father was seeing another woman. The 25-year-old handed herself over to police when the kids’ bodies were discovered. Judge Sheila Mphahlele says Maditla’s actions showed a lack of repentance, as she never asked for help…

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# A violent protest in Roodepoort caused traffic chaos in the area this morning. Johannesburg police are still on the scene where several roads remain blocked off with burning tyres and rocks. Officers have advised motorists to avoid the area. The demonstrations were apparently sparked by unhappiness over the allocation of apartments. It is not yet clear whether any arrests were made.

# The National Editors’ Forum welcomes the findings of an independent inquiry into allegations of censorship and editorial interference at Primedia. The inquiry found the talk show host Karima Brown breached the provisions of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission’s code. Brown lodged a complaint against 702 station manager Thabisile Mbete two days before her contract lapsed. Sanef stresses that editorial independence is sacrosanct and that newsrooms should be insulated from outside interference.

# SANParks says it happy that it managed to avert a planned strike today. The Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union threatened to shut down all national parks after wage negotiations collapsed. SANParks spokesperson Rey Thakhuli says the majority unions have agreed to an eight-per cent salary hike and improved benefits…

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# Rugby…The first World Cup to be staged in Asia has kicked off with a game between the hosts, Japan, and Russia in Tokyo. The game is seeking to spread beyond its traditional European and southern hemisphere heartlands. Organisers hope stars of the game such as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, All Black Beauden Barrett and Ireland’s Johnny Sexton will spark enthusiasm for the game on the continent.

# Finance news is that the dollar is trading at 14-Rands-81-cents and the euro at 16-Rands-37-cents. One British pound costs 18-Rands-58-cents. Gold is selling at one-thousand-504-dollars-38-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 64-dollars-77-cents a barrel.

# And finally…With today being National Recycling Day, Pick n Pay will be rolling out its People n Planet reusable bags nationwide following a trial with customers earlier this year. The bag, which costs four-Rands, is made from green recycled PET bottles. It is a lifetime purchase but should it break, Pick n Pay will replace if for free. Over 10-per cent of waste is recycled in South Africa, contributing over eight-billion-Rands to the economy.

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