As part of their pre-season preparation, Orlando Pirates is part of a series of friendly international club matches in Spain. On Thursday 13 July, the Buccaneers or “The People’s Team” played against Israeli team, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, despite calls by many of its supporters and Palestine solidarity organisations for the club not to do so.
Hundreds of workers of Spar retail shops in Port Elizabeth embarked on a strike accusing their employer of gross violation of employment rules and regulations. The agitated workers thronged outside the main gate where they protested while armed police kept a close watch.
After the public broadcaster decided to ban the footage of violent protests and the destruction of properties, there has been growing pressure from various interest groups that say the move has threatened media freedom and will take the public broadcaster back to the Apartheid era of becoming a state broadcaster.