Plan B with Rebecca Davis - mines, marriage and menstration

Platreef Platinum Mine In Mokopane

Rebecca Davis first subject reflected on the ongoing issues with the mine owners and the local community. The Platreef mine in Mokopane, Limpopo has apparently had 150 meetings so far and are still unable to find a solution to the issues.

The apparent corruption by the dominant ANC in the region has some current ANC supporters saying they may back the DA in next years local elections. DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane had been in the region and his presence appeared to have the desired effect.

Mixed Marriage Act of 1949

Rebecca declared that mixed marriages are officially still illegal. The revelation comes despite most of the Apartheid era race laws having been repealed. The original act of 1949 was repealed however amendment in 1968 escaped the formal process of being removed from the law.

While it will not be enforced it has prompted a review of all laws prior to 1994 to determine if there are other old laws still on the statute books.

Australian Open

The first Grand Slam of the year focused attention on how female athletes are affected by their menstrual cycle after British player Heather Watson said her performance could be blamed on “girl things“.

Short term rentals

The final topic looked at the pros and cons of short term rentals. Website airbnb allows for web based short term leasing that has become popular with locals looking to hire out their homes to cash in on the festive season. While great for the owners, neighbours are less than pleased with an ever changing mix of neighbours during summer.

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