Johannesburg – Bungeni Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Johannesburg – Bungeni 32 32 Mpho Phalatsé | What the DA can do for Jozi Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:05:48 +0000


The city of Johannesburg was submerged by a black cloud. Poor governance, unethical behavior and corruption are the order of the day in the corridors of power.

During my listening tours, I have personally seen how corrupt practices destroy lives and livelihoods. For example, instead of putting in place proper sanitation infrastructure in Kliptown, Soweto, residents were unfairly forced to use portable chemical toilets at a high cost to taxpayers continuously for many years.

South Africa has passed the quarter-century mark since the end of apartheid and the start of its democracy in 1994, and thanks to the incompetence and corruption of the ANC government, the of services to citizens has become a mirage. As a result, service delivery protests have become a regular occurrence; people said enough is enough. People could no longer be deceived or subjected to a persistent violation of their basic human rights.

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Communities are raising their voices on issues such as access to electricity, housing, water and sanitation, health and social security – nothing out of the ordinary.

We must mend the shattered city and give what the people of Johannesburg deserve.

The city of Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, classified as a mega-city, and one of the 100 largest urban areas in the world. We can’t just drop it like that.

Imagine a city of gold that shines again; a city of opportunity; a smart city for the next smart generation. It is the most powerful commercial center on the African continent. It generates 16% of South Africa’s GDP and employs 12% of the national workforce.

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It should be led by knowledgeable, professional and experienced quality leaders with a proven track record, leaders such as the DA.

The DA is the only party to have a proven track record of integrity and honesty in government. Over the past decades, we know what has stood in the way of progress and economic inclusion.

There are long-standing inequalities that have their roots in apartheid and our colonial past, and which have been exacerbated by an incapable, captured and corrupt state.

The main drivers of inequality of opportunity in South Africa are well established. These include a failed deployment of state and cadres that the president admitted during his appearance before the Zondo commission. The deployment of executives brought on its train the sickening stench of tender entrepreneurs, those costumed thugs who are bleeding the city of Johannesburg.

South Africa’s best-run province, best-run metro and South Africa’s five best-run municipalities are all regulated by the DA, according to independent rating bodies.

This is of course not an opportunity to record the achievements of the municipalities led by the AD. However, we have to show why we deserve to lead this city.

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In no time, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, led by the DA, actively resolved the backlog of many years of incompetent neglect by the ANC. A turnaround would surely take more than three years? The mess and the rottenness were too ingrained. But we have started to change a lot.

In my portfolio alone, as a member of the municipal committee for health and social development, we have extended our service to 27 clinics; we reopened six clinics; we have established five drug treatment centers; We have deployed 10 mobile clinics in service areas that did not have facilities, to name just a few of our accomplishments.

We did simple things in three years that had been neglected in the previous 25 years.

A short walk from the city of Johannesburg is Midvaal, run by the DA, the only municipality in Gauteng where the DA rules with a full mandate. This is where you see the real difference, where citizens have enjoyed a decade of people-centered municipal delivery, where public money is spent on the public and not on corrupt officials and their cronies.

Midvaal has seven consecutive years of clean audits to prove. Investor confidence is at an all-time high. It’s a well-oiled machine.

And then you go back to Johannesburg and you wonder if you are still in the same province, the same country.

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More than two decades of political freedom have not resulted in an adequate improvement in the socio-economic prospects of the majority of our people. The social stability and progress of our country depends on the urgent promotion of economic inclusion for the millions of people who remain excluded from the economy due to historical injustices committed on the basis of race.

The more elections there were, the more promises were made. There is nothing more painful than broken promises justified by authoritarian arrogance.

Mpho Phalatsé. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

The more things “changed” in the city of Johannesburg under the ruling party, the more they stayed the same. The days of gastric policy and food packages are over. The work ahead is colossal. Our people expect us to create jobs for them and not hand them food packages.

Our entrepreneurs expect us to create an environment conducive to the development of their businesses. The government can do this by simply cutting red tape and removing gatekeepers and other barriers to running businesses large and small.

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Meeting these challenges requires a holistic approach to society. It requires government, businesses, communities, families and individuals to work together to overcome them.

One of the most powerful ways for government to amplify its impact is to leverage private sector participation through procurement; that is, in the way it selects the companies with which it chooses to do business.

Where competing companies can provide goods or services at the same level of functionality and price, this policy would give due consideration to those companies which have the most positive socio-economic impact as measured by the Sustainable Development Goals.

No self-respecting nation can continue to allow the culture and history of patronage and kakistocracy to triumph over ethics and professional standards.

One of our priorities is for competence to be a priority where we operate. When it comes to procurement, we will be fair, transparent and deserving SMMEs will have the opportunity to operate.

We will do our due diligence to support companies that deliver projects on time and on budget, unlike the current standard where there is no delivery. There are many unfulfilled or poorly executed contracts, and they hurt our people who depend the most on government services.

Poverty is man-made and must be dismantled with all its might from its root canal. We will end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The city of Johannesburg is not poor. It has a huge budget which, if well spent, can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

Let’s build a lean and capable state based on liberal democratic principles.

Phalatse is Johannesburg City Council Councilor and DA Mayoral Candidate

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Burial of Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize: images as South Africa put the late Deputy Minister to rest Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:20:04 +0000

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The farewell service to the family of the late Deputy President of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, traveled to South Africa on Saturday.

Di happun private funeral ceremony for Bryanston Methodist Church, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Hlengiwe Mkhize bin is Deputy Minister in the South African Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities.

The South African press conference says Professor Mkhize passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the age of 69.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a eulogy for the official funeral of the late Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, described as pesin wey serve di kontri wen dem call am.

“Hlengiwe Mkhize is one of a kind and will be sorely missed,” said Oga Ramaphosa.

See some photos as a family and gada friend to say goodbye to the South African political legend.

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Di rest of Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize arrives for church in Johannesburg

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President Cyril Ramaphosa pays last tribute to the late Deputy Minister

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to praise late South African politician

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the funeral of Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Family and friends gather for Bryanston Methodist Church, Bryanston, Johannesburg

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Reading the Bible during the funeral of the late Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Family and friends gather for Bryanston Methodist Church, Bryanston, Johannesburg

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South Africa remembers Hlengiwe Mkhize as a women’s rights activist and fighter

Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize bin is the former Minister of Higher Education and Training of the Republic of South Africa from October 17, 2017 to February 26, 2018.

Professor Mkhize is one of the founding members and administrator of the Children and Violence Trust, she has not been a director of the di Malibongwe Business Trust since 2005.

She has not been chair of the South African Women’s Peace Commission in Dialogue since 2004.

Mkhize is general treasurer of the Women’s League of the African National Congress (ANC) (ANCWL).

And she has not been a member of the ANCWL National Executive Committee since 2008.

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Matongo still had a lot to offer Johannesburg residents Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:40:59 +0000 Gauteng’s Prime Minister was speaking at the funeral of the late Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo on Friday.

The new mayor of Joburg, Jolidlee Matongo. Photo: @ CityofJoburgZA / Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura paid tribute to Jolidee Matongo, saying he made a difference in the city of Johannesburg even though he was mayor only for a very short time.

Makhura was speaking at Matongo’s funeral in Finetown on Friday.

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Matongo was killed in a car crash last week on the Golden Highway after a day on the ANC’s election campaign in Soweto.

He had only been mayor of Johannesburg for just over a month when he died.

However, Makhura said that by then he was able to tell the difference.

“Mayor Matongo’s life has enriched many of us. His life was short but very memorable.

Makhura said Matongo still has a lot to offer Johannesburg and the country.

Matongo’s death comes at a difficult time for the ANC as the country prepares for local elections and it is not yet clear who will be the party’s next mayoral candidate for Johannesburg’s key metro.

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Watch live: the late Mayor of Jobourg, Jolidee Matongo, buried Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:08:31 +0000

The funeral of the late Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Jolidee Matongo, takes place at Finetown Hall, Johannesburg.

The service began at his home from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Family and religious leaders then proceed to Finetown Hall for the funeral which will begin after 9 a.m.


Matongo died last weekend from a car accident. Before his death, he had spent an entire day in Soweto with President Cyril Ramaphosa on an election campaign.

Matongo was elected unopposed last month, following the death of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo.

Ramaphosa visited Matongo’s family on Thursday to pay his last respects.

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He said: “I have just arrived from KwaZulu-Natal. Thought I should come here to send my condolences before going to Limpopo. What happened to us is very painful because I was with him all day on Saturday so it is painful for me because we worked together side by side all day and later when they called me , my heart broke.

“I’m sure the pain is worse for you who went to church with him. Be comforted. I was with his mother, his wife and his child, it is very difficult. I also told them to be comforted. What happened is a bad thing, but it is the will of God. That’s the way God works, we don’t know His program. Let us welcome all that God does because he is the one who knows.

Ramaphosa added that the ANC and its members should remain committed to the path Matongo is leading the party to.

“He’s been a great mayor of Johannesburg, even for a short time… we’re going to follow in his footsteps, move forward and do exactly what he planned to do with our city. [Johanneburg]. “

The president said the late mayor would have liked them to campaign “very strongly” so that the ANC could win the local elections.

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]]> Six arrested for illegal tree pruning in Fourways Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:37:35 +0000

The swift action of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo’s senior horticulturalist, Joseph Ndou, resulted in the arrest of six employees of a large landscaping company for allegedly illegally pruning trees.

Six acacias, estimated between 20 and 30 years old and valued at R600,000 have been severely pruned. The six claimed they were acting on instructions from their superiors, who had been commissioned by the adjacent mall to increase the visibility of advertising signage along the busy road.

Officers from the Douglasdale Police Station and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) quickly responded to Ndou’s call for help and the offending employees with their supervisors were then detained at the Douglasdale Police Station.

Bryne Maduka, General Manager of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, congratulated the Region A operations team and expressed disappointment with the landscaping company and the mall for showing off complete disregard for the processes and regulations of the city of Johannesburg.

“A case of malicious damage to public infrastructure has been opened and I want the courts to set the tone, to ensure that we deal decisively with residents and businesses that do not respect the rule of law and the environment in the city of Joburg, “he said.

“It is also of grave concern that these established businesses committed this crime during Arbor Month, symbolically celebrated each September, to highlight the plight of trees and encourage tree planting in the city.”

The artificial forest in the town of Joburg is in danger. Species such as the Jacaranda are reaching their full lifespan. The challenges are further compounded by climate change, giving rise to erratic weather patterns leading to the uprooting of trees and the arrival of diseases such as the Polyphagus Shothole Borer infestation, which hastens the disappearance of trees mainly in historically leafy suburbs. .

Space constraints from increasing urbanization and densification and financial constraints also hamper the ability to quickly plant new trees in anticipation of future canopy losses.

Maduka begged residents and businesses to get more involved in protecting and planting trees. “Now more than ever, we need to step up our resolve to plant trees and be better informed about the importance of every tree in our city.”

Illegal logging or tree donation offers can be directed to or call JMPD on 011 375 5911.


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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Schindler anticipates tough Cardinals challenge without a win Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:40:38 +0000 FRANKFURT – The Frankfort Panthers are on a three-game winning streak, however, Frankfort coach Ed Schindler said they were by no means overconfident heading into Friday night’s game against a Johannesburg-Lewiston side without victory because the Panthers know what the Cardinals are capable of and expect a good competitive football game.

Frankfurt leads the all-time series (since 1950) 8-3, however, Johannesburg-Lewiston has won the last two meetings. Last year, the Cardinals beat Frankfurt 37-6.


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DStv Premiership v Mamelodi Sundowns Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:37:39 +0000

The Orlando Pirates are taking a good form in their clash with Mamelodi Sundowns and are likely to change little.

Prediction XI for the Orlando Pirates

In goals, Siyabonga Mpontshane did well in Richard Ofori’s absence and is expected to continue with the Ghanaian sidelined.

Siyabonga Mpontshane of Pirates during the Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versveld Stadium © Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

At the back, Bandile Shandu and Paseka Mako showed their shine and both players deserve an extended run in the wide areas.

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Bandile Shandu during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 football match against Swallows FC at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on September 11, 2021 © Gavin Barker / BackpagePix

Happy Jele and Thulani Hlatshwayo form the strong backbone of the Orlando Pirates who have started the season quite well but can go on top with a win over Mamelodi Sundowns.

Thulani Hlatshwayo and Happy Jele during DStv Premiership 2021/22 football match against Swallows FC at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on September 11, 2021 © Gavin Barker / BackpagePix

Abel Mabaso has been effectively converted to a defensive midfielder and this role should see the Orlando Pirates field another offensive threat.

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Ntsako Makhubele could make way for a more attacking player at Fortune Makaringe, while Mabaso would team up with Goodman Mosele in midfield.

Vincent Pule and Tshegofatso Mabasa should have done enough to secure their place in the Orlando Pirates’ starting XI, but Kabelo Dlamini could be asked to give way to Terrence Dzvukamanja.

Planned starting eleven

Starting XI of the Orlando Pirates: Siyabonga Mpontshane, Bandile Shandu, Paseka Mako, Happy Jele, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Abel Mabasa, Goodman Mosele, Fortune Makaringe, Vincent Pule, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Terrence Dzvukamanja.

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Syracuse Group promotes the development of nine new markets Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:30:54 +0000

Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, September 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Syracuse Group today announced the appointment of nine heritage market professionals, heritage advisors and strategists in Geneva and South Africa, with a date of opening in early 2022. These senior executives join a large number of others hired and promoted in the company’s Private Banking and Wealth Planning divisions over the past year, dramatically increasing the number of key specialists in contact with the business. clientele serving the wealthy, the wealthy and the very wealthy. value segments.

“These new promotions demonstrate our commitment to providing our clients with comprehensive wealth management services and a highly experienced professional advisor as a single point of contact,” said Thomas Baumann, Managing Partner of Client Development. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of these industry professionals. veterans, who previously managed regional markets for some of the world’s largest companies and will now bring their high-level experience to the Syracuse Group.

The nine new recruits are:

Leader of the fortune market, Olivier Pierce (Geneva). Pierce has over 15 years of experience in asset management and financial services. Prior to joining Syracuse Group, Pierce was Senior Associate at JP Morgan Chase and led a huge book of complex and very rich client relationships, while implementing his strong trust and innovative business skills to build around each client to help serve. their needs across multiple delivery platforms including banking, brokerage / investment management.

Senior Heritage Advisor Michael cole (Geneva). Cole will continue to serve clients of the Syracuse Group in Geneva, bringing more than a decade of experience in financial services in Europe and South East Asia. Prior to joining Syracuse Group, Cole was a portfolio manager at Barclays. Mr. Cole will focus on managing and creating personalized financial plans for the firm’s high net worth clientele.

Senior Heritage Advisor Charlie goodman (Geneva). Goodman, who has over 20 years of expertise in advanced financial planning methods, will now lead the development and coordination of all wealth management services in Geneva. He worked as a Schwab financial consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota before joining the Syracuse Group.

Senior Heritage Advisor Georges perez (Johannesburg). Perez has worked in the financial planning industry for over 25 years and now oversees the Johannesburg office of the Syracuse Group, which serves clients on the African continent. Prior to joining Syracuse Group, Perez was a portfolio manager at Citibank.

Senior Heritage Advisor, Charles Wallace (Johannesburg). Wallace, who has over a decade of experience, works closely with his clients to meet their financial planning and investing needs. In addition, he manages client relationships and creates tailor-made financial solutions. Wallace will now oversee the Johannesburg office of the Syracuse Group.

Syracuse Group also promoted five advisers:

Laura Watson Heritage advisor (Johannesburg)

Paul Riverbank Heritage advisor (Johannesburg)

Jonathan roseau Heritage Advisor (Geneva)

Elizabeth michaels Heritage Advisor (Geneva)

The nine promotions of the Syracuse Group include market leaders and senior wealth advisers who will focus on providing the company’s integrated and comprehensive wealth management services to high net worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, business owners. , foundations and endowment funds in their respective regions. In this role, these individuals will work closely with clients to meet their immediate needs while planning their long-term goals.

Leonard Hayes – Syracuse Group

About the Syracuse Group –

In partnership with each of its clients, Syracuse Group offers a wide variety of financial services and investment solutions tailored to each individual’s financial goals. Syracuse Group has established working relationships with individuals and businesses to create and execute strong, proven plans for its clients. Syracuse Group is committed to having a positive impact on your financial future, which it does by putting the needs of its customers first.

To learn more about Syracuse Group, you can visit their website


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Kenya Airways leases Embraer jets from Congo Airways, leverages new partnership – Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Kenya Airways leases Embraer aircraft from Congo Airways, leverages new partnership

Kenya Airways and Congo Airways entered into an aircraft lease agreement which saw Congo Airways begin crewed leasing of two Kenya Airways Embraer E190s on September 15, 2021, updating a memorandum of understanding between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways originally signed in April 2021. in Kinshasa, Congo, in the presence of the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and the President of the DRC Felix Tshisekedi.

According to CH-Aviation, the 5Y-FFM and 5Y-FFL, both Embraer E190, were flown from Nairobi to Kinshasa on September 15 and 16, respectively, and are expected to increase domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The two aircraft mark the start of E190 service at Congo Airways and join a current fleet of two Dehavilland 8-Q400s and two Airbus A320-200s.

Congo Airways also has two E190-E2 and two E195-E2 on firm order from Embraer. The E190-E1 are scheduled for delivery in December 2021 and May 2022, while the larger units will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Congo Airways CEO Pascal Kasongo Mwema Mwenda said: “Increased air connectivity will provide more choice for passengers in DRC and between the two countries. It will also provide better connectivity to international destinations, allowing the two countries to soar to a brighter future and build a resilient aviation industry that can stand the test of time. “

“The government has reduced tariffs on domestic lines. Demand has become high and Congo Airways needs more capacity, ”Director (Cooperation and Freight) Norbert Sengamali Lukukwa told a media outlet. ch-aviation.

As part of the strategic partnership between the two carriers, Kenya Airways will offer courses through its Pride Center and explore the exchange of technical personnel in various fields to ensure the transfer of skills between the two airlines.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Allan Kilavuka hailed the partnership as the first of many steps in the actualization of Pan-Africanism by creating a model of cooperation between two African airlines, which will contribute to the socio-economic development of the ‘Africa.

“KQ is a key player in the aviation space in Africa, and with more than 40 years of experience, this is an important step in strengthening cooperation to increase air connectivity and offer greater options. of passengers and freight between the two countries, ”CEO Allan Kilavuka said. .

“The timing of this agreement is correct, given the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, as it will increase the use of our planes,” he added.

In addition to the rental contracts, Kenya Airways has started direct cargo flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi in the DRC.

Speaking of the recently launched direct freight flights between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi, Kilavuka added that “freight has offered new opportunities in the face of the pandemic, and we are keen to continue to expand our operations and leverage the partnerships. “

“The improved network is built around KQ’s southern African operations in Johannesburg and is expected to provide new connections to other points in DRC and Africa. This will provide customers with more convenient schedules and capacity at a time when the global industry has suffered from a capacity shortage due to the pandemic and will improve the profitability of KQ’s regional freighters on the Johannesburg return sector ”, he explained.

The two airlines will also share codes on the Kenya Airways freight network.

  • Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Victor’s love for aviation dates back to the age of 11. Living close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he developed a love for airplanes and he even remembers aspiring to be a future airline manager for Kenya Airways. He also has a passion for the arts and loves to write and had his own aviation blog before joining AirlineGeeks. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration at DeKUT and aspires to a career in a course more related to aviation.

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Tennis | Double round | Alastair Gray claims ITF Johannesburg title Mon, 20 Sep 2021 18:23:15 +0000

By Glenys Furness

  • Alastair Gray and Daniel Cukierman won the title in South Africa
  • The British / Israelis lost a set en route
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Alastair Gray team up with Daniel Cukierman and the pair claimed the title. The British / Israeli partnership have released three pairs of seeds on the way.

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Alastair Gray teamed up for the doubles event in Johannesburg with the Israeli Daniel Cukierman. The British / Israeli couple has not been classified. In the first round, Gray and Cukierman drew lots for the fourth seed, Timur Kiyamov and Konstantin Kravchuk. The Russians were the favorites on paper because of the standings. However, Gray and Cukierman got a break from serve in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the pairs clash and a tiebreaker ensued. In the break, it was the British / Israelis who took the lead to win the match 6-3, 7-6 (5).

The quarter-final saw the British / Israel pair draw an unranked Canadian pair Philippe Peliwo & Kelsey Stevenson. Gray and Cukierman dominated the opening set as the Canadiens struggled to get into the game. The second set saw Peliwo and Stevenson regroup and break Gray and Cukierman’s serve to tie the game. In the tie-break that followed, it was the British / Israelis who qualified to advance to the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

In the semifinals, Gray and Cukierman were up against the seeds Benjamin Lock & Courtney john lock. The Zimbabweans were beaten by the British / Israelis in the first set and were behind. In the second set, the seeds were tied when forced to retire, meaning Gray and Cukierman progressed to the final 6-4, 1-1 (RET).

The final saw Gray & Cukierman against the third seed Mateus Alves & Igor Marcondes. The Brazilians stayed close to the British / Israelis in the first set and forced the tie-break. The station wagon was a tense affair, but in the end the British / Israeli took the lead. In the second set Gray & Cukierman managed to break Alves & Marcondes’ serve to seal the victory and lift the trophy 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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Julien cash with Vasillios Caripi were beaten by Mateus Alves and Igor Marcondes in the quarterfinals in Johannesburg 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-5.

Lloyd Glasspool with Nicolas monroe were defeated by Guillaume Blumberg & Max Schnur in the first round in Cary 6-2, 7-5.

Liam broady with Sergiy Stakhovsky were defeated by Teymouraz Gabashvili & Maxime January in the first round in Rennes 0-0 (RET).

Jack Gibbens with Hans-Albert Schubert were defeated by Jonathan Bookbinding & Gonçalo Falcao in the first round in Sintra 6-2, 6-2.

Jonathan Binding with Goncalo Falcao were beaten by Pedro Araujo & Fabio Coelho in the quarterfinals in Sintra 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Eden silva with Jessika ponchet were defeated by Momoko kobori & Hiroko kuwata in the semifinals at Caldas Da Rainha 6-1, 6-2.

Alicia barnett & Olivia nicholls were beaten by Momoko Kobori and Hiroko Kuwata in the final at Caldas Da Rainha 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

Sarah Beth Gray with Seone Mendez were defeated by Angela Fita Boluda & Oksana Selekhmeteva in the semi-finals in Valencia 5-7, 6-4, 10-4.

Soumeya Anane with Kerstin Peckl were defeated by Caijsa Hennemann & Yeon Woo Ku in the quarterfinals in Melilla 6-0, 6-1.

Felix Gill with Ivan Liutarevich were defeated by Andrea Basso & Gianmarco Ferrari in the semifinals at Ulcinj 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8.

Joshua Paris & Ryan storrie were defeated by Boris Butulija & Ivan Mikhailuk in the semifinals in Sozopol 7-5, 6-3.

Emile hudd with Adam walton were defeated by Kweisi Kenyatte & Karlis Ozolins in the semifinals in Champaign, Illinois 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4).

Heather watson with Katarzyna Piter were defeated by Tara Moore & Emina Bektas in the first round at Portoroz 7-5, 6-3.

Emily webley smith with Rutuja Bhosale were defeated by Lucie Bronzetti & Nika Radish in the first round at Portoroz 6-4, 6-4.

Samantha Murray Sharan with Conny Perrin were defeated by Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove & Aleksandra krunic in the first round at Portoroz 6-1, 6-1.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were beaten by Tereza Mihalikova & Anna kalinskaya in the quarterfinals at Portoroz 6-4, 6-3.

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