Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities continues in the WC

Loyiso Langeni
21 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato will today be hosting yet another Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities consultation process in Kuils River, Mfuleni and Kleinvlei. 

The meetings give the communities the opportunity to raise their police needs of their own communities to the MEC. 

Through this whole process a report will be complied which will be given to the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said will host the 16th public engagement as part of the Department five month consultation process to determine the Policing Needs and Priorities of communities.

“During these meetings, communities have the opportunity to identify, discuss and confirm the specific needs and priorities facing their communities.” Botha added.

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Learner transport compliance a priority for the WC

Lusanda Bill
21 October 2014

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and the Mossel Bay municipality last week conducted a learner transport law enforcement operation. 

This is where vehicles were checked for legal and safety compliance.  The department will continue to conduct similar operations to ensure the safety of children who make use of scholar transport.

Departmental Spokesperson Byron La Hoe said the operation mainly targeted driver fitness and roadworthiness for leaner transport vehicles.  It formed part of various activities that are taking place this month as it is Transport Month.

Meanwhile also on the same day an integrated roadblock was conducted on the N2 highway between Mossel Bay and George. 

This is where several vehicles including taxis were suspended and several arrests made.

La hoe said three minibus taxis were suspended and 22 cases were issued to the value of R20 300.  A further 99 vehicles were stopped during the operation and one illegal immigrant was arrested.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

MEC Plato calling for identikits of criminals to be made public

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called on police to release identikits of murder and robbery suspects to the public. 

This as a police officer was shot dead in Nyanga and a security officer was killed in Somerset West shopping centre on Sunday.  MEC Plato said the release of the identikits will help the police in apprehending these suspects.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said by releasing the identikits the public can assist the police in apprehending these suspects. 

In a statement MEC Plato said “these are not just robberies gone bad but the brazen nature of the attacks have spiralled them into attacks on the very systems meant to keep citizens safe”.

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ANC: Jackson Mthembu out of danger following shooting incident

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

The African National Congress has confirmed that the party’s spokesperson and MP Jackson Mthembu is out of danger.  This is after he was shot and wounded on Sunday in Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

It is believed that Mthembu was shot while he was using the ATM at the mall. 

ANC’s Keith Khoza said criminality of any form should never be tolerated and those responsible must be brought to book. 

Khoza said Mthembu is still in the Intensive Care Unit under medical observation, but he is out of danger.

“The ANC is calling on the police to act swiftly and apprehend anybody who is responsible for this act of criminality” Khoza added.

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Police arrest three suspects in Mthatha

Oscar Thomas
20 October 2014
 
Eastern police arrested three people over the weekend for being in possession of two illegal firearms and a stolen vehicle in Mthatha.
 
The three are appearing in the Mthatha Magistrate Court today on charges of possession of illegal firearm and stolen vehicle. 
 
The suspects are believed to be linked to several robberies in the area. 
 
Police Spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela said they were found in possession of two firearms, a 9mm pistol with live ammunition and a vehicle that had been stolen.
 
“The suspects are being linked to other cases where stolen vehicles have taken place and are set to appear in the Mthata magistrates court today Fatyela added.

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DA calls on Zuma to take responsibility for Nkandla funds

Oscar Thomas
20 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance said nobody must pay back President Jacob Zuma’s portion of the R246 million of public funds used for the Nkandla upgrades but Zuma himself. 

This as a report on Sunday revealed that KwaZulu-Natal tycoon Philani Mavundla has offered to raise funds and settle President Jacob Zuma's debt over the security upgrades. 

DA Chairperson of the Federal Executive James Selfe said resident Zuma must lead and take full responsibility for his action. 

Selfe said Indeed President Zuma is on record as stating that corruption is a Western paradigm, but as President of a Constitutional democracy, President Zuma can not allow any other South African to absolve him from his personal liability in this matter.

Selfe said Jacob Zuma must lead and take full responsibility for his actions that saw the abuse of public funds at Nkandla.

”The DA maintains that Jacob Zuma, and only Jacob Zuma, must pay back every single rand owing at Nkandla Selfe added.

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16 people died on Western Cape roads

Loyiso Langeni 20 October 2104

Western Cape Traffic Authorities over the weekend conducted 24 roadblocks across the province of which 2 453 vehicles were stopped and checked. 

1 598 drivers were tested for alcohol and 43 were arrested for drunken driving. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the highest reading was recorded in the Swellendam are on the N2 and the total fines that we issued was R213 450 we also tested a speed of 4 085 vehicles which we prosecuted 388 due to the fact that they exceeded the speed limit.

Africa added that the highest speed recorded in the Western Cape Province was 168km/h in 120 zone near Brecknefell

Meanwhile during the roadblocks three people were arrested in Swellendam one for being in possession of false documentation, another for excessive high speed and the third one for being in possession of dagga. 

One person was arrested in Brackenfell for assaulting a traffic officer. 

Over the weekend 16 people died on the province roads.  Seven pedestrian, one motorcyclist, five drivers and three pedestrians all died. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the first one was a pedestrian in Hanover Park a pedestrian in Parow, Harare, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Knysna and De Doorns.

Africa also said on Friday in Camps Bay a lost control of his vehicle and died in that accident and in Maitland there was also one vehicle lost control and he also died.

“We had an accident where the driver and two of his passengers died in that specific accident.

In Paarl we had an accident where a driver lost his life and in George we had an accident died.” Africa added.

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WCED ready for the start of exams for Grade 12 learners

Lusanda Bill
20 October 2014

The Western Cape Department of Education said it is ready and prepared for the Grade 12 learners who start their National Senior Certificate Examinations today. 

In a statement the WCED said officials from the department have visited examination venues to ensure that all networks and stand-alone workstations have been properly set-up. 

61 065 candidates are expected to write either today or tomorrow, Computer Applications Technology or Information Technology. 

MEC Debbie Schafer said the preparations for these exams are complex given that we have to prepare for all sorts of scenarios in order to avoid any disruptions to the examinations.

Schafer said to avoid things such as power disruptions the WCED has engaged with Eskom and the relevant municipalities regarding the dates and times for the 2014 examinations in order to ensure that no disruptions take place.

“We also have contingency plans in place in an event of a computer breakdown during examinations” Schafer added.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Protest action underway in Kraaifontein

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

Western Cape Traffic Authorities are warning motorists that there is protest action on the N1 coming from the Engine garage towards Kraaifontein. 

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the motive for the protest is unknown at this stage however the first turn-off ramp towards Kraaifontein is closed to motorist due to the protest. 

Africa said especially motorists that are coming from Paarl towards Kaaifontein need to be careful due to the protest action.

“We are advising motorists on that route to please use alternative routes” Africa added.

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DA in WC says it has a good story to tell on excellent service delivery

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape says the Department of Human Settlements in the province has shown excellent service delivery during the 2013/2014 financial year. 

Provincial Spokesperson on Human Settlements Matlhodi Maseko said the economic growth in the province continues to draw people who are seeking opportunities for real jobs. 

Maseko said we know that Human Settlement is not about a clean audit but about service delivery. There was a target that the department in the province set and there were challenges of protest action, but above all that the targets that were set were reached.

“We spent the entire budget that was given to the province. So we have a good story to tell that really under the hardship we managed to deliver” Maseko added.

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Xolile Mngeni has died after suffering with a brain tumour

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

Western Cape Regional Commissioner Delekile Klaas confirmed that one of Anni Dewani’s killers, 27-year-old Xolile Mngeni died at the Goodwood Correctional Centre on Saturday.

Mngeni was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was sentenced to life in prison for being one of the hitman who murdered Anni Dewani in Gugulethu in 2010. 

In July this year he applied for medical parole but was denied.  Klass said his family has since been notified of his death.

Klaas said when his parole was declined the Minister of Correctional Services Michael Masutha suggested that the social worker confirmed that she would revaluate the case, to look at the family circumstances, because he needed 24hour support.

“So the minister requested that the social worker should provide a comprehensive report on the reason he should be placed on parole.  So before his death we were busy with this process” Klaas added.

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No arrests made following cash stolen from Chatsworth police station

Lusanda Bill
19 October 2014

KwaZulu Natal Commissioner Mammonye Ngobeni has condemned theft within Chatsworth police station.

This after cash was stolen from one of the offices at the Chatsworth Police Station. The cash was used to pay out claims and was kept in a safe.

Nogbeni said it was obvious from the beginning that it was an inside job as it would have been impossible for an outsider to steal from a locked safe within secured premises.

Police Spokesperson Jay Naicker said the cash was used to pay out claims and was kept in the safe.  The detectives started their investigation into the matter and a police officer based at the Chatsworth police station was detained on suspicion of being involved in the theft incident.

Naicker said a second suspect a civilian was also taken in for questioning.

“An internal investigation is also underway to ensure that those responsible for the theft of the cash are dealt with an arrested immediately” Naicker added.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reconvening of Parliament described as a positive political development

Lusanda Bill
18 October 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa labelled the reconvening of Parliament in Lesotho on Friday as a positive political development. 

Parliament in Lesotho was suspended in June following a coup attempt. Elections will be held on February 2015. 

Deputy Ramaphosa said the reconvening of Parliament was a massive historic milestone.  He said this move has stabilised democracy in Lesotho, and it further ensured that the democratic path is the only path that Lesotho can proceed on towards proper peace and stability. 

Ramaphosa said the opening of Parliament was well received by members of Parliament demonstrating the satisfaction of the agreement reached two weeks ago, when the Maseru Facilitation Declaration was signed.     

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Samwu angered by Premier Supra Mahomapelo statement

Lusanda Bill
18 October 2014

South Africa Municipal Workers Union in North West said it demands a public apology from the North West Premier Supra Mahomapelo for his unreasonable and unfounded statement, which insulted Samwu members in the eyes of communities.

The Midvaal Water Company sampled water from the area and found that there were no toxins or poison as alleged by the Premier.

National Media Officer Papikie Mohale said Premier wanted to swing public opinion in his favour with regards to the situation at the municipality.

Mohale said Samwu therefore requires that the Premier makes a public apology for his ridiculous and unfounded statement which seeks to defend characters of our members.  

“Should the Premier fail to make such an apology we will institute a civil claim against the Premier” Mohale added.

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Four people arrested for being in possession of stolen goods

Lusanda Bill
18 October 2014

KwaZulu Natal Commissioner Mammonye Ngobeni has applauded Inanda Cluster Crime Intelligence for the swift arrest of four suspects, for being in possession of goods suspected to be stolen.

Police Spokesperson Jay Naicker said the suspects were then placed under arrest and they led police to a house in Riverside where more goods including bicycles, tools, taps, counterfeit cigarettes, and jewellery were found.

Naicker said the members were following up on an investigation regarding a string of housebreaking and theft that occurred in the Greenwood Park area.

He said information led the police to the Durban city centre where they spotted a truck loaded with various goods expected to be stolen.

"The four suspects were charged with goods suspected to be stolen and will appear in the Durban Magistrate Court on Monday” Naicker added.

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FAWU welcomes Operation Phakisa initiative

Loyiso Langeni
18 October 2014

The Food and Allied and Workers Union on Friday has welcomed the initiative on Operation Phakisa, as launched by President Jacob Zuma  to drill at least 30 deep-water oil and gas exploration wells, within the next 10 years as part of a multibillion-rand long-term plan to exploit offshore fossil fuels along the country’s 3 000km coastline.

Fawu General Secretary Katishi Masemola said this initiative is not welcomed but must be expedited if a dent to unemployment and poverty is delivered.

Its worth noting that most of our energy is important and therefore having our own sources of energy can only be a class for the country, that is why we are in full support. Masemola


This and other initiative are not only welcomed but must be accelerated, if a dent to unemployment and poverty is to be delivered.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A 57 year old woman arrested for being in possession of Crayfish

Loyiso Langeni
17 October 2014

Western Cape Police have arrested a 57 year old woman from Mitchell’s plain after police received information about an overwhelming smell of fish from a house at Correy road, Eagle Park.

She was arrested on charges of possession of crayfish.

Police Spokesperson Thembinkosi Kinana said members found a white bakkie standing outside, and could also see that there was something loaded at the back covered with a blanket.

“When members discovered that there was bakkie no one in the bakkie, they decided to go inside the house, where they found the woman who admitted the bakkie belonged to her.

The vehicle was searched and police discovered Crayfish tail at the back of the bakkie.”  Kinana added.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Monday

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Seven injured after a crash in Bloemfontein

Loyiso Langeni
17 October 2014

An accident this morning at the intersection of General Dan Pienaar and Kelner Street in Bloemfontein left seven people after a minibus and motor vehicle collided.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said paramedics arrived at the scene and found two vehicles were involved in a side impact collision.

"Upon assessment of all occupants of both vehicles it was found that seven people sustained minor to moderate injuries

All the injured were treated on scene before they were transported to various hospitals for further medical care." Steinmann added.

Exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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NSRI respond to a yacht at risk of being swept onto rocks

Oscar Thomas
17 October 2014

NSRI Hout bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet national Ports authority following reports of a yacht at risk of being swept onto rocks at Chapmans Peak Point.

The NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded and launched their sea rescue crafts.

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said it appears that the solo sailor had experienced motor failure after his last Port of call in Mauritius and he had tried throughout the morning to enter Hout Bay harbour under sail with no joy in the strong wind and he had then retired to the lee of Chapmans Peak to regroup where, without motor power, the sea had threatened to run his yacht onto the rocks below Chapmans Peak Drive.

Lambinon said the Russian Consulate are assisting the man with Visa entry to South Africa and the Hout Bay Yacht Club are assisting the man with a berth for his yacht and welcoming assistance.

"The man was not injured and he will remain in Hout Bay for now to repair his yachts motor Lambinon added.

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Minister Plato saddened and angered as yet another officer slain

Oscar Thomas
17 October 2014

The department of community safety said a police officer has been killed during an investigation in Khayelitsha today.

MEC Dan Plato said in a statement the 37 year old officer who was stationed at Lingelethu West, in Khayelitsha was shot on Thursday night and succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

MEC Dan Plato Spokesperson Ewald Botha said we commend the swift action by the South African Police Service in apprehending a suspect and trust that a thorough investigation will lead to a conviction and prosecution.
Botha said we trust the law will take its course and justice will be served.

“The Western Cape Department of Community Safety and National Police Management are united behind the SAPS and we call on communities to respect the police, to work with them and to ensure that we all stand as a united force in protecting those who protect us Botha added.

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WCED cautions matric learners against cheating

Loyiso Langeni
17 October 2014

Western Cape Education Department has warned Grede12 learners against cheating in the upcoming National Senior Certificate Examinations.

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer said in a statement that cheating can result in serious consequences such as being banned for writing the NSC up to three years. 

In the coming days, candidates across the Province will be signing a voluntary pledge that, amongst other things, shows their commitment to comply with all rules and regulations relevant to the NSC exams.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver This will have obvious effects on the candidate’s future study plans and opportunities.

“Put simply, Cheating is not worth it, you are only cheating yourself. Learners have spent at least twelve years at school and should not risk throwing all this away by using irregular means to pass the examinations.”  Shelver added.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A 21 year old cyclist injured in Pietermaritzburg

Loyiso Langeni
16 October 2014

Netcare 911 paramedics responded to an accident scene this morning after a man was hit by a motor vehicle on Hilton Avenue in Pietermaritzburg.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon their arrval on scene they found a twenty year old cyclist in a serious condition adter he was knocked over by a motor vehicle

Steinmann added that the injured man was treated on scene before he was transported to hospital for further medical care. the occupants of the vehicle were not injured during the accident.

Exact detail to the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Cosatu NW vow to fight job losses in the mining sector

Loyiso Langeni
16 October 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the North West said it is committed to fighting job losses in the mining sector. 

This as alleged retrenchments are on the cards for workers in the platinum sector due to strikes that happened between 2012 and 2014.

Cosatu’s Solly Phetoe said workers need to unite against these retrenchments and unite against the labour brokers.

 
“As Cosatu, we think that they must convene an indaba in the North West province to talk about all those problems and talk about what is that must happen in relation to job creation not job losses.

We want to warn all the mining companies Lonmin, Anglo Platinum and Impala that they must never try that, because they will be trying Cosatu and we will be ready for them.” Phetoe added.

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Two accused sentenced to twelve months imprisonment for possession of suspected stolen goods

Oscar Thomas
16 October 2014

Two suspects aged 28 and 40-years-old have been found guilty of possession of suspected stolen goods. 

The two suspects appeared in the Postmasburg Magistrate Court and were both sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.  

The judgement has been welcomed by the Acting Station Commander captain Andries Springbok. 

Lieutenant Sergio Kock said this came after Constable Frank Munzhelele of Postmasburg SAPS arrested the two accused after finding them in possession of suspected stolen copper.

Sergio Kock said the arrests were effected during the evening of 20 April 2014 on the Jenn-Haven Gravel Road. Police stopped and searched the suspicious looking motor-vehicle the two accused were travelling in.

“Police confiscated the motor vehicle together with the 160kg of copper they found stashed inside the car Kock added.

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Western Cape Department of Education ready for National Senior Certificate Examinations

Oscar Thomas
16 October 2014

Western Cape Department of Education said it is ready for the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

49 271 Grade 12 learners will be writing their final exams in a weeks’ time and Grade 3, 6 and 9 learners will be writing systemic assessments tests in language and mathematics. 

Exams in the province will be written at 438 examinations centers. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said we encourage all our candidates for the 2014 NSC examinations to stay focused and to put in the hard work required to prepare for the upcoming examinations.

Shelver said Matric candidates can view a wide range of matric revision videos on our YouTube channel. They provide guidance on how to tackle specific questions in the exams. The tips for success booklet and support videos can be found on the website.
 
Shelver said Minister Schäfer would also like to thank all the educators, family members and care givers for their support thus far.

 
“To the Grade 12’s, I have every confidence that you will make yourselves and the Western Cape proud.Wishing you all the very best of luck Shelver added.

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MEC Plato urges Manenberg community to work with police

Loyiso Langeni
16 October 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called on the community of Manenberg to work with police in bringing offenders to task.
This is after a 71-year-old woman was gunned down at her home in near Vygieskraal Road on Tuesday night. 

Her brother a 44-year-old Constable was also injured during the shooting.  Police said the motive for the murder is still unknown and no arrests have been made as yet. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato conveyed sincerest condolences to the extended family, friends, colleagues of Constable Eksteen, for their loss and trauma experienced with the attack that has fatally wounded the 71-year-old mother and injured the 44-year-old brother of Constable Lutfie Eksteen.

“MEC Plato urges the community of Manenberg to work with the police in bringing the offenders to task because, we cannot allow such a brazen and heinous attack to deter the SAPS to act against unscrupulous criminals, murderers, gang bosses or drug-lords.” Botha added.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deputy President Ramophosa returned to Lesotho

Loyiso Langeni
16 October 2014

Deputy President Cyril Ramapohosa has returned to Lesotho ahead of the reconvening of Parliament on Friday. 
During the visit Deputy Ramaphosa is expected to continue the support in his regional facilitation efforts by a team of Southern African Development Community experts.

Political parties in Lesotho agreed to open parliament in preparations for elections next year in February. 

Deputy President Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in terms of the declaration, his Majesty, King Letsie III is to reconvene Parliament on 17 October 2014 to discuss the budget and all other related matters regarding the holding of elections.

“In this regard the Maseru Facilitation Declaration further provided that Parliament is to be dissolved at the beginning of December 2014 to prepare for the holding of the National General Elections scheduled for the end of February 2015 and on a date to be set by his Majesty, King Letsie III.” Mamoepa added.

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DA submit bill that will end violent strike

Loyiso Langeni
15 October 2014

The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday submitted a Private Members Bill titled Labour Relations Amendment Bill which will enforce accountability in regards with violent strikes. 

DA MP of Labour Ian Ollis said nothing must comprise the protection and lawful exercise of workers Constitutional rights. 

Ollis added that the DA hopes that the Bill will end strike violence in the country. South Africans have seen the Marikana problem unravelled and many other violent strikes occurring in South Africa

“In one particular strike during the first two weeks of the Metal and Engineering sector strike 246 cases of intimidation were reported, 50 cases that were violent incident and 85 case of vandalism. This kind of violence needs to be stopped.” Ollis

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Denosa concerned about 2015 wage negotiations

Lusanda Bill
15 October 2014

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa has raised its concern regarding the 2015 wage negotiations. 

Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene over the weekend made a remark that a public wage increase of more than 1% of inflation would be at the cost of jobs.  

Denosa Spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo said the remarks by the minister will in a negative way harden the attitude of workers who have questioned collective bargaining.

Delihlazo said the remarks by the minister while the negotiations are still on-going are very unfortunate and it is unfair.  We feel it prompts what government can possibly put in place. 

“Now the minister is negotiating with the unions via the media which we do not find to be in the interest of finding a lasting solution to this matter” Delihlazo added.  

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Two accidents has left two people dead and eleven injured

Lusanda Bill
15 October 2014

An accident on the N14 near Main Road in Diepsloot left one person dead and nine people injured. 

This is after a light delivery vehicle lost control and overturned.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon paramedic’s arrival on scene they found a light delivery vehicle lost control and overturned.

Steinmann said after assessment of all the occupants it was found that a man tragically died, one man was found in a critical condition and eight people sustained serious injuries.

Steinmann said the critically injured man was airlifted to hospital for the urgent medical care that he required.

“The eight seriously injured patients were treated on scene and transported to hospital for further medical care Steinmann added.

Meanwhile in another accident a man in his twenties died and two other people were left injured after a taxi and a bakkie collided in Hammersdale road in KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said the Jaws of Life had to be used to free the driver of the taxi, who was trapped inside the vehicle.

Russel Meiring said the man, who was in his twenties, was confirmed dead at the scene.

Russel Meiring said the two people who were travelling in the bakkie sustained moderate injuries in the accident on Hammersdale road.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.  

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