Monday, July 28, 2014

Metro Rail Protection Service Workers stage protest at Cape Town Station

Oscar Thomas
08 July 2014

Metrorail private security workers alongside Economic Freedom Fighters  members took to The Cape Town station where they staged a protest towards the poor treatment and working conditions of staff members within the Metrorail protection services.

A memorandum stating all the staff’s demands drawn up by Metrorail’s private security workers was handed to Ernest Hendricks and Phindile September the head of Metrorail protection services.

In May 2013 there was an advert at Metrorail that stated that all private security workers working under Metrorail should apply to be part of such learnership.

The workers applied for this but only to find out not even 10 percent of the poor staff members applications were considered instead people from retail industry and from other provinces but those of greener pastures.

Shop steward of IRIS security compnay Luyanda Gosi said we are here to drop a memorandum to the head of protection services Ernest Hendricks.

“We are demanding we get permanent employment as the people who are protecting Metrorail’s assets Gosi added.

Eff regional leader in Western Cape Lephalo X Mohoto said these workers are working under dangerous circumstances.

Mohoto said they are shot on a daily basis because of criminals who won’t stop at nothing to steal railway cables. These workers don't even have bullet proof vests to protect themselves and when there injured the companies don’t pay them out.

“When they die there is no pay out and therefore on behalf of those workers we ask that the head of Metrorail protection services answer these demands put forward by their workers Mohoto added

 

 

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Two people died in separate collisions in Kimberley and Bloemfontein

Loyiso Langeni
28 July 2014

An accident late last night in Kimberley left a woman dead and three others injured. 

it is believed that the car she was travelling in lost control and crashed through a wall.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon their arrival on scene they found that a motor vehicle had left the roadway and crashed through a wall.

One person tragically lost a life while three others were injured.

All the injured patients were treated on scene before they were transported to hospital for further medical care.

In another accident early this morning a pedestrian was killed after she was knocked over by a minibus on Dr Belcher Road in Bloemfontein.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon their arrival on scene they found a woman belived to be in her 50’s tragically lost her life after she was knocked over by a minibus.

The woman was also entrapped underneath the minibus and a few services had to be called inculding the Fire Department to help remove the body from underneath the minibus.

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

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Clothing and Textile Workers threaten strike action

Natalie Malgas
28 July 2014

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union has issued a strike notice to cotton sector employers. This follows last week’s failed wage negotiations in the sector.

Members are demanding a 10% wage increase.  Over 3 000 cotton sector textile workers are currently on strike nationally.

Cotton National Sector’s Christopher Soetsane said wage negotiations commenced in April this year but after three rounds of talks, they had not reached an agreement.

“The Constitution of National Textile Bargaining Council dictates that negotiations must take place within three rounds of discussion and a conclusion must be reached by then. Regrettably, we could not reach an agreement within the stipulated time,” Soetsane added.

Following the three rounds of meetings held with the Union and employers, a further meeting was convened on July, 10 2014 but an agreement was still not reached.

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Cape Town police crackdown on wanted criminal suspects

Natalie Malgas
28 July 2014

Cape Town police arrested 95 suspects who were either found in possession of drugs or selling them this past week. 59 houses were also searched for drugs and police found mandrax tablets worth an estimated street value of R32 000, tik valued close to R200 000 and dagga worth R485. 

Captain FC van Wyk said through other operations conducted by police 19 wanted suspects were arrested and five firearms confiscated in the Kuilsrivier Cluster. 

It is understood a further 302 suspects have been arrested on charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, assault and drunk driving.

Van Wyk added several criminals were kept of the street since the start of the operations with, “69 suspects were jailed overnight. Some were released on fines for charges such as drunk and disorderly conduct in public.” 

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Only 40 out of a total of 516 SAPS officers found guilty

Oscar Thomas
28 July 2014

The Democratic Alliance said it is shocked that between 2010 and 2013 only 40 out of a total of 516 SAPS officers have been found guilty of aiding escapees were dismissed. 

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said there is clearly a complete lack of accountability in the police service for crimes committed by police men and women. 

Barnard said there is clearly a lack of accountability within our Police service. This only puts them in danger but it also may result in the harm to members of the public when they perform their duties.

“The DA believes that for the police service to be efficient and effective, the government must ensure that they are well resourced and appropriately trained Barnard added.

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NPA to hold sexual offences Indaba

Mluleki Mrwebi
28 July 2014

The Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority together with its partners will hold a Sexual Offences Indaba on the 28th -30th July.

The indaba will focus on a range of prevention and service delivery topics as the control of a value system in service delivery, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and best practice interventions.

NPA’s Pumeza Mafani said this is the only platform that government has to try to bring people to together to curb the scourge of sexual violence.

Mafana added that this is also trying to come up with the something called 360 degrees against sexual offences because the country can not be termed the capital of sexual violence.

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MEC Winde commends Cape Town tech entrepreneur

Loyiso Langeni
28 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has commended Cape Town technology entrepreneur for launch of cutting edge technology.

Winde said capsule technologies earned international recognition for the Western Cape’s ICT sector with its ground breaking technology.

They planned to expand their operations this year and were committed to only hiring local employees.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said MEC Winde believes that we really have to celebrate our entrepreneurs in the Western Cape and through the intervention Capsule Technologies is a great advertisement for the Western Cape Technology and the ICT sector.

“We know that ICT is one of our focus areas and its our great industry that employs over 30 000 people  and contributes R3 billion to our GDP.” Jooste added.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bawsi: no wage agreement

Loyiso Langeni
27 July 2014

Over 80 workers from the Douglas Green Bellingham have embarked on a wage strike. 

They are demanding an increase of 10 percent while management is only offering 7 percent. 

BAWSI Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa Nosey Pieterse said it is the view of the union that it is the objective of ruthless capitalist employers to maintain the levels of poverty, hence they continue with inflate rate related increase.

“As a compromise we were prepared to accept 7.5% and after we came to an agreement facilitated by CCMA management then suspended eight workers and send thirty to disciplinary hearing for misconduct during the strike, but they were not prepared to suspend two management who drove through the strikers and knocked two of them down.

At this stage we do not believe as the union that we have an agreement.” Pieterse added.

A Pedestrian knocked over by a vehicle in Mbali

Loyiso Langeni
27 July 2014

Netcare 911 paramedics late last responded to an accident whereby a man was hit by a vehicle along Edendale road in Mbali.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when they arrived at the scene they found that a man lying on the road way with life threatening injuries.

“They tried to resuscitate the man for quite some time, but tragically he was declared dead at the scene.” Botha added.  

Exact details to the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain the subject for police investigation.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Algerian suspect arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearm

Loyiso Langeni
26 July 2014

A 32-year-old Algerian national was arrested in the North West for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Following a tip-off from community members, police searched his room and discovered the firearm which was stolen during March 2011 at Nkaneng Informal Settlement near Wonderkop.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said so far preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm was reported stolen during March 2011 at Nkaneng Informal Settlement, near Wonderkop.

Therefore the suspect is expected to appear in Marikana Periodical Court soon.

“We can also say The Platinum Belt Operation was launched on 16 June 2014 with the strategic objective of stabilisation and normalisation of the area as well as enforcing and maintaining the rule of law.

We are also appealing the community is urged to continue to work together with the police in harmony to bring safety and peace to the area.” Mokgwabone added.

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WC Community Safety Department to hold Policing Needs and Priorities consultation

Mluleki Mrwebi
26 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato will today launch the provincial Policing Needs and Priorities consultation process in Robertson.  

MEC Plato said through this project the provincial government is committed to working Better Together to increase the safety of all communities. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said the MEC has urged communities to attaend these hearing and voice their issues and in that way many of the problems in our communities can be solved.

He added that for the next five months hearings will continue and by the end it should give a clear indication as to what is needed where.

 

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A man died after being struck by a car in KZN

Loyiso Langeni
26 July 2014

Netcare 911 paramedics this morning rushed to an accident whereby a man was struck by a vehicle along the Mpumalanga road in Ashdown KwaZulu-Natal.

Paramedics Spokesperson Chris Botha said a man was trying to run across the road when he landed in front of the vehicle.

Botha added that when they arrived at the scene he was still lying in the roadway tragically he had died due to the very extensive injuries he had sustained

Exact details to the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain the subject for police investigation.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Eleven children injured in an accident in Kempton Park

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

ER24 paramedics attended to an accident scene this afternoon along CR Swart Road in Kempton Park whereby eleven special needs kids were left injured. 

It is believed that the taxi they were in collided with a bakkie and a truck. 

ER24 Spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the children age between seven and 12 years-old sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Majija said they were treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

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

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MEC Madikizela says allocation of houses needs to be done fairly

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Human Settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela said his department will continue to monitor the construction project in Langa. 

MEC Madikizela said it is alleged that there are some illegal activities taking place in the allocation of the houses to the rightful beneficiaries. 

He visited the site on Thursday and stated that the allocation of the houses needs to be done in a fair manner.

About one hundred houses are now ready to be handed over to the right beneficiaries.

MEC Madikizela said there was a concern that was brought forward by some residents in Langa and those allegations are being looked closely.

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SACP condemns EFF invasion at the Gauteng legislature

Mluleki Mrwebi
25 July 2014

The C South African Communist Party in Gauteng has condemned the illegal invasion by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters this week at Gauteng legislature.

EFF members led by Julius Malema vandalised property, assaulted people and looted food.

This took place in broad day light at the legislature and parts of the CBD.

SACP Deputy Secretary Mpapa Kanyane said the MEC Ntombi Mekgwe has called for all those members who were there to be disciplined.  

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White River accident leaves eight fatalities

Natalie Malgas
25 July 2014

Netcare 911 paramedics attended to an accident scene this morning on the R40 in White River, Mpumalanga. The accident left eight people died and nine others injured.
Santi Steinman, Netcare 911 spokesperson, elaborated on the fatal road accident, “upon arrival on the scene paramedics found an overturned minibus. The accident resulted in 8 fatalities, and one critically injured victim.”

It is understood the critically injured occupant was immediately transported to hospital, while nine other injured patients were treated on scene before receiving hospital care.

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

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Improving service delivery on MEC Grant’s agenda

Natalie Malgas
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant, on Thursday delivered his budget vote on the National Public Works Budget Speech at the National Council of Provinces.  MEC Grant said co-operative governance is crucial to achieve better service delivery.

While presenting his speech at the NCOP MEC Grant focused on key issues such as audit outcomes, skills development, infrastructure delivery and management as well as leveraging state assets.

Moreover, in his speech, MEC Grant highlighted some ways in which the Western Cape government has gone above its mandate to ensure all these areas are strengthened.

Grant further noted the Province’s clean audit from the Auditor General and reiterated a “strong focus on effective skills development and transfer.”

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Seven people died in an accident in Nelspruit

Lusanda Bill
25 July 2014

A major accident this morning on the R40 near Rockydrift in Nelspruit left seven people dead and one critically injured. 

It is believed that the taxi carrying the passengers lost control and overturned. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene they discovered the wrecked taxi lying in the veld.

Meiring said fifteen people lay around the taxi with seven of the occupants sustaining fatal injuries.  Eight other occupants also sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical.

“Paramedics had their hands full with the various patients providing them with advance life support.  One of the critically injured patient had to be airlifted to hospital due to the serve injuries she had sustained” Meiring added.

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

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Missing adult alert: Victor Silkfontein


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Missing adult alert: Malusi Nkosana


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Western Cape reduced mother to children transmission rate of HIV/AIDS

Oscar Thomas
25 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Health Thenus Botha said the province is seen as a laboratory around the world where lessons can be learnt. 

This follows a congress on World Aids which was held in Australia.

MEC Botha said the province has already reduced the mother to children transmission rate to 1.8 percent over the last five years, which is the lowest in the country. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Helene Rossouw said they deliver abstract presentations to the audiences about the development we have done in the Western Cape HIV ARV program.

“These people look up to the Western Cape as a laboratory successes and challenges in their own country Rossouw added.   
 

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Missing adult alert: Joseph Koot Grobelaar


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Missing adult alert: Mcebisi Ntsendwana


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Missing adult alert: Jerome Hendricks


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Missing Adult Found Dead: Gideon Stephanus Perold


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Government addresses several current issues

Oscar Thomas
25 July 2014

 
Government on Thursday presented to the media, cabinet’s position on several current issues which included Operation Phakisa, the New Development Bank, the violence between Israel and the Palestinian and the hijacking incidents which took place last week in Reiger Park and Bronkhorstspruit. 

Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said cabinet has approved the 2014-2019 Medium-Term Strategic Framework which will serve as the first five-year plan building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan.

Muthambi said during the 2014-2019 administration the number of outcomes has been increased to 14, with the addition of two new outcomes.Social protection,social cohesion and nation building.All in all,these 14 outcomes cover all the chapters of the NDP.

Meanwhile Women’s Month will be launched at the Union Buildings at the end of this month by President Jacob Zuma. 

The theme will be 60th anniversary of the Women’s Charter as part of the 20-years of Freedom, Moving Women’s Agenda Forward.

Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said these key events mark achievements by exceptional local women and the gains made by all South African women.The details of these event will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

DA wants stats of police officers with criminal offences

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014
 
The Democratic Alliance said a reply to its question to the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko regarding the number of police members who have been convicted or has criminal offences in the last year has revealed a serious problem within the SAPS.
 
DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said Minister Nhleko does not know how many cops have been convicted in the last year as the figures are not readily available. 
 
Barnard said the country can not afford to have police officers that are criminals and the Minister himself does not know anything about this and this needs to be investigated.
 
She added that the DA will be writing to Parliament and this needs to be finalsed sooner.

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Eleven suspects arrested for theft and possession of stolen property

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014

Lwandle police over the weekend arrested eleven suspects for stolen property in the area. 

Constable Phindiswa Gcume said police conducted an operation with the aim of recovering stolen geysers at a hostel in Lwandle. 
Gcume added that seven geysers were discovered during the search. 

She added that the suspects appeared at the Strand Magistrate court.

 

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Suspect arrested for being in possession of nine bags of dagga

Mluleki Mrwebi
24 July 2014

Rawsonville Police arrested a suspect after he was found of being in possession of dagga on the N1 at a truck stop. 

Captain FC van Wyk said police were conducting patrol duties when they noticed bags covered with branches in front of a truck near the weight bridge. 

Van Wyk said when police inspected the bags they found that there were nine bags which contained dagga. 

Police proceeded to search the trucks and started with the one where the bags were found. 

Van Wyk said the driver and the passenger agreed to be search and the police found dagga with a street value of R 534,00.

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WC government committed to empowering people with disabilities

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz while delivering his Budget Vote in the National Council of Provinces Chamber last night said, a tangible commitment to delivery and empowerment of people living with disabilities is needed. 

MEC Fritz said people living with disabilities have historically been neglected in South Africa and this needs to change. 

He added that the Western Cape government is declaring 2014/2015 the year of focusing on disabilities. 

Meanwhile MEC Fritz has welcomed the allocation of R150 million by the National Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to establish treatment centres for substance abuse in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and the Free State. 

He added that the quality of services that people receive at the various treatment centres is important for the provincial government.

“The Western Cape has ten treatment centres for substance abuse and specifically for substance abuse” Fritz added. 

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Ten children injured in an accident in Polokwane

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

An accident this morning at the Marshal and Dorp Road intersection in Polokwane left ten children between the ages of six and eleven-years injured. 

This is after the vehicle they were travelling in lost control and rolled over coming to a standstill on its side. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said three ER24 ambulances arrived on scene and found one six-year-old girl trapped inside the vehicle which was lying on its side. 

Meiring said the other young patients were all scattered on the road.  Paramedics then immediately started extrication of the young girl trapped in the vehicle. 

“Once she was free advance life support was performed on her. Nine other children were treated for their injuries ranging from minor to moderate.  All the patients were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment” Meiring added.

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

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Popcru happy with review of the SA Police Service Act

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2014

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union said it is happy with the move by the Minister of Police to professionalize the Police and review the current SA Police Service Act. 

Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko delivered the police’s budget vote in Parliament this week. 

Popcru’s General Secretary Nathi Theledi said they acknowledge the steps taken by the Minister in the recruitment processes of new police members entering the department.

Theledi said the union will continuously engage in terms of prioritising areas of service delivery to ensure that all South Africans are kept safe and secure, as this is the mandate of the South African Police Service.

“We are comfortable with the budget by the Minister of Police and he has our full support” Theledi added.    

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Missing Adult Alert Found: Michelle Luyt


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DA: South Africa’s Mathematics in a shocking state

Oscar Thomas
24 July 2014

The Democratic Alliance said the current state of mathematics study in South Africa is shocking. 

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo the number of schools not offering mathematics has grown substantially over the last three years.

Lovemore added that the confusion with respect to learner numbers and teacher placement does not bode well for any urgent action, as promised by President Zuma in his State of the Nation Address. 

Lovemore said there are 227 schools in South Africa  not offering Mathematics.

“When asked about how many Mathematics teachers are at schools they did not have an answer and my question is how are we going to plan on improving the situation if we do not know these crucial details Lovemore added.

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Missing Adult Found: Anthony Guest


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Abalone confiscated near Gaansbaai

Mluleki Mrwebi

24 July 2014

The Organised Crime Unit on Tuesday confiscated bags of abalone at a building in Gaansbaai.

It is alleged that the abalone was hidden and waiting to be transported.

The Police have asked the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of suspects.

Captain FC Van Wyk said no one has been arrested as yet in connection with this and the abalone is estimated to the value of R 8 524.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

21 SJC members appeared in court over illegal gathering

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

The Social Justice Coalition today marched to support the twenty-one SJC members who are standing trial after they chained themselves to the railings outside the office of Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The members were charged with contravening the Regulation of Gatherings Act by convening and attending an illegal gathering. 

The members appeared today at the Cape Town Magistrate Court and will appear again on Thursday. 

SJC’s Luthando Ntokota said will continue fighting for the rights of the people and the authorities need to take them seriously. 

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Twelve people injured in an accident in KZN

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

ER24 paramedics this morning attended to an accident scene on Sweetwaters Road in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, whereby a taxi rolled over leaving twelve people injured. 

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics arrived on the scene and found the patient lying around and some other patients were treated for mimnor injuries.
He added that the injured were transported to the nearby hospital for further care.

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

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A 31-year-old man arrested for murder in the Eastern Cape

Mluleki Mrwebi
23 July 2014

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night by Eastern Cape police in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old woman. 

Police Colonel Sibongile Soci said the man has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in court soon. 

Soci said the woman was reported missing on July the 10th and her body was found on the 21st July not far from the scene.

She added that the Eastern Cape Police Commissioner has commeneded the police that worked around the clock to arrest the suspect.

 

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MEC Winde supports Operation Phakisa

Natalie Malgas
23 July 2014

As President Jacob Zuma launched Operation Phakisa over the weekend, the Western Cape government has committed its support of the programme.  Operation Phakisa plans to create one million jobs in key maritime sectors.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said marine economic development depends on well-functioning harbours. 

He added that the province’s twelve small fishing harbours can play a crucial role in supporting fishing communities and providing them with access to other economic opportunities. 

Through ministerial spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste, MEC Winde confirmed the province’s support of Operation Phakisa:

“The Western Cape is in full support of President Jacob Zuma’s Operation Phakisa. We are working with them, agriculture and other IDZ sectors.”

MEC Winde reiterated that through co-operation, his department could stimulate growth and jobs of the oceans economy.

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A search for a missing man continues at sea

Loyiso Langeni
23 July 2014

The National Sea Rescue Institute is continuing a search this morning of a man who fell overboard the Port Elizabeth long line fishing trawler at St Francis Bay. 

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the man may have had a rope entangled around his foot which resulted in him falling overboard. 

“Despite the extensive search thought out the day which include NSRI, Chokka fishing boats, Helena Marie from which the fisherman have fallen on the board and two air force helicopters.No sign of the fisherman was found.

Air force and Helena Marie are continuing with the search but there is still no sign of the fisherman,”Lambinon

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