Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Minister Zulu launches Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College

Loyiso Langeni
04 March 2015

Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu on Tuesday launched the Centre for Entrepreneurship at False Bay College in West Lake Campus.

The Centre is a product of a five year Memorandum of Agreement between the Department and False Bay College to target FET Institutions to promote Entrepreneurship education, training and development.

Zulu said the College holds the promise of making an important contribution to the advancement of all our people and the development of the economy.

“Given the current state of unemployment and poverty in our country, the question is not whether we should encourage young people to look in the direction of entrepreneurship, but rather can we afford not to. We see entrepreneurship as an important long term response to the triple challenges of poverty inequality and unemployment. We see small businesses and co operatives as critical to creating an economy that benefits all.” Minister Zulu added.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Firefighters in Cape Town commended by President Jacob Zuma

Jaimie-faith Poonah
03 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma has commended the firefighters in Cape Town who are busy trying to contain a fire which has been raging in the Southern Cape Peninsula since Sunday.

The fire has destroyed four homes and an old-age home had to be evacuated.

Firefighters have also been deployed from other provinces to try and assist with the fires.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharj said: “We praise the bravery and professionalism of all our fire-fighters who are attending to this ragging fire to save lives and stop the damage to property and to our prestigious natural environment, putting their own lives at risk on the process.”



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Minister Zulu concerned over looting and destruction of property during protest

Oscar Thomas
03 March 2015

Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu says the loss of lives and destruction of property in our communities need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

This as violence over the last few weeks across the country has erupted and national foreigners targeted in areas such as Marikana informal settlement, Lenasia and in Limpopo.

Ministerial Spokesperson Cornelius Monama said she stated that all well-meaning South Africans must condemn this violence and looting in the strongest terms.

Minister Zulu has appealed to members of our communities to cooperate with the police and not take the law into their own hands.

She’s confident that our law enforcement agencies are up to the task

Meanwhile Minister Zulu has also established a Task Team to probe at the underlying causes of the problem of these violence and looting of shops.

In a statement Minister Zulu said as government we proceed from the premise that all people living in South Africa, including foreigners, are entitled to the full protection of our law.

Ministerial Spokesperson Cornelius Monama said the task team is making a lot of progress and she will be making an announcement of what it has done.

Monama said we believe that part of the solution lies in our ability to speedily implement the national informal business upliftment strategy which addresses the challenges that face the informal sector.

“The heart of our intervention is to ensure we build a harmonious relationship between locals and foreign traders” Monama added.


Eight prisoners escape from Modimolle prison

Oscar Thomas
03 March 2015

Eight prisoners have escaped from the Modimolle prison in Limpopo.

Police Spokesperson Ronnel Otto said according to information received is that the suspects escaped using a hack saw and cut through the roof.

Otto said police are now searching for the suspects and circumstances surrounding the escape is being investigated.

Otto said the 8 suspects that escaped were waiting trial prisoners for stock theft as well as house breaking, house robbery, possession of dangerous weapons and drugs.

Otto said at this stage none of them have been rearrested as we do have a unit out searching for them.

“We are appealing to members of the community who might have any information on their whereabouts to contact the nearest police station for us to follow up on this” Otto added.


17-year-old Zephany Nurse in the care of social workers

Oscar Thomas
03 March 2015

Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz has called for all parties involved in the case of 17-year-old Zephany Nurse to be responsible and not make unnecessary comments.

Nurse was snatched from her mother’s arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 and was only reunited with her mother last week Thursday.

Her parents and the Hawks managed to track her down after some of her school friends noticed a resemblance between the teen and her younger sister, who attends the same school as her.

Zephany is currently in the care of social workers.

MEC Fritz said unfortunately all the reports and people making comments about her case is not a contribution to getting her mind in the right state of mind.

Fritz said I have assigned three very senior social workers to the case and a legal representative to really act on her interest up to the point when she becomes 18 years of age which is in a months’ time.

“At this point I will protect her and really make sure that her best interest is our main priority” Fritz added.


Fifteen people injured in a taxi collision south of Johannesburg

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 March 2015

An accident this morning at the Golden Highway and Main Road intersection south of Johannesburg has left at lease fifteen people injured.

This is after two taxis collided into each other after one of the taxis apparently skipped a red traffic light.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and the two red taxis lying in the middle of the intersection. Pieces of the taxis were spread all across the scene.

Meiring said on inspection paramedics found at least fifteen people sitting in the taxi as well as around in the pavement. Paramedics set up a staging area and started treating patients for the injuries.

“Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further medical treatment” Meiring added.


Over 700 houses to be subsidised as part of the Pelican Park project

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 March 2015

The Western Cape government says over one-thousand Pelican Park units have already been handed over and with its completion in 2016 over seven-hundred houses will be subsidised.
Councillor Benedicta van Minnen said the development will be finished on time and that this project is an opportunity for people to own asset to the previously disadvantage residents.

Minnen says we got 2 024 totally subsidised homes being built alongside 760 gap houses. And then obviously 360 high value homes which will be sold to people who then qualify for bonds.

“In addition we have got the commercial prescient which opened in November 2014 which is the great way to enable economic opportunities for the residence along with open spaces within the development” Minnen added.


DA calls for Public Protector to investigate tender award in EC

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 March 2015

The Democratic Alliance has called for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the awarding of a contract for building 66-000 toilets to a company linked to a family of President Jacob Zuma, Minister Lindiwe Zulu and ANC Secretary Gwede Mantsahe in the Eastern Cape.

DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane said the toilet contract is yet another example of how those in power are using their political power to enrich themselves while the basic needs of citizens go unmet.

Maimane says we believe that in fact here is a case for maladministration and we believe the Public Protector must investigate.

“We can’t be able to hold the people of the Eastern Cape ransom while politicians are getting wealthy as tenders are being given to their family members” Maimane added.


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Fire in the Southern Peninsula rages on

Loyiso Langeni
03 March 2015

Cape Town firefighters are still trying to extinguish a fire, which is now on the Chapman’s Peak side and is high up on the slope of the mountain and burning in the direction of Hout Bay.

The fire which started on Sunday in Muizenberg has left on firefighter sustaining burn wounds and fifty-two people treated for smoke inhalation.

City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Theo Layne said on the Tokai Forest Plantation side the fire is burning very slowly due to no wind.

“We are using two helicopters on the Tokai side as well as two on the Chapman’s side. They will be bombing the areas that the fire vehicles and the firefighters cannot get through.” Layne said.  


WC government to speed up land reform

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 March 2015

A Land Reform Advisory Desk has been established by the Western Cape government in order to speed up land reform and offer guidance to farmers, community organisation and residents.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has also welcomed the establishment of the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s district land reform committees.

inisterial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste says speeding up land reform is one of Minister Nkwinti’s most priorities.

Jooste said the desk will offer guidance to farmers, community organisations and residence. The Western Cape government wants to make sure that we put our full weight behind all efforts to get variable projects going.


Monday, March 02, 2015

One million worth of drugs confiscated in Roodepan

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 March 2015

A man in his mid-twenties was arrested by the Roodepan police after he was busted with drugs worth one-million-Rand.
This as police received a tip-off about drug dealing taking place at a house on Canary Street, Roodepan.
Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana said police immediately pounced on the house and started searching it.

Tawana says the drugs were found during stached inside a sound speaker. The suspect was arrested and charged for dealing in drugs.

The suspect will be appearing in court tomorrow on charges of dealing in drugs Tawana added.


No amount of violence should be tolerated, said Plato

Mbasa Gqokoma

02 March 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato says violence in our society should not be tolerated.

This as over the weekend Khayelitsha residents protested over service delivery and even set fire to a community hall.

The N2 highway was blocked for several hours on Sunday as residents said the City of Cape Town promised them houses and has not delivered.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha says Minister Plato feels that there will be no winners when it comes to restructuring of public property and the illegal activity and violence that erupted in Khayelitsha over the weekend.

 A call to members of the community and leaders of the community to remain calm when dealing with grievances of service delivery Botha added.




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Truck driver lost control and died on the spot in Hout Bay

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 March 2015

An accident this morning on Hout Bay Main Road left one person dead. This is after the truck he was driving lost control and overturned.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring says ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found the large truck on the side wedged up against a large tree.

Meiring said on assessment paramedics discovered a male driver trapped inside the vehicle. Rescue services had to use the Jaws of Life equipment to free the man in a one hour operation.

"Once freed from the vehicle, paramedics found that the patient had showed no signs of life. Paramedics began CPR and unfortunately after twenty minutes no signs of life returned and the patient was declared dead" Meiring added.


Raging fire spreading to Hout Bay

Oscar Thomas
02 March 2015

Cape Town firefighters are continuing to try and contain a fire which started in Muizenberg and has not spread to Hout Bay.

Additional firefighters have been deployed to Cape Town as roads including Chapman’s Peak Drive have been closed.

An old age home and certain homes based on the fire line have also been evacuated.

City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Theo Layne said at the moment we still have the fire heading towards Hout Bay but also a section of it has gone over to Constantia’s neck side Tokai forest to be exact.

Layne said what has happened now is that we have had to redeploy some of the vehicles to that area. We’ve also requested that all the helicopters on the scene go to the area of the fire and water bomb that section.


Weekend roadblocks in the Western Cape results in 27 drivers arrested for drunken driving

Oscar Thomas
02 March 2015

The Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted 24 roadblocks across the province this past weekend of which two-thousand-four-hundred and seventy-two vehicles were stopped and checked.

One-thousand-one-hundred and eighty-three drivers were tested for alcohol and as a result twenty-seven motorists were arrested for drunken driving.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the highest reading was recorded in the George area a reading of 1.25mg per 1000ml.

Africa said the total amount of fines issued were R336 300 and the highest speed recorded in the Western Cape Province since Friday was a 156 in a 120 zone in Oudtshoorn and on the N2 in Swellendam 114 in a 100 zone.

Meanwhile during the roadblocks one person was arrested for negligent driving in Brackenfell, another person arrested in Worcester for trying to bribe a police officer, one person was arrested in the Mossel Bay region for being in possession of false documentation and one driver was arrested in Brackenfell for being in possession of drugs.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said one driver died in a motor vehicle accident, nine pedestrians got killed in motor vehicle accidents.

Africa said the driver who got killed in the motor vehicle accident happened in Tokai and the pedestrians that got killed in the motor vehicle accidents were in Kraaifontein, Modderdam and also in Bishop Lavis a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a motor vehicle.

“Late last night in the Caledon area three pedestrians two 10 year olds and one 21 year old women was struck by a motor vehicle as all three unfortunately died in this accident” Africa added.


DA accuses Gwede Mantashe for being populism

Jaimie-faith Poonah
02 March 2015

Democratic Alliance MP of Rural Development and Land Reform Thomas Walters has allegedly accused the National Secretary General of the African National Congress Gwede Mantashe for being populism.

Mantashe was quoted as warning farmers in South Africa to work with the ANC on populist policies such as forced expropriation and capping land ownership.

Walters says Mantashe’s statement is an attempt to shift the blame elsewhere for government’s failures.

Walters said: “Gwede Mantashe’s remarks should be seen in the context of an ANC that has personally failed with abundant resources in Land Reform, rather than trying to shift the blame elsewhere and use a bogey man to scare farmers.”

Walters said: “He should focus on making Land Reform work and not perpetuate the failures that we’ve seem up until now, it’s an irresponsible remark and simple not consistent with what we’ve seen in the National Development plan and what the country needs, so it should ber ignored and treated with content.”


Deputy President Ramaphosa welcomes progress made at the SKA site

Jaimie-faith Poonah
02 March 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his satisfaction at the progress made at the Square Kilometre Array telescope which is based in the Northern Cape.

Deputy President Ramaphosa visited the site over the weekend together with Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor and unveiled the second MeerKAT antenna.

Ramaphosa welcomed the huge benefit brought by the hosting the SKA and urged South Africans to take full advantage of this huge project.

Ministerial Spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said: “Part of the reason of their visit was the installation of this feed. The deputy president has been to the site but it was to see the amount of science and the purpose that the SKA has made in buildings, as the MeerKAT at the Square Kilometer Array.”

“The deputy president was quite impressed by the progress”, Ngqengelele continued.



Two people dead and three others injured in Johannesburg

Jaimie-faith Poonah
2 March 2015

An accident this morning on William Nicol in Johannesburg left two people dead and three others injured.  

It is believed that two vehicles collided into exact other.

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

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said: “ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the two vehicles lying in the middle of the intersection.”

“On assessment paramedics that found two male passengers at the back of the motor vehicle had already succumbed to their injuries. Three other male passengers in the vehicle were found with critical injuries. Two of the injured were found trapped in the front of the vehicle.”

“Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the patients, once freed paramedics treated the patients and transported them to the nearest hospital for further observation.” 


Fire-fighters trying to contain a fire in Muizenberg

Loyiso Langeni
02 March 2015

Cape Town fire-fighters are still trying to contain a fire which broke out in Peck Valley, Muizenberg on Sunday.

The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services’ Theo Layne said the fire has already destroyed four homes and the blaze has spread to Hout Bay and Noordhoek.

Layne said the Silvermine Village retirement home in San Michel and some homes near the fire line were evacuated last night. 

He emphasised that they have four helicopters water bombing the area, approximately 28 firefighting vehicles are on the scene with 16 support vehicles.

“We are assisted by the Table Mountain National Parks Working on Fire and Volunteer Wildlife Services. The fire is not under control as yet, but the dropping in wind condition has made a little easier for us to contain the fire” Layne said.   


COPE welcomes home the bodies of the two struggle icons Moses Kotane and JP Marks

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 March 2015

The Congress of the People has welcomed the two bodies of the struggle icons Moses Kotana and JB Marks.

Their bodies arrived on Sunday morning at the Waterkool Airbase.

A government delegation led by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, president Jacob Zuma and Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula welcomed the two bodies in Waterkloof Airbase near Pretoria.

Cope said that it is convinced, more than ever before, that the best way to honour the fallen heroes of the struggle, is to continue the fight to end the poverty and inequality that blight our society.

Cope’s Denni Bloem says “COPE wants to share in the joy and happiness with the families of Moses Kotane and JB Marks in their home coming.

The two outstanding leaders of our people who fought for this freedom that many take it for granted today.

Bloem added that if these two leaders were still alive, they would have been very disappointed and fed to see what is happening in this country, Bloem added.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cabinet Minister keeps fraud forensic findings a secret

Mbasa Gqokoma

01 March 2015

A forensic audit has found Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s special advisor, Herbert Mkhize, fleeced the government-funded National Economic Development and Labour Council by more than one million.

According to reports , Mkhize used his Nedlac credit card to run up the exorbitant bills for travel, car hire, and household goods at Makro that included nappies, power tools, pet food and boxer shorts, among other things.

At the time of the spending, Mkhize was earning R800 000 a year a executive director of Nedlac.

 Oliphant kept the findings of the forensic audit a secret after everyone who saw the final report, compiled by chartered accountants AFCA & Partners and submitted to Oliphant in November 2012, was made to sign confidentiality agreements.

 DA Shadow Minister of Labour Ian Ollis says the Democratic Alliance calls on Minister of Labour to suspend her advisor Mkhize with immediate effect.

 Ollis said Mkhize is implicated together with the former CFO of Nedlac on a scandal involving the use of taxpayer’s money to buy private items.

Ollis adds that these two have wasted money approximately close to two million rand Ollis added.


More road deaths and accidents on South African roads

Mbasa Gqokoma

01 March 2015
ER24 paramedics say six people were injured on Saturday after a bakkie they were travelling on rolled on the Birch Road in Benoni in Johannesburg.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring says ER24 paramedics responded to the scene.
On assessment paramedics found that three people from the front of the vehicle have sustained minor injuries, three patients from the back of the bakkie sustained moderate injuries.

Paramedics treated all patients at the scene and were later transported to Thembisa Hospital for further treatment Meiring added.

Meanwhile two vehicles collided and left two more people dead on the R23 in Kempton Park.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found both vehicles in the same direction.

Paramedics carefully removed the patients from the vehicle and treated them for injuries.
ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring says ER24 paramedics from the Johannesburg East branch arrived on scene and found both vehicles in the left lane of the road.

On inspection paramedics found that the two male occupants in their twenties had been sitting in the front of the vehicle.
Three other occupants from the back of the vehicle, a nineteen-year-old female, a three-year-old boy and a young male had all sustained critical injuries.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations Meiring added.



Bloemfontein accident leaves one dead and eight men injured after a wall collapsed

Mbasa Gqokoma

01 March 2015

An accident on the Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein last night left one man dead and four others injured.
Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the crumpled remains of the vehicles on the roadway.

Two occupants from one of the vehicles were entrapped.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann says Net care 911 paramedics and other services responded to an incident on Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein in the morning early hours.
Exact details of the cause of the accident are still unknown and will remain the subject of the police investigation Steinmann added.

Meanwhile eight men sustained serious injuries after a wall collapsed onto scaffolding on Kowie Road in Boskruin.

Two other men sustained moderate injuries.

Netcare 911 paramedics and other services arrived at the scene and found the scene strewn with bricks and building material.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann says six men sustained serious injuries and two others sustained moderate injuries.

The men were treated at the scene and transported to hospital for further medical care.

The exact details surrounding the cause of the collapse is still unknown Steinmann added.




Saturday, February 28, 2015

South Africa to issue out multiple entry visas for BRICKS business executives

Mbasa Gqokoma

28 February 2015

The Department of Home Affairs on Friday announced a long-term, multiple entry visas for BRICS business executives.

This comes as President Zuma emphasised that the country is continuing to review the Immigration Regulations in order to achieve a balanced approach to economic development and national security.

This announcement means that business executives from Brazil, Russia, India and China who apply for a visa to the country for short business trips will now receive a long-term visa.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba says “we will continue to meet our turnaround time to fight these for short term businesses.

 This follows previous efforts to each traveller of BRICS business people to South Africa such as a directive last year waving the requirement to provide proof of financial needs to BRICS people” Gigaba added.



Three suspects caught in a hijacking chase in Port Elizabeth

Mbasa Gqokoma

28 February 2015

Three suspects between the ages of 17 and 30-years-old were arrested following a hijacking incident in Port Elizabeth.

 A 19-year-old woman was approached by three suspects while waiting for her friend in her car at Oceanview Street.

It is alleged that one of the suspects pulled out a firearm and demanded her phone and car keys, which she handed over and the suspects fled the scene.

Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg says the vehicle was spotted in the Shodavile area and there was a high speed chase within the area.

The suspects allegedly shot at the members, they returned fire and the vehicle was at a stand still. Three suspects were arrested, two of the suspects, one female, one male were taken to Livingston hospital for treatment Van Rensburg added.



Project MeerKAT underway

Mbasa Gqokoma  

28 February 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is today embarking on a visit to the Square Kilometre Array site in the Northern Cape.

This visit will showcase the MeerKAT as the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescopes.

 The SKA will be able to probe the edges of the universe and be able to answer key questions about the laws of nature and physics.

 Deputy President’s Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says South Africa is currently building the sixty four dig MeerKAT.

Upon completion in twenty seventeen the MeerKAT will be the largest radio telescope in the world and most sensitive radio scope of its kind.

During his visit, Deputy President Ramaphosa will also have an opportunity to
interact with members of the community from surrounding areas of the SKA
side Mamoepa added.





Deputy President Ramaphosa to Visit SKA Site in Carnavon

Oscar Thomas

28 February 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is today embarking on a visit to the Square Kilometre Array site in the Northern Cape.

His visit will showcase the MeerKAT as the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescopes.

The SKA will be able to probe the edges of the universe and be able to answer key questions about the laws of nature and physics.

Deputy President’s Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said Deputy President Ramaphosa will be supported by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas and other Ministers of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.

Mamoepa said South Africa is currently building the 64-dish MeerKAT.

Mamoepa said upon completion in 2017, the MeerKAT will be the largest radio telescope in the world and most sensitive radio telescope of its kind.

Mamoepa said the first dishes of the MeerKAT telescope have been erected in the Karoo and are performing to specification.

“It is expected to bring more than R30 billion into the country, which will benefit ordinary people, particularly in one of South Africa's most rural and underdeveloped provinces” Mamoepa added.





Friday, February 27, 2015

Boy drowns in KZN

Oscar Thomas
27 February 2015

A three-year-old boy died after he drowned in Ramsgate this morning. It is believed that the boy was found by family members who contacted emergency services.

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

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said Reports from the scene indicate that the little boy was found by members of the family who contacted emergency services for assistance.

Steinmann said the boy was found in the swimming pool.

Steinmann said Paramedics spent about an hour trying to resuscitate the boy.

“He was declared dead on the scene” Steinmann added.


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