Friday, February 12, 2016

A body of a man found on an abandoned mine

Simamkele Vakaza
12 February 2016

A body of a man had been found in a reservoir on an abandoned mine in Deelkraal, Carletonville.  Nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead on scene. The cause of this incident is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

“ER24 paramedics were called to the scene by security members who had found the body while on patrol” said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

“On arrival, paramedics found the body lying face down inside the reservoir”, said Meiring.

 “The body was brought to the surface but it was found that the man had been dead for some time”, He concluded.


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The Public expectations on SONA

Simamkele Vakaza
12 February 2016

Before the President delivered his speech on the State of the Nation Address. The public expected him to speak about service delivery. This is what the member of the public had to say…

“Kaloku into esizoyfuna namhlanje, sifuna umamela intetho ka Zuma”, she said.

“Sibeka izikhalazo zethu, sihlala ematyotyombeni, sifuna izindlu, sifuna imisebenzi”, she said.

“Singabahlali thina siphuma eLusaka kwindawo ngendawo. Sifuna ukuthetha no Zuma sizokhalaza”, she added.


“Sizokhalaza kuye asiyazi amaPolisa asibethela ntoni na”, she concluded. 

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Malema had criticised President Speech

Nontando Mafanya
12 February 2016

EFF president Julius Malema delivered what he called the “real” State of the Nation Address outside Parliament yesterday night, competing with the President Jacob Zuma’s voice booming through speakers on the area.

Malema says… “We decided to leave today after we have made a point to him and we denied those said bloody thirsty they are, they are here, and they wasted our time.”


“Parliament has wasted a lot of money on white shed because the want to hire extra white shed to come and beat us up and then we left them.” He concluded 

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ANC Executive committee is pleased with the president speech

Nontando Mafanya
12  February 2016

African National Congress National Executive Committee member Zweli Mkhize’s reaction on Zuma’s address he said, president Jacob has successfully installed hope back to South Africans. He alluded that South Africa has now a role to play to hold the executive accountable…

 Mkhize says… “We satisfied that the president has given a proper speech that gives us sense of the challenges that the economy faces but also has highlighted in number of areas where an effort has been made to pull the country.”

“Together in particular the discussion that are going on with the private sector with specific suggestion to solutions issues of try to deal with eracratical delays that makes difficult in investing in a country the issues of one stop shop.” He added

“I think for me are very important the work has been done with the banks bringing about the issues of a centre to train people in issues of finance. I think those are important.” He concluded


                                                                                                                                                          

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The Protests, The Fashion, The Drama #SONA2016 in pictures



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Government's radical economy transformation agenda to be implemented

Raymond Pani
12 February 2016

In his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma said, a resilient and fast growing economy is at the heart of governments’ radical economic transformation agenda and the National Development Plan. 

He said when the economy grows fast it delivers jobs.

Zuma added that government is developing a One Stop Shop initiative to signal that South Africa is truly open for business.

He promised that government will fast track the implementation of this service, in partnership with the private sector, Zuma said

"Our economy has been facing difficulties since the financial crisis in 2008. We embarked on an aggressive infrastructure development programme to stimulate growth.

Our reality now is that global growth still remains muted. Financial markets have become volatile. Currencies of emerging markets have become weak and they fluctuate widely.


The price of gold, platinum, coal and other minerals that we sell to the rest of the world have dropped significantly and continue to be low”.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

MEC Economic Opportunities high hopes for President Zuma’s SONA


Nontando Mafanya
11 February 2016
Tonight President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of Nation Address during a challenging period in our country’s economy. The 88 million in based on an estimate that 8 385 large stock units in the west coast and central Karoo district need supplementary fodder for five months. Spokesperson of MEC of economic opportunities Bronwynne Jooste reported.

She said“Minister Windy is hoping that the president addresses the issues that we having in our economy, and he hope the President will make a firm commitment to jobs.”

“Specific areas for Signiant and  include a reduction in rate tax, skills development and security reliable and affordable energy supply so we are able to create right environment for  business to thrive” she concluded


                     

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ACDP leader expects the President to apologise

Simamkele Vakaza
11 February 2016

ACDP Member of Parliament Rev Kenneth Meshoe yesterday said that, the ACDP expects President Zuma to apologise for wasting taxpayers’ money with costs of various investigations and the present litigations surrounding the Nkandla matter.

The President should have complied with the remedial action warranted in the Public Protector’s report with regard to his Nkandla homestead.

“As we know that when the President was given the recommendations by the public protector that He needed to pay a portion of the non-security upgrades”, said Kenneth Meshoe.

“He refused to do so and rather than paying, he decided to have various investigations”, said Meshoe.

He added that…“Which was costly now He was taking to court which costs another unnecessary expenditure”.


“That is why the ACDP believes that President needs to apologise for wasting taxpayer’s money”, He concluded.

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A man was killed in truck collision

Simamkele Vakaza
11 February 2016

A man of about 60 was killed yesterday when his car collided with a stationery truck on the N3 Southbound near Townhill in KwaZulu-Natal. The man allegedly collided with the back of the truck that was broken down on the side of the road.

“ER24 paramedics responded to the scene and found the man still in his car, unresponsive and with various injuries”, said Pieter Rossouw.

 “Paramedics provided the man with advanced life support interventions, but sadly there was nothing that could be done for him and he was declared dead on scene by ER24 Paramedics”, said Rossouw.  


“The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries”, He concluded. 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#FeesMustFall says Zuma must announce free education during SONA

Siphelo Bayana
10 February 2016

FeesMustFall leader Chumani Maxwele expressed their concerns as students leaders. He says it will be of paramount importance that the President to mention Free Education in his address.

Chumani Maxwele says…“Students expect out of the president’s speech tomorrow is that the president will pronounce the free Education for higher education in South Africa.

That’s what students want, that’s what we expect.

We hope the president will hear the majority of the call.

The majority of the students making that call that indeed they can not afford Education in Higher Institutions.

The President already announced that there will not be increment this year of financial increment in Universities."


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DA to Hold ANC ministers accountable

Raymond Pani
10 February 2016

Today, DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Annette Steyn, together with Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Traditional Authorities, Kevin Mileham, will conduct an oversight visit to the National Disaster Management Centre in Pretoria to review their drought preparations.

DA Press Officer, Karabo Tledima said  

The NDMC has to provide it’s integrate and coordinated system for disaster management in South Africa but the report suggests that the centre is not functional and not prepared to handle the drought. The drought is the worst on record in 112 years.

The DA will continue to hold the director general as well as Minister Senzeni Zokwana accountable for their failure to deal adequately with the crisis.”


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SONA expectations from Opposition Parties

Simamkele Vakaza
10 February 2016

As President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver his state of the Nation Address tomorrow in Parliament Cape Town, here is what some of the political parties’ expectations

“What is the President going to say to raise the hope of the Nation because many people have lost hope”, said Kenneth Meshoe.

“Jobs are scarce, unemployment is increasing”, said Meshoe.

“There is poverty, prices of food and everything is going to go up. Now what is the President going to say to the people of South Africa”, He added.

 “He is going to say to them do not worry you are not going to starve government is going to ensure that more jobs are created”, He concluded.

Meanwhile PAC’s Bennet Joko has this to say….

“To address fundamental issues which is confronting the country currently”, said Bennet Joko.

“One of the issues which is burning is the economic situation reflected in the unchanged structure, which is predominantly white people still control the economy and the African people are still condemned in a situation of poverty and hunger”, He concluded.


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Equal Education hopes Zuma will address inequality in education

Raymond Pani
10 February 2016

Equal Education Organisation says President Jacob Zuma must Re-prioritise Education
In just over twenty-years since the first democratically elected Former President of the State, Nelson Mandela, was elected, the quality of education and its system is still unequal to most South Africans.

Khayelitsha based Equal Education Organisation says, in his State of the Nation’s Address, President Jacob Zuma needs to re-prioritise education, Tshepo a secretary of the organisation said “what we expect of the state of the nation address from President Jacob Zuma.

One we expect the president to re re-prioritise education as the centre in achieving bright historic crimes in the country, improving their standard of education by providing adequate schooling infrastructure particularly in rural provinces like in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Kwa Zulu Natal.

Moreover we hope the president can apologise to the country for his handling of the economy during the Nthlathla Nene firing.”  



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13 people injured in an accident this morning

Nontando mafanya
10 February 2016

Thirteen people were injured this morning when the taxi they were travelling I rolled in the Mtambeni area, off Edendale Road in Pietermaritzburg. The exact cause of the incident is unknown

ER24 Spokesperson Chritra bodassing says “ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found patients sitting around the taxi.”

“Upon assessment by paramedics it was found that the patients sustained minor to moderate injuries.”

“They were treated and are being transported to local hospital for further medical care. The exact cause of the incident is unknown.” She concluded


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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Eight suspects arrested for robbing a grocery store in Indwe

Chumani Simelela
09 February 2016

The Multi-Disciplinary Task Team led by the Dordrecht and Indwe Visible Policing. Public Order Policing and ElliotK9 unit arrested eight suspects, aged between 24 and 44, who allegedly robbed a local grocery store on Sunday 07 February. The suspects were arrested within hours after the robbery was reported to the police. Police Captain Ursula Roelofse explains.    

‘’It is alleged that just about the shop’s closing time, six men entered and robbed the customers of their personal belongings and took an undisclosed amount of money and fled’’.

‘’The suspect also demanded the key to a Corsa vehicle, from one of the customers and fled. Two suspects escaped from the scene and one was apprehended by the public and handed over to the police’’.


She concluded...‘’Four other suspects, were waiting outside the shop in a Quantum Bus. The suspects the drove in a Quantum towards the direction of Indwe’’.

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Suspects in PE on a charge of illegal possession of abalone

Simamkele Vakaza
09 February 2016

Five suspects aged between 25 to 35 years old will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’ court today. On a charge of illegal possession of abalone. 

It is alleged that on Saturday police in Kabega Park were following up on information of alleged illegal abalone activities when they spotted a suspicious while Isuzu bakkie on N2.

“Kabega police with the assistance of the Port Elizabeth Flying squad followed the vehicle”, said Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

“After realising that the police were following them, the vehicle sped off in the direction of Gelvandale, they were involved in an accident”, she added.

“The three occupants were arrested and a large quantity of abalone was seized from the vehicle”, she concluded.


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President Jacob Zuma says people are happy with him

Siphelo Bayana
09 February 2016

President Jacob Zuma says  people are happy with government’s performance, contrary to what is being reported in the media. The President made the comments after a walk-about in Marabastad, Pretoria, on Monday where he spoke to hawkers, produce market traders and foreigners at the Home Affairs office.

President Jacob Zuma says… “Other people say that they are happy they are very happy that business is going well.
They are happy that the government is taking care of them they are very happy with the president .
 All of that was very important for me.
You know how the journalists write from what they got from other sources, this was a direct source.

The people spoke it is not what they are saying on behalf of other people.”

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Proteas aiming to win all 3 remaining ODIs to clinch the series

Raymond Pani
09 February 2016

Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, said “the squad will be treating the next three Momentum One-Day Internationals (ODI) against England like ‘finals’, as they look to claw back from a 2-0 deficit in the series”.

The Proteas are faced with the difficult challenge of winning the last three matches in a row to avoid back-to-back series defeats against the visitors.


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5 Deaf school pupils to appear in court in Mthatha

Raymond Pani
09 February 2016
  

Five deaf learners from Efata School for the Deaf and Blind in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are expected to be back at the Mthatha Magistrate's Court for a formal bail hearing Tuesday morning.

They have been in custody since September last year.

They are facing murder charges following the killing of deputy principal, Nodumo Mzimane at the school's hostel last year.

The main delaying factor to the bail hearing has been alleged improper sign language interpretation.


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Monday, February 08, 2016

A man shoots two people dead, serious injures three other and a senior police

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

Two people were shot dead and three including a senior police officer, were seriously injured when a gunman opened fire at a biker rally in Hawston near Hermanus over the week-end. Western Cape police said the man started shooting at the victims following an argument. Western Cape Police spokes-person, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.

“We can confirm that a 26 year old is expected to appear in Hermanus Magistrate Court facing charges of murder and attempted murder, after an incident which occurred yesterday morning at 01:45”.

“According to the report an argument occurred between the victim and the suspect. The suspect started shooting at the victim especially wounding a 19 year old and a 43 year old”.


“An off-duty police officer stationed at Hermanus was shot, he is in a critical condition with two other victims. The suspect will be appearing in court tomorrow”.

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A woman was left seriously injured and a man speared by drill

Simamkele Vakaza
08 February 2016

On Sunday night Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a bakkie that crashed into tree along Hettie Smith Street, Bloemfontein. Exact details to the cause is still speculative and will form part of the South African Police investigation.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the vehicle had veered off the roadway and collided into a tree, a female driver was found in the vehicle with serious injuries, medics stabilised her at the scene before they transported the patient to a local hospital for the care that she required”, said Chris Botha.

Meanwhile… this morning Netcare 911 paramedics received a call for a man that had fallen from a height in Tarleton, Krugersdorp. Reports from the scene indicate that the man was standing on a crate to drill a hole into a wall, the crate collapsed causing the man to fall to the ground and land on the drill.

“Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the drill bit had lodged into the chest of the sixty-six-year old man leaving him in a critical condition, paramedics worked fervently to stabilise the man at the scene before they airlifted him with the Netcare one medical helicopter to a specialised facility in Johannesburg for further care” He concluded.


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The Department of Home Affairs announcement are way too late says the DA

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

The announcement by the Department of Home Affairs that it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year, as they do not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister in Tourism reports.

“These announcements are way too late. South Africa’s tourism rand has already been damaged and we have to know work much smarter. In order to reposition South Africa as a travel destination of choice”.

“Now we have been arguing since the beginning of these Visa regulations came into effect. That we should consider International best practises, such as E-visas”.


“Because E-visas are much safer, much secure and they cut turn-around time and in fact stream lines tourist destination to South Africa”.

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EFF on banning Gupta journalist

Chumani Simelela
08 February 2016

Following the move by the Economic Freedom Fighters in regards to the intimidation of journalists who work for Gupta-owned media organisations.
The party came under fire from the media. Busi Mtabane communications manager at Right2Know  said
”The EFF just needs to apologise for this latest transgression, they must withdraw their decision to ban journalist, and clarify their commitment to media freedom and the rights of media workers, irrespective of the serious concern of the ownership AD independence of the media organisations”.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Three people critically injured in head-on collision

Simamkele Vakaza
05 February 2016

Three people were left critically injured yesterday following a head on collision between two light motor vehicles at the Van Riebeek and Monument Road intersection in Kempton Park.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene, they found two wrecked light motor vehicles blocking the one lane of busy road”, said Russel Meiring.

 “On assessment, paramedics found a man lying in the one vehicle while a man and woman lay in the second vehicle”, said Meiring.

“All three patients were found to be in a critical condition. Paramedics treated the patients and provided them with advanced life support interventions”, He added.


“Once treated, two patients were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals while the third was airlifted by the ER24 helicopter”, He concluded.

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SANCO on EFF’s journalist violence threat

Simamkele Vakaza
05 February 2015

SANCO yesterday condemned the EFF threat of violence directed at the new age. 

He added that political parties must be held accountable for inflammatory and reckless statements which have the potential to incite violence in a violate environment ahead of local government elections.

“To raise the concern at SANCO about the statement made today by EFF leader threatening violence against journalists”, said Jabu Mahlangu.


“We believe that misbehaviour should be condemned as a threat of violence directed at the journalist was actually uncalled for in a free South Africa”, concluded Mahlangu.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Education Department in the EC appointed more teachers

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

The Eastern Cape Education Department has appointed 98 new teachers to fill vacant posts in Port Elizabeth's northern areas and Uitenhage. This emerged during a media briefing held by Education MEC Mandla Makhuphula and the Acting HOD, Sizakele Nontsikelelo Natshilapala.

“Eastern Cape Education department has appointed 98 Educators, in the Uitenhage District”, said Mandla Makhuphula.

“Necessarily we were looking for 143 unfortunately other applicants felt shot to meet the recommendations”, Makhuphula added.


“We are still looking for others to fill the post”, He concluded.

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DA Chief Whip to investigate if an investigation against Fransman is underway

Raymond Pani
04 February 2016

Following the allegations in early January regarding Marius Fransman’s alleged sexual behaviour with a 20 year old, Mark Wiley, DA Chief Whip wrote to the Registrar of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, to find out if in fact an investigation was underway into Mr Fransman alleged conduct.

Mark Willey said “relating to the alleged incident that Mr Fransman has been involved in. 
I wrote to the registrar and asked just to verify if a charge has been made.


We spent some 10 days speaking to provincial commissioners, officer and provincial communications officer in the North West province and Northern Cape. 

Nowhere could we get a straight answer as to whether a charge has been laid or a docket has been opened or an investigation officer. 

We are nowhere near the truth of the matter. What is of great concern is that the media has said there’s an investigation but we can’t have a investigating without a charge having been laid.”

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Drought effects on the Fruit Production sector in WC

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

The Western Cape regional fruit production sector has suffered losses amounting to R720m. The wine industry alone has suffered damage to the tune of R 20m thus far, as around 82 hectares of vineyards have been lost due drought and fires. Recover will not be quick as some affected regions will take years to recover. The full extent of the damage caused by the drought and fires will be assessed in the few weeks to come.

“I think we have no choice as a country to continue to focus on the drought and find solutions going forward”, said Beverly Schafer.

 “We have been engaging in with farmers regularly not necessarily with these organisations. We've engaged with farm workers, we've gone on over site visits, said Schafer.

“I think the real key is for the committee to understand the reality of where we’re at in the Province that’s very important because we can’t drive issues”, she added.


 “As the committee we don’t actually understand it and we not getting passionate enough to make sure that the government is actually doing what they need to be doing to minimize the risks”, she concluded.   

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COPE says Zuma must just pay back the money

Simamkele Vakaza
04 February 2016

In a statement the Congress of the People says over the past seven years, President Zuma continued to be contemptuous of the constitution.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem says, as a result of his failed leadership and the power he exerted over cabinet ministers, the people of South Africa have lost confidence in the executive.

He says the shame investigation carried out by Nkosinathi Nhleko ended with his declaring that the president had to pay nothing for the upgrade at Nkandla.

COPE wants to know how the ruling party is going to repair the enormous damage it did to the standing of the public Protector’s officers.

He added that “The Congress of the People are saying that President Zuma must just pay back the money.
“There is no way that President Zuma can come now and say that he wants his own conditions, that the Minister of Finance and Auditor General must determine the costs, said Bloem”.

He concluded that “The Constitutional Court must instruct them that they must determine how much he must pay back”.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Three people died after a light aircraft crashed

Chumani Simelela
03 February 2016

Three people lost their lives after the aircraft crashed. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring reports.

‘’20 people were killed this morning after their light aircraft crashed in a park near Rasebetsi Road in Wattville in Benoni’’.

‘’ER24 paramedics, along with various services, arrived on the scene to find the burned wreckage of the aircraft lying on its roof’’.

‘’On assessment, paramedics found the bodies of three people lying inside the aircraft. Unfortunately all three occupants had already succumbed to their fatal injuries’’.

He finalised…’’the cause of the incident is not yet known, but local authorities are on scene for further investigations’’.


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DA to push ahead with Constitutional Court case against No.1

Raymond Pani
03 February 2016

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has just announced his party's decision to push ahead with a Constitutional Court case against President Jacob Zuma next Tuesday over the Nkandla spending fiasco.

Maimane says while he notes Zuma’s settlement offer, the DA contends that the contents of the proposal do not comply with the remedial action set out by the Public Protector.

In a statement released last night, the president proposed the amount he’s expected to pay back, relating to the controversial renovations at his private home, should be independently determined by the Auditor-General and minister of finance. DA leader spokesperson Mabine Seabe  said

“The presidents failure to engage to publics protectors findings and ruminal action were illegal and unconstitutional, the president has a clear case to answer in this regard.

It’s not a matter of merely paying back the money, it’s also a matter of upholding the rule of law and constitution. We as the DA are willing to fight this until the bitter end.”

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21 year old Man arrested and sentenced for rape in the Eastern Cape.


Raymond Pani
03 February 2016

The Eastern Cape Tsomo Regional Court convicted and sentenced 21-year-old Samkelo Tshayisa to 10-years imprisonment.

He was found guilty on Monday for the rape of a 75-year-old woman
 Police say it is believed the victim was walking alone in Dudumashe Village, Ngqamakhwe when she met the accused.

Its alleged that he grabbed her from behind, strangled her and raped the old woman.
 Police Captain Jackson Manatha said “apparently this was witnessed by the members of the community who then chased the suspect and arrested him, and handed him over to the police.


He was then convicted and sentenced to undergo 10 years imprisonment.”

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Two accidents this morning leaving one dead and three injured

Simamkele Vakaza
03 February 2016

Two people were injured in a collision involving truck and at least five cars on the N1 north by 14th Avenue this morning.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found the truck and some of the cars on the side of the road as well as some cars still on the road”, said Chitra Bodasing.

One person who was found walking on scene was found to have sustained minor injuries, a woman who was the passenger in one of the vehicles was assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries”, added Bodasing.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations”, said Bodasing.

Meanwhile a man was killed after he crashed the vehicle he was driving into a pole in La Rochelle Road, in Turffontein area, in the early hours of this morning.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found the man trapped in the vehicle, He sustained multiple severe injuries, He was declared dead”, said Bodasing.


Exact details surrounding the incident are unknown, authorities were on scene for further investigation”, Concluded Bodasing. 

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Afri-forum launched a tax income campaign

Simamkele Vakaza
03 February 2016

Afriforum launched a campaign on income tax after shocking statistics for 2015 indicate that government once again failed in fulfilling its responsibilities during the 2015/2016 fiscal year. 

Afriforum plans on writing a letter to Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of finance, before the 2016/2017 budget speech to request him to provide answers to governments empty promises for 2015.

Afri-forum recapped what the government promised during the 2015 budget speech”, said Monique Taute.

 “Afri-forum plans on writing a letter to the Minister of finance Pravin Gordhan before the budget speech to request him to provide answers to government’s empty promises for 2015”, She added.


 “Afri-forum encourages the public to have their opinions heard by indicating which option may their opinions based on and the choice can be made”, she concluded.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

COPE welcomes the new formed and independent labour federation

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

Upon the announcement that Mr Vavi is starting an independent labour federation, COPE has gone out to welcome it. Congratulating Mr Vavi on this initiative. COPE’s Dennis Bloem explains.

‘’The Congress of the People wants to welcome the New Labour Federation that will be launched in May. Since our inception, we have said that labour Trade Unions, must be independent from Political Parties’’.

He concluded…’’we don’t want to see any labour organisation linked to a political party, that’s why we are saying we are welcoming this new formation or initiative by Mr Vavi’’.

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50 People in hospitals after suffering from a bus accident

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

A bus overturned leaving 40-50 people injured on the N8, 30km just outside of Bloemfontein. ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring reported.

‘’Er 24 paramedics along with various other services responded to the scene. On arrival, they found a large bus lying on the side on a small embankment’’.

‘’Occupants from the bus were found sitted all across the street. Paramedics and rescue workers were immediately set up a triad area to affect treatment patients on the scene’’.

‘’From further assessment, we found that between 40 to 50 people had been injured in this incident. But fortunately there no fatalities or serious injuries reported on the scene’’.

‘’We treated the patients for injuries, and then after transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment. Extra medical resources were called on the scene to assist in treatment and transportation of the other patients’’.

He added…‘’the cause of the incident is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigation’’.


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Groote Schuur apologises to the public while they work on their Auto Attendance System

Chumani Simelela
02 February 2016

An apology has been issued by Groote Schuur Hospital, as they are busy upgrading their Auto Attendance System over the next two days. Members of the public are urged to have patience. Alaric Jacobs Principal Communications Officer at the hospital explained.

‘’Groote Schuur hospital are in the process of upgrading their Auto Attendance System over the next 2 days and there will be no voice prompts when the public calls this number which is 021 404 9111’’.

‘’They will just be directed straight to the operator. Also for our appointments area which is 021 404 5566 they will be forwarded to 3 different extensions’’. However if those extensions are not available. The rest of the customers will be cut off’’.

He concluded…’’This is just while we are attending to our Auto Attendance System. And we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause to the public’’.






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Bisho legislature questions Eastern Cape Government

Raymond Pani
02 February 2016

Reports alleged Eastern Cape government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo has denied that some employees at Premier Phumulo Masualle’s office were appointed without processes being followed.

He was responding to concerns raised by legislature and union members in a report published in yesterday’s newspapers.

Both the Bhisho Legislature’s portfolio committee on the office of the premier and Nehawu at Masualle’s office have raised concerns that employees were being moved around senior positions without processes being followed.

They also complained about “double parking” in which senior personnel were hired as specialists in both human resources and finance units, while there were general managers responsible for those two units.

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Khayelitsha CPF concern about Mob killings

Raymond Pani
02 February 2016

The Khayelitsha Community Policing Forum has condemned a suspected mob justice killing.

A teenage boy accused of robbery, was beaten to death and his body was found in an open field yesterday in the Harare area.


The forum’s Ronnie Busakwe said “such incidents are never justified. He says as the CPF they are feeling bad about the incident as they are not encouraging the people to take the law in their own hands”.

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Fiela operations yielded positive results in the Western Cape

Simamkele Vakaza
02 February 2016

The Western Cape South African Police Service conduct several Fiela operations over the weekend in the areas of Kraaifontein and Mfuleni.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says all operations paid off with positive results.

He says in Kraaifontein on Friday night, a total of ten suspects were arrested for the possession of large quantities of drugs and five were arrested for illegal trading of liquor, which also resulted in One-hundred and eighty-eight litres of alcohol being confiscated.

He added that “Patrols in the area also led to the discovery of a stolen Ford Bantam with an illegal firearm inside. Meanwhile, in Mfuleni a suspect was arrested for being in possession of a homemade firearm and another was arrested for being in possession of seven-kilograms of dagga.”


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