Monday, May 25, 2015

City of Cape Town condemns corruption

Loyiso Langeni

25 May 2015

 

The City of Cape Town said it is committed to acting against corruption. This has recently one of the City’s Ombudsman Office was caught abusing his powers to defraud a resident in Bonteheuwel.

Mayor Spokesperson Zara Nicholson said a woman was interested in buying a property.

She had been incorrectly advised that the representative of the Ombudsman’s Office would be able to assist her.  This official claimed that he could do so for a fee of R1 000.

Nicholson emphasised that after a while, she had not seen any results and demanded action. He said this could be delivered for another R200, which she duly paid.

“This official never had any authority to assist with property transactions. He also had absolutely no right to charge for any services he may have offered payable directly to him. He took advantage of a vulnerable resident and abused his relative position of power for his own ends,” Nicolson added.

She concluded by saying that the matter was reported to the City and we immediately mandated our Forensic Services Department to investigate. As soon as the offending official’s actions were uncovered, criminal charges were laid against him and disciplinary charges were prepared. The matter was successfully prosecuted and he recently received a sentence for four years imprisonment.

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Department of Health says there is no shortage of ARV’s

Loyiso Langeni
25 May 2015

The Department of Health has reaffirmed that there is no medication shortage in the country.

This follows allegations made by the Treatment Action Campaign last week that the whole country has been affected by a shortage of ARV or Tuberculosis medicine.

Ministerial Spokesperson Joe Maila said the only shortage that the country is experiencing is that of Abacavir used to treat children.

“We never had a problem of ARV’s in the country. In fact we have a 10% buffer stock plagued somewhere in Gauteng, In order to make sure that in the exempt, we have a problem of ARV’s, and then we would be able to use that kind of stock.  As of now we don’t have a problem of ARV’s in this country,” Maila added.

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9 people injured in a collision on Old Georgedale Road, KwaZulu Natal

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 May 2015

A collision involving three bakkies and one light motor vehicle on Old Georgedale Road in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu Natal left nine people injured.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw says when ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found out that nine people were injured in the collision.

One of these people sustained serious injuries and the other eight people had injuries ranging from minor to serious.

ER24 paramedics transported a total of six patients and this includes the critical patient who was transported by ER24 to Edendale Hospital and then the other five patients were transported to Northdale hospital as well as Medi-clinic.

The remaining three patients were transported by other paramedics, Rossouw added.
 
The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Sea Rescue services still on the look-out for 2 missing forsherman

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 May 2015

The National Sea Rescue Institute diving unit are currently continuing a search for two Lamberts Bay fishermen.

They went missing after the fishing boat they were in was caught by dense fog and resulted in the fishing boat capsizing.

The two fishermen are feared to have drowned.

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon says they were with two other man, the NSRI has found the boat yesterday morning at about 10:30am and the 2 survivors reported that upon their sleep at some time, when they woke they realised their 2 colleagues have gone missing.

Despite the extensive search, there was no sign of the two fisherman of being found and the diving unit is continuing with the search, Lambinon added.

 

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DA’s Mmusi Maimane goes door to door for FFO Tour

Jaimie-faith Poonah
25 May 2015

Over the next few weeks Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane will take the Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity Tour to various parts of the country.

At the DA’s 6th Federal Congress, the Party launched its Values Charter, which is based on the values of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.

Maimane’s spokesperson, Mabine Seabe said this is the third stop of the national wide tour, which will take the party’s new Values Charter to different parts of the county.

Seabe said this also gives an opportunity for the leader to interact with South Africans and different structures on the country.

 

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City Health plans ahead to curb unplanned teen pregnancies

Jaimie-faith Poonah
25 May 2015

City Health is finessing existing interventions to further reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in the city, which has dropped from 5.3% of births recorded in 2006 to 4.4% in 2013.

This is below the provincial and national averages.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate plans to expand its network to try and reach more young people on matters around sexual and reproductive health in order to help reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.

Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela mamkeli said we are still talking about more then 3 000 babies born to young women.

Mamkeli said having a baby does not only have a financial impact on the family but it also has an emotional and psychological impact on the young mother.

Mamkeli added that there is also the risk that young mother’s drop out of school, reducing their chances of economic opportunities and also compromising her child’s future well-being.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

MEC Mbombo to open newly refurbished Victoria Hospital Clinical Forensic Unit

Jaimie-faith Poonah
24 May 2015

Tomorrow, 25 May 2015, the Western Cape Health MEC, Dr Noma French Mbombo, will be opening the newly refurbished Victoria Hospital Clinical Forensic unit, for survivors of sexual offences.

The unit was in need of renovation.

A renovation project as undertaken in mid-January 2015, and was completed by the end of April 2015.

MEC Mbombo’s spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said this 24 hour clinical forensic unit offers various services, including the medico-legal management of survivors of sexual offences and healthcare services relating to accidents, sexual assault, injuries and trauma.

Gwarube said this specific centre services the greater Cape Town area and is available to people of all ages.

Gwarube added that this was made possible by the coming together of various partners including NACOSA, Inner Wheels Clubs, Rape Crisis and other private donors.

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SADTU condemns attack on COSATU Public Service Unions wage agreement

Jaimie-faith Poonah
24 May 2015

The South African Democratic Teachers Union strongly condemns the South African public service union’s insurgent view on the public service wage negotiation deal signed by COSATU Public Service Unions last week.

It was said that Sapsu’s Thobile Ntola’s rant and rave does not come as a surprise.

SADTU spokeswoman Nomusa Cembi said SADTU and COSATU Public Service Unions never sold out on wage negotiations.

Cembi said the process took 8 months and on top of that we embarked on marches to show our commitment to a better deal for our members.

“Ntola should stop paddling lies about us, in order to build his union.” Cembi added.

Cembi added that he should go back to school and teach learners instead of going about collecting his cheque, while his busy building his union.

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COPE condemns Zuma’s media attacks

Jaimie-faith Poonah
24 May 2015

The Congress of the People condemns the ongoing attack on the media by President Jacob Zuma.

COPE says that on the launch of the SABC News channel into Africa, it was no different. President Zuma allegedly repeated that he had never come across media that was as hostile as our country’s media.

COPE accuses President Zuma for attacking the media for not being patriotic and for reporting bad stories about our country.

COPE spokesman Dennis Bloem said the media must be free to report whatever is happening in our country.

Bloem added that we are asking why it is that President Zuma and his government is so determined in getting the media, if they are not doing anything wrong.

“Why is it that they are scared of the media?” Bloem added.

Bloem said we are condemning these attacks with the seriousness it deserves.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

DA calls on MEC Gigaba to remove new visa regulations

Jaimie-faith Poonah
23 May 2015


The Democratic Alliance will be calling on Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to scrap the new visa regulations. 


The new rules, instituted by the department of home affairs, require an unabridged birth certificate for all children travelling to, through or out of South Africa as of the 1st of June.


The new immigration rules are believed to cost the tourism sector over R6.8 billion in losses and result in severe job cuts.

 
DA’s Beverley Schafer said the unabridged certificates which are coming into affect around the 1st of June 2015 is really going to hamper what we call family travel into South Africa.


Schafer said we believe this part of these regulations will hamper the 21 000 jobs that tourism brings to the Western Cape and we call for these regulations to be suspended. 

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2 dead and 3 injured after truck collided with 2 cars

Jaimie-faith Poonah
23 May 2015

Two men have been killed and three others injured this morning after a truck collided with two light motor vehicles in the N14 Pinehaven intersection, west of Johannesburg.

ER24 Paramedics were at the petrol station when they heard a loud crash.

ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said on assessments paramedics found the lifeless body of the truck driver lying in the intersection. Unfortunately the driver had already succumbed to his fatal injuries. It is believed that he had jumped from his vehicle upon the collision, but got caught beneath the vehicles tires.

Meiring said one vehicle was found beneath the wheels of the truck while a second vehicle was found in the nearby intersection.

Meiring added that fire services had to extinguish a small fire that had broken out on the truck while paramedics assessed the occupants of the light motor vehicle. The lifeless body of the driver and passenger in a critical condition were found trapped inside the vehicle. Rescue services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the patients before treatment could continue.

“Paramedics treated the patient and provided him with life support interventions to stablise his vital signs. Unfortunately nothing more could be done for the driver and be was declared dead.” Meiring included.

Meiring also said that three other patients found, with minor injuries were treated and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

The cause of the incident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Western Cape Department of Transport and public works engages with NUM

Jaimie-faith Poonah
23 May 2015

Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been engaging with the National Union of Mineworkers to try and avoid a march the union is planning.

The meeting which took place earlier this week was to discuss grievances and allegations relating to Good Hope Construction, who were awarded contracts for the construction of a number of schools by the Department.
 
Provincial Spokesperson for the department Al-Ameen Kafaar said to commit to investigate the allegations made against Good Hope construction by the NUM representatives, but at the same time we also need to give Good Hope construction an opportunity to respond to these allegations made by NUM.

Kafaar said afterwards we also commit ourselves to facilitate an engagement between NUM and Good Hope Construction to address the issues raised that were raised.

Kafaar added that, this process still needs to take place before we can embark on any further actions.

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Man arrested after attempting to rob metro cop

Loyiso Langeni
23 May 2015

A suspect was arrested on the N2 after he tried to rob a Metro Police Officer during a bait operation on Wednesday.

Motorists are being attacked with stones being thrown at their vehicles and sharp objects placed on the road.

Some are being robbed as they find themselves stranded on the N2.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said they are at the bate car on the road with a female Metro Police officer simulating a road side distressed to attackers were responded to it, crapped up on the vehicle and attempting to attack the occupant.

Smith added that one managed to escape but the other person was arrested in his possession he had a knife and a toy fun and he has been charged at Khayelitsha SAPS.

“We are hoping that this operation and future operation will help the SAPS who is the lead agency on dealing with the N2 strengthening attacks against the apprehended.” Smtih said. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Man died and a child critical after a collision in Sasolburg

Loyiso Langeni
22 May 2015

An accident this morning on the R59 DF Malan Drive intersection in Sasolburg left a man dead and a 2 year-old child with critical injuries.

It is believed that the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck resulting in the man and child being ejected from the vehicle.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the child and man several metres away from the vehicle they were travelling in.

Bodasing added that unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for the man. He was declared dead on the scene.

“The child was found that she had sustained critical injuries. A woman travelling in the same vehicle sustained moderate injuries. She was treated and transported to hospital by ambulance,” Bodasing said.

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

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Western Cape tourism arrival figures on the increase

Loyiso Langeni
22 May 2015

The Western Cape first quarter tourism arrival figures show an increase of 6% year on year and domestic arrivals increased by 5%.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said through project Khulisa, tourism has been identified as a priority sector for the next five years.

MEC Winde added that the project which is currently worth R17 billion employs over 200 people on a formal basis.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said overall over 2014 passenger numbers increased by 300 000 from the previous year.

“This is excellent news for our local tourism sector, which you know is one of our fastest growing sectors and we know that every ten tourist one job is created. So this is a great boost for our economy and our people,” Jooste added.

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R2K calls for an investigation into crimes in the Glebelands community

Lusanda Bill
22 May 2015

The Right 2 Know campaign has called for an investigation into the murder of Sipho Ndovela who was shot dead outside Umlazi Magistrate Court. 

However the organisation has also called for an investigation into the on-going violent killings in the Glebelands community.

R2K National Organiser Siviwe Mdoda said despite that the community has identified the killers, the police have not done anything.

Mdoda said so the investigation we are calling for is not only for the killers but we believe that there is a strong possibility of collusion with the police.  

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Western Cape tourism arrival figures on the increase

Loyiso Langeni
22 May 2015

The Western Cape first quarter tourism arrival figures show an increase of 6% year on year and domestic arrivals increased by 5%.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said through project Khulisa, tourism has been identified as a priority sector for the next five years.

MEC Winde added that the project which is currently worth R17 billion employs over 200 people on a formal basis.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said overall over 2014 passenger numbers increased by 300 000 from the previous year.

“This is excellent news for our local tourism sector, which you know is one of our fastest growing sectors and we know that every ten tourist one job is created. So this is a great boost for our economy and our people,” Jooste added.

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Five inmates who escaped in a Free State prison rearrested

Lusanda Bill
22 May 2015

Five out of the seven inmates who escaped at Groenpunt Correctional Centre in the Free State on Thursday morning have been rearrested.

Seven inmates escaped after breaking through an unbarred toilet window with a steel dustbin. One of the suspect was rearrested just hours after escaping on Thursday.

Correctional Services Logan Maistry said on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services we want to praise the officials of DCS, South African Police Service and all other enforcement agencies, who went beyond the call of duty to ensure the speedy arrest of these five inmates.

Logan said with this kind of dedication and commitment, we are confident that the remaining two inmates will also be arrested shortly.

“We are once again appealing to members of the public not to approach any of the remaining two inmates, should they encounter them they must report to the nearest police station” Maistry added.

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Hawks searching for a suspect who shot dead a police constable

Lusanda Bill
22 May 2015

A manhunt has been launched by the Hawks for a 33-year-old man who is suspected of killing a police constable in Mpumalanga.

35-year-old Constable Joseph Baloyi was shot and killed while driving into his house earlier this week.

The suspect Mthobisi Ngwenyama is also facing charges including attempted murder and house robbery.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said currently there is a team that is searching for the suspect and as such we have not had any successes as yet.

Mulaudzi said what is critical is that we will not allow a situation where our members would be shot at and as such we would just sit down and fold our hands. So hence we are doing everything in our power to make sure that we bring the suspect to book as soon as possible.

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72-year-old man dies after falling from a roof of a building

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 May 2015

A 72-year-old man died late last night in Langlaagte, Johannesburg after he fell about ten meters through the roof of a building.

ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said it is believed that the man along with other people were inspecting parts of the roof when he fell through it.

Vermaak says when paramedics arrive at the incident they found the man sitting on the chair.

"Paramedics started treating him, and suddenly while they were treating him his condition deteriorated and showed no signs of life. Paramedics initiated CPR, despite the hopes, the man died on the scene, Vermaak added.

 

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Eskom: Stage 1 load-shedding in progress

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 May 2015

Eskom started implementing stage one load shedding at six o clock this morning due to a shortage of generating capacity.

The power utility said several of its generating units are currently out of service as they are undergoing maintenance.

Customers have been urged to safe electricity whenever they can.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says some of our generating units are not operating at this stage.

“This is also compounded by the fact that some of our generating units especially in the Cape Town area, the ones that are using diesel, we currently have been using them for long duration of hours and therefore we need to replenish these resources, so that we keep the lights on, Phasiwe added.

 

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SWEAT fear that Operation Fiela will target sex workers

Loyiso Langeni
22 May 2015

Civil society organisations including Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce say governments Operation Fiela serves to entrench negative stereotypes and justify violence against sex workers.

Operation Fiela was launched in the wake of last month’s xenophobic attacks which resulted in seven people being killed.

3 914 arrests has been made during the operation, with 2 264 were of South Africans for crimes including the illegal possession of firearms and drugs.

Sweat’s Cherith Sanger said they believe that Operation Fiela directly will be targeting sex workers and more so migrant sex workers will be more vulnerable through this Operation and its implementation.

“The money that has been used to implement this could be used better somewhere, for example we know what the numbers are in relation to money being spent on policing sex work and we believe this will further be  a waste of money that has been put into it,” Sanger added.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cosatu rally behind CWU strike

Loyiso Langeni

21 May 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo said it is fully behind the strike by the Communication Workers Union members working for MTN in the province.

About 300 MTN workers are on strike in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a nationwide dispute over wages and they have given the mobile operator seven days to respond to their grievances.

Cosatu Provincial Secretary Gerald Twala said amongst some of their demands is 16% bonuses, 10% wage increases.

“That MTN should recognise CWU as it has increased its membership in the sector and the fact that most of the employees within MTN are casual workers or temporary employees, we are demanding that they must be permanent and the company must do away with labour brokers,” Twala added.

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Drug programmes in the Western Cape doing well

Loyiso Langeni
21 May 2015

Western Cape MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz said he is encouraged by the progress at the Opiate Substitution Programme.

The programme which is a year old has seen the first two intake cycles of clients responding positively to treatment.

The programme deals with drug addicts. MEC Fritz visited the centre on Wednesday in Mitchells Plain and heard that the second cycle of clients is currently undergoing treatment.

MEC Fritz said the feedback on that was very encouraging 84 patients were treated thus far in the pilot, but they have not marked a role of that pilot out to areas, especially in the Metro that were affected and that are affected by Opiate views.

“We will continue with other treatment where people come in for general treatment such as drugs and tik addiction,” Fritz added.

 

 

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80 children treated for suspected food poisoning

Loyiso Langeni
21 May 2015

80 school children have been treated at a school in the Bloemfontein area this morning in a suspected food poisoning incident.

One child was found to be seriously ill while the others were in a stable condition.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said it is believed that these children yesterday afternoon, they attended some funeral and they were all eating food there and this morning presented with symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.

Botha added that the paramedics treated the 80 children there at the scene and then transported them through to a local hospital for further treatment.

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ANC in the Western Cape welcomes Operation Fiela

Loyiso Langeni
21 May 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has welcomed Operation Fiela in the province.

The operation targeted Manenberg early this morning with over 300 police officers and 4 people were arrested and several firearms confiscated.

Operation Fiela was introduced by government following the xenophobic attacks in the country to crack down on crime.

Over 1 600 people have been arrested since the operation started.

ANC’s Cobus Grobler said the City of Cape Town’s Metro police seems to be unable to assist in that level and the Western Cape government is doing nothing, therefore the ANC cares about people’s lives and really got into bringing stability into these areas.

 

 

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Opposition to e-tolls continues

Lusanda Bill
21 May 2015

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has expressed its disappointment at the new e-toll dispensation.

On Wednesday Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that e-toll payments will be linked to the renewing of vehicle licensing.

Ramaphosa while briefing the media on Wednesday said the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has hugely benefited the economy and people of Gauteng.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage said the reality is that the e-tolling collection costs have not reduced, the inefficiencies of the system and the conditions are still in place, and there is debt of about R7 billion that we have calculated in the construction costs that have not been dealt with.

Duvenage said nothing has changed and we continue to advocate society to be strong on this matter and to do what they have done and that is to collapse the system.

Meanwhile Zwelinzima Vavi in a statement said government continues to overlook the fact that the campaign against e-tolls was never just in opposition to the amount being tolled but the principle of turning a basic public service into a commodity.

Vavi added that the e-toll system is clearly collapsing.

“We are asking government to go back to the drawing board and to scrap e-tolls and to introduce the system of getting these things paid through the fuel levy” Vavi added.

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IFP concerned about court security

Lusanda Bill
21 May 2015

The Inkatha Freedom Party has raised concern about a lack of security at courts. This follows the shooting incident of a man outside the uMlazi court, South of Durban.

IFP KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety Blessed Gwala said police are lax in checking people at the entrance and police are responsible for being negligent regarding court security.

Gwala said another person that was killed outside court was shot because he was a witness in a court case.

“So we are calling on government to make sure that there is protection for people who are witnesses in cases” Gwala added.

 

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Police searching for six dangerous inmates who escaped prison

Lusanda Bill
21 May 2015

Seven inmates from the Groenpunt Maximum Correctional Facility in Vereeniging escaped in the early hours of this morning, with one being rearrested just a few hours after escaping.

Acting National Correctional Services Commissioner Zacharia Modise said the suspects have committed serious crimes and are regarded as dangerous.

Correctional Services Logan Maistry said it is alleged that about 02:00 this morning seven offenders escaped from the Groenpunt Correctional Centre.

Maistry said immediately all the relevant law enforcement agencies were notified and they began search operations which resulted in the rearrest of one of the offenders in the early hours of this morning.

“We are appealing to members of the public not to approach any of these inmates as they dangerous inmates” Maistry added.

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An accident left one person dead and 20 injured

Mbasa Gqokoma
21 May 2015

A bus accident on Olieboom Road in Schaapkraal, Cape Town late last night left one person dead and about twenty injured.

The bus which was transporting about twenty-five people mostly children lost control and overturned.

ER24 Spokesperson Chitra Bodasing says ER24 paramedics and paramedics from Metro as well as Fire and Rescue Services attended to the incident.

Bodasing added that there were 20 people in need of medical attention. Sadly there was nothing paramedics could do for one of the children, the child had succumbed to their injuries.

One woman was in critical condition and all other patients, both adults and children, sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were treated and transported to various hospitals for further medical care, Bodasing added.

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

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Stage 1 load-shedding in progress

Mbasa Gqokoma
21 May 2015

Power utility Eskom started implementing stage one load shedding across the country at eight o clock this morning, which will then move to stage two at two o clock this afternoon until ten in the evening.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said load shedding is implemented when necessary to protect the power system, and to ensure that maintenance is carried out.

Phasiwe explains that some of the generating units that we were expecting to come back online today have not been synchronised yet, and the other reason is that this morning there were a number of some trips on some of our machines, as a result we did not have enough generating capacity now and later on in the afternoon it’s going to be more difficult.

“At this stage we feel that, to protect the system form a total collapse we have to implement load-shedding so we avoid a blackout”, Phasiwe added.

 

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ANC WC concerned by proposed routes for phase two of MyCiti roll-out

Loyiso Langeni
21 May 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape said the Democratic Alliance is refusing to engage with residents of Wynberg, concerning the proposed routes for phase two of MyCiti roll-out.

Construction for phase two is expected to commence within the next two months, with the two prioritised sites being Stock Road in Philippi and Strandfontein Road in Ottery.

ANC’s Cameron Dugmore has accused the DA of treating Wynberg residents with contempt. The City is insisting on using South Road which would tear up a number of communities, create division and a lot of stress amongst people even evicting some of the there. 

Dugmore said we believe that the city owes that community a direct consultation, now they say that they must attend a Constantia meeting or they must go to Claremont meeting, whereas in fact this is the area, where most of the controversy arises because of the lack of consultation.

“From the ANC’s side we are saying the City must be prepared to face and engage the community of Wynebrg, South Road in particular and set up an inclusive task team to explore all possible alternatives” Dugmore added.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy approved

Mbasa Gqokoma
20 May 2015

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi this afternoon delivered the department’s budget vote speech under the theme “New Department: New Possibilities”.

Minister Muthambi said the National Development Plan will guide the department’s vision. The NDP envisages an active citizenry that participates in the socioeconomic life of the country. It states that in “2030, South Africans will be more conscious of the things they have in common than of their differences, and that their lived experiences will progressively undermine and cut across the divisions of race, gender, disability, space and class.

Muthambi said it is therefore our firm belief that this is achievable when government is at the centre of providing effective and efficient communication to support these aspirations.

Meanwhile the broadcasting digital migration off date of the 17th of June 2015 will not be met.
Cabinet has approved the final amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy, which unlocks the project to enable implementation.

Minister Muthambi said they are aware that digital migration is an area of great public interest.

“As we have made progress however this is an area of critical work for us as the department including the public broadcaster the SABC and also the regulator itself ICASA” Muthambi added.

In terms of digital migration the department has launched a focused Public Awareness Campaign in the next four weeks. R22 million has been identified to enable the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration awareness campaign.

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City of Johannesburg calls for swift investigation into the deaths of two firefighters

Loyiso Langeni
20 May 2015

The City of Johannesburg is calling for a swift investigation into the fire that led to the death of two firefighters in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday evening.

The two firefighters died after they were trapped while battling a blaze at the Nedbank Mall commercial building and they were found unconscious.

City of Johannesburg’s Phindile Chauke said they need full details before they can start announcing to what had happen, for them to get that, they need to conduct an investigation quickly and finish and present a final report to them before they can go publicly with it.

What we had done is that, we had asked the investigators to be prompting, finding out the details as to what happen. We need to know what procedures were not followed, so for us to be able to answer those questions. We have to have a full report on the table that is why the mayoral committee has called on the prompt production of the report.

A memorial service for the firefighters is being held today.

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1-year-old girl died in an accident outside Beaufort West

Loyiso Langeni

21 May 2015

A 1-year-old baby girl died this morning in a bakkie accident just outside Beaufort West.

Western Cape Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said a driver of the bakkie lost control of the vehicle and in this accident a 1-year- old baby girl tragically lost her life.

Africa added that a female passenger sustained serious injuries and she was taken to a nearby hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated by police.

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