Thursday, July 30, 2015

A case reported to the SAPS about a 7-year-old assaulted girl


Mbasa Gqokoma
30 July 2015

The case of a 7-year-old Mitchells Plain girl who was allegedly assaulted by boys in her area has been reported to the South African Police Services.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development made contact with the girl’s family. Childline, the Department’s NGO partner, has begun offering support and services to the girl while the Department of Social Development is offering support to the girl’s mother. 

Minister Albert Fritz said we also very encouraging the department to take drastic actions, and we are pleased on how the community responds to our call.


“We have instances like these and cases like these reported to the police and to the department. We will act on them and we are very encouraged about that” he concluded. 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Parliament: Youth Roundtable Discussion on entrepreneurship to fight poverty

Mbasa Gqokoma
29 July 2015

Parliament today hosted a Youth Roundtable Discussion with emphasise on creating a culture of entrepreneurship amongst the youth, in order to eradicate poverty and unemployment.

Bernice Hlagala from the Presidency said the National Youth Policy which was adopted in May this year aims to empower young people and build a culture of patriotism.

Hlagala said there is a need to improve the quality of further education and training by expanding young people who are actually part of those.

She added that more funding for academically deserving students particularly those from poor families is important. We need to recruit graduates into the public service.

“It is important that young graduates also see public service as an employer of choice” she added

Commitment from SSOE’s to train artisans as well as access to information through IT developments. We need to attract young people into those areas, she emphasised

Meanwhile with 7.3% of young people living with HIV Hlagala stressed the importance of a proper healthcare system. She said government is working at reducing the availability of drugs and alcohol to the youth.

Hlagala said on health care and healthy lifestyles we need to make sure that there is increased access to information and knowledge around sexuality issues.

It is important that we need to promote healthy lifestyles particularly looking at sexuality issues.

Hlangala added that we need to facilitate responsive information, education, counselling to adolescence and we need to also make sure that there is overall transformation on the health care system, including the introduction of the National Health Insurance.

“Additionally there is a need to reduce availability of drugs and alcohol more especially in schools” she concluded.


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WC ANC accepts bailout package for Oudtshoorn Municipality

Mbasa Gqokoma
29 July 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape said it supports the administration bailout package for Oudtshoorn municipality by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs National Minister Pravin Gordan.

ANC Provincial Chairperson Klaas Windvogel said they regret the confusion in the media that this package was presented by the Democratic Alliance.

Windvogel said unfortunately the way it was presented to Council created the impression that it’s a support package by the MEC Anton Bredell.

He said that the ANC rejected the package and they demanded that the package as agreed upon by the national Minister, Pravin Gordon.

Windvogel added that the Deputy Minister Nel and the MEC said this package should be implemented and accepted.

“It was by mistake interpreted as a package from the MEC and that is why the ANC component rejected it” Windvogel concluded.


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ACDP calls for access to learning for learners in the WC

Mbasa Gqokoma
29 July 2015

The African Christian Democratic Party wants the Western Cape Department of Education to do more to place children in schools in order to maximize their education.

ACDP Western Cape Leader Ferlon Christians says more children are joining occupied mobile schools in Dunoon.

ACDP says the children need to be placed in primary schools as soon as possible.

Christians said the ACPD is asking the Western Cape Education Department to intervene so that learners can get placed in proper schooling and have better learning experiences. “We know that schooling is the only way to get out of poverty,” said Christians.


The department is negotiating at the moment with the City of Cape Town for the continued use of the site but, the ACPD is asking and urging the Education Department to do more in order for those learners to be placed, Christians concluded.

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Seven arrested for impersonating the Hawks in Limpopo

Lusanda Bill
29 July 2015

Seven suspects are appearing in court today after they were arrested for being part of a syndicate of impersonating the Hawks.

The arrest follows an investigation which started in March this year which already six other suspects have been arrested.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the syndicate was cheating people in terms of demanding money from them with the pretense of releasing suspects from court, and as such the money would be deposited into and account where it would then be distributed amongst the suspects.

Mulaudzi said while the operation was successful we still believe there might be more people involved and as such the investigation is still ongoing.


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MEC Plato condemns stabbing to death of a police officer on the N2

Lusanda Bill
29 July 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato said the safety of the N2 highway remains a major concern. This follows the murder of a police officer this morning after the Baden Powell Drive off-ramp.

According to police the officer was attacked by unknown suspects when he stopped to change a flat tyre.

He was stabbed and succumbed to his injuries.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato has called on all police authorities and Sanral to erect and maintain sufficient access restriction fencing along the N2 to prevent access to the road reserve and the highway.

Botha said the SAPS to arrest any pedestrian on the N2 on sight and for them to be charged with contravening the National Road Traffic Act.


“Also the SAPS, Provincial Traffic and City Law Enforcement authorities need to uphold the standing orders from last year which compels any official to assist any vehicle that is pulled over on the N2” Botha added.

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EC government stresses the importance of keeping a girl child in school

Lusanda Bill
29 July 2015

The Eastern Cape government says the Sanitary Dignitary Campaign will benefit over one-thousand children in ten schools in the province.

On Tuesday the provincial government hosted a drive in Peddie to restore the dignity of a girl child.

Mayor of the Ngqushwa Municipality Solomzi Ndwayana has stressed the importance of keeping a girl child in school.

Ndwanyana said people must look after their children especially girl children because they are prone to abuse by unscrupulous people.

“Let’s carry forward this fight especially here in Ngqushwa because if we take girls to school we will go a long way in alleviating poverty” Ndwayana added.  


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DA and COPE comment on Daniel Mtimkulu

Loyiso Langeni
29 July 2015

The Democratic Alliance says it is regrettable that the former Head of Engineering Services at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa Daniel Mtimkulu has resigned before there was an investigation into his qualifications.

However, the DA is happy with the swift action taken to lay criminal charges against Mtimkulu to investigate the waste of taxpayers’ money.

DA MP of Transport Manny de Freitas said Mtimkhulu should be used as example to anybody who submits fake certification.

The DA has written to Prasa’s Board Chairperson to request that he ask Mtimkulu to pay back the salary he has been earning over the last four years as an employee of Prasa, because he was doing it under false pretences.

Likewise, while the Congress of the People is also pleased that Daniel Mtimkulu, the Head of Engineering at PRASA, has resigned, they say they will continue their action against him.

They will also continue to press for action against those who improperly appointed Mtimkulu to Head Engineer.

COPE Spokesperson Dennis Bloem they will not stop with their action against Mtimkhulu and suspended CEO Lucky Montana. We have opened up fraud cases against these two notwithstanding his resignation from Prasa.


“Cope is saying we want the money back that he was being paid as an employee of Prasa” Bloem added.

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Saps yielding in the right direction

Loyiso Langeni
29 July 2015

The South African Police Service believes the decision by the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation to nominate SAPS as a good practice case study is an indication that SAPS is headed in a positive direction.

MPAT nominated SAPS to be a good practice case study based on its performance on the Management Performance Assessment Tool. The study is done by Wits University.

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said they decided to use SAPS because of its management performances where they have made great stride.

Naidoo added that they have moved from position 27 to 12 in the previous financial year and they have just leant now that they have gone even further up the ladder but it has not been announced yet exactly what the position is.


“We are very ecstatic about this, we started a long and very difficult journey in turning the SAPS around, in terms of governance, management and administrative perspective. This is because of the seven belief that a well-managed organization is bound to do better in achieving its goal” Naidoo said.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MEC Winde: Language schools and tourism sector losing money

Melon Radebe and Rentse Khiba
25 July 2015

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde today said the new visa regulations has had a negative economic impact on the tourism and education sector.

During a press briefing today, MEC Winde touched on the national regulators impact on tourism in the province. He made sure to highlight the fact that despite tourism in South Africa being affected by the new visa regulations, an additional sector affected is the education sector, namely English language schools around the country.

Meanwhile the English language schools, which are well known for teaching foreign nationals living in South Africa, Basic English were reported to be losing students at a rapid pace according to Winde. 

The MEC stated that on recent visits to English language schools across the province the amount of students had been cut down by 50% and that it had reached the point where language school teachers needed to be retrenched.

 


In recent reports Johannes Kraus, chairman of Education South Africa, said more than R34 million has been lost between January to March 2015. With accommodation prices included it was R42 million this year so far.

 

Winde claimed that when one group of tourists tries to apply for a visa at the same time, others in the group would be unsuccessful. This of course discouraged tourists.

 

MEC Winde mentioned that whenever tourists rate their top 10 cities to visit, Cape Town is always included.  But now that the new visa regulations have been implemented, people don’t want to come. They now prefer to either travel to Australia or Kenya.

 

He also went on to say that tour companies were more focused on drawing tourists to these countries. However, Winde said that the local tourism industry could learn a lot from these countries. Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa plans to visit China. Xasa wants to see how the Chinese tourism industry is run.

 

 

 

 

 

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NUM reach wage agreement with Village Main Reef

Loyiso Langeni
28 July 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers has signed a two-year agreement with Village Main Reef.

NUM General Secretary David Sipunzi said they hope that the offer tabled by Village Main Reef is going to put more pressure on bigger gold mining companies to try and match the monetary value of the basic wage increase.

Sipunzi added that they offer an increase of R1000 for underground workers entry level and R80 surface.  


“Unfortunately those amounts do not attract benefits but should we reach a better offer with other remaining participants in the chamber that will spill over to this agreement with Village Main Reef,” Supunzi said. 

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Suspect arrested contravening the Medicines Control Act

Loyiso Langeni
28 July 2015

The City of Cape Town arrested 127 suspects over the past weekend of which one suspect was arrested for contravening the Medicines Control Act.
Deputy Chief Metro Police Yolande Faro said the members came across 37 bottles of codeine cough syrup during a joint operation with the South African Police Service in Milnerton focusing on liquor enforcement.

“Apart from the charges pertaining to the Medicines Control Act, the suspect will also face a charge of being in possession of stolen goods” Faro added.

Meanwhile through the Stabilisation Unit 14 suspects were arrested on drug-related charges during their first day of deployment in Manenberg.



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DA calling for the suspension of SAA Chairperson Dudu Myeni’s

Lusanda Bill
28 July 2015

The Democratic Alliance is calling on the Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene to suspend the Chairperson of the South African Airways and institute an investigation into Dudu Myeni’s tenure as a SAA board member.

Myeni has been accused of selling meetings with President Jacob Zuma for thousands of rands at a time.

The DA believes Myeni’s tenure has been riddled with controversy since her appointment last year.

DA MP of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone said pending an outcome of an investigation into alleged mismanagement going on in the airline, we feel this is a serious incident which must be investigated.


“Treasury has taken over as custodian of SAA and therefore we expect Minister Nene to act without any hesitation in suspending her immediately and instituting an investigation” Mazzone added.    

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Eastern Cape government restoring dignity of a girl child

Lusanda Bill
28 July 2015

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government is currently hosting a Sanitary Dignity Pack Campaign in Peddie today, in a drive to restore the dignity of a girl child.

The Campaign is part of the Nelson Mandela Month activities to give dignity and enhance confidence and self-reliance in girls from poverty stricken areas who do not have access to such services.

Manager Media Relations in the Office of the Premier Hlanga Mafani said when girls go into menstrual period they miss about four days a week in total a year its more than 548 days.


Mafani said this campaign will make sure that one it restores the dignity of girl children that does not have access to these services. Secondly it will ensure that there is a continued effort in the province to improve the standard of education.  

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South African Students’ Congress calling for free education

Lusanda Bill
28 July 2015

The South African Students’ Congress calls on the TVET Colleges to intensify the strikes in demand of free education across South Africa.

The Students’ Congress does not believe that the government takes students demands as seriously or urgently as the students deserve.

Students’ Congress Secretary General Luzuko Buku said government’s announcement that there is free education for the poor is not what is happening in reality.


Buku said students need to join this strike so that there can be free education in the country.

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Home Affairs: Minister Gigaba has put measures to fight fraud and corruption

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 July 2015

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department has put measures in place to fight fraud and corruption.

This as the departments Marabastad office has been rated as the most corrupt at 62%.

Minister Gigaba said fraudulent activities undermine all noble efforts to render an efficient and professional service.

Minister Gigaba said there is an integrated multi-disciplinary responsive team dealing specifically with Marabastad consisting of the Department of Home Affairs, State Security Agency, the Directorate for Priority Crimes investigation as well as the South African Revenue Service.

Gigaba said it was set up to attend to the challenges of Marabastad in a holistic manner where 30 officials were dismissed in the past 2 years in Marabastad.

Gigaba added that they will do all in (their) power to abut the twin evils of fraud and corruption within the public service.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said any officials and persons found guilty of unethical criminal conduct will continue facing without fail the full might of the law.

He added that between April and July, the department had carried out investigations that resulted in five officials’ arrest and three other individuals.

Gigaba said working with Law Enforcement Agencies and Government Departments in the Justice and Security Cluster they are making serious inroads in this regard as shown by recent arrests across the country, convictions and imprisonments for fraud and corruption.

He added that “strategies and tactics we have adopted in strengthening our counter corruption unit in abling it to prevent, detect and reduce instances of corruption are bearing fruit”.

 Many culprits within and outside our department have been brought to book for various acts of fraud and corruption, he concluded.


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WC MEC for Community Safety hands over a Safety Kiosk in Tygerberg

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 July 2015

The Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato believes the handover of a Safety Kiosk to the Tygerberg Hospital precinct will assist in the hospital’s ability to provide a safer environment for more efficient health service delivery.

The area is currently manned by 10 Chrysalis graduates as community liaison officers.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said the handover forms part of the Safety Partnership launched in April this year.

Botha said this mobile, high visibility point of safety has been deployed to Tygerburg Hospital since the end of June 2015 and is manned by 10 Chrysalis Graduates as community liaison officers within the hospital and on the precinct, using the Community Safety Kiosk as a base for their functioning.


He added that the effectiveness of the graduates is displayed in the statistics which show that they have assisted 638 members of the public within the first 2 weeks deployment.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Prasa’s Head Engineer Daniel Mtimkulu resigned

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 July 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has confirmed it has received the resignation letter, from its former head of engineering Daniel Mtimkulu.

Last week Mtimkulu was suspended with immediate effect after he allegedly claimed he had obtained a doctorate in engineering that could not be verified by PRASA.

Group Chief Strategy Officer Sipho Sithole said PRASA can confirm that Daniel Mtimkulu has resigned from his position as Head of Engineering Services.


Sithole said this is as after charges have been put against him for gross dishonesty and fraudulently misrepresenting his academic qualifications.

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7-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted in Mitchells Plain

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 July 2015

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has expressed concern over a case where a 7-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by boys in her area in Mitchell’s Plain.

MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz has urged parents to report cases of abuse and neglect.

Fritz said what we have done was further to establish the facts and social workers to give support to the family of the victim and the victim itself.

“We are also going to allow the Criminal Justice System to take effect”.

We will support the police and the courts in establishing the truth behind this matter and give necessary support to the family, Frits added.


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A man died after a truck burst into flames in KZN

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 July 2015

A truck driver died this morning after the truck he was driving burst into flames on the R56 in Richmond outside Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, and on their arrival, they found a wreckage of a truck parked on the side of the road.

Meiring said the cargo of wooden beams were spread across the entire scene. Prior to the arrival of paramedics, fire services had extinguished the fire, which had broken out when the truck collided with a rock embankment.

Meiring said when paramedics assessed the lone occupant, they found that the man had already succumbed to his multiple burn wounds.

Nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead, Meiring concluded.
The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.


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A new-born baby found dumped in a plastic bag

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 July 2015

Cape Town police have opened an inquest docket for investigation, after the body of a newborn baby was found in a plastic bag in Heideveld over the weekend.

A pedestrian discovered the body next to the Heideveld High School fence on Duinefontein Road.

Lieutenant Ian Bennett said at this point in time it is uncertain on why the baby was left or how the child died.

Bennett said SAPS has opened an inquest dock to determine the cause of death.

“We call on anyone who has information to come forward with any information regarding the baby boy,” said Bennett.


We are also searching for the mother in this point in time. To anybody who has information regarding this incident can contact Manenberg SAPS on 021 699 9400 or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111, Bennett concluded.

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A 16-year-old boy in a critical condition following stabbing incident

Lusanda Bill
27 July 2015

A stabbing incident this morning on Springbok Avenue in Middelburg has left a 16-year-old boy in a critical condition.

The boy was stabbed while walking to school.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics were alerted to the incident and immediately responded to the high school.

Meiring said when paramedics assessed the patient they found that he had sustained stab wounds to his arms and back. Paramedics treated the patient for his injuries and provided him with advanced life support interventions.

“Once treated, the patient was transported to Midmed Hospital for urgent medical treatment” Meiring added.


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Protest action in Port Elizabeth condemned

Lusanda Bill
27 July 2015

The Eastern Cape Education Department has condemned the protest action by pupils and parents in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth.

The protest is over the shortage of teachers and lack of infrastructure in schools.

Departmental Spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said the department together with the parents had a meeting on Sunday to try and resolve some of the issues.

Mtima said in principle there has been an agreement on various issues that rate in them closing down schools. Today they have used the day to talk to their membership culminating in a meeting at 18:00 this evening.


“The Department has agreed to also meet tomorrow to tie the loose ends from the discussions that were held last night” Mtima added. 

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Suspect arrested on various charges including murder

Lusanda Bill
27 July 2015

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with three alleged robberies that took place in the Ekhurhuleni area.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday following an anti-crime joint operation.

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said we arrested a man initially who was found to be in possession of a vehicle that was suspected to be stolen. That vehicle we later verified as the vehicle that was hijacked in April this year.


Naidoo said after conducting follow-up investigation and profiling of the suspect we further discovered he had a string of convictions including murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. 

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11 people died on the Western Cape roads

Loyiso Langeni
27 July 2015

Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted 24 roadblocks across the province this past weekend whereby 2 261 were stopped and checked.

1 484 were tested for alcohol which resulted in 28 drunken drivers being arrested.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the highest reading was 1.4 mg/1000 ml that was six times over the legal limit. There were four public vehicles that were impounded in Oudtshroon and another one in Somerset West region. The total amount of fines that we issued was R230 950.

“We also tested a speed of 10 211 vehicles since Friday and prosecuted 1 557 drivers for exceeding the speed limit” Africa added.  


Meanwhile also during the roadblocks one driver was arrested for being in possession of false documentation in Worcester and another one for reckless and negligent driving.

11 fatalities were recorded in the province roads over the weekend.  Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa three people died in a motor vehicle accident on the N2 just outside Spine Road.

Africa added that a driver died in a motor vehicle accident in Mowbray another driver died in Macassar, and one driver also died in Khayelitsha. A motor bike and light motor vehicle collided and a motorcyclist died.

“In the West Coast we had three fatalities one in a motor vehicle accident and two passengers in a taxi where a driver of the taxi lost control over the vehicle and overturned. In the Eden Karoo one passenger died in a motor vehicle accident on the N2” Africa said.  

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City of Cape Town cautions against illegal house sales

Loyiso Langeni
27 July 2015

The City of Cape Town has cautioned residents to be vigilant when buying RDP houses, as there are restrictions on the sale of these houses especially within the first few years following the acquisition of the property by beneficiaries.

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements Benedicta van Minnen said illegal sales are unfortunately happening outside of the official Deeds Office process of transfer and registration of title.

In accordance with the National Housing Act, the sale of an RDP house is forbidden for eight years after the beneficiary has acquired the house, unless the Western Cape Government has approved the sale.

Van Minnen added that this is happening without the City or the relevant authority being involved.

“Every so often we receive heartbreaking reports of a buyer who has paid money for an RDP house which it turns out may not be sold as it is in the prohibited period. Properties that are outside of the eight-year pre-emptive restriction period can be sold or advertised for selling legally.” Van Minnen said.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Two in a critical condition in separate biker accidents


Loyiso Langeni
26 July 2105

An accident this morning left a motorcyclist in critical condition after a bike and car collided along Silver Lakes Road, Tiger Valley in Pretoria.

Netcare911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said they arrived at the scene and found the roadway to be obstructed with accident debris and the twisted frame of the bike and car.

Botha added that the critically wounded man was found several meters from the wreckage of his bike with life threatening injuries.

"Paramedics stabilized him on scene and transferred him by helicopter through to a local hospital for further care" Botha said.

In a separate accident a man in his forties is in a critical condition after a motorbike and a taxi collided yesterday afternoon along Lazar Ave, Randgate, and Randfontein.

Netcare911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said When they arrived at the scene, they found the biker lying on the roadway with life threatening injuries.


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

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Five people arrested in Gauteng for house robbery


Loyiso Langeni
26 July 2015

Police in Gauteng have arrested five suspects following a house robbery.

Police Spokesperson Katlego Mogale said during the house robbery, the suspects fled with an Ipad, Audi Q5, jewellery and laptops.

Mogale added that the owner activated "find my ipad" and relayed information to the Tembisa police who traced it to a house in Klipfontein Ext 3, Libya Street. 

“As they approached the house, two suspects were arrested by the gate and three more in the house. They have recovered three cars and some of the electronics they fled with from the house robbery” Mogale.


Cases of armed robbery, possession of suspected hijacked and stolen motor vehicles, possession of suspected stolen property as well as possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition have been opened for investigation. 

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Saps revamp Central Firearm Registry

Loyiso Langeni
26 July 2015

The South African Police Service has revamped its Central Firearm Registry following reports of allegations of corruption and maladministration.

The unit is currently handling about 12 000 application per month and is striving to process and finalise applications for firearm license within a period of 90 working days.

Police Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said they are looking to counteract and combat the issues of corruption and maladministration within that environment.


"So far, we are achieving our objectives in terms of finalising applications, we are about 85% achieving our outcome and we are looking to do this in 100% level" Naidoo added. 

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Body of female recovered from water in Mossel Bay


Loyiso Langeni
25 July 2015

National Sea Rescue Institute along with WC government health EMS and ER24 paramedics responded to reports of a body reported to be floating in the sea off-shore near Mossel Bay harbour.

NSRI Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said on arrival on the scene an NSRI rescue swimmer and a local dive company diver went in to the water recovered the body of the female.

He added that paramedics conducted extensive Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation efforts but the female was declared deceased.


Lambinon concluded by saying that at this point they are not sure of the outcome but police are investigating the circumstances sounding the female being in the water. 

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Three children died in an accident in Mpumalanga

Loyiso Langeni
25 July 2015

An accident last night in Middelburg, Mpumalanga left three children dead and two others seriously injured.

It is alleged that the vehicle had collided with a tree, tearing the car in half.

ER24 Spokesperson said when they arrived at the scene they found three children dead, entrapped in the vehicle for some time, and two others injured with injuries ranging from moderate to critical.

Rossouw added that they treated and transported one patient to MidMed Hospital for further treatment. The other patient was transported by another service


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

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NUM: Kumba Iron Ore to retract letters and notices of retrenchment to workers

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 July 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers has condemned Kumba Iron Ore’s decision to retrench employees at both Sishen and Kolomela operations.

In a statement NUM said it will continue to fight to defend jobs and mitigate the impact of retrenchment. Meanwhile Lonmin announced on Friday it will be closing two of its shafts, affecting about 6,000 workers including contractors.

NUM Chief Negotiator at Kumba Iron Ore Lucas Phiri said the decision of yesterday, Kumba was advised to go and retract all the letters and notice they gave to our individual members.


“We take that as a positive sign going forward and we will continue fighting for the better benefit of our members and for none dismissals” Phiri added. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

WC Community Safety launched the Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 July 2015

The Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato today launched the Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit.

MEC Plato said policing shortages and doing away with more than 5 000 South African Police Service reservists left a serious visible policing vacuum within the City of Cape Town.

The unit will focus on areas such as Manenberg, Ottery and Hanover Park on a daily basis.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said Department of Community Safety its partnership initiative has seen the department make 3.5 million available for training equipment for development in setting up the Community Stabilisation Unit.

“Part of the largest safety partnership initiative was launched in April this year”.


The Stabilisation Unit is also an important part in ensuring the urban transformation planned on Manenburg becomes a reality, Botha added.

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Eskom warned suppliers to be alert of fraudsters

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 July 2015

Power utility Eskom has warned suppliers and companies of fraudsters operating as the Industrial World Business publication.

The fraudsters are allegedly advertising falsely about Eskom and using its logo.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phaiswe said what we are saying as the company is that, there are a number of international magazines, many of them especially from the UK they have been sending a number of letters to our suppliers claiming that we as the company, as Eskom have encouraged those companies to participate in a form of advertising in their publication.

Phasiwe said we issued a statement yesterday cautioning suppliers in South Africa and elsewhere to be vigilant about some of these companies that are claiming that we have been encouraging them to participate in advertising in some of the publications.


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A woman died in a biker accident

Loyiso Langeni
23 July 2015

An accident this morning on the R59 South of Johannesburg has left one person dead and another seriously injured.

It is believed that a biker collided with a pedestrian while she was crossing the road.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics responded to the scene, and on their arrival, they found the lifeless body of a female lying in the slow lane of the road.

Unfortunately the pedestrian had already succumbed to her multiple fatal injuries. She was later declared dead on scene.

Paramedics also assessed the male patient who had been driving the motorcycle when the collision occurred. On assessment, paramedics found that the man had sustained moderate injuries to his arm and legs.

Paramedics treated the man for his injuries and thereafter transported him to Med-clinic for urgent medical treatment.

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


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DA calling for reports of corruption in asylum system to be tabled in Parliament


Loyiso Langeni
23 July 2015

The Democratic Alliance wants Parliament to table the report on corruption in asylum system so that it can be addressed.

The DA says the report contains evidence of human rights abuses and rampant corruption at refugee reception centres.

DA MP of Home Affairs Haniff Hoosen said it appears that a large number of foreigners who are desperate to enter as refugees or asylum seekers say their human rights are being abused.

Hoosen added that they are being charged large sums of money simply to gain access to application processes to get to the front of the queue as well as officials of the home affairs who are demanding from them large sums of money to even consider their application.


“The DA has asked for the matter to be tabled urgently in Parliament for discussion and we would like the department to come before Parliament to explain why is that they have not dealt with this problem even though it’s been in the services for a long time” Hoosen said.  

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Samwu concludes wage negotiations

Lusanda Bill
24 July 2015

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union have concluded their salary and wage negotiations with Water Boards.

An across the board salary increase has been agreed upon with both Amatole Water and Bloem Water and a multi-year agreement was made with Water Solutions South Africa.

Samwu Collective Bargaining Officer Chumani Gqeke said in Bloem Water we have signed this agreement of an increase of 7.5% across the board for all the employees who are in the bargaining unit.

Gqeke said we have also agreed with the employer to push the minimum wage, all those employees who are earning R6 500 they are now earning R7 500 and a housing allowance of R1 450.


“We also agreed a new dispensation on maternity leave that all those who are on maternity leave will get 4 month full pay into the current dispensation” Gqeke added. 

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Concern raised about the rate of abandoned new born babies

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 July 2015

The African Christian Democratic Party in the Western Cape is calling on the community to stop abandoning babies.

This comes after a recent statistic revealed that 79 children had been abandoned between April 2014 and March 2015.

ACDP Western Cape Leader Ferlon Christians said, I am actually disturbed that we have 79 children that have been abandoned between April 2014 and March 2015.

Christians said we are asking parents to please contact the Department of Social Services before abandoning the children.

“We want to speak to mothers that are pregnant, that are abandoning their new born babies also to contact the Department of Social Services to have these children adopted” Christian added.

Meanwhile Child Welfare South Africa said it has seen a decrease in child abandonment due to the increase in services that is able to assist in this matter.

Child Welfare’s Charmaine Rugunandan said instead of abandoning a child like they used to before, there is more wide-spread information network amongst the volunteers.


“The volunteers are better educated on how to respond when they see an abandoned child” Rugunandan concluded.

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MEC Winde encourages residents to save money

Loyiso Langeni
24 July 2015

The Western Cape Government is partnering with consumer protection agencies to conduct savings awareness sessions across the province.

The MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde hopes this will encourage a culture of savings.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said MEC Winde said they need to encourage a culture of saving so that more residents can be prepared for emergencies as well as retirement.

Jooste added that It is also important that more residents have access to financial literacy programmes. It is our goal that through these savings awareness sessions, which are taking place throughout the province and residents will have the skills they need to better manage their finances. 


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