Sunday, August 30, 2015

Four year old found raped and hung

Rentse Khiba
30 August 2015

KwaZulu-Natal police have confirmed a four-year-old rape victim has been hospitalised after she was found hanging from a tree in Verulam.

 A case of attempted murder and rape has been opened and child protection has also opened a case.

The police's Thulani Zwane said it is alleged the grandmother of the child locked her in the house yesterday morning at about 5am when she was leaving home.

When she returned back home she noticed that the child was no longer in the house.

She was found hanging from the tree and when she was inspected it was suspected she was raped


The suspect is still at large and no arrests have been made Zwane added.

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Sisulu to announce R1.5 million Housing opportunities

Rentse Khiba
30 August 2015

Minister of human settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu will host a national contractors and developers workshop to build partnership with the private sector for the accelerated human settlements delivery, this coming Thursday.

This workshop is a follow up engagement with developers and contractors after a 2014 Human Settlements Indaba which transgressed into a social contract for the sustainable human settlements.

Minisitrial Human Settlements Spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said the minister is going to be meeting with developers during the week to announce mega projects in this country towards the achievement of R1.5million housing opportunities for 2015.


Mabaya mentioned that, “The conference will be attended by developer, banks, mining companies and all other stake-holders.”

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One man killed and 16 injured in taxi accident

Rentse Khiba
30 August 2015

One man has been killed and sixteen other injured this morning after a taxi left the M13 and collided with some trees in Shongweni area , Kwa-Zulu Natal.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, ER24 paramedics along with other services arrived on the scene and found the taxi wedged up against some trees.

It is understood that the taxi had left the road and crashed through the roadside barrier, it then rolled down the embankment and come to rest against some trees.

On assessment, paramedics found that one passenger, a man in his 2o’s, had sustained fatal injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead on the scene” Meiring added.

Sixteen other patients were found on the scene with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for further medical care.


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

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AfriForum urges communities to protect themselves

Rentse Khiba
30 August 2015

Afriforum said that communities should take responsibility for their own safety.

This comes after more than 400 hundred delegates met over the weekend.

15 motions were taken by the delegates.

AfriForum Deputy CEO Ernst Roets said, “Although we appreciate the work that many police officers are doing, as a whole we do not have faith in the South Police Services to protect our members in this country, and therefore we will have to do more as a civil society organisation to ensure people look after their own safety in a more substantial matter.”


Other motions were if the Economic Freedom Fighters were to try to grab land then Afriforum would bring communities together to stop such an incident. 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

38 girls dead, 20 others left injured in Swaziland

Melon Radebe
29 August 2015

The Swaziland Solidarity Network revealed today that at least 38 girls and more than twenty one others died on their way to Umhlanga Reed dance.

The accident happened along the Mbabane, Manzini highway. It’s alleged that the media and police are not able to report this story.

SSN spokesperson Lucky Lukhele said “As a result of the open truck some of these girls were flunk out and those who were injured, some of them have lost their limbs. Their lives have changed dramatically forever.”


Lukhele also condemn the Swaziland government for trying to cover up the incident.  It’s alleged that the government has forced journalist not to report on the story because the king wants the reed dance to take place.  

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Maties elects a new black SRC chairperson

Melon Radebe
29 August 2015

Stellenbosch University has elected Axolile Qina as the new chairperson of the Student Representatives Council.

Qina, a master’s degree student in Theology, said he intends to unify the campus with a new vision.


Qina said “My vision is to unite a campus by firstly having a paradigm of human conscious, where we are all human beings first and from that paradigm we’ll lead. And to ensure that we have a human conscious and mind set within leader structure within the university, where we think for the concern of all students. Ensuring that they have an inclusive and diverse university experience for the benefit all. So that all students can reach their full potential.”

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DA calls for a full inquiry into Gupta plane hiring

Melon Radebe
29 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance has called on the Portfolio Committee on Defence in a statement to launch a full inquiry into chartering of an aircraft owned by the controversial Gupta family.

Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, leased the plane for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s official trip to Japan.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula maintains that no procedural errors occurred and that the plane’s provider, ExecuJet, was not obliged to name the owner.

“Why does the Minister protest so much if she has nothing to hide,” asked DA MP Kobus Marais.

The DA has also asked why South African Air Force planes were not available for Japan trip and whether the ExecuJet flight cost more than one conducted by the Air Force.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

WC’s female farmer crowned top agri-entrepreneur

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 August 2015

A Western Cape female farmer, Tenjiwe Kaba, has been selected as one of the country’s top agri-entrepreneurs.

Kaba was named as one of the winners in the Female Entrepreneur Awards, which were held in Durban on Thursday.

Last week, Kaba won the substance producer category in the Western Cape leg of the awards. She leads Moyo We Khaya, a community garden in Khayelitsha tended by women farming with vegetables.

The Female Entrepreneur Awards is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Bronwynne Jooste said “Minister Winde has congratulated Tenjiwe and said she is a real ambassador for the Western Cape Agricultural sector.


Jooste mentioned that “she is playing an important role in food security and Minister Winde is pleased with her work and wishes her well with her role”

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ANC accuses DA of weak education performance

Micah Loewinger
28 August, 2015

The Western Cape Provincial Parliament convened on Thursday, 27 August, to debate the efficacy of the Department of Education, following a surge of heated demonstrations throughout the region.

Within moments of his opening remark, African National Congress Education Spokesperson Theo Olivier accused the Democratic Alliance of failing to provide safe transport and functional school infrastructure for working class learners.

He concluded his statement by repeatedly demanding that Minister of Education Beverley Schäfer resign immediately.

In his response, DA member of Provincial Legislature Lennit Max argued that problems with transportation and infrastructure, particularly for students in rural areas, are remnants of the Apartheid educational system improperly addressed when the ANC controlled the Western Cape prior to 2009.

“The ANC only managed to replace 36 schools when they were in power, but the DA has already replaced almost twice as many schools, 56 in number.” Max added.

Max’s speech was frequently interrupted by swells of shouting, derisive laughter, and consistent murmur from frustrated ANC members.



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Cope deeply distressed by the murder of a school principal

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 August 2015

The Congress of the People said in a statement it is deeply distressed to hear of the murder of Principal Nokuthula Magwanyana.

It says, this despicable and revolting act warrants the sternest police action and total nationwide condemnation.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem says, the police must leave no stones unturned to find the perpetrators of this murder so that justice is done.

He said threats for her to quit her job and the spray-painted message for her to resign should worry all of us.

Bloem said the taxi violence must not escalate to our schools. We appealing with the Department of Education and the Department of Transport to really curb this thing because we can’t afford and allow this thing to happen anymore in our schools.


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Three suspects arrested for possession of crayfish, stolen property

Loyiso Langeni
28 August 2015

Cape Town police have arrested three suspects for being in possession of crayfish, and stolen property.

Police Spokesperson FC Van Wyk said members of Border Police Cape Town Harbour received information about crayfish that was transported from Hout Bay illegally.

Two vehicles were identified at the premises and searched, with driver/owner in them. In the back of a Nissan Sani blue bags were found, containing crayfish tails.  The two vehicles and three suspects were then taken to Phillipi SAPS for further investigation.

“After the vehicles were searched, they identified crayfish without a permit – 1819 crayfish tails of which 282 in berry.  Various erectile enhancers, covering brands Kamagra, Cialis, Vigora, Viagra, Zenegra and some unidentified pills. Possible stolen property various jewellery gold rings and chains” Van Wyk added.

All three suspects age between 24 and 54 years were arrested and their vehicles seized.


The arrested suspects are due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates Court once charged. 

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DA calls on Muthambi to explain R 600 000 trip to USA

Loyiso Langeni
28 August 2015

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi allegedly spent over half a million on a nine-day trip to a luxury goods show and folk art festival in America.

Muthambi visited the Atlanta Lifestyle Hub Show and the Santa on July 8th.

It is alleged that Muthambi was accompanied by her bodyguard as well as her chief of staff and an Assistant Director.

The South African Lifestyle Hub in Atlanta is a permanent showcase of high end products for sale to the American market.


 DA MP Gavin Davis said this event have little or nothing to do with the Minister’s Communications mandate and the public deserves to know how she can justify this nine-day trip. 

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WC Local Government MEC welcomed the 2015 Cape Floral Kingdom expo

Mbasa Gqokoma
28 August 2015

Western Cape MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, has welcomed the 2015 edition of the Cape Floral Kingdom Expo in Bredasdorp.

The Cape Floral expo is the biggest indoors fynbos showcase in the world and is a celebration of the Western Cape’s unique indigenous heritage.

Spokesperson for MEC Bredel, James-Brent Styan said, the province has the highest concentration of plant species in the world and that includes an estimated 9500 species, of which 70% do not grow anywhere else in the world.

Styan said it is just a way to showcase what we have got to the world and to the province and tourists really clock to these shows.

He added that “we have got other shows coming up in darling Hopefield and Clanwilliam later in the year”.


“We call on families to go visit and attend, have a look on what the show has got to offer. These are wonderful and beautiful things to attend” he concluded. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

WC RTRU to mitigate economic impact of gas shortage in the province

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 August 2015

The Western Cape Government’s Red Tape Reduction Unit has intervened to mitigate the economic impact of the gas shortage in the province.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said the Red Tape Reduction Unit had liaised with Transnet National Ports Authority to develop an interim solution to bridge the shortage of qualified petroleum gas.

Spokesperson for MEC Winde, Bronwynne Jooste said through the Red Tape Reduction Unit intervention, KayaGas was able to secure an additional four hours in Cape Town Port which means for the first time in several weeks they will be able to stock all retailers on their book.


MEC Winde says that “a reliable energy supply is important for job creation and growth and this is why the Western Cape government, the City of Cape Town, Green Cape and local businesses are working together to ensure that we have reliable energy supply”

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Cosatu concerned about the economy

Melon Radebe
27 August 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is concerned with how the economy has been negatively effeted. It was revealed that in the second quarter of 2015 Gross Domestic Product statistics that economy has been at a low.

Cosatu’s Jonas Mosia says, the manufacturing industry, which should be the engine of economic growth and job creation declined by 6.3%.


He added that, this comes at the back of massive job losses in many sectors of the economy, particularly in the mining industry. 

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Seven people injured in taxi accident this morning

Rentse Khiba
27 August 2015

ER24 paramedics responded to an accident scene this morning involving a taxi and two light motor vehicles leaving seven people injured on Moshoeshoe road.

It is believed that the taxi lost control and collided with two stationary vehicles at a nearby petrol station.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossuw said, amongst the injured were five children.
Fortunately, all the patients only sustained minor injuries.

Rossouw said, “ER24 paramedics treated and transported five patients to Palenomi Hospital for further treatment.”

The remaining patients were transported by other services to the same hospital.


The exact cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation, added Rossouw

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Popcru welcomes conviction of Eight police officers killed Macia

Loyiso Langeni
27 August 2015

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union has welcomed the decision handed down by the North Gauteng High Court on the eight police officers found guilty for the murder of Mozambican National Mido Macia.

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton police station on the East Rand after being dragged behind a police van in February 2013.

Popcru Spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said they condemn any form police brutality.


“We would to urge the public not to necessary judge the police on the basis of this case. Majority of our police officers still remain committed to fighting crime and corruption and ensuring our communities are safer” Mamabolo added. 

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Khuseleka One Stop Centre launched for Women’s victims

Loyiso Langeni
27 August 2015

The Western Cape Department of Social Development yesterday launched the Khuseleka One Stop Centre at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for women and Children.

MEC Albert Fritz said the innovative centre will cater for women who are victims of crime and violence under the victim Empowerment Programme.

The department has set aside R3.28 million to drive the 24 hour centre.

We are very excited because this is the first time where the will be a centre that women can access all the service of all the Departments including the Police, National Prosecuting Authority, Social Development at one place.


The Department has allocated an additional R357 048 for improved security for the victims and children. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Deputy President Ramaphosa says Japan trip a major success


Loyiso Langeni
26 August 2105
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described his last day visit to Japan as a victory.

Ramaphosa is leading a delegation of government and business leaders on a trip, to Japan to promote South Africa as a preferred investment destination.

Ramaposa said in a statement that they see Japan as a country that does not only invest, but a country that also supports development. They discussed areas of co-operation through skills transfer.

He also said that they are making great strides in supporting the continent when it comes to skills development. They have invited or called for a number of young people around the continent to come and be trained here in Japan. They will be sending forty nine.


“The South African government on these types’ of visits seeks to make sure that we grow the economy of our country, we enhance investment. We push the skills development button and get as many of our young people to come to be trained in the countries that we visit because it is important to draw skills, as many skills as we possibly can. So we want to flood some of these countries with young people who can come and learn and go back home” Ramaphosa added.  

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ANC condemns vigilante in Drakentein

Loyiso Langeni
26 August 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has condemned mob violence and attack against ANC councillors in Drakentein.

This comes after protesters torched the house of Councillor Sanwabo Lumko in Paarl East.

ANC Secretary Faiz Jacobs said the community has asked the ANC and its alliance partners to intervene in some of the concerns and issue raised by the community

“We are asking the community to allow us to meet with all relevant structures to facilitate dialogue and find a resolution to the community concerns. We are asking the communities in the area of Drakestein to remain calm. Lets not take law into our hands” Jacobs added.

Four suspects have been arrested for the arson and  damage to property. 

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Optimum to compensate Eskom

Rentse Khiba
26 August 2015 
             
Eskom said today it wants compensation from Glencore's mining subsidiary Optimum if it is unable to supply coal to its Hendrina power plant.

Optimum, which produces 10 million tonnes of coal a year, is under financial strain because it says it was selling coal to Eskom for less than the cost of production.

The business rescue practitioner said last week it has offered to temporarily supply coal to Eskom at the cost of production, higher than what Eskom currently pays, while a new deal is negotiated.

Eskom’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said, “We have noted this report whichare claiming that we are pursuing some compensation and things like that. The only compensation we are looking at R2 billion which we have already communicated and this one relates to the poor quality of coal that we got.”

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Body found on Cape Town train with bullet wound

Rentse Khiba
26 August 2015

Cape Town Police found a body of an unidentified man inside a Cape Town train carriage today.

Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the discovery was made during the early hours this morning, with gunshot wound.

“According to information the deceased was found with a gunshot wound to his chest.”  Rwexana added.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist in the investigation should contact the Warrant officer detective Herdine on the telephone on 073 220 0653


 Police have opened a murder case for further investigation.

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DA calls for investigation of racial discrimination at Stellenbosch Uni

Rentse Khiba
26 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance says it condemns all instances of racial discrimination which aims to foster divisions in society.

This is after racial tensions at Stellenbosch University, which erupted last week.

DA’s national spokeswoman, Phumzile van Damme says, the DA agrees that there needs to be an investigation into this matter.

She said the DA calls upon all stakeholders including Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, the leaders of the university and the students to find each other in order to formulate a way forward.


“We are requesting that every allegation of racism at Stellenbosch university be investigated and not be swept under the carpet” Van Damme added.

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ANC councillors to appear in court over a murder charge

Melon Radebe
26 August 2015

An African National Congress councillor in KwaNdengezi ward 12, Mduduzi Ngcobo and  PR councillor Luvelile Lutsheku are due to appear in the Durban High Court today to answer to the charge that they are responsible for the murder of Thuli Ndlovu.

The two councillors have been appearing in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court for several times and had received a bail of Ten Thousand Rand each.

ANC spokesperson Thembani Ngongoma said, “’So far, the investigation of the police revealed that all this was orchestrated by the councillors of the ANC who are arrested and will appear in Durban High Court.”
          

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DA concerned about the drop in learners who take mathematics

Mbasa Gqokoma
26 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance says it is concerned to find the number of learners taking mathematics as a subject at high school is decreasing yearly.

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said this should be the cause for serious concern.

The Western Cape Department of Education is also focusing on encouraging learners to take mathematics and science, which are both gateway subjects for the economic development of the province and South Africa.

Lovemore said we are also very concerned that the pass rate is extremely low with only 12% of learners last year achieving above 50% in mathematics.

Lovemore said, something needs to be done immediately with great urgency. This mathematics is a passport for learners to a job and is certainly a passport to a more vibrant economy for our country.

She said “this is something the Minister should declare immediately her top priority and take appropriate action to address this”.

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26 arrested in weekend raids in Eastern Cape

Loyiso Langeni
26 August 2015

Eastern Cape Police said they have arrested more than 20 people over the past weekend during Operation Fiela.

Approximately, 26 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from dealing and possession of drugs, to public violence.

Police have also arrested 21 foreign nationals without permits and another five with expired permits.

Police Spokesperson Sibongile Soci said the community of KwaNobuhle was surprised to find the area saturated by law enforcement agencies and realised that Operation Fiela was in town. Search warrants were obtained to search several identified premises, upon searching a house in Oscar Mpeta Street, Kwanobuhle, a 31-year-old man was arrested for possession of Mandrax tablets valued at over R57 000, 00.

“In another drug spot in Bantom Road, police seized Mandrax tablets to the street value of R25 000, 00 and a large amount of cash.

A 51-year-old was also arrested in possession of Mandrax tablets valued R6 000, 00.” Soci added.

Soci also said three motorists, aged between 22 and 36, were arrested for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, while more than 120 traffic fines to the value of R42 300, 00 were issued for offences varying from driving a motor vehicle without a licence to driving vehicles that were not roadworthy.





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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two killed in Durban plane crash


Loyiso Langeni
25 August 2015

Two people died when a light aircraft crashed into a sugar cane in Winklespruit in Durban.

It is believed that the pilot and a passenger were the only people on board.

Netcare911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when they arrived at the scene they found the plane had gone down into a veldt and burst into flames in flames. The two occupants tragically died due to very severe injuries that they had sustained.

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

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Cope urges government to help fight AFD

Melon Radebe
25 August 2015
                     
The Congress of the People urges government to deal with the problem of American Foul Brood disease in the Western Cape.

AFD is a disease that attacks bees.     

Cope is requesting that all three spheres of government get involved.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said “Government has to act decisively to protect the food industry as well as the production of honey and other bee products because it is threatened now. As we know that this disease is killing bees by their.”


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Public Transport Voice welcomes PRASA corruption report

Rentse Khiba
25 August 2015

The public transport voice says it welcomes the public protector’s report about the passenger rail agency Rail Agency of South Africa’s corruption and maladministration.

In a statement, the organization says it believes that the government will take action and prosecute all those who are implicated.

Dalton Ndongeni says the Minister of Transport, Public Enterprise and Treasury should act quickly to intervene in problems faced by PRASA.

Ndongeni said “we are crying out to the minister of transport, Dipou Peters to intervene in what is going on in PRASA”

The commuters are the victims of what is going on, with the corruption and everything including the introduction of the new trains, having errors and everything.

“Those will show that there is a problem within the metrorail so there is a crisis within metrorail.”, Ndongeni added.



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Ramaphosa in Japan

Melon Radebe
25 August 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is on an official visit to Japan to strengthen and consolidate strategic bilateral political and economic relations between the two nations, South Africa and Japan.

Ramaphosa is expected to address South Africa-Business Forum Plenary round-table discussion on investment on energy.

Ramaphosa said, “Even in tough economic times, we are tackling the low level of growth in our country. We have embarked on really effective policies and we therefore spreading the word around the world that we are open for business.”


During his visit, Ramaphosa will also meet Tokyo’s ambassador, Yasushi Akashi to discuss peace-building efforts, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka

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Security guard shot in Bryanston

Rentse Khiba
25 August 2015

A security guard sustained minor injuries after a shooting at a business on Peter Place Road in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, on their arrival, they found the security guard sitting next to his vehicle.

Meiring said, on assessment, paramedics found that one man had apparently been shot once in the back. Fortunately the man had been wearing a bullet proof vest at the time.

Paramedics treated the man for his injuries and thereafter transported him to Mediclinic Morningside for further treatment.


The cause of the incident is not yet known, however local authorities were on scene for further investigations. 

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DA releases statement on Public Protector's report

Rentse Khiba
25 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance said in a statement that it will announce the steps it will be taking in order to ensure the Public Protector’s remedial action is fully implemented, following the release of the Public Protector’s investigative report on Monday into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

Mabine Seabe said in a statement with the previous Public Protector’s report, the executive had selectively implemented them or not implemented them.


Seabe added, “We are working to ensure that the Public Protector’s respected the constitution, which empowers the Protector’s respected and any other laws that were violated by PRASA”

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A woman found critically injured at a residence

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 August 2015

A woman in her 30’s was found in a critical condition on Monday evening at a residence in Camelthron Road, Roodepoort.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics, along with Provincial Services and SAPS, responded to the scene and found the woman lying in a pool of blood inside one of the rooms.

Meiring said on assessment, paramedics found that the woman had sustained a serious laceration to her head and was in a critical condition.

He said paramedics treated the woman and provided her with advanced life support interventions.

Once treated, she was transported to Baragwanath Hospital for urgent medical attention.  

The cause of the incident is not yet known, however local authorities were on scene for further investigations, Meiring concluded.


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79 million worth of bursaries availed by WC Health department

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 August 2015

MEC of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo went to the University of Cape Town’s medical student volunteer programme over the weekend.

The programme, that is free of charge, provides primary care to Mannenberg residents who are unable to go to healthcare facilities during the week.

Spokesperson to MEC Mbombo, Coleen Smart said, it’s essential for us in government that we expand our opportunities for as many as young people as possible so that they can access quality education and training specifically in the health field.

Smart said “this is one of the departments key strategic priorities that we broadening the base and increasing the number of medical students in the Western Cape”.


“For that reason, we are investing over 79 million during this current financial year on bursaries for all health fine students” she said.

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Cope applauds Motsoaledi for using public hospital

Mbasa Gqokoma
25 August 2015

The Congress of the People says it admires Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi for making use of a public hospital.

Motsoaledi was admitted to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday.

He was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and is receiving treatment. He had previously made use of the hospital in 2013 for a surgical procedure.

Cope’s spokesperson Dennis Bloem said

“’We want to applaud the Minister, for him to go to a public hospital and (to) show an example that the public hospital are also as good as the private hospital. We want to urge his colleagues to follow what the Minister is doing.’’

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Monday, August 24, 2015

12 people injured after a taxi collided with a barrier

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 August 2015

12 people were injured this morning after a taxi collided with a barrier and rolled on the N3 Highway near the Gilloolys intersection in Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene to find the wrecked vehicle lying on its side near the barrier.

Occupants from the vehicle were found lying in two lanes of the road. On assessment, paramedics discovered that 12 people were injured in the collision, one of them critically.

Paramedics immediately began their treatment of the patients while metro services began closing off some of the lanes of the highway.

Meiring said treatment and advance life support interventions were performed on the critically injured taxi driver to stabilise his vital signs.

He said once treated, the patient was airlifted by the ER24 Helicopter to a nearby hospital for urgent treatment.
He added that the remaining patients on scene were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to nearby facilities for further care.


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

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Boy, aged 9, drowns in newly built sewage system

Melon Radebe
24 August 2015

A Sebokeng nine-year-old child drowned in a newly built sewage system on Sunday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said, “’When medics arrived on the scene they found that the boy had already succumbed to his injuries and there was nothing they could do for him.”


It isn't clear what caused the incident and local authorities are investigating. 

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1 986 vehicles stopped this past weekend in the Western Cape

Melon Radebe
24 August 2015

Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted twenty-four roadblocks across the province this past weekend whereby one-thousand-nine-hundred and eighty-six vehicles were stopped and checked.

Meanwhile, during the roadblocks, nine fatalities were recorded on Western Cape roads.


Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, “In the Metro we had four pedestrian were knocked down and killed in motor vehicle accidents. One in Plattekloof, another one in Cape Town, one in Phillipi and one Symphony Way.”’

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Police in Woodstock arrested suspects for dagga

Melon Radebe
24 August 2015

Woodstock police have arrested four suspects for dealing in Dagga.

Spokesperson Hilton Malila said they followed up on information received from the community about illegal activities that are taking place on the corners of Victoria Road and Essex Street.

Malila said, “During a preliminary investigation that lead the police to the house of the owner of the Fruit and Veg store (sic). And we have confiscated two big bags filled with dagga.”


All suspects are due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s court on charges relating to possession and dealing in dagga.

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Nine year old boy injured in a roll-over accident


Loyiso Langeni
24 August 2015

Netcare 911 paramedics responded to an accident scene late last night after a motor vehicle overturned several times and crashed through a palisade fence leaving a boy in a critical condition.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon assessment of the occupants paramedics found that the man and woman travelling in the front vehicle were not injured during the roll-over.  

“A nine year old boy was found to have sustained critical injuries during the roll-over accident” Steinmann added.  

She also said that the Netcare1 helicopter was activated to airlift the injured boy to hospital for the urgent medical care that he required.



Exact details to the cause of the roll-over will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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DA unhappy with National Assembly cancellations

Melon Radebe
24 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance is concerned with Parliaments decision to cancel three parliamentary committee meetings this week.

The DA released a statement saying that the party will continue to challenge these decisions and ones like them in the National Assembly Programming Committee and make every effort to ensure that Parliaments work and the needs of the nation are prioritised.


DA Deputy Chief Whip Mike Waters said “Despite out objection, the ANC has repeatedly abused its majority in committees such as Programming Committee to stall Parliament’s work and delay debate in the National Assembly on crucial topics such as critical state of our economy and President Zuma’s impeachment.”

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

COPE calls for Justice without Politics

Rentse Khiba
23 August 2015

The Congress of the People released a statement today calling for justice without politics.

Using the Oscar Pistorious parole process as a point, spokesperson for COPE Dennis Bloem said the Oscar Pistorious case should not be politicized. 

He called out both the Minister of Justice Micheal Masutha and the ANC Womens League of being politically selective.

Dennis Bloem, said Cope were asking that the Minister of Justice must take out the politics from justice it is not correct that we are mixing administrative justice with political justice


Bloem said, “It is a very dangerous thing that the Minister is trading on the ANC Women’s youth League, must not be selective when it comes to parole.”

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