Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Teenager in for questioning following Cape Town train arson attacks


A teenager in Ruyterwacht has been taken in for questioning in connection with the Cape Town train arson attacks.
This as one of the pupils that attends the same school with the 14-year-old recognised the identikit released by Metrorail of two suspects sought in connection with the blaze in the early hours of November 28.
A school teacher, who was alerted on Monday afternoon, immediately went to the house of the pupil. Independent Media reports that a member of the Elsies River Community Policing Forum said that the learner’s grandmother told the teacher that her grandson told her he was one of the two guys who allegedly set the train alight. Furthermore, the learner also told his grandmother that he was threatened by the second suspect from Delft, who said if he didn’t co-operate his family would be hurt.
It’s believed that the pupil also told investigators the whereabouts of the second suspect and where he lives in Delft.
18 train carriages worth R61million were destroyed at Cape Town station.
The pair are to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court once they have been charged. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said they heard rumours about an arrest, but didn’t get any official confirmation from the police as yet.

Done By: Mitchum George

'Kaapse Klopse' to parade on the Fourth of January


Instead of the traditional ‘’Tweede Nuwe Jaar’’, the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) will now take place on the 4th of January. The reason for the date change is due to the sunset on the 2nd, which coincides with the Muslim’s holy day of Jum’ah.
The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) has been the organiser of the new format Cape Town Street Parade since its renaming in October 2017.
The Cape Town Street Parade and choral competitions are presented under the single banner of the Cape Town Street Parade, whereby minstrel troupes from all across the city will perform in the streets of the city centre on 4 January, between Hanover Street in District Six and Rose Street in the Bo Kaap.
The organisers promise to yet again deliver a world class showcase of the best of the long tradition and legacy of the ‘Klopse’.
Entertainment is set to start from 12h00 and celebrations will continue up until 10 the evening.

Done By: Mitchum George

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Two arrested after a 10-year-old girl was murdered


Mitchell’s Plain police have arrested two people, aged 21 and 26, for the murder of a 10-year-old girl who was killed during a shoot-out between rival gangs in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, on Sunday night.
Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said one suspect, was arrested in Olifantshoek Street in Tafelsig, while the other was caught with an unlicensed firearm, not far from the scene.
Premier of the Western Cape, Allan Winde, said that the Western Cape government has recently introduced its own safety plan which, he says, will both increase the number of law enforcement officers on the ground, and implement violence prevention strategies with the long-term goal of reducing the murder rate.
Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, commended the Mitchell’s Plain police and Anti-Gang Unit members who responded to the random shooting between rival gangs in Tafelsig and arrested the two suspects.
Abie Isaacs, chairperson of the Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum, said they would gather the community to oppose bail for the suspects.

Done By: Mitchum George


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Archbishop Emeritus discharged from hospital


The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has confirmed that the Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, has been discharged from hospital.
Tutu was admitted to hospital last Wednesday for what his wife Leah had said was a “stubborn infection”, a similar condition which has seen him admitted to hospital over the past few years.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba paid him a visit in hospital and informed the parishioners that he found him “lucid and engaging”.
Doctors instructed the Nobel-prize winner to get sufficient rest.

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Monday, December 09, 2019

She brought the Crown Home! : Zozibini Tunzi Miss South Africa & Miss Universe 2019 -202




Zozibini Tunzi has proclaimed the Miss Universe crown in front of Miss Puerto Rico. Zozi impressed the judges with her normal stage nearness and winning grin, just as her gladly South African style manifestations. The normal magnificence follows in the strides of Margaret Gardiner who was delegated Miss Universe in 1978, trailed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.The first candidate to advance to the best 20, Tunzi didn't flounder once and made South Africa so pleased at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Her night outfit merited the cost of affirmation and when she left the stage, she was the most loved to grab the crown. Our own one of a kind Miss Universe added an additional measurement to the last three hopefuls' responses to the last question presented to them. When asked what the most significant thing we should show little youngsters today, Tunzi told have Steve Harvey:

“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and woman for a long time. Not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls. To take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.”

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Make all the right noises this holiday season


The City of Cape Town has warned against noise disturbances as these may lead to fines and compliance notices served to those who do not abide this holiday season.
Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, explained that a fine won’t be immediately issued should the City get a noise complaint.
Badroodien added that the responsible person(s) would be issued with a compliance notice. Should they not comply, further action such as issuing of a fine, would be taken.
The City said it usually sees an increase in the number of complaints during the Summer season as people tend to turn up their volume.
Furthermore, the City has urged residents to keep the volume on their various devices at a minimum, whereby the sound won’t be heard from the streets. It also encouraged citizens to keep the bass level as low as possible.

Done By: Mitchum George

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Two teenagers shot in Leiden, Delft.


Police has confirmed that a 15-year-old boy was shot dead and a 13-year-old girl injured in Delft on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that the shooting occurred just before 6 p.m on the corners of Elands and Butsak streets in Leiden on Friday.
It is believed that the teenagers had been walking to a shop when a vehicle pulled up and unknown gunmen opened fire on them.
Police said that a case of murder and attempted murder are being probed.

Done By: Mitchum George

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Load shedding expected for the weekend.


Power utility, Eskom, implemented load shedding on Thursday after the system was severely constrained.
It released a statement on twitter where it said: "Eskom would like to inform South Africans and all its customers that the electricity system is severely constrained. In the power alert issued earlier this morning Eskom informed that unplanned breakdowns were at 12 300MW, and that there was a probability of load shedding at short notice if unexpected shifts, such as additional unplanned breakdowns, were experienced.
Furthermore, it warned South Africans that Stage 2 rotational load shedding would be implemented from 4 p.m until 11 p.m ‘’in order to protect the power system from a total collapse.’’
It then said that because of unplanned breakdowns, it would continue load shedding until 5 a.m on Friday.
Meanwhile, Eskom’s technical team were unable to return units from planned or unplanned maintenance, and has thus implemented Stage 2 load shedding from 9 a.m on Friday, and is set to continue until 6 a.m on Saturday.

Done By: Mitchum George

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Mother City expecting more visitors this festive season


According to ForwardKeys, a big data, IT and business intelligence company, said that Cape Town is expecting almost 50 000 travellers to arrive from the UK over the December 2019 to March 2020 period, demonstrating an increase of 30% when compared to the same period last year. The increase from Germany stands at 20% and 11% from the USA. These numbers are based on flight reservation data.
The City ensured that Cape Town is ready to welcome thousands of local and international visitors. Recently, Cape Town was voted the world’s best city for tourism by readers of the UK’s Telegraph, for the seventh time in a row.
The City's Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, said there intention is to make tourism a game-changer for the city. Vos added that the Mother City has vast cultural and heritage diversity and this gives the opportunity to take an authentic and immersive approach to cultural tourism. Vos, along with his department, is hoping on creating more community-based offerings.


Done By: Mitchum George

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Media coverage in Southern Africa

Media coverage is dominated by the speeches and activities of the national party leaders, analysts’ commentary and opinion polls. If communities appear, it is when violent protests erupt
Research has shown that the mainstream media have a blind spot when it comes to community perspectives. into coverage of the 2012 marikana Massacre in which police shot 34 striking miners dead, showed how the media ignored the voices of the striking miners. This led to a serious distortion of initial reporting. other reports has focused on the wider absence of poor people’s voices from media coverage.

it is questions like these that actually need to be answered , does the media still set the agenda? if ye is it in the intrest of the public?

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Data prices must fall



South Africans pay more for data than in other countries where their service providers operate, and those companies are
“More than capable” of reducing prices, the Competition Commission said.
According to @timeslive. Two years ago, amid a public outcry about high data prices and providers' apparent inability to allow customers to carry about unused data, an investigation was launched. That Data Services Market Inquiry report was released on yesterday.
The report said that current comparisons of the prices charged by Vodacom and MTN, the two big mobile providers in SA, in other African markets in which they operate revealed that SA prices are higher than most countries by some distance, even Lesotho, where Vodacom is the effective monopoly provider. In response, Vodacom and MTN have argued that such comparisons are uninformative because the cost and quality differences across countries, including spectrum allocations, may account for the differences in pricing. They have also argued that such comparisons involve headline 30-day tariffs and that effective price, including promotions, short-validity bundles and free data, is a better basis for comparison. “The existing international comparisons on mobile prepaid data prices collectively indicate that SA currently performs poorly relative to other countries, with prices generally on the more expensive end. “Upon the release of the report, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel said data prices were critical to the economy.
“The prices are higher than they should be and higher than any other markets elsewhere in the world. The profitability levels are high, reflecting anticompetitive outcomes. This may be the subject of an excessive-pricing investigation,” he said.Patel added that the roaming markets were not working, or not working as well as they should.
“The 21st century is being reshaped by data. If we want to grow the economy, we need to have the lowest possible data prices,” he said.
The commission also cited a challenge for new entrants like Cell C to compete on a fair footing.
“The constant battles Cell C has had with its debt levels and equity refinancing about an extended period are reflective of precisely this challenge for the newer networks. Its current financial woes only serve to highlight this difficulty entrant’s face,” said the report.
The report says MTN and Vodacom must reach an agreement with the commission on substantial and immediate reductions on tariff levels. Especially prepaid monthly bundles, within two months of the release of the report. The preliminary evidence suggests that there is scope for price reductions in the region of 30% to 50%.
Second, all mobile operators must reach an agreement with the commission within three months to inform each subscriber, on a monthly basis, of the effective price for all data consumed by the customer.
Among the recommendations was that should an operator fail to reach the required agreements with the commission within the specified time frames, the commission will proceed to prosecution.



Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Firefighters struggle to extinguish blaze in 'Plain



The City’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said firefighters responded to reports of a house and four informal structures burning in Megan Street on Sunday night.
The crew met with crowds of people who were pugnacious when firefighters tried to extinguish a blaze in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain.
Carelse said that the first arriving fire crew were confronted by an extremely hostile crowd. The army and SAPS, who were already on the scene, left the area as firefighters battled the fire.
Carelse added that residents were swearing and banging on cars.
Tafelsig ward councillor, Washiela Harris, spoke to residents who said that firefighters arrived late, and denies any allegations of stopping the workers from extinguishing the blaze.
Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo confirmed that the blaze was extinguished just before midnight and that no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage. Malo added that no foul play is suspected.


Done By: Mitchum George

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Data charges in South Africa are high



South Africans pay more for data than in other countries where their service providers operate, and those companies are
“More than capable” of reducing prices, the Competition Commission said.
According to @timeslive. Two years ago, amid a public outcry about high data prices and providers' apparent inability to allow customers to carry about unused data, an investigation was launched. That Data Services Market Inquiry report was released on yesterday.
The report said that current comparisons of the prices charged by Vodacom and MTN, the two big mobile providers in SA, in other African markets in which they operate revealed that SA prices are higher than most countries by some distance, even Lesotho, where Vodacom is the effective monopoly provider. In response, Vodacom and MTN have argued that such comparisons are uninformative because the cost and quality differences across countries, including spectrum allocations, may account for the differences in pricing. They have also argued that such comparisons involve headline 30-day tariffs and that effective price, including promotions, short-validity bundles and free data, is a better basis for comparison. “The existing international comparisons on mobile prepaid data prices collectively indicate that SA currently performs poorly relative to other countries, with prices generally on the more expensive end. “Upon the release of the report, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel said data prices were critical to the economy.
“The prices are higher than they should be and higher than any other markets elsewhere in the world. The profitability levels are high, reflecting anticompetitive outcomes. This may be the subject of an excessive-pricing investigation,” he said.Patel added that the roaming markets were not working, or not working as well as they should.
“The 21st century is being reshaped by data. If we want to grow the economy, we need to have the lowest possible data prices,” he said.
The commission also cited a challenge for new entrants like Cell C to compete on a fair footing.
“The constant battles Cell C has had with its debt levels and equity refinancing about an extended period are reflective of precisely this challenge for the newer networks. Its current financial woes only serve to highlight this difficulty entrant’s face,” said the report.
The report says MTN and Vodacom must reach an agreement with the commission on substantial and immediate reductions on tariff levels. Especially prepaid monthly bundles, within two months of the release of the report. The preliminary evidence suggests that there is scope for price reductions in the region of 30% to 50%.
Second, all mobile operators must reach an agreement with the commission within three months to inform each subscriber, on a monthly basis, of the effective price for all data consumed by the customer.
Among the recommendations was that should an operator fail to reach the required agreements with the commission within the specified time frames, the commission will proceed to prosecution.



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Monday, December 02, 2019

#PreciousRamabulana

The man accused of killing #PreciousRamabulana appeared in the Molemole Magistrates Court in Botlokwa, Limpopo for bail; application today. 28 year old Aubrey Manaka faces charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumcstances. He was arrested last Thursday and was found in possession of the victims phone. Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, the National Prosecuting Authority's spokesperson said Manaka abandoned his bail appliciaton. He will be appearing again on the 30th January 2020.


21 year old Capricorn TVET college student was found in a her dorm she was renting off-campus, stabbed 52 times and raped the 24th November 2019.


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Friday, November 29, 2019

Four suspects behind Cape Town train station blaze

In the recent mayhem of the train blaze at the Cape Town train station, which lead to the station closing down yesterday. This caused mayhem for commuters using the trains. Thursday evening Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the station to check the damage.

Earlier this Friday morning the Minister said the CCTV cameras have revealed the 4 perpetrators allegedly behind the attack. The blaze, which devastated two trains and 18 carriages, caused damage amounting to R61 million. Fikile Mbalula also said to the media “the suspects should be charged not only with arson but also with economic sabotage”. Authorities have been up in arms trying to locate the suspects but no arrests have been made yet.

The Cape Town Police have been doing all they can to apprehend the suspects which have not been named yet. Minister Mbalula said the authorities were intensifying efforts to protect rail infrastructure. This brazen attack has led to the rail way transport line to move slowly and that affecting most commuters who use the trains.

“Metrorail said early indications were that an accelerant was used in Thursday's arson attack”.

By Chuma Matiwane

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