Thursday, September 03, 2015

R100bn owed to municipalities

Melon Radebe
03 September 2015
During the Standing Committee on Appropriations yesterday, the Director General of the Department of Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Tsakani Ngomane, revealed that the total debt owed to municipalities is currently at R100bn, much of which is considered to be irrecoverable.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Appropriations Malcolm Figg said, “Local government is at the coalface of service delivery and thus the financial well being of municipalities is critical to the delivery of basic services such as clean water, electricity, sanitation and waste removal.

“The Democratic Alliance will ask the Minister to address the concerning fact that most of the R100bn is irrecoverable.” Figg added. 

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Four injured in taxi collision on the N11

Rentse Khiba
03 September 2015

Four people were injured this morning after a taxi and a truck collided on the N11 near the Albert Wessles Drive in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal.

Meiring said ER24 paramedics along with Metro services, arrived on the scene and found both the taxi and truck parked in one lane of the road.

The driver’s side door of the taxi had been completely ripped open in the collision.

On assessment, paramedics found that four of the five occupants from the taxi had sustained only minor injuries Meiring added.

Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Madadeni Hospital for further treatment.

It is believed that the two vehicles collided after the taxi apparently attempted a u-turn in the road.


Local Authorities were on scene for further investigations Meiring added.

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Three woman killed after freak accident in KwaZulu Natal

Rentse Khiba
03 September 2015

Three woman have been killed and nine others injured late afternoon on Wednesday after a freak accident on the P134 District Road in Howick, KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring reported ER24 paramedics along with provincial services, responeded to the scene and on their arrival, found a bakkie and large parked on the side of the road.

Occupants that had been sitting on the back of the bakkie were found sitting around the vehicle

On assessment, paramedics found that three woman had sustained multiple fatal injuries.

Paramedics treated the patients for their and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Meanwhile, a man was left in a critical condition yesterday after he was hit by a bakkie on the R42 Barrage Road in Vaderbijlpark.

Meiring explained when ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene, they found a male patient lying on the slipway near one of the offramps.

On assessment paramedics found that the man had sustained severe injuries to his legs and head.

Treatment and advanced life support interventions were performed on the patient and once stable, he was transported to Sebokeng Hospital for urgent treatment.


Local authorities were on scene for further investigations Meiring added

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Minister Pandor announced 42 additional research chairs

Rentse Khiba
03 September 2015

Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor yesterday, announced 42 additional research chairs at various higher education institutions to assist South African’s transformation into a knowledge economy, boosting its international competiveness and improving people’s quality of life.

Ministerial spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said, the new research chairs, awarded to local women researchers has increased the total number of chairs under the South African Chairs Initiative to 201


This will help strengthen the ability of the country’s universities to produce and boost the high quality research in the country, Ngqengelele added

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IFP: Illegal issuing of licences the main cause of accidents

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 September 2015


The Inkatha Freedom Party calls for change in driver’s behaviour, after 141 people died over the past weekend in 110 accidents across South Africa.

IFP’s KP Sithole said, human error is in fact, the overwhelming cause of most of the carnage on the roads.

He added that by not implementing effective driver behaviour management programmes, bad behaviour is not identified properly, undesirable conducts are ignored and the same types of accidents occur over and over again.


Sithole said “I don’t know how are they issuing the licenses because most of the drivers that are on the road, most of them are not properly trained to be on the road. He said this is a concern that the IFP have now because most of the accident that are happening is because of illegal issuing of licenses”. [Sync] 

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Shooting near Cape Town International Airport left one dead

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 September 2015

Cape Town police are currently investigating a shooting incident which happened outside the Cape Town International Airport this afternoon.

It is alleged that a man was shot dead during a robbery when a gang tried to rob a cigarette vehicle at the BP Garage.

Police Spokesperson FC van Wyk says the shooting happened between the suspects and the security officers.

He says one of the suspects was fatally wounded and one was injured and the other fled the scene and is still at large. We are looking for him.

Van Wyk says our members is still on the scene to gather more information. We opened cases of attempted robbery and an inquest for further investigation.


He added that anyone with information about this incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111

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SAMWU declares wage dispute with Sedibeng Water Board

Melon Radebe
02 September 2015 

The South African Municipal Workers Union has formally declared a wage and salary dispute with the Sedibeng Water Board today.

This follows numerous rounds of unsuccessful negotiations which resulted in no concreate increase for workers.

SAMWU says. It will be approaching the conciliation with the view of finding a solution to the impulse.

SAMWU’s National Bargaining Officer Chumani Gqeke said, should the union not receive a favourable outcome by employers then they will have no choice but to speak the language that the employer knows and understands.


“We believe this increase will not encourage levels of productivity as employees are the backbone of service delivery. To ensure that every household is connected to clean and quality water,” Gqeke said. 

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Premier Zille being blamed for the Elsenberg race conflict

Rentse Khiba
02 September 2015

Congress of South African trade Unions in the Western Cape has blamed Premier Helen Zille for being the mastermind of the Elsenburg racial conflict.

The disruptions started on Monday already when a group who claimed to be EFF members, disrupted classes to voice their objection to the college’s language policy. 

Provincial Secretary Tony Ehreinrach reported that Cosatu have warned the Government of the Western Cape about the dangers of its language policy that excludes black communities from proper education in agriculture

Ehreinrach mentioned that it is clear that the Premier is trying to get the white and colored students to use Afrikaans to get into conflict with the African students, who don’t always understand Afrikaans.


“We want proper solutions to this matter that doesn’t fan racial tensions but gives equality to the needs of the language preferences.”  Ehreinrach added.

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Three killed whilst five others left injured

 Rentse Khiba
02 September 2015

Three people were killed and five others injured in a head-on collision last night near Dobsonville.

The collision involved a sedan and a bakkie.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw reported that ER24 paramedics attended the scene and found that the patients had sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious.

“There was unfortunately nothing paramedics could do for the three deceased patients.” Rossouw said.

The injured patients were transported by emergency medical services to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

The exact details to the cause of the collision will remain the subject of a police investigation, Rossouw added.


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City says it will not be bullied by Langa residents


Loyiso Langeni
02 September 2015

City of Cape Town said it will not be intimidated by Langa residents. This after protesters set alight the City’s Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Centre and also disrupted service delivery. 

Residents were protesting for houses. They claim that they have been on the waiting-list but have not received any houses.

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen claims that the City met with thirty residents but they chose not to cooperate.

She added that the City’s massive flagship hostel transformation project in Langa has been underway. The first beneficiaries, some of whom have been waiting for decades for a decent housing opportunity, were scheduled to move into units last week.


“The ongoing protests and instigation by a small group of youths, who are not representing the interest of the broader community of Langa, prevented this from happening. Construction was suspended due to the ongoing protest action in this area.” Van Minnen said. 

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Western Cape tourism sector estimated to create 100 000 jobs


Loyiso Langeni
02 September 2015

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde revealed the Western Cape’s growth strategy plan to create 100 000 on Tuesday.

Winde tabled the Project Khulisa plan that seeks to better the multi-billion rand tourism sector in the next five years.

Winde revealed his plans at a press briefing at the Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront.

Ministerial spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste the next few months we are putting a range of initiative in place that will be focusing on cultural heritage tourism and we will also be launching direct flight.




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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Western Cape government unveils museum during Heritage Month


Loyiso Langeni
01 September 2015

Western Cape MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, has encouraged the public to make submissions about what they would like to see on display at the brand new museum.

Western Cape Government has announced the transformation of an iconic Cape Town building into the Cape Town Museum.

The museum will be housed at the Old Standard Bank building in Adderley Street. The building, also known as the Queen of Adderley Street, was chosen for its rich history as it has been part of Cape Town history since the 1880.

Ministerial Spokesperson Stacy Mclean said if this important goal is met, local inhabitants will benefit from a sense of belonging and identity as they engage with the collection. This will promote social inclusion in the City and in the Western Cape as a whole. Suggestions can be sent to the following dedicated email address:capetownmuseum@westerncape.gov.za.


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Two people wounded after shootout on N12


Rentse Khiba
01 September 2015

Two people have been wounded and four others arrested after a shoot-out with police on the N12 Jet Park Road.

It is alleged that the members of the flying squad was given information that a group of robbers would be driving through the area, and as they attempted to stop the vehicle, the alleged robbers opened fire.

Police Spokesperson Katlego Mogale said cases of attempted and conspiracy to commit an armed robbery have been opened.

Mogale reported the members of the flying squad received a lookout wherein where they tried to stop a dark grey Audi.

The suspects in the Audi then fired shots at the flying squad members, who in turn fired back injuring all three of the suspects.


“Another vehicle which is linked to the Audi was searched and two unlicensed firearms were recovered.” Mogale added

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One dead, four injured at Roodeport mall shooting

Melon Radebe
01 September 2015

One man has died and four others were injured this morning after an alleged shooting at a mall in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, “On assessment, paramedics found that one man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the incident. Unfortunately, nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead on the scene.”

“Four other patients were found on the scene with various gunshot wounds, one of them critically injured. Paramedics began their treatment of the patients and provided the critically injured patient with advanced life support.” Meiring added.

While paramedics were transporting the patients, one passed away.


The cause of the shooting is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigation.

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Denosa’s professor honoured by the City of eThekwini

Melon Radebe
01 September 2015
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa said in a statement that it was humbled by the honour bestowed on the organisation’s founding president, Professor Philda Nzimande.
She was honoured by the City of eThekwini as one of the living legends.
Current Denosa President Simon Hlungwani said Nzimande is one of the nurse leaders who worked tirelessly and crisscrossed the country during the dark days of apartheid.

Hlungwani said, “We are very proud that city of eThekwini could make this nurse had made a contribution in the category of human rights, where she was assisting in our country in forming the unity among the profession of us(sic)  as well as in contributing in the struggle.” 

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Higher Education and Training Network notes racism aimed at black students

Melon Radebe
01 September 2015                        

The Higher Education and Training Network said in a statement that it has noted with grave concern the recent revelations of racism and abuse aimed at black students at Stellenbosch University.

This comes after a multitude of racist incidents at several of the historically white universities including the University of Pretoria, North-West University and the University of Cape Town and others were revealed.

HETN Alumni Support Director, Hendrick Makaneta said the HETN is of the firm opinion that the time has come for the Department of Higher Education to exercise bold leadership and abandon the approach it has adopted towards the historically white institutions.

Makaneta said, “We are saying these universities belong to all the students. Language must be used to the exclusion of other students.”


A man injured after a bus collided with three vehicles

Mbasa Gqokoma
01 September 2015

A bus driver was injured when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with three other vehicles at a filling station in Malvern, Queensburg.

It is understood that he lost control of the bus and went down an embankment leading to the filling station.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the patient lying next to the bus.

Bodasing added that one of the vehicles was crushed between the bus and another vehicle.

She said, an off duty nurse was attending to the bus driver. Fire and Rescue Services were also on scene.

Paramedics assessed the man, and found that he sustained moderate injuries.

She said paramedics took over treatment and transported him to hospital for further medical care. It is understood there were no passengers in the bus and vehicles at the time of the incident.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown, however, authorities were on scene for further investigations.


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Alan Winde: local businesses must help develop WC economy

Mbasa Gqokoma
01 September 2015
The Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has called on local businesses to submit their comments and help to develop the Western Cape’s Economy.

Winde said in a statement that the Western Cape’s population is increasing annually by an average of 2% compared to national’s 1.3% growth.

At the start of September, the Western Cape Government Red Tape Reduction Unit, will launch its Biz Challenge which will enable businesses to identify the most problematic aspects of the Visa Regulations.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said, we have seen in average that each month there are 300 new business registrations in the Western Cape, which is very encouraging.

She said on the other side we see that in the first quarter the new visa regulations carried a loss of 384 million rand to the Western Cape economy.


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Winde: 300 new businesses registered in the Western Cape

Loyiso Langeni
01 September 2015
 The Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has called on local businesses to submit their comments and help to develop the Western Cape’s Economy.

Winde said in a statement that the Western Cape’s population is increasing annually by an average of 2% compared to national’s 1.3% growth.

At the start of September, the Western Cape Government Red Tape Reduction Unit, will launch its Biz Challenge which will enable businesses to identify the most problematic aspects of the Visa Regulations.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste in the latest economic update MEC Winde focused on the number of business registration in the province, as well as the impact of the Visa regulations on the economy.

“We have seen that on average each month there are 300 new business registration which is very encouraging on our side. We have seen that in the first quarter that the new visa regulations has resulted in the Western Cape losing R384 million on the provinces economy” Jooste added.


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Monday, August 31, 2015

DA to announce steps against Jiba

Melon Radebe
31 August 2015


The Democratic Alliance will today announce further steps that the DA will be taking with regard to Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba.

This follows President Zuma’s failure to accede to the DA’s request to institute an inquiry into her fitness to hold the office of a Deputy NDPP.


Spokesperson to the DA leader, Mabine Seabe said, “The National Prosecuting Authorities is a key institution system in the legal justice system. As such it should be an institution that is run well and unpoliticized.” 

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10 people died on the Western Cape roads

Melon Radebe
31 August 2015

Western Cape Traffic Authorities conducted 24 roadblocks across the province this past weekend and 2 366 vehicles were stopped and checked.

1 455 drivers were tested for alcohol and 23 drunken drivers were arrested during the roadblocks.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, “We also tested the speed 756 vehicles, of which we prosecuted 116 drivers were prosecuted for exceeding the different speed limits. The highest speeding record in the Western Cape Province since yesterday was a 174 in a 120 zone on the M1 just outside Beaufort West.”

Meanwhile, there were 10 fatalities were recorded on the roads.

Africa said a collision involving a taxi and a motor vehicle left two people dead.


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Three people killed in collision on N2

Rentse Khiba
31 August 2015

Three people were killed in a collision on the N2 close to the Macassar offramp in Western Cape.


ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw reported that the collision occurred around midnight and involved only one vehicle.


Rossouw mentioned the road was wet and the vehicle allegedly lost control at a slight bend and collided with a traffic safety pole.  The vehicle split in half, killing all three passengers.


ER24 paramedics attended the scene, but unfortunately there was nothing that could be done for the patients


The cause of the incident remains unknown however local authorities were on scene for further investigations.


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Medupi Unit 6 officially opened

Rentse Khiba
31 August 2015

Eskom’s Medupi Unit 6 has officially been opened by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

Eskom said, during this period unit 6 has been able to alleviate pressure on the national electricity system, helping to either avoid load shedding altogether or minimize its severity.

The unit will pump a much-needed 800 megawatts into the country's electricity supply.

President Zuma says the economy will benefit from the switch-on.

Meanwhile, Koeberg's Unit 2 will be offline for three months of scheduled maintenance, starting on Tuesday.

It will see about 930 megawatts taken off the grid.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe reported that this unit is now available for use on a daily or regular basis.


“As a result it is giving us 800 megawatts, which are being used in an effort to make sure we keep the lights on.” Phasiwe added

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Woman critical after hit-and-run

Rentse Khiba
31 August 2015

A woman in her 30’s is in a critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle in the early hours of the morning on the R41 in Kagiso, West of Johannesburg.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring reported, ER24 paramedics were called to the scene by provincial services, and on arrival, found the patient being treated by paramedics.

On further assessment, paramedics found the patient had sustained a serious injury to her head and legs.

“Treatment and advanced life support interventions were performed on the patient before she was transported to Johannesburg General Hospital for further treatment” Meiring added.

The vehicle that apparently hit the woman was not found on the scene.

Local authorities were on scene for further investigation.

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COPE welcomes the Medupi Unit 6

Rentse Khiba
31 August 2015

The Congress of the People heartily welcomes the coming on line of Unit 6 at Medupi Power Station.

Cope says it is very much grateful for small mercies and hopefully for the possible end of load shedding.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem says, for South Africa to succeed in providing adequate electricity, government and Eskom must attract very capable and highly qualified people.

He said cadre deployment must come to a sudden and immediate end.

Bloem added that COPE hopes that this load-shedding that the country is facing will come to an end.

“We really want it to come to an end because it is crippling the economy of the country.”

Bloem mentioned that they expect the President and his government not to come with empty promises.


"We want the government to look at other means of generating electricity and energy," Bloem added.

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MEC Fritz hands over 60 youth skills transfer programme certificates

Mbasa Gqokoma
31 August 2015

On Sunday the Western Cape MEC of social development, Albert Fritz handed over graduation certificates to 60 young people form the west coast region, who completed the youth skills transfer programme.

MEC Albert Fritz said, “The department of social development and specifically the ministry of social development by myself, launched a youth skills transfer programme to have all those young people on farms who are unemployed and not in school at the moment to get them trained into a specific skill.”

The Ministry of Social Development hopes to enable these young people by generating their own income and in turn the government will use their services to provide the City of Cape Town with whatever is needed.

There is a need for such skills specifically in events management, marketing and most importantly our outreach programmes, Fritz added.


The young participants come from the communities of Vredenburg and Vredendal and they underwent training and workshops offered in two blocks each day, for five days.

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A man in a serious condition after he was shot twice in the chest

Mbasa Gqokoma
31 August 2015

A man in his 30’s is in a serious condition after he sustained two gunshot wounds to his chest on the N1 Highway near the Allendale turn-off in Midrand.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics responded to the scene where they found the light motor vehicle parked against the roadside barrier.

He said on assessment, paramedics found that the man had sustained two gunshot wounds to his chest and was in a serious condition.

Meiring added that treatment and advancement life support interventions were performed on the patient before he was transported to Johannesburg General Hospital for urgent treatment.

The incident was reported to local authorities for further investigations.

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MEC Winde to host tourism month briefing

Rentse Khiba
31 August 2015

As part of MEC Winde’s tourism month programme the MEC of economic opportunities will table the Western Cape’s growth strategy for the provinces tourism sector over the next five years to take place in Cape Town.


MEC Winde will outline project Khulisa’s action plan for the sector.
The objective is to add up to 100 000 jobs in the sector and increase its economic contribution up to R28 billion from R17 billion.


Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said Minister Winde is appealing to entrepreneurs in the Western Cape to take advantage of this opportunity.


The sessions will focus on the Development and strategies in key areas including marketing, finance and operations.


These sessions will be taking place across the province, Bronwynne mentioned for more information on these sessions entrepreneurs can visit the Western Cape government website.


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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" Zwane added.


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 R1.5 million 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 20’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

Micah Loewinger
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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