Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fire blazes in Woodstock

By Yamkela Xhaso
31 January

Today at 1 o’clock the Cape Town fire and control centre received a call that vegetation caught fire.
Director of the fire control Theo Layne said this incident took place in Constitution Street.

We presently got three fires engines and one water tender on the scene”
At the moment there is no property in danger but there is a lot of vegetation that is burning.

Police on the hunt for two robbers

By Yamkela Xhaso
31 January

Milnerton are hunting for suspect who allegedly robbed a woman entering a First National bank in Kysna Road, Milnerton yesterday.

Milnerton Inspector Daphne Dell says the woman was from Montague Gardens was held at gunpoint and forced to handnover the bag carrying what is believed to be R50 000.

“She was going to do business banking”

She was confronted by one man with a firearm, her bag was grabbed and the man jumped into the vehicle and fled.

The suspects are still at large.

Testing station to be opened in Mitchells Plain

By Cindy Witten
31 January 2009

From Monday, Mitchells Plain residents will finally gain access to a drivers licensing testing centre, once the Eastridge centre is opened.

While the city faces major backlogs with drivers licence bookings, it is hoped that with the opening of the centre, some relief will be provided. Bookings will start on 09 February 2009. The testing facility is located near the bus terminus and railway station, which is accessible to most Mitchells Plain residents.

Traffic spokesperson Inez Lackay says this is a positive step for the department.
“It will definitely alleviate a lot of the backlog. Also it is accessible to a large number of people,” she said.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Community Information Network

NOTICES

# The Nyanga Arts development Centre invites young people, between the ages of 6 and 35 to its training workshops to be held at the Zolani Centre. The training includes music, dance, drama, film/photography and visual art/ craft. For more information and date details contact either Thabisa Gwebefika or Mteto Mzongwana on (021) 385 1751.


# Wynberg Girl’s schools will celebrate their 125 year Anniversary in 2009 and would like to include past pupils. If you were a pupil at the junior or senior school, email Shelley Robertson at srobertson@wynghs.co.za

# Buy 2009 calendars for R100 and R70 to raise funds for the Caspian Alexander Trust to feed sterilise and care for animals. The paintings have been done by learners from Rustenburg Junior School. To order, call Inge De Villiers on 082 328 2877.

# The Lavender Hill Literacy Project needs donations of books, bric-a-brac, jewellery, small items of furniture and collectable. If you think you can help, call 073 314 5918 The Western Cape Cerebral Palsy

# SA Writer’s College is holding their annual short story competition. Entry is free for all previous unpublished writers. Enter via email only. The deadline for entries is Wednesday April 29. Visit www.sawriterscollege.co.za or call (021) 712 6220 for more information.


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Body of woman found on slopes of Lions Head

By Cindy Witten
30 January 2009



The body of a woman was found on the slopes of Lions head at Kloof Street in Camps Bay on Thursday morning.

A passer-by discovered the body and immediately contacted police who responded to the scene. There police found the dead woman with her hand bag lying close by.

SAPS spokesperson Randall Stoffels said: “At this stage the cause of the death has not been determined as yet.”
He said that an autopsy will be conducted next week. In the meantime, a murder case docket has been opened and a 26 year old man was taken in for questioning.

Golden Arrow wins court settlement

By Mikhaila Crowie
and Cindy Witten
30 January 2009

Good news for commuters, judgment was handed down this morning in the Cape High Court meaning the National Department of Transport must pay outstanding passenger subsidies to Golden Arrow Bus Company on demand.

It also found that there is nothing to prevent Treasury from making the necessary funds available from the National Revenue Fund.

Golden Arrow is said to be pleased and extremely relieved by Justice Anthony Binn-Ward’s ruling. Vuyisile Mdoda, spokesperson for Golden Arrow says the bus company has demanded that the money be paid by 4pm today.
“Failing this, we would use a venue available to us to force the state to comply”
An estimated 260 000 passengers travel with Golden Arrow daily.

Meanwhile, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union general secretary Randall Howard says that the union welcomes the decision.
“We can’t have commuters in the Western Cape being inconvenienced to the extent that it could happen if Golden Arrow cannot render the required number of services to ensure that workers get to work and students get to school,” said Howard.

City accused of jumping the gun on Liquor Act

By Mishkah Anthony
30 January 2009


Finance, economic development and tourism MEC, Garth Strachan, has accused the City of Cape Town of creating confusion and unnecessary drama around the Western Cape Liquor Act.

Strachan says, the City has made an already difficult situation even worse by “jumping the gun” and proposing restrictive by-laws that will impact on business and tourism.

“The intention of the Liquor Act is to stop the abuse of alcohol and to ensure that the individuals who are not licensed to sell alcohol especially those who are associated to crime and drugs, are stopped to do so”

Strachan says the City’s by law will have a very negative on tourism and job creation. He says the targets can’t be Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hotels and licensed Restaurants.

“I think the City should really rethink this by-law because, it is a very big danger to the tourism industry.”

Date for State of the Nation Address announced

By Mikhaila Crowie
30 January 2009

The Presiding Officers of Parliament have announced that the date for this year’s State of the Nation Address. President Kgalema Motlanthe will address the three arms of state (The Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary) on February 6.

The theme for this year’s address is “Parliament entrenching people-centred democracy in achieving development goals.”

What the theme means is taking parliament to the people. The aim of the theme is to meet the demands of service delivery in our country and to recapture the expectations of the people who reside in our country.

This year’s address will certainly be an exciting one as the occasion will be beamed on big public screens throughout the country.

As always though, the day will be filled with South African tradition.

SATAWU welcomes Pretoria High Court ruling

By Cindy Witten
30 January 2009

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) is pleased with the Pretoria High Court ruling which has ordered government to settle Gauteng bus operators November debt by noon tomorrow.

SATAUW says that the case will continue on the 4 February 2009 for the balance while politicians have been given time to sort out the matter in the meantime. SATAWU general secretary Randall Howard says that the union welcomes the decision of the Pretoria High Court.
“Essentially it compels government to pay R300 million to the Gauteng Province to ensure that bus services continue to operate,” said Howard.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Suspects arrested for cable theft

By Mikhaila Crowie
29 January 2009


The South African Police Services in Woodstock followed up on information about suspects who were in the process of stealing copper cables from a nearby sub power station.

“On arrival we arrested two males at the sub power station who were still cutting cables.”, said Sergeant Hilton Malila, Woodstock SAPS Communication Officer.

Malila added that the police recovered 5 cables, which were about 2metres long with an estimated street value of R5 000.

The suspects, aged 30 and 20, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate Court today on charges of Theft and Possession of stolen property.

DA demands Hajaig’s apology to Jews

By Mishkah Anthony
29 January 2008

The Democratic Alliance has called on Deputy Foreign Minister Fatima Hajaig to apologise for her recent outburst against Jews or lose her job.

The DA says they were shocked to read that in the speech in Lenasia two weeks ago, Hajaig said “Jews control America no matter which government comes into power, whether Republican or Democratic, whether Barrack Obama or George Bush.”

DA Spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko says this anti – Semitic comments are not only racist, they are an incitement to communal hatred and oppose the intent of the constitution and South Africa’s culture of human rights.

“Ms Hajaig’s allegations are nothing more than bargain- basement conspiracy mongering ,which would be unacceptable from a senior member of any government anywhere in the democratic world.”

54-year-old apprehended for Kuils River murder

By Mikhaila Crowie
29 January 2009

A 54-year-old man was taken in for questioning yesterday in connection with the murder, which took place in Kuils River.

The body of a 64-year-old woman was found in her home, with her hands and feet tied up and a black bag over her head.

A domestic worker spotted the male suspect as he fled the house.

“The suspect, who was apprehended yesterday, will appear in the Bluedowns Magistrate Court tomorrow for bail application.”, said Captain Isaac van Niekerk, the Kuils River Communication Official.

Kraaifontein Police Constable wounded in shooting

By Cindy Witten
29 January 2009


A constable was wounded in a shooting incident this morning, following a tip police received from a community member who spotted a blue Mazda that was allegedly involved in an armed robbery in the area yesterday.

Two constables responded but when the occupants of the Mazda saw the SAPS members, they sped off. The members pursued the vehicle at a high speed, during which the vehicle stopped near bushes before the four men jumped out and fled on foot. One of the suspects was arrested and police confiscated an assault rifle found in the vehicle. Shortly after the arrest, shots were fired at one of the Constables from a passing white bakkie.

SAPS spokesperson Gerhard Niemand says that the Constable sustained a gunshot wound to his neck and is in a serious condition.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Deputy Foreign Affairs Ministers comments spark outrage

By Cindy Witten
and Mishkah Anthony


Human rights activists are outraged, following an alleged statement made by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Fatima Hajaig at an Lenasia rally in solidarity with Palestine last month.

It is reported that the alleged statement made, portrays the Jewish community in an unfavourable manner. According to reports, The South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ David Saks says he obtained a recording of the Deputy Ministers comments from a local radio station which broadcasted the event. The ACDP’s Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says that an apology is in order.

“Those who are calling on her to apologise are correct – she must apologise. If she carries on making such statements against and about other nations, she must be removed from her position,” said Reverend Meshoe.

The department of foreign affairs was unavailable for comment.

Robben Island Museum denies “shambles” report

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 January

Robben Island Museum has denied media reports that its finances are in a shambles.

Robben Island Museum CEO Seelan Naidoo said the institution “is definitely not in shambles”
Seelan Naidoo emphasised that the museum has moved beyond those reports ever since.

Naidoo said they have improved since the island was in financial mess in 2007 and in 2008.

“People should watch the space Robben Island is moving ahead” said the CEO.

WC government to tackle global warming

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 January

The Western Cape government has launched a climate change strategy with the aims of making the province’s energy usage climate – friendly.

This strategy aims that by the year 2014, 15 percent of energy will come from renewable resources. MEC Pierre Uys of the Department of Environment Affairs said the strategy approved by the government and cabinet.

Uys said he was acknowledged that the climate is indeed changing.

“Its not going to happen in the future, its happening now already”

The strategy focused on two aspects, mitigation and adaptation.

“In terms of mitigation we said we want to reduce the provincial carbon footprint”

A plan for this was put forward thus the energy efficiency where a 1000 solar water geysers are being in installed for in communities

“Looking at adaptation” said Uys, a programme has been put to look at the scarce water resources and involving communities in conversation and promoting biodiversity.

City appeals for public to comment on draft by-law

By Mikhaila Crowie
28 Jamuary 2009

Members of the public have until the 27th of next month to submit their comment on the draft by-law of liquor trading days and hours.

This draft follows the recent circulation of the Western Cape Liquor Act, which governs the sale, supply and regulation of alcohol throughout the province.

City of Cape Town Councillor, Taki Amira has urged the public get involved.

The outset of the proposed by-law deals only with the trading days and hours.

The website is www.capetown.gov.za/bylaws. To submit your comments, email: liquor.bylaw@capetown.gov.za, or fax to 021 400 1465.

IEC on track for elections

By Mishkah Anthony
28 January 2008

The Independent Electoral Commission yesterday briefed Parliament Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the commission’s state of readiness to oversee the elections and the second and final voter registration weekend on February 7 and 8.

Expectations are high that President Kgalema Motlanthe will announce the date of the elections during his state of the nation address next Friday. Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Chairperson Patrick Chauke asked if the IEC is ready, should the President announce the date next week.

Bam said the commission was following a “very strict timetable” and that their CEO Pansy Tlakula, has kept every political party informed of the time frames and that according to the Constitution elections should be held before the April, 15.

“On that date we will get every person to open those voting stations – but the president of this nation, according to the Constitution, has to decide on the date, in consultation with us.”

Bam said although this year’s election will be exciting, it will also serve as a new challenge for the country as the world will be observing the 2009 elections.

“We depend entirely on the credibility of our elections on the political parties, who now would have a different role at voting stations this time around; the political parties will have access to the voters roll.

“So there is no way in which there are suspicions that there are people that are voting that are not registered.”

Bam says that is just one of the many ways the IEC has tried to ensure credible elections this year. They have also acquired 30 000 new scanners,also referred to as zip-zips for the 19 713 voting stations across the country.

The zip –zips will be used to scan the “very important reports” that come from polling stations, pieces of paper will no longer be passed around. It will now be scanned to computers. Bam said if any party want check results of a particular station, it will be on the computer.

Bam said she hopes in the future South Africa will adopt what other countries have done, that the person who becomes presiding officer is a person who qualifies and has formal training to do it. She says she hopes this country continues to professionalise elections.

Missing 20-year-old


By Mikhaila Crowie
28 January 2009


A 20-year-old female has been reported missing.

Ngcwelekazi Myeki was last seen in the Vyrgrond area in Muizenberg on January 18th.

Myeki was supposed to return to her family in Paarl but never arrived. Dezzie Regner from the Pink Ladies organization has more.

She is 1.7 metres tall and weighs 50kg. She was last seen wearing a blue jean, red and white tracksuit top and blue trainers.

If oyu have more information, please contact Inspector Vester on 021 787 9018 or the Pink Ladies on 072 214 7439.

Police constables in recovery after Bothasig shooting

By Cindy Witten
28 January 2009


The two police constables, who were shot and wounded in Bothasig on Sunday morning, are both recovering in Milnerton Medi-Clinic.

The two SAPS constables, 24-year-old Johnathan Kriel and 21-year-old Fadwa Brown were on a routine patrol in the area when they approached two suspicious looking suspects. The suspects opened fire, shot the constables and then fled the scene.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andre Traut says that police investigations are ongoing.
“Both members are in a critical condition in hospital.

No one has been arrested. We are following our leads and we won’t stop our determination to apprehend the perpetrators,” said Traut.

“There are no new developments as yet,” he said.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Man arrested for attempted abduction

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 January

Delft police have arrested a 23 year old man for failed abduction of a six year old.

It is alleged that the minors’ parents sent them to buy utensils at a shop. Shortly the mother heard the other boy shouting for her, the boy alleged the suspect grabbed the younger son with disappeared with him.

She ran around for help and “noticed the man running around with a child” said Delft police Captain Joe Wilson.

“He was followed and was arrested in on Hindle Road, the minor sustained no visible injuries but was very shocked”

Joe Wilson said the incident took place on Sunday and the suspect will be charged with child abduction and will appear in Bellville court on Wednesday.

Cosatu worried about fuel increase

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 January

Filling stations are expecting to be busy over the next week after another economist predicted a rise in the price of petrol next Wednesday.
The price for the increase is expected to be between 30- and 50- cents.

However the Congress of South Africa’s Trade Union says it is worried about this increase. Cosatu’s spokesperson Patrick Craven says the previous drop did not have a huge effect on food and taxi fares.

“Prices particularly food and transport fares that went up when the petrol price went up but did not climb down when the petrol price came down”

Craven said the worry comes when fuel is likely to come up again it will have an effect on other sorts of items.

Zille receives threats

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 January

Mayor of Cape Town and Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille has confirmed that her office received possible threats against her.

An unknown caller called her office, and wanted to warn the mayor about people wanting to threaten her.

Later during the day, the office received another phone call, saying there was a bomb in the office.

Spokesperson Fritz De Klerk said after they received a bomb threat in Parliament everyone just carried on working.

“We have the number, we have caller Ids, so we have the number take from, so the police are currently investigating a criminal case”

Zimbabwe reaches new agreement

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 January 2009

The Southern African Development Community says it has reached a unanimous agreement on Zimbabwe.

After 14 hours locked in talks over a resolution to the political deadlock in Zimbabwe, SADC leaders agreed that Parliament should be urged to pass Amendment 19 to the September power sharing agreement, by next Thursday.

This should be followed by the swearing in of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutamabara, by the 11th of February.

However, Robert Mugabe will remain President.

Zimbabwe’s ministers and prime ministers should be sworn in by the 13th of next month.

“The agreement is that the negotiating teams will, with immediate effect, sit to develop a formula of how the government will be distributed.”, said Kgalema Motlanthe, South African President and Chairperson of SADC.

Truck driver suffers heart attack while driving on the N2

By Cindy Witten
27 January 2009



On Sunday morning a truck driver lost control of his vehicle while travelling on the N2 between Vanguard Drive and Bhunga Avenue. The truck collided with the centre island wall and went over the wall.

It is reported that the truck driver, Chris Lahoa, 47, suffered a heart attack while his 17-year-old son tried to take control of a 22-wheeler. Lahoa was treated on the scene but died before he could reach the hospital. The 17-year-old boy sustained minor neck injuries.

Traffic spokesperson Merle Lourens says that several lanes on the N2 highway were closed off for about five hours.
“The right lane outgoing was obstructed with the rear end of the truck and the front end, as it was hanging over the wall was obstructed on the incoming,” she said.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Metro police’s clean up operation in Athlone

By Yamkela Xhaso
26 January

In a joint operation between the Metro police, Athlone police service and Sechabe and Helios Security and community police forum conducted operation clean-up in the Athlone area on Friday.

Metro police spokesperson Nowellen Petersen says this operation was a success.

“123 traffic fines were issued, of which 59 were of unlicensed drivers and 5 people were arrested for drunk and driving as well as four people were arrested for other offences”

Motlanthe to host SADC summit

By Cindy Witten
26 January 2009


President Kgalema Motlanthe, who also Chairs the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will today host the Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria. There, they are to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe.

Foreign Affairs' Ronnie Mamoepa says: “The summit is convened primarily to discuss the implementation of the Zimbabwean global political agreement signed in 2008 between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations, as facilitated by former President Thabo Mbeki as a SADC facilitator.”

This summit is expected to be attended by all SADC members’ states, former President Thabo Mbeki and the heads of the two MDC formations.

Metro police continue to fight drunk and driving

By Yamkela Xhaso
26 January

The Cape Town Metro Police continued with its arrests on drunken drivers on the city’s roads when they conducted roadblocks vehicle check points and foot patrols in Kleinvlei and Baden Powell Drive respectively on Saturday and Sunday.

Metro police spokesperson Nowellen Petersen said during two operations they held in Kleinvlei and Baden Powell “29 motorists were arrested for drunk and driving and 706 traffic offences were recorded”

SAPS members wounded during routine patrol

By Mikhaila Crowie
26 January 2009

Two South African Police Service members were wounded yesterday morning in Bothasig while on routine patrol.

The police members spotted two suspicious looking males in Elbrecht Street.

The suspects produced firearms when they were approached by the SAPS members.

The 21-year old female reservist sustained a gunshot wound to her head while the 24-year-old male sustained two gun shot wounds.

“Both members were admitted to hospital in a serious but stable condition.”, said Andre Traut, spokesperson for the SA Police Services.

Traut also said the suspects fled the scene with the patrol vehicle as well as the two firearms belonging to the members.

The patrol vehicle was later found abandoned on the N7 close to Du Noon.

The suspects are yet to be arrested.

Golden arrow takes State to court

By Mikhaila Crowie
26 January 2009

Cape Town bus-company, Golden Arrow says it has been forced to go to the High Court again, due to the fact that the State has failed to pay money due to the company.

The payment relates to an interim contract.

In a statement, Golden Arrow said the State must pay R92 million. If the money is not paid before the end of this month, the bus-company cannot guarantee that it will be able to operate.

This will have an enormous effect on those travelling with Golden Arrow. The number is estimated to be 260 000 passengers.

“The reason for this is because government has breached their agreement it has with Golden Arrow, which provides that the company would receive subsidies on behalf of the passengers that have been carried over a period of time.”, says Vuyisile Mdoda, spokesperson for the bus-company.

Mdoda continued by saying that the money has not been forthcoming and said government should respect the terms of the contract.

Agricultural suitcases handed to Philippi East residents

By Cindy Witten
26 January 2009

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Department of Agriculture, held a Service Delivery Road Show in Phillipi East on Saturday.

The road addressed topics such as land reform and skills training amongst others. Its aim was to empower and inform the community of what Provincial Government has planned for communities in the Western Cape. Minister of Agriculture, Cobus Dowry, says that the road show was a huge success.
“It was very successful. The halls were full of people who came to hear what we have to offer. The community also makes use of opportunities that comes their way,” said Dowry.

Dowry added that the road show was well attended by community members, who received supplies that enable them to plant their own fruits and vegetables.
“We, from the department, have made known our latest delivery – an agricultural suitcase. The suitcase helps people to build their own gardens in their back yards,” he said.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

City’s traffic department urges drivers to be patient

By Cindy Witten
25 January 2009

Constantia Main Road from Augustus Way to the circle at Constantia Nek, will be converted into a one-way.

This is due to road works that will take place from the 26 of January. In an effort to minimise traffic delays, Augustus Way towards the Nek will serve as a one-way from 9am to 4pm. Thereafter, the road will be open to two-way traffic until the following morning. Traffic travelling from Hout Bay towards Constantia will be re-routed.

Spokesperson for traffic services in the province, Inez Lackay, appeals to motorists to be patient, as the work that will be done is necessary.
“Residents needing to access their properties via main road will have to travel along Main Road, up to the circle to reach their residents. We urge motorists to exercise patience and caution,” said Lackay.

Dlamini Zuma offers tips on how to avoid Cholera

By Cindy Witten
25 January 2009


Together with the World Health Organisation, the South African government has been instrumental in helping to solve the Cholera situation in Zimbabwe.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dlamini Zuma says that measures need to be taken to manage border and disease control. She says that even with border control, authorities can ensure that people who need health services will have access.
“It’s very important to us to give information to our people on how to avoid or even prevent Cholera,” said Dlamini Zuma.

The minister offers useful tips such as boiling water before drinking and cooking fruit and vegetables before eating it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Operation COCA sees to the arrest of one person for theft

By Cindy Witten
24 January 2009


One person was arrested for the theft of a motor vehicle yesterday morning when Metro Police continued operation COCA, and patrolled Woodstock and Salt River.

292 traffic offences were recorded, including 71 for unlicensed motor vehicles and 93 for driving without a licence. 54 motorists were also fined for not wearing a safety belt.

According to an issued press release, Metro Police spokesperson, Nowellen Petersen says that Metro Police will not tolerate lawlessness on City roads.
“These types of traffic offences remain a major concern, as it means that there are too many drivers and vehicles that are not fit to be on our roads,” said Petersen.

Provincial Government holds Service Delivery Road Show in Philippi-East

By Cindy Witten
24 January 2009


Following the launch of Provincial Government’s Service Delivery Road Show in Khayelitsha on the 10th of January this year, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, decided to take the road show to the community of Philippi east.

The road show, that takes place today, will address topics such as Land Reform and Skills Training amongst others.

Minister of Agriculture, Cobus Dowry says that the aim of the road show is to inform the community of what Provincial government has planned for the future.
“We, as the ANC government in the Western Cape, decided to go out to the people and also inform them in the road show of what we are doing, what we have done, and what is available to the people from the government’s side,” said Dowry.

FEDUSA concerned about current global economic crisis

By Sasha Forbes
24 January 2009


Due to the current global economic crisis, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is very concerned that the current it could have a serious negative impact on the economy and may result in many job losses.

For that reason FEDUSA has asked President Kgalema Motlanthe to set up a task team to see if a solution can’t be come up with in order to prevent people loosing their jobs.

“The President did agree to that particular process to set up a task team and the task team is currently underway, to have a serious discussion and to come up with a recommendation which could be given to the President, so that he can make an announcement in the State of the Nation address which will be held February 6.” said FEDUSA’s Dennis George

Friday, January 23, 2009

Safety MEC’s strategy to fight gangsterism and drugs

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 January

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Patrick McKenzie has come up with a strategy to fight gangs in the province. The MEC says gangsterism id the biggest pain in the township and biggest hurt to young people.

McKenzie says they are going to start a new divivsion in the office which would cater to bring down gangsterism. The unit will be based on three levels.

The first level will an investigative level which “will ensure that high flyers settled into court, that all the necessary documents is in place so that we do not unnecessary lose court cases”

The second one will be a social leg which will train young people and make them youth leaders “and then send them back in the community into community centres” so that after school activities for young people can begin, so that the young people can have a place to go to,”

The final one is to find jobs for the youngsters; the MEC says they will begin to talk to business so that they can be trained into jobs.

“So that our young people won’t turn to drugs and gangsterism because they don’t have a job,”

President Motlanthe hands over new archives and library building

By Sasha Forbes
23 January 2009


South African President Kgalema Motlanthe will later today be travelling to Timbuktu, Mali where he will participating in the handing over of the newly completed archives and library building to the government and the people of Mali tomorrow.

“In this regard President Motlanthe’s participation in this project acts as a news partnership in the development of Africa’s Fexi Cultural Project.” said Foreign Affairs' spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa

“The project to construct the archives and library building began after then President Thabo Mbeki visited Mali in November 2001 and was shown the ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu. It was upon seeing the condition of the manuscripts that a need to preserve the manuscripts arose.” said Mamoepa

ANC distances itself from digital altered email message

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 January 2009


The African National Congress says it distance itself from a photo being circulated by email of an ANC billboard digitally altered with a crude and offensive message.

In a statement ANC media liaison officer Brian Sokutu says the message which encourages political intolerance and threatens violence against women is deeply offensive to all South Africans.

Sokutu says the ANC has consistently opposed gender based violence and all other forms of abuse.

“The ANC says it supports the democratic right of all people to vote for a party of their choice”, says Sokutu.

Dlamini Zuma meets with Danish Foreign Affairs Minister

By Sasha Forbes
23 January 2009


Later today South African Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will be holding bilateral political, economic and trade discussions with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“Issues on the agenda for discussion are expected to include among others the status of bilateral political, economic and trade relations between South Africa and Denmark, a briefing on developments in Europe and Africa including the EU and the African Union, peace keeping and conflict resolution in Africa including the Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe, the Middle East situation as well as issues of global interest.” said Foreign Affairs' spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa

“Minister Dlamini Zuma and Minister Moller will also sign a declaration of intent between the two counties on conclusion of their discussion.” said Mamoepa

Fedusa concerned about rail safety

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 January

The Federation of Unions of South Africa says it is concerned about government not paying attention to the situation of unsafe rail crossing.

This is after the recent rail deaths both in KwaZulu Natal and in the Western Cape. Fedusa secretary General Dennis George said the situation is totally unacceptable.

Fedusa issued a strike notice yesterday.

George said this unacceptable because “it has psychological on our members, they way they have to deal with these deaths on a daily basis”

The union says the level passing has not been properly maintained is not properly taken care off. The reason why they the released a strike notice is because they believe this is a long term solution to this problem.

“One of the demands on the strike notice is that we must come together with the government to find a solution to this problem”

Meanwhile, Metrorail spokesperson Rianna Scott says that they will study the application of the strike as soon as they receive it.

Scott said they will do everything in their power to avoid the strike because it will impact negatively on the customers and “that is the last thing we want to do”

“We will take it very seriously, we really will put all our efforts into resolving the issue before it comes into industrial action” said Scott.

Scott says if an unlikely event happens they will have to activate their contingency plan like they do when they have industrial action “but our commitment is to rather avoid the strike than to go into contingency plan”

Fedusa says the parties they have sited the Department of Transport, Transnet, African Rail Communter Co-operation and Metrorail.

Geroge sais the main objective is to ensure that rail infastructure is improved, they can either build bridges over the railway lines or subways .

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Youth terrorise Athlone residents

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 January

Athlone police have urged residents to report the incidents of crime this after youth gangs terrorised the area.

Athlone SAPS Inspector Ian Bennet has urged parents to help together with police to teenagers from engaging in criminal activities.

Bennet says parents who report their children that does not mean their children will be sent to prison.

“We urge parents to report the incidents of crime rather than solving a situation where there is gang violence or a situation where children get hurt or injured”
Bennet asked or partnership with parents

Yengeni will not serve in parliament

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 January


African National Congress executive committee member Tony Yengeni cannot serve as a Member of Parliament due to his fraud conviction and sentence.

This is according to both the ruling party and parliamentary criteria which say candidates nominated for positions in both Parliament and provincial legislatures should not have a criminal record. ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus confirmed that Yengeni was not eligible.

“The African National Congress is legally bound by the law in terms of who can represent it both in the national and provincial parliament”

Any person who has been sentenced for a period for longer than, has a criminal record without an option for a fine cannot serve for at least one term emphasized Niehaus.

Niehaus said they will not comment about certain individuals on the lists because they were not final they were provisional.

They will be final after the list conference this weekend.

Metro police arrested six suspects after high speed chase

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 January 2009

Twelve members of Metro Police officers were on normal patrol when they arrest six suspects during a routine night patrol in Manenberg on Tuesday evening.

Metro police spokesperson Nowellen Petersen says, Metro police officers spotted three men pushing a trolley covered with a black plastic in Klipfontein Road in Manenberg.

“When metro officers approached the men they fled the scene, but one them who was pushing the trolley, was arrested and taken to the Manenberg police station.”

“The trolley contained 109 newspaper-wrapped parcels of dagga”, says Petersen.

Metro police officers resumed their patrol and they noticed two suspicious-looking vehicles with tinted windows.

When they approached the vehicles the suspects speed away and the police chased the white Opel Astra.

After a high speed chase ensued along the N2 onto Vanguard Drive and into Heideveld.The suspects were apprehended on the corner of Heideveld and Erts Roads in Vanguard Estate were the vehicle was brought to a stop after the rear window was hit by rubber bullets, according to Petersen.

“Fifty eight parcels of dagga were found in the vehicle and the five occupants, all male, were arrested and taken to the Manenberg police station.’’ said Petersen

City calls on public to put forth their comments

By Sasha Forbes
22 January 2009

Following concerns raised by members of the public, The City of Cape Town has created a proposed liquor trading hours by-law and now invites members of the public, the hospitality industry and other stakeholders to provide them with comment on the proposed by-law so that they are able to draft a fair legislation which balances everyone’s rights in the city.

“The Western Province government has set up a new act called the Cape Liquor Act number 4 2009 which sets down a generic set of operating hours, basically if you are on consumption you are allowed to keep your premises open from 11am till 2am and if you are off consumption from 9 am to 6pm.” said City spokesperson Councillor Taki Amira

For a copy of the proposed by-law please refer to www.capetown.gov.za/bylaws.

Durban fire destroys thousand imported cars

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 January 2009

Yesterday afternoon a raging fire in a parking garage in Durban has destroyed as many as one thousand new imported cars.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks says the flames engulfed the fourth floor of the building on the corner of Smith and Roy streets.

Apparently the cars had just been shipped into the country.

Banks says the cause of the blaze is being investigated by the police. Residents say thick, black smoke could be seen hanging over virtually the whole city while the flames were being brought under control.

The fire department used three fire tenders and a water tanker to battle the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Banks says no fatalities have been reported in the accident.

Premium tickets now available

By Sasha Forbes
22 January 2009


Yesterday ticket sales for the eagerly-awaited Premium Express opened to the public. Due to high demand and public interest, only monthly tickets will be sold initially.

It has been reported that only 252 tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. This arrangement may be reviewed should the customer demand profile change.

“The Premium Express that comes on stream on February 2 is the forth business express train in the country and the second in the Western Cape.” said Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott

It is all about giving our customers a choice, so you now have Metro, where you will mostly find students, you find that generally your older people upgrade to MetroPlus which has got a different seating configuration and is a bit more spacious and then you got top of the range which is you Business Express where you have beautiful new inertia.” said Scott

Customers interested in booking tickets should first call (021) 449 2422 during business hours to reserve a ticket and tickets must their origin station on presentation of a positive identity Unclaimed tickets become eligible for re-sale after 48 hours. Ticket offices at stopping stations open at 05:30 until 18:30, according to the Metrorail press release.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Western Cape Schools get into the swing of things

By Mandisi Tyulu and Yamkela Xhaso
21 January 2009

It was all tears and smiles as some of the learners were beginning their first day of school and for some it was great feeling meeting their school friends after a lengthy holiday.

Bush Radio reporter Mandisi Tyulu went to Soyisile Primary School in Khayelitsha to witness the re-opening and to speak to some of the learners and teachers as well as the principal.

Tyulu describes the atmosphere as chaotic with learners running around, and some of the learners were crying for their parents who went to drop them to school.

I had an opportunity to speak to some of the teachers who said they face quit a number of challenges such as absenteeism, discipline, reading as well as crime and HIV and AIDS.

Bush radio reporter Yamkela Xhaso went to Spurwing Primary School in Eerste Rivier which is amongst those coastal schools which opened today. Education MEC’s are expected to make surprise visits to schools to ensure that learning gets underway.

The principal said that the school is ready to start class, stationary was delivered on time as well as resources that learners use except one minor problem of later admissions that we have to deal with

The learners and parents arrival was slower than expected. They began arriving only at 7.20 am but afterwards the school hall was full to capacity. The hall was only for the new comers whose names were announced by the principal Charles Hendricks to go to their chosen classes.

Also queues in the administration building were getting longer because parents who wanted to register their children were already late but should have done it last year; this is according to the principal, who said one of the problems was

“Parents registering late, we sent out letters last year reminding parents to come and register so that we can start planning for 2009”

Principal Hendricks said parents should stop reacting late and start reacting early when schools open.

Now the children will pay the price by not being admitted because the school was full.

But the school did not waste any time, it got classes under way just after the principal of school announced the names of the newcomers allocating them to their class. Bush radio went to find out from the school beginners about their ambitions since it was their first school day of their lives.

Most learners wanted to be doctors, others policemen, nurses traffic police and hairstylists.

The teachers too had their expectations for this year just like any other year. Mrs Malepe a Grade R teacher in Spurwing said she expected “parents to support us and learners must attend school everyday and work harder”

The principal Charles Hendricks said the expectations were the OBE which was a huge adaptation for teachers but they were coping.

The parents had their fears others feared crime, bullying, loneliness and corporal punishment from teachers.

Delft Anti-eviction campaign meets with MEC for housing

By Cindy Witten
21 January 2009


This morning the Anti-eviction Campaign (AEC), together with the community of Symphony Way in Delft, made their way to Wale Street. There representatives met with MEC for housing to discuss the situation of the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers. The AEC says that the department continued to make promises that it continued to break.

Families who have been living on the pavement for months fear that they will be evicted as soon as the elections are over.

Kareemah Linneveldt from the Delft AEC says that the community wants to know where they stand with the department.
“We’ve been in the struggle for 11 months now and we want to know what is going to happen from now on. The community will be standing outside in support,” said Linneveltd.

First day chaos and lifetime memories

By Mishkah Anthony, Mikhaila Crowie
and Sasha Forbes

21 January 2009

After a 6 week summer break, it was back to school, back to reality for learners of the Western Cape. Bush Radio news reporters were sent out to different schools in their communities to find out how educators, parents and learners were feeling about the first day of school.

Bush Radio reporter Mikhaila Crowie attended Denegeur Primary School situated in Strandfontein. She described the atmosphere as quiet at first, but chaotic as time grew closer to 8am. “The amazing thing is that I saw nobody crying and learners were more excited about their first day of school.” said Mikhaila. Mikhaila also spoke to some teachers, who expressed their challenges for the academic year ahead. The most noted challenge was the new curriculum.

Sasha Forbes went to Kenwyn Primary School where she described that mood as being busy and buzzing with enthusiasm. Not long after 8am the school settled for assembly in the school hall, where Principal Eric Right welcomed educators and learners back.

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Mishka Anthony was out at Fairview Primary in Grassy Park. According to Principal Aubrey de Wet, things were less chaotic this year except for a few late registrations. The grade 1 who were kitted out in their new school uniforms, seemed ready to tackle the task lying ahead. However the parents were more to reluctant to let go of their children.

We also spoke to educators about the obstacles that may arise during the 2009 school year. The most common challenges that got educators anxious for the year ahead was the lack of discipline, and the huge amount of learners in a single classroom. Educators also urge parents to support them in their children’s development.

Learners face reality as school holidays come to an end

By Cindy Witten
21 January 2009


For thousands of learners across the Province it’s all back to normal as school holidays come to an end with the start of the new school term.

The MEC for education, Yousuf Gabru, says that from the department’s side, everything is going according to plan.
“I’m sure that we are well prepared for the year. In our department we started preparing last year already,” said Gabru.

Gabru says in the Western Cape more than 950 000 learners started the 2009 academic year. Education MEC’s made surprise visits to schools across the province to ensure that learning got underway.

As far as teaching supplies are concerned, Gabru says that the majority of schools have been seen to.
“We’ve distributed all of the learning and teaching materials that is necessary, and have tried to ensure, as far as possible, that all the furniture required has been distributed,” he said.

Mayor reshuffles Mayoral Committee

By Sasha Forbes
21 January 2009


Following the departure of Simon Grindrod , Mayor Helen Zille has decided to make changes to the composition of the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee. There has been several major changes to the committee, said Mayor Zille’s spokesperson Robert Macdonald

“The Mayor has decided that Councillor Ian Neilson, will now be responsible for both the Economic and Social Development portfolio as well as Economic Development, Mayoral Committee Member for Housing, Councillor Dan Plato, will be leaving his current portfolio and will become a Mayoral Committee Member in the Mayor’s Office, where he will take specific responsibility for service delivery and the Housing portfolio will become the responsibility of current Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Shehaam Sims.” said Macdonald

These changes will be effective from January 28, according to a press release.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Black Sash urges teenagers to apply for grant

By Yamkela Xhaso
20 January

The Black Sash has urged 14-year-old who are in need of in need of financial support to apply for the Child Support Grant before the school year begins. Application for grants began on the first of January this year.

Ratula Beukman from Black Sash says legislations were passed last year that all children under the age of 15 will get extended grant money of R230.

She also added that parents should be aware of all those who are eligible to receive grant.

“What people must be aware of is that for every grant that exists in South Africa‘s social system, they can use alternative identification to be able to access this grant,”

“They do not need an official identity document”

Beukman says SASHA Agency for Development where one goes and applies for a grant will accept a sworn statement specifically testifying who the person is.

A person can also provide them with a school report or a clinic card with the trustworthy person’s contact details and name on it.

After the application is processed then the person can receive the grant.

“It is vital for people to know that because it is one of the laws that were passed last year”

Arson investigated in Cape fires

By Yamkela Xhaso
20 January

Authorities in Cape Town are investigating whether some of the veld fires which have hit the Cape Peninsula over the past few days had been deliberately started.

The fire season has been particularly busy. It has been made worse by dry vegetation, high temperatures and near gale force winds. Yesterday alone, fire-fighters were called out to no less than 78 bush and mountain fires.

City of Cape Town’s Charlotte Powell said this morning were monitoring blazes around the Athlone sewerage works.

“The fire is still not contained and the city’s fire services are working to put the fire out”

“The were no injuries reported” said Powell

Traffic Services identify top 10 traffic offenders

By Cindy Witten
20 January 2009


The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services has identified the traffic offenders with the most outstanding warrants. The total value of the 10 fines amounts to R155 000.

Spokesperson for the department, Inez Lackay, says that one of the top offenders has come forward to pay for some of his fines.
“One of the City’s top 10 traffic offenders, an owner of an Opel Sedan, who had 12 outstanding warrants of arrest, voluntarily came forward and paid for 10 of those outstanding warrants,” said Lackay, “this after numerous house visits was done by our warrant team.

Lackay says that two of the top ten traffic offenders are currently out of the country, and that the department is patiently waiting for them to return.

According to the department, in order to avoid a warrant of arrest, motorists who have received traffic fines should pay them before the court expiry date.

Whale rescued in Still Bay

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 January 2009

Yesterday the National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers launched their rescue craft, Walvan Rescuer, following a request for assistance from Cape Nature Conservation who was dealing with a beached baby Pigmy Sperm Whale at the main beach in Still Bay.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that the Cape Nature Conservation officials and NSRI volunteers encouraged the whale into the surf but a shallow water sand-bank in the surf-line prevented the whale from reaching deeper water.


Lambinon says, the rescuers were forced to load the whale onto Walvan Rescuer and transported the whale, which appeared to be strong and healthy, to deeper water where it was released.

Lambinon says that, once released the whale swam into the ocean and appeared to be fine.

COSATU congratulates Barack Obama

By Sasha Forbes
20 January 2009


As Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony draws closer, people and social movements around the world are coming together in order to celebrate this momentous occasion.

COSATU has issued a statement congratulating Barack Obama on his inauguration.

“Undoubtedly for an African-American to win to win such a crucially important election is a huge step forward for the America and we believe for the world.” said COSATU’s Patrick Craven

“We also hope that it will also bring a new fresher view on political views and that other issues are looked at.” said Craven

DENOSA concerned about challenges the nursing profession faces

By Sasha Forbes
20 January 2009

The Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa continues to be concerned by the challenges faced by the nursing profession in our country. Nursing, the core backbone of health services is arguably faced with massive challenges more than any other profession in the health sector.

“These challenges include the very same poor working conditions that we have always been vocal about, the issue of school leavers who are lacking interest in pursuing nursing as a profession due to the inhuman work environments and the issue of safety and security in hospitals.” said Spokesperson for DENOSA Asanda Fongqo

“We are calling on the government to start the New Year by addressing these issues and to ensure that our health services are improved.” said Fongqo

Monday, January 19, 2009

Two police constables wounded in a shooting accident

By Mandisi Tyulu
19 January 2009
Yesterday afternoon detectives from the Western Cape Organized Crime Investigation Unit were busy with crime investigation at house in Yanta Street, Gugulethu when they were approached by three unknown armed men on foot.

Inspector Billy Jones says the men fired several shots at the seven police detectives wounding two of the members in the stomach and upper leg respectively. The two detective-constables are both in a serious, but stable condition in hospital.

“The members returned fire forcing the suspects to flee the scene on foot. They are currently still at large. ‘We cannot confirm whether any of the suspects sustained any injuries.”
The motive for the attack on the police officials is being investigated.

The police have launched a search for the suspects and opened a case-docket of Attempted Murder for investigation.
Anyone with information can contact Crime stop on 08600 10111.

ACDP concerned about Magashule’s statement

By Yamkela Xhaso
19 January

The African Christian Democratic Party says it is concerned that the ANC leaders continue to referrer to Christian viewpoints.

This is the ANC’s Free State leader Ace Magashule’s statement that the ANC should follow Jacob Zuma as Christians follow Jesus
ACDP’s Steve Swart says this is the third time ANC uses Jesus name and no one can claim that Jesus is on their side.

Swart said first the ruling party said that they will rule until Jesus comes back, Jacob Zuma was suffering like Jesus and now they say ANC should follow Jacob Zuma as Christians follow Jesus.

“We believe that this is unwarranted, however it does appear that the statement made by the ANC free State chairperson can be taken out of context and therefore we do have our resevarvations about that statement”

Motlanthe attends discussions concerning Zimbabwe’s future

By Cindy Witten
19 January 2009


President Motlante is in Zimbabwe Today where he wil meet with the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The reason for the discussions is to establish a unity government.

That the first step to achieving that is the adoption of amendment 19, which puts into law what was agreed upon in the global agreement that has been gazetted. Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says that in order for the meeting to be a success, the parties need to implement the global agreement.

“What South Africa and SADC, at the summit last year, said to the parties that they must implement the global agreement. And we hope that all parties will implement the global agreement,” said Minister Dlamini Zuma.

Dlamini Zuma added that only once a unity government has been established, can Zimbabwe deal with the challenges they are facing.

Two rescued after their kayak washed ashore

By Yamkela Xhaso
19 January

Two men in Plettenberg Bay were assisted by the National Sea Rescue Institute when their kayak was ashore.

The 2 men, from Plettenberg Bay, both aged in their mid thirties, told the rescuers that they both managed to swim to shore but while they were wading in knee high water towards the beach one of the men stepped in a hole and was washed off his feet by a strong outgoing tide and was swept back out to sea.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says one of the men was washed back to the sea.

“Two men’s kayaks capsized in the surf one man was rescued from the sea and one man was found safely ashore”

Neither of the men were injured in the incident.

Why residents pay separate sewerage charges

By Cindy Witten
19 January 2009


Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Councillor for the Utilities Portfolio which includes the Water and Waste Water Department says that residents often query why they are required to pay separate sewerage charges.

The reason for this, according to Alderman Justus, is to cover the costs of paying for waste water or sewerage to be treated. The process of treating waste water or sewerage is an expensive one. Thus, the City has added an additional charge.

According to a press release issued by the Department, Alderman Justus is quoted as saying that the rate is calculated at 70% of the volume of water consumed per household.

“70% is an average figure that has been shown, both in South Africa and globally, to be a realistic annualised portion of the of water that is supplied to the home, and goes back into the sewers from toilets, baths, showers, sinks and washing machines. The remaining 30% is used for a variety of other purposes, including swimming pools and gardening and is not returned to the sewers. This makes 70% a good, realistic and justifiable tariff for single residential properties.”

“You get your basic amount of water for free, and then the more water you use on a step tariff, the more you would pay. In terms of the sewerage, you are paying for the treatment according to the amount of water that you have used,” said Alderman Justus.

Community Notices

The Claremont Resident reunion will be held on Saturday January 24, from 3pm to 8 pm at the Claremont civic centre. Tickets are R40. For more information call Eleanor Petersen on 021 696 5867 or 073 150 1000.

The Nyanga Arts development Centre invites young people, between the ages of 6 and 35 to its training workshops to be held at the Zolani Centre. The training includes music, dance, drama, film/photography and visual art/ craft. For more information contact Thabisa Gwebefika or Mteto Mzongwana on 021 385 1751.

Wynberg Girl’s schools will celebrate their 125 year Anniversary in 2009 and would like to include past pupils. If you were a pupil at the junior or senior school, email Shelley Robertson at srobertson@wynghs.co.za

Buy 2009 calendars for R100 and R70 to raise funds for the Caspian Alexander Trust to feed sterilise and care for animals. The paintings have been done by learners from Rustenburg Junior School. To order, call Inge De Villiers on 082 328 2877.

A request from Jacqui, she is looking for her missing dog. Roxy is about knee high; she is black with a tan under belly, face and paws. She went missing on Friday 16 January from Camps Bay. If anyone sees her, please contact Jacqui on 082 903 3028.

If you would like our community information network to announce your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to news@bushradio.co.za or fax them to 021 448 5451 or call us on 021 448 5450. You can even send a sms to 32158. Don’t forget notices that can uplift the community will be broadcast free of charge.

City urges Capetonians to be vigilant around fires

By Sasha Forbes
19 January 2009

Following the devastating fires in Gordon's Bay last month and in Melkbosstrand, Kommetjie and Camps Bay during last year’s fire season. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is responding to between 50 and 90 fire responses a day across the Metropole, the majority of which are the result of carelessness or negligence.

The City of Cape Town is urging all Capetonians to be more vigilant around fires.

“We just ask citizens that if they see anyone deliberately starting fires or they are in and around fire that they are very, very careful because it is still very extreme conditions with the weather and for the next week as well the temperatures will be elevating and the wind will be blowing.” said The City of Cape Town’s Ian Schnetler

Sunday, January 18, 2009

41-year-old man missing


By Sasha Forbes
18 January 2009


41-year-old Wentzel van Wyk was last seen on Sunday. His employer`s bakkie which was in his possession, a white GWM was found by San Parks workers on Monday Jnauary 11 in the parking area at the Big Tree, Woodville in Hoekville near George.

“Wentzel van Wyk is, 1,77m tall has blue eyes and weighs about 70kg. He has black hair which has been shortly shaven.” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie

“Anyone with any information about his whereabouts, are requested to please contact the SAPS Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or the investigating officer, Inspector JD Williams on 044-8034772 or 083 3531 041.” said Pojie

Man dies after boat capsizes

By Sasha Forbes
18 January 2009


Yesterday afternoon the NSRI responded to a call just off shore Robben Island following reports of red distress flares being fired. It was determined that a small snoek boat had capsized with 7 people on board. It was reported that three private crafts also responded to the red distress flares.

“The one patients was suffering from severe hyperthermia, they were brought to the NSRI rescue base where they were met by Metro doctors and Metro paramedics who continued with CPR on another patient, the other patient was transported to hospital with severe hyperthermia and he was treated at hospital.” said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon

“After all efforts to resuscitate the patient were exhausted on the scene at the NSRI rescue base, he was declared dead by a Metro doctor.” said Lambinon

City joins enforcement agencies for successful roadblock

By Sasha Forbes
18 January 2009


Metro Police, together with other enforcement agencies like the South African Police Services, Traffic Services’ Operation Reclaim and the SAPS Vehicle Identification System Unit staged a successful roadblock on the busy Vanguard Drive in Bonteheuwel.

The main focus was checking for outstanding traffic warrants, stolen motor vehicles, the roadworthiness of vehicles and drunken driving. said Metro Police spokesperson Nowellyn Petersen

“It was a very successful operation and I think that these types of operations will continue in various areas and we will however maintain high visibility.” said Petersen

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Suspects arrested for dealing in drugs

By Sasha Forbes
17 January 2009


Yesterday, Woodstock police arrested two men for being in possession of 101 mandrax tablets in Hares Avenue, Woodstock.

The arrests followed after police members on routine patrols spotted a cream Toyota Conquest vehicle in Victoria Road, Woodstock. The police tested the registration number of the vehicle and the results came out, that the vehicle was not registered. When the occupants of the car spotted the police they sped off, but the police manage to stop the car in Hares Avenue.

“The police ordered the occupants out of the car and searched the vehicle; they found 80 mandrax tablets hidden under the passenger seat as well as another 21 mandrax tablets hidden underneath the driver’s side of the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested for dealing in drugs.” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Joe Wilson

“As the police members searched the driver of the vehicle, they found a large amount of cash to a value of R1570-00, the money was also confiscated with the drugs.” said Wilson

The two suspects, who are currently in police custody, are facing chargers of dealing in drugs. They will appear in the Cape Town magistrate court on Monday, said Wilson

Police arrest two suspects for possession of stolen property

By Sasha Forbes
17 January 2009


Yesterday morning, Woodstock police arrested two men aged 25 and 32 in Albert Road, Salt River when found that they were in possession of three suspected stolen desktop computers.

The arrest follows after police members on routine patrols spotted a green VW City Golf vehicle in Albert Road. When the occupants of the car spotted the police they wanted to speed off, but the police manage to stop them.

“The police searched the vehicle and found the three computers inside a box covered with black refuge bags on the back seat of the car. Our preliminary investigation revealed that the computers were stolen from an Absa Group Operations situated in Foreshore, Oswald Pirow Street, Cape Town.” said SAPS spokesperson Hilton Malila

“The two suspects, who are currently in police custody, are facing charges of Housebreaking and Possession of suspected stolen property.” said Malila

The two suspets will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate Court on January 19.

Please contact Inspector October on 083 793 3352 or 021 799 1314 or Dessie from the Pink Ladies Organisation on 072 214 7439 with any information.

Golden Arrow dispute settled

By Mandisi Tyulu
17 January 2009


Following a court application by Golden Arrow bus services, the company confirmed yesterday that they have reached a settlement with the National Department of Transport and the National Department of Finance.


Golden Arrow spokesperson Vuyisile Mdoda says the National Department of Transport and the National Department of Finance were taken to court by Golden Arrow with an aim of seeking a settlement over the dispute.


The court ordered these parties to pay Golden Arrow all the moneys that are due to the company and as result of that order we are of the view that the matter is over and is business as usual.

In a statement Transport and Public Works MEC, Kholeka Mqulwana expressed relief that the matter was smoothly solved averting what could have been disruption to a service to thousand of commuters.’’

Friday, January 16, 2009

Diep River police constable arrested

By Cindy Witten
16 January 2009


A police constable was arrested for attempted rape, attempted armed robbery and attempted murder this morning.

It is alleged that the constable, based at Diep River police station, visited a house in Parow where he held up a male resident and demanded money. He then ordered the man and another male resident to lie on the floor while he ordered the female resident to undress herself. He allegedly attempted to rape the female victim during which a struggle broke out between the suspect and the two men.

“The constable allegedly fired a shot wounding one of the men in his side. He was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition. The constable was arrested on the scene and we seized the official firearm,” said SAPS spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn.

The 27-year-old man is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s court on Monday.

Gallows Hill testing station closed for uprooting

By Yamkela Xhaso
16 January

The driver-testing station yard at Gallows Hill traffic Department will be closed from the 26 -31 of this month.

Media assistant officer of the City of Cape Town traffic services, Inez Lackay, said the reason for the closure is that the yard is being uprooted as cables are being restored for Greenpoint stadium.

“All members of the public who have appointment schedules for these dates would be differed and assisted at alternate testing stations”

For more information they can contact Hilton Thomas or Andrew Hanabas at (021) 406 8742

Frustrated matriculants and parents to visit Minister’s office

By Mandisi Tyulu
16 January 2009

Today the AfriForum Youth will accompany a group of parents and matriculants of various schools, who have not received their matric results yet, to the office of the Minister of Education.

Ernst Roets, National Chairperson of AfriForum Youth, says the matriculants will demand that the matric results to be announced and that action be taken against the people responsible for the maladministration that caused this disaster.

“The matriculants are extremely concerned about their future, as universities have in many cases already started with their programmes for first year students, while these learners still have no idea whether they have admission to courses, or not, say Roets.

‘Several matriculants have also already lost their bursaries as a result of the unavailability of their results and some have been informed by universities that their applications to study at these institutions will be rejected unless they can provide their results before the end of the weekend.”

“The maladministration and delays have now reached the point where the rights of the matriculants are being violated,” Roets stated. “They are being impaired unfairly because the Department did not do its work, he added.

Police on the hunt for arson suspect

By Yamkela Xhaso
16 January

Mitchells Pain police are still searching for a man who is suspected of burning down his family’s house.

The man is suspected to be under the influence of drugs during the time of the incident. Inspector Ian Williams from Mitchells Plain police says the incident took place on Sunday afternoon.

The complainant is the suspect’s wife. The suspect is wanted by the Mitchell’s Plain police for questioning.

“A case of arson had been opened”, said Williams.

Ntsuluba rejects calls for Mugabe to be trialed

By Mandisi Tyulu
16 January 2009


Foreign Affairs director General Ayanda Ntsaluba has rejected calls for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to be tried at the International Criminal Court for human rights abuses.

Ntsaluba told a media briefing in Pretoria that such call were counter-productive at a time when South Africa was trying to broker a peace deal.

He adds that whatever the levels of discomfort amongst the different parties in Zimbabwe, South Africa remains convinced that the leaders will find a way around the difficulties they may have.

Eye-witnesses spot red distress flares near Kommetjie

By Cindy Witten
16 January 2009


Yesterday morning a boat capsized off-shore near Kommetjie. Eye-witnesses contacted the Transnet Ports Authority after seeing red distress flares. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was immediately alerted and responded to the call.

NSRI launched various rescue craft while the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a Police Dive Unit were placed on alert. NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that rescue workers combed the area until late in the afternoon.
“A search of the area revealed a capsized boat washed up against the rocks. There was no sign of people in distress,” said Lambinon.

The NSRI has not yet received reports of any missing persons.
“We are appealing to anyone who might have information of a boat capsizing or red distress flares in the Kommetjie area yesterday afternoon, to contact the NSRI,” he said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact the NSRI emergency telephone number (021) 4493500 or the SAPS on 10111.

Two people injured during a shootout in Belhar

By Mandisi Tyulu
16 January 2009


Yesterday afternoon a shooting incident occurred during which two people were injured.

Inspector Bernadine Steyn says a group of people stood on the corner of Buitengracht and Ryger Avenue in Belhar, when a green Toyota Tazz with an unknown registration number stopped nearby.

“It is alleged that two males got out of the vehicle and allegedly fired several shots at the group, who returned fire.’’

A 5 year old boy, who stood at the gate in front of his house, was wounded in his right arm and back. He is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, says inspector Steyn.

“An 18 year old man, who also stood nearby in the road, was wounded in his chest. He is also in hospital in a serious but stable condition.’’

The two men whose identities are not yet known fled the scene in the Tazz, says Steyn.

“The motive is being investigated.’ We are also investigating the possibility that the incident is gang-related.”

Police have opened cases of Attempted Murder and two other charges for investigation.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident yet and anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Inspector Albert Pienaar at the Belhar Police station on 021 953 8100.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Man arrested for dealing in illegal substances

By Mandisi Tyulu
15 January 2009

Yesterday morning the police arrested a 33 year old man from Brooklyn for Dealing in Illegal substances drugs.

SAPS inspector Bernadine Steyn says police obtained information of a parcel containing drugs that will arrive from Johannesburg to a post office in Loxton Street, Milerton.

“After the suspect collected the parcel at the post office, he was approached by SAPS members. The parcel was seized and the contents confirmed to be 250 grams of Cocaine with an estimated street value of about R 200 000-00, says Steyn.

The 33 years old suspect was arrested and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court tomorrow.

City sends condolences to the family of Greenpoint worker

By Yamkela Xhaso
15 January

The City of Cape Town has expressed its sadness at the death of a worker at the Green Point Stadium.

The man died last night and it is believed that he was killed by a truck on the site. The man worked as a civil engineer for a company involved in the construction of the stadium.

The City of Cape Town’s 2010 technical director Dave Hugo has sent his condolences to the man’s next of kin.

“Having said that we are very comfortable with the standard of safety on the site”

Culling to resume soon in Robben Island

By Yamkela Xhaso
15 January

The culling of rabbits in Robben Island which ended on the 15th of December Last year is set to resume again this year.

Sean Davies from the Robben Island Museum says they are currently finalising some logistical issues before the culling can begin. He adds that the stakeholders that were involved last year will also be assisting them this year.

The culling has been taking place for six weeks before it ended last year to decrease the number of rabbits in Robben Island that are destroying vegetation.

“We have managed to euthanize just over 2 200 rabbits from the first of November until the 15th of December” said Davies

“And based on last year’s success rate it seems that we can have quite a successful period again”

Davies says the may actually start this Monday

Golden Arrow files court application after fallout with Transport Departmant

By Mandisi Tyulu
15 January 2009

Southern African Bus Operators Association has filed court applications to the high court this follows the National Department of Transport advising the Southern African Bus Operators Association during the month of August that projections indicated that the Department had a shortfall around R1,3 billion and that its passengers subsidy budget for the year 20008/2009 fiscal year would be exhausted by November 2008 and that the Department would preclude the payment of passenger subsidies to contract operators for the last four months of the current year ending in March 2009.

Golden Arrows Vuyisile Madoda says despite high level discussions that have taken place between the National Department of Transport and Treasury, additional funding has not been made available and the provincial Departments of Transport are unable to meet contractual obligation with bus operator’s country wide.


Madoda says a result of this situation Golden Arrow would be unable to proceed with the carrying of passengers if government does not pay subside that is linked to the clip cards that are sold, unless the solution is not solve to the situations this means passengers would suffer.

“After extensive unsuccessful representations at local and national Golden Arrow has decide to file a High court application in order for the Department of Transport to meet contractual obligations.”

Meanwhile a Transport Department official said discussions were taking place national and he is unable to comment until the discussions are concluded.

Mbeki declines ANC branch nomination

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 January

Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined nomination by five Gauteng branches who have nominated him to Parliament. Mbeki is said to be amongst more 300 ANC members who are nominated in Gauteng to serve in the next legislature.

However his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said Mbeki would not accept nomination and that he is going to focus on the issues. ANC’s National spokesperson Carl Niehaus says the party will comment on this during the party national conference in two weeks time.

“Any individual of the ANC can be nominated by other members of the African National Congress and it also a prerogative of such a person when such a nomination has taken place to indicate whether he or she in fact available for the precision”

“That is really the situation” said Niehaus

In the matter of the former president said Niehaus that it has been raised in that context as any other nomination on any other nomination of the ANC.

Smell from Athlone Waste Water Treatment Works reduced

By Mandisi Tyulu
15 January 2009

The Water and Waste Water Directorate, has announced that the unpleasant smell from the Athlone Waste Water Treatment works for a few weeks late last year has been neutralised.

Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for the Utility Services Portfolio, says that towards the end of November 2008 there had been a malfunction in the sludge handling mechanism. Furthermore, sludge pipe work on the sludge drying beds was vandalised and this diverted partially treated sewage sludge into the sludge holding lagoons and the smell resulted in complaints from Pinelands and Athlone residents.

“The problem was aggravated on days when light winds and temperature inversions reduced wind dilution.”

The sludge was regularly sprayed with a masking chemical to reduce odours and further spraying took place to eliminate fly breeding until the sludge had dried, says Justus.

“To reduce the load on the Athlone works, a portion of the inflow was successfully diverted at the Raapenberg Sewage Pumping Station into the main outfall sewer to the Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works.”

Justus says damaged or malfunctioning components have been replaced and repaired and the plant is now fully operational.

“The City apologises for any inconvenience caused, says Justus.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

City makes Masiphumelele roads safer

By Sasha Forbes
14 January 2009


Following an incident in which a child was knocked down and hospitalised, the City of Cape Town has decided to inspect roads in the area after concerns were expressed about pedestrian safety.

“Improvements already approved and scheduled would soon be implemented which would slow down vehicles using these roads.” said Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads & Stormwater, Councillor Elizabeth Thompson

“What we have identified that there are existing speed humps, so it is not a matter of that are digging trenches and now we putting in speed humps, we will just recon-figurate that and increase the height where necessary and also paint the speed hump so that it just more obvious.” said Thompson

ACDP accepts Independent Panel Assessment of Parliament

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 January

The African Christian Democratic Party says it welcomes the Independent Panel Assessment of Parliament. ACDP chief whip Cheryllyn Dudley says that a strong independent parliament can only be a reality if there are strong MPs who have proper oversight.

“We fully support efforts by parliament to assess achievements and challenges impacting on accountability, responsiveness and openness”

ACDP says it commends parliament’s willingness to engage in criticism in order to strengthen its institution and democracy.

In terms of the report Dudley says electoral reform appears to be a suggestive solution and there are benefits for both constituency based and the proportional representation system.


“Just to say that the absurd decisions that have been taken over the past two years by the ruling party, the disbanding of the scorpions, the arms deal, Zimbabwe, HIV/Aids and many more highlight a serious public concern that party influence can be excessive distort democratic processes”

Copperheads catch robot battery thieves

By Sasha Forbes
14 January 2009

Following a tip off from a member of the community, the city’s Copperheads have arrested two council employees in connection with the theft of batteries which supply backup power to traffic lights during energy cuts.

“The community member wrote down the registration number and phoned it through us and from there on we followed the lead and we got in the end the dealership in Mitchell’s Plain, where they bought these robot batteries.” said Councillor Pietier van Dalen, Chairperson of the Copperheads

“Most importantly, we want to urge the public to continue supplying us with tip-offs which will help the City of Cape Town to root out theft and corruption within the organisation, so if anyone has any information, please contact The City’s toll free Anti-Corruption and Anti-Fraud line is 0800 32 31 30 and Tip-offs can be made anonymously.” says Councillor van Dalen.

Cosatu and civic movements host mass rally in support of Gaza people

By Mandisi Tyulu
14 January 2009

Today the Congress of South African Trade Unions is holding a mass rally in support of the people of Gaza in Lenasia, Johannesburg this evening.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Fatima Hajaig will be one of the speakers

She will be joined by Eddie Makue of the South Africa Council of Churches and Muslim religious leader Molana Ebrahim Bham.

Cosatu and other organizations in the Western Cape started a two-minute work stoppage at half-past-eleven every morning, under the theme: We are all Gaza.

Cosatu’s spokesperson Patrick Craven says Israel has a government that is clearly flaunting international law, international resolution and no acceptable standards of decent conduct.

“We hope to bring pressure to bear on the government of Israel.’’

Taxi accident injures 14

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 January

A taxi has overturned between Duinefontein and N2 at Vanguard Drive this morning.

City of Cape Town Metro Police’s Inez Lackay says there were no fatalities reported but the accident left 14 people slightly injured.

“The accident occurred at approximately 7.16 this morning”

“The accident caused the left lane to be closed for more than 30 min for until about 8 o’clock”

Tulbagh residents opposed to Eskom’s proposal

By Mandisi Tyulu
14 January 2009

The residents of Tulbagh and Riebeek Valley are opposed to Eskom's proposed construction of a 520km electricity supply line from Victoria West in the Northern Cape to Cape Town, saying it will be a "total and utter disaster.

On the other hand the provincial government of the Western Cape says it supports any initiative that promotes the well being of local communities and the sustainability of the environment.

MEC for Economic Tourism and Environment Garth Strachan says “we do not oppose the construction of an Eskom electricity supply line in the Tulbagh Valley, but want this to happen in an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable manner.”

“We need to achieve a win-win compromise through proper consultation with all role-players, a win-win compromise must be reached where the need to supply power is balanced with the needs of the local community and the conservation of the environment.”

“We have engaged with the local tourism office, which is willing to assist Eskom to find a site for the power supply line that will not be aesthetically disruptive.

We will have further conversations with all role players involved to enable us to find an amicable solution, says Strachan.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Zuma to make representation

By Mandisi Tyulu
13 January 2009

Following yesterday’s court Appeal judgement on the National Prosecuting Authority's appeal against the previous court decision that halted the prosecution of its president.

Yesterday the National Prosecuting Authority received correspondence from African National Congress President, Jacob Zuma’s lawyers declaring their intention in their part to make representation to the NPA in the Zuma corruption case.

NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says on their part they have no problems in considering representation, as and when there are made.
No representation has been yet received by the NPA, says Tlali.

New stations built without level crossings

By Sasha Forbes
13 January 2008


Following last weeks accident in which four people who were on holiday, were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a train at a level crossing near Stellenbosch, Metrorail has decided that they will not build any new level crossings and instead, for safety reasons, railway lines must be crossed by bridges or subways.

“I would just like to place on record the correct facts around over head bridges and level crossings, what I said in my statement is that all new stations, three of which were build recently would not have level crossings but either bridges or subways, in the case of the last three stations that were build, it would have street to street bridges.” said Metrorail’s marketing manager Riana Scott

According to Scott that was there undertaking that as far as possible, all new stations would not have level crossings. “So just to make sure everything is clear, all future new stations, the last three which were built have street to street access by way of a bridge. Retrospectively our existing level crossings are protected within the bounds of the law and if any changes are made that will be recommended by the board.” said Scott

Anti Israel protesters called for two minute work stoppage

By Yamkela Xhaso
13 January

A range of organizations in Cape Town including the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions , Anti-War Coalition, Anti-Eviction Campaign, Building Women's Activism, Al Quds Foundation, Workers International Vanguard League, Palestinians Solidarity Group, have called all Capetonians to stop working for two minutes to remember those Palestinians who died in Gaza conflict.

Shaheed Mohamed from the Workers International Vanguard League says this came up after a meeting was held yesterday with various organisations.

These organisations got together and made a call that because of the dire situation in Gaza there must be immediate action, said Mohamed.

“From today onwards we take the lead from the Norwegian Trade Unions which has called for two minutes for Gaza. We are asking everybody to stop working to pause for two minutes today at 11.30”

Shaheed said those who are in Cape Town should go to a corner of Adderly and Darling Street where they will form a human chain.

Mohamed says today it will be a two minute stoppage, the next day it will be four minutes and the following it will be six minutes.

Seven-hundred alleged matric cheats investigated

By Mandisi Tyulu
13 January

It been reported that Education Minister Naledi Pandor says 700 of last year’s matric candidates are still being investigated for exam irregularities.

Pandor say all other outstanding matric results have been released to schools.

Some 33-and-a-half-thousand candidates had not written the exams, despite registering for them.

Another 700 candidates’ papers are being scrutinized. Learners found to have cheated will not be allowed to rewrite their exams for the next two years.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Body found on Lion’s Head

By Sasha Forbes
12 January 2009

Yesterday Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) members’ air lifted a decomposing body of a man, estimated to be in his 40’s off Lion’s Head. The body was discovered while a WSAR member was hiking after taking part in the rescue on Saturday.

“He was clothed in black tracksuit pants with white strips, a grey t-shirt and white running shoes. It is alleged that this person fell on the mountain and an autopsy will be conducted later this week to determine the exact cause of death.” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Randall Stoffels

Anyone who might be able to identify this man is to contact Jean-Pierre Toua on (021) 467 8001.

Police Constable injured while his girlfriend dies in Mfuleni shooting incident

By Cindy Witten
12 January 2009


On Friday night, an off-duty police constable (stationed at Delft Police Station), who was sitting with his girlfriend in his parked car, stepped outside, when he noticed a white Toyota Corolla pull over. Two suspects got out of the vehicle and opened fire at the Constable, before getting back into the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Mfuleni residents contacted the Police and emergency services who immediately responded to the scene. The constable and his girlfriend were rushed to hospital for medical assistance. Sadly the 30-year-old Sindiswa Diniso died in hospital on Saturday morning as a result of her injuries. The Constable is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are urging the public to assist them in their investigation into a shooting incident.
“The Toyota Corolla is a 1.6 model with tinted windows and mag wheels. Anyone with information regarding the incident or who might have seen the mentioned vehicle is requested to contact the Mfuleni Detective Branch, Sergeant Shaun Brown, during office hours on 021 - 900 5500,” said Mfuleni Police Station’s Captain Anneke van der Vyver.


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