Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chess Championship kicks off in Salt River

By Yamkela Xhaso
30 June

The African Youth Chess Championship takes place at the Rochester House in Salt River, from tomorrow until the 9th of July.

It is reported that this is the first of its kind and all African chess federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation have been invited to send one player in the age groups between under 10and under18 years.

South Africa as the host country is allowed to have two players in each age group.

Winners for each age group will get a chance to participate at the World Youth Chess Championship in Turkey in November.

Missing boy found in Westlake

By Cindy Witten
30 June 2009

Shagan Stato, 13, who was reported missing on June 24, from the Kleinvlei area, has been bound in Westlake.

Dessie Rechner of the Pink Ladies organisation says that he is safe and back at his parent’s home.

“I’m now going to call him the little wonderer. It’s the third time he has gone missing,” said Rechner.

She said that in a separate incident a little girl who went missing on Saturday was reported to Mitchell’s Plain police yesterday. Luckily the girl was found late yesterday evening.

Rechner is pleased that missing children in the Western Cape are being found. “Lets hope we can keep them there,” she said.

Third tragedy to hit Ngcawuzele family

By Sasha Forbes
30 June 2009

Popular restaurant owner Mzoli Ngcawuzele will bury his son over the weekend, after a third tragedy struck his family.

Mandisi Ngcawuzele, 28, was killed in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. Mandisi and his 30-year-old cousin, Banzi Ngcawuzele, were travelling towards the city.

According to reports, two men were apparently walking along the highway.

Reports say that Banzi swerved, but hit one of the men who died at the scene.

The car rolled and landed on its roof, killing Mandisi instantly. Banzi is in hospital and is reported to be in a critical condition.

The petrol price to increase again

By Nomava Nobumba
30 June 2009

With the recent economic melt down on consumers the petrol price and diesel is expected to rise by 40 cents per litres midnight today.

Many motorists say they can’t cope with the hike and increasing the petrol price is the way of government to manipulate people and community.

While others believe that every time the interest rate is going up does the petrol too and want government to leave the prices instead of dropping it and the next month rise.

Zuma to elect new police commissioner

By Mandisi Tyulu
30 June 2009

President Jacob Zuma is set to name a new national police commissioner in about a month’s time, meaning that suspended commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is facing charges of corruption, could be jobless from tomorrow.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was quoted in the media that Selebi’s contract ends today.

Selebi’s original contract should have expired last year, but former president Thabo Mbeki extended it for 12 months.

As president, it is Zuma’s prerogative to hire a new national police boss.

City’s launches the second “Chance” programme

By Mandisi Tyulu
30 June 2009

The City of Cape Town’s Economic, Social Development and Tourism Directorate will host its Performing Arts Working for Youth at Risk and Street Children Programme, with the theme “Second Chance”, in the Zip Zap Dome today.

Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development, will perform the official duties.

The project is aimed at youth at risk and street children who are in existing reintegration programmes, says Pascoe.

“Early in the programme they have the opportunity to choose a particular art form e.g. music, dance comprising of a number of genres like circus arts, technical and stage skills.”

The some children is 200 ranging in ages from eight to 17 years, practice their skills twice a week, said councilor Pascoe.

“The group also participates in the Junk Orchestra, where they are taught to play instruments which they make from pieces of junk and discarded items.”

The aim of the programme is for these children to gain exposure that will provide them with opportunities when they seek employment, added councilor Pascoe.

Suspect appears in court for 3-year-old's murder

By Sasha Forbes
30 June 2009

24-year-old Mbulelo Bhadane appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court yesterday in connection with the abduction and murder of a three-year-old Viwe Mnembe.

According to reports Mnembe’s body, covered in stab wounds, was found near her home over the weekend after she was abducted on Thursday from her day care centre.

Her captor allegedly demanded a R500 ransom.

Bhadane, who was her mother's alleged boyfriend, was arrested on Saturday in Khayelitsha.

Police said that after being questioned, Bhadane took them to the bushes where Mnembe’s body was found.

57 drunk drivers arrested over the weekend

By Yamkela Xhaso
30 June

This weekend traffic officers braved the cold weather to make sure that roads remain safe for drivers. Muqammad Mustapha from the traffic services said they conducted several operations over the Bellville, Hout Bay, Delft, Sea Point and Claremont area.

“Fifty-seven drivers were arrested for driving under the influence”

The officials issued 1 177 traffic fines for failing to display number plates, overtaking in unsafe areas, a number of vehicle defects and not wearing seatbelts.

Mustapha warned motorists that drunk driving will not be tolerated because it destroys lives.

Richard Bosman, Executive Director of Safety & Security and Mr Andre Nel, Deputy Chief for Traffic Services, visited the sites this weekend.

EAS Unit available to all SAPS members

By Cindy Witten
30 June 2009

This weekend’s shooting incident that took place in Kraaifontein, involving a detective constable who allegedly shot the mother of his child, before shooting himself in the head, has risen concern within the SAPS body.

The details of the shooting are still under investigation and an inquest into the murder is underway.

Even though members of the SAPS are put under immense pressure on a daily basis, there is a body that aims to help police members who cannot cope with the pressures of work as well as their personal lives.

“There is help for any police person that does have a problem. We call it the EAS Unit – the Employee Assistance Service. “ said Kraaifontein police spokesperson Captain Gerhard Niemand.

Niemand urges any employee who requires help with a particular crisis to get in contact with the EAS Unit.
“Before they do something drastic,” he said.

Suspects flee after armed robbery

By Nomava Nobumba
30 June 2009

A man was attacked by three men after withdrawing money from First National Bank in Diep River yesterday.

Inspector Keith Chandler says two of the suspects, one armed with a gun, held him while the third suspect seized a bag of money.

"The Tafelberg Furnishers employee was robbed of carrier bag containing between R20 000 and 30 000 cash."

The suspects fled in a silver/ gold metallic Uno with registration number FJC 873 EC, says Chadler.

A case of armed robbery is under investigation.

Most of unemployed people are illiterate

By Yamkela Xhaso
30 June 2009

Trade union Solidarity says that while over 120 000 people in South Africa lost their jobs from the first quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009, unmatriculated employees are suffering most when it comes to job losses.

Spokesperson Jaco Kleynhanst told media reports that, it has become clear that men between the ages of 15 and 34 are losing their jobs.

Kleynhans added that in terms of the latest figures from Statistics South Africa for the first quarter of 2009, 2.4 million South Africans are jobless.

Max urges public to report child murderers

By Yamkela Xhaso
30 June 2009

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Lennet Max said child abuse has reached crisis point in the province. The MEC expressed his shock following the funeral of Nadine Janties who was muredered two weeks ago. He said this after visiting the mother of a three year old toddler who was found murdered in Khayelitsha on Saturday evening.

“It is obvious that the Western Cape is leading in disappearance and murdering of children”

He said the government of the Western Cape is worried about the current situation.

The police cannot arrest the suspects because in most cases the victim is killed by someone close to her.

“I have called all communities, especially women and children to report any suspicious actions by any man to the police without any delay, so that we can intervene in time to prevent another killng in the Western Cape.”

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bafana Bafana to improve performance before 2010

By OfentseMokae 29 June 2009

Bafana Bafana may not have emerged as victors during the FIFA Confederations tournament this year, but they could make the country proud in the coming 2010 FIFA World Cup.
However given their performance during the tournament, Santana clearly gave it his best shot to improve the team’s form.

Not only did our boys perform far better than expected, they also helped to boast the image of the country in the international community as the boys are our sport ambassadors to world.
After drawing nil to Iraq in the first match, and later beating New Zealand two nil the boys, enabling it to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament, it boasted the moral of nation and drew along a lot of support from its fans.

For South Africans this tournament was also a platform to showcase our state readiness for the coming FIFA World cup.

“These games are not for the players only but our opportunity to show the world that South Africa and Africa is ready for the big games next year”, said a one member of the public.

The team’s midfielder MacBeth Sibiya was quoted in a national publication saying the team will focus on rebuilding the team to prepare for the World Cup.

“This is about us continuing our preparation for next year’s World Cup. It is about us consolidating the gains that we have made in this competition as a group, together with the technical team”, said the team’s strongman.

Police continue search for missing Guguletu residents

By Sasha Forbes
29 June 2009

Three people who have been reported missing have not yet been found. Buntu Headman Mrali and Spongon Concleous Mabuto were both last seen on February 2 and Siboni Kula was last seen on December 12.

All three men are from the Guguletu area and police are requesting the publics help to find them.

If anyone has any information, they are requested to contact the investigating officer, Constable Mgaju on 021 684 2300 or 073 604 9751.

Suspects wanted for arm robbery

By Mandisi Tyulu
29 June 2009

Woodstock police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday in Lorrain Street at University Estate, where a business man was robbed at gun point of R40 000-00 in cash.

Seargent Hilton Malila says The incident occurred when the complainant and his 10 year old daughter came from his business place in Athlone, where he collected R40 000-00.

“As the complainant pulled up in his driveway, two men approached him and threatened him with fire-arms, and demanded the cash.”

The suspects took the money as well as the complainant cellular phone, and sped off in a Green jeep says Seargent Hi Malila.

“No shots were fired and no one sustained any injuries.’’

The police are investigating an armed robbery case, and anyone with information regarding the robbery is ask to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Warren Smith, on 021-4423141at the Woodstock police.

Three suspects arrested for armed robbery

By Mandisi Tyulu
29 June 2009

Police arrested three male suspects between the ages of 21 and 26 years old for armed robbery and possession of unlicensed fire arms and ammunition in Spine road Faure.

Captain Frederick van Wyk says the arrest follows after the police on routine patrols noticed that a Green Jeep Cherokee, with three occupants, was parked along Spine road.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was robbed at gun point from the owner, in Lollie street Woodstock on Thursday night, van Wyk says.

“During the search of the vehicle the police recovered three stolen fire-arms which were hidden in a blue denim bag, inside the vehicle.”

The Modus Operandi used by the suspects on the night of the robbery was to bump into the complainants vehicle, as he stopped to determine the damage, two suspects jumped out and threatened the complainant with a firearm and took his vehicle, and sped off, said Captain van Wyk.

The suspects are currently in police custody will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court today on chargers of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed fire-arms and ammunition.

Two SAPS members found dead in Kraaifontein home

By Cindy Witten
29 June 2009

Police investigations are underway, following the death of two SAPS members at the weekend. The two police officers were found dead in their Kraaifontein home on Saturday night.

Murdered 31-year-old Wilma Fienies was in a relationship with the 32-year-old detective constable, with whom she had a six-month-old baby. It is alleged that the man shot Fienies before turning the gun on himself.

“We are investigating a murder case as well as an inquest,” said Kraaifontein police spokesperson Captain Gerhard Niemand.

Fienies was a clerk at the Bishop Lavis police station, while the constable, based at Harare police station in Khayelitsha.

Niemand says his name has not yet been released, “We are not sure if his whole family knows about the incident”.

Eight people injured in 3 car pile up

By Sasha Forbes
29 June 2009

Eight people were injured in an accident involving two cars and a truck on the R300 just before the Hindle Road turn-off in the direction of the N1.

According to reports a 4 year-old was in a serious condition, while the rest of the patients’ sustained moderate to minor injuries.

The patients were transported by ambulances to various surrounding hospitals.

It is alleged that a VW Jetta had broken down and was rear ended by a Toyota Corolla, the truck then hit the Toyota and landed on top of it.

Tourist dies at Matroosberg Reserve-Ceres at the weekend

By Ofentse Mokae
29 June 2009

A 38 year-old Italian tourist died after falling at the Matroosberg Reserve in Ceres at the weekend.

The man who was visiting the reserve together with his other male friend to enjoy snow capped Matroosberg mountain range.

It is alleged that the men travelled in their 4x4 vehicle and stopped to take in the scenery.

According to police captain Federick van Wyk says the men took out their camping equipment to enjoy the ice.

“The men took out their chairs and sat close to the edge but their chairs slipped on the ice.

“The one tourist managed to hang on to the side of the rocks but his friend was less fortunate” he said.

The man died at the scene after the Wilderness Search and Rescue Unit was called, and his body was taken to Tygerberg Hospital Mortuary.

The family of the deceased is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town today. An inquest docket is being investigated.

Lennix Max visits home of murdered girl

By Yamkela Xhaso
29 June 2009

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Lennet Max says child abuse has reached crisis point in the province.

The MEC reiterated his earlier comments after visiting the mother of a three year old toddler who was found murdered in Khayelitsha last night.

The body of Viwe Mnenbe was found in bushes near her home after she was abducted on Thursday allegedly by her mother’s former boyfriend.

The suspect apparently demanded a ransom of five-hundred-rand but after payment was made, he contacted the girl’s mother and told her where to find her body.

The kidnapper has since been arrested and will soon appear in court.

Viwe is the second child to be murdered in the province in less than a month.

Earlier this month seven year old Nadine Jantjies’s body was found in Wesbank a day after she disappeared.

Nadine was found half naked, raped and strangled behind the Wesbank High School. A 33 year old relative of the girl has been arrested in connection with her murder. Nadine was laid to rest yesterday

KZN doctors barred from protesting

By Yamkela Xhaso
29 June 2009

The Durban Labour Court has granted the KwaZulu-Natal health department a prohibition against striking doctors.

The ruling handed down yesterday bars doctors, pharmacists, dentists and emergency medical practitioners from engaging in an illegal strike action.

It is reported that the Health Department said in a statement that they are happy that justice has prevailed in the interest of the people of KwaZulu-Natal who depend on public health care.

The department says they hope striking workers will return to soon ordered by court.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

3 year old found murdered in Khayelitsha

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

The body of a three year old toddler has been found in bushes near her home in Khayelitsha last night. Viwe Mnenbe was abducted on Thursday allegedly by her mother’s former boyfriend. Captain Frederick van Wyk said the suspect allegedly demanded a ransom of 5 hundred rand.

The money was deposited into his bank account but last night he contacted the girl’s mother and told her where to find her daughter. The kidnapper has been arrested and will soon appear in court..

Excitement ahead of Bafana Spain game

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

Bafana Bafana will meet Spain in their third place play-off in the Confederations Cup this afternoon.

Spain’s Fernando Torres has warned South Africa to expect a backlash when they meet today.

The United States will meet Brazil in tonight’s final.

The Americans lost 3-nil to Brazil in the group stages of the tournament but they managed to beat Spain in the semi-finals.

The match starts at 8:30 pm. Motorists have been advised that roads around the Ellis Park stadium have been closed off to traffic ahead of the final and will only be reopened at midnight. Only motorists with resident’s permits will be allowed into the area while other drivers have been advised to use the M1 and M2.

Man dies in Durbanville accident

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

A 24 year old man died after his scooter collided with a car on Wellington Road near Durban Road in the early hours of this morning.

It is reported that the man was in a critical condition on arrival of paramedics after he crashed a scooter into the side of Toyota Corolla.

He sustained a head injury as well as other suspected fractures. The man had no pulse, so CPR was initiated on the scene and paramedics rushed the male patient to the nearby Durbanville Clinic.

At the hospital medical personnel managed to get a pulse back but the man soon went back into cardiac arrest.

It is alleged that the man jumped over the car and landed around ten meters from the scooter. Police were in attendance and are investigating the incident.

Zuma responds to SABC crisis

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

President Jacob Zuma said the state will play its role in resolving the problems at the SABC once Parliament is done with its processes.

Zuma spoke at a gala dinner in Durban last night, Zuma called on the SABC to continue to honour its purpose as a public broadcaster.

It is reported that this after Communication Minister Siphiwe Nyanda announced that he’s to make proposals of changes in the Broadcasting Act which could provide for an increase in direct State funding for the broadcaster.

Burger and Botha to face disciplinary hearing

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

The Springboks could see two of their players suspended for the final game with the British and Irish Lions.

Flanker Schalk Burger and lock forward Bakkies Botha face disciplinary hearings today after being cited for foul play in yesterday second Test victory over the Lions.

The Springboks beat the British and Irish Lions 28-25 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. It is reported that Burger was sin-banned for allegedly making contact with winger Luke Fitzgerald’s eyes, while Botha is accused of a dangerous charge on prop Adam Jones.

The duo could be banned for the final match of the series.

Minister Xingwana pays tribute to Michael Jackson

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana has paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson.

Xingwana told reporters that Jackson will be remembered for using his art to transform the world and unify people. She added that his music also succeeded in providing social commentary to the world we live in.

The Minister said that Jackson’s message held a special appeal to South Africans because Jackson sang out against racism and emphasised peace and harmony.

It is reported that Xingwana hailed Jackson as a great artist who was a composer, song-writer, singer, choreographer and all-round entertainer

Murder suicide in Kraaifontein

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

Police have opened a murder inquest docket following the deaths of two police officials in Kraaifontein yesterday.

It is reported that police were called out to the scene at Bellmont Park after neighbours heard gunshots being fired from the house.

When they arrived they found a 31 year old police clerk, stationed at Bishop Lavis Police Station with a gunshot wound to the back while her 32 year old boyfriend, a Khayelithsha Detective Constable, had a gunshot wound to the head.

Kraaifontein SAPS spokesperson Captain Gerhard Niemand said a gun was found next to the policeman. The couple have left behind a 6 month old baby.

Drug abuse on the increase amongst youth

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 June

Social Development Minister Edna Molewa said that South Africa is facing a crisis with an increasing number of people being dependant on drugs and alcohol.

Most of these people are they youth.

She was speaking at the commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking at Schoonoord in Limpopo.

The Minister encouraged people who are addicted to get help. The commemoration, which was also attended by Health MEC Miriam Segabutla, coincided with Drug Awareness Week.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Two more swine cases flu confirmed

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

The Health Department has confirmed the third and fourth cases of H1N1 flu in South Africa.

Department of health spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said a patient who arrived from London on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms was confirmed as having swine flu yesterday afternoon.

The fourth case is a woman who flew into South Africa from the United States last Saturday.

Hadebe added that both patients are well and are being managed at home. The people who came into contact with them are also being followed up.

The first two patients have well again.

Three arrested for armed robbery

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

The police arrested three male suspects between the ages of 21 and 26 years old for armed robbery and possession of unlicensed fire-arms in Spine road Faure on Thursday night.
The arrest follows after the police on routine patrols noticed that a Green in colour Jeep Jeriky , with three occupants , was parked along Spine road in Faure.

Sergeant Hilton Malila said a preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was robbed at gun point from the owner, in Lollie street Woodstock on Thursday.

During the searched of the vehicle the police recovered three stolen fire-arms, that was hidden in a blue denim bag, inside the vehicle.

“It’s been alleged that the suspects, on the night of the robbery in Lollie street Woodstock, bumped into the complainants car and as he stopped to determine the damage , two suspects jumped out and threatened the complainant with a fire-arm and took his vehicle, and sped off.”

Sergeant Hilton Malila said the suspects currently in police custody will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court on Monday on charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed fire-arms and ammunition.

Accident causes chaos in N1

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

An accident involving four vehicles caused chaos on the N1 in the direction of the city centre last night.

It is alleged that a bakkie rear ended an Audi which caused a motorcyclist to lose control of his motorbike and to hit a vehicle and then burst into flames. The bakkie, Audi and another vehicle then also caught fire.

It is reported that the fire was extinguished quickly on the arrival of the Fire Department. Two patients were taken with moderate injuries to various nearby hospitals.

Traffic was at a stand still and backed up past Sable Road.

Police and traffic officials responded quickly to try and get order back on the roads.

Blatter gives South Africa thumbs up

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has given South Africa's ability to host the 2010 World Cup finals next June the thumbs up.

This follows the successful hosting of the Confederations Cup. Blatter acknowledged that there have been problems, but said the local organising committee will solve them before the World Cup.

He says South African fans deserve a Fair Play award for their tremendous support.

Blatter says the United States shone by reaching the final against Brazil, while Bafana did well to meet Spain in the playoff for third place

State may take legal action against doctors

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

Government said that it has had enough from striking doctors, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has warned that they must return to work or face the consequences.

Motsoaledi said the point has been reached where the laws of the country have to be used to ensure that lives are saved.

According to reports, doctors, and especially those on an illegal strike in KwaZulu-Natal, have been advised to return to work.

The Minister says they have no choice but to act against those who are determined to put the lives of patients at risk.

In a statement the minister said that they must be stopped from destroying the health system further.

Thabo Mokgoba blasts Zuma over “Jesus” statement

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 June

Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Mokgoba said while President Jacob Zuma has the right to hope South African voters will choose an African National Congress government, as he put it, “until Jesus comes again”, his forecast that the ANC would rule South Africa forever was unfortunate, outdated, and potentially dangerous.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba warned that the President’s comments risked encouraging those who have a strong stake in prolonging ANC rule for an indefinite period, to attempt to ensure it even by unconstitutional means.

Fuel price hike adds to consumers’ difficulties

By Mandisi Tyulu
27 June 2009

Consumers suffered a third blow when Minerals and Energy announced today that the price of petrol will rise by between 37- and 40-cents on Wednesday.

All grades of diesel will go up by 40-cents. The poor will be hit especially hard as the retail price of illuminating paraffin will shoot up by 62-cents a litre.

This follows yesterday’s announcement of a 31-point-three percent increase in the price of electricity on Wednesday and the Reserve Bank’s decision not to lower interest rates.

Minister attends meeting in the USA

By Cindy Witten
27 June 2009

The new Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, attended a meeting held in New York USA where she addressed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Delegates met to discuss the world economic downturn, specifically what impact the global financial crisis would have on employment, trade, investment and development.

They also spoke about ways to achieve the internationally agreed development goals and the Millennium Development Goals.

“The International community must now show the same urgent resolve and determination to assist developing countries, particularly the least developed countries in Africa today,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.

“If we are to collectively deliver on mitigating the effects of the financial crisis, and its effect on child mortality, abject poverty and hunger to create a better life for all, working together, we can do more.”

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nationwide state hospital strike threatened

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

The country could be facing a nation-wide strike at state hospitals on Monday.

State doctors meeting at hospitals throughout the country are to analyze government’s latest wage offer.

The South African Medical Association says the offer is just an incorporation of existing benefits into a salary, which is being portrayed as an increase.

It is reported that doctors at two of Cape Town’s main hospitals, Groote Schuur and Tygerberg, walked out today, leaving only emergency services to deal with patients.

Doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital staged a walkout

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

Doctors from Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital staged a walkout this afternoon, leaving all day hospitals empty and only emergency services elsewhere.

It is reported that doctors at the hospital were locked in a meeting all afternoon, deciding whether to join their peers in KwaZulu-Natal.

The strike is not sanctioned by the South African Medical Association, which has been negotiating with the government over salary increases for medical professionals.

Meanwhile the Congress of SA Trade Unions welcomed the pay offer announced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday, some doctors are unhappy with the salaries offered.

14-year-old Mitchell’s Plain girl reported missing

By Cindy Witten
26 June 2009

The search continues for 14-year-old Fazlin Robertson, who was reported missing on June, 24.

Dessie Rechner of the Pink Ladies organisation said Robertson was last seen at the Tafelsig taxi rank, on her way home to Strandfontein, Mitchell’s Plain, at about 16h00.

“She was wearing dark blue jeans, a black sweater, brown jacket, a black and white scarf with long boots,” said Rechner.

If anyone knows of her whereabouts, they can contact the investigating officer, Inspector Charles Julies on (021) 370 1706 or 073 804 200.

National Energy Regulator causes an uproar amongst consumers

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 June 2009

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has caused an uproar amongst consumers as they will be hardest hit by 31% tariff hike.

Many consumers have slammed the hike saying it’s ridiculous and unfair to the poorest of the poor as they will be hardrst hit by the hike.

Ordinary citizens are worried about how this is going to benefit them because they have experienced rolling blackouts.

A Capetonian pensioner said that she doesn't welcome the tariff as it is going to affect pensioners as they don't receive much support from the government and now they have to use all of their pension money to accommodate Eskom.

The woman also asked who they could run to now for protection against these big companies if government was not doing so.

The hike is set to kick in as soon as the 1st of July 2009. Eskom is set to propose another hike before the end of the year.

City marks International Day against Drug Abuse

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

The City of Cape Town will announce its policy position statement on illicit drugs at an event in Bonteheuwel, to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

City Health Dr Ivan Bromfield says in 1987 the United Nation General Assembly decided that they would observe the 26 June as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

“Today is that day and as part of the city event to try tell people how to deal with substance abuse.”

The City of Cape Town will seek to strategically address drug related problems through the development of the City of Cape Town Alcohol and Drug Operational Plan 2007 – 2010, says Dr Bromfield.

“The operational plan will define the role of the City and will provide direction for alcohol and drug related programmes and policies in the city.”

Two children missing from Eerste Rivier

By Sasha Forbes
26 June 2009

Two children have been reported missing. Chante Leonard aged 15-years and Shagan Stato aged 13-years, both went missing on June, 24th from the Eerste Rivier area.

If anyone has any information about their where abouts, please contact Constable Stolenkamp on 021 902 8300 or 082 379 9188 or Dessie Rechner from the Pink Ladies Organisation on 072 214 7439.

Waiters arrested for card fraud

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

Police members attached to Commercial Branch arrested three people for Fraud and for contravention of the Electronically Communication and Transaction Act in Milnerton.

Inspector November Filander says the operation was conducted as part of a routine investigation at a restaurant and a Shopping centre in Milnerton, which resulted in a major blow to card crime syndicates operating in the Western Cape.

“Police joined by forensic investigators from two banks, went to the premises after it was reported that problems were experienced at the restaurant.”

The investigation led to the arrest of two waitresses aged 32 and 33 for using client’s card details to perform fraudulent transactions, says Filander.

“At the time of their arrest, the two females had electronic funds transfer slips in their possession.”

They led police to an apartment in Parklands in Table View where a 40 year old male was arrested, he said.

“In his possession police found a card cloning device, white plastic, numerous cloned credit cards and more slips.”

The three suspects appeared today in the Cape Town Magistrate court on charges of fraud and Electronically Communication and Transaction Act and will remained in police custody till their next court appearance.

One killed and two injured in head on collision

By Sasha Forbes
26 June 2009

One person died and two people were seriously injured when a minibus and a truck collided into each other on the N2, approximately one kilometer before Sedgefield in the direction of Knysna this morning.

One person from the minibus was dead on arrival of paramedics and another man from the minibus and a man from the truck were in a serious condition.

Rescue crews had to remove the man from the truck using hydraulic rescue equipment.

The patients were taken by ambulances to Knysna Private Hospital and Knysna Provincial Hospital.

According to reports it is unclear as to which vehicle was travelling in which direction or what caused the accident but police were in attendance and will be investigating the incident.

Residents clash with police

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 June 2009

About 500 residents from Masiphumelele continued to clash with police last night in a service delivery protest.

The protesters blocked the entrance to Masiphumelele with branches, stones and tyres that were set alight.

Back dwellers are protesting about the lack of service delivery and they have been kicked out of their back homes by land lords.

Masiphumelele residents are demanding that the land that is up for private use be given to them. They also want the Minister of Human settlement Tokyo Sixwale to come and speak to them.

Police had to use rubber bullets to break the crowds that were throwing stones at them.

“When we left Masiphumelele the situation was calm but there was still some tension,” said spokesperson of the police Bernadine Steyn.

Freedom Front Plus condemns Eskom power price hike

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

The Freedom Front Plus has joined the Congress of South African Trade Unions in condemning the 31-point-three-percent electricity tariff increase granted Eskom .

The FF Plus’ Willie Spies says it is bad news for consumers as it will push inflation higher and restrict economic growth.

He adds that it is a pity that Eskom’s management problems have now become the problem of consumers and taxpayers.

Spies says the provisioning of power should be deregulated and the monopoly held by Eskom should be broken with innovative energy alternatives.

Outrage over electricity price surge

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 June 2009

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has strongly condemned the 31-point-three-percent increase the National Energy Regulator granted Eskom yesterday.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says this is almost four times the current level of inflation and cannot be justified as a response to Eskom’s rising running costs.

Craven says Eskom’s capital expenditure should be financed by government.

“The money must be found through a special tax, mainly paid by the corporate sector, to save the poor from punishing increases.”

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mboweni surprises with unchanged repo rate

By Mandisi Tyulu
25 June 2009

Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni says all the members of the Monetary Policy committee agreed with the decision to keep the repo rate will remain unchanged at seven-point-five-percent.

This follows cuts of 450 basis points since December.

Commercial interest rates will remain at 11-percent.

Economists had predicted a 50 basis point cut today. While interest rate cuts assist consumers with bonds and debt, it harms savers and the retired on fixed investments.

The decision will infuriate trade unions. Some of them had called for a two-percent lowering

The sun will come out tomorrow

By Cindy Witten
25 June 2009

This past week Cape Town has been subjected to stormy weather conditions, resulting in rough seas and strong winds.

The weather has wreaked havoc in informal settlements, even leaving the poorest of the poor displaced in some areas.

However, the Cape Town Weather service predicts that the weather will improve significantly at the weekend. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and no rain is expected. By Saturday, the sun should come out to play, though the temperatures will remain low.

“Saturday, clear skies, no rain and an 8 degree minimum temperature, a maximum temperature cold at 17 degrees,” according to the Cape Town Weather Service.

Missing persons alert

Tough times for South Africans

ByCindy Witten
25 June 2009

The National Energy Regulator has granted Eskom an interim 31% price hike. The energy giant had requested a 34% increase. Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan earlier warned that an electricity hike was absolutely necessary to keep the country running.

Unions are worried about how these price increases will affect the poorer communities, but government is expected to announce measures to shield poor consumers from the effect of the increase.

Things don’t seem to be getting easier for consumers with a petrol price hike on the cards. Tomorrow, fuel users will know just how much more they’ll have to fork out next month.

City proposes initiative to fight xenophobia in city

By Kim Saulse
25 June 2009

An initiative to stamp out xenophobia in the city has been proposed by Metro Police, representatives of Helen Zille’s department and The Muslim Judicial Council.

The initiative has been co-ordinated by an office in Provincial Legislature and aims to find long-term solutions to resolve conflict between foreign nationals and locals.

The proposal came about as xenophobic attacks continue to plague the city and country.

The idea has been met with mixed reaction from the public. One member of the public felt that it would not offer a permanent solution to the problem because it is a mindset engrained in society. He suggested that educating people would deal with the problem more effectively.

A Zimbabwean refugee was more confident and believed that with the support of city officials and the police, the problem could be curbed.

Temporary interruption of water supply in Simon’s Town

By Mandisi Tyulu
25 June 2009

The residents in and around Runciman Drive, Simon’s Town will be without water today starting from 08:00 am till 16:00 pm while the contracting company, P Mokwena Consulting, will be busy upgrading 40 meters of a crucial section of the existing pipeline on behalf of the City of Cape Town's Water and Sanitation Department.

Water and Sanitation Department, spokesperson Farouk Robertson says the work will be done in servitude from Runciman Drive to Harbour Heights and the roads impacted by the shutdown are Harbour Heights Drive and Harbour Heights Close.

“The City apologises for any inconvenience that might result.”

Your co-operation and understanding will be appreciated.

Robertson says residents must please ensure that their taps are properly closed during this period.

"Should a tap be inadvertently left open and full pressure is restored while you are away from your premises, damage could be caused and a considerable amount of water wasted", he said.

Illegal abalone seized by police

By Sasha Forbes
25 June 2009

Police as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal abalone gathered information that led to the obtaining and the executing of a search warrant at a house in Lansdowne yesterday afternoon.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn said that during the search 1 333 dried chucked Abalone was found in one of the bedrooms with an estimated value of about R50 000.

“On arrival a black BMW fled the scene and the registration number was traced to a house in Delport Street. A Search warrant was obtained and executed last night,” said Captain Bernadine Steyn

“During the search 4 583 dried chucked Abalone was found in the three bedrooms with an estimated value of about R1.2 million,” added Steyn

According to reports nobody has been arrested yet and a case has been opened.

Anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Inspector Herman Meissenheimer at the Lansdowne Police station on 021 700 9000 or 021 700 9006.

Electricity supply back to normal

By Cindy Witten
25 June 2009

After stormy weather wrecked havoc blowing down trees and causing power outages in the more leafy suburbs in the City, the City Electricity Department’s Charles Cooper said that everything seems to be under control.

“I was told very early this morning, just before 06h00, that virtually everything was back,” said Cooper. “Only a very small part of Pinelands was still out.”

When asked about the cause of the power cuts, Cooper said that it is common for windy weather to cause power outages. “In these cases, I’m told by our technical colleagues that trees fall on over-head lines, or when branches break off the trees and fall on lines, this damages the lines of the electricity network.”

While teams are out in the field doing everything they can to rectify the problem, the department has requested that residents contact the electricity call centre on 0800 220 440 to report any outages.

Disaster Risk Management steps up aid as storms batter Cape Town

By Kim Saulse
25 June 2009

As Cape Town continues to be lashed by storms, Disaster Risk Management has stepped up their contingency plans to assist hundreds of people affected by the rain.

According to Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell, 1200 people living in informal dwellings have been subjected to wet, uncomfortable living conditions since the heavy storms hit the Cape last week.

“In terms of relief, we have provided them with hot meals and blankets. The city’s housing department has also provided them with flood kits to do maintenance around their dwellings,” said Powell.

Government optimistic about new offer

By Mandisi Tyulu
25 June 2009

Government is waiting to hear if it has managed to avert a crippling strike among doctors with a new wage offer that will see some receiving increases of up to 60 percent.

The South African Medical Association and the state are discussing the offer at the Bargaining Council in Centurion.
Medical professionals in some provinces have gone on wildcat strikes in recent days.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s new offer will see salaries streamlined. From 1 July interns will receive increases of up to 53 percent while specialists will get a pay hike of around 25 percent.

“This differentiated increase will allow us to address the gross inequalities across the health system.”

SABC left with one board member

By Mandisi Tyulu
25 June 2009

In another drama two more SABC board members have resigned, leaving one last member standing.

The SABC reports that Alison Gillwald remains the last member of the board, after Gloria Serobe and former chairperson Khanyisiwe Mkonza stepped down.

Board members are required to serve a three-month notice period before resignation.

A parliamentary inquiry into the SABC, which is asking for a two-billion-rands bailout from the government, concluded yesterday in its proceedings.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Zuma wants public servants to wear name tags

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 June 2009

President Jacob Zuma has announced a string of measures to provide the public with forms of redress if public servants don’t deliver.

He gave his budget speech in Parliament today .

Zuma says since announcing that a hotline would be set up in his office, correspondence has increased from 300 contacts in April to 700 this month.

The president announced that public servants would wear name tags, so that the public can identify them when complimenting them or complaining about their service delivery.

Man’s body found in Liesbeeck River

By Yamkela Xhaso
24 June

This morning, police found the body of an unidentified man that was spotted by a passerby floating in the Liesbeeck River in Pinelands.

Police divers removed the man’s body from the river near the N2 in the Athlone area.

Captain Bernadine Steyn said the deceased appeared to be in his forties, is brown in complexion, 1.6 meters tall, of average built and has short black hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a black jersey. He had no visible open wounds were observed on the body of the deceased.

An inquest investigation was launched to determine the identity of the deceased as well as the circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer,

Sergeant Warren Damon at the Pinelands Police station on 021 506 2022 or alternatively Crime Stop on 08600 10111

Civic society and government meets to find solutions in combating xenophobia

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 June 2009

Today leaders of civil society and representative from premier’s officer as well as government gathered at the Muslim Judicial Council in Athlone. The aim of the meeting was to identify solutions to combat xenophobia and xenophobic violence

The meeting follows after the wake of xenophobic attacks against Somali traders in Gugulethu.The meeting also noted the assassination of a Somalian representative that was killed after being appointed between a meetings with the local shop owners.

Addressing the Forum for Conflict Resolution speaker Shahid Esau said government needs to take responsibility in regulating illegally refugees in order to address the situation as well as bring home affairs and foreign affair in dealing with challenges that we face regarding this matter.

Esau added that the Forum for Conflict Resolution has not been formalised but it would be after consultation all the relevant stake holder.

“We urge all active good citizens to drive public participation in this matter because this is a human right issue that affects us all.”

The meeting today was a positive, said Esau .

11 people injured in bakkie accident

By Sasha Forbes
24 June 2009

Eleven people were injured after a Kombi and a bakkie carrying security guards collided with each other at the intersection of Townsend Road and Merriman Road in Goodwood this morning.

According to reports most of the guards were seated at the back of the bakkie when it overturned. The bakkie landed on its roof and came to rest against a tree further down the road.

Two guards were treated for moderate injuries and the remaining nine were treated for minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

According to reports it is alleged that one of the vehicles jumped the four way stop at the intersection, which resulted in the accident.

State promises doctors increase

By Yamkela Xhaso
24 June

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the new offer from government could see state doctors earning up to 60-percent or more.

Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria on the strike by health professionals in several provinces, Motsoaledi said the proposal would see unequal salary structures collapsed.

The South African Medical Association and government representatives are discussing the wage offer at the Bargaining Council in Pretoria today. State doctors previously said they would not accept anything less than a 50-percent increase.

17 people injured in a taxi accident

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 June 2009

Seventeen people were injured in a taxi accident ands one sustained moderate injuries and was taken to New Somerset Hospital for further treatment.

The remaining sixteen patients were taken to Goodhope Day Hospital with minor injuries. All the patients were taken by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances that were attending to the scene.

It is alleged that one of the taxis was making a U-turn when it was hit on the side by the other taxi.

Th Koeberg Road towards Milnerton was closed during rescue operations, with traffic being diverted through Rugby ground.

Stormy weather causes electricity cuts

By Cindy Witten
24 June 2009

The City of Cape Town would like to inform residents of power cuts, as stormy weather, and strong winds, has taken its toll on the City's electricity networks.

The City’s Charles Cooper said that the affected areas include:
Pinelands, Rondebosch, Plumstead, Observatory, Constantia, Tamboerskloof, Maitland, Paarden Eiland, and Parow Valley.

Cooper said that the electricity supply has only been interrupted to parts of these suburbs.

The City has dispatched all its available repair crews from City Electricity Services and they are out in the field determined to restore the power supply as soon as possible.

“We call upon residents living in these areas not to continually phone our electricity call centre, as this puts a great load on our telephone lines,” said Cooper.
“It makes it difficult for people, who are phoning in to report new possible interruptions, to get through,” he said.

NSRI responds to Melkbosstrand

By Cindy Witten
24 June 2009

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Melkbosstrand were called out by the Transnet National Ports, following an incident that took place off Bloubergstrand yesterday afternoon.

It is reported that a bulk carrier, Doce River’s, anchor dragged, causing it to drift close to shore.

NSRI responded and managed to get the vessel to deeper waters and out of harms way.

“The crew managed to get the vessel started and they’ve headed out to deep sea to safety,” said NSRI’s Craig Lambinon.

Lambinon said that no one was injured in the incident.

High level support for Eskom’s tariff increase

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 June 2009

The Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan has warned that holding down electricity prices now would result in even higher prices in the near future.

Speaking at a media briefing in Parliament yesterday, Hogan pointed out that should Eskom’s requested 34-percent increase not be granted, it would lead to a good deal of volatility in the tariff structure.

The national energy regulator is expected to announce his decision on the Eskom tariff later this week.

ANC expels 55 councillors

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 June 2009

The African National Congress has confirmed the expulsion of 55 councillors in the Eastern Cape.

ANC spokesperson Jessie Duarte says they are among councillors ousted in May for joining the Congress of the People.

“The expulsion came after a national disciplinary committee appeals process.”

Duarte says the committee led by Cyril Ramaphosa ruled that the councillors could not rejoin the party for seven years until 2016.

None of the affected people turned up for the appeals hearing in Bhisho.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

22 year old male suspect arrested for car theft

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 June 2009

The Woodstock Police arrested a 22 year old male in Fenton road Salt River, for attempted theft of motor vehicle. The arrest follows after police on routine patrols in Salt River, were alerted by a member of the public about possible car thieves that are operating within the Salt River area.

Woodstock police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says during patrols in Fenton road Salt River, the police noticed a member of the public chasing a young male person up the street.

The police caught up with the person, and a preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect tried to steal the complainant’s car, which was a red VW Golf, which was parked in Fenton road, says Malila.

“It's been alleged that the suspect broke into the complainant car and attach a towing rope to the vehicle.”

The police are pursuing all the leads to arrest the other suspects that sped off in an unknown vehicle, as the complainant approached them, says Malila.

The 22 year old suspect, currently in police custody, will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court tomorrow on a charge of attempted theft of motor vehicle.

28 year old female body found in Muizenberg

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 June 2009

The Muizenberg police members were informed of a murder at Rodwell Street, St James in Muizenberg.

Captain Bernadine Steyn says police were alerted by an owner of a recruitment agency, who discovered the body of their 28 year old female employee.

“It is alleged that the suspect(s) entered the office through the front door and the was no sign of forced entry that could be found.”

When the owner of the agency returned after taking his children to school, he made the discovery, says Captain Steyn. ‘At this stage it seems that no items were taken.’’

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and police have opened a murder docket for investigation.”

Anybody with information regarding the incident is requested to contact the Investigating Officer of the Muizenberg Police station, Detective Inspector Brian Oosthuizen on 021- 787 900.

Man shoots and kills robbers in Kleinmond

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 June

This morning, police were informed of a House Robbery in Delport Street.

On arrival at the scene, police members found the bodies of the two alleged suspects in the house. Captain Bernadine Steyn said the owner's 36 year old wife “was allegedly wounded in the process by the suspects. She passed away later on her arrival at the hospital.

Steyn added that it is alleged that the two suspects entered the house through the front-door. When the 34 year-old owner of the house returned after taking his children to school, he encountered the suspects in the foyer.

They threatened him at gun point and demanded cash. He took them to the main bedroom where afight and an exchange of fire between him and the suspects ensued.

“He allegedly wounded the suspects with his licensed firearm. Both the suspects passed away on the scene.”

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.” “We have opened a case-docket of Murder and House Robbery with regard to the assault on the couple.”

Man dies after being knocked down by a taxi

Sasha Forbes
23 June 2009

A man was killed on Wellington Road near Lubbe Road in Durbanville this morning after he was hit by a taxi.

“One of the workers of the West Coast Civil were working on Wellington Road when he walked in front of a vehicle and hit,” said SAPS spokesperson Superintendent Hennie Rademeyer.

According to reports the man was found still lying half way under the taxi when police and paramedics arrived.

Robbery suspects to appear in court today

By Cindy Witten
23 June 2009

The Cape Town Magistrates court will hear the case of three suspected robbers today. This after the three men were arrested on Monday morning.

“The arrest follows after the police followed up information about arobbery incident that was committed on Wednesday morning (June, 17),” said police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila.

Malila said the men (aged between 22 – 28) were arrested after allegedly robbing a complainant of two digital cameras at knife point.

The suspects are currently being held in police custody.

Stop sensationalising crime says Jordaan

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 June 2009

Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Officer, DannyJordaan, has urged the international media to stop sensationalizing the issue of theft and security during the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Addressing reporters on Monday in Johannesburg, Dr Jordaan said the media had created unnecessary anxiety among the international community regarding safety and security issues in South Africa.

He added that the media should report the facts and not compile reports on unfounded information, adding that all security measures for the FIFA Confederations Cup have been executed successfully thus far.

"I have been to many World Cup tournaments across the globe and there's no difference with what is currently taking place in South Africa.”

"In terms of safety and security, everything is running smoothly and no major crime related incidents were reported, but you media create unfounded stories," he said.

Since the kick-off of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the international media have shown no confidence in South African security measures, particularly after five Egyptian players were allegedly robbed in their hotel.

However, the CEO said the issue of Egypt is perplexing, and police are investigating the matter, adding that people must also take responsibility of their own security.

"If you invite someone to your hotel room, you have to takeresponsibility. Police cannot follow you to your room, you have to take responsibility.

Police seek information about the death of Hout Bay man

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 June

Camps Bay police are asking for anyone with information about the death of Marco Davids to come forward.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Sunday the fifth of May, when the body of an unknown male was found in Camps Bay.

Constable Davids from Camps Bay police said that upon further investigation, it was revealed the guy’s name was Marco Davids from Hout By.

“It is believed the deceased was shot in the back of the head” and he was dumped in Camps Bay.

Anybody that can assist the police with information is requested tocontact detective constable Davids at Camps Bay SAPS on the following telephone number 021 43 8140 or cellular number 082 471 0100.

Residents advised to prepare for cold front

By Sasha Forbes
23 June 2009

Disaster Risk Management has been advised by the South African Weather Service of very cold conditions, snow, rough seas, gale-force winds and heavy rains that will be setting in on the city this week.

Disaster Risk Management's Charlotte Powell says that teams will remain on high alert during this period.

“Following the reports of cold and wet weather, residents are requested to take note of this change in weather and to prepare for it,” said Powell

According to reports rain fall of more than 50mm are expected in the city and across the province today and tomorrow and this is expected to be accompanied by winds of up to 85km/h, snow on the mountains and waves higher than seven metres.

Johannesburg doctors strike cancelled

By Cindy Witten
23 June 2009

While doctors and nurses working at public hospitals across the country, continue to work in poor conditions, the battle over wage increases continues.

However, the planned state doctor’s strike in Johannesburg today has been called off. According to news reports, an intern at the Helen Joseph hospital said the logistics of moving all the patients out of the wards would have been difficult.

While the majority of doctors at the hospital voted to strike, the hospital’s management, which seems to be sympathetic to the strike, said they needed more time to prepare.

If the doctors at Helen Joseph hospital opted to go ahead with the planned strike, it would have put more pressure on non-striking doctors at the Johannesburg and Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospitals.

Negotiations over wage increases are reportedly underway.

Security praised at the Confed cup

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 June 2009

The Egyptian football team has praised security at the Confederations Cup despite complaining that personal belongings were stolen from their hotel rooms.

The team’s management and ambassador to South Africa faced the media at a press conference in Sandton yesterday. While 2010 Organizing Committee Chairperson Danny Jordaan assured the team the incident would be investigated.

“You leave this country with your integrity intact, we celebrated the performance of your team and players and you must go home understanding that we will continue to focus on the issue at hand and whether or not a criminal act was perpetrated, said Jordaan.

The Egyptian footballers have yet to speak about whether the prostitutes were responsible for the theft as claimed in media reports.

SA television crew released from custody in Niger

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 June 2009

It is reported from Agadez that a South African television crew is stranded in Niger after police confiscated their passports.

It is alleged that the crew has been released and is hoping to leave by today.

The crew was held at a police station on Saturday, but not formally arrested.

Expedition leader Johan Badenhorst says that the all the locals, including the police, have been friendly and helpful.

It appears the local police were nervous about the group’s safety, given the presence of rebels in the area.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Organisers say no security breach during Confed Cup

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 June 2009

The Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula says Government
is happy with the general security at Confederations Cup matches.

With at least three more matches remaining to be played, Mbalula said today that, although there had been reports of isolated incidents, there has been no major security breach at any of the games played.

"Police have been working hard thus far and as government, we are happy with the standard of security measures utilized by law enforcement agencies.

"The security set has been firm and we salute the men and women in blue who have shown great commitment in ensuring that every person's safety is guaranteed," he said.

The deputy minister added that government in general was impressed with the crowd control measures that were put in place and there had been no major criminal elements or act of hooliganism reported.

Regarding the Egyptian incident, which has dominated international media, Mbalula said police were working on the matter and it was anticipated to be finalized soon.

Meanwhile, LOC Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan confirmed that at the moment all teams were impressed with the standard of security and hospitality in general. "Police and other law enforcement agencies have done a wonderful job thus far in ensuring safety and security in and outside stadiums.

"We urge the international media not to sensationalise the issue of
crime. They must report on fact and not generalize and come to
unjustified conclusions," he said.

17-year-old Mitchell’s Plain man arrested for murder

By Cindy Witten
22 June 2009

Mitchell’s Plain police arrested a 17-year-old man for the murder of a 14-year-old, this morning.

“The victim and a few of his friends were standing at the corners of Cornflower Street and Kreupelhout Street in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain when they were approached by four suspects,” said Captain Rewayne Muller.

The 17 year old male will appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 24 and faces a charge of murder.

Police investigations continue.

Body of unknown female found in Parrow

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 June 2009

During the early hours of the morning, Parow police attended to a complaint of a body that was found near Huguenot Street, Parow East Industrial.

Inspector Jacques Mostert says on arrival police found the body of a female whose identity is not known.

“The deceased is believed to be in her early thirties and was found near the corner of Huguenot and Matthee Street.” She had several stab wounds in her face and hands.

A wig was also found on the scene, says Inspector Mostert.

Police have opened a case of Murder and anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Johan Louw on 021 9297100.

Seven arrested for speeding in Bellville and Athlone

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 June

2 415 speeding offences were recorded this weekend as traffic authorities toughen up against illegal drag racers between Bellville and Athlone.

Moqamad Mustapha from city’s traffic services said five people were arrested for reckless and negligent driving for exceeding speed limits in 60 kilometre-an-hour road between Klipfontein and Jan Smuts Drive.

“There were 110 unlicensed drivers, 55 other offences and 8 motor vehicles were suspended for being unroadworthy”

Along Morddedam Road, Bellville South, two motor vehicles collided towards Teinie Meyer Street and both drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Four motorists received fines ranged from 1 000 rands and 72 other offences were registered.

City of Cape Town power off for two hours

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 June 2009

The City of Cape Town today said it was working on restoring power supply to the Central Business District electricity cables which were heavily damaged.

The city centre was without power for almost two hours after building contractors damaged cables in Wale Street.

The city of Cape Town’s electricity service Charles Cooper says the city was informed that a contractor hit electrical cables in the corner of Wale and Bree Street and power went out at approximately 9h15 today.

The City of Cape Town's Electricity Department has rerouted the electricity supply, while repairs to the cable are underway. Power was restored at approximately 10:50, says Cooper.

“The power cut has been restored and that everything is back to normal.”

44-year-old man found after two day search

By Sasha Forbes
22 June 2009

The body of a 44 year old man was recovered yesterday from a river near Witsand, following a two day search.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon disappeared under water while trying to save a child on Saturday afternoon. The child was rescued by bystanders but the man disappeared under water.

"Police divers and the Fire and Rescue Services divers and NSRI volunteers continued search and at midday the body was recovered from the river floor near to where the man had gone missing,” said Lambinon

Burger likely to play on Saturday

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 June

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers may change his winning team for Saturday’s second Test against the British and Irish Lions because of Schalk Burger’s return and the midfield struggles of Adrian Jacobs.

Burger missed the first Test due to a calf injury, but sources in the camp said that he should be ready to play in his 50th Test on Saturday.

That will leave De Villiers with a challenge because Heinrich Brüssow put in an excellent performance until he was taken off an hour into Saturday’s game.

One man killed and another injured in shooting incident

By Sasha Forbes
22 June 2009

One man was killed and another seriously injured after they were attacked in their apartment in Atlantis.

According to police two men entered an apartment through the back door and fired several shots at the two male victims inside.

One victim was shot in his chest and stomach and died on the scene. The second victim was wounded in his head but was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Captain Cyril Dicks said the suspects fled the scene on foot and are still at large. Police are investigating the possibility that the incident was gang-related.

Anybody with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Captain Anita Jacobs on 021-571 8500.

DA supports legal bid that sign language be recognised as an examinable subject

By Cindy Witten
22 June 2009

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the Democratic Alliance supports the proposal that sign language should become an official matric subject.

This after a learner, Kyle Springate, launched a legal bid to the Department of Education, that sign language be recognised as an examinable subject and be taught in schools.

It has been reported that in a statement, Zille said the party supports the student.

Springate has been studying sign language throughout high school, with the department’s blessing. According to Zille, it makes no sense that the department allows a pupil to study sign language, only to deny him the opportunity to be examined on a subject.

Repairs underway on burst water pipe

By Cindy Witten
22 June 2009

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation department would like to inform the community of Summer Greens of a water pipe that burst in the area this morning.

The City’s Farouk Robertson says that workers have been deployed to repair the burst pipe. He says that the operation is only expected to be complete by late afternoon.

Robertson said that because of this, the water supply to the area will be shut down.
“It is expected that the work will be completed by about 16h00, said Robertson. “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

He requests that residents and water consumers in the area ensure that all taps are turned off to prevent no water loss during this period.

58 year old suspect arrested for house robbery

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 June 2009

Yesterday afternoon an 84 year-old woman was returning to her home in Heldersig Road, Thornton. While she was opening her front door, a man approached her from behind and pushed her into the house.

Captain Bernadine Steyn says it is alleged that the suspect threatened her with a knife and demanded cash and firearms. She told the suspect that the cash was in the garage after which he tied her hands up with a piece of cloth and seated her in the living room,says Styne.

“The suspect went to the garage during which the victimfreed herself and ran towards the street where she flagged passingVehicles down.’’

Steyn says the victim was assisted by a couple and another man. The man went into the house where he found the suspect hiding behind the coach and made a citizen arrest after which the suspect was handed over to SAPS members.

The 58 year old suspect, who has no known address, will appear in the Goodwood Magistrates' court todayon a charge of house robbery.

Police confiscated huge sum of mandrax

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 June 2009

In a police raid mandrax worth R6 million were seized at a garage in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town police.

Captain Bernadine Steyn said the drugs were seized around on Saturday as a result of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activities.

"Our investigation led to information of a possible drug deal at the specific garage in Lavis Drive," she said.

When a grey Toyota bakkie stopped at the garage police approached.

The driver fled on foot when he saw police approaching. He managed to evade capture.

Inside the bakkie police found 15 boxes containing about 200 000 Mandrax pills worth approximately R6 million.

A case of dealing in drugs was opened. No arrests had been made.

Anyone with information could contact Captain Chris Rossouw at the Organised Crime unit office in Bellville on 021-918-3000, said Steyn.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Public hospital strike to hit patients tomorrow

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

Thousands of patients face being turned away from public hospitals tomorrow if a wildcat strike by South Africa’s 18-thousand disgruntled state doctors goes ahead.

The South African Medical Association says it expects a “total shutdown” in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, followed by the rest of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sama wants a minimum 50-percent salary increase for its seven-thousand-odd members. Government has offered five-percent, but a revised deal will be presented at a bargaining council meeting on Wednesday.

SABC strike postponed temporarily

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

The Communication Workers Union said on Sunday it consulted its members and they agreed to temporarily put off a strike against the SABC.

It came as the public broadcaster’s application to prevent the industrial action from going ahead was postponed at the Labour Court on Thursday.

This forced the union, representing SABC staff members, to put off its planned strike until the application is heard by the court.

The Communication Workers Union’s Vulture Ntuluki said they have not cancelled the protest; they just put it on hold.

South African charities in a recession

Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

It has been reported that more than half-a-million needy South Africans, many of them women and children could be plunged into further desperation as the country’s charities battle a funding crisis.

The industry says it experts that charity organisations, which represent 30-percent of social services in the country, would have three-billion-rands less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession.

Child Welfare South Africa says that it is in “crisis” and that therefore there would be a “catastrophic impact” if charities did not receive a bailout from the government

SADC conclude its summit

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

The African leaders have concluded their extra-ordinary summit in Johannesburg to find a solution to the Madagascar crisis with a team of mediators being appointed.

South African president Jacob Zuma says the Southern African Development Community should use past successes to hammer out a peace deal.

It has been reported that former Mozambique president Joachim Chissano is to head the high-level team of mediators.

SADC has condemned the actions of opposition leader Andry Rajoelina and the military which kicked out President Marc Ravalomanana in March this year.

2010 construction companies have a dedline on wage offer

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

The National Union of Mineworkers says the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors have only Thursday to reconsider their wage offer otherwise there will be a crippling strike at major 2010 FIFA World Cup construction sites.

The union wants a 15% wage increase for its members, while employers initially offered around 7.5%.

NUM says after spending the day locked in talks with the federation on Friday the employers upped their offer to 8.5%.

NUM’s Lesiba Seshoka says they are sticking to there wage demand.

By Thursday we are looking forward to them giving us a proper outcome and that is the 15% that we are looking for,” says Seshoka.

R Kelly apologises to South African media

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

American R & B singer, Robert Kelly, apologised yesterady for attempting to censor journalists, his management said.

"We apologise for any misunderstanding this may have inadvertently caused," it said in a statement.

This follows reports that Kelly had forced journalists in a press conference to sign contracts preventing them from publishing any material that he had not approved.

The contract went as far as threatening journalists in breach of the contract with a R800 000 defamation law suit.

In its explanation, Kelly's management said that its censoring local media was a measure to stop media from misquoting the super star.

"Over the years we have found that the media have quoted R Kelly selectively or even misquoted him completely to create sensationalist publicity about him."

Zuma calls for a peaceful solution in Madagascar

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

President Jacob Zuma has called on the fighting parties in Madagascar to show commitment to a peaceful solution.

This was Zuma’s first Southern African Development Community Summit where he opened the special regional discussions in Sandton and said that Madagascar’s neighbours should use their experience and collective wisdom to find a fair and equitable solution on the island that suffered a coup last March.

Zuma has to decide whether to allow deposed Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanan to address the heads of state and foreign ministers of the 15 nation grouping.

Zuma commented that he regrets the current political and security situation on the Indian Ocean island where Andry Rajoelina seized power with limited military backing three months ago.

The special summit will hear the report of a special SADC envoy to Madagascar and discuss the possibility of elections to restore democracy and constitutionality.

Madisha to head newly formed trade union

ByMandisi Tyulu
21 June 2009

It has been announced that former South African Democratic Teachers’ Union president Willie Madisha will facilitate a new trade union federation which is expected to be in operation before the end of 2009.

The co-ordinating committee of the fledgling Congress of Independent Trade Unions of South Africa has boasted an increase in its support base.

The 20 member national committee gathered in Salt River in Cape Town yesterday and has promised that the new body would be independent from any political party.

The newly established trade union federation claims that it has more the 350 000 workers who have joined and are fully behind the organisation.
Members are said to be made up mostly of teachers, nurses and mine workers from across the country, who it claims, are unhappy about the manner in which they are being represented, adding that they are being neglected by the unions.

Madisha said workers were loosing jobs, and at times their lives, because of inadequate representation.

The federation has also committed itself to representing the working class and promised to remain independent from any political affiliation.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

SADC summit discussions continue in Sandton

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

President Jacob Zuma is presiding over a special summit of the Southern African Development Community in Sandton.

Zuma recently took over as chair of SADC for the first time. The Southern African heads of state are thrashing out the political stalemate in Madagascar.

A previous summit condemned the actions of opposition leader Andry Rajoelina and the military which kicked out President Marc Ravalomanana in March this year.

Today’s meeting will seek a sustainable political solution to the situation.

Nineteen motorists arrested drunk driving

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

Western Cape metro police have arrested nineteen motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and two for contempt of court, yesterday evening during ” Operation Coca”, a Metro Police's initiative to inhibit criminals.

Metro police’s communication officer Nosiseko Samuel says the operation has been running for a year and focused on high visibility patrols, traffic policing, by-law enforcement and the execution of search warrants.

The offenders were nabbed in Khayelitsha and Gordon's Bay areas, says Samuel.

SANEF slams R.Kelly’s attempt to censor South African media

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

The South African National Editors’ Forum has slammed R ’n B singer R. Kelly for attempting to censor the country’s media.

Kelly, who is in the country, has demanded that edited final copies of articles be sent to his team before publication.

This follows after Kelly made journalist in his press conference sign contracts.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of child pornography.

“SANEF strongly objects to the conditions set out by the R. Kelly media team because it is both unconstitutional and illegal,” remarked SANEF’s Jovial Rantao .

Two Chinese men arrested for abalone

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

Cape Town Metro Police’s Tactical Response Unit arrested two Chinese men for possession of Abalone yesterday evening.

Metro polices communication officer Nosiseko Samuel says the two men age 19 and 32 years were pulled over after they spotted driving a white mazda bakkie without tail lights along the N2 on Broadlands off ramp.

“Nine hundred and fifty two perlemoen were found in black plastic bags, unshelled and dried perlemoen.”

The Chinese men were placed under arrest and were taken to Strand Police Station, says Samuel.

“The perlemoen were counted by the department of fisheries and were worth of R550, 000.”

The two men will be appearing in Strand Court on Monday 22 June 2009.

Education MEC announced a new body to monitor schools

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

The new Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant announced plans for the establishment of an education council in the province.

The council will oversee the governance of education and will provide assistance to the department on various education matters.

The MEC made the announcement on Friday when he discussed the department’s R10bn budget in the Provincial Legislature.

Grant said the initiative is aimed at school safety as well as improving literacy and numeracy levels as well as teacher development were made a priority on the budget.

Grant added that they wanted to ensure that every child has access to quality education in the province.

“We are not going to be a top down ivory tower driven administration, we’re going to be hands on and value driven at a classroom level because that’s where we think we need to make a difference.”

Bafana Bafana prepares for a do or die match against Spain

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

Bafana Bafana needs a victory over Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup today in order to advance to semi finals.

It is South Africa’s toughest test of the tournament and a match they cannot afford to lose however a draw against the Spaniards will be enough to see Bafana into the semifinals.

Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena has appealed to all South Africans to support the national team as they take on Spain today. Mokoena says his team is not worried about Spain’s 34-match unbeaten run.

Spain, ranked number one in world football, has already qualified for the Confederations Cup semi-final. Bafana Bafana needs nothing less than a draw to advance to the semi-finals.

ANC slams media reports over NHI

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

The African National Congress has described debates in the media over the National Health Insurance System as ill-informed and highly speculative.

The ANC’s Zweli Mkhize says the debates are coming from a few individuals from specific sectors of the private sector, who have vested interests in maintaining the status quo in which the majority of people continue to struggle in accessing quality health care.

Mkhize says the work of the National Task Team on the NHIS will be formally released to the public through appropriate channels when it is complete.

Zuma to address SADC leaders

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

South African president Jacob Zuma is expected to address South African Development Community leaders this morning at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The gathering will be aimed at finding solutions to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. The meeting will also be attended by Marc Revolomanana.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Nomfanelo Kota says president Zuma will also open the summit as its chairperson.

Zuma is expected to present opening remarks but will also say that the matter of Madagascar is a matter of great concern to the development community,” says Kota.

SABC says unions must respect court ruling

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 June 2009

The South African Broadcasting Corporation said that it expects unions to abide by a court order to not go on strike until a pending Labour Court case is heard.

The Labour Court postponed an application, brought by the national broadcaster, to prevent workers embarking on industrial action on Friday.

The case will now be heard late next week meanwhile the Communication Workers Union and the Media Workers Association were given permission by the CCMA to go on a protected strike.

The SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said, “The court order is there, the order is the order of the court and they (unions) have to abide by it.”

South African debt under the spotlight

By Sasha Forbes
20 June 2009

The National Consumer Forum said yesterday that low income earners continued to fall into debt traps with the Gauteng and Mpumalanga being the hardest hit.

The forum said consumers who earned less than R5 000 are being continuously exploited by service providers.

According to reports the organisation’s Thami Bulani said that they know a lot of people who are losing their homes and their cars.

Bulani also added that over 1 500 people get into debt every month because they default on payments.

However according to reports Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said debt collection must be regulated because clients are being harassed.

Traffic services continue to fight drag racing

By Sasha Forbes
20 June 2009

The City of Cape Town in its continuing efforts to curb drag racing on the city’s roads with its attendant dangers to other road users and pedestrians, the City’s Traffic Services have conducted another successful operation in Athlone.

Traffic Service’s Merle Lourens said acting on a tip-off, Traffic officials held a targeted road block in an area of Athlone where drag racers gather to compete against one another in their highly modified vehicles and upon arrival, they found a gathering of about 50 vehicles which immediately dispersed.

"As many tragic accidents in the past few years indicate, things can and do go wrong when people race on public roads and unfortunately the victims of these accidents include notonly the drivers, but innocent motorists and pedestrians who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Lourens

Friday, June 19, 2009

Molewa urges portfolio members to work closely

By Ofentse Mokae
19 June 2009

Minister of social development Edna Molewa urged members of the portfolio committee on social development to work hand in hand with her department to ensure that social development takes place.

The minister was briefing committee members on their roles and functions at parliament yesterday.

The minister said members should acquaint themselves with the regulations and policies of the social development department to ensure they perform their oversight role effectively.

“We need to understand the procedures and policies of the department as this key to effective and efficient engagement,” said Minister of social development Edna Molewa

Molewa, who was accompanied by her deputy Bathabile Dlamini, also clarified what was expected of the committee members and the roles of provincial MEC’S in terms of the constitution.

She said her regular meetings with the MEC’S where sectoral issues such as pensions, child grants and other social security aids are being discussed were central to the development and wellbeing of the nation.

Committee member Nomathemba November from the ANC, said the meeting addressed a lot of issues and was enlightening.

COPE committee member NP Gcume said the meeting laid a clear foundation and paved the way for work on development and community upliftment as it was outlined by the president during his state of the nation address.

Deputy Minister Bathabile expressed hope for a harmonious relationship with the committee.

City distances itself from inefficient sewage system

By Kim Saulse
19 June 2009

The owner and residents of a block of flats on Rietvlei Road in Kuils River have expressed their frustration with what they call the city’s inefficient sewage system.

Residents on the ground floor of Riverton flats have complained about flooding and a stench whenever it rains heavily.

“This has been a problem for over a year now. The wooden floors swell and the water seeps through it,” said one resident Kim Barlow

The flats are located next to a canal in Kuils River, which worsens the problem when the water levels rise.

“The council visited the site where it was discovered that drains and sewage pipes were blocked with fat,” said City spokesperson
Charles Cooper

“The city can’t be held accountable for the problem, as the flats are private property. He said it is the “owner’s responsibility to rectify the problem,” added Cooper

Barlow says the worst is yet to come, as residents on the ground floor brace themselves for winter’s heavy downpour.

Khayelitsha mourns death of Aids activist

By Nomava Nobumba
19 June 2009

Khayelitsha community continues to mourn Aids activist Thembisa Ngubane, who was buried at the Khayelitsha cemetery on Saturday.

Ngubane was known worldwide for her diary, ‘Thembi’s Aids Diary’, about her life with Aids.

It contains interviews with her family and friends, playing with her baby, and even the time she disclosed her HIV status to her father.

Ngubane travelled worldwide, speaking at high schools, universities and clinics about Aids, she even met with the US President Barack Obama.

The young woman made headlines after she revealed her status in the South African Parliament in 2007.

Ngubane found out her HIV status at the age of 19 and joined the Treatment Action Campaign in 2004.

Karabo Monatisi from the TAC described Ngubane as “a future leader who had no fears to express herself.”

Her radio diary has been broadcasted in countries such as the USA, Australia and Canada with nearly 50 million listeners worldwide.

As a result of untreated TB Ngubane died at Tygerberg hospital at the age of 25, she is survived by her daughter and the family.

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