Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Consumers hit by series of blows

31 March 2010

The Energy Department has confirmed that the price of petrol will rise by between 48- and 49-cents a litre on the 7th of next month.

The diesel price will be increased by 48-and-a-half-cents a litre. The retail price of paraffin will rise by 28-cents a litre.

The biggest part of the fuel price increases is the result of levies and taxes announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his budget.

Newsflash reports that hard-pressed consumers are bracing for additional blows, with the first of three 25-percent-a-year Eskom electricity tariff increases taking effect tomorrow.

Municipalities that supply electricity direct to consumers are expected to increase their charges from July.

Metrorail’s train ticket prices go up from 15- to 20-percent tomorrow and motorists have also been hit by sharp increases in road tolls countrywide.

In addition, airport taxes are expected to rise by 133-percent in August.

Missing woman found dead in Hotel

By Ofentse Mokae
31 March 2010

The 26 year old woman who went missing from her residence in Killarney Gardens has died.

Geraldine Butler was found dead at a hotel in Sea Point this morning.

Earlier Inspector Daphne Dell said she had been on her way to visit her mother in Paarl.

The last transactions with her bank card indicated that she was in the Tableview area.
Butler was 1.8 m tall and of slender build and had long brown eyes and hair and of light complexion.

She drove a white Toyota Tazz with registration number CA 216169 and was on her way to visit her mother in Paarl.

Police believe her death could be a suicide, however investigations around her death are continuing.

Two wanted for fraud Cape Town Central

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 March 2010

Police are seeking the assistance of the public in tracing two unidentified in connection with a theft case.

Police spokesperson Captain Ezra October says the suspects conned a complainant out of R20 000-00 after placing an advertisement in a Cape Town newspaper to sell his motor vehicle.

Captain October says the suspects acted as interested potential buyers and agreed that the seller hand over R20 000-00 cash as surety to complete the transaction.

“After receiving the cash the complainant was asked to drive to Cape Town CBD with one of the sellers accompanying him.

“The suspect asked him to park his car in a parking bay so that he could collect a parking disk but the suspect got out of the car and ran away,” said October.

Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigation can contact Detective Constable Jood Tieties at Cape Town Central Police, Tel: 021 467 8081 or Cell: 076 837 5818.

Police seek assistance in tracing 26 year old woman

By Kim Saulse
31 March 2010

Milnerton Police are requesting public assistance in tracing 26 year old Geraldine Butler.

Butler was last seen at her home in Killarney Gardens, Milnerton yesterday.

She has been described as 1.8 meters tall, slender built with long brown hair and brown eyes and is fair skinned.

Police could not provide a clothing description.

Inspector Daphne Dell says she is driving a white Toyota Tazz with registration number CA 216169 and was on her way to visit her mother in Paarl.

The last transactions with her bank card indicated that she was in the Tableview area.

Anyone with information can contact Milnerton SAPS on (021) 5283800.

Four in the dock for drug dealing

By Nomava Nobumba
31 march 2010

Four suspects are set to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate Court today for drug dealing.

The suspects were arrested on Monday night in Tafelsig following a tip of from the community.

Police’s Inspector Ian Williams says the suspects were caught in act.

“Upon arrival we found four males aged between 25 and 38 in the process of handling heroin,” said Williams.

Drugs with an estimated street value of R20 000 and an undisclosed amount of cash were confiscated.

Metrorail suspends trains on central line

By Nomava Nobumba
31 March 2010

Metrorail commuters on the central line are left stranded again today as services on that line suspended until further notice.

This is after cable vandalism last night.

Central line includes Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Bellville via Lavistown.

Metrorail call centre says commuters on other lines can expect heavy delays.

Media reports say two train carriages were caught alight at Nyanga Junction this morning.

On Monday, commuters across the peninsula were experiencing the same problem.

Metrorail is due to address the media this morning at Bellville Area Office Boardroom, Bellville Station on what steps has the company taken to end the spate of vandalism.

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Commuters left stranded this morning

By Kim Saulse
31 March 2010

Metrorail commuters were further inconvenienced this morning after vandals damaged communication cables, causing heavy delays and overcrowding.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says the damaged cables in several service areas prevented trains from operating according to the timetable.

“Instead trains had to be manually authorized to shuttle between stations to clear platforms of morning peak rush,” said Scott.

Contingency plans have been put in place until the backlog has been cleared.

Trains are expected to operate according to schedule before the afternoon peak.

Scott says despite yesterdays strike action, 94% of all trains were on time.

“About 150 employees remain on strike until further notice while a dedicated negotiating team continues to seek an amicable resolution to the impasse,” said Scott.

Zuma says the country has not come to terms with its history

By Ofentse Mokae
31 March 2010

President Jacob Zuma says the controversy around the recent singing of freedom songs was a sign people had not dealt with the country's history.

Speaking during a visit to hundreds of poor Afrikaners in the Bethlehem informal settlement in Pretoria, Zuma referred to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema singing the song "shoot the boer".

The President said another sign that South Africans had not "dealt with history" was Friday's ruling by the South Gauteng High Court that the singing of the song was unconstitutional and unlawful.

Shock expressed on demotion of five prosecuters

By Ofentse Mokae
31 March 2010

The African Democratic Party has expressed shock following the demotion of five top prosecutors in the Gauteng Province.

ACDP MP Steve Swart says it is shocking that these top prosecutors, with many years of experience, have been effectively demoted at a time when the courts are struggling to deal with heavy case-loads and complex trials.

“Prosecutors are at the forefront of the fight against crime, with many cases being lost due to inexperienced prosecutors,” Swart says.

According to media reports, Mutuwa Nengovhela, who was part of the prosecution team in the rape trial of President Zuma and who was a deputy director at the Johannesburg High Court, has been demoted to the Family Court.

“This decision smacks of revenge and requires an explanation,” added Swart.

Another chief prosecutor, Andre Lamprecht, who has 33 years of experience, allegedly refused to follow an instruction from the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Menzi Simelane, not to oppose bail for hip-hop musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye.

“Jub Jub”, who faces four counts of murder, was part of the ANC’s campaign during the 2009 general elections and has reportedly been visited by ANCYL President Julius Malema while in custody.

Lamprecht has been demoted to an ordinary prosecutor.

Three other prosecutors, Deon Vlok, Nthabasieng Motsau and Raymond Mathenjwa were also effectively demoted to junior posts.

Nengovhela and Vlok are key to the prosecution of high–profile and serious cases in the High Courts.

The party says it is disgraceful that the experienced prosecutors are to be transferred to the Family Court to deal with less serious sexual offences, domestic violence and maintenance cases.

Attempts to reach the NPA for comment were unsuccessful.

However the ACDP says it will require Simelane to explain what it calls “irrational decisions” which seem to be motivated by revenge when he appears before the Justice Committee next term.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Africa’s oldest community radio station appoints new MD

30 March 2010

Bush Radio has appointed its new Managing Director Brenda Leonard following her long service that spans over a decade at Africa’s oldest community radio station.

Leonard takes the reins over from Zane Ibrahim who headed the station from 1996 and retired at the end of last month.

She hailed her appointment as another opportunity to address challenges currently facing community media in the 21st centaury.

Leonard, who headed the station’s finance and administration departments, was critical to ensuring success during the first license hearing post-1994 and all subsequent license hearings.

She was instrumental in drafting policies and procedures that has has been effective in culminating training, employment or programming that is gender sensitive – as well as ensuring that the Bush Radio had one of the first HIV and AIDS workplace policies in the country.

She has also been in the forefront of ensuring that radio can be used as a tool for gender, political and health education.

Leonard has been active in the establishment of, and training at, several radio stations in the region, as well as giving input to Parliament and other bodies on issues related to media and freedom of expression.

During South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, Leonard occupied various roles within the liberation movement and was deeply involved in student politics in the Western Cape – as well as leading transformation within various communities on the Cape Flats.

She is married to Jeremiah Thuynsma and has two children, Ashley aged 13, and 9 year-old Amilcar Cabral and holds a Communication Science degree from the University of South Africa.

City to embark on major traffic blitz

By Kim Saulse
30 March 2010

The City will continue its execution of the so-called Operation Restore tomorrow in the CBD.

The operation will clamp down on illegal taxi drivers and will impound unroadworthy minibus taxis.

Metro police, traffic services and law enforcement will be present at the blitz operation.

Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says the “decision follows the tragic death of Mr Kevin Brooks after his motor cycle was hit by a mini-bus taxi”.

The under aged, unlicensed driver of the taxi, was trying to escape being fined by a traffic officer.

The 17 year old turned himself in to police and the vehicle is still being held by the City.

“While the City continuously engages in law enforcement on taxis, of which statistics will be made available tomorrow, we have also decided to undertake Operation Restore when a taxi causes harm or injuries to a City staff member or a member of the public,” said Smith.

22 year old fatally wounded in Mitchell’s Plain

By Nomava Nobumba
30 March 2010

Mitchell’s Plain police were called to a murder scene after a man was shot in Beacon Valley yesterday.

It is alleged a 22 year old victim was walking in Twickenham Street when he was approached by a male suspect.

The suspect fired several shot at the victim, fatally wounding him.

Police’s Inspector Ian Williams says the motive for the attack is unknown at this stage.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the investigating officer Detective Inspector Jerome Malan of Mitchells Plain police at 021 370 1706 or 084 916 7953.

Last of displaced foreigners to leave Blue Waters

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 March 2010

Displaced foreigners tomorrow will be out of Blue Waters site ahead of the 31 Mach deadline when the City Of Cape starts with the process of closing down the site.

The move comes after the City successfully applied in the Cape High Court for their eviction.

City’s spokesperson Pieter Cronje says the city hopes that all of the people at Blue Waters will move voluntarily. Throughout the two-year process, the City has not used force or coercion, but persuasion, patience and assistance.

Cronje says vulnerable people and others in need of care have been identified and will be relocated to an emergency shelter at the Delft Temporary Relocation Area.

According to Cronje the city will provide life skills training to the refugees up to three hundred and forty refugees to the value of three hundred thousand.

The group numbering 404 at the start of the closure process are the last remaining people of a group of some 20 000 that were displaced during xenophobic violence in Cape Town and surrounding areas during May 2008.

“The whole process has cost the City of Cape Town nearly R200 million, with only R17 million being refunded by National Government.

Damage to the site, its facilities and equipment totaling several million Rand will have to be repaired before the site can be reopened for public use.

In granting the City of Cape Town an eviction order, Judge Erasmus commended the City for the steps it had taken to promote dialogue and help those staying at Blue Waters.

Five died in a car collision

By Nomava Nobumba
30 March 2010

Five people have lost their lives this morning when three cars collided at the intersection of Modderdam Road and 35th Avenue in Bishop Lavis.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks says the deceased are from one car and they were declared dead on the scene.

Banks says other victims were taken to hospital due to their injuries.

“A sixth person in the car survived but was trapped in the vehicle and needed to be extricated by rescue crews,” he said.

Five patients from the other vehicles sustained minor to moderate injuries, of which some also needed to be extricated by rescue crews.

They were taken to various surrounding hospitals for further treatment.

Banks adds the necessary authorities were in attendance and are investigating the incident.

Public assistance required in Mfuleni

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 March 2010

Mfuleni police are seeking the assistance of the public in robbery case that occurred in Silversands, Mfuleni

Police spokesperson Captain Nomathemba Muavha says a motor shop and road house were robbed by seven men on Sunday night.

“It is alleged that two of seven armed males who exited a maroon Honda Ballade, entered a Motor Spare shop in Silversands as well as a Road House, next door.

“At the Motor Spare shop the suspects pointed a firearm and demanded money and took an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no one was injured,” said Muavha.

Muavha added that at the road house the suspects pointed a firearm at the owner and also requested cash. They took an undisclosed amount of money and R 3000, 00 worth of airtime.

Anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer Detective Constable Stoffel Mattras at Mfuleni SAPS on (021) 909 9635 or 082 777 6251.

Man fatally stabbed in Delft

By Kim Saulse
30 March 2010

Police are investigating a case of murder after a foreign national was fatally stabbed in Delft at the weekend.

Inspector Brian Daniels says the deceased “got off in a taxi at Voorbrug Bus stop when he was approached by four unidentified males who robbed him of his cellphone and wallet”.

The assailants then stabbed him in the back and chest. The victim then ran to a friend’s house to inform him of the incident.

Daniels says the man died on arrival of police and the ambulance.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is requested to contact the investigating officer, Detective Inspector Denvor Prince at Delft SAPS on 021 954 9000 or Crime Stop on 0860010111.

COSATU opposes banning of struggle song

By Ofentse Mokae
30 March 2010

Congress of South African Trade Unions has expressed its concern at South Gauteng High Court’s ruling to ban the struggle song “Kill the Boer; Kill the farmer”.

The trade union federation says it particularly concerned on Friday’s ruling that words contained in the song are unconstitutional and illegal.

Its spokesman Patrick Craven says they are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, especially deadly violence, including in the course of political struggles.

“Killing political opponents is murder and should be punished with the full severity of the law,” says Craven.

Craven however says they agree fully with the ANC’s argument that the song is part of the historic fight of the people against apartheid, led by the ANC.

“Its words, if interpreted literally could be seen as promoting racial hatred and inciting violence, but such songs evolved in the context of a society where the black majority were disenfranchised at the barrel of a gun by a small white minority and their illegitimate government,” he argues.

Meanwhile Congress of the People has welcomed the ruling.

The party says in its opinion and in the context of post liberation modern society, the song is hate speech.

The opposition party says the argument of the ruling party that this phrase is part of struggle heritage is revisionist.

“The vast majority of the songs of the struggle are hymns and songs of upliftment and solidarity, but such songs do not fit the populist agenda of the ANC in their quest to further divide the people of South Africa,” the party said in a statement.

The ANC has indicted it will appeal the ruling.

Metrorail confident on service amid strike action

By Ofentse Mokae
30 March 2010

Metrorail is confident that its train service will operate fully today.

The commuter service says indications are that most employees will report for duty with a minority electing to exercise their right to strike.

It is expected that members of trade union SATAWU, a COSATU affiliate will embark on a strike action.

Regional Manager Stephen Ngobeni says workers will mostly affect ticket verification at stations but trains are expected to operate on schedule today.

“Technicians completed most of the repairs and trains on the northern and southern service areas will run on schedule,” said Ngobeni.

Ngobeni says yesterday in the Nyanga area repairs were taking longer than anticipated due to extensive damage wrought.

The train service to Khayelitsha, Kapteinsklip and Mitchell’s Plain was operating with 30 minute intervals.

However the Railway and Provincial Police were on full alert last night with patrols to prevent overnight attempts for cable theft that left the service severely disrupted yesterday morning.

In the unlikely event of train service disruptions today commuters with weekly or monthly train tickets have an option to use Golden Arrow Bus Services off-peak after 9am and 6pm.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Leaders urged to take a lead in massive HIV testing drive

By Ofentse Mokae
29 March 2010

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has called leaders from all walks of life to be the first in line for the massive HIV testing programme set to start next month.

Motsoaledi was addressing a seminar on HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg today.

He said South Africans have their heads buried deep in the sand regarding their HIV status.

Newsflash News agency reports that delegates in attendance gave him a standing ovation.

This is when the former Limpopo Education MEC said leaders, from presidents to principals to chief executive officers, had to be the first in line to know if they had the HI virus, or not.

He added that the country is burning and the leaders must come out.

Motorcyclist killed in hit and run accident

By Nomava Nobumba
29 March 2010

A motorcyclist was killed this morning in the CBD during an alleged reckless and negligent driving.

Police say a traffic official was chasing after a taxi driver who was disobeying a directional traffic sign.

“The driver started driving reckless at a high speed followed by the traffic vehicle. He made illegal U-turns in Adderly, Strand, Long and Riebeek Streets where it collided into a green VW –Golf, said Captain Ezra October”.

October says the taxi driver then sped- off in the direction of Adderly Street where the taxi collided with a motorcyclist who collided into white VW Polo.

The 51 year old male motorcyclist from Newlands passed away on the scene, due to his injuries.

October says culpable homicide case has been opened for investigation.

The driver is at large.

Police make grisly discovery on dunes of Table View beach

By Kim Saulse
29 March 2010

The body of a man, believed to be in his twenties, was found on the sea dunes of Table View beach this morning.

On arrival of police, they found the deceased fully dressed, lying on his back with an open wound to his chest.

Inspector Elizabeth Munro says a firearm was found near the body.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detective Constable Ashley Africa on 082 575 9675 or (021) 521 3300.

Over five hundred in traffic fines issued over the weekend

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 March 2010

Five hundred and forty warrants of arrest were executed by the Operation Reclaim to arrest hundred and twenty motorists who had erred in paying their fines.

Traffic Services Chief Inspector Merle Lourens says the outstanding fines amounted to R510 740.

“A taxi owner was also arrested on 54 outstanding warrants totaling R49 650. He was taken to Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where he was granted bail of R29 000. The owner, unable to pay the bail, was subsequently detained at Pollsmoor Prison.

“We also arrested eighty eight alleged drunk drivers this weekend in roadblocks held in Durban Road, Bellville; Old Paarl Road, Kraaifontein; Main Road, Somerset West; and Kleinvlei, said Lourens.

Lourens added that the highest readings were recorded at 0.98 and 0.91 – almost five times the legal limit of 0.24mg per 1000ml specimen of breath.

Drugs to the value of R100 000, 00 confiscated in Mowbray

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 March 2010

A thirty seven year old female has been arrested for being in possession of three packets of tik valued at R100 000, 00 in Hornsey Street, Mowbray.

Police spokesperson Inspector November Filander says police were busy with visible vehicle patrol duties when they noticed a suspicious looking female walking in Hornsey Street.

“When we requested to search her suitcase we found three packets if loose tik hidden between her clothes.

The 37 year old Khayelitsha woman will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court today on charges of possession of drugs.

Newborn baby’s body found dumped in rubbish

By Nomava Nobumba
29 March 2010

The body of a newborn baby was found in a pile of refuse bags outside Spar supermarket in Makhaza yesterday.

Police alleged that the baby died of suffocation.

Harare police spokesperson Constable Nosiphiwo Mntengwane says this follows a tip-off from the community.

“On our arrival on the scene the baby was already deceased,” said Mntegwane.

Mntengwane says an inquest docket has been opened for investigation.

“We appeal to the public to come forward with the information that may lead to the identification of the mother to call the Harare police station on 021 363 9000,” urge Mntegwane.

575 traffic fines issued over the weekend

By Kim Saulse
29 March 2010

Metro police issued 575 traffic fines and recorded 85 by law offences at the weekend during various roadblocks executed around the city.

Metro police spokesperson Nowellen Peterson says the roadblocks aimed to raised awareness around road safety and vehicle fitness.

The fines ranged from driving without a valid driver’s licence to smooth tyres.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, Metro police together with Elsies River police executed searches at five suspected drug dens in the area.

“Three suspects were arrested and charged with the possession of narcotics after TIK, Mandrax tablets and dagga were found and confiscated. During the search one police radio was also found,” said Peterson.

On Saturday, another suspect was arrested in Atlantis for the possession of narcotics after 11 mandrax tablets with one half a mandrax tablet was found in his possession.

“Two other people were also arrested for riotous behaviour and drunk in public respectively in the same area,” said Peterson.

Peterson says as the Easter Weekend approaches, police will increase their visibility with and will continue to combat drug related crime.

Montlanthe calls for more transparent and responsive government

By Ofentse Mokae
29 March 2010

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has again highlighted the need for government to be more transparent and responsive.

Montlanthe who was addressing the National Council of Provinces at its sitting at Sekhukhune FET College during the ‘Taking Parliament to the People’ programme, he said people should have enough information about the development projects in their areas.
“This is so that they could raise the alarm to public representative in cases where there is lack of quality service delivery and plans are not being fulfilled,” his office said in press statement.

Deputy President spoke on the five priorities of National Government namely education, health, rural development, creation of decent work opportunities and the fight against crime.

Montlanthe stressed the importance of education and urged the youth to channel their energies into making positive changes to society such as campaigning against drug abuse and for road safety.

“The youth have energy, but this energy needs to be channeled to better and productive efforts, education of our youth should not just be the responsibility of government but society as a whole,’’ said the Deputy President.

The deputy president also encouraged the NCOP to continue with its oversight duties as it was vital in ensuring that government delivers on its priorities and realize a better life for all.

Murder suspect in court

By Ofentse Mokae
29 March 2010

A 26 year-old suspect will appear in the Laingsburg Magistrate’s court today on a murder charge.

Police have arrested the old suspect in connection with a murder of his girlfriend.

Spokesperson Inspector Lindikhaya Mkhontshwana says it is alleged that a 30 years old female died as a result of two stab wounds inflicted under her left arm and at the back.

“The incident took place at the deceased’s house in Bergsig after an argument with her boyfriend, they both left the house and the deceased came back after a while,” explained Mkhotshwana.

He says the suspect, who was allegedly was waiting outside, attacked the deceased.

The police promptly responded to the information and arrested a 26 years old male for murder.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Satawu suspends bus strike

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union has announced the suspension its national bus strike that was expected to take place tomorrow.

Transport unions Satawu, Towu and Tawusa have been negotiating pay agreements with the South African Bus Employees Association in recent days.

The unions are demanding a pay hike of 15 percent but negotiations deadlocked last week when the association offered 6.5 per cent.

Satawu said around 10 000 bus industry workers will resume operations tomorrow following a pay offer of 10 percent.

Mashego said that with the better offer given, they decided to suspend the strike until further notice.

Golden Arrow which operates commuter buses in the Cape say due to the withdrawal of the strike some bus services may be disrupted.

However the bus company say their doing everything in their power to ensure that all bus run according to normal schedules.

“Commuters should be able to access their usual services and employees represented by the unions will also have access to their places of work,” spokesperson Vuyisile Mdoda said.

13 arrested during police weekend crack down

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

13 people have been arrested after a police blitz in the Western Cape.

The Flying Squad arrested 11 men, believed to be involved in a string of house robberies in the Lwandle area.

Another two were taken into custody in connection with the shooting of a student constable.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrè Traut says the one suspect is responsible for the shooting of a young constable in the Lwandle area.

Two firearms were confiscated.

Traut says the suspects are being detained on charges of house robbery, attempted murder, as well as possession of an illegal firearm respectively.

Union launches Youth desk

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is concluding its national launch of the Numsa Youth Desk today.

The launch which started yesterday is underway at the Vincent Mabuyakhulu Conference Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The launch is taking place within the context of sharpening class contradictions and inequalities in the country as permeated by the capitalist crisis, says Numsa .

“The national launch is attended by 100 young-worker delegates drawn from the structures of the Union across the country,” the union said.

It is being held under the theme “Young Metalworkers Unite for Decent Work and Socialism – Decent Jobs = Decent Wages”.

Member organisations of the Progressive Youth Alliance which includes the ANC Youth League and the YCL conveyed a message of support to the launch.

Cosatu backs artists in their outcry on FIFA action

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

The Congress of SA Trade Unions has also came out in support to local artist on their displeasure to soccer authorities after they were over looked to feature in a 2010 World Cup concert.

The union federation says in a statement it is supportive of the campaign by local artists to benefit from the Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

However, spokesperson Patrick Craven pointed out that the Creative Workers Union of South Africa its affiliate, had the right to be angry after artists around the continent had been overlooked by both the Local Organising Committee and Fifa for the soccer spectacle's pre-concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on June 10.

Craven says it is a scandal that the World Cup concert will only feature three local artists and more than nine from elsewhere.

“The federation urges all its members to support CWUSA’s rolling mass action at the 2010 World Cup Local Organizing Committee’s offices in Nasrec to protest against this plan,” said Cosatu.

Cosatu says they share the views of the creative workers that the tournament is an African World Cup and it’s for Africa making them part and parcel in displaying the rich heritage of the country and continent through their involvement and participation.

Western Cape no exception to Rift Valley Fever

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

The department of health has warned that the Western Cape is no exception from the spread of Rift Valley Fever.

It is reported that this is with particular to the slaughtering of livestock especially when it is not properly carried out.

It is further reported that thousands of livestock units in high risk farms will be immunised in the province as part of its preventative strategy.

At least 60 people in the country have been infected with Rift Valley Fever.

Health authorities have assured the public they were closely monitoring the situation.

City residents stranded without power

By Ofentse Mokae
28 March 2010

Many residents across the city have been left stranded after they were without electricity since yesterday afternoon.

Most of the areas affected included the southern surburbs such as the Tokai and Constantia areas.

Other areas included the Meadowridge, Bergfleet and Retreat areas.

They have been left in the dark after a major power outage.

Officials from the city say the blackout was caused by a faulty cable at the Retreat power station.

The city dispatched technicians to the station and they have been working around the clock since yesterday.

However the city has assured residents that electricity will be back later today.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another pedestrian killed in the North West

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

Newsflash news agency reports that another farm-worker has been knocked down in the North West.

It is alleged last night the pedestrian was run over by a car outside Stella on the Mafikeng-Vryburg road while under the influence.

This comes amid a campaign by the provincial Public Safety department in the province aimed at creating awareness and appealing to pedestrians not to walk on public roads while intoxicated.

It was earlier reported that an 82 year-old farm-worker was knocked down by a taxi and then run over by the following car near Rustenburg early last night.

Media laws reviewed in Zimbabwe

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

The Zimbabwean government has announced that it is working to reform laws governing the media.

The country’s Finance minister Tendai Biti made the announcement while addressing the Federation of African Journalists' two-day congress in the country’s capital Harare.

According to Biti, a new constitution will get under way next month, in which the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media will be included.

The government of the country under President Robert Mugabe have placed harsh restrictions on the media since 2002, with the stringent media laws.

Biti says from a legal and operational position, Zimbabwe is lagging behind with regard to media laws.

Work on Zimbabwe's new constitution has stalled since last year, but should soon get well under way with a series of public consultations.

Rift Valley Fever infection on the increase

27 March 2010

The total human cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) now stands at 63, after 3 more people have been infected with the fever.

Health department spokesperson Charity Bhengu, says 54 of the cases and two of the deaths were from the Free State, with five in the Northern Cape and four in the Eastern Cape.

Bhengu says direct contact with RVF-infected livestock remains the major risk factor for the infection.

The confirmed human cases are farmers, veterinarians and farm workers.

Rift Valley Fever is a viral disease; the virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and results in outbreaks of abortion and deaths of young livestock such as sheep, goats and cattle.

The first human victim of the virus was discovered in the Free State in February.

Millions of rands in counterfeit Bafana goods entering SA

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

Weekend reports says counterfeit Bafana Bafana supplies is flowing into the country ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup expected to kick start in June.

Reports say that about 20 containers of World Cup goods land in South Africa daily.

The value of counterfeit goods seized in the last six months amounts to almost R46m, this includes Bafana shirts to the value of R20m.

According to the Saturday publication report, Fifa’s legal team, Spoor and Fischer, have confirmed that the majority of the illegal goods are coming from the Far East, in particular China.

Local Organising Committee spokesperson Rich Mkhondo says the committee is concerned, but they are confident that the police will deal with the issue.

Dog buried alive

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

A bull mastiff is recovering after being buried alive on the Cape Flats.

Newsflash News Agency reports that the dog was found in a shallow grave in the Summer Heights area of Kuilsriver on Thursday.

Spokesperson for the SPCA Sarah Scarth, says they received a call from someone claiming that he could only see the part of the dog’s head.

As a result an inspector from the animal association dug the dog out of the grave.

The dog has since been named Lazarus.

It is believed the dog have been in the hole overnight and was in a very bad condition when found.

At the moment Lazarus is recovering in the high care section of the SPCA’s animal hospital in Grassy Park.

Scarth says the culprit, if caught, would be charged under the Animal Protection Act with cruelty.

Minister backs artists’ outcry on their marginalisation

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana minister has come strongly behind the outcry from artists about the lack of South African and African artists at the June 10th concert in Orlando Stadium.

In a statement Xingwana says it is not fair that mainly artists from outside the country and the continent should welcome our guests.

“FIFA should recognise that there are a number of internationally acclaimed South African artists, we cannot condone South African artists being marginalised in their own motherland,” Xingwana said.

Xingwana says the artists are justified in expressing their grievances about their marginalisation by FIFA.

“It is unacceptable that the publicised line-up has only a few South Africans and artists from the rest of the continent, South African artists in particular and African artists in general should play a leading role in this event,” she added.

The South African government has declared that the tournament is an African World Cup, as it is the first ever Soccer World Cup on the African soil.

The minister has called for an urgent meeting to engage with the LOC on the concert.

Limited ministerial cars for Western Cape MEC’s

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

MEC’s in the Western Cape have been set a limit on acquisition for their ministerial vehicles.

Provincial Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has announced that a limit of just over R500 000 is to be set on new official vehicles.

Carlisle says the decision was made in line with the province’s own ministerial handbook that was earlier announced by Premier Helen Zille.

The MEC said the amount that can be spent on a ministerial car will now range from about R360 000 to R510 000 instead of the existing 70% of MEC’S annual salaries that allows for cars at that cost as prescribed in the ministerial handbook.

This amount came to about R900 000, Carlisle says he hopes the rest of government will follow the Western Cape’s lead.

Final inspections on 2010 stadiums

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010

Soccer governing body the Federation for International Football Associations has given South Africa’s stadiums the final nod, 76 days before the start of the 2010 World Cup.

The Local Organising Committee has confirmed that FIFA has done its final examinations.

The inspection tour, which began at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on 16 March and ended in Green Point stadium in Cape Town on 25 March, saw all departments from both the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) and FIFA scrutinising the stadiums to ensure that they will be ready.

And at the end of the tour, all parties are confident that it is all systems go for 11 June 2010.

All stadiums have been toured across the country.

LOC CEO Danny Jordaan told the media that stadiums are all almost ready.

Five new stadiums have been built and five existing stadiums have been renovated.

According to Jordaan, the only issues that remain are final details such as parking for team busses and finalising security arrangements.


Turn them off

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 march 2010

At exactly half past eight tonight millions of people from around the world to head a call by the WWF.

Many people in South Africa are expected to follow suite, with two of stadiums expected to have no lights. The Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban will be completely dark and Cape Town stadium is also expected to be dark.

Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO, WWF South Africa says Earth Hour 2010 gives an opportunity to the people of the world to unite in a call for action on climate change and to take the lead by making changes in their own lives.

A charity organisation in the UK has called on technology junkies to throw down their gadgets – at least for one day. Practical Action has called on all technology-users to switch off and stay away from their cellphones, computers, iPods and anything electronic for a full 24 hours starting tomorrow. The organisations says it is trying to raise awareness about the technology-poor developing world and wants people to write about their experiences; presumably only when they switch on their gadgets again on Sunday.

Friday, March 26, 2010

ANC shocked at court ruling about struggle song

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010

The ANC says it is shocked and disappointed by the ruling of the South Gauteng High Court that the ANC struggle song “Ayesaba Amagwala” is unconstitutional.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu says they are astonished by the fact that the court did not make an effort to get input from the ANC as owners and experts on the struggle song, on its meaning, its history and its purpose.

Had the court invited the ANC to make input the likelihood is that the high court would have reached a different conclusion on the issue. T

he ANC says it will challenge the ruling in the Constitutional Court with immediate effect.

Theft suspect wanted in Cape Town

By Nomava Nobumba
26 March 2010

Cape Town Central police is seeking the assistance of the public in tracing a theft suspect.

It is alleged that the suspect booked two rooms at the City’s hotel via internet through an agent and made a cash deposit payment on his arrival at reception for the period 26 until 28 December 2009.

The suspect and his accomplice then checked out of the Hotel without notification.
Upon room inspection it was discovered that two Samsung flat screen television sets valued at R20 000 are missing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the Investigating officer Detective Constable Wayne Hare on 021 467 8185.

One million litres of an illicit product seized with an estimated value of R10 million in Oudtshoorn

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010

Containers containing illicit products totaling at 180 000 litres have been confiscated in Oudtshoorn.

Police spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn says a joint operation was conducted by SAPS, SARS, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at two premises in Oudtshoorn after Search warrants were obtained.

“At the first premises in Park Road three tanks were identified and sealed which allegedly contains an illicit product totalling at approximately 180 000 litres from which samples were taken for forensic analyses.

“Samples were also randomly taken from the other tanks for the same purpose. A second premises in Van der Riet Street was also searched during which 17 tanks were identified and sealed allegedly containing an illicit product totalling about 663 500 litres.

Steyn added that samples were also taken from these tanks for forensic analysis. Furthermore containers destined for the market were identified and seized.

We have opened a case docket with two charges for investigation, manufacturing and distributing of an alleged illicit product and Failing to comply with liquor registration conditions.

Operation Lumke was launched to address the association between substance abuse and contact crimes.

Public assistant required in Maitland

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010

Maitland police are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing one of two suspects involved in an armed robbery case that took place at Part City, Voortrekker road in Maitland.

Police spokesperson Inspector Siyabulela Vukubi says the robbery occurred on Wednesday night when two suspects entered the business and demand their personal valuables.

“The suspects managed to getaway with two nokia cellphones.

“One of the suspects’ is described as in his late twenties, slender built, tall, missing upper teeth and a tattoo below his left eye,” said Vukubi.

For any information please contact Maitland police on (021) 506 9400 or D/Sgt Edward Edwardes on 079 894 1272.

Mother and son burn to death in petrol bomb explosion

By Kim Saulse
26 March 2010

A mother and her eight year old son burnt to death this morning after two petrol bombs were hurled at their house in Kalksteenfontein in Bishop Lavis.

Eyewitnesses say the residents were asleep when the petrol bombs were thrown through the back and front windows of the house.

Captain Marie Louw says the boy’s 10 year old brother managed to escape and is unharmed.

The teenage sister sustained burn wounds and was taken to Tygerberg Hospital.

Louw says two other brothers, aged 17 and 16 years old, have burn wounds on their feet.

National bus strike looms

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A national bus strike is looming after wage dispute negotiations deadlocked with the South African Bus Employers Association this week.

The three unions, including the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, say strike action is their only option to resolve the dispute.

The unions are demanding a 15% increase, while the employer is offering 6.5% .

A 48 hour strike notice will be issued today that will see about 15 000 workers embarking on strike action on Tuesday.

Second suspect arrested for Judge Maqhubela’s murder

By Nomava Nobumba
26 March 2010

Another suspect has been taken into police custody for the death of Acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

A 45 year old suspect was arrested last night at his residence in Newlands.

Yesterday police arrested the wife of Maqhubela, Thandi, in her Sandton home in Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andre Traut says the 55 year old wife of Maqhubela’s will be detained in Cape Town for the case.

The decomposed bodyof Maqhubela was found in his Sea Point residence, lying on top of his bed in June last year.

Both suspects will face a murder charge in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Traut says the investigation continues.

MXit wages war on sexual offenders

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010

The cell phone messaging service, MXit announced it would start taking a zero-tolerance attitude towards users who post offensive and sexually explicit material in their public forums.

MXit CEO, Herman Heunis says their 19-million plus users will now be protected from these unsavoury characters.

He says users posting obscene material in public chat rooms will now be banned from the service without warning, but added that this will not affect users’ rights to privacy when messaging one another.

City holds auditions for 2010 World Cup tournament

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010

The City of Cape Town has launched a public audition process to select local artistes for the forthcoming 2010 World Cup tournament.

Manager for Socio-Economic Development Pam Naidoo says the successful candidates will perform at the City’s official 2010 events from 11 June to 11 July.

“Bands, singers, dancers, comedians, street performers, poets, minstrels and theatre and circus performers are invited to apply for the five public auditions across the Metropole.

“With 11 weeks to go, the 2010 World Cup offers the City a chance to showcase Cape Town’s uniquely diverse talent. The aim is to identify emerging and new artistes from across the Metropole. The City will offer additional professional training to successful candidates,” said Naidoo.

The auditions are open to all artists older than 12 years of age. Registration is compulsory and closes three days before the chosen audition dates. This can be done at the PANSA offices, 28 Beach Road, Woodstock. Alternatively, interested artistes can log onto the PANSA website on or collect application forms from their nearest library. These forms can be faxed to 021 400 1660.

The first audition takes place on Saturday, March 27 at the Bellville Civic Theatre. Other auditions are scheduled to take place on April 03 at the Theatre in the District in Woodstock, on April 10 at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre, and on April 18 at the Lentegeur Civic Centre.

The final one on Saturday, April 24, at the Theatre in the District, is reserved for band auditions. A full band rig will be available at the Theatre in the District.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rate cut generally welcomed

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 March 2010

The Federation of Unions of South Africa says they are pleased with the Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee’s announcement today that the repo rate would be cut by 50 basis points or zero-point-five-percent.

Fedusa spokesperson Teixeira George says it is important to keep interest rates low, despite the fact that the economy seems to be bouncing back after the recent recession.

George says the MPC is providing much needed room for monetary stimulus.

George added that the economy is struggling with low consumer spending, high unemployment figures and lower personal income tax while the nation currently has a budget deficit. By reducing the repo rate struggling local companies are able to compete on the global stage and create more employment,

Two arrested with card skimming device

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 March 2010

Two suspects aged twenty five and twenty nine have been arrested in Maitland for being in possession of a card skimming device.

Police spokesperson Inspector Vukubi says police noticed two men standing next to two different ATM’s talking suspiciously and police approached them but they ran to a red BMW that was parked near one of the ATM’s

“Police gave chase and arrested the suspects after they abandoned their car and tried to run on foot.

“During the search we find a black card skimming device near them, both suspects are from Mandalay,” said Vukubi.

The suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police make breakthrough in Maqhubela’s murder case

By Nomava Nobumba
25 March 2010

A 55 year old woman is behind bars for the murder of Acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

The suspect was arrested early this morning at her Sandton residence.

Maqubela was found dead in his Sea Point residence last year.

Initial diagnoses by a State pathologist suggested that the victim died as a result of a severe heart attack.

But further investigations later led police to change the case to a murder investigation.

Police’s Andre Traut says the circumstance which led to the arrest of the suspect, is part of a lengthy police investigation, and can not be released at this stage.

The suspect is due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates court on Monday.

Three injured as car overturns

By Kim Saulse
25 March 2010

Two pedestrians sustained moderate injuries after they were hit by a car en route to work on Viking Road in Epping Industria this morning.

The driver of the vehicle also suffered moderate injuries.

ER24's Tristan Wadeley says it is alleged that the driver of the car swerved for a truck, hit a lamp-post and then hit the pedestrians, before crashing into a brick drain cover , causing the car to overturn.

Police reservist in court for possession of dagga

By Nomava Nobumba
25 March 2010

A 30 year old police reservist stationing at Camps Bay and another 34 year old suspect are behind bars for the possession of dagga.

The duo was nabbed in Ocean View yesterday.

Police’s Inspector Nkosikho Mzuku says this follows a tip-off from the public about a delivery of large quantity of dagga that was going to take place.

“We proceeded to the location in an unmarked vehicle and immediately spotted a suspicious parked vehicle in the centre between the flats. Two males were busy retrieving suspicious looking black bags from the back seat of their vehicle and placing it in a bin,” says Mzuku.

He went on saying they swooped on the suspects and found the two black plastic bags containing 33 parcels of dagga wrapped in newspaper and a smaller bag also containing loose dagga filled with a quarter of dagga.

The estimated street value of the dagga is R200 00.

Cope not happy with Eskom and Metrorail

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 March 2010

With just less than 9 days to the biggest increases in the country, first with Eskom being granted by the National Energy regulator of South Africa the increase they were not looking for even thought its high the 1st of next.

Eskom has been granted a 20010/11: 24.8% for 2010, 25.1 for the next year and other 25.1 for 2012.

Political parties, conomists, and even trade unions have slammed the hikes saying it’s going to take away money from people.

Congress of the People’s Philipp Dexter says these increase are outrageous.

“We as the Congress of the people are not happy with the increase because now people are paying for Eskom’s incompetence and ordinary citizens are set to suffer from this increases,” said Dexter.

The Price of train tickets are also set to go up next week also and this time people are going to be paying more if not double the money they were used to pay.

For more details of these stories, tune into Newsline at 19h00 tonight.

Plato to continue with his walkabouts

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 March 2010

Over the past two months Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has been taking the city to the people.He says he wanted to hear for himself what residents feel are their most important service delivery needs.

Plato’s spokesperson Rulleska Singh said the Mayor had 44 meetings planned for this leg of the programme which will run until 29 April 2010.

“The Mayor invites all residents to attend a public meeting in their area. At the meeting residents will be able to highlight major issues that are affecting their community as a whole.

“For personal concerns, residents are encouraged to utilise the City’s existing political structures such as Councillors, Sub councils and Ward Forums,” said Singh.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ANC spokesperson pleads guilty to drunk driving

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 March 2010

Newsflash News Agency reports that ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has been fined 12-thousand rands for drunk driving after a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Half the fine has been suspended for five years. He appeared briefly in Cape Town's Wynberg Magistrate's Court today where he also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving in the dedicated bus and taxi lane on Cape Town's N-Two freeway on the day of his arrest.

For this transgression he was fined 500-rands. His driver's licence will also be endorsed.

Mthembu was represented in court by senior Cape Town advocate Norman Arendse.

Mthembu was pulled over by a member of the city's ghost squad, an unmarked traffic unit, as he was driving in the bus lane just before 8am on March 11.

Zuma refuses to say whether Shaik will get a pardon

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 march 2010

President Jacob Zuma has again sidestepped the question about whether he will grant his former financial advisor and convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik a pardon.

Media reports that Zuma as answering a question in Parliament by saying he does not know why the issue should be discussed before it comes to the president.

Zuma told the Assembly that he thought it unfair, also to the individuals, because one begins to influence anyone who is going to be looking at these issues before the matter is even discussed.

Zuma added that he had concluded that 230 of 384 applications for pardons should not be granted and "at this stage" he did not intend to supply reasons for his decisions.

Investigations into murdered police officer continues

By Ofentse Mokae
24 March 2010

Police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate has confirmed that investigations into murdered police constable are continuing.

The 24-year old trainee police constable was died after being shot allegedly by a fellow officer on Sunday morning.

Litha Maxengana and the 29 year-old officer both stationed at the Sea Point Police station had been discussing a new firearm clip made to prevent criminals from steal guns, when a shot was accidentally fired.

However the late Maxengana’s father Vuyani Pamla told the media that initially they were not completely shocked when they heard of the incident as this could have been in the line of duty but when they learned he was shot by an experienced officer it became impossible to understand his death.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said at this stage they are focusing on gathering all relevant information before any decision is taken.

However at this stage no arrests have been made but the officer would be charged with the negligent handling of a firearm, he could also face a murder or culpable homicide charge.

Five sought for house robbery

By Nomava Nobumba
24 March 2010

Police are investigating a house robbery incident that occurred in Mossel Street, Parow yesterday.

They say a complainant opened his front door for five people after a knock at his door

The suspects identified themselves as police.

“He and two other residents noticed that two of the suspects wear reflective jackets written “Metro Police” on the back,” said Inspector Jacques Mostert.

Both suspects wearing the reflective jackets were armed.

The suspects forced them to lie down on the floor.

Mostert all the suspects were wearing civilian clothes including the two wearing the reflective jackets.

They tied the victims with cable ties and start searching for valuable items.

They were all wearing gloves.

They got away with a 74cm TV, home theatre system, microwave, cell phones and cash.

Police say no shots were fired and no injuries were sustained.

The suspects left the scene in a yellow 80’s Toyota Corolla and silver Opel Corsa.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer Detective Constable Songwizo Mbango at the Parow police station during office hours on 021 929 7100.

Murder suspect appears in court

By Kim Saulse
24 March 2010

A 22 year old suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court yesterday for the murder of a UCT student in Observatory last month.

The suspect and two of his assailants allegedly attacked three students in Kotze Street; fatally wounding one of them after an argument ensued.

Sergeant Hilton Malila says the suspect’s bail application was denied.

“The case was remanded until the 30 March for a formal bail application.The investigation in the murder case continues.The two outstanding suspects are still at large,” said Malila.

Any one with information or the whereabouts of the other suspects can contact the Investigating officer, Constable Donovan Petersen at Woodstock police station on 084 019 7467 or (021) 4423100.

Suspects wanted for robbery n Claremont

By Nomava Nobumba
24 March 2010

Claremont police are looking for suspects involved in an armed robbery that occurred on Friday.

A British Couple were walking along Collinton Road in Claremont when it is alleged that a white Opel Kadett with unknown occupants stopped alongside them.

One of the occupants then got off from the vehicle and grabbed a 56 year old female’s handbag and pushed her onto the ground.

Police spokesperson Captain Latchman says her husband, who immediately came to her rescue, was then attacked with a knife by a second suspect resulting in him being stabbed three times on his arm.

The suspects then got back into their vehicle and fled from the scene in an unknown direction.

No arrests have been made yet.

Police are appealing to anyone with information surrounding the incident to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Matthys at SAPS Claremont on contact number 021 657 2214or

New department takes shape

By Ofentse Mokae
24 March 2010

Economic development Minister Ebrahim Patel delivered the first budget of his department with over half if it set aside for funding the department’s new entities.

Tabling the budget vote 27 in an extended public committee meeting of the National Assembly yesterday Patel said the reason for funding was to enhance the work the entities perform.

R318 million of the R418 million budget will go towards these economic regulatory bodies with R152 million for small business funding, through transfers to the Khula Enterprise Finance Limited and the South African Micro-Finance Apex Fund.

Together with the Competition Commission, the Competition Tribunal and the International Trade Administration Commission as well as the Industrial Development Corporation the entities will report to Patel’s department as of April 1.

The rest of the budget will finance the department’s key programmes, policy development, economic planning and coordination, social dialogue and administration.

For the past nine months the department has been operating under the trade and industry department and housed at its dti campus in Pretoria.

However the department has since organised its administration by developing a budget for the establishment phase, recruited core staff, secured and furnished new offices.

“We received more than 1000 applications for the first 13 posts we advertised recently and expect to make the first permanent appointments by June this year,” Patel said.

Patel also launched the “Next Economy National Dialogue”, a series of economic debates shortly after his budget speech in parliament.

“The purpose of the dialogue is to debate the country’s economic future, providing publicly inspired ideas for policy suggestions to the department in the spirit of wide ranging participatory democracy,” the former trade unionist said.

Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi, Bobby Godsell Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa as well Joseph Edozien Chairman of South Africa New Economics Network were part of the first debate titled “The Next Economy: where to from here?".


Suspect to appear in court for robbery

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 March 2010

A 23 year old suspect will appear in court today for robbery after he was arrested yesterday on the corners of Church and Victoria road Woodstock.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says it’s been alleged that the suspect broke the complainant’s passenger side window of her vehicle as she stopped at the intersection.

“The suspect then grabbed her handbag containing all her personal documents and fled on foot.

“The police members on routine patrols reacted swiftly to information about the whereabouts of the suspect, and arrested him shortly after the incident in William street Woodstock,” said Malila.

Malila added that during the arrest they recovered the handbag with all the complainants’ belongings, in possession of the suspect.

The suspect is currently in police custody and facing a charge of robbery and he will appear in court toady.

City apologises to residents for water interruptions

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 March 2010

The City of Cape Town apologises to residents in the city following recent supply interruptions caused by burst water mains.

Departmental of Water and Sanitation Farouk Roberts says the city regrets any inconvenience caused and will strive to ensure that water interruptions and the time taken to repair burst pipes are kept to an absolute minimum by having repair teams on standby 24/7

“It is, and remains our objective to continually improve our service delivery to citizens.

“Where there is a prolonged or serious area disruption, water tankers will be provided to reduce the inconvenience. The Water and Sanitation Department has three water tankers which can be deployed, as was done with the recent major trunk pipeline burst in Voortrekker Road in Maitland. The provision of this service is broadcast over the radio,” said Roberts.

All burst pipes must be reported as soon as possible to the Water and Sanitation Department’s Technical Operations Centre on 0860 10 30 54

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Motorists will have to pay up next month

By Khanyisa Tabata
23 March 2010

The Energy Department says motorists can expect a hefty hike in the price of fuel because of the weaker rand and the introduction of new levies.

Spokesman Bheki Khumalo says the precise increase is speculative at this stage but experts predict that it could be as high as 50 cents a litre.

However, economists say that due to fluctuation in the rand/dollar exchange rate - under-recovery will be at least 25 cents a litre for petrol and 23 cents a litre for diesel.

Under-recoveries occur when the exchange rate is worse than planned, making dollars more expensive, which in turn costs the government more for fuel.

Economic development ministry gets agenda for new financial year

By Ofentse Mokae
23 March 2010

The newly created Economic development department will obtain its new plan of operation as the department’s budget vote is tabled in parliament today.

Minister responsible for economic development Ebrahim Patel, is expected to spell out his department’s agenda as well as plan of action for the new financial year.

Last year the former trade unionist stated that his department will draft economic planning proposals that promote the coherence and alignment of the state and its entities’ economic plans and foster South Africa's growth path and need for substantial job creation.

In his plan Patel gave the role in which his ministry will play in macro-economic policy with regards to identifying policy options available to the country and evaluating these against development and decent work goals.

The plan outlined that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Khula Enterprise Finance and the South African Micro-finance Apex Fund will in future report to his department, instead of trade and industry.

The Independent Democrats’ Lance Greyling hailed the creation of the department stating that the department will now become a fully functional and independent entity that is able to implement its strategic mandate.

“The ID sees the creation of this Ministry as evidence that the government is attempting to pursue a more aggressive economic policy with the State intervening to address the structural constraints of our economy,” Greyling said.

Greyling however believed that this was long overdue as for too long many South Africans lived under the illusion that the economy was sound, while the unemployment rate remained one of the highest in the world.

“While we support this new economic approach, we do however feel there are some major pitfalls that we need to avoid as we embark on this ambitious programme,” added Greyling.

Trade union Solidarity shared similar sentiments.

“The formal sector is still suffering the effect of the recession and it may take a long time before the formal labour market reaches the employment levels recorded just before the recession,” spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans said.

He said although employment increased by 18 000 jobs from September to December last year Kleynhans maintained that this improvement is insignificant.

“To date, only about 5% of the estimated 351 000 job losses of the recession has been recovered,” he added.

The economic development ministry was established by President Jacob Zuma May last year as part of a reconfigured cabinet with a sole intention to centralise and focus on economic policy making.

Seven year old killed in accident

By Kim Saulse
23 March 2010

A seven year old girl was killed near Durbanville after she was struck by a vehicle at the R44 .

ER24’s Derrick Banks says the girl was dead on arrival of paramedics.

The girl, who was dressed in school uniform, is believed to have been on her way to school.

Details around the incident are sketchy but the cause of the accident is being investigated by police.

Carlisle lashes out at the NTA

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 March 2010

Transport Minister in the Western Cape Robin Carlisle says he is very disappointed at today strike by the National Taxi Alliance after spending time over the weekend trying to negotiate.

Carlisle spokesperson Solly Malatsi says the minister met with NTA in an effort to avoid today’s strike and says the minister is furious that this morning the body was involved in acts of violence and intimidation including pelting stones at buses.

According to Malatsi the minister shelved all plans to assist the NTA with its concerns until such time that they give me a written declaration that no further violence will occur.

“The minister made it clear to them over the weekend that he was neither able nor prepared to meet their main demand for a universal amnesty for pounded vehicles.

“At no time was he the minister was informed that today’s strike would go over to general lawlessness,” said Malatsi.

Malatsi added that the minister made it clear to the taxis on numerous occasions that the IRT would not proceed without their involvement. Their allegation that their vehicles are impounded illegally does not hold water at all.

Government launches National Population Registration Campaign

By Nomava Nobumba
23 March 2010

President Jacob Zuma together with Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today launch the country’s National Population Registration Campaign in Libode in the Eastern Cape.

The Campaign will be launched under the theme "2010 the year of action to speed up delivery of services to the people".

It is aimed at building a single point of entry to a secure and a credible National Population Register by registering all undocumented citizens while eliminating the late registration of birth processes by the end of December 2010.

In a media statement released by Home Affairs Department, the campaign seeks to achieve the eradication of late registrations of births, to ensure all new births are registered within 30 days of delivery.

And also to ensure all South Africans who turn 16 years of age and above receive their ID's.

The registration process will be held at the Saint Barnabas Hospital where an on-line registration facility as well as a live on-line registration process will be observed.

The department says the President and the Minister will also inspect a mobile office at the venue of the launch where they will observe the processing of an ID application.

Athlone cooling towers to be demolished on May 30th

By Nomava Nobumba
23 March 2010

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Clive Justus, confirmed today that the Athlone cooling towers will be demolished on May 30th.

This follows last month’s damage to the site when stabilising rings around one of the towers fell to the ground.

Justus says the city of Cape Town has finally appointed an engineering company to do the job.

“The consulting engineer has been appointed by the city to co-ordinate the development of the demolition of the towers,” he said.

The Athlone Power Station was effectively shut down in 2002 and in 2006 a decision was taken to decommission the site.

In 2009 a range of re-development options were put to the City’s Utility Services Portfolio Committee.

City stadium put to the test with over 50 000 attendees

By Ofentse Mokae
23 March 2010

The Cape Town Stadium has been put to its biggest test recently ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The newly refurbished stadium hosted over 50 000 people yester in a religious meeting.

The gathering is the third event to held at the stadium which is one of the host venues for the soccer spectacular.

The stadium has already hosted two major test events however reports say Sunday will be the first time the upper third tiers of the stadium will be used.

This means the stadium full 55 000 capacity will be filled.

Stadium operators said the event has gone off without any hitches so far.

Somerset hospital to change address

By Nomava Nobumba
23 March 2010

Western Cape Health Department says it will move the Somerset hospital from Green Point to the West Coast region.

Media reports say the hospital will be rebuilt in Dunoon next to the taxi rank, where it is intended to service a large population of the Northern Metropole.

The department says the community the hospital is currently operating in is served mostly by private hospitals, while there is a big and urgent need for the West Coast community to have a public hospital.

The hospital is planned to be moved in few months time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fortune continues on Stormers side

By Nomava Nobumba
22 March 2010

Fortune continues to smile on the Stormers as they prepare for their all important tour Down Under.

Despite a few really hard matches recently, the Cape Town side will be able to field an almost full side as their injured players all recover.

The Stormers have a rest week and will leave for Perth, where they play their first match of a four week away leg, on Monday.

They are second on the log at present and will not give up that position this week as the third placed team, the Crusaders, are also taking their bye now.

New pump station to reduce pollution

By Ofentse Mokae
22 March 2010

The City of Cape Town today announced it hoped to curb pollution by upgrading sewerage works.

The city’s new R32m Kuyasa Pump Station is currently under construction and will replace the Monwabisi Pump Station.

The current plant has structural problems causing sewerage over flows that pollute Monwabisi Beach.

MCM for Utility Services at the city Alderman CliveJustus says 95 percent of the work is completed and the pump station will be operational in the beginning of June.

“The new pump station at Kuyasa will become operational in June 2010, 95 percent of the construction is completed, and we aim to put the mechanical and electrical parts in the month of March,” Justus said.

Justus said the current system was clogged up by solid waste such as rags, bottles and other objects.

He added that proper running of sewerage works is very important as it can have a detrimental influence to the environment.

SAPS member probed for attempted murder

By Ofentse Mokae
22 March 2010

Government’s investigative arm into police misconduct the Independent Complaints Directorate is investigating a case of attempted murder after a trainee police officer was shot by another officer.

The incident occurred yesterday morning at the Sea Point Police Station.

It is believed the two police officials were on discussion about the working methodology of the new firearm-clip.

Police spokesperson Captain Captain Frederick Van Wyk the clip protects a member from a suspect not grabbing the firearm.

“During the discussion a shot went off. A member was shot in the higher upper body, and he was transported to a nearby hospital. He is in a very critical condition,” van Wyk said.

Van Wyk says an investigation has been launched and the ICD is investigating the matter.

ICD was unreachable for comment.

However colleagues who witnessed the incident have been debriefed

Two PAC members to appear in court

By Ofentse Mokae
22 March 2010

Two PAC members will appear in the Bishop Lavis Court tomorrow for possession of firearms in a public gathering.

The two were arrested after trying to disrupt human rights celebrations hosted by the party in Langa yesterday.

Police say one of the men fired a shot however no one was wounded.

It is believed the two are part of a group that is aggrieved with the party’s internal squabbles.

Police spokesperson Inspector Odwa Makhupula says they were released on R500 bail.

“The two men aged 40 and the other one aged 43 years were released on R500 bail and will appear in court tomorrow,” Makhupula said.

The incident took place in Washington street next to the Sobukwe Sqaure.

The two were charged under the gatherings Act.

Media reports the PAC’S Western Cape Secretary Lulamile Ntonzima said they called police to deal with the rowdy members.

It is also reported that Premier Helen Zille had to cancel her attendance at the event when she was advised by police that her presence at Washington Circle, Langa, could be seen as lending credibility to one of two factions for and against PAC President Letlapa Mphahlele.

Seven die in horror accident

By Nomava Nobumba
22 March 2010

Seven people, including a child lost their lives last night in what has been described as a horror smash accident on the N1 near Joostenbergvlakte.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks says the accident occurred when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a concrete barrier.

Bank says when they arrived on the scene the vehicle had burst into flames after landing on its roof.

The body of one of the victims who had been flung clear was found on train lines below the highway.

Banks says they could see a second person in the flames but, once the fire had been doused, they found six badly burnt bodies, including that of a child, in the vehicle.

Police are investigating the incident.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quality education not a privilege but a necessity says Vavi

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 March 2010

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says a public education system that is top-quality, accessible and affordable is not a privilege for a few but a right for every South African.

He was addressing an Equal Education Campaign march in Cape Town.

Vavi says such an education system is also a necessity if we are serious about transforming our society and building a just and prosperous South Africa. He says education is arguably more important than any other area of development.

Cosatu’s spokesperson Patrick Craven says quite rightly education is one of the five priorities for the ANC and the government. It is one of the cornerstones of their developmental strategy.

“COSATU has thrown its weight behind your mounting grassroots campaign to get libraries into every public school in the country. It is absolutely scandalous that only eight percent of public schools have adequate libraries, mostly in privileged former Model C schools.

“Of the 1 550 790 South African children who started school in 1998, only 551 940 of them registered for the matric class.

Operation Choke and Razor” choke forty people

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 march 2010

Forty people have been arrested on various offences when Metro Police conducted stringent operations during the weekend.

Deputy Chief Yolanda Faro says the offences ranged from driving under the influence of alcohol, drug related offences to contravention of the City's Public Nuisance By-law.

“On Friday and Saturday evening, during “Operation Choke” in Athlone and “Operation Razor” in Manenberg, nineteen suspects were arrested. Twelve of those suspects were arrested for Possession of dagga and Mandrax, whilst the others were arrested for Possession of Ammunition and an additional three motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

“On Saturday evening the same team in conjunction with Bellville South SAPS conducted a roadblock and 51 fines were recorded with monetary value of R25 500. Search warrants were executed and eight shebeens were closed down. During the operation one suspect was arrested for Possession of Tik,” said Faro.

Faro added that at a roadblock in Bosmansdam road in Milnerton, six motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday evening.

Sixty-nine arrested in Welkom

By Newsflash News Agency
21 March 2010

Sixty-nine foreigners were arrested and large quantities of clothing seized in central Welkom yesterday in a joint law enforcement operation involving the police, Traffic Department, Labour Department and other agencies.

Police say most of the clothing, handbags, and toys were found abandoned by undocumented persons when they heard that the police were coming.

Those arrested for being in South Africa illegally come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Portugal, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and China. Business owners were fined for employing illegal aliens.

The go-ahead for opposition unity talks

By Newsflash News Agency
21 March 2010

The Independent Democrats have granted their leaders the go-ahead to pursue unity agreements with other opposition parties. The ID will decide within the next six months whether to sign such agreements.

The ID conference in Cape Town was addressed by ID leader Patricia De Lille, DA leader Helen Zille, Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota, and United Democratic Movement deputy president Ntopile Kganyago.

Zille said the differences between the parties were minor and should not prevent them from joining hands to save the South African democracy.

Human Rights Day remembered

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 March 2010

Today is Human Rights Day and marks the 50th anniversary of the shootings in Sharpville in 1960 in which 67 people died.

An ANC statement honours those who died fighting apartheid. But it also strongly condemns all violence, destruction of State and private property, and the looting of shops under the guise of "service delivery protests".

And it says in Soweto, where there have been violent protests round the Jub Jub trial, parents, educators and the community at large must ensure that learners go back to school.

Meanwhile DA leader Helen Zille has also remembered those who died fifty year ago in her news letter saying “Sixteen years ago we began the transition from an authoritarian regime to a rights-based constitutional democracy. From the moment our Constitution was adopted, our job was to defend and advance the rights and freedoms contained in it.

“This remains the task of every South African. As we celebrate Human Rights Day, we should reflect on the very real threats to our human rights and what we must do to counteract these threats. Our constitutional rights are threatened by greed, cronyism, corruption and power abuse.

Zille added that let us all take the decision today to reclaim the human rights that are gradually being eroded. Let us all remember that we will only succeed if we vigilantly defend and advance each other’s rights. When it comes to human rights, an injury to one is an injury to all. Reclaiming our human rights would be the most fitting tribute to those who lost their lives fifty years ago today.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Opposition parties seek unity

By Newsflash News Agency
20 March 2010

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille says most opposition parties have limitations that are not allowing either one of them to appeal to the majority of South Africans.

De Lille addressed a special ID conference in Cape Town, attended by the Democratic Alliance’s Helen Zille, the Congress of the People’s Mosiuoa Lekota and the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa.

Newsflash News Agency reports that De Lille appealed to ID delegates for a mandate to conclude unity negotiations with like-minded opposition parties within 180 days.

She says the opposition needs to put away their petty differences, egos and entrenched positions to give voters a viable alternative to the African National Congress.

North West road crash claims three lives

By Newsflash News Agency
20 March 2010

Three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were killed in a road accident near Mafikeng in North West this morning.

The family members were on their way to the unveiling of a tombstone when the 31-year-old driver lost control on a gravel road. The driver, his 16-year-old sister and 51-year-old aunt died on the scene.

Meanwhile in the Eastern Cape police are hunting for a taxi driver who allegedly raped a university student. The 17-year-old Walter Sisulu University student boarded the taxi last night to her home in Butterworth.

She told police the taxi driver took her to a nearby township where he stopped at a container depot and raped her. Detectives are following up leads.

Zille says opposition unity will take time

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 March 2010

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says unity among opposition parties will be a process and not one big-bang event. Zille spoke at a special Independent Democrats conference today.

She says she and ID leader Patricia de Lille have, jointly and severally, met leaders of other parties over the past four years. Zille says like-minded opposition parties have to stand together to save the country’s democracy from the African National Congress.

Opening the conference earlier today ID leader Patricia de Lille said “The engagement with other political parties must be informed by 8 Main Principles and Objectives that have up until now guided the principles and values of the Independent Democrats.”

“The ID is an unashamedly social democratic party that is committed to clean governance and [to] fighting for issues of social justice,” the Process Document stated.

Draw for the Sprinkbok Sevens

Springbok Sevens fly half Cecil Afrika nailed a last second conversion to force a remarkable draw with Samoa, and send his side through to the quarterfinals at the top of Pool B.

Newsflash News Agency reports that media reported the dramatic end of the game came as Samoa looked to have done enough to win, but veteran Uale Mai had his kick charged down and with Afrika gathering the ball, a wave of attack was put into motion after the final whistle which ended with Frankie Horne powering over to score.

This made the score 12-10 for Samoa, but Afrika’s low and twirling kick managed to creep over the bar to force the draw.

Thugs blamed for Protea court chaos

ANC Youth League Protea Chairperson Meshack Phooko says that thugs, dressed as school children, used the protests outside the Protea Magistrate's Court for criminal activity.

He says he will not apologize for them. Phooko added that he thought that if bail was granted, as it was, Soweto would become ungovernable.

Referring to Julius Malema’s controversial visit to Jub Jub in prison, Phooko said being president of the ANC Youth League did not prevent Malema from visiting the gospel rapper singer in jail.

Meanwhile, media reports that Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye is living in fear after receiving bail. He awoke a free man in a secret location this morning as Soweto counted the cost of a three-day-long running battle between police and pupils.

No service delivery during the World Cup

An interim ministerial committee says service delivery protests during the World Cup are unlikely.

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile told journalists people had the right to protest. But the committee believed residents would be caught up in soccer fever and would not use the opportunity to disrupt the sporting event. Stofile added that an impending national strike by the taxi industry was not their concern.

Meanwhile Newsflash News Agency reports Fifa says the World Cup in South Africa has helped push the world soccer body's revenues past the billion dollar mark for the first time.

The non profit-making organisation says it made a 196-million-dollar surplus in 2009, as revenues soared to one-point-06-billion-dollars.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the market trusts South Africa, referring to lucrative television and marketing deals.

Zuma says journalists should not be harassed

President Jacob Zuma says media bashing is totally unacceptable and journalists should not be harassed.

Addressing the National Press Club Awards where he was named the Newsmaker of the Year for 2009, Zuma said he had noted the reports of harassment and allegations made against his protection unit after two members of the media were roughly handled on two occasions last week.

Newsflash News Agency reaportrs that Zuma added that he had been informed of a proposed meeting between the police ministry and a task team from the South African National Editors Forum to discuss working relations. Zuma also said debates on media freedom – while necessary – are lacking in the country.

Zuma reprimands the ANC Youth League

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 March 2010

President Jacob Zuma has reprimanded the African National Congress Youth League for its attacks on senior party leaders.

In the party newsletter, Zuma expresses full support for ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, despite threats by the Youth League that he would lose his position.

Zuma says an attack on the secretary general hits at the belly of the ANC and will not be tolerated.

Zuma also singles out Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, described by the Youth League as “un-elected”. He says if a minister is attacked, it is an indirect attack on the President, who appointed that minister.

SA ready for World Cup

By Kim Saulse
20 March 2010

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says South Africa is prepared to host a successful World Cup.

Motlanthe was speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday after a meeting to discuss government’s progress on planning the event.

He is quoted as saying government was making great progress in implementing the guarantees it made to Fifa for the organisation of the World Cup.

Clifton 4th beach blue flag to be lowered

By Kim Saulse
20 March 2010

The Blue Flag hoisted at Clifton 4th Beach will be temporarily lowered on Sunday between 12:00pm and 15:00pm to accommodate the Clifton Challenge Water-ski Race.

The City says the beach will still be open for public use throughout the day, but the Blue Flag will be lowered in accordance with Blue Flag regulations.

“Should the weather not be suitable to hold the event on 21 March it will take place on 22 March 2010 and the flag will be lowered accordingly,” said City spokesperson Gert Bam.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Drugs worth R1.4m confiscated at Durban airport

Durban police have confirmed that a 20 year old woman has been arrested at Durban International Airport for possession of drugs worth R1.4 million rands.

Newsflash News Agency reports that the drug mule was arrested after police were tipped off that a South African was travelling with drugs between India and Dubai but destined for South Africa.

Members of the organised crime unit and the detectives from the airport were waiting for her when she arrived. The drugs were found hidden in cricket shin pads in her luggage.

Drugs worth R1.4m confiscated at Durban airport

Durban police have confirmed that a 20 year old woman has been arrested at Durban International Airport for possession of drugs worth R1.4 million rands.

Newsflash News Agency reports that the drug mule was arrested after police were tipped off that a South African was travelling with drugs between India and Dubai but destined for South Africa.

Members of the organised crime unit and the detectives from the airport were waiting for her when she arrived. The drugs were found hidden in cricket shin pads in her luggage.

Eight year old critical after accident in KZN

By Kim Saulse
19 March 2010

An eight year old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was struck by a car in Umlazi’s Z Section near Mandela Bridge this afternoon.

“It is thought that the school boy had been on his way home when he attempted to cross the road. He was hit by a car and was found in a critical condition nearly 30 metres away from the point of impact by Netcare911 Paramedics,” said Netcare 911’s Jeff Wicks.

The patient sustained multiple injuries.

The driver of the car was left unharmed.

‘Jub Jub” out on bail

By Nomava Nobumba
19 March 2010

Hip hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala have been released on R10 000 bail each in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court today.

The duo is accused with murder of Soweto pupils after they crashed on them while allegedly drag racing.

Magistrate Andre Auret said that the safety of the accused was definitely at risk but added that he is convinced that they have the means to protect themselves.

Hundreds of angry students, mostly in uniform were rioting outside the court today.

Earlier students threatened with mass action if the two were granted bail.

COSATU outraged by Metro Rail price hike

By Kim Saulse
19 March 2010

COSATU in the Western Cape has warned that it will oppose the intended fare increases by Metro Rail expected to come into effect on April, 1.

In a media statement, the Trade Union Federation also vowed to “bring the economy to a standstill” and threatened to embark on strike action if Metro Rail continued with the “ill considered increases”.

They attributed their opposition to the price hike because of a reduction in service levels as opposed to an increase, and severe overcrowding on trains.

“The increases are way in excess of the inflation rate and will have a greater impact on poorer communities.

“Should there be a need for greater increases these have to be justified and if need be, phased in over a few years,” the union stated.

Furthermore, COSATU said the Eskom, taxi and bus increases would put commuters and workers in an unfavorable situation.

City cleric to preach on Human Rights Day commemoration

By Ofentse Mokae
19 March 2010

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba will lead the service at St Cyprian’s Church in Sharpeville on the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville Shootings.

In his sermon, Archbishop Makgoba is expected to reflect on what it means to be follower of the Christian faith whether in the face of the political impoverishment and oppression of the past.

“All those who strive for such ends should receive honour and recognition, regardless of what part of society they come from,” his office says.

In a statement his office says it will be his first visit to Sharpeville since becoming Archbishop at the beginning of 2008.

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe will, deliver a keynote address at the commemoration 50th Anniversary of Human Rights Day Celebrations.

Motlanthe will be accompanied by two of his cabinet colleagues the Ministers of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulama Xingwana, Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe and other senior government officials.

“Through this day, we celebrate victory over the apartheid system and reinforce our commitment to human rights,” said the Presidency.

The deputy president will be part of the morning service where the bishop will preach before leading a wreath-laying ceremony.

This year’s commemoration takes place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”.

Grant calls for communities to prevent violence in schools

By Nomava Nobumba
19 March 2010

Western Cape Education Minister, Donald Grant yesterday visited Masibambisane High School in Delft following the fatal stabbing of one of their students earlier this week.

Grant says communities, the police and schools must all work together to ensure that incidents such as this do not happen in the future.

Departmental spokesperson Bronagh Casey says the school uses metal detectors to prevent students from carrying weapons, but added that the incident happened outside the school, with the use of a knife that was hidden in a nearby clinic.

This is the second calamity that hit the province's schools this year after Inkwenkwezi Senior Secondary School pupil was stabbed to death.

The deceased was attacked by three men on his way to home.

He ran back to school premises where he died.

Man killed in fatal crash

By Kim Saulse
19 March 2010

Mitchell’s Plain police are requesting public assistance in gathering information relating to an accident that left one man dead at AZ Berman Drive, Beacon Valley on Monday.

Inspector Ian Williams says when police arrived on the scene, the driver had left the scene already.

Police were later informed that the victim was taken to Jooste Hospital, where he died.

“The victim was dressed in a blue jeans, blue shirt, grey top, grey socks and was wearing a brown belt. His identity is unknown at this stage,” said Williams.

Anyone with information about the accident or who can identify the deceased can contact the investigating officer Detective Inspector Leon Matthys of Mitchells Plain police on 021 370 1706 or (021) 370 1779.

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