Friday, June 28, 2019

Metrorail delays has been considered

The commuter have to wait and see Metrorail’s upcoming plans to provide sufficiently services. This follows after Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula planned to travel from Chris Hani Station to Langa Station earlier this week, however, trip did not go as planned due to long delay and further massive delays caused by two deaths along Central line. The minister had to abandoned train and used his ministerial escort instead to get to Langa. Absence of clear plan and empty promise to fix broken rail system been feed to commuters led to intolerance situation.

Death report said that occurred due to overcrowding, poor infrastructure and violent crime. Delays and cancellations were causing workers lose jobs and learners lose school time.

Deliberate demands to the Minister
• Declare the commuter rail services a national disaster.
• Establish a skilled and ethical Board with a commuter representative.
• Charge all those involved in state capture.
• Establish a safety and security plan for commuters.
• Set out a clear six-month plan to bring 2,000 damaged coaches back into operation.
• Reimburse train tickets after delays.

On Thursday morning Metrorail has apologized to their customers for delays impacted entire region after small group of employees elected to disregard PRASA procedure to raise their concerns. In that incident, after the management responded and the employees resumed work shortly thereafter

By: Mandlenkosi Mde

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HALT OCTOPUS PERMIT AFTER WHALE DEATH

The City of Cape Town is calling on the national minister of Environment Affairs to place a moratorium (a moratorium is a delay or suspension of an activity or a law), on the exploratory octopus permit after another whale was killed.

A humpback whale carcass was found floating about 500 metres off Sunny Cove, Fish Hoek on Wednesday. On Thursday, the city retrieved the carcass, saying the whale became entangled in an octopus fishery line and drowned.

The city has called on the national department to consider suspending the permit for octopus fishing. This is the third whale entanglement and second death as a result of octopus fishery lines in the past two weeks.

The city's Gregg Oelofse stated that they are asking that the permit be suspended until such time that the equipment they use is redesigned to make sure that they don't entangle whales. Meanwhile, the Simons Town community is also calling for an immediate moratorium on all octopus trapping in False Bay.

A resident’s online petition has more than 22,000 signatures. "The petition asks for a moratorium until all stakeholders can sit down and find a solution to this problem. We really can't allow this to continue." Not only do these traps, endanger whales, and dolphins but also pose a huge risk to sea craft.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Viral cruelty man force-feeding dog beer

A man recorded himself feeding a puppy beer has shocked everyone and has now caught the attention of the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa in Philippi who are considering laying charges of animal cruelty.

The Resource Development & Communications Officer for AWS is appealing for help in finding the man feeding the dog alcohol and also those who have recorded and distributed the video. one-minute-long video with the man holding the puppy by its head and ears, feeding it beer out of a green bottle. The puppy, which is in distress, begins to yelp softly. The man speaks to the dog in a foreign language and then says “hurry up” in English.

The dog, after it has been fed the alcohol, runs away and is found lying on the ground. When the man touches the puppy it lies dead still. The man keeps nudging the dog and eventually the animal moves and appears to be sick and drunk. The animal Welfare is appealing to the public to assist after they received information that the animal had died. They had first received information that the origin was in Johannesburg but we have been told the origin of the video is in Cape Town. “We understand that the dog has died. We will treat the information with great sensitivity and we will welcome anonymous tip-offs. If anyone has information about the incident or video, they can contact AWS on 021 692 2626 or email admin@awscape.org.za

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

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The parents of four-year-old Farouk Mhlongo, who was allegedly kidnapped from a Durban crèche last week Tuesday, were relieved after the boy was found on Monday. Police spokesperson Colonel Thulani Zwane said the child was found on Monday in Umlazi. Two men, aged 26 and 29, were arrested and charged with kidnapping. Zwane said they were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. Farouk went missing on Saturday from a crèche in Clairwood.CCTV footage showed a man, unknown to the family, taking Farouk’s hand and leading him away. Following a public outcry on social media, the boy was finally found on Monday. Vusi Mhlongo, Farouk’s father, said he wanted to thank the police and everyone involved in finding his child.

Capetonian Mark Thack-wray had a narrow escape over the weekend after he found himself trapped in a life-threatening rock fall on Franschhoek Pass. EWN reports that, Speaking to other sources, Thackwray said that he believed he had been given a second chance to live. He said as soon as the car came to a stop, all passengers ran as fast as they could as heavy rocks continued falling.

A missed call that was on a cellphone led police to a suspected thief who targeted two homes in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. Ewn reports that, the 23-year-old had robbed two homes and ran off with valuable items including two watches and a cellphone. He, however, made a mistake and left a trail that led cops to his home. The police's Khaya Tonjeni said when they got there, they dialled the number of the stolen phone and it rang

After a spate of murders on the Cape Flats in the past week, residents in Bonteheuwel, Manenberg and Mitchells Plain are fed up with crime, and say their pleas to national government are simply falling on deaf ears. Mitchells Plain community activist, Rozario Brown, said their communities were infested with gangs. “Our laws must change. They must change immediately. The Constitution must be amended to deal with the current and unprecedented high crime-levels, especially violent crime and the high murder rate in our country,” he said. “Chad Arendse, 19, who had a bright future and all the requisite qualities to end up a great leader within our community and society was gunned down in cold blood on June 16 for no particular reason.

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Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank was one of the reasons why service delivery would be affected for years to come. Makwetu said some municipalities in Limpopo and Gauteng invested funds that were earmarked for long-term projects with the bank. Delivering his 2017/2018 local government audit results on Wednesday, Makwetu said eight municipalities in Limpopo and two in Gauteng sent their money to VBS. “In Gauteng as well. There were two municipalities that put money into VBS. This would have an impact on longer term projects.” A Reserve Bank report, titled The Great Bank Heist, revealed that almost R2 billion was stolen over three years by 53 individuals, including executives and politicians.

The South African Human Rights Commission said that it would meet with former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday for a possible out of court settlement in his hate speech case ahead of their court appearance. The commission took Agrizzi to court after he was heard in a recording submitted to the Zondo Commission earlier this year using the k-word. According to IOL, The S-A-H-R-C’s spokesperson Buang Jones said they’ve submitted a proposed settlement to the clerk of the court. And they’ve asked for Mr Agrizzi to pay R200,000 to a charitable organisation that promotes social unity, justice and reconciliation in Alexandra. they’ve asked for the clerk of the court to refer this matter to the director of public prosecutions for possible proceedings and they’ve also asked for an apology from Mr Agrizzi.

Cape Argus readers once again came to the rescue of a person in distress, making it possible for Tezihano Mnyatsa, 13, to fulfil his ambition of playing in the chess championships in India. IOL Reports that Tezihano, of Leonsdale in Elsies River, was selected to take part in the Under-14 Commonwealth Chess Championships. He was supposed to leave for the tournament on Tuesday, but he was unable to raise enough money. Francesca Walker, ward councillor for the area said They were on the radio wednesday morning to talk about Tezihano. The great news is that he will be leaving on Friday to India. She said two businessmen donated money for Tezihano’s trip.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa also known as Numsa on Thursday morning that had been expected to present a proposal to its members after a lengthy meeting with management at Lanx-ess Chrome Mine in the North West. EWN reports that, an estimated amount of 290 mineworkers were part of the sit-in over allegations of sexual harassment and the dismissal of 56 of their colleagues. Twelve workers had been taken hospitalised after the strike had started last week. Talks between unions and mine management broke down at the weekend. Numsa spokesperson Phaka-mile Hlubi-Majola said that no agreement had been signed yet.

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The modern generation’s most misused weapon

The modern generation’s most misused weapon

Scrolling through my Facebook timeline the other day, I came across a disturbing post which read: “I’m sorry, but I honestly feel like we’ve exhausted the 1976 youth history. Can we start celebrating today’s youth? ”“Wait, What?! How dare she?! How dare she disrespect the legacy of the 1976 youth?

The youth of ’76 was revolutionary! They had lots of courage, they had a purpose, and they had heart – Power! But they never had WhatsApp or Twitter. It turns out that we as the modern generation, are no less revolutionary.
We have the resourcefulness of modern technology at our finger tips and that is not undeniable power, if you ask me. We as today’s youth can utilize to fight our modern day struggles. Struggles of unemployment, lack of sex education, lack of support for entrepreneurs, the list goes on. It is also power we often find ourselves misusing cell phones by using social media.

By Zaid Omar.

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Disabled children in South Africa are three times more likely to be sexually abused compared to abled body children.

Disabled children in South Africa are three times more likely to be sexually abused compared to abled body children.

The Children’s Act must cater to the needs of disabled children more fervently as they are often the most at risk to being abused because of their heightened vulnerability.
This is according to André Kalis, specialist in advocacy, policy and children’s matters at the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), who said children with disabilities were falling through the cracks of the South African childcare and protection system.
He said the current Children’s Act of 2005 did not enforce drastic action to combat the extreme marginalisation and exclusion that children with disabilities suffer.

“Worldwide, children with disabilities are recognised as the most vulnerable and exposed group in society. The Children’s Act, through determinations, should reflect the dire state in which these children find themselves.”
Joshua Chigome who is the spokesperson for the Department of Social Development (DSD) said that while there wasn’t yet an act governing disability, there was instead a White Paper (a government report giving information or proposals on an issue), approved by the Cabinet on December 9, 2015.
Chigome went on to say that the DSD was in partnership with the NGO sector on advocacy and access to services and policy development to have disabilities recognised.

As the population grows, their efforts will include increasing the bed spaces for children and adults with moderate and high support needs and intellectual disabilities, increasing subsidies to residential facilities for people with disabilities and expanding audits for universal access to buildings for people with disabilities.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#NDLOVUYOUTHCHOIRGOESVIRAL

The Ndlovu Youth Choir's awe inspiring performance on America's Got Talent (AGT) got all four “yes’s” from the judges and has thanked fans for supporting their dream.

Their rendition of My African Dream aired on US TV on Tuesday night, 25 June.

AGT is one of the biggest talent shows in the world and the winning act receives a $1 million prize and global recognition.

Both Gabrielle Union and Simon Cowell spoke words of awe to the choir saying they have been waiting for a group with their energy to come along, and cause a surge of hope in everyone.

The choir has been around for 10 years, having started in 2009 as an after-school activity community programme for disadvantaged kids. For the members, the choir is not just a hobby, but a way to escape the many social problems surrounding them in their communitites.

Ndlovu Youth Choir sings in all 11 South African languages.

By: Aneeqa Du Plessis

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TWO SUSPECTS QUESTIONED AFTER THE MURDER OF DONVAN PRINS

Police Minister Bheki Cele says there has been two people taken in for questioning in connection with the murder of the police officer Donovan Prins.

Donavon Prins was shot and killed on Monday after chasing the suspects in Lavender Hill. Minister Bheki Cele was in Lavender Hill this morning to visit the family of officer Donavan Prins. Cele says, 26 police officers have been killed while they have been on duty since the start of the year.

Many people ask “when will this misery end” and nobody got an answer to it. This has not been able to be defeated even globally, it’s worse in South Africa but we’ll keep on working until we reduce the crime rate in our communities.

By Zaid Omar.

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The South African Human Rights Commission said the prolonged renovations at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa was placing the health of mental patients at risk. The commission visited the hospital on Tuesday for a site inspection following complaints of ill-treatment of patients by the hospital management. The commission met with the acting CEO Professor John Ndimande to probe allegations about the poor quality of treatment and care at the hospital. The commission said it was shocking to see the contractor carrying out renovations at the hospital with patients there. The commission's Buang Jones said the smell of paint, constant noise and objects that were left lying around pose a great risk to the mental patients.

Another Golden Arrow bus has been set alight on the N2 highway in Cape Town on Tuesday night. This is a fourth bus in June alone, destroyed during demonstrations which caused the closure of a number of roads in the area. Barely 48-hours, after a Golden Arrow Bus was torched during claimed service delivery protests in Philippi earlier this week, another of the company's coaches, was attacked on the N2 highway. This time, protesters set fire to a provincial traffic car too. City of Cape Town officials said burning tyres were thrown onto the N2 outbound before the R300. In a separate incident, demonstrator also burnt tyres at the corner of Govan Mbeki Road and Symphony Way in Philippi.

Eskom has been accused of refusing to repair a power transformer that exploded in Diepsloot, leaving residents without electricity for over five weeks. Community members said they have lost businesses and couldn't keep warm because of the prolonged power outage. Eskom has reportedly said it wouldn't repair the damaged transformers in areas where people don't pay for their electricity usage. EWN reports that, Community leader Papi Sathekge has admitted there were a lot of people who did not pay electricity. Eskom couldn't be reached for comment. Meanwhile, Mashaba said the city would take up the issue of power outages in Diepsloot with Eskom. Mashaba made the comments during his oversight visit in the area on Tuesday. The mayor said there was not much the city could do because the area received power directly from Eskom.

Members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s executive will have double the staff complement at their offices and the State will pay twice as much for the cost of security at their private residences.
Strict new guidelines have replaced the ministerial handbook nearly a decade after Jacob Zuma’s administration announced it was being reviewed. According to IOL, The 33-page Guide for Members of the Executive will apply to ministers, their deputies, premiers and MECs, and has replaced the ministerial handbook approved by former president Thabo Mbeki’s Cabinet in February 2007. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu announced that the guide came into effect on June 8. In a letter to colleagues in the executive (ministers and deputy ministers) as well as premiers and MECs, he said Ramaphosa had approved the guide.

The Children's Act had catered to the needs of disabled children in South Africa, due to them being the most at risk of being abused.
The Cape Argus reports that, this according to André Kalis, specialist in advocacy, policy and children’s matters at the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, which said that children with disabilities are falling through the cracks of the South African childcare and protection system.

The ANC in the Western Cape were shocked by the death of single-parent Andiswa N-devu, who died in a multiple car accident on Wednesday morning.
Cape Times reports that, she had been trying to escape a violent protest at the corner of Lansdowne and Symphony Way, an important intersection that links Crossroads, Delft and Luzuko.After a car in front of her had been stoned, she attempted to make a U-turn and another vehicle drove into her, said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs. Two people were reportedly killed in the crash involving three vehicles.

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Western Cape officials meeting to probe Gang Violence cancelled

In the plan to curb gang violence and crime in the Western Cape, Wednesday 26 June 2019, police and government leaders were expected to meet to discuss issues and possible solutions.

Acting provincial police commissioner Mpumelelo Manci, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz and Safety and Security Mayco Member JP Smith are set to have a discussion about the province's high crime rate.
The meeting came amid internal divisions within the police service in the Western Cape.
There has been 2 000 murders since November 2018. The Western Cape government called on the police to distribute more resources within the province.

However, highlighted the success of the Anti-Gang Unit which was launched last year to curb gang violence.
An investigation was underway into a failed operation in Samora Machel that left six officers of the unit wounded in a shootout.
Anti-Gang Unit Commander André Lincoln demanded that the provincial commissioner Khombinkosi Jula, should immediately remove two colonels and a brigadier for their involvement, in the incident.

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Chanelle McCrawl's killer uncle sentenced two life terms

Carlo de Kock, who was accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering his ten-year-old niece Chanelle McCrawl, has been sentenced to two life terms in jail.

The proceedings took place at the Cape High Court on Tuesday morning. Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe during arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentencing for accused Carlo de Kock. Salie-Hlophe ordered that De Kock, 34, be given five years behind bars for kidnapping his niece on 19 October 2017 in Manenberg. Salie-Hlophe said she had no other sentence to impose but two life terms for the rape and murder of Chanelle and said he had to be removed from society. Chanelle McCrawl was reported missing, after she did not arrive at school.

The heartless man’s DNA matched to the murder after his semen was found on Chanelle’s grey school pants. He claimed that on the day of the murder, he was intoxicated with tik and dragged the little girl into the Wendy house. She resisted and fell, hitting her head on a brick. He has been sentenced another five years for defeating the ends of justice after he cleaned up the crime scene and dumped Chanelle’s body which was bruised, battered and wrapped in a curtain and shopping bag at a river near her home in Audrey Court, Manenberg

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

#SONADEBATE

The State of the Nation Address debate, (A debate held at parliament where any grievances, counter arguments or compliments are aired by the electoral parties on the address of the nation by the President which happened last week Thursday, 20 June) started at 10am this morning.

The democratic parties that were visible are:
The African National Congress (ANC)
Democratic Alliance (DA)
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
Freedom Front plus (VF+)

The first to speak was ANC’s chief whip Pemmy Majodina, who defended President Ramaphosa’s dream taking the opportunity to speak in favour of his vision, which many members of the opposition dismissed as nothing more than “dreams“.

Second to speak was DA Leader Mmusi Maimane who responded by saying that the country was divided into two realities in which one half can fulfil its needs and wants while the other half cannot. “An inequality of dreams and possibilities. We are a country of insiders and outsiders, and right now we’re making no headway in breaking down the walls between these two groups,”.

Next was Jackson Mthembu the newly elected minister in the presidency, Mthembu spoke about the concrete plans he believed the president mentioned in his speech. “The president made specific mention of sectors that can turn our economic fortunes around, elucidated on areas of great potential including stimulating local manufacturing and promoting the ‘buy local’ campaign, developing new markets in agriculture,” he continued.
Mthembu said Ramaphosa’s government had six clear priorities, the first being “economic transformation and job creation”, the second being “education, skills and health”, the third being “consolidating the social wage through reliable basic services”, the fourth being “spatial integration”, the fifth being “social cohesion and safe communities”, and the sixth being a “capable, ethical and developmental state”.

Following Mthembu was The EFF Leader Julius Malema who has launched a scathing attack on President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking what former president Nelson Mandela saw in him "that we don't see".
Malema said there was nothing to debate as the president had presented no new ideas on tackling socioeconomic problems. “We really have no Sona to debate. What we have is a misguided, incoherent, contradictory and proven to be futile ideas mixed in a bag of fantasies,” said Malema.

Following Malema was Buthelezi the IFP leader who said we must work together how can we have the dream of a bullet train but the basics of the citizens are not being met, where will the funding come if the country is already borrowing money to stay a float “we need economic growth, and we need it now!” He thanked the president for highlighting the increase in HIV infections rate among young women.

And finally, the VP plus leader Groenewald asked the President if he ever asked himself why young white South Africans are leaving the country he’s response to that was because there are no jobs and this is thanks to the affirmative action. BEE discriminates against the white youth. Groenewald confronted the president saying, “Why is it so difficult to condemn white farm murders” claiming that it is a crime against the community not just the individual claiming “You are a prisoner of the African National Congress”.

The closing argument from all sides of the political parties were emotive. Yunus Carrim from the ANC closed the debate claiming that both the DA and the EFF have an identity crisis’s closing with a backing of Ramaphosa’s speech saying that the ANC is the reason why all other political parties have the liberation to dream themselves.

By: Aneeqa Du Plessis

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The parents of four-year-old Farouk Mhlongo, who was allegedly kidnapped from a Durban crèche last week Tuesday, were relieved after the boy was found on Monday. Police spokesperson Colonel Thulani Zwane said the child was found on Monday in Umlazi. Two men, aged 26 and 29, were arrested and charged with kidnapping. Zwane said they were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. Farouk went missing on Saturday from a crèche in Clairwood.CCTV footage showed a man, unknown to the family, taking Farouk’s hand and leading him away. Following a public outcry on social media, the boy was finally found on Monday. Vusi Mhlongo, Farouk’s father, said he wanted to thank the police and everyone involved in finding his child.

Capetonian Mark Thack-wray had a narrow escape over the weekend after he found himself trapped in a life-threatening rock fall on Franschhoek Pass. EWN reports that, Speaking to other sources, Thackwray said that he believed he had been given a second chance to live. He said as soon as the car came to a stop, all passengers ran as fast as they could as heavy rocks continued falling.

A missed call that was on a cellphone led police to a suspected thief who targeted two homes in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. Ewn reports that, the 23-year-old had robbed two homes and ran off with valuable items including two watches and a cellphone. He, however, made a mistake and left a trail that led cops to his home. The police's Khaya Tonjeni said when they got there, they dialled the number of the stolen phone and it rang

After a spate of murders on the Cape Flats in the past week, residents in Bonteheuwel, Manenberg and Mitchells Plain are fed up with crime, and say their pleas to national government are simply falling on deaf ears. Mitchells Plain community activist, Rozario Brown, said their communities were infested with gangs. “Our laws must change. They must change immediately. The Constitution must be amended to deal with the current and unprecedented high crime-levels, especially violent crime and the high murder rate in our country,” he said. “Chad Arendse, 19, who had a bright future and all the requisite qualities to end up a great leader within our community and society was gunned down in cold blood on June 16 for no particular reason.

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Cape Flats communities being ignored by national government.


Many have promised more action, more resources and vigor in the fight against gangs, drugs and criminals.

Cape Town – After all the crimes and murders that happened this past week in the cape flats, residents in Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Mitchells Plain are fed up with crime, and say their pleas to national government are just being ignored and not being focused on.
The areas in the cape flats are infested with gangs. “Our laws must change. They need to change ASAP. The Constitution must be amended to deal with the current and unprecedented high crime-levels, especially on the violent crime and the high murder rate in our country.
Many innocent and none gang related people in the communities had spoken out, led marches, protested outside Parliament and pleaded to not be ignored on the crimes happenings in the cape flats.

By Zaid Omar

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Monday, June 24, 2019

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The distraught mother of a mentally challenged Delft man who has been found in eSwatini after disappearing six years ago, has been pleading to the public to help her get her son back home. Jane Daniels lost hope of ever seeing her son alive again but last week, eSwatini police contacted the SAPS in Delft informing them they'd found Denzil Daniels scratching in bins outside a supermarket. It was not known how he’d got to the country formerly known as Swaziland. Denzil, who has no documents allowing him to be in that country, was able to supply authorities with his mother's address. Jane Daniels said she has spent the past few days knocking on the doors of people in her community, asking them to lend her money so she could fetch her son.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has instructed correctional services officials to urgently investigate after footage emerged of prison inmates doing drugs and being handed weapons. Two videos have emerged and were traced to the Durban Westville correctional facility. Lamola asked correctional services to report which officials were on duty and whether they had been subjected to any disciplinary action. The ministry's Chrispin Phiri said: “The minister said this report must be made available as soon as possible. He also emphasized the fact that they are not a lawless state and moreover, institutions that are meant to rehabilitate inmates cannot be a hive of lawlessness

Two electricians have suffered burns following an explosion at a substation in Vredehoek. The men were trying to restore power to the area on Saturday. This after a number of suburbs including Kensington, Delft and Maitland suffered power outages due to strong winds and heavy rain on Friday night. ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell said: “The two men believed to be in their 30s sustained burns while opening an electrical box. One suffered serious injuries and was tried with advanced life support interventions while the other suffered moderate injuries. Both were taken to a private hospital in the are for further care. The exact cause of the explosion is not known yet to ER24, but fire and electrical departments, as well as SAPS, were on the scene for further investigation.”.

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services discovered that close to 500 inmates die in prisons across the country each year. The JICS has released the latest numbers recorded between 2015 and 2018. Ewn reports that, a total of 1,495 natural deaths happened over this period; with most inmates dying from Tuberculosis and HIV/Aids. A further 28 unnatural deaths and 78 suicides were recorded across the 243 correctional services centres in the nation.

A missed call that was on a cellphone led police to a suspected thief who targeted two homes in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. Ewn reports that, the 23-year-old had robbed two homes and ran off with valuable items including two watches and a cellphone. He, however, made a mistake and left a trail that led cops to his home. The police's Khaya Tonjeni said when they got there, they dialled the number of the stolen phone and it rang.

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#TO VACCINATE OR TO NOT VACCINATE

#TO VACCINATE OR TO NOT VACCINATE

What is a vaccine? A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves resistance to a specific disease. A vaccine usually contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and "remember" it, so that the immune system can more easily identify and destroy any of that bacteria that it later encounters.
Here is a list on both the pros and cons of vaccination to aid you in your decision making:
Pros
1. Vaccines can save children's lives. The American Academy of Paediatrics states that "most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease." Vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year.
2. The ingredients in vaccines are safe in the amounts used.
3. Hostile reactions to vaccines are extremely rare.
4. Vaccines protect future generations. Vaccinated mothers protect their unborn children from viruses that could potentially cause birth defects, and vaccinated communities can help eradicate diseases for future generations. Such as small pox, and polio.
Cons
1. Vaccines contain harmful ingredients. Some physicians believe thimerosal, an organic mercury compound found in trace amounts in one flu vaccine for children and other vaccines for adults, is linked to autism.
2. Vaccines can contain ingredients some people consider immoral or otherwise objectionable.
3. Vaccines are unnatural, and natural immunity is more effective than vaccination. Even pro-vaccine organizations state that natural vaccination causes better immunity.
4. Most diseases that vaccines target are relatively harmless in many cases, thus making vaccines unnecessary.

By: Aneeqa Du Plessis

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THE ENDLESSNESS HOMELESS & HOPELESS

THE ENDLESSNESS HOMELESS & HOPELESS

Homelessness is one of the many issues South Africa is faced with. On every corner in our streets in capital cities there is numerous homeless people, which led by lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty low wages and further circumstances. While we and the rest of the world still grapple with addressing the issue of homelessness through further dehumanising homeless people, they believe that they are worth being treated like every other human being. Bush radio team had the opportunity to speak to a number of people in one of Cape Town places, trying to get relevant solutions. People have marked that those leave on streets, have been living on the streets for different reasons, they also require government to take responsibility. Some explained why they didn't vote on 8 May in the general elections, EWN reported that they believed that opportunities for them were there, but that there are some things that stop them from exploiting them.
What does it take for you to decide to leave home and live on the street? Some of the people we've spoken to say it's not as simple as earning an "easy living" begging from others. They explained some of the difficult and unlivable circumstances they've had to deal with, that eventually resulted in homelessness being the best solution.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

#SONA2019

Dear Mr. President

Wake up and smell the unemployment rate, and don’t just talk about it using words we don’t understand, do something about the fact that we spend more than twelve years invested in secular education only to find out all the spots have been taken. It’s time to invest in us. Hear us. We are the future, Your South Africa we will carry on our backs.

How are there still countless attacks against women and children? Who is in charge of these rampant murders being the accompaniment of every bowl of cornflakes, every morning on every radio station. Hear us! We are our mothers, sisters, and daughters.

Why do we have to hide in our houses because of gangsterism that has consumed our streets, and hide our children because of drugs that find them on every corner and when we say houses, we mean the lack there of.

Don’t just hear us Mr. President but listen too.

By: Aneeqa Du Plessis

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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WRAP-UP NEWS BULLETIN
19 JUNE 2019

Words have broken out between developer Blok and Bo-Kaap residents about who must pay the legal costs of about R250000 of their extended lawsuit over an interdict.In an affidavit,the residents claim they are unable to pay the legal costs because they are poor, and want the court to grant an order for the company to pay all legal costs.iol reports that
In May, the Western Cape High Court postponed Prime Point Properties’ application for an interdict, which had initially been sought by Blok.In a letter to Dunn by Blok’s attorneys, they said the company would insist on a cost order against the residents should they insist that the company pay the costs of the case.

A Comrades runner died in his sleep after he went back to his home in Limpopo. Iol reports that no fatalities had been reported immediately after the 94th edition of the Comrades Marathon.It was an up-run, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.Sonnyboy Ngobeni, 55, had travelled home by car with a group of friends, the day after the marathon. He was dropped off at his home on Monday evening.When Ngobeni failed to answer telephone calls on Tuesday morning, friends managed to eventually break into his house to find that he had passed away in his sleep.

Anti-Gang Unit has been showing cracks.Unit commander Andre Lincoln has levelled ahead with investigations into three of his senior members who went ahead with crime operation without his knowledge. According to ewn As gangsters fight over drug turf, some members in police's Anti-Gang Unit were fighting a turf war of their own.In a letter to provincial commissioner Khombinkosi Jula, Lincoln has requested the immediate removal of three officers - two colonels and a brigadier from the group.The three officers endorsed the failed operation in Samora Machel in which six fellow officers were wounded in a shoot-out.

A warder has been recovering at home after he was stabbed in a suspected gang-related attack at Pollsmoor Prison. He was accosted by 50 inmates on Saturday morning. EWN Reports, The Correctional Services Department's Simphiwe Xako said the long-serving official was stabbed in his back, head and hands. In January, another warder was also stabbed with a sharp object at the same facility.

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What is SONA?

What is SONA?

State of Nation Address also known as SONA
Provides the president with an opportunity to speak to the nation on the general state of South Africa, to reflect on a wide range of political, economic and social matters with the domestic and global contexts, to account the nation on the work of government and to set out government’s program of action. The president makes key government announcements during this important sitting of Parliament. The president delivers his SONA before Parliament because Parliament is charged with ensuring that the work flowing from address is implemented.

SONA will be taking place at Parliament at 20th June 2019, addressed by our President Cyril Ramaphosa and Bush Radio will be covering the event. Listen to Bush Radio 89.5FM 20th June for expectations and 21st June for highlights in news and BACKCHAT at 2pm for a sit down with reactions of SONA.

By Jasmine Johnson-Mazwi

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Fight Flu this season.

Fight Flu this season.

Flu season has made it’s turn to our doorsteps. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system which consists of your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is known as the flu, which can also cause stomach "flu" viruses that leads to diarrhea and vomiting.
Symptoms that are common in the flu can be fever over 100.4f (38 C), aching muscles and sweating. Most common symptoms are headaches, dry, persistent cough, fatigue and weakness, as well as nasal congestion and a sore throat.
Causes of how one can get the flu viruses, is that it travels through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. This could result in inhaling the droplets directly, or you could pick up the germs from an object. This will then transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth.
There are however home remedies to tame the flu until you go see a doctor or just want to prevent the virus from growing.
Gargle with salt water
Do this as soon as you start feeling the flu symptoms! It help relieve a sore, scratchy throat. The suggested amount is 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle it all 1-2x a day.
Honey
By using honey this will help in soothing a sore throat it also works as a cough suppressant. Honey can soothe irritated mucous membranes that is in your nose, which helps remove the irritation that is fuelling the cough reflex.
Garlic
Garlic is a powerful antiviral and antibiotic properties. Garlic is packed with minerals, enzymes, vitamin C, sulphur, and selenium which all help bust colds and flus. Enjoy garlic in your meals or eat a clove whole if you’re seriously brave, to help your process in getting your healthy self back to top shape.
It would be advised that you go and see your doctor to get the prescribed medication, to fight of the flu. Let’s beat the cold!

-By Amber Court

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Wrap-Up News Bulletin

18 June 2019

Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum has called on their community for the following information, following the murder of a teen. EWN reports that the 19 year old man was gunned down during the early hours of Sunday morning in Rocklands. The CPF’s Abie Isaacs said they are aware of the shooting that took place and condemn it in the strongest terms. The CPF requests that the community in that particular area, assists the police by forwards information in connection with the suspects. A murder investigation is under way and arrest are yet to be made.

Community members in Dobsonville said they are living in fear from criminals and the police are failing to protect them. EWN reports the community having a march on Monday after the body of a 23 year old man was found dumped in an open veld last Thursday in an open veld. Dobsonville residents marched to the open field where 23 year old Kamogelo Kgala was murdered, saying the vacant piece of land was now a killing hotspot which has the community living in fear.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of a truck driver whose vehicle was petrol bombed in the Western Cape earlier this month. Bernard Groenewald sustained serious burn wounds after his truck was targeted on the N1, near Touws River in the early hours of June 2, unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on Friday. IOL Reports that, Groenewald and his brother-in-law had pulled over on the side of the highway to rest when the truck was petrol bombed. Mbalula's spokesperson Ayanda Allie Paine said: "This was a senseless killing, an innocent man was murdered, a husband and contributing member of the society was attacked.

One of KwaZulu-Natal's most dangerous criminals is expected to appear in the Vryheid Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Zwakele Nene faces 10 counts of rape, assault, house robbery, possession of unlicensed firearm, kidnapping and attempted murder. It was alleged Nene targeted various women around the area. According to EWN, A school teacher in Vryheid sustained major injuries and lost one of his eyes when Nene violently attacked him. Police also said Nene was linked to multiple cases where tavern owners were robbed and some victims were shot and wounded. But he was arrested last week and was found in possession of ammunition and cellphones suspected to have been stolen.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Woodstock Al-noor orphanage manager appears in court for corruption

Woodstock Al-noor orphanage manager appears in court for corruption

Woodstock orphanage, Al noor child and youth care centre came under fire last week, when the department of social development said they were opening up an investigation. The investigations tackle complaints of physical and sexual abuse at the orphanage. When contacted on the removal of 17 children, comment from the facility manager, Nkululeko Mboniswa was given.
“The manner in which the department of social development had handled the situation, is that they came in on Monday and forcefully removed the kids, on allegations of abuse. Nothing was communicated to the home with a letter to say that the kids will be removed,”
Mboniswa also stated that they were surprised with the statement the department of social development issued to media house. At the time the department of social development was not up for comment on the situation.

“Recently a 49-year-old suspect which is the manager at Al-Noor had been placed under arrest on Friday 14, June 2019, for fraud and corruption. An operation of The Hawks investigative team, as well as the department of social development, discovered that the suspect redirected funds to her personal account from donors for running of the orphanage. During the operation of the arrest 35 children had been at the orphanage at the time, but were not found on the system.” Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkalase.

The suspect will appear in the Cape town magistrates court on 18 June 2019

By- Amber Court

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At least 42 people died over the long weekend in Limpopo

At least 42 people died over the long weekend in Limpopo

The transport minister Fikile Mbalula has warned drivers about speeding and drinking and driving, following the number of crashes in separate accidents in Limpopo over the 16 June, long weekend.

In Maphalle Mopani a local taxi collided with a bus on R81 killed 24 people, It’s believed that the along R81 accident, the local taxi was overloaded with 10 people over its capacity. Limpopo Transport and Community Safety Department’s Joel Seabi said those who don’t abide by the law will be severely dealt with. The Road Traffic Management Corporation said one of the drivers lost control of his vehicle and collided head-on with the other.

In another accident, six people were burned beyond recognition after one of the vehicles burst into flames after two cars collided near Dingamazi village.
Two died and 80 others injured on one horrific accident happened between three cars near Letsitele and Gravelotte. Meanwhile, Transport Department Minister Fikile Mbalula was expected to visit the scene of the R81 accident later on Tuesday morning. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed shock, saying he was heartbroken; he also wished the injured a quick recovery. Families of the victims of the R81 crash received messages of condolences Minister Mbalula was expected to visit the province and address the traffic authorities regarding the recent spate of fatal collisions in Limpopo province.

by Mandlenkosi

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#YOUTHDAY

#YOUTHDAY

It’s been over forty years that the youth of South Africa fought against devastating oppression,
discrimination and ruthless abuse. The youth played a pivotal role against the fall of the apartheid
regime but in 2019 we face completely different challenges. We might not be taking to the streets in
protest because of racism, poverty or overwhelming violence but we find ourselves in the age of
fighting to be recognized for who we are without labels. In 2019 do not assume our gender. We are
fighting to save our planet, we are the voice of the sea, we chant for sea turtles, sperm whales and
the trees. We are fighting for employment, and the chance to climb the cooperate ladder and not
just sit on the Jammie steps. It took Bantu Education 26 years to be annulled, but how long will it
take us to revoke our actions against the mother of all mothers, Earth.
We may have been born free but have we become our own apartheid regime?

By: Aneeqa Du Plessis

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