Saturday, July 24, 2021

Family of five dies in a Mitchells plain fire

Five family members died in a fire in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain in the early hours on Saturday.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Services, Jermaine Carelse said that fire crews were called at 04:08 and was told that three girls were still trapped inside the Wendy house.

“When Mitchells plain fire station arrived at the scene at Buffelshoek Street, they found a wendy house engulfed in flames. A man, woman and three girls were declared deceased on scene and one boy was treated for burn wounds and transported to a nearby hospital,” said Jermaine Carelse.

He further added: Fire crews extinguished the blaze an hour later. The scene was handed over to the South African Police Services for further investigation.

 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Problems with pot-holes in Cape Town townships getting bigger

The City’s collapsed Transport Authority Management System, which underpinned the pothole repair service, has resulted in a 40-fold increase of the 900 threshold maintenance number set four years ago.

According to the Good Party secretary Brett Herron before the last few weeks of heavy rainfall there was already a backlog of 35 000 potholes in need of repair across the city. He said following recent rains, the situation would be exacerbated.

He said the majority of potholed and poorly maintained roads were in poor communities.

Nyanga policing forum chairperson Martin Makhasi said another reason that made the situation worse was car hijackings and smash-and-grabs incidents in the area. He also said there were incidents where residents partly contributed to this condition but said it was mostly caused by flooding and the unattended overflowing sewage draining system.

 

Western Cape government closes taxi route between Bellville and Paarl

Western Cape Transport Minister, Daylin Mitchell has decided to close thr route between Bellville and Paarl as clashes between rival groups CATA and CODETA continue.

Upto 20 people have been killed in the conflict over the past two weeks. He said the B 97 route is the main cause of the conflict with both organisations claiming that they have the right to operate on it.

He made the decision following consultations with the police, premier Alan Winde and the national transport department.

The closure of the route will take effect on Monday next week. Earlier this week on Wednesday, the Western Cape government made an official request for the deployment of more soldiers to quell the ongoing taxi violence in the province.

The soldiers are assisting law enforcement officials to bring stability in the affected routes. Golden Arrow Bus Service is offering limited service after one of the drivers was shot in the face near Nyanga.

Law enforcement officials have conducted search operations in some taxi ranks and escorted some taxi and busses along affected routes to ensure safety. Winde said he envisages double the current number of soldiers to bolster the law enforcement.


by Everngelista Muza

Former health department employee and husband in court over fraudulent transactions

An Eastern Cape couple facing charges of fraud are expected to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court today to formally bring forth a bail application.

According to spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Captain the couple were arrested yesterday after the allegations of fraud were reported to the East London Serious Corruption Investigation team for probing. it is alleged that on May 26, 2016, two fictitious payments that did not form part of the reported accruals were made by the department of health in the Amalahleni District.

She said that there were a number of other payments which were made to seven different companies without the appropriate approval of documentation. The couple made a brief court appearance yesterday but were remanded in custody until their next appearance.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cold weather going as far as the weekend

The South African Weather Service is warning that cold temperatures are expected to persist across most provinces in the country over the next few days, with some areas in the eastern parts dropping to -8 degrees Celsius.

Cold weather swept across western on Monday bringing with it the rain but the next forecasted cold front is expected to bring disruptive rainfall, strong winds and very cold conditions.

According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), the cold temperatures are expected to last into the coming weekend. Forecaster Wayne Venter said Gauteng, is expected to have some cold temperatures for today into the weekend and also still expecting snowfall over the high-lying areas of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

by Everngelista Muza

Son allegedly stabbed mom to death in fight over cellphone not being charged

A Khayelitsha mother has allegedly died at the hands of her own son.

A neighbor says the woman was killed because she didn’t charge the suspect’s cellphone. Apparently they were in a fight the previous night before he threatened to kill his mom, before he suddenly attacked her as she was busy. Police stated they found the 48-year-old woman had sustained multiple stab wounds and was declared dead on scene.

According to the Makhaza residents the suspect had been staying with his father in Strand as the mother had declared the boy was getting out of hand. They said they were shocked with his changed behavior as he had always been a quit, obedient boy.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says the suspect will appear in court once he has been charged.


by Everngelista Muza

Thousands of community health workers to wait another year for a possible permanent employment

Thousands of community health workers at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 may have to wait for another year before being absorbed as the government wants the agreement to consider permanently employing them extended.

the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA – are considering the government’s offer to extend the deal reached in 2018. However, the agreement had a clause making provision for the resolution to be extended for two consecutive terms.

According to the PSA, if the draft agreement enjoys majority support, its lifespan will be extended until July 10, 2022, which will mean the estimated 60 000 community health workers will be employed for another 12 months while their representatives try to resolve their permanent employment.

Community health workers are paid a non-service remuneration of R3 500 a month if they have completed matric or have experience and can benefit from recognition of prior learning.

Capetonians to experience Stage two load shedding this evening

Eskom stated Westerns Cape to experience stge two loadshedding from 16:00 to 21:00 toning. The utility has managed to avoid rolling blackouts in recent weeks but is now asking all users to cut back on electricity use where possible to preserve the system.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: The system is currently severely constrained and it is anticipated that towards the evening peak, the system will come under additional pressure due to the high demand for electricity.

by Everngelista Muza

The Department of Correctional Services said there’ll strictly watch over the former president Jacob Zuma

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said that it would always monitor former President Jacob Zuma’s whereabouts while the convicted criminal was out of prison.

The former president was granted compassionate leave early morning to attend his younger brother Michael’s funeral. Zuma was now at his Nkandla homestead, with his family, and was getting ready to attend the service.

The department has not indicated how long Zuma will be out of jail for but said that it would follow strict protocols to ensure that he returned to his prison cell at the agreed upon time.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Liquor industry asking for an agent meet up to lift ban

The liquor industry in South Africa has called for the alcohol ban to be lifted while calling on government to urgently meet with them and discuss the impact of last week's riots on the industry.

The liquor industry said over 160 liquor outlets and distribution centres were looted and damaged during violent and deadly riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week, as thousands of people looted shops and caused damage to infrastructure worth billions of rand.

The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) chief executive Patricia Pillay said it was calling on government to lift the alcohol ban, saying a continued ban worth threaten the livelihoods of over a million people who are supported by the industry.

The alcohol industry said the ban had caused jobs to bleed, such as at Aegir Brewery, which had initially been able to employ up to 60 people and open a restaurant but was forced to retrench 12 people as a direct consequence of the ban.

Those who remained on the companies’ books were now on short time and short pay.  The industry said it had chosen to go public after making numerous failed attempts to meet with the minister.


by Everngelista Muza

More soldiers to be deployed to quell Western cape ongoing taxi violence

 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says he will officially request for the deployment of more soldiers to quell ongoing taxi violence in the province.

More than 20 people have been killed in the recent conflict between rival groups – the Cape Amal-gamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA).

On Monday, services were disrupted after a bus driver was shot and wounded near Nyanga. The bus company says there have been several threats of intimidation on social media against the service.

Meanwhile the Mayco member for safety and security JP smith gave a feedback from the City’s safety and security morning meeting, and reported so far there has been no taxi violence reported this morning. Very few taxis are currently operating and public transport interchanges (PTIs) and ranks are quite.

City enforcement services are maintaining a presence in all affected areas. There are also conducting vehicle checks, looking for firearms and ensuring the taxis operating are doing so legally.

He also pleaded with the public to stray from sharing unverified voice notes and messages.

by Evermgelista Muza

Five years imprisonment for mom who gave daughter up following child negligence

The Parow Regional Court has sentenced a mother to five years’ imprisonment, put her daughter up for adoption, banned her from working with children and declared her unfit to own a firearm.

This follows her conviction on charges of child neglect and child abuse, Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said in a statement on Wednesday.

The incidents of neglect and abuse took place in 2019. The prosecutor, Colleen de Louw, said the child had bite marks on her body as well as bruises, abrasions and burn marks.

They were initially charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and rape, but they were acquitted on those charges as there was no direct evidence linking them to those charges.


by Everngelista Muza

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Golden arrow bus driver shot through the mouth

A Golden Arrow bus driver was struck by a bullet through the mouth at the Borcherds Quarry drive this Monday morning.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Joseph Swartbooi said police found the driver had sustained injuries to his mouth. Swartbooi said the gunmen fled the scene and were yet to be arrested.

Golden Arrow bus services (Gabs) spokesperson John Dammert confirmed the incident. He said the incident has been reported to police and the driver was receiving medical attention and no passengers were injured.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has cautioned taxi industry players to desist from violence, adding that lawlessness was unacceptable.

Mbalula said that while they remained concerned about the state of the taxi industry and were attentive to the grievances of operators and drivers, acts of criminality in the industry would not be tolerated.


 by Everngelista Muza

Two life sentences for "Please call me rapist"

A North West man has been handed two life sentences for rape after he was caught visiting one of his victims and proposing his love for her. North West police spokesperson Colonel Amanda Funani said Kabelo Motlangwane, targeted women who lived alone.

She said that in February 2015, he raped two women, aged 26 and 36, on two separate occasions

After raping the second woman, Funani said, he took the victim’s phone then sent himself a Please Call Me, so that he could have her number on his phone.

A few days after opening a rape case against him, the victim got a call from the rapist, saying he heard that she had opened a case against him and asked her why she would do that when he was in love with her.

This resulted in her devising a plan with her neighbours and the police. The police asked her to agree to the meeting, so they could arrest the man when he showed up. He was also charged with theft and house breaking with the intention to commit theft. The police and the National Prosecuting Authority had successfully opposed bail.


by Everngelista Muza

Khayelitsha woman arrested after body of baby found burried beside her shack

A Khayelitsha woman has been arrested after the body of her infant was found buried in a shallow grave next to her shack.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said police had been in the are when they heard about 22-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his mother. Upon their arrival they found the body of a 48-year-old woman declare dead on the scene.

Residents said police were led to their next discovery by the smell resulting in the discovery of an infant in a hole wrapped with plastic bags and blankets. The child’s body was discovered next to a shack

According to a witness the woman had been previodsly seen digging a hole, which neighbours assumed she was trying to prevent water from coming into her house.

Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi confirmed the arrests and said the 29 year old mother is expected in court today, meanwhile 22 year old has been detained for tabbing his mother to death.


by Evermgelista Muza

Monday, July 19, 2021

Diabetics at higher risk for COVID-19

Persons living with diabetes are at risk of severe COVID-19 if they become infected.

According to the Western Cape’s Health Department, the severity of COVID-19 is tripled in the diabetes community.

Persons who have poor glucose control (fasting blood glucose >7.8 mmol/L, HbA1c>7%)) are particularly at risk.

Tygerberg and Groote Schuur Hospitals are urging people with diabetes to seek care without delay if COVID-19 is suspected.

Those with diabetes who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to get it.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects how the body gets energy from food, resulting in too much sugar in the blood if diabetes medication is not used and if lifestyle changes are not made.  High blood sugar causes havoc in the body leading to high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness and amputations – all of which can be prevented with good blood sugar control and healthy living.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 463 million people have diabetes in the world and about 4.5 million in South Africa (12.8% of our population). Experts are of the opinion that this is a gross underestimation, and it is believed that 3 out of 5 South-Africans with diabetes are not yet diagnosed. You may have diabetes without knowing it if you are overweight, inactive, older than 45 years are/ or if you have a strong family history. Thus, it is of utter importance to visit your healthcare facility if you are at risk and not to wait until you have symptoms of diabetes.

A total of 40% of all COVID-19 admissions to Groote Schuur Hospital have been persons living with diabetes, according to Prof Joel Dave, Head of the Division of Endocrinology at Groote Schuur Hospital. “Persons living with diabetes are usually older and obese, and age and obesity is a major risk factor for more severe COVID. It is very important to control diabetes to prevent complications. Medication, lifestyle choices and following COVID protection measures are all essential for this.”

 

Dr Ankia Coetzee, an endocrinologist at Tygerberg Hospital, encourages persons to take care of their diabetes at home by looking after their feet to prevent ulcers and trying to lose weight if they can.

“It is important that they check their glucose regularly and discuss it with their healthcare worker if it is over 10mmol/L or under 4mmol/L on finger prick. It is advisable to increase the frequency of your blood glucose fingerprick testing if you feel unwell and/or have COVID-19.”

 

Contact your healthcare facility if:

        Immediately

o       You have low blood sugar (finger prick glucose <4mmol/L and/or symptoms of hypoglycemia if you don’t have a glucometer) that does not improve or occurs more than once.

o       You need assistance to recover from an episode of low blood sugar.

o       Your blood sugar exceeds 13.8 mmol/L and you feel unwell.

o       You start vomiting and/or have fast breathing (it can indicate a hyperglycemic emergency).

 

        Urgently

o       You have a sore on your foot.

o       You need help with taking or getting your medication.

o       You have an appointment for a check-up.

WhatsApp 081 578 6636 for more diabetes information and support.

Take care of yourself and stay safe this winter.

 


Info: Western Cape Government: Health

Done By: Mitchum George

2 arrested for Langa taxi rank shooting

Two men were arrested for allegedly firing shots at vehicles from the Langa taxi rank on Monday morning.

According to the police’s Joseph Swartbooi said reports indicated that unknown men fired gunshots from the Langa taxi rank at vehicles this morning.

"Two males, aged 45 and 55, have since been arrested and detained. Once charged, they are expected to make a court appearance in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court," he said.

An attempted murder case has since been opened.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

BioVac lab, Pinelands fire extinguished

The City of Cape Town says a fire that broke out at Biovac laboratory in the early hours of Sunday morning in Pinelands has nothing to do with an attempt to sabotage COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Western Cape.

The blaze broke out just before 5a.m and fire crews extinguished the fire just before 8a.m

“There is no evidence that this was an attempted attack on COVID-19 vaccine stores as being speculated, since preliminary investigations suggest the fire’s origin relates to a HVAC fault, due to the prompt response of our Fire Services only a separate building suffered damage while the laboratory itself was completely protected,” said City’s Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

The City said that suggestions that the Biovac Lab’s COVID-19 stores were targeted in an attack are malicious, and have urged the public to refrain from spreading misinformation.

“It is imperative that we reject the notion of those spreading fake news and false claims through social media, as it spreads unnecessary fear,” he said.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism in the Western Cape

Power utility, Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism in the Western Cape.

The vandalism of Eskom kiosks in Eerste River has left customers without electricity supply for the second time in less than a month

The latest vandalism affected residents in Dennemere, Kleinvlei and Rosedale, leaving them without electricity for days.

"Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism of Eskom equipment and has been working with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to bring those accountable to task," the statement said.

"To repair or replace equipment with extensive damage affects business operations such as the restoration of electricity to customers who have been without electricity for a prolonged period."

In a statement, Eskom said that there has also been a surge in theft and vandalism of equipment over the past few weeks.

"Recent criminal activities of illegally connecting, cable theft and vandalism in Eskom supply areas in and around Cape Town have resulted in prolonged power outages in affected communities that have left customers frustrated."

"Eskom cannot fight this battle alone and depends on the assistance from communities now more than ever in the fight against infrastructure theft, vandalism and illegal connections that are now affecting customers almost daily," the statement added.

Eskom appealed to residents to report electricity theft such as illegal connections, electricity theft, tampering, cable theft and vandalism of infrastructure by contacting the Eskom toll-free crime hotline on 0800 11 27 22. Callers may remain anonymous.


Done By: Mitchum George

Hijacked CoCT vehicle leads to premises with stolen car parts

Metro Police officers recovered a hijacked City of Cape Town vehicle in Philippi East on Friday. The vehicle was reported as hijacked earlier the afternoon, had all City of Cape Town markings as well as the number plates removed. 

‘’Just before 15h00, with the assistance of a vehicle tracking company, the members located the vehicle parked inside a premises in the Marikana informal settlement,’’ said Metro Police’s Spokesperson, Ruth Solomons

A further search of the premises led to the discovery of several stolen motor parts.

‘’There were no suspects present and the scene was handed over to Saps for further investigation,’’ added Solomons.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Thursday, July 15, 2021

SADAG Overwhelmed with call volumes amid ongoing Violence

With Ongoing unrest continuing in some parts of the Country The South African Depression and Anxiety Group namely (Sadag) has received an increase in calls from distressed people seeking help.

Malls, businesses, warehouses and factories have been looted and vandalised.

The unrest has devastated many livelihoods not only financially but mentally

Civil society organisation, Right2Know has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo to name and shame some of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) agents who fuelled the violent and destructive protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The Government wants 25,000 more soldiers in addition to be deployed to Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal in efforts to reunite South Africans and to put an end to the violence terrorising the two provinces.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Slight increase in Cape burials in past 7 days

There’s been a slight increase at Cape Town cemeteries in the past seven days.

410 people were buried in the past week, compared to 390 the previous week.

Maitland cemetery had 108 burials, Klip Road 96 and Welmoed cemetery had 86 burials.

‘’Our cemeteries are managing the demand currently. The City cannot, however, indicate with certainty how many of these were Covid-19 burials, as the cause of death is often either listed as natural or non-natural causes. The City continues to engage with undertakers and other stakeholders in this area to ensure that we are able to assist them where necessary,’’ said City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien.

Meanwhile, the City’s Environmental Health Practitioners says they are concerned about increased non-compliance with Covid-19 protocols at funerals.

‘’We remind the public to please adhere to the protocols, for their own safety. Funeral gatherings are considered super-spreader events, and at a time when our health system is taking strain, it is imperative that we all play our part in ensuring that we mitigate the risk of infection,’’ added Badroodien.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

2 dead; 4 informal structures destroyed in Gugulethu

The bodies of an adult male and a boy were found in an informal structure that was found gutted in NY61, Gugulethu, on Wednesday morning

In total, four informal structures were destroyed in a fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

‘’The City’s Fire and Rescue Service received the emergency call at 07:33. When firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire in Phola Park they found several informal structures alight but managed to contain and extinguish the blaze by 08:31.’’

The scene was handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigations

 

Done By: Mitchum George

DA to lay criminal charges against Malema & Zuma's children

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will, lay criminal charges against EFF leader Julius Malema and former president Jacob Zuma’s daughter Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla and his sons Edward and Duduzane on Wednesday.

The party’s shadow minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Glynnis Breytenbach said the official opposition would lay charges of incitement to violence against Malema and the three Zuma siblings.

‘’In the period leading up to the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, as well as after his imprisonment, his children on various occasions took to the press and social media to express comments which appear to encourage and incite the violence and looting that has destabilised KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and which is spreading to other parts of the country.’’

‘’For his part, Julius Malema threatened on Twitter to join the anarchy on the streets if the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is deployed and likened the deployment to a declaration of war against civilians instead of an attempt to maintain law and order,’’ Breyentenbach added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George


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