Saturday, May 31, 2008

COSATU congratulates Competition Commission

By Henry Booysen
31 May 2008


COSATU says that it welcomes the suspension of Adcock Ingram Critical Care’s Managing Executive Arthur Barnett. Barnett stands accused of committing perjury during the Commission’s probe into the company’s participation in a bid-rigging cartel.

“Arthur Bar Arthur Barnett, the suspended managing executive of Adcock Ingram Critical Care, a subsidiary of Tiger Brands, stands accused of committing perjury during the Commission's probe into the company's participation in a bid-rigging cartel,” says Patrick Craven COSATU spokesperson.

COSATU says in a statement that the competition authorities can only fine up to 10% of companies revenue, but individual directors can only be penalised for lying or misleading the Commission or Competition tribunal.

If Barnett is fined guilty he may be given a maximum penalty of a six month jail sentence or a R2000 fine.
The federation says that it’s continuing its campaign of mass action against price-fixing.

MISSING CHILD: DIANA MAPONYE

Nyanga police are appealing to the public to assist them in finding Diana Maponye. Diana is 1.1m tall has brown eyes and long black braids. She was last seen wearing a red and white tracksuit, a black and white leather jacket and school shoes. She has birth marks at the back of her neck and at the back of the left thigh. Anyone with information must please contact her mother at 078 079 7800 or Nyanga police station on 021 380 3300 or contact Bush Radio on 021 448 5450.

SAMA conference to focus on The future of healthcare in SA

By Ilhaam Hoosain
31 May 2008

The South African Medical Association’s (SAMA) conference on ‘The Future of Healthcare in South Africa – How will it be provided and funded will take place from the on the 30th and 31st of August 2008 at Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni Gauteng. At the conference it shall address the impact of economical strains experienced by healthcare providers and patients.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:
-International healthcare trends – lessons to be learnt
-Models of funding and provision that have been implemented successfully in developing countries
-Challenges facing the South African Healthcare system
-What are the guiding principles to achieve social solidarity
-Some of the areas that will be addressed in depth are:
-Funding of healthcare for Universal Access
-Comprehensive Package of Healthcare Service
-Administration and Purchasing for Universal Access
-Service Provision (Public and Private) Arrangements for Universal Access
-Health funding mechanisms to address health systems challenges Universal access in SA – future trajectory

SAMA expects the programme to draw delegates from private and public sector, government decision makers and policy makers, international, healthcare funders, civil society and labour, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities, hospital groups and SAMA members who want to influence the future of healthcare in South Africa.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cape Town approves an average 20% hike in electricity price

By Tina George
30 May 2008

The City of Cape Town has on Wednesday approved an average 20 percent increase in its electricity tariff, based on the National Energy Regulator’s approval of Eskom’s price hikes in December 2007.

Spokesperson Ian Neilson says the Council also passed a 7,3% increase in property rates. In addition, water tariffs will go up by just more than nine percent as of the first of July.

“Solid waste tariffs go up by 7,3% and sewerage tariffs by 6%. All existing free services, subsidies and rebates for persons registered as indigent remain in place,” says Neilson.

However Neilson adds that this might not be the last increase as the city awaits NERSA to makes it’s decision concerning Eskom’s increases.

“Once those decisions are made it may be necessary for us to view those tariffs again.”

City to promote dance talent on Cape Flats

By Henry Booysen
30 May 2008


Mitchell’s Plain youth will get a chance to strut their stuff when the Dance Extravaganza which is sponsored by the City of Cape Town’s Urban Renewal Programme which starts Friday next week.

According to Albert Webster the City of Cape Town’s Acting Manager of Arts and Culture the department hopes the project will be a foundation allowing aspiring dancers to highlight their talent.

“They will have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and can also attend workshops presented by Cape Town’s top dance professionals,” says Webster.

At the event many dance styles will be offered such as Latin, hip hop, ballet and Gumboot.

The event will take place on Saturday 7 June and includes workshops from 11am a dance spectacular at 3pm and will continue until late.

Anyone who wishes to participate can contact Natalie Harper at 021 400 2033.

ACDP calls on government to support pregnancy crisis centres

By Mikhaila Crowie
6 September 2008



Western Cape paramedics and police fought to save the life of a prematurely born baby abandoned by its mother, immediately after giving birth in the toilets of a taxi rank in Durbanville last night.

ACDP’s Steve Swart was among those on the scene, having his ACDP project office situated right beside the taxi rank.

The ACDP has called on government to grant support for pregnancy crisis centres in the country.

Steve Swart said the ACDP has a great heart for mothers in such situations. He continued by saying it can be very hard for pregnant women and girls whose socio-economic circumstances do not permit them to keep the baby.

The ACDP have urged the public to support organisations that aid those in need and called on government to grant support to pregnancy crisis centres that assist women who choose not to abort their babies but to carry them full term.

ACDP calls on government to support pregnancy crisis centres

By Mikhaila Crowie
6 September 2008


Western Cape paramedics and police fought to save the life of a prematurely born baby abandoned by its mother, immediately after giving birth in the toilets of a taxi rank in Durbanville last night.

ACDP’s Steve Swart was among those on the scene, having his ACDP project office situated right beside the taxi rank.

The ACDP has called on government to grant support for pregnancy crisis centres in the country.

Steve Swart said the ACDP has a great heart for mothers in such situations. He continued by saying it can be very hard for pregnant women and girls whose socio-economic circumstances do not permit them to keep the baby.

The ACDP have urged the public to support organisations that aid those in need and called on government to grant support to pregnancy crisis centres that assist women who choose not to abort their babies but to carry them full term.

ACDP calls on government to support pregnancy crisis centres

By Mikhaila Crowie
6 September 2008


Western Cape paramedics and police fought to save the life of a prematurely born baby abandoned by its mother, immediately after giving birth in the toilets of a taxi rank in Durbanville last night.

ACDP’s Steve Swart was among those on the scene, having his ACDP project office situated right beside the taxi rank.

The ACDP has called on government to grant support for pregnancy crisis centres in the country.

Steve Swart said the ACDP has a great heart for mothers in such situations. He continued by saying it can be very hard for pregnant women and girls whose socio-economic circumstances do not permit them to keep the baby.

The ACDP have urged the public to support organisations that aid those in need and called on government to grant support to pregnancy crisis centres that assist women who choose not to abort their babies but to carry them full term.

Foreigners under threat in Cape Town

By Mandisi Tyulu

06 September 2008


Western Cape disaster management team says any threat against foreign nationals is illegal and unacceptable. This follows the distribution of a letter in Khayelitsha by the Zanokhanyo Retailers' Association. The letter “orders” Somali shopkeepers to close their shops while “all matters regarding their existence” are being discussed by what is called “the business, political and community leadership”. The provincial government and Cape Town’s administration says police are investigating a charge of intimidation.

Foreigners threatened in Cape Town

By Mandisi Tyulu

06 September 2008


Western Cape disaster management team says any threat against foreign nationals is illegal and unacceptable. This follows the distribution of a letter in Khayelitsha by the Zanokhanyo Retailers' Association. The letter “orders” Somali shopkeepers to close their shops while “all matters regarding their existence” are being discussed by what is called “the business, political and community leadership”. The provincial government and Cape Town’s administration says police are investigating a charge of intimidation

ACDP calls on government to support pregnancy crisis centres

By Mikhaila Crowie
6 September 2008


Western Cape paramedics and police fought to save the life of a prematurely born baby abandoned by its mother, immediately after giving birth in the toilets of a taxi rank in Durbanville last night.

ACDP’s Steve Swart was among those on the scene, having his ACDP project office situated right beside the taxi rank.

The ACDP has called on government to grant support for pregnancy crisis centres in the country.

Steve Swart said the ACDP has a great heart for mothers in such situations. He continued by saying it can be very hard for pregnant women and girls whose socio-economic circumstances do not permit them to keep the baby.

The ACDP have urged the public to support organisations that aid those in need and called on government to grant support to pregnancy crisis centres that assist women who choose not to abort their babies but to carry them full term.

Lesbian case postponed again

By Mandisi Tyulu

25 August


The members of the Triangle Project have expressed their outrage, following several postponements in the trial of 9 alleged killers.The case was due to have started yesterday after being postponed on Friday, but it has once again been postponed - this time to the 4th September.

The men are accused of murdering a teenage girl in Khayelitsha more than 2 years ago, reportedly because of her sexual orientation.
19-year-old Zoliswa Nkonyana was stabbed, kicked and beaten to death by a mob.


Triangle project director, Vanessa Ludwing says ‘this case has been going on for about a year in the Khayelitsha magistrate court, if I recall Nkonyana was killed on 4 February 2006, one wonders when the family and friends will get justice. She added that right now the case gets constantly postponed.”

Five men convicted in the Cape High court

By Yamkela Xhaso
18 August

The Cape High Court has found five men guilty of murdering and kidnapping a Kuilsriver traffic officer Denver Langeveldt.

Judge Richard Brusser has commended the investigative work done by the police.

The court found Arnold Presence, Llewellyn March, Craig Daniels, Yoland Roode and Bradley Shaun van Reenen had acted with common purpose when they forced Denver Langeveldt into the boot of his car, stabbed and kicked him and then left him on a field to die.

Langeveldt was murdered on January 28th 2006.

DA blames failure of Provincial and Local Government is a reflection of poor leadership

By Mishkah Anthony
28 July

The Democratic Alliance says, the failure of the department of Provincial and Local Government to spend allocated funds reflects the poor leadership at the helm of the department.

The DA feels the Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi, is completely disengaged from the realities of provincial administrations and municipalities.

A DA parliamentary question shows that the department has underspent over R2.4 billion of its capital expenditure budget for the past five years.

DA spokesperson on Provincial and Local Government Willem Doman said,

“We are very disappointed with the lack of expenditure, Mr Mufamadi and his department should capacitate municipalities, that is their task so that they can spend in their infrastructure”

“ Also on other projects need service delivery, the need is great and we are very disappointed that they did not spend this money"

DA blames failure of Provincial and Local Government is a reflection of poor leadership

By Mishkah Anthony
28 July

The Democratic Alliance says, the failure of the department of Provincial and Local Government to spend allocated funds reflects the poor leadership at the helm of the department.

The DA feels the Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi, is completely disengaged from the realities of provincial administrations and municipalities.

A DA parliamentary question shows that the department has underspent over R2.4 billion of its capital expenditure budget for the past five years.

DA spokesperson on Provincial and Local Government Willem Doman said,

“We are very disappointed with the lack of expenditure, Mr Mufamadi and his department should capacitate municipalities, that is their task so that they can spend in their infrastructure”

“ Also on other projects need service delivery, the need is great and we are very disappointed that they did not spend this money"

City of Cape Town officials restrict N2 Gateway march

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 July 2008

The City of Cape Town has threatened those who will protest on Thursday when communities of the Symphony Way informal settlement in Delft, Joe Slovo phase 1 flats and other communities of the Western Cape region. These protests are against the Privatisation of the N2 Gateway Projects.

The strike will be conducted by The Western Cape Anti Eviction Campaign, the Provincial Department of Local Government and Housing to protest against the privatisation of the housing construction.


In past several the communities have intimidated by the municipal and provincial officials. This strike will bring together Joe Slovo Residents, and the Symphony Way informal settlement in Delft as this march will be their first march they will do collectively.

Oasis group provide food parcels for the poverty-stricken Uitsig community

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 July



Oasis group is going to provide food parcels to the poverty-stricken Uitsig community today. Councillor Dan Plato has identified a number of needy communities that deserve the food parcels.

Councillor Dan Plato said, that Uitsig is one of the most impoverished places in the Cape flats.

“The place also has one of the highest TB infections, this is because they do not have necessary nutrition and the other reason is that most families do not eat breakfast as it is necessary to eat breakfast before medication.

The clinics told the Uitsig residents to take TB treatment for a period of six months. ”

He added that they are also aware that the food parcels may be a drop in the ocean but it will do a lot to the people as it have proper nutrients.

Oasis group provide food parcels for the poverty-stricken Uitsig community

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 July


Oasis group is going to provide food parcels to the poverty-stricken Uitsig community today. Councillor Dan Plato has identified a number of needy communities that deserve the food parcels.

Councillor Dan Plato said, that Uitsig is one of the most impoverished places in the Cape flats.

“The place also has one of the highest TB infections, this is because they do not have necessary nutrition and the other reason is that most families do not eat breakfast as it is necessary to eat breakfast before medication.

The clinics told the Uitsig residents to take TB treatment for a period of six months. ”

He added that they are also aware that the food parcels may be a drop in the ocean but it will do a lot to the people as it have proper nutrients.

Cyclists end a long fundraising journey from Cairo to Cape Town

By Yamkela Xhaso
21 July 2008


Eight cyclists from Ireland and South Africa ended their 12 thousand five hundred kilometre journey in Cape on Saturday. According to Weekend Argus, the purpose of the journey was to raise funds for charities that fight poverty in Africa.

These youngsters began their journey Cape to Cairo 2008 six months ago from the Egyptian Capital to our country’s Capital.

One of the group members whose is from Ireland said that he was thrilled by the hospitality shown by the African people because the western media labels Africa as a dangerous place.

The group is believed to have raised a sum amount of three million rands. Et their arrival the group was greeted by family and friends at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront .

Community Information Network

By Cindy Witten
18 July 2008
NOTICES

A Karaoke evening will be held at the Weltevreden Hall, Rocklands, at 8pm on the 18th of July. A donation of R20 per person will be appreciated. Food on sale include: Hotdog Rolls, with Traditional Tamatie Smoor; and Roti with Curry.
This is to raise funds for Lize Agulhas who would like to take her guitar with her to Canada for a year. Her dream is to pursue Music and to make this happen she needs to raise funds for a Hard Guitar Case. She is a Singer/Song writer and has performed at various events in the community. For any queries or directions call: 084 586 6466 (Julia)

The heart and Stroke foundation of South Africa is looking for volunteers to help with various administration duties. The Foundation is a non-profit health organisation established to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke in South Africa. Call Azraa Dawood on (021) 447 4222 for details.

# The Muizenberg Dramatic Society will hold auditions for a production of Hotel Paradiso. This will take place on the 19th of July at the Rendezvous Promenade Road, Lakeside at 2:30pm. For enquiries, contact Alastair Duff (021) 788 4984.

Strandfontein Primary School will hold its 30th anniversary thanksgiving service on Sunday, July 27 at 3pm at the Cape Town City Hall. All former teachers, learners and parents are invited. RSVP by Monday; call (021) 393 2110 or 082 746 0082.

Bayhill United AFC will be hosting a karaoke on Saturday, 19 July at the Stephen Reagan Hall in Mitchell’s Plain from 7:30pm. Tickets cost R20 each. For more information phone George on 083 311 2971 or Faldielah on (021) 392 5475.


If you have any information for the CIN team regarding events happening in you community, please feel free to contact us on (021) 4485450 or fax us on (021) 448 5451. Alternatively you can email us on
news@bushradio.co.za. If you have missed any of the numbers mentioned you can give us a call.

New law for male pensioners

By Cindy Witten
17 July 2008


The Black Sash Human Rights organisation has welcomed the signing of a new law of legislation aimed at male pensioners. This law, that came into effect on 14 July 2008, makes it possible for men to be eligible for a state pension from 63 years of age.

Together with other human rights organisations, the Black Sash fought for the equalisation of the pensionable age, which is a constitutional right. Previously, men were only eligible for pension at 65, while women were allowed to take pension at 60 years of age.

According to Ratula Beukman, advocacy program manager for Black Sash, by 2010, all pensioners in need will be eligible for a state pension fund from 60 years old.
“But we continue to fight for the scrapping of the undignified means test, that require our senior citizens to prove that they are living in poverty,” said Beukman.

Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis gets three weeks suspended

13 July 2008

The Springboks have been left with just one recognised hooker for the Tri-Nations match. Bismarck du Plessis has been suspended for three weeks for eye-gouging in yesterday’s Test against the All Blacks.

Du Plessis appeared before SANZAR judicial officer Kim Garling at the Otago RFU offices in Dunedin today where video footage of the incident, evidence from Du Plessis and received reports from the match officials were used as the basis for the suspension. According to television footage there was no visible marks on Thomson's face.

Schalk Brits will take Du Plessis place on Saturday in Perth.
Springbok management has meanwhile announced that they will not be appealing against suspension. The manager of SA National Teams Andy Marinos says they are disappointed at losing Bismarck for three weeks but have accepted the punishment.
South Africa will play New Zealand in Perth on Saturday.

Bakers minicricket targets poorer communities

Cindy Witten
4 July 2008

For the past 25 years the Bakers Mini Cricket programme has been conducted in 5 000 schools with over 2 million children having participated in it. Cricket South Africa’s Schools Cricket Manager, Niels Momberg said that they are particularly interested in recruiting children from poorer communities such as Langa in Cape Town.

“The whole objective and aim of the Bakers Mini cricket program is to spread the game amongst all communities but with specific emphasis on our poorer communities and in disadvantaged areas,” said Momberg.

Baker mini cricket targets poorer communities.

Cindy Witten
4 July 2008

For the past 25 years the Bakers Mini Cricket programme has been conducted in 5 000 schools with over 2 million children having participated in it. Cricket South Africa’s Schools Cricket Manager, Niels Momberg said that they are particularly interested in recruiting children from poorer communities such as Langa in Cape Town.

“The whole objective and aim of the Bakers Mini cricket program is to spread the game amongst all communities but with specific emphasis on our poorer communities and in disadvantaged areas,” said Momberg.

Bakers mini cricket targets poorer communities

Cindy Witten
4 July 2008

For the past 25 years the Bakers Mini Cricket programme has been conducted in 5 000 schools with over 2 million children having participated in it. Cricket South Africa’s Schools Cricket Manager, Niels Momberg said that they are particularly interested in recruiting children from poorer communities such as Langa in Cape Town.

“The whole objective and aim of the Bakers Mini cricket program is to spread the game amongst all communities but with specific emphasis on our poorer communities and in disadvantaged areas,” said Momberg.

Cosatu says the Zimbabwe situation is at a critical stage

By Yamkela Xhaso
03 July

COSATU says the situation in Zimbabwe is at a critical stage. It says in a statement it appreciates the role that President Thabo Mbeki has been playing as a mediator and the constraints that this imposes on his public statements, but it now is time for the South Africa to speak up in defence of democracy and human rights.

COSATU says it is mobilising in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, beginning with a demonstration and border blockade at the Beit Bridge border post on Saturday.

Cosatu says the Zimbabwe situation is at a critical stage

By Yamkela Xhaso
03 July

COSATU says the situation in Zimbabwe is at a critical stage.
It says in a statement it appreciates the role that President Thabo Mbeki has been playing as a mediator and the constraints that this imposes on his public statements, but it now is time for the South Africa tospeak up in defence of democracy and human rights.

COSATU says it is mobilising in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, beginning with a demonstration and border blockade at the Beit Bridge border post on Saturday.

UNHCR thanks speedy response to refugee crisis in Cape Town

By Ilhaam Hoosain
30 May 2008


The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees thanked Cape Town for its speedy assistance to foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic violence.

Yusuf Hassan of the UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Africa in Pretoria elaborates on the comments made by Arvind Gupta of UNHCR during his visit to Cape Town.
"Mr Gupta never made comments pertaining to the situation of the displaced people in Cape Town to the Cape Times.

"If anything, the statements he made during meetings with the authorities, representatives of the civil society and refugees, had been complimentary of the commendable efforts undertaken by the City of Cape Town, both in the rapid assistance they provided and in their handling of the crisis.

He goes onto add that Gupta also highlighted the UNHCR's position on camps. He says that in principle, in the South African context, the UNHCR is opposed to the placing or confining of displaced persons, including refugees, in camps or sites. The UNHCR's position is in line with the Government of South Africa's policy on local integration.

The recent xenophobic attacks in which thousands of refugees and other migrants were forcibly displaced have presented new challenges and call for urgent responses, this is according to Hassan.

"The UNHCR is of the view that, given the prevailing circumstances, should the authorities and the disaster management bodies consider it unavoidable to accommodate the displaced in camp-like settings, it could only take note of this course of action.

However, it is imperative that such sites meet accepted international standards. The UNHCR stands ready to assist the authorities in attaining the latter. "We would like once again to thank the City of Cape Town for its speedy response to the displacement crisis."

Two children have gone missing from the Free State Province

By Ilhaam Hoosain
30 May 2008

Chantal and Penny both have brown eyes and short dark brown hair.

According to the Pink Ladies their clothing could have been changed and it is not known what they were wearing at the time.

The girls live in a children’s home in the south of Free State province. The social workers are concerned for Penny as she requires medication.

The girls were last seen in a White Mazda in which one man and three women were sitting in. it is believed that they could be in the Bloemfontein area or Vanderbijlpark area in Gauteng.

If you have seen them please contact SAPS Reddersburg (FS), Captain De La Rosa on 082 467 6275 or (051) 553 5006, alternatively the Pink Ladies on 072 214 7439.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A lion of his field dies

By Anele Siwa
29 May 2008

The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) is shocked after the sad news of the death of their member and BidVest Wits striker Abram "Fire" Raselemane.

He was a former Bloemfontein Young Tigers, Santos and Supersport United player before he joined Wits two seasons ago, died in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

“Raselemane was one of the most deadly strikers in the country and a key player who contributed a lot for Bafana Bafana. His football skills will be sorely missed by the South African fans and his passing has left a massive void to his family and South African football in general,” says Elvis Sekgobela SAFPU Media Officer.

According to Sekgobela, Raselemane played a very important role for Santos and Supersport United where he helped the two clubs to win the Bob Save and SUPA 8 tournaments, respectively.

“We shall never forget his brilliant soccer skills and his loss is a cruel blow to our national game,” he added.

Attempts to get comments from BidVest Wits have failed.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

New Child Protection Act close

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 May 2008


Under the new Children's Act, Foreign children are entitled to full protection, which after a decade in the making is due to be implemented in early 2009.

Minister Zola Skweyiya speaking at the opening of a three-day conference on the Children's Act, explained that the Children's Act defines a child as a person under the age of 18 years, and that it does not add any additional requirements such as SA citizenship or that the child had to be born in SA.

Skweyiya admitted that, over the past decade "the conditions facing the children of South Africa have deteriorated, sometimes with added complications".

He added that the hope that the Children's Act "will be properly implemented and we will achieve its intent of protecting the rights of our children. The protection of children's rights lead to an improvement in the lives of other sections of the community and it is neither desirable nor possible to protect children's rights in isolation from their families and communities."

The new Act instructs:
· principles relating to the care and protection of children
· defines parental responsibilities and rights
· provides for services to promote the preservation and strengthening of families
· And consolidates the laws relating to protection of children.

The Children's Institute’s Paula Proudlock said that three of the major challenges to the implementation of the Act relate to lack of budget and capacity to spend at a provincial level, a shortage of human resources and under funding of the many NPOs who deliver more than 60% of the services mandated under the Act.

Nokuku Sipuka from Umtata Children's Resources Centre added that government funding for child abuse prevention programmes needs to change from funding for social worker salaries only to full cost programme funding.

She says that with the scarcity of social workers in the country it is difficult to recruit and retain social workers especially in rural areas. Full cost prevention programme funding would enable NPOs to use other categories of workers and to expand their services to reach more vulnerable children.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pretoria High Court rules against Glenister

By Anele Siwa
28 May 2008

Today a move by Hugh Glenister to prevent government from disbanding the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) known as Scorpions was turned down by Pretoria High Court.

The Pretoria High Court has struck Glenister’s application claiming that it is not in its jurisdiction to rule the matter.

It is reported that the court found that the principle of separation of powers prevents it from interfering with the executive’s power to prepare and initiate legislation.

"The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), having consistently opposed the disbanding of the Scorpions, is clearly disappointed with this morning’s judgement,” says ACDP MP and spokesperson on justice matters, Steve Swart.

Amid last moth five opposition parties joined forces to support the move by Glenister as friends of the court.
It is not clear whether the five opposition parties will continue their struggle to oppose government from disbanding the Scorpions.

“We wish to commend Mr Hugh Glenister for his courage and initiative with his court application, which the ACDP formally supported as a friend of the court,” says Swart.

Meanwhile South African Communist Party (SACP) has welcomed the court ruling.

”The ruling is indeed a further reaffirmation of the principle of separation of powers and it should be a lesson that our courts should not be abused by the reactionary forces to prevent other institutions of our democratic dispensation to execute their responsibilities,” says Malesela Maleka SACP Spokesperson.
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Cape Town suspect wanted for armed robbery

By Tina George
28 May 2008

Cape Town Police are seeking the assistance of the public to trace a wanted suspect, James Guy Guy alias James Konga is wanted on a charge of Armed Robbery.

According to police, it is alleged that three unknown men entered a business in Darling Street, Cape Town and held the owner at gunpoint on Friday, 07th December 2007.

“The suspects fled with cameras and a warrant for Konga’s arrest was issued by the Magistrate, “says Police spokesperson Captain Randall Stoffels.

If you recognize the suspect in the picture, Detective Inspector Leon Van Wyk is keen to receive your call on 021 4678039 or alternatively Crime Stop can be contacted on 0860010111. Your anonymity is guaranteed. Substantial rewards are offered for positive information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Soetwater stretched to capacity and officially closed

By Ilhaam Hoosain
28 May 2008


Due to the recent xenophobic violence in the Western Cape, more than 20 000 people are without homes.

Four displaced camps have been set up in Silverstroom in Atlantis, Soetwater in Kommetjie, Harmony Park in Strand, and Youngsfield Military Base near Kenilworth. Collectively 8000 people can be accommodated in all the camps.

On Tuesday evening councillor Nicky Holden made an urgent announcement exclusively to Bush Radio at the Soetwater camp (where approximately 3000 people are staying) saying that the camp has officially closed and no more people will be allowed through the gates.

“Our volunteers who are doing the food, including our muslim volunteers who are doing the halaal food, are absolutely stretched to their capabilities.

“They have come to us now and they have said that they are at maximum supply.

“I have taken a decision that the camp is closed. There are to many people here already. We cannot cater for them and we cannot house them,” says Holden.

She goes onto say that they are expecting very bad weather and they don’t know how those tents are going to stand.

“What I have agreed with the people there is that everybody inside we will register , those people outside we will also register,” says Holden.

She adds that she had asked the foreign nationals to send messages to their friends. “Do not come here, do not come,” she says many of the people are coming from camps where they where housed.

That is the message that she wants to get out. She adds that they must stay where they are and that their problem with the United Nations is not their problem.

“We are here just to feed and to assist and they are making that job impossible,” exclaims Holden.
Meanwhile, the civil society organisations are working on health and human rights for all people living in South Africa.

They are saddened and outraged by such violence. They say that they will stand by all the foreign nationals that were displaced and will make an effort to help in every way they can. They also say that they believe that it is a human right to seek employment, health services, protection and refuge in South Africa.

“We believe that you have contributed to South Africa and must continue to contribute. We want you to be part of all our communities in South Africa.

“Since this crisis started, about 40 relief centres and shelters have been set up in the areas surrounding Cape Town. We have been doing all we can to supply people with shelter, transport, food, water, blankets, and sanitary supplies. We will continue to make sure you get help,” says the Civil Society.
Pictures: Ilhaam Hoosain and Humphrey Brydon

Xenophobic attacks leave more than 20 000 displaced

All pictures taken in Soetwater near Ocean View.
Certain areas are set aside for prayer.

People prepare for the predicted storm.


Child begs for help.

Councillor speaks to people who are coming from other camps.


Councillor speaks exclusively to Bush Radio, announcing that Soetwater is closed and they not allowing anymore people in.

Pictures by Ilhaam Hoosain and Humphrey Brydon

Soetwater prepare for storm

By Ilhaam Hoosain
28 May 2008


In Soetwater near Ocean View, people are preparing for a major storm.
On Tuesday evening people were securing the tents that were heavily battered by the wind.

Faatimah Ali, a 14-year-old girl originally from Somalia, who came here for a better life, was living in the Strand area until she had to be moved to Soetwater in fear of her life.
She is in Grade 10 and desperately wants to go back to school.

“They are still fighting and we couldn’t find a place to sleep.
"Our country is still fighting. We came here for a better life,” says Ali.

She pleaded to anyone that can help to please help them. She adds that that is why they ran away from their country because they are still fighting.

“We didn’t do anything to these people, we just working to pay the rent. And that is why there is still fighting. The people are just killing our people,” says Ali.
Picture by Ilhaam Hoosain

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Soetwater site in Ocean View where xenophobic victims are being held


Foreigners charge their phones via a outside electrical point

Receiving their tags so that they may be identified


Foreign Nationals queue outside Soetwater in Ocean View


The tents in which is foreigners are being held

A Somali man walks barefeet on the floor

The foreigners stand in queue to receive clothing

Pictures by Humphrey Brydon and Henry Booysen

City calls for South African National Defence Force

By Anele Siwa
27 May 2008

The City of Cape Town is continuing to accommodate people who have flee from xenophobic aggression in six temporary Safety Sites around the metro region, as well as in many community halls across the city.

“We have carried out this operation in terms of our disaster relief function as a local government, which is to return stability to our communities, protect the safety of people threatened by violence, and address humanitarian needs,” says Mayor Helen Zille.

According madam Mayor following this operation, they will support the re-integration of people who wish to return to their homes in Cape Town.

“We will also support efforts to return those displaced foreign nationals who wish to return to their home countries,” she explain.

Zille says in the current climate of unrest, the process of re-integrating displaced people into their communities will require a peace-keeping force to be deployed to the most sensitive hot-spots around our city.

“I call on the Western Cape Safety and Security Minister to approach the Minister of Defence and request the urgent deployment of a peace-keeping force of the SANDF to act as an umbrella for the reintegration process. I also repeat my call to the Department of Home Affairs to either deploy more staff or procure temporary staff to assist with processing documents of displaced people in our various Safety Sites, and to assist those people who wish to return to their home countries,” she added.

Attempts to get comments from Western Cape Safety and Security Department have failed.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Three arrested in Abalone clampdown

By Tina George
26 May 2008


Three suspects said to be involved in illegal abalone dealings have been arrested late on Thursday evening during a collaborative clampdown on an abalone processing by officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the South African Police Services (SAPS).

According to Carol Moses, DEAT spokesperson, the incident followed after information was received with regard to an illegal abalone processing facility operating on a farm, in the Paterson district near Addo in the Eastern Cape.

“A substantial amount of abalone was found on the premises, 10560 units of dried abalone was confiscated as well as abalone drying equipment,” says Moses.

Three men, two Chinese nationals and a Mosambiquan, were arrested and taken into custody. The men are expected to remain in custody until the court case.

Meanwhile Moses added that in a separate incident officials also arrested three South Africans at Bushy Park, adjacent to the Sardinia Bay Marine Protected Area near Port Elizabeth after 400 units of abalone and diving equipment were confiscated.

"The suspects are expected to appear in the Paterson magistrate's court on Monday."

ANC Western Cape urges foreigners to return home

By Henry Booysen
26 May 2008

The ANC Western Cape in conjunction with the National Executive Committee has extended an invitation to victims of xenophobic attacks to return home and asked communities to embrace them.

This follows after a delegation led by Lynne Brown, Lumka Yengeni, Nomaindo Mfeketo, Nosipho Ntwanambi and Mcebisi Swatsha visited areas where groups of refugees have taken shelter.

“We have started the process of reintegrating foreigners forced to flee their homes back into communities. All ANC structures and branches are united to achieve this end, “ANC Western Cape Secretary Mcebisi Skawtasha.

Swathsha had sent the refugees apologies on behalf of the African National Congress and said that the perpetrators behind the attacks were criminals and do not represent the views of most South Africans.

Community Information Network

By Ilhaam Hoosain
26 May 2008

*COMMUNITY NOTICES*


Woodside Special Care Centre will have an Eastern Evening fundraising dinner at the Ghouzia Manzil Hall, 103 Mabel Road, Rylands, on Friday the 30th May. Tickets are R100. For more details call 021 696 2811.

The Mitchell’s Plain Chamber of Commerce branch will have a workshop for small business owners and managers at the Red Door, Promenade Shopping Centre at 8.30am for 9am to 1pm on tomorrow. Topics include:Planning and Financial Management. Tickets cost R25. And for more information contact Shafieka Khan on 021 402 4339

Cape Town Child Welfare is seeking people, preferably under the age of 45, to become adoptive parents or emergency parents. Any stay at home mothers, with slightly older children of their own, should consider this way of making invaluable, but temporary contribution in a baby’s life. For more information contact Anne Bruce or Mandy Frieslich on 021 790 2300.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is appealing to Capetonians to help alleviate pressure on the province’s blood supply by attending donation clinics. Any healthy person, especially those belonging to the O blood group, who would like to donate can go to the WPBTS Donor Centre at 22 Long Street, Cape Town or call WPBTS on 021 507 6300/6364.

Animal Rescue is appealing for donations of bric-a-brac, antiques, clothes, books, CD’s and saleable household items for their markets. All funds benefit township and informal settlement animals. Call Julia on (021) 396 5511 for details.

# Looking to lose a few kilos and getting fit the fun way? Well then move along to the Salt River Community hall and join Taebo classes which are held every Monday evening from 17:30 – 18:30. The cost of the classes is only R10. For more info call Nawaal on 021 447 8894.

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

City retains its high credit rating

By Anele Siwa
26 May 2008

The City of Cape Town has received a new credit rating from Moody’s, which assigns a national scale rating of Aa2.za with a stable outlook, to the City.

“This is the same rating that the city received last year,” says Mayoral Committee member for Finance, Councillor Ian Neilson .

According to Neilson this “Double A” rating shows that the City demonstrates a very strong creditworthiness and a low likelihood of credit loss relative to other domestic issuers.

Once again, Cape Town, alongside Ekurhuleni, demonstrates the highest credit rating of all local authorities in South Africa.

Neilson says the rating reflects the present institutional framework characterised by a large measure of discretionary revenue, demonstrating predictability and stability that avoid detrimental changes in municipal budgets.

“The rating is also underpinned by a diversified economy signifying sound growth. Benefiting the economy is the natural beauty of the region, a major tourist attraction that should continue to support economic growth and stimulate job creation,” he added.

According to Neilson the credit rating puts the City in a strong place ahead of its first bond issue of R1 billion, planned for floatation on the Bond Market of SA, in June this year.

Death toll climbs to 50 in Xenophobia violence

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 May 2008


Announced at the weekend, the death toll of people killed because of xenophobia violence has been reported to be at 50, this is according to police.

There were no major attacks reported over the weekends says police spokesperson Govindsamy Mariemuthoo. The SABC further reports that police have put deaths at 50, arrests at 500 and 17 000 have been displaced.

At the weekend in the Ramaphosa informal settlement some shacks were burnt but police controlled the situation. Police also broke up a fight between a number of local residents and foreigners living in the community, in Actonville.

The xenophobic attacks has spread to other provinces like Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The tensions stem from the violent attacks that began since May 12.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mass meeting to discuss xenophobic attacks

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 May 2008

Organisations, community leaders and Ngo’s in the Salt River, Woodstock and Mowbray areas will be having a mass meeting on Monday the 26 May 2008.

The meeting will focus on the recent spate of xenophobic attacks that has taken South Africa by storm. The meeting will be taking place at the Mowbray Town Hall at 1pm.

“The reason for the meeting is to mobilise our people in the area, those who are working in the area, students, business people, taxi drivers and so on, to come together and organise a response to prevent xenophobic attacks against our brothers and sisters from other countries.

“They sought refuge here in South Africa. We can’t allow this to happen. It’s against our beliefs, our values and of course against our constitution. And we must defend people who are under attack from xenophobic criminals,” says Martin Jansen from Workers World Media Production.

After the meeting there will be a march and Jansen says everyone is welcome to attend.

Meanwhile Cosatu calls on the army to be deployed in the Western Cape immediately to respond to these horrendous acts of Xenophobia that is sweeping across province.

“The police must oversee the operations of the army who should be deployed in support of the police. This crisis goes to the very soul of our society and will tear apart the social fabric of the society,” says Cosatu’s Patrick Cravin.

He goes onto say that looters who are waging a criminal war against our people and they must be advised that the strongest police action will be taken against them.

“The state must send out a clear signal that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated,” says Craven.

National and International day for Missing Children

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 May 2008


On Sunday is National and International day for missing children and the start of National Child Protection week, which is from the 26 May to 1 June.

Missing Children SA supports these events as they have been actively rescuing and reuniting children with their parents/caregivers.

They will begin Child Protection Week by handing out flyers portraying missing children.

Poloticians and well-known personalities will be at the event, with the likes of Ferdinand Rabe and Tammy-Ann Fotuin, they will be handing these flyers out to motorists on the crossing in Buitengracht of Hans Strydom Road and Western Boulevard, in Cape Town.

Everyone is welcome as the awareness of child protection week is important.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

‘Drivers’ assisted by CCID to find employment

By Ilhaam Hoosain
24 May 2008


The Walking Bus, a partnership between the Provincial Department of Transport and Pubic Works and local NGO’s, closed recently leaving many people jobless.

Dean Ramjoomia, a field worker for the Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Social Development department, immediately stepped in to assist in finding alternative employment for their ‘drivers.’

40 previously unemployed people were trained up to level C and D as security officers through the Walking Bus project. They would meet people at various points throughout the city and escort them safely to the Cape Town Station.

“This project met multiple objectives of providing employment and safety for commuters and produced well-trained, reliable men and women who we can recommend to potential employers,” says Dean Ramjoomia.

CCID has succeeded in securing alternative employment for ex-‘drivers’ in Central City hotels, local security companies and others have found employment at various companies.

City’s Disaster management centre upholds 24/7 vigilance as xenophobic violence spreads

By Ilhaam Hoosain
24 May 2008

Preparation by the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Management team paid off last night as xenophobic violence spread across the Peninsula.

“The Disaster Risk Management Centre developed a plan that delineates and defines the roles of various City departments in crisis situations such as the current violence,” said Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, spokesman for the Department.

“Although no forewarning information was received from state intelligence organisations, the evolving situation elsewhere in the country resulted in the City calling a meeting of all organisations and institutions involved on Wednesday, May 21.

“This enabled us to respond quickly when attacks on refugees started on Thursday and we will continue to monitor and evaluate the incidents and implement the necessary emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation processes.

“The SAPS has also set up a similar round the clock emergency centre and along with the Metro Police and the SANDF will adopt a zero tolerance response to those attacking refugees or depriving them of their possessions,” Solomons said.

Anyone who wishes to report incidents of xenophobic violence can do so by contacting 10111 or reporting such incidents at their local police stations. Any life-threatening emergencies can be reported to 107 or 021-480-7700.

Donations to the City’s Disaster Relief Fund can be made as follows:

Bank: ABSA
Name: City of Cape Town
Account number: 4056584569
Type of Account: Current Account
Branch code: 631609
Branch: Public Sector, Western Cape
Reference Number: 190100012


Members of the public who would like to contribute to disaster relief operations can contact any of the following NGOs that work closely with the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape: Social Development. Details are available on the City’s website at: www.capetown.gov.za/disaster and then clicking on Disaster Relief Partners.

The organisations certified by the City for this purpose are:
· HDI Support
· Mustadafin Foundation
· The Salvation Army (Western Cape Division)
· The South African Red Cross Society, Western Cape, South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF)

Cape Town refugees celebrate Africa Day

By Henry Booysen
24 May 2005


Capetonians are gearing up to celebrate Africa Day.

This will happen today and tomorrow between 9am and 5pm at the Company Gardens in Cape Town. Despite the xenophobic attack the event is being organised by the Alliance for Refugees in South Africa (Afrisa).

According to mayoral committee member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism Councillor Simon Grindrod the city is embracing every effort to promote a deeper respect for human rights and greater acceptance of cultural diversity.

“Thousands of highly skilled African professional leave their home countries each year to pursue better prospects in South Africa, many as refugees.” He said

George Pambason director of Afrisa said that Africa Day was launched in 2005 and has created a platform to unite African people.

Friday, May 23, 2008

60 primary schools in Western Cape receive awards

By Tina George
23 May 2008

On Thursday evening 60 primary schools across the Western Cape were acknowledged and awarded for meritorious achievement in Literacy and Numeracy by the Western Education Department.

In October and November 2007, the WCED assessed the literacy and numeracy skills of 71,874 Grade 6 learners from 1,034 schools in the province.

The WCED has decided to acknowledge these schools for the first time in 2008 by presenting awards for special achievement in either literacy or numeracy, or in both.

“We believe that we must acknowledge excellence across the system and not just in matric. Primary school lays the foundation for good matric results and therefore we thought it was appropriate that we highlight those schools with best practices of how they have been innovative in improving the numeracy and literacy skills in schools,” says WCED spokesperson, Gert Witbooi.

According to Witbooi, the department presented awards according to criteria based on excellent and progressively consistent performance in Grade 6 tests from 2003 to 2007.

“Education departments classify schools in five categories called quintiles, according to poverty rankings. The poorest schools are in quintile one and the least poor in quintile five.”

He added that the awards also recognised the achievement of schools operating in particular social and economic contexts, according to the quintile in which they were classified.

Cops receive praise for work in Bloom and Goldin case

By Henry Booysen
23 May 2008


Western Cape Provicial Commissioner Mzwndile Petros awarded two Camps Bay Police members with a Certificate of Commendation issued by the National Police Commissioner for the role they played in arresting and convicting the suspects in the murder cases of Brett Goldin and Richard Bloom.

“Together with the certificate, Detective Stephen, Inspector Fourie and Constable Samkelo Mapolisa received a substantial monetary reward as a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication towards SAPS and the communities which the serve,” says Police spokesperson Andre Traut.

Traut elaborated that a fourth member Constable Seanego who had to be awarded did not receive his award as he was transferred to the Eastern Cape. He will be rewarded in due course.

Pictures of Du noon xenophobic attacks

Foreign nationals take shelter at Killarney raceway.

One of the shops that have been vandalised and looted.
Du noon residents look on as foreign nationals vacate the area.

Police try to calm foreign nationals as they refuse aid given by the City of Cape Town.
Pics by Humphrey Brydon.

Xenophobic attacks strike city

By Anele Siwa
23 May 2008

The xenophobic attacks have started in Du noon, Milnerton last night, hundreds of foreign nationals were forced to run away from their homes as mobs from the informal settlements were attacking them and their shops.

Meanwhile foreign nationals in Nyanga have been packing their staff and leaving the township since Thursday and in the early hours today.

The City of Cape Town mounted a relief effort through the night and Executive Mayor Helen Zille has met with displaced foreign refugees, Disaster Risk and law enforcement agencies at Killarney where refugees from nearby Du Noon had gathered.

“ The Mayor also held an emergency meeting with the Director-General of Home Affairs to move the current pick-up site for asylum seekers on the Foreshore to a more secure area and to process backlogs,” says Mayoral spokesperson Robert Macdonald.

Zille says the City is currently focusing on providing humanitarian help and stabilising the situation here and in Masiphumelele.

“I urge residents to refrain from getting involved in this violence, and to cooperate with the police and SANDF members,” she explains.

The Mayor goes on to say this breakdown of order is bad for everyone, citizens and asylum seekers.

“I ask anyone who has evidence that xenophobic violence is being instigated in other parts of our city to alert the police or city emergency services as a matter of urgency. The public can play a valuable role in helping us to detect and contain this unrest in its early stages wherever it is sparked off,” says the Mayor.

According to Macdonald the Mayor was joined by the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Councillor Dumisani Ximbi.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

City opens new R7 million Clinic in Bothasig

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 May 2008

A new R7 million Bothasig Clinic on the corner of De Grendel and Swellengrebel Avenue has been opened by the City of Cape Town to extend health services to a wider community.

According to the Chairperson of the City’s Health Portfolio Committee James Vosf the De Grendel Subcouncil will focus on comprehensive nurse-based services, with doctor support.

"Focusing on mother and child health, these services include immunisation, growth monitoring, preventative services for children under five, curative services for children under 13, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, TB and HIV care, as well as nutritional services.

"There will be twice-weekly visits by doctors and a pharmacist. The City plans to appoint additional staff later this year to include a clinical nurse practitioner," Cllr Vos says.

"Rapid growth in the Bothasig area has rendered the former clinic inadequate, resulting in the need for the new facility. Apart from the additional services offered, the new clinic will also serve a wider area covering Edgemead.

"A unique characteristic of the new clinic in Bothasig is the colour coding system to guide patients to the specific treatment rooms and available services. The landscaping creates a pleasant and soothing environment for patients,” says Cllr Vos.

He goes onto say that health is not fully valued until sickness strikes. The opening of this new clinic is a dream come true for the community who actively participated in the design and construction process. So many people cannot afford expensive medical care and, in many cases, do not even have transport to other healthcare centres.

Cape Town Police to launch Child Protection Week

By Henry Booysen
22 May 2008

The Cape Town Police Cluster will launch the National Child Protection Week on Friday.

According to Police Spokesperson Captain Randall Stoffells the cluster covert the Cape Town Central Police Station, Sea Point, Camps Bay and Table Bay Harbour Police Station,

“The National Child Protection week kicks off on 26 May and lasts until 2nd June 2008. As part of the launch, a mass march is planned to start from the Sea Point Police Station at 9am, which will proceed to the V&A Waterfront,” says Stoffels.

He elaborated that police members, school children and metro police officials will all take part in the 3km march.

The police say that the main aim of the march is to create awareness to families across the Western Cape to protect their children

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

City's TB initiative earns praise

By Anele Siwa
21 May 2008

A City of Cape Town plan to assist City clinics in getting patients to stick to TB treatments has earned both praise and recognition at the annual Impumelelo Trust prize-giving ceremony.

“The Cape Town-based Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust gives R1 million each year to 20 poverty reduction projects that, in innovative ways enhance the quality of life of poor communities,” says Councillor Martin Fienies.

According to Fienies the awards are premised on the belief that, while the government has the main responsibility for the delivery of social services, it cannot and should not shoulder this burden alone.

Fienies says the best and most efficient service delivery will only be achieved through partnership between government, the business community and civil society.

“The winning projects must therefore improve service delivery by facilitating such partnerships. One hundred and thirty-three applications were received for 2007/8 and each project was individually evaluated by independent evaluators,” he explained.
According to Fienies the final adjudication for 2007/8 was held at the City of Cape Town Council Chambers over two days in February. The judges selected 34 projects for awards.

“Tuberculosis persists as a significant public health problem, with Cape Town carrying 55% of the overall burden in the Western Cape and it was fitting that a local, TB-related project won a platinum award because it met all the criteria summed up in the word, ‘impumelelo’ which – in isiXhosa - means achieving success by working together,” says Fienies.

According to Dr Ivan Bromfield, the City’s Acting Executive Director in Health Department the urgency of the situation demanded an innovative response.

“A partnership was formed with TB Care Association, an independent non-governmental organization specializing in community based TB care and workplace support programs and the Provincial Government of Western Cape, Metro District Health Services,” says Fienies.

Unemployed community members had been engaged, trained and appointed, as TB assistants and TB clerks.

“The project now employs 62 TB assistants and 41 TB clerks at 33 clinics in Cape Town,” he added.

Cape Town gets free drug and alcohol helpline

By Tina George
21 May 2008

Capetonians in and around the Western Cape now have immediate access to a free drug and alcohol helpline.

Launched today by the City of Cape Town this service may now be the answer to many drug and alcohol users’ problems.

Speaking at the launch, Executive Deputy Mayor Councillor Grant Haskin said that alcohol and drug abuse has reached crisis proportions in the Cape metropole with devastating effects on the lives of thousands of Capetonians.

“We are offering a free telephonic service that they can call and get advice and referral as to what to do next.”

The 24 hour help line is staffed by 8 professional call operators.

However, Sarah Fisher, Executive Director of the Substance Misuse Advocacy Research and Training says that the operators are not counsellors – their role to help contain the caller and then immediately refer them to the most appropriate resource.

Haskin added that the helpline will offer both help and hope to those affected.

“The next step from here will be to train the operators into counsellors so as to later launch a 24 hour drug and alcohol counselling service,” says Haskin.

The Alcohol and Drug toll free helpline is 0800 Help 4 U or 0800 4357 4 8.

Bail conditions of suspected gang leaders in Cape Town

By Ilhaam Hoosain
21 May 2008

In recent months, several alleged drug dealers and gang leaders, (Christopher Pattersen aka Ougat and Igshaan Davids aka Sanie) have been released out on bail from various courts across Cape Town.

As part of their strict bail conditions they are not allowed to enter the Kensington, Factreton or Maitland areas at any time.

Residents of these areas are hereby kindly requested to report the presence of these persons if they are seen in the area to Kensington Police.

Superintendent A. Enus can be contacted on (021) 594 7022 or the Communication Officer, Inspector Ntombi Nqunqeka on (021) 594 7041. Police says that the anonymity of the caller will be protected.

Planning of Women’s Cricket World Cup begins

By Ilhaam Hoosain
21 May 2008

The South African Women’s Cricket squad will begin preparations for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia with a training camp at the High Performance Centre from Friday, 23-25 May.

The 18 national players identified for this camp will have to impress selectors, who will announce a 14-member touring squad on Tuesday, 27 May.

The training camp will be followed by an international programme which will see the South African Women’s team tour England in August, where they will play five ODI’s and three Pro20 matches. Before they play against the England team, South Africa will play an ODI against Ireland Women on 31 July and the one-day tour match against England Academy on 04 August.

“It’s ideal preparation for us to play against one of the top four countries in the world to give us the necessary competition. The tour will also help to improve our skills and ability to compete at a higher level,” says Kerri Laing, the President of Women’s Cricket Committee.

She goes onto say that with the World Cup in mind, so much work still needs to be done and this tour will give us a hint of how far we still need to travel in achieving the required level of readiness.

“Another incentive will be for us to play one of the matches at the home of cricket, Lord’s,” says Laing.

The SA Women’s Cricket training squad:
Cri-Zelda Brits – Captain (North West), Claire Terblanche - Vice-captain (Boland), Olivia Anderson (Western Province), Susan Benade (Free State), Trisha Chetty (KwaZulu-Natal), Dinesha Devnarain (KwaZulu-Natal), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Shandre Fritz (Western Province), Shibman Ismail (Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ashlyn Kilowan (Western Province), Alexis le Breton (Western Province), Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns), Sunette Loubscher (Boland), Analie Minny (Free State), Alicia Smith (Boland), Magdaleen Terblanche (Gauteng) and Charlize van der Westhuizen (Northerns)

The tour itinerary:
31 July - South Africa vs Ireland – Wellington College (ODI)
04 August – England Academy vs South Africa – Reading CC (Twenty20)
06 August – England vs South Africa – Kent CCC (Canterbury)
08 August – England vs South Africa – Lord’s
11 August – England vs South Africa – TBC
14 August – England vs South Africa – TBC
18 August – England vs South Africa – Chesterfield CC
20 August – England vs South Africa – Chesterfield CC (Twenty20)
22 August – England vs South Africa – Northamptonshire CCC
23 August – England vs South Africa – Northamptonshire CCC

City to upgrade the Mitchell’s Plain CBD

By Henry Booysen
21 May 2008

The City of Cape Town will upgrade the Mitchell’s Plain Central Business District by R131 million and this will include 1107 trading bays.

According to Mayoral Committee for Economic, Social Development and Tourism Simon Grindrod the proposed new 13 informal markets will cover 4 428 square metres.

“This is a significant achievement in our efforts to create employment opportunities for the community including direct and indirect jobs and skills creation,” says Grindrod.

The development of Mitchell’s Plain CBD includes:

-integration of different spacious areas in the CBD
-provision of taxi rank facilities and a new bus terminus
-provision of informal trading market facilities and informal trade infrastructure
-public space improvement and
-installation of CCTV cameras and more.

Grindrod elaborated that the areas that would benefit from the upgrade would be Philippi, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Transport infrastructure well on it’s way

By Tina George
20 May 2008

Today the Transport Department has assured that the infrastructure put up would indeed meet the requirements of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Addressing the media at parliament today in the budget vote speech, Minster of Transport, Jeff Radebe said that the department is working closely with the Local Organising Committee to ensure that the event leaves behind a useful legacy in knowing that such infrastructure will continue to be invaluable in the transport needs of the people.

“The increased transport capacity for the FIFA World Cup will help resolve the limited transport capacity that is characterised amongst others by traffic congestions particularly during peak hour traffic.”

He added that the investment put into the Transport system has increased to R13.6 billion over the medium term expenditure framework through the Public Transport Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The overall investment framework in transport infrastructure in addition to the PTIF;
· Road Infrastructure of R70 billion
· Access Roads of R3 billion
· Airports development of R19,5 billion
· Air Traffic Navigation R400 million
· Passenger Rail of R18 billion
· Taxi recapitalisation programme R7,7 billion
· Gautrain of R25 billion

In terms of the aviation sector, the department says its aims are to drive the capacity where revenue is expected to grow from R3 billion in 2007/8 to over R4,3 billion by 2010/11.

“This growth averages an increase of 12.1% per annum. ACSA in turn continues with its concerted infrastructure expenditure through developments at the various airports at a cost of over R20 billion to provide for the expansion of airport infrastructure,” says Radebe.

According to the Department, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation has been able to upgrade over 790 coaches which have since been deployed back into service.

“The SARCC has allocated an additional R300 million over the next 3 years to cover the basic improvement of facilities such as ablution, lighting and subways in over 130 stations this year, with over 75 stations either under construction or have been completed.”

Meanwhile he added that road safety remains a critical issue on our roads as more road casualities rob families of their members in the most violent ways.

“Despite this our Arrive Alive campaigns have yielded positive results with the reduction in car fatalities over the past festive season and Easter weekend,” says Radebe.

He concluded by saying that regardless of the challenges we face on matters of transport, the initiatives the department has taken will enable the country to have a better system in the long run.

Metro Police and SAPS on high alert of xenophobic attacks

By Henry Booysen
20 May 2008

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police say they will be on high alert with conjunction with the South African Police Service for any outbreaks of xenophobic violence.

According to Councillor Dumisani Ximbi the spread of xenophobic attacks from Alexandra through Gauteng has put the City on guard to make sure similar incidents do not occur in Cape Town.

“The Metro Police and the SAPS are identifying possible flash points and placing units on standby so that we can respond pre-emptively before any large mobilisation can take place,” says Ximbi.

They are appealing to communities and community leader to not promote violence and intolerance and should report any incidents of xenophobia against refugees and foreign nationals immediately.

Armed robbery in Bellville

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 May 2008



On Monday morning at approximately 09:15 an Armed Robbery occurred on the N1 highway between Durban- and Carl Brummer Road, Bellville.

It is alleged that a white VW Golf, that was travelling behind another white VW Golf that belongs to a credit card company, flashed it’s lights to the vehicle in-front. Both vehicles stopped at the side of the road behind each other.

The two male occupants in the vehicle behind approached the victims on foot after which one of the suspects took out a firearm. The suspects took vehicle keys and two cell phones at gunpoint from the survivors; this is according to inspector Bernadine Steyn.

The suspects then went to the boot and took a bag containing an undisclosed amount of foreign money and fled the scene.

No shots were fired during the incident and nobody sustained any injuries.

The suspects are still at large and the police have opened a case of Armed Robbery for investigation.

Fisherman suffered heart attack

By Anele Siwa
20 May 2008

A 53 – year - old male from Kraaifontein in Cape town had been reportedly suffering a heart attack aboard the 40 metre Premier Fishing boat Ebhayi, 50 nautical miles off-shore of Plettenberg Bay.

“The ship was ordered to sail towards closest land while the patients condition was evaluated by local doctor dr. van Vuuren and Metro Rescue duty doctor dr. de Vries via radio telephone with the assistance of Maritime Radio Services,” says Craig Lambinon NSRI spokesperson.

According to Lambinon on arrival on-scene, the NSRI rescue swimmers and the doctor were winch hoisted aboard the vessel to stabilize the patient.

He was then transported by a Baycare ambulance to Plettenberg Bay Medi-Clinic where he is reported to be in a stable and satisfactory condition in the care of the hospital staff.

Monday, May 19, 2008

CPUT murder suspect arrested

By Tina George
19 May 2008


A 27 year old man was arrested in the Strand by Bellville South Police for the alleged murder of a 21 year-old female Cape Peninsula University student yesterday afternoon.


This comes after Olga Hendrick who is originally from Indwe in the Eastern Cape was found by her friends in her room at the University.


According to Police spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn, it is alleged that the deceased was strangled during an argument with a man at about 23:15.


The suspect, who is also from Indwe, will appear in the Bellville Magistrate's court on Tuesday May 20.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION NETWORK!!!
By Henry Booysen
19 May 2008
# Open mike session will be held every Wednesday at Fogeys Restaurant from 8pm. They are inviting all musicians to book a 40 minute slot to perform their music. His is at Fogeys Railways House Upstairs Station Building for more information call 021 788 3252

#The Woodside Special Care Centre for the severely intellectually and physically disabled children will be having a dinner.
This dinner will be in the form of a fundraiser and guests will entertained by the Cape Malay Choir. For more information contact Cheryl Beaton on 021 696 2811

#If you are interested in saving the environment please participate in wasteweek. There will be different exhibition relating to wasteweek at Paarl mall, Mbekweni Shopping Centre and Wellington. For more information contact the Drakenstein municipality on 082 619 6196

#Due to public housing being a problem in South Africa with may people not having a roof over their heads their will be an exhibition focussing on the forced removals of the Delft townships. For more information contact Garth von Glehn on 083 371 1342

If you have any information for the CIN team regarding events happening in you community, please feel free to contact us on 021 4485450 or fax us on 021 448 5451. Alternatively you can email us on news@bushradio.co.za.

Zondeki accepts national contract from CSA

By Ilhaam Hoosain
19 May 2008

Fast bowler Monde Zondeki has accepted a national contract from Cricket South Africa for the 2008-2009 year.

The contract was originally offered to his Cape Cobras colleague, Charl Langeveldt, but he has declined it to pursue a career with Derbyshire in the England county championship.

“We are sorry to lose a player of Charl’s calibre who has given excellent service to South Africa over a long period of time.

“He is currently playing the best cricket of his career and we all have fond memories of his five-wicket haul on Test match debut against England and his hat trick against the West Indies in 2005 that not only won an ODI but a series,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola.

He goes onto say that it was one of the memorable moments in South African cricket history.

“At the same time we are delighted that Monde has accepted the vacant contract. He fully deserves it after an outstanding season for the Nashua Cape Cobras that earned him a national call-up for the Proteas recent Test tour of India,” says Majola.

Zondeki is currently playing for Warwickshire in the England county championship as an overseas professional.

The full list of contracted players for the 2008-09 year is:
Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Monde Zondeki.

Scores of people left stranded as strike contnues

By Anele Siwa
19 May 2008

Early on Monday morning members of South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) working for Goldern Arrow Bus Service embarked in a strike which resulted in buses not been able to move, especial from Arrowgate depot.

“SATAWU’s main reason for this is that they are objecting the company’s right to discipline its members who took part in an illegal strike more than a week ago in Eastgate depot,” says Vuyile Mdoda Golden Arrow spokesperson.

Scores of people from areas like Phillippi, Gugulethu, Crossroads and Lower Crossroads flocked in Nyanga taxi rank to seek alternative ways to get to work.

Commuters described SATAWU’s move as unfair as there was no warning of a strike.

“We are trying to resolve the matter as we understand the inconvenience it is causing to our passengers,” says Mdoda

All attempts to get comments from SATAWU have failed.

24-hour security operations centre on Signal Hill launched

By Tina George
19 May 2008


For the first time in many years, the public will be allowed to enjoy late night views from Signal Hill following today’s opening of a new 24-hour security centre.

Situated in the parking area of the famous viewing site, the centre incorporates upgraded CCTV cameras, panic buttons, motion detectors and better lights, all supplied by Chubb and more foot patrols.

For the past four years, locals and tourists have been denied access after 21:00, when the City’s lights are at their best, however public access to the viewing site will now be extended until 1am.

According to the City of Cape Town, Fidelity Security Services supplied the security personnel. They received tourism and PR training before deployment to the site.

Speaking at the official opening of the Centre, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism, Cllr Simon Grindrod, said security at our prime tourist sites required such proactive public/private sector partnerships.

The security companies responded to Grindrod’s call last month for assistance in protecting those using the site and donated their services free of charge.

"I call upon Capetonians from across the City to visit these attractions in great numbers to reclaim them from the criminal element. Let us show that Signal Hill belongs to all of us and that we will not deny access simply because of the criminal actions of a few. Capetonians and all South Africans must visit our wonderful, free attractions and show that we are not afraid,” says Grindrod.

He added that South Africa is at the cusp of its biggest tourism draw card in its history – the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“It sends the wrong signal when we pack up and leave a popular tourist area because of the threat of crime. We must stand up and find similar solutions for other areas like the one we have established for Signal Hill,” says Grindrod.

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