Friday, July 31, 2009

Residents accuses Councillor of negligence

By Nomava Nobumba
30 July 2009

Residents of KTC area in Nyanga accuse their Ward Councillor of ignoring their needs.

Ward Councillor of ward 39 Gladstone Ntamo of the ANC is accused of refusing to attend on community needs and uses vulgar language against the residents.

“The Councillor applied for the housing subsidy on our behalf without our knowledge and now he is building tiny houses that we cannot live in and when we confronted him he insulted us,” said community leader Nolubelo Masimini.

Masimini went on saying the rain is heavy and the people are panicking. We called disaster management last time but the Councillor turned them away and told them there are no floods here.

Councillor Ntamo said it was not him who appointed the contactor.

“It was appointed by the government, maybe provincial or the City of Cape Town,” doubted Councillor Ntamo.

He said he does not want to comment much on the matter, because the residents do not know what they want.

Today about 400 angry residents went to the mayor’s office, to hand over their memorandum.

21 year old dead after car slams into lamp post

By Kim Saulse
31 July 2009

A 21 year old woman has died after the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed it into a lamp post at the corners of Summerley and Main Road in Kenilworth, early this morning.

“At four-o-clock this morning, we received the message that a car had lost control and hit a lamp post, overturned, and left the driver dead,” said Merle Lourens from Cape Town Traffic Services.

The 21 year old was killed on impact and the passenger sustained serious injuries.

Amaphela taxi drivers arrested in Nyanga

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 July 2009

City Traffic Officers conducted an early morning operation in Nyanga today on “Amaphela” and arrested 11 illegal operators.

“Amaphela” – means cockroaches in Xhosa are family cars that operate exclusively in the townships, because their drivers are not willing to take the risk of using them on the open road because of several automatic defects which render them unroadworthy and which would result in them being impounded.

From 06:00 to 09:30, 173 motorists were charged for not having a valid driving licence, 15 for not wearing their safety belts, 101 for operating unlicensed vehicles on a public road and a further 83 fines were issued for other vehicle defects.

“It is concerning to find so many illegal operators, unlicensed drivers and vehicles with major defects like faulty brakes and smooth tyres transporting commuters. Driving an unsafe car poses a danger not only to the passenger, but to other road users as well,” said Cape Town Traffic Services Chief Inspector Merle Lourens.

In the past two days, the Technical Services Section of Traffic Services has also concentrated on the bus and minibus taxi (BMT) lane and issued 148 fines for driving illegally in the BMT lane, 95 for passenger overloads, eight for travelling illegally on the shoulder of the road, two for following too closely and nine for crossing/ driving over the painted island. A total of 241 other traffic offences were also recorded.

Twenty three hospitalised after taxi’s collide

By Kim Saulse
31 July 2009

Twenty three people were taken to hospital after two taxis collided on the N2, just before the Jan Smuts Road turn-off in the direction of Cape Town this morning.

Paramedics worked in the pouring rain rescuing and treating patients from the taxis.

“ Of the patients' injuries varied from moderate to minor and were taken by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances to various hospitals for further treatment.

“While emergency services worked on scene, another collision occurred between two cars on the other side of the N2, luckily no-one was injured in the second collision,” said ER24 spokesperson, Tristan Wadeley.

The bus/taxi lane towards Cape Town was closed while emergency services worked on the scene.

Police request public assistance in search for theft suspects

By Kim Saulse
31 July 2009

Sea Point Police is requesting the assistance of the public in tracing two suspects facing charges of house break and theft charges.

Lunga Bala, also known as “Rasta” is wanted for house break and the theft of items, at a Green Point home, to the value of R150 000.

The second suspect, James Abrahams, also known as “Bernie” faces the same charges, where items worth R800 000, at a home in Alice Court, Main Road, were stolen.

“These men usually hang out around in Cape Town CBD, we urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact the Investigation Officer, Inspector Marne’ Terblanche or Constable Christopher Botha,” said SAPS spokesperson Inspector Bheki Xulu.

They can be contacted on 079 894 1317 or the Sea Point Police station at 021 430 3700.

R120 000 worth of cigaretts stolen in Nyanga

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 July 2009

A truck delivering boxes of cigarettes was robbed in Mpetha Square in Nyanga.

It has been reported that two men approached the employees with guns and demanded the boxes.

“More suspects approached the employees after which a total of eighteen boxes of cigarettes to the value of R120 000-00 were robbed”.

“The group fled to a nearby parked white Ford Bantam bakkie. They are still at large” said Nyanga police spokesperson Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

Shortly after the incident SAPS members followed information up that the stolen goods were loaded off at a house in Crossroads.

Thirteen of the eighteen boxes of cigarettes were recovered inside a house in Crossroads.

The vehicle that was used during the incident was found abandoned nearby.

It was confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen in Strandfontein.

An investigation for armed robbery has been opened and anyone with information can contact the Nyanga Police station on 021 380 3300

Long hours and lengthy days of negotiations are now over

By Nomava Nobumba
31 July 2009

The South African Municipal Worker’s Union and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union strike finally ended yesterday.

This is after the South African Local Government Association has reached a wage agreement with workers unions Samwu and Imatu.

The agreement will bring an end to days of destructive protest action, which have seen cities across the country trashed by angry workers.

Salga revised its wage offer last night to what amounted to a 13 percent across the board wage increase.

On the fourth day of the municipal workers strike

By Khanyisa Tabata
31July 2009

On the fourth day of the municipal workers’ strike of the City’s total workforce were reported absent without authorisation. This is a significant decrease on the numbers of yesterday.

In the City’s Health Directorate staff were absent without authorisation. Staff at Zakhele, Nyanga, Vuyani, Masincedane, Gugulethu, Cross Roads, Hout Bay, Masiphumele and Ocean View were redeployed to other clinics, as these clinics were closed.

In the Transport, Roads & Stormwater Directorate 598 (38%) staff were absent without permission.

While the City respects the right of employees to strike, it expects the right of staff who choose to work to be respected by striking workers.

In terms of the current offer being discussed at the South African Local Government Bargaining Council, the City considers that in the current adverse economic climate the proposal of 11.5% is both reasonable and fair.

The added financial impact of the latest proposal adjustment will inhibit the City’s ability to fund critical and essential vacancies which in turn will impact on service delivery. Every additional 1% adjustment in the wage increase equates to an increase of approximately R50 million on the City’s payroll.

Refuse collection has been affected in certain parts of the city by the strike, particularly due to intimidation from striking workers. Residents are however asked to leave their wheelie bins out on their normal collection days.

If the bin has not been emptied on the normal collection day residents are requested to leave the bin out for the rest of the week, as the Solid Waste Department will be catching up later in the week. The City apologises to residents for the disruption and is putting in additional crews to deal with the backlog.

The City’s contingency plans will remain in place for as long as the strike continues to ensure minimal disruption of services. The City apologises to residents for any disruptions caused.

One dead ,73 injured in bus accident on the N2

By Nomava Nobumba
31 July 2009

About 73 people were left injured and one dead when the bus overturned near Graubow yesterday.

“Two people who were sustaining serious injuries and eleven who sustained moderate injuries were taken by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances to various surrounding hospitals,” said ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely.

The remaining fifty nine who sustained minor injuries were taken by other buses from the scene.

Wadely confirmed that Rescue crews from the Fire Department and Metro Rescue assisted with the treatment of the patients.

Police were also in attendance and are investigating the collision.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cabinet slammed violent strike

BY Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009

Cabinet has slammed the violent protests and strikes that have swept South Africa in the recent weeks, saying that law enforcement agencies will act against those who act outside the law.

Cabinet condemns the violence, destruction to property, vandalism that have accompanied the protests and the intimidation of innocent citizens.

It has been reported that Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency Collins Chabane said while the government the right to protest and to withdraw labour in times of disputes, government believes that these demonstrations and protests must be peaceful and be in a frame work of law.

It has been reported that Chabane said law enforcement agencies will act against those who act outside the law and the Constitution of the country.

This comes after another violent service delivery protest at the Thokoza informal settlement in Johannesburg’s East Rand on Tuesday.

Angry protesters took to the streets demanding decent houses from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

It turned violent when the disgruntled residents barricaded the streets with burning tyres and stones. These measures include the establishment of a task team to visit.

The strikes come in a time when the country struggles through its first recession, making it difficult for government to meet their demands.

SACTWU strike imminent

By Kim Saulse
30 July 2009

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union has declared a national wage dispute against clothing industry employers.

If the dispute is not resolved, 60 thousand clothing workers across the country could embark on strike action.

Speaking at a press conference, General Secretary of SACTWU, Andre Kriel, said workers and the union will not accept a wage increase offer lower than the inflation rate.

He added that the workers have compromised their modest wage proposals and grievances for the past five years to sustain what he calls a “ vulnerable industry”.

The union has proposed a 7% increase while the employers are offering a 5% raise.

Two suspects arrested for house breaking in Hout Bay

By Nomava Nobumba
30 July 2009

Two suspects have been arrested for being in possession of alleged stolen property and house breaking in Hout Bay this morning.

This is after police were alerted by security guards.

The first suspect was arrested in the nearby bushes where he was hiding, while the second was arrested in a packed vehicle.

“Police found various items in their possession that were stolen from a shop at the Mainstream shopping centre in Hout Bay,” said Inspector Tanya Lesch.

Inspector Lesch added that four laptops, DVD’s and two cellular phones were found at the value estimated at approximately at R100 000.00.

The suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday on charges of alleged stolen property and house breaking.

Taxi accident in Bellville leaves 12 people injured

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009

A collision between a taxi and a car in Modderdam road in Bellville South has left 12 people injured.

The patients were taken by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances to Tygerberg Hospital and Elsie’s Day Hospital for further treatment.

“When paramedics arrived on the scene of the accident, they found a Toyota Hi Ace taxi lying on its side in the road and a Nissan Almera that had gone up on the pavement”.

“It is unclear in which direction the vehicles were travelling or how the collision occurred” said ER24 spokesperson Triston Wadley.

Some of the injured people were assisted by Metro Rescue ans Fire Department crew.

SAPS member arrested for rape

By Kim Saulse
30 July 2009

A constable stationed at the Harare police station has been arrested for the rape of his eleven year old half sister.

The 25 year old suspect was arrested at his home in Sir Lowry’s Pass late last night.

“ It is believed that the member raped the 11 year old girl, his half sister, over a period of eight years since she was three years old. The allegations came to light after the victim informed her teacher about the incidents,” said Constable Suzan Jantjies from the Somerset West Police station.

The suspect will appear in the Somerset West Magistrates’ Court today.

He faces a charge of rape.

Tygerberg Hospital to boost security

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009

Tygerberg Hospital has decided to boost the security in and around the hospital. The security beef up comes after a two week old baby boy was stolen from the hospital.

The boy was snatched from the hospital ward J2 lying in his crib, while the mother of the boy lay in a coma in the same hospital.

“The current security at Tygerberg is adequate which consists of CCTV cameras electric access control doors,” said Tygerberg Hospital spokesperson.

“The hospital will also look into employing more security guards and visitors will be screened for visiting, nurses will make rounds during visiting hours.

“None visiting hours are strictly controlled, security will cover all the exist from hospital to make the hospital and everyone inside the hospital safe,” said spokesperson for health in the Western Cape Mark van der Heever. .

Controversy on Cele’s appointment

By Nomava Nobumba
30 July 2009

The appointment of KwaZulu Natal MEC for Transport and Community Safety Bheki Cele as new police commissioner has been met with mix reservations by political parties.

Cele was named the chief of police by President Zuma yesterday.

“The Congress of the people is very concerned about the appointment”, said Cope’s spokesperson Phillip Dexter.

They supported their statement by saying Cele does not qualify for the post.

Dexter went on saying Cele is a politician and his appointment is political one.

“We are hoping he will do his job very well, although we are receiving his appointment with reservations,” said party leader Rev.Kenneth Meshoe.

“We welcomed Cele’s appointment very well, because it will save a lot tax payers money and Cele must not allow any political interference in his work, because he will go the same way as axed Jackie Selebi ,” said Independent Democrats leader Patricia De Lille.

City gets a breath of fresh air

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009

The implementation of the city’s clean air programme has resulted in a great reduction in exhaust pollution.

The programme was introduced in 2000, where the exhaust emissions of diesel-engined vehicles were tested.

“Since 2000 the failure rate for diesel vehicles decreased from 17% (222 out of a total of 1284 vehicles) to, 0.66% (38 out of a total of 5744 vehicles) in 2008.

“During the recent campaign from 15-19 June when diesel vehicle testing was offered without fear of prosecution, 68 vehicles were tested. Only one vehicle failed the test,” said Councillor James Vos, Chairperson of the City’s Health Portfolio Committee.

CCMA imposes rules on striking workers

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 July 2009

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has introduced protesting rules on striking municipal workers.

CCMA director Nerine Kahn, told the media rules about exactly how many metres away from municipal offices protests could take place would be enforced.

Conduct must be peaceful, arranged and non-disruptive. Strikers are not allowed to interfere with members of the public, contractors or employees who choose to work.

The rules also stipulate that any violence or unacceptable actions will be considered disciplinary offences and could lead to dismissal.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sentinel Mountain dilemma continues

By Nomava Nobumba
29 July 2009

About 200 Residents of Hangberg in Hout Bay continued their protest yesterday, after they heard that the Sentinel Mountain would now be sold in private.

They marched to a local park where they were addressed by community leaders, head of various organisations and fellow residents.

The residents also gave the national government seven days to respond to a memorandum of demands.

The memorandum includes their objections to the sale of the mountain, or any part of it.

Two week ago the community protested against the auction of the mountain and the auction was postponed.

South Africa to host communications conference

By Ofentse Mokae
29 July 2009

South Africa will host a Conference of African Union (AU) Communications Ministers whose primary task would be to prepare for the next African Union Heads of State Summit in January 2010.

The Conference, which will be held in November 2009, will focus on Information and Communications Technology policy environment, infrastructure development, Internet and cyber-security, capacity building, promoting local content and heritage, in Africa.

Deputy Minister for Communications Ms Dina Pule says the conference is meant to further finalise the issues of ICT before the AU Heads of States Summit and it that it concentrate on ICTs.

“We are working hard to ensure that this conference creates a clear platform for the summit for ICT issues, and our intention is to make sure the summit concentrate these issues.

She says the issues they are dealing with are investment in ICT infrastructure and building sustainable communication and economic development in throughout Africa.

“There is a close correlation between broadband connectivity and economic development,” she said.

She concluded that Investment in ICT infrastructure to make the Internet and other Information Communication Technologies accessible and affordable is not a luxury but a prerequisite to accelerate economic, social, cultural, and other aspects of development.

Police warns the protesters

By Nomava Nobumba
29 July 2009

Police are out in full force and have warned the protesters that violence or trashing of streets would not be tolerated.

Ealier this week, the streets were trashed and non-striking employees and members of the public were intimidated.

However, today’s marches were reported as more disciplined and controllable.

In Cape Town members of Samwu and Imatu gathered near the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and from there they marched to the City centre, where they met with other members.

At noon they marched to the Civic centre singing the song, ‘SALGA will never again’ waiting for the city manager to address them.

Unions are demanding a 15 percent wage increase and employers are only offering 11.5 percent from July 01 and 1.5 percent from January 2010.

The two parties will get back to negotiations tomorrow, till then the strike continues.

City centre brought to a standstill

By Kim Saulse
29 July 2009

The third day into the municipal workers strike has brought the city centre to a standstill.

About 150 members of SAMWU and IMATU are marching through the city in protest of an ongoing wage dispute.

The workers will make their way to the Civic Centre, where they will be joined by other striking members and addressed by CCMA co-ordinator Michael Khumalo.
Image by Shiraz Ismael

City traffic official arrested for bribery

By Ofentse Mokae
29 July 2009

The City of Cape Town’s traffic officer was arrested yesterday after accepting a R5000 bribe from a drunken driver.

The official, a 42 year-old male, was arrested during a sting operation by members of the police and the Organised Crime Unit.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andre Traut, says the officer was caught when he took a bribe from a drunken motorist.

“The officer took a bribe from the motorist we caught and he took the money from the man and released the man from his arrest,” said Traut.

Traut says the man will appear tomorrow in the court in Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Search for 2 week old baby continues

By Kim Saulse
29 July 2009

Police are requesting the assistance of the public in the search for the two week old baby, who was abducted from the Tygerberg Hospital on Friday.

The baby boy is known only as BZ Ncumane. No photograph of the baby is available.

Baby Ncumane was taken from the J2 Ward at the hospital during a visiting hour.

A nurse at the hospital says the baby was wearing a blue crawler. He is now 17 days old.

His mother is still in a coma in the same hospital.

Police say it is a possibility that the baby was taken to the Eastern Cape.

Anyone with information on the abduction is urged to contact the Investigating Officer, Inspector August at the Elsies River Police Station on 082 552 1095 or (021) 592 7092.

Mzoli receives death threat

By Nomava Nobumba
29 July 2009

Exactly a month after the death of his son, popular Gugulethu butchery owner, Mzoli Ngcawuzele has received a death threat.

The bizarre threat was delivered to the entrance of his butchery.

He was contacted by the police while he was at home, when they informed Ngcawuzele of the threat.

On arrival Mzoli saw what he calls a ‘funny thing’ where there was a headless chicken with a note next to it.

“The note reads, I am going to follow my other children because I am next to die,” said Ngcawuzele.

Mzoli added that a forensic team also came and it is now up to the police to follow up on all the information provided by the forensic team.

This is the forth calamity to hit the Ngcawuzele family in four years.

The only daughter and only surviving child of Mzoli, Sisanda was kidnapped in December 2006.

On January 2007 his son Unati drowned in Strandfointein beach.

Recently, 04 July 2009, Mzoli buried his heir Mandisi, who died in a car accident.

Suspects arrested for hijacking in Woodstock

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 July 2009

A 22 year old suspect was arrested in Mowbray for hijacking a vehicle. The arrest follow after police on a routine patrols noticed a white Nissa Micra in station road in Mowbray.

“We tested the registration number of the vehicle which confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen during a Hijacking in Observatory on Sunday morning”.

“During a pursue the vehicle was stopped near the Mowbray railway station, and the police arrested one suspect” said Woodstock police station captain Hilton Malila.

It is believed that the two suspects threatened the owner of the car with a knife and pulled her out of the vehicle during the hijack in Observatory. Then they drove off with the vehicle leaving her unharmed.

Police investigations led to the arrested of the second suspect, a 26 year old male.

The two suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court today on charges of armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Unemployment in South Africa increases

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 July 2009

South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased in the second quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of this year, says Statistics South Africa.

StatsSA’s Quarterly Labour Force study showed that the number of people in the labour force decreased by 325 000 from 17.8 million in the first quarter of 2009 to 17.5 million in the second quarter from April to June.

It has been reported that, the number of jobs fell by 267 000 between the two quarters.

This did not translate to an increase in the number of unemployed people but rather pointed to the number of people who are not economically active, which was at 419 000.

It is has been reported that SA Deputy Director General for Population and Social Statistics Kefiloe Masiteng said that the economy is not creating jobs.

People are losing jobs in big numbers. The economy is not growing. It has also been reported that she added that the community and social services are not badly affected.

On a quarter to quarter basis the number of people employed in both the formal and informal sector decreased while the absorption rate of people into the labour market in quarter two also declined.

Stats SA noted that discouraged job seekers who are described as those who have given up on finding work and not having jobs in the area they live in accounted for 302 000.

Statistician General, Pali Lehohla, said times were hard and people had given up looking for work.

MEC calls on unions not to disrupt essential services

By Ofentse Mokae
28 July 2009

Western Cape MEC for Health Theuns Botha has called on SAMWU to be more sensitive to essential services especially medical services when protesting, as they have a very significant impact on peoples’ lives and well-being.

This is after striking municipal workers entered the building at the Khayelitsha Community Health Centre in Site B and drove people out with sjamboks.

“I can only call on SAMWU to be more sensitive to facilities where essential services are provided especially medical services,” said Botha.

He said the center and other health care centers were closed today due to violent strike protests.

“We had to close down the center and we will keep it closed until I feel it is safe to reopen it again,” he concluded.

The SAPS were called, but in order not to run any risks with regard to staff and patients’ safety, it was decided to close the facility for the day.

He said the police will guard the facility tomorrow as well, and be on standby in case of any unforeseen misbehaviour.

Paramedic students save fellow student

By Kim Saulse
28 July 2009

Paramedic students from a university in the Western Cape saved a fellow student after he went into cardiac arrest while exercising on the campus this morning.

“It is alleged that the nineteen year old engineering student was running on the track at the campus when he went into cardiac arrest. Two paramedic students who had witnessed the events ran over and assessed the patient.

“The patient was not breathing and did not have the a pulse when the paramedic students got to him, they initiated CPR and phoned ER24,” said Tristan Wadeley, ER24 Medi-Clinic spokesperson.

Upon arrival, the ER24 crew carried out advanced life support resuscitation with the assistance of the paramedic students.

“After around fifteen minutes of advanced life support resuscitation, the paramedics got a pulse back on the patient and he started to breathe spontaneously, “said Wadeley.

The student was then rushed to Louis Leipoldt Medi-Clinic where he was stabilized and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Doctors are now carrying out tests to determine what caused the cardiac arrest.

Minister condemns violence in strike action

By Nomava Nobumba
28 July 2009

Labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana has condemned acts of violence characterised in the recent nation wide strike by municipal workers.

The supposedly peaceful wage increment demonstrations deteriorated into chaos as scores of marchers were seen causing havoc.

Looting, harassing street vendors and spilling refuse on the streets in most of the country’s major cities took shape yesterday.

The ministerial spokesperson Mzobanzi Jikazana says the minister asks what does violence and damage to property got to do with strike.

“The minister calls on all those involved in these unlawful actions to immediately observe discipline as they are demonising the real concerns of the majority of the workers. Violence can only harden attitudes,” said Jikazana.

He says the minister said the violent behaviour of a few people was not only tarnishing whatever genuine grievances that they had, but was also undermining the very good cause of their right to strike.

The strike is expected to continue today while the municipal workers are still considering a new offer made by the South African Local Government Association.

Victims of horror N2 crash identified

By Kim Saulse
28 July 2009

The horrific accident on the N2 , that left fourteen people dead on Sunday near Plettenberg Bay, have been identified.

However, police say their identities will not yet be made public until their families have been contacted.

“Some of the deceased have been identified but we want to reveal all the names at the same time. The driver of the Volkswagen and the occupants were from Port Elizabeth and were on their way to Cape Town where they worked,” said Captain Malcolm Pojie.

The other victims were from Franschoek.

Fraud suspect appears in court

By Ofentse Mokae
28 July 2009

A man believed to be from Parklands in Table View, appeared in the Cape Town magistrate court for possession of fake Ids and bank papers.

The suspect, Nkosinathi Martin, was arrested on Thursday after police searched his house.

It is reported that police recovered fake ID books and false bank papers at his home during the raid.

The man also has six fraud related cases against him from the Wynberg Magistrate Court.

Martin will be able to apply for bail on August 5, but for now he remains in police custody.

Community assist traffic officers for arresting suspects

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 July 2009

What would have been a quiet Friday morning traffic patrol resulted in a high speed chase of two occupants of a BMW who had just robbed a member of the public at gunpoint.

The BMW then hit a pedestrian who later died of her injuries and intentionally tried to run down Traffic Officer May when he attempted to stop them.

“The vehicle was spotted at Khayelitsha Mall and a chase ensued. With the officers in hot pursuit, the BMW collided with the traffic vehicle in an attempt to run it off the road”.

“The suspects then fled on foot with the traffic officers hot on their heels said Inspector Merle Lourens spokesperson for the Cape Town Traffic Services.

A member of the public who tried to assist was threatened by one of the suspects with a firearm. He hastily retreated and then used his car to run the man down.

The community in the area assisted the officers in arresting the other suspect who managed to get as far as the town centre.

“The suspects were handed over to the SAPS in Mitchells Plain and driven to SAPS Harare where a docket was opened. They have been charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, theft, pointing of a firearm and reckless or negligent driving,” Lourens said

Somali owned shop in Delft robbed

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 July 2009

A Somalian owned shop has been robbed after three suspects armed with a hand gun entered the store and demanded money.

It is reported that one suspect went behind the counter and handed the money to the other suspects.

“The suspect behind the counter was still busy when his firearm went off, he fatally shot himself. The other suspects fled from the scene”.

“A gun was found next to the suspect as well as 1X 9mm spent magazine and 1 X bullet was found on the scene” said police spokesperson Captain Frederic van Wyk.

An unknown amount of money and airtime was taken from the store.

Police are urging anyone who may have information that can help the police during the investigation can contact the investigating officer, Sgt Marthinus on 082 411 3082.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dead man found in open field

By Ofentse Mokae
27 July 2009

The body of man believed to be in his 30s was found in a open field near BM section in Khayelitsha early yesterday morning.

The body was discovered by a passerby, with his hands tied with wire to his waist and with visible injuries to his head.

Police Captain Anneke van der Vyver says the identity of the man is not known and he still had his clothes on.

“The deceased was dressed in white sneakers, blue jeans, a navy hooded top, orange jersey and yellow T-shirt. He is about 1,72 meters tall, and had a beard and moustache” said van der Vyver.

She says the public are requested to assist the Khayelitsha police in the investigation of a murder case.

“We have opened a case of Murder for investigation and nobody has been arrested yet”, she concluded.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Investigating Officer, Constable Marius Sass at the Khayelitsha Police station on 021-360 2318

Illegal boat found near Robben Island

By Ofentse Mokae
27 July 2009

Four people have been arrested near Robben Island during a routine patrol.

The boat fled when they spotted the police.

“During the arrest police consficated equipment worth around R175 000. There was also various diving equipment onboard the vessel - dive bottles, flippers, masks and dive belts. The vessel was also seized.

“The boat was accompanied by police to the Port of Entry in Cape Town Harbour,” said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

The suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

They face charges of operating a boat without navigation lights and the possession of illegal equipment in a prohibited area.

Woman raped in Retreat

By Kim Saulse
27 July 2009

The Steenberg FCS unit (Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit) are requesting the assistance of the public with a case of rape.

Early last night, a 55 year old woman was allegedly assaulted at a Night Shelter in Retreat. The woman was on her way to the nearest police station to report the incident when she was approached by a man, offering to help her.

“ The woman was offered help by an unknown male, who’s about 50 years old. The man offered to take her to the nearest police station. The woman was then assaulted and raped by this unknown male,” said SAPS spokesperson, Inspector November Filander.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Investigating Officer, Constable Siyabulela Sandlana from the Steenberg FCS unit at 079 266 9794 or at (021) 799 1315.

Tygerberg hospital implemented new security plans

By Nomava Nobumba
27 July 2009

Tygerberg hospital has put up new security plans after a two weeks old baby boy was snatched from a maternity ward without his nurses or security guards noticing.

Baby BZ Ncumani went missing from the ward during a visiting hour on Friday.

“Visitors from now on will be required to provide the name of the mother and the baby who they wish to visit and should be unable to provide this they will be denied access”, said Western Cape health Departmental spokesperson Mark Van der Heever.

“The hospital will employ more security to cover all the entrances and exits, added Van der Heever.

15 year old raped by neighbour

By Kim Saulse
27 July 2009

A 15 year old girl from Oceanview has been raped by her neighbour. The girl was at home alone when the incident occurred. Anyone with information is urged to contact Investigating Officer, Siyabulela Sandlana from the Steenberg FCS unit at 079 266 9794

“The 15 year old female victim was allegedly called by her neighbour known as Khosi, who is about 30 years old. The suspect then closed the door, forcefully removed the girls clothes and raped her,” said Inspector November Filander.

Since the incident, the suspect, who is well known in the area, is on the run.

The girl was home alone during the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to contact the investigating officer, Constable Siyabulela from the Steenberg FCS unit at 079 266 9794 or at (021) 799 1315.

Tavern owner lays criminal charges against police

By Kim Saulse
27 July 2009

Whitehouse tavern owner, Mxolisi Mahote has laid criminal charges against the police and metro police.

It is alleged that police shot rubber bullets at patrons and caused damages totalling R81 000 to his establishment.

“ The cases opened at Delft police station were of malicious damage to property and public violence. All the cases are under investigation,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain van Wyk.

N2 collision claims 14 lives

By Nomava Nobumba
27 July 2009

14 people have died after a collision allegedly involving two cars on the N2 between Plettenberg Bay and The Cracks at Keurbooms Heights yesterday.

“13 people were dead on arrival of emergency services, another person died in an ambulance on the way to hospital”, said ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely.

“The only survivor of the collision was taken by ER24 ambulance to Knysna Provincial Hospital in a serious but stable condition”, confirmed Wadely

It is alleged that the two vehicles an Audi and VW Polo collided head on.

“The majority of the patients were still trapped in their respective vehicles and the Audi was alight on arrival of emergency services”, added Wadely

The police were in attendance and are investigating the incident. ER24, Metro EMS, Metro Rescue, Fire Department, Baycare and Traffic services were all in attendance, Wadely said.

Washa Tsotsi proving to be a hit

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 July 2009

More than 750 criminals have been arrested since Operation Washa Tsotsi was launched earlier this month.

The objective of Operation Washa Tsotsi is to successfully complete the number of registered crime intelligence driven projects throughout the country with the help of communities.

Updating media on the progress of the anti-crime operation on Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said during the arrests, evidence worth R25.5 million was seized.

Arrests that were made included attempted murder, rape, house robbery, armed robbery, business robbery and vehicle hijacking.

Minister Mthethwa thanked communities who helped in providing information which led to the arrests of the criminals.

It is reported that Mthethwa said their approach is to forge partnerships with communities, especially those in crime infested areas.

The minister said KwaZulu-Natal had been targeted especially during the first stage of the campaign and 538 individuals were arrested and R21.2 million worth of exhibits were seized.

Retailers not affected by strike

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 July 2009

Operations at Game, Dion and Macro stores around the country have not been affected by staff protests.

Workers affiliated to commercial union SACCAWU marched in Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg on Friday calling on their bosses to address concerns about wages, shifts and working conditions.

Massmart’s Brian Leroni said the company was not expecting any more disruptions.

“If they were to consider extending this they would have to give us a further 48 hours notice of their intention to do that. At this point we’ve had no further notification that they do intend extending the action,” Leroni remarked.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

MP's to tighten thier belts

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

The Democratic Alliance has proposed a range of cost cutting measures for the executive, these cost include doing away with free trips on the luxurious hotels and cutting the car allowances to R660 000

Party Leader Helen Zille said economic times were tough and that the executive, like everyone else, should have to tighten their belts.

It is reported that Zille said this is year, our economy is likely to shrink by almost two percent and we are deep in recession.

In the midst of this economic crisis, the government must demonstrate that it is prepared to make sacrifices.

One of the proposals is to cancel the right of members of the executive to make use of the Blue Train.

Members were entitled to a state-purchased car of a value equivalent to 70 percent of their annual salary.

It is also reported that the party proposes the cancellation of VIP lounges at airports during domestic trips.

The proposals are being put into place in the Western Cape where Zille is the premier.

People should learn how to save

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is reported as saying that savings are a serious reason for concern among all of us and, from the National Treasury’s point of view, they have to attract foreign investments because savings are low in South Africa.

He said one of the challenges facing South Africa was ensuring that it did not have excessive spending and too little savings. However, he added that too little spending and too much savings will not put the country in the right footing either.

That is part of the global imbalance, how we get the right balance or equilibrium is one of the challenges South Africa faces. A balance needs to be found between savings and excess.

Minister Gordhan urged South Africans to use of RSA Retail Savings Bonds to save their money.

Those living in rural areas were the most vulnerable when coming to income and savings. Young and old people were also financially vulnerable.

This is because many young people were looking for jobs while older people became less economically activate.

Suspect held for store robbery

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

Milnerton police are questioning a suspect in connection of a robbery that took place in Canal Walk this week.

Police have confirmed the suspect was in custody at the Milnerton police cells

Five men armed with only a hammer robbed the store and left with the jewellery worth to undisclosed amount of money.

This was the fourth robbery to happen at the mall this year alone.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Premier approves Mitchell's Plain project

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

Western cape Premier has approved a Mitchell’s Plain project that will benefit people for both Mitchell’s plain and Khayelitsha.

Major of Cape Town Dan Plato said the 450 000 housing backlog would be slashed by projects like these.

Watergate Estate an Urban Renewal program project has been dubbed the Gateway to Mitchell’s Plain, is a R1.2 billion development that is set to benefit more than 2500 families with a monthly income of R 5 000 to R10 000 a month.

“The state, the private sector, the bankers and all the relevant role players working together to put down 45 00 units of more affordable housing said Zille.

Zille asked as to where do you get an affordable house that is payable for a period of more than 20 years under the current financial crisis.

15 informal settlement awaits for the Cities reply

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

Residents of 15 informal settlements in Khayelitsha will on Monday be marking seven days after they have sent their grievances to the major’s office.

Chairperson of Abahlali Basemjondolo in the Western Cape said they will be patiently waiting for the mayor to reply.

“Even if the major does answer us we will make this city and the province if he does not give us what we really want” said Poni.

It has also been reported that residents have blamed the previous government in the province for failing to deliver on thier promises.

“Some of the residents in the area have been in these areas for more than 15 years and when winter approaches they worry for their shack will be flooded”

“We want to be taken serious because all of the political parties they think of us when they want us to vote for them but now we want to remind them that we are still here they must not forget us” said Poni.

Commuters to be stranded on Monday

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

Most South African are likely to face a week without buses and trains if the municipal workers go on strike on Monday.

At least 150 thousand municipal workers are expected to down tools on Monday to voice their demands for a better pay.

It has been reported that will not affect essential services such as waste management and emergency services in other part of the country.

However, Cape Town has warned that refuse collection in the informal settlements street sweeping and waster removal may be affected by the strike.

Commuters have been urged to make alternative

14 day boy stolen from Tygerberg Hospital

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 July 2009

A 14 day old baby has been reported stolen in Tygerberg Hospital. The boy was stolen from his crib on Ward J-2 on Friday night.

“The nurses noticed that the boy was missing at about 20:30 and immediately reported him to the authorities.

“The baby’s mother (from Delft) has been in a coma for some time and is currently still in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital” said police spokesperson captain FC van Wyk.

There are no photos of the baby. He is dark in complexion and he only known as BZ Ncumani.

A case of Abduction is registered for investigation. Anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Inspector Japhta August on 082 522 1095 or alternatively Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

LOC recieves more application

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) has received more than 11 000 volunteer applications just days after the opening of the volunteer programmes.

It is reported that LOC Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan told reporters, shortly after the Legacy Sub-Committee meeting of the Organising Committee‘s Board of Directors on Friday, that of this total, 10 percent of the volunteers were from the African continent and 1 500 from overseas.

South Africans and other countries have responded very well to the programme and we expect more applications before the closing date 31 August.

This is fascinating because it clearly shows that people are looking forward to the event in which volunteers are significantly important. We are very impressed with the current number of applications said Dr Jordaan.

A total of 15 000 volunteers are required of which 10 percent must be from Africa, 10 percent international volunteers and the rest to be selected from South Africa.

The volunteers are required in 16 functional areas including accreditation, marketing, media, protocol services, and transportation, administration, hospitality and spectator services.

President Zuma gives assurance about freedom of media

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

President Jacob Zuma has assured editors that the South African government will promote freedom of expression and media freedom throughout Africa.

It is reported that Zuma met with The African Editors Forum (TAEF) on Friday where he listened to concerns raised by the body on issues of media freedom on the continent.

TAEF requested the meeting to brief the new administration on the challenges currently facing journalists in Africa.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was also part of the meeting. Issues that were discussed freedom of media and the role of the media.

The minister also addressed the media after the meeting and she congratulated the former City Press Editor Mathatha Tsedu on his appointment as a chairperson for TAEF.
TAEF, is the body that represent the needs of editors and journalists in Africa, has its

Man dies after he was hit by a car

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

A 30 year old marshall has died after being hit by a car in Killarney race course today. The marshall sustained head poly trauma and was declared dead on the arrival of South African Paramedics Services.

“South African Paramedic Services who do the medical standby for the race track were on the scene quickly but the patient had already died”.

“ER24 was notified by South African Paramedic Services of the incident when it occurred and also responded to the scene as per an agreement between the medical services,” said ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely.

Police were in attendance and are investigating the incident.

Three people injured in a bus accident

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

Three people have been injured in Modderdam Road when the bus lost one of its wheels early this morning.

It is reported that the bus was driving in the direction of the airport when the front wheel came out. The wheel hit the VW Golf that had two people inside.

“The Driver and the passenger of the Golf sustained minor and moderate injuries respectively and were taken by ER24 ambulances to Louis Leipoldt Medi-Clinic”.

“The bus driver sustained minor injuries and was taken by a Metro EMS ambulance to Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital” said ER24 Tristan Wadeley.

The were no passengers inside the bus when the accident occurred.

R800 million project to benefit from the project in Mitchell's Plain

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Dan Plato, turned the first sod at the Watergate Development in Mitchells Plain today.

The development is the product of a partnership between the City’s Urban Renewal Programme and New Age Property Developers and will provide housing for 3 000 families. It will be developed over three years.

"Three thousand units is a significant number and will greatly assist people in need of a home of their own. The project does far more than just provide adequate housing - it will also provide employment, enhance skills development and create training opportunities for the communities of Mitchells Plain, Philippi and Khayelitsha" said Plato.

The development will consist of one to three bedroomed units, single and double storey.

It will make affordable and attractive "gap" market housing a reality for many people earning between R3 500 and R10 000 per month.

The development will also consist of a mini shopping centre, quality public open spaces and recreational facilities.

Buyelwa Sonjica visit Sweden

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica went to Sweden through and invitation by her Swedish counterpart.

Her visit was to attend an informal meeting with the environmental ministers of the European Union.

She gave an address as the president of the African Ministers Council on Environment.

She delivered her speech where she articulated the position of the African ministers had taken as collective.

The position was articulated during the deliberation between the ministers on issues such as climate change and matters of the environment on the economy.

This stance was made on the developing and developed countries as well as from a perspective.

Cities nationwide prepare for municipal workers strike

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 July 2009

Cities across the country are preparing for what promises to be a crippling strike by municipal workers.

The strike is due to start on Monday. The city councils of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town have indicated that essential services such as emergency services will not be affected.

Waste management could be affected in Cape Town, but contingency plans are in place to ease the problem.

“We respect the staff’s freedom to protest, but service delivery to our residents remains our primary responsibility,” said Kylie Hatton, City spokesperson.

ICASA cracks down on poor service delivery

By Kim Saulse
25 July 2009

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa says there is no excuse for poor service by cell phone operators and should phone calls be dropped, lines crossed and speaker echoes continue, operators will face big fines in future.

ICASA released its End User and Subscriber Service Charter today.

It will take effect in 30 days time and will give ICASA the power to fine operators if their network quality drops below a certain standard.

Their performance will be measured over a period of six months.

Friday, July 24, 2009

A pedestrian hit by a car

By Nomava Nobumba
24 July 2009

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after being hit by a car on Old Paarl Road near Okavango Road in Brackenfell this afternoon.

“It is alleged that the male pedestrian, estimated to be in his twenties, was crossing the road when he was hit by a Ford,” said ER24 spokesman Tristan Wadely.

The car was travelling on Old Paarl Road in the direction of Bellville when the incident occurred.

“The pedestrian sustained suspected fractures of his arms and legs, soft tissue injuries and a head injury,” added Wadely.

Wadely also confirmed that the victim was transported by ER24 ambulance to Tygerberg Hospital for further treatment.

Two minors arrested for stabbing of 16 year old

By Ofentse Mokae
24 July 2009

Two boys aged 14 years were arrested yesterday after they stabbed another 16 year old.

Police attended to the complaint and found the 16 year old High school boy with a stab wound to his chest on Wednesday.

The victim was taken to GF Jooste Hospital for urgent medical attention.

The suspects from a primary school in Heideveld were identified.

Their parents were notified to accompany them to the Manenberg police station yesterday.

Police registered a case of Assault grievous bodily harm.

Their parents reported to the Manenberg police station where the boys were arrested and taken to Athlone Magistrate Court, where they were released in the custody of their parents.

City guarantees continued service delivery during strike

By Kim Sausle
24 July 2009

The City of Cape Town has put contingency plans in place to ensure continued service delivery.

This comes after the South African Municipal Workers Union ( SAMWU) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) announced that municipal workers will strike on Monday.

The City says, while it respects the “right of the staff to participate in strike action” its priority is still service delivery to its residence.

“Residents must place their wheelie bins out on their normal collection day. If the wheelie bin has not been emptied on the normal collection day residents are requested to leave the wheelie bin out for the rest of the week, as the Solid Waste Department will be catching up later in the week,” said City spokesperson Kylie Hatton.

Four injured in head-on collision

By Kim Saulse
24 July 2009

Four people were left injured this morning following a head-on collision between two trucks near the Baden Powell bridge over the N2.

“ Two of the injured sustained minor injuries, while the other two sustained moderate injuries. The patients were taken to Vergelegen Medi-Clinic by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances for further treatment,” said Tristan Wadely, spokesperson for Discovery ER24.

After the trucks collided, the vehicles left the road and went down an embankment, causing one of them to overturn.

It is unclear what caused the trucks to collide head-on.

Man arrested for murder

By Nomava Nobumba
24 July 2009

A 24 year old man was arrested this morning for murdering a police Constable in Du Noon.

“The suspect was arrested at about 3am this morning in his home in Du Noon,” said police spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn.

Constable Litha Mzukwa, who was stationed at Gugulethu Police station, was stabbed in the chest on Wednesday night.

He was taken to Milnerton hospital where he died yesterday.

The 37 year-old Constable was walking to a shop with his son when they were approached by two men, who they attempted to rob him.

“During the robbery the suspects took the police’s torch and they fled on foot and one suspect is arrested today will appear in the Cape Magistrate Court soon on charges of murder and robbery,” said Captain Steyn.

Six suspects arrested for dagga possession

By Ofentse Mokae
24 July 2009

Six people were arrested for dagga dealing and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The suspects were arrested yesterday afternoon by two police officers when they noticed a suspicious looking vehicle with two occupants driving passed them in Hlathi Street, Lwandle, while on patrol.

The black VW Polo stopped, the passenger got out and ran to an open field, the Constable pursued on foot and apprehended him.

Captain Bernadine Steyn says the first suspect 17 year-old-male was searched during which nine parcels of Dagga were found in his possession with an estimated street value of about R540-00.

“The suspect was arrested on the spot,” she said.

“The second suspect, a 38 year-old male, was arrested for reckless and negligent driving. After the passenger got out of the vehicle after he sped off in the Polo towards Chris Nissan Park,” she added

She said a follow-up investigation led members to a house in Asanda Village in Strand.

The house was searched during which 25 kg of Dagga with an estimated street value of about R13 000-00, cash and a firearm were confiscated and four more suspects were arrested.

All six suspects are expected to appear in the Strand Magistrates’ court soon.

Dagga to the value of R76.800.00 confiscated

By Nomava Nobumba
24 July 2009

Murraysburg police arrested five suspects in connection with the possession of Dagga with a street value of approximately R76 800.00.

“This bust was done yesterday during an integrated intelligence driven Cluster operation between Beaufort-West Vispol- members, central Karoo Dog Unit, Murraysburg Vispol and Crime Information and Gathering”,Said Captain Malcom Pojie.

“Investigation under the command of the station commissioner of Murraysburg, Captain SA Mbesi led the team to the R63 between Murraysburg and the N1 where the members spotted a green Nissan Bakkie and stopped it”, added Captain Pojie.

Further investigations conducted at the scene led to the confiscation of four bags of dagga weighing 76.8kg with an estimate street value of about R 76 800.00.

Captain Potjie also said police also confiscated the Nissan bakkie that transported the dagga.

The five suspects come from Beaufort West and Murraysburg respectively. The dagga was destined for distribution in Murraysburg and originates from Vrystaat.

The suspects will appear in the Murraysburg magistrate court on Monday on a charge of Possession of Dagga.

Off-duty policeman stabbed in Du Noon

By Kim Saulse
24 July 2009

An off duty police constable was stabbed during a robbery late yeaterday afternoon in Du Noon.

Constable Litha Mzukwa , aged 37 years old , was walking to a nearby store with his son, when he was approached by two men.

“ The suspects tried to rob Constable when a scuffle ensued during which he was stabbed in the chest.

“The men took the constables torch after which they fled on foot. The constable was taken to hospital in Milnerton, where he passed away this morning,” said spokesperson Bernadine Steyn.

Mzukwa is survived by his wife, six year old son and 18 year old daughter.

Police have opened a case of murder and robbery for investigation.

Siblings alone for three weeks without food and electricity in home

By Kim Saulse
24 July 2009

During routine patrols, Metro Police and Beacon Valley Neighbourhood Watch, were approached by an off duty neighbourhood member who expressed his concern over a house in the area.

Upon further investigation, it came to light that three children; aged 16,12 and four, had been living alone for three weeks without food or electricity.

Besides having to cope without parental care, the house was also unsafe for the children. There were holes in the ceiling and most of the windows were broken.

They were taken to the Mitchells Plain trauma centre who arranged that they be kept at a safe house in the area.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hospital staff celebrate after successful operation

By Ofentse Mokae
23 July 2009

Staff at the Red Cross Children’s hospital are celebrating work well done after they successfully separated twins.

The staff bade an emotional farewell to 18-month-old twins, conjoined when they arrived at the hospital more than a year ago and now successfully separated.

Masilive and Mandilive Jiba were joined at the chest and abdomen when they were born in 2007.

The twins were admitted to the hospital shortly after their birth.

According media reports a six-hour surgery in May this year, the team operating on the twins were surprised when it discovered both girls had two separate hearts.

Previous investigations indicated that the twins shared vital organs including a liver and a membrane surrounding the heart.

The only major organ they shared was the liver, which the team divided.

Doctors believe that with a lot of support the twins would be able to live a normal life.

After they were discharged from the hospital and a long stay in Cape Town the family returned home to Lusikisiki on Wednesday.

Seven injured in an accident on the N2

By Nomava Nobumba
23 July 2009

Seven people were injured when a taxi overturned on the N2 near Vanguard Drive in the direction of Somerset West this afternoon.

Of the seven injured, two people sustained reasonable injuries and the remaining five people sustained minor injuries.

“The patients were taken by ER24 and Metro EMS ambulances to various surrounding hospitals for further treatment”, said ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadely.

“Police, Traffic and Fire Department were also in attendance. Traffic was affected on the off ramp of Vanguard Drive onto the N2”, added Wadely.

The cause of the accident was not known by paramedics on the scene.

Mayor expresses condolences to bereaved family

By Ofentse Mokae
23 July 2009

The City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has expressed his condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and community of the late Leah Arends.

In a media statement the mayor said: “When such a young life is lost it is a tragedy for all Capetonians,” he said.

The two year old girl fell into a fast flowing sewerage drain in Pelican Park in Grassy Park at the weekend.

Her body was found at the Zeekoevlei Sewerage system on Tuesday.

Alderman Plato will meet with Leah’s parents today to personally convey his condolences and determine how best to support them at this time.

Build It goes up in flames

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

Grassy Park police are investigating a case of arson after a hardware store in the area, Build It, went up in flames.

The raging fire broke out early this morning.

The extent of the damage is not yet known. No one was injured.

19 year old robbery suspect appears in court

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

The 19 year old suspect arrested for a robbery-incident in Observatory yesterday, appeared in the Cape Magistrates Court today .

The suspect was arrested yesterday after police responded to a robbery complaint in Roburns Road. The victim was stabbed in her hand and robbed of her handbag.

“ The two suspects threatened the woman at knife point for her belongings and during a struggle, the complainant was sustained a stabwound in her hand,” said Sergeant Hilton Malila, Woodstock Police spokesperson.

The other suspect managed to evade capture, and is still at large.Anyone with information regarding the other suspect can call the investigating officer, Sergeant Warren Smit at the Woodstock Police on 021-486 2876

Another Robbery in Canal Walk

By Nomava Nobumba
23 July 2009

Five men armed with hammers robbed a jewellery store in Canal Walk shopping centre yesterday.

They robbers smashed glass cabinets at the store and took jewellery, before fleeing in a silver vehicle.

Four employees were inside the shop at the time.

The value of the stolen jewellery is not yet known.

Two weeks ago, a jewellery store in the mall was robbed by five men armed with crowbars.

This is the fourth robbery at the mall in a period of three months.

Two Cape Town men dead in N2 collision

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

Netcare911 paramedics in Durban raced to the scene of an accident involving two men believed to be from Cape Town.

“ The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle and rolled several times,” said Chris Botha, Netcare 911 spokesperson.

“ The driver died on the scene due to the severity of his injuries and the passenger is in a critical condition. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital,” said Botha.

The men, both Capetonian, were doing construction work at SAREF.

Body of unknown man found near Athlone

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

Rondebosch Police were alerted by a member of the public about a body of an unidentified found next to the M5 Freeway near the Athlone turn off.

The man appeared to be in his late 40’s, brown in complexion, wearing a dark blue pants and black jersey. No visible injuries or wounds were reported.

The circumstances surrounding the death of the man is being investigated.

Anyone with information or who reported a missing person with the mentioned description is requested to contact the Rondebosch police station at 021-685 2476 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Registration office opens in Khayelitsha

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

The City of Cape Town’s Licensing Department will open a motor vehicle registration office in Khayelitsha next Monday.

The office will be located in Masibambani, Ncumo Road, Harare, Khayelitsha.

It will be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, Mayoral Committee Member for Finance says he is “ pleased that the City has been able to extend its services to the Khayelitsha community”.

Teenagers arrested for illegal hunting

By Kim Saulse
23 July 2009

Cape Town police have confirmed that two Ocean View teenagers have been arrested after setting their dogs on a baboon.

The suspects, aged 14 and 16, set their two pit bull terriers on a baboon they spotted roaming the area.

The baboon was taken to a nearby vet for treatment after sustaining bites to its entire body.

The boys were charged with a similar incident after allowing their dogs to attack and kill a cat.

They have been charged with illegal hunting. The dogs have been impounded pending an investigation.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Government official witness crime

By Nomava Nobumba
22 July 2009

Government officials witnessed a crime scene on the premises at Bonteheuwel High school yesterday.

Western Cape education minister Donald Grant and two other provincial cabinet colleagues were at the school when the incident happened.

“Three of them were at the school to look at safety initiative and while they were having the meeting with the school safety committee and the principal, there was screeching of tyres and gun shots,” said MEC spokesperson Bronagh Casey.

Casey said it also shows what learners face everyday, so the ministers will report the incident to the cabinet today.

Nestle Milo Champions Tournament kicks off

By Kim Saulse
22 July 2009

The Nestle’ Milo Championship launched their annual Schools football tournament today.

Speaking at a press conference in Cape Town, former Bafana Bafana star, Mark Fish said the tournament is “ committed to youth development and upskilling talented young players”.

Schools around the country will play a series of matches which will result in provincial winners. The provincial winners will then advance to to the national finals where they will compete for the tital of National winner in September.

4 500 schools are participating in the nationwide tournament. The Western Cape Provincial Final takes place at the Rosemore Sports Grounds in George, on Saturday, 1 August.

Search continues for shop robbers in Kenilworth

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 July 2009

Six men armed with knifes robbed a clothing store in Access Park in Kenilworth yesterday afternoon at point.

Police are searching for the suspects who posed as customers before they robbed the store.

One of the men pulled out a knife and threatened an employee before leaving the store with some quantity of clothes and cellphone.

“The shop security guard was standing outside when the incident occurred and when he tried to get hold of the suspects they ran away,” said police spokesperson Angie Latchman.

Police are urging anyone with information that can assist with the investigation must contact Constable Vuzeka Mani at the Claremont police station on 021 657 2210

Court dismisses application on women’s plea

By Ofentse Mokae
22 July 2009

The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by the Women’s Legal Centre, seeking an order to oblige the President and Parliament to enact legislation regulating Muslim marriages.

The Women’s Legal Centre approached the court to rule whether Parliament has failed to fulfil its constitutional obligations.

The court ruled that applications challenging the legislative programme and duties of government should not be brought directly to the court.

In a statement the court said these applications should first be lodge in the High Court and should go through the ordinary judicial processes before reaching the Constitutional Court.

The court ruled last week that Muslim women involved in Polygamous marriages can now inherit a share of their deceased husband’s estates.

A man hit by a train

By Nomava Nobumba
22 July 2009

A 44 year old man was declared dead after he was hit by a train yesterday evening near Cloetesville.

Donavan Scott was crossing a railway track when his foot got stuck and he fell, while the train was approaching.

“At approximately 6 o’clock yesterday the man was hit by a train at Smartsville near Cloetesville and he died on the scene,” said Captain Riana Mathee.

Anyone with more information regarding the incident can call Inspector Du Plesis at Cloetesville police station on 078 511 9995.

Man and a child hit by a car

By Ofentse Mokae
22 July 2009

A boy and an adult man was hit by car while cycling with on Symphony Road near Delft Main Road yesterday.

It is reported that the bicycle was hit by the car causing the man to sustain major trauma the child aged nine sustain injuries.

Tristan Wadeley Emergency Media & Client Liaison for Western Cape say when the ER24 paramedics arrived the man had a decreased level of consciousness.

“The man was taken by the ambulance to Tygerberg Hospital and is in a critical condition”, said Wadeley.

The child sustained minor injuries and was taken to Delft Day Hospital.

Residents await response from Mayor

By Kim Saulse
22 July 2009

People from 15 informal settlements across the city have submitted their list of grievances and demands to the Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato.

This comes after angry residents marched to the Mayors office yesterday demanding adequate housing and water and sanitation facilities.

Mzonke Poni, from the Anti Eviction Campaign, said the memorandum was submitted to the Mayoral office’s media spokesperson.

Poni said residents are now waiting for a response and hope that action will be taken by Mayor Dan Plato.

Mass strike action in retail industry looms

By Kim Saulse
22 July 2009

Employees of the Mass Discounters group will embark on a nationwide strike on Friday.

Workers will take to the streets in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban with a planned stay away by Eastern Cape employees.

The group, comprising of Makro, Game and Dion, are protesting against an unresolved wage dispute.

Also being disputed, is the demand from employees to ban the use of labour brokers in the company.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Table Mountain competes for top spot in Wonders of the World

By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009

Table Mountain has made it into the final round of the New Seven Wonders of Nature internet contest.

Among the 28 finalist announced today by the New7Wonders Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, are such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the USA’s Grand Canyon.

The only other African site on the list is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Table Mountain must now compete for a place among the top seven wonders of the World to be announced in 2011.

Residents set toilets alight

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 July 2009

Angry residents from Tambo Square informal settlement in Gugulethu have set the public toilets alight.

The residents are complaining that the bucket system toilets are not safe.

“There was a training that was given to each and everyone on how to use the system” said ward councillor Belinda Landingwe.

She said it took public participation and there were meetings held between the councillor’s office and one complained and now people are protesting that they don’t want these toilets.

Three on the run after cash-in transit robbery

By Ofentse Mokae
21 July 2009

Early this morning three armed suspects driving in a Nissan Hardbody robbed a cash-in transit security vehicle.

The incident took place at the Caltex Garage situated at the corners of Thorton- and Garth Roads in Athlone, while the cash-in transit vehicle was doing a delivery at an ATM on the premises.

According to police spokesperson Inspector Carin Loock, the suspects managed to remove cash boxes containing an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a silver VW Golf, which was parked close to the scene.

“This vehicle was occupied by three males. The Nissan Hardbody they were driving was reported hijacked in Gugulethu during June this year and they left it on the scene” she said.

Loock said one of the three cash-in transit guards sustained head injuries due to an assault, and her two male colleagues escaped unharmed.

No shots were fired and the suspects are yet to be arrested.

Any person with information that can lead to the arrest of the robbers is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop at 08600 1011.

Four arrested for burglary at Gugulethu primary school

By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009

Following recent reports of burglary and vandalism at 17 Western Cape Schools during the holiday, Gugulethu police made four arrests yesterday for burglary at Lwazi Primary School.

After lengthy investigation, police followed up on leads that led to the arrest of a 35 year old man for theft, and another three people for the possession of stolen goods.

Four television sets, an amplifier, and two brand new speakers were recovered at a shebeen house at Tambo Square in Gugulethu.

The suspects will appear in the Athlone Magistrates' Court today.

Joint operation cracks down on illegal drags

By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009

City Traffic Services, the City’s Special Investigation Unit and the Provincial Traffic Department cracked down on illegal drag racing in Bellville on Sunday night.

A large number of spectators gathered to watch 350 dragsters burn rubber. The officers set up speed traps along La Belle Road and Peter Barlow Road. Sacks Circle was closed off to try and corner the road offenders.

“ We managed to stop about 85% of the vehicles and issued a number of traffic fines which included 27 unlicenced drivers.

“ Three were charged for dragging wheels and nine cars were suspended from use on a public road as they had too many defects,” said Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson Merle Lourens.

A total of 135 speed fines were also issued. One arrest was made after a man was caught speeding at 159 km/h to evade police capture. The man was arrested at his home.

Another motorist was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and being in possession of an illegal firearm.

The body of a missing two year old found

By Nomava Nobumba
21 July 2009

After a three day search for missing two year old , the body of Leah Arends was found yesterday afternoon.

The girl was playing with her cousins when she fell into a fast-flowing sewerage drain on Friday.

“The body was found yesterday afternoon at the Zeekoevlei sewerage works and there will be a post-mortem held this morning," said Inspector Ian Liebowitz.

According to Liebowitz, her body had been "badly" ground up by the blades inside which crushes all solid items.

"Parts of her body were rather badly churned up and this comes as a result of the blades in the system," he said.

One person die in a car crash with a truck

Nomava Nobumba
21 July 2009

One person died and another injured in a car collision with a truck on the N2 between Knsyna and Sedgefield.

It is alleged that the car drove into the back of the truck resulting in the car catching fire.

The driver of the car died on arrival of emergency services after burning in the car.

A passenger from the truck was taken by paramedics to Knsyna Provincial Hospital for further treatment and is in a stable condition .

Police were in attendance and are investigating the collision.

2010 World Cup volunteer programme underway

By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009

The application process for the 2010 FIFA World Cup volunteer programme is underway.

15 000 volunteers are needed for the event, and will be selected from the country, the rest of Africa and abroad.

LOC South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Danny Jordaan says the programme is an “excellent way to get involved in South Africa and Africa’s once in a life time opportunity of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event”.

He added that it is in fact, the volunteers that ensure the smooth running of the tournament.

Anyone aged 18 or older, or who is turning 18 on 1 March 2010 can apply to volunteer. Volunteers must also have an excellent command of English.

The application form is available on at Alternatively, call the volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.

Business man sentenced to ten years for tax fraud

By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009

Western Cape businessman, Deon Buys has been sentenced to 10 years on 235 counts of fraud involving a R250 000 tax claim.

The National Prosecuting Authority says Buys appeared in the Bellville Regional Court on Friday and was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, of which seven were suspended.

Head of the Western Cape Specialist Component, Advocate Kevin Rossouw said he hoped the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other criminals.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pupils return to vandalised schools after holiday

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

Pupils and staff at 17 Western Cape Schools returned to vandalised schools today after the holiday.

A floorboard around a safe was removed and ceilings were damaged at Thorntonweg Primary in Crawford.

Computers, a PA system and a television were stolen at Lwazi Primary in Gugulethu.

The Western Cape Department has planned to use hand-held metal detectors at 109 high risk schools around the province next month.

This is part of their plan to make the schools safer.

Search for a two year old continues

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 July 2009

The search for a two year old girl that fell into a sewerage drain is ongoing.
Leah Arends fell into a fast flowing drain in Pelican Park in Grassy Park.

Leah from Grassy Park disappeared on Friday and it is alleged she jumped into a drain.

“A boot that is believed to be that of Leah was recovered by the police” said police spokesperson Ian Liebowitz.

Police say the boot was recognised by her grandmother.

Two suspects arrested for theft

By Nomava Nobumba
20 July 2009

Two male suspects have been arrested for theft of motor vehicle today.

The arrest follows after police members on routine patrols noticed a Silver Grey Hyundia vehicle on the corners of Moderdam Road and the N2 highway.

“We tested the registration number of the vehicle which confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen in Lytton Street, Observatory", said Segearnt Hilton Malila.

The two suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates, court tomorrow on a charge of Theft of motor vehicle.

Trial AIDS vaccines tested in Cape Town today

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

Clinical trials on two AIDS vaccines developed in South Africa are set to start in the Cape Town today.

The programme is a joint venture between the United States Institute of Health and the South African Medical Research Council.

The aim of the vaccine is to test it on HIV negative people to see if their immune system can fight off the virus if they do become infected.

Medical research Council President, Anthony Mbewu says the trial will begin this month on 36 healthy volunteers.

The vaccine was designed at the University of Cape Town with assistance from experts at the Unites States National Institute for Health.

Informal settlement march to Mayor’s office underway

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

The march to the Mayor’s office is underway. Frustrated residents from 15 informal settlements around the city are marching to the Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato’s office, where each community will submit their grievances and demands.

“ We are going to the Mayor today because we have demands. We are from Macassar and want land.

“ We want houses, but they refuse to listen to our demands. The Mayor does not want to give us the land,” said Andiswa Kolanisi, a Macassar Village evictee.

Adequate housing and proper water and sanitation facilities are also on the list of demands from the various informal settlements.

Drivers arrested for driving in a (BMT) lane

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 July 2009

More 70 people have been arrested for 201 warrants of arrest to the value of R200 000 in Bellville, Fish Hoek , Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

The drivers were arrested for illegally driving in the lane that is allocated for bus and minibus taxi lane on the N2.

Last week Cape Town realised a top 20 list of the drivers that owed the city money in traffic fines.

One of the drivers was arrested on Friday morning and the other was arrested on Sunday morning. Both drivers will appear in court.

“One of our traffic officers sustained injuries to his hand when he was trying to arrest a woman who had outstanding warrants of arrest. Two people tried to interfere but they were also arrested”.

“One is arrested assaulting a traffic officer and the other for hindering and obstructing an officer in the execution of his duties and aiding and abetting a wanted person to escape said police spokesperson Chief Inspector Merle Lourens.

Three suspects arrested for murder and attempted murder

By Ofentse Mokae
20 July 2009

Three suspects will appear in the Atlantis Magistrates’ court on charges of murder and attempted murder.

The suspects were arrested yesterday morning in the Robinvale area in connection with a murder and attempted murder that occurred on Saturday night.

According to police the shooting incident occurred on late Saturday evening in Robinvale.

The suspects approached the victims, who were standing in the drive-way of premises where liquor is being sold.

The suspects fired several shots at the victims, during which six people were wounded.

One of the victims, 23 years old Heinrich Thomas was wounded in the chest.

He was taken to hospital where he passed away. The other two victims were taken to hospital and are currently in a critical condition.

The other three victims received medical treatment for flesh wounds.

Police say they are investigating the possibility that the incident was gang-related.

Five arrested for hijacking in Nyanga

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

Police have arrested five men for an alleged hijacking. The men, aged 20, 19 and 18 years old, will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court today.

The suspects were arrested just eight minutes after the vehicle was hijacked in Old Location, Nyanga.

The victim was hijacked of a Run X vehicle.

Man killed in fight between taxi drivers

By Kim Saulse
20 July 2009

A brawl broke out between two taxi drivers early on Saturday morning at the Nyanga Terminus.

A 39 year old man was shot in the chest during the scuffle and died as a result of the wound. A 39 year old man was arrested and faces a charge of murder.

He will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court today.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Four killed in accident near Atlantis

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Four people have died in a fatal car accident near Atlantis on the West Coast.

Police say the car they were travelling in rolled on Old Darling Road early this morning.

There were no survivors. The identities of the passengers has not bee released as yet.

Three suspects arrested for murder and attempted murder

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Three suspects have been arrested in the Robinvale area in connection with a murder and attempted on Saturday night.

The suspects approached the victims standing in the driveway of a liquor store. The suspects fired several shots at the victims, leaving six people wounded.

One of the victims was wounded in the chest. He died on the way to the hospital. The other two victims are in hospital and are in a critical condition. The other three victims received medical treatment for flesh wounds.

Police are investigating the possibility that the incident was gang-related.

The suspects will appear in the Atlantis Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Gill Marcus appointed as new Reserve Bank Governor

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Gill Marcus will replace Tito Mboweni as Reserve Bank Governor in November 2009.

Mboweni, whose contract ends on 8 August, was re-appointed by the president, but he indicated he did not want to stay on as he wanted to pursue other interests.

“As the term of office of the current Governor, Mboweni, is due to end on 8 August 2009, I initiated a process of consultation on the position. I have reappointed Mboweni. However, he has indicated he wishes to leave in November to pursue other interests,” president Zuma said at a press briefing at the Union Buildings today.

Analysts say markets should react favourably as Marcus has shown to be a “ competent, clear thinker with credibility in the formal sector and as a former activist”.

Two suspects killed and three arrested in armed robbery

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Three arrests were made by Somerset police after they acted quickly to information of an armed robbery at a liquor store in Main Road, Somerset West.

On arrival, police noticed five armed men running from the liquor store towards a car parked nearby.

The suspects fired several shots at the police, who returned fire.

One suspect sustained a fatal gunshot in his head and died on the scene. Another died on the way to hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in his chest.

The other three suspects were arrested on the scene. Police also confiscated cash and a 9mm pistol with rounds.

The three suspects will appear in the Somerset Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

They face a charge of armed robbery.

Woodstock police arrest four suspects for armed robbery

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Woodstock police arrested four suspects in Observatory for two armed robbery incidents early yesterday morning.

Two people were robbed of their cellular phones and cash at gun-point in Coetzee Street and Milton Road. Police were patrolling the area when they followed up on information of the incidents, which led to the arrests.

The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, which led to a high speed chase. Police caught up with the men on Main Road in Observatory.

The vehicle was searched and three cellular phones and cash were recovered. Police also confiscated a firearm that was allegedly used during the robberies.

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

They face a charge of armed robbery.

Deputy President to address AIDS conference

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Deputy president Kgalema Montlanthe will address the 5th International Aids Society Conference in Cape Town today .

In a media statement from the presidency, his address is in the context of Government‘s commitment to tackle the scourge of HIV/AIDS head on.

According to the statement, his address is also to strengthen the partnership between government, business and civil society in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as tuberculosis.

The conference is held every two years and is viewed as opportunity for the world’s leading scientists, clinics, public health experts and community leaders to examine the latest developments in HIV related research, the statement said.

Khayelitsha residents show their support at young victim’s funeral

By Kim Saulse
19 July 2009

Khayelitsha residents attending the funeral of Viwe Mnembe , demanded justice for the young girls death.

Mnembe was found dead after she was allegedly abducted by her mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Police arrested Mbulelo Verdana after he had been harassing the girls mother with threatening letters.

Khayelitsha residents promise to turn up in numbers on Monday when the suspect appears in court on Monday.

The angry residents have pushed authorities to toughen up when it comes to child abusers.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

President Jacob Zuma urges South Africans to continue fight against racism

By Kim Saulse
18 July 2009

President Jacob Zuma has urged all South African’s to honour former President Nelson Mandela by continuing the fight against racism and hatred.

Zuma celebrated the living legend’s 91st birthday at a mass charity lunch in Ivory Park on the East Rand yesterday.

Addressing the audience, he said Mandela embodied that which we all aspire to - “ ubuntu,selflessness, and the ability to transcend hatred and anger for the service to humanity”.

Celebrations were hosted worldwide yesterday in honour of the struggle veteran’s 91st birthday.

Nelson Mandela Foundation rakes in millions

By Kim Saulse
18 July 2009

In just two hours, The Nelson Mandela Foundation has raised more than R1 million.

In an effort to raise funds for the charity, businesses and ordinary citizens have been donating money and their support for the icon and his contribution to the betterment of humanity.

The former South African president, has urged the people worldwide to devote 67 minutes of their time to deliver acts of goodwill in their communities.

Each minute represents a year sacrificed by Madiba for the liberation of the country.

2 year old girl swept away by sewerage drain

By Kim Saulse
18 July 2009

A two year old girl from Grassy Park is feared dead after she fell into a sewerage drain in Pelican Park.

Leah Arends was swept away while playing with her cousins yesterday.

Police have moved the search to Zeekoevlei Sewerage Works in the hope that she would be swept through the system.

The little girl was visiting her aunt when the incident occurred.

Mayor Dan Plato wishes Mandela a very Happy Birthday

By Kim Saulse
18 July 2009

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, has extended his birthday wish to Nelson Mandela and has expressed his gratitude to the former president for the sacrifice and changes he brought about.

“When you were released, you didn’t carry any hate. You have showed us not to hate, to live together in harmony. And this is a message I will always keep with me,” said Mayor Dan Plato in his birthday wish.

The Mayor and other Councillors are in Delft to carry out their 67 minutes of goodwill.

“In honour of Mandela Day, we are here in Blikkiesdorp, Delft to hand out food to the poor and needy,” said Mayor Plato.

The Mayor also asked all Capetonians to honour and celebrate Nelson Mandela while he is still alive, and that we look up to the “great man whom we can all call our father”.

Local authorities lend a helping hand for 67 minutes

By Kim Saulse
18 July 2009

As the global community celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday, local authorities are honouring the living icon’s request to devote 67 minutes to doing something positive.

Kraaifontein police is doing their bit by feeding the destitute residents of the area today.

“As Kraaifontein police station, we are going out into the community to hand out soup. This is part of the Mandela Day celebration,” said Captain Gerhard Niemand from the station.

“ We are also doing this to honour the request to do something good for 67 minutes,” said Niemand.

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