Monday, May 31, 2010

World Cup hooligans stopped

By Nomava Nobumba
31 May 2010

British and South African police have foiled an attempt by English soccer hooligans to sneak into the country for the World Cup via Dubai.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa also said more than three-thousand identified hooligans had until tomorrow to hand in their passports to British police to prevent them travelling.

Mthethwa told a news conference around a dozen hooligans were intercepted but would not give details of where they were stopped.

Bus driver killed in accident, owner suffers heart attack


None of the 11 children injured in a collision between a school bus and minivan on Koeberg Road this morning were critically injured.

Milnerton Medi-Clinic confirmed that the bus driver died at the scene.

Five of the children are still receiving medical attention.

It has been reported the owner of the bus company suffered a heart attack when he heard of the accident.

City to host mother of all parties on eve of kick off

By Kim Saulse
31 May 2010

The Mother City will open her arms to about 50 000 revellers, on the eve of the FIFA soccer World Cup kick off, for what promises to be a party of note.

The event will see thousands gathering at the Grand Parade for a star-studded concert, the switching on of soccer-themed lights in Adderley Street and a carnival parade in the inner city.

Several international acts, including Eddie Grant, will perform alongside local talent at the June,10 spectacular.

Open toilets temporarily removed in Khayelitsha

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 May 2010

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato says he has resolved to temporarily remove the remaining unenclosed toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. As soon as appropriate enclosures have been erected, the toilets will be reinstalled.

Plato says the City is committed to meeting its side of the longstanding agreement with the residents to provide each dwelling with a toilet, instead of one toilet for every five dwellings, which is the national norm for the upgrading of informal settlements.

Earlier today police fired rubber bullets at protesting residents after they burned barricades because City of Cape Town workers destroyed temporary structures around toilets in the area.

Plato’s spokesperson Rulleska Singh in terms of this agreement, the City provided five times the number of toilets than would otherwise have been available to the community.

“In 2007 the City negotiated an agreement that residents would contribute to the project, by building enclosures around the toilets themselves.

“Attempts by the City to enclose the toilets for these residents were thwarted by violence perpetrated by members of the ANC Youth League last week,” said Singh.

Singh added that they cannot continue with the indignity of unenclosed toilets. It is incumbent on the City to address this situation.

“Given that the City is being prevented from building the remaining enclosures, we have resolved to temporarily remove the toilets until appropriate enclosures have been built.

“The City has honoured its agreement with the community on the provision of the toilets,” said Singh.

Residents asked to be patient as city restores water supply

By Nomava Nobumba
31 May 2010

The Water and Sanitation Department is currently trying to locate a pipe burst in Fish Hoek that has resulted in Echo, Highway and Hillside roads and immediate surrounds in Fish Hoek currently experiencing an interruption in their water supply.

The department’s Farouk Robertson says they suspect this to be as a result of an underground pipe burst.

However, he assured that technicians are at the site trying to locate the problem.

A water tanker has been sent to the area to supply residents with water for domestic consumption.

Residents in the affected area are asked to be patient and to ensure that the taps are closed during this period to avoid water loss or damage when the water supply and pressure is restored.

South Africa condemns Israeli attack on aid ships

By Ofentse Mokae
31 May 2010

Following the death of 20 people allegedly killed by Israeli commandos and injuring at least 60 people, the South African government and organised labour has strongly condemned the incident.

In a statement the International Relations and Cooperation department says it has noted with the gravest concern reports that Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza.

“For Israel to attack these civilian ships in international water is a gross violation of international law and is deserving of the highest level of international condemnation,” the department said.

It is thought that up to 20 people were killed and scores wounded when the action took place 65-kilometres off the coast of Gaza, early this morning.

The department is investigating the possibility that there was a South African citizen on board one of the ships.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has also expressed its outrage over what it condemns as the murders by Israeli commandos.

Cosatu says it supports the call on the international community to pressure their governments to condemn and hold Israel accountable for the attack.

“The federation welcomes the decision by the government of Spain and Sweden to withdraw their ambassadors from Israel and calls upon the South African Government to follow their lead,” said spokesperson Patrick Craven.

The six-ship flotilla, with 750 Palestine Solidarity activists on board, left Cyprus under a Turkish flag yesterday.

Meanwhile, Israel says its forces were attacked when they boarded the ships to enforce the long-standing blockade of Gaza.

The Jewish state has advised its citizens to avoid travel to Turkey following massive protests there against the deadly military raid.

Turkey is a popular holiday destination for Israelis.

Accident claims a life and leaves 11 injured

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 May 2010

One person died and eleven school children were transported to hospital after a collision between a bus and a taxi on Koeberg Road, opposite Albow Gardens, in Brooklyn.

ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadeley says the driver of the Kombi was dead on arrival of emergency services.

“Eleven children from the taxi were treated for minor to serious injuries but were all in a stable condition. They were transported to Milnerton Medi-Clinic and Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital for further medical care.

“The deceased driver of the taxi was extricated from the vehicle by rescue crews using hydraulic rescue equipment,” said Wadeley.

The details around the incident are being investigated by the police.

Mokoena to make history on his 100th appearance

By Ofentse Mokae
31 May 2010

History will be made when Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena make his 100th appearance when he leads his team onto the field against Guatamala in a friendly, making the first South African to do so.

He will be entering into the record books.

Meanwhile Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini is the latest in a long line of international players to doubt the performance of the World Cup Jabulani match ball, labelling it a disaster.

His comments follow complaints from Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Pazzini doesn't like the way the ball changes direction in flight.

He believes teams will experience difficulties with the ball during the World Cup.

No terror threat to World Cup

By Khanyisa Tabata
31 May 2010

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has strongly disputed yesterday reports which stated that there may be a terrorist threat against the Fifa World Cup.

The reports also stated that South Africa had drawn up a watch-list of 40 terror suspects and had received two separate accounts of at least one arrest linked to World Cup threats.

The Intelligence Structure's Dennis Adriao says this information is inaccurate and that security plans for the World Cup are on track.

Rape suspect in court

By Nomava Nobumba
31 May 2010

A 41 year old man is expected to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s court this morning for allegedly abducting two Mitchell’s Plain children and raping the girl.

Police say on Saturday night together with neighbouring watch members they probe into the bushes near the Westgate Mall, searching for the 8 year old boy after a 12 year old girl was found assaulted and raped allegedly by the suspect on the bushes.

Warrant Officer Ian Williams says the boy was also harmed.

“He was found later the evening with his hands and feet tied. He had a wound to his head and was treated at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital,” said Williams.

The suspect was arrested on the same night and charged with abduction and rape.

Another test for Bafana before soccer event

By Nomava Nobumba
31 May 2010

Bafana Bafana is taking on Guatemala national team on a friendly game tonight just under two weeks before the soccer spectacular on the African soil.

The South African national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is going to this game with two of his most important players injured.

Media reports earlier reported that goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune and defender Tsepo Masilela have been rested from training for days pending another assessment today by the medical team.

The duo sustained the injuries in Bafana’s 2-1 win over Colombia at the Soccer City Stadium on Thursday.

Both players collided with opponents in the first half of the match.

Khune got a mild knock to the backside area, while Masilela received one on the right thigh.

Mweanwhile, when Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena leads his team onto the field against Guatamala tonight, he will be entering into the record books.

Mokoena will be making his 100th appearance for the national team and will become the first South African to do so.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

DA appeals for opening of perlemoen fishery

By Nomava Nobumba
30 My 2010

The Democratic Alliance has called on government to make good its promise to open the perlemoen fishery in Hawston near Hermanus in the Western Cape.

Spokesperson Gareth Morgan says Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson promised in November that the fishery would be opened in February this year.

Morgan says almost four months after the deadline, there is apparently still no date when it will be opened again.

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question in March, the Minister said she expected that an announcement on the opening of the fishery would be made in April.

41 year old man arrested for serious offences

By Nomava Nobumba
20 May 2010

A 41 year old man has been arrested following an abduction of two Mitchell’s Plain children last night.

A 12 year old girl was found in the bushes assaulted and raped allegelly by the suspect.

Police say she was sustaining head and facial injuries.

The girl had managed to escape.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Ian William says in a joint operation Mitchell’s Plain Police together with neighborhood watch members continue to probe the bushes, searching for an 8 year old boy who was also abducted.

The boy was found harmed.

“He was found later the evening with his hands and feet tied. He had a wound to his head and was treated at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital,” he said.

Williams says the suspect is expected to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s court soon.

Zimbabwe’s Muzhingi wins the Comrades

By nomavaNobumba
30 May 2010

Zimbabwean Stephen Muzhingi has won the Comrades Marathon in an unofficial time of five-hours, 29-minutes-and-three-seconds.

He won last year’s race in five-hours, 23-minutes-and-27-seconds, the second fastest time in history.

Muzhingi earned a quarter-of-a-million-Rand with his victory.

The women’s race was once again won by Russia’s Elena Nurgalieva in just over six-hours-and-13-minutes.

Her twin, Olesya, followed close behind her.

Malawi president pardons gays

By Nomava Nobumba
30 May 2010

Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika has surprised his own people by announcing he has pardoned two gay men who earlier this month were sentenced to 14 years in prison for getting engaged to be married.

He says they were released yesterday.

Mutharika responded to an appeal from visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

There was an international outcry after 26-year-old Steven Monjeza and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga were earlier this month sentenced to hard labour for sodomy, after they held the country's first known same-sex wedding.

Cope leader recalled by supporters

By Nomava Nobumba
30 May 2010

Political analysts say the fact that supporters of Cope Deputy President Mbhazima Shilowa recalled party leader Mosioua Lekota and lodged a vote of no confidence in his leadership spells the political end for the man who brought the party into being.

Yesterday’s round of the Cope national conference in Irene, outside Pretoria, was marred with controversy and even violence after Lekota was granted a court interdict stopping delegates from electing new national leaders.

But Shilowa says he and his followers will continue with the conference despite not holding an election.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota wins court action

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota has won a court interdict to stop the party’s conference in Centurion from electing a new leadership.

Lekota approached the South Gauteng High Court this afternoon while delegates had nominated his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa as the new leader.

The elective conference was yesterday converted into a policy conference after Lekota’s supporters protested about the process that had been followed.

But delegates this morning decided to go ahead with the election process, leading to Lekota pulling out. Cope’s election process has now been halted for four months.

ANC Youth League concerned about efforts to isolate Malema

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

The African National Congress Youth League is complaining about what it sees as efforts to isolate its president Julius Malema.

This follows pronouncements by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe that Malema has to toe the party line or face expulsion.

President Jacob Zuma also said in Parliament this week that Malema's views on the nationalisation of mines were his own and not the policy of the ANC.

Without mentioning Zuma or Mantashe by name, Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu says Malema speaks on behalf of the League, and millions of poor people, and should not be singled out for criticism.

Cope conference wracked by tension

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

Media reports say Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota has pulled out of the party’s national congress in Centurion.

He is seeking a court interdict to stop conference from electing a new leadership.

The elective conference was yesterday converted into a policy conference after Lekota’s supporters protested about the process that had been followed.

But delegates this morning decided to go ahead with the election process, leading to Lekota pulling out.

He is locked in a battle with his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa for the leadership of Cope.

Pretoria police assures safety for residents

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

Pretoria police say the streets of Sunnyside are safer today after 50 people were arrested for drug related offences.

It is alleged that around 30 of the suspects are well-known drug dealers in the Sunnyside area.

The dog units raided flats in broad daylight yesterday after they were identified as places where illegal drug activities were taking place.

Dagga, cocaine, khat and heroin worth around 20-thousand-Rands were confiscated. The youngest suspect is 15-years old.

‘MyCiTi’ heat the roads

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

Capetonians got their first taste of the City’s new integrated rapid transit MyCiTi service this morning.

Both the airport shuttle and an inner-city loop started operating at four o’clock this morning.

It will be a permanent service, continuing after the World Cup.

The trip to the airport takes about half-an-hour and tickets cost 50-Rands.

Buses depart every 15 minutes during normal operating hours.

From the 6th of next month to the 10th of July there will be a 24-hour service, and on Fifa World Cup days, the buses will depart more frequently.

Khayelitsha feels the soccer fever

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

A unique soccer tournament is taking place in the city today.

Nearly 100 teenagers of different African nationalities will form 16 teams of boys and girls representing the six African nations that qualified for the World Cup to celebrate Africa Day.

The organisers say hosting the World Cup is a shared African achievement, with Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa being the pride and joy of the continent.

Today’s tournament takes place at the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha.

Khayelitsha feels the soccer fever

By Nomava Nobumba
29 May 2010

A unique soccer tournament is taking place in the city today.

Nearly 100 teenagers of different African nationalities will form 16 teams of boys and girls representing the six African nations that qualified for the World Cup to celebrate Africa Day.

The organisers say hosting the World Cup is a shared African achievement, with Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa being the pride and joy of the continent.

Today’s tournament takes place at the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha.

YCL to oppose alleged renaming of soccer stadium

By Ofentse Mokae
29 May 2010

South African Communist Party’s youth wing, the Young Communist League in KwaZulu-Natal is fuming about the alleged renaming of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium to Durban Stadium.

The YCL regards the move as an insult to the late general secretary of the Communist Party and ANC national executive committee member.

The league says it plans to oppose such a move.

League leaders say they will approach the Ethekwini Metro, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and the South African Football Association to reverse the decision.

Moses Mabhida was born on October 14, 1923 and served as general-secretary of the SACP, member of the ANC's national executive committee and vice-president of the South African Congress of Trade Unions.

He died while in exile in Maputo, Mozambique, on March 8, 1986

The stadium is one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with a capacity of 70,000 during the World Cup and 54,000 afterwards.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Proteas diski dance in support of Bafana Bafana

28 MAY 2010

Hashim Amla was bowled for 34 in the third one-day international against the West Indies at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica this afternoon.

Graeme Smith followed leg before on 29 and Jacques Kallis was caught for 31. After 22 overs, the Proteas, who opted to bat first, were on 113 for three.

After failing in the recent World Twenty20, South Africa leads the series 2-0.

They also won the two T20 matches against the Windies.

Earlier, Newsflash News Agency reported that Proteas cricketers Rusty Theron, Wayne Parnell, Paul Harris and the women’s captain, Cri-Zelda Brits, spent their Football Friday learning the Diski Dance.

Cricket South Africa and the Proteas have reaffirmed their 100-percent support for Bafana Bafana with 14 days to go to the Fifa World Cup.

Parnell took to the Diski Dance like he does to a seaming wicket.

He says he can’t wait to show off his moves when he returns to Port Elizabeth.


Overcoming the political paradox of our times says the DA

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 May 2010

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says breaking the racial obstruction is essential for democracy in South Africa to survive.

Commenting on this week’s municipal by-elections, Zille says if elections are always a racial census, one party will forever remain in power.

The DA won what had been considered two safe ANC seats in the Western Cape.

The opposition leader nevertheless expresses the view that a ruling party which tolerates the Constitution only as long as it is winning elections presents an obstacle to consolidating democracy.

Zille says the result in Grabouw was even more significant than Heideveld/Gugulethu, because Grabouw is the first ward the DA has ever won where there is a majority of black voters.

She says the DA has over the past four years established a very strong voter base in coloured communities, as the Heideveld/Gugulethu results re-confirmed. But significant progress amongst black voters has eluded us until the breakthrough in Grabouw.



Police are requesting public assistance in tracing 53 year old Merle Michele Edmunds.

Edmunds was last seen at her place of work in Century City on Wednesday afternoon.

She is 1.7 meters tall, has short brown hair and eyes and is of average build. Police could not give a description of her clothing.

Inspector Daphne Dell said she is driving a White City Golf with registration number CY 223413.

Merle suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Anyone with information can contact Milnerton police on (021) 5283800

FIFA ticketing system crashes again

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 May 2010

Despite assurances from Fifa that it would not happen, the World Cup ticketing system again appeared to crash when 90-thousand additional tickets for the tournament were supposed to go on sale at nine this morning.

Irritated soccer fans queued in icy, and at some places, wet weather though the night at ticketing centres, only to be denied the opportunity to get their hands on the coveted tickets.

FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke in a statement said that last night he together with Danny Jordaan visited one of the ticketing centres located in Sandton, Johannesburg, and was deeply moved by the dozens of fans who were already queuing in the hope of getting a World Cup ticket.

In a statement Valcke say he would like to sincerely apologise to all the fans that have been affected by the problems in the ticketing sales system.

Public assistance requested in Claremont

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 May 2010

Police are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing three men involved in a house robbery case that occurred in Aberdeen Road, Newlands last night.

Police spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says a fifty year old complainant had just arrived at her residence in Aberdeen Road, Newlands, when it is alleged that, as she alighted from her motor vehicle, she was accosted by three unknown males, one of whom was armed with a firearm.

“At gunpoint the suspects held up the complainant and ordered her to take them into her house and when the suspects entered the house they confronted her husband who was watching television.

“The suspects continuously ordered the victims not top look at their faces or else they will shoot them,"said Latchman.

She added that the complainant and her husband were then locked up inside a room of the upstairs floor. The suspects then got into the complainant's vehicle a Mercedes Benz bearing registration number CA 415458 an fled from the scene. No shots were fired. No injuries sustained.

“The complainant and her husband managed to free themselves from the room approximately an hour later,” said Latchman.

Police are urging anyone with information surrounding the incident to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Constable M Soqho at SAPS Claremont on contact number 021- 657 2266 /2214 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. Investigations are continuing.


Fuel price relief on the cards

By Newsteam
28 May 2010

Motorists are set for fuel price relief next month.

The Energy Department will announce the fuel prices that will apply in June, tomorrow.

Newsfash News Agency reports that the Fuel Retailers Association is hoping for a 26-cents decrease in petrol and 13- to 14-cents a litre on diesel.

The association’s Peter Noke says this price adjustment will hold firm until the 14th of July.

Noke says the Energy Department wants to maintain a stable fuel price during the World Cup

Unemployment to be tackled in AIDC seminar

By Ofentse Mokae
28 May 2010

A seminar is being organised to tackle the economic crisis and the mass unemployment currently being faced by the country.

According to the Alternative Information Development Centre, the official South African unemployment rate reached 25-point-two-percent this month.

Yesterday hundreds of unemployed people were queuing outside the council yard in Ndabeni near Maitlaind after being promised jobs.

According to reports there are 40 vacant positions and about 500 people are waiting to be interviewed.

Police had to be called to help maintain order and control the crowd.

The centre's Brian Ashley says it has also emerged with a third of all workers employed in the informal sector have no rights and work in poor conditions.

Ashley says leaders of civil society, including trade unions, will explore strategies and alliances to reverse the unemployment crisis.

The meeting is scheduled for next week in Cape Town.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Transnet strike ends

By Newsteam
27 May 2010

The Transnet strike ended this afternoon with transport union Satawu accepting a new wage offer.

The union was on strike for two and a half weeks, affecting freight rail and port operations countrywide.

Satawu officials announced they signed a deal with Transnet and workers would be back at their posts by Monday the latest.

Meanwhile Newsflash News Agency reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions remains determined to organise what it calls a “massive strike” if no progress is made on its rejection of Eskom’s electricity tariff hikes.

It could even happen during the World Cup.

At its central executive committee meeting, Cosatu confirmed that fellow federations Nactu and Fedusa had joined its campaign.

Cosatu issued Nedlac with a notice on the matter on the 1st of last month. Since then, numerous meetings have been postponed.

The National Economic Development and Labour Council has now promised to respond to Cosatu’s concerns in writing.

COPE elective conference changed to strengthen unity

By Ofentse Mokae
27 May 2010

The Congress of the People announced today it decided to convert its elective conference into a policy conference to avert a split in the party.

The party says tensions between current President Mosiuoa Lekota and and his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa were threatening the unity of the party.

Cope’s congress national committee decided this afternoon to abandon plans to elect a leader this weekend.

Party spokesperson Phillip Dexter says they will hold an elective conference once their branches are all in order.

Lekota supporters in the Western Cape applied for an interdict against Cope’s Western Cape congress last week, which was postponed.

Possible end to Transnet strike looms

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 May 2010

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union says it will decide by this afternoon what to do about Transnet's new wage offer.

Satawu has received a further proposal for the settlement of the strike from Transnet management.

The union is currently seeking a mandate from its members to settle, based on the new offer. The mandating process will be completed by two this afternoon.

Satawu's Jane Barrett says they are reporting to their members about the new offer.

She says the report backs are going smoothly and generally there is a positive response but they will consolidate this afternoon but they need to ensure that everyone understands what the offer is and is on board with it.

Crayfish worth R50 000 confiscated in Hout Bay

By Khanyisa Tabata
27 May 2010

Four suspects have been arrested for being in possession of four bags of crayfish worth R50 000 in Hout Bay.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Tanya Lesch says during the early hours of the morning a ski boat was spotted off loading bags on the shore in Hangberg, Hout Bay.

“The four suspects were arrested and a total of 729 crayfish were found inside the bags.

“Another ski boat was intercepted with six suspects, who were arrested by SAPS after a total of 1126 crayfish were found on the boat. The ski boat was confiscated and handed in at Hout Bay SAPS as evidence,” said Lesch.

The suspects who are aged between 20 -50 will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on tomorrow on charges of Illegal possession of rock lobster, Act 19/1998 Marine Living Resource Act and possession of crayfish without a permit.

Man killed after being hit by train

By Kim Saulse
27 May 2010

A man has been fatally struck by a train near the Du Toits Station in Stellenbosch.

ER24’s Tristan Wadeley said when paramedics arrived on the scene the fire department was in attendance and had declared the patient, who was under the train, dead.

The driver of the train was taken to hospital where she was treated for further management of emotional distress.

The incident is being investigated by police.

SALGA to be under spot light during Scopa meeting

By Ofentse Mokae
27 May 2010

Serious problems within the South African Local Government Association will be dealt with in a parliamentary meeting today when government briefs the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

At a Scopa hearing last month, it emerged that SALGA got an auditor’s disclaimer of opinion because of problems emanating from KwaZulu-Natal Local Government Association (KWANALOGA).

The committee then resolved that deputy co-operative governance Minister Yunus Carrim should intervene to normalise the situation.

Carrim along with his Kwa-Zulu Natal counter-part Nomusa Dube will brief the committee on the progress made with regard to SALGA and KWANALOGA.

Last month SALGA was criticised by Parliament for not carrying out its mandate.

SALGA Chief Executive Xolile George hit back saying the criticism was wrong and painted the association in "a bad light".

An ANC MP levelled a claim at SALGA saying the association had presented an impressive list of about 120 key performance indicators (KPIs), but had failed to carry out about 70 percent of them.

However George hit back saying there had in fact been 157 KPIs of which 58 percent had been achieved while 10 percent were partly achieved and 32 percent were not achieved, and the latter was a result of the association’s capacity problems.

SALGA is an organisation mandated by the constitution to assist in the transformation of local government in South Africa from the pre-1994 regime to the new dispensation under the country's first democratically elected government.

Carrim says the association has a pivotal role to play in assisting municipalities to deliver better services for the people of South Africa.

“SALGA, as an autonomous body belonging to a different sphere of government, remained a key partner of the ministry which needed to be engaged without compromising its autonomy as a separate entity,” Carrim said.

Improved wage offer could end strike

By Ofentse Mokae
27 May 2010

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union is seeking mandate from its members, following Transet’s improved wage offer.

Satawu says the mandating process will be completed this afternoon.

In a statement the union says they are optimistic their membership will give the new wage offer the given light.

If their members approve the offer, it is likely that the agreement will be signed this afternoon and workers will return to work tomorrow, which could end a more than two-week-long strike over pay that has crippled railways and ports.

“The details of the new offer will only be shared with the public after all Satawu members in Transnet have been reached internally in the course of today,” the union said.

Satawu deputy president Robert Mashego says the union leaders are in favour of the offer, but refused to give details of the new offer.

The proposal is an improvement on the agreement previously signed with Utatu.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Call for pornography to be restricted intensifies

By Ofentse Mokae
26 MAY 2010

The Home Affairs Department together with the Justice Alliance of South Africa and the Film and Publications Board have proposed a Bill to ban pornography.

The Bill seeks to totally ban pornography on the internet and mobile phones to avoid it entering the country.

Justice Alliance's John Smyth says they will continue to monitor the legal implications concerning the bill.

He says Home Affairs deputy minister Malusi Gigaba wants the support of parliament and the general public.

However, Smyth says there are some technical issues involved.

“There is clear evidence of the constitutionality of such an exercise as expressed in the constitution that, ‘A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.’ Hence other rights such as freedom of expression can not be seen to be absolute. They have to be weighed against the interests of children,” Smyth said.

Grant addresses mourning learners

By Nomava Nobumba
26 May 2010

Western Cape Education Minister Donald Grant visited Phoenix Secondary School in Manenberg this morning to offer his condolences and lend his support to the school following the brutal killing of a grade 12 learner yesterday.

The minister says the department is grieving with Keenan Van Wyk’s family.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends in this most difficult of time,” said Grant.

During the visit Grant says he learned the deceased was a very good pupil.

“I have heard nothing but good reports about Keenan and the way he led his life. He was loved by his fellow classmates and educators, was top of his class academically, and participated in school and community activities,” he said.

The minister first received a debriefing from the school’s principal before addressing Grade 12 learners.

Van Wyk was fatally stabbed by a fellow Grade 11 learner, who is currently in police custody.

The 17 year old suspect is expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court soon.

Four injured in N7 accident

By Kim Saulse
26 May 2010

ER24 says four people were injured in an accident on the N7, just past Vissershok Road, in the direction of Malmesbury.

Spokesperson Tristan Wadeley said on arrival at the scene, the vehicle the patients were traveling in was jammed against a sign post.

One seriously injured patient was still inside the vehicle and needed to be removed by medical crews.

The other three occupants sustained moderate injuries.

The patients received further medical attention at Tygerberg Hospital.

The cause of the crash is not known.

34 year old man arrested in Nyanga

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 May 2010

Dagga worth R8000 has been confiscated in Nyanga after a 34 year old man was found being in possession of the drug.

Police spokesperson Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says police members were busy patrolling in Mdenge Street, Crossoads when they saw people moving suspiciously in and out at a house.

“The members immediately searched the house, upon which they recovered 125 parcels of dagga with a street value of about R8 000”, said Sitshitshi.

The suspect will appear in the Phillipi Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

First team arrives for WC

By Nomava Nobumba
26 May 2010

The Australian soccer team touch down at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg today as the first arrivals for the upcoming Fifa World Cup.

The Socceroos are set to land later this evening, with world number one Brazil expected to arrive tomorrow.

Dernmark which will play Bafana on the 5th of next month is expected to the African soil on Saturday.

Spain will be the last team to arrive on World Cup kicks off day.

As excitement mounts for the month-long tournament, Fifa warned that the World Cup will not be held according to "African time" and said ticket-holders should arrive at the stadiums two to three hours before kick off.

City of Cape Town accuses ANC of double standards

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 May 2010

The City of Cape Town mayoral committee for health has slammed the African National Congress of double standards after the recent destruction of corrugated toilets in Khayelitsha by the ANC Youth League.

Committee member Dumisani Ximbi says the ANC erected corrugated toilets when they were running the city in the past and are being hypocritical.

Ximbi is quoted as saying the ANC should be the last party to complain about unwalled toilets because it also did something similar during its controversy-riddled tenure.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has called on the ruling party to reign in the Youth League by the close of business today.

Plato on his budget yesterday said after a meeting with the Ward Councillor, representatives of the ANC Youth League and the Ward Development Forum he undertook a personal survey of all the households with unenclosed toilets.

Eskom granted interdict to halt strike

By Kim Saulse
26 May 2010

The Court has granted Eskom an interdict to prevent trade unions and its members from embarking on strike action from today onwards.

In a statement Eskom said that it provides an essential service, prohibiting employees from participating in industrial action.

However, the power utility has put contingency plans in place to ensure that electricity supply is not compromised.

“Eskom held discussions with NUM leadership on 21 and 23 May 2010, where both parties committed to working together within the Central Bargaining process which is scheduled to meet today and tomorrow,” Eskom said in a statement.

South Africa’s economy gets a boost

26 MAY 2010

The Ministry of Finance says there has been a positive growth in the South African economy for the first quarter of 2010, with real gross domestic product at market prices increasing by four-point-six percent quarter-on-quarter.

This represents an expansion in the economy of one-point-six percent year-on-year. All sectors recorded positive growth in the first quarter, with notably strong performances from the mining and manufacturing sectors.

The Ministry says these positive outcomes are attributable to improving global demand, which has boosted commodity prices and exports.

Meanwhile News Flash News Agency reports that the global stock markets fell heavily yesterday over continued fears about eurozone debt problems.

At midday in Europe the FTSE 100 in London was down by more than two-point-52 percent, Germany's Dax index was two-point-46 percent lower, while in France the Cac 40 index had dropped three-point-17 percent.

It came after shares in Asia had seen sharp falls.

Stocks in South Korea and Japan had been affected as North Korea reportedly went on to military alert.

Health workers down tools

By Ofentse Mokae
26 May 2010

Following the recent declaration of a dispute with the management of Netcare hospitals in regard to 2010 wage negotiations, the trade union HOSPERSA, representing Nursing and Administrative staff within the Netcare group has announced that picketing will commence at various Netcare hospitals today.

The union says nursing and administrative staff will begin picketing action outside eight Netcare hospitals after a wage disagreement.

Secretary general Noel Desfontaines says labour has asked for a wage increase of 12-percent and Netcare is only offering eight-point-two-five-percent.

Desfontaines says the industrial action is not a strike, and will only be conducted during lunch and after hours.

He says Netcare often takes advantage of labour’s reluctance to strike.

He also pointed out that the shop stewards committee had gone out of its way in its efforts to avert industrial action, but Netcare’s intransigent attitude had left them with no choice but to proceed with the action in order to convince management to reconsider their offer which he maintains is unreasonable.

He added that despite the call for a strike, members have agreed to first embark on picketing in order to minimise the effect of service disruption.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The mother of community radio gets 2010 fever

By Ofentse Mokae
25 May 2010

With just over 10 days left before kick-off to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Africa’s oldest community radio, Bush Radio had the honour to host soccer bosses during its afternoon-drive show.

FIFA General-Secretary Jerome Valcke accompanied by Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan were in studio with Everyday People’s Sive Msolo and Freedom Raphela.

Central to their discussions was the state of readiness for Africa’s first ever soccer showpiece.

Valcke said the country was more than ready to welcome the world for the soccer spectacle.

“South Africa is ready for the world, which I think is the most important thing today, you will see that when the world comes to South Africa we will not only have 31 teams, but five thousand media representatives, officials, fans and all around 400 000 people coming to the country,” said Valcke.

Valcke said when these people leave the country after the 32 day soccer tournament, they will attest that they had a great time in the country.

Asked about the legacy of the tournament Jordaan said the country will benefit through sustainable develop in the areas of transport infrastructure as well as economic opportunities.

“If you look into transport, there has been a transport revolution in the country. We have upgraded the airport in Cape Town which means we will have more aircrafts landing therefore more people coming boosting tourism,” Jordaan said

WATCH: Clip of Jerome Valcke's message to all South Africans

WATCH: Danny Jordaan's message to all South African's with a little warning to the Stormers

Bafana up against Colombia at Soccer City

By Nomava Nobumba
25 May 2010

Bafana Bafana will continue their build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament with an international friendly against Colombia at Soccer City on Thursday evening,

It will be the national team’s first match at the new stadium, which will host both the opening game and final of the tournament in June and July.

Just over a week ago Bafana hammered Thailand 4-0 in Nelspruit and yesterday against Bulgaria, who are listed more than 50 places above South Africa in the FIFA World rankings, they played to a 1-1 draw.

They will play another friendly against Denmark on the 5th of next month June 5 fellow World Cup side are all important.

The South Americans, who are ranked 34th in the world, a full 56 places higher up the ladder than Bafana Bafana have brought a strong squad to South Africa for their friendly with the World Cup hosts.

Included in their team is veteran defender Ivan Cordoba, who has just won a treble with Italian club Internazionale, and English-based striker Hugo Rodallega who had a good season with Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.

Kick-off is at 20h35.

17 year old faces murder charge after fatal school yard stabbing

By Kim Saulse
25 May 2010

A 17 year old Phoenix High School pupil, faces a charge of murder after he was arrested for the fatal stabbing of a class mate early this morning.

It is alleged the suspect had stabbed the victim in the arm and chest after an argument between the two turned violent.

The deceased died due to the severity of the injuries sustained.

The suspect fled the scene, but was later arrested at his home.

The police’s Andre Traut raised concern over violence on school grounds and urged learners to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner.

“SAPS would like to warn young learners to resolve their difference in an amicable fashion, as the consequences of serious crimes such as murder not only terminates the life of the victim, but can also ruin the life of the offender,” said Traut.

Meanwhile, Provincial MEC for Education in the Western Cape Donald Grant, has condemned the murder.

Grant said initial reports revealed the incident is gang related.

“We will not tolerate schools being used as gang battlefields,” said Grant.

He added that “despite all the measures taken by the Department and the Safe Schools Programme, a safe learning environment would be never be achieved if the learners themselves do not take on responsibility for managing their conflict in a non violent manner”.

Motorcyclist killed in accident

By Kim Saulse
25 May 2010

A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of an 18 year old school pupil in Bellville.

ER24’s Tristan Wadeley said the teen was declared dead on the scene.

“When paramedics arrived on the scene crews from the Fire Department were doing CPR on the patient. Medical crews performed an advanced life support resuscitation but unfortunately their efforts were unsuccessful and the patient was declared dead on the scene,” said Wadeley.

Details around the crash were sketchy but police are investigating the incident.

Measures to curb child murders in the province

By Nomava Nobumba
25 May 2010

The Western Cape Social Development department has released a study about the risk factors for the murders of children in the province.

This comes amid the country’s observation of the Child Protection Week launched by President Jacob Zuma over the weekend.

MEC Ivan Meyer says this is to create a better caring society.

Meyer says to kick start the program the Early Risk Assessment Instrument will be in place in the greater Bellville area to identify risk families, targeting most risk affected areas.

“The instrument will be used by social workers when victims first come to the offices. This will identify particular risk families so that the department act accordingly to prevent child abuse in family environments,” he said.

The MEC says hot spots are Delft, Nyanga, Atlantis and Beaufort West.

Metrorail train set alight in Johannesburg

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 May 2010

The strike by Metrorail workers appears to have turned violent with the setting alight of a train near Park Station in Johannesburg this morning.

Spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency services Synock Matodako says the fire was apparently started by a person who threw a burning object into the train.

Matodako says nobody was injured in the blaze.

Fire fighters were on the scene within minutes and by nine o’clock appeared to have the flames under control.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Petersen says government is considering releasing disaster funds to farmers affected by the strike.

She says early calculations show losses for fruit farmers affected by the industrial action have topped the billion rand mark.

City awards tender for demolition of cooling towers

By Kim Saulse
25 May 2010

The City announced yesterday that it appointed a contractor to demolish the two Athlone cooling towers.

The decision to demolish the iconic towers was taken after the reinforced stiffening rings of one of the towers collapsed mid-February, raising safety concerns.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Clive Justus, said in a statement the winning contractor will be responsible for safe access to the towers and their implosion, as per the bid specification. The contractor will also be responsible for the clean up, leveling and preparation of the site for further operations.

Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd. was awarded the tender after it complied with the requirements.

“Following an evaluation and a check for compliance with the tender requirements, the lowest offer which complied with the specification, R6, 496 million, was submitted by Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd,” said Justus.

Justus added that they are aware of the “great public interest in the demolition of the towers and will share further information with the public as the process unfolds”.

Tight oversight on Presidency

ByOfentse Mokae
27 May 2010

Tight and strong oversight on the Presidency is expected to take full course as soon as a Presidential Portfolio Committee is established.

Plans are underway in parliament to see the establishment of this oversight committee, the first ever, finalised.

The proposal for the committee was submitted by the official opposition last month to the National Assembly to oversee the work of the Presidency and to strengthen legislative oversight over President Jacob Zuma’s administration.

Following the 2009 general elections two new ministries were created in the Presidency, the Monitoring and Evaluation ministry under Minister Collins Chabane and the National Planning ministry under Minister Trevor Manuel.

The Democratic Alliance’s Athol Trollip says the Presidency and its function forms a significant part of the work of the national government as a whole and, in order that it exercise the vast power vested in it in an open and transparent manner, it is necessary that it account to the legislature in the same manner national government departments are required to.

“Since 1994, no such portfolio committee has existed, this has limited the constitutional imperative that the legislature provides oversight over the work of the executive.

The Constitution recognises that parliamentary committees are the best mechanism through which to achieve these ends; and the same principles that apply to the rest of government departments should now be applied to the Presidency,” Trollip said.

The ANC in parliament has given the establishment of the committee the green light.

Mobile education unit to raise awareness on breast cancer

By Ofentse Mokae
25 May 2010

The Breast Health Foundation will launch the first mobile breast cancer education unit in an attempt to raise awareness on the disease.

The mobile education unit will be stationed at the Hout Bay Clinic available for training and testing for Imizamo Yethu residents.

In a statement the foundation says by implementing this project in the Western Cape they aim to see a reduced amount of breast cancer patients presenting with stage 4 advanced breast cancers.

“Education and awareness will empower women with the knowledge of early detection and therefore save lives,” says the statement.

The mobile breast cancer education unit is the brainchild of the BHF with co-sponsors, Avon Justine iThemba Fund (the organisation’s corporate social responsibility programme) and Curves Western Cape.

The unit will work closely with the Provincial Health Department.

Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent women’s cancers in South Africa, with one in 9 women being at risk of being diagnosed with the disease.

The unit will mainly focus on educating the community about breast health and breast cancer, stressing that detection of the disease does not necessarily equate to a death sentence.

International statistics reveal that breast cancer comprises 10.4% of all cancer incidence among women, making it the second most common type of non-skin cancer (after lung cancer) and the fifth most common cause of cancer death.

In 2004, breast cancer caused 519,000 deaths worldwide (7% of cancer deaths; almost 1% of all deaths).

The unit will be launched on Thursday and will see speakers such as Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and South Africa’s First Lady.

Monday, May 24, 2010

ANC pleased on plans for parliament to host Africa Day celebrations

By Ofentse Mokae
24 May 2010

ANC’s parliamentary Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has welcomed plans for Parliament to host Africa Day celebrations tomorrow.

Motshekga’s office says the 2010 FIFA World Cup provides Africa with an opportunity to demonstrate to the entire world the pivotal role of sport in uniting diverse cultures, fostering unity and promoting peace.

“Given the continent`s history of conflict and instability, the 2010 FIFA World Cup has become a symbol of peace in Africa, and should be used to usher in a new era of unity and stability in the continent,” his office said in a statement.

The office says this year`s celebrations also happen at a time when significant milestones in the resolution of conflicts in Africa are being recorded.

“After decades of conflict, Ethiopia is currently holding elections that could usher in peace and stability in the African country,” the statement added.

Africa Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the current African Union, in 1963.

Goodbye to ‘Athlone sisters’

By Nomava Nobumba
24 May 2010

The City of Cape Town has appointed a contractor for the demolition of the Athlone cooling towers.

This follows after reinforced concrete rings surrounding one of the towers became detached and collapsed in February, raising safety concerns near the busy N2 highway.

An estimated cost of about R6.5 million was awarded to Jet Demolition to do the job.

City’s Clive Justus says the construction company is currently on the site in preparation for the work at the end of this month.

Two plunge 6m from scaffolding at harbour

Two workers sustained injuries after they plunged six metres from the scaffolding in the dry dock at Cape Town Harbour.

ER24’s Tristan Wadeley said the two were doing maintenance work to the exterior hull of a ship when they fell to the ground below.

The injured men were lifted from the bottom of the dock with a crane on site.

The patients were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Four arrested for possession of stolen firearm

24 May 2010

Four suspects, believed to be members of a gang, were arrested this morning for the possession of a stolen firearm in Nyanga.

The suspects were arrested after police acted on a tip off about a firearm being stored at a residence in Samora Machel.

The four, aged between the age of 22 and 29, will appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Man arrested for murder over funeral arrangements

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 May 2010

A 35 year old man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed to death; his sister-in-law at Michael Mapongwana Street in Samora Machel The suspect also wounded two other relatives.

Police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says it is alleged the suspect had disagreements in a meeting they held about the burial of his wife, who had passed away.

“The suspect also stabbed the deceased’s daughter and another woman. The 29 and 31 year old female victims were rushed to hospital, said Sitshitshi.

The suspect was arrested, shortly after the incident, he will appear in the Athlone magistrate’s court tomorrow on charges of murder and assault grievously body harm.

Metrorail running on a limited service as strike action continues

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 May 2010

Metrorail says they are running a reduced passenger train service today, focusing only on the morning and late afternoon rush hours.

This comes after the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union rejected a 10-percent wage increase offer from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and an 11-percent offer from Transnet.

Transnet's Satawu members are now entering their third week of strike action.

Metrorail says they have beefed-up security at train stations to ensure that striking workers do not disrupt the reduced train service.

Hospital baby bottles contaminated wih deadly bacteria

By Kim Saulse
24 May 2010

A probe into the cause of death of the six babies who died at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital last week, have revealed that the bottles used to feed the infants were contaminated with the bacteria klebsiella.

Parliament’s Health portfolio committee chairperson, Bevan Goqwana, said laboratory tests confirmed that the bottles had been infected with the deadly bacteria.

The tests follow after six babies died within the time frame of a day after suffering a bout of diarrhoea.

Some relief for train commuters

By Ofentse Mokae
24 May 2010

Metrorail says a limited rail service is available for commuters this morning.

This follows one of the transport unions, Utatu’s acceptance of the Passenger Rail Agency’s 10-percent wage hike offer.

Members of another union, Satawu are meanwhile holding out for a higher increase.

Utatu has also accepted Transnet’s 11-percent increase for workers at ports, goods trains and other services. But this strike will continue as Satawu has decided to stick to its demand for a 13-percent increase.

Zuma to attend 5th Binational Presidential Commission

By Ofentse Mokae
24 May 2010

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by six members of his cabinet leave the country today for the 5th South Africa-Algeria Presidential Binational Commission.

Zuma will hold talks with his Algerian counter-part Abdelaziz Bouteflika on various issues including strengthening relations between the two countries, enhancing African Unity and co-operation as well as the South-South co-operation among developing countries.

South Africa received immense support from Algeria during the struggle for liberation which forms the basis for the warm relations between the two countries.

Relations between the two countries have progressed well since the inception of the diplomatic relations in May 1994, and South Africa opening an Embassy in Algiers.

The Presidency says ministers accompanying Zuma will include Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Naledi Pandor, Siphiwe Nyanda, Dipuo Peters, Buyelwa Sonjica, Susan Shabangu and Lindiwe Sisulu.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe will act as President until Wednesday as Zuma’s deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, is also on an official trip outside the country.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

India plane crash survivors shared their tragedy

23 MAY 2010

Survivors of a plane crash in southern India in which 158 people were killed have told of their escape from the burning fuselage.

The Air India Express airliner crashed and burst into flames after landing yesterday.

Eight people survived from among 166 passengers and crew on board.

One survivor told the Press Trust of India he managed to escape by jumping through the gap after the plane's fuselage had been smashed open.

Meanwhile News Flash News Agency reports that British Airways and its cabin crew union met yesterday to try to avert strikes that threaten to ground many of the airline's flights.

However, the talks ended when protesters broke into the building.

BA chief executive Willie Walsh and leaders of the Unite union were expected to resume the talks today, according to the union's joint general secretary, Tony Woodley.

If the talks fail, Unite says its members will walk out tomorrow for a series of strikes totalling 15 days.

Local residents' medical needs might be over looked during World Cup

Ofentse Mokae
23 May 2010

Not only has the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup brought with it great opportunities for the broader South African community, there have been fears raised over safety issues such as human and child trafficking.

Meanwhile weekend media reports revealed dashing effects the soccer tournament will have for the country.

According to a Sunday publication, the soccer spectacular could leave hundreds of South African patients without hospital care.

The reports say Fifa's guidelines for designated hospitals - which include keeping wards half empty - will result in long-term patients shifted to facilities elsewhere.

The paper says routine referrals to major specialist hospitals have already been curtailed until after the World Cup.

This means that hundreds of patients needing medical attention during the tournament will have to make way for tourists.

The reports further say emergency officials were worried that South Africa’s public health system will not be able to handle a large number of fatalities in the event of a major disaster during the soccer spectacle.

According to the Organising Committee’s medical officer, Dr. Victor Ramathesele, military health personnel will fill any gaps between June and July.

Satawu refuses to budge over Transnet strike

23 May 2010

The strike by Transnet workers belonging to the trade union Satawu is set to continue tomorrow, although those members belonging to the Utatu union returned to work yesterday.

Satawu has threatened to ask other trade unions to come out in sympathy with their strike for a 15 percent pay rise.

Newsflash News Agency reports that Utatu members have accepted Transnet’s offer of 11percent.

The strike has had a hugely negative affect on freight rail, port and pipeline operations nationwide.

Meanwhile trade union federation Cosatu has called on the ANC to immediately sell its 75 percent stake in the Maloma Colliery in Swaziland.

Cosatu says in a statement that the ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House Holdings, should sell the investment in order to join the international campaign to expose and isolate the dictatorship.

Spokesperson Bongani Masuku says a report in a Swaziland newspaper states that the buying of the stake in Maloma Colliery had been endorsed by the Swaziland government.

Zapiro in hot water over ‘controversial’ cartoon

By Ofentse Mokae
23 May 2010

Media association the National Press Club has called on the national newspaper publication Mail and Guardian to resolve issues surrounding the publication of a cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammed.

In what has been a controversial and a sensitive matter, the cartoon has reportedly offended a number of communities including the Muslim community.

Chairperson of the club Yusuf Abramjee, a Muslim himself, says as much as freedom of expression should be promoted, it should however be weighed against religious tolerance.

“The media needs to be sensitive to religious beliefs and must not marginalise any community. We need to act responsibly,” said Abramjee.

He however urged members of the Muslim community to respond to the issue in a cool, calm and collective way.

“There is no need for anger, abuse or threat,” he said.

It is not the first time cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has been in trouble over his creative work.

In 2008, Zapiro, his pen name, met animosity from the the ANC over a cartoon that depicted a scene where President Jacob Zuma, ANC’s alliance leaders holding down ‘Lady Justice’, while Zuma in a state of undress getting ready to "rape" Lady Justice.

For this he was sued R15 million by Zuma, R7 million for the cartoon, R5 million for damage to his reputation and R3 million for injury to his dignity.

He is quaoted in a local publication as saying: “I believe all religions should be subjected to satire and that some religious groups should not be able to think they are above society. I did not try to draw a cartoon that is as offensive as possible, I just drew a cartoon that is challenging”.

Abramjee says he has been invited to a meeting of Muslim leaders in Johannesburg this afternoon where he will call on them to engage the publication and Shapiro to find a solution.

Youth gunned down near Valhalla Drive

Ofentse Mokae
23 May 2010

21year old unidentified male has died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the abdomen this morning.

Paramedics say the young man was allegedly shot on the railway lines near Valhalla Drive.

He managed to scale a boundary fence before collapsing on the road.

Paramedics where assisted by the fire department as they stabilised the patient who was in a critical condition and rushed him to Tygerberg Hospital.

Despite the best efforts of the trauma team, the patient succumbed to his injuries just after arrival at the hospital.

Investigations continue.

29 year-old man injured in car crash

By Ofentse Mokae
23 May 2010

A 29 year-old male was entrapped inside his vehicle after crashing it into two walls at the corners of Old Main and Vanderstel road in Somerset West in the early hours of this morning.

When arrived at the accident scene the motor vehicle was lying partly on its roof with the drivers arm entrapped underneath it.

Advanced Life Support Intervention was performed on the patient while Metro Fire and Rescue used specialised equipment to stabilise the vehicle.

Paramedics spokesman Derrick Banks says the Jaws Of Life and other hydraulic equipment has to be used to extricate the patient from the vehicle.

“The patient who was almost entrapped for more than an hour was finally freed and suffered a possible broken shoulder and severe pain to the right arm, he was then stabilised before transported to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment,” said Banks.

It is believed that the driver was trying to get away from the police before crashing his car into the outer perimeter wall of a block of flats, causing the car to catapult into the air and crashing into the inner wall which joins the block of flats.

Behind the wall was the parking area for the residence
Another vehicle and a few windows from the ground floor block of flats were damaged in the impact.

The driver has been detained by the SAPS for questioning.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Legal challenge fails to halt COPE congress

22 MAY 2010

An 11th hour legal challenge failed to prevent Cope's Western Cape congress from getting underway today.

A faction linked to Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota sought to bring an urgent high court application late last night.

However, interim provincial chairperson Mbulelo Ncedena says the judge scheduled the hearing for today and the congress began in the Cape Town Good Hope Centre earlier today.

Cope elective conference is scheduled to sit at the end of next week with current President Mosioua Lekota and his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa contesting the Presidency position.

Mist delays flights in PE

22 MAY 2010

Early this morning flights leaving Port Elizabeth airport were reported grounding due to a thick mist.

Reports said the low hanging clouds also caused delays for planes leaving the Cape Town International Airport.

Airports Company of South Africa expected the mist to clear in a short period of time.

ACSA’s Collin Naidoo said passengers at Port Elizabeth Airport were forced to wait for the skies to clear.

Meanwhile American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has send a team to India to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the Air India plane crash in Mangalore.

The Indian authorities made the request for the team to be sent to investigate the crash that claimed 160 lives.

There were only eight survivors when the Boeing 737-800 crashed into a forest on landing.

The ill-fated Boeing, which began service on January 15 two years ago, was coming from Dubai.

COSATU condemns arrest of PUDEMO President

22 MAY 2010

Congress of South African Trade Unions has condemned the arrest of Mario Masuku, President of PUDEMO, the Swaziland pro-democracy movement.

This follows his arrest this morning by Swazi Royal police after attending a funeral, at which there was a battalion of hundreds of police, taking notes of what speakers were saying, and recording events on a digital video camera.

A Pudemo official says as mourners left, they were stopped at a police road block.

Mario Masuku was ordered to get into a police van which took him a police station.

Many of his comrades followed the police van and waited outside the station.

They were told that he had allegedly committed a crime under the Terrorism Act by shouting Viva PUDEMO! at the funeral.

However he was later released, after being told the police would serve him with papers ordering him to appear in court.

COSATU congratulated the comrades picketing at the police station.

The federation says it was their presence that persuaded the police to release their leader.

“This incident is further evidence of the suppression of democracy and human rights by the Swazi monarchist regime. The fact that shouting a slogan in support of a political party is an ‘offence’ says a great deal about the way this dictatorship refuses to tolerate normal political activity,” says COSATU’s Patrick Craven.

The People's United Democratic Movement began at the University of Swaziland in 1983.


COPE conference set to continue despite “leadership struggles”

By Ofentse Mokae
22 May 2010

The first elective conference of the 17 month-old Congress of the People is set to continue despite leadership battles in the party.

The conference scheduled to take place in Pretoria at the end of next week has already secured its venue.

The leadership struggle lies with the party’s founding leaders former ANC chair now COPE President Mosioua Lekota and former Gauteng Premier now party deputy President Mbhazima Shilowa.

Media reports say Shilowa along with two Congress National Committee (CNC) members and another party staffer signed a guarantee to take responsibility of the hotel bill where the conference will be held.

It is reported that this was done on the insistence of the hotel as uncertainty prevailed on whether the conference will sit.

According to reports the party paid a R1 million deposit while the rest of the bill will be settled on Monday.

It is understood that two Pretoria based hotels will be used for the conference one for the accommodation of the 2 000 expected delegates.

Shilowa and his supporters are determined the conference will go ahead, while Lekota and his allies are adamant that it should be postponed until disputes over accreditation and allegations of financial mismanagement are resolved.

Meanwhile Lekota is scheduled to address a party meeting in Cape Town’ Langa township at the John Ngwevela Community Hall this afternoon.

It was not immediately confirmed what Lekota will address.

The conference is set to cost the party a tone of R8.5 million.

Lekota and Shilowa are contesting the party Presidency position.

Cele says visits served as eye opener

22 MAY 2010

South African Police Service National Commisioner General Bheki Cele says service delivery monitoring visits to Mthatha police stations in the Eastern Cape were an eye opener.

Cele, who was accompanied by police top management, aimed to get first hand information.

The visit included Ngcobo, Ngangelizwe and Mthatha Central police stations among eight others.

The stations serve about two-point-four-million people.

Cele says they want the people of South Africa to be safe and to feel safe.

Denosa defends nurses in Gauteng

By Ofentse Mokae
22 May 2010

Following the deaths of 17 babies at two Gauteng Hospitals in the week, the Democratic Nursing Organisation has defended its nurses working at these hospitals.

Denosa says while it sympathises with families who have lost their babies, it takes strong exception at the depiction of nurses as murderers.

The organisation accuses the media of unfairly blaming nurses for the deaths of the infants.

“It cannot be correct for some sectors of the media to convict nurses while the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health and Social Development has pronounced that it will be investigating these cases,” said Debbie Raphuti Gauteng secretary for the organisation.

Raphuti strongly pointed out to a lack of resources and staff shortage that is hampering care.

“Therefore government needs to interrogate the entire health system and urgently deal with these challenges to avoid the recurrence of such throbbing incidents,” Raphuti added.

Meanwhile Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said every cent of this year’s budget would be used to address challenges in the health care system.

Mahlangu tabled a R22.2 billion budget yesterday afternoon at the provincial legislature aimed at improving the quality of services by reducing long queues at clinics, training more staff and improving cleanliness at hospitals.

But the Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom pointed out that the budget fell short of about R4.3 billion to really improve services.

Plane crash claims 160 lives in India

By Ofentse Mokae
22 May 2010

A plane crash in India has killed at least 160 people outside an airport in southern India this morning.

Foreign media reports say the accident occurred when the plane overshot the runway of the airport serving the city of Mangalore in Karnataka state at about 6am.

The plane burst into flames after crashing down a valley.

The Air India Express passenger plane travelling from Dubai was carrying 163 passengers and nine crew members.

Reports say Air India Express is the low cost arm of Air India, the budget airline started about five years ago.

However it is the first crash involving an Air India Express plane, according to an Air India spokesman.

Indian government has been trying to infuse funds to revive the airline against stiff competition from private carriers.

Public assistance needed in Swellendam

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 May 2010

Swellendam Police is requesting the assistance of the public to trace two unidentified suspects in connection with a double murder case.

Police spokesperson says two suspects a male and a female have been on the run for the past month.

Anyone that can shed light on their whereabouts are kindly requested to contact Detective Inspector Drysdale of Swellendam Police at 084 041 2224, alternatively phone Lieutenant Colonel Lee on 082 778 6935.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Satawu refuses to sign agreement with Transnet

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 May 2010

The crippling rail strike affecting ports, road freight and security is set to drag on next week after the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union rejected Transnet's 11 percent pay increase offer.

Satawu president Ezrom Mabyana says they will mobilise other sectors for a solidarity strike. Speaking in Johannesburg, Mabyana said Satawu disagreed with United Transport and Allied Unions accepting 11 percent and would push for 13 percent.

Satawu is also still consulting its members at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA who are also on strike, and couldn't say when they would have a final decision.

Zille slams Government over Green Paper

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 May 2010

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has slammed government over the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs draft Green Paper.

Zille says in her weekly news letter the policy proposals are a thinly disguised attempt to centralise the ANC’s power. She says it aims to undermine opposition parties’ progress at local and provincial level.

The document calls for a single election for national, provincial and local government. Zille says this will deprive people of the right to vote for the party of their choice at local level.

“The draft Green Paper seems innocuous enough at first glance. But, as I will make clear, if it becomes the policy of government, it will deal a serious body blow to our constitutional and democratic order.

“The Green Paper correctly acknowledges the appalling state of service delivery and admits that government has serious capacity and coordination problems. It talks of the need for increased accountability and bemoans wasteful expenditure by the state, said Zille.

Zille adds that this happened in the ANC’s repeated attempts to derail the City of Cape Town when the DA-led governing coalition took power in 2006.

“It is something we warned about before the last election, when the 17th Constitution Amendment Bill, designed to undermine the powers of municipalities, as well as the power of voters at local government level, first emerged,” said Zille.

Another World Cup stadium to be officially open

By Nomava Nobumba
21 May 2010

President Jacob Zuma will officially open Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium before the kick-off for the sold-out Nedbank Cup Final between Amazulu and Bidvest Wits tomorrow.

PSL chief executive Kjetil Siem says they will be testing the stadium’s readiness as a venue for the World Cup.

Zuma will be joined by a host of other high profile politicians, including Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and the Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo.

Police execute successful operation in Ocean View

By Kim Saulse
21 May 2010

Five suspects have been arrested on drug related charges and another for the possession of possible stolen goods, after Cape Town Central police acted on complaints received from Ocean View residents.

In a joint operation early this morning, the police’s Tactical Response Team and Ocean View police executed an intelligence driven operation in the area.

During the crime prevention operation, nine identified drug outlets were searched.

“Dagga with an estimated street value of R550.00 was confiscated, mandrax tablets with estimated street value of R1500.00, stolen household goods and powertools to the value of R5000.00, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash,” Captain Ezra October.

The suspects will appear at the Simons Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Social Development Dept. condemns arrest of street people

By Kim Saulse
21 May 2010

The City’s Social Development Department said it will launch an investigation into an alleged police operation that led to the unjust arrest of about 40 street people.

Mayoral Committee Member Grant Pascoe said if the allegations are proven to be true; it will be condemned in the “strongest possible terms”.

“Street People are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and have the same rights as any other South African citizen. If someone living on the street breaks the law, there must be consequences,” said Pascoe.

Pascoe added that the victimization of any of the city’s residents is intolerable, “no matter how powerless they are perceived to be”.

Utatu signs a wage agreement

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 May 2010

The United Transport and Allied Trade Union has signed a wage settlement of a 10 percent increase with the Passer Rail Agency of South.

The UTATU members as well as the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union downed tools on last week Monday that saw services shut down at Metrorail, Shosholoza Meyl and Autopax bus services across the country.

UTATU’s General Secretary Chris de Vos says the 10% is better than the initial offer of 5% by PRASA.

“The parties agree to commence negotiations in this regard within seven days of the singing of the substantive agreement.

“The parties further agree that the process shall be facilitated by CCMA Senior Commissioners. The Commissioner shall be responsible for convening meetings and ensuring that the process is finalised by 30 June 2010,” said de Vos.

De Vos added that should the parties, for whatever reason, fail to reach settlement then either of the parties shall reserve their legal rights in terms of applicable dispute resolution procedures.

“We are glad that we have come to an agreement and believe that workers were very responsible for giving us the mandate to go ahead with the wage agreement,” said de Vos.

The Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George says that the members of UTATU really need to be commended for their ability to enter into peaceful negotiations and strike action, which showed employers that they need to respect workers and their rights.

Theft suspect wanted

21 May 2010

Strandfontein police are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing a suspect who can be of assistance in a theft investigation.

Warrant Officer Ian Williams said the suspect pulled up in his vehicle, at a petrol station in Strandfontein.

“The suspect requested R100 petrol. After the petrol attendant had finished filling the tank with the required amount of petrol, the suspect drove off without paying,” said Williams.

The suspect is between the age of 20 and 30 years old, well built and approximately 1.6m tall.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the investigating officer Detective Constable Samuel Mokganye of Strandfontein police on 083 4724 679 or (021) 370 1501.



R15m worth of abalone seized on the N2

By Nomava Nobumba
21 May 2010

Bags of abalone with an estimated value of R15 million were seized on the N2 near Grabouw yesterday.

The two suspects that were on the vehicle containing ten thousand seven hundred and seventy six bags of abalone are still at large.

The bust was made yesterday morning by Grabouw police and members of the Coastal Marine Management that were busy with crime prevention duties on the N2 near Houwhoek Pass in the area.

Police spokesperson Constable Motlagomang Motsoeli says when they spotted a suspicious looking white Colt bakkie they tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped off in the direction of Grabouw.

Motsoeli says they gave chase and the vehicle was spotted at Houwhoek Farmstall, where it came to a halt and both occupants ran away.

“Police and Coastal Marine Management members launched a search for the suspects but they were no where to be found,” said Motsoeli.

No arrests have yet been made.

Tik worth R80 000 seized in Delft

By Nomava Nobumba
21 May 2010

A 44 year old man faces a charge of dealing in drugs after police seized tik with an estimated street value of R80 000 at a residence in Delft South.

Captain Joe Wilson said the arrest follows after police acted on information about a drug shipment in the area.

More than 2 000 sachets containing tik were confiscated.

The suspect will appear at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court today.

Three nabbed in Nyanga

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 May 2010

Three suspects have been arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearm in Nyanga.

Police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says members of the Nyanga Cluster Reaction Unit arrested three suspects with an unlicensed firearm.

“The suspects were wanted for an Attempted Murder case committed on Tuesday in Samora Machel.

“It is alleged that the victim was standing in front of her house when the suspects stopped the vehicle they were driving near the house and one suspect just shot the woman in the leg. She was taken to hospital, Said Sitshitshi.

The three men aged 18, 21 and 24 will appear in Athlone court on Monday, on charges of Attempted Murder and Possession of an unlicensed firearm.

34 year old suspect to appear in court today

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 May 2010

A 34 year old man has been arrested for being in possession of bank cards, hi-tech skimming devices and other accessories.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander says the Commercial Crime Investigation Component of the Hawks in collaboration with Crime Intelligence arrested a 34 year old male from Woodstock this morning in possession of bank cards, hi-tech skimming devices and other accessories.

“Investigators received information about illegal activities at a house in Dundonald Street, Woodstock. The search led to the discovery of the following credit card manufacturing equipment;

“We also confiscated the a card embosser and skimming device one speed point, card printer two cellphones, three laptops, one camera, one memory stick, said Filander.

He added that the suspect is facing charges of Contravening the Electronic and Communication Act - Section 25 and 86.

The suspect will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court today.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

City condemns alleged illegal removal of street people by SAPS

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 May 2010

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development Department has condemned a police operation in which it says approximately 40 street people were arrested last night.

Councillor Grant Pascoe says street people are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and have the same rights as any other South African citizen.

Pascoe adds that if someone living on the street breaks the law, there must be consequences. But the city cannot allow the victimisation of any of its residents.

“The City is committed to helping street people reintegrate back into society in a way that respects their dignity and constitutional rights,” said Pascoe.

Ten Injured as Taxi Crashes into Office.

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 May 2010

Ten occupants of a taxi were injured when the taxi they were travelling in crashed in to an office building on Jan Van Riebeeck Drive in Elsies River Industrial.

ER24 paramedics spokesperson Tristan Wadeley says when paramedics arrived on the scene they found that the Toyota Hi Ace taxi had crashed through the wall, and the front section of the taxi was sitting inside the office.

“The patients sustained minor to moderate injuries and were taken to Elsies Day Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital for further medical care.

“It is alleged that the brakes of the taxi failed which caused it to crash into the office building. There was no-one in the office at the time of the crash, said Wadeley.

Transnet strike set to continue while Metrorail customers will have to wait

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 May 2010

Operations at Transet are set to resume tomorrow after a strike lasting more than two weeks, but Metrorail trains might still be on hold.
Negotiations into the early hours of the morning are to be taken to union members today before a formal agreement is signed later this afternoon.

Labour originally demanded a 15-percent across the board pay increase.

Satawu president Ezrom Mabyana says the latest deal now sees an 11-percent increase, with a one-off payment of one-thousand-Rand to about 50-thousand Transnet employees.

Meanwhile Metrorail unions have rejected a 10-percent wage increase from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

Two to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates court for theft

By Khanyisa Tabata
20 May 2010

Two people have been arrested for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle that occurred in Albert Road, Woodstock.

Police spokesperson sergeant Hilton Malila says he arrest follows after police members on scheduled crime prevention patrols in the vicinity of Regent Street noticed two males carrying a big sports bag.

“When the two males noticed the police, they ran in opposite directions. During a pursuit they were apprehended.

“Two cordless drills, one cordless jigsaw, four drill batteries and a drill charger to the estimated value of R10 000 were found in their possession,” said Malila.

He adds that a preliminary investigation revealed that the two suspects broke into a parked vehicle in Albert Road, Woodstock minutes before their arrest.

The two suspects, currently in police custody, will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates’ today on a charge of Theft out of a motor vehicle.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

1.2 million children immunised across the province

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 May 2010

Western Cape Health department says about 1.2 million children have been immunised across the city since declaring an outbreak of Measles.

Health department spokesperson Darren Francis says there has been a considerable downward trend in the number of measles cases reported in May.

Francis says numerous schools and other childcare facilities were visited by nurses during phase one of the immunisation campaign.

“The Department of Health decided that the measles isolation ward at Khayelitsha District Hospital will be decommissioned as of Monday, 24 May. This ward will be re-commissioned as an 18 bed general pediatrics ward. As a precautionary measure, steps will be taken later this week to decontaminate the ward before use.

“In addition, the isolation wards at Tygerberg Hospital and New Somerset Hospital will remain open until the Department is fully satisfied that the measles epidemic is under control,” said Francis.

Francis added that the isolation wards at Tygerberg and New Somerset Hospital are currently still running at 60-70 percent capacity and will be reviewed at the end of May. However, more beds will be made available should there be an upsurge in measles cases.

MEC condemns disruption of teaching at primary school

By Ofentse Mokae
19 May 2010

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant has condemned the disruption of teaching at the Avondale Primary School in Atlantis.

According to education officials teachers at the school neglected their core duty since Monday protesting the return of their principal after a lengthy disciplinary process that was initiated more then two years ago.

MEC Grant says teachers cannot undermine the lawful return of the principal as due processes were followed.

“I wish to underscore that teachers cannot allow their unhappiness to undermine due process of the law, and most importantly, to prejudice the rights of learners,” says. Grant

Grant says he is particularly displeased that teachers are expressing their dissatisfaction at the expense of the learners whom they are duty bound to teach.

“My immediate priority at this stage is to ensure that learning continues and that the safety of learners is protected,” he added.

Meanwhile the disgruntled educators are set to meet Grant to voice their concerns and find possible solutions.

At this stage education officials however have been deployed to the school in an attempt to restore order.

Police investigates fraud scam

By Nomava Nobumba
19 May 2010

Mitchell’s Plain Police is seeking the assistance of the public in tracing the man linked to the fraud scam that occurred in the area last week.

Warrant Officer Ian Williams says the complainant had just withdrawn R1. 600 from ABSA bank in the Town Center when an unknown man showed him a bag full of money.

He then picked the money and told the complainant that they can share it, but insisted that it needs to be in a private place.

“They went to the suspect’s brother’s car which was parked in the area.

Upon arrival two other men claiming to be police officers jumped into the vehicle,” said Williams.

The men then told the victim that they saw on camera how they picked up the money, and that the money was stolen out of a motor vehicle in the same area.

They told the victim that they need to go to the police station.

Williams says the suspects drove towards AZ Berman Drive and asked the complainant how much money he had on him.

“They told him to hand over the money because they wanted to count it. Of which he did,” William said.

He was given an envelope thereafter convinced that it has his money.

The complainant was dropped off at Promenade Mall. where he after opened the envelope.

Williams says when the complainant opens the envelope, it was filled with pieces of newspaper.

Anyone with information about the incident or who knows the whereabouts of the suspect can contact the investigation officer Detective Constable Vincent Poni of Mitchells plain police at 021 3701706 or 078 55 93 878.

Construction worker airlifted after fall

By Ofentse Mokae
19 May 2010

A construction worker at a residential complex near Somerset West had to be airlifted to hospital after falling from scaffolding early today.

ER24 paramedics say the 28 year-old fell approximately four metres from the scaffolding to the ground below.

The injured sustained multiple fractures and was in a serious but stable condition.

He was airlifted to Vergelegen Medi-Clinic for further medical care.

Five injured in a collision in Khayelitsha

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 may 2010

Five people have been injured in a collision between a car and bakkie at the -ramp to Mew Way from the N2, near Khayelitsha

ER24 spokesperson Tristan Wadeley says the five patients, of which three were pedestrians and two were occupants of the bakkie, sustained minor injuries and were taken to various surrounding hospitals for further medical care.

“It is alleged that the bakkie was turning onto Mew Way and was hit from the side by a Toyota RunX.

“This caused the bakkie to go up onto the pavement and hit the three pedestrians who were waiting for a taxi. Dense fog is thought to be a contributing factor in this collision,” said Wadeley.



The Community Women Action will host a talent Show on May 28 2010 at the Tuscany Glen Primary School at 6PM. R10 per person. Come and experience an evening full and laughter and explore all local talent of the Eerste River area. For more information call Mark Ockhius on 021 904 1990.

Happy Land Educare invites you to their annual Child Protection Awareness Campaign. They will also be hosting the Save Our Children Street March, where entertainment and education will take place on the importance of Child Safety and Security. The march will begin at Shoprite Eerste River parking area and end at the Spurwing Primary School. This event will take place on May 29 2010 from 9am. Happylanders, Just Do It Dance Group and the Disky Dancers amogst others will provide the entertainment. Call 021 904 9251 or cellphone 078 336 7042 for more details.

The Depression and Anxiety Group gives support to family members, friends and partners of those suffering from Bipolar Mood Disorder. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Crescent Clinic, Main Road, Claremont from half past 7 to 9 O’clock in the evenings. For more information or bookings contact 082 458 8044.

An adoption support group meets weekly on Wednesday from half past 7 to 9 O clock in the evenings in Rondebosch. The group welcomes those who have adopted or who are considering adopting and is facilitated by a clinical psychologist and a social worker. Contact Jean on or call 084 685 4839.

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