Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Woman injured in a nature reserve

Nontando Mafanya
30 December 2015

A woman in her thirties sustained moderate injuries yersterday after she fell a cliff in a nature reserve in Kwazulu Natal. The woman was allegedly hiking at night when she fell and broke her ankle.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw says…“Paramedics along with various search and rescue teams responded to the nature reserve and after a four hour search found the woman”.

He also added that…“She was treated and transported by ER24 paramedics to Hillcrest Private Hospital for further treatment.”

The cause of the incident in still unknown, local authorities were on scene.” He concluded   

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Child killed and others injured in a collision

Simamkele Vakaza

23 December 2015 

A 6-year-old boy was killed and three others injured this morning after a three vehicle collision on the N3 highway after Howick, KwaZulu Natal.

“ER24 paramedics, along with other services, responded to the scene and on arrival, found a light motor vehicle and bakkie lying in the middle of the road while a truck had parked a few metres away”, said Russl Meiring.
“On assessment, paramedics found the body of a six-year-old patient lying in the front seat of the light motor vehicle”, added Meiring.

“Unfortunately, the child already succumbed to his fatal injuries”, He explained.

Four Killed in a collision

Simamkele Vakaza
23 December 2015
Four people have died and four others were injured in a collision between two vehicles on the N1 nortbound close to Heuningspruit in the Free State earlier today.

“When ER24 paramedics as well as other services arrived on scene they found four people trapped in one of the vehicles”, said Chitra Bodasing.

“Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the woman and three men belived to be between their late 20’s to early 30’s”, explained Bodasing.

“They were all declared dead”, added Bodasing.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Angie Motshega releases a report about SADTU’s corruption by selling posts



18 December 2015

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshega acknowledged on TV yesterday that in KwaZulu-Natal fear, prevented many of the best educators from applying for a promotion. SADTU has allowed its officials to capture the control of education and make it their play thing. Instead of being an occupation union with its focus on professional development, SADTU is an out and about political organisation pursuing a political agenda.

The MEC spokes person Dennis Bloem says….“The minister of basic education Angie Motshega have just released a report where SADTU is implicated in corruption, selling of posts.

Now we are saying that if SADTU can go that route how can we trust SADTU with the elections? They are the deciding officers when it comes to elections. The IEC must not allow that”.

A collision happened yerserterday

Nontando Mafanya

18 December 2015

Nine people were injured yesterday evening after a delivery van and truck collided on the R59 in Vereeniging.

ER24  spokesperson Russel Meiring says... Paramedic’s responded to the scene, and on arrival found both the vehicle in the emergency lane of the road.”

He also added that “Paramedics found that nine people had been injured in the collision.”   

“All the patients were found to have been on the back of the delivery van at the time of the incident.”

“One of the patients had been ejected from the vehicle and had sustained moderate injuries.”
“Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported all of them to Sasolburg Hospital for further treatment.” He concluded


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Former officers flock back to the police serces

Nontando Mafanya
17 December 2015

The South African Police Service has re-employed almost 550 former officer in an effort to boost its fight against crime. The received more than three thousand applications for the just over one thousand re-enstiment post.

Spokesperson  Vishu Nadio says...’’We were able to identify just 548 of those transport as supplied and some of that 548  over 300 of them.”

“Because the bus majority of them which is over 300 will be deployed in the policies environment over 150 environment  and a small section and about 37 will go to our supports.” he added

A Collision happened in Modjadjiskloof

17 December 2015
Nontando Mafanya

Five people were injured when a truck allegedly lost control in Modjadjiskloof, Limpompo yesterday. The collusion occurred on one of the nearby mountain passes. The truck was allegedly carrying people on the back and when the truck lost control, it is believed that the passengers then jumped off the truck.

ER24 spokeperson says… “when paramedics arrived on scene they found that three people had sustained minor injuries.”

“ one person had moderate injuries patient to a nearby field so that Air Mercy Service could airlift the patient to hospital.” 

“The remain patients were treated and transported by othr services on scene.” He added   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Safety in the Western Cape Communities

Simamkele Vakaza
15 December 2015

Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato welcomes the swift from Cape Town police in Ocean View near Kommetjie, which has seen arrests made in connection with seven murders committed in the area since the 5th of this month. MEC Dan Plato’s spokesperson Ewald Botha explains.

“MEC Plato urges the community at Ocean View and the rest of the communities across the Province to support the sanctions in their various investigations”, said Ewald Botha.

“As safety is everyone’s responsibility and we see the criminals can be arrested”, He added. 

Sibiya and Dramat are investigated again

Simamkele Vakaza
15 December 2015

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has confirmed that former Hawks head Anwar Dramat and former head of the crime-busting unit in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya are being investigated yet again for their alleged role in rendition of a group of Zimbambwens. IPID spokesperson Robbie Raburabu explains…

“This is not a new investigation altogether, It’s an investigation that has been there”, said Robbie Raburabu.

“What happened now is the NPA came back to us to say these guys need to sign warning statements that were never signed before”, explained Raburabu.

He added “And that’s what happens, after those warning statements has been signed the matter will be sent back to the NPA, for them to process the matter”.

Look after your Children during this Festive Season

Simamkele Vakaza
15 December 2015

Missing Children South Africa has revealed that a child goes missing every five hours in South Africa. Globally, statistics also show that child trafficking is on the increase. Simon Colman of SHA Specialist Underwriters says in light of these alarming figures, parents are urged to keep a watchful eye over their children during the festive season. Colman explains why there’s a risk of human trafficking increasing during festive season.

“Talking to kids about the dangers of talking to strangers it’s become quite cliché”, said Simon Colman.

“But it doesn’t make it any less important and explaining simple things, generally an adult is not going to stop a child and ask for directions or for help somewhere when there are other adults around”, He explained.

“So they should be suspicious of these things and we always telling our children to keep quiet, but we should also make it clear that there are times when they should be making a noise”, added Colman.

“If they feeling uncomfortable with something they shouldn’t feel they can’t shout or scream or cry to attract attraction”, He said.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Rand strengthened because of Goghan’s re-appointment

Simamkele Vakaza
12 December 2015

The rand strengthened today and bonds rallied. The currency showed its biggest one-day advance since October 2008. But the FF Plus believes the end is nigh for Zuma. Pieter Mulder says many people have lost confidence in the President and he has no one to blame but himself.

“The president for this move of re-appointing Mr Gordhan must succeed in helping to restore the confidence in our economy”, explained Pieter Mulder.

 “But it’s not going to succeed in restoring confidence in its self” Added Mulder. 

DA welcomes President decision

Nontando Mafanya
14 December 2015

In time span of only five days, South Africa has had three different Ministers of Finance.

DA leader  Mmusi Maimane says they welcome the decision to reappoint Gordhan but still have concerns  with Van Rooney being appointed as Minister of cooperative Governance and Traditional  Affairs

He also says…Pravhin Ghodhan has an experience and treasury and we hopefully that he will be able to stand up to President Zuma on issues like the SAA.”

“As for me Van Rooney I serve sorry for being a political pores being used by President Jacob Zuma at this time.” He concluded      

South Africa is a Banana Republic

Simamkele Vakaza
14 December 2015

COPE remains baffled why the president removed minister Nene in the first place. Sunday evening came the announcement from the President that he had switched Van Rooyen to COGTA and Gordhan to finance. 

Such a thing happens only in Banana Republic, explains COPE Spokesperson Dennis Bloem.

“The Congress of the People are saying that, this president is making bad appointments one after each other”, said Spokesperson Dennis Bloem.

“We have seen that over the past four days, two ministers of finance”, explains Bloem.

“We don’t understand that, the president does not have advisers that he don’t listen to other people”, added Dennis Bloem.

 He added that, “We are saying to the president to do an honourable thing and resign, if he does not resign the people of the country must rise”.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Another accident happened yesterday afternoon

Nontando Mafanya
12 December 2015

17 people were injured this yesterday afternoon when a truck t-boned a transporter vehicle on market road in Pietermaritzburg.

ER 24 Paramedics spokesperson russel meiring says… “The responded to the scene, and arrival the truck and transport vehicle sitting in the middle of the road. Occupants from the transporter were found seated on the nearby pavement.”

“On assessment, paramedics found 17 patients from the transporter had sustained only minor to moderate injuries.”

“Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to mediclinic  in Pietermaritzburg” He concluded

Friday, December 11, 2015


Siphelo Bayana

11 Dececmber 2015

The City of Cape Town would like to encourage Early Childhood Development, centre operators to ensure that they have security in place over the festive season to mitigate the risk of vandalism and theft.

Suzette Little says… “At the end of the day it is the children that are attending that centre who suffers the most, ironically the perpetrators are very often related to those children they are depriving”

“I suppose a case could be made for even tighter security but we simply do not have the budget for it nor do many of the private ECD who run their facilities from non city sites’’ said Suzette Little.

‘’What we need to do is make communities see the value in education for their children and why destroying their chances for a better life is a terrible idea” she added. 

Department of Health says funds were mismanaged

Simamkele Vakaza
11 December 2015

The Gauteng Health Department says part of the reason it did not receive a clean audit is because of an accrual of payments from previous years.
MEC Qedani Mahlangu says 2010 and 2011, it was not able to pay contractors because funds had been mismanaged.

“As Department of Health we received a qualified report but that imamate from the accrual in 2010, 2011 you’d know that we were under administration”, said MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

 “So some of the suppliers were not paid and as such the subsequent financial years were still left to pay people that we did not pay in the previous financial years. But we are very sure we are moving out of that”, added MEC Mahlangu.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

President Zuma removes Nhlanhla Nene

Chumani Simelela
10 December 2015
Economist Dawie Roodt says he is totally speechless, following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of removing Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance. In a statement Zuma says Nene had done well since his appointment to the position during a difficult economic climate. Nene has been replaced by David Van Rooyen. Roodt says Zuma chose the worst timing…

Dawie Roodt says …“Is difficult to say why the person did it, the strange thing is, on the beginning really consulted quiet broadly when he made decisions. But I get the impressions that the last time he thinks, only doing it on his own”.

“He did not consult anybody cabinet, his partner. He did not consult Luthuli House and nobody the new Minister of mineral affairs. It was a total stranger from outside from the Free State, bringing in from the outside”.  

“This time again it is somebody unknown coming in from the outside, normally as Mr Nene was 1st the deputy Minister. Then he became the Minister because he practises the position”.
 “So I get the impression he is being isolated as President, he does not want anybody to talk back to him, those that did he get rid of you know? Tokyo Sexwale is gone….Paul Mashatile is gone”

South Africans will suffer because of Zuma’s decision

Simamkele Vakaza
10 December 2015

Economist Mike Schussler says President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that Nhlanhla Nene has been removed as finance minister is not the best decision he has made.
Schussler warn s that poor South Africans will suffer most from resulting instability.

“This is a surprise and shocking move by the president. Normally one would expect a notice about any changes in the department of finance of any country”, said Mike Schussler.

“We are very worried and concerned, this situation has been bought about because one man must be standing, in the way of others for prevention of reckless trading”, added Schussler.

The new minister of finance has done well so far

Nontando Mafanya
10 December 2015

Economist Dawie   Roodt says he is stunned by President  Jacob Zumas pointing  Nhlanhla  Nene as new Finance Minister. In a statement Zuma says Nene had done well during a difficult economic climate.  He has been replaced by David van Rooyen. Roodt says Zuma chose the worst possible time to make the move

Roodt Recession says… “The rand went to the lowest ever than the US Dollar that will mean that we have even more inflation rate.”

“We wanna  know especially food inflation will be much  high that it is at the moment. It is very good  possibility  even that  the south African economic  recession rate.”

“Not only a matter  of pointing new minister of finance. It is appointing  somebody that is got key position in cabinet  and somebody that is very very much needed especial this time.”

South Africans will suffer because of Zuma’s decision

Simamkele Vakaza
10 December 2015

Economist Mike Schussler says President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that Nhlanhla Nene has been removed as finance minister is not the best decision he has made.
Schussler warn s that poor South Africans will suffer most from resulting instability.

“This is a surprise and shocking move by the president. Normally one would expect a notice about any changes in the department of finance of any country”, said Mike Schussler.

“We are very worried and concerned, this situation has been bought about because one man must be standing, in the way of others for prevention of reckless trading”, added Schussler. 

Eleven people injured in two collisions

Nontando  Mafanya      
10 December  2015

Nine people were injured yesterday in a collision at the corner of Drakensberg Drive and Allen Street in Newcastle.

Chitra Bodasing says… “ER 24 paramedics and other services arrived on a scene and found a vehicle transporting construction workers and a light motor vehicle had collided”.

“Some patients, all found lying on the ground while others were found walking on scene. The patients, all from the construction vehicle, were asserted by paramedics.

Six patients were found to have sustained minor  injuries and three were found to have sustained moderate injuries. The patients were treated and transported to the Madadeni Hospital for further medical care.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Meanwhile  Two people were injured in a collusion between a taxi and a car in south Ridge Road, Berea , yesterday.

ER24 paramedics spokesperson Chetra Bodasing  says… “And other services arrived on scene and found the car ,a female, and taxi driver were trapped in their vehicles.”

“They were extricated by fire and rescue services. Upon assessment by paramedics it was found that they sustain moderate injuries.  They were treated and transported to hospital for  further medical  care”  

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

35 million rand will be taken from Fort Hare

Nontando Mafanya
09 December 2015

The DA says Higher Education and Training the Minister Blade Nzimade’s confirmation that 35 million rand will be taken from the Eastern Cape University of Fort Hares infrastructure grant just to keep it afloat for the remainder of the financial year is of major concern. The opposition Belinda Bozzoli says Nzimande and his colleagues need to act to save tertiary institutions from having to canibisalise themselves in order to survive . 

Forthare spokesperson says…'' The unable to sustain themselves until the end of the financial year. And they are having to get the bail out from the government."

But this is via one of the fun on infrastructure fund. It is really not could practise fund in a long term problem.

So if there is a huge problem they may able to survive now until the end of the year using their own money but this is does not all go.

 "The way for the long term of the University of fort hare or for many other Universities the are going to need funding as the year going. he concluded


Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially launched “ikapa cares”

09 December 2015

Nontando Mafanya

Western Cape MEC of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially launched “iKapa Cares”, a future partnership with specific private pharmacies who will be expanding their health service offering to include HIV Counselling and testing services, in addition to family planning at iKapa Cares outlets.

Solllen Spart says... “This program is an initiative between the provincial government and private sector.”

“To ensure that the population of  the Western Cape has increased access to services and awareness in healthcare.”

“ This goals to available necessary resources to our patient pools to ensure better experience in receiving healthy care tools.” He cocluded

40-year-old killed by lightning in KZN

Simamkele Vakaza
09 December 2015

A 40 year old man was killed after being struck by lightning and several others were injured in the Umzinyathi district in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday evening. KZN EMS respondent Robert Mckenzie is encouraging residents to practice caution when lightning persists.

“Paramedics treated at least 15 other patients from separate incidents”, said Robert Mckenzie.

“As EMS we are on stand-by and high alert for any possible further storms today”, He added.

Agri SA urges for more donations to fight drought

Simamkele Vakaza
09 December 2015

Agri SA is calling on all South Africans to support the Drought Disaster Fund to provide assistance, especially at humatarian level for those affected by the drought the country is currently experiencing.

“We have a fund that’s setting up, a Drought Disaster Fund”, said Omri van Zyl.
“That we will use to assist with strategic interventions within the sector to help alleviate negative effects of the droughts on farmers in all the different commodities spaces”, He added.

To make contributions visit:

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

People who suffer from depression seek medical help

Simamkele Vakaza
07 December 2015

ER24 is urging people who suffer from depression to seek medical help and not to keep feelings bottled up.

The emergency service’s Chitra Bodasing says while many women are more open about their feelings and problems, majority of men who do not open up, or speak up, tend to become more aggressive and might lose everything they hold dear.

“Well some of us are counting down the days to the festive season”, says Chitra Bodasing.
 “Others are experiencing feelings of sadness and loneliness or it is a very stressful time for them” she explained.

 “Some people result to suicide while others become so frustrated and angry during this time that relationships end to divorce and separation”, explained Chitra Bodasing

She added “People are urged to offer support and be more understanding towards those who are depressed or stressed”.

AN Accident happened in N12 in Lenasia off ramp in Gauteng

Nontando Mafanya

07 December 2015

One person was killed and six others injured in a collision that occurred earlier this evening on the N12 close to the Lenasia off ramp in Gauteng.
ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw says that… “The collision involved a taxi as well as a light motor vehicle’’.

“The allegedly collided with the light motor vehicle and then the light motor vehicle allegedly caught fire”. He added
“Over and above the deceased patient, there was also one patient with critical injuries that was treated and transported by ER24 paramedics to LenMed hospital in Randfontein for further treatment”, he added.

“The other patients all sustained moderate injuries and were treated and transported to nearby hospitals by other medical service that were on scene,” He explained.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Ina and Robbie Lotters were murdered during a robbery today.

Simamkele Vakaza
07 December 2015

The body of Ina Lotters was found just afternoon today. Lotters and her husband Robbie, were murdered during a robbery and arson attack on the farm house near Modimolle yesterday evening.

“The body of the woman was discovered in the burnt out house where a section on the roof collapsed on her”, Said Ronel Otto.
“Post Mortems will be conducted on both bodies to determine the cause of the death” explained Otto.

“No Arrests had been made we’ve got a dedicated and experienced team of dictators working on this incident”, He added.

A collision claimed one life on M7

Nontando Mafanya
07 December 2015

One person sustained fatal and two others were left in a collision that occurred on M7 near pine town earlier this afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson says… “The bakkie as well as a light motor vehicle .it is believed that the bakkie allegedly lost and rolled over the middle man and landed on top of the light motor vehicle.”

“ER24 arrived on scene and after assessment found that the man in the bakkie had already succumb to his injuries and was declared dead on scene.”

“ ER24 Paramedics treated and transported a moderately  injured patience to RK Khan Hospital for further treatment .’’

“The cause of the incident remains unknown, local authorities were on scene for further re-investigation.” He concluded

One person died in a collision

Nontando Mafanya 

07 December 2015

One person was killed and six others injured in a collision that  occurred           earlier this evening on the N12 close to the Lenasia off ramp in Gauteng.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw says that… “The collision involved a taxi as well as a light motor vehicle’’.

“The allegedly collided with the light motor vehicle and then  the light motor vehicle allegedly caught fire”.

''Over and above the deceased patient, there was also one patient with critical injuries that was treated and transported by ER24 paramedics to LenMed hospital in Randfontein for further treatment he added.”

The other patients all sustained moderate injuries and were treated and transported to nearby hospitals by other medical service that were on scene.’’ he concluded

Sunday, December 06, 2015

ANC’s complete takeover of the SABC

Simamkele Vakaza

06 December 2015

Minister of Communications Faith Muthabi, tabled a Bill that will give ANC government complete control over the public broadcaster, the SABC.

The president will now appoint non-executive members of the board on the advice of the Minister not parliament.

“DA will do everything in its power to oppose the Broadcasting amendment bill”, said PhumzileVan Damme.

“Which was given in parliament on Friday by the Minister of Communications”, Added Van Damme.

“This Bill will astonish South Africa’s Democracy as it to remove parliament’s role in appointment to the SABC board members” She said.

Superman didn’t live up to his name on Table Mountain

Mbasa Gqokoma
06 December 2015

An man in his late forties dressed up as Superman was rescued from Table Mountain yesterday.

The man was participating in a fun run that started in the city and went up the mountain.

It then seems as if the man started suffering extreme exhaustion as his wife phoned ER24 for help.
ER24 paramedics, dressed in red and blue just like the superhero, along with the assistance of the park rangers at Table Mountain started searching for the man.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw says “It wasn't long before the man was found and he was airlifted down the mountain by Skymed. ER24 paramedics then treated and transported the man to Mediclinic Cape Town for further treatment.”

Friday, December 04, 2015

DENOSA welcomes the SCA’s decision

04 December 2015
Nontando Mafanya

The Democratic Nurses Organisation, whose majority members are women, says in a statement issued it welcomes the judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal in finding Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder.

Denosa president  Simon hlungwani says  “as part of the 16 days of activism campaign today the western cape minister of the safety are replace her  together with our safety department and community members of happy valley.’’

‘blacks  must protect the public and against violent in abuse  of a woman and children for the duration of international services cares about  activism  campaign running about 25 presentss minimum”… he concluded

The City to extend hours on Saturday to renew Licences before Holidays

Simamkele Vakaza

04 December 2015

In a statement issued, the City of Cape Town says in an effort to assist motorists whose vehicle license discs expired on 30 November 2015.

And who have not acted in time to renew their discs, the City will extend the operation hours of selected motor vehicle registration centres.

“Due to the problems that have been found at the motor vehicle licence offices”, Said Alderman Ian Neilson.

“Due to the new rules that are in place. The city will be extending hours on Saturday morning to allow more time for motorists to be able to renew their licences before the holiday period”, He Added.

DA SRC Pres forced Nzimande to apologise

Nontando Mafanya
04 December 2015

In yesterday’s meeting between leaders of University student councils and Minister Blade Nzimande, the DA president of the Fort Hare SRC forced Minister Nzimande to apologise for his “students must fall” comment.

Minister Nzimande has been widely criticised for proclaiming that students should fall at a time when students were desperately crying out for financial exclusion experienced by many South African Students.

DA Youth interim leader Yussuf Cassim explains.....
Minister Blade Nzimande  was forced to apologise for his comment saying that student must  fall by the DA SRC President at the University of Fort Hare Busisiwe Mashixa.”

He added that “This is significant as this stubborn Minister has refused to apologise for all of the crisis he has created across this country including his department for not asking for any adjustments budget as a way.”

One man died and a woman sustained moderate injuries

Simamkele Vakaza
04 December 2015
One Man died and a woman sustained moderate injuries when the vehicle they were in, overturned on the N8 about 20Km outside Bloemfontein in the early hours of the morning. ER24 paramedics and Fire and Rescue Services arrived on scene and found the vehicle on its roof in a field near the road.

“A man found a few metres away from the vehicle was assessed. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for him. He had sustained multiple injuries and was declared dead”, said Chitra Bodasing.

“It is understood that a woman was found trapped between the bonnet and windscreen of the overturned vehicle”, added Bodasing.

“Fire and Rescue as well as towing services lifted the vehicle in order for paramedics to gain access to the patient. The woman was removed from under the wreckage and assessed”, said Bodasing.

She added that “It was found that she sustained moderate injuries. She was treated and transported to hospital for further medical care”.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Dep Minister of Police to engage with Mdantsane Community members.

Simamkele Vakaza
03 December 2015

The Deputy Minister of Police, Ms. Makhotsho Maggie Sotyu, will engage with Mdantsane community members on 10 December 2015. The engagement forms part of the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children- Count me in.

“The Deputy Minister will also take time to visit five identified families of gender-based violence survivors to offer support and to hand over Christmas gifts”, Said Col Sibongile Soci.

The engagement will be preceded by a suspect raids, roadblocks and stop and search(es) in and around Mdantsane”, Added Soci.

She added “The media is invited to accompany the Deputy Minister to all the scheduled events where she will be accompanied by the Eastern Cape Provisional Commissioner and other stakeholders crucial in the fight against gender-based violence and community leaders”.

WC ANCYL calls for the annual Festival of Lights Celebrationm in Khayelitsha

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 December 2015

The African National Congress Youth League Dullah Omar Region calls on Mayor Patricia De Lille to move the annual Festival of Lights Celebrations multimillion Rand event away from Adderley Street to Khayelitsha’s Jafta Masemola Road- one of the biggest streets on the Cape Flats.

We are calling for the Mayor of the City to move the event to Khayelitsha, because that’s where African people and in particular the oppressed in the past are concentrated”. Said Mika Mahlaule

He added “And we are making this call precisely because the event takes place at 21:00 PM where many people struggle to get to the City because of transport”.

Castle of Good Hope to host Chinese Cultural Festival

Nontando Mafanya
03 December 2015

The Castle of Good Hope will be hosting the very significant Chinese Culture Festival in South Africa from 4 December to 12 December 2015.

Castle Control Board CEO, Calvyn Gilfellan says, this event coincides with President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Africa and supports the five to ten year strategic programme for Cooperation initiative between these two countries.

Gilfellan added, “ . . . that  the Chinese President and President Jacob Zuma will be meeting in Johannesburg. So I think with that casting playing which is pretty committed to Chinese cooperating and the exhibitions will stay here from tomorrow on till Saturday.”

“”We really invite all citizens who are interested in global relations and autumn exchange to pay us a visit.” He concluded.

NDDPP Jiba finally filed answering affidavit

Nontando Mafanya
03 December 2015

The embattled Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nongcobo Jiba has finally filed her answering affidavit. The application was submitted on Wednesday afternoon in the Western Cape High Court. The Democratic Alliance says it would like to see her suspended.

“She has always acted in good faith and that criticism by a court does not necessarily entail that a person should be disciplined and suspended.” The DA’s Samkelo Magobozi said.

He added that “She makes these assertions devoid of an iota of evidence to substitute her difference of opinion with the courts indictment of her conduct. She also suggests that the court had never made findings against her personally but only against her office, and she had relied on the advice of others. Not only is this a blatant attempt to deflect responsibility. An indictment of her poverty of leadership skills and integrity but it is also disingenuous.”

City of Cape Town to ensure safe initiation summer season

Simamkele Vakaza
03 December 2015

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is on hand to help ensure a safe initiation season for both traditional initiation schools and the young men performing their cultural rite of passage this summer.

The initiation season officially two weeks ago.

We don’t want to meddle tradition but the vested interest insuring that the initiation process is done in a manner that promotes the health and wellbeing of the initiates”, said Mayoral Committee Member for Health Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli

He also added, “There are far too many young men whose journey ends in deaths in part of the country. Deaths which ultimately should and could be avoided”.

“We also started increasing awareness and promotion of medical men circumcision, but we are sensitive to the fact that this is viewed differently from initiation, which is a right passage”, said Siyabulela Mamkeli.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Bush Radio’s Nigel Vermaas receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 December 2015

The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa announced the winners of the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards in Johannesburg on Monday, naming freelance writer Lwandile Fikeni overall Arts Journalist of the Year.

 The winners list includes ten gold and 23 silver awards made to individual journalists, and a gold and three silver awards to media organisations for their nurturing of arts journalism.

 Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Bush Radio’s broadcaster and writer Nigel Vermaas, citing his commitment to covering music of all genres and to mentoring the next generation of arts journalists.

Vwemaas says…..

Well of course it’s a wonderful thing to have had this. I really don’t think I’m a journalist, I don’t see myself as a journalist”, said Nigel Vermaas
 “I’m more a documentary maker, I think, but I do cover the arts for Bush radio and SAfm and also in print”, said Nigel Vermaas

It’s really wonderful to have received something like this and I think what is really great is the fact that they have an award for arts journalism specifically because they don’t respect the arts as much as they should”, added Nigel Vermaas.

He also added “It’s really a step in the right direction”.

The City’s upgrading of Langa station underway

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 December 2015

The City of Cape Town’s upgrade of the Langa Station Southern Forecourt public area is currently under way.

The project, at a cost of more than R11 million, is one of a succession of public space upgrades that have been undertaken in the Langa area over the last decade.

It forms part of the city-wide efforts to create innovative and inclusive community-friendly spaces, especially in areas characterised by historic underinvestment.
Van der Merwe says ‘’This administrations aim to provide facilities wich make all of the people of cape town feel at home in a physical urban enviroment.We has to sit here in every need our communities take ownership of this spaces.

 They should please get involve to protect and to actively help to promote this spaceship as we create Cape Town where everyone feels at home.

 It is only free to support our residents that we can change the face of our communities by building quality driven safe public spaces actively use by local neighbour hoods.’’.

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