Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Teenager in for questioning following Cape Town train arson attacks

A teenager in Ruyterwacht has been taken in for questioning in connection with the Cape Town train arson attacks.
This as one of the pupils that attends the same school with the 14-year-old recognised the identikit released by Metrorail of two suspects sought in connection with the blaze in the early hours of November 28.
A school teacher, who was alerted on Monday afternoon, immediately went to the house of the pupil. Independent Media reports that a member of the Elsies River Community Policing Forum said that the learner’s grandmother told the teacher that her grandson told her he was one of the two guys who allegedly set the train alight. Furthermore, the learner also told his grandmother that he was threatened by the second suspect from Delft, who said if he didn’t co-operate his family would be hurt.
It’s believed that the pupil also told investigators the whereabouts of the second suspect and where he lives in Delft.
18 train carriages worth R61million were destroyed at Cape Town station.
The pair are to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court once they have been charged. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said they heard rumours about an arrest, but didn’t get any official confirmation from the police as yet.

Done By: Mitchum George

'Kaapse Klopse' to parade on the Fourth of January

Instead of the traditional ‘’Tweede Nuwe Jaar’’, the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) will now take place on the 4th of January. The reason for the date change is due to the sunset on the 2nd, which coincides with the Muslim’s holy day of Jum’ah.
The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) has been the organiser of the new format Cape Town Street Parade since its renaming in October 2017.
The Cape Town Street Parade and choral competitions are presented under the single banner of the Cape Town Street Parade, whereby minstrel troupes from all across the city will perform in the streets of the city centre on 4 January, between Hanover Street in District Six and Rose Street in the Bo Kaap.
The organisers promise to yet again deliver a world class showcase of the best of the long tradition and legacy of the ‘Klopse’.
Entertainment is set to start from 12h00 and celebrations will continue up until 10 the evening.

Done By: Mitchum George

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Two arrested after a 10-year-old girl was murdered

Mitchell’s Plain police have arrested two people, aged 21 and 26, for the murder of a 10-year-old girl who was killed during a shoot-out between rival gangs in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, on Sunday night.
Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said one suspect, was arrested in Olifantshoek Street in Tafelsig, while the other was caught with an unlicensed firearm, not far from the scene.
Premier of the Western Cape, Allan Winde, said that the Western Cape government has recently introduced its own safety plan which, he says, will both increase the number of law enforcement officers on the ground, and implement violence prevention strategies with the long-term goal of reducing the murder rate.
Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, commended the Mitchell’s Plain police and Anti-Gang Unit members who responded to the random shooting between rival gangs in Tafelsig and arrested the two suspects.
Abie Isaacs, chairperson of the Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum, said they would gather the community to oppose bail for the suspects.

Done By: Mitchum George

Archbishop Emeritus discharged from hospital

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has confirmed that the Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, has been discharged from hospital.
Tutu was admitted to hospital last Wednesday for what his wife Leah had said was a “stubborn infection”, a similar condition which has seen him admitted to hospital over the past few years.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba paid him a visit in hospital and informed the parishioners that he found him “lucid and engaging”.
Doctors instructed the Nobel-prize winner to get sufficient rest.

Done By: Mitchum George

Monday, December 09, 2019

She brought the Crown Home! : Zozibini Tunzi Miss South Africa & Miss Universe 2019 -202

Zozibini Tunzi has proclaimed the Miss Universe crown in front of Miss Puerto Rico. Zozi impressed the judges with her normal stage nearness and winning grin, just as her gladly South African style manifestations. The normal magnificence follows in the strides of Margaret Gardiner who was delegated Miss Universe in 1978, trailed by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.The first candidate to advance to the best 20, Tunzi didn't flounder once and made South Africa so pleased at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Her night outfit merited the cost of affirmation and when she left the stage, she was the most loved to grab the crown. Our own one of a kind Miss Universe added an additional measurement to the last three hopefuls' responses to the last question presented to them. When asked what the most significant thing we should show little youngsters today, Tunzi told have Steve Harvey:

“I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It is something that has been lacking in young girls and woman for a long time. Not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls. To take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.”

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Make all the right noises this holiday season

The City of Cape Town has warned against noise disturbances as these may lead to fines and compliance notices served to those who do not abide this holiday season.
Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, explained that a fine won’t be immediately issued should the City get a noise complaint.
Badroodien added that the responsible person(s) would be issued with a compliance notice. Should they not comply, further action such as issuing of a fine, would be taken.
The City said it usually sees an increase in the number of complaints during the Summer season as people tend to turn up their volume.
Furthermore, the City has urged residents to keep the volume on their various devices at a minimum, whereby the sound won’t be heard from the streets. It also encouraged citizens to keep the bass level as low as possible.

Done By: Mitchum George

Two teenagers shot in Leiden, Delft.

Police has confirmed that a 15-year-old boy was shot dead and a 13-year-old girl injured in Delft on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that the shooting occurred just before 6 p.m on the corners of Elands and Butsak streets in Leiden on Friday.
It is believed that the teenagers had been walking to a shop when a vehicle pulled up and unknown gunmen opened fire on them.
Police said that a case of murder and attempted murder are being probed.

Done By: Mitchum George

Friday, December 06, 2019

Load shedding expected for the weekend.

Power utility, Eskom, implemented load shedding on Thursday after the system was severely constrained.
It released a statement on twitter where it said: "Eskom would like to inform South Africans and all its customers that the electricity system is severely constrained. In the power alert issued earlier this morning Eskom informed that unplanned breakdowns were at 12 300MW, and that there was a probability of load shedding at short notice if unexpected shifts, such as additional unplanned breakdowns, were experienced.
Furthermore, it warned South Africans that Stage 2 rotational load shedding would be implemented from 4 p.m until 11 p.m ‘’in order to protect the power system from a total collapse.’’
It then said that because of unplanned breakdowns, it would continue load shedding until 5 a.m on Friday.
Meanwhile, Eskom’s technical team were unable to return units from planned or unplanned maintenance, and has thus implemented Stage 2 load shedding from 9 a.m on Friday, and is set to continue until 6 a.m on Saturday.

Done By: Mitchum George

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Mother City expecting more visitors this festive season

According to ForwardKeys, a big data, IT and business intelligence company, said that Cape Town is expecting almost 50 000 travellers to arrive from the UK over the December 2019 to March 2020 period, demonstrating an increase of 30% when compared to the same period last year. The increase from Germany stands at 20% and 11% from the USA. These numbers are based on flight reservation data.
The City ensured that Cape Town is ready to welcome thousands of local and international visitors. Recently, Cape Town was voted the world’s best city for tourism by readers of the UK’s Telegraph, for the seventh time in a row.
The City's Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, said there intention is to make tourism a game-changer for the city. Vos added that the Mother City has vast cultural and heritage diversity and this gives the opportunity to take an authentic and immersive approach to cultural tourism. Vos, along with his department, is hoping on creating more community-based offerings.

Done By: Mitchum George

Media coverage in Southern Africa

Media coverage is dominated by the speeches and activities of the national party leaders, analysts’ commentary and opinion polls. If communities appear, it is when violent protests erupt
Research has shown that the mainstream media have a blind spot when it comes to community perspectives. into coverage of the 2012 marikana Massacre in which police shot 34 striking miners dead, showed how the media ignored the voices of the striking miners. This led to a serious distortion of initial reporting. other reports has focused on the wider absence of poor people’s voices from media coverage.

it is questions like these that actually need to be answered , does the media still set the agenda? if ye is it in the intrest of the public?

Data prices must fall

South Africans pay more for data than in other countries where their service providers operate, and those companies are
“More than capable” of reducing prices, the Competition Commission said.
According to @timeslive. Two years ago, amid a public outcry about high data prices and providers' apparent inability to allow customers to carry about unused data, an investigation was launched. That Data Services Market Inquiry report was released on yesterday.
The report said that current comparisons of the prices charged by Vodacom and MTN, the two big mobile providers in SA, in other African markets in which they operate revealed that SA prices are higher than most countries by some distance, even Lesotho, where Vodacom is the effective monopoly provider. In response, Vodacom and MTN have argued that such comparisons are uninformative because the cost and quality differences across countries, including spectrum allocations, may account for the differences in pricing. They have also argued that such comparisons involve headline 30-day tariffs and that effective price, including promotions, short-validity bundles and free data, is a better basis for comparison. “The existing international comparisons on mobile prepaid data prices collectively indicate that SA currently performs poorly relative to other countries, with prices generally on the more expensive end. “Upon the release of the report, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel said data prices were critical to the economy.
“The prices are higher than they should be and higher than any other markets elsewhere in the world. The profitability levels are high, reflecting anticompetitive outcomes. This may be the subject of an excessive-pricing investigation,” he said.Patel added that the roaming markets were not working, or not working as well as they should.
“The 21st century is being reshaped by data. If we want to grow the economy, we need to have the lowest possible data prices,” he said.
The commission also cited a challenge for new entrants like Cell C to compete on a fair footing.
“The constant battles Cell C has had with its debt levels and equity refinancing about an extended period are reflective of precisely this challenge for the newer networks. Its current financial woes only serve to highlight this difficulty entrant’s face,” said the report.
The report says MTN and Vodacom must reach an agreement with the commission on substantial and immediate reductions on tariff levels. Especially prepaid monthly bundles, within two months of the release of the report. The preliminary evidence suggests that there is scope for price reductions in the region of 30% to 50%.
Second, all mobile operators must reach an agreement with the commission within three months to inform each subscriber, on a monthly basis, of the effective price for all data consumed by the customer.
Among the recommendations was that should an operator fail to reach the required agreements with the commission within the specified time frames, the commission will proceed to prosecution.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Firefighters struggle to extinguish blaze in 'Plain

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said firefighters responded to reports of a house and four informal structures burning in Megan Street on Sunday night.
The crew met with crowds of people who were pugnacious when firefighters tried to extinguish a blaze in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain.
Carelse said that the first arriving fire crew were confronted by an extremely hostile crowd. The army and SAPS, who were already on the scene, left the area as firefighters battled the fire.
Carelse added that residents were swearing and banging on cars.
Tafelsig ward councillor, Washiela Harris, spoke to residents who said that firefighters arrived late, and denies any allegations of stopping the workers from extinguishing the blaze.
Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo confirmed that the blaze was extinguished just before midnight and that no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage. Malo added that no foul play is suspected.

Done By: Mitchum George

Data charges in South Africa are high

South Africans pay more for data than in other countries where their service providers operate, and those companies are
“More than capable” of reducing prices, the Competition Commission said.
According to @timeslive. Two years ago, amid a public outcry about high data prices and providers' apparent inability to allow customers to carry about unused data, an investigation was launched. That Data Services Market Inquiry report was released on yesterday.
The report said that current comparisons of the prices charged by Vodacom and MTN, the two big mobile providers in SA, in other African markets in which they operate revealed that SA prices are higher than most countries by some distance, even Lesotho, where Vodacom is the effective monopoly provider. In response, Vodacom and MTN have argued that such comparisons are uninformative because the cost and quality differences across countries, including spectrum allocations, may account for the differences in pricing. They have also argued that such comparisons involve headline 30-day tariffs and that effective price, including promotions, short-validity bundles and free data, is a better basis for comparison. “The existing international comparisons on mobile prepaid data prices collectively indicate that SA currently performs poorly relative to other countries, with prices generally on the more expensive end. “Upon the release of the report, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel said data prices were critical to the economy.
“The prices are higher than they should be and higher than any other markets elsewhere in the world. The profitability levels are high, reflecting anticompetitive outcomes. This may be the subject of an excessive-pricing investigation,” he said.Patel added that the roaming markets were not working, or not working as well as they should.
“The 21st century is being reshaped by data. If we want to grow the economy, we need to have the lowest possible data prices,” he said.
The commission also cited a challenge for new entrants like Cell C to compete on a fair footing.
“The constant battles Cell C has had with its debt levels and equity refinancing about an extended period are reflective of precisely this challenge for the newer networks. Its current financial woes only serve to highlight this difficulty entrant’s face,” said the report.
The report says MTN and Vodacom must reach an agreement with the commission on substantial and immediate reductions on tariff levels. Especially prepaid monthly bundles, within two months of the release of the report. The preliminary evidence suggests that there is scope for price reductions in the region of 30% to 50%.
Second, all mobile operators must reach an agreement with the commission within three months to inform each subscriber, on a monthly basis, of the effective price for all data consumed by the customer.
Among the recommendations was that should an operator fail to reach the required agreements with the commission within the specified time frames, the commission will proceed to prosecution.

Monday, December 02, 2019


The man accused of killing #PreciousRamabulana appeared in the Molemole Magistrates Court in Botlokwa, Limpopo for bail; application today. 28 year old Aubrey Manaka faces charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumcstances. He was arrested last Thursday and was found in possession of the victims phone. Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, the National Prosecuting Authority's spokesperson said Manaka abandoned his bail appliciaton. He will be appearing again on the 30th January 2020.

21 year old Capricorn TVET college student was found in a her dorm she was renting off-campus, stabbed 52 times and raped the 24th November 2019.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Four suspects behind Cape Town train station blaze

In the recent mayhem of the train blaze at the Cape Town train station, which lead to the station closing down yesterday. This caused mayhem for commuters using the trains. Thursday evening Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the station to check the damage.

Earlier this Friday morning the Minister said the CCTV cameras have revealed the 4 perpetrators allegedly behind the attack. The blaze, which devastated two trains and 18 carriages, caused damage amounting to R61 million. Fikile Mbalula also said to the media “the suspects should be charged not only with arson but also with economic sabotage”. Authorities have been up in arms trying to locate the suspects but no arrests have been made yet.

The Cape Town Police have been doing all they can to apprehend the suspects which have not been named yet. Minister Mbalula said the authorities were intensifying efforts to protect rail infrastructure. This brazen attack has led to the rail way transport line to move slowly and that affecting most commuters who use the trains.

“Metrorail said early indications were that an accelerant was used in Thursday's arson attack”.

By Chuma Matiwane

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Metrorail temporarily closes entire regional service after fire at Cape Town station

Many workers in the Western Cape were left stranded toward the beginning of today after a fire at Cape Town station in the early hours.

The City's Fire and Rescue Service were called to react to the burst at 2.20am. It was stifled at 4.53am. 

Cape Town station has been shut incidentally and the whole provincial train administration is suspended until further notice. 

"Two trains were at first ablaze, however it before long spread to neighboring platforms. Altogether, 18 carriages were decimated by fire and platforms 9 to 16 are shut," said Western Cape Metrorail representative Riana Scott. 

"The whole Cape Town station is shut briefly and the whole local train administration is suspended until further notice. 

Workers are encouraged to discover elective vehicle and we will refresh suburbanites throughout the day as situations develop." 

As per IOL The City of Cape Town stated: "At 02:20 toward the beginning of today, the City's Fire and Rescue Service reacted to prepare carriages land at Cape Town railroad station."The first showing up teams from Roeland Street fire (station) affirmed train carriages land on platforms 9 and 10. "Upon further examination it was found (there were) fires on platforms 12, 13 and 15 also and more assets were mentioned to contain the blaze."A number motor coaches , of engine coaches and passenger mentors were decimated and the fire was smothered at 04:53."No wounds were accounted for and the scene was given over to the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa."The reason for the fire is as yet obscure.

Cape Town minibus taxi fares set to increase by R1

The taxi fare prices in Cape Town is set to increase by R1 due to the rise the petrol. Commuters are to dig deep into their pockets as the fare charges are expected to commence as from Sunday 1st December. The Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) reports that the main reason there are increasing the prices is because they are struggling to keep up with the rise in petrol.

Codeta spokesperson Andile Khanyi said they regretted the impact of the adjustments on commuters, especially on the poor. These news are going to affect a lot because most are struggling as it is. Andile also reported that the taxi fare will now be R20 for a one way to town. Mr. Khjanyi also informed that they decided to increase the price by R1 because they are aware of the challenges faced by the commuters. The taxi fare increase announcement comes as the City has yet to finalize plans to resume the suspended MyCiTi N2 Express service after previously saying that an interim provider would be appointed by next month. 

The increase is due to affect all route of the CODETA.

By Chuma Matiwane

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tafelberg land case remains on in Western Cape High Court

The case including the questionable clearance of the Tafelberg site in Sea Point began in the Western Cape High Court on Monday. Supporter Peter Hathorn exhibited the case for the benefit of Reclaim the City and a few social lodging activists. Hathorn marked as "outlandish" the choice by the administration to sell the property and the disappointment of their commitment to address politically-sanctioned racial segregation spatial arranging in Cape Town. "In the course of recent decades, government has neglected to genuinely incorporate dark and minorities individuals working near the downtown area," Hathorn said. He said the common government had 25 years to do this, yet had done nothing up until this point. "One needs to take a gander at this as a 25-year time of inaction. There has been a commitment since 1994 to review spatial shamefulness," he said. The Tafelberg school site is exceptionally challenged. In 2017, the common division of open works said it proposed to offer the property to the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School for R135 million. Recover the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi carried a survey application toward the Western Cape High Court. The Department of Human Settlements, with Ndifuna Ukwazi, launched the court action to have the sale reviewed. The application has been set down to be heard this week. Judge Patrick Gamble and Judge Monde Samela are presiding. Hathorn told the court that, by its own admission, the City had failed to reverse apartheid spatial planning.

Body of fourth teen who drowned at Three Anchor Bay retrieved
Four teenage bodies have washed up on the shores of Sea Point. The bodies are said to have drowned at the Three Anchor Bay beach this past weekend. The teenagers who were out swimming at the Rocklands beach this past Sunday when they were suddenly ripped inside the water by the strong current on Sunday.

The teenage boys who were between the ages of 15 to 18.One of the 15 year olds body was discovered by surfers after he apparently tried to save the lives of his three friends. NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said: "On Wednesday morning, a police diving unit recovered the body of an 18-year-old male at Rocklands beach.

The last of the bodies recovered was of a refugee boy who was found on Tuesday, but unfortunately rescuers couldn’t recover the body due to how rough the sea were yesterday. The father was distraught and was at church when he heard the news Sunday evening.

By Chuma Matiwane

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Triple rape accused pastor denied bail

A Khayelitsha pastor has been arrested and has made a court appearance yesterday at the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court. The pastor has been accused of raping 3 girls and is due to remain behind bars until his next court appearance which is going to be next year.

Pastor Siyabulela Matini who is age 42 and is from the Worship of God Church, faces 3 counts of rape. The pastor has been accused of raping 3 girls between the ages of 10-14. Reports came that two of the girls were siblings. He was denied bailed as his court date coincided with the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The community leader by the name of Nokhanyo Manyongo believes that the Pastor may have raped more girls who haven’t come forth. The community leader went on to say that the pastor should remain behind bars as he is a danger to society.

The Departments of Government Communication and Information System, and Justice and Constitutional Development, were yesterday joined by residents and local NGOs who marched through Khayelitsha to highlight the plight of women and children.

By Chuma Matiwane

Monday, November 25, 2019

CannaTech Summit comes to Cape Town as cannabis industry flows

The summit is  held at the Lookout at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, comes as the global medical cannabis market remains to expand and increasing numbers of countries around the globe legalise its use. With estimates that the cannabis and associated products market could be worth R27 billion by 2023, this potential has led to a boom in regional cannabis interest and investment. CannaTech Cape Town will unite industry pioneers from over the African landmass and the world, many known for their noteworthy and notable commitments. These commitments were to the worldwide restorative and recreational cannabis showcase in all fields, including Agricultural Tech and Innovation, Business and Finance, Policy and Regulation, Science and Medicine. "The global interest in Africa’s cannabis market and South Africa’s recent legislative acceptance of cannabis makes Cape Town the perfect destination for CannaTech," said Saul Kaye, founder and CEO of iCAN:Israel-Cannabis.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Three bodies wash up at Mnandi Beach

The bodies of three people have washed up on Mnandi Beach on yesterday. The SAPS in Khayelitsha reported that the two of the man were aged 17 and 25. After the cops found the two bodies a third one was later found around the same vicinity. Post mortem reports are set to explain and reveal how these three bodies passed on as they believe they there might be some sort of foul play.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said it was rare for three bodies to wash up at the same time. He also went on to add that the SAPS Diving Unit was sent out to Mnandi Beach on Monday where two males, aged 17 and 25, allegedly drowned, but their bodies were not found. SAPS revealed that the gender of the third body was not yet revealed. Van Wyk also reported that the missing person’s docket was opened at the Mitchells Plain Police Station with regards to this incident of the third body.

Officials believed that one of the man were from Delft and the other is believed to be from Port Elizabeth.

By Chuma Matiwane

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jesse Hess murder accused 'has audacity to talk back' in court

On August 30th 2019 the community of the Western Cape was awakened by the sad news of how Jesse Hess and her grandfather were murdered. Jesse Hess who was a first year theology student at UWC was raped before she was murdered.

Yesterday was a tough and gruesome day for the Hess family as the two suspects accused of the heinous homicide appeared at the Bellville Magistrate court. The two man accused of the double homicide appeared yesterday for the first time in court for the two murders.  David van Boven who is a distant relative to the Hess family and his accomplice appeared in front of the judge yesterday and one woman in court called them“Dirty and heartless Pigs”. One of the sources reported that one woman said “although some of us were not close to Jesse or her grandfather we are in deep pain. What made the people in court angry was the fact that Van Boven still had the audacity to talk back when the court asked him to remove his hoodie showing that he has no remorse to what he did.

Both men are repeat offenders, and each face a charge of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. They will remain in custody until February 12 when they are due to appear again.

By Chuma Matiwane

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time's running out for reapplication of pensioners benefits

The City of Cape Town has asked pensioners over the age of sixty, to reapply for assistance who previously received rates rebates during the period of 2015.
The City said that home owners who are dependent on pensions or social grants for their livelihood, including those with special needs, and who earn a household income of up to R17 500 may qualify for rates discounts.
It added that the rebates for all income bands between R4 500 and
R17 500 per month were also adjusted upwards.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson said the increase will make a tangible difference to the monthly expenditure.
Qualifying customers can apply via email or at their nearest walk-in centre.
The closing date for applications is on 30 November 2019.Furthermore, the City said that new applications are also welcome.
It said that those who qualify need only go through the verification process once every three years.

Done By: Mitchum George

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Goodwood residents fear that City programme could bring gentrification

Goodwood residents have blamed the City for Cape Town of not listening to them, regarding the approval of the City’s ‘C40 Reinventing Cities Programme.’
A month ago, the City chamber endorsed the proposition for four underused City-possessed locales to be made accessible to the private division for carbon-neutral, mixed-used development as a feature of this overall rivalry.
However, the Goodwood Ratepayers' Association said that in spite of the fact that they had raised worries with the City, the improvement would forge on.
The City has distinguished Tygerdal site at the Monte Vista station in Goodwood, for development. It is believed that the land is underused and near significant retail and business focuses.
The proposed sites that the City intends to develop, includes Athlone station car park, Kapteinsklip, as well as the Mouquet Farm in Diep River.
Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt assured that once the C40 Reinventing Cities competition has been launched, the City will then call on the private sector and interested parties to submit development proposals for the sites. Nieuwoudt is hoping it would bring affordable housing opportunities, amongst others.

Done By: Mitchum George

Hanover Park mother of three slain in gang crossfire

Yet another heinous gang related murder, now involving a mother of three who was caught in the cross fire between two gangs. The 28 year old mother of three was an example of “in the wrong place at the wrong time” as she was outside the time the two gang were involve in the shootout.

Mr Craven Engel from the Ceasefire Project said the 28 year old mother was shot around 4pm on Sunday in the Donigal Courts in Hanover Park. Reports from the members of Philippi police responded to a complaint of a murder and upon arrival they discovered the body with a gun wound on her upper body. The community of Donigal Court were left shocked with some community members in tears. Police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela said a murder case has been open but no arrest have been made yet. The community has been complaining wanting the government to intervene

Community worker Mary Bruce said shootings in the area has continued to affect the community in a negative way.

By Chuma Matiwane

Monday, November 18, 2019


We cannot deny the fact that the people who protect us every day put their own lives in danger for the sake of protecting society. Police brutality has been an ongoing issues across South Africa but with the recent gang violence in the Western Cape, we have seen an increase in the killings of police officers.

Over the past months the Western Cape has experienced a drastic increase in the number of police officers getting killed. Two officers in the Mfuleni area when gunned down while patrolling the vicinity which left one police officer dead and another injured. Reports sworn in last week of a Bishop Lavis Lieutenant Colonel Andre Kay, who was shot while leaving his home last week. With the rise in gang violence related matters, the Western Cape South African Police Service has had it rough in the previous months. Three of the Western Cape townships dominated the top 5 most dangerous townships in South Africa. With that being said this saw a dramatic increasing in police brutality especially within the townships of Nyanga, Delft and Khayelitsha.

There have been several officers which dies on the line of duty across the city. Half of the police officers that have been killed were off duty. The suspects who were part of the Mfuleni shoot out were arrested within 72 hours and National Commissioner of Police General Khehla Sithole commended the hard work of SAPS Western Cape to catch the culprits.

By Chuma Matiwane

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mamre residents asked to store water, following a 'pressure test'

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is asking Mamre residents to store water in clean, sealed containers, thus as it will be performing a zero pressure test on the water infrastructure in the area on Monday November 18.
This work forms part of the City’s ‘Water Demand Management Plan’ and will significantly reduce the occurrence of burst pipes and subsequent water losses.
The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Monday between 10 a.m and 2 p.m
The City has advised that residents keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

Done By: Mitchum George

Pay your account before the busy season, says the City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has urged its account holders to plan accordingly when paying their accounts to avoid possible debt management and legal action.
Debt actions have been intensified, especially against frequent defaulters and those who are able to pay but choose not to do so.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson said the City has programmes in place to assist those who are struggling with payment.
The busiest time of the year for account payments, says the City, are normally  in November and the December, thus as many customers choose to make payments or payment arrangements before they go away for the holiday period or to settle accounts. The City has warned that increased activity can however lead to longer waiting periods at City facilities. 

Done By:
Mitchum George

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Law enforcement officers saves mother shortly after giving birth

Whilst escorting Emergency Medical Services personnel to a 'high risk' area on Saturday morning, Cape Town Law Enforcement officers came across a woman who was lying on the side of the road in Wespoort Drive, in Mitchell's Plain.
Upon further inspection, the officers learnt that the woman has just given birth.
Officers quickly reacted, and took the woman to the local day hospital whereby they were admitted to the maternity ward, as her umbilical cord was still attached. 
The hospital staff confirmed both the mother and baby were in good condition. It was revealed that the mother had been homeless, but that she had been offered accommodation by a good Samaritan.

Done By:
Mitchum George

Esantini gets electrified

The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department says it is hard at work to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity, after providing residents in Esantini in Mfuleni with electricity.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, alongside Ward Councillor, Themba Honono,visited residents earlier this week.

Approximately 42 households were connected to the electricity grid this week as part of the 'City’s electrification project' in Esantini informal settlement in Mfuleni. 
The City said for this electrification project to come about, there was much positive community engagement and hard work. It added that this initiative is part of the City’s commitment to excellence in basic service delivery and to improving the health and safety of its more vulnerable residents.
Numerous electrification projects, along with other basic services projects, are ongoing across the city.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Uyinene Mrwetyana killer found guilty.

It was a sad day for the Mrwetyana family today after the man liable for the death of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was convicted.
The family of Uyinene sat still and unaffected as the sentence was passed on however were pale as they left the Western Cape High Court.
The 19-year-old's uncle Vuyani Mrwetyana stated: "We would like to proclaim that with this sort of judgment, this is in certainty a pocket of greatness with respect to the criminal equity framework.
"We are still in grieving. This judgment won't bring Uyinene back yet we do welcome it," he said.
"We truly would like to credit the sterling work showed by the nature it has become en vogue in South Africa for them to take an extremely significant stretch but...because of the energy and duty they had the option to finish up this inside two months, so we offer credit to the researching group," Vuyani said.
Post office worker Luyanda Botha was found guilty on four counts including rape, murder and distraction of the administration of and sentenced to three life sentences and five years for obstruction of justice. Count one and count four will run concurrently which means Botha will spend 75 years behind bars. He will also not be eligible for parole before the first 25 years have been served.
Judhe Gaayat Salie Hlophe expressed her condolences in saying  to the family "No sentence can bring back Uyinene  but hopes that they find closure".

by :Namhla Monakali

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Top police officer shot dead while reversing out of his driveway in Bishop Lavis

News just broke that Lieutenant Colonel Andre Kay was shot this morning in front of his home. It’s allegedly that the victim was getting into his car when the unknown gunmen shot several shots at the police officer. The Western Cape Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the victim died on scene before paramedics arrived.

It is believed that the suspect run over to Lavis Town Train station towards Clarke Estate. Reports believe that Mr. Kay was shot through the window off his car while reversing. A source which is close to the family claims that Mr. Kay was on his way to take a friend of his to hospital. His colleagues and family have been offered counselling for the trauma. The Western Cape Police Service have offered their condolences for the Kay family. Mr Andre Kay was a valuable member to the community of Bishop Lavis and this heinous murder must be dealt with accordingly.

By Chuma Matiwane


The newly crowned Rugby World Cup Champions had a massive tour around the country showcasing how happy they were with the support they got from the country. The Springboks on Monday on the 11 of November concluded the five-day tour in Cape Town where they were welcomed by a massive happy crowd. The Cape Town community came in large numbers to support the 2019 champions, people from all ages, race and even background came in unity.

Captain Siya Kolisi made a heart-warming speech at the City Hall thanking everyone on the support they got. One of the Springboks scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies was reported saying he was happy with the tremendous support they got from the whole country. Echoes of “Go Bokke” echoed throughout the whole CBD with the Springboks championship bus going around the CBD. People referred or rather compared the feeling to a festive atmosphere hinting that it was like December. Some workers took off to work and braved the heavy traffic flow to come see their sporting heroes.

Fans thanked the Boks for not only winning the Rugby World Cup but also for giving the country something to be proud of. The last stop was in Elsies River where locals were waiting for hours to see and celebrate with their heroes.

By Chuma Matiwane 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Black Friday

With the typical craze expected on Black Friday later in the month, when shops offer lower prices and South Africans go on a spending binge, the economic are forewarning against venturing into the red due to the downturn in the economy.
From one viewpoint, the adverts for Black Friday have started, the Christmas lights have been set up in Cape Town's Adderley Street simply hanging tight for the turning on service, the bubbly season is nearly upon us and carries with it the impulse to spend too much on expensive things so we can ruin our friends and family.
Nonetheless, according to IOL Herman Lombard, author and official executive of budgetary administrations supplier African Unity, stated: "While it feels incredible to treat ourselves and our friends and family to costly blessings and occasions, actually we live in intense monetary times and overspending during December causes tension during January and may imply that you start the new year with obligation that you didn't expect to."
In an announcement a week ago, the chamber stated: "Of unique concern is the use side with specific things like debt levels, debt servicing. Forewarning against purchasing extravagance merchandise using a credit card or store cards as loan costs are high and the aggregation of more debt will expand your month to month costs later on, Lombard stated: "While charge cards can be helpful for a fundamental buy, with financing costs as high as 27.75%, it is greatly improved to set aside after some time for that first-class extravagance thing.
"That way, the drive to purchase may vanish and you may even find that you can manage without that buy. In case you're fortunate enough to get a reward, attempt to spare a segment of it before spending it. That way, you will have a head start to the new year and the assets to cover back-to-class costs or to purchase something out of spending you need," said Lombard.
Outside trade dealer Jeff Cammock stated: "Customers should plan to spend pretty much nothing, and retirees should keep capital in less dangerous non-rand resources. Gold, remote trade and bonds are all smart thoughts. Land likewise has a decent possibility of propping up its worth."
Gary Kayle, originator of the Money School, cautioned: "On the off chance that you are going on a wild spending binge, stop and think about whether you need a decent 2020. Think about utilizing any godsends, reward or thirteenth check, to pay off past commitments you'll have more cash in your pocket for the coming year. It's simply the greatest present you can give.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cape Town Culture

Cape Town culture today

Aside from the set up Cape Town Southern and Northern Suburbs people group whose causes to a great extent come from European occupation and later migration, the cutting edge Cape Town of today is a blend of numerous customary societies and impacts from around the globe.
The indigenous Afrikaans talking 'coloured' network overwhelmingly possess the alleged Cape Flats locale where they were migrated by the Afrikaner led Apartheid government.
Closer to the city a customary Malay people group of Muslim culture, relatives of eighteenth century craftsman’s, tradesmen and anglers, live in the Bo Kaap zone which has held its character in spite of the resale and upmarket change of properties at expanded costs.
Since the Apartheid foundation of flood control was rejected in 1986, individuals from the Eastern Cape and other country regions, just as migrants from other African nations have been rushing to Cape Town looking for work and a superior life. 'Casual' settlements have mushroomed along the Airport interstate, on the edges of prosperous zones and on all accessible land. Neighbourhood government has been unable to keep pace with this development, and issues regularly emerge due to congestion, floods and shack fires.
Cape Town Culture
In spite of the fact that lodging and essential administrations have been guaranteed to all, it is not yet clear to what extent this will take to execute. Neighbourhood specialists have focused on a lodging plan yet they need to manage the way that a large number of individuals are relocating to the Cape Town region from different areas, just as make arrangement for devastated nearby occupants.
The alleged N2 Gateway lodging venture has been long in the arranging and was at last commenced by a staggering shack fire. The undertaking was expected to in the long run supplant all shack settlements in designated zones, particularly along the air terminal street which has become something of an eye opener for guests. All things considered it will probably take into account the requirements of ongoing transients just as a great many devastated occupants.
Break lodging of some sort must be given to the destitute while building is occurring, and accessible land is as yet being looked for this procedure.
The principal period of the N2 Gateway venture was finished in March 2006 with around 750 lofts standing empty while specialists wrangled over who was qualified to lease them. They unquestionably were not given at no charge. Occupants were at long last designated yet would not move in to the lofts because of dread of repercussions from displeased squatters and shack tenants. Formality and legitimate issues, just as furious fights by neighbourhood individuals on long lodging holding up records are making the procedure hard to execute without a component of bias seeming to sneak in.

Cape Town is home to a great many settlers - numerous unlawful and penniless, from neighboring African nations, for example, Zimbabwe, Angola, Nigeria and Mozambique. This changed blend of Cape Town culture and way of life contrasts against an upmarket self-indulgency among a significant number of the Cape rural areas affluent, and makes evident divisions between classes.
Underneath the Surface
One of the serious issues confronting the nearby government in the Cape since the beginning of the new majority rule government in South Africa is an inheritance of low social remaining inside the Cape Flats people group.

Restricted training, joblessness, liquor and medication misuse has influenced many, bringing about continuous social issues, a dissolving of virtues and a quest for personality among the adolescent. This has prompted the development of posse culture and related issues, for example, medicate selling, prostitution and wrongdoing. Road kids and transients meander the city lanes, reserved conduct is overflowing, and wrongdoing and brutality has arrived at an unsatisfactory level.

On the positive side Various NGOs and global guide offices work close by neighborhood associations to address these social issues, and when networks are needing help following fire or floods, crisis administrations rush to react, alongside the inhabitants of Cape Town, who help with garments and nourishment.


The different social issues in the Cape are not one of a kind and comparable issues exist in numerous different nations around the globe. Our one of a kind Cape Town culture, grand excellence and multifaceted history keeps on drawing in numerous universal explorers. There is an expanding economy and a lot of chances for interest in enormous business. The travel industry is deliberately overseen and keeps on developing by a wide margin.

Scrapping of carrying unabridged birth certificates.

With the festive season fast approaching, and myriads of tourists heading to the Mother City, the City of Cape Town has officially welcomed the scrapping of the requirement for visitors coming to the Cape, to carry unabridged birth certificates when traveling with minors.
The announcement was made by the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.
This news comes after Home Affairs minister, Aaron Motsaledi, has signed into law that removes the requirement for parents to carry unabridged birth certificates, or consent letters when travelling with their children.
Vos said on top of his agenda is to ensure the effective implementation of the Tourism Development Framework to boost cultural experiences and help diversify tourism products.
He also intends to increase the already impressive number of tourists from South Africa and other countries to decrease the number of people unemployed.
Vos says that the City has more to offer than ever before, especially with the diverse and heritage cultures.

Done By: Mitchum George

Troy discharged after Guy Fawkes trauma.

A dog seriously harmed after the sound of Guy Fawkes Day fireworks sent him on a terrified run, has been discharged from the SPCA's medical clinic.2-year-old Troy,   from Pelican Park was sent home yesterday after he got away from his proprietor's property while hearing uproarious slams go off against Guy Fawkes Day a week ago.According to IOL This is as indicated by Troy's proprietor, Demetri Holman, who said he heard his dog getting bothered that night and had hurried to bring him inside.However, while opening his front entryway, he found that Troy had just gotten away through the doorHolman had driven around the region searching for him. He said he had been in Schaapkraal, when he got a call from the SPCA telling him they had a dog that coordinated Troy's portrayal and that he was seriously stung"I was stunned when I saw his face. It was torn on one side, a major opening in his face and a major cut on his lip. He was damaged and would not like to leave the cage they kept him in. That is the point at which I realized he had been harmed past the human eye," said Holman.The two year old has now been discharged after medical procedure

Monday, November 11, 2019

Allan Gray Kicks the bucket at 81

 The author of driving resource the executive’s organization Allan Gray has kicked the bucket.
Allan,who gave the firm his name – kicked the bucket subsequent to enduring a heart attack in Bermuda throughout the end of the week. The 81-year-old established the worldwide resource chief in 1973. He additionally found international asset manager  in 1989.
In spite of the fact that he kept his net worth private, he was viewed as one of South Africa's most extravagant residents.

Bonginkosi Madikizela withdraws from nomination.

The news of Madikizela's withdrawal were revealed today. Bonginkosi Madikizela the Democratic Alliance's Western Cape leader will no longer be contesting to be elected as the leader of the DA. 
According to IOL news, DA Parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen and DA Gauteng member for the provincial legislature Makashule Gana are still on course.
The race to choose another pioneer pursued the resignation of Mmusi Maimane. Athol Trollip who was government executive additionally surrendered.
The DA will head into an early meeting in April.
On his resignation, Maimane stated: "And at last we have arrived at the resolution that in spite of my earnest attempts, the DA isn't the vehicle most appropriate to take forward the vision of building One South Africa for all. It is with incredible pity that so as to proceed with the battle for this vision I so emphatically have confidence in, and the nation I so beyond a reasonable doubt love, I today delicate my renunciation as pioneer of the Democratic Alliance. I will proceed in the job as parliamentary pioneer until the year's end, after which the gathering will go to Congress to choose new administration," Maimane said.
Maimane was chosen as pioneer of the gathering in May 2015 taking over from Helen Zille. He has confronted intense analysis over his treatment of an assortment of difficulties that host grasped the get-together. He was censured for not being unequivocal enough in dealing with Zille's imperialism tweets matter.
Be that as it may, the gathering's lackluster showing and loss of help at the current year's general races fuelled theory about his future in the gathering.
His flight pursued the acquiescence of Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Mashaba surrendered following Helen Zille's political decision as the administrator of the DA government committee.

Friday, November 08, 2019


The Lung Cancer month happens every year from the 1st to the 30th of November and its main purpose it to encourage people to get themselves checked. People who are constantly surrounded by smokers and people who experience excessive couching and breathlessness should visit the doctor.

The month is fully dedicated to educating people on the importance of checking themselves and learning ways to prevent getting lung cancer. As November is dedicated to bringing awareness to Lung Cancer, it is also important for one to know the symptoms so there can be an early detection. Lung Cancer can affect anyone but it is more common to people over the age of 60 and with early detection it can be treated with a new evolving treatment called Immunotherapy. There are organisation worldwide that help with the initiative of Lung Cancer and in South Africa we have a few like the CANSA organisations with deals with all cancer related matters.

By Chuma

America Diabetes Month

Being one of the leading causes of death and disabilities in the United States. Reports state that one in 10 Americans have diabetes meaning that is about over 30 million Americans who are living with the chronic disease. Health Finder has reported that about 84 million adults will eventually develop type 2 diabetes but they are ways to avoid it getting to that stage.

The American Diabetes Month is there to create and raise awareness and to encourage people to make healthy changes. The Health Finder has a few tips to manage your health which include encourage people to make small changes and ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The main point for the month is for communities to come together and spread attention on diabetes and the importance of going for check-ups.

People living with diabetes have high risks of getting heart diseases and are more likely to get stroke compared to people living without diabetes. The Take Diabetes to Heart Foundation has an initiative which helps educate the communities about the importance of checking and taking care about what they eat. They are also in partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution.

By Chuma

Thursday, November 07, 2019

City of Cape Town puts an end to Guy Fawks

The City of Cape Town has required a conclusion to yearly Guy Fawkes festivities. 

The district got 345 calls identifying with Guy Fawkes occurrences on Tuesday. 

As per every day voice, a 13-year-old kid, who was seriously injured during a clear Guy Fawkes demonstration of brutality, is in a steady condition as indicated by the Western Cape Health Department. 

The current year's Guy Fawkes was the main after the city's sweeping restriction on firecrackers. 

Heinz Park youngster had a block tossed at him, an assault that landed him in emergency clinic. 

A video via web-based networking media additionally indicated a man being attacked by a gathering of youngsters in Elsies River. 

They're beating the man with socks loaded up with stones and covering him with paint. 

Mayco part for Safety and Security JP Smith needs to call time on Guy Fawkes. 

"It's time we start clearing out this misinformed convention which is being sustained by a minority to the detriment of the lion's share. The Safety and Security directorate will think about what conceivable commitment we can make towards changing the state of affairs." 

While authorities managed grievances running from ambush to irregular assaults on passing vehicles, Smith said that by far most were about the release of fireworks.t as it turned out, it was a bustling night for authorities with actually many objections.

Protest action turns to looting after De Doorns residents attack trucks, steal TVs

Social Media has been a buzz over yet another looting, this time the looting is occurring at De Doorns in the Western Cape. Social Media videos have been doing rounds showing residence looting trucks.

Apparently the protesters are farm workers who are on strike for high wages. The strike however took a turn when it turned to looting after the residents of De Doorns looted and attacked two trucks. The spokesperson for police in the Western Cape has said police where on scene after hearing of the looting but unfortunately no one has been arrested.

The looting has affected the N1 route and the Western Cape traffic department has officially closed the N1 on both side. The Western Cape traffic spokesperson Kenny Africa has advised motor vehicles to use alternative routes to get to their destinations.

By Chuma

Refugee Evictions

It's been seven days since vagrants and displaced people were forcefully  removed from the UNHCR offices at the Waldorf Arcade in Cape Town subsequent to organizing a protest that started toward the beginning of October.

Their requests were to be repatriated to a third nation where they could feel "safe" after the latest influx of xenophobic assaults.

Most refugees who escape to South Africa originate from Somalia, Ethiopia and the DRC

Hundreds are presently looking for shelter at the Central Methodist Church on Cape Town's Greenmarket Square, where they are getting nourishment and restorative consideration in the midst of cramped and sweat-soaked conditions.

In the mean time, in excess of 400 individuals are as yet stayed outdoors outside the UN Refugee Agency in Waterkloof, Pretoria and on Wednesday 6 November the Pretoria High Court delayed a dire application by two mortgage holders' relationship to have the dissidents promptly evacuated.

In the midst of the entirety of this, the UNHCR has called for dissenters who have living arrangements in South Africa to "come all the way back". Said Hélène Caux, senior interchanges official for the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Southern Africa.

Yet, Commissioner Chris Nissen from the SA Human Rights Commission recognized that a considerable lot of the fighting outcasts were still in danger on the off chance that they came back to their networks.

"It's maybe a deft minority that looks to satisfy a lawbreaker or other expectation."

On October 21, the SAHRC, drove by official Angie Makwetla, held a gathering at the UNHCR workplaces in Pretoria (Cape Town was incorporated) with delegates from DHA, SAPS, the Tshwane civic chairman's office, Lawyers for Human Rights and different partners to examine goals to the exile emergency. A proposition was finished and exhibited to nonconformists in the two urban communities, which expressed three conceivable outcomes:

That UNHCR would give asylum and insurance to the individuals who felt jeopardized;

The DHA would check the status of every individual family and issue applicable archives; and

An assignment group would be set up to assistance fabricate social attachment in the nation. The group would incorporate all partners present at the gathering just as the dislodged individuals.

The UNHCR likewise offered to help the individuals who might want to come back to their nations of origin. Be that as it may, the above offers were dismissed. Resettlement was the main choice nonconformists would acknowledge.

In any case, Caux emphasized this is almost incomprehensible as it relies upon numerous intricate variables, including the resettlement nations' eagerness to take in evacuees, the quantity of spots accessible in those nations and the way that mass repatriation is unimaginable, it must be done on a case-by-case premise.

"To place things in setting, there are around 26 million displaced people and refuge searchers worldwide and this number is expanding each year. Just up to 1% of the displaced person populace worldwide will get an opportunity of being resettled each year. For South Africa, in 2019, we have a standard of 700 spots which is now for the most part filled."

Under the UN Refugee Convention, the legislature ought to bear the cost of transients essential human rights, for example, access to courts, social insurance and fundamental instruction, shield them from segregation and issue significant documentation.

South Africa has in excess of 268,000 outcasts and haven searchers inside its fringes, and the UNHCR has said it is a "liberal have nation," with the absolute most dynamic refuge arrangements and laws on the planet.

In any case, transients who have been overcomes of xenophobic savagery are as yet engaging with continuous documentation issues would most likely oppose this idea. 

The Daily Maverick recently detailed there was an overabundance of in excess of 184,976 dynamic haven searchers anticipating their status assurance as displaced people. Some have remained haven searchers for over 10 years. A large number of the displaced people stayed outdoors at the Central Methodist Church have gone through years in limbo, and whine of their absence of appropriate papers and ensuing failure to work.

Combined with this, the DHA shut down the Refugee Reception Center in Cape Town and in spite of a court request to revive the inside by 31 March 2018, it stays shut. Guarantees were made that it would be revived in January 2020.

Xenophobic explanations by pioneers including active Joburg civic chairman Herman Mashaba, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and even the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, have not helped the effectively shaky situation where vagrants get themselves.

"We can't simply own crazy expressions in initiative," said the SAHRC's Nissen Motsoaledi, in an ongoing location to the parliamentary portfolio council, owned disturbing expressions which included addressing why there was an inundation of African refuge searchers when, in his view, there are no contentions on the landmass, and reprimanded the SABC for broadcasting negative news on the condition of the haven searcher framework.

Qoza said the refuge searcher the executives framework was just intended to manage around 50,000 individuals every year.

"In 2008 and 2009 we had in excess of 450,000 individuals coming in to apply for refuge searcher status… in a framework that is intended for 50,000 individuals."

Be that as it may, Nissen said home issues ought to recognize it is confronting an emergency and manage it in like manner, as "phenomenal conditions require remarkable measures".

Qoza additionally said that for a considerable lot of the individuals who were denied exile status, it was in light of the fact that they couldn't demonstrate they were being abused in their nations of beginning.

"On the off chance that you can't demonstrate that you are abused in your very own nation in view of strict, political or sexual orientation grounds then there is no necessity for South Africa to concede you status. It is the law, the standard is pertinent to each country that is a piece of the United Nations Convention.

"For instance, a year ago 18,000 individuals applied for refuge. We just affirmed 1,500 individuals on the grounds that lone those individuals could give us confirmation that they were being oppressed."

As indicated by the Refugees Act, individuals meet all requirements for evacuee status on the off chance that the person has a "well-established dread of being mistreated by reason of their race, clan, religion, nationality, political sentiment or enrollment of a specific social gathering, is outside the nation of their nationality and can't or reluctant to benefit oneself of the security of that nation".

He underlined that displaced people needed to demonstrate on an individual premise that they were by and large explicitly focused by, for instance arranging news cut-outs in urgent cases.

Numerous refuge searchers think that its hard to give satisfactory confirmation.

As indicated by every day free thinker Congolese exile Binyanga Souzy said "I fled my nation in a pontoon," "I had no papers, no family, and no nothing."

Qoza likewise hypothesized that numerous transients who came looking for asylum around 2004 were perhaps monetary vagrants, as this period concurred with a worldwide downturn.

"On the off chance that that is the situation, at that point the framework has been manhandled."

Caux says the UNHCR is dealing with creating social union projects to help the consideration of refugees into South African culture.

"For example, we have been fortifying our effort network exercises through our accomplices by giving help and directing to networks that have been affected by the ongoing savagery against outside nationals," she said.

"Our accomplices are likewise prepared to give social and money based help to people and families deprived in Pretoria and Cape Town, after an appraisal of their circumstance."

For now, Central Methodist isn't raising any assets for the benefit of its evacuees, as per an announcement discharged by the Rev Alan Story.

"As we offer solidarity and backing," he stated, "we should regard individuals enough to convey the battles of their own lives."

Steady progress being made on Cape Flats water maintenance - CoCT

The City of Cape Town says steady progress has been made across the five sites where the municipality’s 72-hour water shutdown on the Cape ...