Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cape Town has 10 new Aldermen, but what does the title actually mean?


The City of Cape Town during its full Council sitting on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, resolved to confer the title of Alderman upon ten City councillors. On Wednesday, at its full Council sitting, Council resolved to confer the title and status of Alderman upon ten councillors of the City of Cape Town in terms of its Conferment of Civic Honours Policy. Their names are as follows:
  • Cllr Eddie Andrews
  • Cllr Albertus Basson
  • Cllr Cynthia Clayton
  • Cllr Gerhard Fourie
  • Cllr Bonita Jacobs
  • Cllr Xanthea Limberg
  • Cllr Siva Moodley
  • Cllr Rose Rau
  • Cllr Johannes Van der Merwe
  • Cllr Antonio Van der Rheede

The title “Alderman” is a historical title derived from the Anglo-Saxon position of ealdorman, literally meaning ‘elder man’. The title is thus a fitting one to be bestowed upon councillors who, amongst other criteria, have served on one or more local government bodies within the Republic of South Africa over the course of several years; particularly as an elder and are generally expected to mentor, advise, share their experiences and create a sense of unity for their communities.
Any serving councillor who was at any time invested with the honorary title of Alderman by any disestablished local government body shall be deemed to be an Alderman of the City of Cape Town. The policy then goes on to state that the title of Alderman is conferred for life, subject to the individual is convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to more than 12 months Imprisonment without the option of a fine; the actions of such councillor brings the Council into disrepute or they have acted in a manner unbecoming of the title of Alderman.
There after the Rules Committee shall investigate and report to Council all instances where good cause is shown for the removal of the title
of Alderman.


The cold front in Cape Town contributes to the increasing amount of shack fires.

The cold front in Cape Town contributes to the increasing amount of shack fires.

In one of the recent incidents one person died and 1 200 people were left Masiphumelele. Despite the cold temperatures, strong winds and rain, the residents began rebuilding on Tuesday 30th July. Sassa and relief organisation Gift of the Givers has been helping the city provide the assistance. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at the sub-council 19 office and Living Hope Centre in Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
In another incident alteast 15 shacks were destroyed Tuesday 30th July at the Zandspruit informal settlement in Randburg. Reports from the scene indicated that a fire started in a single shack which quickly spread to surrounding structures.
Also on Tuesday 30th July in the area Clermont in Ward 22 of eThekwini Metro a total of 18 shacks burned down where 30 people were left homeless and these people will be moved in to temporary shelters in and around Durban. The MEC has dispatched a team of officials from the provincial disaster management centre and the EThekwini Disaster Centre to assist those that are in distress because of this incident.

Because of these recent incidents we urge residents to exercise extreme caution during the winter season as it’s a time that prone to disasters, which include veld fires and shack fires. The City’s Disaster risk Management Centres Charlotte Powell gave her comment on the 24th July and said the areas that are of concern are residents living in informal settlements that are in natural phenomena’s like wetlands, Masiphumelele in Fish Hoek, and areas in Khayelitsha. 
For any emergency phone 0860103089

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Jasmine Johnson-Mazwi
Bush Radio News Editor


Tuesday, July 30, 2019


The South African unemployment issue have make rounds again, with worse effect this time around. For years now SA youth being advised to be fortune hunter to better themselves and to be effective and desire to the country’s economy. President Ramaphosa in June delivered his state of the nation address and set an ambitious goal that in ten years to come he will fundamentally create about 2 million job opportunities for youth to deliberately benefit from, as a stepping stone to continue with SA legacy.
The current report shows the opposite of what we heard from last month, as South Africa unemployment rate has gone far with 1.4% increment in second quarter of 2019 which domains to 29% the highest level since first quarter of 2008, According to EWN data released by Statistics South Africa.
The unemployment amplified with 21,000 number of people adding to 455,000
Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Tuesday. The figures showed a slight rise from 27.6% in the first quarter. Maluleke believed this was the peak that the joblessness ratio had gone since the survey was commenced in 2008.

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Mandlenkosi Mde


Monday, July 29, 2019

Cape Town residents to brace themselves for storm, flooding as cold front approaches.

The City of Cape Town has issued a warning about an intense cold front which is expected to bring gale force winds, high seas and localised. In a statement, spokesperson for the Disaster Risk Management in the City of Cape Town, Charlotte Powell, said the cold front is expected to affect the Western Cape on Tuesday, resulting in "very cold, wet and windy conditions". 
Powell said: "Gale force north-westerly winds of between 65 and 80km/h have been forecast between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas from Tuesday morning, subsiding overnight into Wednesday. She added, "The most likely scenario tomorrow would be heavy rain, leading to localised flooding". "High seas with wave heights of 6m are expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas in the morning and could lead to a storm surge along the Atlantic Seaboard and in False Bay."
The City reminded residents to contact the Public Emergency Communication Centre in the event of an emergency, by dialing 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

By: Ellouise Muller

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Metrorail or Metrofail?

Hundreds of thousands of commuters will be left scrambling to find alternative transport on Friday as rail workers embark on a national strike. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said it was implementing a reduced schedule, which would have a “major impact” on Metrorail commuters. United National Transport Union (Untu) said the industrial action was to force the government to turn the rail service around.
Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said that a Saturday and Sunday service timetable would be implemented. Zenani said that, “Prasa recognises the mass action today is not a labour strike against Prasa, but a Fedusa-led mass action against government along with its affiliated union Untu as the majority union at Prasa. As the mass action could have a major impact on the service, Prasa is planning to run a reduced service in the form of a Saturday or Sunday service time table”.
Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens yesterday said as employees prepared for the strike, its members were intimidated. “Managers of Prasa intimidated members of Untu by calling them into an office one-by-one to hear if they will participate today. Carstens said that, “This comes after the newly appointed Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula misled the media and created havoc among train crews and train control officers when he announced that ‘critical staff’ won’t be participating”. Untu general secretary Steve Harris wrote an urgent letter to Nkosinathi Sishi, acting chief group executive of Prasa, to ask for proof as to when employees of Prasa were declared “critical staff”. It is clear that the newly appointed minister has not been correctly informed by his advisers.
Harris said that, “The result of his misleading statement, however, has a devastating effect on our protest action as our members now believe they will be fired if they were to participate in the protest action,”. Harris said they considered, “blatant intimidation tactics of Prasa coupled to the minister’s misleading press briefing as deliberate sabotage of a protest action aimed at creating awareness for Prasa’s inability to provide safe working conditions”. Fedusa spokesperson Frank Nxumalo said the organisation would have members gather in Cape Town, Joburg, Durban and Pretoria.

Done By: Ellouise Muller
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Making the best out of the worst

In Schaap kraal, Phillipi yesterday, a group of children were seen ‘supping’ (stand-up paddle boarding) in a large puddle left after the cold front that passed through the Cape this week.

The children can be seen below with smiles on their faces, completely oblivious to their surroundings but making the best out of the worst, something we should in fact all learn to do. 

As the late Nelson Mandela said "One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself."

By: Aneeqa du Plessis 

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Man gun pointed, choked and hijacked

Unlucky evening to a man who stopped his car to assist someone who hopped in front of his vehicle and claimed his car has broken down on the road.
A man of 43 year-old who was driving back from his friend house jerked by robbers gun pointed to his head and was hijacked near Hermanus, the victim was forced into the boot of his vehicle. According to IOL, he was tied up, choked with rope then later somewhere in the bushes told to flee if he still wanted to live. The man was found with bruises on his neck and hands and taken to the hospital for treatment.  A burnt-out vehicle, which has yet to be identified, was later discovered in Hawston.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed on Monday that the 43-year-old man was on his way home from a friend’s house in Sandbaai. When he saw a vehicle that broke down, “A male person jumped into the road” and the complainant stopped to assist. The suspect pulled out a firearm and pointed it against the victim's head. The suspect instructed the complainant to get into boot of his vehicle, drove him to Kleinmond where they tied, choked him up with a rope. Die Burger also report that his cellphone and wallet were stolen,
No arrest has been made yet by time of this report. Information is requested to contact the investigation officer, Sergeant Mbongeni Mazuthu, on 028 313 7000 during office hours.

Edited by: Mandlenkosi Mde


Temporary houses after devastating fire for the residents of Wupperthal

Temporary houses after devastating fire for the residents of Wupperthal

Fifty-three momentary homes were handed to the residents of Wupperthal as the town and its folks recover since last year's catastrophic fire.  "No one deserves to experience such a tragedy," said Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers in an announcement on Tuesday. The houses were handed over on Monday, as work continues to reconstruct the ones that stood gutted, leaving at least 200 folks destitute. "I would like to once again extend my sincere condolences to the families, friends and entire community of Wupperthal on the death of Johanna Sofia Valentyn who had succumbed to burn wounds. I was also saddened to learn that 80-year-old Susan Koetie, who was a beneficiary, was buried over the weekend."
A school hostel, clinic, town hall and the historic Moravian Mission Station were also affected by the fire on December 30 in the Cederberg Mountains. Simmers said the church itself had been "hands-on" in setting up the temporary homes, and the community had shown resilience with the help of the church. 

If you hear a smoke alarm or discover a fire
·         Try not to panic.
·         Tell everyone in the house.
·         Using your pre-planned escape route, get everyone out of the building as quickly as possible.
·         Smoke rises so stay low or crawl on the floor in the cleaner air where it's easier to breathe.

Method 1 Keeping Safe in Your House during a Fire
·         React as soon as you hear your smoke alarm go off. ...
·         Safely exit through doors. ...
·         Protect yourself from smoke inhalation. ...
·         Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire. ...
·         Ward off the smoke if you can't get out. ...
·         Call for help from a second story window.

By: Ellouise Muller


Donors to donate blood

Western Cape Blood Services searching for new donors to donate blood to bring the level back to five days.

The reason why there is a blood shortage, because regular donors suffer from flu and colds which is deterring donors from donating. Corporate Public Relations Officer of WCBS, Michelle Vermeulen says  The aim for Western Cape Blood Service is to maintain a blood stock level of five days at all times to ensure they meet the demands of Western Cape.
Group O stocks are low and therefore the WCBS is appealing to everyone in the Western Cape with group o blood type to donate at a blood donation clinic near you. If you are older than 16  and younger than 75, weigh more than 50kg, healthy on the day of donation and you lead a safe sexual lifestyle you should be able to donate blood.

To find out where you can donate visit, call 021 207 6300 or sms ‘Blood’ to 33507



The year is 1989, 23rd July when unbeknownst to Selena Williams she is having her final conversation with her sister, and now fallen comrade Coline Williams.
It’s been thirty years since Coline Williams, and Robbie Waterwich have died in an appalling incident that after three decades still no one is answerable for.
Last night a memorial service was held for both late Umkhonto we Sizwe operatives, Williams and Waterwich in the St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Athlone, close to where the two were in fact killed on a mission to bomb the Athlone Magistrate's Court in an anti-election campaign.

If you missed out on the memorial service please listen to the news feature below.

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Aneeqa Du Plessis


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cape Town is ranked among the most violent cities in the world.

Cape Town is ranked among the most violent cities in the world.

On Thursday the 11th of July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the go ahead for the SANDF to be deployed to 10 precincts identified by Minister Bheki Cele. One of the many reasons why the army will be deployed to our communities is to see an end to violence, crime and gangsterism. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the army is capable of performing peacekeeping operations.

SANDF’s deployment will focus on deploying troops for cordon and search, string points in hotspots, observation, foot and vehicle patrols; air support for troops and identification of substance manufacturing labs and any other operations that may be determined from time to time.

Since the army has been deployed it had an immediate impact on crime in the Western Cape. A total of 25 murders were recorded over the weekend of the 19th July compared to the previous weekend 12th July with 43 murders.

The army has already been deployed to a few communities where the reactions of people were both satisfying and fearful. Many people feels this will help their communities get rid of the bad apples and others are against it is saying “armies are not trained for law enforcement and to use maximum force.  

The 10 different communities are Bishop Lavis, Mitchells Plain, Delft, Elsies River, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Phillipi, Kraaifontein and Manenberg.

What are your thoughts on armys being deployed to your community? Please give us your comment to our Bush Radio 89.5FM Whatsapp number 061 862 1062

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Jasmine Johnson-Mazwi
News Editor


Delft constable killed on Sunday

An outbreak shooting in delft has took one constable life in Sunday morning. Cop of 32-year-old lost his life in duty and two others were injured, this comes just after days army was deployed to pledge gang violence in that area. The suspect, of about 24-years-old, was also injured during the shootout with cops and is currently in hospital under police guard. According to Daily Voice, Police members were performing crime prevention then heard gun shooting in one of the nearby streets, and it was gang.
Police Spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed that cops were performing crime prevention as instructed and came under fire resulting in the death of one cop and two other police members seriously injured.
"The suspect subsequently fled. A second patrol vehicle responding to the shooting, was also shot at by the same suspect and they returned fire and injured the 24-year-old suspect who is currently under police guard in hospital."
Police have deepened deployment in the region. Police management have condemned the incident and vowed to continue to purge the streets of Cape Town of hazardous convicts and illegal firearms. Community members are urged to report illegal activity happening in their areas to crime stop number 08600 10111

Edited by: Mandlenkosi Mde

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Man killed two doors away from his home

Clayton Kippie from Lotus River died at the scene after was shot five times on his way back home from tuck shop. The incident happened Thursday night, Daily Voice reported that Clayton had been walking to his parents’ home where he lived since he divorced his wife about four months ago, the cause of this reckless killing was unknown during this report. A loving dad to the 14-years-old daughter has been murdered for what is ‘believed’ to be planned and professional hit. According to Daily Voice The 37 years old was recently joined a community forum Alpha Neighborhood Watch in Lotus River, however, the family and relatives believes that his murder got nothing to do with initiative of crime-fighting but motive was suspected to be personal. Clayton moved back to his family following his divorce. Around 8pm when he left the house to buy lose cigarette, fortunately, family can track the gunmen’s and it was handed to Police for further investigation.

Edited by: Mandlenkosi Mde

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Mr. Delivery delivering sexual assault?

A Mr Delivery driver, 43 who was accused of raping a Cape Townian woman in her home has been fired and handed over to the police, the company confirmed on Tuesday, the 9th July.

It was reported that the incident allegedly happened last week Friday as the driver was delivering supper to the woman’s home in the late evening.  The 26 year old woman had ordered from Spur that evening, and while attempting to pay the delivery guy, he pushed her to the ground and raped her. The man then fled the scene following the incident states reports.

Mr Delivery food initially confirmed that the driver has been suspended but was yet to be arrested but they confirmed the arrest on Tuesday as well as the termination of the driver’s contract and that they had handed him over to the police.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Fear in the Cape Flats

What can the government do differently in order to decrease the onslaught of crime in the Cape Flats areas? The public gave a variety of answers that they thought were the solutions to the increase of violence in the surrounding communities, and just how the government could combat this issue effectively.

Parliament's portfolio committee on police called for the increased visibility of officers on South Africa's streets, especially in crime hot spot areas, in the wake of the murder of 13 people in Cape Town's sprawling Philippi township at the weekend.

The killings are the cause of a complex socio-economic problem requiring an urgent and multifaceted approach, the committee's chairwoman Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in a statement decrying the country's escalating murder rate.

SAPS must move with speed to implement the promise made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent state of the nation address to increase visibility, she said. Furthermore, SAPS must strengthen the strategies intended to fight the proliferation of illegal guns, Joemat-Pettersson added.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

Here's what the public had to say on this issue:

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Mystery fire flared up three times during one early morning.

Last Saturday morning a family of seven in Elsies River had three fires in different times and places in one home, the family nearly left homeless after a fire started in one of the bedrooms in their home. Mystery fire alleged blaze, Firefighters were called at 2am after a fire began in the first bedroom, Fire and Rescue Service reported at scene on time extinguished it. That morning another fire began in the second bedroom and for the third time fire was in the lounge. According to Daily Voice The fire department made sure the fire was out then suddenly found in a second bedroom and lounge, the family was not sure what caused the three times fire.
Fortunately, the were no injuries reported, the family claimed that they are unable to sleep in their home due to damages in the rooms and burnt roof. Also add that they cannot have electricity until their house is repaired
The City, Fire and Rescue Service suspected that the fire might be due to an electricity fault.

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WRAP-UP BULLETIN                                                                                                    9 JULY 2019
As the bloodletting on the Cape Flats continues unabated and calls for the deployment of the army fall on deaf ears, a desperate call to declare a state of emergency in the province has been made to jolt the national government into action. Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz on Monday urged the national government to consider declaring a provincial state of emergency after a weekend in which 55 people were killed across the province. IOL reports that echoing the calls made by community leaders across the Cape Flats following the bloodshed over the weekend, the MEC said: “Between midnight Friday and 6am today, there were 55 unnatural deaths which resulted from gunshot wounds and sharp objects in the province; 33 of which were in the metro west region.

The average dam level in the Western Cape has increased by more than 6% during the past week. Iol reports that The latest average level for dams across the province stands at 45.4% (2018: 47.2%). The City of Cape Town’s dams continue to see good recovery and are now on average 59.6% full (2018: 53%). Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said water continues to flow to dams around the province from various catchment areas following recent rainfall.

Three people have died after sand fell into a trench on Sandown Road in Table View, Cape Town, on Monday night. IOL reports that Yesterday evening, just after 5pm, the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue responded to persons trapped on Sandown road, Table View. Upon arrival, it was found that three persons were trapped in a trench as a result of the walls caving in.  The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said Fire Services, Metro and other agencies worked tirelessly throughout the night to recover the bodies. The bodies of three adult males were eventually recovered and the scene was handed over to SAPS

The District Six Working Committee is trying to gather more support for the renaming of Keizersgracht to Hanover Street. Ewn reports that The City of Cape Town’s public participation process is currently under way. It runs until 22 July.This Saturday a rally will be held in Salt River in a bid to get more people to throw their weight behind the process. At the same time, a process is under way to rename Zonnebloem back to District Six.The committee’s Shahied Ajam said: “It’s all to do with the bigger picture leading up to 24 September, being Heritage Day. He said he predict Hanover Street will be handed over to the people of District Six

After the nationwide outcry against the City for implementing a by-law under which homeless people are issued fines for sleeping in public places, the Community Chest conducted an urgent discussion yesterday with key stakeholders to try to find solutions. Iol reports that The meeting was attended by the SA Human Rights Commission , as well as various NGOs, chief executives of homeless shelters, and other figureheads fighting the cause of street people.“ ,” said SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen said  The SAHRC was scheduled to have a meeting with City of Cape Town officials last week, but they never showed up.

The 39-year-old woman charged for the murder of 10-year-old, Siphumelele Mzimba, whose decomposing body was found in a bush abandoned bail her application in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Iol reports that Zandile Nsele appeared briefly in court where the murder charge was added to the kidnapping and extortion charges she had faced at her previous court appearance on June 20.This after Siphumelele disappeared from her home near Pinetown on June 13.It is alleged that a year ago Nsele had rented a room from where Siphumelele and her family lived following which she moved five minutes away from her home.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)on Tuesday said it had terminated the contract of Thato Sikwane, also known as DJ Fresh, with immediate effect. In a statement released on Tuesday, the broadcaster said termination followed unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio management and DJ Fresh, subsequent to his usage of offensive language on-air. Fresh was the headliner of MetroFM’s breakfast show.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Frustration as murders on Cape Flats spike

If you had the opportunity to, what would you say to the government in order to better our communities in light of the social media outcry that has taken place after the past weekend shootings in Phillipi that have killed 13 people, including 6 women. 

These high numbers have sparked calls for the army to be deployed or for a more effective plan to curb violence on the Cape Flats.

The state of the Cape Flats has been an increasingly hot topic but Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied that the army is needed, and has been suggesting the use of the Anti-Gang Unit. Cele has stated that the army is not trained to deal with civilians, and the rate of crime in the Western Cape has not reached the point that necessitates their deployment. 

On Monday morning, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz also condemned the recent attacks that have taken place he went on to say that the figures were deeply chilling and it is for this reason that he has called on to the army to be immediately deployed in the Cape Flats communities.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

Bush radio interns then took to the streets to ask the public what they had to say to the government in order to improve not only our conflict stricken communities but our country too

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John W. Fredericks to be remembered

John W. Fredericks has passed away, the Cape Flaps man better known as an author and scriptwriter passed away peacefully at his Strandfontein home on Sunday. The 73-year-old was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. 

The man made rounds in 2015 after his film adaptation ‘Neom my skollie’ which won some number of awards in 2016 When he made to South Africa’s official entry into the 89th Annual Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Award. His family confirmed that John indeed had passed away and thanked fans for always believing in him.

According to Daily Voice, John had been writing and telling stories since he was a little boy, growing up in Kewtown, Athlone, in the 1950s. His father worked at a dumpsite where he found a typewriter which he gave to his son. John used the old tikmasjien to write stories. After his retirement as a security guard, the man continued to write scripts.

In 2017, Noem My Skollie won five Golden Horns at the South African Film and Television Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Make-up and Hair and Best Production Design. Fredericks who never stopped dreaming, inspired youth and has also made a name for himself internationally with Noem My Skollie, leaves behind his wife, three daughters and a son.

By: Mandlenkosi Mde 

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Friday, July 05, 2019

Fraudulent Al-Noor letter comes to the Fore

The Department of Social Development has distanced itself from the controversial Al-Noor Orphanage Centre after evidence of a fraudulent letter came to the fore.

The department has stated they would like to warn the public about the fake letters of endorsement that are being distributed by the Al Noor orphanage, pretending to be by directed by former social development MEC Albert Fritz.

“I condemn the misuse of my name in this document. Direction was not given from my office, as stated in the document, to support a holiday programme facilitated by Al-Noor Orphanage.” said Fritz. 

The letterhead specifies a unit/directorate that does not exist in the DSD. There are no office managers in the office of the MEC – the only office manager positions in the department would be in the office of chief directors. 

The letter is not dated and there are no landline contact numbers on the letter – a requirement on letterheads. Last month the City of Cape Town gave the disgraced orphanage an eviction order after the centre was shut down by the DSD after sexual allegations. 

Al-Noor has been in the spotlight following allegations of fraud and corruption by their manager Amina Okpara. 

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Thursday, July 04, 2019


WRAP-UP BULLETIN                                                                                                                       4 JULY
Full body scanners will be installed at seven of South Africa's most problematic prisons by month end to curb smuggling, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola announced on Wednesday. African news agency reports that, addressing a media briefing, Lamola went about expressing his concern about several videos that have gone viral depicting prisoners engaging in illegal acts while behind bars.  Lamola stated that, they will be engaging organised labour in their sector and the National Prosecuting Authority on a zero tolerance policy when it comes to smuggling of contraband in their facilities.

Plettenberg Bay Community Policing Forum chairperson Mlu-lami Sip-hango refused to comment on the violent protests that had led to the closure of the N2, stating that he feared for his life and was under threat from residents. He said that he fears for his life because the residents will go after him once he comment on the matter. After five minutes, he said, that there had been no way that he would give information and he don’t want to lose his life.

The South African Police Services had decided to open an inquest docket, this is following the discovery of a body next to Lies-beek River on yesterday. Cape Argus reports that, Police spokesperson Siya-bulela Malo said the circumstance surrounding the body of an unidentified man that had been discovered lying next to Liesbeek River at about 08:00 are under investigation.

Police Minister Bheki Cele had then challenged the private security sector to work with police in rooting out criminality and corruption within South Africa's law enforcement agencies. Ewn reports that, Cele had been speaking at the private security indaba in Kempton Park on Wednesday. Role players that are in the industry that are using the two-day event to find ways of addressing challenges facing the sector. Minister Cele said that it was no secret that some private security guards and police officers are part of criminal syndicates.

The SA Human Rights Commission also known as the had decided to meet with City of Cape Town officials, as soon as possible, to discuss the constitution-ality of a city by-law that will see homeless people fined for sleeping in public places. Cape Argus reports that, this is according to SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen, that said that they have met with the city over a month ago after initial concerns about how homeless people in Cape Town were being treated. Nissen stated that they have noticed the increased aggression towards homeless people, and told the city that the SAHRC will be looking into that.

The District Six Working Committee said that the renaming of Keizers-gracht to Hanover Street was pivotal in restoring District Six's legacy. EWN reports that, The public participation process which is currently underway and runs until the 22 July. The committee's Shahied Ajam has urged the public to support the petition.


Death by coal

So thrilled were they to move into their new house, that they took ownership of it even though the electricity wasn’t connected. But their joy was short-lived when their 4-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning when the family brought coals from a fire into the house to keep warm.
Little four year old Kahino Chivasa, passed away just two days after the family moved into their new BNG (formerly known as RDP) house in Delft, and the family is blaming the City of Cape Town’s human settlements, for handing out incomplete houses, for his untimely death.

Chivasa’s grandmother said she had started the fire outside for cooking late on Friday night and brought the coals inside the house. “If there was electricity this would not have happened, we would not have made the fire and brought the coal inside.” She adds that this is because the house is unbearably cold, and even more so because the floor is uncovered.

The family, which has been on the housing waiting list for the past 22years moved into their house barely a day after the house was finished. According to Chivasa’s granny, the house has no ventilation or electricity and the walls were still raw with the construction dust still not settled when they moved in and because they had waited over two decades for their new home they could not wait a second longer.

Warren Jones, a community leader and also a community liaison officer for Eskom in the area, said the city should take full responsibility and account for the death of little Chivasa. Jones said the family received no visit or emotional support from the city or the ward councillor, instead empty promises.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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new project of fire safety

After many people lost their lives in many fire incidents across the country, a Khayelitsha man’s fresh idea might be the solution to save lives and this could be privileged to employ youth. Mzuvukile Manco has expressed his fear for shack fires, since the initiation of this project been on the ground with his idea and has installed 10 fire alarms in Endlovini formal settlement which he paid for from his pocket. He says he has been inspired by high rates of fire incidents. To him this is not just a business opportunity but aiming to save people lives and provide job opportunities for youth once corporate businesses and the City of Cape Town be of assistance. Manco intensely believe his recently project will have an impact on saving lives as fire is always a problem in our communities.

The smoke alarms are portable, they are battery-powered. These devices will alert you soon as fire break out and there’s smoke he claimed. One can wake up from deep sleep will also be able to alert neighbours. It took him about 10 to 15 minutes install one alarm, some residents see this as a brilliant idea.

by mandlenkosi


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Cape mom claims that 4 hospital neglected her autistic son

Eerste River mom Jade Bougaardt remain trust less on Western Cape government hospitals. This happened after approaching numerous hospitals in the Western Cape seeking help for her autistic son Jarred Bougaardt and has become frustrated with the services. 

According to Cape Argus report, Jarred is currently suffering from Septo-optic known as syndrome featuring underdevelopment of the optic nerve, pituitary gland dysfunction, and absence of the septum pellucidum. She also claims that the boy is unable to verbally express his pain, and that is why she expected doctors to attend the matter. 

However, she was let down after being turned away from Tygerberg hospital, Red Cross hospital, False Bay hospital and Groote Schuur hospital. With no choice she had to go to the emergency unit and been accompany with six adults because of her son’s situation was not on good condition at that time. 

Deputy Director of communications, Mark van der Heever on behalf of Western Cape government health claimed that the matter was not seen to be in a real life-threatening condition in comparison to the other patients in the emergency unit. Grandmother to Jarred added that they are striving financially to meet necessities of her grandson’s medical condition.

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The City of Cape Town’s new neighbourhood safety team also known as (NST) had officially deployed in Bonteheuwel on Tuesday. Ewn reports that, The team, that consists of 100 law enforcement officers, which had started working in the gang-infested suburb. This is At least 43 people that had been murdered in Bonteheuwel since the start of this year. The officers and residents then made their way through the community, cutting over parks and side alleys as they went on their first patrol.  Councillor Angus Mckenzie said there had been 44 murders in Bonteheuwel this year.

The United National Transport Union (Untu) will be calling its members to help support protest action which is to ensure that President Cyril Ramaphosa will help to assist with providing a safe and reliable passenger rail service for all. Cape Argus reports that, Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens said their nationwide protest is set to resume on July 26.

Relief has spread across those who are cash-strapped consumers with the price of fuel going down noticeably by midnight. Ewn reports that, the price of Petrol dropped by 96 cents a litre while diesel now costs up to 75 cents less. Illuminating paraffin has also come down by 57 cents a litre.

The N2 in Plettenberg Bay remained closed on Wednesday morning following overnight protests. News24 reports that, In a Bitou Municipality notice, motorists were warned that the highway was closed between the Shell Ultra City and Kwano-kuthu-lu due to the ongoing community protests that started in Qolweni on Tuesday night. And in another protest taking place in hanover park About 70 people gathered on the streets of one of Cape Town's most notorious gang suburbs before dawn on Wednesday to call for an end to bloodshed. Richard coleman from City of cape town explains further about hanover park avenue being closed at athwood road direction govan Mbeki road.

The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated that her department have closely monitored why South African teachers spent less time teaching when it comes to comparing a percentage of other countries. EWN REPORTS THAT, a new survey that has been done on the issue stated that the country's teachers only spend 66% of classroom time teaching as opposed to an international average of 78%. This was revealed in the TALIS report, which was made public on Tuesday. The survey investigated the conditions of learning and teaching in schools across 48 countries.

Winter in the province is now regarded as the burn season, at least as far as the province’s informal settlements are concerned. Cape Argus reports that, During the month of June, data which is from various hospitals across the province that indicates 43 patients had been treated for various burn wounds. Mark van der Heever, the deputy director of communications at the Western Cape Health Department, stated that, it must be noted though that not all sustained burns injuries from fires. Across the province last year, more than 120 people died in fires, 26 as a result of candle fires, heating devices and "playing with matches".

The Human Rights Commission has taken the City of Cape Town to task over its policy on the homeless. City officials have reportedly issued 199 fines to homeless people for various by-law infractions. The clampdown came as winter reached its peak and cold and rainy conditions looked set to continue. The city has defended its policy, saying it was not being heartless.

The Gauteng Health Department said an investigation was underway to determine who turned away a pregnant woman when she sought help at a Mamelodi clinic. Ewn reports that Staff at the Stanza Bopape Clinic allegedly told 45-year-old Elina Maseko, who was already in labour, to go to a hospital claiming her pregnancy was high risk because of her age.Maseko didn't make it to the hospital and gave birth a short while later outside the clinic with the help of a family member. The Health department’s Mothomone Pitsi said: “According to the woman after I spoke with her, the staff on duty just perused over her record and said she must go to the hospital without examining her and that’s a very disappointing incident because that’s not how we manage patient

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“Where is the humanity?”

An uproar has surged over the city’s implementation of a by-law that leads to homeless people being fined up to R1500 for sleeping on pavements or erecting illegal structures, with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) saying they are launching an investigation into this matter.

The SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen said his team would look into whether the by-laws infringed upon the human rights of the homeless with reference to chapter 2, section 27 in the constitution that speaks about health care, food, water and social security.

Chris went on further to say that the underlying issues need to be addressed, that the homelessness of these people are a societal problem, like the violence that infests the streets of the Western Cape, and that he had in fact brought up this issue with the former mayor but will be meeting with the current mayor to engage on this matter and address the undignified solution and how to deal with it in a more compassionate way
‘It’s winter, it’s cold, where is the humanity?’ stresses the Human Rights Commissioner.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Lady fell asleep and woke up with a cigarette burning her gown

Families left out in the cold and homeless in incident happened at Hanover Park where fire destroyed at least three homes, allegedly caused by a burning cigarette, residents says they were shocked to see towering flames from a downstairs Wendy house. Resident claims that they were in their home and heard a lady screaming for help at a Wendy house where the fire started, immediately evacuated, and fire the fire was already spreading. With shock they run safety and waited for firefighters to arrive. Some of these fire victims lost everything they had and their flat is badly damaged and no injuries reported.

According to daily voice, Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, says one informal dwelling and three formal dwellings were damaged by the fire and as assessment of the damage will be conducted. The residents also implore donations to help rebuild their lives.

If you would like to help call 084 321 6567 or 072 0255 953.

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The SA Weather Service instructed the Disaster Risk Mangement Centre that another cold front is approaching, moving over the south-western Cape on Tuesday afternoon. Cape Argus, Strong to gale force winds will be expected throughout Tuesday along the coast. Southwest-westerly swells will also increasing to 5.0-5.5metres. This is along the same stretch of coastline. Vessels will have difficulty in navigating, risk of capsizing. There may be some disruption for small harbours. Beach activities such as swimming and angling are not advised.

Twenty people have been put under arrest, which was made during illegal street racing operations in the Athlone/Mitchells Plain/M3 areas, this included a driver with a breath sample more than four times the legal limit. Cape Times reports that, Seven out of the 10 drivers that were placed under arrest, for reckless and negligent driving on Saturday had been taken into custody in the Mitchells Plain area. The Metro Police Department had arrested at least, 12 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 12 suspects for various crimes, including the possession of suspected stolen property, drugs, possession of an imitation firearm, dealing and possession of tik and being in possession of a dangerous weapon. Officers also arrested one suspect for domestic violence.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address, stated that he wants to see all South African children receive at least two years of Early Childhood Development, thus before they begin Grade 1. Iol reports that, Recognised globally this will as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make, this commitment to early education for our country’s children could radically change South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology also known as (CPUT) recently became the first university in the country to roll out anti-retroviral treatment on campus for students with HIV/Aids. Cape Argus reports that, with this implementation, it will allow students to receive their ARVs from the Student Health Clinic Decanting Site at Bellville Campus. The reason behind the establishment, is that students miss classes and stand in long queues at hospitals and local clinics.

Efforts which is to escalate the fight against crime which had taken centre stage at a meeting between Police Minister Bheki Cele and Western Cape police bosses. EWN reports that, the Police Minister had a meeting with the Western Cape's CPF board on Monday to address concerns raised over the high rate of gang violence in Cape Flats communities. Mitchells Plain's community policing forum which cluster last week called on Cele to come up with a strategic action plan to combat the gang scourge. Minister Bheki Cele met with the provincial CPF chairpersons at Parliament yesterday to address their concerns over uncontrollable gang violence.

Human Settlements MEC Simmers states that the public should be advised that fake housing letters are circulating around the province. The fraudulent letter states the following, that you have been allocated a house by the department of housing for a project for the lower income scale with the above mentioned ERF number that was allocated. The letter requires an amount of R5 250 and asks for your ID and marriage certificate.


Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Security shot outside Vangate mall

The guard has been shot but not died, the incident happened yesterday in parking area at Vangate mall, Two men been arrested for alleged shot and wounded the guard, drama started when the security guard tried to stop thugs robbing a customer on Friday afternoon. Paramedics were called and victim was stabilized to nearest hospital for medical treatment, neighbourhood watch team assisted cops to arrest the suspects case has been opened and the two suspects are expected to appear in Athlone court. According to reports, the victim tried to inhibit an unknown man who was trying to mug another person in the parking area when he was shot.

Centre management of Vangate mall claims that the incident escalated from Gatesville mall onto Vangate mall. Securities has been advised to watch out around mall premises and continue to retain safety within that centre. Centre management also addressed that Vangate mall is operating smoothly and they are dealing with the issue.

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CPUT becomes South Africa’s first university to roll out ARV treatment:

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has become the first university in the country to make antiretrovirals treatment available to students on campus who have HIV/Aids.

Instead of having to stand in long queues, and miss their classes students will now be able to receive their ARVS at their Student Health Clinic at the Bellville Campus. By 2020 all other CPUT campuses would have this initiative introduced but until then students can use the shuttle to travel to the Bellville Campus.

All students who are registered to this programme will be allowed to take home a two month supply of ARVs over the holidays to ensure they have their medication well in advance whether at home, or travelling.
All patients must be confirmed HIV positive through a series of tests, which includes having their viral loads and CD4 cells checked. This initiative has been funded by the Western Cape Department of Health.

By: Aneeqa du Plessis


Monday, July 01, 2019


1 July 2019
Eleven people had passed away on the Western Cape’s roads over this weekend. EWN reports that, a total of 26 drunken drivers were had been placed under arrest since Friday with the highest reading recorded being four times over the legal limit in Worcester. At least 792 motorists were tested for alcohol. 188 fines for various traffic violations were also issued valued at more than R290,000.

Two teenagers had been placed under arrest by South African Police Service Flying Squad officers just after a taxi driver had been stabbed and robbed of his silver Renault Duster in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Sunday. African news agency reports that, The taxi driver was attacked in his vehicle by his two passengers in Goodwood on Friday afternoon, Lt-Col Andrè Traut said. Traut then stated that, they had fled with his vehicle towards Parow where flying squad members stopped them in Fransie van Zyl Drive. The two suspects, aged 17 and 19, were imprisoned on charges of attempted murder and the possession of a stolen vehicle, and are due to make their court appearance in Parow once they have been charged.

Caster Semenya stated that, she will not take part in this year's World Championships if she loses her legal battle with the IAAF over new rules governing testosterone levels in female athletes, agence france press reported.

Motorists will expect a fuel price drop on Wednesday, the first in six months according to the Department of Energy. Cape Argus reports that, on July 3rd, the price of 93 ULP petrol will drop by 96 cents a litre, while 95 ULP which will cost 95 cents less a litre. Diesel (0.05 percent sul-phur) will decrease by 74.78 cents a litre and Diesel (0.005 percent sulphur) will cost 75.78 cents a litre less.

Police Minister Bheki Cele stated that he will not be investigating the infighting between senior police officers in the Western Cape, but however, requested a report which will be following allegations that the Major Offences Reaction Team, were set up to rival the Anti-Gang Unit. Cape Argus reports that, this occurred just after the community policing forums in gang-infested areas which had called on Cele to place the Western Cape Police Service under administration. The Mitchells Plain cluster, this includes eight CPFs, gave Cele 48-hours to stabilise the situation and place these areas under lockdown.

In a surprise forensic report conclusion which was not communicated to the activists that called for the investigation, the City which has reported no irregularities in an alleged botched auction of prime Foreshore land. Cape times reports that, After several calls for the report to be made public, Ndifuna Ukwazi were on Sunday alerted to the investigation’s conclusion for the first time by the Cape Times.


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