Sunday, June 20, 2021

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced the start of the vaccine rollout

On Saturday The Basic Education Department said it is prepared to vaccinate thousands of staff by the end of the second school term.

According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the vaccine rollout will start on Wednesday, 23 June 20, 2021 and continue till the 8th July 2021.

Last week Thursday, the country received Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The department said that they have enough time to rollout the vaccine as the doses only expires on the 8th of August.

On Saturday, the Basic Education Department announced that 582,000 education staff are ready to be vaccinated over a 10-to-14-day period.

These include independent school teachers and adults working in public, admin, cleaners, food handlers and officials working in the district, provincial and national offices.

By Danielle Mentoor

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development fails to participate in today’s Webinar

 Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Human Settlements, Matlhodi Maseko, says it is unfortunate that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development did not participate in a webinar today to update them on matters pertaining to the District Six Restitution Projects.

On Thursday, Minister Thoko Didiza announced that they will today (Friday) begin the administrative process of allocating 108 claimants their housing units.

She said the process of the claimants returning to the area will take place between 24 June and 16 July.

Maseko said that the problem is that illegal occupiers have moved onto land in the area.

And that there is a land invasion that is happening in the land parcel of the District Six land restitution site. And the responsibility now is with the city, the cost is with the city. And they have to see how they are going to move forward in this issue.

 

Done By Lizeka Tsotetsi

Drain net implementation in Gaansbaai preventing Ocean pollution

Hermanus’ Overstrand Municipality is working on minimising the amount of waste the reaches the ocean by implementing storm drain catchment nets.

The Overstrand Municipality is working in partnership with Marine Dynamics and the Dyker Island Conservation Trust, after being inspired by a project done in Australia.

The project entails placing large nets over storm water drain outlets that will catch the waste before it reaches the ocean. Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has praised the work being done.



The net at Gansbaai harbour is regularly monitored to assess the waste caught. Following 17 analysed net counts a total of 141.55 kg of waste was collected.

The statistics were frightening with cigarette filters being a top offending item at 33 875 pieces collected in the one net. This was followed by food wrappers/containers at 12 389 and that included non-recyclable chip packets.

Plastic bottles amounting to 188 and cans at 127 were also prominent items found in the net.

By Danielle Mentoor 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Third Largest Diamond discovered in Botswana

 

Debswana the Diamond Firm in Botswana has confirmed an amazing discovery of a 1098 carat stone Diamond which has been described as the 3rd largest of it’s kind Globally

It is said to be the biggest stone of gem quality to be recovered in the history of the company, a joint venture between the government and global diamond giant De Beers.

Debswana Managing Director Lynette Armstrong has said that

The rare and extraordinary stone means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana, and that It brings hope to the nation that is struggling."

The Diamond which was found on the 1st  of June, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the Capital Gaborone.

The biggest diamond ever discovered in the world was the 3 106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905.

 

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi


Jabu Mabuza has passed at the age of 63

 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has announced that Jabu Mabuza  has passed away. Busa said that it was a tragic and devastating loss for business in South Africa.

Mabuza (63), who is the former chair of Eskom, passed away on Wednesday, 16 June 2021 due to covid-19 complications.

His family thanked the country for all their support and condolences and asked for privacy during this difficult time.

Sipho Pityana, Busa president, said that Mabuza became a powerhouse in South Africa’s economy and was a role model to all. Mabuza also occupied several leadership positions in both the corporate and public sectors.

By Danielle Mentoor

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Hijacked learners remain unharmed

 

The learners who were hijacked in Cape Town is confirmed to be unharmed. Police officers responded to the incident at corner of Spine Road and N2 highway yesterday.

When they arrived at the scene, they found two armed suspects offloading 17 learners along the N2. The suspects spotted the police’s arrival and fled into the bushes.

Later, the police tracked down one of the men who was identified to be the driver in the operation.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith: "The vehicle had been hijacked with the schoolchildren on board and the hijackers were attempting to offload the children. When the suspects realised that the officers were approaching, they into the bushes. The law enforcement stabilisation unit members reacted and responded immediately resulting in the apprehension of one of the suspects."

By Danielle Mentoor

Police Officers granted Bail for Bribing Victims Mother

 

Two Officers from Limpopo have been released on R2 000 bail each after being arrested for allegedly facilitating a bribe to make a rape case go away.

The two sergeants were investigating a rape case in which a nine-year-old child was allegedly raped by a 23-year-old neighbor.

They allegedly demanded money from the suspect’s mother to pay the victim’s mother in order for them not to register the rape case

According to reports on the28 May 2021, the two suspects were working together when they called the mother of the suspect in the rape case to pay R8 000 in cash to the victim's mother in exchange for the rape case not to be registered

Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed in a statement that Netshiendeulu Mudzhiwa Adolphus and Mafelatshuma Allen Makananisa, both based at the Tshilwavhusiku station in Vhembe district, appeared before the Polokwane organized crimes court on Monday on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

 

Done By Lizeka Tsotetsi


Monday, June 14, 2021

Woman arrested for allegedly killing her daughter

 A woman in Mpumalanga has been arrested for the murder of her baby daughter.

The mother of the baby girl, who was three months old, went to the child’s father on Friday evening for a visit at the farm where he worked.

According to the police, the father refused to let the mother and daughter into his home and the mother then threatened to kill the baby. The situation got out of hand, and she allegedly threw the baby on the floor.

Sadly, the little girl died by the time the paramedics arrived at the scene.

The mother is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

By Danielle Mentoor

The Huguenot Tunnel closure for Maintenance

 


Night time Closure has been implemented for the Huguenot Tunnel for maintenance Purposes

SANRAL Western Region Manager Randall Cable, has said that the tunnel would thus be closed to traffic, from 10pm to 6am, Monday to Thursday. meaning that the tunnel will still be open during the daytime Monday to Thursday and fully open 24 hours a day from Friday to Sunday, for all road users

 Cable added that SANRAL has been engaging stakeholders from local and provincial government, the road freight industry, the agricultural sector, SANTACO and the local business community on how the closures will impact their businesses, so that they are able to make adjustments to their travel times or use any of the various alternative routes. and that much of the required maintenance work has been completed under live traffic conditions, to ensure minimal inconvenience to road users.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Malan High School under investigation following Queerphioa behavior by studens and staff

Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer, confirmed an investigation was under way into allegations of queerphobia and discrimination at DF Malan High School.

The Cape Town high school in Belleville face backlash over a decision to ban pupils from showing solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

A group of learners were verbally abused last week when they gathered during break to mark the first week of International Pride Month. When the pupils reported the abuse to the headmaster, they were told not to repeat any provocative behavior, and all further pride action was banned.

The school has been accused of infringing upon the rights of learners from the LGBTQI+ community following the incident as the pupils ended up being subjected to discrimination by staff and pupils at the school.

A parent of one of the affected pupils also spoke out this week, slamming the school for targeting the pride pupils rather than those who targeted them.




By Everngelista Muza

Stage 3 load shedding for Thursday; Stage 2 if City-supplied

Stage 3 load shedding will end at 10p.m Thursday night.

Eskom implemented the latest rolling blackouts since 8a.m

‘’Although there has been a slight improvement in generation performance today (Wednesday), we have unfortunately had further breakdowns at Kusile, Matla and Tutuka Power Stations,’’ it said in a statement.

It added that its emergency generation reserves, have depleted.

It further said that Stage 2 loadshedding will then proceed throughout the night.

The utility upped the rolling blackouts to stage 4 on Wednesday, citing further breakdowns and a need to preserve emergency generation capacity.

If your electricity is supplied by the City of Cape Town, then you will only load shed on Stage 2 until 5p.m

The municipality has enough generation capacity to ‘’protect’’ customers from one stage of Eskom’s load shedding.

The City says it will thereafter move to Stage 3 for 2 hours, before reverting back to Stage 2 between 7-10p.m


INFO: City of Cape Town

Done By: Mitchum George

IEC launches 2021 Municipal Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officially launched the 2021 Municipal Elections on Wednesday, unveiling a mobilisation campaign aimed at encouraging eligible voters to register and participate in the 27 October elections.

The theme: “Every Voice Together”.

The launch was held at an event at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg attended by key stakeholders including leaders of political parties, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and the media.

Eligible voters are urged to register between 17-18 July 2021. Those already registered are urged to check and update their registration details.

A major focus of the campaign will be on encouraging young and first-time voters to register and vote in a bid to boost voter registration numbers ahead of the closing of the voters’ roll on proclamation by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs expected in early August.

“Currently the voters’ roll has 25.75 million registered voters. Based on population estimates from Statistics South Africa it is estimated that some 15 million eligible voters remain unregistered. Of these, about 60 percent are under the age of 30,” said Chief Electoral Officer Mr Sy Mamabolo.

“This is not necessarily a reflection of so-called ‘apathy’ by young people. Young voters have had fewer opportunities to register than older voters – with millions only qualifying for registration over the past 24 months since the last major voter registration drive.,’’ he added.

IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, said the elections were an opportunity for a new generation of South Africans to take up the mantel of supporting democracy from previous generations.

“Our appeal to the current generation of freedom-loving South Africans is to use the Municipal Elections to leave an indelible footprint for posterity: A legacy of continuing an unbroken record of adhering to the dictates of our Constitution and staying the course on our democratic journey.’’

 As part of the launch of elections, the Electoral Commission Contact Centre has also been re-activated on 0800 11 8000 and is operational weekdays from 8am to 5pm. It provides assistance to callers in all official languages and is also available to respond to queries submitted on Twitter (@IECSouthAfrica), Facebook (IECSouthAfrica), email (info@elections.org.za) and webchat at www.elections.org.za.

 

 





Done By: Mitchum George

Cape police probe double murder case in Mfuleni

Cape Town police are probing a double murder case after two men were shot and killed in Mfuleni on Tuesday. One of those was an off-duty police officer.

Police spokesperson Andrè Traut said the incident happened after 4p.m and that the victims’ bodies were discovered in a silver Ford Focus.

“The victims’ bodies were discovered in a silver Ford Focus. One of the victims is a 33-year-old police officer stationed at Philippi East and was off duty at the time of the incident,” said Traut.

Anyone with information are kindly requested to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

HAWKS arrests 7 suspects for selling illegal electricity

Seven men accused of buying and reselling prepaid electricity to people, have been arrested.

According to Hawks’ spokesperson, Philani Nkwalase, the suspects were members of a syndicate operating in groups countrywide generating income of approximately R150 000 to R250 000 per day from illicit sales of electricity.

The seven were arrested following a project based investigation that ensued in May last year in Bloemfontein.

‘’They are highly organized, well-equipped, closely networked and are difficult to track due to the fact that these machines do not transact on a network or at a single place, but are constantly roving. The suspects were allegedly responsible for selling illegal electricity to pre-paid customers,’’ said Nkwalase.

The project probed the illicit sale of electricity facilitated by illegal vendors who had, in their possession, illegal electricity vending machines.

The suspects, aged between 28 and 67, were arrested at various locations across Gauteng on Wednesday.

‘’During their arrest, one of the suspects allegedly enticed the arresting officers with R100 000 gratification and was additionally charged with corruption. Meanwhile other suspects were allegedly found in possession of illegal firearms as well as ammunition and were additionally charged accordingly.’’

Several cell phones, laptops, sim cards, total cash amount of R714 800, seven luxury vehicles, electricity pre-paid vouchers and transaction records were seized for further investigation.

All the suspects are expected to appear in the Fochville Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Eskom urges the public to stop buying illegal pre-paid electricity from ghost vendors and to report information regarding electricity theft and fraud, to the Eskom Crime Line number: 0800 11 27 22.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Cape pickets held to reinstate Jeremy Veary

Various Cape Town Community members alongside activists and religious leaders marched to Parliament on Wednesday in support of Major-General Jeremy Vearey.

Veary was recently fired over comments he made on social media. The former police boss faced a disciplinary hearing where it was revealed that he put SAPS into disrepute for allegedly taking swipes at national police commissioner Khehla Sitole on Facebook.

He came under fire for posts he made on the platform, containing “derogatory, offensive, insulting and disrespectful” language towards Sitole.

Community picketed to various police stations, including Mitchell’s Plain, Ravensmead, Bishop Lavis, Elsies River asnd Bonteheuwel.

A memorandum was handed over to parliamentary official, Charles Ford, by the dean of St George’s Cathedral, Rev. Michael Weeder.

 

PICTURE: Daily Maverick

Done By: Mitchum George

Suspect arrested for murder of 18-year-old Khayelitsha woman

The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz will visit the family of Sinovuyo Magatya on Thursday.

18-year-old Magatya from Khayelitsha disappeared after leaving a shebeen with a friend, last week. Her body was discovered in Makhaza.

A 30-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with her murder.

‘’The suspect initially denied any knowledge or involvement and actually accompanied the family to people he said he saw Sinovuyo leave the shebeen with in Makhaza. After Sinovuyo’s cellphone was found at the suspect’s home, police went back and arrested him, whereupon they discovered a bloody towel. Sinovuyo’s body was then found, hours later, in an abandoned shack also belonging to the suspect.’’

Furthermore, Magatya’s cellphone was found at the suspect’s home, after police returned to the suspects residence and arrested him, where upon they discovered a towel covered in blood.

MEC Fritz condemned the incident.

“I want to condemn the actions of the people who committed these heinous acts in the strongest possible terms. It is people like this, people who carry out these gruesome acts of gender-based violence, who rob our women of living out their freedom. It is an attack on humanity, and we cannot accept it. We will not accept this.”

‘’…every time a young person such as Sinovuyo is killed so senselessly and in such a depraved way, it affects me because I see a young person, full of life and energy, with so much to offer in building our society, taken away from us. A flame is extinguished,’’ Fritz added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Old age home in Pietermaritzburg without power for days due to illegal connections

The electricity crisis in the city, Pietermaritzburg sparked a protest Tuesday night that went on until Wednesday morning as residents living in one the city’s hostels staged a demonstration, closing the road with burning tyres and demanding to be reconnected.

An old age home in the CBD is among the places hit hard by power outages going five days without power.

The Msunduzi municipality publishes a list of outages in the area that shows close to 20 areas that are facing power outages.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said power to the hostel had been cut due to non-payment of debt and illegal connections. The connections were affecting the city’s fragile electricity network which was causing outages in other areas. This was affecting the paying customers.






Image: pragorg.com

By Everngelista Muza

LATEST Loadshedding updates: Stage 3 and 4 for Cape town customers

Due to additional breakdowns of a unit at Medupi and two units at Duvha Power Station, together with the high winter demand.

The power utility stated stage 4 load shedding will kick in from 2pm on Wednesday and last until 10pm. Eskom stated that these emergency reserves are required to respond to further emergencies in order to maintain the stability of the national grid. The City of Cape Town, after checking its generation capacity, announced that its customers will be on Stage 3 until 5pm, and then move to Stage 4. Thereafter Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented.

Eskom said breakdowns currently total 15 087MW of capacity, while planned maintenance is 1 273MW of capacity. Eskom has apologised for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by the power cuts and asked South Africans to cut down consumption of electricity. 



Image: shutterrstock

by Everngelista Muza

Men arrested for one murder and two rape charges

Two elderly woman, aged 75 and 91, were attacked at their home on Sunday night.

The two victims had been sleeping when the two assailants entered into their home through the window. The suspects demanded then proceeded to rape them, however one of the victim was able to escape a neighbours homestead. According to police's Tembinkosi Kinana by the time authorities arrived the 91 had died

The two suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon in a neighbouring village. The police, said they are still investigating the motive for this particular incident. The arrested suspects will be brought to court in Tsomo on Thursday and will remain I custody in the meantime.



image: Shuttestock

by Everngelista Muza

Netball World Cup 2023 to be hosted in Cape Town




The Netball World Cup (NWC) 2023 is what everybody's eyes are fixed upon. The greatest thing is that South Africa, Cape Town is hosting it. The World Cup 2023 logo was unveiled on Tuesday in a press conference hosted by the 2023 World Cup Board in Cape Town. The Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the NWC 2023 Board in April 2021, and the Board has vowed and committed themselves to put together a world-class event that is befitting of a South African standard and flair. The board is made up of an independent Chairperson, two representatives from Netball South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, who have one representative each.

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Mr. Dan Plato, welcomed the event that will be taking place in the Mother City for the first time. Plato said this event gives us an opportunity to raise the status of netball as a national sport and it also gives underprivileged children an opportunity to showcase their talent.

"This event will be the first Netball World Cup event, for South Africa for Cape Town. And I am very proud to say Cape Town will make sure that people are best prepared to make of this event a wonderful success likewise what we have done with more than one Rugby World Cup event as well because this is a major international event it is an opportunity not only for the City but the whole of South Africa and Africa to state its claim as a sporting continent.

''This event provides us with an opportunity to raise the status of Netball as a national sport while also developing the game to provide more benefits for young Netball players, officials, and administrators. This again must create an inclusive legacy where youngsters from underprivileged communities are provided with the necessary resources, netball courts and set them on the same level as those who are more fortunate. Coaches from disadvantaged communities will be empowered as a result of this world cu,'' added Plato. 

In 2023 the Netball World Cup will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, the World Cup 2023 Board Chairperson Ms. Patience Shikwambana explained what this number means to the country and the Netball fraternity. 

"In 2023 World Netball will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, now I had to consider what does number 60 mean and these are the four points to say this number means: they say the number 60 means harmony, balance, idealism, and harmonious family relationships. In 2023 it should be our eve before we celebrate our 30 years of democracy. And the number 30 to us as South Africans symbolizes to becoming matured that we are starting to be ready mentally and physically. Whilst 30 is a sign to us as South Africans to dedicate and commit ourselves to us declaring a world-class Netball World Cup, it also says let's be matured enough to unite as a country to put our girl child and woman first so that the World Cup plays an impact in their lives. Truly it's a new dawn to us today as a country and the continent will be hosting the first World Cup (Netball). May we - in our efforts- as a country together with all key stakeholders as we prepare to host the world-class netball, we ensure to embrace what the number 60 and number 30 symbolizes. We are saying to you today, let harmony prevail as we ensure to promote fair play, friendship, peace, non-violence, tolerance, and ubuntu amongst each other." said Chairperson Shikwambana. 



The President of Netball South Africa Ms. Cecilia Molokwane said the eye-catching logo will disclose the feel and look of the 2023 Netball World Cup. The President of Netball World Cup Liz Nicholl said "The Netball World Cup as netballs flagship event brings together 16 of the worlds top teams and has been held every four years since 1963 and Cape Town 2023 will not only provide an exceptional platform for a neat competition but be a catalyst for the birth of netball in the continent. We look forward to be with you in Cape Town for this very special event which in 2 years' time will showcase the very best of our sport to the world. Thank you Cape Town and thank you, South Africa." 

The Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi describes this as a great feeling to be hosting the tournament and she believes that Netball is a life-changing sport to everyone taking part in it. "I think it's quite exciting, I stand here as one of the people who had a life that's been changed by netball and I know it's not just myself only but it's globally as well. Netball is a movement itself, it changes lives, it gives opportunities, it creates legacy and we've seen that from when we started playing this sport. And now to think about the whole world coming to South Africa I think it's just massive not only for South Africans only but also for African netball and also for the world itself, this is history being created and to be part of that it's just fantastic and I speak for the girls and boys that are still thinking of this sport and have something to look up to". 

Msomi says they will do their best to come out of this tournament with great results. "We will do well considering the fact that if we get support and if get everything planned in advance and I think one can be excited about what's coming through because of that. But obviously, we played well in 2019 we came 4th of which even there I think we could've done way better considering the fact that we lost by 2 goals against Australia in the semi-final and that's a huge improvement from our side. Now that we know we capable of that I guess one can look forward into a medal, why not bring a trophy home if possible so it's all just an exciting journey that's going to take a whole lot of hard work." 

Netball World Cup 2023. To grow. To play. To inspire.  



BY: Chwayita Hlangwana 


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

World Oceans Day 2021

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, is celebrated as World Oceans Day.

This year’s theme is: The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, which explores how human activity impacts on life underneath our oceans, and how this in turn impacts on the millions of people who use oceans to earn a living.

The United Nations estimates that by 2030, as many as 40 million people will be employed by ocean-based industries globally.

PICTURE: IMPOD


The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, says marine litter, including plastic litter, has become a matter of increasing global and national concern as a source of marine pollution. The Department has therefore prioritised efforts to deal with the challenge of marine litter, through a ‘’Source-to-Sea programme’’.

“The Source-to-Sea programme involves multiple government departments, at national, provincial and local level, as well as the private sector and other stakeholders, working in priority catchment areas, and providing job opportunities through the Working for the Coast program,” said Minister Creecy.

Meanwhile, Green Connection activists, joined by small-scale fishers from Langebaan and Saldanha, protested in Big Bay on Tuesday against the Karpowership project, which uses underwater noise generated by gas-fired floating powerships on the environment and marine resources in Saldanha Bay.

‘’Small-scale fishers depend on healthy oceans and will be hugely impacted by this devastating environmental KARPOWERSHIPS Project. These power ships will also have a negative impact on the marine life they rely on for their livelihoods. These are just some of the reasons these communities say NO, TO KARPOWERSHIPSA!’’ said Maria Welcome, Green Coonection Communications Consultant.



Info: Green Connection


 

Done By: Mitchum George

Collision between truck and minibus kill seven and injure 10

 A tragic start to a Tuesday morning as seven people died and 10 injured in a collision between a truck and a minibus bus in Melkbosstrand.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said injuries ranged from minor to critical. Four ambulance teams rushed to the scene including a SkyMed helicopter to attend to the scene along Birkenhead road and West Coast Road.

He said on arrival medics found that seven people, some still trapped inside the taxi, had sustained fatal injuries in the collision. Nothing could be done for them, and they were declared dead. The 10 survivors patients were treated and provided with advanced life support before being transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

“One critically injured patient was airlifted to the hospital by the AMS Medical helicopter for urgent care", he added.

The City’s Traffic spokesperson, Maxine Bezuidenhout confirmed the incident, and said this was an active case.


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By Everngelista Muza

Taxi rank shooting leave five dead in Ceres

Detectives from the provincial taxi task team are combing the scene of five taxi drivers shot dead at the Ceres taxi rank Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said reports from the crime scene indicated that three unidentified man randomly opened fire on taxis at a taxi rank in Vredebed after 7am, seriously wounding a man, who later died in hospital, and four others who died on the scene.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be released. Indications are that the shooting incident is taxi-conflict related. Community leader Thembi Sifile said shootings no longer shocked them, as they happened monthly although they are concerned for commuters who might end up tangled in the mess.




by Everngelista Muza

Teachers waiting on FDA to see if they will approve the release of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

 The country’s teachers are waiting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely this week as it pondered whether to approve and release millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.

The regulator is expected to give an update on manufacturing conditions at a US factory that had to stop the release of vast batches of the vaccine.

According to IOL there are suspicions it had been contaminated by the AstraZeneca shot. Among those vials are 480,000 shots that had been earmarked for South Africa's educators.

But the clock is ticking as the doses will expire later this month. Crisp said that they had planned extensively to roll out the vaccine quickly and he was sure that they would be able to administer all of them if they arrived on time.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) also said that it was awaiting feedback from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the safety of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.




Picture: KaiPfizer.net

By Everngelista Muza

22 years in jail for wife who murdered her policeman husband

46 year old Nonkululeko Ngwabe, has been sentenced 22 years after she was found guilty of killing her husband, Warrant Officer Thulani Ngwabe at the Pietermaritzburg High Court this week.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said Ngwabe’s body was found with multilple stab wounds, on the railway lines near Port Shepstone beach in November 2019. Mhlongo said the wife had allegedly hired accomplices to kill her husband, which led to the arrest of three other suspects.

All accused appeared in Court several times on charges of murder and were remanded in custody till to date as their bail was successfully opposed. Mhlongo said their case was transferred to the Pietermaritzburg High Court for trial and was adjourned to June 18.



image: shutterstock

By Everngelista Muza

Monday, June 07, 2021

Langa's elderly rasie concern over allocation for vaccination sites.

 Langa Community Counseling Services office administrator Anele Ggqasana said they challenged the health department to deal with the vaccination allocatio problem.

The Langa Community Counseling Services office received numerous complaints from seniors having to travel to Mitchells Plain to be vaccinated, with others voicing concerns for their safety, as some of these areas do not have public transportation

65 year old Cikizwa Malgas, stated she was waiting for a new date as she refused to be vaccinated in an area that was not suitable for her and therefore gave up on the appointment. She said,” The government should offer everyone the same means and opportunities to get vaccinated and not prioritize certain areas”

Health Ministry spokesman Mark Van der Heever said the Vanguard Community Health Clinic was online to serve the Langa region as early as Friday. He said It has always been part of a systematic scale-up, based on vaccine availability. As more and more sites come online, more slots will be available in more facilities closer to everyone.

 Van der Heever said those who had received an appointment outside their region could contact 0860 142 142 for assistance.


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Body of teen found in neighbors shack

18-year-old Sinovuyo Magetya was last seen on Sunday, May 30 at a tarven with friends.This was 4 days before her body was found.  Khayelitsha resident Wele Dyongo last saw his niece when he left to attend a burial society meeting.

According to a family’s spokesperson, they received a call from detectives informing him that they had found a body in a nearby shack. Dyongo said police found her wig with bloodstains under the suspect’s bed. He added that evidence show the victim was allegedly strangled, they also found numerous photos of different woman they believe he was preying on.

According to Dyongo the man arrested was part of the search party as well as trusted neighbor who even helped with looking after their children. He added that the family was struggling financially and would need assistance burying their daughter.

Image: 123RF/Paul Fleet

By Everngelista Muza

Legendary actress, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, died aged 66

Legendary actress, Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died.

The 66-year-old passed away in her Johannesburg home on Monday.

Surtie-Richards management, Elysian Management took to social media to announce the stalwarts passing: ‘’We will give further details as we find out more information. Please allow us the opportunity to inform all the relevant parties. This is a major loss to the television and film industry … She was and still remains an icon. Our condolences to her family, friends and fans RIP Shaleen.’’

Hailing from Upington in the Northern Cape, Surtie-Richards was a talented actor, who won hearts country-wide for her role as Ester “Nenna” Willemse in the soapie Egoli.

Her film role as Fiela in the acclaimed Fiela se Kind cemented her place in acting history.

Shaleen also brought her versatility to the stage, and she performed in various plays, including the one-woman Shirley Valentine for which she won a Fleur de Cap award. She performed on stages locally and international and made important contributions to local arts festivals such as the Suidoosterfees, KKNK and the Grahamstown festival.

The Western Cape’s Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC, Anroux Marais, sent her condolences.

“Shaleen was the embodiment of the story of so many people in our country. She faced many difficulties as a young actor who started her career in the apartheid era, but whose love for her craft drove her to rise above all the obstacles in her path. Her talent and commitment to acting were clear in all that she did and she was beloved by the people of South Africa for the warm and endearing characters she brought to life on our screens and stages”.

The cause of death is still unknown at this stage.

 


Done By: Mitchum George

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

2 Crocodiles still at Large

 


A Total of 83 Young Nile Crocodiles have been captured over the past 3 months following the mass escape from a Crocodile Breeding Farm in Bonnievale in March

Minister of Local Government ,Environmental Affairs  and Development Planning Anton Bredell has confirmed that 51 Crocodiles have been executed and 32 were captured Alive ,two more Crocodiles are believed to still be at large ,According to Cape Nature they have been spotted but not retrieved  

Minister Bredell added that the recapture operations have been scaled down and that Cape Nature will continue with a Nightly patrol per week with the aid of Landowners

He Further thanked the Teams on the Ground who have worked hard over the past 3 months to recapture the Animals,this includes Teams from CapeNature ,Police Diving Unit aswell as various Landowners in the Area.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Drunk driver takes a last sip before arrest in Blue Downs

 

The Cape Town Metro police officers were shocked to see a drunk driver take one last sip of brandy before his arrest.

Officers noticed an open bottle of brandy between the driver’s legs whern they stopped him at a roadblock in Blue Town on Sunday.

As the officers approached the 29 year old driver, he took “one last swig” from the bottle.

The City of Cape Town’s JP Smith said: “This level of brazenness cannot be tolerated and we hope the court takes into account his behaviour when they decide on a punishment.”

He added that there were more examples of instances where people disregard the law.

 

By Danielle Mentoor


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