Saturday, October 30, 2021

MyCiti bus service back in works on Monday

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Rob Quintas said soon local visitors and tourists from around the world will start travelling to Cape Town again now that life is gradually returning to normal and people can move around more freely

Therefore the direct MyCiTi bus service between Cape Town International Airport and the Cape Town central business district will resume on Monday.

In March 2020 the route was supended because of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions on air travel.

He said the route was an ideal option for getting to the CBD, from where visitors can transfer to other MyCiTi routes that service other parts of Cape Town. The buses will depart every 30 minutes from the Civic Centre and Airport MyCiTi stations, between 05:00 and 21:30 on weekdays and between 06:00 and 21:30 over weekends.

by Everngelista Muza

Pop up vaccination for the elderly

 Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the department will be setting up a pop-up vaccination site at about 1 000 voting stations across the county.

The pop-up sites would prioritise the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although the two-dose Pfizer jab would also be available.

This is in an effort to encourage people aged 60 and above to get vaccinated, Phaahla said they had introduced a pilot scheme valued at R26 million to benefit 260 000 individuals who receive their first vaccine dose in November.

They will qualify for a R100 Vuma grocery voucher, which can be redeemed at Shoprite, USave and Checkers stores. The vouchers would be available on a first-come-first-served basis and would be sent to recipients via SMS.

by Everngelista Muza

Friday, October 29, 2021

19 year old arrested for murder of pregnant girlfriend

16-year-old Sinthia Williams was seven months pregnant when she was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend (Kariega) on October 11. Her body was found 9 days later, according to police she was found buried in a shallow in the backyard of her boyfriend’s grandparents’ home.

19-year-old Kariega (Uitenhage man) abandoned his bail and his case has been postponed till the 24 of Novermber after he appeared in the Kariega Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for murder

Over 20 residents protested outside the court against gender-based violence.

Reverend Canon Ulright Fleurs, who led a group from the local St Simon of Cyrene Anglican Church to the court, told News24 the church supported families of the victim and the accused.

by Everngelista Muza

The IEC says they are ready and set for Elections on Monday

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape has said they are on their final stages of preparations for Monday as the country goes to the polls for the local government elections.

Provincial electoral officer Michael Hendrickse said in a media briefing that the province is set and ready for the municipal polls. That special voting will get under way on Saturday for those who have applied because they are unable to visit their local polling station on the day.

Hendrickse said there are 96 political parties that will be contesting within the Western Cape – 53 of these will be in the Cape Town metro. Just over 12,400 candidates, of which 85 will be independents, will be contesting these elections. He also added that the Western Cape has 1,577 voting stations across the province that will be open and ready for voting.

Done by Lucille Dyosi

Thursday, October 28, 2021

News fraud charges for NAfiz Modack and family

Seven people along with alleged Cape Town underworld boss Nafiz Modack appeared in court on yesterday on charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, uttering and contravention of the VAT Act.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Modack, his mother, younger brother, and SA Revenue Service employee Faried van der Schyff appeared in court on Wednesday for allegedly stolaling R46m from Sars through false VAT claims. He said further investigations show a potential loss of R219m to SARS as the fraudulent claim had not yet been paid out.

Ntabazalila said the case was postponed to November 22 for the accused to sort out legal representation and to request further particulars. 

While his mother was granted a R5 000 bail, Modack remains in police custody as he faces charges relating to orchestrating the murder and attempted murder of Kinnear last year.

by Everngelista Muza

The department of health in the Western Cape Reports 9.5% Increase of Trauma cases

The department of health in the Western Cape has reported an increase of 9.5% of trauma cases over the past weekend.

This comes after government had lifted level restrictions that comes with having later curfews, which may have allowed alcohol sales to spike than before and may have contributed to the rise of trauma cases in the province.

The department of health also reported that over the weekend there were 1,400 trauma cases in some of the hospitals in the Western Cape.  While in the previous week trauma cases were sitting at 1,300.

Chief of operations at the Western Cape Department of Health Saadiq Kariem said that of the 1,377 trauma related cases 46 of those came from gunshots while 390 were from stabbings and 303 blunt sword cases and 150 coming from road accidents.

Done by Lucille Dyosi 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Four officials identified after they were caught firing shots at women

The four police officers who were caught on camera opening fire on women and children using a shotgun have been identified and arrested.

The incident took place in Delft on a Saturday night last month, the cops were also seen slapping a 17-year-old girl during the incident in Crocodile Street.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said the four members of SAPS appeared today at Bellville Magistrate’s Court on charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and common assault.

Langa explained that the women were sitting outside their home chatting when they approached.

 "its alleged that the officers, four of them, drove past the ladies and greeted them. After greeting, one of the officers asked if they wanted to take a ride with them,” she said.

When woman rejected their advances- they got out of their vehicles and started assaulting them. One of the victims sustained injury to the stomach from a rubber bullet.  The officers were released on warning and will be back in court next year on February 16.

by Everngelista Muza

Eskom to Implement Stage 4 of Load Shedding As of Wednesday

Eskom will implement stage 4 of load shedding starting from 12 mid-day on Wednesday up until 5am on Friday.

The power utility said in an alert that stage 4 rolling blackouts would start on Wednesday and continue until Friday. Thereafter load-shedding will continue on stage 2 up until 5am on Saturday.

This comes after a statement by Eskom on social media said that “Over the past 24 hours a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Matla power stations tripped, while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down. Which led to a constrained power system requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and, therefore, hampering the recovery of these reserve.

The total breakdowns currently amount to 14 957MW while planned maintenance is 5 301MW of capacity. Eskom has urged everyone to continue using electricity wisely.

Done by Lucille Dyosi 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Man arrested for kidnapping insurance workers

Five employees were rescued on Monday after being held hostage at Twin City Mall in Bloemfontein.

An insurance manager and his stuff were held hostage for almost 2 hours by a 39-year-old man demanding the immediate payout of his pension.

According police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele the Heidedal police received a distress call from the mall just before 4pm.

“A SAPS hostage negotiator, K9 and Public Order Policing Unit members were called to the scene as well as emergency medical services. The hostage negotiator attempted to defuse the situation but with no success, until the Tactical Response Team was summoned to safely ensure the safety of the victims,” said Makhele.

“At about 17:20, the team arrived and managed to take control of the situation by safely securing the suspect’s 4-year-old son and the five employees of the insurance company free of any injuries.”

By Everngelista Muza

Eskom stage 2 load shedding resumes to Saturday

Eskom said Stage 2 power cuts will start at 9am on Tuesday and continue until Saturday. The power utility said that this was due to a shortage of generation capacity.

Eskom said that while it had managed to return a unit at each of its power stations Kusile, Matimba and Arnot power stations, delays on other units to service had exacerbated the capacity constraints. This was affecting the utility's ability to replenish the emergency generation reserves.

Eskom has assured South Africans that the power cuts would be kept to a minimum during the local government elections next Monday.

by Everngelista Muza

12 year old boy in hospital following shootout between rival gangs

A 12-year-old boy in recovery following a shootout between ongoing-rival gangs in Bonteheuwel.

He got caught in a crossfire after he sustained several gunshot wounds during Sunday evening's gun battle.

The police's Joseph Swartbooi: "Police units responded to a complaint at about 20.50pm near to Yellowwood Street in Bonteheuwel as a result of local gang members firing shots upon each other. In the process, a 12-year-old boy sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment."

By Everngelista Muza

Monday, October 25, 2021

57 suspects arrested in western cape alone- over the weekend

Western Cape police conducted several crime operations in crime infested areas over the weekend.

This resulted in the arrest of 57 suspects on a variety of charges including murder, attempted murder, possession of firearms and drugs and the seizure of more than 1200 litres of alcohol from premises which operated outside the boundaries of the law. An assortment of drugs comprising tik, mandrax and dagga were also confiscated.

Police Spokesperson,  Andre Traut says the arrests were made in Delft, Gugulethu and Brown’s Farm. He said unlicensed firearm was seized from a man who was shot and killed when he attempted to hijack a motorist in Brown’s Farm.

The suspects will appear in various courts on Monday.

by Everngelista Muza

Teen girl found alive witha slit throat

The Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF)urged people to not go to the infamous Lucannon Drive this comes after a 15-year-old was discovered on Sunday with a slit to her throat.

CPF chairperson Sandy Schuter-Flowers said they were saddened by the incident but not surprised as the vicinity was known to be a crime hot spot at night. He said they often see couples in that area and hope this incident will scare people off.

At about 6am they received an emergency call, and found her body extremely cold but alive. EMS was quickly called to the scene and  the girl was safely transported to the hospital.

Police said motive for the attempted murder is yet to be know


 by Everngelista Muza







City Power has backtracked on its commitment to protect customers from stage one and stage two power cuts following a meeting with Eskom.

The two utilities met on yesterday after City Power promised customers that it would not cut off power to Joburg residents despite Eskom's instruction that it had to extend the power cuts to Tuesday morning.

In its initial explanation, City Power said that it recently signed an extension of a power purchase agreement with the Kelvin power station, which would help it keep the lights on.

However, angry cutomers lashed out at the utility on social media over the weekend when they had to put up with rolling blackouts like the rest of the country.

Meanwhile Stage 2 load shedding has been suspended this morning but Eskom will be switching off power again tonight and tomorrow to replenish energy reserves for the week ahead. 


Western Cape police onducted several crime operations in crime infested areas.

This resulted in the arrest of 57 suspects on a variety of charges including murder, attempted murder, possession of firearms and drugs and the seizure of more than 1200 litres of alcohol from premises which operated outside the boundaries of the law. An assortment of drugs comprising tik, mandrax and dagga were also confiscated.

Police Spokesperson,  Andre Traut says the arrests were made in Delft, Gugulethu and Brown’s Farm.

Traut says an unlicensed firearm was seized from a man who was shot and killed when he attempted to hijack a motorist in Brown’s Farm.

Traut says the suspects will appear in various courts on Monday.

New Covid – 19 Cases identified in South Africa Over the Past 24 hours

The department of health has reported that a cumulative number of Covid – 19 cases identified in South Africa over the past 24 hours are sitting at 2,9 million with 300 new cases reported. 

Eleven more people have died after contracting the virus, taking South Africa's known death toll to 88,925.

On the vaccine front, 21.3 million jabs have been administered in the country so far. Teenagers aged 12 years to 17-year-old forming part of those vaccination numbers in the country have been made eligible to take their vaccines by government from the past week.

Done by Lucille Dyosi

Vooma vaccination drive fails to meet target

18 719 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in South Africa on Sunday, the health Minster Dr Joe Phaahla said most of those were for people who are now fully vaccinated.

Although the Vooma Weekend vaccine drive is far below the 300 000 daily vaccinations target aimed at by the government.

11,5 million people in South Africa are now fully vaccinated – having received either the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines or the second dose of the Pfizer vaccines.

The NICD says 300 new cases of the coronavirus were reported and that the rate of spread of the virus at this stage remains low with the test positivity rate at 1.4%.

by Everngelista muza

Stage 2 load shedding suspended

Stage 2 load shedding was suspended on Monday morning although Eskom said it will be switching off power again on the same evening and Tuesday to replenish energy reserves for the week ahead. The power utility says a unit at its Koeberg plant went offline the day before, putting its aging and unreliable infrastructure under more pressure.

More than a week ago Eskom suspended load-shedding, but warned South Africans it could be forced to implement the power cuts at the very last minute as there were still significant risks to its system.

by Everngelista Muza

Friday, October 22, 2021

One million rand Library launched in Mossel Bay

Western Cape MEC of cultural affairs and sport Anroux Marais, alongside the acting executive mayor of the Mossel Bay Municipality Alderman Dirk Kotza, aswell as department officials have opened a new library in Brandwag.

The library is centrally located within the community, in order to allow access for all, and is valued at just over R1 million.

In a statement released, the Western Cape Government said the library boasts a book stock of 3 535 copies, worth R317 389.36; ICT equipment worth R49 516.07; and its infrastructure cost of R650 000.

MEC of cultural affairs and sport Anroux Marais and acting executive mayor Alderman Dirk Kotze have said that public libraries highlight the cultural, educational and recreational aspects of the library services, offered by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport,and they have prioritised increasing the number of facilities available, as libraries serve as the hub of gainful opportunities in communities, across the province.

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Twenty three children hospitalized after a collision

KwaZulu-Natal has seen a number of incidents involving buses.

On Thurday twenty-three children were taken to hospitals in Durban after a taxi collided with an SUV this in the early hours, causing serious injuries to the students on their way to school. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Earlier this week, more than 50 people have been injured in a bus crash near the Umkomaas Valley. The commuters were traveling on the R56 when their bus crashed on Monday night. Last week, a bus that was on the way to Johannesburg from Durban crashed on the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal. Nine people died in the crash and 60 people were injured

by Everngelista Muza

Four arrested for drugs worth R40 000

Western Cape police arrested four suspects after they were found to be concealing drugs.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said  in Impala Street in Ceres, two man and two woman were arrested on charges of dealing in drugs with an estimated amount of R40 00. According to police the suspects will be making their first court appearance on Thurday.

In a separate incident, five suspects were arrested in Kraifontein on charges of attempted murder, possession of a unlicensed firearm and ammunition and discharging a firearm in a residential area.

By Everngelista Muza

Deployment of police force does nothing to cease killing in Mamelodi

A provincial police task team has ben stationed in Mamelodi to investigate gang-related murders for six weeks and no arrests have been made.

There's been a spate of killings and attempted murders of people suspected of being part of a local gang.

In September, Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela assigned a task team of crime intelligence and organised crime units. This was after the first incident in which two men were shot dead in August.

However since the deployment, more people have been murdered, with the latest shooting happening on 10 October.

by Everngelista Muza

Vaccination will not be rolled out at schools

The National Department of Health says it will not roll out COVID-19 vaccinations at schools, for now, to avoid disruption to critical schooling.  

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can now get their Pfizer vaccine at their nearest vaccination site.

The Health Department is adamant that its decision this group is within the law, saying it’s concerned that members of the public are blowing their fears out of proportion.

According to the Children’s Act, those who are older than 12 can get medical attention and treatment without the consent of a guardian.

Spokesperson for the Minister of Health Foster Mohale has urged the youth to go and vaccinate especially since a possible fourth wave still looms and the death toll thus far is still being debated.

The official number of people who succumbed to COVID-19 related complications is 88 000 according to the Health Department.

by Everngelista Muza

UCT approves Proposal for Mandatory vaccination

UCT vice-chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng.has announced  that All (UCT) students and staff must get their COVID-19 vaccine shots by 1 January 2022

Phakeng said that at a meeting last weekend, the council discussed this complex matter fully, taking into consideration a range of diverse views.

Vaccine mandates have become issue in the country.

UCT's Elijah Moholola has confirmed that the UCT council has approved in principle a proposal requiring that all staff as a condition of being able to perform their duties and all students as a condition of registration provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Education MEC hopes for no more disruptions as Matric exams begin

With the constant threat of load shedding, Education MEC Debbie Schafer has called on Eskom to do everything it can to prevent blackouts. She said the Department of Basic Education is engaging with Eskom in the hope of preventing power supply disruption this year.

Schafer said that the department was also concerned about protests which were usually more frequent in election years.

The Western Cape Education Department , grade 12 learners couldn't afford any more disruptions especially with the effect of covid on schooling.

Exams started yesterday, with more than 10,000 learners across the province completing their Computer Applications Technology practical.

Suspect arrested for starting a fire that killed man and toddler

 An Eastern Cape man who allegedly torched a home and caused the death of two people will be appearing making his first court appearance on wednesday.

The 32-year-old suspect was wanted by police after the incident on Sunday morning.

According to the provincial police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart said the suspect faces charges of murder, attempted murder and arson. it is alleged that the suspect allegedly set a home alight in Oliver Street in Blikkiesdorp, Kariega.

Some of the occupants managed to break down the back door and escaped.  However a family friend, aged 30 years old, went back into the house to rescue a 3-year-old boy but unfortunately burned to death.

The suspect was subsequently arrested on Monday evening in Bloza, Rocklands just outside Gqeberha.

Swart said while police officers were executing the arrest, officers were informed by a complainant that the same suspect also allegedly stabbed him a few days ago.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Western Cape's EMS launches mobile vaccination project, Vaxi Taxi

The Western Cape government has launched a vaccination mobile taxi. Which it strives to get at least 70% of the Western Cape residents vaccinated in December.

The purpose of the vaccine campaign project is to make it easier for those who are unable to reach their vaccination sites also making it accessible to every part of the Western Cape Province.

The project which could be described as a pop-up vaccination campaign, commenced on 4 September 2021, and to date 1 042 vaccines have been administered as a result of the community initiative.

The EMS Vaxi Taxi program started out when the volunteers and EMS officials administered vaccinations at community soup kitchens, markets and whilst conducting home visits in various communities.

EMS director Dr Shaheem De Vries said he is excited to have collaborated with the department of education and corporate partners for the department to provide opportunities for vaccination to communities.

“We are honoured to work alongside the rest of our health colleagues in taking the vaccine campaign to the streets. We see this as an important opportunity to build stronger relationships with our communities and, in so doing, help keep one another safe. I am also thrilled that we have the opportunity to team up with the Department of Education and corporate partners, and we look forward to providing more opportunities for vaccinations to communities in the Western Cape.’’

De Vries further explained that each Vaxi Taxi site consists of two ambulances, one used as a primary vaccination section and  the other a secondary vaccination and resuscitation section.

The site also contains an equipped gazebo and administrative section.

Meanwhile, project leader for the EMS Vaxi Taxi project leader, Wayne Philander, said they are working with community partners to identify locations to offer Covid-19 Vaccines.

“We have been working with our community partners to identify locations to offer the COVID-19 vaccines in and our goal is to reach every corner of the Western Cape. The aim of the EMS Vaxi Taxi is to serve communities and ensure that it reaches as many individuals as possible, whether it be at their workplaces and educational institutions, meeting people where they are.’’


Done By: Lucille Dyosi & Mitchum George

Monday, October 18, 2021

Zakhele Clinic ''does not meet the necessary ventilation standards''; temporarily suspends child and women's health services

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department has temporarily suspended child and women’s health services at Zakhele Clinic in Khayelitsha until further notice.

According to the City, this clinic does not meet the necessary ventilation standards.

The suspension takes effect on Monday 18 October 2021.

‘’Occupational health and safety standards at our primary health care facilities is a priority for the City.Additionally, in order to ensure compliance with the Protection Of Personal Information (POPI) Act, in terms of patient records, an additional filing room is required in order to safeguard patient information,’’ said Mayco member for community services and health, Dr. Zahid Badroodien.

The TB and HIV services, which have a separate reception area, will continue to function.

Clients will be referred to alternative facilities in the area in the meantime. These facilities include Town 2 Clinic, Site B Community Health Centre and the Michael Mapongwana Community Day Centre.

Badroodien added that staff on site will be available to assist clients with referral letters and address any questions they may have.


Done By: Mitchum George

Avian flu sees WC authorities collect 1 400 dead birds over weekend

Western Cape authorities along with multiple partners collected about 1 400 dead birds over the past weekend.

This comes after an ongoing outbreak of Avian Influenza amongst wild seabirds. The virus was first detected in wild seabirds in May 2021.

The Western Cape’s Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell, suspects that the mass fatalities is due to the beginning of breeding season.

The main hotspots are in the Bergrivier Municipality and Dyer Island in the Overberg.

Bredell says authorities have been working all weekend to clean up suspected outbreaks and remove dead and sick birds in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It is critical to prevent the spread of the disease. This means people must not attempt to assist or transport any sick birds. This remains a serious situation with the impact hard felt amongst endangered wild birds particularly cormorants. This is an incurable disease affecting birds, that is not preventative, cannot be treated and is highly contagious to birds.”

The Disaster Management Centre urges the public to be vigilant and report unusual mortalities in any birds to their local municipality, conservation authority or state veterinarian.  Contact details for state veterinarians are available at


Done By: Mitchum George

3 arrested for shooting in M/Plain; Officials to meet with police commisioner

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, and the Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, will be meeting with the Western Cape, Police Commissioner, Major General, Thembisile Patekile, to receive a briefing on the police’s response following a drive-by shooting in Mitchells Plain on Saturday.

Gunmen in a green Honda Ballade fired at people attending a 21st birthday party in Montclair Road, Mandalay. During the shooting, a 24-year-old woman was killed, and seven others aged between 5 and 26 were injured. The attack is believed to be gang-related.

The police have since launched a 72-hour Activation Plan, which resulted in three people being arrested.

‘’In pursuit of the suspects, Anti-Gang Unit detectives conducted a tracing operation last (Sunday) night and arrested the suspects aged 22, 35 and 38 who are all from Mitchells Plain. Once charged, the suspects are expected to make their court appearances in Mitchells Plain on charges of murder and attempted murder,’’ said Colonel Andrè Traut

Premier Winde has welcomed the arrest and says no stone must be left unturned in ensuring that all those responsible are brought to book.

“We are devastated by the news of this mass shooting, which claimed the life of one person and injured many others, including young children. No stone must be left unturned in ensuring that all those responsible are brought to book and end up behind bars. We will therefore be meeting with the Provincial Commissioner to receive an update on the implementation of the 72-hour action plan and SAPS’ plans going forward. We welcome the swift arrest of 3 suspects following a tracing operation last night by the anti-gang unit and we will be looking to find out what proactive steps crime intelligence will be taking to prevent this horrific incident from repeating itself. We cannot allow our communities to live in a constant state of fear and to be terrorised by gangsters.”

MEC Fritz has called on those to come forward should they have any information regarding this matter.

“We will never accept that this kind of violence is normal. Violence has absolutely no place in our society and I call on the community to come forward and share any information they might have which will result in the successful prosecution of those guilty parties.”

Fritz says his department will be opening a court watching brief.

“My Department will be opening a court watching brief unit to monitor these court processes to ensure that this matter is not simply struck off the court roll, but that where inefficiencies do appear, that they are instead spotted and addressed. We want convictions. We want to make sure people pay for their crimes.”


Done By: Mitchum George

13 Million South Africans Go Hungry over Food Waste

South Africa wastes about 10.3 million tons of food per year showing the disconnect between food security and food supply in the country with about 10 million adults and 2.8 million children experiencing this.

The growing world population needs food but the environmental impacts of food production, inefficient agricultural land use and the contradiction of rising levels of both hunger and food waste call for a changing approach to getting nutrition to the world sustainably.

University of Stellenbosch Business School senior lecturer in strategy and sustainability Dr Jako Volschenk Hassaid said a growing population was only a part of the problem and the types of food produced and consumed needs some serious rethink.

He also highlighted that the world population has doubled in the past 50 years to 7.9 billion also that global food production will need to increase by 70% to feed a projected world population of 9.7 billion by 2050.

Hassaid further explained that food production especially meat is a huge driver of various environmental problems.  That livestock farming produces more carbon emissions than growing vegetables, fruits and grains with livestock responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming also about 80% of agricultural land is used for livestock but delivers 20% of the world’s available supply of calories.

Done by Lucille Dyosi

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Snake Season is back!

The Poison Information Helpline of the Western Cape (PIHWC) has urged citizens to pay close attention while enjoying outdoor activities, as snake season is upon us.

October to April is snakebite season, and as temperatures increase, snakes become more active.

According to the PIHWC, most snakes found in South Africa are harmless and beneficial in the ecosystem. Snakes are usually not aggressive and will only bite when provoked. Snake bites usually occur when a snake is frightened, feels endangered and is forced to react in self-defence.

PIHWC says it received 1 411 calls regarding snakebites, during a five-year period (1 June 2015 – 31 May 2020)

“3% of our calls were related to snakebites (51 704), as most calls involved poisoning exposures to pharmaceuticals (28 418) and non-drug chemicals (25 396). During the same period, 774 calls were received concerning spider bites and 858 concerning scorpion stings,” said Dr Carine Marks, Director of the Tygerberg Poison Information Centre.

The PIHWC is a 24-hour service provided jointly by the Tygerberg Poisons Information Centre and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Poisons Information Centre.

The public, as well as health workers can contact the PIHWC at 0861 555 777.

Done by: Yandisa Qwabe

15 arrested for GABS robberies

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says that 15 alleged perpetrators of bus robberies have been arrested in a 24hour-cycle.

‘’This comes after close collaboration between the South African Police Services and Golden Arrow Bus Services, both of whom have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to locate and arrest the suspects,’’ said Derick Meyer, GABS General Manager.

 ‘’We are grateful to all role-players who have made these arrests possible. These breakthroughs are the result of intensive work from our side and from the SAPS officials involved. They are also the direct result of the safety features which Golden Arrow has been rolling out. The onboard camera systems fitted in collaboration with the Provincial Department of Transport have been instrumental in these successes,’’ added Meyer.

Meyer warned against those wanting to attempt thievery on GABS buses.

‘’We would once again like to assure our passengers and employees that Golden Arrow will do everything possible to ensure arrests and successful convictions. Let this be a warning to anyone who considers targeting our operations – you will be caught!’’


Done by: Mitchum George

Friday, October 15, 2021

Avian influenza among wild seabirds in Western Cape

The Western Cape government said they are responding to a suspected outbreak of avian influenza among wild seabirds in the Bergrivier Municipality on the West Coast as well as the Walker Bay area in the Overberg. The public has been urged to not touch the sea birds, and that disaster nodes and Cape Nature were collecting the dead and sick birds.

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is currently doing an assessment to determine if the outbreak constitutes a disaster or not.”

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell urged the public to avoid the area and in particular not to collect or touch sick or dead birds.

He said neighbouring municipalities had been alerted and were urged to be cautious and to keep an eye out for the potential spreading of the disease.

50 years for man who brutally assaulted two woman

Sheldon Davids has been given an effective 50 years sentence behind bars in the Caledon Regional Court for robbing and assaulting two women in the Overberg in August 2019 in unrelated cases.

In 2019 David brutally assaulted a young female in her house, hitting her over her head with a torch, Western Cape police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said. The victim sustained head injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

Six days later, Davids had robbed an elderly female who had to undergo reconstructive facial surgery after he threw her to the ground, resulting in her sustaining injuries to her face.

Man arrested for drug worth R4.5 million

Cape town man arrested after drugs with a street value of more than R4.5 million was found.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officers Joseph Swartbooi said he was taken into custody yesterday after police received a tip-off that drugs were being transported from a property in Sanddrift.

The found an assortment of drugs packed in bags. The suspect is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court once charged, he will face charges of dealing in drugs.

by Everngelista Muza

Business man saved by iPhone from a deadly shot

 On Thursday night Durban businessman and owner of Max’s Lifestyle, Max Mqadi, was shot and wounded by unknown people.

According to Police spokesperson Jay Naicker he sustained two gunshot wounds. Mqadi’s life was apparently saved by his iPhone12, the bullet couldn't penetrate into his head as he was taking a phone call, when the shooting happened.

A manhunt for two men who allegedly fired shots four times, as he was getting into his car after closing the popular shisanyama in uMlazi, south of Durban.

Naicker says police have opened a case of attempted murder.

Picture: Social Media

By Everngelista Muza

56 arrested for ministers hostage

 56 people belonging to the Liberation Struggle War Veterans are facing charges of kidnapping after they held ministers Thandi Modise and Mondi Gungubele along with Thabang Makwetla, hostage for over three hours at the St George’s Hotel in Centurion.

A heavy contingent of special task force members and police was deployed after news got out. The war veterans had been protesting against the government’s failure to pay them reparations.

Scores of law enforcement officials swarmed the St George's Conference Centre in Irene after a meeting between military veterans and the defence minister turned into a hostile standoff.

When negotiation attempts failed, Special Forces stormed the room. With police firing tear gas, escorting the two Cabinet ministers and deputy minister to safety.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

An alleged gunmen and police officer inured in shootout

A police officer and an alleged gunman were injured during a shootout in the streets near Blue Downs in Cape Town in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

City of Cape Town Law Enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason said members of the Mfuleni Law Enforcement Advancement Plan were patrolling the streets shortly after midnight when they spotted a lone man walking near Cuanza and Great Fish streets.

When confronted about what business they had in the dangerous area before the man opened fire and the officers retaliated, both the suspect and an officer were struck by bullets. The suspect then attempted fleeing from the scene as well as attempted to discard the firearm.

He was caught and charged for attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition (three rounds).

He also taken for medical attention along with the police officer who attained injury to the foot.

by Everngelista Muza

National Consumer Commission launches investigation into supplier of 100% Apple Juice Concentrate

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has launched an investigation into the conduct of Elgin Fruit Juice (PTY) LTD, the supplier of 100% Apple Juice Concentrate.

This follows a recent recall of 100% Apple Juice by Coca-Cola Beverages, Pioneer Foods and Woolworths.

Acting National Consumer Commissioner, Thezi Mabuza says that Elgin Fruit Juice supplied goods that are ‘’unsafe or pose a potential risk to the public.’’

Mabuza believes that the investigation will help the Commission understand the nature, causes, extent and degree of the risk to the public.

“The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) emphasises that every consumer has a right to receive goods that are safe and of good quality. If the investigation reveals that Elgin Fruit Juice (PTY) LTD contravened the provisions of the CPA, the Commission will refer the matter to the National Consumer Tribunal where we will be praying for an administrative fine of 10% of their total annual turnover or R1 000 000 (One million rands) whichever is the greater,” said Mabuza

“The purpose and policy of the CPA amongst others, is to promote fair business practices while protecting consumers and ensuring that consumers enjoy their right to safe and good quality goods. We will not allow a situation where the health of consumers is compromised,” added Mabuza.


Done By: Mitchum George

Over 25% of South African Adults have been fully Vaccinated against Covid-19

The National Department of Health’s statistics show that 10 059 118 individuals have been fully vaccinated since 10 October that over 25% of South African adults have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Furthermore, the Western Cape is leading the country with 30% of its adult population fully vaccinated and Gauteng, which is the most populated province, with more than 11 million individuals had vaccinated just over 21% of its population. This is the lowest percentage recorded across the country. Just over 2.45 million have opted to be vaccinated.

KwaZulu-Natal, the province that is recording the most number of active cases, has the second largest population more than 7.2 million  and has vaccinated just over 1.6 million people.

Of the 10 million individuals fully vaccinated, 50% are from the age group 60 years and over and 42% from the age group 50 to 59. In the past 24 hours, 6 168 tests were conducted, with 201 new cases recorded. A total of 29 people died from the virus, bringing the death toll from the start of the pandemic to date to 88 346.

Done by Lucille Dyosi

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Princess Vlei Eco Park unveiled as Provincial Heritage Site

The Princess Vlei Eco Park was officially unveiled as the Provincial Heritage Site plaque situated off the M5 in Retreat. 

‘’As a result of in-depth research and following the relevant official processes, the historical heritage significance of Princess Vlei can now be highlighted as it represents a unique landscape of peoples’ identity which is considered exceptionally important and desirable by the community as a heritage resource,’’ said Western Cape’s Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC, Anroux Marais

During the keynote address, MEC Marais said, “Princess Vlei is a significant natural heritage resource that has high historical social value as it represents the living expression of the historic evolution of the Khoi and San from past to present. The evolution of this people of great significance is intrinsically associated with the sense of place within the cultural landscape of this part of the city. Its geographical location as a natural gateway to the south contributes significantly to its aesthetic value within the community. The sense of place of the wetland system extending through Grassy Park to Strandfontein enables an ecological stepping-stone that contributes to environmental value as a biodiversity benchmark site.’’

Together with the expert assistance of Heritage Western Cape, the City of Cape Town’s facilitation and valued input from the Western Cape Khoisan leadership to the Princess Vlei Forum Heritage Committee

The City;’s Mayco member for community services and health, Dr. Zahid Badroodien, hopes that now the ‘Vlei is a heritage site, more people would visit the area and what it has to offer.

“The City believes in working with the community and giving agency to organisations and residents who work with us to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Cape Town. The Recreation and Parks Department formalised an agreement with the Princess Vlei Forum that allows the organisation to use and maintain the space and give them an equal voice in the daily management of the Vlei. As a City, we are all celebrating the Heritage Recognition, and I hope that more residents take advantage of the leisure and rest the Vlei offers.”


Caption to attached photograph: From left:; Chairperson of Heritage Western Cape Council: Adv. Mandla Mdludlu; CoCT Mayco Member for Community Services: Cllr Zahid Badroodien; Chief of the Cocoqua: Chief John Jansen; Minister Anroux Marais; CoCT Ward Councillor: Kevin Southgate; Deputy Chief of the Cocoqua: Edwin Fillies; CEO Heritage Western Cape: Michael Janse van Rensburg

Done By: Mitchum George

R5000 reward offered for whereabouts of man who can assist with murder of Jacqueline Mpontsana

The Department of Community Safety (DoCS) is offering a R5 000 reward for information that leads to the whereabouts of Lwazi Sibindana who can assist the police with their investigation into the death of Jacqueline Mpontsana.

Mpontsana, or Jacque as she was fondly known, was set alight in a domestic violence dispute on 19 September 2021. She was rushed to hospital and succumbed to her injuries.

The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, said his department is still coming to terms with her demise

“Our department is still reeling from the loss of our dear colleague, Jacque Mpontsana. I would like to appeal to our community members to please come forward if you have any information.”

The Head of Department, Yashina Pillay, said “it is my hope that by offering a reward someone will come forward with the required information on Lwazi’s whereabouts so that he can assist the police with their investigation which will ultimately lead to the arrest of the person responsible for this heinous act”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lwazi Sibindana should contact Investigating Officer Sergeant Mangaliso at Gugulethu SAPS on 072 155 0100 or 021 684 2323.



Done By: Yandisa Qwabe

'Eat more vegetables and fruit', message for National Nutrition Week

National Nutrition Week is celebrated annually from 9 to 15 October to create awareness among consumers about the importance of healthy eating.

This year’s theme focuses on the consumption of more vegetables and fruit on a daily basis.

According to the Western Cape Government, the health of South Africans remains a concern with high levels of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  An increase in the intake of ultra-processed foods in the diet and a decrease in the intake of vegetables, and other more fibrous nutrient-rich foods, has been linked to the rise of overweight and obesity.


Benefits of eating fruit and vegetables daily

·        Eating more vegetables and fruit every day can help reduce the risk for obesity and can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer.

·        Eat more vegetables and fruit, i.e. at least three portions of vegetable and two portions of fruit. One serving of vegetables or fruit = approximately 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked, or 80g fresh and 30g dried Fresh, frozen, tinned vegetables or fruit ½ cup cooked; 1 cup diced and raw, leafy vegetables; 1 cup raw whole fruit; One medium (fist size) or two small; Dried fruit 30g or 2-3 pieces

·        Choose vegetable and fruit snacks as part of a healthy eating plan

·        Vegetable and fruit are important for the growth, development and health of infants and young chlidren.

·        Growing vegetables and fruit is possible. It can be affordable and sustainable way to increase dietary diversity andimprove health outcomes.


Vegetables and fruit are important for the growth, development and health of infants and young children

Vegetables and fruit are important for the growth, development and health of infants and young children


‘’Introducing the right foods at the right time is important to maintain children’s health and growth. In many cases, complementary feeding practices are suboptimal as it relates to dietary diversity and the inclusion of fruit and vegetables in the diet. Intake of dark green and orange vegetables, are of particular concern for preventing vitamin A deficiency,’’ said Nadia Ferreira, WCGoH Garden Routes Communications Officer


·        Infants should be given only breastmilk for the first six months of life. Breastmilk contains all the energy, vitamins and other nutrients and water in the correct amounts that the baby needs. They should not be given any other food or fluids, not even water, except for medicine prescribed by a doctor or nurse.

·        From the age of six months, appropriate and culturally acceptable complementary foods should be introduced, and breastfeeding continued until the child is at least two years old.

·        From six to 12 months, give your baby dark-green leafy vegetables and orange-coloured vegetables and fruit every day. They can eat  food from family meals, as long as the texture is appropriate for the child’s age*. There’s no need to buy special “baby foods” or expensive cereals. Eggs, meat and beans are important iron sources for your baby.

A child’s Road-to-Health Book /Side-by-Side caregiver Message Book: How to Raise a Healthy and Happy Child, gives some ideas on types of foods, quantities and textures for children from six months to five years.

·        Homemade foods for infants and young children can be healthier and more affordable than store-bought options. It can also be easy to prepare. Foods for family meals are suitable to use for infants and young children.


Do you want to help build your child’s brain and body? Avoid giving tea, coffee and sugary drinks and high-sugar, high-fat salty snacks to your child from a young age.

*Consult your Road-to-Health Booklet if you’re not sure what foods or textures to offer.  Did you know a child’s Road-to-Health booklet gives plenty of ideas on types of foods, quantities and textures for children from six months to five years?

‘’Introducing the right foods at the right time is important to maintain children’s health and growth. In many cases, complementary feeding practices are suboptimal as it relates to dietary diversity and the inclusion of fruit and vegetables in the diet. Intake of dark green and orange vegetables, are of particular concern for preventing vitamin A deficiency,’’ added Ferreira.



Done By: Mitchum George // Info: Western Cape Government of Health

Two men caught in possession of Cocaine worth R252 million in Still Bay

Two men appeared in the Riversdale Magistrate’s Court on Monday after being found in possession of cocaine valued at R252 million. Picture: ...