Friday, December 30, 2022

Three arrested in connection with a hijacking and kidnapping case in Brooklyn on Christmas Day

Three suspects were arrested in connection with a hijacking and kidnapping case in Brooklyn on Christmas Day.

Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson, Kevin Jacobs, said Highway Patrol officers stopped a white Toyota Yaris on the N1 at Marine Drive, as the car was not displaying a rear number plate, and the automatic number plate recognition system in the Highway Patrol vehicles indicated that the vehicle was being driven with false number plates.

‘’Further investigations revealed that the vehicle was stolen. The suspects were positively identified by the victim at Maitland SAPS, as the suspects involved in her hijacking and kidnapping on Christmas Day,’’ he said.

Jacobs said the suspects aged 33, 38 and 45 were found in possession of computers, numerous cellphones, a number of vehicle keys and remotes,  as well as an array of vehicle number plates.

They have been charged with hijacking, kidnapping, the possession of a stolen vehicle and displaying false number plates, along with a number of traffic offences.



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Escaped convict rearrested by Koffiefontein police

Koffiefontein police have re-arrested escaped convict, 47-year-old Chris Potgieter, from Kimberley after he escaped on Tuesday.

Potgieter, who was sentenced for armed robbery in Kimberley, was taken to hospital in Bloemfontein, by a private security company, for medical attention. The convict escaped and the matter was reported to the Mangaung police.

The escapee was found within 2 days on the Luckhoff Koffiefontein crossing "looking for a hike," after the Rural Safety coordinator had engaged her local farmers. The off duty member mobilised one of her colleagues and the suspect was rearrested.

The suspect was handed over to the police and has been taken back to Kimberley prison where he will serve the remainder of his sentence. Circumstances that led to his escape are part of an ongoing investigation.

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Suspect arrested for unlicensed firearm and illigal dealings

A 32-year-old man was arrested in Tumahole, Freestate for having an unlicensed firearm, dagga dealings, stolen copper cables and damaging municipal infrastructure. 

The Tumahole crime prevention  and constables received a tip-off about this man being in possession of an unlicensed firearm at a house Winnie Section, Tumahole.

The search led to finding the house members with  two 9mm pistols, three 7.65 mm live rounds, 2.1kg dagga, undisclosed amount of cash and copper cable. 

The suspect will appear in Parys Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Payments on track to pay January grants - SASSA

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it is on track with arrangements to disburse the January social grants payments from 3 January.

Sassa also urged all clients to make use of the multiple ways available to access their funds. The methods include the use of retailers and ATMs.

Older person grants will be paid first on Tuesday, followed by disability grants on Wednesday and child support grants on Thursday.

‘’As a matter of clarity, if the second day of the month falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment will take place on the following work day. Social grant clients with the SASSA gold card can continue using the same card as it remains valid to use at any place that accepts bank card transactions.  The card can also be used at outlets nationwide that provide the cashback functionality, which includes Shoprite, Checkers, U-save, Pick ‘n Pay and Boxer,’’ said Moabi Pitsi, Acting SASSA Spokesperson.

Furthermore, SASSA urged beneficiaries to remain vigilant of misleading information, criminals and scammers as the festive season draws to a close.

‘’During grant payment days, there is a lot of transactions clients make to meet their various needs. SASSA thus cautions clients to exercise care in accessing their social grants. This includes Avoiding to carry large amounts of cash, but to instead use their card for purchases; Check to ensure that they get their own card back after every purchase; Giving preference to the frail, the elderly persons and people living with disability in queues,’’ he added.

SASSA urges applicants for the COVID R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant to check and update,  on the online platform, their banking details when required.

‘’SASSA will keenly monitor the January payments to stick to paying the right social grant, to the right person, at the right time and place – Njalo!,’’ he concluded.



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Macassar receives a brand new Career Community Centre

The residents of Macassar and the surrounding areas were overjoyed when a brand new Career Community Centre at the RDM premises, was unveiled on 29 November.

PICTURED:CEO of RDM Jan Patrick Helmsen with Ward councillor, Peter Helfrich.

This comes as the latest unemployment figures saw Cape Town’s jobless figure drop by 3.2%, with about 26 000 still without work in the metro.

RDM also availed their Human Resource expertise to provide onsite support to job seekers to help them reach their full potential. Job seekers can expect programmes such as job preparedness training, basic computer training, job surfing, CV development and CV dissemination.

The database of job seekers will also be compiled and sent to the Department of Labour.

The Career Centre doors will however open its doors next month

Ward councillor, Peter Helfrich, has been visiting local businesses to speak to them about their corporate social responsibilities and the important role he hopes they can play in uplifting his community.

‘’I met, in August, with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the National Human Resources Manager of Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) to thank them for the employment, educational and business opportunities they have created for the residents of our ward since our last meeting in February. We also spoke about creating a centre where residents could receive assistance and access to resources to find employment. I was so happy when they called me three months later to inform me that the Career Community Centre was ready,” said Helfrich.

“RDM wants to support our neighbours in Macassar with a fully-fledged Career Centre. This Career Centre is solely dedicated to empowering job seekers with necessary skills to compete in the job market. The facility boast with internet access, computers and themed programmes.” – said CEO of RDM Jan Patrick Helmsen

Job seekers can expect programmes such as job preparedness training, basic computer training, job surfing, CV development and CV dissemination. The database of job seekers will also be compiled and sent to the Department of Labour.

 The Career Centre doors will open between 08:00 - 16:00 from Monday to Friday excluding public holidays starting from 16 January 2023. Those who wish to access these services can visit the Centre on Reeb Road, Macassar. 


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More than 14 000 bottles of alcohol confiscated in the past two months by City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Liquor Enforcement Unit

More than 14 000 bottles of alcohol, which equates to 7 043 litres, were confiscated in the past two months by City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Liquor Enforcement Unit.

According to statistics provided by the metro, this is just over four thousand litres, and half the number of bottles confiscated, compared to 2019.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, reminded Capetonians and visitors that alcohol is prohibited at City recreational facilities

He warned that anyone caught flouting the rules will be fined and their alcohol will be confiscated.

‘’We remind the public yet again, that alcohol is prohibited in public open spaces, including all of the City's beaches. For safety’s sake, please do not drink and drive or walk, ever, and do not consume alcohol in public spaces, particularly around water bodies,’’ said JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security.


PICTURE - JP Smith: officers confiscates alcohol at public beaches

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EMS’s response to over 10 000 emergencies during festive season

The Western Cape’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to 10 245 incidents, of which 32% involved life-threatening incidents. This ranged from those hikers that needed to be rescued from Table Mountain, to the 123 pedestrians who suffered injuries.

According to Byron la Hoe, the departmental spokesperson, most of the incidents attended to by the EMS involved weapon assaults, ranging from stab wounds to gun violence.

EMS personnel received complaints for chest pains (1 802), weapon assaults (1 270), respiratory complaints (934), physical assaults (739), and obstetric complains (628). Many patients were transported to the Tygerberg, Worcester and Groote Schuur Hospitals.

The EMS, with an escort from the South African Police Service (SAPS), attended to several incidents in neighbourhoods, including Beacon Valley (75), Tafelsig (78), Hanover Park (47) and Chicago (16).

The EMS also responded to 237 transport-related incidents, with majority involving pedestrians.



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City of Cape Town Agencies make 262 arrests during busy week

City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies arrested 262 suspects for various crimes in the past week and also issued nearly 70 000 fines for various transgressions.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith said officers impounded 190 public transport vehicles and executed 790 warrants of arrest.

Officers also arrested 45 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and five for reckless and negligent driving.

Smith highlighted that officers had a busy week.

“It has been a busy week, most notably over the long weekend when many of our staff members spent their time patrolling public recreational facilities. Our beaches were incredibly busy, but no major incidents were reported.”

“As expected, alcohol consumption proved problematic once more. We will know in the next day how much alcohol was confiscated, once our Liquor Enforcement Unit has logged all of the items received at our pound,” he said

Meanwhile, the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre officers also responded to numerous domestic violence complaints in the days leading up to Christmas

“I’m also very concerned about the increase in pedestrian accidents over the long weekend, as well as the many cases of assault and domestic violence that were reported to the PECC.”

“With another long weekend in the offing, I renew the appeal to the public to please celebrate responsibly, whether on the road, at the beach, or at home”, Smith cautioned.


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Case postponed against three of four men suspected of killing Cape cop

The case against three men who is accused of killing a police official in Lwandle on Christmas Day, has been postponed to next month for a formal bail application.

The 33 year old police constable who had worked until the early hours of Sunday morning had allegedly suffered stab and gunshot wounds. His official firearm was taken and the state vehicle he was driving found some metres from the body. Officers have since recovered the firearm.

Three out of the four suspects appeared in the Strand Magistrates Court, on Wednesday.

‘’The names of the accused is Nelson Motumi, 27; Bongisizwe Dyongo, 26; and Athenkosi Matutu, 21. The third accused is remanded in absentia, because he is under police guard in hospital,’’ said Zinzi Hani, HAWKS Western Cape spokesperson.

‘’The matter has been remanded to 10 January 2023 for formal bail application,’’ she added.

Meanwhile, the fourth suspect who was later arrested on 27 December 2022 will be appearing at Strand Magistrates Court on Friday, 30 December 2022.



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Alcohol remains problematic at beaches - City

City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies arrested 262 suspects for various crimes in the past week and also issued nearly 70 000 fines for various transgressions.

The City’s Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said officers impounded 190 public transport vehicles and executed 790 warrants of arrest. Officers also arrested 45 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and five for reckless and negligent driving.

Smith says officers had a busy week.

‘It has been a busy week, most notably over the long weekend when many of our staff members spent their time patrolling public recreational facilities. Our beaches were incredibly busy, but no major incidents were reported. As expected, alcohol consumption proved problematic once more. We will know in the next day how much alcohol was confiscated, once our Liquor Enforcement Unit has logged all of the items received at our pound

Meanwhile, the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) officers also responded to numerous domestic violence complaints in the days leading up to Christmas

I’m also very concerned about the increase in pedestrian accidents over the long weekend, as well as the many cases of assault and domestic violence that were reported to the PECC. With another long weekend in the offing, I renew the appeal to the public to please celebrate responsibly, whether on the road, at the beach, or at home,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.


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Alleged Racial assault at Bloemfontein resort under investigation

Glen police are investigating a case of an alleged assault of two black teenage boys who have been assaulted by a group of white males while at a resort in Bloemfontein on Christmas Day.

Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said officers were called to a fighting incident at the Maseslpoort Resort.

“On arrival members found the groups already dispersed and were approached by a parent to one of the victims who alleged that his two teenage boys aged 18 and 13 were assaulted by a group of white males over the usage of a swimming pool.”

The suspects will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court soon.

Free State Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Motswenyane said the incident will be prioritised.  "We further condemn the behaviour as reflected on the video."


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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Numerous suspects arrested for various in Chris Hani District

Numerous suspects were arrested in Chris Hani District, Eastern Cape, for being in possession of drugs, suspected stolen goods or property, assault, common robbery and selling liquor without license.

The arrests are part of the province’s Vala Konke operation to maintain law and order in the respective police stations and ensure that less crime is committed during the weekend.

Police filled up the space so that less crime can be committed and the citizens feel safe and secure. During their tour of duty, they also checked the compliance on taverns and closed the shebeens and liquor was confiscated. In an effort to fight crime police also confiscated dangerous weapons during the stop and search,” said Captain Siphokazi Mawisa

The suspects will appear in the Christ Hani district's Magistrates Courts on Wednesday.

The presence of the SAPS in the different town to combat crime was very much appreciated by the Christ Hani district Mayor General Rudolph Adolph.


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18-year-old stabbed and killed outside of pub in Limpopo

Tubatse Police have arrested two brothers, aged 16 and 19, for allegedly killing 18-year-old Thabo Mokwena in Parktiseer, Limpopo on Boxing Day. On arrival, police found the victim’s body outside the “Mama She Is” pub with stab wounds. The body was later identified as Mokwena.

Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says the suspects allegedly stabbed and killed the victim at the local pub.

Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo, Lietenant General Thembi Hadebe, has warned people about abusing alcohol, as it has become a major contributor to crime escalation, especially murder and assault.

The suspects will appear in Praktiseer Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday facing a charge of murder.  


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More than 400 suspects arrested in illegal liquor shut down

408 suspects were arrested in Potchestroom, North West this past weekend for various crimes ranging from murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and common, amongst others.

Officers also shut down 15 illegal liquor outlets

“As part of enforcement of the Liquor Act, 1989, (Act No. 27 of 1989) 150 individuals were fined for drinking in public, 14 for being drunk in public place while 15 illegal liquor outlets were closed,” said Captain Aafje Botma.

The suspects are expected to appear in different courts in the Province.

The Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena reiterated that the government will continue with operations to ensure safe festive season.


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Welkom Police in search for a missing young man

Welkom SAPS seek help in locating missing Junior Mafatle from Riebeeckstad. The 18-year-old man was last seen on Monday at about 12:30 when he was at Checkers Centre with his father.

PHOTO - SAPS: Junior Mafatle 

According to Captain Stephen Thakeng, Mafatle told his father he was going to his friends in Goldfields Mall and he never returned home. Efforts to make contact with him on his cell phone and to locate him at friends were unsuccessful.

Mafatle was last seen wearing a black tracksuit, Nike sneakers, a black and green t-shirt, he has no tattoos on his body and he attends school at Edmond Rise in Welkom.

A missing person’s case was registered for further investigation.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Welkom Police Station on, 079 886 5574 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.


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10 year-old girl drowns at Wilderness Beach amid strong rip currents

National Sea Rescue Institute Wilderness duty crew were alerted at Victoria Bay following a 10 year-old girl that drowned at the Wilderness Beach, George, while her two relatives were saved from strong rip currents.

According to the NSRI, they rescued a young teenage male and a 16 year old female from the mid surf breakers bringing them safely to shore.

The male was unharmed, while the 16 year-old girl received medical treatment as she was not responding.

Lifeguards then rescued a 10 year old female in the mid surf breakers finding her unresponsive as well.

Despite CPR efforts from the medical crew to resuscitate the 10 year old girl, she was declared dead.

“Lifeguards rescued the female to the beach where NSRI rescue swimmers and a public member assisted the lifeguards to bring the teenager out of the water.”

“CPR was continued by lifeguards, NSRI medics, and Western Cape Government Health EMS paramedics,” the NSRI said.

The NSRI sent condolences to the family of the deceased child.

Police have opened an investigation.

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Three suspects arrested for the murder of a Parktown couple

Three suspects including an ex-girlfriend of the victim were arrested in Parktown for an alleged murder of a 35-year-old man and his 29-year-old pregnant girlfriend.

The couple was reported missing in Vanderbijlpark Park town on the 15th of December, various units of the SAPS were mobilized to search for the victims.

The investigation led to the arrest of three suspects in Heidelberg after bodies were found in an open field last Friday. The trio are charged with three counts of murder including kidnapping and house breaking.

The suspects will appear in Heidelberg Magistrate Court on Wednesday.


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Four suspects accused of Lwandle constable murder to appear in dock

The four suspects that were arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a 33-year-old police officer in Lwandle, Strand are set to appear court on Wednesday.

It comes after the police officer was killed while reporting off duty at the Lingelethu West police station on Christmas Day.

Western Cape police spokesperson Zinzi Hani, said the stabbing took place at the Asanda Village and the constable`s firearm was also recovered.

“After preliminary investigation, it was established that the member was robbed of his service pistol and a cellphone. Information shows that before being robbed, he fired several shots towards his attackers and injured one in the process," she said.

The suspects are due in the Strand Magistrate’s Court.

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Help find missing 16-year-old Nastal Mkhonto

Kraaifontein Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit are seeking the assistance of the public to trace a teenager who was last seen in Bloekombos on Christmas morning.

The police’s Jospeh Swartbooi said 16-year-old Nastal Mkhonto, was last seen in Covid Informal settlement in Bloekombos on Sunday 25 December 2022 at around 09:30.

‘’At the time of his disappearance he was seen wearing a yellow shorts with black and red slippers, an orange t-shirt with the words “covid 19” wrttten on the back  and a black jacket. The missing person is mentally challenged,’’ said Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.

Anyone who can assist with information that will lead to Nastal’s safe return is kindly requested to call the Investigating officer Warrant Officer Charles Goodwin on 082 535 5874 or alternatively call Crime Stop on 08600 10111


PICTURE - SAPS: 16-year-old Nastal Mkhonto

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Western Cape welcomes Christmas babies

The Western Cape has welcomed the 188 babies that were born on Christmas day this year. The province received a total of 122 boys and 66 girls. Last year, the department welcomed just over 200 babies.

The babies are part of the more than 500 that were born on Christmas Day across the country.

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness spokesperson Sandra Maritz, said the first baby to arrive in the province was a baby girl at the Groote Schuur Hospital

''The first, a baby girl was born at 00:00 at Groote Schuur Hospital, weighing 3,130 kg, to mother Stella Masunda. Just one minute later, at 00:01, our second Christmas baby, also a girl weighing 3,2 kg, was born to mother Miché Prins, at Groote Schuur Hospital.

PICTURE - WCDoH: The first baby, a girl, born at 00:00 on Christmas Day was to mom Stella Masunda at Groote Schuur Hospital

‘’Two sets of twins also made their arrival with the first set of twins, two girls, were born at 16:30 at Tygerberg Hospital to mother Elvina Amos,’’ she added.

Maritz wished the parents well on their journey.

‘’We congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this special day. Our message to all new parents is that of the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life (since inception to two years old). Provide your baby with a safe environment and good nutrition. Make sure their immunisations are up to date and that you play an active role in their development by talking to them, playing with them, and supporting them to reach their milestones. The Department of Health looks forward to joining you on this journey,’’ said Sandra Maritz, spokesperson for the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness.


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Eskom implements stage 3 load shedding

Power Utility Eskom implemented stage 3 load shedding on Tuesday from 4 pm until 5 am on Wednesday morning.

The implementation of load shedding comes after Eskom halted power cuts due to the Christmas holiday on Sunday.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshathsa said stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 4 pm on Tuesday until 5 am on Wednesday.

“This will be repeated everyday for the remainder of the week. Thereafter, Stage 2 power cuts will take effect from 5 am on Wednesday until 4 pm,” he said.

He then cautioned the public to conserve as much electricity as possible during this period.


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Monday, December 26, 2022

Khayelitsha Family of three dies in blaze

A family of three died on Monday morning after a fire ignited in the level 2 informal Settlement, Khayelitsha.

According to the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, the incident occurred at 05:10 am when a property was set alight opposite the Chuma Primary School.

Carelse said a Khayelitsha fire crew responded to the scene first and added that there were people missing.

“A Subsequent search of the property led to the discovery of the bodies  of the father, mother and young boy whom sustained fatal burn wounds. By 05:50 am, firefighters had managed to extinguish the blaze that destroyed the structure,” he said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed, as officials are investigating the matter.


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Sunday, December 25, 2022

Over 500 babies born across South Africa on Christmas Day

Over 500 babies were born across South Africa between midnight and midday on Christmas Day, and majority of them were delivered in Gauteng. This was confirmed by the national Department of Health.

Amongst the youngest mothers, include two 15-year-old’s who gave birth in Umlazi, outside Durban and Tonga hospital in Mpumalanga.

Departmental spokesperson, Foster Mohale said some of the provinces which recorded the first childbirths include these two provinces where healthy babies were born exactly at 12a.m

The Western Cape’s Health & Wellness Department said it will only release a statement tomorrow regarding the province’s Christmas babies

Mohale says the national health department will provide a full update of all babies born on this day, on a later stage.


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Police constable found dead in Lwandle on Christmas morning

Western Cape police are investigating the cause of death of a 33-year-old police constable who was found in Lwandle, Strand on Christmas morning.

The police’s Novela Potelwa said the constable, who cannot be named at this stage, as his next of kin still needs to be informed, had worked until the early hours of Sunday.

‘’Through the SAPS employee, health and wellness officials, contact is being made with the family of the deceased SAPS member. His identity will be released once his next of kin has been informed,’’ said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

‘’Police are questioning an injured man from Lwandle while Lingelethu West police are still reeling from shock following the discovery of the body of their colleague in Lwandle on Sunday morning. The 33 year old police constable who had worked until the early hours of Sunday morning had allegedly suffered stab and gunshot wounds. His official firearm was taken and the state vehicle he was driving found some metres from the body,’’ she added.

The police spokesperson said that robbery as a motive for the murder cannot be ruled out at this stage of the investigation, and that the Hawks have taken over the murder docket for further investigations with several leads currently being pursued.


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Man drowns at Big Bay beach in Melkbosstrand

A man has drowned at Big Bay beach in Melkbosstrand, on Saturday.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said the man had been swept out to sea by rip currents in rough sea conditions further down the beach, from the lifeguard protected swimming area.

Lambinon said the man was rescued from the mid surf breakers, and lifeguards performed CPR.

‘’After extensive efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted sadly he was declared deceased by paramedics. Police have opened an inquest docket. The body of the man has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.’’

‘’We are appealing to bathers to swim at lifeguard protected beaches and swim in between the safe demarcated swimming zones posted by lifeguards,’’ added Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson.



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Legendary Xhosa musician, Dr. Latozi 'Madosini' Mpahleni, dies at 79

Tributes continue to pour in for legendary Xhosa musician, Dr. Latozi Mpahleni.

SCREENSHOT of Dr Latozi Madosini Mpahleni at Bush Radio

Madosini, as she was affectionately known, earned many accolades during her career, including the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts and Culture Trust. She’s described as a world icon, and used her talent to bring hope through plays on isiXhosa traditional instruments like the uhadi, mhrubhe and isitolotolo.

Her family confirmed in a statement that the 79-year-old died on Friday in Mthatha after a long illness.

"Dr Latozi Madosini Mpahleni passed on, on December 23, 2022 at St Mary’s Hospital in Mthatha after a relatively long illness. Having survived heart attack whilst she was in a tour in France in 2019, as well as two Covid 19 attacks, her health status could not be back to its normalcy, as a result from time to time she was admitted to hospital. Her last admission was at St Mary’s Hospital on the 3rd December 2022 where she subsequently succumbed at 16:15."

Throughout her career, she collaborated with many big name musicians, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Gilberto Gil, Dizu Plaaitjies, Mzwandile Qotoyi, Jonny Blundell, Lulu Plaitjies and Pedro Espi-Sanchis.

Her most recent performance was at the Ingoduko concert at the Artscape theatre on 29 September - 1 October 2022. The concert featured indigenous, contemporary, and international artistic works. It aimed at archiving, inspiring, and promoting holistic documentation of music from different cultures for the younger generation provided patrons with an insight into indigenous music that represents some of the earliest roots of jazz in Africa.

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) sent their condolences to the family of the musician.

“Samro is saddened by the passing of Dr Latozi Madosini Mpahleni, one of the last practising music guardians of traditional Xhosa culture. She was unsurpassed in the making & playing of the Uhadi, Umrhubhe & Isitolotolo. Condolences to her family, friends & industry colleagues.”

The Western Cape’s Cultural Affairs & Sport MEC, Anroux Marais, said she is saddened by the passing.

‘’Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Madonsini's family, loved ones and friends. Madonsini's legendary work and selfless commitment to the arts and culture sector through her music ensured that her legacy will live on long after her passing.’’


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No load shedding on Christmas Day - Eskom

Eskom has somewhat given South Africans a Christmas present – a reprieve of load shedding.

The embattled parastatal suspended rolling power cuts at 5a.m on Sunday until 5a.m on Monday.

However, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented until 16:00 on Tuesday, whereafter Stage 3 load shedding will then be implemented.

Eskom’s spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthantsha says the suspension of load shedding on Christmas day is only possible due to the lower demand for electricity

‘’Eskom appeals to all electricity users to conserve as much electricity as possible during this period.’’

Manthanthsa warned that the situation could change at short notice.

‘’The generation fleet remains unpredictable and vulnerable. Should there be multiple failures of generators, a higher stage of loadshedding may need to be implemented at short notice.’’


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One dead, two injured after taxi crashes into stationary trailer, near Beaufort West

One person has died and two others slightly injured, when the minibus taxi they were travelling in, crashed into a stationery trailer of another taxi, on the N1 just outside Beaufort West, on Saturday morning.

The Western Cape's Mobility Departmental spokesperson, Jandrè Bakker said the taxi was carrying 14 adults and 3 children, and was on its way to the Eastern Cape.

‘’We ask road users to pass the scene with caution, and not to stop or rubberneck, as it could lead to traffic delays on a day we expect high traffic volumes."

Sadly, the department has recorded one death per day, since Thursday, due to crashes.

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Friday, December 23, 2022

City of Cape Town opens some of its pools for festive season

The City of Cape Town says it will open its pools daily for the festive peak from Friday until 15 January 2023. This is to ensure that children enjoy every day of their holidays before schools reopen next year.

The 16 community pools now opening daily from Monday to Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 are Bellville, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, Delft, Goodwood, Hanover Park, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Lentegeur, Muizenberg, Parow North, Ruyterwacht, Trafalgar, Wesfleur (Atlantis) and Wynberg.

The four indoor swimming pools and Sea Point are also operational. Retreat, Blue Downs and Strand open from 10:00 until 17:00, while Sea Point and Long Street are open from 07:00 until 19:00.

While most of the pools across the metro will be open for daily use, Eight swimming pools - Athlone, Langa, Manenberg, Mnandi, Westridge, Parow Valley, Ravensmead and Newlands pools are temporarily closed due to structural, mechanical and electrical faults

Eastridge, Elsies River, Emthonjeni, Morningstar, Observatory and Vulindlela pools will not open for the 2022/ 23 season due to major repairs needed

Mayco member for Community Servies & Health, Patricia van der Ross said at Newlands Swimming Pool, two significant concerns were identified regarding the water circulation and chlorination system. This led to unforeseen delays in opening as scheduled.

Van der Ross says while the City has secured enough chemicals to open the pools daily, it expects loadshedding disruptions.

‘’It has been a very trying time for our Recreation and Parks department as numerous challenges including load-shedding and the supply of chemicals have thrown many plans into disarray. Unforeseen challenges such as the ones experienced at swimming pools that were meant to be open by now have compounded the situation. The City apologises to residents for any inconvenience caused, but we have a duty to ensure that our recreational facilities are safe for public use. While we have a plan to deal with the ongoing challenges, its success rests heavily on the cooperation and understanding of our patrons.’’

‘’I ask that everyone does their bit to ensure that their visits to our swimming pools and all other City recreational areas are an enjoyable and safe experience,’’ added the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.


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City urges residents, visitors to be safe at its recreational facilities

The City of Cape Town’s Community Services and Health Directorate has urged residents and visitors of the metro to be safe at its recreational facilities

Since September, there have been nine fatal drownings along the city’s coast, 11 non-fatal drownings, and one non-fatal drowning at a swimming pool.

During the first weekend of operations, staff tagged 19 110 children and reunited eight children with their families, as part of the City’s annual Identikidz programme

Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross said one child was handed over to social workers when their family could not be reached by nightfall.

‘’We have put in place as many measures as possible to create a safe environment for everyone, but ultimately people need to take personal responsibility for their safety. The rules are there for a reason, and we implore our visitors to abide by them.’’

‘’To families, please make use of our Identikidz project. It is an incredibly popular initiative, and for good reason. We’ve had reports from a few beaches where people refuse to use the service and that is really unfortunate. I really hope that they have a change of heart, for their children’s sake,’ added the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia Van der Ross.


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SA birth registration 2021

Statistics South Africa has raised concerns over the increasing number of teenage mothers in 2021.

A total of 45 257 births were from mothers aged 17 years and younger and of these, 42 were births from mothers between the ages of 11 and 12.

The data company released the number of registered births for 2021.

The statistical release also provided information on trends in births that occurred during the period 1994 to 2015, and whether these are registered within a 30-day period as required by law. The release draws on data collected by the Department of Home Affairs through the civil registration system.

A total of 1 million 87 thousand 526 births were registered in South Africa in 2021. Of these, 87,3% were births that occurred and were registered last year, , while 12,7% were births that occurred in the previous years but were registered in 2021.

Of the total 949 757 children born in 2021, there were 498 573 male and 491 056 female births.

StatsSA said the negative impact of COVID-19 and national lockdown regulations such as the closure of Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offices, resulted in a 9,2% decline in registration within 30 days in 2020, however, it added it has seen a slight increase of 4% in 2021, i.e. registration within 30 days increased from 71% in 2020 to 75%.

Late registrations of birth after the lapse of 30 days but before the end of the year, also decreased from 25% in 2020 to 20% in 2021

Now the Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Actstipulates that all births must be registered within 30 days from the date of occurrence.

Last year, 74,6 % of births that occurred complied with this amendment. However, KwaZulu-Natal province remains the only province which performs poorly in terms of early birth registrations with only 67,7% births registered within 30 days of occurrence.

Stats SA raised concerns about information pertaining to fathers

The data company said In 2021, no reliable information on fathers could be provided due to a high proportion of births registered (more than 60%) without the details of fathers.

Let’s hone in on the Western Cape, and 103 368 births were registered, last year. of these, 79 449 were within 30 days. 1 819 parents only registered their child within a space of a year or 14 years.

The sex ratio at birth is defined as the number of male births per 100 female births. South Africa had a sex ratio of 102 males per 100 females indicating that there were more male birth registrations than female birth registrations in 2021. Three out of nine provinces had a sex ratio of 102 male birth registrations per 100 female birth registrations. These were Northern Cape, KwaZuluNatal and Gauteng.

Western Cape had the highest sex ratio at 103, whereas North West and Limpopo had the lowest sex ratio at 100 male birth registrations per 100 female birth.

Now the pattern of birth occurrences by month of birth was largely similar between 2017 and 2021. The highest proportions of births occurred during the month of March for all the years.

This suggests that over the five years, a higher proportion of birth occurrences were likely to be conceived during June or July. In 2021 the second most common month of birth occurrence was May, and January, a departure from the previous trend, where September was the second highest month. The proportion of births occurrence during March and May are also much higher than the pattern seen in previous years, while September shows an uncharacteristic decline in proportion of birth occurrence.

In terms of Baby forenames and surnames in South Africa, and

As you know, A person’s forename and surname are fundamental human rights enshrined in the Births and Deaths Registration  

The act of giving a child a name continues throughout their upbringing and these names remains just as important. In a world full of words, language is used to identify, classify and connect. The naming of a newborn child plays a very important role in most cultures around the world. For instance, African baby names are given for reason, relevance and purpose. Similarly, South Africa is a country with a variety of cultures and religions, this has a profound influence on baby naming.

Now according to Stats SA, amongst males, the top three leading forenames were Lethabo, followed by Lubanzi and Melokuhle.

The leading forenames for females were Melokuhle in first place, followed by Omphile in second place and Iminathi in third place.

Melokuhle, Lethabo and Lethokuhle appeared on both males and females top ten list. Melokuhle ranked first amongst females while it ranked third amongst males.

In general, the popular baby forenames for males and females reflect positive hopes for the child, express beliefs and are inspired by positive connotations of both love and acceptance.

Now for both sexes Dlamini was the most common baby surname in 2021, closely followed by Nkosi and Ndlovu. These surnames has been the most common baby surnames in South Africa for the past 8 years.

It is noteworthy says the data company, that, nine of the surnames were from the Nguni clans namely isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiNdebele and siSwati. Mokoena which featured as the sixth most popular surname was the only non-Nguni surname.


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Nearly R500k heroin confiscated at CTIA

A 50-year-old suspect will spend the long weekend behind bars after he was found with almost half a million rand of drugs at the Cape Town International Airport.

The police’s Malcolm Pojie said members attached to Border Police were busy conducting normal profiling on Wednesday, when they noticed the suspect who acted in a suspicious, nervous way as he awaited his flight abroad in the departure hall.

‘’They approached the suspect to verify his passport and travelling documents. During the interview he appeared to become even more agitated which created more suspicion and led officers to inspect his luggage.’’

‘’Upon checking the luggage, they discovered 2kg of heroin concealed in a false compartment inside the lining of his suitcase. The substance is estimated at a value of about R480 000,’’ said Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie.

The police spokesperson said the drugs was sent to SAPS forensic laboratory for analysis.

The suspect has since appeared in the Bellville Magistrates’ court on Thursday, for dealing in drugs, relating to the contravention of Drug and Drug Trafficking Act.

The case was postponed to 29 December 2022 for formal bail application.


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Man dies, five others injured, after taxi's tyres burst and rolled on the N1 between Maitjiesfontein and Laingsburg

One person was killed and five others, including two children, suffered slight to serious injuries, when the minibus taxi they were travelling in allegedly suffered a tyre burst and rolled on the N1 between Maitjiesfontein and Laingsburg, in the early hours of Friday.

The Western Cape's Mobility Department spokesperson, Jandré Bakker, said the minibus taxi was travelling from Langa to Centane in the Eastern Cape.

‘’A single vehicle crash occurred at 1a.m this morning [Friday] on the N1 between Maitjiesfontein and Laingsburg. The taxi was transporting 15 passengers - 7 males, 8 females, and 4 children – 1-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl, 2-year-old boy, and 11-year-old boy.

‘’One person was killed and 5, including two children suffered various injuries ranging from slight to serious injuries.’’

"The roadway is open with no delays... Drivers are urged to check that there tyres are in a roadworthy condition and correctly inflated for the load they are transporting, added Jandré Bakker, Head of Communication at Western Cape’s Department of Transport and Public Works.

This is the second incident were one person was killed on the province’s roads within 24 hours.


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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Additional security deployed to safeguard WC land and development sites

The Western Cape’s Human Settlements Department has, during this festive season, allocated additional security to secure and protect its land and development sites.

This comes after the department experienced more than 1 600 invasions of land earmarked for human settlement development across the province, in the past three years. During this same period, more than 100 Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses were vandalised by illegal occupiers. The Department also works closely with authorities to act swiftly to prevent unlawful attempts to invade land and illegally occupy BNG houses.

Infrastructure MEC, Tertuis Simmers, says his department spent just over R100 million to secure its properties and to prevent invasions for the past 3-year period. He added that an additional R24 million has also been spent repairing vandalised houses.

The MEC described the vandalism as ‘concerning.’

‘’It is deeply concerning that the money spent on securing land and repairing vandalised houses could have been used to build over 700 BNG housing units for Western Cape citizens.

 “The impact of invasions and illegal occupation of BNGs, results in the damaging of units that costs the Department additional funds to fix and secure the projects. It can take up to 3 months and more to fix those damages. It also delays delivery to the rightful owners of the houses. Illegal occupations ultimately do not only hamper our ability to reach our targets, but more importantly, severely delay the delivery of housing opportunities to deserving beneficiaries. It saddens me that much of the money spent to secure our sites and developments could have gone to providing more houses for deserving people.”

Simmers has called on communities to report any illegal activities during the festive period.

‘’The Department calls on community members to assist in preventing land invasion, illegal occupation and vandalism of BNG houses. Should any resident notice any suspicious activity on open or state-owned land, or at a government housing development in their area, please report it to SAPS, the City of Cape Town’s Anti Land Invasion Unit or the Western Cape Government’s Settlement Control Unit.’’






‘’Land invasions and illegal occupations hurt the most vulnerable in our communities and mean that qualifying beneficiaries have to wait much longer to receive their homes. These incidents severely impact the Department of Human Settlements’ ability to deliver housing opportunities to already identified, qualifying and deserving beneficiaries, that have been patiently and legally waiting on the Housing Demand Database (ie. waiting list) for assistance,’’ concluded Infrastructure MEC, Tertius Simmers.


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