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08:30 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 01, 2014
Eskom - no load-shedding anticipated this weekend Eskom says although it doesn't anticipate any load shedding this weekend the system remains tight and consumers are requested to save power wherever possible. This after it was able to avert stage one load shedding at the last minute on Thursday. Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the evening electricity demand is lower over weekends, which means although the system is tight, they are able to control it. He says geysers, sw... read more
08:23 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 01, 2014
Two bust with rhino horn at OR Tambo International Two men have been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport for being in possession of rhino horn worth an estimated R4.5m. The SA Revenue Service said two foreign nationals traveling from Maputo to Vietnam via Johannesburg were intercepted in the international departures section of the airport on Friday for additional searches. A Sars detector dog trained specifically to detect rhino horn, reacted positively to the tw... read more
07:50 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 01, 2014
EL policeman named EC Star of the Year East London K-9 Unit member, Warrant Officer Kilian Steyn, has been crowned the SAPS's Eastern Cape Star of the Year. He was among three finalists who battled it out at the Eastern Cape police's Service Excellence Awards held at Hemingways in East London on Friday night. Steyn was in competition with two tough teams of dedicated divers from the Provincial Search and Rescue Team and a brave member, Constable Roseman Simay... read more
07:28 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 01, 2014
Buffalo City Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha An R84m road upgrade on the busy Fleet Street in East London has been put on hold following alleged clashes between Buffalo City Metro and private contractor Siyahlobisa Projects. Buffalo City DA leader Lance Weyer says they've noted that no work had been done on the road for the past few months. Executive mayor Zukiwa Ncitha officially launched the project last October with work starting soon after. The project is me... read more
06:52 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 01, 2014
Suspect in court for Meyiwa murder The National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed a 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. The NPA's Nathi Mncube says Zanokuhle Mbatha appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court on Friday on a charge of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances... "The accused will appear again on 11 November. He elected to apply for legal aid t... read more
16:45 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
DA Eastern Cape Congress underway DA Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, says South Africa's political environment is changing and they are no longer the sole proprietors of alternative ideas. Delivering the welcoming address at the DA's Eastern Cape Congress underway at Mentorskraal in Jeffreys Bay on Friday, Trollip said this meant that they must improve and adapt their political strategies and activities.. He said the DA will have to use electronic, ... read more
16:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Cradock man in court for breaching his bail conditions A 52- year old Cradock man accused of raping and kidnapping a 13-year old girl, has been fined R900 in the town's magistrates court for breaching his bail conditions. Police spokesperson, Captain Stephanie Smith says the man appeared in court on Friday after he failed to show up on the 20th of October. Smith says thereafter the court issued a warrant for his arrest. The man, who is believed to have been in a sexual re... read more
15:01 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Kirkwood residents get bail...paid for by business chamber  Six Kirkwood residents charged in connection with last month's violent protests in Kirkwood, have been released on bail. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Gerda Swart says they appeared in court in the town today where the case was postponed to the 15th of December for further investigation. Defense lawyer Alwyn Griebenouw says the six were released on bail of R1000 each. He says Kirkwood business owners post... read more
14:26 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Body of unknown man found drifting in river near George  The body of an unknown man was found drifting in a river in Thembalethu near George, has still not been identified. Fishermen discovered the decomposed body at one of the fishing spots at the sea bordering on farms at the back of the Philendaba area. Two passersby discovered the body while walking on the railway next to the river. Police said due to the advanced state of decomposition they had little information ... read more
11:49 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
EC brothers sentenced to life for New Years murder  Two Eastern Cape brothers have been jailed for life for murdering three people in a village near Bizana on New Year's Day this year. Thamsanqa Shezi and his brother Mduduzi were jailed yesterday by Magistrate Marius Odendaal who reportedly described them as the butcher brothers. They were found guilty of slaying a 74-year-old woman, attacking her with a panga and knob-kierie. When her daughter came to her rescue... read more
11:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Businesses in Kirkwood re-opened on Friday morning, however shop owners say that they do not have their full compliment of workers. On Thursday Kirkwood became a ghost town when shops closed their doors as residents from three areas took to the streets in a service delivery protest. Kirkwood Chamber chairperson Flippie Ehlers, says he has spoken to some community leaders to convey the message that nothing is closed off a... read more
11:38 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
'Zuma off the hook'   A draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has absolved President Jacob Zuma and concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against him on misspending on his private home were not binding. Sapa reports that the ad-hoc committee reports said that remedial action proposed by the public protector was not binding on Zuma. The report also states that contrary to arguments ... read more
09:31 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Stellenbosch brothers develop Ebola App   The claws of Ebola have taken more than 5 000 lives since March this year, but a simple cellphone App which can work off-line is offering a glimmer of hope. Philip and Malan Joubert, two brothers from Stellenbosch based in California, have developed an Ebola Care app to aid organisations fighting Ebola. Built, using their company the Journey Platform, the EbolaCare app is currently being piloted in Liberia with... read more
09:23 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Kirkwood protesters in court  Six Kirkwood residents are expected to appear in court on Friday after being arrested in connection with violent protests in September. Protests flared up again yesterday, with police forced to use stun grenades to disperse hundreds of members of the local community who are angry at their grievances not being addressed by the Sundays River Valley Municipality. The local business chamber says that in a show of sol... read more
07:23 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Poachers: 2 killed 6 arrested   SA National Parks says two rhino poachers have been killed and six others arrested. SANparks says the six arrests, and the shooting of the two poachers happened in two separate operations. In the first incident, Crocodile Bridge rangers made contact with three suspected rhino poachers, and in the ensuing pursuit, two were fatally wounded and the third managed to escape back into Mozambique. A hunting rifle, a... read more
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