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11:00 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
No arrests following Pumba poaching incident   The search continues for the poachers who killed three rhinos at the Pumba Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Wednesday's killings brings to six the number of rhinos poached at the Reserve in just over a month. The Herald reports that a breeding bull and cow and a two-year-old bull calf had been darted with a veterinary drug which reportedly killed them. The report says the carcasses were found near the site of... read more
10:56 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Port Alfred teenager hailed a hero after sea rescue   A Port Alfred teenager has emerged as a hero after he helped rescue a German family caught in a rip current at East beach. The NSRI's Craig Lambinon, says the father, Ludder Grosse-Heiderman, got into difficulty on Tuesday afternoon and when his two children went to help, they too were caught up in the rip current. He says 17 Jaco Rossouw, who was on the beach, waded into the water and began shouting instructions... read more
10:19 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Man City slip in Premiership Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool at the weekend for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday night. City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea. However, the draw with Sunderland, in which they needed a late equalis... read more
10:10 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Teen stabbed to death on school bus  A 15-year-old boy from Great Brak River near George was stabbed to death on a school bus early on Thursday morning. Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said the teenager was on his way to school when a fellow-passenger - also believed to be a pupil - stabbed him in the chest. "We don't know the circumstances yet, but as far as we know the young victim managed to get off the bus at a stop on ... read more
07:23 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lack of skills in government open doors for corruption  Deputy Minister for Public Works - Jeremy Cronin - says a lack of skills within government is opening the door to corruption. In a subtle reference to the Nkandla saga, Cronin says steps need to be taken to reduce government's vulnerability to exploitation and corruption. He says the state has lost millions due to collusion and price fixing from the private sector and internal corruption by department officials. ... read more
07:19 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
  A hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee on the DA's advertisement complaint case against the SABC was postponed on Wednesday night. Committee chairman Wandile Tutani told those present at the Icasa headquarters in Sandton that the matter would be postponed indefinitely as the SABC had hired a new legal team. The Democratic Alliance did not oppose the postponement. DA leader Helen Zille said the ... read more
07:16 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Grahamstown Arts festival spreads its wings  The Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the City of Cape Town have announced a partnership which will see the launch of a new performing arts festival in September in the Mother City. Metrominute reports that the Cape Town Fringe aims to present around 40 productions in venues in and around the city centre, as well as in satellite venues in areas such as Langa. Festival CEO, Tony Lankester, says the choice of Ca... read more
16:23 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Eastern Cape police to kick off Operation Paseka Eastern Cape police will implement Operation Paseka ahead of the Easter holidays this weekend. The operation will focus on priority crime areas throughout the province. Provincial police spokeperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci, says all major roads in the province will be closely monitored for any activity during the holiday period. She says there will be planned operations to prevent all types of crime, particularly seri... read more
16:14 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Uitenhage men in court for brutal rape and murder Two Uitenhage men accused of brutally raping and killing a 25-year old woman have appeared in the Port Elizabeth High court for trial. Eighteen-year-old Siphosethu Hempe and 27-year-old Loyiso Grootboom have pleaded Not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Phumeza Mbewu in October 2012. According to the state, Mbewu who was forcefully taken to a house in Kwanobuhle where she was assaulted with a sharp object and strangled. ... read more
13:38 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Major SA Banks fined millions T he South African Reserve Bank (SARB) conducted AML/CFT (Anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism) inspections at Absa Bank Limited (Absa), FirstRand Bank Limited (FirstRand), Nedbank Limited (Nedbank), and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (Standard Bank). In terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, No. 38 of 2001 (FICA), the SARB is mandated to supervise and enforce banks’ comp... read more
13:03 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
New ambulances for the Eastern Cape  Eastern Cape Health MEC, Sicelo Gqobana, says the province's Emergency Medical Services is an extremely important Directorate which requires constant attention from the Health Ministry. He was speaking in East London on Wednesday where he handed over 37 new ambulances to the EMS Directorate. Gqobana said the handing over of the ambulances forms part of his Department's efforts to strengthen their resolve to improve... read more
11:56 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Plett all geared up for Easter games  The Discovery Plett Easter Games has not only become a firm favourite on the Garden Route sport calendar over the past four years, but is also a fun way of getting rid of those extra Easter-egg calories. The event - which includes various sport disciplines from mountain biking to golf - takes place in Plettenberg Bay every year over the Easter weekend. "The goal of the Discovery Plett Easter Games is to incre... read more
10:31 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mini Casino robbed in Mthatha  Five men have been arrested following a robbery at a mini casino in Mthatha. Police spokesperson, Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela, says the suspects were arrested in different areas in Mthatha on Tuesday night. He says two firearms were recovered following the robbery at Ritz Bingo Entertainment in Mthatha Plaza. Fatyela says the men will appear in court once they are formally charged. ... read more
10:24 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Another 3 rhino poached in Eastern Cape game reserve   The Hawks have confirmed that another three rhinos have been poached at the Pumba Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This brings to six the number of rhinos poached at the Reserve in the past month and a half. Captain Ramaloko from the Hawks says they are following up positive leads in relation to other poaching incidents in the Eastern Cape. Last month three rhinos were also poached in Pumba Game Reserve.... read more
07:32 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Buffalo City Mayor delivers her State of the Metro address  Buffalo City Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, has listed improved budget spend as one of the successes of the Metropolitan Municipality. She was delivering the State of the Metro address in King Williams Town on Tuesday. Ncitha says for the Financial Year ended 30 June 2013, the Metro surpassed its previous expenditure records and attained a 70% capital spend. She said this was a sign that their political will and oversig... read more
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