Friday, May 29, 2015

Former President Thabo Mbeki refutes claims of World Cup bribes

Lusanda Bill
29 May 2015

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has denied claims that a top official of the country’s 2010 bid committee paid bribes to secure the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup in the country.

An indictment by the United States authorities claim that South Africa paid R120 million to Fifa officials to secure the world cup hosting rights. In a statement Mbeki said the government he had the privilege to lead would never have paid any bribe.

Mbeki Spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said in any case even if there was anybody sought such a bribe the government would not have paid it.

Ratshitanga said such a statement that was made by Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula which indicates that all the money that government spent in relation to the World Cup was audited by the Auditor General and Ernst and Young, the auditing company. Both these institutions gave the government a clean bill of health.  

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Two suspects arrested in Woodstock for theft

Lusanda Bill
29 May 2015

Two suspects aged 25 and 26-years-old are set to appear in the Cape Town’s Magistrate Court on Monday facing charges related to possession of stolen property and theft.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday in Woodstock after they broke into a car and stole valuables worth an estimated value of R35 000.

Sergeant Hilton Malila said the arrest follows after the police received information from the public about a known suspect that was in possession of a black computer bag at the stables situated in Browell street Woodstock. Police members reacted swiftly and searched one of the rooms situated at the stables, and during a search we recovered the black computer bag in the possession of the known suspect, as indicated by the community.

Malila said a preliminary investigation on the scene led the police to another room where an iPad were also recovered in the possession of a second suspect. The two men, who were found in possession of the items, could not account to ownership of the property and they were subsequently arrested for being in possession of presumable stolen property.

“During further investigation we manage to trace the owner of the property, who confirmed that his vehicle was broken into at the Salt River circle a couple of minutes ago and that he was in the process of reporting the incident. The items were identified at the police station and handed back to the lawful owner” Malila added. 

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A child died after being knocked over by a car in Olifantsfontein

Lusanda Bill
29 May 2015

An accident this morning on the R21 in Olifantsfontein in Johannesburg claimed the life of a child between six and nine-years-old.

It is believed that the child was hit by a light motor vehicle.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said on assessment we found that the child had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for the child and he was declared dead.

Meiring said the driver of the light motor vehicle fortunately escaped without injury.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Police monitoring the violent situation in Philippi

Lusanda Bill
29 May 2015

The City of Cape Town has condemned the violent protest which erupted in Philippi two days ago and claimed the life of one person.

An initial assessment of the damage show that five city trucks were burnt and three others vandalised and a house of an ANC ward councillor was burnt.

Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg said the total cost of damage is yet to be determined but the vehicle damage alone at this stage is estimated to be well in excess of R10 million.

Sonnenberg said the protestors went on a rampage and threatened our security guards with death and then went ahead and set alight buildings as well as vehicles. They also blocked roads to make sure that the police could not have access to help the law enforcement agencies which was combating the protest action.

“In this process we lost several vehicles which include refuse trucks which are used for refuse removal in the area of Khayelitsha and they also stole the keys of all the other vehicles on the property” Sonnenberg added.  

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Opposition parties respond to Nkandla report

Jaimie-faith Poonah
29 May 2015

Opposition parties say they are not surprised about the outcome of the Nkandla report.

On Thursday Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko found President Jacob Zuma not liable to pay back any money for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The Democratic Alliance says the outcome of the report is an insult to the South African people.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane Spokesperson Mabine Seabe said we cannot accept that the swimming pools and other things like those are part of security features.

Seabe said late last year we did our own calculation and found that the president owes at least R52.9 million for the non-security features.

“At the moment we are considering our options going forward; we want the Ad Hoc Committee to make the terms of references broad as possible, so that we can interrogate this report. At the end of the day the Public Protector’s report was ignored, this is a constitutionally mandated body and it cannot be that the Minister of police can agree with this to protect his boss” Seabe added.

Meanwhile Minister Nhleko said all of these security features which include the fire pool, the animal enclosure, the visitors centre and the amphitheatre are in accordance with the physical security requirements.

People of the Congress’s Dennis Bloem said that this report shows once again that the government led by President Zuma does not have any respect for the Constitution of the country.

Bloem said we have expected this long ago, that the president will be defended and protected by these ministers. It is a total disgrace that these ministers can say that the president is not liable to pay any cent.

“The Public Protector’s report of the findings and recommendations, were recommending that the president must pay a portion of the money that was spent on that private building” Bloem added. 

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Zwelinzima Vavi labels unemployment levels as catastrophic

Loyiso Langeni
29 May 2015

Zwelinzima Vavi has raised his concern regarding unemployment statistics in South Africa.

This as Stats SA released the first quarter stats which show that unemployment has increased to 26.4 percent.
 
He added that the country is facing intolerable levels of unemployment has it is also having a negative effect on the economy.

Vavi said we are clearly on a knifes edge and now we have record breaking levels of unemployment at 36% it is beyond catastrophic levels.

“With unemployment combining with poverty were 64.3% of the population are living in poverty. We have become the number one country with most inequalities and we have corruption running out of hand” Vavi added.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

President Zuma does not have to “pay back the money”

Loyiso Langeni
28 May 2015

Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko has found that President Jacob Zuma is not liable to pay back the portion of the R246 million used for security upgrades to his Nkandla home.  

During a media briefing this afternoon in Parliament Minister Nhleko said all of these security features which include the fire pool, the animal enclosure, the vistors centre and the amphitheatre are in accordance with the physical security requirements.

Minister Nhleko added that having considered the strategic importance of the homestead national security interest relevant legislation scientific and graphical demonstration and arrival at the following careful considered decision is in escapable that the firepool and swimming pool could be used to douse a fire, the cattle and goat kraal and chicken coop kept the animals away from the central security zone and so they did not set off the alarms or beams.

“The ampitheatre served as an emergency assembly point and protected the soil substrate and a road that ran near it.

The visitors' centre was also necessary as Zuma hosted visitors and needed privacy.” Ntleko added.

 
Meanwhile Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi said the disciplinary proceeding regarding the 12 public official who have been found guilty of misconduct, arose from the failure to comply with correct processes for the security upgrades.

He added that all three reports into Nkandla state more or less the same conclusion.

Nxesi added that one of those matters has been finalised where the official concerned who played a minor role in the project pleaded guilty and was issued with a final written warning amongst the range of the sanctions which include suspension without pay, corrective training in the SCM functions in future.

“We are ready to proceed with the remaining 11 matters affecting those 11 officials.”  Nxesi said.

 

 

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DIRCO hosts selected students to study in Sweden

Loyiso Langeni

28 May 2015

The Department of International Relations is currently hosting students who were selected for a Swedish post-graduate scholarship programme.

The students chosen for this programme will pursue their Masters studies in fields such as Education, Computer Sciences and Development Studies amongst other studying fields.

Departmental Spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the programme offers 10 scholarship per year over a period of three years and will be funded by the Swedish Institute. This is in recognition of the centrality of education and skills development for the economic prosperity both for South Africa and Sweden.

Monyala added that the scholarship programme was agreed to at the 8th session of the South Africa Sweden by National Commissioner, which took place on the 11th of October 2014 in Pretoria. The commissioner is coached by South Africa’s Deputy Minister and Sweden Deputy Prime Minister.

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Protest action in Nyanga results in burning of City of Cape Town vehicles

Loyiso Langeni
28 May 2015

The City of Cape Town has condemned the violence and burning of an ANC councillor’s house and cars in Nyanga.

Protestors are calling for better service delivery especially proper sanitation facilities. Last night the protestors broke down the gate of the solid waste facility in Crossroad, burnt down parts of the building and destroyed six bakkies and three vehicles as well as private trucks on the road.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said these actions are not helping the community and they are not in the interest of the community.

Smith added that these protesters are the enemy of the local community because the vehicle that they destroyed the city cannot afford to replace them for quite some time. We are barely able to keep the vehicle free going as it is and there is no money to replace these vehicles.

"He emphasised that this will have a very negative and detrimental impact on service delivery in that area for many months to come. We are asking members of the public who know was responsible for this to come forward with information so that we can take legal action against these people and to prevent them from destroying public infrastructure and harming the interest of poor and vulnerable,” Smith concluded.  

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A bus accident claims the life of one school child

Lusanda Bill
28 May 2015

A bus accident this morning on the R555 between Ohrigstad and Burgersfort in Limpopo claimed the life on one school child and 45 others were left injured. This is after one bus rear-ended another bus.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when we arrived there we found that one child around 14-years-old died on the scene due to the severe head injuries that she sustained.

Botha said 44 people were injured one critically and the other injuries range from minor to moderate. They were all treated on the scene and then transported to hospital for further care.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

 

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WCED releases preliminary findings into Maitland High textbook saga

Lusanda Bill
28 May 2015

An investigation conducted by the Western Cape Department of Education into the textbook saga at Maitland High School, has found among other things a glitch in the WCED online ordering system.

The preliminary investigation shows the school placed orders between July and August but due to the system glitch they did not receive the textbooks. Then the school failed to place another order between the 10th and 16th of February this year and only placed after the closing date.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said there are a number of contributing factors that led to the non-delivery of textbooks. The WCED needs to highlight that schools need to have textbook retrieval policy to ensure that they retrieve a minimum of 95% of the textbooks back from learners at the end of the school year.  It is simply unsustainable to replace large numbers of textbooks every year.

Shelver said unfortunately many learners do not return the textbooks at the end of each year and schools have to use the Norms and Standards funds which many school simply cannot afford.

“Ultimately, the onus is on the school principal and management team to ensure that textbook are ordered timeously and that disruption to learning and teaching time is kept to a minimum” Schafer added. 

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COPE condemns President Zuma’s behavior in Parliament

Jaimie-faith Poonah
28 May 2015

Congress of the People has lashed out on the conduct of President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Police Nathi Ntleko saying they have turned Parliament into a big circus.

This comes after Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko was scheduled to release the Nkandla report on Wednesday night in a live broadcast, but the briefing was postponed at the last minute.

Meanwhile responding to the presidency budget in Parliament yesterday President Jacob Zuma accused the opposition parties of being obsessed with Nkandla.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the Congress of the People is asking who will ever take South Africa seriously with a clown of a president.

Bloem said our country is quickly becoming the laughing stock of the world. For instance yesterday the president and the minister of police were the biggest clowns. President Zuma acted as if there is not serious business in Parliament.”

"President Zuma is acting as if Parliament is a playing ground" Bloem added. 

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IFP calls on MEC of Transport in KZN on taxi lawlessness

Jaimie-faith Poonah
28 May 2015

The Inkatha Freedom Party has called on MEC of Transport in KwaZulu Natal to intervene in Maphumulo taxi rank.

This comes after angry taxi drivers and owners implemented rolling blockades on the city’s main arterial route, causing major traffic congestion.

IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the issue of killing of taxi operators and owners, lawlessness in the taxi industry, conflict over routes and power struggles needs to be removed.

Gwala said we believe that an urgent intervention is needed to address this violence because there are people who are trigger happy and stubborn, who are actually responsible for the instability that is there in the industry as well as in the taxi organisation.

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MEC Plato want numbers of officers leaving SAPS in the WC

Loyiso Langeni
28 May 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has raised concern regarding figures which reveal that 7 000 termination within the South African Police Service happened in 2014/2015.

MEC Dan Plato said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega needs to assure the people of the province that policing in the province remains a priority, and she needs to show us how she intends to rectify the crippling under resource of the province.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said MEC Plato has requested Phiyega to provide his office with a report on how many officers have left the service annually over the past four years, what is being done to prevent further losses and how recruitment has been prioritised especially for this province.
 
Botha added that MEC Plato has welcomed the recruitment drive that General Phiyega has launched to help address the outflow of 7 000 officers, the National Commissioner has to adequately empower the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, with sufficient resources and prioritise recruitment for the Western Cape. As the Western Cape SAPS is severely under resourced and cannot afford to lose any more officers.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cope calls on President Zuma to fire Communications Minister

Loyiso Langeni
27 May 2015

Congress of the People has called on President Jacob Zuma to fire Communications Minister Faith Muthambi for removing three SABC board members.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said that the decision she took to fire and involved herself in the firing of three board members is totally unacceptable.

Bloem added that Minister Muthambi does not understand what everyone have been pointing out that the SABC is not a state owned enterprise but a public broadcaster with a board that was not subjected to her.

A legal opinion faulting Communications Minister Faith Muthambi for allowing the unprocedural removal of SABC board members on Tuesday left MPs at odds over how to rein in the minister and reverse the process.

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ACDP calls for swift action to gang activity in Maneberg

Loyiso Langeni

27 May 2015

The African Cristian Democratic Party has called on law enforcement officials to take a swift action to bring an end to gang activity in Manenberg, which has spread to clinics.

It is alleged that clinics have started closing early, resulting in outreach programme being cancelled, medical staff asking for transfers, stock deliveries and transport routes for service providers have all been affected.

ACDP Leader in the Western Cape Ferlon Christians said the effects of gang violence will continue to increase unless drastic steps are taken.

"We as the ACDP believe that the problem is with police shortage, we ask the Minster of police and National Commissioner to intervene and look at the shortage of police in Manenberg.” Christians added.

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SJC marches over Cape Town Mayors budget speech

Loyiso Langeni
27 May 2015

Today, around about 100 people marched in Cape Town’s Civic Centre to demand that the Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille delivers a reasonable budget when she tables her final budget speech on Friday.

Social Justice System Axolile Notywala said there is R22 million of the water and sanitation for capital budget for all of 204 informal settlement.

“We think this is unfair and it’s not equitable all we want is for the Mayor to reconsiders her allocation on Friday and table a much better fair and equitable budget.” Notywala added.  

SJC and Ndifuna Ukwazi claimed to have facilitated over 500 submissions from informal settlement residents on the lack of water and sanitation infrastructure. 

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Agri professionals recognised by WC MEC Alan Winde

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 May 2015

MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has launched the search for best employees of the Western Cape’s agricultural sector.

Winde said over 6000 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002.

The first regional winner will be announced at a ceremony in Wetzenberg on July.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste says MEC Winde believes that it is important to celebrate the excellence we are seeing in the agricultural sector.

Agri professionals play a very important role in ensuring food security, they deliver high class produced which are sold across the world.

We are looking forward to honour the heroes of our agricultural sector through this initiative, Jooste added.

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15 people injured in a bus collision in Paarl

Mbasa Gqokoma

27 May 2015

15 people have been injured in an accident on the Swawelstert Road in Paarl this morning.

It is believed that the bus was transporting the occupants to work when the collision occurred.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, they found that a bus had left the road and had come to rest in a nearby vineyard.

Meiring added that some of the occupants were found sitting outside while two patients were found sitting inside the bus.

“On assessment, paramedics found that 15 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Paramedics treated the patients on scene and thereafter transported them to Mediclinic Paarl and Paarl Hospital for further observations. Fortunately no one had sustained any injuries.” Meiring said.  

The exact details to the cause of the collision will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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WC MEC Donald Grant condemns attack on an on-duty provincial officer

Jaimie-faith Poonah
27 May 2015

Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant said the vicious attack on an on-duty provincial officer is unacceptable.

Traffic Inspector Natasha van Roon was attacked by two male assailants while her car was parked in the direction of Malmesbury.

It is believed that the armed suspects are believed to have approached her vehicle before proceeding to knock her against the window.

Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said one of the assailants opened fire on her, Inspector van Roon is wounded on her arm.

Dube said the suspects then fled the scene after having robbed her of her firearm and two fully loaded magazines.

Dube added that she was treated at Medi-clinic and she has since been discharged.

“Minister Grant strongly condemns these attacks on our law enforcement officers, he also then said we must all work together to send a very strong message to any of these criminals that we are against it.” Dube included.

Dube said we are working closely with the SAPS during the investigation to do all we can to ensure that these criminals are brought to justice.

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ANC WC condemns Khayelitsha fire deaths

Loyiso Langeni
27 May 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has condemned the fire which killed four children in Section-U Khayelitsha and left twelve displaced.

The ANC in a statement said Cape Town’s history of urban fragmentation with regard to land use policies and service provision has spatially intensified the concentration of poverty within the city’s historical confinements.

ANC’s Yonela Diko said they cannot isolate the fact that it is specifically the Western Cape Government that refuses to make changes in this province that results in these yearly atrocities.

“We can’t continue to have these nearly winter atrocities that are caused by fire, that are caused by winter.” Diko added. 

He concluded by saying that what the Western Cape government is saying by increasing the budget on emergencies, is that they are ready to treat people like charities when emergencies happen, instead of ensuring that the accidents are prevented by giving people proper houses and placing them in land that is conducive for living.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ANC concerned by shortage of text books at Maitland high

Loyiso Langeni
26 May 2015

The African National Congress in the Western Cape has called for swift action against Provincial Government officials who are responsible for shortage of text book and exam postponement at Maitland High School.

Learners marched last week demanding text books saying it has been five months without any books.

It is alleged that the Western Cape Department of Education postponed mid-year exams due to the shortage of text books.

ANC PEC Member Siyabulela Tom said they call on Education MEC to personally ensure that the officials deliver the textbook to the school during the week and that made public.

“We demand also the official responsible for this to be suspend with immediate effect.” Tom added.

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A man expected in court tomorrow for dealing in drugs worth R3 million

Loyiso Langeni

26 May 2015

A 35-year-old man is expected to appear in the Beaufort West Magistrate Court for dealing in drugs to an estimated street value of R3-million.

Police over the weekend followed up on information regarding a suspicious truck that was en-route to Cape Town and immediately followed up.

Captain Malcolm Pojie said with the search they found 1.9 ton of dagga bags in the truck. They arrested the suspect on the spot and confiscated the dagga to an estimated value of R3-million.

Pojie added that he is currently in custody in the Beaufort West Police holding cells and will appear in court on Wednesday.

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WCED to investigate bus accident outside Stellenbosch

Loyiso Langeni
26 May 2105

Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer said the department is currently investigating the accident which happened this morning on the R44 just outside Stellenbosch, which left 31 children injured.

This is after the bus they were in lost control and overturned. Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said MEC Schafer visited learners at Stellenbosch Hospital and they are relieved that the learners at the hospital have since been discharged.

Shelver said we are obviously hoping for a speedy recovery for the remainder of the learners and the driver involved in the accident.

“Councillors and social workers were sent to the hospital and to the school and our officials are working with the school to keep parents informed and to arrange counselling and the necessary support.” Shelver added,

She reaffirmed that the department will obviously investigate the accident fully, in line with department’s procedure.

 

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COPE calls on Minister of Health to resolve ARV medication shortage

Jaimie-faith Poonah
26 May 2015

The Congress of the People has called on Minister of Health Aaron Motswaledi not to deny that the country is facing a shortage of ARV medication.

Minister Motswaledi on Sunday said the country is only facing a shortage of Abacavir which is used to treat children.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the Minister must resolve this problem with urgency.

Bloem said Minster Motswaledi must listen to what doctors and nurses are saying, they are also confirming that there is a shortage of ARV’s.

“We are saying that the Minister of Health must come clean and make sure that ARV’s are available in our hospitals” Bloem added.

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Six inmates who escaped at Groenpunt Correctional Centre rearrested

Jaimie-faith Poonah
26 May 2015

Law enforcement officials have managed to arrest six of the seven inmates who escaped from Groenpunt Correctional Centre last week Thursday.

Seven suspects escaped in the early hours of Thursday morning through an unbarred toilet window, with one suspect being arrested hours after the escape took place.

Phillip Tivane who is serving 35-years in prison for rape is the only offender who has not been arrested.

Department of Correctional Services Logan Maistry said these shift arrests were only made possible through the sheer determination and perseverance of our correctional officials of the South African Police Service and other law enforcement agencies.

Maistry said these officials have been working around the clock after the escape in the early hours of last Thursday morning and for this they must be praised.

 
“We are certain that they will not rest, until the last offender is back behind bars.” Maistry concluded.

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Accident leaves 2 dead and 1 seriously injured

Jaimie-faith Poonah

26 May 2015

An accident late last night on Garsfontein Road in Pretoria left 2 people dead and 1 injured.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon the arrival on scene they found that 2 men tragically lost their lives and a third man sustained serious injuries.

Steinmann added that the injured man was treated at the scene for his injuries and transported to hospital for further medical care.

“Tragically there was nothing further that paramedics could do for the 2 deceased men and they were declared dead at the scene.” Steinmann concluded.  

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Bus accident outside Stellenbosch leaves 31 children injured

Lusanda Bill
26 May 2015

31 children were injured this morning on the R44 near Wiesenhof, just outside Stellenbosch when the bus they were in overturned.

It is believed that the bus lost control due to the wet weather.

Western Cape EMS Spokesperson Robert Daniels said a 14-year-old boy was airlifted to Tygerberg Hospital in a critical condition, while 13 severely injured pupils are being taken to Paarl and Stellenbosch provincial hospitals.

Daniels said 17 children with minor injuries are being distributed to primary health care facilities in the immediate areas.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

 

 

 

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Protest actions cause’s road closure and mayor delays

Jaimie-faith Poonah
26 May 2015

Two protest actions, one on the N2 and another in Phillipi resulted in road closures and mayor delays.

The N2 protest has been opened however on Govan Mbeki Road between Stock Road and Old Kilpfontein Road has been closed to traffic due to protest action and burning tyres.

City of Cape Town’s Richard Bosman said there is a selection protest in Phillipi, where Sheffield road has been closed off with some rubble and tyres burning on the road.

Bosman said the roadway has been made safe and we just waiting for our cleansing department to come and clear the rubble before we open the road.

The cause of the protest actions is not yet clear at this stage.

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A fire in Khayelitsha claims the lives of four children

Jaimie-faith Poonah
26 May 2015

A fire late last night in U-Section in Khayelitsha claimed the lives of four children and several people were left displaced.

City of Cape Town’s Theo Layne said four informal structures and two formal dwellings were destroyed by the fire.

Layne said 12 people were displaced and 4 fatalities were recorded, of which all 4 were children.

Layne said three of the children were girls and were aged between 18 months and 3 years old and the boy was aged 6 years old.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and the incident was handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation.

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James: Department of health lacks proper planning

Loyiso Langeni
26 May 2015

The Democratic Alliance said it is concerned that a failure in supply chain management is being put on the companies making children’s ARVs.

This follows the Department of the Health’s statement that reports regarding shortage of medication is not true and that the only shortage is that of Abacavir used to treat children.

DA MP of Health Wilmot James said quality healthcare is crucial to the well-being and dignity of South Africans and should not be compromised by the Departments unacceptable failure to consider the impact on public healthcare recipients.

James added that they have learnt that there is responsibility on the side of government when it comes to, when tenders are put out. What the estimates are of the drug needs has to be accumulated in order to supply hospital and clinics.

“I will be putting some parliamentary questions to ask Minister Motsoaledi what exactly government roles in shortage that we have, which of course is unacceptable and we believe that there is a lack of proper planning on the part of the department health.” James added.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

City of Cape Town condemns corruption

Loyiso Langeni

25 May 2015

 

The City of Cape Town said it is committed to acting against corruption. This has recently one of the City’s Ombudsman Office was caught abusing his powers to defraud a resident in Bonteheuwel.

Mayor Spokesperson Zara Nicholson said a woman was interested in buying a property.

She had been incorrectly advised that the representative of the Ombudsman’s Office would be able to assist her.  This official claimed that he could do so for a fee of R1 000.

Nicholson emphasised that after a while, she had not seen any results and demanded action. He said this could be delivered for another R200, which she duly paid.

“This official never had any authority to assist with property transactions. He also had absolutely no right to charge for any services he may have offered payable directly to him. He took advantage of a vulnerable resident and abused his relative position of power for his own ends,” Nicolson added.

She concluded by saying that the matter was reported to the City and we immediately mandated our Forensic Services Department to investigate. As soon as the offending official’s actions were uncovered, criminal charges were laid against him and disciplinary charges were prepared. The matter was successfully prosecuted and he recently received a sentence for four years imprisonment.

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Department of Health says there is no shortage of ARV’s

Loyiso Langeni
25 May 2015

The Department of Health has reaffirmed that there is no medication shortage in the country.

This follows allegations made by the Treatment Action Campaign last week that the whole country has been affected by a shortage of ARV or Tuberculosis medicine.

Ministerial Spokesperson Joe Maila said the only shortage that the country is experiencing is that of Abacavir used to treat children.

“We never had a problem of ARV’s in the country. In fact we have a 10% buffer stock plagued somewhere in Gauteng, In order to make sure that in the exempt, we have a problem of ARV’s, and then we would be able to use that kind of stock.  As of now we don’t have a problem of ARV’s in this country,” Maila added.

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