Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cape Town kicks off festive season

By Mandisi Tyulu
30 November 2008



Capetonians are streaming to the city centre for tonight’s switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street.

City of Cape Town’s Pieter Cronje says around 50-thousand people are expected at the festivities. Mayor Helen Zille and 2010 Soccer World Cup mascot Zakumi will flick the switch.


Several city roads have been closed off and a variety of entertainment has been laid on, says Cronje.

“The city has made provision for medical services, temporary toilet facilities and special water points in what is being used as a practice run for the 2010 soccer spectacular.”

Shots fired during operation mongoose

By Mandisi Tyulu
30 November 2008


In a two day operation was conducted on Thursday and Friday in several suburbs of the Cape Peninsula.

The operation, in conjunction with SARS, South Africa Revenue services, Metro Police, Provincial Traffic Police and other Law enforcement agencies, started at 07:00 until 17:00.

Members of the different forces were airlifted by SAPS helicopters and drop off at various routes in the Peninsula which includes Bishop Lavis, Langa, Belhar, Delft, Ravensmead, Bonteheuwel, Elsies River, Nyanga, Philippi, Philippi East, Manenberg, Athlone, Gugulethu and Lansdowne.

Inspector Bernadine Steyn says the aim of the operation was to address Priority crimes, Armed Robbery, Hi-jacking, Theft of Motor vehicle, Illegal and stolen firearms, Drug related crimes and Road Safety. Roadblocks , Vehicle Control Points were carried out at various identified routes, and Helicopter drops were carried out at specific identified points.

“During the operation five people were arrested,two for Possession of Dagga, one for Driving under the influence, one for Assault and one for a outstanding Warrant of arrest for a drug related crime and 623 Traffic fines were issued to the value of about R443 450-00.’ Two vehicles were seized that were possibly stolen. Five thousand eight hundred and thirty nine (5839) people were searched and two thousand three hundred and sixty eight (2368) vehicles were searched.

During one of the roadblocks at Lansdowne Road, NY 1, Gugulethu a group of residents gathered nearby. The group became riotes and damaged the tyres of two stationed Traffic Police vehicles (a total of four tyres were damaged). During the incidents several vehicles, identified as taxis, drove passed nearby and fired several shots at the Law enforcement agencies on the scene, said Steyn.

The group of residents threw stones during which a Traffic Police vehicle was damaged (the windscreen and light were damaged). Several windows of three nearby stationed busses were thrown out. A bus driver and three passengers sustained injuries during the incident. No Law enforcement officer sustained any visible injuries.

Two men, aged 37 and 41, were arrested for Public Violence on the scene. We have opened a case of Public Violence and Attempted Murder relating to the incident for investigation,said Steyn.

Six die in horror Gauteng smash

By mandisi Tyulu
30 november 2008

Six people, including a ten-year-old child, lost their lives in a horror accident in Kempton Park early this morning when two vehicles collided.

One of the vehicles was apparently taking staff home from the East Rand Mall in Boksburg to Tembisa.


Ekurhuleni Metro Police’s Kobeli Mokheseng says three people were seriously injured in the accident.

“It is not clear at this stage what actually caused the accident but the preliminary investigation shows that the Ford that was driving in Pretoria Road towards Thembisa was somehow disturbed by an alien object that caused it to loose control” says Mokheseng

Bucs claims victory over Celtics

By Mandisi Tyulu
30 November 2008

Yesterday in highly competitive game Orlando Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in Durban last night in the semi-final of the Telkom Knockout in a match filled with drama and controversy.

Celtic was reduced to ten men in the first half when the referee sent Celtic striker Geoffrey Serunkuma off with a red card, much to the annoyance of the crowd.


Celtic’s assistant coach Toby de Nobrega also could not control his temper and he was ordered to leave the bench after harsh words with match officials.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Suspect arrested for attempted murder and possession of illegal firearm

By Mandisi Tyulu
29 November 2008


Bishop Lavis Police arrested an 18 year old male from Kalksteenfontein for Attempted Murder and Possession of Illegal firearm and ammunition.

Police attended a shooting incident at a house in Soetkop Street, Kalksteenfontein where they found a 24 year old female with a bullet wound in her stomach.

Sergeant November Filander says on the scene we found a cartridge and followed information up that let to a house in Gloxinia street, Kalksteenfontein where we arrested the an 18 year old male for Attempted Murder.

In his possession a firearm and several rounds.

“The motive for the incident is been investigated.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's court on Monday, 1 December 2008

Police seeking assistance from the public

By Mandisi Tyulu
29 November 2008


The Steenberg police are requesting the assistance of the public, to help solve the murder of a 32 year old woman who was gunned down in her home in Lavender hill yesterday.

Police say the 32 year old woman opened the security gate for a man who wanted to use her bathroom. Inspector Bernadine Steyn says the suspect allegedly fired shots at her while she was walking towards her bedroom.

The woman, Emileane Coolman passed away on the scene. The unknown man fled the scene on foot and is still at large.

Courts slams Nicholson rulling

By Mandisi Tyulu
29 November 2008


The Supreme Court of Appeal will deliver judgement next year in the appeal of the National Prosecuting Authority against a finding by the Pietermaritzburg High Court that the prosecution of ANC President Jacob Zuma was unlawful.

The NPA is seeking to overturn Judge Chris Nicholson’s ruling that the NPA’s decision to charge Zuma was unlawful. Zuma’s advocate received a grilling from the five judges hearing the appeal yesterday, over Zuma’s claim that he should have been allowed to make representations before being charged. The court yesterday reserved judgment until 12 January 2009.

Deputy Judge President Louis Harms says if there is any delay, a notice will be issued.

Meanwhile Former President Thabo Mbeki is also challenging Nicholson’s finding of political interference, which he claims led the ANC to recall him from his position as president of the country.

Fishing businessman arrested for fraud

By Yamkela Xhaso
29 Nevember 2008


During an operation between SAPS Commercial Branch, SAPS Criminal Investigations Unit and the Specialist Tax Component of the NPA, Mr Johannes Erasmus van Staden was arrested for fraud.

Van Staden is a well known businessman within the City of Cape Town’s fishing industry.

Spokesperson for the SAPS Inspector Bernadine Steyn said
“A total of twelve desktop computers, fourteen laptops and one server as well as numerous items of documentary evidence were confiscated”

The 46 year old suspect who resides in Hout Bay was arrested on Thursday and he appeared in the Cape Town magistrate’s court yesterday.

The case was postponed until the end of December also the suspect will remain in custody.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Firearms and ammunition fount on school grounds

By Sasha Forbes
28 November 2008

Yesterday evening, Metro Police members were given a tip off that there might possibly be firearms and ammunition in a school ground in Hanover Park. Metro Police made their way to the Parkfield Primary School and searched the grounds. With the help of a member of the public they found the rifles and ammunition hidden in a drain.

Spokesperson for the Metro Police Nowellyn Petersen says “on investigation and as they actually searched the Parkfield Primary School for the rifles they found one shot gun, two hunting rifles, forty-nine 9mm ammunition 61 hunting ammunition.”

Petersen also said in the light of the current increase in gang related violence and activities, the Metro Police welcome this find.


By Sasha Forbes
28 November 2008
It has been reported that 50 year-old Hafas Adams went missing yesterday morning. She is 1.6 meter tall and has reddish brown hair. She drives a beige Mercedes Benz, registration number: CA 216631. If anyone has any information you may contact Aisha on 082 994 3427 or Shiraz on 021 691 4831 or Anwar on 083 974 1030 or Dessie Rechner from the Pink Ladies Organisation on 072 214 7439

Taxi summit called off early

By Sasha Forbes
28 November 2008


Yesterday the summit aimed at relieving the tension around the city’s billion-rand Bus Rapid Transit system had to be called off ahead of time after alleged taxi operators forced their way into the Ratanga Junction venue.

Mayoral Committee Member for transport, roads and stormwater, Elizabeth Thompson says the city of Cape Town yesterday arranged a meeting with all the association members. “We expected about three-hundred representatives and people did come in numbers, unfortunately there was an element of people who were not invited and I speak under correction but I was told that it was the taxi drivers.”

During the commotion the managerial staff asked the members to leave, “There were two reasons why we had to call the meeting off, firstly the drivers wanted us to listen to their grievances and that was not part of the structure put in place for yesterday and secondly the management of Ratanga Junction felt that their safety was put in jeopardy.

Suspected mugger arrested after holding tourists at knife point

By Sasha Forbes
28 November 2008

A man has been arrested by Cape Town police, following an incident where tourists were attacked by muggers on Lions Head yesterday. According to media reports, two groups of hikers were attacked by two men armed with knives.

A member of the public alerted police of the mugging but the attackers managed to flee. Police officers were dispatched and police apprehended a suspected mugger.

Spokesperson for the SAPS Randall Stoffels says “the tourists were robbed of their cell phones, rucksacks and cameras. An extensive police launch was executed yesterday and a 35-year-old man was arrested.”

After a further investigation the man was released because the tourists were not able to identify him. None of the stolen items have been found.

TAC says that condom shortage needs to be addressed immediately

By Cindy Witten
28 November 2008

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that shortage of government condoms being distributed needs to be addressed urgently. Statistics taken from the last count revealed that the shortage stands at 340 000 condoms.

Rebecca Hodes from the treatment action campaign says that the reason for the shortage is that there was a month delay in the awarding of the tender that the state awarded from its previous supplier of condoms to its next supplier.

“It’s unfortunate that this has happened, but what’s necessary is that we have much greater transparency, that we have more watch dogs sitting and making sure that these shortages are firstly prevented and that they are immediately addressed if they arise.
“We need more cooperation and more transparency and more communication and more work to ensure that treatment and prevention of HIV and TB are continued forward, as are the rights of all South Africans,” said Hodes.

Hodes added that with the festive season around the corner, the time when people have increased mobility, it is vital that the matter is addressed and that the correct measures are taken to rectify the problem.

FEDUSA expresses its disgust in human trafficking

By Cindy Witten
28 November 2008

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has expressed its disgust surrounding the practices of the human trafficking and sexual exploitation. FEDUSA believes that the issue pertaining to human trafficking should seriously be addressed in terms of regulation, international regulation and law.

“In line with the international labour organisations recommendation, input should be made in terms of woman’s rights, specifically pertaining to human trafficking as it affects the poorest of the poor and the very vulnerable,” said Gretchen Humphries, FEDUSA’s Deputy General Secretary.

The federation is particularly concerned about the legislation to legalise prostitution during the months of the 2010 soccer world cup, saying that they believe there are clear links between prostitution and trafficking. FEDUSA fears that this will only intensify violence against women and children.

New motor registration office to be opened in Atlantis

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 November


The City of Cape Town’s Licensing Department is going to open a new motor vehicle registration office in Atlantis.

This office will be opened on the 1st of December.

Atlantis residents who previously had to travel to Milnerton to register and licence their motor vehicles, can now do so at the Avondale Centre in Grosvenor Drive The office will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08:00 to 15:30.

City of Cape Town’s Director of Revenue Trevor Blake says this will make it lot easier for the community.

Trevor said they will monitor this office for a couple of months, “as it grows we might open it even longer”

“So I’m hoping the community will enjoy and use the facility”

Cape clinics have been accredited to international standards

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 November


In partnership with Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa) the city off Cape Town have been involved in a process of accrediting its clinics.

This process has led to the accreditation of 16 Clinics around the City of Cape Town. (Cohsasa) Communications Manager Marilyn Keegan said these clinics are accredited to international standards.

“For Cape Town clinics to meet this standard is really an amazing achievement”

Keegan added that the city of Cape Town has kept going and going and has never given up. It has been improving health all the, and things do go wrong which sometime one has to take some time to wait because there is sometimes no medicine sometimes no doctors.

But Keegan said those clinics work with very sound process, very good system and “outcomes one can expect are much better”

Fedusa to hold a conference in Botswana over the weekend

By Yamkela Xhaso
28 November

Federation Unions of South Africa will hold a conference of the Southern African Trade Union Coordinating Council this weekend along with federations from 10 SADC countries.

The federations will be from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.

Fedusa will be accompanied by its sister federations the, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) and federations from

This will be the fourth time the Conference will be held

FEDUSA secretary General Dennis George said one of the main issues that will be discussed will be the political situation in Africa especially Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

“We believe it is totally unacceptable in post colonial leaders of betraying the mandate to people of trying to cling to power” said George
The amount of people who go through South African border from Zimbabwe is one of the reasons that 5 high delegates were sent to Gaborone, Botswana, according to George

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lack of government condoms being distributed

By Cindy Witten
27 November 2008


Over the past two weeks the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has noticed that there is a shortage of government condoms being distributed to health care facilities across the country.

The most affordable and effective way to reduce the transmission of HIV and AIDS is to use a condom during sex, but the TAC says that male latex condoms seem to be scarce. It is expected that with the holiday season coming up, more people will be making use of condoms.

According to Joanna Gorton from the policy and research department at the TAC, this is a major cause for concern.
“The fact that there isn’t enough (condoms) being supplied to community centres, clinics and hospitals is a huge problem. It kind of undermines any prevention efforts that we were going to try for the next few weeks, especially given world aids day and the festive season,” said Gorton.

Two men arrested in connection with murder

By Sasha Forbes
27 November 2008


On Tuesday evening 29-year-old Eden Smith was fatally wounded during a shooting incident that took place in Kalksteenfontein. Smith was at this time visiting friends when the incident occurred and died at the scene.

Spokesperson for SAPS Superintendent Billy Jones says “the incident is alleged to be gang related but we will not exclude other possibilities.”

A police investigation lead to the arrest of two men aged 22 and 23 years old from Valhalla Park. The two men were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning and will be appearing in the Bishop Lavis Court tomorrow to face a charge of murder.

CSA expresses its concern over local cricket teams touring in India

By Cindy Witten
27 November 2008


Following the attack on foreigners across the Indian city of Mumbai, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed its concern over the attacks, as two South African teams, the Nashua Titans and Nashua Dolphins are expected to leave for India at the weekend. More than 100 people have been killed and over 250 injured when violence erupted in the city on Wednesday.

“Cricket South Africa is assessing the situation in India. When a situation like this comes up, we follow our standard security procedures. We are waiting on information from our security consultant in India, and also waiting for advice from foreign affairs, before making a decision,” said Kass Naidoo, Commercial and Corporate Relations Manager for CSA.

According to a report issued, CSA CEO Gerald Majola says that the organization is concerned about the safety of the players. Protea’s captain Graeme Smith is contracted to play for the Rajasthan Royals while fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has been contracted to play for the Chennai Super Kings. Both teams have matches scheduled to be played in Mumbai.

Thousands of illegal drivers’ licences cancelled

By Cindy Witten
27 November 2008


As part of a joined initiative between the department of transport and the special investigations unit, it has been discovered that 44 000 fake drivers’ licences have been issued in the Western Cape. So far more than 5000 illegally issued drivers licences have been cancelled, and further investigations will continue.

Collen Msibi, spokesperson for the department of transport says that the Western Cape Provincial department of transport has been a great help following the arrests of culprits involved in the issuing of illegal licences. Msibi says that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) then does the proper audit to verify licences, which leads to the cancellation of fake licences.

“We will indeed ensure that we have safe drivers on our roads, and one way of doing it is to uproot any fraudulent drivers that we have on our roads. We will remain with the law abiding drivers on South African roads,” he added.

FEDUSA notes its concern over economic crisis

By Cindy Witten
27 November 2008


The current global economic crisis has had negative affects on most companies world-wide. The Federation of Unions of South Africa has expressed its concern surrounding retrenchments and possible job losses resulting from the economic crisis.

FEDUSA’s general secretary Dennis George says that this crisis will result in millions of people losing their jobs.
“This will not just affect South African workers, but workers from across the world. The international labour organisation has predicted that something like 20 million across the world will lose their jobs,” said George.

FEDUSA recently met with the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) through the Trade Union Advisory Council (TUAC). According to the OECD, approximately 8 million people in OECD countries will become unemployed over the next two years.

Cape Mayor officially opens Two Rivers Urban Park Bird Hide

By Yamkela Xhaso
27 November

Cape Town’s executive mayor Hellen Zille officially opened the news Two Rivers Urban Park Bird Hide at the meeting of the Liesbeeck and Black Rivers yesterday.

The completion of this project is said to have cost R 114 000 which took ten years to complete.

Chairperson of Two Rivers Urban Park Exco Councillor Owen Kinahan said the Two Rivers Urban Park is a huge area of land between the Black River and Liesbeek River.

“It is designed as an area of maximum recreation and one of the most important areas that we are looking at is bird watching.

Chairperson of Two Rivers Urban Park Exco Councillor Owen Kinahan said they were very pleased that it was the first step and right direction towards creating opportunities

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Fisantekraal Library opened

By Yamkela Xhaso
26 November


In a joint operation between City of Cape Town and The Mark Shuttleworth Foundation opened the new library for the Fisantekraal community next to Durbanville

The Mark Shuttleworth Foundation donated R 6 million for the building of this library.

Library Marketing and Research Officer from the City of Cape Town Nazeem Hardy said this Library was opened by Executive mayor of Cape Town Hellen Zille.

“They gave us money for two libraries and the other one was for erection of a new library” said Hardy.

Previously the library was run by a church.

Hardy said that the library will feature 14 000 books, jointly provided by the City and the Western Cape Provincial Library Service (WCPLS).


It will have starter collections of CDs and DVDs, and will feature large print books, picture books and books for adults with poor reading skills.

The books will be available in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. There will also be five computers with internet access for public use.

Suspect arrested for fraud and theft

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 November 2008

This morning to day police arrested a suspect in Main road, Observatory after a high speed chase that ended in Station road, Mowbray.

The arrest follows after police members on routine patrol in Observatory noticed a black Alfa Romeo vehicle speeding down Victoria road in the direction of Mowbray.

Seargent Hilton Malila says we pursued and stopped the vehicle in Station road, Mowbray.

“As Police members approached the vehicle, one of the occupants jumped out and ran down one of the side streets. The registration number of the vehicle was tested that indicated that it was not registered to an owner’ says Malila.

‘The police then brought the suspect in for questioning at the Woodstock police station.’’

“A complainant identified the suspect as one of the persons who robbed him earlier this morning at an ATM. in Durham Avenue, Salt River.

While the complainant was busy withdrawing money, he was approached by an man offering assistance. The man allegedly swopped his bank card and fled in a black Alfa Romeo vehicle.

The suspects then withdraw an amount of R3000-00 from the complainant's account. Says Malila.

The 35 years old suspect is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate court tomorrow on charges of Fraud and Theft.

City of Cape Town revamps community units

By Sasha Forbes
26 November 2008


The City of Cape Town’s R300 million re-vamp of over 7 700 of its rental units is off to a good start. These units are in Manenberg, Scottsdene, Scottsville, Connaugh, Uitsig, Woodlands, Heideveild, Hanover Park, Kewtown and Ottery.

Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town Charles Cooper says the programme in various phases will address the major the maintenance of the cities total 43 500 properties.

Cooper also said “the refurbishment will also include general renovations to buildings, roofs and the plumbing system, installing ceilings and gysers where they are required. Fencing will also be put up and refuse management will be seen to, area lighting, greening of the area and provision for a recreation facility will also be given attention too.”

The City hopes that this project will create stronger communities and also improve the lives of those people with in these communities.

Police uncover illegal selling of driver’s licences

By Sasha Forbes
26 November 2008

Following a 6 month investigation into the illegal sale of learners and drivers licences in the West Coast, a 49-year-old traffic officer was arrested this morning at his residence.

Superintendent André Traut said that a 32-year-old administrative clerk was also arrested at the offices of the Veldrift municipality.

Superintendent Traut also said that “a further two men aged 49 and 42 were also arrested in Hopefield in Mitchell’s Plain. We believe they are part of the scam to recruit perspective buyers that bought their licences from the officials.”

According to Superintendent Traut the four will be appearing in the Vredenburg Court on Friday the 28th of November.

DA launches new health policy

By Cindy Witten
26 November 2008


This morning the Democratic Alliance launched the DA’s new health Policy. The policy allows for private pharmacy’s to dispense medication for state patients. This means that patients, who have received prescriptions for medication from state hospitals, will be allowed to go to a pharmacy of their choice to collect their medication.

Democratic Alliance Spokesperson for Health, Mike Waters says that this will alleviate people having to take a days leave to go to public hospitals for the necessary medication and will cut down on transport as well.

“We’ve also proposed that the management of all hospitals put up a tender and that people with appropriate skills be appointed as managers, where by they have the power to run these hospitals,” said Waters.

Dead whale found at Muizenberg Beach

By Cindy Witten
26 November 2008


A 10 metre juvenile hump backed whale has been found in the surf line at Muizenberg beach. The dead whale was found floating in waist deep water and appears to have been bitten by sharks.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that the beach will be closed until the carcass is removed and the water has been thoroughly checked. NSRI is urging all swimmers and surfers to exercise caution along the False Bay Coast line and warning people not to swim at Surfers corner today.

“The marine and coastal management as well as the department of environmental affairs are urging people not to swim at Muizenberg Surfers Corner for the rest of the day. They are investigating how to remove the carcass, but according to MTN, there will be a large concentration of sharks in the area,” said Lambinon.

US government gives financial assistance to community based organisations.

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 November 2008

Yesterday at the United States of America consulate in Westlake at Reddam Avenue, it was all smiles and tears as 14 community based organisations in the Western Cape received substantial financial assistance as part of their fight against HIV and AIDS as well as poverty reduction.

These organisations were given the grants as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief by the United States government.

The organisations range from orphanages and schools to hospices as well as safe homes that are aimed at protecting vulnerable children from HIV/AIDS and the unemployed elderly

US consulate general Albert Mayberry says the entire amount 143.382 US dollars will be divided among all the organisations.

“All of your organisations have shown that you are truly committed to benefiting and in improving the lives and individuals in your communities, says Mayberry.

“You have proven that determination really pays of, although sometimes your calling is a hard one to follow.”

Minister Dlamini Zuma co-chairs South Africa - Russia Inter-sessional Meeting

By Yamkela Xhaso
26 Novermber

South African Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Russian Federation Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Mr Yuri Trutnev hosted, co-chair the Inter-sessional meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) in Durban.
The Inter-sessional meeting is a bilateral mechanism aimed at consolidating and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Zuma says she has seen progress by ITEC in last six months.
Zuma added that she was grateful that they got an opportunity to scrutinize the progress and areas of difficulties.

“And try to work around them and to plan ITEC where is it going to the future” said Zuma.

Zuma said they were happy with the work that has been done by the Sub-Committee of Science and Technology, Biotechnology, in space and “we are hoping that in the next mothn we will have a workshop in Cape Town”

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DA disgusted by aggressive police

By Yamkela Xhaso
25 November


The Democratic Alliance has called for urgent investigation into the manner in Thateng Shimange wife of Springbok Hooker Hanyani Shimange was handled.

The DA says these cases of police aggression are on the increase. 5-month pregnant Thateng Shimange was allagely assaulted by a police officer in Claremont on Monday.

Lennit Max from the DA said this incident has raised much concern.

Max said there was no evidence to justify the man-handedness Mrs Shimange by the police.

“We urge the provincial commissioner and MEC for community safety” said Max.

Max felt that these issues be addressed.

DA hosts special conference in conjunction with 16 Days of Activism

By Sasha Forbes
25 November 2008


Today marks the start of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse in South Africa. Spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance said that hardly a day goes by without reports about the rape, abduction or the murder of innocent children.

Mazibuko says “given the extent of this crisis there has never been a greater need for government to invest more resources into specialised units whose specific task it is to combat this huge problem.”

Mazibuko also said that “the DA is committed to seeing the elimination of all of crime and abuse against children in South Africa, and this why the DA will be holding a conference on specialised resources for abused children in Johannesburg today.”

The conference will be hosted by Sandra Botha, DA Parliamentary Leader, and Mike Waters, DA Spokesperson for Health, and will focus on ways in which specialist skills, expertise, and resources can be bind together in order to begin to reverse this terrible trend.

Ramatlakane says COPE is rapidly growing in numbers

By Cindy Witten
25 November 2008


In his opening address at a media briefing held by the Congress of the People (COPE) today, former ANC member Leonard Ramatlakane revealed statistics of how many South Africans have joined COPE. According to Ramatlakane, so far, 32 000 people from the Western Cape, 64 000 in the North West and 70 000 people in the Free State have signed membership forms to join the party.

“They see a future. They see a future of black and white having a room under one organisation called the congress of the people. They say that this is the future they have been waiting for. That future has arrived and they need to grab that future,” said Ramatlakane.

Ramatlakane added that an additional 30 000 application forms were dropped off in the Cape Flats, as requested. He says that he is confident with the party’s progress thus far but added that it is still growing.

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Video: Ramatlakane reveals COPE membership statistics.

Koornhof joins COPE

By Cindy Witten
25 November 2008


At a media briefing held by the Congress of the People (COPE), former DA member Nick Koorrnhof announced his joining of COPE.

Koornhof resigned from parliament in 2004, and since then has served as director of Strauss Daly Inc., a BEE compliant firm of attorneys as well as serving as director for a few other companies involved with lifestyle developments.

He expressed his love for politics, saying that he was ready to “join the path to a future stronger democracy.
“In the past five years I have had the fortunate position to distance myself from active politics, but present developments re-activated my energy and love for politics and today I do announce my willingness to join and work for COPE in the run up to the elections next year,” said Koornhof.

Koornhof added that he was looking forward to involving himself in the new party and is positive that COPE will expand in months leading to the 2009 elections.
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Video: Koornhof announces his joining.

Sixteen year old boy bludgeoned to death

By Sasha Forbes
25 November 2008


On Saturday morning Samora Machel residents rushed into the home of Buyelwa Bunyonyo to tell her that her 16-year-old son Xola Bunyonyo was badly hurt. After rushing to the area where Buyelwa’s son was, she realised that he was dead. The 16-year-old boy had been bludgeoned to death with an axe.

SAPS spokesperson Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi says that it was alleged that the boy and some of his friends was murdered after a man had caught him breaking into his home.

Sitshitshi said that “on Friday the deceased and his friends allegedly robbed a person of his cell phone and money and him on his arm. The man managed to grab one of them; the 16-year-old Xola Bunyonyo was then assaulted and died at the scene.”

A 27-year-old man appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Social Development Department lands a helping hand to shack fire victims.

By Yamkela Xhaso
25 November

The Department of Social Development has given help to the victims of shack fire in Imizamo Yethu settlement in Hout Bay.

The department gave hundreds of families food packages when minister Zandile Magwaza visited the area.

Spokesperson of the MEC Rusana Philander says that the residents were also provided with starter kits.

Those starter kits Philander said they consisted of “a jell cooker the one that works without paraffin, we also provided them with bath oil, tin food, blankets clothing because most of these people lost everything”

The department also gave the residents social relief grant of R 500 which would help them and provide relief in this festive season.

Monday, November 24, 2008

NOTICES

The Caspian Alexander Trust are selling are selling 2009 calendars at R100 each, and birthday calendars, at R70 each to support their work, which includes feeding, sterilising, and caring for cats, dogs, bunnies and birds. To order call Inge de Velliers on 082 328 2877.



Yvonne Botha is looking for someone who has knowledge about a lost laptop Dell D 620. The laptop was lost at Gate 15, Tygerberg Nature Reserve on Saturday 15 November at 9.10 am. The information on the laptop is of utmost importance. Return of same will be rewarded. Please call Yvonne Botha on 021 534 3587

The Bothasig SAPS and Commmunity Police Forum will host a 2 kilometre walk against crime on Saturday November 29, at 9 am. The walk starts at the police station in Steenhoven Street and ends at Abe Sher sports complex. For more information call 021 559 9408.


The Girl Guides and Brownies will hold a reunion on Saturday November 29, to coincide with retirement from active Guiding of Bev Stephenson and Paddy van Niekerk. For details contact Bev 021 465 4203 after 2 pm, or 082 710 3840 or email on w.stephenson@telkomsa.net before Saturday November.



The Wildlife and Environment Society of the Western Cape will host Meiring, CEO of Optimal Energy, for an informative talk on battery operated electric car, the Joule at Muizenberg Pavilion on Wednesday November 26 at 1 pm. RSVP to Roshan on 021 701 1397 or roshan@wessa.co.za before Thursday November 20


The South African NGO Coalition Western Cape will hold its annual general meeting in on Wednesday November 26, from 11 am at the Foundation for Community Work in Athlone. Call Tasneem on 082 315 9435.

D.A lays charges against Jafta and Voskuil

By mandisi Tyulu
24 November 2008


The Democratic Alliance today brought criminal charges of “defeating the ends of justice” against two constables who admitted in their testimonies during the drunken driving trial of Tony Yengeni that they had changed the evidence to protect Yengeni from prosecution.

DA’s Lennit Max says the D.A regards the actions of these two police officials and the senior officers who allegedly ordered them to protect Yengeni as extremely serious.

The party says police should act without fear or favour regardless of the persons involved.

Max says they want a full investigation and the officers involved in the incident be severely punished.

Cape taxi group urges operators to attend summit

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 November 2008

The Western Cape Taxi Association says it is good that they are afforded an opportunity to go to the summit and raise their concerns but the organization says the only problem they might have is for government to go head with their transport plans and say they have consulted Western Cape Taxi Association.

Chairperson of the Association Junied Peters says yes we are in favour of the new plan for transport as long as ownership of such a plan is given to the current owners.

‘We have had this business for over more than 50 years generations before us and I do not think it is fair to give someone a five year contract , after working hard to built something.’’

‘And then you have big guns coming with their money after manoeuvring us, sending us to unemployment’, says Peters.

“We only in favour of the plan as long as the ownership is given to current owners of the transport feternity.”

Diver dies at sea

By Sasha Forbes
24 November 2008


Yesterday afternoon National Sea and Rescue Institue volunteers were called out following reports from a diver charter boat, heading towards Hout Bay harbour, reporting to have a 65-year-old male diver on-board who was unconscious and requiring urgent medical assistance.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says “on arrival on the scene they met the boat and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) commenced on a 65-year-old Cape Town male, following all efforts to resuscitate him. He was declared dead on the scene.”

Lambinon also said that “a further four divers that had been left behind by dive boat in their race to get to Hout Bay were picked up by NSRI rescue craft, which went out to fetch them, they were all fine and there were no further injuries.”

Delft residents to receive more homes

By Sasha Forbes
24 November 2008



On Thursday the Minister of Housing Lindiwe Sisulu will be returning to Delft in order to hand over a thousand news home to residents. Lukhanyo Calata spokesperson for MEC Whitey Jacobs says that this is the second time that the Minister is in Delft to hand over houses to the residents of Delft.

Calata also said that the Minister will be returning on the 15th of December, “she is also expected to be in Delft to deliver a third batch of a thousand houses in that area.

According to Calata this is not the last time that Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as well as Provincial Housing MEC Whitey Jacobs will be in the area to go and deliver houses.

Decline in food production- cause for concern

By Cindy Witten
24 November 2008

The amount of food produced in the country has decreased significantly in recent years. Many factors have contributed to this decline, such as climate change and bio-fuel production, where natural resources are used rather to produce fuel instead of being harvested as food.

Jennifer Chiriga, co-ordinator for civil society capacity building at the Southern Africa Trust says that more should be done to stop this decline in food production.
“I think there should be more investment in agriculture, because 70% of the Southern African population, which is a huge proportion of people who are dependent on agriculture as the main source of employment. There must be investment aligned to national budget,” said Chiriga.

According to her, SADC heads of state agreed that 10% of national budget would be targeted to agriculture investment.
“That’s a very important factor,” she added.

Angry Hout Bay Residents shoot at Police officers

By Cindy Witten
24 November 2008


This morning a combined operation was planned, where the council demolished an illegal structure. The council, air wing, local SAPS, dog unit and Metro Police were on the scene.
While the demolition took place, community members cast stones at SAPS and Metro Police officers.

Community members later shot flares and live rounds at Police.
Police retaliated by firing rubber bullets. Hout Bay Police spokesperson Tanya Lesch said, “Two arrests were made after a Metro Police officer was shot in his left hand and was taken to hospital”.

The men have been detained for public violence and the shooting incident will be investigated further.

SPCA to put an end dog fight syndicates

By Yamkela Xhaso
24 November

The SPCA with the help of SAPS has targeted ruthless dog fight syndicates.

This activity is believed to be funded by influential people from business and the government.

This is after this activity was exposed by a leading newspaper in the weekend showing dogs of pit bull breed engaged in a bloody and ruthless conflict.

Allan of the SPCA says they are determined to put not only the syndicates but any form of dog fight.

Perrins said however in this battle against these dog fights they must be strategic.

“And we have to decide how much information we must make public and how much we must keep to ourselves. But we have with us a substantial amount of evidence which we have presented to the South African police”

Perrins said that he was confident that in time they will secure a conviction.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

President Motlanthe and Botswana President meet to discuss Zimbabwe crisis

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 November


President Kgalema Motlanthe and Botswana president Ian Khama are reported to be meeting in Pretoria to discuss political and humanitarian emergency in Zimbabwe.

This meeting was held in Presidential Guest House today.

The Zimbabwean crisis is believed to be worsened by the recent cholera outbreak, which has affected a number of South Africans a result of influx of refugee from Zimbabwe.

Other issues that were discussed was the unity government formation.

Addressing the media after their talks, Motlanthe said they both are in agreement that the next step to break the deadlock in Zimbabwe is for President Robert Mugabe to make sure that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is sworn in as Prime Minister and Arthur Mutambara as Vice Prime Minister.

Motlanthe says once all three are sworn in, they can start to form an inclusive government.

Deputy President launches 16 days of activism campaign

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 November

Deputy President Baleka Mbete has called on communities to speak out against women and child abuse.

She said this at the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children in Beaufort West yesterday

, Mbete said the theme of this year’s campaign is “Don't look away, act against Women and Child abuse”.

She was addressing a crowd of a thousand people, the Deputy President urged residents to become whistle blowers against those who violate women and children.

Mbete added that government did a lot of work to fight child and women abuse and this campaign will continue throughout the end of the year

The campaign will run from the 25th of this month until the 10 of December.

LOC guarantees safety for football fans

By Yamkela Xhaso
23 November

Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Susan Shabangu and World Cup organisers said that government is ready to ensure effective policing for 2010 World Cup and the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2010.

They said that the police force has integrated a plan to ensure that soccer fans will be safe during the soccer world cup and they are also trained to deal with crowd control and millions are being spent to buy equipment.

The SAPS is said to be on a massive recruitment to increase in its number by 55 000 to 190 000 by 2010.

Safety concerns are rife prior to the event, as South Africa has been listed as one of the most violent countries in the world

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Foreign Affairs Deputy Head of Multilateral Affairs holds talks on DRC

By Yamkela xhaso
22 November

Foreign Affairs Deputy Head of Multilateral Affairs Xolisa Mabhongo held talks on DRC during a media briefing on United Nations Security Council at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon.

Mabhongo said that the DRC situation causes concern in amongst the international community.

This is after the latest UN envoy by former Nigerian president Olisegun Obasanjo where he met with rebel leader General Laurent to ceasefire.

Mabhongo said “they would renew the cease fire and also they would pull back and allow Monuc to create a zone of separation”.

“Meetings will also be held between Rwanda and DRC”


The UN has indicated that under the current circumstances obtaining in the DRC Monuc faces an overstretch and it lacks capabilities that are required to deal with the current situation.

“Therefore there are currently attempts to reconfigure MONUC”

Mabhongo said the Security Council will adopt a resolution that will authorise the deployment of additional 3000 troops to reinforce MONUC.

South African is one of the co-sponsors of this resolution.

Monwabisi Beach closed due to sewage spill

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 November


Monwabisi beach near Khayelitsha have been closed due to a sewage leak into the sea from a nearby sewage plant.

Residents have been warned not to swim there and warning signs have been erected with lifeguards telling visitors not to swim there.

Dr Ivan Bromfield from the city’s communication department said that some tests have been done to determine the problem.

“We are advising people not to swim at the beach” said Bromfield

Bromfield said that the city is busy with repairs and as soon as it is safe then people may return to swim.

Police arrive in time to prevent robbery

By Cindy Witten
22 November 2008


Lwandle police arrested four men in the Strand area early this morning. Officers waited for the men to attempt to enter the premises before they could be detained. Police arrived at the scene in time to prevent the robbery from taking place.

“Police received a tip off that four armed men were planning to rob a foam factory. Police waited at the scene and made the arrests as the man attempted to enter the premises,” said SAPS spokesperson Superintendent Andre Traut.

Two firearms as well as 13 live rounds of ammunition were confiscated. The serial numbers had been filed off the weapons and it is believed that they had been stolen.

The suspects, who have been linked to various other armed robberies that have recently taken place in the area, will appear in the Strand magistrate’s court on Monday the 24 November faced with several charges.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Charlize Theron’s appointed as campaigner against rape

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 November 2008

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust says it is really excited about the appointment of Charlize Theron as the new United Nations Messenger to lead the campaign to end violence against women.

The Trust’s Director, Kath Dey says it is fantastic that Charlize Theron was appointed as messenger for the United Nations campaign against women violence and that she is a fantastic icon.

If she can help increase the reports on rape and reduce the numbers of rape and sexual violence that would be great, says Dey.

The end of the Scorpions

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 November 2008

President Kgalema Motlanthe has been asked to sign the Scorpion’s Bill after MPs yesterday put their final stamp of approval on laws which will effectively bury the unit.

Scorpions’ investigators are set to be incorporated into a new organised crime unit under the SAPS wing.

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard says by putting the authorities under one banner simply makes them more vulnerable to corruption from the inside.

“Who is going to prosecute the politicians”, said Kohler Barnard.

“The only logical conclusion that the directorate of special prosecutions had to disbanded was to prevent current corruption charges against ANC members as well as future charges that’s the only logic’’, says D.A’s Dian Kohler Barnard.

In welcoming the final ratification of the bills, rival ANC MP Maggie Sotyu defended the police saying that there is confidence in the police and that Barnard is obsessed with Jackie Selebi

Gympie Street residents get back to their lives

By Sasha Forbes
21 November 2008



After a long battle to keep their homes, the day had finally come for the six Gympie Street residence to hear what their fate was. As Magistrate Riana addressed the six accused, the room filled with excitement as the magistrate spoke about there not being sufficient evidence to these six people from their homes.

After the verdict was given there was great relief for all and the six accused as well as their families were now able to go on with their lives.

According to supporters who had sat in on the case this is what they some of them had to say “the nightmare is over and I can carry on with my life, “coming here and sitting the whole day and feeling the stress, I’m so glad it is over”, “excited”.

Advocate Zehir Omar says “I was pleased that the people weren’t evicted with their families, however I was concerned that more than three years could go by without the City of Cape Town and the Mayor saying anthing.”

ID looses its deputy to COPE

By Mandisi Tyulu
21 November 2008

The deputy presidents of the Independent Democrats, Simon Grindrod has resigned to join the newly formed Congress of the People.

Grindrod who also served as Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Economic Development, made the announcement at a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday.

Surrounded by Cope leaders Grindrod told reporters that every South African must grasp the opportunity, which may only come around once in a lifetime, to provide an alternative to the ANC.

Grindrod told reporters that it was a personal decision and that he did not want it to be portrayed as a criticism of ID President Patricia de Lille for whom he has the greatest respect.

Meanwhile the Independent Democrats Leader Patricia de Lille says as much as they are surprised by Mr Grindrod resignation, they have many candidates that can easily replace Grindrod.

Man arrested for delft shooting

By Cindy Witten
21 November 2008


A man (40) has been arrested for the attempted murder of resident from Delft. It is believed that the shooting was a result of gang violence. The victim was shot in the head, arm and shoulder.

Delft police spokesperson Captain Joe Wilson has thanked the community for their assistance in the case. “We want to thank the public for their support and for providing us with information.

“He (the suspect) is currently in detention and we are doing further investigations on the suspect and the incident,” said Wilson.

Solidarity launches multimedia website

By Cindy Witten
21 November 2008

Trade union Solidarity has made technological advances compared to other trade unions, by launching its very own multimedia website. S-Tube was launch after it was discovered that there was a need for an interactive website where members are able to download videos over the internet.

Solidarities Spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans says that this website will enable people to share videos. “People can show the world what is really important to them and what issues they face in their work places,” said Kleynans.

He added that making use of the service would lead to pressure groups being formed and give a voice to members who use the internet.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Metro Police thank CPF for their ongoing suport

By Cindy Witten
20 November 2008

At a recent meeting held between metro Police and the Community Policing Forum, metro police was able to present its festive season enforcement plan to the CPF’s chairperson.

Metro Police Spokesperson Nowellen Petersen says that the meeting was a huge success. “I can say that it (the proposal) was well received. There was a good atmosphere and also a good working relationship at the meeting. Regarding the festive season, the CPF’s did reaffirm their confinement towards affecting us,” said Petersen.

Petersen added that the Metro Police would like thank the CPF for the support they had been given and also for for their continuous support.

ANC says COPE must stop the use of the name congress

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 November 2008

Today is the deadline for COPE to respond to a demand from the ANC to stop using the name Congress of the People.

The ANC has asked for an undertaking in writing that all material bearing the COPE name would be handed over to the ruling party to be destroyed.

The ANC served legal papers on Mosiuoa Lekota’s party on Monday, arguing that they had exclusive use of the name Congress of the People. Lekota has since said they have no plans to abandon the name.

ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu says the name “congress” has a lot to do with history of the ANC and its brand, if one remembers the congress of the people was an historical gathering organized by the ANC.

So the new party must stop lingering on ANC history and its brand, says Sokutu.

Rat-trailed maggots could strike again

By Mandisi Tyulu
20 November 2008


The City of Cape Town warns that after a long, wet winter and with the onset of warmer weather, rat-tailed maggots could again appear wherever stagnant water accumulates.

The juvenile form of the drone fly caused a panic when they were detected in drinking water in 2006.

But it was proven then that the horrible little creatures had not been in the city’s water supply.

Councillor Clive Justus says to avoid a thoroughly off-putting experience; residents should drain all stagnant pools, clean drains and remove blockages.

“Stop liking of taps, remove built up of hair grees, paticles of food from basins and sinks, says councillor Justus.

“You can also put boiling water into the drain to get rid of the rat tail maggots.’’

DA call on NCOP chairperson to retract decision

By Sasha Forbes
20 November 2008


The Democratic Alliance will be appealing the decision by the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Mninwa Mahlangu to eject the DA within the NCOP Juanita Terblanche from the House yesterday afternoon for exclaiming “Ag siestog!” during the debate on the dissolution of the Scorpions.

Spokesperson for the DA Lindiwe Mazibuko says to say Ag, siestog!” is a perfectly acceptable expression of indignance, and is not in any way unparliamentarily, as Mr Mahlangu argued it was.

Mazibuko also said that “as a result of Mr Mahlangu decision yesterday, the DA also deprived of a vote on these very important pieces of legislation. We will be writing to the chairperson again to explain fully the meaning and the context of what Honourable Terblanche said ion the house and calling upon him to retract his decision.”

Please be on the look out

By Sasha Forbes
20 November 2008

This morning , an official of the Education Department along with her two children were hijacked at gun point by two armed males. They are safe, however the hijackers got away with her belongings and her car, a white Toyota Corolla 2007, registration CY160557. Please be vigilant but careful as they are armed and dangerous. If you have any information please contact: Inspector Detective Stephanus, at the Guglethu police station on 073 900 2220. If futher information is required please do not hesitate to call.

Missing child

By Sasha Forbes

20 November 2008

Please contact Dessie Rechner on 072 214 7439 or Detective Lawrence on 072 690 3275

CTICC to host Society of Incentives and Travel Executives Conference

By Cindy Witten
20 November 2008


Following an announcement made in Chicago last week, Cape Town has won the bid to host the Society of Incentives and Travel Executives (SITE) Conference in 2010. It is the first time that this international conference will be hosted in our country.

This global event will host over 550 international industry leaders and provides an opportunity for travel professionals to discuss the latest trends in the travel industry.

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) Managing Director Dirk Elzinga says that this in an important conference and that South Africa is fortunate to be hosting it, especially in this time of economic uncertainty.

“Many of the hotels in Cape Town depend heavily on the corporate meetings and incentive meetings. To bring hundreds of incentive organizers from all around the world to Cape Town, is a big success,” said Elzinga.

Elzinga says that it gives people the opportunity to see for themselves what Cape Town has to offer and also to see what value for money it is to visit the Cape.

“That is obviously what the organisers want to demonstrate,” he said.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Land official arrested for fraud

By Cindy Witten
19 November 2008

On Friday a senior planner at the Land Claims office was arrested following allegations that he had accepted bribes from beneficiaries. Andile Ntsume (42) appeared at the Cape Town magistrate’s court on charges of corruption. This after internal auditors noticed irregularities in Ntsume’s files. It is alleged that Ntsume received payments by beneficiaries, many of which came from the agricultural industry.

Cape Town police spokesperson Captain Randal Stoffels says that the details surrounding the case are still under investigation.
“He appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was released on bail of R5000. The case has been postponed for further investigation until February 2009,” said Stoffels.

Electricity supply to be interrupted in Claremont CCBD

By Yamkela Xhaso
19 November



The city of Cape Town has announced that there will be a temporary interruption of electricity supply in the Claremont CBD.

Charles Kadalie Manager of Public Lighting City of Cape Town says this is because of the upgrading of the equipment at the Newlands Main substation.

There is an increasing demand over electricity in the area.

Customers are advised to treat electricity installations as live for the full duration of the interruption as the electricity supply may be restored at any time without warning.

This will occur from 10 p.m. on Saturday 22 November until eight am on Sunday.

The areas that will be affected will be:

Werdmuller Centre
Stanhope Centre
Thelma Road
Cavendish Square
Protea Road
Corwen Street
Hawthorn Road
Mosque Lane
“There have been lots of developments in Claremont” said Kadalie,

“These upgrades will cater for the new developments and additional power requirements in the area”

Piketberg protest against eviction of farm families

By Yamkela Xhaso
19 November


The community of the rural community of Piketberg will embark on a strike protesting against the eviction of families that live on farms.

This is after the ninth eviction so far, where Michael Morobi, his sick wife as well as their two small children.

The Right to Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign spokesperson Andre Titus said this protest is inspired by the De Doorns protests and that those people who live in farms their whole lives revolve around the farms.

Titus said that this was not fair and they do not and it is not right.

“Since 1994 we believed that people must not be treated like animals”

Titus says they want to show Michael that they support him
during the protest and release a memorandum to the local government, justice department, department of land affairs and the municipality.

“It is unacceptable that evictions still happen in the area”

Suspects arrested for armed robbery

By Mandisi Tyulu
19 November 2008


Today this morning at about 08:00 members of the police were dispatched to an armed robbery crime scene at NY 8 in Guguletu.

“When approaching the scene a delivery truck was stationery and three males jumped out with a parcel.”

Captain Elliot Sinyangana says the three males saw the police and started firing gunshots to the police as a result police returned fire in self defence.

‘’They took some wide strides as police were attempting to arrest them.’ We arrested these three alleged suspects and one of them sustained a bullet wound during the exchange of fire.”

An ambulance service was arranged and the other two were attended, the third suspect was taken to the nearest hospital for medical attention, says Sinyangana

“An undisclosed amount of cash was confiscated and handed over as exhibit for further investigation.”

Sinyangana says one fire arm pistol was found from one of the suspects with serial number filed off. An armed robbery case has been registered and the investigation continues.

They will appear on Friday, 21st November 2008 at Athlone Magistrate court.

DA calls on Health Minister to intervene

By Sasha Forbes
19 November 2008

The Democratic Alliance is calling on the Minister of Health, Barbara Hogan, to intervene and establish truth of the situation in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The DA’s vision for South Africa is of a country with a health system which is responsive, accessible, and staffed by committed doctors and nurses who are able to make a real difference to people’s lives. This requires a health department which is able to confront the problems it faces head-on, not bury its head in the sand.

DA MP Mike Waters says “the DA knows with good authority that all doctors post within Kwa-Zulu Natal are indeed frozen, despite the assurance from the MEC and her department. We know for a fact as we are flooded with calls from doctors who need posts to fulfill their community service that they cannot get any post in Kwa-Zulu Natal and they have to go out of the province to get community posts.”

It was also brought to light that fourteen anaesthetists have resigned and none of these posts have yet been filled.

SAFPU has full confidence in Bafana Bafana

By Cindy Witten
19 November 2008


While Bafana Bafana prepares to face Cameroon in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in Rustenburg tomorrow evening, The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) has wished them all the best for the up and coming game.

Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, deputy general secretary of SAFPU says that it is vital for South Africans to support the national team.
“By the time we get to that level of 2010 and beyond, we will be a force to be reckoned with. And we can only do that with support. As a sign of solidarity to say ‘You guys are doing well’, I think we need, as a football loving country, to stand behind our Bafana Bafana,” said Gaoshubelwe.

Gaoshubelwe says that soccer is the most supported sport in the country and added that South Africans should show solidarity to our country by backing Bafana Bafana.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nurses salaries to be refunded

By Cindy Witten
18 November 2008


DENOSA has welcomed the judgment saying that deductions made from nurses salaries earlier this year, was illegal. Cuts were made to nurse’s salaries following incorrect payments made into their banking accounts by authorities.

DENOSA’s communications officer, Asanda Fongqo says that DENOSA is pleased with the ruling.
“It was their in competency that led to those incorrect payments, so workers cannot be held liable for their employer’s blunders,” said Fongqo.
“We welcome the judgment and we view it as a victory in this particular incidence.”

At the weekend, the judge ruled that all deductions made from nurses salaries were to be refunded. The judge also ordered that employers were to cover the legal costs involved in the court case.

Floods also had a severe impact in Province’s agriculture

By Yamkela Xhaso
18 November


Last week floods over the Western Cape are known to be the most destructive in history, this is according to chief executive officer of Agri-SA Western Cape Carl Opperman.

Opperman says the floods that destroyed infrastructure in the Overberg and Cape Winelands regions have also caused severe damage to agriculture.

The floods left some vineyards and crops washed away with farmers estimating the damage to millions of rands.

“This is one of the most severe floods we’ve aver had, not only it was over a very vast area but the damage that has caused”

Opperman said the damage is more than they had in the past. Towsrivier, De Doorns, Worcester, Rosenville, Robertson, Swellendam, Caledon and Bedasdorp all the areas were severely damaged.

Carl Opperman said that a few vineyards have been lost and orchards have been completely washed away and also there has been a lot of wheat that was cut.

Some wheat that has not been harvested yet was also cut and other wheat was lying in the ground.
The land is still very wet and when one gets in it is very wet. Some roads are wet and people cannot get in with tractors.

“When a tractor goes in the there that it will actually fall flat in its tummy” said Opperman.

Opperman said they would have to wait for the water to dry up and then they can go in and make an assessment of what the cost is.

Police investigate cause of fire in Bloekombos

By Yamkela Xhaso
18 November


Police are investigating the cause of the shack fire that left three people dead in Bloekombos an informal settlement in Kraaifontein.

Police Spokeseperon Gerharhd Niemand says the fire happened on Sunday and the police still don’t know what caused the fire.

“We are busy with investigations to find out what caused the fire and also we opened an inquest to find out what happened in that circumstances”

Mob of residents beats alleged robber to death

By Mandisi Tyulu
18 November 2008

Police have warned the public not to take the law into their own hands; this follows a vigilante killing of an alleged thief in Gugulethu NY 51.

The man was severely beaten with iron rods and sustained head injuries in the head.
Police’s captain Elliot Sinyangana says it seem that after the beating was finished someone decide to call the police.

Sinyangana says the man is estimated to be in the age of 30 years.he was attacked by angry residents on allegations that he was robbing people into the area.

“Police immediately called an ambulance for medical attention and we were later informed that the man had died in hospital.”
The police have registered a murder docket and the investigation continues.

Price-fixers must be harshly punished,says Cosatu

By Mandisi Tyulu
18 November 2008

Cosatu has demanded that all companies found guilty of fixing the price of food should be harshly punished.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says the companies have inflicted immense hardship on thousands of poor consumers who are struggling to feed their families.

The trade union federation also welcomed the dismissal of an application by Clover Industries and Ladismith Cheese for leave to appeal against a price fixing hearing.

Cosatu says it fully agrees with Cape Judge Denis Davis that any form of price fixing should be rooted out.

Mayor launches new carnival project

By Sasha Forbes
18 November 2008



“Cape Town has a lot of festivities but there isn’t one that cuts across all the cultures, all the communities” says Mayaluga Consultant Isabel Meyer. So along with Executive Mayor Helen Zille the City of Cape Town the Cape Town Carnival was launched today.

Meyer says “basically it is an event where we try and bring together all the people of Cape Town, so the first aim of the Cape Town carnival which will have inaugural carnival from the 12th to the 14th of March 2010 will be to bring all these communities together and really just bring all the creatives together and commerce and tourism to work together.”

The theme for 2010 is Rhythm, Roots and Boots and there is more information on the website: capetowncarnival.com or capetowncarnival.co.za.

ID says that SAA boss has some explaining to do

By Cindy Witten
18 November

Following allegations that private investigator Lance Epstien, contracted by SAA to investigate fraud and luggage theft, has been given 2 million voyager miles for his efforts, ID spokesperson for Public Enterprises, Lance Greyling, says that South African Airways CEO, Khaya Ngqula should come clean on these allegations.

“Recent restructuring of the air line has already cost 2000 employees their jobs and the ID sincerely hopes that these latest allegations are untrue,” said Greyling.

According to Greyling, over the past two years South Africans have paid over R2.8 billion rand in tax to SAA, adding that the money would have better spent on people who really needed it.

The ID wants Ngqula to appear before the parliamentary Public Enterprises Committee to explain the allegations.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Provincial Government fixing up flood damage

By Yamkela Xhaso
17 November


The Western Cape provincial government has started repairing the damage caused by the intense weather last week.

Strong winds and flash floods caused damages in much of the province, flooding roads and rivers and washing away bridges and houses.

The damage caused by the floods is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of rands. Western Cape Premier Lynn Brown says the provincial government has started repairing the damage caused by the weather.

The premier says the government has fixed all the big roads and they are now all accessible and they are also assisting municipalities with secondary roads.

“We have made that each family that was displaced has been taken care of in terms of food parcels, medicines and in terms of moving them to dry areas” said the Premier Brown

As of this morning the premier says that everybody who was living in community halls is now back at their residences.

“What we will do from now is we make sure that we do an assessment a proper assessment and look at what has to happen between the three spheres of government”

The three spheres mentioned by the premier were the municipal level, the council at the municipal level must and the provincial government to support whether or not that it is going to be a disaster area.

The national department will discuss the damaged land that has been insured and not insured.

Man faces charges of culpable homicide

By Mandisi Tyulu
17 November 2008

During the early hours of Saturday morning a 54 year old man Creslin Attwood who is a cyclist was run down by VW polo in the main road Glencairn.He died on the scene.

He was knocked down by a driver who drove VW polo, who failed to stop and check if the victim was okay instead he fled from the scene.

The VW polo driver later handed himself to the police and is due to appear in the Simon’s Town’s magistrate court today in connection with the death of a cyclist in a hit and run accident in Glencairn.

Police spokesperson Billy Jones says the man faces charges of culpable homicide.

ISAM conference starts today

By Sasha Forbes
17 November 2008


Today Executive Deputy Mayor, Counsellor Grant Haskin opened up the International Society of Addiction Medicine at the Westin Grand Hotel. The ISAM annual meeting focuses on the diagnosis, management and research in the domain of addictive medicine.

Executive Deputy Mayor, Counsellor Grant Haskin said that “all three spheres of Government must use ISAM and the presence of these international experts in order to develop comprehensive and seamless treatment services that are both affordable and accessible to all people and family members who have any kind of substance use disorder.”

Haskins also said that if they provide these services it will in the end show that government cares for all the people and that they are offering a service that they need at an affordable price.

Police clamping down on alcohol sneaks

By Sasha Forbes
17 November 2008

The city will be cracking down on those people who sneak alcohol on to beaches. Police and additional law enforcement will be placed on all beaches around the city in order to enforce the bylaw and make sure that that people stick to the rules.

Metro Police spokesperson Nowellyn Petersen says “these patrols form part of the city’s festive season enforcement plan, however these patrols are throughout the year but there is specific emphasis with regard to particularly the drinking on beaches over the festive season.”

Petersen also said that law enforcement officers will be patrolling the beaches and they will be applying the law where necessary when it comes to drinking on the beach.

Success for Cape Town traffic department’s road safety campaign

By Cindy Witten
17 November 2008

The City’s Traffic Service has once again raised the bar regarding arrests of traffic offenders. This comes after a traffic blitz that took place in Mitchells Plain over the weekend, where a total of 54 traffic offenders were arrested in road blocks. The road safety campaign was launched with the aim of keeping roads safer during the festive season.

Spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services, Merle Lourens says that people need to be careful on the roads during the holiday period.

“Drunk driving and speeding are the major contributing factors to road deaths and accidents.
She added that studies conducted in the Western Cape shows that the average of youth binge drinking is a 34%, with the national rate being 23%.

“Therefore the City of Cape Town cannot be sensitive and lenient on issues of alcohol and substance abuse. The festive season is upon us, we need to save lives and we ask all drivers to act responsibly,” she said.

Stellenbosch police probe toddler’s murder

By Mandisi Tyulu
17 November 2008

Western Cape police are investigating a murder docket after the decomposing body of a three-year-old toddler, who went missing in Stellenbosch a week ago, was found.

Police Senior Superintendent Billy Jones says a passers-by found little Oyama Dludlu's body in an open field in Khayamandi.

Jones says the child was fully dressed with visible injuries to his head.

He went missing last Saturday after allegedly being left in the care of a seven-year-old cousin while his grandmother went to hospital to fetch a young woman who had just given birth.

A murder case has been opened and at this stage no suspect has been identified.
Police have appealed for information about the crime. Anyone with information can call crime stop on 086 600 10111

21-year-old boy goes missing

By Sasha Forbes
17 November 2008





Please contact Dezzi from the Pink Ladies organisation on 072 214 7439 with any information.

Foreign exchange students caught in a rip-current

By Cindy Witten
17 November 2008

On Saturday evening the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Edward was alerted following reports of a number of people being swept out to sea. 19 foreign exchange students had gone swimming in Kids beach and are believed to have been caught in a rip-current. Some of the students who were safely on shore swam into the water successfully assisting those who were swept in by the current.

NSRI volunteers responded while life guards, ambulance services as well as Police search and rescue met at the scene.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says that the students are all safe. “As a precaution, six of the students were taken off to a local hospital for observation for possible secondary drowning. The students were released from hospital shortly after, determined by doctors that they were all in good health,” said Lambinon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Minister expresses concerns over missing children

By Cindy Witten
16 November 2008

The fact that Cape Town was found to have the highest statistics of missing children in the country has raised major concern. The Minister of Community Safety, Patrick McKenzie is very much worried about these results.

According to an issued press release from the ministry of community safety, when raising his concerns of child safety, the minister was quoted as saying that children should be taken care of.
"Children are defenceless, innocent, beautiful creations and they should be protected at all times. Most mothers have to work for survival and can't afford the luxury of staying home with their children and giving them all the care and attention,” said McKenzie

McKenzie urges community members to stand together and take responsibility by looking out for children. He appeals to parents to come forward immediately if they think that their child has gone missing.

False alarm for NSRI

By Cindy Witten
16 November 2008

Yesterday evening the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Kommetjie was alerted that 22 year old George Lucas had gone missing at sea while free diving with his dive Partner Scott Russell. They were diving off-shore of Noordhoek Beach between Kommetjie and Hout Bay.

Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services dispatched a rescue squad and the SA Police Services dispatched their police dive unit.

NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said that it was just a false alarm as Lucas was already safely on shore waiting for Russell to meet him at the car.
“It appears that the two divers had lost sight of each other and that they may have been looking for each other. They were both safe and no one was injured and no further assistance was required,” said Lambinon.

City supports Proudly South African Expo

By Cindy Witten
16 November 2008


The City of Cape Town has sponsored R200 000 in support of the Proudly African Expo that will take place on the 17 and 18 of November. The conference, organised by COSATU, will be held at the Grand West Arena and Market Hall.

Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism, Councillor Simon Grinrod says that people should buy local products wherever possible in order to support the local economy.
“The expo will profile and market local firms, facilitate business linkages and encourage demand for the products of local industries, all of which will help prevent job losses,” said Grinrod.

He added that the expo is a co-operative venture between the City and its social partners, provincial government, business, labour and civil society.

“We want it to become an important annual event,” he said.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Alarming statistics for Western Province

By Cindy Witten
15 November 2008

It has been reported that more children have been reported missing in the Western Cape compared to that of other Provinces in the country. The latest statistics released by government reveal that this year 448 children have been reported missing from their homes in the Western Cape with, in second place, 311 cases opened in Gauteng.

Social workers say that the statistics reflect the disheartening situations in the lives of young children and the challenges they face at home. Also, many parents are unaware of where their children are at any given time.

Quite often, older children, between 14 and 17 years of age are runaways, while it is more likely that children under the age of 14 have who are reported missing have in fact been abducted.

Chances that NPA chief Vusi Pikoli will be reinstated

By Cindy Witten
15 November 2008


After ex-President Thabo Mbeki suspended the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli, there is a chance that the National Prosecuting Authorities (NPA) boss will be reinstated to once again serve in the NPA.

According to legal experts, the constitution makes it clear that the President can only remove Pikoli on specific object grounds including the one that was investigated by the Ginwala commission. Professor of law at the University of the Western Cape Pierre De Vos says that therefore, if the Ginwala commission found Pikoli to be fit to continue serving in the NPA, the President must accept that.

“If the Ginwala commission found that Pikloli is a fit and proper person, the President has no choice in the matter and will have to reinstate Pikoli,” said De Vos.

He added that if the President chose not to do so, he would be interfering in the matter, which is against the law.

Security guard injured in armed robbery

By Cindy Witten
15 November 2008

Four Cash4-Securicor security officials were held up at gun point by four unknown men during a cash pick up at a grocery store in Observatory this morning. This after a cash box, containing an undisclosed amount of money had just been removed by the security guards. One of the guards was wounded when shots were fired. Police say that he is in a stable condition.

Senior Superintendent Billy Jones says that suspects are yet to be arrested. “The suspects then sped off and are currently still at large,” said Jones.
“From the polices side we have launched a search for the suspects and opened a case of armed robbery for investigation,” he added.

Police have requested of the public that anyone with information regarding the robbery, contact crime stop on 08600 10111.

ISAM conference takes place on Monday

By Sasha Forbes
15 November 2008


On Monday the Executive Deputy Mayor, Councillor Grant Haskin will be giving the opening speech in order to welcome delegates to the 10th International Society of Addiction Medicine at the Westin Grand Hotel next to the CTICC.

Spokesperson for the EDM Jacques Maritz says “this collaboration with national and international experts will be speaking about addictive medicines. These experts will be discussing drug, alcohol and substance abuse.”

Maritz also said “that this will be a fantastic opportunity to educate and inform ourselves of better we can address our own issues regarding amphetamines or tik and alcohol abuse in Cape Town.”

Friday, November 14, 2008

Western Cape Police to make holidays safer

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 November


Police in the Western Cape are preparing to make the upcoming festive season safer than it was in the past. Western Cape Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said as people will have lots of money, they will be targeted by criminals.

Commissioner Petros briefed the media yesterday the police will come up with projects that will increase safety during holidays.

“We’ve been saying of the past three years that each season must be safer than the previous one” said Petros

Mzwandile said this year they will come with projects and one of the projects will be the Bishpo Lavis where people are being shot at “where there have been two murders in the past two months”.

Mzwandile said this can be attributed to the gangs and gangsterism and the police have the project of dealing with them.

The police will also be focusing on drugs and drug outlets in the area.

This season is known for its high drug usage by the people who visit the province and those within it.

“Another project is for the people who being robbed on their way from bank particularly the construction workers” added Petros

These people get robbed in the construction sites and if they have lots of money with them they must make sure they have security around in banks.

“They must be vigilant when they withdraw a lot of money”

Mzwandile urged workers no to have lot of money with because on their way home they are on their most vulnerable to get robbed either on the driveway or just before they get to the next shop after withdrawing.

“We will be forming alliances with other law-enforcement agencies like the Arrive-Alive campaign”

The police will also mobilise communities to be eyes and ears of the police.

Mzwandlile said this strategy will be co-ordinated twenty four hours seven days a week.

Correctional Services Minister cleared

By Mandisi Tyulu
14 November 2008

Parliament has cleared Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour of accepting a bribe in the form of a luxury vehicle from a service provider in his department.

The Ethics Committee says it will not release the name of the whistle blower to the public.

Committee chair, Luwellyn Landers says after thorough investigation the committee is satisfied that there was nothing improper in the way Balfour bought his VW Touareg and that monthly instalments had been drawn from his personal bank account for the car.

Landers said there was no cash settlement paid for it, as recently reported in the media. Allegations suggested that Balfour received a gift of a motor vehicle from Kwerano. The company is linked to Bosasa, which is a major contractor with Correctional Services.

NOTICES


The Parent Centre, an NGO in Wynberg is hosting a moms and babies support group on Thursdays from 10 am to 12pm at the Kingsbury hospital maternity section. Entry is R30 and includes refreshments. For more information call 021 762 0116

Constantia Rotary needs books for its mega- bookstall at the annual Community Chest Carnival in February. Donated books may be left in trolleys identified with Rotary posters at Pick ‘n Pay outlets in the greater Constantia area, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and Pinelands. Larger quantities can be collected from homes. Call 021 671 4535 to arrange collection.

The Southern Suburbs Bikers Fellowship in Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg, opposite the entrance to William Herbert sports field, invites all bikers and non-bikers to their meeting every Sunday at 5:30. Socials are on the last Friday of the month at 7:30 pm. The Christmas service on Thursday December 25 is at 9am and the New Year service on Wednesday December 31 is at 10.30 pm. Call 072 122 2620 for details.

Cape Town Child Welfare urgently needs donations of good quality second hand boys clothing for children aged between three and 14 years. For more information or to arrange collection, contact Melody Volmink at Cape Town Child Welfare on 021 638 3127

The Good Hope Seminary matric class of 1948 is having 60th anniversary tea on Wednesday 26, at 3 pm, at the 10 Alphen House, Milton Road, Sea Point, RSVP is essential. For details call Esther Furman on 021 439 1452 or Pat Myers on 021 439 0067

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Black Sash welcomes the announcement by Social Development

By Mandisi Tyulu
14 November 2008


The Black Sash welcomes the announcement by Social Development Minister Dr Zola Skweyiya to allocate an additional R500 million to the South African Social Security Agency and its provincial departments to provide further ‘Social Relief of Distress’ to households and individuals facing hardship.

Black Sash’s Ratula Beukman says the additional R500 million will help a lot of people in the short term but in the long term people need much more security.

Beukman added that the relief afforded to South Africans who are in desperate need of assistant is about six months.

Capetonians to expect a sunny weekend

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 November

The skies above the Western Cape are finally busy clearing, after the province had been battered by heavy rainfall and gale-force winds that left a trail of destruction.

Winds blew off rooftops and flooded roads cut off rural towns.

A resort in Montagu had to be evacuated after six of its chalets were washed away.

Meteorologist from South African Weather Service Lynette Van Schalkwyk says that the low pressure system has that has moved does not pose a danger to the South Coast anymore.

“The system has now moved to the east and there is still some light rain today occurring on the Southern Coastal areas but that is going today this evening” said Van Schalkwyk

Van Schalkwyk added that as for the weekend no rain is expected and the temperatures are going to rise.

She says next week there will be a small chance of rain during the course of early hours of Tuesday morning for the south Coast but no great amount is expected.

Armed robbery takes place in Gugulethu

By Sasha Forbes
14 November 2008


Yesterday morning an Armed Robbery occurred at a pension pay-out in NY 2, Gugulethu.

Inspestor Bernadine Steyn says “three guards, who were on-duty at the entrance gate, were approached by two armed men on foot. The two men threatened the guards at gunpoint while two vehicles, a white Opel Corsa bakkie and a silver BMW stopped nearby.”

Steyn also said that several people got out of the vehicles and went into the building. Inside the suspects opened the money boxes and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

While they were walking towards the two get-away vehicles several shots were fired between the security guards and the suspects.”

The suspects fled the scene and are still at large. Nobody sustained any injuries during the incident.

Two bodies found in Lingelethu-West.

By Sasha Forbes
14 November 2008


Yesterday morning the bodies of two males were found by a passer-by collecting wood in the bushes near TR-block, Lingelethu-West.

Inspector Bernadine Steyn said that “both the deceased, whose identities are not known at this stage, were found with their hands tied behind their backs. They had small wounds on their bodies, possibly inflicted with a stick.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The police have opened a docket of Murder for investigation and anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Constable Angelique Brand at the Lingelethu-West Police station on (021) 361 1784.


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