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August 21, 2014

From September 1,South Africans needing to leave the country urgently, may have to wait for nearly two weeks to receive a permanent passport ,after the scrapping of the Temporary passport.

The Home Affairs department says the move comes as many mzansi citizens have been refused entry,when travelling abroad using a temporary passport ,making the process redundant.

However, an Emergency Travel Certificate, issued on the day of applying ,would however come in handy,depending on the nature of circumstances presented by the applicant.

August 18, 2014

A 14-year-old boy, who allegedly killed his mother, is expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrates Court this morning.

The teenager apparently strangled his 36-year-old mother in their Waterworks informal settlement home, south of Johannesburg, last Thursday.

Reports from the police suggest that the boy and his mother got into a scuffle in their home late on Thursday.

The boys mother was apparently looking for her pink hat and wanted to know from her son where it was.

August 18, 2014

A woman who died after being stabbed multiple times in Bryanston in northern Johannesburg has not been identified, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"The woman is unknown to police. We don't have her identity as of yet, and we are appealing to the community for information," Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said.
"On Saturday, she was seen by a passer-by who alerted paramedics and the paramedics responded and treated her and took her to the nearest hospital where she died."

August 7, 2014

Students at Medunsa in Ga-Rankuwa were ordered to vacate the premises on Wednesday following a decision to close the institution.

The universitys vice chancellor Prof Mahlo Mokgalong, in consultation with the executive management committee, decided to close Medunsa and dissolve the campus SRC (Students Representative Council), said spokesman Kgalema Mohuba in a statement.

This meant the academic programme was suspended indefinitely.

He said the decision was informed by the stubborn behaviour of both the SRC and student community.

August 6, 2014

British Airways has temporarily halted all flights to West Africa amid concerns over the ebola outbreak which has claimed nearly 900 lives.

Flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia have been suspended from today until the August 31 as more cases of infections continue to be reported.

Yesterday SA Airways announced it had no plans of suspending flights in and out of the West Africa region adding that there's no need for panic as the situation remains under control in mzansi.

August 6, 2014

The trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others is expected to continue in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Wednesday.

On Monday, the court heard that police tried to hide the assault of one of Krejcir's co-accused, Desai Luphondo.

Annelene van den Heever, for Krejcir and Luphondo, said the police had deliberately kept a page from them that came from the police station's occurrence book.

August 6, 2014

Telkom is set to go ahead with its restructuring process after four days consutations with unions that ended last week.

The parastatal's restructuring process previously came under fire, with various unions calling the process unjust.

Telkom is expected to cut down on more than 2600 management jobs in the next five years.

August 6, 2014

South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department said on Wednesday.

The meeting would be held on Thursday to deliberate on the state of readiness and develop an approach in response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, said spokesman Joe Maila.

"The meeting will bring together ministers of health and key stakeholders to build a consensus on appropriate strategic actions to prevent the spread of the ongoing Ebola [outbreak]."

August 6, 2014

Two University of Pretoria students are facing displinary action, after a picture of them dressed as African domestic workers went viral.

The students were at a private party, covered in brown paint, wearing head scarves and had stuffed pillows under their skirts to enlarge their buttocks

The university has confirmed via statement,  that the students behaviour is unacceptable and  have brought the university's name into disrepute.

August 6, 2014

Protests at the University of Limpopo Garankuwa campus continue,with students denying lecturers and other officials access onto the premises.

The Student Representative council claims management has been ignoring its long list of grievances including changing the name of the campus to Sefako Makgatho university.

Last week, two cars were burnt at the campus students say they won't stop until management responds to their complaints.

July 24, 2014

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has just taken the stand at the Seriti Commission of inquiry to testify on the 1999 arms deal.  

De Lille was the initial whistle blower calling on President Jacob Zuma to investigate corruption in the multi billion rands deal at the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

The second phase into the hearings resume today, after losing bidder and arms deal critic Richard Young failed to appear before the commission on Monday.

July 24, 2014

It costs an estimated R900 million to protect South Africas borders, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

She says 13 infantry companies are present along the country's borders to prevent the illegal flow of people, vehicles, arms and drugs.

However, concerns were raised that not enough resources had been dedicated to border control.

Mapisa-Nqakula says the South African National Defence Force (Sandf) plans to strengthen its capacity along the border.

July 23, 2014

Limpopo police have arrested a 24year-old Unversity of Venda student, in connection with five murder cases at the campus and in Thohoyandou

This comes after four women  who were students at the university were killed same modus operandi since January.

The suspect is currently under police custody and is expected to appear at the Thohoyandou Magistrate court tomorrow facing murder and rape charges.

July 23, 2014

The Department of Transport has received a R5.5 billion cash injection, towards improving public transport in 13 cities across mzansi.

One of the key priorities of the budget-is putting more money toward transport investments, to ensure a more reliable and efficient public transport system.

The department says the initiative will create close to 65 000 direct and indirect jobs, over a ten year period.

July 23, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - In an intervew with eNCA, deputy speaker for the Gauteng legislature Uhuru Moiloa said Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema should be brought to book for damage caused during an EFF sit-in.

We are relentless with our commitment that Mr. Malema and his group are brought to book, said Moilao speaking to eNCA on Wednesday.

The EFF sit-in turned violent on Tuesday and police struggled to control the gathering outside the Johannesburg legislature.

July 23, 2014

Opposition parties are expected to debate President Jacob Zuma's budget speech, that he is currently delivering in parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane and EFF commander in chief Julius Malema, will be among the MP's to take a jab at Zuma's outline of plans, including the implementation of the NDP.

President Zuma says he is encouraged by the overwhelming support for the National development plan since the last parliament sitting.

July 16, 2014

Former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering his girlfriend.

This after he was charged with pre-meditated murder after admitting to killing his girlfriend - but later made a statement saying he accidently stabbed her in the genitals - in self defence during an argument.

The 37 year old was arrested in Dube, Soweto last week after being on the run from police for more than a week.

July 16, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is starting its two-day meeting today amid predictions it's going to announce an interest rate hike tomorrow.

The bank has said several times the economy is in a rate-hiking-cycle as inflation needs to be controlled.

But Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus says she's worried about the slow growth of the economy.

July 16, 2014

From the start of 2016, parents will have only 30 days to register their newborns or risk their child not being recognised as a citizen, it was reported on Wednesday.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that his department intends ending all late registration of births by the end of December 2015.

Parents will have 30 days from the birth of the baby to register them, the Times reported Gigaba as saying.

July 16, 2014

 Twenty-eight people were injured when an SA Airways (SAA) flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong hit "severe turbulence", the airline said on Wednesday.

"SA286 landed safely in Hong Kong today, Wednesday, 16 July at approximately 6.30am SA time [12.30pm Hong Kong time]," spokesman Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

"A total number of 165 passengers was on board, of whom 25 passengers are known to have sustained injuries and 3 crew members. The incident occurred whilst flying over the Kuala Lumpur airspace."

July 16, 2014

The first phase of Seriti Commision into the multibillion rands arms deal is set to be completed, with former President Thabo Mbeki taking the stand to testify.

Mbeki will join the list of fomer ministers that have testified including former finance minister trevor manuel and former Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

Mbeki who was chairperson of the sub committee at the time the deal was finalised, is expected to testify on his role in the alledged corrupt deal.

-SAPA

July 16, 2014

Tiger Woods is in high spirits ahead of the Open championship on thursday and all set to clinge his 15th major title.

The last time the 38-year-old won the title  was in 2006 and his most recent great truimph was in 2008 at the US Open.

Woods is making a come back from a back surgery  and told skysports he is happy with how he is progressing.

July 10, 2014

Justice minister Michael Masutha has announced former death squad commander, Eugene De Kock has not been granted parole.

Masutha has referred the application back to process, saying the families affected have not been consulted and De Kock may apply for parole again in 12 months.

De Kock was sentenced to two life terms,and more than 200 years for 89 charges including conspiracy to commit murder - fraud and kidnapping.

July 10, 2014

Pretoria - Judgment in the parole application of one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, Frikkie du Preez, would be handed down in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

According to Beeld, Du Preez's lawyers made the application on Tuesday.

This came after Du Preez and Christoff Becker's parole was revoked when a video emerged of the pair allegedly drinking alcohol and using a cellphone at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.