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July 16, 2014

Cape Town - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday to protest against the Israeli incursion in Gaza.

According to tweets from the scene, up to 30 000 protesters gathered in the city centre.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and other affiliated organisations, including Numsa.

News24 reporter Lauren Hess tweeted that shouts of "Free Palestine" could be heard.

Kamal Salasa tweeted that the Palestinian ambassador shouted "Viva South Africa".

July 8, 2014

As Gauteng grapples with some of the lowest temperatures experienced this year, emergency services say they will be on alert especially in areas deemed high risk.

Residents have been warned to brace themselves for early morning temperatures of around -6°C for the next two days.

There are warnings for people to be more vigilant when keeping warm after a spate of shack fires in informal settlements across the country since the start of winter with scores being left homeless.

June 20, 2014

Murder-accused Shrien Dewani's mental health will be officially observed at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, the Western Cape High Court ordered on Friday.

Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock brought the application for observation before Judge President John Hlophe, when a grey-haired Dewani made his third appearance.

He said observation was necessary since the mental health report prepared by Valkenberg psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann differed in its opinion to that of Professor Tuviah Zabow, acting on behalf of Dewani.

June 20, 2014

Cape Town - The German Development Bank is providing over R70 million for violence prevention in the Western Cape, premier Helen Zille said on Thursday.

She signed an agreement with the KFW Development Bank on Thursday that would see upgrades to infrastructure and security.

The funding is to be used to extend the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme to the rest of the province.

The VPUU has been in place in Cape Town since 2005, in areas such as Khayelitsha, thanks to German funding.

June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma is expected to make his first public appearance in over a week when he delivers his seventh state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday evening.

Parliament is expected to be a hive of activity as workers cleared the ceremonial path Zuma is expected to walk before he enters the National Assembly.

Zuma is expected to be escorted through the streets of Cape Town by the military and mounted police.

June 5, 2014

Cape Town - The competition authorities on Thursday fined petrochemical group Sasol [JSE:SOL] R534m for charging domestic customers excessive prices for chemicals between 2004 and 2007.

The Competition Tribunal said in a statement that Sasol unit Sasol Chemical Industries Ltd had charged plastics manufacturer Safripol too much for purified propylene, preventing effective competition and causing Safripol harm.

June 4, 2014

 Evictions at Lwandle near Strand in the Western Cape must be put on hold, the transport department said on Wednesday.

Minister Dipuo Peters undertook to issue a directive to Sanral to withdraw the court order while short and long term solutions are sought to resolve the challenges at hand," spokesman Tiyani Ponto-Rikhotso said in a statement.

May 21, 2014

A number of dignitaries have started to arrive at the Parliament in Cape Town for the sitting of the national assembly

400 new faces are expected to be sworn in today by chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, after which the president would be formally elected

The deputy Speaker of parliament is also expected to be elected this morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 23, 2014

  The National credit Amendment act has been put in place to make it illegal for South African consumers to collect debt  longer than three years.   Statistics by the National Credit Regulator revealed that more than R160 billion is outstanding in unsecured lending with more than 76% of consumers' salaries ushered to debt payments   We spoke to Efficient group economist - Freddie Mitchell    

April 9, 2014

Shrien Dewani spent his first night at a  Psychiatric Hospital  in Cape Town - as he waits for his court case to resume on May 12

Shrien Dewani spent his first night at a  Psychiatric Hospital  in Cape Town - as he waits for his court case to resume on May 12

Yesterday - the honeymoon murder accused appeared briefly at the Western CapeHigh Court facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping, robbery and obstructing justice.

Government spent R4 million to pay for the private jet that brought honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani to South Africa.