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August 21, 2014

SAA (South African Airways) general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, says even though womens month is ending next week, her company will continue to celebrate women.

Speaking on Morning Live, Ramasia says on Thursday morning an all-female crew for flight SA313 will fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town. In 20 years, the national airliner has managed to transform this traditionally male dominated business into an 80% male and 20% female environment across all skills including the complex areas.

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

The department of health says early indications are that the chances are slim that the South African undergoing a second round of tests for Ebola at a Johannesburg hospital, has the deadly haemorrhagic disease.

The 37-year-old man, who has not been identified, was working as health and safety officer in a mining operation in Liberia, which has been hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.

Heath spokesperson Joe Maila said the man arrived in the country on 6 August.

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 6, 2014

JOHANNESBURG/GAZA - A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding as Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.
Some of the 440,000 Palestinians displaced by the fighting were able to make the trek from United Nations run shelters back home to assess the damage.

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.

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 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 11, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula has filed an application in the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the Electoral Court's ruling that her misconduct in 2009 warrants her removal from office.

In papers filed in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, Tlakula claims the Electoral Court erred in its finding and that its procedures were unfair.

She denied being guilty of misconduct, and argued the Electoral Commission Act did not govern the conduct of a commissioner, prior to him or her assuming office.

July 9, 2014

A man was killed when a truck and an SUV collided in Bapsfontein, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

The SUV driver, believed to be in his 50s, was trapped in his vehicle and died on scene, ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries, and was taken to the Far East Rand Hospital.

The cause of the accident was unknown.

-SAPA

July 9, 2014

A man was killed when a truck and an SUV collided in Bapsfontein, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

The SUV driver, believed to be in his 50s, was trapped in his vehicle and died on scene, ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries, and was taken to the Far East Rand Hospital.

The cause of the accident was unknown.

-SAPA

July 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - Numsa said on Tuesday it would take the latest offer from the main employers' group to its members on Wednesday, possibly ending a week-old stoppage that has hit car manufacturers.

A spokesman for the engineering and metal workers' union did not elaborate on the offer. The labour ministry said the two sides were "very close" to securing a deal.

The differences are in terms of fractions.
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July 9, 2014

Police say two business robbery syndicates that have recently been uncovered have been operating with the same modus operandi as the infamous OR Tambo gang.

Eighteen people, including 11 officials from the South African Revenue Service, four police officers and two officers from the Gauteng traffic police were arrested in connection with robberies in the Johannesburg CBD, Langlaagte and Randburg in which foreign business owners had been targeted.

July 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - Two unions representing some of Telkom SA's workers said on Tuesday they would take the South African landline provider to court over possible job losses.

Telkom said it planned to slash jobs from a management layer that had 2,650 posts but that it had not yet decided how much of that number it would eventually cut in an effort to slash costs and regain market share.

The South Africa Communications Union (SACU) said however it believed Telkom intended to let go of about 9,000 of its 19,000 employees over the next six months.

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.

July 8, 2014

A radio DJ suspected of killing his girlfriend was arrested in Soweto on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.

"We had been searching for him since last week. He was arrested today for murder," Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

The 32-year-old girlfriend was stabbed several times and locked in a flat in Jabulani, Soweto, on June 29.

Th man apparently phoned the woman's friend and confessed to killing her, police said at the time.

The man is a presenter at Soweto-based community radio station, Jozi FM.

July 8, 2014

Johannesburg - Various areas of Soweto were hit by power outages on Monday evening, Eskom said.

"We are currently experiencing multiple failures resulting in power supply shortages," Gauteng spokesperson Reneiloe Semenya told Sapa.

The affected areas were Dobsonville, Zola, Molapo, Mapetla and Protea North.

"Eskom is working on the problems. Our technicians are on site trying to diagnose what the problem is," she said.

July 2, 2014

Johannesburg - By-elections will be held in six provinces on Wednesday, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said.

"A total of 20 wards will be contested by 55 candidates, representing eight political parties and four independent candidates," spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement on the IEC website.

The municipal ward by-elections would take place in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, and the Western Cape.

July 2, 2014

A R50,000 reward has been offered for the arrest of a radio DJ who allegedly killed his girlfriend in Jabulani, Soweto, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"The R50,000 is offered to anyone who has information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect. Police continue to search for him," said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The DJ's 32-year-old girlfriend was stabbed several times and locked in a flat in Jabulani on Sunday.

The man then phoned the woman's friend and told her he had killed her.

June 26, 2014

Johannesburg - South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) governor Gill Marcus received a 0.4% pay rise this year, indicating that one of the most prominent opponents of excessive executive pay practises what she preaches.

With inflation at 6.6% in May, Marcus' tiny increase, bringing her annual salary to R5.007m, amounts to a pay cut in real terms.

Marcus' deputy, Daniel Mminele, went one step further by receiving an actual reduction in salary to R3.8m a year.

The pay levels were given in the Sarb's annual report.

June 24, 2014

JOHANNESBURG- Gauteng police are still investigating the killing of eight illegal miners at a gold mine in Benoni at the weekend, a spokesman said.

June 24, 2014

JOHANNESBURG- Gauteng police are still investigating the killing of eight illegal miners at a gold mine in Benoni at the weekend, a spokesman said.

June 24, 2014

Agreements to end the five-month strike in the platinum sector will likely be signed within hours, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on Tuesday.

National treasurer Jimmy Gama said the union would brief media in Johannesburg at 1pm and the agreements would likely be signed before this.

He believed the agreements would be signed at Lonmin's offices in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

June 24, 2014

Johannesburg - Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast on Monday announced a South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business (SACCB), the Canadian High Commission said.

It would provide a forum for Canadian companies and investors in South Africa, spokesperson Valery Yiptong said in a statement.

"The bilateral chamber will present a collective voice for Canadian companies and will inform its members of developments in policies and regulations that may affect their businesses, and advocate on their behalf."