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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 18, 2014

A principal of a popular independent school in Orange Farm, south of Joburg, is on the run after several pupils at his school accused him of sexual harassment and rape.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Tsholonyana Matlaletsa confirmed that the police were investigating multiple cases of sexual harassment and rape against the principal.

He said police had taken statements from several girls at the school and were still trying to get statements from four others. All the girls are in matric.

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 7, 2014

The SA Human Rights Commission launched an investigation on Thursday after two white students from the University of Pretoria (UP) were photographed in domestic worker outfits and smeared with black paint.

"While the commission has still not received a complaint in this regard, the commission decided to launch an own initiative investigation," spokesman Isaac Mangena told Sapa.

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.

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

Orkney - Vuyani-Mawethu Secondary School pupils in the township of Khuma near Orkney in the North West were milling around the schoolyard on Wednesday morning as teachers tried to find a way to deal with damaged classrooms.

At least four classrooms were damaged on Tuesday when an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the province. The computer lab suffered the most damage with ceiling boards and bricks having fallen to the ground.

Some pupils were inside when the earthquake hit.

July 24, 2014

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric's congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

July 24, 2014

Facebook's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61% increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

The world's No.1 internet social network said on Wednesday that it saw increased interest from both advertisers and from users during the second quarter, while the company's profit margins expanded.

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

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

One in two young South Africans want lower drinking age

One in two young South Africans believe the current legal drinking age of 18 should be lowered. This according to consumer insights company Pondering Panda, which interviewed 4657 respondents between the ages of 15 and 34, across South Africa. The survey found that 50% of respondents believed it appropriate for people under 18 to drink alcoholic drinks.

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 10, 2014

Government has received roughly 100 new land claims since last week when the process reopened for five years, chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo said on Wednesday.

"We have received about a hundred claims, from all the provinces," she told Sapa on the sidelines of briefing in Parliament.

"We are expecting more, depending on the number of people who were left out. But there was always this perception that they would flood our offices, and we have not seen that."

July 9, 2014

A Beechcraft Baron touched down at about 12pm.

The Airports Company South Africa says three people had been onboard the plane at the time.

Spokesperson Colin Naidoo says the plane had taken off from King Shaka International a little earlier, but experienced problems with its landing gear.

"Where the aircraft landed it caused us to close the runway for other aviation activities and that resulted in delays of our scheduled flight," he said.

July 9, 2014

DE BEERS has brought Ponahalo Holdings, its 26% empowerment partner, into the trading arm of its South African mines in a deal totalling R2.5bn, including the purchase of the sorting and valuation business from the De Beers parent group.

As part of its empowerment obligations, De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), the South African business of De Beers, an Anglo American subsidiary, has brought its eight-year empowerment partner into De Beers Sightholder Sales SA, the diamond trading business based in Kimberley, the spiritual home of the company.

July 9, 2014

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday expressed her surprise at the permanent appointment of controversial acting SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC radio news reported.

"I don't know what to make of it. I was surprised when I read this morning that he has been appointed," Madonsela told the station.

"I'm still waiting for a response from the SABC and from the minister; until then I'm not in a position to understand what has just happened."

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

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

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.