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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

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 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

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius arrived at the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday morning ahead of final arguments in his trial.

Dressed in a black striped suit Pistorius jumped out of a white SUV parked in the street in front of the court at around 9.05am. He was flanked by three men and did not look at the media who greeted him.

School children, dressed in uniform, were standing nearby to see the Paralympic athlete. One girl turned to her friend and said "We missed him. Oscar passed".

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.