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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 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

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 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 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

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

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

The Gauteng Department of Education failed to spend more than R130 million for Further Education and Training (FET) colleges between 2010 and 2013.

The department also fell short of targeted numbers for learners enrolled for National Certificate Vocational courses as well as those who successfully completed the courses.

This emerged during an analysis of the department's budget for the 2014/15 financial year by the Portfolio committee on Education in the Gauteng Legislature.

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.

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July 9, 2014

The DA cautions Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi regarding the proposed merger of Model C and township schools in the province. This is a radical step which should be matched with efficiency and bold leadership.

However, critical issues within the Provincial Education Department must be resolved first. These include the urgent fixing of districts and head offices as supporting institutions, delayed salary payments to some teachers and the non-payment of pensions to many retired teachers.

July 8, 2014

Kwaito musician, Sipho Ndlovu, also known as Brickz, will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court again in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

The 32-year-old musician is accused of raping the girl in March last year, but the rape was only reported in October.

Brickz was arrested and charged on November 1 last year. After unsuccessful attempts to obtain bail from the Magistrate's Court, his lawyers approached the High Court which granted him a R50 000 bail in December.

July 8, 2014

Police in the North West have confirmed that a case of cruelty to animals has been opened against the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise. The former North West Premier now faces charges of neglect. Police and the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA officials visited the farm outside Potchefstroom at the weekend. They found that the animals had been left without water and food for weeks. Pigs had already started eating each other and others were dead.

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.

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 26, 2014

DURBAN - The estimated street value of heroin confiscated from a drug lab in Kloof, Durban, has increased to R3-billion, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Wednesday.

We are still counting these 50kg bags [of heroin] but at the last count, we had counted more than 200 bags.