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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.

June 23, 2014

Gauteng police were on Monday looking for those responsible for the killing of eight illegal miners at a gold mine in Benoni, a spokesperson said.

"By yesterday [Sunday] we had found eight bodies. The last two bodies were found underground," Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

"At this stage the motive for the killing is unknown. All eight were shot in the upper body. The bodies have not yet been identified."

According to The Citizen newspaper, the community suspects that the men were killed by a rival gang.

June 20, 2014

Johannesburg - Correctional services on Thursday refuted claims by the wife and lawyer of convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis that an application had been made for medical parole.

The department received an incomplete application for medical parole for Derby-Lewis and was waiting for a complete form, spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said in a statement.

June 18, 2014

Power utility Eskom is warning consumers of more possible load reductions scheduled this evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the power cuts  implemented are because the power system remains severely costraints.

Last night, during the state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma announced government has embark on plan to restructure the energy sector.

Zuma says progress at the multibillion Medupi power station will be accelerated to ensure its power delivery - by the December 2014

June 11, 2014

Gautrain, the rapid rail network in Gauteng, says it aims to launch a Wi-Fi service before the end of the year.

It follows the news that Telkom, in partnership with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), is set to launch free Wi-Fi connections at taxi ranks and in mini bus taxis as early as this week.

Metrorail in the Western Cape is also due to begin rolling out a free Wi-Fi internet service at train stations – and plans are also afoot to offer Wi-Fi on carriages too.

June 4, 2014

Rea Vaya strike is still on after Management of PioTrans, Rea Vayas operating company and South African Municipal Workers Union SAMWU failed to come to a conclusion on the way forward

Rea Vaya spokesperson Benny Makgoga said the negotiations began early yesterday morning.

June 3, 2014

A total of 21 babies from Bloemhof, North West, have been admitted to hospital for diarrhoea since last week, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

June 3, 2014

Residents have been urged to be cautious when keeping warm this winter after a fire broke out in a building in Eldorado Park last night

Emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says the fire was a result of an unattended heater left in one of the bedrooms

May 23, 2014

The South African government has called on the restoration of constitutional order  after the Thailand government suffered a coup by its military

International Relations spokesperson  Clayson Monyela says they are monitoring the situation and have asked South Africans living in Thailand or visiting to stay away from protest areas and to register on the ROSA

May 15, 2014

China continues in its efforts to strengthen relations with South Africa, taking Mzansi culture to China in a 2 year exchange programme

The opening of the programme titled The Year of South Africa in China was attended by more than 1500 people last month

SA would hold 50 activities in China including cultural promotions, art exchanges, business fairs, academic seminars and educational exchanges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30, 2014

The justice department has launched a programme - aimed at clamping down
on violence against gender based violence.


A national task team has been set up -to tackle the issue of
violence - especially towards the LGBTI community.


Minister Jeff Radebe announced that the department has finalised a policy
framework - which would ensure persons guilty of hate speech are prosecuted.


Justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga



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As a department we have finalised a policy framework with regards the need
for a specific legal framework for hate crimes."


A programme against gender-based violence, including violence against the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, was launched
by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Tuesday.

The equality clause in South
Africa's Constitution was one of the most progressive constitutional provisions
in the world, Radebe said in a speech prepared for
delivery.

"Notwithstanding the comprehensive constitutional and legal
framework and protection for LGBTI persons, we have sadly witnessed acts of
discrimination and violent attacks being perpetrated against LGBTI
persons."

South Africa's justice system would deal harshly with those
found guilty of such discriminatory behaviour, he said.

A national task
team had developed a national intervention strategy to deal with gender and
sexual orientation- based violence, particularly in the criminal justice system,
over the past year.

The terms of reference for the task team and a rapid
response task team were developed by representatives of a number of government
departments, Chapter Nine institutions and civil society
organisations.

The rapid response team comprised the justice and
constitutional development department, National Prosecuting Authority, the
police, and representatives of civil society organisations.

"The purpose
of the rapid response team is to urgently attend to the pending and reported
cases in the criminal justice system where hate crimes have been committed
against LGBTI persons," Radebe said.

The team's terms of reference
included a working definition of hate crime, as South Africa did not yet have
specifically designated legislation on hate crimes.

"As a department we
have finalised a policy framework with regards the need for a specific legal
framework for hate crimes."

The matter would be opened for public debate,
but it remained to be decided who would conduct this debate.

"For
instance we will have to make a decision on whether it should be the department
itself, alternatively bodies such as the [SA] Human Rights Commission or the SA
Law Reform Commission."

The debate was likely to be contentious as such
legislation would need to balance freedom of speech with banning hate
speech.

"Notwithstanding the absence of specifically designated
legislation on hate crimes, South Africa's legal framework is comprehensive
enough to ensure that current incidences of crimes involving a bias motive are
dealt with severely by the law enforcement agencies," Radebe said

April 25, 2014

The IEC has announced a record number of more than 8000 candidates from 45 political parties are standing for the 2014 general elections

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela says 64.8%  of the candidates are over  40 years while  11.8 % are under the age of 30.

IECs spokesperson Kate Bapela

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April 25, 2014

The Gauteng department of Health is closely monitoring airports in the country in efforts to reduce and prevent importation of viral diseases from abroad

The department has setup clinics at the major airports where passengers of international arrivals are screened 24hours

Gauteng Health Spokesperson Simon Zwane

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April 24, 2014

The inauguration of South Africa's next president - is set to take place on May 24 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Spokesperson in the presidency Mac Maharaj announced today the inarguration will follow parliament's election of a President expected to take place on May 21.

Meanwhile  The IEC has announced its readiness ahead of May 7.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela

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April 23, 2014

A dozen people have been arrested in the West Rand  for public violence.

The group threw stones at passing vehicles on the R28 in Randfontein and set a truck on fire.

Police Spokesperson - Lungelo Dlamini

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