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  • Durban – Another tiger has been spotted on CCTV footage roaming the parking lot of an office park in Edenvale, Gauteng. The tiger was spotted in Cabot Road in Eastleigh Ridge. !function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");Resident were warned to keep their children and animals inside. In the 49-second video the tiger is seen circling a car. The National Council of SPCAs confirmed they were investigating a case of a tiger on the loose. “The Edenvale SPCA is currently investigating another case of an escaped tiger on the loose in Edenvale. “It is believed that the tiger is a 9-month-old female. “The welfare […]
  • Cape Town – The body of a woman has been found on Camps Bay beach a week after a woman, who people believed went for a swim and never came out of the water, went missing, sparking a frantic search. She left her belongings on the beach, but police were unable to identify her.Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi confirmed that a passer-by spotted the body of an unknown woman on the beach in Camps Bay and the victim was declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel.“Camps Bay police registered an inquest for further investigation. Anyone with information that can […]
  • Durban – President Cyril Ramaphosa has told South Africans to brace for the 18.65% double digit electricity increase approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) as there were no “short-term solutions” to South Africa’s energy crisis.Writing in his weekly “From the President’s Desk” newsletter, Ramaphosa acknowledged that the increase in electricity tariffs comes at a very difficult time for citizens and businesses, who are contending with the high costs of fuel, food and other essentials.He said the tariffs, which reflect the cost of producing electricity, are necessary for Eskom’s financial sustainability and for the utility to be […]
  • Durban – Zandile Christmas Mafe, the man accused of torching Parliament a year ago, has for the third time refused to attend court on Friday. The NPA said Mafe refused to come out of his Pollsmoor Prison cell to attend the pre-trial conference at Western Cape High Court. Parliament was torched on January 2, 2022, and the estimated cost of the damage amounted to millions of rand.However, Mafe said he intended pleading not guilty to charges of terrorism and arson. Provincial NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said: “This time he (Mafe) didn’t furnish any reasons or make any demands but just […]
  • Durban – Alleged child sex ring accused Gerhard Ackerman has been re-arrested after his failure to appear in court. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Ackerman was arrested in Florida, west of Joburg, after he was spotted by members of the public. Ackerman faces 740 charges ranging from rape, attempted murder, distribution of child porn and human trafficking of minor children for sexual exploitation. He has pleaded not guilty. He was set to appear in court on Thursday, and his failure to do so prompted the State to make an urgent application to have his bail revoked. According to the […]
  • Durban – National Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the Eastern Cape where eight people were killed during a birthday celebration at the weekend. According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu preliminary investigation revealed that between 5.15pm and 5.30pm, the owner of the house was celebrating his birthday when two unknown gunmen entered the yard in Makanda Street in Kwazakhele and started shooting at the guests. “Seven people, 3 females and 4 males, were fatally injured while another four people sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment. “One of the victims succumbed to the […]
  • Pretoria – At least 10 men,travelling in vehicles branded with Department of Labour insignia have been arrested after they attempted to rob the Golden Fry Factory which produces cooking oil in Eikenhof, south of Joburg.Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Xolani Fihla said four of the arrested suspects were South African citizens, while six were Zimbabwean nationals.He said the JMPD’s undercover reaction unit arrested the10 in an operation in conjunction with the SAPS crime intelligence unit.The 10 have been charged for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a business robbery, impersonating Department of Labour officials, fraud and possession of illegal firearms.At […]
  • Joburg – The North West Department of Education has strongly condemned the torching of Mothelesi Secondary school at Shaleng Village near Pampierstad on Saturday morning, damaging the principal’s office and a classroom.Two photocopiers, 1 printer, 1 fridge, classroom furniture and school files were damaged by the fire.North West Department of Education spokesperson Elias Malindi said: “At about 6am on Saturday, the school principal received a call from a learner residing near the school that the school was on fire.”Extra lessons that were meant to be held at the school on Saturday were unable to take place due to the fire.The […]
  • Cape Town – The Maitland Flying Squad arrested three suspects allegedly found in possession of catalytic converters worth R5 million in Killarney Gardens on Thursday.Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said officers were busy with patrols on Thursday, when they received information indicating that the cargo of a hijacked truck was stored at a warehouse in Killarney Gardens. “The members proceeded to the address and upon arrival at the premises, they accosted two men who were visibly nervous and could not even respond to questions posed at them. “The members then proceeded to search the entire premises. Their persistence was […]
  • Pretoria – Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has launched an investigation after a bouncer at a local pub was allegedly murdered by an irate police officer.Ipid spokesperson Lizzy Suping said before attacking the bouncer, the SAPS sergeant had assaulted his former girlfriend at the pub.“It is alleged that a sergeant from the West Rand Infrastructure Unit went to a local pub where he bumped into his ex-girlfriend. They had an altercation which led to him assaulting her,” Suping said.As the police officer assaulted the woman, Suping said the bouncers on the premises intervened, and the police officer […]
  • Pretoria – EFF leader Julius Malema has threatened to unleash the “mother of all protests” which he said would bring South Africa to a standstill on March 20, as the opposition pressurizes the government to end load shedding.Speaking to journalists in Joburg after the EFF’s plenum, Malema said his party will not seek permission to hold the mass protest, and warned businesses to close shop on the day.“National shutdown (on) 20 March – we don’t apply for nothing. We can’t apply for that which is given to us by the Constitution. It is our constitutional right to protest and we […]
  • Johannesburg – Farmers are celebrating the suspension of load shedding in various farming areas in the North West following the devastating impact of load shedding on farmers whose livelihoods came under threat as they lost tons of produce due to the limited use of water pumps cause by the ongoing load shedding. A farmer from the Keimoes area in the KaiGarib metro, Dave Verster, who works on a legacy farm, which is one of the oldest farms, expressed his relief over load shedding being a thing of the past as it threatened the livelihoods of all farmers in the metro, […]
  • Rustenburg – A man transporting 30 bags of mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R1.5 million was arrested in Beaufort West.The man was arrested after he allegedly offered members of the Western Cape Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Narcotics Section, R400 to escort him past traffic officers patrolling the N1 highway."On January 27, 2023 at about 9.30am, members of the team were busy with routine vehicle checks along the N1 when they spotted a silver Toyota Corolla parked at a petrol filling station with the driver acting suspiciously when he notices the members."They approached the driver who then offered […]
  • Rustenburg – South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members recovered three stolen vehicles outside Komatipoort near the Mozambique border.A Toyota Fortuner and two Toyota bakkies were found abandoned on Saturday.Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said according to the information, the three vehicles were recovered by the SANDF members after being spotted next to the border crossing.The police were informed and upon arrival immediately began a preliminary investigation, which revealed that the single cab bakkie (Legend 50) was reportedly stolen in January in Alberton, in the Gauteng province. The Toyota Fortuner was also reportedly stolen in January in Mothotlung near […]
  • Pretoria – Ousted Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has denied claims that she failed residents and was never there when they needed her during times of crisis.The claims were made my opposition political parties who were instrumental in getting her kicked out of office on Thursday.“People needed to justify their motion of no confidence. I understand politics, they needed to say what they said. “But to bring out the facts, they will tell you. I had a stakeholder unit that was in touch and at the right time, I would also be on the ground,” she said.Phalatse was speaking to the […]
  • Pretoria – Born and bred in Soweto, member of a Muslim minority political party and an imam, Thapelo Amad, provincial chairperson of Al Jama-ah, is the front runner to be the new mayor of Johannesburg.Amad is expected to succeed DA councillor Mpho Phalatse, who was ousted after a motion of no confidence.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");Wikipedia’s entry on the party says the party upholds Sharia law.He has been the face of party’s mayoral candidate since 2019 and performed various legislative duties in the municipality of Johannesburg.In October 2022, former mayor, ANC chairperson Dada Morero, named Amad as the MMC of Development Planning. […]
  • Pretoria – New Joburg mayor Thapelo Amad has promised to hit the ground running in order to fix a raft of issues which have marred the city of gold.Amad, who is also the chairperson of Al-Jama-ah in Gauteng, is the first Muslim mayor in South Africa.Addressing councillors shortly after his election on Friday, Amad said he would prioritise the city’s finances inorder to get Johannesburg stable again.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");“We have a mission of fixing the city’s finance, the city is on the brink of collapse. We call on all citizens of the beautiful city to partake and contribute to the […]
  • Pretoria – The City of Johannesburg has become a political battleground as parties jostle for control of the country’s economic hub.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");Coalitions have proven to be challenging as political parties find it hard to work together due to their ideological differences and with other parties wanting complete dominance.The country’s municipal government elections in 2021 produced a number of unstable local government coalitions. This is when the ANC’s support fell below 50% for the first time, which birthed multiparty coalitions led by the DA controlling Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg.Ever since the DA-led administration came into power, the ANC has made […]
  • Johannesburg – Critics of South Africa’s foreign policy often argue that it is based on the lame Shakespearian epistemology whose dictum is: “See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.”But that’s a myopic assessment, nay, surreptitiously mischievous. This week’s visit to Pretoria by veteran Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov drew attention to the enduring South Africa-Russia relations.Last year, the two countries celebrated 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the ties Pretoria insist remain super strong. Unapologetically, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Minister Naledi Pandor swiftly described Russia as SA’s “valued partner”.Of course, the sentiment is […]
  • TSWELOPELE MAKOEJohannesburg – In the modern era, environmentalism is often overlooked amid flashy topics such as technological and automotive industry advancements.Renewable energy has only recently become a significant theme in the public discourse. Renewable energy by definition is energy that is derived from replenishable sources that do not run out, such as solar or wind power.Renewable energy is especially crucial for nations such as South Africa that are predominantly dependent on non-renewable energy sources such as coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power.The central issue with non-renewable energy sources is that they are being depleted at a faster rate than the […]