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  • Durban – A Durban couple were found dead in their bed on Wednesday on Currie Road in Musgrave after an adjoining flat had been fumigated.Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics were dispatched just after 10am following reports of an alleged chemical exposure at one of the units at a block of flats.Herbst said reports indicated that the couple’s family members attempted to contact them on their phones unsuccessfully and decided to go to their flat to speak to them.“Upon arrival of the family member, who entered the flat, two relatives were found unresponsive,” he said.According to Herbst, the emergency […]
  • Johannesburg – A Zimbabwean businessman and presidential hopeful has had his license withdrawn by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) over an R200 million loan granted to controversial fugitive and self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri.Joseph Makamba Busha’s JM Busha Asset Managers was stripped of its license as a registered financial service provider (FSP) in April last year in terms of the determination of the fit and proper requirements after the FSCA found that its assets did not exceed its liabilities.Busha, 56, has already launched his presidential bid in Zimbabwe through his FreeZim Congress and is expected to square off against […]
  • Rustenburg – There will be more blackouts heading into the weekend, as Eskom has announced Stage 3 and 4 load shedding until Saturday.“Stage 3 and stage 4 load shedding will continue to be implemented between 00:00- 16:00 and 16:00-00:00 daily until Saturday.!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");“Breakdowns currently amount to 15 492MW while planned maintenance is 5 076MW,“ Eskom said on Wednesday.The power utility was expected to release a full statement and a further update on Friday afternoon.Eskom said the controlled blackouts would continue until diesel stocks had been fully replenished.“The vessel that is supposed to offload diesel at Mossel Bay cannot berth […]
  • Durban – President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech at the local government summit was interrupted by load shedding earlier on Wednesday.He was addressing councillors, mayors and leadership on how fights often come about when leaders have opposing views. !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");Ramaphosa had just finished speaking on how the fights turn violent, when the lights went out.In a bid to save face, Ramaphosa joked about being given lessons on how to deal with load shedding."I must say, I am sorry about that. This continues to be our biggest challenge as you all know," he said.He noted how load shedding impacts on business and […]
  • Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again reminded the country’s local government sphere of how important it is in attracting the much-talked about investors to the country and their various localities.!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");Ramaphosa says while investors first consider the investment climate in the country, they tend to move to the municipality where the company is going to be located is key.The president stressed this point on Wednesday while addressing the second day of the annual local government summit held in Joburg.The summit is held, among other things, to review the wall-to-wall system of local government system almost 22 years […]
  • Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s water and sanitation directorate is advising residents living in Somerset West, Hout Bay, Parow Central and Bellville South of water disruption in parts of the communities starting from tonight.The directorate said it would be conducting several essential operations ranging from routine maintenance to new projects for the benefit of residents in the areas.In Somerset West, the department said it would be conducting zero pressure tests on the main water supply to the Somerset West, Hout Bay, Parow Central and Bellville South residents face water disruptions.The operation is expected to result in the […]
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with the governments of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), had helped nearly 6 000 Congolese refugees to return home since December 2021, the agency said this week.The refugees fled political and inter-ethnic clashes in the DRC’s south-east region in 2017 and found safety in Zambia.!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");They expressed excitement and joy at returning home and reuniting with family and friends and starting their lives anew, said the agency.Refugees were issued with voluntary repatriation documents and received expedited immigration clearance, health screening, security, food and water before their return, it said. Nearly 60% […]
  • Thousands have been protesting across Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini earlier this month, after she died in custody following her arrest on September 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.!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");Iran Human Rights (IHR), a monitoring group based in Oslo, Norway, said Monday at least 76 protesters have been killed by security forces so far. According to IHR, in many cases, handing over the bodies of the victims to their families was made contingent on agreeing to secret burials. Iran Wire said Tueday at least 2,000 […]
  • Rustenburg – Water levels in North West dams have dropped compared to the previous week, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said.The department has encouraged North West residents to use water sparingly as dam levels in the province have dropped from last week’s 76.3 percent to 74.9 percent this week. When compared to a similar period last year, the overall storage capacity stood at 73.7 percent.The Lindleyspoort dam is down from 64.2 percent last week to 63.1 percent in the current week while Klipvoor dam located on the Pienaars River has declined from 95.1 percent to 92.2 percent.Roodekopjes dam […]
  • Cape Town – Newly-appointed National Lotteries Commission (NLC) chairperson Professor Barney Pityana has remained non-committal about whether three ministers are under investigation in attempts to achieve far-reaching changes at the troubled entity.Pityana had been addressing a media briefing when GroundUp journalist Raymond Joseph, who has written a series of damning exposés on the NLC, asked him whether a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation includes Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula; Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa; Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga; and non-profit organisations linked to them.Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced Precious Mvulane, Dr Cassius Lubisi, Beryl Ferguson […]
  • September 26 would have been Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s 86th birthday. To remember and honour this South African icon, IOL is republishing a series of special tribute articles written by those who were closest to her.These articles were first published on September 26 in a commemorative edition supplement in The Star and Pretoria News, as well as in the commemorative edition digital magazine.!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");‘A LASTING AND ENDURING FLAME’By Dr Tshepo Motsepe – Patron: WM Memorial NPCThis commemorate supplement marks and honours Mama Winnie 86th birthday.Mama Winnie was not only a symbol, but a lasting and enduring flame of what the […]
  • Johannesburg – Cope’s Colleen Makhubele has been elected as the new Speaker for the City of Johannesburg.Makhubele celebrated her election to the Speaker’s office in an ANC and EFF-backed win, after she racked up 141 votes at the Joburg council sitting. She fills this position after the DA’s Vasco da Gama was ousted on August 31.The position became vacant after Cope and IFP councillors voted with the ANC to oust Da Gama. Over 136 councillors voted to oust Da Gama, while 132 had voted against a motion to oust him.The Cope and IFP had been part of the multiparty coalition […]
  • Pretoria – Cape Town International Airport has been hit by jet fuel shortages, however, the company has assured passengers that it won’t cause flight disruptions and fuel would be available as of next week.The airport only has a few days of jet fuel left after a shipment that was due to arrive some time last week experienced delays at sea.In an interview with eNCA, regional general manager at the Cape Town International Airport Mark Maclean, said the vessel was expected to arrive on Sunday or Monday and they would start delivering probably by Monday or Tuesday.!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");“The situation at […]
  • Cape Town – The Elliot Post Office officials from the Eastern Cape and their spouses who were arrested by members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) have been granted bail in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.Former branch manager, Palesa Aviwe Sigaqa, 37, her spouse and former police officer, Masonwabe Madlinggozi, 40, former Post Office teller Busisiwe Geleba, 35 and her husband, 50-year-old former teacher Luyanda Brighton Geleba face charges of fraud and money laundering.The group is alleged to have been stealing grant funds from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) from 2020 until 2021.According to provincial […]
  • Durban – A protest outside the Dalton Hostel in Durban last night turned violent, as gunshots were fired and a truck carrying a mix load of goods was looted, Metro police said.Police attending the scene on Tuesday night on Sydney Road, just outside the CBD, found an interlink truck had been looted.Reports indicate the protest took place near Moore/Sydney road.Metro police spokesperson Geraldine Stevens said the driver could not confirm the load, but said home electronics were inside the truck.Stevens said the situation “was very tense”.Saps was also on scene.Watch: Metro police confirmed that a protest over 3 day long […]
  • Pretoria – Leaders of rival political parties in South Africa joined several diplomats and government officials at a prestigious event hosted by the Chinese Consul-General in Joburg, Tang Zhongdong, and his wife Tingjiao Zhang to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.The ANC was represented by treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and the EFF was represented by deputy president Floyd Shivambu. Gauteng Premier David Makhura was represented by Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela was represented by Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Makalo Mohale. In his keynote address, Tang said 2022 marked […]
  • Hurricane Ian has strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of almost 140 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Centre said early Wednesday.!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");Ahead of a landfall expected by Wednesday afternoon, the centre warned of a "life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida peninsula." The first significant hurricane to hit the Sunshine State since 2018, Ian is forecast to move slowly toward the coast and cause power outages. Its effects are expected to be felt into the weekend.In Cuba, government crews worked through the night to restore power after Ian severely […]
  • By Nombuso DlaminiMany Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa have experienced or witnessed discrimination and expect to be a victim of social violence in some way in the future.This is according to a study by Dr Rowan Madzamba of Zimbabwe, which earned him a PhD in Public Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).Madzamba’s research examined the prevalence of traumatic incidents experienced by Zimbabwean immigrants, and how the migration process and losses involved result in stressful psychological acculturation and behaviour change.His study revealed that nearly every Zimbabwean immigrant in South Africa had witnessed and/or experienced discrimination and xenophobia, and still expected […]
  • KRISTIN ENGELCape Town – Organisations and stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector joined Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Dikeledi Magadzi in cleaning the Liesbeek River to commemorate World Rivers Day.The aim was to raise public awareness about rivers and their conservation with a clean-up.The river clean-up formed part of a symposium hosted by the national Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), together with local government, the City and research institutions, which included canoeing and water sampling to celebrate World Rivers Day.Delivering the keynote address, Magadzi said: “We are observing this day when the health of our rivers is threatened […]
  • By Aziz El YaakoubiRiyadh – Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz named his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister, a royal decree showed on Tuesday.!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");The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA.Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan and Investment Minister Khalidal-Falih remain in their positions, the decree showed.The crown prince, known as MBS, is promoted from defence minister […]