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12:45 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
SA embassy investigate deaths of expat couple in Ireland  The Department of International Relations says South African embassy officials in Ireland are investigating the deaths of an expat couple there. Department spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, says they're still waiting for their report. He says they will be verifying the citizenship status of the couple. The Irish Times reported that the married couple from South Africa, were found wounded and bleeding by firefighters ... read more
12:42 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
SA welcomes arrest of Rhino-horn syndicate in Prague  Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of 16 members of a rhino horn smuggling syndicate in Prague in the Czech Republic. In a statement today, Molewa said the arrests confirm that the killing of South Africa's rhino for their precious horns is linked to international crime syndicates. Her spokesperson, Albie Modise, says the battle against rhino poaching requires international collabo... read more
12:33 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
PE mayor honoured as a 'Living Legend' Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Benson Fihla, has been honoured as one of the province's Living Legends. An exhibition entitled Life and Times of Ben Fihla officially opened on Wednesday at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and will be on display until January 18th. Fihla, who spent 14 years on Robben Island and also escape execution in 1964, says he has a unique opportunity to know what others have to say ab... read more
12:16 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Missing Uitenhage boy found alive after two friends tragically drown  Uitenhage police say they've located the third child who was reported missing after a group of children jumped into the Lapland River to escape a swarm of bees. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Gerda Swart, says the child had been admitted to hospital for treatment for bee stings. She says he has been discharged and is recovering at home. Meanwhile, Swart says police divers have recovered the bodies of two b... read more
11:52 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Toddler stabbings-charges against man withdrawn  The National Prosecuting Authority has withdrawn charges against a man who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman and two toddlers during a robbery in Dobsonville, Soweto. NPA spokesperson, Phindi Louw, said this morning that this was due to insufficient evidence against him. The 33-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with Tuesday's attack when two men broke into a home and attacked the... read more
09:37 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
TB Joshua's building did not have planning approval  A town planner who worked for influential Nigeria preacher TB Joshua has told an inquest that the building which collapsed at Joshua's church, killing 116 people, did not have planning approval. Bisi Adedire, who served as a consultant for Joshua, said that lack of approval did not mean the building was unsound but he says he told the coroner that he had warned church officials they were ignoring building regulations... read more
09:33 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Eight children found dead in Australia home  Eight children have been found dead in a home in the northern Australian city of Cairns. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the suburb of Manoora this morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. Police said when they got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside the home. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years. The woman, believed... read more
08:59 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Hartenbos father sentenced for assaulting his baby  The father from Hartenbos man who abused his four month old baby boy in 2012, has been jailed after being found guilty of attempted murder . The man was sentenced on Thursday. Regional Magistrate Daniel Bok says the 28 year old accused is guilty of attempted murder. He pleaded that he was temporarily insane when he assaulted his baby boy in August 2012. A pediatrician testified during the trial that the victim will... read more
07:07 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Suspected mall robber nabbed in Gauteng  A man has been arrested in connection with the spate of mall robberies in Gauteng. Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba says they have information that could possibly link the suspect to up to 17 armed robberies in and around the province. He says some of the cases that the suspect is involved in are cellphone shop robberies in Benoni, Witbank, Vereeniging, Linden, Sandton, Midrand, Lyt... read more
07:04 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Suspect arrested in connection with toddler stabbings  A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and wounding of two small children and their mother in Dobsonville, Soweto. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela says he will appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday. She says two boys, aged two and three, and their 20-year-old mother were attacked during a robbery in their home on Tuesday night . Two men were believed to... read more
07:02 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 19, 2014
Eskom is quietly confident that it will not have blackouts over the festive season  Eskom is quietly confident that it will not have to implement rolling blackouts over the festive season despite the power system being constrained. The power utility said on Thursday that the power grid is constrained but stable this week and should remain so for the rest of the festive season. Eskom said in a statement that it would use this period of low electricity demand to intensify its plant maintenance progr... read more
16:07 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Knysna Municipality’s water restrictions still in place Statement released by Knysna Municipality: Only a week into the holiday season and Knysna’s demand for water has increased significantly. Although the town is not facing a crises at this stage, if water usage is not mitigated the town could face a problem. The municipality urges residents and seasonal visitors to use water sparingly and responsibly especially during the warm summer season. The municipality’s ... read more
14:43 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Mossel Bay robber gets 15 years  A Mossel Bay man has been sentenced to an effective 15 years imprisonment for robbery. Thirty year old Ricardo Moolman robbed six victims over a period of a few months. All the robberies occurred in the Mossel Bay area. Moolman was found guilty on all six charges of robbery and sentenced to 15 years behind bars.... read more
14:10 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Suspect arrested following gang shooting in PE  Port Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man following a suspected gang-related shooting in Helenvale. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Alwin Labans says the victim, also 21, was sitting with friends in Voysen Street when the alleged shooter arrived. He says there was an argument between the two and shots were fired. Labans says the victim was hit in the legs and admitted to hospital. The suspect... read more
12:54 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, December 18, 2014
SA welcomes softening on ties between the US and Cuba  The South African government has hailed US President Barack Obama's announcement of moves to "normalise" his country's diplomatic ties with Cuba. The government also welcomed the release of three of the so-called Cuban Five, who were held in the US for shooting down a civilian plane in 1996, killing four pilots. The three were released on Wednesday in a prisoner swop that has been slated by the families o... read more
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