08:32 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Garden Route National Park says of the 249 national estuaries forming part of a study, the Knysna estuary was ranked above the St Lucia World Heritage Site in terms of biodiversity significance.
The Park says in a statement this was determined by the number of fish species, birds and botanical data from the study, which was conducted by Jane Turpie and Barry Clarke.
The Knysna estuary is home to 43 percent of South ... read more
08:23 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Department of Basic Education, together with the Eastern Cape Department of Education and UNICEF will launch the Girls and Boys Education Movement on Saturday - a programme focused on empowering learners, at the former Griffiths Mxenge College outside King Williams Town.
The provincial education department says in a statement the movement will equip learners with leadership development, life skills and sport organizing ... read more
08:18 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, May 25, 2013
An Eastern Cape man has been jailed for life by the High Court in Tabankulu.
Police spokesperson, Captain Mlungisi Matadane says 28-year old Abongile Tywaku, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
In October 2010, Tywaku and six other men entered a community meeting in Chibini, where money was being counted, and demanded the money --approximately R80,000.
A woman, ... read more
16:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
The Eastern Cape department of education says teachers, who planned to take the department to court for non-payment, have been paid.
Spokesperson, Loyiso Pulumani says the application by 25 temporary teachers was due to be heard in the Grahamstown High Court on Friday, but the matter was heard in chambers and adjourned.
He says all but two of them were paid.
Pulumani says the two teachers yet to be paid, had outstandi... read more
16:26 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
Employees at Volkswagen SA in Uitenhage continued to protest on Friday, against what they say, is an infringment of employee rights by the company.
About 300 employees started the protest action on Thursday during the morning and afternoon shifts.
Numsa regional secretary, Phumzile Nodongwe says workers taking sick leave are being subjected to an interview by the company.
He says if workers refuse an interview, the co... read more
14:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
The South African Banking Risk information Centre says bank fraud related SIM swop scams have increased significantly in recent months.
As a result, a number of bank customers have fallen victim to bank fraud.
Sabric launched its interbank e-crime awareness campaign this week.
It says for criminals to be successful with internet banking fraud they require the victims username and password which are stolen by tri... read more
14:34 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Ethiopia, ahead of the African Union's 50th anniversary celebrations.
The presidency says Zuma will attend the celebrations to take place from Friday to Monday. He will also attend the 21st ordinary session of the AU assembly on Sunday and Monday.
He's accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and State Secur... read more
14:28 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has confirmed that South African troops have been deployed in countries neighbouring the Central African Republic.
But, she said this was merely to support the withdrawal of SA force from the troubled state.
Addressing the Cape Town Press Club, Mapisa-Nqakula, said after South Africa suffered 13 fatalities in a rebel attack near Bangui in March, soldiers had been sent to the... read more
14:22 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees taking place in June will offer something new to festival goers this year.
Festival director, Jennifer Honsbein says they've decided to be the first festival in the Eastern Cape to have snow for the whole family.
She says there will be 10 tons of snow in an Alpine village setting, which will offer various activities, including snow ball fights and snowboarding.
The Absa Kirkwood Wilds... read more
14:21 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
New evidence has come to light in the high treason case of four alleged right-wingers.
The state told the Bloemfontein Magistrate's court on Friday that weapons had been discovered in the Eastern Cape, while ammunition had been found in Limpopo.
Its believed that the weapons were to be used to murder top ANC leaders during the party's elective conference in Mangaung last year.
Hein Boonzaaier, Johan Prinsloo, ... read more
13:02 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
A vehicle that had been stolen from the Grahamstown police barracks on Wednesday has been found.
Police spokesperson, captain Mali Govender, says the 1999 Toyota Corolla was found in Mthatha.
She says two suspects were arrested.
Earlier this week Grahamstown police warned of a surge in thefts of older model cars.
She appealed to the public to take steps to secure their vehicles.... read more
12:59 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
Quick action by Port Elizabeth police has led to the arrest of a suspect after an elderly woman was tied up and robbed in her Summerstrand retirement home.
Police spokesperson, captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, says the 82-year-old victim woke up in the early hours of Friday morning and was confronted by three suspects.
She says they tied her up before ransacking her house.
However, Janse Van Rensburg says befo... read more
12:57 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
The Eastern Cape Department of Education is investigating a female teacher who allegedly used corporal punishment and also made racial remarks towards learners at a Uitenhage school.
Learners and parents protested at Limekhaya High School in Kwalanga on Thursday calling for the teacher's permanent dismissal.
Bhisho Education Department spokesperson, Mali Mtima, says the matter is under investigation but urged pare... read more
11:11 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
A Midrand student reported missing earlier this month, has been found dead.
Gauteng newspapers are reporting on Friday that the decomposed body of 19-year-old Philisande Ngum was found in the veld in President Park in Midrand on Wednesday.
The cause of death is not known yet and no arrests have been made.
Ngum was a student at the Midrand Graduate Institution and her mother Catherine had reportedly paid R1 500 r... read more
11:07 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, May 24, 2013
Port Elizabeth police are searching for three armed suspects who hijacked a truck belonging to a transport company on Friday morning.
Police spokesperson, captain Andre' Beetge, says the truck driver had been accosted while delivering a consignment of cigarettes to the Spar distribution centre in Perserverance.
He says the driver was put in the back of the truck which was driven to Koyana Street in Kwazakhele where... read more