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09:42 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 01, 2014
South Africans encouraged to support Women's Month The Commission for Gender Equality has called on South Africans to celebrate Women's Month in August. Spokesperson Javu Baloyi says the struggle continues for women's emancipation and empowerment, even in the post-apartheid era due to persistent structural impediments in the way of gender equality. In a recent report, the commission found that maternal mortality rates remained unacceptably high due to poor dissemination ... read more
09:39 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 01, 2014
 No political involvement in class action against Transnet The R80 billion class action suit of Transnet pensioners is devoid of political affiliation or involvement, according to the pensioners' attorneys. Attorney Wynanda Coetzee said on Thursday that they're acting on behalf of the applicants and the members of the funds and will only take instructions from them. Judge Ephraim Makgoba granted an order in the High Court in Pretoria to pensioners Johan Pretorius and Johan Kruge... read more
07:17 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 01, 2014
Zuma flypast cost more than R200-thousand The flypast by an SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma's inauguration in Pretoria earlier this year, cost taxpayers well over R200-thousand, although it was over in less than a minute. In a written reply to a parliamentary question tabled by Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the total cost of the May 24 flight over the Union Buildings, including a pract... read more
07:13 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 01, 2014
Teacher shortages at Port Elizabeth schools under the spotlight School principals and parents from dozens of primary and high schools in Port Elizabeth's northern areas met on Thursday over ongoing teacher shortages at their schools. At a public meeting, they said that quality teaching and learning was being sabotaged by the current crisis. Schools also mentioned the possibility of closing their doors in the midst of the ongoing struggle to fund vacants posts from their own coffers. ... read more
06:25 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 01, 2014
Gold for Fredericks in Glasgow Cornel Fredericks became the third South African champion in the history of the 400 metre hurdles at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday night. Eight years after his training partner LJ van Zyl claimed the gold medal in the one-lap hurdles, Fredericks did it in emphatic style in a time 48.50 seconds. Fredericks comfortably led from the start with world champion Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago breathing down his neck.... read more
16:25 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
PE farmers in crime protest A group of disgruntled farmers gathered at the Rocklands police station outside Port Elizabeth on Thursday to voice their concern about ongoing crime, including stock theft, in the area. The chairperson of the Van Stadens River agricultural society, Johan Rademeyer, told Algoa FM News that the police station is almost dysfunctional, and in urgent need of an upgrade. "We got a problem in our area with stock theft and... read more
14:42 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Efforts to remove Abathembu King gathers momentum   The Abathembu Royal House says efforts to unseat King Buyelekaya Dalinyebo is not a political issue, but one based on long-standing concerns about his conduct. The court has courted controversy by strongly criticising President Jacob Zuma and his ANC-led government, openly smoking dagga and then also becoming a full-fledged card carrying member of the Democratic Alliance. He has also been convicted and sentenced ... read more
12:55 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Transnet faces multi-billion rand class action  Transnet pensioners have won the right to launch an R80-billion class action against the parastatal as they try to claim back missing money. Thursday's ruling in favour of the pensioners in the Northern Gauteng High Court signals the start of what could possibly be the largest court action in South Africa's legal history. Last year, the Transnet Pension Action Group, which represents more than 60 000, approached th... read more
08:46 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
Oscar: State files final arguments  The National Prosecuting Authority says the State has filed its final arguments in the case of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. Spokesperson Nathi Mcube says they filed the closing arguments in the high court on Wednesday and are ready to argue. Final argument in Pistorius' murder trial will be heard on the 7th of August. On the 8th of July, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that no heads of argument could be publis... read more
06:26 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
King Kallis retires from International cricket The captains of the South African one-day international and Test squads, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, have led the tributes to Jacques Kallis, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. De Villiers said Kallis' experience would be missed in the Proteas' environment, along with the professionalism and humility with which he went about his game. Amla said Kallis left a great legacy that many ... read more
06:24 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, July 31, 2014
SA athletes shine at Commonwealth Games South African athletes claimed three silver medals and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday night. National 400m sprint record holder Wayde van Niekerk was second to Olympic champion Kirani James of Granada, who won gold in a Games record time of 44.24 seconds. Van Niekerk has another possible chance of winning silverware as he will feature in the 200m semi-finals along with compatriots Ncincilili... read more
17:00 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
School parents to hold a meeting over teacher shortages Parents from schools in Port Elizabeth northern areas will hold a meeting at Cleary Park Bread of Life ministry centre to address the ongoing problem of teacher shortages and curriculum backlog at schools. Andrew Sauls of the Bethelsdorp school governing body unit,says school governing body chairpersons from the 55 primary schools and 15 highs schools are expected to attend the meeting on Thursday to discuss over crowded cl... read more
15:47 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
NWGA on faulty wool clips The National Wool Grower's Association says the largest percentage of faulty clips for sale at auction came from brokers, hawkers, traders, speculators and feedlots - while few producers consistently erred with the preparation of their clips. The manager: Production Advisory services of the NWGA, Dr Louis du Pisani says a detailed analysis of clip faults reported by buyers over the past 4 seasons showed that clips from the ... read more
15:44 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
MPO to tour Israel Milk producers are invited to join a dairy farmers’ tour to Israel with the Milk Producer's Organisation. The MPO says the tour is organised to coincide with the IDF World Dairy Summit held in Tel Aviv from 27 to 31 October. It says participants can look forward to at least four farm visits – including a visit to Kibbutz Afi-kim in the Jordan Valley and attending the farmers’ dinner and conference dur... read more
15:41 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Rekord mielie-oes verwag Die mielie-oes oortref steeds die stoutste verwagtinge, nadat die sesde produksieskatting vir somergewasse vir 2014 die week vrygestel is. Die Oesskattingskomitee stel die grootte van die kommersiële mielie-oes op 14,017 miljoen ton, wat sowat 1% of 126 700 ton hoër is as die vorige skatting van 13,890 miljoen ton. Die verwagte opbrengs beloop 5,21 t/ha. Die oppervlak onder wit mielies is 1,551 miljoen ha e... read more
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