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08:13 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 01, 2015
Former top Tshwane cop nabbed A former deputy chief of the Tshwane metro police has been arrested for drunk driving in Pretoria. He was arrested at the intersection of Madiba and Sophie de Bruyn Streets on Saturday after he was involved in an accident. Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the man was found to be under the influence of alcohol when he was tested. The other motorist was sober. Mahamba said the former deputy chief allegedly ... read more
08:06 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 01, 2015
Youth killed at drag racing event A 15-year-old boy has been shot dead during a stand-off with police following an illegal drag racing event in Durban. Colonel Jay Naicker says police were called out Saturday following complaints of people spinning tyres and drag racing at a taxi rank in Inanda. He said that initial reports were that a mob of about 200 drivers and spectators attacked police. Shots were fired and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the cheek. ... read more
06:34 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, February 28, 2015
Petrol price hike looms The price of petrol, diesel, paraffin and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will increase next week. The energy department says the increases will come into effect on Wednesday. Petrol would go up by 96 cents a litre, diesel by 74 cents, paraffin by 73 cents and LPG by R1.54.   The department says the main reason for the fuel price increases is the average increase in the price of crude oil (by about 20 percent) durin... read more
07:50 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, February 26, 2015
Spy boss orders probe into Al Jazeera leaks The State Security Minister has ordered a probe into leaks of top secret documents. This week broadcaster, Al Jazeera, began publishing details of leaked documents from South Africa's State Security Agency. Some of the revelations include how Iran tried to use official and unofficial channels in South Africa to beat western-imposed sanctions as well as an assassination plot against African Union Commission chairperso... read more
14:34 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Nhlanhla Nene tables his maiden budget speech in parliament Some taxation increases coupled with certain relief measures in a generally subdued but optimistic 2015/16 budget were announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday. Presenting his first main budget as finance minister in the National Assembly, Nene said the 2015/16 budget was aimed at rebalancing fiscal policy to give greater impetus to investment, to support enterprise development, promote a... read more
14:14 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Income tax up by 1% Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, has raised the personal income tax rates by one percentage point for all taxpayers earning more than R181,900 per annum. Delivering his maiden budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday, Nene said this would raise tax “by R21 a month for a taxpayer below the age of 65 with an annual income of R200,000.” “Those earning R500,000 would pay R271 a month more, and at R1.5 milli... read more
08:02 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Parliamentary committee concerned about The Chairperson of Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, Cornelia September, said she's concerned about leaked intelligence reports. Broadcaster, Al Jazeera, said it was possession of South African intelligence documents that, among other things, show covert efforts by Iran to use official and unofficial channels in South Africa to beat western-imposed sanctions. And, according to The Herald on W... read more
16:58 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, February 24, 2015
 A legal fightback by Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius has launched a legal fight back against the State's attempt to see him convicted of murder. ENCA reports that the blade runners lawyers are seeking leave to challenge Judge Masipa's decision to give the State right to appeal his culpable homicide conviction. Pistorius is serving five years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine Day two years ago. His law... read more
11:55 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Stats SA releases GDP data Real gross domestic product at market prices increased by 4.1 percent during the fourth quarter of last year. Statistics South Africa said the seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the fourth quarter of 2014, increased by an annualised rate of 4.1 per cent compared with an increase of 2.1 percent, revised from 1.4 percent during the third quarter of 2014. Stats SA said Tuesday "that the main contributors... read more
06:53 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Shaik wants medial parole converted to ordinary parole Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says that six years after convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole, apparently terminally ill, he has applied for ordinary parole. Masutha also rejected claims by the DA that he had personally received Shaik's application. Shaik, a former financial advisor to president Jacob Zuma, was found guilty of fraud and corruption in 2005 and ja... read more
09:21 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, February 23, 2015
Pistorius trial named Newsmaker of the Year 2014 The Oscar Pistorius trial has been named the National Press Club - North-West University Newsmaker of the Year for 2014.      According to National Press Club chairperson, Jos Charle, this includes the roles played in the trial by Pistorius himself, Judge Thokozile Masipa, prosecutor Advocate Gerrie Nel and defence lawyer Adv Barry Roux. Charle says for the first time in the history of South Africa, most of... read more
09:16 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, February 23, 2015
NCape cop arrested for stock theft A Northern Cape police constable will appear in court this week on a charge of stock theft. Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, says Constable Lourens Klip was arrested with three other men last Tuesday. They were found to be in possession of six sheep when they were arrested by police who were following up on a tip-off. Naidu says the four have already made a court appearance and were remanded in custody to... read more
06:57 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, February 23, 2015
Miners brought to safety Harmony Gold says a  joint investigation will be conducted with the department of mineral resources into an underground fire at a mine near Carletonville. 486 mine employees were returned to the surface safely after a fire broke out at the Kusa-salethu gold mine on Sunday. Harmony CEO, Graham Briggs, said the're extremely grateful that all the workers were brought to the surface. No injuries or deaths were re... read more
12:43 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, February 22, 2015
'Maties' building on fire A fire has broken out on the Stellenbosch University campus on Sunday morning. According to reports on social media platform, Twitter, the blaze engulfed the Van Der Sterr building, which houses the Accounting and Statistics departments. Fire fighters were trying to bring the blaze under control. It's unclear what caused the fire. No reports of casualties have been received. ... read more
06:31 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, February 21, 2015
Stage 1 loadshedding implemented on Saturday Eskom says it will implement Stage 1 load shedding at 8 o'clock on Saturday morning and it will continue until 10 pm. The power utility says the system is constrained. Eskom says this is due to urgent maintenance required on units at their power stations. It says it understands the impact this has on retail businesses and on South Africa, adding that load shedding is done as a necessity to protect the power system... read more
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