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15:18 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
 Millions gain access to piped water The SA Institute of Race Relations says 22.2 million people had obtained access to piped water between 1996 and 2013. In its latest survey, the Institute said that works out to an average of 1.3 million per year, or 109 000 people every month. Researcher, Mienke Steytler, says overall there were 47.5 million people with access to piped water in 2013 while the number of people who have access to electricity follows closel... read more
14:56 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Eskom:No scheduled power outages for today Eskom says there are no scheduled power outages for Monday. Spokespeson, Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom expected the power grid to remain "moderate" throughout the day. He says if they lose any generators, Eskom may be forced to implement load shedding. Phasiwe said there's a medium to high risk of this happening. He urged the public to use electricity sparingly and keep non-essential appliances and lights ... read more
07:06 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 27, 2015
Drunk KZN cop caught on camera(watch) A man who only identified himself as "Tom" took this footage with his camera after a policeman who looked intoxicated nearly crashed into him. The incident took place on Thursday morning at 5.45am in Pinetown KZN     ... read more
07:27 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 26, 2015
South Africans can expect load shedding for another 2 years Public Enterprises Minister, Lynn Brown says South Africans will have to  put up with load shedding for another two years. Brown told parliament's public enterprises portfolio committee yesterday that load shedding is essential if a complete national black out is to be avoided. Brown spoke frankly about the electricity crisis saying that she was worried and doing all she could to try and ensure that Eskom was st... read more
09:23 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Paramedics robbed at gunpoint while treating child Three paramedics were held at gunpoint in the early hours of Wednesday morning while trying to save the life of a five-year-old girl.    ER-24 spokesperson, Werner Vermaak, says they dispatched an ambulance to Khayelitsha shortly after midnight to assist a little girl suffering from seizures. "While treating the girl at the back of the ambulance the side door burst open with 2 gunmen demanding cellphones ... read more
07:31 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 24, 2015
SAPS lifts moratorium on recruitment The SA Police Service is now recruiting reservists after a moratorium on recruitment was lifted in January. Four provinces, namely the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape and Mpumalanga have been identified as pilot provinces for the first recruitment. Replying to a parliamentary question, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, said there are certain categories of people not allowed to become police reservists. These include jo... read more
15:05 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 23, 2015
Hewitt gets bail and may not leave his house in EC Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been granted bail of R10 000 after being found guilty on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault by the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge.  Seventy-five-year-old, Hewitt, who lives at Addo in the Eastern Cape, was convicted on Monday morning of raping Theresa Tolken and Sue-ellen Sheehan, who were tennis pupils of his some 30 year ago. He was also convicted of ... read more
08:43 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 23, 2015
Closing arguments in Bob Hewitt assault case Closing argument in the rape and sexual assault trial of former tennis ace, Bob Hewitt, will be heard on Monday. The case is being heard in the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge in Boksburg. Seventy-five-year-old Hewitt has pleaded not guilty to the rape of two former tennis students, Theresa Tolken and Sue-ellen Sheehan in the 1980's. He also denied a third charge of sexual assault by a third woman, w... read more
09:19 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 22, 2015
Huge gas explosion at mine rocks Welkom in the Free State A huge methane gas explosion at a mine shaft rocked Welkom in the northern Free State late on Saturday afternoon. A massive smoke cloud could be seen billowing above the CBD. Emergency services say many houses in Jan Cilliers Park, Doorn and Sandania had their windows cracked, and ceilings, walls and toilets damaged. Eye-witnesses say the explosion was felt and heard as far as Riebeeckstad and Odendaalsrus. Medicli... read more
07:12 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, March 22, 2015
Agriculture minister meets with Afriforum to discuss farm attacks Civil rights organization, AfriForum had a constructive meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana to discuss possible steps that can be taken to address the safety of farmers and other South Africans living in rural areas. The Minister was impressed with the steps taken by AfriForum to involve local communities in safety initiatives, and with the decline in crime which has resulted... read more
07:13 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, March 21, 2015
Police minister to table findings on Nkandla by end of March Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is expected to table his findings by the end of March on how much, if anything, President Jacob Zuma should pay back after upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. A year ago yesterday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela determined that Zuma should repay a reasonable percentage, after he unduly benefitted from the R246 million spent to upgrade his home in KwaZulu-Natal. The DA has argued that Zuma sh... read more
11:03 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 20, 2015
SARU confirms move of 7's Rugby (full statement) The South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Friday that the SA leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series would be moving to Cape Town for four years from December. The Cape Town Sevens will join a host of new and iconic venues on the Series circuit – which has already added Sydney and Vancouver to its schedule – with the full line-up of host cities and dates to be confirmed by World Rugby (formerly the IRB) in ... read more
13:27 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 19, 2015
No confirmation yet on possible SA victims in Tunisia attack The Department of International Relations says it is liaising with the South African embassy in Tunisia to determine if any South Africans were wounded or killed in an attack at a museum. Department spokesperson, Clayson Monyela says they are still waiting for reports, and at this point they are not able to confirm if there were South Africans involved in the attack,. Two gunmen killed 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisia... read more
07:28 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Eskom seeking skilled people....regardless of skin colour Eskom is racing to recruit as many skilled people as possible, regardless of their skin colour. Responding to questions in the National Assembly, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was not aware of so-called "backroom", race-based retrenchments taking place at Eskom. However, he said when it came to retrenchments, there was a process of asking people to take voluntary retrenchments, but this has since bee... read more
09:00 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Madonsela says spy claims could lead to her suspension Public Protector Thuli Madonsela suspects that the motive behind the investigation into claims that she is a spy, could lead to her suspension. Madonsela has told Eyewitness News that she thinks the motive is to make her ask for an investigation, and then for the President to have a reason to request her to go on a sabbatical or for the President to suspend her, pending an investigation. She also says the State Security ... read more
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