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17:17 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Repo Rate remains unchanged The South African Reserve Bank has left the repo rate unchanged at 5.75% per annum. Govener Gill Marcus made the announcement on Thursday afternoon following a meeting of the Central Bank's monetary policy committee. She said the MPC was of the view that interest rates will have to normalise over time. However, she said given the slightly improved inflation outlook, notwithstanding the upside risks, the stable inflati... read more
17:14 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 18, 2014
All on track for 2014 matric exams The Department of Basic Education says it has finalised all preparations for the 2014 National Senior Certificate exams. The Department says a total of 688-660 candidates are registered for this year's exams, which commences on the 27th of October. Spokesperson, Elija Mhlangu, says KwaZulu Natal Province has the largest full-time enrollment this year followed by Gauteng. The Northern Cape has enrolled the smallest numbe... read more
07:13 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Hawks target rhino poaching kingpin The head of the Hawks, Anwar Dramat, says a suspected rhino poaching kingpin could be nabbed soon. Briefing parliament's police portfolio committee, Dramat hinted that shortly there would be a significant achievement, relating to a person he said was high up on the criminal value chain. He said that those on the bottom rung of the syndicate ladder, such as poachers and drivers, would be targeted by police, while the Haw... read more
07:12 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Corruption watch calls for dismissal of Deputy Minister Corruption Watch has called on President Jacob Zuma to remove Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe, following his claim that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela works for the CIA. Its chairperson, former Cape Town Archbiship, Njongonkulu Ndungane, said in a letter to President Jacob Zuma, that Maphatsoe's claim amounted to contempt of the public protector in terms of the Public Protector Act. He says Corruption Watch vie... read more
16:41 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Malema and Shivhambu kicked out of Parliament again EFF MP's Julius Malema and Floyd Shivhambu have again been kicked out of the National Assembly. During a question and answer session by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphopsa - Malema and Shivhambu called Ramaphosa and murderer and said he had blood on his hands. This is the first time Ramaphosa is answering questions as leader of government business. EFF leader, Julius Malema, questioned why Ramaphosa was not accepting re... read more
11:16 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 Law society condemns personal attacks on Judge Thokozile Masipa The Law Society of South Africa has expressed concern at the threats and personal attacks made against Judge Thokozile Masipa following her judgment in the trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. The Society says in a statement that court judgments are not above scrutiny, but the judgments need to be respected and scrutiny has to be informed, constructive, and based on sound legal principles. It says personal attacks on th... read more
09:44 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 South African mission in Nigeria after church-collapse tragedy Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says a South African mission is currently in Nigeria, and is working closely with authorities to assist in rescue work and identifying bodies. President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday that 67 South Africans were killed when a church building collapsed in Lagos on Friday. Maharaj says the mission consists out of staff from the High Commission bases in Nigeria and the consul genera... read more
07:09 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
67 South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse President Jacob Zuma says 67 South Africans were among the scores of worshippers killed in the collapse of a popular and controversial Nigerian megachurch last Friday. Declaring a nation in grief, Zuma said he was greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries, when a church hostel building collapsed in Lagos. The tally of South African dead exceeds the previous toll of ... read more
13:41 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Some immigration regulations on hold until June The implementation of two of the new immigration regulations on traveling minors will again be delayed, this time until June 1 2015, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Tuesday. This refers to the requirements that children be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate and have written permission from both parents or guardians authorising the child's travel. "We have granted the postponement of th... read more
07:27 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 16, 2014
DA protest over mismanagement of Oudtshoorn Municipality The Democratic Alliance marched to the Oudtshoorn Municipality on Monday in protest against alleged mismanagement of the Municipality. DA Western Cape leader, Ivan Meyer says a memorandum was handed to Mayor Gordon April. He says the document listed examples of "gross mismanagement" and "dirty tricks" allegedly employed by the ANC in Oudtshoorn. Meyer said a coalition between the ANC, Icosa and the... read more
06:10 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Legal organisations condemn attack on Judge Masipa Three legal organisations have expressed concern about the threats and personal attacks directed at Pretoria High Court judge, Thokozile Masipa following her judgement in the Oscar Pistorius trial. The Legal Resources Centre, Section 27 and the Child Law Clinic said in a joint statement on Monday that whilst it is understandable that people may disagree with the verdict, there is a significant difference between criticising... read more
18:29 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 15, 2014
Nobel laureates in plea to president Zuma over Dalai Lama Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa. This, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was forced to abandon a trip to the country. The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape Town next month, the first-ever meeting of its kind in Africa. But, according to an aide, he cancelled after Pretoria denied him a visa in a bid ... read more
16:56 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 15, 2014
Cosatu calls for Generations boycott Trade union Cosatu has called for a boycott of popular SABC 1 soapie Generations on Monday night. This is to protest against the dismissal of 16 of the soapie's actors by production company MMSV productions. The actors were fired after they went on strike following a dispute over pay and working conditions. In a statement Cosatu spokesperson, Patrick Craven, says they are throwing their weight behind the actors who ha... read more
13:02 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 15, 2014
Bulls players cited after EP Kings clash SA Rugby Union issued the following statement Monday on disciplinary action following the Bulls clash against EP Kings on Friday: Vodacom Blue Bulls flank Deon Stegmann and hooker Bongi Mbonambi will face SARU disciplinary hearings on Tuesday after being cited following the team's Absa Currie Cup Premier Division clash against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Stegmann received a red card for striking a play... read more
12:33 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, September 14, 2014
Man to appear in court for attacking his mother A 20-year-old man is expected to appear in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court this week for allegedly attacking his mother. Rapport newspaper reports that 46-year old Anthea van der Pluym's only son, Nicholas, allegedly attacked her in her home in Voëlklip in July. She was hit over the head 14 times with a hammer, choked with an electric chord and then doused in petrol and set alight. Van der Pluym's 74-year-old mot... read more
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