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13:52 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 06, 2015
EC Finance MEC tables R64.9bn budget Eastern Cape MEC for Provincial Finance and Treasury, Sakhumzi Somyo, has tabled a budget of around 65 billion rand for the 2015/2016 financial year. As expected the lions share went to the Department of Education which receives R29.4bn and the Department of Health, which has been allocated a budget of R18.4bn. In tabling his budget policy statement in the Bhisho Legislature on Friday, MEC Somyo said "that over the ... read more
11:03 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 06, 2015
Armed robbery at bakery-café in Walmer, Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of business robbery following and incident at Bocadillos Bakery and Cafe in Walmer late on Thursday night. Police spokesperson, Captain Johan Rheeder, says three armed suspects entered the premises and took an undisclosed amount of money and liquor. He says no shots were fired, and no-one was injured. Rheeder says the three men are still at large. ... read more
07:35 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 06, 2015
EC Premier Phumulo Masualle Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, says he's saddened at the death of the mayor of Port St Johns, councillor Danisile Mangqo.  Masualle said Mangqo died in the early hours of Thursday morning following "a short illness." "We are saddened by the untimely passing away of Councillor Mangqo who has led the PSJ Local Municipality with diligence and political maturity. Death has deprived us of a co... read more
16:46 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
 Two more suspects arrested following PE armed robbery Port Elizabeth police have arrested two more suspects, following an armed robbery at Fishers Jewellery store in the Greenacres shopping centre. Police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills, says the two were arrested in a blue Volkswagen Polo in the parking area of the shopping centre on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday morning, a policeman came under fire from a gang of seven men who robbed the jewellery store. The po... read more
13:17 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
PE cops on trail of 'mall' robbers Port Elizabeth police are on the trail of an armed gang who robbed a jewellery store in Greenacres Shopping Centre Thursday morning. Police spokesperson, Captain Johan Rheeder, says police received a call just after 9am about shots being fired. "When a policeman on duty responded he came under fire from around seven men who had robbed the Fischers Jewellery Store," he said. "The policeman, who was wound... read more
11:23 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
SA wool market The wool market remained largely flat following this week's sale. Cape Wools said its Merino indicator gained 0.4% to close at R110.54 per kilogram for clean wool. The indicator was however down 1.0% when compared to the opening sale of this season and 3.7% down on the corresponding sale of the previous season. The Australian market indicator was down by 0.1%. Cape Wools says local traders commented that this w... read more
10:48 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
Armed Robbery in Greenacres Shopping Centre  A Port Elizabeth policeman has been wounded in a shoot-out with an armed gang who robbed a jewellery store in Greenacres Shopping Centre a short while. Details are still sketchy but police said that a get-away car was found abandoned in Mangold Street in Newton Park. Spokesperson, Captain Johan Rheeder, says at least one suspect is believed to have been wounded following the heist at Fischers Jewellers.   ... read more
10:13 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
Body washes up on Dana Beach (Mossel Bay) The identity of a body that washed up on the beach in Dana Bay this past Sunday is still unknown. A man, who is in his forties, was found on Sunday afternoon after his body washed up on the sand at Second Beach. No police station in the area has received enquiries about a missing person. The man was wearing white running shoes, black pants and a green and black jacket. The police appealed to the community to come forw... read more
07:06 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 05, 2015
EC woman in court for babies in freezers An Eastern Cape woman is expected to apply for bail when she appears in the Mthatha Magistrate's court Thursday. 29-year old Mellisa Jacobs has been charged with murder and concealment of birth. Jacob, who appeared in court on Monday, handed herself to the police on 10 February after the bodies were discovered frozen in two different freezers at her New Brighton home in Mthatha.   She allegedly told the police... read more
15:25 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Reward offered for information on rhino poaching The Wilderness Foundation and the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative are offering a R150 000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of those involved in the killing of two rhino at the Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve. On Tuesday, a mother and her 2 and a half year old calf were killed, and the mother's unborn calf also died. "Just to highlight the absolute horror of thi... read more
11:34 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Youths meet with social worker over attack on school bus in Humandorp Two Eastern Cape youths aged 16 and 17 are meeting with a social worker on Wednesday so that a report can be compiled to determine their criminal capacity. The boy's were initially meant to appear in the Humansdorp magistrates on Wednesday morning, however the matter was rolled over until Friday. They were arrested after a learner from Nico Malan High School was allegedly stabbed on a school bus last Friday. The 1... read more
10:59 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Eastern Cape taxi driver in court for overloading Provincial Traffic officials pulled over an overloaded taxi near Needs Camp outside East London on Wednesday morning crammed with 28 school children. The taxi is licenced to transport 14 passengers. Eastern Cape Transport department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca says the driver was arrested and is expected to appear in court in Zwelitsha on Wednesday. Kumbaca says alternative transport was arranged to get the learners to... read more
09:48 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Cheating by Eastern Cape learners under the spotlight Cheating by learners in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal during last year's matric exams had a sequel in parliament on Tuesday. The Department of Basic Education briefed the Portfolio Committee on Education on the progress being made with regard to the disciplinary action to be taken against those found guilty of mass cheating. The Department's Dr Rufus Poliah told the Committee said that the disciplinary proce... read more
16:51 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Amla, Du Plessis set up another 200-run win The Castle Lager Proteas produced the ideal performance both with bat and ball to beat Ireland by 201 runs in their ICC World Cup Pool B match at Canberra on Tuesday. The Proteas set a record for posting 400 runs totals in back-to-back matches and have now drawn level with India with five totals in excess of this milestone. They are also the second team after Australia to post 200-run wins in successive World Cup matches. ... read more
14:34 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Shots fired during EL protest East London police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse residents of Scenery Park who set up burning barricades on the road leading to the township on Tuesday afternoon. Residents told Algoa FM News that some members of the community became angry when municipal personnel began tearing down structures that were being erected on an open piece of land along the road at the entrance to Scenery Park. Police spoke... read more
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