17:43 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 07, 2014
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said Friday morning that “more needs to be done to get Nelson Mandela Bay on the right track”.
He was addressing a media briefing after delivering the keynote address at an Eastern Cape Economic Symposium in East London.
Gordhan acknowledged that there had been some progress in terms of appointments in senior management positions in the metro, adding that he had Cooperative Gov... read more
17:25 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 07, 2014
Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, will be visting several schools in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas next week.
He will be meeting school principals and school governing bodies to discuss a range of issues affecting schools, including teacher shortages and lack of support staff at some schools.
The visit is being coordinated through the Parliamentary Constituency Office of MPL, Christian Martin.
He says the... read more
17:24 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 07, 2014
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has launched the fourth Annual First Things First HIV Counselling and Testing campaign which for the first time extends to the higher education and training sector.
The national campaign aims to encourage students at tertiary institutions, especially incoming first year students to take responsibility for knowing their HIV status.
The campaign is a key programme of the Higher Educatio... read more
07:45 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 07, 2014
The Tourism Sector has been allocated R149 million over the next three years as part of the drive to increase the number of tourists visiting the Eastern Cape.
Research conducted for the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism shows that the percentage of foreign visitors to South Africa that travelled to the Eastern Cape had dropped from 6.6% in 2006 to just 3.7% in 2011.
Presenting t... read more
17:09 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 06, 2014
Eskom Eastern Cape General Manager, Thys Moller says the emergency declared on Thursday morning over possible power cuts will last until at least 22:00 on Thursday evening.
Moller says the situation will be re-assesed.
"The emergency will last until 22:00 on Thursday night when we will re-asses the situation, that has brought about 3000 MW that we are short. Through the implementation of rotational load shedding we ... read more
16:28 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 06, 2014
Former Air Force flight sergeant, Frederick Gordon was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court on Thursday.
Gordon was convicted of kidnapping, assaulting and raping his wife, Avril, between December 2010 and March 2011.
Algoa FM News reporter, Raahil Sain filed this report.
On count 1 for assault to cause grievous bodily harm he received 10 years, on count 2 of kidnapping... read more
14:12 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 06, 2014
Eastern Cape police are still searching for 4 suspects who robbed a bank in Jansenville of around R300 000 on Wednesday afternoon.
Spokesperson, Warrant Officer Wessel Cronjé says 5 robbers gained access to the bank through the roof, and held the staff at gunpoint.
He says no shots were fired, and no-one was injured.
Cronjé says the suspects fled with the money in a car in the direction of Uitenhage, but... read more
08:52 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, March 06, 2014
BA flight 6232 from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg made a precautionary landing at PE airport on Thursday morning, after a bird struck one of the engine bays shortly after take off.
Port Elizabeth businessman Etienne Harmse says the flight took off at 06:35 and that they heard a loud bang as they became airborne.
He says a strong electrical burn smell then filled the cabin and they were advised by the captain that the... read more
15:14 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Hawks in George are appealing for information on a business robbery in Great Brak River.
Police spokesperson, Captain Malcolm Pojie, says the robbery was discovered on Tuesday morning when staff at a local chain store reported for work.
He says preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects gained entrance through the roof of the building and managed to deactivate the alarm system.
Pojie says the bur... read more
14:43 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Police in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth, are searching for three suspects who robbed a policeman in Tonjeni Street, on Tuesday night.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Thembi Gwe, says the suspects, one of whom was armed, robbed the policeman of his wallet, cellphone and house keys before fleeing in the policeman's car.
Gwe says the vehicle was recovered at the local hospital.
No arrests have yet been made.... read more
12:37 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Port Elizabeth police are searching for nine suspected gangsters following two shooting incidents on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Alwin Labans, says the first incident took place in Bell Road in Gelvandale yesterday afternoon, when one of five men in a car jumped out and opened fire on two men.
They were not hit and a case of attempted murder is under investigation.
Labans says in the second inc... read more
10:51 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The water woes of the Makana Municipality will come under the spotlight today at a meeting of the Eastern Cape Provincial Water Forum.
The Forum is chaired by Local Government MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane.
He says during the meeting in East London, water experts will table presentations on the intervention currently underway in the Makana Municipality, following water outages in Grahamstown recently.
Qoboshiyne says o... read more
09:24 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The George DA ward councillor accused of shooting a 26-year-old man in the arm, appeared in the Thembalethu District Court on Tuesday.
Ludwe Qupe (32) is facing a charge of attempted murder after the shooting just before midnight on Monday January 27.
Southern Cape police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said information obtained from the community suggested that the two men had been talking in Sandkraal Road in Thembalet... read more
09:05 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, March 05, 2014
People from 44 cities around the world -- from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Vancouver to Melbourne, and Hong Kong to Cape Town -- will be marching against lion trophies in the growing canned hunting industry later this month.
In Port Elizabeth and East London, marches are being planned at Kings Beach and from the Backpackers and ending at Orient Theatre respectively.
The march was initiated by South African wildlife activ... read more
14:39 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Local and international film-makers are increasingly looking at the Garden Route as a film destination.
This rising interest has prompted the George Municipality, along with the Cape Film Commission, to host a two-day workshop on the 17th and 18th of this month to discuss a range of issues that include locations, film permits, marketing and logistics etc.
According to the Manager of Local Economic Development at th... read more