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16:20 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Judgement in Rheenendal bus crash inquiry By Yolande Stander The Knysna Magistrates Court found that negligence by several people contributed to the horrific Rheenendal bus crash which claimed the lives of 14 school children three years ago. Magistrate Derek Torlage on Friday delivered his findings after a lengthy inquest into the accident on August 24, 2011. The Rheenedal Primary School pupils and 65-year-old driver Tiaan Colin Payle died when the African Expr... read more
16:02 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
PE cop found stabbed in her car A Port Elizabeth police Constable is in a stable condition in hospital after being found in her car in Standford Road with a knife wound to the neck. Police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, has also thanked members of the public who alerted the police. She says members of the public called in thinking that the woman may have been shot. Janse Van Rensburg says police rushed to the scene and found the wo... read more
14:32 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Weather plays havoc with Eskom supply in EC  Eskom says the inclement weather conditions, characterised by gale force winds and snow, have disrupted electricity supply in several parts of the Eastern Cape. Spokesperson, Zama Mpondwana, says about 5 000 customers in Port St Johns and 2 200 in Lady Free areas are currently affected. He says Eskom technicians are working hard to restore electricity supply to the affected areas. Mpondwana says Eskom's appealin... read more
13:00 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Sizani case postponed  The fraud and money-laundering trial of Non-thutu-zelo Sizani, wife of ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, has been postponed in the Commercial Crimes Court in Port Elizabeth to the 26th of January 2015. That's because defence counsel, Johan Wessels, cannot find a clear two week period in his diary. Meanwhile, a warrant of arrest has been issued for a witness Ntombekhaya Dinge. Magistrate Mputumi Mpofu issued the warra... read more
11:51 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Body of unknown man found in PE street  Port Elizabeth police are investigating the death of an unknown man, whose body was found in Military Road on Friday morning. Spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg says a motorist on her way to work, noticed the body just before 7 o'clock. She says there were no visible injuries to the man's body, and the cause of of death is still unclear. Janse van Rensburg says the man was in his late 50's. Police... read more
10:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Good rainfall in parts of the Eastern Cape   Good rainfalls were measured over parts of the Eastern Cape the past 24 hours until 8 o'clock on Friday morning. The PE branch of the SA Weather Service says 26 mm fell at Port Elizabeth airport, with up to 42 mm in places across the city. Only 4mm fell in George and nothing yet in East London. Other places which measured 20 mm and more, were St Albans with 42mm, Plettenberg Bay 38 mm, Joubertina 28 and Elands... read more
07:34 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Education Department approves filling of vacant posts at schools in PE  The Eastern Cape Education Department has approved the filling of substantive vacant posts at schools in Port Elizabeth's Northern areas. Schools were closed in protest over teacher shortages, but will re-open again on Monday. Chris Zamisa, the chairperson of the task team established following a meeting of school governing bodies on Wednesday, says they met with Education District Management on Thursday. He tol... read more
07:24 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, August 29, 2014
Heavy snowfalls lead to closure of several Eastern Cape mountain passes   Very cold and wet conditions set in over much of the Eastern Cape overnight, and these are expected to continue this weekend. The SA Weather Service in Port Elizabeth says the most significant impact of the cold front system was that the freezing levels were reduced significantly. Spokesperson, Garth Sampson said this reduction in the height of the freezing level would lead to significant snowfalls. He said t... read more
17:49 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, August 28, 2014
Administrator to run 'embattled' Makana Municipality The Bhisho Government says it will appoint an administrator to the embattled Makana Municipality in terms of Section 139 (1B) of the Constitution. This was announced after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan, led a high level team, including Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance MEC, Fikile Xasa, to the Municipality on Thursday. However, Bhisho stopped short of dissolving the Makana Coun... read more
15:50 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, August 28, 2014
DASO calls for NMMU to withdraw from NSFAS pilot project DA students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have held a picket protest demanding the university to withdraw from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme pilot project. A handful of students marched on Thursday from north to south campus to hand over a memorandum to the office of the Vice Chancellor. DASO SRC presidential candidate, Hlomela Bucwa, says this year the system was centralised and became problemati... read more
14:43 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, August 28, 2014
Buffalo City Municipal Workers still up in arms over employment impasse  Municipal Workers' Union Samwu in Buffalo City has expressed grave disappointment over the slow pace at which long term temporary employers are being permanent. At a Council meeting on Wednesday, Buffalo City executive mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha revealed that only 91 of the close to 800 long term temporary workers have been employed permanently. Earlier this year SAMWU embarked on a two-week long strike, leaving the str... read more
07:22 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, August 28, 2014
Buffalo City DA councillor accused of leaking council information  Buffalo City DA councillor Lance Weyer was met with accusations of leaking council information to the media and being racist during a council meeting at the East London City Hall on Wednesday. This, during debate on the proposed 40-year lease of portions of erf for the R2-billion Berlin for Business Project, outside the city. BCM Mayor Zukiswa Ncita accused Weyer and the DA of resisting development in black communi... read more
17:25 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Gordhan to meet 'embattled' Makana Municipality on Thursday Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan, will be in Grahamstown on Thursday to meet the 'embattled' Makana Municipality. A Department spokesperson said that the Minister's visit forms part of the andate to visit municipalities across the country as part of his Outreach Programme. The Makana Municipality has been in the spotlight following calls for it to be placed under administration in t... read more
15:58 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Stakeholders meet over teacher shortages in PE Schools in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas have been closed in protest against teacher shortages, but will re-open on Monday. This followed a meeting of school governing bodies representing an estimated 70 schools on Wednesday, at which a task team was established to deal with the key issue of teacher shortages. There are reportedly more than 130 vacant posts at schools in the Northern Areas and according to principals t... read more
13:04 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Metro’s Integrated Public Transport System faces funding deficit of billions  Nelson Mandela Bay’s Integrated Public Transport System will face a funding deficit of R2.9 billion over the next two financial years. That's according to a report to be submitted to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee later this week. The report shows that while total grant funding of R3.8 billion is required, only a fraction over R1 billion has been allocated, while there was also over exp... read more
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