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07:16 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Constable Simo Potelwa The Butterworth Regional Court has sentenced a man to 25 years in jail for raping a seven year old girl. Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, says 27 year old Akhona Mpaphela was jailed on Monday for the attack on the child in 2013. He says the perpetrator was a neigbhour of the young victim. Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Mbeko Sibhidla has welcomed the sentence and also praised investigator, Cons... read more
07:04 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Fatal accidents in EC One person has been killed in an accident on the N-2 between Dutywa and Butterworth in the Easern Cape.   Provincial traffic authorities report that a station wagon collided with a stray animal and then ploughed into a passing ambulance on Monday. Both vehicles caught fire.   In a separate incident in Dutywa itself, a bakkie collided with a bus, killing a passenger instantly. Police have opened ... read more
06:59 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
NMBM extends load-shedding schedule Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay may have to endure load-shedding twice in a 24 hour period. This, after the Municipality brought it's latest schedules in line with the rest of the country. Municipality spokesperson, Roland Williams, says up until now the Metro had been running a 16-hour load-shedding schedule. However, he says Eskom has asked the Municipality to align its schedules with the 24 hour cycle. He sa... read more
16:57 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Third annual Eat Well, Eat Local Campaign launched in EC Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, today launched the Third annual Eat Well, Eat Safe, Eat Local campaign in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape. Davies says agro-processing and agriculture are expected to create a million jobs while also promoting industrial development in rural economies. He says the Chris Hani District Municiplity has good agricultural production potential. Davies also explains why its important to... read more
16:45 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Demarcation Board to schedule EC meetings The Municipal Demarcation Board has scheduled several public meetings in the Eastern Cape to discuss the amalgamation of several struggling municipalities. These are to consider proposals to merge several local municipalities to optimise the viability of the new municipality. The Municipalities in the spotlight are the Ikwezi, Baviaans and Camdeboo Local Municipalities in the Sarah Baartman District. The proposed merg... read more
16:34 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
DA to conduct inspections of controversial Eastern Cape sanitation sites DA parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, will lead an inspection of sanitation sites in the Amathole District Municipality on Tuesday. Algoa FM's Olwethu Xabanisa has more on this story. The Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape Spokesperson Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka says this follows a complaint filed by the DA regarding irregularities in the tender process and payments to Siyenza for toilets that were never built. She... read more
16:17 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Scifest Africa 2015 hailed as a big success Organisors of the 2015 Science Festival in Grahamstown have hailed this year's event as a big success. Scifest Africa Director Anja Fourie, says the 19th edition saw 24 000 tickets sold, while attendance topped 58 400 Fourie says media coverage of Scifest Africa 2015 was worth more than R5.4 million. She says she was particularly pleased with the presentations by top Nasa scientists who dominated the lecture progr... read more
15:51 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Eastern Cape born rocket scientist wows the crowds at incubator day Eastern Cape born rocket scientist and Harvard graduate, 26-year year old Siyabulela Xuza says that the greatest minds come from the Eastern Cape province. Xuza was speaking at a Seda Nelson Mandela Bay ICT incubtor event celebrating National Incubation Day taking place across the country on Monday. The young scientist who grew up in a rural community near Mthatha also has a planet named after him and has had his work re... read more
11:36 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Karoo fish farming project set to take off   A fish farming project in the Eastern Cape is poised for a massive export order that could see catfish bred in the Karoo exported to Nigeria. That's according to Phakamisa George, risk capital specialist at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. He says the ECDC will become a shareholder in a new company that will be formed out of the Blue Karoo Trust which started the fish farming project in the Graaff ... read more
09:19 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
DTI launches  Eat Well, Eat Safe, Eat Local campaign in EC Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, is expected to launch the Eat Well, Eat Safe, Eat Local campaign in the Eastern Cape on Monday. The launch takes place at Cofinvaba High School. The Department of Trade and Industry says the campaign serves as a platform to market and promote the consumption of local produce in order to preserve and protect jobs in the Agro-processing sector.  "In its third year in the ... read more
08:48 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, March 30, 2015
Hundreds nabbed in EL crime blitz Police stations under the East London cluster conducted several crime operations over the weekend. A total of 162 suspects were arrested for various crimes, including murder, armed robbery, assault and dealing in drugs.  East London police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Marais, says the operations were conducted in conjuction with the community structures who play a vital role in assisting the police in combating cri... read more
08:56 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Storms River SAPS offer reward for unsolved murder Storms River SAPS are offering a reward of up to 10-thousand rand for information which may lead to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the suspects involved in the murder of 70 year-old Corrie Claase. It is alleged  that Corrie and his wife were woken up by an intruder at about 05:00 on the 28th of February at a smallholding in Robbehoek, Storms River. The wife ran to the neighbours for help, whilst her husba... read more
07:48 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Two killed in Karoo accident Two people were killed in a road accident on the N9 between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police report that a family from Cape Town was travelling to Ugie in the Eastern Cape when the driver lost control of hic vehicle just before 3am. The vehicle rolled and two people were killed instantly . The other three occupants were taken to hospital with various injuries. ... read more
16:52 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 27, 2015
Motorist found guilty for attempted bribery A Johannesburg motorist has been found guilty of attempted bribery by the Aliwal North Magistrate Court. Eastern Cape Transport Department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca reports that Thabang Moahloli was sentenced on Friday to 10 months in prison,  suspended for 3 years, with an option of a fine of R2000. Moahloli was arrested by Traffic Officer Slinger when he attempted to bribe him with R40. Department of Transport... read more
16:47 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, March 27, 2015
Department of Energy announces massive fuel hike The energy department has announced a massive fuel price hike - effective next Wednesday - and its not an April fools joke. Petrol will increase by  R1.60 a litre and diesel by R1.20 cents a litre - both at the coast.   The price of illuminating paraffin will increase by 26 cents  per litre and liquified Petroleum Gas by 85 cents  per kilogram Reasons given for the increase were higher internationa... read more
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