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16:52 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
 Police take action against striking Joubertina farm workers Police fired rubber bullets to disperse striking farm workers who barricaded the R-62 near Joubertina. Around 300 farm workers employed by the Dut Toit Group embarked on a legal strike on Wednesday demanding a centralised bargaining process for farm workers in the Western and Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union, Luyanda Matuntuta, says after engaging the company on the issue the ... read more
16:21 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
National campaign to fight gender-based violence launches in Nelson Mandela Bay Businesswoman and rape survivor, Andy Kawa, has officially launched a national campaign to mobilise society in a campaign of zero tolerance against rape and gender-based violence. Kawa established her lobby group Kwanele Enuf is Enuf after she was brutally attacked and raped while walking on a Port Elizabeth beach in 2010. Speaking at the launch of Kwanele Wednesday's at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Wednesda... read more
10:57 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Education Department property attached over failure to pay EC teachers  The Legal Resource Centres says moveable assets belonging to the Department of Basic Education have been attached after it failed to pay 28 million rand owed to Eastern Cape teachers. LRC director, Sarah Septhon, says the Department of Education failed to implement the court order of 20 March 2014, settled in favour of the schools. She says the goods attached were valued at 1.9 million rand and included over 800 c... read more
08:40 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
ANC moves to absolve Zuma of any wrongdoing  ANC MP's moved to absolve President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday of any wrongdoing in the Nkandla controversy, as they unilaterally pursued Parliament's consideration of the matter, following an opposition walkout. They said there was no evidence that Zuma asked for luxuries to be added to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal, or knew about an abuse of public funds, as the cost of so-called security upgrades to the estate soare... read more
07:29 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Rape survivor to launch national campaign against sexual violence  Rape survivor and well known businesswoman, Andy Kawa, will today launch a national campaign of zero tolerance against sexual violence. Kawa launched her organisation, Kwanele Enuf is Enuf, after she was raped while strolling on a Port Elizabeth beach in 2010. Two men were arrested but later cleared of the charges, sparking Kawa into action to lobby against gender based violence. Kawa will deliver the keynote ad... read more
07:25 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
EC targets matric pass rate of 70%  The Eastern Cape Education Department says its targeting a 70% pass rate for the matric class of 2014. Education MEC Mandla Makupula says the efforts they are putting in to support learners, will ensure that the department's target will be met. He says though the department was at the bottom of the list last year, the 64,9% pass rate was the highest pass mark in 20 years. Makupula said after the supplementary ex... read more
05:52 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
New state-of-the-art paediatric theaters for East London's Frere Hospital Frere Hospital in East London has opened two state of the art paediatric theaters valued at 14 million rand. Hospital CEO, Dr Rolene Wagner says a professor at the hospital successfully approached the Carte Blanche trust for funding the construction for the theaters. She says construction started last October. Dr Wagner says the new theaters will help shorten the waiting period of five months for operations for childr... read more
15:48 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Pravin Gordhan warns municipalities about appointments The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan says Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is a priority for government and that they want the metro to get it's governance right and to do the basics properly. Gordhan delivered the keynote address at the Emerging Views on the Eastern Cape Economy Conference for Emerging Scholars and Post Graduate students. The one-day conference is being hosted at... read more
14:53 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Charges to be laid following tampering with 3rd avenue dip in PE   Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says it will be laying a charge of malicious damage to property with the police after the locks on the boom gate at the Third Avenue Dip in Port Elizabeth were broken. The boom is use to close off the dip during flooding but according to municipality spokesperson, Kupido Baron, someone broke the locks on Monday. He says the barriers in Main Road, Kleinskool in the vicinity of the G... read more
09:39 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Flood warnings amid heavy rain in parts of EC   The SA Weather Service in Port Elizabeth has warned of expected heavy rain in places along the coast and the adjacent interior of the Eastern Cape on Tuesday. It says flooding is expected in places, with possible severe thunderstorms over the interior Spokesperson, Garth Sampson says the system will move out to sea in the region of East London by late afternoon. He says a high pressure system will then ridge i... read more
06:12 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
New Tourism Manager for George The Mayor's office in George has announced the appointment of Joan Shaw as Tourism Manager within the George Municipality. Executive Mayor, Charles Standers says they're convinced Shaw will not only add her experience but will also take the industry forward together with all the relevant role-players. He said in a statement on Monday that Shaw joins the organisation at a time where a strategy for tourism is being formul... read more
16:52 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 29, 2014
Solar technology vehicles to pass through Graaff-Reinet Eleven local and international teams taking part in the Sasol Solar Challenge will pass through Graaff-Reinet en-route from Pretoria to Cape Town. Teams are expected to reach Graaff Reinet late on Tuesday afternoon. The challenge is ranked as a top global event and demonstrates the power of solar technology. The vehicles, fuelled only by sunlight are expected to reach the Mother City this weekend. Race Director, Wi... read more
09:49 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 29, 2014
Lots of rain in region....nowhere near the catchment areas  Good rainfall was measured over parts of the Eastern Cape up until 8 o'clock on Monday morning. Spokesperson for the SA Weather Service in Port Elizabeth, Garth Sampson says 65 mm were measured at the 3rd Ave dip in Newton Park and at the Riverstone Bridge, while 23 mm fell at the city's airport. He says other places which measured 20 millimeters and more, were Blue Horizon Bay with 35 mm, Van Stadens Flower Reserv... read more
05:37 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, September 29, 2014
Eastern Cape Education MEC to announce the number of teaching posts for next year. Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula is expected to announce the number of teaching posts for 2015 on Tuesday. And, the DA in the province has called on Makupula to consider the outcry from schools that more teachers are needed when he releases the teacher post provisioning for next year. Dozens of schools in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas and elsewhere have shut their doors in ongoing protests about teachers shor... read more
12:27 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, September 28, 2014
Pedestrian killed in Kwazakhele, PE Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in Kwazakhele in the early hours of Sunday morning. Spokesperson, Constable Mncedi Mbombo says according to an eye witness, a Ford Ranger police vehicle hit the man. According to the witness, the police vehicle didn't stop, and drove off at high speed. Mbombo says the deceased was indentified by his sister fr... read more
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