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15:07 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Rain continues to cause havoc in East London  Buffalo City Metro officials are still coping with the effects of heavy rain over the past few days. Several roads in East London still remain flooded with reports of one road on Gonubie breaking up. The head of the city's Disaster Management, Owen Bekker, says councillors in nine wards are busy assessing whether people need to be evacuated from those areas. "They might have to be accommodated in communit... read more
14:37 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Nelson Mandela Bay arrears payments grow  Overdue consumer debt in Nelson Mandela Bay has increased by R339 million or 20.9% since June last year and now stand at R1.92 billion. That's according to a report to be submitted to the Budget and Treasury Committee next week. Metrominute reports that the collection rate at the end of March was 93.91%, just marginally below the target level of 94% set in the Metro's Integrated Development Plan. The figures in ... read more
12:46 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Numsa tyre strike enters 10th day  The strike by members of the metal workers union at Continental Tyres in Port Elizabeth entered its 10th day on Thursday. Numsa regional secretary, Phumzile Ndongwe says they are not satisfied with the company's wage proposal to workers. He says Continental is reluctant to meet their demands. "The company brought forward a proposal which we are not happy with. It is one of many proposals that have resulted ... read more
12:09 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Plett Magistrates Court finally up and running  After intense lobbying by local residents and authorities, the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate's Court is finally up and running. The doors of the modern building in Marine Way - the old railway building - officially opened on April 1 and by this week the court rooms were packed with residents seeking justice and suspects facing the long arm of the law. This after the Plettenberg Bay Periodical Court was closed on Aug... read more
09:25 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
EL boy drowns in puddle  Heavy rains in East London have claimed a life of a 5 year old boy. The boy drowned as he tried to cross a flooded walkway in Duncan Village on Wednesday afternoon. Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Marais says he was found by passers by and an inquest docket has been opened. Meanwhile SA weather services' Quinton Jacobs has issued a warning for more floods in East London on Thursday. The rain is expect ... read more
08:47 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Two arrested for murder of elderly Uitenhage man  Eastern Cape police have made a breakthrough in the murder of an 80-year old Uitenhage man. Police spokesperson, Warrant-Officer Gerda Swart says two suspects were arrested on Wednesday night for the murder of Mathys Human, who's body was found in his house on Saturday. Swart says the two suspects will appear in court on Friday and face charges of murder and robbery "A breakthrough came on Wednesday night o... read more
08:12 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wool market continues its upward march   The wool market continued its upward march, with Cape Wools' market indicator gaining 6.8% after Wednesday's sale. Cape Wools said in a statement that the market indicators closed at R116.09 per kilogramme for clean wool. This represents an increase of 13.9% on the opening sale and 12.9% higher than at the corresponding sale the previous season. Traders attributed the spike in wool prices to the current shor... read more
17:15 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
New twist in GHT theft case There's been a new twist in the theft case of a Grahamstown woman, Louise Bowker, who has already been convicted of stealing more than a R1m from a Grahamstown Veterinary Clinic. On Wedensday, the Asset Forfeiture Unit brought an application for a confiscation enquiry to be held so that some of the assets she acquired with the stolen money and that has already been subjected to a restraint order, can be liquidated to pay ba... read more
13:55 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EC taverns say NO to extreme smoking regulations  Dozens of tavern owners in the Eastern Cape have rejected the Minister of Health's intention to push through extreme anti-smoking regulations without consulting them. The Bay Taverners' Association represents over 70 tavern outlets in and around Port Elizabeth. The Department of Health has developed two sets of regulations which tavern owners believe will spell disaster for their businesses and the communities that... read more
13:09 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Justice minister issues stern warning to gangsters in PE.  Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has sounded a warning to gangsters in Port Elizabeth that gang violence will not be tolerated. He was speaking at the opening of the newly renovated and extended Gelvandale Branch Court, handed to him today by the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin. Radebe told the media that government has adopted a zero tolerance stance towards gangsterism and all forms of crime and corrup... read more
12:49 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Transport MEC salutes Eastern Cape traffic officials   Eastern Cape Transport MEC, Thandiswa Marawu, has commended provincial and municipal traffic officers for their efforts over the Easter Weekend. She says despite some challenges, including poor weather conditions in certain areas, these officers worked 24 hours a day to maintain law and order on the province's roads. Marawu says traffic officers stopped and screened more than 17 000 vehicles, which led to the iss... read more
09:46 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
George residents to pay more for levies  George residents will soon have to dig a little deeper into their own pockets to ensure the town's infrastructure is well maintained. In the town's 2014/15 draft budget the municipality made provision for a R25 infrastructure levy on rateable properties, over and above normal rates, to supplement its capital replacement reserve. "This is to finance our capital investment and renewal programme," George ma... read more
09:13 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
First court appearance for Mossel Bay teen accused of murder  The teenager who allegedly stabbed and killed a 15-year-old pupil from Great Brak River briefly appeared in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. "He was released into the care of his parents and the case was postponed until July 1 this year," Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Bernadine Steyn said. The suspect, also 15 years old, was arrested last Thursday after he allegedly stabbed Great ... read more
07:37 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Theft at NMMU over Easter weekend  Thieves have stolen IT equipment valued at R160 000 from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Faculty of Education. NMMU says in a brief statement that the theft over the Easter weekend was discovered on Tuesday morning. It says the break-in took place during bad weather on Monday evening, as nothing had been found untoward during earlier routine security investigations. Thieves forced open a computer lab ... read more
07:34 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Justice minister to open new PE court  Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, will be in Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday. The Justice Ministry says he will be opening the newly built Gelvandale Magistrate's Court. He says currently this court, as a branch of the PE Magistrate Court, hears criminal cases, but will be adding a family court to deal with issues like maintenance and domestic violence. Ministry spokesperson Themba Gola, says the new court is a dem... read more
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