Strategy against rural area crime relaunched – Zizojika Izinto

Tumelo waga Dibakwane Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, had urged rural communities to work together with law agencies to improve area safety. He stated this at the re-launch of the National Rural Safety Strategy in Makhado. The new updated plan would enhance community-police partnerships such as  Rural Safety Priority Committees at national, provincial, district and national levels. It is hoped it would turn the tide of increasing rural crime. Bheki said it would include increased police capacity and resources. Cele said, this strategy would see crime prevention measures “go where…

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Traditional leaders own shares in newly formed United Royal Company

Masoka Dube Traditional leaders are the shareholders of newly formed  United Royal. National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) Chairperson, Chief Sipho Mahlangu, made this announcement at a recent traditional ceremony. The Hhoyi Traditional Council leaders would  soon receive certificates of shareholding from the NHTL. “We have established the company to create our funeral insurance and to use traditional council land for farming. Profits derived from the company would go towards traditional leaders as beneficiaries,” Mahlangu said. “The establishment of the company is aimed at poverty alleviation in rural areas,” said…

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Super typhoon Hagibis halts RWC games

Rugby World Cup organisers cancelled two games – England v France and New Zealand v Italy.  Japan is bracing for super typhoon, Hagibis, likely the biggest storm to hit the country this year. Both games would be in the projected path of the largest and most powerful typhoon to hit Tokyo on Saturday. Sunday’s four games, in Yokohama near Tokyo, remain under review, said tournament director Alan Gilpin “We’ve taken the very difficult decision to cancel certain matches in the affected areas,” tournament director Alan Gilpin said. “While it’s regrettable,…

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Air Chefs interdicts staff from downing tools

SAA aeroplane parked at the terminal

Air Chefs, a catering subsidiary of South African Airways (SAA), on Monday successfully interdicted industrial action by its staff. In a statement, Air Chefs said it had approached the Labour Court with an application to interdict or stop the industrial action. “The interdict was granted on Monday afternoon,” said the SAA subsidiary. “This means should any members of NUMSA at Air Chefs continue with industrial action before this date, this will be deemed an unprotected strike as it is not in compliance with the strike provisions according to the Labour…

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No timeline yet for scrapping e-tolls

According to Solly Msimanga, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliament member in Gauteng and and provincial legislature caucus leader, e-tolls would continue to be part of motorists’ lives in the province. This is according to Premier David Makhura. In a statement, Msimanga said it seemed as if the ANC was compromising on its initial position and big business may have to foot the bill in the end. Only once the cost of R20 billion for road improvements were settled could the e-tolls be scrapped. Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni said that users…

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Man arrested for false bomb threat.

Police in Gauteng have arrested a man after he made an alleged bomb threat at Menlyn Maine Shopping Centre in the East of Pretoria. In a brief statement, Brooklyn police station spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said at around 11.15am, an unknown man in his fifties entered a bank at the shopping centre and handed a note to a bank teller who was assisting him. “The note contained a threat to say that there is a bomb planted inside the bank,” said Weilbach. She said centre security immediately reacted and evacuated…

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Nicholas Ninow guilty of rape

Nicholas Ninow has been found guilty on two counts of rape, possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice. The 21-year-old appeared in the Gauteng North High Court today. Last week he confessed to raping a seven-year-old girl in the ladies’ bathroom the Dros restaurant. Ninow pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. In a guilty plea read out by his legal representative, Ninow confessed to raping the little girl, then 7, after she walked in on him while he was in the women’s bathroom using drugs. He, however,…

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Special envoys to reassure African countries of solidarity

A team of special envoys has been dispatched by President Cyril Ramaphosa to several African countries to deliver a message of reassurance in light of the recent attacks on foreign nationals. “The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts South Africa which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property. “They are tasked with reassuring fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity. The Special Envoys…

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 Let’s grow the South African economy – one SME at a time

  The SAB Foundation, Tholoana Enterprise Programme, is looking for entrepreneurs who are passionate and dedicated to growing the economy and creating jobs   Can you imagine your business turnover growing by 300% and creating 10 new jobs for your community? Mpumalanga based Freddy and Sons Maintenance and Engineering, a past participant of the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme, is doing just that.   South Africa is full of young, inspired and passionate entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to change the path the country is on. The SAB Foundation, Tholoana…

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SADC countries sign a new trade deal with UK

South Africa, along with five other countries in the Southern African region, has concluded a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom. The new agreement will govern the bilateral trading relationship between countries, which include South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique and the UK in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without an Agreement between the UK and the EU (or what is called a ‘no-deal Brexit’). At the moment, trade between the UK and involved countries is facilitated under the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement…

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