S.Africa builds more prisons

Cape Town – Construction on six new correctional centres will get under way this year, with a further 12 in the pipeline, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday. The construction of the new correctional centres, which will provide for 3 500 new bed spaces, is one of a number of initiatives outlined by … Continue reading “S.Africa builds more prisons”

R5 million in cash and 10 rhino horns recovered

Pretoria – Police have recovered 10 rhino horns and about R5 million in cash during a raid in Bedfordview on Tuesday. Police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said the joint operation between SAPS, Ekurhuleni Metro Police and Home Affairs took place at a flat in Regent Road. Apart from the rhino horns and cash, an elephant … Continue reading “R5 million in cash and 10 rhino horns recovered”

Olieven calms as protests come to an end

Pretoria – Calm has been restored to Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, following protests in the area early on Wednesday. Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said protesters had dispersed and the affected parties were expected to meet to discuss the way forward. Ndou said there was apparently a dispute between the taxi association and buses operating in the … Continue reading “Olieven calms as protests come to an end”

Masses gather at Kingsmead to bid Padayachie farewell

Durban – Senior government officials, politicians and members of the public have started gathering at Durban’s Sahara Kingsmead Stadium to bid farewell to the late Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie. Padayachie passed away last week while attending the African Peer Review Mechanism meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The two-day meeting was a high … Continue reading “Masses gather at Kingsmead to bid Padayachie farewell”

“Little room for rate cuts”

Pretoria – There is little room for a cut in interest rates, with South Africa’s inflation at the upper end of its target range, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “The current monetary policy stance is accommodative because of the persistence of the negative output gap. However, the expected inflation trajectory suggests that there is … Continue reading ““Little room for rate cuts””

S.Africa’s Zuma congratulates Hollande on winning French elections

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has joined international leaders in congratulating Francois Hollande following the French socialist party leader’s victory in the country’s presidential runoff on Sunday. Hollande won an estimated 51.05 percent of the votes, beating Sarkozy’s 48.95 percent, according to initial results. “We would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations … Continue reading “S.Africa’s Zuma congratulates Hollande on winning French elections”

Shiceka to have official funeral – Zuma

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has declared that former Minister of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka is to receive an official funeral. This was announced by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane on Friday. He said at the ordinary Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Cabinet had noted the President’s … Continue reading “Shiceka to have official funeral – Zuma”

No Afcon for Cape Town

By Nthambeleni Gabara Pretoria – Cabinet has given the nod to South Africa hosting the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) and has announced the cities that will host these tournaments. Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that the opening and closing … Continue reading “No Afcon for Cape Town”

70% of SA youth attends school

Pretoria – Over 70% of people aged between seven and 24 are attending educational institutions within South Africa, a slightly lower figure than in previous years, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). “Nationally, 73.6% of persons aged 7-24 were attending educational institutions. This is slightly lower than in 2002 when the attendance rate was 73.9%,” … Continue reading “70% of SA youth attends school”

Tshwane to change Pretoria street names

Pretoria – The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality says it will continue with the process of changing street names following the ruling by the Northern Gauteng High Court in favour of the city allowing it to continue with street name changes. The ruling on Monday followed a bid by Afriforum to have an interdict granted against the … Continue reading “Tshwane to change Pretoria street names”