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  • SABC now demanding TV licence fees for computers, laptops
    Pretoria - The SABC is now demanding that South Africans pay TV licence fees for computer monitors, even if they are not using those devices to watch TV.According to the Mybroadband, the public broadcaster sent a notice through an annual e-mailed TV Licence Renewal Notice letter.The notices comes a few years after the SABC put […]
  • Frustrated South Africans turn to solar amid load shedding blues
    Cape Town – The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association says solar power is quickly becoming popular among South Africans who are frustrated by load shedding.The association says that solar photovoltaic providers receive up to 1 700 applications from households per day, with about 75 daily installations.Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, association spokesperson Frank Spencer said solar energy […]
  • Mfuleni crime detectives launch manhunt after four people killed
    Cape Town - Mfuleni police have launched a manhunt for suspects after four people were shot dead in Driftsands on Wednesday evening.Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said a vehicle had entered the Covid-19 informal settlement at about 11pm on Wednesday evening. “Shortly thereafter gunshots were heard and the vehicle left the area.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),n.id=r,n.defer=!0,n.src="https://playback.oovvuu.media/player/v1.js",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");“On Thursday […]
  • Daring criminals raid car dealership and almost get away with Toyota vehicles worth R5 million
    Pretoria - A timely intervention by an alert private security company and police officers in Mpumalanga has saved a car dealership from losing several vehicles worth around R5 million.When the security company and police officers arrived at the scene in the early hours of this morning, engines of four Toyota vehicles which are on sale, […]
  • Alleged fugitive shot dead during shootout with police
    Pretoria - An alleged fugitive was shot dead during a shootout with police on Thursday afternoon in Mattafin, Nelspruit.According to Mpumalanga police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala, police received information about a fugitive spotted in Mattafin. “The suspect, identified as Bheki Martin Phiri, 28, was wanted for escaping from lawful custody on 11 November, 2022 as well as for […]
  • Two get life sentence for murdering a woman and burying her in a shallow grave
    Johannesburg – Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Lichtenburg Magistrate’s Court for murdering a woman and burying her remains in a shallow grave. One of the men is also serving a life sentence for rape and the court ordered for the two sentences not to run concurrently.North West NPA spokesperson Henry […]
  • IFP says NFP is showing its true colours by choosing to work with the ANC in hung municipalities
    Durban – The chairperson of the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal, Thami Ntuli, says they are “not surprised or shocked” that the NFP has chosen to work with the ANC-EFF alliance in hung municipalities.Ntuli said by doing so, the NFP “has again shown its true colours and where its loyalty lies”.Ntuli’s comment on the matter comes after […]
  • Grade 10 Brakpan pupil stabbed to death in after school brawl over pepper spray incident
    Rustenburg - A Grade 10 schoolboy was stabbed to death in an after school fight in Brakpan on Thursday.The Gauteng department of education said the Grade 10 pupil from Geluksdal Secondary School was stabbed after school during a fight.“It is alleged that this fight emanated from three Grade 10 boy learners pepper spraying other learners […]
  • Eastern Cape Premier condemns the brutal killing of 10 people by gunmen in Qunu, Bityi
    Johannesburg – Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has condemned the brutal killing of 10 people by unknown gunmen in two separate incidents in Bityi and Qunu, near Mthatha.The shootings took place on Wednesday night.Three people were killed by unknown gunmen in Thantseka location in Bityi, while another seven people were shot dead in a village […]
  • Belgian couple abandon their baby at Israel airport after they were unable to purchase another ticket for infant
    Pretoria – A Belgian couple was forced to abandon their baby at an airport check-in desk in Tel Aviv, Israel, after arriving without a ticket for the child.According to CNN, the pair were checking in for a Ryanair flight from Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel, to Brussels, Belgium, with their baby when it emerged that […]
  • Union calls for municipality covering towns such as Orania to be placed under administration
    Kimberley - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) in the Northern Cape says that hundreds of workers at Thembelihle Local Municipality (Hopetown) have not been paid their January salaries.The union says the municipal manager and chief financial officer resigned late last year and as a result the municipality had no officials to sign off […]
  • LETTER: State of Disaster Act can be beneficial, but it mustn’t be used to loot state coffers as happened the last time
    Victor SmithPresident Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that the government was mulling implementing the State of Disaster Act to deal with South Africa’s energy crisis must be a moment for us to pause.Using a State of Disaster Act in a time of crisis is an effective tool to cut through government bureaucracy and red tape in […]
  • Life behind bars for KZN rapist who pretended to be a woman, lured his victim via Facebook then kept her as a sex slave
    The Eshowe Regional Court in KwaZulu-Natal sentenced a 32-year-old man to life behind bars this week, after he was found guilty of rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault.The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that in 2019, Bhekani Mlaba pretended to be a woman on Facebook and struck up a friendship with his victim. The two spoke […]
  • Tottenham Hotspur R1bn tourism sponsorship ‘potentially brilliant’ deal, says sports marketing expert
    Rustenburg - The mooted R1billion sleeve sponsorship deal that SA Tourism wants to sign with English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur was a “potentially brilliant” business deal, sports marketing and tourism research experts believe. SA Tourism says the three year deal would attract millions of soccer loving fans from around the world to South Africa, […]
  • Two brothers in the dock for murder of Phoenix police sergeant
    Durban – Two brothers charged with the murder of a Phoenix police sergeant and the attempted murder of another officer appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where they are disputing giving statements and doing a pointing out.The brothers Nkosikhona and Kusakwendoda Luthuli are alleged to have shot and killed Sibongile Thelma Mbanjwa and […]
  • South African Union of Students raises concern about gender-based violence and femicide at higher education institutions
    Pretoria – The South African Union of Students (SAUS) has raised concerns over gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), and corruption at higher education institutions.SAUS president Yandisa Ndzoyiya said during a media briefing that they were concerned about the scourge of GBVF in institutions of higher learning, particularly around this period.The union held a briefing on […]
  • Court clears ex-wife from R10.9m debt created by ex-husband in his company during marriage
    The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that an ex-wife should not be held liable for debts incurred by her ex-husband and his partners while operating their business.The two were married in community of property and the husband had a business as a director while the ex-wife was a teacher.Creditors of the company obtained […]
  • Zululand District Municipality: We have terminated services of contractor who failed to deliver R7.4m water project
    Durban - The IFP-run Zululand District Municipality (ZDM) in northern KwaZulu-Natal says it has terminated the services of a borehole drilling company that failed to deliver a much-needed R7.4 million water project.On Wednesday IOL reported that the project called Smashwini water supply scheme augmentation has been delayed to such an extent that an engineering consulting […]
  • Three elderly persons jailed for trafficking, forced marriage of a 13-year-old mildly mentally disabled girl
    Cape Town - The Gqeberha High Court has sentenced Bheki Nxasana 66, Mxosheni Sibiya 67, and Nomvo Nxasana 68, to life imprisonment on charges relating trafficking and forced marriage of a 13-year-old mildly mentally challenged girl.The court sentenced Nxasana, to whom the victim was forcefully married, to 18 and 15 years on two counts of rape.According […]
  • Police officers accused of taking R1000 bribe to destroy docket granted R500 bail
    Rustenburg – Two police sergeants were arrested for soliciting a bribe of R1 000 in exchange for destroying a docket in Wolmaransstad, North West.Sergeant Orapeleng Sekane, and Sergeant Pogiso Chacha, both 42, worked as court orderlies at the Wolmaransstad Magistrate’s Court, were arrested by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU) on Tuesday.“The pair reportedly solicited […]