Thursday 21 September 2017
(Andalou Agency 08/29/17)
Gun battles break out in Durban suburb as police foil attempted robbery of cash-delivery vehicle. South African police killed five armed robbers in a series of gun battles across a number of Durban suburbs on Monday. A police spokeswoman told Anadolu Agency officers were fired upon in the coastal city after responding to calls that security guards transporting cash in an armored vehicle had been attacked. Captain Nqobile Gwala said police were first fired upon in the Springfield Park area. One robber was killed in the initial exchange of fire. Four more robbers were killed inside a getaway vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, but one escaped. Police also arrested three suspects, one of whom was injured, and seized a number of...
(APA 08/29/17)
South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday called on Harmony Gold, the owners of Kusasalethu Gold Mine in Carletonville in Gauteng province, to intensify efforts to rescue the two remaining miners still trapped underground following a seismic movement collapse of the shaft last Friday. Remains of three of the five miners originally trapped in the 3.1km-deep mine five days ago have been recovered while rescue personnel are still searching for the remaining two, according to the mining firm. “We are calling for this escalation because the last body was retrieved in the early hours of Monday. Now it's more than 24 hours, and nobody has been rescued. That is why we are calling for this escalation of the...
(Caj News Africa 08/29/17)
THE South Africa's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has welcomed a probe into the contentious mobile data prices in the country. The Competition Commission is expected to announce an inquiry into high mobile data prices by September 1. In addition, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is expected to launch an inquiry into competition in the provision of broadband services in the near future. "ISPA encourages consumers interested in having a choice to participate in both the Competition Commission and ICASA processes by visiting these organisations' respective websites," said ISPA regulatory advisor Dominic Cull. He said ISPA believes consumers should be free to choose who they buy internet access or data from and noted this was in line...
(Times Live 08/29/17)
Bafana Bafana will have Sports Minister Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi in their corner when they face Cape Verde in a must-win 2018 World Cup qualifier in Praia on Friday night. Coach Stuart Baxter's charges were expected to depart for Cape Verde on Tuesday morning and Nxesi said it was important for government to support Bafana‚ given the magnitude of the match. “The national team needs all the arsenal and the boost they can get to ensure that they go over this hurdle called Cape Verde so that they can continue to fly our flag high during the Russia Fifa World Cup come 2018‚” he said. “The success of the national team has a direct impact on social cohesion and nation building...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(AFP (eng) 08/28/17)
Five South African men charged over suspected cannibalism appeared briefly in court on Monday as scores of angry protesters gathered outside, police said. The men from the rural town of Escourt, in KwaZulu-Natal province, were arrested over a week ago after one handed himself in to a police station, telling officers he was "tired of eating human flesh". His confession led to the arrest of his four co-accused. "All the five men appeared in court on Monday for a bail hearing but opted to abandon their bail application," police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele told AFP.
(Times Live 08/28/17)
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has urged mines to step up health and safety efforts after three miners died at a Harmony Gold mine. "We are concerned about the accidents we are seeing in the industry. As we head towards the last quarter of the year‚ we are asking that employers and the workforce remain alert and continue to prioritise safety‚ and as the Regulator we will be increasing inspections‚" Zwane said in a statement. "We continue to engage with business and labour unions to look at how we can together ensure that the positive strides we have made on health and safety are not reversed." A third miner has died at Harmony's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville‚ the company said...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
A third miner has died at a South African gold mine operated by Harmony Gold and two more remain missing after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor, the company said on Monday. Friday’s tremor that rocked the Kusasalethu mine, one of the world’s deepest, with gold extracted at depths below 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), highlights the dangers of mining in South Africa. “Search and rescue efforts will continue to recover the remaining two trapped employees,” Harmony said in a statement. South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines where workers operate at depths of up to 4 kilometers beneath the surface. The industry has reduced the number of miners killed, with a record low of 73 registered...
(News24 08/28/17)
The DA's call for "emergency elections" undermines the Constitution and is a refusal to accept defeat at the polls, the ANC said on Monday. "This uncontrollable desire for power by all means necessary is a desperate attempt to bring back apartheid," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. The Constitution provides for national and provincial elections every five years. The DA's call was therefore nothing else but a "smash and grab", which must be rejected and condemned, he said. On Sunday, the DA started a petition calling for early "emergency elections". It said the ANC had lost the confidence of the majority of South Africans. Parliament needed "a new beginning through the ballot box", DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said. Fresh start...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Two miners at a South African gold mine owned by Harmony Gold have died after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor, the company said on Sunday. Three miners were still missing after the incident on Friday at its Kusasalethu mine near Cartonville, west of Johannesburg. “Our sincerest condolences go to the family and friends of the deceased,” Chief Executive Officer Peter Steenkamp said in a statement. “We will not rest until the other three employees have been found and brought to surface. Our efforts continue to focus on reaching our colleagues as quickly and safely as possible.” South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines where workers operate at depths of up to 4 kilometers (2.5 miles)...
(Times Live 08/28/17)
Corrupt ANC politicians have been blamed for a climate of "fear‚ intimidation‚ assassinations and killings" in Richmond‚ the Moerane Commission of Inquiry heard in Durban on Monday. "Those that are doing the stealing want to eliminate those that are trying to expose them‚" testified DA constituency head for Richmond‚ Dean Macpherson. In the past few months Richmond councillor Sfiso Mkhize‚ deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa‚ municipal manager S'bu Sithole and ward councillor Ntokozo Lithi Maphumulo were gunned down in the small KwaZulu-Natal town. Macpherson told the commission – established to probe the underlying causes of the murder of politicians in KwaZulu-Natal - that Sithole was unpopular due to his strong stance against corruption. Sithole received an award for being the best...
(Independent Online 08/28/17)
The crumbling Gupta empire parted with assets valued at more than R3billion to little-known business entities, raising fears that the family was offloading the assets to people it could control behind the scenes. The rapid sale of assets come as the controversial family came under increasing pressure to find new bankers as the Bank of Baroda, which is the last lender to hold the family accounts, gave notice that it would be shutting down the accounts next week. The sale of Oakbay’s media and mining business raised further speculation that the company was selling the businesses to themselves. On Monday, the family announced that it had sold its 24-hour news station ANN7 and The New Age (TNA) for a combined...
(Bloomberg 08/28/17)
South Africa’s record-breaking stocks are a hard sell right now. While Johannesburg’s benchmark index closed at an all-time high on Friday, political maneuvering expected over the next four months is causing foreign investors to limit their bets. The ruling African National Congress is due in December to pick a successor to President Jacob Zuma as party leader in a contest that so far has no clear front-runner. “Tensions within the ANC have been rising, and the next leader will shape not only the party’s future, but also the country’s structural outlook,” said Soledad Lopez, an emerging-market strategist at UBS Group AG in New York. “The outcome of the ANC leadership race is too close to call. We expect volatility to...
(News24 08/28/17)
Gordhan a Pravin Gordhan is a conspiracy theorist who failed as a minister, President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane has purportedly said in an open letter. "Mr Gordhan, you were Finance Minister of this country for over six of the last eight years, yet take no responsibility for this country’s economic performance in that time. It is always somebody else’s fault," he writes. Duduzane Zuma could not immediately be reached for comment. Gordhan told News24 that he would comment once he had read the letter and had consulted his lawyers. Duduzane claimed in the open letter that, during Gordhan’s tenure at Treasury, the economy flatlined, unemployment rose from 21% to 27%, and the national debt increased from 31% to a record...
(Times Live 08/28/17)
Racial tensions at the George Campbell Technical School continued to simmer as the Black First Land First Student Movement embarked on a protest outside the central Durban campus on Monday. A small group of protesters‚ including several pupils from the school‚ gathered outside the gate. They stood opposite a group of police officers deployed to monitor the demonstration. This follows a week of turmoil at the school after learners spoke out against what they called systemic racism. They complained that staff regularly called them racially offensive names. Their protest prompted the Department of Education to launch an investigation into race relations at the school. This resulted in the suspension of two staff members and several pupils who were seen as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
South African trading, services and distribution firm Bidvest Group reported a 5 percent increase in full-year earnings on Monday, supported by cost management, bolt-on acquisitions and strong focus on clients and solutions. Bidvest said headline earnings per share for the full-year ended June increased to 11.08 rand ($0.85) from 10.54 rand in 2016. Headline EPS, the most widely watched profit measure in South Africa, strips out certain one-off items. The group declared a final dividend of 264 cents. ($1 = 13.0507 rand)
(The Associated Press 08/28/17)
Room 1026 of Johannesburg's Central Police Station looks like any mid-century office in need of a fresh coat of paint: Dusty vertical blinds hang in the window, opening onto an unremarkable view of a chip shop, a lunchtime favorite for police officers. But for the past several weeks, South Africans have been riveted by an inquest into whether anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol jumped or was pushed to his death from that tenth-floor window on Oct. 27, 1971. The hearings have dredged up dark memories of one of the country's most infamous landmarks and legal experts say the case could set a precedent for investigating similar deaths. For many who lived through apartheid, the system of white-minority rule that ended in...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/26/17)
Two white South Africans who were filmed forcing a wailing black man into a coffin were found guilty on Friday of kidnap, assault and attempted murder. The men said they had caught Victor Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of stolen copper cables. The 20-second video, widely circulated on social media last year, shows Mlotshwa cowering inside a coffin as one man pushes the lid down and the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside. The case, heard at a court in Middelburg, about 160 km (100 miles) east of the capital Pretoria, has caused outrage in a country where deep racial divides persist 23 years after the fall of apartheid. Mlotshwa welcomed the ruling, telling Reuters:...
(AFP (eng) 08/25/17)
Five mine workers were missing Friday at a gold mine in South Africa following a tremor, the mining company announced. Harmony Gold said "five employees remain unaccounted for" following "a seismic event" at a mine 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Johannesburg. The accident occurred at 10:30 am (0830 GMT) on Friday morning at Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville. Rescue efforts are underway, said the firm. South Africa possesses rich mineral reserves and has some of the world's deepest mines but accidents are commonplace.

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