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VF+

Wanbestuur vermoor mense

Die Vryheidsfront Plus het vandag die hantering van die gesondheidskrisis in die Vrystaat deur die ANC en die wyse waarop hulle die debat oor die Departement van Gesondheid gister in die Vrystaatse Wetgewer benader het, ten sterkste veroordeel. Die ANC-lede in die Wetgewer het ‘n bespotting en ‘n sirkus van die debat gemaak en ontken dat daar enigsins ‘n krisis in die Departement bestaan. Die LUR het eerder gekies om lede van die opposisie persoonlik te beledig en hulle allerhande psigiatriese afwykings en ander siektes…

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Crime

Police crack down on dagga distribution network

Johannesburg – The three suspects arrested for possession of dagga, with a street value of about R500 000, will appear in the Jeppe Magistrate’s Court today. The Hawks’ Organised Crime Unit intercepted a dagga distribution network when they arrested three suspects for possession of dagga in the West Rand on Tuesday night. The suspects, two females aged 38 and 36 and a man aged 32, were caught while driving down Main Reef Road in Denver, in a minibus. “Ten bags of dagga that had been…

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Reforms to take the sting out of retirement

Pretoria – Retirement reforms proposed by government are aimed at ensuring that pension fund members are better protected and can retire comfortably, National Treasury says. “We have noted public concerns that are fuelled by rumours that government will take away people’s hard-earned pensions and prevent them from accessing their funds. These rumours are based on a misunderstanding of Government’s proposals,” said Treasury in a statement. “We would like to assure citizens that government has no intention to nationalise people’s pension/provident funds or prevent them from…

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Minister Peters calls for thorough audit of traffic police

Pretoria – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has urged the board and management of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to conduct a thorough audit of the calibre of officers attached to the national traffic police. Minister Peters said the RTMC must rid its ranks of “rotten apples”, as only men and women of integrity can carry out the task of saving people’s lives on the roads. “There’s no room for criminal elements in the service. Criminals should not be allowed to masquerade as servants of…

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JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS, DONALD GRANT, AND METRORAIL REGIONAL MANAGER RICHARD WALKER

NEW HIGH MAST LIGHTS TO MAKE EIKENFONTEIN STATION SAFER FOR COMMUTERS This morning, Transport and Public Works Minister Donald Grant, and Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker, initiated the high mast lighting at the Eikenfontein train station. The high mast lighting is part of a joint initiative launched last year, in line with our ongoing efforts to improve safety at key stations in Area North. “We are very proud to have completed this second stage of the project that began last year with the roll-out of…

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Investigation into EFF conduct

ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS WESTERN CAPE PRESS STATEMENT ON THE N2 GATEWAY PROJECT CRISIS IN LANGA

The chaos that has ensued at the N2 Gateway Project in Langa is once again indicative of the housing crisis in Cape Town and the Western Cape at large. We have always felt that any legitimate process should be transparent and that a transparent mechanism for housing allocation is essential to eliminate any conflict. The Western Cape government still delivers housing along Apartheid spatial design; housing development for Africans still takes place in what has been classified as an African area under Apartheid. These communities…

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CDP

CDP questions Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment

CDP questions Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment “Is it not ironic that, on the same day Hlaudi Motsoeneng is called an enemy of media freedom in Die Burger’s editorial, it was announced that he had been permanently appointed in the position of Chief Operational Officer of the SABC.” says Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “In the context of the Public Protector’s report calling Motsoeneng a liar, amongst other things, for falsely stating that he had matric, his appointment makes a mockery of the ANC’s…

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SA's mining strategy must unlock transformation, investment

SA’s mining strategy must unlock transformation, investment

Cape Town – Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says his department will review the country’s mining strategy to ensure that all minerals that come out of the country benefit both the economy and the people of South Africa. The minister said the new administration has a mandate to accelerate socio-economic transformation to ensure that the triple ills of the economy – unemployment, poverty and inequality – are tackled and addressed. He said this when briefing the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources in Parliament on Tuesday.…

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IFP

IFP: NFP LEADER MUST APPEAR BEFORE SCOPA

The IFP calls on the KZN Chairperson of Scopa to set as a matter of urgency a date with NFP leader, Mrs Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA ) in the KZN Legislature. Failing this a formal summons must be given for her to appear. “As kaMagwaza-Msibi has been appointed Deputy Minister of Science and Technology we think it vital for her to appear before SCOPA to address the serious claims of abuse of public funds which were levelled…

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IFP

IFP: NATIONAL DEPARTMENT SHOULD SPEED UP INVESTIGATION INTO RADIOGRAPHY MACHINES

The IFP in KZN calls on the National Department of Health to speed up its investigation regarding the servicing of the life-saving Radiography Cancer machines that have been an issue for far too long at Addington Hospital, Durban. The IFP KZN Health Spokesperson, Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, today said, “It is time to put people suffering from cancer first,” she said. “We call on the National Department of Health and National Treasury to speed up their investigation as the lives of people are being adversely affected…

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Barnard cruising, but Norval stumbles

STRONG SOUTH AFRICAN REPRESENTATION AT THE MYLAN WORLD TEAMTENNIS

USA – This week the 39th season of the Mylan World TeamTennis (Mylan WTT) kicks off in the United States of America. The Mylan WTT was the brain child of legendary tennis ace, Billie Jean King who co-founded the professional team tennis competition in the 1970’s based on a concept of gender equity showcasing the best in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT offers unique access to the sport and some of the greatest champions have played in the competition over the past four decades.…

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SA Govt going to try to persuade main Telecom players to reduce costs

Telkom restructuring

Pretoria – Telkom has moved to clarify allegations by labour unions around the restructuring process at the telecommunications operator. “Telkom would like to place on record the facts surrounding its restructuring process to dismiss the baseless allegations by labour unions regarding the process and criteria under consideration. “The company rejects allegations that race is being considered as the only criteria for the placement of employees in Telkom’s new structure,” said Telkom on Tuesday. According to media reports, the South African Communications Unions (Sacu) said that…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Four to appear in court after abalone bust

Four foreign nationals are expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court this morning following the discovery of abalone in Benoni. The suspects, one Chinese national and three Mozambican nationals, were arrested on Monday morning during a raid at an illegal drying facility in Rynfield, Benoni. More than 50 000 units of abalone were discovered. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokesperson, Lionel Adendorf, said that during the joint operation — involving officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the South African Police Service…

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CSA announced Proteas women’s team expanded

SA MEN AND WOMEN LOOKING TO START WELL

JONATHAN COOK in London Both the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team and the SA men’s national side will be looking to build on their successful end to the World Cup when they take on Scotland and Ireland at 12 noon (SA time) and 6.15pm SA time respectively in the first round of the Investec Cup at London’s national hockey stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Wednesday. The SA teams have a great opportunity to fine-tune things before the Commonwealth Games that start in Glasgow…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Met die oproep van die EFF om weg te doen met Die Stem begroot hy vir ’n toekoms vol konflik

Die VF Plus verwerp met minagting die oproep van die EFF om weg te doen met Die Stem as deel van die volkslied en waarsku die EFF dat hy met dié onversoenende optrede ‘n omgewing skep waarin konflik kan ontstaan, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor kommunikasie. Dit volg nadat Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF-LP en dié party se nasionale woordvoerder, vanoggend in ’n gesamentlike sitting van die portefeuljekomitee oor kommunikasie en telekommunikasie en die posdiens hierdie uitlating gemaak het. Adv. Alberts…

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Polished diamond prices down

Business confidence takes a dive

Business confidence was subdued in June due to adverse economic development, according to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci). Releasing the Business Confidence Index (BCI) on Tuesday, Sacci said the index remained subdued in June with it lingering below 90 index points. “The index moved marginally to 89.7 in June from 88.9 in May 2014. The June 2014 BCI is 0.5 index points up on May 2013. The average for the BCI for first half of 2014 was 91.1 compared to 91.7…

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UN to scale-up Ebola response

Poverty eradication top of UN forum agenda

South Africa is set to join other UN member countries to thrash out long-term measures to beat poverty and widespread inequality. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will today be among the panellists sitting in the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. The minister is expected to make a presentation on long-term solutions to end the cycle of poverty and inequality. Her presentation will be made during a Ministerial Dialogue that will provide a platform for other panellists, lead discussants and…

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Mandela

Let us make every day Mandela Day

It is becoming a habit in South Africa to create a month to focus on a particular event or social issue which we mark in our national calendar. The month of June, which highlights June 16 as Youth Day, has become Youth Month and August 9, which marks Women’s Day, has turned the month of August into Women’s Month. The same goes for Human Rights Month and Heritage Month. Thankfully we do not yet have Reconciliation Month. We highlight this because the compartmentalisation of these…

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Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Electricity demand to increase

While the system is stable, the demand for electricity is expected to increase due to cold weather predicted for Gauteng, says Eskom. “The system is stable, but still tight over the evening peak. The demand is expected to increase into the week, due to cold weather forecasted for Gauteng,” said the power utility in its system status bulletin on Monday. Last week, the weather service warned of cold weather due to a cold front. Eskom called on consumers to pull together to help beat the…

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VF+

Toespraak in die begrotingsdebat oor Sport, Kuns, Kultuur en Ontspanning in die Vrystaatse Wetgewer

Toespraak in die begrotingsdebat oor Sport, Kuns, Kultuur en Ontspanning in die Vrystaatse Wetgewer Sport het ‘n kuns geword en kuns het ‘n kultuur geword. Sport is vandag oor die hele wêreld heen besig om ‘n allesoorheersende faktor te word. Sport is ‘n ekonomiese funksie wat oordeelkundig bestuur moet word om sodoende die potensiaal te ontgin en ekonomiese groei te bewerkstellig en maatskaplike opheffing te weeg te bring. Die kunste het net soveel ekonomiese en maatskaplike potensiaal wat ontgin kan word. Kunstefeeste het ‘n mode…

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IFP

IFP: MNAMBITHI MUNICIPALITY MUST BE BLAMED FOR POOR SERVICE DELIVERY

IFP: MNAMBITHI MUNICIPALITY MUST BE BLAMED FOR POOR SERVICE DELIVERY The IFP believes that the Mnambithi Municipality in KwaZulu Natal should take the blame for poor service delivery which has resulted in water shortages at the Department of Education offices in Ladysmith. “Reports allege that it has been three months now since the offices were closed due to water shortages but nothing has happened to solve this crisis. We need to know what the Department of Education is doing to solve this problem. How are…

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Tennis

TENNIS: JUNIOR SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS STARS TO REPRESENT SOUTH AFRICA IN ITALY

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa has announced the South African junior tennis team to represent South Africa at the Under 12 The Nations Cup/Lampo Trophy 2014 to be held in Brescia Italy. The tournament will take place from the 14 – 20 July 2014. The following players have been selected; Boys Khololwam Montsi (GN) Damien Nezar (SWD) Girls Lara van der Merwe (NW) Ntokozo Zungu (GC)   The team will be coached by Bridget Visee of Cape Town.

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FAK standpunt oor "Die Stem"

FAK standpunt oor “Die Stem”

CJ Langenhoven het in 1921 ?”Die Stem van Suid-Afrika” in sy bundel /Eerste Skoffies op die pad van Suid-Afrika/ gepubliseer. Gedurende 1931 het die FAK ‘n kompetisie geloods om ‘n geskikte volkslied vir Suid-Afrika te vind. Uit die ingestuurde gedigte het die keuringskomitee eenparig Langenhoven se gedig “Die Stem” aanbeveel. Langenhoven het ML de Villiers versoek om die gedig te toonset. De Villiers beskryf die toonsetting soos volg: “Ek onthou nog goed dat dit een van daardie goddelike dae was waarvoor die Boland bekend is.…

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