Tuesday, 24 February 2009 19:46

Lotto ticket price rise

Written by Paul Bedford
National Lottery operator Gidani announced today that the price of lotto tickets will increase from 26 March 2009. The increase, from R2.50 to R3.50 for a lotto entry and from R1.00 to R1.50 for a lotto plus entry, is the first since the introduction of the national lottery in 2000.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 18:42

Electricity supply back this afternoon

Written by Paul Bedford
Most of the areas that were affected by the fire at the Hurst Hill substation have had power restored. Those areas still without power, including parts of Westdene and Sophiatown, should have electricity by late this afternoon according to City Power's Louis Pieterse.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 18:34

Schoolboy stabbed

Written by Paul Bedford
A 17-year old student at Florida Park High School was taken to hospital after being stabbed in a fight at the school earlier today. A fellow pupil has been charged with attempted murder.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:40

Taxi fire kills two

Written by Paul Bedford
Two people burned to death after the taxi in which they were travelling burst into flames outside the Parrow Centre this morning. Four other passengers suffered serious burns and were taken to the Tygerberg Hospital.
Monday, 23 February 2009 11:30

Man killed by "drunk wife of diplomat"

Written by Paul Bedford

A 24-year old Johannesburg man died when he was hit by a car on the N1 in Roodepoort early on Saturday morning. Adonis Ndudule had stopped on the side of the highway when the engine of his VW Beetle gave trouble. He was looking at the engine when he was hit from behind by a Renault Clio which was being driven by a 37=year old woman.

Bystanders said the woman was drunk but metro police were not able to arrest her as she has diplomatic immunity. The Clio is registered to the Malaysian embassy.

A case of manslaughter was opened at the Honeydew police station yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 16:35

Pistorious in ICU after boat accident

Written by Paul Bedford
Oscar Pistorious was airlifted to Milpark Hospital after a boat accident on the Vaal River yesterday evening. The disabled athlete, known as the blade runner, was being operated on this afternoon according to his manager Peet van Zyl.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 21:43

Decrease in number of cholera cases

Written by Paul Bedford

Both the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provincial health departments have reported that the numbers of new cholera cases have been dropping since the beginning of February.

In Mpumalanga the number of new cases being reported was now below 100 a day, down from a peak of 300 a day. Provincial health spokesperson Mpho Gabashane said that 30 people had died from the disease in the province with the last death being recorded in late January.

In Limpopo 23 people died of cholera between November 2008 and January 2009. According to Limpopo health spokesperson Phuti Seloba only 30 new cases had been reported in the last 24 hours compared to more than 100 a day in December and January.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 21:19

JMPD owes motorists millions

Written by Paul Bedford

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department announced that fines for less serious traffic offences committed between November 2008 and 11 February 2009 have been scrapped. The total involved is over R32 million.

 The move comes about because the previous legislation covering the offences had been abolished but the new AARTO act was only implemented last week.

Motorists who have already paid fines received in this period can apply for a refund at licencing and traffic departments across the city from Thursday.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:11

45 000 vehicles to be retested in Gauteng

Written by Paul Bedford

Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia announced today that the Gauteng government plans to recall 45 000 vehicles, mainly public passenger and goods vehicles, to retest their roadworthiness during the 2009/10 financial year.

 Since October 2007, 3400 vehicles havebeen recalled for receiving illegal roadworthy certificates. In the same period 486 learner's licences and 62 professional driving permits were cancelled after they were found to have been fraudulently issued.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009 15:30

Cameron sworn in

Written by Paul Bedford
Justice Edwin Cameron was sworn in as a judge of the Constitutional Court earlier today. Cameron was appointed to the court by the Judicial Services Commission last year to replace Justice Tholie Madala who retired.
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