Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:32

Mines go back to work

Written by Paul Bedford
South African mining companies were today making preparations to resume full production after Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said earlier that the country's mines should have 90% of their power back by Thursday. Last Friday almost all of South Africa's gold, platinum and diamond mines ceased underground operations after being advised thet Eskom could not guarantee a stable power supply to them.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 09:22

Scorpions boss arrested

Written by Paul Bedford
According to his attorney the regional head of the Directorate of Special Operations - also known as the Scorpions - Advocate Gerrie Nel was arrested last night (Tuesday). Ian Small Smith said that Nel was taken into custody by a group of about 20 police officers at his home at around 9pm.
Friday, 28 December 2007 10:23

Matric pass rate lower again

Written by Paul Bedford
While the number of students who passed Grade 12 increased in 2007 when compared with 2006, the percentage of those who passed declined for the fourth successive year. 368 217 of the 564 775 pupils who sat the national exams passed, a 65.2% success rate. 15.1% of the candidates did well enough to obtain a university entrance pass.
Friday, 28 December 2007 21:43

Papers served on Zuma by NPA

Written by Paul Bedford
According to a report on Talk Radio 702 the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has served court papers on newly elected ANC leader Jacob Zuma. According to the report the papers outline the charges Zuma will face which are understood to include corruption, tax evasion and racketeering.

At this stage it is not clear whether Zuma has been given a court date on which he is meant to appear, or whether the NPA has merely outlined its case.
Thursday, 20 December 2007 11:59

Zuma to be charged

Written by Paul Bedford
Speaking on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk this morning, acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe said that there is enough evidence to prosecute newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma for corruption. Mpshe said a final decision when to take action against Zuma was "imminent."
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:41

JZ takes victory

Written by Paul Bedford
Jacob Zuma scored a comfortable win in the race for the ANC leadership when he was elected president of the party at the ANC congress in Polokwane yesterday. He won 2329 votes against incumbent President Thabo Mbeki's 1505. There were eight spoilt ballots and one abstention.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007 21:47

Police foil cash heist

Written by Paul Bedford
A police team foiled an attempted cash heist near the Carosel Casino north of Pretoria earlier today, leaving eleven of the heavily armed gang members dead an one in hospital. National police spokesman Director Phuti Setati said that police had received a tip off that the gang were going to attack a Coin Security cash van.
Monday, 22 October 2007 14:29

Would be robbers foiled at Montecasino

Written by Paul Bedford

A gang of between eight and ten armed men attempted to rob Montecasino north of Johannesburg yesterday afternoon. Police spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said, "A gun battle ensued between casino security and the would-be robbers -three of them were shot and wounded; two were arrested." 

Friday, 19 October 2007 07:30

Reggae star shot dead

Written by Paul Bedford
Reggae star Lucky Dube was shot and killed in what appears to be an attempted hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg shortly after 8 pm yesterday evening. Dube (43) was dropping his two teenage children off at their uncle's house when he was attacked. Police are looking for three men driving a blue VW Polo Classic who are believed to be involved in the attack.
Saturday, 22 September 2007 11:57

Lottery back in two weeks

Written by Paul Bedford
Empowerment consortium Gidani said yesterday that the national lottery would be up and running within two weeks. This was after Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa announced that they had been awarded the licence to operate the lottery. The lottery was suspended in March after the Pretoria High Court ruled the awarding of the contract to Gidani - which replaced Uthingo as operator - was flawed.
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