Wednesday, 01 July 2009 15:58

Joost out of hospital

Written by Paul Bedford

Joost van der Westhuizen, the former Springbok rugby captain, was discharged from Sunninghill Hospital earlier this morning. He was admitted to the hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after collapsing at his home.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 11:49

Some Joburg testing stations closed

Written by Paul Bedford

A number of Johannesburg's driver testing stations failed to open for business this morning. Shortly after 08h00 a caller to Talk Radio 702 said that he, and the others queuing outside one of the testing stations, had been informed that the station would not be opening as staff members were on strike.

Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the Midrand, Randburg, Langlaagte and Sandton were closed because staff were attending a union meeting.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 19:46

Parliament agrees on dissolution of SABC board

Written by Paul Bedford

Parliament adopted a resolution earlier today recommending that Pesident Zuma dissolve the SABC board and the Auditor General investigate financial mismanagement at the broadcaster. Only one of the current board's twelve members has not resigned.

The chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications, ANC MP Ismail Vadi, said, "We are absolutely certain the board is dysfunctional. Even members of the board themselves do not believe they have the will and tenacity to continue with their duties."

According to Vadi the Auditor General, "will investigate the manipulation of tenders, conflict of interest and other areas of mismanagement."

Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:20

One charge against Motata dropped

Written by Paul Bedford

Despite the charge against him of driving under the influence of excessive amounts of alcohol being dropped, Judge Nkola Motata is not off the hook. The charge was dismissed in the Johannesburg Magitrates' Court ealier today as the state could not prove how much alcohol was in Motata's blood at the time he crashed his Jaguar into the wall of a house in Hurlingham, Johannesburg in January 2007.

Motata will return to court in July when he will face the remaining counts of reckless and nigligent driving and defeating the ends of justice.

Thursday, 25 June 2009 14:57

Eskom tarrifs to rise 31.3%

Written by Paul Bedford

Eskom's average standard tariff will increase by 31.3% on 1 July 2009. The state owner electricity utility had asked the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) for a 34% increase.

Eskom said in its application for the increase it was needed to allow the utility to expand its generation capacity over the next five years. It plans to spend R385-billion on new power stations.

Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:02

Roads around Ellis Park to be closed

Written by Paul Bedford

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superindendent Wayne Minnaar has advised that a number of roads around Ellis Park Stadium will be closed between 13h00 and about midnight today. The affected roads are Stiemert, Sivewright, Beit, Miller and Upper Railway. Joe Slovo Drive will be closed between Abel Road and Saratoga Avenue. The Joe Slovo offramp from the M2 will also be closed.

Minnaar advised motorists to use the M1 and M2 highways to avoid the road closures.

Soccer fans intending to attend the Confed Cup semi final between South Africa and Brazil have been advised to get to the park-and-ride facilities early. Taxis and busses will start running between the park-and-ride venues and the stadium fron 16h00.

Thursday, 25 June 2009 10:40

Storms batter Western Cape

Written by Paul Bedford

The series of storms that have passed over the Western Cape have left a trail of damage behind them with more to come. The Matroosberg is covered with snow, gale force winds have blown barges ashore, film students are stock on Dassen Island, electricity supplies have been interrupted, cars have been swept out to sea and the Otter Trail has been closed.

The cold conditions are expected to continue until the weekend with more snowfalls expected in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape. Gale force winds are also predicted in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal today.

A series of cold fronts are expected to sweep over the country in the next few days, bringing widespread rain, high winds and icy temperatures. Snowfalls over large parts of the Western and Eastern Cape have also been predicted. Rough seas, with waves over seven metres high, are expected between Table Bay and Plettenberg Bay tomorrow with the high wind and rough seas hitting the Eastern Cape by Wednesday.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 17:56

Taxi industry wants BRT

Written by Paul Bedford

The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) today demanded that the minibus taxi industry be given full ownership of Johannesburg's Bus Rapid Transit system. Speaking at a press briefing in Johannesburg earlier today NTA secretary-general Alpheus Mlalazi said the taxi industry had developed the routes the BRT system was targeting. "The taxi industry is therefore justifiable (sic) in claiming intellectual property or goodwill on the taxi routes and taxi ranks."

"Government must allow the taxi industry to own BRT in its entirety," said Mlalazi.

Monday, 22 June 2009 15:37

Sardines proving elusive

Written by Paul Bedford

Natal Sharks Board cheif executive Mike Anderson-Read told SAPA that small shoals of sardines were spotted behind the surf near Hibberdene on Saturday afternoon. Nobody managed to net any of the small fish and by later the same afternoon they had disappeared.

Anderson-Readsaid, "Ever since, it has been very quiet and I'm not sure where they are."

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