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Return of bodies to take time: Radebe

It is likely to take “a considerable amount of time” before the bodies of the South Africans killed in the church building collapse in Nigeria are flown home, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Sunday. Updating reporters in Pretoria on the situation, he said the latest report out[…]

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Boy shot and killed in Valhalla Park

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, on Sunday afternoon, Western Cape emergency services said. “A gunshot wound to the head caused the death of a 15-year-old boy in Eleanor Road, Valhalla Park, at 1pm today,” spokesman Robert Daniels said. “Details surrounding his death are[…]

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Spytape claims are ‘paranoia’: Maharaj

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj on Sunday slammed as ‘paranoia’, spytape claims that he co-ordinated President Jacob Zuma’s victory at the 2007 ANC conference in Polokwane. “I think it is wild speculation by people who are paranoid,” said Maharaj. The Sunday Times published a compilation of transcripts from the so-called spy[…]

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Over-emphasis on assessments: SADTU

The implementation of Annual National Assessments (ANA) does not assist schools or the education system, the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (Sadtu) said on Sunday. “The purpose of tests and assessments are to secure customised interventions as identified,” the union said in a statement. “We cannot have a common tool[…]

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DA against proposed billion rand Parly upgrade

The proposed upgrade to the Parliamentary Precinct at a cost of about R1.4 billion will be opposed by the Democratic Alliance, it said on Sunday. “The national fiscus faces massive pressure and a rising deficit,” DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement. “We can’t afford to splurge on[…]

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‘They’re out to get us’: ANC

An agenda to discredit the ANC and its president Jacob Zuma is behind recent critical media reports, the political party said on Sunday. “The intention is to discredit the ANC. No-one accepts it [the party]; Nobody likes it,” African National Congress spokesman Zizi Kodwa said. He said Zuma was not[…]

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Canal Walk slams CTimes article

The management of Canal Walk shopping centre has slated a Cape Times’ report on the robbery of a pregnant woman, saying the article was exaggerated. An employee at Bride and Co was attacked in the car park and pulled away by robbers in a getaway car on Tuesday. The woman[…]

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Telkom users to be wary of hoax

A Cape Town woman says she might have been scammed out of thousands of rands, had she not hung up a fraudulent call allegedly from Telkom. Rashiedah Petersen said she received a call at approximately 12:40 on Thursday afternoon from a woman claiming to be calling from the telecommunications company.[…]

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BLA welcomes legal bill signing

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) on Friday welcomed the signing into law of the Legal Practice Act (LPA). “The coming into law of the LPA is a major step towards the transformation of the legal profession, which… is very important because the transformed legal profession paves the way for the[…]

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Opposition walks out of Nkandla committee

Opposition parties on Friday walked out of Parliament’s committee on the Nkandla controversy after the ANC refused to agree to call President Jacob Zuma and to enforce the public protector’s findings against him. The walkout was led by opposition leader Mmusi Maimane after two and half hours of debate failed[…]

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