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ANC is in trouble: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday admitted that the ANC had been shaken and was in trouble. “The youth league has been shaken but also the mother body has been shaken,” he told delegates at the ANC Youth League consultative conference in Soweto, Johannesburg. “We admit that the organisation is in[…]

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Koch to oppose Hofmeyr’s interim order

Comedian and ventriloquist Conrad Koch will on Thursday oppose Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr’s interim protection order against him in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. On November 10, Hofmeyr secured a court order against Koch, known through his puppet “Chester Missing”, to prevent him from harassing the singer on Twitter. The order[…]

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SA ready to help with two-state solution in Middle East

President Jacob Zuma met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Pretoria on Wednesday, where he pledged South Africa’s support for a two-state solution to the situation in the Middle East. “The only way to everlasting peace lies in frank and genuine negotiations between Palestinians and the state of Israel with the[…]

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Rape Crisis to conduct door to door survey

As part of its involvement in the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign for no violence against women and children, local awareness group Rape Crisis have embarked on a door to door campaign within the areas of Athlone. As part of this initiative, volunteers will conducts surveys amongst the residents[…]

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Health professionals want Basson out: Heywood

Hundreds of health professionals and organisations want embattled Cape Town cardiologist Wouter Basson struck off the list of medical practitioners, an HPCSA sentencing hearing heard on Wednesday. “Dr Basson has at no time acknowledged any remorse for his action nor insight into the ethically compromised nature of his actions,” legal[…]

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Eskom offers voluntary separation packages

Eskom has asked its staff to consider voluntary retrenchment packages, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. “We can confirm that we have announced the process by which employees can apply for voluntary separation packages,” spokesman Andrew Etzinger said. The applications, due in February, would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Eskom’s[…]

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Not enough victim support: 16 days

An inefficient judicial system, lack of awareness within the police force and ignorance around what constitutes abuse, are some of the reasons behind the high levels of violence in South Africa. That’s according to Bernedette Ross, the deputy-director of the Saartje Baartman centre for Women and Children in Manenberg, who[…]

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Wouter Basson sentencing to begin

The sentencing hearing of Dr Wouter Basson before the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is expected to begin on Wednesday in Pretoria. The HPCSA in December last year found Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct, with the hearing running till Saturday. The HPCSA inquiry was held to determine whether he[…]

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Domestic worker wage welcomed

The decision to increase domestic workers’ annual wages, in line with the new minimum wage, showed the ANC’s commitment to improve the lives of lowly paid workers, the party said on Tuesday. “The challenge facing low income workers is the pressure of coping with the ever-increasing cost of living,” African[…]

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Illicit tobacco trade is crime catalyst

Illicit trading in the tobacco sector creates a catalyst for other crimes, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday. “Illegal trade in tobacco products is huge business which often spread to other crimes, like money laundering and drug dealing,” Phiyega said in a speech prepared for delivery at a[…]

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