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Boy dies after dragged behind car

A four-year-old boy has died after being dragged outside a hijacked car in Boksburg, Gauteng police said on Sunday. Lt-Col Khensane Magoai said that the boy was travelling in a City Golf with his mother, father and sister in Reiger Park on Saturday night when the family was approached by[…]

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R42m in bonuses for SABC staff: report

The SABC has paid around R42 million in bonuses to its staff and middle management, The Sunday Times reported. According to the report, bonuses of R8000 after tax were paid to 3007 workers as part of a wage agreement with unions. The bonuses were reportedly a gesture of gratitude for hard[…]

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1 in 4 toilets not working: SJC

Over a quarter of toilets inspected in four Khayelitsha informal settlements are not in working order, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) said on Saturday. This was one of the preliminary findings of a week-long social audit on the janitorial service for communal flush toilets, the SJC said in a statement. A[…]

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Elderly smile on Madiba Day

VOC News joined Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz at the GH Starck Centre for the Aged in Hanover Park to do a blanket drive as part of the 67-minute initiative for Mandela Day. Fritz and a team from the Department of Social Development (DSD) spent their hour[…]

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71 Pelican Park homes built for Madiba Day

Habit for Humanity SA chose to turn Nelson Mandela Day into Nelson Mandela Week, after mobilising volunteers to spend 40 hours constructing more than 67 homes in the Pelican Park area. The initiative was run in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela foundation, Power Construction, and the City of Cape Town,[…]

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Mandela looking down on earth: Tutu

Former president Nelson Mandela is looking down from heaven at the things people are doing to celebrate his legacy, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town on Friday. Wearing a black jacket over his purple robes at the V&A Waterfront, Tutu explained to bystanders that God had called Mandela[…]

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No SA passport holders on Malaysian plane: Dirco

None of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in Ukraine were travelling with a South African passport, the department of international relations said on Friday. “Our mission in Kuala Lumpur informed us that amongst the passengers no one was travelling with a South African passport,” spokesman[…]

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Gov condemns Israel Gaza invasion

South Africa is gravely concerned by Israel’s “illegal” ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the international relations and co-operation department said on Friday. “The South African government strongly condemns the [Thursday] launch of the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defence Force,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said in[…]

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Abalone worth R3.8 million seized

Abalone with a street value of about R3,8 million was seized on Thursday at a farm warehouse in Philadelphia, north of Cape Town, police said. Three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican were arrested after police responded to a tip-off about abalone smuggling, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said. Police searched a store in[…]

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No facts in past 16 yrs: Mbeki

For the past 16 years, there have been no facts supporting allegations of mismanagement in the arms deal, former president Thabo Mbeki told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday. “There is this huge volume of work which has been done,” he said referring to investigations conducted by the state.[…]

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