Western Cape

WCape roads deaths down in December

There was a slight decrease in the number of road fatalities in the Western Cape during the first 14 days of December, compared to 2013, the province’s transport MEC said on Monday. “Comparative road deaths are down 14 percent from 57 in 2013 to 49 deaths so far this December,[…]

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Festive season traffic plan launched

Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant on Thursday launched the Integrated Provincial Traffic Operational Plan for the Festive Season 2014/2015. Grant said the plan has been divided into five operational phases which include pre-season, start of the holiday season, holiday, end of holiday and then the[…]

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Man presumed drowned in WCape

A man in his 20s was presumed drowned on Saturday after being swept away by a rip current at Kleinmond on the Western Cape coast, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. The NSRI were contacted around 5.45pm following reports of five people being swept out to see, spokesman Craig[…]

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Seven injured in Western Cape crash

Seven people were injured on Saturday when a truck collided with five vehicles on the Sir Louries Pass, near Cape Town, paramedics said. The truck’s brakes allegedly failed causing it to plough through other vehicles, said ER24’s Russel Meiring. Three people were critically injured. Two of them had to be[…]

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WCape pledges R2.37m to Cape Minstrels

The Western Cape government has pledged R2.37 million to help financially support the Cape Minstrels, Malay and Christmas choirs, the provincial department of cultural affairs said on Monday. “The [department]… considers the annual events of these groups to be fundamental to preserving the Western Cape’s culture and heritage and therefore[…]

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Province faces medicine shortage

The Western Cape is facing a shortage of vital medication, as a result of “poor management”. The late award of pharmaceutical tenders by the National Department of Health as well as the removal from contracts of coded medicines not listed in the National Essential Medicines list, has led to certain[…]

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Man arrested after WCape cop shot dead

A man was arrested after he alleged shot dead a police officer in Nyanga, police said on Saturday. The 38-year-old police detective constable was shot around 6.30pm on Friday, while pursuing the man, who was wanted in connection with several murder cases, Captain Frederick van Wyk said. “The member died[…]

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WCape to release monthly crime stats

Crime statistics for the Western Cape will be released on a monthly basis, the province’s community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Sunday. “I have instructed my department to specify that the provincial commissioner must provide… regular crime statistics on a monthly basis,” said Plato in a statement. He said[…]

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Matric targets to be set

Premier Helen Zille and Minister Debbie Schafer will on Monday announce the Western Cape’s targets for the upcoming National Senior Certificate examinations. The Premier and the Minister will be highlighting how the Western Cape will interpret the results, when they are released in January next year, touching on key indicators[…]

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New land claims near 5500

Just under 5500 new land claims have been lodged around the country, but most of the claimants want money, not land, the rural development and land reform department said on Wednesday. “[A total of] 5495 claims have been received at lodgement sites across the country. The majority of these have[…]

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