If there is one lesson communism has taught the world, but which the world has refused to learn, it is that when someone else’s money runs out, someone else gets the blame. The Rothschild’s, who are conveniently white, as all evil perpetrators should be in South Africa, are now accused of preying on South Africa’s state-owned enterprises. South African unions have joined forces to take on the Rothschild family, which they have accused of being involved in attempts to ‘capture’ the country’s State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Continue reading…
Durban – A wink, a nod and a couple of thousand rands will buy a driver’s license – it’s no secret, even though it has a major impact when it comes to counting the loss of lives on South Africa’s roads.
The Independent on Saturday team went undercover to investigate what a Corruption Watch researcher said was standard practice to pay a bribe, and prospective drivers were almost guaranteed to fail if they could not or were unwilling to pay.
The team found blatant bribery at three KZN RTI (Road Traffic Inspectorate) centres.
Responding yesterday, “gravely concerned,” Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s undertaking to fight corruption at all levels, such illegal activity would “not be tolerated in any way, shape or form”.
He added that the RTMC national traffic Anti-corruption Unit was currently working with police and the SIU (Special Investigating Unit) to root out and clamp down on such practices.
Over and above their overtime, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers used to be paid for callouts to emergencies but the introduction of a new rule on overtime has put a stop to that resulting in minimal to no staff available to attend serious incidents.
This was revealed in a report by The Witness in which RTI is alleged to have known about the imminent violent attacks on trucks at the weekend, but did not put enough officers on the roads because of the clampdown on overtime pay.
The recently-introduced rule says that officers cannot exceed 520 hours of overtime a year. Previously, officers would get paid for callouts to emergencies over and above their overtime payments.
But now there are concerns that there will not be enough officers available for emergencies — especially on weekends.
40 RTI Officers dropped
The report claims that more than 40 officers at the Pietermaritzburg RTI office alone were dropped from the roster for the Continue reading…
OSCAR Hlatshwayo, executive director of engineering and infrastructure services at the Alfred Duma (Emnambithi-Ladysmith) local municipality, was allegedly killed because he instructed a subordinate to terminate a company’s contract.
The company was apparently not producing what it was paid to do. The subordinate, Nomaswazi Shabalala, a director in infrastructure and technical services, is currently being held at Westville Prison for orchestrating Hlatshwayo’s murder and is applying for bail. Her three co-accused – Nqobile Ngcobo, Mondli Mabaso, and Mduduzi Njuza – are being held at Ladysmith Prison.
According to evidence led at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court by investigative officer Constable Muziwamadoda Kubheka, the murder was first plotted over a braai in Riverside.
Cellphone records show that it all began in late December, with Hlatshwayo murdered on February 7 this year.
Kubheka said eight people were implicated in the murder. Three, including Sh Continue reading…
A new study on air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels, and Natref provided shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organizations to the environment and to human health. The study was conducted by Dr. H. Andrew Gray of Gray Sky Solutions, an air pollution research consulting firm specializing in particulate matter (PM) and.. Continue reading…
Solidarity is ready to plough their resources into creating an Afrikaans-centric education system that will rival the one set out by the government. Trade union group Solidarity (Solidariteit) have been talking big this week, after unveiling their plans for NetWerk. The project plans to inject billions into an education system that works for South Africans….. Continue reading…
China likes to claim that Africa, and more specifically, Ethiopia is their new china (a colloquial term for friend), just like Europe claimed many years ago. Ethiopia has a large, labour-hungry population. It has an agricultural society that’s just yearning for industry and is a sound investment overseas for China. Continue reading…
Durban film-maker Daryl Kotze – who is well-known for shooting music videos of South Africa’s biggest hip-hop stars – is fighting for his life in hospital after gunmen opened fire on his vehicle on the N3 Freeway near the Felix Dlamini (Brickfield) Road offramp on Thursday night.
Kotze who resides on the Berea was returning home from Johannesburg via a flight to King Shaka International Airport. He was shot in the back, under the arm and on the upper and lower leg.
His Toyota Fortuner which was riddled with bullets bore silent witness to the daring shooting in the middle of the busy freeway.
While speculation swirled – with some calling it a botched hijacking while others saying it was a hit on a mistaken identity – police investigators were trying to piece together the motive for the attack.
Musher Khan of eThekwini Secure who was at the scene believes it was a botched hijacking.
“The vehicle rolled. The driver’s side door and panels were pumped full o Continue reading…
Several new hotel bathroom basins, urinals, baths, and toilets were stolen during an early morning robbery at a hotel construction site in Bluewater Bay. The robbery happened shortly after midnight at the Coega Hotel, which is being constructed in Bluewater Bay Drive, on Thursday morning. Six men, driving two bakkies and a Toyota Avanza, managed.. Continue reading…
AfriForum’s farming wing, the Southern African Agriculture Initiative (SAAI), will be taking the country’s farm murder issues to the United Nations (UN) at the launch of the Decade of Family Farming in Rome. After a series of reports about farm attacks and the disturbing murder of Annette Kennealy, a Limpopo farm attack activist, AfriForum will.. Continue reading…
Sixteen farm owners have so far applied for interdicts to stop the Black First Land First (BLF) from occupying farmland of which five have been granted within a week in two separate matters. In the latest case, Judge Derek Wille on Monday granted an order in favor of Zindro Properties (Pty) Ltd, Trikores (Pty) Ltd,.. Continue reading…
The sugar and property giant is the largest employer on the lower North Coast and one of the largest in the province.
An estimated 5 000 workers are set to lose their jobs as South African agriculture and property giant Tongaat Hulett restructures its business, North Coast Courier reports.
The beleaguered company would not confirm the actual number of retrenchments, but informed sources said the workforce totaling 30 000 would be cut by about 16 per cent, or 5 000 jobs.
The company is the largest employer on the lower North Coast and one of the largest in the province.
Recently appointed CEO Gavin Hudson initiated a comprehensive assessment of Tongaat’s finances by accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers amid reports of financial anomalies which saw the company’s value drop to the lowest level in two decades.
The share price has fallen from around R80 last August to R20.16 this week.
The folks who operate DStv aren’t happy with the online streaming services popping up in South Africa. DStv is an expensive luxury. If you’re a sports fan, who wants access to everything, you don’t really have any (legal) alternative. But for those who don’t care about sport, there are alternatives… and DStv isn’t happy about.. Continue reading…
South Africa’s annual inflation slowed for the first time in three months, with the rate falling below the midpoint of the central bank’s target range after moderation in food-price growth tempered an increase in the cost of petrol. Annual consumer-price growth decelerated to 4.4% from a year earlier compared with 4.5% in March, Statistics South.. Continue reading…
JSE-listed real estate giant Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), which owns some of South Africa’s top shopping malls, says it will implement a “no plastic shopping bag” policy at its malls by 1 January 2020.
Some 1,808 tenant shops may have to drop plastic bags by the end of the year.
L2D’s shopping mall portfolio includes Sandton City, Melrose Arch, and the Eastgate complex.
L2D decided to take the “bold step to implement a ‘no plastic shopping bags’ policy across our malls to ensure that change starts with us,” said Amelia Beattie, the company’s chief executive, in a statement.
“With rising levels of plastic pollution in our country and oceans, it is no longer a case of best practice to eradicate the use of plastic shopping bags but rather a commitment of paramount importance and necessity. We are committed to implementing this initiative to drive our sustainability imperative,” said Beattie.