April 27, 2017

The Daily Dispatch – News



The Daily Dispatch – News

All the latest covering the Eastern Cape, Border and former Transkei region from , Saturday Dispatch and DispatchLive.

THE Daily Dispatch newspaper has a long and rich history dating back to 1872. It was the first penny daily newspaper published in the Eastern Cape in 1898. In its centenary it became the first newspaper in SA to offer full colour facilities to its advertisers and readers.

Brown grants Eskom more time to consider Molefe’s pension payout

Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has granted Eskom’s board more time to come up with a new pension payout proposal for the parastatal’s former group chief executive Brian Molefe. This is after Brown last week rejected a R30-million “golden handshake” for the former Eskom boss and instructed the electricity provider’s board to report back

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Blood from Van Breda axe killing flew out of window and hit neighbour’s house

By Aron Hyman And Tanya Farber The axeman’s blows which stole his brother’s life were so forceful that they sent drops of blood flying several metres through Henri van Breda’s second-storey bedroom window and onto the neighbour’s wall. But the position of the droplets and the impenetrability of the fortified De Zalze security estate in Stellenbosch

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Jailed Oscar Pistorius trademarked his own name

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius registered his world-famous name as a trademark after he was initially convicted of culpable homicide for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The South African Paralympic star who shot and killed Steenkamp‚ claiming that he mistook her for an intruder on Valentine’s Day in 2013‚ has protected his name from

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ANC prepares for face-off against former Durban municipal boss

The ANC in eThekwini region has dared former Durban municipal manager Sbu Sithole to head to court‚ after he threatened to force the municipality to reveal how he fared in the interview for his job. Sithole reapplied for his former position following the lapse of his five-year contract in December — but expressed shock and

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Passengers frustrated by cancelled SAA flights

Passengers expecting to use South African Airways flights on Wednesday have been angered by the cancellation of several flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Cabin crew members have been picketing outside the national carrier’s offices at Airways Park‚ demanding an increase in their international meal allowances‚ while passengers have been left queuing for

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Steve Hofmeyr joins in plea to Zuma to deploy rural safety units to protect farmers

A weekend on a smallholding or farm in South Africa is when farmers need to have heightened threat awareness‚ as this is when they are most likely to come under attack from brutal criminals. Most at risk are residents in the north of the country. The farm murder and farm attack statistics for the 2016/2017

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Sex-for-jobs accused await fate

Two top Bhisho legislature administrators implicated in the sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals scandals will know their fate by next week – when their internal disciplinary hearing is expected to be finalised. Integrated human resources management general manager (GM) Malibongwe Ngcai and monitoring and evaluation GM Basil Mase were named in the scandal that rocked the provincial

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12 000 bikers to thunder into BCM for epic event

About 12000 motorbikes from all over South Africa are about to roar into East London for the R10-million Harley-Davidson Africa Bike Week tomorrow. The rally, starting at the Esplanade, is partially sponsored by Buffalo City Metro (BCM), and it is the first time the major biking extravaganza will be hosted by the city. BCM spokesman

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Brace for up to 49c increase in petrol price

Petrol is slated for a rise of 49 cents a litre at month end‚ with diesel up 33 cents‚ and illuminating paraffin 35 cents. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA)‚ which was commenting on unaudited fuel price data released this morning by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). “International oil prices have retreated in

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Charges against former ANC official may be dropped

Criminal charges including murder are expected to be withdrawn against ANC former deputy regional secretary Lawrence Mambila at the Mthatha High Court this morning. A group of about 50 ANC members, led by former regional chairman Thandekile Sabisa, travelled from various areas within the region to give support to Mambila. Mambila’s defence attorney Siphiwo Dzingwa,

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ANC MPs told to toe line

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU A panicky ANC has read the riot act to its MPs in the National Assembly to toe the party line in the upcoming vote of no-confidence debate against President Jacob Zuma or face the consequences. The Daily Dispatch has learnt that the governing party in the Eastern Cape has contacted

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Celebrations as government’s nuclear programme set aside by court

Social activist Zackie Achmat on Wednesday joined a jubilant crowd on the steps of the High Court in Cape Town‚ where the controversial government nuclear programme has been set aside. Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute took on government for entering into deals with several countries without raising the issue parliament.

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Aerial images of SA’s apartheid legacy win international acclaim

Johnny Miller‚ who attracted worldwide attention for his stark aerial images portraying South Africa’s spatial inequality‚ was the only African photographer shortlisted in an international photography competition. Miller submitted five images from his Unequal Scenes project to the D& AD Next Photographer Awards. The shots depict townships separated from areas of privilege‚ such as gated

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Durandt funeral postponed

Boxing legend Nick Durandt’s funeral has been postponed so that his Crusader biker club compadres can attend the huge Harley Davidson bike rally in East London this weekend. Family and friends will also want to support Durandt boxer Ludumo Lamati when he challenges Bongani Mahlangu for the SA junior-featherweight crown at the Orient Theatre on

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Police house becomes crime haven

A house leased to the police is becoming a criminal haven and being looted by vagrants. Four months after the house, owned by department of public works in the East London suburb of Beacon Bay, was left vacant, residents want it sold or occupied immediately. Mayflower Terrace residents have labelled the house an “eyesore”, saying

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‘Give us the money. We love the dollar’ – SAA cabin crew say as strike bites

The South African Cabin Crew Association is due in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday while the majority of its members picket outside the offices of South African Airways over meal allowances. Christopher Shabangu‚ the deputy president of SACCA‚ said workers want the airline to address international food allowances‚ which the airline has not

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Spotlight on vaccinations

With almost 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world, the Eastern Cape health department is ready to do its bit in helping to decrease the number. This, as the world observes world immunisation week from Monday until Sunday under the World Health Organisation (WHO) theme: Vaccines Work. World immunisation week comes just three

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Terminally ill man waits for pension

An East London prison warder diagnosed with terminal cancer says he is struggling to make ends meet after he has not been paid his pension following the approval of his ill-health-based retirement. Charles Swart, 53, said he was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer but it had spread to his bones. In March 2016 he was

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Four Ndamase royal family members killed in car crash

The Western Mpondoland Ndamase royal family is mourning the deaths of four family members who died in a car crash on the R61 between Mthatha and Port St Johns at the weekend All the deceased – Xolile Alfred Ndamase, 44, Mafudumele Jezi Ndamase, 75, Majozana Florina Ndamase, 73, and Nozukile Ndamase, were from Mthombe village

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NMMU, trust pact shot in arm for rural school pupils

A development trust and Eastern Cape university have partnered to improve the lives of thousands of rural school pupils in the province. The long-term partnership between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and iKamvelihle Development Trust (iKDT) will see rural teachers, pupils and their surrounding communities getting support to improve teaching and learning at their schools.

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