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9 firearms recovered, 2 arrested in Manenberg, Hanover Park: The Manenberg community has been plagued by gang violence over the past few weeks. At least 5 people, most of them innocent bystanders, were killed in the gang crossfire.
Cabinet condemns ‘senseless violence’ at Moses Mabhida: Cabinet calls for a swift investigation and the implementation of stricter security measures to ensure the safety of spectators and officials.
Former chairman Wiese sues Steinhoff for billion: Christo Wiese resigned as chairman of the company in December last year, days after Steinhoff uncovered accounting irregularities that sent its shares crashing.
[LISTEN] Icasa’s verdict on data costs: Talk Radio 702 host Azania Mosaka speaks to TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod about Icasa’s new regulations to deal with the cost to communicate in South Africa.
Minister Shabangu suspends social grants tender process: It emerged in Parliament recently that security company G4S is challenging the accuracy of tender documents.
Petrol price to jump 49 cents a litre: Diesel will cost between 58 and 59c/l more from 2 May.
ANC in CT: Allegations against De Lille should be tested in court: This comes after 70% of De Lille’s colleagues in the Democratic Alliance’s city caucus on Wednesday night voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in the mayor.
SANDF corporal arrested for robbery had previous run-ins with law: The police arrested corporal Jacob Marakala and an alleged accomplice in Limpopo on Tuesday on suspician of being involved in an armed robbery.
Suspected Glebelands Hostel hitmen denied bail: Groans and mumbling could be heard in the cramped courtroom benches on Thursday morning as Magistrate Siphiwe Hlophe denied bail to five of the seven suspected hitmen.
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No load shedding this winter, Eskom tells Parly committee: The power utility is appearing before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations which is interrogating a R23 billion injection from the Treasury in 2015 and 2016.
‘Water for all or the city must fall’: The Water Crisis Coalition on Wednesday marched to the City of Cape Town and Parliament to oppose high water tariffs and what it calls the privatisation of water.
Mokonyane: Govt to step in and deal with North West crisis: Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says Cabinet has decided to invoke Section 100 (1) (b) of the Constitution.
Semenya’s athletics career at risk after IAAF introduces new testosterone laws: The new law will apply to athletes that compete in events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1,500m, one-mile races and combined events over the same distances.
[WATCH] Thousands of workers join Saftu march against minimum wage: Striking South African Federation of Trade Unions members marched through streets of Johannesburg CBD against the proposed minimum wage.
Sandile Mantsoe murder trial: State to address Karabo Mokoena’s alleged suicide: Two witnesses on Wednesday disputed Mantsoe’s claims that he found Mokoena on the floor of his Sandton apartment, next to a box of tablets.
Icasa set to deliver ruling on data costs: This comes after concerns over the high cost of data in South African, in addition to the issue of the expiry of data bundles.
SANDF corporal arrested for robbery awaiting trial for attempted murder: While the SANDF has condemned Corporal Jacob Marakalla’s behaviour and initiated the process to have him discharged, it has not explained why he remained on duty while being criminally prosecuted.
Gauteng ANC outraged by ‘hanging’ threat against Education MEC Lesufi: This comes after an effigy of Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was paraded in the capital this week, apparently due to his work towards equalising education and amending language policy in schools.
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Gungubele: No less than R60bn required to shut down SAA: Deputy Finance Minister Gungubele told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations that the government had considered the impact of liquidating SAA.
Eskom to issue new coal contracts soon to avert power crisis: The utility says it has put a number of measures in place to deal with coal shortages at seven of its power stations.
Family of man killed during NW protest demands answers over death: Bulelani Sizani’s family says that he wasn’t part of the ongoing protests that have gripped the province over Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s fate.
Saftu pleased with turnout at nationwide marches: Thousands of workers joined the trade union federation in various cities to protest against a R20 per hour minimum wage and other labour laws.
Top SANDF general’s personal driver arrested for robbery: The police arrested Corporal Jacob Marakalla in the Vhembe district on Tuesday after receiving information about suspects who were planning a cash-in-transit heist. Instead, they allegedly robbed a local business.
Saftu comments on Ramaphosa’s salary unfortunate, says president’s spokesperson: Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko says the personal comments about Ramaphosa’s income and personal lifestyle is unfortunate and uncalled for.
Nzimande to meet with unions over nationwide bus strike: Repeated attempts to stave off and to end the countrywide industrial action have come to nothing.
De Lille ready to fight to stay on as CT mayor: The majority of the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s city caucus on Wednesday night voted in favour of a motion of no confidence for De Lille to go.
[WATCH] DA caucus votes in support of motion of no confidence in De Lille: The Democratic Alliance caucus has voted for the removal of Patricia de Lille as the mayor of Cape Town following a vote of no confidence against her.
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A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web.
“ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets – using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.”
Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets.
Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia.
Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website.
ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing.
“The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.”
After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year.
However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside.
“Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms.
“ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.”
Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies.
“There is also a possibility to present a platform to South African-based companies where their newly launched ICO (Initial Coin Offering) tokens can be traded on,” said Lessing.
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Vavi lambasts massive salaries of CEOs, president: Thousands of workers took to the streets of Johannesburg in opposition to the proposed minimum wage of R20 rand an hour along with other proposed amendments to labour law.
City of CT slams govt decision to slash urban settlement grant: Addressing council earlier on Wednesday, officials say the cut will have a knock-on effect on projects the Transport and Urban Development Authority is currently implementing across the city.
Tiger Brands confirm presence of listeria strain at factory: Earlier this year, government, which has been criticised for taking too long to find the cause, linked the outbreak to “polony” made by Tiger’s Enterprise food in Polokwane.
Man dies in Klerksdorp violent protest: Its alleged the man was shot by police in Jouberton during violent anti-Supra Mahumapelo demonstrations.
NW Nehawu hopes go-slow will be resolved: Workers at the Mmabatho Medical Stores barred the receipt and delivery of medical supplies to all facilities across the province bringing the situation to crisis point.
DA caucus supports no confidence motion in Patricia de Lille: The Democratic Alliance caucus has voted in support of a no confidence motion in Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday.
Does zero-VAT rating of food items help those needing money most?: Judge Dennis Davis was addressing Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, which Wednesday held hearings on the VAT rate hike from 14 to 15% that came into effect this month.
Water released from Berg River arrives at Misverstand Dam: The department released five cubic million meters of water on Wednesday. It says it will help alleviate pressure from the ongoing drought.
#RandReport: Rand, bonds hit hard as dollar rally continues: At 1530 GMT the rand was down 1.1% at R12.4675 per dollar, its weakest since 10 January, after hitting a low of R12.5325 as emerging-market currencies dropped.
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As the country braces for the national shutdown by the South African Federation of Trade Unions , there are sporadic unrelated protests flaring up across Gauteng. Sporadic protests are also being staged in parts of the Western Cape, where six people have been arrested.
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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union requested to meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa over strikes taking place in the country's North West province. At a press briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Nehawu general secretary Zola Saphetha said they had written to the President on Tuesday morning and requested an urgent meeting to resolve the impasse.
Unions affiliated to Saftu are opposed to the proposed R20 an hour minimum wage agreement and a raft of other amendments which they say would curb the workers rights to strike. The country's largest labour union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa , has thrown its weight behind Wednesday's protected strike called by the South African Federation of Unions to protest the proposed minimum wage of R20 per hour.
Faith Mangope, eTV Sunrise anchor, entrepreneur and radio personality, has taken on a new challenge – managing a one-of-a-kind hybrid radio station, Massiv Metro, which celebrates its first anniversary in May with version two of the Massiv Metro app, along with a vibrant new lineup. Dynamic and driven, in 2014 Faith described herself as “a broadcaster, a businesswoman, and a world-changer” in her address to introduce President Barack Obama at a Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders programme event.
The Nigerian Mission in South Africa has written a letter of protest to South African Authority over the killing of another Nigerian, Mr. Clement Nwaogu, in Rustenburg, South Africa. The Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama, told Newsmen on telephone from Johannesburg, that the mission had waded into issues surrounding renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians Adama who condemned the act of burning Nwaogu to death by a mob in the latest xenophobia attack in that country said that the Nigerian Mission in South Africa was on top of the situation “”The High Commissioner has been on top of the situation, he has spoken with the Nigerian community sent the officers to calm down the situation.
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