The body of a seven-year-old girl who went missing at the weekend has been found in an open field near Struanway.
Family members say the girls, who were at home with Sonia’s grandmother Regina Payi, decided to sneak out to buy chips.
The younger child said they were close to the shop when a man dressed in black approached them and asked for Sonia to accompany him.
He gave the six-year-old 50 cents, told her to buy sweets and walked away with Sonia. The other child went to the shop.
Details are still sketchy as to how the girl had died.
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The JSE was stronger at midday on Monday‚ taking its cue from stronger Asian and European markets after a positive close on Wall Street on Friday.
Markets traded stronger following Friday’s US nonfarm payroll data that came in weaker than expected‚ causing investors to believe the US Federal Reserve was unlikely to increase rates in September.
The US added 151‚000 jobs in August and not 180‚000 as investors expected.
Dow Jones Newswires reported that investors now saw a roughly 21% chance of a rate rise in September‚ according to Fed-funds futures tracked by CME Group‚ compared with a 24% chance the previous day.
Global trade is expected to be subdued on Monday as the US celebrates Labor Day.
In Asia‚ the Japanese Nikkei 225 closed 0.66% firmer‚ the Shanghai Composite lifted 0.15% and the Hong Kong Hang Seng added 1.65%.
Comments by Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda‚ who alluded to more room for monetary easing‚ also helped support buying interest in Asia on Monday‚ the newswire said.
At 12.23pm the all share was 0.15% firmer at 53‚579‚79 points and the blue-chip top 40 added 0.18%.
Resources led the gains on the bourse‚ adding 1.34%‚ followed by gold miners rising 1.18%. Commodity stocks were buoyed by the uncertainty about the timing of a US rate increase.
General retailers fell 1.13% and financials dipped 0.32%.
TreasuryOne’s head of dealing‚ Wichard Cilliers‚ said Friday’s US jobs numbers had done little to settle the Fed debate‚ but a rate increase in September looked unlikely now and that had spurred interest in riskier assets in Asia.
December seemed to be the most likely meeting for a rate increase‚ he said.
Among individual shares on the JSE‚ Anglo American rose 1.12% to R158.90 and BHP Billiton added 1.68% to R193.90.
Kumba Iron Ore lifted 3.36% to R138.50.
Sasol gained 1.27% to R376.83 after the Brent crude price surged 3.64% to $ 48.295 a barrel in afternoon trade.
Gold Fields added 2.75% to R79.12 and Harmony added 2.96% to R56.32.
Retailer Mr Price was weaker‚ down 2.28% to R75.43 after a disappointing trading update released last week.
Santam retreated 1.09% to R218.60 and Sanlam gave back 0.92% to R63.80.
EFF president Julius Malema says the party’s central command team which met over the weekend has resolved to do a thorough review of all its elected councillors.
He said all proportional representative (PR) councillors who came from wards which received less than 100 votes will be instructed to withdraw from councils and would be replaced by ward candidates where the party received most votes.
“This principle is aimed primarily at awarding those who worked for the organisation tirelessly‚ and also to avoiding a situation where mediocrity is rewarded‚” he said.
Malema said going forward the EFF will apply the same principle during the national general elections in 2019.
Members of higher structures of the party would be on the list based on how they perform in their respective constituencies.
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Violence during public protests has surged‚ taking the police’s focus away from dealing with serious crimes.
Cases of violent unrest have surged from 1‚226 in the 2011/12 reporting year‚ to 3‚542 in 2015/16‚ according to the latest crime statistics.
The number of peaceful protests also increased‚ from 10‚832 to 11‚151 over the same period.
Protests are his “biggest problem”‚ acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said on Monday‚ speaking on radio 702 on the John Robbie show about the “notable” increase in unrest-related incidents.
“My biggest problem is diversion from normal policing. If you look at public violence‚ the unrest which has been on the increase and it is mainly people trying to express their concerns with authorities… That in itself is taking the police away from what they are supposed to be doing: dealing with serious crimes.
“If we can minimise that… People must use the existing structures to voice their issues and voice them responsibly within the confines of the law. [That] will allow us to focus on the core business of policing and fighting crime‚” he said.
According to the crime statistics‚ KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of violent protests in the last financial year with 786 incidents reported.
The Eastern Cape recorded the second highest number of violent protests with a total of 661 reported cases.
Gauteng had 638 unrest incidents.
Limpopo followed with 448‚ Mpumalanga with 274 and the Western Cape with 250 recorded violent protests.
The North West had 245 violent protests‚ and the Northern Cape had 141 incidents. The Free State had the lowest number of violent protests at 99.
Lizette Lancaster‚ manager of the crime and justice hub at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS)‚ said that in most cases‚ the root causes of violent protests stem from issues such as severe inequality and poverty.
“In most cases‚ people have a high expectation of response and often people that mobilise feel that there is no other way to address their grievances‚” said Lancaster.
She added that some of the key triggers that determine the escalation or de-escalation of a protest include: failed infrastructure and services‚ the media’s interest in the issues‚ police action and response‚ low level of access to resources‚ trust and distrust of official authorities‚ highly motivated individuals and officials’ response to the violence.
Some of the notable violent protests the country has seen this year include:
-Hammanskraal – where two people were killed and six critically injured in an eviction protest in May;
-Vaal University of Technology – where students protested over the suspension and arrest of other protesting students;
-Fort Hare University – where students set buildings alight in protests over meal‚ housing and travel allowances; and
-Vuwani in Limpopo – where residents destroyed schools protesting over the new demarcation of their area.
There were also reported incidents of violent protests related to mayoral and councillor nominees before the start of local government elections last month.
Municipal IQ‚ a specialised local government data and intelligence organisation that collects data on service delivery protests‚ said in May that 2016 was on track to be a record for protest action.
“If sustained at the same rate as the past four months‚ major service delivery protests in 2016 will reach a new peak level‚” the company said.
According to its data‚ this year had – up to April 30 – seen 70 protests compared to a total of 164 for 2015‚ and 191 for 2014. The protests used in its study are primarily against councillor candidates (a political issue) while demarcation (a national decision‚ like that of Vuwani) and industrial relations cases are not included on the Municipal Hotspots Monitor.
“Many of these protests have taken place in informal settlements and under-developed areas where service delivery remains a major challenge‚” Municipal IQ MD Kevin Allan noted.
Meanwhile‚ Phahlane said he was worried about the increases in cases of contact crime — which include murder‚ attempted murder and assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm — in the past year.
“I have to be worried as a South African‚ particularly when are not able to arrest the increase in the incidents of contact crimes‚ but I am encouraged by the work police have done‚” he said. “We believe what we have in place will take us a long way in reversing the situation.”
The Institute for Security Studies last week said better use of crime intelligence‚ with support from experienced detectives and forensic capacity will go far in reducing the crimes that were on the rise. “A good example is the success in tackling truck hijacking following the appointment of a dedicated task team.”
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The situation at Beyers Naude Square near Luthuli House intensified as Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members tried to prevent African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe from receiving a memorandum of demands from #OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters.
MKMVA chairperson Kenny Maphatsoe intervened and ordered his members to allow Mantashe to take delivery of the demands.
But one member of the MKMVA described those military veterans who created a guard of honour for Mantashe are “sell-outs”.
“If the SG comes here‚ we will tell him to go back to the office. We are not intimidating anyone‚ we are defending the revolution and this movement has protocol. If you are unhappy with a particular leader‚ you must go to the branches and they must pronounce on what they want to done‚” said the member.
Skirmishes broke out amongst MKMVA members‚ and with SAPS officers and other protesters as they tried to engage Mantashe and the #OccupyLuthuliHouse demonstrators.
Reporters found themselves in between the blows being exchanged between the parties.
“These members must wait for the 2017 elective conference of the ANC and that’s the only time they can take out President Jacob Zuma. Whether we agree or disagree with Zuma is not an issue. The issue is that procedurally‚ they must follow the right processes of the African National Congress‚” the vocal MKMVA member said.
Shortly after Mantashe received the memorandum‚ he was whisked through the disgruntled MKMVA members.
The#OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters‚ who have described themselves as “children of the ANC”‚ have demanded that Zuma must step down as president of the ANC and the country‚ and the resignation of the current top six National Executive Committee members of the party.
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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) treasurer-general Magdalene Moonsamy has resigned from her position to concentrate on her career as a lawyer.
EFF’s leader Julius Malema announced on Monday that Moonsamy has established her law firm and had requested the organisation to afford her time off.
“The position of treasurer-general is a full-time position‚” noted Malema.
Her departure follows the recent announcement that the EFF’s national spokesperson‚ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi‚ “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.
“Commissar Fana Mokoena has therefore been appointed to the position of acting national spokesperson until Commissar Ndlozi can resume his duties in November‚” the party had said in a statement. – TMG Digital
The monthly bond repayment to purchase a typical property in Newton Park, namely a threebedroom house, with the median asking price of R1,25m, is R12,480 per month over 20 years at prime of 10,5% with no deposit.
If you’re looking for a suburb that is a hub of activity and growth, Newton Park is for you. Situated north of the city centre, this popular suburb of Port Elizabeth has easy access to the N2.
Well known as the Central Business District of the city, the area is home to many businesses including shopping centres located at its boundaries. Residential homes also abound, since Newton Park has several well-established schools.
Built in 1957, 3rd Avenue used to be the major access point between Newton Park and Walmer. The two areas were considered independent towns back then. The William Moffett Expressway has since taken over that role so 3rd Avenue is now favoured more as a shortcut to Mangold Park and Lorraine.
Newton Park is a stone’s throw away from the St Croix Motor Museum, a popular attraction for car enthusiasts and open by appointment only. Other key locations include Greenacres and The Bridge shopping centres, which collectively host scores of retail stores and eateries.
With five of the Bay’s top schools – including the popular Alexander Road High School and Herbert Hurd Primary School – located within the suburb, it’s easy to see why it is one of the most sought-after suburbs for residential property in the city.
Many of the homes, some of which date back to the early 1900s, still boast unchanged facades. Other homes have been completely modernised.
“A huge drawcard are the well-placed pubs and eateries found along its shared main road, Cape Road.
I love that everything is nearby and that traffic rarely affects us, because the schools are around the corner” Christopher Williams, resident.
Things to do:
• The Music Kitchen: a live music venue, pub and restaurant, featuring mid-week music and comedy nights
• Ster-Kinekor: a popular choice in The Bridge shopping centre
• Port Elizabeth Golf Club: with two nine-hole greens (with a total par of 72), 25 bunkers and bent-grass greens
Best in food:
• Raak: a trendy breakfast and lunchtime venue that adjoins a popular hair salon
• The Blinking Owl: a pub and grub eatery
• Grillers American Diner: an American-style diner with decor and paraphernalia to match
• Cafe Capellini: a popular urban coffee shop/restaurant franchise
• Alexander Road High School
• Grey High School
• Herbert Hurd Primary School
• Laerskool Newton Park
• Newton Technical High School
• Westview School
Following years of protests, project disruptions and complaints by small business owners that they could never really benefit from big contracts, the tide is about to turn, according to Nelson Mandela Bay’s new political leadership.
Mayor Athol Trollip and his deputy, Mongameli Bobani, are adamant they will ensure the city supports SMMEs to benefit from the bulk of municipal tenders.
Their first point of call would be to ensure the metro pays SMMEs within the 30-day time-frame for jobs completed.
Organised black business in the Bay has in the past complained that the tendering system was structured in such a way that only major companies could really benefit from construction tenders.
Trollip said he had met with representatives from black-owned SMMEs who complained that the municipality was dragging its heels in processing invoices.
“The past ANC-led government has crippled many SMMEs because they just didn’t pay them . . . or they gave them jobs that they couldn’t deliver on, and they weren’t paid and have become bankrupted by this organisation.
“We are going to use the City of Cape Town as a blueprint.
“The deputy mayor and I – and some of the mayoral committee members – have already had a meeting with a delegation from the Western Cape government to come and talk to us about how to deal with certain issues,” Trollip said.
In the Western Cape, about 76% of all contracts up to R100-million were awarded to black-owned SMMEs, he said. “We are going to transport that here. “We are going to make sure we put out contracts from the city – capacitate them so they can be successful in delivery and not go bankrupt.”
Bobani said the aim was for black-owned SMMEs to be fully fledged contractors, so they could also do huge contracts.
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“Don’t give hooligans free airtime‚” Gwede Mantashe told a crowd in the Johannesburg city centre on Monday afternoon.
The African National Congress’ (ANC) secretary-general was referring to the #OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters who had gathered to demand the removal of President Jacob Zuma and other changes within the ruling party.
That protest was curtailed when organisers toned down its action after claiming to have received threats from the ANC’s youth and women’s leagues and military veterans asscoiation‚ who had gathered with posters reading #DefendLuthuliHouse.
Mantashe appealed to those who had assembled to defend the ANC’s headquarters to not allow the protest to turn violent.
This appeared to have gone unheeded by some as scuffles were seen to break out as Mantashe was being ushered back to Luthuli House after reportedly receiving a memorandum of demands from the #OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters.
It was not clear who was involved in the melee‚ as even ANC Youth League president Collen Maine had earlier lamented that “it’s quite unfortunate that they are using our colours”‚ when referring to the #OccupyLuthuliHouse crowd. – TMG Digital
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The face of Port Elizabeth’s inner city is set to undergo a drastic revamp, with plans to transform some old, rundown buildings into social housing projects.
This was revealed by new Nelson Mandela Bay human settlements political head Nqaba Bhanga, as he outlined plans which he said would integrate communities.
“We have already identified parcels of land in the metro, like in Walmer, Parsonsvlei, Mount Road and John Street in Uitenhage,” Bhanga said.
“We have to adapt the bylaws as some buildings are an eyesore.
“We have to regenerate the city so that we can redevelop these buildings.”
Some of the planned social housing projects would be situated in Central, which he hoped would beautify the city and bring it back to its glory days.
“Property developers left their dilapidated buildings which are now used by gangs,” Bhanga said.
“With by-laws, we will be able to find a way to enforce compliance that property owners should maintain their buildings. They should comply with the health and safety acts.”
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