Uncertainty over Zuma billion rand jet deal
The department of defence declined to comment on Friday (29/06/2012) on reports that it was finalising the purchase of a luxury VIP jet for President Jacob Zuma.
Festinos descend on Grahamstown in droves – see what’s on today
COLD, cold wind – but fortunately, no rain. Well, not yet anyway. The 2012 National Arts Festival is well underway and by just judging from the pretty hectic traffic flow on the first day (always a good barometer), it looks to be a goodie for the artists who have descended on Grahamstown in their droves.
Kids may be taught in mother tongue
XHOSA-SPEAKING children in the Eastern Cape could soon be taught in their mother tongue if the ANC in the province gets it way during discussions at the party’s national policy conference this week.
Doctors face disciplinary action for speaking
THE Eastern Cape Health Department has started disciplinary action against the three rebel Port Elizabeth specialist doctors who held an “unauthorised” media conference earlier this week to highlight massive staff shortages.
Patient tries to strangle Bay doctor
A BROKEN stethoscope saved a Nelson Mandela Bay doctor’s life when he was allegedly attacked and nearly strangled by a patient in Livingstone Hospital’s casualty department.
East Cape festinos spoilt for choice
EASTERN Cape residents are spoilt for choice with four major festivals – each with a different theme – taking place on their doorsteps and set to bring an explosion of sound and colour to an otherwise cold and wet winter.
Damage control for ANC
THE ANC has moved to do some damage control, emphasising yesterday that the policy document mooted by President Jacob Zuma was “broadly” supported by its members but that its title would be changed.
New probe of crime forum boss
A CRIMINAL case was opened against suspended Richmond Hill Crime Forum chairman Alan Mounter yesterday amid allegations he was being paid to render security services he was not authorised to provide.
Disability does not hamper star
APART from a bit of light, Gwen van Rensburg-Nel cannot see. But that has not stopped her from being one of the country’s top bowls players and the defending champion in her category at the South African Disabled Bowls Championship.
Coastal oil spill will be catastrophic
A BREAK-UP of a major oil tanker at sea along South Africa’s coastline – the second longest part of which borders the Eastern Cape – could prove a disaster of monumental proportions as the country is under-insured for such eventualities, maritime industry experts have warned.
Sexwale non-comittal on status of ‘second transition’
There was no contention about the content and context of the proposal on the second transition, ANC national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale said on Thursday (28/06/2012). However he could not comment on whether the proposal had been rejected.
Second transition news reports ‘nonsense’, says ANC
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu denied reports on Thursday (28/06/2012) that the second transition proposal had been rejected by most provinces during the party’s policy conference in Midrand.
Policy blow for Zuma
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s grip on the ANC took a major knock yesterday after he failed to convince the Eastern Cape – the second-biggest ANC province – to buy into his latest brainchild, the “second transition”.
Chilly G’town awaits festinos
THE thousands of festinos heading to Grahamstown for the start of the National Arts Festival today should pack in lots of warm clothes for the city’s notoriously chilly nights this time of year.
Officer in alleged attack on ex-lover
PANDEMONIUM broke out at a Port Elizabeth office block yesterday when an agitated off-duty policeman allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the head with a pocket knife following a heated argument.
J-Bay’s still the place
THE downgrading of the Billabong Pro from World Championship Tour status to six-star World Qualifying Series status has seen fewer tourists book into Jeffreys Bay for the event, which kicks off in two weeks’ time.
Bay seeks to contain ANC rebels
THE ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay is pushing for regional and branch party leaders to be given more powers to discipline members who step out of line. Ill-discipline in its ranks has eroded the ANC’s image and, in some cases, created rampant factionalism that has badly affected service delivery.
Doctors pledge support
DOCTORS and staff at Life Mercantile Hospital have come out in overwhelming support of their colleagues at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex, who called a press conference earlier in the week to address the staff crisis at these hospitals.
Ngqura copes with big rig
WITH 120 crew members and weighing in at about 24000 tons, manoeuvring a massive six-storey drilling rig into the Port of Ngqura on the outskirts of Nelson Mandela Bay was no easy task for officials.
Northern areas clinics hit by medication crisis
HUNDREDS of residents in Nelson Mandela Bay’s northern areas who depend on metro clinics as their primary source of healthcare have had to turn to private pharmacies because of a shortage of state-issued medication.
Time for action – Zuma
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma pushed his latest campaign card yesterday, urging thousands of ANC members at the party’s policy conference in Johannesburg to debate the call for a Second Transition, which he said would see South Africa take a “dramatic shift and a giant leap” to bring economic freedom to all.
Doggone mystery as pooch sneaks ride
A PORT Elizabeth boerboel took an unusual approach to running away from home yesterday when he snuck aboard a bus in Bridgemead and enjoyed a 20km ride to the depot in Korsten.
Hospital staff crisis ‘ignored’ by EC officials
THE Eastern Cape Health Department will not address the dire staffing problems at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex, despite threats by Nelson Mandela Bay’s most senior state doctors to only provide emergency services until the staffing crisis is sorted out.
All systems go for fest
AS the City of Saints officially opens the 38th National Arts Festival tonight, hotels, restaurants, bars and businesses are already in full swing with visitors from all quarters arriving to experience the country’s premier arts showcase.
ANC divisions clear in Zuma’s reception
IF there was any doubt that the ANC was not divided, that myth was dispelled at the start of the four-day ANC policy conference at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg yesterday.
Call for death penalty after fiancee killed
A NELSON Mandela Bay businessman whose fiancée was murdered in a horrific attack at Lake Farm three years ago said although her killers were sentenced yesterday to life in prison, they deserved nothing short of the death penalty.
Olympics terrorist attacks concerns
THE threat of a terrorist attack in England during the London Olympic Games is very real, according to British intelligence chiefs.
Judges’ remarks spark big outcry
NELSON Mandela Bay court interpreters have reacted with disbelief to retired judge Justice Poswa labelling them drunkards and school dropouts.
Uitenhage set for music showcase
IT is all systems go for the inaugural Uitenhage music festival, Duets 2012, which kicks off on Friday night.
Despatch protest over evictions
RESERVOIR Hills residents blockaded streets with burning tyres in protest against the eviction of two families from their homes in Despatch this week.
‘Mob justice’ case proceeds
THE state intends proceeding with the prosecution of three KwaNokuthula, Plettenberg Bay, men accused in the mob killing of a suspected child murderer and rapist, the Knysna Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.
Lion Park welcomes new tiger
THERE’S a new cat in town – a Siberian tiger to be precise – and its presence at Nelson Mandela Bay’s Seaview Lion Park has taken the city’s population of the breed to 20% of the national total.
Ngcobo named acting crime intelligence chief
Major-General Chris Ngcobo has been appointed acting intelligence head until issues around Richard Mdluli are resolved.
Call for environment minister to quit
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa must resign as she has failed to tackle the issue of rhino poaching, animal activists said on Tuesday (26/06/2012).
Whites still control SA economy, govt needs to take drastic steps – Zuma
South Africa’s economy is still mostly under the control of whites who held power under apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday (26/06/2012).
Another KZN ranger found dead
A second missing KwaZulu-Natal field ranger has been found dead, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Tuesday (26/06/2012).
Rebel doctors’ rescue plan for Bay hospitals
DEFYING orders from the Eastern Cape Health Department, Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex doctors yesterday spoke out about the crippling staff shortages which had forced them to take the drastic step of closing the Dora Nginza Hospital emergency surgery unit from July 1.
Narrow escape for teen after ‘abduction’
“I THOUGHT I was going to die and didn’t know what to do. It was very scary and I really thought that was the end of it.”
Metro nurses being bullied – unions
WITH just one week to go before the controversial takeover of Nelson Mandela Bay’s primary healthcare clinics by the provincial government, unions are crying foul, saying metro nurses have been bullied into signing their transfer agreements.
Floods take toll on several Bay businesses
TORRENTIAL rain in Nelson Mandela Bay over the past few weeks has forced at least three businesses near the Port Elizabeth Airport to close down temporarily until dams of water covering their premises have subsided.
East Cape country roads in crisis
A DRIVE into the rural Eastern Cape this winter may be more than your bakkie or 4×4 can take, thanks to heavy and persistent rains that have reduced roads to gorges.
Pothole boon for tyre dealers
WHILE motorists are battling potholed roads, thanks to heavy rains in recent months, tyre companies have reported doing a roaring trade.
Survey reveals sexy secrets of SA
FEWER women believe in monogamous relationships than before, while men and women disagree on whether cyber flirting constitutes cheating.
Black pupil turned away from trials
A 17-year-old Wagpos Hoërskool, Brits, pupil claims she was turned away from hockey trials in Rustenburg because she was black.
Media a threat – Faku
THE media’s obsession with consistently portraying ANC leaders as inefficient and corrupt fat cats was the biggest threat to South Africa’s hard- earned democracy, ANC regional chairman Nceba Faku said yesterday.
Say no to Mthombo
WE HAVE reached a development T-junction. We can either accept, without thinking, the proposed R80-billion oil refinery, Project Mthombo, without an environmental impact assessment having been done – never mind Durban South and the pollution there, never mind scrutinising that extraordinary 18500 permanent jobs’ promise by our premier.
Municipality pledges to probe fracking
CHRIS Hani District Municipality is set to do what Treasure the Karoo Action Group is hoping the national government will still decide is necessary. The step? To appoint a team of experts to investigate fracking, the controversial drilling method Shell wants to use to explore for and extract gas from shale beds deep beneath the Karoo
Keen young swimmers missing out on premier event
ABOUT a hundred eager young swimmers from Port Elizabeth’s northern and township areas will miss out on what is considered to be the highlight event of their sporting year.
Matric Results – See the PDFs
Pupils and parents flocked to Newspaper House to snap up The Herald Matric Results supplement. Now we make available to you pdfs of the supplement pages.
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