Dramatic twist as trial halted
IN a dramatic twist, the trial of two men accused of robbing the KwaDwesi branch of Absa two years ago was stopped yesterday after the presiding judge asked whether members of the Police’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) should not be warned against incriminating themselves.
SA Agulhas II docks in Bay
THE SA Agulhas II, South Africa’s new ice-breaking polar supply and research ship, arrived in Port Elizabeth yesterday after concluding research operations in the Southern and Antarctic oceans.
Stop political bickering – save the Bay, leaders told
STOP the petty political bickering and save our Nelson Mandela Bay. This was the unanimous message from organised business, ratepayers, religious leaders and hundreds of residents at the Feather Market Centre last night, who lashed out at municipal and political leaders for allowing their internal squabbles to plunge the “world-class city” into crisis.
SA rowers clinch gold medal
South Africa’s rowing team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson secured the country’s third gold medal of the London Olympic Games, finishing first in the men’s lightweight four final on Thursday (02/08/2012) afternoon
Quotes of the week from around South Africa
“We think as a country we should consider changing our working hours. We may offer companies special fees and rates to use electricity from about 10 at night to 4 o’clock in the morning.” — Eskom chief executive Brian Dames considering ways of cutting down on demand during peak times.
‘Sunday rapist’ cellphones tracked
Cellphones of the “Sunday rapist” were used in areas where his alleged victims were abducted, an expert testified on Thursday (02/08/2012).
Sexwale decries shoddy workmanship in RDP housing
The government is exploring measures to stop the ongoing construction of sub-standard houses by the private sector contractors it hires, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Thursday (02/08/2012).
Le Clos withdraws from 200m final
Bert Le Clos, father of South African gold medalist Chad Le Clos on Thursday (02/08/2012) confirmed that his son has pulled out of the men’s 200m individual medley final, according to radio station, 5fm
SA medical costs 5 times higher than other nations
Medical costs in South Africa are up to five times higher than other nations, Business Report reported on Thursday (02/08/2012).
Shock report on govt fraud
WIDESPREAD looting, tender fraud and irregular spending in government departments has once again come to light after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) revealed it was scrutinising more than R5-billion in allegedly misspent taxpayers’ money.
PE family worry over missing daughter
A PORT Elizabeth mother is distraught after her teenage daughter left home on Saturday afternoon and failed to return.
Aids patient hangs herself
A 39-YEAR-OLD HIV/Aids patient hanged herself at the Cradock Hospital yesterday because she was unable to live with her status, according to her family.
Teenage surfer in biggest victory
SOUTH African surfing sensation Bianca Buitendag, 18, recorded her biggest victory in her professional career with a fantastic win in the ASP 6-Star Movistar Pro in Peru.
Treasury tells metro to cap expenditure
THE national Treasury has cautioned the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to tighten its belt and restrict over-expenditure.
Kirkwood residents unlock a new life
RESIDENTS of the poverty-stricken Bersheba township outside Kirkwood were overjoyed when Sundays River Municipality mayor Mbulelo Kebe handed over 52 RDP houses to beneficiaries yesterday.
FET colleges receive huge cash boost
FURTHER education and training in the Eastern Cape was given a R237-million boost by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande yesterday in a bid to address the varied curriculum needs of colleges.
Neighbour rescues teen from inferno
IT may not have been a traditional fairytale ending, but a teenage girl was able to thank her hero yesterday – a neighbour who pulled her from her burning Port Elizabeth house.
Rape acquittal leaves victim feeling vulnerable
LOCKS and chains on a young Walmer township woman’s bedroom door failed to keep out a rapist who sodomised her at knife point in the middle of the night.
Court hears of gunshot in murder case against student cop
A single shot rang out just before teenager Thato Mokoka was shot dead allegedly by a student constable, the High Court in Johannesburg heard on Wednesday (01/08/2012).
SAA tightens up baggage restrictions
The South African Airways (SAA) is introducing a new check-in baggage policy, an official said on Wednesday (01/08/2012).
DA calls for probe into department of women, children and people with disabilities
The DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the department of women, children and people with disabilities (DWCPD) for failing to deliver on its mandate, it said on Wednesday (01/08/2012).
Army roped in to fight gangs
IN a bold move, the military and other state agencies are being roped in to fight gang warfare in the Eastern and Western Cape. Gang hotspots – including Helenvale, Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp in Port Elizabeth and Lavender Hill and Hanover Park in the Western Cape – are believed to have been prioritised.
Officials shut ‘unsafe’ school
A CHRISTIAN school in Butterworth was shut down by authorities yesterday because it was deemed unsafe and a threat to the lives of pupils and teachers.
‘I’m a firm believer in myself’ – PE’s Idols hopeful
BUBBLY Melissa Allison, the only Eastern Cape singer to make the Idols Top 10 this season, believes her biggest competition is public favourite Khaya Mthethwa from Durban and Alberton finalist Tshidi Tenyane.
Finality in security tender war
THREE years, a lengthy court battle and millions of rands later, Metro Security will this month finally be awarded the lucrative contract to secure the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Roaming cows cause chaos for residents
ROAMING cattle have become a headache for Nelson Mandela Bay residents, who have had to clean up after the herbivores and drive erratically to avoid colliding with them.
Seminar to help teachers, students
EASTERN Cape teachers and education students will this week receive tips on how to make the most of the education situation.
More golden glory as Le Clos beats Phelps
Sobbing on the top of the podium, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos looked like he could hardly believe that he had not only won a gold medal but beaten his hero Michael Phelps to do so.
There are criminals within ANC: Ace Magashule
There are criminal elements within the ANC, the party’s Free State leader Ace Magashule said on Tuesday (31/07/2012).
‘I’ll be back when Zuma goes’, says JuJu
Former ANCYL president Julius Malema says his expulsion from the ANC will be automatically overturned when President Jacob Zuma is voted out of office in December, it was reported on Tuesday (31/07/2012).
SA bottom of the class in world education rankings
SOUTH Africa is near the bottom of the class when it comes to its education system – coming in at only 133 out of 142 countries that took part in a World Economic Forum study.
Spin doctor’s head on a block over controversial metro tender
NELSON Mandela Bay Municipality’s chief spin doctor, Roland Williams, could be suspended by the end of the week for his involvement in the controversial gantries tender which cost the city hundreds of thousands of rands in legal fees.
A genet in the hand is worth a good sleep
A MYSTERIOUS visitor who drove Bronco the dog crazy at night has been nabbed at a Mount Pleasant house.
MEC gets tough with region’s NGOs
A YET-TO-BE-RELEASED auditor-general’s report on the Department of Social Development’s funding of non- profit organisations has hinted at an abuse of resources due to a lack of monitoring by the department.
Walmer Golf Club: ‘no need for land grab yet’…
IT could be another 18 months before the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality gets its hands on the Walmer Country Club land which it is eyeing to build much-needed RDP houses.
Goodbye, Major-General Kapp
HE was born to fight criminals and keep the streets safe and now, after 41 years on the beat, one of Port Elizabeth’s finest cops is packing away his uniform and holstering his gun.
Robbery suspects identified in security footage, court told
DETECTIVES believe the alleged gang of robbers who attacked the KwaDwesi branch of Absa in March 2010 took a computer hard-drive with them when they fled the scene in the mistaken belief that it contained the security footage of the incident.
Accused ‘frozen in shock’ at shooting of optometrist
THE man accused of robbing a Bluewater Bay optometrist and former Mr South Africa finalist told the Port Elizabeth High Court he was “frozen in shock” when his drinking companion suddenly shot at a vehicle in Njoli Street, Kwazakhele.
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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