Two New Brighton police constables had a close brush with death this evening when they were ambushed by three gunmen in Stofile Street, Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth.
The policemen were robbed of their service firearms and their police van, which was later found abandoned in New Brighton.
Although the suspects fired several shots at the constables, none of them hit their mark.
One of the policemen was injured by glass from a broken shop window when he tried to escape from his attackers.
Feuding taxi associations operating in and around Mthatha in the Eastern Cape have committed to stop the taxi violence and instead be advocates for peace and stability.
Speaking at a prayer service held at the Mthatha Town Hall to call for an end to the ongoing taxi violence‚ leaders of the taxi association public condemned the recent killing of people and the damage to property.
The South African Taxi Council (Santaco) in the OR Tambo area used this opportunity to publicly apologise for the incidents of public violence which on Thursday saw three pedestrians killed and 15 others injured during a drive-by shooting on the R61 road near the Circus Triangle Hall.
Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana‚ who attended the prayer service‚ said two of the 15 injured had since died. “This means the numbers of those who died in the shooting has now increased from three to five‚” she said.
Both Tikana and KSD mayor Nonkoliso Ngqongwa as well as church leaders condemned the violence.
Santaco OR Tambo Taxi Council chairman Mabuya Shumayele said they were disappointed with the violence and were embarrassed and he profusely apologised to the public.
“Many innocent people have died in something that should not have happened and others were hospitalised. We humble ourselves and apologise to the public in general‚ our clients‚ the government and everybody affected. Please accept our sincere apologies. The feuding taxi groups have agreed to ceasefire and work together on instilling peace and stability within the taxi industry‚” said Shumayele.
The fighting was between Uncedo Service Taxi Association and Umtata Taxi Owners Association over routes between Libode and Tsolo.
Ten people have been killed since April.
OR Tambo international airport has urged customers to allocate extra travel time due to bad weather conditions and a tornado that battered the City of Ekurhuleni on Tuesday afternoon.
“Passengers are advised to allocate additional time for travel to the airport due to weather constraints experienced‚” the airport shared on their social media page.
Passengers are advised to allocate additional time for travel to the airport due to weather constraints experienced.
— ORTambo (@ortambo_int) July 26, 2016
Earlier on Tuesday‚ a tornado hit parts of Ekurhuleni including Phumulani Mall‚ Tembisa hospital and a filling station‚ before heading towards the OR Tambo International Airport. This resulted in major traffic delays on the R21 North and the N1 north towards Tembisa. Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson Wilfred Kgosago said motorists should add extra time as roads leading to the township were experiencing slow moving traffic.
#JHBTraffic Congestion: Olifantsfontein Rd westbound between R21 and Madiba Dr, ave speed 10km/h (21min delays)
— Netstar Traffic (@netstartraffic) July 26, 2016
The Gauteng Department of Health said 20 people had been injured at the Phumulani Mall.
The department said although there had been no injuries to staff or patients at the Tembisa hospital‚ it said that the hospital’s fence‚ carports‚ about 20 vehicles belonging to employees‚ including three ambulances‚ and the roof of one building had been destroyed. Trees had also been uprooted.
Meanwhile‚ the South African Weather Service said that severe weather patterns should subside throughout Tuesday night.
Forecaster Vanetia Phakula said on that thunderstorms‚ some of which may be severe‚ were expected over Gauteng‚ Mpumalanga‚ Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal throughout the night.
“But for now there is no indication of any severe thunderstorms over Thembisa‚ where the tornado was identified‚” she said.
She added that the situation “should be getting better” throughout the evening.
The weather service has issued severe weather alerts for Wednesday‚ saying disruptive snowfall is expected over the extreme south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal‚ north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape and the extreme south-eastern parts of the Free State.
“Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is expected in places over north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal in the morning and also over the northern parts of the West Coast District and the southern parts of the Namakwa District of the Northern Cape‚” it said.
City officials have already sent out teams to northern parts of Ekurhuleni to assess the situation and more assessment would be made throughout the night to determine if the area should be declared a disaster.
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You might think this image that went viral on Twitter is fake‚ given the slight green outline you can see to the right side of the moon as it crosses the face of the Earth‚ but it isn’t.
— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) July 26, 2016
The image was captured by Nasa’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera‚ which uses three monochrome exposures taken at quick succession to take a series of ten pictures in quick succession using different filters to generate its “natural colour” images of the Earth.
However‚ as it takes these images‚ everything moves just a little bit – which explains the slight bit of green.
This image was taken in 2015‚ however the satellite captures similar images about twice a year‚ with another shot of the moon photobombing the Earth coming earlier this month.
The image is available from Nasa.
They also have an animated gif available.
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At least 20 people were injured in a tornado that battered the City of Ekurhuleni on the East Rand on Tuesday afternoon.
Various units dispersed to respond to emergencies‚ after a tornado struck the City of Ekurhuleni‚ have identified damages at a hospital‚ a mall and a garage.
Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Captain Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said that a “very strong tornado” passed through Tembisa at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon and that three places were affected – Phumulani Mall in Winnie Mandela section‚ Tembisa Hospital and a Total garage‚ both in Hospital View.
The Gauteng Health Department said that about 20 people injured at the Phumulani Mall had been transferred to the Tembisa hospital.
Although there had been no injuries to staff or patients at the hospital‚ it said that the hospital’s fence‚ carports‚ about 20 vehicles belonging to employees‚ including three ambulances‚ and the roof of one building had been destroyed. Trees had also been uprooted.
“The hospital is currently attending to people who were injured at the destroyed Phumulani Mall in Tembisa‚ about 20 people have been transferred to the hospital. We have dispatched ambulances from neighbouring areas to assist the hospital accordingly.”
Earlier‚ Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Zweli Dlamini told TMG Digital t the city had already dispersed all is personnel following an alert issued by the SA Weather Service.
Dlamini said the teams‚ which include metro police‚ disaster management and emergency services would provide information to the city‚ which will then decide whether to declare disaster status in Tembisa.
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A cross-continental letter from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to a baby in the United States has gone viral.
Tutu penned a letter from his Cape Town home to baby Juliet M from Massachusetts in the US.
The letter, while nothing out of the ordinary according to Tutu’s staff, has taken the world by storm, with the hash tag: #ArchbishopTutu #SpreadingLove #MakingSouthAfricaProud, trending on Twitter.
The letter was written earlier this month after Juliet’s father wrote to Tutu explaining that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter.
“Hello, little sister.
“You don’t know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey – on another continent many miles away – is just beginning.
“We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret because we should all know it. So I don’t mind if you tell everyone else.
“Did you know that all people belong to one family, the human family? That although we may look nothing like each other, live in separate homes, practise our own cultures, subscribe to different religions – and some of us have more money than others – we are all sisters and brothers of God’s family?
“You and I, and everyone else, were born with the same purpose. For love, for goodness and for one another.”
He signs it off with:
“God Bless You. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Cape Town, South Africa.”
Tutu’s spokesman Roger Friedman yesterday said as a priest and public figure, the “Arch” gets many requests from around the world for blessings.
“He tries to extend his hand to all that he can. This is one that he thought that he should respond to.”
You’ve probably seen it in action, luring gormless-looking 20-somethings into lamp posts in pursuit of a Blastoise or Gengar.
This is Pokémon Go. But not everyone is smitten with the game, which superimposes digital creatures upon the physical world via the screen of players’ mobile phones.
Just another excuse for today’s snowflake generation to bury their heads in the sand, harp critics. And this is a common response to Pokémon Go – that it’s blinding us, isolating us from reality.
Those who decry such games, and indeed anything which induces people to stare at a small screen when they’re on the move, should remember that our lives involve seeing the world through lenses just as tinted and just as selective as the pixels of a smartphone. They are called our eyes.
Plugged into our brains, they are often woefully deficient when it comes to “noticing the world around us”.
We’re all familiar with the phenomenon of “autopilot” – the way we tune out routes we already know how to follow, driving to work without seeing or remembering anything.
Adam Smith famously got up in his nightgown in an intellectual reverie and walked 15 miles before being woken by church bells, while a study in 2011 showed students chasing a researcher across campus often failed to notice a staged fight taking place along the way.
The architect Geoff Manaugh, in his book The Burglar’s Guide to the City, shows how criminals uncover aspects of our most intimate spaces to which we are blind, turning drains into doorways or punching through flimsy interior walls. The point is that our movement through the world is transformed by the purpose we bring with us.
And Pokémon Go is certainly a transformative purpose.
In this it is an unlikely heir to Guy Debord, the French radical who wanted to overthrow capitalism by “turn[ing] the whole of life into an exciting game”.
Advocating urban exploration as a form of revolution, he told us to drop our “usual motives for movement and action” and allow our “drift” through the streets to uncover flows and currents our hurry to work might obscure.
By playing Pokémon Go I’ve already found, near my home and workplace, murals and facades I’d never noticed before. Other players are uncovering everything from dead bodies to cheating boyfriends.
Not content with describing the world, it is also, as Marx recommended, changing it. Everywhere there are stories of adults marvelling as perfectly sober young people congregate at previously neglected plazas, libraries, and war memorials.
Armed robbers are waiting at game locations to snare easy victims. And when a rare Pokémon appeared in a park in Washington DC, it drew crowds of hundreds, turning the space into a kind of carnival.
Yet, by hooking its players into an endless chase for imaginary goodies, routing them hither and thither like electrical currents on a circuit board, Pokémon Go resembles the most optimistic fantasy of behavioural control – that with the right rewards and punishment, humans, just as much as lab rats, can be conditioned to do anything.
No wonder some people believe the app might actually have been commissioned by US intelligence agencies. Want photos of a particular home or business? Spawn a rare Pokémon creature and let players be your unwitting informants!
This very possibility has led Indonesian officials to brand the game a “national security threat”.
When you consider the saga some years ago of “Cuban Twitter” – in which US aid workers introduced a new social network to the island to spark unrest and eventually revolution – they might not be totally mad.
Yet whether Pokémon Go is a radical challenge to the status quo or a mass market tranquilliser, it is clearly more than just escapism. Like every other way of seeing and engaging with the world, it filters out some things and makes others more visible.
Pokémon Go players aren’t ignoring reality; we’re discovering it differently, and in some cases, we’re changing it. – The Daily Telegraph
By far the most important message delivered to the South African body politic – the government, private sector and labour – this century came from David Lipton at the Wits University Business School last week. It was a call for economic reform, for urgency and for compassion.
And it was important. Lipton is the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s lender of last resort.
The lecture Lipton delivered was a warning and a supplication. Change or die. And please don’t die.
In strict numbers, South Africa’s threat is best measured by the ratio of its debt to its gross domestic product. It is now almost half and as the economy slows, that ratio gets harder to control.
Lipton’s warning is what might happen when what we produce no longer pays the debt. It is what would happen if we were forced to ask the IMF or World Bank for a bail-out – and that is no longer an idle fantasy of the ANC’s many critics.
I don’t want to sound alarmist, but we would not be the first country to discover just how quickly things go downhill if we do not manage our affairs with the utmost discipline. The government pays more than R500-million a day in interest on its debt. We are not disciplined.
The state is profligate and corrupt, business is aloof and uncompetitive, and labour is entirely self-absorbed and indignant. The unemployed now number so many, and their numbers are growing so rapidly, that our reasonable growth forecasts do not even come close to relieving their absolute poverty.
We cannot go on like this. Something must be done.
“The bottom line,” Lipton said, “is that the root of your problems contains the seed of their solutions. Inclusion of the excluded one-third of South Africans could and should be a source of growth and dynamism for the generation to come.
“But now, the cost of insufficient action has reached the critical point. The present trajectory is simply not good enough.
“If our projections for the economy materialise, per capita income in 2017 is set to fall to 2010 levels.” In other words, and probably as anyone with half-a-brain realises, we are going backwards.
The government has utterly squandered its legitimacy, and with it the opportunity to be daring and creative. Now it is fighting for its political life ahead of local elections on August 3.
And it is not just the fault of the government. “A huge part of the labour force is left on the outside looking in, undereducated and with no opportunities for advancement,” Lipton said.
“There are township youth who . . . cannot find work. The formal economy is not absorbing them, nor are they able to strike out on their own.
“There is a crucial structural issue at play: those included in the advanced economy – large businesses, banks and unionised workers – maintain entry barriers against their potential competitors – small and medium-sized enterprises and the unemployed.”
Exactly. How often have we not heard small business complain that big companies stitch up wage deals that smaller companies cannot afford? No-one listens.
We are leaving it up to big business to work out a way out of the crisis, but what can they realistically do if they are so manifestly a part of the problem? Established white business has allowed a new black elite to shield it from the ugly truth of the desolate lives half of our fellow South Africans suffer. It’s time is up.
We need to start afresh. To measure every decision we take against one single thing. Will it create jobs?
Eskom has just decided to stop buying power from new independent producers. How many jobs will that create?
SA Airways, drowning in debt, is “under pressure” from the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal to reopen a route between Durban and Cape Town that it closed six years ago to stem losses. How many jobs will more losses create?
The government still has impossible visa regulations in place. How many jobs do the rules create? A minimum wage is about to be introduced. How many jobs?
“What is needed now,” said Lipton, “is a new approach. It is a question of fundamental, transformational reforms that can boost employment – particularly for young people – reduce inequality and promote economic inclusion.
“This approach should focus not just on leveling the playing field, but opening up the playing field, for individuals and businesses.” Indeed.
DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip was reduced to tears, as reported by the Weekend Post, over the allegations of mistreating workers on his family farm while ANC president Jacob Zuma, at its Siyanqoba rally at Dan Qeqe Stadium, pulled no punches in positioning the DA as a political party of racists.
Whether unconscious or not, race relations are becoming the overriding narrative of both parties rather than what they are going to do, in detail, for the Bay. Zuma singing Umshini wam is entertaining for attendees, but devoid of content in a highly contested city like Nelson Mandela Bay.
Had I not attended the Progressive Business Forum hosted by the ANC and judged the party from JZ’s speech alone, I would be convinced that the ANC is a party of dancers, entertainers and corrupt officials who have no ability to understand the dynamics of a competitive democracy.
“We are the only party with a detailed plan,” said Danny Jordaan holding the detailed booklet to a room full of businesses and professionals at the Boardwalk. The booklet contained where the city had been and how it would look in five years’ time.
It was certainly more detailed and went beyond the party manifesto.
Even staunch critics of the ruling party and opposition supporters are forced to admit that Jordaan delivers content and leadership in the midst of all the theatrics and corruption engulfing the ruling party. I am shocked how this man survives and manages to have his five-year golden year plan for the city not drowned by the melodies of Umshini Wam and its accompanying dancing moves.
It is truly beyond me how Zuma’s face on posters, at rallies and, God forbid, next to the ANC logo on ballot papers would do the party any favours. Would the party not rather focus on Jordaan as the face of party for the Bay than poison his well-detailed five-year golden plan with Zuma’s presence, whose only content is to offer racial attacks on the DA?
The DA does not do itself any favours with its inability to deal with the many layers of racism black citizens experience daily. There are times one wants to recommend Eusebius McKaiser as its trainer on putting language to the dynamics of racism.
Reading in The Herald, DA MP John Steenhuisen’s view that it was impossible to bring apartheid back “constitutionality, morally” does not address the “milky racism” black South Africans suffer daily as well as the evident structural racism. Black citizens have tasted democracy, despite its challenges like corrupt officials, and would not allow apartheid to be handed on a silver platter to them.
It’s the “milky racism” the DA needs to master to gain the confidence of its skeptics. Black people who are not DA members or voters have a deep fear of living in a racialised country where no economic structural changes are made.
This is why the allegations about Trollip speak to a deep fear which, in my view, the party is not addressing adequately, but rather pointing fingers to the ANC.
When it talks about change for the city through jobs, few questions arise. What kind of jobs? Are they quality jobs or slave-paying jobs?
And when it talks about an open opportunity society, how will racial prejudice be mitigated in application of jobs and work? The party needs to attend to these deep-seated questions of trust that permeate voters’ minds rather than simply presenting stats alone to deep-seated emotional fears.
Using Nelson Mandela, who died an ANC member, in a DA advertisement also comes off as disingenuous and a diversion from directly dealing with racism. Trying to compete with the ANC on struggle credentials is a losing game and saying the ANC is using racial politics to divide us is a missed opportunity for the party on how it would deal with it.
Beyond the race narrative, each citizen of the Bay would like to know what it is that you (each political party) will do for me in detail. If both parties can focus on that, not only will Nelson Mandela Bay benefit but politicians would lead voters into a much more mature democracy, which is what all citizens of the Bay (and South Africans) deserve.
As Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas honestly said, “Nelson Mandela had a period of suffering a leadership crisis”.
We, the voters, therefore want to know where parties are leading The Bay. Race rhetoric alone will not do it.
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More than 150 exhibitors will present homeware, decor, accessories, DIY products and gourmet dishes at the Algoa FM Homemakers Expo from Thursday until Sunday at the Boardwalk – and 20 readers of The Herald can win double tickets.
To stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets, send an SMS with the word HOMEMAKERS and your name to the number: 41983 (SMSes should be kept to a maximum of 320 characters at a charge of R1.50 per 160 characters. Free minutes do not apply and errors are billed. The cut-off for entries is noon tomorrow and the winners will be notified shortly thereafter).
From bathroom fittings, the latest in kitchen appliances, to sublime new furnishings and the latest paint techniques, the best in home improvement will be on offer. Homemakers will find fresh ideas and smart advice and be able to compare a wide range of products and meet suppliers face-to-face – all under one roof.
There are also a series of workshops, with the line-up including:
- Thursday, 5.30 to 7pm – Mia Zia’s Kitchen Talk: Port Elizabeth’s Nora Puggia and her talented daughter Michelle – of Fratelli Foods – will team up for a stage demonstration. Nora will show how to cook her famous gnocchi and Michelle will share pasta cooking tips.
- Friday, 5.30 to 7pm – International Whisky Tasting: Tommy Larkan, the official Distell Whisky tasting presenter, will showcase three international whiskies.
- Saturday has several workshops:
10.30am to12.30 – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Demo: Enjoy a paint technique demonstration by artist Sunet de Witt and Applegay Green of Annie Sloan.
1 to 2pm – Benn Koppen Craft Beer Tasting: Buy your “Benn Koppen Bottoms Up Cup” for R20 from Jonathan Roche, creator of the Benn Koppen Brand and Craft Beers, and taste four beers.
2.30pm – South African Whisky Tasting: Larkan will showcase local whiskies in this session.
5 to 7pm – Charlie Finch: Port Elizabeth singer/songwriter Charlie Finch will perform live on stage.
- Sunday also has more than one workshop:
11.30am to 12.30 – Algoa Floral and Garden Club Floral Demo: Gail Taverner will show flower arranging ideas for the home, followed by a lucky draw.
1 to 3pm – Jazz Band: Mo Jazz will play while expo visitors enjoy lunch.
Other activities include a Master Upholsterer Challenge, in which upholsterers will vie for the title of Master Upholsterer 2016.
The expo will be open on Thursday and Friday from 10am until 8pm, Saturday from 9am until 8pm and Sunday from 9am until 5pm.
Tickets, on sale at the door, are R40 for adults and R20 for pensioners, with free entrance for children 12 years and younger. Further information from (041) 373-6616.
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