Civil rights organisation, ’AfriForum tackles 4 000 hectare residential land claim in Centurion

AfriForum announced at a media conference in Centurion on 5 February 2019, that the civil rights organisation’s legal representatives had informed the Land Claims Commission in writing of the organisation’s intent to oppose a land claim that had been instituted on about 4 000 hectares residential land in the Centurion area. “AfriForum already has the necessary resources to take immediate action against this claim. We want to ensure our members and the affected community that this attack on their property will not pass unobserved. AfriForum already has an action plan in place and is taking the necessary steps to oppose this attack on private property rights,” says Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety. AfriForum will hold a community meeting on 19 February 2019 at 19:00 at the Leriba Lodge to address community members who own immovable property in Centurion. The organisation will inform the community at the meeting of all the facts surrounding the land claim, a…
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Pretoria train collision: Four dead, 620 injured – Prasa please explain to us how on earth did this happen!

Four people died and 620 other commuters were injured when two trains collided near Pretoria's Mountain View train station, Netcare911 said on Tuesday afternoon. Netcare911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst told TimesLIVE that injuries suffered ranged from minor to moderate. "All the people have been removed. One person sustained critical injuries." Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said the two trains were both travelling on the same line towards Pretoria from Mabopane. Two trains collided in Pretoria on January 8 2019 during the early-morning rush-hour commute. Four people have been killed and hundreds injured. Mofokeng said a board of inquiry would be instituted to determine the root cause of the accident. Trains running between Pretoria, Mabopane and Dewildt are temporarily suspended until further notice. All commuters in possession of valid weekly and monthly tickets will be transported by bus until the line is reopened. Metrorail said it would set up…
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Prasa will completely close Pretoria Railway Station with no trains accessing the station for 40 days

Prasa will completely close Pretoria Railway Station with no trains accessing the station for 40 days with effect from December 14 until January 22. The work will involve the replacement of old signals, turnouts and points machines as part of Prasa’s modernisation programme. The benefits of a new modernised infrastructure will be a safer, faster, smoother and world class train service with improved traveling times. An occupation will be taken during this period and trains will be monitored to ensure safe movement. During the construction phase the following train service will apply: 1. Trains from the Saulsville corridor (00), De Wildt corridor (44) and Mabopane (18) will turn around at Bosman Station. 2. All trains on the northern side will terminate at Bosman Station and Mears Street Station. 3. A shuttle train service (31s) will run between Mears Street Station and Koedoespoort. Buses will ferry commuters to Bosman Station. 4. Another shuttle train service …
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How to smash and grab a brand new stadium in SA – New Tshwane stadium worth R44.3 million already in ruins in less than a year

Thieves have stolen almost the entire Zithobeni stadium near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng, which was built for R44.3 million just over a year ago by the Tshwane metro. Water pipes, electrical fittings, door and window frames, and the cafeteria’s roll-down service opening have been stolen, and now the perimeter fence is going. Urinals, toilet bowls, basins and copper pipe fittings have been ripped from the walls of all the ablution facilities. Bathroom fittings that could not be stolen have been destroyed and turned into a heap of rubble, with electrical fittings also ripped off the walls and rafters. Almost the entire facility’s doors, as well as door and window frames, have either been stolen or vandalised. The cafeteria’s roll-down service opening has been stolen, with dressing rooms and guardrooms not spared the rampage. Water is seeping and flowing around after thieves stole pipe fittings and taps, with freshly painted walls covered in obscene statement…
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Shock at costly funeral for Tshwane ANC councillor where taxpayers had to fork out a whopping R576 000

Tshwane council Speaker Katlego Mathebe has been mired in controversy after allegations surfaced that her office unlawfully forked out a whopping R576 000 for catering at a late ANC councillor’s funeral. The matter, which has baffled even the official opposition ANC, came to light during the ordinary council sitting last Thursday. At the meeting, Mathebe’s office submitted a report detailing how it was forced to deviate from the Supply Chain Management Act when it procured services for funeral preparations. Winterveldt ANC councillor Esther Matumane, who was afforded a civic funeral, died outside her home after being shot several times in September. Senior ANC councillor Mapiti Matsena expressed shock at claims that the City parted with R500 000 to cover aspects of the funeral costs. “An amount of R576 000 is extremely high for procuring a service provider.” The amount was probably spent on buying groceries for the bereaved family, given that civic funeral polici…
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EFF warns Rosslyn companies during protest: Police won’t be able to protect you – demand a basic minimum wage of R12 500

Thousands of EFF members, some who work in the area, marched on Thursday to demand a basic minimum wage of R12 500 and worker ownership and control to the South African Breweries, PRAGA Technical, BMW, Nissan, Afrit Trailers and Coca-Cola. Tshwane Secretary Nqobile Mhlongo told BMW that workers will close down the area if their demands are not met. “There is no political or police force which will protect companies in Rosslyn area from thousands of workers. Companies must not wait until there is no time and there is social instability which will collapse business in the area until they extend ownership of companies to workers. The sooner we realise economic freedom for workers, the better for Rosslyn to grow economically.” The party’s deputy chairperson Leofi Leshabane said workers have complained to Nissan about being on night shift for several years without any rotation but nothing has been done. There are also complaints of racism at Afrit Trailers and Praga Tech…
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Bogus doctor arrested for issuing medical certificates to people applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses

A 50-yeard old man pretending to be a licensed medical practitioner was arrested by the Tshwane Metro Police (TMPD) at the Waltoo licensing department on Tuesday. It appears that the man was issuing medical certificates to individuals who applied for new or to renew their driver’s licenses. When questioned by the police, the man claimed to be a qualified doctor. TMPD officers got in touch with the health professional council of South Africa and verified that the so called medical practitioner was operating illegally, as his medical license was suspended. The bogus doctor was arrested and will appear in court soon. Read the original article on Rekord East.
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Studente van die Tshwane Universiteit van Tegnologie bring Pretoria tot stilstand tydens protestoptogte

Studente van die Tshwane Universiteit van Tegnologie (TUT) het weereens die strate ingevaar en verkeer in die sentrale gedeeltes van Pretoria ontwrig. Klasse is ontwrig en studente eis die kop van die polisieman wat Andries Monareng glo doodgeskiet het. Die studente het gedreig dat hul die hele Pretoria tot stilstand sal bring. Winkels is gesluit en berigte van stropery by wegneem eetplekke is aangemeld. Die polisie ontken intussen steeds dat hulle verantwoordelik was vir die dood van Monareng. Deur: Die Vryburger
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Activist group threatens to shut down Pretoria east after a previous memorandum was not taken seriously

The group claims that a previous memorandum handed to the Tshwane metro in March was not taken seriously. A Mamelodi activist group, which recently shut down Mamelodi municipal office services for several weeks, said they will do so again – if their demands are not met, reports Pretoria East Rekord. Oupa Mashiane, chairperson of the Mamelodi Concerned Residents for Service Delivery, made the remarks while handing over a memorandum to the metro at the local municipal offices on Monday morning. It was the second such memorandum, he said, and “the last”. Mashiane gave the metro seven working days to respond to demands. “This is a serious matter – the city of Tshwane must take our demands very seriously,” said Mashiane. Utility services MMC Darryl Moss received the memorandum on behalf of the Tshwane mayor. He promised to meet with the mayor the same afternoon to “personally hand over the memorandum to him” Mashiane claimed the metro did not take the group’s…
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Gewilde Hartland program van lug af gehaal by Pretoria FM

Luisteraars van Pretoria FM, voorheen bekend as Radio Pretoria, het penregop gesit toe hulle oor die lug verneem dat een van die gewildste programme summier van die lug verwyder is. Skynbaar is ander ewe gewilde programme se tydsduur gehalveer, want “daar moet minder gepraat word” op die radio. Ander programme soos Fokus, waar veral Solidariteit ‘n groot rol speel en waar mense soos mnre. Flip Buys, Jaco Kleynhans en ander uit die Solidariteit dampkring, onbeperkte spreektyd het, word skynbaar nie geraak nie, en volgens die direksie voorsitter, Willie Spies, in ‘n antwoord op mnr. Bennie van Zyl se Facebook inskrywing, gaan Fokus nou Hartland se plek inneem. Die “minder praat” is dus skynbaar net van toepassing op sekere sprekers. Die gewilde program Hartland is skielik deur die nuwe uitvoerende bestuurder, mnr. Hennie Koortz, nek-om gedraai, en Marianne Breytenbach, uiters bekwame en geliefde aanbieder van die indiepte nuusagtergrond program, het die aankondiging …
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