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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SAPS is looking the other way as no active steps are being taken to prevent the wave of crime that is ravishing parts of Kameeldrift, East in Pretoria

Despite a wave of crime that ravages Kameeldrift East in Pretoria, it seems that the SAPS is simply looking the other way, as no active steps are being taken to provide badly needed relief for this agricultural community. AfriForum launched several actions to support this besieged area in its battle to call the SAPS to account to ensure that the local police station functions properly to effectively help the community. Among other, AfriForum launched a court application to compel the community to send reservists for the prescribed training to enable them to supplement the understaffed police station. AfriForum also monitors the investigation of various cases, among them that of former Springbok Naka Drotské, who was injured during a farm attack on his brother’s smallholding. Another is that of Manie Entres, whose wife was murdered in his presence. In both cases, the SAPS investigative abilities were shocking. AfriForum has already voiced its dissatisfaction in a lette…
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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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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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South Africa’s first clear-water lagoon is Pretoria’s new ‘beach’

Landlocked Pretoria just got a new ‘beach’ thanks to South Africa’s first clear-water lagoon. It took Balwin Properties two years to make history in Sub-Saharan Africa, by constructing the first ‘beach’ of its kind. The Blyde, which officially opened on 8 September, is an exclusive housing estate in Pretoria East, which features 1.5-hectare The Blyde. Cost of construction While it’s unlikely to replace the seasonal exodus to coastal hotspots, Pretoria’s new ‘beach’ and residential complex provides an unusual oasis for residents of The Blyde. The project, which was spearheaded in partnership with Crystal Lagoons in 2016, cost an estimated R4.2 billion to construct and is only accessible to residents of The Blyde. While The Blyde’s lagoon is definitely the main attraction, other facilities include a restaurant, gym, spa, concierge, laundromat, and multi-purpose sports fields. Residents can enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing on the lagoon. Environme…
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Booswigte steel kerkklok van NG kerk Wespoort in Danville

’n NG kerk in die weste van Pretoria se kerkklok is soek nadat booswigte verlede week baie moeite gedoen en swaar gedra het om dit te steel. Dié klok van die NG kerk Wespoort in Danville weeg maklik meer as 100 kg. “Ek hoop die mense wat die klok gesteel het, word gevang, sodat hulle dit weer kan terugsit. Ek sal graag wil sien hoe hulle dit gaan regkry,” sê Koos du Raan, die koster. Du Raan sê daar is Maandag die eerste keer opgemerk die klok hang nie meer in sy boog aan die bo-punt van die kerktoring nie. Die klok word net op spesiale geleenthede gelui, soos op begrafnisse en middernagdienste. ’n Ouderling het Maandag die klok se ketting in die binneplaas naby die kerkgebou sien lê. “Groot was ons verbasing toe ons omdraf en sien die klok is weg,” sê Du Raan. Die diewe het vermoedelik oor die kerk se agterste muur geklouter nadat hulle die lemmetjiesdraad in die hoek platgedruk het. Du Raan wys na die leer wat teen die agterkant van die kerkgebou is, w…
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Oom Paul spog nou met ‘n splinternuwe baadjie by sy graf

Nadat sy graf in Julie vanjaar gevandaliseer is, het Jacques Müller, 'n beeldhouer van Centurion, aangebied om nie net die beskadigde borsbeeld op die graf van oudpres. Paul Kruger te restoureer nie, maar 'n hele nuwe beeld vanuit graniet en marmer te kap. Die nuwe Kruger-monument is gister op oom Paul se 193ste verjaarsdag onthul.
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Farm attack, couple traumatized by terrorists during 3 hour ordeal, Pretoria West

A traumatic farm attack took place on 5 October 2018, between 01:00 and 04:45, on a Welgegund smallholding in Pretoria West, Gauteng. The inside perimeter beams were activated around 01h00, after the attackers bypassed, and cut through the electric fence. The resident, Niel looked and could not see anything and reactivated the alarm, but the attackers were inside the property already. They gained access to the house from the balcony. The male victim was surprised by three armed black males in his bed. (one armed with a pistol and ²nd with a crowbar). Both the man and woman were tied up. They forced the victims to open the safe, and took their time ransacking the house. The suspects and fled the scene at around 04h45, taking with them: jewellery, camaras, 2 laptops. R1800± in cash, mobile phones, TV, and meat. The couple did not sustain any physical injury, but are extremely traumatized. Patrollers with dogs and SAPS followed the tracks but no arrests have been made …
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