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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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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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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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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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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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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Barbaarse studente in Pretoria stig brand voor Bheki Cele, minister van polisie, se kantore

‘n Groep studente van die voormalige Technicon, tans bekend as die Tshwane Universiteit van Tegnologie, het die polisie besig gehou deur ‘n brand te stig voor Bheki Cele, minister van polisie, se kantore in Pretoria. Dit volg na die dood van een opstoker student op die Soshanguve kampus tydens geweld wat daar uitgebreek het. Waarnemers vra die vraag wat sal die polisie doen as boere strate afsper en breek en brand oor plaasmoorde? Deur: Die Vryburger
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BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama invades double-storey mansion in Pretoria after noticing no one was living in it

The BLF decided to move into the big house after noticing no one was living in it. The High Court in Pretoria has refused to get involved on an urgent basis after a double-storey mansion in diplomat’s row in Brooklyn, Pretoria, was invaded by a group associated with Black First, Land First (BLF). The house “invaders”, who claim to be students, moved into the unoccupied thatched-roof house last month after getting a locksmith to open the door for them. When confronted, they allegedly said they could not afford accommodation and called their “lawyer”, who turned out to be BLF leader Andile Mngxitama, who is not an attorney. The executor in the estate of the house’s deceased owners, attorney Mike Potgieter, launched an urgent application to have the students evicted, saying they illegally gained access to the property and were trespassing. Judge Nelisa Mali, however, ruled that the application was not urgent and struck it off the roll. The main house on the property ha…
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