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Limpopo River border under tight police surveillance for illegal immigrants

JOHANNESBURG – THE  police are closely  monitoring the Limpopo River border as dozens of illegal immigrants try to gain access into South Africa. Since the first of January, two people have died and about 80 others arrested while trying to cross the crocodile infested river. The police’s Hangwani Mulaudzi says this is an ongoing problem. “We are not only talking ... Read More »

Thousands retake ANC pledge in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – SA PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, ANC office bearers, and thousands of supporters retook the party’s pledge during a mini-rally in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Thursday. They were participating in celebrations marking the ANC’s 103rd birthday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane led “fellow comrades” in reciting the pledge. “I, Nomvula Mokonyane, solemnly declare that I will abide by ... Read More »

Zim in a major land reform U-Turn

HARARE- THE Zimbabwean government has made a major climb down and now allows farming joint ventures between new black farmers and former white commercial farmers. It now also allows contract farming, a move  farmers have welcomed as long overdue. Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Douglas Mombeshora said farmers were now free to choose who they wanted to engage in ... Read More »

Gauteng leads as SA’s top performer as Matric pass rate drops

JOHANNESBURG – THE national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday. The past rate in 2013 was 78.2 percent, Motshekga announced in Johannesburg, admitting her disappointment. A total of 550,127 full-time and 138,533 part-time pupils wrote the basic education department’s examinations. Gauteng was the top performing province, with ... Read More »

Botswana repatriates 13 Zimbabwean kids

GABORONE - THE Botswana government has repatriated 13 Zimbabwean children  that were caught in the country without travel documents, police spokesman Christopher Mbulawa said on Monday.The children were found in a minibus in Francistown last month, on their way to South Africa with two men, who later appeared in court in Botswana, a Sapa correspondent reported. The Francistown High Court later ... Read More »

Central Methodist church refugees to find new homes – Verryn

JOHANNESBURG -THE REFUGEES who are about to be evicted from the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg are finding their own accommodation, Bishop Paul Verryn said on Monday. Verryn said he had been involved in the inner city for many years to ensure the Constitution protected people, including against eviction without alternative accommodation being provided. “The church took a decision at ... Read More »

Juju weds long time girlfriend Mantwa Matlala

JOHANNESBURG – EFF LEADER Julius Malema has married his long-time girlfriend Mantwa Matlala in a private ceremony under heavy security in his hometown Seshego, Polokwane in Limpopo, according to reports on Sunday. Sunday Times reported that the traditional ceremony on Saturday was policed by more than 20 security guards in black suits and red ties who ensured that only invited ... Read More »

Matric results preps on course for release in early January

JOHANNESBURG –  EVERYTHING  on track for the release of matric results early next year, says the education department. “Preparations for the release of National Senior Certificate examinations results are well underway,” said department spokesman Elijah Mhlanga in a statement. “The department…is on schedule to announce the national and provincial pass rates in January 2015.” On January 5, Minister Angie Motshekga ... Read More »

Suspected Zimbo arrested for spate of Gauteng mall robberies

JOHANNESBURG - A MAN has been arrested in connection with the spate of mall robberies in Gauteng, police said on Thursday. “We have information that could possibly link the suspect to up to 17 armed robberies in and around the province,” provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba said. “Some of the cases that the suspect is involved in are cellphone shop robberies ... Read More »

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