Human rights

Fuel prices set to rise again

Fuel prices are likely to rise again at the end of July going into August.

This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

“International oil prices see-sawed during the first half of July, but remained within a fairly narrow band and did not contribute substantially to the price rises we are anticipating for next month,” the AA explains.

Protest leave residents in the dark

Pietermaritzburg residents barricaded roads leading to Copesville on Wednesday with burning tyres and rubble, and demanded the removal of their ward councillor.

Taxis were stopped from operating on the main road and protesters burnt three electricity transformers, leaving sections of Haniville, Swapo and Copesville without electricity, GroundUp reported.

Another bomb threat in KZN

The Cornubia Mall in Mount Edgecombe, Durban was evacuated following a bomb threat on Thursday morning.
 
Hundreds of patrons and mall workers were evacuated after police allegedly received a tip off that there was a bomb in Woolworths.
 
The mall was reopened with the police bomb squad giving the all clear.

To read the article titled, "Another KZN mall evacuated after bomb threat" click here

Action Required to Reduce Fire-Related Fatalities During Winter

Statistics about social problems are meaningless if they fail to jolt people into action. Commenting on statistics about forced removals, Colin Bundy made the following profound statement. He said “There is a sense in which these appalling figures have been cited so often that we are used to them; that we cease to realise their import, their horror - what they mean in terms of degradation, misery and psychological and physical suffering”.

Neutrality in election says Zimbabwe army

Zimbabwe's military vowed on Wednesday to stay neutral in upcoming elections, dismissing suggestions it would deploy service personnel to influence national polls scheduled for July 30.

The military is under close scrutiny following its brief takeover in November that led to the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe.

Previous elections under Mugabe were marred by violence, intimidation and fraud - often alleged to involve the security forces.

Sassa workers’ strike

The Social Security Agency has had its hands full this week trying to assure social grant beneficiaries who haven’t yet been paid that they will be paid, as well as trying to avert a strike that will exacerbate its payment woes.

The agency has told beneficiaries that they might need to wait a few more days for their monthly grants, but has assured them that they will be paid in full.

Grayston bridge inquiry

An employee of Murray & Roberts who worked as an assistant to the construction manager when the Grayston bridge collapsed has declined to answer some of the questions put to him at an inquiry on Tuesday, saying he didn't want to incriminate himself.

Oliver Aadnesgaard testified in Pretoria that he did not know of any person who designed and approved the drawings of the temporary structure. He said the drawings were supplied by FormScaff.

KZN baby boy missing

Police have appealed to the Hibberdene community in KwaZulu-Natal to help them locate a missing three-month-old baby boy.

The baby went missing three weeks ago when the mother awoke to find that he was no longer on her bed.

"During this time, a person by the name of Lungelo Simamane and a female friend were visiting at the house," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said.

Criminal charges for Johannesburg hospital protesters

CCTV camera footage is being scrutinised by police to identify the perpetrators who caused damage estimated at R3-million plus during violent protests at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital over the last two months.

This was disclosed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa‚ in an oral reply to questions by Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom‚ in the provincial legislature.

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