Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Over 270 Abused Children Treated At Red Cross Hospital This Year

During the first five months of 2019, more than 270 children seen at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital were victims of child abuse, neglect or violence. The hospital said it has seen an increase in the numbers and severity of child abuse and neglect cases over the past 25 years. These issues have been thrust into the spotlight as the country marks National Child Protection Week.

About 700 Homes Affected By Floods Amid Ct Heavy Rains

About 700 structures have been affected by flooding as heavy rains continue to batter Cape Town. Residents have been affected in areas including Khayelitsha, Strand and Gugulethu following days of downpours. The city’s Charlotte Powell said: “No evacuation or emergency sheltering has been activated. Various city departments will continue with mop-up operations.”  Seventy-two people were killed in the floods that hit parts of the province in April.

SA Predisposed To Mega-fires, Study Finds

A study has found that South Africa is predisposed to mega-fires. This was one of the findings of a probe into the 2017 Knysna fire disaster. The research was commissioned by short-term insurance company Santam after seven people died as a result of devastating runaway fires in Knysna In June 2017.  More than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the Southern Cape town.

Num Criticise Sibanye-Stillwater Over Restructuring Strategy

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said Sibanye-Stillwater’s decision to lay off 3,450 workers was another example of mines prioritising profits over jobs. NUM was reacting to the company’s announcement on Wednesday that at the conclusion of its restructuring consultation processes, it had decided to close about four shafts. The union said a failure by mining companies to “think outside the box” has led to the jobs bloodbath at Sibanye-Stillwater.

UN Calls On SA To Do More In Reducing Carbon Footprint

The United Nations has called on South Africa to do more to reduce its carbon footprint. Globally, South Africa was among the worst air polluters, largely due to our over-reliance on coal power. Head of the UN Environment Office in South Africa Cecilia Njenga said although government was taking steps toward lowering carbon emissions, like the introduction of a Carbon Tax, it was not enough.

Red Ants Seek Legal Advice After Being ‘Barred’ From Operating In JHB

The Red Ants security services said it was unaware of a resolution taken by the Johannesburg city council to blacklist the company from operating in the city. Earlier this week, Economic Freedom Fighters Gauteng chairperson Mandisa Mashego told Alexandra residents that a motion was passed in 2016 that the Red Ants should no longer be used.  At least 80 illegally erected structures were destroyed last week by the Red Ants in the township, leaving hundreds of people without shelter.

Off The Rails: Over 1,000 Train Collisions Took Place In SA In 2018

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has revealed over 1,000 train collisions took place on the country’s railways last year, which was a 2% increase from 2017.  Mbalula released a safety report compiled by the Railway Safety Regulator on Wednesday.  He said that painted a grim picture about rail safety in the country, adding that the poor record of safety in the rail industry was alarming. The Railway Safety Regulator recorded 1,027 collisions, with 588 people struck by trains.

What To Look Out For

NPA To Push For Long Jail Terms For EC Farm Rapist

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will be gunning for a long jail term for the man convicted of raping a woman in front of her family on an Eastern Cape Farm last year.  Sebenzile Simane was convicted on 17 charges in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Wednesday.  Among the charges Simane faced were two counts of rape, four counts of attempted murder and one count of compelling a child to witness a sexual act.  He was found guilty on all those counts and 10 additional charges.

EFF Ready To Table Bill In Bid To Nationalise Reserve Bank

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has condemned Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s dismissal of a resolution to nationalise the Reserve Bank. On Wednesday, Mboweni clarified the mandate of the Reserve Bank, saying it operates independently without fear, favour or prejudice, provided there is regular consultation with him as the minister. In a statement the EFF said Mboweni’s economic ideas dismally failed to create jobs, alleviate poverty and reduce inequality. The party reiterated that the bank must be nationalised, saying private interests must be cut off completely to allow the bank to fully belong to the South African public.