City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nhlanhla Nene meets SAA board http://www.citypress.co.za/business/nhlanhla-nene-meets-saa-board/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nhlanhla-nene-meets-saa-board http://www.citypress.co.za/business/nhlanhla-nene-meets-saa-board/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:05 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145614 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has held an introductory meeting with the South African Airways board of directors, after the treasury took control of the state-owned company.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has held an introductory meeting with the South African Airways board of directors, after the treasury took control of the state-owned company.

“National Treasury is familiar with SAA and what is required to stabilise the airline’s financial position through the department’s involvement in overseeing the guarantees that have previously been provided to the company,” the finance department said today.

“The minister and the board (including the acting chief executive and chief financial officer) have agreed that to stabilise the company’s financial position, elements of the long-term strategy must be implemented with speed even as the board continues to refine and update the strategy.”

Short-term and medium-term milestones have been identified and will form part of the shareholder compact that the finance minister will sign with the board.

SAA was transferred to the treasury on December 12.

At the time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said that Cabinet was concerned about the performance of some state-owned companies, in particular SAA, the South African Post Office, and power utility Eskom, each of which had a critical role to play within the country’s economy.

“President [Jacob Zuma] has assigned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the turnaround of three state-owned companies,” Radebe said, adding that progress in this regard would be closely monitored by the presidency.

The finance department said today that transfer of administrative powers entrusted by the South African Airways Act 2007 from the ministers of finance and public enterprise was gazetted on Friday.

Section 97 of the Constitution provides that the president may transfer to a member of the Cabinet the administration of any legislation entrusted to another member or any power or function entrusted by the legislation to another member.

The department and treasury were working with SAA on measures that would enable the airline to finalise its annual financial statements for 2013-2014 and to hold its annual general meeting within the 15-month period as stipulated by the Companies Act.

“The AGM is expected to be held early in February. At the conclusion of the AGM, the minister of finance, the chairperson of SAA and the airline management will brief the media,” the department said.

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Public Protector takes a break http://www.citypress.co.za/news/public-protector-takes-break/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=public-protector-takes-break http://www.citypress.co.za/news/public-protector-takes-break/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:21:33 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145615 Complaints lodged with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will only be attended to in January because the office will be closed for the holiday

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Complaints lodged with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will only be attended to in January because the office will be closed for the holidays.

“Only walk-in and telephone services will be interrupted during the break,” spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said today.

“The public may continue to use the Public Protector website, fax or email to lodge complaints during this period, but such complaints will only be attended to when the offices reopen on January 5.”

The office would be closed from tomorrow.

“The Public Protector and staff take this opportunity to thank the people and government of South Africa for supporting the office’s work in 2014,” he said.

“The Public Protector and staff wish the people of South Africa showers of blessings, joy and abundance over the festive season and in the New Year.”

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Kelly Khumalo’s Christmas wish: For Senzo to come back http://www.citypress.co.za/news/kelly-khumalos-christmas-wish-senzo-come-back/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kelly-khumalos-christmas-wish-senzo-come-back http://www.citypress.co.za/news/kelly-khumalos-christmas-wish-senzo-come-back/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:15:13 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145612 Kelly Khumalo has opened up about Senzo Meyiwa’s death on television.

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Kelly Khumalo has opened up about Senzo Meyiwa’s death on television.

As a guest on the SABC 1 gossip show the Real Goboza, Kelly talked about her life after the death of Senzo.

According to Times Live the singer said she had to return to work for the sake of her children. She also added that all she wanted for Christmas was for Senzo to come back.

When asked about the claims that Senzo fathered a child by another woman, Kelly said she would not entertain the idea.

Days after his funeral the Sunday Times reported that Senzo had a secret love child of about three months old by Minenhle Mathaba.
The baby boy was born shortly after his daughter with Kelly.

The newspaper reported that Senzo’s father, Sam Meyiwa had acknowledged the baby’s existence.

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Man arrested for car theft http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-arrested-car-theft/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-arrested-car-theft http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-arrested-car-theft/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:03:34 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145608 A man was arrested for alleged possession of a stolen car in Jabulani, Soweto.

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A man was arrested for alleged possession of a stolen car in Jabulani, Soweto.

Gauteng Police Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela today said police on a routine patrol picked up a tracker signal for a stolen car last night.
They spotted the car and when they tried to stop it the driver sped off.

A high-speed chase ensued as the driver lost control, and crashed into a school fence.

“The suspect (32) was trapped inside. He was arrested and he will appear soon at the Protea Magistrates’ Court.”

He said the car was reported stolen earlier this month at the Linden Police Station in Randburg.

The man was among 193 people arrested in Soweto during the weekend.

Other people were arrested for various crimes, including sexual offences, driving under the influence of alcohol and drug-related crimes.

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Druids celebrate the winter solstice at Stonehenge http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/druids-celebrate-winter-solstice-stonehenge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=druids-celebrate-winter-solstice-stonehenge http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/druids-celebrate-winter-solstice-stonehenge/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:49:26 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145598 Stonehenge, the ring of standing stones on Salisbury plain in southern England, is regarded as a place of religious significance by adherents of Neopagan and New Age beliefs. On the evening of the winter solstice, hundreds of druids gathered at the prehistoric monument to ring in the rising of the sun on the morning of December 22 2014 to mark the passing of the longest night of the year.

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People gather at the historic site of Stonehenge, southwest England, to celebrate the Winter solstice on Monday (December 22 2014). Picture: Ben Birchall/AP Druid Arthur Pendragon leads incantations as revellers celebrate the sunrise during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England on Monday (December 22 2014). Picture: Kieran Doherty/Reuters A reveller records people as they celebrate the sun rise during the winter solstice. Picture: Dylan Martinez/Reuters Revellers celebrate as the sun rises. Picture: Dylan Martinez/Reuters A reveller celebrates the winter solstice at Stonehenge. Picture: Dylan Martinez/Reuters Druid Arthur Pendragon knights former wrestler Alex Reid during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Monday (December 22 2014). Picture: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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‘Course needed to help nurses prepare for death’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/course-needed-help-nurses-prepare-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=course-needed-help-nurses-prepare-death http://www.citypress.co.za/news/course-needed-help-nurses-prepare-death/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:59:18 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145596 A new course is needed within nursing to help nurses prepare for the deaths of patients under their care, the University of Cape Town said.

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A new course is needed within nursing to help nurses prepare for the deaths of patients under their care, the University of Cape Town said.

This followed from new research conducted at UCT by PhD graduate Nicola Foucheé, spokesperson Riana Geldenhuys said today.

In her thesis, Foucheé said nurses, particularly those working in critical care units, were under considerable pressure.

They gave as reasons for leaving the emotional burnout suffered due to the competing priorities they faced, the concern of critical care units to preserve life at all costs, and nurses’ personal need to manage human contact with dying patients.

Despite critical care staff being highly trained and skilled, there was high staff turnover, particularly in paediatric critical care units.

Foucheé said students studying towards the post graduate diploma in nursing (critical care adult and child) at UCT expressed considerable unease when confronted with discussions of death.

Geldenhuys said: “During research for her thesis … Foucheé spent many hours with six nurses who work mainly in paediatric critical care.

“She said the nurses were asked to draw pictures of their experiences with death. They later talked about them.”

Foucheé stated: “Their sadness was palpable. Often in ICU you don’t have time to say goodbye to a baby. A course won’t stop the burnout and stress, but it may allow nurses the space to understand and grieve.”

A course would also help nurses to understand and respect the way different cultures and religions dealt with dying and death.

“Being with someone in their last days of living is a privilege. You can make that death a very significant goodbye for the family as well as yourself,” Foucheé said.

Foucheé, an experienced critical care nurse, convenes the UCT post graduate diploma in nursing (critical care nursing).

She holds an MSc (Nursing), an advanced university diploma in nursing education, and a diploma in intensive nursing science from UCT.

Foucheé graduated with a PhD from UCT on December 16 this year.

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Zuma ‘misled’ South Africa, says Maimane http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zuma-misled-south-africa-says-maimane/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zuma-misled-south-africa-says-maimane http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zuma-misled-south-africa-says-maimane/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:56:15 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145593 President Jacob Zuma has “misled” South Africans about the R246 million spent on his Nkandla homestead, says Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

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President Jacob Zuma has “misled” South Africans about the R246 million spent on his Nkandla homestead, says Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

“Last night [Sunday], during an SABC interview, President Jacob Zuma misled the nation by declaring that he had done ‘absolutely nothing wrong’, relating to the R246 million of taxpayers’ money spent at his private Nkandla residence,” Maimane said.

Zuma had also misrepresented the report of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

“Millions of rands of public funds were squandered on one man. Thus for the president to state on national television that he has done nothing wrong is in dereliction of his duties to protect the public purse and the interests of the state,” Maimane said.

Zuma made the remarks in a pre-recorded interview broadcast by the SABC.

Maimane said it appeared the president had not read Madonsela’s report, “which explicitly states that he unduly benefited from the nonsecurity upgrades at his ostentatious KwaZulu-Natal home”.

The Public Protector report stated that Zuma should pay “a reasonable percentage of the cost”, which to date he had not done.

“As most South Africans are aware, the Public Protector’s report also states that President Zuma ‘tacitly accepted’ the nonsecurity upgrades, and he directly appointed one of the contractors. He is therefore implicated in wrongdoing.”

Maimane said the only reports to clear the president of wrongdoing were those compiled by the Special Investigating Unit and the Interministerial Task Team, which both reported to the president, and the “whitewash report” of the ANC-only Nkandla ad hoc committee.

Maimane said the Democratic Alliance would continue to monitor the Public Protector’s court challenge and the South African Police Service’s investigation into corruption against Zuma.

“Through Parliament, we will also ensure that the president responds to the tough unanswered questions asked by the Public Protector,” he said.

Public spending on security upgrades at Zuma’s home have turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency.

It emerged the project included a swimming pool (dubbed a fire pool by government), an amphitheatre, cattle kraal and a chicken run.

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Watch out for sharks, beachgoers warned http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/watch-sharks-beachgoers-warned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-sharks-beachgoers-warned http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/watch-sharks-beachgoers-warned/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:29:09 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145590 Beachgoers must be on the lookout for sharks during the summer season, the City of Cape Town has warned.

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Beachgoers must be on the lookout for sharks during the summer season, the City of Cape Town has warned.

“The Fish Hoek shark exclusion net is being deployed and retrieved daily and shark spotters are monitoring identified beaches to ensure the safety of all visitors to in-shore areas,” the city said today.

“Since September, there have been 57 shark sightings at beaches monitored by the shark spotters.”

A total of 36 sightings had been at Muizenberg corner, seven at Fish Hoek, five at Monwabisi, three at St James, two at Caves (Kogel Bay), two at Glencairn, one at Noordhoek and one at Clovelly.

With the presence of great white sharks at in-shore areas expected to increase over the summer season, the city was ensuring the necessary precautionary measures were taking place.

From November 2014 to March 2015, the Fish Hoek exclusion net would operate on a daily basis, depending on the weather.

Weekends, public holidays and school holidays would be prioritised.

Beyond adverse weather conditions, the net would not be deployed if there was a high presence of whales or other marine mammals in the area, and when trek-netting was taking place.

“If a whale moves into the area while the net is deployed, the shark spotters herd the animal away from the net and out of the area, using the exclusion net boat,” the city said.

On days that the exclusion net was deployed, the operating hours would be from 9am to 5pm, and may occasionally be extended to allow for lifesaving training or events.

Shark spotters would keep beach users informed using social media.

The city provided the following shark safety tips:

» Use beaches where shark spotters are on duty;

» Use the shark spotters signs to familiarise yourself with the four-flag warning system and warning siren;

» Do not swim, surf or surf-ski when birds, dolphins or seals are feeding nearby;

» Do not swim, surf or surf-ski where trek-netting, fishing or spear fishing is taking place;

» Do not swim in deep water beyond the breakers;

» Do not swim if you are bleeding, or near river mouths;

» Do not swim, surf or surf-ski at night, and if there has been a whale stranding nearby;

» Obey beach officials, lifeguards and shark spotters if they tell you to leave the water;

» Be aware the rate of encounters with white sharks rises significantly when the water temperature is warmer, being 18 degrees or higher, and during the new moon;

» If a shark has recently been sighted in an area where no shark spotters are present, consider using another beach for the day;

» Those kayaking or surf-skiing far out to the sea, consider paddling in groups, and staying close together in a diamond formation;

» Consider using a personal shark shield when you go surfing or kayaking; and

» Pay attention to any shark signage on beaches.

Kayakers and surf-skiers were specifically asked to be cautious of the area between Sunnycove and Glencairn Beach, and swimmers were urged not to use the water off Jaegers Walk in Fish Hoek unless the exclusion net was deployed, because this was considered a high-risk area.

Surfers were asked to be especially vigilant in the areas between Sunrise Beach and Macassar Beach during the spring and summer months.

“Furthermore, surfers should be aware that sightings of great white sharks at Noordhoek beach are common on the days following a northwest wind,” the city said.

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Copper theft decreases http://www.citypress.co.za/business/copper-theft-decreases/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=copper-theft-decreases http://www.citypress.co.za/business/copper-theft-decreases/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:24:00 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145586 The cost of copper theft decreased to R13 million in November from R13.2 million in October.

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The cost of copper theft decreased to R13 million in November from R13.2 million in October.

According to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s copper theft barometer, the November figure is 1.51% lower than a month ago and 36.8% higher than a year ago.

“The slight downward movement is welcome but by no means an indication of a downward shift from the stabilisation of the barometer above the R12 million mark.”

The Copper Theft Volume Indicator decreased to 174 metric tons in November from 176 metric tons in October 2014.

Sacci said the international average monthly spot price of copper to date decreased to $6 480 (about R75 150) in December from $6 715 (about R77 750) in November 2014.

The price of copper was linked to other international commodities like oil, which had lost almost 50% of its value over the course of 2014, Sacci said.

“The outlook for copper theft is neutral but with a sizeable risk of a worsening situation,” Sacci said.

“The weakening of the rand exchange keeps the US dollar denominated copper still attractive despite the weakening of the commodity price in international markets.”

Sacci said 2015 would hopefully be the year in which business and police would force a significant reduction in copper theft.

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Baby Jesus and Joseph’s beard stolen http://www.citypress.co.za/news/baby-jesus-josephs-beard-stolen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baby-jesus-josephs-beard-stolen http://www.citypress.co.za/news/baby-jesus-josephs-beard-stolen/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:18:36 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=145582 A baby doll depicting Jesus at a nativity scene display in Durban’s upperclass Westville suburb has been ripped from its crib.

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A baby doll depicting Jesus at a nativity scene display in Durban’s upperclass Westville suburb has been ripped from its crib.

The Daily News reported today that all that was left behind in the crib was the doll’s arm.

The vandalism to the nativity scene, which was discovered on Saturday, had left organisers fuming, the newspaper reported.

The display was put together by volunteers about two weeks ago.

Helen Canon, who has managed the display for the past nine years, wrote on the Upper Highway Facebook page: “To the hooligans who stole baby Jesus and a sheep, you are really not funny or clever at all! What pleasure do you get from trashing your own neighbourhood? Please do the right thing and return them.”

According to the report a cow’s tail had been ripped off, a shepherd’s coat was stolen, and Joseph’s beard had been removed.

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