Author: Dimakatso Genkoe

North West MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Madoda Sambatha and his protectors were involved in an accident on Monday night. The news of the accident was confirmed by the office of the North West Premier, Lazarus Kagiso Mokgosi. “North West Premier, Lazarus Kagiso Mokgosi takes this opportunity to inform the residents of North West that MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Madoda Sambatha and his Protectors were involved in an accident near Derby at Kgetleng Local Municipality on the evening of Monday, 15th July 2024. The MEC was driving from Rustenburg to Klerksdorp on official duty. Sambatha and his…

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Two mineworkers have died after their shaft collapsed at the 16 shaft of Impala Platinum in Rustenburg. The incident was confirmed to Newsnote by Implats spokesperson Johan Theron, who added that operations have been suspended at the shaft for investigations. “Yes, I can confirm two workers tragically passed away in a fall of ground incident at the Impala Rustenburg 16 Shaft complex early this morning,” said Theron via a WhatsApp message. It is reported that the tragic incident occurred around 3am at MMM section where the deceased miners, who worked as locomotive operators, were located. Meanwhile, the National Union of…

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The Jacob Zuma Foundation has confirmed that its Chairperson Dudu Myeni passed away on Friday night. The foundation however did not disclose the cause of her death. “The Foundation confirms with a heavy heart that its Chairperson, Ms. Dudu Myeni passed on last night. The family is still dealing with these sad developments and will not be entertaining any media enquiries. The foundation is requesting the media to respect the family position,” read a statement from the Foundation.  The news was also confirmed by the foundation’s Spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, who also echoed the family’s request for privacy. “It is indeed…

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Former Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane is the new National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson following her unopposed election on Saturday during the first meeting of the house following the May 29 elections that paved the way for the seventh administration. Her nomination was announced by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who presided over the swearing in of 54 four permanent delegates from provinces. During her maiden speech, the former Premier vowed to execute the obligations of her office in accordance with the constitution. She also emphasised the need for transformative leadership, women’s inclusion and progressive in the provinces.  “It is with great…

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North West acting Premier and MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Nono Maloyi, said he has signed a level two accreditation for the Rustenburg Local Municipality to be upgraded into a metropolitan municipality. Maloyi had much praise for the platinum city, which he said is doing well when compared with other metros. On Friday, Maloyi who was accompanied by Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, the outgoing provincial EXCO members and Mayor Sheila Mabale Huma, assured the city’s residents in Bafenya village outside Rustenburg that soon they will be under a metropolitan municipality. He was speaking at…

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Police officers who allegedly assaulted two learners from Rakoko Secondary School in Mabeskraal at the Moses Kotane Local municipality, are facing investigations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). The provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone revealed this. Mokgwabone says SAPS management in the province have noted with concern allegations that the officers assaulted learners during a safer school awareness with other stakeholders. It is reported that some learners were taken to a separate classroom where the alleged assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm occurred. “Consequent to the incident, two counts of assault with the intent to do…

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A 48-year-old man is expected to appear before the Mmabatho Magistrates court on Thursday on charges of theft of 51 rhino horns that were stolen in June last year at the North West Parks and Tourism Board main vault in Mahikeng. The estimated value of the horns was R9 million. The Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tinyiko Mathebula said the suspect who is an employee of the North West Parks and Tourism Board was arrested on Wednesday at his workplace where the horns were allegedly stolen from. “The suspect was arrested by the Hawks after an investigation that has been going…

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National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has taken special leave following an investigation into alleged corruption during her tenure as the defence minister. It is alleged that she received and solicited R2.3 million from a former military contractor. This week the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigative Directorate and the Hawks raided her house in Bruma, east of Johannesburg as part of the corruption investigations. The speaker has however denied any wrongdoing. Her decision to take a special was announced in a statement by parliament. “Given the seriousness of the allegations and the attendant extensive media speculations, I have decided to take special…

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The Tlhabane Magistrate Court near Rustenburg in the North West has remanded four suspects in custody after their appearance on Monday. Rather Mahomed, Joao Seven, Abraham Khoza and Usuf Mikilo were arrested on Friday on charges of dealing with rhino horn. The four were arrested during a sting operation by the provincial police who received a tip off about the suspects who were reportedly planning to sell a rhino horn for R65 000. Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tinyiko Mathebula says the information was operationalized and the police arrested the four suspects soon after making a transaction. “They have been charged with…

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The Chief Financial Officer of the North West Development Corporation (NWDC) Kudakwashe Mpofu has resigned with immediate effect on Sunday. His resignation follows a probe by the Department of Home Affairs and the media that he obtained his residence permit fraudulently. “The North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation, and Tourism (DEDECT) has confirmed that Chief Financial Officer of the North West Development Corporation (NWDC) Kudakwashe Mpofu has resigned with immediate effect on Sunday. His resignation comes after a series of news reports which indicated that he has fraudulently obtained his residence permit. On the 17th March 2024, the…

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