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Frankfurt International Airport.
Flights cancelled at eight German airports due to protests
15 January 2019, 6:45 AM

Hundreds of flights are to be cancelled at eight German airports, including at the nation’s busiest travel hub – Frankfurt, as security staff walk off the job in a deepening row over pay.

Germany’s powerful Verdi union says the strike would affect several airports, including Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden and Erfurt.

At least 220-thousand travellers will be hit by cancellations and delays, in a calculation that includes knock-on effects in other airports.

Verdi, wants to see wages raised of workers carrying out passenger, freight, personnel and goods checks at all German airports.

 

Taxi rank.
Two killed, one wounded in Tembisa shooting
15 January 2019, 6:14 AM

Two people have been killed and another wounded in a shooting incident at a Tembisa Taxi Rank on Gauteng’s East Rand.

Police say two men randomly opened fire on unarmed civilians. The motive for the shooting is being investigated.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says both suspects have been apprehended, and two unlicensed firearms were recovered.

“Community members managed to apprehend one of the suspects and he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm. And also the one who got away with the Polo, police gave chase where they cornered him, arrested him and found him in possession of an unlicensed firearm. Both suspects will be charged with double-murder and attempted murder. Our investigation continues. At the moment the motive of the incident is unknown.”

Eskom
Eskom’s public hearings for tariff hike to continue
15 January 2019, 6:11 AM

Public hearings are to continue on Tuesday into Eskom’s application to energy regulator, Nersa, for a 15% annual tariff increase for each of the next three years.

An energy expert has criticised Eskom’s proposed tariff hike, labelling it as premature.

Eskom currently finds itself in debt of about R419 billion.

Energy expert Ted Blom has told the hearing in Cape Town that there were a few aspects which need to be considered before the power utility could propose its three year price increase.

“These applications are defective in a sense that they don’t reflect the reality of South Africa’s economy. Secondly, I think they are premature because the board has still got to announce its turnaround plan which hopefully will make a big difference to Eskom in terms of structure and viability and thirdly the president’s task force. The eight wise men still have to report by the end of the month. So for us to give Eskom a three year price trajectory without knowing all the drastic changes we expected from these wise people, it’s premature, it’s a waste time.”

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R Kelly
SABC considers boycotting R Kelly’s music following calls to do so
11 January 2019, 12:19 PM

The SABC is considering boycotting R Kelly‘s music on its radio stations. This follows multiple calls for the public broadcaster to ban the singer’s music after allegations of sexual abuse.

SABC Spokesperson, Neo Momodu says the public broadcaster condemns sexual violence against women.

Stop women and children abuse.

SABC Spokesperson, Neo Momodu says the public broadcaster condemns sexual violence against women.

“We have noted media reports and media campaigns calling on the muting and banning of R Kelly’s music following allegations of sexual harassment. The SABC is considering its options and we’ll communicate its decision should the need arise in due course.”

IEC's CEO Sy Mamabolo.
IEC officially launches 2019 elections
11 January 2019, 9:09 AM

South Africa’s (SA) Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officially launched the 2019 National and Provincial Elections on Thursday, with an innovative communication and education campaign aimed at encouraging SA’s youth to register and vote.

Elections are expected to take place in May, President Cyril Ramaphosa is yet to officially make a statement on the official date.

Only 16% aged 18-19 are registered to vote according to the IEC.

CEO of the Independent Electoral Commission Mr Sy Mamabolo says that preparations for the elections started 18-months ago.

“The critical input event is the registration which ends on the 26th and 27th. So it allows us to finalise the voters’ roll, as you know the different elements of any election process. So,we want to ask South Africans to do a few things, firstly those that are registered need to confirm the correctness of their addresses.” This can be done on the IEC’s website or at your voting stations before January 27.

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