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Man accused in taxi-related double murder to appear in North West court
14 June 2021, 12:09 PM

The double murder trial of a 61-year-old Mahikeng taxi owner is continuing at the North West High Court on Monday.

Andrew Kube is facing two counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of firearms and ammunitions.

Kube was arrested in 2018, after being linked to the brutal murder of the chairperson of Mahikeng/Gaborone Taxi Association Kegopotse Tawana and his daughter Kelebogile.

They were gunned down at their house at Magogoe Tar village in September 2015.

The suspect then fled the scene with a laptop, undisclosed amount of cash and a cellphone.

VIDEO: Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande releases results on the impact of COVID-19 on students
14 June 2021, 10:20 AM

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr. Blade Nzimande releases the results of a study on the impact of COVID-19 on students in the post-school education and training sector.

The Human Sciences Research Council and Higher Health conducted the study which covered all universities, Technical Vocational Education and Training, and Community Education and Training colleges.

The Department of Science and Innovation and the United Nations Population Fund also played a significant role in the study.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande releases results on the impact of COVID-19 on students:

City of Tshwane unhappy about Health department’s handling of emergency service license applications
13 June 2021, 2:01 PM

The City of Tshwane says it is unhappy with the Gauteng Health department over its application for full operating emergency medical services licenses.

The Health department once again extended the city’s temporary license which would have expired on Thursday, putting on hold its application.

The issuing of ambulance licenses to the City of Tshwane has been a long-standing dispute resulting in the grounding of 80 emergency vehicles and staff for two weeks in March. Emergency calls were being diverted to the provincial emergency services call centre.

This after the Health department failed to renew the licenses which expired in January. Community Safety and Emergency Services MMC Karen Meyer has criticised the decision to put the application on hold, especially during a pandemic.

“Just for 2 months, March and April we serviced 2 500 residents in our city, we have a service to render, and we also are extremely committed to supplying service as we bought four very highly specialised ambulances to assist us in doing this work in the recent events. However, we are still anticipating the province to give us a full-time operating license,” says Meyer.

Gauteng Health previously accused the metro of wanting a private entity to take over the services. The city has denied the allegations.

Meyer says while they welcome the temporary relief, they remain unsatisfied by their application being placed on hold without clarity.

“They do not indicate exactly what the hold-up is, and we would like to clarify that because the documents that we submitted, just to give you an indication, we submitted six thick files and they asked for some additional information which we supplied and paid the registration fee which amounts to R90 000. If there’s uncertainty from their side, they need to clarify it with us and explain exactly what they need more from us,”  says Meyer.

The Health department in Gauteng previously indicated its plans to take over services from municipalities. Attempts to get a response from the department were unsuccessful.

Spokesperson, Kwara Kekana said she was still waiting for information from the responsible unit.

North West police on the hunt for suspects involved in taxi-related killing
13 June 2021, 1:14 PM

North West police are still looking for suspects following the killing of three people who are believed to be members of a long-distance taxi association operating between North West and the Eastern Cape.

The people were shot and killed next to a garage in Orkney in the North West last Wednesday.

Three counts of murder and six of attempted murder are being investigated.

Members of the police who were on duty at the Police Community Service Centre heard gunshots not far from the police station.

Later, a man armed with a pistol and bleeding came to the police station.

Police say a white Ford Ranger with about three occupants allegedly entered the garage and stopped next to the Toyota Fortuner with four occupants that were parked nearby.

The suspects allegedly fired shots towards the Fortuner, resulting in fatally wounding three of the occupants, while the fourth victim managed to flee.

Five bystanders were also injured in the process.

Special Provincial Official Funeral befitting for Shaleen Surtie-Richards: Marais
13 June 2021, 12:11 PM

Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports, Anroux Marais says it is befitting that veteran actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards receives a Special Provincial Official Funeral.

The 66-year-old stage and TV actress died in a guest house in Cape Town on Monday.

She will be laid to rest in the Durbanville Memorial Park in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon.

Video: Member of the SA Guild of Actors, Lizz Meiring pays tribute to Shaleen Surtie-Richards

Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mtwethwa and his Western Cape counterpart, Anroux Marais, joined family representatives in Durbanville on Saturday morning for a flag-raising ceremony at the local police station.

“Even though she was originally from Upington, she was for us in the Western Cape, a Kaapse ma, a mother to all and I think that’s what we will miss the most and what she also did. she was overall generations, says Marais.

“There [were] no barriers for her. She stepped over all the barriers of race, and language and everything. We will dearly miss her and her legacy will really carry on for years to come, especially for our young artists,”  says Marais.

Video: Remembering Shaleen Surtie-Richards

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