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Accident
Man in critical condition following a hit and run incident in Durban
12 October 2021, 12:13 PM

A 50-year-old man is in a critical condition after an apparent hit and run incident on the N3, near Durban’s Pavilion Shopping Centre , in KwaZulu-Natal. It is alleged the man was changing a tyre on his vehicle when he was struck by a truck.

The driver of the articulated truck failed to stop at the scene. Emer-G-Med’s Kyle Van Reenen says the injured man was stabilised before being transported to hospital.

“Emer-G-med paramedics were called to the N3 eastbound, near the Pavilion Shopping Centre to find the man lying on the roadway with life threatening poly traumatic injuries. Advanced life support intervention was needed to stabilise him before he was transported rapidly by ambulance for further care. Reports from the scene indicate that the man was changing a tyre on his vehicle, when he was struck by a heavy articulated vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. SAPS (South African Police Service) was in attendance and will be conducting necessary investigations accordingly,” says Van Reenen.

AmaZulu King
AmaZulu King’s office warns political parties against using ‘royalty related images’ for campaigning
12 October 2021, 12:02 PM

The Office of the AmaZulu King, MisuZulu ka Zwelithini, has threatened to take legal action against all political parties using photos of the Zulu Kings, past and present, or any royalty related images in their election campaigns.

On Monday,  Inkatha Freedom Party ((IFP) retracted an infographic with the face of the current King MisuZulu ka Zwelithini. The party has apologised – saying the photo was erroneously used.

Spokesperson for the Zulu Royal House, Prince Thulani Zulu says the King has always been above politics.

“The office of the King wishes to state categorically clear that from time immemorial the Zulu King has never been used to advance political ideology. His office humbly appeals to all political parties to refrain from using photos of the Kings,or any other royalty related images, in the election campaigns. The king has always been above politics. This is a warning to all political parties, otherwise, this office might have to seek legal advice on this matter,” says Zulu.

SAA workers picket in Kempton Park over unfair working conditions
12 October 2021, 9:23 AM

South African Airways (SAA) workers, represented by the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), embarked on a picket outside SAA’s office in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning.

The picket relates to what they consider to be unfair working conditions.

The unions say workers are not happy with the 35% cut to their wages, a bloated management structure, and the airline’s CEO –  who they say is unwilling to engage with the unions.

SACCA President, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi also says the temporary training lay-off scheme detailed in the business rescue plan, as a process in which a thousand employees would be trained and re-absorbed into the new airline, remains a non-starter.

“We are not happy with the conditions of employment that SAA has put to us. This includes the placement of people on training layoffs, the fact that our members have had to take a 35% wage cut while executives and management have increased their salaries,” says Nsibanyoni-Mugambi.

Nsibanyoni-Mugambi says the CEO refuses to speak to unions.

“We are not happy that VSP people are being absorbed back at a very high rate when there’s training lay off scheme people that are still employed that can be put into the available positions and the biggest concern for us is that we have a CEO that refuses to speak to unions,” adds Nsibanyoni-Mugambi.

 

SAA returned to the skies in September 

SAA flights returned to the skies in September after being grounded since last year, 2020.

 

The national carrier had been grounded for more than a year due to being placed under voluntary business rescue.

SAA also had to retrench thousands of workers because of financial challenges, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SAA came out of business rescue in April this year.

 

Accident
KZN accident on R102 leaves one dead, two children in critical condition
12 October 2021, 9:03 AM

One person has been killed after a crash on the R102 near Gingingdlovu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday night.

Two children remain in critical condition.

IPSS Spokesperson, Paul Herbst says it is alleged that one of the vehicles was transporting a political speaker and his bodyguards.

Herbst says the injured were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

“On arrival paramedics were informed that a Fortuner had T-boned a light motor vehicle carrying a family of four. The Fortuner was reportedly transporting a political speaker and his security detail. The seemingly high impact collision resulted in the death of a female passenger from the family sedan while a man and two boys from the same vehicle sustained critical injuries. IPSS advanced medical support paramedics stabilised the injured before transporting them for further care. The speaker and his bodyguards sustained moderate injuries and were also transported. SAPS was in attendance and will be investigating further,” says Herbst.

Newcastle United
Newcastle takeover best news since Robson signed, says Lee
12 October 2021, 8:18 AM

Newcastle United’s takeover by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium is the best news the Premier League club has had since Bobby Robson took charge in 1999, former midfielder Rob Lee said.

Fan-favourite Robson, who died in 2009, helped Newcastle finish fourth in the league in 2001-02 and third the following season before he was dismissed in 2004.

Lee told sports data and analytics company Stats Perform that Newcastle’s new owners – Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, RB Sports & Media and PCP Capital Partners – would need time to revive the club after their takeover last Thursday.

“This is probably the best news since Robson signed for Newcastle many years ago. Since he left, this club has been in decline and it’s going to take a long time,” said Lee, who played more than 300 games for the club.

Lee said the owners had to focus on long-term solutions and not merely invest in new players to improve the team.

“I’ve said before, the training ground is probably one of the worst in the Premier League. In order to get the best players, you have to have the best facilities,” Lee said.

“The ground (St James’ park) is 52,000 all-seater, but it’s been like that for 14 years.

“Everything has moved on so far. The training grounds have moved on, the grounds have moved on, and I think Newcastle have been left stagnating a little bit. It’s certainly a long-term project. It’s certainly going to cost a lot of money.”

Newcastle, who are second from bottom after seven league games, host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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