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SA’s first ‘honesty box’ pops up in Joburg
21 June 2019, 1:44 PM

Imagine walking into a store, selecting an item of your choice and dropping the money into a cash box and leave.

There is no store assistant or cashier. It’s all based on honesty.

Imagine no more, as this has now become a reality. An unmanned pop-up store called The Munching Mongoose is now operating in Melville, Johannesburg.

The store completely relies on your honesty and is the first of its kind in the country.

Store manager Siqgibo Nonhonho says, “What we are doing over here is a little social experiment. We wanted to put the faith back into South Africans by literally putting our money where our mouth is. We decided to come up with this honesty box retail store whereby customers can come in pick their items and drop their money into the box over there or perhaps Snap Scan over here. There’s absolutely no staff member in the store and they free to have their experience uninhibited and walk out with their goods once they are done.”


City briefs media over water disruption fears
21 June 2019, 1:41 PM

Johannesburg residents, living in high lying areas, may experience lower than normal water pressure from Monday 24 June, according to the city.

It attempted to reassure its residents, at a briefing on Friday, that it has contingency plans in place to minimize the impact of next week’s water supply interruptions.

Rand Water, the bulk water supplier for the City of Joburg, announced a major water supply shutdown which is expected to last for 54 hours as planned maintenance of some of its main pipelines will be carried out. During the shutdown, a 2500mm butterfly valve will be installed from Lethabo to Vereeniging pumping station.

Residents must not panic

Johannesburg MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Nico de Jager says residents shouldn’t be alarmed.

“We want to allay all fears addressed. There is no need to panic, there is no need to fill your bottles with water etc. etc. There is no need to do that. Johannesburg Water, with Rand Water sat and came up with a plan to minimize the impact on our residents. All our reservoirs will be full by Monday when this interruption starts, as well as the Rand Water reservoir. Therefore we should have sufficient water to last us for a number of days.”

De Jager added: “If there is an area that will be affected, it will be high lying areas that will be affected first. But at this point and time, I cannot stress this enough, there is no reason to panic.”

The City of Ekurhuleni will also be affected and they anticipate low water pressure in some arrears of the East Rand for the duration of the maintenance and afterwards while the system recovers.

Magashule accuses media of trying to divide ANC
21 June 2019, 12:29 PM

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has accused the media of attempting to divide the party in its reporting.

Magashule criticised the manner in which the media reported on the nomination of a number former ministers accused of corruption to head portfolio committees in Parliament. These include Bongani Bongo, Mosebenzi Zwane and Faith Muthambi.

“Hogwash, because the top 6 officials as well as the alliance engaged in robust discussions and we arrived at those names and we don’t see any faction here, we see the leadership of the ANC elected at the conference and we rally behind the elected leadership of the ANC,” bemoaned Magashule.

He further added, “It is only the media who are trying to divide the ANC. As the leadership we believe that we are united and we are united behind the president.”


Western Cape braces itself for blistering cold weekend
21 June 2019, 11:49 AM

The South African Weather Service has warned of heavy rains expected in the Western Cape on Friday, which could lead to flooding.

“Periods of heavy downpours may occur, which could lead to localised flooding. Informal settlements on the Cape Flats and the Overberg District are likely to be amongst the areas most vulnerable to flooding. Snowfalls are also likely over the southern mountains of the Western Cape on Friday night to Saturday morning,” according to a statement from the South African Weather Service.

The cold front happens to coincide with the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, and expected to bring extremely strong winds and is will affect the Western and Northern Cape.

Light snowfall is expected on mountaintops in and around Sutherland.

SABC weather forecaster Azwi Tuwani says, “The city of Cape Town for today, up to 80% of showers, heavy rains leading to localised flooding. Worcester at 27, Beaufort West at 26, super strong winds in the interior – up to 100km\h wind speed. It is clear currently, but we are expecting that development that would give us 100% chance of showers. Tomorrow, 60 with 16 degrees, 17 going to Sunday and the rainfall will dissipate going into Sunday.”

Malema’s land occupation case postponed
21 June 2019, 11:05 AM

EFF leader Julius Malema’s case for contravening the Riotus Assemblies Act of 1956 has been postponed to November 8, 2019 to allow the High Court in Pretoria sufficient time to deal with and finalise the Riotous Assemblies Act matter.

Malema is challenging the act as the apartheid era legislation.

He’s also facing a charge of encouraging his party members to occupy vacant land during its elective conference in 2014 in Bloemfontein.

Meanwhile, his defence team has made a request that their client be excused for the next proceeding as the outspoken opposition leader faces similar charges in the New Castle Magistrate’s Court.

The State has not objected to the request.

Malema addresses supporters outside court

After his court appearance Malema met party supporters who gathered outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court to support their leader.

“The struggle for the land is a long strong struggle. It needs dedication. It’s going to take generations after generations. We might be imprisoned or go to jail or subjected to pay money. Every time such rulings are made against us, you must know that it is not a ruling against the leadership, it’s against the struggle for the land,” Malema said.

He also said: “The judiciary is about to be captured. I am warning you now.”




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