Taxi rolls with school kids inside, Pinetown

Pinetown, South Africa – A taxi carrying 12 school children rolled at the intersection of Old Main and Ottovolk road this morning. When ER24 medics along with EMRS arrived at the scene of the accident they found the taxi on its roof with the school children sitting on the grass nearby.

The 12 children were assessed by paramedics and were treated for moderate injuries whereafter they were taken to St Mary’s Hospital. According to Derrick Banks it is believed that the taxi had come down Cowies Hill and tried to turn into Ottovolk but lost control and rolled.

photo by ER24

 

Kalfiefees festival 2010

This year we celebrate the tenth year anniversary  of the Hermanus Times Kalfiefees.

The managers of the Hermanus Times Kalfiefees is working hard in preparation for the ten year anniversary celebration to make it special. As the last day of the festival falls on women’s day there will be held a special women’s breakfast for the ladies on the 9th of August. Known for the wide variety of stage performances and musical entertainment the organiser of the Kalfiefees have put in a even bigger effort this year to find the best to be found in South Africa. They attended the KKNK they identified some of the best and asked if they will perform during the Kalfiefees.

There are wide variety of performances for everyone from music to comedies, drama, discussion programmes even children’s plays, cabaret, art, book discussions and plus a discussion with Petra Muller al the while there will be plenty to eat and drink.

The roster is packed for the four days each day brining something new. Pick carefully and remember to call the organisers to make your bookings, bookings open on the 1st of July 2010. Remember tickets are limited if you intend to be there you have to book.

To make bookings contact the Kalfiefees office on 028 316 1687 or e-mail kalfiefees@hermanus.co.za

Sadtu, Cosatu and other unions strike depends on today's meeting

Cape Town, South Africa – The Public Service and Administration minister Richard Baloyi is said to meet with the public service unions later today in a bid to prevent the strike from extending with members of Cosatu.

The Public Service Association (PSA) is already in striking, the 200 000 members downed their tools this morning after they rejected the government’s wage increase offer of 6.5% and the R120 wage increase for housing allowance.

If the talks today fail then Cosatu and their 1.3 million public servants members will go on strike next week. SADTU yesterdsay said that they give 7 days to respond to their wage offer before they too will go on strike.

Sadtu, Cosatu and other unions that are affiliated with them will go on strike if their demans for 8.6% salary increase and R1000 housing allowance is not met.

 

Calvinia

Calvinia is a farming town and community located in the Hantam area of the Northern Cape. The town itself is the biggest between the three other closer towns called Niewoudtville, Loeriesfontein and Brandvlei.

The town started during the 1851 and it was named after John Calvin.

We will soon feature both accommodation, places to rent and property for sale in Calvinia on Fromtheold

Hermanus

Hermanus is located in the Overberg on the way to Gansbaai. Hermanus is a famous retiring town and holiday location also famous for the whales that comes to mate once a year in September. There is a whale festival yearly also known as the whale festival.

Airplane makes emergency landing on Durban beach

Durban, South Africa – A airplane had to make an emergency landing on a Durban beach a reason not yet known to us. Paramedics rushed to the scene expecting a crashed airplane but the airplane was fine.

The pilot and the co-pilot got out unharmed. The airplane landed on Addington beach in Durban, no one on the beach were injured as well.

The path to Crystal pools in Gordons Bay on Google Earth

Gordons Bay, South Africa – The path to Crystal pools, the famous swimming and dangerous but famous rock jumping area is long and hard during the summer months even though it is only a few kms into the reserve.

We draw a path in Google Earth so you can see the path to Crystal pools. There are all kinds of adventures to have on the way to the pools and waterfall but the most famous stories usually come from the baboons that terrorise the people heading to and from the waterfall.

You also need a permit to go in there.

1 Million public workers to strike in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa – Almost 1 million public sector workers will go on strike in 7 days time if their demands are not met. Unions came together and said that they will strike unless their 8.6% pay increase and their R1000 monthly allowance are met before 7 from now end.

The massive strike will include nursers, police, doctors, teachers, customs and plenty of other public sector workers. The strike could cripple South Africa’s economy further and could also result in massive company losses.

Earlier this year there was a massive Transnet strike that cost companies million of rands as well as fines and extra expenses because of stock left in the harbours.

FIFA's LOC Chief Financial Officer shot in front of his Sandton home

Pretoria, South Africa – FIFA’s Local organising committee’s Chief Financial Officer remains in a stable condition in hospital after being shot at and a failed hijacking attempt happened at his home in Sandton Johannesburg last night.

Farouk Seedat was shot right in front of his Gallo Manor home in Sandton, police were called out and said a case of robber is being investigated.

"Seedat was shot and was taken to hospital. He is apparently in a stable condition. A case of attempted murder and robbery is being investigated," she said.

Police are yet to confirm whether anything was stolen.

Gauteng health department urges people to get swine flu vaccinations

Pretoria, South Africa – The Gauteng department of Health and social development is urging people to go once again for their swine flu vaccinations in South Africa.

They say that "pregnant woman, patients with chronic lung and heart disease as well as the diabetic and school going learners under 20" should get the swine flu jab.

The swine flu virus or h1n1 is still a pandemic worldwide as far as we know and certain countries are still affected.

Last year the swine flu outbreak caused big controversy because the vaccines contained thermosal around the world.

The department spokesperson Mandla Sidu said the aim of the swine flu jab campaing was to decrease morbidity rates as well as to reduce transmission of the virus.
"More than 120 000 doses have been administered since the vaccination campaign started in April 2010 and no cases of the pandemic have been reported," Sidu said on Wednesday.

SADTU to strike

SADTU the biggest teachers union in South Africa is planning to strike after a 6.5% salary increase failed to be accepted along with a housing subsidy from R500 upgraded to R620 per month.

SADTU and COSATU wants a 8.6% salary increase and R1000 housing allowance and also wants it to be implemented on 1st of April 2011.

According to SADTU the decision to embark on the the strike was not “taken lightly” by the members.

SADTU will first march to the Union building whereafter they will strike.

The strike should earnestly begin after the completion of the balloting process. A march to the Union Buildings will be one of several forms of industrial action the Union will resort to.
We are aware that the strike will affect schooling. We have called upon our members to ensure that they do not join the PSA on their planned march until the leadership announce the date for action. We are calling upon our members to engage parents on the strike and the recovery programmes.
We further expect our members to continue teaching and assisting learners until the date of the strike is announced after the ballot process as prescribed by the SADTU constitution.  We must however, reiterate our position that we tried our best to avert the strike and find an amicable solution.

Tygerberg man hit by train, dies

Cape Town, South Africa – A Tygerberg man died in Parow this evening when he was hit by a train at Tygerberg Station. When ER24 medics arrived at the scene the fire department was there already and the man was declared dead after suffering sever trauma and most probably died on impact.

The man crossed the tracks and was hit by the train heading towards Cape Town.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' teaser trailer for Comic Con

The fact that this will be the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean doesn’t lessen it’s appeal. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a huge success and opened the door for the rest, each brining the same characters as before and each time with a couple new. In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides there will be many more new faces such as Penelope Cruz and a couple missing such as Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Fortunately Johnny Depp has returned as Jack Sparrow, he dominated the previous three becoming the main attraction for many. It is not surprising that in this instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean that he is the lead character as Jack Sparrow has become one of the most liked movie character of our time.

They are still filming in Hawaii at the moment so the trailer is more of a taste of what it’s all about than the usual trailer released. Due to be released on the 20th May 2011 in normal theatres, Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D theatres

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Comic Con Teaser Trailer

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

 

 

Apple introduce new Mac Pro generation

Cape Town, South Africa – Apple announced new Mac Pro’s today with up to 50% greater power than the previous and now out dated generation of Mac.

The new Mac Pro is the according to Apple the most powerful Mac that Apple created thus far. The new Mac Pro has 12 cores, and comes with a massive 1gig graphics memory, the ATI Radeon HD 5770.

Although the new Mac will be available in August in the US we have now idea when South Africans can get their hands on a new Mac Pro.

 

 

USA citizens between 18 and 42 years of age required to do national service under new bill

Washington, USA –  A new bill is heading to Obama soon that will require all United States citizens to do national service. All citizens between 18 and 42 will be required to do national service under bill HR 5741 to meet "end strength" requirements.

The bill was already introduced and is now heading to the Committee. If successful the bill will then be going to the house and then senate whereafter Obama will sign the bill and make it official.

The US is seeing its lowest support for their wars and occupation globally since 9/11. Obama’s promises to bring the troops home are now long forgotten and soon citizens of the United States will have no choice but to "support" the war.

Welkom man found in road with slit throat

Welkom, South Africa – A man from Welkom was found with his throat cut on the Theunissen-Welkom road earlier this morning according to paramdedics from ER24.

The man in his fifties was found on the floor with his throat slit or cut after ER24 received an emergency call for an accident on the road.

They were shocked to find the man lying several meters away from his car on his stomach. The man was still alive so they took him to hospital after being stabilised on scene.

His throat was almost completely cut. There was no damage to the vehicle and paramedics found it strange that the original incident was phoned in as an accident.

 

 

Mandela family attack, suspects changed their mind – Police

Pretoria, South Africa – Four grandchildren were in the car that were attacked and almost hijacked on Sunday outside their home after returing from celebrating South Africa’s first Mandela day along with Nelson Mandela.
"The men ordered the children and the driver to lie down. The suspects then decided to leave but changed their minds and went back to search the children and the driver. One of the suspects fired a shot and the driver returned fire. The suspects then fled the scene," police spokesman Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said.

Fortunately no one was injured. There were no arrests thus far but police are busy with investigations.
"We are busy with investigations. We are investigating a case of attempted murder," Mariemuthoo said.

Attempted robbery, attempted hijacking hits Mandela family

Pretoria, South Africa- Police confirmed today that Nelson Mandela’s daughter and others were attacked in their driveway coming from Nelson Mandela’s 92nd birthday.

Zindzi Mandela and those in the car with her got attacked when they stopped at their driveway on Sunday night. They were heading home after celebrating Mandela’s birthday when two armed men stopped the car and made everyone get down on the floor.

After the men ordered them to lie down they went somewhere and upon returning they fired a shot. Zindzi’s driver then shot back at the attempted robbers but no one was hit.

Police said they are investigating the incident. It is unknown if the robbers wanted to hijack the car or just rob the passengers, if the driver did not return fire they might of stolen the vehicle.

 

Chaos on Mooi Rivier, farmer's wife and two others killed

Mooi Rivier, South Africa – Total chaos broke out on a farm near the small town of Mooi Rivier last night when a farm was attacked.

The farmer’s wife and two other people were brutally murdered in what appears to be a well planned farm attack. As usual nothing is was stolen from the farm.

The farmer’s wife and a farm worker had their throats slit, they were on their way to put out a fire that attackers started. The farmer was already at the fire trying to put it out. Another person was found dead in the kitchen with gun wounds.

Earlier this year a farm was also attacked, a fire was also set to a house, that time they surely just wanted the farm residents dead, the farmer’s son that time had to come and there was a massive shootout.

The entire community is in distress. Last night they blocked off all roads in the area, police searched the area but no one was caught.

The entire farming community is angry and wants action taken to stop the farm murders.

One person from the community said "hunting season is open on farmers".

Local farmers believe the attack was another senseless farm attack aimed only to kill the farmers and their workers while another organization said it was a botched robbery.

Mooi Rivier is a small peaceful town 160km from the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the town was earlier known as Weston.

Stars unite for restore Gulf campaign

Celebrities from all walks of life has joined together in a effort to get people involved and aware of the Gulf Oil situation and to get more resources available for the clean-up process.

The most notable person in the add has to be Sandra Bullock who recently herself moved to New Orleans with her newly adopted baby. She is also this years American sweetheart after winning the Oscar Awards for leading actress and she gained the whole worlds sympathy when her soon to be ex-husbands infidelity broke the news.

There are a couple of big names and not so big, some movie, stars other musicians and even sport stars. Here are the names in order of appearance:

Sandra Bullock, Blake Lively, Wendell Pierce, Lenny Kravitz, Jack Del Rio, Alfre Woodard, Dr. John, Harry Shearer, Clay Hensley, Dave Matthews, Bryan Batt, Justin Shiels, John Goodman, Emeril Lagasse, Roberto Méndez, Eric Harvey, Payton Manning, Leah Chase, James Carville, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Lisa Mackel Smith, Shirley Lee, Anne Milling and Mary Matalin

BE THE ONE

This campaign was launched by Women of the Storm that was founded to help victims in the New Orleans area across South Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. It consist out of a diverse, non-political and non-partisan group of women whose only goal is to help those in need.