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Man sets himself alight in Montecasino

A man has died after setting himself on fire at Johannesburg’s Montecasino on Sunday afternoon, paramedics said. Johannesburg Emergency Management Services [EMS] spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the man allegedly poured petrol over himself before setting himself alight. He died on the scene. The man has not yet been identified and the motive …

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Hydration innovation wins Joburg pupil a Google Award

Kiara Nirghin

A young South African ‘scientist in the making’ has won a coveted Google award. The Grade 11 pupil from St. Martin’s School in Johannesburg has come up with a new way to keep crops hydrated during drought. Kiara Nirghin created a mixture made from avocado and orange peels that can hold …

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Three more journalists take SABC to court

Three more of the dismissed SABC journalists have  taken the public broadcaster to court. Trade union Bwmawu confirmed on Friday it had filed papers on behalf of Busi Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata. Vuyo Mvoko —  whose freelance contract with the corporation was terminated — also confirmed he has filed papers. …

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Joburg asks IEC to throw out DA complaint against Tau

The City of Johannesburg (COJ) says it has asked the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to dismiss the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) allegations that it used public money to campaign for the African National Congress (ANC). Earlier in July the DA laid a complaint with the IEC against incumbent Johannesburg …

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Twin brothers back in Johannesburg court on terrorism charges

Two brothers accused of contravening the Terrorism Act and plotting to blow up the US Embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa on behalf of terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Twins Brandon-Lee Thulsie and …

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CCMA dismisses Nehawu case regarding bonuses

The Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Monday, dismissed an application by the National Education Health and Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in relation to the payment of Parliament bonuses in 2015. Nehawu initially approached the CCMA to request the declaration of Parliament’s review of performance scores of employees in …

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Bus services resume in Tshwane townships after unrest

Buses in Pretoria townships went back on the road on Monday following the violent Tshwane unrest that resulted in 19 of Autopax’s fleet being set alight by protesters last month. Autopax, which runs City to City buses in the area, suspended services after 19 of their buses were torched during …

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Man found dead at Germinston Lake

A man, believed to be in his 50s, was found hanging from a gazebo at Germinston Lake in Germiston. ER24 paramedics were alerted to the scene after members of public had spotted the man. Upon arrival, paramedics found the man hanging under the gazebo. Assessments showed that no signs of …

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