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  1. Grim cost of the strike

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    Paramedics shunted from one hospital to another in search of help Patients are dying at an unprecedented rate, according to stressed ambulance crews who have provided a glimpse of what it's like working at the coalface of a strike that has crippled public hospitals. Spot visits by The Star to Johannesburg's two largest hospitals yesterday painted a bleak picture of government health ... See full details

  2. Manuel lashes out over lives being put at risk

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    "Crass, cruel and unconstitutional" is how Finance Minister Trevor Manuel labelled the intimidation and victimisation of patients seeking treatment at public hospitals. Manuel and his colleagues in the public service and administration, education and health ministries met at the Union Buildings yesterday and issued a statement on the violence plaguing the public sector strike. "The past ni... See full details

  3. Mom waits for 'axe killers' to appear

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    Community buries 8-year-old 'little joker' they had all loved Three days - that is the first thought the mother of Wilfred Kriel, the 8-year-old boy axed to death, would have had this morning. Anna Kriel would have focused on the court appearance scheduled for the two boys held in connection with her son's death. The pair, aged 7 and 12 years, are to appear in the Van Rhynsdorp Distr... See full details

  4. Attacked motorist lands in jail

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    He was allegedly defending himself against three robbers, but Sibusiso Dlamini spent the night behind bars and has been charged with murder. The wheelchair-bound man, whose dad is a policeman, was attacked yesterday while driving through Zola 2, in Soweto. One of the attackers allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at Dlamini (31) while the others searched him, looking for a licensed fi... See full details

  5. Award-winning cop wins more hearts with proposal to ex-wife

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    If it wasn't enough that Superintendent Stephen McIntosh had just won an award for his bravery in saving people's lives - the policeman won over the hearts of the 800-plus audience when he proposed to his ex-wife on stage. McIntosh was on stage on Friday when he and his partner, Inspector Hendrik Visser, won the Debis Emergency Hero of the Year Award at the Sandton Convention Centre. The t... See full details

  6. US army abducted SA man - report

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    Johannesburg man studying in Syria is reported to have been secretly abducted by American soldiers and moved to Ethiopia. Abdul Hamid Moosa (41) of Robertsham had been in regular contact with his family since moving to Damascus to study in September 2005. But their last contact with him was on December 29 last year. Last Friday, Claire Gutteridge, a British human rights worker, contacted ... See full details

  7. New flying rules curb risky liquids

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Since the beginning of this moth, new security measures to protect aircraft against liquid explosives have been in force. The new rules restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (Lags) passengers can board with in hand luggage on international flights from OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban International Airports. Lags must be in containers of 100ml maximum each. They must be packed in ... See full details

  8. Troops fortify healthcare

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    The North West Health Department deployed members of the Defence Force and emergency medical services to help in three provincial hospitals yesterday after nurses left their posts. Spokesman Lesiba Molala said that nursing staff had been “removed” from the Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Vryburg hospitals by strikers yesterday. “(Strikers) were chanting slogans and singing,” he said. No one had be... See full details

  9. Green skies – ‘one way or another’

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    In pursuit of its stated aim to reduce aircraft emissions to zero, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued four challenges to the aviation industry worldwide. Speaking in Vancouver this week, the association’s chief executive, Giovanni Bisignani, said the industry’s track record in environmental terms was good. “Over the past few decades we have reduced noise by 75%, el... See full details

  10. Concourt’s green ruling

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Constitutional Court’s Justice Sandile Ngcobo yesterday set aside a provincial decision allowing the construction of filling station in White River, Mpumalanga. Ngcobo told the provincial authorities they must reconsider the application. The Fuel Retailers, Association of Southern Africa had objected to the construction, claiming the facility would have an adverse impact on the environment. ... See full details

  11. Tourism ‘must fight warming’

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Environment expert, field specialist and programme developer Greg McManus feels it is time African tourism operators did their bit to fight global warming before it destroys millions of jobs in tourism and other industries. “Too many South Africans see global warming and melting ice caps a threat far removed from Africa. “And the local tourism industry is one of the biggest culprits even tho... See full details

  12. Stole gun from pal to have his dad killed, court told

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    A young man who had his father shot dead because of their bad relationship, stole the murder weapon from a family friend. This was alleged in the Cape High Court, where John Paul Titus is on trial for the murder of his father, Norman. Family friend Ismail Smith told Judge Dennis van Reenen and two assessors his firearm went missing after he had given Titus and a woman friend a lift home in M... See full details

  13. Status of immigration officers still in doubt

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    South Africans will be none the wiser today on whether the work done by immigration officers will be regarded as an essential service, making it illegal to strike. Despite an order of the Labour Court requiring the Essential Services Committee (ESC) to make that decision by today, the director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Nerine Kahn, yesterday said the committ... See full details

  14. Minister blasts nurses for abandoning their patients

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Fresh out of hospital herself, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang admonished striking health workers who jeopardised the lives of their patients. "The dispute in the Public Sector Bargaining Council has posed a major challenge for the health sector," she said during her budget vote in parliament yesterday. The government is offering a 6,5% wage increase while public servants are demand... See full details

  15. Young children could be fingerprinted

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    The government is considering compulsory fingerprinting of children - even as early as Grade 0. Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula believes the drastic step might be necessary "in view of the disappearances of missing children, and those found murdered". It is an issue that has created controversy elsewhere in the world, but the minister believes it could be a tool "to deal with ... See full details

  16. Soldiers to ensure order at schools, hospitals

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    'We'll show you', Cosatu's Vavi tells government as Bara hospital closes down The public service strike has entered its eighth day with fighting speak from the unions, who promised to bring government services to a halt. And an emergency meeting yesterday by the country's security ministers has resolved to deploy police officers and soldiers to schools and hospitals to ensure order. ... See full details

  17. Cellphone providers set to face tough law

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Cellphone service pro-viders could be fined R100 000 for every day they fail to record the particulars of new customers, if new draft legislation is approved. And existing unregistered cellphone customers - including prepaid phone users - who fail to provide their personal details to their service providers within a certain amount of time will be disconnected. The Interception of Communica... See full details

  18. Interpreters' absence puts trials on hold

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Accused people who want their trials conducted in languages other than English and Afrikaans may have to stay behind bars until the end of the public service strike. Without qualified people to relay court proceedings to the accused in their mother tongue, people are being remanded in custody longer because of the unavailability of interpreters and stenographers, who are on strike. While str... See full details

  19. Benoni courts at a standstill

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Union members have warned staff at the Benoni magistrate's and regional courts to stay away from work. Nomsa Maphanga, Benoni's senior public prosecutor, said union officials arrived at the court building on Wednesday and requested a meeting with her. "They insisted we were not to report for duty today, otherwise we'd be taken to task," Maphanga said. "We've decided to postpone cases wh... See full details

  20. Cable thieves hit Van Dyk Park

    Date: 08 Jun 2007
    Municipal electricians were trying to restore power to Van Dyk Park in Boksburg following the theft of cables in the suburb. Ekurhuleni metro's media manager, Zweli Dlamini, said low-voltage lines were cut down by cable thieves in the early hours of yesterday morning, leaving hundreds of Van Dyk Park residents in the cold and dark. Dlamini said replacing stolen cables involved a lot of wor... See full details

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