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Klerksdorp clean-up under way

The Stilfontein police dog unit used a winch to put a caravan back on its wheel after it was thrown about 20m during Sunday's freak storm at Klerksdorp. The caravan was on the property of the Winner Chapel, a division of the Full Gospel Church, in Jouberton township. It was one of at least three places of worship damaged by the storm on Sunday afternoon.

Evita: Democracy worth fighting for

South Africans could face sanctions 20 years from now for being the only democracy left in the world -- if the country looks after its democracy, Evita Bezuidenhout said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. ''And that's worth fighting for,'' she said in announcing her candidature for the presidency in 2009 at a press conference.

Mbeki fails on economic deficiencies, says Cosatu

President Thabo Mbeki failed to announce a development strategy to address the economy's inherited structural deficiencies in his State of the Nation address on Friday, said the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). This affects the country's ability to address unemployment, poverty, inequalities and the social ills related to these.

Rattray murder: ‘SA has lost one of its great sons’

The funeral of murdered historian David Rattray, scheduled for Thursday at Michaelhouse school, is being planned to accommodate 1 000 people. Rattray, an Anglo-Zulu War expert and a pioneer of ''raconteur tourism'', was murdered at his home in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Business confidence on the rise

Many South Africans can expect a bumper Christmas season -- and probably a record season for retailers -- in spite of the recent interest rate hikes. This is the forecast of the latest First National Bank and Bureau of Economic Research Consumer Confidence Index, released on Wednesday by the bank's chief economist Cees Bruggemans.

More twists follow Kebble murder arrest

Glenn Agliotti, arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, who was his business associate, could be joined in the dock by others in a continuing probe into organised crime. A further twist emerged on Thursday evening with a radio report that businessman Clinton Nassif had turned state witness.

Cosatu: No leadership opposition identified

By the end of the second day of the Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) congress in Midrand, there was still no clarity on whether there was any official opposition to the present leadership. The nominations for new national office bearers for Cosatu closed on Tuesday but no details on any possible new candidates were being released.

Dept of Health to budget for traditional medicine

The traditional-medicines sector will soon be recognised in the department of health's budget, Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Friday. Speaking at a traditional-medicine workshop in Benoni, Tshabalala-Msimang said her department will also speed up the process of establishing an interim traditional-health council.

State wants to test heist suspects’ DNA

Lawyers for seven men accused of a multimillion-dollar heist at Johannesburg International airport have objected to a police demand for samples of their blood. The state wants the men's DNA tested to determined whether any of it matches a trace of sweat found on a bolt-cutter left at the scene of the robbery.

Bail denied to nine airport-heist accused

The Kempton Park regional court on Friday refused bail to nine people arrested following a massive heist at Johannesburg International airport last month. Magistrate Eric Mhlari said there was a danger of their interfering with witnesses as certain of them could face lengthy jail terms if convicted, and another 15 suspects were still on the run.

Guards ‘helped load airport-heist money’

Two security guards helped load stolen money in last month's heist at Johannesburg International airport, the Kempton Park regional court heard on Wednesday. This emerged when the investigating officer, Peter Mbobani, was cross-examined during the bail application of nine people arrested since the March 25 heist.

Annan: UN rights council would work with US

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is sure a UN human rights council would be able to work with the United States, even if the US were to vote against its being established. Annan was speaking after meeting former president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

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