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Louis Oelofse

Battle for Scorpions not yet over

Johannesburg businessman Hugh Glenister has instructed his legal team to apply to the Constitutional Court for an order to prevent the government from disbanding the Scorpions. This was after the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday struck his application from the roll, saying it did not have the jurisdiction to decide on the matter.

Court ruling on Scorpions expected next week

Johannesburg businessman Hugh Glenister will likely hear next week whether his court bid to stop the government from disbanding the Scorpions has succeeded. The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday reserved judgement in his case, with Judge Willie van der Merwe indicating it was likely he would deliver judgement sometime next week.

New train service launched between Jo’burg, Pretoria

From Pretoria to Johannesburg in just under an hour is what Metrorail's new Business Express service promises. The service was launched on Thursday by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. It was hoped that the service would encourage professionals to abandon their cars and take the train to work.

Gold Fields: ‘If we can’t mine safely, we won’t mine’

Gold Fields will shut down all operations at its South Deep, Kloof, and Driefontein mines in order to conduct an inspection of the ropes on mine hoists. This follows the deaths of nine workers, who plunged 58m down a shaft when a rope on their conveyance snapped at the Gold Fields South Deep mine near Randfontein on Thursday morning.

Zuma seeks common ground on affirmative action

Common ground on affirmative action should be found, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma told a largely white Afrikaner gathering on Thursday night. He told union members that they had no home other than South Africa and as such, their concerns should be taken seriously.

Experts: Pupils’ pledge a good start, but …

The pledge the government intends having all schoolchildren recite during morning assembly is a good start, but more is needed to instil values in children, experts said on Wednesday. The proposed pledge was unveiled by Education Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday.

Don’t look now, but Tito’s drenched in sweat

Press photographers were again barred from attending a press conference where South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Tito Mboweni announced the latest repo-rate decision on Thursday. It is the second time that photographers have been barred from taking pictures of Mboweni at the SARB press conference.

Govt outlines plans for power crisis

Switch off your lights is what the government is urging South Africans to do to immediately address what it calls a ''national electricity emergency''. On Friday, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin and Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica outlined several plans to alleviate the country's electricity shortage.

From cannibalism to cricket – all in a day’s work

''At least they have stopped eating other people, so our work here is done,'' a young South African Air Force pilot remarks casually at Kamina in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Katanga province. He is one of a small group of South African pilots and crew stationed at the Kamina Air Base, built in the 1950s by Belgium when the DRC was still known as the Belgian Congo.

SA’s South Pole adventurers to heat things up

Two intrepid adventurers are planning to swap extreme cold for extreme heat after becoming the first South Africans to walk unsupported to the South Pole. Speaking only hours after completing their epic 1 113km journey, Alex Harris said on Friday that he and his teammate, Sibusiso Vilane, had now decided to take on a desert.

Mbeki appoints acting police commissioner

Police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi has been granted an extended leave of absence, President Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday. Speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Mbeki said Selebi had requested the leave himself. This follows Friday's revelations by the National Prosecuting Authority that it was ready to charge Selebi with corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering.

Zuma preaches unity, warns others

Unity was the order of the day when African National Congress president Jacob Zuma delivered his January 8 statement at Atteridgeville's Super Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday. Zuma told the crowd of thousands that the unity of the party was ''paramount'', and warned those who threatened it.

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