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Minister lays bricks for women’s housing project

Wearing grey gloves, Minister of Housing Lindiwe Sisulu spent time on Monday morning laying bricks for 15 houses as part of Women's Build 2005. ''I'm happy and proud of the beneficiaries and the women volunteers who have given up time to come and help build these houses,'' Sisulu said at the official opening of the project in Soweto.

SAA strike to disrupt Johannesburg airport

Flights at Johannesburg International airport will be disrupted when aviation members of the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) embark on industrial action from Wednesday after a deadlock in negotiations, Uasa said on Tuesday. Uasa is the largest representative union of ground staff and cabin crew at South African Airways.

More deaths reported at ‘Klebsiella hospital’

About 40 babies died at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban during two months in 2003 of ''various neonatal ICU infections,'' the director of the non-profit organisation Voice said on Thursday. ''A report on the deaths of the 40 babies in 2003 was given to me by a high ranking official of the health department in KZN yesterday [Wednesday].

Rand Water stops Jo’burg flood

Rand Water has managed to stop the water flow that flooded parts of Meredale in Johannesburg after a pipe burst early on Tuesday. Assessors are examining the extent of the problem and damage to surrounding houses. Emergency services have rescued 18 people, including a six-month-old baby, from about 50 houses.

ANC ‘redeploys’ Emfuleni mayor

Emfuleni local municipality mayor Johnny Thabane and two other senior officials will be replaced by a ''political collective'', the African National Congress in Gauteng said on Tuesday. ''We did not -- yesterday, or today -- fire the mayor. He is still the mayor. We will introduce changes and redeploy the mayor,'' said the provincial premier, Mbhazima Shilowa.

Former Beaufort West mayor arrested

Beaufort West municipal manager Truman Prince was released on R200 bail on Thursday night after being arrested at the local police station following ''outrageous behaviour''. Police spokesperson Captain Eddie Cronje said Prince appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate's Court. He will reappear on May 11.

Mandela, Machel nominated for children’s rights award

Former president Nelson Mandela and his Mozambican-born wife, Graca Machel, are among the nominees for the 2005 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child. The announcement was made in Johannesburg on Tuesday by 15-year-old Xola Dubula, who will form part of an international jury of children to decide who will get the prestigious prize.

ANC Youth League: Zuma for president

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) thinks Deputy President Jacob Zuma should be the next president of the country, the organisation said on Monday. ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula said the league is satisfied that Zuma should succeed President Thabo Mbeki.

Cave divers’ bodies found at Boesmansgat

The bodies of Australian diver Dave Shaw and South African Deon Dreyer were recovered from the world's third-deepest freshwater cave, Boesmansgat, in the Northern Cape on Wednesday. Shaw went missing on Saturday while trying to recover the remains of Dreyer, a diver who blacked out and drowned in the cave while diving there in 1994.

Jo’burg residents to hear verdicts on boom gates

Johannesburg residents who have applied for boom-gate access control in their streets will hear from Thursday if their applications were approved or not, mayor Amos Masondo told reporters. A total of 324 applications were received -- 309 for existing closures and 15 for new closures.

‘No one took Wanderers fire seriously at first’

Most of the historic Wanderers cricket clubhouse in Johannesburg was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. By 9.30pm flames were still raging in one corner of the building -- three hours after the fire first began. Emergency services said the situation was under control, although less than a third of the building was still intact.

‘If there is no money, there will be no water’

Citizens of Chiawelo in Soweto protested on Wednesday against the installation of prepaid water meters, the Anti-Privatisation Forum said. However, Jameel Chand, spokesperson for Johannesburg Water, said the protest was not about the installation of prepaid meters, but about local labourers not being used to do the work.

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