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  • Egypt raises metro fare as part of austerity measures

    11 May 2018 2:25 PM 30

    Egypt's transportation authorities have more than tripled the standard subway fare from $0.11 to up to $0.40 as part of government austerity measures. In a statement, the Transportation Ministry said the new fare will go into effect on Friday. It also said prices will now be affected by the number of stations commuters travel. For example, a round trip of more than 16 stations

  • Mama Winnie sends De Lille a signal, as EFF invites her into the fold

    11 May 2018 2:00 PM 35

    "We've got the signal from Mama, from Mama Winnie. Mama Winnie [says]: 'You're going to win.' That's the signal." This was the brief comment which Patricia de Lille made during the lunch adjournment of her court challenge to the DA's termination of her membership and the City of Cape Town's decision to remove her as mayor. She was referring to a speech

  • Alleged R6m school feeding scheme fraudsters released on warning

    11 May 2018 11:22 AM 29

    Two people accused of defrauding the Mpumalanga Department of Education out of R6m in a bogus feeding scheme were released by the Nelspruit Regional Court on a warning with strict conditions on Thursday. Nkosinathi Mbombi, 45, and Elizabeth Zitha, 60, face more than 37 counts of fraud, theft and money laundering. "It is alleged that in 2011 the accused

  • US, Somali raid on al-Shabaab seizes 3 commanders: Officials

    11 May 2018 11:02 AM 29

    Somali intelligence officials say US and Somali commandos have seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabaab extremist group during a deadly raid in a village in Lower Shabelle region. Five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late on Wednesday and several others were captured, says Moalim Ahmed Nur, a traditional

  • Truck fire blocks N2 outside Mossel Bay

    11 May 2018 5:28 AM 24

    "At 00:52 the N2 between Albertinia and Mossel Bay were closed due to a Volvo Hmv alight," said Western Cape provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa in a statement. He said that because of the fire, both sides of the road were closed and no injuries were reported. Africa said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire, but added that no other

  • Zim's Mnangagwa: 'Heads to roll in Cabinet soon after elections'

    11 May 2018 5:03 AM 25

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly promised to wield the axe on under-performing ministers soon after the watershed elections expected before the end of August. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said that under-performing ministers in his cabinet would be fired should he become victorious in the upcoming polls

  • Mother had to buy fake permit to get her child into school

    11 May 2018 4:40 AM 24

    Zimbabwean families caught between the departments of home affairs and education are resorting to buying fake documents in order to register their children at schools in South Africa. Some schools will not accept immigrant children without a study permit from home affairs. But officials will not issue a study permit without proof of acceptance from a school

  • Attack on mosque described as a 'heinous' and 'senseless' crime

    10 May 2018 7:33 PM 29

    Critics have described the attack on the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam on Thursday as a "heinous attack" and "totally unjustified". Three men stormed the mosque on Thursday afternoon, stabbing two people and slitting the throat of another man who died in hospital as a result of his extensive injuries. The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa

  • 5 new suspected Ebola cases reported in DRC's northwest

    10 May 2018 7:01 PM 23

    A hospital director says there are five new suspected cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo's northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever was declared this week. Dr Serge Ngalebato, Bikoro Hospital director, tells The Associated Press that two nurses who were in contact with patients are among the five suspected

  • Eastern Cape premier appoints new PEC

    10 May 2018 7:01 PM 27

    Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle announced a new provincial executive committee on Thursday "pursuant to [a] new political discourse". Provincial spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said the changes followed the chaotic September 2017 ANC Eastern Cape elective conference, dubbed the festival of chairs, where new provincial office bearers were elected