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20 May 2018 2:07 PM 'Don't eat, smoke in public,' Zim police warned

Zimbabwean police have reportedly been banned from eating and smoking in public, as the country's recently appointed police commissioner, General Godwin Matanga, seeks to clean the image of the force ahead of a crunch election. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Matanga has also banned the police from walking around with hands in their pockets 14

19 May 2018 11:42 AM Fire on Table Mountain still burning, inaccessable

A fire has been burning on the front face of Table Mountain, in a region that is hard to reach for conventional firefighting vehicles, since late on Friday evening. Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) fire manager Philip Prins said they were still struggling to contain a section of the fire, left of Platteklip Gorge. "The area is very inaccessible, and crews 21

18 May 2018 8:16 PM Health dept offers placements to medical interns, community service doctors

The Department of Health has announced that it has allocated and offered placements to medical interns and community service doctors who have studied in South African universities. The students were eligible for placement for the 2018 annual cycle, which was due to start on January 1, 2018, it said in a statement issued on Friday. The department said it had placed 19

17 May 2018 2:15 PM Egypt's president defends metro fare hike after protests

Egypt's president has defended his government's surprise decision to hike Cairo subway fares, which sparked rare protests in which 21 people were arrested. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in televised remarks on Wednesday that the metro fare hike was needed to preserve the public service and improve quality. Last week authorities more than tripled 19

17 May 2018 9:42 AM Gauteng cop gunned down outside his home

A senior South African Police Service manager was shot and killed outside his Protea South home on Wednesday night, Gauteng police said on Thursday. Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said preliminary reports indicated that the brigadier had arrived home between 18:30 and 19:00, when he was accosted by unknown suspects who shot him. The Gauteng 18

15 May 2018 9:40 AM One dead, several injured in Cape Town warehouse blast

One person was killed and several injured in a blast at a Shoprite distribution warehouse in Stikland, Cape Town on Tuesday, a private paramedic said. "It looks like an electrical explosion," said Resq Medix Ambulance Service spokesperson Warren Cupido. People were evacuated and the fire was brought under control, but some injuries were severe after 72

13 May 2018 9:15 AM Egypt protests to Moscow over RT poll on disputed territory

Egypt said it protested on Saturday to Moscow about an online poll by Russian state-owned channel RT on whether readers view a disputed border territory as Egyptian or Sudanese. The Egyptian foreign ministry said it contacted Russian authorities to express its "strong condemnation" of the poll, demanding "an urgent explanation for this unacceptable conduct" 23

12 May 2018 7:00 AM State looks at ways to ease municipalities' R138bn debt burden

Cape Town – Municipalities are owed more than R138bn by government departments, businesses and households, Parliament heard this week during deliberations of Local Government Week. The programme was held over three days and recommendations were made to address the challenge of municipal debt which is posing a threat to the viability of municipalities 20

11 May 2018 6:36 PM Public servants spurn government's wage offer

Government’s offer, made on May 4, was rejected by the majority of PSA members, the union said in an emailed statement on Friday. The offer was almost the same as the one made on January 26, it said. The PSCBC adjourned as Congress of South African Trade Unions affiliates requested more time to finalise the mandating process with members, the PSA said. The parties 23

11 May 2018 2:25 PM Egypt raises metro fare as part of austerity measures

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 30