News Headlines
Madiba's magic day
THE rural Eastern Cape village of Qunu will be abuzz with activity today as the world celebrates the 94th birthday of one of the most revered world icons, Nelson Mandela. [more]
Hani to stay on until next council meeting
NELSON Mandela Bay acting municipal manager Themba Hani’s contract expires today, but he will continue in the post until the next council meeting. [more]
Bay firefighter on heroes show
A NELSON Mandela Bay firefighter has been nominated for a national award, a year after he rescued a six-year-old boy from drowning in a waterlogged wetland. [more]
Global movement comes to the Bay
THE contentious global movement Occupy, characterised by anti-capitalism protests in centres like New York and London, has reached the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay. So far the movement appears to be one man strong – its soul representative is Summerstrand resident Rick Simpson. [more]
Concern over increase in backyard dwellers
RESIDENTS of Nelson Mandela Bay’s Korsten and Schauderville have expressed concern over the growing number of backyard dwellers in the area. This follows findings of an initial survey, lasting more than a year, which they presented to the municipality. [more]
Human rights probe into pupil transport failures
THE SA Human Rights Commission has heeded a call by the DA to investigate the Eastern Cape’s "systematic failure” to provide thousands of pupils transport to and from school. [more]
Game farming the green and lucrative way
SOUTH Africa could be a world leader in eco- tourism but the state and private wildlife sectors needed to work together on conservation principles, and avoid turning species solely into money-making commodities. [more]
Things return to normal at school after accidents
SCHOOLING at Malabar Primary slowly returned to normal yesterday after the horror double crash in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Monday in which 100 children were injured. [more]
NMB cry for housing aid after Walmer protest truce
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is appealing to the Eastern Cape and national governments for help to tackle the massive housing backlog which led to two days of violent protests by thousands of residents from Walmer township this week. [more]
Nzimande tries to block sale of ‘Spear’
THE final destination of the controversial The Spear painting of President Jacob Zuma is in question following a call by the SA Communist Party for it to remain in South Africa so that it can be destroyed. [more]
Bay pupil loses leg in crash
WHILE Malabar Primary School pupils received counselling yesterday, one of their critically injured peers was recovering from surgery to amputate his leg. [more]
ANC sings for Zuma while Bay burns
A GLARING contrast of priorities erupted in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday as hundreds of angry protesters burnt tyres, blockaded roads and demanded service delivery, while elsewhere singing ANC leaders demonstrated against the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma. [more]
100 Bay children hurt in freak double crash
IN a horror double crash in Port Elizabeth yesterday 100 schoolchildren were injured – four of them critically – when an overloaded bus crashed, followed by a collision involving an emergency vehicle racing to the scene. [more]
Metro’s cash reserves dangerously low
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s precarious financial position was highlighted yesterday when it was revealed the metro had just 20 days’ cash reserves – well below its minimum 30-day target. [more]
Denton ordered to stop work on buildings
NELSON Mandela Bay property magnate Ken Denton has been ordered by the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (Phra) to cease renovations of the historic Donkin Row houses because he does not have permission to do so. [more]
Ex-Bok Solly Tyibilika gunned down in Cape Town tavern
THE Port Elizabeth and national rugby fraternity was stunned yesterday by the news of the death of former Springbok flank and Border Bulldogs captain Solomzi “Solly” Tyibilika, 32, whose body was found riddled with bullet wounds in a Cape Town tavern. [more]
At least 20 people were killed in Cape highway crash
At least 20 people were killed and about a dozen others injured when two taxis and a truck slammed into each other on a highway northeast of Cape Town in the early hours of today (15/11/2011), police said [more]
Municipality dithers as supply dams fill up
NELSON Mandela Bay supply dams have surpassed the 80% mark, but water restrictions are unlikely to be eased until late next month or even August, according to municipal officials. [more]
Uproar as Mandela Bay council hikes rates, electricity
AT a heated meeting characterised by insults and political mud-slinging, the Nelson Mandela Bay Council finally passed its R8-billion budget yesterday – with 11.5% tariff increases across the board and a 22% electricity hike for households. [more]
A recipe for serious fun!
FESTIVAL season is set to grip the Eastern and Southern Cape this week with three mega- events – just the recipe to chase away winter blues and bolster local coffers, tourism analysts say. [more]