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WELL KNOWN COUPLE ATTACKED ON FARM

Dr Koos Troskie, a well known general practitioner in Kroonstad in the Free State, and his bedridden wife, Natalie, were attacked on their farm just outside town.

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MONIQUE’S BODY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED

MONIQUE’S BODY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED LEPHALALE – SA

Monique Barnard

Monique Barnard

The police confirmed on Monday morning that the decaying body found in May near the Deelkraal turnoff just outside Lephalale is indeed that of missing Monique Barnard (19). DNA-tests were carried out on the body to confirm whether the body matched Monique’s parents’ DNA. “The DNA results came back last week and we can confirm that the body is definitely Monique’s”, said Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena of the Lephalale police.

Mr. Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha, a train driver, was shot twice and died after being robbed

Major train delays for commuters as Cape Town train driver is robbed and gunned down

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It is with shock and dismay that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has learned that one of its members, Mr. Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha, a train driver, was shot twice and died after being robbed at the Netreg Station in the Western Cape.

YOUNG MAN BEATEN TO DEATH LIKE A DOG!

The photo attached to this article is extremely graphic in nature and can upset children and sensitive viewers.

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“My son was beaten to death, like a dog, in the street”, said a broken father who has to work through the news that his son, Pierre de Necker (24), was so badly assaulted on Friday evening, in Belfast Mpumalanga, by a group of people who accused him of theft. He died on Saturday from his injuries.

How many black South Africans benefit from BEE

The current system of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) only benefits a small elite, and will leave the majority of black South Africans out in the cold if an alternative is not found.

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Employment Application

This is according to Dr Anthea Jeffery, Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), who has called for an end to the ‘extortion’ of the BEE system.
Last week (20 July), Western Cape Premier Helen Zille spoke out against new Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, which would see government pay a large premium on all procurement less than R10 million, in favour of BEE companies.
 
In a column on Politcsweb, Jeffery said that BEE benefits approximately 15% of the black population, with “a small group of beneficiaries having their way at the cost of the many”.
 
“BEE is a key reason why economic growth in South Africa lags so far behind other emerging countries.”
 
The remaining 85% have very little prospect of ever gaining BEE ownership deals, management posts, preferential tenders, or new small businesses to run, she said.
 
“Worse still, BEE does not simply bypass the 85% majority. Instead, it actively harms that 85% by reducing investment, growth, and jobs and making it very much harder for the poor to climb the economic ladder to success.”
 
The black African population is in the majority (44.23 million) and constitutes approximately 80% of the total South African population, according to StatsSA.
 
According to Jeffery, the indirect expropriation of existing firms through the 51% BEE deals – which is now increasingly required under empowerment rules – will ultimately do nothing to help unemployment, if no alternative is found.
 
“The immediate consequence of indirect expropriation under the rubric of BEE will be to deter direct investment, reduce our already meagre growth rate, and make it harder still for some 8.7 million unemployed South Africans (up from 3.7 million in 1994) to find jobs.” Jeffery said.
 
“The more this indirect expropriation is sanctioned and applauded, the more state powers of this kind will expand.”
 
“The real challenge is to open up real opportunities for all disadvantaged black South Africans. This cannot be done while BEE puts ever heavier leg irons on the economy.”
 
BEE: is it working?
 
BEE was launched in 2003, to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving certain previously disadvantaged groups of South African citizens economic privileges previously not available to them.
 
In October 2014, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said that BEE benefits everyone and is necessary to build a prosperous, sustainable and equitable society.
 
However, data from research groups has shown that, while there has been an increase in wealthy black Africans since 2007 (113% increase to 4,900 individuals with a net worth over $1 million) – the black African population has shown the smallest growth in wealth out of all previously disadvantaged groups.
 
In March 2015, research found that black South Africans hold at least 23% of the Top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as at the end of 2013.
 
The shares held by black investors include 10% held directly (largely through BEE schemes) and 13% through mandated investment – mostly through individuals contributing to pension funds, unit trusts and life policies.
 
An Intellidex study has shown that empowerment deals and schemes done by the JSE’s 100 largest companies have collectively generated R317-billion of value for beneficiaries – R108-billion of which has been generated by BEE deals, alone.

We won’t let criminals intimidate us, says gran who fought off robber

A British woman who rushed to her husband’s aid while he scuffled with a home invader said on Thursday that she 52471-thumbwould not be intimidated by robbers.

The couple took on a burglar after a confrontation in the kitchen of their Waterfall holiday home – a fight which played out through most of the house.

It’s official: Zuma world’s highest paid, worst value-for-money president

While digging around on the web yesterday, I came across some fascinating data compiled by global network news channel CNN. The Atlanta-based team scoured through Government accounts to compare salaries paid to heads of State.

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

Farm attacks show how criminality is engulfing SA citizens – SAHRC

Farm attacks showed how criminality in South Africa was engulfing its citizens, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.

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Since the start of the year, there have been 148 farm attacks, with 33 murders taking place.

CHILDREN GOING HUNGRY IN SA PRISONS

The Department of Correctional Services has admitted that children in juvenile centres across the country are going without food for more than 14 hours on weekends as a result of staff shortages.

1110874495The latest correctional services inspectorate report has found that most of those affected are teenagers.

South Africa has had 116 farm attacks in six months: Afriforum, Tau SA

Limpopo is now the province where the most farm attacks and murders occur.

3924631327_3af28d8acd_o-1Gauteng previously had the number one spot‚ said agriculture union TAU-SA and activist group AfriForum.

Releasing updated data on farm attacks for the first half of 2015‚ the groups recorded 27 murders and 116 attacks.