South Africa: Waste pickers should avoid eating discarded polony: CSIR

image Waste pickers are finding significant amounts of polony and other processed food products in rubbish bins and are eating it as many are not aware of the listeriosis outbreak. On Sunday‚ the health department announced that the strain of listeria bacteria was found at an Enterprise Foods manufacturing facility in Limpopo. Since January last year‚ 180 people have died of listeriosis. The announcement on Sunday has resulted in households disposing of a variety of processed food products including polony‚ Russians and viennas. This meant waste pickers were discovering large amounts of the potentially deadly food‚ some of which has not been opened. The Centre for the Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has made a plea to waste pickers not to eat these pr

My win will be for Erdogan, our soldiers: Turkish boxer

image MANNHEIM, Germany A Turkish immigrant boxer said Wednesday he will dedicate his next fight in Germany to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish soldiers fighting terrorism in northwestern Syria. “I would like to see our flag and anthem honored in the boxing ring,” Sukru Altay, 33, told Anadolu Agency ahead of a major boxing event, Fightarena 4, next month in the western city of Heilbronn. Altay said if he wins the tournament, he will present his championship belt to Erdogan and the soldiers taking part in Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria. Turkish troops cleared terrorist PYD/PKK groups from Afrin, northwestern

South Africa: Two killed in collision between bakkie and car in Randvaal

image Two people were killed and two others injured in the early hours of Sunday in a collision between a bakkie and light motor vehicle at the corners of the M61 and Joan Road in Randvaal‚ south of Johannesburg. ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics‚ along with the provincial services‚ had arrived on the scene to find the wrecked vehicles on the side of the road. Two men were found walking around on the scene while two other men were trapped in the light motor vehicle. “Paramedics assessed the patients and found that one of the trapped patients had already succumbed to their injuries. Nothing more could be done for him and he was declared dead. “Rescue services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the remaining trapped patient

South Africa: Man arrested for murder of Constantia teacher Gill Packham

image A 57-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of Gill Packham‚ the Constantia woman who disappeared en route to work last week. Western Cape police also confirmed that the burnt body found in the boot of a car last week Thursday is Packham's. “[We] can confirm that on March 1 the body found in the boot of the burnt-out vehicle at Diep River railway station was identified as that of missing Constantia resident Gill Packham by means of forensic DNA comparison. "Late last night a team of Diep River SAPS detectives‚ after working tirelessly for the past week‚ arrested a 57-year-old man at his residence in Constantia for the murder of Gill Packham and was taken into custody‚” said police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk. “The suspect

South Africa: Patrice Motsepe gets Stellenbosch centennial doctorate

image As part of its centennial celebrations this year‚ Stellenbosch University will award honorary doctorates to 14 thought leaders including businessman Patrice Motsepe‚ Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and veteran journalist Max du Preez. The recipients are scheduled to receive the doctorates during the institution’s March graduation ceremonies. Said vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers: “The recipients are esteemed local and international thought leaders. They exemplify not only graduate attributes that we aim to instill in our students‚ but also the qualities we seek to take with us into the future as we enter the second century of our existence as a leading university.” The institution described Motsepe as a “trailblazer for responsible corporate citize

Several killed after van hits pedestrians in Toronto, driver identified Toronto:  Police say 10 people have been killed after a rented white van mounted a kerb in Toronto and struck pedestrians. The driver has been identified by police as 25-year-old Alek Minassian in the incident which left a further 15 people injured. Police were pictured at Minassian's home in the northern Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill. Minassian was not believed to be associated with any organised militant group. Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said that, based on consultations with "top security officials...there appears to be no national security connection" to the event. The van rampage occurred just before 1.30pm on a sunny afternoon, as large crowds of office workers were on lunch breaks. Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital said five people were in critical condition, while two were in serious condition after the incident. Read more

Business: Denel chairman Daniel Mantsha resigns

image The board chairman of state-owned arms manufacturer Denel‚ Daniel Mantsha‚ has resigned. Director-general of public enterprises‚ Mogokare Richard Seleke‚ confirmed Mantsha’s resignation on Friday afternoon. "The CEO of Denel [Zwelakhe Ntshepe] has confirmed that its chairperson has resigned. The letter is en route to the department‚" Seleke said. "Minister Pravin Gordhan has convened an urgent meeting on Monday with the outgoing chairperson and CEO of Denel." Manthsa‚ appointed as chairman in July 2015‚ has been implicated in allegations of state capture at Denel‚ and his tenure has been marked by financial troubles at the state-owned entity. In September 2017‚ the Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse laid charges of corruption

JSS1 Student, 56 Others Arrested During Cult Initiation

image A 15-year-old pupil, Idris, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly belonging to the Aiye Confraternity. Idris, a Junior Secondary School one pupil at a private school in the Orile area of the state, was paraded alongside 56 other suspected cult members at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday. It was gathered that the suspects were apprehended over the weekend at Elemoro, in the Ajah area by the police and members of a vigilannte group in the community. They were inside a bush, some distance away from Eleko Beach, Ajah, to perform initiation rites for new members, including Idris, when they were caught. Two locally-made cut-to-size guns, three live cartridges and 22 expended cartridges were reportedly

South Africa: Bakkie rolls on R54‚ leaving one dead‚ eight injured

image One man was killed and eight others injured‚ two of the critically‚ when a bakkie rolled on the R54 in Vereeniging‚ late on Saturday night. ER24 spokesman RUssel Meiring said ER24 paramedics‚ along with other services‚ arrived on the scene to find the bakkie lying on its side on the side of the road. Several people were found lying around the vehicle. “Paramedics assessed the patients and found that one man lay trapped beneath the overturned bakkie. Unfortunately‚ nothing could be done for him and he was declared dead. “Eight other patients were assessed by paramedics. A man and woman‚ believed to be six months pregnant‚ had sustained critical injuries‚ while the remaining six patients had sustained minor to moderate injuries‚” Meiring sai

Brazil Germany defeat: Kroos fingers team-mate

Toni Kroos pointed the finger at his Germany team-mates following defeat by Brazil, but coach Joachim Loew insists his team will be ready in time for the World Cup. image Kroos is the latest World Cup winner to berate the Germans for a below-par performance after Gabriel Jesus’ first-half winner sealed Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win on Tuesday in Berlin. After Jerome Boateng fumed that “everything” needed improving following Friday’s 1-1 draw with Spain, Kroos again put the boot in. “We had some players on the pitch who had the opportunity to show themselves at this level – they did not take it,” Kroos complained. “We allowed ourselves to be bossed around and then we saw that we’re not as good as we’re always told we are — and perhaps some of us think we ar

South Africa: Not enough evidence in ‘cannibalism’ case

image Four KwaZulu-Natal men at the centre of an alleged “cannibalism” case made a brief appearance in the Estcourt Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Lungisani Magubane‚ Khayelihle Lamula‚ Nino Mbatha and Sithembiso Sithole have been remanded in custody‚ with previous bids for bail either abandoned or refused. They face charges of murder‚ attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The grisly story broke in August last year when Mbatha‚ a traditional healer‚ walked into the Estcourt police station to report that he was in possession of body parts and was tired of being forced to eat human flesh. The incident led police to Mbatha’s home in Estcourt‚ where more body parts were recovered. The case was soon taken over by the SAPS Occ

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