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Daily news update 10 January
The National Assembly building in Parliament precinct destroyed by fire wasn’t insured, leaving the massive costs to rebuild to the taxpayer.
The Department of Public Works acting director-general Imtiaz Fazel broke the news to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Tuesday, telling them the houses of Parliament do not have insurance cover.
The fire affected both the Old Assembly Wing and the National Assembly Wing of the buildings of Parliament, which house the chambers of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
The investigation into the mysterious kidnapping of the four Moti brothers in Polokwane in October last year has encountered a significant hurdle, after reports that police are no longer able to speak to the victims emerged.
Netshiunda said the interdict, instituted by the boys’ father, Naazim, was sprung on police, and meant they could not “go anywhere close to the children”, or interview them or any family members.
The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), which organises staff of Parliament, says it’s been caught off guard by Parliament’s accusation on Sunday that it instructed members not to report for duty at the precinct.
Parliament’s Sunday statement “noted a public statement by Nehawu, instructing members not to report to the precincts due to the recent fires.”
Police Minister Bheki Cele condemned the killing of Mpumalanga station commander, Colonel Beauty Marivate, who was gunned down in action.
Cele was delivering a eulogy at the burial of 55-year-old Colonel Marivate, who met her untimely death while responding to a supermarket robbery on 30 December 2021.
She was killed when an armed gang opened fire on her vehicle as she arrived on the scene.
After the news that the Hartebeespoort Dam would never fully be ridded of the invasive water hyacinth, a new pesky species of plant has proven to be equally difficult to control.
According to Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA), the small salvinia (Salvinia minima) officially became a “secondary invasion” aquatic weed in May last year.
Rhodes University’s Centre for Biological Control (CBC) celebrated brief success in curbing Hartbeespoort Dam’s hyacinth invasion, dubbed the “world’s worst aquatic weed”, after the release of tiny insects called weevils, which feed on the invasive plants.
Gift of the Givers is helping East London residents with warm meals and sleeping bags after their homes were swept away by severe floods on Saturday.
Areas such as Mdantsane, Duncan Village in East London, Dutywa and Buffalo City Metro were hit by heavy flooding, leaving many homeless.
The disaster relief organisation said it received requests for help from community leaders, local mayors, Cogta MEC [Xolile Nqatha] and Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi.
Tshwane officials have had their hands full responding to distress calls due to flooding in the capital city.
Two vehicles were trapped on the low water bridge in Rabie and End Street on Friday.
Tshwane Emergency Services Department said vehicle occupants from both vehicles had escaped safely. One vehicle was only recovered on Saturday morning.