Oscar’s fate remains uncertain – Independent Online

AP Oscar Pistorius. File picture: Themba Hadebe Pretoria – While Oscar Pistorius’s release from the Kgosi Mampuru 11 Prison in Pretoria is imminent, there was no news by late on Friday when it would be. Members of the media camped outside the Pretoria jail from on Friday morning, waiting for news from the correctional supervision and parole board. The board convened at a prison in Durban on Friday to reconsider, among other things, Pistorius’s placing on parole. A source close to the department told the Pretoria News that the board only convened five or six times a year to reconsider inmates’ placement on parole. Pistorius’s case is only one of the many to be considered….

Flabba’s friends, family miss him dearly – Independent Online

YOUTUBE Nkululeko Flabba Habedi, who was stabbed to death in his home in Alexandra in March this year. Johannesburg – As the murder trial of Hip Hop Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi’s lover continued on Friday, friends and family said they remained devastated by his death in March. “We are taking the loss like anyone who suffers a loss, we are all devastated,” fellow Skwatta Camp member Lebohang ‘Shugga Smax’ Mothibe told the media outside the High Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. “Flabba will always be missed, the sense of humour … because that brought us together. We have been following the trial, I wanted to support the family… My outcome is whatever the court…

Pics: Jerusalem’s Old City under siege – Independent Online

September 18 2015 at 10:20pm Jerusalem – Israel deployed hundreds of extra police in Jerusalem where clashes broke out after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures. Palestinians also protested in a number of cities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, where a young man was shot by Israeli security forces after throwing a fire bomb, the Israeli army and medics said. Around 800 extra police were posted in the heart of Jerusalem and adjacent Arab neighbourhoods, where tensions have been high for the past week, following clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli cars. The focus of…

Boy killed crossing N3 in Durban – Independent Online

FLICKR.COM File image Durban – A 12-year-old boy died when he was hit by a vehicle on the N3 west near Durban’s Spaghetti Junction on Tuesday, paramedics said. “Reports from the scene indicate that two boys tried to run across the highway when one landed in front of a vehicle that was hurtling down the road,” said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha. He was found lying on the road and declared dead on the scene. Sapa Nation – Google News

Free State health workers protest – Independent Online

REUTERS A normal-sized gurney (L) is pictured alongside an oversized one. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry Bloemfontein – Disgruntled Free State community healthcare workers forced their way into Bophelo House, the provincial health department’s headquarters, on Friday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said. Around 50 people who had not received salaries for more than two months staged a sit-in inside the building. They are receiving support from the TAC. TAC spokeswoman Mary-Jane Matsolo said they were demonstrating after submitting a memorandum to health MEC Benny Malakoane several weeks ago. In it, they said that, among other things, they did not want to be paid by non-governmental organisations, but wanted to be absorbed into the government. “As of now,…

Group Five wins hospital contract – Independent Online

http://www.sxc.hu/ Johannesburg – Group Five has won a contract to construct the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, the hospital’s trust said on Monday. Construction began on Monday and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, it said in a statement. “We are confident that Group Five will be the right partner as we navigate what is for the hospital trust, unchartered territory,” trust chairman Moss Ngoasheng said. The appointment of Group Five followed submissions by various contractors and an adjudication process. “This represents a key milestone in our efforts to make (former president) Nelson Mandela’s last wish of building a children’s hospital in South Africa a reality,” trust deputy…

Five-month platinum strike finally ends – Independent Online

Independent Newspapers. Picture: Timothy Bernard. Related Stories Johannesburg – Union members at South African operations of the world’s largest platinum companies today said they accept a pay deal from producers, bringing closer the end of a crippling five-month strike. “If we sign the offer tomorrow, it means the strike has ended officially and that workers will go to work on Wednesday,” Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union President Joseph Mathunjwa said at a mass rally. Thousands of Amcu members shouted out their approval for the offer from Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, 120 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. “Basic salaries have gone up and even your working…

Gloomy picture for great whites – Independent Online

Related Stories Durban – A new study into South Africa’s great white sharks suggests there are now less than 600 of these fearsome predators left along the country’s southwest coastline. Presenting the results of a five-year study at the Sharks International conference in Durban last week, Italian-born marine biologist Sara Andreotti said there was an urgent need to protect this apex group of predators from further decline – even though South Africa became the first country in the world to pass laws, in 1991, to protect them legally and outlaw their killing. Andreotti said the study suggested there were now between 480 and 580 great whites left between Port Nolloth, near the Namibian border, and…

Baby born with two heads dies – Independent Online

sxc.hu File photo Johannesburg – A baby boy born with two heads in Nelspruit has died, the Mpumalanga health department said on Tuesday. “He died at the weekend,” said spokesman Ronnie Masilela. The baby was 10 days old when he died at the Rob Ferreira Hospital. “I’m not sure what caused it.” He declined to comment further, referring Sapa to specialists who knew more about deformities. However, he told Beeld newspaper the baby had only one functional head. “His death is related to his condition. His parents were shocked and we (are) giving support and counselling,” he was quoted as saying. In 2012, doctors at Dr Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital in Tsolo, in the Eastern…