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2016-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  Only receiving a 9,4% electricity tariff hike could impact on Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on.

PHOTO: sourced Only receiving a 9,4% electricity tariff hike could impact on Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on.

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City manager kicked out of municipality

CITY manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, was suspended from his role at Msunduzi Municipality pending an investigation initiated by the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs for maladministration. Boniwe Zulu has been appointed acting municipal manager until the investigation is complete. Nkosi was, just last year, voted the Best Municipal manager in the province for 2014/2015 financial year and played a vital role in bringing the city to a clean audit, the first after many years.

Mother’s low IQ blamed for selling baby

THE woman charged with selling her 19-month-old baby for R5 000 on Gumtree last year made her “poor” decision because of her extremely low IQ the Pietermaritzburg court heard last week. The matter has been remanded until 1 April when the judge will hand down the sentence.

Topsy-turvy taxi

A TAXI landed on its side, almost crashing into a building on Pietermaritz Street last week after the taxi and a car collided at the intersection of Chapel and Pietermaritz streets. The Msunduzi traffic department had to direct congested traffic at the intersection while the fire department waited for the electricity department to arrive and switch off the electricity.

PMB sex offended sentenced

CHASEDENE’s Morné Landman (26), who admitted he sexually violated three young Pietermaritzburg children, is going to prison and his name will also appear on the national register of sex offenders. He has also been declared unfit to work with children after his release from prison in terms of a court order. Landman pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in 2011, exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl near a primary school in June last year, and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a bath in 2005. In relation to the first two counts, regional magistrate Asha Dathoo sentenced Landman to five years in terms of correctional supervision legislation, which will require him to serve one sixth (around 10 months) of the sentence in jail. The remainder of the sentence may be served under correctional supervision. In connection with the sexual assault of the boy, Dathoo sentenced Landman to a further five years’ imprisonment, but ordered the sentence to be wholly suspended for five years.
Will Eskom keep lights on?

ONLY receiving a 9,4% electricity tariff hike could impact on Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on. This was the warning from the power utility after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) pronounced its decision on Eskom’s bid for a 16% increase. But the above-inflation increase would also hurt people and businesses already struggling against a barrage of fast-rising cost increases this year, which have been caused by drought and rand depreciation.

Suspected taxi violence in Glenwood

TAXI violence is the suspected motive behind a gun-blazing assassination in Glenwood, Pietermaritzburg last week. While returning home after dropping his wife at work, 47-year-old Xolani Ntuli was attacked by rifle-wielding gunmen outside his house on Shetland Drive at about 7am. Ntuli managed to escape from the vehicle and dashed into a neighbour’s yard. With the gunmen chasing close behind, and with nowhere to hide, Ntuli scaled a barbed wire backyard fence and entered a large field behind the properties. It was there, in the long grass that the gunmen finally caught up to Ntuli. He was shot seven times.

PMB fire fighter to be paid out

THE Road Accident Fund has agreed to pay Msunduzi amputee and body builder Kiran Singh 75% of damages he can prove he suffered in a hit-and-run accident on Field’s Hill in 2012

Northern Park robbed

THE infamous “Gadget Gang” struck again last week when Northern Park Primary School was hit. The gang is believed to have been involved in eight other school burglaries over the past two months, with six of the schools targeted being in Pietermaritzburg. After a spate of school burglaries over January and February, police believe the burglaries were linked. Using the same modus operandi, the gang enters the school property through the roof, disabling the alarm system before getting away with thousands of rands worth of computers and other electronic equipment.

Bomb scare at city hall

DURING a special council meeting, while journalists and Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO, Melanie Veness waited outside chambers for the outcome of the confidential meeting, police and sniffer dogs were brought to the city hall on Friday after a bomb scare.

Cogta enforces water restrictions in all municipalities

THE KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department announced at a conference in Durban last week that the reduction in consumer demand for water was necessary to prevent taps running dry. Cogta called for a 15% water consumption reduction. Msunduzi Municipality confirmed last month that washer restrictors would be put on meters to limit the amount of water used in the city. Combining this measure with lower water pressure, the city hopes to cut 15% of its water consumption so that there will be enough water for Pietermaritzburg when winter comes.

Albany launches new Delight bread

ALBANY Bakery in Pietermaritzburg treated guests to a tour of its state-of-the-art bakery last week when they launched three new Delight breads - raisin and cinnamon loaf, a butter-flavoured option and loaf called “cinnamon and pop”. The PMB plant, consists of two plants - an older bakery commissioned in 1992 that produces up to 6 000 loaves per hour, and a plant commissioned in 2010 that producers 8 000 loaves per hour. The company operates 131 trucks that do 145 000 km a week throughout the province to deliver bread from its Pietermaritzburg bakery to the seven depots it operates and other outlets.

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