December 31, 2011

31st December 2011

Thanks and so long for all the fish...

Have a good New Year!!!

DJ makes twit of himself

The presidency had to issue a statement on Nelson Mandela’s health yesterday after a Johannesburg radio DJ got it all wrong, taking to Twitter to announce the former president was ill – after watching TV file footage from January.

The footage of the former statesman in hospital was being shown by broadcaster during a Year in Review package it was broadcasting to mark the end of 2011.

Kaya FM morning show host Bob Mabena, watching the footage with the sound turned off, then tweeted: “Breaking news – Nelson Mandela is in hospital.”

The news was then picked up by a South African news website with more than 30 000 followers, which said it was following up on the information.

Later the news site apologised, confirming that Mandela was not in hospital: “We apologise for following up an incorrect lead.”

December 30, 2011

30th December 2011

The end is in sight...........

Wear a helmet for New Year’s Eve in Hillbrow

Fridges might fly and beds fall from the sky as residents in Joburg's Hillbrow district see in the New Year by throwing broken furniture on to the streets below.

Police will send in helicopters, armoured vehicles and special units on Saturday night to patrol the unruly area, which has earned a reputation as a trouble spot at the turn of the year.

Every year a dozen-odd people among those who dare to venture outside on December 31 are hit by crashing objects thrown out of high-rise apartment blocks – everything from televisions to kitchen appliances.

December 29, 2011

29th December 2011

SA’s third hospital rape in 3 months

The man who walked into a North West hospital and allegedly raped a patient briefly appeared in the Mmabatho Magistrate's Court, North West police said on Thursday.

“The 29-year-old suspect appeared in court on Wednesday on a charge of rape,” spokesman Lt-Col Lesego Metsi said.

He apparently entered the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital around 3pm on Christmas day pretending to be visiting a patient in the women's ward. There were three women in the room.

“After realizing that the other two patients were in a critical condition and could not speak nor scream, the suspect approached the third patient, a 22-year-old female and allegedly raped her.”

December 28, 2011

28th December 2011

Mac D’s sorry for blind woman bungle

A blind woman and her guide dog were reportedly chased out of a McDonalds restaurant in Pretoria on Christmas Day.

The managing director of McDonalds South Africa has apologised to a blind woman who was chased out of one of the hamburger restaurants on Christmas Day because she had brought her guide dog inside.

Greg Solomon told Sapa he would see to it that the woman, 33-year-old Sanet Gouws, would have the experience that she should have had in the first place.

“McDonalds does allow guide dogs in our restaurants,” Solomon said.

“We regret this happened to the lady. On behalf of McDonalds I apologise sincerely to her.”

December 27, 2011

27th December 2011

Beachgoers behave, hotels jam-packed

Numbers seem to be down from previous years but a big crowd sat the paddling pools at Durbans beachfront enjoying their boxing day Picture: Shelley Kjonstad

Tourists have packed Durban’s beach hotels to the rafters, while sea rescue units and police say beachgoers are toeing the line this season.

Apart from an incident at Richards Bay, where three children were rescued from drowning by the National Sea Rescue Institute on Christmas Day, the KwaZulu-Natal coastline has seemingly been incident-free.

The three children were admitted to The Bay Hospital and were in serious, but stable, condition.

December 26, 2011

26th December 2011

Doctor shoots self
Johannesburg - A 72-year-old doctor appeared to have shot and killed himself and a man in his forties was believed to have been killed in an act of mob justice in the northern provinces of South Africa, SABC radio news reported on Sunday.

The incident involving the doctor happened in Marble Hall, Limpopo, and involved a 9mm pistol. No suicide note was left, according to police.

December 25, 2011

25th December 2011

Long Day, but much fun had by all!!

More than 100 Christmas babies for SA

Over 100 Christmas babies have been delivered in the country so far, officials said on Sunday.

Forty-one babies were born in the Eastern Cape. This includes 20 boys and 21 girls, said provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.

The first one, Nonzuzo Toliwe, was born at midnight weighing 2.68kg.

In Limpopo, the number of babies born since midnight stands at 28. The first delivery occurred at Bela Bela hospital Ä a health baby girl weighing 3.5kg.