vacancies inFew problem areas ahead of elections: Cele

THE ANC Youth League promised on Monday to get the correct context of leader Julius Malemas call at the weekend for revolutionaries to reproduce.

THE number of people on the voters roll stands at 23,6 million, with final verification expected to take place in the next few days, says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairwoman Brigalia Bam.

The hitman was arrested.

Top DJ beats stereotypesPORT Elizabeth DJ Sihaam Cerfonteyn has defied the stereotype of a young Muslim woman to follow her dream &8211; and her determination has paid off.

TENS of thousands of people have lined the royal wedding route hours before Prince William and Kate Middleton marry, with the crowd in a jovial mood despite steely gray skies over London.

EC operators performs strongly at IndabaTHE Eastern Cape has red well at the Indaba tourism conference and expo in Durban, taking gold in two different categories in the main Welcome awards and only just lling short in the Eteya emerging tourism operators&8217; awards. The Welcome Awards winners are both from PE and are both mily-owned businesses: the Plantation, the wedding, functions&8217; and accommodation venue on the Sardinia Bay road, and Economic Cars and Bakkies, the 20-year-old Walmer-based car rental firm.

Qulo narrowly escaped death when he overpowered a man sent to kill him.

Hospitality takes off in Eastern CapeTHIRTY young people from the Eastern Cape have been given the chance of a lifetime to enter the hospitality trade, in a new partnership programme funded by the government. The programme was officially launched this week in Bathurst and Grahamstown, where a section 21 company, Hospitality Youth Initiative (HYI). has been based for eight years.

Somalis still searching for peaceTHE first thing Mohamed Sharif Noor grabbed as looters stormed his Motherwell shop last Wednesday was his Koran. The 26-year-old ther of five is one of about 143 Somalis displaced when vandals struck nearly a week ago, looting and burning shops.

Miracle&8216; child found after week in forestIN what rescuers are hailing as a miracle, an Eastern Cape toddler has been found unharmed seven days after she went missing in a forest near Butterworth.

Hefty fines handed down in gill-netting caseTWO Chinese nationals were convicted in a landmark gill-netting case in the Port Elizabeth yesterday. Gillnets are banned in South Africa, and are illegal or strictly controlled all over the world because their tightly woven mesh harvests indiscriminately, trapping endangered and juvenile fish along with targeted species.

R1.6m given to shut down dolphin poolTHE R1.6-million needed by Bayworld to close down its 43-year- old dolphin pool and relocate 24 penguins and nine seals to Pretoria Zoo has been transferred by provincial government to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Tragic suicide girls dying momentsDISTRAUGHT friends of 10-year-old Tammy Africa told yesterday how they struggled desperately to save the child after finding her hanging from the back of her bedroom door.

UDM questions role of NIA during municipal electionsUNITED Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has questioned why the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) would spend taxpayers&8217; money trying to destabilise political opponents and has demanded a probe into the matter.

Violent murder accused set freeIN a shocking case of bungling by police and prosecutors, five men &8211; three of them described as dangerous, hardened career criminals &8211; walked free when their murder case was struck from the roll by a fed-up Plettenberg Bay magistrate after repeated delays and postponements by the state.

JuJu like Zumas skollie sonJULIUS Malema &8211; the &8220;middle- aged youth&8221; &8211; is Jacob Zuma&8217;s &8220;delinquent, skollie&8221; son.

Sir David reveals Eastern Cape connectionAN OLD university chum was one of the reasons mous natural history documentary maker, celebrity broadcaster and &8220;hero of our time&8221; Sir David Attenborough was so pleased to get an invitation to come to Port Elizabeth. Speaking yesterday to The Herald at the beachfront hotel where he is staying at the invitation of NMMU before the honorary doctorate due to be bestowed on him today, Sir David explained that one of his good friends when he was studying at Cambridge in the 1940s was Patrick Niven.

Burn The HeraldANC Nelson Mandela Bay chairperson Nceba Faku last night incited more than 100 party members who had gathered at Port Elizabeth&8217;s Vuyisile Mini (Market) Square to burn down The Herald.

CONTROVERSIAL government spokesman Jimmy Manyi has angered government communicators after accusing some of them of iling to effectively communicate for their departments.

Diedricks votes in GelvandaleANC stalwart Lillian Diedricks,68, who played a pivotal role in the 1956 Womens March to the Union Building was in high spirits after she cast her vote in the 2011 Municipal Elections in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier today.

Police fire rubber bullets at Honeydew protesters POLICE fired rubber bullets at a group of protesting residents who stoned them, whole blockading Beyers Naude drive near Honeydew this morning (March, 30).

Diedricks votes in GelvandaleANC stalwart Lillian Diedricks,68, who played a pivotal role in the 1956 Womens March to the Union Building was in high spirits after she cast her vote in the 2011 Municipal Elections in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier today.

Concerns over Ngqura oil leak unfoundedCONCERNS have been raised that the oil and gas exploration rig in Port of Ngqura could be leaking oil into the bay. Both the Norwegian company that owns the ultra-deepwater drilling rig and the harbour authorities have rejected as unfounded the concerns raised by environmental group Ocean Messengers.

EXCLUSIVE: Report fingers FakuAN explosive forensic report on various municipal projects in Nelson Mandela Bay dating back to 2003 recommends that former mayor Nceba Faku be criminally charged with fraud for the role he played in several of the deals.

THE Guptas are victims of racial prejudice, critics of government spokesman Jimmy Manyi have a hatred of change and minister Trevor Manuel should shut up. These are the messages from ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who came out with guns blazing yesterday in defence of the partys controversial associates.

NMMU to lead coastal studyNMMU and the national environment department signed an agreement yesterday which gives the Eastern Cape a unique opportunity to contribute to government&8217;s coastal and marine policy. The department has traditionally enjoyed a strong relationship with UCT because of the focus on fisheries on the west coast.

[I] spoke to all provincial commissioners this morning and I am very happy with the situation in all the provinces so r. Things are under control, he said.

Cameraman injured in protestAN ETV cameraman was injured and an outside broadcast van was damaged when protesters turned on him and a reporter in Wesselton, outside Ermelo today, enews reported.

LOCAL soul singer Simphiwe Dana has had to delve into her own pocket to keep her Black Culture Education Tour going. Dana, who announced the six-city orchestral tour in February, has even occasionally used Twitter to her advantage by engaging with her followers.

From zombie to brave boyWHEN Julin Muggels arrived at the Dora Nginza Hospital just under a year ago, he was a &8220;zombie&8221;. Now, the chirpy seven-year-old is ready to leave the hospital and take on the world &8211; with his bright blue guitar and prosthetic leg.

Nieu Bethesda rmers count flood costs IT COULD take some rmers in Nieu Bethesda a decade to get back to where they were before the flood that hit them Saturday. That&8217;s the word from the mountainous catchment area north of Graaff-Reinet, where well over 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours, flooding the Gats River and all its tributaries, flattening stock fences, stripping roads to bedrock and bursting rm dams.

THE government is to spend R22-billion over the next three years to plug potholes on all secondary and local roads.

The only problem areas were Flagstaff and Pedi, in the Eastern Cape, and Standerton, in Mpumalanga.

Call for leaders in tune with NatureA CLARION call for &8220;personal and ecological leadership&8221; was issued at a biodiversity celebration function at Kirstenbosch on Thursday night.

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NYDA laments lack of media interestNATIONAL Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairman Andile Lungisa today (May 30) lamented the media&8217;s lack of interest in covering youth issues, saying it was more attracted by the burning of tables.

THE Hawks found a hit list containing the name of alleged underworld boss Cyril Beeka, who was shot dead on Monday during a raid on a house in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, an official said today (March 23).

People know that if you kill a ward candidate, a by-election will be held and they get a job of being a councillor, said Zikalala.

We have been told that the ANC candidate saw that he was about to be attacked and there was a scuffle between him and the attacker, said Cele.

Voting off to a slow start in BethelsdorpVOTING got off to a slow start on Wednesday at the Kleinskool, in Bethelsdorp, a township on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. First in a line of about 24 voters was William Davids, who has lived in the area since 1984.

THE ANC has retained power in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, taking 51.5% of the votes with only a handful of ballots still to be counted.

We are now looking for a person who sent him, he said. We have been told that they were sent from Johannesburg to attack Qulo. He said the hitman had wounded himself in a scuffle with his intended victim.

No bail for child murderers, rapists: XingwanaCOURTS should not grant bail to people charged with rape and murder of children as the suspects often go out and commit more crimes, minister for women, children and people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said in Johannesburg today (May 30).

SummerFlower31 May 2011 4:09 pmwith regards to @ladybirds comment I mean ;)…

LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi said today (Sunday, 20) airstrikes on Libya by Western countries amounted to terrorism and said he would defeat his enemies.

About 20 arrested for corruption: SARS THE SA Revenue Service has arrested about 20 people, including SARS employees, for corruption, Commissioner Oupa Magasule said on today (May 31).

Minister delays mine appeal decisionMINERAL Resources&8217; Minister Susan Shabangu has told Pondoland opponents of a titanium dune mining project that she needs another month to consider their appeal against the Xolobeni coastal dune mining project. Shabangu had been scheduled to announce this week her decision on the appeal by the Amadiba Crisis Committee, which is based on the alleged ilure of the applicant mining company to properly consult on the project with either residents of the area or the king and queen of Pondoland.

Black Rose31 May 2011 3:32 pmLadybird, I think it has nothing to do with that. Inct, I think they either got the numbers from RICA or those clicks, edgars cash cards etc, theres a small block at the bottom of the application f…

Sundays River road project scrutinisedTHE department of water afirs says it will be investigating the bridge-broadening project at Sunday&8217;s River because the national roads agency should not be working on the bank or extracting water from the river without a permit. Mcamile Dweni, a scientist in the department of water afirs&8217; Port Elizabeth office, was responding yesterday to questions about the project and reports that a work team contracted by the agency is piling sand on the bank next to the existing bridge, and water is being extracted from a spot up-river.

Fracking Karoo might need trillions of litres of waterIF fracking applicants gets the go-ahead in the Karoo, South Africa&8217;s arid heartland ces the prospect of hundreds of thousands of wells using trillions of litres of water, a lawyer representing the anti-fracking lobby said yesterday. Graaff-Reinet attorney Derek Light, who is representing some 250 landowners, individuals and interest groups said information from the US environmental protection agency on the fracking industry there indicates up to 80000 wells could be sunk in a 30000ha zone.

Laying ore dust to restHAS anyone ever wondered how the importers of our manganese ore deal with the air pollution that Transnet and the mining companies seem so completely unable to deal with here in Port Elizabeth? Well, in South Korea, at Hyundai Steel in Incheon, imported manganese and iron ore goes straight from the ship into giant domes.

City foots huge bill to save councillorLIVING &8220;the high life&8221; at ratepayers&8217; expense in a R500-a-day bed-and-breakst has landed Nelson Mandela Bay ward councillor Thembinkosi Mana in hot water with fellow councillors, government watchdogs and members of the tripartite alliance.

SummerFlower31 May 2011 4:08 pmThats a very good point :)…

FITNESS worries over bowlers Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir could thwart South Africa&8217;s plan to play a full-strength team against Netherlands at the World Cup on Thursday.

Studio banks on PE talentPROFESSIONAL actor and casting director for The Casting Studio, Francois Potgieter, is in Nelson Mandela Bay this week to find a budding actor who will take on the lead role in an upcoming national television advertisement.

&8220;IT was like hell and I am lucky to be alive.&8221; Those are the words of &8220;house of horrors&8221; survivor Avril Gordon, 52, speaking from her hospital bed yesterday afternoon.

Botanical vision for PEs parksNELSON Mandela Bay will soon have its own Kirstenbosch, creating the possibility for a major upswing in environmental protection, tourism and job creation.

The Question31 May 2011 4:03 pmI agree with Black Rose on this one about the RICA outlets and store cards. SummerFlower also raises the point that this sounds more like a focused attack. If someone managed to get their hands on a …

AN Inkatha Freedom Party municipal elections candidate is in a critical condition in a Durban hospital after he was assaulted in the early hours of this morning (May 17), the party said.

Schools winds of changeA HUMBLE little Port Elizabeth school claimed a momentous first yesterday with the installation of a wind turbine and a linked borehole on their grounds. The 12m turbine has been established at Settlers&8217; Park Primary School in Walmer, and the power it generates drives a pump that draws water from an adjacent borehole.

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema arrived at the High Court in Cape Town on Friday morning where judgment was expected in the so-called open-toilet saga in Khayelitsha.

PAKISTANI President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday indicated that his country had not played an active role in the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

ABOUT a hundred eager young swimmers from Port Elizabeth&8217;s northern and township areas will miss out on what is considered to be the highlight event of their sporting year.

Fun, crowded Splash a rip-roaring successSUNNY skies, well-behaved crowds and fewer road deaths than last year have made Easter festivities in Nelson Mandela Bay a roaring success.

The Question31 May 2011 5:46 pmhmmm… It definitely bears further investigation. Hopefully the police will be able to track down the guilty parties involved and how what database they were using to target people with their sms sca…

Freedom Day turns into poll campaignA HIGHLY charged political theme marked Freedom Day celebrations in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, with rallies and high- profile politicians hitting the campaign trail and urging communities to vote for change.

Still no answers on teacher fiasco DESPITE an attempt by the Education MEC to address their concerns, thousands of parents in Nelson Mandela Bay still have no idea whether their children will haveteachers in their classrooms this year.

Good fellow31 May 2011 6:39 pmIs there any way to tell if Barry Burchell was one of the people that SARS was trying to help hide things. As we read in the past , he had a lot of money he was hiding and nothing else has ever been…

Samwu strike called offMUNICIPAL workers have suspended their strike planned for Friday after talks with the ANC, SA Municipal Workers&8217; Union (Samwu) spokesman Tahir Sema said today (March 10).

Furore over R8m Bay jazz festivalNELSON Mandela Bay is set to host an R8.1-million music concert in May, thanks to funding from the Lotto &8211; but the plan has come under fire from angry sports bodies in the region.

DA holds onto MidvaalTHE DA had garnered 60.71% of the votes and the ANC 37.17% in the hotly contested Midvaal municipality by 8.30am on Thursday.

Farewell (for now) to Bayworld oceanariumBAYWORLD&8217;S oceanarium is set to close at the end of this month to prepare for the de-commissioning of the 43-year-old dolphin pool and the transfer of 24 penguins and nine seals to Pretoria Zoo. It&8217;s all part of &8220;operation stop the bleed&8221; in which Port Elizabeth&8217;s much loved museum and oceanarium complex has had to make some tough decisions in order to deliver, hopefully, long-term bounty.

Packed halls hear AttenboroughAN ESTIMATED 2000 people gathered at NMMU on Monday night to listen to a seminal address by celebrated Nature documentary film-maker Sir David Attenborough, 84. The audience packed the university&8217;s main auditorium to watch him live on stage, as well as into two other satellite auditoriums, also at the Port Elizabeth stadium, and a hall at the George campus, where they watched his screened address.

SummerFlower31 May 2011 3:39 pmWas it only men that received this sms? Sounds like it was a directed attack. If it was only men who received this message then maybe @ladybird has something. But then why would those who visit s…

Markers now also slamming matric results SENIOR teachers in the Eastern Cape have finally broken their silence and confirmed what many had suspected about last year&8217;s controversial provincial matric pass rate of 58.3%: it is &8220;impossible&8221;.

Somalis still under attackUNEMPLOYED youths continued to terrorise and loot Somali-owned businesses in Motherwell last night while elders in the area denounced their actions as &8220;barbaric&8221;. Soon after darkness fell, a group of 60 youths quickly mobilised themselves and vandalised Meza Spaza Shop in Nqebara Street, NU9.

MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney warned a Twitter follower who threatened him, I&8217;ll put u asleep within 10 seconds.

De Lille booed – Zuma rebukedPRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has come under fire for not rebuking ANC supporters who booed Western Cape acting Premier Patricia de Lille at the country&8217;s official Human Rights Day event in Cape Town yesterday.

Missing Uitenhage woman found deadTHE body of a 21-year-old woman who was reported missing about two weeks ago has been found in the Uitenhage township of Kamesh, Eastern Cape police said today.

The ANC said the attack was political motivated.

Total lunar eclipse to be visible mid-June A TOTAL lunar eclipse will be visible from South Africa on June 15, the SA Astronomical Observatory said today (May 25).

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel will not comment on the tongue-lashing he received from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Minister Manuel is not going to say anything, his spokesman, Dumisa Jele, said today (March, 09).

SOUTH Africa is a democratic country and people are entitled to their opinions, says government spokesman Jimmy Manyi.

Parties name mayoral candidatesOPPOSITION parties in the Eastern Cape, announcing their mayoral candidates, have revealed ambitions of being in charge of the province&8217;s two metropolitan municipalities. Both COPE and the PAC have thrown down the gauntlet, releasing their preferred candidates for the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buflo City municipalities this week.

COPE co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa on Tuesday denied rumours that he was planning to leave the party and rejoin the ANC.

Corruption costs EC health R45-millionFRAUD and corruption by officials and service providers have cost the Eastern Cape health department at least R45 million in the past few years, it said today (March, 07).

GOLDFISH ns can expect a &8220;ntastic party&8221; when the electronica jazz group hits the stage in Port Elizabeth tomorrow (Friday, 04). Group member Dom Peters has promised some vourites, but warned ns that it might sound slightly different from the sounds they had become used to hearing on radio.

New legislation to force Coloureds out of WCape: SAIRR MINISTER in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has rightly repudiated government spokesman Jimmy Manyi for his statement that coloured people are &8216;over-concentrated&8217; in the Western Cape. So too has the African National Congress (ANC). But the Government of which Manuel is part is still planning to enact a bill that could cause coloured people to move out of the Western Cape if they want work, says the South African Institute of Race Relations.

Terrified Somalis flee for their livesMORE than 200 panicked Somalis fled for their lives last night as at least 40 shops were looted and three burnt down by fed-up Motherwell residents and business owners.

THE ANC has identified a team to probe possible irregularities in its list processes, to be led by NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said today (May 19).

DA, ANC smackdownWHILE hundreds of thousands of new voters countrywide turned out to register at the weekend, an angry fracas erupted at a Nelson Mandela Bay registration station when an elderly DA volunteer alleged that a woman ANC volunteer assaulted him.

Nuclear moratorium callTHE concern group challenging the Thyspunt nuclear reactor has called on government to place a moratorium on all nuclear development in South Africa until the full extent of the Fukushima disaster is known. The call by the Thyspunt Alliance &8211; a broad coalition of residential, cultural, environmental, tourism, fisheries, business and surfing interests in the Oyster Bay, St Francis, Humansdorp and Jeffrey&8217;s Bay area &8211; co-incides with the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, the historic nuclear melt-down in Ukraine.

AU demands immediate halt of Libya attacksTHE African Unions panel on Libya Sunday called for an immediate stop to all attacks after the United States, France and Britain launched military action against Moamer Kadhafis forces. After a more than four-hour meeting in the Mauritanian capital, the body also asked Libyan authorities to ensure humanitarian aid to those in need, as well as the protection of foreigners, including African expatriates living in Libya.

Girl, Gran die in arson fire near UitenhageA CHILD and her grandmother died in an alleged arson attack near Uitenhage said today. Olivia Seekoei, 11, and her grandmother Amelia Seekoei, 68, died when their house was allegedly set alight on Wednesday night, Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said.

Male in search of good life turns up at beachfrontHE WAS a prickly customer &8211; but in the end he came quietly. It was Patrick Mange, the cleaner and gardener at beachfront flatblock Bandle, next to the Beach Hotel, who found him.

Boeremag escape attempt foiled AN attempt by five of the 20 Boeremag treason trialists to escape from custody at the Palace of Justice, in Pretoria, was foiled this morning (May 31).

I have been told that there were people blocking the road in Flagstaff and we have sent more police to help these areas, said Cele.

LAWYERS for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have filed an appeal against a ruling that he be extradited to Sweden to ce -crimes allegations, court officials said today (March, 03).

NATIONAL police commissioner Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde have red the worst in the Public Protector s damning report on the R500-million police HQ lease deal.

ANC ecstatic over Nelson Mandela Bay win THE ANC is ecstatic about winning the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, the partys Eastern Cape leader Phumulo Masualle said today (May 19).

Northern Areas buzzing with voter activityNELSON Mandela Bay&8217;s northern areas have been buzzing with activity as voters came out in numbers since the early hours of the morning to cast their votes.

ALMOST all of the 30000 tickets were snapped up for the weekend&8217;s R8-million Lotto-funded International Music Festival in Nelson Mandela Bay, featuring the likes of US singer George Benson and South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela.

Transport system row rages on THE Port Elizabeth Taxi Association yesterday rejected a last- minute attempt by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to resolve differences over implementing the delayed multibillion- rand Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula warned party supporters in Potchefstroom yesterday to unite or ce the prospect of handing the Tlokwe municipality to the DA.

JONATHAN Shapiro, the cartoonist better known as Zapiro, said yesterday that there was no basis for President Jacob Zumas R5-million demation suit against him and Avusa Media, publisher of the Sunday Times and The Times.

Say no to MthomboWE HAVE reached a development T-junction. We can either accept, without thinking, the proposed R80-billion oil refinery, Project Mthombo, without an environmental impact assessment having been done &8211; never mind Durban South and the pollution there, never mind scrutinising that extraordinary 18500 permanent jobs&8217; promise by our premier.

SummerFlower31 May 2011 3:28 pmThats wonderful news and about time too :)…

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, only 23 complaints had been lodged in KwaZulu-Natal since the start of the election campaign.

STORMY Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr has stirred more trouble, rewriting Irish band U2s lyrics to their song Sunday Bloody Sunday, with its own parental-guidance warning, on his website.

THE judge in the hate speech case against ANCYL president Julius Malema will ignore an order given on Monday that dubula ibhunu was an incitement to murder.

We strongly believe that the incident was political motivated because of the timing of the incident, said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala.

ENGLANDS star batsman Kevin Pietersen will miss the rest of the World Cup, with a team spokesman today

Oceanarium seals readied for departureHOW do you transport eight seals to Pretoria? That&8217;s the preoccupation right now of Bayworld&8217;s oceanarium team, as the relocation of their animals moves ahead.

Dam good news for BayNELSON Mandela Bay residents can heave a sigh of relief at having been spared the harsher water restrictions which looked likely just two weeks ago, thanks to welcome rain.

Rebecca mum on mystery loverTHE multi-award-winning gospel queen, Rebecca Malope, has found love and is sporting a massive engagement ring as proof &8211; but she is keeping mum on who the special man in her life is out of fear that the relationship will be ruined if it plays out in the media.

Stately emperor pays mily a flying visitTHERE are moths and there are moths &8211; and then there is the pine tree emperor, one of the giants of the insect world. Gorgeous yellow in colour and &8220;easily the size of a man&8217;s hand&8221;, one of these moths swooped into a Seaview home the other night.

GOVERNMENT spokesman Jimmy Manyi has told media in parliament that he will not comment on an open letter by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel in which he was labelled a racist.

Port guards like the StasiFOREIGN tourists yesterday compared guards at the Port Elizabeth Harbour to the dreaded Stazi security police of East Germany, following an incident in which their driver was manhandled, forcibly detained and then bundled off to Humewood Police Station. The incident happened yesterday morning as the tourists, a group of five Russians and a Belgian, were about to enter the harbour at its southern entrance, headed for a day diving excursion in Algoa Bay with local dive company Expert-Tours.

Citys R100m hospital lawsuitsNELSON Mandela Bay state hospitals are cing negligence lawsuits to the tune of more than R100-million &8211; mostly from parents whose babies had died or were severely disabled following allegedly flawed birthing operations at Dora Nginza Hospital.

DON&8217;T ask me if I am a racist. Please don&8217;t ask me that because you know I am not a racist!&8221; Those were the words of feisty TV presenter and socialite Kuli Roberts, whose controversial column about coloured people, &8220;Jou Ma se Kinders&8221;, caused a nationwide outrage.

Crucial murder witness executedA CRUCIAL eyewitness who was due to testify against two Nelson Mandela Bay police officers accused of murdering a Somali shop owner earlier this year has been shot dead execution- style.

Cele was in Ulundi on Tuesday to assess the police&8217;s state of readiness for the local government elections.

&8220;I AM so very scared of going to prison.&8221; These were the words of former police officer Marius van der Westhuizen, who will go to jail this morning &8211; five years after executing all three of his sleeping children.

Well worth the long waitA PORT Elizabeth woman who camped outside Westminister Abbey for days in hopes of viewing the royal wedding was rewarded by being interviewed by international broadcasters and even promised a gift from the queen of television, Oprah Winfrey.

Extra police had also been sent to Wembezi, in KwaZulu-Natal, where there were tensions between the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the National Freedom Party (NFP), he said.

Strange beaching due to severe upwellingHUNDREDS of mysterious Smith&8217;s swimming crabs , have beached themselves at Cape Recife, apparently trying to escape from severe &8220;upwelling&8221; in the bay.Algoa Bay is host each summer to classic examples of upwelling, which follows on strong and prolonged onshore winds that fold the waves back upon themselves and draw up icy water from the lower depths, wildlife and environment society conservation officer Morgan Griffiths explained.Reports indicate the crabs have been washing up for over a week on Recife&8217;s beacon beach, which runs along the northern side of the cape. But by Monday, the piles of pink and orange carcasses had grown still further.

View moreRESIDENTS all over Port Elizabeth received a strange SMS with a link to a ographic website which infuriated or confused some and left others questioning their spouses&8217; fidelity.

Provinces spend on average 97% of 2010/11 budgetON average, provinces spent R330.9 billion, or 97.3%, of their adjusted budgets of R340.1bn in 2010/11, the National Treasury said today (May 25).

COPE now seems ambiguous about setting up coalitions with the Democratic Alliance after the local government elections, DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip said today (May 19).

Caregiver ces jail after rape of disabled boyIN the first case of its kind in the Eastern Cape, a Motherwell woman is cing rape charges after allegedly forcing herself on a disabled 15-year-old boy.

Obasanjo warns: Time is running outFORMER Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has warned African leaders clinging to power that time is running out.

Cele warned that the police would arrest people who disrupted the elections.

A 44-YEAR-old SA Airways flight attendant has been arrested in Brazil for allegedly being in possession of five kilograms of e, says the airline.

Herdsmen key to leopard solutionBRING back herdsmen en force to save the leopard, minimise livestock losses &8211; and create jobs. That was the win-win-win solution presented yesterday by respected researcher Dr Quinton Martins who was speaking at a leopard management workshop at East Cape Training Centre in PE, hosted by the Eastern Cape department of economic development and environmental afirs (Dedea).

ET case postponedTHE case against the pair accused of killing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene TerreBlanche was postponed in the Ventersdorp High Court on Tuesday.

Libya agreed to help search for Hammerl remainsTHE Libyan government has agreed at the highest level to help South Africa search for the remains of slain photographer Anton Hammerl, the international relations and co-operation department said today (May 31).

THE ANC Youth League has criticised Trevor Manuels open letter to government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi concerning remarks he made about the over-concentration of coloureds in the Western Cape while others including the South African Institute of Race Relations has applauded his stance. Below is the full letter from Manuel.

CRIME intelligence officials raided the office of the Public Protector on Wednesday evening in an operation that was not sanctioned by the Hawks, its spokesperson McIntosh Polela said today (March, 03).

There were 200 during the previous election.

Tiny wild cats all set for a long journeyTWO rare, pint-size wild cats are due to be begin a long journey this weekend from the Eastern Cape to Denmark, to join a captive breeding programme to add vital resilience to their gene pool. Black-footed cats are the second smallest wild cat in the world behind the rusty spotted cat of India and Sri Lanka.Counts are difficult because of its nocturnal, highly secretive behaviour, but it is estimated that there are only 10000 of them left in the wild.

A NUMBER of drugs were found in the urine samples of murder-accused Molema Jub-Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala the Protea Magistrates Court heard today (May 24).

AFTER enduring a week of calls for her head, controversial columnist Kuli Roberts yesterday received a reprieve as the Mzansi Magic channel resisted calls to can her show. Whether she was forced into it is unclear, but Roberts will apologise on her show for comments made in her Bitchs Brew column on Sunday, titled Jou ma se kinders.

Faku grilled by ANC bossesANC REGIONAL chairperson Nceba Faku had a meeting yesterday with the party&8217;s top provincial leaders, who asked him to explain his call last week to a crowd of about 100 supporters to burn The Herald.

Priest arrested for milk scamA 67-YEAR-old Roman Catholic priest was arrested at his Queenstown church mission for allegedly selling baby formula meant to be given free to underprivileged children.

OVER half of the results of the 2011 local government elections had been finalised by early this morning (May 19), an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) offivacancies inFew problem areas ahead of elections: Celecial said. We are just over halfway, said electoral manager Stuart Murphy before 10am.

Municipality pledges to probe frackingCHRIS Hani District Municipality is set to do what Treasure the Karoo Action Group is hoping the national government will still decide is necessary. The step? To appoint a team of experts to investigate fracking, the controversial drilling method Shell wants to use to explore for and extract gas from shale beds deep beneath the Karoo

Three DA councilors call it a day after decadesAFTER decades of fighting the hard-core game of politics, three popular DA councillors are hanging up their gloves and getting out of the ring for the &8220;better&8221; prospects of retirement.

CLOSING argument in the hate speech trial of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will begin on Thursday, said Willie Spies, the lawyer for lobby group AfriForum.

The R1.5m secret report council didnt want you to seeA FORENSIC report commissioned two years ago by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality into allegations of maladministration against then municipal manager Graham Richards &8211; which cost R1.5-million &8211; was never properly completed, rendering it worthless and a waste of ratepayers&8217; money.

Ex-lover out to tell the truthSA RoadLInk boss Alan Reddy has put himself in the limelight as a &8220;paragon of virtue&8221; and now his lover in Port Elizabeth &8220;just wants&8221; to tell everybody the truth.

He said the ANC believed the attempt was made by people who wanted to create vacancies for themselves.

PE rhinos dehorned to foil poachersIN A milestone event yesterday, the horns of the two rhino at Kragga Kamma Game Park were surgically removed, to make them safe from the threat of poachers. The outrage of rhino poaching was brought home as top wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds knelt by the anaesthetised mother rhino and used a chainsaw to remove her enormous horn, while her eight- week-old calf trotted around her, whimpering piteously.

Parties challenged in fiery election debateTEMPERS flared at the Feather Market Centre last night when political parties went head to head in a bid to convince the public to vote for them in this month&8217;s election.

How to rejuvenate Baakens River ValleyI WAS chatting to permaculture activist and leading member of Transition Network PE Naomi Suzane the other day, and she came with a great idea of how to secure, rejuvenate and celebrate the Baakens Valley. We kicked her idea around, and this is how it turned out.

He said the police were searching for the man who sent a hitman to kill Obed Qulo, an African National Congress (ANC) candidate in Newlands East, Durban.

Faku hasnt responded to The Herald ANC Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Nceba Faku has yet to accept an invitation to visit The Herald news after reportedly chanting Burn The Herald, its executive news editor said today (May 25).

Dads call following sons deathSIMON Swart started drugging in his early teens and he had been through 15 rehabilitation centres before he died, alone in his room in a backpacker lodge in Central, a fortnight ago. But there was much more to this young man.

Child burglars nightmare CHILDREN as young as five are increasingly being recruited by criminals to break into houses in Nelson Mandela Bay &8211; because the new Child Justice Act makes it difficult for police to arrest children under the age of 10.

Get out the Karoo, rmers tell ShellANGRY residents of the Middleburg area have called for Shell to &8220;get out the Karoo&8221; after the company iled to guarantee the security of their water if fracking goes ahead. Addressing Shell representatives at a hall in Middelburg&8217;s Grootfontein Agricultural College in a hall packed with rmers in T-shirts saying &8220;Don&8217;t Frack with our Karoo,&8221; members of the audience asked repeatedly if the multi-national could &8220;guarantee no risk to our water&8221;.

NMMU microscope a global break-throughNMMU has been catapulted into the forefront of nanoscience research with the arrival of a state-of-the-art custom-built microscope from Japan. The high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) is the first of its kind that has been sold commercially outside of Japan and the last of a suite of four electron microscopes, costing a total R90-million, that have arrived in the past week from Tokyo manucturer JEOL and a second manucturer in The Netherlands.

A DECISION by to broadcast a titillating Canadian news programme in which the presenters strip naked has drawn mixed reaction in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Cape Town turnout soaredVOTER turnout in the municipal elections in Cape Town stood at 67 percent today (May 19) after about half the wards in the metro were counted, buoying Democratic Alliance hopes for a clean sweep in the city.

Ngqura a fish magnetTHE Port of Ngqura has become an extraordinary magnet for marine life, and could point the way to an important new role for harbours, according to Bayworld marine biologist and shark specialist Dr Matt Dicken.

Chumming fines co-incide with issuing of whale permitNELSON Mandela Bay Municipality has issued four fines to marine tourism operator Lloyd Edwards related to the controversial chumming incident off Humewood Beach last month. The issuing of the fines at the Port Elizabeth beach office on Friday co-incides with the issuing this week of the long-awaited boat-based whale watching (BBWW) license for Algoa Bay &8211; to Edwards.

Surprise! Its our wedding dayA SURPRISE wedding is not something you hear about every day but for a Port Elizabeth man what he thought was a celebration to renew someone else&8217;s vows, turned out to be his very own wedding.

THERE were few problevacancies in department of health eastern capem areas requiring police attention ahead of Wednesday&8217;s elections, national police commissioner General Bheki Cele said today (May 17).

First COPE Mayor in SA sworn inTHE first mayor from the Congress of the People was elected in the Karoo Hoogland local council today (May 31).

He said he was constantly receiving updates from all provincial commissioners on the security situation ahead of the elections.

HANDCUFFED and haggard, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was escorted by detectives from a New York police station on Sunday night in his first public appearance since being accused of trying to rape a hotel maid.

Gang attack: girl killed by stray bulletA WALK to a church youth meeting ended tragically for three young friends last night when one of them, a 19-year-old girl, died after she was hit by a stray bullet during a gang shooting in Helenvale.

Pupil badly beaten: teacher suspendedA14-YEAR-OLD Eastern Cape schoolboy is in intensive care and may never walk again after being beaten by his teacher.

AFTER spending only 48 hours in Westville Prisons hospital, convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik was back at home last night, sleeping in his own bed.

Court told of violent highway scuffleA RECORDING of a hysterical radio call describing a violent highway scuffle between then Safety and Security MEC Thobile Mhlahlo and police officers was played in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday at the start of a trial in which a flying squad member is suing Mhlahlo for trying to throw him off the M4 flyover.

The Question31 May 2011 3:54 pmIs this figure for a particular region or a national total? Because for a national total it seems rather low….

Quarry a scar in fynbos valleyTHE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has called on the Green Scorpions to investigate a Parson&8217;s Vlei stone quarry project which, they say, is flouting several key metro conservation and development plans. The controversy over the project has erupted, ironically, a few days after the metro&8217;s celebration of its bio-regional plan. The milestone plan seeks to chart a path for sustainable development by overlaying conservation and development needs.

DA to save the BayTHE DA would prioritise the eradication of corruption and poor service delivery in Nelson Mandela Bay and ensure a metro police force became a reality should the party win control of the city in next month&8217;s local government elections, leader Helen Zille vowed yesterday.

Kabuso: MEC gets toughEASTERN Cape Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has threatened to take drastic action &8211; which would allow him to place the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality under administration &8211; if the metro ils to adequately address the serious allegations of fraud and maladministration contained in the explosive Kabuso Report.

Faku avoids TV media debateANC regional executive committee chairperson Nceba Faku turned down an invitation to participate in a live broadcast of television talk show Asikhulume/Let&8217;s Talk at the Port Elizabeth City Hall last night which addressed the topic of press freedom.

Help floods in for abuse survivorPORT Elizabeth has opened its heart to the survivor of the horrific serial domestic abuse reported in The Herald yesterday.

Major show jumping event scheduled for PEPORT Elizabeth has been named as a host city for a world show-jumping championship qualifier event, sparking great excitement in the show-jumping fraternity, and the promise of an energising mid-Winter injection of tourist revenue. The event will be attracting the country&8217;s top jumpers, so it is being celebrated in horsey circles &8211; but it is much more than that, event co-ordinator Tanya Radke said yesterday.

Matric Results – See the PDFsPupils and parents flocked to News House to snap up The Herald Matric Results supplement. Now we make available to you pdfs of the supplement pages.

Benson out to give PE the night and make it his greatest love of allMULTI-AWARD-WINNING musician George Benson, 68, cannot wait to perform in Port Elizabeth.

10 held after swoop on Plett dog fights POLICE and animal welre groups swooped on a dog-fighting syndicate on Saturday night, arresting 10 people during a clandestine American pitbull &8220;championship&8221; fight near Plettenberg Bay.

SOUTH African etv journalist Jody Jacobs and cameraman Linge Ndabambi were moved to a place of safety after they were attacked by violent protesters at Wesselton, outside Ermelo.

He was impressed with the level of political tolerance during the campaign for the election, and said there had been few incidents of political intolerance compared to previous elections.

ladybird31 May 2011 3:55 pmThe reason I have thought this is that my friends husband (who has previously been caught visiting sites via the cell) received the sms last week but to her phone after he had used her phone a wh…

Residents &8216;reject&8217; official ANC candidatesTHE ANC local government election campaign could take a knock as residents abandon the party&8217;s candidate list process to campaign for candidates of their choice.

Suicide at Hobie BeachSHOCKED onlookers watched in horror as a Nelson Mandela Bay businessman put a gun in his mouth and shot himself in the parking lot at Hobie Beach yesterday morning.

PE killer gang terrorHUNDREDS of terrified shoppers ran for their lives after a brazen and deadly gang shooting at a busy Nelson Mandela Bay shopping centre at the weekend.

Lawlessness rules on beachfront – reportNELSON Mandela Bay safety and security officials are battling to control lawlessness on the city&8217;s beachfront, the sports, recreation, arts and culture portfolio committee heard yesterday.A report tabled before the portfolio committee yesterday noted that safety and security was &8220;slowly slipping&8221; and that there were only five permanent lifeguards responsible for the 120km beach strip.

South Africans vote as toilet fight grabs headlines SOUTH Africans on Wednesday began voting in municipal elections in which squalid unenclosed toilets built for the country&8217;s poor have become a potent symbol of local government neglect.

Scanner problems at some Bay voting stationsVOTING in Nelson Mandela Bay got off to a slow start in this year&8217;s highly contested local government elections with poor turn out in some areas and problems with scanners in others.

Fans welcome Watson backNOTHING compares to being home for rugby player Luke Watson, who has been back in his home town of Port Elizabeth for a week since returning from a stint in England.

THE ANC remained in pole position in the 2011 local election race, taking 62.52% of the votes across the country by 10am this morning. (May 19).

Radio activity comtamination concern suces around fracking plan KAROO anti-frackers are calling for the authorities to take note of the latest findings in America that fracking could be contaminating drinking water supplies with radio activity. The findings stem from an investigation by the New York Times and were reported in that news on Friday. The findings include that waste water produced by fracking wells often absorbs radio activity from naturally occurring minerals underground like uranium.

We have arrested a man who tried to kill an elections candidate in Durban&8217;s Newlands East yesterday (Monday), said Cele.

SAHRC postpones Malema, Afrikanerbond hearing THE SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has postponed a hearing set down for Wednesday and Thursday involving another hate speech case against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

vacancies inFew problem areas ahead of elections: Cele,IMF appointments must be democratic: Gordhan THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) should ensure that it appointed its next head based on merit and through a transparent, democratic process, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said today (May 31).

Lopsy in a twitter about being dumped by PomsGRUMPY Port Elizabeth cricket hero Lonwabo Tsotsobe has launched a biting attack on his English county side Es via social-networking site Twitter after being dropped from its first team.

Ball of fire not the beginning of the end.Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it a comet hurtling to Earth in delayed fulfillment of Harold Campling&8217;s doomsday prophesy? Well, no. In ct, it was the International Space Station (ISS) and space shuttle Endeavour, catching the last rays of the setting sun.

Qwelanes ruling is a personal matter: DIRCO A RULING of hate speech for a derogatory article by South Africa&8217;s ambassador to Uganda, Jon Qwelane, was a personal matter that he would have to deal with, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said today (May 31).

Other KwaZulu-Natal areas receiving extra police attention were Nongoma, Ulundi, Umsinga, Lindelani in KwaDukuza and hostels in Durban, Cele said.

SUNDAY World columnist Kuli Roberts has apologised for writing a racist column about coloured people.

Endangered forest clearing probedA SWATHE of critically endangered forest and new generation legislation formulated to combat climate change are at the centre of a confrontation in Deer Park. The forestry department has slammed as &8220;reckless and malicious&8221; the clearing of the area, which is over 100m long by on average 4m wide.

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