Bakwena rolls out tap and go technology along N1N4 route

Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Pty) Ltd, (Bakwena) places great emphasis on the safety and mobility of road users travelling the N1N4 toll route. With the country currently experiencing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s mandatory for all South African people to adhere to stricter COVID-19 precautionary measures, Bakwena is excited and proud to roll out its Tap and Go technology at selected plazas along the route. This technology was extensively tested and refined through a pilot project which ran during the initial stages of lockdown in 2020. Based…

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A nightmare bridge haunts pedestrians

A pedestrian bridge that has been vandalised for more than three years, separating Thokoza and the industrial site Alrode(Alberton), which is located over the Old Vereeniging road continues to be a nightmare for workers and job seekers who travel on it, from the neighbouring townships (Thokoza and Katlehong). A vendor who sells at the entrance point of the bridge in Alrode, Samson Zungu, said he uses an alternative road that compels him to cross the railway lines, which isn’t better nor different from the vandalised bridge. He expresses, saying, “I…

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Police recover looted items in Vosloorus

Today on the 27th of July, various SAPS clusters from national, provincial, regional and district level joined forces with the SANDF to retrieve all the looted goods. They recovered an enormous number of looted items when they raided the two hostels that are located in Vosloorus. Six suspects were also arrested during the course of the raid. However, the SAPS acting district commissioner, Brigadier, Themba Denge said the raid is a continuation of their operation, themed “Operation reclaiming the looted items from the looters’ which officially began at Kwa-Thema hostel…

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Various stakeholders and community members clean up Letsoho shopping centre

On Thursday, 22 July 2021 people from some parts of Katlehong and Thokoza joined hands with correctional services officials, Saps, Heineken SA, Themba Molefe Foundation and representatives from the provincial Community Police forum to clean up Letsoho Shopping Centre in Katlehong. The shopping centre was damaged during the looting spree which took place in two provinces namely KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. This is one of the oldest shopping complexes in Kathorus, as it has been operating for more than 30 years and it has 58 shops. Paul Koloti who is…

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Waterless Tsakane community is displeased

The residents of Tsakane in Extension 19 (Ekurhuleni) have been waterless from last week Wednesday (14 July) till to date. “If you don’t have water, you cannot do anything,” said Sibongile Zikalala. She added, saying that the worst part is that no one pre-alerted them about this dire situation that they are facing because they could’ve prepared for it. Now the area is receiving water through truck-water tanks on shift basis, but the community members are still not satisfied because they have to travel long distances, only to find long…

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AfriForum’s Boksburg neighbourhood watch yield results

AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches together with the local SAPS carried out a special operation. This operation included roadblocks throughout the town. The roadblock that was specifically held at Atlas Road bore fruit because two unlicensed firearms, ammunition for various firearms and dagga were confiscated. “It is huge successes like these that protect communities and strengthen the relationships between safety structures in communities,” says Dewet Ungerer, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the East Rand. Ungerer adds that AfriForum is grateful to work together with the SAPS and other security companies to protect the…

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Residents keen to fast-track rehabilitation of Chris Hani Crossing

“I can’t take it anymore, I had to travel to Sunward Park to buy bread,” said one of the helpers at Chris Hani Crossing. The Kathorus residents joined forces with the employees of Chris Hani Crossing to fast-track the cleaning process of the shopping hub. During the course, citizens of the Kathorus area who were helping out in the shopping spot seized the opportunity to express themselves, alluding that they are already feeling the repercussions of the anarchy. “We are struggling in terms of purchasing items, and old people are…

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Community members protect shopping hub

The Tsakane community members including taxi drivers went all out to protect Tsakane Mall against looting. This happened after various parts of the country succumbed to the looting acts that commenced in KZN, which led to most people losing their lives, but the Tsakane community members decided to spread the words: “Let us Protect Tsakane Mall.” All complexes around KwaTsaDuza have been vandalized and looted except Tsakane Mall, Thando Mbatha told Ekurhuleni News that they are doing this campaign to protect their mall. “It was difficult for us when we…

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‘Social relief grant could’ve prevented chaos,’ says a looter

The ‘People’s No 1 choice newspaper went to different business hubs where the troubling scenes of looting occurred in Vosloorus from the 11th of July 2021 till to date, and it found few people ransacking the left-overs. As the local newspaper was eager to know if the masses were indeed acting out because they are refuting the imprisonment of the former president (Jacob Zuma). A young man (Sizwe Makhubo) who was found in Naledi Mall collecting the remaining essentials, seized the opportunity to express himself sharing something different, he said:…

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Violence and looting took place in Tsakane Usave Shoprite

Usave Shoprite had been looted yesterday and streets were covered in waste and debris in what looked like a warzone in Tsakane Madonsela. As traffic cops retreated, the crowds reappeared with individuals disappearing to Usave Shoprite to pick the shelves clear. It was a pattern that repeated itself again and again. These protests have turned into something more unpredictable and destructive, such turmoil is fraught with risk and people were left injured. In a nationwide address the country’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded for calm and said members of South Africa’s…

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