[pietermaritzburg] - Fragile economy

President Cyril Ramaphosa must have felt like King Canute this week as on the one hand he was securing a $60 billion aid and loan package from China to steady South Africa, while on the other the tide of recession rose without check to wreak havoc on all the country …

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[pietermaritzburg] - Boy (9) only recalls rape

Although a nine-year-old boy could not remember what he told police and a psychologist, he was unyielding in his assertion that his guidance counsellor had sexually abused and raped him.

The boy was cross-examined on Wednesday in the Pietermaritzburg high court by advocate Shane Matthews, acting for Darren Goddard.

Goddard …

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[pietermaritzburg] - City scraps recycling fee and plans to repay ratepayers

Msunduzi is terminating the controversial recycling fee which had ratepayers questioning its legality since no such service has been offered.

This was revealed by the acting municipal manager Neli Ngcobo during the financial services portfolio committee meeting on Wednesday.

“It’s not proper and it’s not fair to charge …

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[pietermaritzburg] - Family feud heats up

Alpha Shelembe’s church has obtained an interim court interdict preventing four of his late father’s wives and 18 siblings from entering any of its temples and properties.

The Ekuphumuleni faction of the Shembe Church, which is led by ANC MPL Alpha Shelembe, approached the Pietermaritzburg­ high court following …

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[pietermaritzburg] - Escape from breakaway fire

Msunduzi workers have been blamed for losing control of a grass fire that spread in the gusty conditions on Wednesday, gutting a heritage site on Pent­rich Road in Camps Drift on Wednesday.

City workers were allegedly clearing overgrown bush and grass outside the property by setting fire to it …

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[pietermaritzburg] - MK Veterans threaten to keep Mooi-Mpofana shut

Chaos reigned at the Mooi-Mpofana municipality on Wednesday as military veterans and community members brought the Midlands council to a complete standstill.

Former members of ANC military wing, Mkhonto weSizwe (MK Vets) instructed staff members to leave the municipal building on Wednesday after they failed to reach an agreement with …

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[pietermaritzburg] - Concern grows for missing Prestbury girl (12)

The search continues for the missing Prestbury girl, Naledi Zondo (12), who disappeared on Monday afternoon.

Her distraught mother, Nokulunga Zondo, has once again urged the public to help her find her daughter.

She said there were currently no leads as all those which looked promising ended up as dead …

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