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A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO 'BUCKET SEAT'

- GLOBAL NEWS A whole new meaning to 'bucket seat'



The motorist behind the "steering wheel" of this deplorable-looking car was actually sitting on an upside down metal bucket and steering the vehicle with a pair of metal pliers.


MOTORING NEWS - Police caught a man in Norfolk, England, who was driving a battered car using a metal bucket as car seat and pliers for steering.

You might think that this guy was extremely unfortunate to get pulled over by cops, but you'd be wrong. What first caught the attention of police officers patrolling the streets of King's Lynn, was the battered state of the car this man was driving.

It had no front wing, bumper or headlights and to top it off, it also had a flat tyre. Hardly what you'd call a roadworthy vehicle, but this was nothing compared to what awaited the officers inside.

The motorist behind the "steering wheel" of this deplorable-looking car was actually sitting on an upside down metal bucket and steering the vehicle with a pair of metal pliers.

There was no revolutions counter or speedometer to speak of. In fact, the thing barely had any dashboard. But hey, it worked, so who needs that stuff anyway?

As you can imagine, the policemen were quite shocked by the sight, and while their subsequent social media post didn't specify what charges the driver faced, they did say that there were "too many offences to mention".



Police caught a man in Norfolk, England, who was driving a battered car using a metal bucket as car seat and pliers for steering.

Norfolk police tweeted photos of the car in its shocking state on Twitter, and they soon went viral, attracting all kinds of tongue-in-cheek comments. One person wrote that the car "gives a whole new meaning to the word bucket seat", while another called it "ingeniously unbelievable". Jon Parker, an officer from Norfolk police, called the battered vehicle "the most unroadworthy car I've ever seen".



There was no revolutions counter or speedometer to speak of. In fact, the thing barely had any dashboard.
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SUSPENDED SCHWEIZER-RENEKE TEACHER TURNS TO COURTS

- GENERAL NEWS
MEC Sello Lehari and the education department have no right to suspend her as she was appointed by the school and its governing body, she argues.



Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen

NATIONAL NEWS - The teacher recently chastised for racially segregating grade R pupils at a school in Schweizer-Reneke in the North West did not have a hand in seating the children according to race as the pictured classroom was not hers, according to court papers.

In the court papers lodged by trade union Solidarity in the Labour Court, Elana Barkhuizen, who was suspended for taking photographs of the segregated children last week, said she was only supervising the class while their teacher, Elsabe Olivier, was with a parent.

The photograph of four black children seated in a corner away from the white pupils caused outrage across the country last week, leading to political parties protesting against racism at the school.

Barkhuizen was suspended for sending the image to parents.

Barkhuizen and Solidarity have filed an urgent application to get her “unlawful” suspension lifted and for her to be immediately reinstated.

In her version of events, Barkhuizen said she was not responsible for seating the children and was only supervising them because her class was next door. She said she took the photograph to send to parents who were enquiring about their children.

“I emphasised that the picture … was taken in another class and that I had no hand in allocating seating arrangements in that class. My explanation again came to naught.”

A parent of one of the black pupils had contacted Barkhuizen, outraged at the seating arrangements. She and Olivier reported this to the principal and the chairperson of the governing body, who supported the teachers, she said.

According to the court papers, MEC Sello Lehari and the education department had no right to suspend Barkhuizen as she was appointed by the school and its governing body.

North West education spokesperson Freddy Sepeng said earlier this week that the school and its governing body had decided to suspend Barkhuizen, and the MEC supported that.

On January 10, Barkhuizen got a call from the principal “informing me that after consulting with the MEC ‘they’ had decided to suspend me with full benefits with immediate effect… The MEC publicly announced that ‘he’ decided that I am suspended. I was not granted a hearing prior to my suspension.”

Olivier was not suspended.

Sepeng said the MEC was waiting for legal opinion.

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STRANDE ONBEPAALD GESLUIT

- GEORGE NEWS


Die karkas van die walvis word op die strand by Wilderniss verwyder.

GEORGE NUUS EN VIDEO - Die strande van Kleinkrantz tot by Leentjesklip in Wilderness, is onbepaald gesluit.

Dit volg nadat ‘n Boggelrugwalvis van kant gemaak moes word.

Die walvis het Vrydagmiddag omstreeks 17:00 op die strand by Wilderness uitgespoel.

Saterdagoggend is besluit om die walvis van sy lyding te verlos. Genadedood is op die dier, wat in die vlak water was, toegepas. Dit is gedoen deur middel van ‘n beheerde ontploffing wat deur plofstofdeskundiges van die Suid-Afrikaanse polisie uitgevoer is. Volgens ingeligtes op die toneel was dit beste manier om die dier van sy lyding te verlos.

Die strand waar die walvis uitgespoel het is reeds na die voorval afgekordon.

Kort na 12:00 het die plofstofdeskundiges opgedaag en die plofstof by die dier geplaas.

Talle vakansiegangers en nuuskieriges het die ontploffing op ‘n veilige afstand dopgehou. Die kragtige ontploffing het talle mense na hul asems laat snak.

Daarna het kundiges monsters van die karkas geneem wat weggestuur sal word vir ontleding.

Munisipale werkers het daarna begin om die karskas op te saag. Dit is verwyder en op ‘n ander plek gaan begrawe.

Die strande is gesluit as gevolg van veiligheidsoorwegings. Daar is onder meer kommer dat die bloed in die water haaie kan lok.

Terwyl die karkas opgesaag is, was daar oral bloed in die water.

Volgens Craig Lambinon, woordvoerder van die NSRI, sal die George-munisipaliteit besluit wanneer die strande weer oopgestel sal word. Hulle sal ‘n aankondiging daaroor maak.

By een van die ingange by die Wildernis-strand het ontstoke vakansiegangers aangedring op antwoorde. Hulle is meegedeel dat in die stadium is dit onmoontlik om aan te dui wanneer dit gaan gebeur.

“Dit help my niks. Ek ry more terug,” het ‘n vakansieganger gesê.

Lieze Swart, ‘n hooftegnikus van die department omgewingsake, het aan die George Herald gesê dit lyk of die walvis in elk geval in ’n swak toestand was. Daar is ’n reeks dinge wat verkeerd kon gewees het.

Daar is besluit om die walvis van kant te maak met plofstof want dit was die vinnigste wyse om hom van sy lyding te verlos. As dit ‘n kleiner soort dier was, kon ‘n vuurwapen gebruik word.

As die walvis met ‘n vuurwapen geskiet is, sou hy nie noodwendig dadelik dood gewees het en verder gely het.



'n Laaigraaf verwyder die karkas van die walvis op die Wilderness-strand.
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LET THE CAT OUT THE BAG

- GEORGE NEWS


Kazanu, the park’s three-legged serval likes to have his photo taken.

GEORGE NEWS - The Garden Route has some great game farms, but hey, there's an easier way to show your family the wild ones... drum roll... The George Wildlife Park!

What: Check out the cool cats: the Bengal tiger, cheetah, serval and caracal in the predator park.

If they give you the shivers, you can feed bunnies, dwarf goats, chickens, geese and even a pony.

Kids love to run around and play in the safe and secure play area.

So what can mom and dad do? Keep an eye on the kids from the Coffee Cats Restaurant's patio, licking a soft serve or having a meal, delicious cake or dessert.

Warning: If you love your pet, you won't bring (Polly/ Tootsie/ Rex/Tiger) along. If you love your kids, don't bring alcohol, and don't smoke on the premises. None of these are allowed inside in any case.

Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00
School holidays: seven days a week, except on Christmas Day
Entry fees:

R20 for adults
R10 for kids
Kids under 3 enter free
Remember: bring a hat, sun block and your camera (for a snap of you feeding the tiger...)

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BRAND BY MILLIES IN BLANCO

- GEORGE NEWSOPVOLG: BRAND BY MILLIES IN BLANCO



Jacques Matthee, eienaar van Millies Supermarket en Butchery in Blanco kyk na die brandskade. Foto: Eugene Gunning
GEORGE NUUS - Die brand wat vroeg vanoggend die Millies sakeonderneming in Blanco verwoes het, is onder beheer.

Die oorsaak van die brand by Millies Superette, een van George se oudste en bekendste sakeondernemings, is in die stadium onbekend. By die onderneming is onder meer ‘n bakkery en ‘n slaghuis bedryf.

‘n Woordvoerder van die George-brandweer het aan die George Herald gesê teen 08:00 was die brand reeds onder beheer. Brandweerpersoneel van George en die Garden Route-distriksmunisipaliteit is ingespan om die brand te blus.

Brandbestrydingspersoneel sal op die toneel bly om die situasie te monitor. ‘n Ondersoek na die oorsaak van die brand sal gedoen word.

Tydens die George Herald se besoek aan die toneel het geskokte inwoners gekyk hoe brandbestydingspersoneel die brand blus. Rook het by die dak uitgeborrel en ‘n swaar rookreuk het in die lug gehang.

Onder die aanwesiges was die eienaar, Jacques Matthee en werknemers van die onderneming. In een stadium het hulle in ‘n kring gestaan en ‘n gebed gedoen.

Die wyksraadslid vir die gebied, Jean Safers het ook die toneel besoek. Safers het gesê dit is ‘n groot skok. “Jacques doen baie vir die gemeenskap.”

Matthee het vertel dat die alarm by die onderneming omstreeks 4:20 geaktiveer is. Hy het dadelik daarheen gery. Met sy aankoms, sowat 10 minute later het hy vlamme op die dak gesien.

Volgens hom is die plek totaal verwoes. In die stadium is dit nie seker wat die toekoms inhou nie. Daar is 25 werknemers in diens by die onderneming. Hy het dit as ‘n nagmerrie beskryf. “Ek is geskok.”

Die onderneming bestaan al 50 jaar en hy is die laaste 8 jaar daarby betrokke. Daar sal nou met die eienaars van die gebou gepraat word oor die pad vorentoe.

Hy wou nie spekuleer oor die oorsaak van die brand nie, maar het bygevoeg daar is die moontlikheid dat daar in ‘n inbraak was.



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DRONK BESTUURDER TREF POLISIEWA VAN VOOR

- GEORGE NEWS


Dronk bestuurder tref polisiewa van voor
Die polisievoertuig wat in die ongeluk betrokke was. Drie lede van die Openbare orde polisie-eenheid (Pops) is na die hospitaal geneem. Hulle het slegs ligte beserings opgedoen.
Lede van die openbare orde polisie (Pops) het omstreeks 02:30 op Sondagoggend, 16 Desember, 'n noue ontkoming op die N2 tussen Groot-Brakrivier en Glentana gehad toe 'n motoris wat onder die invloed van alkohol was, van voor in hulle vasgery het.

Volgens die Suid-Kaapse polisiewoordvoerder, kapt. Malcolm Pojie, het die verdagte, wat uit die rigting van Mosselbaai gekom het, in die aankomende baan beland en met die Pops-voertuig, wat op pad na Mosselbaai was, gebots.

Die drie Pops-lede is na die Mediclinic George vervoer waar hulle vir ligte beserings behandel is. Die bestuurder van die motor het veelvuldige beserings opgedoen en is na die George-hospitaal geneem. Hy staar 'n aanklag van roekelose en/of nalatige bestuur, asook 'n aanklag van dronkbestuur, in die gesig.

* The driver of a Toyota Yaris has been charged with reckless and / or negligent driving, and also faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, after he drove into an oncoming Pops (Public Order Police) vehicle on the N2. The accident happened between Glentana and Great Brak River in the early hours of Sunday morning. Three Pops members were treated for minor injuries at Mediclinic George, while the driver of the Yaris suffered multiple injuries and was taken to George Hospital.



Die bestuurder van 'n wit Toyota Yaris is Sondagoggend omstreeks 02:30 in hegtenis geneem na hy 'n motorongeluk op die N2 veroorsaak het.

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USE HOME CHEMICALS SAFELY

- IN GENERAL


Remember, if a fire breaks out, it will cost so much more if you are underinsured.

PROPERTY NEWS - Countless household goods contain flammable chemicals, while those containing non-flammable chemicals can come in combustible packaging. There are several examples of common chemical-laden products you’ll find in your home. Each carry the risk of fire if not properly handled or stored, and we often forget how dangerous some of these items can be.

We’ve outlined some potentially flammable situations to be aware of, to keep your safety and your insurance in check.

First things first: get certified
Remember that any gas installations on your property must have a compliance certificate, proving alignment with the applicable South African National Standard (SANS) codes and that the installation was done by a registered, competent person.

Spray it safely
Non-stick cooking spray is a common staple in many kitchens. Turn yours over to see the warning label reading: ‘extremely flammable aerosol, do not spray near open flame’ or similar. This should be warning enough. It may seem logical not to spray onto an open flame, but accidents do happen. While some products might not reveal the type of propellent present, it is often the highly flammable DME (dimethyl ether). If you consider how often you spray a pan when your gas stove is already lit, the risk is obvious. On the upside, fires caused by negligent cooking methods can very easily be avoided.

Ever use spray-on deodorant? This product comes with even more warnings on the packaging. Look out for descriptors such as: ‘extremely flammable aerosol’, ‘pressurised container’ or ‘may burst if heated’.

You will also be advised to ‘keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources’ and will be cautioned not to smoke near the product or spray it on an open flame. Flammable ingredients in deodorant can include alcohol, propane, butane and isobutane, so it’s wise to make sure you store and use yours safely.

Therein lies the rub
Furniture polish is another common product found at home. This too requires caution when it comes to where you keep it. Note warnings on these products stating: ‘flammable’ or ‘pressurised container’. You might find that there is no specific propellant mentioned, but take care to store your polish responsibly to avoid a fire that could destroy your furniture altogether.

Stocked up for summer
The garage shelf often houses some of the products needed for outside maintenance. Chemicals for swimming pools are another common safety hazard. These may serve as oxidisers when in contact with other hydro-carbons or tins of paint you might be storing.

Keep in mind that paint cleaning materials such as thinners as well as paraffin and gas cylinders pose large fire risks as well. Many of us store spare gas supply or keep petrol for lawnmowers or power generators in the garage, along with wood.

All of these are risky – even more so if you also store chemicals, such as those for your pool, close by. If your pool products are housed under a thatched roof structure, risks are heightened even further, as thatch is highly flammable. Make sure that any thatched structures are specified to your insurer.

Sparks may fly
As we head into the thick of summer, warmer weather unfortunately brings with it more mosquitos and flies. For many, bug repellent spray is a summer-survival staple. More descriptive warning labels around the flammable, pressurised contents may come standard with this type of product. However, flammable ingredients are not usually revealed on insect sprays, despite the dangers.

Removing insects is often frustrating, but due to the nature of repellents it’s best to be cautious when doing so.

Keep it all in mind
All of this highlights the scary reality of how easily an accident can happen, as these are products many of us use on any given day. It is in your best interest to stay safe at home and to keep your insurance policy up to date. Remember, if a fire breaks out, it will cost so much more if you are underinsured.

What if you have to rebuild your home and replace all of your contents? Don’t let an unnecessary fire burn your budget or spoil your summer plans – chat to your adviser and ‘fireproof’ your insurance cover.

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SA GOLD INDUSTRY ENTERS FINAL PHASE OF SLOW DEATH

- GENERAL NEWS
Gold industry now employs less than a fifth of the number that used to power the apartheid economy.



The nation’s 130-year-old gold industry is locked in the final stages of a decades-long death spiral. Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
BUSINESS NEWS - Back in 1987, President Cyril Ramaphosa - then a 34-year-old labour union leader - led 300 000 black miners in a strike that symbolised resistance to the apartheid regime.

Now, striking gold workers face a less politically charged battle, but one they can’t win.

The nation’s 130-year-old gold industry - which has produced half the bullion ever mined on Earth - is locked in the final stages of a decades-long death spiral.

Most of South Africa’s gold mines are unprofitable at current prices.

Dwindling output has cut gold’s contribution to little more than 1% of the South African economy, down from 3.8% in 1993 — the year before Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress won the country’s first democratic elections. While the industry’s demise won’t reverberate in the way it once would have, the mines minister has criticised Gold Fields’s plan to cut jobs as the ruling ANC seeks to shore up its base before elections next year.

Mines run by Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold have been halted by strikes over job cuts and wages respectively. Both producers cut their output projections for this year.

South Africa’s gold industry now employs just over 100 000 people, less than a fifth of the number that used to power the apartheid economy. The economic and social impact of a further contraction in the industry will be magnified as every gold miner supports between five and 10 dependents, while creating two jobs elsewhere, according to the country’s Minerals Council.

Higher wages and power prices, combined with the geological challenges of the world’s deepest mines, will mean more job losses and less production in the country over the next five years, said Gold Fields chief executive officer Nick Holland.

“When you work out the math, when you keep doing that year after year, you are going to go out of business very quickly,” Holland said in an interview. “The industry will just continue to see a slow death.”





Sibanye, the country’s biggest producer, faces wage strikes at three of its mines. CEO Neal Froneman acknowledges that pressure is building on the miner to resolve its safety problems after more than 20 fatalities this year. If that can be done, he’s optimistic that South Africa’s gold mines can survive a little longer.

“It’s an industry in decline, yes, and if sunset means the sun setting in 10 years or 15 years, that’s still 10 or 15 years away,” he said in an interview last month. “There is still money to be made.’’

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5 THINGS MAKING HEADLINES IN SA TODAY

- IN GENERAL
KPMG apologises over scandals, PIC inquiry to look into Steinhoff BEE deal, ex-Necsa board to challenge removal. Eskom still a concern, rand update.



KMPG is looking to start 2019 on a clean slate. Photo: Moneyweb


1. KPMG apologises for scandals
KPMG is looking to start 2019 on a new note. The auditor is apologising for its misdeeds and scandals it was involved in and is asking for a second chance to reestablish its brand. A number of companies have dropped KPMG as its auditor after reports and probes revealed that the firm did work with the infamous Gupta family and after a probe found that it released a misleading report on the South African Revenue Service. The firm’s chairman is seeking to win South Africa’s trust back.

2. PIC inquiry to look into Steinhoff BEE deal
The inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation is going beyond the fund manager and will be investigating a BEE deal which concerns fallen retailer, Steinhoff. The inquiry is seeking to look into the PIC’s R9 billion loan to Lancaster 101. The Business Day is reporting that this is one of nine investigations that the inquiry is looking into.

3. Ex-Necsa board to challenge removal in courts
Members of the axed Necsa board are not taking their removal by energy minister, Jeff Radebe lightly. According to the Business Report, the members of the ex-board are planning to take the matter to the High Court in hopes of the minister reversing his decision. Last week, Radebe removed the board over concerns regarding governing issues.

4. Load shedding on pause – for now
The case of Eskom remains a concern to South Africa, but in the latest, the parastatal announced a temporary cancellation of load shedding after two of its generating systems came online. The temporary cancellation holds no long-term promise as Eskom is still fighting to maintain its stockpiles and to find ways to fund its debt.

Public enterprises minister, Pravin Gordhan expects to halt load shedding completely, ahead of the festive season.

5. Rand update
The holiday period is upon us, and it’s time for giving, receiving and rejoicing. There is hope that the rand also joins into the festive spirit by lifting gains, but for now, it’s not quite there. At 7:58, the rand was at R14.19 to the dollar.

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WHY ESKOM CAN’T KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

- IN GENERAL Why Eskom can’t keep the lights



NATIONAL NEWS - Delays in procurement processes to get new coal contracts are behind the latest bout of nationwide load shedding by state power producer Eskom.

The utility’s spokeperson, Khulu Phasiwe, said several power stations were suffering supply shortages as a result of the cancellation of Eskom’s controversial contract with the Gupta-Zuma owned entity Tegeta.

Yesterday, the utility announced stage 1 load shedding as of midday to preserve emergency resources.

“Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website, and to plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place. We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period.

“Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”

The announcement came after an energy analyst predicted the event, warning that Eskom’s stockpiles had declined significantly and the utility was headed towards a supply crisis.

This was despite the fact that the under-construction Medupi Power Station was sitting with a surplus stockpile, which is currently being used to supplement other stations, according to Phasiwe.

“We don’t have a coal problem at Medupi; the problem is at the other stations that were previously supplied by Tegeta.

“There are plans in place to sign 14 new coal contracts and, to date, we have signed 27 contracts in total.

“Hopefully all of these things will be alleviated by then and we are looking at stockpile levels improving by the end of March next year,” Phasiwe said.

Meanwhile, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) was receiving public submissions after the cash-strapped utility applied for a 15% tariff increase in October, which would last for the next three years.

The utility also applied for retroactive shortfall funding via a regulatory clearing account (RCA) application of R21.6 billion for the fifth year (2017/18) of the MYPD 3 period.

The Nersa MYPD (multi-year price determination) methodology requires Eskom, after financial year end, to submit its RCA application to Nersa, based on efficient and prudent costs reflected.

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