South Africa: 2 Men swept off rocks rescued, seriously injured, at Plettenberg Bay – Published 170515 1913z (GMT/UTC)

At 14h18 on Sunday the 17th of May, NSRI Plettenberg bay duty crew were activated following reports from an ex NSRI crewman, Dr. Herman Nel, reporting that he and his family had come across a situation, while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail, where two men had been swept off rocks at Robberg Nature reserve hiking trail. One man was missing and one man seriously injured. The injured man was with some hikers, believed to be from Canada, who had found him.
Dr. Nel began emergency treatment on the 39 year old man who was suffering multiple lacerations, severe bruising to his body, arms and legs, and suspected fractures to an right arm and a leg.
Dr. Nel was able to determine from the 39 year old that he and his 34 year old friend (both from Vanderbijlpark and on holiday in Plettenberg Bay) were taking pictures of the sea. The 39 year old man had walked up a section at Blaas Gat, Robberg Nature Reserve, when a wave swept him off the rocks into the sea.
The 34 year old man, seeing his friend swept off the rocks and into the water had jumped into the water to try to help him but was swept, in very rough sea conditions, into a gulley.
The 39 year old man, had managed to get out of the water onto rocks but having lost sight of his friend, and fearing that his friend had drowned, crawled over rocks towards the beach to try to find help when a group of hikers, believed to be Canadians, came across him and shortly after that Dr. Nel, his wife, his daughter and a friend of his daughter, came across the scene.
Dr. Nel and the daughters friend, Andre Barnard, went in search of the 34 year old man, and during that time they also went to a higher part of “The Island”, at Robberg Nature Reserve, to make a call to NSRI Plettenberg Bay to raise the alarm. At that stage it was reported as a suspected drowning in progress.
Dr. Nel and Andre Barnard then found the 34 year old man in amongst rocks in a gulley in the sea and being battered by swells in a rising sea tide and suffering multiple lacerations, bruising, a head injury and a suspected fractured spine.
Together they managed to move him to higher ground and out of danger.
Dr. Nel was also able to confirm to the responding crews that the missing man had now been found.
At that stage the first of NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue crew who had responded by road were arriving on the scene followed by NSRI crew who had responded by sea aboard the sea rescue craft LEONARD SMITH and by paramedics from WC Government Health EMS and Med-Life ambulance services.
The 34 year old man was in an area that was threatened by the rising high tide and he was secured to a trauma board. Because the rising high tide and rough sea conditions threatened to engulf the area where he was being treated rescuers carried him to a higher point of the Nature Reserve.
The AMS/EMS Skymed helicopter that had been activated from Oudtshoorn was en route to the scene having picked up two NSRI Air Sea Rescue volunteers who had earlier been taking part in an Air Sea Rescue exercise at NSRI Wilderness.
On arrival on the scene the Skymed helicopter static line hoisted the 34 year old man, who was suffering a suspected fractured spine and multiple lacerations and bruising, secured into a specialised hoisting stretcher, to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park where paramedics continued with medical treatment.
The 39 year old man with the suspected fractured arm and leg as well as lacerations and bruising, was then also static line hoisted to the Robberg car park.
The 39 year old man was transported by ambulance to hospital in Plettenberg Bay in a serious but stable condition.
He has been stabilised and is being transferred to hospital in George.
The 34 year old man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in George in a serious but stable condition and has been admitted to surgery. – NSRI
Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

South Africa: Young male surfer, 20, bitten by White Shark in Muizenberg – Multi-agency response – Published 010814 1715z (UTC)

“At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

These pictures are low resolution but are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.

” – NSRI

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.


South Africa: 11 illegal miners rescued from abandoned gold mine shaft in Benoni nr Johannesburg, unknown number refuse to come up fearing arrest – 160214 1725z

Latest: About 10 miners have been rescued alive, more are coming up rapidly

(1554z – Alex Crawford Sky News)
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Emergency and rescue services have been busy for over six hours trying to free trapped illegal miners outside Benoni CBD on Johannesburgs East Rand.

It is understood they were trapped since early yesterday.

Since early this morning paramedics and rescuers joined forces to set up a plan on how to free them. Numerous heavy duty rescue vehicles and equipment was brought to the old mine shaft to stabilise the ground.

Shortly before 15:00 rescue workers managed to lift the first large rock from the small opening and are hopeful that they will be able to reach some of the miners in die course.

According to local Ekhuruleni Metro Police they were patrolling the open veld for illegal dumping when they heard the cries for help. Upon further investigation they found the illegal miners trapped beneath several layers boulders. The officials then called for rescue services.

Rescue services have since tried to remove the boulders and managed to remove one large boulder. They have also tried to send bottles of water down to the trapped miners.

According to the miners, which can only be verbally communicated with, there are 30 of them trapped in the top section and another 200 odd in another section below them. However this is still difficult to confirm.

Disaster vehicles and law enforcement officials have staged on the scene awaiting the miners. They will be assessed and treated should they have any injuries. The police will also be involved.” – ER24 Emergency Services February 16, 2014 15:25 (SA Time)

Update 1557z:

“Emergency workers have succeeded to gain access to the illegal miners trapped underground in Benoni.


Several miners have been brought to surface. As they are being lifted out of the one squared meter hole they are escorted to the medical station where they are checked for any injuries. Once they are cleared they are taken into custody by the local police and EMPD.


It still remains unclear if there is any truth in what the miners have told rescuers that several others are trapped in a separate section of the mine. Once the first group have been brought to the surface, rescue workers will make their way down to inspect and search for other miners.

An eight hour joint affront between numerous services made it possible to rescue these miners” – ER24 Emergency Services February 16, 2014 17:53(SA Time)

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Other Reports

“Rescuers are communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped by fallen boulders below the surface at the old mine site in Benoni.

Rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday.

Werner Vermaak of ER24 emergency services said rescuers were communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped by fallen boulders below the surface at the old mine site in Benoni.

They told us there are about 200 others trapped further below, Vermaak said.

Its an abandoned mine shaft in the middle of the public veld (open fields) … it was not a blocked-off area, he added. No injuries or casualties had been reported so far, Vermaak said.

Heavy equipment had been brought in to try to remove the boulders obstructing the shaft.

Illegal mining of abandoned shafts is common in South Africa, where informal miners excavate mineral ore to be sold to buyers, often living underground in dangerous and precarious conditions. Fatal accidents are common, and underground battles between rival groups have also been reported.

The illegal diggers also sometimes invade active mines. At least 82 men – thought to have been illegal miners – died after an underground fire at a Harmony gold mine in South Africa in 2009.” –

South Africa: NSRI commend crayfish trawler crew for rescue of fisherman in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape – 100913 1015z

“At 19h30 on Monday the 10th of September St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for urgent medical assistance from the Cape Town crayfish trawler, the 58 meter RIGEL IV, reporting that a 30 year old Cape Town crewman had severe injuries after his foot was caught in a rope, while deploying crayfish traps overboard, allegedly causing the fisherman to be pulled overboard by the rope and then pulled underwater by the descending crayfish trap.

The crayfish trawler was deep-sea, believed to be some 25 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay at the time deploying crayfish traps.

The man overboard emergency procedure was activated by the skipper of RIGEL IV.

From what we understand from crew reports the crew were able to cut one of the lines to the descending crayfish trap and then used the line fouled around the fishermans leg to haul him back up to the sea surface. He was then recovered (rescued) back onto the trawler.

As part of the man overboard emergency procedure NSRI St Francis Bay had immediately been notified by the ships company and a sea rescue response was mobilized.

The man had sustained a serious fracture of his left femur and was suffering near drowning symptoms and lapsing in and out of consciousness.

The vessel immediately headed towards St Francis Bay and our NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis Bay was launched to rendezvous with the vessel.

We rendezvoused with the vessel 18 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay, in rough seas of 4.5 meter swells, and two NSRI medics were transferred aboard RIGEL IV where they found the semi conscious patient in a serious condition.

An EC Government Health EMS ambulance was dispatched to stand-by at our sea rescue base.

Crew of the vessel had rendered First-Aid treatment and our NSRI medics continued with medical treatment but sea conditions were too rough to risk transferring the patient across to our sea rescue boat and we instead escorted the trawler towards St Francis Bay while our two NSRI medics stayed onboard the trawler while continuing to render medical treatment.

Once the trawler neared St Francis Bay sea conditions improved and the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue boat and he was brought to our sea rescue base and handed into the care of the EMS paramedics.

The patient has been transported by EMS ambulance to hospital in a serious condition suffering unconsciousness near drowning symptoms and a fractured left femur.

It was reported by the ships Captain that the fisherman had been wearing all safety apparel at the time of the incident, a hard hat, gloves, a life-jacket and protective wear.

The skipper and crew of RIGEL IV are commended for rescuing their crewman from the water in what appear to have been extremely trying circumstances.

The sea rescue operation was completed at 23h30.” – NSRI

Spirit of St Francis II NSRI

Spirit of St Francis II NSRI

12 men dramatically rescued from their fishing trawler that ran aground on ‘Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island’ rocks in storm – 130813 1050z

NSRI: “At 00h04 on Tuesday the13th of August NSRI Table Bay, Melkbosstrand and Bakoven duty crews were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a mayday distress call from the 19.6 meter Hout Bay fishing trawler CLAREMONT with 12 crew onboard reporting to be running aground on the South Western side of Robben Island.

Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said: It appears that the vessel lost motor power and they were drifting ashore in storm seas with 5 to 6 meter breaking swells.

Our Table Bay, Melkbosstrand and Bakoven volunteers launched our sea rescue boats SPIRIT OF VODACOM, ROTARY ENDEAVOR, SPIRIT OF THE VINES and ROTARIAN SCHIPPER and responded to Robben Island.

NSRI Hout Bay and the WC Government Health EMS were placed on high alert.

Telkom Maritime Radio Services provided VHF radio communications for the rescue operation.

NSRI rescue vehicles responded to Signal Hill to assist with communications and a WC Government Health EMS JOC (Joint Operations Command) vehicle was dispatched to assist on Signal Hill.

While responding to the scene the skipper and owner, Marcelino da Silva, 49, from Table View, confirmed that his 11 crew members, all from Hout Bay, had moved to the back of the vessel, only 4 had time to retrieve and don their life-jackets and he reported that he remained in the wheel house while their vessel had waves breaking over the vessel and that they were already in amongst the rocks and the vessel was being battered against rocks and was breaking up.

On arrival on-scene efforts to get the crew off from the sea side, with our NSRI rigid inflatable rescue craft darting in between wave sets under the illumination of white illuminating flares proved fruitless as waves of between 5 to 6 meter sets rolled in forcing our rigid inflatable rescue craft to abandon the efforts each time to avoid being capsized or rammed into rocks.

By this stage it was clear that the crew aboard the casualty vessel were understandably panicking and showing a willingness to take their chances if they abandoned their ship but NSRI controllers, using calm and reassuring voice tones, consoled them over the VHF radios to stay on the relative, although precarious, safety of their ship particularly since only 4 crew members were wearing life-jackets. They were still at that stage a few hundred meters off-shore and their vessel gradually being swept between and over rocks and breaking up as waves crashed over her as she was forced closer to the island.

The Red Cross AMS Skymed 1 helicopter was placed on alert by Metro Control but they could only fly at first light and MRCC (Maritime rescue Coordination Centre) activated the SA Air Force 22 Squadron Oryx helicopters with NSRI station 29 Helicopter rescue unit but they would only become airborne in 2 hours.

The situation intensified when it became clear that the vessel was hard aground on rocks and listing to a 40 degree angle and casualty crew had no further choice and they began to abandon ship under their Captains instruction.

NSRI rescue crews raced into Murray Bay Harbour and summoned the Robben Island Security who mustered their staff, and with an ambulance (that is kept on the island), a mini bus and two bakkies the NSRI crews were driven by the Robben Island security to the side of the island where the casualty crew were abandoning their ship.

The Transnet National Ports Authority activated a Pilot Boat to transport additional NSRI rescue crew, Metro rescue paramedics and rescue and medical equipment, including lighting, to the island from the V&A Waterfront.

WC Government Health EMS ambulances and response paramedics were activated to respond to NSRI Table Bay rescue base to stand-by.

At first only one of the casualty crew managed to get to shore and NSRI rescue swimmers waded, swam and jumped from rock to rock, in between crashing waves to reach the ship where four casualty crew members were found perched on a rock below their listing vessel. They were helped ashore (NSRI rescue swimmers swam them, and helped them over rocks to reach the shore) while wave sets continued to crash over the vessel and over the rescue effort.

In relays all 11 casualty crew were helped ashore by the 8 NSRI rescue swimmers who had gone around to the land side. Only the skipper remained at his wheel house and he reported to require assistance as he was exhausted and he had succumbed to hypothermia. NSRI rescue swimmers were able to retrieve him from the casualty vessel and he too was brought to shore.

By 04h17 all 12 crew members of CLAREMONT were accounted for and ashore on Robben Island. They were transported by Robben Island vehicles to Robben Islands Murray Bay harbour and treatment for hypothermia and shock was commenced.

They were taken aboard SPIRIT OF VODACOM and transported to our sea rescue base at the V&A Waterfront. All 12 men were handed into the care of the Metro ambulance paramedics. They have been transported to Groote Schuur and New Somerset hospitals. All are in stable conditions, for treatment for hypothermia, and two also for treatment for back injuries.

All are men aged between 18 and 52.

The rescue operation was completed at 05h17 today.

SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate any possible environmental impact and any chances of a salvage of the vessel which remains hard aground on Robben Island.

(Credit: All pictures, except Robben Island view, from NSRI)


The skipper ( left) and crew from the fishing boat Claremont on the Rescue Boat Spirit of Vodacom after their ordeal. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Pictu

The skipper ( left) and crew from the fishing boat Claremont on the Rescue Boat Spirit of Vodacom after their ordeal. Picture pat Van Eyssen / NSRI.

The NSRI boat Spirit of Vodacom enters Table Bay harbour after the rescue.

The NSRI boat Spirit of Vodacom enters Table Bay harbour after the rescue.

The Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Spirit of the Vines enter Table Bay after the rescue.

The Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Spirit of the Vines enter Table Bay after the rescue.

Crew from the fishing boat Claremont come ashore after their ordeal.

Crew from the fishing boat Claremont come ashore after their ordeal. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI.


The skipper of the fishing boat Claremont comes ashore at the Table Bay rescue base.

The skipper of the fishing boat Claremont comes ashore at the Table Bay rescue base. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI.

Kobus Meyer, Coxswain of Spirit of the vines shows the damage to his rescue boat during the rescue. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

Kobus Meyer, Coxswain of Spirit of the Vines, shows the damage to his rescue boat during the rescue. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

NSRI volunteer Kim Germishuys hugs Coxswain Kobus Meyer after the dramatic rescue. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

NSRI volunteer Kim Germishuys hugs Coxswain Kobus Meyer after the dramatic rescue. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

Robben Island as viewed from Table Moutain / South Africa, Cape Town Feb-2005. (Photo: Stephantom/ Click photo for more on Robben Island

South Africa: Crew rescued from grounded bulk carrier off Walker Pt, Buffels Bay – 080813 1320z

Crew evacuated from bulk carrier



All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture NSRI.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout.




At 10h02 all 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter in relays.


Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, said: The rescue helicopter hoisted NSRI helicopter rescue swimmers onto the ships deck where they instructed crew on the procedure to be hoisted into the helicopter by winch hoist using under arm harnesses.


Once they were safely airlifted to the beach, because of the terrain, they were then ferried by our NSRI sea rescue vehicles to a parking area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve where the Nature Conservation office was taken over as a rescue operations control point.


WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Police Sea Borderline are also in attendance.


The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals, are handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated.


Only minor injuries were sustained to two crew members of the ship, a laceration to a hand and one with a minor ankle injury, but they do not require to go to hospital and were treated on-scene by paramedics. None of the remaining crew of the casualty vessel were injured and all 19 crew are accounted for and safe.


The ship had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds.. The decision was taken by the ships Captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.


SAMSA officials remain on-scene and the bulk carrier,fully laden with rice, will be assessed for salvage and efforts to prevent an environmental risks.


NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wildreness have now stood down and are returning to base and NSRI Mossel Bay have been taken off high alert as no further rescue assistance is required.


NSRI Commend the efforts of NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness crew and the Titan helicopter for the efforts of saving the crew of KIANI SATU today.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture NSRI.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout/NSRI.






All 19 crew members of the 165 meter rice bulk carrier container ship KIANI SATU are being evacuated off the casualty ship in relays by NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness sea rescue boats.


Once safely ashore the crew will be processed and handed into the care of Police and Tourism officials. No injuries have been sustained.


The first 9 crew members were brought safely ashore at 09h34.


Environmental risks are being assessed by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) and efforts will be made to salvage the ship.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.




WALKER POINT, BUFFELS BAY Thursday, 08th August, 2013. Ship at risk:


At 03h39 on Thursday the 8th of August NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of theKIANI SATU, a 165 meter rice bulk carrier container ship, at risk of running aground at Walker Bay, between Knysna and Sedgefield with 19 crew members aboard who are believed to be Filipino and Ukranian nationals.


Our Knysna volunteers responded towing our sea rescue craft JAYTEE III and SPIRIT OF KYC and NSRI Wilderness volunteer sea rescue duty crew were also activated and they have towed their sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROTARY 100 and SERENDIPITY and our NSRI rescue crews are standing-by at Walker Point ready to launch to rescue the 19 crew if that becomes necessary. The Red Cross AMS Skymed 2 helicopter at George Airport is also on high alert accompanied by NSRI helicopter rescue swimmers to respond if it becomes necessary.


According to SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) the salvage vessel SMIT AMANDLA was dispatched from Cape Town in the early hours of this morning and is expected to reach the scene at nightfall today.


NSRI are poised on the shore ready to spring into action if it becomes necessary.


The ship, sailing from Cape Town, to Gabon, appears to have run into motor mechanical problems yesterday. A tug boat, the Fairmont Glazier, were dispatched to assist and is onscene. In 5 meter swells and gusting to 45 knot onshore Westerly winds the casualty vessel KIANI SATU has dragged anchor and they are now lying about half a nautical mile off-shore and her anchor is currently holding.


Fog has descended further hampering the stand-by rescue operation. There are no direct access points for media on the scene and media are respectfully requested to hold back and not approach as the coastline in the area is dangerous and the ship cannot be viewed from shore.


The Captain is not willing to have his crew leave the ship at this stage and NSRI on-scene Commander Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, is in agreement that unless the situation turns worse it is unnecessary to evacuate crew in the dark under these sea conditions.


Media are respectfully requested to NOT call NSRI by phone on the scene and to liaise only via NSRI Communications at 0823803800.


This is a tense situation and our NSRI rescue resources on the scene cannot have communications tied up.




At this stage all crew onboard the trawler are safe and decisions on further action are being assessed.


Further updates will follow periodically as the morning progresses.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

South Africa: Drama for lifeboatman as yacht hits reef and grounds at Cebe, on the Transkei Coast. Crew and dog wore life-jackets, safely ashore – 040813 1810z

“At 06h15 on Sunday the 4th of August NSRI East London volunteers were activated following reports of the 36 foot yacht BOUNDLESS reporting to have run aground at Cebe, approximately 450 km by road from East London, on the Transkei Coast.


Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said: The crew, a husband and wife, Graham and Sheryl Anley, and their Jack-Russel dog Rosie, all wearing life-jackets (the dog wearing a specially tailored dog life-jacket which has its own emergency strobe light attached), had managed to swim to shore safely after their boat hit a reef in the early hours of this morning and they raised the alarm after reaching shore.


Graham is an NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer.


We dispatched an EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter and on arrival on-scene they found the crew and dog safely ashore and not injured and the yacht severely damaged and high and dry on the high water mark.


Sherryl and Rosie were airlifted by the EMS rescue helicopter to our East London sea rescue base and a family back-packers lodge near to the scene are assisting Graham.


The EMS rescue helicopter crew had assisted to secure the yacht to the shore and personal belongings have been recovered from the yacht prior to departing for East London.


Efforts will be made by the couple to to arrange to salvage what they can of their yacht.


Sheryl and Rosie will return to the scene today and they will be assisted by the family of the back-packers lodge and take a few days to assess the situation and salvage what they can of the yacht.


Graham and Sheryl have respectively requested not to be contacted by media and NSRI will field any questions.


Graham told us they were headed on a 3 month break to Madagascar. Off Transkei they ran into very rough weather with wave heights of 7 meters which, despite their lowering sails and going onto motor power, eventually dragged their boat ashore and onto a reef.
As the incident happened Graham sent a Mayday radio distress call and activated the EPIRB (Global Positioning Distress beacon) but they were immediately forced to abandon ship and he first swam Rosie ashore safely before returning for his wife whose safety line had snagged on the steering gear.
Once safely ashore he raised the alarm by cell-phone.
Graham admits it is humbling, after 22 years as an NSRI volunteer, to have the shoe on the other foot and need to be rescued.

NSRI have expressed our delight that they are safe.” – NSRI

36 foot yacht BOUNDLESS (Photo: NSRI)


“The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a voluntary non-profit organization in South Africa tasked with saving lives at sea. It consists of 32 coastal stations and 3 inland stations serviced by 980 volunteers equipped with 92 rescue craft and 27 vehicles. [1]

The NSRI works closely with other Search and rescue organisations in South Africa, including the South African Search and Rescue Organisation, VEMA High Angle Rescue in KwaZulu Natal, the South African Navy and the South African Air Force to coordinate air-sea rescue as well as rescue on land.” –

South Africa: Nelson Mandela ‘Stable’ And ‘Trying To Open Eyes’ – 270613 2000z

“Mandela’s fate lies with God” – Mandla 2013-06-27 21:17



Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela‘s condition is stable though still critical, as the presidency announced, his grandson Mandla Mandela said on Thursday.

“Every improvement in my grandfather’s health is cause for celebration for many of us,” he said in a statement.


He continued to be heartened by the messages of support for the ailing icon, but was disappointed by the few who continued to spread rumours about his health.


“I call upon those responsible to desist from spreading mischievous rumours about Madiba‘s state of health. Our government has been keeping all of us informed in this regard and there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information they provide to the public,” he said.


“At the end of the day my grandfather’s fate, like that of everyone else, lies with God and our ancestors.”


Mandla Mandela visited his grandfather in hospital earlier on Thursday.


He said the family continued to be grateful to government, the ANC, and the doctors in charge of Mandela’s health during “this difficult period”.


The presidency announced around mid-afternoon on Thursday that Mandela’s condition had improved during the night.


According to the presidency’s statement: “President Jacob Zuma visited former president Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba‘s condition has improved during the course of the night.


“He remains critical, but is now stable,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.



Mandela ‘Stable’ And ‘Trying To Open Eyes’

SKY NEWS 6:07pm UK, Thursday 27 June 2013

The President says Nelson Mandela’s condition has improved overnight, as the icon’s daughter slams media “vultures”.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter has hit out at “racists” and “vultures” in the media, as the presidency says the anti-apartheid icon has improved overnight.

After visiting him in his Pretoria hospital,Makaziwe Mandelasaid her father – who is reportedly no longer able to breathe unassisted – is still “very critical”.

“Anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is,” she told the public broadcaster SABC.

“I won’t lie, it doesn’t look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes.

“He’s still there. He might be waning off, but he’s still there.”

She also criticised the “crass” media frenzy, likening the media to vultures.

White balloons released outside Nelson Mandela hospital
Balloons were released outside the hospital

“It’s like truly vultures waiting when a lion has devoured a buffalo, waiting there you know for the last carcasses, that’s the image that we have as a family,” she said.

“And we don’t mind the interest but I just think that it has gone overboard.”

She also accused the foreign media of “a racist element” by crossing cultural boundaries.

“They violate all boundaries,” she said.

“Is it because we’re an African country that people just feel they can’t respect any laws of this country, they can violate everything in the book? I just think it’s in bad taste, it’s crass.”

Nelson Mandela are hung up at a mass prayer meeting  at Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha in Cape Town
Mandela pictures are hung up at a mass prayer meeting at a Cape Town school

Her comments come as South African President Jacob Zumaalso visited Mr Mandela, saying the ailing former leader remained critical but stable.

“He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job,” MrZuma said in a statement.

The President abruptly cancelled a trip to Mozambique after making a late night visit to the revered former leader.

It is the first time Mr Zuma has scrapped a public engagement since Mr Mandela entered hospital on June 8.

South Africans have been praying, singing and dancing outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was taken with a recurring lung infection.

Crowds gathered outside Mr Mandela's hospital in Pretoria
Crowds have been singing and dancing outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital

Sky News Correspondent Alex Crawford, who is outside the hospital, said the mood is celebratory.

A group of children released 95 white balloons after praying for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“There seems to be a determined effort to actually celebrate what Nelson Mandela has achieved throughout his life and pay homage to the fact that he is engaged in yet another fight right to the end,” Crawford said.

US President Barack Obama, who is in Senegal for his first significant tour of Africa,has paid tribute to Mr Mandela, saying he is a “hero for the world”whose legacy will live on throughout the ages.

Mr Obama is planning to visit South Africa on Friday as part of his African tour.

Barack Obama
Mr Obama says Mr Mandela is a “hero for the world”

The White House has said that it will defer to MrMandela’s family over whether the President would visit his political hero in hospital.

The two men met in 2005 when Mr Obama was a newly elected senator and the former South African president was in Washington and have spoken by telephone since.

They have not met in person since then, although Michelle Obama met with Mr Mandela during a trip in 2011.

South Africa: Fishing vessel lost in fog, 3 fishermen rescued in Hout Bay by NSRI – 250513 1130z

Fishing vessel lost in fog, 3 fishermen rescued in Hout Bay



The fishing boat is recovered at Hout Bay. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI

The fishing boat is recovered at Hout Bay. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI


At 17h03 on Friday the 24th of May Hout Bay volunteers were called out by the Transnet National Ports Authority to assist a small fishing boat, with 3 local Hout Bay fishermen onboard, lost in dense fog and believed to be in the vicinity of Cape Point.


Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said: Our duty crew launched NADINE GORDIMER and ALBIE MATTHEWS and a search commenced in dense fog for the boat. The three fishermen had only a vague idea of where they could be based on their estimated compass direction that they had travelled from Hout Bay and the length of time and speed that they had been underway.


The fishermen had run out of fuel and were adrift in 35 meters depth of water with only a 25 meter length anchor chain so the usual procedure of getting them to put to anchor and wait for the fog to lift was not an option.


Based on the information available we narrowed down the search area to between the shoreline and 3 nautical miles out to sea, between Kommetjie and Cape Point. While searching in this area we found the fishermen at approximately 22h00 just over 3 nautical miles off Soetwater (between Kommetjie and Cape Point). A tow-line was rigged and we towed them safely to Hout Bay harbour, arriving just after midnight.


NSRI are urging boaters to carry all safety equipment required including GPS (Global Positioning System) device and to check weather forecasts before launching particularly on the West Coast which sees dense fog conditions regularly during winter months.


The NSRI volunteers with the three fishermen. A small fishing boat, with 3 local Hout Bay fishermen onboard, were lost in dense fog and believed to be off Cape Point. They were rescued by Hout Bay NSRI. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI

The NSRI volunteers with the three fishermen and their family members who were waiting for them. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI


Nadine Gordimer off Hout Bay.

Nadine Gordimer off Hout Bay.


South Africa: NSRI call outs for Mossel Bay and Gordons Bay; Fisherman with chest pains and missing person search – 230513 1300z

Picture Ian Hamilton/NSRI

NSRI volunteers on Mpho assist a fisherman suffering from chest pains. Picture Ian Hamilton/NSRI.

Mossel Bay:

At 19h33 on Wednesday the 22nd of May NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the fishing trawler MPHO reporting a 55 year old local fisherman onboard suffering chest pains.

Judd Smook, NSRI Mossel Bay deputy station commander, said: Our duty crew launched VODACOM RESCUER II and accompanied by two ER24 paramedics and we rendezvoused with MPHO 10 nautical miles off-shore in 2 to 3 meter swells and a gusting 50 knot South Easterly wind.

A NSRI rescuer and the two ER24 paramedics were put aboard MPHO where they treated the fisherman for a suspected heart attack.

They remained on MPHO, which was escorted to Port, and once safely in the Mossel Bay harbour the patient was taken off the trawler and transported to hospital by an ER24 ambulance in a stable but serious condition. He is being treated by doctors.

Gordons Bay:

At 13h51 on Wednesday on 22nd May NSRI Gordons Bay volunteers were activated to assist Police who were looking for a man who was suspected to have gone missing in the surf along the Strand shoreline.

A fisherman had noticed the man going for a swim but after the bather failed to return to collect his clothing (which was left on the beach) the fisherman raised the alarm.

An extensive sea and shore search commenced with NSRI sea rescue craft, a sea rescue quad bike, Police and a Police Dive Unit but after no sign of the man could be found and with no reports of anyone overdue or missing and no further information to go on the search was suspended at 17h00. Police will continue to monitor the situation to see if anyone is reported overdue or missing but there is no reason to believe at this stage that the man is missing in the sea.

It remains unknown why the clothing was left on the beach.

NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay.

(Video credit: Ian Chamberlain)

Published on 31 Jul 2012

NSRI is manned by 980 volunteer women and men at 32 rescue bases around the coast and at 3 rescue bases on inland dams.

Donations, bequests, sponsorships, debit orders and fund raising cover the annual running cost of R25m.

NSRI volunteers save NSRI a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum.

NSRI began in 1967 as a humanitarian service at no charge to the public.

Their assets include 92 sea rescue boats of various sizes and 27 4×4 sea rescue vehicles.


NSRI – Saving Lives at Sea

(Video credit: paddyd2)

Uploaded on 20 Oct 2011

Directed by Bradley Janssen – 5mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies. Rhodes University.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a volunteer organisation specialising in ocean rescue on South African waters; and the crew members of Station 11 NSRI Port Alfred are on call 24/7 365. Their recent chokka boat rescue on 5 June 2011 saved nine crew from being entombed in their ship’s hull. Now, we delve deeper and catch a few rides to reveal the story of those who save lives by risking their own. Grab a wetsuit, life jacket and hang on! (photos by Sea Rescue)

Seeking African asylum where gays are beaten, raped


The ugly side of Capetown through the eyes of a gay asylum-seeker

While many flocked into South Africa for the World Cup and job opportunities, his only reason was to seek protection from persecution by his family and the wider society back home.

When he fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2010, hoping to start a new life away from the people baying for his blood, he did not envisage the anguish and terror that was to befall him. He endured discrimination at the refugee camp in Capetown, then suffered an attempted rape by a police officer and a brutal assault by a homophobic man.

Such is the plight of Junior Mayema, 25, a gay man seeking refuge in South Africa.  Although neither his native country nor his country of refuge is one of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexual activity, both are inhospitable to LGBT…

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South Africa: Teen dies after being told he was not gay and ‘beaten’ at camp that ‘makes men out of boys’ – 240413 2045z

“Raymond Buys, who had learning difficulties, was admitted to hospital and put on life support two months into a three-month training course run by Alex de Kokers Echo Wild Game Rangers in the bush an hour south of Johannesburg.

(Photo: Raymond Buys ((left)

He was severely emaciated and dehydrated, had brain damage, a broken arm and bruises, and cigarette burns all over his body. His mother was told that the chances of him surviving were virtually zero. He died two weeks later.

I sent my son on this course to make him a better man, to give him a better future, Wilma Buys told The Daily Telegraph. I trusted Alex de Koker with his life.

Mr de Koker, 49, and employee Michael Erasmus, 20, are currently on trial for charges of murder, child abuse and neglect, along with two cases of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in relation to Mr Buys death.

His death is alleged to have been the third among the mainly Afrikaans children who attended the R22,000 (1,500) courses run by Mr de Koker, who was reportedly a member of murdered white supremacist Eugene Terreblanches Iron Guards movement.

In 2007, 25-year-old Erich Calitz died from severe brain injuries, according to Afrikaans newspaper Rapport. The same year, 19-year-old Nicholas van der Walt died at the same training camp being run in Swartruggens in the Northwest province.

Mr Calitzs sister Mathilda Groenwald told Johannesburgs Star newspaper that her brother was slightly brain-damaged and struggled to hold down jobs. She told the paper he was beaten when he asked to quit the camp, adding: Alex (de Koker) told him that he wasnt gay and he would make a man out of him.

Mr de Koker was handed a suspended sentence in 2009 over Mr Calitzs death but escaped charges for Mr van der Walts death, which was ruled to have been caused by a heart attack.

Mrs Buys said her son had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and was struggling at school. The course had been recommended to her by a friend. When she went to see Mr de Koker, he told her he could help her son find a job in the wildlife trade.

She said that her son started the course on January 12, 2011. Over the next two months, she said, she spoke to Mr Buys just three times and was told by Mr de Koker that he was self-harming.

Raymond was only allowed to speak to me on speakerphone, she said. When I asked him why he was hurting himself, he told me Mum, Im not doing it to myself.

Mr de Koker rang Mrs Buys on March 23 to say her son had been admitted to hospital for tests. When she arrived, she found that he was dying.

This week, during the trial of the two men at Vereeneging District Court, a boy who shared a tent with Mr Buys sobbed as he recalled how recruits carried out manual labour including cutting grass with machetes and stacking stones to build a dam.

Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, said Mr Buys was chained to his bed after he tried to escape and, forbidden from going to the bathroom, repeatedly soiled himself, according to a report in Beeld newspaper.

He was said to have told the court that on one occasion, when Mr Buys went to the toilet in a field while the recruits worked, he was forced to eat his own faeces.

On another, Mr Oosthuizen said, after Mr Buys tipped over a container of washing powder, he was forced to eat what he had spilled and vomited foam.

He said Mr Buys was beaten with planks, sticks and plastic pipes when he failed to work, the paper reported.

He was said to have claimed that he had once seen Mr Buys in a hut at the camp with a pillowcase over his head, being shocked with a stun gun by Mr de Koker and Mr Erasmus.

He screamed I was scared and ran away, the newspaper quoted the witness as saying.

Both Mr de Koker and Mr Erasmus have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case continues.” – Aislinn Laing


“Raymond Buys, wat leerprobleme het, is in die hospitaal opgeneem en het op die lewe ondersteuning twee maande in ‘n drie-maande opleidingskursus wat deur Alex de Koker se Echo Wild Game Rangers in die bos ‘n uur suid van Johannesburg.

Hy was erg uitgeteer en ontwater, het breinskade, ‘n gebreekte arm en kneusplekke, en sigaret brandwonde oor sy liggaam. Sy ma is meegedeel dat die kanse van hom oorlewende was “feitlik nul”. Hy het twee weke later.

“Ek het my seun op hierdie kursus te maak vir hom ‘n beter man, om te gee hom ‘n beter toekoms,” het Wilma Buys het The Daily Telegraph. “Ek vertrou Alex de Koker met sy lewe.”

Mnr de Koker, 49, en die werknemer Michael Erasmus, 20, is tans op verhoor vir die aanklagte van moord, kindermishandeling en verwaarlosing, saam met twee gevalle van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer met betrekking tot Mnr Buys se dood.

Sy dood is na bewering die derde plek onder die hoofsaaklik Afrikaanse kinders wat die R22, 000 ( 1500) kursusse wat deur mnr de Koker, wat na bewering ‘n lid van die vermoorde wit supremacist Eugene Terreblanche se Yster Guards beweging bygewoon.

In 2007, 25-jarige Erich Calitz gesterf het ernstige brein beserings, volgens Afrikaanse koerant Rapport. In dieselfde jaar, 19-jarige Nicholas van der Walt is op dieselfde oefenkamp wat loop in Swartruggens in die Noordwes-provinsie.

Mnr Calitz se suster Mathilda Groenwald ges Johannesburg se Star koerant dat haar broer was effens brein beskadig en het gesukkel om te hou werk. Sy het aan die koerant ges hy is geslaan toe hy gevra is om die kamp te sluit, en voeg by: “Alex (de Koker) het vir hom ges dat hy nie gay en hy sal ‘n man maak van hom.”

Mnr de Koker is oorhandig ‘n opgeskorte vonnis in 2009 oor die heer Calitz se dood, maar ontsnap koste vir die eienaar van der Walt se dood, wat was beslis te gewees het wat veroorsaak word deur ‘n hartaanval.

Mev Buys het ges haar seun het gediagnoseer is met Aandaggebrek-hiperaktiwiteitsindroom en sukkel om by die skool. Die kursus is aanbeveel om haar by ‘n vriend. Toe sy mnr de Koker om te sien, het hy aan haar ges hy kan help om haar seun ‘n werk in die wild handel.

Sy het ges dat haar seun het die kursus begin op 12 Januarie 2011. Oor die volgende twee maande, het sy ges, sy het aan mnr Buys net drie keer – en is meegedeel deur mnr de Koker dat hy self-benadeel.

“Raymond is slegs toegelaat om te praat met my op speaker,” het sy ges. “Toe ek hom vra hoekom hy seer het, het hy vir my ges ‘Mamma, ek doen dit nie vir myself’.”

Mnr de Koker lui mev Buys op 23 Maart om te s haar seun het die hospitaal opgeneem vir toetse. Toe sy aangekom het, het sy gevind het dat hy sterwend was.

Hierdie week, tydens die verhoor van die twee mans by Vereeneging District Court, ‘n seuntjie wat ‘n tent met Mnr gedeel Buys huil as hy onthou hoe rekrute uitgevoer handearbeid insluitend sny gras met pangas en stapel klippe ‘n dam te bou.

Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, s mnr Buys was vasgeketting aan sy bed nadat hy probeer het om te ontsnap en verbied om te gaan na die badkamer, herhaaldelik vuil homself, volgens ‘n berig in Beeld koerant.

Hy was ges het aan die hof ges dat op een geleentheid, toe mnr Buys het na die toilet in ‘n veld terwyl die rekrute gewerk het, is hy gedwing om sy eie ontlasting te eet.

Op ‘n ander, Mnr Oosthuizen het ges, nadat mnr Buys gestort oor ‘n houer van waspoeier, hy was gedwing om te eet wat hy gestort en gebraak skuim.

Hy het ges mnr Buys is geslaan met planke, stokke en plastiek pype toe hy versuim het om te werk, het die koerant berig.

Hy was ges het beweer dat hy een keer gesien het mnr Buys in ‘n hut by die kamp met ‘n kussingsloop oor sy kop, geskok met ‘n stun gun deur mnr de Koker en mnr Erasmus.

“Hy het geskree … Ek was bang en het weggehardloop,” het die koerant aangehaal die getuie ges.

Beide mnr de Koker en mnr Erasmus het onskuldig gepleit op die aanklagte. Die saak duur voort. “- Aislinn Laing

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Raymond Buys, 15, dies after hell camp

Afrikaans youth tortured and starved for 10 weeks, says his mother; third death at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp run by Alex de Koker two deaths were recorded on death certificates as natural deaths

source: Riaan Bam 25 April 2011 Sondag tabloid, South Africa

BUYS RAYMOND DEAD AFTER HELLCAMP TORTURE 25APRIL2011 SONApril 21 2011 VEREENIGING. Raymond Buys, the fifteen-year-old Afrikaans youth who was rushed to hospital iDE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIEDn severely emaciated condition after a ten-week stay at Echo Wild Game Rangers, a controversial game-warden-training camp run by rightwinger Alex de Koker, has died Wednesday-night in a Vereeniging hospital according to journalist Riaan Bam of the Sondag tabloid. This is the third death recorded at this camp. The deaths have been recorded as natural deaths.

Camp cures femine traits in male youths

This is the third death occurring at this camp since 2007. Parents with affeminate youths can enrol their children in the camp for R1,500 a month to make men out of them.

In 2007, Eric Calitz, 18, and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also died. Alex de Koker and two assistants were arrested for these days, and released on very low bail amounts by the Swartruggens magistrates court. The then-national police commissioner claimed that the camp was being investigated for right-wing militia training activities. Its not known what has happened to this case.

Young Buys fought for his life in the intensive care unit for the past four weeks . A post-mortem examination and an inquest will be held into the cause of death. A week earlier, Echo Wild Game Rangers manager Alex de Koker (right) testified in the local court in front of the clearly horrified magistrate Bruno van Eeden, that the injuries sustained by the young Buys, who was healthy and unblemished before he entered the costly training course, were ’caused by Raymond himself, for instance when he ran against the pump-house.

Pictures submitted by the parents to the court however showed the steady deterioration of the Afrikaans youngster after his parents dropped him off at De Kokers smallholding on 12 January 2011 until they rushed him to hospital ten weeks later. On the first photos before he started his training camp, Raymond was a healthy, cheerful and unblemished youth. His steady deterioration over the next two and a half months turned him into a walking skeleton, with numerous injuries.

His mother Wilna and her fiancee Gys Nezar told Sondag journalist Riaan Bam that her son fought bravely for his life and that he now is with dear Jesus.

Two Afrikaans youths also died in 2007 at camp:

In 2007, 18-year-old Eric Calitz and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also got the chance to train as a game ranger and earn R5,000 a month and grabbed it. Both young Afrikaners died at Alex de Kokers camp. De Koker was arrested for the Calitz and Van der Walt deaths and released on R10 000 bail. He and two of his alleged lieutenants Jacques Mans and are facing trial, it was reported in 207, for the brutal murder of 18-year-old Calitz on January 31 2007. After Calitz died, while training with 14 others in Swartruggens, in North West, his family received an SMS telling them he had died of a heart attack

Inexplicably, Alex de Koker, 43, the chief executive of Echo Wild Game Rangers, assistants Bianca Pronk, 18, and Jacques Mans, 18, were granted very low bail at the Swartruggens magistrates court on April 18 2007. Pronk and Mans were relesed on R5,000 bail each, while De Koker was granted R10,000 bail. Police say Eric Calitz, the victim, was allegedly assaulted to death during so-called game ranger training in Swartruggens in January. In a statement issued by the office of the national police commissioner, police confirmed they suspect the paramilitary-style training presented on the course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation. Police are also probing the death of another man who reportedly died during the same training session.

The late Mr Calitz’s sister, Mathilda Groenewald, was informed he had died as a result of bleeding on the brain. A devastated Groenewald and her husband Henno spoke to The Star, saying that Calitz was very impressionable, slightly brain damaged and struggled to keep down a job because he was born slightly brain-damaged after he was born too early. “He was hit, burnt and wounded,” Groenewald said. “It’s beyond sick – it’s psychopathic.”Another youth, 19-year-old Nicolaas van der Walt, also died at the camp. Groenewald claims he was beaten and had a car seatbelt tied around his neck before being dragged “from the lake to the camp”.
Calitz’s murder, Groenewald said, was sparked by his asking De Koker if he could quit the camp.
‘What did Eric do to deserve this?’

You arent a moffie

“Alex (de Koker) told him (Calitz) that he wasn’t a moffie (gay) and he would make a man out of him.”
Groenewald said her brother was a “miracle baby” who was born three months premature, died in the incubator and was brought back to life. This, unfortunately, had left him brain damaged and he never finished school. She recalled that the only jobs her brother could keep were basic security guard ones where he would earn about R1,500 a month. According to Groenewald, Van der Walt could afford the camp entrance fee of R10,000 — but her brother could not. He arranged to work off the debt and signed a two-year contract. He had been lured in by their brother Brian Calitz, 31, who was working as an instructor in the camp. Brian is now co-operating with the police. “When they went to the camp, their cellphones were confiscated. He just disappeared,” Groenewald said.

Police will have to investigate how these deaths were declared natural.. SAPF spokeswoman Sally de Beer

Calitz’s mother, according to Groenewald, is shattered and is undergoing counselling. She said the family suspected the camp was a recruitment centre for the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging’s Ystergarde (Iron Guard). “It is suspected that the paramilitary-style training presented on this course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation,” said police spokeswoman Director Sally de Beer. De Koker, 43, had been advertising the training camps since the middle of last year, police said. The business was operating from a Vereeniging farm. Although they won’t confirm it, police will now have to investigate how it came to be that the deaths were declared natural. “Every aspect of the deaths will be thoroughly investigated,” was all De Beer was willing to say.

Suspects arrested without any weapons on them:

It is understood that about 13 people were involved in running the training camp, including Bianca Pronk and Jacques Mans, who were arrested with De Koker. The trainees were taught various military skills, such as leopard crawling, and were conditioned to walk and run long distances. Part of their training was apparently a two-day vasbyt (endurance march). Police detectives from the national Violent Organised Crimes Unit swooped in on their suspects the weekend before last. De Koker and Pronk were arrested in East London on Friday night while Mans was apprehended on a farm near Henderson, in the Eastern Cape. “He (De Koker) was very surprised,” the source said. None of the suspects resisted arrest and no weapons were found in their possession. Pronk and Mans were released on R5,000 bail the following Monday while De Koker remained behind bars. On Tuesday, despite the state objecting, he was released on bail. He wasn ordered not to leave Gauteng and not to apply for a passport.

AWB wants to sue training camp organiser Alex de Koker

DE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIED Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Steyn van Ronge wants to sue Alex de Koker (left), who runs the controversial game-warden training camp where 15-year-old Raymond Buys emerged in such emaciated, abused condition that he died in a Vereeniging hospital on Wednesday, April 21 2011.

Van Ronge accused De Koker of deliberately discrediting the AWB by using the organisations logos and flags to lure people to his training camp but that the AWB have nothing to do with this and that De Koker isnt even a member.

Sondag reported a week earlier that De Koker issued all his trainee-rangers with AWB-membership cards which, allegedly in his words, made them untouchable.

Van Ronge is livid, telling Sondag that he issued those cards all by himself and is demonising the AWB. We dont even know anything about all these things Ronge told to Sondag. We are talking to our attorneys to undertake legal action against him. He is linking our organisation to his criminal behaviour and this is just rubbish.

Raymond de Koker: background:

Aug 17 2010 — Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld JohannesburgFarmers next to the Vaal River and residents of Parys are fed-up with Groenpunt Prison’s “refuse” which is being dumped into the river. They complain that pieces of pork meat, blood, stomach contents, sewerage and old dishwater has for several months been running into the Vaal River from the jail.

The file-smelling waste ran into the river about 7km downstream from the Vaal Dam. Alex de Koker from Ecowild, a non-governmental organisation which looked after the interests of about 52 farmers with farms on the edge of the Vaal River, said he didn’t know “where to go with his complaints”. Three departments were in charge of matters at Groenpunt. The department of correctional services looked after the prisoners wellbeing, water affairs made sure water licences were abided to and public works maintained the infrastructure.

Bokkie Redelinghuys, acting head of the prison, said on Monday that there was “a problem” but that it had been fixed. “One of the pumps of the sewage works broke and some stuff ran into the Vaal River. But correctional services fixed it.”

But when De Koker and other reliable sources went to investigate on Sunday, the situation was unchanged. De Koker said he had been complaining about the matter since May. Groenpunt had its own feeding pen with about 4 000 pigs. They were apparently slaughtered on the premises. Redelinghuys said he was not aware of this as he had only been the acting head of the prison for two months. Beeld learnt that some of the prisoners and their family members had also complained about unhygienic conditions to Rand Water.

Gregg Mulzack, head of communications at Rand Water, said it was no concern of his what was going on at Groenpunt. When Beeld pointed out to him that drinking water for Gauteng was sometimes (even if it was in small amounts) taken from the Vaal Barrage, he said the reporter “was becoming ridiculous”.Water tests done by Rand Water on Monday showed no signs of any harmful bacteria or viruses, he said.

A scientist said such unhygienic conditions (like those at Groenpunt) were an ideal breeding ground for viruses like giardia and cryptosporidium. Water tests sometimes did not immediately show the presence of these viruses. “If the same water is tested two or three days later, it could possibly pick up the viruses.”

Annalien Burger, chair of Save the Vaal in Parys, said she was shocked to hear of all the rubbish that Groenpunt was dumping in the Vaal River. “Don’t they know it is Parys’s drinking water that they are messing with? We don’t have all of Rand Water’s technology. Ngwathe (the municipality serving Parys) tries to purify its own water, but it is struggling.” The department of water affairs was not available for comment.” –


Raymond Buys, 15, sterf na die hel kampAfrikaanse jeug ‘gemartel en uitgehonger’ vir 10 weke, s sy ma, derde dood by die Echo Wild Game Rangers kamp gelei deur Alex de Koker … twee sterftes is aangeteken op doodsertifikate as ‘natuurlike sterftes’ …
bron: Riaan Bam 25 April 2011 ‘Sondag’ koerant, Suid-Afrika

BUYS RAYMOND dood nadat HELLCAMP MARTELING 25APRIL2011 SEUN “21 April 2011 -. VEREENIGING Raymond Buys, die vyftien-jaar-ou Afrikaanse jeug wat na die hospitaal IDE Koker ALEX gehaas is RAN hel kamp YOUTH DIEDn erg uitgeteer toestand na ‘n tien-week verblyf by Echo Wild Game Rangers, ‘n omstrede se spel-hoof-oefenkamp ‘loop deur regse Alex de Koker, gesterf het Woensdag-aand in ‘n hospitaal Vereeniging volgens joernalis Riaan Bam van die Sondag koerant. Dit is die derde dood aangeteken by die kamp Die sterftes het. is aangeteken as ‘natuurlike sterftes.

Camp genees ‘femine eienskappe “in die manlike jeugdiges …

Dit is die derde dood wat op hierdie kamp sedert 2007. Ouers met ‘affeminate’ jeugdiges kan inskryf om hul kinders in die kamp vir R1, 500 per maand aan ‘maak mense uit hulle.

In 2007, Eric Calitz, 18 en Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, het ook gesterf. Alex de Koker en twee assistente is in hegtenis geneem vir hierdie dae, en wat vrygestel is op ‘n baie lae borgtog bedrae deur die Swartruggens-landdroshof. Die destydse nasionale kommissaris van polisie beweer dat die kamp ondersoek word vir Dit is nie bekend wat gebeur het met hierdie geval ‘regse militia opleiding aktiwiteite. “.

Young Buys het geveg vir sy lewe in die waakeenheid vir die afgelope vier weke. ‘N nadoodse ondersoek en ‘n geregtelike doodsondersoek sal gehou word na die oorsaak van die dood. ‘N week vroer, Echo Wild Game Ranger se bestuurder, Alex de Koker (regs) het gister in die plaaslike hof in die voorkant van die “duidelik geskok’ landdros Bruno van Eeden, dat die beserings wat die jong Buys, wat gesonde en skoon voordat hy die duur opleiding, is “veroorsaak deur Raymond homself, byvoorbeeld wanneer hy hardloop teen die pomp-huis.

Foto’s wat deur die ouers aan die hof egter het die geleidelike verswakking van die Afrikaanse jongeling na sy ouers het hom af by De Koker se kleinhoewe op 12 Januarie 2011 tot en hulle storm hom na die hospitaal tien weke later. Op die eerste foto’s voordat hy begin het om sy oefenkamp, ​​Raymond was ‘n gesonde, vrolik en ongeskonde jeug. Sy bestendige agteruitgang oor die volgende twee en ‘n half maande het hom in ‘n loop geraamte, met talle beserings.

Sy ma Wilna en haar verloofde Gys Nezar het Sondag joernalis Riaan Bam dat haar seun het dapper vir sy lewe en dat hy nou met liewe Jesus. ”

Twee Afrikaanse jeugdiges het ook gesterf het in 2007 by die kamp:

In 2007, 18-jaar-oue Eric Calitz en Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, het ook die geleentheid gekry om op te lei as ‘n wildbewaarder en verdien R5 000 per maand – en het dit gegryp. Albei jong Afrikaners sterf op Alex de Koker se kamp. De Koker is in hegtenis geneem vir die Calitz en Van der Walt sterftes – en op borgtog van R10 000 vrygelaat. Hy en twee van sy beweerde “luitenante” Jacques Mans en in die gesig staar verhoor, was dit gerapporteer in 207, vir die wrede moord op die 18-jarige Calitz op 31 Januarie 2007. Na Calitz gesterf het, terwyl hy saam met 14 ander mense in Swartruggens, in Noordwes, het sy familie ontvang ‘n SMS aan hulle vertel dat hy gesterf het aan ‘n hartaanval …

Onverklaarbaar, is Alex de Koker, 43, die hoof uitvoerende beampte van Echo Wild Game Rangers, assistente Bianca Pronk, 18, en Jacques Mans, 18, verleen ‘n baie lae borgtog aan die Swartruggen se landdroshof op 18 April 2007. Pronk en Mans is relesed op R5, 000 elk vrygelaat, terwyl De Koker toegestaan ​​is R10, 000 vrygelaat. Polisie s Eric Calitz, die slagoffer, is na bewering ‘aangerand te dood “tydens die sogenaamde” wildbewaarder “opleiding in Swartruggens in Januarie. In ‘n verklaring wat uitgereik is deur die kantoor van die nasionale kommissaris van polisie, het die polisie bevestig dat hulle vermoed dat “die para-styl opleiding aangebied op die baan is nie normaal veldwagter opleiding en dit vorm ‘n belangrike deel van die ondersoek”. Die polisie is ook ondersoek na die dood van ‘n man wat na bewering gesterf het tydens dieselfde sessie. –

Wyle mnr Calitz se suster, Mathilda Groenewald, is in kennis gestel dat hy gesterf het as gevolg van bloeding op die brein. ‘N verwoeste Groenewald en haar man Henno het aan The Star ges dat Calitz was baie’ ontvanklike, effens brein beskadig en gesukkel om ‘n werk, want hy was effens breinskade gebore is nadat hy te vroeg gebore. “Hy het hom getref, verbrand en gewond,” het Groenewald ges. “Dit is verby siek -. Dit is psigopatiese” Nog ‘n jong, 19-jaar-oue Nicolaas van der Walt, het ook gesterf in die kamp. Groenewald s hy is geslaan en het ‘n motor gordel om sy nek gebind voordat gesleep “van die dam aan die kamp”.
Calitz se moord, het Groenewald ges, is te danke aan sy vra De Koker as hy die kamp verlaat.
“Wat het Eric doen om dit te verdien?”

“Jy is nie ‘n moffie …”

“Alex (de Koker) het hom (Calitz) dat hy nie ‘n moffie (gay) en hy sal ‘n man maak van hom.”
Groenewald het ges haar broer was ‘n “wonderwerk baba” wat gebore is drie maande te vroeg, het gesterf in die broeikas en teruggebring na die lewe. Dit is ongelukkig het dat hy breinskade opgedoen het en hy het nooit skool klaargemaak het. Sy onthou dat die enigste werk haar broer kon hou was basies sekuriteitswag di waar hy sou verdien sowat R1, 500 per maand. Volgens Groenewald, kon Van der Walt die kamp toegangsfooi van R10, 000 kan bekostig nie – maar haar broer kon nie. Hy het gerel om te werk die skuld af en onderteken ‘n kontrak van twee jaar. Hy is gelok deur hul broer, Brian, Calitz, 31, wat besig was om as ‘n instrukteur in die kamp. Brian is nou saam met die polisie. “Toe het hulle na die laer, hul selfone is gekonfiskeer. Hy het net verdwyn,” het Groenewald ges.

Polisie sal moet ondersoek instel hoe hierdie sterftes is verklaar natuurlike .. SAPF woordvoerder Sally de Beer ‘

Calitz se ma, volgens Groenewald, is verpletter en is tans berading. Sy het ges die familie vermoed die kamp was ‘n werwing sentrum vir die Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging se Ystergarde (Yster Guard). “Daar word vermoed dat die para-styl opleiding aangebied op hierdie kursus is nie normaal veldwagter opleiding en dit vorm ‘n belangrike deel van die ondersoek,” het die polisie woordvoerder Sally de Beer. De Koker, 43, het die oefenkampe sedert die middel van verlede jaar is advertensies, het die polisie ges. Die onderneming is wat vanaf ‘n Vereeniging plaas. Alhoewel hulle sal dit nie bevestig nie, sal die polisie het nou te ondersoek hoe dit gekom het om te wees wat die dood verklaar is natuurlik. “Elke aspek van die sterftes sal deeglik ondersoek word,” was al wat De Beer was bereid om te s nie.

Verdagtes in hegtenis geneem sonder enige wapens op hulle:

Dit word verstaan ​​dat sowat 13 mense is betrokke by die bestuur van die oefenkamp, ​​insluitend Bianca Pronk en Jacques Mans, wat saam met De Koker in hegtenis geneem is. Die leerlinge geleer is verskeie militre vaardighede, soos luiperd kruip, en gekondisioneer was om te loop en loop lang afstande. Deel van hul opleiding was blykbaar ‘n twee-dag-vasbyt (uithouvermo Maart). Polisie speurders van die nasionale gewelddadige georganiseerde misdaad eenheid toegeslaan op hul verdagtes die naweek voor die laaste. De Koker en Pronk is in hegtenis geneem in Oos-Londen op Vrydagaand, terwyl Mans is aangekeer op ‘n plaas naby Henderson, in die Oos-Kaap. “Hy (De Koker) was baie verbaas,” het die bron ges. Nie een van die verdagtes weerstaan ​​inhegtenisneming en geen wapens is in hul besit gevind. Pronk en Mans is op borgtog van R5 000 borgtog die volgende Maandag, terwyl De Koker steeds agter tralies. Op Dinsdag, ten spyte van die staat beswaar het, is hy op borgtog vrygelaat is. Hy was nie bestel nie Gauteng te verlaat en nie om aansoek te doen vir ‘n paspoort.

AWB wil oefenkamp organiseerder Alex de Koker te dagvaar

De Koker ALEX RAN hel kamp YOUTH gesterf Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leier Steyn van Ronge wil Alex de Koker (links), wat die omstrede se spel-hoof oefenkamp ‘loop waar 15-jarige Raymond Buys het in so ‘n uitgeteerde, mishandelde te dagvaar voorwaarde dat hy gesterf het in ‘n hospitaal op Vereeniging Woensdag 21 April, 2011.

Van Ronge beskuldig De Koker van doelbewus die geloofwaardigheid van die AWB deur die gebruik van die organisasie se logo’s en vlae om mense te lok na sy oefenkamp – maar dat die AWB het niks te doen met dit en dat De Koker is nie eens ‘n lid.

Sondag het ‘n week vroer dat De Koker uitgereik al sy “leerling-veldwagters ‘met AWB-lidmaatskapkaarte wat na bewering in sy woorde,” het hulle onaantasbaar. ”

Van Ronge is woedend, vertel dat hy Sondag uitgereik die kaarte deur homself en demoniseer die AWB. “Ons weet nie eens iets oor al hierdie dinge Ronge aanges om Sondag. Ons praat met ons prokureurs om regstappe te doen teen hom. “Hy is ‘n skakel ons organisasie aan sy misdadige gedrag en dit is net snert.”

Raymond de Koker: agtergrond:

17 Augustus 2010 – Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld Johannesburg – Boere langs die Vaalrivier en die inwoners van Parys is keelvol Groenpunt-gevangenis se “afval” wat in die rivier gestort word. Hulle kla dat stukke van varkvleis, bloed, maaginhoud, riool en ou skottelgoedwater het vir ‘n paar maande is loop in die Vaalrivier uit die tronk.

Die ler reuk afval gehardloop in die rivier sowat 7 km stroomaf van die Vaal Dam. Alex de Koker van Ecowild, ‘n nie-regeringsorganisasie wat na die belange van sowat 52 boere met plase op die rand van die Vaal River, het ges hy weet nie “waar om te gaan met sy klagtes”. Drie departemente was in beheer van sake by Groenpunt. Die departement van korrektiewe dienste het na die gevangenes se welstand, waterwese het seker gemaak dat water lisensies is gehou om en openbare werke in stand gehou om die infrastruktuur.

Bokkie Redelinghuys, waarnemende hoof van die gevangenis, het gister ges daar was “‘n probleem”, maar dat dit vasgestel is. “Een van die pompe van die rioolwerke gebreek en ‘n paar dinge het in die Vaal River Maar korrektiewe dienste vasgestel is.”.

Maar toe De Koker en ander betroubare bronne het gaan ondersoek instel op Sondag, was die situasie onveranderd. De Koker het ges hy is kla oor die saak sedert Mei. Groenpunt het sy eie voerkraal met sowat 4 000 varke. Hulle is glo geslag op die perseel. Redelinghuys het ges hy is nie bewus van hierdie as hy het net die waarnemende hoof van die tronk vir twee maande. Beeld verneem dat sommige van die gevangenes en hul familielede het ook gekla oor die onhiginiese toestande Rand Water.

Gregg Mulzack, hoof van kommunikasie by Rand Water, het ges dit is geen rede tot kommer van sy wat aangaan by Groenpunt. Toe Beeld hom daarop gewys dat drinkwater vir Gauteng was soms (selfs al was dit in klein hoeveelhede), geneem van die Vaal Barrage, het hy ges die verslaggewer “is besig om belaglik”. Water toetse gedoen word deur Rand Water op Maandag het geen tekens van enige skadelike bakterie of virusse, het hy ges.

‘N Wetenskaplike het ges sulke onhiginiese toestande (soos di by Groenpunt) was ‘n ideale teelaarde vir virusse soos Giardia en Cryptosporidium. Water toetse soms nie onmiddellik wys die teenwoordigheid van hierdie virusse. “As dieselfde water twee of drie dae later getoets word, kan dit moontlik haal die virusse.”

Annalien Burger, voorsitter van Save the Vaal in Parys, het ges sy is geskok om te hoor van al die gemors wat Groenpunt is die storting in die Vaal Rivier. “Moenie hulle weet dit is Parys se drinkwater dat hulle geknoei met Ons hoef nie almal van Rand Water se tegnologie.? Ngwathe (die munisipaliteit dien Parys) probeer om sy eie water te suiwer, maar dit sukkel.” Die departement van waterwese was nie beskikbaar vir kommentaar nie. “- Http://afrikaner-genocide-

South Africa: 8 KZN pupils killed, 25 injured in bus crash – 240413 1145z

Eight pupils died when their bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on the R66 between Ulundi and Kwaceza, a transport spokesman said on Wednesday.

Kwanele Ncalane said eight pupils died, five were in a critical condition and 20 sustained minor injuries.

The accident happened on Tuesday night while the bus was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza. Ncalane could not immediately provide the ages of the pupils.

It was not clear whether the driver was injured. “Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started,” Ncalane said. He said Mchunu would inspect the accident scene, and would visit the survivors and their school.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 10:50 (10:50 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports
“CAPE TOWN, April 24 A bus overturned in South Africas KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing eight pupils on board, authorities said on Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle which was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza in the province, provincial transport spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said.

The accident also injured 25 pupils, five of them in critical condition, Ncalane said.

The cause of the accident was unknown. It was also unknown whether the driver was injured.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started, Ncalane said.

The accident occurred amid growing calls for tougher measures to ensure road safety. A drive home safely campaign is currently underway in the country.

Official figures indicate that at least 241 people died in road accidents over the Easter holiday which began on March 28 and ended on April 1.

South Africa is among the countries which have the highest road fatalities.

The country has more than 700, 000 crashes a year on the average, claiming the lives of three children every day, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).” –

” – Xinhua

South Africa: Dr Mamphela Ramphele to form a new party political platform ‘Agang’ meaning ‘Build South Africa’- 180213 1030z

“Dr Mamphela Ramphele today declared her intention to form a party political platform for all South Africans that will focus on rekindling hope that building the country of our dreams is possible in our lifetime.

(Photo: Dr Mamphela Ramphele

In a speech delivered at the Womens Gaol on Constitution Hill, she said: Our country is at risk because self-interest has become the driver of many of those in positions of authority who should be focussed on serving the public.

She added: The great society to which we committed ourselves following our relatively peaceful political transition is rapidly unravelling before our eyes. The impressive achievements of the past eighteen years are being undermined by poor governance at all levels of society. An unchecked culture of impunity and the abuse of power as well as public resources rob children, young people, rural and urban poor people of the fruits of freedom.

Her decision to enter politics had not been easy, she said, and she had no illusions that the task ahead would be easy. She saw herself as a bridge between my generation and that of my children. She added: Bridges get trampled upon. But she nevertheless declared her trust in South Africans capacity to come together at critical times to do what others believe is impossible.

We have been here before, she said. We managed to pull ourselves from the brink of disaster before and surprised those who under-estimated our resolve as a people. The political party platform we are working on forming is an opportunity for all citizens to join hands in shaping it to ensure that it responds to the yearnings of citizens who have largely stood on the sidelines for lack of an appropriate political home.

At this stage of development, she said, We launch this initiative under the name Agang, or in the Nguni languages of our country, Akhani, which can be interpreted in English as Build South Africa.

During her speech, Dr Ramphele laid out several critical discussions her party would initiate across the country: the power and responsibility of active citizenship; enabling good governance; developing improved competency in the public service; how the economy can be restructured for growth, sustainability, and improved equality; creating education and training systems for the 21st century that better position youth in a competitive world; and raising South Africas standing in the world.

Dr Ramphele also reiterated her earlier call for electoral reform. She said: Our rallying cry during the struggle for freedom was for the people to govern, yet the system of choosing Members of Parliament from lists drawn up by political parties gives disproportionate power to party bosses at the expense of ordinary citizens.

We should be able to vote for the person in our own area we want to represent us in Parliament, so we can hold them accountable for the electoral promises they make. We want an MP for Marikana, an MP for De Doorns, and an MP for Sasolburg, so if the people are unhappy and the MP is not responsive enough, they will be voted out at the next election.

She announced a one million signature campaign calling for electoral reform and said it must be the first order of business of the post-2014 election parliament.

Concluding her speech, Dr Ramphele, a past student and community development activist, researcher, university executive, and former Managing Director at The World Bank, declared:

I invite all compatriots to work with us to build a South Africa we can all be proud of. We owe it to you, our children, and your children to leave them a legacy of a great country. I have put up my hand. I ask you all to join this effort. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less. Our mothers and grandmothers deserve nothing less. All South Africans deserve nothing less.

Latest: Agang intends to contest the next general election – eNCA

Who is Mamphela Ramphele?

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele has been a student activist, a medical doctor, a community development activist, a researcher, a university executive, a global public servant and is now an active citizen in both the public and private sectors.

She was born in the village of Uitkyk in the Bochum district of Limpopo Province, an area to which she still regularly returns to share in the life of her extended family and community. The daughter of primary school teachers, she was attracted to science at her rural high school and resolved that she wanted to become a doctor. After a year of studies at what was then called the University of the North, near Polokwane, she was admitted to the Medical School of the then University of Natal, aged 20.

She borrowed the train fare from Polokwane to Durban from an aunt, and was soon pitched into a life of medical studies and political activism. She served as a local office-bearer of the South African Students Organisation, working with leaders such as Steve Biko and Barney Pityana. She served her medical internship at King Edward Hospital, Durban, followed by a surgical internship at Livingstone Hospital, Port Elizabeth both urban hospitals serving black South Africans.

She next served as a medical officer at Mount Coke Mission Hospital near King Williams Town, where she re-connected with Steve Biko and other activists of the Black Consciousness Movement who were launching community programmes based on the principles of self-reliance and liberation through development. As part of this effort, she became the founding head of the Zanempilo Community Health Centre in the village of Zinyoka near King. In the wake of the Soweto uprising in 1976, she was detained without trial, released after five months but soon afterwards served with an apartheid banning order, banishing her to the Naphuno district of Tzaneen.

In Limpopo, Mamphela settled in the community of Lenyenye Township, where she started a clinic in the backyard of a local church and developed it into Ithuseng Community Health Centre. Apart from primary health care, the project promoted development initiatives such as brickmaking and vegetable growing. At the same time, she completed a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene and a Diploma in Public Health.

After her banning orders expired, after a brief spell back at Livingstone Hospital, she moved to Cape Town, where she first lived in Gugulethu and re-entered the academic world at the University of Cape Town, leading later to a PhD in Social Anthropology. She worked at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at UCT, where she took an interest in the plight of people living in migrant-labour hostels, and worked for some time with the Western Cape Mens Hostel Dwellers Association in a project to secure better living conditions and their rights to family life. While working at UCT, she bought her first house, in Mowbray, Cape Town, in the face of initial protests from her white neighbours.” –

South Africa: Train packed with schoolchildren and commuters crashed into another full train near Pretoria, injuring up to 300 people – initial reports – 310113 1445z

A passenger train packed with schoolchildren and rush-hour commuters has rammed into another full train near the South African capital Pretoria, injuring up to 300 people, medics say.

(Photo: Rescuers work on the site of a train accident near Kalefong station, Attridgeville, in the west of Pretoria on January 31, 2013

The accident took place before 8.00am (1700 AEDT) on Thursday when a commuter train heading from the suburbs to the capital ploughed into the stationary train on the same track.

Medical workers said up to 300 people had been treated for various degrees of injury.

“We do have 20 seriously injured,” said Johan Pieterse of Tshwane Emergency Services.

“Both of the trains were full of commuters and between them were lots of school children on the way to school,” said Pieterse.

“We counted about 50 plus children,” he added. At least three people were said to be in a “critical” condition, according to Chris Botha, a spokesman for emergency services provider Netcare.

“The people who were critically injured suffered multiple injuries to the body,” said Botha.

At least one person was airlifted to the nearby Milpark Hospital, others were taken by ambulance and many were treated at the scene.

Rescue workers struggled to cut away the tangled wreckage of the trains to free the passengers.

One of the train drivers was freed from the carriage after he was trapped for two hours.

“He’s critical at this stage,” said Pieterse.

The trains were operated by Metrorail, the country’s rail system in cities.

The cause of the accident is unknown. “At this stage we do not want to speculate,” said Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng.

It is just the latest serious rail accident to hit South Africa’s urban rail network.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013 at 12:22 UTC RSOE

More details from

Sabotage cause of train crash?

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:03 PM

“Two passenger trains packed with school children and rush-hour commuters collided near the South African capital Pretoria on Thursday, injuring up to 300 people in a crash the authorities blamed on cable theft.

The crash took place at around 7.10 am (0510 GMT) when a commuter train heading from the suburbs to the capital ploughed into a stationary train on the same track.

Medical workers said up to 300 people have been treated for various degrees of injury.

“Two are critically injured, one driver and one passenger” and there are 19 seriously injured, said Mosenngwa Mofi, chief executive officer of railway operator PRASA.

It was not immediately known how many children were injured.

“Both of the trains were full of commuters and between them were lots of school children on the way to school,” said Johan Pieterse of Tshwane Emergency Services. “We counted about 50 plus children.”

Every day around 20 000 people use the blue line between the residential suburb of Kalafong and central Pretoria.

Rescue workers initially struggled to cut away the tangled wreckage of the trains to free the passengers.

One of the train drivers was freed from the carriage where he was trapped for two hours.

“He’s critical at this stage,” said Pieterse.

Police and railway investigators looking into the cause of the crash zeroed in on the theft of 25 metres (yards) of copper cable linked to the signalling system.

The removal of the cable forced drivers to switch to manual operations, which require a control centre to tell drivers if a section of track is clear before they can proceed.

“What could have led directly to the accident is still subject to investigation,” said Mofi. “Cable theft is the root cause of the accident.”

While cable theft is common in South Africa, Mofi speculated that the motive may not have been to get the valuable copper.

He said striking railworkers may have been responsible for removing the cable, as part of a pattern of sabotage seen in an industrial dispute with the owners.

“We do have a strong suspicion that it is linked with the current strike,” said Mofi. “During the strike there have been serious acts of sabotage.”

Transport Minister Ben Martins did not rule out sabotage, but said the police and justice department are investigating.

“It is time to see cable theft as an attempted homicide or attempted murder,” he said.

The crash is the latest serious rail accident to hit South Africa’s ageing urban rail network.

In 2011, 857 commuters were injured in Johannesburg’s Soweto township when a passenger train smashed into a stationary train during the peak rush-hour period.

PRASA has itself described its passengers as “travelling like cattle”.

Over 90 percent of commuter trains in South Africa date back to more than 50 years, the most recent dating from 1986.

The network is currently undergoing a major revamp to upgrade its fleet, spending 123-billion rand ($14-billion, 10-billion euros) over 20 years.”

Meanwhile Business Day Live says 20 people were seriously injured and 150 were “walking injured”.

“A METRORAIL train driver was critically injured when two passenger trains collided in Pretoria on Thursday, Tshwane emergency services said.

A helicopter airlifted him to a nearby hospital at 9am, emergency services spokesman Johan Pieterse said.

Mr Pieterse said 20 people were seriously injured in the crash that occurred at about 7am, and 150 were “walking injured”.

Police at the scene said one of the trains was stopped on the railway line between Cor Delfos and Saulsville, when it was rammed from behind by another.

Among other things damaged were the power lines on top of the trains.

Earlier, Mr Pieterse said the railway line between Cor Delfos and Saulsville had been completely closed because of the accident.” –

Prasa investigating cause of Pretoria train crash, with cable theft a possible factor

“THE cause of an accident involving two trains near the Kalafong railway station in Pretoria on Thursday morning is not known, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said.

A Metrorail train driver was critically injured when a passenger train rammed into the back of another, stationary train on the railway line between Cor Delfos and Saulsville.

“The cause of the accident is not known at this moment. However, we can confirm we experienced cable theft in the early hours of this morning. As a result the automated signal was off. The trains were operated manually,” Prasa rail operations CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said.

“We have prioritised giving care to the commuters and employees who were on both trains … and we would like to wish them a speedy recovery,” he said.

Mr Mofi said technicians were repairing the damage. One line would be operating for the afternoon peak.

A board of inquiry would be instituted to investigate the cause of the crash, which caused about R22m in damage to infrastructure and rolling stock. Among other things damaged were the power lines on top of the trains.

The critically injured driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital, Tshwane emergency services spokesman Johan Pieterse said. Twenty people were seriously injured in the crash around 7am, and 150 were “walking injured”.

Earlier, Mr Pieterse said the railway line between Cor Delfos and Saulsville was completely closed because of the accident.

Transport Minister Ben Martins visited the scene. He and an entourage, which included provincial transport officials, walked on the railway lines towards the wreckage of the trains.

On Thursday, the railway service from Pretoria to Saulsville was stopping at Electro station, with a shuttle bus service to and from Saulsville station.” –

And finally, from the BBC

South Africa commuter trains collide near Pretoria

BBC NEWS 31 January 2013 Last updated at 11:38

Train crash

At least 300 people, including many schoolchildren, have been injured when two passenger trains collided near the South African capital, Pretoria, officials say.

Medical workers say 28 people were seriously hurt.

The theft of cables used for signalling, compounded by human error, caused the crash, said the head of South Africa’s rail authority.

South Africa is in the process of overhauling of its ageing rail network.

The early morning accident happened when a train crashed into a stationary train near Attridgeville, a township west of Pretoria.

“Both of the trains were full of commuters and between them were lots of schoolchildren on the way to school,” a spokesman for the regional emergency services told the AFP news agency.

A helicopter has airlifted one of the train drivers to a nearby hospital after he was trapped in the wreckage for two hours.

A spokesman for the local emergency services told the BBC it had transported more than 200 people, three of whom were critical, while 19 had serious injuries.

The private Netcare 911 service said it had assisted 100 people, with three critical and three more seriously injured.

The injured have all been taken to hospitals in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

“When cables are stolen it affects our signalling system,” said rail authority head Mosenngwa Mofi.

“We then move to what we call manual operations.”

In 2011, at least 800 people were injured when a speeding train hit a stationary one near the township of Soweto.


South Africa: 15,000 crocodiles escape from Rakwena crocodile farm near Pontdrif, nearby homes evacuated – 240113 1120z

About 15 000 crocodiles escaped from the Rakwena crocodile farm near Pontdrif after the Limpopo River came down in flood on Sunday evening.


Zane Langman, the son-in-law of the crocodile farms owner, said a couple of thousand had been recaptured in the dense bush next to the river, but more than half were still missing, reported Beeld.

They were forced to open the crocodile farm’s gates, out of fear that the force of the water would crush walls.

“There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot,” said Langman.

“We go to catch them as soon as farmers call us to inform us about crocodiles.”

Crocodile catching was apparently easier at night as their eyes shone red in the dark.

Homes on the farm and surrounding area had been evacuated and possessions carried out as water flooded the region.

Langman told how he went to rescue friends in a flooded house in the area by boat on Sunday.

“You want to get them but you wonder the whole time if youll make it there. When we reached them, the crocodiles were swimming around them. Praise the Lord, they were all alive.”

Thursday, 24 January, 2013 at 10:59 (10:59 AM) UTC RSOE

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Crocodile farm issues helpful tips for residents as search continues for 7,500 escaped reptiles

Owners of a South African crocodile farm have issued a series of helpful tips to local residents on how to deal with the thousands of crocodiles that escaped in heavy rains and flooding and are now roaming the area.

The search continues for nearly half of the 15,000 crocodiles still on the loose after the owners of Rakwena Crocodile Farm, on the Limpopo River in northern South Africa, were forced to open their gates to prevent a storm surge earlier this week.

Zane Langman, whose in-laws own the farm, advised neighbouring residents that under no circumstances should they attempt to capture a crocodile by its tail.

“The animal will turn around and bite you,” he warned.

Some recaptured crocodiles back in the Rakwena Crocodile Farm (AP)

It would also be unwise to attempt to feed the beasts, he said.

Instead, he said residents should steer clear of wandering crocodiles, which have now spread far and wide, with one spotted on the rugby pitch of a school 75 miles away.

If one did come across a crocodile, Mr Langman told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper, the best thing to do was to try to barricade it, and keep it in the shade.

Search teams are working flat-out to catch the crocodiles, though it is easier to find them at night because their eyes glow red under the light of a torch.

“There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River,” Mr Langman, the son-in-law of Johan Boshoff who owns Rakwena, said earlier. “Now there are a lot.”

The surrounding South African province of Limpopo has been hit by serious floods, which have killed 10 people and left many more homeless. In the nearby Kruger National Park, nearly 100 tourists and staff were evacuated after swollen rivers deluged camps and roads.

The floods have also ravaged neighbouring Mozambique, where tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes.” –

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Suid-Afrika: 15.000 krokodille ontsnapping van Rakwena krokodilplaas naby Pontdrif, nabygele huise ontruim – 240.113 1120z
24 Januarie 2013 deur Goaty se Nuus

Sowat 15 000 krokodille van die Rakwena krokodilplaas naby Pontdrif ontsnap na die Limpopo-rivier in vloed afgekom op Sondag aand.


Zane Langman, die seun-in-wet van die krokodil plaas se eienaar, het gesê ‘n paar duisend was herower in die digte bos langs die rivier, maar meer as die helfte steeds vermis, berig Beeld.

Hulle is gedwing om die krokodilplaas se hekke oop te maak, uit vrees dat die krag van die water mure sou vermorsel.

“Daar was net ‘n paar krokodille in die Limpoporivier. Nou is daar ‘n baie, “sê Langman.

“Ons gaan om dit so gou as boere bel ons om ons in te lig oor die krokodille vang.”

Krokodil te vang was blykbaar makliker in die nag as hulle o blink rooi in die donker.

Huise op die plaas en die omliggende gebied ontruim en besittings uitgevoer as die water oorstroom die streek.

Langman vertel hoe hy vriende te red in ‘n oorstroomde huis in die gebied met ‘n boot op Sondag.

“Jy wil om hulle te kry, maar jy wonder die hele tyd as jy dit daar. Wanneer ons hulle bereik, is die krokodille swem rondom hulle. Loof die Here, hulle was almal in die lewe. ”

Donderdag, Januarie 24, 2013 om 10:59 (10:59) UTC RSOE

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Krokodilplaas nuttige wenke vir die inwoners as die soektog gaan voort vir 7500 ontsnap reptiele
Eienaars van ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse krokodilplaas uitgereik ‘n reeks van nuttige wenke aan plaaslike inwoners oor hoe om te gaan met die duisende van krokodille wat in swaar ren en oorstromings ontsnap en is nou roaming die gebied.

Die soektog gaan voort vir byna die helfte van die 15.000 krokodille steeds op die los nadat die eienaars van Rakwena krokodilplaas op die Limpopo-rivier in die noorde van Suid-Afrika, is gedwing om hul hekke oop te maak ‘n stormvloed te voorkom vroer hierdie week.

Zane Langman, wie se in-wette die eienaar van die plaas, aangeraai naburige inwoners wat onder geen omstandighede moet hulle probeer om ‘n krokodil te vang deur sy stert.

“Die dier sal omdraai en julle byt,” het hy gewaarsku.

Sommige herower krokodille terug in die Rakwena krokodilplaas (AP)

Dit is ook sou onwys wees om te probeer om die diere te voed, het hy gesê.
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15.000 krokodille ontsnap uit die Suid-Afrikaanse plaas

24 Januarie 2013

In plaas daarvan, het hy gesê inwoners moet wegbly van die dwaal van krokodille, wat nou ver en wyd versprei, met een raakgesien op die rugby toonhoogte van ‘n skool 75 myl weg.

As ‘n mens gekom het oor ‘n krokodil, mnr Langman aan die Afrikaanstalige Beeld koerant gesê die beste ding om te doen, was om te probeer om dit te versper, en hou dit in die skaduwee.

Soek spanne is besig om plat-out om die krokodille te vang, maar dit is makliker om hulle te vind in die nag want hulle o gloei rooi onder die lig van ‘n fakkel.

“Daar was net ‘n paar krokodille in die Limpopo-rivier,” het mnr Langman, die seun-in-wet van Johan Boshoff wat Rakwena besit, gesê. “Nou is daar ‘n baie.”

Die omliggende Suid-Afrikaanse provinsie Limpopo is getref deur ernstige vloede, wat 10 mense gedood en het baie meer haweloos. In die nabygele Kruger Nasionale Park, is byna 100 toeriste en personeel ontruim nadat geswelde riviere oorstroom kampe en paaie.

Die vloede het ook verwoes naburige Mosambiek, waar tien duisende van mense uit hul huise ontruim word “-

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Mozambique: Flood fears drive massive evacuation, 55,000 people affected – 230113 0900z

Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say.

“We are asking people to move to safer areas,” a spokeswoman for the national relief agency said.

The south and centre have been placed on red alert because of the floods, which have claimed several lives.

The worst affected areas are in the southern Gaza province, where a number of rivers are currently above crisis levels.

Emergency teams are on stand-by and motorboats have been dispatched to help transport people to safety, the AFP news agency reports.

The evacuees will be brought to temporary shelters. Some of them have been set up in the capital, Maputo.

“We estimate there are 55,000 people affected,” Rita Almeida from Mozambique’s Disaster Relief Management Institute said.

The town of Chokwe, home to a dyke, is particularly vulnerable, she added.

“We are registering very high water levels in the Limpopo and Inkomati rivers that could flood the town,” Ms Almeida said.

From Sunday to Monday, almost 185mm (7 inches) of rain fell over the Limpopo basin, the AFP reports.

International observers have described the situation as critical.

There are fears that the dyke in Chokwe could break, which would lead to chaos in the evacuations.

“If that dyke breaks, all those people will have to move more rapidly,” the country chief of the World Food Programme, Lola Castro, said.

Neighbouring South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana have also been hit by severe flooding.

In South Africa, floodwaters claimed several lives and left hundreds stranded after the Limpopo river burst its banks on Monday.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC RSOE

South Africa: Appeal for information to help in identifying deceased fisherman/Ascertain if others missing at sea – Published 09 Sept 2012 1642Z

NSRI: Fisherhaven:  Sunday 09th September 2012:

At 10h03 on Sunday 09th September Hermanus volunteers were called out following reports from a paddler that he had come across an upturned small boat, with an outboard motor, on Fisherhaven Lagoon, (Fisherhaven Coordinates: 34°21′39″S 19°07′47″E) near Hermanus, approximately 200 meters from the Lagoon Mouth.


Hermanus duty crew towed Hunters Gold Rescuer to the scene and launched onto the lagoon. They recovered a small capsized boat and the body of a man was discovered under water trapped in Gill fishing nets.
The body of the man has been recovered and was confirmed to be deceased and has been handed into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services.

It appears that the unidentified black man is in his late twenties or early thirties and it is suspected that the boat may have capsized during the night or in the early hours of this morning.

Clothing worn by the man are blue overall pants and a black rain jacket with 3 layers of clothing underneath.

The name of the small boat is ORION but it is not clear where the boat is from and it is unknown if there was anyone else with the man when the boat capsized but a search of the area has revealed no sign of any other persons.

Authorities are appealing to the family of the deceased man or anyone who can assist in identifying who the small boat belongs to and help to identify the deceased man to call the Police investigating officer, Constable Swem, at Hermanus Police Station – 0283138500 OR 0283138549 OR 0283138522.

The concern is for the welfare of the family of the deceased man and sea rescue authorities are also concerned that there may be additional people missing and we therefore appeal to the media to assist us in this sensitive enquiry by appealing to anyone who knows of the small row boat ORION, with a small outboard engine, that had perhaps launched to fish using fishing nets on the Fisherhaven Lagoon during last night or this morning.

A Police Dive Unit has been placed on alert to assist in a search if it comes to light that there were more people on the boat when it may have capsized.

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NSRI: Fisherhaven: Sondag 9 September 2012:

By 10h03 op Sondag September 9 Hermanus vrywilligers uitgeroep volgende verslae van ‘n paddler dat hy oor ‘n omgekeerde klein boot gekom het, met ‘n buiteboordmotor op Fisherhaven Lagoon, naby Hermanus, ongeveer 200 meter van die Lagoon Mouth.

Hermanus plig bemanning gesleep Hunters Gold Redder na die toneel en van stapel gestuur op die strandmeer. Hulle verhaal ‘n klein omgeslaan boot en die liggaam van ‘n man is onder die water vasgevang in Gill visnette ontdek.
Die liggaam van die mens is, verhaal en is bevestig te wees oorlede en is in die sorg van die polisie en die Forensiese Patologie Dienste ingehandig.

Dit blyk dat die onbekende swart man is in sy laat twintigs of vroeë dertigs en daar word vermoed dat die boot omgeslaan het gedurende die nag of in die vroeë ure van die oggend.

Klere gedra deur die man is ‘n blou overall broek en ‘n swart reën baadjie met 3 lae klere onder.

Die naam van die klein boot is ORION maar dit is nie duidelik waar die boot is uit en dit is onbekend of daar iemand anders met die man toe die boot omgeslaan het, maar ‘n soektog van die gebied het aan die lig gebring geen teken van enige ander persone.

Owerhede ‘n beroep op die familie van die oorledene man of enige iemand wat kan help in die identifisering van wat die klein boot behoort aan en help om die oorledene man om te bel die polisie ondersoekbeampte, konst. Swem by Hermanus Police Station te identifiseer – 0283138500 OF 0283138549 OF 0283138522 .

Die kommer is vir die welsyn van die familie van die oorledene man en die see redding owerhede is ook bekommerd dat daar dalk meer mense ontbreek en daarom het ons ‘n beroep op die media om ons te help in hierdie sensitiewe ondersoek deur ‘n beroep op enigiemand wat weet van die klein ry boot ORION, met ‘n klein buiteboord enjin, wat het miskien van stapel gestuur om vis te vang visnette gebruik tydens gisteraand of vanoggend op die Fisherhaven Lagoon.

‘N polisie-Dive eenheid is op ‘n gereedheidsgrondslag geplaas om te help in ‘n soektog, indien dit aan die lig kom dat daar meer mense op die boot wanneer dit omgeslaan het.

South Africa Diamond Mine Tunnel Collapse – The bodies of 10 illegal miners were recovered nr Kleinzee

The bodies of 10 illegal miners were recovered from a disused diamond mine near Kleinzee, in the Northern Cape on Saturday, De Beers said.

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Ten deceased diggers had been recovered from the collapsed tunnels [by Saturday evening].

One digger has been rescued and eleven diggers reportedly escaped,” the diamond company said in a statement.”

The co-ordinated rescue and recovery operation is continuing.

The operation will progress until all illegally excavated tunnels are found and searched for survivors or deceased diggers.”

De Beers said the collapsed tunnel that was discovered by the rescue team was cleared on Saturday.

“Mining could then proceed towards what is reported, by diggers, to be another tunnel in the network.

This work will continue until the tunnel is intersected.”The tunnels were not part of a previously worked underground mine but were excavated illegally at the site.

On Friday, rescuers recovered the bodies of five miner at the site, police spokesperson Captain Cherelle Ehlers said. She said rescue teams reached the collapsed tunnel by digging a trench alongside the entrance of a disused mine to try and get to the trapped miners.

Earlier this week, police recovered two bodies and rescuers could see another, but the unstable conditions prevented them from retrieving it.

One injured illegal digger was later rescued.

Tunnels at the mine collapsed at 15:00 on Tuesday.

The mine had closed the tunnels in April.Eleven illegal diggers reportedly escaped and alerted the police.

The collapsed hole was about six metres deep and led to several tunnels and an underground waiting area.

Sunday, 27 May, 2012 at 11:00 (11:00 AM) UTC RSOE

Captain Cherelle Ehlers said rescue teams reached a collapsed tunnel by digging a trench alongside the entrance of a disused mine to try and get to 15 trapped illegal miners.

She said conditions at the site were extremely difficult and dangerous.

The ANCs Chief Whip in the Northern Cape Legislature Kagisho Molusi has in the meantime expressed condolences to the families of the miners.

Earlier this week, police recovered two bodies and rescuers could see another, but the unstable conditions prevented them from retrieving it.

One injured illegal digger was later rescued. He was treated for shock at a Springbok hospital.

Mine engineers visited the site earlier this week and decided to dig a ditch alongside the tunnel where the diggers were trapped, from which to try and reach them.

Tunnels at the mine collapsed at 3pm on Tuesday. The mine closed the tunnels in April.

Eleven illegal diggers reportedly escaped and alerted the police. The collapsed hole was about six metres deep and led to several tunnels and an underground waiting area.

Ehlers said the rescue operation was continuing late on Friday afternoon.

Molusi urged people to consult with relevant structures and to take the necessary procedures when carrying out mining activities.

We value the lives of our people and encourage them to have a better understanding of the implications and risks of such activities.

Molusi said the De Beers mining group should move faster in establishing partnerships with previously disadvantaged people in rehabilitating the unused mines in the province.

He thanked the rescue teams for the work done under dangerous conditions. –

South Africa: At least 5 killed, 87 others hurt (20 of which critical) in bus accident – Death toll may rise

At least five people were killed and 87 others were hurt as the bus they were travelling in crashed in eastern South Africa on Saturday afternoon, local media reported.

The crowded bus crashed outside the port city of Durban in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported, citing local paramedics on Saturday evening.

Among the injured, 20 are in critical condition, and the death toll might continue to rise, the SAPA reported.

The bus was suddenly out of control as it was travelling down a windy road, and rolled over before impacting a house beside the road, local paramedics said.

Police was investigating the cause of the fatal accident.
In recent years, the deadly road traffic accidents have become one of the biggest killers in South Africa.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 20:32 (08:32 PM) UTC RSOE