Robber killed in CBD shootout

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The Klerksdorp CBD resembled the Wild West on Thursday afternoon 11 April when armed robbers and reaction officers of CSS Security clashed in OR Tambo Street, opposite the civic centre.

Various shots were fired at Luye Cash Loans and one of the perpetrators was fatally wounded. A CSS reaction officer was wounded. Paramedics treated him on the scene and took him to hospital. He was wounded in his stomach. Another officer was “pistol-whipped” and also taken to hospital. The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Police are investigating.


Khuma mob storms municipal building

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Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - Nine people were arrested for public violence after invading the Matlosana municipal building on Thursday 4 April in Klerksdorp. The run up to this protest already started on Wednesday 3 April when some Khuma residents were seen singing slogans, closing the main entrance to Khuma with burning tyres, while two trucks were also used to close the road.

To read the full story, read page 3 of our 12 April 2019 issue.

Jong ma, ongebore baba sterf na motorongeluk

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Klerksdorp Rekord, Stilfontein – Rudi Fourie het nie net sy geliefde vrou verloor nie. Hul ongebore baba is ook dood nadat hy beheer verloor het oor sy motor en dit omgeslaan het. Fourie (27) beskryf Elriesa, sy vrou van bykans drie jaar, as baie meer as sy droom-vrou – sy was ‘n engel van Bo.

To read the full story, read page 4 of our 12 April01 29 issue.

Matlala out on bail of R3 000

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Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - Controversial businessman Nico Matlala finally tasted some freedom after spending close to a month behind bars. Matlala was released from custody after Magistrate Jeanette Mogorise granted bail of R3 000 on Friday afternoon 5 April in the Klerksdorp Regional Court.

To read the full story, read page 5 of our 12 April 2019 issue.

Load shedding predicted for winter months

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Load Shedding had millions of citizens and businesses in a frenzy over the last few months when Eskom implemented up to stage 4 load shedding, but it seems that nothing higher than stage 1 will be implemented this winter.

“Stage 4 load shedding implemented by power utility Eskom last month was bad for South Africa's economy and livelihoods, and should not happen again,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa made his remarks during a dialogue with community members in Sandton on Thursday 4 April. Ramaphosa said Eskom is the country's current ''headache.''

''Each morning when I wake up I get information from Eskom and Minister Pravin Gordhan updating on the state of the power gird - he receives the information and beams it to me and each time I see green and a bit of surplus I breathe easy. Eskom holds our livelihoods in its hands. We need to restructure Eskom but the big challenge is finance. Eskom is our only state company that has racked up R300 billion in debt - that is too much,” the President added.

Gordhan said government now has a better understanding of the challenges plaguing Eskom.  He said a plan was being implemented up to September to reduce power plant breakdowns and to stop, or minimise, rotational load-shedding to at least Stage 1 as demand for power intensified during the winter season.

Eskom confirmed the news and agreed to the terms the minister has set out.