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SA Express: We have not received a business rescue application, and we’ll oppose it if we do

SA Express says it would oppose an application by a former supplier to have it placed under business rescue.

On Friday Daily Maverick reported that Ziegler SA – a transport and logistics service provider – lodged an urgent application at the Johannesburg High Court as a means to recover about R11.3m in debt the state-owned airline allegedly owes it.

In an emailed response to Fin24, SA Express spokesperson Mpho Majatladi said she had not yet received notice of a court application to have the airline placed under business rescue.

Fin24 reached out to Ziegler SA for comment via email, but has not yet received a response.

Majatladi said that if a court application was indeed made by Ziegler SA, then it may be “under malicious intent” as the supplier had been identified as “one who seeks benefits from irregular contracting”.

“This supplier is one of many who are currently under internal review for serious abuse of the procurement system, unfair pricing and overcharging,” Majatladi said.

According to Majatladi, suppliers who obtained their contracts legitimately worked with the airline to ensure payments are reasonable for both parties. However those with “dubious contracts” were constantly trying to “bulldoze” to get their way before the conclusion of irregular contract investigations.

“Actions like these, from such suppliers also undermine the efforts made by SA Express to recover and rebuild governance within the business that has been crushed by corruption, as well as the reputation that the airline is working tirelessly to rebuild,” she said.

Black mamba closes down KZN school

A KwaZulu-Natal school was forced to shut its doors for three days after a black mamba took residence in one of the classroomsA KwaZulu-Natal school was forced to shut its doors for three days after a black mamba took residence in one of the classrooms
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A slithery “pupil” did not make any friends on the first day of school on Wednesday, instead prompting the principal to call the police.

A black mamba caused such a panic that pupils from Olwasini Junior Primary School in Amahlongwa on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast were sent home when it was discovered that the snake had taken residence in one of the classrooms.

The school’s principal, Mpume Mvubu, explained that staff had noticed the presence of the two-metre black mamba on the roof of the school.

“We called the police and Crocworld Conservation Centre to rescue us! On the third day, they broke the wall, and the snake was hiding deep inside. I’ve never experienced this. It was a crisis for the school — this is a fast snake and very dangerous.”Herpetologists from Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh together with police were called out to rescue the school’s newest classmate but the snake’s chosen hiding spot made for a challenging rescue, resulting in success three days later.

“The school staff identified the snake and contacted us to retrieve it, but it took three days before we were finally able to get hold of the snake. We went on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday from midmorning and then again on Friday.

“The snake was hiding in the actual brickwork near the ceiling, inside the wall. It would be spotted but we couldn’t find the hole it was getting in through. On Friday, the school staff saw it and were able to keep an eye on it while we were called to attend,” said Crocworld conservation manager Martin Rodrigues.

The delicate retrieval of the snake meant that the Crocworld members had to break through part of the wall without harming the snake.

However, Rodrigues said once access was finally made, the snake rescue was fairly straightforward.

He said because of the danger posed by the black mamba, the school pupils were kept away from class for the duration of the snake capture

“It’s important to remember that snake captures are done by professionals. You need to know what you’re doing, use the right equipment and understand the behaviour of the animal — especially with a snake like a black mamba.”

“Thanks to the efforts by the staff and members of SAPS, we were able to successfully remove the snake unharmed. It is about to shed its skin, so we will feed it and keep it until then, before releasing it into a secure location, away from human habitation.”

READ IN FULL | School statement on death of Parktown Boys’ High pupil

Parktown Boys' High pupil Enoch Mpianzi died during a school camp in Brits in the North West on Wednesday.Parktown Boys’ High pupil Enoch Mpianzi died during a school camp in Brits in the North West on Wednesday.
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Parktown Boys’ High School issued a statement on Friday evening about the death of a grade 8 pupil during a school orientation camp.

Here is the statement in full:

The Parktown Boys’ High School Grade 8 Orientation Camp took place at Nyathi Bush and River Break in the North West Province. The Grade 8 group arrived at camp on Wednesday the 15th of January. The camp is aimed at introducing new Parktonians to each other and creating an environment which focuses on team work and the achieving of common goals through various activities offered at the camp.

The school’s Headboy, Deputy Headboy and SEC members along with seven staff members were also present on the camp along with the Headmaster, Malcolm Williams and a Senior Child Development and Protection Consultant, Luke Lamprecht.

In the afternoon the boys were involved in a water activity that was supervised by trained camp facilitators. After the activity there was a hike and supper, followed by a sleep out in the veld.

Late on Thursday morning, it became apparent that a boy had gone missing from the camp. Internal emergency procedures were immediately instituted by camp management, staff and members of the community. The Headmaster contacted the father to alert him to staff concerns.

At 3:20pm the Headmaster again contacted the father to confirm that all efforts to locate Enock had failed and shortly thereafter transport was arranged to take the family to the venue. Two trained counsellors from the school accompanied the family.

By this time the SAPS Emergency Services had already been called, including the Search and Rescue unit who at the point assumed control of the search.

On Thursday evening the decision was made to curtail all camp activities for the Friday and return the boys to school following breakfast and a briefing by the Headmaster and the Senior Child Development and Protection Consultant.

At 11am on Friday the school was informed of the tragic news that the body of Enock Mpianzi had been found by SAPS Search and Rescue personnel.

The Staff, Learners, SGB, and the Parktonian Alumni express their deepest sympathy to the Mpianzi family following this tragic loss. The school community remains in a state of shock and counselling support has been implemented. The Alumni of the school have committed to support the family where possible.

Further details will be communicated once more information becomes available.

Six-year-old Eastern Cape boy found unharmed after being missing for five days

A six-year-old boy has been found alive and unhurt but in a weak state. Stock image.A six-year-old boy has been found alive and unhurt but in a weak state. Stock image.
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A six-year-old Eastern Cape boy who was reported missing on Monday has been found alive and unhurt but in a weak state, police said on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana said the boy was found late on Friday afternoon in an open field in a valley in the eMaXesibeni area (formerly called Mount Ayliff).

He was rushed to a nearby hospital for a medical examination. He is expected to be reunited with his family once he is discharged from the hospital.

The boy, Khanide Nyikinya, was reported missing on Monday at about 5pm from his home in Bhakubha administrative area, Tabankulu.

“The police in concert with local communities immediately started with the search in Tabankulu and surrounding villages,” Kinana said.

He said that a police helicopter, K9 and mounted units, as well as other forces, had been deployed to search for the child. After a lengthy and intensive search the boy was found at about 5pm on Friday “unhurt, alive but looking weak”.

“Due to the fact that he went without food for such a long period, he has been rushed to a nearby hospital for medical examination.”

Eastern Cape acting police commissioner Maj-Gen Andre Swart expressed his gratitude to all role players including members of the community whom he said had played an “immense” role in the search operation.

Twin baby boy allegedly kidnapped by woman claiming to be a social worker

Two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane was allegedly kidnapped by a woman representing herself as a social worker.Two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane was allegedly kidnapped by a woman representing herself as a social worker.
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Western Cape police are searching for a twin baby boy who was allegedly kidnapped in Parow on Thursday by a woman claiming to be a social worker.

According to police spokesperson Col Andrè Traut, a mother of two-month-old twin boys was approached by the suspect at her residence in Khayelitsha on Wednesday.

“She asked for the baby’s birth certificate, clinic card and she made herself copies. The suspect returned the next day and accompanied the mother and the children in a taxi to Parow where she told the mother her office was. After stopping at the alleged office the suspect got out of the vehicle with the one twin and fled with the child,” Traut said.

He said the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping of the baby were being investigated and that police were seeking the assistance of the public to help find him.

“If you know the whereabouts of two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane who was kidnapped on January 16 in Parow, kindly establish contact with Detective Sergeant Joy Sumsodien of the Bellville FCS on 0825221095 or Crime Stop on 0860010111.”