R100 000 reward offered for Joburg cable theft info

The City of Johannesburg is offering a R100 000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of suspects who stole cables worth R2 million.    The cables were stolen in a break-in at the City of Johannesburg’s data centre in Braamfontein, Mayor Herman Mashaba said in a statement on Saturday.  The suspects allegedly gained access through an emergency exit door on the ground floor of the building in the early hours of the morning, he said.  

Forensic investigation into Joburg’s R1.3bn fibre network

Johannesburg mayoral committee institutes an independent forensic investigation into the city’s decision to buy a 900km fibre broadband network for R1.3bn The Johannesburg mayoral committee has instituted an independent forensic investigation into the city’s decision to buy a 900km fibre broadband network for R1.3bn, mayor Herman Mashaba announced on Friday. However, the decision to investigate would not affect Johannesburg’s existing free Wi-Fi programme and the intention to expand it, he said.

Mashaba to arrest ‘106 corrupt Joburg licensing officials’

The DA mayor says dodgy officials have engaged in possibly corrupt transactions worth nearly R15m. The new Johannesburg municipal administration under Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that it intends to arrest more than 100 allegedly corrupt officials at the city’s licensing centre. The party claims it has identified 927 transactions that may have been fraudulent, to the value of R14.7 million, which “could have been spent on service delivery”.

Fear rules Joburg, but Cape Town is SA’s murder capital

JOHANNESBURGERS are SA’s most fearful citizens, even though people are more likely to be murdered in Cape Town or sexually assaulted in Mangaung. Johannesburg’s reputation as “the gangster paradise” may well be overstated. Ten years of crime statistics and research from Statistics SA show a disconnect between reality and perception. While the Johannesburg metro is not totally safe, there are certain crimes that you are far more likely to fall victim to if you live in one of SA’s eight other metros.

Bogus Health Inspector

This notice serves to warn the community of a person who goes around inspecting shops and poses as an Environmental Health Practitioner (Health Inspector). He leaves behind an ID copy and goes by the name of John Duran. He wears a nametag on which the words Health Inspector are engraved. He targets food premises, conducts inspections in premises and claims that he was called from Durban to come and work for the City of Johannesburg because of problems and staff shortages the city experiences.

ATM blown up in Joburg supermarket

Six robbers blew open an ATM in a supermarket in Booysens, Johannesburg, on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said. The incident occurred at 5.45am, near the Booysens police station, Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said. “The personnel of a supermarket were busy opening the shop when the suspects held them at gunpoint outside the shop.”

Vehicle theft is on the rise

Vehicle theft and theft out of vehicles has increased across Johannesburg. Motorists need to be aware of the added risks when parking their cars in unprotected areas. Managing director of ADT Central Region, Clive Humphrey said, “Our officers on patrol often notice vehicles parked in unprotected areas.

Police hunt for hijackers caught on CCTV camera footage

Police have launched a search for four men who hijacked a family’s car in central Johannesburg at the weekend. Saturday’s afternoon’s hijacking made headlines when the closed-circuit television footage of the crime, at the intersection of Commissioner and Crown streets, was posted online. Police spokeswoman Obakeng Mabaso said on Monday that a car overtook the family’s silver Toyota Rav4 as they were waiting at the intersection, and parked in front of it. Another car parked it in from behind.

City of Joburg contracts awarded to own employees: report

The City of Johannesburg has awarded contracts for services worth nearly R100 million to its employees and to civil servants employed by other state departments, according to a report. The Saturday Star reported that this is according to Auditor-General Terence Nombembe’s final management report on the city’s performance during the 2011/2012 financial year. The report showed that some of the council’s employees were directors of more than 10 companies.

Zuma funder awarded R1.25bn Joburg City Power tender

Evidence suggests that a hotly contested smart electricity meter tender, to the value of R1.25-billion, was fixed to benefit Vivian Reddy’s firm. A R1.25-billion contract to supply “smart” electricity meters to the City of Johannesburg was manipulated to favour Vivian Reddy, one of President Jacob Zuma’s key benefactors, information obtained by the Mail & Guardian suggests. Reddy reportedly paid R450 000 for a table at the ANC’s anniversary gala dinner in Durban last week, when Zuma made the controversial remark that “wise” businessmen who supported the ANC could expect that “everythingRead More

Johannesburg officials arrested for R10 million fraud

Five City of Johannesburg employees have been arrested for fraud and theft, the municipality said on Wednesday. The five, employed in the building control department, were arrested by the Hawks for allegedly swindling the city out of millions of rand, city spokesman Gabu Tugwana said. “[They were involved] in a R10 million scam to defraud council funds for the submission of building plans over a 12-month period,” he said.

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