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29 December 2011

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Fuel shortages expected to improve

The Energy Department on Wednesday said the recent fuel shortage that affected thousands of Gauteng motorists would gradually start to improve over the next few days.

Petrol giant Shell halted deliveries after a leak at it's Alberton depot led to the shut down of operations two weeks ago.

A number of filling stations experienced sporadic shortages, particularly with the unleaded grade.

The department’s spokesperson Robert Maake said several oil companies had started to make alternative arrangements.

“They have been able to import some of their products from the international markets to supplement the shortages,” he said.

- EWN

Road fatalities might increase - RTMC

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is pleading with long distance travellers to exercise caution, as they plan their return journey home.

Over 1,000 people have lost their lives on the country’s roads this December with around 853 fatal crashes recorded.

The RTMC’s Ashref Ismail said drivers should ensure they are not reckless, and should be sober at all times while driving.

“People are now heading on their homeward bound journeys and it is expected that there would be more accidents resulting in a higher fatality rate," Ismail said.

Ismail listed some of the biggest factors which contributed to accidents.

“Speeds that are too high particularly during bad weather and at night, dangerous driving which include overtaking on the yellow lane and on a solid line as well as drinking and driving and drinking and walking," he said.

Ismail added motorists should ensure their vehicles are in tip-top shape.

“Drivers should make absolutely certain that vehicles are always in a roadworthy condition and more importantly, drivers should also be in a roadworthy condition."

- EWN

Man oorleef botsing teen trein

DIE feit dat hy ’n botsing met ’n trein kon oorleef, is net ’n Kersfees-wonderwerk.

Só het mnr. Kobus van Blommestein (35) van Kemptonpark, Gauteng, gesê nadat hy kort voor Kersfees ternouernood aan die dood ontkom het.

Van Blommestein, ’n bemarker van plaasprodukte, het Vrydag omstreeks 17:00 op ’n grondpad tussen Edenburg en Bloemfontein met ’n ou Landrover teen ’n trein vasgejaag nadat sy remme ingegee het.

“Ek het gesien die trein kom aan en het rem getrap, maar daar was niks. Toe draai ek die voertuig in dieselfde rigting as die trein en tref hom met die kant van die Landrover.”

Met die slag van die botsing is hy uit die voertuig geslinger.

“Ek het deur die lug getrek en ’n paar keer gerol. Die Landrover se dak het op my geland.”

Hy het die Landrover drie dae voor die ongeluk gekoop en wou dit restoureer om daarmee in die veld te ry.

Volgens Van Blommestein, ’n pa van drie jong kinders, het hy oor-en-oor vir homself gesê: “Kobus, jy is oukei, jy is oukei.”

Hy het hom later nader na die treinspoor getrek waar mense hom gehelp het.

Sy pelvis is op twee plekke gebreek en hy het verskeie skrape aan sy lyf opgedoen. Hy het ook ’n tand verloor.

“Ek kon nou dood gewees het. Nie baie mense bots met ’n trein en oorleef nie. Ek bid elke dag om dankie te sê vir die Here.”

Hy was gister in ontspanne luim in die Pelonomi-hospitaal en kon selfs grappies oor sy noue ontkoming maak.

Van Blommestein en sy tweeling, Lihan en Limarie (1), sou op die dag van die ongeluk na Richardbaai vertrek het om daar vakansie te hou.

“Die lewe het nou ’n nuwe betekenis gekry. Ek wil nou net my kinders vashou en tyd met hulle spandeer”

Hy sal nog minstens sewe weke in die hospitaal moet deurbring voordat hy ontslaan kan word.

- Volksblad

Twee jong mense in vierwiel ongeluk

TWEE jong mense sal waarskynlik niks van die feestyd onthou nie ná ’n ernstige vierwielmotorfietsongeluk op ’n grondpad by Reitz in die Oos-Vrystaat.

Me. Justine Pretorius (18) lê in ’n kritieke toestand in die intensiewesorg-eenheid van die Pelonomi-hospitaal in Bloemfontein.

Pretorius, wat verlede jaar in Naboomspruit (deesdae Mookgopong) in Limpopo gematrikuleer het, het ernstige kopbeserings opgedoen en haar linkerknie is verbrysel. Sy is nog onder sterk verdowing en nog nie by haar volle bewussyn nie.

Mnr. Quenton Radford (22) lê met linkerbeen- en armbreuke in die provinsiale Dihlabeng-hospitaal op Bethlehem. Hy het ook ’n harde stamp teen die kop opgedoen.

Sy ma, mev. Shirlene de Kok van Vereeniging, sê hulle probeer reël dat hy ’n oorplasing na ’n hospitaal daar kry. Sy sê haar seun het vanjaar as ambagsman op Reitz begin werk.

Vriende en familie sê ’n foutiewe stuurmeganisme het vermoedelik dié fratsongeluk veroorsaak.

Die twee jong mense, wat mekaar die vorige aand in ’n kuierplek op Reitz ontmoet het, het teen ’n hoë snelheid op ’n grondpad gery toe die vierwielfiets skielik die pad verlaat en tussen twee bome deur is.

Mev. Lizelle Pretorius van Lindley, Justine se werklose en sieklike ma, sê haar dogter het by ’n vriendin op Reitz gaan kuier toe die ongeluk op Vrydag 16 Desember gebeur het.

Haar dogter het glo nie ’n valhelm gedra nie.

Dié desperate vrou, wie se dogter weens hul geldelike omstandighede by familie elders moes gaan bly om haar skoolloopbaan te voltooi, moet nou op die welwillendheid van mense wat sy nie ken nie, staatmaak om aan haar vervoer en verblyf in Bloemfontein te verskaf.

Sy sê sy weet nie hoe sy finansieel die mas gaan opkom nie.

“Justine was nog nie seker wat sy wou doen nie. Sy het eers ’n ruk by haar pa in die Kaap gaan bly, en toe in Pretoria. Sy is só ’n kuns­tige, aktiewe meisie en het selfs ’n bietjie modelwerk gedoen. Sy het planne gehad. Sy was besig om haar kop uit te sorteer. Dit is alles nog só onwerklik.”

Enigiemand wat die Pretorius-gesin wil help kan ’n e-pos na nuus@volksblad.com stuur.

- Volksblad

39 road deaths a day in December

Thirty-nine people have been killed each day on South Africa's roads between December 1 and 26, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Thursday.

A total of 1023 people were killed over that period, in 853 crashes, spokesman Ashref Ismail said.

"Given the high number of major fatal crashes recorded this festive season as a result of dangerous driving, traffic authorities around the country have been instructed to confiscate and provisionally suspend the driver's licences of any offender."

Ismail said authorities would show no mercy to those who drove recklessly and inconsiderately.

"Barrier line infringements, red-light jumping and drinking and driving will lead to an arrest and offenders will have their licences suspended."

On Monday, 19 people were killed when a minibus taxi and a car collided head-on on the R26 between Frankfort and Tweeling in the Free State. Both the car and the taxi caught fire, Free State police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said on Tuesday.

"Some of the people were burned beyond recognition after the impact. Four occupants from the car and 15 from the taxi died on the scene."

Seven people were taken to the Mafube District Hospital in Frankfort. Two critically injured people were taken to Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein.

"Major contributory factors to accidents remain speeds too high for circumstances, especially at night and during inclement weather, drinking and driving, drinking and walking and dangerous overtaking on barrier lines in the face of coming traffic," said Ismail.

Comparisons to previous years could not yet be done as all crash reports had not been captured.

On December 27 Limpopo traffic police arrested 53 drivers, including the driver of a Mini Cooper who was doing 214km/h in a 120km/h zone, Ismail said.

A total of 1149 people were killed on South Africa's roads between December 1 and December 28 in 2010 and 1304 during the same period in 2009.

The Justice Project SA on Wednesday said there was no legal basis for traffic police to confiscate the licences of traffic offenders on the spot, as Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele had threatened.

"I am not saying licences should not be confiscated or suspended for serious offences, there is a way to do so," the organisation's chairman Howard Dembovsky said.

He said only the courts may revoke a licence.

- Sowetan

Surfer tells how she saved girl

A drowning tragedy at Camps Bay’s Glen Beach on Boxing Day, in which a father drowned while trying to save his family, could have ended in more deaths were it not for teenage surfing champion Tanika Hoffman, who leapt into the sea to assist the family in distress.

Relaying the story on Wednesday, Hoffman, 19, said she was about to go for a swim when she noticed a commotion in the water.

“The dad and three children - his daughter and their two cousins - were in the water struggling.” They had been hit by a wave and swept out by the current.

Hoffman swam towards the father, Anwar Hoosain, 45, and the children.

“I swam out to the first girl who was on a boogie board. She said, ‘please please, help my cousins’. The boy had climbed on to a rock but the little girl … was struggling as she tried to grab on to the rock.”

Hoffman, who is a three-times SA surfing champion and came ninth at the international championships in Panama this year, said: “I had looked across and saw the dad, but the little girl was struggling, too.

“While I swam her back to shore - me on my back and the little girl on top of me - we swam past a guy on a stand-up board so I quickly told him to go back for the dad. The little girl I was pulling in was panicking and in tears,” Hoffman said.

She swam back to the other girl while someone helped her male cousin on the rock. The girl - about 12 or 13 - was desperately clinging to her boogie board.

Hoffman pulled her back to shore.

“Many others then swam in, but nearly got sucked into the current. The guy on the stand-up board and his friends had managed to get the dad - who already looked unconscious - on to the board and were pulling him back.”

By then, says Hoffman, others had gone to get help from officials on Camps Bay beach. Despite the best efforts of paramedics who performed CPR, Hoosain was declared dead on the scene.

Hoosain’s family, who lives in Bellville, were too shaken to speak to the press.

Hoffman said: “I knew the dad needed my help, too, but it was such a difficult situation because he was so much bigger than me, and I prioritised the little girl,” she says.

- Cape Times/IOL

Kaap mag hiér vuurwerke skiet

Die Stad Kaapstad het 8 plekke aangedui waar vuurwerke op Oujaarsaand geskiet mag word.

Tussen negeuur en middernag sal daar op dié plekke openbare veiligheidsamptenare aan diens wees:

Theo Marais Park, Koeberg Road, Milnerton.

Bishop Lavis Sportveld, Bishop Lavis.

Wesfleur Sportveld, Reygersdal rylaan, Atlantis.

Macassar strand parkeerarea.

Swartklip Sportkompleks, hoek van Spine en Swartklipweg, Mitchells Plain.

Maiden’s Cove parkeerarea, Kampsbaai.

Athlone Stadion parkeerarea.

Sunrise Beach parkeerarea, Muizenberg.


'n Lid van die burgemeesterskomitee oor openbare veiligheid, JP Smith, sê dit is onwettig om op enige ander plek vuurwerke te skiet en diegene wat hulle daaraan skuldig maak, sal vervolg word.

- Die Burger