April 24, 2017

SA car buyers facing inflation triple whammy

South African motorists are facing a triple whammy as the country’s recent downgrade to junk status by two major ratings agencies is likely to result in more than just a spike in car prices. Finance and running costs, including insurance, are set to rise too. This is according to TransUnion, which on Thursday released its Vehicle Price Index for the first quarter of 2017. The VPI report, which examines year-on-year vehicle price inflation in a similar fashion to the CPI for general consumer goods, showed that new vehicle inflation is currently running at 8.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent a…

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CPF members sentenced to 120 years for murder

Eight members of the Siyabuswa Community Policing Forum (CPF), including a ward councillor, were each sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for murdering a suspected nyaope addict by beating him to death. The eight denied any involvement in the killing of Mbo Buti Mahlangu, but several witnesses on the scene told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that they saw the eight hitting him for several hours. Asked why they were attacking him, one of the accused said it was because he was “a nyaope boy who caused a lot of problems”. The eight are Buti Mtsweni, 53, Joseph Baloyi, 51, Dinah…

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Ontlametse ‘represented more than her illness’

It was a relay of brave, heart-warming and inspiring tales about Ontlametse Phalatse as speakers took turns to share their moments about the elfin child. The packed Mmanotshe Moduane High School hall in Hebron resembled Phalatse’s bravado and never-say-die attitude as attendees sang, ululated and danced to a life well lived. Ontlametse was a well-known motivational speaker who suffered from progeria, a genetic disorder which causes rapid ageing. Despite her disease, her larger-than-life personality preceded her so much that celebrities, organisations and government officials were enriched by her attitude. Comedian Thapelo “Tips” Seemise served as programme director and kept things…

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