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Local News: Scammers are Posing as Fire Brigade Officials

Residents are warned not to fall victim to scammers posing as ‘Fire Brigade’ officials from the City.

These scammers, armed with a ‘compliance’ form bearing the City’s logo, target schools and Non-Governmental Organisations around Katlehong and present themselves as City officials. They indicate that they are tasked to investigate if the school or organisation complies with the City’s fire and safety practices and issue fines of non-compliance.

The form they present has an account number that they claim the purported fine must be paid into, claiming it belongs to the municipality.

This scam was brought to the attention of the City and already five cases of fraud have been opened with the SAPS and are now under investigation.

The notice form used by the scammers has an incorrect e-mail address, order number and contact number.

  • All official CoE correspondence emails have an ekurhuleni.gov.za not a gmail address;
  • Fraudulent orders are hand written and don’t have the DEMS/FSS reference number.
  • An official order number is typed, and signed by the official inspector as well as the client.
  • In order to comply it must have the contact number 011 999 0193 and the e-mail address ;
  • The correct contact number during working hours for the Executive Manager in charge of the Proactive Section is 011 999 0193;
  • The offices are located at DEMS Head Quarters, Emergency Services, 3 Hawley Road, Bedfordview.

Residents must note that members of the emergency services must at all times be in uniform, with a nametag, and drive an official vehicle with City of Ekurhuleni branding.

 The notice form should be hand written with the correct email address and contact details of the relevant officer.

Members of the public suspecting they are scammed can contact the Executive Manager Proactive Services;

Sandra Du Rand on 011 999 0193 or e-mail Sandra.Durand@ekurhuleni.gov.za.

Gauteng police are investigating at least three cases of murder on the East Rand

According to TimesLive, Gauteng police are investigating at least three cases of murder on the East Rand this week.

In the first incident, the bodies of a mother and son were found dumped not far from each other in a maize field in Benoni, said Capt Kay Makhubele.

“The bodies were seen by a passer-by on Monday and the police later discovered that the two were a mother and son,” said Makhubele.

The two had sustained open wounds, caused by “sharp objects”.

No arrests had been made but the two had since been positively identified by their  families, Makhubele said.

On Friday, the badly burnt body of a young woman was found in Putfontein, a few kilometres from Benoni.

Her corpse was also noticed by a passer-by.

“She had been burnt completely on the face and up to her breast area,” Makhubele said.

“She was unrecognisable and her face was burnt beyond recognition,” he added.

The woman was wearing a pink top and black Adidas pants.

Makhubele appealed to the community to assist in identifying her, saying any person who has a missing relative possibly fitting the description should notify police.


Source: TimesLive

Chutney Chicken


6 chicken breasts

A cup of cream – you could replace this with Crosse & Blackwell mayonnaise

A cup Mrs Balls original chutney

1 punnet mushrooms – these need to be sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons Ina Paarman’s Roast Onion gravy powder

salt & pepper

fresh thyme – optional


Preheat the oven to 180°C before slicing and dicing. Then fry the mushrooms and onions until soft and set aside once.

Mix your cream (or mayo) and Mrs Balls together and put aside. Season your chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the Chutney mix with the onions and mushrooms.

Mix everything together and tip it out into a casserole dish.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

TIP: Juices should run clear from the chicken

Sprinkle  your gravy powder over the top and grill for around 10 minutes – it should form a yummy layer on top of the cream (or mayo).

Garnish with thyme and serve with rice.

Source: Pinterest

A Durban inspired dark lager lamb bunny chow


1 large onion, diced

2 cinnamon sticks

A good glug of sunflower oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp ginger, chopped

4 Tbsp masala

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 kg stewing lamb

10 curry leaves

1 cup of your favourite dark lager (Best Black Gold or AND UNION dark lager)

1 tin whole peeled baby tomatoes

1 Tbsp NoMU beef stock

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

Fresh coriander to serve

A loaf of farm bread to serve


  1. Fry the onions and cinnamon sticks in a large pot until they begin to brown.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, masala, cumin and coriander and fry for a minute to cook the spices.
  3. Add the meat and curry leaves and fry for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the beer, tomato and stock and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer.
  6. Cook for 1 hour with the lid on, then remove the lid and continue cooking.
  7. At the 1 hour 30 minute mark, add the potatoes.
  8. Once the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked, it’s done cooking.

Serve  in a quarter loaf, garnish with fresh coriander and wash it down with your favourite dark lager.

Source: Yuppiechef.com

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