Charlotte Nikoi (centre) in the clothes she was last seen wearing.

CAPE TOWN – The family of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) associate director for human resources Charlotte Nikoi, who went missing two months ago, is offering R100 000 reward for information that will lead to her being found. Nikoi, 50, was last seen by her family walking down Table Mountain in Cape Town on March 21.

Nikoi, her husband, Chris, and a daughter were in Cape Town to celebrate their 22-year anniversary in March.

“On their second day in the city, they wanted to go to Robben Island, however, they didn’t realise they had to book in advance, so they couldn’t get tickets. So at the last minute they decided to go up the Platterklip Gorge Trail on Table Mountain,” said Sarah-Jane Trent of Paul O’Sullivan and Associates, which has been appointed to assist in finding Nikoi.

“At about 1pm that afternoon Charlotte was lagging behind and decided to go back down. She sent an SMS to Chris to say she would wait for them at the bottom,” Trent said.

When Chris and their daughter eventually returned to the start of the trail a few hours later, there was no sign of Charlotte.

Since then, multiple appeals have yielded little information and, said Trent, the investigation had stalled.

“We are convinced the only way this investigation will gain traction, is if someone comes forward with useful information, hence the reward.”

Nikoi’s daughter Carly said in a recording distributed to various media she had returned to Cape Town to connect with the people searching for her mother.

“I want to help put an end this nightmare. I’m so hopeful we will find her, I just hope the photos we have of her are not the only ones we’ll ever have, and the memories we have are not the ones we’ll ever keep,” said Carly.

“I want new photos, and I want new memories of my mom. There were so many things we planned on doing and she was excited to do. I just can’t believe that we won’t get to do them. She has three children who need her back in their lives,” Carly said.


-The Citizen
PHOTO: Charlotte Nikoi (centre) in the clothes she was last seen wearing.


 The City has warned of traffic disruptions this morning, due to protest action on Stellenbosch Arterial and a multi-vehicle collision on the N2.

CAPE TOWN – Authorities have closed Robert Sobukwe Drive in both directions between De La Rey and Borchards Quarry Roads because of possible violence resulting from protest action at the intersection of Stellenbosch Arterial and Robert Sobukwe Drive.

The N2 outgoing is closed at Mew Way, with traffic diverted onto Mew Way, Old Faure Road, Spine Road and back onto the N2, because of a crash involving a truck, a light delivery vehicle and a car in which at least one person was killed and two injured.

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PHOTO: David Ritchie / Independent Media.



A man was killed on Friday evening as he tried to fend off a gang of men attempting to rape his girlfriend.

DURBAN – The couple were walking along Riverside Road in Durban‚ a popular running and biking trail which has become notorious for muggings.

According to ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak‚ the couple was outside the Umgeni River Bird Park when a taxi pulled up next to them.

A gang of men surrounded the couple and began assaulting the man as he tried to defend his girlfriend.

‘Stop this evil’: Soccer clubs and fans urged to help women and children facing abuse

“Paramedics arrived to find the man with multiple injuries‚ severe facial injuries and internal bleeding. There was nothing that they could do for him and he was declared dead on scene‚” Vermaak said.

“The 21-year-old woman was treated for multiple‚ serious injuries. She was later rushed to a nearby hospital.”

Vermaak said that a pathology report would be conducted to determine the exact cause of the man’s death.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined.


-TMG Digital/Sowetan Live

PHOTO: Supplied. Soswetan Live


Rainfall during April and May had been disappointing.

FILE: Theewaterskloof dam is shown in January. It is one of the mayor dams supplying water to Cape Town. (Supplied)

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said.

Any rainfall in the coming weeks would change this projection, but there was “significant uncertainty” over the rain forecast for June and July, mayoral
committee member for water and waste services Xanthea Limberg said in written replies sent to News24 on Wednesday.

“As such, saving as much water as possible remains key in case our water reserves have to be stretched over summer 2017/18,” she said.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille announced on Monday that she had declared the entire province a disaster zone in a bid to avoid taps running dry. Economic Opportunities and Agriculture MEC Alan Winde said the decision was taken because winter rainfall had been below expectation.

“We are being told that we should’ve had a lot more rain in this season already,” he said.


PHOTO: Theewaterskloof dam is shown in January. It is one of the mayor dams supplying water to Cape Town. (Supplied)


 Researchers have long known that having one too many cocktails might be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Staying physically active has been associated with a reduced risk of several forms of cancer. Experts recommend exercising at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) per week.


Now, a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research reveals just how much of a risk daily drinking might pose for both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
Sipping an average of 10 grams of alcohol a day — equivalent to a small glass of wine, an 8-ounce beer or 1 ounce of hard liquor — is associated with a 5% increased breast cancer risk in premenopausal women and 9% increase in postmenopausal women, said Dr. Anne McTiernan, a lead author of the new report and a cancer prevention researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.


Rapid implementation of infection control measures, as soon as the disease is suspected, is essential.

WHO confirms second Ebola case in Congo outbreak.

CAPE TOWN – The South African Department of Health is on alert following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On May 12, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that nine



A century from England skipper Eoin Morgan powered the hosts to 339/6 from their fifty overs and a 72 run win over the Proteas at Headingley on Wednesday.


CAPE TOWN – The task was always going to be difficult after England posted a total of 339/6 but the Proteas were ahead on comparative run rate for much of their innings.

Amla and Du Plessis put on 112 for the second wicket to stabilise the innings after the early loss of Quinton de Kock but thereafter the Proteas could not post decent partnerships with the next best being the 37 for the ninth wicket between Wayne Parnell and Kagiso Rabada.

Many of the batsmen got out to loose shots


Photo_Web_Lichtenburg_250517: The municipal buildings have been torched.

LICHTENBURG – The Mayor of Ditsobotla in the North West has been freed after being held hostage in the Lichtenburg municipal offices.

The community is apparently unhappy with the Integrated Development Plan final report, which was tabled on Tuesday.

The municipal buildings have been torched.

Around 40 community members allegedly took Mayor Daniel Buthelezi hostage.

The group threatened to set themselves alight if their complaints about poor service delivery in the area are not heard.

The protestors have been arrested.


PHOTO: © Twitter / @nastro_apula The municipal buildings have been torched.

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