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No arrest made in connection with toddlers’ deaths in Northern Cape.
13 November 2019, 3:55 PM

No arrests have been made in connection with the case of two toddlers who were found dead in a refrigerator at Bankhara village in Kuruman in the Northern Cape.

The two – aged four and five – went missing at the weekend and were found dead in a refrigerator in a yard opposite their homes.

Northern Cape police spokesperson, Mohale Ramatseba says an inquest docket has been opened.

Ramatseba says, “We have opened a case of inquest for further investigation. We would like to appeal to our communities to make sure that children don’t play around unused freezers or old cars.”

Kolisi thanks KwaZulu-Natal, Boks tour reaches Moses Mabhida Stadium
8 November 2019, 2:05 PM

The World Champion Springboks have arrived at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after a procession from Umhlanga to Durban where thousands of cheering fans got a glimpse of their heroes and the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Supporters – decked out in green and gold and waving South African flags – say they were ecstatic to see the Boks.

“Oh I’m just so excited I cannot believe it we came to meet the Bokke…We are the ones! Our blood is green!… South Africa, proudly South African… Thank you Bokke for bringing the William Webb Ellis Cup home.”

Earlier, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi expressed his gratitude to the people of KwaZulu-Natal, addressing hundreds of people at the Durban City Hall.

“Siyabulela kakhulu bantu baKwaZulu-Natal, thank you people of KwaZulu-Natal.”

Springbok supporters have continued to celebrate the team’s arrival in Durban, long after the bus passed them.


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SABC News speaks to the famous KFC couple
8 November 2019, 1:01 PM

SABC News has traced the man that Mzansi has been searching for.

In a 37-second-long video posted on Twitter, a man is seen kneeling down in front of the woman he proposes to in a KFC store.  The proposal was done on Wednesday, in full view of KFC patrons in the Vaal – with several people capturing the moment on video.

In a Tweet, KFC appealed to the public to help them track down the happy couple – with Cricket South Africa, Pick n Pay and Total being among companies joining in the search.

The man, Hector David Mkasi, says he had no idea the country was searching for him, and is excited that some firms are offering gifts to him and his wife-to-be.

“Oh my god! I’m more excited!  You know, I’m so so happy!!! I’m so happy I can jump and touch the sky! Oh Jesus! I’m so happy! Thank You! I’m going to KFC now!”, Hector excitingly expressed himself.

 

Erasmus looks to future as Boks arrive home
6 November 2019, 11:21 AM

Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus, says he hopes the team’s world cup success has a permanent positive effect on South Africa.

Erasmus and most members of his squad, including Captain Siya Kolisi and the Web Ellis Trophy, arrived in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Supporters waited for hours on end to catch a glimpse of their favorite players, and, of course, the most famous trophy in world rugby.

Captain Siya Kolisi made it clear that the Boks didn’t pursue the victory just for themselves, but for the entire South Africa.

“We knew what was going on back at home and coach reminded us that we have a privilege of doing what we doing that can give hope to the people.

It did drive us seeing all the videos in malls and in the taverns, and every single person just celebrating. So we know that it was much more than just for our personal gains, it was for the country.”

Erasmus will now concentrate on his role as SA Rugby’s director of rugby as he wants to further develop and improve the sport across all spheres.

South Africa rations water to save dwindling supplies
29 October 2019, 3:35 PM

South Africa has imposed emergency measures, including rationing, to save dwindling water supplies after an abnormally hot, dry summer coupled with below average rainfall and a spike in usage pushes the country towards a crippling shortage.

Dam levels across the country have dropped by 10% to 60% compared to 2018, according to a recent report by the Department of Water and Sanitation, and rising water usage and low rainfall could lead to taps running completely dry, said Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

“We are working hard to avoid the much-dreaded Day Zero phenomenon, and instead we are announcing restrictions on water usage,” Sisulu told journalists, adding that rainfall was expected to return in December.

“Day Zero” is a situation where taps run completely dry despite rationing and restrictions.

“Indications are that our rainfall patterns are getting harder to predict. What we’re seeing, like other parts of the globe, is the dry season is getting longer, harsher and more intense. Climate change is a reality and is affecting South Africa.”

South Africa ranks as one of the top 30 most water scarce countries in the world, a situation worsened by the el- Nino induced drought that hit southern Africa in 2015, as well as decades of water-intensive industry and a collapsing network of infrastructure.

The largely rural eastern province is facing the worst drought for a century while areas in the Northern Cape have yet to receive rain for up to six years, according to National Disaster Management Center and some water watchers.

Inland municipalities like economic-hub Johannesburg are already imposing water restrictions.

The country is also warming up at almost double the 2C global average as it struggles to bring down carbon emissions, the highest on the continent.

South Africa’s water consumption per person per day per litre, at around 320 litres, is double the global average rate of consumption, a water official said. The water department said it aimed to curb per capita water usage around 100 litres.

In 2018 tourist favourite Cape Town only narrowly avoided “Day Zero” after declaring a state of emergency and restricting consumption to 50 litres per person per day.

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