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Young artists
National Arts Festival officially opens
27 June 2019, 12:50 PM

The National Arts Festival has officially opened its gates to thousands of locals and tourists who are flocking to Makhanda to be a part of it.

This year, the festival celebrates its 45th anniversary and scores of local artists will have a chance to give the expected large audience a variety of performances.

CEO of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Tony Lankester says this year’s mission is to encourage young artists to start exploring art within technology.

“There are a whole lot of tools out there now that just make it so easy for artists to get their stories out there in an entertaining way. So what we wanted to do is create the space that explores the areas where technology and creativity converge. Make those tools available to artists teach them how to use them and inspire them to find new ways to tell their stories.  So this is a combination of exhibition tools, workshops and productions.”

People who have come to the festival say they are excited about what this year might bring. Some say they are looking forward to the launch of the Art program.

“I am very excited because this is my first time to be in South Africa and I wanted to study a PhD. I’m excited about the Arts program, we are very excited about the festival,” says a participant.

“I’m excited about the Arts launch and the exhibition between land and the fruits by Tanya Peterson,” adds another festival goer.

“For me everything about it is quite exciting, I like the vibe. Grahamstown is normally quiet,” says another festival goer.


Air India
Air India plane escorted by fighters lands in London after bomb threat
27 June 2019, 12:31 PM

An Air India passenger plane flying to the United States was escorted by British fighter jets to land in London on Thursday after a bomb threat. Air India said flight AI 191 from Mumbai to Newark had made a precautionary landing at London Stansted Airport “due to a bomb threat.”

Britain scrambled Typhoon fighters at supersonic speed to intercept the Boeing 777-337 and safely escorted it to Stansted which briefly closed its runway.

The Air India plane was directed to an isolated stand with police in attendance. “An Air India Boeing 777 diverted into London Stansted Airport at approximately 1015 and landed safely with Essex Police in attendance. It is parked on an isolated stand away from the normal airport operations,” the airport said.

“Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight,” it said. British police said officers were making enquiries. An Air India spokesperson was not immediately reachable.

Fuel in a car
July to bring good news for motorists
27 June 2019, 11:46 AM

The Automobile Association (AA) is predicting that July brings with it good news for motorists.

The AA expects that lower international oil prices have set up a substantial reduction in the fuel price. The price of petrol is expected to decrease by 86 cents a litre, diesel by 68 cents and illuminating paraffin by 58 cents.

The AA says the prices could have decreased further if the rand fared better on the markets.

Three killed in multiple vehicle collision in Mpumalanga
27 June 2019, 11:07 AM

At least three people have been killed after a multiple vehicle collision on the N12 between Emalahleni and Delmas in Mpumalanga on Thursday morning.

According to the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, among the deceased is a two-year-old child. Spokesperson for the Department Moeti Mmusi says preliminary investigations suggest that the collision involving 17 vehicles was caused by bad weather conditions.

Mmusi says traffic officers are at the scene.

“The N12 road between Emalahleni and Delmas leading to Johannesburg remains closed at the moment following a multi vehicle collisions that occurred on that road. That collision involves seventeen vehicles which are ten sedans, two articulated trucks, four light delivery trucks as well as one mini bus. Motorists are advised to use alternative roads, that would be the R555 road between Emalahleni and Orgies in order to reach or come from Delmas travelling to Emalahleni.”

Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi
ConCourt rules Jiba, Mrwebi remain on roll of advocates
27 June 2019, 10:28 AM

The application by the General Council of the Bar to have former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi struck of the roll of advocates has been dismissed by the Constitutional Court.


They were fired from the National Prosecuting Authority by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this year.



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