Home » Articles Posted by Busi Magudulela

Author Archives: Busi Magudulela

Blood donation
World marks Blood Donor Day
14 June 2019, 12:22 PM

Friday marks World Blood Donor Day. This is a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who donate blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need.

The day was established in 2004 by the World Health Organization to both raise awareness about the need for blood donation and to acknowledge and appreciate blood donors for their gifts.

The day also aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and to encourage regular blood donation by suitable donors.

Donating a unit of blood can save the lives of up to three patients in dire need of blood.

Becoming a regular blood donor ensures makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service to collect sufficient safe blood to meet the demand.

Aston Martin for James Bond
Aston Martin built for James Bond heading to auction
14 June 2019, 11:45 AM

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 outfitted with special gadgets for James Bond, such as tire slashers, machine guns and a bulletproof shield, will go up for auction in August, the auction house announced on Wednesday (June 12).

The vehicle painted gray is expected to fetch between $4 million and $6 million, according to a statement from RM Sotheby’s.

The car was never seen in Bond films but matches the one that “007” – the code number by which Bond was often known – drove in the movies “Goldfinger,” and “Thunderball.”

The vehicle was commissioned by filmmaker Eon Productions and used at promotional events for “Thunderball” in the United States, the auction house said.

It includes 13 modifications created for Bond, including a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, tire slashers mounted on its wheel hubs and a bulletproof rear screen that can be raised and lowered.

RM Sotheby’s said the Bond modifications had been “properly refurbished to function as originally built,” and has had three private owners over 50 years.

The auction will take place on August 15 in Monterey, California.

Court gavel
11 eThekwini municipality workers in court for public violence
14 June 2019, 10:50 AM

Eleven eThekwini municipality workers who were arrested for public violence last month are on Friday appearing in the Durban Magistrate’s court.

They were arrested during clashes between police and workers who were protesting in the Durban city centre demanding salary increases.

The workers allege that the salaries of newly employed uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans were increased from R9 000 to R20 000 a month.

They are facing charges of public violence and damage to property.

They are out on R1 000 bail each.

Oil tanker
Iran denies tankers attack as tensions soar
14 June 2019, 10:30 AM

Iran dismissed as “baseless” Friday US accusations that it carried out twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Washington would defend its forces and allies in the region, and the United States pressed its case as the UN Security Council met to address the incident — the second in a month in the strategic shipping lane.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Friday that the US administration had “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence”.

He accused it of seeking to “sabotage diplomacy” amid a visit to Iran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “cover up its economic terrorism against Iran” in enforcing crippling unilateral sanctions.

With tensions spiralling between Iran and the United States, the European Union called for “maximum restraint” and UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf.

Iran labelled the apparent attacks “suspicious,” as its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rebuffed overtures by Abe to open talks with US President Donald Trump.

Pompeo said there was strong evidence of Iran’s culpability, after the US Navy said it had spotted an unexploded limpet mine stuck to the hull of one of the vessels.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) released a grainy black-and-white video it said showed an Iranian patrol boat “removing the unexploded limpet mine” from the ship.

“It is the assessment of the United States that the Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo announced.

“This is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he said.

The two vessels were struck by explosions in the early daylight hours Thursday after passing through the Strait of Hormuz and travelling around 25 nautical miles off Iran’s southern coast headed towards Asia.

The Norwegian-owned Front Altair ethanol tanker was hit by three explosions, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority and remained ablaze late Thursday.

Explosions also struck the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, which was loaded with methanol but the fire on board was soon extinguished. One crew member suffered minor injuries. The ship was on Friday heading towards the Omani port of Khor Fakkan.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts which struck both tankers at the waterline.

The City of Johannesburg
City of Johannesburg approves debt relief programme for residents
14 June 2019, 9:35 AM

The City of Johannesburg has approved a debt relief programme for residents who are struggling to pay off accumulated debt to the city.

The city council says qualifying customers can get up to 50% of their debt written off if they come forward.

They have been asked to visit their nearest municipal offices.

MMC of Finance in the city of Johannesburg, Funzela Ngobeni says the move is aimed at ensuring that defaulting customers are brought back into good standing on their municipal accounts.

He says: “The programme aims to give qualifying customers 50% debt written off.”

“This only applies to customers who comply with all requirements of the programme which include among others keeping the current account up to date and allowing a regular inspection of metered services. “



SABC © 2019