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ANC concerned over Hammanskraal violence
11 November 2019, 9:14 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed concern over violence that flared-up at a rally in Hammanskraal outside Pretoria on Saturday.

Twenty-five year old Lethabo Nkoana was shot dead during a league meeting at Temba Stadium in Tshwane. Another league member, who was also shot, was hospitalised.

A probe is underway.

Two weeks ago, during another youth league meeting in Limpopo, National Executive Committee members Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba, were forced to flee after violent clashes broke out, resulting in two vehicles belonging to league members being set alight.

The ANC says it’s waiting for a report from the National Youth Task Team before deciding what action to take on what happened at the weekend.

The task team has since postponed all its assemblies until further notice.

“We cannot tolerate hooliganism, we are not going to allow gangsters who are trigger happy to come and occupy our meetings and scare the lives of young people who are supposed to participate in the sustaining of our own national democratic revolution; it’s not going to happen,” says ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe .

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Actor Patrick Shai shot multiple times with rubber bullets during protest
11 November 2019, 9:00 PM

Actor Patrick Shai was hospitalised on Monday after being shot with rubber bullets multiple times during a protest for electricity in Dobsonville, Soweto.

The 7de Laan actor says he was trying to intervene between the enraged community and the police when he got caught up in the standoff. He has since been discharged from hospital.

The community had taken to the streets demanding the restoration of their electricity, which was cut off on Friday.

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Planet Mercury makes rare transit between the Earth and the Sun
11 November 2019, 8:24 PM

The planet Mercury has made a rare transit, passing directly between Earth and the Sun – an event that won’t happen again for 13 years.

The Science and Innovation Department in Pretoria hosted an event to view Mercury’s movement. It was seen in South Africa between 14H35 and sunset.

Mercury appeared as a small black dot moving across the face of the Sun, unlike a solar eclipse, when the Moon wholly or partially covers the Sun. The department’s Charles Takalani explains what is behind Mercury’s movement.

“This is a similar event to solar eclipse, they happen over many years; today’s event.. the next one will occur in 2032. It is used to develop the astronomical unit which is used to measure the distance between objects in the solar system. Mercury as a planet is bigger than the moon however it is very far away from us so we will see a tiny object passing in front of the Sun.

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Severe storms, drought take their toll on parts of the country
11 November 2019, 6:14 PM

Severe storms and heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal, and worsening drought in the Eastern Cape are taking their toll on people and livestock.

One person has been killed by lightning in the Okhahlamba Local Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning that residents should brace themselves for more heavy rainfall in some parts of the province.

The Weather Service has warned of more rain in parts of KwaZulu-Natal province.

A section of the M4 Highway between the Sibaya circle and Umhlanga has been closed, due to flooding at one of the bridges in the area.

“They lost one of their loved ones when they were struck by lightning following the thunderstorms that we have been experiencing in KZN since yesterday. At this point in time, our disaster teams are on the ground conducting assessments and they are in touch with teams in the municipalities to analyse the extent of any incident that have occurred including damages. So, we are communicating preliminary information. At this stage, we will be able to communicate more comprehensively as soon as we have conducted all the assessments,” says Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Spokesperson, Lennox Mabaso.

Meanwhile, the situation remains dire in drought-stricken parts of the Eastern Cape as farmers battle to keep their livestock alive. The province has been declared a drought disaster area and the Agriculture Department is seeking over R600 million to mitigate the situation.

MEC Nomakhosazana Meth says they’re doing their best to assist the farmers.

“As a provincial department we are doing something . The R74 million we are starting from today to source in service providers to provide us with a feed and we are putting a target for ourselves of the 18 November that at least we should be able to have delivered feed to these needy farmers but we are also calling upon the farmers themselves to fill in the forms for application that are available in the website.”

Agriculture Department deputy director Leon Coetzee says a long-term solution to the drought in the Eastern Cape is urgently needed.

“In response of the first question in terms of what services are we providing, our funding that we are currently making available is for feed, feed which consists of predominantly lucerne maize as well as hey for the energy part, the water provision we are also in collaboration with other departments for instance COGTA and the Department of water affairs in terms of emergency water provision so we are focusing on the immediate need now which is feed.”


Tourism department tackles shortage of chefs
11 November 2019, 5:28 PM

The tourism industry in the country has grown, meaning that there is a need for more people to be employed in the hospitality industry. As a plan to tackle the shortage of chefs in the country, Tourism Department has introduced a chef training programme for the youth.

The aim is to equip them with necessary skills, while closing the gap between supply of and demand for qualified chefs.

Tourism Deputy Minister, Fish Mahlalela, officiated at the graduation of 58 chefs who were part of the three-year programme.

“We have thus far trained more than 2 000 chefs of which today 58 people will be graduating. The good thing about the programme is that the majority of our chefs have been absorbed by private sectors. 72% are working, so that is the impact it has had. It has managed to create job opportunities for young people. We are nearing toward the end of the programme now. We have managed to close this gap that has been identified.”



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