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16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s Person of the Year
11 December 2019, 9:22 PM

The United Nations Secretary-General has congratulated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

The outspoken 16-year old, who earlier this year lectured world leaders at the UN over their lack of urgency about the warming planet was lauded by Time for “becoming the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement.

When addressing world leader’s in September, Thunberg said, “People are suffering, people are dying, entire eco-systems are collapsing, we are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth – how dare you?”

Now one of the world’s most recognizable climate activists, with Time celebrating the power of youth with this recognition.

The UN Secretary General’s Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq says, “The SG as you’ve seen from what he’s said in recent months, is very proud of Ms Thunberg and the work she’s done but it’s not just her. As I understand it this is a recognition of the effect youth have been having on this debate and the SG has been very clear about the need for the world’s leaders to listen to the youth. It is their world that we are currently damaging through our inaction and our delayed action. One day they will be the inheritors of the world that we’ve left for them and we need to make sure that we have done right by them and good to see recognition of both the powerful role they can have when they make their voices heard and of the importance of listening to them.”

From protesting alone outside the Swedish Parliament during school hours on Fridays, she sparked a global movement that has blossomed into the Fridays For Future strike that has galvanized students to raise their voices on behalf of the planet.  Greta’s currently in Madrid, Spain for the COP 25 Climate Conference.

“There is no sense of urgency whatsoever. Our leaders are not behaving as though we were in an emergency. In an emergency, you change your behavior. If there’s a child standing in the middle of the road and cars are coming at full speed, you don’t look away because it is too uncomfortable. You immediately run out and rescue that child. And without that sense of urgency, how can we, the people, understand that we are facing a real crisis. And if the people are not fully aware of what is going on then they will not put pressure on the people in power to act.”

Thunberg beat the likes of US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Xinping and even the Hong Kong Protestors for this year’s Time accolade. According to Time, in the 16 months since her solo protest began outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, Greta has addressed a Climate Change Summit at UN Headquarters, met the Pope, sparred with President Trump and inspired 4 million people to join a global climate strike this past September – lauding her move to create an attitudinal shift that has transformed millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change.

All before she’s even legal to vote.

SA awaits President Ramaphosa’s response to electricity crisis
10 December 2019, 9:29 PM

There’s public interest in what action President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to take to mitigate the impact of load shedding on the already ailing economy.

On Wednesday, the  Eskom board and management will brief President Ramaphosa,  who will also visit the power utility’s operations centre at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

President Ramaphosa has cut short his working visit to Egypt to deal with the deepening power crisis in the country. He faced criticism for being away at a time that Eskom escalated load shedding to an unprecedented stage six.

The load shedding has since been adjusted to stage two. Eskom deputy spokesperson Dikatso Mothae has warned that the probability for load shedding remains high for the rest of the week.

“We are still at stage four, we’re stable at stage four, we do not believe that we’ll need to be higher than that today and we’re constantly monitoring the system and we’ll be in a better place to advise what will happen tomorrow.”

Chief of SA Army passes away
10 December 2019, 9:07 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the SANDF, has conveyed his condolences to the family of the chief of the army Lieutenant-General Thabiso Mokhosi.

Mokhosi died Tuesday morning at Unitas hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria after a short illness.

Lieutenant General Mokhosi was promoted to the Chief of the South African Army from 1 November 2019 which saw other senior leadership of the defence force into new positions.

 

SABC News exclusive: Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi speaks to Sherwin Bryce-Pease
10 December 2019, 7:50 PM

Newly crowned Miss Universe, South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi has arrived in New York to begin her reign.  Tunzi walked away with the crown at the 68th edition of the Miss Universe competition, which was held on December 8, at Tyler Perry Studios in the United States.

In one of her speeches at the pageant, Tunzi said, “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful. I think that it is time that that stops today.”

Speaking to SABC News’ New York correspondent Sherwin Bryce-Pease on top of the iconic Empire State building, Tunzi says when she heard her name being announced as the winner, it was so unbelievable.

Full interview below:

Rescued miner in stable condition
8 December 2019, 11:49 AM

The Tau Lekoa Gold Mine management says the fifth mine worker who was rescued on Friday following a rockfall that killed four miners is in a stable condition in hospital.

Three rock drillers and a team leader died at the mine shaft in Orkney near Klerksdorp due to a rockfall. Their bodies were recovered last night, after long efforts by the rescue teams.

Rock drillers, Xolani Meva from Elliotdale, Lungile Nyawose from Lusikisiki, Karabo Mabuthile from Fochvillea and a team leader Katleho Nthibane from Bloemfontein lost their lives.

The victims were trapped by a rockfall about 1350 metres below the surface of the mine shaft in Orkney near Klerksdorp. This follows two seismic events.

The National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) says an independent forensic investigation should be conducted at the mine, as this is not the first incident to take lives.

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