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Petrol drop pump
Fuel prices drop in the New Year
2 January 2019, 6:27 AM

Fuel prices have dropped at midnight with petrol prices decreasing by at least R1.22 a litre. It’s the second big price drop in as many months.

The price of diesel dropped by at least R1.53 per litre and illuminating paraffin by R1.23 a litre.

The Automobile Association (AA) said last month that higher United States (US) crude output as well as a declining dollar had led to the price drops. AA spokesperson Layton Beard has welcomed the drop in the price of fuel.

“This decrease brings the petrol price below R14 again for the first time in a long time so it’s really very good news for motorists. It could have been totally different as we could have been looking at a rand increase but you can be very happy we are going into the new year on such a positive foot,” says Beard.


Algeria sentences journalist to year in jail for illegal protest
25 December 2018, 7:55 PM

An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist to one year in jail for taking part in an illegal protest, his lawyer said. Adlene Mellah who heads the news websites Algerie Direct and Dzair Presse was arrested on December 9 for participating in a rally of solidarity for a singer who has been jailed since October.

He was accused of taking part in an illegal protest and incitement to demonstrate, adding that he would appeal the sentence.

“I am shocked to see Algerian citizens accused of unlawful protests in 2018 when the right to demonstrate is guaranteed by the constitution,” says the lawyer.

Last week, the state prosecutor demanded Mellah be jailed for three years.

Mellah is due to appear in court on February 7 in another case in which he is accused of “bribery, defamation and violation of privacy”, according to his lawyers.

Bus Crash
Eight dead in China after hijacked bus crashes into pedestrians
25 December 2018, 7:45 PM

Eight people were killed and 22 injured after a hijacked bus crashed into pedestrians in east China’s Fujian province on Tuesday afternoon, state media reported. A hijacker carrying a knife has been detained and is being investigated by local police

The incident happened at about 15:20pm in the city of Longyan. A policeman was among those confirmed dead.

In a video posted by Duowei news, several injured people were shown lying on the street near a crashed bus, its front badly damaged. It also showed police wrestling a person to the ground.

Blood could also be seen on the steps of the bus, which had been stopped in the middle of a road. State-run news agency Xinhua reported the suspect was a 48 year old local man surnamed Qiu.

He had attacked a female passenger before taking control of the bus. Police say that on the day of the attack the suspect had quarrelled with a local official who had visited his home, adding that the pair had a long history of conflict.

The 22 wounded in the attack were taken to local hospitals, with one person being treated for “serious injures”, says Xinhua.

China has also suffered a spate of similar incidents this year. In late November a car ploughed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in the north eastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.

The driver said he “chose his victims at random” and had reportedly been contemplating suicide due to domestic troubles before the tragedy occurred.

In October, three people were killed when a man fleeing after committing a stabbing drove into a crowd and attacked onlookers in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

Pearly Beach
Firefighters battle fire at Pearly beach
25 December 2018, 6:50 PM

Firefighters are battling a fire which has broken out at Pearly Beach near Gaansbaai in the Overberg District of the Western Cape.

No damage to property or injuries has been reported at this stage.

Homeowners have been informed of the fire.

Overberg Municipality Fire Chief Reinhard Geldenhuys says they hope to contain the fire by Tuesday evening.

“The fire at Pearly Beach, we managed to bring it fairly under control. We have four fire trucks, 20 ground crew from Working on Fire and the Working on Fire helicopter working the lines,” says Geldenhuys.

New born
Msimanga showers Christmas babies with gifts in Tshwane
25 December 2018, 4:46 PM

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has showered the first babies born on Christmas Day in the capital with gifts. Among them is baby Eva Tshabalala, the first baby to be born in the city.

She was born at the George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria just after one in the morning.

Msimanga will be visiting seven hospitals in the city where 135 babies are expected to be born on Tuesday (25 December).

By midday, 57 babies had been delivered in the whole of Gauteng. 29-year-old Thandeka Tshabalala from Tembisa, east of Johannesburg delivered a healthy 3kg baby.

The hospital has already delivered seven babies and is expecting to deliver 22 Christmas babies in total. 29-year-old Lorraine Khoza from Atteridgeville west of Pretroia also delivered a healthy baby boy in the early hours of the morning.

“I’m a proud mom loving and caring. I was expecting the baby even though it was hard. At least I made it. Thank you for the hamper, I appreciate it very much” says Khoza.

To welcome the babies in style Mayor Solly Msimanga had special gifts for mother and child.

“Well, its baby hampers. It’s essentials you would need on the first days of the child being born; your nappies, blankets, toys, all formula you might need. We felt that is good to give something back to our future MEC’s, presidents and doctors and nurses. We need to plant a seed and that’s what we’re doing today,” explains Msimanga.

Hospital CEO Dr Freddy Kgongwana has praised the work done by the staff in the maternity ward.

“Those are the brave ones because we deliver about 10 000 babies a year, and these ladies are just awesome. They are out of this world, and we’re asking our community to pray for this team. We’re asking four our prayers,” says Kgongwana.

Mothers who have delivered Christmas babies in various public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal say they are beyond happy holding healthy babies. Some were earlier given birth certificates of their babies at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital by the Minister of Home Affairs Siyabonga Cwele.

The province of KwaZulu-Natal had three teenage mothers. These mothers say they will be raising their children with love.

Free State Health MEC Montsheng Tsiu says the department has beefed up security at hospitals to prevent any attempt to steal new borns.

Tsiu has showered mothers of the Christmas babies with gifts and has expressed satisfaction that mothers have already received birth certificates for their babies.




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