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"Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke.
“Game of Thrones” actress revealed suffering two brain aneurysms
22 March 2019, 7:29 AM

Game of Thrones” actress, Emilia Clarke, has revealed that she suffered two brain aneurysms during her early years with the hit TV show that left her convinced she would die.

Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in the medieval fantasy series, spoke of her two brushes with death for the first time in a personal essay for The New Yorker magazine.

Her essay – titled “Battle for My Life” – was published ahead of the highly-anticipated final season of “Game of Thrones,” that premieres on HBO on April 14.

She had brain surgery that left her with aphasia – a condition affecting people who have suffered brain trauma that leaves them with speech problems.

Eskom’s load shedding could cut 0.9% off SA’s GDP
22 March 2019, 7:16 AM

An American multi-national investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City, has warned that Eskom’s severe load shedding could cut 0.9% points off the first quarter of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product.

The Goldman Sach Group says if the current intensity of load shedding persists, it could subtract up to 0.9% points from South Africa’s annual growth.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni has described the timing of the power cuts as suspicious…

“Why all of a sudden you do have all these blackouts now? Could they be triggered by the very the very promise of dismantling Eskom or could it be a fight back for the leaders who left before, who are now accused of having run down Eskom or could it other sinister forces, who want to use this moment to influence the outcome of elections, or is it a combination of all these things which have accumulated over the years such as corruption, bringing the entity down to a point where we are beginning to feel the brunt of it?”

Ed Sheeran
Full road closures due to Ed Sheeran Concert: JMPD
22 March 2019, 7:04 AM

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department says there will be full road closures from 10AM on Saturday and Sunday on the Soweto Highway, Golden Highway, Nasrec Road and Booysens Reserve Road.

This as concert goers head to this weekend’s Ed Sheeran Concert at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

Due to security concerns – following a crime surge at the Global Citizen Festival – concert-goers have been advised to adhere to strict instructions to ensure their safety.

All FNB Stadium precinct roads will be closed.

The drop-off point is in a secure location, with a heavy police contingent. That point is located on the corner of Nasrec 5 and Commerce Street.

JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, says they will be out in full force to assist with traffic flow…

“Traffic will be diverted from 10AM on the 23rd and the 24th. Soweto Highway is the one road that we always have to close down because of the big volumes of fans that have to cross over from the parking to get to the stadium. We are going to have three lanes coming in towards the stadium and three lanes away from the stadium. Traffic wardens will be at all of the intersections around the stadium and we will have police officers diverting traffic. We will have crime intervention units on duty and the K9 Unit. It is very important that we focus on safety.”

The South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande.
Nzimande calls for patience as country deals with challenges
22 March 2019, 7:00 AM

The South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande has called on people to be patient and allow on-going investigations, including those of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture – to get to the bottom of the problem.

SACP says it understands the frustrations of members of the public when they experience lengthy electricity black-outs.

Nzimande was speaking during a campaign trail in Inchanga, west of Durban on Thursday.

“As the SACP, we are very concerned about the state of Eskom. This is why we understand when our people are angry about it; we also share their anger but nevertheless we want to say we want to be part of the solution. We know where the immediate cause is, State Capture and looting of state owned enterprises and in particular Eskom was targeted. Looting in many ways including people selling wet coal, poor quality and all that we know is that part of the problem; that is why we say we want to be part of the solution; that’s why we support president Cyril Ramaphosa.”

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa declares two days of national mourning
22 March 2019, 6:09 AM

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared two days of national mourning starting on Saturday following the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai on the country.

The death toll in Zimbabwe has risen to 139 while more than 190 people are still missing.

The cyclone has been characterised as the worst disaster to strike the southern hemisphere. It has affected more than 2.6-million people.

International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has thanked South Africans who have responded to her call for humanitarian assistance.

The cyclone has caused major damages in Mozambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Harare has requested for more assistance from the international community as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa David Hamadziripi explains…

“We need shelter for those families who are now stranded and don’t have anywhere to go. Presently, we have very temporary shelter. We also have had some individual’s and entrepreneurs who have offered their facilities as temporary shelter for some of the homeless people. We need blankets, clothes for all age groups. We also need volunteers because we are having a massive mobilisation of support but we need volunteers to deliver these goods to where they are most needed.”

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