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Construction underway to fix collapsed dam wall in Benoni
27 December 2018, 12:07 PM

Work is underway to restore the partially collapsed wall of one of the series of dams in Benoni on Gauteng’s East Rand.

The concrete slab caved in earlier this week due to a suspected water pressure increase.  It’s not clear how long the operation will last and if this poses any danger to residents.

The operation has resulted in the closure of Bunyan and Tom Jones roads leading to the N12.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Management Services spokesperson, William Ntladi explains, “The amount of water that we are pumping out we are pumping it out into another dam which is also flowing out from the Lake Dam and we are monitoring that constantly to check the rising level of water in that area and throughout that whole stream downwards. But for now we are pumping at a very good rate that is not going to be flooding the area.”

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60 people arrested in Limpopo for various crimes
27 December 2018, 11:55 AM

Police in Limpopo have arrested more than 60 people for their alleged involvement in various crimes around the province.

The suspects were arrested at Makhado, Mankweng, Thohoyandou, Polokwane, Tzaneen and Burgersfort.

Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe says they’ve also recovered fire-arms, ammunition, drugs, suspected stolen cell phones and lap tops.

“The South African Police Services in Limpopo continues to work tirelessly during this festive season period as an implementation of practical tactics to insure a safer environment for all the citizens of this province. The quiet storm led joint operation which were up and running until Thursday morning has led to the apprehending of more than 60 suspects for serious changes in a number of areas, all the arrested suspects will appear before the magistrate court throughout the province.”

Two suspected robbers have been arrested at a hitch-hiking spot in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe says the suspects had pointed a firearm at three off-duty police officers.

The officers responded quickly and managed to arrest the suspects who tried to flee. Ngoepe says they have also recovered an unlicensed firearm.

“The Provincial General of the South African Police Services in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has hailed three of its off duty members for arresting the suspect who had just pointed a firearm at them. The members gave chase and apprehended one pistol was recovered abandoned in the nearby bushes. The arrested suspects will appear before the  Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s court on charges of armed, attempted robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.”

Kwanzaa festivities to bring unity among many faiths
27 December 2018, 11:33 AM

A number of festivities are being held throughout Gauteng this week to celebrate Kwanzaa – a ritual to welcome the first fruits of the harvest.

The week-long celebration was first introduced and celebrated in the United States in 1966 as a response to the commercialism of Christmas and to help African-Americans reconnect with their African culture and heritage.

Kwanzaa South Africa says the celebration aims to unite people of many faiths to have a deeper understanding of their true African Heritage.

Kwanzaa South Afrika spokesperson Kenalemang Kgoroeadira says the value of faith has been eroded in Africa.

“Kwanzaa is the time of unity, that is why people come from all over and even the diaspora and we share as an African family. We pray together as an African family. We call the ancestors, we remind our children to pray towards the god of Africa and stop praying towards the god of the colonist.”

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MTN shares rise by 8% since row with Nigeria’s central bank
27 December 2018, 11:20 AM

Shares in telecoms giant, MTN, have risen 8% at market open on Thursday – the first trading of the stock since the firm agreed to pay over R700-million to settle a row with Nigeria’s central bank.

The bank in Nigeria – MTN’s biggest and most lucrative market – had been demanding over R100 billion from Africa’s biggest telecoms company.

It accused MTN of endangering Nigeria’s Foreign Exchange Reserves by taking the money out of the country.

Africa specialist, Victor Kgomoeswana, explains: “The lesson for MTN – when you do business in Nigeria, make sure everything is written down before you proceed. But MTN shareholders will now be happy. The management of MTN believes they can now go and claim the $53-million from its own banks because they can say you should have told us this was not in line. The share price is R85 or so. It opened the year at R120 so down a huge fraction in August. It is going to have to recover. ”

But Duncan Mcleod, who writes for techcentral, believes that when the markets opened on Thursday it recovered. But it’s going to be a long recovery climb to the prices it used to be.

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Adventurer becomes first to finish solo trek across Antarctica
27 December 2018, 10:10 AM

An American adventurer has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without assistance of any kind.

Thirty three-year-old Colin O’Brady took 54 days to complete the nearly 1600 kilometer crossing of the frozen continent from north to south.

His journey was tracked by GPS, and live updates of the trip were provided daily on his website.

In 1996-97, a Norwegian polar explorer, Borge Ousland, made the first solo crossing of Antarctica but he was wind-aided by kites on his voyage.




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