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Sebokeng residents still trying to repair homes after flood
3 January 2019, 6:32 AM

Residents of Sebokeng in the Emfuleni Municipality South of Johannesburg are still trying to repair their homes following flooding due to rain which started at the weekend.

At least 70 houses have been affected with extensive damage cause to walls, roofs and roads.

Emergency services have been placed on high alert as more rain is expected across the country for the rest of this week. In Gauteng there is between a 60 and an 80 per cent chance of rainfall.

The provincial government and church groups are assisting the affected families.

Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says they have been trying to establish the needs of the affected families.

“We are informed that there are eight families that are just in need of clothes, mattresses, food and other basic needs. We will be, you know, giving those eight households the food that they need, the mattresses that they need. Together we have contributed that to the families,” says Mayathula-Khoza.

These Sebokeng residents say their lives are yet to get back to normal.

“The house is ruined, everything is ruined. My children’s uniforms are gone and I just bought them on Saturday. I’m not happy and the Emfuleni Municipality isn’t helpful,” says a resident.

“Yes, there’s food but I’m waiting for assistance in rebuilding my wall and fix my yard,” adds another.

“I haven’t been ok since the flood but the damaged wall is stressing me.”


ANC Jan 8 Statement not affected by removal of Mehana
3 January 2019, 5:45 AM

The African National Congress (ANC)  says its January 8th Statement will not be affected by the removal of its Chaplain-General and member of the Methodist Church, Reverend Vukile Mehana,  from the programme.

The governing party says he would no longer officiate at the event due to be held in Durban next week.

This comes after the derogatory remarks that Mehana allegedly made relating to women church ministers.

See apology by Reverend Mehana on Twitter: 

ANC spokesperson in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa says the party’s Top Six will soon meet to discuss the way forward with regards to Mehana.

“That position is not an elected position but secondly as we meet the day after tomorrow, we have to take a decision as the ANC in terms of the national chaplaincy of the ANC in the light of the utterances attributed to reverend Mehana. The issue of the chaplaincy will be finalised between the leadership of the ANC, particularly the Top Six will have that and finalise. But of course we got provincial chaplaincy, we still have a chaplaincy in KZN, so there will be no difficulty over whom then presides and officiates an ANC event.”

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Beach goers
At least 12 drown during the festive season in SA
2 January 2019, 12:00 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal police are searching for the body of a nine-year-old boy who drowned at the Durban beach front on Tuesday.

This brings the total number of drowning’s to at least 12 over the festive period across the province.

On New Year’s Day a 30-year-old man drowned at Pipeline Beach south of Durban, and a 29-year-old drowned at a public swimming pool in Tongaat north of Durban.

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele, says the police have resumed their search for the nine-year-old on Wednesday after it was called off because of the strong current.

“Durban search and rescue as well as Metro police search and rescue were called out and informed about the drowning. They went to look for the missing child but the body was not found. The police are still looking for the body and the body has not been found at the moment.”

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal police have warned the public to be cautious while swimming in the sea, dams and swimming pools.

Life guards have warned that sea currents on the Durban beach front are quite strong and dangerous at the moment.

Mbhele explains, “In the Durban beaches in this festive season we had a lot of drownings and some of them are the result of alcohol and others as a results of people swimming outside demarcated areas. I just want to urge the holiday makers to please to keep from restricted area and also not to swim while they are under the influence of liquor and also if it is children they must be swimming under supervision.”


Master KG sitting at SABC studios
Master KG wins SABC Summer Song of the Year
2 January 2019, 11:37 AM

“Skeleton Move” by Master KG or Kgaugelo Moagi was voted SABC Summer Song of the Year by SABC radio listeners.

Master KG was announced winner at a Come Duze event to usher in 2019 in Sasolburg, Free State in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The song received 7-million views on YouTube.

Moagi says, “It means a lot for me to win at home because I’ve already won outside, so I’ve been waiting for this moment. Finally, I would just like to thank everyone who voted and my fans everywhere everyone who support Master KG.”


Saving the most trafficked species in the word – Pangolin
2 January 2019, 11:17 AM

The African Pangolin species has been around for over 40 million years and is fast on its way to extinction.

One Pangolin is taken from the wild every five minutes. There are only eight Pangolin species in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa.

An NGO dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate pangolins – The Pangolin Photo Safaris’ Toby Jermyn explains that the Pangolin is the most trafficked species in the world.

“In Chinese and far eastern traditional medicine the Pangolin has always been revered for unproven medical properties. For example the scales are ground down; they are used to help new mothers with lactation issues. Some people say that it can help cue asthma, poultry and even cancers in some respect. Unfortunately the Pangolin flesh itself is also regarded as a bit of a delicacy especially in Vietnam and China and is often eaten to celebrate the success of a big business deal for example.”

A film called ‘The Eye of the Pangolin’ will be released online internationally on May, 17 which is Endangered Species Day, in order to create awareness for the critically endangered animal.

“We are very excited about the film. We are hoping that it will become the world’s most viewed wildlife documentary.”

Jermyn encourages the public to visit to find out more and report the sighting of Pangolins on Pangalert, in different area’s in order to focus their conservation efforts in those areas.





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