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Sebokeng floods
Clearing of drainage channels underway in Sebokeng
2 January 2019, 9:56 AM

Gauteng’s Emfuleni Local Municipality says it’s now working with the Defence force on clearing drainage channels to allow for storm water to make its way out of the residential area of Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.

Seventy houses were flooded in Zone 6 due to heavy rains in the past couple of days.

Fifty families are cleaning up at their homes – while the other 20 have been offered temporary accommodation at a local community hall.

Emfuleni municipality’s spokesperson Stanley Gaba says, “The main problem here has been the riverbank. It broke down and flooded the entire community, so we need to contain that. So we have enlisted the services of the South African National Defence Force to help us repair that bank immediately and we’re waiting for SASSA to come and help us with the food parcels for those 20 families.”

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jazz presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla
Tributes pour in for the late Mesh Mapetla
2 January 2019, 9:05 AM

Tributes continue to pour in for jazz presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla who passed away on Tuesday at age 71.

His radio career centred around the presentation of Jazz programs at the SABC and is known in Jazz circles as the ultimate Jazz fundi.

He worked for the erstwhile Radio SR which is now 702, Radio Metro and Lesedi FM. Many Jazz artists have credited “Bra Mesh” for their success in the industry. Stan Bodibe a friend and colleague spoke fondly of Mapetla.

Mapetla’s daughter Neo says her late father was a humble soul who taught her a lot about music.

Bra Mesh died at the Chris Hani Baragwaneth hospital on Tuesday aged 71. Neo says his father had been ill for some time.

“We went to shows together. He taught me about different genres of music. I will always remember his beautiful smile. I was always daddy’s girl. He will be greatly missed. There’s a huge void that we are filling right now. We want to say farewell in a celebratory way.”

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Cars on the road
TETA urges people to remain vigilant on roads
2 January 2019, 8:32 AM

The Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) has urged people to remain vigilant on the roads as wet weather conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.

This as hundreds of people is making their way home from the festive season holidays.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to continue across most parts of the country, and emergency services personnel are on high alert due to the possibility of flooding.

TETA’s Chief Financial Officer, Simon Ndukwana, has appealed to people to obey the rules of the road.

“Accidents are caused by human error. We are reminding you about simple things like fatigue. When you are driving long distance you need to take a lot of juices. Please don’t text and drive. It’s so shocking when you see someone driving at 120kms/hour and they are texting and driving. Please be safe out there. Sort out your behaviours. This is the festive season, yes be glad and have fun, but there are options out there. You can call an Uber or other cabs instead of you getting behind the wheel.”

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Indian Hindu temple
Two women defy centuries-old ban by entering Indian temple
2 January 2019, 7:26 AM

Two women defied a centuries-old ban on entering a Hindu temple in India’s southern state of Kerala in the early hours of Wednesday raising fears of a backlash from conservative Hindu groups, the state’s chief minister said.

An online video posted by a local police official showed two women inside the temple with their heads covered on Wednesday.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister, said in a televised news conference that the two women, who had previously tried but failed to enter the temple because their way was blocked by devotees, faced no obstruction on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how the women on this occasion managed to avoid devotees guarding the temple.

Last year, violent protests broken out in the state after India’s top court in September ordered the authorities to lift a ban on women or girls of menstruating age – between 10 and 50 from entering the temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year.

Reverend Vukile Mehana
Methodist Church to investigate demeaning remarks against women
2 January 2019, 6:57 AM

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa says it notes the twitter apology of the Reverend Vukile Mehana regarding what the church says is offensive and shocking utterances.

The Office of the Presiding Bishop says it has become aware of a recording of a private conversation between Mehana and another person which has surfaced on social media.

In the recording he allegedly makes demeaning remarks against women in the ministry.

The church says it notes with dismay the blatant disrespect and portrayal of women who are characterised in a dismissive, humiliating and degrading manner.

The church says it has noted Mehana’s apology on twitter but will not comment any further at this stage – as an investigation is underway.

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