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Soup goes gourmet as chefs prepare 67 000 litres of soup for Mandela Day
18 July 2021, 9:19 PM

Soup has gone gourmet as the HTA culinary school in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Sunday prepared soup for International Nelson Mandela Day.

The chefs aimed for 67 000 litres of soup.

From small kitchens to the more state-of-the-art culinary school, more than 270 participants across the country joined the #67 000 litres.

The soup was distributed to at least 268 000 people from various vulnerable communities across the country.

Chefs with Compassion says the drive is also aimed at raising awareness that 10 million tons of food goes to waste while over 20 million people go hungry every day.

The event made over 70 000 litres of soup last year.

More on this story in the video below:

CrossFit community

Also as part of Mandela Day celebrations, the South African CrossFit community members warmed themselves with a ‘burden carry’ to raise funds to open a gym in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.

Crossfitters participated as individuals and as teams to carry a minimum of 10 kilograms for 67 minutes.

Vanessa Mohamed is one of the organisers of Project Fit South Africa.

She says the gym will be the first functional fitness gym in the area, and will inspire youth to live healthy, active lifestyles while promoting social cohesion.

“You know we feel like our lives have been changed through sports and fitness and want to be able to pass it on to people who might not necessarily have access to it. Basically trying to empower the youth of Soweto,” says Mohamed.

Bafana Bafana lift the 2021 Cosafa Cup after beating Senegal 5-4 in sudden death penalties
18 July 2021, 7:00 PM

Bafana Bafana are the 2021 COSAFA Cup champions. South Africa beat guest side Senegal 5-4 after sudden death to lift their fifth Cosafa title.

The game had to be decided on penalties after it failed to produce any goals after hundred and twenty minutes of play.

Bafana Bafana were looking to defend their perfect record in this year’s tournament against guest side Senegal in the final of the Cosafa Cup tournament in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.

South Africa were still without a loss in five matches, and they still had to concede a goal since the tournament started two weeks ago. Bafana Bafana were looking for their first Cosafa title since they won in Namibia back in 2016. They crossed swords with a side that came from two goals down to draw 2-all with Eswatini in the semi-finals on Friday, before winning 3-nil in a penalty shoot-out.

The hosts had scored nine goals in five games, with Senegal having scored eight and conceded six. The visitors used their physical strength to try and contain Bafana Bafana.
Both sides created very few scoring opportunities in the first half that failed to produce any goals.

Senegal coach Joseph Koto got a red card on the stroke of half-time for arguing with match officials.

Bafana Bafana players pleaded for a penalty early in the second half but the referee waved play on. The West Africans also pleaded for their own penalty in the 64th minute.

South Africa were denied a goal by the Senegal keeper Pape Ndiaye 19 minutes from time.

Ndiaye made another important save three minutes later. There was no goal after ninety minutes and the game went into extra-time, which also failed to produce any goals.

Bafana Bafana scored their first two spot kicks, before Ndiaye denied Ethen Brooks. Captain Veli Mothwa also saved a penalty and it went to sudden death.

Nyiko Mobbie scored South Africa’s first spot-kick in sudden death. Then Ndiaye balloned his kick over the bar to hand Bafana Bafana the 2021 Cosafa title.

Eswatini finish third 

Meanwhile, Eswatini beat Mozambique 4-2 on penalties in the third place play-off match earlier.

Mozambique were the first to score in that match through Martinho Alberto Thauzene six minutes before the break.

Kethokuhle Mkhontfo got a late equaliser for Eswatini, and the match had to be decided on penalties. Eventually Eswatini won 4-2 on penalties to clinch third place.

VIDEO: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers Mandela Day 2021 lecture
18 July 2021, 6:21 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering the International Mandela Day lecture for 2021.

This as the world celebrates what would have been the South African anti-apartheid icon’s 103rd birthday.

Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013.

Live stream of the lecture below:


The floods are terrifying, says Merkel as European death toll rises to 184
18 July 2021, 3:45 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as “terrifying” on Sunday after the death toll across the region rose to 184 as a district of Bavaria was battered by the extreme weather. Merkel promised swift financial aid after visiting one of the areas worst affected by the record rainfall and floods that have killed at least 157 in Germany alone in recent days, in the country’s worst natural disaster in almost six decades. “It is terrifying,” she told residents of the small town of Adenau in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. “The German language can barely describe the devastation that’s taken place.”

The devastation continued on Sunday when a district of Bavaria, southern Germany, was hit by flash floods that killed at least one person. Roads were turned into rivers, some vehicles were swept away and swathes of land buried under thick mud in Berchtesgadener Land. Hundreds of rescue workers were searching for survivors in the district, which borders Austria. “We were not prepared for this,” said Berchtesgadener Land district administrator Bernhard Kern, adding that the situation had deteriorated “drastically” late on Saturday, leaving little time to for emergency services to act. About 110 people have been killed in the worst-hit Ahrweiler district south of Cologne.

More bodies are expected to be found there as the flood waters recede, police say. The European floods, which began on Wednesday, have mainly hit the German states of Rhineland Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia as well as parts of Belgium. Entire communities have been cut off, without power or communications. In North Rhine-Westphalia at least 46 people have died, while the death toll in Belgium stood at 27.

The German government will be readying more than 300 million euros ($354 million) in immediate relief and billions of euros to fix collapsed houses, streets and bridges, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “There is huge damage and that much is clear: those who lost their businesses, their houses, cannot stem the losses alone.” There could also be a 10 000 euro short-term payment for businesses affected by the impact of the floods as well as theCOVID-19 pandemic, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told the paper.

Power out

Scientists, which have long said that climate change will lead to heavier downpours, said it would still take several weeks to determining its role in these relentless rainfalls. In Belgium, which will hold a national day of mourning on Tuesday, water levels were falling on Sunday and the clean-up operation was under way. The military was sent in to the eastern town of Pepinster, where a dozen buildings have collapsed, to search for any further victims.

Tens of thousands of people are without electricity and Belgian authorities said the supply of clean drinking water was also a big concern. Emergency services officials in the Netherlands said the situation had somewhat stabilised in the southern part of Limburg province, where tens of thousands were evacuated in recent days, although the northern part was still on high alert. “In the north they are tensely monitoring the dykes and whether they will hold,” Jos Teeuwen of the regional water authority told a press conference on Sunday.

In southern Limburg, authorities are still concerned about the safety of traffic infrastructure such as roads and bridges battered by the high water. The Netherlands has so far only reported property damage from the flooding and no dead or missing people. In Hallein, an Austrian town near Salzburg, powerful floodwaters tore through the town centre on Saturday evening as the Kothbach river burst its banks, but no injuries were reported. Many areas of Salzburg province and neighbouring provinces remain on alert, with rains set to continue on Sunday. WesternTyrol province reported that water levels in some areas were at highs not seen for more than 30 years. Parts of Switzerland remained on flood alert, though the threat posed by some of the most at-risk bodies of water like Lake Lucerne and Bern’s Aare river has eased.

Public urged not to pick up dead fish nor harvest marine resources between Umhlanga and Umdloti coastal area
18 July 2021, 3:17 PM

The public has been warned not to pick up dead marine life or to harvest living marine resources on the coast between Umhlanga and Umdloti north of Durban.

The eThekwini municipality has issued this warning after beaches north of the city were closed following a chemical spill in the past week – when looting and violence hit the area.

TV images have shown dead fish and crayfish lying on the beach at the Umhlanga Estuary.

Tests will be conducted to determine if the source of the pollution is a warehouse for agricultural chemicals and pesticides that was set alight by looters at Cornubia.

A specialised chemical clean-up company is trying to remove the spill and the dead marine and birdlife.

The KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs visited the area on Saturday afternoon.

Head of the Environmental Management Unit at the department in KwaZulu-Natal, Sphume Nowele, speaks to SABC News on the matter:



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