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More tributes for Robbie Malinga
26 December 2017, 7:53 PM

President Jacob Zuma has joined scores of prominent South Africans in sending messages of condolence to the family of the late musician Robbie Malinga.

The 49 year old died on Christmas Day. He had been in and out of Hospital since June after he was diagnosed with anaemia.

“President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to the passing of veteran musician Robbie Malinga. The president has said the country is saddened by the loss of such a talented artist. It is indeed a huge loss for South Africa and the music industry as a whole. The President has said the country is with his family in thought during this trying period,” says Presidential Spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga.

The SABC has also expressed its sadness at the passing of Malinga.

“We are very much shocked to hear about the passing of Malinga. He is one of these people who have contributed a lot in entertaining the South Africans through our radio stations and our television channels. Our listeners through the country will miss him but will always remember him through his music. We have honoured him when he was still alive to say he is the very best and we are very grateful for that,” says spokesperson for the public broadcaster, Kaizer Kganyago.

Gauteng Sport MEC, Faith Mazibuko, has described legendary music producer and artist Robbie Malinga as the Luther Vandross of South Africa. Mazibuko says Malinga was the go to producer for many musicians in the country and he helped take their careers forward.

She says his death is a huge loss to the music industry , especially the Afro-pop sound. Mazibuko has visited Malinga’s Fourways home north of Johannesburg.

“We really offer our deepest condolences on behalf of the residents of Gauteng but most of all on behalf of music lovers. Robbie was a legend, a veteran; he was one of those people who made sure that the music industry becomes a shining light especially amongst our young people including those in the developmental programmes and the artists. May his soul rest in peace.”


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NSRI’s quick action prevents drowning at Camps Bay
26 December 2017, 7:23 PM

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says quick action prevented a drowning at Camps Bay on Tuesday.

NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, says crew members were standing on the pump house at Camps Bay Beach, when they noticed a teenager in difficulty in the surf about 30 meters off-shore.

He says three sea rescue crafts were in the area on a routine patrol, and one of them, Spirit of Day was diverted to investigate.

“He had gotten into difficulty while swimming towards the rocks and he was not able to get out. He was taken onto the rescue craft and brought back to shore,” says Lambinon.

The teenager was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and hypothermia. Following treatment, an ambulance was summoned but he choose to go to a clinic near  where he lives.

SA boxer Willie Toweel dies at 83
26 December 2017, 5:25 PM

South African boxing great Willie Toweel has died at his home in Randburg, north of Johannesburg. He was 83.

Toweel won a bronze medal in the flyweight division at the 1952 Olympics.

He also had a sterling professional career and retired at the age of 26. Toweel passed away on Christmas night surrounded by friends and family.


ANC condemns murder of an elderly E Cape woman
26 December 2017, 3:49 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has condemned the murder of a 62-year- old woman, allegedly by initiates at Berlin, outside King Williams Town.

Five initiates were arrested on Monday for allegedly beating the woman to death near an initiation school.

Provincial chairperson Oscar Mabuyane has urged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and police to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure that justice prevails.

“It’s a reflection of the societal serious challenges that we must not continue denying, we must begin to confront. If it happens there it can happen anywhere. It’s a question of us now becoming more alert and begin to find a real permanent solution to deal with such social ills. Actually we must work collectively to uproot it and pluck it while it’s still showing its ugly head.”


Four people killed in F State crash
26 December 2017, 3:10 PM

Four people have died after their minibus taxi collided with another vehicle on the R5 between Kestell and Bethlehem in the eastern Free State. A five-year-old baby escaped with slight injuries.

“A light motor vehicle and a minibus taxi collided and only the child escaped the horrible situation and we are appealing, urging our road users not to speed on our roads,” says Free State Traffic Chief Director Nako Ramotsoto.



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