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Malinga’s death a major loss to recording industry: RISA
26 December 2017, 2:46 PM

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) says they are shocked at the death of Afro-pop legend Robbie Malinga. 49 year old Malinga died on Monday after being ill for some time.

Malinga was admitted to hospital in June after being diagnosed with anaemia. Tributes have been pouring in for Malinga and on Twitter the #RIPRobbieMalinga has been trending since his passing.

“I couldn’t believe that we lost yet another legend, another icon as the music industry. We all know the influence that Robbie had from Kelly Khumalo right through to Zahara to back in the days in fact of bubble gum music and Robbie has played an influential role.

“In his very young life he has touched many lives in a very positive way. It is truly a sad loss to the recording industry and to the music industry in general. I want to say rest in peace Robbie Malinga and we wish the family the strength from God to survive this tragic event,” says RISA Chief Executive Officer Nhlanhla Sibisi.

Family and friends of Afro-pop singer say they are struggling to come to terms with his death. Tributes are pouring in on social media for Malinga.

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JMPD to intensify roadblock operations in Gauteng
26 December 2017, 1:58 PM

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says it will intensify its roadblock operations on Gauteng roads for the rest of the festive season. This comes as at least 521 drivers were arrested over this long weekend for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Since the beginning of December, over 1200 motorists have been arrested for drunk driving. JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar has this strong message for motorists ahead of the News Year’s Day.

“There will be visibility, this visibility will be maintained throughout the festive season and we are going to have even more operations as people return to Gauteng towards the first and second week of January so less drinking and driving, stick to the speed limit, do not drive at extremely high speeds and do not be reckless and I’m sure we’ll be able to register fewer road deaths.”

 

Robbie Malinga’s death leaves SA in shock
25 December 2017, 7:54 PM

South Africans have taken to social media to express their shock over the death of  music legend singer, writer and producer Robbie Malinga. The  49 year old record label owner  had been ill for a number of months. He was being treated for anaemia – or iron deficiency.

Malinga is synonymous to South African households, dance floors and weddings with his songs and artists he produced.

His music career dates back to Kwaito days with hits like Insimbi. He later moved from making Kwaito to producing award winning Afro pop hits. His work includes producing Musa’s Mthande, Kelly Khumalo’s Sobabile and Amanda Black’s Amazulu.

Some of his latest public appearances includes an interview on 5FM’s Fresh Breakfast. Malinga was a devoted husband to his wife.

Malinga’s accolades include  South African Music Award for Best Remix of the Year and South African Music Award for Best Produced Album.

Veld fire in Cape Town now under control
25 December 2017, 6:26 PM

Firefighters have brought the veld fire that has been raging in the Du Toitskloof Mountains near Worcester (in the Boland) under control. However, about 50 firefighters will remain on the ground until it has been completely extinguished.

Cape Winelands District Deputy Director of Communications, Jo Anne Otto, says they are keeping a close eye on weather conditions, particularly the speed and direction of the wind.

The fire that broke out on Saturday has destroyed about 2 900 hectares of fynbos.

She says there are currently 50 firelighters on the scene.

“The situation at the moment is stable and the teams are making progress, but we are really hoping the wind won’t change direction and that it stays as calm as it is at the moment. So the fire is not under control yet, however our teams together with the Cape Nature teams are working tirelessly to bring it under control, but the fire is really high up in the mountains and at the moment it’s just really trying to keep it away from doing more damage.”

E Cape initiates arrested for alleged murder
25 December 2017, 4:43 PM

Five initiates from an initiation school in Berlin near King Williams town, in the Eastern Cape, have been arrested for the alleged murder of a 65-year-old woman.

The murder happened late on Sunday night. Police reported that the woman was in the vicinity of the initiation school and she was calling out to the initiates that she was going to bewitch them.

The initiates then allegedly beat her to death with sticks.

The incident comes after Eastern Cape MEC for Traditional Affairs Fikile Xasa said on Thursday that their efforts to curb the death of initiates in the province was yielding good results. This despite the death of 16 initiates during the summer season.

The death toll has decreased compared to the same time last year, which recorded 29 deaths. Xasa said it’s disturbing that nine of the sixteen initiates who died this summer season are from the OR Tambo region.

 

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