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Gas explosion rattles Johannesburg north suburb
12 June 2021, 8:20 PM

A gas explosion in the north of Johannesburg on Saturday evening has left the nearby community rattled. The accident happened around 18h40 at Ikhona Gas Pro, on Malibonge Drive in North Riding.

Emergency Services are trying to assess the condition of the men at the scene of the explosion.

One of the men, whom his colleagues referred to as Lucky, says he was filling gas when they noticed that there was an alleged leak. Lucky seemed visibly shaken from the accident. A third worker had visible burns on his face and was being attended to by paramedics.

Lucky says no one else was at the scene besides the three of them.

Security personnel have cordoned off the area. (Photo: Dinilohlanga Mekuto)

Emergency services are assessing their condition before deciding where to take the injured men.

Residents in the area have also commented on the explosion on social media:

Video | Monetary Policy Committee announcement on interest rates
20 May 2021, 3:05 PM

The Reserve Bank’s  Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announces its decision on the interest rate. The changes, if any, will affect the prime lending rate and repo rate.

Live proceedings:

INFOGRAPHIC | South Africa’s phase one vaccine roll-out progress
11 May 2021, 8:56 PM

South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine first phase roll-out plan has reached just over three-hundred and ninety-five thousand health workers as at 10 May 2021.

Phase one kicked off in mid-February and is expected to end next week on the 17th of May 2021. With the second phase rolling out in May, phase two is expected to reach vulnerable members of our society and is set to continue until October.

The roll-out has been slower than the global roll-out after a batch of AstraZeneca doses was returned when there were uncertainties regarding the expiry date of the consignment.  According to Ourworldindata.org, the global percentage of people vaccinated for COVID-19 stands at 4,1% whilst only 0,7% of South Africans have been vaccinated.

A third of the health practitioner workforce has been inoculated to date.

See infographic below for more:

PROFILE: King Misuzulu KaZwelithini
10 May 2021, 8:30 PM

The incoming King of AmaZulu, Misuzulu kaZwelithini,  will be the ninth monarch of AmaZulu nation when his coronation is held, at a date still to be announced.

Misuzulu Zulu was announced as heir to the throne of the departed King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, according to the will of regent Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu kaSobhuza II.

King Misuzulu KaZwelithini is the eldest son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.  He is a descendant of the Zulu and IsiSwati Royal families.

Misuzulu, loosely translated, means to “unite AmaZulu”.

The 46-year-old king is said to be proud of his language isiZulu.

In his early education, he was sent to Assembly of God Primary School. In 1985, he was enrolled at Roseland Primary School in Phoenix so he could learn more about the Zulu culture and later St. Michaels School in eSwatini where he is said to have not wanted to learn any other languages except IsiZulu.

He later studied International Relations in America.

Born in 1974, Zulu’s birth was auspicious as it came a day before Shaka’s Day on September 23 – a day now observed as Heritage Day (24 September) in South Africa.

INFOGRAPHIC: A few facts about the new AmaZulu King, Misuzulu kaZwelithini

Social media reacts to Ramaphosa’s State Capture appearance
28 April 2021, 9:34 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appearance at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, on Wednesday, had tongues wagging on social media as South Africans shared their views on the proceedings in Braamfontein.

Ramaphosa appeared for the first time at the commission in his capacity as the African National Congress (ANC) president.

South Africans online scrutinised his testimony and posted mixed reactions on social media platforms.

Some were divided on how his testimony started while others noted how his testimony could have shed more light and brought forward more evidence.

Social commentator, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, shared his thoughts on Ramaphosa’s appearance, asking if the public had learned anything from Ramaphosa’s testimony.

Another social media user suggests the interaction between President Ramaphosa and Commission Chair, Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo was a bit too friendly.

One user had an issue with Ramaphosa being addressed as ‘The President’.

In support of President Ramaphosa

Lethabo says the opening statement was satisfying, saying Ramaphosa spoke about ‘real issues’ instead of ‘non-existent spys’.

Another Twitter user seems to be in support of Lethabo’ claims, commending Ramaphosa’s opening day.

Matome had a different view all together, saying the president’s testimony sounded like electioneering.

Ramaphosa will continue his testimony as ANC President on Thursday. He will appear again in his capacity as the President of South African at a later date.

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