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Gunmen kill two, wound 20 outside Florida concert
30 May 2021, 8:32 PM

Assailants opened fire on a crowd outside a concert in Florida early on Sunday, killing two people and wounding more than 20, police and media reports said.

Three people got out of a white SUV and fired assault-style weapons and handguns at revelers gathered for an album launch party at the El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah, a city in Miami-Dade county, according to local media.

“I am at the scene of another targeted and cowardly act of gun violence,” Miami-Dade police director Alfredo Ramirez wrote on Twitter. “These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice.”

The Miami Herald said 20 wounded victims were taken to local hospitals, and posted a photo of friends and relatives holding hands in prayer outside one trauma center. CBS4 Miami said at least one victim remained in critical condition, and that police had no one in custody as of midday Sunday.

Angelica Green, of Miramar, told reporters her son and nephew, both 24, were arriving at the event when they became among those shot and wounded. She said they were both now instable condition at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She told Local 10 News her son had telephoned her “frantic, saying he had been shot, that it hurts and that he loves us”.

“He said the guys came with ski masks and hoodies, and just started shooting up the crowd,” Green said.

Florida Governor Ron De Santis said state authorities were working to catch the perpetrators.

“Justice needs to be swift & severe!” he wrote on Twitter.

The United States saw at least 200 mass shootings in the first 132 days of this year, according to a report by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit research group.

Authors urged to write more long tail books
30 May 2021, 8:00 PM

Publishers and authors attending the launch of Khanyisile Madlala’s book, “Arrested by His Love”, have called for more authors to write long tail novels.

Long tail refers to the ability to produce high-quality content for a niche market. Speakers also encouraged authors to utilise the digital space, especially now during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Printed books still remain the first option for the book lovers, despite the growing interest in eBooks. Niki Vetten has worked as a bookseller for decades. She believes that upcoming authors should explore the digital platform even more.

“Printing is very expensive, you’ve got to find the publisher who believes in you and wants to push your product but you can also self-publish. It’s also possible to publish online but then you should also look at print on demand services where people can print the copy of your book if they want to,” she says.

Speaking at the launch of her book, Madlala encouraged young writers to utilise all available platforms to grow.

“We are living in the life of content creation, we are living in a digital world. We are now spending more time in our homes so you just want to give people an extension of the book where you can just visualise and have the picture and again its part of content creation and its business,” she says.

“For us to be able to be in connection with the youth of today, we need to evolve with them and speak their language. Their language is not always on paper, their language is on their phones. I really prefer the digital space,” says publisher, Mdu Mathenjwa.

The shortage of good authors was cited as a big concern. Authors have also been encouraged to write books in their mother tongues.

Discussion on preserving African languages in the digital space:

– Report by Herbert Memela


Orlando Pirates suffer 6th loss this season
30 May 2021, 5:51 PM

Orlando Pirates suffered their sixth loss of the season when they narrowly lost 1-0 to TS Galaxy at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on Sunday afternoon.


Pirates are still fourth on the log with only two matches remaining this season, still trailing second placed AmaZulu FC by four points.

The win increased Galaxy’s chances of finishing in the top eight bracket.


Masilake Phohlongo scored the only goal of the match in the opening three minutes of the encounter.

Pirates who were already trailing were dealt a major blow when Abel Mabaso got a red card in the 30th minute after a second bookable offence. But Galaxy were also reduced to 10 men after their captain Given Msimango also got a red card for a second bookable offence before the end of the first half.

Pirates did everything to find the equaliser in the second half but TS Galaxy keeper Marlon Heugh made two brilliant saves to deny Bucs.

Gauteng sport and culture MEC urges Africans to unite, says apartheid statues should stay put
30 May 2021, 5:39 PM

Gauteng Sport, Arts and Culture MEC, Mbali Hlophe, says Africans should learn to protect each other, rather than hate each other. Hlophe was speaking at the Gauteng government’s Africa Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

This year South Africa marks the day, which is celebrated on May 25 on the continent annually, under the theme “Year for Arts, Culture and Heritage in the Year of Charlotte Maxeke”.

Gauteng is home to many Africans looking for economic and educational opportunities, peace, and stability.

Hlophe called on people of all cultures living in the province to protect each other.

“Part of what makes us a unique province is our diversity and that is something we must protect. Our ability to have everybody come into this province wherever you come from all of us meet here in Gauteng and when we meet here it means we are bringing our different experiences. Our different cultures. Our different attributes and all these things is what makes us unique because it means we can draw from each other’s strengths.”


Hlophe also weighed in on the debate on colonial and apartheid symbols.

She says there is no need for colonial and apartheid statues to fall. Instead, she adds, the government should erect plaques next to those statues, explaining the role of these figures in the history of the country.

” Let’s rather put the plaques next to these statutes so that as it stands there we must be able to say that this is Botha and under him these were the policies that were put in place and this is how the effects of these policies, they divided society and so forth and these are mistakes that the future generations must never make. But beyond just putting plaques we also are going to embark on putting new statutes up but of individuals that must be celebrated,” explains Hlophe.

Apple Music celebrates Africa Month with a campaign themed around Umoja:

NMB residents lament impact of four-day taxi strike
30 May 2021, 4:18 PM

The four-day taxi strike in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro this past week has left a detrimental effect not only on the economy, but on the lives of citizens. Many people missed work and this will negatively affect their income.

The strike also affected the health sector, as many could not access medical care.

A 67-year-old chronic patient from KwaDwesi Township felt the impact of the strike.

Ntombizandile Kimberly says she was looking forward to getting vaccinated.

Unfortunately, the week-long burning and fear instilling protest forced her to stay at home, causing her to miss her vaccination date and now she wonders if she will get another date for the shot.

“I’m scared, the date I was given to get the vaccination was personally for me. I missed my day, so I won’t get it now, I don’t know. If they reschedule me, will I not be taking someone else’s date and vaccine? Because it is scheduled for that person. I am scared and I don’t know what to do,” says Kimberley.

During the protest, busses were burnt and private vehicles stoned and forced off the road.  This affected schooling, and academic activities, with some students missing their exams.

“Like the situation is so bad. It affected me in a way I can’t even explain. I am very hurt because I lost my exam, which means if I don’t get any chance from now I will have to write my exams in November,” one student told SABC News.

There were reports of manufacturing companies suspending work, fearing for the safety of their workers. The port of Port Elizabeth also indicated that the strike affected operations and contingency plans had to be made.

“It is difficult to quantify the rand losses to the businesses sector. But this came at a huge expense, further tarnishing the image of our metro as a stable investment destination for investors. Some manufacturers had to shut down their operations for a few days impacting their ability to meet export and other customer requirements while thousands of employees lost wages.

Our province has the highest unemployment rate in the country further reinforcing the unacceptable harm caused by this past week,” says Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO, Denise van Huyssteen.

The strike ended after it was agreed that a list of drivers qualifying for the COVID- 19 relief fund will be submitted to the department of labour. The department will then be given seven days to respond to the taxi drivers.

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All operations have resumed across the metro.



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