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Weather Service issues disruptive rainfall warning for KwaZulu-Natal
2 October 2021, 6:35 PM

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of disruptive rainfall over most parts of KwaZulu-Natal. The warning indicates that some areas in the province could experience heavy rains, which could lead to localised flooding.

Forecaster Wiseman Dlamini says the inclement weather is expected to last until Wednesday.

“We are still expecting some more showers and thundershowers in most parts of the province today. We’re already having some thundershowers over the northern part of KZN as we speak. I think areas over midlands and also over some parts of Durban coastal are experiencing thunderstorms as well. And then furthermore, the outlook for tomorrow are expecting mainly a 50% chance over the central parts and Eastern parts of KZN.”

Earlier this week, the Weather Service issued an alert heavy rainfall over parts of KwaZulu-Natal in the coming days.

The yellow alert warns people that the rains are to persist into the weekend.

The video below is the full weather report:

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world
2 October 2021, 5:21 PM

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain.

The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations.

More than half of all global deaths reported on a seven-day average were in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and India.

While it took just over a year for the COVID-19 death toll to hit 2.5 million, the next 2.5 million deaths were recorded in just under eight months, according to a Reuters analysis.

An average of 8,000 deaths were reported daily across the world over the last week, or around five deaths every minute. However, the global death rate has been slowing in recent weeks.

COPE promises to recall poor performing councillors
2 October 2021, 4:42 PM

Congress of the People (COPE) President Mosiuoa Lekota is campaigning in Limpopo this weekend ahead of the November Local Government Elections.

Lekota and other party leaders, including National Spokesperson Dennis Bloem, have interacted with the community at Sekgosese near Modjadjiskloof.

Lekota says COPE has not yet determined the overall number of candidates that have been successfully registered. He says they plan to approach the Independent Electoral Commission in order to finalise the list of party candidates.

“We have not received the registered number of all our candidates and I have to be clear about this that very many of our candidates that we registered have not been recorded and we are still going to take it up with the IEC, where we are able to show that we have submitted names, they were not captured. What we need to be sure about … was it they were not captured because of the IEC or were they not captured because of shortcomings in our registration system.”

Lekota warned that COPE will recall its ward councillors who do not serve the needs of communities.

“All the councillors that are elected under the congress of the people can expect to be recalled if they are not serving the people. Secondly, even those that are elected under other political parties, we will talk to those people and explain to them the reason you don’t have your services it is because you have elected men and women who don’t understand how governance works.”

COPE outlines manifesto ahead to local government elections

COPE outlined its manifesto and announced its plans ahead of the local government elections on 1 November. The party launched its manifesto in Kempton Park East of Johannesburg in September.

Despite dwindling support, the party is confident ahead of the local government elections. In the 2019 general elections, COPE received over 47 000 votes, securing only 2 seats in Parliament.

COPE on a drive to lobby the electorate ahead of 2021 Municipal polls

LIVE: ATM launches election manifesto
2 October 2021, 3:11 PM

African Transformation Movement is launching its election manifesto in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape.

The party contested its first elections in 2019, winning two seats nationally, as well as one each in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal legislatures.

Livestream below:

Seller basks in ‘Squid Game’ fame of his ‘sweet and deadly’ treat
2 October 2021, 1:32 PM

A South Korean sweet featured as one of the lethal challenges in the Netflix hit TV drama “Squid Game” has become a global craze, boosting business for the candy seller who provided the confection for the show.

The series has become a viral hit by depicting childhood games with deadly consequences. One of the challenges has the cash-strapped contestants on the show carving out the symbol etched into a brittle sugar candy called dalgona without cracking the whole piece or risk being shot by masked enforcers.

Dalgona is typically sold with a variety of shapes but “Squid Game” featured four, a triangle, circle, star, and an umbrella. One piece is about 2,000 won ($1.68) but you can get a buy-one, get-one-free deal if you don’t crack the first one.

An Yong-hui, 37, has been making dalgona for the past eight years in a university district in the capital Seoul. He and his co-workers used 15 kg (33 lb) of sugar to make 700 candies for the filming in June 2020 of the show’s third episode, which is described by Netflix as equal parts “sweet and deadly”.

As the show’s popularity has surged since its premiere last month, An hasn’t been able to go home for a week in order to meet the demand from eager “Squid Game” fans that start queuing up outside his 2-square-metre (2.4 square yards) street kitchen at 11 a.m.

He now sells more than 500 dalgonas a day, from less than 200 before the show’s premiere.

“We are thinking we should place a rifle here as well,” An said, chuckling at his reference to the show’s outsized repercussions for failure.

On the show, the downtrodden contestants vie for a prize of 45.6 billion won ($38.40 million) by competing in games that recall a more idyllic pre-digital time.

Netflix said in an article on the show’s creation that director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s selection of childhood games was deliberate to make the show more relatable to the audience.

For South Koreans, dalgona sellers were a fixture in front of schools until the early 2000s but the trend has died down since then and, according to An, the candy is even older.

“I have heard so much about the dalgona challenge from my dad and grandma and was always curious,” said Lee You-hee, a university freshman in Seoul.

“It was my first time trying and was shocked at how easily it breaks!” she said, after failing the challenge while standing near An’s stand.

In line with the show’s viral explosion, international viewers are posting their efforts at making dalgona and passing the challenge on video-sharing platform TikTok and other social media.

Even e-commerce marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Coupang are selling dalgona cooking kits and tools for as much as $29.99.

In Singapore, the Brown Butter Cafe was the latest business to tap the Squid Game hype and the drama of the dalgona challenge.

Sitting with brows furrowed and an intense look of concentration, Squid Game fan Wang Chen, 32, picked away unsuccessfully at his delicate dalgona candy.

His failure on Friday would have meant certain death in Squid Game. But in the Brown Butter Cafe, it just means missing out on a prize.

“I almost made it … if you’re so strict as in the real TV show, then I’m gone,” Wang said.

Wang looked over at friend Zhang Qi’s attempt.

“This is a disaster. She might have been dead in the first minute,” he said.

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