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Kenyan President hails ANC milestone
13 January 2018, 7:38 AM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says that his and other parties on the continent have a lot to learn from the 106- year-old African National Congress.

Kenyatta was speaking following a meeting between him and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa in East London.

Kenyatta whose country has been embroiled in political turmoil since its presidential elections last year is in South Africa to attend the January 8 Statement of the ANC on Saturday.

“I did mention and congratulated him on the unity message that he has sent out to bring people together, retracing the footprints and the footsteps of those that have gone before him… with a clear mission and idea of reminding people of the path the ANC has travelled, and the need for unity within the party – I think that is a message that resonates well not just with South Africans, but also with us, and our political parties in the rest of Africa.”

ANCYL president calls on Ramaphosa to inspire hope
13 January 2018, 7:02 AM

African National Congress Youth League president, Collen Maine, says they’re hoping party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s January 8 statement will clearly outline this year’s plans according to the mandate of last month’s national elective conference.

The ruling party’s resolutions included the expropriation of land without compensation.

Ramaphosa will deliver the party’s 106th anniversary speech at East London’s ABSA Stadium.

Maine says the message must give hope to the people of South Africa.

Meanwhile struggle icon and member of the veterans league Andrew Mlangeni says he is expecting Ramaphosa’s address to call for unity in order to secure a win for the party in the 2019 national elections.

Urgent call for blood donations in KwaZulu-Natal
12 January 2018, 12:17 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department together with the South African National Blood Service are calling on donors and residents to donate blood at their nearest blood banks.

The province is facing a shortage of blood as it’s left with a two-day supply.

Health MEC Dr. Sibongiseni Dlomo has urged people to donate blood to help those who are in desperate need of it.

“We continue to request our South Africans to improve the blood stock levels so we can continue supporting our people those who are actually unwell, in accidents – we need blood, women who lose a lot of blood are our cancer patients on treatment even without treatment – we need blood. Now we know we are in a busy period preparing for schools – reopening but we are pleased with our South Africans – one pint of blood can really save life. I did my contribution last week. About two days stock of blood levels in our province.”

UJ Geologists discover exotic stone
12 January 2018, 11:48 AM

Geologists from the University of Johannesburg have taken over the study and analysis of a rare object that has baffled scientists around the globe.

The stone is said to be the hardest substance on earth as well as in outer space. An Egyptian geologist discovered the object in 1997.

One of the UJ geologists working on the project Georgy Belyanin, says when the object was first discovered the scientists attempted to cut it open with a metal saw but the object, which looks much like a normal stone, broke the saw in half.

Belyanin says it also broke a diamond disk.

“When we got the stone later on, I tried to polish it because we needed to see what was inside and we used diamonds to polish because diamonds is the hardest material on earth and I broke the polishing disk which was made of diamonds I broke it in five minutes. We assume that it probably came from outer space and we think it was formed before our sun was formed. All the materials which were found before both on earth and from the outer space our stone is very different from those meteorites – which is very unusual and it contains some chemical compounds which have never been discovered neither on earth nor meteorites.”

Cape firefighters optimistic they will put out all veld fires
12 January 2018, 9:37 AM

Firefighters in the Overberg region of the Western Cape are optimistic that they will contain all veld fires in their district by Friday night.

Overberg fire chief Reinard Geldenhuys says most of the fires have been burning for the past two days after being deliberately started.

He says fires at Swellendam and Botriver have been put out, but active firefighting efforts continue at Franschhoek and Caledon.

Geldenhuys says a new team from Working on Fire fighters will be airlifted to the Caledon fire on Friday morning.

“We hope to be able to down scale operations on this fire by tonight, the other fires we have going is in Villiersdorp where the fire is high up in the moutain and we will probably put more teams, and evaluate the risk for the farms and decided whether we are going to put aerial resources in. The Swellendam fire was put out yesterday so we don’t have any problems on that side as yet.”

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