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SANBS urges people to donate blood
7 May 2018, 11:45 AM

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says there is a shortage of blood in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SANBS has urged the public to find 30 minutes of their time to donate blood, and help save lives.

SANBS  targets people between the ages of 16 and 65 years old for first time donors.

They should weigh a minimum of 50 kg, be in good health, and live a low risk lifestyle.

KwaZulu-Natal SANBS Regional Marketing Manager, Sifiso Khoza says their blood stocks are very low.

“As of this morning the South African Blood Service in KwaZulu-Natal got 1.5 days stock, so that means that the blood that we have as of this morning at 9 o’clock will only keep us going for one day and a half. If we talk about the quantities that we are having on hand we’ve only got 207 units of blood, As the KZN we need 500 units of blood every single day of the year in order to be able to supply the various hospitals and other emergency personnel who need blood,” says Khoza.

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Vladimir Putin sworn in as president for fourth Kremlin term
7 May 2018, 11:33 AM

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia’s president for a historic fourth term at a ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years.

“I consider it my duty and my life’s aim to do everything possible for Russia, for its present and for its future,” says Putin, with his hand on the Russian constitution.

His landslide re-election extends his 18-year period as the country’s leader.

His supporters say he has re-invigorated the country’s global status, while his opponents call him autocratic.

Taxify driver murdered in Soweto
4 May 2018, 4:50 PM

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has condemned the brutal killing of another Taxify driver.

Moipolai Sekati was fatally shot on Wednesday night in Snake Park, Soweto. His vehicle was torched. The motive for the killing is still unknown and police are investigating.

Vadi has expressed his condolences to the Sekati’s family.

Vadi’s spokesperson Melita Mediba says, “As a department, we are deeply saddened by this criminal act that has occurred so soon after the National Assembly has adopted the national land transport act amendment bill. MEC has also called on law enforcement agencies to investigate crime and urged who might have information to come forward with and assist the police.”

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KZN Sports wants eThekwni to pay back grant
4 May 2018, 2:25 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Sport MEC, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi has announced that her department had requested the eThekwini Municipality to pay back a R10 million grant it received from the provincial government to build the controversial Hoy Park Sport Complex.

The development of the R300 million complex in Durban has been stalled since 2015 due to legal wrangling.

Sithole-Moloi told the legislature in her budget speech that the provincial government had set aside a total of R30 million for the project, but that this would now be used for other sporting projects in the province.

KwaZulu-Natal Sport MEC, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi is concerned about the slow pace of transformation in South Africa’s multi-coded international teams.

She says one of the challenges is the fact that municipalities use money they receive for sport development from the national government, to rather deliver basic services.

R48-million from her budget of R450 million will be used to set up another hundred sport facilities in townships and rural areas in the coming year.

These include fields where children can kick around a ball, outdoor fitness centres, as well as ball sports courts. The department will also contribute nearly R10 million to support sports academies.

4 killed in suspected Shabaab attack in northern Kenya
4 May 2018, 10:14 AM

Four people were killed in the northern Kenyan town of Mandera, which borders Somalia, police said Friday, in an attack blamed on Islamist group Al-Shabaab.

The four men, all non-Muslims who were not from the area, were attacked at a remote quarry on Thursday night, with some of them shot dead and others hacked with a machete.

“They were killed at the quarry during the attack. We suspect Al-Shabaab and we are pursuing them,” said regional police commander Mohamud Saleh.

A senior police source on the ground, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the group of more than 10 attackers “opened fire indiscriminately at the workers.”

He said several others were injured.

National police spokesman Charles Owino confirmed the killings.

“The attack was targeting non-locals and all those who died are not from here.”

Owino said police had received reports of an impending attack and security was beefed up in the region, however “no one knew exactly where” the attack would be.

A major security operation was launched Friday to track the attackers, believed to have fled to Somalia.

The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Mogadishu but also regularly carries out attacks in neighbouring Kenya, which has troops in Somalia as part of an African Union force.

In its bloodiest single attack on Kenya so far, Shabaab gunmen raided a university in Garissa in April 2015 killing 148 people, most of them students, while in 2013 the group killed at least 67 people in an assault on a shopping mall in Nairobi.

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