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Pearly Beach
Firefighters battle fire at Pearly beach
25 December 2018, 6:50 PM

Firefighters are battling a fire which has broken out at Pearly Beach near Gaansbaai in the Overberg District of the Western Cape.

No damage to property or injuries has been reported at this stage.

Homeowners have been informed of the fire.

Overberg Municipality Fire Chief Reinhard Geldenhuys says they hope to contain the fire by Tuesday evening.

“The fire at Pearly Beach, we managed to bring it fairly under control. We have four fire trucks, 20 ground crew from Working on Fire and the Working on Fire helicopter working the lines,” says Geldenhuys.

New born
Msimanga showers Christmas babies with gifts in Tshwane
25 December 2018, 4:46 PM

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has showered the first babies born on Christmas Day in the capital with gifts. Among them is baby Eva Tshabalala, the first baby to be born in the city.

She was born at the George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria just after one in the morning.

Msimanga will be visiting seven hospitals in the city where 135 babies are expected to be born on Tuesday (25 December).

By midday, 57 babies had been delivered in the whole of Gauteng. 29-year-old Thandeka Tshabalala from Tembisa, east of Johannesburg delivered a healthy 3kg baby.

The hospital has already delivered seven babies and is expecting to deliver 22 Christmas babies in total. 29-year-old Lorraine Khoza from Atteridgeville west of Pretroia also delivered a healthy baby boy in the early hours of the morning.

“I’m a proud mom loving and caring. I was expecting the baby even though it was hard. At least I made it. Thank you for the hamper, I appreciate it very much” says Khoza.

To welcome the babies in style Mayor Solly Msimanga had special gifts for mother and child.

“Well, its baby hampers. It’s essentials you would need on the first days of the child being born; your nappies, blankets, toys, all formula you might need. We felt that is good to give something back to our future MEC’s, presidents and doctors and nurses. We need to plant a seed and that’s what we’re doing today,” explains Msimanga.

Hospital CEO Dr Freddy Kgongwana has praised the work done by the staff in the maternity ward.

“Those are the brave ones because we deliver about 10 000 babies a year, and these ladies are just awesome. They are out of this world, and we’re asking our community to pray for this team. We’re asking four our prayers,” says Kgongwana.

Mothers who have delivered Christmas babies in various public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal say they are beyond happy holding healthy babies. Some were earlier given birth certificates of their babies at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital by the Minister of Home Affairs Siyabonga Cwele.

The province of KwaZulu-Natal had three teenage mothers. These mothers say they will be raising their children with love.

Free State Health MEC Montsheng Tsiu says the department has beefed up security at hospitals to prevent any attempt to steal new borns.

Tsiu has showered mothers of the Christmas babies with gifts and has expressed satisfaction that mothers have already received birth certificates for their babies.


Kruger Park fully packed, visitors advised to pre-book
25 December 2018, 4:00 PM

The South African National Parks (Sanparks) has warned that it will not accept any more day visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday because it has reached its full capacity.

Sanparks Spokesperson Ike Phaahla says anyone wishing to visit the park between now and January the 8th must secure a booking first.

“Those who intend to go through tomorrow or any other day until the 8th of January will have to have a consent booking for the gate and we have three time slots; 1 is at 5:00am to 7:30am, 7:30am – 9:30am and 9:30am to 11:30am. If you don’t have a booking, please check first if there is still space, but currently today and tomorrow, the park is full to its capacity and we won’t be taking any more day visitors,” says Phaahla.

Correctional Centre
Kimberley Correctional Centre hosts Christmas party for female in inmates
25 December 2018, 2:35 PM

Female inmates at the Kimberley Correctional Centre were given an opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This happened through a Christmas party organised by prison officials.

The inmates also performed a stage play and sang Christmas carols.

A Spirit of Christmas behind bars was in full swing at the Kimberley Correctional Centre. As correctional centres’ vision is to rehabilitate, inmates were given an opportunity to demonstrate what Christmas means for them. The inmates say they appreciate the centre’s effort to make them feel special on Christmas day.

“I feel very happy even though I’m not with my family, but they say family is only blood. The people who care and these people at Correctional Services, they care,” says one inmate.

“Christmas is important because it’s a day our saviour was born and he died for our sins,” says another.

Kimberley Correctional Centre Unit Manager Boitumelo Makgari says this is the first time the prison is hosting a Christmas Party for the inmates.

“To show the women that are in female sections that we are together as women, because this is a special category unit where officials are females, offenders are female. So, we want this Christmas to be special to them,” says Makgari

As this is a day for giving, love and sharing, inmates also exchanged gifts with prison officials.


Ravindra Jadeja
India drop Murali and Lokesh for Boxing Day test
25 December 2018, 2:01 PM

India dropped both their struggling openers and opted for the left-arm spin of Ravindra Jadeja for the Boxing Day test against Australia in their bid to reclaim the lead in the four match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday.

Openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay have paid the price for putting together just one double digit stand at the halfway point of the four test series, hardly the starts that would help bring India a first test series win Down Under.

Mayank Agarwal will make his test debut on Wednesday with spinning all-rounder Hanuma Vihari joining him in a new look opening pair.

After their decision not to play a specialist spinner spectacularly backfired in Perth, where Australia leveled the series 1-1, the tourists included Jadeja in the playing XI after first choice Ravichandran Ashwin failed to recover from an abdominal strain.

India also left out paceman Umesh Yadav while Rohit Sharma returned to bolster the middle order.

Australia have recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh at the expense of middle order batsman Peter Handscomb in the only change to the side who won the Perth test by 146 runs.

“It’s a long series. Our bowlers have had a really big workload and we feel we’re going to need Mitch’s bowling at some point. I’m sure Pete would be upset. I think he’s had conversations with the selectors that there’s a few things they would like him to work on and Pete is open to that,” says Tim Paine the Australian captain.

The MCG pitch, a year after being rated “poor”, sported a green tinge which made India Captain Virat Kohli optimistic of a result in the penultimate match of the series.

“As a side, you always want a result. The surface looked pretty dry underneath yesterday. There’s a good coverage of grass which should keep the surface intact. It should have enough for the bowlers to be interested on all days of the test match. Hopefully, it’s much livelier than it was last time,” says Kohli.

Kohli and Paine clashed more than once in the tension-filled Perth test, but the Indian captain played down the altercations, saying sparks are bound to fly when two competitive teams meet.

“When both teams are passionate and desperate to win, obviously those things happen on the field. As long as the line is not crossed, you have no issues. I’m sure Tim and myself both understand what happened and we definitely don’t want to do something unnecessary. We want to lead our team well and play good cricket which the public want to see,” explans Kohli.

The series will shift to Sydney for the finale beginning on January 3.



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