Another tornado hits Natal Midlands

A second tornado touched down in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal this (Thursday) afternoon. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) confirmed it.According to Storm Report SA a witness said the funnel had touched the ground multiple times. The province was still counting the cost of the first tornado which wreaked havoc in areas north of the provincial capital, Pietermaritzburg two days ago. SAWS issued a warning for severe storms, with damaging wind, hail and heavy falls. The area around Bergville is highly prone to thunderstorms. The province is on storm alert and schools…

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Johnny the “Bulldog” – favourite for DA interim leader

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) federal council would vote this coming Sunday for the party’s new interim leader. Johnny Steenhuisen is expected  to come out on top, putting the liberal forces in the party in the driving seat. Since the former DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s resignation, Steenhuisen, the party’s parliamentary leader, had stepped into the gap and had been prolific in the media over the course of the last week. “Johnny Chief Whip” is also known for his remark “I cannot change my skin colour.”He is not scared of speaking his…

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Chaos in Hong Kong – West blamed

riot police in hong kong

Violence in the Chinese-ruled city had reached a “very dangerous and even deadly level” according to global media. Demonstrators, (mostly university students), had since June been protesting about what they see as meddling by Beijing in the freedoms guaranteed under the “one country-two systems” formula. This arrangement was put in place when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. China denied interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and had blamed Western countries, especially Britain and the United States. Roads had been blocked, university entrances barricaded, luxury flagship stores…

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SA no stranger to tornadoes – interesting facts from SAWS

As many as 16 tornadoes were recorded in South Africa over the last decade. This year alone,  tornadoes made landfall in Bainsvlei outside Bloemfontein in May, while a small tornado was reported in Sedgefield, the Western Cape, in September. According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), especially the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and Eastern Cape are prone to these weather phenomenons. SAWS told the media that a tornado is a “violently rotating storm of small diameter” developing from a thunderstorm. Most damage is usually caused by winds which could reach speeds…

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Almost all SAA flights cancelled due to “mother of all strikes”

South African Airways (SAA) had cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019. While outbound flights from South Africa had been cancelled, certain flights would operate from selected out stations to OR Tambo International Airport. Flights  on partner airlines SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all code share partners, including flights operated by its Star Alliance partner airlines would operate as normal. This what is called “the mother of all strikes follow”s an announcement by SAA that jobs would…

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7de Laan actor Patrick Shai shot 11 times in Soweto

Actor Patrick Shai is in hospital recuperating after being shot several times with rubber bullets from the police during a protest rally in Dobsonville, Soweto. The 7de Laan actor was shot as he was trying to intervene between the enraged community and the police when he was caught in the ensuing chaos. The community had taken to the streets to protests against electricity cuts. Shai, who lives in the area, but was not affected by the power cuts, said he went to a filling station to buy bread and a…

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Third country bans meat from SA due to foot and mouth disease

Eswatini (Swaziland) is  the third neighbouring country to ban meat imports from South Africa. Botswana and Zimbabwe had already banned meat imports after a new confirmed case of foot and mouth disease in the Molemole district of Limpopo. According to a media statement by the Transvaal Agricultural Union, the meat industry is still struggling after a previous case of the disease was found in the Vhembe district in February this year. The following ban paralysed a considerable portion of the game and meat industry and caused the wool price to…

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Sifiso’s death a great loss to Lowveld cricket

Sfiso Mahima, much loved cricket coach had died suddenly. Nelspruit High School, the Johan Rudolph Cricket Academy and the wider cricket fraternity had reacted with shock and sadness to the tragic news. Nellies High said in a statement that Sfiso’s motto of “it does not matter if you win or lose, as long as you give your best everytime”, would always be remembered. His passion for cricket, children and coaching set him apart, as did his hard working characteristic, his joviality and his patience. To the many of the learners…

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Breakthrough archeological find in Mpumalanga

A routine excursion in the mountains of Mpumalanga led to an unexpected discovery for a a team of South African and international scientists and researchers. According to a media statement it “shone a light on an unimaginable and turbulent past in prehistoric South Africa (SA)”. Fossilised body parts of humanoids and other creatures were found. The SA Antiquities Research Institute (SAARI) said it could turn out to be one of the mostly critical archaeological finds ever in SA. The ribs, hearts and legs have been found to date back 100…

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Job cuts to save SAA R700 million

SAA, another drowning-in-debt state entity would retrench more than 900 employees to save the company about 700 million rand. The process would be finalised by end March 2020. The company told the media that it had started consultations with its more than 5,000 staff and labour unions about cutting jobs to bring down its massive debt, including a 21.7 billion rand funding gap. The SA government had to repeatedly bail it out.

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