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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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Mpumalanga water shortage getting worse

MPUMALANGA is facing a serious water shortage. Dam and river levels are dropping and the situation is fast deteriorating. Dr Tendai Sawunyama, a senior employee at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) told  NewsHorn recently. “The situation is getting worse as we are not expecting serious rainfall any time soon. That is why we are calling the public to use water wisely. There was no enough rainfall last month,” Sawunyama said. He said the water situation in the Crocodile and Sabie-Sand catchment area was still below normal, in comparison to…

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Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starts this month

CULTURE, Sport and Recreation MEC, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, has called on the people of Mpumalanga to support the annual Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starting on November 22 at the Emnotweni Arena. “This festival continues to be popular for its high impact performances for social cohesion,” Ntshalintshali said during the official launch of the fourth edition of the Xperience, which was held at Emnotweni Sun on October 31. “South Africans need to support this initiative for its intended purpose of promoting social cohesion and nation building through culture and giving young and…

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Amazing gospel festival draws big names

SOME of South Africa’s most popular gospel singers will be on stage at the Shachah worshiping event in White River next month. Award winning and much-loved gospel star, Takie Ndou, will be among the artists that will be dazzling the crowd on 7 December. Other big names include local artists, Mpumalanga songbird Phindile Mashaba and Zakes Mahlangu. Zanele Mathebula, Mtho Mtshali, Mangaliso Goje, ReshenMusic, Tebello Khanye and Pastor Ndabenhle Khoza will also spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Mpumalanga gospel music lovers, who will be attending the event, can expect…

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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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