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ANOTHER EXPLOSION WENT OFF IN SRI LANKA

23 April 2019
ANOTHER EXPLOSION WENT OFF IN SRI LANKA

Another explosion went off yesterday in Sri Lanka - a day after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels killing 290 people and wounding about 500. The recent bomb exploded in a van when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it. Footage her...

SRI LANKA MOURNS CHURCH VICTIMS

23 April 2019
SRI LANKA MOURNS CHURCH VICTIMS

A memorial service was held today at one of the churches in Sri Lanka targeted by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday  . The country marked a National Day of mourning for the 100 people who were killed in the St Sebastian church in Ne-gom-bo. &nbs...

HEAVY FLOODS IN KZN - RESIDENTS CAUTIONED TO STAY AWAY FROM UNSAFE AREAS

23 April 2019
HEAVY FLOODS IN KZN - RESIDENTS CAUTIONED TO STAY AWAY FROM UNSAFE AREAS

The South African Weather Service has issued a number of severe warnings for SA today following heavy rains reported across the country.  The massive downpours in KwaZulu Natal and the Northern Cape provinces are the worst causing flooding.&nbs...

DA: ANC HAS FAILED PEOPLE

17 April 2019
DA: ANC HAS FAILED PEOPLE

  Political parties are punching hard during election rallies as the countdown to May 8th is a reminder that perhaps a new destiny awaits South Africa. Most of the opposition parties to the ruling ANC have focused on corruption, wasteful expend...

CHILDREN SAFETY DURING EASTER BREAK

17 April 2019
CHILDREN SAFETY DURING EASTER BREAK

  Recent child protection statistics have revealed that between April and June 2018, there were 516 reported cases of neglect and 12 cases of abandonment in the Western Cape province. In total, 1614 cases were reported requesting for child prot...

THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS TRAPPED BETWEEN CLASHES IN TRIPOLI

17 April 2019
THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS TRAPPED BETWEEN CLASHES IN TRIPOLI

  The UN’s Refugee Agency led its second relocation of 150 detained refugees from Abu Selim detention centre in South Tripoli to the UNHCR's Gathering and Departure Facility in central Libya. According to the United Nations, more than 18,...

US SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI CONDEMNS TRUMP REMARKS against DEMOCRAT ILHAN OMAR

17 April 2019
US SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI CONDEMNS TRUMP REMARKS against DEMOCRAT ILHAN OMAR

  US President Donald Trump has been criticized for a Twitter post he used with 9/11 images, when he made remarks that  Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, showed no concerned towards the September 11 attack. The U.S. House of Representat...

KENYAN FAMILY SUES BOEING AVIATION

17 April 2019
KENYAN FAMILY SUES BOEING AVIATION

  A Kenyan family has filed a lawsuit against American aviation giant Boeing, after losing a loved one in the March 10th Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. Family members of the deceased passenger, 29-year-old engineer George...

CONGO’S PRESIDENT PLEADS WITH POPULATION TO ACCEPT REALITY OF EBOLA

17 April 2019
CONGO’S PRESIDENT PLEADS WITH POPULATION TO ACCEPT REALITY OF EBOLA

  Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has pleaded with people in areas hit by the nation's worst-ever Ebola outbreak to accept that the disease is real and to trust health workers. The announcement comes after mistrust of first responders and...

WORLDS BIGGEST ONE-DAY ELECTION HELD IN INDONESIA

17 April 2019
WORLDS BIGGEST ONE-DAY ELECTION HELD IN INDONESIA

  In the world's biggest one-day election, Indonesia voted for its President yesterday. More than 192 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections. There are 245 thousand candidates in total who were vyin...

O’BURG MAYOR, HERMAN MASHABA GETS BOOED AT IN ALEXANDRA

16 April 2019
O’BURG MAYOR, HERMAN MASHABA GETS BOOED AT IN ALEXANDRA

  Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba has been given a deadline to respond to angry and frustrated Alex residents. They listed their issues in a memorandum handed to Mashaba last night. The Alex Shutdown Committee says they will continue with pe...

SOUTH AFRICAN VOTERS IN TOWNSHIPS ARE FED UP

16 April 2019
SOUTH AFRICAN VOTERS IN TOWNSHIPS ARE FED UP

  As South Africa gets ready to hold its sixth general election on May the 8th, shack-dwellers in Alexandra township say they're disillusioned with the ruling African National Congress following years of unfulfilled promises.

TEEN SWEDISH CLIMATE ACTIVIST TAKES ON EU PARLIAMENT

16 April 2019
TEEN SWEDISH CLIMATE ACTIVIST TAKES ON EU PARLIAMENT

  Swedish climate activist, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has arrived in France, to make an appearance at the EU parliament. The teenager who persuaded her family to stop flying and to buy an electric car, is touring France, Italy and Germany to h...

ACTIVISTS PROTEST FOR LEADERS TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

16 April 2019
ACTIVISTS PROTEST FOR LEADERS TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

  Environmental activists continued to camp out at London’s Marble Arch this morning, to force the government to do more to address climate change. The protests which are expected to last at least a week, are being led by the British clim...

SUDAN MILITARY FACES PRESSURE TO APPOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER

16 April 2019
SUDAN MILITARY FACES PRESSURE TO APPOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER

  Sudan’s members of the Transitional Military Council have announced, they are in the process of choosing a prime minister "for a civilian government." This comes after representatives of the Sudanese Professionals' Association piled pre...

BLAZE EXTINGUISHED AT THE NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS

16 April 2019
BLAZE EXTINGUISHED AT THE NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS

  The stone construction of the cathedral has been "saved," as have the "main works of art" from the building. That was the latest tweet from the Paris fire brigade much to the relief of Parisians!  In a two-part tweet, the fire service pr...

Social Media downtime as Facebook receives reports of 12,000 incidents

15 April 2019
Social Media downtime as Facebook receives reports of 12,000 incidents

  If you were having problems accessing Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp yesterday you’re not alone. Facebook Inc's social networking site, photo-sharing social network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp were inaccessible to some users...

Tornado destroys homes in Ohio town

15 April 2019
Tornado destroys homes in Ohio town

  In the US, a tornado caused significant damage to multiple homes and structures in Shelby, Ohio. Police say as many as 10 people were injured, but there appeared to be no fatalities. The Local media outlets reported that many of the nine thou...

ITALY’S PM CONCERNED ABOUT IMPENDING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN LIBYA

15 April 2019
ITALY’S PM CONCERNED ABOUT IMPENDING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN LIBYA

  Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has urged the international community to work together to avoid divisions and a possible humanitarian crisis in Libya. Eastern-based Libyan forces led by Khalifa Haftar are pushing to seize the capi...

NEW U.N. ENVOY REVIVES SYRIAN PEACE PROCESS

15 April 2019
NEW U.N. ENVOY REVIVES SYRIAN PEACE PROCESS

  The United Nations Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen held substantial discussions with Syrian officials in a bid to end its civil war. Pedersen has been discussing the formation of a constitutional committee that would be tasked to do amendments...

RAMADHAN READINESS

15 April 2019
RAMADHAN READINESS

  With just over two weeks to go for Ramadhan. The Ramadhan for all event at the castle of good hope in Cape Town, is being hailed as an important and essential event. 

BREXIT CAN IMPACT SOUTH AFRICA

15 April 2019
BREXIT CAN IMPACT SOUTH AFRICA

  While uncertainty looms on what the new October 31 deadline for Brexit might bring, South Africa is considering various scenarios that may affect bilateral and multilateral agreements in its trading with both the EU and Britain. There is one...

SA’s JUSTICE, CRIME AND SECURITY CLUSTERS GEAR UP FOR ELECTIONS

15 April 2019
SA’s JUSTICE, CRIME AND SECURITY CLUSTERS GEAR UP FOR ELECTIONS

  The South African police says they ready for the upcoming Easter long weekend and South Africa’s sixth general election, which is taking place in 22 days’ time. The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster has outlined its s...

Protesters gather in Sudan

15 April 2019
Protesters gather in Sudan

  Freedom and justice is what Sudanese protesters were demanding on Sunday. In a colourful display of defiance they broke out in song and gathered in large numbers, clapping and calling for certain rights to be upheld. The protests follows...

IMF CHIEF URGES AUTHORITIES TO BE ACCOMMODATING AMID TRADE DISPUTES

12 April 2019

The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde has urged world leaders to address the issues of unfair trade practices and market distortions. She also addressed the elimination of tariffs and other trade barriers. Lagar...

LIBYAN FORCES PARADE CAPTURED PRISONERS AS BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI RAGES ON

12 April 2019

Libya’s internationally recognised Government with its headquarters in Tripoli says it has captured almost 200 Libyan National Army soldiers. This battle for Tripoli rages on in the outskirts of the capital. So far more than 56 people have died...

GREENPEACE ACCUSES NESTLÉ OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC POLLUTION

12 April 2019

Greenpeace, the environmental charity group has accused Nestle of not doing enough to reduce single-use plastics which pollutes landfills and oceans. Jennifer Morgan, the Executive Director at Greenpeace International says the world’s big...

NO LOAD SHEDDING IMPLEMENTED LAST NIGHT BUT RISK FOR STAGE 1 LOAD SHEDDING REMAINS

12 April 2019

Eskom says they did not implement load shedding last night due to three reasons. The reasons given was that the electricity demand last night was lower than anticipated, additional megawatts were received from the wind power plants and lastly Eskom t...

SA APPOINTS PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION TO HEAD 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

12 April 2019

Revolutionary advances in technology are reshaping the way people work and live & unless South Africa embraces those opportunities, it will remain unfulfilled. This is the basis for the appointment of a Presidential Commission on the Fourth Indu...

POPE FRANCIS APPEALS FOR PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN

12 April 2019

Meanwhile Pope Francis has appealed to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect an armistice they signed and commit to forming a unity government next month. Hi...

Another explosion went off yesterday in Sri Lanka - a day after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels killing 290 people and wounding about 500. The recent bomb exploded in a van when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it. Footage here shows the moment of explosion as seen from a balcony near St. Anthony's Church in the capital, Colombo. Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators at a main bus station in Colombo yesterday. 

A memorial service was held today at one of the churches in Sri Lanka targeted by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday  . The country marked a National Day of mourning for the 100 people who were killed in the St Sebastian church in Ne-gom-bo.  The roof of this church was  almost entirely blown off by the force of the explosion. Another five bombs went off at the same time, targeting other churches and hotels. Sri Lankan authorities are still searching for those behind suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Police say they have arrested 40 people since Sunday and that suspects arrested are mainly Sri Lankans. Altogether 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded. 

 

Political parties are punching hard during election rallies as the countdown to May 8th is a reminder that perhaps a new destiny awaits South Africa. Most of the opposition parties to the ruling ANC have focused on corruption, wasteful expenditure and service delivery. DA leader Mmusi Maimane took a township tour in KwaZulu Natal recently to interact and engage with residents in Chatsworth. Fighting poverty, insufficient housing, sanitation and unemployment were prominent issues he raised with this community. Maimane blames the ANC for misusing the funds that are supposed to be used for service delivery.

The South African Weather Service has issued a number of severe warnings for SA today following heavy rains reported across the country.  The massive downpours in KwaZulu Natal and the Northern Cape provinces are the worst causing flooding.  The South African Weather Services says the coast remains the biggest concern where flooding has already been reported. The South African National Defence Force has committed to assist those affected by flooding. In Kwazulu Natal, EThekwini's Mayor Zandile Gumede has cautioned all residents to avoid high-risk areas and to be careful on the roads following continuous heavy rains that have ravaged most parts of the City. Meanwhile, emergency services were faced with enormous pressure today, as they attended to flood-related life-threatening emergencies. They say the pressure has increased following some people’s insistence on driving and getting themselves into unsafe situations. As many as 32 people have been reported dead so far.  

 

Recent child protection statistics have revealed that between April and June 2018, there were 516 reported cases of neglect and 12 cases of abandonment in the Western Cape province. In total, 1614 cases were reported requesting for child protection during the Easter holidays. The Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development, under the leadership of Minister Albert Fritz, is appealing for the safety and well-being of children, particularly over the Easter break.

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