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  • Almost R140K raised in crowdfunding campaign for 7-year-old Dros rape victim

    23 October 2018 7:31 PM 11

    Almost R140 000 has been raised for the family of the 7-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at a Dros franchise in Pretoria last month. The fundraising campaign was created on donations-based crowdfunding platform BuckaBuddy and was launched on October 3. According to the platform, the initiative has received contributions from within South Africa

  • How Ethiopia's new cabinet fits into Ahmed's reform agenda

    23 October 2018 3:46 PM 12

    Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has re-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as its chairman. This means that Ahmed will continue as prime minister until the next party congress. It is with this certainty that he has taken the opportunity to reassemble his cabinet for the second time this year. The latest reshuffle has downsized cabinet departments from 28 to 20. Ten of the new ministerial

  • JUST IN: Firefighting pilot killed as helicopter goes down while fighting Garden Route blaze

    23 October 2018 10:01 AM 13

    A Working on Fire (WoF) helicopter pilot was killed when his chopper went down on Tuesday over Riversdale, while he was helping to fight a blaze, WoF spokesperson Linton Rensburg said. "It is confirmed that the helicopter went down near the fire at approximately 09:45 on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, while conducting firefighting operations," the organisation

  • History made as Fort Hare awards first PhD written in isiXhosa

    23 October 2018 7:46 AM 17

    A high school teacher from East London has made history by being the first Fort Hare PhD student to write her thesis in isiXhosa, the Daily Dispatch reported. Nompumelelo Kapa, an isiXhosa teacher at Beaconhurst High School, received a doctorate in literature and philosophy at the university's Alice campus on Friday. She told the Daily Dispatch that she was proud

  • E Guinea releases 34 political prisoners: opposition

    22 October 2018 7:04 PM 20

    Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party said 34 of its members were freed from prison on Monday following a pardon from strongman ruler Teodoro Obiang Nguema, but that many of them had been tortured. Those released include Jesus Mitogo, the sole parliamentary deputy of the opposition Citizens for Innovation (CI) party which was dissolved in February

  • Man shot in BMW on M1 highway was a member of the Hawks

    22 October 2018 5:13 PM 19

    The driver of the BMW X1, who was shot on the M1 highway in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon, was a member of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), known as the Hawks. "We can confirm that the man who was shot and injured on the M1 north this afternoon is a member of the DPCI in Gauteng," Gauteng Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo

  • IFP postpones its national general conference

    22 October 2018 4:36 PM 21

    The Inkatha Freedom Party has postponed its upcoming National General Conference. This is after its national executive committee was advised that certain constitutional prescripts were "compromised" during the preparatory stages of the conference. "Whilst a conference is desirable and due, we are duty bound to protect the integrity of our processes and the legitimacy

  • Woman dies after boyfriend allegedly attacks her with boiling water

    22 October 2018 3:52 PM 21

    A Gauteng man is under police guard in hospital after he was arrested for allegedly dousing his girlfriend with boiling water last week. The 42-year-old girlfriend, Primrose Mahlangu, died as a result of her injuries on Sunday morning. Kagiso police launched a manhunt for the man earlier on Monday afternoon who, according to spokesperson Captain Solomon

  • Nairobi's slum residents pay a high price for low quality services

    22 October 2018 1:16 PM 19

    In Kenya, settlements are classified into two types: informal (or, slum) and formal (or, regular) settlements. Informal settlements are areas with insecure residential status and those in Nairobi are quite dismal. They’re very overcrowded, housing is made of poor quality building materials – like mud or metal sheets – and they often lack basic amenities

  • ‘The dogs were in kill mode’

    22 October 2018 1:04 PM 17

    Seeing his neighbour being attacked by dogs spurred a Scottsville man to put his life on the line to save him. Duncan Buchanan (30) bravely stepped in as his neighbour, Victor Kabata, was being attacked by pitbulls that escaped from a neighbouring home on Windsdor Avenue on Sunday afternoon. He sustained several bites in the incident, including having