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  • Tomorrow's weather: High temperatures with fire danger conditions and gale-force winds

    10 January 2019 5:05 PM 270

    Warm to very hot conditions are expected in the interior of the country on Friday, fire danger conditions are expected in the north, and strong winds have been predicted for the Western Cape. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape, in places over the central and eastern parts of the Western

  • Pitch Black Afro charged with premeditated murder, case postponed

    10 January 2019 2:29 PM 86

    Local rapper Pitch Black Afro has been charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice after his wife, Catherine Modusane, died in a Johannesburg bed and breakfast on December 31. He appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday afternoon. The case was postponed to January 15. The artist, whose real name is Thulani

  • CAR sets peace talks for January 24: AU

    10 January 2019 11:15 AM 89

    The African Union said Wednesday that long-awaited peace talks between the government of the Central African Republic and militia groups would take place in Khartoum this month. "Direct dialogue between the CAR government and armed groups (will) be held on January 24 in Khartoum, Sudan, under the auspices of the AU," AU envoy Moussa Nebie said on Twitter

  • DRC's Kabila 'partner in democratic change': Tshisekedi

    10 January 2019 10:00 AM 71

    The winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic presidential poll on Thursday hailed long-term leader Joseph Kabila as a "partner in democratic change". Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was provisionally declared elected president by the country's electoral commission in the early hours of Thursday morning. "I pay tribute to President

  • UN chief warns against violence over DRC vote result

    10 January 2019 9:06 AM 72

    The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all stakeholders in DR Congo to avoid violence after the opposition chief was declared winner of the presidential election in an announcement contested by his rival. "The Secretary General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established

  • Cape Town priest shot dead during robbery

    10 January 2019 8:28 AM 84

    A 59-year-old man from Mitchells Plain was shot dead on Tuesday during an attempted robbery, police have confirmed. The man, believed to be a well-known priest at the Hazeldene New Apostolic Congregation, was on his way to work when he was attacked by unknown assailants who tried to rob him, police spokesperson Captain Hein Hendricks said. "This office

  • Man dies while trying to save girl, 13, from drowning at sea

    09 January 2019 8:36 PM 86

    A 29-year-old man has died, while two other people have been transported to hospital following a drowning incident at Wolfgat Nature Reserve on Wednesday. "Despite extensive efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the 29-year-old man, sadly he has been declared deceased on the scene. "The 13-year-old female, believed to be a disabled person, and the man aged in his 30's were transported

  • 'Health facilities under attack' – City of Joburg on break in at Lenasia clinic

    09 January 2019 7:41 PM 83

    The City of Johannesburg says health facilities are under attack following a break in at the Lenasia South Civic Centre Clinic in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "The burglars gained entry to the building by removing glass from the window frames. They then dug a hole in one of the walls and broke the burglar doors," MMC for Health and Social Development

  • LATEST: US to citizens in DRC: 'Depart the country'

    09 January 2019 5:33 PM 65

    The United States is giving its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo succinct advice: "Depart the country." A new US embassy security alert says DRC's electoral commission is soon expected to announce results of the presidential election. It warns of possible crowds gathering to hear the results. Congolese activist groups have urged people to "be ready

  • Security tight as DRC prepares to release 1st vote results

    09 January 2019 12:11 PM 256

    Anti-riot police with water cannon and armoured vehicles are outside the Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission ahead of the announcement of the first results of the presidential election. Residents of the capital, Kinshasa, say the heavy security presence is a bad sign. Resident John Kabamba says it "may be a message that the publication