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  • Father drowns while on fishing trip with children on Garden Route

    05 January 2019 2:14 PM 169

    A 45-year-old man who took his three kids fishing in the Swartvlei, at the Pine Lake Marina, between Sedgefield and Knysna drowned on Friday evening after their boat capsized. According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), the father and his three children aged 16, seven and five were on holiday in George and visiting friends at the Marina when they hired

  • Tunisia says 2 jihadists blow themselves up in security raid

    04 January 2019 5:05 PM 65

    Two alleged jihadists blew themselves up Thursday during an early morning raid by Tunisian security forces on a house in the central region of Sidi Bouzid, the interior ministry said. Acting on a tip off, "police units raided a house in the Jelma area... and two terrorists blew themselves up with explosive belts", national security spokesman Walid Hkima

  • The 'real' matric pass rate is 37.6%

    04 January 2019 9:23 AM 278

    The real matric pass rate for 2018 is 37.6%, not 78.2%, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday announced a national pass rate of 78.2% in last year's National Senior Certificate examinations – a 3.1% increase from 2017. The DA, however, said the adjusted pass rate was determined when including the total

  • Matric results: Meet South Africa's top performing pupils

    04 January 2019 8:57 AM 62

    The North West may not have come out tops in the battle for the best performing province when it comes to overall matric results, but it can boast having the smartest Mathematics and Science pupil of them all. David Mark Dodkins from Bergsig Akademie/Academy in the North West was the top performer in both Mathematics and Physical Science in the 2018 matric

  • UN Security Council to discuss Somalia after envoy's ouster

    03 January 2019 6:01 PM 71

    The UN Security Council is due to discuss Somalia days after the country announced it was expelling a UN envoy who raised questions about the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate. Thursday's meeting is a regularly scheduled discussion of the Horn of Africa nation, where the UN and the African Union have a joint peacekeeping

  • Home affairs extends working hours at some of its larger offices

    03 January 2019 4:49 PM 356

    The Department of Home Affairs has extended the working hours of some of its larger offices around the country. In a statement on Thursday, the department said this was to accommodate the expected increase in clients during this period. While home affairs offices typically operate between 08:00 and 15:30, some of them will operate from 07:00 to 19:00 until

  • US airstrike in Somalia kills 10 al-Shabaab extremists

    03 January 2019 4:30 PM 73

    The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 10 members of the al-Shaabab extremist group. The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Wednesday near Dheerow Sanle to "diminish al-Shabab's freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network." This is the first reported US airstrike of the year in Somalia

  • WATCH: NSRI returns beached dolphin to the ocean at Jeffreys Bay

    03 January 2019 3:12 PM 264

    The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is monitoring the beaches around Jeffreys Bay after a dolphin that had beached itself was released about 3km off-shore near Kabeljous Beach on Thursday. The NSRI was called to the scene after efforts by the members of the public to refloat the 2.5m dolphin had been unsuccessful. "NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew, trained

  • 'Uncompromising freedom fighter' who brokered taxi peace

    03 January 2019 10:19 AM 67

    Former Gauteng transport MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu has been remembered as a dedicated man, who committed his life to the provision of basic services. Mosunkutu was honoured during a special official provincial funeral at the Zoe Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, on Thursday. The former MEC died on Christmas Eve, aged 69. His family said he had been ill for a number

  • Choppers brought in to battle Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay fires

    03 January 2019 7:02 AM 361

    Air support has been brought in to battle a large fire in the Overstrand area in the Western Cape. The fire has devastated areas close to Betty's Bay, Pringle Bay, Hangklip and Rooi Els. "I'm still in the area at the moment and the air attack has been able to start; the helicopters are here and they are rapidly bringing the situation under control