Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

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News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter.

Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (16 September – 18 September).

South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa’s first double-medal winner of the games thus far.

Iranian paralympic cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad died Saturday after injuries sustained in a crash on the C4-5 men’s road race led to cardiac arrest. Golbarnezhad, who also competed at London 2012, is the first olympian or paralympian to die at a Summer Olympics since 1960.

A monitor lizard crosses the Singapore GP track at Saturday’s Formula 1 free practice session. The race, which took place under the lights of the city, was won by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished second, while Rosberg’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, finished third.

Soweto-born kwaito musician Mandoza was just 38-years-old

An explosion Saturday evening rocked the Manhattan district of Chelsea, New York and left at least 29 people injured. A second suspicious package was removed soon after,

Thanks to a Spring cold front that brushed past South Africa’s southern regions, snow fell on much of the Drakensberg and KwaZulu-Natal midlands this weekend. This made travel within the province fairly treacherous.

South African kwaito musician, Mandoza, died Sunday afternoon after losing a long battle with cancer. Mandoza’s last appeared in the public spotlight last weekend, at the SABC’s Thank You concert. Read the full report and Twitter reaction below.

Mandoza dies: South Africa remembers kwaito legend

South African kwaito and hip-hop recording artist, Mandoza, has died. The news emerged Sunday afternoon from SABC reporter Sthembiso Sithole, who was at the kwaito star’s household in Soweto. An hour prior to the tweet below, Sithole tweeted that “we lost another Kwaito Star”. Read more…

Google Search Trends

Search interest for “Mandoza” peaked at around 3pm Sunday afternoon, with the majority of the queries stemming from his home province, Gauteng.

The Springboks Saturday lost yet another match in their Rugby Championship campaign, going down 41-13 to New Zealand in Christchurch. New Zealand now won the Championship with two matches to spare, while South Africa is now in third place, just a point ahead of Argentina.

Feature image: DARSHAN SIMHA via Flickr



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