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  • Video: Theewaterskloof Dam now resembles one big splash pool

    The City of Cape Town's latest dam report may have suggested a bump in rainfall for October and a decline in consumption across the metro, but one thing remained consistent: the Theewaterskloof Dam continued to shrink. The dam lost around 0.5% of its storage in the final week of October, even though many of the Cape's other reservoirs gained. A new video published on 1 November by YouTube user Russell Dippenaar shows the impact the current water crisis has had on the Western Cape's biggest dam. This video isn't the first to cover the near-empty dam. South African vlogger Adam Spires, also known...

  • Video: Bristol man flies balloon-powered camping chair above Joburg

    We know that some on planet Earth believe that Pixar's Up is a simply brilliant movie. We're not about to challenge that sentiment, but there is a point at which using balloons to fly a house across the world becomes markedly unfeasible. But what about a camping chair? That's what this particular Bristol man decided to do north of Johannesburg this week. Tom Morgan, the founder of British adventure-cum-charity company The Adventurists, enjoyed a two-hour flight around 2.5km above Gauteng while sitting in a balloon-lifted camping chair. According to the Bristol Post, the flight wasn't a realisation of Morgan's Pixar fandom, but...

  • Videos of little girl robbing women in Cape Town goes viral on Facebook

    Two videos of a little girl coerced into stealing items from shoppers' handbags in Cape Town have gone viral on Facebook. Published on 19 October by Facebook user Tyron-Nicklaus Norman, the two clips have since accumulated a combined 1.6-million views with an additional 21 000 shares. In the post, Norman explains the circumstances of the second video in which his wife was a victim. "Hi everyone, My wife was a victim of pick pocketing this evening. The part that is most sickening is that it was a little girl that did it," he writes. "She was being forced by a grown up woman...

  • Watch: Dogs reunited with families after California wildfires

    Thanks to the internet, human beings are forced to endure pain and suffering on a scale we were never built to comprehend. But out of this pain comes goodness -- and the internet is good for that too. Case in point: this viral video of a dog being reunited with her family after she went missing during the California wildfires that have so far taken the lives of 40 people. According to Beckyjean Widen, who posted the story to Facebook, her parents' dog Izzy ran away during the confusion of evacuation, and her mother was unable to chase after her without risking her...

  • Viral video: Chinese man risks falling to his death to avoid paying hotel bill

    Staying in a hotel definitely has its perks. You needn't ever make your bed, buffet breakfasts are rarely disappointing, and you usually have access to a slew of channels on the telly. But arguably, counting the bill's digits at the end of your stay can be a painful experience. For some, avoiding that awkward check-out experience might even be worth risking your life. That's where this particular Chinese man's story comes to the fore. According to Beijing news publication People's Daily, a man scaled telecom cables spanning across two tall buildings in south-western city of Panzhou on Friday in a bid to...

  • Watch: Uganda’s politicians clash in Parliament in violent viral video

    If you thought the EFF being thrown out of Parliament was spectacular, this video of Uganda's Parliament this week will likely change those perceptions. The politicians gathered in Kampala to discuss an important amendment to the Constitution: adjusting the presidential age limit beyond 75-years of age. This would give current leader, 73-year-old Yoweri Museveni, another possible term in office. Museveni has been the Ugandan leader for over three-decades. To add to the mood, Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga requested that the opposition be removed from the chambers deeming their attire unacceptable. "I know sometimes people enjoy colours, but let me call on...

  • Funny Or Die hilariously mocks iPhone X with Silicon Valley snippets

    You probably have your own opinions regarding Apple's iPhone X, or what it claims to be the most advanced iPhone ever made. And make no qualms about it. On paper, the device is a powerhouse. But that doesn't mean the internet can't scrutinise the company's advancements. Leave Funny Or Die and the cast of HBO's Silicon Valley to do that for you. Savaging Apple's hard work in just over two-minutes, the video lays into Apple's new FaceID authentication gaffe and the awkward animoji demo complete with unicorn and flappy dog physics. The clip, which is spliced alongside footage of Apple's launch, has...

  • Watch: NASA captures Hurricane Irma’s conception and demise in stunning GIF

    Hurricane Irma is now no more, but the data gained from the storm is only just being collated and studied. This week, NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (or SPoRT) compiled 10 days of imagery taken by the  GOES-16 weather satellite into a 96 second GIF. And yes, it's as incredible as it sounds. Although the video is a bit slower than its first attempt, NASA SPoRT's GIF nonetheless tells the story of Irma -- from her birth from a tropical wave, to her final hours as a tropical depression over the southeastern United States. As Category 5 Irma churns away...

  • LIVE: webcams document Hurricane Irma’s driving rain, intense wind

    When Katrina struck southern United States back in 2005, the social media age only just started gaining momentum. Facebook was two years old, Twitter was a budding concept in the mind of Jack Dorsey, and tiny YouTube was about to be bought by Google. Now that Irma is barrelling through the Caribbean, these social networks are playing a major part in telling the developing story. Don't believe me? I bring proof: webcams. Location of above webcam Usually capturing idyllic scenes of blue water and sunshine, a number of webcams are stationed across the Caribbean are livestreaming the conditions beneath Irma's anger. These webcams...

  • Video: Hurricane Hunters fly through Irma as storm tops 290km/h

    Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm swirling away in the Atlantic Ocean, but that hasn't stopped the Hurricane Hunters from flying through it. A division of the US Air Force Reserves, the Hunters have a difficult job flying into storms to access their characteristics, and relay data back to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). But Irma is particularly notable for her sheer size and veracity. MUST READ: In tweets: Hurricane Irma becomes Atlantic’s fiercest hurricane ever We just saw the last of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that broke US mainland rainfall records, finally dissipate over the northeastern portion of...

  • Man charged with killing kangaroo after posting violent video online

    A Chinese man has been charged with destroying protected wildlife in Australia after allegedly killing a kangaroo and posting a video of the act to a US hunting site. In the video, the 43-year-old man can be seen grabbing its tail and repeatedly slashing at its throat while his friend laughs and eggs him on. The video was picked up on popular Chinese app WeChat where many called for his arrest, according to South China Morning Post. Australia's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning tracked the man down to his home in Melbourne where they arrested him. All of Australia's native fauna and flora...

  • Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ breaks YouTube lyric video record

    You just can't keep Taylor Swift out of the news, even if she's been relatively quiet for much of 2017. With the debut of the new track "Look What You Made Me Do", Swift has broke yet another record even if said record is a slightly odd one. According to Variety, the lyric video for "Look What You Made Me Do" racked up over 12-million views in its first 24 hours, becoming the first lyric video on the platform to crack the 10-million mark in its first day. At present, the clip has totalled over 41-million views, with over a million likes,...

  • This video shows how quickly Hurricane Harvey became a monster

    Hurricane Harvey is a name you've probably heard a lot of this weekend, and for good reason. It's the strongest storm to make landfall on the continental United States in over a decade. It's also currently dumping street-sign-high levels of water across southern Texas. The resultant flooding has also left at least five people dead with countless others homeless. Harvey is remarkable for another reason too: its rapid intensification. The storm was stripped of its tropical depression status on 20 August, after it lost its tropical characteristics over Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. But that changed within a week. On 26 August, Harvey was...

  • #DestinyVideo: Cassper Nyovest evokes Black Mirror in latest video

    South African recording artist Cassper Nyovest has created a stir on Twitter after dropping the video for his latest single "Destiny" yesterday. The heavily stylised video takes place in the future as featuring artist Goapele walks through an expensive, minimalist house while scrolling through holographic screens. The scene evokes imagery from the likes of Ex Machina and Black Mirror -- made even more clear when it is revealed (spoilers, I guess) that Goapele is a robot Nyovest created. Destiny was directed by Capetonian Kyle Lewis, who has helmed other videos by the likes of Nasty C and Khuli Chana. In less than 24 hours, the video was trending in...

  • ‘Cruel’ clip of Amor Vittone and Joost van der Westhuizen goes viral

    YOU Magazine has released a sound clip that allegedly proves Amor Vittone was verbally abusive towards the late Joost van der Westhuizen when he was sick. The clip, which was trending in YouTube's top spot in South Africa Monday morning, sounds like a recorded phone call in which Vittone calls van der Westhuizen a "little boy" and "low life asshole". "I wish I didn't marry you," she taunts. Van der Westhuizen can allegedly be heard mumbling on the other side of the call. The video garnered over 61 000 views in two days on YouTube. Many have deemed the recording fake, and Vittone herself has...