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  • Here’s how you can donate to Imizamo Yethu’s fire-affected residents

    Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay was this weekend ravaged by a fierce blaze which ripped through the settlement, displacing over 15 000 people in the process. But thankfully, you can do your bit to help those in need. We trawled through the various tweets, posts and status updates across social media to list all the ways that you can help Imizamo Yethu's victims. In no particular order, here are some of the options. RESPOND's GivenGain Help in responding to the #ImizamoYethuFire #HoutBayFire that destroyed 650 homes here, https://t.co/dI04OZiUzT pic.twitter.com/TyKkXRlH5l — GivenGain Foundation (@GivenGain) March 13, 2017 RESPOND is a "collaborative network of churches in Cape...

  • Hout Bay fires: ravaged Imizamo Yethu photographed on Instagram, Twitter

    It seems that Cape Town has been hot, dry, and on fire for much of the summer. The latest blaze however has inconvenienced more than just fynbos. Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu was this weekend the scene of a post-apocalyptic movie, as a blaze swept through the township. The fire, which began on Saturday, has affected more than 15 000 people. According to reports, 3500 homes were destroyed. At least two people have died as a result of the fire. Another fire began to burn, also in Hout Bay, on Saturday evening, covering much of the Karbonkelberg in flames. Social media was awash...

  • Durban’s North Beach promenade lashed by huge-little waves

    Visitors to Durban's North Beach today likely got wet whether they wanted to or not. The usually-busy beachfront was this afternoon lashed by huge waves which broke beyond the promenade, filling parking lots and nearby shops with salt water. Before you get worried though, no, it wasn't caused by an earthquake and resultant tsunami. Although, searching for "Durban Tsunami" in Google does bring up some interesting videos... Nope, Durban did not experience a tsunami earlier, but rather a large ocean swell The below clip was snapped by Rescue Care, and published to IPSS Medical Rescue's Facebook page. Another clip, this time snapped by Craig...

  • Cape Town Cycle Tour cancelled as dangerous gales wreak havoc

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed event, has been cancelled "due to extreme weather conditions". It's an unprecedented move in a race involving over 35 000 participants, but gale force wind in some areas of the city forced the organisers to draw the curtain. At the time of the announcement, the elite ladies race had begun, but was red flagged before the cyclists could complete the route. Ladies Elites lining up at the start chutes! #CycleTour2017 pic.twitter.com/pnqqDLnHRH — Cape Town Cycle Tour (@CTCycleTour) March 12, 2017 The route was earlier shortened from 109km to 78km due to "protest action unrelated...

  • #HelpFindDurbanBaby: baby Siwaphiwe found as SAPS arrest her mother

    Update #2, 12 March, 12.50pm: Baby Siwaphiwe has been found at Marianhill toll plaza in the early hours of Sunday morning, Police tweeted. The toll plaza is located along the N2 in Pinetown, on the outskirts of Durban's metropolitan area. #sapsKZN Baby #SiwaphiweMbambo found unharmed at roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. NP https://t.co/uh5qgieJvQ pic.twitter.com/JXU2Mcuzmy — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 12, 2017 However, a new twist has emerged in the story. Police have arrested three suspects -- a woman, a man, and Siwaphiwe's mother -- due to "too many inconsistencies" in the latter's story. "Too many inconsistencies emerged during...

  • Johannesburg’s anti-Uber #TaxiStrike according to Twitter

    Update: We've received the following comment from Uber South Africa regarding the #TaxiStrike: Our technology is open and pro-choice and we are keen to offer it to a broad number of taxi drivers to boost their chances for profit. In fact many metered taxi drivers are already using our technology to boost their incomes and we would welcome more who wish to join their colleagues. We do not feel that it should be about Uber or Taxi but rather Uber AND Taxi. Threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable. Today’s protest only...

  • Cape Town, think your water is bad? Onoway, Canada wants a word

    Cape Town's suffering from a bit of a water crisis at present. With less than 32% capacity remaining in our dams, the city has been declared a disaster area. But hey, at least we don't have bright pink water, right? A town in Alberta, Canada called Onoway is this week freaking out largely thanks to bright, luminous water flowing from the resident's taps. And by bright, we mean raspberry red. It's not Cream Soda or pink lemonade but a sample of what is coming out of the water taps in Onoway. @ctvedmonton pic.twitter.com/hvxJm3eZuR — Susan Amerongen (@SusanCTV) March 7, 2017 According to reports from...

  • Cyclone Enawo in pictures: Madagascar laced by strongest storm in a decade [update]

    Update, 9 March, 10.24am SAST: More images are surfacing on social media from Madagascar in the wake of Cyclone Enawo's landfall. According to reports, at least five people have died as a result of the storm. "36 hours of stress, 24 hours of fear and 8 hours of hell", @CAREMadagascar colleagues describes the impact of cyclone #Enawo pic.twitter.com/3obLshOoFh — CARE International (@CAREemergencies) March 9, 2017 Just been out for the first time since #Cyclone #Enawo passed by #Tamatave. Rivers are very high and the road to #Antananarivo is cutoff pic.twitter.com/RL04OyNTAm — Mike deCoster-Milman (@mike_dc_m) March 9, 2017 Strong winds in the town of Sambava yesterday...

  • Twitter talks security after OR Tambo International heist

    Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was last night the scene of an estimated US$15-million heist. According to airport operator ACSA, the "armed robbery" took place around 7.45pm on Tuesday evening. "No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported. The robbers fled and it is not known at this stage what, if anything, was taken during the incident," the operator adds. Armed robbery at O.R. Tambo International Airport: https://t.co/lPVDEgWErJ — ORTambo (@ortambo_int) March 7, 2017 The SAA flight transporting the goods was due to travel to London. SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali explained that the incident "happened at a time before the consignment, which contained...

  • Wikileaks reveals CIA malware for Android, iOS, Samsung TVs

    Whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks has published its latest cache of documents, revealing CIA malware that focuses on Android, iOS devices and smart TVs. Additionally, the documents also show that the CIA has its sights set on vehicle control systems. According to a summary by Wikileaks, Apple's mobile platform was a massive target for the agency. "Despite iPhone's minority share (14.5%) of the global smart phone market in 2016, a specialised unit in the CIA's Mobile Development Branch produces malware to infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads. CIA's arsenal includes numerous local and remote 'zero days' developed...

  • To reveal Tor hack or drop child porn charges?

    The US Department of Justice has asked a court to drop a case against a child pornography website. The reason? The department refuses to reveal details of a hack used to identify visitors. According to ZDNet, legal representatives for the Justice Department are requesting that charges be dropped in the case against dark web child porn site Playpen. "The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment. Disclosure is not currently an option," read an excerpt of the filing, according to the publication. The team is however calling for the case to be reopened when the hack...

  • Has Trump, USA’s entry policy caught out Nigerian software engineer?

    A Nigerian software engineer says that he was given a test at US customs to prove that he was indeed a software engineer. Celestine Omin, working at startup Andela, had just landed in the USA when he was quizzed by a border agent, according to a post on LinkedIn. He was then taken into a small room, where an hour passed before another agent entered the room. "Your visa says you are a software engineer. Is that correct?" the agent asked Omin, who described the official's tone as "accusatory". The agent then took out a pen and paper and asked him to "write a...

  • Pretoria’s #TruckProtest disrupts city’s traffic (and not in a good way)

    Update, 11.38am: Truck drivers in Pretoria engaged in the strike have seemingly left their trucks, and have boarded taxis and bakkies on their way to the Union Buildings. The trucks have been reportedly parked in Marabastad, Pretoria West. #TruckDriverProtest truck drivers now heading to Union Building using bakkies & taxis. Trucks parked in Marabastad. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/Smy2pt749r — Mr_Stuurman (@Sipho_Stuurman) March 1, 2017 #TruckDriverProtest drive into Marabastad, their assembly point before heading to the Union Buildings @News24 pic.twitter.com/8VzGg2fmY4 — lizzee (@lizTandwa) March 1, 2017 Traffic as a result is at a standstill in Arcadia, Pretoria East. Traffic on Hamilton and Madiba also at a complete standstill...

  • Cape Town’s thirstiest water users: by the numbers

    We live in a thirsty city, and no, not just that way either. Cape Town is running out of water, fast. At the latest count, the city has just over 31% of its total dam storage occupied by wet stuff, and that in turn means around 120 days left of water in the city. Ouch. In a desperate attempt to quell the seepage and stop the wastage of water, the City of Cape Town has published a list of the top 100 water users in the metropole. Although exact addresses aren't given (for obvious reasons), road names, suburbs and total...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Pretoria marred by violence after anti-foreigner protest

    Violence against foreign nationals, which began earlier this week, has today escalated in Tshwane. This after an anti-illegal immigrant march organised by Pretoria locals turned ugly. According to reports, some locals blame rising incidents of crime, prevalence of drugs and prostitution on foreign nationals living within the metropole. The demonstrators were to march to Pretoria's CBD to hand over a memorandum to the Department of Home Affairs. But that's not exactly what happened. The march quickly turned violent, with both locals and foreigners wielding makeshift weapons. The police was also called in, armed with rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Incidents have...