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  • #TexasShooting: Latest US mass shooting reignites debate online

    A shooting in a rural Texas church Sunday left 26 dead, and reignited debates around gun control in the US. Among the dead were several children, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. A woman in her eighth month of pregnancy was also killed. According to The New York Times, the gunman has been revealed as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, who had served in the US Air Force before being dishonorably discharged after assaulting his wife and child. Kelley was later found dead in his vehicle. Officials are as yet unsure of how he died. This shooting comes a little over a month after the US's worst mass...

  • #ZumaQandA: DA walks out of Parliament after verbal scuffle

    South Africa may have expected a relatively smooth question and answer session between President Jacob Zuma and the rest of Parliament today, after the EFF's absence from the House. But, nope. The Q&A session, conducted Thursday afternoon, required the president to answer a number of questions posed by member of the House, including rising poverty, the appointment of a SAPS national commissioner, and climate change. President Jacob #Zuma is at the National Assembly to field oral questions. #ZumaQandA Questions to the President: pic.twitter.com/WkmOaZU5Cd — SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 2, 2017 But DA leader Mmusi Maimane had another question in mind. Posing a query regarding...

  • #PanayiotouTrial: SA awaits justice for Jayde Panayiotou

    Update 4.40pm: Christopher Panayiotou has been found guilty of murder. His accomplice Sinethemba Nemembe was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They will be sentenced on 17 November. Original article: It's been quite the week for South African men accused of killing or conspiring to kill their family, and the nation is ready for justice to finally be served in at least one case. As Henri van Breda -- accused of murdering three family members with an axe and severely injuring his younger sister -- testifies as the defence's final witness in his own case, Christopher...

  • Osama bin Laden’s released data humanises the inhumane

    Two years ago, the CIA released a list of books, articles, and declassified material it found on Osama bin Laden's compound. Now, it's released a trove of data found on the compound's computers -- some of which may seem incongruous with the idea of a terrorist leader who orchestrated the deaths of thousands of innocent people. "CIA Director Mike Pompeo authorized the release in the interest of transparency and to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda and its former leader," read a statement by the CIA. The hundreds of gigabytes worth of data, which can be found in full here, was split into four categories of...

  • Cape Town dams at 38.5%, desalination timeline remains unclear

    Last week, Cape Town welcomed a weak cold front that brought some 30mm of rain in some areas of the city. But this hasn't done much to bolster dam storage according to the City's latest report. Total storage in the six major dams supplying Cape Town is down by 0.1% to 38.5% (pdf). That's a loss of around 519-million litres -- slightly less than the average day's consumption in the city. Cape Town's dam levels Leading the decrease was everyone's favourite underperforming dam -- the Theewaterskloof. The largest reservoir in the Western Cape again struggled to hold its level, dropping from 27.8% last...

  • Couple robbed in Ster-Kinekor theatre

    A couple claims they were robbed of their cellphones and other belongings in a Rosebank Ster-Kinekor theatre this weekend. In a Facebook post that circulated social media, Darren Craig wrote that he and fiancée Giulietta Mazza were "robbed in seats" at The Zone. The number of assailants is disputed, as Craig writes that a "gang of five men" attacked them, while Ster-Kinekor has issued a statement that it was only one robber. "Not one staff member in sight or willing to help," Craig wrote. I have seen no response from @sterkinekor as yet although I was told by a senior executive it is...

  • Johannesburg highways disrupted by metered taxi protest, Uber cars torched

    Traffic along Gauteng's R24 route was brought to a standstill this morning, after metered taxi drivers parked their cars on the road in protest. The R24 and R21 are two of Johannesburg and the East Rand's most important routes, linking key Johannesburg suburbs with OR Tambo International Airport. This morning from as early as 6am however, the roads were barely accessible. #TaxiProtest and #HighwayProtest began trending on Twitter across Gauteng Friday morning, as users tweeted pictures of the blockage, and information channels reported on the incident. According to police, two Uber cars were also set alight. This also comes after a spike in...

  • 13 Twitter accounts to follow for #FeesMustFall2017

    Fees Must Fall 2017 has already kicked off on three South African campuses, marking the third year of protests for free tertiary education. So if you're looking to stay on top of the events at the various universities, here are 13 Twitter accounts to help you keep up with the quickly unfolding situation. The official accounts CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Campus update This week has been punctuated by sporadic flare ups in violence which private security have... https://t.co/8UVmyEdQMr — CPUT (@CPUT) October 26, 2017 CPUT's official account mainly offers links to official statements on Facebook. It provides updates on previous happenings (like how security was "forced...

  • EFF kicked out of Parliament (again), politicians react to Gigaba’s speech

    On Wednesday Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba delivered his first mid-term budget report to Parliament. But while it should be a relatively smooth process, it was anything but. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were asked to leave Parliament once again after the party members were ruled to be disrupting proceedings. They didn't go quietly. Calling Gigaba "a Gupta puppet" and labelling Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete "biased", it took just 20 minutes for the party members to walk out. While ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu and Mbete weren't quite in agreement with the EFF's claims that Gigaba was implicit in state...

  • Watch: #UCTShutdown protestors trigger fire extinguishers, disrupt exams

    It has been a tumultuous week for the University of Cape Town (UCT). Although a wave of #FeesMustFall protests have swept through South Africa's universities this month -- including CPUT, the University of the Free State and the Tshwane University of Technology -- #UCTShutdown protests this week propelled the institution's disquiet into the spotlight. A fresh spate of protests began Monday after students demanded a 0% increase to fees for the 2018 academic year. This comes after an 8% hike to fees in 2017. Update:25 Oct 2017, 11:30 The developments regarding attempted shutdown of UCT Read: https://t.co/Mj2vvyFtqa Listen: https://t.co/5JipWNFa5k pic.twitter.com/bcGetDLikT — UCT (@UCT_news) October 25, 2017 On...

  • Infographic shows North Korea’s scary nuclear capabilities

    North Korea's ballistic missile programme has stepped up in a big way under leader Kim Jong-un, as tensions between it and the United States continue to boil. It would be foolish to suggest the hermit kingdom has an arsenal equal to the USA and Russia, but it would be equally foolish to dismiss their capabilities. Now, we've come across a rather fascinating infographic by ABC, showing us what it could (and can) be capable of. North Korea's short-range ballistic missiles are its most reliable category, capable of targeting all of South Korea and Osaka, Japan, for starters (as seen in the featured...

  • #CrimeStats: South Africa’s year of crime outlined in tweets

    The South African Police Service has today unveiled the results of its 2016/17 crime statistics report in Cape Town, and the numbers are anything but comforting. In a precursor to the stats release, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula issued a brief statement on Twitter. "The SAPS national crime statistics measure twenty-one serious crimes. Seventeen of these crimes are reported by the community and the other four are detected as a result of police-initiated operations," he tweeted. He added that because of this, the 17 are "supposed to decrease" while the other four -- "illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; driving under the...

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s water rationing

    While Cape Town's dam levels are up over last week, water consumption is down, and October rainfall has been promising, the City has announced that water rationing will continue. In a statement published on Monday, the City of Cape Town outlined its water rationing programme in more detail. "Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions," the City alerted. How is water rationed? It explained that the city is divided into numerous "pressure zones". "Pressure which controls the rate of flow of water is managed by...

  • Cape Town dam levels increase, water rationing pays off

    Cape Town: there's some excellent news regarding the city's current water situation. Not only are levels up this week, but consumption has also decreased according to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report. Total storage is up from 37.4% last week to 38.5% this week -- an increase of 1.1% (pdf). Note: find last week's Memeburn water crisis report here Looking at individual dams, the Berg River Dam remains the top performer. It added 1.5% to its coffers, and now stands at 68.1% full. It's now less than 6% off its 2016 levels. Both Steenbras dams saw an increase. Steenbras Lower is...

  • 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...