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  • Chill South Africa, #Listeriosis is trending for all the right reasons this time

    As a South African, seeing the word "listeriosis" trending on Twitter is a signal of both bad news and terribly boring sandwiches devoid of meat products. But today, it's trending for a positive reason. Grab those knives, South Africa, because you can now eat polony to your heart's content (or until your doctor advises otherwise). South Africa's Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced today that the listeriosis outbreak, which plagued South Africa in early 2018, is now over. No new cases have been reported within the past three months. The beginning of @SAgovnews's thread can be found below. . @HealthZA Minister Aaron Motsoaledi...

  • Nelson Mandela Bay’s dams are just 18% full

    Cape Town may be recovering from the drought that plagued it for all of 2017, but other areas across South Africa haven't been so lucky. Namely, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMB). The area that encompasses Port Elizabeth has been among the worst affected. Its five largest dams currently hold just 17.9% of their total storage. "November 2015 was the last time our dams were filled to 100% capacity," the municipality explains on its dam resource page. While the likes of the Loerie Dam is currently at 86% full, it makes a small dent on the overall landscape. The NMB's largest dam,...

  • Cape Town’s huge Berg River Dam is nearly 100% full

    Drought? What drought, Cape Town? After the latest dam report was issued by the City of Cape Town on Monday, there's nothing but good news for the city's thirsty residents. As of Tuesday 28 August, dam levels are now at a combined total of 63.5%. More impressively, some dams are nearly 100% full. The beautiful Berg River Dam 😍Currently sitting at a whopping 90% capacity 💦 With more rain predicted for this weekend 🌧 One of the many beautiful attractions to be seen in Franschhoek 👀 #franschhoek #openforwinter A post shared by Franschhoek Wine Valley (@franschhoek_sa) on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:35am...

  • Watch: Cape Town’s trains are getting a bit overloaded

    Cape Town's public transport system is a nightmare; even the City of Cape Town itself hinted at it. But that doesn't mean there's been any tangible improvement experienced by commuters since. A video reportedly captured on Cape Town's central line on Tuesday shows just how congested the city's Metrorail rail network is. Initially published to a closed Facebook group by member Brendan Shaw, the video found its way onto Twitter on Wednesday. In the clip, a train is shown draped in commuters sitting on the train's roof, hanging out of windows, and clinging to the train's windscreen. The video has since garnered...

  • Stats SA reveals South Africa’s most popular baby name

    Statistics South Africa has had a habit of announcing sad news this year, but it's latest report details something more cheerful. The agency today announced South Africa's most popular baby name for 2017, as it documented the country's birth rates during its latest report. "Enzokuhle was the most popular name in for both boys and girls registered in 2017," it tweeted, adding that the name means "to do good". For girls, Melokuhle, Amahle and Lethabo round up the top four, while Lethabo, Melokuhle and Lubanzi are the next most common boys names. #Enzokuhle was the most popular name in for both boys and...

  • Jacksonville shooting: gamer kills 2 at Madden esports tournament

    A gamer on Sunday injured at least 11 people, killed two, and then turned a gun on himself at an esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The incident occurred just after midday local time on Sunday in Jacksonville, at a sanctioned EA Sports tournament for competitive Madden NFL 19 players. The gunman -- named as competitive gamer David "Bread" Katz -- reportedly became angry after losing a match at the tournament. A clipped broadcast of the tournament, which was live on streaming platform Twitch at the time, shows one of the gamers on screen with a red laser aimed at his chest. The...

  • Instagram captures weekend snow across Cape Town’s surrounds

    Cape Town and surrounds did in fact have an "interesting" weekend of weather, at least according to SAWS. The national weather service issued widespread warnings of gale force winds, heavy rains and localised flooding in areas across the Western Cape. It also mentioned snow. And Instagram wasn't too far behind the forecast. On Sunday, hundreds of social media users and adventurers posted pictures and videos of themselves enjoying snow in the province. Ceres, and the surrounding Koue Bokkeveld mountains, was a hotbed (coldbed?) of activity. Sneeu buite Ceres! ❄❄❄ Foto's | @shelleychristians #wegtydskrif #joureisbeginhier #menseselense #southafrica #travelmagazine #ontdekjouplek #sneeu #diswinter #snow #westerncape #ceres A...

  • Update: SAWS issues weather warnings for Cape Town this weekend

    Update, 11am, 25 August: The South African Weather Service has upgraded the weather watches to warnings in place across a large swathe of the Western Cape and the Cape Town urban area. "Western Cape Watches upgraded to Warnings for this weekend (25-26 August 2018)," it tweeted late Friday. "This include disruptive snowfall for the mountainous regions, localised flooding for the south-western Cape, gale force winds and very cold conditions." Have a look at the severe weather alerts for today (25 August 2018). Take care and be safe. pic.twitter.com/FmcxanXpxG — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August 25, 2018 Western Cape Watches upgraded to Warnings for this...

  • Mcebisi Jonas’ State Capture testimony rocks South Africa, Twitter

    South Africa's State Capture Inquiry has today reached something of a peak, at least in terms of sheer drama. Mcebisi Jonas, South Africa's former deputy minister of finance, today testified in the Johannesburg inquiry stating that he was offered a bribe of some R600-million during a meeting with the Guptas in 2015 to become the new finance minister. He declined. In a statement, Jonas provided chilling details of the meeting, suggesting the influence the Guptas had on the country at the time. "He said that 'you must understand that we are in control of everything', the National Prosecution Authority, the Hawks and...

  • Twitter’s not buying Adam Catzavelos’ apology to South Africa

    For those wondering just how Adam Catzavelos would respond to South Africa's uproar regarding his racist viral video, you now have your answer. "I have caused unspeakable pain to every single person in South Africa," began the first official statement made by Catzavelos after said video was published to Twitter on Tuesday. The video depicts Catzavelos using a racial slur on a beach while delivering a weather report. Not "one k***** in sight", he notes in the video. The clip and the resultant anger became one of South Africa's biggest stories on Wednesday, spawning a new meme, and prompting the likes of...

  • Watch: Julius Malema gives Donald Trump a sassy new nickname

    EFF leader Julius Malema has called US President Donald Trump a "pathological liar" after he called for an investigation into South Africa's land reforms and farm murders. During a briefing at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein on Thursday, Malema slapped Trump's involvement in South Africa's politics. "e must put it on record, unequivocally, that Donald “the pathological liar” Trump, we are not scared of you and your USA or Western imperialist forces," he said. "We are not the generation that is going to kneel at the statue of Western imperialism and accept to live in the indignity of black landlessness." #EFFMediaBriefing Malema:...

  • Google searches for South Africa spike after Fox News video, Trump tweet

    Google Searches for South Africa has spiked after Fox News ran a segment, anchored by Tucker Carlson, addressing the country's land expropriation debate. The spike also comes after US President Donald Trump tweeted that Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, will investigate the issue more closely. (Read a full report on Trump's comments and reaction here). And while Twitter users have used all 280 characters to air their views, there is another way we can gauge internet sentiment: Google Trends. Looking at specific queries punched into Google's search bar, we can evaluate just how SA is perceived within the United States. And...

  • Watch: Fox News, Donald Trump weigh in on South Africa’s land expropriation

    US President Donald Trump this morning turned his eye towards South Africa after a Fox News segment, anchored by Tucker Carlson, dipped its toes into the land expropriation debate. "South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has just begun the process of seizing land from his own citizens, without compensation, purely due to their skin color," the report's description on YouTube reads. "That's far more racist than anything Donald Trump has ever done, of course, but elites in America barely even care." Read more: Google searches for South Africa spike after Fox News video, Trump tweet In the segment, Carlson laments the South African government...

  • Too soon, South Africa? #AdamCatzavelos challenge is already a meme

    Adam Catzavelos, the South African whose racial slur-loaded video found its way onto Twitter, is already a meme. In said viral video which appeared on the social network on Tuesday, Catzavelos gives his viewers a brief weather report from an exotic beach, adding that there's not "one k***** in sight". Political parties and prominent social media users soon laid into Catzavelos, with the EFF in particular laying a case against him. But it seems that some South Africans are finding a more inventive and immediate way to respond to his comments. The hashtag #AdamCatzavelosChallenge briefly trended on Twitter in South Africa on...

  • South Africa furious after Adam Catzavelos uses k-word in racist viral video

    A man by the name of Adam Catzavelos is receiving heated criticism from South African political parties, citizens and social media users after he published a video in which he uses a racial slur. Said video was republished to Twitter on Tuesday, in which Catzavelos can be seen enjoying sunshine on an exotic beach. After giving his viewers a weather report, he also announces that there's not "one k***** in sight". "You can't beat this," he adds in 20 second clip. "..... and not one K@!##&÷ in sight " wow... why doesn't he move there then. Some of you white folks are...