7 trucks set alight on N3 by unknown suspects

28 March 2019

Seven trucks were set alight by unknown suspects in the early hours of Thursday morning on the N3 between Mooi River and Estcourt. 

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24 that it happened just after midnight. 

"The trucks were set alight by unknown people who were threatening the drivers. They told the drivers to get out before, and then they set alight the trucks."

Clean water and sanitation: Why it matters

What’s the goal here?

To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all.


Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right, yet billions are still faced with daily challenges accessing even the most basic of services.

Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.

Some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. Water

New app takes African short stories to the world

Anew local app hopes to give African writers global exposure by connecting them with literature fanatics in SA, US and the UK.

Storytelling app BookBeak says it is the first African app-based platform to aggregate African short stories from published, unpublished and self-published writers and serve them to a global audience.

The app, available on Android and iOS app stores, was founded by three young South Africans, Kamo Sesing, Cam Naidoo and Louis Enslin, and registered under their business Atheneum.

Facebook works to reduce fake news as SA elections near

15 March 2019

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is gearing up to tackle fake news and misinformation ahead of the South African elections.

General elections will be held in SA on 8 May to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.

Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks

22 march 2019 

Vulnerable: The IEC was the first electoral body in the world to introduce digital nominations, but as the voting process becomes ever more high-tech, so does the risk of fraud and cyberattacks increase. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP and Delwyn Verasamy)

To read the article titled"Security agencies, IEC on red alert to counter cyberattacks" Click here

Life, death & cure

22 March 2019

For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.

Dalene von Delft poured a glass of water and steadied herself. She could do this, she told herself, looking at the three yellow pills in her hand that she was preparing to swallow. 

If I just throw them back hard enough and chase them down with some water fast enough, she thought, they’d miss her tongue completely, sparing her their gag-inducing metalic taste. 

A suspect contract blew the fuse


22 March 2019 

The treasury in late 2017 blocked the extension of a suspicious contract that possibly could have prevented this week’s crippling load-shedding. It was found not to have met public procurement requirements.

Eskom is now investigating new irregularities picked up in a new attempt to restore the contract and to stave off load-shedding.

A place to call home

20 March 2019: Nobuhle Mohlala, who was raised at   SOS Children’s Villages Nelspruit, wrote an inspiring letter thanking SOS Children’s Villages SA for the loving home provided to her for more than 10 years.
Like many of the children who end up in SOS care, she and her siblings did not have an easy start to life. They had a terminally ill mother, who eventually died, and a father who was never involved in their upbringing.

Nuclear deal with Russia would have solved electricity crisis

22 March 2019 

Former president Jacob Zuma has defended his lobby for a proposed R1tn nuclear energy deal with Russia, saying it would have solved the country’s electricity crisis.

“The fact of the matter is nuclear could solve our problems, once and for all. Now we are in deep [trouble]. We are therefore increasing the debt of the country with no hope to bring it down. That’s a problem,” he told Business Day in an exclusive interview with Karyn Maughan, published on Friday.

A deal with Russia’s Rosatom would have been in SA’s best interests, he added.


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