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Ancient temple unearthed - Mexico

A devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico last September gave way to a fascinating discovery: remnants of a rain god temple within an Aztec pyramid.

The temple, dedicated to a deity called Tlaloc and located within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos state, belonged to the region's Tlahuica culture.

To read the article titled, "Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple" click here

Protest leave residents in the dark

Pietermaritzburg residents barricaded roads leading to Copesville on Wednesday with burning tyres and rubble, and demanded the removal of their ward councillor.

Taxis were stopped from operating on the main road and protesters burnt three electricity transformers, leaving sections of Haniville, Swapo and Copesville without electricity, GroundUp reported.

Another bomb threat in KZN

The Cornubia Mall in Mount Edgecombe, Durban was evacuated following a bomb threat on Thursday morning.
 
Hundreds of patrons and mall workers were evacuated after police allegedly received a tip off that there was a bomb in Woolworths.
 
The mall was reopened with the police bomb squad giving the all clear.

To read the article titled, "Another KZN mall evacuated after bomb threat" click here

End to the drought in WC

Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels.

According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province.

And that's not all. The South African Weather Service has predicted more wet weather in the weeks ahead - raising hopes that the drought that has devastated Western Cape for the past two years will finally come to an end.

Country’s NGOs in Crisis

Some 30 percent (36 000) of the country’s 122 000 registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had to close down in 2013 due to growing financial shortages, huge pressure on fundraising as well as non-compliance with legal requirements. 

Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) chief executive officer (CEO), Lizelle van Wyk, describes the situation as shocking especially if one takes into consideration that government subsidises NGOs to the tune of R31 billion annually. 

Action Required to Reduce Fire-Related Fatalities During Winter

Statistics about social problems are meaningless if they fail to jolt people into action. Commenting on statistics about forced removals, Colin Bundy made the following profound statement. He said “There is a sense in which these appalling figures have been cited so often that we are used to them; that we cease to realise their import, their horror - what they mean in terms of degradation, misery and psychological and physical suffering”.

Woman found alive in morgue fridge

A woman who was declared dead at the scene of a car accident - only to be found later still breathing in a morgue fridge - is still in a critical condition in hospital.

The woman had been travelling on the P111 outside Carletonville during the early hours of Sunday when the driver lost control of the car‚ rolling the vehicle.

She was declared dead by paramedics at the scene‚ along with two other victims.

Ugandan citizens against social media tax

Politicians, clerics, feminists and others have formed a broad coalition of Ugandans calling on Tuesday for an end to a social media tax the government hopes will raise revenue and silence "gossip".

On Sunday Uganda's communications regulator blocked access to social media including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, unless users pay a Shs200 ($0.05) daily tax.

Neutrality in election says Zimbabwe army

Zimbabwe's military vowed on Wednesday to stay neutral in upcoming elections, dismissing suggestions it would deploy service personnel to influence national polls scheduled for July 30.

The military is under close scrutiny following its brief takeover in November that led to the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe.

Previous elections under Mugabe were marred by violence, intimidation and fraud - often alleged to involve the security forces.

Sassa workers’ strike

The Social Security Agency has had its hands full this week trying to assure social grant beneficiaries who haven’t yet been paid that they will be paid, as well as trying to avert a strike that will exacerbate its payment woes.

The agency has told beneficiaries that they might need to wait a few more days for their monthly grants, but has assured them that they will be paid in full.

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