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Boy drowns at Boknes Lagoon

A seven-year-old boy has drowned in the Boknes Lagoon, outside Port Alfred, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Thursday. “At 10.10am…[an NSRI] crew were alerted by a frantic father reporting his child missing,” spokesman Craig Lambinon said. “The father reported that he was racing to the beach from his[…]

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NSRI station damaged by new year’s flares

A sea rescue station in Richards Bay was damaged by distress flares fired by New Year’s revellers, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Thursday. On New Year’s eve, NSRI Richards Bay crew were at the station when, as midnight struck, revellers fired dozens of red distress flares in celebration,[…]

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Four children rescued at Camps Bay beach

Four children were given medical treatment after they nearly drowned in three separate incidents at Camps Bay beach on New Year’s day, the NSRI said. Just before 11am, a four-year-old girl was rescued by a member of the public after she nearly drowned in the tidal pool, National Sea Rescue[…]

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Infrastructure upgrades must continue: Zuma

Improvements to water and energy infrastructure must continue in the new year, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. “[In 2014], we celebrated the milestone of 11 million connections to electricity since 1994,” he said in his new year’s statement. “This successful programme has brought into sharp focus the need to[…]

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Drunk CTown taxi driver arrested again

A minibus taxi driver was arrested for the second time in less than a week for drunk driving, a City of Cape Town official said on Wednesday. A traffic officer spotted the taxi being driven recklessly on Govan Mbeki Drive on Tuesday, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP[…]

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Zim permit process closes: Home Affairs

Wednesday afternoon is the deadline for any Zimbabweans in South Africa wanting to apply for a permit to stay in the country legally, the home affairs department said. “The closure of the Zimbabwean special permit application process [is] by end of business today, 31 December,” the department said in a[…]

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DA calls for info on Matric cheating

The DA on Wednesday called on Umalusi to provide more information about the matric exam copying in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. “Why did it take Umalusi auditors to ‘discover’ this fiasco?” Democratic Alliance MP Annette Lovemore asked in a statement. “Umalusi was previously very vocal about the need for[…]

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Teen drowns, no key for rubber duck

An 18-year-old man drowned at the Strand while Cape Town law enforcement officials could not find the key to their rubber duck and then left their two-way radio on the beach, Beeld reported on Wednesday. Vernon Naude, 18, drowned in rough seas on Friday while a helicopter and National Sea[…]

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IEB achieves 98.38% pass rate

Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matriculation candidates have achieved a 98.38 percent pass rate for 2014, according to results released on Wednesday. This was comparable to last year’s 98.56 percent, the IEB said in a statement. “All candidates that passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study[…]

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Du Preez’s piece ‘racist’: Presidency

The presidency on Tuesday called an opinion piece by columnist Max du Preez about President Jacob Zuma racist and mind-boggling. “The piece smacks of prejudice and racism given the manner in which Mr du Preez describes the president,” the presidency said in a statement. “The presidency is alarmed by the[…]

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