Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief

Durban Flood Death Toll Rises To At Least 51

The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance department says that the death toll in the Durban floods has risen to at least 51, while five people remain unaccounted for. MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that more bodies were discovered under the rubble as rescue operations continued throughout Tuesday night. The MEC said that hundreds of people have been displaced and are in desperate need of food and other necessities.

Air Force Called In To Help With Rescue Operations In Port St Johns

Serious flooding prompted the South African Air Force to dispatch helicopters to assist with rescue operations in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. The Alfred Nzo District Municipality on Wednesday urged residents in low-lying areas to monitor water levels and to move to higher ground if necessary.

Struggle Stalwarts Urge Voters To Hold Politicians Accountable

As the country edges closer to next months’ elections, several struggle stalwarts have urged voters to demand a clearer vision for the country. In the run-up to next month’s polls, political parties have spent a considerable amount of time making bold promises.

Alex Protest Leaders Looking Forward To Inter-ministerial Committee Meeting

The inter-ministerial committee appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with service delivery grievances in Alexandra is expected to visit the area on Wednesday morning. The team is expected to meet with leaders of the Alex Total Shutdown Movement who had organised recent protests in the township.

Cape Town Train Fire Suspect To Appear In Court

The man suspected of burning a train at Cape Town station is expected to appear in court on Wednesday. A train was torched on platform 13 over the Easter long weekend, which led to another train catching fire. Twelve coaches were gutted, costing Metrorail R33 million in damages.

Eastern Cape Floods Claim Three Lives

Flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the Eastern Cape has claimed three lives. A child drowned while trying to cross a flooded bridge in the Kwabhaca area, a woman was swept away in Mbizana and another person drowned in Ngqeleni. The incidents were confirmed by the Alfred Nzo Municipality.

SA’s Current Economic, Political Situation Same As In 1989

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon says South Africa is in as much trouble as it was 30 years ago just before apartheid fell. Leon is back on his party’s national campaign trail for the first time in a decade. Tony Leon took a trip down memory lane, saying that the current economic and political situation in South Africa is the same as in 1989 when he first became an MP.

Magashule Gets The Cold Shoulder In Hermanus

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule’s convoy has been blocked from entering a campsite in Hermanus. It’s understood Magashule was invited by community leaders in Paradise Park. However, when he arrived on Wednesday, he and ANC supporters were told by security they couldn’t enter without an invitation.

What To Look Out For

Sibanye-Stillwater Production Yet To Return To Normal After Wage Strike Ends.

While thousands of workers have returned to their posts at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, production is expected to take a while to pick up. A payless stay away of almost five months was called off last week after the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) signed a wage agreement with Sibanye, settling on less than what they had demanded.

Students To Benefit From Over 6,000 Apartments To Be Built In Joburg

Over 6,000 apartments, mainly for students, will be built in the next six to eight months in the City of Johannesburg. Twenty developments with 81 properties will provide students with low-cost housing and mixed-use developments. Investors in the project are all South African companies.