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South Africa: Firefighters battle new blaze at parliament building in Cape Town

Firefighters in South Africa were struggling to contain a new blaze at the complex housing the two chambers of the national parliament in Cape Town, a day after a devastating fire swept through the buildings.Police charged a 49-year-old man with arson and other offences including theft and he was expected to appear in court on […]

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South Africa: Man faces charges of arson, housebreaking and theft for massive fire at Parliament building

A man has been arrested after a large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. A police spokesperson said the man was facing charges of arson, housebreaking and theft, and would appear in court on Tuesday. Firefighters have been working for hours to extinguish the blaze. President […]

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Fire damages Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town

A large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. Video footage showed a plume of black smoke filling the sky, with huge flames coming out from the roof of the building. President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the scene and called it a “terrible and devastating event”. A man […]

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild Covid-19 symptoms after testing positive on Sunday, the office of the presidency said in a statement. He has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week. Ramaphosa “started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honor of former Deputy […]

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8 dating scam conmen defraud $7 million from more than 100 women

Eight Nigerian men accused of an internet dating scam have been charged in a South African court after a massive international operation involving the FBI and Interpol. Authorities in the US, where the investigation originated and most of the alleged victims are based, have applied for their extradition. They are accused of defrauding more than […]

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Swarm of bees kill at least 63 endangered African penguins near Cape Town

Swarm of bees killed 63 endangered African penguins in a rare occurrence near Cape Town, bird conservationists in South Africa say. The protected birds, from a colony in Simonstown, were found on a beach with multiple bee-stings but no other physical injuries. Post-mortems found that the birds had been stung around the eyes. “This is […]

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IN PICTURES: Cape Town Table Mountain Wildfire

The fire that broke out on South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain was largely contained but the danger remains, the Western Cape provincial government said. READ: More than 400 hectares burnt, hundreds evacuate; Man who supposedly started fire arrested READ: Cape Town wildfire largely contained but danger remains

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Table Mountain Fire: Cape Town wildfire largely contained but danger remains

The fire that broke out on South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain on Sunday morning was largely contained but the danger remains, the Western Cape provincial government warned. Nine civilians were taken to hospital with breathing challenges after smoke inhalation and six firefighters sustained injuries in the line of duty, it said in an update on […]

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Table Mountain Wildfire: More than 400 hectares burnt, hundreds evacuate; Man who started fire arrested

Residents from Cape Town neighbourhoods were evacuated on Monday as wildfires swept across the city’s Table Mountain. Officials said residents of suburbs on the mountain slopes were now being evacuated as a “precautionary” measure. The blaze had been largely contained but firefighters were still battling to control it. Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said efforts […]

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Fast moving fire destroys South Africa’s touristy Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town

Wildfires on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain spread to nearby University of Cape Town campus, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of students, officials say. The blaze spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes, destroying at least nine structures including a restaurant, and the university’s historic […]

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Killer Whales are behind the disappearance of the Great White Sharks off Cape Town’s coast

Whales are suspected to be behind the reason for the disappearance of great white sharks off Cape Town’s coast over the last few years, according to a report published by South Africa’s government on Tuesday. The vanishing of great whites from the coastal sites False Bay and Gansbaai had previously been blamed on illegal hunting […]

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South African thought to be the world’s oldest man dies at 116

A South African who was thought to be the oldest man in the world has died at the age of 116. Fredie Blom’s identity documents showed he was born in Eastern Cape province in May 1904, although that was never verified by Guinness World Records. When he was teenager, his entire family was wiped out […]