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South Africa: Stray ostrich dies of stress after running on Johannesburg highway

A stray ostrich spotted running on a highway in South Africa’s commercial capital, Johannesburg, died after being restrained by a wildlife protection group. The Owl Rescue Centre said efforts to resuscitate the 70kg ostrich after it had collapsed were unsuccessful. “The stress of being on that highway for six hours and the stress of the […]

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Stowaway survives in nose wheel of freight flight from South Africa: Dutch police

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long […]

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Jolidee Matongo: Johannesburg mayor killed in car crash

The mayor of Johannesburg tragically died in a car crash, he was 46. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute. Jolidee Matongo had been campaigning with Mr Ramaphosa before the vehicle accident happened. Details are sketchy, but local media have shown images of the front of a car badly smashed up. Mr Matongo only became […]

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Stones that sparked ‘diamond rush’ in South Africa turn out to be quartz

The South African government clarified that the stones discovered in a village were not diamonds but quartz. A cattle herder first uncovered the stones in KwaZulu-Natal province. It prompted thousands to rush to KwaHlathi village, some 300km southeast of Johannesburg. After conducting tests, officials have said the stones are quartz crystals, which are far less […]

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South Africa launches investigation into bodies discovered near abandoned gold mine

South Africa launched an investigation into the deaths of 20 men whose bodies were discovered near an abandoned gold mine in the North West province. The bodies, some of which were badly decomposed, were found outside a mine shaft and near the railway tracks in Orkney, about 180km southwest of Johannesburg, according to the police statement. […]

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5 killed after gunmen attack Johannesburg Church

Five people were killed in a Church attack west of Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday, with some of the attackers taking hostages who were later freed. Police arrested around 30 people and seized 40 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, related to the attack on the International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, police […]

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210 kg Gorilla airlifted from zoo for CT scan after developing breathing issues

In a heartwarming example of animal care, a gorilla weighing 210 kilograms was airlifted from its enclosure in a South African zoo and flown to a hospital for a CT scan and full medical examination. Local news website Times Live reports that Makoko, a 34-year-old male western lowland gorilla from the Johannesburg Zoo, had been […]

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South Africa launches manhunt for killers of miners stoned to death

Police in South Africa have launched a manhunt for killers of nine illegal miners who were stoned to death in a western district of Johannesburg. The bodies of the miners from Lesotho were found lying in the streets of Matholeville, while another seriously injured victim was rushed to hospital. Thousands of illegal miners, known as […]

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Airport asks 10-year-old boy to change shirt that had snake print

A 10-year-old boy, Stevie Lucas, travelling from Johannesburg to New Zealand, was recently forced to change his shirt at the airport because it had snake printed on it. The boy’s family claims that he was forced to change his shirt before boarding the plane because authorities claimed that it could cause anxiety to other passengers. […]