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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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Diamond rush grips South African village after man finds mysterious stone

Hundreds of fortune seekers flocked to the village of KwaHlathi in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in search of what they believed to be diamonds after a discovery of unidentified stones in the area. People travelled from across South Africa to join villagers who have been digging since Saturday, after a herd man who dug up […]

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South African pastor reportedly farts on people’s faces to heal them

A South African pastor reportedly farts on people’s faces as a healing process to cure all spiritual and physical problems. Pastor Christ Penelope, of Seven Fold Holy Spirit Ministries in Siyandani Village, Limpopo, South Africa has created a buzz for his unorthodox method of healing people after a photo of him sitting on the heads […]

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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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South Africa scraps plans of using Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine procured from India

South Africa scrapped plans of using Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for its inoculation campaign and instead use the Johnson & Johnson jabs, health minister said. The country, worst-hit by the pandemic in Africa, has suspended its vaccine roll-out that was due to begin with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a study found that the jab failed to prevent mild […]

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South Africa eases Covid rules, allows sale of alcohol

South Africa eased some restrictions imposed due to coronavirus, including lifting an unpopular ban on alcohol sales. Announcing the changes President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “I want to call on all of us to drink responsibly so that we do not experience a spike in trauma cases or an increase in infections due to reckless behaviour.” […]

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Man mauled to death by pet hippo who he once described ‘LIKE A SON’

A man was mauled to death by a pet hippo who he used to ride and would describe as ‘like a son.’ South African farmer Marius Els’ body was found in a river with marks of being bitten by a huge animal several times. Mr Els, a resident of Free State province in South Africa, […]

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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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Two-million-year-old skull of human’s “cousin species” unearthed in South Africa

Australian researchers claim to have discovered a two-million-year-old skull in South Africa throws more light on human evolution. The skull was a male Paranthropus robustus, a “cousin species” to Homo erectus, a species thought to be direct ancestors of modern humans. The two species lived around the same time, but Paranthropus robustus died out earlier. […]