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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. […]

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Baboon put in jail for raiding homes, city protests

A South African Baboon, Kataza was jailed for organizing multiple raids at multiple suburban homes in Cape Town. He now sleeps at a local prison, although there is a social media campaign for him to be released. Kataza is one of the few hundred baboons who live around Cape Town and are often a nuisance […]

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South African police officers arrested over the death of 16-year-old teenage boy

Two South African police officers were arrested over the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old boy, which had sparked violent street protests. The family of Nathaniel Julius, who had Down’s syndrome, said he had gone out to buy biscuits when he was shot dead in Johannesburg’s Eldorado Park suburb. The officers will be charged with murder […]

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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 […]

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Coronavirus infections top half a million in South Africa

Over half a million coronavirus infections have been confirmed in South Africa. Zwelini Mkhize, the Minister of Health announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths. South Africa is the hardest-hit country in all of Africa and accounts for half of all the infections in the continent. It […]

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Thieves empty whisky from liquor shop in Cape Town amid alcohol restrictions due to pandemic

Two days after South Africa re-imposed ban on sale of alcohol to contain the spread of coronavirus infections, thieves have broken into a liquor store in Cape Town. “They ripped the safety gate off with their vehicle… they tied a rope around it and yanked it off. They then threw a boulder through the window,” […]