South African church collapses kills 13 during Easter celebrations 2019

Thirteen people were confirmed dead with sixteen others sustaining varying degrees of injury when a church collapsed in South Africa.

The incident which occurred in  KwaZulu Natal province  late Thursday took place at the Pentecost Church located at the Dlangubo area of eMpangeni .

This incident happened after their church building collapsed on them during a Passover service, the state-run South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, said in its report.

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South African church collapses during Easter celebrations

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Health officials say the building collapsed due to heavy rainfall in northern parts of the province. A team of government officials are set to visit the scene on Friday, the SABC report added.

The KwaZulu Natal provincial government has sent words of commiserations to the affected families with the promise of a full scale probe into the incident.

Ahead of a long Easter holiday, authorities are also tasking motorists to be responsible whiles using the roads. The season has often recorded accidents due to speeding and drunk driving hence the awareness creation efforts.

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Meet the South Africa pastor who charged women Sh35,000 to get husbands and used the cash to buy himself a Ferrari

A Popular South African pastor, Alph Lukau is raising eyebrows after he asked women to contribute R500/35,000 to pray for them to get marriage proposals.

Just before he bought himself a Ferrari, he convinced about 2000 women to gather in Joburg. Here he prayed and anointed their ring fingers to attract marriage proposals in 90 days.

Nothing comes for free and for every hand he anointed, he asked for R500 each. That is Ksh 35000. If you do the math, 35,000 times the 2000 women will make him a whopping Ksh 70,000,000 and immediately after that event, he bought a Ferrari.

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Ed Sheeran announces show dates for his first tour of South Africa

South African fans will have a chance to see Ed Sheeran live in their country for the first time ever.

Ed,multi-platinum singer-songwriter just announced concert dates, venues and ticket information for his South Africa tour in early 2019.

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He shared the photo on Instagram with the caption: ‘South Africa, it’s finally happening x’

According to Daily Mail, the tickets for the upcoming Cape Town show will go on sale at 9am SAST (South African Standard Time) on Thursday, June 28 while tickets for the Johannesburg show will be available on Friday, June 29 starting at 9am SAST.

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These show dates come hot on the heels of his tour of Australia and New Zealand just a few months ago.

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Jazz legend Hugh Masekela announces he’s battling prostate cancer

South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela has announced he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The shocking announcement has caught many by surprise, and his fans have expressed shock.

The legend underwent eye surgery back in September, canceling all his scheduled performances and put on bed rest by doctors.

The ailing maestro has faced numerous health challenges as earlier this year he also underwent surgery on his shoulder.

Hugh Masekela in a statement has canceled any future performances, citing health concerns, and the need to keep his energy up to continue with his fight against prostate cancer.

The statement released Friday October 6th urges all men to go for prostate cancer checks.

Read the statement below;

“Dear Friends and Media

I have been in treatment for prostate cancer since 2008 when doctors discovered a small “speck” on my bladder. The treatment seemed to be successful, but in March 2016 I had to undergo surgery as the cancer had spread.

In April 2017, while in Morocco I fell and sprained my shoulder. I began to feel an imbalance when I was walking and my left eye was troubling me. Another tumour was discovered and subsequently, in September 2017, I had emergency treatment, and the tumour was neutralised.

It is a tough battle but I am greatly encouraged by the good wishes of family, friends and everyone who has supported my musical journey, which remains the greatest source of my inspiration.

I have cancelled my commitments for the immediate future as I will need all my energy to continue this fight against prostate cancer.

I’m in a good space, as I battle this stealthy disease, and I urge all men to have regular tests to check your own condition. Ask questions, demand answers and learn everything you can about this cancer, and tell others to do the same.

This will be the only public statement I make on the matter, and I ask for privacy going forward, so that I may rest and heal.”

 

Wedding Proposal? Prince Harry Whisks Girlfriend Meghan Markle On Romantic South African Holiday For Her Birthday

Prince Harry could be ready to propose to girlfriend Meghan Markle, as he whisks her away on a romantic holiday to mark her 36th birthday.

The loved-up pair were spotted boarding an aeroplane as they set off for an African adventure, and the romantic location has set the rumour mill on fire.

They looked casual as they strolled across the runway to jump onto the jet, with Harry in a checked shirt and cap, and Meghan in tight jeans and sandals.

She was pictured clutching a present from her boyfriend, that appeared to be a large frame in bubble wrap.

A royal source told the Sun: ‘Harry has been planning this holiday for a long time.

‘Who knows what will happen when they’re watching a sensational African sunset together? Maybe he’ll get down on one knee.

‘Harry’s done a lot of conservation work in Africa with endangered el­e­phants and black rhinos and he’ll show them to the woman he wants to marry.’

After wrapping filming for Suits, Meghan flew to London, where the pair then went onto southern Africa for their adventure.

They were spotted kissing on the tarmac before continuing their journey.

Harry and Meghan are said to be very serious, having dated for more than a year.

The prince, 32, took Chelsy Davy to South Africa with him on a number on holidays before they split.

-Dailymail

Mugabe in South Africa for first state visit in 20 years

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe visited South Africa on Wednesday in his first state trip to the country since 1994 as he seeks to drum up foreign investment to revive his nation’s moribund economy.

Mugabe, 91, who was accompanied by his wife Grace, has visited South Africa regularly in the past but his two-day stay will be his first official state visit in 21 years.

Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade due to low growth, low liquidity and high unemployment.

In March, the International Monetary Fund said that the country faced a “difficult” economic outlook with growth set to weaken again this year.

Late last year the Zimbabwean finance minister led a team of officials on a visit to South Africa to try to convince potential investors that the country was finally on the mend.

The Zimbabwean officials said it was in the interest of South Africa to help grow its neighbour’s economy to stop the tide of economic refugees who have crossed the border seeking work.

Zimbabwe’s economy entered a tailspin after the launch of controversial land reforms 14 years ago. By 2008, inflation had officially peaked at 231 million percent before the government stopped counting.

The South African government said President Jacob Zuma and Mugabe would hold talks on Wednesday before a bilateral business forum scheduled for Thursday.

“The economies of the two countries are historically and inextricably linked,” it said in a statement.

“Due to its geographical proximity to South Africa, Zimbabwe’s political and economic situation has a direct impact on South Africa.”

Mugabe’s wife Grace is seen as one possible successor to her husband, who came to power in 1980.

Former vice-president Joice Mujuru was long considered likely to take over, but she fell out with the veteran leader late last year and was sacked in December.

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South Africans strip for first official nude beach

South African nudists on Thursday prepared for an Easter weekend of volleyball and sack races when the continent’s first official naturist beach opens despite objections from some locals.

A 500-metre (yard) stretch of Mpenjati Beach, which lies on the Indian Ocean, received local government approval last year to become an official nudist venue.

South Africa has been home to unofficial nude beaches for decades, such as Cape Town’s famous Sandy Bay.

Mpenjati Beach itself, located about 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Africa’s busiest port of Durban, has been a popular strip-off spot for about 20 years.

“There has been no concern from the residents for decades until now,” said Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African National Naturist Association (SANNA).

“Things over the years have progressed that now having naturist beaches is common practice. The logical consequence was to make it official so we would no longer need to fear arrest,” he told AFP.

Nudists risked arrest for indecent exposure on South Africa’s beaches in the years of apartheid rule. Technically, public nudity is still banned.

The Hibiscus Coast local municipality approved SANNA’s application in October and the beach was set to open officially Friday.

Last-minute objections by a local group secured a compromise from officials, who have designated the opening as a “trial run”.

The residents’ group said in its appeal that naked sun-lovers would have a “negative effect on a society that is striving for wholesome lifestyles”.

It also said visitor facilities cannot be built as the beach is a marine protected area.

But local authorities deferred a decision on the appeal, allowing the opening to go ahead.

Pavlovic said planned weekend activities would include volleyball and sack races.

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The “dress” is used on a domestic violence campaign

Last week a dress was trending worldwide as people couldn’t tell whether it was blue and black or white and gold.

It brought about so much debate that scientists gave in their opinion about it.

Well, for the an South African Salvation Army branch it was more than just a dress as it was used to depict the rising cases of domestic violence against women.

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The advert has the tag line: ‘Why is it so hard to see black and blue?’

Underneath that it says: ‘The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.’

Ghana take aim at South Africa after big Cup win

Ghana’s Black Stars are keeping their feet on the ground ahead of Tuesday’s decisive Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash against South Africa after a dramatic win over Algeria.

On Friday, skipper Asamoah Gyan returned from a bout of malaria to sink tournament favourites Algeria in stoppage time in Mongomo as the Black Stars bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Senegal with a 1-0 success against the continent’s best team.

A win over South Africa on Tuesday will guarantee the four-time African champions passage to the last-eight of the competition, while a draw and Algeria failing to beat Senegal on the same night could also get them past the group stage.

However, Ghana coach Avram Grant said his “new generation” of Black Stars aim to do the business against a South African team who have impressed him.

“Nothing has been decided yet in this group,” insisted former Chelsea manager Grant.

“Yes, we may have beaten the number one team in Africa, but we now face South Africa, who qualified for this tournament ahead of a big team like Nigeria.

“They played very well in their first game even though they eventually lost (3-1) to Algeria. They are a fantastic team.

“We are a young team who have shown we do not give up and so we will come into any game to win it.”

The returning Gyan proved to be Ghana’s hero despite admitting to having “some physical problems”, and now the striker is looking ahead to the next game.

“South Africa have shown they are a very good side right from the qualifiers and so we do not expect an easy match against them,” he said.

“It was a team effort against Algeria, everybody working for everybody, and we will count on this again against South Africa.”

Meanwhile, Marseille star Andre Ayew declared that Ghana should not be written off as genuine contenders at this Cup of Nations despite not yet finding their best form.

“This is not the best Ghana, many of us like Gyan and I are not 100 percent fit, but we can do a lot more,” he said.

“Even after the win against Algeria, we cannot afford to get over-confident. We’re happy, but won’t take anything for granted. Algeria is past and next is South Africa. It will be a very tough battle on Tuesday.”

He added: “Expectations back at home must now have risen, but Ghana have always dealt with the pressure even though it could be difficult.”

The Black Stars last won the Cup of Nations in 1982, although they have reached the last four of the previous four editions, even losing in the final to Egypt in 2010 in Angola.

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AFCON 2015: Algeria’s 3-1 victory against South Africa secures them top Group C spot

AFCON favourites got off to a winning start during their opening Group C  match on  Monday after their 3-1 win against South Africa.

This was Algeria’s first ever win against South Africa and it saw them leap-frog Senegal into first place in the group’s standings. Senegal had defeated Ghana 2-1 in an earlier match.

South Africa took the lead with a goal at the 51st minute from Thuso Phala but Algeria’s comeback was helped by goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo (own goal, 67′), Faouzi Ghoulam (72′) and Islam Slimani (83′).

South Africa beat New Zealand to defend Sevens title

South Africa defended their title on home soil by beating current Series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit on Sunday.

Australia saw off Argentina 34-19 for third place while the United States, coached by former England and Kenya tactician Mike Friday, stunned perennial stars Fiji 21-14 to win the Plate, or fifth place.

Canada were victorious in the Bowl final, beating Kenya 24-5, and Portugal took home the Shield after a shock 19-14 win over Samoa.

In the final, speedster Sherwin Stowers slid in for New Zealand’s first try after a mistake by the home side.

The ‘Boks hit back through a stepping Phil Snyman, playmaker Cecil Afrika crossing for his 112th try for the Blitzbokke soon after to hand South Africa a seven-point lead.

On the hooter, Afrika was shown yellow, and the Kiwis hit back to 12-10 after Joe Webber finished in the corner.

Seabelo Senatla, outstanding all weekend, scorched 50 metres for a try to open the scoring in the second period, Branco du Preez nailing a fine conversion.

Webber then stepped inside and out to keep things more than tense with five minutes left.

But then Senatla, Afrika, Kwagga Smith and Werner Kok were all involved before Smith was fed a brilliant pass to cross with 90 seconds left.

“It was an awesome game of rugby and physical to the death,” said South Africa skipper Kyle Brown.

“You couldn’t ask for anything more than to fight to victory on home soil.”

One of the outstanding performances of the weekend was undoubtedly that by the Americans, whose scalping of Fiji is a good sign with all sides battling for qualification for the Rio Olymics in 2016.

Internet sprinting rugby player sensation Carlin Isles opened the scoring for the USA against the Fijians, teammate Andrew Durutalo doubling the score soon after.

The South Sea islanders hit back through a brace from Savenaca Rawaca and Vatemo Ravouvou to level matters.

But the last word lay with Perry Baker, whose kick chase was rewarded with a kind bounce that let him in for a try and a historic win for a nation many believe could be the sleeping giants of rugby.

South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa shot dead at Johannesburg home

South Africa football captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead in Johannesburg only hours after playing a match, police have said in a statement.

The 27-year-old was pictured looking happy with on-off girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, a South African pop star, earlier on Sunday.

Meyiwa, who played for Orlando Pirates, was shot dead when intruders entered his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, a town 20 miles south of Johannesburg.

The previous day he captained his side as they advanced to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup, defeating Ajax Cape Town 4-1.

Kenya 7s Relagated To Bowl Stage After 45-0 Hefty Loss To South Africa

At 11:17 East African Time, Kenya sevens team were tackling South Africa; one of the world’s rugby sevens heavyweights, in one of the most anticipated fixtures of the on going Gold coast series.

The young players, most of whom were making their first world series bow, were already 7-0 to Boks of South Africa courtesy of Senatla where he outpaced a disorganized Shujaa defence in the second minute of the match.

Motivated by their early lead, the Africa’s leading sevens team, took advantage of another sloppy display and formation by the Kenyan team; making it 14-0 minutes later, a brace by Senatla. Having failed to rectify their mistakes , Senatla’s hat trick put shujaa team to sword with a swift try which was characterized by poor ball handling, hence heading to the break with a 19-0 lead.

Soon after the break, South Africa put icing to the cake with a couple of tries to relegate their opponents to the bowl stage while they proceeded to the main cup quarters.

Kenya will face Portugal in the Bowl quarters tomorrow.

 

 

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I recently got a son, and that is quite a highlight in my life right now.

I advise my fellow Kenyans to live their own lives and not to let the unscrupulous politicians influence them and tear them along tribal lines.

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