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SA Airways cancels weekend flights over workers’ strike

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all domestic and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The cancellation is taking place due to a planned workers’ strike this weekend. The South African Cabin Crew Association and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa on Wednesday said that the airline staff will go on strike starting on Friday. The workers are protesting against the plan by SAA to cut more than 900 jobs in order to curb losses. The airline in a statement apologised to its customers and asked them…

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Ghana secures $2.6bn deal for SkyTrain project

Ghana on Monday signed a concession deal with South African-based African Investment SkyTrain consortium to develop its train system. The deal is meant to cover a project called the Accra SkyTrain Project. A memorandum of understanding was signed last year. On the sidelines of the ongoing African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, officials from Ghana and the South African based consortium finalized a deal for the project which will cost $2.6 billion. The deal was signed by Ghana’s Railways Development Minister, Mr Joe Ghartey and Mr Hubert Danso, Director of AI…

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KFC proposal: South Africans support couple’s wedding dream

South Africans have shown love to a newly engaged couple offering to support them have a wedding of their dreams. It started after a video showing a man proposing to a woman at a KFC restaurant went viral on social media. In the viral video the man was seen kneeling on the floor and presenting a ring to his partner over dinner at a KFC restaurant. KFC South Africa then shared the video and asked for help in finding the couple. The hashtag #KFCProposal has since been trending with ordinary…

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South Africa: Thousands welcome Springboks home

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the country’s underprivileged children should “keep dreaming and keep believing” as he carried the Rugby World Cup trophy through thousands of fans on the team’s return home on Tuesday. Kolisi led the Springboks to victory in Japan when they beat England 32-12 in the final in Yokohama on Saturday, a third title for the country after 1995 and 2007, and the first under a black captain. His rags-to-riches tale has been inspirational for many, and the raucous welcome the side received showcased the full…

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South Africa’s Springboks lift Rugby World Cup title

At times it was brutal, often it was downright ugly, but who cares? In the end there can have been few more poignant sights than that of Siya Kolisi, the boy from a dusty, poverty-stricken South African township, on Saturday lifting the Rugby World Cup following an emphatic victory over England. The first black man to captain the Springboks hoisted the trophy high into the Yokohama night and was instantly showered by golden streamers as fireworks lit up the sky at the end of a momentous 32-12 triumph. It was…

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South Africa rolls out paternity leave policy for parents

South Africa‘s newly amended labour laws that grant male parents leave when their children are born have come into effect. Last month South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the sections of the Labour Laws Amendment Act 10 of 2018 (Act) will come into effect on November 1, 2019. The new laws were passed by the South African National Assembly after a lawmaker, ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley brought the proposed bill in 2017. Per the new laws, male parents will be granted Parental leave of 10 successive days. For parental…

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South Africans fume over leaked sex education curriculum

South Africans are fuming over a leaked version of the new 2020 life orientation curriculum. The curriculum is an updated sex education content expected to cover lessons on private parts, masturbation and explicit direction on using female condoms. Students from Grade 4 and up are said to be targeted in this leaked curriculum. Teachers have served notice of possibly boycotting the new school curriculum. They are unhappy with content of the curriculum that requires them to teach pupils in Grade 7 about masturbation and to describe to Grade 8 pupils…

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SA police condemned for ‘brutalizing’ refugees

South Africa police unit has been condemned by human rights group for using excessive force on refugees on Wednesday. Protesting refugees and other foreign nationals clashed with the police in the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday. The foreign nationals had been camping outside the UNHCR offices in Cape Town and Pretoria for weeks demanding for better protection. They claimed they did not feel safe in South Africa following the wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners. The refugees come from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia. They say since the…

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South Africa beat Wales to reach Rugby World Cup final

Springboks flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked a penalty four minutes from time to send South Africa into their third Rugby World Cup final with a 19-16 victory over Wales in a semi-final dogfight on Sunday. The South Africans will return to Yokohama next weekend to bid for a third World Cup triumph against an England side who ran defending champions New Zealand out of the tournament with a breathtaking display of rugby on Saturday. This was the other side of the game, a largely grim arm-wrestle dominated by the boot and…

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South Africa: Lion King actor Andile Gumbi dies at 36

A week after suffering a cardiac arrest in Israel, former The Lion King and Isibaya actor Andile Gumbi has died, Mzansi Magic confirmed to TshisaLIVE on Friday. “On behalf of Mrs Gumbi and family, it is with profound sadness that we share the news that our beloved Andile passed away this morning. Andile received the best medical care possible. “We request that the family be given space to grieve and that their privacy be respected in this very difficult time. The family will make a statement at the appropriate time,” a statement on…

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