This week’s news summary will keep you up to date with all the latest news stories…
Day Zero to hit city of Cape Town 9 days sooner
Cape Town taps may run dry sooner than projected. Day Zero has been brought forward to April, 12 this is around 9 days earlier than the initial date because of the 1.4% drops in dam levels. The water in the last 105 of the municipal dams is unsuitable for human consumption.
When the dams reach 13.5% all the taps will be turned off by the city. People will be forced to queue for water from approximately 200 water collection sites across the city that will operate 24/7. Each person will only be allowed to collect 25 litres, to be used for washing, cooking and personal hygiene.
Hugh Masekela’s funeral closed to the public
On Thursday the family announced that Masekela’s funeral will only be open to family members, close friends and industry colleagues as this was his dying wish. “The father of South African jazz”, 78 has died. Masekela was a legendary trumpeter, corneter, sing and composer.
He died on Tuesday after a long battle with prostate cancer. His death is an immeasurable death to his family, friends, fans and the whole nation, including President Jacob Zuma. The president said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”.
Scandal star dies
While SA was still reeling from the death of Hugh Masekela news broke of another stars death. Sandy Mowena, 68 famously known as “Brah Eddie” in Scandal. Sunrise morning show confirmed the death of their actor. Brah Eddie was ill and died in hospital in Johannesburg. The cause of his death is still unknown.
German nurse charged with killing 97 patients
Nurse Niels Hoegel is on trial for the murder of 97 patients. If he is found guilty of these charges, he will be known as the deadliest serial killer in Germany. He confessed to injecting his victims with lethal doses of medication so he could try to revive them because it made him feel like a hero.
The British to Crack Fake News
The British are cracking down on countries spreading false news with the launch of their “fake news unit”. This comes after the British Prime Minister Theresa May previously accused Russia of meddling in elections and its state media of planting fake stories and photoshopped images to undermine western institutions.
Last November, the British Prime Minister said that Russia was looking to weaponize information and was deploying state-run organisations to deploy fake news in an attempt to sow discord in the West.
Katy Perry is coming to South Africa
Katy Perry is set to visit South Africa on her Witness tour. The American award-winning singer and songwriter will be performing in South Africa for the first time, but she is not coming to the Western region and this breaks millions of hearts.
In the wake of her North American tour, where she got stellar reviews the I kissed a girl singer now turns her sights on the first-ever performance in South Africa as part of her WITNESS tour
Her shows are scheduled for 1 18 and 20 July at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
Kim Kardashian plans for baby number 4?
After welcoming her third child into the world. Kim Kardashian is reportedly keen to add another baby to her already dazzling bunch.
The reality TV star and her rapper husband Kanye West welcomed a baby girl, named Chicago into the world on January 15, via a surrogate mother, who has remained out of the spotlight.The surrogate was not even invited to the baby shower.
Kardashian announced the birth of her baby on her website, but there have no photos of the baby have been shared, which is really rare considering its Kimye.
She reportedly had been thinking about adding a fourth baby even before the birth of the third baby, stating that she would love to have an even bigger family.
South Africa’s bowling attack put India to the sword
The South African cricket team is showing no signs of slowing down and this is evident in the third and final Test against world number one and old foe, India.
Having already wrapped up the three-match Test series, with an unassailable lead of 2-0, the bowling attack, that now includes new local sensation Lungani Ngidi, shows no signs of taking their foot off the accelerator.
Yesterday the Proteas’ bowled the world number one team out for just 187 in 77 overs. The Indian batting order offered little defence to the pace of the Proteas, with only Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara reaching 50 runs.
Citizens keen on signing former Steven Pienaar
There is a big possibility that Steven Pienaar and Benni Mccarthy could be reunited, player and coach, with latter becoming coach of Cape Town City FC.
This comes after the former Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam player was released from his contract at Bidvest Wits and was spotted at the Cape Town derby, between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City, which the latter won.
Pienaar has had a prolific career as a footballer, playing football at the highest order in some of Europe’s top leagues. Although nothing is solid, the Citizens chief executive, John Comitis has revealed that he had a chat with Pienaar about a possible move to the Mother City now that he is out of contract and will turn to coach Benni Mccarthy for advice before a decision is made.
Grab your hat and head to the races
Sprinter Usain Bolt and other celebrities will make their way to the Kenilworth Racecourse. This year’s Sun Met will feature 20 of the most finely-tuned athletes in the world for the 2 000m horse race.
The race also has a glamorous lifestyle element and the race course becomes a catwalk, this year’s theme is ‘Afro-Chic’. The Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm guarantees the finest in Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, stylish fashion and entertainment.
– African News Agency (ANA)