It’s been a busy weekend for emergency services across the province
At least four people were killed on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads in various crashes last night.
Two people were killed in Compensation near Ballito on the north coast when a truck and a car collided on the R102.
IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst says the driver and passenger of the car died on scene.
”Upon arrival, our rescue teams found that both the passenger and the driver had succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead by advanced life support paramedics.
”The KwaDukuza Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to extricate both victims from the vehicle. The driver of the truck sustained no injuries,” he said.Meanwhile, a man was killed in a separate accident on the N3 in Pietermaritzburg last night
ER24 says two adults and a 2-month-old baby were hurt when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a signboard in New Market Road.
In a third incident south of Durban emergency services say a man in his 30s died after the vehicle he was travelling in rolled several times on the N2 near the M37 in Amanzimtoti.
Netcare911 says the motorist died before medics reached the scene.
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President Jacob Zuma has appealed to all young people and children to refrain from using drugs and abusing alcohol
He also appeals to those who are addicted to seek treatment, as the country joins the world in marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, 26 June 2016, under the theme “Listen First”.
Indications are that between 7,5% and 31 percent of South Africans have an alcohol problem or are at risk.
On drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report of 2014 indicated that more than 270 000 South African citizens were defined as problem drug users.
“The abuse of drugs is threatening to destroy many families. Some parents live in fear of their children who terrorise them and neighbours, due to the abuse of nyaope, whoonga, cocaine, heroin and other drugs.
“We appeal to our youth to say NO to drugs. Those who are already addicted should seek treatment. Government is building treatment centres in every province, to make treatment accessible,’’ said President ZumaThe President has also thanked all young people who have sought treatment
The report from the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use indicates that the following numbers of young people received treatment between January and June 2015, from the ages of 10 to 39 – Three thousand six hundred and seventy seven in Gauteng from the age of 10 to 39, two thousand eight hundred and sixty nine in the Western Cape, ninety three in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, two hundred and ninety in the Eastern Cape.
“We urge parents and communities to encourage more drug users to seek help. We also welcome and support the campaign by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) against alcohol abuse and the wearing of school uniforms in taverns, said the President.
He added that local authorities should not grant liquor licences to outlets that sell liquor to school children, or who operate near schools who want to target targeting schoolchildren as customers.
“We also urge communities to report drug lords and drug peddlers so that they can be stopped from destroying our children’, said the President.In his message to all member states of the United Nations, the UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon said
“On this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development.”
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President Jacob Zuma has congratulated renowned home- grown South African DJ and music producer DJ Black Coffee
DJ Black Coffee whose real name is Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is praised for his great achievement of being the first South African music artist to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) award.
Black Coffee won the BET Award in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the United States of America.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African- Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent.
“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily,” said President Zuma.
Condolences and tributes are pouring in at the news of the death of Limpopo Agriculture MEC, Joy Matshoge
Matshoge died in a car crash outside Mokopane in Limpopo on Saturday night while driving to Gauteng.
She also served as chairperson of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in Limpopo.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited the family at Phagameng township in Modimolle.
He was accompanied by Premier Stan Mathabatha, other MEC’s and ANC officials.The ANC in Limpopo says her death is a major blow to the party
ANC Spokesperson, Khumbudzo Nntshavheni, says: “We are shocked. We are saddened. There is no word that can explain how we feel. As the ANC and the PEC collective she was one of us… she was a dedicated comrade…”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has also reacted with shock at the news of Matshoge’s passing.
DA leader in Limpopo, Jacque Smalle, says Matshoge displayed good leadership within the ANC and in the department that she was leading.
“We are saddened by the news but she was a respected colleague in the government and within the ANCWL has a got strong history of good leadership that she put forward and we will miss her within her work. We also send condolences to the family. We wish them and the best for the next few days.”
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Government has noted the outcome of the referendum in Britain (Brexit)
It will take two years for the institutional changes that this vote implies to be negotiated and we remain committed to retaining strong trade and financial relations with both Britain and the European Union.
The uncertainty that arises from this vote means that the volatility that has characterised capital markets in the lead-up to the vote may persist.
“The National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank have been in discussions with financial institutions on the possible implications for the South African economy.
“Our banks and financial institutions are well positioned to withstand financial shocks to the system as demonstrated in previous episodes including the 2008/09 global financial crisis. We are therefore confident that our financial system including the banks and the regulatory framework are extremely resilient and reliable.”
“The Reserve Bank and the National Treasury are closely monitoring the unfolding developments and will advise the South African public where necessary.”
“In this context, our ongoing efforts as South Africans, government, business, labour and civil society to reignite growth become that much more urgent and critical.”