South Africa: 10 Teachers Killed in Limpopo Crash - South African News Briefs - May 29, 2024

29 May 2024


10 Teachers Killed in Limpopo Crash 

An accident claimed the lives of thirteen people, ten of whom were teachers, in a devastating crash that occurred in Limpopo during the early hours of Tuesday morning, reports IOL. There were no survivors in the horror crash. The cause of the accident was allegedly caused by "reckless driving" on the part of the truck driver, who was reportedly on the wrong side of the road. Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani visited the accident scene and called on all motorists to take extra precautions as they travel, especially during the early hours of the morning. Meanwhile, another tragic incident occurred in Meyerton, Gauteng. It involved a crash between two cash-in-transit vehicles, a minibus, and a sedan. As a result, three children lost their lives, and ten others were injured.

Second Mpox Case in South Africa As Durban Man Tests Positive

A 39-year-old Durban man tested positive for mpox and was the country's second laboratory-confirmed case in less than a month, reports News24. Mpox, formerly known as Monkeypox, is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus and has the potential to cause a painful or itchy rash. The Department of Health said that the man was admitted to Addington Hospital and did not have any history of travel to countries and regions that are experiencing an outbreak of the disease. In early May, the country recorded the first laboratory-confirmed case of mpox since August 2022. The department said a 35-year-old man living in Gauteng had tested positive for the infectious disease on 9 May 2024. The man also had no recent travel history to countries experiencing an outbreak of the disease.

Presidency Denies Imminent Return of Load Shedding Ahead of Elections

As the country heads to the  7th general elections,   the Presidency said claims about the imminent return of load shedding were "factually incorrect and an ill-guided political ploy to mislead the country," reports The Citizen. The Presidency said that there is "growing and overwhelming support for Eskom's sustained and rigorous effort to self-correct, stabilize, and strengthen the generation system, following 62 days of no load shedding." Electricity Minister  Kgosientsho Ramokgopa  said Eskom’s performance has defied all the doomsday predictions and silenced many so-called "critics".  Meanwhile, Eskom said, "It noted with concern the fake news trending on social media regarding  load shedding  resuming on 30 May 2024."

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