English news @16:00, 27 November 2018

Written by on 28/11/2018

News Editor: Xolisa Sindaphi

Fire season Campaign launched in Somerset West Today

The Western Cape government has warned that fires get worse each year due to climate change and drought. The province launched its Fire Season Campaign in Somerset West today. Aerial resources will once again play a critical role in the season with eight helicopters, four waterbombers and eight spotter planes on standby. It will be complemented by over one thousand- 500 municipal firefighters across the province and over a thousand seasonal firefighters. Working on Fire has 27 teams with more than 800 firefighters on standby with an additional 500 personnel in other provinces that can be call up in emergencies.

Road closes at the N2 George

A scheduled road closure will take place tomorrow on the N-two at George from seven o’clock in the evening until six o’clock on Friday morning. The South African National Roads Agency, SANRAL, says the N-two between the Thembalethu and Garden Route Mall offramps will be closed to facilitate the opening of the east and west bound carriageways. An alternate route is available via the town of George.

Investment plans for the Agriculture sector

The Western Cape government plans to invest one-point-2-billion-rand to boost food production in the province. Farmers are emerging from a difficult period marked by a severe drought. Premier Helen Zille says third-quarter statistics will be a make or break for the agriculture sector.

SABC warns public about armed robbers posing as TV licence agents

The SABC has expressed concern about a WhatsApp message doing the rounds warning the public of armed robbers posing as SABC TV licence agents. The message has been widely circulated in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The public broadcaster says it has not appointed any inspectors or officials to conduct physical inspections of television sets in households. SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu says any person who claims to be an official of the SABC in order to gain access to premises, must be reported to the police.

Irish descents to make contact to contact SAA

The Irish South African Association has called on South Africans of Irish descent to make contact with them so that they can grow their knowledge base of the Irish diaspora. The Irish arrived on our shores between the mid-1800s and settled mostly in the Western and Eastern Cape. Cape Town is currently playing host to an Ireland and South Africa exhibition. A research library which explores Irish ancestry also officially opened in Cape Town this weekend. Michael O’Brien is the Chairperson of the Cape Town chapter of the Irish South African Association.



Banyana Banyana Victory

Banyana came close to taking an early lead when Janine Van Wyk’s free-kick missed the target by a whisker.

The South Africans still created the best chances earlier on, but their inability to convert them proved wasteful.

Following another good move by Banyana, the ball fell to Jermaine Seoposenwe, but the snap effort was easily saved.

AmaZulu returned to winning ways 

The Lions of the North were not letting Usuthu settle into their passing rhythm in the opening ten minutes, dishing out harsh tackles at the back and making their intentions known early on.

Lindokuhle Mbatha had a great chance to give Owen Da Gama’s charges the lead in the 15th minute after going through one-on-one with Siyabonga Mbatha, but the shot-stopper pulled off a good save to keep the score level.

Usuthu started to find joy going forward after half-an-hour but they were yet to get open opportunities, while Highlands were absorbing the pressure and looking to catch the visitors on counter-attacks.


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