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 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.”
David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after UK voters made the historic decision to leave the European Union
A tearful Mr Cameron – his wife by his side – said the country needed “fresh leadership” and is now understood to be meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The PM campaigned to remain in the EU but the public rejected his arguments and chose to leave the EU by 51.9% to 48.1%.
Speaking outside Downing Street, the PM said he would aim to have a new leader in place by the Conservative party conference in October.
“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” Mr Cameron said.
“The country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” added the PM.
“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.
“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.”Mr Cameron said he had fought the “only way I know how … head, heart and soul” to stay in the EU but that voters had chosen a different path
With tears in his eyes, his voice cracking, the PM said: “I love this country, and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in the future to help this great country succeed.”
He then turned away, took his wife’s hand and headed back into Number 10.The PM also used his speech to congratulate Leave campaigners – who included Boris Johnson and his friend Michael Gove – for their “spirited and passionate case”
Appearing at a Leave press conference, both men paid tribute to the PM and said they are sorry he is stepping down.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who has said a second independence vote is now “highly likely” – also wished the Prime Minister well.
Those potentially in the frame to succeed David Cameron include Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – reportedly mulling whether she should pursue the top job – and Home Secretary Theresa May.
Mr Cameron also tried on Friday to ease the economic fallout of Brexit that has seen the FTSE share index shed more than £100bn and triggered a big drop in the value of the pound.
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