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Mother, I’m already dead – deaf teen’s SMS

“Mother, I’m already dead,” a schoolgirl told her mother via SMS moments before she and two other schoolgirls were engulfed by flames at the North West School for the Deaf in Leeudoringstad. North West education portfolio committee chairperson Boitumelo Moiloa told News24 on Friday the teenager had sent her …

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Sentencing for marine’s death continues

Sentencing procedures for Blayne Shepard, 25, who was found guilty of the culpable homicide of former Royal Marine Brett Williams at a rugby match two years ago will take place in the Durban Regional Court on Friday. The marine died after a series of confrontations at Kings Park Rugby Stadium …

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HeroTel reveals SA Wi-Fi network strategy

HeroTel has been working to build out its wide-scale Wi-Fi access business, which is set for launch in early 2016. “Through Snowball and Cloud Connect We already have coverage in the greater Cape Town area, and in George, Knysna, Mossel Bay and everything in between,” Alan Knott-Craig jnr, executive …

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Dawie Roodt: Market risk a reality

Market risk is a reality which doesn’t call for panic, but investors shouldn’t be foolish with their money, explains an economist in the wake of the market turmoil this week. “Do not run out there and sell everything you have because you think the market is under pressure, because …

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Roodepoort parents: This is about corruption, not racism

The playground and classrooms of Roodepoort Primary School, in Davidsonville were eerily quiet on Tuesday morning. An independent mediation team is presently deciding on the future of the school after violent disruptions and clashes with residents. The school, which has been mired in allegations of corruption and racism, was …

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Panayiotou back in the dock in September

The case against Christopher Panayiotou, accused of orchestrating his wife Jayde’s murder, has been postponed to September 28. Panayiotou, 28, and his co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, believed to be the hitman, made a brief mandatory appearance in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning. Panayiotou appeared more informally …

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Missing teen girl found dead at Northgate mall

A few hours after a message went out on Facebook that a 14-year-old girl from the German school in Westcliff had gone missing, she was found dead. Gauteng police would only confirm that she fell to her death at the Northgate mall, north of Johannesburg, but a Facebook post …

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Five things we learned at Oppikoppi 21

The 21st edition of the Oppikoppi music festival took place over the Women’s Day weekend near the town of Northam in Limpopo. Here are five takeaways from this year’s festival.   1. Preparation is king The saying goes fail to prepare, prepare to fail, and this is no more …

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