MK Party walks out as KwaZulu-Natal Legislature elects committee chairs
/ 9 July 2024

MK Party walks out as KwaZulu-Natal Legislature elects committee chairs

Influential committee posts are shared among the members of the province’s governing coalition

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/ 20 May 2008

Aftershock terrifies China quake survivors

Thousands of terrified survivors of China’s earthquake huddled in the open with their meagre belongings on Tuesday as an aftershock struck and the government warned of more powerful ones to come. The panic, which reportedly gripped a vast area, came as China entered its second day of official mourning over the quake.

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/ 8 May 2008

Probe into deaths of 78 children in E Cape

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/ 30 April 2008

Water contamination cited in E Cape child deaths

Water contamination was a factor in the death of nearly 80 babies in the Eastern Cape, the provincial government said on Wednesday. An interim report acknowledged that a ”multiplicity of causes”, including ”systematic failures affecting water quality”, were to blame for the deaths of the babies, said the provincial government in a statement.

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/ 24 April 2008

Probe under way into E Cape child deaths

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/ 11 March 2008

At least 20 dead in twin Pakistan blasts

Two bombs exploded in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday, one outside a government office, killing at least 20 people, police and officials said. Well over 500 people have been killed in Pakistan this year in a campaign of suicide bombings, which intensified after troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in July.

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/ 7 March 2008

Chiefs’ R1-billion stadium crisis

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/ 27 February 2008

Pollution turns Chinese rivers red and foamy

Pollution turned part of a major river system in central China red and foamy, forcing authorities to cut water supplies to as many as 200 000 people, the provincial government and a state news agency said on Wednesday. Some communities along tributaries of the Han River were using emergency water supplies.

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/ 30 January 2008

Zille cleared in Chaaban probe

Cape Town mayor Helen Zille was not guilty of any wrongdoing in connection with the city probe into councillor Badih Chaaban, an independent inquiry into the matter has found. ”The allegations around the investigation into councillor Chaaban have been nothing more than a smear campaign,” Zille said on Wednesday.

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/ 28 January 2008

Militants hold up to 250 Pakistani children

Gunmen took hostage up to 250 Pakistani schoolchildren in the north-western town of Bannu on Monday after taking refuge in the school following a clash with police, officials said. Violence has spread across Pakistan in recent months, seeping out of remote tribal regions that are sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants and into cities and towns.

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/ 23 January 2008

W Cape to take charge of power cuts

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/ 3 January 2008

Rasool: Cape Town must bury its differences

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/ 5 December 2007

Zille: Cape housing projects hampered by politics

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‘Business as usual’ in flood-ravaged areas

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/ 26 November 2007

SA floods kill two, cause millions in damage

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