Springboks vs All Blacks (WC 2015)

It’s a massive rugby day today: World Cup Semi with the Springboks (South Africa) vs. the All Blacks (NZ) at Twickenham.

News 24 will have live updates.

And Twitter, as always, will be abuzz.

80 minutes of war between two historic great rivals.

I’ll tell you, my heart says: ‘Springboks’, but my head says another: ‘All Blacks’…

Oh well, all I’ll say then is: ‘Go Bokke!!’

UPDATE: Final scores: South Africa 18-20 New Zealand.



Cape Town Station Shooting Today, A Terror Attack?


The circumstances surrounding a shooting at a Cape Town station on Tuesday remain unclear, but what has been confirmed is that a man died during the incident from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Western Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said: “The circumstances surrounding the death of an unknown man are being investigated after he allegedly shot himself at platform 24, Cape Town railway station at around 12:00 this afternoon.”

“A death inquest case docket has been registered,” said Traut.

According to media reports of witness accounts, two men had entered the station with their faces fully covered but their eyes visible. They were dressed in black garments that appeared to be similar to those worn by Muslim women, witnesses reported.

It’s believed several shots were fired by one man before he turned the gun on himself, although the clarity of these details remain sketchy.

“We have reason to believe that the man who shot and killed himself could have been part of a group of two men who acted suspiciously prior to the incident,” Traut said.

“However we will not be speculating about the matter until our investigation has reached a more advanced stage.”

Metrorail said train services were not affected by incident.

News 24 also covers the story.

The scene at Cape Town station after the shooting. (Sedick Appoles, Facebook)


Dutch Reformed Church – NG Kerk – in South Africa Votes in Favour of Gay Unions

And homosexual Ministers are no longer required to remain celibate. I saw the news in Die Burger today. px

NG Kerk sê finaal ja: Gay mense is welkom:

Met amper geen besoekers in die besoekersgalery het die NG Kerk gay mense volledig in die kerk – as gelykes – verwelkom.

Die afgevaardigdes het Vrydag in Pretoria met 114 stemme die gewysigde voorstel ingestem. 63 stemme was daarteen.

Gay predikante hoef nie meer selibaat te wees nie en kan in ‘n burgerlike verbintenis wees.

Die selibaatheidsklousule wat in die besluit van 2007 ingeskryf is, is heeltemal verwyder.

Die besluit bevestig weer dat ‘n huwelik tussen een man en een vrou is.

Dit is egter nou amptelik dat “burgerlike verbintenisse van persone van dieselfde geslag wat gekenmerk word deur liefde en trou” bevestig kan word deur predikante wat “hul weg oopsien” om dit te doen.

Die algemene sinode het reeds Donderdag in ‘n toetsstem die voorstel van dr. André Bartlett, wat die raamwerk van die finale besluit is, aanvaar….

More here.


A Drunk Reckless Driver

Ended this precious childs life.

Her father writes:

My Darling Little girl Nadia Stephanie Bond has been brutally ripped from us by a Drunk speeding driver on Friday 18th at approximately 17:45 on the corner of Denne str and 9th avenue, Kraaifontein. We are shattered and broken, our pain has no boundaries. Her battered and torn little body suffered a broken leg, broken pelvis, massive internal bleeding, a broken neck, unbearable brain damage and a severed spinal cord. She gave up a brave effort to survive at 13:00 today. This world has lost an Angel…

My Darling I cannot begin to comprehend this world without you, your joyous manner, your bountiful love, your laugh, your hugs and kisses our Daddy and Daughter time…Daddy, Mommy and your Brothers will never be the same. An aspiring little actress that has completed multiple International TV ads, has just completed a small role in her first Movie yet to be released, multi talented little model and dancer, the world was your oyster untill this brutal, cruel day…

I PRAY FOR JUSTICE – As a family in deep mourning we have not been able to pursue the case, we call on the SAPD detectives, all witnesses and the media to prevent this tragedy happening to another family by assisting us in pursuing ultimate justice for our Beautiful Little girl. Case No: 1398/09/2015.

I don’t think one can begin to imagine their anguish and pain. Let’s join them in prayer for justice, and that the comforting presence of the Lord will be with this family at this desperate time.


Farm Workers Accused of Pelting Colleague to Death with Oranges

The Independent:

Police in South Africa have launched an investigation as two rural farm workers are suspected of pelting their colleague to death with oranges.
The man died after the suspects allegedly argued with him, before they collected oranges and began throwing them at him, police Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe said citing witness accounts.
“They started pelting the deceased with all those loose oranges, killing him on the spot,” Ngoepe said of the incident which took place near the town of Tzaneenm in the Limpopo province of northern South Africa.
Mr Ngoepe cautioned that an investigation was still underway and aspects of a case he described as “complicated” still had to be verified.
The man was declared dead at the scene and he had no “visible injury,” suggesting he may have suffered blunt trauma, according to Ngoepe. He did not comment on the cause of the argument that led to the assault.
The suspects were detained Tuesday and later released pending formal charges, which could include murder.
Police and prosecutors are now awaiting the results of an autopsy in the hope it will uncover more details of the man’s death.

Anglican Bishop David Russell Dies

Bishop David Russell, was an anti-apartheid activist and the retired Anglican bishop of Grahamstown.

Here’s the state broadcaster, the SABC.

Tributes are pouring in for the late former Anglican Bishop of Grahamstown, Reverend David Russel.

Russel died at the age of 75 in Cape Town following a long battle with cancer.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, has described Russel as an outstanding stalwart, who exposed the inequities of forced removals in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town.

Tutu says Russell was a great trainer of Bishops and that all his students later became heads of diocese.

Russel leaves behind his wife Dorothea and two sons, Thabo and Sipho.

The Mail & Guardian has more.

Anti-apartheid campaigner and retired bishop David Russell has died of cancer aged 75. He fought against forced removals and for same-sex marriage…



Earthquake In South Africa


JOHANNESBURG – An earthquake — originally thought to be just a tremor — was felt across most parts of South Africa early on Tuesday afternoon.

It was reportedly also felt in Mozambique and Botswana.

According to the US Geological Survey website it measured 5.3 on the Richter scale and happened 6km east of Orkney in the North West province.

South Africans immediately took to Twitter to express their alarm.

That Twitter feed is #SAQuake.