Top News Stories in April

Current Affairs

Nigeria recalls its ambassadors 

In the latest countries’ discontent on Pretoria’s handling of attacks on foreign nationals, Nigeria recalled its ambassadors to South Africa. A statement by the foreign affairs ministry claimed that Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were asked to return to their country for consultations.

The xenophobic attacks which started in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, before spreading to Johannesburg, have left seven dead and thousands displaced.

South Africa has moved troops in an attempt to put an end to the violence, after criticism by nations including China and Zimbabwe for failing to protect their citizens against armed mobs.

Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe: Prepaid could save Eskom

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Brian Molefe, Acting CEO of Eskom has said that if both corporates and households  could switch to prepaid electricity the change would do wonders for the power utility’s balance sheet. The recommendation can have a huge financial potential for Eskom, Molefe said. It would mean that Eskom could stop borrowing money from capital markets, which pushes Eskom into deeper financial problems.

Prepaid can also provide the capital needed to supply electricity and assist in reducing the 3 000MW gap between supply and demand, he said. So far the suggestion is just an idea Molefe had presented to MPs of Parliament.

Watch: Molefe explains using prepaid meters in exclusive interview with Fin24.

Union Buildings display 67 blankets for Mandela

On April 27, the gardens of Pretoria’s Union Buildings were covered with thousands of handmade blankets as part of a Guinness World Record attempt.

The blankets were crocheted and knitted by South Africans and other supporters around the world for Carolyn Steyn’s 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day campaign. They cover an area of 3 133 square metres – claimed to be the largest area covered by a blanket. The previous record was 1 020 square metres.

Helen Zille steps down as DA Leader

On 12 April, Helen Zille unexpectedly announced that she would no longer stand for re-election at the Democratic Alliance’s federal congress in Port Elizabeth on May 9. Zille who was elected on May 6, 2007 as the DA leader said she would however complete her second term as Western Cape premier, which ends in mid-2019.

In light of the news, Patricia De Lille was named as the political party’s Western Cape leader, after she won the position with 69%. Counterpart Lennit Max, received 31%.

Sports News

“Shoes” Moshoeu laid to rest

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Former Bafana Bafana soccer star, John “Shoes ” Moshoeu‘s funeral service was held at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to Moshoeu.

Moshoeu, 49, passed away on Tuesday, 21 April, following a long battle with cancer.

He played in the Bafana Bafana game that saw South Africa’s one and only Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996. He won 73 caps for the country and scored eight times.

Moshoeu was laid to rest at the Wespark Cemetery.

Stormers win against Blue Bulls

The Stormers secured a 15-13 win over the Bulls at Newlands on Saturday in a typical South African derby. Despite the Bulls scoring the only try of the game, the Stormers led the intense game from start to finish.

The result means the Stormers move one point clear of the Bulls at the top of the SA Conference of the 2015 Super Rugby, but trail the competition-leading Chiefs by seven.

Entertainment News

Boris Kodjoe pays Channel24 a visit

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American actor, Boris Kodjoe paid sister site, Channel24 a visit, to speak about his new  TV series. The half German and Ghanaian actor has been in Cape Town filming the crime series called Cape Town, which is based on the Deon Meyer novel Dead Before Dying. The series also stars South African actor Arnold Vosloo.

Filming will wrap up in May and according to Boris the series is being sold all over the world.

Read Boris’ exclusive interview with Channel24 here.