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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 09/03/2015
Posted by on Mar 9th, 2015

hendrik marais

Tributes pour in after one of South Africa’s top helicopter pilots was killed when his helicopter crashed while fighting the wildfire at Cape Point over the weekend [iol]

3 dead and 29 injured in Franschhoek bus crash. A 32-seater bus believed to be carrying a rugby team from Groendal School has crashed on Franschhoek Pass. 2 cyclists also seriously injured. Reports suggest the bus’s brakes may have failed as it came around a bend and swerved to avoid the cyclists [eNCA]

Graeme Smith divorce gets messy with reports that he mistakenly sent an SMS to his wife Morgan Deane [TimesLIVE]

The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Julius Malema and former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko are agents of America’s CIA. [iol]

Eskom has to reduce the number of white engineers by 1 081 in order to comply with strict new government requirements [News24]

Solar-powered plane takes off on around-the-world flight attempt [BBC]

Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS. The pledge to ISIS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter  [CBC News]

Chad, Niger launch ground and air offensive against Boko Haram [CNN]

Is this SA’s dodgiest chief executive? She made up her qualifications one by one, and landed plum jobs as a result. Suspended Dube TradePort CEO Saxen van Coller not only faked her qualifications to climb the corporate ladder, but once duped one of South Africa’s wealthiest men, Johann Rupert, into giving her a job. [City Press]

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 did not disappear. The truth about what happened is far worse—in fact, it’s a scandal [Daily Beast]

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