Heroic girl who saved sister from beach drowning, nearly died

Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal - A 12-year-old Richards Bay Primary School learner was presented with a Hero award today, after she saved the life of her little sister, and put her own at risk.

Beth Laas and her sister had been watching their dad surfing at Pelican Island when the pair decided to walk along the beach. The youngest of them, a six-year-old, had fallen as she tried to cross a trough and disappeared beneath the surface. 

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'Kicking foreigners out of schools is unconstitutional' says lawyer

Johannesburg - On 13 January, irate parents in Diepsloot West accused Muzomuhle Primary School and the education department of discriminating against their children because of their foreign national status.

A month later, a district school official spoke to GroundUp on condition of anonymity. The official, who fears reprisals for talking to the media, said between 30 and 40 children were turned away because they were not South African.

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Update: Tree instantaneously combusts after lightning strike

Johannesburg - The charred remains of a 10 meter tall Palm tree -- the result of a direct lightning strike that caused it to go up in flames on Sunday -- is what greeted passersby this morning.

An electric storm followed  a blistering hot day in Johannesburg yesterday, with temperatures hovering around the mid 30's.

The tree was inside a residential-style property on the corner of School Road and Pritchard Street in North Riding. It's understood the property is used as a real estate business premises.

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Live in Joburg? Here's some crime stats that could save your life

Johannesburg - Douglasdale police, it's affiliated Community Policing Forum (CPF) and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) -- who monitor Sector 1 -- have released alarming details of crime in the area.

Sector 1 covers the areas of Douglasdale, Olivedale, Jukskei Park, Noordhang, North Riding, Sharonlea and JHB North.

According to Donne Oosthuizen, statistics from incidents that happened in January reveal that residential burglary, theft out of motor vehicles and common assault were the most reported crimes. 

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Hospitals, airport left vulnerable in city-wide Durban bus blockade

Durban - A bus strike in several main areas of Durban, has caused a gridlock on the N2 leaving a hospital and airport vulnerable. 

According to eyewitness reports, Monday's strike affected all the uMlazi exits on the N2 north including Queen Nandi Drive near KwaMashu, the M4 near the old airport, the M25 north of Durban and the N2 south near the old airport. The drivers parked their vehicles across the road in protest. 

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Man faces 935 counts of child abuse in Bloem today

Bloemfontein - A Johannesburg man who faces 935 charges related to possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court today.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, it's believed the 43-year-old man's alleged victims ranged from 10 to 13-years-old.  Some of the charges against him include rape and sexual assault.

Mr. Naidoo said thus far, 19 victims have been identified. Police believe there may still be others out there.

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