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Storm Simpson, a journalist, photographer, and writer from Cape Town, produces news content for The South African. His byline appears in publications such as ART AFRICA, Getaway, TechRadar, Popular Mechanics SA, Women on Wheels, and Cape Town Etc
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Cape Town: Suspect arrested for selling seal meat on black market

By Storm Simpson 06-07-23 21:51

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Marine and Environmental unit officers received a tip-off about a man harvesting meat from a seal while on patrol on Thursday, 6 July. READ: Worst in drivers in the world: SA ranked last in fatal accident index SUSPECT CONFIRMS BLACK MARKET FOR SEAL MEAT EXISTS According to the tip-off, […]

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Fatal accident index: SA ranked as worst drivers in the world

By Storm Simpson 06-07-23 17:47

South Africa was ranked as the country with the most fatal accidents in the world in an analysis by an Australian insurance company. The analysis looked at car crash statistics from 20 countries – the findings show that men are significantly more at risk across the world. SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS LARGEST DISPARITY IN MORTALITY RATES […]

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Strong cold front to bring temperature drop to SA

By Storm Simpson 06-07-23 16:17

South Africans will experience chilly conditions in the coming days as a strong cold front is expected to make landfall in the Western Cape on Friday evening, 7 July. The effects of the weather system will eventually be felt in the eastern parts of the country, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS). COLD FRONT TO […]

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Grade 10 girl’s body found on rugby field at Tshwane school

By Storm Simpson 04-07-23 19:17

A Grade 10 learner was found dead on the rugby field at her school on Tuesday morning, 4 July. The discovery was made by a security guard at the school in Tshwane. READ: Fake real estate agent receives 23-year prison term INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY: AUTHORITIES PUZZLED OVER DISCOVERY OF DECEASED LEARNER AT HÖERSKOOL GARSFONTEIN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS […]


Fake real estate agent receives 23-year prison term

By Storm Simpson 04-07-23 15:17

A bogus real estate agent was sentenced to 23 years of direct imprisonment by the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 3 July. His conviction and sentence are related to when he swindled a victim out of R100 000. READ: ANC ward councillor murdered, girlfriend raped in the Eastern Cape BLOEMFONTEIN COURT SENTENCES FRAUDULENT REAL ESTATE AGENT […]

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Thabo Bester saga: One former G4 employee granted bail

By Storm Simpson 03-07-23 15:47

One of the three G4S employees recently arrested for having a hand in Thabo Bester’s escape from prison was granted bail in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 3 July. ONE GRANTED BAIL Thabang Mier, Joel Makhetha and Moeketsi Ramolula – accused numbers 10, 11 and 12 in the Bester escape case made their second court appearance […]

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Thabo Bester saga: Two accomplices appeal bail denial

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 15:15

Two of the four alleged Thabo Bester accomplices who were denied bail are appealing against the judgement. ALSO READ: Why Department of Home Affairs will appeal ruling on ZEP BESTER ESCAPE CASE: ACCUSED NUMBERS ONE AND THREE SEEK TO CHALLENGE BAIL DENIAL According to SABC News, on Friday, Senohe Matsoara and Teboho Lipholo’s appeal will be […]

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R715m Cape Flats sewer upgrade will benefit 300k households

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 13:27

The City of Cape Town is undertaking a massive sewer upgrade project – the mayor says it is the largest upgrade in South Africa and will cost R715 million in total. The Cape Flats Bulk Sewer Upgrade will be completed in 2025 and will benefit approximately 300 000 households in lower-income neighbourhoods. READ: Hamilton Ndlovu’s flashy fleet goes under […]

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Hamilton Ndlovu’s flashy vehicles are getting auctioned

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 11:30

Hamilton Ndlovu’s flashy fleet of vehicles will be auctioned next week. The businessman is accused of profiting from tenders awarded unlawfully. The vehicles are part of the assets frozen by the State. PORSCHES AND A LAMBORGHINI ARE UP FOR GRABS AS NDLOVU’S VEHICLES GO ON AUCTION The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) said Ndlovu and his associates were […]

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Missing mute boy found safe and is reunited with family

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 10:52

A seven-year-old boy who went missing on Saturday, 17 June, has been found safe and will be reunited with his family, the Western Cape police announced on Friday. READ: When will you receive your July SASSA grant? Find out here ENHLE MANELI FOUND Earlier this week, the provincial police put out a call for public assistance […]

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When will you receive your July SASSA grant?

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 09:18

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will disburse grants to millions of people in the first week of July. The grants are paid to approximately 47% of the population, with 18 million receiving permanent “normal” grants and a further 10 million getting the temporary R350 grant introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more statistics […]

Suspect arrested for 2022 murder of EFF councillor

By Storm Simpson 30-06-23 08:44

The North West police have made a breakthrough in the murder investigation of the late Tsietsi Mohulatsi, an EFF councillor who was killed in October 2022. A 29-year-old suspect was arrested in Gauteng on Monday. READ: Arrests made in Gqeberha teen’s gang crossfire murder SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF EFF COUNCILLOR At the time of his […]

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DA lodges complaint against Mashatile and Mbalula

By Storm Simpson 29-06-23 17:12

The Democratic Alliance (DA) lodged a complaint with the Public Protector about the allegations of corruption and capture against senior African National Congress (ANC) figures Deputy President Paul Mashatile and Secretary General Fikile Mbalula. DA LODGES COMPLAINT WITH PUBLIC PROTECTOR The opposition party has coined the recent controversies surrounding both men ‘State Capture 2.0’ – […]

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By-elections: ANC wins KZN ward from IFP, suffers loss to PA in Joburg

By Storm Simpson 29-06-23 16:36

By-elections were held in four provinces, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape, on Wednesday, 28 June. Ten wards in eight municipalities were up for grabs. The Democratic Alliance (DA) had a solid showing, retaining four of its seats, and consolidating its support. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) also continues to perform well in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), […]

KZN weather: Storm death toll rises to four, more people missing

By Storm Simpson 29-06-23 13:12

At least four people have died as a result of the severe weather in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs said in its latest update. READ: ‘NOT a tornado’: SAWS explains weather phenomenon that hit Inanda HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG WINDS LEAVE A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION IN KZN According to SABC News, […]

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Mashatile hits back, denies allegations of secret luxury life

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 17:52

Deputy President Paul Mashatile responded to the News24 investigations article titled ‘MASHATILE UNMASKED | The secret luxury life and state capture links of a president-in-waiting’ on Wednesday, 28 June. He said the allegations were unsubstantiated. MASHATILE DENIES ALLEGATIONS IN ARTICLE The article raises concerns about the lush life Mashatile is reportedly living at the expense of his […]

Politics, state capture and SA’s energy crisis in sharp focus at News24’s On the Record summit

Parliament meets Zondo after accusing him of attack over State Capture criticism

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 17:18

The Presiding Officers of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Amos Masondo, will meet with Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the man behind the State Capture report, on Wednesday after he criticised the government’s lack of action. READ: Thunderstorm WARNING for flood-hit KZN PARLIAMENT MEETS ZONDO Last week Zondo indicated that he does not believe Parliament can prevent State […]

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Thunderstorm WARNING for flood-hit KZN

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 13:42

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a Yellow Level 2 warning for thunderstorms in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Wednesday, 28 June. Parts of the province were walloped by inclement weather on Tuesday. The warning key indicates that the thunderstorms may result in a high likelihood of minor weather-based impacts. READ: KZN floods: Emergency contact numbers you should […]

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Bloemfontein man turns R15 PowerBall ticket into R23 million

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 12:52

A Bloemfontein man turned R15 into over R23 million when he struck the PowerBall PLUS jackpot on Tuesday, 20 June. The winner, who is employed as a temporary worker, opted for the manual number selection method. READ: Bester escape: Three G4S employees due in court R23 MILLION POWERBALL WINNER PICKED HIS OWN NUMBERS The man, who […]

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Three G4S employees joined to main case in Bester’s escape

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 12:49

Three G4S employees accused of assisting Thabo Bester in his brazen escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC) made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 28 June. READ: ‘Life changing win’: Bloemfontein man turns R15 PowerBall ticket into R23 million STATE REQUESTS CONSOLIDATION OF BESTER CASES AND POSTPONEMENT After faking his death, the […]

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Thabo Bester saga: Three G4S employees due in court

By Storm Simpson 28-06-23 10:16

The three G4S employees who allegedly helped convicted serial rapist and murderer Thabo Bester escape from prison are due in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 28 June. READ: Three more G4S employees arrested in Thabo Bester case THREE MORE ALLEGED BESTER ACCOMPLICES NABBED Bester escaped from the G4S-managed Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC), where he was serving a […]

Community health workers protest outside Lukhanyo Clinic in Addo last month for permanent jobs. The provincial department of health says it does not have funds to renew their contracts. Archive photo: Mkhuseli Sizani

21 000 jobs lost in Q1 in SA – these sectors were hardest hit

By Storm Simpson 27-06-23 18:37

South Africa recorded 21 000 jobs lost in the first quarter of the 2023/2024 financial year, according to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) released on Tuesday, 27 June. READ: Three more G4S employees arrested in Thabo Bester case TRADE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SUFFER SIGNIFICANT LOSSES, CONTRIBUTING TO SOUTH AFRICA’S OVERAL EMPLOYMENT DECLINE […]

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Three more G4S employees arrested in Thabo Bester case

By Storm Simpson 27-06-23 17:42

The South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested three more suspects in connection with the escape of Thabo Bester, taking the total number of suspects arrested for the matter to 12. The convicted serial rapist and murderer escaped from the G4S-run Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC) in May 2022, and was re-arrested earlier this year. READ: Prison glow? Bester […]

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Over 50 rhino horns stolen from parks board vault – here’s how

By Storm Simpson 27-06-23 15:28

More than 50 rhino horns were allegedly stolen from a vault in the North West Parks Board’s Mafikeng Head Office. READ: Western Cape weather: Severe thunderstorm warning issued ALLEGED INSIDE HELP: MPS DEMAND POLYGRAPH TESTING FOR PARK STAFF Democratic Alliance (DA) MPs, Dave Bryant and Hannah Shameema Walker, said the robbers allegedly used vault keys to […]

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