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Four South African expatriates are alive and will soon return home after surviving and escaping the deadly terrorist attacks in Palma in Mozambique last week.
On Sunday two families were informed their loved ones are alive after the attack, which saw all communication with the outside world being cut off.
Meryl Knox’s eldest son Adrian was among the victims killed in the attacks last week. Her youngest son and husband survived the attacks.
Baboon on the loose in Joburg suburbs
Multiple reports and sightings have flooded local community Facebook pages over the weekend after a baboon was spotted in Northcliff and Emmarentia on Saturday and Sunday.
From the sightings, it seems as if the baboon was first spotted moving from the Quellerina area in Roodepoort towards Roosevelt Park in Randburg.
On Sunday, multiple sightings took place in the Emmarentia area, further east.
Sudan dump sorry Bafana out of Afcon
Bafana Bafana have failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, following an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Sudan in Omdurman on Sunday.
Sudan’s remarkable victory leapt them above South Africa in Group C into a place in the finals along with Ghana, who beat Sao Tome on Sunday to seal their spot as group winners.
The Falcons of Jediane won their last three matches in the group, also beating Ghana at home, to surge into the finals at Bafana’s expense.
Molefi Ntseki’s position as the head coach of the senior national team now had to be in serious doubt.
The anguish of Covid survivors: Taste and smell gone forever?
Three days after testing positive for Covid-19, “everything tasted like cardboard,” recalls 38-year-old Elizabeth Medina, who lost her sense of taste and smell at the start of the pandemic. A year later, she fears she will never get them back.
Medina consulted ear, nose and throat doctors and neurologists, tried various nasal sprays, and is part of a group of patients undergoing experimental treatment that uses fish oil.
To try to stimulate her senses, she puts copious amounts of spices on everything she eats, pours aromatic herbs into her tea and regularly sniffs a bracelet soaked in essential oils.
But her attempts have been in vain.
DA says Govt ‘failed’ in lockdown, wants no more booze bans or curfews
The Democratic Alliance released their lockdown “scorecard” for ministers, saying government “gets a resounding ‘fail’”.
Also on Sunday, DA leader John Steenhuisen called on government to “trust science” and to “apply common sense” before the Easter holidays, labelling lockdown a “crude response”.
It is widely expected that the country will be placed on a higher lockdown level this coming week. While level 2 has been mooted, it is unclear if interprovincial travel will be banned and if alcohol sales will once again be limited or completely banned.
A stricter curfew could also be on the cards.