eNCA - eNews Channel Africa https://www.enca.com/rss.xml en Poll tracks changing political tides https://www.enca.com/analysis/poll-tracks-changing-political-tides <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Poll tracks changing political tides </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/6501" class="username">Janine</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 19:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2019-04/fcc2_132004280527160000.jpg?h=c12e0b96&amp;itok=C3qbQlBr" width="182" height="104" alt="Markdata research shows a representative sample of South African citizens&#039; political allegiances" title="Markdata research shows a representative sample of South African citizens&#039; political allegiances" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aW6SLXfcq3g?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Race unpacked poll results and analysis ahead of the national elections in May.</p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - National morale is low ahead of the elections and people are drifting away from the top two parties, according to experts interpreting poll data.</p> <p>Markdata research used a nationally representative sample of 3058 people to poll the views of the country before the national general elections.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/anc-support-declines-small-parties">ANC support declines, smaller parties on the rise</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Dr Sithembile Mbete from the University of Pretoria said polling gives an indication of trends and a sense of where things are headed at a particular point in time.</p> <p>RW Johnson, political analyst and author, brought attention to the slight decline in support for the Democratic Alliance projected in the youth.</p> <p>Mbete said the rise of the EFF in recent years is not surprising seeing as the party has been at the forefront of highlighting issues of corruption and state capture.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/list-political-donors-revealed-elections">List of political donors revealed before elections</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>"The EFF has been able to build up its national brand quite solidly in this time and also it has been able to build up a grassroots support network for itself." </p> <p>"The EFF student command is in control of many of the student representative councils in tertiary institutions in the country," she said.</p> <p>Johnson stated the country and voting public's moral is currently low, particularly in youth populations.</p> <p>Johnson brought attention to the EFF's gaining of votes in the Western Cape in areas like Khayelitsha. </p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:59:04 +0000 Janine 775831 at https://www.enca.com Analysis N3 route reopened near Tugela Plaza: officials https://www.enca.com/news/n3-route-reopened-near-tugela-plaza-officials <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">N3 route reopened near Tugela Plaza: officials</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/6501" class="username">Janine</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 19:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2019-04/d4xyqs_wwaa68l4.jpg?h=b2b5d99c&amp;itok=uNQh_wYd" width="182" height="104" alt="Backlogs in traffic are still clearing after lanes were reopened on the N3" title="Backlogs in traffic are still clearing after lanes were reopened on the N3" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="716" width="1020" alt="Backlogs in traffic are still clearing after lanes were reopened on the N3" title="Backlogs in traffic are still clearing after lanes were reopened on the N3" class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/d4xyqs_wwaa68l4.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Backlogs in traffic are still clearing after lanes were reopened on the N3.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">eNCA</div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - All northbound lanes have been re-opened at Tugela Plaza according to the <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/heavy-holiday-traffic-expected-n3">N3 Toll Concession</a> after three collisions caused bumper-to-bumper traffic on Monday evening.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/dont-drive-night-traffic-official">Don't drive at night: traffic official</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The organisation tweeted backlogs are still clearing and urged drivers to drive safely in the dark, wet conditions.</p> <p>Motorists experienced delays of over two hours due to the backlog near Van Reenen's pass on the N3 toll route.</p> <p>Travellers are advised to make use of alternative routes via the N11 Newcastle or R74 Winterton Bergville.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:28:41 +0000 Janine 775821 at https://www.enca.com News Eight people killed in Napier R316 collision https://www.enca.com/news/eight-people-killed-napier-r316-collision <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eight people killed in Napier R316 collision</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/6501" class="username">Janine</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/road-984043_960_720.jpg?h=c12e0b96&amp;itok=4e3gogXb" width="182" height="104" alt="web_photo_road_surface_27122017" title="web_photo_road_surface_27122017" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0gV2FUoUcNU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Eight people are reported to have died in a head-on collision near Napier in the Western Cape.</p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>NAPIER - Eight people are reported to have died in a head-on collision near Napier in the Western Cape.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/collision-n1-results-seven-death">N1 Kranskop crash claims seven</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Western Cape traffic chief, Kenny Africa said a Toyota SUV and a light delivery van were in a head-on collision.</p> <p>All six occupants of the SUV were killed and two of the van's occupants died.</p> <p>The driver of the van was seriously injured and transported to the hospital for futher medical attention.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/four-killed-n2-collision">Four killed in N2 collision</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The collision occurred on the R316. Lanes in both directions will be closed until further notice while officials clear the scene.</p> <p>Africa said thousands of taxis left Cape Town to the Eastern Cape on Friday and authorities are pleased to report no major taxi collisions have occurred in the Western Cape.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:01:51 +0000 Janine 775801 at https://www.enca.com News Don't drive at night: traffic official https://www.enca.com/news/dont-drive-night-traffic-official0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Don&#039;t drive at night: traffic official</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/6501" class="username">Janine</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 15:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2018-11/web_photo_traffic_18112018.jpeg?h=80583500&amp;itok=4XyN5TJ6" width="182" height="104" alt="web_photo_traffic_18112018" title="web_photo_traffic_18112018" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OghGQsq2Gdg?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Here's a look at the traffic patterns as the Easter weekend comes to an end. More than 2,000 vehicles have passed the Mooi Plaza north-bound between one and 2pm.</p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - Traffic has been a primary concern for many motorists making their way back to Gauteng after the Easter weekend.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/heavy-holiday-traffic-expected-n3">Heavy holiday traffic expected on the N3</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>More than 2,000 vehicles have passed the Mooi Plaza north-bound between 1 pm and 2 pm.1,800 vehicles have gone through the De Hoek Plaza.</p> <p>The N3 Toll Concession's Con Roux said road users should avoid travelling at night when there is reduced visibility and fatigue affecting drivers.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/eight-people-killed-napier-r316-collision">Eight people killed in Napier R316 collision</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>He advised motorists should have road-worthy vehicles with operating lights and tires with sufficient tread.</p> <p>Roux also said during the rainy weather, motorists should observe double their usual following distance and reduce their speed as much as possible.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:26:38 +0000 Janine 775811 at https://www.enca.com News Sri Lanka's Christians afraid to attend church https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lankas-christians-afraid-attend-church <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sri Lanka&#039;s Christians afraid to attend church</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/6501" class="username">Janine</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:11</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2019-04/000_jf0i5.jpg?h=69f2b9d0&amp;itok=e0HwGuS0" width="182" height="104" alt="Christians account for some six percent of Sri Lanka&#039;s 21 million people. " title="Christians account for some six percent of Sri Lanka&#039;s 21 million people. " class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="682" width="1024" alt="Christians account for some six percent of Sri Lanka&#039;s 21 million people. " title="Christians account for some six percent of Sri Lanka&#039;s 21 million people. " class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/000_jf0i5.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Christians account for some six percent of Sri Lanka's 21 million people. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AFP</div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>COLOMBO - Members of Sri Lanka's Christian minority have been left afraid to go to church after deadly attacks that hit Easter services, killing nearly 300 and stoking fears of communal violence.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/death-toll-sri-lanka-easter-attack-hits-290">Death toll in Sri Lanka Easter attack hits 290</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>"Some people might be afraid to go to church now. At this moment I have no idea what to say," Father Lour Fernando told AFP by St Sebastian's in Negombo, one of three churches targeted Sunday.</p> <p>"We have to remain strong and keep going to church and keep praying. We can't stop."</p> <p>Ranjan Christopher Fernard, a 55-year-old taxi driver from Negombo, said he was nervous about attending church after the attacks, which killed his friend's 11-year-old son.</p> <p>"Tonight we (my family) will all go to church to pray for the victims," he said.</p> <p>"Of course I feel afraid... but we have to go to church, we have to pray for the injured to get well soon."</p> <p>The suicide bomb attacks were the worst atrocity in Sri Lanka since the country's 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels ended a decade ago.</p> <p>Sri Lanka's Christians, who make up just seven percent of the 21-million population, had been largely spared the worst of the country's violence, including recent tensions between right-wing Buddhists and Muslims.</p> <p>"We never thought we would ever be targeted. We never thought we would ever need protection," said a priest in the grounds of St Sebastian.</p> <p>But others said there had been warnings, and documents seen by AFP showed the country's police chief had issued an alert on April 11 that warned a radical Muslim group planned to hit "prominent churches."</p> <p>The government said Monday it believed the National Thowheeth Jama'ath was behind the attacks. </p> <p><strong>'Living in fear'</strong></p> <p>A pastor at People's Church in Colombo, who declined to be named, said police had told churches last week that they should brace for possible "incidents" and stay vigilant.</p> <p>"We increased security at our church last week. We have also been checking vehicles coming into the church premises," he said.</p> <p>"Although there was a generic warning to stay vigilant, some churches adopted a lax attitude because there were no details offered, like a possible timeline," he added.</p> <p>"I feel more deaths could have been prevented if we were more alert."</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lanka-bombings-ramaphosa-sends-condolences">Sri Lanka bombings: Ramaphosa sends condolences</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>For some in the shaken Christian community, the attacks also raise the spectre of more widespread communal violence.</p> <p>"I feel this carnage on Easter Sunday is an attempt to drive a wedge between communities," said Lakshmi Shanmugam, a 77-year-old Christian married to a Buddhist.</p> <p>"We haven't learnt anything from the nearly three-decade long conflict... our leaders didn't focus on reconciliation," she added.</p> <p>"Despite all the talk on protecting ethnic and religious minorities, we are still living in fear."</p> <p>Pushpa Francis, a Catholic retired sports teacher, said she feared the situation would "degenerate into a tit-for-tat".</p> <p>"We don't want our community to be torn apart."</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:11:32 +0000 Janine 775796 at https://www.enca.com News Easter weekend: Road deaths down 41 percent, says Nzimande https://www.enca.com/news/easter-weekend-road-deaths-down-41-percent-says-nzimande <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Easter weekend: Road deaths down 41 percent, says Nzimande</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1451" class="username">travis.richards</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/NzimandeBlade.jpg?h=403ad41c&amp;itok=R5SYAPcn" width="182" height="104" alt="Transport Minister Blade Nzimande was speaking at the Marianhill toll plaza in KZN" title="Transport Minister Blade Nzimande was speaking at the Marianhill toll plaza in KZN" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mH0TL2RJsoY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Rainy weather in Kwazulu-Natal is making driving along the N3 more difficult. More heavy rain has been forecast for the province. Traffic is picking up as holidaymakers head home. Courtesy <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23DStv403">#DStv403</a></p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says police visibility has played a major role in reducing road deaths this Easter weekend.</p> <p>The toll is down 41 percent compared to last year.</p> <p>"Ideally, we wouldn't like to see a single soul lose their life on the road, but right now we are happy because nationally, in terms of fatalities, we are down 41 percent, which is very significant."</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/heavy-holiday-traffic-expected-n3">Heavy holiday traffic expected on the N3</a></p> </blockquote> <p>"We have managed to reduce the crashes and fatalities," he said.</p> <p>Nzimande adds that there have been far fewer crashes that included large vehicles.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/wet-weather-affect-many-travel-plans">Travellers warned as wet weather continues in parts of SA</a></p> </blockquote> <p>"We are pleased, although we are concerned about the weather. We just want people to be cautious and keep a safe distance"</p> <p>The transport minister was speaking at the Marianhill Toll Plaza in KZN.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:22:37 +0000 travis.richards 775791 at https://www.enca.com News US warns terrorists continue to plot Sri Lanka attacks https://www.enca.com/news/us-warns-terrorists-continue-plot-sri-lanka-attacks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">US warns terrorists continue to plot Sri Lanka attacks</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1451" class="username">travis.richards</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2018-11/web_photo_usflag_251118.jpg?h=4bf1c8f5&amp;itok=9VOVYpqb" width="182" height="104" alt="File: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa said it has received credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat." title="File: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa said it has received credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat." class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="512" width="768" alt="File: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa said it has received credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat." title="File: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa said it has received credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat." class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/2018-11/web_photo_usflag_251118.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>File: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "several" Americans were killed - the worst violence to hit Sri Lanka since a long and bloody civil war ended a decade ago.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AFP</div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON - The US State Department has warned of possible terrorist attacks in a revised travel advisory for Sri Lanka, after a series of deadly blasts killed nearly 300 people - including Americans - in the island nation on Easter Sunday.</p> <p>Sunday's attacks saw suicide bombers target churches during Easter services and high-end hotels in the capital Colombo.</p> <p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "several" Americans were killed - the worst violence to hit Sri Lanka since a long and bloody civil war ended a decade ago.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lanka-bombings-ramaphosa-sends-condolences">Sri Lanka bombings: Ramaphosa sends condolences</a></p> </blockquote> <p>The latest US travel advisory urged "increased caution."</p> <p>"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka," it said.</p> <p>"Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls" and other public locations like hotels, clubs, restaurants, and places of worship.</p> <p>Travel advisories from other nations like Australia and Ireland also suggest citizens exercise caution while in Sri Lanka.</p> <p>Authorities have said citizens of India, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, Portugal, Britain, and Turkey died in the attacks.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/death-toll-sri-lanka-easter-attack-hits-290">Death toll in Sri Lanka Easter attack hits 290</a></p> </blockquote> <p>The US embassy in Colombo said it would remain closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday, but will continue to provide citizen services.</p> <p>There has been no claim of responsibility yet for the attacks, which the White House described as "despicable and senseless."</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lanka-police-chief-warned-suicide-attack-threat-blasts">Sri Lanka police chief warned of suicide attack threat before blasts</a></p> </blockquote> <p>Security has been ramped up across Sri Lanka as security forces hunt for suspects, with 24 people arrested so far. Wary of sparking ethnic and religious tensions, the government has given few details about those detained.</p> <p>Authorities have said, however, that they are looking into whether the attackers had any "overseas" links.</p> <p>Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet in October named Sri Lanka as its top destination for 2019, describing it as "the island opening up to new travellers like never before".</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:50:25 +0000 travis.richards 775771 at https://www.enca.com News Sri Lanka bombings: Ramaphosa sends condolences https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lanka-bombings-ramaphosa-sends-condolences <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sri Lanka bombings: Ramaphosa sends condolences</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1451" class="username">travis.richards</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2019-04/Web_Photo_President%20Cyril%20Ramaphosa.jpg?h=ddb1ad0c&amp;itok=IQS2-78a" width="182" height="104" alt="File: President Cyril Ramaphosa" title="File: President Cyril Ramaphosa" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="2880" width="4719" alt="Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony&#039;s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21" title="Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony&#039;s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21" class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/000_1FT42C.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AFP</div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the people of Sri Lanka.  </p> <p>This as the death toll in a series of church and hotel bombings has risen to at least 290.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/death-toll-sri-lanka-easter-attack-hits-290">Death toll in Sri Lanka Easter attack hits 290</a></p> </blockquote> <p>More than 500 people were injured in the blasts.<br /><br /><br />  </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="3017" width="4671" alt="Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony&#039;s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21." title="Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony&#039;s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21." class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/000_1FT428.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St.</p> <p>Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.</p> <p>Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AFP</div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Many of the victims were attending Easter mass services. </p> <p>It's reported that seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a raid on a house in Colombo.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/sri-lanka-police-chief-warned-suicide-attack-threat-blasts">Sri Lanka police chief warned of suicide attack threat before blasts</a></p> </blockquote> <p>The country's President, Maithripala Sirisena, has condemned the violence calling for strong action against those responsible. </p> <p>Schools will remain closed until Wednesday. </p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:52:27 +0000 travis.richards 775766 at https://www.enca.com News Eskom on the verge of financial ruin: Blom https://www.enca.com/news/eskom-on-verge-financial-ruin-blom <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eskom on the verge of financial ruin: Blom</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1451" class="username">travis.richards</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/2019-03/000_1eg1yj.jpg?h=69f2b9d0&amp;itok=jkcBH7ev" width="182" height="104" alt="File: Eskom warned power cuts could be experienced for years to come." title="File: Eskom says it is planning to add more megawatts to the grid. " class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xLqEBiHCWfQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Eskom's loan from the China Development Bank has failed to materialise. To discuss the implications of this, I'm joined in studio, by Energy Expert, Ted Bloem. Courtesy <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23DStv403">#DStv403</a></p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>JOHANNESBURG - Energy expert, Ted Blom says Eskom needs a proper turnaround plan. </p> <p>Blom told eNCA on Monday that Eskom is on the verge of financial ruin. </p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/no-end-sight-load-shedding-crisis">We need time, says Gordhan on load-shedding</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>He was responding to news that the power utility's loan from the China Development Bank failed to come through. </p> <p>The embattled power utility is saddled with debt to the tune of  R419-billion.</p> <p>Eskom isn't selling enough power to cover its interest payments and operating costs.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Public Enterprises Minister, <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/gordhan-mabuza-give-update-load-shedding-crisis">Pravin Gordhan</a> said it will take around 18 months for Eskom to fix the <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/additional-stages-load-shedding-contingency-eskom">load-shedding crisis</a>.</p> <p>He made the announcement in his capacity as an ANC leader during a ward meeting in North Riding, Johannesburg last month.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/no-end-sight-load-shedding">No light at the end of the load-shedding tunnel</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>"Every effort is being put into the maintenance part of our work so that we can actually get the right things done," Gordhan said.</p> <p>"It will take another 18 months or so eventually to get Eskom out into operational safety."</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:48:54 +0000 travis.richards 775756 at https://www.enca.com Business Father, son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot https://www.enca.com/news/father-son-drown-saving-tourist-popular-australia-spot <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Father, son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1431" class="username">luntu.lamani</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Media</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-thumbnail media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214.jpg?h=d3eda8cf&amp;itok=2hFXGcgR" width="182" height="104" alt="WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214" title="WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214" class="image-style-media-thumbnail" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Paragraphs</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-default media--type- media--unpublished"> <div class="blazy field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item" data-blazy=""> <div class="media media--blazy media--image"> <img height="654" width="1024" alt="WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214" title="WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214" class="media__image media__element" src="/sites/default/files/WEB_PHOTO_DROWNING_291214.jpg" /> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>File: A father and son have died on Sunday after their lifesaving boat overturned in the surf during the rescue of a 30-year-old man near the Twelve Apostles, a set of 12 limestone stacks off the Victoria state coast.</p></div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>MELBOURNE, Australia - A father and son lifesaving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia's most famous sights off the south coast, officials said Monday.</p> <p>Ross Powell, 71, and his son Andrew, 32, died on Sunday after their lifesaving boat overturned in the surf during the rescue of a 30-year-old man near the Twelve Apostles, a set of 12 limestone stacks off the Victoria state coast.</p> <p>The tourist, whose nationality or name has not been released, had been wading at the mouth of a river when he got into trouble.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/pe-drowning-death-toll-stands-five">PE drowning death toll stands at five</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>He was winched from the water alongside a third lifesaver from the boat, who was seriously injured, by a rescue helicopter and taken to hospital, Victoria Police said. The bodies of the Campbells were found in the water shortly after.</p> <p>The tragedy has rocked the small tourist town of Port Campbell where the two men came from, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison leading the tributes.</p> <p>"Surf lifesavers are selfless &amp; brave. We thank them all for their service &amp; extend our deepest sympathies to Ross &amp; Andrew's family &amp; friends," Morrison tweeted Monday.</p> <p>Surf Lifesaving Victoria president Paul James hailed the pair as heroes, and said the conditions had been rough and "not the place to be swimming".</p> <p>"It's just terrible, it's heartbreaking," he told reporters in an emotional press conference of the death of the dairy farmers and experienced volunteer lifesavers.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: H<a href="https://www.enca.com/news/heroes-honoured-after-saving-drowning-man">eroes honoured after saving drowning man</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>"I understand the boat was operating in a two-metre (6.5 feet) swell, so a very high swell, and we know that it is very treacherous down there... These brave people, these heroes, have gone out to try and help."</p> <p>Amber Griffiths, the partner of Andrew Campbell and who local media reported was pregnant with their second child, wrote about her heartbreak on Facebook.</p> <p>"Today we lost two of the most beautiful people to ever exist - always putting others first," she wrote.</p> <p>"The love of my life, light of my life, father of my baby girl. My heart is broken. I miss you Andrew Powell."</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.enca.com/africa/dozens-drown-fleeing-violence-in-northwest-drc">Dozens drown fleeing violence in northwest DRC</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Australia's beaches are among the island continent's biggest tourist drawcards, but can have strong rips and tides. Swimmers are advised to keep between areas bounded by flags and patrolled by lifesavers.</p> <p>The area where the tourist was rescued is near high cliffs and said to have wild and treacherous seas.</p> <p>The Twelve Apostles are giant rock stacks of varying heights in the Southern Ocean which began forming 20 million years ago when erosion gradually began whittling away the limestone cliffs of Port Campbell.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:42:05 +0000 luntu.lamani 775761 at https://www.enca.com News