South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Friday, 19 August 2022

We’ve got the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Friday, 19 August.

Five children were killed, and four more people were injured on Thursday afternoon, 18 August, when a truck allegedly crashed through a school fence before coming to a halt in the parking area.

In more devasting news, the Eastern Cape Department of Education has confirmed that a Grade 8 pupil has died after being involved in “faction fights” with other boys. 

In other news, more people are set to qualify for the R350 Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant as the Department of Social Development has gazetted changes to the regulations that govern the payout. 

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 1 warning for SNOW in parts of South Africa starting on Thursday.

Who had ‘strong geomagnetic storm’ on their bingo card for 2022, then? A set of ‘Coronal Mass Ejections’ from the sun are set to reach Earth on Thursday, causing a disruption to the planet’s upper atmosphere.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Friday 19 August

Potchefstroom: Five children killed after truck crashed into school

Five children were killed and four more people were injured on Thursday afternoon, 18 August, when a truck allegedly crashed through a school fence before coming to a halt in the parking area.

According to the Potchefstroom Herald, the incident occurred at approximately 14:00 at Vyfhoek Laerskool, which is situated along the N12 Highway. Paramedic service, ER24, said the school is about 10 kilometres outside the North West city.

“On arrival, medics found the truck parked near several small container buildings. Upon closer inspection, medics found three children lying under the truck while several others were around the vehicle,” said a spokesperson for the service.

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Eastern Cape pupil KILLED ‘in full view of educators and learners’

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has confirmed that a Grade 8 pupil has died after being involved in “faction fights” with other boys. The learner, who attended Arthur Mfebe High School in Cofimvaba, was reportedly killed by another pupil.

The incident is said to have occurred on Tuesday.

“The deceased learner from Oathay Rural Settlement was killed by other learners in full view of educators and learners, especially learners from St. Marks which is the main feeder primary school and some members of the community,” said department spokesperson Mali Mtima in a statement on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.

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More people will now qualify for the R350 SRD grant – Here’s why

More people are set to qualify for the R350 Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant as the Department of Social Development has gazetted changes to the regulations that govern the payout. 

The Department of Social Development had proposed for the means-test income threshold to be increased to R624 for one to qualify for the grant. This, after approximately 5 million applications from individuals who had received more than R350 in their accounts for a particular month they had applied for were rejected.

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STRONG geomagnetic storm hits Earth today: How will it affect SA?

Who had ‘strong geomagnetic storm’ on their bingo card for 2022, then? A set of ‘Coronal Mass Ejections’ from the sun are set to reach Earth on Thursday, causing a disruption to the planet’s upper atmosphere.

Later today, the geomagnetic storm is expected to reach its peak. Rated as a G3-category event, it has been identified as a ‘strong storm’ that will cause a set of auroras in the night sky. Many people living in the Northern Hemisphere could witness a spectacular Northern Lights display.

A coronal hole has allowed solar wind to escape the sun in a high-speed stream, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center. So, why does the geomagnetic storm suddenly intensify on Thursday?

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SNOW warning issued for parts of SA for TODAY – more info here

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 1 warning for SNOW in parts of South Africa starting on Thursday.

The warning was issued for parts of the Eastern Cape from Thursday up until around Friday midday.

“A cold front, together with a steep upper-air through, will be passing through the Eastern Cape on Thursday, bringing in moisture and cold weather over the province.”

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