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27 December 2011

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Broers verdrink op visvang-uitstappie

Johannesburg – Twee broers het Sondag in die Rooskraaldam naby die Vaalrivier tydens 'n visvang-uitstappie verdrink, het polisie in Noordwes gesê.

Die broers, onderskeidelik 11 en 12 jaar oud, was saam met hulle ouers en ander familielede by die dam, het polisiewoordvoerder Sam Tselanyane gesê.

"Hulle het blykbaar besluit om met hul visnette dieper die water in te gaan met 'n kano wat hulle gevind het. Die kano het omgeslaan en die seuns het verdrink."

"'n Kollega van hul pa het ingespring om die seuns te probeer help, maar hy kon nie by hulle uitkom nie," het Tselanyane gesê.

Intussen het polisieduikers opgedaag om na die liggame te soek. Die eerste lyk is om 17:00 gevind waarna die tweede lyk agt minute later gevind is," het hy gesê.

Hulle is albei op die toneel dood verklaar.

- SAPA/Nuus24

Motorists told to rest

Western Cape traffic officials on Monday warned motorists to stop and rest or forfeit their car keys.

Earlier, two people died in an accident on the N2 highway outside Swellendam.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa believes fatigue played a role.

“The driver of the Mazda 3 lost control of the vehicle before it overturned. Two people died in that crash,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karoo traffic cops pulled off a mini-bus taxi in Beaufort West, on its return from the Eastern Cape.

Africa said the driver was sleep deprived.

“The officers pulled the taxi over and took the keys away from the driver. He was ordered to rest.”

- EWN

SANBS concerned by blood shortage

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) on Monday said the country is facing a shortage of blood.

It said the service currently has a two-day supply.

The ideal stock levels should be four to five days.

SANBS’ Marelda Sibanyoni said, “We are always concerned about shortages because we need to ensure that there’s adequate supply of blood, especially during the festive season."

- EWN

80,000 hit Cape Town beaches

At least 80,000 people spent the Day of Goodwill on Cape Town beaches, at public swimming pools or resorts.

There were only two reported near drowning incidents on Monday.

A five-year-old was rescued at the Silwerstroomstrand Beach tidal pool, and a three-year-old at the Sea Point swimming pool.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said they were grateful that were no fatalities.

“There were swift reports to incidents of injuries and near-drownings, the people were in a stable condition,” he said.

However, Solomons-Johannes said they were kept busy but law enforcement agencies, emergency and disaster management teams were on standby.

- EWN

Fireworks warning issued

Johannesburg Emergency Services has warned residence to be extra careful when discharging fireworks.

New Year celebrations are fast approaching which are characterised by the lighting of fireworks.

Emergency services said it was a serious offence to set off firecrackers near animals.

The time frame during which fireworks can be ignited on New Year’s Eve are between 11pm and 1 am.

People could be arrested and fined up to R1,500 of they failed to comply with the by law.

Johannesburg services spokesperson Nana Radebe said, “We will also approach people who sell fireworks illegally, and those that do not have the rights to do so.”

- EWN

Gru-ongeluk eis 18

Bloemfontein – Daar word gevrees dat tot 18 mense dood kan wees ná 'n ongeluk tussen Frankfort en Tweeling in die Oos-Vrystaat, het RSG Maandag berig.

Die verkeersowerheid sê 'n bussie met 23 sitplekke het 'n ander voertuig in swaar reën teen 'n heuwel verbygesteek en reg van voor met 'n Mercedes Benz gebots.

Die voertuie het weens die impak aan die brand geslaan. Die verkeersowerheid beraam dat 14 mense in die bussie en vier in die motor dood is.

Dié syfer moet nog bevestig word.

– RSG

- SAPA

Boy falls from hotel balcony

Bloemfontein - A five-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after falling ten metres from a hotel balcony in the eastern Free State town of Clarens on Christmas afternoon, emergency services said on Sunday.

"The cause of the incident and the series of events leading up to it remain unclear and will form the subject of a South African Police Force investigation," said Netcare spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

"Common cause information suggests that the boy had plunged from the balcony [to the ground] below."

He is in a private hospital in Bethlehem.

- SAPA/News24