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A Three-Hero Memorial For Our Sporting Icons

A Three-Hero Memorial For Our Sporting Icons: South Africans are paying their last respects to three of the country’s sports personalities with a joint memorial service in Johannesburg. Soccer, athletics and boxing fans will say farewell to Orlando Pirates Captain, Senzo Meyiwa, Olympian and 800 metres track star, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Professional Boxer, Phindile Mwelase. EWN Sport Correspondent, Marc Lewis:

It’s been an incredibly well-attended event at the Standard Bank Arena, with plenty of seating for fans. Ministers, sports administrators are all expected to attend. We haven’t seen the family yet, but they are expected to attend.

The latest on a high-speed shootout on a highway?: there's been a shooting near the N1 highway near Midrand, Gauteng. Motorists say officers fired shots from a police helicopter just north of the Buccleuch Interchange this morning. EWN Senior Correspondent, Gia Nicolaides:

There was a group of suspects that had stolen cigarettes in Glen Marais. Some of the suspects jumped out of the one vehicle, hijacked another and crashed one of them, all on the highway. Motorists were overwhelmed at this scene, but thankfully, there are no injuries. Police have arrested two suspects and apprehended an R5 rifle with the license number scratched off. An unknown number of suspects have also managed to escape from the original vehicle - a Toyota Quantum.

More on the Dewani Trial?: the Shrien Dewani case continues in the Western Cape High Court, with one of the men found guilty in the murder – Zola Tonga – testifying, telling how he met Anni Dewani before she was killed. Dewani is on trial for killing his wife Anni on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. EWN Correspondent, Rahima Essop:

During his testament, Tongo claimed that he didn’t know that the woman with Dewani was Anni. Tongo says she looked very different, with a mini skirt on. (On Zola Tongo’s status as a witness) it’s absolutely crucial as he’s considered the ‘state star’ against Dewani as a witness.

What's the situation with Eskom's call to lower usage?: Eskom says about 25 percent of its generation capacity is currently offline. Residential and business customers have been asked to reduce their consumption by ten percent during the evening peak times. A warning was issued on Wednesday evening that unless consumption was reduced, there would be blackouts. Energy expert, Chris Yelland:

The figure of 25% of Eskom’s being down – it’s more like 30% down. The situation is actually worse than what Eskom is describing. Eskom’s generation standards are very poor by world standards. Medupi and Kusile are running four years late – they should have had all their units up by 2013. Demand for electricity is at a seven year low – one reason is Eskom urging people to use less electricity and South Africans have been using less electricity. My concern is that they may have blown their marketing budget on these New Age Breakfasts!

Has the Post Office finally accepted CWU’s **demands and then end the Post Office strike?: **CWU President Clyde Mervin:

We’ve responded to the Post Office and given them until 2 o’clock to respond to our demands. We’ve since revised our demand to 8% increment and our initial position was 15% increase, with 7,5% backdated from April and 0,5% backdated from January. (Should the Post Office not respond by 2 o’clock) we will accept that and take a decision from there.

.co.za VS .com – why should you care?: there is an argument that the .co.za domain is the way to go and not .com The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is the regulator and manager of .co.za, which is South Africa's internet namespace. CEO of the ZADNA, Vika Mpisane:

We are behind the guys that sell you your domains. We are a statutory entity, reporting to the Department of Telecommunications. We also educate the public about domain names. If you have a web address with a .co.za you are South African versus .com or .net which could be anywhere around the world. Domain registration of a .co.za is cheaper and also helps in identifying you as a South African website. When you register a .com or .net, you invariably send that revenue to the US, since the entity that registers your domain name gets a share of the fee you pay for that name.

Would Vodacom compromise client confidentiality?: The Times reports that Vodacom has allegedly been providing its subscribers' numbers to businesses and marketing companies. The cellular company reportedly has confirmed that some of its 32 million local and 27 million international subscribers' personal details were supplied to other businesses. The company says it’s launched an internal investigation into the matter. Vodacom Spokesman Richard Boorman:

The Times is completely wrong. Vodacom does not sell client information to third parties. Charge-to-bill services started these allegations. We had an update to our software to improve security and what happened is clearly a bug and we’re grateful to MyBroadband for identifying it.

South African neighbourhoods finally getting ‘WiFi’d’?: company Vumatel has announced that homes in Parkhurst have gone live on its fibre to the home network. Parkhurst residents are now enjoying 1Gbps services in their homes. The company broke ground in the leafy Johannesburg suburb at the end of August, heralding a new era in access to high-speed internet connectivity. Vumatel Founder Niel Schoeman:

We fibre-optic all the homes in Parkhurst, which is about 2100 homes and it gives you 250 times faster than the average broadband speed in South Africa. We’re working with 42 suburbs in Johannesburg and in the Cape and they’ve signed a moral agreement that they would sign on, since this is capital-intensive.

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