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Massive R2-billion drug bust: South African police uncover international meth ring

Massive R2-billion drug bust: South African police uncover international meth ring

IN a stunning blow to international drug trafficking, South African police have uncovered a massive methamphetamine laboratory with an estimated street value of R2 billion ($109.5 million). The operation, which took place on July 19, 2024, resulted in the arrest of four suspects, including two Mexican nationals, marking a significant victory in the country's ongoing war against drugs. The clandestine lab, hidden on a farm in the small town of Groblersdal, Limpopo Province, was discovered following an intelligence-driven operation by the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation (SOCI) team. Lieutenant Katlego Mogale, a police spokesperson, revealed that the raid uncovered "large…
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South Africa bus crash kills 20, dozens taken to hospital

South Africa bus crash kills 20, dozens taken to hospital

A head-on collision between a bus and a cash-in-transit van left 20 people dead on a major road in South Africa's northern Limpopo province, with dozens taken to hospital, transport officials and emergency medical company said. After the crash, the bus rolled from a bridge on the N1 freeway into a river below, said ER24, whose paramedics were on the scene. "Three people were found deceased by the roadside and 16 down by the river - all were declared dead on arrival," ER24 said in a statement. "One patient, of the 69 passengers confirmed transported to a hospital for various…
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Technology and sustainable development: a hamlet in rural South Africa shows how one can power the other

Technology and sustainable development: a hamlet in rural South Africa shows how one can power the other

IT'S hard to imagine that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the fourth industrial revolution can be part of the same conversation. But, as a briefing paper by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) points out: Over 70% of the 136 SDG targets could be enabled by technology applications already in deployment. To be achieved, both ideas – sustainable development and the fourth industrial revolution – require innovative thinking and a change of attitude. Authors SAURABH SINHA, Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation, University of Johannesburg MDUDUZI MBIZA, Research Associate, University of Johannesburg The fourth industrial…
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