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South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday, 8 December 2022 Photos: Wendy Louise Skidmore
In the latest news in South Africa on Thursday 8 December, did a tornado just hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday afternoon?
South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday, 8 December 2022 Photos: Wendy Louise Skidmore
We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Thursday, 8 December 2022.
Did a TORNADO just hit the Franklin District in KwaZulu-Natal this afternoon? Watch the video. 
Summer is here! The weather service issued another Extreme Discomfort Advisory for the Western Cape due to high temperatures.
In less shocking news, Eskom published a complete statement on the load shedding situation for the first time since power cuts were elevated – first to Stage 3 on Tuesday, then Stage 4 and 6 on Wednesday – late on Wednesday afternoon, 7 December.
A recent fatal stabbing of a Western Cape learner has sent a shockwave after it came to light that a friend killed him.
In other news, the Sudanese businessman Hazim Mustafa was identified as the buyer of 20 buffalo by President Cyril Ramaphosa. He reportedly paid in hard cash, and the money remained at the Phala Phala game farm for about 45 days before it was stolen from a couch.
And lastly, Postbank has advised all SASSA grant beneficiaries that ATM withdrawals using the gold cards have been suspended for December only. 
Did a tornado just hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday afternoon? Let’s take a look.
Watch this video that Wendy Louise Skidman took on Wednesday afternoon in the Franklin District in KwaZulu-Natal.
Wendy said she took the photos around 15:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued an Extreme Discomfort Advisory due to sweltering temperatures in the Western Cape, on Wednesday, 7 December.
The advisory is valid from 10:00 until 18:00 on Thursday, 8 December. The weather service said scorching temperatures would make the conditions hard to deal with for some people.
The affected area includes the interior of the West Coast District. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of nearly 40 degrees in certain places.
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Eskom published a complete statement on the load shedding situation for the first time since power cuts were elevated – first to Stage 3 on Tuesday, then Stage 4 and 6 on Wednesday – late on Wednesday afternoon, 7 December.
BREAKING: STAGE 6 load shedding from 12:00
The power utility confirmed Stage 6 load shedding would remain in place until 5:00 on Friday morning, and Stage 5 power cuts would follow it until the same time on Saturday morning.
“Since Tuesday night, breakdowns of two generating units at Grootvlei Power Station occurred as well as a unit each at Arnot, Duvha, Kendal, Kriel and Tutuka Power Stations.
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A recent fatal stabbing of a Western Cape learner has sent a shockwave after it came to light what he was actually killed for by a friend.
According to Women for Change, Zanton Basson (17), a learner from Rocklands High was fatally stabbed by his friend at Westgate Mall, Mitchells Plain last month.
“It is alleged that an argument broke out between the two after Zanton corrected his friend for being rude to an elderly person. His friend then turned and stabbed him in the chest.”
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Sudanese businessman Hazim Mustafa was identified as the buyer of 20 buffalo by President Cyril Ramaphosa. He reportedly paid in hard cash, and the money remained at the Phala Phala game farm for about 45 days before it was stolen from a couch.
LIVE UPDATES: Ramaphosa saga
The Dubai-based businessman told Sky News that he had no idea the animals belonged to the President and that he negotiated the purchase through a broker working at Phala Phala.
In his answers to the Public Protector, which the Section 89 Independent Panel considered, Ramaphosa said US$580 000 (about R10  million) was stolen from his farm in February 2020.
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Postbank has advised all SASSA grant beneficiaries that ATM withdrawals using the gold cards have been suspended for December only. 
This comes as a number of beneficiaries (old age, disabled and children) could not access their grants on the specified payment dates for both November and December. 
Click here to read more.
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