Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An unopened bottle of 1821n Grand Constance wine which was originally destined for Napoleon Bonaparte, has sold for US81,000 at a Strauss & Co auction, setting a new world record. The wine was produced more than 200 years ago by the Groot Constantia estate in [...]
©- - 20 september 2021 - 17:49:18 - thread Society (187 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  Former Apartheid-era policeman João Rodrigues, who was implicated in the detah of prominent activist Ahmed Timol nearly 50 years ago, has died. He was 82. His daughter, Tilana, who claimed he raped her as a child, confirmed his death. She had recently instituted criminal charges [...]
©- - 08 september 2021 - 13:49:07 - thread Society (165 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Samsung has announced that it has blocked hundreds of television sets during last month's rioting and looting in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. As a result, they are now worthless. The technology giant's distribution centre near the port city Durban was raided, but the [...]
©- - 27 august 2021 - 18:15:45 - thread Society (228 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A student activist that helped spark a riot that led to revolution that resulted in the collapse of Apartheid has died. Daniel Montsitsi, the leader of the Soweto Students' Representative Council which launched the 1976 Soweto Riots succumbed to COVID-19 complications. He was 67. Health Minister [...]
©- - 13 august 2021 - 15:40:30 - thread Society (211 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town International Airport has been named Africa's best airport for the sixth consecutive year. Skytrax World Airport Awards said was also voted as the cleanest airport in Africa. Despite the honour, it dropped 10 places in the global rankings to 33. Although its connection to [...]
©- - 11 august 2021 - 15:59:01 - thread Society (200 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Delta Airlines on Monday resumed its Johannesburg and Atlanta operations following the suspension of its service last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline confirmed that it is using its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 and will initially operate three times a week. Delta’s nonstop flights between [...]
©- - 03 august 2021 - 12:35:57 - thread Society (149 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Navy units on Wednesday fished out five bodies, probably of drowned illegal migrants, off the coast of the Tunisian town of Mehdia (200 km south of Tunis). The bodies were taken to the city's university hospital for autopsy and to determine their identity. This summer has [...]
©- - 29 july 2021 - 12:30:51 - thread Society (123 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tiger Brands, South Africa's biggest food manufacturer, on Monday announced the immediate recall of about 20 million KOO  and Hugo's canned vegetable products over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans. It amounts to a recall of almost one-tenth of annual production and the final [...]
©- - 26 july 2021 - 13:35:33 - thread Society (259 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was jailed two weeks ago, on Thursday attended the funeral of his younger brother Michael amid tight police security. Zuma was granted permission earlier in the day and was required to return to his Estcourt jail later on [...]
©- - 22 july 2021 - 15:58:58 - thread Society (201 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Legendary South African singer and songwriter Steve Kekana 'Wonder' died early on Thursday after suffering from COVID-19. He was 63. His manager Xolani Majozi has confirmed the news. Majozi said he spoke to his client a week ago and informed him that they would have [...]
©- - 01 july 2021 - 13:22:33 - thread Society (189 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Princess Charlene of Monaco is recovering in South Africa after contracting an ear, nose and throat infection. She was raising awareness around rhino poaching when she fell ill two weeks ago. The former Olympic swimmer, who was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, is married [...]
©- - 28 may 2021 - 13:01:42 - thread Society (168 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – For the second successive day, pro-Palestine protestors converged on Parliament on Wednesday to condemn the wave of attacks by Israeli armed forces. At least 23 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured after Israeli forces stormed worshippers in Jerusalem. The Cape Town protestors who were [...]
©- - 12 may 2021 - 17:54:26 - thread Society (196 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been awarded the Chevalier de la légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by France. French ambassador to South Africa, Aurélien Lechevallier, bestowed the honour on her on behalf of the French Presidency in Stellenbosch, near [...]
©- - 20 april 2021 - 18:45:31 - thread Society (238 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  The famous African Studies Library at the University of Cape Town has been ravaged by a massive fire that swept across Table Mountain on Sunday and Monday. The library archived thousands of priceless original manuscripts. Its director, Ujala Satgoor, confirmed that the reading room of [...]
©- - 19 april 2021 - 16:02:49 - thread Society (173 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading American actress Ashley Judd is in intensive care in a Johannesburg hospital after shattering her leg in an accident in a Congolese rain forest. The actress was studying an endangered species of ape when the “catastrophic accident” occurred. She said she slipped on a [...]
©- - 14 february 2021 - 11:18:44 - thread Society (230 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza has been appointed as a judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. He was picked by the African Union which said he will be sworn in during the 61st ordinary session of the organisation in June. Malian [...]
©- - 11 february 2021 - 13:29:37 - thread Society (191 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Gendarmes of the  Bamako Camp I Research Brigade arrested Friday in Niamana, east of Bamako, "the mastermind of a counterfeiting trafficking network" in possession of a sum of 5.3 billion CFA francs in counterfeit notes, the communication services of the Malian Army told PANA here Saturday. According [...]
©- - 23 january 2021 - 10:15:27 - thread Society (186 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Nelson Mandela Foundation Wednesday confirmed that it was investigating allegations against its own senior managers. The foundation, which seeks to promote the legacy of the world statesman who died in 2013, has been left red-faced after an anonymous complaint from staff members accused Chief [...]
©- - 20 january 2021 - 20:45:44 - thread Society (194 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africans are paying tribute to tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, who has overtaken Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person. Musk, who was born and raised in Pretoria, is now worth more than US$188 billion, US$1.5 billion more than Bezos after shares in his [...]
©- - 11 january 2021 - 17:45:23 - thread Society (329 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Gendarmerie on Thursday arrested  a takfiri element in possession of a firearm (pistol), its spokesperson, Hossameddine Jebabli, announced on its Facebook page on Friday. The individual has been made available to justice, said Jebabli.  During the night of January 6 to 7, Tunisian security arrested five elements, including [...]
©- - 08 january 2021 - 17:22:28 - thread Society (118 words)


 Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Veteran South African journalist and diplomat Jon Qwelane died in the early hours of Thirsday following a long illness. He was 68 Confirming the death, his attorney Andrew Boerner said the deceased's family has asked for privacy during this difficult time. The former ambassador to Uganda [...]
©- - 24 december 2020 - 13:23:12 - thread Society (168 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Calm returned Sunday to the zone of "Ain Skhouna" at the border between the regions of Kebili and Médenine, south of Tunisia, after tribal clashes, Tunisian security sources said here. Security and armed forces have been deployed there to prevent the resumption of the clashes that broke [...]
©- - 13 december 2020 - 18:34:21 - thread Society (193 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has come under fire for claiming the “devil” is responsible for COVID-19 vaccines. “If there be any vaccine that is of the devil, meant to corrupt DNA, any such vaccine, Lord God almighty, may it be destroyed by fire, [...]
©- - 11 december 2020 - 13:33:59 - thread Society (349 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African national lottery has recorded a world first by announcing the winning numbers for this week’s draw were six consecutive numbers (5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10). There were 20 winners and the US $7,433,630 jackpot will be split evenly among them. The [...]
©- - 02 december 2020 - 17:10:11 - thread Society (143 words)


Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - Several young people from the Tunisian city of Regueb, in the central Sidi Bouzid Region on Tuesday closed the city's  main street, burnt tires  and confronted the police to express their discontent following the death of a 17-year-old who set himself on fire in front of [...]
©- - 02 december 2020 - 16:29:50 - thread Society (237 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's former football national defender Anele Ngcongca was killed in a car accident early Monday in KwaZulu-Natal. A female passenger, reportedly involved in the same crash, is in a critical condition in a Richards Bay hospital.  After representing Mamelodi Sundowns for four seasons, the Cape Town-born player [...]
©- - 23 november 2020 - 13:42:05 - thread Society (153 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday walked out of the commission of inquiry into state capture in defiance of a summons. This happened after inquiry chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, dismissed his application for his recusal. Zuma and Zondo have clashed after Zuma [...]
©- - 19 november 2020 - 13:27:30 - thread Society (162 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Thursday addressed former President Jacob Zuma's claims that he should recuse himself from the state capture commission of inquiry, on the basis that he believes Zondo is biased. Zuma has previously slammed the commission which has subpoenaed [...]
©- - 29 october 2020 - 14:57:09 - thread Society (257 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Units of the administration in charge of criminal affairs at the Tunisian ministry of Interior Thursday dismantled an international network that help people travel using forged passports, a statement issued by the Tunisian ministry of the Interior said. According to the ministry, a foreigner living in Tunis [...]
©- - 02 october 2020 - 00:11:21 - thread Society (146 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the hate speech case against prominent South African journalist, Jon Qwelane, who sparked an outcry with homophobic columns in a newspaper column 12 years ago. Under the headline “Call me names - but gay is NOT okay”, [...]
©- - 22 september 2020 - 14:25:29 - thread Society (228 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  -  The trial of former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Colonel Tom Byabagamba, who is facing a new charge of phone theft, was postponed Monday after defense team argued they had not received all the documents from the prosecution and that it would be “unfair” to proceed. No new [...]
©- - 14 september 2020 - 23:19:38 - thread Society (245 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Paul Rusesabagina, whose story on the genocide of Tutsis in 1994 inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda", appeared  Monday before the Kagarama primary court here charged with terrorism, murder and rebellion financing. "Hôtel Rwanda" describes how Rusesabagina, a Hutu married to a Tutsi, in 1994 saved more than [...]
©- - 14 september 2020 - 22:27:50 - thread Society (277 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The number of people who died in Rwanda's road accident involving a truck on the main highway in Karongi district, Western Rwanda, late Friday has risen to four, an official source confirmed to PANA here Saturday. Three persons died on the spot during the crash while one [...]
©- - 12 september 2020 - 20:22:19 - thread Society (158 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least three people were killed and eight others injured in a road accident in the Bwishyura sector, Karongi district, Western Rwanda, a police spokesperson confirmed to PANA here Saturday. The driver of a truck lost control due to brake failure and skidded off, the police said. Rwanda [...]
©- - 12 september 2020 - 17:05:27 - thread Society (129 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South  African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday described the death of acclaimed author and political activist Achmat Dangor as "a loss to the literary, arts and culture fraternity and the country at large". Dangor, head of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Nelson Mandela [...]
©- - 07 september 2020 - 12:31:33 - thread Society (216 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Global stars Janet Jackson and Cristiano Ronaldo this week threw their formidable weight behind the smash hit Jerusalema by South African record producer Master KG. The upbeat gospel-influenced house song, which features the popular vocalist Nomcebo Zikode, was initially released in November 2019 and when [...]
©- - 04 september 2020 - 12:51:41 - thread Society (202 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s largest house has gone on sale and is expected to fetch up to US$10 million. The 6,000 square metre mansion which belongs to bank executive Kennedy Bungane is called Vaal Castle because it is located on the banks of the Vaal River near [...]
©- - 01 september 2020 - 15:41:32 - thread Society (149 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  - Units of the Tunisian security based in Sfax (south) Tuesday arrested a Takfiri element described ’as very dangerous’ and wanted for terrorist crimes, official sources told PANA here Wednesday.  The element, whose name was not disclosed, is to face charges of two aggression attempts against two security [...]
©- - 26 august 2020 - 22:36:57 - thread Society (134 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Units of the Tunisian navy of the region of Mahdia,200 km southeast of the capital, Wednesday recovered three bodies, probably belonging to Tunisian illegal migrants, a leader of the fundamental trade-union of marine guards, Amer Chokry, said. The bodies were transferred to the university hospital of the [...]
©- - 05 august 2020 - 23:54:39 - thread Society (164 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Six people died following a traffic accident on Sunday in Kassela on the road to Ségou, some 40 kilometers east of Bamako, according to the regional directorate of Civil Protection of Koulikoro which reports several injuries, some of them seriously. Among the injured are a student non-commissioned [...]
©- - 03 august 2020 - 16:25:48 - thread Society (138 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A French soldier was killed Friday as he was carrying out a maintenance intervention on a refrigerating group of the base of Kossei, in the Chadian capital, Ndjaména, the French army said here in a statement. Chief Corporal Andy Fila, fridge electro-mechanic of the Barkane force, [...]
©- - 31 july 2020 - 22:29:40 - thread Society (178 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian marines said here Wednesday they had rescued 14 migrants, including a four-year-old child, 25 km off the coasts of Sfax, Tunisian security sources said. The migrants, who were heading for Italy, had remained stuck to the edges of their boat for more than six hours before [...]
©- - 29 july 2020 - 21:47:13 - thread Society (267 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's  Terrorist Crimes Research Unit has dismantled a suspected extremist cell made up of five people, including a woman illegally married to the cell's Emir, said the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement on Wednesday. The cell, known as 'Abu Hatoun', was active between the [...]
©- - 22 july 2020 - 15:58:49 - thread Society (234 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian security units Tuesday arrested dozens of Tunisians attempting to cross illegally the maritime borders for Europe from several coastal points, security sources said here. Units of the security of the city of Mahdia, 200 km south of Tunis, arrested a boat with 17 persons on board [...]
©- - 21 july 2020 - 23:52:34 - thread Society (301 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian navy unit Monday rescued 12 illegal migrants on a boat which engine broke down 38 km off the Tunisian coasts of Chebba, 230 km south of the capital, security sources said here. The illegal migrants, whose age ranged from 17 to 55 years, said they [...]
©- - 20 july 2020 - 23:32:56 - thread Society (154 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A unit of the Tunisian navy here Wednesday rescued four illegal migrants of Maghreb nationality, the Tunisian Defence ministry said Thursday. The ministry said the boat on which the migrants were travelling broke down at 50 km off the island of Galite, northern Tunisia. The migrants, whose ages [...]
©- - 16 july 2020 - 20:20:18 - thread Society (183 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least five people drowned on Tuesday night in Ganzourgou province in the central plateau of Burkina Faso, local sources told PANA. According to the same sources, these people died on their way back from a mission to launch the school exams. -0- PANA TNDD/JSG/BBA/AR 15July2020 [...]
©- - 15 july 2020 - 10:01:50 - thread Society (62 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian navy units Tuesday rescued a group of illegal migrants off the Mediterranean Sea,30 km off the coasts of Mahdia and 200 km south of Tunis, following a distress call that a boat with people on board was sinking, Tunisian security sources said here. The boat with [...]
©- - 14 july 2020 - 23:55:40 - thread Society (194 words)


Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) -  The Budget Directorate-General, located in downtown Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, was burgled on Sunday g and important documents were taken away, according to knowledgeable sources.   They told PANA on Monday that the incident followed the announcement of a US$2.4 million loss discovered at the Central Bank of [...]
©- - 06 july 2020 - 11:42:44 - thread Society (111 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Legendary South African actress Mary Twala died in Johannesburg Saturday after a lengthy illness at the age of 80. She had an illustrious career as an actress performing in film, television and theatres around the world. Twala was bestowed with The Order of Ikhamanga by President [...]
©- - 04 july 2020 - 16:46:37 - thread Society (199 words)