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Five killed in South Africa coal mine blast, others trapped

SABC says experts have launched a rescue operation to search for more than 20 people trapped underground.



Independent miners at a mine as they search for minerals - AFP

South African police said Thursday that five people had died after trespassing into a disused mine, with local media reporting the deaths were caused by a gas explosion.

At least 20 people are believed to be still trapped underground at the Gloria coal mine near the town of Middelburg in the eastern province of Mpumalanga after entering the shafts to try to steal cables. 

“So far we have five killed,” police spokesman Leonard Hlathi told reporters, saying he had no number of those trapped.

State broadcaster SABC said experts had launched a rescue operation to search for more than 20 people trapped underground.

It added that the group went underground to steal copper cables in the mine, which has been closed for several months.

Police said the group went into the mine between Sunday and Wednesday, and that rescue efforts were being hampered by unsafe conditions and a lack of ventilation.

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Tacha Reacts to Internet Trolls Following Bandele’s Death



Reality TV star, Tacha has called out Big brother Nigeria fans who refuse to realise that the reality show is just a game, and would wish death on others for supporting their favourite housemate.

Yet these same people, mourned Digital Strategist, Ayodele Bandele who recently died after suffering years of depression.

According to Tacha, being unkind drives people to depression. While expressing displeasure, she also urged people on social media to be kind with words when dealing with strangers online because they do not know people’s battles.

Recently, a young Nigerian man in Lagos identified as Dele, who was declared missing on Tuesday, January 12, was found dead after battling depression for 7years.

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Nigerian Billionaire Businessman, Bolu Akin-Olugbade, Dies of COVID-19



A Nigerian billionaire and one of the largest collectors of Rolls Royce in the world, Bolu Akin-Olugbade, has died of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The 64-year-old socialite died at the Paelon COVID Centre, Ikeja in Lagos State, family sources said.

Akin-Olugbade was the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State.

The businessman and successful lawyer obtained a doctorate in Company Law from Cambridge University.

He was a great lover of high-end Rolls Royce cars and globally reputed as one of the largest collectors of Rolls Royce. He also had business interests in property development, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, maritime and offshore services and investment banking.

Until his death, Akin-Olugbade was the chairman of Bolu Akin-Olugbade Limited and GMT Limited.

His 10th Rolls Royce, the Cullinan worth $450,000, was reportedly the first to be shipped to Africa in 2019.

A man of taste and glamour, Akin-Olugbade, in a 2018 interview, said: “I have different concepts of how I spend money. I spend money on cars because I have always loved cars. I bought my first Rolls Royce in 1984 and now, I am on my ninth Rolls Royce. I believe in dressing well and I travel a lot.”

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Kenyans Blast Tourism Ministry for Appointing British Model, Naomi Campbell, Ambassador



Angry Kenyans have taken to Twitter to harshly criticise the government for appointing British model and entrepreneur, Naomi Campbell, as an ambassador for Kenyan tourism board.

Kenya’s Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, had in a statement on Tuesday announced the supermodel as Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador.

“Supermodel Naomi Campbell has agreed to be Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador. She will help promote the marketing of Kenya as an ideal tourism and travel destination to the world,” a statement from the ministry read.

“We welcome the exciting news that Naomi Campbell will advocate for tourism and travel internationally for the magical Kenya brand.”

Campbell congratulated the government for infrastructural developments related to tourism like the upgrading of the Malindi Airport at the coast and the international accreditation of a golf course in Vipingo Ridge.

However, the news hasn’t gone down well with some Kenyans who believed the ambassadorial role for so-called Magical Kenya should have been given to a Kenyan making an impact internationally like actress Lupita Nyong’o or comedian Elsa Majimbo.

“Why did we not pick our own Lupita Nyong’o, buy kenya build Kenya promoting our own,” Victor Amalemba tweteed.

“Why didn’t Ajuma Nasenyana not get the position and she is Kenyan, why didn’t Lupita not get the offer and she is Kenyan, why didn’t Debra Sanaipei not get the position and she is Kenyan.. what was the criteria for selection? Non Kenyan?” Syombua Kibue tweeted.

“Please stop with this Elsa instead of NaomiCampbell debate . Wealthy people may laugh at your jokes, but on buying/spending decisions, perceived influencer authenticity and inaccessibility is what keeps luxury, luxury,” Kathambi Kaaris tweeted.

Meanwhile, news of Campbell’s recruitment comes in the wake of veteran artiste, Madonna, announcing she was also in the country for a visit.

The 62-year-old posted videos on her Instagram account saying she had visited the counties of Samburu and Baringo and interacted with locals.

Kenya’s tourism sector was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic recording lower numbers of visitors and hotel occupancy but the government has since embarked on an aggressive campaign to revive its fortunes.

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