Just a Moment News - 2024-07-10


Hello and welcome to ‘Just a Moment News’ with your host, Erika, on this 10th of July, 2024. Today, we’re diving into some of the latest headlines from around the world, discussing them in detail.

First up, over in the Cederberg municipality, preparations are in full swing as severe weather looms. The South African Weather Service has issued a Level 8 warning due to expected heavy rainfall. In Citrusdal, more than twenty residents from the Riverview informal settlement were evacuated due to flooding, with most being taken to community halls. Mayor Ruben Richards highlighted the area’s readiness, mentioning the use of community halls for evacuees and the anticipation of more water flowing down from the Ceres mountains. Meanwhile, in Wupperthal, seven towns have been cut off, though no evacuations are necessary at this time, and 4x4 vehicles are being used to deliver supplies. The local school has been temporarily closed. Despite these challenges, there have been no significant reports of infrastructure damage, thanks to improved preparedness and maintenance.

Switching gears to sports, Spanish soccer is buzzing with excitement as 16-year-old Lamine Yamal has become a national hero. His stunning 27-yard left-footed shot in a crucial semifinal match against France tied the game, leading Spain to a 2-1 victory and securing their place in the European Championship final. This goal has made Yamal the youngest scorer in Euros history and symbolizes Spain’s resurgence under coach Luis de la Fuente.

In economic news, South Africa’s data centres are making headlines for their massive power consumption, enough to supply over two million nine hundred thousand homes daily. With the country’s data centre market valued at eight point six billion Rand and expected to reach twenty point two billion Rand by 2029, operators are increasingly turning to sustainable solutions like solar energy to meet their needs. This shift is partly driven by the unreliability of Eskom and government regulations aimed at reducing grid dependency.

Over in the entertainment sector, Netflix is set to expand its live event offerings with a new comedy special from Joe Rogan titled “Burn the Boats,” which will be streamed live from San Antonio, Texas, on August 3rd. This marks Rogan’s first comedy special in six years and is part of Netflix’s strategy to diversify its content, which now includes everything from sports to immersive entertainment experiences.

In philanthropy news, Stellenbosch University has received a significant boost with a 50 million Rand donation from an anonymous donor. This generous contribution is earmarked for bursaries for financially disadvantaged students in the Faculty of Theology and the Department of Music, with the first bursaries expected to be awarded in 2025.

Lastly, in the world of technology and entertainment, Apple TV Plus and A24 have launched a new series titled Sunny. This series, based on Colin O’Sullivan’s novel The Dark Manual, features Rashida Jones as Suzie Sakamoto, who navigates grief with the help of Sunny, a homecare robot. The series blends drama with whimsical elements and explores themes of technology in personal and communal healing.

That wraps up our discussion for today on ‘Just a Moment News’. Thank you for tuning in. I’m Erika, and I hope you found these discussions enlightening. Join us again next time for more insights into the world of news.

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