Daily news update: What caused the Boksburg explosion? Eskom’s Christmas ‘gift’ and tributes pour in for Mampintsha

December 25, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja



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Daily news update – 25 December 2022

Poor signage may have contributed to Boksburg explosion incident

Poor visibility of signage may have contributed to the driver not seeing the height restrictions on the bridge. Picture: Google Street View
Poor visibility of signage may have contributed to the driver not seeing the height restrictions on the bridge. Picture: Google Street View

The driver of the gas truck that exploded in Boksburg on Christmas Eve morning could never have seen it coming.

A Google Street View picture of the structure revealed a faded, near invisible warning signage on the traffic facing the side of the bridge. The driver would have had no idea that his truck wouldn’t fit under the structure.

Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Warren Gilt confirmed that the bridge and the responsibility of warning signage both belonged to Prasa.

Eskom comes to the party, no load shedding on Christmas Day

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There will be no load shedding on Christmas Day. Photo: iStock

Ailing parastatal Eskom has come to the party and suspended load shedding for two days, including Christmas (25 December).

The power utility made the announcement on Saturday.

Entertainment industry pays tribute to late Big Nuz member, Mampintsha

Entertainment industry pays tribute to late Big Nuz member, Mampintsha
Picture: Instagram

The entertainment industry is reeling following the death of singer and Big Nuz member, Mandela ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumalo.

Media personalities including South African DJ and record producer Oskido, as well as musician Nomcebo Zikode, paid tribute to the late Big Nuz member.

Musical artist Mampintsha passed away on Saturday morning after suffering a minor stroke last week, as confirmed by his record label, Afrotainment, on Thursday.

Boksburg explosion: Fewer deaths if only police responded faster

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The collapsed railway bridge where a truck carrying LPG Gas exploded on Christmas Eve. Picture: Hein Kaiser

A faster response by Ekurhuleni Metro Police (EMPD) to Saturday’s explosion in Boksburg, could have saved lives and casualties.

According to eye witnesses, the EMPD only arrived 30 minutes after the blast which took place on Railway Street near the Tambo Memorial Hospital.

Christmas time in pictures

The White and Silver themed room at Peters Garden of Lights in Kempton Park, 20 December 2022. Peters Garden of Lights is a Christmas wonderland for kids and adults alike. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
The White and Silver themed room at Peters Garden of Lights in Kempton Park, 20 December 2022. Peters Garden of Lights is a Christmas wonderland for kids and adults alike. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen