The top 10 news headlines in October
October has been quite busy on the news front. At the start of the month, it seemed all we’d have to keep our attention on would be the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks’ performance and how that would affect transformation in the sport; good or bad. Boy, were we wrong! Here are the 10 biggest stories that made the news in October.
- #FeesMustFall shook the country
What sparked one Wednesday afternoon in Wits University has caught like wildfire around the South Africa, and even reaching Sydney, London and hallowed educational institutions like Harvard. The #FeesMustFall movement has been a three-pronged protest: for a zero fee increase, to end outsourcing labour at universities and, finally, free tertiary education.
- Senzo Meyiwa remembered
The 26th of October marked a year since the murder of Pirates and national goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa. Former colleagues and fans alike paid tribute to the late star. There still have been no arrests in connection with his death.
- Ecomobility Festival took over Sandton
For the month of October, parts of Sandton embraced a green and single passenger car-free city with the Ecomobility Festival.
- Oscar Pistorius released on parole
After serving less than a year of his 5-year sentence for “negligently killing” his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius was released on 20 October. He is currently under house arrest.
- Zahara went platinum
Just two weeks after its release,Country Girl, the singer Zahara’s third album, went platinum.
- Tanzania went to the polls
On the 25th of October Tanzanians voted in what’s been deemed the “tightest ever election”. The votes are still being counted but the ruling party, which has been in power since Tanzania became independent of Britain in 1961, leads. However, parliamentary seats have shifted in favour of the opposition.
- Grayston bridge collapse
Scaffolding set up on Grayston Drive by construction firm Murray and Roberts to build a pedestrian bridge, collapsed on the 14th of October, injuring around 23 people and killing two. For hours, emergency services worked to release those trapped under the collapsed scaffolding on the M1 highway in peak hour traffic.
- Cote d’Ivore Elections
Current Ivory Coast president, Alassane Ouattara, was re-elected by 84% of the voters. According to Bloomberg news, the country is the largest cocoa producer in the world.
- Boks eliminated from the 2015 Rugby World Cup
The Springboks had a bumpy start at the RWC when they lost their first match to Japan. They faught back and made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they lost to arch rivals, the All Blacks.
- R.I.P. Ajax Cape Town defender, Cecil Sonwabile Lolo
The 27-year-old football star passed away after being involved in a car accident.