Breakfast Edition: 17 November 2015

Breakfast Edition: 17 November 2015

WATCH & LISTEN: Here's a recap of this morning's top news stories.

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RAIN & HAIL FALL ACCROSS SOUTH AFRICA: Residents in some parts of Gauteng are this morning counting the cost of the much needed rain, which came down with a vengeance yesterday and continued overnight. Emergency units had their hands full yesterday. In Johannesburg a section of the roof of the South Gate Mall caved in and Emergency spokesman, Robert Mulaudzi says five people were killed, when a bakkie rolled on the M1 near Greyston off-ramp amid a hailstorm late yesterday. Meanwhile the Tshwane Emergency Services' Johan Pieterse says they received most calls for help from the northern and western parts Pretoria, but also from the East. 

LIMPOPO STORM LEAVES HUNDREDS HOMELESS: Hundreds of people in Limpopo were left homeless after their houses were damaged by a storm that saw the roofs of at least 200 houses blown off. The storm saw huge, tennis ball sized hailstones shatter roofs and destroy properties. Cooperative Governance department spokesperson, Motupa Selomo said after the heavy weekend storm had dispersed residents in the hardest-hit areas were still struggling to come to terms with the devastation. Selomo said the government had deployed disaster management to affected districts to assess the damage. "We can confirm that the province has been hit hard by the disaster on weekend when storm ravaged scattered areas."

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Limpopo storm

TAKE CARE ON THE ROADS: Motorist are advised to take care as many roads are still covered with water, loose sand and debris. Train services between Pretoria and Mabopane and Pretoria and GaRankuwa are also severely affected by flooding this morning, according to MetroRail's Lillian Mofokeng.

FIVE GUNMEN IN PARIS ATTACKS IDENTIFIED: Further afield, French President Francois Hollande said his parliament would this week begin examining a bill extending the state of emergency with three months, following the terror attacks on Paris on Friday in which at least a 129 people were killed. Investigators probing the deadly Paris attacks have so far identified five of seven gunmen and suicide bombers whose bodies were found at three sites across the city, while the hunt is on for others. Click here to read more about at the men behind France's worst-ever terror attacks.


RADOVAN KREJCIR TO BE SENTENCED: Security is expected to be tight at the High Court in Jo'burg again today, where the sentencing proceedings of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing are expected to be heard today. Police previously foiled what they say was an attempt by Krejcir to escape custody. Krejcir is on trial in four separate matters in South African courts. 

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SAND RIVER MADE OUT OF HAIL: People are amused by a natural phenomenon in the Empty Quarter desert in Saudi Arabia. This viral video appears to show viewers a river in the middle of the desert made of sand but when a man scoops up a hand full from the river it appears to be actually made up of countless small pebbles of hail. 



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