This morning I received an sms from one of my mates who lives in the same complex as I. The message read: “Why is your car not parked under the roof in the allocated spot?” Although I had a hunch it may be an April Fools’ joke, it did not stop my heart from skipping a beat, because despite all the extra security in the complex, large objects such as cars, for example, have the tendency to vanish into thin air. They mysteriously turn invisible when travelling through the main gate. Anyway, the car was still there in its allocated spot, just where I’d left it last night. Man, there are some really sick people in this world – mates and all ;-)
Here are a few stories related to April Fools’ Day (2013), sourced from the local media:
Julius Malema joins the DA
Times LIVE | 01 April, 2013 10:28
|Julius Malema. File photo.|
Image by: ANTONIO MUCHAVE
Former ANC Youth League president and political firebrand Julius Malema has joined the Democratic Alliance.
“The courts are being used to target me, destroy my business and eliminate those who would speak truth to power, to the showerhead,” Malema said.
“The ANC has become the new Nationalists, they have become the voice of the oppressor,” Malema continued, “and a united opposition is needed to stop them.”
Asked if he still held to his views on nationalising the mines, Malema responded, “When I was in the ANC I was a soldier for ANC policy, for the Freedom Charter, now I fight for the DA.”
The DA has cited Malema’s experience and impact on the South African political landscape as potential positives, but has said that he would have to prove himself before granting him a position of political leadership.
“While we welcome his change of heart with regards to our party, we are still wary of the racialised and sexist language he has employed in the past,” the DA said in a press statement.
Here is yesterday’s cartoon by ZAPIRO:
News24 managed to fool about 30 of their users by midday today with a story about Mxlish the 12th official SA language. News24 User Annette BrandersBraxton didn't take the news too well. She commented: "People in this country are already struggling to spell properly. Now they (the government) want people to dumb themselves down. Can you just imagine what it will look like in school when kids start spelling? Just bloody brilliant. There are several other important issues that needs attention, like education, proper education..." – News24
East Coast Radio ran the following story this morning, but fooled nobody:
eTolling for Durban road users
01 April 2013 at 08:36
KZN motorists will have to budget more to travel on Durban's roads from September.
The Durban Internal Tolling Project, known as DIT, will take effect then - following on from e-Tolling in Gauteng.
DIT officials say the system will be piloted in Durban before being rolled out elsewhere in the province.
It'll see motorists being charged 90-cents-per-kilometre travelled on the M4, M19, M25, M1 and M41, with a cap of R500 per car per month.
Gantries will be erected over the next eight weeks and the tagging process will also commence, along similar lines as e-Tolling.
Economist David Shapiro's been following the development closely.
He says while East Coasters may initially be opposed to the idea, the long-term economic benefits of DIT simply can't be ignored.
"Well, in the long term we going to get better infrastructure. We going to get better roads and of course then you're going to make savings. Instead of driving on roads with potholes and on roads that are breaking apart and that are going to tear your tyres, at the end of the day, the better the highway the more efficient it's going to be [and] the more you going to save in your back pocket," he said.
"You going to pay now, but you will save later," Shapiro concluded. - ECR
Eyewitness News alarmed Justin Bieber fans on Monday when it said the Department of Basic Education announced teenagers under the age of 16 would not be able to attend his concert in May.
EWN said the decision was made due to both concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town taking place on a school night.
Parents were livid. One mother called 94.7 Highveld Stereo and said she had spent a fortune on tickets.
International broadcasters picked up on the story and a journalist in London said Bieber's management was up in arms.
Both parents and their Bieber-fevered fans breathed a sigh of relief later when the story was dismissed as an April Fools' joke.