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SIGN LANGUAGE-FLUENT KOKO THE GORILLA DIES

Koko, the beloved gorilla who mastered sign language and used over 1 000 signs to communicate emotions and thoughts and was said to have also understood about 2 000 spoken English words, died in her sleep at the Gorilla Foundation’s preserve in California on Tuesday, 19 June.

“The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko,” a statement by the organisation said on the passing of the female western lowland gorilla, born at San Francisco Zoo in 1971.

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The primate was the primary ambassador for her endangered species, appearing on the cover of National Geographic…
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SIGN LANGUAGE-FLUENT KOKO THE GORILLA DIES

SA CITIZENS STRANDED IN CHINA OVER VISA SCAM

In a media statement released on 21 June, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, confirmed that her ministry was working with Chinese authorities to have a group of 51 young South Africans currently stranded in China due to a visa scam returned home.

“The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, is aware of South African citizens who are stranded in China as a result of a visa scam and she has instructed the department to work with the Chinese authorities to have their passports released so that they can come back to South Africa as…
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SA CITIZENS STRANDED IN CHINA OVER VISA SCAM

TRAVEL WARNINGS ISSUED FOLLOWING MOZAMBIQUE ATTACKS

The north-eastern region of Mozambique has been experiencing attacks by armed groups said to be linked to Islamic militants. On 19 June, Human Rights Watch reported that at least 39 people had been killed and a further estimated 1 000 displaced in the province of Cabo Delgado, while 400 homes have been torched.

The attacks began in October 2017 when police stations in the Mocimboa da Praia district in Cabo Delgado came under fire by the suspected militants, who may be affiliated to the Al-Shabab militant group (although not publicly linked in Somalia) and Al-Sunna wa Jama’a.

The UK has issued a travel warning: “The…
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TRAVEL WARNINGS ISSUED FOLLOWING MOZAMBIQUE ATTACKS

FREE TRANSIT VISAS TO BE INTRODUCED IN UAE

The UAE government has announced that it will soon introduce transit visas for tourists, making it possible for holiday-makers travelling via the country to stay on for 48 hours at no cost.

While the implementation date for the policy is yet to be confirmed, media reports state that the transit visa will be made available through express counters at passport controls in airports in the UAE, granting travellers access to emirates such as Abu Dhabi.

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The transit visa may be extended for up to 96 hours for 50 dirham, which is approximately R185.

According to Gulf News, an estimated seven in 10 international passengers…
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THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS

In a grand ceremony at Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, in northern Spain, the world’s 50 best restaurants were announced on Tuesday, 19 June. It is here where Chef Patron Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, nestled in the small town of Modena, Italy, came up trumps as The World’s Best Restaurant, sponsored by S Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants describes the contemporary Italian restaurant – which also came in at No 1 in 2016, as “a small, discreet restaurant in the relatively modest Italian town of Modena,” which delivers “one of the very finest dining experiences in the world, combining nods…
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TOP 10 CITIES FOR EXPATS IN AFRICA & BEYOND

Port Louis has been ranked as the top African city for expat, according to the 2018 Quality of Living Survey by global consulting firm Mercer. Factors around quality of living affecting expatriates in popular assignment destinations are considered in 231 countries.

“Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for these expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of our annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations,” states Mercer.

The Mauritian capital, which is ranked 83rd on the list, is closely followed by South African cities Durban, in 89th place, Cape Town in 94th, and…
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TOP 10 CITIES FOR EXPATS IN AFRICA & BEYOND