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Tragic death of eco-activist sailing from Cape to Fiji

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What started out as a sailing trip of a lifetime, ended in tragedy.A British researcher and eco-activist, Sara King, her boyfriend James Baker, their friend James Elsworth and a rescue dog named Dax, departed from Simon’s Town harbour with the
'What started out as a sailing trip of a lifetime, ended in tragedy.A British researcher and eco-activist, Sara King, her boyfriend James Baker, their friend James Elsworth and a rescue dog named Dax, departed from Simon’s Town harbour with the intention of sailing to Fiji last month.The aim of the expedition was to conduct scientific research on marine litter.According to IOL , the team were sailing on a 48-foot catamaran named ‘Danzig’. In a now deleted Instagram account, Baker posted, “sold everything and bought a boat to surf the tropics.Join us along the way and help us keep going.Cape Town to Fiji.” After leaving from Simon’s Town harbour, the group made their way to East London where they experienced some delays and spent time docked in the port.View this post on Instagram   Winds up – Sails out . *The highs & lows can make you scream – Wild Coast; you magnificent beast* . 30 kts Wild Coast @jamesontheocean @bakingjasonbaker @rollingoceans_awesomerides @evolveabroad #wildcoast #sailingyacht #southafricancoast A post shared by S K (@sklovestheworld) on Jun 4, 2019 at 5:31am PDT Once all admin and hiccups were taken care of in East London, the group left the city’s port on June 28 for Madagascar.They were excited to get back on the open waters.Stormy weather was predicted along the next leg of the expedition.View this post on Instagram   Back out onto the open ocean we go, next stop: Madagascar . . #anchorsup #floatinghome #smoothsailing A post shared by S K (@sklovestheworld) on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:56am PDT Documenting the story on Facebook through her business Evolve Abroad , King said in a statement, “Off we go to Madagascar! ⁠Our crew sets sail on our Research Vessel today from South Africa to South-West Madagascar where we start our next part of our scientific research on microplastics with Dr Nel from the University of Birmingham.⁠” While en route to Madagascar, the expedition took a turn for the worse.The crew and Danzig were hit by a severe storm.The catamaran took on water and eventually capsized.A nearby container ship was able to help the crew from the vessel.King was unconscious by the time the container ship’s lifeboat reached Danzig.She was rushed to the on-board medical facility where medics performed CPR.Sadly, only Jason, James and Dax survived.An emergency services source who helped transfer Baker, Elsworth, Dax and King’s body from the container ship to Durban, told  IOL  that King had drowned before the ship’s lifeboat reached Danzig.The crew members aboard Danzig had attempted to turn back to land when initially confronted with the storm but to no avail.Picture: Facebook . The post Tragic death of eco-activist sailing from Cape to Fiji appeared first on CapeTown ETC .'

Maimane: DA Has No Formal Coalition Agreement With EFF

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Coalition governments are not always smooth sailing and present a number of challenges.The Democratic Alliance (DA) said this in giving feedback on Tuesday on the state of local governments where the party governs with the help of coalitions.
'Coalition governments are not always smooth sailing and present a number of challenges.The Democratic Alliance (DA) said this in giving feedback on Tuesday on the state of local governments where the party governs with the help of coalitions.DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his party had no formal coalition agreement with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and only works with the red berets on an issue-by-issue basis in some metros.Maimane explained the party was in coalitions with the Congress of the People, the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus.Maimane said such partnerships had worked differently in cities like Johannesburg, but present other challenges like in Nelson Mandela Bay, where former mayor Athol Trollip was removed through a no-confidence motion when the EFF turned on the DA. “We have inherited difficult circumstance in the cities in Gauteng and in Nelson Mandela Bay.We only happen to be in government through coalitions and those coalitions have meant a multiplicity of challenges,” Maimane said.The DA leader said despite challenges, in the last two years cities under the party’s control had been able to pass budgets and provide services.EWN . The post Maimane: DA Has No Formal Coalition Agreement With EFF appeared first on iAfrica.com .'