5 Things you need to know - 20 September 2013

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20 September 2013

There was much to get us hot under the collar this week – storms in Cape Town, rugby refs too quick to draw the card and crime stats. But there were also cool tech updates (yes, for you, Apple junkies!) and a beer story to make you smile.

There was much to get us hot under the collar this week – storms in Cape Town, rugby refs too quick to draw the card and crime stats.But there were also cool tech updates (yes, for you, Apple junkies!) and a beer story to make you smile.

1. Crime stats

It was a bit of a mixed bag when police minister Nathi Mthethwa released the 2012/13 crime statistics in Pretoria yesterday. Overall crime rates have declined but the ones that keep South Africans awake at night are on the increase. Government’s approach to crime failed, Institute for Security Studies analyst Gareth Newham told Business Day. “After a long period of decreases in serious and violent crime, these are the worst figures we have seen in 10 years. We have seen increases in murder, attempted murder, car hijacking, street robbery and house robbery. These are some of the crimes South Africans are most afraid of.” A snapshot Increased
  • Murders (4,2 %)
  • Attempted murders (6,5 %)
  • Aggravated robberies (1,2 %)
  • Car hijackings (?5,4 %)
  • House robberies (?3,6 %)
Decreased
  • Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (6,6 %)
  • Common assault (7,9 %)
  • Rape (?0,4 %)
  • Common robbery (2,2 %) 
  • Theft of motor vehicles (4,4 %)

2. Your iOS cheat sheet

As any Apple junkie will know iOS 7 is finally available and it’s pretty amazing. Die-harders will have taken the plunge and upgraded – and seen a huge difference in the look and feel of their device. If it’s left you feeling lost (or uncertain about upgrading), check our guide to getting your head around the new operating system and how to upgrade.

3. Another US shooter kills 12 in Washington While debates on gun control in the land of the free rage on, Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist believed to have mental problems, killed 12 people on Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington. Questions about how he was given a firearm given his paranoiac state were raised. This is just another in a long line of high-profile gun disasters in the US – recent cases include the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which Adam Lanza (20) killed 20 children and six staffers after fatally shooting his mother, Nancy, in December last year. And in July last year James Holmes (25) killed 12 and injured 70 people who’d been attending the premiere of Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.  4. Springbok supporters see red A certain French referee had Springbok supporters talking this week. Romain Poite made himself very unpopular by giving hooker Bismarck du Plessis a yellow card during the Springbok game against the All Blacks in Auckland, New Zaland, last Saturday for a tackle which he called “high and without arms”. But footage of the game showed the tackle didn’t deserve the yellow card and the International Rugby Board (IRB) released a statement to say Poite made a mistake. The yellow card was cancelled, but the All Blacks still won the game and are currently ahead in the Rugby Championship. Click here to see people’s reactions on Twitter to Poite’s decisions.

5. What season is it anyway?

While the north of the country is already basking in glorious sunshiny weather, Capetonians are still in the grips of winter. Another cold front brought heavy rain towards the end of this week, so much in fact the Cape Town municipality released a heavy flooding warning. Snow has been predicted for the Cape mountains, and looking at the forecasted weekend temperatures, spring definitely hasn’t arrived for the whole of South Africa! 
  • Pretoria
  • Saturday 13 | 26
  • Sunday 13 | 24 
  • Johannesburg
  • Saturday 10 | 21
  • Sunday 10 | 19 
  • Cape Town  
  • Saturday 8 | 14
  • Sunday 9 | 16 
  • Durban
  • Saturday 14 | 18
  • Sunday 15 | 18 
  • Bloemfontein
  • Saturday 4 | 14
  • Sunday 3 | 20 

The lighter side of life

Turning water into wine? Try beer! A group of New Zealand men made “miracles” happen when beer flowed from all the taps in their buddy’s house. With the help of a local brewery, the men managed to play an elaborate prank on their friend by connecting his water mains to beer kegs. The best part? They caught the whole thing on camera! Watch it here.

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