There is a growing concern about the increasing number of South Africans detained abroad, marijuana sales reach an all time high, and here are a number of tips to stay safe this holiday season.Here are some of our top picks for the day:How to stay safe this holiday season - Tips from the country's top copSouth Africa's top cop wants all citizens to be safe this festive season and is appealing to everyone to be considerate, responsible and vigilant to ensure their personal safety and that of others.Government 'concerned' as more than 800 South Africans serve time in foreign prisonsThe Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said in a statement that the South African government was "concerned" about the growing number of South Africans detained abroad.Jacob Zuma joins social media because 'many people are talking about me'Former president Jacob Zuma says he has decided to "move with times" and join various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.ANC Gauteng sends VBS mayors to integrity commissionThe ANC in Gauteng has decided to refer mayors from two of its municipalities in the West Rand to its provincial integrity commission over the VBS scandal, while its council in Emfuleni will elect a new mayor.SEE: The royal family share their 2018 Christmas cards: George, Charlotte, and little Louis steal the showKensington Palace has shared The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas card and it's adorable.Here is this year’s official Christmas card from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House this summer. pic.twitter.com/JeLfgVsEwY— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) 14 December 2018 Willemse breaks silence over Mallett's 'he talks garbage' emailFormer Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse says he was shocked to learn of an email sent by Nick Mallett to SuperSport's producer.'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in DRC outbreakThey call her the "young miracle". A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus.The year of the buffalo: Zuma, wheel nuts and load sheddingPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has had a heck of a long year. His ouster of Jacob Zuma on Valentine’s Day was the undisputed highlight. But it hasn't been plain sailing since, writes Pieter du Toit.Sales at NY pot enthusiast store breaks all time highYou can now buy and sell dagga on Toronto's stock exchange Marijuana's push into the mainstream now includes a store inside Manhattan's Chelsea Market, where a holiday shopper seeking a gift for that cannabis connoisseur in their life can spend $6 000 on a glass pot pipe in the shape of a skateboard.EU leaders rebuff Theresa May's plea over Brexit dealEU leaders rebuffed a plea by Theresa May on Thursday to help her sell her Brexit deal to parliament, warning she must set out exactly what she wants – and announcing they would step up contingency plans in case the deal collapses.*Would you like to subscribe to News24's Newsletters and get a wrap of the day's news? If so, click here.