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Founder of the world’s first gay dating websites Henry Badenhorst falls to his death in South Africa

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Henry Badenhorst, the millionaire co-founder of Gaydar, the world’s biggest online gay dating site, has reportedly died at the age of 51.

According to BuzzFeed News, the 51-year-old South African died on 11th of November 2017. He crashed through a glass canopy and landed on a waiting limousine after falling from a 23rd floor in Michelangelo Towers hotel, Johannesburg.

Henry had rented the apartment for just one night before his sad death.

Mail online reports that that Police said they are not treating the fall as suspicious, and friends have told Buzzfeed that Mr. Badenorst was suffering from depression.

Captain Kay Makhubele said: ‘Police searched the apartment rented by the deceased and no suicide note was found. The motive behind the incident is unknown and the police are investigating.

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An eyewitness Khuthali Zondo was walking past the luxury Michelangelo Towers when she saw the ‘horrific image’ of the 51-year-old’s body smashing onto the back window of a car as the chauffeur sat at the wheel.

She said:

‘I heard this loud crashing sound, it was his body hitting the glass shade above the area where the cars were waiting and then the body hit the car, smashing the back window.

‘It was an horrific image, there was broken glass, blood, and the body was smashed. The emergency services and police came and taped off the area, but there was nothing they could do for the guy.’

Badenhorst founded Gaydar alongside his business and life partner  Gary Frisch, 51,  in November 1999. Frisch passed away in 2007 – having also fallen to his death from a building’s balcony in south London.

The pair died at the age of 51 respectively, and many people are now speculating that Badenhorst’s death could be a planned suicide.

According to reports, the London-based South African couple came up with the idea for the dating website after a single gay man they were friends with vented his frustrations about how hard it was to find a boyfriend on online dating sites.

In a statement by the current managing director of Gaydar, Rob Curtis, he said:

“It’s a sad day at Gaydar HQ as we adjust to the news of Henry’s passing,” he told The Independent. “Henry and Gary built Gaydar from their home, so the company has always been like a family. Thanks to Henry, LGBT people all around the world realised that they weren’t alone. We send love to his friends and family at this difficult time.”

“Eighteen years ago, Henry and his partner Gary revolutionized the way that gay men meet, and in doing so created a safer environment for LGBT people everywhere,” he said in an official statement. “The Gaydar team is shocked and saddened to hear of Henry’s passing and send our sincerest sympathies to Henry’s friends and family.”

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Giraffe truncates South African film-maker’s life

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A South African film-maker was killed by a giraffe while filming on a reserve outside Johannesburg, the game lodge’s owner has said, adding that he died after being air-lifted to hospital.

The giraffe hit Carlos Carvalho in the head at the Glen Afric Country Lodge in North West province.

“When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos,” Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge said.

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The giraffe, called Gerald, “did nothing wrong,” Brooker said.

Callacrew, a South African film production agency, said Carvalho died on Wednesday night.

“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favorite DOPs (director of photography),” it said on its Facebook page.

“Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set.”

Carvalho, a 47-year-old father-of-two, was reported to have been looking through the camera eyepiece to take close-up images of the giraffe when the incident occurred.

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Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta wins African award for infrastructure

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of this year’s Babacar Ndiaye’s African award on transport and road infrastructure.

In a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal on Friday the Africa Road Builders said Kenyatta won the 2018 award for Jubilee’s projects in railway, road, air as well as a nationwide street lighting.

Kenyatta will be presented with award on 23 May in Busan, South Korea, during the African Development Bank annual meeting.

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Babacar Ndiaye was an economist and a former president of the African Development Bank. He died last year at the age of 82.

The President of Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa Adama Wade cited the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway as major project that has had immense impact.

“The SGR has reduced costs of travelling between the two cities by half and at the same time taking half of the time for the trip,” he said.

“We thank and congratulate the AfDB and its President Dr Akinwumi Adesina for putting the issue of roads and transport high on its agenda through its ‘High 5 to Transform Africa’ programme,” said Mr Wade.

The General Commissioner of Africa Road Builders Barthélemy Kouame noted that transport networks, like blood vessels, must not be clogged.

He congratulated Kenya for the efforts to improve transport and to foster regional growth through such projects as the Lamu Port.

“We note the crucial role Kenya is playing as a commercial hub of East and Central Africa and the investment in big infrastructure projects to live up to the status,” he said.

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