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Grayston bridge inquiry: Contract manager accepts responsibility for collapse of temporary structure

5th July 2018 The man, who acted as the contract manager and engineer at the site of the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge project, has "accepted responsibility for the collapse of the temporary works structure". Hein Pretorius was testifying on Wednesday before the Grayston bridge inquiry, set up... 

National dam levels rise higher than 2017 – water department

4th July 2018 Dams across the country have collectively reached nearly 80% capacity – rising above levels recorded this time last year, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday. "Nationally, figures show that the country's dams, with a total capacity of 32 322.6m3, are standing at 79.3%... 

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions

4th July 2018 Cape Town's dam levels rose to 50.3% on Tuesday as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams. There is now double the amount of water in the city's supply dams than there was at this time last year, when the level stood at 25.1%. The... 

Four SANDF members die in KZN crash

3rd July 2018 Four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members have died in a crash on the N3 northbound in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. The members were on their way to the Boschoek training area for mission readiness. Defence force spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said the accident... 

Hope for Johannesburg waste pickers

3rd July 2018 The future of Johannesburg's waste pickers — people who make their living by searching through garbage for things to recycle — may be looking brighter, GroundUp reports. The City has committed to including waste pickers in its recycling initiatives. But an organisation that works with waste... 

Sars kicks off tax season with charter outlining taxpayers' rights

2nd July 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is taking steps to improve the service delivered to taxpayers with the release of the Service Charter which outlines taxpayers’ rights and responsibilities as well as service standards they can expect from the agency. Acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon... 

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

Petrol price still on course to breach record R16/litre: Fuel hikes 'could've been far higher' – AA

28th June 2018 South Africans have been thrown a lifeline by declining oil prices in June, reports the Automobile Association (AA). Commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). The AA says that without oil's decline, the fuel price hike for July would have been... 

Rogue unit allegations hogwash, former Sars enforcement head tells inquiry

28th June 2018 The former head of South African Revenue Service (Sars) enforcement Gene Ravele told the commission of inquiry into affairs at the tax agency that allegations over the so-called ‘rogue unit’ are nothing but hogwash. During an interview after his testimony, Ravele stated that the unit was... 

South African computer boffins claim third place at international high-performance computing contest

28th June 2018 South African computer boffins have claimed third place at an international high-performance computer competition in Germany. The team, made up of Meir Rosendorff, Joshua Bruton, Kimessha Paupamah, Katleho Mokoena, Nathan Michlo and Njabulo Sithole, from Wits and the University of Limpopo,... 

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