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No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

28th June 2018 The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero – the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019. The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, "the City is confident that there will be no... 

Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

28th June 2018 More than 30 local celebrities and influencers will pledge to give up plastic shopping bags in July, backing the Rethink the Bag campaign's latest initiative. The Plastic-free July campaign kicked off at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Tuesday evening with big names such as Jack Parow and Roxy Louw in... 

4-million-year-old skull is similar to ours

27th June 2018 For 23 years the intricacies of a 4-million-year-old cranium fossil discovered in the Jacovec Cavern in the Sterkfontein Caves remained a mystery to researchers. But thanks to high-resolution imaging technology, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have discovered that the... 

Visionary leadership needed to handle the emerging long-term water crisis

27th June 2018 The panic that emerged after Day Zero was announced was instrumental in getting Capetonians to cut water consumption substantially - but a water-saving programme driven by fear is not sustainable. This is the view of Gina Ziervogel, an associate professor at UCT's Department of Environmental and... 

Private security company allegedly opens fire on protesters, injuring eight in Marikana

26th June 2018 Eight people were shot and injured during a legal march, after a private security company fired rubber bullets at a group protesting outside Glencore mine in Marikana, North West on Tuesday morning. "While the march was busy, a private security firm fired shots at the protesters. One of the... 

Cape Town dams filling up, but drought not broken

26th June 2018 The recent winter rains pushed the overall level of the City of Cape Town's supply dams up to 42.7% full on Monday, higher than it was at this time in 2017 or 2016. This time last week the level was 38.1%. And despite the recent rains and the dams filling up, Capetonians are still keeping water... 

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

25th June 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,... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi abolishes co-payments

21st June 2018 The abolishment of co-payments is one of the proposals of the Medical Schemes Amendment bill, announced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi was speaking at a briefing on the medical schemes amendment bill and National Health Insurance bill in Pretoria on Thursday. 

SANDF rifle linked to cash-in-transit heist, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula reveals

21st June 2018 Some South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials fall foul of the law by losing or stealing official firearms and ammunition, and at least one of these weapons has ended up being used during a cash-in-transit heist, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed this week. She was... 

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