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City of Cape Town gets go-ahead to deviate from municipal act to deal with drought

31st October 2017 Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has approved the City of Cape Town's request to deviate from Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) regulations in order to urgently deal with the drought, the City said on Monday. The City in a statement said Gigaba informed it that he had been advised that... 

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

26th October 2017 Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province's vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. "The impact on the economy is worse for the... 

Nelson Mandela Bay drought: Residents warned to reduce consumption

26th October 2017 Water consumption in Nelson Mandela Bay has increased despite the fact that the metro is experiencing one of its most severe droughts to date. Rainfall figures for the region are at their lowest in 20 years. 

UCT-led team makes new dinosaur discovery

26th October 2017 A team of scientists from universities in SA, the UK and Brazil have discovered the first evidence of a large carnivorous dinosaur roaming Southern Africa 200-million years ago, according to a statement from the University of Cape Town (UCT). The UCT-led team comprised of scientists from the... 

SA signs military deal with Niger

25th October 2017 South Africa has signed a military memorandum of understanding with Niger. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula signed the agreement with her counterpart from Niger, Kalla Moutari, on Wednesday in her office in Parliament, where she met the Nigerian delegation. 

No detail on NHI funding

25th October 2017 The 2017 mini budget did not give any indication on how government intends to fund the much mooted National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, despite it being identified as one of the priority spending areas over the next three years. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba did not mention it once in his... 

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane

25th October 2017 The Western Cape will not get to a stage where it runs out of water completely, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane vowed on Wednesday. "We will never allow a situation of a total shutdown," Mokonyane told a joint sitting of three committees of Parliament, as the province's water... 

Cape Town not required to provide uninterrupted supply of water – councillor

25th October 2017 The City of Cape Town is not required to provide "an uninterrupted supply" of water to residents, mayoral committee member Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg said. Limberg said according to the city's water by-law the city does not "constitute an undertaking to maintain at any time or at... 

Crime Stats: Mbalula talks tough, slams 'lazy efforts' by police

24th October 2017 Police Minister Fikile Mbalula "isn't feeling" the general 1.8% decrease in crime during the 2016/17 financial year, and has yet again warned violent criminals that they will be dealt with in a "proportional response". "Crime is in general down, but when you zoom into the numbers, we have a big... 

Molefe’s pension trial date set for three days

24th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s court date has been set to be heard in Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court for three days at the end of November. That is according to the Department of Public Enterprises spokesperson Colin Cruywagen on Tuesday. 

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