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Western Cape dam levels drop in spite of recent rain

28th November 2017 After all the rain, and even hail in some parts of the Western Cape last week, average dam levels went down, not up – falling from 34.66% full to 34.49%, the Western Cape government said on Monday. James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental... 

Low flying choppers to confirm anti-drought water mapping on the Cape Flats

27th November 2017 Residents of Cape Town's Philippi, Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain might think they are imagining things at the sight of a helicopter carrying what looks like a giant steering wheel over their properties this week. According to Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, this is actually a low flying... 

Hawks probing Brian Molefe's R30m pension payout claims

24th November 2017 Trade Union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would launch legal proceedings to force former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to repay the "unlawful" R30-million pension payout he received. "Unlawful actions must bear consequences. An apology and even pay back [from Molefe], is not enough,"... 

Support Ramaphosa and we will not see a downgrade – Gordhan

24th November 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he should be given a chance to implement his "New Deal" proposal. "If we support Ramaphosa I can guarantee you we will not see a downgrade," said Gordhan. 

Four zama zamas dead, 15 others arrested after shootout with police

23rd November 2017 Four illegal miners have been shot and killed during a shootout with police on an open field in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, early on Thursday morning. Police said fifteen illegal miners, also known as zama zamas, were arrested. 

Johannesburg Water undertaking largest repair job in its history

22nd November 2017 Utility company Johannesburg Water is currently dealing with the largest repair of a burst pipe in the entity's history, the City said on Wednesday. There were major leaks identified on the main water pipeline that runs through the Linbro Park landfill site, MMC for environmental and... 

Tsotsi drops Myeni/Zuma meeting bombshell at Eskom Inquiry

22nd November 2017 Former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi has dropped a bombshell at the Eskom Inquiry, saying that former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni had called him to request his availability to meet President Jacob Zuma in Durban. According to Tsotsi, he was met by Myeni on March 7, 2015 at the... 

The sooner Guptas leave SA, the better – Gordhan

20th November 2017 Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan has said the sooner the Guptas get out of South Africa, the better for the country. He was speaking at the Congress of Business and Economics dinner on Saturday, where they were paying tribute to heroes who have created a legacy that will benefit South Africa. 

Water-scarce Cape Town holding 'Day Zero' talks with police, army

17th November 2017 Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is in talks with the police and the army to prepare for May 13 2018 - the day the taps are now anticipated to run dry around the city, with water only available at collection points, she said on Thursday. "The City is consulting with the South African Police... 

National Disaster Centre declined to help thirsty Beaufort West – province

16th November 2017 The National Disaster Management Centre declined a request to provide drought-stricken Beaufort West with emergency funding due to the initial stated terms, the Western Cape Local Government Department said on Tuesday. However, the province was re-negotiating the terms, said James-Brent Styan,... 

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