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Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Marikana massacre to be commemorated at hillside where massacre occurred

16th August 2017 The deaths of 34 miners during the Marikana massacre in 2012 will be commemorated by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday at the hillside where the massacre occurred. Police shot and killed the miners on August 16, 2012, in an apparent attempt to disperse... 

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

City of Johannesburg aims to make billing woes 'history'

14th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg declared its ''Billing Open Day'' on Saturday a resounding success, and promised to get rid of the backlog of over 17 000 billing disputes soon. This was after officials from the City of Johannesburg, notorious for its billing problems, set up shop at Mark's Park in... 

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

8th August 2017 The City of Cape Town is urging all water users to reduce their water usage further during the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. The city said consumption has remained too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. 

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report

2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

Zille to bill Mokonyane millions for water systems maintenance, repairs

2nd August 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is planning to slap Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane with a bill for R3.5-milllion for water infrastructure maintenance that she believes the national department should have done. The national government is responsible for the maintenance of... 

Mayor Mashaba vows to end residents' billing woes

2nd August 2017 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to take charge of the billing crisis residents have been complaining about for years. "I promised the residents that they would get our very best to relieve them of the misery they have endured at the hands of our billing system. Unfortunately, to date,... 

South Africans can no longer be 'free riders' of democracy – Gordhan

1st August 2017 South African citizens can no longer be "free riders" of democracy and need to actively work to secure State institutions, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday evening. He urged South Africans to either become whistleblowers or "find different forms of resistance". "In today’s... 

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