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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. 

Drought: City doesn't live up to water augmentation promise

24th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has admitted that it will only be able to augment water supply to the drought-stricken Mother City by about half of the amount it promised previously. About two months ago, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city aimed to augment current water supply by 500-million... 

Department of agriculture to help farmers stop the spread of bird flu

24th October 2017 A total of 92 locations have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed. The department said in a statement that affected birds are divided into distinct categories, namely, commercial... 

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