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Water Wednesday: Residents warned not to drink heavily polluted water from the Vaal River

The Vaal River is a major water resource around the country. Since the drought relief in the past year its water levels have been recorded at full capacity but despite this, the river has been in crisis mode for some time. According to Maureen Stewart of Save the Vaal raw sewage has been flowing directly into the Vaal because of mismanagement by the Emfuleni and Ngwathe local authorities. Reports of

Cape Town #Taxistrike: Shocking footage and images surface on Twitter

Two fire engines, 14 firefighters, a water tanker and a rescue vehicle were dispatched to Shushu Crescent, Khayelitsha after two Golden Arrow buses were set alight. One was set on fire next to False Bay College in Lingelethu-West, and the other another was set on fire in Tutu Avenue, Makhaza. Golden Arrow Bus Service posted on Facebook that they would be suspending services into Delft and Nyanga and would only

The big problem with switching off 2G in Sandton

Vodacom has seen continued growth across its 3G and 4G networks, with more users adopting 3G and 4G-compatible devices. The network has also continued to expand its coverage across South Africa and will soon reach 85% 4G population coverage, Vodacom chief technical officer Andries Delport told MyBroadband. 4G adoption has been particularly high in urban areas, and Delport said Vodacom now covers 91.5% of South African’s urban population with its

Water Wednesday: Water restrictions across SA are still in place despite dam levels improving

The Department of Water and Sanitation published a report that painted a stable picture of the water situation around the country but has emphasised that South Africa is not out of the woods just yet. Recent rains around the country have given a glimmer of hope that the days of the water crisis might soon be over even though it is too early to consider lifting water restrictions. Gauteng takes

Water Wednesday: Nelson Mandela’s commitment to water is a lesson to us all

In light of Mandela’s legacy, water users in SA need to be reminded that pollution of water has a negative impact on water quality. The late Madiba spoke of this negative impact during the World Summit on Sustainable Development held at the Water Dome, Johannesburg in 2002. Madiba told the world that there is no future for everyone if water is not available. “Amongst the many things I learned, as

Amazon launches CloudFront Edge in Cape Town

Amazon CloudFront has announced four new Edge locations across four cities, including Cape Town in South Africa. The Edge location in Cape Town is the second in the country, with the first launched in Johannesburg last month. The rollout of the Edge locations will improve the availability and performance of content delivery to users in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Following the launch of the new Edge servers in South

Water Wednesday: Western Cape water restrictions remain despite dams being half full

This week, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Western Cape Regional office updated the general public about the status of the water situation in the Western Cape. The latest dam levels assessment on 9 July 2018 showed that the combined average dam levels for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) are at 53.05% as compared to 48.33% last week. Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam in the system has risen

Water Wednesday: Cold front to bring floods to Cape Town

Western Cape Dam levels have been steadily improving in the past two weeks and will most likely continue after the upcoming storm. The South African Weather Service warned that an intense cold front was headed to the province as well as the Namakwa District of the Northern Cape on 14 and 15 June. MEDIA RELEASE: Please be advised of the intense cold front resulting in wet and cold weather for the

Water Wednesday: Children drowning remains a big problem in SA

Under the hashtag #canalsafety, the Department has launched an educational campaign around drowning. In South Africa, children drown every day and these drownings occur mainly in children under the age of 14 years. Drowning and near-drowning incidents occur across both recreational and non-recreational activities. The DWS is embarking on a campaign under the theme, “Canals and Inland Waterways’ Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” to reduce the number of drowning at our