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 WC 14-15 June 2018 and Gauteng, FS + Mpu will be affected in max temp. Visit https://t.co/82W3dwn2P1 for full view…

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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 canals. #CanalSafety pic.twitter.com/EgrSkct76e — Water&SanitationRSA (@DWS_RSA) May 18, 2018 Data from the Medical Research Council lists drowning as one of…

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DJ Dash to walk miles to build a school in KwaZulu-Natal

Thulani ‘Dj Dash’ Mzinyane will embark in a long walk from Johannesburg to Durban to help build a new school for underprivileged children in KwaZulu-Natal. The walk will be held through his organisation, Feed a Child Feed a Nation, an initiative aimed at alleviating poverty by providing necessities to under-resourced rural schools. Mziyane has not yet set a date for the walk, however, he has said the proceeds of this walk will go towards building a school in one of the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. According to the DJ, this…

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Water Wednesday: Pricing revisited to combat water wastage

According to the Director of Water Resource Planning, Patrick Mlilo, South Africa is a water scarce country where 5.3 million houses (35%) still do not have access to reliable clean drinking water. Despite this staggering figure, the per capita water use in South Africa is 2.75% and the department is trying to bring it down to 1.75% in line with the international requirement for countries that do not have sufficient water. Part of the plan to bring this percentage down is to curb industrial and agricultural water waste and review…

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WATCH: DJ Lag joins Way out West line-up

Gqom music’s super DJ, DJ Lag is set to join well-renowned artists Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, 6lack and many more at this year’s Way out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Read: WATCH: Red Bull Music Festival highlights DJ Lag continues to spread Gqom, a DIY-types sub-genre of house music that originated in Durban, across clubs in Europe, Asia and USA. Just in case you haven’t seen the GQOMKing in action watch the video below: [embedded content] Source: CityBuzz.co.za

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Water Wednesday: Misverstand Dam levels have increased

Last Monday, the Misverstand Dam was only 10.4% full before the water started flowing into it from Berg River Dam over a 10-day period. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s hydrology report, 2.1 million cubic litres has reached the dam increasing its levels to 44,13%. This is a 33.79% increase compared to the 10.34% recorded last week. Misverstand Dam following the release of water from Berg River Dam. According to hydrology report 2,1 million cubic litres has reached Misverstand Dam. The Misverstand Dam levels are currently at 44,13%,…

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Water Wednesday: Water theft investigation as Bergrivier Dam sluices open

The Misverstand Dam was only 10.4% full before the water started flowing into it from Bergrivier Dam over a 10-day period, via a pipe that leads to the Wemmershoek control works. This dam supplies municipalities on the West Coast with water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use. If the water from Misverstand Dam ran dry, Saldanha would have to get water from the Voëlvlei Dam, which already supplies 22 other West Coast towns. This would have left them enough water until the end of April 2018. In a bid to…

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Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela finally throws in the towel

Embattled Kaizer Chiefs coach and former club player, Steve Komphela has finally read the writing on the wall and done the honourable thing and resigned as head coach of the Soweto Glamour Boys. This comes hot on the heels of embarrassing losses to Chippa United in the Absa Premiership by a 3–0 scoreline and in the Nedbank Cup semi-final to Free State Stars by 2–0. Read: #SteveKomphela please step down – Twitter Ugly scenes were the order of the day in both games, with fans pelting Chiefs players and the technical…

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Water Wednesday: How much water does the average South African consume?

This is according to statements made by former Johannesburg mayor and president of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Parks Tau during a speech. Tau noted that the country’s water consumption far exceeded international benchmarks and that the average water consumption in South Africa is 235 litres per capita per day compared to a world average of 185. SALGA official William Moraka told Africa Check that Tau’s figures were sourced from the International Benchmarking Network’s (IBNET) 2010 data as well as a 2017 benchmarking study from the Department of…

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Zuma proclaims innocence after court appearance

Jacob Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma appeared in court on Friday to face corruption charges relating to a R30.1 billion arms deal, later telling a crowd he would be proven innocent in the long-running case that resurfaced after his fall from power. Zuma‘s transition from “Mr. President” to “Accused Number One” in less than two months is a significant setback for the 75-year-old, whose nine years in office were marked by economic stagnation and credit downgrades. He faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering. In a procedural appearance that lasted…

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