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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Africa Check: Levels of child sexual abuse in SA even higher than activist claimed

Please note: The original article was published on 6 June 2017. In light of Child Protection Week, we have republished the story. Violence against women and children has been dominating South African newspaper headlines and radio chat shows. Recently, an activist told a talk show host that 25% of South African girls will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18, compared to 17% of boys. This was to show that boys too are at risk. Activist Rees Mann was discussing a newspaper exposé about alleged sexual abuse at…

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Water Wednesday: Cape Town dam levels are increasing

The MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, said it is ‘heartening’ to see dam levels increasing but it does not mean the drought is over. “Most major dams in the Western Cape are showing slight increases,” said Bredell. He gave some of the figures of the different dams in the Western Cape, which have shown slight improvements. The Voëlvlei Dam (improved from 14.2 to 16.6 percent full this week), the Theewaterskloof Dam (went from 11.8 to 14.7 percent full this week) and the Bergriver Dam…

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Child Protection Week: It’s much easier to abduct a child than you think

[embedded content] WATCH: This video illustrates how easy it is to abduct a child. Even though the children in the video above have been taught not to talk to strangers, they willingly and without hesitation accompany the stranger to “see the puppies”. Several mothers in the park were told of the experiment, and consented, only to be shocked to see their children lured away from the playground by a friendly stranger with a puppy. Researchers remind parents that strangers do not necessarily appear scary or ominous. In fact, they’re most…

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Tuesday Life Hack: 5 weird and wacky flu hacks to try this winter

Winter is here and with it comes a whole lot of viruses that result in illness. Anyone who has had the flu knows how unpleasant it can be and anything that can bring relief is welcome. Unfortunately there is no cure for the flu virus, only over the counter drugs, food and natural remedies that relieve the symptoms. Most times you just have to take the medication, get some rest and tough it out. In addition to this, why not try some of these weird and wacky flu hacks, what…

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Child Protection Week: Protect your child from child predators

While nothing a parent or caregiver does to prevent sexual abuse is completely foolproof, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your child becoming a victim. Accompany your child to public places The general rule of thumb is that a responsible adult should accompany children under the age of 12 to public places like shopping centres, public toilets, swimming pools and to their activities. Be vigilant Always know where your child is and who they are with. Be aware of your surroundings. Always look out for…

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Child Protection Week: What you need to know

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off Child Protection Week by putting the spotlight on issues facing young South Africans under the age of 18. She spoke of the effects of social media on children and combating sexual abuse. National Child Protection Week is marked annually to raise awareness for the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society to care for and protect children. Children’s Rights and the Constitution The Bill of Rights in the Constitution specifically states that every child has the right to be…

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Enviro Monday: Government embarking on new strategies to combat plastic pollution

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, said during her budget vote in Parliament earlier this month that her department is embarking on an ambitious new strategy to combat plastic pollution. South Africa has a number of measures in place to tackle the plastic problem. The National Pollution Laboratory (NPL) operated by the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) has been established and their work will soon be commencing. South Africa has endorsed the UN Enviromental Programme’s Clean Seas Campaign. The campaign is aimed at stepping up international, regional and national efforts…

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#AfricaDay: Our favourite throwback African videos

Out of the many things we can appreciate about Africa, music is at the top of the list. African musicians from all over the continent have been giving the gift of sound to the world for decades. It is a commonly known fact that some of the most famous musical genres of today were inspired by the unique sounds of Africa. Here are some of our favourite throwback songs over the decades. 10. Oliver Mtukudzi – Neria Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi has provided us with many hit songs but the…

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