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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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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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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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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Cele announces new senior police appointments

Major-General Moeketsi Sempe has been appointed as the provincial commissioner of the Free State province. Sempe’s appointment was announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele at the Police Training Academy on Thursday. Sempe has served as the deputy provincial commissioner of police in the province. Other senior appointments announced by Cele included that of Major-General Anthony Jacobs as the head of Crime Intelligence. Major-General Tebello Constance Mosikili was appointed as the head of the detective services while Major-General Samson Shitlabane was appointed as the divisional commissioner of Protection and Security Services.…

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Twitter backlashes Ace Magashule ‘lavish’ bash

Outgoing Free State premier Ace Magashule’s lavish bash has received a major backlash from Twitter users. The Free State government reportedly threw a farewell party for Magashule at the Free State rugby stadium at a cost of R20 million. The Twitterati trolled Magashule and even took a swipe at the food served to members of the public in attendance‚ which included a breakfast of two bread rolls and a drumstick. Looks like 2 rolls and 1-piece chicken. Sheesh…#AceMagashule, you could surely have done better than this ??‍♂️ I hope everybody…

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R500m-plus knock as Novus loses half of Media24’s printing

Had new printing agreements with Media24 – which take effect on April 1 – been in place for the last financial year, revenue at former Media24 subsidiary Novus Holdings would be approximately R520 million to R560 million lower. Novus is being squeezed on two sides. For one, its prices charged to Media24 have had to come down materially. But, this only accounts for half of the impact (R260 million to R280 million). A further R260 million to R280 million “relates to the volume differential between the Previous Agreements and the…

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