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…

Read More

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…

Read More

SAA and Mango to be merged

South African Airways (SAA), SA Express and Mango are to be merged, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Briefing media at the Imbizo centre in Parliament on board appointments of State-owned companies (SOCs) in the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) portfolio, Gordhan said there are plans to merge the three airlines. Gorhan said currently, the three airlines fly to the same destinations. “Bringing the airlines together and rationalising their routes and important. Rationalising the kind of aircraft needed at a particular time and day – that’s the experience…

Read More

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…

Read More

The SA Post Office’s website is down again – And emails to staff are bouncing

The South African Post Office’s website is down – again. The website – https://www.postoffice.co.za – was not accessible when navigated to by MyBroadband on laptop and mobile browsers this evening. According to a MyBroadband reader, they have been unable to access the website for several days. Google Chrome delivered the following message when attempting to access the domain. This site can’t be reached. www.postoffice.co.za’s server IP address could not be found. The most recent Google cache of the site was on 18 May 2018, at 14:26 GMT. It appears the downtime…

Read More

New History curriculum may be compulsory in South African high schools

The Department of Education recently announced plans to implement a new history curriculum in local schools over seven years, which may reportedly become compulsory. According to a report by the Sunday Times, the new history curriculum could be made compulsory for all Grade 10-12 learners. The report added that certain academics have welcomed the proposed changes to the history subject in South Africa, as they say the current syllabus downplays aspects like slavery and racism. The destruction of ancient African civilisations has also been omitted, they added. The Sunday Times quoted…

Read More

Home Affairs launches new biometric identification system

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the new Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) project will help integrate all systems, inside and outside government, to offer a single source for biometric authentication for citizens. The Minister said this when he spoke at the launch of the new system at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday morning. He said the system will drastically change the manner in which South Africans are identified and will form a back-bone of how the public and private sector will manage the authentication of their…

Read More

Faster fibre planning, but no decision on spectrum – Department of Telecommunications

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released its statement on the priorities of its 2018/19 Budget Vote. The department covered multiple topics in the document, including the rollout of broadband services and spectrum allocation to mobile operators. It stated that it is prioritising the “operationalisation of the National Rapid Deployment Coordinating Centre” in the current financial year, which will comprise representatives from all spheres of government and industry. “Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are leading in facilitating this developmental approach to broadband deployment. Gauteng will launch its pilot with Emfuleni Local Municipality,’ said the department.…

Read More

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…

Read More

Robocall spammer in the US fined $120 million

The FCC in the United States has issued a robocall spammer with a $120 million fine for using a scheme called neighbour spoofing. Neighbour spoofing hides the caller’s real number with one that uses your phone number’s area code as its first three digits, making it more likely that you will pick up. Details of the case emerged a year ago, when the FCC said the spammer was in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. The legislation prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information to disguise their identity with…

Read More