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February 5, 2018

Panic and blame as Cape Town braces for water shut-off

For some residents of drought-stricken Cape Town, the prospect of the taps running dry is almost too much to bear.

For others, the thought of queueing under the scorching summer sun for a meagre daily water ration will be a necessary evil to keep their businesses solvent.

But the day, currently forecast for April 12, has been creeping closer – brought forward by the city’s excessive consumption despite repeated public warnings from increasingly panicked officials.

On “Day Zero”, as it is called, the ordinary water supply will be shut down and taps will run dry.

Residents of the city of four million will then be forced to collect a daily water ration of [...]

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January 30, 2018

THE ICONIC MORNINGSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL TURNS AN IMPRESSIVE 90 YEARS OLD THIS FEBRUARY 2018

Morningside Primary School was established in 1928. It was formerly known as North Ridge Road Government School and changed its name in 1952. On 1 February 1928, the headmaster Mr E.H. Wade and two other teachers, Miss Torrance and Mr Nel welcomed fifty-six pupils to the school to teach from class 1 to standard six. In March 1928, Miss Gibson was appointed to take charge of the Infants.

The school inspector of the time Mr Winterton writes in the school log book, “The contrast between the disorder of the grounds and their surroundings, and the ordered beauty of the classrooms was very great. Outside the Durban Municipality is displacing the earth in all directions: there is no [...]

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January 19, 2018

I was not drunk – motorist charged with killing two cyclists.

Durban – Omesh Ramnarain, the motorist charged with crashing into and killing two cyclists on the M4 Highway leading out of Durban almost two years ago, says he was not drunk on the morning of the accident.

The Durban Regional Court on Monday heard his version that he had only consumed four cider drinks during that evening although at one stage “other patrons” at the bar had split drinks on him.

He also denied any negligence claiming that he was driving home at about 05:00 when he heard a “loud bang” and his windscreen shattered.

“I braked and moved towards the left in order to stop and moments later heard another bang. I could [...]

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January 18, 2018

Defective airbags: Bakkies, cars to be recalled in SA

The South African auto industry is affected by ongoing defective Takata airbag recalls.

One of the automakers affected is Toyota with models such as its previous generation Hilux bakkie.

The safety recall is to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Toyota SA issued a recall and special service campaign in July 2017.

In 2015, Toyota SA said it would replace airbag inflators in its Corolla, RunX and Yaris models (built from 2002 to 2007) and in its Rav4, Hilux and Fortuners (from July 2003 to December 2005).

Recall notice to local Hilux owners 

In a letter to customers, sent to us via a reader, Toyota said: “Our [...]

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