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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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October 18, 2017

Deputy Minister Mahambehlala inspires learners to aim high

Communications Deputy Minister Tandi Mahambehlala has urged learners at Masiyile High School in Khayelitsha to aim for the stars in the upcoming National Senior Certificate examinations and not let circumstances get in the way of their success.

The Deputy Minister said this when she visited the school in the Western Cape on Tuesday to hand over sanitary towels to girl learners.

“We are coming here today 12 days before the matriculants write their exams.

“This is one of the schools that has produced great learners with distinctions in matric in previous years. Now our responsibility here, as legislatures, is to ensure that we strengthen the work that the teachers [...]

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October 13, 2017

Cape Town takes the prize as South Africa’s healthiest city

Statistics show that South Africans now spend more money on beer than on vegetables and fruit combined.

Durbanites eat the least sugar and salt while Cape Town and Johannesburg residents are better at stocking up on fruit and vegetables.

This is among the findings of the Discovery Vitality ObeCity Index 2017‚ released on Wednesday‚ which presents the latest insights on weight status as measured by Body Mass Index and waist circumference and food purchasing behaviour of nearly half a million Vitality members in Johannesburg‚ Pretoria‚ Cape Town‚ Durban‚ Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Cape Town scores best with 53.5% of Capetonians having a normal weight [...]

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October 12, 2017

Western Cape tourists urged to save water

The City of Cape Town has kicked off its water saving campaign, ‘Save like a local’ — this time targeting tourists expected this summer.

The campaign will be used to drive awareness about the serious drought crisis, especially among visitors this coming festive season.

According to the MasterCard Destination Cities Index 2017, Cape Town, popularly known as the Mother City, raked in 1.52 million visitors in 2016.

“If this year’s tourist season is similar to last year’s, we can expect a bumper season and we will need all visitors to ‘save like a local’ and follow the example of many of our water ambassadors,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for [...]

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