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July 23, 2019

#EveryDropCounts: Cape dam levels rise with province at 49%, City at 63%

Cape Town – The average dam level in the Western Cape continues to increase as extreme weather moves in across the province this week.

The latest average level for dams across the province is 49.6% (2018: 50%). The City of Cape Town’s dams have reached an average level of 63.8% full (2018: 56%).

The MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, says citizens across the province can expect a few days of very bad weather as the winter will arrive in full force this week.

“The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has been alerted by the South African Weather Service that adverse weather conditions are expected from [...]

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May 29, 2019

Six historic sites in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is rich with colonial history, and Robben Island is one of the most significant reminders of the country’s recent political history. Liesl Venter rounds up some tours on offer at these historic sites as well as options for cultural and archaeological tours in other parts of the province.

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle is home to three prestigious museums – the Military Museum, which is steeped in military history; the William Fehr Collection, which has interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape concerning the peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa; and the permanent ceramic exhibition, [...]

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May 9, 2019

ANC TAKES EARLY LEAD AS RESULTS START TRICKLING IN

It will still be more than 48 hours before South Africans know the final results.

Nationally, the African National Congress (ANC) is enjoying an early lead followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

By 4am on Thursday morning, 887,867 valid votes had been captured.

Party agents sat anxiously with their eyes fixed to their computer screens and monitors showing the early votes.

The ANC has taken an early lead at just over 50% nationally followed by the DA and EFF at 28% and 7%, respectively.

In the Western Cape, the DA was sitting on 60% of the vote so far.

It will still be more than 48 hours before South [...]

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May 3, 2019

IEC It’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready to oversee the sixth democratic elections on May 8 next week.

The price of petrol will push to a record high from midnight on Tuesday, with the central energy fund (CEF) announcing that under-recovery in August would prompt fuel increases ranging from 99c to R1.79.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, said that a record number of political parties contesting the elections have presented new challenges.

He was speaking during the official opening of the National Operations Centre in Tshwane.

Only registered voters will be allowed to [...]

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