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March 16, 2018

Day Zero: Scare tactics, science and solutions

The City of Cape Town has come under significant criticism from civil society and concerned residents for its response to the worst drought the city has experienced in 100 years. Most notably are the accusations levelled against the City for its Day Zero predictions and preparations.

Day Zero is Cape Town’s imminent doomsday, the date the taps may run dry and residents begin queuing for water.

First announced by the City in 2017, the 2018 date for Day Zero has been changed numerous times – March, May, then forward to April, pushed back to June, and now to July 9.

Responding to the Day Zero determination and the City’s plans to alleviate strain on its water [...]

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March 15, 2018

Who will be hit hardest by land redistribution without compensation

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema again made headlines over the past weekend with controversial comments on land ownership in South Africa.

Speaking at a supporter rally in Johannesburg, Malema said that the land in South Africa was taken by whites through genocide, and would be returned to the people.

In his address, the party leader was careful to word things in a way that did not overtly incite racial tensions, saying that the land should be taken from white people, and given to all (white people included), while maintaining that there should be no disruption to agricultural food supply, and no civil war.

“We are not going to disrupt [...]

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February 22, 2018

Ex-student confesses to killing 17 in Florida school shooting

A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed on Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him.

As Americans reeled from the country’s worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President Donald Trump suggested the root cause of the violence was a crisis of mental health – and defied calls to address gun control.

Terrified students hid in closets and under desks on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, texting for help as the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, stalked the school with a [...]

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February 21, 2018

Fugitive Ajay Gupta still in the country

Ajay Gupta, who has officially been named a fugitive by the Hawks, is still on run — with the help of a security company.

Speaking in an interview with PowerFM on Friday morning, Hawk’s spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that they know Ajay Gupta is still in the country and they also know the security company protecting him. The Hawks is set to engage with the company.

Mulaudzi said: “Those protecting him must know they are protecting a wanted suspect. They will be charged with aiding and abetting a suspect.”

Muladuzi also revealed that another director of a Gupta company is facing imminent arrest.

Officials at OR Tambo International Airport [...]

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