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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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February 5, 2018

Miss Universe back on home soil after victory

THE first thing Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters did after she won the Miss South Africa title was to present the pageant with a power-point presentation of everything she wanted to do to get to Miss Universe.

Fast forward to November last year and she finally had the chance to wear that crown.

Werner Wessels, style and etiquette mentor to various reigning queens, told Nel-Peters to make sure that her hands were on top of her rival just before they made the announcement for Miss Universe, because the one who wins always has her hands on top.

“Initially my hands were underneath her and then I remembered what Werner said and I put them on top,” she laughed as she relayed the [...]

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January 19, 2018

South African business school to accept Bitcoin payments

South Africa can now boast its first business school to accept Bitcoin payments for all degrees, advanced diplomas, certificates and online courses.

Red & Yellow, which has campuses in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, says it is focused on preparing its students for career success in a digital future, so the acceptance of the next wave of financial currency is the obvious route.

“The world is changing rapidly, as are our students and it’s our responsibility to ensure we are serving their future focused needs” said Rob Stokes, chairman of Red & Yellow and founder of digital agency pioneer, Quirk.

“The reality is that Bitcoin is here to stay and with many [...]

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June 27, 2017

Cape Town faces further water restrictions

Capetonians should brace for more stringent water restrictions as water use continues to peak above the 600 million litres a day target.

“The City of Cape Town is preparing for the imminent implementation of further intensified water restrictions. The envisaged Level 4b restrictions would adjust the water usage target downwards to 500 million litres of collective water use per day,” the metro said in a statement on Monday.

“This comes as dam levels remain critically low, rainfall uncertainty great, and consumption levels still too high considering the need to start building reserves for the expected tough summer ahead.”

“Dam storage levels are at 24.5 percent [...]

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