Environment

Project Rhino - combating poachers

In the picturesque, rolling hills of Northern KwaZulu-Natal there is a group of South Africans who have dedicated their lives to saving rhino.

They work and even reside deep in the heart of the natural beauty of the Somkhanda Game Reserve, between the remote towns of Pongola and Mkuzi.

The reserve is home to the big five, South Africa's most coveted and jealously-guarded tourist attraction.

2018 budget speech in a nutshell

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Budget Speech has seen him make “difficult decisions” to address a revenue shortfall and to fund free higher education.
An increase in value-added tax (VAT), fuel levy and a higher estate duty tax are just some of the things South Africans will be faced with this year.

On the other hand, Minister Gigaba announced some relief for the poor and the working class in the form of below inflation increase in personal income tax, while ensuring an above average increase in social grants.

​Promises Ramaphosa made in his SONA speech

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a number of key promises in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday.

He outlined various initiatives that will kick off during the course of the year.

Opposition parties expressed their scepticism about the promises he made in his speech because they have no assurances of the actions that he will take to deliver on what he has promised.

H2O International suspends water refills

Water purification company H2O International has suspended walk-in water refills to prevent water wastage and stockpiling in drought-stricken Cape Town.

The Cape Town company suspended their water walk-in service on February 1, 2018, until an alternative source of non-municipal water could be found, CEO Tony Marchesini said in a statement.

"We had no idea that the weekend before that date, there would be a run on our stores as panic water buying set in. As we do not condone stockpiling, we were horrified," said Marchesini.

Weather Update - Thunderstorms Continue

Following a wet start to the week across the central parts of the country, the South African Weather Service has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms that are expected to continue on Monday night, 11 December into Tuesday, 12 December.

Severe thunderstorms are expected on Monday night in places over Gauteng, the eastern parts of the North West and Free State, as well as the highveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga.

R500 million Estimated for KZN Storm Damage

The KwaZulu-Natal government says it will take a while to finish the assessment of the damage that the devastating storms have caused as some insurance companies put it at R500 million.

The death toll from Tuesday's storm stands at 14.

More than 40 schools were also damaged as well as several health care institutions in and around Durban.

At Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi two people died when a wall collapsed.

Disaster Relief Kick Off after Gauteng Storms

Disaster management teams are fanning out across the West and East Rand to assess the full impact of the devastating storms that swept across Gauteng on Monday.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said on Tuesday it would also provide humanitarian relief to devastated areas.

About 500 people who lost their homes in Orient Hills, near Magaliesburg, are being moved to a community hall in nearby Magaliesburg, said Cogta spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri.

CT Taps Slow Down

The City of Cape Town has rolled out Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan and pre-selected suburbs can expect dry taps during peak hours.

Water rationing through extreme pressure reduction is underway, the City said on Monday.

Under Phase One, pre-selected suburbs can expect water supply disruptions for short periods of time with outages likely to occur in the mornings and evenings.

​Hurricane Irma Rampage

Hurricane Irma has destroyed buildings and caused major flooding on several French island territories in the Caribbean.

The four "most solid" buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, were destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said.

Communications between Paris and Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy are down.

The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 300km/h (185mph).

Water Limits in Ekurhuleni

Residents in Alberton‚ Benoni‚ Wattville‚ Brakpan‚ Gemiston‚ Boksburg‚ Tsakane and Duduza will be the first to be affected by the City of Ekurhuleni’s night-time water rationing.

The metro on Monday morning tweeted a link to a schedule‚ which shows that water will be cut to areas on every second night from 9pm to 5am.

The city said on Friday that it “has no choice but to take this drastic step as voluntary water saving measures by residents have averaged a savings rate of about 3.5% a week‚ a far cry from the required 15%”.

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