The march, which has been granted official permission for a peaceful demonstration, offers a platform for the EFF and its supporters to express their concerns and aspirations for social and political transformation. It is also an opportunity for artists and creatives within the city to engage with the political landscape and inspire new forms of artistic expression, highlighting the complex relationship between politics, society, and art in Cape Town.
The Western Cape’s Tygerberg Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have performed almost 10,000 heart surgeries in response to South Africa’s ongoing struggle against heart disease. Heart disease remains the primary cause of death in South Africa, and these hospitals are crucial in addressing this healthcare crisis. The success of these interventions is dependent on the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams across the hospitals, providing patients with the best possible outcomes.
The agricultural sector in the Western Cape region of South Africa has suffered extensive damage in recent storms, with preliminary estimates putting losses at R1.4 billion. The Cape Winelands region was hit particularly hard, with power supplies disrupted and agricultural workers facing an uncertain future. The South African National Defence Force has been requested to assist with repair and recovery efforts, but a lengthy process of rebuilding lies ahead.
South Africa’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment has announced a draft notice that bans certain activities involving African lions, highlighting the government’s dedication to the protection and welfare of these animals. The decision is the result of a highlevel panel’s recommendations, and it is consistent with the White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity. The proposed prohibition is limited to the establishment or registration of new captive breeding facilities, commercial exhibition facilities, rehabilitation facilities, or sanctuaries for live African lions. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Notice.
The National Treasury has appointed Ms. Mmakgoshi Lekhethe as Deputy DirectorGeneral: Asset and Liability Management, and Mr. Christopher Axelson as Acting Deputy DirectorGeneral: Tax and Financial Sector Policy. Lekhethe has been with the National Treasury since 1996, while Axelson joined in 2012 after working in the UK. Their appointments strengthen the National Treasury’s leadership team and ensure the organization’s ongoing success in managing South Africa’s finances and promoting economic stability. Colleagues have expressed confidence in the new appointees, citing their expertise, knowledge, and commitment to their work.
The Western Cape has been hit by devastating floods, causing road closures and leaving communities in need of assistance. Travelers planning to visit the region during the upcoming holiday season have been warned to exercise caution and stay informed about road closures and traffic measures. Relief efforts are underway, and residents and visitors are encouraged to donate to local disaster centers and NGOs to support those affected by the floods.
Transport Month in South Africa celebrates the nation’s progress in the transportation industry, highlighting advancements in road infrastructure, rail networks, train production, aviation sector development, and public transport investment. The government is also dedicated to fostering equality and empowerment in the transport sector, particularly for historically disadvantaged individuals. The month also commemorates notable milestones for six transport entities, including Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), and CrossBorder Road Transport Agency (CBRTA). The government’s investment in infrastructure development, equality and empowerment, and innovation will ensure a brighter future for all South Africans.
On International Translation Day, the City of Cape Town and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) collaborate to highlight the importance of translation services in removing communication barriers and fostering an inclusive, multicultural society. The partnership aims to acknowledge language professionals’ contributions to promoting dialogue and understanding and implement new technologies and systems to enhance translation services. The city is dedicated to offering services in the three official languages of the Western Cape and catering to residents’ language preferences, with expanded access through multilingual notices, signs, and advertisements. The initiative demonstrates the potential for cities worldwide to build inclusive, diverse communities through language and translation services.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has reached an Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD) agreement with Motheo Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Free State, South Africa, concerning an ongoing investigation into the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Motheo TVET College has agreed to repay unallocated NSFAS grant funding totaling R38,686,477.10, making monthly payments of R855,679.91 for 60 months. The SIU’s efforts to address financial misallocations in the higher education sector are contributing to reinforcing the overall integrity of the higher education landscape in South Africa.
The Western Cape Government has been working tirelessly to recover and rebuild after a series of devastating storms in the region. In a recent virtual press conference, officials shared updates on their disaster management approach, which includes repairing damaged infrastructure, providing relief to affected families, and implementing sustainable solutions to prevent future catastrophes. Collaborative efforts between departments and stakeholders, as well as the support of the media, have played a crucial role in the successful execution of the government’s response. Despite the challenges, the Western Cape Government remains committed to the welfare of its residents and is working towards a sustainable and resilient future for the province.
Good news for the Western Cape as dam levels have surged due to recent heavy rainfall, providing relief to the area’s prolonged water crisis. The Cape Town System Dams have experienced a significant uptick in water levels, exemplifying the fortitude of the region’s people and natural resources amidst adversity. Despite heavy rainfall causing damage to infrastructure and loss of life and property, the region has remained resilient and adaptive, drawing strength from its diverse heritage and art to overcome challenges and secure a sustainable water future.
Unusually heavy rainfall and flooding on South Africa’s coastline have caused marine life, including abalone and seahorses, to be washed ashore. Slowmoving invertebrates such as abalone and mollusks are particularly affected and cannot escape the changed environment created by the floodwaters mixing with seawater. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) is taking action to reduce the damage, including coordinating efforts to rehabilitate the endangered Knysna seahorse, which is only found in three estuaries in the affected region. The unexpected consequences highlight the need for collective action to address the broader challenges of climate change and protect the planet’s ecosystems.
South Africa and Lesotho celebrated the official launch of their BiNational Commission (BNC) during a historic meeting between the two nations’ leaders. The BNC aims to strengthen and integrate the existing economic collaboration between the neighboring countries. Topics discussed included trade facilitation, energy partnerships, and regional developments of mutual interest. Both leaders expressed a commitment to addressing unresolved issues and challenges to ensure seamless trade facilitation and investments. The BNC promises to be a crucial step in fortifying the bilateral relationship, yielding mutual benefits for both nations.
This article highlights the courageous acts of rescuers and everyday heroes during a series of devastating storms along the coastal province. From a local surfer saving three teenage girls to NSRI crews collaborating with rangers to airlift an injured hiker, the true nature of people’s character emerges during times of crisis. These incidents serve as a testament to the unwavering resilience and spirit of humanity, inspiring and uplifting us all.
Despite the onslaught of severe weather and the challenges it has brought, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department remains committed to serving the community and prioritizing the safety of residents and visitors. The department’s emergency tree teams have been working tirelessly to manage the consequences of the weather, ensuring public safety. Although City cemeteries have been severely affected, with some temporarily halting burial services and experiencing accessibility limitations, the department continues its ongoing struggle to preserve the wellbeing of the community and remains resilient against the forces of nature.
Shaheema River survived a harrowing bus accident that killed three people and injured 35 others. She recalls the tragedy and the resilience of the human spirit while urging people not to make assumptions about its cause. Despite not hearing from Golden Arrow Bus Service, she plans to file a lawsuit against it and join others in seeking justice for the victims. The incident highlights the fragility of life, the power of human resilience, and the importance of community during times of crisis.