The South African Navy will rename sections of Simon’s Town Naval Base to honor the memory of three submariners who lost their lives in a tragic event. The renaming underlines the importance of their contributions to the Navy and serves as a lasting reminder of their unyielding dedication. The Gillian Hector Training Centre, Mmokwapa Mojela Building, and William Mathipa Workshop will stand as a testament to their unwavering courage and resolve. Although the renaming cannot alleviate the families’ pain, it serves as a symbolic gesture to memorialize the lives of these brave individuals.
South African political leaders and councilors recently convened to address the ongoing water shortage crisis in the cities of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Tshwane. The discussions were prompted by a factfinding mission in September 2023 to assess the most affected municipalities in Gauteng province. The collaboration between political leaders and councilors underlined the critical need for a unified approach to tackle South Africa’s water supply challenges, ensuring that communities have access to dependable water sources and fulfilling human rights obligations.
The Taipei Liaison Office donated two tons of rice to the city of Cape Town, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts and social responsibility. Rice is an essential staple food in South Africa, and the donation has the potential to feed around 10,000 people, addressing food security concerns in a country dealing with economic disparities and natural disasters. The donation serves as a symbol of hope and solidarity, showcasing the power of international collaboration and working collectively to tackle challenges.
The City of Cape Town has confirmed the presence of discolored water in the northern suburbs due to the effects of a severe storm on the water quality at the Wemmershoek Dam. Despite being treated, the water’s turbidity count exceeds the aesthetic standard limit for drinking water. The City is closely observing the highly turbid water and carrying out extensive water sampling and continuous testing to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water in the affected areas. The incident highlights the need for robust infrastructure and contingency plans to respond to emergencies and maintain the quality of essential services like clean water supply.
The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate is encouraging public involvement in discussions regarding marine outfall discharge permit applications and Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) permits. Residents and stakeholders can share their comments and suggestions on five WWTW facilities across 60 days through inperson and virtual meetings and alternative platforms. The City’s inclusive approach to policy development reinforces its dedication to transparency, inclusivity, and accountability, and promoting a culture of environmental stewardship. The public’s feedback will influence the future of wastewater management and ensure effective and sustainable policies are created.
Attention residents of Athlone and neighboring areas: Please be advised that there will be a temporary water service interruption starting on Thursday, 28 September 2023 at 19:00 until Friday, 29 September 2023 at 08:00 due to emergency repairs on a water main in Bofors Circle, Epping. The affected areas include Athlone, Hazendal, Heideveld, Rylands, Belgravia, Crawford, Sybrand Park, Lansdowne, Rondebosch East, and Gatesville Melomed Hospital. Water tankers will be available for domestic use during this time, and residents are urged to store water ahead of time and keep taps closed to prevent water loss and damage. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Greenville Phase 4 Breaking New Ground housing project in Durbanville is a remarkable collaboration between the City of Cape Town and Garden Cities. With a budget of R163 million, the project aims to provide affordable and ecofriendly housing for over 1,000 families by 2025. The project is notable for its innovative construction methods, such as the use of Benex Block, as well as its commitment to fairness and transparency in housing allocation. The Greenville housing project is a shining example of progress, collaboration, and sustainability for the future of housing development in South Africa.
The Electoral Commission has announced a voter registration weekend to prepare for municipal ward byelections happening on November 15, 2023. Eligible voters can register, verify their registration details, and update their residential information by bringing a valid identification document and providing their physical home address. The byelections will occur in several wards across South Africa, and special voting will be accessible at polling stations and through home visits. It is crucial to engage in the democratic process and participate in the voter registration weekend to ensure that every eligible voter can contribute to shaping the country’s future.
The results highlight the importance of voter turnout and political adaptability, and provide valuable insights into the priorities of South African citizens at a local level. Surprising Shifts in the Political Landscape
South Africa and Lesotho have launched their first BiNational Commission (BNC), which aims to strengthen the bond between the two nations and foster bilateral cooperation. The summit facilitated discussions about various aspects of collaboration, from trade and investment to infrastructure development and cultural exchanges. The BNC also offers an opportunity to improve economic integration within the Southern African Customs Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the African Continental Free Trade Area. Overall, the BNC marks a critical turning point in the partnership between South Africa and Lesotho, setting the stage for a new era of cooperation, progress, and prosperity.
The LesothoSouth Africa BiNational Commission marks a pivotal moment in the strong and intertwined history between the two countries. The commission aims to address shared challenges in economics, environment, and society, with a focus on renewable energy and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This collaboration serves as a benchmark for unity and cooperation in the region, highlighting the power of strong relationships in overcoming obstacles and creating a better future for generations to come.
Cape Town’s cemeteries are facing numerous challenges due to the unpredictable weather patterns caused by global climate crises. Rising water tables and flooding are among the obstacles hindering cemetery operations. The Recreation and Parks Department is working tirelessly to address these ongoing weatherrelated challenges, ensuring the safety and welfare of residents and visitors. The recent severe weather event disrupted the efforts made to lessen the heavy rainfall’s impact during the winter months, and the city remains watchful, continually monitoring the situation and actively striving to address the challenges posed by climate change.
All residents of a major city are being urged to conserve water following unforeseen maintenance work at the Blackheath Water Treatment Plant and subsequent storm damage to an essential pipeline. The city authorities are calling for drastic cuts in water usage until necessary repairs are completed, following an extension to the plant’s closure.
The Western Cape region has been hit by a powerful winter storm causing widespread destruction. The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is taking immediate action to restore services and rebuild the affected areas. The recovery efforts aim to overcome infrastructure and communication challenges, and address urgent needs for vulnerable communities. Despite the obstacles, the combined efforts of various stakeholders ensure that the region will rise again, stronger than ever before.
South African Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr. Senzo Mchunu, supports an investigation into allegations of corruption and maladministration related to a R295 million tender granted for the renovation and improvement of the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works. The plant has struggled with operational and maintenance issues, resulting in inadequate effluent treatment and contamination of the Apies River and the Leeuwkraal Dam. This pollution has negatively impacted the water quality in the Leeuwkraal Dam, compromising the drinkability of the water supplied to the Hammanskraal area. The Special Investigating Unit will probe the allegations and the City of Tshwane will address water quality and supply problems.
World Rabies Day is a global initiative that brings people together to combat the deadliest infectious disease. This year’s theme is “Rabies: All for 1, One Health for All,” highlighting the importance of implementing One Health and building capacity through rabies control and eradication initiatives. Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted through direct contact with saliva or brain/nervous system tissue from an infected animal. The focus on collaboration, inclusivity, and unity in this year’s World Rabies Day illustrates the worldwide commitment to eliminating rabies.