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ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALTY AND ADOPT-A-RIVER BEGIN JOINT SAMPLING OF BEACH WATER
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ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALTY AND ADOPT-A-RIVER BEGIN JOINT SAMPLING OF BEACH WATER

The eThekwini Municipality says it has begun its weekly joint sampling of beach water with Adopt-A-River, which is a non-profit organisation.In a statement the municipality says the joint effort is to ensure credible comparison of test results, in the interests of transparency and public safety.It stated that until recently, the city and independent laboratories have not been sampling jointly, leading to different beach water results, which in turn caused confusion among the public regarding the results.The eThekwini Municipality said that on 5 October 2023, it jointly sampled with Adopt-A-River whose samples are tested by an independent laboratory, Talbot.The city said the joint sampling was done at Point Beach, uShaka, South Beach, North Beach, Battery Beach, Country Clu...
SHUTDOWN OF HAZELMERE WATER WORKS AND LA MERCY RESERVOIR PIPELINE FOR MAINTENANCE
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SHUTDOWN OF HAZELMERE WATER WORKS AND LA MERCY RESERVOIR PIPELINE FOR MAINTENANCE

The eThekwini Municipality has announced that the Hazelmere Water Treatment Plant in Verulam will undergo a maintenance shutdown to clean off one of its clarifiers.It’s anticipated that the three-day shutdown will start today, 20 October 2023 until the morning of Monday, 23 October 2023 at 6am.The statement says this is to allow for the isolation of clarifier number 1 for its cleaning.“While water will continue to be pumped normally and reservoir water levels will continually be monitored during this time, there may be some reduction in supply and pressure.The shutdown will impact on parts of the ILembe District Municipality, the eThekwini Metro and the Siza Water concession area,” says Siyabonga Maphumulo, From uMngeni-uThukela.The following areas that receive their bulk ...
Afghanistan earthquake ‘worse than we imagined’
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Afghanistan earthquake ‘worse than we imagined’

The recent earthquake in Afghanistan has left the nation reeling, with international aid groups rushing to provide assistance to the survivors. The 6.3 magnitude quake struck the western Herat province, resulting in over 2,000 fatalities and countless injuries in a country already plagued by conflict and economic crisis. This earthquake is one of the deadliest to hit Afghanistan in recent years, further exacerbating the ongoing humanitarian and child rights crises in the region.The Devastation UnveiledThe aftermath of the earthquake revealed a scene of immense destruction. Buildings collapsed, leaving massive heaps of debris and rubble. Rescue teams worked tirelessly, digging through the wreckage in an attempt to find survivors. The situation on the ground is dire, with de...
Good News for Car Owners: Renew Your Licence Disc with WhatsApp
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Good News for Car Owners: Renew Your Licence Disc with WhatsApp

As a car owner in South Africa, you know the hassle of renewing your licence disc. The long queues, the paperwork, and the time-consuming process can be frustrating. But finally, there's good news! A new system has been introduced that allows you to renew your car licence disc quickly and easily, all with the help of WhatsApp. The Disky Solution: Convenience at Your FingertipsDisky, a nationwide service, has launched a smart car licence disc renewal system that takes advantage of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. With just your ID, current licence disc, a smartphone, and WhatsApp, you can complete the renewal process in less than 10 minutes and have your new disc delivered right to your door.How It WorksRenewing your car licence disc wi...
MULTIPLE INTERVENTIONS IN PLACE TO RESOLVE WATER CRISIS IN KWAZULU-NATAL: SENZO MCHUNU
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MULTIPLE INTERVENTIONS IN PLACE TO RESOLVE WATER CRISIS IN KWAZULU-NATAL: SENZO MCHUNU

Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu has outlined multiple interventions being implemented in KwaZulu-Natal to improve water supply in the province.Mchunu addressed members of the media this morning (03 October 2023) along with eThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda. Also present at the briefing were members of the newly formed Umngeni-Uthukela board, which came about after minister Mchunu dissolved the previous board due to a variety of issues.Minister Mchunu said he was excited about the R23 billion Umkhomazi water project that's currently in the works to increase water security to Umngeni, Ugu, Harry Gwala and Msunduzi Municipalities."We are pleased to announce that the R23 billion Umkhomazi Water Project has been resuscitated after being stalled for sever...
The French government wants to ‘save’ Muslim women by controlling how they dress
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The French government wants to ‘save’ Muslim women by controlling how they dress

France has recently implemented a series of measures aimed at controlling the attire of Muslim women, raising concerns about religious freedom and human rights. From banning the hijab in state schools to prohibiting the abaya in public spaces, the French government's actions have sparked controversy and criticism. These measures have been justified under the guise of protecting secularism, but many argue that they are discriminatory and oppressive.Key PointsFrance's top administrative court upheld a government ban on the abaya in public schools, claiming that it violated the rules of secularism in education.The French government has a history of targeting the Muslim community, with previous bans on the hijab and full-face veils in public.Various municipalities have also in...
Why Eskom Union Urges South Africa to Abandon $8.5 Billion Move Away from Coal?
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Why Eskom Union Urges South Africa to Abandon $8.5 Billion Move Away from Coal?

In a recent development, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the largest labor union at Eskom, has called for the suspension of an $8.5 billion climate finance pact and the plans to transition away from coal. The union is concerned about the potential loss of jobs and the lack of consultation with organized labor regarding the unbundling of Eskom and the decommissioning of coal-fired power plants.Here are the key points from the article:The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is calling for the suspension of an $8.5 billion climate finance pact and the plans to transition away from coal.The union is concerned about the potential loss of jobs and the lack of consultation with organized labor regarding the unbundling of Eskom and the decommissioning of coal-fired power ...
Libya is Recovering from the Flood Damage – Eight Officials Arrested
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Libya is Recovering from the Flood Damage – Eight Officials Arrested

Libya finds itself in a dire situation. It is not just the recent floods last week that has weakened its stability it is also facing a deeply heated conflict between a war lord General Khalifah Haftar in the East and the internationally recognized government in the West in Tripoli.1 Experts have attributed climate change to being a factor in the disaster of the floods.2 According to the World Weather Attribution (WWA) one of the key findings of an attribution analysis was that ‘An event as extreme as the one observed over Libya has become up to 50 times more likely and up to 50% more intense compared to a 1.2℃ cooler climate.”3But a rise in temperatures was not the only factor that led to the disaster that led to the destruction.4 This tragic unfolding was compounded by a ...
South Africa’s Kusile Coal Plant to Boost Electricity Capacity This Year
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South Africa’s Kusile Coal Plant to Boost Electricity Capacity This Year

The Kusile coal-fired power plant in South Africa is set to increase its electricity generation capacity this year, according to government officials.The plant, located in the Mpumalanga province, has faced numerous delays and cost overruns since construction began in 2008.Once fully operational, the Kusile coal plant will contribute significantly to the country's power supply and help meet the growing demand for electricity.Key HighlightsReviving Capacity: The Kusile coal plant in South Africa is scheduled to revive its capacity this year, bringing much-needed electricity to the nation. Despite facing delays and cost overruns, government officials are optimistic about the plant's potential to contribute to the country's power supply.Location and Significance: Situated in ...
29 bank branches where you can get your Smart ID and Passport in South Africa
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29 bank branches where you can get your Smart ID and Passport in South Africa

Absa Bank has confirmed that it now offers Home Affairs Smart ID and Passport services at six of its branches in South Africa, taking the total number of bank branches to 29 so far.The confirmation follows the announcement from the Department of Home Affairs this week that the pilot with the banks would be extended to March 2024.An Absa spokesperson said that in the beginning of the bank’s partnership with the DHA in 2017, the group launched with five branches offering Smart ID and passport application services.“Over this period, these branches have performed well. DHA services were recently activated at a sixth branch in Stellenbosch, Western Cape,” it said.Services at the Stellenbosch branch were activated in July, it said.The DHA currently only lists 27 bank branches on...