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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • Budget Speech 2017: South Africa protests on the streets & Twitter

    Today, South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget Speech to the nation. Although proceedings officially get underway at 2pm in Cape Town, citizens are already making their voices heard. While South Africans are voicing concerns about a possible jump in personal income tax, an introduction of a sugar tax, and a higher national fuel levy, some are also finding time to practice their right to demonstrate. South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2017 Budget Speech at 2pm, 22 February In Cape Town's city centre, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) members are...

  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...

  • UberEATS expands to five more Cape Town suburbs

    UberEATS, after launching in Cape Town's central business district and surrounds in late January, has now announced its expansion into the city's Southern Suburbs. Initially serving only the Atlantic Seaboard, the city centre and the city's eastern edge, the company will today expand into five new suburbs. Newlands, Rondebosch, Claremont, Bishopscourt and Mowbray will now be serviced by UberEATS, the company revealed in a newsletter. This is obviously a welcome move for both Uber and its potential customers in this area, as it can also now be regarded as a Mr D Food and OrderIn competitor. Mr D Food, which also relaunched in...

  • This Cape Town taxi map shows how beautiful big data can be

    Cape Town is a large, complex city, with a mountain in the middle of it, and an ocean encompassing it. As a result, travelling from point A to point B isn't always as simple as it should be. With a number of different transport options, citizens are often tasked with finding the fastest way home on their own, and this WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) saw as a massive problem. Noting the lack information regarding the city's informal mini bus taxi routes, the company has mapped the previously undocumented taxi route landscape of the city. Making the informal formal through big data, maps Dubbed the Cape...

  • Instagram piles on the FOMO with gorgeous Newlands cricket snaps

    Whether you like cricket or love it, few can deny that Cape Town's Newlands cricket stadium is pretty unique. Guarded by Table Mountain and lashed by the wind, the stadium is a visual feast for tourists and cricket connoisseurs a like. That is, even if South Africa does lose. Last night, our national team took to the field against Sri Lanka in a T20 international match. While the visitors won the match and took series honours, there's no denying that the real winners were the folks who were out snapping and supporting. And with that said, we take a look at what...

  • South Africans can repay houses faster using Airbnb, study finds

    If you're struggling to pay off your house in South Africa, there might be an alternative solution. Its name is Airbnb. London-based property agency Nested has this week published its latest Property ROI Index, which suggests that South Africans using Airbnb could experience quicker house value recuperation when compared to traditional rental schemes. "For 75 international cities, we researched thousands of properties sold in the last 12 months or currently on the market to find the average price of a three-bedroom property," Nested explains. "For each market, we calculated exactly how long it would take you, in months, to recoup the property...

  • Here’s what would happen if Instagram renamed world subway stations

    New York and London are two cities renowned for their intricate rail networks, but many would argue that they're quite confusing for foreigners. With that said, a project is trying to make world subway systems a little more personal and navigable for citizens and foreigners alike, using crowdsourced information from Instagram. @TagsAndTheCity is a project that envisions gobal rail systems as an Instagram network. Instead of using station names as markers, the service samples the most commonly used hashtags in and around terminals and stations, renaming them accordingly. What if Capetonians renamed our rail stations using Instagram hashtags? "We rename subway stations...

  • Is Cape Town the most beautiful city on Earth? This drone video answers all

    With the surge in popularity of drones this decade, photography has arguably also taken a step forward with it. And where better to strap a camera to a drone than Cape Town? Previously known for his Cape Town in 4K video, that garnered close to 200 000 views last year, Luke Maximo Bell is back with a new clip in his 4K series. Still documenting the Mother City, Bell this time adds a few more of the city's summer attractions, including the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and Chapman's Peak, to name but a few. Bell's work also includes a clip of...

  • Is Vitality’s Apple Watch deal worth it? Cape Town blogger finds out

    Discovery Vitality's Apple Watch deal is undeniably tempting. You buy Cupertino's latest wearable packed with swanky tech, and exercise to drop the eventual price. It sounds like a complete steal in many ways, but is it really? That's what Capetonian and SwimGeek author Joe Botha set out to discover. While he does note that the offering itself is a mixed bag -- the deal will be beneficial and cheaper to different people -- it's definitely not as clear-cut as it seems on paper. "It seems you just have to assume you will get to a 900 points per week goal very soon...

  • [Update] Cape Town’s burning, again: #DeerParkFire trends on social media

    Update: 17 January, 9am SAST: Last night's #DeerParkFire is all but extinguished on Devil's Peak, after firefighters worked throughout the night to quell the blaze. Residents this morning could see choppers water-bombing areas of the mountain, behind Disa Park. Capetonians also woke to thick smoke and, closer to the affected area, a thick film of ash and soot. Everything's dirty and stinks so bad but we are safe and that's all that matters đŸ™đŸ» #DeerParkFire pic.twitter.com/mH6rUyAGnl — Leandri (@Leandriii) January 17, 2017 After very hard night, crew of #VWS volunteers stands down from the #DeerParkFire and head to their day jobs. #ThankYou. @KFMza...

  • Update: Well Cape Town, now Signal Hill’s on fire

    Update: the fire on Signal Hill has now been contained. It's just been an awful week for nature conservationists, fire fighters and anyone who happens to live near mountainous vegetation. After the huge blaze that tore through much of the deep south, another fire has flared up on Cape Town's Signal Hill. The 350m hill, only a few steps away from the city's central business district, was seen smoldering just before sunset on Friday evening. At present, much of the hill's eastern face is on fire. As a result, Cape Town's citizens have been uploading images of the blaze to the likes...

  • Cape Town’s latest veld fire blankets social media in smoke

    Just when Cape Town thought it saw the last of the fire season last week, Mother Nature has returned with more red hot anger. Veld fires have flared up across the Peninsula this week, including Paarl, the Helderberg and even Rondebosch Common late last night. But a fire which flared up on Simon's Town's Red Hill early Wednesday, has become the latest flare up at the centre of Cape Town's social media attention. Instagram and Twitter have been inundated by users snapping stills and videos of the blaze, which Volunteer Wildfire Services notes has spanned "across the South Peninsula". Simon's Town disappearing behind...

  • Sewage documentary: blue flag rep objected to City

    The City of Cape Town has disputed claims made in a documentary on its sewage disposal processes. However, a South African environmental body and local blue flag operator expressed its concerns to the municipality over a year ago, it has emerged. In a letter obtained and verified by Memeburn and addressed to the City of Cape Town in July 2015, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) expressed concerns over the city's practice. The city makes use of three major marine outfall systems to pump sewage into the ocean. "WESSA is deeply concerned about the continuing impact of the discharge of...

  • Sewage documentary: City of Cape Town hits back

    The City of Cape Town has responded after a documentary, uploaded to YouTube, went viral. The video, titled Bay of Sewage, examines the city's practice of pumping effluent into the sea. The documentary alleges that the practice is creating "serious and growing problems" for marine life and humans. However, the city has hit back against the documentary, saying it showcases "evidence in a selective and sensationalised" fashion. "The city is confident that effluent from the outfall is not affecting inshore water quality. All available evidence contradicts the video's assertions," it wrote in a press release. How does it work? The City of Cape Town claims that the...