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  • [Update] Cape Town #taxistrike may affect MyCiTi, Golden Arrow on Tuesday

    Update: The taxi strike affecting Cape Town and surrounds was suspended late on Monday. Cape Town's MyCiTi and Golden Arrow bus services may not operate in certain regions of the city tomorrow, as the provincial taxi strike is set to continue. On Monday, commuters were left stranded as trains and buses were late or suspended, and taxis refused to operate. Two buses were set alight in Khayelitsha, south east of Cape Town's city centre. Late Monday, MyCiTi failed to confirm that its service to the area -- namely its D01 and D02 service -- will be reinstated on Tuesday. "The City of Cape...

  • 6 gut-wrenching videos of the Lombok earthquake aftermath

    At least 91 people have died after a series of earthquakes struck the small island of Lombok, Indonesia late on Sunday. USGS recorded at least 10 quakes within a 100km radius, the largest of which measured 6.9 magnitude. According to the institution, tremors were felt as far as Bali to the West, and Sumbawa too the East. The region is massively popular among tourists. Sutopo Purwo, head of information at the BNPB Information and Public Relations Center, documented the chaos from Lombok on Twitter. This video was taken from within the Karangasem Hospital in Bali. Kerusakan bangunan RSUD Karangasem Bali akibat gempa 7 SR...

  • Western Cape taxi strike adds to Cape Town’s public transport woes

    Today Capetonians woke to rain, gridlocked highways, late trains, buses on fire, and a taxi strike. Yes, yet another taxi strike began in the early hours of Monday morning across the Western Cape. According to a News24 report, the strike is the result of a leadership dispute within the South African National Taxi Council. As a side effect, commuters who use taxis to travel across the province were left stranded on Monday. Folks gonna be expected to take "alternative" transport to work. Alternative being a code word for teleportation. #TaxiStrike — Sarkastik Observer 🦈🔱 (@Sindelo_) August 6, 2018 Some commuters who braved the strike...

  • Instagram and Facebook launch new activity monitoring tools

    Instagram and Facebook have released new activity tools that will help you understand and control the amount of time you spend using their apps. You will soon be able to access an activity dashboard on both platforms, where you will find daily limit and reminder tools too. These tools will allow you to see how much time you spend per day, per device, and on the apps, respectively. You can also limit your time, or your push notifications, and even set daily reminders for yourself to assist with time management. You can access these new features in your “settings”. On Instagram the features...

  • #Unemployment trends in South Africa as jobless rate rises

    South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 0.5% to 27.2% between April and June 2018, according to Stats SA's latest report. More than 100 000 jobs were lost during this three month period. Additionally, some 6.1-million South Africans between the ages of 15 and 64 do not have a job. South Africa’s #unemployment rate was 27,2% in Q2:2018, up from 26,7% in Q1:2018 6,1m people of working age in SA were #unemployed #StatsSA https://t.co/srPxmTL6WA pic.twitter.com/UyQv8kKACY — Stats SA (@StatsSA) July 31, 2018 The worst performing province was the Free State with an unemployment rate of 34.4%. While the Eastern Cape reduced its unemployment rate by...

  • Cape Town’s dam storage levels end July at 56.8% full

    July may not have seen as much rain as June, but Cape Town's dam levels finish the month 8.5% higher than last. This comes after gains of just 0.4% were noted by the City of Cape Town in its latest dam levels report. At present, levels of the metropole's six major dams stand at 56.8% -- more than double the levels measured in 2017. Looking at individual dams, some have had a much better week than others. Notably, the Voëlvlei Dam continues to be the City's top performer. It gained 1.5% over the previous week, and is now just below the 60%...

  • Cape Town’s hot, dry July means 6B water restrictions will continue

    Another hot, dry and precipitation-scarce week hasn't had much of an impact on Cape Town's dam levels, this according to the City's latest report. Surprisingly, even though not a drop of rain was recorded at any of the City's monitored stations, dam levels continued to rise. As of 23 July, the city's dam levels stand at 56.4% or 506-billion litres. That's an increase of 1.3% over the previous week, or 12-billion litres. Dam by dam breakdown: Theewaterskloof Dam | +1% to 41.7% Voëlvlei Dam | +2.3% to 56.9% Berg River Dam | +1.2% to 85.9% Wemmershoek Dam | -0.1% to 84.8% Steenbras...

  • Stats SA: South Africa’s now home to 57.73m people

    South Africa's population has grown by less than a million in 2018, this according to Statistics South Africa's mid year population report. Published today, and disseminated to users through Twitter in bite-sized chunks, Stats SA noted that the nation's current population figure stands at an estimated 57.73-million. That's up from 56.8-million last year. 51% of the South African #population is female #StatsSA https://t.co/K3ifNgoi3U pic.twitter.com/4am8KZB19v — Stats SA (@StatsSA) July 23, 2018 Additionally, 51% of the country's citizens are women. More than 60% of South Africa's citizens are between the ages of 15 and 59, with a massive spike noted between 21 and 37 years...

  • Donald Trump’s latest Iran tweet gains 50k retweets in five hours

    US President Donald Trump needed little over five hours to amass over 137 000 likes and more than 50 000 retweets on his latest Twitter outburst. Addressing Iran President Hassan Rouhani directly on Sunday, Trump urged his counterpart to "be cautious". "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" he wrote, including the all-caps section. To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED...

  • How to watch Barack Obama’s Nelson Mandela Lecture live

    Not everyone can make it to Johannesburg's Wanderers cricket stadium to watch former US President Barack Obama deliver the 16th annual Mandela lecture, and that's where technology plugs the gap. Today's lecture will be broadcast live on Facebook from 2pm through the Nelson Mandela Foundation's page. "Members of the public who have not been able to secure a ticket to attend the Annual Lecture can watch the event via Facebook Live here at 2pm on Tuesday 17 July," reads a post on the page. Users who don't have a Facebook account but happen to have a set of virtual reality goggles can...

  • Facebook to issue celebratory global alert on Mandela Day

    Facebook is pushing an alert to all users tomorrow, but before you freak out, don't worry, it's has nothing to do with your personal data this time around. Facebook users on Wednesday will receive a push alert from the social network to "take action" and follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. The former South African president would've celebrated his 100th birthday on 18 July 2018, and the social network in particular wishes to inspire "its global community to reflect on Mandela's legacy of compassion, justice and care for the community", the company writes in a release. "Nelson Mandela dedicated his life...

  • Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam breaks the 40% full mark

    After a few weeks of rapid increases, Cape Town's dam levels have seemingly plateaued. This week the City of Cape Town's latest report saw an increase of just 1.8% to the overall storage levels. They now stand at 55.1%. Going dam by dam, most notable is the Theewaterskloof Dam's current level. It's now at 40.7% full, up by 1.7% over the previous week. It's now doubly as full as it was in July 2017, and just 15% off its 2015 levels. Notably, less than three months ago, the Theewaterskloof Dam was just over 10% full. The Voëlvlei Dam is now 54.6% full, jumping...

  • Elon Musk calls Thai cave rescuer ‘pedo guy’ on Twitter

    Elon Musk labelled a British caver who helped orchestrate the extraction of the Thai football team from a cave system a "pedo". The Tesla and SpaceX founder began his tirade on Sunday after British caver Vernon Unsworth suggested that Musk's mini-submarine -- which a team of his engineers were developing from spare SpaceX parts -- wouldn't have helped in the rescue mission. "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like," Unsworth stated in the interview. "He can stick his submarine where it hurts." "Just a PR stunt," he added. Unsworth also suggested that the rigid sub would not have been...

  • Twitter: ‘Africa’s going to the final’ after France beats Belgium

    "It's like Africa going to the final" is a disposition many Twitter users across the continent harbour after last night's semi-final. France beat Belgium 1-0 in a drab affair in St. Petersburg, but the win is seemingly not just a highlight for France itself. More than half of the French squad can reportedly play for a team based in Africa if they so wished, based on parental nationality. In fact, the man who scored the winner last night, Samuel Umtiti, was born in Cameroon. As a result, many users across Twitter are now supporting France as an African team. FRANCE IS GOING TO...

  • The United States still thinks Mexico’s in the World Cup

    The United States isn't the world's foremost footballing nation -- unless you're talking about their variant using a rugby ball and "end zones". But you'd expect a country of some 325-million people to have a grasp on the World Cup thus far. After all, it's one of the planet's most watched events. But nope. According to Google Trends data, the United States actually isn't too sure who's in the World Cup. "Is Mexico still in the World Cup?" is reportedly the nation's most searched for question in the past week. Stranger still is this question: "Who won the World Cup?" We'll be able to answer...