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  • Cape Town’s dams hit 60% mark for the first time in 2 years

    Cape Town's dams have reached another critical milestone this week. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report issued Monday, the reservoirs across the city held a combined 60.1% of their total. It's the highest mark in August since 2015, when dams were 72.3% full at the same point in the year. As of 21 August, dams stand at 60.3% full, less than 5% short of ascending the City's "danger zone". Additionally, it's also the first time 60% had been reached at any point since 2016. "The City of Cape Town is encouraged by the milestone that has been reached and...

  • Twitter’s celebrities pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. The singer-songwriter fell ill earlier this week, and died on 16 August as a result of pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Born in 1942 in Memphis, USA, Aretha Franklin's career spanned seven decades, and included hits like "Respect", "Natural Woman" and "I Say A Little Prayer". Selling some 75-million records, there's no doubt that she had a massive impact on the music industry. Celebrities took to Twitter on Thursday night to mourn her death, celebrate her life, and thank her for her contribution to society. Former US President Barack Obama led the sentiment. "Aretha helped define the American...

  • UCT chooses not to suspend lecturer after #MenAreTrash Facebook post

    UCT on Wednesday announced that it will not suspend a chemical engineering lecturer who published a "deeply disturbing" post to Facebook earlier this week. The post, which was was republished by a student to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, slammed women for their role in the #MenAreTrash movement. The lecturer also admitted to thinking about raping and killing his two-year-old daughter in a post comment. UCT lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ Facebook post slams women for #MenAreTrash UCT is again coming under fire on social media after a lecturer took to Facebook to criticise women for the #MenAreTrash movement, and confessing to having thoughts about raping...

  • UCT lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ Facebook post slams women for #MenAreTrash

    UCT is again coming under fire on social media after a lecturer took to Facebook to criticise women for the #MenAreTrash movement, and confessing to having thoughts about raping his two-year-old daughter. UPDATE: UCT chooses not to suspend lecturer after #MenAreTrash Facebook post The post, published by chemical engineering lecturer Arthur Mabentsela, suggested that men should not be blamed if women couldn't "attract and retain a quality man". "It was not me who said open your legs to a f**k boy," the rant continued. The post, along with a reply to a comment on said post, was screenshot by a UCT student and...

  • Cape Town dam levels now just below 60%

    Recent rains has brought a much needed mid-winter refill to much of Cape Town's outlying dams. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, its reservoirs are now 58.8% full collectively. This is an increase of 1.8% over the previous week, or 16-billion litres. The gains are largely thanks to two days of rainfall during the previous week. Last week, dams saw a collective increase of just 0.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam's resurgence has slowed though July and into August. It's up by just 0.9%, topping out at 43.5%. It remains 6.3% short of the levels recorded in 2016, and more...

  • In graphs: we chart Cape Town’s rainfall in May, June and July 2018

    May has come, and July has gone. And just like that, winter is nearly over in Cape Town. In a few months' time, it'll be spring and we'll all be hearing that term we love so dearly: "Day Zero". Thankfully, according to data from the City of Cape Town, May and June were extremely wet months across Cape Town and may just be enough to ward off those two scary words. Looking at six weather stations in particular dotted around the metropol; namely Newlands, Steenbras, Table Mountain's Woodhead, Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei and Wemmershoek; we visualised just how much rain the city has...

  • [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...