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  • Cape Town’s new buses will be all-electric come 2025

    Cape Town, along with 11 other major world cities, has vowed to shirk purchasing fossil fuel-powered buses in favour of electric models for its inner city transport networks by 2025. The cities, which include Auckland, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan and Seattle, signed the agreement which is an extension of the already established C40 Clean Bus Declaration Act. C40 cities, of which Cape Town is a member, is an initiative that aims to reduce harmful emissions in city centres and promote green practices. The agreement also ensures that "major areas of the city" will be declared...

  • ‘Cape of Storms to Come’ uncovers the origins of Cape Town’s water crisis

    You must be so sick of hearing about Cape Town's water crisis right now. But it's a huge problem -- and a potential catastrophe -- that isn't about to go away at the snap of a finger. We've seen dam levels gradually rise since June, however five months later, some have yet to breach the 50% mark. The largest dam in the system -- the massive Theewaterskloof -- has yet to breach 30% of its total storage. Considering that plans to augment the surface storage with ground water extraction, desalination and water reuse are still plans, this summer is set to...

  • Infographic shows North Korea’s scary nuclear capabilities

    North Korea's ballistic missile programme has stepped up in a big way under leader Kim Jong-un, as tensions between it and the United States continue to boil. It would be foolish to suggest the hermit kingdom has an arsenal equal to the USA and Russia, but it would be equally foolish to dismiss their capabilities. Now, we've come across a rather fascinating infographic by ABC, showing us what it could (and can) be capable of. North Korea's short-range ballistic missiles are its most reliable category, capable of targeting all of South Korea and Osaka, Japan, for starters (as seen in the featured...

  • Video: Bristol man flies balloon-powered camping chair above Joburg

    We know that some on planet Earth believe that Pixar's Up is a simply brilliant movie. We're not about to challenge that sentiment, but there is a point at which using balloons to fly a house across the world becomes markedly unfeasible. But what about a camping chair? That's what this particular Bristol man decided to do north of Johannesburg this week. Tom Morgan, the founder of British adventure-cum-charity company The Adventurists, enjoyed a two-hour flight around 2.5km above Gauteng while sitting in a balloon-lifted camping chair. According to the Bristol Post, the flight wasn't a realisation of Morgan's Pixar fandom, but...

  • Instagram friends can now broadcast Live videos together

    Making a clown of yourself alone on Instagram Live can get boring or even be "intimidating", but the social network wants to change that. It today announced that users can now go live with a friend on Instagram Stories "whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day". Stories has been one of the company's big success, ahem, stories. Launched in November 2016, Insta claims that over 250-million people use the feature daily. Adding live broadcasts with friends seems like a logical addition to the feature's repertoire, at least after allowing users to add face filters to live video just...

  • Facebook’s AI led to the wrongful arrest of a Palestinian man

    Facebook has been touting its artificial-intelligence services as a way to quickly identify those promoting terrorist content on the platform, but not all of these services are as foolproof as the company would have us believe. Last week, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian construction worker when Facebook's translation tool mistakenly translated the Arabic for "good morning" to "attack them" in Hebrew, and "hurt them" in English, according to Gizmodo. Police were notified of the post, and were suspicious of the accompanying image that showed the worker leaning on a bulldozer, which has been used as a weapon in previous terrorist attacks. No Arabic-speaking police officer...

  • #CrimeStats: South Africa’s year of crime outlined in tweets

    The South African Police Service has today unveiled the results of its 2016/17 crime statistics report in Cape Town, and the numbers are anything but comforting. In a precursor to the stats release, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula issued a brief statement on Twitter. "The SAPS national crime statistics measure twenty-one serious crimes. Seventeen of these crimes are reported by the community and the other four are detected as a result of police-initiated operations," he tweeted. He added that because of this, the 17 are "supposed to decrease" while the other four -- "illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; driving under the...

  • Don’t expect a separate Facebook tab for friends’ posts any time soon

    Facebook has been testing a feature that separates friends' posts from public pages' in six countries, but it says there are no current plans to roll the test out further. The test is a response to user complaints about clogged News Feeds that are now filled with the likes of memes and recipe videos rather than friends' personal updates. In Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia, Facebook currently has two tabs: one for the common News Feed, which is purely personal posts from friends, and one called Explore, with posts from pages. This "Explore" tab is different in other parts of the world,...

  • Everything you need to know about Cape Town’s water rationing

    While Cape Town's dam levels are up over last week, water consumption is down, and October rainfall has been promising, the City has announced that water rationing will continue. In a statement published on Monday, the City of Cape Town outlined its water rationing programme in more detail. "Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions," the City alerted. How is water rationed? It explained that the city is divided into numerous "pressure zones". "Pressure which controls the rate of flow of water is managed by...

  • Uber’s Sexual Harassment: The Movie is on its way

    In February this year, Uber was rocked with a sexual harassment scandal that resulted in the eventual resignation of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO -- and soon we'll see it play out in theatres. Susan J Fowler, the ex-Uber engineer who detailed her tumultuous tenure at the company in a blog post, is teaming up with production company Good Universe (The Disaster Artist, Bad Neighbours) and Hidden Figures screenwriter Allison Schroeder to bring the story to screen, Deadline reports. The film was pitched with the title Disruptors, and Deadline describes it as a mix between of Erin Brockovich and The Social Network. Sexual harassment is currently a major talking point in Hollywood, as producers and directors...

  • SA’s box office: Geostorm tops charts, because we love chaos

    In South Africa right now, Durban is trying to rebuild after a deadly storm. Joburg was just hit with hail, floods, and fires. Cape Town is entering summer with very little water in its dams -- perfect for the fires that have already begun to rear their ugly heads. So what does the country do when the chaotic climate mocks us for our unpreparedness? Do we look for escapism in a comedy, a spy movie, or a teen thriller? Hell no: we bolt into the cinemas to watch the ultimate worst case scenario, because we take life by the chin. This weekend at the box...

  • Cape Town dam levels increase, water rationing pays off

    Cape Town: there's some excellent news regarding the city's current water situation. Not only are levels up this week, but consumption has also decreased according to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report. Total storage is up from 37.4% last week to 38.5% this week -- an increase of 1.1% (pdf). Note: find last week's Memeburn water crisis report here Looking at individual dams, the Berg River Dam remains the top performer. It added 1.5% to its coffers, and now stands at 68.1% full. It's now less than 6% off its 2016 levels. Both Steenbras dams saw an increase. Steenbras Lower is...

  • Jack Parow’s friend stabbed by taxi driver while waiting for an Uber

    The war between metered taxi drivers and Uber operators shows no signs of abating any time soon. And the latest incident has left a customer bloodied. South African recording artist Jack Parow took to Twitter early Monday, stating that his friend, Dirk Agenbag, was stabbed while waiting for an Uber in Johannesburg. "Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the uber! (sic)" he tweeted. Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the...

  • Videos of little girl robbing women in Cape Town goes viral on Facebook

    Two videos of a little girl coerced into stealing items from shoppers' handbags in Cape Town have gone viral on Facebook. Published on 19 October by Facebook user Tyron-Nicklaus Norman, the two clips have since accumulated a combined 1.6-million views with an additional 21 000 shares. In the post, Norman explains the circumstances of the second video in which his wife was a victim. "Hi everyone, My wife was a victim of pick pocketing this evening. The part that is most sickening is that it was a little girl that did it," he writes. "She was being forced by a grown up woman...

  • #Matric2017: SA wishes students well on Twitter

    Can you remember the nerves you felt when walking into that exam venue to write your final paper? Twitter does, and has subsequently bestowed messages of luck to South Africa's Matrics beginning their final exams today. #Matric2017 began trending early Monday on the social network, as users across the country joined together to talk about something that isn't direly depressing for a change. Politicians, Twitterati and universities lead the conversation as ANC MEC Lindiwe Sisulu wished the students "all the best" while calling them the "future of this nation". Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip reiterated that the students' "hard work...