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Western Cape dams see slight increase

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says the average water level for dams across the province, has increased to 31%. This is still significantly lower compared to this time of last year when the combined dam levels was 58%. Following last week’s rain, the average dam level of the six[…]

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Cape fires and storms may cost insurers in excess of R4bn

Losses caused by Western Cape fires and storms could cost the insurance industry in excess of R3 billion to R4 billion‚ outstripping the costs of previous disasters and leading to higher insurance premiums in affected areas‚ said Old Mutual Insure. On Friday‚ the death toll from severe weather and fires[…]

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#CapeTownStorm: 22 schools damaged

Twenty-two schools have been damaged so far by the storm battering the Western Cape, the provincial education department said on Wednesday. Roofs were blown off and falling trees broke fences, spokesperson Jessica Shelver said in a statement. More damages were expected and cleaning up would start on Thursday, she said.[…]

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WCED calls for the return of gang units

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is calling on the Police Ministry to bring back specialized gang units within the South African Police Service (SAPS). This following an increase of  learners who have gone missing during school hours and due to the high level of gang violence in the Cape[…]

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Emergency measures in place for water crisis

The City of Cape Town said on Monday disaster planning was underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought. “[We] continue planning for the implementation of contingency and emergency measures in conjunction with the National Department of Water and Sanitation,” MMC for water and[…]

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ANC Western Cape secretary assault case resumes

The assault case against the ANC’s Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs is expected to resume in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. The ANC’s national disciplinary committee found him guilty of assault in April 2016, following an altercation with former ANC employee, Wesley Seale, at the ANC’s provincial offices[…]

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Reclaim the City hangs laundry at Western Cape SOPA

Non-profit organisation Reclaim the City on Tuesday hung out “laundry” during the debate on the Western Cape State of the Province Address (SOPA), to object to the lack of inner city housing. “No deal on Tafelberg”, “land for the people not for profit” and “Is the provincial property committee broken?”[…]

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ANC in an effort to win back Western Cape

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape is evoking the strategy that won in the province during the 2004 general elections. It’s hoping that by retracing its steps then, it will wrestle control of the province back from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in 2019. Hence the party’s Provincial[…]

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More than 1000 firefighters working on W Cape fire programme

The environmental affairs department on Friday, sent a contingent of about 1000 firefighters from its Working on Fire (WoF) programme to assist with disaster management officials in containing fires raging across the Western Cape. “The fire crews, bolstered by aerial support, have been busy at multiple fires in Somerset West,[…]

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