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10 Aug 2017 description

The Department of Water and Sanitation says Western Cape farmers can only hope for more rains during this rainy season to enable them to harvest more crops before the rains begin to wane at the end of October.

A weekly report published by the department this week stated that last week’s heavy rains in the Western Cape brought some relief to locals, as dam levels increased from 27.3% to 28.2%, raising water storage in the province to 475.5 cubic metres.

31 Jul 2017 description

In order to eradicate extreme poverty for the poor in South Africa, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation held winter aid distributions at both Watersmeet and Driefontein, benefiting a total of 900 families. Since the volunteers also pay regular visits to care recipients in these two communities, the residents actively took part in the winter aid distributions.

17 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Dian Spear, Southern Africa lead, Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, University of Cape Town

Disclosure statement: Dian Spear receives funding from UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology.

30 Jun 2017 description


  • Production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly to record high

  • Country expected to return to being net exporter of maize in 2017/18 marketing year, following importing well-above average volume in previous year

  • Maize prices continued to decline steeply, driven by favourable supply outlook

Maize production forecast at record high in 2017

09 Jun 2017 description


  • Wildfires and severe weather have been affecting the Western Cape province over the last few days causing damage and casualties.

  • According to national authorities five people died, 2 000 evacuated and 827 houses damaged in Cape Town Municipality.

  • According to Eden District Municipality, as of 09 June at 16.00 UTC, wildfires broke out in the town of Knysna, causing five deaths and 300 houses damaged; local media, reported also that 10 000 people were displaced.

09 Jun 2017 description
  • Wildfires have been burning across the Western Cape province (South Africa) over the last few days causing extensive damage.

  • According to Eden District Municipality, as of 09 June at 7.00 UTC, at least 25 wildfires break out in the town of Knysna, causing four deaths and at least 100 houses damaged. Local media, as of the same date, reported also that up to 10 000 people were displaced following the wildfires.

  • The fires, according to Eden District Municipality, are all contained as of 9 June at 7.00 UTC.

08 Jun 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rainfall, strong winds and high waves, has been affecting the Western Cape province (South Africa) over the last two days.

  • According to Western Cape Government, as of 8 June 7.00 UTC, at least five people have been killed and four have been injured in the Municipality of Cape Town, Drakenstein and Eden District. Local media report that over 2 000 people have been displaced in Cape Town.

29 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

JOHANNESBURG, May 29 2017 (IPS) - Amid the worst drought in a century, South Africans are kick-starting a global consultative process to agree on the values of water in a bid to ensure more equitable use of the finite resource.

On May 30, ministers, officials, civil society, business and local regional organisations will gather outside Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of a high-level consultation on water called the “Valuing Water Initiative”.

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Anita Powell

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa grabbed international attention earlier this year with images of angry demonstrators attacking foreign residents and their businesses. This type of xenophobic violence, analysts say, is largely driven by high unemployment, inequality and frustration with the government’s failure to provide everyone with basic services.

17 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of eastern South Africa over the past few days, causing rivers to overflow. Approx. 76 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Port St. Johns (Eastern Cape province) over 15-16 May.

  • Local media reported, as of 17 May at 7.00 UTC, that at least one person died in Nquthu municipality (KwaZulu-Nata province), over 220 people were evacuated in Nseleni and Mzingwenya towns (KwaZulu-Natal province) and over 10 houses were damaged through the KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Over the next 24 h, no more heavy rain is forecast.

07 Apr 2017 description


  • Production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly to near-record high

  • Imports of maize up on a yearly basis in 2016/17, but country is expected to return to being net-exporter in 2017/18 marketing year

  • Maize prices fall sharply, on the back of expected bumper crop that will ease supply pressure

Maize production forecast to reach near-record high in 2017

05 Apr 2017 description

Refugee access to livelihoods and the labour market through maintaining harmonious relationships with the host population in urban settings, is an objective to which UNHCR is committed.

By: Pumla Rulashe

Pretoria, South Africa - Sarah Morobane’s excitement at attending her first class as a student at the Loyola Women’s Business Centre in early February is still evident in the way her eyes light up and the smile the spreads across her face.

03 Apr 2017 description
report UNAIDS

South Africa has made great strides in its AIDS response—it has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3.3 million people on antiretroviral therapy, funded almost entirely from domestic sources; AIDS-related deaths have declined by more than 55% since 2005; and around 95% of all pregnant women living with HIV in South Africa now have access to medicines to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their child.

01 Apr 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

30 Mar 2017 description

Pretoria – Friday will see Government launching the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for the next five years, on HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Cabinet approved the five-year plan, which will guide South Africa’s response to the HIV epidemic, STIs and TB, at its fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

The plan, to be launched in Mangaung, in the Free State, draws on the vision of the United Nations programme of zero new HIV infections, zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and zero discrimination associated with HIV.

28 Mar 2017 description

By: Pumla Rulashe | 27 March 2017

While recognised refugees have little to worry about from Government's inspection of businesses not in compliance with the '60 percent employ South African rule', it is their colleagues and peers, who do not understand their right to work that has them living in fear.

24 Mar 2017 description

By More Matshediso

Pretoria – The introduction of Delamanid, a Japanese manufactured drug, has ushered in new hope in the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa.

Delamanid, manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, will initially be made available to 400 patients in South Africa as part of a clinical access research project.