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19 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Magalie Bourblanc, Senior Research Fellow, GovInn (Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation), University of Pretoria

19 Feb 2018 description

Restrictions on water use in Cape Town are "going be a part of what we term the new normal", says one city councillor

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day, the drought-hit South African city of Cape Town takes to social media channels to exhort residents to save on water, giving practical tips such as only flushing the toilet once a day with water already used for showering or washing up.

15 Feb 2018 description

Southern Africa is currently hosting over 60,000 registered Somali refugees and asylum-seekers - half of whom live in South Africa.

By Markku Aikomus

PRETORIA, South Africa – The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation.

14 Feb 2018 description


The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Des van Rooyen in his capacity as the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on drought and water scarcity welcomed the reclassification of drought as a national disaster.

Following the announcement by the IMTT on 09 February 2018, the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), reclassified drought as a national disaster and a notice to this effect was published in Government Gazette No 414389, dated 13 February 2018.

12 Feb 2018 description

The concerted effort in fighting HIV and AIDS in South Africa has seen millions of lives being saved. Humana People to People South Africa continues to commit to reversing the HIV and AIDS’s negative impact among the communities heavily impacted by the epidemic.

09 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Werner van Zyl, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Lecturer in sustainable energy and water systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal

09 Feb 2018 description

"Cape Town is not going to be the only city on this continent that's going to suffer significant water shortage"

By Kevin Mwanza

NAIROBI, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African cities need to better plan and invest in water infrastructure, global accounting firm Deloitte said on Tuesday, as Cape Town counts down to dry taps due to severe drought.

Officials predict taps in the South African city will run out of water on May 11, in a crisis that has brought to the fore the effects of climate change across the world.

07 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Mike Muller, Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Because water is shared by everyone, there have to be some rules to govern the way it is used. But it’s a difficult resource and when things go wrong, the temptation is to blame the unpredictable water – or the rules.

In fact, the problem is usually neither the water nor the rules, but the people concerned.

07 Feb 2018 description

"Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero"

CAPE TOWN, Feb 5 (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to May 11 from April 16, authorities said on Monday, citing a decline in agricultural water usage.

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05 Feb 2018 description

SA is overexploiting its water system, and the problem is getting harder and costlier to fix.

South Africa is running out of water. Not just Cape Town, the entire country. The problem is most immediate in the Mother City, but the country has been overexploiting its national water system for years, and the consequences are becoming obvious.

26 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

South Africa has, over the years, built a robust and independent judiciary essential for respect for the rule of law; but in 2017, the government’s record on human rights and respect for the rule of law was poor. Corruption, poverty, including high unemployment, and crime significantly restricted South African’s enjoyment of their rights.

22 Jan 2018 description

'Day Zero' - the date taps are due to run dry - has crept forward to April 22 as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes

  • Worst drought in century hits Cape Town

  • April seen as when city runs out of water

  • Desalination plants and aquifers to boost supply

By Wendell Roelf

22 Dec 2017 description

Johannesburg, 22 December 2017 – In South Africa, host to one of the largest populations of urban refugees in the world, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs two centres for women refugees and asylum seekers. The centres, in Pretoria and Johannesburg, are named of JRS’s founder, Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, and run projects that empower women with applicable vocational skills.

17 Dec 2017 description


  • Prospect favourable for 2018 maize crop

  • Beneficial weather boosts maize production to record high in 2017

  • Exports expected to increase sharply in 2017/18 and stocks forecast at above-average level

  • Maize prices remained stable and at lower year-onyear levels

Favourable prospects for 2018 cereal crop

02 Dec 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Associate Professor and Director: Research at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute I, University of the Witwatersrand

Saiqa Mullick, Director of Implementation Science, Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

10 Nov 2017 description

Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on their agricultural products because armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - South Africa has managed to control an outbreak of fall armyworm pests, which were first detected in January and mainly threatened maize crops, the agriculture minister said on Thursday.

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13 Oct 2017 description

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has declared the province a disaster area.

“We must also indicate that the executive council will submit an application to national government for classification and declaration of a disaster as a provincial disaster in terms of the section 41 of the Disaster Management Act, since it affects more than one district,” said Premier Mchunu.

The declaration of a disaster area paves the way for Provincial Treasury to reprioritise the provincial budget and redirect funds towards the rebuilding of the province.

12 Oct 2017 description

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will declare parts of the province disaster areas following the severe storms and strong winds that hit the province on Monday.

This decision was taken at an ordinary meeting of the Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday, following a briefing on the extent of the damage by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

The storms left a trail of destruction in parts of the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand District Municipality.