Free State not ready for natural disaster management

6 December 2019, 5:12 PM
The Free State government has admitted that it is not ready for natural disaster management. This comes as the province experienced flash floods in Bronville in the Matjhabeng municipality and in some parts of Bloemfontein, earlier this year.
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Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 strikes near Shijak, Albania -USGS 26 November 2019, 6:19 AM

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 shook Albania shortly before 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT), the second in about two months to send residents rushing into the streets in the capital Tirana, some holding babies in their arms.

Western Cape govt satisfied with overall dam levels 25 November 2019, 8:58 PM

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs says that while they're pleased with the overall average dam level in the province, the Gouritz River catchment area is a point of concern.

Greenhouse gases surge to record in 2018, exceeding 10-yr average rate: U.N. 25 November 2019, 4:15 PM

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, rising faster than the average rise of the last decade and cementing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday.

Five suspected rhino poachers arrested in Limpopo 25 November 2019, 6:30 AM

Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested at the Kruger National Park's Malelane section in Limpopo.

Rescue
Search to continue for teens swept out to sea in Cape Town 24 November 2019, 9:52 PM

The NSRI says the search is continuing for three missing teenagers who were swept out to sea at Sea Point.

Water
Limpopo still experiencing water shortages 24 November 2019, 7:47 PM

Residents in some parts of Modimolle in Limpopo are still experiencing water shortages, despite assurances from authorities that the situation is being addressed.

Babies
Eastern Cape hosts second annual Midwifery Seminar 24 November 2019, 2:58 PM

The Eastern Cape is continuing with its drive to reduce its infant mortality rate. This as in South Africa an average of 32 babies out of every 1000 births die before they turn one-year-old.

Sardines netted in Durban 24 November 2019, 10:48 AM

About a 150 crates of sardines were netted at the uShaka Beach by the Durban Seine Netters on Sunday morning.

Study reveals music’s universal patterns across societies worldwide 24 November 2019, 7:00 AM

From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music.

Clinic
KZN residents express views on NHI 23 November 2019, 5:09 PM

As hearings continue in Durban on the National Health Insurance (NHI ) people who have made their submissions have mixed feelings.

Government should do more to combat HIV/Aids: Mabuza 23 November 2019, 2:52 PM

Deputy President, David Mabuza says government should do more to combat HIV/Aids.

Several homes damaged after tornado hits KZN town 23 November 2019, 1:12 PM

20 Houses were damaged at Watervaal Correctional Services in Utrecht in northern KwaZulu-Natal when a tornado hit the area on Friday night.

Mabuza calls on civil society to play an active role in teaching communities about healthy lifestyles 23 November 2019, 12:15 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza has also called on civil society to play their role in communities to teach citizens the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Severe weather conditions likely to persist in KZN 23 November 2019, 10:25 AM

The South African Weather Service has predicted that severe weather conditions are likely to persist in the North Eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft 23 November 2019, 7:39 AM

Amazon.com Inc filed a lawsuit in a federal US court on Friday contesting the US Defense Department’s decision last month to award a Pentagon cloud computing contract worth up to $10-billion to rival bidder Microsoft Corp.

Shattered glass: Futuristic design questioned after Tesla Cybertruck launch 22 November 2019, 6:09 PM

Tesla Inc's launch of its futuristic Cybertruck pickup suffered a setback when its "armoured glass" windows shattered but it was the overall look of the car that worried Wall Street on Friday, sending the company's shares down 6% on Friday.

Donald Trump
Industry groups urge White House to finish environmental review process 22 November 2019, 4:10 PM

More than 30 industry groups on Friday called on the Trump administration to finish a regulatory overhaul that would make it easier to clear federal environmental approval for big infrastructure projects such as pipelines and road expansions.

Egypt to send its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday 22 November 2019, 8:05 AM

Egypt will launch its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday, a move it says will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and attract investment.

More NHI clinics open in Eastern Cape 21 November 2019, 7:16 PM

Government continues with the roll out of NHI compliant clinics in the Eastern Cape. Deputy health minister Dr Joe Phahla is opening four NHI compliant clinics in the OR Tambo District this week.

Eastern Cape 4IR summit seeks inclusivity 21 November 2019, 5:07 PM

Information Communication Technology gurus, academics and business people have converged on East London for the 15th ICT summit.

Water
Umgeni Water claims Midmar Dam water is safe to drink 21 November 2019, 4:03 PM

People receiving water from the Midmar Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have been assured that the drinking water is safe.

SA not prepared to anticipate and mitigate effects of climate change 21 November 2019, 3:12 PM

The devastation caused by heavy downpours and thunderstorms in KwaZulu-Natal has many asking whether South Africa is better prepared to anticipate and mitigate the impact of the effects of climate change.

Govt fails to reduce plastic waste 21 November 2019, 12:29 PM

Government says it has failed to reduce plastic litter despite introducing legislation to reduce plastic waste in 2003.

Cacti plants
Uitenhage learners start initiative to give back to the carbon grid 21 November 2019, 10:02 AM

Learners at C.W. Hendrickse Primary School at Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, have started an initiative to give back to the carbon grid.

Man’s thinking about climate change often too simplistic: Expert 21 November 2019, 8:41 AM

University of KwaZulu-Natal Emeritus Professor Roland Schulze warns that man's thinking about climate change is often too simplistic.

child getting vaccine.
 Donors pledge $2.6 billion for “last mile” of polio eradication 20 November 2019, 6:25 PM

  Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion on Tuesday to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the "last mile".

SA govt urges patience during foot and mouth outbreak 20 November 2019, 2:54 PM

The Agriculture Department has pleaded with auctioneers, meat producers and livestock commercial farmers for patience, as government tries to contain the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Influential US doctors group calls for ban on vaping products 20 November 2019, 1:30 PM

The American Medical Association(AMA) on Tuesday called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation tools.

Amathole District Municipality hits day zero 20 November 2019, 10:59 AM

Eight towns in the Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape have hit day zero.

Omega-3 oils boost attention as much as ADHD drugs in some children 20 November 2019, 8:31 AM

Omega-3 fish oil supplements can improve attention in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) just as much as drug treatments,but only in those whose blood levels of omega-3 are low, trial results showed on Wednesday.