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.
READ MORE
UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be ‘morally permissible’ 17 July 2018, 11:15 AM

The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday.

Elon Musk
Tesla shares fall after Elon Musk caver comments 17 July 2018, 11:01 AM

A number of analysts and investors, requesting anonymity, told Reuters that Musk’s comments were adding to their concerns that his public statements were distracting him from Tesla’s main business.

Spanish researchers develop five-strain Ebola vaccine 17 July 2018, 6:25 AM

Spanish researchers are working on a vaccine against all five strains of the killer Ebola virus in what would be a world first.

Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media 16 July 2018, 9:33 PM

The Egyptian parliament on Monday approved in a final reading a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users with the aim of combatting "fake news", the legislature said.

SA first solar powered desalination under construction 16 July 2018, 3:54 PM

South Africa's first solar powered desalination plant is in production. The plant will make use of reverse osmosis technology to produce 100 kilolitres of drinking water per day. It's situated at Witsand in the Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape.

Cold weather to grip some parts of SA  16 July 2018, 7:43 AM

A cold front is expected to grip the eastern part of the country throughout the week until the weekend, this includes Gauteng.

SA government to introduce new TB drugs 16 July 2018, 6:56 AM

South Africa will soon start using a less toxic and more effective drug for treatment of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

Prince Harry, Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men 16 July 2018, 6:38 AM

Britain's Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a "global coalition" focused on treating HIV infections in men, says the singer's AIDS charity. The Elton John AIDS Foundation did not go into details about the plan but said all would be revealed at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on July 24. The 71-year-old singer and 33-year-old prince are both prominent HIV and AIDS campaigners. John sang at the funeral of Harry's mother, Princess Diana and attended his wedding to actress Meghan Markle in May. John said he and the prince had taken part in a panel two years ago about HIV and youth - "the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling". "Since then, my Foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries," he added. "A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men's access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services." Around 36.7 million people around the world have HIV, according to 2016 figures cited by the United Nations' programme UNAIDS. A UNAIDS report released last year said less than half of men living with HIV globally were receiving treatment compared with 60% of women. Harry has followed in the footsteps of his mother infighting the stigma around AIDS and is a founding patron of charity Sentebale, which seeks to help children living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Cholera outbreak kills six in Cameroon 15 July 2018, 3:06 PM

Six people have died in Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people since May, the health ministry said.

SA joins global campaign against marine litter 15 July 2018, 8:58 AM

South Africa has pledged to support the United Nations global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter such as plastics.

Heavy snowfall expected in parts of E Cape 14 July 2018, 4:11 PM

Heavy snowfall and extreme weather conditions are expected in some parts of the Eastern Cape as wintry conditions sweep across the province

Icy, wet weather to persist in KZN 14 July 2018, 1:36 PM

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says cold weather conditions and rain are expected to persist throughout the weekend in most parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jeff Bezos to charge at least $200 000 for space rides 14 July 2018, 8:47 AM

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 (151,280 pounds) to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.

Cuban-trained SA doctors showcase skills in E Cape 14 July 2018, 8:02 AM

A group of Cuban-trained South African doctors has conducted household visits in Mpunzana village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape to provide primary health care services to residents of the area.

More rain set to lash Cape Town 14 July 2018, 7:04 AM

Dam levels in the City of Cape Town are steadily improving. The collective dam levels in the Metro are now 52-point-four per cent full.

First space tourist flights could come in 2019 13 July 2018, 10:12 PM

The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights -- though neither has set a firm date.

SA signs agreement on Lesotho Highlands Water Project 13 July 2018, 6:24 PM

South African Minister of Water Affairs, Gugile Nkwinti has completed two day tour in Lesotho.

Deputy President David Mabuza
Mabuza hails launch of MeerKat radio telescope 13 July 2018, 1:25 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza has hailed the launch of the MeerKat 64-antenna radio telescope as a great opportunity for the upcoming youth of South Africa.

Launch of project a step in the right direction: Pandor 13 July 2018, 12:39 PM

Former Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor who spearheaded the Meerkat telescope, says she is proud to see that the hard work paid off.

WATCH: The Radio Telescope launch 13 July 2018, 9:38 AM

South Africa’s grand entrance in the field of science and technology takes place. This is when the MeerKAT – the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is launched.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres
UN establishes high level panel on Digital Cooperation 13 July 2018, 6:48 AM

The United Nations Secretary General has announced the establishment of a high level panel on Digital Cooperation. The high level panel is the first of its kind - led by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and Chinese-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma and will report back with its recommendations in nine months.

World’s largest radio telescope launched on Friday 13 July 2018, 5:56 AM

South Africa's grand entrance in the field of science and technology takes place on Friday. This is when the MeerKAT - the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is launched.

Advanced-technology mobile HIV testing clinic launched 12 July 2018, 9:44 PM

A new technologically-advanced mobile HIV testing clinic has been launched in a bid to encourage more people to test for the disease

Township kids give a hoot about owls 12 July 2018, 3:39 PM

After rescuing an injured owl in Alex Township from children throwing rocks at it, animal organisations spent time to educate the kids in the important role these predators play in maintain rodent populations in the townships.

Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst 12 July 2018, 7:25 AM

Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200.

SABC, Primedia to make digital radio submissions to Icasa 12 July 2018, 7:01 AM

The SABC and Primedia are expected to make submissions to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hearings on digital radio on Thursday.

Hepatitis a silent killer, says Dr Scheibe 11 July 2018, 6:03 PM

WHO says viral hepatitis is increasingly becoming the leading cause of death in the world.

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach 11 July 2018, 8:19 AM

Britain's data regulator has said it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect users' data.

Companies face punishment for carbon emissions 11 July 2018, 7:40 AM

The Environmental Affairs Department has confirmed the new national climate change bill, that the department is holding public consultations around, is going to push for big co-operate companies to be punished for their excessive carbon emissions.

Uber is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide.
Uber exec resigns following probe into racial discrimination 11 July 2018, 6:40 AM

Uber Technologies Inc's Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned on Tuesday, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said, following an investigation into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the ride-hailing firm.