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Richard Mamabolo spokesperson for Popcru.
Suicides within police force at an alarming rate: Popcru
28 November 2018, 11:01 AM

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says the matter around suicides within the police force is at an alarming level.

They argue that in 2014 alone, 10% of the SAPS employees were treated with depression, and between 2012 and 2015, 26% of all officers’ deaths were as a result of suicide; all these as a result of their working conditions.

This revelation comes after a police man walked into the Durban Magistrates Court, shot his wife, brother-in-law and then turned the gun on himself.

Popcru spokesperson, Richard Mamabolo explains that there are programmes to deal with police officers’ mental and emotional stress, however many are reluctant to make use of them.

“For you to get a higher position within the SAPS, you need to obviously be assessed. Part of the problem has been that if you have been a part of these programmes, it means that you do have post-traumatic stress disorder and therefore it reduces the chances of getting a higher rank; so that is the challenge and they have not been confidential.”

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Cape Town has threatened to disconnect solar panels.
C Town residents must register solar panels or face penalties
28 November 2018, 10:54 AM

The city of Cape Town has threatened to disconnect solar panels if residents do not comply to register their rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations.

The City has threatened to disconnect solar panels due to electrical faults. Residents who do not comply to register their rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations will be fined with R 6 425.90 which is the normal fine for tampering with an electrical meter.

This includes both grid-tied and off-grid solar PV systems but does not apply to solar water heaters.

Mayoral Committee Member for informal settlements, water and waste services, and energy, Xanthea Limberg explains that the registration and declaration process is a safety measure in case of electrical issues and would become a requirement across South Africa.

“This is not about trying to penalise people, but it is about trying to get ahead of upcoming legislation but most importantly trying to ensure as a grid operator – we can guarantee safety from a network’s perspective as well as an individual household’s perspective.”

Registration is free and can be done on the city’s website.

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World is not on track to reduce greenhouse gas: Report
28 November 2018, 9:12 AM

A new United Nations (UN) report has found that the world is not on track to meet its promises to reduce greenhouse gas emission with seven major polluters, including the US, well behind pledges made at the Paris Climate Change Conference three years ago.

 

The report finds that global greenhouse emissions could be between 13 and 15 billion tonnes more than the level needed to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius this century.

The findings were released just days ahead of a UN Climate Change Conference in Poland next month.

The Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric explains, “The UN Environment Programme released its emissions gaps report which assesses the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030 compared to the levels consistent with the 2 degree/1.5 degree Celsius target on Wednesday. The report warns that the current pace of international action is insufficient to meet the Paris targets and concluded that nations must triple their efforts to meet the two degree centigrade target and increase their ambitions fivefold to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius target. The report added that if the emissions gap is not closed by 2030, it is extremely unlikely that 2 degrees temperature goal can be reached.”

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'SpongeBob SquarePants' creator dies at age 57.
Creator ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ dies at age 57
28 November 2018, 5:46 AM

“SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg, who brought the zany cartoon marine underworld of Bikini Bottom to television, the movies and the stage, has died at the age of 57, the Nickelodeon television network said on November 27.

Hillenburg had said last year that he was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He died on November 26.

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” the network said in a statement.

“He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

Hillenburg was a marine biology teacher in Southern California when he started creating sea creatures as teaching tools.

The first episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” featuring the cheerful yellow sea sponge, who lived in an underwater pineapple, and his friends Mr. Krabs, Larry the Lobster, Patrick, and their Krusty Krab restaurant hangout, aired on U.S. television in May 1999.

The series went on to win multiple awards, produced a series of spin-off books, two Hollywood movies and a Broadway musical. The television series has aired in more than 200 nations and has been translated into more than 60 languages.

“Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere,” the Nickelodeon statement said.

“His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Nickelodeon is a unit of Viacom.

DA claims Gupta family is behind Bosasa scandal.
Bosasa linked to Gupta family: DA
27 November 2018, 1:26 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is claiming that the R500 000 donation from Bosasa towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to be ANC President was administered by a law firm whose director appears to have links to the Gupta family.

In a statement, the opposition party says Jeffrey Afriat was a director at law firm Edelstein, Farber and Grobler (EFG) – the law firm which administered the trust account to which the donation was paid.

It says Afriat served as one of three directors of Trillian Capital in 2016 – a company which allegedly was a primary vehicle used by the Guptas to capture the state.

The DA is once again calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint an independent inquiry, headed by a retired judge, to be selected by the Chief Justice, to fully investigate the Bosasa scandal.

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