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Teams deployed after lightning strike causes fire

The Table Mountain National Park has appealed to residents to be vigilant as the Fire Danger Index (FDI) for the greater Cape Town area is high. It comes as mopping up operations are underway following a fire on the mountains above Simons Town. Several services have been deployed to Matroosberg[…]

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Koeberg announces two five-month long planned outages

The Koeberg nuclear power station has announced two five-month long planned outages for this year. Unit 2 will go offline tomorrow, with unit 1 being taken offline after that. The plans have raised fears of more loadshedding as the national network will be under additional strain. But the power station’s[…]

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Alleged Parliament arsonist to challenge mental diagnoses

The man accused of starting the fire that caused severe damage to buildings in the parliamentary precinct, says the conditions in the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town are inhumane. Zandile Mafe’s bail application was abandoned yesterday to allow his legal team to challenge the court order for his 30-day[…]

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SA health dept records over 4500 new Covid-19 cases

The health dept says the Covid-19 test positivity rate has fallen further to 12.5-percent. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded 4 592 new cases yesterday, with 73 new hospital admissions. While the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal remain the provinces with the most coronavirus cases, the Northern Cape[…]

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National State of Disaster has been extended until 15 Feb 2022

The hotly contested National State of Disaster has been extended until 15 February 2022. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gazette the prolongment yesterday. It comes despite several industry experts calling for it to be scrapped, saying the limited regulations are no longer needed to manage[…]

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Dept of Health faces backlog amid audit

South Africa’s health department says the country’s Covid-19 test positivity rate remains low at 13-percent. The department recorded 5 244 new cases in the last 24 hours. The provinces with the most new cases remain the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The department says there are 100[…]

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