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​Promises Ramaphosa made in his SONA speech

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a number of key promises in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday.

He outlined various initiatives that will kick off during the course of the year.

Opposition parties expressed their scepticism about the promises he made in his speech because they have no assurances of the actions that he will take to deliver on what he has promised.

H2O International suspends water refills

Water purification company H2O International has suspended walk-in water refills to prevent water wastage and stockpiling in drought-stricken Cape Town.

The Cape Town company suspended their water walk-in service on February 1, 2018, until an alternative source of non-municipal water could be found, CEO Tony Marchesini said in a statement.

"We had no idea that the weekend before that date, there would be a run on our stores as panic water buying set in. As we do not condone stockpiling, we were horrified," said Marchesini.

NGOs need to step up and keep children safe – here’s what they can do

The wave of reports about abuses perpetrated by aid sector workers in Haiti and elsewhere, including allegations of the abuse of children, should sadly come as little surprise. International actors frequently fall into the gaps between national, regional and international law, and therefore need internal measures to ensure that they adhere to international standards. And of all the players in international interventions, NGOs perhaps need them the most.

CT Sanitation Risks

The City of Cape Town's health department has emphasised the importance of washing hands and food with clean water as people skimp on water use to push #DayZero even further.

"We are all on high alert," said Virginia De Azevedo, a manager in the City of Cape Town's health department, at a water crisis update in Goodwood on Monday.

To read the article titled, "Cape Town warns of sanitation risks ahead of #DayZero" click here

Water smugglers busted in WC

Two people were caught red-handed in Muldersdrift allegedly trying to fill tankers of water to drive down to the Western Cape on Wednesday night, the Mogale City Local Municipality said.

"This is a gross violation of the rights of the citizens of Mogale City," said Mayor Naga Lipudi in a statement.

Level 6B water restrictions kicked in in the City of Cape Town on Thursday, further limiting water consumption to 50 litres per person per day, in the hopes of avoiding "Day Zero".

Life Esidimeni - David Makhura Accepts Accountability

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has accepted accountability for the death of 144 Life Esidimeni patients, adding that it happened under his watch. 

"If there is no truth here. I will work with the families to pursue any truth elsewhere," he said. 

Makhura was testifying in the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. 

'These NGOs are dishonest', Qedani Mahlangu said in Life Esidimeni email

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has been accused of withholding the truth from the provincial legislature regarding the challenges being faced by NGOs after she was alerted of the challenges ahead of her appearance before the legislature.

As the Life Esidimeni saga was unfolding, Mahlangu initially reported to the legislature that she had only received one complaint about an inadequate NGO, despite receiving a complaint from Section 27 and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) about the state of the Precious Angels facility.

Winnie Mandela Hospitalised

Winnie Madikizela Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has been admitted to a Johannesburg hospital due to infection affecting her kidneys. 

According to an eNCA report, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday after complaining of pain in one her legs as well as about a loss of appetite.

Upon admission, it was revealed that she had an infection which affected her kidneys. 

Hugh Masekela has died

Legendary musician Bra Hugh Masekela has died, TshisLIVE can confirm on Tuesday. 

Bra Hugh's family issued a statement confirming the news. "After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family," read the statement. 

The musician's team released a statement in October saying he had been battling prostate cancer since 2008. 

Rock Throwing in Durban

A motorist had a lucky escape after yet another rock was thrown off a bridge at a car in Durban North, Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said on Sunday.

"The rock was thrown through his windscreen," said Jamieson.

"He sustained minor injuries and is very anxious and stressed."

He did not go to hospital.

The incident took place on the North Coast Road at the N2 bridge near Glen Anil at about 19.45.

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