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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.

High school shooting in Florida

At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida.

The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in police custody.

As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on the building.

To read the article titled, "Florida shooting: At least 17 dead in high school attack" click here

New President for SA

Speaker Baleka Mbete has confirmed the new president will be sworn in on Thursday at 2pm after the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma.

It is expected that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the head of state.

The ANC has a majority of 62 percent in the House, and the opposition is expected to field its own candidate to contest the nomination.

To read the article titled, "SA is getting a new President on Thursday" click here

Mother and son arrested in drug swop

Police swooped the on an alleged intricate drug lab operating from a home in the heart of Sandton this morning.

About 10 police vehicles lined outside the house while forensics officers combed the scene.

Police had at the time not confirmed details of the raid but sources with intimidate details said police had discovered a marijuana drug lab.

To read the article titled, "Mother and son arrested in a Sandton drug swop" click here

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.

Call for Renewal of South African NGO Movement Activism

This is a call for renewal of the South African NGO sector pledge and activism; it is a call to begin the long journey of re-uniting and revitalizing NGOs to reclaim their rightful place in the ongoing democratic project. We have to come out of this process with clear tasks for a strong, vibrant and dynamic NGO sector.

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SONA Postponed

The South African State of the Nation Address that was set to take place on Thursday has been postponed, it was announced on Tuesday.

A new date will be announced, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said. 

Mbete was addressing journalists outside Parliament to announce the official postponement of SONA. She was with Thandi Modise, the chairperson of the National Council Of Provinces.

To read the article titled, "SA SONA postponed" click here

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

National Key Points Act

Public hearings held at Parliament last week on legislation to replace the apartheid-era National Key Points Act of 1980 described the new proposed Bill as draconian, vague, far too broad and possibly unconstitutional.

Inputs from civil society and Committee members warned that the Bill in its present form faced being rejected for being in breach of the Constitution.

A total of 15 civil society organisations made inputs about the proposed new Bill at hearings organised by the Police Committee, which are expected to continue this week.

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