South Africa: Gauteng faces water cuts for scheduled maintenance

Gauteng braces for water outages due to infrastructure maintenance,Gauteng residents and businesses have been warned to prepare for outages caused by extensive planned infrastructure maintenance.

The outage will affect many municipalities, including Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Madibeng, Mogale City, Merafong and Rand West City, with Johannesburg expected to be the worst affected due to its aging infrastructure and a population outstripping the water system’s supply.

Johannesburg Water said the maintenance was scheduled for between June 22 and July 29 and would affect the water systems supplied by the Palmiet and Eikenhof pumping stations and the Daleside booster pumping station. Johannesburg Water has advised customers to store water in preparation for maintenance.

Increased police presence in KwaZulu-Natal amid election tensions

More police were deployed to protect key parts of KwaZulu-Natal following the recent national election, IOL reports. The deposition follows former President Jacob Zuma’s demand that South Africa’s Electoral Commission (IEC) refrain from announcing the election results pending a recount of the votes, as the uMkontho weSizwe Party (MK) suspects impropriety.

Zuma added that releasing any statement would be tantamount to provoking MK. Despite Zuma’s threats, the IEC insisted that the election was free and fair and that there would be no recount.

Cape Town warns of rabies cases, urges vaccination of dogs

Officials in Cape Town have urged residents of the Deep South to be vigilant after a confirmed case of rabies led to the euthanasia of two dogs in Capri, the Peoples’ Post reports. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means that humans can get the disease from animals, and it is largely preventable through vaccination.

According to a statement, state veterinarians are working to determine the source of the infection as rabies infections in dogs are rare in the Western Cape. The City of Cape Town further urged the public to be alert and wary of unusual changes in the behavior of animals, especially dogs.

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