Tighter water restrictions and tougher penalties in Joburg
The City of Johannesburg has announced harsher water restrictions amid pressure from water utility Rand Water and the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce water usage by 15% in the metro.
The City's Anthony Still explains that drastic measures include completely prohibiting the use of sprinklers and adding an additional levy on existing water restriction tariffs.
Residents who use between 20 000 - 30 000 litres of water will face an additional 10% charge. Those who consume between 30 000 - 40 000 litres will face an extra 20% fee; and usage above 40 000 litres will be penalised by 30%.
The City had already imposed Level 2 restriction late last year, but Still says that officials will enforce compliance more strictly.
IMAGE: Level 2 Water Restrictions from Joburg Water.
Under the restrictions, residents may not water and irrigate their gardens from 6am and 6pm every day; not fill their swimming pools with municipal water; and not use hosepipes to wash their cars, paved areas, etc.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.Read More
EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.Read More
A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.Read More
The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.Read More
A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.Read More
Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.Read More
Speciality ice cream brand Baskin-Robbins is filling bellies and the demand for artisanal ice cream in Mzantsi. We get the scoop.Read More
Minister Jeff Radebe says that Cabinet has noted all the concerns raised by international rating agencies.Read More
All the money spent on the two-week-long campaign could be put to better use, into on-going programmes and social interventions.Read More
Families traveling overseas may have an easier time navigating the borders once the child passport is introduced in February 2017.Read More