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Effluent-filled Cape sea, de Klerk Foundation on Charleston, Rock Royal at 702

Image: A plume off the Hout Bay coast which marine conservation photographer Jean Tresfon claims eminates from the local sewage outfall pipe. Picture: Jean Tresfon

Release of Cape CBD effluent into sea concerning

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: with Cape surfers noting how they often encounter CBD-sourced effluent not far off beaches, the EWN team took it upon themselves to investigate the matter. The probe found that the Environmental Affairs Department is clueless on how much sewage is being pumped into the sea. Senior lecturer in the Deptartment of Community Health at Stellenbosch University, Dr Jo Barnes says a review of systems is needed as a matter of urgency:

It is a big problem for the City of Cape Town and for us as inhabitants of the City. The City has been using outfall since 1889 or 1895 - somewhere around there. In one way or another, the effluent from the CBD has not been treated but merely screened for some of the bigger solids like plastic and other foreign objects, and then dispersed out to sea. In the last decade, we have become aware that there are many aspects to become aware of than when they originally designed the present systems. It is also of concern that they are dispersing of the effluent by means of outflow pipes - there are no other ways that they have. The City does not have a Plan B should there be a notification that the ocean has been contaminated with cholera.

Meanwhile, Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Brent Newman says it isn't practical to test for all substances pumped into the sea:

There are about 10 000 chemicals that we use regularly today and we can only measure for a very small amount of those. So typically the effluent that we discharge in South Africa is not measured; we do screens for specific types of measurements of specific chemicals and there isn't serious investigation into the viruses and those types of microbes. It's very difficult to measure for all types of chemicals. Dr Barnes mentioned that the pharmaceuticals are the so-called emerging pollutants; I'm not aware of any laboratory in South Africa, so it's quite difficult to find all the kinds of chemicals going out, because we can't measure every single kind of chemical going out.

Read up on EWN's investigation - FIRST ON EWN: CAPE TOWN’S SEWAGE DEBACLE NOT FLUSHING AWAY

'Deepest revulsion to cold-blooded killings' - FW de Klerk Foundation on Charleston shooting

Image of Charleston church shooter Dylann Storm Roof sporting the old South African and Rhodesian flags. Credit: huffingtonpost.com

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the FW de Klerk Foundation recently spoke out condemning the murder of nine people in a Charleston Church in the US last week. 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested for the killings which took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church last Wednesday. An online manifesto called The Last Rhodesian, allegedly written by Roof, has also emerged. In it, he lays down his ideology and desire to initiate a race war. One of the photographs of Roof which were sourced from his Facebook account shows him wearing a jacket with insignia of the old South African flag and the Rhodesian (pre-independence Zimbabwe) flag. Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation, Dave Steward:

We don't know why he was wearing the old Rhodesian flag and the old South African flag, but whatever the reason, he was deeply mistaken if he thought that anyone in South Africa from across the political spectrum would have had any reaction other than the deepest revulsion to the cold-blooded killing of the innocent worshippers; that was our central point.

Life as a Rolling Stone vocalist: Tessa Niles chats to 702's John Robbie

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: this morning saw rock-n-roll royalty gracing 702's John Robbie Show in the form of legendary backing vocalist Tessa Niles, known primarily for her work with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Sting and The Police, Robbie Williams and David Bowie who graces the cover of her book Backtrack: The Voice Behind Music's Greatest Stars:

It was time to 'Backtrack' and reflect on one's life and I was afforded the opportunity by living in Johannesburg, being a Mom - playing the supporting role if you like - I just felt it was the right time. (On remaining a backing vocalist versus being a lead vocalist) I figured out early on that I was a team player; my personality was much more suited to being part of a team and I loved supporting others and I think it's very important to get that message out: behind every great person there's a huge team of people doing extraordinary things.

Have a listen to Tessa Niles running through some of her anecdotes from working with the likes of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Beatles and Sting


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