CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s Cape Town has managed to steer
itself away from disaster known as Day Zero, when the city runs
out of water, executive deputy mayor Alderman Ian Neilson said
Giving the latest
update on rainfall the city has received in the past few days,
Neilson said the city is very encouraged to see dam levels
rising above 65 percent after significant late-winter rainfall,
the first time in years.
“It is hoped that
this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally
easing the water restrictions,” he said.
Cape Town, South
Africa’s second largest city and legislative capital with about
4 million people, was on the brink of becoming the world’s first
metropolis to run out of water last year, in what was called Day
Zero which refers to the time when dams supplying water to the
city run dry, water taps are switched off and residents have to
collect water at designated points.
drought prompted the city to impose Level 6B water restrictions,
the most stringent in history, on January 1 last year. Under the
restrictions, a resident can only use 50 liters of water each
restrictions still remain despite the continuous rise of water
in dam levels, Neilson said.
The rainfall over
the past few weeks, combined with continued saving efforts by
the majority of residents, has seen dams fill to levels the city
had not seen in years, he said.
The city has
advocated for a conservative relaxation of the restriction
levels, which would pave the way for the associated relaxation
of the restriction tariff, according to Neilson.
This decision is
currently being considered by the department, he said, while
cautioning that any relaxation of restrictions will at first be
“We cannot return to
a business-as-usual attitude to water without risking water
security in the years to come,” he said.
unpredictable nature of our rainfall, it is imperative that we
diversify our supply for the future, and entrench the
water-saving mindset we have cultivated over the past year,”
Two trains collide
in South Africa, about 100 injured
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
Two passenger trains collided Tuesday morning in
the Selby area, south of Johannesburg, leaving no fatalities but
approximately 100 people injured.
The passengers, who
sustained minor to moderate injuries, are being treated by
paramedics on the scene, said Russel Meiring, spokesperson for
ER24 Emergency Medical Services, a private emergency medical
care provider in South Africa.
An investigation is
underway to determine the cause of the crash.
outbreak over in South Africa: health minister
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The months-long listeriosis outbreak that has
killed about 200 people in South Africa is over, Health Minister
Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday.
This is the
conclusion by a team of WHO, international and local experts,
Motsoaledi, the conclusion was drawn on two facts: no cases of
listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified
since the first week of June and that over the last two months,
the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has
dropped to pre-outbreak levels.
announced on December 5 last year that the country was hit by a
listeriosis outbreak that was later traced to two
food-processing factories in the country, prompting a recall of
5,812 tonnes of affected food stuffs.
The minister did not
give the latest number of people killed in the outbreak. But
previous reports said up to 200 people died of the disease since
December last year.
announcement means that ready-to-eat processed meat can now be
safely consumed, as before the outbreak,” Motsoaledi said.
But he also said
this does not mean that people will no longer suffer from
listeriosis which has occurred in the past 40 years in the
According to the
South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),
there are between 60 and 80 cases of listeriosis in the country
for the past five years.
Listeriosis is a
serious, yet treatable and preventable disease caused by the
bacterium, listeria monocytogenes, which can be found in soil,
water and vegetation. Animal products and fresh produce such as
fruits and vegetables can be contaminated from these sources.
Symptoms from the
food-borne disease include diarrhea, fever, general body pains,
vomiting and weakness.