Town Watch


Durban is staring down a water crisis, just waiting to explode. An oversight committee was informally told that there are – at any given time – more than 2 000 water leaks within the Metropolitan area that cannot be repaired due to a lack of capacity and funds. The municipality waits for a major burst, that leaves an entire area without water and millions of litres of potable water lost, before they motivate for repair. One can only hope that the water bursts are considerate enough to space themselves at conveniently budget-able intervals.

Western Cape:

The Jerusalema challenge has swept the globe, with people jiving to the infectious beat. Now the animals in a Knysna elephant and giraffe sanctuary are joining in as well.

Northern Cape:

124 tourist guides in the province have received financial relief in order to sustain the industry until it can get back on its feet.


Two stadiums are in the news this week in Limpopo: the first, the Manyathela Stadium, was named in honour of the late Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela. Now his mother wants the name removed because the stadium is such a disgrace.

And the second stadium was built with an R11 million grant from the national lottery – except that the stadium already existed and the money has now gone missing.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Safrea or its members.


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