The next Mix 93.8 FM “Biz Mix” Business Networking Session is Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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The Mix 93.8 FM Biz Mix Networking sessions are the largest sessions of its kind in the “Jotoria” region which brings together business owners, managers and entrepreneurs in a unique interactive networking session.

Meet and network with business owners, managers and entrepreneurs from all areas of Jotoria including Centurion, Diepsloot, Ebony Park, Edenvale, Fourways, Ivory Park, Midrand and Tembisa. This is a milestone for business networking in this area as it brings together the people, their activities, products and services from suburban and township areas alike and provides businesses to get their brand, products and services out to a much wider audience. Continue reading

Actor Joe Mafela Dies In Saturday Night Car Crash

Popular South African actor Joe Mafela died on Saturday night in a car crash in Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department confirmed his death and said a charge of culpable homicide is being investigated; this is standard in a traffic death.

JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said Mafela had been driving his Ford Figo on the M1 north, just past Oxford Road, shortly before 10pm on Saturday night. His vehicle and an Isuzu double cab, which was travelling in the same direction, collided. Continue reading

With less than 100 Days of Water Left, Cape Town Risks Running Dry

Cape Town, the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry, has less than 100 days before it runs out of water.

After two years of the least rainfall on record, the average level of the six main dams that supply the city of 3.7 million people has dropped below 30 percent, one of the lowest levels on record. The last 10 percent of the reservoir water is unusable, and the risk is mounting that taps and pipes will stop flowing before the onset of the winter rainy season that normally starts in May or June.

Even if the supply stretches until then, heavy downpours may be needed to avert outages over the next two years in South Africa’s second-biggest city. Each year more than 850,000 people from the region and abroad fly through the international airport in Cape Town, which the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper has rated as the top city destination for the past four years.

 

“We are in a real crisis,” Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the Women4Climate conference in New York on March 8. “People will have to change the way they are doing things. You can only save water while you have water.”

Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, discusses the city’s water shortage.

Source: Bloomberg

The city council has imposed water restrictions, including bans on using hosepipes to irrigate gardens and fill swimming pools, and fined those who violate them. It’s also lowered the water pressure and stepped up efforts to combat leaks. While those measures have helped reduce average daily summer consumption to 751 million liters (165 million gallons) a day, from 1.1 billion liters a year ago, that’s still shy of the city’s 700-million-liter target.

Diversify Supply

The Cape Town authorities should have done more to diversify its water supply and implemented projects to use treated sewage and effluent, said Kevin Winter, a lecturer and water expert at the University of Cape Town’s Environmental and Geographical Science Department.

“Ninety-eight percent of water comes from dams and that is crazy,” he said. “We use untreated, high quality water for everything we can think of.”

The lack of water and efforts to conserve it are evident from the city’s withered gardens and parks and closure of most municipal swimming pools. Many of the city’s more than 3.7 million people have taken to using water from their baths and showers to flush toilets and try and keep their plants alive. Providers of wells and equipment that captures runoff from washing machines and bathrooms, known as gray water, are doing a roaring trade.

 

Nazeer Sonday, who grows vegetables in the southern suburb of Philippi, is one of hundreds of farmers in the city and surrounding areas whose livelihoods are under threat from the water shortages.

Struggling farmers

“We have access to an underground aquifer,” Sonday said. “The long drought means that the aquifer is no longer been replenished as quickly as it should. The salt content rises and the seedlings are very sensitive to this. The water has to be filtered and this adds to the cost of production.”

The city and national governments are implementing and considering several projects to augment the water supply, according to De Lille. These include:

 

* Pumping surplus water from the Berg River to the Voelvlei Dam, east of Cape Town, which will cost 274 million-rand ($21.6 million) and yield an extra 60 million liters of water a day.
* Implementing a 4.5 billion-rand plan to reuse water, which will supply an additional 220 million liters a day.
* Building a 15 billion-rand desalination plant that will yield an average of 450 million liters of water a day.
* Tapping aquifers from the city’s landmark Table Mountain, which could yield 50 million liters to 100 million liters a day. That project, which would be implemented in several phases, is still being costed.

“The city will probably squeak through this season, but it may not in coming years,” Winter said. “It has been on the cards that water would run out by 2019. This drought has been a wake-up call for the city.”

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Medical marijuana given green light in South Africa: report

Government has taken its first official steps in legalising the manufacture of marijuana for medicinal use, according to a report by The Mercury.

This follows a letter sent by the Medical Control Council to IFP MP, Narend Singh (subsequently verified by The Mercury) which indicated it would publish its proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use within the coming months, following the IFP’s presentation to the council earlier in February.

“This is a major breakthrough and fantastic news for freedom of choice,” said Singh. Continue reading

Invest SA One Stop Shops aimed at cutting down on red tape

Three provincial InvestSA One Stop Shops will be opened in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape in 2017, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday at the launch of the initiative.

Other provinces will open their own one stop shops over three years.

The initiative is part of the government’s drive to improve the business environment by lowering the cost of doing business as well as making the process easier. The InvestSA One Stop Shops will be the focal point of contact with the government with regards to regulatory matters, registration, permits and licensing, thereby reducing red tape.

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Women made over R132 billion with Airbnb since its launch

 

Airbnb hosting – How much women are making around the world.

 

The global accommodation phenomenon that is Airbnb has provided lucrative benefits for women around the world. Since its launch in 2008, female hosts across the world have made over $10 billion (R132 billion) worldwide according to a recent study done by Airbnb for International Women’s Day.

This is particularly interesting as the gender pay gap could reportedly take up to 170 years to close according to the World Economic Forum. And not only that, but it has in fact widened over the last four years. Continue reading