Tag Archives: HEALTH, FITNESS, HYGIENE

EMERGENCY: ZILLE OFFICIALLY DECLARES WESTERN CAPE A DISASTER ZONE AS ‘DAY ZERO’ APPROACHES

The disaster will be classified for a three-month period which can be extended if the need arises.

The City of Cape Town tweeted this image of Faure Reservoir after a pilot was launched to help lower water use. Picture: @CityofCT on Twitter

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Monday officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area in response to the current drought crisis – the worst in more than a century.

“The disaster declaration will accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre’s Project ‘Avoiding Day Read more

CITY OF CAPE TOWN ALLOCATES ANOTHER R22M FOR EXTRA STAFF AMID WATER CRISES

The municipality and provincial government are scrambling to mitigate the impact of the drought with dam levels having plummeted even further.

FILE: Water runs from a tap. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town has allocated R22 million to employ additional staff to attend to water-related faults and complaints.

The municipality and provincial government are scrambling to mitigate the impact of the drought with dam levels having plummeted even Read more

PREVENTION: 15 CANCER-CAUSING FOOD YOU EAT DAILY AND PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

As cancer became the plague of our modern age, a lot of research has been done on its prevention. With many reports on the relationship of diet to cancer available nowadays, we want to inform you about the most cancer causing foods. One part of the prevention plan is avoiding such foods, some other tips on the prevention we will discuss at the end of the article. So keep reading and stay healthy!

1. ALCOHOL 

Alcohol

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You may be surprised to find out that drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, larynx, liver, mouth and pharynx, as per Canadian Cancer Society. These risks are increased when alcohol use is combined with cigarette smoking.

Alcohol abuse is also associated with poor diet and many Read more

CITY ISSUES LEVEL 4 WATER RESTRICTIONS – ONLY USE WATER FOR DRINKING, COOKING & TAKING 2 QUICK MINS SHOWER

USE WATER ONLY WHEN NECESSARY AND RE-USE IT

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CAPE TOWN – reached the end game in the drought crises on Monday as City’s authorities issued a “critical warning” to all residents and businesses to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately

At the time this edition went to print, the City’s mayoral committee was expected to ask council on Tuesday to ratchet up water restrictions to Level 4, effectively banning the use of all municipal water for outside and non-essential purposes.

A City statement said dam levels as of Monday May 15 were at 21.2%, which is 0.8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at 11.2%

“We are essentially saying that you are only allowed to use a bit of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We are reaching a critical point in this drought crises,” said Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy.

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The city has called for residents to:

  • Use water only for drinking, washing and cooking.
  • Only flush the toilet when necessary.
  • Take short two-minutes shower.
  • Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use  it to to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning.
  • Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water.
  • Use a cup instead of  running taps in the bathroom or kitchen, for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking etc.
  • Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dish-washers.
  • Residents can contact the City at Water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can SMS to 3173. The report said.

 

 

-Table Talk

PHOTO: Peter Okafor/ExpressCapetown

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK WARNS TOURISTS ABOUT MALARIA OUTBREAK

The warning comes in the wake of an outbreak of the disease that claimed over 30 lives in neighbouring Limpopo.

USDA/AFP/File / Ho<br />Malaria, the mosquito-borne disease kills some 584,000 people per year -- more than 75 percent of them children under five, according to the WHO

CAPE TOWN – The Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga has urged visitors to take precautionary measures against Malaria before visiting.

The warning comes in the wake of an outbreak of the disease that claimed over 30 lives in neighbouring Limpopo.

The SA National Parks (SANParks) said the park was classified as a low-risk area although it was situated in a malaria area.

“Due to the heavy rainfall this year, there are pools of water in abundance everywhere and the Park is experiencing Malaria cases especially in the northern part of the Park,” said spokesperson William Mabasa.

“Malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak lately despite the fact that we almost in winter now with some of the country’s provinces reporting hundreds of people who have been admitted and tested positive for the disease in hospitals.

“We therefore would like to advise visitors to take the necessary precautions which include the use of prophylaxis and vaccinations in consultation with their doctors to prevent the possibility of contracting Malaria, as Kruger National Park is known to be one of the Malaria endemic areas in this country.”

The northern part of South Africa is prone to malaria cases, although at minimal levels.

Despite the health department’s routine spraying of households between September and March to combat the disease, this year’s outbreak caught authorities by surprise and has so far claimed over 30 lives.

“Although malaria can be contracted at any time of the year, the malaria season in this country is October to April, with March and April the highest risk period. However, this year seems to be slightly different,” said Mabasa.

“With winter approaching, mosquitoes which are carriers of the parasite causing malaria, should begin to hibernate and the situation shall possibly improve.

“There are medical doctors permanently based in Skukuza, Kruger National Park’s main camp. The public can also consult them for information and advice prior to their visit to the park.”

The provincial health department said it had response teams spread across the northern part of Limpopo to deal with malaria cases.

Malaria is transmitted through a mosquito bite and causes death if untreated.

-The Citizen

PHOTO: USDA/AFP/File / Ho
Malaria, the mosquito-borne disease kills some 584,000 people per year — more than 75 percent of them children under five, according to the WHO

CAPE TOWN: TRAINS OVERCROWDED IN SA’S OVERCROWDED CITY

The demand for services far exceeds the available train supply as a result of decades of disinvestment in rail and unprecedented growth of informal settlements.

 

CAPE TOWN – According to the TomTom traffic index Cape Town is the most congested city in the country and 48th in the world, ahead of cities such as New York. For rail commuters, the situation isn’t much better, with trains overcrowded to the point of bursting and long delays. GroundUp found people clinging from the outside to Read more

TOSSED IN DITCH LIKE TRASH: VISIT TO CRIME SCENE AS BOYFRIEND IN COURT OVER KARABO’S KILLING

Karabo Mokoena’s lifeless body was tossed into a ditch and then set alight in veld used as a dumpsite by Lyndhurst residents.

JOHANNESBURG – When The Times visited the site – behind a neatly trimmed park on a pathway used by school children – hours after her alleged killer appeared in court on Friday, it was filled with discarded tins, empty cement bags, cardboard boxes, wires and tree stumps, with a homeless man rummaging through the detritus.

Mokoena, whose passion was helping abused women, was Read more

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