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Cape Town Won’t Have Water by March 2018

Usable water left in dams is at 26.7%.

Cape Town's water crisis is nearing disaster levels, as usable water left in dams is at a scary 26.7%. If it doesn't rain and water consumption is not reduced in Cape Town, then the city will run out of water in March 2018.


Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille recently revealed the city's three-phase critical water shortages plan. "If consumption is not reduced to the required levels of 500 million liters of collective use per day, we are looking at about March 2018 when supply of municipal water would not be available," she said.

The first phase, which sees extreme tap pressure reduction, is underway. This will also see some areas in the city facing water supply disruptions for a short period of time.



The second phase will see residents collecting a predefined quantity of drinking water per person per day from collection points.

The third phase, which will pronounce extreme disaster, will be when the city is no longer able to draw water from dams, and there will be a limited time to supply water before a complete water system failure.

You can read a more detailed plan of the city's disaster plan here.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.