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GOVERNMENT URGES SOUTH AFRICANS TO SEEK GOD OVER WATER SHORTAGE.

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South Africa’s department of water and sanitation is rallying citizens to pray for rain amid a biting drought and potential drying up of taps in the city of Cape Town.

A banner on the department’s website read ‘PRAY FOR RAIN: Team South Africa is called upon to pray or meditate for much needed rain during the weekend of 9 – 11 February, 2018.’

The city of Cape Town is counting down to ‘Day Zero,’ a day when taps are expected to dry because of falling dam levels coupled with a drought. Residents will be expected to queue for water from government operated outlets.

The sector minister, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, has stressed that avoiding the acute water shortage will hinge on responsible use of available water by members of the public.

Authorities in Cape Town recently pushed back its estimate for “Day Zero,” to May 11 from April 16, citing a decline in agricultural water usage.

“Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero. All Capetonians must therefore continue to use no more than 50 litres per person per day to help stretch our dwindling supplies,” Cape Town’s executive deputy major, Alderman Ian Neilson said.

Levels of usable water in the dams surrounding Cape Town have been dropping by 1.4 per cent a day, and currently stand at around 17.2 per cent.

When they hit 13.5 per cent – estimated for April 12 – the pipeline will be shut down and the city’s four million residents will have to queue up each day for their supply from one of 200 water collection points.

The water crisis poses a risk to a vibrant tourist industry that sees almost 2 million visitors flock to Cape Town every year. The Cape Town region generally receives most of its rainfall from May to August.

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Madagascar presidential election credibility in doubt as electoral body face charges.

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Madagascar’s presidential election result is likely to face stiff legal challenges, following accusations of electoral fraud and corruption against the electoral body.

Report says appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court.



Madagascar’s electoral commission announced results on Saturday, confirming an expected presidential election run-off after neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win outrightly.

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According to the Independent electoral commission, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will contest the second round having secured 39.19% and 35.29% respectively.

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The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.

The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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