The world as I see it...
It all started with the news that a search and rescue operation was underway for a aircraft that missed its scheduled arrival time at Uitenhage Airport. The aircraft, a Giles G202 was enroute from Port Alfred to the Dias Festival Air Show and Western Cape Aerobatic Competition in Mossel Bay. The aircraft was due to make a interim stop in Uitenhage Airfield, however never arrived, prompting a search and rescue operation to begin the afternoon of Wednessday 29 January 2013.
The aircraft departed Port Alfred with two other aircraft shortly before a thunderstorm swept over the airfield. One of the aircraft, a Yak52, returned to base shortly after takeoff due to the poor weather conditions, the other two pushed through to their destination, with one arriving safely in Port Elizabeth.
Search and rescue operations were conducted throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the missing aircraft was found in the Addo Elephant park on Sunday Afternoon, the pilot had safely not survived the ordeal.
Our thanks go out to all who volunteered time, fuel and their aircraft to the search operation. Many aviators in the Eastern Cape dedicated their time and equipment to assist in searching for the missing pilot....
The south African weather service have issued the following advisory on their web site http://www.africanweather.com
|Gauteng - City of Johannesburg
(From 2014-01-16 05:43:00 to 2014-01-20 00:00:00)
SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY: Heat wave conditions with persistently high temperatures are expected over Tshwane from Thursday until Saturday.
Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible. The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour. Dress in light weight clothes and drink plenty of liquids NOT alcohol. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers
|Warning issued by SAWS|
A further advisory was sent via SMS
Warning from SA Weather: City of Johannesburg. 15/01/2014 15:00 to 20:00. Severe storm/s with gusty winds, hail, heavy rains and reduced visibility....
The Freedom Front Plus has lodged an interdict with the Pretoria High Court to prevent the E-Tolling system in Gauteng from going live on the 3rd of December 2013.
At the heart of the Freedom Fronts Plus case is that the incorrect procedure was followed when announcing the commencement date of the etolling system stating
In terms of the Sanral Act, there has to be a 14-day difference between the date on which the commencement of the e-toll is announced, and the date on which the actual implementation of the system will take effect.
Given the above, the Freedom Front Plus beleives that the earliest date e-tolling could start is the 4th of December and not the 3rd of December, hence the announcement was incorrect and therefore invalid.
In terms of the SANRAL act referenced, the clause in question states...
With e-tolling set to start on the 3rd of December 2013, around a week from the time of writing this article, there is a hot debate doing on as to weither people should or should not get an e-tag for using the the Gauteng Freeways.
It is not a legal requirement for anyone to get an e-tag, its purely optional and up to each individual to decide whats best for them, each with their own pro's and conns.
First, we need to look into the different classification of users, at a high level we have 3 types of users
1) Registered E-Tag Users - This is users with a valid e-tag, a valid e-toll account and the account is up to date (paid within 7 days)
2) Non Registered E-Tag Users and VLN Users - Account is up to date (paid within 7 days) but does not have a e-tag and / or a e-toll account...
Yesterday, our beloved Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, managed to wedge his foot firmly in his mouth with the media by stating that it is illegal for journalists to publish photos of President Jacob Zum's Nkandla Home Stead, citing that it is a national key point.
Well, today the GCIS (Government Communicaiton and Information Service) hurridly did their best to correct the mistake made by issuing the following release on link2media.co.za
Government has noted unbecoming reportage from some media houses that deceive the public and create a negative perception regarding comments made at yesterday's briefing by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster Ministers over President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home....