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Mexican Mayor marries his alligator bride in a cultural ceremony 

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City on track to complete pipeline rehabilitation project feeding the Cape Flats

The City of Cape Town says it is on track to complete the multimillion-rand pipeline rehabilitation project that will see the bulk of the Cape Flats sewer system, built during apartheid, being replaced and upgraded.
The 28km pipeline upgrade that will benefit about 300,000 people and covers the suburbs of Athlone, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Ottery and Pelican Park, is expected to be completed by 2025.

Plans underway to get Citrusdal’s roads open again

Plans are underway to get Citrusdal and its residents back on the road.
During recent downpours, the Olifants River burst its banks, washing away a chunk of the main road into and out of the Western Cape town.
Local authorities say, while they’ve recorded a lot of damage to infrastructure, they’re grateful that no lives were lost.

Electricity minister hopeful loadshedding stages will be lowered 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is confident that loadshedding stages will remain low as maintenance is ramped up at all power stations. Ramokgopa says the government has two primary focuses now to ensure loadshedding is eventually phased out.
This includes lower loadshedding stages and fewer implementations of loadshedding.

NHI may be financed through payroll tax 

The National Health Insurance (NHI) will be financed through a payroll tax that will be levied on personal income.
This is according to a factsheet that the Department of Health and Presidency circulated to stakeholders.
Both employers and employees will contribute to the tax in the same way that contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) are structured.
However, it does not say at what level this tax will be applied.

Mexican Mayor marries his alligator bride in a cultural ceremony 

A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colorful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss. Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa obliged more than once during the wedding, bending down to plant his lips on the small alligator’s snout, which had been tied shut presumably to avoid unwanted biting. The seven-year-old reptile, referred to as a little princess, is believed to be a deity representing mother earth, and her marriage to the local leader symbolizes the joining of humans with the divine.

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