NewsWrap: Full blue supermoon brings spring tide to coastal region of the country

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WCG wants to discuss budget cuts with President Ramaphosa 

The Western Cape Government wants to discuss the expected budget cuts to provinces with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa will meet with the premiers of the different provinces at the President’s Coordinating Council on Friday.
Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, has written to the president asking that the budget cuts be included in the meeting’s agenda.
Winde says South Africa’s fiscal position has a negative impact on provinces.

Pregnant mothers to book antenatal check-ups after finding out they are pregnant 

The Tygerberg Hospital has called on women to attend antenatal check-ups immediately when they find out that they are pregnant.
The hospital says it prioritises healthy pregnancies and safe motherhood.
The institution says early antenatal care attendance helps to detect and manage medical conditions that can impact the mother and unborn baby.
Tygerberg Hospital’s Doctor Samantha Budhram says it is essential for women to make bookings at their antenatal clinics as soon as they know they are pregnant.

Full blue supermoon brings spring tide to coastal region of the country

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), has warned communities on the country’s coast to be careful during the full moon period today and tomorrow.
According to the NSRI, the moon will be closer to Earth than normal during this period.
This phenomenon is known as the Blue Moon.
This will be the biggest super full moon this year.
The super full moon will result in a spring tide.
NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, says coastal communities and bathers must be cautious during this full blue supermoon’s spring tide.

Energy crisis having negative effect on economic growth- finance minister

Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, says the ongoing energy crisis and inefficient rail services have undermined efforts to grow the economy this year.
According to Godongwana, Eskom and Transnet operational issues put pressure on public finances.
Expectations are that the minister will announce wide-scale cuts to provincial budgets for 2023/24.
He will present his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on October 25.

Correctional Services Department warns of scams 

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has warned suppliers about scammers making fraudulent purchasing orders.
According to the department, the scammers request upfront payments or quotations for various goods from suppliers in the department’s database.
The scammers send fictitious urgent quotation forms using a fake DCS email address.
The department says suppliers should confirm orders with their Supply Chain Unit before processing and purchasing goods.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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