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NewsWrap: Increase in tourist arrivals in the Western Cape

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Increase in tourist arrivals in the Western Cape

The Western Cape Government has welcomed an increase in tourist arrivals.
Statistics for tourist arrivals for the first quarter of the year show a 16-percent increase compared to the same quarter last year.
The majority of the overseas tourists came from the UK, followed by Germany.

COCT ramping up efforts to replace old sewer and water pipes in areas like Maitland

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate is ramping up efforts to replace old sewer and water pipes, with projects like the Maitland Sewer Pipe Replacement Project nearing completion. Part of the Mayor’s Priority Programme, the Directorate has allocated R836.6 million for infrastructure maintenance and replacements for the current financial year. The Maitland project, addressing issues like sewer collapses and overflows, utilizes a trenchless method called Cured-in-place pipe to line old pipes with a resin-coated textile tube, ensuring smoother functionality. Despite challenges like blockages from illegal dumping, the progress has been promising, aiming to replace 100km of sewer pipes annually for the next three years.

50-percent of consumers reduce food waste at home to save money

Over 40-percent of South Africans cook meals at home to cut back on spending.
This is according to a survey from consultancy Deloitte.
The survey shows that more consumers are prioritising essentials. The consultancy also found that more than 50-percent of consumers reduce food waste at home to save money.

UK aircraft tries out advanced tech to better GPS navigation systems

A British aircraft recently tried out some super advanced quantum tech that could make GPS navigation systems way more secure against jamming. This new system uses tiny atoms chilled to super cold temperatures, making it impossible to mess with the signals like you can with GPS. While it’s not ready for everyday use yet, experts think it could be a game-changer for planes and ships in the future, giving us a rock-solid backup for GPS.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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