NewsWrap: Japan to begin discharging treated radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean this week 

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COCT spends more than a billing Rand on electricity infrastucture 

The City of Cape Town spent approximately R1 billion in a year to upkeep electricity infrastructure, guaranteeing uninterrupted power supply amid Eskom’s rolling blackouts. It denies claims of a recent unjust tariff increase of 17.6%, asserting that the energy regulator sanctioned a rise of just over 15%. A protest against the tariff hikes is anticipated to involve over a thousand participants in the coming weekend.

Staying in Cape Town… 

Residents in Lavender Hill to be cautious around road where sinkhole swallowed dirt truck 

The City of Cape Town is appealing to residents in Lavender Hill where a sinkhole took place yesterday which partially swallowed a dirt truck to stay away from the damaged road for safety reasons. The City’s Water and Sanitation directorate says an investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the sinkhole and once assessment had been concluded a way forward will be planned.

Lesufi calls on President to deploy army to deal with zama zamas

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has stated that the province is facing a significant challenge from illegal miners known as “zama zamas.” Turf battles linked to illegal gold mining have led to the displacement and fear of residents in various Johannesburg communities. Lesufi has called for the intervention of the military, urging the president to deploy armed forces to address the situation.

Japan to begin discharging treated radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean this week 

Japan is set to begin discharging treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, from Thursday. This move has drawn objections from neighboring countries. The decision follows approval from the UN’s nuclear watchdog and comes after the accumulation of 1.34 million tonnes of water due to the 2011 tsunami that devastated the plant. The water, filtered and diluted, will be released gradually over a span of 30 years.

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