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Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 14 January 2021

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Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts

IMPACT-BASED WARNINGS:

  1. A Yellow (Level 2) warning for severe thunderstorms with strong winds, large amounts of small hail and heavy downpours that could lead to localized damages to formal and informal structures, temporary infrastructure and traffic disruptions over the extreme south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the northern interior of the Eastern Cape, the southern Free State as well as the south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.
  2. A Yellow (Level 2) for rainfall resulting in flooding of informal settlements and roads over western half of North West, the extreme north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape and north-eastern parts of the Free State.

FIRE DANGER WARNINGS:

  1. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Witzenberg and Matzikama municipalities of the Western Cape.

ADVISORIES:

  1. Nil.

Gauteng:

Temperature: Cloudy in the morning, otherwise partly and warm with isolated showers and thundershowers but scattered in the south-west.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.

Mpumalanga:

Temperature: Cloudy in the east with morning fog along the escarpment, otherwise partly cloudy and warm but hot in the Lowveld.

Limpopo:

Temperature: Cloudy in the morning with fog patches along the southern escarpment, otherwise partly cloudy and warm to hot with isolated showers and thundershowers.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Cloudy and warm with scattered showers and thundershowers, but isolated in the extreme east.

Free State:

Temperature:

Cloudy and cool to warm with scattered showers and thundershowers,
but isolated in the extreme east.

Northern Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog patches along the coast where it will be cool, otherwise partly cloudy and warm to hot with isolated showers and thundershowers but scattered in the east.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north-westerly.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog patches along the west coast, otherwise partly cloudy and warm to hot but very hot in places over the interior. Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected over the central and eastern parts.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate north-westerly along the west coast, otherwise moderate to fresh easterly to south-easterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Extreme.

Eastern Cape:

The Western halfTemperature: Light rain along the coast and adjacent area in the morning where it will be warm, otherwise cloudy and hot with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong easterly

The Eastern halfTemperature: Light rain along the coast and adjacent area in the morning where it will be warm, otherwise cloudy and hot with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The Eastern halfWind: The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong north-easterly.

Kwazulu-Natal:

Temperature: Morning fog patches over the interior, otherwise cloudy and warm to hot with isolated showers and thundershowers in the south but scattered in the extreme south-west.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh easterly to northeasterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.


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Sinn Féin to introduce legislation to ban accent discrimination at work

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Sinn Féin will introduce new legislation in the Dáil tomorrow to prohibit discriminating against someone on the basis of their accent or perceived socio-economic background.

Sinn Féin TDs Chris Andrews and Violet-Anne Wynne will introduce the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 which will amend The Employment Equality Act 1998-2015 and The Equal status Act 2000-2018.

The Bill will ensure employers can not discriminate against a job applicant or current employee because of their accent or the socio-economic status of the area they come from.

Speaking today, Mr Andrews said: “This is an important opportunity to protect people in the workplace against class and accent based discrimination.

“Sadly, this kind of discrimination is all too common in our society. One of my constituents recently had the upsetting experience of applying for a job in Dublin and finding out his accent had been mocked by during the application process due to being from an inner city area.”

Legal protection

He said it is clearly “discriminatory and unacceptable” yet there was no legal protection against this discrimination. He said it is time to close this loophole in our legislation and outlaw such prejudice.

He added “No-one should be mocked or discriminated against because of their accent or perceived social class. I am calling on TDs from all parties to back Sinn Féin’s bill.”

Meanwhile, Ms Wynne said it is appalling that accent discrimination still occurs in our society and in the workplace.

She said “It should go without saying that no one should be judged or treated as being lesser because of their accent or stereotypes about their background.

“Our legislation is an important opportunity to change the current laws and protect people from class-based discrimination in the workplace. It is unacceptable that in 2021, this can still occur with no protections in place for workers who are subjected to it.”

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Yobe records 10 new cases of COVID-19 as total confirmed cases hit 221

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Ten out of the 76 samples recently collected for COVID-19 testing in Yobe State have returned positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 221 in the state.

This was revealed in a COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report released by the State Ministry of Health and obtained by Muhabarishaji in Damaturu on Tuesday.

The report says out of the total samples collected in the 3rd week of January 2021 fifty-two (56) returned negative while the results of the remaining 14 samples are pending.

Although Yobe’s death toll remains at 8, the report also said there was no COVID-19 related mortality recorded for 35 consecutive weeks in the state.

It further explained that the state currently has 14 active confirmed cases with 199 recovered and discharged patients.

According to the epidemiological summary of the report, out of the 221 confirmed cases in the state, “52 cases are from Damaturu, 51 from Nguru, Fika has 29, Bade 25 cases, Potiskum 20, Nangere 17, Karasuwa 6, Tarmuwa 4, three cases each from Gulani, Jakusko with Bursari, Geidam, Fune and Yusufari have 2 cases each while Gujba and Machina have 1 case each”.

The situational report, however, highlighted some challenges disrupting COVID-19 response in the state to include: attacks on hospitals and primary healthcare centres by non-state armed groups, military operations due to insecurity as well as fear of stigmatization leading to non-disclosure and refusal of sample collection among others.

The state government in the report pledged to scale up access to hard-to-reach mobile health services in Geidam and Gujba; scale-up active case searches and sample collection in remote areas; and scale-up COVID-19 sensitization training for critical stakeholders among others.

Yobe records 10 new cases of COVID-19 as total confirmed cases hit 221

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Iran-backed groups reject Saudi investment in Iraq

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced the groundwork for launching Saudi investments in Iraq, however the announcement was met with widespread rejection among Iran-backed Shia political circles and armed factions who expressed serious doubts about Saudi Arabia’s intention.

According to government sources who spoke to Arabic Post: “The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman are determined to move forward in paving the way for Saudi investment in Iraq.”

“A Saudi delegation will visit Baghdad in the coming weeks to discuss what the Iraqi government has achieved regarding facilitating Saudi investments in Iraq,” the sources added.

Al-Kadhimi has proposed discussing an understanding with the sides who reject Saudi investment in Iraq, in order to reach a solution that satisfies all parties, this includes Saudi investors paying “the political and armed groups as a settlement to allow their investments, but the Saudi side has not commented on the matter to date.”

Sources have also highlighted Saudi’s security concerns regarding its investments and projects, adding that Al-Kadhimi has pledged to overcome all obstacles, announcing his full approval of the investment project.

Saudi intends to farm one million hectares in the desert areas of four Iraqi governorates, namely the Muthanna, Anbar, Najaf and Karbala provinces. Shia political parties vehemently reject Saudi investment in Iraq in particular because they focus on Shia areas of the country.

A prominent leader in Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, also known as the Khazali Network, told Arabic Post: “We have doubts and security concerns about Saudi Arabia’s desire to invest in the Shia provinces, given the fact that our history with the kingdom is full of issues that had previously harmed the Iraqi people.”

However those in favour of the Saudi investment believe the Shia politicians’ concerns emanate from their desire to preserve Iranian investments in the country, which present Tehran’s main source of foreign currency, after the imposition of the US sanctions against it.

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