Its been another eventful weekend around the Western Cape and around the world as millions usher in the new year. Here’s a quick look at the top stories making headlines.

Thousands descending to Cape Town ahead of  “Tweede Nuwe Jaar Festivities” 

Today around 60,000 to 100 000 are expected to descend to the Mother City ahead of the annual Street Parade. Around 60 minstrel troupes from across Cape Town are expected to perform in the streets of the City center. The City Of Cape Town has also announced that there will be various road closures ahead of the festivities.

City’s tougher water restriction kicks in: 

The City of Cape Town has implemented level 6 water restriction from the 1 January 2018. The tougher water restriction is part of the City’s attempt to avoid Day Zero. The implementation of level 6 follows the directive by the National Water and Sanitation department require that users reduce its water usage by 45%. Take a look at the latest restriction here:

Fuel prices decrease: 

Motorists can expect some relief this New Year, the Energy Department announced that the price of all grades of petrol will decrease on Wednesday. 95-octane will go down by 34 cents per litre, while the 93-octane is set to decrease by 29 cents per litre. The price of diesel will drop by 22 and 26 cents respectively. Illuminating paraffin will cost 37 cents less.

D Day for Matrics: 

Matriculants will be able to obtain their National Senior Certificates in the Western Cape on Friday. Independent schools will release their results today. Last month the education body, Umalusi approved the 2017 results, Umalusi announced that it was not marred by any leaked papers in many years, however, it was marred by certain incidents of dishonesty and irregularities.

De Lille’s deadline looms: 

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is set to explain why she should keep her position as mayor of Cape Town this week. The Democratic Alliance’s federal executive suspended De Lille from all party activities pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation of allegations of maladministration.

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