Parliamentarians are entitled to a good salary and pension benefits, but luxuries have no place in the current economic climate, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Recent torrential rains in many parts of Gauteng have led to the breakdown of the water supply system in Cullinan and neighbouring areas.
The city has written to the minister of mineral resources and energy asking that it and other municipalities be permitted to buy electricity directly from independent power producers, avoiding a pending court case.
Emergency services officials in Tshwane have their hands full monitoring flooding in parts of Centurion and Mamelodi.
Hundreds of residents of Mpolweni, outside Pietermaritzburg, are struggling to put their lives back together in the aftermath of last week's tornado.
One of Durban's main highways has been closed following flooding, the city's metro police say.
South African National Parks in the Wilderness is bracing for heavy rains, following an advisory from the South African Weather Service.
Dorian's storm surge could flood coastal communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with 4 to 7 feet of water.
Floodwaters triggered by Cyclone Kenneth's heavy rains rage in parts of Mozambique, causing homes to collapse.
Serious flooding has begun in parts of northern Mozambique that were hit by Cyclone Kenneth three days ago, after the government urged many people to immediately seek higher ground.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited affected areas that were ravaged by floods in the KwaZulu-Natal area on Wednesday, conveying condolences to those who lost loved ones while also assessing damages caused by the floods.
Despite heavy rain causing havoc and mayhem in parts of Gauteng, water levels in various dams have shown no progress, instead they have dropped.
The South African Weather Service has issued flood warnings in multiple provinces as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in parts of the country since last week.
Flood-hit Djibouti, Kenya struggle to cope after major downpours affect hundreds of thousands across the Horn of Africa.
Four people have had a narrow escape after the taxi they were travelling in was swept away in a Pietermaritzburg river, paramedic services say.
The Turkish government has called for the evacuation of a 12,000-year-old city, which is about to get flooded with water from the Tigris River.
Seven people were "swept away" by flash floods, which were caused by a deluge of rain, on Sunday. Six bodies have been found so far.
Scientists have underestimated how much sea levels will rise by 2100. A new study shows that oceans could rise by almost 2 metres, swamping coastal cities.
Soaking mattresses, bent corrugated iron sheets, some wooden chairs and two slender chickens are about all that Assan Madal and his wife Maria Mendosa were able salvage from the wreckage of their wood and mud home.
Drone footage has laid bare the scale of the plastic pollution on KwaZulu-Natal beaches, following the deadly floods that hit the province this week. Watch.
At least 51 people have been confirmed dead following heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, according to reports.
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