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# Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies
# SABC building evacuated due to diesel leak
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# Agri SA says the rise in unemployment levels in South Africa, especially in agriculture, is a major concern and deserves the immediate attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his new tenure.
South Africa’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of 2017 to 27.6 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to the recent quarterly labour force figures released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday.
The data showed that the number of unemployed increased by an average of 42 822 people per month. The figures also showed that in the first quarter of the year the agricultural sector lost an estimated 12 000 jobs on a quarterly basis and 9 000 on an annual basis. The Eastern Cape alone lost 90 000 jobs over the year, bringing the expanded unemployment rate in the province to 48.3 percent.
# Netcare 911 responded to reports of a chemical leak at a well-known broadcast facility in Johannesburg, Gauteng, this morning.
Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst, says reports from the scene indicate that a generator on the 15th floor leaked a large volume of diesel fuel.
Emergency services had evacuated the building however, it was alleged that a small number of occupants were stuck on one of the floors and were unable to leave due to the intoxicating fumes.
Three patients suffered the effects of chemical inhalation and were treated on scene before being transported by ambulances to the hospital for further assessment.
The Fire and Rescue Services are on scene and are currently dealing with the incident at present.
# The Department of Water and Sanitation has informed the public that the country has enough water in storage to sustain it through the dry winter months.
The Department’s spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, says according to a weekly report we should have enough water to last us throughout the winter season.
The Department, however, urges consumers to continue to use water sparingly as the country may run dry if the precious resource is used negligently.
The report indicates that for the past two weeks the country has maintained stable dam levels compared to the same period last year.
Ratau says South Africa has entered a hydrological cycle that ushered in the cold and dry winter in the hinterland.
# The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed by ITV after the death of a guest who took part in the programme.
Steve Dymond was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show, during which he took a lie detector test.
ITV’s chief executive Carolyn McCall said the decision was a result of the “gravity of recent events”.
The channel had initially suspended filming of the show, which had been on the air for more than 3,000 episodes since it began in 2005.
# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-297-dollars-98 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 70-dollars-81 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 14-Rand-27 one British Pound is 18-Rand-40 and the Euro is currently trading at 15-Rand-96.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 8-thousand-072-dollars-25.
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