Graeme College Grade 11 pupils Tristan Banfield (lef), Mihlali Lutya, Matthew Jacobs and Jordan Wolhuter, watch a demonstration of the Van der Graaff Generator. The electrostatic generator uses a moving belt to accumulate electric charge on a hollow metal globe on the top of an insulated column, creating high electric potentials. It produces high voltage direct current (DC) electricity at low current levels. The demonstration early on Scifest opening day, Wednesday 7 March, was at the University of Fort Hare Discovery Centre stand. Photo: Michael Salzwedel
Author: Michael Salzwedel
Eastern Cape citizens can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that someone will actually answer the phone and send an ambulance in the event of a medical emergency, now that the emergency workers' strike has come to an end.
The bypass around the sinkhole on the N2 between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth will open to traffic at 10h00 today, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) announced yesterday.
Calls to the 10177 emergency line are still going unanswered and ambulances are remaining parked this week as the medical strike that began early last week continues, with unions disagreeing with the draft agreement offered by the department of health yesterday, claiming it was vague.
It was no fisherman's tale, it turned out, when talk around Grahamstown's braais was that anglers had spotted a hippo at Jameson Dam on the Highlands Road during the past few months.
The tables will turn on a local scientist tomorrow night as he and his young daughter come under the reality TV microscope on the first episode of the new season of Daddy 24/7, after they spent a month in a Johannesburg house with cameras watching their every move.
It's sharing time and the children at Kindermusik scan the faces of parents walking into Cheryth Robertson’s classroom, itching to demonstrate what they’ve learned in today’s class.
Grahamstown couple Laura Forster and Brian Bannatyne are currently puting months of training and preparation to the test as take part, with trail shoes and backpacks, in the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM), a 250 km, seven-day, self-sufficient staged trail run through Great Kalahari Desert near the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River.
“That’s farming,” summed up the reaction of farmers on the Southwell road – the dirt route between Grahamstown, and Port Alfred and Bathurst – as they told stories this week of burst dams and crops rotting in the ground.
Motorists on the Cradock road last Saturday afternoon were amazed to see a squadron of horses, their riders dressed in red, descending on Grahamstown.