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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

Home Media Activities and Visits Embassy Activities South African airport becomes first on continent to run fully on solar power
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The solar operation at George Airport produces up to 750 kilowatts a day and
powers all of the hub's facilities

An airport in South Africa has become the first facility on the African continent to run entirely on solar power. Other airports across country plan to adopt solar systems after successful trial period.

George Airport, in the south of the country, is powered by a nearby solar generator - allowing its check-in desks, baggage carousels and control towers to run as normal on renewable energy.

The regional airport’s 2,000 solar panels produce up to 750 kW every day, easily surpassing the 400 kW needed to run the airport, with the remaining energy used to supply over 250 local homes. It becomes the second facility in the world - after Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India - to operate completely on electricity generated by solar panels.

Around 700,000 passengers use George Airport every year, and it has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 1,229 tonnes since it started testing the system last year according to Phys.org.

At night or on rainy days, the system swaps to the national power grid to compensate, as South Africa looks to diversify its energy options following a series of major blackouts.

The operating firm in charge of the project, Airports Company South Africa, announced it hopes to achieve "carbon neutrality", or zero carbon emissions, by 2030. It intends to roll out the blueprint for George Airport in hubs across the country.

The weather in George - a town of 150,000 residents - is highly unpredictable and changeable, making it the perfect test subject according to the project organisers.

"The thinking was if we put (the solar system) in the worst unpredictable weather, it will absolutely work in any other airport in the country," George Airport’s maintenance director Marclen Stallenberg told AFP.

Airports in the cities of Kimberley and Upington are also in the process of adopting solar technology, with three other regional airports intending to do the same.

South Africa is traditionally thought to be a highly coal-reliant nation, with around 90 per ecnt of the country’s electricity thought to come from the burning of coal.