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Local news this week in Mauritius (24-29 March) – what you need to know

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[DOCUMENT] View the full GM Accounts Audit report

The report of the National Audit Office concerning the government accounts for the financial year 2021-2022 was made public on Tuesday March 28.

Fake news

COVID-19: A false press release on the Omicron XBB variant in circulation

Attention ! A fake statement claiming to be from the Ministry of Health is currently circulating on social media, claiming that the Covid-Omicron XBB virus has entered Mauritius and is deadlier than the first wave of Covid-19.

Water - Restrictions relief

Use of water: relief of certain restrictions

The Minister of Energy , Joe Lesjongard, announced this Saturday that relief surrounding certain restrictions on the use of water will take effect from this Monday, March 27. To this end, the use of drinking water for irrigation across the country (except for the North region) will be authorized three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) , from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. ‘afternoon. As far as growers in the Northern region are concerned, the Water Resources Unit will advise them of the next arrangements made for them. The Minister of Energy has thus indicated that the filling level of the tanks is currently at 87%. Nevertheless, he said there is still a 12% deficit in the reservoirs compared to the same period last year.

Water Bill

A New Water Resources Bill soon introduced in Parliament

A New Water Resources Bill – with, as a backdrop, the country’s water needs and management, the development of the sector within a well-defined legal framework as well as the development and conservation of the resources of the precious liquid in Mauritius – will soon be introduced in Parliament. This was stated by the Minister of Public Utilities and Energy, Joe Lesjongard, during a seminar which took place last Tuesday at the Le Méridien hotel, Balaclava, on the theme Accelerating Change . The Minister stressed that the objective of this seminar is to bring together the actors concerned to discuss and formulate recommendations in order to guide the policies and programs to be implemented, with a view to improving the water sector. Zoom in on highlights and headline announcements.

Water Tech

Operation 24 Sek: Telemetry to improve water supply

Energy Minister Joe Lesjongard said on Friday that the technologies will eliminate leaks and improve the supply of water across the country. In this context, he explains that with the help of the French Development Agency (AFD), the Central Water Authority (CWA) intends to embark on a project aimed at setting up a telemetry system. The objective is to identify water leaks in the network in real time. “Business as usual is no longer a status quo,” he says, referring to climate change.

School holidays

Rains: reduced duration of school holidays, revised calendar for the 1st and 2nd quarters

The first term of the 2023 school year was due to end next Friday. But the ministry suggests working three extra days to make up for the delay caused by the closures due to heavy rains. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun confirmed at a press conference yesterday that there will also be a second term extension.

Road infrastructure

Road Development Authority: A fly-over to relieve congestion on the roads near Ebène

The Road Development Authority (RDA) is currently undertaking work to improve the fluidity of road traffic on the M1 and M3 motorways near Ebène, as well as at the cybercity roundabout. The project aims to remove the bottleneck on the A14 road (M3, Rose-Hill corridor), decrease travel time for traffic entering the region, reduce traffic congestion and thus stimulate economic development in this area of ​​the country. by providing better connectivity.
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