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10
DEC
7am

Spotlight on Eskom- Professionals speak out

Eskom is implementing Stage 4 rotational load shedding which is expected to continue until 11pm tonight. This follows Eskom implementing Stage 6 load shedding last night after power supply to the incline conveyors feeding coal to the silos at Medupi power station failed. This resulted in a loss of a number of units while flooding at both Kriel mine and the power station located in Mpumalanga led to no coal deliveries via the conveyor belt. We speak to Director General for the Department of Public Enterprises, Kgathatso Tlhakudi..

Meanwhile The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, John Steenhuisen says there is more to the issue of loadshedding than what meets the eye.

However, Eskom’s Chief Operations Officer Jan Oberholzer says there is no need for the country to panic. He says Eskom has to reduce the demand of the country when it is required because Eskom has to protect the integrity of the electrical network at all times in order to avoid bigger problems in the future. Our economic reporter Liabo Setho spoke to him

Interestingly, The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has called for an immediate release of available wind power into the national grid. Wind Energy Association CEO, Ntombifuthi Ntuli says operational wind energy plants have excess capacity of about 500Mega Watts which is available immediately.

Founder and Chief Executive of Pan-African Investment and Research, Dr Iraj Abedian says the longer government focuses on rescuing Eskom the more the economy will weaken, more jobs will be lost and brand SA will suffer.
09
DEC
7am

ANC veteran Ben Turok has passed away

ANC veteran and former parliamentarian Ben Turok has passed away at the age of 92 this morning. His family has just confirmed the news. We speak to Turok's son, Professor Ivan Turok
06
DEC
7am

City of Tshwane to be placed under administration

The Gauteng provincial government says they will be placing the City of Tshwane under administration. This was announced today by MEC for Human Settlements and CoGTA Lebogang Maile in Johannesburg earlier today. Maile says among the reasons for placing the City under administration is as a result of it's frequency of unauthorized and irregular expenditure as per the Auditor General's report as well as the current financial crisis the City is faced with. Yesterday, the DA mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa and speaker, Katlego Mathebe were ousted in motions of no confidence. Maile says his department is finalizing plans to move forward with placing the City of Tshwane under administration.
06
DEC
7am

Eskom moves from stage 2 to stage 4 loading-shedding

Eskom has JUST announced stage four load-shedding from two o clock, this afternoon. Earlier this morning it had announced that stage two load-shedding will continue today and tomorrow from nine-AM to six-PM but things have just suddenly gotten worse. In a statement, the power utility says this is due to a shortage of capacity and a highly constrained system. Power cuts began yesterday, but were suspended at 5 o'clock this morning. Eskom's chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer explains...
06
DEC
7am

Young Soweto minor violated multiple times by 3 different perpetrators

TV reporter, Gillian Pillay has been following a number of stories as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence- One story is of a horrific ordeal of a young Soweto minor who was violated multiple times by three different perpetrators. The second is two Nyaope men in their twenties. The first one had numerous accusations levelled against him relating to violating minor girls in the area. Gillian Pillay has more
05
DEC
7am

SAA to be placed on business rescue

President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed the government to urgently implement the process of putting the struggling South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue. The airline, suffered a crippling strike last month and was forced to cancel a number of flights and this pushed it to the brink of collapse. In a statement, the minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Grodhan says placing the airline on a business rescue is an optimal mechanism to restore confidence in SAA and to safeguard it's good assets. SAA has not made a profit since 2011 and is dependent on government bailouts to remain solvent. We speak to economics reporter, Amina Accram and accountant/commentator Khaya Sithole
05
DEC
6am

EFF prepares for its second National People's Assembly

Debates on the EFF's next leadership are raging within the party although all seems calm to the public eye. The party will hold its second National People's Assembly in Nasrec, Soweto from the 13th to the 16th of December to elect new leadership and discuss policy. Busi Chimombe spoke to the EFF's Commander In Chief Julius Malema in the run-up to the NPA....
05
DEC
6am

Newly elected Johannesburg Mayor outlines his plans for the city

Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo says negotiations are under way with other parties to form a new executive of the City. Makhubo was speaking during a media briefing in Johannesburg this morning where he outlined his vision for the City. He was elected Joburg mayor yesterday after winning by 137 votes. Makhubo beat the DA's Funzela Ngobeni who got 101 votes and the EFF's Musa Novela who scored 30 votes. Makhubo says the new executive is expected to be announced this weekend . Makhubo also called on the city manager to explain late payments of suppliers by government..
03
DEC
6am

Cricket South Africa reinstates accreditations of five journalists

Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani has called a news conference for 6 o'clock this evening, in the wake of continued criticism of it's handling of the media. CSA revoked the accreditations of five journalists on Sunday, a move they admit was in response to those journalists writing stories critical of the administration. CSA has since re-instated the five affected writers, and CSA CEO Thabang Moroe has apologised to them for the actions. But the damage done to CSA and South Africans cricket in the past few days might be tough to return from. Amongst those who's been strong in his criticism is advocate Norman Arendse, a former CSA board member. He has written an open letter to CSA's employees, and the board, calling for an urgent meeting to discuss what he describes as a dereliction of duty- We spoke to advocate Norman Arendse, a former CSA board member
03
DEC
6am

Fritz Joubert's friend has described him as someone who always wanted to be right

Fritz Joubert's friend has described him assomebody who always wanted to be right and did not handle confrontations very well. Forty year-old Anele Hoyana succumbed to injuries inflicted allegedly by Joubert using a rifle in a video that went viral on social media. Joubert was later killed by a police officer during a scuffle following Hoyana's murder. Joubert's friend Zwelihle Mathe who was also a DJ at many of the events that Joubert hosted says things got uncomfortable when Jourbert started behaving strangely which promted them to leave the party leaving Hoyana, his wife and children behind as they were temporarily staying with Joubert- We spoke to Joubert's friend Zwelihle Mathe

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