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16:52 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Eskom warns of more rolling blackouts Eskom has warned that there's a strong possibility of rolling black outs across the country this weekend. The power utility's Andrew Etzinger says they haven't been able to fill their open-cycle gas turbines with the required amount of diesel this week. He says despite Eskom's hydro-electric plants being cranked up to full operational capacity, the pressure on the national grid is now similar to last week. "We... read more
12:23 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Marked improvement in EC audit outcomes  Auditor General Kimi Makwetu says the Eastern Cape has shown a net improvement of five audit outcomes in the 2013/1014 financial year. He says in his latest report on audit outcomes, Maketu says this is the first time since the dawn of democracy that no department in the Eastern Cape obtained an adverse or disclaimed audit outcome. However, he says while the number of improvements is encouraging, it is concerning ... read more
10:50 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Eskom employees arrested for fraud and corruption  The Hawks says two Eskom employees were among three people who appeared in court this week for allegedly defrauding Eskom. Hawks spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramoloko, says potential losses to the parastatal could have run into billions of rands. He says the alarm was raised when Eskom investigators picked up on suspicious fraudulent activities in their information, technology section. It's alleged that they had ... read more
09:46 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Activists banned from protesting at Woolies  Pro-Palestine activists have been banned from protesting in Woolworths stores. The High Court in Johannesburg ruled yesterday that members of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions SA would no longer be allowed to organise, co-ordinate or encourage any form of protest action in the stores. Sapa reports that it also orders representatives of the two groups to meet face-to-face by December 10, in an attempt to settle the... read more
07:22 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Man sentenced for assaulting two year old  The Western Cape High Court has sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for assaulting a two-year-old boy and forcing him to eat his own faeces. Police spokesperson, Captain Bernadine Steyn says 28-year old Bennet Hakkies, was sentenced this week after being found guilty of attempted murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was arrested in May by the Beaufort West Family Violence, Child Protec... read more
07:18 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Post Office strike suspended  The strike at the SA Post Office has been suspended. The Communication Workers Union says in a statement it engaged with workers over the past weekend, and after a number of considerations, the majority of workers resolved on suspending the strike. The union says it refused to sign the wage agreement, as it further worsened the conditions of workers in favour of the company and the department. Last week, two uni... read more
12:15 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
New minimum wage for domestic workers Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has approved the new wage structure for the Domestic Workers Sector following the upward adjustment of the new minimum wage. The Department says the minimum wage adjustment is in line with legislation to protect workers in sectors in which they are likely to be exploited, or where worker organisations and trade unions are absent, and workers are not covered by regulating mechanisms. The ... read more
09:41 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Foreign national dies before receiving life-saving chronic treatment  Lawyers For Human Rights says it's outraged at a law that prevented a foreign national who's a refugee in the country, from receiving life-saving medical treatment. The organisation will have to withdraw it's urgent application on the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday morning, after their client, 27-year-old Ethiopian refugee, Badesa Fokora, died while waiting for the matter to be heard. LHR attorney, Patricia Er... read more
09:10 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Another Tornado in SA? (Watch clip) This footage was taken n by Tshepo Phiri and shows what looks like a Tornado. Twenty homes were damaged in the storm, however weather officials in the area say due to the fact that they did not see a 'tornado' on their radar's they cannot confirm. (looks pretty legit to us?) What do you think? This is the 2nd Tornado spotted in the country over the last week. Tornado's are very rare in South Africa but certainly not impossi... read more
07:39 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, November 24, 2014
Pass mark for Grade 7-9 raised  The Department of Basic Education says it has raised the pass mark for grades 7, 8 and 9 as part of its efforts to improve the quality of education in the public school system. It says the National Curriculum Statement for Grades R to 12, had been implemented in 2014 in the Senior Phase, Grades 7, 8 and 9, for the first time. This means that learners will have to pass eight of the nine subjects this year as oppose... read more
12:23 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Eskom concerned about diesel supply Eskom says it is concerned about its diesel reserves, which could affect electricity supply in the coming week. Spokesperson, Andrew Etzinger says they have a certain amount of diesel, but not full capacity. He says the system is expected to be tight in the early part of the week, but no rolling blackouts are scheduled. Etzinger told Sapa they were concerned about the latter part of the week, if they were not able to ... read more
08:44 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Palestinian President to visit South Africa President Jacob Zuma will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas next week during his State Visit to South Africa. The department of international relations says Abbas will conduct bilateral discussions with Zuma on relations between South Africa and Palestine, the Middle East peace process, as well as other multilateral issues. Department spokesperson, Clayson Monyela says the two leaders will meet on Wednesday, when ... read more
16:56 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, November 21, 2014
Eskom says load-shedding to continue this weekend The power system is extremely constrained today due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations, depleted water reserves at our peaking power stations which use water to generate electricity and depleted diesel reserves to fire up the open-cycle gas turbines. As a result Eskom has implemented stage 1 load shedding today as of 13h00, until 20h00 this evening. Load shedding will recommence again tomorrow and Sunday at ... read more
14:10 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, November 21, 2014
President Zuma speaks out against racism in sport President Jacob Zuma says the global campaign against racism in sport finds a natural home in South Africa. This comment was contained in a speech for the opening of the Global Watch Summit Against Racism in Sports in Kempton Park ton Friday. In a speech, president Zuma said South Africa, which has experience of racism, are determined to fight racism wherever it rears its ugly head, because we know its impact. Zuma sa... read more
13:45 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, November 21, 2014
Save the Rhino International says at the current rate that rhinos are being poached, at around three a day, rhinos could effectively be extinct in the wild by 2026. The global animal rights group was commenting on the release of the latest rhino poaching statistics on Thursday which showed that the total number of rhinos poached so far this year stood at 1020, already more than the 1004 total of 2013. Save the Rhino Inte... read more
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