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Load shedding to continue until Saturday - Eskom

17th March 2021 Load shedding will be reduced to stage 1 early on Wednesday morning; however, it will continue until Saturday morning as the power system is still "severely constrained", Eskom said in a statement on Tuesday. The drop to stage 1 will occur at 05:00 on Wednesday. "Since Monday, Eskom teams... 

'Not fit for purpose': Patricia de Lille explains why Beitbridge border fence won't be repaired

17th March 2021 South Africa's porous Beitbridge border fence won't be repaired or maintained. By June this year, a site clearance process should be finished, which will pave the way for a complete change to the fence. 

SAA, rescue practitioners blasted by parliamentary accounts committee

16th March 2021 The management of South African Airways (SAA) and the State-owned airline's business rescue practitioners were blasted by some members of Parliament for not being ready to report to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday about progress made to date. In a letter dated 15... 

Eskom to extend load-shedding to Wednesday

15th March 2021 Eskom announced on Sunday that stage 2 load shedding will be extended to 05:00 on Wednesday following the loss of further generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves. The power utility said it regrets having to take this step, but it is due to generation capacity still... 

Treasury to block R384m funding for Alfred Nzo Municipality due to poor performance

12th March 2021 National Treasury plans to stop R384 million in funding to the cash-strapped Alfred Nzo Municipality due to under-performance and non-compliance relating to water service and municipal infrastructure. Treasury wrote to its municipal manager, Zamile Sikhundla, in February to inform him it intended... 

SA rocket launches almost 18 km into the air – setting a new African record

10th March 2021 A hybrid sounding rocket developed by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has set a new altitude record by reaching 17.9 km into the earth’s atmosphere at twice the speed of sound. The launch, conducted on Monday 8 March, proved to be third time lucky for the team of students after earlier... 

The SA economy shrank by 7% in 2020

9th March 2021 The South African economy contracted by 7% during 2020, as expected given the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on economies worldwide. Statistics South Africa on Tuesday released the 2020 fourth quarter and full year GDP results. The fourth quarter reported growth of 6.3% on a... 

Transnet approaching the courts over controversial contracts to procure 1064 locomotives

9th March 2021 Transnet officials have worked until midnight to finalise a review application on the controversial contracts related to the procurement of 1064 locomotives, members of Parliament heard. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday was briefed by Transnet officials, including... 

South African freight will finally shortcut through Eswatini – if a decades-old plan can find R29bn

9th March 2021 Transnet and its counterpart Eswatini Railways have formally called for potential funders, those who need to move freight, construction managers, and builders of rolling stock to get in touch – as the long-planned Eswatini Rail Link (ESRL) project inches towards breaking ground. Late last week... 

PRASA infected by a leadership 'pandemic' says furious former exec

9th March 2021 In a scathing 12-page exit letter, a top Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) lawyer, Fani Dingiswayo, accuses the agency's former and current leadership of paying lip service to the fight against corruption while in practice sidelining those who have kept the company from imploding.... 

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