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Eskom: More load-shedding ahead, additional stages loom as utility battles breakdowns

2nd September 2020 Eskom has said in a statement that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it will be implementing load-shedding again on Wednesday. A total of ten generation units have broken down at seven power stations in a matter of two days, with the power... 

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

1st September 2020 Cape Town dams have passed the 90% mark for the first time this year as consistent rain helps to replenish the city's water supply. According to data from the City of Cape Town, dam levels were 90.7% as at 31 August and the key Theewaterskloof Dam was at 87.9%. This is significantly up from 2019... 

Interprovincial travel allowed, four more airports to reopen, says Mbalula

25th August 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Tuesday that four more airports have been permitted to operate under Level 2 travel regulations. A total of 18 airports are now be able to operate. 

Six buses stoned in Atlantis in the Western Cape

25th August 2020 Eight people were injured when six Sibanye buses were stoned in the Witsand area of Atlantis in the Western Cape on Tuesday morning. Seven passengers and a driver were treated for minor injuries. 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirms Covid-19 antibody tests are now legal

25th August 2020 The National Department of Health has confirmed that antibody testing is now legal in South Africa. On Monday evening, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced: "Today I am pleased to announce that the director-general for health has issued guidelines for the use of SARS CoV 2 antibody tests and... 

Government still scratching its head over Gauteng e-tolls system

21st August 2020 Director General of Transport Alec Moemi has hinted at a gruelling tussle between the Department of Transport and National Treasury over the controversial Gauteng e-tolls system. This comes as the department re-prioritises billions to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, also known as... 

Deputy President Mabuza blames struggling municipalities for Eskom woes

7th August 2020 Deputy President David Mabuza has blamed the failure of municipalities to pay their debt to Eskom for ongoing service delivery issues. In replies to written questions from the National Council of Provinces submitted on 5 August, Mabuza said municipalities experiencing severe electricity... 

Eskom: Former execs 'conspired' to benefit the Gupta brothers

6th August 2020 Former Eskom executives conspired with the Gupta brothers and their business associates for six years to syphon funds from the power utility, a summons revealed. The 73-page summons, filed by Eskom with the Special Investigating Unit, with the North Gauteng High Court on Monday seeks to recover... 

Strategic partnerships in science, technology will aid economic recovery – Ramaphosa

31st July 2020 Strategic partnerships in science, technology and innovation will play an essential role in economic recovery, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande delivered the president's speech on his behalf during the National Summit on Science... 

Fuel prices set to increase in August despite strengthening rand, says AA

29th July 2020 The Automobile Association says fuel prices are set to increase in August despite the strengthening rand. The association was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "As matters currently stand, petrol is likely to increase by between nine and 16... 

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