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Stage 2 load-shedding to hit SA on Thursday amid cold front

22nd July 2021 Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 to 21:00 on Thursday night due to generation issues, combined with the severe cold weather, the power utility announced.  "Unfortunately, a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations were forced offline this afternoon, increasing... 

Creecy 'deeply concerned' about air quality, marine ecosystems after fire at Durban chemical plant

22nd July 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment said it was concerned about the impact of a chemical fire at the UPL chemical plant in Cornubia, Durban, on air quality and marine ecosystems. The plant was torched during the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal last week. "We are deeply concerned... 

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi laments youth unemployment crisis in South Africa

20th July 2021 Young unemployed South Africans had "it tough" even before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. And, now that the full effect of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions is being felt, they find themselves in a situation that's deteriorating more and more with... 

Cape Town electricity outages the work of syndicates, Eskom says

16th July 2021 Recurring vandalism of Cape Town electricity infrastructure could be the work of syndicates, Eskom believes. The vandalism of Eskom kiosks in Eerste River has left customers without electricity supply for the second time in less than a month, the power utility said in a statement. 

Durban beaches closed after chemical spill, possibly unrest related

16th July 2021 Beaches near Umhlanga have been closed, following a chemical spill in Durban. The spill appears to have originated from a chemical warehouse fire in Umhlanga that was caused during unrest that gripped KwaZulu-Natal this week. Other sources are being investigated. 

Manganese ore truck torched in Gqeberha

13th July 2021 A truck was set alight in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape in apparent ongoing attacks on foreign nationals driving manganese ore trucks. Eastern Cape police said six people stopped and petrol-bombed the truck at 05.40 on Monday on the N2 between Bluewater Bay and the Markman off ramp on the N2... 

Cape storm could cause lengthy power outages, warns Eskom

12th July 2021 Severe winter weather in the Western Cape poses a threat to Eskom's network, the power utility warned on Monday. In a statement, Eskom said strong winds, extreme cold and heavy rainfall could affect electricity supply, potentially leaving some customers with prolonged periods without power. 

Cape Town train and taxi collide in early morning accident

12th July 2021 A train and a taxi collided in an early morning accident at a Cape Town level crossing, leaving commuters stranded between Fish Hoek and Retreat. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said the collision took place at the False Bay level crossing at 07:31 on Monday. 

Level 4 restrictions bring some relief for restaurants, gyms and cash-strapped workers

12th July 2021 Restaurants can now open for sit-down meals, the government's employees' relief scheme is set to be extended, but alcohol remains banned. During a televised national address on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced these adjusted Level 4 regulations as South Africa battles a third... 

Gauteng Treasury loses R6m after bungled Microsoft payment

7th July 2021 The Gauteng Department of Treasury has lost more than R6-million after it mistakenly paid for services in dollars instead of rand. The department erroneously paid $20-million instead of R20-million as per e-Government payment advice for the cost of Microsoft fees, Democratic Alliance spokesperson... 

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