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NUM tackles De Ruyter over Eskom’s poor performance, load-shedding

21st January 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers on Thursday said it is unhappy with the load-shedding being carried out in South Africa and “very disappointed” with the performance of Eskom under the leadership of chief executive André de Ruyter. “The current management team has taken the country to stage 6... 

Govt chooses electronic vaccine roll-out system

20th January 2021 The South African government is establishing an electronic vaccination data system to assist with the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine. The EVDS will help the government monitor vaccine effectiveness, planning and safety monitoring, as well as uptake and coverage, explained the... 

Cape Town dam levels decrease to 87.5%

19th January 2021 The total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metropolitan area has decreased by 1.6 percentage points in the last week to 87.5 percent, compared with 72 percent at the same time last year, the city council said. Daily water consumption for the same period also dipped to 776-million litres... 

South African doctors, engineers invent device for oxygen delivery to Covid-19 patients

12th January 2021  A group of South African doctors, engineers and designers based in East London has invented a medical device that revolutionises oxygen delivery to Covid-19 patients. A statement from the Umoya-Gabler Consortium behind the project said Cape Town-based specialist medical device manufacturer... 

Eskom suspends rolling blackouts as demand ebbs

8th January 2021 South African electricity company Eskom said on Friday it was suspending rolling power cuts implemented this week as demand had dropped ahead of the weekend. Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of the country’s electricity mainly through coal, however urged consumers to continue using the... 

SAB to challenge government’s alcohol ban in court

7th January 2021 South African Breweries said it would go to court to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s decision to ban alcohol for the third time since last March as part of efforts to rein in the Covid-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the ban 10 days ago as he moved the country... 

South African fuel prices to rise across the board this week

4th January 2021 The retail price of fuel in South Africa will increase by up to 43 cents a litre from Wednesday, while the wholesale cost of diesel will rise by as much as 55 cents, the mineral resources and energy department said on Monday. In a statement, it said the retail price of illuminating paraffin,... 

Ramaphosa appoints Climate Change Commission members

18th December 2020 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the Climate Change Coordinating Commission established to coordinate and oversee the transition towards a low-carbon and climate change resilient economy. A statement from the Presidency late on Thursday said the commission, an... 

Africa to benefit as AST, Vodafone launch plans for space-based metwork

18th December 2020 Telecommunications firm AST & Science, in partnership with Vodafone, plans to launch the first phase of a space-based commercial mobile communications service in 2023, a move which will boost phone coverage in Africa. SpaceMobile will be the first space-based mobile network to connect directly to... 

Golden Arrow announces a fare increase

18th December 2020 The Golden Arrow Bus Service said on Friday it would increase passenger fares from December 28 to try and mitigate the effects of significantly higher operational cost throughout the year. In a statement Golden Arrow general manager Derrick Meyer said as per the company’s interim operating... 

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