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Power cuts continue as Eskom replenishes its emergency reserves
5 January 2020, 12:33 PM

South Africans will have to endure a dark Sunday following Eskom’s decision to continue with load shedding.

The power utility implemented state 2 load shedding on Saturday night due to a conveyor belt failure at Medupi power station.

This was meant to continue until 8 o’clock on Sunday morning.

However, the power utility issued a statement a little over an hour before the end of the power cuts – saying the outages will continue until 5 o’clock Monday morning.

The national electricity supplier says this will enable it to replenish its diesel and water reserves.

They were depleted due to the conveyor belt failure and a loss of additional generation units.

Eskom has said its teams are working around the clock to minimise the risk of load shedding as South Africans return to work from Monday.

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DA calls for urgent action over alleged cover-up of rigged tenders in Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality
5 January 2020, 12:24 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants both the national and the Limpopo provincial governments to take urgent action against an alleged cover-up of rigged tenders and unlawful payments in the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality.

DA Shadow Deputy of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Cilliers Brink says the party is in possession of damning documents against some municipal officials.

He says they reveal how the municipality awarded two tenders to Turnkey Capital Projects in June and July 2019, without following a competitive bidding process.

Brink says one of the projects was for the refurbishment of the Namakgale Stadium, while other was for the installation of storm water culverts in various areas.

He says the documents can be made available to both governments on request.

Militant group al Shabaab attacks base used by Kenyan, US forces
5 January 2020, 9:20 AM

Somalia’s militant group al Shabaab has attacked a military base in Lamu County in Kenya that is used by both US and Kenyan forces.

“They have attacked Manda airstrip in Lamu, which is just next to the military camp that hosts military personnel from many countries including Kenya and the US. We are informed that fighting is still ongoing,” a military source told Reuters.

He says the fighters are trying to access the base from the airstrip.

Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgent group fighting to overthrow the weak, UN-backed Somali government, also put out a statement promising further updates.

“An elite group of soldiers from Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideenâ Martyrdom Brigadeâ launched a daring dawn raid on a US naval base known as Camp Simba in Lamu County, Kenya.
“…the base is home to hundreds of US military personnel and Kenyan soldiers and serves as one of the many launch pads for the American crusade against Islam in the region,” the al Shabaab statement said.

Loadshedding
Eskom backtracks, says power cuts to continue until Monday morning
5 January 2020, 7:50 AM

Eskom says stage two load shedding will continue from 8 o’clock this morning until 5 o’clock on Monday morning.

The power utility is attributing this decision to a constrained and vulnerable power system.

South Africans were thrust back into load shedding misery on Saturday night after more than three weeks of reprieve.

Eskom blamed this on an unanticipated conveyor belt failure at Medupi power station and promised to restore power at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning.

However in a statement the national electricity provider says, while the belt has been repaired, the incident and a loss of additional generation units caused it to deplete diesel and pump storage levels.

It’s now restoring them for the coming week.

The power cuts come as South Africa continues to try find solutions to its energy crisis.

In December, President Cyril Ramaphosa had to cut short his official visit to Egypt after rolling power cuts and stage six load shedding was implemented, forcing mines to stop their underground operations.

President Ramaphosa said there would likely be no load shedding between 17 December and January 13 as leave for those responsible for keeping the lights on was cancelled.

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Police won’t reveal identities of those killed in the Melville shooting, for now
5 January 2020, 6:52 AM

Gauteng police say they will not reveal the identities of the two women who were killed in a drive-by shooting at a restaurant in Melville, Johannesburg, on New Year’s Day.

Six others were wounded in the incident.

Police Spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the revealing the names of the victims could jeopardise investigations.

“Police are not at liberty to divulge the identities of the victims until we have concluded the investigation, because for now we are not sure whether the shooting was random or targeted. So we could be compromising or exposing the victims. Also we do not want to find ourselves infringing on the privacy of the victims,” she explains.

Acting Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has revealed that the number plate on the vehicle used in the shooting was cloned and the registered owner was nowhere near the area when the incident occurred.

He has also expressed confidence that a breakthrough in the case is imminent.

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