The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal has placed disaster management teams on high alert as heavy rains persist in parts of the province.
Cogta took these measures after the South African Weather Services issued a warning of heavy rains that can lead to localised flooding over the northern parts of KZN on Wednesday.
Department spokesperson Senzelwe Mzila says although no fatal incidents have been reported, emergency teams are on standby monitoring areas prone to localised flooding.
Acting KZN Cogta MEC Peggy Nkonyeni has placed management teams on high alert as heavy rains continue to hit areas around the coastal parts of the province.
The weather Service has issued a stern warnings of heavy rain that can lead to localized flooding and reduced visibility over parts of Ilembe and the northern parts of eThekwini.
Nkonyeni urged that residents be cautions over these weather conditions as the pose future threats.
Eskom is holding the country to ransom: Presidency
11 December 2019, 11:31 AM
The office of the Presidency says President Cyril Ramaphosa has cited major concerns over load shedding in the country as he prepares to be briefed by Eskom.
Eskom is set to brief the President on measures being taken to help solve the electricity crisis, after days of continued load shedding which has left the country in a bit of a crisis.
Ramaphosa cut short his official visit to Egypt, after holding official talks with President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, to address problems facing the power utility.
He is also set to visit flood ravaged communities in Gauteng.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, says there are several questions that need to be answered over the future of Eskom.
“He is very concerned. Some of the explanations Eskom is putting forward are not really sufficient. We are supposed to show that we are on top of issues of maintenance and the challenges that have come up over the past week or so. But the biggest problem that the President has is the fact that we are looking at Eskom holding the country to ransom…”
“He said in a number of occasions that Eskom is too big to fail. But the question that we keep asking ourselves is to what extent do, we save Eskom in its current state, while we are not looking at – for example – additional generation capacity from elsewhere,” adds Diko.
Power utility Eskom has refuted suggestions that loadshedding has been suspended. It says currently Stage 2 is being implemented and will be updated should there be any changes.
Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae says: “We are aware of some apps that are saying we have suspended loadshedding…. That is incorrect.”
Eskom is currently implementing Stage 2 rotational load shedding which will continue until 23:00 on Wednesday.
The power utility says whilst it has managed to return several power stations, the probability for load shedding remains high for the rest of the week.
In an unprecedented move on Monday, Eskom implemented stage 6 load shedding. This was as a result of a shortage of capacity following a technical problem at Medupi power station, which impacted additional power generation supply.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) says tourists will be sceptical about travel to the country in the future due to uncertainty over power cuts.
The council made these comments after hundreds of people were left stranded for several hours on Tuesday on one of Cape Town’s international tourist attractions, Table Mountain.
Visitors on top of the iconic landmark were eventually brought down when the lights in the city bowl went on again.
TBCSA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa says load shedding is tarnishing South Africa’s brand as a tourist destination.
“It goes to the issues around the brand, and South Africa as a destination. Our brand gets tarnished when people start to get sceptical when deciding where to travel to. It is important that we solve this. A lot of people, when they book, they book well in advance. They are looking forward to their vacation, to get to the top of Table Mountain, go to the restaurant that they have booked. Now they are being inconvenienced…”
“When we talk to the leaders of these businesses they have to spend more money on generators and how many tourists were inconvenienced,” adds Tshivhengwa.
SABC News spoke to the Minerals Council of SA about the impact of load shedding on mining.
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Abalone drying plant discovered in Cape Town
11 December 2019, 9:06 AM
A joint operation between Crime Intelligence and the Cape Town K9 Unit has uncovered an abalone drying facility in Loevenstein.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk says numerous large steel cooking pots, plastic containers, gas cylinders and burners, a scale and various other items have been seized from the facility.
Numerous shelves stacked with dried abalone and plastic containers filled with dried abalone were also recovered.
The value of the abalone is yet to be determined.
A 28-year-old suspect was arrested and will soon appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on charges under the Living Marine Resources Act.
Zimu to be buried at Kromvlei cemetery
11 December 2019, 7:03 AM
Gospel musician Neyi Zimu will be buried at the Kromvlei cemetery in Alberton East of Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Zimu died at the Busamed Hospital in Modderfontein, north east of Johannesburg after battling a long illness.
The “Jehova Retshepile Wena” hit maker died from a rare illness at the age of 49, leaving behind his wife and three children.
The musician has been described as a dedicated family man, who pursued his dreams and never gave up easily.
He began his music career singing gospel from the early 90s, when he was a member of Joyous Celebration and Family Factory before venturing out as a solo artist.
His friends and colleagues in the industry have hailed Zimu as a singer who was always committed to his craft.
The funeral service will start at the House of Treasures Ministries, in Rispark Johannesburg South.