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City Power succumbs to load shedding, implements stage 2
3 February 2020, 3:29 PM

Johannesburg’s City Power has implemented stage 2 load shedding owing to a loss of generating capacity at the Kelvin substation.

As a result, the city’s residents will no longer be granted a reprieve from load shedding.

“City Power receives electricity from two lines at the Kelvin power station which contributes about 10% with the rest coming from Eskom. We lost one of the lines which was impacted by the damage to the 275kv Prospect/Sebenza Line. That happened on Saturday night. The other line did not recover from that damage so it’s now currently out and only one has been commissioned,” says City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena.

PILOT PROGRAMME

Meanwhile, Eskom says it will suspend stage 2 load shedding for two hours from 16h00 until 18h00 in an effort to ease traffic congestion as part of a pilot programme.

According to Eskom, this respite from load shedding will be given “during early morning and evening traffic periods from 06h00-09h00 and 16h00-18h00 when possible” as “a pilot programme aimed at achieving an appropriate load shedding philosophy for the country”.

Eskom has stated that although it may not be able to do this everyday, it will update South Africans regularly.

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know
30 January 2020, 8:00 PM

Government has sought to allay the fears of South Africans following the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed at least 170 lives in China.

The virus broke out from Wuhan city, mainland China, and has since spread to several countries.

On Wednesday, Health Department Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize  set out his department’s plan to deal with a possible outbreak in South Africa.

Mkhize says South Africa is fully prepared to respond to possible coronavirus cases.

Every province in the country has a designated hospital to deal with the virus, with Gauteng allocated three health facilities.

SABC News has put together this multimedia platform to help you understand the virus and what you can do to protect yourself as well as where you should go for help in case you suspect that you have been infected.


Watch Minister Zweli Mkhize’s briefing on SA’s readiness for a possible coronavirus outbreak:

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize holds a media briefing on Coronavirus | 31 January 2020: 

Coronavirus | China’s ambassador to SA gives update on efforts to fight the virus:

See map below for designated hospitals:

 


See the explainer infographic below on the Novel Coronavirus:

Facebook marks Data Privacy Day with updates to privacy settings
28 January 2020, 9:05 PM

Tuesday marks Data Privacy Day and in marking the day questions have been raised on how safe an end-user’s information is online.

The safety concerns come at the back of data breach scandals, like the 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica saga.

Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal information of 50 million people on Facebook without their consent and used it to influence US voters.

WorldWideWorx Data Analyst Bryan Turner says social media users have the ability to protect their information from being shared on other online platforms.

“There are systems in place to restrict companies from abusing ones privacy, but unfortunately, those are generally hidden deep in the settings and one almost has to be a power user to find them.”

Platforms like Facebook and Instagram allow users to minimise the exposure their information gets from third parties. For example, one can set that their account details not be shared with search engines.

Facebook is currently doing improvements on its platform to better protect its 2.4 billion users from these privacy issues.

Listen to Bryan Turner on how to control data privacy on social media platforms:

Facebook updates  privacy settings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media platform is starting the decade by giving the user more control over their privacy. In a statement released on Tuesday, Zuckerberg says their “goals for the next decade is to build much stronger privacy protections for everyone on Facebook. We know we have a lot of work to do here, which is why this is such a priority for our teams and for me personally.”

He says they will be sending a prompt for People to Review Their Privacy Settings.

“This makes it even easier to adjust who can see your posts and profile information, strengthen your account security by turning on login alerts, and review the information you share with apps you’ve logged in to with Facebook.”

Facebook says the move was influenced by the company’s commitment in ensuring that their users have transparency on how the internet works.

“…and to help them (Facebook users) make informed choices about their privacy.”

The South African government is also playing its part by putting in place legislation that aims to protect citizens from data breaches. It’s using legal frameworks like the EU’S General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and South Africa’s POPI Act (Protection Of Personal Information Act) to do this.

Turner says although the efforts are commendable, the laws are limited in their scope because of jurisdictions.

Listen to Bryan Turner on audio link below:

He says as long as there is information shared on the internet, there the risk of information being used for financial gain or otherwise will always be there.

Turner advises internet users to look at alternative browsers, like Duckduck Go, which protects an individual’s search history by not giving it out to other parties for targeted marketing.

England set South Africa improbable target of 466 to win
26 January 2020, 9:01 PM

Captain Joe Root top scored as England took a huge 465-run lead over South Africa on the third day of the fourth test and were bowled out for 248 just before stumps in their second innings at The Wanderers on Sunday.

The score left them with two days to dismiss their hosts, who will have to chase an improbable fourth-innings target if they are to win the test and level the series at 2-2.

Fourteen wickets fell on a busy Sunday that saw South Africa dismissed for 183 at lunch, 217 runs behind England’s first-innings score of 400. Root did not enforce the follow on but instead rammed home his team’s advantage as England batted briskly in their second innings before the captain was the last man out, superbly caught by South African counterpart Faf du Plessis to give debutant Beuran Hendricks a maiden test five-wicket haul.

Root scored 58, Dom Sibley made 44, Sam Curran an entertaining 35 and Ben Stokes 28 with Hendricks finishing on 5-64 off 15.3 overs. Openers Zak Crawley and Sibley put on a 56-run opening-wicket partnership in a positive second-innings start before Crawley was out for 24.

WORLD-RECORD TARGET

Stokes was in belligerent mood, having been fined for verbally abusing a spectator after going cheaply in the first innings, and sought to get retribution as he raced to 28 off 24 balls, with six boundaries, before Hendricks had him caught in the slips.

Curran also made up for a first baller in the first innings as he accelerated the run rate in the last hour before being caught in the deep off Hendricks. All the while Root kept the scoreboard ticking over to ensure South Africa will have to chase a world-record fourth innings target on a pitch where the bounce was becoming increasingly more uneven.

South Africa bowled a man light when veteran Vernon Philander pulled up with a hamstring injury after nine balls, further weakening a home attack already sorely missing the suspended Kagiso Rabada.

Philander was sent to hospital for a scan, said Cricket South Africa, threatening an inglorious end to his test career as he is retiring from the international arena.

Mark Wood completed a five-wicket haul earlier as South Africa were dismissed in the morning session, adding 95 runs to their overnight score. “I’m over the moon — a very special day,” said Wood, who credited a shorter run-up for his success. “Since I have (done that), it’s been a lot better. I’ve got a little bit more momentum; it’s taken pressure off my body. It’s been nice to take a load off.”

Equal Education reiterates calls for safer schools
23 January 2020, 5:05 AM

Equal Education, a body advocating for learner rights,  says issues of safety in schools have been a concern for a while.

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