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Huge turnout expected for Telkom Knockout final
6 December 2018, 5:15 PM

A near-capacity crowd is expected to attend the Telkom Knockout final between the giants of Soweto, Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

The stadium’s capacity is 48 000 and more than half of the tickets have already been sold.

Approximately 35 000 fans are expected at the game.

Telkom Knockout ambassadors and former Bafana Bafana players, Jerry Sikhosana and Matthew Booth, are marketing the game in the Nelson Mandela Bay townships.

Skhosana says it is good to see the so-called smaller teams like Baroka reaching the final.

“Credit should go to Wedson Nyirenda. He is a colleague. I have played football with him. I know his thinking mentally. We used to do a lot of things together when we were still at Giant Blackpool. Overall, you didn’t expect teams like Sundowns not to be here … Chiefs with their massive following. But credit must go to those who deserve, especially Baroka,” says Sikhosana.

An image of the Vodacom awards where the EFF pictures were shown
Six suspects arrested for vandalising Vodacom store
6 December 2018, 4:13 PM

Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of two Vodacom shops at the Mall of the North in Polokwane on Sunday.

A group of men dressed in Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) T-shirts stormed the stores after images of party leader Julius Malema and his Deputy Floyd Shivambu, captioned “Abusers of Democracy”, were shown at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.

“The police in Polokwane have arrested six suspects aged between 25 and 45 for malicious damage to property after shops at Mall of the North were ransacked and damaged by a group of people. More arrests are expected,” says police Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo.

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Watch | Eskom briefs media on its current operational challenges
6 December 2018, 2:45 PM

Eskom is currently briefing the media on Thursday afternoon at Megawatt Park in Johannesburg as it struggles to keep the lights on.

It is giving an update on its current operational challenges and Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, is also at the briefing.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says Eskom has come up with a plan which will be updated weekly between now and the end of January with regard to making efforts to keep lights on.

Eskom explains what the plan will entail.  “That plan must state very clearly who is taking responsibility for what, within what kind of time-frame and what’s expected in terms of the result, for example of assessing the key parts of a power station and where the weaknesses of those parts might actually be.”

Earlier, Eskom announced that it would implement Stage 2 load shedding from 9 o’clock on Thursday morning until 10 o’clock.

The power utility says this is due to a shortage of capacity on the national grid and that rotational load shedding will continue in the country until March 2019.

Eskom’s debt is reported to have a R419 billion debt.

It says it is not selling enough power to cover its costs and wants government to take on about R100 billion of debt as part of a rescue plan.

“The new board looked like they were dealing quite well with the finances of Eskom. Part of that is government guarantee which is R350 billion. The guarantee itself doesn’t actually pay the finance cost of the interest on the debt. You may guarantee that if Eskom defaults or is unable to pay, you don’t actually continue to pay. That’s a major, major problem,” says Economist Xhanti Payi.

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Customers taking FNB to court over theft
5 December 2018, 4:21 PM

A group of 60 customers is taking First National Bank (FNB) to court over a theft that happened two years ago.

The group, which was part of the 300 people that lost their valuables kept in bank safes, refused to settle with the bank and has now decided to sue it in the Johannesburg High Court.

FNB says it has instructed its attorneys to defend the matter and highlighted that it settled the matter in 2017 with the majority of complainants.

The group’s spokesperson, Kelly Fraser, says they want R121 million adding that they have proof that FNB was negligent.

“During our investigation as a group, we found that there was evidence that there was co-operation between employees of FNB and robbers. For example, there is video evidence in Parktown that shows an employee supposedly locking the vault but leaving it open at Sunnypark. We found that there was a security official that deactivated the alarm so it’s a long list,” says Fraser.

Officer gives testimony on Vlakfontein murder scene
5 December 2018, 3:34 PM

The investigating officer in the Vlakfontein murder case has told the court that he found blood at the Khoza household when he was called to the crime scene in Lenasia.

Banele Ndlovu was under cross-examination in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto earlier on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the case of the two men accused of the murders, Vusi Mabaso and Fita Khupe was postponed after Mabaso fell sick.

In October, Mabaso allegedly used a weapon, which his co-accused had bought, to kill the family.

Mabaso also says Khupe forced him to carry out the murders because he wanted the family’s house.

Ndlovu named the victims during cross-examination.

“It’s Lerato, Nomfundo, Nkanyiso and Luyanda. (When you say you looked around and you saw blood spatters, where did you see these blood spatters?) On the walls and on the ceiling. (How did you observe the blood spatters?) There was much of it, Your Worship and it was visible to the naked eye,” says Ndlovu.

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