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Eskom urges citizens to use electricity sparingly
17 June 2020, 12:30 AM

As the chill sets in, the falling temperatures has an adverse effect on the national grid.

The power utility is urging South Africans to use electricity sparingly especially in densely populated areas.

In this video below, Eskom report on state of the grid:

Emergency services are on high alert for shack fires as many attempts to ward off the biting cold.

The big freeze is here to stay – at least for the next few days.

In this video below, Pretoria residents urged to keep warm:

The extreme cold will be coupled with rain and Gauteng temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 11 and 14 degrees.

As South Africans try to keep warm the energy supplier, Eskom warns that the national grid is already under strain, especially in areas where illegal connections are common.

Eskom Spokesperson in Gauteng Reneiloe Semenya says: “Eskom has noted a rise in interruptions especially in residential areas. This is due to an exponential overload on the system where there’s illegal connections, meter bypass, vandalism. We would like to appeal to residents to unplug or switch off because if we had to all do that we will be in position to meet high peak demand.

Johannesburg Emergency Services remains on high alert as the cold front persists.

On Sunday evening, at least 15 shacks were destroyed in an informal settlement in Alexandra.

EMS is urging residents not to leave heating devices unattended.

With winter finally here and the country already battling a global pandemic, South Africans should brace themselves for a dark frosty lockdown.

Malema calls on South Africans to have same resilience as the youth of 1976
16 June 2020, 11:25 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema used his Youth Day speech to reiterate his criticism of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He says the youth has been isolated not only by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the government too.

Malema also called on South Africans to have the same resilience as the class of 1976 in fighting today’s ills – especially gender-based violence.

He was addressing a virtual youth day rally as part of June 16 celebrations.

Commemorating June 16 under the new norm EFF leader called on South Africans to come together against the plight of women and children.

In this video, EFF leader Julius Malema calls on SA to defend women and children from abuse:

The recent spike in reports of attacks against women in recent days has sparked outrage.

Julius Malema says: “Our communities must take leaf from the 1976 generation and organise themselves in a defence of the lives of woman and children.”

Malema says COVID-19 has added to the plight of the youth and the poor.

Once again, he accuses the President of neglecting his duty to the country.

“As COVID takes its toll on the country the masses of our people in particular the youth are left to fend for themselves against the deadly virus and painful reality of poverty , retrenchment bloodshed despite guarantees that jobs will be protected.”

Coronavirus has certainly changed the way things are done including commemoration of days like the June 16.

The EFF leader says everyone should be mindful of what the pandemic has exposed.

“COVID 19 has brought into sharp focus not only the broader radical economic inequalities but has also exposed how our education sector is based on the same apartheid separate development that is characterized schooling.”

He continued to stress what he describes as the President’s culpability in the chaos unfolding as a result of the pandemic.

“You will be held personally responsible for the loss of life that is going to happen as a result of his decision.”

The Eastern Cape emergence scooters brought in to reinforce the fight against COVID-19 also made it to Malema’s speech.

“The challenge of 1976 in the immediate was Afrikaans as the medium of instruction , now Eastern Cape EFF your immediate challenge is the scooters , deal with the same way the class of 76 dealt with apartheid regime.”

The party says alcohol should be banned and has also called on the 2021 local government election to be postponed.

Suspect in custody for murder of his girlfriend in Dobsonville
15 June 2020, 9:11 PM

A man is facing charges of murder after his girlfriend Sanelisiwe Mfaba’s body was found dumped in Dobsonville, Soweto last Friday.

Tshepo Mashego is alleged to have picked her up from her family’s home on Thursday evening.

He appeared briefly at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

In this video below, Tshepo Mashego appears in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court:

Mfaba was last seen alive on Thursday evening when her boyfriend of six years picked her up.

Brother Sakhile Mngomezulu says, ”The guy took her at eight at night. My mother received a WhatsApp at 11. We think after he killed her, saying that she will be staying over by him and we will see her the next morning.”

The 29-year-old was found on Friday, her body dumped in the Dobsonville area.

The family says this was not the first attempt on her life.

Mngomezulu says, “He attempted to kill her in 2017. He then tried to poison her. Whenever we asked her to leave him, she said she had a plan, but she was afraid to leave.”

For the family, there’s no closure.

“We want to know where he killed her. We are worried about her soul. Also, we want answers, why he killed her.”

Tshepo Mashego is facing a charge of murder. He will return to court on June 29 for a formal bail application.

Ramaphosa calls on ANC Youth League to push for radical economic change
15 June 2020, 7:20 PM

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says a radical change in the economic landscape is needed.

Ramaphosa has called on young people in the ANC Youth League to stand up and radically push for a complete overhaul of the economy to represent the demographics of South Africa.

The ANC President also says the defunct Youth League must go back to its former glory days of being a radical movement.

A new economic order has been called by Ramaphosa in his address to the party’s Youth League.

Ramaphosa says COVID-19 has presented South Africa with an opportunity to change the economic landscape.

“We want to use this opportunity to forge a new economic path, that is more inclusive, more durable, much more sustainable and more transformative than we had before. We want to build a new economy, a new economic thrust for a new and better society.”

But before the economy is rebuilt, young people will be ones most affected by job losses and closure of businesses due the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ANC President has called on young men to stand up and defend women against the recurring scourge of killing women.

“We have been saddened by the continuous and recurring news of men attacking and killing women in the past few weeks and men continue killing women in the most horrific and barbaric manner. The women of our country feel unsafe in their homes, they don’t feel safe in the workplace as well, places of worship and just walking in the streets”

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers virtual address as part of Youth Month:

Ramaphosa says it is the youth that shaped the ANC and South Africa’s various political phases and that led the party’s armed struggle.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People has called for the Orlando Stadium to be renamed “Tsietsi Mashinini Stadium” in honour of the 1976 student uprising leader.

COPE says it is time all struggle heroes are honoured, irrespective of which organisation they belonged to.

Other parties have also emphasised the importance of recognising the sacrifices of the youth of 1976.

Youth unemployment needs to be a national priority

Ann Bernstein, Executive Director at the Centre for Development and Enterprise says the challenge of youth unemployment in the country is devastating.

She says dealing with youth unemployment has to be one of the national priorities.

The coronavirus has intensified the desperate situation of the country’s many millions of unemployed young people who will have little to celebrate on June 16.

According to the Centre for Development and Enterprise, government must start focusing on the catalytic changes required to produce faster-growing, targeted interventions and the expansion of public works opportunities have to be part of the solution.

In this video below, Ann Bernstein explains the challenges faced by unemployed youth:

Calls for action, not words, as Johnson launches UK racism commission
15 June 2020, 6:27 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure on Monday to deliver action on racism after he launched a commission on racial inequalities following Black Lives Matter protests.

In the video below,  global protests over the killing of George Floyd:

Johnson said a cross-government commission would examine racism and the disparities experienced by minority ethnic groups in education, health and the criminal justice system.

But he gave few details about the commission, leading to criticism that he was prevaricating rather than delivering concrete steps.

“It’s the sort of morning that makes me slightly wary, because it feels like we’re going round in circles,” said David Lammy, an opposition Labour lawmaker whose own report into over-representation of black people in the criminal justice system is one of several whose findings have not yet been implemented.

“The time for review is over and the time for action is now.”

Johnson said he could not ignore the strength of feeling shown by tens of thousands of people who had demonstrated in British cities following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

“What I really want to do as prime minister is change the narrative, so we stop the sense of victimisation and discrimination,” he said on Sunday.

“It won’t be easy. We’ll have to look very carefully at the real racism and discrimination that people face.”

On Monday, Johnson’s spokesperson said that work to establish the commission had already begun, and a report on findings and recommendations was expected by the end of 2020.



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