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No blackouts anticipated this coming weekend, says Eskom CEO
12 November 2021, 12:32 PM

Eskom CEO, André de Ruyter says they are not anticipating any blackouts this coming weekend and the outlook for the coming week looks positive although power generation challenges remain at the power utility.

He says he’s reluctant to blame sabotage for the current situation because it is difficult to distinguish between sabotage and negligence.

Eskom suspended rolling blackouts at 5 am on Friday. This after generation capacity recovered enough to enable it to stop the blackouts.

Eskom media briefing: 12 November 2021

On Thursday, Eskom said that improvements in the power system had allowed the power utility to return electricity to normal ahead of schedule.

The country was plunged into darkness when stage four was announced earlier this week. This was scaled down to stage two yesterday. De Ruyter briefed the media on power challenges.

“It’s very often rather difficult to distinguish between negligence and sabotage. I’m quite reluctant to play the sabotage card. It is a phrase that is related to whole all sorts of historical connotations. So, I don’t want to claim that there is widespread sabotage. From time to time we have cable theft at power stations. They seem to be closely related to common criminality and acts of sabotage.”

 

 

Video: Eskom briefs media on system challenges following rolling blackouts in SA
12 November 2021, 10:03 AM

Eskom’s Group Chief Executive, André de Ruyter briefs the media on system challenges following rolling blackouts in South Africa.

Video: Eskom briefs media on system challenges following rolling blackouts in SA

Video: Update on SA government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
12 November 2021, 8:16 AM

The Department of Health briefs the media on government’s response to the  COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa has recorded 356 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of infections to  2 924 978.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has also reported further 17 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 89 452.

Video: Update on the progress of government’s COVID-19 response

Egypt poised to join Morocco, Senegal in playoffs for World Cup
9 November 2021, 1:02 PM

Egypt looks likely to be the next African nation to win a place in the playoffs for next year’s World Cup, with the winners of the continent’s 10 qualifying groups to be known next week.

The second phase of the African preliminaries will conclude after a whirlwind six days of qualifying games, with two rounds sandwiched between Thursday and next week.

Only group winners go to the final round playoffs in March – for five berths in Qatar – and Egypt should comfortably join Morocco and Senegal before the conclusion of their campaign.

An away victory in Angola on Friday will ensure top place. Yet even if they do not win, their four-point lead in Group F over second place Libya means that if Libya drop points in Gabon at the same time then Egypt could secure top spot with a draw.

Egypt appointed Carlos Queiroz as their coach in September despite a winning start to the campaign under his predecessor Hossam Al Badary. Home-and-away success over Libya last month marked the perfect start to the 68-year-old Portuguese coach’s reign.

“The team played with competence and character. It was nice to enjoy a good start, but a good start alone is not enough,” he said. “This is all about finishing with success.”

Tunisia, who were also at the last World Cup finals in Russia, will win their group on Saturday with an away success at Equatorial Guinea. But other groups may come down to potentially thrilling showdowns on the final matchday with some of Africa’s World Cup regulars facing the threat of elimination.

CAMEROON ON EDGE

Cameroon, whose seven past trips to World Cup finals is the most by any African country, are expected to have to win their last qualifier at home against the Ivory Coast in Yaounde on Tuesday to advance.

It is a heavyweight clash that comes just two months before Cameroon are to host the Africa Cup of Nations finals. They sit one point behind the Ivorians in Group D.

The Ivory Coast’s hopes have been hit by Wilfried Zaha’s withdrawal. The Crystal Palace attacker has asked to sit out the two matches because he says he has not recovered from a virus picked up on his last trip to Africa in October.

Ghana and South Africa are also expected to play a Group G decider at Cape Coast on Sunday while Mali and Uganda’s meeting in Agadir the same day could also decide the outcome of Group E,

Nigeria should qualify at the expense of the tiny Cape Verde Islands, as long as there is no repeat of the shock home loss they suffered last month to lowly-ranked Central African Republic.

The top 10 group victors will be drawn into five playoff ties in March, from which the aggregate winners go on to represent the continent in Qatar.

ActionSA in coalition talks with various political parties
9 November 2021, 12:51 PM

ActionSA says its talks between different political parties on possible coalitions are at an advanced stage.

They include the Economic Freedom Fighters,  African Christian Democratic Party, Good Party and the Democratic Alliance.

However, ActionSA Gauteng chairperson John Moodey is adamant that they have no plan of working with the African National Congress in any municipality.

He told the media in Sandton, Johannesburg, that this week they were set to meet with the Inkatha Freedom Party to seek common ground on how to approach coalitions in the hung municipalities.

ActionSA is now the third biggest party in the City of Johannesburg, with 16 percent of the votes. Moodey says they want sound coalition agreements.

That call will not come in 300 years, says Action SA leader on calling the ANC back

Last week, Action SA leader Herman Mashaba declined to reveal the name of one of the ANC top six members he has had an informal conversation with.

He said they discussed the possibility of a coalition in major municipalities in Gauteng.

Addressing the media at the Independent Electoral Commission National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Wednesday last week, Mashaba said: “Yeah, one of the top six, it was informal and I think for me, I really respect them, I wasn’t going to entertain it, the discussion. It was the first time they approached me, yesterday (Tuesday), I was hardly half an hour here and that time every media house wanted to speak to me and I said please just give me a chance – I think you’re asking me something totally impossible.  I said wait for my call and I can tell you that call will not come in three hundred years,” says Mashaba.

Politics of coalitions in SA with Professor Susan Booysen

The African National Congress (ANC) says its negotiation team led by Head of Policy and former Minister Jeff Radebe is still busy with parties who are keen to work in coalitions with the party in the 66 hung councils across the country.

This emerged at the special ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting at Irene outside Pretoria.

The ANC has failed to secure enough votes to form governments in key municipalities including six metros after the Local Government Elections.

It is now racing to identify which parties are interested after ActionSA and the IFP openly said they would not work with the ANC.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte explains in the video below:

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