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Eskom reports fire at Kendal power station
11 September 2021, 10:20 AM

Eskom has confirmed that unit one of its Kendal power station in Mpumalanga has tripped due to a fire that has caused the failure of a generator transformer.

Units two and three have been shut down under controlled conditions.

The fire has damaged the cables to the main cooling water system on the west side of the power station.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says all personnel who were on site have been safely evacuated.

ANC vows to adhere to the IEC’s deadline for the submission of candidates’ lists
11 September 2021, 8:13 AM

The African National Congress says it will strictly adhere to Saturday’s deadline for the submission of candidates’ lists for the forthcoming Local Government Elections.

The party has warned that it will not entertain any dispute regarding its candidates’ lists beyond the deadline. The governing party will re-submit some of its candidates who failed to meet the Electoral Commission of South Africa registration deadline on August 23.

This follows the IEC’s decision to re-open the voters’ and candidates’ registration processes after the Constitutional Court ruled that the Local Government Elections should be held between October 27 and November 1.

Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Zuma has since announced that the elections will be held on November 1.

The ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) in the North West says it has managed to register 99% of its candidates in 403 wards.

This is despite disputes and challenges that have prevailed in several municipalities with regard to the alleged manipulation of the candidates’ lists.

IPC chairperson Hlomane Chauke says only a handful of candidates are left.

“Out of the 403 wards that we have in the province we have managed to register almost 99%of the candidates across the province we just left with a smaller number of registration and we want to appreciate the opportunity given by the IEC.”

IEC announces the LGE 2021 electoral programme:

Additional reporting: Sylvester Serame

Bushy Maape elected as North West Premier
7 September 2021, 1:03 PM

Bushy Maape has been elected Premier of the North West in a landslide victory over the Democratic Alliance’s nominee Winston Rabotapi.

Maape received 21 votes from the African National Congress while Rabotapi received only 5 votes from the DA.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters abstained from the vote.

While the North West Provincial Legislature has a total of 33 members only 26 ballots were filled in following the absence of 3 members and the EFF abstaining from the vote.

Bushy Maape takes over as North West premier following resignation of Job Mokgoro:

North West Premier Job Mokgoro resigns

Mokgoro made the announcement in a virtual media briefing on Thursday morning.

The African National Congress Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) had been calling for Mokgoro’s removal, after accusing him of not taking instructions from the party.

When announcing his resignation, Mokgoro thanked the province’s citizens for giving him an opportunity to lead. Mokgoro also mentioned that during his tenure, he tried by all means to uproot corruption in the province.

ANC IPC apologises to Mokgoro for how communication was handled around his removal as North West premier

Last month, the ANC IPC in the North West apologised to Mokgoro for what they call the discomfort and inconvenience that may have been caused to him about the communication on the decision to remove him as Premier.

Mokgoro has raised concerns about his removal being communicated to him through the media and telephonically.

He mentioned his dissatisfaction during a meeting with ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.

More heavy rain expected in KwaZulu-Natal
7 September 2021, 12:41 PM

The South African Weather Service is predicting more rainfall across KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

The province has received significant overnight rains coupled with thunderstorms.

Weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke says an alert of localised flooding has been issued.

“We are expecting 80% chances of rain and thunderstorms. It’s already raining in most parts of KwaZulu-Natal and we also having an alert where we expecting disruptive rainfall which might lead to localised flooding and difficulty travelling conditions over most parts of KwaZulu-Natal today and then moving into tomorrow we are only expecting most of the rain to clear but the areas where we still expecting some rain it’s along our coastal areas and the northern part of the KZN early in morning clearing during the day.”

Weather forecast for Tuesday:

Whistleblower accuses parliament of breaching Protected Disclosures Act
7 September 2021, 12:17 PM

Lawyers for the whistleblower who accused former Defence Minister and now Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula of receiving kickbacks relating to a contract with the Department of Defence have accused parliament of breaching the provisions of the Protected Disclosures Act by demanding to unmask the whistleblower.

This, as the Standing Committee resolved last week not to investigate the allegations due to lack of cooperation with the whistleblower.

In a letter to parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence which is in possession of SABC News, lawyers for the whistleblower claim the Committee had made an undertaking that it won’t disclose the identity of the whistleblower.

However, the lawyers accuse the Committee of leaking the 27 questions which the Committee had sent to the whistleblower.

The whistleblower then refused to submit a sworn affidavit after it emerged that the confidentiality agreement in line with the Protected Disclosures Act would be breached.

The letter states that the whistleblower is willing to cooperate with the Committee by giving a statement and not an affidavit.

Committee drops probe into allegations of corruption against Mapisa-Nqakula

This after they could not obtain an affidavit from the whistleblower who had made the allegations to United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa.

The sub-committee that was appointed to investigate the matter has reported that it had not received cooperation from the whistleblower by the end of its mandate on August 31.

Earlier this year, Independent Newspapers reported that Mapisa-Nqakula had allegedly received cash and gifts totalling R5 million from a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) contractor between 2017 and 2019.

The person had reported the matter to Holomisa. After hearing from Holomisa, a subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee was appointed to probe the allegations, but it has reported how attempts to get evidence from the whistleblower has been thwarted.

The whistleblower was asked to submit an affidavit but had in the end declined to do so.

Their reason was that the committee had breached confidentiality because the media had seen the questions sent to them.

Members were unanimously felt that the matter cannot be taken any further.

Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) Kenny Motsamai felt that the committee does not have much to go on and therefore the matter should be closed.

The Africa National Congress’ MP Thabo Mmutle warned the committee to be more careful next time when dealing with matters of this nature. He says they have the potential to tarnish people’s names.

‘It might be that the Minister was reshuffled because there were these kinds of allegations or this kind of dark cloud hanging over her, and it’s very much unfair. I’m not saying that is the case, but I’m saying these kinds of allegations as serious. As we treat them, we need to be very careful as a committee in terms of accepting these kinds of allegations. Particularly from people who are not willing to stand their ground in terms of coming forward and bringing the information,” says Mmutle.

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