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State Capture
LIVE: President Ramaphosa appears before State Capture Commission
11 August 2021, 9:05 AM

The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture hears evidence from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday. Ramaphosa is expected to start by rounding off his testimony from April regarding his tenure as leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He had conceded that the party had not done enough to tackle state capture, cadre deployment and discipline among Members of Parliament.

Medupi Power Station
There could be more reasons behind Medupi power station explosion: Energy expert
10 August 2021, 12:33 PM

Energy expert, Chris Yelland says there could be more reasons that led to the explosion at Eskom Medupi power station in Limpopo on Sunday night.

The power utility says preliminary investigations show that employees who were at work at the time of the incident deviated from the procedure.

Two operators and four managers have so far been suspended. Eskom says air was introduced into the generator to try to find a leak, while a large quantity of hydrogen gas was still present in the system.

Yelland says the risk of load-shedding cannot be ruled out.

“What appears to have happened before they open the generator instead of purging fully with carbon dioxide, they allowed air to get into the generator, which mixes the hydrogen causing an explosive mixture that ignited and really blew up the generator doing extensive damage to this extent. This generator is irreparable. If you follow the right procedure the probability of an accident is very very low. It could be just poor training, inexperienced, incompetence.”

Eskom suspends staff over Medupi blast: Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Operation
Only 0.2% of SA’s population are registered organ donors: Organ Donor Foundations
10 August 2021, 11:01 AM

The Organ Donor Foundation says only 0.2% of the South African population are registered as organ donors. The Foundation’s Julie Purkis says the number of organ and tissue transplants has decreased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa observes Organ Donor Month this August.

“Kidneys would have to rate the highest on the list of most needed organs in South Africa. Many patients suffer kidney failure as a result of complications resulting from diabetes. Currently, there are around 5000 adults and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants and in KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) alone there are approximately 850 patients awaiting both organ and tissue transplants,” says Purkis.

“The number of people awaiting transplants has increased dramatically. The patients desperately awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant will have to wait longer still, with many dying in the interim,” adds Purkis.

Police arrest man in connection with arm robbery at a supermarket in Douglas
10 August 2021, 10:36 AM

Police in the Northern Cape have arrested a 45-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery at a supermarket in Douglas on Sunday evening. It is alleged that four suspects dressed in blue overalls armed with firearms, entered a shop and shot the owner.

They then fled the scene in a white bakkie. Suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and other items. The arrested male is believed to be a driver of the getaway vehicle.

Three other suspects abandoned the vehicle after noticing they were being chased by police. Provincial police Spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana says three other suspects are still on the run and police have launched a manhunt.

“The incident occurred on Sunday. The suspects entered the supermarket and pretended to be the customers. The Kimberley flying squad and provincial organised crime detectives responded immediately which led to a high-speed pursuit after receiving a lookout report from Douglas police. The suspects’ bakkie was spotted 20-kilometres in the direction of Kimberley. Three of the suspects jumped out and fled the scene on foot when they realised that the police were closing in on them. Cash cigarettes and other items were found inside the bakkie.“

State Capture
Video: State Capture Inquiry I Commission hears aviation related testimony
10 August 2021, 10:05 AM

Former South African Airways (SAA) CEO Sizakele Mzimela will testify at the State Capture Commission on Tuesday morning.

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