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Eskom implements Stage 4 loadshedding

Eskom has announced that rolling blackouts will now move to Stage Four from 11 am until midnight. The power utility says this is due to ongoing unprotected strike action and is compelled to take precautionary actions to conserve emergency generation reserves.

On Saturday and Sunday Stage Four rolling blackouts will be implemented from 05:00 am until midnight.

SA News | 24th June 2022

SA to receive another R7.5-billion low-interest loan from The World Bank

The World Bank has approved a R7.5-billion low-interest loan to fund vaccine purchases.

The latest approval follows a loan of R11.5-billion granted in January for economic recovery.

Treasury says this is part of government efforts to reduce debt service costs by using cheaper funding sources.

SA News | 15th June 2022

Guatemala: 15 dead, half million impacted by mudslides from heavy rains

At least 15 people have died in a dozen mudslides caused by heavy rains that have fallen since early May in Guatemala, where more than 500,000 people have been affected, officials said Monday.

Among the 15 fatalities were a woman and her six children, as well as three brothers, all minors, from two indigenous villages, said the office of the Coordination for the Reduction of Natural Disasters (Conred).

World News | 14th June 2022

UAE bans animated film Lightyear for 'content viola

"Lightyear," has been banned from cinemas in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country's Media Regulatory Office announced Monday.

The Disney-Pixar film about "Toy Story" character Buzz Lightyear reportedly contains a scene including a same-sex kiss.

The film, which is expected to be released later this week, reportedly includes a scene of two female characters kissing.

Entertainment | 14th June 2022

SA Covid-19: 962 new reported in the last 24 hours

South Africa has recorded 962 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 978 590.

Seven new COVID-19-related deaths have also been reported, bringing total fatalities to 101 484

SA News | 13th June 2022

Zandile Gumede and co-accused expected back in Court on Monday

Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 21 co-accused are expected back at the Durban High Court on Monday.

They are facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to an irregular Durban Solid Water tender.

At the last appearance, the defence requested further particulars from the State in preparation for trial. The indictment lists Gumede as a key figure in the case.

SA News | 13th June 2022

At least 15 lives have been lost to a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Tshwane

At least 15 people have been killed in a head collision between a bus and a truck on the M17 near Garankuwa, in Tshwane. Emergency Services are on the scene.

The death toll is expected to rise.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso says 37 people who sustained injuries were rushed to Dr. George Mukhari, Kalafong Hospital, and Steve Biko Hospital.

“Of the 37 people injured, 26 sustained minor to moderate injuries. Four sustained moderate to serious injuries, while seven people sustained critical injuries,” adds Mabaso.

It is still unclear where the bus was traveling from.

The road has been closed while the bodies of the deceased are covered next to the road.

SA News | 10th June 2022

Scientists put living skin on robot finger

Scientists may have moved us one step closer to creating truly life-like robots, after successfully covering a robotic finger with living skin that can heal when damaged.

The scientists behind the work say it is “the first step of the proof of concept that something could be covered by skin”, although it may still be some time before an entire humanoid is successfully covered.

Tech | 10th June 2022

Belgium’s King Philippe visit the DRC since taking the throne in 2013

Belgium’s King Philippe returned a traditional mask to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday as a goodwill gesture during his first visit to the former Belgian colony since taking the throne in 2013.

The visit is being closely watched in both countries, where the legacy of Belgium’s colonial rule from 1885-1960, which resulted in millions of Congolese deaths, looms large.

In 2020, Philippe became the first Belgian official to express regret for the “suffering and humiliation” inflicted on Congo. But he stopped short of issuing an apology, and some Congolese have demanded he does so this time.

Philippe offered an initiation mask of the Suku people to Congo’s national museum as an “indefinite loan”. The mask has been held for decades by Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Africa News | 9th June 2022

Floyd Shivambu says President Cyril Ramaphosa should step aside due to investigation

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ deputy president, Floyd Shivambu says President Cyril Ramaphosa should not remain in office but should step aside pending the outcome of an investigation into his Limpopo farm robbery two years ago.

Shivambu was reacting to Deputy President David Mabuza who has told the National Assembly that law enforcement agencies should be allowed to conduct a proper investigation of the robbery before jumping to any conclusions.

SA News | 9th June 2022

SASSA says R350 payment to resume mid-June

Over 10 million who applied for the R350.00 Social Relief of Distress grants in April have not been paid for two month, they can expect to receive payment from mid-month.

The Social Development Department says the grant, which was extended in the February budget, will be provided until March 2023.

SA News | 9th June 2022

Parliament will look at the option of moving from Cape Town to Pretoria

Parliament will in the coming months consider a study on moving parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria, says the speaker of the national assembly, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.

Presenting her budget speech on Tuesday (7 June), Mapisa-Nqakula said the proposed move is being given additional consideration after a fire gutted the houses of parliament at the start of the year.

SA News | 8th June 2022

Alan Winde says South Africa is ready to drop all covid-19 restrictions

Western Cape premier Alan Winde says South Africa has reached the point of going back to what was normal, meaning all covid-19 restrictions coming to an end.

“In practice, this means that we need to allow congregations, convention centres, stadiums, and other economic hubs to operate at full capacity once again while we continue to safely navigate life. By doing away with these restrictions, we will enable businesses to operate at full capacity and grow,” he said.

“Residents should be allowed to practice the necessary behaviours that they deem fit and that they have learnt throughout the pandemic, to protect themselves and those around them.”

Winde said a letter has been sent to the office of the President for a meeting to discuss his proposal.

He added that the change can be made as there has been a continued decoupling between Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations, and deaths.

SA News | 8th June 2022

South Africa spent more time in the dark in 2021 than in 2020, and it is expected to increase

According to The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) published data on loadshedding, 2021 overtook 2020 as the most intensive load shedding year yet, based on the upper limit of power lost, with 2,521GWh lost over the 12 month period.

This means 40% increase compared to the upper limit last in 2020 (1,798GWh). The number of hours spent load shedding has also seen an increase, jumping to 1,169 hours in 2021 compared to 859 in 2020.

SA News | 8th June 2022

UK PM Johnson faces confidence vote

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a confidence vote later on Monday after a growing number of lawmakers in the governing Conservative Party questioned the British leader’s flagging authority over the “partygate” scandal.

World News | 6th June 2022

Santaco yet to decide whether to organise a national shutdown to protest rising fuel prices

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says it has not yet resolved to organise a national shutdown to protest against the spiraling fuel prices.

This comes after it was reported that the two of the country’s biggest taxi associations – the National Taxi Alliance and Santaco – are lobbying trade union Cosatu and other civic groups to join a national shutdown over.

They say these increases have made the cost of living unaffordable, placing financial strain on commuters.

SA News | 6th June 2022

Gauteng most wanted criminal killed in police shootout

One of Gauteng’s most wanted suspects has been killed in a shootout with police in KwaZulu-Natal in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mbuso Ndabazovela Biyela is linked to eight cases including the murder of a police officer in October 2021.

A multi-disciplinary joint operation team approached the house at Sahlumbe (Ematsheleni) village in Weenen, where Biyela was hiding.

Source: SABC

SA News | 6th June 2022

NATO chief say the war in Ukraine could continue for a long time

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned of a long road ahead on Thursday after meeting with US President Joe Biden.

"NATO’s responsibility is to help and support Ukraine in upholding their right for self-defence," Stoltenberg said.

"At the same time, NATO also has the responsibility to prevent this war.

"Wars are by nature unpredictable, and therefore we just have to be prepared for the long haul because what we see is that this war has now become a war of attrition where there Ukrainians are paying a high price for defending their own country on the battlefield," Stoltenberg said.

World News | 3rd June 2022

Gauteng police investigating the death of 3 three Ivory Park children

Police in Gauteng are investigating the death of three children in Ivory Park outside Midrand in Johannesburg. The three died on Tuesday.

It’s believed that the children ate meat laced with rat poison. The grandmother had reportedly laced the meat with rat poison to catch the rats at night.

However, the children who are in Grade one and two found the meat after school and shared it with their younger siblings. Police spokesperson Dimakatso Sello says an inquest docket has been opened.

SA News | 3rd June 2022

Kelly Khumalo’s lawyer says she feels prejudiced

Singer Kelly Khumalo’s lawyer Magdalene Moonsamy says her client feels prejudiced.

This follows defence lawyer advocate Malesala Teffo’s statement in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday that the defence team would produce a witness who would testify that Khumalo mistakenly shot her then boyfriend and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Moonsamy told the media in Pretoria that her client wanted her day in court.

SA News | 2nd June 2022