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Month: February 2019

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Cosas warns of growing violence amongst children

Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is claiming that South African children are becoming more violent, according to ENCA. The organisation has suggested that we could possibly counter this by having pupils visit prisons so that they can know where this sort of behaviour leads. Advertisements

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Family of ‘resurrected’ man accused of robbing hearse driver

According to eNCA the family of a man who a Johannesburg pastor claimed to have raised from the dead is facing possible legal action from the funeral company because they allegedly robbed the hearse driver. The funeral parlour also pointed out that they didn’t get to see the corpse before the ‘resurrection’ – distancing themselves […]

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GladAfrica and Ward 58 – the DA has its problems

In this coming election, the DA’s offer I think is more or less that you might not like their policies but they’re at least honest and competent administrators. Two recent stories have raised doubts about this offer for me – the GladAfrica scandal and what’s going in Ward 58 of Johannesburg.

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Looking at the DA’s manifesto

On Saturday the Democratic Alliance launched its manifesto. Now the manifestos themselves aren’t really going to be the central issue this coming election – because what we’re looking for isn’t really about manifesto issues, but just the plain day-to-day running of government. That said the manifestos do matter, and the DA’s manifesto should give some […]

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Budget 2019 – and what it means for keeping the lights on

So today Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has delivered his maiden budget – and there isn’t really all that much in it. So, lets start with Eskom’s unbundling. According to ENCA, Mboweni has stated that government will not be taking on Eskom’s debt.

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Banks ditch Bosasa amid state capture concerns, company set to close down

South Africa’s banks have ditched African Global Operations (AGO), which used to be called Bosasa, amidst allegations of state capture according to ENCA. The controversial company’s accounts will be closed by the end of February.

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Power is back in Johannesburg – for now

Last night, Saturday, power was fully restored to my home for the first time since Thursday’s load shedding which appeared to take out half of Johannesburg. Basically, seven units had gone down at eskom, meaning they had to move over to their diesel generators – except that they hadn’t ordered enough diesel and water, so […]

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Is a self regulatory body in South African religion even possible?

According to ENCA, religious leaders have responded to the CRL Rights Commission, saying that they will self regulate. EWN reports that the CRL has been accused by some religious leaders of having gone beyond its mandate. The religious leaders claimed that the CRL’s process of compiling its report on the abuse of people’s beliefs was […]

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Load shedding continues

According to ENCA today South Africa will see stage three load shedding, following yesterday’s stage four load shedding. “Despite the generating units returning to service as planned, the emergency reserves (diesel and water) are still very low,” Eskom said. EWN reports that Eskom’s CEO Phakamani Hadebe has said that the breakdown at seven units yesterday […]

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Stage 4 load shedding

According to the Citizen, Eskom announced that South Africa would face stage four load shedding from 1pm until 10pm. So, what has caused this? A “shortage of capacity”, which is a bit like responding “We sold less” when asked why sales were down. Eskom also added that they were running short on water and diesel […]

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