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Author: Bruce Gorton

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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. Advertisements

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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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Communications minister tries to block footage of service delivery protest at ANC Eastern Cape manifesto launch

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams tried to block journalists from filming a protest at the ANC’s Eastern Cape manifesto launch. According to Sanef, the protesters were there to raise their concerns about service delivery, but Ndabeni-Abrahams had tried to block media coverage as the protesters were ‘out of order’. Sanef has raised concerns that this isn’t […]

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Pope admits to sex slave nuns

This past week has been a difficult one for the Catholic Church, following Pope Francis’ admission over the sexual abuse of nuns. According to the UK’s Independent, Francis admitted that the church has in fact had a problem with some priests and bishops keeping nuns as sex slaves. The Catholic Church has long been opposed […]

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Orange chicken wings with coal roasted potato

Yesterday I went to a presentation on my investments. The presenter looked at 2018, and decided it was better to talk about what a great year 2017 was. The snacks were also better in 2017. These were the sorts of results which begged for chicken wings.

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Antibiotic resistance found in microbes in Svalbard soil

Researchers have found that microbes from the thawing soil of Svalbard have anti-biotic resistant genes, according to research they published in the journal Environment International.

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