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Medium risk of rotational load-shedding on Tuesday – Eskom

5th March 2019 Eskom said there was a medium risk of rotational load-shedding on Tuesday. "There is an increased risk for load-shedding today due to the loss of additional generating capacity. We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period," the power utility... 

Eskom official instructed to make payment to Tegeta 'within 3 hours', State capture commission hears

5th March 2019 Head of finance at Eskom's primary energy division, Snehal Nagar, on Tuesday testified on how he was instructed to make a R659-million pre-payment for coal to Gupta's Tegeta Resources within three hours without following Eskom processes. Nagar, a chartered accountant, told the State capture... 

Minister Davies announces new SA Brics business council

5th March 2019 South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday announced the newly appointed South African Brics Business Council which is set to promote and strengthen trade and investment ties among the Brics countries. The Brics countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. 

Necsa is a going concern but this could change, MPs told

5th March 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) remained a going concern but its future remained uncertain, members of Parliament (MPs) were told on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament's energy portfolio committee, Necsa board chairperson Rob Adam addressed concerns raised by Auditor General Kimi... 

US deploys THAAD anti-missile battery in Israel for first time

5th March 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the deployment of an advanced American anti-missile system in Israel for the first time as the two countries kicked off a month-long joint air defence exercise on Monday. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD)... 

Minerals Council welcomes task team to assess challenges at Eskom power stations

5th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Tuesday applauded the establishment of an engineering task team to assess challenges at state utility Eskom’s power stations. Cash strapped Eskom has struggled to meet electricity demand and was forced for several days last month to implement rolling blackouts... 

Gordhan names Eskom technical review team

5th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday appointed the promised technical review team that will conduct a rapid review of operations and maintenance at Eskom's power plants. The team of 11 experts is headed by Tsakani Mthombeni, the chairperson of the Energy Intensive Users Group... 

Petrol and diesel increase will have negative effect on economy – trade union UASA

4th March 2019 Trade union the United Association of South Africa (UASA) on Monday said the 74 cents per litre of petrol increase and almost R1 per litre of diesel increase that workers will pay as from Wednesday, combined with the increase in toll gate fees that came into effect on Friday, will have a negative... 

Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula hits back at Public Protector

1st March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday said she took exception to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane "naming and shaming" her departments among the many government entities that simply ignored her remedial action.  Mkhwebane this week listed 38 matters where... 

High risk of load-shedding for Friday and weekend, says Eskom

1st March 2019 The risk of load-shedding for Friday and the weekend is high, according to Eskom.  The power producer made the announcement via an emailed statement late on Thursday night.  


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