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Eskom Announces Stage 2 Load Shedding From 2pm Today

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Eskom Announces Stage 2 Load Shedding From 2pm Today

Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding would be implemented from Wednesday at 2pm until 5am on Saturday.

The power utility said this was attributed to ongoing insufficient generation capacity and the loss of a unit each at three of its power stations, including Medupi, Duvha and Kendal.

The power utility added that the implementation of load shedding was to preserve the remaining emergency reserves at the OCGT and pump storage power stations in order to prevent higher stages of load shedding.

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Eskom said, of the five units that failed on Tuesday, a unit at Majuba, Kriel and Matimba power stations, have returned to service while the remaining two units are undergoing boiler tube leak repairs.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 485MW while planned maintenance is 4 100MW of capacity.

“We remind customers that load shedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of load shedding.”

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Eskom apologised for the inconvenience requesting the public to reduce the usage of electricity.

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Parliament fire: Affected buildings handed over to Hawks for investigation

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Firefighters have now completely withdrawn from the Parliamentary precinct following the fire which gutted the National Assembly and Old Assembly buildings.

The Hawks are investigating the circumstances around the flames, which started on Sunday and re-emerged on Monday afternoon.

Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure are also on-site to determine if the affected buildings are safe for access by the directorate.

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothape said the Speaker of the NA, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Amos Masando, are satisfied with the overall progress made on the containment of fire and the investigations currently under way at the precinct of Parliament.

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“Since the firefighters contained the flare-up during the morning of Tuesday, the firefighters had remained on site until yesterday evening, monitoring the situation and combing the inside of the buildings for any potential flare-up.

“The firefighters worked over 71 hours with unspeakable courage and bravery to contain the fire. Over 300 men and women were deployed, 60 fire fighting appliances and two specialised aerial pieces of equipment were used during the three-day battle against the blaze,” he said.

Zandile Mafe, the man accused of setting the parliamentary precinct on fire, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, two counts of arson, possession of an explosive device and destruction of essential infrastructure.

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National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says more charges are likely to be added.

The State requested a postponement to 11 January for bail information such as the confirmation of his residential address, whether Mafe has any assets, any pending cases, any pending warrants of arrests against him and any previous convictions.

“The State also requested the postponement in order to determine the schedule under which the accused will be charged as it intends to charge him under Schedule 5 while the defence insists that he must be charged under Schedule 1,” Ntabazalila said.

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Mafe’s defence lawyer, Luvuyo Godla, is of the view that his client is not the person who was supposed to be apprehended.

He said Mafe is being used as a scapegoat and emphasised that the fire is as a result of the failure of the executive and legislature.

Godla further added Mafe denies and rejects the charges. He is expected to plead not guilty.

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Parliament Fire: MPs Must Carry On With Their Work – ANC’s Pemmy Majodina Speaks

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Parliament Fire: MPs must carry on with their work, says the ANC’s Pemmy Majodina

ANC parliamentary chief whip Pemmy Majodina says nothing is stopping MPs from carrying out their duties despite damages caused to the national legislature by the fire that broke out in Parliament early on Sunday morning.

Speaking to the media outside Parliament, Majodina said as the governing party and Parliament officials they would not give up on carrying out their mandate.

“We as the MPs are to do our work even if we go on top of Table Mountain or into the fields. We are to do our work and make it a point that we change the lives of the people,” Majodina said.

“If this fire is meant to make us not to focus, hard luck but we are to do our work,” she added.

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Majodina also said the law should take its course and that the enforcement agencies should not leave any stone unturned in their investigations.

She called on the public to stop speculating on the cause of the fire, which broke out in the Old Assembly and spread to the National Assembly.

“What is worrying is the amount of speculation,” she said, noting references made about the Zondo report that is meant to be sent to Parliament.

Majodina also revealed that the entire block of offices for ANC MPs and offices of National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula were destroyed by the fire.

“My office has gone up in flames for the second time. The caucus room is for the first time, but most offices that are affected are the ANC offices,” she said.

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Majodina added that they were devastated but insisted that they would carry on with their work.

“We are to do our parliamentary work. We are to play our oversight role,” she said.

She noted documents in their offices were damaged but said they could be sourced from the archives.

Majodina noted that it was the second fire in Parliament in less than a year and that an electrical fault was to blame for the previous incident.

She said the cooling system in the Old Assembly was not good, among other things.

“This is an old building and it does not have to expose us to such danger. If there is negligence by officials or security personnel, hard action must be taken.”

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She said it was bad to see the institution burnt down.

“I am getting emotional. This is where South Africans pin their hopes.”

Majodina shot down the proposal that being mooted about the relocation of Parliament to Tshwane.

“That debate of moving Parliament has financial implications and constitutional implications. We do not have enough budget,” she said.

“We can’t prioritise the moving of Parliament when we have a high rate of unemployment , or while we have under-development and inequality,” Majodina said.

In a swipe at those rejoicing that the fire gutted parts of Parliament, Majodina said: “I don’t think it is proper. People must be ashamed of that. This is our institution. This is our heritage.”

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Body Laid In State As Mourners Pay Their Last Respects

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Body Laid In State As Mourners Pay Their Last Respects

The body of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will lie in state at Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral for two days from Thursday where thousands of mourners are expected to pay their last respects.

Earlier in the day, his body was carried into his beloved church in a simple pine coffin by members of the clergy.

Tutu died in Cape Town on Sunday.

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Hundreds of South Africans are expected to pay their respects to him in the coming days as his body lies in state.

The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said the Archbishop was very clear on his wishes for his funeral.

“He wanted no ostentatiousness or lavish spending. He asked that the coffin be the cheapest available and that a bouquet of carnations from his family be the only flowers in the cathedral,” the two organisations said in a statement.

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Mourners have been urged to donate to Tutu’s foundations instead of sending flowers.

“The Tutu family would once again like to express its profound gratitude to all across the world who have sent condolences this week – and to the state for its magnificent support.

This deluge of love serves to compensate, to some extent, for Covid regulations restricting the size of gatherings and the nature of the send-off our beloved Arch so richly deserves,” the statement read.

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The Archbishop will be cremated privately, and his ashes interred in the cathedral.

 

 

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu To Lie In State From Thursday To Friday

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to lie in state from Thursday instead of only Friday

The late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will lie in state at St George’s Cathedral from Thursday, instead of only Friday as it was initially announced.

This was to give the public more time to file past his coffin to reflect the simplicity with which he asked to be buried.

The office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town said in a statement the public viewing will be allowed from 9am until 5pm on both days.

“Strict Covid protocols apply and the public is urged to observe these protocols as directed by the Covid officer and ushers on duty,” it said.

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The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said the two-day period was aimed to accommodate mourners wishing to visit St George’s Cathedral to pay personal tribute.

“The archbishop was very clear on his wishes for his funeral. He wanted no ostentatiousness or lavish spending.

“He asked that the coffin be the cheapest available and that a bouquet of carnations from his family be the only flowers in the cathedral,” they said.

The funeral of Tutu will be held on Saturday at St George’s Cathedral at 10am.

Bishop Michael Nuttall will be officiating.

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that Tutu will be accorded a special official funeral category 1.

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Tutu, the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, died at the age of 90 on Sunday.

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Tuesday Ramaphosa designated the special official funeral category 1 in recognition of the late Archbishop Emeritus’s distinguished life and invaluable contribution to the nation.

A special official funeral category I is meant for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

“The distinguishing features of a Special Official Funeral – Category 1 include ceremonial elements by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

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“On this particular occasion and based on the late archbishop’s wishes, the SANDF ceremonial content will be limited to the handing over of the National Flag to Mam Leah Tutu,” Gungubele said.

He also said as part of the funeral designation, the national flag will be half-masted throughout the country and at South African diplomatic missions worldwide from sunset Tuesday until the evening of the funeral.

“The funeral will be held in compliance with the provisions of the Covid-19 health regulations that apply under Adjusted Alert Level 1 of the national state of disaster.”

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Police Minister Bheki Cele Destroys Heaps Of Booze In Cape Town

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Police Minister Bheki Cele Destroys Heaps Of Booze In Cape Town

 Police Minister Bheki Cele was on hand to destroy confiscated alcohol on Monday as the annual Safer Season Inspection Tour kicked off in the Western Cape.

Bottles and bottles of confiscated alcohol, ranging from whiskey to beer, were thrown down a drain by Police Minister Cele as well as other police officials in Belhar, Cape Town.

The police minister noted a particular brand of whiskey as he uncapped the bottle and poured it out. When questioned about whether this “breaks his heart”, Cele responded: “Why should my heart (be broken)?”

The alcohol Cele destroyed was confiscated by the SAPS ,from illegal establishments across Cape Town between October 15 and December 16, Police Ministry Spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said on Twitter.

Images of the police storage depot in Belhar, where Cele destroyed the confiscated alcohol, shows it filled with bottles of alcohol.

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Cele was in Cape Town on Monday as the annual Safer Festive Season Inspection Tour kicked off.

The police minister’s message to police officers was simple and straightforward: increase police presence and respond immediately to calls from the public.

“We’ll have to go and saturate all places, saturate all roads, saturate all streets, saturate all residence. Saturate it to such an extent that there is no way that criminals will be moving around us,” Cele told police officers on Monday.

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“Squeeze them out, make sure that all criminals are squeezed out and people are living a better life and enjoying the festive season.

“Make sure that when you are called you respond quickly… You don’t take your time; you respond so that lives are saved.

“So that people they realise that there are members of the South African Police that are working with them.”

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