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Tuesday 10 December.
It’s been a traumatic start to the week for South Africa, as floods have ravaged parts of Gauteng and Limpopo, leading to mass evacuations and widespread destruction. Adding to the country’s woes is Eskom’s dire operational situation, which resulted in Stage 6 load shedding being implemented on Monday. In better news, Miss South Africa – and now Miss Universe – Zozibini Tunzi returns home to fanfare and applause.
Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Tuesday 10 December
Flash floods hit Centurion,
Mamelodi and Limpopo
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was called to the rescue in the northern parts of the country, following fierce flash flooding emanating from summer downpours. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning on Sunday, noting that torrential downpours would likely lead to flooding in Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West province.
Gauteng was the hardest hit by the deluge, with cars, shacks and infrastructure being swept away by the muddied torrent. In Centurion, SANDF helicopters were used to evacuate stranded citizens from the Lake Hotel.
In Mamelodi, the destruction was far more profound. Video
footage, showing how shacks, cars and even people were submerged under water, served
as a sobering reminder of Mother Nature’s destructive power. Emergency services
across Gauteng mobilised to assist those displaced by the flash flooding and
will continue mop-up operations well into the weeks.
SAWS has warned that rain is still expected to fall in areas
already hit by flash flooding with a reprieve likely on Tuesday evening.
Eskom ramps load shedding up to Stage 6
It’s been a week since Eskom, South Africa’s embattled power
utility, reintroduced rotational load shedding, owing to severe pressure on the
electrical grid and fear of a nationwide blackout. While the state owned
enterprise vowed to remedy the situation as quickly as possible, Eskom’s
operational capacity has only gone from bad to worse – with Stage 4 load
shedding embattling South Africans on both Friday and Monday.
Eskom’s excuses – which included ‘wet coal’, flooded power stations, unplanned breakdowns and low diesel reserves – have been blasted by energy experts and economists alike, as the utility announced an unprecedented Stage 6 on Monday evening (Eskom has since reverted back to Stage 4 on Tuesday).
It’s estimated that Eskom’s recent incompetence has cost the
South African economy in excess of R15 billion, at a time when the country can
least afford any further financial setbacks.
On Monday, Eskom said that load shedding, at various stages,
was likely to continue for the rest of the week, dulling South Africa’s festive
Passenger Rail Agency
of South Africa placed under administration
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has dissolved the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) interim board and placed the entity under administration with immediate effect.
Bongisizwe Mpondo has been appointed as the administrator of
Prasa with immediate effect.
“The administrator will run the affairs of Prasa as a de
facto Board of Control as envisaged in the Prasa founding law and as an
Accounting Authority in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA),”
Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, the
Minister said the secondment of the acting group CEO, Dr Sishi, is withdrawn
with immediate effect.
“The role of the Group CEO will be integrated into the role of the Administrator as an integral part of the intervention. Thank you Dr Sishi for your contribution and efforts in addressing challenges at PRASA,” the Minister said.
This intervention will continue for 12 months, after which a
permanent Board will be appointed to run the affairs of PRASA. (Source: SAnews)
public remember struggle hero Ben Turok
Struggle stalwart and former parliamentarian Professor Ben Turok has passed away, at the age of 92.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his sincere
condolences to Professor Turok’s spouse, Mary, and their children Ivan, Fred
and Neil, as well Professor Turok’s friends, comrades and associates in South
Africa and around the continent and the international community.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of an outstanding yet humble patriot of our nation. Professor Turok made enormous personal sacrifices which helped us attain our freedom.
“He was a principled freedom fighter, dedicated to non-racialism and the unity of our nation and of our liberation movement,” said the President.
Professor Turok was the only surviving member of the
original underground leadership of the South African Communist Party.
He was arrested in 1962 under the Explosives Act and was
sentenced to three years imprisonment in Pretoria before being placed under house
He fled South Africa without his family and spent two
decades in exile as a guest of several African states. (Source: SAnews)
Miss Universe Zozibini
Tunzi restores pride in South Africa
Congratulations have been pouring in for Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi who accredits her winning the prestigious title to “black girl magic”.
South Africans are having a major “proudly South African”
moment as Tunzi celebrates her win as the “fairest of them all”, having beaten
90 contestants to take the Miss Universe title.
November international tour takes shape
The Springboks have three dates pencilled into their November 2020 schedule with Italy, France and Ireland lined up as opponents.
The Boks look likely to open their tour with a meeting
against Italy, whom they conquered in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World
At this stage it seems likely that the Springboks will face
Italy on 7 November at a venue still to be determined.
The Rugby World Champions then repair to the Emerald Isle
where they will face Ireland in Dublin.
Cape Town Sevens:
Thumping tackler Oosthuizen only focussed on the present
Ever so often in sport, a player will do something utterly audacious. A bicycle kick overhead here, Cheslin Kolbe turning Owen Farrell into a turnstile there or Ryan Oosthuizen tackling a Samoan player so hard, you could almost feel it through your TV screen.
The Blitzboks pride themselves on their defensive game and
few times has it been more apparent than on the opening weekend of the 2019-20
World Series Sevens in Dubai.
In Dubai, South Africa’s 83 tackles over the course of six
matches was second only to New Zealand’s 97.
But that difference says more about the Blitzboks than their
opposition. The two sides squared off in the final of the opening round with
the Blitzboks keeping their opposition scoreless – an emphatic message if you
missed the memo before.
But South Africa also have another asset: a kinship within the side that always puts
the team first on and off the field.
It’s no surprise then that just one South African, Oosthuizen,
was in the top ten individual stats for most tackles in Dubai. The official
Sevens site puts his tally at 12, but it’s that thumping one that most will
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