Stay informed and up to date with all the latest news in
South Africa by checking out the day’s major headlines on Wednesday 11
December.

As Eskom still struggles to mitigate the recent bout of
powerlessness plaguing South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has abandoned a
state visit to Egypt in order to attend to more pressing matter back home. In
sports news, the Blitzboks put in their final preparations in hopes of hometown
victory at the upcoming Cape Town Rugby Sevens tournament.

Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Wednesday 11 December

Load shedding
crippling South Africa’s economy

The scourge of load shedding – as a direct result of Eskom’s dire operational failures which culminated in catastrophe last week Wednesday – continues to embattle South Africa. While the frustration felt by citizens and disruptions to the daily routine are the most obvious consequences of rotational blackouts, Eskom’s downturn has had a severely negative effect on the country’s economy at a critical time of year.

It’s estimated that load shedding cuts R1 billion rand from
the economy, per stage, per day. This means that a week of load shedding,
alternating between Stages 2 and 4 – with Stage 6 rearing its ugly head on
Monday night – has cost South Africa in excess of R20 billion. This has been
amplified by the shutting down of mining conglomerates and a sharp downturn in
industrial production, all emanating from Eskom’s crippling incompetence.

Worse still, rotational cuts are unlikely to cease any time soon, as admitted by president Cyril Ramaphosa, who was forced to break his silence on the situation while out of the country earlier this week.

Ramaphosa rushes home
to address Eskom catastrophe

After facing a barrage of criticism relating to his Egyptian sojourn at a time of dire need, Ramaphosa has resolved to cut his trip short, flying back to South Africa in time for an emergency meeting with Eskom and various ministers. This comes after a scathing call from the Democratic Alliance (DA), whose interim leader, John Steenhuisen, addressed the media outside Eskom’s headquarters on Tuesday, saying:

“It is telling that at the height of what is not just an electricity crisis, but an economic risk and safety threat, the President decided to jet out of the country on an international sojourn to Egypt.

Ramaphosa is greatly mistaken if he thinks he can run a country and manage this crisis via a cell phone.”

In response, The Presidency confirmed that Ramaphosa would
be rushing back to South Africa to hold crisis talks with Eskom. Ramaphosa
said:

“The ongoing load shedding is devastating for the country.
It is causing our economy great harm and disrupting the lives of citizens.”

Gauteng floods:
Deaths confirmed as clean-up operations continue

Flash flooding in various parts of Gauteng have left a trial
of death in destruction in their wake. After torrential downpours, which begun
on Sunday and persisted until Tuesday, torrents of water enveloped highways,
homes and entire suburbs – calling for immediate emergency intervention and evacuation
procedures undertaken by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed two fatalities on Tuesday; one drowning and one electrocution thought to be a result of the flooding. In addition to the deaths, Dlamini-Zuma noted more missing people and the destruction of over 500 shacks in Mamelodi.

Acting Tshwane mayor Abel Tau said that while thousands of
residents had been displaced, evacuation procedures successfully saved more
than 150 citizens.

Clean-up operations are expected to continue tomorrow as the
last of the forecast rain passes over the embattled province. Dry weather is
expected towards the weekend.

Jacob Zuma’s back in
town

After departing to Cuba under a shroud of mystery, former president Jacob Zuma returned to South Africa on Tuesday evening. While the African National Congress (ANC) was initially mum on Zuma’s condition – with speculation that he was receiving medical care for a poisoning incident which took place five years earlier – the former president was photographed upon his return to the country.

Zuma’s lawyers cited ‘ill-health’ as the reason for their
client’s absence at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, adding
credence to claims that embattled president was seeking medical attention
overseas.

Zuma, who is currently facing serious charges of corruption
relating to the infamous Arms Deal, is expected to be hauled before the
Commission of Inquiry into State Capture when in ‘better health’.

Orlando Pirates
appoint German Josef Zinnbauer as head coach

Orlando Pirates have announced the appointment of 49-year-old German coach Josef Zinnbauer as head coach of the club.

Zinnbauer was unveiled as coach on Tuesday having signed a
three-year contract with the Sea Robbers.

Despite assurances that interim coach Rhulani Mokwena would
be given time to turn things around for the Buccaneers it seems Orlando Pirates
chairman Irvin Khoza lost patience with the young trainer.

The season had barely begun when former coach Micho fled
South Africa and resigned his post in a whirlwind week that saw him appointed
as Zamalek boss.

Hacjivah Dayimani
ruled out of Cape Town Sevens

Hacjivah Dayimani has been withdrawn from the Springbok Sevens squad for this weekend’s HSBC Cape Town Sevens at the Cape Town Stadium after suffering a flare-up of a previous ankle injury at training on Tuesday.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said the long-term welfare
of the player was paramount.

“Hacjivah has a full season of rugby ahead of him next year and his recovery towards that is more important than our short-term goals for this weekend, so there is no sense in risking him,” said Powell.

Dayimani will be replaced by Impi Visser, who played in all
10 tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series last season. Powell will
name his 12-man squad for the tournament on Thursday.

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