Never miss a beat when it comes to the latest news in South Africa – review all major headlines on Thursday 13 February.
All eyes turn to parliament today, as political pomp and ceremony of the State of the Nation Address precedes critical announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa, while the threat of disruptions in the National Assembly reaches a climax. In sports news, the Proteas celebrate their nail-biting victory over England in their first T20 encounter of the year.
Today’s latest news in South Africa, Thursday 13 February
Less talk, more action: What South Africans want from Ramaphosa
Later this evening, South Africans from all walks of life will be tuned into watch President Cyril Ramaphosa make his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the National Assembly chamber. While Ramaphosa is likely to feel the pressure of an entire nation on his shoulders, as state owned entities crumble and South Africa’s economy shudders under the weight of extreme unemployment, his biggest battle is set to come from the benches.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who have been embroiled in a bitter war of words with Pravin Gordhan, have vowed to disrupt the president’s speech in protest against the public enterprises minister.
The Red Berets are, however, likely to be met with force by parliamentary protection officers and an alleged contingent of undercover cops. The last time Julius Malema and his cohorts were violently ejected from parliament was during the era of former President Jacob Zuma.
Parliament has condemned the EFF’s plan to disrupt proceedings today.
If you live in Cape Town, remember to take note of the SONA-related road closures.
Find out what South Africans are expecting from this year’s address by watching the video below:
Zuma a no-show at SONA, declines parliamentary invite
Former President Zuma will not attend the State of the Nation Address, despite an earlier statement released by parliament which indicated the contrary.
Parliament has been left red-faced, after announcing, with much glee, the attendance of Zuma, who has been thrust back into the spotlight after numerous judicial defeats and controversial courtroom avoidance due to ‘ill-health’.
The Zuma foundation, along with long-time ally, Carl Niehaus, was quick to dismiss parliament’s statement as ‘fake news’ – confirmed that the scandal-ridden former head of state would not grace the half of the National Assembly.
Nersa welcomes court decision on Eskom
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has welcomed the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to dismiss an urgent relief sought by Eskom.
Eskom sought urgent relief to allow them to increase tariffs by 16.60% for the 2020/21 financial year, and by 16.72% for the 2021/22 financial year.
The High Court dismissed Eskom’s application on Monday for urgent relief.
“This judgement means that the Energy Regulator’s decision, made on 7 March 2019, regarding Eskom’s fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) for the control period of 2019/20 to 2021/22, remains in force,” NERSA said.
The regulator said it’s cognisant of the fact that the hearing of Part B of the review of the Energy Regulator’s decision on Eskom’s MYPD4 revenue application is still to take place. (Source: SAnews)
WHO puts 13 African countries on high alert for coronavirus
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified 13 top priority countries in Africa, which due to their direct links or high volume of travel to China need to be particularly vigilant for the novel coronavirus.
The countries are Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The WHO said while there were no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in the African region, it was strengthening its support to countries in the detection and management of suspected cases and in ensuring a robust response, should a first case be detected. (Source: ANA)
South Africa defeat England by one run in T20 thriller
South Africa beat England by one run in the first Twenty20 international at Buffalo Park on Wednesday.
South Africa 177-8 (T. Bavuma 43, Q. de Kock 31, H. van der Dussen 31; C. Jordan 2-28) v England 176-9 (J. Roy 70, E. Morgan 52; L. Ngidi 3-30, A.Phehlukwayo 2-32, B. Hendricks 2-33).
Result: South Africa won by 1 run
Series: South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0
- February 14, Durban
- February 16, Centurion
Pitso Mosimane tips Kaizer Chiefs to win league title
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Kaizer Chiefs will take some chasing, as far as the league title is concerned.
The former Bafana mentor has led his side to two straight league titles, but they now find themselves well behind the eight-ball in their pursuit for a third consecutive crown.
This is after Ernst Middendorp man opened a considerable gap in the standings between themselves and their rivals, which they maintained past the halfway mark of the 2019/20 season.
However, Mosimane has admitted that his side have not given up on what would be an unprecedented tenth league title in the PSL era, but admitted it would be difficult to wrestle top spot away from Kaizer Chiefs.
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