Start of the week. Grab your morning coffee and catch-up on the biggest headlines from the weekend, and have a look ahead to what’s making a splash in the news on Monday…
Today’s latest news in South Africa, Monday 24 February
Taxi Violence inquiry rolls on
The public hearings of the Commission of Inquiry into Taxi Violence in Gauteng will continue. The Commission will hear testimony from the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport’s Director of Drivers Learners and Testing Centre (DLTC) Ngqola Sonwabo from 10:00.
Eskom do battle with NERSA… again
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) will hold public hearings on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application for 2018/19.
“Female farmer of the year” stabbed on her Free State property
Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mimie Jacobs was viciously targeted by a gang of thugs on Saturday night, as she became another victim of a farm attack in South Africa. The landowner – based in Rosemead near Bloemfontein – was stabbed in the head with a knife before she was tied up and robbed.
Jacobs – who had won Free State’s “female farmer of the year” prize back in 2016 – survived the ordeal. But according to her brother Graham, the injured farmer had to wait eight hours to receive medical attention. Mr Jacobs told the Bloemfontein Courant that the force of the knife attack was so brutal, part of the blade lodged itself in Mimie’s skull.
Something fishy with the pilchards
If you’ve been buying pilchards in the past week or so, then you may have to return the goods to whichever store you picked them up from. Both Shoprite and Checkers have issued urgent recalls for some variations of the product, after a “canning deficiency” in the Western Cape sparked panic amongst the food industry. The affected products are:
- The 400g pilchards in tomato sauce.
- If these are from Shoprite, Checkers or OK House Brands, you must send them back to the store.
- Saldhana and Cape Point branded 400g tins are also in line for a recall.
- If your tinned items have either ZST2 or ZSC2 written on them near the sell-by date, they need to be returned. This can easily be checked by flipping the can over and reading the bottom.
DA take the first shot ahead of Gauteng SOPA
Democratic Alliance caucus leader Solly Msimanga will deliver the real state of the Gauteng province address ahead of premier Makhura’s state of the province (SOPA) address on Tuesday. Msimanga’s address will focus on the pressing issues that are affecting residents on a daily basis such as the scrapping of e-tolls, load shedding, and a way to attract investors to boost the economy and create employment opportunities.
Budget speech due, and the critics are already at it
DA Shadow Minister of Finance Geordin Hill-Lewis will table the DA’s budget proposals ahead of the 2020 Budget Speech. Hill-Lewis will be joined by DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration Leon Schreiber, and DA Member on the Appropriations Committee Ashor Sarupen. The DA will propose a new legislative mechanism to control our national debt and will make proposals which will grow the economy.
Load shedding forecast for Monday 24 February
No load shedding is expected on Monday, as the power generation outlook is positive, with four generation units returning to service, Eskom said. However, the generation plant remained unreliable and unpredictable, and the possibility remained that load shedding could be implemented at short notice, should there be major changes in the performance of the generation system.
Proteas do the Aussies
The Proteas secured a 12-run victory over Australia in Port Elizabeth to level the T20I series at 1-1 with one match to play. Quinton de Kock won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision that looked questionable when the Proteas managed just 158 for 4 in their 20 overs.
Anrich Nortje was given the task of closing out the innings, after Warner took a single off the first ball, the quick produced a beauty of a cutter to castle Ashton Agar (1) and make the Proteas favourites. Nortje closed it out with Warner left high and dry on 67 not out.
And our women’s team also did the business
The Proteas pulled off a sensational upset in Perth scoring their very first T20 World Cup win over England at the WACA. You can read more about their achievements here.
And the new….
Tyson Fury became the WBC Heavyweight Champion by ending Deontay Wilder’s 41-fight undefeated run in Las Vegas on Sunday 23 February. He scored a sensational seventh-round TKO win.
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