Shedding, employment rate and ANC Gauteng conference

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Daily News – June 29

Eskom consumes millions of liters of diesel a day to keep the lights on

Load shedding. Photo: iStock

While the South Africans shudder at the idea of ​​a shedding of the sixth stage from 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, Eskom said he was consuming millions of liters of diesel a day to try to keep the lights on.

Eskom’s top brass were speaking to the media on the ongoing system challenges that have plunged the country into phase 4 blackouts since last week.

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said the network was under severe pressure.

Pravin ‘provokes workers’ – Gordhan slammed for saying Eskom ‘wage deal done’

Eskom strikes pay deal with unions to end strike - Gordhan
Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan. Photo: Jacques Nelles

The National Union of Miners (Num) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) criticized Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for announcing that a pay deal had been reached between the unions and Eskom.

Gordhan on Tuesday at a press conference said an agreement had been reached with the unions to carry out the illegal collective action by Eskom employed at its end.

The unions say they have taken note of the remarks made by Gordhan and want to set the record straight.

Total employment figures up 0.4% from last quarter of 2021

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Total employment in South Africa increased by 0.4% in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, thanks to an increase in employment in community services, manufacturing and mining.

There was also a 2.0% increase from the first quarter of 2021.

According to Statistics SA, this means that 42,000 more people were employed quarter on quarter, with 10,104,000 people employed in March 2022 compared to 10,062,000 people employed in December 2021.

ANC to resume Gauteng conference in July to deal with outstanding issues

ANC to resume Gauteng conference in July
The newly elected ANC leadership in Gauteng speaking to the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photo: @GautengANC/Twitter

The ANC in Gauteng has decided to reconvene its provincial conference next month, to conclude deliberations on policy documents and finalize the election of additional members of the provincial executive committee (PEC).

Newly elected ANC Gauteng Provincial President Panyaza Lesufi made the announcement on Tuesday during a press briefing at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. He said the reconvened conference will take place July 9-10, 2022.

Motsoaledi advises Zimbabwean exemption permit holders to ignore ‘false hope created by HSF’

Motsoaledi denounces HSF for taking the government to court
Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo: GCIS

Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi has criticized the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) for taking legal action to challenge his department’s decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

In November last year, the Cabinet decided not to renew the ZEP beyond the end of December this year, a decision which is likely to affect more than 150,0000 Zimbabwean nationals who live, study and work legally. in South Africa with permit.

Enyobeni Tavern tragedy: Musician relives the night 21 teenagers died

Enyobeni Tavern
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A musician who performed at Enyobeni Tavern has relived the events that unfolded the night 21 teenagers tragically died at a party on Saturday.

Brian Mapasa said the event was not initially a “think, mask” rally, but a birthday party.

However, the students held a ‘pens down’ celebration in a park in Amalinda and then went to the Enyobeni Tavern.

Outa calls for R1.50 fuel tax reprieve to be extended for July

Motorists warned of a massive hike in gasoline prices in June.  Daily news update
Gas attendants pour gas at a gas station in Melville, January 20, 2021. Photo: Tracy Lee Stark

Consumers are expected to pay around 26.70 rand per liter of fuel this month if the government reduces the fuel price reprieve to 75 cents per liter as planned.

The reprieve on the fuel tax of 1.50 rand per liter has been in place since April, but is expected to rise to 75 cents this month.

No, AfriForum has not taken over control of the country’s borders from the SANDF

No, Afriforum has not taken over control of the country's borders from the SANDF
AfriForum Musina neighborhood watch. The SANDF says it would be illegal for any private civilian group to patrol the country’s borders. Photo: AfriForum.

The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) has clarified reports that the civilian organization AfriForum has ‘taken over’ border patrol at Musina in Limpopo.

“We would like to reiterate what the Home Office has said that it would be illegal for any civil organization or NGO, including businesses, to patrol any border in the Republic of South Africa,” the SANDF said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Home Affairs said if AfriForum patrolled the country’s border, it would be considered illegal.

Ntshavheni’s delay for analog SA shutdown was illegal, ConCourt says

Government still hoping to meet deadline for digital migration of SA, says Ntshavheni
The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Photo: @CommsZA/Twitter

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruled that the process followed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, to determine the deadline for South Africa’s switchover from analogue to digital television signal, was illegal and unconstitutional.

This after free-to-air broadcaster appealed the Pretoria High Court’s rejection of its bid to stop the government’s June 30, 2022 deadline – previously March 31, 2022 – for the broadcast’s digital migration.

Uncapped players Moerat and Louw included on Springbok bench

Moerat of Springboks
Uncapped Salmaan Moerat speaks at the Springboks’ squad announcement conference on Tuesday. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Salmaan Moerat and Elrigh Louw are in line to make their Springbok debuts from the substitutes’ bench against Wales in Saturday’s opening Test at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, with head coach Jacques Nienaber opting for a stable side as they aim for a strong start to the season.