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UPDATE: Eskom strikes load-shedding to stage 4 – NEWPAPER24



UPDATE: Eskom strikes load-shedding to stage 4

2019-03-16 10:16:00

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has introduced that rotational load-shedding has moved as much as stage 4..

That is as a result of lack of extra energy station models and a discount in imports from Mozambique, which has felt the wrath of Cyclone Idai.

EXPLAINER: LOAD-SHEDDING: Schedules, data, and the way it impacts you

Stage 2 blackouts got here into impact on Friday. 

The facility utility says it would stay till Sunday, with the chance of load-shedding remaining excessive till Wednesday.

Eskom has appealed to residents and companies to make use of electrical energy sparingly.


Twitter seems on the brilliant facet of load-shedding – NEWPAPER24




Twitter seems on the brilliant facet of load-shedding

2019-03-19 17:11:00

JOHANNESBURG – The information that Eskom has deliberate up till Stage eight of load-shedding was revealed on Tuesday.

Throughout a media briefing on Tuesday, it was revealed that extra phases are in place as a contingency measure to make sure the operability and integrity of the ability system.

South African Twitter customers responded to the information with customary humour, shortly placing collectively response memes to attempt to discover humour within the face of a darkish prospect.

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Zimbabwe seeks to boost $350m promoting shares in state corporations – NEWPAPER24




Zimbabwe seeks to boost $350m promoting shares in state corporations

2019-03-19 15:29:00

HARARE – Zimbabwe expects to boost $350-million from promoting shares in 5 state-owned telecommunications firms and a financial institution, as a part of financial reforms being pursued by the federal government, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube mentioned in a press release.

READ: SA turned down $1bn Zimbabwe mortgage request: finance ministry

The southern African nation’s economic system is experiencing a extreme greenback crunch and faces extra headwinds from a drought this yr that has wilted crops and left as much as 5,3-million folks in want of meals support, based on a UN humanitarian company.

Ncube mentioned on Tuesday the federal government would eliminate shares in its two cell phone operators NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe, the nation’s sole fastened line telephony firm TelOne, postal providers Zimpost and state-owned financial savings financial institution POSB.

“Work is already underway to determine transaction advisers. Authorities initiatives to understand over $350-million from this preliminary course of,” Ncube mentioned in a press release, with out giving a timeline.

Ncube was not instantly out there to remark however he mentioned in October promoting state corporations, recognized regionally as parastatals, was one of many methods to scale back authorities spending.

READ: Zimbabwe launches R3bn plea in support 

The federal government has focused promoting some or all shares in 43 of its firms, most of them loss-making and which have relied on state bailouts over time.

Rebuilding the troubled economic system is the largest problem to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was re-elected in a disputed vote final July and is looking for to pivot away from a few of the disastrous insurance policies of his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

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‘There was nothing I may have finished’ – cop at Kuga hearth inquest – NEWPAPER24




‘There was nothing I may have finished’ – cop at Kuga hearth inquest

2019-03-19 20:21:27

The primary police officer to reach on the scene of the burning Ford Kuga that’s on the centre of an inquest into the demise of Reshall Jimmy mentioned the automobile was so engulfed in flames that he couldn’t even see if there was anyone contained in the automobile. 

“It was simply flames everywhere,” mentioned Constable Ryan Petersen, stationed at Wilderness, close to George. 

“You could not see if there was any individual inside the automobile due to the flames,” mentioned Petersen. 

“There was nothing I may have finished.” 

Petersen was offering his account of occasions of the evening of December 4, 2015, that are being canvassed to ascertain whether or not there might be any prima facie proof of wrongdoing and a doable prosecution referring to Jimmy’s demise.

The Nationwide Prosecuting Authority has declined to prosecute, and AfriForum, which tried to get a non-public prosecution certificates, is hoping that the inquest will reveal extra data.

‘Thriller group of males’

Jimmy’s household, led by his sister Renisha, is satisfied that he died on account of technical failure with the automobile. 

Ford Motor Firm denies this, and has put ahead different data in an effort to ascertain that Jimmy’s demise may need been brought on by one thing else that’s unrelated to the automobile’s security. 

The corporate had handled an enormous recall to restore an engine downside in 2017, after studies of Kugas bursting into flames, however on this case it doesn’t consider the automobile was at fault.

It has already submitted that there have been a number of flammable objects recovered from the automobile after the blaze was doused by the George hearth brigade, equivalent to hand sanitiser, cellphone batteries, a protracted braai lighter and a cigarette lighter.

The corporate can be exploring the doable involvement of a thriller group of males who had been seen driving off, and the invention of what may very well be spent shell casings close to the scene.

Petersen mentioned that on the evening, as they stood helplessly at a distance whereas the blaze grew, a loud bang got here from the again of the automobile.

Video proven in court docket

He thought it may need been the gasoline tank as a result of a line of flames moved from the automobile to a close-by bush after the bang.

“It was extremely popular,” mentioned Petersen.

The court docket was proven a video taken by an onlooker. From a distance folks might be heard discussing if someone has a fireplace extinguisher, and speculating over whether or not it was the gasoline tank that had brought on the bang as the hearth grew in measurement.

READ: Ford Kuga inquest: Bullet cartridge, on line casino chips dismissed as airbag elements, ‘monopoly cash’

AfriForum’s advocate Gerrie Nel, representing Jimmy’s household, established from him that he solely noticed there was an individual within the automobile as soon as the hearth had been put out.

“He was unrecognisable,” mentioned Petersen in a low voice. 

He mentioned he tried to gather data on the scene however lots of the folks had been inebriated and had totally different variations of occasions, so he took down their contact particulars.

Flames appeared to come back from the entrance, say witnesses 

Some folks additionally advised him a automobile, which he remembered as a white Toyota Corolla, had pushed as much as the scene when the Kuga was already on hearth, after which circled.

He mentioned some folks described the occupants variously as “black” or “brown” or “colored”.

He remembered folks saying they thought they heard what appeared like gunshots, however it may even have been objects being scattered within the inside the automobile as the hearth consumed it. 

He mentioned from his vantage level the hearth gave the impression to be from the entrance windshield, transferring in direction of the again of the automobile. 

His colleague Lieutenant Colonel Richard Tonkin, who has been overseeing the investigation, mentioned that when he arrived the automobile was soaked from the hearth brigade’s dousing of the flames. 

The scene had been cordoned off and Petersen briefed him. Strolling to the automobile, he noticed the stays of an individual, and that the automobile had been burnt from the windshield and dashboard in direction of the again of the automobile. 

Automobile’s gasoline solely flammable liquid detected

Two entrance tyres had been nonetheless inflated, however the two again tyres had been burnt. 

The wasn’t a seat belt over Jimmy’s physique, however the buckle was nonetheless clasped within the housing of the seat belt. 

Jimmy’s physique was eliminated and the automobile was moved to Pacaltsdorp pound. 

On the Tuesday after the hearth, Petersen went to the pound with an officer from the K9 unit whose canine was educated to detect flammable liquids.

The canine solely stopped on the gasoline tank which had a lacking cap on its three unleashed inspections of the automobile. 

The wreckage was moved to a pound in Oudtshoorn as a consequence of area points in Pacaltsdorp, and was examined once more in March 2019 in preparation for the inquest. 

This time the delegation included the investigating officer Constable Thembekile Matwa, Tonkin, representatives of Ford Motor Firm and former Scorpion Andrew Leask, for AfriForum. 

‘Bullet casings’ examined 

Some elements had been eliminated and despatched to laboratories in Johannesburg and Pretoria for evaluation after which returned to the police. 

The outcomes of the copper casings they discovered close to the scene, which a lot of the law enforcement officials don’t assume are spent bullet casings, are nonetheless awaited. 

Tonkin additionally travelled to a close-by on line casino after discovering what appeared like burnt on line casino chips within the automobile however the on line casino checked its safety data and mentioned Jimmy had not been there. The chips didn’t resemble their on line casino chips both, however had been skinny and extra like drafts chips.

Earlier, Constable Matwa had defined a few of the difficulties he had confronted in getting Ford’s investigator’s first report.

The inquest continues on Wednesday.

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