No Quick Fix, Persevere President Ramaphosa Urges as Load Shedding Continues
Power utility Eskom says it is keeping the lights off to contain emergency generation reserves. Since last week, generation units at Camden, Kriel, Majuba, and Matla power stations have been taken offline for repairs. A generating unit at Hendrina and two at the Kusile power stations were returned to service, but easing of rotational power cuts doesn’t seem on the cards any time soon as the availability of diesel is also a challenge for the power utility. The capacity constraints are expected to continue throughout the week, with blackouts at stage 3 for most of the week, Eye Witness News reports. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to persevere as the matter is a complex one.
Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe Snubbed at COSATU Congress
Minerals Minister and ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe has been prevented from addressing COSATU members at its 14th congress in Midrand but the minister said delegates weren’t rejecting the ANC but making a statement, eNCA reports. The minister said: "if the union was rejecting the ANC they would not invite us here. We were invited here – that is not rejection. If they want to disrupt the speed of the ANC that’s a different matter. It’s a statement they are making and we must listen to that statement", Mantashe said.
Mmusi Maimane Launches New Political Party
Mmusi Maimane launched his new political party Build One SA (Bosa) on Saturday, September 24. The founder of the One South Africa Movement and former DA leader, promised change at the launch in Soweto. Maimane ran though the failures of the current government, citing record levels of unemployment, the energy crisis and crises in sectors like education and healthcare. Build One SA believes it can build a Parliament that is filled with the best leaders in the country, Maimane said.
New Tobacco Bill Submitted to Parliament, Indoor Smoking May Be Banned
Cabinet has approved the submission of the Tobacco Products Control Bill to parliament which could see smoking being banned indoors. If passed, the Bill will replace the current Tobacco Products Control Act, Eye Witness Newsreports. The proposed amendments come amid an ongoing battle between government and some of the big players in the tobacco industry. The bill proposes, among others, 100% smoke free indoor and a limited number of outdoor areas, a ban on the sale of vending machines and a bigger emphasis on warning signage on cigarette packaging.