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'I don't have my normal life anymore' - load shedding has South Africans fuming

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South Africans are fuming after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said there was no magic formula to solve the current load shedding crisis in the country.

Government 'fumbling in the dark' for solutions to Eskom crisis – DA

2019-03-20 05:31

A media briefing on Eskom has only confirmed that the power utility is on the verge of collapse and that this will have a devastating impact on the country, says the DA.

Battle for Bo-Kaap: Heritage protection rules another step closer

2019-03-19 19:59

The report to declare Bo-Kaap a heritage protection overlay zone has been finalised and will be sent to the City of Cape Town's council for approval on March 28.

 
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AfriForum takes on MTN over stance on apartheid denialist Steve Hofmeyr

2019-03-19 20:16

AfriForum has declared a dispute and launched a public campaign against MTN over its alleged "racist action" after the company pulled out of Afrikaans is Groot due to Steve Hofmeyr’s involvement in the show.

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No end in sight for load shedding: The power crisis in numbers

2019-03-20 05:01

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan told a media briefing on Tuesday that government and Eskom are doing the best they can to solve the load shedding crisis. These are all the key numbers you should know.

Load shedding 'sabotage': Crime intelligence investigating Eskom power woes

2019-03-19 17:55

The police’s crime intelligence unit is investigating whether the rolling electricity blackouts are the result of sabotage by Eskom employees, sources tell News24.

Ed Sheeran concert: Soccer world cup security plan for FNB stadium

2019-03-19 15:57

Ed Sheeran concertgoers can rest assured that there will be tight security at the event at FNB stadium in Nasrec - similar to security arranged for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

WATCH: 'We'll get it right in year or two' – Gordhan on Eskom

2019-03-19 15:30

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday that the department and Eskom understood how frustrating load shedding was and that the embattled power utility would get it right in the next few years.

WATCH LIVE | #StateCaptureInquiry: More Denel-related testimony

2019-03-19 10:00

The judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture is expected to continue to hear testimony related to state-owned defence group Denel.

ANC could win 60% of votes in May 8 election - new poll suggests

2019-03-19 14:04

The ANC appears to be maintaining and building on its Ramaphoria momentum ahead of the upcoming elections, with a new poll indicating the party could once again attract more than 60% of the vote.

Icasa grants Kwese TV free-to-air licence

2019-03-19 15:17

Kwese TV has been awarded a licence to operate the country’s new free-to-air terrestrial television service, with five free channels - including a dedicated 24-hour sports channel.

Unisa employee cleared of wrongdoing after sexual assault claim by naked protester

2019-03-19 11:22

Unisa says one of its employees has been cleared of wrongdoing following a woman's claims that he asked her to perform sexual favours so she could keep her job at the Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education.

NSPCA welcomes arrest of suspects in connection with cheetahs' capture

2019-03-19 08:08

The National Council of SPCA (NSPCA) says it is appalled to hear that two cheetahs in the North West were illegally captured, resulting in one of them dying.

Toyota 'does not want to be associated with divisive elements', but won't pull concert sponsorship over Hofmeyr

2019-03-18 22:59

Toyota South Africa Motors says it has conveyed its sentiments to Afrikaans is Groot management that its brand "does not want to be associated with divisive elements" and expects organisers to make better choices in future.

Gupta naturalisation 'could amount to state capture'

2019-03-18 21:24

Several officials of the Department of Home Affairs have been criticised by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in its report on the early naturalisation of members of the Gupta family for the "preferential treatment" the family enjoyed at the department.

Christchurch killer likens himself to Mandela, calls him a 'terrorist'

2019-03-18 19:24

The notorious Christchurch mosque shooter who killed 50 people and wounded 34 others compares himself to South African icon and former president Nelson Mandela in his "manifesto".

#News24 ICYMI: Load shedding cripples SA, ANC elders slam corrupt comrades; and stay tuned for these Game of Thrones 'mini-movies'

2019-03-18 18:27

Former Minister Malusi Gigaba was "incorrect" to grant members of the Gupta family early naturalisation, a committee finds, FF Plus goes to court over 'blacks-only' BLF party and can any good come from the IPL for the Proteas?

9 arrested in connection with Krugersdorp hospital mob attack

2019-03-18 17:02

Police in Krugersdorp have arrested nine people on charges of malicious damage to property after a man was allegedly stoned by an angry mob on the doorstep of the Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital.

'We've done our processes very thoroughly' - Mashatile comments on party lists

2019-03-18 15:21

Commenting on party leaders who made it onto the national and provincial lists while they are embroiled in corruption allegations, ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile said: "We've done our processes very thoroughly."

Eskom's 'perfect storm' and how the power utility is managing the crisis

2019-03-18 14:57

South Africa has been oscillating between Stage 2 and Stage 4 load shedding since Friday. From storm damage to a diesel shortage, Fin24 spoke to acting head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, about the extremely constrained power system.

WATCH: Three-hour train delay for Ramaphosa during ANC election campaigning

2019-03-18 13:06

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura have spent several hours on a Metrorail train, travelling from Mabopane to Bosman stations in Pretoria.

Stage 4 load shedding to continue on Wednesday

2019-03-19 20:24

Eskom has announced in a power alert that stage 4 load shedding will again be implemented on Wednesday as it continues to battle a shortage of available capacity.

ANALYSIS: Load shedding - worse than we thought and here to stay

2019-03-19 22:00

“How long? Frankly…I can’t tell you when it well end...we’ll have a better idea in ten days, two weeks’ time,” says a senior government official on Eskom's power crisis that has led to several days of rotational load shedding.

Home owners urged to be monitor security systems during load shedding

2019-03-19 17:43

Home owners are being urged to test their security systems as a matter of urgency and to pay particular attention to the battery back-up systems during load shedding periods.

Deadline to recoup PIC investment in AYO extended to 60 days

2019-03-19 19:54

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and the Public Investment Corporation have reached an agreement to extend the deadline for the asset manager to recoup the R4.3bn it invested in AYO.

Four key things to know from Steinhoff's briefing to Parliament

2019-03-19 18:18

From naming former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste as one of eight executives implicated in the PwC forensic report, to arguments around who can have access to the 15 000-page document, here are four things to know from Steinhoff's first appearance before Parliament in 2019.

'Country is quite stable, ready for elections' – deputy police commissioner

2019-03-19 16:03

Deputy national commissioner of policing Lieutenant General Sehlahle Masemola has assured MPs that come the elections in May, members of the SAPS will be fully capacitated to "police the country".

Harry Gwala mayor calm, collected at court appearance for Magaqa murder

2019-03-19 15:52

Harry Gwala District Mayor Mluleki Ndobe has appeared alongside two accused in the Umzimkhulu Magistrate's Court for the 2017 murder of former ANC Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa.

'He said he loved his life but he didn't love his wife' - Packham's ex-mistress tells court

2019-03-19 14:43

Rob Packham, who is charged with the murder of his wife Gill, had expressed unhappiness about his marriage and had hoped to build a future with his mistress, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

AS IT HAPPENED: Gordhan concludes Eskom briefing, appeals to South Africans to reduce electricity demand

2019-03-19 10:29

Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza says the operational side of Eskom requires “crisis reaction” as well as time and speed to fix the current load shedding situation.

Eskom, govt plans for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load shedding to stave off national blackouts

2019-03-19 14:16

Eskom and government have started planning for Stage 5 and Stage 6 load-shedding, according to officials who say that there is a race against time to ensure that a national blackout and grid collapse does not happen.

WATCH: 'We'll get it right in year or two' – Gordhan on Eskom

2019-03-19 15:28

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday that the department and Eskom understood how frustrating load shedding was and that the embattled power utility would get it right in the next few years.

SA will get through Brexit maze just fine, says trade and industry committee chair

2019-03-19 13:27

Trade and industry committee chair Joan Fubbs told Fin24 that Parliament's dissolution and the UK's own decision-making processes around Brexit meant there was no feasible way to make progress on the matter before the next term - but she was confident SA would be fine.

JMPD steps in to ease traffic chaos during load shedding

2019-03-19 12:10

The JMPD has intensified traffic management operations in and around the city to ease congestion caused by load shedding.

Man shoots woman in the face before turning gun on himself in Fourways - police

2019-03-19 09:12

A woman is recovering in hospital after a man shot her in the face while she was in her car outside Fourways Life Hospital in Johannesburg.

'I don't want them to say anything to me' - Sindiso Magaqa's mom on the arrest of Harry Gwala mayor

2019-03-19 07:52

While Harry Gwala mayor Mluleki Ndobe and another arrested suspect are expected to appear in court in connection with the murder of former ANCYL secretary general, Sindiso Magaqa, his mother says she does not want to lay eyes on them and will not be attending court proceedings.

SA NGO workers get boost with new professional qualification

2019-03-19 06:08

There is hope that a new professional NGO qualification will give community workers the skill set to make an impact on social problems at local level.

Acclaimed director and playwright in dock for missing R8m

2019-03-18 23:13

Acclaimed director and playwright Welcome Msomi is being kept in custody after he appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with R8m stolen from the Living Legends Legacy Programme.

Denel board, led by Daniel Mantsha, was 'ill-equipped, made poor decisions', state capture inquiry hears

2019-03-18 20:51

Public enterprises deputy director general Kgathatso Tlhakudi has told the Zondo commission of inquiry that a Denel board chaired by Daniel Mantsha drove the arms company's performance to the brink.

ANC promises new trains as Ramaphosa gets first-hand experience of a 3-hour train delay

2019-03-18 19:46

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed "serious concern" after a delayed metro rail train he boarded on Monday arrived at its destination three hours behind schedule due to technical problems.

Yusuf Saloojee, former Iran ambassador linked to alleged corrupt MTN deal, wholly innocent - lawyer

2019-03-18 19:36

Although former South African ambassador to Iran, Yusuf Saloojee, died before "baseless" corruption charges against him could be withdrawn, his family is committed to demonstrating he is "wholly innocent of any wrongdoing".

Packham was 'very calm, collected' while at police station to report wife missing

2019-03-18 19:10

While Rob Packham was at the Wynberg police station to report his wife, Gill, missing he did not seem like the typical stressed spouse hoping to find his loved one, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Taxi extortion accused wait to hear their fate

2019-03-18 18:45

Two men accused of running an extortion racket alongside Mamelodi taxi boss Vusi "Khekhe" Mathibela will have to wait a few days to hear if they will be released on bail.

KZN mayor arrested for death of Sindiso Magaqa expected back in his office

2019-03-18 17:18

It will be business as usual for the KwaZulu-Natal mayor who was arrested in connection with the murder of former ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, says the Harry Gwala District Municipality.

FF Plus goes to court to have 'blacks-only' BLF deregistered for elections

2019-03-18 16:51

The FF Plus has lodged court papers with the Electoral Court, arguing that the IEC erred in registering the BLF as a political party, as the organisation's constitution states that only black people can be members.

KZN youth the biggest casualty in political killings - ANCYL

2019-03-18 15:52

The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has commended law enforcement officials after the arrest of Harry Gwala District Mayor Mluleki Ndobe.

Lotto winner loses all his millions – and he 'won't die until getting it back'

2019-03-18 14:59

To most it may sound like the ultimate dream: A R5 Lotto ticket changing an old man's life in a heartbeat with winnings of R6m. Mkhatshane George Manganyi was overjoyed at first. Now all the money is gone and his family is in tatters.

Gigaba was 'incorrect' to naturalise Guptas, committee finds

2019-03-18 12:00

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has found that former minister Malusi Gigaba was "incorrect" to grant members of the Gupta family early naturalisation, but has not recommended any sanctions.

Police say operations not affected following threats of strike action

2019-03-18 11:44

The South African Police Service says it is business as usual at police stations across the country, and that officers are not on strike.

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