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Stage 4 load shedding

Monday, February 11, 2019

As a result of continued pressure on the national grid, Eskom on Monday moved load shedding measures from stage 2 to stage 4.

The power utility has implemented stage 4 load shedding from 1pm until 10pm. 

Stage 4 load shedding calls for 4000 MW to be rotationally load shed while stage 2 calls for 2000 MW to be load shed.

“Since this morning we have unexpectedly lost six additional generating units which have put additional strain on the system,” said the power utility.

This is the second day in a row this year that the utility is implementing load shedding. In December, the utility announced that they would not implement load-shedding until 13 January 2019.

Load shedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

The utility appealed to business and residents to continue using electricity sparingly

exits technical recession an third quarter

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

South Africa has come out of a technical recession with the economy growing by 2.2% in the third quarter of 2018, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

“We can inform the public that the economy has expanded by 2.2% in the third quarter of 2018. Year-on-year growth was 1.1% and nine month on nine month it was at 0.8%,” said Statistician General Risenga Maluleke.

“We made revisions on second quarter of 2018. The previous growth rate at the time was a negative 0.7% after looking at the revisions we are now sitting on 0.4% in the second quarter,” he said at a media briefing on Tuesday.

Third quarter growth -- which was expected by economists -- followed on two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

Nedbank economist’s expected the economy to improve to 2.2% mainly on the back of the low base set in the first and second quarters.

In its analysis on Monday, Nedbank said sectors expected to show improvement included manufacturing, domestic trade, transport and communication and the financial sector.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said the rise in GDP numbers was largely as a result of increased economic activity in manufacturing, transport and communication as well as finance, real estate and business services.

The manufacturing sector expanded by 7.5% while finance, real estate and business services increased by 2.3%. Increased economic activity was reported for financial intermediation, insurance and auxiliary activities among others.

Meanwhile, mining decreased by 8.8% contributing -0.7% of percentage point to GDP growth.

Expenditure on real gross domestic product grew by 2.3% in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, nominal GDP was estimated at R1.27 trillion in the third quarter increasing by R40 billion from the second quarter.

Standard Bank in a research note forecast real GDP at an average of 0.9% and 1.8% for 2018 and 2019, respectively.

“We are however, increasingly concerned about the downside risks to growth over the next few months. The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) leading indicator has not shown meaningful acceleration in months,” said Standard Bank economists.

Gross fixed capital formation decreased by 5.1% with the main contributors to the decline were activities associated with construction works, transport equipment, non-residential buildings and transfer costs.

Meanwhile, imports of goods and services increased by 26.7% driven largely by an increase in imports of machinery and electrical equipment and vehicles and transport equipment. - SAnews.gov.za

Implementation key to unlocking 275 000 jobs

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The proof of the pudding lies in the eating, they say. For the 10 million South Africans who are unemployed, the outcomes of the recent Jobs Summit provide a beacon of hope – but only if the implementation agreed upon is followed through, writes Keamogetse Kgomanyane.

The two-day summit, convened by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), brought together key social partners such as government, business, labour and communities, to mull ways to address the unemployment crisis South Africa faces.

Emerging from the summit was a bold commitment to create 275 000 direct jobs a year. And the plan of action on how the jobs will be created is contained in an 84-page framework agreement.

The agreements come against the backdrop of a sluggish economy. From 2014 to 2017, South Africa’s GDP grew by 1.1% per year, below the population growth and down from 2.5% between 2010 and 2014.

In the first half of 2018, the economy shrank by 0, 8% - ushering the country into a technical recession.

Shortly after the declaration by StatsSA that the country slumped into a technical recession, an economic stimulus package and recovery plan were announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The summit came on the back of the announcement of the package - sharing a common purpose to restore economic growth and create much-needed jobs.

In light of this, the framework agreement is peppered with measures that will be undertaken to stave off retrenchments, retain and protect already existing jobs, grow the economy and create much needed jobs.

Speaking to SAnews, Nedbank Economist Isaac Matshego says while the agreement does not expressly contain any new interventions, he hails it as a step in the right direction in as far as implementation is concerned.

“The Jobs Summit, if anything, was really encouraging as it showed government’s commitment or rather re-commit to plans set out in its National Development Plan.

“I mean implementation has been (almost) non-existent for years. These plans have always been there in government policies, budgets and departmental policies. But now there is a clear effort to implement,” he says.

The interventions include measures such as “boosting domestic demand” by increasing local procurement by both government and business.

Addressing delegates at the summit, President Ramaphosa said the bid to boost domestic demand by buying local, essentially means that South African companies, government and consumers must back local producers and buy local.

Government committed to simplify and speed up the process for the designation of products for local procurement. Organised labour, in partnership with Proudly SA, is set to proactively identify opportunities for new designations.

COP AND HUSBAND KILLERS SOUGHT

Bushbuckridge 

 Police in Mpumalanga are searching for unknown men who are responsible for the death of a female police Sergeant, who was attached to the Detective Services at Calcutta Police Station. Information at police disposal revealed  that in the early hours of Saturday, 01 December 2018, the member, Sergeant Thembisile Ndlovu aged 42 and her husband, Jabulani Khoza aged 40, were asleep in their house at Angin Court, near Bushbuckridge when they were suddenly attacked by three unknown men who reportedly gained entry through a window. Once inside, a shootout ensued and Ndlovu managed to shoot one of the attackers who died at the scene. The other two suspects are reported to have fired at the couple, instantly killing the Sergeant.

Her husband was rushed to the hospital by neighbours who responded after hearing the gunshots. He unfortunately later succumbed to his wounds. The suspects made off with the couple’s Chevrolet Spark,  that was later recovered within the Bushbuckridge area.

As a result of this atrocious crime, the police have opened two counts of murder and an inquest for investigation. In the process, a 72 Hour Activation Plan has been activated by the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, thereby mobilising all necessary resources to ensure that the suspects are arrested as soon as possible. General Zuma has made an earnest appeal to the community, asking them to volunteer invaluable information that may assist in the investigation of the matter with a view to assist in the speedy arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information is requested to contact Lieutenant Colonel Nomsa Mkhwanazi on 082 469 1250 or the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

General Zuma has since condemned the incident in the strongest possible terms, citing that the police are the keepers of the community. He further stated that any attack on a member of the South African Police Service is tantamount to an attack on the state.

Land reform must benefit emerging farmers: Mabuza

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza says a well-managed land reform process can and should be used to promote the entry of new players into the agricultural sector without materially disrupting existing production capabilities in the country. 

While the reform process will address the negative legacy of land dispossession, it can contribute to enhancing food security across several commodities. 

The Deputy President said this when he responded to questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. 

“Land acquisition, restitution and redistribution will undoubtedly unleash a massive potential of emerging black smallholder and commercial farmers to contribute to enhancing production...” 

Mabuza said as part of the stimulus package of agriculture, government will continue to invest in agriculture infrastructure to support farmers in unlocking production. 

Partnerships with the private sector, the Deputy President said, will be encouraged in attracting funding to augment government fiscal capacity. 

“We will work closely with provinces in the implementation of projects that are aimed at accelerating agricultural production and ensure that we focus on skills development and mentorship programmes for youth in agriculture. 

“As part of the work of the inter-ministerial committee on land reform and agriculture, unutilised and claimed government-owned land will be released to expand access to land for agricultural production and enterprise development as well as human settlements,” he said. 

Food security plan to contribute to food projection, economic development 

Alongside enhancing access to food for communities in need, the National Food and Nutrition Security Plan is also contributing towards the imperatives of job creation and economic development in our communities. 

“The nutrition food and security plan became then our single coherent response for coordinating the various interventions that government and other stakeholders are making, with a view of achieving security in relation to food and nutrition in the country.

“It is a crucial instrument to help us to intensify our efforts to eradicate hunger and ensure optimal food security and enhanced nutritional status for all our people,” Mabuza said. 

In April 2015, Cabinet mandated the development of a National Plan for food and nutrition security to address the challenges of hunger and malnutrition in our country. The proposed plan was also aimed at resolving the lack of coordination relating to existing food and nutrition intervention that we are making as government so that we ensure that there is greater impact on society. 

The President, in his previous capacity as Deputy President then of the Republic, approved the Plan in December 2017. 

“We therefore recognize the need for intensified efforts and we are working at improving certain areas in the roll-out of the food security programme. 

“This includes the need to accelerate the number of additional producers supplying food to establish markets and increasing the value of food procured form smallholder producers towards the target of spending 30% of the government food procurement budget. 

“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all our efforts to eradicating hunger and poverty are well coordinated across government and are responsive to the needs of our people,” Mabuza said. – SAnews.gov.za


Elphus Lebambo foundation to honour children living in poverty

By: Staff reporter

Elphus Lebambo foundation will on the 8th of December 2018 honour underprivileged children living in home based care and drop in centres. The children will be honoured through winning  a competition called "show us your talent" the winners will walk away with different prizes.

Founder of the foundation  , Tumelo Lebambo told TYV (the youth voice) that the competition aims to unearth and celebrate the talent that children in these centres have. " children in home based care and drop in centres are usually rejected , as Elphus Lebambo foundation we decided to do something that will show appreciation to these children and restore their dignity. We hope that the competition will pave a way for the children to get recognition and support"

Five centres from different parts of Bushbuckridge will compete in Music , Drama , Poetry and traditional dance. The competitions will be held at Marite community hall on the 8th of December at 10:00 am. Business people and members of the public are welcome to donate clothes , food  , sanitary towels , money or anything that their heart's are willing to give. For donations contact Tumelo Lebambo on 0822200163 or email elphuslebambof@gmail.com . Website www.elphuslebambo.co.za

Thega kgwebo ya ngwanenu 

Ka: Goodenough Mashego

Ga e sale go thoma go petapetiwa ka taba ya go busetsa lefase ga beng ba lona go kwala mahemuhemu agore tsagoja di nyoko shota. Bare maburu ke wona fela a tjibago go lema. Bare ditolo tsa makgowa dikasa reke ditjwatjhemong tsa ba bantsho.

Te putsise gore naa ditolo tsone di kasa rekego ditjwatjhemong tsa batho ba bantsho ganthe di rekisela bomang? Le gona, re rêbêng re maka nkare re chutisiye go lema ke maburu?

Pele dikepe tsa Jan Van Riebeek di fasiwa kuwa Kapa borakgolo le makgolokhukhu ba rune babe ba te lemela futhi ba ruwwe. Ne ba te phelela gabutji pele letsepe la mathomo la maburu le ka gonya mobu. Phela go nyaka re gopola gore ge maburu a thoma go lema abe a berekisa bokokwane go maka dilo kamoka. Wona a be a nale cheleta ya go reka dipeu le go patela megolo fela. Itsano vele re ka napa rere lekgowa ke makhiniki kagofore o budiye kgwebo kemoka o patela batho ba bantsho go maka dilo kamoka? 

Taba yo e nyaka re e lebelele gabutji. Sa mathomo, ke matsaka gore ditolo tsa makgowa di tlo gana go reka ditjwatjhemong tsa batho ba bantsho. Bareki le bathegi ba bagolo ba ditolo tsone ke boweru gotjwa makeisheneng le magaeng. Ge re nyaka go chutisa ditolo tsone go phela le batho, re bula ditolo tsa ditjwatjhemong mo re dulago gona ra rekisela bathoi pele ba kalama taxi goya toropong ele go wotla ditolo tso di sa thegeng diphetogo nageng. Gora gore di jabudisa ke go bona batho ba bantsho ba hlupega ba sena mobu.

Le bona batho ba bantsho ba go bereka mmusho re kgopela ba thege barekisi ba ditjwatjhemong ba thoko ga tsela ba lese go bona nkare ditolo tse dikgolo tsa makgowa ke tsona di tshwerego tsa gabutj