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Potential tariff increase at a time of load shedding

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Load shedding and potential tarriff increase:

Today is the implementation for a third day in a row of Eskom’s series of planned power cuts, as load shedding takes hold once again. At the same time, there are now plans from Eskom to implement a system of high power prices on days when it needs to load shed. In other words, it appears that Eskom would charge you more for the power you use on some days than on others. EWN's Gia Nicolaides:

It's the same sort of situation on Monday - the system is vulnerable and we are at Stage 1 of load shedding. The generators are broken down and Eskom warned us about vulnerabilities and the potential danger of more load shedding. There isn't any information about when the generators will come back online and we'll have load shedding until 10 tonight. Details are unclear about tomorrow, because that's dependent on when the generators in question will come back online.

De Klerk street name vote:

In Cape Town, the city council is about to formally vote on the proposal to rename part of the N1 that runs through the city after Former President FW de Klerk. EWN's Rahima Essop:

This proposal emanated from an original request signed by several prominent Capetonians including Arch. Desmond Tutu and Mayor Patricia de Lille. While this is going to be a sensitive issue, the City holds the view that this renaming should be done within the spirit of reconciliation and the ANC as the opposition goes against this view. The name 'Table Bay Boulevard' is seen as a neutral name as it isn't as loaded as changing say 'Jakes Gerwel Boulevard' for instance.

Political commentator and host of eNCA's "The Justice Factor", Justice Malala:

Many people would be reminded to underline the name 'apartheid's last leader' and think about how democracy was realised - was it down to the struggle for freedom or was it down to diplomacy and engaging towards democracy with FW conceding that 'it's time'? (Release of Mandela) it came as a suprise and the apartheid government was under immense pressure, but I don't always buy the argument that FW 'had no choice' because FW chose to make that leap.

Foreign vs local entrepreneurs:

A quote from Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Bulu in the Business Day this morning:

Researcher at WITS' Forced Migration Studies Programme, Jean Pierre Misago:

My reaction is that the Minister's detriment is very unfortunate. She is trying to shift the responsibility of the government - it is government's responsibility to provide opportunities and development for their citizens. It is not the role of foreigners to teach citizens such business skills. South Africans also have business skills and have been running them in townships, so to generalize to say that they don't have them is just government shifting blame instead of taking responsibility. This kind of statement entrenches the sense of entitlement which is behind the violence in the first place, as if to say that 'if 'they' come, 'they' owe me for providing the space in which 'they' operate'.

Security company regulation:

A comment by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko yesterday that he believes the bill that would make it illegal for a security company operating here to be less than 51% percent south African owned does meet our international trade obligations. Security Industry Alliance (SIA) CEO, Steve Conradie:

I need to stress that we are very supportive of the bill but remain concerned around Section 20 which means restrictions for foreign investment and ultimately affects the Industrial Growth Plan.

Whistle blowers unite:

The launch today of what is called the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum. CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa, Dr Claudelle von Eck:

The purpose of this forum is two-fold: (1) to provide an umbrella of protection to our bodies so that they are able to blow the whistle where they find corruption and (2) also, it's to provide guidance so that they do so responsibly. This is also going to be set up so there's a professional body which should be the first point of call.

Papers for doctors:

In the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, a decision to strike down a new law that would have criminalized medical workers operating without a Certificate of Need for the area in which they were practicing. The case was brought by the Presidency – after it admitted that the law should not have been signed into law in its current form in the first place. Vice Chairman of the SA Medical Association, Dr Mark Sonderup:

Well, I think to appreciate this particular issue, you'd have to go back to 2003 when this bill and regulations were introduced and there was opposition initially to the Certificate of Need, before the Bill was accepted. The Certificate of Need would have to be obtained from the Director-General's office in order to establish what is essentially a 'health establishment'. We are a constitutional democracy and people can't just 'willy nilly' do anything as they please. It was promulgated by the President last year. This says that 'for me to work anywhere, I've got to get a piece of paper from Director-General to do that'.


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