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At least 30 people die after Angola mine collapse

18th March 2019 A deadly mine collapse in Angola has left at least 30 people dead.  The incident occurred in Chipindo municipality in Angola’s south-west Huila Province as illegal gold miners mined for gold, the state media reported on Sunday. 

Eskom to implement 'Stage 4' load-shedding from 09:00 to 23:00

18th March 2019 Eskom said on Monday it would commence Stage 4 rotational load shedding from 09:00 to 23:00 and continue into Tuesday due to a shortage of capacity.   Stage 4 load-shedding requires the state-owned utility, which supplies 95% of South Africa's electricity, to rotationally take 4 000 MW of demand... 

Medupi, Kusile contracts were misguided, Mabuza says

12th March 2019 The contracts to build Medupi and Kusile were badly structured, leading to corruption and making Eskom carry the cost of time overruns, Deputy President David Mabuza conceded in Parliament on Tuesday. "The contracting model did not achieve the objective of maximising local participation," Mabuza... 

NUM vows to press on with strike at Dwarsivier mine in Limpopo

7th March 2019 About 1 500 members of the National Union of Mineworkers have resolved to press on with a strike at Dwarsrivier mine in Limpopo to back demands for various allowances, the union said on Thursday. Underground, surface and administration workers have now been on strike for three days, demanding... 

Eskom official instructed to make payment to Tegeta 'within 3 hours', State capture commission hears

5th March 2019 Head of finance at Eskom's primary energy division, Snehal Nagar, on Tuesday testified on how he was instructed to make a R659-million pre-payment for coal to Gupta's Tegeta Resources within three hours without following Eskom processes. Nagar, a chartered accountant, told the State capture... 

Minerals Council welcomes task team to assess challenges at Eskom power stations

5th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Tuesday applauded the establishment of an engineering task team to assess challenges at state utility Eskom’s power stations. Cash strapped Eskom has struggled to meet electricity demand and was forced for several days last month to implement rolling blackouts... 

More meetings with labour planned on Eskom

28th February 2019 The special Cabinet committee on Eskom will hold more meetings with organised labour to discuss the contentious restructuring of the struggling power utility into three units, according to a statement issued on Thursday. "The meeting with labour reported on the problems with Eskom’s operations... 

Eskom employees were pressured to sign R4.3bn contract with Tegeta, Zondo inquiry hears

26th February 2019 Evidence leader at the Zondo Inquiry, Advocate Kate Hofmeyr, on Tuesday gave an overview of the evidence of corruption in Eskom's coal supply contract with Gupta family businesses that was going to be presented by a new witness. Daniel Mashigo, acting senior general manager for primary energy... 

Gloria coal mine death toll rises to 18

22nd February 2019 Rescue and body retrieval workers on Friday afternoon brought to the surface 13 more bodies of suspected copper cable thieves from the underground area at Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said. “The workers could not continue... 

Eskom was the 'main stage in the theatre of corruption', says Mabuza

22nd February 2019 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza told the Zondo Inquiry on Friday that the current board of directors discovered that the power utility was "the main stage in the theatre of corruption" when it was appointed in January 2018. Asked by evidence leader Vincent Maleka to detail the state of affairs when... 

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