Top News Stories for March

Current Affairs

 Eskom losing maintenance battle

In the latest reports concerning the country’s energy crisis, it’s believed Eskom is losing its battle to do essential maintenance at the power plants. The power utility is caught up in a spiral of unplanned maintenance which is impacting on its ability to do essential preventative maintenance.

According to the status reports released by Eskom, more generating units have to be switched off due to breakdowns. However, instead of doing more planned maintenance to prevent breakdowns, Eskom is doing less.

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Although there were no power outages planned on Monday, Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said if the power utility lost any of its generators, it would be forced to roll out blackouts.

Cape Town discloses Sanral’s e-tolling secrets

Since launching a review  application regarding the secret application of the South African National Roads Agency, the City of Cape Town can for the first time reveal the awarding of an e-tolling tender to the road agency. On Monday the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the city by setting aside an order made by the Western Cape High Court on August 28 2014. Mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said the granting of the tender for the N1 and N2 Toll Highway Project to the Protea Parkways Consortium (PPC) will affect residents of the Western Cape and visitors to the region.

In it’s response, the city was concerned that the project will not benefit road users because the toll revenue will exceed road user benefits. A review application will be heard in the Western Cape High Court on August 11 2015.

UCT Cecil John Rhodes statue boarded

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On Sunday the statue of Cecil John Rhodes standing on the main steps of the University of Cape Town was boarded. Following weeks of protest by UCT students requesting the removal of the statue, the university’s senate voted in favour of removing it.

UCT said the senate had voted ““overwhelmingly in favour of recommending to [the university’s] council that the statue of Cecil Rhodes be moved when council holds its special sitting on Wednesday, 8 April 2015”. The senate also suggested that the statue remain boarded up until a final decision was made.

Minister Collins Chabane

In the fatal car accident that caused the death of Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane and two of his VIP protectors, it is believed a deadly concoction of alcohol and speed led to the crash. It was reported that the driver of the white VW Touareg was travelling at a speed of up to 200km/h when the vehicle collided with a truck making a U-turn over the N1 highway in Limpopo.

On March 17, the truck driver involved in the minister’s death was charged with three counts of culpable homicide as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sports News

AB de Villiers reachs 900-point mark

Following the completion of the Cricket World Cup between Australia and New Zealand, South African ODI captain, AB de Villiers has reached a new rankings milestone. According to Sport24, De Villiers has become the 11th batsman overall, and the second South African after Hashim Amla, to break the 900-point mark. In terms of rankings this means De Villiers is a truly great player.

Entertainment News

Trevor Noah to host Comedy Central

On Monday Comedy Central officially announced Trevor Noah as the new host of The Daily Show. This came after news leaked on Saturday that Noah was the frontrunner to replace the show’s Jon Stewart who’s said to retire in September.

Of the news Noah tweeted:

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Comedy Central says the debut date of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is not yet certain.

Liesel Laurie crowned as Miss South Africa 2015

In a live broadcast held at the Sun City Superbowl, 23 year old B.Com graduate Liesl Laurie was crowned Miss South Africa 2015.  Refilwe Mthimunye from Bronkhorstspruit and Ntsiki Mkhize from Kliprivier, Midvaal were respectively crowned 1st and 2nd Princess. In her acceptance speech Liesl said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.

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For the first time ever the event was attended by a gathering of the biggest number of former Miss South Africa title holders, including Miss World’s Rolene Strauss, Anneline Kriel and Penny Coelen Ray and one of the country’s early Miss South Africa’s, Adele Kruger who took the crown in 1957.