News today includes President Cyril Ramaphosa saying confidently the ANC “will emerge victorious” in the upcoming elections.
Meanwhile, Ramokgopa warned South Africa to expect more and possible higher stages of load shedding, and Zandile Mafe‘s case has been postponed to November.
News Today: 3 September
Today’s weather update includes warnings for damaging winds and extreme fire conditions in various regions, as well as extreme sunburn risk in two provinces.
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ANC ‘hasn’t failed,’ will win without coalitions
President Cyril Ramaphosa convened a high-level gathering at the Sandton Convention Center to discuss the future directions of the African National Congress (ANC).
Joined by a varied audience of editors, senior journalists, academics, and analysts, the president looked back at the party’s 2019 Manifesto to solicit input on what should be prioritised moving forward.
Ramaphosa began his address by emphasising the ANC’s commitment to involving the broader South African society in its policy and planning.
‘Intense load shedding’ ahead
Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has warned South Africa to expect more and possible higher stages of load shedding as Eskom ramps up maintenance on its units.
Ramokgopa was updating the media on the progress made regarding the energy action plan (EAP) and provided a weekly generation outlook on Sunday.
The minister indicated that the planned outages had been part of Eskom’s winter strategy in addressing the gap between supply and demand of electricity.
Parly arsonist rejects psychiatric findings
Alleged Parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe‘s case has been postponed to November to determine his fitness to stand trial.
It was revealed in his last court appearance that Mafe had been declared unfit to stand trial, according to his psychiatric report, although his diagnosis was not disclosed.
The conclusion was made by two psychiatrists and a psychologist following his 30-day mental assessment at Fort England Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
‘We were robbed?’ – Mangaung councillors fuming
Mangaung Metro councillors lashed at acting Mayor Gregory Nthatise over a robbery that only came to light on Friday when the metro sought approval to cover the R600 000 stolen from the municipal fresh produce market.
Planning and Economic Development MMC Nthabiseng Jonas told the council that R681,905 was stolen when the robbers overpowered the guards on 26 February.
Councillors fired questions at Nthatise, demanding answers as to why council was only hearing about the robbery seven months later.
Brics: Risks in alienating China or the US
South Africa recently hosted a Brics summit. The event attracted international attention because the group has recently begun to emerge as a possible rival against US dominance of world affairs.
The US and China lie at the heart of this debate.
They are the two biggest trading partners of most African countries and both have strategic interests that they are determined to protect.