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Daily news update February 27

Petrol and diesel prices to rise from Wednesday

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced on Saturday the adjustment of fuel prices based on current local and international factors, effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Mantashe said soaring crude oil prices were due to the escalating crisis between Russia and Ukraine, which led to a surge in crude oil prices over supply fears.

“Subsequent sanctions against Russia by the US and the UK have contributed to the rise in the price of crude oil.”

Calls for Ramaphosa to fire Bheki Cele after Sitole’s axe

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Image file: Police Minister Bheki Cele and former National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole at a media briefing. Photo: Gallo Images/Netwerk24/Jaco Marais

While the termination of National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has been widely welcomed by opposition parties and civil society, there are mounting calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to sack Police Minister Bheki Cele.

The presidency on Friday confirmed that Sitole’s early termination of his contract term was by mutual agreement, and “in the interest of the country”.

Sitole, who has been at odds with Cele over a number of issues, will serve his final day on March 31.

‘No room for corruption’: ANC’s R59 million wage bill reversed

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The mayor of Joburg, Mpho Phalatse, reversed a policy introduced by the previous ANC (African National Congress) government that aimed to “turn fixed-term employees in political office into permanent employees”.

Phalatse said there is “no room for unethical and corrupt practices” when it comes to building a well-run city.

This practice allows office holders to hire a cohort of personnel dedicated to achieving service goals consistent with the election mandate.

Sharp fuel price hikes will hurt all South Africans – AA

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The massive fuel price hikes announced Saturday by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) will have a sharp and immediate effect on the poor, and a long-term effect on inflation.

The Automobile Association (AA) says these increases have exceeded expectations.

“For the first time in history, 95 octane petrol will rise domestically above R21 per liter by a significant margin.

Rising electricity rates: South Africans now pay 307% more

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Eskom had initially requested a 20.5% increase for fiscal year 2022/2023.

In its current three-year filing (MYPD5), Eskom based its calculations on a regulatory asset base (RAB) of R1.263 billion, after a revaluation.

During Nersa’s public hearing, Salga had said that Eskom’s proposed increases are “unrealistic, unsustainable and run counter to the economic and social issues currently affecting the South African economy”.

No, the Russian embassy didn’t say South Africa’s days are numbered

Russia orders to resume offensive
War between Russia and Ukraine

The amount of information being shared on social media about the Russian invasion of Ukraine is overwhelming, and a quick glance at the platform can give the impression that the Russian embassy threatened South Africa.

Rest assured, this is not the case.

A Twitter account who claimed to be the Russian embassy in South Africa, tweeted in Russian: “Your days are numbered”. (“ваши и очтены”)

This is not the case, as @RussiaSAEmbassy is not the official Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in South Africa.

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