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Daily news update March 08
Businesses were disrupted in Alexandra’s Pan African Mall on Monday when community members identifying themselves as the Dudula movement raided the place looking for migrant workers and shop owners who lacked valid paperwork.
Since then, there have been reports of clashes between strangers and residents, and videos have surfaced since then of shops being forced to close on social media.
Speak with Newzroom Africamembers of the movement claimed they had been attacked by foreigners.
“We are being abandoned by the police. We feel that they are oppressing us. If it were South African The Vanir-exoduss throwing stones and attacking foreigners, the masses would have been arrested by now. But they did nothing when stones were thrown by foreigners.”
Several political parties in the city of Joburg criticized mayor Mpho Phalatse for the impending dismissal of 130 employees because of their employment contracts.
The city is in a tug-of-war with the staffers facing it after news that the council made a decision on February 25 to cancel their permanent contracts.
The city considered the conversion of their fixed-term contracts to permanent as an illegal act by the previous mayor’s committee, which it said was not authorized to do so.
According to Phalatse, the “illegal conversions” would cost the city R59 million a year.
Electric utility Eskom announced Monday that it is moving the country to phase 2 tax shedding.
“Due to multiple unit outages, Phase 2 load shedding will be implemented from 5pm Monday and implemented continuously until 5am Wednesday.
Eskom’s earlier statement said it would only cut power at night. But according to the latest statement, Medupi Power Station has been out of service since Monday afternoon and it is said to implement rolling blackouts to alleviate some of the grid demand.
Sanctions on Russian oil could lead to the same oil shortage in South Africa and many other countries in 1973, when fuel was not only expensive, but fuel sales hours were severely limited. While the US continues to consider sanctions against Russian oil, the war in Ukraine has already sent oil prices soaring to their highest levels since July 2008.
Over the weekend, Brent crude reached $139.13 a barrel before settling at $119 a barrel Monday afternoon. Oil prices rose in 2008 as Iran’s possible return of crude oil to world markets was delayed.
The long-awaited ANC The electoral conference in Mpumalanga, scheduled for next weekend, has been postponed again, as internal divisions in the province soured.
The provincial conference has been postponed several times after fighting between the factions turned violent.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC leader, will be in Mpumalanga on Monday to resolve the faction squabble between the branches. Some party members have reportedly approached the courts to ban the provincial conference, citing industry and regional disputes that have never been resolved.
According to the provincial task team coordinator Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, the planned conference date of March 11-13 was canceled after some departments protested.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed the West’s hypocrisy, including their “pestism and their insatiable appetite” to dominate others while clandestinely furthering their own agendas and interests.
That is the view of former President Jacob Zuma, who has added his voice to the ongoing debate over the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.