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Daily news update 09 March
The special tribunal ruled on Tuesday in the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) joinder request as the unit seeks to recover millions of rand from six entities and individuals allegedly receiving money from the illegitimate health ministry contract awarded to digital vibes.
The case was before Judge Lebogang Modiba, who heard arguments virtual of the legal representatives of the companies and individuals involved in the SIU’s investigations into the R150 million contract awarded to close associates of former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Mkhize resigned last year after the SIU submitted its damning report to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa’s controversial electricity company Eskom has announced that phase 2 load shedding will continue for the rest of the week, until 5am Saturday.
The energy company released an update on the current challenges the system faces on Tuesday.
Eskom implemented phase 2 load shedding on Monday.
The power company said there had been multiple outages at the production unit in the past 24 hours.
Police have arrested at least six people for leading and participating in the “Operation Dudula” campaign targeting illegal aliens in Alexandra.
Several people were injured on Monday when clashes broke out between street vendors and members of the Alexandra Dudula movement near the township’s Pan Africa Mall.
The Dudula movement reportedly tried to evict foreign shop owners and force them to close their businesses.
The group is a vigilante organization that targets foreigners in Alexandra, accusing them of taking jobs from locals, deeming some of their actions illegal.
Anti-vaxxers thought they were getting an early Christmas present when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) first gave public access to Pfizer data from its clinical trials in support of a Covid -19 vaccine license.
The “confidential report” details several side effects of the vaccine, sending anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.
American podcaster Liz Wheeler read part of the report to her audience on Twitter, saying that the big pharma “wanted to keep it hidden from the public for the next 70 years.”
“They wanted the government to allow them to keep it a secret from us until we’re all dead,” Wheeler said.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine intensifies, so does its knock-on effect on the global economy, especially as oil and gas prices hit record highs.
Over the past decade, South Africa’s controversial electric utility Eskom has increasingly relied on the country’s open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) to supplement its energy mix.
The parastatal’s chief financial officer, Calib Cassim, has forecast that Eskom’s diesel consumption could reach somewhere in the region of R9 billion by 2022, including fuel for two independent power producers (IPPs).
After nearly a decade, the communications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is expected to auction off much sought-after spectrum.
The auction will take place on Tuesday and will be conducted through the opt-in process and will be open to tier-2 operators only, including Cell C, Liquid Telecoms, Rain Networks and Telkom.
Vodacom and MTN are described as tier-1 operators.
icasa said radio frequency spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3500 MHz bands will be made available through this licensing process with a view to providing national broadband wireless access services to all South Africans.