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Daily Podcast – January 30, 2020

30th January 2020 BY: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Eskom warns of risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening, Foundations says political pressure is driving land expropriation amendment Bill and, Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng

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Eskom warns of risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening

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Eskom has warned of a heightened risk of load-shedding on Thursday evening. 

The utility said that while it has sufficient generating capacity for the day, it may need to institute rotational power cuts in the evening to let it replenish its emergency water and diesel reserves. 

The struggling power utility said it is currently using diesel generators to meet demand, in part due to delays in some generating units coming back online. 

 

Foundation says political pressure is driving land expropriation amendment Bill

The drive to use the Eighteenth Amendment Bill to change Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation is not the result of legal considerations, but of political pressure and the perceived need by government to show that something tangible is actually being done.

The Helen Suzman Foundation gave its views on the Bill on Thursday and called for the scrapping of the Bill, citing that government was trying to use a perceived shortcoming in the Constitution as a convenient excuse for its lack of progress on land reform.

Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution, yesterday reminded stakeholders of the fast approaching Friday deadline for comments on the Bill.

 

Eskom continues cutting power to non-paying users in Gauteng

Eskom says it is continuing with a campaign it started late last year in Gauteng to cut off power to users that have failed to pay or who have rigged illegal connections.

Eskom has encouraged those implicated to come forward, collect their fines and find a way of paying to avoid being disconnected.

But a Soweto local ANC Councillor, Mpho Sesedinyane, says the utility is being arrogant by disconnecting power to homes, saying communities would resist "unapologetically and without fear of intimidation".

The disconnection drive comes as the debt-laden utility seeks to recover billions of rands it is owed by municipalities.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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