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South Africa’s president urges unity as ANC support plunges

South Africa’s president urges unity as ANC support plunges

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africa's political parties to work together for the good of the country as final results from last week's election confirmed his African National Congress had lost its majority for the first time. The result, announced on Sunday, is the worst election showing for the ANC - Africa's oldest liberation movement, once led by Nelson Mandela - since it came to power 30 years ago, ending white minority rule. Voters, angry at joblessness, inequality and rolling blackouts, slashed support for the ANC to 40.2%, down from 57.5% in the previous 2019 parliamentary vote. Official results showed…
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S.Africa’s Eskom losing well over $55 million a month through theft, ex-CEO says

S.Africa’s Eskom losing well over $55 million a month through theft, ex-CEO says

SOUTH African state power firm Eskom loses well over 1 billion rands ($55 million) a month from theft, its former chief executive told parliament, saying a previous estimate he gave was conservative. Andre de Ruyter made the comments in a written submission to parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) seen by Reuters, following an interview to local news channel eNCA in February where he made sweeping corruption allegations without detailed evidence against Eskom and South Africa's governing African National Congress. Shortly after the interview aired Eskom announced de Ruyter would leave his job immediately, cutting short a notice period he was serving after…
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South Africa’s ANC wants to use disaster rules to ease power crisis

South Africa’s ANC wants to use disaster rules to ease power crisis

CARIEN DUPLESSIS SOUTH Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) wants to employ disaster management legislation that was used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to help end crippling power cuts, a top party official said. Struggling state utility Eskom has implemented power cuts every day this year, after a record number of days with outages last year. On Tuesday, it will ramp up power cuts to the highest level on record. "Our response to COVID was scientifically driven. Our response to dealing with load-shedding must be scientifically driven," ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula told reporters, using a term for power cuts. "The…
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