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    Transport minister confirms plans for e-toll gantries

    E-toll gantries are not coming down South Africa's transport minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga, has reiterated that the e-toll gantries on Gauteng highways will remain in place to combat crime and enhance road safety after the e-toll system is shut down. In a media briefing on the scrapping of the...
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    How Midstream Estate is kissing load-shedding goodbye

    Top Gauteng estate kicking load-shedding in the teeth For about two months, Midstream Estate between Centurion and Midrand in Gauteng has been providing many of its residents with backup power during load-shedding thanks to its own solar farm and battery storage system. The Bondev-developed...
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    Dawie Roodt says more electricity price hikes are on the cards if Eskom's financial position continues to deteriorate

    Expect more electricity price hikes Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt said South Africans should expect more electricity price increases as Eskom’s financial position continues to deteriorate. Roodt told SABC News that Eskom’s massive price increases over the past few years were...
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    Eskom's load-shedding suspension continues

    Eskom extends load-shedding break Eskom says load-shedding will remain suspended until further notice due to sustained available generation capacity and adequate emergency reserves. It expects an additional 1,150MW of generating capacity to return to service by the evening of Monday, 8 April 2024.
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    Gordhan lashes out at DA MP over SAA deal

    Gordhan rips into Parliament over SAA grilling Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan had harsh words for Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Mimmy Gondwe this week over a parliamentary report on the now-terminated deal to sell a 51% stake in South African Airways (SAA) for R51. According to a...
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    Zimbabwean company claiming R1 billion from SAP over dodgy deals with the country's government

    SAP in hot water over dodgy deal with Zimbabwe Multinational software giant SAP is in hot water over allegations that it used code names and set up a shelf company in Botswana to circumvent European Union (EU) sanctions imposed on the Zimbabwean government in the early 2000s. According to a...
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    Uber Eats and others taking on Competition Commission

    Uber Eats, Apple, Wimpy, and Steers fighting Competition Commission crackdown E-commerce companies, including Uber Eats, are challenging the Competition Commission's ruling that prohibits exclusive agreements with suppliers and restaurants, according to a Sunday Times report. This comes after...
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    Eskom's rising prices and unreliability driving away wealthier customers

    Eskom chasing away customers who can pay for electricity Eskom’s incessant above-inflation price hikes and poor performance will chase wealthy consumers away, leaving the utility with only poor customers. This is according to Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt, who told SABC News that...
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    The SABC's plan to become profitable without government funding

    No more bailouts — the SABC's big turnaround plan The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has a five-year turnaround plan that is based on the state-owned enterprise no longer needing government funding. This was revealed by the SABC’s chairperson, Khathutshelo Ramukumba, in a...
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    Battery shapes and sizes explained

    Why there are so many different types of battery shapes and sizes If you’ve looked in your utility drawer lately, you may have noticed the various shapes, sizes and types of batteries that power your electronic devices. First, there are the round, non-rechargeable button cells for your watches...
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    South Africans ditching cash for digital wallets and online shopping

    South Africa kissing cash goodbye South Africans increasingly use their mobile phones to pay instead of physical wallets, with adoption rates matching or surpassing those of cities in other emerging markets and developed economies. This was revealed in Discovery Bank’s SpendTrend24 report...
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    Energy regulator approves load-shedding schedules up to Stage 16

    South Africa gets rules for up to stage 16 load-shedding The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved guidelines for implementing load-shedding up to Stage 16. The regulator published the latest revision of the load-shedding Code of Practice, consolidating load-shedding...
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    Load-shedding to remain suspended until further notice

    Eskom load-shedding break continues Eskom has announced that its load-shedding suspension will continue until further notice after nine consecutive days of no power cuts. In a statement on Friday, 5 April 2024, the power utility said the extended load-shedding break could be attributed to...
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    Eskom load-shedding break to continue until further notice

    Good news for load-shedding Eskom has announced that load-shedding will remain suspended until further notice, following more than a week of no rotational power cuts. The power utility attributed the continued suspension to sustained available generation capacity, sufficient emergency...
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    Graduates employed by Home Affairs are leaving for better opportunities

    Some success for Home Affairs hiring 10,000 unemployed graduates The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) initiative to hire 10,000 young graduates has created almost 3,700 jobs for unemployed youths since it kicked off in August 2022, with more than 260 leaving for better opportunities. This is...
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    Eskom board misses EAF target by a big margin

    Doomed from the start — Eskom board fails first big test Eskom's board has failed to meet its first major target set by government — improving the utility's generating fleet energy availability factor (EAF) to 65% by March 2024. Eskom's latest system status outlook showed that the utility's...
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    Onslaught of tariff and subscription fee increases hit South African consumers

    South African consumers get a kick in the teeth South African households are facing an onslaught of price increases from today, as several tariff and subscription fee changes announced weeks ago come into effect. The most significant is Eskom’s annual price adjustment for its direct customers.
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    Eskom's annual price increase kicks in today

    Eskom hikes prices Eskom has confirmed that it will implement its annual price increase on 1 April 2024. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) granted Eskom a 12.74% increase for its direct customers, combined with a 25.64% affordability subsidy.
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    DStv's new prices kick in today

    DStv increases prices MultiChoice’s annual DStv price adjustments kick in today, 1 April 2024, with subscription fees increasing by between 3.1% and 7.8%. Only DStv’s decoder-based products are getting a price hike. Its streaming-only package remains unchanged.
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    Eskom to suspend load-shedding following the return of six generating units

    Eskom suspends load-shedding until further notice Eskom has announced that it will suspend load-shedding from 16:00 on Tuesday, 26 March, until 16:00 on Wednesday, 27 March 2024. The power utility had previously planned to implement Stage 2 load-shedding between 16:00 and 05:00. It attributed...