The headlines of the leading newspapers on 16 November 2023:
# Business Day:
Reports the National Nuclear Regulator, which must decide on Eskom’s application to extend the operating life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by 20 years, will hold a new round of public hearings in February.
Reports on AfriForum’s annual Blue and Green Drop Report which indicates that 90-percent of the towns nationwide obtain water from sources in which processed sewage is dumped. However, a total of 334 of the country’s 850 sewage plants are in a critically poor condition.
Furthermore, there is a report about the DA’s protest about the lack of water supply in Gauteng.
And finally, the paper writes 35-year-old Lukusa Cedric Kabeya was released on bail after he assaulted two people at the Woodhill Estate and shot a worker in the hand. Kabeya is a resident of the upmarket estate.
Reports on Maqala Mohapi who allegedly earned millions of rand by operating a fake Eskom vending machine providing electricity credits and vouchers.
# And The Citizen:
Writes Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi got involved in a “bar fight” when he declared that the issuing of liquor licenses should be stopped in order to combat drug use.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Reports the farmer from Vioolsdrif who is charged with the murder of his two friends, Japie Claassens, was granted bail yesterday in the Regional Court in Springbok. Claassens is on trial for the murders of Coenie de Beer from Knysna and James Kriel from Baardskeerdersbos and the case will resume on 13 December.
And secondly, the paper writes the Protea captain, Temba Bavuma has admitted his team is nervous about today’s semi-final against Australia.
# Die Burger:
Has the same lead as Volksblad.
And secondly, there is news about 21-year-old Marius Fielies from Atlantis who does not want to admit he is a hero, even after he saved two primary school children in the swimming pool of the Ou Skip Resort in Melkbosstrand.
# And Cape Times:
Writes Scopa heard in Parliament that the former chief executive of Eskom, André de Ruyter’s report on fraud at the electricity supplier was based on stratcom rather than facts.
And secondly, the paper also reports on the Proteas’ chances of beating Australia.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Reports the Bitou Municipality on the Garden Route is negotiating with businesses to create job opportunities for residents.
And writes that a shopping centre in Gqeberha is looking for a man with a belly and a beard to take the role of Santa Claus during December.
# Daily News in Durban:
Writes the former mayor of eThekwini, Zandile Gumede is said to have burst into tears in court when the fraud case against her and other defendants was adjourned for the umpteenth time. This follows after one of the legal representatives, advocate Jay Naidoo, withdrew.
# And The Witness in Pietermaritzburg:
Reports on a rat infestation in a local government building,
and reports that the Proteas are trying to stay calm for today’s semi-final.
And finally, from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Reports the Namibian Cabinet has approved the new resettlement policy guidelines which will be valid from 2023 to 2033. This allows for the possibility of farming on game farms.
And secondly, the paper writes the murdered director and deputy director of the Namibian Institute for Mining and Technology, Eckhardt Mueller and Heimo Hellwig, often made selfless contributions to quality education in Namibia.