NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 18 November 7 am
In this bulletin:
# President Cyril Ramaphosa has identified four candidates for the position of Chief Justice
# Saftu has reiterated its call for the Eskom CEO to be fired
# And, a state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia, Canada, following severe flooding
# President Cyril Ramaphosa has submitted to the Judicial Service Commission a list of four candidates for consideration for the position of Chief Justice. They are current deputy chief Justice, Raymond Zondo; judge of the Constitutional Court, Mbuyiseli Madlanga; president of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mandisa Maya; and judge president of the Gauteng division of the High Court, JP Dunstan Mlambo. Ramaphosa identified the candidates after reviewing the report he received from the advisory panel.
# Deputy president David Mabuza will be replying to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces in Parliament today. Questions he will be answering include interventions to address Eskom’s capacity challenges, the negative impact of the recent unrest on elections, and the government’s reconstruction and recovery plan. Mabuza is entitled to answer questions, as the Constitution stipulates that cabinet members are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for exercising powers and performance of their functions.
# The South African Federation of Trade Unions is reiterating its call for Eskom CEO André de Ruyter to be fired. Yesterday he announced stage two load-shedding until Saturday. This is due to ongoing insufficient generation capacity and the loss of a unit each at Medupi power station in Limpopo, and Duvha and Kendal power stations in Mpumalanga. Saftu’s Trevor Shaku says continued load-shedding has dire consequences for the country’s economy:
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# The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on residents to value their sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of illnesses in communities ahead of World Toilet Day. Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says the department is advocating for a new vision and approach to effectively manage sanitation. Approximately 2.8-million households in South Africa are without access to proper sanitation. World Toilet Day inspires action to tackle global sanitation challenges to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 which promises sanitation for all by 2030 and beyond.
# A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian western province of British Columbia. This is due to flooding that has impacted the southern parts of the province and has left at least one person dead and two missing. Officials in the region have attributed the natural disaster to the effects of climate change. British Columbia premier John Horgan says the state of emergency is to preserve basic access to services and supplies for communities across the province:
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# Rugby: Springbok players Sbu Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi have been released from the touring squad to join the Sharks. Both outside backs were members of the national squad throughout the international season, but they have not been picked for Saturday’s season-ending Test against England at Twickenham. Bok coach Jacques Nienaber says they thought it would be beneficial for Nkosi and Fassi to get back with the Sharks, who are preparing for their United Rugby Championship match against Scarlets next weekend.
# And finally, the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-46-cents and the euro at 17-rand-52-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-86-cents and Bitcoin trades at 59-thousand-946-dollar-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-865-dollars-94-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-83-cents a barrel.
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