BULLETIN 19 November 11 am
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In this bulletin:
# Load-shedding has been escalated to Stage 3
# President Ramaphosa appeals for widespread voter registration
# And, a British cross-country runner has been mugged and beaten up on a Table Mountain hiking trail
# Eskom has elevated load-shedding to Stage 3 effective until 5 AM tomorrow. Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokoena says that this escalation is essential to replenish emergency reserves, preparing for the upcoming week. This decision follows Eskom’s announcement of the safe and successful synchronisation of Koeberg Unit 1 to the grid, involving the replacement of three steam generators:
# President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all eligible voters to actively participate in shaping South Africa’s future by registering to vote in the Independent Electoral Commission’s registration drive today. Speaking from an IEC registration center in Meadowlands, Soweto, Ramaphosa underscored that becoming a registered voter is the first crucial step for South Africans to take control of their future. He emphasises the significance of using the freedom to make their mark, and encourages eligible citizens to exercise their right to contribute to the democratic process.
# Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Blade Nzimande, is set to participate in the European Union Hydrogen Week in Brussels, Belgium, this week. This comes after the EU announced a new ambitious, long-term Just Energy Transition Partnership to support South Africa’s decarbonisation efforts. Nzimande will address the conference, focusing on the theme Hydrogen and the global challenges ahead. South Africa’s participation is integral to the roundtable series titled Science Diplomacy for Economic Development through Hydrogen.
# British professional cross-country runner Tom Evans has been mugged, held at knifepoint and beaten up on a Table Mountain hiking trail in Cape Town. The 31-year-old Evans was in the Mother City to train for the popular RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town next weekend. News24 reports his wedding ring, phone and watch were stolen. In a video posted on social media yesterday, Evans told his 60-thousand followers he was “gutted” that he could no longer participate in the event, wishing those in Cape Town still the “best of luck” for the days leading up to the race.
# And finally: Deputy president Paul Mashatile, in his role as chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council, will participate in the 3rd National Men’s Parliament today and officiate the launch of the 2023-2025 Takuwani Riime Men’s Movement Programme of Action. The event, taking place in Masia Village, Vhembe District, aims to combat gender-based violence and enhance men’s health, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS prevention. The program encourages men to actively contribute to socio-economic development while addressing critical issues affecting women’s safety and public health.
Stay tuned for more news………….