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April 23, 2019

Load-shedding may cut growth close to zero, SARB says

South Africa’s power cuts could bring economic growth for the year close to zero if they continue at the same severity seen in March, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said.

The wave of rolling blackouts that started in November and are among the worst the country has yet experienced could knock 1.1 percentage points off economic growth, the Reserve Bank said in its Monetary Policy Review released Wednesday in Pretoria, the capital. Expansion of close to zero would be the worst outcome since 2009, when former President Jacob Zuma came to power.

The nation’s embattled power utility, Eskom Holdings, implemented so-called Stage 4 load-shedding, which removed about 10% [...]

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April 23, 2019

Weather Alert: Severe flooding in and around Durban

MANY roads have been flooded throughout Durban and motorists are cautioned to avoid the following roads, according to a Whats App traffic group.

Bottom of N2 southbound off-ramp to Edwin Swales flooded at the traffic light as well as M7 westbound toward Bellville Bridge heavily waterlogged. Please drive slowly.

M7 East and West between Belville Bridge and North Park Road is flooded and visibility down to almost zero please find an alternate route.

‪Durban. Higginson highway flooded both directions.

‪Flooding at the bottom of Isipingo Beach, by Prospecton.

N2N opposite Galleria mall flooded. Fast lane barely open, traffic backing up and cars driving [...]

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April 17, 2019

SHOCK AS R1BN FRAUDULENT RAF CLAIMS

This emerged on Monday when a Port Shepstone teacher pleaded guilty in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court to defrauding the RAF more than 11 years ago.

Phumla Sikhosana, 59, blamed her poor financial situation after her husband’s death for submitting a fraudulent claim to the fund.

She said in a plea statement that she was never a passenger in a taxi that collided with a cow in 2008, but had submitted the claim to defraud the fund of R28 000 through a law firm based in Pretoria, because she needed the money to sustain herself and her four children.

She said she met a man called Ndovela who told her of an opportunity to make money by claiming from the [...]

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March 26, 2019

AROUND 1.85 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CYCLONE IN MOZAMBIQUE – UN

BEIRA – About 1.85 million people have now been affected by Cyclone Idai and its aftermath in Mozambique alone, UN humanitarian agency OCHA said on Tuesday, as aid workers raced to fathom the scale of the disaster and determine what help is most urgently needed.

“Some will be in critical, life-threatening situations. Some will sadly have lost their livelihoods, which whilst an appalling tragedy is not immediately life-threatening,” OCHA coordinator Sebastian Rhodes Stampa said.

Idai flattened homes and provoked widespread flooding when it made landfall near the Mozambique port city of Beira on 14 March. It then ripped through neighboring Zimbabwe [...]

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