Daily news update: Eskom’s failing units, voter registration weekend and heatwave
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In today’s news update, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has announced that more than one million South Africans registered to vote on Saturday – the first day of the voter registration weekend.
News Today: 20 November
Heatwave expected in parts of SA this week
Five provinces will transition from heavy rains last week to heatwave conditions this week.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of a heatwave with persistently high temperatures over most parts of the Eastern Cape until Tuesday.
The heatwave will persist until Wednesday in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, parts of Limpopo and the extreme northern parts of the City of Tshwane.
Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke bags global role at Unesco
Nearly three years after her appointment, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke is set to take up a role at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organsation (Unesco).
Maluleke will serve as Unesco’s External Auditor for a period of six years from 2024 to 2029, the Presidency has confirmed.
More than one million people register on first day of voter registration weekend
The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has announced that more than one million South Africans registered to vote on Saturday – the first day of the voter registration weekend.
The two-day voter registration weekend started on Saturday. According to the IEC, 23,296 registration stations opened across all provinces, operating from 8am to 5pm.
‘Major disappointment’: Ramokgopa says cluster of failing units contributing to intensity of load shedding
Briefing the media on the updates of the energy action plan on Sunday, Ramokgopa said South Africa experienced frequent load shedding in recent times due to the unplanned capacity loss factor.
SA ambassador in Hague delivers referral to ICC for war crime probe against Israel
As Israel continues its relentless bombing of Gaza in Palestine, South Africa has reiterated its stance on the ongoing conflict, submitting a joint referral to the International Crimes Court (ICC).
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) announced on Friday that Vusi Madonsela, South Africa’s ambassador in the Hague, Netherlands personally delivered the referral to the office of the prosecutor (OTP) at the ICC.
Ntokozo Mbambo celebrated for her wins despite Kelly Khumalo’s social media shade
Gospel artist Ntokozo Mbambo has been celebrated as one of the night’s biggest winners at the South African Music Awards (Samas) on Saturday, but her Female Artist of The Year award triggered an onslaught of petty tweets from Kelly Khumalo.
Mbambo triumphantly walked away with three noteworthy awards at the 29th edition of the Samas, hosted at SunBet Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine Tshwane.
Head breaks India hearts as Australia win sixth World Cup title
Opener Travis Head hit a sparkling 137 to power Australia to a record-extending sixth World Cup title with a convincing six-wicket win over India in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Chasing a tricky 241 for victory in the final, Australia slipped to 47-3 before the left-handed Head hit his second century of the tournament to steer the team home with seven overs to spare.
Broos plays down Sundowns influence on Bafana squad
Hugo Broos has refuted the notion that part of his team’s 12-match unbeaten run is down to Mamelodi Sundowns players dominating the squad.
The Brazilians had six players in Bafana Bafana’s starting line-up during the 2-1 win over Benin in a World Cup qualifier at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Jake White calls for four-week URC tours to be reviewed
Bulls director of rugby Jake White says that South African franchises are at a disadvantage when they tour for four weeks in the United Rugby Championship.
The Bulls, along with the Sharks, Lions and Stormers, who are left with one game overseas, have all embarked on month-long European tours at the start of the URC season.