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Daily Podcast – December 06, 2022

6th December 2022

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines: Parliament's vote on Ramaphosa's impeachment will take place at Cape Town City Hall; Disgruntled ANC members challenge Motlanthe’s list of 200 ANC NEC candidates; And, Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

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Parliament's vote on Ramaphosa's impeachment will take place at Cape Town City Hall

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The historic Cape Town City Hall is likely to host next week’s parliamentary sitting where lawmakers will decide on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fate.

Next Tuesday, the National Assembly meets to consider and decide whether it will adopt the Section 89 panel report into Ramaphosa's Phala Phala dealings.

The meeting was initially scheduled for today, but the National Assembly programming committee decided that the meeting should be moved to a venue that can accommodate all 400 MPs.

During the penultimate sitting for 2022, African National Congress parliamentary chief whip Pemmy Majodina moved a motion for the National Assembly to hold next Tuesday’s sitting at the Cape Town City Hall.

The House accepted Majodina's motion.

 

Disgruntled ANC members challenge Motlanthe’s list of 200 ANC NEC candidates

Disgruntled African National Congress members are disputing the list of 200 candidates who are up for election as national executive committee members.

ANC electoral committee chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe released the list last week.

The bone of contention is that it takes into account in gender parity and not who received the most nominations.

The disgruntled party members are challenging this, saying, in line with the rules of the electoral committee, Motlanthe is supposed to release the list of those who received the most nominations and allow delegates to vote for them at the national elective conference.

If there is no gender parity in the 80-member NEC, changes can be made at the conference. The unhappy party members say the changes compromised youthful members who had made it onto the list.

They are calling on the electoral committee to make public the unchanged nomination data.

 

And, Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon at 4pm to 5pm.

Stage 2 loadshedding will continue being implemented at 5am to 4pm daily until further notice.

Eskom says it is being forced to "strictly conserve" fuel reserves for its diesel-fired gas turbines given budget restrictions. The turbines are usually used for emergency power generation to avoid loadshedding.

The refuelling and maintenance outage starting this week, as well as the long-term operation project of Unit 1 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, together with the October chimney failure that has forced three generation units offline at Kusile Power Station, will further reduce available generation capacity and significantly increase the occurrence of loadshedding during the next six to twelve months.

A generating unit each at Camden and Kendal power stations was taken offline for repairs over the past 24 hours. The delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Arnot, Kriel and Matla power stations has contributed to the capacity constraints. A generating unit each at Arnot, Duvha, Grootvlei, Kendal, Kriel, Lethabo, and two units at Majuba power stations were returned to service during this period.

Some 4 394 MW of power generation is out due to planned maintenance, while another 16 880MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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