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Daily Podcast – February 20, 2020

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Daily Podcast – February 20, 2020

20th February 2020

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: ANC urges Gauteng public to take part in NHI hearings, Mantashe says plan for new power utility a 'reality' and, Eskom to resume rolling blackouts after few days reprieve

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ANC urges Gauteng public to take part in NHI hearings

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The ANC in Gauteng has urged South Africans to participate in and make submissions on the National Health Insurance Bill at the public hearings taking place in Gauteng this week.

ANC provincial spokesperson Bones Modise said Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health will be holding the Gauteng leg of the hearings on the NHI Bill from February 21 to 24.

Modise said the ANC’s 54th National Conference resolutions and its 2019 to 2024 Election Manifesto directed the Sixth administration to ensure that the legislative framework on the NHI was finalised.

Head to Polity.org.za to find the venues and times of the upcoming hearings.

 

Mantashe says plan for new power utility a 'reality'

Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa not bringing up the establishment of a new power generating entity in his State of the Nation Address, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the plan is a "reality".

Mantashe briefed the media today on the energy-related interventions announced by Ramaphosa in his speech last week.

He said the new entity is not just an idea and that it was a reality that government will make happen.

The minister said that his department will be expanding on such issues when it draws up its budget adding he did not want to make any premature announcements.

 

Eskom to resume rolling blackouts after few days reprieve

South Africa's electricity utility Eskom said today that it would resume rotational power cuts from 9am after a few days' reprieve and this would likely continue over the weekend.

Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of the country's electricity, has been forced to intermittently apply load-shedding for months, suppressing demand to avoid overwhelming the grid in the face of frequent breakdowns in its generating units.

Eskom said there was a high probability that load-shedding will continue over the weekend, as there was a need to replenish reserves for the coming week.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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