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Daily Podcast – September 02, 2020

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Daily Podcast – September 02, 2020

2nd September 2020

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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

Making headlines: More load-shedding expected as Eskom battles breakdowns, US says it will not join global effort to find Covid-19 vaccine and, Zimbabwe to reopen schools for students taking final exams

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More load-shedding expected as Eskom battles breakdowns

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Eskom has said that due to a severely constrained generation system, as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it will be implementing load-shedding again from 08:00 until 22:00 today.

A total of ten generation units have broken down at seven power stations in a matter of two days, with the power utility citing "unreliable and aged" infrastructure.

The power utility has warned that there is a high probability that additional stages of load-shedding may be implemented at short notice.

 

US says it will not join global effort to find Covid-19 vaccine

US President Donald Trump has said it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization.

The decision to go it alone, follows the White House's decision in early July to pull the US out of the WHO.

Trump claims the WHO is in need of reform and is heavily influenced by China.

Some nations have worked directly to secure vaccine supplies, but others are pooling efforts to ensure success against a disease that has no geographical boundaries.

 

Zimbabwe to reopen schools for students taking final exams

Zimbabwe will reopen primary and secondary schools this month for students preparing to sit their final exams, six months after they were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The first students to return, on September 14, will be those taking Cambridge International exams.

Those taking locally administered final exams will go back two weeks later.

The education ministry had previously said it would give priority to pupils taking final exams and has hinted that other students will not return to school until 2021.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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