Eskom Extends Stage 2 Load-Shedding, Now From 10 AM To Midnight

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Eskom on Wednesday extended load-shedding Stage 2 to begin from 10 in the morning until midnight.

The power utility announcement that load-shedding “will regretfully be implemented between 10:00 and midnight tonight”.

Eskom added: “From Thursday until Sunday Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 05:00 until midnight”.

The power utility said a generation unit at the Kendal and another at Matimba, as well as two units at the Matla Power Station broke down Wednesday morning.

“This reduced generation capacity by 2 400MW, adding to the ongoing capacity constraints,” said Eskom.

There has been a delay in returning to service a unit at Kusile Power Station, which was now expected to return to service Thursday.

“We currently have 3 630MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 277MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns,” said Eskom.

There is a likelihood that the stage of loadshedding might need to be increased during the evening peaks.

Eskom said it will continue to closely monitor the system, “adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary”.

The struggling power utility cautioned that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of load-shedding over the coming weeks.

“We appeal to all South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items,” said Eskom

“We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 10:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings.”

What It’ll Take For The Guptas To Face Corruption Charges In SA

Now that Rajesh and Atul Gupta have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there is a great deal of speculation as to when the brothers may ultimately set foot on South African soil to face charges of money laundering and other financial crimes.

The brothers are the alleged kingpins behind state capture in South Africa – the massive corruption and repurposing of state organs for private gain during the ruinous reign of their friend, former president Jacob Zuma. They fled South Africa for Dubai in April 2016.

The judicial commission into state capture and corruption – Zondo Commission – found that the Gupta family had considerable access to Zuma, influencing political decisions, such as ministerial appointments and staffing at the various state-owned enterprises, and rearrangement of the revenue service to advance their financial interests.

The evidence outlined in the Zondo Commission reports offers substantive, chronological and narrative detail. That’ll assist prosecutors in building cases of fraud, money-laundering and a host of other financial crimes against named individuals, including Rajesh and Aptul Gupta.

This means that South Africans are now aware, having been provided with considerable information and in great detail, about the financial malfeasance that had been carried out for over a decade or more.

Despite this, there have only been a few arrests, and even a smaller number of prosecutions. Having the Guptas in court will send a strong signal that the days of impunity are over.

The likelihood of the brothers ultimately being forced to face their alleged crimes depends on how strong the case against them is, and how adroit the prosecutors are. So far, it’s clear that there is a very strong case against the brothers. But the jury is still out on the ability of the country’s prosecutors to do a good job.

Nevertheless, it’s important to understand bringing the Guptas to account might take a while.

A drawn out process

Arresting a suspect in pursuance of an extradition order usually signals a preliminary legal victory for the requesting country. Once the fugitive is in police custody, formal proceedings may start to have the suspect brought to trial.

But the victory is usually short-lived. This is because the process of extradition is lengthy, often proceeding in fits and starts. It may in fact take years to bring the suspect to justice.

A recent international example is the case of Julian Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States to face espionage charges, which has been in the works for over a decade. Assange has used court challenges and extra-legal measures (refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London) to halt his extradition.

One closer to home is the case of Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang, who is wanted in both Mozambique and the United States for corruption involving $2 billion. The High Court in Johannesburg has ruled that Chang, who has been in jail in South Africa since 2018, be extradited to the US for trial.

It is probable that the Guptas will use the court systems in both the UAE and South Africa to delay their day of legal reckoning. They are also likely to seek political or diplomatic alternatives to facing trial in South Africa.

These could include, for example, seeking intervention from the Indian or UAE governments to pursue a legal settlement that might involve returning their allegedly ill-gained revenue in exchange for withdrawing the charges.

Strong case

The first precondition for securing the brothers’ presence in court would be a bulletproof case by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. This must withstand both South African and UAE judicial scrutiny. Such a case would have to be built on an incontrovertible body of evidence including sworn documents, financial records, witness testimony, and an irreproachable timeline of misdeeds.

Such a bulletproof case is mapped out in voluminous detail in the reports of the Zondo Commission. The reports outlined how Zuma’s friends and associates diverted billions of rand from parastatals to offshore accounts, mostly at the behest of the Gupta family.

A searing example is the purchase by Transnet, the transport parastatal, of unsuitable locomotives, in violation of state procurement laws and policies, and with allegedly huge kickbacks to the Guptas. Another example is the slew of criminal activities at Eskom, the power utility, that were allegedly devised entirely to profit the Gupta family and their enablers in the governing party.

These financial crimes have had several deleterious effects on South Africa. They robbed South Africans of basic social and economic resources (electricity, transport) they need to live a decent life. Even with prosecutions, it may take years (if at all) to recoup the stolen money.

In short, the Gupta footprint is all over the thousands of pages of the Zondo Commission Report. The task is now up to the NPA to develop an unimpeachable case against Rajesh and Aptul Gupta.

Prosecutors

The second precondition to ensuring the Guptas return to South Africa to face charges is the adroit handling and ultimate success of the prosecutors in prevailing over the many legal challenges that are certain to be raised by the Gupta brothers.

It helps that the brothers have lost their enormous influence and access to South Africa’s presidency, and other senior ANC politicians with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party leader in 2017, and national president in 2018.

The jury is still out as to whether the National Prosecuting Authority, which was hollowed out as part of the state capture project, has the capability to successfully prosecute those implicated in the Zondo Commission reports.

Despite the appointment of new leadership three years ago, and formal support from President Ramaphosa, the agency continues to be underfunded. The record so far does not inspire confidence.

The prosecution of those named in the Zondo Commission reports remain lacklustre. This is so despite the public commitment made by the prosecutors in the wake of the Zondo Commission reports.

Yet the expectations of South Africans that the state will succeed in prosecuting those who have committed atrocious financial crimes remain high. Despite its disappointing record, the prosecuting authority has been giving a vital legal lifeline by the Zondo Commission reports, with their detailed listing and description of the crimes committed.

The prosecuting authority has also enlisted some of the country’s leading legal minds from the private sector in efforts to extradite the Guptas, and to prosecute state capture cases. This bodes well for ensuring that the Gupta brothers will face charges in a South African court.

Conclusion

South Africa’s prosecutors should seize the lifeline provided by the Zondo Commission, and the addition of capable legal talent, to reinvigorate a distressed institution.

Successful prosecution of the Guptas and others implicated in state capture will be good for the prosecutors’ reputation. It’ll also be good for the country – in economic and political terms. Their success will be appreciated not just locally, but could serve as a model for prosecuting corruption in Africa – and globally.The Conversation

Penelope Andrews, Professor of Law, New York Law School

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Shoprite Next Capital Launched To Further Develop SMME Partners

The Shoprite Group has launched Shoprite Next Capital, a business division dedicated to capacitate and grow commercially-viable SMMEs to further the Group’s continued efforts to give small suppliers access to its consumer market. 

As drivers of growth, job creation and innovation, SMMEs are crucial to the recovery of the South African economy, and Shoprite Next Capital is the formalisation of the key role the Group plays in the success of SMMEs by giving them access to its consumer market.  

“With Shoprite Next Capital our aim is to further enhance the participation of small and emerging suppliers in our business. Our focus will be on their specific needs and how best we can assist them,” explains Maude Modise, GM for Enterprise & Supplier Development at the Group.  

“This new division will provide SMMEs with easier entry into the Group’s retail market with direct access to buyers that understand their needs combined with personalised growth plans that will assist suppliers to scale up gradually,” continues Modise. 

The Group aims to build sustainable relationships to develop, capacitate, sustain and grow small, South African businesses, create jobs and increase localisation of goods. 

Shoprite Next Capital will operate as a one-stop shop for SMME partners by providing marketing opportunities, working capital assistance, packaging and labelling support, data sharing, product range and geographic expansion, as well as possible private label partnerships. 

“The Group has always partnered with small suppliers, but now we are giving them additional focus and allocating dedicated buyers, essentially creating a separate value chain to the bigger supply chain system,” says Modise. 

These Are African Cities With Fastest 5G Median Download Speed

Southern Africa is the fastest region in Africa in terms of median download speed of 37.89 Mbps, followed by Northern Africa at 25.63 Mbps, Central Africa at 18.73 Mbps, Eastern Africa at 18.31 Mbps, and Western Africa at 17.00 Mbps,  a report by speed test service Ookla revealed on Wednesday.

“When it comes to speeds in select African capital cities, Johannesburg was fastest with a median download speed of 65.54 Mbps — nearly 35% faster than that of the next-fastest city, Cape Town at 48.27 Mbps,” says Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Industry Analyst, Enterprise at Ookla.

She added that Gaborone stood out for posting the third-fastest median download speed on the list at 42.29 Mbps.

“Meanwhile, Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, and Abuja ranked closely together in terms of median download and upload speeds, with median download speeds ranging between 27.77 Mbps and 33.38 Mbps, with upload speeds ranging between 8.48 Mbps and 11.92 Mbps.”

Also read: MTN Leads On 5G In South Africa, Says Ookla

MTN is ranked first among South Africa’s mobile operators with a median 5G download speed reaching 213.37 Mbps in Q1 2022, followed by Vodacom, a report by speed test service Ookla revealed on Wednesday.

Ookla, which owns and operates the popular speedtest.net Internet speed testing service, has published its latest Speedtest Global Index rankings for South Africa for the first quarter of 2022, said median upload speed suffered a nearly 40% decrease, going from 46.05 Mbps to 27.32 Mbps.

“When we examined the State of 5G Worldwide in 2021, we concluded that it’s common to see new mobile access technologies slow down as adoption scales, particularly early on in the tech cycle and as more users are logging on to existing 5G networks,” says Sylwia Kechiche, Currently Principal Industry Analyst, Enterprise at Ookla.

“As such, the downward tendency in MTN’s performance is not surprising at all. Vodacom, on the contrary, almost doubled its median 5G download speed from 69.93 Mbps to 132.11Mbps.”

 

MTN Leads On 5G In South Africa, Says Ookla

BMW X3 Now Built In South Africa For Africa

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BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, which builds the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) for South Africa and around 30 export markets, has added 16 African countries to its portfolio. BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, situated outside Pretoria, has produced vehicles since 1968 and was established as the first BMW Group production facility outside Germany.

Plant Rosslyn first produced the BMW X3 in April 2018, after a R6.2 billion investment to prepare it for production after close to 35 years of BMW 3 Series production. The investment – one of the biggest in the local automotive industry at the time – was used to upgrade the plant into one of the world’s most modern production facilities. More than 300,000 BMW X3s have been produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn.

The continuation of the BMW X3 story in South Africa, from its mid-lifecycle refresh in 2021, reaffirms the group’s commitment to operations in the country and, with the story extending beyond national borders, to the rest of Africa. The updated BMW X3 is being produced for 16 sub-Saharan African markets, including Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, and Ethiopia. BMW X3s for these markets were previously sourced from BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the United States.

Peter van Binsbergen, CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, comments: “The addition of 16 key export markets is further evidence of the increased trade relations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the broader African Continental Free Trade Agreement region. We all have a role to play in encouraging stronger trade relations on the continent, and I am especially proud of the BMW X3’s ambassador role – both for the BMW Group and South Africa.”

BMW Group Plant Rosslyn currently produces the third generation of the BMW X3 SAV and is able to manufacture up to 75,000 units per year, of which 96% is exported.

MTN Targets 25% 5G Coverage Across SA In 2022

MTN South Africa announced today that it is ramping up the rollout of 5G coverage to bring a seamless, fast and cutting-edge network experience to more South Africans. With over 1,000 active 5G sites across the country currently, MTN aims to have at least 25% of the population covered by the end of 2022.

“We want to have 5G connectivity across almost every part of SA. Our aim is to bring the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to more people in an efficient and cost-effective way. This means expanding our 5G coverage every day, with a strong focus on investment into main metros, peri-urban areas, and larger townships initially,” says Charles Molapisi, MTN SA’s Chief Executive Officer.

With speeds 10 times faster than 4G and the potential to be 100 times faster, 5G is changing the way South Africans work and play. “The benefits of 5G are immense. It makes everything faster, more connected and more reliable for households, businesses and across all areas of individual’s daily lives – really lending gravitas to our market statement, “5G your life”, says Molapisi.

5G wireless technology delivers higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. It also ushers in the next generation of service, with higher performance and improved efficiency empowering new user experiences, and to connect new industries. Economies will see more growth and jobs as a result, which is going to be crucial for SA’s COVID-19 recovery and to ensure SA does not miss out on the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The recent spectrum auction in SA accelerated the adoption of 5G and new applications in, among others, the internet of things (IoT), the Cloud and augmented reality, opening the door to a world of innovation and opportunity.

MTN 5G
MTN 5G

With the door opened to expand, every region in SA stands to benefit. MTN already has 555 5G sites in Gauteng; increasing to 575 when Rustenburg and Brits areas in the North West come online shortly, and this expansion will continue. Meanwhile, total 5G coverage is set to reach 179 sites in the Western Cape alone by the end of the year, while more 5G sites are planned for Bloemfontein.

Investment into the Free State and Northern Cape will be ramped up and MTN SA is on track to add 21 additional 5G sites across both provinces – to build on the existing 45 in the Free State and 21 in the Northern Cape. In Limpopo, the extension of MTN’s 5G connectivity includes rolling out 58 new sites in 2022 to add to the existing 53. Currently, the province has over 100 live 5G sites and more are planned for 2022.

The extension of MTN’s 5G connectivity is also planned for KZN. Currently, the province has over 100 live 5G sites and more are planned for 2022.

MTN is also rolling out 5G experiential zones in major shopping centres to showcase the capabilities of this next-generation tech, and make these benefits available across the new world of 5G gaming, smart home and motion tracking, among many others.

5G is available in mobile and fixed services through a home-connected ‘plug and play’ solution which connects WiFi-enabled devices, or through sim offering on 5-enabled devices.

5G is also available on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in certain areas, offering another way to access faster speeds.

“Our investment will continue to drive the rollout of 5G as we want to bring the benefits of the modern, connected world to all. For us, every South African should be able “5G” their lives, homes, offices, and every aspect of their on-the-go lifestyles. Our intention is to keep increasing network coverage, improved throughputs, and customer experience”.

“We are moving fast to ensure our users are at the forefront of innovation and change. Thanks to its greater bandwidth and higher download speeds, 5G is a gamechanger and will continue to shake up the world of technology. MTN intends to ensure our customers experience the very best of 5G tech every step of the way,” concludes Molapisi.

Current 5G sites across South Africa include:

City of Johannesburg
City of Cape Town
Ekurhuleni
eThekwini
City of Tshwane
Nelson Mandela Bay
Mangaung
Buffalo City
Polokwane
City of Mbombela
Rustenburg
The Msunduzi
Emalahleni
King Sabata Dalindyebo
City of Matlosana
uMhlathuze
Makhado
Matjhabeng
Newcastle
Mogale City
Ray Nkonyeni
Govan Mbeki
Mogalakwena
Nyandeni
Steve Tshwete
KwaDukuza
JB Marks
Sol Plaatje
Abaqulusi
Enoch Mgijima
Msukaligwa
Stellenbosch
uMngeni
Kouga
Makana
Ndlambe
Masilonyana
Thembelihle

 

Official Who Issued SA Passport To ‘Lebohang From Bangladesh’ Nabbed

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A female Home Affairs official accused of unlawfully issuing an SA passport to “Lebohang from Bangladesh” has been arrested and will appear at the Benoni Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

The official, based at the Home Affairs office in Benoni, was arrested on Monday by the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption Branch, working with the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies.

“The official is on suspension and her disciplinary hearing is scheduled to take place this week,” said Siya Qoza, spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs.

“If she is denied bail, the Home Affairs Department will arrange with the Department of Correctional Services for the hearing to be held at their premises.”

Fahim Kazi became a news sensation as “Lebohang from Bangladesh” when he was arrested while trying to leave the country on 12 May 2022.

“At the time of Kazi’s arrest, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the clampdown on the use of fraudulent SA documents was bearing fruit as the department knew which corrupt official issued that fraudulent passport because that official had been on the radar of the counter-corruption branch,” Qoza.

“The Minister also promised the country that the official would be arrested and face the full might of the law.”

Betway Spins Slots

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Betway is that type of bookmaker that always guarantees you an overall world-class betting service in terms of the betting products, payment methods, promotions, customer service and so on, the bookmaker has managed to maintain such a high level of professionalism and excellence in every country they operate in.

In South African, Betway is offering its clients with exciting slots games, what makes this exciting is that there is about 70 different games and it is this variety that punters are looking for because no-one wants to bet on the same game over and over again. The slot games on the Betway platform are also affordable because you can affordable play for as little as 40c a spin, which is incredible considering the amount of money you can potentially win. They have called this Betway Spins.

Which Software Provider offers these Slot Games?

The slot games on the Betway platform are powered by Habanero, a company renown for creating award-winning Slot and Table games worldwide. The fact that Habanero is the provider for these slot games means that you will get access to top games because that is what the company produces. The games produces by Habanero do have their own unique themes and features.

What are some of the popular Slot Games on the Betway Platform ?

As earlier indicated, Betway offers about 70 Spins games on their platform and punters can play these for an opportunity to win amazing amounts of money. Below is a list of some of the popular Slot Games on the platform;
Hot Hot Fruit          Hey Sushi
Wealth Inn            Egyptian Dreams Deluxe
Cake Valley            Panda Panda
Lucky Lucky            Wizzards Want War
Happy Ape            5 Lucky Lions
Egyptian Dream        Wicked Witch
Jump                Zeus 11

How to play Betway Spins Games?

The good thing about betting on the Betway platform is that everything has been simplified so that punters will not struggle to bet. Playing Betway Spins games on the Betway platform is quite easy, you just need to realise that you are required to register for a Beyway account before you can be allowed to play, assuming that you have already registered, you must simply follow the simple process below;

  • Visit the Betway website at https://www.betway.co.za/ and login.
  • Click on the Casino games button on the main menu.
  • Immediately click on the Betway Spins button to access all the games on the platform.
  • Select the game you want to play
  • Set your stake size using the bet level / coin size and start spinning.
  • If you are really into the Spins games, please note that there is an auto play feature that you can set to play automatically, for up to 200 spins.

Top 3 Sports Betting Apps In June 2022

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For each sort of sporting event, there are several top-rated sports betting apps available for download and use. In today’s mobile-driven world of sports betting, it’s crucial to know which operators have the finest mobile apps. 

Sports betting app developers want to make betting on your favorite teams as simple as possible. This also includes offering a platform for mobile sports betting from the convenience of your own smart device.

You can’t just use any app for sports betting. You must consider a few aspects before selecting a sports betting app. While some are considerably easier to use, others include features that may appeal to some more than others. 

Numerous aspects contribute to reliable sports betting mobile apps, and here, you will learn which are the best all-around mobile software for sports betting.

Here is the list of the top 3 sports betting apps in June 2022:

1. BetMGM Sports Betting App

BetMGM has risen in prominence and now offers a wide range of betting options, from NBA props to Super Bowl futures and odds on almost any event. Its rewards, especially those for returning clients, are also exceptional.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It has some of the highest odds available, a massive selection of markets, and unlimited live streaming of almost every event.

2. FanDuel Sports Betting App

Before introducing the FanDuel Sportsbook, FanDuel established itself as a global leader in the Daily Fantasy Sports business. It has become the most popular alternative worldwide.

The FanDuel app is prevalent, with some of the most excellent ratings in the iOS store, and it is also a popular choice among industry professionals. The mobile sports betting app provides access to all the features of the website.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It is an absolute favorite among industry leaders and iPhone users. It boasts a modest minimum bet requirement, a massive variety of markets, and a top-notch racebook.

3. DraftKings Sports Betting App 

DraftKings is a sports betting market giant. It began as a betting leader on desktops but swiftly expanded and has now emerged as the market leader for mobile apps. It was one of the first legal sports betting apps in the USA.

Due to its simplicity and intuitive U.I., DraftKings has established itself as the finest sports betting app for both iPhone and Android users.

  • Mobile app rating: 4.8
  • Top Feature: It is trendy and user-friendly, and its geolocation system functions flawlessly. It has some of the most significant ongoing bonuses for current clients.